DC #713: EXCLUSIVE — Michele Val Jean Reflects on #GH50 and Career in Soaps



She made television history when she was named the first black person to serve as head writer of a daytime drama. On today's episode of the Daytime Confidential podcast, Michele Val Jean joins Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr and Jillian Bowe as that soap opera, ABC Daytime's General Hospital, celebrates its 50th anniversary on April 1. 

The veteran scribe, who also wrote for Generations, Santa Barbara, Port Charles and currently pens scripts for The Bold and the Beautiful, dishes about her historic career and so much more on today’s Daytime Confidential podcast!

 


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stoney07's picture
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Great podcast.

Sometimes I wish she'd be the headwriter for B&B. We can keep Brad Bell as EP...but I think he needs a little break from headwriter. Sure, the show is getting back to being great again, but this always happens and then gets crapped on in favor of the Liam/Hope/Steffy mess.

Anyway, listening to this makes me wish I would've watched GH back in the day. Ah well...

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I wish she could come back, one of GH best writers!

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@Jillian Bowe: Look at here girl, I am with you on the Generations thing. I am their #1 fan. I visit Sally Sussman Morina's site every week to just to check out that clip she has up of them and look at the Youtube episodes of the show. I think we should tag team prospect park and Sally to pitch a reboot of the show on the Web. I know BET had bought the rights to the show and aired the episodes until 1993.

http://sallysussman.com/generations.htm

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Michele Val Jean is the reason I LOVE Elizabeth & will always be an OGL&L2 fan! I wish she could head write GH right now. I love GH & the Cartini crew but her era w/ Wendy Riche was just all types of awesome!!

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Love Michelle but, sorry to say, there is NO defending Bob Guza. He did absolutely everything in his power to destroy General Hospital.

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I am going to get hoed for this, but Guza's first go round at GH was awesome; the second one not so much. Maybe it has to do more with Frons interference. That was his boss at the time and I would have to do what my boss said. Just thinking out loud.

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john2124 wrote:
I am going to get hoed for this, but Guza's first go round at GH was awesome; the second one not so much. Maybe it has to do more with Frons interference. That was his boss at the time and I would have to do what my boss said. Just thinking out loud.

You're absolutely right.... Guza's first go around WAS awesome! For me, it was one of the most exciting, yet short lived, eras for GH. I was devastated when he had to leave to do Sunset Beach. Not sure what happened to him during those years. He returned to GH with one mission and one mission only... character assassination. He kicked of his next go around by having Tony Jones loose it and shave his head. It was all downhill from there.

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@David, Generations was MY SHOW!! I tell you, I cried when they axed it. CRIED I TELL YA!

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@Jillian Bowe: It ended like a UPN and WB black sitcom. There was no final episode or nothing. They just came into work and was told it was their last day. I would love for Prospect Park to team up with Sally for a reboot.