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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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GH Head Writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor Reveal More Details On Michael E. Knight’s New Soap Role

When daytime favorite Michael E. Knight debuts on General Hospital on September 30th, he will not be coming to Port Charles as his former All My Children alter-ego Tad Martin; but instead will be playing a different character.

EW.com has first look photo of Knight in his new role and spoke directly to General Hospital co-head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor for the scoop on the ever-popular Knight’s return to ABC.  On GH. Michael will indeed play a new role.

According to the scribes: “There are a number of people in Port Charles who are in trouble and his character will have an impact on how their stories are solved or further complicated.”

Both Van Etten and O’Connor shared: “As we were writing his character, we found out that oh, we have even more use for him! It’s helpful to know who the actors are in this situation. We have lots of ideas on how we can expand his character and cross-pollinate his character.”

As to how long Knight will be sticking around Port Charles, that was not offered-up, but what was is that Michael’s new character will mix it up with Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) with whom Knight worked with on All My Children when James played Will Cortlandt.

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Because ABC now has the rights back in their possession to use the characters from One Life to Live and All My Children, Van Etten expressed: “We have conversations when we have these actors come back about whether it’s more useful or not to resurrect their characters. “=We’ll continue to have these as the opportunity arises.”

So, what do you think Michael E. Knight’s role will be based on these tidbits from the GH scribe? Share your theories via the comment section below.

 

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Jessica Tuck Returns This Week To General Hospital

There will be a Cassandra Pierce sighting in Port Charles, which means one of the best actresses we know, Jessica Tuck, will be back on your screens this week on ABC’s General Hospital.

Tuck, who became soap-famous for her role as Megan on One Life to Live from 1988-1992 and then went on to primetime television roles returns to the canvas as the evil Cassandra, a role she debuted on GH back in 2017.  Viewers last saw her pop during Michael (Chad Duell) and Sasha’s (Sofia Matteson)vacation.

But this time look for Tuck to mix-it up with GH icon Genie Francis (Laura) in some major showdown scenes, when she holds the mayor and Curtis (Donnell Turner) at gunpoint on the Haunted Star.  Will these two be able to get the on-the-run villainess locked up for good? Don’t necessarily count on it.

Of course, a man who both Cassandra and Laura have an interest in bringing down, Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) plays heavy into the story. But will Cassandra do a double-cross of a double-cross? Who else may get a dose of something potentially lethal that she has been concocting?

Jessica told Soap Opera Digest that when she found out she would be working with Genie Francis; “I was like Woo-hoo! Hot diggity!  I mean, like many people, I have been a fan of hers forever and ever and ever.  It was fun to meet the person behind the character I’ve gotten to know.”

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So, excited to know Cassandra is back in Port Charles? What do you hope happens next for her, Laura, Curtis and Valentin? Comment below.

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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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