General Hospital News: Behind The Scenes Writers Shakeup At GH?

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General Hospital News: Drew Cain (Billy Miller) Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) - Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) - Carly Corinthos (Laura Wright) - Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) - Curtis Ashford (Donnell Turner)It looks like there are going to be some pretty big changes going on over at General Hospital, or at least behind the scenes. That’s because there’s a new report that suggests we might be seeing new scribes take over in the near future. Here’s what you need to know.

According to Daytime Confidential, word on the street is that Shelly Altman – who has been a General Hospital co-head writer for the last four years now – is preparing for her retirement.

As many fans know, Altman took over as co-head writer when Ron Carlivati left back in 2015. Writer Jean Passanante, meanwhile, retired in 2017.

General Hospital News – Viewers Complained About Storylines

During that same time, Chris Van Etten was promoted to co-head writer and has been working side by side with Altman since then. If the rumors are true, then there’s a very strong possibility that Dan O’Connor might get promoted as new head writer, should Altman decide to retire.

And while there’s no doubt that a lot of people are going to miss a talented scribe like Shelley Altman, others say that change is definitely needed.

As a matter of fact, many General Hospital fans have complained about the storylines lately. Some are tired of the entire mystery surrounding Baby Wiley. They just want to see the tot reunited with his father Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) already. Many have complained that the storyline has dragged on for too long now.

General Hospital News – Seen Enough Of Shiloh Archer And DoD

Others also think that Sam McCall’s (Kelly Monaco) sexual assault took things a little too far, too. They’ve also had enough of the Shiloh Archer (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) and Dawn of Day cult storyline and want to see their favorite soap go in a new direction.

So far Shelly Altman herself hasn’t made any comments about the reports or her retirement plans for that matter. But with that said, both fans and critics agree that a little fresh blood over at the writer’s table is definitely needed.

What do you think? Should General Hospital think about hiring outside talent to shake things up a little bit? Or do you like the way that things are going right now?

We’ll give you updates as other GH news and rumors emerge. General Hospital airs on ABC. As always, more detailed Spoilers and Breaking news will appear here on Hollywood Hiccups!

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  1. carolae says

    I, also, think GH should hire some outside writers. There are so many storylines that have dragged on for 6 mos or more. We need some new storylines…ones that will keep the viewer glued to the set and can’t wait till the next day to see what happens. Am sure a lot of the viewers are fast forwarding thru most of the show…I know I do. As for the Drew/Franco storyline…that’s dragged on too long and is now showing disrespect to Franco (now Drew) being dressed in military attire for the trial, distasteful. The children on GH you hardly see….perhaps once a month if that. They are bringing people back and starting new stories without even ending the ones they have already….poor judgement. I’ve watched GH for over 50 years and you couldn’t wait till the next day. For the past few years, this certainly has not been the case. You could miss an episode or two and not really miss anything at all. It’s all very sad. A once great soap now in last place. Hasn’t seen being number 1 in almost 15+ years….very sad. I think these writers need to be given incentive and if they can’t come up with some new and believable material, fire them. They already know how the viewers feel and if they want to ignore it, then let them go. Am sure there are a lot of other qualified writers that could do justice this once great soap and bring it back to Number 1.

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