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Barbara Bloom Joins The Writing Team At GH!

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Looks like former Daytime Programming executive and soap writer, Barbara Bloom is back at her old stomping grounds at ABC!

According to an item from Daytime Confidential, Bloom is writing outlines for the citizens of Port Charles at General Hospital.

When daytime fans last saw Bloom, she was the Senior Vice-President at CBS Daytime and was very involved in bringing Let’s Make a Deal and The Talk to the network following the cancellations of Guiding Light and As the World Turns.  She was also heavily involved with The Young and the Restless, where she brought Lynn Marie Latham on to the series as EP and head-writer.

When she left CBS in 2011, Bloom said in a statement: “I’ve had the great fortune to work with an extraordinary group of executives, producers and talent who make CBS #1 in daytime. With CBS Daytime teed up for success and stability for many years ahead, the timing feels right for me to make a change now and seek something different. The dramas have multi-year renewals, ‘The Price is Right’ has great momentum with Drew, ‘Let’s Make Deal’ with Wayne Brady is firmly established and ‘The Talk’ is a growing franchise.  I’ve been a writer, a producer and a programming executive, and now I’m excited to see what the next chapter has to offer.”

At ABC, Bloom began her daytime career journey in the on-air promotion department and soon became the series executive for One Life to Live, and then General Hospital. Barbara was very instrumental in GH’s spinoff, Port Charles, where she became the series head writer.

So, what do you think of Barbara Bloom joining the writing team at GH? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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I’m not sure crediting her with bringing Lynn Marie Latham to Y&R is a good thing, considering the LML tenure was a colossal disaster. Her stories were plot-driven, nonsensical and destroyed several legacy characters in order to fit her machinations.

However, GH is in desperate needs of a redirection, so hopefully she will have some say in the future of the show. Now that Steve Burton is back and Sweeps stories are beginning, hopefully it will be a positive change and steer GH in the right direction.

I agree with that Latham association, Jimmy! Ugh.

Seems the names just recirculate in daytime, yet the genre seems to crave for new directions. Circles!

I agree with Jimmy’s comment regarding GH needing redirection. They need to shift their focus back to learning how to creatively write and develop storylines for the existing cast members. I see yet another article on another actress joining GH. Good grief. Bring back Rebecca Buddig and Robert Palmer Watkins. Stop with putting hope in these newbies.

Time will tell…

Oh my , please find a way to restore GH to its glory

Bloom joining the writing team at GH..
Well, it could not get any worse than it is so hopefully has has the magic the turn GH back to the Real GH the GH was Not like the other soaps and bring GH back to its uniqueness..

GH has been turned into entertainment for the Nursing Homes ..

I hope ‘Chris’ and Barbara can revive GH ..
(( Shelly has all but destroyed GH by redeeming everyone and eliminating all the bad guys, the characters that once brought the chills and thrills ))

BB King / The Thrill Is Gone … should be GH’s theme song !

“Entertainment for the nursing homes”? S’pain, please? What mean you, su?
“Redeeming everyone”? Again, explain, please? Don’t think they can redeem either Ava nor Franco–though, I’ll admit, they’ve tried.
And they’re always trying to redeem Sonny; they can’t do it.
They go down that road to making a character black; then they paint the character into a corner. Then they decide to keep the character and “redeem” it. No can do.
Can’t have it both ways. You either write a complex character and write many conflicts for that character that have the character make moral choices that may or may not set the character on the road to “redemption” or you write cardboard, one-dimensional character and/or cartoon characters. You have to choose. Granted, the former is the hardest to do (and, in the classic storylines, the writers seemed willing to invest, and allow the audience to invest in the characters–not so much currently).

Isn’t she the one who came up with the short story arcs for Port Charles? While it started out as a fresh approach, wasn’t that what ultimately led to its demise?

I didn’t get to watch Port Charles, but I remember that it won some awards and had outstanding characters/plots. Maybe she’ll do the same for GH.

hi Nancy..
Bloom is writing outlines for characters..
I don’t know how much power that gives her creation of stories..

Soaps want to be relevant and watched. Could we hire someone under the age of 60 to write for these shows? No offence to this woman or her age. Soaps are on the chopping block, they need an infusion of young new writers. They have needed that for decades! I go on YouTube and watch the credits of say, a show like Search for Tomorrow (which went off the air 31 years ago!) and I still see some of the same names in the credits!!! Soaps need a fresh perspective and they aren’t getting it by recycling the same senior citizen staff!

Jovin, well said…although you could have taken it a little easier on the AARP set, of which many of us fall into that demo. I’m choosing to see this as an intriguing hire. Yes, her 2003 – 2011 tenure as SVP of Daytime Programming at CBS saw her preside over the cancellation of both Guiding Light and As the World Turns, something that would otherwise give me pause, but this hire should strengthen the ranks of our show–if not create a little drama behind the scenes in the process. Barbara’s been one of the suits, responsible for an entire daytime line-up, a heady position to be sure, but I’ll hang my hat on her previous track record at ABC, being the VP in charge of GH and a co-creator of Port Charles, among her many other roles—there’s history there, including in promotion and advertising, and I’d like to think she’ll be a champion for our show once again. The timing is curious though, on the heels of having just named Chris Van Etten Co-Head Writer, a hire from within that I was certainly not opposed to (if this heavy hitter was available, why wouldn’t they have installed her, making more of a splash? And why is she only writing outlines at GH, unless they’re easing her back in before assuming greater responsibility?). Without knowing who brought her in, if it was Frank’s doing, I give him credit for being secure enough to go out and get a heavyweight, “best player available” type to buttress the show, when it’s the EP that’s always embattled, getting it from all sides, and constantly looking over their shoulder. So, I see this as a good hire, we’re getting a seasoned executive as well as a creative type, someone that can be a strong presence and creative force, someone who’s done it all before at all levels. [Barbara] Now go make our show better and protect it from the suits at ABC! Having pulled the plug before yourself (twice), making this medium an even more select group, don’t give them a reason…and leave your hatchet at home!

hi Jovin ..
I’ve said much the same for a long time..
The GH writers write for people in nursing homes haaa!
Really, the writers are older and live in that world and write of it..
No one has the latests new Tech, none of them, they are still in the 80’s..

We desperately need Young writers to bring the soaps into the 21st century.
Media has drastically changed since the 80’s..

bwa, no one even has an Echo..
and most of their hair styles and wigs are from the 80’s ..
For most of them being in the business world not one has an Apple Watch, what the heck..
Sharons coffee house looks like a hoarder’s garage sale .. bwahaa

Hi su…well, if you read my posts you KNOW we differ on the age angle! 😉

First, writing is a craft. It’s about the human condition. Soaps are about people, families, love, hate, betrayal, sex, crime, melodrama, friendship…all universal and all timeless/ageless.

Soaps are also a genre..and a tradition. If we were to infuse it with “everything” modern would that make a difference in the stories? I don’t need to see or hear “Alexa” or “Echo” for a story to be up-to-date! I don’t need to see the newest mac or samsung tab and I don’t need to hear my favorite songs or see the newest club scene on a soap.

GH and the remaining three have been on for decades…and they continue on BECAUSE of that. There’s a history, a style of writing, of storytelling…continuity of characters, families, etc. I see nothing “old” about any of them. They’re just…”soapy.”

Wanna know where I see modern tech? The Flash.

Wanna know where there’s great stories with no tech? Game of Thrones, Ray Donovan, Walking Dead, Outlander, Poldark.

Great stories have nothing to do with “things.”

GH is a mix of older and younger characters. All have cell phones, computers and tablets. Really…what else do we need to see?

All the younger characters are great looking and look of this generation. Valerie, Chrissie, Molly, Kiki, Nell, Dillon…I don’t see any 80s wigs or looks anywhere. LOL…do you???

If I remember correctly you loved the online versions because you thought it great they could throw in curse words whenever they wanted. I hated them!!!! Not because they could use the words…I kinda throw em in way too much myself…but because they threw them in at every sentence just because they could! It was so contrived it was hideous. Excruciating…Couldn’t watch the stupidity of it. Seemed so forced.

There’s nothing wrong with so many of the things you like…but they’re not these soaps. And I HATE the Apple watch!!! And I was a mac chick from the beginning.

Gadgets don’t make a soap. Nor does hair, clothes, etc…although again, there’s nothing out-of-date on GH that I see.

As for younger writers? It really depends what stories GH wants to tell. If they want to deviate from what makes GH, GH, then they can get younger writers to write for the younger characters and take them out to clubs, bars, co-working spaces like we have in New York, etc. But if you want a totally different vibe it’s just not going to be GH…the show that many have watched for decades and expect to see. They’re not written for people just coming on board; they’re written for those who have followed them for years with the hope that others will jump on board and care enough about the characters to follow their lives/stories.

Seasoned writers are in their 40s and up…both on TV and film. Not a wig among em as far as I know… 🙂

I agree. We need younger audiences but the juvenile storylines meant to draw them in are universally horrible.

Young audiences will connect to legacy characters provided they have the things that interest them. They need shows with energy and strong forward momentum. No flashbacks. No year long What Happened To Morgan. No improbable gee which one is Jason for the next year. Stories and characters advance swiftly.

The night time soaps on CW understand it’s a different narrative arc for younger viewers. This the generation that downloads the song they like but not the rest of the album. The youth storylines on the final four shows don’t sustain any interest. And it shows in the ratings for the demographics.

Yes, but the problem is that soap writing is a very specific form of storytelling, and with the demise of opportunities for the genre, there is very little opportunity for younger writers to rise up through the ranks and develop that talent. Much easier when you have a set beginning, middle, and end. With soaps, to quote Agnes Nixon, “the stories never end,” and most contemporary writers don’t learn how to project stories years in advance as she and Bill Bell did for so long–and so well.

“An infusion of young, new writers” does not ensure good, current, or absorbing story lines. Quite the contrary. Writing is, and always will be, about craft. You learn craft by honing it. An outstanding example is Margaret Atwood (she wrote the handmaiden’s tale in the ’80’s–won a slew of Emmys this year). How long has she been writing? A l-o-n-g time, and she is still writing and still relevant. And, she had a vision in the 80’s that is still timeless today, witness the tale.

A prime example in daytime still stands out: Douglas Marland. Ask Genie Francis about him. She expounds on his writing often and proffers it as an example of what good writing should be. And how old was he when he began? And how long did his writing tenure last? His writing had vision, scope, and was of a timeless (read current) nature.

I didn’t necessarily mean young as in 21. I meant new and fresh. Like when Hogan Sheffer came onto As The World Turns in 2000! His work was awesome!! Even some of the fan fiction I read here is better than what some soap writers crank out. What they do is tireless, exhaustive work and we fans really are too hard on them much of the time.

Nancy, Douglas Marland in my opinion was by far the best daytime drama headwriter…I so miss him and what he did to show’s that he wrote for…

Seems like another possible All About Eve scenario. Remember when Mal Young joined Y&R? Who knows. I let myself get excited for today’s show and it did not fail to disappoint-and so much convoluted sewage to swim through that at times it is more exhausting than entertaining. Also so many hirings after firing Rebecca Budig-but am excited to see Jessica Tuck. Does seem odd though- taking a breakdown writer job when she has been at the top-

Well said, it is a red flag when a leader takes a step in the opposite direction. In soaps, those who can do and those who can not write.

Well this doesn’t bode well. I’ve had an uncomfortable feeling all summer that the whole point of ABC’s “Summer Fun And Games” was actually to test the game shows as a possible GH replacement show.

I hope GH can continue to survive for a while longer but they’re definitely in a steep downward spiral with the biggest problem being that the show has been so gutted history that there’s not much left to hang on to.

I understand the budget is very tight but while the contract cast is smaller than it’s ever been, the show seems to have turned into one big revolving door of short arcs and short term “stunt guest stars” whose only real purpose is to try to showcase and/or whitewash all the contract characters added in the last 5 years that were never really very well conceived or developed from the start.

Maybe a simpler way to say it is that GH can’t continue to hire budget draining “big names” without having given much thought to or having any real clue who the character is supposed to be beyond that initial big “shocking twist.”

Well thought out characters and stories are and have always been the backbone of soaps and exactly HOW new characters have turned into beloved character that had stood the test of time.

I can’t say I’ve seen much of that from GH in the last 5 years. I hope they can correct course before the whole ship goes down but from what I know BB I’m not sure that’s what she’s going for.

It’s not always about the budget. Remember classic GH? The budget was indeed tight. I have read articles where the late Emily McLaughin (Nurse Jessie/star of early GH) where she famously talked about doing their own makeup and wearing their own clothes. And their salaries were anything to “write home about” either!
But they surely put on a good show. Good writing, good acting, good story lines still are the prerequisites to memorable, classic soaps.
I still remember the characters vividly, their story lines–and even some of the gripping scenes. Not so today. Ask me about recent character, story lines, and scenes and I am hard-pressed to recall may clearly. They all run together and meld into sameness.
Remember all the movies where they put on the show on a shoestring? Still can apply today. Craft, craft, craft. “The play’s [still is] the thing/”

And look at some of the classic movies where budget was limited. And there were no CGI’s, etc. But the movie (think classic black and white) was great. It was all about dialogue (think craft, writing, acting).

I think when General Hospital began, the only two sets it had were the nurse’s station and Dr. Hardy’s office. (?) I have always said, cut the bloated cast, stop bringing on new, recurring characters with no ties to the characters, and focus on the core characters/families of the show. Why bring on a new character when we see them one day, and then do not see them for weeks? It makes no sense. By then, I have forgotten all about them, and I have no vested interest in their storyline.

GH was near cancellation in the mid 1970’s due to poor writing and a cheap looking production. Gloria Monty was given a short time period and a budget increase to fix the show. She built the iconic hospital hub and focused the show on the younger characters.

Frank has been a wizard with the budget and the show does have some of the best sets in daytime. It does need to focus on the younger characters more. The shrinking contract cast is primarily above 45. Michael, Nell and Kiki are the only ones under 30. Perhaps the future is an entirely recurring cast? Or, shorter term contracts. But, if the show can not afford to keep a young legacy character (Dillon) on contract because they have to overpay more senior actors, it’s not a good sign for the future.

I feel sorry for GH viewers if this is true. I know nothing about Bloom’s writing ability but the hits that the CBS soaps suffered under her tenure were horrible — GL reduced to remote sets in a New Jersey town that looked cheap before the show was cancelled and put out of its misery; ATWT butchered by sub-par writing, bad casting decisions, and emphasis on new, uninteresting characters until it was tossed into a scrap heap like GL; and Y&R cans veteran producers and writers to bring on Lynn Marie Latham who gave us “stellar” plots like Brad and artwork stolen by Nazis and the senseless killing of John Abbott.

I still do not think Y&R has recovered from the damage that was done during the Bloom period. I still miss ATWT.

The ONLY good news in this is that Bloom (for now) is getting no where near Y&R.

With marginal scribe Jean Passanante managing to remain employed despite a professional history littered with cancelled soaps, the firing of Sally Sussman mere months after she finally returned to Y&R, and this news, is a soap viewer suppose to have any confidence that this genre will survive??

An additional comment: Yes, I’ve read that Sally Sussman “retired” from Y&R but I find that hard to believe. I am no insider but I bet she (and Y&R veteran writer Kay Alden) either were fired or fled a situation where good writing was impossible. Just my opinion.

I agree on both points, Barbara: Bloom’s “work” (I would call it “demolition,” given the sorry shape that both GL and ATWT were in by the time they were cancelled) at CBS when she was in charge of the daytime lineup does not make me anxious to see what she will do as a member of the GH writing team, and there is no way in Hellman’s mayonnaise that Alden and Sussman “retired” that soon after they were hired–either they were fired or they took the first train out of Genoa City once it became apparent they could not do what was expected of them.

Oh, what happened to Guiding Light was an embarrassment-a travesty. That show was hard to watch-no sets, no make-up, no wardrobe-no nothing. I remember watching the show while in school (before the budget cuts) and I really liked it. Then, one day I turned it on, and was I in for a surprise! It was unwatchable.

Guiding Light was a family favorite and my grandma/mom say they learned their English (first radio then TV) from the Bauer’s.

The show was gutted. Those last few years were a cruel travesty. Truly accomplished actors, one generation after the next.

She’s a wrecking ball in human form

You’re not kidding about the GL budget cuts.

I’d bet the budget in its last year barely covered one hand-held camera operated by an unpaid intern, a flash light, and a stick of gum for each actor appearing in the scene.

Watching Y&R decline over the past decade has been hard. It also was difficult to observe what happened to ATWT in its final years. Neither compare to what was done to GL. Its final state was so painful to watch that GL really wasn’t cancelled, it was euthanized!!! I learned one thing from viewing the last year of GL —- A soap can suffer a worse fate than cancellation!!!

Totally agree 100% DMR…GL in it’s heyday when Douglas Marland was writing it was the best and I was so addicted to the show at that time that I didn’t want anyone to call, lol…

I’m still holding out to see what Altman and Van Etten can come up with, but I say this: I am in firm believe that Disney ABC Television Group should be trying to secure Lorraine Broderick or Sri Rao to write General Hospital.

Hey, Scott, because you’re a fan of GH who clearly was a fan of ATWT, I thought I’d let you and others know, if you didn’t already know, that GH has just surpassed ATWT, making GH the second longest running televised US soap opera of all time!

Thank you for stating the obvious (that I am already aware of! 😉 ), and actually, it doesn’t surpass As the World Turns until April 1, 2018, when it makes it to its fifty-fifth year. They’re both tied, at fifty-four years each.

Rao would be a great GH head writer. The Robert Cancer storyline on Night Shift was well done and showed that Rao appreciated the characters and history of GH.

I wasn’t sold on Sri Rao becoming a head writer, but having re-watched Night Shift online, I felt it was really written in a solid and balanced way, and wouldn’t mind his return. However, I doubt it will happen, as Rao has a wildly successful career in Bollywood.

Please don’t let her bring the vampires back to Port Charles!

I know that GH is gone now with soap killer Bloom on the team! I will not look over the fact that she cancelled GL and ATWT. It is now very obvious that ABC plans to cancel GH. Goodbye to ABC’s final daytime drama…

Soap fans need to not watch any show on ABC Daytime so GH’s ratings don’t look as bad! As soon as ABC finds something cheaper to produce with better ratings GH will be cancelled. Bloom being hired is bad for GH! Bloom is a soap killer!

General Hospital fans from everything I have read I do not think this woman is good for your show! She is the woman responsible for two shows dying she helped and she put LML in charge at Y&R and kicked the Bell regime out and it has never recovered.

Order the headstone and start digging a grave for GH.

I doubt she will make a difference..GH is just stagnated and not much fun to watch..It has been like this for a few years…The last true good run was when Ron/Frank came over when OLTL was cancelled..The show was good for about 1 year or two and started to fall apart after that.

Not just GH, but all the soaps in general (Days has slowly become watchable again)..The British soaps are SO much more entertaining..Hollyoaks is a good soap..Solid acting, good writing with storylines that make you tune in day in and day out!! Coronation Street is solid too!

Wow, I guess I should retract my comment from above, as it seems like I’m in the minority–I hope this isn’t the death knell, as some have suggested. I choose to be optimistic because of Barbara’s past association with GH, her giving birth to the Port Charles spinoff, and her later attempt to save it. The “something to prove” factor can also be a great motivator. The show is not a disaster by any means, but all it takes is one well-placed executive needing to justify their existence to spell the end. I’ll continue to hang my hat on the “venerable show” theory and how it’s touched generations and continues to reach millions each day. It’s their job to continue to make it work and attract the audience. As a premier entertainment and media conglomerate, if the Disney brain-trust can’t keep this wonderful legacy going, then it will be a sad day indeed. We can only hope for the same passion and energy producing the show as they expend fiercely protecting their copyrights. God forbid we should have a place to go to find random episodes that we may have missed or that were preempted… is so generous and user-friendly with their one week of episodes, otherwise, time to ante up!


I thouvht ATWT was superd at its end while GL was horrid. Who was writing 4 each at theie end?

When did she write for Port Charles?

If it was after they turned it into that vampire dragonshit then this ain’t gonna be good. On the other horn, if she was writing during the days when the show focused on Scotty, Lucy, Kevin, and some of the younger doctors, that could be alright. And maybe we could lose Nelle & the Twit and bring back Serena Baldwin to replace them?

Are any of the Night Shift writers available? That was the GH spinoff that actually had a decent writing team (aside from the fact that they chickened out on the Brenda recast halfway through the first season, and left the identity of the “anonymous burn victim” -who knew Robin, Jason, and half the other characters- somehow unknown.

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Bryan Craig Wishes General Hospital’s Maurice Benard ‘Happy Father’s Day’; Is He Trolling Us … or is This the Ultimate Return Tease?

Sunday is Father’s Day, and it’s the time when many soap stars and celebrities take to social media to give love and shout outs to their dads.

In an another post that got General Hospital fans to take notice, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) dropped a blast from the past photo of himself alongside Maurice Benard (Sonny). Accompanying the photo, Bryan wrote: ‘Happy Father’s Day” Maurice Benard.

The post on X comes on the heels of a previous response by Craig to a post on Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, General Hospital) comment to On the Red Carpet, where he revealed that this summer, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.” In response, Craig teased, “Who could it be…”

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Now on Sunday responses to Craig’s post were met with varied responses from GH fans from “Stop playing with us” to “Now you’re just trolling us, lol. We really need you back right now.”  Still others took it as a potential confirmation that Craig is the mystery man on his way back to General Hospital stating, “I hope you’re going to back to GH!” to “Can’t wait!”

Craig last appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a brief return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared in numerous TV and film projects including: Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel.

So, is Bryan Craig yanking GH viewers chain, or is he slyly teasing us, because he knows he is the one returning to the ABC soap opera? Weigh-in on your theories below.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Interviews

A week ago, at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of your favorite soap opera stars took to the red carpet prior to the telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount + and posed for pictures for the paparazzi and several spoke to the media before going inside and taking in the ceremonies and rooting on their castmates and shows.

While on the red carpet, Michael Fairman TV interviewed those who stopped performers who stopped by and those we could catch on the action-packed bustling arrivals. All of the video interviews are now posted and complete on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Look for conversations with Days of our Lives, Tamara Braun (Ava), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) with Rob Scott Wilson (Alex) and Paul Telfer (Xander), Dan Feuerriegel (EJ), Greg Rikaart (Leo), and Eric Martsolf (Brady) with wife Lisa and their twin sons, Chase and Mason.

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Stopping by to chat from General Hospital were Maura West (Ava) and Finola Hughes (Anna), and from The Bold and the Beautiful, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and his daughter, McKenna, Annika Noelle (Hope), Kimberlin Brown (Sheila) and John McCook (Eric) and his wife, Laurette.

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From The Young and the Restless, Peter Bergman (Jack), Courtney Hope (Sally), Christian LeBlanc and Tracey Bregman (Michael and Lauren), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Michael Mealor (Kyle), Melissa Ordway (Abby), Kate Linder (Esther) and Bryton James (Devon), and making their first appearance on a Daytime Emmy red carpet were Neighbours stars: Stefan Dennis, Annie Jones and Georgie Stone.

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Below is the complete playlist of 2024 Daytime Emmy Red Carpet interviews. Make sure to check them out. Then let us know who you loved seeing and hearing from the most via the comment section below.


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GH’s Evan Hofer Talks Life for Dex After Sonny’s Beatdown, Giovanni Mazza, and If Josslyn is Love Endgame

General Hospital’s Dex Heller (Evan Hofer) has been at the epicenter of Sonny Corinthos’ (Maurice Benard) paranoia, which led to the beatdown of Sonny’s former right hand man.

Now, Dex is licking his wounds, and trying to move on with his life after joining the PCPD; following attempting to move away from working for the mob and under Sonny’s thumb. Problem is, Dex has a soft spot for Sonny. Meanwhile, looks like there still may be a future for Dex and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) as the two are trying to mend their once-fractured relationship.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Evan Hofer at the 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmys (in which Hofer was a presenter during the ceremonies), to discuss the current life and times of his Port Charles alter-ego.

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Evan has now gotten to see and feel first-hand what is like working in soaps and television, when you have to wear prosthetics on your face after Sonny accosted Dex at Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding reception.

Hofer recalled the experience. “Our makeup team is incredible. Priscilla, my makeup artist is just so talented. She layered silicone every day so she could control the swelling, so that way, she would have control over how it looked as it progressed and, you know, decreased, increased,” Hofer revealed. “She was incredible and very, very detailed.”

Paying a nod to actors who have to take on TV or movie roles where they have to wear complete facial prosthetics, Evan shared, “I do not envy people who wear full face prosthetics. I think my longest tape day was probably seven hours in it. I got a little claustrophobic. It does cause you to have a lack of of depth perception, which is a rough one.”

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Hofer weighed-in on if he thinks Dex will ever turn in Sonny and press charges against him for his character’s recent beatdown. “I hope he doesn’t. It’s hard though, because he loves him (Sonny) and that’s the problem,” stated Evan. “That’s what we do with people we love. It’s almost an abusive parent relationship, isn’t it? I have this theory that Dex almost feels like he deserves these things.”

Now might be the time for the GH writers to explore more of Dex’s backstory which could include a backstory of abuse. “I really would love them to. I think it’d be incredible,” hoped Evan. However, he added, “I’m just grateful for whatever I get to do every day and excited for whatever story we get to tell.  Something like The Departed – undercover with the mob- would be cool (for a storyline), and then everybody’s wondering which side I’m on the whole time.”

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Is there hope for Dex and Josslyn fans that they will still may be each other’s love endgame? Hofer teased, “I think they start spending a little more time together, but who knows what’ll happen. You never know on a soap opera. Maybe Dex’s evil twin will show up and steal Josslyn away.”

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A few months back, Evan shared some major scenes with the one and only Finola Hughes (Anna). In story, Dex admits he was going to kill Cyrus on Sonny’s orders. Hofer shared it was a big moment for him since his time being on GH. “What an honor to get to do those scenes with Finola. I had only worked with her once before and that was when Dex broke her out of prison and he got shot the first time,” recalls Hofer. “She’s all about working the scenes ahead of time, which I am, too. We got to get a lot of reps in and when we get up there on stage, she’s incredibly affecting. I’ll kind of have an idea of maybe of how the scene will go, and then I’ll just look in her eyes and suddenly I am just so in a different space that she’s pulled me into. In those scenes, having Dex feel like someone cares about him was really beautiful.”

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Recently, Giovanni Mazza premiered as Gio. In Hofer’s first on-screen scenes with Mazza, the two talk about Gio’s dad having been in the military and Dex’s experience in the Army and serving in Afghanistan.

This raised some GH viewers eyebrows to what if the two characters could somehow be related? Perhaps, brothers? Evan responded to those inquiring minds, “Oh, I don’t know. We look pretty alike. There is the military connection. I think it’ll be interesting. Those first scenes we had together were incredible. I was so excited to work with Geo. He couldn’t be any nicer really. He’s an incredible person. He’s so easy to be around. We hang out outside of work all the time, already.”

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Does Evan think there will come a day where Jason (Steve Burton), Dex and Sonny will all be working together on the same side, and thus, Sonny will have both his former henchman at his disposal?  While Hofer doesn’t know what’s coming down the pike, he expressed, “It’s been incredible to have Steve around. He’s a really wonderful man. I’d only met him on Zoom previously to him coming back.  I hope we get to work together more. We got one batch of scenes together and I hope we get to do more soon.”

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As to what GH viewers should be on the lookout for in the weeks ahead, Evan teased, “We’ll see what Joss and Dex get into, and we’ll see what happens within the police department.”

So, are you rooting for Dex and Joss? Do you want Dex back working for Sonny, or hope he stays with the PCPD? Would you want to see more of Dex’s backstory explored? Comment below.

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