Ex-General Hospital Scribe Michele Val Jean Joins The Bold and the Beautiful Writing Team!






Kudos to former General Hospital writer Michele Val Jean, who has joined the writing team of CBS Daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful

“I am pleased to announce that Michele Val Jean will be joining our writing team,” said B&B showrunner Brad Bell in a statement. “With her vast wealth of knowledge, experience, and creativity, Michele is sure to be a significant addition to The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Val Jean is bringing with her 18 years of experience writing for the characters on GH. In 2001, she was the first black American to ever hold the position of co-head writer of a daytime drama series. Val Jean, who also wrote for Santa Barbara and Generations, is most famous for having penned the storylines that revisited Luke Spencer's rape of Laura and the rape of a teenage Elizabeth Webber on GH. 


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as long as Brad Bell continues to be Head Writer and Executive Producer, i can't see how much of a difference or impact this will have on the show.

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that was a good storyline because it had Audrey Hardy(Liz's grandmother) recount her own rape by the hands of Tom Baldwin some 20 plus years ago.

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that was a good storyline because it had Audrey Hardy(Liz's grandmother) recount her own rape by the hands of Tom Baldwin some 20 plus years ago.
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Which is why having Liz (15 year old virgin during the rape) bed hopping with Nik and Lucky made absolutely no sense at all.

Congrats to MVJ!

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I am happy for her...but sorry to hear this news as a GH viewer. MVJ was probably the best script writer the show had. I shudder to think what this means for future shows.

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So will she be writing a rape story for B&B too? (Shudders)

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SoapArmageddon wrote:
So will she be writing a rape story for B&B too? (Shudders)

Hi All...Seriously? I really can't think of any civil comments to try to respond to your disgusting ignorance.

Michelle Val Jean is a very good writer and a rape survivor herself. That story was handled very well and it's because of Michelle's talent and bravery. However, a "rape story" is not the only thing she has to offer. I think she will be a great edition to the B&B writing team.

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The woman is talented and will be great.

I will never forget around 2001 when Guza left she was promoted to HW. JFP bounced her shortly after for Megan McTavish.
No words...

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Rats are starting to leave th GH ship... Can't blame her. On the contrary. Good luck to her.

BTW, EW wrote a piece about her leaving fo B&B which is pretty rare and when you read their short article, you have the feeling that MVJ neve wrote anything but rape story lines...

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I didn’t realize Michele Val Jean was the writer behind the revisit, and confirmation, of Luke’s rape of Laura. Just for that alone I’m willing to give THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL a look see because that was my personal favorite GH storyline ever. It’s not that I’m expecting another rape storyline. Those are the hardest storylines for me to watch on a daytime drama. I just remember that particular storyline, as well as the rape of Liz Webber and her and Lucky following in love while dealing with the aftermath, to be so extremely well written.

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Brad Bell needs to take a LOOOOONGGGG break. He is almost creatively bankrupt, it seems, just like his hideous sister-in-law!!! The more fresh ideas this show gets, the better!!

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@Alstonboy: She also wrote the best catfight in daytime on Generations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqJhp6fScQk

The woman is golden.

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luverica wrote:
I didn’t realize Michele Val Jean was the writer behind the revisit, and confirmation, of Luke’s rape of Laura. Just for that alone I’m willing to give THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL a look see because that was my personal favorite GH storyline ever. It’s not that I’m expecting another rape storyline. Those are the hardest storylines for me to watch on a daytime drama. I just remember that particular storyline, as well as the rape of Liz Webber and her and Lucky following in love while dealing with the aftermath, to be so extremely well written.

I will say this, while MJV did NOT write one of the most heartbreaking and shocking rape storylines EVER done on daytime, the one that I remember the most is the rape and "came-ever-so-close" to being infected with HIV storyline of Margo on ATWT. That storyline shook me to the core of my very being, even if I am a man, it still shocked the hell out of me. I cried my eyes out so much during those episodes that I don't think I left my home at the time for days on end because my eyes were so red and welled up. Ellen Dolan (ex-Margo) was robbed of the Emmy she was up for that year for that storyline. That was one of Doug Marland's last brilliant pieces of writing he ever did for ATWT and it was so sad that he died not long after that storyline happened. (Question though, didn't ATWT's writing team win the Emmy that year for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series because of that storyline? If so, then it was Doug Marland's wife who accepted that Emmy award on his behalf if I remember correctly.) It would have been a huge triumph had Doug lived long enough to see Ellen (should she have won of course) win the Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress for her tour-de-force performance in that storyline. To be honest, that storyline still haunts me from time to time. No one, and I mean NO ONE can hold a candle to that storyline. That in my book was one of the best written, acted, produced, and directed rape storylines EVER done on daytime. I was also glad that ATWT revisited that storyline years later when the dead perp's brother came to Oakdale to seek revenge on Tom and Margo for his brother's killing, it reminded us of what Margo went through all of those years ago. It was also nice that the writer's also reminded us about the fact that Margo could have been infected with HIV and had her going through one more agonizing HIV test to make sure that she was still HIV- by the end of the show's run.

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@david46208: That is the greatest catfight in all of daytime and possibly all of TV! Impossibly entertaining and so ever watchable. Such OTT fun.

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@matealestlmo: Margo's rape s/l was all of those things you described. IMO, ATWT's last great s/l. No s/l after was as relevant and well-told. I really disliked the revisiting of Margo's rape through the Ryder non-sense and how the Tom/Emily affair was handled. Still, I am not sure if I'd compare s/ls, specifically rape s/ls, and their impact. I remember being in high school when GH revisited Luke and Laura's rape through the lens of Liz's rape. That s/l was brilliant and it was more impactful for me because of my attachment to Liz and Lucky. Also, Liz and I were the same age.

An aside: your mention of ATWT reminded me about getting my DVD from soapclassics and re-live some great John Dixon moments! So excited.

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dewlove, there are no ignorant questions. Answers, however, can demonstrate ignorance. Smile

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No big surprise, Entertainment Weekly, which only started covering soaps regularly once they became endangered species, has it wrong. Michele Val Jean didn't come up with the storyline that saw Jax raped by a woman, Bob Guza did.