‘Days of our Lives’ Wins 2021 Writers Guild Award for Daytime Drama

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Congratulations are in order for NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” winner of the 2021 Writers Guild Award for Daytime Drama.

Announced earlier this evening and presented by actress and playwright Dominique Fishback, head writer Ron Carlivati accepted the award on behalf of his writing team that included Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock and Elizabeth Snyder.

In his acceptance speech, Carlivati thanked the WGA for the honor and the people at NBC and Corday Productions for their support.

“It’s just been a very strange year and it’s been an amazing thing that we’ve been able to put this show on at all,” said Carlivati. “The fact that we’re back to writing six shows a week and taping in like eight shows a week is just pretty incredible despite all odds. So, I just want to thank my team and everybody that puts the show together on the air.”

The show submitted the three episodes from January 2020 surrounding the Mother’s Day flashbacks wherein Adrienne Kiriakis (Judi Evans) died in a car accident as she was taking Sarah Horton (Linsey Godfrey) to the hospital. Sarah was in labor when the car she and Adrienne were in was run off the road by a vehicle driven by Orpheus (George DelHoyo). Sarah’s daughter, Mackenzie Horton, who was born on the side of the road near the accident was later pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital. The death would later be the center of a baby switch storyline that continued throughout the early half of 2020 and continues to be referenced today.

“DAYS” beat out the writing team of “General Hospital” for the award. “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” did not submit themselves for awards contention this year. “Y&R” won the award in 2020.

On Twitter, actor Paul Telfer (Xander Kiriakis) wrote, “Congratulations to Ron Carlivati and the ‘DAYS’ writing staff on their WGA Award!!!” His tweet included an animation that symbolized writers receiving awards recognition.

The Writers Guild of America East and West also tweeted out a congratulatory note to the show’s writing team.