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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Cyberologist
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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… Read more »

Brian
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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
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Rob

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

todd
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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… Read more »

Lew
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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… Read more »

Jovon Lee Goines
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Jovon Lee Goines

I agreement with you!

Jovon Lee Goines
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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
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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,… Read more »

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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