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  • MattArmando
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    Since we’re filling up all the acting categories with preference forums, let’s talk about the pesky Writing/Directing Team races. 

    GH recently won the Writers Guild of America Award in January, so take that into consideration. (It’s ranked at #3-4 in the leaderboards?)

    Ron Carlivati & Co. submitted something emotional and poignant (finally!) for their WGA win; the episodes where Baby Gabriel is pronounced dead. (Straight from a page of Jill Farren Phelps’ book!)

    Y&R won last year with the death of little Delia. So, I’d assume GH would submit the same episodes. No word yet on the other soaps!

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    robbalto
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    Those stories were both terrible! I I do not like stories about children dying. In the history of daytime, the only justifiable story of this nature was BJ’s death on GH, because the story was beautifully told and created a huge impact for a long, long time. The death of Gabriel this past year was especially egregious, but I am considering it in the overall context of the show rather than as a stand-alone episode. 

    In evaluating writing, I like an episode that captures the overall flavor of the show rather than one that showcases an event. Last summer, Days had so many good episodes that demonstrated the show’s writing prowess more so than an event episode. They also had some very good episodes right at the close of the year.

    My initial thought for my preference would be…

    1. Days

    2. GH

    3. Y&R

    4. B&B 

    As for who might actually win, I would not venture to say without seeing the reels. 

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    FreemanGriffin
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    This one is a no-brainer: Days Of Our Lives absolutely deserves to win in this category, for the very simple reason that it was the most consistent in it’s writing for 2014. I think they will submit Will & Sonny’s wedding, which contains Peggy McCay’s Emmy-nominated scene, but there are many other possible submissions that are Emmy-worthy.

    Y&R was last year’s winner and they could pull at the heartstrings again this year. They had 3 great months (January, November and December) and 9 mediocre ones. They are always a strong contender.

    GH has some individual episodes that were really well written but the show is so wildly uneven, particularly the writing. I could see RC and his writing team winning with the same episode that got them the WGA award….

    B&B is simply awful imo. The writing is a mess. I would be angered if Bradley Bell wins again. That would be a painful win for me personally.

    So, here are my rankings but not predictions:

    1. Days Of Our Lives
    2. General Hospital
    3. The Young and the Restless
    4. The Bold and the Beautiful

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Has anybody heard what the submissions are for each of the four soaps? Any ideas where they might be listed? thanks! (:

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Has anybody heard what the submissions are for each of the four soaps? Any ideas where they might be listed? thanks! (:

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    robbalto
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    Having just watched Peggy McKay’s reel, I am thinking Days will submit that episode for writing. And I think they have a good chance at winning.

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    MattArmando
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    Thinking about possible GH submissions for Writing Team other than Gabriel’s death, which won WGA.

    After watching all of the acting reels in every single category, I truly think that Maura West’s submission was the best written of all. It sounds ballsy to say it, as a lot of people panned the crypt sex arc, but the dialogue was sharply written in the scenes not only with Maura and Maurice, but also when Bryan Craig entered the crypt. Those 2 episodes were also AJ’s funeral, so there was probably a lot of classic mopey-soap funeral lines delivered in there.

    What stood out to me in Maura’s reel about the dialogue was how rich, deep, and substantial it was. It wasn’t “cheesy” or “trope-y” or “over-the-top”, it was complex, character-driven dialogue that delved into each character’s (Ava & Sonny) weaknesses, downfalls, and inner demons. Revealing and even witty at times, it also helped to have two of daytime’s finest deliver the written lines. 

    Therefore, I think the Crypt Sex installments (April 24-25, 2014) could be GH‘s potential  submissions for writing; and could easily be a win for the show as well. I do think Carlivati might have ended up going with his WGA submissions, however.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    We now know the first of the submissions in this category: The Bold and the Beautiful submitted Hope’s goodbye scenes. These were nicely written episodes, and featured Wyatt, Quinn, Hope and Liam. Nice but not imo “Emmy-worthy”.

    I’m hoping Days submitted Will & Sonny’s wedding, which I think would be a really strong submission. For GH, I would pick the Hallowedding/induced labor scenes. For Y&R I’m not really sure… hoping we find out soon so I can make my predictions in this category.

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    Interesting statement, Matt.  I didn’t see the whole episodes revolving around the crypt sex on GH, I only saw what was in Maura West’s reel.  I agree that the dialogue was good, but it kind of loses me at the plotting, specifically, I couldn’t see a reason why Sonny and Ava started having sex.  It seemed to contradict many of the things that Sonny and Ava were saying, his guilt over betraying one son and the discussion of how she actually loves Morgan, and he loves her.  It was great for soap opera purposes, but it just wasn’t written in a way that made sense for me.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Curious as to how often each of the four shows have won in this category –

    Y&R is tied with Ryan’s Hope with the most wins (6 – 1992, 97, 99, 06, 10 & 13, last year’s winner)

    GH has five wins (1981, 95, 98, 02 and 08)

    B&B has two (recent) wins: for 2009 and 2012

    Days has two wins: 1976 and 2011

    So, three of these nominees are the past 3 winners…

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