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Daytime's Master Headwriters: Their Strongest and Weakest Work

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Same here.  Thanks, vetsoapfan.  :)

It's ironic how neither Agnes Nixon nor Douglas Marland were able to sustain any quality on LOVING, a show they co-created.  Same goes for Bridget and Jerome Dobson and SANTA BARBARA.  

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Mine are probably the obvious, but just to contribute...

Bradley Bell:

Strongest: B&B 1993-1995

Honorable Mention: B&B 1998-2002ish

Weakest:2003-present (though there have been some bright spots in the past few years)

 

James E. Reilly 

DOOL:

Strongest:1993-1998

Weakest:2003-2006

 

PASSIONS:

Strongest:1999-2003

Weakest:2004-2008

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People need to update their definition of "Master Headwriter." 

I have checked the Soap Opera Digest synopses for 1977, and Sharon's declaration of love for Julie on DAYS took place in August, months after Pat Falken Smith's departure in April. Ann Marcus had taken over as headwriter during the third week of April, 1977, so the bulk of the Duvall material played out under her supervision.

 

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Look at you researching like a ninja! :lol: Amazingness.

The internet is a wonderful thing, and allows us all access to all sorts of historical information. Jason's DAYS History site is an amazing resource.

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Same here.  Thanks, vetsoapfan.  :)

It's ironic how neither Agnes Nixon nor Douglas Marland were able to sustain any quality on LOVING, a show they co-created.  Same goes for Bridget and Jerome Dobson and SANTA BARBARA.  

The failure of LOVING was quite baffling to me. I thought that between Agnes Nixon and Douglas Marland, success would have been guaranteed. In a later interview, Marland acknowledged that their work together was not successful, but he did not elaborate as to why. I guess even the greatest writers can can their off days. SANTA BARBARA under the Dobsons had a certain tone and style that I felt would not necessarily appeal to everyone, but I think what really killed it was the hiring of Anne Howard Bailey, who was a dreadful writer. After her dismal failures on primetime's BEACON HILL and daytime's HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE, it shocked me that Bailey would ever get a job in soaps again.

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Same here.  Thanks, vetsoapfan.  :)

It's ironic how neither Agnes Nixon nor Douglas Marland were able to sustain any quality on LOVING, a show they co-created.  Same goes for Bridget and Jerome Dobson and SANTA BARBARA.  

I've always wondered how much Marland actually contributed to the creation of Loving. Dan Wakefield was originally slated to be the co-creator along with Nixon. But then he left and was replaced by Marland. And supposedly the show's premiere was delayed from March to June. I wonder how the show changed after Marland came on board.

 

 

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People need to update their definition of "Master Headwriter." 

I have checked the Soap Opera Digest synopses for 1977, and Sharon's declaration of love for Julie on DAYS took place in August, months after Pat Falken Smith's departure in April. Ann Marcus had taken over as headwriter during the third week of April, 1977, so the bulk of the Duvall material played out under her supervision.

 

1977-08-DAYS-2.jpg

 

Look at you researching like a ninja! :lol: Amazingness.

The internet is a wonderful thing, and allows us all access to all sorts of historical information. Jason's DAYS History site is an amazing resource.

Thanks.

 

Same here.  Thanks, vetsoapfan.  :)

It's ironic how neither Agnes Nixon nor Douglas Marland were able to sustain any quality on LOVING, a show they co-created.  Same goes for Bridget and Jerome Dobson and SANTA BARBARA.  

The failure of LOVING was quite baffling to me. I thought that between Agnes Nixon and Douglas Marland, success would have been guaranteed. In a later interview, Marland acknowledged that their work together was not successful, but he did not elaborate as to why. I guess even the greatest writers can can their off days. SANTA BARBARA under the Dobsons had a certain tone and style that I felt would not necessarily appeal to everyone, but I think what really killed it was the hiring of Anne Howard Bailey, who was a dreadful writer. After her dismal failures on primetime's BEACON HILL and daytime's HOW TO SURVIVE A MARRIAGE, it shocked me that Bailey would ever get a job in soaps again.

And then to work AGAIN at DAYS after such an awful track record (particularly when Patrick Mulcahey has basically admitted the staff would rewrite ALL of her work before it went to air because it was so god-awful), a move which the show didn't recover from until Reilly's stories took off five years later (and, though I love that era, I question whether or not that's a good thing). It's utterly baffling. The woman must have been the ultimate sweet talker, because her work never backed up the amount of employment she'd get.

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Yeah, I really think the last head writer to have any modicum of control over the direction of GH in that period would have been Pat Falken Smith. After that, it seems to me to have been a very active collaboration with Monty, though I imagine she had her hands in Marland and PFS' work to some degree as well. 

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I started watching soaps at the age of 12 almost 13 in the fall of 1987.  Next week i turn 41 my late mother got me hooked on her soaps. I became hooked by all the scandalous goings on in Pine Valley, Lianview, Port Charles never was into Loving. I soon started watching Days, AW, ATWT and GL. I loved the supercouple era of Days. I got to watch the tail end of Pam Long's second GL run and Nancy Curlee's amazing run. I started watching ATWT in 1989 the late Douglas Marland was a master storyteller. ATWT wouldn't completely recover after Mr. Marland's untimely death. I loved the late Paul Rauch's outlandish and over the top run on OLTL which lead to Malone's/ Griffith's/Gottieb's social relevant OLTL. Soaps back in the day were so much fun if forgot to record them on my VCR i would be so pissed now if forget to DVR them i don't really care.Soaps took a downhill turn in the mid to late 90's. To me GH has been unwatchable for the last 15 years. Days has a major reboot every couple of years which starts out strong than fizzles.

Pretty much how I feel. I tend to think soaps lost their last chance in 1994 and 1995, when the response to declining ratings was pushing hardcore racism and misogyny and brain dead writing.

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Yeah, I really think the last head writer to have any modicum of control over the direction of GH in that period would have been Pat Falken Smith. After that, it seems to me to have been a very active collaboration with Monty, though I imagine she had her hands in Marland and PFS' work to some degree as well. 

I think Monty was producing an entertaining show with the actors generating tons of chemistry and acting the crap out of lackluster stories for most of her first tenure.  The exceptions for me are those first few years under Marland and PFS the show had stories and again once Pat returned, the show once again had stories.  I feel those two periods are the best of the Monty era, even if I loved it overall.

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Guy's how was Nina Laemmie short run as head writer on Days?  there's not to much info on that era online.

I would actually love to hear more about this, too. Isn't she the one who did that famous "massacre" and wrote out like 12 major characters immediately, and then populated the show with new faces?

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