The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) held its “66th Annual Writers Guild Awards” in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York tonight, which honors Outstanding Achievement in Film, Television, New Media, News, Radio, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation during the 2013 season. In the category of Daytime Drama, NBC’s ”Days of our Lives” beat out ABC’s “General Hospital” and CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” “The Bold and the Beautiful” opted to not submit itself for a nomination this year.
Honored tonight was the “DAYS” writing team consisting of Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, and Christopher J. Whitesell.
Deborah Blackwell, the former general manager of Disney/ABC Cable Network Group’s SOAPnet from 2001-2007, has died at the age of 63, reports Deadline Hollywood. She died yesterday, January 31, after a seven-year battle with Pick’s disease, a rare neurodegenerative disorder. Blackwell was surrounded by family in Virginia at the time of her passing.
Ratings Report for the Week of January 20-24, 2014
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 5,376,000 (+393,000/+803,000)
2. B&B 3,936,000 (+248,000/+444,000)
3. GH 3,077,000 (+141,000/+169,000)
4. DAYS 2,859,000 (+220,000/+126,000)
1. Y&R 3.8/11 (+.2/+.4)
2. B&B 2.8/8 (+.2/+.2)
3. GH 2.3/7 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 2.1/6 (+.1/same)
It’s been 23 years since Kristoff St. John stepped into the role of “The Young and the Restless’” Neil Winters, and since that time, the New York native has given countless interviews giving fans a detailed glimpse into the man he is when the cameras aren’t rolling. But despite all of the revealing material, there’s still a large part of St. John’s life that hasn’t been publicly unearthed — until now! The actor has just finished completion of a horrifying documentary film detailing his family’s unsuccessful 1980s quest to find God in India, and Soap Opera Network spoke with him about the groundbreaking film and how the childhood experience shaped him as a human being. Read on to get the scoop as well as a few teases regarding Neil’s life, too!
Sometimes when one comments about a specific topic or thing on social media websites such as Facebook or Twitter, things they say can get misconstrued by others. This was the case last night when “General Hospital’s” Sean Kanan (AJ Quartermaine) tweeted, “Such an honor to be a part of this iconic piece of American television history. Thanks @valentinifrank for everything,” following yesterday’s 13,000th episode cake cutting party, which Kanan took part.
It may be super cold in the Northeast (and much of the country) right now, but come Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, much of the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” will be heating things up for those in and around Montclair, New Jersey and Boston, Massachusetts.
Produced by Coastal Entertainment Productions, “GH’s” Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and Laura Wright (Carly) will host co-stars Kristen Alderson (Kiki), Chad Duell (Michael), Kelly Thiebaud (Britt), Bryan Craig (Morgan), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Maura West (Ava) and Michael Easton (Silas) for the ultimate “GH” Fantasy Weekend. The actors will all be on hand for a star studded afternoon in Montclair on Saturday, April 5 and in Boston on Sunday, April 6 for what is being dubbed the largest soap opera event in the Northeast.
ABC’s “General Hospital” will celebrate romance in style on Valentine’s Day as viewers will be treated to the reconciliation of Dante and Lulu Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna and Emme Rylan), the potential hookup of Felix and Lucas (Marc Anthony Samuel and Ryan Carnes), an adventure for Nikolas and Britt (Tyler Christopher and Kelly Thiebaud), a turning point in Molly’s relationship with TJ (Haley Pullos and Tequan Richmond) and Ava and Morgan (Maura West and Bryan Craig) spend a secret night of passion together. Of course, what would a night of romance be without the possibility of a paternity test reveal? Liz (Rebecca Herbst) is on a mission to take down Britt!
Due to an overlap with another actor (event TBA) during “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend (Thursday, July 31 through Monday, August 4), the time for Kelly Monaco’s event has been moved up. Previously scheduled to take place from 8:00 to 11:00 PM on Friday, August 1, Monaco’s event will now take place from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on that date.
If interested in attending the event, fans should download and print out the order form and mail it in with their money order.
Last night marked the 66th annual Directors Guild of America Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, but none of today’s daytime drama directors received a nomination. Why? Because the “Daytime Serials” category was integrated into the “Dramatic Series” category following a June 22, 2013 DGA National Board meeting that voted on rule changes, which forces daytime and primetime dramas to compete against internet distributed dramas such as “House of Cards,” which essentially leaves daytime itself shut out from ever receiving a nomination as the dynamics of daytime is no where near the likes of 2013 nominees “Breaking Bad” (AMC), “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “Homeland” (Showtime), or even the aforementioned “House of Cards” (Netflix). “Bad” won the award for those wondering.
As previously reported, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey) will appear on the Wednesday, January 29 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital” as Tina Estrada, a patient of Dr. Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom), who goes to General Hospital for her regularly scheduled appointment. According to the network, Tina comes face to face with an unfamiliar nurse in the episode and demands to know why HE is in her doctor’s office. The “nurse” is actually reformed serial killer Franco (Roger Howarth), as noted in the picture above, who is hiding out from the police after a warrant is issued for his arrest in the disappearance and possible murder of Carly Corinthos Jacks (Laura Wright).
In an interview with TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan on newsstands now, Wilson reveals that her “GH” character is not that much different from her role on “Grey’s” and that if asked, she’d return to the daytime soap opera in a heartbeat!