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Ron Carlivati

As previously reported, "General Hospital" will soon be saying goodbye to scribe Ron Carlivati and hello again to co-head writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante when the team officially takes over writing duties next month, with material not expected to fully hit the screen until mid-October, according to insiders. But what forced ABC to make a change in its writing regime? Ratings, of course! Thirteen consecutive weeks of ratings lows that is.
With 13 consecutive weeks of record low ratings in the key Women 18-49 sales demo, ABC announced today that it has decided to oust "General Hospital's" current head writer, Ron Carlivati, and replace him with newly appointed co-head writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante. The duo, who will officially take over writing reins beginning Monday, August 10, previously served together in the same capacity at CBS' "The Young and the Restless" up until January of this year. They won two consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team for their work on "Y&R" during their tenure.
When history is re-created to tell a new tale on a daytime soap opera some of us can't help but groan at the mere thought, especially when history is mined by use of re-created flashback scenes. Sure, we love that stories continue day-to-day, but ultimately we don't expect it to truly have much impact in today's storied world. As "General Hospital" celebrated its 52nd anniversary earlier today, with re-created flashback scenes with several of its current cast playing yesterday's important characters, one can't help but be amazed at how far we've come in our quest for drama on screen, be it scripted or reality. The lack of shootouts, sex scenes, romantic triangles, catfights, or whatever passes for drama today, took a back seat to character driven story.
After several months of disastrous ratings returns that has left many in the industry wondering if "Days of our Lives" would survive its next renewal talks between NBC, Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, producers of the soap, the daytime drama series will welcome back veteran writer Dena Higley, and former "One Life to Live" and "The Young and the Restless" head writer Josh Griffith, as its new head writers. The two replace outgoing head writers Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:29 PM EDT
ABC's "General Hospital" is adding "All My Children" alum Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe) to its all-star cast, it was announced yesterday by executive producer Frank Valentini, following an ongoing Twitter conversation with head writer Ron Carlivati, in response to Valentini's promise of a major casting announcement. "Hey @RebeccaBudig wanna join the cast of GH in a new Killer Role??" tweeted Valentini, after saying "okay okay" to head writer Ron Carlivati.
If you tuned into today's episode of ABC's "General Hospital," you may be wondering if this is really the last you'll be seeing of Britt Westbourne now that she's departed Port Charles with her father, Cesar Faison (Anders Hove), after leaving her mother, Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati), emotionally devastated. While "GH" never officially confirmed Kelly Thiebaud's departure prior to today's episode, the actress took to her Instagram page to say goodbye to fans of the Britch!
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) earlier today announced the nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Television, New Media, News, Radio, and Promotional Writing during calendar year 2014. In the category of Daytime Drama, ABC's "General Hospital" and NBC's "Days of our Lives" received a nomination.
On Thursday, October 23, stars from ABC's "General Hospital," "The Chew" and "The View" partied throughout the night during the annual ABC Casino Night, which took place in New York City, as they schmoozed alongside sales clients at Guastavino's. Those in attendance included "GH's" Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos), Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe), Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake), Ryan Paevey (Nathan West), Vinessa Antoine (Jordan Ashford) and William deVry (Julian Jerome). The actors were joined by "GH" executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati.
Since it was announced earlier this month that Billy Miller (ex-Billy Abbott, "The Young and the Restless") would officially be joining the cast of ABC's "General Hospital" in the contract role of Jason Morgan, previously portrayed by Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy, "Y&R") after months of rumors and speculation, the three time Daytime Emmy Award winning actor will finally show his face on the Wednesday, October 1 episode of the daytime drama series, it was revealed today by head writer Ron Carlivati and actress Michelle Stafford (Nina Clay) on Twitter.
She departed CBS' "The Young and the Restless" last year with her character Phyllis Summers in a coma, and now Michelle Stafford has returned to daytime with a new role on "General Hospital" as the comatose Nina Clay. An ironic character choice for sure, but ABC promises fans that the truth surrounding Nina's mysterious circumstances will reveal itself in the weeks and months to come, as her tangled web of family history starts to unravel. But until then fans are left wondering how the show managed to keep such a reveal so secret and how it all actually came together.
After "General Hospital's" A.J. Quartermaine was shot and put into critical condition by Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) a few weeks ago, fans began speculating if this could be the end of the line for the long-time Port Charles resident. Even so, it comes as a shock today that A.J.'s portrayer, Sean Kanan, has confirmed that he will be leaving "GH" at the end of this month to return to his role on "The Bold and the Beautiful."
Today the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. Which of your favorite daytime stars picked the Broncos to win - and who has the Seahawks? Which soap actors are more concerned with Super Bowl food than football? And who may be making an appearance on your television tonight? Check it out in this week's Tweet This, Tweet That!

Saturday, January 25, 2014 6:19 PM EDT
Yesterday, it was announced that veteran soap actor Rick Hearst would be returning to ABC's "General Hospital" for the first time since 2009 as his character Ric Lansing. Hearst is scheduled to first air on Monday February 24, but isn't expected to speak until Tuesday, February 25, according to ABC Soaps In Depth. In honor of his grand return, the actor took to Twitter to thank the fans, "GH" executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati for making it all happen.