may be losing a powerful daytime duo, but its spin-off,
, is welcoming in a new team. Barbara Esensten
and James Harmon
have signed on as headwriters for the 3-year-old soap. "We're excited by Barbara
and Jim's vision for Port Charles
, and I believe the fans are going to love what we
have planned for the show," says Angela Shapiro
, president, ABC daytime. Their stories
will start to air in the first week of December.
Esensten and Brown first began their collaborative effort in 1988, writing together
for the primetime series Dynasty. They were part of the award-winning writing team on
Guiding Light in 1993, before their appointment as headwriters of Loving. The
team also wrote for the fast-paced cutting-edge serial The City. They returned to
Guiding Light as headwriters in 1995.
Current PC headwriters Barbara Bloomand Karen Harris are still
under contract and are still with the show, says an ABC spokesperson.