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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
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
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
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
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 go down in history as the best soap of all times. so no matter what you amc oltl dool,yr,bb and any other soap opera out their, thinks how awful gh is now, the fact is GH has a better record then all those soaps. so to compare characters from oltl like if their legacy characters is a joke, oltl is so cartoonish, yes its entertaining but its also cheesy, which might explain why they only have one best show once. so to you all amc and oltl fans i’m sad your shows got cancelled buy abc did not make a mistake on cancelling the wrong show, i.e GH VS OLTL. so enough w/ the wrong show got cancelled swan song, its getting old…

jbj
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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Amanda Setton Cast As GH’s New Brook Lynn Ashton

Former One Life to Live alum, Amanda Setton (Ex-Kimberly) is about to make her debut on General Hospital in the role of Ned (Wally Kurth)and Lois’ (formerly B&B’s Rena Sofer) daughter, Brook Lynn Ashton!

The news of the recast came via TV Line, and Setton is set to make her on-screen debut next Monday on the November 18th episode of the ABC soap.

In story, it looks like Ned and his current wife, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) welcome Brook Lynn back to Port Charles. The role haas previously been played by Brooke Radding and Adrianne Leon.

In addition to her work as the former Mrs. Clint Buchanan in Llanview, (Kimberly started as a Las Vegas stripper who came to Llanview to help her best friend, Stacy Moraso played by Crystal Hunt) Setton has had numerous primetime roles including: Hawaii Five-0, The Crazy Ones, The Mindy Project, and Gossip Girl.

News of the return of Brook Lynn to GH comes on the heels of the return of Nikolas Cassadine now played by actor, Marcus Coloma.

What do you think of the return of Brook Lynn means for the characters of Port Charles? Who might be her romantic interest? Share your thoughts via the comment section below

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General Hospital Receives Honor From Ruderman Family Foundation

General Hospital was one of five television shows that has been named and honored by the Ruderman Family Foundation for their accurate depictions of people with disabilities.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the soap received the recognition for the casting of Maysoon Zayid who portrayed Shilohs’s (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) lawyer, Zahra Amir.

Zayid is an actress and disabilities advocate living with cerebral palsy. In addition, Maysoon is also one of America’s first Muslim women comedians.  Zayid said landing on GH was a “lifelong dream,” after finding it difficult to land roles due to her disability.

Along with GH, the foundation’s seal of authentic representation went to: Netflix’s Tales of the City and Raising Dion, and BBC/HBO’s Years and Years and Audience’s Loudermilk, great company for the ABC daytime drama series to be included with.

Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation expressed in a statement. “By giving credit where credit is due in Hollywood, we hope to inspire a broader, longer-term, industry-wide sea change when it comes to authentically casting actors of all abilities.”

In addition, Frank Valentini, executive producer of General Hospital stated: “Our goal has always been to provide stories that are authentic and relatable for our viewers. Having the opportunity to welcome Maysoon Zayid onto the show was exciting for us. She is an incredible talent and was a perfect fit to guest-star as Zahra Amir. It takes all kinds of people to tell a story; especially those that are rich and entertaining enough to resonate with our audience.”

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Networks To Preempt Daytime Programming For Donald Trump Impeachment Hearing Coverage

Just as your favorite soaps are kicking into high gear for November sweeps next week, comes the news that due to the House public impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump, daytime programming will endure several pre-mptions starting with the first two on Wednesday November 13th and Friday, November 15th.

CBS was the first network to announce their plans for their extensive coverage, and according to the Washington Post all other networks have followed suit.  By this move by the networks it gives the hearing some extra weight and exposure to the American voters and viewing audience.

So far, leading network coverage for CBS will be reportedly anchored by Norah O’Donnell and for ABC George Stephanopoulos.

On Wednesday, the hearings begin at 10am EST, the second is scheduled for Friday beginning at 11am EST.

William Taylor, the U.S. diplomat in the Ukraine, is scheduled to testify Wednesday and on Friday Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is scheduled to testify.

The networks are expecting big numbers for covering the hearings, as they have in the past for impeachment proceedings and hearings.

No word yet how the soaps plan for you to see the episodes that don’t air at their regularly scheduled times, or if it shifts your soap viewing schedule by several days.

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Nevertheless not great timing when the soaps are revving up their stories to make you tune-in for not-to-be missed episodes.

So, what are your thoughts on what the Impeachment hearings could mean for daytime dramas in in the weeks ahead? Comment below.

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