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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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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… 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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Exec Prod Frank Valentini On GH’s Return with New Episodes: “There is a Bang and a Surprise and a Twist”

Monday, General Hospital will finally be airing a new episode – the first in months due to COVID-19 – which had previously shut down production of the show.  Now with safety protocols in place, GH will become the first ABC network show back on TV with original installments.

GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini spoke to ABC 7 Los Angeles’ entertainment guru George Pennacchio on the legacy soap opera’s return and picking up the story where things left off.

Valentini offered up for Monday’s episode: “The very first few seconds of the show, I think, will blow a lot of the audience’s mind because there’s a big surprise that we inserted in.”

Meanwhile, viewers know that their is a major custody case going on for Wiley/Jonah, and that Mike’s (Max Gail) battle with Alzheimer’s could wrap in the coming months if the story continues as it had before the shut down.

However, Valentini shared that fans have some very exciting things to look forward to on GH: “There is a bang and a surprise and a twist and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

In addition, Pennacchio reports that the GH Nurses’ Ball will return sometime in August, which usually airs in May, but didn’t, because of COVID-19 this past spring.

As to how GH will handle the love scenes, the kisses, and the intimate moments between characters which are a staple of the genre during the health crisis, Frank expressed:”Physical intimacy is limited.  We’re going to leave a lot more to the imagination.”

So, what surprises do you think are in store as previewed by Valentini when GH returns with new episodes? Comment below.

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Lindsay Hartley On Temporarily Replacing GH’s Kelly Monaco: “Some Big Shoes To Fill … Precious Too.”

When General Hospital returned to shooting new episodes amid the coronavirus pandemic, Sam McCall looked a bit different temporarily and that’s because the role was played for a bit by soap veteran Lindsay Korman-Hartley (Ex-Passions, All My Children, and Days of our Lives).

Hartley has been subbing for series star, Kelly Monaco (Sam) and according to Daytime Confidential is filling in only for a few weeks in the role,

Lindsay tweeted when the news broke: “Some big shoes to fill…precious too. I hope you enjoy watching Sam as much as I have enjoyed playing her, temporarily.”

In addition on Friday, Monaco’s mom, took to Twitter and informed a fan of Kelly’s the status of her daughter’s health which was good news that she will be back (as it looks as of now) on Monday to tape new episodes of GH,

Carmina Monaco shared:”Kelly is great and should be back on set Monday. 14 day quarantine after a breathing problem with mask 1st day back. 3 negative Covid test, I’d say she is better than great. Thank you for all of the love,”

GH fans are eagerly awaiting new episodes of the long-running ABC daytime drama series to begin airing, and they won’t have to wait much longer as this coming Monday, August 3rd, the story picks back up.

We look forward to Kelly’s return to the series in the role she made soap-famous, while Lindsay takes over to keep the character present in the storylines.

So, what do you think of Lindsay being the temp recast for Kelly? Glad to know Kelly is doing OK? Share your thoughts below.

 

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Nancy Lee Grahn on GH’s Safe Return to Production: “Organizing This Took Epic Care & I Applaud All Involved”

With protocols in place during the coronavirus pandemic, ABC’s General Hospital last week returned to taping all-new episodes at their studios in Los Angeles.

It has always been about safety face for the cast, crew and more that make Port Charles a place that millions of viewers have come to love over five and a half decades.

On Monday night, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) shared on her Twitter account her thoughts on her first day back to work and to filming on the set, and to let all of her fans know it all is looking A-OK.

Nancy expressed: “1st day back. The uncompromising detail & apparent hard work of all involved have my deepest respect. I felt safe, protected & more importantly that my being there was safe for others. Organizing this took epic care & I applaud all involved @GeneralHospital @Disney @ABCNetwork”

General Hospital follows The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless who now have all gone back to taping new shows, as well,  (DAYS is targeting a September 1st return, but has episodes through mid-October banked).’

In addition, GH will begin airing new episodes next week on Monday ,August 3rd; which has come as wonderful news to fans of the series who have been watching encore presentations over the last several months,

So, happy to hear from Nancy on GH’s safe return for cast and crew?  Comment below.

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