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GH: Fairman names Frank/Jean/Shelly Soapmakers of 2016


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Great soap opera features: high emotional stakes, daily cliffhangers, a deep connection to the history of the show and finding ways to honor that and their longtime viewers, character-driven storylines, large umbrella stories that service many characters on the canvas, and sharply written twists that keep fans begging for more, and even becoming so frustrated that they want that reveal for their favorite character to finally come to light.  While 2016 was the first full year of current GH head writers, Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante steering the characters of Port Charles, they certainly faced many challenges, but by mid-year, the duo seemed to have the show firing on all cylinders, and with that came the emotional heartbeat that is specific to the brand, “General Hospital”.

Teamed with the man in charge, executive producer, Frank Valentini, these creatives took fans of the long-running soap though their paces in a good way.  None more so than the hankie-inducing, riveting storyline of the tragic death of Morgan Corinthos, putting squarely the burden of this drama on three of daytime’s most respected and revered performers, Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), and Maura West (Ava).  2016 also put the popular duo of Julexis, played by Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) and William deVry (Julian) on a haunting journey on the dark side of love that has made this twisted love story must-see TV.  Valentini, Altman and Passanante also pulled off another GH Nurses’ Ball with surprising performances, and tender story within.  They utilized beloved veterans, such as Genie Francis (Laura), and Jane Elliot (Tracy) in story, gave Monica (Leslie Charleson) her job back as Chief of Staff at the hospital, and brought back fan favorite Michael Easton to yet another role on the series that of Dr Hamilton Finn.  Now, while every single story may not have been a home run in the eyes of GH viewers, the good this year on General Hospital far outweighed the bad, and has set the drama on the road to a very promising 2017.

http://michaelfairmansoaps.com/general-hospital/frank-valentini-shelly-altman-jean-passanante-interview-general-hospital-soapmakers-of-the-year-2016/2016/12/28/

Omg omg omg omg wow 2016 truly was the year of Jean and Shelly. The Morgan story the best story of the year and loved them talking about umbrella stories. SmartTV being recognized to the ninth degree. This is amazing and incredible. WoW just wow giving all three the highest honor of year. SmartTV 2017  continues.

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MF appreciates good soap. U know i thought Shelly Altman came off so smart and in touch with viewers. Altman is a very smart woman and Jean talking about how they make magic happen. Its true umbrella storytelling is essential. I predict GH will clean sweep the emmys this year. They are critically acclaimed writers.

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3 minutes ago, JONNYSBRO said:

Slick u have to face it smarttv is all talk of soap industry and 2016 will be remembered as year of Jean and Shelly.

 

 

They can have it. 2016 is one of the worst years filled with unlikable characters and crap stories. Stories written about long term characters turned into propping of FV's favorites. The ratings stink just like their stories. 

 

Pissy and Smelly have done nothing to truly improve the show. It's still bleeding out.

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