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Shelly Altman & Jean Passanante Share Thoughts On Being First GH Female Head Writers In Over a Decade!

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ABC recently named Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante as co-head writers of General Hospital replacing Ron Carlivati.  This marks the first time since back in 2002 that a head writing team for the 52-year-old soap is women.  Over the last several years the reins of  the writing of GH have been handled by men including: Bob Guza and Chuck Pratt Jr., Bob by himself, Garin Wolf, who was also later joined by Shelly Altman for several months as co-head scribes, and then for the last 3 and half years, Ron Carlivati.

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, the publication has the first joint interview with Shelly and Jean, which took place shortly after they began their new writing duties, in which they share their initial thoughts on their plans for the iconic series.

When asked if they feel their take on the GH canvas will be different because they are women, Altman responded: “I don’t necessarily.  I think each individual writer brings his or her own experience to the table.  Jean and I are both women and we are both mothers.  You can’t help but have some of that influence your ideas, your thoughts.  We will approach everything from a women’s sensibility because we are women.”   However, Passanante’s answered:  “I’ve never really known it to make that much of a difference.  I’ve worked with some great male head writers who really channeled all the characters, male and female, equally well.”

Make sure to pick up your copy of SOD to read the entire interview.

So to Jean’s point:  Does it really make a difference if a man or a woman is head writing a soap opera?  Do you think having two women as head writers will truly bring a new perspective for the people of Port Charles because of their gender?  Share your thoughts below!

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Loves GH
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Loves GH

Please keep Liz with Jake/Jason, they make my heart melt.

PGP
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PGP

Yes! One thousand times agreed!

I love GH
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I love GH

I’m good with Liz/Jason – they deserve a real shot. I also like Sam-Jason and possibly Carly-Jason he’s for chemistry with everyone!

Sue
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Sue

It’s time to bid Liz/Jason BYE BYE. She needs to come clean once and for all about the Jake/Jason situation and put Nicholas in his place, along with bratty son, Spencer.

Lora B.
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Lora B.

Please bring back Michael Easton . That would make a HUGH difference to LOTS of his GH fans.

Adam
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Adam

No no Michael Easton will not come back. Please you need to get over it. Silas Clay was the worst character on General Hospital. I hope Michael Easton comes to the Bold and The BEAUTIFUL as Brooke Logans new man. I love Michael Easton, but Silas Clay had to go.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, Adam. Easton was put in such an unrewarding role for an actor of his magnitude. GH seems to follow this pattern, it seems….downward spiral. All these seasoned protagonists are getting chopped up and minced, ready to make unsavory soup. Then they are saved to us leaving a disappointing taste in our mouths. The same could be said for Michelle Stafford and Roger Howarth. As much as I love these actors, they deserve a more substantially SANE, MATURE role. I have gleaned a shade of change with these two…the jail scene was so sweet and real….. I am hoping… Read more »

Dylan
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Dylan

Brooke and New Man is kind of an oxymoron. She’s had them all…multiple times!

Trophy Lady
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Trophy Lady

I agree!!! Michael Easton NEEDS to be back on the GH canvas! He needs proper character development and a story/background that matters! He needs a family — brothers, sisters, wife/girlfriend, children, parents, etc. He needs a job that matters — a career where we see him excel! He needs friends — Patrick, Nikolas, Jason, Dante, even Agent Sloane!

Michael Easton simply needs a well-rounded story line, written by people who see his value as part of the GH team!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

No it wouldn’t

anne
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anne

Simple, Silas has a cousin who looks like him. Cousin is a detective (he then can work with Dante and the hunk and Sam). He has a flirtation with Hayden (see if they have chemistry). He is MUCH more animated as a dashing private detective, more outspoken, more everything than Silas. He can be friends then with those guys as well as do some detective work for the Quartermaines, especially Tracy. They would do well as great friends.

mfarris70
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mfarris70

A good writer is a good writer, no matter their gender.

Ces
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Ces

Amen to thatt!

Aria
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Aria

Please just keep us awake, don’t write down to us , give characters like Liz and Anna back their “character ” don’t let it be the sonny Carly and Jason show. And listen to legit complaints .

Cathy
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Cathy

Would like to see Robin, the ONLY Robin, played by Kimberly McCullough back. Let FV work with Kimberly like he does others. Not interested in their pets since both have them. JP this isn’t AMC and RBu isn’t needed. Don’t care if your interested in writing for her like you said on Twitter. They need to fix the mess RC made of Robin played by Kimberly McCullough and if they know GH history Robin would never leave her child for ANYONE. ALSO NO RECAST since KIMBERLY IS THE ONLY ROBIN. She is an icon and legacy character and well known… Read more »

I love GH
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I love GH

She doesn’t want it! She wants to direct. GH should offer the role to Elizabeth Hendrickson.

Alan
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Alan

Agnes Nixon, Bill Bell, Claire Labine, Douglas Marland — proof that good serialized storytelling is not dependent on gender.

Based on Passanante and Altman’s work on Y&R, it seems to me that GH’s ratings decline may not be over. The tone of this week’s scripts and the nearly total focus on the Corinthos clan and the TJ “drama” has me thinking that by November this show will once again be The Saint Sonny and His Pal Lil’ Badass Enforcer Jason Bromance Hour.

Tommy B.
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Tommy B.

When will the episodes they are writting appear on TV??

su0000
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su0000

Their writing hits our screens mid-Octobler..
—— pray

Harry
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Harry

I cannot pray–I am an Atheist.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

I’ve read that their work will start airing in October. Hayley Erin (Kiki) just did an interview dated 9/1 and stated she received the last batch of scripts written by Ron Carlivati to film next week. Since the filming to air delay for GH is 3-4 weeks, that sounds right.

I love GH
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I love GH

Wasn’t her interview during fan club weekend? When was that?

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

Rechecked, & Fairman interviewed Hayley Erin the week of 8/25/15, at a Television Academy’s reception for the daytime drama community.

Dan
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Dan

GH has had female executive producers, male executive producers, female head writers, male head writers, gender doesn’t matter if the story is good. That’s what it all boils down to. I don’t care if the writers are from Jupiter, if they make the show good. I read the Soap Opera Digest interview with Passanante and Altman, and I liked a lot of what they had to say as far as revitalizing the show, and refocusing the stories around romance, families and the hospital. When GH has been at its best over the years, that’s what it has revolved around. I… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Bring back Michael Easton and keep Robb Derringer as Kyle!

Samantha
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Samantha

Sounds good to me! Doubly good!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Silas and Sloan is a one-two punch to an early bed time!

su0000
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su0000

what! [[Jean= and I are both women and we are both mothers. You can’t help but have some of that influence your ideas, your thoughts. We will approach everything from a women’s sensibility because we are women.” ]] bwa! get the fug off with you.. 1- GH has more male viewers than any other soap 2- if the Queens of Snoose do to GH as they did to Y&R, GH will fall. 3- They were fired from Y&R for a good reason, they wrote horribly and Y&R dropped to its lowest rating… Pratt has brought it back up and everybody… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

Su…Just out of curiosity why did you ever start to watch GH?

Dylan
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Dylan

Ron did the same thing to GH, Su. You always seem to forget that as you slam Altman and Passanante all over the Internet. And quit telling other posters to fug off! It is ignorant and unnecessary! You are not the moderator!

Timmm
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Timmm

su0000, give the ladies a chance. What they did on Y&R has nothing to do with GH UNTIL it does have something to do with GH! Lets get through a couple sweep periods before we run them off.

41 GH Years and Counting
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41 GH Years and Counting

SAM and JASON are the next Luke and Laura. Bring them back together and keep them together. Too much of the splitting up stuff. Families do stay together sometimes. I am a product of that and continue that with my family. Have Jason and Sam bring up the next generation of Morgans and Quartermain’s. Edward and Lila/ Monica and Alan take two. Those two are on fire and will continue.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

As I understand it, Laura was a young girl when her romance with the-so-much-older Luke ‘grabbed’ her. Sam is passed her prime for that unrestrained, young-free love. There’s no comparison….and, there’s no comparison between Genie and Kelly, either. I shall leave it at that. There could be a love story to be had with Jake and Sam. But, it will not be that all-consuming passion…..not with Sam. We need Hayden for that. How ironic would that be! Jake and Hayden….what a twist of fate! Beside the point that Jason and Sam have gone this route before….their heyday is gone. None… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Hayden is hot, hot hot! Yeah, wouldnt it be something for her and her “Husband” to end up together. I want it to happen. However, for now, to play out Sam and Jason makes sense. They are not young but she would be reunited with her “Dead” husband and Jason would regain who he is so that drama in a nutshell works. The big picture would be for Jason, especially if he is a Q and not a Morgan, to end up in the mansion with the delicious Hayden!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Timmm
Hi, Timmm.
You are right…that is what needs to take place, that is, play out the Sam and Jake/Jason “thing” before anything else happens. That chapter needs to be closed once and for all. I love the idea of Hayden and Jake together, …..as I said, the plot would be given structure . Great drama!! Yeah!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, ShayGirl. Lol. I found some of my lost threads here…I just read your comment about Hayden’s Jersey Shore beachwear. HaHa. I must admit that’s funny. But, you are right. What was that? ‘Gotta’ appreciate those abs, though! Makes me want to accelerate my workout sessions. You know, Budig was quite the fashionista during her stint at AMC. She put Maxie to shame, if that’s even possible. (Maxie’s wardrobe killed it, this summer…love those sun dresses!!) Nik ‘ruined’ his persona all by himself, without the help of Hayden. He had already chosen to go aboard the Lomax train—-destination: crime and… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

L&L were a one time thing that will NEVER happen again. Its okay, really. Sam and Jason are great together but their history doesnt make for a comparison. It was a different time, altogether.

Shay
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Shay

Excellent observation, Timmm, but I’m not totally down on Sam and Jakeson, either….I would actually prefer them to the Sam and Jason of the past. SB never bothered me all that much when he was on GH, but after he left, I honestly didn’t miss him. I much prefer BM’s take on the role–so far–and I feel that he will only get better once his true identity comes into play. As for the suggestion for pairing him with Brazen Hayden? No, no, a thousand times, NO! She’s such a complete guttersnipe…cannot stand her! Please don’t let her taint the adorable… Read more »

Sue
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Sue

I agree wholeheartedly. Every time it looks as if Elizabeth is going to expose Nicholas for his part in the cover up of Jake/Jason plot, it goes in a different direction. PLEASE, put Sam-Jake/Jason back together again. And the sooner the better. Sorry Patrick.

Matilda
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Matilda

I don’t see a lot of positives from this interview. No major changes and GH needs them. Considering how bloated the cast is, If there is no exodus of characters, we will never see Vets that have been cast aside and therefore, no return to core families or building them. It’s fine to throw around the word Quartermaine, that’s what Frank and Ron did. But then it meant making Franco one and when that was a disaster, that was that. They killed AJ, they let Wally go so there’s no Ned. The Q’s are just a name that these people… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

What a bunch of whiny crapola .. ^^^^

Dylan
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Dylan

Brilliant post!!!!! This show needs an immediate mass exodus of about 15 superfluous characters….and yes…many of them are Emmy winners for this show and other shows. The show CLEARLY needs major changes, and if that is not going to happen, why did they not let Ron just run the show ttotally into the ground and cancel it??

anne
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anne

Franco and Nina light up the screen. Terrific chemistry, great acting.

Timmm
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Timmm

Franco is the problem and I hope these ladies fix it. I dont know if Frank has to approve but they need to reboot this monster. I hate the character. Once James Franco died as Franco that should have ended the psycho’s run forever! Roger Howarth is gold BUT he is asked to play a character that has NO redeeming value and the viewers never latched on to in a positive way. Like you said, Ron tried like hell to fit Franco in with the Q’s and Scotty and now Nina and it SUCKS! Jean and Shelly, please end it!

Harry
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Harry

Matilda is right, Suooo and it’s not whiny crappolla at all. What a thing to say.

su0000
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su0000

Hi Harry..
I and many others luv Franco & Nina.. they have a great many fans, so what she said about them is crappola lol
I as many others also luv Sonny, and RC did what he could with the Q’s.. AJ wanted out, Ned wanted back to his other soap he was double timing and RC brought Dillon in to give the Q’s a boost.
The Q’s will take years to rebuild if they could even be resurrected
So, yeah to me the rant was crappola 🙂 she hates this and that lol I do not.

k/kay
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k/kay

Do you ever feel like you are in the movie Groundhog Day? Were these writers not on Y&R spouting the same verbal mess. In the words of Marvin Gaye’s song years ago makes me want to holler throw up both my hands.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I’m so excited to see what this pair have under their sleeves. I think they work extremely well together, and in reading their full feature on SOD, what they have planned for the soap is going to be excellent!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Exactly Scott, its a fresh start, lets see what they have.

Derek
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Derek

Kiss General Hospital goodbye, I smell a cancellation. These ladies will Kill General Hospital

Alex
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Alex

Yes Derek this is the end, General hospital will be history soon. Sorry these has beens will bury GH to the Grave

su0000
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su0000

They near killed Y&R..
hmm if we could find a volcano and a virgin and make a sacrifice to the soap gods, perhaps that will save my GH ..
Jean and Shelly are the worst thing that could happen to GH at this point in time..
RC has brought GH back up, he is very good at that, and GH has been totally awesome since Luke’s exit.. RC is running high steam ahead!

New writers stuff will the screen mid Oct.. enjoy RC while we still can….

Rose
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Rose

Su…you complain about bi**hers and complainers of other GH stories. In the case of the new/old writers you yourself have lead the charge about how awful you think they are. You have a right to express your opinion, but wouldn’t once, or twice been enough instead of going on and on about it. I know you have your reservations, but we all need you to put on your GH cheerleading hat for this one…however reluctantly. :))

su0000
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su0000

Hi Rose..
I did not ””hate rant”’
I said it like it is, and Jean and Shelly near took down Y&R, fact
RC these past weeks is on fire, truth
No hate, no rant 🙂

Rose
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Rose

I never said “hate rant.” I rarely if ever use the hate word. All I said was you keep giving negative opinions of Jean and Shelley over, and over and over. Yet, at the same time you complain about other chronic GH complainers who also do it over and over and over about their pet peeves. Just saying once or twice is enough. I don’t mind that you love RC, though I have some reservations on some of the stories he did. Or even some of you overwhelming attraction for the badboy element. Possibly, secretly, some of us other “girls”… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

I may get some push-back here, but to answer the question could two women head writers bring a new perspective to Port Charles compared to any other guys, in my experience I would say “yes,” as a general rule. That is not to say one gender is better than the other at writing a soap,. As mfarris70 said, “a good writer is a good writer, no matter the gender.” But generally (again) the sexes are wired differently. So I expect to see some subtle differences. Just hoping for the best no matter who is writing.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Woman-Power, Rose….long live women!! LOL.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Here comes these two hacks with their own brand of mess. .yippee. .. NOT

su0000
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su0000

Passanante; GH -breakdown writer- was one of the writers who followed Ron Carlivati to General Hospital as breakdown writer from May 3, 2012 until November 25, 2013 (((She was with GH for a very short time during the very recent years of 2012/13 a breakdown writer (google) She was with GH = 6 months. Shelly; Associate head writer: August 10, 2011 (GH’s near cancelation) January 6, 2012; February 28, 2013 Co-head writer: January 9 – February 20, 2012 (google) (((not even 2 months as co-head writer lol) Both together have very little General Hospital knowledge/experience/history.. Near GH newbies lol whomever… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

su0000 both together have an infinite knowledge of soaps just not how to commandeer one and make it a hit. In a thirty year span of the 60’s to the early 90’s soaps road the waves of multiple characters and story ingenuity that sometimes replicated and oft times bettered what came before. The problem with American soaps is the networks..cheap cheap cheap..sensational (if you can do it on a shoestring)..push the envelope..remembering it’s daytime so you can only lift a tiny portion of one corner..and always hearken back to the perils of Pauline and the days of radio…drama drama drama..to… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Although I believe woman writers are capable of writing action and male writers are capable of writing romance, I think to get the best of both genders the male female duo head writers are the best– that is what Days has right now and I think that is working. I have only watch GH when Ron was writing it, so it will be interesting to see what the show will be like under new writers– I’ve been through a lot of writers on Y&R over the years so I know a show can survive a writing change– but with every… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

A male and female writer, love it Mary!

Dan
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Dan

I find it truly amazing that people were on here for months, years in some cases, calling for Ron Carlivati’s head on a silver platter, criticizing his every move. ABC finally gave you his head, replaced him with two ladies that have won numerous Emmys over the years for their writing on various soaps, and people are already bitching and moaning before the first episode of GH that they’ve written has evem aired. Give me a friggin break already. Some people are never happy. Must be a miserable existence, that’s all I can say.

me3
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me3

Ever since soaps started playing the recycling game of EP’s and HW’s, namely Y&R and GH, fans everywhere have gone thru the same cycle. Get a new HW, blame them when ratings go down, call for their firing, praise the new team and then start the cycle over again. Jean and Shelly will meet the same fate on GH as they did on Y&R. It’s inevitable so it’s no surprise at all.

Dylan
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Dylan

It absolutely makes a difference!! The past 15 years, GH has been written by mysoginistic, narcissistic men, who have Sonny Corinthos complexes, who love stories about the mob, violence, blood, gore, and other warped things. GH was the hallmark for quality soap opera when Claire Labine and Wendy Riche were at the helm. Lets hope they get back to that!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You know, Dylan? I never really thought about the male/female writer point of view. I am fairly new to GH….came in with a clean slate. I had no clue who the writers were because good writing should not make a difference who the author is. However, you are correct in how you depict THESE writers. The word misogynistic has been bandied around several times; thus, considering the lack of motherly love and the influx of adoration that these mothers bestow upon their men, leaves a lot to be desired. It is ridiculous how foolish said women are made to look.… Read more »

me3
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me3

I want that more than anything but I highly doubt it will happen. Gender shouldn’t matter with a good writing team but GH is a boys’ club and has been for many many years now. If we don’t notice the difference in these women’s voices in the script then this ship will sink sooner than I thought. They better HOPE we notice the difference.

Engrady Pind
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Engrady Pind

The show does NOT need the return of Jason “Stone Cold” Morgan, mob enforcer. Nor does SourPuss Sam McCall Morgan need yet another love interest.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, thank you, Engrady. You and I should have a tete-a-tete…..Such wise words you speak. LOL.

Judy Cooley
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Judy Cooley

PLEASE enough violence is on tv news right now… can you please stop the murder and killings that are going on with this show?? Can’t we have just a little more happiness, yes, some intrigue, but stop the violence. Also… The kids… no way any little boy talks like Nicolas’ son… even Nicolas does not talk like that… it’s enough to make me want to throw up when he does that stupid dialog. We need at least a little happiness even if for a short time, please. Also…now Ava pregnant, Valerie pregnant… you going to add Sabrina to that too… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

I couldn’t agree more. Had to watch GH as a rerun late Friday since I worked that day. What a shock, and not a nice one pre bed time. It’s not that I didn’t expect last minute hiccups for a wedding I could give or take. But the brutal shooting and possible killing of Sonny was totally unneeded. If I’m to believe these September stories are still under RC, what a swan-song he threw in the faces of GH viewers.

Sue
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Sue

How long do we have to wait before it is revealed who actually shot Sonny? A year, two years? I’m getting impatient!!!!!!

Judy Cooley
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Judy Cooley

One last comment.. STOP BRINGING BACK THE DEAD !!!! it’s not funny anymore or interesting… all of us totally expect it and it’s tiring.. I record and just fast forward through all that junk… Too many people on the show, too little air time for any story to get interesting….. Hate Helena… and her “gang”…. all should have been dead and gone a long time ago… it’s tiring, it’s boring… stop bringing them back!!!! Hate seeing Patrick hurt again, not sure Sam will fall back in love with Jason and get rid of Elizabeth, she is dishonest and only thinks… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree because we invest our emotions on losing the character and then they say, wait, it NEVER happened! Lazy.

Sue
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Sue

This is for Judy Cooley. AMEN Sister. I have been saying that all along about Helena. And although it would cause a stir, replace Robin so Patrick will have someone to fall back on when the Jake/Jason-Sam comes to light. Emma needs her Mother.

jb44
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jb44

I am a fairly recent viewer of GH so I can only speak for the last couple of years. I am frustrated that it is taking so long for Jake to be revealed as Jason. Unlike most of you, I love Franco and Nina. Their acting is amazing and should they leave, especially Roger Howarth, I am pretty sure I would no longer watch the show. I do agree that the storylines leave a lot to be desired. At times, they have been “must watch T.V.” and at other times just so,so. Most of the actors are very good and… Read more »

edie bailey
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edie bailey

Completely agree, jb44. I never watched GH until Roger Howarth took Todd Manning to its canvas when OLTL was cancelled and the current Franco and Nina storyline is the only reason I keep tuning in. He and Michelle Stafford electrify the screen and I am anxious to see the new writers take their sweet romance to the next level. It will also be interesting to see how their characters are integrated into Port Charles society. I highly recommend everyone read Soap Opera Digest’s September 7th recognition of Roger Howarth as that week’s Performer of the Week. I have followed his… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Getting rid of Sonny and Carly would be a great start! I’d be happy to write that for GH if no one else will… 🙂

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I’m with, James. I would think that, by now, the world knows how I feel about Sonny. I can tolerate Carly when NOT under the influence of ‘lover nino’.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

CeeCee, I haven’t posted in a while. Actually, I haven’t watched GH at all lately or much else in the way of soaps, but I had to get my digs in when I saw this topic. The world also knows my thoughts on the character of Sonny, so I won’t belabor the point. And I agree with you about Carly being tolerable when she is teamed up elsewhere…

dylan
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dylan

I love you! Lets become Co head writers of THAT GH!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, dylan!! Let’s get our resumes together and make a pitch to the producer. No doubt, we would have some good ideas. Love backatcha!

Sue
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Sue

Why?

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hi Sue! Thanks for your question! I will be happy to respond. I realized that fans of TV shows have their favorite characters (actors) and that fans can disagree on those characters (actors). In the past, when I have written here about Sonny (Benard), I have been extremely negative, not taking into account that he does have his fans. At best, I think the character of Sonny is polarizing. I have never liked the character of Sonny (since day 1). Not only is Sonny a mobster and killer, he never pays for his crimes. Never. I also think he is… Read more »

Jenny Brooks
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Jenny Brooks

Man or woman writing, I don’t care, as long as they are GOOD writers!

Andrew
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Andrew

Was looking forward to the writer change until I heard what their work was like on Y&R (have yet to hear one good thing). Wish they’d brought someone in who didn’t drive another show into the ground. That does not bode well. Still, Ron was pretty great (overall) on OLTL and he started out well… so maybe past performance can’t entirely predict what’s going to happen, but they’ll have to do better than promise more mob and more Sonny to lure me back as a viewer.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

C’mon, now, Andrew. I understand, really, I do. But,I echo Dan, here. Let’s not jump the gun and give these ladies a viable chance. Hey, one never knows, if the consensus is that they demolished Y&R, they will have learned by their own mistakes and by others’. There’s always that chance the ladies will rebuild GH, for all us disgruntled fans(lol), brick by brick.

su0000
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su0000

Hi CeeCee..
it was not only Y&R..
I did post their writing records.. (bad)
They never built up or saved any soap, quite the opposite. ..
It is their writing style= loooooong stories and lackluster

GH has always been action/drama, yes way back to LnL days…
J&S are not a good matchup for GH, not at all.

the hospital is a building, the stories were about the Doctors working there.
those Doctors, that era, has long past.
Time moves on, things change, no going back that never works, not even life.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@su0000.
Awwww, su….you sound so nostalgic. Are you saying there’s no hope? That’s really sad…( tears)!!

Dylan
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Dylan

Funny how Su never posts Ron’s track record. OLTL…cancelled four years after Ron took the helm. (Even I dont blame Ron for that, that was network politics). And then GH…three years after Ron takes over, it is in the worst creative shape it EVER has been, recording record breaking lows in all ratings categories, and cancellation rumours have been swirling. And Su will blame ANY writer for the decline of a show, except Ron. When Ron is involved, the problems are always someone else’s fault…the network, Tony Geary, Genie Francis, Sarah Palin, the rainforest ecosystem, etc. Let it go Su!… Read more »

Donna
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Donna

I read the entrie interview in SOD. My take — Not interested in the characters they are writing about. Agree RH and MS and many others are good actors but every good actor does not belong on a show if the char does not work. KIKI< Nina, Franco , Madelline , Hayden …don't . Never have made it and at least up to Hayden have been given chances. NOT INTERESETED in Paul Hornsby no matter how much prime time the guy has—didn't like him years ago on Days and PH char was a bore. IMHO what would bring me back… Read more »

janet
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janet

Donna you said it all. I totally agree. I find this show has gone tooo far over the top. I don’t think I will be as disappointed if this show is cancelled as I was when As the World Turns was. For almost the same reason. EP and new writers who wouldn’t listen to what the fans wanted. First they destroyed the show .then fans shut it off, and the ratings slipped and it was cancelled. GH looks like its on the way. That is really to bad.

su0000
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su0000

hi janet.. as far as writers listening to what fans want.. Some fans love the mob others do not as an example.. What 10 fans don’t like 10 fans like. It is the disgruntled fans who are not getting what they personally want from their soap who are bitchin and the ones who like it are content and silent/not much to bitch about. The writers are well aware what some dont like others like it. Writers write by their visions more so than squawk.. It is mostly the vet watchers of 20 or more years complaining, it seems. I like… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

A lot of strong opinions here. I love it! Thats what being a fan is all about. I dont care what gender writes for the show. HOWEVER, as in life and if your married or in a serious relationship you know that men see things one way and women see things another. Now the trick is to come together and meet each other in the middle. IF that happens you are in it for a lifetime with the love of your life. In other words, soap wise, these ladies will see GH through their eyes as Ron did with his.… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hip, Hip, Timmm. Best post yet on this subject! Later. …

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Timmm. Yes, the younger generation does have love songs. I have always been a fan of the OLDIES. My husband is more of the Zeppelin-type music. But our song was/is, I GOT YOU BABE. And, our wedding song was AT LAST, by Etta James. See, we appreciate love songs…LOL. There should definitely be music we can all appreciate on soaps. Do you watch Days? It really irks me when Aidan and Hope dance to that insipid music. I am sure there are those who appreciate it, so I apologize. Also, ‘they’ started playing some kind of church music lately. There… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Hey there, CeeCeeGirl!…Your opinions could never be either nonsensical or worthless! (That “distinction” clearly belongs to someone else with whom we both are too sadly familiar! LOL.) Having said that, I find your grasp of musical history and choice of favorite eras most compelling, since I have very eclectic, multi-generational tastes in tunes, as well. Of course, I remain besotted with my ’80’s songs….they were optimistic, energetic and as big and bold as the decade itself! I still derive much happiness and pleasure whenever I hear the soundtrack of my coming of age years…great for conjuring up beautiful memories, uplifting… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Thanks Cee. You know what is funny? You and I go back and fourth posting on this site and we have never met, HOWEVER, when Michael told Sonny he loved him as Sonny lays there fighting for his life, you were the first person I thought of! I wondered how you would react to that scene? My opinion is Sonny murdered AJ. I hated that BUT he thought AJ murdered Connie. Its an excuse and murder is murder and Sonny hated AJ but I honesty think Sonny wouldnt have just gunned down AJ because of Michael. And Michael probably will… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Timmm. Hi, there! Hey, I don’t need to know you, or see what you look like to ‘dig’ your character…or to sense what a great, humble and to-the-point person you are. What you say is absolutely true. Hate and anger can only eat one’s heart…and body…..like a cancer. Then again, if someone had hurt my father in any way? Well, I may look like a helpless kitten; but, I do have the claws of a tigress. LOL. I do see exactly what you are saying, but there is never a good excuse for murder. It’s a soap, I guess. Nonetheless,… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

You are so right, Timmm! And not just about the male vs. female aspect of life, but the overwhelming role that popular tunes once played in daytime dramas. Even now, one can hear a certain song from decades past and it still immediately calls to mind memories of a specific soap couple long gone….the musical effect was just that indelible!

Timmm
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Timmm

Shay, it must be a budget issue. It does cost money to play an artists song BUT what about those who are trying to get noticed? Oh the good old days. Remember when they went on location shoots?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Shay. Just to inject my nonsensical and probably worthless opinion…… I wish I lived during the 60’s and 70’s just for the music. My greatest dream was to have met Freddie Mercury. I can’t offer anything else, except that my husband used to foolishly sing HEARTBREAKER by Gene Pitney to me, when I would ignore him as a teen. LOL. Or, MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS. Seriously, I can appreciate the way soaps used to be. I have both my grandmothers, who are a font of information. The songs were a big part of the soap world. So meaningful and poignant….so much… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Timmm….Yes, I’m sure music royalties are a huge factor, just as tight budget constraints also account for the lack of those sumptuous location shoots, not to mention anything resembling a decent array of fashions or set designs. The soaps used to be both a visual and aural feast….not only did we have better shows and storylines, but we were spoiled for choice amongst so many different programs. I used to need two VCR’s to tape all my daily favorites during the mid-to-late ’80’s and early ’90’s when we had wall-to-wall soaps from late morning until well-past the school day! Good… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

BRING BACK JACK! He actually had a new single out last year thats worth a download. “Drivin’ Miss Daisy”

Dylan
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Dylan

To be honest, I am getting sick of the word BUDGET being used as an excuse by the powers that be. It is an excuse because they can use it as a stock answer anytime they dont want to give fans what they want. GH can well afford a bloated cast of 50 plus (recurring and contract) and rent massive warehouses for stories about mob shoot outs, but cant set up more than 3 tables at the Nurses Ball or stage a wedding with more than 8 guests. On Days, the most powerful families now have one room shacks for… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Or, Rick Springfield, Shay.

Rose
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Rose

Shay and Timmm…what nice thoughts about what music, special songs, and “exotic” locations can bring to our soaps and memories….even the original GH intro music.

Dylan
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Dylan

I hear the first strains of “If Ever Youre In My Arms Again” and I am transported to my childhood self watching this wacky wonderful new show called Santa Barbara! Sadly, before a show can have a love song for couples, the show would need, well…couples. Itis very telling that DAYS is returning to former glory by bringing back couples from the past! Their most recent attempt at a young couple ended with the girl being strangled to death. It is hard to invest in a couple when you know they are only being put together for the sake of… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Does anyone fall in love or even stay in love long enough to have a song! Your right Dylan, the Y&R pairings are horrible! I dont even like Jack and Red. No chemistry with new actress!

Shay
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Shay

@Dylan….Who are Joe Perkins and Kelly Capwell????? Hah! How very uncanny that you chose this particular SB supercouple’s “theme song” over which to wax nostalgic, because Peabo’s tune was one of those to which I specifically was referring! To this day, whenever the strains of “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again” hits the radio, I am also immediately transported back to the earliest moments of that long-lost soap. Just goes to show how the power of great music, casting and storylines can make a couple come alive and remain indelibly etched in one’s memory forever!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Isn’t Sofia Pernas (Marissa) gorgeous, Dylan? But, she is not Hispanic. She is half Moroccan/French and a Spaniard from northwest Spain. You know? The area known as Galicia.
True-blue relationships on soaps are recycled ( everyone has had a taste of everyone’s sister, brother, father, mother and each other…LOL)….as revolving as Russian Roulette. One never knows who’s going to bite the proverbial bullet or when.

Shay
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Shay

@Timmm…..I second the motion on Rick Springfield! Unfortunately, whilst GH definitely requires a return visit from the dishy Dr. Noah Drake, the busy actor certainly has no use for the soap at his point! His career is going just fine without it, from his work as a talented book author, to his many musical appearances all over the world, not to mention his latest film role opposite Meryl Streep, and his numerous tv guest shots. ‘Tis a real shame for us fans who would love to see him turn up again in Port Charles, but not unlike countless other hotties… Read more »

Samantha
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Samantha

Just in case these two new head writers are reading: The character I can’t get enough of right now is Kyle Sloane… Oh. My. Goodness. PLEASE keep him!!! The actor currently playing this character is fantastic and charming — and I like the depth of acting he’s bringing to the role. If you don’t want him with Anna, give him a new story line. Just please keep him in Port Charles (as a good guy or bad guy, but maybe a good guy pretending to be a bad guy???)! 🙂

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Funny you should say that, Samantha. I always contended that Sloane was a good guy pretending to be in cahoots with Lomax and Nikolas. I think he has something up his sleeve. As far as his longevity on the scene? Well, that remains to be seen. LOL.

Shay
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Shay

That would be my hope, CeeCee! Although GMcC operated in a much smarmier manner than the “original recipe” Kyle—and actually made my skin crawl—now that the first “Sloane Ranger” has returned, I’d love to see his previous actions explained away just as you have described. RD has such an appealing boy scout facade and I really like him with Anna. They make a good looking couple! I could easily envision them paired as a “Nick and Nora”-type duo if GH doesn’t have the good sense to bring back Robert or Frisco to do likewise with Ms. Devane.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, ShayGirl
You’re right, of course. Anna and This Sloane do look good together…their looks alone send me.
But, Anna does not deserve a rascal such as he. We certainly do agree that, at the end of the day, his actions will have a sound and plausible explanation. I would love for there to be an evolving romance between them. Later.

Shay
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Shay

I concur, CeeCee! Anna and “The Sloane Ranger” do make a mighty fine looking couple! Alas, I fear he is going to remain a rogue to the predicted bitter end, no heroic figure he….you know what they say about a “woman scorned?” Well, me thinks this guy is going to put all females to shame in his quest for romantic retribution…LOL. How I hope my sneaking suspicions prove to the contrary…..RD is a classic leading man type, and a real keeper.

Queerbec
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Queerbec

Has anyone on this board ever participated in one of those focus groups that help guide the EP and the HW’s as to what type of storylines and characters will increase ratings? Who is asking for more mob stories all the time? Who is asking for main characters that we are supposed to care about who are cold blooded murderers? How can one root for a romantic situation when one or more of the parties are murderers, often multiple murderers? Don’t people want justice? And what about all the born again Christians out there–they seem to drive a show’s reluctance… Read more »

Sue
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Sue

Thank you for leaving the doors open for Tony Geary (Luke) to come back, although it won’t be permanent. Lulu will need her Father and her Mother when news of her cousin Valerie’s pregnancy with Dante.comes out. It should not have gone that far. Lulu and Dante deserve all the happiness in the world. And PLEASE, don’t let Helena throw a monkey wrench in their plans to have another baby. Please let the sperm they have be that of Dante and Lulu and not that of Helena’s son. (his name eludes me) I have had enough of her shananigans.

Sue
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Sue

James, Thank you for the response to the Sonny Corrinthos situation. He is not the only one out for someones blood. Ava Jerome wants to do him and Carly in. She is out to get them no matter what and who stands in her way. She is trying to get Avery back no matter what. She wants to take her away from Sonny because she is in a dangerous situation. HELLO? She is no stranger to toting a gun. ae: She shot Connie in cold bllood. Okay, who else? Ana Devane. She shot Carlos in cold blood. It’s being covered… Read more »

Maxine
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Maxine

I think that it don’t made a difference but think that they should bring back the vets back like zrobert to help Anna out .If you only bring him back you see that all your viewers would come back.Robert Mac seam and the gamed that was their during the first cartel .why do we need all ofthe new people. Ron messed up Robert and Anna love by said that Duke wad thr love of her life wrong.zif you go baçk in look at Robert anf Anna lovr you will see who is.Evrn when shr wad with zfDukr she alway though… Read more »

julie
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julie

I have been watching General Hospital for 42 years. Yes 42 years but I’m getting ready to give it up. So tierd of this boring Jake Jason thing. You need to hurry up and get jason back. To Sam. Elizabeth is the most boring person on GH. She needs to go. Please get it together its so boring. GH fan gonna say bye-bye

Sue
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Sue

You hit the nail on the head. I have been watching GH ever since it first aired way back when with my Mother. I’m 62 now. (my Mom has since passed on). These people need to get it together. They have too many irons in the fire as it is. Solve one dilemma, before starting with another. I am so tired of the hum drum drama. Don’t know about you, but I am curious as to what’s up with the ex Dr. Silas Clay. Is he an addict?

Sue
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Sue

YES, YES, YES to Sam and Jason having another baby. Nicolas would do good to give the boot to Hayden, Rachel, whoever and think long and hard before he decides to give his heart so freely to another woman.. By law, he is not legally married to Rachel (aka-Hayden Barnes). Rachel’s name is not on the marriage certificate. Hayden Barnes’ name is, an alias. Am I not correct? Hey Nicolas, don’t listen to anymore of her lies and boot the Dame out.

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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GH’s Mark Lawson Fuels At-Home Workout With Soap Opera Competition: “Dante, Dante, Dante, Dominic, Dominic, Dominic … But What About Dustin?”

As fans and colleagues of General Hospital and former One Life to Live star, Mark Lawson (Dustin, GH) know, he often posts on his Instagram account at-home workouts from his garage including: exercises with: kettlebells and free weights. In real-life, Lawson is a fitness guru, as well.

In one of his most recent posts over the holiday weekend, Mark used the constant chatter of a potential return of Dominic Zamprogna to GH to reprise his role of Dante Falconeri (which would pit Mark’s school teacher alter-ego Dustin at-odds with Dante, for the love of Lulu (Emme Rylan)) to charge up his workout routine! So what’s a guy to do?  Bicep curls!

Next, fueling his workout in a hilarious send-up, Lawson, as he is curling dumbbells remarks: “You want Dante back? Dante, Dante, Dante … Dominic,Dominic,Dominic … It’s all you talk about.  It’s all you care about, but what about Dustin?  What’s up with Dustin?  Where’s good guy Dustin? School teacher Dustin, who never shot nobody.  Never hurt anybody and all he wanted was a girlfriend.   All everybody talks about is Dante, Dante, Dante. Dominic, Dominic, Dominic.”

You can watch Mark’s IG post below!

Then let us know, if you hope there will be some healthy soap opera competition for the love of Lulu down the line between Dustin and Dante, if Dominic returns to the show.  If he does return, would you be Team Dustin or Team Dante? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

 

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GH’s Michael Easton Posts “Ask Me Anything” Part Two

Over the coronavirus pandemic General Hospital star Michael Easton (Hamilton Finn) has been answering several fans questions posted to him in a series of posts on his official Facebook page. 

This week, Easton posted part two of his “Ask Me Anything”, and the fan favorite said he he will do his best to get through everyone’s questions and thanked those who made donations to America Health Care Workers and food banks during COVID-19.

In part two; questions ranged from: his connection with his on-screen brother played by Josh Swickard, if he would ever consider a return to Days of our Lives to reprise the role of Tanner Scofield (his first soap role), what is his favorite part of playing Hamilton Finn, and the casting of his on-screen daughter Violet played by Jophielle Love and more.

One question posed to Easton revolved around the just completed Daytime Emmys, when he was asked: “How many times have you submitted yourself for the Emmys? Some actors seem to put a real emphasis on being nominated but you don’t seem to care that much?”

Michael responded: “I’m pacing myself. I’ve maybe submitted three or four times in twenty years. It’s a lovely honor but not something I focus on. Everyday I try to give the best, most truthful performance I can and as I long as I can do that…I live with myself.”

Make sure to “Like” Michael’s official Facebook page, if you have not already to see more of his “Ask Me Anything’s”

So, what are your hopes for Hamilton Finn when Michael returns to taping new episodes of General Hospital in the future?

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