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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

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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Passions Alum Brook Kerr Joins The Cast Of General Hospital

Casting news today has that none other than former Passions star, Brooke Kerr (Ex-Whitney Russell-Harris Crane) is set to debut in a new role on General Hospital.

According to EW.com, look for Kerr to make her first Port Charles appearance on the upcoming Thursday, March 5th installment.

Kerr will be playing a doctor, not much else is being shared as to what kind and who she may be involved with on the ABC daytime drama series.

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Passions fans remember that in story, Kerr’s character Whitney was in a relationship with the character of Chad (Donn Swaby and later, Charles Divins).  Chad was believed to be Whitney’s half-brother, but later it was revealed to not be the case, and the duo ended up tying the knot.

Since Passions, Kerr has been seen on Hawaii Five-0, Westworld, and True Blood to name just a few TV appearances.

So excited to hear that Brook is coming to GH? Who do you think she will play and be involved with in story on the soap? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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