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BREAKING NEWS: General Hospital wins WGA Award!

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Courtesy/ABC

The ousted writing team of General Hospital took home the WGA Award in the Daytime Serial category at ceremonies held tonight at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles! The writing honors are for excellence in motion pictures, television series and specials, new media, and video games.

The General Hospital writing team of Meg Bennett, Nathan Fissell, David Goldschmid, Robert Guza, Jr., Karen Harris, Elizabeth Korte, Mary Sue Price, Michele Val Jean, Susan Wald, and Tracey Thomson, bested teams from All My Children and The Young and the Restless to nab the prize.

Michele Val Jean, who is now writing at B&B, took to her facebook page after GH’s victory stating,  “Bittersweet WGA Award win for the (decimated) writing team of General Hospital.  Congrats to all my former colleagues.  It was a great ride and we got one last trophy to boot.”    Meanwhile, according to a tweet from Variety’s, Dave McNary, scribe Karen Harris noted in the GH acceptance speech that ABC did not buy seats for their nominated writers!

The rules for submission and judging in the daytime writing category were that each daytime drama submitted three scripts and a précis, which is a recap that covers an integrated period of time and describes what has been happening on the program, and the relationships of the characters.  WGA does not comment on what episodes were submitted by the nominees.   You can view the complete list of winners here.

So what do you think of the victory for the GH writing team? Let us know!

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Alley
Alley

I’m still shocked they were nominated…

Amy
Amy

AWESOME!!!!

bonnie
bonnie

I bet the story line was that of Michael in prision and the struggle he went thru . That could be the only story line that was worthy in my opion. Its a shame they killed Abby I thought she added alot to the team of actors. Chad Duell should defenitly get the emmy for his part in the story It was well told congratulations to GH

Heather
Heather

While I’m happy for General Hospital, Guza does not deserve any award. This idiot has destroyed General Hospital for more than 10 years with his ridiculous-Sonny-mob-nonsense to the point that the show may very well end this year.

If there’s one thing that I must congratulate Brian Frons for, that’s his decision to get rid of Guza. Too bad he hadn’t done it long before.

Jules
Jules

What. A. Joke.

aria
aria

It’s ironic thats for sure. I don’t dispute their talent, but they have to realize fans were not happy w/ what they were putting out. Guza only concentrated on a handful of characters yet had a cast of five times that. He didn’t get the concept of balance, they ignore the own shows rich history, and quite honestly got cocky thinking just because they had an awesome cast that they could ride of from that. They turn the show so dark and so repetitive, it was like groundhog day everyday w/ Sonny, Carly and jason, and their gang. Fans kept begging for balance and we never got it. So, michele val jean, the reason that your team finally got decimated was because your team lived in this closed box were you only listen to yourself, and forgot that there was an audience you were suppose to be writing for.

Christine (formerly known as Jenna)
Christine (formerly known as Jenna)

I really don’t know what to say about this one.

When award-winning Breaking Bad wins AND the previous writing team for General Hospital, which, by most accounts, has been rife with complaints by the fans … I’m speechless and, apparently, I can’t finish my thought. 🙂

I mean Breaking Bad is kind of in a class by itself. For the most part, it has excellent writing. GH on the other hand. Maybe the WGA just likes drug cartels and mobster storylines or the other contenders didn’t submit their best work???

david
david

I can’t believe OLTL writers were not nominated. I can’t believe ABC was too cheap to buy seats for their nominated writers. ABC/Disney has to be the lowest form of corporate sleaze. They didn’t even care if GH won and garnered positive publicity? GH is finished–they have already made their decision.

toscanti
toscanti

Another example of poor leadership helming ABC daytime!!!!!!

Debbie Hamilton
Debbie Hamilton

The GWA Award was wonderful! Kudos to the writers 🙂 I am so praying ourr beloved soaps AMC and OLTL return to us and with GH still going strong that soon we will
all be back to normal and our sad hearts will be healed.
Onward and upward General Hospital Gods Blessings to you always. We love you!

heidi
heidi

I think it’s great! Wish it could have been OLTL but if not them… happy it was GH! Disappointed ABC did not pay for seats for their nominated writing team! More and more it is sounding like GH is going to be stopped in the near future and I am so sad to have to worry about that. Please someone save our soaps!

Debi
Debi

WOW. Now that comment makes me believe it is over.

Jan
Jan

Lets be honest GH has been winning policitly for how many years now.
OLTL was just as good.

barbara t
barbara t

I love the sonny corinthous show,I mean general hospital, but its boring and the writing has been bad ,do these idiots watch the soaps every day,where is the award for the writing that was done on one life to live?are you kidding me, I think that all these so called judges should have to watch the soaps every day 5 days a week because the stories on one life to live are far better then anything I have seen on general hospital in over a decade,help me here ,what story has stood out on general hospital that should get this award?the only stories are ,sonny this ,and sonny that,and the finger painting of franco,its always the same characters every day,the same recycled crap.In one year when this award comes around again,I wonder if general hospital will win .because as far as Im concerned the writers who took over gh now, are the ones who should have gotten the wga award yesterday ,or when ever they picked the winner.anyway on a brighter note ,abc are you paying attention ?

Iakovos
Iakovos

I would have expected GH to prevail over AMC and Y&R in this awards derby, especially with the assumption it was the intervention storyline that was submitted. It was riveting television and allowed excellent actors to excellent work.

Sad to hear — but not surprised — ABC did not promote the show by buying seats for its nominees (even if they are no longer on board). Where is the respect afforeded others in corporate America, including Hollywood?

Torrey
Torrey

Too bad OLTL wasn’t on that list….where they should have been.

Debi
Debi

OK this is how the situation was explained to me. The writers who won, (which I can’t figure out how) were the old writing team. Now we are on to a new team.
Cancellation may not be lurking like I thought it was after I read this article.

Jared
Jared

Why don’t these awards decision makers watch the whole year of a soap? GH always has a decent batch of episodes that are potentially award worthy, but the show sucks 95% of the time. Long live ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

barbara t
barbara t

thats what I said ,I dont believe these jerks watch anything except what the actors give them to watch ,and thats the emmys ,so I dont find that to be very fair.and Like you, I agree that general hospital sucked Ill say,99% of the time ,one life to live had very good stories ,and I dont understand why they werent even in the running for a award.how can anyone read 3 scripts and be able to judge a story on that ,it takes months and months to put everything together,one life to live was my choice for best writing ,and I watched all 3 abc soaps ,I know what I saw on t v and theres no doubt in my mind that one life to live had the best stories all year.when gh is on I can leave the room ,come back a week later ,its the same sonny stuff,when oltl is on Im glued to my set from beginning to end,only get commercial breaks,and I do it in record time.dont get me wrong I love gh ,but one life to live was the best soap,and it has been for a very long time.and I dont understand why no body in the award world doesnt see that.

SS
SS

LOL!!!

kay killgore
kay killgore

All I know is I watched yesterday because of this Robin storyline and I almost threw a shoe at the tube if none of you have seen it yet I will keep my mouth shut. But it stunked it up because once again it is all about Jason.As far as I am concerned I hope they bring John McBain on to kick the mob out of town once and for all. Sopranos not!!!!!

barbara t
barbara t

john mcbain knows how to put people in jail and keep them there,to bad bo bucannan cant help him clean up port charles for good,and I also hope that robin isnt dead ,that she walked out of there not knowing who she is.

Michelle
Michelle

hope these new group of writers can switch things up, you can always predict whats going on with sonny, jason, sam, johnny and his crazy father/granddaddy. and especially that franco role, come on now, really! every week nothing changes. they really need to be done with that mob crap, its done, out lived itself. i’m pretty sure sonny get tired of shooting people and nothing happens to him. the writers know they can be very creative when it comes to changing storylines, but don’t change storylines thats just gonna say the same thing at the end

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What a fun reveal by General Hospital and Ingo Rademacher!  And with that, look who’s coming home to Port Charles?  Hot on the heels of his stop over at The Bold and the Beautiful where he took over the role of Thorne Forrester, the GH fan favorite is back at his old stomping grounds.

In the video teaser, Jax and Carly’s (Laura Wright) last goodbye scene plays, which aired the last time Ingo was on GH, and then the camera pans to the back of a man’s head watching the TV

“Oh, come on!  Well, that can’t be the end. Cause it’s not,” says the guy.  In true soap opera fashion, the camera reveals it’s Rademacher who states: “I’m coming back to General Hospital and Jax’s legacy is going to continue in a big way. See you soon.”

So, will Jax be back in Carly’s arms or someone else’s? What will happen when Josslyn (Eden McCoy) reunites with her father?  Will Jax be involved in a major mystery? Share your thoughts on Ingo’s return to GH via the comment section below.  But first, check out the teaser video that contained this exciting cast addition announcement.

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After posting a photo from an empty dressing room, Dominic Zamprogna certainly had General Hospital fans interest piqued!  Turns out, Zamprogna is back shooting at the ABC daytime drama series for what it appears to be a short appearance and reprising his role as Dante Falconeri.

As fans know, Dominic departed GH in 2018, after 9 years in the role.  In the photo he posted on social media, Zamprogna is in one of GH’s temporary dressing rooms for the day.  His original dressing room was re-assigned to Josh Swickard (Chase), when Dom exited the show.

The last time viewers saw Dante was in the Sonny-centric episode; where Dante is the mobster and Sonny is by the book.

In current GH story, the character of Dante has been recently mentioned following his wife, Lulu (Emme Rylan) being stabbed by serial killer, Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom).  Dante’s parents, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) also discussed his whereabouts. Dante had gone undercover on a major case after leaving Port Charles.

From all reports, it seems that Dominic is making a short return, but it will be more than just a one-day stint.  So, stay tuned.

So, will Dante return to Lulu’s side? Do you hope Dominic’s return means more down the line? Comment below.

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TONIGHT: GH’s Maurice Benard As John Gotti In Lifetime’s ‘Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter’

Fans and colleagues of Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) have been eagerly waiting to see the General Hospital star take on the role of famous mobster, John Gotti. Well, tonight (February 9th) is the night!  Make sure to watch the Daytime Emmy-winner in Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter on Lifetime at 8pmEST/7CST.

In the log lines for the movie. it relates: “Executive produced by Victoria Gotti herself, the movie takes us deep into the world of what it was really like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world.  Sharing never-before-revealed stories about her life, Victoria (Chelsea Frei) tells of a sensitive child growing up with a beloved father (Maurice Benard) she worried about constantly; the tragedy of her younger brother’s death; and her turbulent romance, forbidden by her father, with the man who later became her husband.  Victoria had a front-row seat to a life the world became fascinated with, all while trying to reconcile the loving father she adored with a man the outside world was determined to bring down. . The film is based on Gotti’s book This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti.  Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating.

Benard spoke with ABC Soaps In Depth about taking on the role and wanting to get the performance just right, where he expressed: “That’s up to the audience to decide.  I played him like a real-life guy who’s loyal to his people and loves his family — and that’s kind of what the story is about. It’s through Victoria’s eyes and told with complete compassion.”

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As to how playing Gotti compared to his role as Port Charles’ loveable mobster, Sonny Corinthos, Maurice added: “When I was shooting the role, I didn’t really know how different it was from Sonny. But my last day, I wrapped at about 1 in the morning in Canada, flew back and went straight to work as Sonny. I remember shooting the scene and thinking, ‘Wow, Sonny’s in about second gear, Gotti’s in about fourth or fifth gear!’ It’s two different energies.”

Check out the promo for tonight’s Lifetime Movie starring Maurice as John Gotti below, and the let us know if you will be watching, and if you caught it, what you thought of Maurice’s performance, and the movie via the comment section below.

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