We judge Daytime Emmy races: Drama Series Writing

Our forum posters are dedicated to the Daytime Emmy Awards. To predict the winners, they do just like the judges and watch all the episode submissions. Then they rank them. 

Our forum posters are as divided as the Experts when it comes to the winner of Best Drama Series Writing. The teams from both “All My Children” and “General Hospital” have their backers. 

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Below is a sampling of their insightful commentary. Read their thorough analyses here


All My Children
Since I was raised on “All My Children” watching the last episode again was a little hard for me. Wonderful speeches and classic lines are on full display as this beautifully crafted hour offers a close, and a cliff-hanger, to nearly 42 years of television. With that said, the episode is built on a cliched plot point and we’ve all heard “Frankly my dear, I dont give a damn” way too many times on daytime drama.

Days of Our Lives
This was their writing submission? This episode could’ve been written in 1992 as a snow storm holds Salem under its grip. Two lust-filled couples get trapped together and, you guessed it, give in to their pent-up passion. A long-lost mother is discovered and the other trapped couple must deal with PTSD. YAWN!!!!!

General Hospital
I’ll have to stop myself from praising Luke’s intervention because this submission laps the field without breaking a sweat. All of Luke’s loved ones trap him in a warehouse and plead with him to admit he is an alcoholic. Nuance, character developement and true, raw emotion dominate this tape. The old adage “If it ain’t the page, it ain’t on the stage” was never more true. 

Young and the Restless
The kick-off to the “Who Killed Diane” murder mystery was an eerie submission full of mood and atmosphere. All the suspects are identified as flashbacks tell the story of the night Diane was murdered. The main drawback here was this was all set up. There was no character development, no rise in action, or climax to a major moment. Set-up should never win a daytime drama writing award.

Analysis: “General Hospital” should win this but giving Agnes Nixon (“All My Children”) one more writing Emmy has to be on the minds of some voters.  


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