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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!

Breaking News

NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

Photos: ABC, CBS, NBC, JPI

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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