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General Hospital Writing Team Wins WGA Award In Daytime Drama Category

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In duel ceremonies currently underway in both Los Angeles and New York, the Writers Guild of America is handing out the 71st annual WGA Awards for excellence in writing in the fields of motion picture and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of head writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles, took home the prestigious honor.

This win for GH marks the fifth win in a row for the ABC series, which make its a record-breaker for the Daytime Drama category at the WGA Awards.

For a complete list of winners click here.

Congratulations to the team from Port Charles and General Hospital on their WGA Award win.  So, what do you think of GH besting DAYS?  Glad the ABC daytime drama won? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Phil
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Phil

Disappointing! Days is far superior!

su000
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hey Phill..
You are correct !!!
”Days is far superior!”

Mika
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Mika

GH has been incredible and this award validates the writers! Congrats!

Cat lee
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Cat lee

If this had been last year I would have cried foul, but they (GH) have been hitting it out of the park recently so happy! Congratulations to my favorite soap.

su000
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hi Cat lee ..
It is from last year..
this year has less than 2 months to judge..
so- you can ”cry foul” 🙂

Lisa
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Lisa

Since Genie Francis came back, it has improved immensely. I don’t know what the hell they were thinking by letting her go. But the fans screamed loud and long, so they brought her back. Thank God. She is a gem.

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”Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.”

^^^ that is so much caca!
No way is GH writing team better than Days, no way.

Who are the judges.. ??
Why are the judges not named, why?

There is something very wrong with that decision.
Looks like a bribe, or a hidden quid pro quo !
It stinks and many can smell the stench..

OK- I needed to voice my opinion, I don’t hold back BWAHAAA!

Again; who are/were the judges, their names and qualifications, and who they represent, please.

Carol Wood
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Carol Wood

You obviously don’t watch GH or you would not question this win. Their groundbreaking Alzheimer’s storyline has been outstanding!

Lisa
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Lisa

Yes, the Alzheimer’s story line has been just fantastic. And Maurice Benard and Laura Wright have been killing it. Max Gail is amazing; I wish he was staying around!

James
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James

It deserves it ! GH has been really good this past year si ce Chris van etten joined the head writing team with Shelley altmann. As a long time fans of almost 30 years the only time GH was unwatchable for me was under the helm of of Ron c. Who now writes for Days. GH is in the now with a balance if real life everyday drama mixed with soap camp. There is actually dialogue now, use of the hospital, and it’s history. The past year seen the words and issues if Alzheimer’s, me too movement, transgender, bullying, and… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

I didn’t like what Ron C. did with the Jason character. That’s a big reason Steve Burton left for Y and R, I’m damn sure of that. Didn’t like Sam with Silas or John or the Easton characters. She belongs with Jason. Whether it’s Drew or the real Jason, I’ll take it.
Good luck to Days with Ron! They can keep him. LOL

Phil
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Phil

DAYS has won praise and awards and has seen ratings bumps since Ron took over the writing! I think we will be happy to keep him! Ron wasn’t the issue at GH! I also don’t see much in the line of improvement at GH either!! This serial killer storyline has been ridiculous and gone on way too long! Ditto baby switch! Genie is great and I’m glad she is back, but not enjoying what they have thrown at her so far!

Lisa
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Lisa

You are welcome to your opinion. I have been watching GH off and on since the ’80s, thanks to all the Luke & Laura frenzy. I have a sister who likes Days, but I could never get into it. Not invested in the characters.

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KCOMA66

I’m a lifelong GH fan. I LOVE this show & always wish it the best. That being said, I really think Days of Our Lives writing was superior this year. Except for Nathan’s death & the fallout I just don’t see it. Congrats to GH – I will continue to watch everyday.

Debbie
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Debbie

General Hospital is the best

Patrick
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Patrick

why sugar coat NOW if this is indicative of any thing… I posted not that long ago… should @GH want to steal the emmy for best show. that their submission should be 1st epi : the Night Franco was supposed to marry Liz… Mike shows up and he and Liz spend time together.. earthquake ensues… but it’s the sublime Max Gail and Rebecca Herbst that own it 2nd epi : when Nathan dies… hankies Kleenex so we shall see I may be a fan I may be a poster I may be well past the desired demographic but my vote… Read more »

aria
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aria

its validation, how Ron C cartoonishly writing style even gets any recognition is beyond me, congrats GH, lets keep it going.

Rodd
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Rodd

I have watched DOOL since I was a child and only moved to GH when ATWT was cancelled. When Ron was writing GH, it was great! I had to watch it or risk missing something surprising. I feel the same way now that he’s writing DOOL. Of late, GH has been so hit-and-miss; stories starting and never completing. It felt as though some PTB lost interest or gave an edict that they move in another direction. Whatever the reason, GH has become very jarring for me to watch. There is very little emotional investment because of the story telling. Wonderful… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Rodd, I have to agree, that Ron has done a very good job, of finally getting rid of the boring Chad and Abigail.I have been FF over their scenes. Now will have to watch the newly wedded Stefan and Godzilla Gabi. Chloe was fired, when obviously she and Stefan have so much chemistry, in favor of this new pairing.
Hope Ron has some magic, to make this new SL appealing.

Patrick
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Patrick

In the year and 1/2 since RC material has been reeled. October, 2017. which is , roughly 1 1/2 years. I’ve withstood .. because it’s been that easy.. to not notice too much “cast” change.. the interweaving of canvas.. w/Guest STAR ie: think Louise Sorel.. she deserves GRAND. think Ali Sweeney… welcome respite.. WITH good writing.. jeesus.. thank time thank time for getting us to and fro ? no? writing 365 days is a big show. at this point: 2 stand out I MISS Thaao Penghlis Nadia Bjorlin stand these two any where on the canvas and they measure up… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I WOULD truly return Christie Clark’ Carrie Brady; AND, on many occasion her mother Anna DiMera as played by the lovely Lean Hunley. THAT ROMANCE and FATHERHOOD just oblitered AND showed Josh Taylor SEXIER as all get out. it’s great to see him with Rex.. but it’s Carrie and Anna that he belong. with Abs gone with Sami gone with Belle gone YOU NEED that heroine from either the Brady AND Horton.. and it’s Christie Clark … who is SEXIER as all get out. I’ve read she moved to London? WITH a Nice contract just to keep this show turning… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

Even though I’m not all that thrilled with the writing on GH, it’s surely a lot better than DOOL. I’ve always been bored with Days.

On the plus side, the two head writers can be credited with writing good stories for Laura, Kevin/Ryan, Anna and Jason and Sam. Maura West as Ava is truly outstanding.

I don’t care about the newer characters. I won’t miss Kiki, even though Erin Hayley did great work in the role.

Margie Dalton
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Margie Dalton

Beyond thrilled my Favorite Love for 55 years!!! Best written & actors convey written words so eloquently. CONGRATULATIONS!! Confident they will keep us glued for many more years!❤

Ann Desantis
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Ann Desantis

How did Ryan know Laura was at the facility. He left way before she was there. Give us a break guys. End this Ryan thing already”

Celia
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Celia

Thank you for saying that, Ann….Desantis–“of the saints”—- your ancestors must be from the Abruzzo/Molise area….on the Adriatic…. I am so afraid of saying anything negative about GH on this site—-the accolades are overwhelming. The Ryan story has been going on for too long. End it!! No sense!! Now, Jordan wants Franco to plead guilty? This is soooo nether-worldly….best writing? ( fans: no punches please). Then we have to deal with Dawn of Doom……did ‘ye gods’ really need to come up with something so idiotic to propel Sam? Nothing can help this flat-toned, uninspiring actress. As much as I despise… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I guess poor Franco will be on his own for a while, hopefully to find and rescue Laura and Doc, after someone recently goes blind and mows down Jordan. The Dawn of Doom, as you put it is just started, and I’m sick of it already. Krissie is very much smitten with Shilo, and is not liking the attention payed to big sis. Oh, well, guess that’s the intention, among others, as the plot thickens.

Kevin C
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Kevin C

I know a lot of people aren’t happy with General Hospital but I am enjoying it and it’s actually my favorite soap at the time…I watch GH, Y&R and B&B…Day’s in my opinion is not the show I loved in the 70’s till the 90’s…I do not like Ron C’s writing and I cannot stand DOOL background music which is so annoying…

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UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Looks like the The Talk table will now be set, as Natalie Morales will be added to the line-up of co-hosts for the CBS daytime afternoon series.

Although CBS would offer no official word or comment after the story on her coming to the series ran in the Daily Mail, Natalie would join: Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila on the panel.

This comes after Morales exited NBC News this morning after 22 years for an “unspecified new opportunity”.  However, she will continue to appear on Dateline’s 30th season throughout the rest of year.

The longtime Today Show anchor told staffers she was moving on expressing in a note: “To my Dateline and Today show families, it’s very hard to say goodbye… and we all know in this business it’s never goodbye but see you later. I’m eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths lead.  I have so much to be thankful for and for every one of you who helped me get here… muchísimas gracias mis amigos.”

Tom Mazzarelli, the EP of Today also wrote in a note to staff that “Morales been offered an opportunity she’s passionate about and has decided to step away from NBC News after an incredible two-decade career here.”

Natalie previously anchored Access Hollywood from 2016 to 2019 and continued to be the West Coast anchor of Today.

So, what do you think of Natalie Morales, becoming a main co-host on The Talk? Good fit? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Soap Veteran Michael Tylo Passes Away at 73

Michael Tylo, well-remembered for his roles on daytime soap operas, has died at the age of 73.  Tylo, was most-loved in his role as Quinton Chamberlain, in the Quint and Nola (Lisa Brown) romance on Guiding Light, as well for his time on The Bold and the Beautiful (Ex-Sherman), All My Children (Ex-Matt), The Young and the Restless (Ex-Rick/Blade), Another World (Ex-Lord Peter Belton), and General Hospital (Ex-Charlie).

Tylo’s death was announced by Nancy Uscher, Dean of College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where Michael was a film professor.  Michael died on Tuesday at Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, following an illness.

In a statement on the UNLV website, Uscher said of her colleague: “Michael Tylo was a beautiful and caring human being — he was so special.  He was an exemplary friend, colleague, teacher, and artist. He had such a distinguished and rich career, but he was humble about his accomplishments. He loved his family dearly and lived a joyous life, but he left us way too soon. We will miss him greatly, but feel deep gratitude about all that Michael contributed to the College of Fine Arts, UNLV, and the world.”

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As soap fans know, Michael was previously married to Hunter Tylo (Taylor, B&B) and they shared three children together: Izabelle and Katya, and tragically, their late son, Mickey, who drowned back in 2007.

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Michael is also survived by his wife Rachelle, and their daughter, Kollette.

Photo: CBS

There has been no word yet on the actual cause of death of Michael’s death, while information about services for Michael are said to be forthcoming.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this story.

Watch Michael with Lisa Brown in the wedding of Quint and Nola on Guiding Light below.

Then, share your condolences and remembrances of Michael via the comment section.

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