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General Hospital Wins WGA Award For Daytime Drama Series!

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In ceremonies being held on Sunday, the Writers Guild of America is handing out its WGA Awards for achievement in writing for television and motion pictures in simultaneous ceremonies in New York in Los Angeles. In the category of daytime drama, General Hospital has picked up the award besting Days of our Lives.

The winning GH team includes: Shelly Altman, Jean Passanante; Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Christopher Van Etten, and Christopher Whitesell.

To keep up with the live-time updated winners list, make sure to follow the link here at The Hollywood Reporter.

Congrats to the GH writing team for their victory. 

So, what do you think of GH winning over DAYS for the Writer’s Guild Award in the Daytime Drama Series category? Comment below!

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Jamesj75
Jamesj75

And exactly what criteria did they use to bestow this honour? Most contrived, revisionist-history, anti-continuity writing in their launching of two Jasons?

su0000
su0000

hi Jamesj75 ..
The two Jasons was a ‘guessing” game, not a great story not great drama, it was an interactive guessing game.
The story was dull and still is dull, nothing much going on with it to incite interest.

Actually, the two Jason’s was a fail and still failing… that is what I’m seeing.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks, su0000! I feel the same way. Take care, Friend.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I loved it; still do. There’s more to come…

Soaphound
Soaphound

Hi James, I misposted a reply to you below under our dear Rebecca1’s post. I’m also lamenting the state of last year’s show. Things are improving now, a bit anyway, mostly due to the Drew/Oscar story and a few other tidbits. LOVED the Maxie scene at the funeral when she let Lulu have it! That Lois Lane wannabe makes everything about her, even Nathan’s death! Hate Robin turning on Drew again (“Oh Jason, Sam only really loves YOU. She just doesn’t want Drew to feel bad”), after Drew saved her life just last year. She’s such a drip sometimes.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks for the replies and alert, Soaphound! I think you’ve outlined some examples of writing that seem incongruous to this dubious award. Yet, you see some good things happening. And I admire you for that, just as I admire our friend Rebecca and others who find things to enjoy about GH. Lord knows, I used to feel the same way — once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away… 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

soaphound…”lois lane wannabe…” LOL!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thanks, Jamesj75…

Hang in there with us. Hopefully you’ll find a return flight back from whichever galaxy that has you so removed and you’ll feel that GH spring in your step once again. Too much? You know what I mean! 🙂

Celia
Celia

Hey, Soaphoun,
Oh, yes…unlike other viewers, I thought Kirsten could not have excelled more, if she tried. Maxie acted the bereaved wife, detatched from reality….out-of-body behavior…..
Inasmuch as I sorta-kinda felt a bit sorry for Lulu, I think Maxie’s reaction was exactly what I expected. She is grieving and most of us, in such situation, would take out that grief to anyone whom we thought was a catalyst to our loved one’s death. In this case, Lulu was did pave the way to Nathan’s demise.
Lulu is in space, as I said…..her pretty face always looks like she cannot distinguish her right hand from her left. I, also, made a comment about her journalistic prowess, or lack-thereof, when Peter first ‘hired’ her.
Nonetheless, if truth be told, everyone on soaps becomes a doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc, without an education, or College degree….look at Kiki….medical school? When did she graduate College? It is what it is.
As far as Dante….we differ a bit. I do not find him sexy, hot, good-looking….or whatever….LOL. But, that’s okay……
Anyway, my esteemed cyber-friend, I think Dante will alienate Lulu….I may be wrong….and Peter will fill that void.

Celia
Celia

PS.
I would like to acknowledge, Soaphound…..condolences to all those poor, desolate parents who lost their children in Broward County, yesterday….and all families involved….all heroes… Prayers and blessings.
We, as perents, send our children off to school…..wish them a good day; kiss them good-bye….never thinking it would be our last kiss….just imagine. It saddens me and affects me profoundly….words can’t ever describe….RIP.
Why Valentine’s Day? Is this murderer so sick to have picked this day as a symbol of all that is evil in this world? ( The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre).

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….My first thought was a Capone aficionado???? But that’s probably giving this loser too much credit for even having a grasp of such an historical perspective as to be aware of that famous event!….As for Maxie, yes, she was pitch perfect….not too emotional, but just expressive enough in her grief for a widow deeply in shock over the sudden loss of her husband. I thought both she and Kathleen Gati played it absolutely right with the material they were given, although as I stated before, Liesl should have received the lion’s share of attention in this scenario, such are the immense abilities of the actress who portrays her! I’ll never understand why she is consistently overlooked when she has the more than sufficient stuff to totally shine! In terms of Dante, I’ve never found him to be all that mesmerizing either…probably something to do with being the “fruit” of Sonny’s “tree!” Lol….

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…y-e-s…THANK YOU!!!!! GH winning this, uh, award is like a sick and EVEN MORE UNFUNNY JOKE!!!!! NO, NO AND MORE NO!!!!!!!!!!

Later.

su0000
su0000

”General Hospital Wins WGA Award For Daytime Drama Series”

Really. ^^.. BWAHAHAA HAA!! that award is for; for achievement in writing…
Must be due to Steve/Jason jumping through prop sugar glass bwahaa..

I believe most all will say;
”what?” DOOL should have taken the WGA award hands down, whatta sham” …LOL

Well, congrats to the GH writers !

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I want to meet “Lucky Gold”!

Celia
Celia

Your words are my words, su. Thank you!

su0000
su0000

Hi 🙂
The award judges surely decide on which would get the award before the Man Landers story .. hahaa!
If not, well then there is something wrong with them.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Hey Celia, I have to know what you think about Maxie turning on “serious journalist” Lulu (sorry, ACE reporter and often mistaken for a garden gnome Lulu) at the cemetery. I thought Kirsten was ELECTRIC and I kind of agree…Lulu makes everything about herself. She’s not evil, just clueless. And where exactly is Rocco while she’s playing Christiane Amanpour? Maybe it’s just me, if I were married to a man with a bod and gorgeous hair like Dante, I’d spend a lot more time in the bedroom than the newsroom (especially with Peter Piper lurking around). Cheers.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, su000, I must agree. The stories involving J.J.’s slide into depression and the return of the sexy, diabolical Ben were more exciting and/or touching than anything on GH recently (except Drew/Oscar story and Maxie turning on Lulu).

Celia
Celia

Ohhh, yeah!!!! Ben and JJ….just place them in a box with with hearts and red lip-kisses stamped all over them, and send them my way, LOL……swoon-worthy, both of them….definition of hot, sexy hunks …..what else can a girl ask for? Just tie a big, red bow on their respective box.

IRENE M ADAMS
IRENE M ADAMS

They are idiots if they think GH is better than Days. GH is terrible. Imho

Mary SF
Mary SF

This is for work from 2017, before Days started improving under new head writer– last year Days wasn’t as good as it is now– I suspect this win was for all the stuff related to Morgan’s death.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m pretty sure this was to include the last 6 months of 2017. which would have given Ron C. 6 months of REEL.

it would have been just dessert , and in your face FV Shelley and Jean. had RC walked with… let’s hope for best serial @the Emmys

I truly think he deserved this.

PS: your Canadian ice dancing pair !!!!! you couldn’t believe how in synch and sensual. dynamo ! have yet to watch a good curl yet. Canada @GOLD for team win…. OAR (Russia) @Silver… and USA respectively Bronzed. I am so proud of this team… here’s hoping individually they reach that much.

I am loving Ron Carlivati work

Tammy
Tammy

Congrats! To GH. Keep up the amazing work.

Shay
Shay

More like amazingly banal……there was a brief moment when I thought there was actually some hope for this soap as the legacy characters were finally getting some much-needed love, but that was before they shipped Laura back to France and returned to their default setting of pushing Frank’s favorites ad nauseum once again.

Patrick
Patrick

refuse to get worked up over how dull they still are… in light of this misnomer

HEY… lets even chalk it up to… no one cares. or even knows who they are

Frank Valentini , Shelley and Jean… dullard (s)

Kelly Stone
Kelly Stone

I think it’s a bunch of crap we all know Ron is doing a much better job than GH is right now with storylines! What is going to tell is the daytime Emmys

PF
PF

DOOL got robbed! GH was consistently awful under Jelly (and wildly uneven, at best, right now). Guess there’s no accounting for taste (or a lack thereof).

Debra m
Debra m

Such negatvity. I for one still enjoy GH , the episode of Nathans funeral was so well written and emotional I cried, and I usually do not cry during soaps. GH is far from perfect but neither are the other 3 soaps, though DOOL is the most improved. If you don’t like iGH don’t watch, there are plenty of us that want GH to continue and don”t want to see the end of soaps.

brian
brian

I so agree with you Debra ! I too would be sadden if GH went of the air.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Agree with both of you! I’m enjoying all the stories and they’ve managed to give not only Jason/Jake/Sam a story but incorporate Franco…they’ve given Anna a story and incorporated Valentin, (I’m in the minority but I like Peter/Henrich)…Maxi and Lulu at odds, Mike and his medical issues which I’m sure will be poignant but I’d rather they didn’t give him alzheimers…all in all I think GH is doing a great job.

JK
JK

THANK YOU……MANY OF YOU NEGATIVE PEOPLE JUST NEED TO TURN THE CHANNEL…STOP COMPLAINING…..

Pat
Pat

You’ve gotta be kidding me, what a load of crap!! This just proves yet again that these kinds of awards are a flat out joke and have ZERO credibility. Have the geniuses at the WGA actually watched the show recently or is it all based on name recognition? Actually, GH should win for “Outstanding way to infuriate and turn off a loyal, longtime fan base”. Did they just randomly throw a dart at a board? Did smug Frank Valentini bribe them? Unbelievable.

On a related note, the genius Disney executives running ABC keep proving over and over again, both in daytime (GH and The View are both terrible and unwatchable) and in primetime (American Idol promos every five minutes, The Bachelor-Winter Games, really?? etc) that they could not care less about what viewers really want to see. It’s a chore to watch that network for any length of time these days, which is why I’ve largely taken my viewing elsewhere.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Of course they care…on a monetary/business level. I guess they’re crunching the numbers and feel they’re making a profit. When they fail to do so they’ll cancel.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, James, I fear the world is ending with this award. Lulu as ace CUB reporter? “Ask Man Landers”? Cutie pie Chet brought in and then dumped? Sonny, Carly, Robin, Spinelli all knifing Drew in the back and justifying it? That dreadful Charlotte? Griffin’s formerly gorgeous face now perma-frosted with a furrowed brow? Dr. Kiki? Have I missed any other great storytelling?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Dreadful Charlotte, Soaphound? I LOVE Charlotte! She’s so cute!!! “perma-frosted”…LOL…never heard that expression!

JMER
JMER

I don’t know how they could be making a profit. Execs are failing to monetize the true worth of this show’s brand. We seen at least two good examples this year of them failing their brand and going against it in story.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi JMER…

Don’t know. I hope they are as I’m not ready to lose GH!

Genie Francis has about 56,000 followers on Twitter. Laura Wright and Nancy Grahn have over 150,000 and Kelly Monaco over 200,000. My point is that though there has been great fan outcry over Genie’s “demotion” she doesn’t have the following that some of the other actresses have. With that said, I think the latest number to sign the petition to bring her back is up to 20,000. I have a feeling she’ll be making her way back to Port Charles sooner rather than later.

As for profits, since none of us are privy to the numbers I’m assuming they’re still lucrative enough…and I just read that they’re having their first convention in March (at the suggestion of Matt Cohen). The fan weekends “profits” go to the actors; the convention will go to GH which will be another source of revenue.

So, they’ll keep playing with the numbers and seeing who to keep/lose/hire as they go along, I guess. As we can all see from our various reactions to everything on this site fan reaction is mixed on almost every character and story. But we’re just a small microcosm and they have the bigger picture.

Basically, I was responding to Pat’s statement that ABC “doesn’t care what viewers want to see.” No network “cares”…I can’t tell you how many shows that I thought were excellent…so completely worthy that were canceled. Total disappointment. And though the writing/acting was great, the numbers weren’t there. And yet, you have junk like Jerry Springer who’s been on for years because that garbage sells. So, networks “care” about the numbers; and if losing an actor from GH loses enough viewers they’ll “care.” If it doesn’t make that much of a dent; they won’t.

Shay
Shay

Amen, Pat!!!!!! It does make one wonder what these clueless showrunners are thinking when it comes to GH’s most recent casting and storyline decisions….to take a soap which had been seemingly revitalized in the past few months with a nod to its more traditional aspects and then suddenly turn on a dime with the most dreadful choices that have alienated a goodly portion of the audience by highlighting the wrong characters and poorly-conceived plots really does beg the question as to what criteria they are utilizing. God forbid it is based upon something as specious as Twitter stats…in just the past few weeks, it’s been confirmed that they are highly questionable as to their accuracy due to such shady cyber practices as bots and paid-for-followers who don’t actually exist….certainly nothing upon which a contract should ever be awarded!!!! Besides, if banging out blather to a purported fanbase on social media is supposed to provide proof of popularity and bankability, then why is Genie Francis the one with the product endorsement? Obviously someone thinks she’s worth more money than her soap counterparts who I don’t see being featured in advertisements during the show’s breaks. Perhaps that’s because the marketplace understands that the most loyal, affluent longtime viewers don’t waste their days whiling away on Twitter or Facebook!

Marilyn Santucci
Marilyn Santucci

Best soap show ever! Acting is superb and the writing of the storyline s just great!! My only negative comment being the loss of key actors leaving! The turnovers of this is too large and too often! How is resolved??? Longer contracts??? Recasts???

Kathy Pinnell
Kathy Pinnell

Congratulations Gh a job well done from actors to directors to producers

Rodd
Rodd

Congratulations to GH!

jeremy
jeremy

CONGRATS!!!!!!!! ;0;0;0;0;)

Phil
Phil

GH is okay, but DAYS is tops! Hope DAYS takes the Emmy for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Drama Series this year!

James
James

Days deserves Ron is writting, no dialoge and all fluff. GH haa been GH again a real show u can watch, u may not love all the stories but it is written greatly. Been watching since I was a kid during Luke and Laura year , tonly time I couldn’t watch and fell out was when Ron c wrote. Robert Guza almost made me tune out with all the exposio s driving story every month. But it was at the ha D’s of Ron c. That turned GH into oltl 2.0 and GH was a soap of a soap. It is finally back to being GH. I have not been so in to GH since the Robin and stone days , hats off to Chris Van Etten.

rpm
rpm

Once again awards prove that they don’t matter! What a joke! You tell me how the worst soap of the 4 wins a writing award! This show lost its identity 20 years ago when it should
have changed its name to Sonny and the mob. The show hasn’t been about a hospital for years! gh wishes it was Days of our Lives for a week !!! It will probably win the Emmy for best show too even though it doesn;t even deserve a nomination. Sadly all of the press and online sights tend to favor this schlockfest GH even though it ha

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Bravo, rpm! You’re exactly right.

Aria
Aria

Different strokes for different folks, believe when I tell you, RC is over rated, you might now see it now but eventually the crack in his writing will show, but who knows, like I said different strokes for different folks, maybe you love his writing I’m one of many who didn’t like his gh when he was head writer.

Jarrett
Jarrett

Jean Passanante should not receive any awards for her time writing GH, because while I agree GH isn’t perfect now, it has improved immensely since she left. While she was writing the show, the pace was slower that wallpaper drying.

Elaine
Elaine

I am a GH fan but truth be told the writers do not deserve this award.

cathy
cathy

Best soap in daytime. Best acting , best story lines and best writers.

Patrick
Patrick

Maxie : ” Please come back to me”

Maxie to Lulu : “you are a morally superior one” “it’s not in your Spencer DNA”

ready ?

stand guard ?

it’s coming… the rift, the tare, the open wound

bff mindset

“I would be shattered” My Husband

Patrick
Patrick

Kim and Julian aka “Charlie” ARE H O T

tune in @GH

Shay
Shay

Amen, Patrick! Eat your heart out, Alexis, and by the way, keep your hands off Finn….he and Anna belong together!

Honeymile
Honeymile

CORRECTION: To bad the 45th Daytime Emmy WILL NOT be televised.

K/kay
K/kay

Four soaps left viewers are really going to go down that road be thankful they are all here I think ups and downs on all!

Breaking News

Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Short Film ‘She & Her’ Starring GH’s Carolyn Hennesy Has Premiere Screening With Support Of Daytime Community

A very topical short film in the post-Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement made its debut recently.  The film, She & Her directed by General Hospital production associate Nate Hapke, and written and co-produced by Y&R script and story coordinator, Rosie Grace, explores the complicated friendship between three women as they attempt to find their voice and tell their own stories in Hollywood.

The short stars the one and only Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller, GH) in the role of Poppy Sinclaire, a jaded ex-actress whose past comes back to haunt her when a young up and comer encourages her to publicly share her story of Hollywood abuse.

Hennesy’s co-stars include: Gwen Hillier who now is in front of the camera after working as a casting associate at GH.  Gwen has appeared on Transparent and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the other part of this trio is Mackenzie Breeden.

During its world premiere of She & Her (March 30th at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Hollywood) The Young and the Restless’ Brytni Sarpy (Elena) and Kate Linder (Esther) were on hand to lend their support; as was former GH star, Chloe Lanier (Ex-Nelle).  (Hapke is pictured below flanked by Lanier and Sarpy).

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Following the film’s screening, the cast and crew took to the stage for a Q&A.  The cast was engaged through a lively discussion about the making of  the film, and the ways in which the filmmakers tackled topics such as  sexual assault, without exploiting the sensitive issue..

Following this LA premiere, She & Her will be embarking on its festival run, screening at venues all over the world.

Screenings will be announced on the official She & Her Facebook and  Twitter pages.

The film is the work of P 1 2 3 Productions and Soza Productions.

It’s always refreshing to see those behind the scenes of the soaps, and those in front of the camera, coming together for an artistic project.

So, are you intrigued to see Carolyn and her co-stars in She & Her? Check out the trailer, and let us know via the comment section below.

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Breaking News

GH’s Rebeeca Herbst and Cassandra James ‘Day of Silence’ Challenge In Support Of LGBTQ Students

On Tuesday, General Hospital via their social media accounts posted an important video  message and challenge to their viewers and colleagues featuring Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) and Cassandra James (Terry)  This coming Friday, April 12th is the day when the initiative  “Day of Silence” will take place for many LBTYQ students in their classrooms.

The annual day spearheaded by GLSEN is a student-led national event to spread awareness about the effects of the bullying and harassment.  During it, students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBTQ students

In story on GH, the character of Elizabeth’s longtime friend, Terry, is transgender, and is played by trans actress, James.  In addition, GH has been shedding light on the bullying of  a young boy through the storyline involving Elizabeth’s young son, Aiden, who is experiencing trouble from his fellow students at school.

GH expresses these important facts and their challenge in the video: “Nearly 80% of LGBTQ students experience verbal harassment in school. This silent video is in support of youth & all those organizing the on 4/12 in their schools – we challenge you to make a video & tag 3 more friends!”

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) is the leading national education organization working to create safe schools for ALL students.

For more on the “Day of Silence” check it out here.  

Watch the video of Herbt and James below.  Then let us know, will you be standing with them on April 12th and LGBTQ Students who have been harrassed or bullied? Will you make a video and be part of the challenge? Comment below.

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