Ron Carlivati out.

“General Hospital” has named Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante the new co-head writers at the show effective August 10. They will replace the current head writer Ron Carlivati.

Vicki Dummer, Executive Vice President Current Series Programming, stated that “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.”

Altman has worked on shows such as “Another World,” “One Life to Live” and “The Young and the Restless.” Passionate rejoined the writing team at General Hospital in May, after working at “Y&R.” Ron Carlivati joined General Hospital as head writer in January of 2012, having come over from “One Life to Live.”

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