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'General Hospital' gets new head writing team: Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante

By Karen Butler
'General Hospital' gets new head writing team: Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante
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LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) -- Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante have been named co-head writers of ABC's General Hospital.

The daytime drama celebrated its 52nd anniversary in April. Ron Carlivati has served as head writer on the soap since 2011.

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Vicki Dummer, the network's executive vice president of current series programming, announced the new team will take over the show Aug. 10.

"We are pleased to welcome back two esteemed writers to our General Hospital family. Shelly and Jean's combined talents and experiences promise to continue the show's legacy of compelling storytelling that will resonate with our impassioned viewers," Dummer said in a statement. "We're delighted with what they have in store for the show as they continue honoring the rich, diverse environs of Port Charles."

"Thanks to everyone @GeneralHospital for 4 wonderful years. And thanks to the #GH fans for all your love & support. It means the world to me," Carlivati tweeted.

Neither Carlivati nor the network offered a reason for his departure.

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