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37 February 22nd, 2015 WATCH: Ron Carlivati’s Acceptance Speech As General Hospital Writing Team Wins WGA Award!

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Over the weekend, the Writers Guild of America West posted video clips of acceptances speeches from their recently held 2015 WGA Awards.

General Hospital was honored for Best Writing Daytime Drama, and head writer Ron Carlivati and members of his team were on-hand at the Los Angeles in ceremonies held on February 14th to accept the award.  Actress Abigail Spencer (Ex-Becca, All My Children) presented the category, and handed the trophy to Ron.

In his acceptance speech, Carlivati highlighted why the soap opera genre is so unique and the elements that make it so, how many episodes are written per year as compared to primetime series, how the medium was thought to be dead, but is surviving and continuing, and much more. Here is what the head scribe shared to the audience below.

Ron Carlivati WGA Awards acceptance speech: “I know a lot of people have this perception about soap operas, that they’re campy, they’re over the top, the stories are all about amnesia, and evil twins, and people coming back from the dead.  And as someone who has been doing this for almost twenty years now, I am here to tell you that this 1oo% true.  That being said, to me, soaps are also so much more.  Soaps are unique and they’re special.  We are on almost every day.  I know there are people in this room that complain about writing 26 episodes a year, we write 260.  We get to explore all of these different genres:  romance, action-adventure, comedy, mystery, family, fantasy, and we get to tackle social issues.  Soaps did the first abortion story, the first AIDS story, so we have this wonderful variety.  Over the course of the last few years, people were saying soaps were done, that our time had come and gone, but we’re not gone.  We have continued to not only survive, but thrive.  GH is about to celebrate its 52nd anniversary on the air, which makes me very happy, and I think it makes a lot of people very happy.  After all, who doesn’t like a good back-from-the-dead story.”

Watch General Hospital’s writing team win, and Ron’s speech after the jump!  Then, let us know what you thought of the sentiments he shared.

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  1. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    What romance? Is Ron C. a comedian?…i do like GH most of the time and im happy he won but there is no romance on GH or any other soap…bed hopping isnt romance…yes, our soaps are over the top campy but its way too much…i dont mind some campy moments but at the same time most of us need things a little more normal and down to earth…im a fan of Britains Coronation Street…there is very little camp…it has humor instead of silly campiness…the stories are character driven and feel real…its very real but still escapism…no one dies and comes back from the dead…i dont mind some coming back from the dead but not repeatedly and it needs a reasonable explaination…lets have romance and leisurely paced character driven stories…give us a supercouple we can cheer for…and i bet youll see a ratings increase…maybe not as high as in the good old days but high enough to please the network and keep the genre alive for many years to come…note: this isnt a negative comment!!!

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    Leo replied

    It’s the best soap on the air right now.

    “Young and the Restless,” “Days of Our Lives,” etc. don’t even come close. Long live, Port Charles and all it’s zany residents!

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    su0000 replied

    GH is indeed the best..
    GH is not an 80′s traditional soap, it has evolved into the 21st century as much as PG daytime will allow..
    I look forward to the next day of GH, and that in itself is a very good thing..

    GH is not the GH of 80′s nor should it be, time moves on :)

    Rodd replied

    I agree with you, Leo.

    Nick D. replied

    Well put, Leo… and so very true

    Walter Ian Kaye replied

    I, too, would prefer romance over bed hopping. I figure they do that because they need babies with unclear parentage to drive stories and add surnames for bringing in more actors, but I wish they would do it somehow with a greater proportion of morality. I would like to see spiritually oriented people who are laity, not priests.

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    harry replied

    Jim, you are right. I don’t think Ron knows how to write romance. He is romance challenged. God love him, he does try but he takes two people and goes from 0 to 100 without any build up creating that wonderful climatic action followed by resolution which we all remember.

    AJQ replied

    If RC’s a comedian, I keep missing the joke. He said some pertinent things about the genre, but they don’t really apply to the current GH that I see.

    But RC, can’t seem to help himself from throwing shade on others. Really, why say there are writers who “complain” about having to do 26 episodes? Why not say you know how hard it is to do 26 episodes, so I want to congratulate my staff for all the hard work they do producing 260 episodes a year? There’s no need to throw shade. There’s no need to use the word complain. It is hard to write 26 episodes, it’s hard to write a 120 page movie script. It’s hard to do anything and do it well. Volume isn’t impressive for the sheer sake of volume. Does it mean that because RC does 260 scripts a year, he would knock it out of the park and win an Oscar if he just decided to write one movie?

    Which brings me to RC’s latest. He tweed yesterday, “Birdman was not a good movie. Wake up Academy.” He didn’t say he was disappointed that another movie didn’t win. He didn’t say that he thought another movie was better. He said it wasn’t even good. So the guy who blocks people on twitter who criticize his writing, took to twitter to diss someone else’s work, saying it wasn’t any good.

    I guess you’re right Jimh, RC is quite the comedian.

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    su0000 replied

    Hi Harry :)
    umm romance..
    romance /roʊˈmæns/ verb
    romances; romanced; romancing
    Learner’s definition of ROMANCE
    1
    [+ object] : to have or try to have a romantic relationship with (someone)
    He was always romancing younger women.
    She was romanced by several wealthy young men.
    2
    [+ object] US : to give special attention to (someone) in order to get something that you want from that person
    The museum’s director spends a lot of time romancing potential donors.
    a college athlete who’s being romanced by several pro teams
    3
    [no object] : to talk about something in a way that makes it seem better than it really is
    They were romancing about the past.

    Harry .. #3 = you romancing the soaps :) lol

  2. ConnieMac says:

    well done, well deserved.

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  3. shampree says:

    I just want to say that I love this soap, with this particular soap you never know what your gonna get and it also makes you wonder a lot about what you think will happen and what actually happens. #Love General Hospital

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    Nick D. replied

    That’s the essence of why I love the show. Always a surprise. Never (or rarely) a dull moment.

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  4. Taeylor says:

    GH isn’t perfect; however, it isn’t the mess it was when Guza was writing. Everyone wanted VETS back and we got them.

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  5. aria says:

    I noticed that i often find my self being very critical of Rc and his work, but he’s proven that he has more passion and love for GH especially compare to Robert Guza. jr. I don’t like everything he does, but who like everything any one does? I guess if i have to say i’m overall glad he’s writing for Gh then anyone one else and especially Robert Guza jr…Congrats RC and GH writing team.

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    Rodd replied

    Well said, Aria!

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  6. Linda says:

    Congratulations Ron and the entire GH writing staff. The popularity of GH should prove to ABC that they were wrong to cancel 2/3 of Love In The Afternoon. Some people bitch constantly about GH’s story lines. I’ve been watching GH for most of it’s 52 years and just love it. Long Live GH and the soap genre!!

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  7. su0000 says:

    AHHa!
    So True!
    Ron told it like it is, and we love it !

    I liked his honest speech, right on !!

    Long Live The Soaps!
    BRAVO GH! … well done!

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  8. Jimmy says:

    I’m so happy that Ron and Frank came on to GH and saved it from cancellation back a few years ago. Throughout their time so far, there have been some great stories and as some exasperating ones (i.e. Fluke), but I think the positives really do outweigh the negatives here. There have been some questionable choices made (killing off Connie and A.J. being at the top of the list) but there have also been some great choices (like bringing Jason back as Jake). There have also been a slew of vets who returned, plus some phenomenal additions to the cast, and the 50th anniversary year was great.

    That said, I hope Ron isn’t planning to do another back-from-the-dead story for the 52 anniversary year. He alluded to it at the very end of the speech and it makes me a bit nervous that he’s planning to bring another character back that is presumed to be dead. Unless it’s Ava, who we all know isn’t really dead, I don’t see the point. The cast is so rich already, and while bringing back characters from the past suits certain stories well, in other cases it simply isn’t needed. And with so many presumed dead characters being revived in the past few years (Duke, A.J., Jason, Julian, Nina, Helena, Stavros, etc.) I don’t see the purpose for another story like that.

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    Dan replied

    I think his “back from the dead” line was in reference to GH coming back from the brink of cancellation, to celebrate its 52nd year on the air this year.

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    Walter Ian Kaye replied

    Exactly. And Nina doesn’t count as back from the dead, since there was never any implicit death, just an obvious lie by her mother.

  9. Reen says:

    Wow. Bad taste to shade the folks in the audience, most of which have superior talent. It’s the quality, not the quantity when writing and telling a story, A movie isn’t judged by it’s length, nor is a tv series. I’d take 20 quality episodes in a heartbeat over 260 poorly written ones. Sadly his reference to all genres soaps represent doesn’t apply to GH, with exception of camp. Camp, camp with the addition of camp on the side.
    I love good storytelling in any form. Books, theatre, film and television but storytelling is much more than linking a few plot points together with some wink at the camera hamminess.

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    su0000 replied

    If I had your disgust with any soap I would not watch it..
    Seems
    GH is not the soap for you.. enjoy what makes you happy and stop your suffering by not watching GH.. :)

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    Reen replied

    I have given up. But above Michael asked our comments on the acceptance speech and I was providing my thoughts. I didn’t realize that group think was required.

    4ever DAYS replied

    LOL, su0000! It seems as if you’re using reverse psychology by telling people to stop watching, which causes them to want to watch! I should do that with the DAYS complainers!!!

    su0000 replied

    Hi 4everDays..
    I’m an actual real ”’fan”’ of GH …lol
    Yes! I am a honest to goodness ”fan” (I am very rare lol)

    Hey– all that matters is that you love and enjoy your soap..
    To heck with the bitchers whiners and complainers, you just enjoy your soap! don’t let their grumpy noise bother you! :)

    Long live the soaps!!

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    Rose replied

    Reen…I don’t think Ron meant any disrespect to anyone in the room. After all, some actors who started their careers in soaps have gone on to “larger careers”, and have even won an Academy Award like Julianne Moore this year. He just wanted to point out what makes the soaps different, and in my mind, a genre that has never gotten the respect it deserves, or has been said to have less superior talent. Soaps have always been a little “campy,” a place to drop out of real life, mostly about relationships. To me they are a variation of romance novels for many. So don’t look for incredible writing EVERY day, anymore than prime-time or film hits it right with everything. And this comment is coming from someone who has not been happy with the Fluke story, but very happy that soaps and GH are still here, as tenuous as it is.

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    DidjaNoit replied

    Reen, group think is required for most sites these days, lol, especially when it comes to Ron Carlivati. If you don’t think he’s right up there with Shakespeare, the RC fans don’t want to read an honest opinion of him. The fact that he can’t put together a single original and cohesive storyline for GH doesn’t matter to them at all. I agree with your assessment of RC, and for the record, I also stopped watching GH, two years ago. Unfortunately for me, I also have to keep track of the show for others, so I can’t completely shake it loose.

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    reen replied

    Funny you should mention Shakespeare. I’ve taken the Gh hour and used it to re-read a lot of the classics- Count of Monte Cristo, Great Gatsby, Song of Solomon, The Sun also Rises and my favorite, Othello. Talk about full of soapy goodness. Love, betrayal, deceit, manipulation, jealousy- all the attributes that used to make a soap a fun view. After 35 years as a fan, Ron’s writing style ended it for me. For those who love it- that’s great. Vive la différence!

    harry replied

    I’m with you, Reen. I am still holding on and maybe catching a couple of snippets of GH every week.
    For better or for worse, I do not want it go anywhere.
    I wish we could start a literary group in which we talk about books we are reading with the time left from abstaining from GH.
    I love your reading list and have read and taught all of those novels. I just re read The Great Gatsby for the 100th time. That slim novel reads like a prose poem and is so self contained and full of undiscovered gems, that I make a new discovery upon every reading.

  10. Chris says:

    I agree. Yes, Ron pens 250-260 episodes per year, but the large majority of those contain drivel material, and that’s NOT an accomplishment to me. Quality in storytelling should supercede quantity. He had no right to put down other writers in the audience just because they don’t write as much material.

    This man seems like an egomaniac who’s quite full of himself. Supposedly, he can’t handle even mild criticism of his work. IMO, GH is succeeding right now IN SPITE OF his work.

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  11. su0000 says:

    lol!
    said–
    TV series writer writes ’26′ episodes a year
    Soap writer writes ’260′ episodes a year

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  12. Lew S says:

    Gotta say, GH is the best written and most entertaining soap and by far, has the best cast.
    Well-deserved award.

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  13. Timmm says:

    I love the shot Ron took at network TV. Critics and TV watchers never seem to give the soap genre enough credit and the fans of soaps can at times be to critical of the storytelling. Case in point in primetime you write 23 episodes a season for “Two and a half Men.” 23 episodes where you have to put words in the mouths of 3-5 weekly characters on the show. Now look at GH. 260 shows a year and daily, your putting words into around 10 characters mouths. Weekly, the characters change so the writers are writing dialogue for around 25 actors? Holy SHI*! A primetime classic show that has a 100 plus shows is relevant and give the writers credit because these shows usually live on in syndication BUT, come on, soap writers write their hands off EVERY week and are responsible for their show staying on the air 50 plus years. Congrats Ron, you have my respect, others should follow!

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    su0000 replied

    Right! and-
    Something really good happened to GH..
    GH was recognized and was honored for the writing, that is a very good thing..
    And there are some people that can’t be gracious and congratulate the team but they have need to piss on their parade with their grumpiness..

    CONGRATS GH !!

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  14. mfarris70 says:

    Bravo to Carlivati and his team! I would challenge any experienced TV writer to write 262 great episodes a year. It can’t be done. But on the whole I thoroughly enjoy GH each and every day.

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  15. abruzzfan says:

    GH is the best! Well-done RC and GH writers! Congrats on your well-deserved award.

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  16. Michael says:

    I love him for lots of reasons but mostly because he (and Frank) clearly loves the soap genre. His work
    Is alternatively entertaining or topical or both. I’ll never forget the gay storyline he did on One Life. Things were pretty different just five or so years ago, and the risks they took with that story made me a fan.Plus I think he is quite handsome.

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