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GH: Night Shift's Sri Rao To Write New Primetime Political Soap for NBC!

Now here is some good news!  Writer, Sri Rao who did an an exceptional job with the second season of  General Hospital’s spin-off,  General Hospital: Night Shift  has landed a new gig and it’s quite intriguing!  Rao will write a new political soap opera that has been bought by NBC.   Famed producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are in charge of the project.

According to Deadline.com, “The show is tentatively titled, White House Confidential, and is described as an upstairs-downstairs-type soap set in the White House, told from the point of view of a young female doctor who has a secret from her past.”

So soapers, are you excited to see how this series comes together?  And who should play the young female doctor noted in the item?  Let us know your thoughts!

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Jewell
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Jewell

How young are we talking? Would love to see Bobbie Eakes in something, she has so much talent not being used. If we are talking younger,Jen Lilley, Terri,Ivans…

GHFan
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GHFan

Isn’t Bobbie on Bold & Beautiful?!?

ashlee
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ashlee

Lol. Um, ten years ago she was. She had been on AMC since 2003.

ethel
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ethel

i am very excited – sri rao did an awesome job writing the second season of night shift!

ashlee
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ashlee

I think this is great news! That man knows more about how to write for a soap opera than those who have been writing for them for 30 years! The only thing I didnt like about his Night Shift was the gay storyline. it was awkward, out of left field, and completely out of place with all the GH veterans. GH achieved record viewership for Luke and Laura…all the soaps that have prominently attempted to showcase a gay abomination (romance) are now cancelled.

ethel
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ethel

dool has a gay story line going on now……………..

Mary
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Mary

Why are they using he word soap?They are nighttime scripted shows.I really get tired of these networks using the word soaps.There not on 5 days a week and year around.

GHFan
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GHFan

Mary, Dallas is a soap and aired one day a week… Revenge is a soap –
same thing…. Daytime soaps are on every day. Primetime soaps are once a week…

Debi
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Debi

When is this suppose to debut?? Sounds AWESOME!

Carlee
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Carlee

Outstanding. Mr Rao is extremely talented. NS2 was very well done. Kudos to Mr Rao.

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

Michael Park as the President. That’s what I’m saying. Many great soap actresses to choose from for this part. Let’s just hope the people on this project reconizes our pool of talent and chooses from the soap world.

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kay/kay

Capitol was a great soap so we shall see. Remember 9/11 today and keep those families who lost loved ones in your prayers!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I would watch. Sounds good.

JustSaying
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JustSaying

A story about the White House? I’ll pass.

MK
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MK

He made NS2 so good, GH should have grab him immediately. But Guza was probably threatened when NS had better stories than GH at the time. NS was 100% Mob free. Used Jagger and Robert. Plus had a Gay Doctor! It was a shame ABC didn’t bring them to GH or do a 3rd season.

ashlee
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ashlee

I agree!!!! I would LOVE to see what Sri could do with GH, minus the gay thing, of course. His writing had a heart and humanity almost reminiscent of the glory days of GH…under Claire Labine.

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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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