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IT"S OFFICIAL: Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati named New EP and New Head Writer at GH!

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It has becoming official this morning, soapers, that the uber-talented duo of Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati who led One Life to Live to be the most creative, under budget, and highest rated series in the ABC Daytime soap opera line-up are coming to General Hospital!  Valentini will take over from Jill Farren Phelps as the shows executive producer, and Carlivati will assume the head writing spot, effective January 9th, 2012.

This comes on the heels of last week’s disappointing news that One Life to Live had been dropped by Prospect Park, so it would not live again online, and thus the future of Valentini and Carlivati had opened.  There had been recent speculation of a move such as this by ABC to bring the team over to its only soap left in their daytime programming  line-up.

ABC Daytime President Brian Frons has just released the announcement below on the hiring of Valentini and Carlivati to steer the ship in Port Charles!

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“Frank and Ron’s creativity, passion and outstanding leadership will be a welcome addition to the cast and crew, as well as viewers and longtime fans,” said Frons. “As creative leaders in the industry, I am very excited for their arrival to ‘General Hospital,’ and their dedication to the genre will certainly invigorate the daytime drama that has been part of pop culture and the TV landscape for many years.”

“I look forward to this next exciting chapter working with the wonderful cast and crew of ‘General Hospital,’” said Valentini. “This is an incredible opportunity for me to extend my passion and expertise for daytime television as I continue my relationship with DATG and become part of an extraordinary team in 2012.”

Since 2002 Valentini has served as the executive producer of ABC Daytime’s award-winning “One Life to Live,” the same year the show garnered an Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Drama. Along with his duties as executive producer, he directs, and has two consecutive wins in 2008 and 2009 as a part of the “One Life to Live” directing team. He was also nominated for a DGA Award in 2002. With over 26 years of experience with “One Life to Live,” Valentini has held many production positions throughout his career with the series, including associate director, stage manager and coordinating producer. In addition, he has served for two years on the Board of Directors for the New Group Theater Company. Valentini received his degree in Film & Television Production from the University of Buffalo. He has traveled to over 60 countries, and in 2002 he became a published photographer.

With a 15-year tenure at “One Life to Live,” Ron Carlivati served as head writer from 2007 to 2011. On behalf of the drama series, he garnered the 2008 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Daytime Drama. He was previously nominated for an Emmy in 2002, 2006 and 2009, along with two WGA Award nominations. A law school graduate of George Washington University, the self-professed fan of soap operas briefly worked as a corporate lawyer before moving to New York City in 1996 and pursuing his lifetime passion as a writer for the genre.”

So what do you think of the news of Valentini and Carlivati heading to GH? Enthusiastic? A band-aid? Thoughts? Let us know! Clearly, there is some bitter irony in all this for soap fans and those in the know. If  Valentini and Carlivati are deemed so fantastic by ABC Daytime (which we all know they are), they should never have cancelled One Life in the first place.  Let’s hope they are being brought into help GH and not to just close out the show, and if the numbers do go up that ABC pays attention and not turn a blind-eye!

On-Air On-Soaps can tell you that these two have a creative match made-in-soap-heaven, so hopefully they can work their magic on the ailing GH and pronto!

 

 

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Brian
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Brian

Hmmm.. i dropped GH about 10 years back when it back so mob oriented.. but if ABC has so much faith the both these two men, why couldn’t it be OLTL that was carried on? Will I go back to GH once OLTL is over? I really don’t know… I value Frank and Ron’s talent… but still have a BIG hate on for ABC for cancelling One Life To Live !

leah
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leah

i agree 100% . But then again we know abc disney is ruled by lies and liars.. i dont think i will ever forgive them for cancelling OLTL. As for frons.. he isnt the head of the snake but the bastard is/was a fang in its head. Its all bull.. I want my soaps.

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

Hmmm. I wonder if this is why the plug was pulled on OLTL? I dunno….it’s all suspect at this point. Frons is now commenting on the “genre.” It’ll be gone in a year. Maybe these guys can one out of three a respectable ending.

Bianca
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Bianca

Not exactly. It was previously announced before the PP deal that FV (tentatively) and RC (definitely) would head to GH. When RC announced that he would join with PP, he thanked JFP for “releasing” him from his contract with GH. What I’m wondering is if this is why Garin Wolf’s storytelling has gotten so erratic after such a promising start. I thought I was strange that they would hire one show’s head writer, just when they’ve promoted another one to head. I considered that they might make them co-heads, but I guess Garin was just interim. I think they both… Read more »

Torrey
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Torrey

Can someone please tell me why the HELL ABC canceled OLTL?! You put the two men in charge of OLTL in charge of GH and we’re supposed to be happy? ABC, go F@$# yourself!!! I’m done with your damn network!

Torrey
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Torrey

And on another note, this is a plan put forth by ABC to piss off soap fans, so that they take out their frustrations on GH, and not watch, in sheer protest for the bitter irony of placing the two heads of OLTL in charge of GH….They are probably hoping that soap fans will turn their backs on GH and not watch…therefore making it much easier for them to slide Katie Couric’s show into the daytime lineup. I HATE ABC!!! AND I TRULY HATE BRIAN FRONS!!!!

boes
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boes

You said it beautifully. Frons should be dipped in cheese sauce, feathered in cheetos, and ridden out of town on a stripper pole. And the mob should be led by Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser, and Susan Lucci – with the rest of the cast of OLTL and AMC backing them up. The man is so lethally untalented and immoral. I have never watched GH with any regularity, and I haven’t watched at all since it became the Sonny and Jason “Aren’t mob psychos just so HOT” hour. But, with Frank V. and Ron C. at the show, I will tune… Read more »

Gloria
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Gloria

Agree with every word. What the hell are they doing? GH cannot hold a candle to OLTL, I am just frustrated beyond words & have been since April 14. Mark my words, Frons will announce the cancellation of GH just in time for their 49th anniversary in April to make room for Katie! Why even bother to sign Ron & Frank up over there? Damn it.

mary
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mary

I have been a watcher of both OLTL and GH. As much as I am disapointed to see OLTL be cancelled, I can’t say I am happy about the new addition to GH. Although it sounds like GH is not too popoular around here, it is a great show and I have no desire for it to change anytime soon.

gloria
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gloria

I know how you feel Mary. If you are happy with your show you don’t want it to change. But even thought OLTL is my favorite I certainly do not want to lose GH! I just don’t care for some of the storylines and some of the characters are just too predictable. They lost a lost when they killed off most of the Quartermaines. A healthier mix would have been the Qs, the hospital and the mob. All tied in together.

gloria
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gloria

lost a lot-oops

Dan
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Dan

As a 16 year loyal GH fan, I think this is wonderful news. It’s been a frustrating time to be a viewer of the show, to say the least. I had high hopes that things would get better when Garin Wolf took over for Bob Guza as head writer, but if anything, Wolf has made things worse. The show has been almost unbearable to watch in recent months. And I’ve never a big fan of Jill Farren Phelps. Under her watch, GH became a poor man’s version of The Sopranos, while iconic families like The Quartermaines were slowly destroyed, and… Read more »

aria
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aria

I agree w/ everything you said, i couldn’t of said it better.

david
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david

“[If] we can get the ratings up to where ABC will have no choice but to keep GH on the air.” The ratings for OLTL have been better than GH’s consistently for some time. Did that save OLTL? No, because ratings don’t matter–profits do. The most highly rated show still has to make money. Similarly, a show can be so cheap to produce that it will generate decent revenue regardless of the ratings, which is why The Chew and The Revolution exist. Please begin to prepare your emotions now. GH will be dumped and canceled regardless of how well FV… Read more »

mike
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mike

I think these two guys just love the genre, they want to see soaps survive.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

There is hope in Port Charles this holiday season. I would gladly fully embrace this show (which was a family favortie and remained so for decades!) if it could dispense with the overreaching mob-related storylines. Such talented actors but such depressing drama. Reach back to the hospital roots and give us core families we can cheer and can love. Bring back — not from the dead, please — legacy characters, even in new actor bodies. Let us see generations and life-affirming moments. Thank you!

Gloria
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Gloria

You are in for a treat, then, with Ron & Frank. OLTL is the best, “family tie” oriented show there is. Almost every character is related to Viki in some way. She is the true heart of the show & they’ve done an outstanding job over the years keeping the core of the show-mixing up the Lords/Buchanans/Cramers-to have very rich, wonderful relationships. Think of Starr & Jack & who all they are related to. Today Natalie, Liam & Shane had sweet family scenes & I love any day that features Llanfair. I love that set & Dorian’s house too.

Michael
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Michael

I would caution–strongly–against anyone’s holding out much hope that Valentini and Carlivati will be allowed to do much to change GH’s mob and violence focus, any more than Garin Wolf has been allowed to. It’s been the Sonny and Jason shoot-em-up hour for so long now that any shift in focus would threaten to alienate the viewers who actually like the show in its current state–and let’s face it, they are by far the largest group among those who are still watching, because others (like me) gave up long ago. It’s a tough dilemma for anyone coming into the job… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

Maybe there’s still hope for GH after all.

Look out The Chew and The Revolution. Your slot could very well belong to GH in September 2012 (though I wouldn’t hold my breath too much for that).

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

On the OTHER hand…..let’s say the duo fixes GH and then THAT”S the one PP will pick up in six months. Could be worse. At least there’s one left for now. Doesn’t change how I feel about Frons and Oprah. No OWN, No ABC Daytime. Nope.

david
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david

Forget about PP. It’s not adequately staffed, managed, or financed to handle GH and never will be after the public fiasco with AMC and OLTL.

Jules
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Jules

You know what’s also been a part of the daytime landscape for many years, Frons? ONE LIFE TO LIVE AND ALL MY CHILDREN. Idiot. As talented as FV and RC are, they won’t be able to save GH. Even if they improve its content (which frankly won’t be difficult considering the utter drek that they’ve had on this show for 10 years now) if OLTL’s cancellation proved anything, it’s that quality doesn’t mean diddly. The writing is on the wall and TPTB are just hoping to use FV and his budget tightening charms to save a few bucks before they… Read more »

david
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david

I agree with every letter you wrote.

mike
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mike

Frank Valentini and Ron Carvalati are the best thing to happen to GH since Luke & Laura saved them from cancelation 25 years ago. Their first order of business should be to dump the way overrated Maurice Benard.

aria
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aria

its not going to happen, believe me any show would be happy to have a maurice benard on their show. Your obviously not a fan, but you can’t deny the guy his charm, talent and appeal, you don’t have to be a fan, but don’t expect any producer w/ any common sense to fire Maurice,it’s not going to happen, so Mike, dream on, lol.

Dan
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Dan

I haven’t been a fan of the way they’ve written the Sonny Corinthos character for a while now. But anyone that doesn’t recognize that Maurice Benard is a great actor clearly doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

Tom
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Tom

This is great news for GH creatively, but it doesn’t solve the one overriding problem. Frank and Ron can’t give GH the one thing it needs, a timeslot.

Brian
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Brian

Great news but I kinda agree that if these two are so great why not just keep OLTL instead?!

heidi
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heidi

I love GH and I am hoping it will be great for the show! I just don’t want to see my faves leave. I am happy for them because they have jobs and they get to stay in the medium they love.

Elhu
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Elhu

This is bittersweet news for me. I am a long time fan of GH, and am very happy to see Frank and Ron at the helm, incorporating their true talents into the storylines of GH. If you combine their creativity with the talented actors that will bring F & R’s stories to life, I can only see it getting better. I hope this means a promising long future for GH!!!!! I will definitely be watching. On the other hand, I am also a long time fan of OLTL, and saw Frank and Ron’s talents come to life with the stars… Read more »

toscanti
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toscanti

I have and always will be a loyal Y&R fan, but I have to admitt that 3 – 4 times over the last few years have been drawn into OLTL. The writing is some of the best in daytime television and the stories are exciting and relevant. The social topics alone are worth the watch. I have tried to watch GH and just can’t seem to get with it. I will certainly tune in for these 2 very big talents as they take over GH. I still feel ABC has handled things very poorly and in bad taste. BF should… Read more »

jp
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jp

What Frank and Ron do best is honor a shows history. As an avid fan of OLTL, I am sad to see my favorite soap of all time end. When I was younger, I was also a huge GH fan. If FV and RC have been brought to help end GH with dignity and honor its history for soap fans, they will. I am sure they will try to lure back the fabulous jaclyn zeman as bobbi, Kirsten M. as Felicia, Tristian Rogers as Robert to name a few beloved characters that are missed. I just feel GH fate has… Read more »

M Smith
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M Smith

I am just heartsick about the demise of OLTL and AMC. Yes, I do many things, DO have a life, so to speak, but these people have been a part of my family for so many years. Millions agree, and it is just making me sick. GH has not been this good for a couple of years, has bored me out of my mind for these last couple of years, and I can hardly stand it, that the other two shows will not be seen anywhere, ever again. Sickening!

gloria
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gloria

You hit the nail on the head! Agree with every word. I wake up during the night sick at the thought of no more OLTL. I too, have a “life” as you said-and have always been proud to say my soaps have been a huge, very enjoyable part of it since I can remember! What is a day without soaps? If you are like me, you get a down feeling at 3 p.m. central on Fridays, because darn it tomorrow is Saturday, no soaps! But Soapnet & DVRs, etc. changed all that-I love watching soaps anytime, day or night. They… Read more »

M Smith
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M Smith

WHAT were they THINKING?!!?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Diane Poised to Be Attacked by the ‘Hook’; Elizabeth Knew Finn’s Late Wife, Reiko?

On Friday’s cliffhanger of General Hospital, Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy) looks to be the next victim of the mysterious ‘hook’.  We won’t know till Monday how it plays out, but things are not looking good for the legal eagle in a preview for the airshow.

In story, Diane dropped by the garage that Brando worked at, looking for Sasha (Sofia Mattson).  At first, she bumps into Sonny (Maurice Benard) who is not pleased with Diane for trying to take him down on the witness stand during Nina’s hearing.  She shares she was helping her clients Michael and Willow as best she could.  Sonny says it was personal for him and he can’t forget what happened.

Next, Diane tells Sasha that she’s serving as her interim lawyer since Martin is unavailable and is there to discuss her guardianship. Sasha is scared that she’ll wind up behind bars now that Brando is gone.  Diane assures Sasha she will file a continuance to keep the process going to keep her out of jail. Diane asks where the guardianship papers may be, and Sasha tells her to check Brando’s office.

Dex (Evan Hofer), who is looking suspicious (but it has to be a red-herring, right?) is going to take Sasha home per Sonny’s orders, but Sonny also tells Dex to lock up when Diane is finished with her business.

Later, Diane in the dark, goes to Brando’s office to find the guardianship papers. Next, a figure appears in the doorway with the hook.  This time the ‘Hook’ looks to be of smaller stature leading many on social media that the person behind the violence could be Esme.

In other developments, Elizabeth Webber’s (Rebecca Herbst) convoluted storyline, just got even more convoluted.  Liz looks at the photo she’s drawn and suddenly has a flashback revealing the woman’s face at the bottom of the stairwell.  She then tells Finn (Michael Easton) that after her recent session with Kevin, she recalls seeing the woman’s face. Conveniently, Finn was just talking about his late wife, Reiko with Gregory (Gregory Harrison).  So, when Liz talks to Finn, she sees a woman’s face on Finn’s phone.

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Finn explains that the picture is of his late wife, Reiko.  He tells Liz he is working on a case that reminded him of Reiko, and he mentions being in the Mariana Islands with her. That makes Liz frantic and she decides to leave. Next, she heads home, where she locates a photo of her and her sister, Sarah. The photo is titled, “Elizabeth and Sarah, Mariana Islands, 1997.”

So, do you think Diane will perish or survive the attack by the ‘Hook’? Who is the ‘Hook”? What on earth is going on with Liz’s storyline? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.  But first, vote in our latest ‘Michael’s Poll’ below by voting on which character is the culprit behind all of the bloodshed?

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Johnny Wactor on Brando’s GH Demise: “I Have Been Blown Away By The Reaction From The Fans, I Had No Idea That You Guys Cared So Much About My Character”

It’s been an emotional week for General Hospital viewers following the death of Brando Corbin; which meant that actor Johnny Wactor has wrapped his run on the ABC daytime drama series.

On Thursday, Wactor shared his ‘thanks’ to all the loyal GH fans who took the journey with him and his on-screen alter-ego via a video post on his Instagram account.

Johnny expressed: “It’s been a couple days since the demise of Brando Corbin in Port Charles as we know it.  And I have to tell ya, I have been so blown away by the reaction from the fans.  I had no idea that you guys cared so much about my character. I’m so grateful for the outpour of questions and support. I’ve always said, that the fans of General Hospital are the greatest fans in the world and I truly believe that and this is just further evidence of that.”

Social media was abuzz when Brando suddenly died following successful surgery after being attacked by the ‘hook’.  Some fans felt Wactor’s presence will be sorely missed; while others shared that they felt Brando was not a necessary character.

Wactor took all of the comments like a champ and in his video message added: “Whether you were excited to see Brando Corbin killed off, or outraged and have questions, man, I’m just so lucky to have been on this show, truly.”

As he concluded his ‘thank you’s’, Johnny let GH viewers know he does have some other projects that you will see him in very soon, sharing: “Thank you so much for letting me bring Brando Corbin to life.  Thank you for caring, and thank you for all the support and the well-wishes for my future endeavors, whether that’s back in Port Charles at some point, or another show, or other films … which there’s some coming.”

Lastly, Johnny added, “I’ll miss ya, and you enjoy the rest of the week.”

Watch Wactor’s heartfelt message below.

So, where do you stand with the decision to kill off Brando? Glad the character is off the canvas, or sad to see him go? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Brando Dies … But Not From His Wounds

On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, poor Sasha (Sofia Mattsson) was hit with yet another punch to the gut.  After losing her baby, Liam, back in December of 20201, she has now lost her husband, Brando (Johnny Wactor), in s shocking turn events that played out in Brando’s hospital room.

Finally coming to (following being ‘hooked’ by the mysterious figure) after surviving hours of surgery from his wounds, he goes coughs up blood and then goes into a massive seizure right in front of Sasha.

Panicked, Sasha calls for help, where Portia (Brook Kerr) and her team run in to try to save Brando.  Next, we get a montage of the love story of Brando and Sasha, which is never a good sign on soap operas – as it more often than not – signals the end of the line for a character.

After Portia is completely rattled by why Brando is dying when the surgery is a success, eventually he passes away.  Portia comes out of his hospital room and tells Sasha they did everything they could.  Just then, Brando’s mom, Gladys (Bonnie Burroughs) along with Nina (Cynthia Watros), come by and all the women are struck with heartbreaking grief.  Sonny (Maurice Benard) happens upon the scene and asks Portia what happened and she reveals there were sudden complications.

Wanting a moment alone to say goodbye to his cousin, Sonny (Maurice Benard) tells Brando to take care of Liam and Mike when he sees them in heaven. Sonny also promises to take care of Sasha and Gladys. Next, Sasha wants Sonny to go into Brando’s room with her, and they are joined by Nina and Gladys, who all stand over his bedside in tears.

Elsewhere, Portia finds Finn (Michael Easton) to look over Brando’s medical reports and case, and relates that Brando’s symptoms don’t track with what happened to him when he was brought into the ER and what happened in surgery.  She ponders if there is a more sinister explanation for his death, hoping Finn (even though he is an infectious disease doc) can help shed some light.

What did you think of GH’s decision to kill off Brando Corbin? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Check out the final moments of Tuesday’s General Hospital below.

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