BREAKING: GH Writer Chris Van Etten Promoted to Co-Head Writer!

Chris Van Etten and Shelly Altman, co-Head Writers at General Hospital. Images: Robin Platzer, Twin Images (left), depositphotos (right).

There’s more backstage action at General Hospital, as writer Chris Van Etten takes the Co-Head Writer spot vacated by outgoing Co-Head Writer Jean Passanante.

Van Etten Velocity!

Now Van Etten will have the exciting, but also weighty job of envisioning in broad strokes where our dear GH goes storyline-wise, according to a tweet by outgoing Co-Head Writer Jean Passanante.

He’ll have a talented, seasoned partner in doing so in his co-Head Writer, Shelly Altman.

Related: Jean Passanante took to Twitter to do this as she left GH. 

Many, including us here at Soap Cities, dear readers, thought Altman would be beginning a solo head writing career in Port Chuck.

Van Etten was previously a breakdown writer at GH. As such, he worked on smaller arcs of story than the larger swaths he’ll be responsible for now.

Van Etten takes on the position of Co-Head Writer at an exciting time on GH, as The Tale of Two Jasons is reportedly about to unfold with the return of Steve Burton.

An Impressive Resume

Also: What Kin Shriner said about his multi-decade career on GH.

Van Etten has worked as a writer for another beloved soap, One Life to Live. There he worked under  daytime super-scribe, Ron Carlivati.

He has also co-written a young adult book series in collaboration with two other writers.

What do you, readers, hope Van Etten and Altman will do at the helm of the ABC sudser? Where do you hope they take the return of Steve Burton and all the other exciting stuff happening in Port Charles?

Before You Go: See what James Patrick Stuart said about where Valentin is headed.

Give us your input in the comment section below. Check back with Soap Cities for more GH spoilers, recaps, news, and fun! Follow us on Twitter at @soapcities, on Instagram at @soapcities, and come chat with us in our Facebook group. Catch General Hospital weekdays on ABC.

Akbi Khan has been watching and loving soap operas for 31 years and writing about them for the last four. She also loves sitcoms; musicals; laughter; going dancing; spending time with family and friends; fighting for animal rights, ethical environmental stewardship, civil liberties preservation, and LGBTQ rights; and evolving along a spiritual path. She has a Master’s in rhetoric and composition. Akbi is 39 years old and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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