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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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In the video teaser, Jax and Carly’s (Laura Wright) last goodbye scene plays, which aired the last time Ingo was on GH, and then the camera pans to the back of a man’s head watching the TV

“Oh, come on!  Well, that can’t be the end. Cause it’s not,” says the guy.  In true soap opera fashion, the camera reveals it’s Rademacher who states: “I’m coming back to General Hospital and Jax’s legacy is going to continue in a big way. See you soon.”

So, will Jax be back in Carly’s arms or someone else’s? What will happen when Josslyn (Eden McCoy) reunites with her father?  Will Jax be involved in a major mystery? Share your thoughts on Ingo’s return to GH via the comment section below.  But first, check out the teaser video that contained this exciting cast addition announcement.

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From all reports, it seems that Dominic is making a short return, but it will be more than just a one-day stint.  So, stay tuned.

So, will Dante return to Lulu’s side? Do you hope Dominic’s return means more down the line? Comment below.

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In the log lines for the movie. it relates: “Executive produced by Victoria Gotti herself, the movie takes us deep into the world of what it was really like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world.  Sharing never-before-revealed stories about her life, Victoria (Chelsea Frei) tells of a sensitive child growing up with a beloved father (Maurice Benard) she worried about constantly; the tragedy of her younger brother’s death; and her turbulent romance, forbidden by her father, with the man who later became her husband.  Victoria had a front-row seat to a life the world became fascinated with, all while trying to reconcile the loving father she adored with a man the outside world was determined to bring down. . The film is based on Gotti’s book This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti.  Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating.

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