One of soaps all-time greatest writers, Claire Labine who created and steered Ryan’s Hope to Daytime Emmy Gold with stops along the way at General Hospital, and other soaps was presented with the prestigious Ian McLellen Hunter Award this past weekend in WGA ceremonies held in New York City. The award is presented to a WGA member for their career achievement and to honor of his/her body of work as a writer in motion pictures or television. Former Ryan’s Hope star, Kate Mulgrew presented the award to Labine.
When Labine addressed the crowd midway through her acceptance speech, she let those in attendance know how she felt about the cancellation of the soaps, and their decline, and how the genre has been mistreated by the networks.
Claire said, “I am in mourning. Yes, some of the shows had gotten silly. Yes, some of the budgets had gotten bloated. But there are more creative solutions than cancellation across the board! The Daytime audience is loyal beyond belief. These characters had been in their lives for years. They watched these people grown up and it was a form that had such value and provided an emotional construct for people that did not have one. And it reinforced emotional values for people that did have one. I’m appalled that more care was not taken with this form that I love a lot. ”
After the jump watch the video of Mulgrew’s presenatation to Labine, and then let us know what you think of Claire’s comments!