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General Hospital Wins WGA Award For Best Writing Daytime Drama!

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Tonight, The Writers Guild of America, West and The Writers Guild of America, East held their 2015 award ceremonies simultaneous at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, and the Edison Ballroom in New York.

The WGA Awards are awarded each year to outstanding writing achievements in the categories and fields of feature film, television, radio. on-air promos, and video games.

And, the winner in the Daytime Drama series went to the writing team of ABC’s General Hospital.  The award went to the team consisting of: Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, and Chris Van Etten.

GH bested Days of our Lives for the win.  Congratulations to head writer Ron Carlivati and his writing team!  To view the complete list of winners click here!

What do you think about GH’s big writing win tonight?  Share your thoughts below!

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janet
janet

Y ou”r
‘ kidding right. This is a joke right .If not maybe the writers guild should watch the drivel the writers of GH put out.

su0000
su0000

ohh my!
I noticed Y&R and B&B were not even nominated.
((Y&R was horrible through the past year))

I enjoyed GH more this year than some past years..

CONGRATS!!
ABC’s General Hospital. And the team:
Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, and Chris Van Etten.

You deserve the honor !!!

Carm
Carm

You must be pretty easy to please. Most viewers have higher standards of what makes enjoyable entertainment. Besides their major competition was Days? Yeah that tells me all I need to know. Lets check back next year shall we?

harry
harry

Janet, just goes to show you that these awards mean nothing. The writing has been God awful.

AJQ
AJQ

Down to four soaps, only two were nominated, 50/50 chance.

They lost last year and when Days won RC berated the WGA for giving the award to scabs. Now I guess they are credible and in good standing.

But forget any of that, lets congratulate the writers because this validates them and invalidates any of the criticism. Right?

There are no major holes anymore, no more inconsistencies, no more dialogue that contradicts or characters mind numbingly dumbed down to advance plot. None of it exists anymore. It must not exist because they got this award.

I’m going to assume that this award works like others for TV writing, an episode or two are submitted. That makes sense. If you watch one or two episodes you will miss most of the problems on GH. The main problem is the overall narrative and storytelling. With one episode, you don’t see the contradictions and inconsistencies of a serial that is on everyday and tells stories over an extended period of time.

Well they didn’t win a WGA last year and weren’t even nominated for an Emmy and that didn’t prompt any improvements. So now they’ve won something, so we can really be assured that nothing will improve.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

The ratings are good, comparatively speaking (no soap’s ratings are really good any more, but GH’s have shown some growth in the last couple of years). That, more than any awards that might be won or lost, is what will ultimately determine whether anything changes or not.

Carm
Carm

I love you !! You ve nailed it all. But most are too afraid to speak up in fear that Gh will get cancelled. So they continue to feed the egos and suffer in silence.

Jeremy
Jeremy

GH had a 50/50 chance of winning. I feel like another soap (either Y&R or B&B), should have been added to the category.

Beth CP
Beth CP

Really?…..LOL!!! It’s mind boggling what passes for “Best Writing” considering the main person whose writing it is……

SP
SP

What does that even mean????

su0000
su0000

well.
GH writes for now, not the 80’s..
It is the most modern soap and is not in the traditional soap box..
The writing is excellent for this era, 21st century media..
I can see why Y&R was not even nominated it has not come into the 21st century and Y&R could bore the bejesus out of a statute and it was very noticeable (boring) and did not even get a nomination..

The WGA Awards are awarded each year to outstanding writing achievements in the categories and fields of feature film, television, radio. on-air promos, and video games
The The Writers Guild of America – knows what it is doing, they judge..
They do not judge by ”emotions” ..

Soap fans judge on emotions, on their favorites, on their love for their soap..
The WGA does not do that. They judge on the merits of the writing..
Love it or hate it, their decisions are professional not emotional .

wow!
the nominee list is loooooooong!
the awards go across the whole spectrum of entertainment..
Out of 4 soaps 2 were nominated // CONGRATS go to DOOL !!!

LONG LIVE THE SOAPS ! THEY ARE LOVED !!

AJQ
AJQ

If you bothered to actually read the comments that are posted about the writing, you would clearly see that the criticisms are about the quality of the writing and it is not about emotion or people’s favorites. You can like the show and the writing all you want. You can come up with some rationalization about being modern and 21st century, the bottom line is the writing is consistently terrible.

There shouldn’t even be a WGA category for daytime drama if it is going to be judged on one or two episodes. What determines good writing, books, movies or even episodic TV, is a coherent, logical and cohesive narrative. A story that has a beginning, a middle and an end that comes together and makes sense.

Judging one or two or even ten episodes of a daytime serial that tells stories over a period of months is ridiculous and shows that this award has no real credibility. Even if GH was well written, they couldn’t determine that because they don’t have all the pieces to render that judgment; the beginning, the middle and the end.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

On what evidence are you basing your assertion that “the WGA does not do that. They judge on the merits of the writing”? That may be the intention, but I’ve yet to see a show biz award–Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, WGA, whatever–in which that’s actually what happens.

I have no beef with GH’s winning. My own vote would be “none of the above” if I had to pick a winner for Best-Written Soap, but if that wasn’t allowed and I was forced to pick one, GH would get my vote, with significant reservations. But thinking that the WGA’s decision was based strictly on the merits strikes me as very naive.

I also take issue with your statement “Soap fans judge on emotions, on their favorites, on their love for their soap.” While that may be true of some soap fans, or even many soap fans, it’s by no means true of all. Some of us are fans of the genre, rather than any particular soap, and many of us who have been around for a while have watched quite a few different soaps during our time, and we’re quite capable of evaluating what we see with more objectivity than you give us credit for. And we’re certainly better positioned to judge than “judges” who base an award on a few random episodes.

Dan
Dan

AJQ/GH50, the real bottom line is your statement that the writing is terrible is your opinion, it’s not a fact. You come on here and make these comments, and come off with this attitude like because you say it, that automatically makes it fact. You’re just one person on here sharing an opinion just the rest of us.

And based on your logic, I guess there shouldn’t be Emmy Awards either, because they’re judging based on one or two episodes of a particular actor or show, and not an entire year of shows. But I guess in your world, the awards are only fair and accurate when GH doesn’t win anything.

AJQ
AJQ

Dan, to point out that someone giving their opinion is them giving their opinion only shows me that the “opinion” must be pretty relevant and resonate too soundly. I think the majority of adults realize that comments in a comments section are opinions. Again, it just might be that my opinions come off as sounding like fact because there is so much truth in them. It seems to me that many other people here post their opinions and seem confident in those opinions, yet you say that I have an attitude and think because I say it, it is automatically a fact? I find that interesting. If I’m wrong, why don’t you give examples as to why I am? Why don’t you explain why the writing is good? Why don’t you give examples of why I am wrong. As for your last bit about my thinking that there shouldn’t be Emmy awards and that according to my thinking awards are only fair if GH doesn’t win anything, again, pretty funny how you draw that conclusion. Instead of just throwing that out there to try and discredit my opinion, which you didn’t, why not make the point to why I am wrong? Why not make the point that you can properly judge the writing on a serial that tells a story over an extended period of time with one or two episodes? Would we judge a 120 page movie script on five or six pages? Would we judge a 300 page book on a chapter? No, because it is about the complete narrative. It is about telling a story, intelligently and coherently from beginning, middle to end. Something that you can’t do with a soap. Something you can do with other TV shows, like Law and Order where in the course of one episode a murder is discovered at the beginning, the crime is investigated in the middle and the crime is solved at the end. Acting for me is different, you can gauge a performance in a episode or two, because it is a performance. It is easier to judge acting ability through a few scenes. Writing is about the story, it is about the narrative. If the writing award is supposed to just be about how scenes are written, about dialogue etc, then the process is appropriate. But getting back to my original point that I made at the top, that would then make sense for GH to win because the major issues with the writing, the holes, inconsistencies and contradictions that we see over time, would not be apparent. Anyway Dan, hope that clears things up. I’m intrigued as to why you are so offended by well thought out criticism of the show? I have to wonder why you care so much. And please tell us why you think the writing is so good and also, please make sure to point out to those who post positive comments and defend the show, that it is only their opinions… Read more »

harry
harry

Dan, I don’t think it’s subjective to state that GH lacks a basic stroyboard. There’s no introduction, no rising action, no climax and certainly no resolution (ending).
The majority seems to feel the writing is very poor and after awhile it seems someone needs to sit and take note. Even the most loyal and ardent fans become disenchanted with the direction GH has taken. And despite what Su000 says, you cannot continue to blame the viewer for not “getting it” or for “taking it all too seriously.” After awhile the writer has to take responsibility for the disenchanted franchise.

Tim
Tim

I am speechless.

harry
harry

I wish Ron was speechless. When he accepted the award he made some defensive sarcastic remark.
He said, “Writers complain about writing 36 episodes a year, try writing 250 a year.” While he might have a valid point, that was neither the time or place to make such a remark.
He was being lauded and rewarded for his writing endeavors and he uses that time to go on the defense. He’s the Gene Simmons of daytime.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Ron’s his own worst enemy, Harry. I fully believe he’d get far less withering criticism of the problems with his writing if he were more gracious and less confrontational in general.

On that particular remark, I can see ways of saying that (tone of voice, etc.), that wouldn’t be obnoxious. Why is it that I just don’t think he chose one of those?

SP
SP

Congrats to the GH writers! 🙂

Libby
Libby

Well deserved win for GH Writing Team. It is about time.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Congratulations General Hospital!!!

harry
harry

Great writing, really? Compared to what? Fifty Shades of Grey?

Rose
Rose

I’ve got mixed feelings. Always want to congratulate the winners because it takes a lot of hard work and creativity to take the award, especially daytime drama with it’s new scripts everyday. And happy they even have an award for daytime. But I guess they don’t take viewer comments into account because they haven’t been very complimentary about the Fluke story for a lot of us. Then there are only four soaps, so not as much competition. Wonder why Y&R and B&B didn’t submit? Not saying the winner would have been different, but would have liked to see them represented. And whether I’m a GH fan or not, there is a reason Y&R still ranks #1 in ratings.

Fanny
Fanny

As well they should… For the multiple, interwoven storylines, that breath
life into our favorite characters. Ava, Franco, Nina, Dr.O, Faison, Anna,
Luke, Heather………… CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Daisy
Daisy

What a joke!

Rodd
Rodd

Congratulations to Ron and his team of writers!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

This is a joke… right?! It was April Fool’s, not Valentine’s Day… right?!

Mark Y.
Mark Y.

I guess ya’ have to watch every day.

Ghfan
Ghfan

GH current team is the worst! This award proves they pull the winner out of a hat.

I really wish the soap media would actually call tptb out on their stories. Instead we get unwarranted praise for absolute drivel. Come MF you can’t actually think this writing team is praiseworthy. Ugh.

Jules
Jules

Why not? He’s been awarding this team Best Soap and Best Writing every year for at least 5 straight years for his end of the year “best and worst” list. He’s as big a worshiper as Carvilati is of himself…..and that’s saying something!

jeremy
jeremy

Congratulations GH and writing team kudos lol

dansky
dansky

Don’t know the rules, but certainly only two or three episodes were selected for consideration. With that in mind, this ‘win’ most likely does not reflect what the viewer is subjected to daily. Cause personally, with this writing team, I fully expect seeing KAPOW and ZOINK coming across the scenes at any moment. (It worked for Batman!)

Jules
Jules

Last year, Carlivati cried foul over his loss to Days. But I guess when he wins, everything is fair.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Helene must have used mind control on the voters…lol…just havin a little fun folks…???

Timmm
Timmm

Love it!

Paul8148
Paul8148

I wonder what episodes they submitting. I wonder if it was Robin return at Patrick/Sabrina wedding since it was the time period they went by (Nov 1-Oct 31)

swag
swag

I was wondering what episode was sumitted as well

SZima
SZima

Since there are only 4 soaps, how could they not all be nominated?? It’s no like there are 100’s as in primetime.

Lesser of Two Evils

rick nihan
rick nihan

Great news instead of the stupid cbs 2 horrible soaps

Dan
Dan

Congrats to Ron C. and the entire GH writing team for this well deserved honor!

I’m not sure what show all the complainers are watching, I’ve been enjoying GH more these past few years than I have in many years. They have the ratings up almost 1 million viewers from where they were when Phelps and Guza were let go. They must be doing something right. Keep up the great work, GH!

su0000
su0000

lol
I am having a few laughs reading the RC haters eat crow and freak out lol
wow they really can get upset that is justice/cool lol ..

CONGRATS! to RC AND TEAM!! you gave us a great past year!!

Yes. GH has gained one million happy fans since RC and his team took over 🙂

Missy DooDah
Missy DooDah

Funny thing that neither Y&R nor B&B were even nominated two years in a row. I think the professionals are making a statement. They are both lacking to say the least.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Most of these award shows are based on one episode or two so without knowing which episodes both shows submitted it is hard for me to judge which was the better written. The day to day stuff might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there have been episodes when the writing has been very good–not the plot but the dialogue stuff. So I would be curious to know what episode they won with– whatever we might think of the process these award shows are based on, they were rewarded for their work; it is a personal achievement that in long term will mean nothing to the success or failure of the show and in a year’s time no one but those who won will remember it, so they should be allowed to enjoy their moment in the sun.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

So really the deal is whatever most of you think–on this board and others–GH writers won a coveted WGA award. They were judged by their peers and they won–period. Congratulations are in order

The ratings are up. Another fact you can’t dispute.

If so many of you think the writing is so horrible–why are you watching? Do you hate-watch?

It’s obvious by the award and the ratings Ron and his team aren’t going anywhere. So if you HATE this team so much–if you think GH is just horrible, do your blood pressure a favor and watch something else.

The show isn’t going to change because you don’t like it. MORE people (ratings) like it now than before. It’s not perfect & there are certainly head-shaking things that go on–but for this level of vitriol–I’m just astounded.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

If i was really a hate watcher id be watching talk and reality shows…lol

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

Jim, you love as much as you hate. Plus, you’re funny

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

“It’s not perfect & there are certainly head-shaking things that go on–but for this level of vitriol–I’m just astounded.”

I agree with this assessment. I see problems, sometimes big ones. I also see some very good stuff, and I can actually watch full episodes and watch the show for long stretches (weeks at a time), neither of which I could do while JFP and Guza/Wolf were in charge–I would either turn off an episode 10 minutes in or I would watch for two or three days and then realize I just couldn’t keep watching and needed a break (a lo-o-o-o-o-o-o-ng break).

But the rest of the world seems to be in absolute-love (blind to the problems) or absolute-hate (blind to the good things) mode. I don’t get it.

Regarding the absolute-hate group, I do get that RC’s fairly obnoxious persona does not help one bit. But on this particular award, who exactly do people think SHOULD have gotten it? If “none of the above” (my personal choice) isn’t an option and somebody has to get the award, who? I certainly don’t think it should have been Y&R (an absolute mess for most of the year) or B&B (does what it does very well and with great consistency, but it doesn’t exactly aim high); I haven’t watched enough of DAYS lately to form an opinion, but judging from comments on here, regular viewers of that show have had some serious problems with the writing as well. In terms of sustained quality across an entire year, I don’t think any of the four shows qualifies for a writing award. At least GH gave us a number of very good moments (amidst, yes, some absolutely head-shaking things).

Maybe it’s that it comes close enough to show people what it could be like if TOTB would just put more effort into certain areas (use of vets, cutting down on the camp quotient, certain kinds of plausibility/continuity) and that makes it harder to forgive. I don’t know. Like you, Lucy D., I’m pretty baffled when I see the level of vitriol, however.

harry
harry

See? I don’t think there is an absolute hate group here. It’s basic human nature to dwell on the negative rather than the positive.
If a waiter serves one hundred people in one day and only one of those people is rude and cantankerous, that waiter is going to complain about that one customer while forgetting to mention how lovely the other people are.
I think if there is an absolute hate group they aren’t watching at all, and therefore, aren’t posting here. I do think people should be afforded the right to complain without being called a hater. It’s just plain silly and kind of immature.
I watch once or twice a week. I have loved GH for about thirty five years now and so when they drop the ball I am going to point it out. That doesn’t make me a hater. In fact, I think it means quite the opposite.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

Thanks for your thoughtful reply. It’s disappointing as a fan when you sign on to a board to discuss and dish on what MAY be. I come here to talk about characters I like or don’t. Or things I hope will or won’t happen.

Ghfan
Ghfan

What I do like is intelligent writing and this team simply doesn’t have it. I’m not sure what this team is being rewarded for? When RC has to clarify his storylines on Twitter that should tell you something. Someone said it best when they said “I’m not 12, I need a lot more to be entertained. ”

Finally, if the media press would actually call GH out on the inconsistant writing they could earn my respect. Perhaps if RC could receive constructive criticism, he could earn my respect.

Sly
Sly

GH has been on for over fifty years.
The show will win awards whether you like it or not.
The show will also lose awards whether you like it or not.
Maybe this year is just their year.
Get over it.

Marinelle Guy
Marinelle Guy

Cheers to GH! I actually arrange afternoon schedule as possible to view it….HOWEVER, bring some of old great Luke/Scorpio type humor back into it ,which reason I first got hooked. Hate new “Luke” character and that scenario, tho interested to see how explain “Luke” character tormenting another in basement if both same? So enjoy GH, but even more when had more subtle but so enjoyable touches of humor.

Marinelle Guy
Marinelle Guy

Show is wonderful, actually often schedule my day around it, but long for old type humor interactions such as Luke/Scorpio which truly first hooked me so many years ago….and truly interest waning a bit w/o that engaging humor element now. And HATE this however manipulated version of Luke. Will keep tuning in or perhaps more often recording now, to keep up, but hey bring OUR Luke back soon! :-))

Carol
Carol

General Hospital definitely has the best story lines. I watch all three soaps that are on the air and GH wins the prize in my book.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I agree with Dan. Congrats to the entire GH wiring team. Well deserved and well-done! I have been enjoying GH so much over the past couple of years. I think it is one of the best shows on TV right now.

Bonnie Lee
Bonnie Lee

General Hospital has had the best storylines all year. Days has been horrifically awful – YR is repetitive – same stories over and over and over and over. Nothing original. Congrats to GH and its fabulous cast, crew, writers and directors!

Laurie
Laurie

WGA Best Writing:

2015-4 soaps eligible, 2 nom: DOOL & GH(W)
2014-4 soaps eligible, 3 nom: GH,YR & DOOL-(W)
2013-5 soaps eligible, 3 nom: OLTL,DOOL & YR-(W)
2012-6 soaps eligible, 3 nom: AMC,YR & GH-(W)

GB
GB

hard to judge without knowing what episode the team submitted, HOWEVER: this is an award handed out by fellow writers, you know, people who write screenplays FOR. A. LIVING, and not people whose writing is limited to shopping lists and moaning on soap blogs. disagreeing is one thing, quite another is being completely disrespectful of professionals. how would you feel if someone who’s never done your job came and told you that you don’t know how to do it? whose judgement do you think holds more weight?

harry
harry

I do not understand comments like yours, GB. I do not understand why long time and loyal viewers cannot express their dissatisfaction with the writing without being called haters.
WE as viewers, DO get to judge the writing of the show just as a Starbucks’ customer gets to judge the quality of their double latte with enough froth to make it aesthetically pleasing but not too much as to give one a mustache. Moreover, most of us have jobs which are not served up as public fodder therefore your comparison is moot. Ron cannot come into, for example, a paper manufacturing office and complain to the office secretary that he doesn’t care for her TBS reports. And I take umbrage with your suggestion that we are in no position to judge because we are not writers. Please consider the following points: 1. Have you read the posts here? Most of the commentators are intelligent and well educated. 2. You don’t know that none of us write for a living –that is rather presumptuous on your part 3. And finally, even if we do not have a secondary education or even if we are not professional writers, we know good storytelling when we see it so for you to presume otherwise is rather disrespectful.
The Fluke debacle has taken its toll and people GET to feel disenchanted. That sense of disenchantment is only exasperated by the writing team winning an award for writing.
I just wish people could voice their disappointment without being called “haters’ and looked upon as the dingo who took the baby.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

Exactly!

Beach Dreamer
Beach Dreamer

I should hope the viewer’s voice is heard loud & clear. They are the consumer after all. GH is a product being sold. Awards are nice but if the consumer doesn’t like the product then what? Anyone who minimalizes the weight of the viewer might as well get out of the entertainment industry altogether.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

I would like to make it clear my “exactly” was to GB’s post.

As someone who makes a living writing (not TV or movies) I would like to point out that writing is a skill and just because you can compose “an intelligent” post on a board doesn’t mean you can write.

And while Harry, it would be nice to say the commenters are expressing “disappointment” if you read most of the posts, people are just disappointed, they’re angry. And I’m mystified why people who are so mad at Ron & the writers continue to watch–especially since the ratings are up which means Ron & Co. are satisfying most consumers–just not the ones here.

Beach Dreamer
Beach Dreamer

Actually if you follow the ratings they are breaking even. GH isn’t gaining viewers, it’s just trading them out. You can see that in the week to week and the yearly numbers. They gain 100k one week then turn around and lose +100k the next. Some weeks they gain 300k over last year then turn around and lose that many over the following weeks. The ratings are also a best guess. Nielsen doesn’t poll every household therefore they can’t give an accurate picture of the entire viewing audience. When there’s a Nielsen box in every household then I’ll put stock in those ratings. Until then it’s just an estimate.

Beach Dreamer
Beach Dreamer

People REALLY need to get out on social media more and actually SEE what’s being said about GH. It’s not good. And the voices are getting fewer and fewer. Many have given up. There were high hopes that this regime could turn the show around. I for one was not deluded for very long. Between the utter lack of respect for what’s come before and the atrocious behavior of Ron himself on Twitter I’ve thrown in the towel. This isn’t GH. Not sure exactly what it is but I do know I’m not interested in watching any of it. I read comments here & there and I might skim through a spoiler or two but rush home to watch it every day? That hasn’t happened in a very long time. Viewers don’t care what “panels” think of a show. They watch for the enjoyment. Awards mean squat to the average viewer. So GH can win every single award there is out there. It doesn’t mean that it’s a good show or that viewers are compelled to watch. Again, get out there and actually read what’s being said. You might be surprised how many people are NOT happy with the show.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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