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CONFIRMED: Carlivati to GH…BUT will finish writing OLTL till the end!

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OK… now we can all take a deep breath and be happy!  Hot on the heels of Robin Strasser’s tweet this morning that One Life to Live’s head writer, Ron Carlivati was on his way to General Hospital for a script writing position possibly co-head writing position, comes word and confirmation from ABC Soaps In Depth that it is indeed true!

So Ron will be heading over to GH to bring some much needed emotional and clever storytelling to the characters of Port Charles . And, we can confirm he is NOT leaving OLTL early!  He will be staying put writing all the episodes up till we have to say goodbye to OLTL in January 2012!

What do you think of this news, soapers?

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Sean
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Sean

Him coming aboard makes it appear TPTB are in fact invested in GH, not just biding its time til sinking. Perhaps a life raft has been hoisted?

todd
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todd

That sort of ends all hope of OLTL being saved. I don’t know if he can make a difference at GH. It will not be OLTL. GH does not possess the characters I care about. The actresses on OLTL made RC’s writing seem so fresh, compelling, humorously campy, and a little smarter than most.

jbj
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jbj

While nothing can make up for the death of the best and last East Coast soap, I’m really happy to hear this news. I still love many of the actors on GH, even if I can’t stand their characters anymore. I think RonC, like Garin Wolf, can write to their strengths, instead of using them as puppets for his own agenda. I am, however, going to start playing the which-GH-character-is-going-to-fall-into-a-RonC-archetype game. Should Tracy or Alexis become the new Dorian? I lean toward Tracy, with NLG as the new Nora, but that seems too obvious…

ario
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ario

ok, i’m so tired of everyone acting like gH is the worst soap on the air, or of all times. yes bob guza was awfull and shoud of been gone years ago, yet gH is still one of the soap w/ the best cast, a very rich history and hopefully now that its got new writers it will live up to its legacy, GH has a richer history then oltl an amc combine. it has a record 10 emmy as best soap opera, no matter what you all say when all soap are gone from the air it will also… Read more »

jbj
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jbj

GH is the first TV show I remember watching, 30 years ago. I’ve picked up and dropped several soaps since then, but have always folllowed GH. Kim Mc is my sister from another mister. GH has never been the worst soap ever, even during the poison balls storyline or the aborted Ice Princess-Part Deux storyline. That place in hell is reserved for Passions, although it should be for the Bold and the Beautiful (but its ratings are consistently decent).

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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