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    Frank Valentini Replaces Jill Farren Phelps As General Hospital's...

    Thursday, December 01 2011


    Frank Valentini (ABC)
    Changing of the guard.

    Same day update:

    It's confirmed. Frank Valentini is in as Executive Producer of "General Hospital." Not only that, but "One Life to Live's" Ron Carlivati is GH's new Head Writer. Both changes will be put into effect January 9, 2012.

    In a statement, President of ABC Daytime Brian Frons said, "Frank and Ron’s creativity, passion and outstanding leadership will be a welcome addition to the cast and crew as well as viewers and longtime fans. As creative leaders in the industry, I am very excited for their arrival to 'General Hospital' and their dedication to the genre will certainly invigorate the Daytime drama that has been part of pop culture and the TV landscape for many years."

    Originally posted December 1:

    Soaps in Depth broke the news via Twitter last night that Jill Farren Phelps is out at "General Hospital" as Executive Producer and "One Life to Live's" Frank Valentini is in. Since "One Life to Live" is done taping and Prospect Park is no longer going forward with their online migration, where Valentini was to be Executive Producer and Vice President of Serial Dramas, he is now free to reign over Port Charles.

    Valentini has been "One Life to Live's" executive producer since 2003. During his tenure, the show won Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series in 2007 and 2008.

    Jill Farren Phelps has helmed "General Hospital" since 2001. She also Executive Produced "General Hospital: Night Shift" in 2007 and "One Life to Live" from 1998 – 2001, as well as had stints at "Another World," "Guiding Light," and "Santa Barbara."

    ABC did not immediately return Soaps.com's request for comment, but we will keep you posted on the details.

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    - Lori Wilson


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by mamajj at Thursday, December 01 2011 11:13 AM

    OH PLEASE!!!! Does anyone believe a word that comes out of Frons mouth? he is just blowing smoke. We all know he hates soaps.

    On another note I hope Rob & Frank can do something about all this doom & gloom we been given over the last month.

    Posted by nancy marie at Thursday, December 01 2011 11:40 AM

    So do I, mamajj!

    Posted by nancy marie at Thursday, December 01 2011 11:43 AM

    ...and please try to keep JJ and Kim McC--and write them a real story that they--and the fans--can stomach--even enjoy!

    Posted by akitas at Thursday, December 01 2011 12:59 PM

    PLEASE MAKE CHANGES AND MAKE THEM SOON. FOR THOSE OF US THAT HAVE BEEN WATCHING FOR OVER 30 YEARS, IT IS SO SAD AND DEPRESSING TO SEE WHAT HAS BECOME OF GH.

    Posted by crumpet_monster at Thursday, December 01 2011 06:12 PM

    So Frons is going to "invigorate" GH with the HW and EP of OLTL, the "creative leaders in the industry". Which once again begs the question, "Why was OLTL cancelled before GH?" Also, why were the "creativity, passion and outstanding leadership" of FV and RC not appreciated by Frons until now?

    Why does this incompetent man still have a job?

    Posted by watupwatdown at Thursday, December 01 2011 10:59 PM

    Ratings! Ratings! Ratings! They wouldnt know ratings if it bitim in the ass! Ur REALLY trying to say that DAYS is higher in ratings than both AMC & OLTL, then ur on CRACK! stay on the path, ur gonna lose the entire damn nnetwork. All comments ive read r HORRIBLE! & I back their comments 1000%! ABC's decisions, DUMB!DUMB! DDUMB!

    Posted by cyberdiamond at Sunday, December 04 2011 05:49 PM

    Seemingly, GH should have been canceled due to low ratings and poor storylines and OLTL retained. The new changes make no sense. GH has truthfully outlived its originality when it took the storylines from the hospital and hospital families to gangters and mobs. In fact, GH is looking like a ghost town with minimum actors and plots. ABC could probably make it part of Once Upon A Time that airs on Sunday Night. Both shows are unrealistic and boring.

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