This past Saturday night General Hospital took home the prize in the Daytime Drama category for its writing team under former head writer Ron Carlivati at the WGA Awards ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.
TV and film writers Brian Koppelman and Davie Levien, who this year have premiered their series Billions on Showtime, presented the Daytime Drama category. They both stumbled through their bit, and reading the nominees before announcing the winner. But when all was said and done, GH was named the winner and a good majority of the team was present at the New York cermonies who came up to the stage to accept. Ron Carlivati spoke on behalf of the team.
GH won this award based on their 52nd Anniversary episode that aired on April 1, 2015, and two other episodes surrounding that, which told the tragic story of Luke’s (Tony Geary) childhood past, and how it has haunted Luke his entire life. Carlivati took the opportunity to deliver some choice words aimed at former GH icon Tony Geary, who dissed Carlivati publicly as Geary finished up his run on the show.
After first acknowledging the work of the other nominee in the daytime drama category, the writers on The Bold and the Beautiful for telling the transgender storyline of Maya Avant (Karla Mosley), Carlivati went on to say: “On General Hospital, we told an origin story about one of the most popular characters on daytime television. At the time the actor who played him told me it was his favorite storyline in his entire 37 year run on the show. Shortly after this however, he became disenchanted with my writing, and for some strange reason refused to acknowledge that we ever even met, referring to me in interviews only as ‘the writer’. Apparently, this is supposed to be some kind of insult, but I’m sure my fellow writers standing on the stage, and most of you in this room would agree, I can consider being called ‘a writer’ a badge of honor. So thank you to him for that, and thank you to the writer’s guild for this.”
Watch Ron Carlivati’s speech and GH WGA victory after the jump! Are you glad that for winning an award based on a massive storyline written specifically for Tony Geary, and then being dissed in the press by the lead actor in said story that Ron tied that together with his acceptance speech remarks? Share your thoughts below!