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General Hospital names Shelly Altman New Co-Head Writer!

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There is more shifting and changing going on behind the scenes in soaps these days than in the cast lists!  News today out of Soap Opera Digest is that General Hospitalhas done another shake-up at the top of the writing regime!  Shelly Altman has been named the new co-head writer, and she will work alongside already previously named new co-head writer, Garin Wolf.

Altman has previously written for One Life to Live and Another World, among other television projects. Altman won a Daytime Emmy award with the the writing team of One Life to Live  in 2008,  and has also received Best Writing nominations from the Writers Guild Of America.

So what do you think of this news, soapers?  Many fans have been commenting recently and have been disgruntled with the show recently under Garin Wolf, and were previously disgruntled with the show under Bob Guza.  Perhaps, Altman is the ticket? Let us know!

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Alan
Alan

Maybe I’m in the minority, but I’m actually really enjoying Wolf’s writing. Lesser known characters are getting fleshed out (Matt, Steve), dialogue is more intelligent, history and veterans are better utilized, etc. Even Elizabeth, a character that I thought was utterly ruined by Guza, is back to her flawed but charming self. My favorite part of the transition is that the mob/hospital arcs are balancing out – not every episode feels like the Sonny show. I still wish they’d eliminate the Franco nonsense, but as it’s unlikely, I’ll just hope it’s less painful to watch 🙂

Webbie
Webbie

Interesting. So the fact that they are bringing on someone to help (isn’t she a breakdown writer for GH?) seems to mean that they are still willing to invest in this show and give it a chance to succeed. At least that’s how I would like to look at it. Viva la GH!

Jay
Jay

So this news + the Michelle Val Jean news makes for some pretty fun dot-connecting!

Dee
Dee

Can we please get some new writers on Y and R..I barely watch anymore..its really really bad.

David
David

After today’s discraceful episode, not amoment too soon!

David
David

*disgraceful. Sorry.

aria
aria

Hopefully the addition of Altman will give us somebody who can actually follow through on a storyline instead of just throw us a couple of tease. I like wolf a whole lot more than guza but so far he’s not delivering either. If you wanna really give the show a boost, don’t tell us what you hope to deliver but actually deliver. So far under wolf everything stilll feels like guza s gh. Its like everyone is in limbo. everything is prolong much longer, it feels like jason and sam have been on their honymoon forever, the maxie and spinneli storyline plays out the same way everyday, its like reset, repeat same problem, same everything , their storyline is going nowhere . the people we thought we would start seeing more of are still appearing like day players, i’m not seeing mac, monica, more under wolf then when guza was writing, and the lead players are still in their same boring storyline that guza had them under. hopefully Altman will bring a female touch that gh lacks under their head writers like guza and wolf.

Caitie
Caitie

Something – or someone – needs to happen, and, hopefully, Ms Altman will be to one to work with Wolf to realize some of the potential, On paper, many of the current stories look good, but the delivery is failing. Once promising dialogue has turned repetitious. Yes, Wolf has showing more balance in a wide use of characters, but his weekly balance isn’t working because of the “block” story telling. Dropping characters mid-story while focusing on another block of characters for a two-week story isn’t working. That is NOT the way to maintain interest. Hopefully, a co-writer will help GH get off the sandbar that Spinelli’s little boat became stuck on last week. Right now, the show has parallels to the agonizing slow-moving boat cruise story which is drifting without a captain.

Susan
Susan

IMO, yesterday’s GHepisode was a “slap in the face” to Claire Labine and Robin and Stone’s HIV/AIDS storyline. To have someone, a doctor no less, threaten to inject a HIV-person with HIV+ blood went way OTT even for GH. This totally belittles one of the greatest storylines GH has ever done to continue with a storyline that should’ve ended along with Guza’s departure.

Jason Thompsom, Kimberly McCullough and Brianna Brown were excellent in yesterday’s scenes. What bothered me was GH even went that route all because of obsession and jealousy.

Looks like part of Altman’s job will be to reign Wolfe in on making sense with stupid storylines.

Elhu
Elhu

I love GH and am a lonnnng time fan, and am in favor of the new, fresh turn it is taking, away from “mob activity” and back to more character driven storylines. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Jason and Sonny immensely, but the personal side of their characters, and how they interact with those they love, as opposed to mob killing and dealings all the time. That being said, as long as Garin Wolf and Shelly Altman have been brought in to truly help GH withstand and overcome the soap world decline, then I am thrilled and will back them 100 percent, but if they were put in place by Brian Frons, to help bring the show down (which I can see Frons doing), then I find that revolting. I guess time will tell. Long live General Hospital and the wonderful characters many of us have loved for years, and much good luck to Garin Wolf and Shelly Altman!!!!

adriana8900
adriana8900

sonny and brenda needs to reunite in 2012

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Matt Cohen Shares “Tough Day. Emotionally.” As His Final Scenes On GH Air & ‘Supernatural’ Announces Final Season

Friday marked the exit of Matt Cohen as Dr. Griffin Munro on ABC’s General Hospital.  In key scenes, after getting into an altercation with Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), and realizing he has lost his way, the good doc resigns from GH, and decides to head out of town.

In addition on Friday, the CW announced that after 15 seasons it is ending the hit series, Supernatural, which Cohen has also appeared and been a key part of many Supernatural fan conventions.

Series stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles (Ex-Eric Days), and Misha Collins made the announcement in a video posted on Instagram  “We just told the crew that even though we’re very excited to be moving into our 15th season, it will be our last,” Ackles said. “15 years of a show that has certainly changed my life, I know it’s changed these two guys’ lives, and we just wanted you to here from us that though we’re excited about next year, it will be the finale.”  The final season will consist of 20 episodes.

After the airing of his final scenes on General Hospital, and the news of Supernatural coming to an end, Matt tweeted:  “Tough day. Emotionally. My last episode of @GeneralHospital aired. And @cw_spn announced its final season. I am grateful to all the fantastic casts, crews, and fandoms I have been able meet along the way. It’s all those experiences that have helped me grow into the man I am today.”

Now below, watch some scenes from today’s GH which leads Griffin to exit Port Charles.

What did you think of Griffin’s decision to leave?  What do you think of  the sentiments Matt shares in his tweet about two shows he was very noted for? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Matt Cohen Exits General Hospital

Dr. Griffin Munro, the former priest, is departing General Hospital as actor Matt Cohen made the decision to wrap his run on the ABC daytime drama series.

Cohen told TV Insider on his decision, “I did three years at the show. It was a great time and I had great fun playing the character, but I’m a guy who gets uncomfortable when he gets comfortable. I need to give Griffin a little rest right now. I talked to Frank (Valentini, executive producer). We’re leaving it very open-ended.”

The actor is now also focusing on directing and his first short film Mama Bear has been getting a solid response at film festivals

As to if he would return to his role as Griffin ever again, Matt teased: “Maybe I’ll pop into GH every once in a while? That’ll be up to Frank and the writers as to what we do.”

Matt came on to General Hospital back in 2016 and viewers learned that he was the son of Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan), and was put in the orbit and became dear friend of Anna Devane (Finola Hughes), Duke’s true love.  Later, Griffin became romantically involved with Ava Jerome (Maura West) and then her daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin).

Look for Cohen to exit this Friday on the March 22nd episode of GH.

So, sad to know Matt is leaving GH? Share your thoughts via the comment section below

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LISTEN NOW: Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman Daytime Emmy Nominations Special 2019

Tonight on Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman,we celebrate the just announced 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations with our sixth annual broadcast.

Join Michael and his in-studio co-host Days of our Lives‘ Arianne Zucker (Nicole) for our 90 minute plus Daytime Emmy Nominations spectacular as we chat it up with some of the actors who will be going for gold on Emmy night on Sunday, May 5th.

Arianne and Michael will be joined by NATAS Senior VP Daytime Emmy Awards, David Michaels who will be on hand to offer commentary on the Emmy voting and more.

Listen in as we welcome nominees: Tyler Christopher, Peter Bergman, Beth Maitland, Marci Miller, Maura West, Laura Wright, Chloe Lanier, Billy Flynn, Brytin James, Eric Martsolf, Martha Madison and many more!

Make sure to also listen for our Daytime Emmy trivia game show segment, when two callesr can win a pair of VIP tickets to the upcoming Coastal Entertainment,”Teals Got Talent”; the upcoming GH Fantasy Event, this time in Philadelphia on May 4th to benefit the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation,

To call-in and share your thoughts on the nominations of who got in, and who was snubbed and more, or to pose a question or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130

This special live-stream begins at 7PMPST/10PMEST.  You can also head on over to Soap Nation’s Live official show page at Spreaker.com  if you have any trouble listening to the show here.

If you are tuning in shortly before 7PMPST, you will hear some musical interludes before we go live for showtime.  We hope you enjoy the show.

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