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GH's Frank Valentini, Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante, Have Inked New Deals!

Photo: ValentiniTwitter

Photo: ValentiniTwitter

Looks like the creative team from General Hospital is staying put!  According to a report from Daytime Confidential on Friday, executive producer Frank Valentini, and co head-writers, Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante will continue on in their roles behind the scenes at the ABC daytime drama series.

Frank Valentini has been at the helm of GH since coming over from One Life to Live in 2012, replacing then EP Jill Farren Phelps, and as for Shelly and Jean, they took over the top scribe spots from exited head writer Ron Carlivati in 2015.

With this past week’s news of several casting changes, exits and more, it will be interesting to see just what the thressome have in store for General Hospital fans as it moves into fall and then into the key November sweeps storylines and into 2017.

So, what do you think of the news of Valentini, Altman and Passanante all signing on the dotted line with the series? What creative decisions do you hope they make moving forward with the characters on the canvas? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Rodd
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Rodd

Happy about Valentini, not so much about Passanante and Altman. Hope they step things up and soon.

robbie
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robbie

My sentiments exactly

Penny
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Penny

Mine too!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I feel the opposite. Jelly have been okay – not stellar but okay. Valentini has done more to dissipate the legacy and essence of GH than any other individual except for Jill F’n Phelps. He is responsible for blowing up the cast to an unmanageable size so that the show is almost unrecognizable. Bringing in people that GH viewers couldn’t care less about – making them offers “they couldn’t refuse” and paying for them by low balling the longtime characters we tune in for. Latest being Tyler Christopher. I guess Brian Frons will have had the last laugh when GH… Read more »

David
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David

Bring back Ron Carlivati! Even if it’s not as head writer, he was very creative and I loved the characters he created–Nina, Dr Obrecht, Spencer,–they were all great under him. I don’t think he would have written Julian and Alexis the way they are written now.

Maureen Hoeler
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Maureen Hoeler

EXTREMELY angry over killing off Sabrina….we just got Teresa back…there was so much more for her….TERRIBLE DECISION

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

TeCa was just background noise after her break up with Patrick. Her character was just a glorified day player for the past two years.

Melissa
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Melissa

But she absolutely could have been more if she had been written for.

Timmm
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Timmm

Bingo!

Phil
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Phil

I actually like Jelly! They are not perfect… much better than Y&R’S new writers.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Someone at Sony at least cares about Y&R – having hired a soap EP from a very successful British franchise and now just having replaced the head writer who is beloved for her character driven writing history at the apprenticeship of the show’s creator.

Meanwhile, GH continues with a showrunner who is far more preoccupied with hiring his friends than he is with building upon the legacy he was handed.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Meaning, replaced the head writer with another who is beloved……….

Phil
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Phil

Let me now eat crow… I apologize and stand corrected… It appears that I have the wrong writer Sally is not a bad writer!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

If Jane Elliot is leaving to retire…i hope they have good sense to write a good exit story for her…i see Tracy getting custody of Sabrina’s child and leaving town to reunite with Luke…show needs more Qs then…Brook lynn could return and be like Tracy…again AJ is alive and now played by Nick Stabille…

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Better AJ than Nikolas. No offense to Stabile but he just doesn’t carry off the brooding prince.

Timmm
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Timmm

Luke will not welcome a baby!

Timmm
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Timmm

Okay, there it is, the death of GH! Frank doesnt care about the history or the fans and JELLY are a hot mess! Mark my words, IF you see a big names like Maurice or Nancy not renew their contracts after they expire, they know the end is near!

AJQ
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AJQ

GH has been dead for a long time now. No Frank doesn’t care about GH history, GH characters, actors, legacies. He doesn’t care about long time GH fans and they are the largest pool of potential viewers, those who have tuned out; and their not returning for Frank’s GH. Look at recent events. Tyler Christopher, 20 year Vet, legacy character out. Can’t come to a contract agreement with him but Howarth & Easton are happy as clams; they’re front and center, were literally on every single day for about three weeks. Oh and guess what, ratings are still in the… Read more »

Boes
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Boes

Very true. I think they keep Frank around solely because he runs under budget.

Phyliss Wood
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Phyliss Wood

it does seem to be that way.. I think we need some new writers, etc.. not killing off our actors, vets.. something really needs to change.. can they not see what is happening, and they must care about the viewers.. someone over there must care about us the viewers opinions, and the show itself, and whomever is on top musst know something needs to be done to get our beloved GH back on top,and they need to know how important our favorite actors, and all actors are to us all

Melissa
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Melissa

Agree 100% with everything you said. But I thought SB left before Frank became EP?

Trudy
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Trudy

Great post. I totally agree with you. I don’t think Frank is producing GH; I think he’s producing a so-called “super-soap” with all of these actors from dead soaps driving beloved GH vets off the screen.

Harry
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Harry

I agree with your every word, AJQ.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Awesome post, AJQ!

Timmm
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Timmm

Amen! And you mentioned Ric, there are tons of stories for him but he is not one of Frank’s Boys!

k/kay
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k/kay

It has been rumored that if GH goes down it will be with this group they are not interested in making changes the writin is weak and Frank is just like JFP lets keep all my friends employed even if their characters are not working that well with the audience.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Interesting — oh to be a fly on the wall at ABC to find out all the behind the scenes drama that goes into negotiations like these– either ABC could get these three for dirt cheap or else a big chunk of the production budget went to them so they played hard balled with some actors– or had to get rid of some to afford them– who knows, all I know is poor Souu is not going to like this–

Faith
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Faith

Bring back Teresa Castillo loyal fan Faith Sealock

Faith Sealock
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Faith Sealock

Bring back Teresa Castillo

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

So when will Teresa Castillo’s–Sabrina’s–twin come waltzing in? LOL!

Jackie
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Jackie

Yeah happy about Frank but P and A really need to step it up. GH is going down hill again.

Mark
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Mark

FANTASTIC!!

Toni idowu
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Toni idowu

I would love to see better storylines . I want to see more of GH core characters with interesting and believable stories. And for crying out loud let’s see some justice brought down on those dishing out torture. Writers please study the history of the characters and be consistent. Stop making up stories as you go along. Really disappointed in the way stories are written.

Phyliss Wood
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Phyliss Wood

I so agree

Sly
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Sly

Happy for Frank, but we really need Ron back.
Say what you want about Ron, but he was certainly better than these two.

GH fan
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GH fan

Agree that Ron should not have been let go but I doubt they will bring him back. I don’t see how they can redeem Paul now so he will be the next character to go. This s/l with him killing people is silly and the worst idea ever imo

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Ron’s first two years at the helm were much better than the stories Jean and Shelly have been putting out. But 2015 was a HOT MESS for GH with everything from Fluke, to Denise DeMuccio, to Duke’s death, to Valerie in general, to Luke’s send off, to Silas’ death… it was painful at times.

su0000
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su0000

RC was alone.. He needed a Co-writer.. He also needed a rest..
His writing was very invigorating! Never a dull moment.
Ron was a master with twists & turns and surprises.
His mysteries were intriguing and on the edge..

That Luke stuff was Tony and FV with their fingers in the pie.
could after, RC was happy about it..nor was he happy keeping Luke’s story alive for 6 months until his return.
Yet, he gave us the brilliant black&white reveal a got an emmy for it.

Sly
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Sly

I agree with you Jimmy, some of those storylines from 2015 were messy as heck.

I also agree with you su0000 Ron needed a co-writer.

Boes
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Boes

He could be very good and it was clear he was a true fan of the genre, but he could also go off the rails, badly. He needed someone to tell him NO on occasion

robbie
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robbie

Preach!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Same old. Same old. (Sigh!)

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I don’t pay as much attention to the powers behind the scenes like many of you. So I do hope at least one of these people can inject some life into GH. Too many excess characters (I keep trying to imagine the meeting that gave the green light to characters like Aaron, Claudette, Valerie), not enough legacy character time (though lately that seems on the upswing), and truly great actors (Roger Howarth, Billy Miller, Jane Elliot) not given material they can run with to thrill us as they have in the past. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

Pat
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Pat

Seriously, who on earth calls these women “Jelly”?? Lol, that’s the lamest thing I’ve ever heard. But it’s appropriate considering what a hot mess this once proud show has become on a regular basis on their watch. I hope I’m wrong, but it clearly seems that ABC is purposely trying to tank GH and ultimately cancel it. Do the execs at ABC/Disney really think these women are doing a great job writing for this show? Do they actually listen to and consider fan feedback? It’s been an unwatchable, bloated, poorly paced snooze fest for the last year. I’m so sick… Read more »

Amimom
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Amimom

Happy about Passanante and Altman, they’ve done some beautiful writing. Not so much about Valentini, please let story lines play out, and not just die on the vine. Michael and Sabrina would have been more dramatic, had we actually seen them together in a romantic SL in the past 3 months. Michael, Felix, Brucas, Molly, Kristina, Parker, all chillin at another coffee shop? We see them for 5 minutes every 2-3 months. Sad.

Gayla Randall
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Gayla Randall

I have been a watcher since the 70s – thinking about calling it a wrap!!

Pat
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Pat

Great news about Frank. Not that impressed with the writers. I much preferred the storylines when Ron was writing – so much more interesting

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

For those who like Frank but not the writers………why?

su0000
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su0000

0ooh
$%*^%%^*!!!! Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante just $#@&^!!
I want them gone..
They destroyed GH, actually it is no longer GH it is empty of all that made it GH..
Those Idiots at ABC are killing GH with Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante…
This year is the year GH will fall, wait for it..

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

su000, cannot agree this time–GH had been LONG gone–Guza shares the lion’s share for its decline. As do his successors. Remember, the writers (now Altman and Passanante) are “under their thumb.”

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

See Su? It’s all relative. To you, who hasn’t been watching GH for decades, the GH you knew and loved is gone. For others, who watched the show years ago, or maybe even from the beginning, their version of GH is or was gone when “your” GH came around. LOL…well, now almost everyone can agree that the GH they loved is gone…even if they’re talking about different versions!

fginaspy
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fginaspy

ITA with you Rodd. I am not happy with the writing at all. While Sabrina wasn’t a favorite of mine I did like her with Michael better than with Patrick. I do like Teresa Castillo and will look forward to seeing her in other projects. I won’t miss Bryan Craig. The bipolar storyline is important and the writers are playing with the medication. Not Cool! Personally, as proven with Michael Easton FV is able to reuse actors as new characters, I would throw Julian and Ava in prison where they belong. Keep the actors and create new characters. I guess… Read more »

Angela
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Angela

I hope they do things to like Tyler back on gh please the fans want that so much I know yall can do it.

Melissa
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Melissa

Apparently Disney and ABC hate GH.

Harry
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Harry

The combination of this writing team and EP has proven to be a lethal combination. I believe the buck stops with the EP and he is to blame for the bad writing which has led to the loss of beloved characters and which favors his pets (Stafford, West, Howarth, Eastman).
First off the head of the EP and then give me the heads of the writing team.
It’s too bad the three of them are being rewarded for doing a terrible job.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

You said it, Harry!

Anne
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Anne

I’m EXTREMELY disappointed Jean & Shelley are NOT leaving!!! They Absolutely ruined my favorite soap!!! I tape everyday now and I’m FF more and more lately. REALLY sad because there are some FABULOUS actors on that show. Each week things seem to get worse. TRULY DEPRESSING!!!

Jason Loves GH
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Jason Loves GH

Agreed!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Anne…AMEN!!!!! I still remember how Jean and Shelly (in certain ways) RUINED Y&R with their GOD-AWFUL WRITING!!!!! Beyond sad.

Take care, Anne.

TJ
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TJ

Not so happy….they are slowly destroying GH and all it’s characters.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I think Frank has done a good job with GH since taking over 4 years ago. But Jean and Shelly HAVE to go. They’re digging GH into the ground with stories that drag on far too long and lack the interest and substance they should have. The pacing is deathly slow, as show-days easily run for over a week (as evidenced by Sam spending over a week in her wedding dress!) and very little story progress is made in that time. Not to mention, GH is over populated with characters that viewers don’t care about who take away screen time… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

The pacing, the hiring of characters that viewers don’t care about, the loss of GH vets and legacy characters, is all on Frank. What on earth is it that you think he has done a good job with?

Darlene Okey
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Darlene Okey

Dumb move killing off Sabrina! Morgan and Kiki are boring!

Jimmy
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Jimmy

And that’s just the start of the problems! Half the characters on this show (Amy, Darby, Andre, Griffin, Claudette, Nathan, Valerie, Joe, etc.) need to go.

Robin Woolens
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Robin Woolens

I am not a fan of Jelly or Frank so far, I have a lot of concerns with the writing and the direction of the show, I can only hope things get better, the characters have loss a lot of their zing, there don’t seen to be any follow through , and a lot of the stories fall flat, there seems to be some people up front and others in the back ground. I need more balance with all the characters. Hoping things change.

Jason Loves GH
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Jason Loves GH

Yikes! This news sent a shiver down my spine. General Hospital deserves better than what it’s getting from these three. ABC seemingly could not care less about this once-magnificent daytime drama or its loyal viewers.

Marilyn
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Marilyn

I don’t care for the new writers, Frank is fiNE I suppose. I also don’t mind them bringing on ONE LIF TO LIVE actors, I miss them and the show! Killing off Sabrina was a huge mistake, I feel like they want to throw Michael with the kidney donor (can’t think of her name) My opinion is there just aren’t that many soaps left. Good or bad, if people stop watching because so and so leaves or quits or retires they’ll take GH away from us too! If your a true die hard fan KEEP WATCHING!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Bringing all the OLTL actors in helter-skelter certainly alienated a lot of fans.

SW
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SW

Stop adding characters. Let the extraneous ones go. Focus on core families and the show’s history. Gahhhh!

Brenda leigh
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Brenda leigh

Bad move when you killed off sabrina need to bring her back like yesterday

fginaspy
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fginaspy

Talk of the hospital closing makes me wonder if the network will pull the plug right from under our viewing eyes. Writers Jean and Shelley have been kept on is awful news. Bring Ron C. back. I think he and FV make a good team. All shows lag from time to time. I expect it. I couldn’t watch Alexis on today’s show on the stand. To see a successful woman reduced to drinking over the past few weeks. The writers should take responsibility for terrible writing about alcoholism and bipolar. In the wake of journalist Elizabeth Vargas’ real life story… Read more »

Selma
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Selma

Greatly disappointed that Tyler is not coming back. The fans watch the show cause we love that actors that portray the characters in the show. The Quartermains. The Spencer’s The older characters are vital to GH. I have been watching since day 1 with my mother. I love the show and want to see it run another 50 years. Please stop killing off the ones we love. Get Tyler back. Bring Luke & Robert back Write for the viewers. Keep us watching. Why woul a writer kill off Alan Quartermain. He was loved. Still angry.

Mary
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Mary

Please make the show more interesting. It seems storylines are recycled; no one has a happy ending. I actually do not look forward to weddings or relationships, because you know something tragic will occur. Surprise us with a happy ending for a change!

Also, storylines are dragged out way too long. Case in point – Jason’s memory, Paul’s murder spree, Sonny’s wheelchair stint. Writers, you got new contracts, now earn them please!

Julie Trembley
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Julie Trembley

So i herd that Jean said she hated soaps. So then if that is the case then why is she behind the senses of a soap that is so well loved? Glad Frank is sticking around. I don’t know about Shelley.

Skwyrley
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Skwyrley

With all due respect, I stopped watching General Hospital for good after the “One Life cast debacle”. It’s been going down hill for years. I can’t believe the executives at ABC cancelled One Life and All My Children and kept General Hospital going. Nothing against the actors, most of them are talented and do the best they can with the lame storytelling. But for them it must get frustrating! I honestly believe pretty soon all so papa will be on the Internet! I no longer watch any of the ones on TV but I do see the ratings falling steadily!!

Darnell
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Darnell

Ok now. It’s time that y’all earned these new contracts. Like I stated on the Ava/Nina feud. You are sitting on something very explosive. Let the truth come out that Nina is her real mom. Have Nina flip out and finally attack Ava thinking she killed her. Have her bury her alive and later to come back and haunt Nina. After a few Ava sightings, have Nina go dig up the grave. Once the dust settles, Nina and Kiki begin their new relationship. As Ava begin her revenge on Nina, Kiki will be the one hurt and has an accident… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I definitely AGREE with bringing Ilene Kristen BACK… pronto (Delia Ryan). DANG IT – just when it seemed Maura West was on her way back and OUT of Sonny and Carly orbit; she loses 3 men Morgan / Paul / Nicholas let’s see some bonding and maternal instincts and insight to what makes Ava tick GH ! do not squander Maura West… when she got on that plane to London… with Tyler Christopher… that was one ride that held promise. so… let’s see Ava with mumsy … especially if GH still wants to tear Kiki from her… or is that… Read more »

Darnell
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Darnell

Another thing……… Todd Manning and Star must return. Blair and Tea are welcomed too. I hate to say this but Todd and Franco can be twins. Why not? They are popping up everywhere. Or not, send Franco over the edge and have Jason finally kill him. Todd’s pairing with Carly was awesome chemistry but what about with Nina? Hmmm. Roger Howarth is a phenomenal actor. Puts you in the mind frame of Robert Downey Jr.

Edna Bailey
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Edna Bailey

I never watched GH until the OLTL migration. I wish Roger could play Todd Manning again, too. Todd was a much better character, more worthy of an actor of Howarth’s caliber. I do like his work with Hayley Erin (the current Kiki). It would be great to see Todd and Blair reunited or Todd and Carly spark once more. I hate how she accepts all of Sonny’s mob activity. It was a shame how Franco and Nina were squandered. It was all downhill after they left Shady Brook. One or two love scenes, then nothing but arguments over getting married… Read more »

Edna Bailey
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Edna Bailey

Correction: Monica just stood around , asking how long it would take to restore power.

PF
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PF

And, once again, incompetence and failure are being rewarded. This regime has turned GH into a sad, incomprehensible joke. Characters that were once faceted and compelling are being made to look foolish. Stories seem pointless and gratuitously cruel. And, despite the spin TIIC try to put on it, ratings are sagging. At least CBS is trying to fix their mistakes with Y&R. ABC, on the other hand, is just making things worse. We life-long soap fans want to see GH live and thrive for many years to come. However, it’s painfully apparent that the network doesn’t share those sentiments.

Mary castiglione
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Mary castiglione

Please don’t take GH off get good writers an don’t take main characters off we luved Sabrina Nicholas an Morgan what’s going on hope u can fix this problem we luv GH

Alan
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Alan

Frank is understandable since it’s always pointed out how he brings the show in under budget. But Jean and Shelly…why? Their material over the last year has been lackluster at best — no suspense, no romance, no storyline payoffs — and fan reaction to the show over the last year has been less than enthusiastic so why can’t this show just admit it made a mistake and bring back Ron Carlivati? GH isn’t going to survive unless it moves the focus from the Corinthos family and back to the hospital where it belongs. The network seems to think that Sonny… Read more »

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

GH *is* centered around the hospital. That place has been used more in the past year than any other setting. Really, if you break down the episodes, the hospital is always the setting of at least one plot thread for every episode. Even during wedding episodes, viewers find themselves back @ GH for some reason or another. I agree RC can bring the excitement. But, he really went off the rails for the last 6 months of his tenure there, and that was with Jean & Shelly working with him at the time. His writing was like watching Morgan be… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Bottom line: This is NOT good news…

Timmm
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Timmm

I am fair. As I posted earlier the sadness of JELLY resigning, I must give them credit for Thursdays show. The dialogue between Lulu and Kevin and Monica and Jason was really good!

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

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