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With a new year on the horizon it's inevitable that you'll be seeing a multitude of best and worst lists covering every facet of the entertainment world, and soaps are no exception. In his Best and Worst of 2015 report, TV Guide's Michael Logan has named CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" daytime's best soap, praises "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" for having the best actors and actresses, and calls out some of daytime's current and former writers for insulting viewers with tawdry storylines lacking direction.
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.

Rebecca Budig Heading to ‘General Hospital’

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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.
Kelly Thiebaud
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.