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BREAKING NEWS: General Hospital wins WGA Award!

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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
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Alley

I’m still shocked they were nominated…

Amy
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Amy

AWESOME!!!!

bonnie
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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
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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
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Jules

What. A. Joke.

aria
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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… Read more »

Christine (formerly known as Jenna)
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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
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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
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toscanti

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

Debbie Hamilton
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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
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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
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Debi

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

Jan
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Jan

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

barbara t
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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… Read more »

Iakovos
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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
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Torrey

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

Debi
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

SS
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SS

LOL!!!

kay killgore
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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
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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
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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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GH’s Chad Duell and Y&R’s Courtney Hope Tie the Knot in Steampunk Style Wedding in Front of Castmates and Loved Ones

Overnight, images began to circulate, as well as plenty of congratulations abound, for General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and The Young and the Restless’ Courtney Hope (Sally) as the two officially became husband and wife on Saturday night.

As we previously reported, the couple were set for their nuptials this weekend, and from what has been posted, Chad and Courtney had a steampunk-themed and styled wedding, and both wore red.

Many of their castmates and colleagues were in attendance including: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny,), Laura Wright (Carly), Wes Ramsey (Peter), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and series executive producer, Frank Valentini, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Annika Noelle (Hope), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Shirley) and Katrina Bowden (Flo), and The Young and the Restless’ Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Hunter King (Ex-Summer), and more.

The outdoor evening nuptials held in Malibu, California were shares on Courtney Hope’s Instagram story, and Laura Wright also posted several photos of the attendees on her IG.

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Pictured with Eden McCoy and Wes Ramsey, Wright enthused on the big night for her TV son, Chad Duell: “Tonight was an amazing night #TilDeath #GHBaby #Dope #Daytimefamily #steampunk”

In addition, Katherine Kelly Lang posted the first dance of newlyweds, Chad and Courtney, on her IG. 

Now, share your congratulations to Chad and Courtney via the comment section below.

 

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

Photo: New Mexican

The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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