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Jean Passanante Decides Not To Renew Contract With GH; Will Retire From Writing Soaps

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One of the most enduring soap opera scribes of our time, Jean Passanante, has decided to call it quits plotting the lives of the citizens of Port Charles and retire from soap opera writing.

The current co-head scribe of General Hospital, along with Shelly Altman, revealed via her facebook post on Tuesday morning that she will not renew her contract with the ABC daytime drama series, and will complete her tenure in August, at which time she plans on retiring from penning the soaps.

Throughout her career, Jean has been head writer, or co-head writer for not only GH, but All My Children, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, The Young and the Restless and Another World. She has won multiple Daytime Emmys and WGA Awards for her work.

In her announcement Jean related: “Friends, soon I’ll have more time for pie-baking because I’ve decided not to renew my contract with GENERAL HOSPITAL. I’ll retire from soap-writing in August. The irony is that Con Ed must replace a gas pipe, and they show no signs of doing that in the foreseeable future. So we have no oven. It’s like the Twilight Zone episode in which all Burgess Meredith wants is to read, and after a nuke drops on his town, he finds himself among the ruins of the library with all the books he can possibly read at his fingertips. And then he breaks his glasses.”

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Rebecca A Blevins
Rebecca A Blevins

I’m so sad to see Jean go, but I’m so happy for her to embark on her next journey. Congratulations, Jean! You will be missed.

rebecca1
rebecca1

nice post. 😉

David Lally
David Lally

Best news in years. She’s a breakdown writer, not a head writer, and it showed, time and time again, in the writing. She and Shelly knew how to start stories, but had no follow-through, so every single storyline was a letdown. I wish her luck in her retirement and hope she doesn’t ever come back to writing. She was a hack.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Maybe she’ll write a book about WHY she is retiring from writing for soaps (and doing some pie-baking!). Maybe she’ll have the temerity to write in the book just how she was “shackled” and “hamstrung” by TPTB. Maybe she’ll write about how she was forced to write those inane story lines presented to her.
A girl can dream, can’t she? 🙂 🙂

joseph ronkese
joseph ronkese

I totally agree she a breakdown writer, not creative at all to be a head writer

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

Good luck to whatever she decides…currently GH has its up and down moments but its too Sonny/Carly and i have grown bored with them as well as with Nina..almost everything revolves around them…Valentin/Charlotte story seems to go nowhere…Alexis and Dianne..every time they are together i almost feel like they are suddenly going to go all Lesbian…i can feel these two are attracted to each other but fear to admit it to the other…come on you two…you know you want to go there-lol

Rhonda
Rhonda

Say What?
Jim, you must be bored with GH because your daydreaming is off the radar!

Celia
Celia

Wow!!!!! Really!!!

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

Thats M.A.S.H-thats where my Radar is-lol

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Jimh, you made me laugh out loud today!

“suddenly going to go all Lesbian” — Priceless!

And what’s good for the goose… I used to think Sonny and Jason (Steve Burton) were “suddenly going to go all gay.” But they’re nonexistent on my wish list of possible such couplings…

Although — bringing this back to the writers — given that Sonny has been written for ad nauseam, exponentially frontburner, repugnantly the focal point, maybe one day the writers will run out of storylines for Sonny and the only thing left will be a storyline in which Sonny questions his sexuality. Such a storyline will give Benard a chance at a run for another Emmy, which is clearly part of the mission of the GH braintrust.

—Here I was, originally hoping to add additional humor to Jimh’s funny post, and then I had to get on my anti-Sonny soapbox! Oh, well, at least I’m consistent. And I’m not alone…

rebecca1
rebecca1

You are sooooooo not alone, Jamesj75! I don’t know how many fans have to express their dissatisfaction with the Sonny/Carly Fest for them to give it a rest. I mean, really, writers…get a clue. Please.

Celia
Celia

I hear you, James,
What sticks to my craw is how Jason would do anything for Sonny…”over the river and through the woods”.
I understand theirs was a close, brotherly friendship in another life….What I don’t understand is how Jason can even shake Sonny’s tainted, murderous hand—the hand that killed his real brother.
These writers do an injustice to everything that’s righteous, in this world.

Shay
Shay

Quite frankly, I cannot imagine for even one second Old Sonny Boy questioning his sexuality….he is so deeply invested in his primacy as Port Charles’ “Love God to the Ladies” that the mere notion of a possible alternative lifestyle would never occur to him, his “bromance” with Jason notwithstanding!

dmr
dmr

I had last week’s shows on in the background this weekend. I was so bored watching Sonny and Jason, and Monotone Sam. I ended up muting most of Monday’s and basically all of Tuesday’s episode and then just gave up watching all together.

Celia
Celia

Ahhh, Jimmy!!! You break the monotony of what is GH, these days.
I guess some people just can’t appreciate you or your own ‘funniness’. Pay no attention.
Love you, Jimmy.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Celia! Thank you for your reply (above)!

Yeah, that whole Sonny-murders-AJ plot was the point of no return for Sonny. You make great points about shaking “the hand that killed his real brother” and certain writers doing “injustice to everything that’s righteous.” It’s appalling…

Best to you always, Friend!

Shay
Shay

Oh, jimh….you NEVER disappoint! I don’t know that I necessarily get those particular vibes from Diane….she still loves her Max—and shoe shopping, right???? But in terms of Alexis? I suggested some time ago that she should answer the Sapphic siren call after her many, many disastrous duos with men…now THAT would make sense!!!!!

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

I felt it most just recently…it was like Alexis was about to jump off that couch and pounce on Dianne…but i have been ill so it could just be the meds im on-lol

Patrick
Patrick

the eppi where she goes to the hospital … “for” Julian

That embrace , spoke volumes… argh! and blech ! they were all over each other.

stop, put a stop to it

then the next minute – she’s pulling away , as Julian goes in for another “hug” and she pulls back… ” I think one hug is enough ”

COOL your jets Alexis.

at the cabin… as she sells herself at the doorway… looking demure and “naked” at the same time

argh! they are either together !!!!! or not… just STOP GH STOP with the will she or wont she step outside of her “box” and LIVE and have FUN.

accept Julian

although… I’d rather Robin Christopher… as Skye Chandler return to town.. and then… get Julian out of his tired scenery… save for Ava. because Sam has run her course. and we never see his sons… so who cares… altho I love Lucas.

so what’s the point ? what family should he be fighting for? dang

move on

I will no longer go the Frigidaire route

Steve
Steve

Oh, Shay, that’s not quite how it works. I’ve had many disastrous dates with men, but that doesn’t make my loins yearn for a woman.

If it did work that way, please let Brad Pitt know I’m available, lol.

Celia
Celia

Oh, Shay. Sappho, indeed. Greek mythology and history seem to insinuate themselves within your and mine. Great minds…..

Celia
Celia

Should read: within your thoughts and mine. Oops.

Timmm
Timmm

I think Shelly should also join you. You guys can open a bakery! You two could make little Chimera sugar cookies and shipped them around the world in music boxes!

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

The Music Box Bakery…we can bake…but the music box connection makes no sense-lol

Rhonda
Rhonda

Ha ha! You two are funny.

Timmm
Timmm

On Y&R they wrote a MUSIC BOX story that went absolutely nowhere! Sally Sussman came and and wrapped that damn thing up in a few days! In other words, use the Music Box for cookies, not a story that stunk to high heaven!

Mary SF
Mary SF

That was too funny — thanks you made my day

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

How about miniature statues of the EP–with ising, Trimm! And sell them by the baker’s dozen (isn’t that 13–unlucky number!).
(Laughter and applause!)

Shay
Shay

Too funny, Timmmbo! But I should think they could simply supply the GH craft table with all those cookies….not to mention keep them coming onscreen to ply poor little Charlotte with her daily-required sugar rush that her minders cannot seem to do without when it comes to placating this child!

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

Charlotte creeps me for some reason…they should had kept the previous kid who played Jake who creeped me too and had him and Charlotte in scenes together…these children together could had been as spooky as those twins from The Shinning…lol

Shay
Shay

Yes, jimh!!!!….I still miss that spooky little Jakester….he was so perfectly eerie! New Jake is a real cutie, but he has more of a mischievous “Dennis the Menace,” quality, minus the truly menacing aspect!..It was the same situation with that superb “Child of the Corn” Joss we had awhile back…that girl was the ultimate Carly offspring…a total “bad seed.” I miss her, too!

Patrick
Patrick

Shay… your response with the little Jakester… I miss James Nigbor. he deserves another chance…

this little toothache ( nuJake)… syrupy over the top cute. don’t go their GH. it’s painful enough with Jason and Sam. PAIN

I LOVED the original JOSS… that’s a nice omen to LW Carly. fitting for the character

anyway.. I wanted to tell you I fell over laughing.. at your wit with Charlotte neverending supply of chocolate. I LOVE that child to bits. she… like Emma… own their scenes.

cute’sters ( the originals )

Emma
Josslyn
Jake
Charlotte

add in ONE Spencer

i’ll take them

Shay
Shay

Yes, Patrick! James Nigbor was the perfect “Little Jake!” Though reticent and on the silent side, I thought his demeanor was totally befitting for a boy who was obviously traumatized by Helena…all it took was a single spooky look from him to convey his deep-seated “issues”—no words required! NuJake is simply way too chipper to be effectively persuasive as a disturbed child who was brought up on “The Island” in the “Romper Room from H#!!” As for Charlotte, she is another “gift” from Helena that keeps on giving…must make sure those sugar infusions ala cookies and hot chocolate continue to flow to fuel this pint-sized terror! (On second thought, make that FROZEN hot chocolate with this week’s East Coast “heatwave!”) P.S. What I wouldn’t give to see the former Joss back in Port Charles! With her added to the roster— along with the insufferable Spence—whatta collection of kiddos that would make for one VERY scary “Bad Seed Summer Camp!”

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

Kate Hall Now!

Christopher Whitesell will join her if Shelly Altman leaves next.

Jenn
Jenn

Curious to see who will replace her. I think the fans who think her leaving will change anything at GH will be surprised since the issues aren’t the writers but the network and executives who meddle. Wish Jean a happy retirement!

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I largely agree with you, Jenn–I’ve long thought the problem is more the ABC brass than the writing staff, going back at least as far as Guza. I have no confidence whatsoever that whoever is chosen to replace JP will necessarily write anything more to my liking. It could happen–I liked much of what Carlivati did–but I think if it did, it would be purely by accident. As long as the mob is the show’s focus–and it will be, until ABC changes its mind about that–the show is going to be set in a warped moral and ethical universe, and I think that limits the possibilities severely for telling truly compelling stories.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes–ABC brass hold the key. Too bad!

Boop
Boop

I liked Ron’s work, also. Plus, I agree with previous comments about Jason and his closeness to Sonny; also, Michael and Monica don’t make it any better. Terrible writing as far as I’m concerned. I stopped watching G. H. years ago when Sonny was allowed to treat A.J. so horrific and the Qs had no power to fight Sonny. There have been people who fought the mob even though they knew consequences were coming.

terry
terry

I loved ron carliavatis writing he wrote with the history of the characters in mind and played the characters off of the other characters like they did back in the day not just one or two power couples and that is now the sl that is lame and boring my only problem with his writing was that he had a tendency to drag sl s on too long Jason/jake sl but over all I would love to have him back he also included the vets who are essensial to the show for history and continuity sake if not it becomes a new show the reason fans watch soaps is because we come to know and love the characters that have been a part of our lives for years

Dean_Morgan
Dean_Morgan

Overall, I have enjoyed Jean’s work in daytime, particularly on the P&G soaps. She has written some strong stories for GH as well. I wish her very well.

I do wonder what this will mean for GH. Hogan Sheffer?

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

New head writer: I want mystery, intrigue, and romance on GH. And I want storylines to have payoffs.

Howard
Howard

As a longtime soap opera fan, I appreciate Jean’s long history of writing amazing stories in daytime, and her dedication to this industry that we fans appreciate. I wish her well. I have wondered recently if she has written for Genie Francis, who is a legend at GH, on a good note that I am loving seeing Laura strong and with a purpose. Writing teams must focus on GH rich history of legacy characters (more webbers and quartermaines).

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Howard, I wondered also who was writing for Genie. I, too, am loving seeing Laura strong and with purpose (and glad to see that Genie has gotten some of her swagger, humor, and confidence back). Hope all that won’t end now! (Sigh!)

rebecca1
rebecca1

I really want to see Laura in a couple. I know she doesn’t “need” a man…I just think it would be nice for her to have one. They need to feature her with Jon Linstrom/Kevin. The fans loved it and they just ditched it. Again, if Jon’s not available or the budget won’t allow…why “tease” the viewer and then drop it. So stupid.

terry
terry

and baldwins

Scott5
Scott5

I hope her last script includes the death of Sonny. I’d for sure start watching GH once he dies. Nothing at GH will change as long as NV is at the helm of ABC Daytime. He needs to go stat!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thank you, Scott5! I second your motion!

Shay
Shay

Great suggestion, Scott5…along with a huge soap-style disaster that will wipe out at least half of the insufferable cast, including Sonny, of course…It can be either natural or manmade, I’m not partial to either, just so long as it gets the job done!

terry
terry

now the chimera would’ve been great for doing that lol

dmr
dmr

I’m cracking up!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Me, too, dmr…lol.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Enjoy your retirement, Jean!

k/kay
k/kay

How refreshing would it be to have HW and a EP over there that did not kiss the ring of Maurice Benard? I have no issue with her she was only carrying out her marching orders why do you think RC was shown the door he was giving GH some balance yes some of it was over the top but at least it was not the Sonny show ! Sigh! I would like to ask die hard fans that are still hanging in there how were you able to hold food down watching a washed up mobster with small man syndrome torment a woman who had just been burned badly ! I understand from blogs that most viewers were totally disgusted.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, TPTB have sunk to a new low–and, believe me, baby, that a real LOW low!

Jimmy
Jimmy

I’ve never been a fan of Jean’s writing. The last few years of ATWT put the final nails in the show’s coffin, her tenure on Y&R was boring and uneventful, and her stint on GH has had mostly mixed results. Some stories, like Morgan’s death, Kristina’s sexuality, the Olivia Jerome arc and the Valentin/Anna/Alex chimera debacle have been interesting to watch, but other stories like the hospital serial killer of last summer, the whole Nelle storyline, and whatever this “Man Landers” nonsense is, have been dreadful.

I’m not sad to see her go. I was happy when she and Shelley were booted from Y&R, and I actually preferred Chuck Pratt’s writing in comparison to theirs (something I never thought I would say until it happened). Hopefully they will also get rid of Shelley when her contract expires, and we’ll get a new team that will restore the suspense, intrigue, and story payoffs that GH was known for under Ron C. and other previous writers.

I also really want a resurrection of characters we actually care about! The GH cast is populated with characters that have very few ties to the canvas and are nonessential to story. Dump characters like Franco, Nina, Andre, Valerie, Nathan, Kiki, Amy, Brad and Nelle and bring back fan-favourites.

Now that Tracy is gone, I want more Q’s. Even though Emily and A.J. are dead, I’ll accept whatever story is needed to get them back. I also want to see Nikolas and Lucky back in Port Charles, where they belong, even if they have to recast the roles. Since Tristan Rogers is no longer under contract at Y&R, why not bring Robert back permanently? And how about characters from GH’s past that have ties to the show, like Jax, Brenda, Steve & Sarah Webber, Tom Hardy Jr., etc. GH’s core families need to be beefed up again, and less focus needs to be given to newbie characters.

It would also be nice to get the vets involved more. Laura, Kevin, Lucy, Scott, Felicia, Mac and Bobbie used to be the show’s backbone, but now they are hardly ever seen and utilized the way they should be.

This is all just wishful thinking, but hopefully some of these changes can be made!

Steve
Steve

I, too, feel your pain about the vets. When it comes to contract actors, the writers have little say on who appears how often (due to guarantees and minimums for those actors). The writers leeway is with the recurring performers who work based on storyline, availability and budget. Sporadically, Jelly has done a decent job working recurring vets into story. We’ve seen more of Monica, Bobbie, Scotty and Ned than we have in ages. Yes, more Mac, Felicia and Kevin would be ideal. The only vet they really bothered was TR (Robert) who has refused to appear based on how his character was written the past few times.

The ultimate decision on contract actors lies with Valentini & Varni. Unless there’s a change there, we’re most likely going to see the same characters driving story.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, I agree! Why pick on the lowly writers? THEY are not the blame!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Haha, Nancy! I wouldn’t exactly call the writers “lowly” but I know what you mean. They’re not in charge of the hiring/firing…they write what/who they’re given. We can all go on and on about who we’d like to see back but there’s got to be a reason for such changes. I think it’s cost. Advertisers. Etc…glad to see Mac on today…his, sigh, “annual” appearance. As an actor he was really given a bum deal. As soon as Finola came back..don’t get me wrong, one of my favorites…but they ditched him from the police force, made him a bartender and then just edged him out. He was a longstanding, much loved character. Heartless moves by corporate.

Art imitates life. People get pushed out of jobs they’re still capable of doing for less expensive up-and-coming employees. Way of the world. Not good. Just is.

Timmm
Timmm

I dont think wants and needs will be fulfilled because Frank still runs the show and only hires his boys and pisses on GH history and its legacy!

PF
PF

Happy retirement to her! It should’ve happened years ago after she made the final years of ATWT barely watchable, but better late than never. Hopefully, Altman will “retire” (LOL) too and GH will install a new HW who’ll help this trainwreck of a show regain its heart, soul and brain.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

They’ll have the same problem because GH will still have the same EP and ABC daytime will still have the same heads.
“The more things change the more they remain the same.”

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I agree about ATWT. Passanante’s “writing” butchered that show. I breathed a sigh of relief when she was gone from Y&R. I don’t watch GH but, given the years that I endured watching her “writing” on ATWT and (thankfully, briefly) on Y&R, I have a good idea of what she likely did to GH as well.

I wonder what the unemployed ATWT veterans (Eileen Fulton, Don Hastings, Kathryn Hays, Elizabeth Hubbard, Marie Masters, Colleen Zenk ……) think about this “retirement”? Most of them strike me as too classy to ever give their real opinion but I can’t imagine that they have a high opinion of her writing “skills.”

I hope Passanante’s retirement is enjoyable and wish her well. However, I still miss ATWT and will never get over what her writing did to that show.

Steve
Steve

Whomever comes in next needs to restore balance to the show. Too much Sonny, too much mob.

MB
MB

Nothing on GH changes much with just changing writers. Frank is still the problem as are all his pet actors that longtime GH fans care nothing about. As long as Frank produces a show geared towards fan wars and all the inside baseball BS of appealing to stans of specific actors and shippers, thinking that the obsessions of a very small group translate to what a larger GH audience wants, GH will still have a very limited appeal to a small group who can obsess over Friz and Roger and Jasam and whatever. GH is a shell of itself. It is unrecognizable and it is filled with faces like Stafford, Howarth, Easton, Budig, DeVry, Miller, the Valentin guy, West etc that longtime GH fans, lapsed viewers, care nothing about. Different or even better stories for them will not attract a larger audience.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Right on, MB! What I said! You say it so well.

Shay
Shay

Very well put, MB! And spot-on!

su0000
su0000

WHOOPIE!!!! ……
………………….. HALLELUJAH !!

bye bye Jean– take Shelly with you !!

The QUEENS OF SNOOZE (both) will be gone, hopefully.

GH needs to clean house on All the writers..
clean house and bring back General Hospital, the real GH, the GH that was unique and stood alone among the regular ho hum soap as the – Not a Traditional Soap, the Unique One needs to return to its glory.

(( Jean and Shelly and their sidekick Frank destroyed the once awesome soap.

LONG LIVE GH !!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hey, su! You got it right re “sidekick Frank.”

dmr
dmr

The show needs to clean house, with the actors, too. There are too many recurring characters and new characters. CLEAN HOUSE!

terry
terry

totally agree too many characters is part of the problem as to why there are issues on the show no continuity etc everything just gets all jumbled together like they have no clue what they are doing they should use the vets as a base and go from there building on the history of the show seriously someone just needs to hit the reset button on this show it is just getting totally screwed up

Tad
Tad

This is great news for GH. She is a horrible writer. I’ll never forgive her for the mess she made of As the World Turns in it’s final years.

Jimmy
Jimmy

That’s the problem with soaps today. Writers will come in with their own vision of what they want the show to be, and if the fans hate it, they will stop watching, the show will lose ratings and get cancelled, but the writer who destroyed it will find another job elsewhere with ease.

Jean is a perfect example – she canned ATWT, moved on to Y&R and made it a snooze fest, and then got hired for some inexplicable reason at GH and turned it into a shell of itself. Chuck Pratt is another example – he destroyed AMC in his year-long tenure, went on to find success in primetime, came back to daytime and made Y&R barely recognizable, and is now back in primetime. How these hacks continue to find work is beyond me.

su0000
su0000

it would be great if they could recruit some writers from TV land instead of soap land.
Give TV serial writers a try- it can’t get any worse.
New blood new ideas new way of laying out stories that could be interesting, for sure.
The soaps will die if they don’t roll into the 21st century.

(the soaps are stuck in the 80’s with 80’s writers and they only know how to write from the 80’s ..)
Stuck In The 80’s !!!!!

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I totally agree with this comment. It has puzzled me how these writers continue to find work on the few remaining soaps after the wreckage on their resumes.

Passante:
Head writer of Another World when cancelled.
Head writer of ATWT when cancelled.
Writer on OLTL when cancelled.
Becomes co-head writer on Y&R and is demoted within a year on the job.

Sure, Passante has experience in writing but, over the past 15 years, little professional success. I wish her well in retirement. I just wish that she had made this decision 15 years ago….. maybe ATWT would still be on the air.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

But I remember when Charles Pratt’s writing (under other “regimes” and brass wrote sharp, even humorous dialog.

Shay
Shay

GH stuck in the ’80’s???? Hardly, su0000….were that the fortunate case, then the show would still be #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Remember she has to write what she’s being asked to write!
Don’t forget the “suits.”

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I wonder if Hogan Sheffer is available? I loved it when he wrote for ATWT. His style would be a good fit for GH.

Ric
Ric

There is a God after all!

toscanti
toscanti

Wendy Riche? Bring her back and restore GH to it’s roots. Sally Sussman is making Great strides at Y&R, the show looks like it did in Bill Bell’s days, Wendy can do this for GH.

PennySoap
PennySoap

I totally agree!

Steve
Steve

Wendy was the EP, not the head writer. It appears Frank is staying.

dmr
dmr

Loved Wendy Riche. I will forever miss Claire Labine, too.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Could we find someone who writes as well as Claire L. did–and with her core family stories–with ethics and goodwill to boot? Tall order! Wonder if anyone of that caliber is out there today. Must surely be!
PS Remember who disliked Claire L. vehemently? You guessed it? Petulant TG, by name.
“Can’t fight city hall”!

dmr
dmr

Nancy, when Claire wrote for General Hospital in the ’90’s, it was “must see daytime TV!” I remember rushing home from high school and doing my algebra homework, while watching Sonny and Brenda (favorite couple), Ned and Lois, and the Quartermaine’s. Back then, we had stories built on friendships and relationships. Drama was front and center and we had “Cliff Hanger Fridays!

Dzzdee
Dzzdee

Jean don’t retire, you will be bored

Steve
Steve

Why shouldn’t she have the same emotion that many GH viewers have had?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Spot on, Steve!

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Steve! You need to give warnings if you’re going to post witticisms like that one! My laptop does not like it when I spew coffee all over my keyboard!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I wish her well. However after enduring a revolting door of new writers on both Young and the Restless and Days I no longer have any illusion a change in head writers means much in terms of what we see on screen .

Dan S
Dan S

I am not a fan of any of the storylines she wrote while on GH but I do think she has had a respectable career and I wish her well.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’ve enjoyed many stories on both GH and OLTL and I admire anyone with heart, imagination, and the creative drive. Thank you, Jean, for your contribution to our fictional worlds…

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hello there, Rebecca!

Thanks for your supportive reply to me in this thread!

And I admire your classy angle in this thread, genuinely thanking Jean for work. You make terrific points! Take care, Friend!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thanks, Jamesj75. I save my “wrath” for people who deserve it…not a creative soul…a soap writer…who did her best. Hopefully she has a thick skin!

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

This is good news…………ten years too late!! I don’t watch GH but I’ll never forget the HORRIFIC “writing” that she served up for years on ATWT. IMO, her writing was a key factor in the cancellation of 50-year old ATWT.

I wish her well in her retirement but don’t ever want to read that she has reconsidered the decision and is returning to soap writing.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Anybody else wondering if there’s more to the story than this? True, things could be exactly as reported; JP has had a long career, and it’s entirely possible she just wants to retire and enjoy life (I say this as a recent retiree myself; I had just reached a point at which I knew I was ready to go). It sounded like that was what happened to Jane Elliott, for example. Still, I do have to wonder if the grind of trying to produce compelling drama despite network interference (translation: having to spend day after day struggling to make ABC’s dumb ideas work on screen) took its toll and she finally decided she’d just had enough of soap writing. One could not blame her, if so.

Steve
Steve

Jean is fairly active on Twitter and she insists that it was entirely her decision. She acknowledged that many would think otherwise.

Then again, nobody asked her if she was tired of coming up with different ways to praise Sonny.

Shay
Shay

Because that is the top priority for any writer at GH these days…..

robbie
robbie

Too bad RC isn’t available, loved his tenure at GH. Yes, I know Fluke was a mess, but I think that had more to do with AG than RC.

dmr
dmr

FLUKE was such a travesty! I like how we were able to see more of Luke’s past and his childhood, and I would have preferred that angle to have been explored more. Then, that would tie into his “alcoholism” (which, I never quite bought) and his life as a recluse. The split personality disorder storyline was a total mess, IMO.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

So AGREE!

Steve
Steve

The only reason we got the split personality angle was that the audience figured Fluke was Bill Eckert. Ron wanted an element of surprise, so he switched the reveal to be a (disappointing) surprise.

Denise Demuccio is as much to blame for Ron’s ouster as Fluke.

Patrick
Patrick

damn…. YES ! I’ll take this and RUN

I never bought the hype… his everlasting appeal…. lets upchuck every thing

enjoy Amsterdam

no last laugh here

Timmm
Timmm

Besides the Chimera story sucking ,Jason Q not resurfacing, and no climax involving the Nelle story, we never knew who Val’s black father was, Kiki has never ran into Finn and could we go ONE episode without hearing the name Morgan! He was disliked on the show, a two bit actor with a big mouth!

dmr
dmr

You are spot on, the MORON was a two bit actor with a big mouth who squealed and screamed thinking that gave him “range.” I would like to watch General Hospital, not “The Morgan Hour.”

Lisa Z
Lisa Z

I enjoyed your writing during the last year of OLTL. Happy Retirement! Maybe they can call you if OLTL comes back in any form!

Matthew
Matthew

Fire Shelly and bring back Bob Guza as Head writer! GH was dark and intense when he was at the helm! As someone who isn’t a fan of the traditional love in the afternoon cheesy, soapy storylines, I miss the days that GH felt more like an edge of your seat prime-time series rather than a daytime drama!

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

Newsom has said modifications to regional guidance would be allowed so long as there are attestations at the county level that there are adequate plans in place should a rise in COVID cases be seen again.   As of May 18, when L.A. filed its attestation, the county had a stable or declining number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19.   However, there has been an uptick in cases as of Friday which could effect the production restart in Hollywood as well as the noted uptick in hospitalizations; all of which are measures in the protocol guidelines that need to be on the decline for things to move forward.

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Sonny & Carly Week Of Encore Episodes On Tap For General Hospital

A Carson bonanza is on its way for the week of June 15th -19th when ABCs General Hospital rebroadcasts five pivotal moments in the love story and perils of Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright).

The episodes date back to 2007 through 2016.  One of the emotional highlights is when the duo start to have major marital issue over the loss of their son, Morgan (Bryan Craig).

GH is currently still in COVID-19 production shutdown mode and this week is continuing to airs its encore presentations of the some of the Best of the Nurses Ball episodes.

Here’s what to look forward to for CarSon week:

Monday, June 15 : Sonny and Carly re-declare their love during the Metro Court hostage crisis. (originally aired 2/7/2007)

Tuesday, June 16: Sonny has gone off his meds and begins to spiral. Carly convinces him to resume taking the lithium. (originally aired 9/24/2013)

Wednesday, June 17:  Sonny is in critical condition after being shot. Sitting vigil in the hospital chapel, Carly reads the vows he wrote for her, and remembers their ups and downs. (originally aired 9/14/2015)

Thursday, June 18:  Sonny and Carly get married in the GH chapel.  (originally aired 10/15/2015)

Friday, June 19:  Grieving for Morgan, Carly blames Sonny for their son’s death. (originally aired 10/12/2016)

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So are you looking forward to seeing some of the episodes chosen featuring Maurice Benard and Laura Wright? Comment below.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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