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Ron Carlivati issues statement on joining GH writing team & staying with OLTL till end!

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The hottest writer in soaps these days, Ron Carlivati, the head scribe of One Life to Live, issued his official statement this afternoon after earlier reports that he has taken a new gig joining the writing team of General Hospital!

Fans of OLTL became very concerned when they heard the news, that this may mean the early exit of Carlivati in Llanview, but that is not the case.  Ron in his statement reveals he will be remaining with One Life through to its final episode.   Here is Carlivati’s statement below:

Ron: “I remain fully committed to Frank Valentini and One Life to Live as the show’s Headwriter until the series concludes in January of 2012.  It has been my distinct honor to write for Agnes Nixon’s groundbreaking soap opera for the past fifteen years, and it will be with a heavy heart that I, along with my incredibly talented team, pen its finale.  At that time, I am happy to announce that I will then be joining the writing team of  General Hospital, and am thrilled to be working once again with Executive Producer Jill Phelps as well as new Headwriter Garin Wolf.”

It must be incredibly hard and bittersweet to write the finale of OLTL with Carlivati’s passion and love for the series and the citizens of Llanview. On-Air On-Soaps was touched by his sentiments, but we are also incredibly thrilled that ABC Daytime has chosen to keep his talents around to help shake up the town of Port Charles come early next year!

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Chris Smith
Chris Smith

I dont understand your excitement. ABC will kill GH soon enough. Why get excited about what will surely be the end of GH at some point in 2012? I don’t congratulate ABC for ANYTHING and loathe every one in charge for killing two beloved soaps AMC and OLTL to replace them with garbage that is cheap to produce!

Peggy
Peggy

I am just so devestated that they are cancelling amc and oltl I have been watching for over forty years and I just don’t know what i’m going to do at 1:00 and 2:00 please someone come to our rescue!!!!!!!!!!!

Ellen
Ellen

Very sad to see that this is just another realization that the end is really quite near for OLTL/AMC. While I am upset about this for sure, if there is no way to save OLTL/AMC (and I am still hoping there might be a save in the works by some other cable or network station), I am happy to see Ron’s talents go to GH. I wish him the best for the rest of his tenure at the wonderful OLTL, and much success and a long run at GH!

Doe
Doe

Wow! That is some news fromCarlivati. It’s bittersweet to hear. Who knows when OLTL leaves, there is no more GH? I just don’t want to see another talk show take its place. Haven’t all the topics they have done or will do already been addressed. Give Katie the Oprah four -o-clock central time slot. Really, what more can they tell us about ourselves? Ron, it’s along time until January. Better sharpen your pencils…..

Judith
Judith

I think ABC is making a terrible mistake canceling AMC/OLTL. I agree with the previous poster that if the powers at ABC do not change, GH is soon to follow. Brian Frons just doesn’t get the devotion of soap followers. With breaks here and there I too have watched ABC soaps since the early 70’s. Through all of life’s ups and downs they were a constant. I remember moving across the country to a place I had never been before. Talk about stress. I remember turning on the tv in the hotel I stopped in along the way, and watching GH. A little calm in the storm of life. They were like family. When life was particularly busy I would stop watching for a while, but always tuned in for a “visit” when I could. I always wondered if I would continue to watch in my older years. I don’t have to wonder anymore but I know what I won’t be watching. ABC.

Cyberologist
Cyberologist

I’ve had a crush on him for many years and am happy he’s still in the writing game for soaps but its still part of the same “good ole boy’ Frons network…

I admire his writing though he’s doesn’t come off misogynistic, he writes for women over forty. for vets which is a huge plus for me..something GH refused to do…he tells good story for the most part. He will be a scriptwriter from what I understand, so however he can lend a helping hand to this horrid show (for me) I welcome it. I respect his talent enough to do that. With GH at #6 out of 6 they need all the help they can get..however hate to be a Debby Downer but I still feel GH will be cancelled somewhere in 2012. Sweeney wants out of the soap business so there it is.

Brian
Brian

Well, with Ron Carlivati coming on board to write with the GH writers, I might have to give GH one last chance… but I am still very bothered by ABC cancelling OLTL ! Like most viewers, not alot of ABC shows hold my interest (all the reality shows, can’t stand them) but I am very happy that Ron Carlivati will still be employed and writing for a show. Many thanks to him and all involved in making OLTL the best show to watch.

Rob
Rob

He better not get too comfy af GH, the axe is about to fall…..

todd
todd

Maybe I will tune in to GH once his episodes start airing. That show needs some much need humor and more attention given to it’s supporting cast. It can’t survive on Sonny and Jason…and whatever girl they are with. If the mob backdrop is not changed then I will not be able to get into it. They show used to have larger than life mystery and adventure. Now it has angry talking and lots of gunfire. I like angry talking when it is intelligent banter…..like how Monica, Alan, and the Qs used to fight. Not when it is the same conversations over and over.

Lew
Lew

There are so many issues at ABC – Frons, Disney, executive producers and writers of the soaps. We put up an excellent fight! We let them know how we feel, but in the end, it was all about money. I am going to wish the cast and crew of each show all the best in their new endeavors. In the past few months AMC and OLTL have been on fire. The ratings have increased, but the execs are not paying attention. I will watch GH to offer support and to sample the new writing regime with Garin Wolf and Ron Carlivati. GH is a very good show and they have a talented cast. But, the so many of the cast members are being wasted. The show cannot continue to showcase the mob, Sonny, Jason, Carly, Sam, Michael, Lulu and Dante. Give us the Quartermaines, bring back Bobbie and Monica. Let Michael tap into his Quartermaine roots and let Edward play a part in that. I don’t want to see another show bite the dust. It doesn’t have to happen. We have to play our part as well. We can’t be fickle fans and stop tuning in when the stories do not go in the direction that we like. THAT is what the Frons wants. He wants to convince Disney that we no longer care about soaps. I am so pissed that I could spit, that we are losing AMC & OLTL, but I am going to watch till the end; not watch The Chew, the makeover show and maybe not The View. GH needs our support.

Jovon Lee Goines
Jovon Lee Goines

I agreement with you!

Jovon Lee Goines
Jovon Lee Goines

I am really will to be miss of AMC/OLTL for my teen times but I grewing all my life was GH, I think time need to saving a GH and I willing to join a writing team in my plan for me…

Torrey
Torrey

Ok, so I don’t get it…..he’s a good enough writer to join the team over at GH, but OLTL is not written or acted well enough to keep on the air? This is sooooo confusing to me. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I don’t begrudge Ron for moving over to GH….this is just another move by the head of ABC daytime, aka Brian Frons, that I just don’t understand. Cancel a great show like OLTL that is well written, directed and the acting is spectacular….then take that writer and place him on a show. One that I might add, that ABC will undoubtedly cancel some time next year. ABC just confuses me.

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More casting news from the upcoming Canadian legal drama series, Diggstown which will star General Hospital’s Vinessa Antoine (Jordan) in the central role of Marcie Diggs.

As fans know, Antoine will be exiting GH in the role of Jordan as she begins filming the CBC series.

However, Antoine is getting a co-star on her new show, in none other than Natasha Henstridge.  The actress has previously appeared in CW’s Beauty and the Beast and Secret Circle.

 

According to Deadline, in Diggstown, Natasha will play Colleen MacDonald, a single, no-nonsense, openly gay director of legal aid now headquartered in Halifax after being blacklisted by the legal community in Toronto. She hopes to one day work her way back home.

As for the premise of the new series, Diggstown is set in the gritty arena of legal aid.  It centers on Marcie Diggs (Antoine), a star lawyer who reconsiders her priorities after her beloved aunt commits suicide following a malicious prosecution. Landing at a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Marcie is driven by one thing – to never again allow innocent lives to be destroyed by the justice system.  The team of lawyers that Marcie works with are a curious band of do-gooders, cynics and scrappers – messy souls struggling to keep personal disappointment and demons out of their practice as they work directly in the community to find justice for their diverse clients, exploring issues of racism, poverty and gender bias.”

Antoine is the first black actress to be cast as a dramatic series lead on iconic Canadian Broadcasting Company, CBC.

So, what do you think of the premise of Diggstown?  Sounds intriguing to us! Comment below.

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A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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On Thursday’s episode, Nina is trying to talk down Liesl from torching the place, but Liesl is becoming more unhinged and more grief-stricken.  She says to Nina, “I lost my son.  I gave Nathan up to protect him.  I spent my life not even daring to gaze in his direction for fear that Cesar would take him.  I never wanted my son to be like him, and now my beautiful boy is buried in the ground, while the other son is still breathing!  So, I must finish this my way, Nina  …  with or without you!”

Pleading, an emotional Nina responds: “Aunt Liesl, you are not the only one who lost time with Nathan.  I did, too.  I missed him growing up.  I missed his childhood, and seeing the incredible man he turned into.  I feel his absence and I feel the loss every second of every day.  I hate Faison, and I will for the rest of my life, and I hate Anna (Finola Hughes) just like you did, but that does not justify what I have done… being an accomplice in this crazy revenge.  None of that is going to bring my brother back.”   Nina goes on to say:  “I knew J would not want his mother grieving alone. This isn’t grief anymore … this is madness.”

Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

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Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

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Share your thoughts on the performances of Kathleen and Michelle and what stood out to you via the comment section below.

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Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

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Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

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