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Daily Beast Report : General Hospital Fights Back & Behind-the-Scenes of Robin's Exit Story!

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As daytime fans have watched this week as their beloved Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake has somehow burned to a crisp in her own laboratory and perished (although we have not seen any semblance of a body) due to the departure of legacy series star, Kimberly McCullough, this is also the first week of episodes that both components of the new GH regime, executive producer, Frank Valentini and new head writer, Ron Carlivati episodes are airing.  And with it, a lot promise, hope, and a heavy weight falls on the guys shoulders to resuscitate General Hospital and take it off life support and turn it into the powerhouse soap it has been in the past.

So with a new perspective and outlook, The Daily Beast’s, Maria Elena Fernandez takes a look at the steps Cartini is taking two lure viewers back to the series, and answers some of the questions fans have been questioning over the last few weeks …  namely how the death of Robin was handled, why bring OLTL’s  Starr Manning to the canvas, and much more.  The piece interviews, Frank Valentini, Laura Wright (Carly), Emma Samms (Holly) as well as Kimberly McCullough (Robin).   Here are some excerpts below!

Daily Beast: “Looking for ways to spice up life in Port Charles, Valentini and Carlivati hatched a plan that would bring back some of the show’s shining stars to help deal with a story thread set in motion before they took over the show—the death of fan favorite Robin Scorpio.  The transition may have been handled awkwardly—episodes overseen by the Valentini and Carlivati regime began airing Tuesday—but Robin’s death was hastened because it serves as a catalyst for the return of other characters who helped General Hospital hit the cultural mainstream in the 1980s. Emma Samms reprises her role as con artist Holly Sutton-Scorpio beginning Tuesday, and a broken-hearted Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) returns to Port Charles on Wednesday to deal with his daughter’s death. Rick Springfield’s Noah Drake also will set foot in Port Charles in March, followed by Robin Mattson, who plays villain Heather Webber, in April.”

Kimberly McCullough on Robin’s  ending: “I was of the hope that we would do something where the character was fulfilled.  I was intent that I wanted Robin to die but, because of the way it all went down, I wasn’t comfortable with that anymore.  I didn’t feel it was earned.  There wasn’t a good lead-up to it.  The history of soaps is that you have a meaty story before you leave.”

Frank Valentini talked about how Robin’s death was import to facilitate bringing back the fan favorites to the series: “Because of where we were in the story when I took over, I think it was really important to have those characters come back. They’re all such talented actors, and they have such wonderful connections to the present actors and that’s really fun for the audience.”

Emma Samms on how Valentini changed her mind about coming back to resurrect Holly after she was disappointed on how her character was written the last time she returned to the show:  “Deep down Holly’s a con woman, she comes from a family of con artists, but the thing about her is that she always had compassion. And I think it completely disappeared the last time around. So I made sure I would not be an unrecognizable Holly. Frank is a very hands-on producer, right there on the floor with us.  He obviously knows the characters and cares about the history.  If anybody can save the show, I think he can.  He’s really pushing in the right direction to make it doable and make it financially feasible.  It would be such a shame if it came to an end.”

Laura Wright on working with the new GH creative team:  “I’ve been working with them and it’s been so exciting to have them on set. They come with their history established and they come knowing how to do things.  The way that Frank and Ron have weaved their characters in with ours is perfect and everybody has a high stake in it.  I grew up working at my dad’s gas station and watching Loving and General Hospital on a little black-and-white TV in a little booth, and Frank has brought back the Friday cliff-hanger. It’s all just very exciting again.”

So what do you think about the plans for General Hospital?  Are you looking forward to the big returns?  Starr and the One Lifers crossing over to Port Chuck?  And, what do you think about the way Robin’s exit story had thus far played out on air?  Let us know!

 

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heidi
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heidi

YES!!!! We want GH to stay way beyond it’s 50th year! Great article and can’t wait! Wish the death of Robin could have been handled better though. Thanks Michael!

kim delmotte
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kim delmotte

i really feel the robin is not dead some how they did not kill her off because of who she was could they bring back fason i think i spelled his name wrong and he has her got her out some how just wishful thinking and about the show i think it will be great haveing the mannings in ,,star and todd and blair not the brother i think it will add a lot of new stuff to the show crossing my fingers from canada

barbara t
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barbara t

Im with you,Hope we find out where robin is soon,Im looking forward to the mannings to,cant wait till john mcbain gets to port charles and he starts throwing all the bad guys in jail and our loved characters that have been hidden away ,come out and save general hospital.

Debi
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Debi

BULL!!!! Anyone can write a story. Where is the producing & editing coming in? This week was a JOKE. If this is an example of what is to come, GH is over. This week was full of mishaps which I have already written in past posts. I hope my posts makes it to the right people. Let them know what a mess they made of this week. They could have done it right, and stil not show a body. Too many errors this week. Michael..rumor has it, that Katie C wants to be a lead in from GH. Does this… Read more »

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

Katie Couric is just saying that so soap fans don’t blame her when GH is cancelled! She could care less about soaps! What a joke! The perfect daytime lineup is dead & ain’t coming back & it sucks! She’s doing exactly what Doprah did, use the soaps to get bigger ratings!

Debi
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Debi

Katie will need all the help she can get. She knows it. And with keeping GH on before her show, it would help her with ratings.

Doprah?? I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

barbara t
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barbara t

you have a point there but if they put her on after abc/disneys precious revolution ,she wont last very long.or maybe they can start handing out 30 dollars to come in and see katie couric talk about whatever she has to say that Im not interested in,how many talk shows do we need?arent they all talked out?what the hell can she bring to the table that all the rest of the blabber mouth talk show hosts havent covered?I like ellen alot and Im not watching her show,they should put her on another sitcom ,as long as its not on abc/disney.

barbara t
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barbara t

Like I have said all along, general hospital is in good hands now,I knew they had nothing to do with the death of robin (we all know shes not dead) ron does not write like that ,the story of robin was sloppy and to fast with no feelings, to bad kimberly couldnt have stayed longer and get a better ending,ron had to step in when the other writers pretty much trashed that story,and so many others stories,he has to untangle all the characters and fix everything that was done, the quartermaines are one of the twisted families that have to… Read more »

Debi
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Debi

Ron didn’t just walk in one day and take over. I hold him just as responsible for the way Robin’s death was handled this week. I only hope going forward he gets better. Alot is riding on the next month.

barbara t
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barbara t

honestly,I enjoyed todays episode .It was good to see star.hopefully everyone including johnnys crazy father survived the crash.theres no way I can judge rons writing this early .Its only been a few days .from what I read seems the cast is happy the way things are going on set so lets see what happens I have to at least give it 2 months,he has to straighten out the mess he was left and you have to admit general hospital is in bad shape,the ratings have to go up.I have to think positive I want general hospital to survive.I will admit… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Hey Barb: Just gettting in from the Eve, rough day my friend. Wanted to give you a halla..! I posted a few places. Let chat tomorrow. Get on around 11am if you can. Goodnite, I’m beat!

david
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david

“Robin’s death was hastened because it serves as a catalyst for the return of other characters.” I agree with Fernandez’s conclusion that the transition was handled awkwardly. McCullough obviously wasn’t satisfied with the circumstances surrounding Robin’s death anymore than the rest of us. It’s a shame the death of such a significant and loved character wasn’t handled better. What was the justification to hurry the return of other characters? Ratings? Impending cancellation? Whatever the reason or if it was just poor execution, it’s done. GH has been in the dumps for some time. Hopefully, it will improve, even if this… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

First of all let’s all remember this show has been for the last decade or more about three characters, Sonny, Jason & Luke and women are just play things. Drop the male egos look for a strong moral female character like Vicki was on OLTL and you just might save it but all I have seen is once again it is all about Sonny or Jason or Luke when he is not out of the country the actor, retire him and back burner the other two. And no one in the mob points a gun for an hour and runs… Read more »

lou
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lou

It was an illogical and disjointed story which was appallingly devoid of sentiment. Sloppy and amateurish in all respects. The writing team should be ashamed.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

A True Fact, that’s a matter of opinion, however True!

barbara t
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barbara t

yeap,I got it.

barbara t
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barbara t

the big question ,which writing team ,robins story could have been better but she and patrick were never the center of attention with the old writers ,the mob stories took over and sunk general hospital and made it what it is today.as far as the leading up to her death I agree it was sloppy, cold, and to fast,I have to see more of what is next surrounding her death(which I have to say again ,I dont believe she is dead),something happened in that room that has not been shown to us yet,so I have to think that robins story… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Hey we are on together. I just posted that! U musta got my message to get on at 11am. LOL

kay killgore
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kay killgore

By the way I will throw this in Kimberly if you think you got a stinker of an exit story call Genie Francis she can probably tell you all about how well GH treats their female actors!!!!

barbara t
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barbara t

thats funny ,but I dont think that robins story is over yet.and you are right one minute laura was at the nut house the next minute she is gone ,it was a waste ,wish they would bring her back.and I also would have like to see kimberly stay longer ,maybe her ending would have been better,if its really over for robin.

Beatrice
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Beatrice

I couldn’t agree more Lou! A terrible way to off a beloved character with a weak contrivance that was totally out of left field. So the writers needed to hasten the death of Robin as a catalyst to bring on the actors from the past and this is the best that they can come up with? This doesn’t bode well for the future of GH.

Christy
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Christy

I taped Monday’s but didn’t watch until Wed nite. I read about and then watched the other episodes online (youtube). I thought I had really missed something Tuesday/Wed, but after watching the rest of this week’s episodes on line, I see I didn’t miss anything. I thought the acting was not great for Robin’s demise… almost like they were just winging it without a script. I did laugh at today’s show when Sonny was tearful with MIchael after learning about Robin, and Michael grabbed him and the arm that just about got blown off the days before… and Sonny didn’t… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Can you believe how young Amy Vinning died? What did the actress die from again? I read about if BUT I’m so beat right now, I can’t remember. Was it cancer?

Louise
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Louise

Kidney failure.

barbara t
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barbara t

this is sad ,I read her story a long time ago,her kidneys failed ,she was sick for a long time.think I heard about it in one of the soap magazines.

Louise
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Louise

Watching on youtube does NOT help the ratings. Watch it on your TiVO or DVR or at the very least, watch it at the ABC site.

Christy
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Christy

oooh snap! well, la de da. I don’t have TiVo, I don’t a DVR, I don’t have cable anymore and I don’t have high speed internet at home! I watched the youtube GH channel on my lunch break at work and I like that better than the abc website because it doesn’t take as much power on our internet at work AND because there are no commercial interruptions, and it allows for some skipping ahead which I like cuz there are still a lot of characters and storylines I don’t give two hoots about and just want to skip. I… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

I agree with Kimberly… the story leading up to her character’s death just wasn’t interesting enough and the death scene not dramatic enough, and acting afterwards, was just not great. GH has been, in the past, really great and sometimes really poor — the new creative team has a lot of work to do. I hope they succeed in turning things around. Today I stuck in an old VHS tape and it was chocked full of old GH & OLTL scenes from Nov. 1995… OLTL’s Blair & Todd’s golden balloon wedding and Todd getting shot in Ireland, a short bit… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

oh yeah, that old tape also had young Emily and young Lucky… remember when her mom died and she didn’t like living with the Quartermaines and she ran away and Lucky went with her… that was on the old tape too. Emily & Lucky were back in town for Stone’s memorial. It was fun to see those two actors back at a young age too. I really liked Lucky back then… not so much the last time he was on.

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lu77cky

I agreed with all about Robin i dont think she pass i hoping that they bring her back for her daugter. that she took off of somthing. she is a great act she work great from the time she was a baby and now they do that. not cool they should of left her live a good life with her daugter and pat and kill somone else not somone with a child and doing good for the er. but i hope they bring her back some how. that what i think…

lyjoyner
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lyjoyner

I think Gh ratings have dropped for several resons…too many “couples” break up- there needs to be some stability in relationships…we want more mystery – not sleaze at every turn. “the programmers at ABC first gave us “the view” (Barbara*the Church Lady in a bad wig”)(Joy “with a voice like fingernailson sandpaper)(Whoopi! * the foulest mouth on daytime) (elizabeth *so far to the rightthat her faceisin permanent profile)(and Sheri?*is that her name??Ididn’t her before the show andstill don’t knowher after)…DO THESE WOMEN EVENUNDERSTAND the concept of “listening” while another person speeaks…they are each so hungrey for ait time that the… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

I disagree. General Hospital is suffering because it is centering too much on Sonny, Carly and Jason.

General Hospital has aired at 3:00pm on ABC for nearly 50 years. If people really were interested in watching it, they would easily skip the lead-ins and tune in to ABC at 3:00pm.

barbara t
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barbara t

heathers right ,all the cast was put on a back burner ,while sonny carly and jasons stories came first ,Ive gone to so many places reading other posts and 99%of the use to be fans of g h said they grew tired of the mob stories ,also Im reading that alot of one life to live fans are heading over to gh to see the mannings and john mcbain .anything that can help bring up the ratings for general hospital the better.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

I don’t know what WHAT to say to ADD to ya’ll critic’s. (and you know I usually have some angle to add on) but GH and the soap industry at ” large ” better WATCH out, bc…… WE are no adverage soap viewer’s, that’s ALL I got to say. LOL. There are some sophisticated soap opera critic’s watching here. LOL We are in this for more than Entertainment….! Goodnite, I’m beat!

Avelina
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Avelina

I wish GH all the best with the new EP and head writers. They have a lot of talent and I want them to succeed. They seem to realy care about what the audience and fans really want and thats making me tune back into the show. Unlike Days of our Lives, the people behind the scenes have ruined that show for me and I have not tuned in since mid 2010. I cant wait to see Robert Scorpio and hope he stays on for a very long time. I love Laura Wright and her comments are spot on. GH… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

and with ron and frank in charge ,it will only get better.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

It’s nice to hear someone say they wish General Hospital ALL….the best!

barbara t
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barbara t

I think we have to support the soaps that are left,I can only watch dool the others come on at a time I cant watch,dool is ok,I still miss all my children ,Im still having a very hard time remembering names,I watched amc and oltl since the beginning so I knew all my characters ,it wasnt easy getting involved in another soap,but I tried and I still dont know 75% of the cast.

Avelina
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Avelina

Thanks. Your very sweet. I want them to succeed and its a great soap. They have great actors whom are so nice off-screen. It is the only ABC soap that is left and I think it deserves a chance to stay on the air.

Louise
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Louise

I think GH has been ROCKING this past week, and I will not judge Robin’s exit yet. The fat lady has still to sing.

barbara t
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barbara t

agree ,the robin story is not over yet.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Look at the post below where we replied to Angela, 9:17am (you) and 9:29am (me). We were on at the same time, but it was in the 11:00 hour, our time. I think the post stamps are West Coast Time.
I sent you a post late last night to get on at 11:00am today, Saturday. I guess you got it. LOL

Elhu
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Elhu

I agree with you Louise, I enjoyed this week’s GH very much. For the first time in a very lonnnnng time, I could not wait to catch up with this week’s episodes on Tivo). Robin’s “possibly temporary” demise was rather quick, yet I am sure there will be more to that story as well, and Robin will only be soap opera “dead”, for as long as Kimberly McCullough wishes to be gone, but I have no doubt that storyline is not over. Like a few others have said above, Frank and Ron had to jump in and put out fires… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Please no permanent roles for Blair and Todd, drop in, drop out and maybe other character’s from OLTL can do the same.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

See my post 6 places below of why I say this.

Elhu
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Elhu

Hi 1loveabcsoaps – I understand and respect your sentiment, and I see what you are saying, and while it can happen, if they are careful, I do not necessarily think the integrity of the show or the characters have to change. I think a character can remain true to that character, regardless of the show they are on – if that is the path tptb want to take. For example, I, in no way, see John McBain’s persona changing, as he is wonderful exactly as he is (imo). I am sure he will most likely still wear black, have that… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

I feel the same as you,we have to continue to support the writers ,general hospital can only get better now.and hopefully stay on for another 49 years ,its the oldest soap on and the ratings are sinking even lower this week,Im hearing it has to do with the lead in from that awful show the revolution,I will never understand the ratings and how they are counted because so many of us watch and it doesnt matter.I am looking forward to the mannings and john mcbains move to port charles new families move to soaps all the time,and this will not… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Hi Elhu: U said ” I think a character can remain true to that character, regardless of the show they are on – if that is the path tptb want to take. For example, I, in no way, see John McBain’s persona changing, as he is wonderful exactly as he is (imo). I am sure he will most likely still wear black, have that charming, yet dry sense of humor, and have that tough guy exterior with a heart of gold. ” I said: “Each soap on abc had a different flavor/persona about it. History has beenmade and is over… Read more »

Elhu
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Elhu

Whatever the case may be, I have faith that GH will work, with Frank and Ron at the helm, however they choose to move forward! I guess time will tell.

Elhu
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Elhu

Hi Barbara t, how funny that you mentioned you will never understand the ratings and how they are counted, because I just had that same EXACT conversation with someone this morning. I am just as baffled. I am not to knowledgeable of how the ratings system works, but I thought unless you were a Nielson family, you were not counted. Yet they tell us to be sure and tune in and if you tivo or DVR (which is what I do), be sure to watch within 48 hours – so what is really going on???? I have never known or… Read more »

Jenna
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Jenna

I read at GHH at KImberly McCullough is STILL taping, so there is still more to come regarding the Robin exit.

barbara t
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barbara t

thats good to hear , havent been there today.I know there is more to come.

Avelina
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Avelina

Great news. She is a good actress and I wish her all the best as a director

ethel
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ethel

been watching this soap since the beginning & other soaps as well – when they say the body was burned beyond reconition only means robin is not dead & the door is left open for her return sometime in the future……………

Dinamarie
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Dinamarie

I agree and that will make it good..

angela
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angela

Some of you can be so unfair. When Garin Wolf took over in July everyone had such high hopes and all he did was mess things up worse than they all ready were. Frank & Ron have a HUGE mess to clean up so you have to give them a chance. OLTL was expertly written and always came in under budget which is why abc sent them over to GH. I wasn’t so happy that they killed off Kimberly McCullough’s Robin but that is what SHE wanted. Now she doesn’t like the way it was done? Oh well. They have… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

amen,angela,amen.but I dont think robin is dead,robins story isnt over just yet,theres more to come.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Spot on Angela. I just read the complaints about GH, and as I posted above, the industry better watch out, BC soap fans have become bonified critics. I made one observation about GH and its been this week only. I did not care for the exit of Robin, not how she exited, and the lack of BELIEVABILTIY in how it all went down with Patrick in a hospital; they left TOO much to be desired. With that said, I am 100% with you. The complaints I read on here about GH are sufficating. And the expectation to want to make… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

PS. That’s why my name is 1loveabcsoaps, which is consistant with everything I just spoke about.

Dinamarie
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Dinamarie

Just doesn’t make sense cause her lines in the lab made it very clear we knew she was gonna die!!! She was telling Patrick her last words..

barbara t
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barbara t

thats cool,I always look at the time stamp and seen we are 2 hours away ,from michael.we also did it below at gl chris,ouch ,that hurts,and you write yup.yup,and yup.

Christy
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Christy

I agree with your comment Ilove, “and the lack of BELIEVABILTIY in how it all went down with Patrick in a hospital; they left TOO much to be desired….” I wish before they got to that scene and the scenes dealing with that “tragedy” the following days of filming, that they had given all the actors lessons on how to be shocked, horrified upon hearing of someone’s death and how to Believably act like your grieving… only saw Anna do that after she told Mac. They needed to review the Nov 95 tape I just watched today… the days leading… Read more »

Avelina
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Avelina

Spot on comment. Frank and Ron are a great team and they will do great. I have faith in them since OLTL was awesome. They should be given a chance. They hopefully will beat Days of Our lives in the ratings because that soap is god-awful and is not better than GH in any way.

GL chris
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GL chris

Well to al of you GH fans I say welcome to my world. For years I watched GL go down the drain and eventually be cancelled. Then ATWT and OLTL I watched because all my others were gone. Now To what do my wondering ears do I hear? but the demise og GH is soon is soon to be near. It’s not about lead ins or even ratings me loves. It is about costs. Put quite simply even if GH got a 100 share in the ratings, the costs to produce a soap does not compare to siliness like The… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

ouch,that hurts.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Yup, Yup, and Yup!

Avelina
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Avelina

Very True!!!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Loving GH again!

barbara t
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barbara t

me to.

Dinamarie
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Dinamarie

I am absolutely disgusted that they killed robin off! I cried my eyes out… This was not even expected- who is next? Carly? Michael? Sonny? I don’t get it kill off the people who have not had such a long standing in this show. I just honestly hope they do not change too much and kill off too many characters because I did no like amc or oltl so… I love gh and it always leaves you at the edge of your seat but realistically we need to move forward and not backward!!! Luckys gone.. Nicolas is gone.. No more… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

I like anthony,maybe Im the only one here that does ,I think he has a way with words,and I love all his flower arrangements ,dont give up on robin ,if you are reading all the posts here ,most of us think robin is alive,somewhere,so the robin story continues.also i heard that alot of the newbes will be gone ,so keep the faith all is not lost at general hospital.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Robin’s last air-date was Feb 21st, unless they pre-taped some scenes to show after that date. I just read it, she had stopped tapping.

barbara t
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barbara t

hopefully there is more to come,remember our big one life to live ending,brilliant.

auotb
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auotb

Robin is NOT dead give the new writer & producer a chance. At least there is a chance now for our soap with these guys.They will bring humor & love stories back Stay tuned

Christy
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Christy

The actress said she wanted Robin dead and that is what they did… so we don’t see a burned up body, where do you think the explosion, deep inside a bulding, flung her body to and how would you propose that she’ll recover and reappear?

that would have to be a Dallas speciality — it was just a bad dream!

barbara t
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barbara t

just got back from we love soaps and the ratings are in, general hospital goes down even lower,its that stupid revolution that is killing gh ,that show sucks, no body is going to watch it,for the love of pete,they are paying people to go in and watch the stupid thing,general hospital is getting good again and because of abc/disney decision to kill the afternoon soaps there ratings are going down ,which we want to see happen ,but poor general hospital is in the crossfire ,and that can hurt our last abc soap.1loveabcsoaps,I heard if you are watching gh on the… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Yeah, I read that what you are talking about not being counted, Heather told you. Sometimes I come home and just read the post, over a glass of wine, and I must admit when folk on here get into ” critic mood “, or there is a ” full moon” or whatever happens on here, it gets CRAZY and I crack up, and read myself to sleep. (Laughter is good for the soul). But yes Heather told you correct, I studied Communications in college, radio, tv, and film so I knew that.

barbara t
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barbara t

I think i remember saying that, back in the day ,several years ago a group of people from western ny rented a bus and went to new york city to see the I love new york ad being taped,alot of people wanted to meet shirley mclain,i read here that she is going to be in a soap in england ,to make a long story short ,she refused to go out and meet her fans , she was there filming but refused to take a few steps over to meet these people all the rest of the stars signed autographs and… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Barbara I was being sarcastic I have heard all the rumors that we are going to discover Robin is not dead kinda like Trevor St. John on OLTL with all the oldies coming back and them tying up loose ends makes me feel the handwriting is on the wall, Michael Knight gave an interview where he basically said ABC wants out of the business of soaps. Because of the huge costs etc. I am tired of everything revolving around Sonny & Jason just feel we have been there done that. We shall see!

lou
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lou

I’m not obligated to support GH or lie if I think the show is substandard. The Boards are for fans to opine not shill for ABC.

punkie
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punkie

Robin was on since she was 4 i was sad to see her go i wish maxi would have went she is a baby and she killed robin patrick think he did that not right

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Since she was 6. Wikipedia says 7. But I heard her say 6.

barbara t
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barbara t

I heard 6 .

Deshawn
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Deshawn

I think people need to stop being so negative general hospital have gotten better already I’m a man and I watch faithfully I think our good lord Jesus Christ will let mr lee president of abc see gh is worth saving pray instead of being negative.

barbara t
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barbara t

and I will amen to that.whos mr .lee?

Christy
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Christy

ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee

Jan
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Jan

I will be taping the show because I work during the days of the week that soaps are on and well see. Its funny how Kimberly & Kirsten grew up on both shows that will now colide.

Jared
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Jared

I have a serious idea. Michael: I hope RC/FV read these message boards or that you talk to them. I think Roxie should either volunteer at General Hospital or get her nursing degree and work at the nurses station with Epiphany and Elizabeth. How much fun would that be!

Christy
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Christy

Audrey would kick her out of the program…. she’s better at dye jobs than saving someone’s life…. but she’d be funny as a volunteer.

barbara t
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barbara t

thats what i keep saying that roxie should work at the spencers diner she would be good at giving out a cup of coffee a piece of pie and some good advice,she can run the place ,no problem for her no one is running the place now and every soap needs a diner.I dont think she would work well at the hospital ,except for what christy said she can do a mean hair dye,I miss her to.

Rosie
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Rosie

I’m so bummed about the way they wrote out the character of Robin. A character such as her deserved a long story, a story that as the actress said was meaty and fulfilling. But instead what we saw was an awkward ending to a legacy character that deserved far better than she received. Overall, I will continue to watch in the short term to see how the aftermath plays out, however I can not deny my disappointment in how the story was managed. On the flip side given the task they were handed the actors were phenomenal and deserve nothing… Read more »

Tara D
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Tara D

I have been watching this soap since I was 8 years old. Not once have I ever been so disappointed in the writers of GH then I have this week. I thought they would kill Robin off when she had a low count but now I see they were just foaming at the mouth. It broke my heart to see Robin be treated with so much disrespect. To die in her own lab was rediculous. If they want GH to be back on top and to save the show then they need to bring back Robin Scorpio.

barbara t
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barbara t

keep an open mind ,our robin is not dead ,they want us to think she is for right now ,but Im guessing something went wrong in the lab and there is more to the story then a explosion,I dont want robin dead either ,but there is no sense in killing off a loved character like her.I trust ron and frank to clear things up.they had a mess to straighten up .they need a while to put our friends in port charles back up front where they belong .the mob stories ate up all the other characters hopefully now that will… Read more »

Emily
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Emily

Rgt now I’m hoping for a great funeral/send off for Robin. I’m guessing they’re waiting til Jason is stablized & then all friends and family will b there. Hope that’s what they do and not keep treating her as a afterthought! Also, getting the impression that RC (new writer) is trying to anchor GH w/sentimental favs of GH and bring in a few power hitters from OLTL. He’s familar w/the OLTL actors and their talent and is trying to utilize them to help anchor the show. Let’s face it we don’t need newbies like the “woman in white”. I was… Read more »

General Hospital

GH Faves Finola Hughes, Ian Buchanan, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Marc Anthony Samuel In New IGTV Series, ‘Enter Exit’

This week, General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna) and some very good friends and acting partners debuted in a new IGTV series, directed by Hughes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s a thriller! What else would we expect from the woman who plays super spy Anna Devane on the ABC daytime drama series.

The IGTV (Instagam’s longer video application) series is called, Enter Exit, and there are 11 episodes, and the first one dropped on Monday.  It is  written by TV scribe Matt Boren, and also stars some of Port Charles’ longtime favorites that include: Ian Buchanan (Ex-Duke), Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) and Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix).

Hughes told SOD how she was inspired to come up with the concept for the show:  “I started to think about, if you’re in lockdown, what would be a narrative where you could act in a vacuum, basically? I first started thinking about what my character would be — a retired (government) agent. And then there’s some reason that I’m retired. And I started to think about stationary shots and walking into your closeup and all those kinds of things. I left (the rest) with Matt; it was basically, ‘Whatever he writes, we’ll do.’ And I just sort of concentrated on how, feasibly, we could do it.”’

Boren, who has been an ardent viewer of GH from its hey day, shared on working off Hughes seeds of an idea to what Enter Exit is about: “In a sense, it’s a local detective thriller that starts out small — and understandably so as season one takes place during the pandemic. However, what we seed throughout these first 11 mini-episodes hints at a show that longs to be on a much larger, more global scale. We were absolutely inspired by ’80s GH — the WSB, the espionage and larger than life stories that were so thrilling, and through Devane/Scorpio/Lavery/Donnelly/Jones, so grounded. Throw that in with some Killing Eve, X-Files and (this will make sense down the line) Stranger Things, and you have a recipe that might be pages away in our cookbook.”

Now check out episode 1 below featuring Hughes and Silzer and make sure to follow Finola’s IG account for all-new installments of Enter Exit.

So, what do you think about the concept of the series? Excited to see more? Let us know via the comment section.

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GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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OLTL Alum Christopher Cousins Appears on General Hospital as Dante’s Doctor

On Thursday, the very shrewd fans of daytime drama, noticed a very familiar face on General Hospital in scenes with Dominic Zamprogna in Dante’s return storyline.

Playing Dante’s Doctor turned out to be Christopher Cousins, most soap-famous for his role as Cain Rogan on One Life to Live from 1991 to 1994 and later reprising the role of the conman back in 2008.  Cain was romantically involved with Tina Lord (Andrea Evans) while in story in Llanview.

Cousins also made appearance on two other daytime drama: as Greg Houston on Another World in 1986 and as Colin Crowley on As the World Turns in 1990.  More recently Christopher has been appearing in numerous primetime TV shows and films.

So, do you hope Christopher sticks around on General Hospital?  Do you think it’s just a guest stint for him to serve Dante’s story? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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