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New GH head writer, Garin Wolf reveals plans for characters on the canvas!

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The new head writer of General Hospital, Garin Wolf has officially spoken! The man who is taking over from long time head scribe, Bob Guza, talked exclusively with TV Guide, about how he plans to reposition elements of the series, and teases what he plans for several key characters and storylines.  Here are just a few excerpts below, but it is worth the whole read to try to decipher between-the-lines.

Wolf on the balance of the series moving forward, and if Jax and Nikolas might be back, too! “The mob will still be there but it will become a background for the emotions of the characters. The Spencer family, the mob, the hospital, will all have equal weight. I probably shouldn’t say this, but so will Wyndemere. Everyone has a story, no matter who they are. Everyone can make you laugh and cry. The theme for the summer is “Sometimes they come back.” And you can take that how you will. I want to position characters and point them in new directions. I don’t want to ignore their pasts. I want to use their pasts, but I don’t want to derail the potential for trying something different.”

Wolf on if Jason will remain Sonny’s right hand man and what is next for Carly: ” When fall comes, Carly, Sonny and Jason will all have their own individual directions but it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re in different stories. I love Carly with a passion. She’s going to have one hell of a new challenge. Jason and Sam’s plans for something more permanent are going to lead to a real test of who they are and it will open a door to a new mystery. Michael still has to learn some very serious lessons. The situation he’s in demands a maturity beyond what someone his age is capable of, and that’s going to lead to a big clash. Kristina is going to go through her own little trial, and I don’t mean a murder trial.”

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Wolf on how to redeem Luke Spencer who mowed down Jake and refused to be treated for his addiction to booze: “The denial of the alcoholism is very real to me and has happened with many people in my life. It’s painfully real. There’s a fine line to walk here. Luke’s family wants him to be sober and become something he’s not. Most of us don’t know mobsters, but we do know alcoholics. I know where I’m going with this. I love a good, long story arc, and that’s what this will be.”

Wolf also says he will be giving uber-talented fan favorite Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) some great story!  So all in all, are you encouraged by Wolf’s comments that he can effectively get GH on track? Let us know.

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Chris
Chris

I hope Garin keeps Ingo & brings back Tyler…would love to see some 1990’s GH back!When we would gather around and talk about whats going on with GH!!

Ellen
Ellen

Sounds very promising, and I am certainly looking forward to seeing the new storylines unvail. My curiosity is certaily peaked, as far as Wyndemere goes. I hope it means Nikolaus returning or staying on the canvas, as opposed to a big storyline for Helena, who is a good actress, but I can only take so much of her. I am also curious to see if Jason and Sam will move away from the mob scene and go another route. I am looking forward to everything, and I love summer’s theme of “Sometimes they come back”!!!!

twinks
twinks

I hope wolf has a big story for the character of Elizabeth, and use the GREAT actress Becky Herbst as she should be used as Elizabeth, front and center!!!

sus
sus

Hmm not sure.. so glad about the Spencer family and the hospital getting equal weight.. but still too much talk about the characters we have had been overdosed on for way too long!

Webbie
Webbie

If I was a betting gal, I’d bet the house on GW. After reading that his mentor was Doug Marland, I knew we were in the hands of someone how really GETS soaps. I hope TPTB give him the freedom to tweak the things that need tweaking. Good luck, Garin!

Shelley
Shelley

This sounds great. Guza was too violent. Glad to hear things will be happening at the Hospital too ! It is called General Hospital!!! Maybe Sonia Eddy will get more screen time and Nicholas is a main character. Jax has been ruined but would like to see him fixed.

Ina Kozler
Ina Kozler

Love Nancy Grahn, she is great with Caroline Hennesey, and all the cast!

david
david

Too late. Not willing to become further emotionally invested with cancellation immanent. Tamara returning might change my mind.

wednesday
wednesday

Kudos for Nancy, love her and Caroline. Can’t wait to see what’s ahead, I just hope everyone get’s equal billing, focusing on one story line too long becomes fustrating and boring. I hope Jax & Nicholas are staying.

ethel
ethel

his ideas sound awesome – i just hope we see them play out on screen……

cathy
cathy

I am in wait and see mode. I need him to get back to LOVE & ROMANCE with Robin & Patrick. Tired of the psycho getting more airtime and story when it is about ROBIN & PATRICK not a psycho who should be dead by now and nothing less.

BRYAN SALTON
BRYAN SALTON

CAN YOU CHANGE GENERAL HOSPITAL CAST WITH NEW FACES TO JOIN THE CAST AND ON CONTRACTS WITH THE SHOW CAN YOU PUT JACOB YOUNG AS THE ROLE OF MICHAEL AND DAVID FUMERO AS A NEW ROLE AND NEW LOVE FOR LULU AND TREVOR ST JOHN AS LUCKY ITS TIME FOR ANOTHER LUCKY RECAST AND CAN YOU PUT AIDEN TURNER AS THE ROLE OF NICHOLAS CAN YOU PUT THEM ON CONTRACTS AND ON THE GH OPENING I WANT MATT AND LIZ AS COUPLE DANTE AND MAXIE AS A COUPLE. THEY ARE PERFECT AND JOHNNY AND ETHAN AS A COUPLE AND CAN YOU PUT DAVID GREGORY AS THE NEW ROLE OF MORGAN ALL GROWN UP JUST LIKE MICHAEL AND ON CONTRACT AND ON THE OPENING.

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GH Head Writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor Reveal More Details On Michael E. Knight’s New Soap Role

When daytime favorite Michael E. Knight debuts on General Hospital on September 30th, he will not be coming to Port Charles as his former All My Children alter-ego Tad Martin; but instead will be playing a different character.

EW.com has first look photo of Knight in his new role and spoke directly to General Hospital co-head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor for the scoop on the ever-popular Knight’s return to ABC.  On GH. Michael will indeed play a new role.

According to the scribes: “There are a number of people in Port Charles who are in trouble and his character will have an impact on how their stories are solved or further complicated.”

Both Van Etten and O’Connor shared: “As we were writing his character, we found out that oh, we have even more use for him! It’s helpful to know who the actors are in this situation. We have lots of ideas on how we can expand his character and cross-pollinate his character.”

As to how long Knight will be sticking around Port Charles, that was not offered-up, but what was is that Michael’s new character will mix it up with Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) with whom Knight worked with on All My Children when James played Will Cortlandt.

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Because ABC now has the rights back in their possession to use the characters from One Life to Live and All My Children, Van Etten expressed: “We have conversations when we have these actors come back about whether it’s more useful or not to resurrect their characters. “=We’ll continue to have these as the opportunity arises.”

So, what do you think Michael E. Knight’s role will be based on these tidbits from the GH scribe? Share your theories via the comment section below.

 

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Jessica Tuck Returns This Week To General Hospital

There will be a Cassandra Pierce sighting in Port Charles, which means one of the best actresses we know, Jessica Tuck, will be back on your screens this week on ABC’s General Hospital.

Tuck, who became soap-famous for her role as Megan on One Life to Live from 1988-1992 and then went on to primetime television roles returns to the canvas as the evil Cassandra, a role she debuted on GH back in 2017.  Viewers last saw her pop during Michael (Chad Duell) and Sasha’s (Sofia Matteson)vacation.

But this time look for Tuck to mix-it up with GH icon Genie Francis (Laura) in some major showdown scenes, when she holds the mayor and Curtis (Donnell Turner) at gunpoint on the Haunted Star.  Will these two be able to get the on-the-run villainess locked up for good? Don’t necessarily count on it.

Of course, a man who both Cassandra and Laura have an interest in bringing down, Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) plays heavy into the story. But will Cassandra do a double-cross of a double-cross? Who else may get a dose of something potentially lethal that she has been concocting?

Jessica told Soap Opera Digest that when she found out she would be working with Genie Francis; “I was like Woo-hoo! Hot diggity!  I mean, like many people, I have been a fan of hers forever and ever and ever.  It was fun to meet the person behind the character I’ve gotten to know.”

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So, excited to know Cassandra is back in Port Charles? What do you hope happens next for her, Laura, Curtis and Valentin? Comment below.

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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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