I don't see Claire Labine and Doug Marland as underrated. They are consistently trotted out as two of the greatest soap writers of all time, especially Marland.
I agree with the Cullitons, especially Richard (since Carolyn has generally not been criticized as he has been). I have made many posts before about their contributions as writers at AW, ATWT, GH, PC, and AMC.
I also agree with Josh Griffith and Lorraine Broderick. With how good Days is right now, Broderick is probably a big part of it. I also loved her ATWT -- the baby Hope story, Eddie and Georgia, Chris finding his way -- although many fans at the time did not like it. Josh Griffith, I am only familiar with from his scripts, not his head writing, but his scripts at ATWT were often very good.
I think David Kreizman is also undderrated. He can be called a "show killer" but the fact is he became headwriter of GL in 2004, when the show was already under threat of cancellation, and the show did not go off the air until five years later, 2009. Some of his stories and other ideas revitalized the show. He also contributed the last really well received new character on ATWT, Reid, and succeeded where Jean Passanante repeatedly failed in presenting a third gay character who was well-developed, integrated into the canvas, and represented a believable alternative to Noah for Luke's affections.
I would also add Chris Whitesell being underrated. He was a cohead at ATWT for awhile with Passanante before it went off the rails. It got really "villain of the month" after he left. He is also co-headwriting Days right now during its period of character-based brilliance.
Edited by jfung79, 19 January 2013 - 11:48 PM.