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OLTL, Y&R & DAYS Score WGA Nominations For Daytime Drama Series!

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Courtesy/ABC

Great news today for One Life to Live fans! In its final year of eligibility ( the show aired for a few weeks in January), the beloved canceled ABC soap scored nominations for it’s writing team headed up by Ron Carlivati!  Competing with One Life will be the writing teams of The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives! 

The WGA (Writers Guild Of America) hands out awards to the best written television series, specials, news,  and documentaries on the small screen as well as for motion pictures.

The new ABC primetime soap, Nashville also scored a nomination for its writing team in the Best New Series category.   The awards will be handed out in ceremonies on February 17th both in New York and Los Angeles.

And now here are the names of the nominated writing teams from the world of daytime soaps:  Days of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Lacey Dyer, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Roger Schroeder, Elizabeth Snyder, Christopher J. Whitesell, Nancy Williams Watt; NBC  One Life to Live, Written by Lorraine Broderick, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Daniel J. O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Jean Passanante, Melissa Salmons, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Courtney Simon, Chris Van Etten; ABC  The Young & The Restless, Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Maria Kanelos, Natalie Minardi Slater, Beth Milstein, Michael Montgomery, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Lisa Seidman, Sarah K. Smith, Christopher J. Whitesell, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Although their submissions have not been revealed, what series are you rooting for to take home the nod for their work in 2012?

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danicajolie
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danicajolie

OLTL deserves it all the way!

susan M.
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susan M.

IT SURE DOES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paula Kate Prince-Meserole
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Paula Kate Prince-Meserole

Come on One Life To Live…..Win baby! I have watched this soap since the very first day…..I vote for you.
And hope so much that with this much deserved recognition that One Life To Live will return to television.

Sheryl Postin
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Sheryl Postin

Oltl deserves the award I watched this ever since the first day and I hope it will return very soon . Some many fans are hoping the same . We all miss it and the actors very much. Good luck Oltl.

susan M.
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susan M.

DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lawrence
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Lawrence

No GH. Thats suprising. It has been the best soap on air this year. Since there is no Gh to root for. Go OLTL!

louisa
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louisa

OLTL will win!

susan M.
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susan M.

I hope so!!!!!!!!!!!! This is their last chance..

margie
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margie

Now thats the news I’ve been waiting for!!! No brainer in writting nominees….ONE LIVE TO LIVE!!!

MEG
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MEG

ONE LIFE TO LIVE OF COURSE.

emtk
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emtk

One Life To Live!! OLTL was so well-done in those last few months, it was really a crime it ended. It was better than prime time.

Derrick
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Derrick

It’ll probably be OLTL!

Shannon
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Shannon

Why is Gary Tomlin not on the list of writers for Days?? An even better question is WHY would THIS writing regime get nominated for anything besides a Raspberry award?? GO OLTL!!! I love Ron’s writing!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS? Really? This year was truly dreadful. I am not sure DAYS OF OUR LIVES is firing on all cylinders quite yet, but it is getting there. I say go with ONE LIFE TO LIVE. they closed brilliantly and the body of work for 43 years was quality.

OLTL!

cheryl pickard
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cheryl pickard

One Life To Live

Rodd
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Rodd

OLTL should win. The others have been so all-over-the-place that it would be a shame for them to win. OLTL was brilliant during its entire eligibility period.

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

Totally agree! OLTL is/was and always will be better than GH. It had good writing, but the cast ansemble made it the best. Miss it like crazy!

susan M.
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susan M.

OLTL was alway’s #1 in my book. And GH is my second favorite soap !

Bart
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Bart

Y & R – really?!? I see that Maria Arena Bell’s name is not on there…

Jules
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Jules

Lorraine Broderick is nominated for BOTH DAYS and OLTL! How awesome for her!

DELIGHTED GH is not included!!! And even happier that DAYS was! Despite what people think, they’ve had beautiful scripts when Will was struggling with his identity and coming out, Caroline’s battle with Alzheimer’s and others.

Y&R is the head scratcher, but I’ll take it over GH.

susan M.
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susan M.

I am still heart-broken over OLTL!!!!! I can’t put it into words but OLTL was a VERY SPECIAL SOAP OPERA….I want it back so bad! OLTL IS MY PICK & WILL BE A BIG
WINNER AT THE DAYTIME AWARD SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ERIKA SLEZAK MY #1 favorite of OLTL…. BLONDIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christy
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Christy

yeah, come on One Life to Live!! please don’t skip over them this year, of all years! They so much deserved more recognition then they ever got, but it would be bittersweet to get an award for their last year – be it just part of the year (or rather half a month) they were on, the award would be a tribue to all their years of writing.

Blake
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Blake

Go OLTL! It was the best soap for many years.

Christine
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Christine

I thought Maria Arena Bell was both head writer and executive producer for Y&R so how come her name isn’t listed above? I guess I am wondering WHAT story of Y&R got nominated.

And the fact that there are only FOUR soaps remaining, it is weird to see B&B as the only one not nominated. They might as well turn the voting to two or include all four. So sad what has happened to the soaps when you used to have your pick on every network in the afternoon.

Marisa
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Marisa

Go One Life to Live!!!! The last few weeks were great and the ending was perfect. I miss One Life to Live. I never expected to miss One Life to Live so much. I am so happy some of the characters continue to live on in Port Charles. GH is rockin. I hope OLTL fans will tune into GH. It is not OLTL but, it is very good with RB/RC.

jp
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jp

Congrats ONE LIFE TO LIVE! Hands down, the emmy should go to this show. I just hope they are given some dignity and respect for being on for over 43 years. Last year, they should have one best daytime drama and it didn’t even get nominated for the category.

Good luck, OLTL. I, and the rest of your devoted fans, are rooting for you.

Torrey
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Torrey

Would be nice if someone in a position of authority, would take a look at this article and all the responses and see the overwhelming support for OLTL…. Do you idiots over at ABC see a pattern?! how about this, you cancel that stupid show, THE Chew or Katie….doesn’t really matter which one, and you bring back OLTL. I mean lets look at it, how many talk shows have gotten cancelled? People are tired of talk….we want our daytime dramas.

shawn
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shawn

So, excited for DAYS!!! Rooting for them all the way.

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