Tonight in ceremonies being held in Los Angeles, The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is handing out their 2013 Writers Guild Awards for achievements in writing in motion pictures, television, new media, radio, and video games.
In the Daytime Drama category, it was the writing team from The Young and the Restless that bested the writing team from Days of our Lives and the final ABC writing team of One Life to Live. Many had anticipated that One Life to Live would take home the prize for their episodes which centered around the final “Fraternity Row” storyline. Former OLTL head writer, Ron Carlivati told On-Air On-Soaps in a recent interview about the three scripts submitted for the award. Ron related, “It is when they (Llanview) first learn that the soap opera is going to be canceled. There is one in the middle where they are fighting to save it, and the third one is the second to last episode of One Life to Live, where they watch the last show with Viki’s speech in it.”
Christopher Whitesell, who is now co-head writing Days of our Lives, but was previously on the winning Y&R writing team, took to the WGA Awards stage to accept the award on behalf of The Young and the Restless relating that if Y&R creator Bill Bell were alive, he would be proud. After accepting the award, a clip from Y&R’s winning work was shown to the live audience which featured Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and Kevin (Greg Rikaart) trying to figure out what to do with the very dead Dr. Tim Reid’s body! The crowd in attendance at the WGA Awards loved the clip!
The Young and the Restless award winning team included writers: Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Scott Hamner, Marla Kanelos, Natalie Minardi Slater, Beth Milstein, Michael Montgomery, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Sarah K. Smith, Christopher J. Whitesell, and Teresa Zimmerman. The WGA Awards are being hosted by Castle and former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion.
So soapers, do you think the WGA selected the best writing team from the nominees? Weigh-in!