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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.

Breaking News

DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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