Congratulations to the writing team of GENERAL HOSPITAL who took home the Writers Guild of America Award in the Daytime Drama category!
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GH scribes Shelly Altman, Anna Theresa Cascio, Andrea Archer Compton, Suzanne Flynn, Janet Iacobuzio, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean Passanante, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten, and Christopher Whitesell all shared in the honor.
At the West Coast ceremony, Cascio took to the podium to declare, “On behalf of the GH writing team, we’d like to thank the guild for honoring our work. Thanks to Rebecca Campbell, Vicki Dummer, and Nathan Varni at ABC for championing the show. Thanks to the producers, directors, staff, cast and crew of GH. And special thanks to our executive producer, Frank Valentini, for his energy, creativity, and his tireless commitment to bringing the writing to life. Thank you all very much.”
Passanante tweeted a picture of the trophy perched on their table at the East Coast ceremony, writing, “Congrats to my wonderful GH teammates on our Writers Guild Award!”
Congrats to my wonderful #GH teammates on our Writers Guild Award! pic.twitter.com/JC4KCnFFhD— Jean Passanante (@PFossil) February 20, 2017
Congrats to my wonderful #GH teammates on our Writers Guild Award! pic.twitter.com/JC4KCnFFhD
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She also shared a selfie with co-writer Shelly Altman, giving themselves the “squish” name “Jelly!”
Jelly at the #WGA AWARDS. So glad @MichelleAltman1 is my partner. Lucky me. pic.twitter.com/IfFrQ0j3uX— Jean Passanante (@PFossil) February 20, 2017
Jelly at the #WGA AWARDS. So glad @MichelleAltman1 is my partner. Lucky me. pic.twitter.com/IfFrQ0j3uX
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GH has taken home the trophy the last two years in a row, and Passanante herself has some at home from her previous stints on AS THE WORLD TURNS, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and ALL MY CHILDREN. Although nominated multiple times in the past, this is Altman’s first time on a writing team that has taken home the prize.
Unfortunately, as GH was the only soap nominated in the category this year, their win was pretty much a given. But you can watch their gracious acceptance of the honor right here!
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