“Days of Our Lives” will win Best Writing Team at the Daytime Emmys according to our Top 24 Users, who were the highest scorers predicting last year’s nominations. 14 out of the 24 have declared it the frontrunner, giving it 3/2 odds.
It would be a rare win for “Days.” It won the award in 2012, but that came after a long drought for the NBC soap, whose only other win in the category was in 1976. Its current head writers are Gary Tomlin, who won past Emmys for writing “Santa Barbara” (1989) and producing “One Life to Live” (2002), and Christopher Whitesell, a veteran with five past writing victories, for “Days” (2012), “As the World Turns” (2004, 2005), “OLTL” (1994), and “Guiding Light” (1986).
Trailing with 9/4 odds and support from five top users is defending champ “The Young and the Restless,” which is tied with “Ryan’s Hope” for the most wins ever in the category (six). If it wins again this year, it will stand alone as the record-holder. It also has the most all-time nominations (23).
Head writers for “Y&R” in 2014 were Tracey Thomson, Shelly Altman, and Jean Passanante. Thomson and Altman were with the show when it won this award last year, while Passanante has past victories for “ATWT” (2002, 2004, 2005) and “OLTL” (1994).
“B&B” executive producer Bradley Bell is also its head writer, as he has been since 1993. His co-head writer is Michael Minnis, who won past writing prizes for “Y&R” (1997, 2000) in addition to his victories for “B&B.”
Three top users predict “General Hospital” will win, but they collectively rank the series last with 13/2 odds. That’s because only nine users rank “GH” anywhere in their top three, compared to 16 who include “B&B.” But even though our users don’t have confidence in its chances this year, it has won this award five times before, putting it one away from the record shared by “Y&R” and “Ryan’s Hope.”
“GH” also just won the Writers Guild Award for Daytime Drama, the first for the series since Ron Carlivati came on as head writer in 2012. Before that, Carlivati won an Emmy for writing “OLTL” (2008).
The rest of our users agree with the consensus of our Top 24, also ranking “Days” first (7/5 odds), followed by “Y&R” (13/5), “B&B” (9/2), and “GH” (15/2).
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Last year, our Top 24 Users scored highest when predicting the Daytime Emmy nominations (62.78%), followed by our Editors (60.56%), and Experts and All Users (58.33%). Does that mean we should listen to them again?
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