General Hospital: Ron Carlivati Out, Two Soap Vets In as Headwriter

Port Charles has seen another casualty.

General Hospital headwriter Ron Carlivati has been replaced by soap vets Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman, ABC announced Friday.

Altman and Passanante will start in their new roles on Aug. 10.

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Carlivati had been with the daytime drama since 2012, coming off his run as headwriter on sister soap One Life to Live. When news of his dismissal broke on Twitter Friday, many fans credited Carlivati with saving the show around the time that One Life to Live and All My Children were cancelled.

“We are pleased to welcome back two esteemed writers to our General Hospital family,” Vicki Dummer, Executive Vice President Current Series Programming, said in a statement. “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.”

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In the past, Passanante has worked on the writing staffs of sudsers like All My ChildrenThe Young and the Restless and As the World Turns. Altman’s resume includes writing stints on One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless.

Both women have won multiple Daytime Emmy Awards.

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