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Kate Hall Back To GH As Script Writer!

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Photo: KHallTwitter

General Hospital welcomes back one of its longtime favorite script writers in 2017, as Kate Hall is now writing episodes of the ABC soap opera under head writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante.

Hall took to Twitter to announce her return with a picture of a script fro the show.

Kate enthused: “Now this is what I call kicking off the new year… #sohappy #gh”   

Look for her scripts to begin airing in February. Previously, Hall had been with The Young and the Restless through 2016.   She has previously been at General Hospital, the last time from 2011-2015,  and All My Children in 2007-2011 throughout her soap career.

Hall is pictured here with her 2016 WGA Award (for work in 2015) for GH from last February.

So, what do you think of the news of Kate Hall writing again for GH? Comment below.

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John
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John

Love her !!

Nikki
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Nikki

Oh.More of the same

Lou piikes
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Lou piikes

I remember a time when it was mainly the actors who soap hopped.

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
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Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

Enjoyed her tenure over at #YR! She comes from a fine pedigree, with mother Courtney Simon (ATWT, SFT) and father Peter Simon (GL, SFT)

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Didn’t know that!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Welcome back, Kate!

Angela
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Angela

I like her writing again for gh I don’t kn I will she left but I am glad she back at gh

Patrick
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Patrick

w – e – l – l / we – l – l / WELL

what have we hear

fan response matters

Positions held[edit
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All My Children
Script Writer: August 16, 2007–September 23, 2011

General Hospital
Script Writer: August 25, 2011-2012
Jan. 9, 2017- (source: Kate Hall’s tweet on @katehallds )

General Hospital: Night Shift
Writer: Love’s Labors

The Young and the Restless
Script Writer: January 25, 2016–present

ALL the BEST to YOU : Ms. Kate Hall

PLEASE – respect the WHOLE cast

Laura
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Laura

Thrilled!

su0000
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su0000

They could bring in Steven Spiegel or Martin Scorsese and it would make little difference as long as Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante are at the helm of their stupid ship it will sink.

Dahm those two/ J&S are so lame …

Sean
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Sean

Wrong it was sinking when Ron was writing, since they got rid of him Jean and Shelly have turned things around. The show is far better off with them but keep shilling for your buddy Ron. Is he still mad that they fired him for his crappy writing?

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

The ratings are way down from when Ron was writing. Facts are your friends

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Ohhhhh! Steven SPIEGEL? Who he? LOL!

Eso
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Eso

Still wish Ron was head-writer but like Kate there. She is as progressive as Jean and Shelly for whom she will write.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I wonder why she only stayed at Y&R for a year and is now returning to GH. Regardless, does she have the ability to helm a head writing position? Because Jean and Shelly need to go after this year of painful stories. The only story I enjoyed was Morgan’s death because the acting and writing that came out of it was brilliant. And now, the Oscar Jessup story seems to have potential. I’ve also enjoyed Valentin’s arrival, minus the whole Charlotte plot because at this point, can we even trust this latest paternity reveal? Other than those stories, GH this… Read more »

Sean
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Sean

Yet the ratings show that most people are enjoying the show.

Omar
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Omar

Seems like good news, but can someone tell me what makes her special or what she wrote that was so good to have her here back @GH..Clearly, she was not effective on AMC, since that show was poorly written for those years mention, in my opinion.. Just saying..What did she write that was so special over @GH during her tenure? Can the soaps remaining find new blood!? To save the genre, we need a different approach..Hiring new EP’s and new head writers, not the same old ones going back and forth between the 4 remaining soaps! Still, so happy we… Read more »

Jo
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Jo

Her writing (along with RC’s complete disregard for history) are reason I stopped watching GH in April 2013 and haven’t watched since. Her writing decimated Frisco & Felicia’s history in one episode. It was completely heartbreaking.

JMER
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JMER

I love F&F but she can’t be held responsible for that and I know exactly what you’re referring to. She’s not a head writer or outline writer so really is told what plots to write and probably how to write them to a certain extent. The situation with Mac, Felicia, Frisco and Maxie, was likely outlined for her. Not to mention that the head writer edits and approves all scripts before they hit the screen and sometimes FV edits them again once they film the scenes. She actually has written some great romance scenes for Classic couples at various times.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Can you name them all??

Toni Idowu
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Toni Idowu

I am excited to see what she brings for 2017.

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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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