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WATCH: General Hospital Writing Team Accept The WGA Award!

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ABC’s General Hospital took home the Writers Guild Award for in the Daytime Drama category. As previously mentioned, GH was the only network soap to be nominated.

The winning writing team consisted of: head writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante, along with show scribes: Anna Theresa Cascio, Andrea Archer Compton, Suzanne Flynn, Janet Iacobuzio, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten, and Christopher Whitesell.

During the west coast ceremony held earlier this week, Big Bang Theory and Shameless star, John Ross Bowie presented the award,  Elizabeth Korte accepted the honor on behalf of the team and GH in this just posted video from the WGA.  In her acceptance speech, Korte noted: “On behalf of the GH writing team, we’d like to thank the guild for honoring our work. Thanks to Rebecca Campbell, Vicki Dummer, and Nathan Varni at ABC for championing the show. Thanks to the producers, directors, staff, cast and crew of GH. And special thanks to our executive producer, Frank Valentini, for his energy, creativity, and his tireless commitment to bringing the writing to life.  Thank you all very much.”

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Meanwhile, Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante, who attended the WGA east ceremonies in New York celebrated their win via social media.  Jean shared: “Jelly at the  AWARDS. So glad @MichelleAltman1 is my partner. Lucky me.”

She also tweeted: “Congrats to my wonderful # teammates on our Writers Guild Award!”

Watch the GH writing team acceptance speech after the jump!  Then let us know your thoughts on the honor for GH in the comment section below!

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Aria
Aria

Congrats to GH way to go !!!

Scott H
Scott H

This was posted on the December 2016 thread

ABC’s General Hospital, who has delivered some very emotional and compelling storylines in 2016, received the sole WGA (Writers Guild America) Award nomination for a daytime drama series on Monday, when the TV categories were announced.

Thus, GH will be the victor in the category as well when the awards are handed out in ceremonies on Sunday, February 19th in Los Angeles.

Last sentence, please take note. They only won because they were the only series nominated…..hahahahaha

I love the 1st sentence of this article

ABC’s General Hospital took home the Writers Guild Award for in the Daytime Drama category.

Of course they took it home, they were the only one nominated……..so funny to me. Cannot wait for Ron Carlivati to take Days to number one and show the fans how a soap should be written. GH has not had any good stories at all in the last year and a half. JMHO.

Dan
Dan

Ron couldn’t even get GH to break 3 million viewers on a regular basis when he was writing, and he’s gonna double DOOL’s viewership to overtake Y&R as the #1 soap? Lol, I’d like some of whatever you’re smoking!

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

@Scott – I read this somewhat differently. You say GH was the only series nominated. Very true. You could also say GH was considered to be the only soap worth nominating this year. What prevented the other four from being nominated by the WGA? Nothing really…except a year’s worth of work. 220+ episodes written by 3 other soaps, and none of them had work that attracted the WGA. GH should be proud, especially considering that Carlivati won the very same award the two consecutive years prior for his work on GH. If he thought it was an honor to receive it at the time, why shouldn’t anyone else?

su0000
su0000

hi Scott ..
you said- ” They only won because they were the only series nominated….”

aha haa haa that explains their undeserved win ..
(( how embarrassing for them to take the ‘given’ bow ))
ahaa! a pity win ..

su0000
su0000

BOOOOO!!! BOOOOOOO!! BOOOO! (tomato throw..
Get the H away from my soap yah two *&^(&^%# ..!!
(( absolutely not deserving ))

Addison
Addison

It’s rather like praising the pooch after he took a dump on the floor, isn’t it?

su0000
su0000

hey Addison..
yah know– you can’t make this stuff up, nope, you can’t shine shite.
ahaa haaa! this is just too sadly good …

rebecca1
rebecca1

We’ve gotta get you out of this mood! Soaps are supposed to make you forget…join me in escapism and let your mind roam free….

🙂

Christine
Christine

Congrats GH!

ncboston1
ncboston1

Congrats GH! There have been some compelling stories this past year and I’m happy that you were recognized. Well done!!

Rodd
Rodd

Congratulations to the Writing Team at GH!

cooks7570
cooks7570

Jelly are just plan crappy writers. Boring storylines Boring couples. All the couple are boring and they are all the same looking. Why are Nathen and Maxie on prop duty..

PF
PF

What a sad joke! “Jelly” couldn’t write a coherent letter to Santa Claus. Although they’re not really writing the show, anyway. They’re just taking dictation from Valentini and Varni, GH’s true HWs. The show was a silly, unwatchable mess in 2016, a total waste of and insult to its stellar cast (they deserve so much better than this team of no-talents).

Nik
Nik

Got to say GH story-lines are getting better but I will be glad when the Nelle story-line is over since we learned her father was Carly’s adoptive father. I wish they could bring Morgan back, with another actor in that slot, cause Morgan had potentials. Lastly, we need to know what really happen to Charlotte’ “mother” Claudette, the actress is a powerful girl and can handle any lines thrown at her.
Congrats to GH’s writing team on their award. 🙂

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Should Drew Get The Flash Drive Back, But Lose The Last Five Years Of His Life In Doing So?

On Friday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, Drew (Billy Miller) is faced with a dilemma that could change the course of his life forever.  It all comes down to DA Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), and her vendetta against Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), and how she is leveraging her possession of the flash drive that holds all of Drew’s memories and the key to his past.

In a confrontation at the Metro Court, Drew comes over to talk to Margaux, where he says he is not sure why he hasn’t taken it upon himself to turn her into the cops.  She adamantly points out that she is an attorney, and that he has no evidence that could be used against her in a court of law.  While she goes on about making Sonny pay for what he did to her father, she tries to get Drew to come along with her in her vendetta.  Drew refuses, not because of Sonny or Jason (Steve Burton), but he does not want to do this to Sam (Kelly Monaco) and have Danny be without his father.

Drew then stands up to her and tells he he knows she has been manipulating him for months. Even knowing she has the key to his life with the flashdrive that hold all of his missing years, Drew tells Margaux that she can hold this over his head, but even if he had the flashdrive there is a chance that the procedure to restore his memories could go wrong, and the sad fact that in doing the procedure, he will definitely lose the last five years of his life and all of those memories with Sam and more.  He says to Margaux that those memories mean everything to him.

A confident and irritated Marqaux tells him she is sure he will want the flash drive one day and that he knows her terms if she was to give it to him – helping her bring down Sonny and Jason for the murder of her father.   Drew is left with a difficult decision, while Margaux gets into an elevator and begins to cry over wanting to avenge her father’s death.  But little does she know, that evidence could prove that he was not the man she thinks he was.

So this begs the question to GH fans: Would you like to see Drew retrieve all of his memories as Andrew Cain, at the cost of losing the last five year of his life since being in Port Charles …  or should Drew leave his mind and memories alone and just go forward keeping the last five years in tact, and foregoing what other important history in his life that he may need to know now, or in the future? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: Y&R’s Joshua Morrow, DWTS: Juniors & GH’s Hudson West & B&B’s Joe Lando

Photo Credits: CBS, JPI, ABC

Listen to “Soap Nation Live! October 2018” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman you can now listen to the replay right here in audio player above!

This episode was given to the gents in soaps as Michael welcomed his very special guests: The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman), Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and General Hospital’s Hudson West (Jake), and The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman favorite, Joe Lando (Judge Craig McMullen).

During this fun night of chat, Joshua weighed-in on the Shick wedding that went bust, when Sharon told Nick at the altar that she knows he had sex with Phyllis.  Morrow, who will celebrate his 25th year as Nick Newman in early 2019 chimed in what the future for the stat-crossed couple may hold, and how he has enjoyed showing Nick’s dark side of late, plus he revealed one scene he felt uncomfortable with that he would not play, the ladies over the years in Nick’s life, and when asked by a listener of his memories of the late, great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Joshua shared some fun and poignant remembrances. He also addressed the status of Doug Davidson at the CBS daytime drama, and hopes that the writers will find a way to utilize the Y&R vet in the future.

Next, Hudson West’s joined the podcast where he gave listeners the inside scoop on what it has been like to be one of the 12 celebrity kids competing in the first-ever Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, which debuts Sunday at 8PMEST in a two-hour season premiere on ABC.  Hudson talked on how he has been learning the dance moves with his young pro dance partner and Dancing with the Stars pro mentor, how he deals with nerves before performing his dance routines and more.  General Hospital fans who know of Hudson’s Daytime Emmy-nominated performance of Jake Webber, Elizabeth and Jason’s son, got some interesting tidbits when he talked about working with Rebecca Herbst, Steve Burton and more, and how much he loves being on the show.

The final guest of the night was Joe Lando.  Prior to bringing Joe on the air, Michael played a classic clip from Megan’s death on One Life to Live from the 90’s, where Joe as Jake Harrison performed one of the saddest and most memorable scenes in soaps with his then acting partner, Jessica Tuck.  Joe then revealed when he was on Soap Nation Live that it has been over 20 years since he had heard the scene, and was still moved by it.  Lando who is now appearing as Judge McMullen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful teased there could be a love interest around the corner for the judge, as well as some retribution for his ruling in the custody case of Will Spencer, because of a favor called in by Ridge.  Lando also talks about his time on the hit primetime series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as Byron Sully, and shared more about his time on One Life to Live working with the likes of: Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, and Tuck.

Last, during out Game Show segment, a lucky caller won two VIP tickets to the Star Struck Fan Event Fall Festival in Alexandria, Virginia featuring members of the cast of Days of our Lives, as well as a Y&R goodie bag; which includes a personalizes autographed picture of Joshua Morrow, after answering correctly some Nick Newman trivia!

For archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Joshua, Hudson, and Joe above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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General Hospital Honored With Sentinel Award For Alzheimer’s Storyline

This week, ABC’s General Hospital was one of the recipients and honorees at the 2018 Sentinel Awards.

The awards honor storylines that inform, educate, and motivate audiences to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

Now in their 19th year, the 2018 Sentinel Awards were presented by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

The 12 outstanding Sentinel Awards honorees for 2018 spotlighted topics that included: nuclear safety, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, autism, sexual assault, mental health and disabilities.

One of those programs to receive the award was ABC’s General Hospital for “Sonny’s Dad storyline” which as viewers know shed a light on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease for those afflicted and their loved ones.   The story is beautifully played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).  Accepting  the award on behalf of the series was EP, Frank Valentini.

Other series, notably Empire was recognized for their abortion storyline, and Grey’s Anatomy for their Hemorrhage cart storyline representing Maternal health were two other popular shows that also received recognition for their work. among others.

So, proud of GH for receiving this honor for the work they are doing in telling the emotional tale of Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s and how it affects Sonny and his family? Comment below.

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