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General Hospital's Writing Team Receives WGA Nomination For A Daytime Drama Series!

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ABC’s General Hospital, who has delivered some very emotional and compelling storylines in 2016, received the sole WGA (Writers Guild America) Award nomination for a daytime drama series on Monday, when the TV categories were announced.

Thus, GH will be the victor in the category as well when the awards are handed out in ceremonies on Sunday, February 19th in Los Angeles.

The nominated GH writing team includes: Shelly Altman, Anna Theresa Cascio, Andrea Archer Compton, Suzanne Flynn, Janet Iacobuzio, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean Passanante, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell.

The series executive producer, Frank Valentini took to Twitter to celebrate the nod by expressing: “Congratulations 2 the amazing #GH writing team on their #WGA nomination!”

This will be the second consecutive year that GH has won the WGA Daytime Drama writing category.

So, what do you think of GH’s writing team nomination and win for the WGA Award Daytime Drama Series category?  Comment below.

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Iakovos
Iakovos

Of the four legacy soaps remaining, I think GH was the best in telling stories in 2016. While the other three had their high points, they were not consistent. Y&R works n fits and starts. B&B is on replay. DAYS did not deliver day to day. I may not like the characters on GH or many of the plots, but it seems the show moves forward with purpose and some surprise.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Y&R was horrible this past year.

Addison
Addison

Yes, it was, Abruzzfan. I am holding on until December 7, 2016 when the new writers take the helm.
In fact, these last few days it seemed like the departing writers were going out of their way to make it as bad as possible.
2016 was probably the worst year in American history for more reasons than just the state of our soaps.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I completely agree, Addison. 2016 will indeed go down as a dark part of American history.

Aria
Aria

Congrats GH ! I’m really happy for the show.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I like the writing for Genie Francis–just do more–lol!

Patrick
Patrick

I’d like to know – exactly – what they submitted… for the LONE nominee… and guaranteed win. certainly doesn’t pack a punch if the other 3 serials aren’t good enough

Rose
Rose

Patrick…probably the final Sabrina and Morgan stories. And maybe Paul as the serial killer. Lots of tears and ready-made-for-awards angst for actors.

Addison
Addison

Rose, with all due respect, that Paul Hornsby serial killer story was abysmal! Even Paul looked shocked to discover he was the killer.

Rose
Rose

Hi Addison…I probably should have added I wasn’t a fan of any of the three stories I mentioned. I was just scratching my head to see what might have made the cut, and it seems to be stories that provide the actors with chances to “emote.” As for the Paul Hornsby story in particular, what a waste of a really good male actor and character that Port Charles could really use.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Paul as the serial killer–are you KIDDING me??? Really badly written–no foreshadowing at all–just “thrown” in at the last minute–and it really showed.

Addison
Addison

Why? For writing disjointed, fragmented, badly paced story lines some of which are inadvertently dropped without mention?
This is akin to giving Donald Trump the Noble Peace Prize for his Humanitarian Efforts.

robbie
robbie

Nicely put. Hit the nail on the head. Couldn’t have said it better. Couldn’t agree more. (another example of great writing, LMAO)

Sean
Sean

Congrats! GH is the only soap I watch and I enjoyed this year quite a bit.

Alan
Alan

Had to check my calendar to make sure today wasn’t April 1st…

robbie
robbie

Awesome! Dissent thru humor is what I’m all about!

boes
boes

What on earth for?

robbie
robbie

Showing up, apparently…

Anthony
Anthony

Most of the GH stories have been stupid. Someone always back from the dead, etc etc etc – Can’t imagine for what story the writing staff was nominated.

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

Congrats to GH and Jelly!

This was the best soap of 2016 (IMO) and my favorite year since 2012.

Brenda Garces
Brenda Garces

Congrats GH Keep on with the Good Work # 1 in Daytime Drama

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I guess nominating none of the four soaps was for some reason not an option?

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Why?…

PF
PF

How ridiculous! But we now live in a world where incompetence and destructiveness are rewarded, so why not?! Jelly’s writing is consistently unwatchable, which is why this viewer’s boycott of this once-great soap will continue until TIIC regain whatever taste and sanity they ever had and give these two overrated hacks the boot.

Brett
Brett

This regime has flushed the show down the crapper and they’re never going to get the wake up call they need while they’re getting undeserved award noms.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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Kimberly McCullough Directs Episode Of ‘The Conners’; Shares Pics From Show Night

As fans of director and actress Kimberly McCullough know, earlier this week she announced that she would be directing an episode of the the re=branded and renamed ‘Rosanne-less’ series, The Conners.  She originally shared the news of getting the nod to direct the hit comedy sitcom with a photo of the famous Conner kitchen with the words “Yup”.

However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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