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BREAKING NEWS: It's official Bob Guza OUT & Garin Wolf IN as GH Head Writer!

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Well, after months of on again and off again speculation that Bob Guza was on his way out as head writer of General Hospital, finally late today, it became true and official!  Guza has been at the helm of GH for 15 years, and many in the industry and the shows longtime fans were feeling that a change needed to be made sooner than later, especially in these dwindling times of the soap genre.

So today, ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons made it official by naming Garin Wolf as the new head writer to take the reins of all the characters you love in Port Charles effective immediately!  Frons in a statement commented,  “Garin is a talented writer and storyteller who has been a part of the General Hospital family for nearly 15 years. His in-depth knowledge and adoration for the show’s legacy will help make a smooth transition and an immediate impact on story. I’m sure he will succeed in taking General Hospital to new heights as he develops characters and storylines that will engage and thrill our viewers.”

Wolf has won two Daytime Emmys and has been working at GH since 1997 and over the years has held various positions on the writing team: associate head writer, breakdown writer and script writer. He has also written for SOAPnet’s: GH: Night Shift and As the World Turns. In addition, in 2008, the WGA published a list of writers who resigned from the guild during the strike by filing for financial core status which included many soap opera notable veteran writers. Garin Wolf was also on the list.  And as fans may know, this is not the first time a writer who went fi-core has later become a head writer for a soap!

So, are you excited about the prospect of new stories and shake-up at GH?  Let us know!

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I’m excited to see what Wolf comes up with…I loved his writing during the writers’ strike. But I’m also nervous about what it might mean for characters/couples I love! I really want more balance on the show, more interaction between characters, character-driven storylines, and the couples I want to be together -Lucky & Liz, Spinelli & Maxie, Ethan & Kristina. Would also love Sonny & Brenda or Jax & Brenda, Kate & Coleman, Alexis & Mac, & Steve & Olivia! Also some Cassadines & Quartermaines back…

Hope Wolf keeps writing for a long, long time.

And the Soap World Rejoices!
This is Terrific News and Loooooooong over due –
Guza drove GH into the ground with his Sonny & Jason fixation –
Appropriate that the clean up guy for this mob fixated show is Mr. Wolf
Good Luck to him!

Well I don’t know if Garrin Wolf is the new head writer or not, but I have never in my long love of General Hospital seen such discusting writing in my life a Vampire come on, and to get rid of Burton was a big mistake, and Mcbain and Todd Manning is a laugh!! they both stink, and so ugly, I think whoever the head writers are they need FIRED!, you have this soap going in so many different directions and one is worse then the next, I know its a matter of time before this soap will be cancelled, Amen…

Cautiously optimistic. One can’t help but wonder if they brought in a new HW to write GH’s swan song. I’m hoping not, but I’d rather watch and see before joining the parade.

One wonders – if Bob Guza has written GH into the ground with his Sonny /Jason ….
Maybe Garin Wolf is a Frons pet and has been brought in to put the final nails in GH’s coffin……..
We’ll see !!!

I mean t say Sonny/Jason fixation.

Anything a new writer can do to punch up the stories now playing on GH would be greatly appreciated by the fans. It is becoming the same old-same old. Let’s finish the Lisa, Robin fiasco soon, please. And also the Abby, Michael frame up by the Zacarras. Did we have to bring back daddy Zacharra? And when will Lucky learn about his other son? I’m holding out for Lucky to lose his so-called Irish wife whose accent is hard to understand, especially, when she talks fast. Luke is a lost cause until he accepts his drinking problem. He now is aiming at Jason so that Jason will get mad enough to kill him. What a sloppy mess…..

BEST NEWS I HAVE HEARD IN FIFTEEN LONG YEARS!!!!!

i hope its not to late… Now Frons needs to be fired as well… I trust nothing that man does…

Brian Fronz is still at the helm and no doubt Garin Wolf had to share his outline ideas and Brian is now happy that these are different but not in conflict with what Fronz wants. So there will be some change for example maybe more airtime and story for others but I am not expecting anything too drastic, this guy is a very safe choice and has been writing for the show for 15 years!

Co-sign Webbie. I would be ecstatic if this didn’t seem so eerily similar to what happened w/ AMC & OLTL — rumours of a cancellation followed by hiring a new (wrap up) head writer. I truly hope this is not the case.

I stopped watching GH about 15 yrs ago, when it became so mob driven and less about the hospital. May have to tune back in unless OLTL finds a miracle and stays on the air.

I think this is great news….but because of what is going on in the soap world…I question whether there is more to this….why now? I have not liked Guza’s writing for a while now…too mob fixated. Hoping Garin gets back to the GH we all know and love…core characters, love stories, character driven s/l…..I usually never take sides when it comes to couples pairing…but I have to say I started watching youtube during the jake storyline…and I have come to love Liason. Wish they would revisit that couple.

I hope he puts mob central in the background and fills in some glaring holes left by Guza. For instance, Who’s Sam’s father? Could Diane be Spinelli’s mom? Built a storyline using character histories. I’ll watch. Frank and Doris Hursley hadn’t counted on a 24/7 mob show, I want an equal balance of mob and hospital storylines.

I hope the change refreshes Port Charles. The mob storylines have become so dark, depressing and repetitive. Once novel, they bore me now. I want new stories with ties to the past — BRING BACK BOBBIE! GIVE ME MORE MONICA! — and more focus on the hospital. It may be too much to see some more “real life” in the mix… economy, world events, social issues, health care issues… GH is not a disaster by any means and has some great actors but a lighter tone, a revisit with the past, and maybe a new family in a new business could open doors for sme of these characters who seem stagnant to me.

thank god its about time!

can’t wait for wolf as headwriter on gh hopeful we get a scrubs storyline front and center since robin has been a veteran character since a little girl

Hallelujah, He’s done so much damage to this show in his reign of terror. He’s smug, arrogant and didn’t appreciate fans he believes we can be trained.

I’m just thinking its too late the carnage Guza has left that was once a great soap will take years to rebuild and I’m not certain GH has years left rumors are flying Sweeney wants all soaps gone. And Frons only promotes his favorites the rest of the cast he seems to disdain and minimize.. he doesn’t like old people for one

He’s the main culprit and until he goes I just don’t hold much hope.

There have been so many stories I’ve wanted to play out..Elizabeth Webber’s mother for fifteen years we don’t even know her name..I think I remember someone mentioning Andrea Trent thirteen years ago…I would like women written stronger showing character growth, less misogyny in the writing, more hospital less mob write for the characters on the canvas the vets who have been with the show over a decade yet they keep getting thrown under the bus for newbies..

And these babies story lines I’m sick of them Jake being ran over tuned me out; Jason is shown fawning over every kid in town but didn’t want his own while he is talking of another baby…

There is still a lot of good story to tell but with the extreme favoritism that has dominated this show since 2003-2004; I’m hoping Wolf wipes that slate clean. I’d like to see women driving story lines e.g. Alexis, Tracey and where in the hell is Monica? Hopeful this new writer will bring fresh less biased approach to the storytelling.

Darcy, I think you are confusing Guza with Fronz. Fronz is snug, arrogant and has stated that we can be trained.

Fronz needs to go! I was at the Rally this week in NYC and you should have seen Brian Fronz walk by with that condescending smirk on his face!

Guza is in love with Jason/ Sonny/ Carly, or the Holy Trio as they are refered to around the boards but I wonder how much was his doing and how munch Brian Fronz is responsible for.

Garin is supposed to value the legacy of soaps as well as write for woman. He created the friendship between Alexis and Diane and that is something the show really lacked, female friendships! Way to go Garin!

I don’t have a problem with the Jake story . I think it was brilliant but , it should focus more on Liz and Lucky and less on Jason. I think making Luke the driver was so powerful! Love the story coming from the aftermath but I did miss Bobbie being present or even mentioned. HOw about Monica finding out Jake was her grandson (instead of paging her 3 times and making it even MORE noticeable that she was missing). How about Jossyln being sick for more then two minutes. I also hate, hate, hate how Carly keeps going around saying that Jason saved Joss’s life…No honey, that was Lucky and LIz.

I agree with the favoritism and think it is ashame that JE, NLG, LC, VM, JZ aren’t honored more as vets. I am glad that Robin is getting storylines, KMC deserves it more then anyone else on the show. She literally grew up on the show and yet she even gets snubbed for MB, SB, and LW

I’ve always believed it is the combination of Frons/ Guza/Phelps they are all buddies IMO pretty much the same line of thinking Phelps is a show Killah and Frons bragged also about killing one soap on two different networks I just think all three of them are burnt out and their vision is old and newblood is sorely was sorelly needed to revitalize the genre into the new millennium and how long ago was that…LOL I was holding for Wolf who is a Guza protege of 15 years with the same breakdown/script writers. I just think under the guidance Frons for the time GH have left won’t get me that interested again. GH is a couple driven show I’m more into “good stories” I don’t care about couples and hate them shackled together forever its not good soap opera. This ain’t a Harlequin romance.

Well I hope he gets rid of that idea of kristina & ethan, that crap is so so wrong and disgusting. He needs to keep Jax & Carly together, get rid of Sonny, Brenda, Robin & Patrick.

I am happy that GH finally has a new head writer! I love the show, but it has mostly been based on the mob for years now & that isn’t right when you have a whole great cast of actors & characters on the show that deserve to be seen more than once maybe twice a week! Hopefully with Garin Wolf things will change & there will be equal story telling & airtime for all!

As a writer myself I know how difficult it is to pull the reader into the story especially when it is in this genre. However, I would like to see Sonny, Carly and Jason killed off the show in a really exciting and dramatic way and make room for the next generation. These characters are so old and pathetic that I get sick every time they speak. Lets see the kids take over and go on a revenge rampage. That would be much more fun. At least kill Carly and Sonny god it’s so old!

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On recent episodes of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) came to John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) rescue as he was beaten down in an assault. Carly put on her “nurses cap,” sort of speak, and got John to his hotel room and watched over to him, to make sure he didn’t lose consciousness.

GH fans also got their first glimpse of what may be a new romance for Carly, if she and John continue to bond.  If John and Carly were to have a relationship, it would certainly have a ripple effect with Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Adam J. Harrington shared his view on the scenes and what might be next between the two. Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Harrington shared, “I thought it was written in a way where there’s an understanding and a respect between them both. I don’t think there was any moment where she was not aware that he’s an FBI agent, and there was no moment that he wasn’t aware of her history and relationship to other people in the town. I really liked it. I was really looking forward to shooting it with Laura and we had a really nice time shooting it.”

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When Carly and John part ways, it seems there were some romantic sparks, as Harrington puts it, “Isn’t that interesting that sometimes with people, the one moment they actually show how they feel is when they know there’s an escape hatch. They know they’re about to walk away. So, it’s almost safe in that moment to do it. I thought that was really special about how (the writers) handled John and Carly. Even the music in that scene was beautifully done.”

Where is this all heading? Conflict! Internally and professionally, and as Adam explains, “Who Carly was to John on paper as just a tool to be used as bait is starting to get very complicated.”

What would you think of a John and Carly pairing? Would you prefer him with Anna, or neither of them? Let us know via the comment section and take our poll below.

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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