NEWS: GENERAL HOSPITAL, Ron Carlivati, John Stamos, SOAPnet, Melody Thomas Scott, Angelica McDaniel, Corbin Bleu

GENERAL HOSPITAL head writer Ron Carlivati: 'I'm sorry people are disappointed when their favorite is not in story. You can't please everybody.'
On the status of Genie Francis (Laura): "I had to write her character off the show because it's my job, not because I wanted to. I don't make the contracts. I sit in New York and write the show. As I understand it, Genie came back to us on a short-term contract, which is what both she and ABC wanted. I was given her dates and worked with them the best I could."

On being overly sensitive to Twitter criticism: "People have different ideas of what constitutes criticism and, to me, 'This show sucks' is not criticism. I will listen and respond very thoughtfully to someone who says, 'I had a problem with this because of such and such...' That doesn't mean I'll change my plans, but that's completely valid. But, yeah, call me sensitive when someone says, 'You're the worst writer and human being on the planet!' There are some very angry, very hateful people out there and who needs that in your life? I would never talk about people the way some of them talk about me."

Carlivati and John Stamos disagree on Twitter about proposed Blackie return for GENERAL HOSPITAL's 50th Anniversary
Stamos responding to a fan asking if he would ever return to GH: "Never! I tried,they wanted me 2 play J.G. on drums with R.S. Legacy too important to me."

Carlivati: "I'm sure I will be shouted down by 1.3M people, but this is a total mischaracterization of what occurred."

Stamos: "was your big idea for me to play drums on jessie's girl with @RICKSPRINGFIELD at nurses ball?? yes or no?"

Carlivati: "Let it go, John."

Disney kills off SOAPnet
Walt Disney Co. says it will be shutting down its SOAPnet channel at the end of the year.
The channel, which launched in January 2000, will be taken off the air on Dec. 31, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"SOAPnet had a great run," Ben Pyne, president of global distribution for Disney Media Networks, said in an interview Friday. "It served an audience of super-soap fans. And when given the opportunity, all of our affiliates kept the channel up and running."

Shonda Rhimes Knows Where This SCANDAL Will End
"I feel like there is a finite amount of SCANDAL to be told," she says. "So I know what the end of Scandal will be, and I feel really good about that. And I can see where the end point is. And I don't think I'm going to change that. ... I know how long I think it will be. But we'll see."

Kelly Rutherford to guest star on BONES
Rutherford will play Stephanie McNamara, an old acquaintance of Hodgins (T.J. Thyne) who becomes embroiled in the Jeffersonian gang's latest murder investigation when her brother is brought in for interrogation. Like Hodgins, she hails from a wealthy family -- and while she's initially pleased to see him, the line of questioning soon derails the happy reunion.

Corbin Bleu's DANCING WITH THE STARS Blog: The Student Becomes The Teacher
"For our waltz, we’re telling the story of a man whose love has passed on without him getting to say everything he should have. As he’s visiting her grave, she comes to him as a spirit and gives him the closure he needs to move on."

CBS Daytime President Angelica McDaniel: 'It's a really exciting time at Daytime'
"We have a new writing team [at Y&R, co-head writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante]. They just started working together about 2 weeks ago and you’re going to start seeing their stories roll out in the new year. It's a really exciting time at Daytime. The shows are up, everyone’s doing really well. The viewers are supporting all the efforts that we're making. It’s just great. Going into 2014 is very exciting."

Melody Thomas Scott on revelation that Dylan is Nikki's son on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
[SPOILER ALERT] "She sets out to have a nice family dinner and tell everyone at once. She has the best intentions. But it all turns out pretty tragic."

THE TALK's Sharon Osbourne Apologizes for Attack on THE VIEW Hosts: "No Disrespect Meant"
On the late-night show, Osbourne took aim at her View competitors, calling host and co-creator Barbara Walters "divine" and "superhuman," before saying "the rest can f--- themselves." Naturally, the clip quickly went viral online, and Osbourne took responsibility for her actions.

ABC Really Likes Pilots From Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
Deadline reports that the couple's Milojo Productions sold yet another pilot to ABC. (A multi-camera comedy from GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT head writer Sri Rao was scooped up last month). The latest is a show called POOR PAM. It’ll see the producing couple team up with writing duo Andrew Leeds and David Lampson for a half-hour comedy about “that friend everyone feels bad for.” The female protagonist is described as “single, unemployed, almost broke, living in the shadow of her famous sister” while still “always [looking] on the bright side of life.”

Hope Davis, Justin Kirk Board Fox's WAYWARD PINES
They'll be recurring guest stars on the event series from Chad Hodge and M. Night Shyamalan.

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