Writer’s Room

Former Daytime Exec Barbara Bloom Books Writing Gig at ‘General Hospital’

Former CBS Daytime head honcho Barbara Bloom is heading back to daytime television, this time as part of the writing team at “General Hospital.”

‘Y&R’: Sally Sussman/Kay Alden Retire, Mal Young New Head Writer

“The Young and the Restless'” Mal Young to pull double duty as head writer and executive producer following the departure of Sally Sussman and Kay Alden.

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Chris Van Etten Promoted to Co-Head Writer at ‘GH’

“General Hospital” has promoted Chris Van Etten to the role of co-head writer. He replaces recently retired Jean Passanante in the position.

End of an Era: Jean Passanante Retires from Soap Writing

Jean Passanante, who has spearheaded “General Hospital” alongside Shelly Altman since July 2015, officially retires from soap opera writing.

A New Era Begins on ‘Days of our Lives’

Ron Carlivati is officially ready to hit a home-run for NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” Will you be watching?

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Ron Carlivati Reveals ‘DAYS’ Debut Date

It’s been months since it was announced that Ron Carlivati would be taking over head writing duties at “Days of our Lives” and we’re finally just weeks away from seeing where he plans to take the folks of Salem.

Dena Higley Taking Leave from ‘DAYS’?

Is Dena Higley‘s reign as co-head writer of “Days of our Lives” over before it even hits the air? According to a report by Daytime Confidential last week, Higley asked for, and was granted, a leave of absence from the show citing personal reasons.

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The Numbers That Got Carlivati Fired As ‘GH’s’ Head Writer

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.

NEWS DUMP FRIDAY: Ron Carlivati OUT at GH! Altman and Passanante IN!

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.

‘Days of our Lives’ (Finally) Makes Writing Changes: Is It Too Late?

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.

Multiple Emmy Award Winning Writer Lorraine Broderick Joins ‘DAYS’

With news of Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell’s ascension to the top of the “Days of our Lives” writing team after the NBC daytime soap let go Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr., less than a year after the two were hired to replace Dena Higley, Soap Opera Digest in its newest issue (issue dated April 16, 2012) is reporting that Tomlin and Whitesell has added the multiple Emmy award winning talents of veteran writer Lorraine Broderick to its new regime.

BREAKING NEWS: ‘DAYS’ Gets New Head Writing Team

Soap Opera Network has learned that Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas, Jr. were fired and replaced by Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell.

One Year Later, Pratt Falls Off ‘AMC’

“All My Children” Head-Writer Charles Pratt, Jr. has been released from his duties at the ABC soap.

Soap Opera Digest confirmed on Friday afternoon that controversial “All My Children” Head Writer Charles Pratt, Jr. has been released from his position with the ABC soap. Sources close to the matter indicate that the official announcement from ABC will be made this Monday.

BREAKING NEWS: ‘Y&R’ Fires Lynn Marie Latham

“The Young and the Restless” Swings the Axe!