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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
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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
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Abruzzfan

Y&R was horrible this past year.

Addison
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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
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Abruzzfan

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

Aria
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Aria

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

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

Patrick
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Sean

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

Alan
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Alan

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

robbie
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robbie

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

boes
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boes

What on earth for?

robbie
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robbie

Showing up, apparently…

Anthony
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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
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Jay Trotter

Congrats to GH and Jelly!

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

Brenda Garces
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Brenda Garces

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

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

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

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Why?…

PF
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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
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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.

General Hospital

Denise Alexander Responds to Outpouring of Fan Support on Her Return to General Hospital

Longtime fans of General Hospital were over the moon when it was revealed that Denise Alexander was on her way back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise her role of Dr. Lesley Webber, mother of Laura, played by Genie Francis.

With Laura’s story with her new found half-brothers central to the current storyline, it’s a perfect time for Alexander to be back in Port Charles.

Tricia Sheldon, a fan of General Hospital who loves the vintage years of the show and more as she notes on her Twitter account, was able to reach Alexander, who is not on social media.  Sheldon showed her the outpouring of love the actress received, and the excitement on her on-screen imminent return.

In turn, Denise wrote a message to Sheldon to share publicly.  Part of which read   “Wow! I am breathless! What a wonderful surprise!  I am beyond grateful for all the kind and amazing and funny and sweet and caring and supportive and truly delicious messages. I have never felt so appreciated  and it brought tears and laughter reading each one.”

Alexander added, “I do not have a clue as to how to communicate on the Internet on Twitter.”  She then noted, “I would love to reach each and every person who wrote about that first day back. But I don’t even know what the rules are.  I’ve a vague sense that there is a limit to how long a message can be,but do not know how to reach anyone. Is there any way you could forward at least my thanks to everyone?”

Denise closed with,  “I love each and every message, and am full of gratitude.”

You can view the communication and Denise’s heartfelt message below.

Now let us know what you thought of Denise reaching out to all of the fans, and how grateful she is that viewers are excited to see her back on-screen via the comment section,

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Days Of Our Lives

Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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All My Children

‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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