In a bid to resuscitate General Hospital, ABC has replaced head writer Ron Carlivati with soap veterans Jean Passanante and Shelly Altman. They will start August 10.

Carlivati, a prolific Twitterer, hadn’t posted since July 17, leading fans to suspect something was up.
He had been with General Hospital since 2012, and as our TVLine sibling reported, many fans posting on Twitter credited with him with saving the soap around the same time that long-running serials One Life To Live and All My Children were cancelled. He and his team won a Writers Guild Award earlier this year for Best Daytime Serial of 2014. Prior to his residency at General Hospital, Carlivati was head writer on One Life To Live.

“We are pleased to welcome back two esteemed writers to our General Hospital family,” said Vicki Dummer, ABC’s EVP Current Series Programming. “We’re delighted with what they have in store for the show as they continue honoring the rich, diverse environs of Port Charles.”

Passanante previously worked as a staff writer on AMC, The Young And The Restless and As the World Turns. Altman served stints on OLTL and Y&R. Both women have won multiple Daytime Emmys.