Major breaking news this afternoon in the daytime landscape! Ron Carlivati is out as the head writer at ABC’s General Hospital! The scribe, who was the WGA winner in the daytime drama series category earlier this year, and has created the stories in Port Charles for the last 3 years has been replaced.
Rumors have been fast and furious this week that a change was being made behind-the-scenes, and they have been confirmed as true. Carlivati’s replacements are the former head writing team of The Young and the Restless, Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante! Jean and Shelly starts their duties on August 10th!
In a statement from Vicki Dummer, Executive Vice President Current Series Programming ABC, said: “We are pleased to welcome back two esteemed writers to our ‘General Hospital’ family,” said Vicki Dummer. Shelly and Jean’s combined talents and experiences promise to continue the show’s legacy of compelling storytelling that will resonate with our impassioned viewers. We’re delighted with what they have in store for the show as they continue honoring the rich, diverse environs of Port Charles.”
Passanante recently returned to the General Hospital writing team after being let-go by the CBS sudser when Chuck Pratt Jr. came on to the scene in Genoa City. Jean has served also as head writer and co-head writer for As the World Turns and All My Children, and has received four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Writer’s Guild awards and five GLAAD Media awards. As for Altman, she was also co-head writer at General Hospital at one time, and written for One Life to Live and Another World.
So, what do you think about the news that Ron Carlivati is out … and Jean and Shelly are in as head writers of General Hospital? Good move … not a good move? Surprised? Share your thoughts below!