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#1 Nothin'ButAttitude

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:41 PM

Didn't see a thread on here like this so I wanted to start one. . . .

 

Wanna lighten the mood up (when it comes to writers on soaps--at least the current bunch) and get everyone to take a stroll down their own memory lanes and simply ask, who is the best head writer(s) in soaps (in your opinion)? The one that defined you and had you in their palm of their hands. What stories did they pen that you loved? Characters they created that you loved? 


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:43 PM

Lorraine Broderick via her work on AMC reigns supreme for me.


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:48 PM

The teams who wrote GL, AW and ATWT from about 1987 to about 1993 (give or take a year or two)!  P & G soaps?  Surprise surprise!!!!!


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:53 PM

William J. Bell and Douglas Marland
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Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:55 PM

Mine would have to be Nancy Curlee's team 90-93. I feel that those 3.5 years was some of the best produced daytime EVER. Looking back and reading old GL fans viewpoints, some felt that GL was going to die after KZ left the show (the first time), but I love watching old footage and seeing that Curlee balanced the show as a soap should be. No one character was the center of GL. Everyone shared the spotlight and took center stage every now and then. And Curlee did develop/create one of my favorite soap families--the Speakes/Grants. Gilly Grant was EVERYTHING. Smart. Sexy. Strong. She was that modern day black beauty that soaps needed at that time. 

 

Bill Bell and the small amounts that I've seen of Marland fit in there too. I liked Peggy Sloane's (92-94) & Carolyn Culliton's (94-95) reigns at AW too. 


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 08:59 PM

Based on what I've seen, Bill Bell, Kay Alden, Douglas Marland.

 

Honorary mentions to Agnes Nixon and Harding Lemay. They would be on that list, too, if I had seen more of their material.

 

I wonder how I would feel about Irna Phillips.


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:01 PM

Henry Slesar at Edge of Night 

 

Bill Bell

 

Douglas Marland, especially at ATWT. 

 

Nancy Curlee. 

 

Richard Culliton at AW and AMC

 

The Dobsons at GL (what I've seen) and some of Santa Barbara

 

Not choosing people I have heard good things about but rarely seen their work 


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:04 PM

Henry Slesar at Edge of Night 

 

 

Not choosing people I have heard good things about but rarely seen their work 

 

Sorry :lol: Just had to mention them!

 

Henry Slesar--reminds me, gotta continue with those lovely episodes!


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:05 PM

Going by what I've seen in my years, absolutely Bill Bell, and Henry Slesar. Doug Marland's GH was fantastic too, though I've never been enough into ATWT to really follow his work there.


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:06 PM

Doug Marland---Both his GL stint and ATWT. I wish I had been older and able to watch more of GL, but the introduction of the Reardons, the Nola/Kelly/Morgan triangle and the Ross/Carrie story really hooked me. And yes, his writing on ATWT veered into some dark, depressing stories, but there was ALWAYS balance. In terms of characters and story. If someone was going through a horrible breakup, there was always someone else falling in love. Most of all, I loved his sense of community and family.

 

Pam Long. Yeah...she rode the Reva train into the ground, but before I was sick of Reva (and secretly relieved she'd gone off that bridge) I was totally engrossed. I think (but I'm not positive) she wrote the "Three Musketeers" era, which I loved.

 

Whoever wrote ''90-'94 of GL. Other than the Matt/Vanessa crap, it was good.


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:08 PM

I wasn't taking a jab at you, sorry. I just know the lists often include people we're told were great headwriters. I would love to list Harding Lemay but I've seen about one episode and a few scenes.


Doug Marland---Both his GL stint and ATWT. I wish I had been older and able to watch more of GL, but the introduction of the Reardons, the Nola/Kelly/Morgan triangle and the Ross/Carrie story really hooked me. And yes, his writing on ATWT veered into some dark, depressing stories, but there was ALWAYS balance. In terms of characters and story. If someone was going through a horrible breakup, there was always someone else falling in love. Most of all, I loved his sense of community and family.

 

Pam Long. Yeah...she rode the Reva train into the ground, but before I was sick of Reva (and secretly relieved she'd gone off that bridge) I was totally engrossed. I think (but I'm not positive) she wrote the "Three Musketeers" era, which I loved.

 

Whoever wrote ''90-'94 of GL. Other than the Matt/Vanessa crap, it was good.

 

She wrote Three Musketeers, yes. I'd also include her, at least for 1983.

 

I haven't seen enough of Marland's GL but I like what I've seen, although it's a little orderly...I tend to prefer a more out of control GL.

 

Totally agree with you about his ATWT (except perhaps the last year, which became very dark)


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:11 PM

 

 

Pam Long. Yeah...she rode the Reva train into the ground, but before I was sick of Reva (and secretly relieved she'd gone off that bridge) I was totally engrossed. I think (but I'm not positive) she wrote the "Three Musketeers" era, which I loved.

 

:P My mom, who was a long time GL fan, said she felt the same way about Reva when we were reminiscing about the show the other day. She said she was elated when Reva drove off that bridge but expressed that Reva never provided a dull moment her original run on the show. 


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:48 PM

Pam k. Long work on GL was great as well....

Marland on GL was phenomenal too

The Dobsons were great on ATWt and GL
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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:54 PM

I of course like the holy trinity (Agnes, Phillips, Bell) but I also have high respect for Clair Larine and Doug Marland. I think Clair and Agnes would be great at creating a soap together. I hope PP will pick up Heart/Soul!!

 

I also think Doug and Bill Bell would campaign themselves real well.

 

Others I would like to mention are Lorraine and Winser.


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 09:58 PM

Agnes. She's the first successful Black writer in soaps....



In all honesty, it doesn't matter so much who the writer is, but the EP in charge (Malone under Gottlieb/Susie Horgan, amazing. Under Valentini, disastrous)....or the Network running things (for example, whether Frons is the head or not )


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 10:17 PM

I would say Bill Bell. Having seen parts of his Days, much of Y&R and B&B I would say he did a great job with character driven story. I love the psychology of his characters. Jill Foster would have to be the character I love the most. He did such a great job always keeping her past current to her character without making it seem tired and old or re-hashed. The affair with Jack in 1983 was one of my favourite stories and continued affecting story for years.

 

I would also say Days and Y&R had such unique identities even with Bell's style they don't seem like carbon copies. B&B had it's own identity but I did notice much of what Bell had learned from Days and Y&R was used on B&B. 

 

If Bell could have done social issues and humour like Nixon and mysteries like Slesar I would say he would have been the perfect writer. 

 

One of the other things I appreciate is he understood the necessity of having a strong working relationship with his EP and was smart enough at a certain point to EP or co-EP his own shows.


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 10:30 PM

Claire Labine, Agnes Nixon, Bill Bell,  Douglas Marland & Loraine Broderick


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 10:35 PM

I got to say Michael Malone for OLTL, Lorraine Broderick for AMC, Claire Labine for GH from personal experience.. Agnes Nixon for OLTL and AMC

 

but from looking at YouTube: Pamela K. Long for GL, Douglas Marland for ATWT, Bill Bell and Kay Alden for Y&R and B&B, harding Lemay for AW;

 

Days it has to be Sheri Anderson


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 10:37 PM

For me, it's a three-way tie among Marland, Slesar and Wisner Washam (AMC).  


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Posted 09 June 2013 - 11:44 PM

Claire Labine on GH. As a kid I had been watching the show since the early 80's but that was a special time for the show and I was a teen and it just spoke to me. So for favorite that I watched as it was happening that is my pick.

I also have to add that now, through YouTube marathon views, Marland was pretty great. As was Bill Bell. But I also love love love that Curlee era GL.
A writer I haven't seen mentioned yet is Pat Falken Smith. She created some of the all time great families and characters on her shows, and she took what Marland started on GH and shot it into space. She is also an interesting character!
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