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.