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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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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.

Y&R was horrible this past year.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

What on earth for?

Showing up, apparently…

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.

Congrats to GH and Jelly!

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

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

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

Why?…

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.

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’s Adam J. Harrington Weighs-in On John and Carly, and How it’s ‘Starting to Get Very Complicated”

On recent episodes of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) came to John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) rescue as he was beaten down in an assault. Carly put on her “nurses cap,” sort of speak, and got John to his hotel room and watched over to him, to make sure he didn’t lose consciousness.

GH fans also got their first glimpse of what may be a new romance for Carly, if she and John continue to bond.  If John and Carly were to have a relationship, it would certainly have a ripple effect with Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Adam J. Harrington shared his view on the scenes and what might be next between the two. Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Harrington shared, “I thought it was written in a way where there’s an understanding and a respect between them both. I don’t think there was any moment where she was not aware that he’s an FBI agent, and there was no moment that he wasn’t aware of her history and relationship to other people in the town. I really liked it. I was really looking forward to shooting it with Laura and we had a really nice time shooting it.”

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When Carly and John part ways, it seems there were some romantic sparks, as Harrington puts it, “Isn’t that interesting that sometimes with people, the one moment they actually show how they feel is when they know there’s an escape hatch. They know they’re about to walk away. So, it’s almost safe in that moment to do it. I thought that was really special about how (the writers) handled John and Carly. Even the music in that scene was beautifully done.”

Where is this all heading? Conflict! Internally and professionally, and as Adam explains, “Who Carly was to John on paper as just a tool to be used as bait is starting to get very complicated.”

What would you think of a John and Carly pairing? Would you prefer him with Anna, or neither of them? Let us know via the comment section and take our poll below.

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

Coming up, it looks like Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) grandfather, Carmine Cerullo is headed to Port Charles.

According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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