Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Writers Guild Snubs 3 of 4 Network Soaps, Hands “General Hospital” A Default Win for Best Written Daytime Drama


There are three soap operas still on network TV– “The Young and the Restless” and “Bold and the Beautiful” on CBS, “Days of our Lives” on NBC, and “General Hospital” on ABC.

But apparently three of the four are so badly written that the Writers Guild decided to skip them entirely for nominations for their TV awards today. Only “General Hospital” was nominated. By default, they win.

No one can say for sure, but such a happenstance is rare for the WGA and unknown in the awards games.

“Y&R” is the number 1 rated soap but they just changed writing staffs after a bad couple of years, so maybe that’s why they were passed over. The other two I don’t know what happened– could they be so bad? Those two are each legacy shows, run by the sons of the people who created them. They’ve all been on the air since James Garfield was president. But maybe this will make them a look at what they’re doing.

Is “General Hospital” so good? Whenever I’m in the hospital visiting a friend or relative I always look around to see if there’s a sniper in the gift shop or a doctor and nurse having sex in a closet, or a good baby switch going on. You never see it, unfortunately. Real life can’t compete!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Read more

In Other News