General Hospital Announces New Showrunner
Longtime General Hospital showrunner Jill Farren Phelps has been replaced with One Life to Live executive producer Frank Valentini, ABC announced Thursday.
The network also said One Life to Live head writer Ron Carlivati is taking the same position on Hospital.
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"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," said Brian Frons ABC's president of daytime programming. "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."
A little background on these two: Valentini has been the executive producer of One Life to Live since 2002, but he's been with the show for more than 26 years. Carlivati has worked for 15 years on the soon-to-be-defunct soap and served as the show's head writer since 2007.
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