"General Hospital" is said to be embarking on territory that has been told several times before, including by the show itself, "Days of our Lives," "One Life to Live" and others. But are they really?

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

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

"General Hospital" is welcoming back actress Ashley Jones during the week of August 14 when she reprises her role as Parker Forsyth.

After three go-rounds in Port Charles, he's back on set for a fourth. Michael Easton, who previously portrayed John McBain, Caleb Morley and Silas Clay, has returned to work at "General Hospital" and announced his first air date.

As <a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2016/02/ron-carlivati-led-gh-wins-wga-award-for-daytime-drama">previously reported</a>, the "General Hospital" writing team consisting of former head writer <strong>Ron Carlivati</strong>, and writers <strong>Anna Theresa Cascio</strong>, <strong>Andrea Archer Compton</strong>, <strong>Suzanne Flynn</strong>, <strong>Kate Hall</strong>, <strong>Elizabeth Korte</strong>, <strong>Daniel James O’Connor</strong>,<strong> Elizabeth Page</strong>, <strong>Jean Passanante</strong>, <strong>Katherine Schock</strong>, <strong>Scott Sickles</strong> and<strong> Chris Van Etten</strong>, took home the Writers Guild Award on Saturday, February 13 in the category of Daytime Drama. The soap beat out CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful," the only other series nominated in the category. At press time, Carlivati's acceptance speech was unavailable. That has since changed.

After <a href="https://twitter.com/valentinifrank/status/693192090818351104" target="_blank">teasing</a> "huge news" on his Twitter page last week, "General Hospital" executive producer <strong>Frank Valentini</strong> <a href="https://twitter.com/valentinifrank/status/694597871073677313" target="_blank">revealed</a> just a short time ago that actor <strong>Michael Easton</strong> (ex-Silas Clay; ex-John McBain) is returning to the daytime drama series in the weeks ahead.

Since being brought back to ABC's "General Hospital" in a recurring capacity in 2013, actress <strong>Lynn Herring</strong> has proven time and time again how viable her role as Lucy Coe is to the legacy of the daytime drama series, particularly in regards to the annual Nurses Ball event. Sadly, the soap hasn't provided the actress with enough story potential for her character, whose married so many men in Port Charles that she rivals only Pine Valley's Erica Kane (<strong>Susan Lucci</strong>) from "All My Children." Herring recently took to Facebook to share her desire to do more than an average day player appearance on the soap.

In the newest issue of <em>CBS Soaps In Depth</em>, on newsstands now, <strong>Nathan Varni</strong>, manager, current series, ABC Entertainment, reveals that despite all the fan chatter on message boards, Facebook, Twitter and the like, offline viewers of the network's "General Hospital" continues to thwart online viewers when it comes to storyline direction.

First, "Grey's Anatomy" lost Derek Shepherd. Now, Port Charles is losing their own resident McDreamy. After a decade as dashing Dr. Patrick Drake, <strong>Jason Thompson</strong> has taped his final scenes at "General Hospital."

Port Charles is getting ready to celebrate the holiday season in style – and with a few surprises. Here's a sneak peek at “General Hospital's” upcoming Nutcracker Gala, airing in December.

With <a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2015/07/ratings-gh-and-days-up-in-women-18-49-demo">13 consecutive weeks of record low ratings</a> in the key Women 18-49 sales demo, ABC announced today that it has decided to oust "General Hospital's" current head writer, <strong>Ron Carlivati</strong>, and replace him with newly appointed co-head writers <strong>Shelly Altman</strong> and <strong>Jean Passanante</strong>. The duo, who will officially take over writing reins beginning <strong>Monday, August 10</strong>, 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.

With news that <strong>Anthony Geary</strong> will soon be <a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2015/05/anthony-geary-and-luke-spencer-departing-general-hospital">departing</a> ABC's "General Hospital," the soap's executive producer, <strong>Frank Valentini</strong>, has released a statement to the press thanking the actor for his storied career on the daytime soap and that the door is always open for a return to Port Charles.

While it had long been rumored, the day has finally come where fans will soon get ready to say goodbye to Luke Spencer on ABC's "General Hospital." In an <a href="http://www.tvinsider.com/article/1691/exclusive-anthony-geary-quits-general-hospital/" target="_blank">interview</a> with <em>TV Insider</em>'s <strong>Michael Logan</strong>, portrayer<strong> Anthony Geary</strong> explains why he chose the leave the series, what viewers might expect for Luke's final chapter, reuniting with <strong>Genie Francis</strong> (Laura Spencer) at the recent Daytime Emmy Awards, and again on screen in the coming weeks and months ahead, and much more.

The reunion of Luke and Laura Spencer on Sunday night's "Daytime Emmys" telecast appears to have been just a tease of what's to come on ABC's "General Hospital." The network announced today that <strong>Genie Francis</strong> will once again reprise her iconic role as the matriarch of the Spencer clan alongside eight time Emmy winner, <strong>Anthony Geary</strong>.

Fans of ABC.com and WATCH ABC's "GH Now!" might be getting their wish: The 6-episode endeavor hosted by "General Hospital's" <strong>Nancy Lee Grahn</strong> (Alexis Davis) has a very solid chance of turning into a regular series online, according to <strong>Chris Thomes</strong>, vice president, Disney/ABC Digital Media Studio, Disney/ABC Television Group, in an <a href="http://brief.promaxbda.org/content/abc-gives-fans-a-little-extra-with-gh-now" target="_blank">interview</a> with <em>Brief</em>, a PromaxBDA publication.

When news first <a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2012/08/the-tale-of-two-dukes-ian-buchanan-returns-to-abcs-general-hospital">hit the web</a> in August 2012 of Duke Lavery being very much alive on ABC's "General Hospital," it not only became a trending topic in the United States on Twitter, but also worldwide. Nearly three years later, it looks like the character will be <a href="https://www.soapoperanetwork.com/2015/04/lets-discuss-this-week-in-digests-stuff-we-know-and-shouldnt-tell-you">heading back to the grave</a> as portrayer <strong>Ian Buchanan</strong> is said to have recently learned that the writers have plans to off the character once more. It would be a huge mistake on their part as it would defeat the entire purpose of resurrecting the character in the first place.

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.

ABC's "General Hospital" is adding "All My Children" alum <strong>Rebecca Budig</strong> (ex-Greenlee Smythe) to its all-star cast, it was <a href="https://twitter.com/valentinifrank/status/565219634434285570" target="_blank">announced</a> yesterday by executive producer <strong>Frank Valentini</strong>, following an ongoing Twitter conversation with head writer <strong>Ron Carlivati</strong>, in response to Valentini's <a href="https://twitter.com/carlivatiron/status/565214951149948928" target="_blank">promise</a> 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.

Of all the things that have been said on the set of “General Hospital,” the recent “Tony’s Back!” takes the cake. And it’s a phrase that’s not only being said everywhere within the soap world, it’s what was written on the shirts of the “GH” cast and crew members who gathered to surprise <strong>Anthony Geary</strong> (Luke Spencer) as he finally returned to the soap after a long hiatus and recovery from back surgery!