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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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Hilda
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Hilda

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.

Luke
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Luke

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!

Gloria Sparrow
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Gloria Sparrow

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,… Read more »

Webbie
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Webbie

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.

lisa
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lisa

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 !!!

lisa
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lisa

I mean t say Sonny/Jason fixation.

Doe
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Doe

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… Read more »

GMOB
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GMOB

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

leah
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leah

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

Sandra
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Sandra

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!

Mel
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Mel

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.

Brian
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Brian

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.

Nicole
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Nicole

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.

Susan
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Susan

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.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

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… Read more »

ric
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ric

thank god its about time!

adriana8900
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adriana8900

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

Darcy
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Darcy

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… Read more »

jmtvm677
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jmtvm677

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… Read more »

Darcy
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Darcy

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… Read more »

uri
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uri

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.

Christine
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Christine

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!

LAWRENCE
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LAWRENCE

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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TONIGHT: Daytime Cares: A Live Event For The Restaurant Community Streams with Soap Stars, Musical Artists & More

Tune-in alert! Saturday night, December 5th, the daytime community once again leads the way with a special livestream presentation to help those affected deeply by the coronavirus pandemic.  This time, the event will shed light on the restaurant community, who have been hit hard during these trying times.

The real-life duo of Aianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) and Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel DAYS)) are set to host Daytime Cares: A Live Event for the Restaurant Community.   

The event will be streamed on The Locher Room  YouTube channel and Facebook page beginning at 8 p.m. EST / 5 PST.  The Locher Room’s Alan Locher, will also join them as a co-host.

 

Throughout the night, Daytime Cares will be showcasing the Restaurant Strong Fund, which supports restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID19 closures.  Viewers can also make a donation now or throughout the evening via the livestream link.

Many of your favorite daytime soaps stars are in the line-up and are scheduled to appear including:

Lamon Archey (Eli, DAYS)
Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R)
Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS)
Katelyn MacMullen (Willow, GH)
Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS)
Sofia Mattson (Sasha, GH)
Michael Mealor (Kyle, Y&R)
Marci Miller (Abigail, DAYS)
Wes Ramsey (Peter, GH)
Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter, B&B)
Paolo Seganti (ex-Damian, ATWT)
Crishell Stause (Selling Sunset, ex-Jordan DAYS, ex-Amanda, AMC)
Sal Stowers (Lani, DAYS)
Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R)
Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH)
Laura Wright (Carly, GH)

Other talent participating in the event are: Grammy Award-winning artists Gloria Gaynor and Lisa Loeb, the leading ladies of  Broadway’s Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, plus celebrity chef Katie Chin.

Founded by media executive Bob Wall, TV director Sonia Blangiardo and actress Arianne Zucker, Daytime Cares is a collective of Daytime TV talent who drive awareness and donations to non-profits, celebrate and highlight the heroes of the COVID 19 pandemic, encourage volunteerism and assist in very tangible ways for those who are most in nee

So, will you be checking out Daytime Cares tonight? Comment below.

 

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ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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Emme Rylan On Her Final GH Scenes: “Laying There Emotionless While My Amazing Costars Cried Over My Comatose Body Was One of the Hardest Acting Challenges EVER!”

If you watched Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, you witnessed an emotional and heartbreaking episode where friends, family, and loved ones had to say their goodbyes to Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan) before she is transferred to a long-term care facility to be looked after following her brain injuries and surgery which left her in a coma.

This was to mark the last scenes of Emme Rylan who has exited the series after being let-go.  In story, viewers watched as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Tracy (Jane Elliot) and a grief-stricken Laura (Genie Francis) sat by Lulu’s hospital bedside telling her they will be waiting for her to wake up, as the agonize over the gravity of the situation.

On Wednesday, Rylan took to social media to tell her fans how difficult it was for her to tape those scenes, when she expressed: “Laying there emotionless while my amazing costars cried over my comatose body was one of the hardest acting challenges EVER! They don’t exactly have you practice that in acting school (Thank u to everyone that noticed).”

In response former GH star Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) who also went through a similar on-screen situation when his character was killed-off tweeted back to Em: “I 100% agree and understand, haha.”

The episode gave  Genie Francis a fantastic palette to play and reminded everyone why she is one of the greatest icons of the genre.

So, what did you think of Emme’s statement on trying to get through those difficult scenes as played by her co-stars?  Share your thoughts below.

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