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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

Breaking News

Daytime Emmys To Remain Virtual For Upcoming 2021 Ceremony

With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

In a statement, NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp expressed on the organization’s decision:“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall. However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, we have decided to remain “virtual” in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.

The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Port Charles Learns a Bomb Caused the Explosion as Lives are Forever Changed

This week’s General Hospital has reminded us all of why we love daytime drama and why GH possesses some of the finest performers in the genre.

Wednesday’s episode featured several emotionally-charged and gut-wrenching moments as loved ones find out the fate of several people in crisis, or have to deliver terrible news in the wake of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib, which already had taken the lives of Dev (Ashton Arbab) and Dustin (Mark Lawson).

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As we begin, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) has a passed-out Lulu (Emme Rylan) in his arms and brings her to Portia (Brook Kerr), who sends her for tests.  And in true soap opera fashion, just as Lulu was presumably going to tell Dane she still loved him and wanted him back (following Dustin’s death) … he never heard what she had to say.

 

Laura (Genie Francis) fills in Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) that Dev did not make it, and then Liz decides to tell her son, Cameron (William Lipton) the heartbreaking news while he is recovering from his injuries.  When she does, Cam is overcome and devastated as his mother holds him in her arms.  Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) is filling-in Trina (Sydney Mikayla) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) about Dev’s untimely death.

Later, with Laura present, Portia tells Lulu’s loved ones that she has a cerebral contusion, and that there is a a traumatic brain injury which has caused swelling on the brain.  Laura and Dante look on devastated.  Portia then says they have already rushed Lulu to urgent surgery.

Julian (William deVry) is with Ava (Maura West) at Wyndemere.  She is attempting to hide him there, while he figures out his next step after planting the bomb.  However, Jason (Steve Burton) shows up looking for Julian now that Sonny found out that a bomb caused the explosion that ravaged the Floating Rib.  From that point on calls are made to ensure Sonny’s family is protected as a mob war is about to go down. Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jason believe all roads lead back to Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober).

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Jason leaves Wyndemere before spotting Julian; leaving a distraught Ava to come down hard on her brother … he has two choices…  leave Port Charles, which she will help him do, or stay, and if he stays, she will not help him or be a part of his life.  While they are discussing his next move, they learn Lulu is now in critical condition from the bomb.  Ava tells Julian in no uncertain terms that everything he has done has come with a cost.  Jason shows up at the Corinthos home where Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is not happy about any of this, finds out along with Carl,y that Jason believes he was the target at the Floating Rib.

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As Liz is struggling to hold it together with Franco (Roger Howath) having brain surgery, she speaks with Scott (Kin Shriner), who did not know of his son’s tumor.  She shares with Franco’s dad that Franco is worried he will wake up a very different person.  Liz is told Franco is out of surgery, and is in tears over his hospital bed.  She prays he will be alright and Franco wakes up!

Portia tells Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Laura, and Dante that Lulu is out of surgery but in a coma, which Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) points out is normal in these situations. Dante goes to sit by Lulu’s bedside and begs her to wake up.

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Then, in devastating news for Laura, Lucas (Matt Trudeau) gives her the real 411 on Lulu.  He tells Laura that Lulu’s brain started swelling the minute she hit her head at the Floating Rib, and that her injury got worse the longer she was not checked out.  Laura achingly realizes Lulu was so worried about Dustin that she never was immediately checked out for head trauma.  Lucas lets Laura know that Lulu’s recovery could take a very long time, if she recovers at all.

Heart-tugging performances throughout the stellar episode were given by: Dominic Zamprogna, Genie Francis, William Lipton, Rebecca Herbst, and Maura West in very intense and dramatic scenes.

So, what have you thought of this week’s episodes of GH? The fate of Lulu? The performances from yesterday’s airshow? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Ashton Arbab Says Farewell To General Hospital: “It Was Such An Honor To Have Worked Alongside Of Such Talented Actors”

Yesterday, viewers of General Hospitals witnessed that as a result of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib; it meant the end of the road for a couple of characters.  One of those was Dev, and thus ends Ashton Arbab’s over two-year run in the role.

In key scenes, Dev dies in the ambulance ride to the hospital and thanks Sonny (Maurice Benard) for making him a part of the family and tells Sonny to tell Josslyn (Eden McCoy) that he is sorry.  Will Sonny recall what Dev said and pass that on to Joss? Will anyone figure out Dev’s duplicity in keeping Joss and Cameron (William Burton) apart? Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Ashton took to Twitter on Tuesday and shared these words of praise and ‘thank you’ for his time on the ABC daytime drama series.

 

Arbab expressed: “I am forever grateful to Producer Frank Valentini and Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) for this amazing opportunity. It was such an honor to have worked along side of such talented actors and I’m beyond blessed for your friendship. Most of all thank you General Hospital fans.”

So, what did you think of Dev being killed-off? Will you miss Ashton? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.


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