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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
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Aria

Congrats to GH way to go !!!

Scott H
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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… Read more »

Dan
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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!

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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… Read more »

su0000
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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
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su0000

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

Addison
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Addison

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

su0000
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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
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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
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Christine

Congrats GH!

ncboston1
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ncboston1

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

Rodd
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Rodd

Congratulations to the Writing Team at GH!

cooks7570
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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
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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
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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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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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