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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.”

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Ina Kozler

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

david
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david

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

wednesday
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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
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ethel

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

cathy
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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
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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… Read more »

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GH’s Chad Duell and Y&R’s Courtney Hope Tie the Knot in Steampunk Style Wedding in Front of Castmates and Loved Ones

Overnight, images began to circulate, as well as plenty of congratulations abound, for General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and The Young and the Restless’ Courtney Hope (Sally) as the two officially became husband and wife on Saturday night.

As we previously reported, the couple were set for their nuptials this weekend, and from what has been posted, Chad and Courtney had a steampunk-themed and styled wedding, and both wore red.

Many of their castmates and colleagues were in attendance including: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny,), Laura Wright (Carly), Wes Ramsey (Peter), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and series executive producer, Frank Valentini, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Annika Noelle (Hope), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Shirley) and Katrina Bowden (Flo), and The Young and the Restless’ Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Hunter King (Ex-Summer), and more.

The outdoor evening nuptials held in Malibu, California were shares on Courtney Hope’s Instagram story, and Laura Wright also posted several photos of the attendees on her IG.

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Pictured with Eden McCoy and Wes Ramsey, Wright enthused on the big night for her TV son, Chad Duell: “Tonight was an amazing night #TilDeath #GHBaby #Dope #Daytimefamily #steampunk”

In addition, Katherine Kelly Lang posted the first dance of newlyweds, Chad and Courtney, on her IG. 

Now, share your congratulations to Chad and Courtney via the comment section below.

 

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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