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

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

My sentiments exactly

Mine too!

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 finally bites the dust – whenever that new ABC Daytime hire finally does his/her job and comes up with a successful replacement show… because Brian had the idea for that ABC mega soap and Valentini has so little creativity on his own that he can only follow the ideas of his fired former boss. No money for writing infrastructure, just money for other shows stars and recurring actors. Just, ugh.

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.

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

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

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

Bingo!

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

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.

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

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

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…

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

Luke will not welcome a baby!

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!

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 toilet.

GH Veteran Actors are a vanishing breed. TC gone. Jason Thompson, Patrick, another legacy unhappy and leaves. Sean Kanan felt the environment was hostile and bailed, legacy AJ Quartermain killed after being brought back. Duke Lavery killed as well. Steve Burton wanted some flexibility to commute to TN and Frank wouldn’t do it. Yet Howarth goes back and forth to NY. And of course characters like Ric and Mac are never on, Jax is brought on for a cameo and the same with Robert Scorpio. That’s Robert Scorpio.

There is no commitment to GH history, actors , characters or fans. The show is unrecognizable and will remain where it is. Maybe Frank does manage to keep budgets in line, seems like he does that by low balling GH Vets and keeping them off the show. And whatever GH’s profit is, it would be greater with better ratings but the network doesn’t seem to understand that a show that resembles GH and would attract GH fans is not being produced. I can’t imagine they don’t care, that they wouldn’t want to maximize profits, all networks, all businesses do.

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

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

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

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.

I agree with your every word, AJQ.

Awesome post, AJQ!

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

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.

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–

Bring back Teresa Castillo loyal fan Faith Sealock

Bring back Teresa Castillo

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

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

FANTASTIC!!

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.

I so agree

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Preach!

Same old. Same old. (Sigh!)

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!

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 and tired of these recycled has-beens that are so out of touch with modern times continuing to write for these shows. How about some fresh, new, young blood for a change? Is it any wonder that young females are tuning out these soaps in droves?

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.

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

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

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

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..

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.”

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!

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 Michael and Nelle will hook up with Sabrina gone.

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

Apparently Disney and ABC hate GH.

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.

You said it, Harry!

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!!!

Agreed!

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.

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

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 from established characters, like Tracy, who should be front and center in story. Plus, GH has just lost Tyler Christopher and Bryan Craig, leaving the future of Nikolas and Morgan up in the air. The future of the show looks pretty bleak unless the cast is culled, the pacing is sped up, and stories have more intrigue and suspense, with big payoffs.

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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

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

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 I prefer the real story than the fake one.

Soaps have suffered across the board. The courtroom scenes were showing the bare bones production. I really didn’t see a jury. The court gallery had many empty chairs…I don’t feel entertained. Does anyone?

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.

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!

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.

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!!

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 that leaves her comatosed. The doctors discovers she is pregnant and that she or both of them may not survive. Here’s a chance for Nina to raise a child.

Second- Sabrina is not dead. Joe finds her and injects her with something to lower heart rat. Joe wins custody of Teddy and leaves town. Months later, Sabrina awakens and finds out Joe is really Carlos. They switched places to divert attention so he could rescue Sabrina in Puerto Rico but Sonny and Michael found her. Posing as his brother, Joe is the one Julian killed. This opens up a tidal wave of emotions and storylines for Julian, Sonny, Michael, and Ana. But the really big thing should be that Sabrina is really Sonny’s daughter with Lily. Lily didn’t die in that explosion. They pulled her out from underneath the car and was held against her will till. By the time she escaped, she read that Sonny married Brenda. When all this hits the fan and Carlos is discovered alive, Sonny can not kill him because he’s his son inlaw. But Lily comes to town and recon havoc on PC takin her revenge on Sonny.

Third- so over Claudette. She should be killed by her priest lover Griffin and go to trial.

Fourth- get Ilene back as Ava’s mother. Let Heather escape and start her own killing spree. Let the two ex-Delia’s (Ryan’s Hope) battle it out.

Fifth- this embryo story is disgusting but who said he had to be Stavros? Jason was there too. By the way, Jason needs a bigger story. He’s being waisted.

Sixth- Morgan goes to school out of the country. No big deal.

Seventh- If Tyler doesn’t come back, get a replacement (Michael Muhney). Pair him with Ava and have her to marry him. Have her and Laura constantly at odd’s on the island. Let Ava discover the tunnels and come across another family secret.

Eight- whatever became of this big secret between Brad Cooper and Rosalie. You can’t just push this aside. Deal with it. Wrap it up. But make it good and worth the wait. Tie her heritage to an old forgotten family like the Barringtons.

Ninth- It’s time for Lucky’s return to the canvas for good.

Tenth- Leisl’s secret comes out. Valentin is Nathan’s real dad. He is also the father of Kiki. This is why he came across Nina. He remembered her in a similar predicament. Drunk at the bar after she found Silas in bed with Ava. So he took advantage of her- enter Kiki.

Let’s go!

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 now going to be Nelle ?

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.

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 and having or not having babies.
Now, the only characters/story I tune in to watch is Franco and Elizabeth. Delightful chemistry between Roger and Rebecca Herbst–just loathe how they got trapped in the pitiful hospital murderer saga.
Hate having my intelligence insulted, as when the power went out at GH and Monica just stood around how long it would take to restore.
Don’t all hospitals automatically switch to generators, if for no other reason, to maintain life-support systems???!!!
Overall, a thumbs up move to retain Frank Valentini.
Not very encouraged to see Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante kept in charge of the scripts. Wishing Ron Carlivati would reassume his duties as head writer–and immediately either bring back the Mannings, recreate the Todd and Carly magic or do justice to Franco and Elizabeth!!!

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

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.

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

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 is the ratings grabber but forgets this show was hottest when the stories revolved around Laura Webber and romance at the hospital.

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 bipolar – crazy highs that went out of the stratosphere combined with lows that made no sense & went nowhere.

Bottom line: This is NOT good news…

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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Elizabeth MacRae, ‘General Hospital’s’ Meg Baldwin, Passes Away at 88

Veteran actress, Elizabeth MacRae best-known as the third Meg Baldwin on General Hospital and as Gomer Pyle’s girlfriend, Lou-An Ann Poovie, in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C has died at the age of 88. MacRae passed away in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she grew up.

On General Hospital, Elizabeth played Meg Baldwin who had a young son, Scott (Kin Shriner) from a previous relationship and who married Lee Baldwin (Peter Hansen). The role was originated by Patricia Breslin from 1965-1969. Breslin was temporarily replaced by Jan Shepherd for three weeks in the summer of 1967. MacRae took over the part from Breslin full time from 1969-70 and again from 1972-73.

In story, the character of Meg suffered a nervous breakdown and Lee had her committed to an institution. In 1971, Meg was released and came home, but suffered from severe hypertension. In 1973, Dr Lesley Webber was assigned to her case. Meg became jealous of Lesley and began to think that she was trying to get to have sex with Lee. During an argument with Lee, Meg died of a stroke and soon after Lee adopted Scott.

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MacRae also appeared on other notable soaps, having roles on Another WorldDays of Our LivesGuiding Light, and Search for Tomorrow.  Elizabeth’s career spanned over two and half decades having also appeared in classic TV shows and countless movies such as: Route 66Surfside 6RendezvousThe FugitiveJudd for the DefenseGunsmokeBonanzaI Dream of Jeannie, and The Andy Griffith Show.

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She is survived by five stepchildren, Terry Halsey, Peter Halsey, Hugh Halsey, Cate Halsey, and Alex Halsey Topper.

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LAPD Continue to Seek Johnny Wactor’s Killers Who Remain At Large; Asks Public for Tips and Leads

The Los Angeles police department is ramping up its search for to the whereabouts of the three thieves, who got away after one fatally shot former General Hospital cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 26th in downtown Los Angeles.

Law enforcement sources told the LA Times that police are trying to pull fingerprints from Wactor’s vehicle and are looking for video from the area. They also are checking to see whether there are any connections to other nearby catalytic converter thefts.

The thieves were attempting to steal the catalytic converter from Wactor’s car at the time of his death. Sadly, the LAPD investigators shared they have seen an uptick in violence when these types of thieves are confronted.

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Catalytic converters contain precious metals in which thieves can make hundreds of dollars selling them to auto parts suppliers or scrap yards, where they can be melted down and the valuable metals extracted.

In addition, on Tuesday May 28th, the LAPD shared more on the incident that took Wactor’s life, stating, “Without provocation, the victim was shot by one of the individuals. The three suspects involved were wearing all dark clothing and driving a dark-colored sedan. The suspects fled northbound on Hope Street. Central Bureau Homicide is investigating this case and is requesting the public’s help.”

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If you have tip: y0u are urged to call LAPD Detectives Gonzales or Martinez at Central Bureau Homicide, at (213) 996-4142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

In addition, Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Wactor played General Hospital’s Brando Corbin from 2020 to 2022. According to the LA Times, “Wactor recently had been exploring opportunities in screenwriting while working as a bartender.”

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Nicholas Chavez Speaks Out on the Death of Friend and Former GH Castmate Johnny Wactor: “I’m Beside Myself with Sadness”

It has been another rough go for the General Hospital family following the news surrounding the shooting that killed beloved former cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) over the weekend.

Since that time, there has been an outpouring of grief, shock and sadness, and remembrances for the actor who died at 37-years-old.  Many of Johnny’s castmates have spoken out about the loss and shared heartbreaking tributes.

Now, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer Cassadine) who is soon-to-be-seen in Ryan Murphy’s limited series on Netflix, Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story, has also shared his sentiments. With heartfelt words, along with a photo of himself and Johnny, and another former GH co-star, Marcus Coloma (ex-Nikolas), Chavez explained the difficulty he is having processing Johnny’s death and the unbreakable bond they shared.

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Nick began, “Johnny — I’m beside myself with sadness. The last time I saw you, we ran into each other by accident in Los Angeles. When we recognized each other your face lit up and you ran essentially across the room to give me a big and tight hug. You were a strong and kind person”

He went on to say, these heartfelt words to Johnny, “You were a phenomenal friend and you always made me feel welcomed and loved. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been a part of your life and I’m praying for you and your family. I will miss you very much.”

Johnny Wactor run on GH lasted from 2020-2022, while Nicholas Chavez appeared from 2021 till early in 2024.

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