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GH's Carolyn Hennesy on the key to writing "The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli!

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General Hospital’s and On-Air On-Soaps Podcast co-host, Carolyn Hennesy (Diane) chatted with TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco about the upcoming release next week (April 5th to be exact) of  the book, The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli as told to Diane Miller, but written by Hennesy herself.  The suspenseful and mysterious book will include most if not all of your favorite GH characters in gripping and enveloping short stories that also honors the show’s history.  So what was it like thinking in the mind of Damian Spinelli? Here are a few excerpts from the interview!

Hennesy on if she had to dig deep to figure out who Spinelli really was: “I did not. Spinelli is very complex and intricate, but to me, Carolyn the actress — and Carolyn the actress watching Bradford Anderson play Spinelli — Spinelli’s voice was very easy to find. The biggest compliment I have had thus far on the book was from Bradford, who said I had Spinelli’s voice down and as finely tuned as the writers do. He said, “You understand the character as I do.” Again, Spinelli is a dual personality. He is the quintessential computer genius and he’s Sam Spade, Humphrey Bogart. I’m such a film noir fan so I love that quality in him.”

Hennesy on if she thinks Spinelli is suffering from Asperger’s syndrome:  “No, I don’t believe that. I think he’s the smartest person in the room wherever he goes. He’s very much like a Robin Williams, like many of the great improv artists. Robin makes no secret of the fact that he was alone a great deal as a child so he created his own fantasy world where he had to create all the voices, create all the scenarios and play all the characters. I doubt anyone would say that Robin suffers from Asperger’s. I think Spinelli is the same way. Spinelli’s IQ is simply just off the charts. His IQ is simply too large for the rest of the world. And because he’s been alone so much we still don’t know his parentage. We just don’t. I think he’s come to Port Charles looking for his parentage. I think there have been clues along the way … this way lies your parents. I allude and indicate that in the book. He’s not a foolish man. The fact that Spinelli got Maxie simply dumbfounds him. No one is more shocked that he got the girl.”

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I think Spinelli is a pretty smart geeky kid. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However I do think TPTB enjoy writting Spinelli as a characature of who he could be. Spinelli character is being written so OTT that other characters either make fun of him or ignore him altogether. I love that Diane can honesty see who Spinelli is and likes him for who he is. Everyone should have a “Secret Life.” Spinelli and Diane have a mutual respect for one another thru writting this book. Diane and Spinelli’s relationship is quite beneficial for both of them. Diane… Read more »

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GH’s Kristina Wagner On Felicia’s Concern Over Maxie’s Emotional State

While Maxie (Kirsten Storms) knows exactly where baby Louise is, not many other people know, especially her mother, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

Now, with Kristina Wagner back on-contract at General Hospital, it opens up more angles to play in the ongoing saga of “What happened to Maxie and Peter’s (Wes Ramsey) Baby?”

GH viewers know that Louise is “Bailey” and being taken of by Brook Lynn Quartermaine (Amanda Setton).  However, according to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, look for Felicia to be very worried over Maxie’s attitude toward finding her baby.

Wagner shared to SOD on Felicia: “She is absolutely concerned about Maxie. Why is she behaving this way? Is she traumatized to a point where she is not frantically looking for her baby?”

The actress goes on to say about her alter-ego: “Felicia thinks ‘What is wrong with you?  Your baby’s missing. Why are you not (falling apart)?’ And Maxie says, ‘I have to stay calm for my other children.’  She has a way of justifying it, but Felicia is questioning Maxie’s behavior.”

Look for Felicia to be more determined than ever to help find Maxie’s baby, which we know could spell trouble for everyone!

So, do you hope Felicia learns the truth about Louise, and helps Maxie with her cover-up? Or do you hope Felicia helps get the little one back in Maxie’s arms sooner than later? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless Receive WGA Award Nominations

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the WGA Awards in the fields of television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing.

In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit themselves for competition this year.  So, it was not a matter of the series not receiving enough votes to be in contention.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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ABC Entertainment President, Craig Erwich Offers Update on ‘Pine Valley’ and is Open to Additional ‘General Hospital’ Iterations

During today’s ABC TCA virtual Winter Press Tour, Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment and Hulu originals, addressed entertainment reporters during a press conference on some potential developments and upcoming new shows, existing shows, and specials scheduled on the network

According to TV Line, Erwich shared he has no further updates at this time on the All My Children reboot “Pine Valley’ that has been in development for over a year from Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) and company.

However, the ABC boss did say that due to the recent success of Days of our Lives streaming limited-series and its holiday movie on Peacock, that he would be intrigued for ways to bolster the General Hospital franchise, adding that he is “always open to additional iterations or explorations” in regards to the network’s sole daytime drama.

So, what do you think is happening with “Pine Valley”? Would you like to see ABC and its streaming platform partners develop something original for General Hospital ala DAYS? Comment below.

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