Patrick Mulcahey OUT as Co-Head Writer at ‘General Hospital’

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Patrick Mulcahey OUT as Co-Head Writer at ‘General Hospital’

Patrick Mulcahey is exiting "General Hospital" as co-head writer. Elizabeth Korte will assume sole head writer duties following his departure.

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Nearly five months since being named co-head writer at “General Hospital,” Daytime Emmy Award winner Patrick Mulcahey is exiting the daytime drama series, Soap Opera Network has learned.

Elizabeth Korte, who became co-head writer alongside Mulcahey, will assume sole head writer duties following Mulcahey’s exit.

News of Mulcahey’s departure from “General Hospital” began circulating on social media Thursday afternoon following a report by The Buzz blog.

Having written for several soaps, including a previous tenure as a scriptwriter, breakdown writer and later associate head writer at “General Hospital” in the mid-to-late 90s, Mulcahey is probably best known for his time as a scriptwriter at “The Bold and the Beautiful.” He joined the show’s writing team in 2005 and would later become a story consultant at the series until he left the series in 2019.

In related news, Chris Van Etten is back as a breakdown writer at “General Hospital.”

Fans of the show will recall that Van Etten and his then-co-head writer, Dan O’Connor, were replaced by Mulcahey and Korte as the show’s new co-head writers.

Although reports indicate Van Etten is replacing Mulcahey as the show’s new co-head writer, sources tell us that is presently not the case, and Korte will be the show’s sole head writer. Additional changes within the show’s writing staff are expected.

In recent weeks, “General Hospital” has tied its series low among Women 18-49, one of the two key sales demographics that set advertising rates for daytime television programming.

The series has also hit a new season low among Total Viewers, averaging just 1.876 million viewers during the week of May 6-10, 2024, the most recent week in which ratings data is available for the series. Overall, the show has averaged under two million viewers for the fourth consecutive week and the 10th time this season.

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