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General Hospital Writing Team Wins At 68th Annual WGA Awards In Daytime Drama Category!

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The writing team of General Hospital led by former head writer Ron Carlivati were the big winners tonight in the Daytime Drama category at the 68th Annual Writers Guild Awards. The ceremonies are being held simmultaneously in New York and Los Angeles and are still in progress.

General Hospital beat The Bold and the Beautiful to take home its second WGA Award in a row in this category. Carlivati and his team won for their submission of three scripts; one of which was the beautifully written 52nd anniversary of GH that aired on April 1, 2015 that centered around the reveal of what caused Luke Spencer (Tony Geary) to act out as Fluke.  Viewers learned as a young boy Luke had accidently killed his mother and murdered his father.  The scenes in the show flipped from black and white to color, and incorporated other cast members including Laura Wright, who played Luke’s mother, Lena.

The winning GH team consists of Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Andrea Archer Compton, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Elizabeth Page, Jean Passanante, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, and Chris Van Etten.

Days of our Lives writer Melissa Salmons will also be honored tonight with the Richard B. Jablow Award for service with the guild at the ceremonies  in New York City.  To follow the live time updated winners list in all categories click here.

So, what do you think about GH’s victory for the top writing honors by the WGA, and former GH head writer Ron Carlivati and his team being honored for the 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Share you comments below!

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su0000
su0000

CONGRATS RON !!! & team !!

—-Carlivati and his team won for their submission of three scripts; one of which was the beautifully written 52nd anniversary of GH that aired on April 1, 2015—–

TNT DYNAMITE !! ^^^^^^^ (that ^^^^ was great soap…

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

WHY?

Harry 1
Harry 1

I second Nancy’s query, only louder and more drawn out.

WWWWWHHHHHHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????????

Patrick
Patrick

I did not see one thing about the 52nd anniversary ep… other than touting Anthony Geary

I just do not see it… I watch the same show

I really will prop RC. it really bothers me.. that Maurice Benard… “just being Honest” dissed and disrespected the writing of RC…

he only liked 4 months of all of year 2015… J and S started airing in September, 2015

I will also bring in to this post the actors who portray Julian and Alexis who are also disgruntled employees…. allegedly.

Ron Carlivati… revived GH… “saved from cancellation” a big word

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

It was just a fluke that he won…lol

Timmm
Timmm

52 was legendary, what were the other two scripts they submitted?

Pat
Pat

Congrats to Ron and his Team! Wish he was still the Head Writer

knotsamc
knotsamc

I agree!!

jeremy
jeremy

ConGrats GH, well deserve!! 🙂

Sly
Sly

Congrats to Ron and his team.

You are truly missed.

We really need you to come back.

SOON…

knotsamc
knotsamc

yes, GH was fun and history was used!!

Rose
Rose

As much as I didn’t like the Fluke story, the b/w Anniversary episode was really good. Wonder what the other two scripts this team submitted were about?

Rodd
Rodd

SO happy to hear this! Good on the team from GH!!!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I am not surprised to hear that it was Ron’s GH that took the award. It is still a shock to me that he has let go. I always thought of him and Frank as the Dynamic Duo.

Harry 1
Harry 1

And I always thought of them as the Dynamic Dunces.

Patrick
Patrick

the dynamic dancers… left … 2

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Harry I, I must hand it to you–you really have a (fine) way with words. Go, Harry I!

Dylan
Dylan

LMAO. Agreed!!

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

A most worthy win. As a viewer, I could not be more pleased. Also, as a viewer I wonder if the powers that be might not be second guessing their decision to dump RC.

aria
aria

hopefully they will submit this same work for the emmy’s too and win, the 52nd anniversary show was really a great episode… as fir RC he was like a mad scientist who just lost it, sure theres things he did great but more often he turned his own work into one old big mess so i’m glad he’s gone in the long run, i’m not as frustrated by the two current head writers as i was with him, i haven’t liked what they’ve done to elizabeth, but that started with RC so, hopefully liz will be redeem and i don’t know yet, but they “the new writers” need to do something to make the show must see tv, they’re not so good with cliffhangers and surprises, but hopefully they will pick up the pace.

Melissa
Melissa

I agree that RC got out of control after a while, and things were just a mess by the end. I loved how he brought back veterans and the Nurses Ball. He did some great writing for the vets, but was not so good at introducing new characters. I also hated the way some stories were dropped for weeks. As good as the b/w episode was, the Fluke story was otherwise kind of incomprehensible. But there’s no doubt he is a talented writer who respects legacy characters and a show’s history. I hope he lands somewhere else soon.

As for the new writers…I feel like the writing is more grounded in a way, but it’s also less compelling. They are trying to do some issue-oriented stories, like breastfeeding and Kristina coming out, but these aren’t exactly ground breaking issues. Rather than Kristina coming out they should write a REAL story for Brad and Lucas. Let’s see them more often and in more meaningful stories. Public breastfeeding is protected by law in 47 states, so it’s not exactly a cutting edge issue. All in all these feel like fairly “safe” issues to take on. Gone are the days when soaps tackled thorny issues like abortion and domestic abuse.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You’re right, the 52nd anniversary was not only “incomprehensible,” it was “ire-raising” as it totally did violence to the legacy of the once-iconic character of Lucas Lorenzo Spencer–and made the whole Spencer family VICTIMS rather than VICTORS who had overcome their childhood legacy of domestic violence and alcoholism.

Alan
Alan

GH should cherish this win ’cause based on the material post-Carlivati they won’t be getting a nomination next year.

Lil' Angel
Lil' Angel

True dat.

fanny
fanny

Congrats to Ron & his team! The 52nd anniversary episode was GH at its best and I hope that’s the one they’ll submit for this year’s daytime Emmys.

Dan
Dan

Congrats to Ron and company. The 52nd Anniversary episode was a tremendous show, well written, well directed and well acted by everyone. It’s just a shame for Ron that the rest of what he wrote in 2015 was largely a mess, and that’s why he’s no longer working for GH.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I also congratulate the GH’s 2015 writing team for this award. It’s true that under Carlivati, storylines would roller-coaster in quality. But, honestly, the highs during his tenure were some of the most amazing work I’ve seen on tv in general. I’ve watched a LOT of soaps, and GH’s 51st anniversary episode was really outstanding. I’d also like to know which other two episodes were submitted.

Kj
Kj

I loved RC when he first came on, and I loved the whole water crisis thing and the intense things mixed with some comedy, BUT towards the end he kept doing the same thing over and over. In my opinion, these new writers haven’t done much to the show either. I loved Gh before when they had the Metro Court Hostage Crisis and the Black and White Ball and the things like that. Gh needs to have a huge event like that, something big that will bring in a ton of viewers instead of just the same day to day material. I’m still crossing my fingers that these new writers have something up their sleeves.

su0000
su0000

Hi Kj..
I really miss the excitement of Ron..
The team GH needs to get back its heart & soul is Guza and Ron teaming up to wake GH up, and take it back to when I was on the edge from suspense and pushing my mind to figure out Ron’s twist & turn mysteries that always held a shocker surprise..
GH under Ron had variety.. something for everyone..

Kj
Kj

Yes, I think that a pairing of Ron and Guza would be amazing! The problem is that a lot of people don’t want all the “dark stuff” that Guza and Carlivati were portraying. And I truthfully don’t think that the new writers are going to last too long

Lew S.
Lew S.

Hi Aria, I agree with you. RC is very talented, but his stories didn’t seem to have an end and at times, very they were convoluted. He created some very whimsical characters, but what do you do with them long-term? I had previously said he would be great at DOOL or B&B and nighttime TV would benefit from his talent. GH congrats!

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

RC threw some shade on TG about “the writer” Geary made.

MissySnow
MissySnow

First, I am a huge OLTL fan and enjoyed most of the show under RC/FV. Second, love or hate RC/FV, they saved GH in 2012 which is why the current actors still have a j.o.b! Third, RC and his team need to be congratulated for their recent win!

dmr
dmr

I thought that the anniversary episode was wonderfully created. It was a very sad episode but I think it give a lot of us long time viewers some closure in terms of the character of Luke Spencer. It showcased Mr. Geary’s acting talent as he portrayed Tim Spencer and Laura Wright was wonderful as Lena Spencer. I’m happy that this episode won.
On another note, I watched yesterday’s episode while home. I can not stomach Dante and Lulu having the same conversation, yet again. Lulu needs to grow-up. Of course her husband would have a difficult time with her going into business with a known criminal-for a number of reasons, or leaving her family for an “adventure” in finding her brother (as I recall, she was more dead weight than help). Not that her behavior excuses Dante’s infidelity-twice, with her cousin, in her home. I think my distaste for this couple, this storyline, etc., is the actress who was recast to portray Lulu. I just can’t stand her. I find her annoying and immature. I’ve also always thought of Dante as a keystone cop.

Dawn D
Dawn D

I don’t understand this show anymore. It’s called General Hospital oh just change the name of the show to The Chosen. 40+ yrs I’m still here for a few actors. But after reading twitter I maybe done.

Shannon McJet
Shannon McJet

My question is How could GH assemble a group of writers that are so bias?Instead of writing for ratings they write for themselves, and listen to idiots about show direction!He have great actor, that dumb,ignorant material are given to them!Every since FV&RC walked into GH it has been GOLTL(just as voring as that soap that was canceled)!Who over see the writing?I know NV is General manager,all he is managing is his Twitts!Its time for a complete over haul of GH!Fire Frank and bring back Guza!

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With Talk Of Nikolas On GH, Tyler Christopher Says: “I’ve Always Said I Would Never Close That Door From My Side”

On recent episodes of ABC’s General Hospital, a few of the key characters in the life of the “late” Nikolas Cassadine spoke about him including: his on-screen mother, Laura (Genie Francis), his ex, Hayden Barnes (Rebecca Budig), and a woman who would have been poised to be a new love interest, Ava (Maura West).

So with the name-drops and mentions in recent weeks, could the character who was shot by Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and fell out a glass window on a balcony, be making a return soon and be very much alive?

Soap fans tweeted at the actor most known for his role as Nikolas Cassadine (in which he won a Daytime Emmy for his performance), and former Days of our Lives star, Tyler Christopher, to see what his thoughts were on what could be happening on General Hospital with the character.

Tyler made this statement to his Twitter followers: “You are all very sweet to be so loyaI as you always are. I know they are talking about Nikolas as of late. I’ve always said I would never close that door from my side. I just want to thank you all for always rooting for me and the character. I grew up with him as many of u have.”

For over 20 years, Christopher had played the role of the dark prince of the Cassadines.  When he went on leave from the series in 2016, he was replaced by Nick Stabile, who was Nikolas at the time of the character’s supposed death.

Later, Tyler debut on Days of our Lives and took on the role of the newly created character of Stefan O DiMera.  He was also nominated earlier this year for a Daytime Emmy for Lead Actor for his performance in that role.

Longtime fans of GH have also been active on social media hoping that somehow GH could find a way to bring back both Tyler, as well as his on-screen TV brother, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky) so Laura could also have her sons back on the canvas.

So, do you think GH is about to bring Nikolas back?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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OLTL Favorite Mark Lawson Appears On General Hospital

Viewers of ABC daytime were in a for a surprise (although rumors had been circulating), when former One Life to Live alum, Mark Lawson showed up on Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital.   In it, Mark came on to the Port Charles scene as Dustin Phillips, a man Lulu (Emme Rylan) was meeting with at the Metro Court for her “story” on online dating, and a potential suspect in the home burglaries tied to a dating app.

Meanwhile, while Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) is away originally being deprogrammed from his nightmare in Turkey, Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) got news from Mac (John J. York) that there may be a lead to his whereabouts in Ithaca, New York,

Maxie is taking it upon herself to locate Dante and bring him back to Lulu.  In addition, when she noticed Lulu enjoying the company of Dustin a bit too much, she was somewhat alarmed that her bff would be having a good time with another man.

It’s been a minute since daytime fans have seen Lawson, who played Navy Seal, Brody Lovett on One Life.  His character was involved with Jessica (Bree Williamson) and all of her alters: Tess, Bess, Wes, et,c and also Jessica’s sister, Natalie (Melissa Archer).

Once fans got wind of his GH appearance, Lawson posted on Instagram along with his workout videos: “Well .. cat’s out of the bag, Stay soapy, my friends.”

So, will Mark continue on GH as a new love interest for Lulu?  Could Dustin be tied to the crimes Lulu is investigating? Would you like to see Lulu move on with her life if Dante is off the canvas for a long time, or do you hope Dominic Zamprogna returns, and there becomes a triangle, or none of the above? Let us know what should happen for Luly in the romance department via the comment section below.

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Cause of Death of Disney and ‘GH: Night Shift’ Alum, Cameron Boyce Deferred Following Autopsy; Industry Heartbroken Over Loss

Fans, and the entertainment industry including; many soap opera notables, have been saddened over the sudden death of the very popular Disney Channel star, Cameron Boyce over this past weekend.

On Monday, an autopsy was performed and the cause of death was ‘deferred pending further investigation’ according to the L.A. County Department of Medical Examiner Coronier’s office.

Boyce was found unresponsive in his home on Saturday afternoon.  A spokesperson for the Boyce family said in statement previously that the beloved actor died from a seizure in his sleep: “It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron.  He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated. The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him.”

Although, best known for his roles on the Descendants and the TV series Jessie,  as well as the movies Grown Up and Grown Ups 2 that starred Adam Sander, Boyce was only 20 years old.

Boyce also appeared on General Hospital’s spin-off, GH: Night Shift in the role of Stone, the son of Jagger Cates (Antonio Sabato Jr.) and Karen.  Upon learning of his death, his former on-screen dad, Sabato Jr. tweeted: ” Rest In Peace Cameron Boyce, it was an honor to have worked with you and spend our time together. Man my heart is broken, what an amazing kid with an amazing future. My deepest condolences to his family & friends. We will all miss you. #brokenheart.”

Kimberly McCullough, (Robin, GH) posted, “#CameronBoyce Had the pleasure of working with him on Night Shift where he played ‘Stone Jr.’ Broke out some crazy legs one day on set.  That’s how I’ll remember him. RIP bright soul.”

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) shared a video with Boyce.  Michelle’s daughter Natalia was a big fan of Boyce.  Staffotd wrote in her Instagram post: “NO ONE and NOTHING is way cooler than you, you beautiful, sweet, Talented shining star. Anyone who has young children has probably watched this man 1 million times! And seen just how talented he is. What an honor to have met this young, charismatic man who joyfully sent this message to my daughter who is IN LOVE with him. I want to send out my love and prayers to Cameron’s family. This is a GREAT loss for all of us. God Speed. You will ALWAYS shine bright ”

Share your condolences and thoughts on the passing of the talented Cameron Boyce, who was gone too soon via the comment section below.

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