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OLTL scribe Scott Sickles joins the writing team of General Hospital!

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General Hospital’s new head writer,  Ron Carlivati has made an addition to his writing team.  Former One Life to Live writer, Scott Sickles,  (who worked with Carlivati in Llanview) will now also be writing the perils of the residents of Port Charles!

Most recently, Scott was responsible for the beautiful speech given by Viki (Erika Slezak) on One Life to Live’s second to last episode.  The moving speech was about what soap operas are all about and how they connect with the audience and become part of our extended family.  But the emotional impact of that speech and its eloquent words were so loved by fans of the genre that will be remembered forever.

Sickles announced his new GH gig on his facebook page today!  Congrats from On-Air On-Soaps!

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Alley
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Alley

He also wrote several of the amazing Todd and Blair scenes. I’m glad he’s going to be writing for GH, he’s an excellent writer.

Vicki
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Vicki

I am so excited about this news! Scott is a great writer and I am so looking forward to his humor! GH is going to be great!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Sounds like a great addition to GH…………….Work your MAGIC SCOTT!!!!!

Diane
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Diane

I am glad that his talent will go on

Brian
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Brian

Sounds like GH is going to be getting as good as OLTL was. (ABC should have just left OLTL alone and cancelled GH)

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

I agree! OLTL was the better soap & now GH might be getting it’s time slot!

Johanna
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Johanna

Congrats! Fix GH and/or bring back OLTL! Long Live Llandview!!!! SWAN HONK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I agree with you…………Johanna

Gloria
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Gloria

This is great but I still want OLTL BACK! Every single day at 1:00 I get so pissed off & I am so bored waiting for GH. I watch my shows at work & the only channel I get, thanks to the stupid converter box thing is ABC! I WANT MY OLTL!

barbara t
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barbara t

thats got to suck, having abc shoved down you throat every day ,that would make me nuts ,I get mad when you go to a doctors office and they have news channels on,and you cant get a hold of the remote.you really have to sit through the chew and that revolution show?poor you .

Gloria
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Gloria

Thanks for your sympathy. It is horrible. I am used to having the tv while I work to keep me company. But now I only watch GH & do not turn it on till like 1:59 to make sure I do not see one second of the Revolution. The tv is mine, in my office but jeez, only 1 hour of watchable tv in a day sucks.

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

I will start to watch GH very soon because I want to see the 4–oltl characters. I would rather see everybody from Llanview somewhere, somehow. ABC please release the rights of AMC and OLTL so Agnes Nixon can continue our soaps. I will only watch GH but nothing else on ABC. I am a SWAN and will keep standing with Agnes Nixon.

soapbaby
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soapbaby

This is very promising for GH.

Brian
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Brian

Good news! I have high hopes that GH will get much better soon!

Scott
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Scott

Yeah. After watching today, this show is going to suck just like One Life did. Goodbye General Hospital, this is the official beginning of the end.

barbara t
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barbara t

I dont think that ron and franks stories are on yet.but I dont think you really give a rats ass whether general hospital stays or goes,I could be wrong ,but if you could honestly say you have enjoyed the years gh has sucked ,and never had a problem with the stories ,then ron and frank should be a big improvement .whether they wrote for one life to live or not ,ingo rademacher,should have really called gh the sonny corinthous show which it has been for a very long time .all I can say is give it a chance ,if not… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

It’s obvious you don’t like me Barbara, and posting in my comment everytime shows that. But really, stop trying to push your love for OLTL and hate for GH on me, please. I don’t watch much ABC besides GH and Body Of Proof. So before you tell me that I enjoy more ABC than I do, know that facts. K? Bye.

Scott
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Scott

ALSO never said I didn’t have a problem with the stories, never said that. So don’t be putting words or thoughts into my mouth/head. You’ve been doing that A LOT for me lately.

Heather
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Heather

“I dont think that ron and franks stories are on yet”

Valentini’s episodes started to air this past Monday. Carvilatti’s episodes havn’t aired yet.

barbara t
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barbara t

scott I am not picking on you ,and I do not hate general hospital,I just want the stories to get better ,I just think that you should give ron and frank a chance at trying to save g h ,and if you think that I dont like you ,well Im sorry about that, im not trying to make you feel that way, and if I am Im sorry again,however, I will continue to believe that one life to live was the best ,Ive watched gh for as long as it has been on.so I dont want it canceled.

Scott
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Scott

Well it sure feels like it Barbara, every time I post something you seem to have a reply to it. OLTL, Barbara to you, was the best. I thought ATWT was the best, but I’m not shoving that down your throat now, am I? I’m giving both FV and RC one month, I’ve always said that. I never not liked Garin’s writing, so I didn’t see the need to fire him, nor JFP. I didn’t like OLTL, nor how FV/RC handled the series. Their work in general is not to my liking for a soap opera. And I’ve continually told… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Barbara, what’s going on with you and Scott, LOL I replied to your post on both Thurs and Friday. It’s posted on the page that Susan Lucci is talking about her new gig. Go to New Soap Buzz above, and then go down to bottom of page, click on 6, and stroll down until you see “Susan Lucci talks about new gig” and when U get on that page, you will see it. Why can’t we all just get along? LOL I think you and Scott just had a difference of opionions, and U BOTH represented your case very well,… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

the reason I have something to say everytime you post is because ,I like hearing the other side of things,I may not agree with you but its nice to be able to tell you how I feel to ,if you dont want me to ,I wont ,but like I told you before it takes longer then 1 month to create many stories there are alot of characters ron and frank have to write for .Im just saying to give them a chance.and after there stories are on ,then you can say I told you so.but It wont make me change… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

Bottom line, I’m giving each FV and RC a month of my time. I didn’t see the need to change the exec producer nor writer. I felt Wolf did amazing bringing back characters and womanhood.

FV/RC should concentrate on the GH characters, not bringing on OLTL characters for a few episodes. That shouldn’t be where their concentration is, OLTL is gone and likely to never come back. That’s the fact. They’re holding onto something that’s over and done with.

Either way, they have til about mid-to-late March until I decde whether or not to leave GH in the dust or not.

Dawn D
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Dawn D

Well GH needs a huge amount of help. Start with getting Jake back and letting Liz and Jason be a core couple w/their children. Have Jase’s current spouse do something different/no baby.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Liz is boring, boring and boring. Get Rid of her. Jason’s lifestyle don’t go along with Liz. He is made perfect for Sam, rather it be the good, bad or the ugly.

barbara t
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barbara t

really you dont like liz? I like her,I was hoping for her to be with lucky,but he flew the gh coup,so,thats out , I dont like her with jason,whats up with me and scott,He thinks I go after him and I dont, I like his comments ,I dont agree with him , so what , I did want to hear his side ,he didnt like mine so Im staying clear ,if thats what he wants,how many scotts are there here ? .I dont think they can bring liz and jasons baby back ,to many stories surround that accident that killed… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

looks like this is going to be another day we are stuck in time,hope the problem gets solved,got all your posts,yesterday I had to go to tmz several times out of boredom ,I like to insult the dumb celebrities that do stupid things,today I let terrel owens have it,I want to discuss the soaps ,oh well ,I will check in later.you really dont like liz?you are right ,liz has been boring ,for a long time now ,but keep in mind thats the old writers fault.cant wait for ron and franks stories to come alive ,and we can finally see whats… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

you never answered my question ,you dont like liz?I always wanted her to be with lucky,but now that he is gone guess they have to find someone else for her and I hope its not the head shrinker with the accent ,Im not that crazy about him,maybe he is one of the newbies they are letting go,that cassandra chick is out ,I really dont care who she turns out to be,has something to do with helana,so that cant be good for the spencers.

Betty
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Betty

It figures…..bring over a writer from OLTL to write for RC’s pets. He knows their history and stories, but this guy knows nothing about GH and their history. How does that work? Why doesn’t RC and company bring the whole OLTL cast over, while he’s at it. It’s his show now. It’s gonna be interesting to see what GH actors have to be canned to make room for RC’s favorites.

Scott
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Scott

I wouldn’t be surprised if most the cast was canned. :-/

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Scott, I’m with you in terms of cleaning up the writing but not trying to make over GH to be OLTL. I don’t even mind a few of the character’s, but it annoys me that people want to transpose GH to be OLTL. They are entitled to their opinions, and unless they say something that is LUDICRIOUS, I don’t even comment anymore. People have to know they can’t change what has already been. We have to NOW stand behind and support GH, rather U are looking or not, JUST have the TV on that channel at 3pm, only.

barbara t
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barbara t

I dont think that will happen,there will only be a few ,I think its a good Idea to bring more fans over,soap writers create new families all the time so why not try to blend a landview family with port charles ,at soaps in depth I heard they are getting rid of the newbes, casssandra goes first then the others ,you have to admit they are all boring,so we wont miss anything. poor ethan he was going to have a good storyline then it turns out stupid.I hope they can convince ethan to stick around ,I like him ,and he… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Barbara said: ” I had to go to tmz several times out of boredom , I like to insult the dumb celebrities that do stupid things, today I let terrel owens have it. ”

1loveabcsoaps: Where did you go to tmz, you talking about another site? Barb, I can’t believe you like to insult “dumb celebrities” anyone. LOL Who is Terrel Owens, and what did you say to him AND about what?

Heather
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Heather

Let’s not jump to conclusions yet guys. Only 4 OLTL actors have sign up and two of them are short-term They could very well be the only OLTL actors to make it to Port Charles. FV/RC are trying to balance the needs of OLTL fans and GH fans to merge them into one huge fanbase that will significantly increase the ratings of General Hospital and bring the show to its former glory. But to do this, they must cater OLTL fans and that’s why they’re bringing a few OLTL actors (which half of them are temps). I have no reason… Read more »

SS
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SS

Well Shelly Altman also worked for OLTL, and GH has a great cast so hope for the best. I read Tristan and Emma Samms twitter and they seem to like the material they’ve been given. While Rebecca Herbst isn’t quite sure about the direction yet, but thinks they grasp the character. The speech he wrote for the second to last show was amazing, I watched GH for years but OLTL for months and I was more interested in coming home to watch OLTL when I had the time than GH.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Don’t want to start a fight just a question did anyone get the feeling that nuKate is going to have a split personality? I watched it Friday just to see if it is improving and that was the feeling I got. Anyone else get that thought?

Scott
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Scott

I don’t think they’re going to give her DID, or at least, I hope not. I just think psychologically she has stuff going on from growing up that we don’t know about.

barbara t
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barbara t

what ever kate was holding today made her flip out ,will be interesting to see whats up with her.I like the character of kate ,liked the other one better but Im getting use to this one,I knew something was up with her,but I was getting more pissed off at sonny,because he wont leave her alone,and I dont think she has to tell him everything that she does ,its non of his business,does he have to stick his nose everywhere?anyway looks like kate is getting a story,and I am interested.

gloria
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gloria

When she got her bloody wedding dress out of the closet & held it & then sat at the mirror & took her hair down, she had a look in her eye like she was turning into someone else. Got my interest too, although at one time today I glanced up at the tv & could not tell if (at first glance) it was LuLu, Maxie or NuKate. I liked the original Kate WAY better.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Helps Sonny After Realizing He is Off His Meds

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, will no doubt lead to Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Nina (Cynthia Watros) becoming closer, because she was witness, went through, and helped the mobster get help while he was having a manic episode after being off his meds for bipolar disorder.

A disheveled Sonny was outside insulating the kids’ treehouse, didn’t sleep all night, is not eating, and tells Nina – who stayed the night at the Corinthos’ home on the couch – that he feels great.  Then, he tells Nina to stop telling him what to do and to stay out of his way.

Nina panics and calls Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) at the hospital worried that Sonny is off his meds, and she needs medical advice on what to do about it.  Britt tells Nina it’s important to get Sonny to a doctor and not argue with him, but to get him to acknowledge he is having a manic episode.

After the call, Nina asks Sonny not to leave and to explain bipolar disorder to her. He replies it’s like a nightmare but that’s not what’s happening now. Then, he grabs her wrists hard as she stands at the door, as he wants to leave, and Nina tells him, she is hurting her.  Sonny has a moment of realization and insists he does not hurt women. Sonny asks Nina if she is now afraid of him?  She tells him she isn’t. All of a sudden, Sonny feels exhausted.  He sits with Nina and starts to cry and admits he has been off his meds.  She gets him to agree that he needs to see Dr. Sullivan and get a refill.

Sonny and Nina arrive at GH, and Britt shows them to an examining room. Nina wants to make sure he’s OK, before she exits, but Sonny wants to make sure he did not injure her wrists. Nina says she is OK, but you could tell she is emotional from the entire encounter she went through with Sonny.

Maurice Benard took to Twitter within the last 24 hours stating about the storyline which is throwing Sonny’s love life in turmoil and working opposite both Laura Wright (Carly) and Cynthia Watros: “I go where ever it is best for the show and fortunately right now this story is doing well, even better than well, now you may not want to hear that. You already know I love Laura and Cynthia. I keep saying this is between history and change, I think after 20 years change is good.”

So, what did you think of the scenes between Nina and Sonny? Do you agree with us that Nina seeing Sonny having a manic episode will draw them closer together? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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