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Executive Producer Frank Valentini Talks Returns, Exits, And Previews The Drama This Fall On General Hospital

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Surprise returns, a wedding, a heartbreaking social issue storyline, romance, and heavy drama are all ahead this fall on General Hospital.

Executive Producer Frank Valentini sat down with Michael Fairman TV during the ABC TCA 2018 Summer Press Tour All-Star Reception to answer our rapid fire questions throughout the bustle of the industry event.

Valentini previewed what’s ahead in and around Port Charles for several characters and duos as the summer comes to a close, and a new season marks new beginnings.  He also addressed the recent cast exits that have seen fan favorites departing the ABC daytime drama series.

Now, as viewers will witness this week, there is some major distress ahead for several key characters that will play out over the next few months.

Here’s what the showrunner had to say about some hot topics that fans have been buzzing about, and more below.

Genie Francis (Laura) is coming back to the show, after all the uproar and demand for her to return.   You said there will be major story for her when she is back.  Is that true?

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FRANK:  Yes, and we are very excited that she is coming back.  And yes, we have actually two big stories for Genie, and there is a little bit of overlap in them. When she comes back she jumps right into the big story, and the audience will know what the story is when they see her return. 

Chloe Lanier (Chloe) just wrapped up an incredible run on the show.  How do you feel about her departure from GH?  Did you know she was only planning on staying for a few years? 

FRANK:  We all knew that it was for a limited time. Nelle has sort of wreaked havoc on anyone she possibly could, and left in a big way and helped kick-off another big story with some other fan favorites including: Michael (Chad), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen), and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright), and the Corinthos family.  So, that’s another fun thing to look forward to.  Chloe is just a tremendous young actress.  We all remember her from the 52nd anniversary episode, which was the Luke (Tony Geary) episode, which revealed the origin story. Chloe just really stood out to us, and we brought her back.  Everyone loved working with her and she is a great friend. 

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Did you have any trepidation about doing another baby switch storyline?

FRANK:  Never, never!   This one has a twist on a double twist.  It’s a triple-axel! It will be gut-wrenching, for sure.

Then, Dominic Zamprogna (Ex-Dante) left GH.  How do you feel about him deciding to leave the show?

FRANK:  I love Dominic.  In fact, we just had dinner together a few weeks ago.  He is a great actor, but he wanted to try some other stuff.   We wish him all the best.  And you never know … the door is always open. 

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Fans on social media have been commenting how the Drew/Sam/Jason triangle featuring: Billy Miller, Kelly Monaco ,and Steve Burton had started, and then was just kind of dropped and has not been playing out on-air.  Have you made the decision to not play that triangle?

FRANK:  No, we are definitely playing it.  There are many iterations:  Drew and Sam are connected through their children, and their love, and the history that they have.  And as well, Jason and Drew being brothers, and that Jason and Sam have their own history, as well.  There’s way more to come! 

Fans have commented, “What happened to this story?”

FRANK:   It’s a big show with a big cast.  Everyone takes a turn stepping forward, and then stepping back.

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You brought on Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux) as a potential love interest for Drew?

FRANK:  Yes, and I knew her work from All My Children and The Young and the Restless, and she is a phenomenal actress and we are really lucky to have her.  Margaux has got the flash drive with Drew’s memories on it and that is an important piece of information to have.

Peter August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey) is still on the canvas.  Is your plan to have Peter create more havoc in Port Charles?

FRANK:  Wes Ramsey is a phenomenal actor.  I think he did a phenomenal job when Peter was kidnapped and tied-up.  It’s not easy to be in scenes where you are tied-up for almost four weeks, and to act, and to stay present in the stage of being a hostage.  I just though he knocked it out of the park  He is Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) brother, he is Anna’s (Finola Hughes) son and with whatever is going to happen with Maxie, they are connected.  He is Maxie’s brother-in-law and baby James’ uncle.  There is a lot of story there.

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Finola Hughes is back after taking some time-off.  Now, Anna and Finn’s (Michael Easton) relationship will be further explored as they now fight a common enemy.  What can you share about this duo?

FRANK:  Finola had a mini-vacation. She is incredibly hard-working, and we try to make sure actors’ have enough time in their personal life to have fun, and go on vacations, and be with their family. This was something we were able to work out story-wise.  But also, Hamilton will be involved with his family and there is some story there and also as you see, when Finola came back we launched into a big story with them.  There is so much to explore in their relationship. For Anna, she has only had two great loves in her life, Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Robert (Tristan Rogers).  So for her to open up her heart to someone else is a big deal, and we will explore that as well, and what that means.

Michelle Stafford (Nina) has been delivering in scene after scene as the grieving sister, following the death of her brother, detective Nathan West.  What is in store for her Nina and her relationship, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart)?

FRANK:  Valentin and Nina are separated right now, and that is never going to sit well with Valentin.  He is going to do everything in his power to try and win her back.  That will not only be fun to watch, but it will be interesting and full of twists, as well.

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Chase (Josh Swickard) and Maxie seems like they could make for an interesting pairing. Will you explore that at this point?

FRANK:  There is a lot of potential with Maxie, but I don’t think Maxie is ready to be in a relationship.  She has tons of story with Lulu (Emme Rylan), and as well with her parents, and there will be lots of other fun things going on with her, but I don’t see a romance right now being front and center in her life.

Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Krstina) is coming back to GH.  Fans had been calling for her return.  Why the decision now to bring her on to the canvas?

FRANK:  We love Lexi!  Her parents are two of the most important people on the show, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  It just seemed like a no-brainer, and she was available. We have a really fun story for her, as well.

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So, there is no Parker (Ashley Jones) in Kristina’s life, right now?

FRANK:  We will see as we go along, and we will uncover the truth about that relationship, as well. 

You brought one of the finest actresses in Tamara Braun back to GH.   Do you plan on utilizing her more … and will Kim be driving story?

FRANK:  Kim is going to have a very big story this fall.

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What can you share on the future of Julian (William deVry) and Alexis?

FRANK:  They will be part of the Kim story as well, and their own story.  Alexis is going to be involved in different stories that will culminate in a story of her own, as well

Patricia Bethune was great as Nurse Mary Pat as Carly’s nemesis at Ferncliff.   She is an amazing character actress.  Did you plan on keeping her around as long as you have?

FRANK:  She is just a great actress and we really lucked out.  She played the balance of very deadly serious and dangerous, and also with a sardonic and sarcastic sort of comedic bent to it.

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Let’s talk Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco (Roger Howarth).  Is there a wedding? And if so, will it go off without a hitch?

FRANK:   There is a wedding coming in the fall.  And how could a wedding between Liz and Franco be anything but explosive and hilarious?  How funny was Roger Howarth in the remote scenes where they save Carly at Ferncliff, and he is sitting in the car and he says, “You knocked over my art supplies.”  I mean, that is pretty great stuff. 

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You recently had OLTL fan favorite Patrick J. Gibbons (Ex-Sam Manning) on GH, in role of Wyatt … the scout who tripped upon Peter being held hostage in the cabin.   How was it working with him again after your time together in Llanview?

FRANK:  Patrick and his family are very good friends of mine, who I have always had a connection with. When the writers came up with the part of Wyatt, I thought Patrick would be perfect for it.  He was wonderful.   Patrick has the right amount of innocence. He has grown so much as an actor, and he is still only 11.  I thought he was phenomenal. He played the wonder and the dedication to the scouts and trying to figure it out in fear of Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).   I thought he did such a nice job,   He is a lovely kid.  I was so happy to reconnect with him.

You have recast Vinessa Antoine’s role of Jordan Ashford with Briana Nicole Henry. Vinessa has gone on to be the series lead in the upcoming Canadian TV drama, Diggstown.  Isn’t it always hard to recast a role?

FRANK:  It’s always hard to recast and we never take it lightly.  We always want to make sure we bring in somebody good.  Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan are in a position in their story where it’s important to keep them on the canvas, and write –off the character of Jordan for a frivolous reason. We would not want to do that to the audience.

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The Alzheimer’s storyline is one of the important social and medical issues of our time to shed a light on.  Through Max Gail’s (Mike) performances, it has resonated so much to the audience.  Do you plan on continuing taking the viewers through the most difficult and tragic moments in the journey of someone who cannot escape this illness, and the toll it takes on its loved ones?

FRANK:  I think that Max Gail, like Vernee Watson (Stella), took us by surprise at how amazing they are. The Alzheimer’s story is very near and dear to all of our hearts.  We want to tell it in a way that is very realistic, but to also emphasis the hope and the family connection, and the love that is that family. Sometimes in the face of tragedy, it brings out the best in human beings.  There is something very uplifting about that, even though we are telling a very sad story.  Mike realizes that this family loves him, even though he has made mistakes. There is a tremendous amount of forgiveness and a tremendous amount of empathy and sympathy, and reconciliation in moving forward.  I think the relationship between Max and Sonny is played beautifully by Max and Maurice Benard.

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What is ahead for Ava Jerome (Maura West), now that the secret is out that the man she thought she could trust and who loved her, Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen) slept with her daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin)?

FRANK:  Ava explodes over the next couple of weeks and has a major, major story. Maura West has never been better!

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What is ahead now for Carly?  She holds the clue that there has been a switcheroo at Ferncliff involving her “therapist” Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom).  Will she be the one to figure it out? 

FRANK:  Carly will definitely be dealing with the repercussions from Ferncliff, and also some family situations, and also something big coming up with Sonny. She will also be helping Michael through his difficult time, because she is a good mother.

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So, what story are you looking forward to seeing play out?  Are you excited for the return of Genie Francis? What did you think about the EP’s thoughts on the departures, the returns, and the plans for the characters in Port Charles this fall? Comment below.

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Denise A Daniel
Denise A Daniel

Franco & Elizabeth deserve a huge romantic wedding not an explosive one. I wish you had pushed Frank on the tease GH gave us about Elizabeth’s parents. We’ve been waiting 21 years. Also wish you’d have asked about Elizabeth’s trans friend Terry.

Sher
Sher

Agree

dmr
dmr

I like Franco, but many viewers do not. I like Roger because he brings such comedic value to scenes (much like Kin Shriner). I just wish that Roger was brought back as a different character. Oh well. Terry is another example of Frank’s “big cast” and of a “drop and dash” of characters and storylines. What a joke.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I like Franco, too, dmr. Roger Howarth may not be traditionally handsome but he’s sexy as all get-out and funny as well.

dmr
dmr

Very funny, and I’ve always liked Roger. I’m not too keen on Liz and Franco. I find Elizabeth to be very boring. I know that she has a strong fan base, and it’s nothing against the actress. Although, I think it’s sweet how much Franco adores her. I think that part is played out well on-screen.

Jules
Jules

She’s had no story outside of propping up the Franco storyline. Liz of late 90’s and 2000’s was 1000x more interesting than what has happened to her character over the last few years with ties to the Spencer’s, Jason, Sonny, Quartermaine, Cassadines, Robin, Patrick, etc. They’ve decimated her character over the last few years.

Timmm
Timmm

Seems Terry was a stunt casting by Frank!

dmr
dmr

Frank: It’s a big show with a big cast.
DMR: TRIM THE FAT! (WES RAMSEY)
Frank: Wes Ramsey is a phenomenal actor.
DMR: He must not read the comments on social media. This character is one of the most hated in daytime.

Dmp
Dmp

No he isn’t. Get rid of Jason

Barbara
Barbara

Nope!!

Mll1206
Mll1206

That is what makes Wes so good at what he does!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I really like Wes and I’ve never hated his character. Always understood him and felt bad for him.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Maybe Wes is hated by you. I think he is a great actor and can see the direction his story could go.
I have watched my whole life and personally get tired of all the complaints and the bullying of the actors. Some seem to not be able to seperate the show from reality
I can see expressing your opinion however constructively however, some act like their opinion is the only one who matters.

Fanny
Fanny

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you,DMR
Wes isn’t an asset to the show…

rose
rose

dmr…Just in case Frank reads comments, I want him to know
Wes/Peter has my vote. I don’t know why there is this animosity towards him, but I’m for him as an actor and character.

Timmm
Timmm

Rose, people dont like him because he is Laura Wright’s boyfriend and a lot of fans hate Carly! I dont like Peter because I cannot see him as Anna and Faison’s son and I dont like that twist. Nothing against Wes.

Erin
Erin

I too do not like him being Anna’s son and the actor is over-dramatic.

Dmr
Dmr

Agree, Erin!

rose
rose

Timmm…The Carly thing makes sense. And since she is out of Ferncliff I don’t see her as new and improved. Same old, same old. Such as when Monica apologized to her the other day, all Carly could say was she accepted the apology, not that she had things to apologize for a well.
As fpr Wes/Peter being Anna’s son…it is a bit of a stretch. He could still be a Cassadine, but would have preferred Griffin as her long, lost son.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Oh, Rose! I couldn’t agree with you more!!! When Monica apologized to Carly I was like, “Are you KIDDING MEEEEEEE?????!!!!!” Monica apologize to the woman who tortured her son, took her grandson away from him and the family, drugged him, threatened him, covered up his murder, STILL insults him to Monica’s face…and the writers had Monica apologize to Carly???!!! And the self-righteous witch thinks she’s being magnanimous by accepting???

I never knew fictional characters could inspire such wrath in me. LOL. I had to put it on pause and pace just to calm down! hahaha…

rebecca1
rebecca1

Where I disagree though with the response you were given is it’s not true: a lot of fans don’ t “hate” Carly. You would assume they do; (funny how many of us regulars here are on agreement about her) but in the FB/Twitter verse they love her! As I mentioned on other posts she has more followers that most of the other actresses and the fans are rabid defending her. They stopped watching (or threatened to) when Nelle got the best of her.

So, I don’t think it’s Carly hate that Peter detractors are swayed by; I think they just don’t like the character. Or his relationship to Anna. Or that they think he was instrumental in Nathan’s death. Etc, etc.

I’m with you. I love him and the actor (well, as much as you can be a fan of someone you don’t know.)

Fanny
Fanny

Agree Timmm… He brings nothing to the show… His characters personality
is sterile… Ridiculous that he was chosen to be Anna’s son!!! Should have been Griffin, they can still change it around by saying they were switched at birth… Valentin can take the fall.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, should have been Griffin–and “they” led us to believe that in the beginning.

Shay
Shay

Absolutely, Fanny! Griffin was the epitome of what Anna’s son should have been….dreamy and decent….until Ava got her cougar hooks into him, that is!!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Let’s just agree that Anna and Faison is laughable.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Maybe you’re right, Timmm. He was perfectly fine on GL years back. This character just doesn’t suit him.

Shay
Shay

That, too, Timmm…But the character is also not accepted by many viewers because he is not likable in the least—-he engenders no sympathy or goodwill and, as thus, his status as Anna’s son is simply unthinkable for those of us who love “The Divine Devane!”.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I also like Wes and look forward to seeing his on going story evolve.As Frank said, he is related to all these other characters. Why people criticize his acting abilities is beyond me. It’s not his fault that he’s Laura Wright’s boyfriend. If they make each other happy in real life, good for them!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I agree, rose. Wes has my vote, too. I look forward to his scenes. Great back story; many connections on the canvas and an emotional journey. I’d be beyond disappointed if it was a short run.

As for the animosity, it’s unwarranted and mean. But what’s new…

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

He leaves me cold, also.

Fanny
Fanny

Exactly Nancy!

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, him and Summer on Y&R.

Fanny
Fanny

Timmm, agree w/ U on both characters… Summer is
acting like a vapid little brat… she cares nothing for Billy, which means she’s out to hurt her mother… Why?

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh Fanny, don’t get me started on that whining little demon known as Summer! She’s not even a “fun” villainess like Hillary on Y&R or Joan Collins’ Alexis on “Dynasty” years ago. She’s evil and doesn’t seem to have a conscience. Isn’t that what they used to accuse Adam Newman of..being a sociopath?

Jackie
Jackie

Wes is my favorite new addition to GH (after Max who is wonderful as well). His acting is amazing. He may be hated on the show simply because of the character he plays.

Fanny
Fanny

Jackie,
Max is doing a very responsible & respectful job.

Dmr
Dmr

The General Hospital twitter feed is full of harsh comments about Frank, Wes, Roger, the “Mob Squad,” dropped storylines, and other topics. We all have been watching for years and have our favorites.

Barbara
Barbara

Really?? I think he’s pretty good!!

dmr
dmr

I will be tuning-in this week for Maura West. Now, she is an amazing actress, IMO. & I love Ava Jerome! There is a reason that she has won 3 (?) Emmy Awards.

Fanny
Fanny

Maura is brilliant!!!

rose
rose

dmr…Now here’s where I agree with you. I don’t mind a little bit of redemption on Ava’s part, but I like it when she shakes things up,,,especially with holier than thou Sonny and Carly regarding the custody of Avery.

Michelle
Michelle

I love Maura since atwt when she was in the courtroom you could really see her nostrils flaring but I think ava needs to answer for all her wrongs an not be a dam hipoctite

Fanny
Fanny

Agree Michelle… What’s good for the
goose….

rebecca1
rebecca1

The biggest hypocrite on GH is Carly. Ava is a student compared to the master.

Griffin
Griffin

Ava is no where near being the hypocrite that Carly, Sonny, Jason, Kiki, Griffin and slew of others are on this show. Lets me honest she is not alone in the hypocrisy department. As to answering for her wrongs, who on GH answers for theirs?

Fanny
Fanny

Problem lies w/ TOOOOOOO MUCH CARLY & SONNY… There is no balance… No wonder some people chose to leave the show.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I couldn’t agree more, Fanny. I just can’t stand them. Carly in particular. There are no words how much this character grates on my nerves. If I have to hear that giggle one more time; ugh. I’d take Ava over Carly any day.

Fanny
Fanny

Rebecca, any day of the week indeed.
Was it truly necessary for Carly to be so RUDE to Elizabeth??? When told Joss may need some attention.”Great Mother” my …LOL

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think it was necessary, Fanny! Carly’s very life depends on her being nasty and self-righteous. If that part of her died who would she be? Ugh. )

Carol Kelly
Carol Kelly

Yes it was time for the Ava we know and love to return. A little redemption is fine but she is more exciting when she is being a bada**.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Don’t know any reason–at least, the work she did on GH was overplayed and melodramatic–no restraint and no finesse.

Carol Kelly
Carol Kelly

Yes she is. I am really looking forward to her new story line. She really livened up this story line with her Griff and Kiki. I am sure she will do wonders with her new one

CDEE
CDEE

HATE the idea of switching Kevin with his Brother.. this is a real turn off for me.. I have been watching for over 40 years..Sure hope THAT does not happen. Poor Laura if it does. I love her. <3 my GH and miss my OLTL family also.

rose
rose

CDEE…If there is a switching of brothers maybe it will take the instinct of Laura to see it.

Shay
Shay

Exactly, Rose! That is what I have opined the past regarding the need for Laura’s return! She will see through Ryan’s charade, just as she would have sussed out Fluke’s nonsense had she been present for that tawdry tale.

Phil
Phil

I have mixed feelings here. I find it kind of humorous that he says “it’s a big cast and people step forward and step back!” Much as I enjoy Sonny and Carly I cannot remember a time where they weren’t featured in a big storyline. Even I as a fan find it to be overkill! Not to mention all these “big stories” they have planned for virtually everyone else on the show? I don’t know I’m skeptical there! As for the couple front… please no Nina and Valentine! They need to move on to other people! Love Kim, but not with Julian! Julian and Alexis need to reunite! Still not sure why they brought Margeaux on! No offense to the actress, but Frank nearly saidit himself the cast is bloated. There is nothing about the #metoo storyline, which bothers me because the show had a chance to do something good with this storyline, but sadly it looks like it will become a storyline of cheating instead. In addition pushing Kiki and Griffin together when Kiki and Michael should be revisited! While we are on storylines taking a different turn or being dropped, what happened to the patient next door to Carly. It’s not all bad though! Laura returning is exciting and so is Kistina’s return. Excited about the Kevin storyline AND of course the Liz and Franco wedding is good news to me!

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I had the exact same thought, Phil: “Um, Frank, you meant to say, ‘It’s a big cast and SOME people step forward and step back.’ ” There have been periods when the show did a better job of balancing them against other characters and other stories, but Sonny, Carly, and Jason have never been anything other than front and center at any point I can think of. And to be fair, the only time Luke was not front and center was when Tony Geary was on one of his extended vacations, so he’s another one to whom that “rule” never seemed to apply.

I think the truth is that the current head writers struggle with balance. It’s probably not an easy thing to achieve, especially with all the different people they report to and all the different things they’re expected to accomplish.

Steve
Steve

Actually, when Ron was writing the show, Sonny wasn’t always driving story. He played second fiddle in Connie’s DID but came to the forefront again once she was killed off.

Fanny
Fanny

Steve, I would love to have Ron C, writing for
GH again… He could resuscitate our show.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Fanny; he should start by apologizing to Sean Kanan and resurrecting AJ again! You just don’t kill off a legacy character who was just brought back!

paula
paula

I feel that he uses former OLTL characters too much. He has GH vets that are hardly used like Lynn Herring, John J York. Why not being back Carly Schroeder on a regular basis. He needs to use GH vets more!!!

Kay
Kay

This interview just shows how totally out of touch Frank is with his viewers. The show revolves on what he wants for his pets. No one is clamoring for more story for Peter, Kim, Ava, etc. viewers want story for the vets they know and love. Lulu sat in the courtroom with only a line or two for three days. She deserves a good story. Alexis and Genie need good stories of their own not merely being used in someone else’s story. The Drew/Sam/Jason triangle is a figment of his imagination not on our screens. Wake up Frank before,you bury yet another soap!

Fanny
Fanny

Completely out of touch!!!

dmr
dmr

Thank you, Kay! Agreed about Peter and Kim! What triangle? & so many storylines are appearing off-screen.

Jules
Jules

Agreed. The cast is huge and full of too many OLTL vets. I’d trade Franco, Valentin, Cassandra, Peter, Kiki, Chase for Tyler Christopher’s Nikolas Cassadine and Jason Thompson’s Patrick Drake any day.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I agree, Kay. Whatever interest the Drew/Jasam story had has long passed. Drew is flourishing without that mumbling albatross around his neck, and Jason has reverted back to a Corinthos-programmed thug. I’d like Alexis back as a strong, non co-dependent woman, and a decent story for wonderful Chase. Lulu? Sorry, but I don’t see a Pulitzer in her future.

Fanny
Fanny

Soaphound,
Said the same about Alexis When she was in court, she was in her element. Nancy was GREAT!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Soaphound; Alexis has been back as a “strong, non co-dependent woman” for a while now. I’d actually like to see her in a relationship. It took forever to give her one and they screwed it up. Give her a good, healthy relationship already! Great looking, brilliant, funny, accomplished; they need to bring in some men that are less criminal and more on par with her. Finn would have been great if they didn’t revisit him with Anna.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I dont think she’s there yet, rebecca1. I still see the potential for a Julian relapse. Why the heck did they ruin this twosome with that knife at the throat scene? Just lazy writing or a plan to ditch the Julian character? They still have the “it” factor that many long-running supercouples do not!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I would be all for an Alexis/Julian reunion. I’ve always liked Julian and never believed he would have killed Alexis. The writers must have been insane to take a wildly popular couple and then do a 180 and turn him into some maniacal knife-wielding loon. The one good thing that came out of it was the great opportunity it afforded Nancy and William to display their fine acting chops; both were at the top of their game in that story. But I do believe Julian was coerced by Olivia, WAS trying to save his family by going along with her plan and believe that somehow he would have “staged” Alexis’s death had Sonny not intervened. The power of the imagination; what WOULD have happened is open to interpretation so that’s where I’ve gone.

The dilemma lies in the fact that he’d have to be totally mob-free and I’m not sure that’s possible now. He’s been nothing but an upright citizen since he was released but now that Sonny is provoking him he needs to defend himself/retaliate, which will put a crimp in his relationship with Kim and any future with Alexis. Interested to see how it falls out.

As for Alexis? I wouldn’t see her as weak or dependent if she went back to him. I’d be singing a different tune if we were talking about real life but in Port Charles? Alexis hit rock bottom, lost everything, came back on top of her game and has proven to herself and everyone else that she always rises to the top in the end. And, since she, too, believes Julian it’s not like she’d be going back (in her mind) to an abusive man. The writers attempted to exonerate Julian in her mind and in the viewers. I know not every viewer accepts it but I would/do.

Sara
Sara

I really wish Julexis could get a reunion story. Its unfortunate that this reads as more of the same for them

Renee
Renee

Same here! I’ve been waiting for Julexis to have a good rebuild story which leads to them reuniting. So tired of the stalls and alternate pairing!

dmr
dmr

It’s definitely a slow-build/burn. & throwing boring Kim into the mix makes it unbearable! But, seeing Alexis and Julian attempt to be friends is realistic, I suppose? I like them, too.

Lynne Bookstaber
Lynne Bookstaber

Oh, Max Gail !! What a fantastic story line presented by the surprise acting by Mr. Gail.Having cared for a loved one with dementia,he is on the money with his portrayal. Thank you,Lynne Bookstaber

Christy Livingston
Christy Livingston

I’d like to know when exactly do the actors switch it up? All we see is Sonny, Jason and Carly constantly. I mean Robert needing Jason was ridiculous.

elm1951
elm1951

evidently putting jason with robert was the only place tptb could put jason which proves there was no reason to bring back that character in my opinion

Timmm
Timmm

They are ruining Anna and to have Robert with Jason was bull….!

Fanny
Fanny

Timmm, They are ruining Anna’s character.

dmr
dmr

Yup. Just like when the Mob solves the criminal cases or kills the “bad guys” because the PCPD is too inept, or Jordan is apologizing or thanking Sonny. This type of writing is what turns-off a lot of viewers. When has Anna or Robert ever needed help in their field (besides, from each other or Frisco)?

JANIE
JANIE

FRANKLY THE ONLY THING I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO IS THE NEW JORDAN. I HOPE SHE IS A MUCH STRONGER AND DECISIVE COMMISH THAN THE LAST ONE. I LIKE VINESSA AND WISH HER THE VERY BEST….BUT SHE JUST DIDN’T CUT IT FOR ME IN THE ROLE OF COMMISSIONER. AS FAR AS FRANK VALENTINI IS CONCERNED MAYBE HE SHOULD POST HIS EMAIL ADDRESS AND LET THE FANS TELL HIM DIRECTLY WHAT THEY THINK OF HIS COMMENTS. THE MAJORITY OF THE FANS ARE SICK AND TIRED OF BABY SWITCHING STORY LINES AND THE CURRENT ONE IS NO EXCEPTION. IF IT IS GOING TO GO ON FOR MONTHS THEN I WILL TUNE IN TO SOME OTHER PROGRAM. HE ALSO OVERUSES THE TERM PHENOMONAL. NOT ALL OF THE ACTORS ON THE SHOW HE DESCRIBED USING THIS TERM IS NOT ACCURATE IN MY OPINION. THIS IS ALSO BECOMING ONE LIFE TO LIFE 2.0 INSTEAD OF GENERAL HOSPITAL. TIME TO STOP WITH SO MANY OF THAT SHOW’S FORMER ACTORS. ALL IN ALL DO NOT PERONALLY CARE FOR MR. VALENTINI……THINK SHE SHOW HAS GONE DOWNHILL IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS BECAUSE OF HIM. I REMEMBER A TIME WHEN HE STATED DURING AN INTERVIEW THAT WE WOULD SEE STORYLINES WRAPPING UP MUCH SOONER AND NOT LASTING SO LONG………….GUESS HIS DEFINITION OF LONG/SHORT IS DIFFERENT FROM MINE.

Darryl Johnson
Darryl Johnson

Its not the actress fault its the writers there the ones writing this dialogue for Jordan, the actress is acting her ass off with what is giving to her.

elm1951
elm1951

i definitely agree with you on this!

Darryl Johnson
Darryl Johnson

Can we get a strong investment storyline for The African American characters, because right now why do frank have black characters if he doesnt want to write for them. Bring back Andre and Valerie they were string actors, give them just much story and airtine as you give Boring ass Sonny, Carly, Jason, and Jason girl. I think GH is racists! Give Curtis, Jordan, Tj, Stella, Valerie a story please. Please get Shawn out of jail and bscknon the canvas recast him is blakeman can’t. And on Gods earth bring back Tj and Molly story please, we want to see them.

Timmm
Timmm

Watch Y&R.

rebecca1
rebecca1

They got rid of a lot of established and beloved characters to add African American characters. There was no need for Jordan to be police commissioner when we had Mac. Not only was Mac fired from being the commish but basically fired from the show. Anna took over briefly and voila! Jordan pops up out of nowhere.

Diversity is fine. Not at the expense of established actors/characters who are loved. New people can make a fine addition; shouldn’t be replacements.

Kat lee
Kat lee

So basically you brought Steve Burton back to drive up ratings, but have no real story for him. Every time you place Jason in a story , he never finishes it. Starting with the supposed triangle and then The Peter August “forgetaboutit” Fiasco. And now the wsb thing. I loved how Frank went on about Drew and Sam’s Children. Funny I thought one of them was Jason’s, you remember from the 12 year history of the supercouple. As opposed to the history Frank mentions specifically, you know the just about two year relationship Sam had with who she thought was Jason and then the six months whine fest you are calling a history of Drew and Sam. I would like to see Jason in a long term, thought out storyline. Jason is all over the place putting out fires or being used as a stop gap filler such as that scene between him and Robert the other day, what the heck was that. Frank we are not stupid and you will only keep the Jason and JaSam fans dangling for so long. You have alienated the Dream fans by dangling JaSam in front of this much larger fan base, if we walk away (CIN is on the horizon) ? But maybe that’s what you want. Personal feelings or situations between actors or show runners good or bad should not be interfering in the success or failure of this historic show. Please do something with Jason. He’s a filet mighnon character that shouldn’t be used filler. Soon!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Kat lee, your post made me laugh because you’ve probably given more thought to Sam’s kids than she has in the past 6 months. WHERE DO THEY GO when she’s traipsing around Switzerland and prowling the docks looking for Jason?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Jason has always been about saving Carly and Sonny. Even when he and Sam were together he was always leaving her and the kids to ride to their rescue or do their dirty work. How many times was he presumed dead? And yet, he comes back after being held captive for five years and spends every waking moment worrying about Carly; ready to leave the country with her if need be. His kids? Meh; they can wait another few months/years to see him.

Sam has supposedly grown. She was in a loving, stable relationship with Patrick and then with Drew. She was happy. The writers suddenly decided she wasn’t happy when Jason came back so that she could live the dangerous life with him again.

I think the writers would be fools to put Sam and Jason back together. If after all this time she would STILL be willing to play second best to Carly that’d basically make no sense. She’s older/wiser. He hasn’t evolved at all.

Caffey
Caffey

This all sounds so boring. It seems like he is just rehashing what is going on now. These stories are all sleepers. Will continue not to watch. BTW, Anna looks wayyyyy too old for Finn!

Fanny
Fanny

They R not suited for each other.

rebecca1
rebecca1

She’s not; she’s only about eight years older than him in real life. And, so what? If the characters are meant to care for each other hopefully that superficial point is not on Finn’s mind. Personally, I liked him better with Alexis.

Michael
Michael

Ummm he really didn’t say anything

mfarris70
mfarris70

E X A C T L Y

Steve
Steve

Exactly! Nothing revealing. Just propping his favorites (ridiculous praise of WR). And, “Carly is a good mother”.

dmr
dmr

YUP, THANK YOU!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah . . . he didn’t.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

TWO big stories for Genie Francis??? Hey, I can’t wait and will tune back in for those TWO big stories! Wow! Can you believe–TWO big stories for Genie????!!! Well, all I can say is that “I’ll believe it when I see it.” 🙂
Go, Genie–and we all know she CAN! I’m eager to see the spitfire of a Laura that we’re used to–eons ago????
I know Genie is waiting to dig in!

RoseKellyPC
RoseKellyPC

I would love, LOVE for some of Franks “most important people on the show” to take a Vaca and let Laura Spencer Collins loose. She’s why I’m going to be watching. They better not screw it up or fragment it so much that you can’t remember what is going on. Give her some material and she will Rock that show.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You got that right! Rock it, she will! She needs some great writing to really, really, rock it, doesn’t she? Perhaps. . . I’ll go on dreaming. . 🙂

Candy
Candy

I like to EP Frank to quit spinning these horrible stories he trying to sell just in order to keep his favs Sonny, Carly, Jason and Sam on front and center not all of us care about the garbage of the MOB crew. I’d like to see a story with Elizabeth not with Franco being apart of it.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh Candy, I’m on Corinthos Overload, too. Naturally, this includes resident hit man Jason, bratty Joss (Oscar deserves better), tortured (but cute) Michael, and the DAILY mention of Morgan. Now the return of Christina, another Corinthos! What’s next, a major story for Avery?

Tracy
Tracy

Frank wouldn’t know the truth if it turned into a snake and bit him in the head! Frank is excited Genie is coming back – he fired her! And fans will know Laura’s story? We already know! It’s the twin memory mapping story! Frank knew Chloe was on for a limited time? Right. That’s why he invested so much in her character. And please, for Frank to act invested in Brad, Lucas and Bobbie is ridiculous because we never see them! Now, we’re seeing Brad and Lucas just so GH can break them up over the baby swapping! Frank loves Dom? Sure. That’s why fans never saw Dante! And Dom wanted to try other things? Dom wanted to WORK and GH wouldn’t let him! Really Frank? GH didn’t drop the Drew/Sam/Jason triangle? We never see Sam and Drew share scenes together. We never see love between them – we just saw them break up without ever seeing them fall apart! Now, we see GH nonstop pushing Jasam with no regard for their lack of chemistry or divided fan base! Frank brought Margaux on as a potential love interest for Drew so again, how is there a Drew/Sam/Jason triangle? Doesn’t matter. Frank knew Elizabeth Henrickson’s work and considers her phenomenal – anyone else see a pet in the making? And it’s a large cast so everyone takes turns? What a complete and utter crock! We see Sonny, Sam, Carly, Jason, Peter and Nelle (prior to her leaving) all the time! GH doesn’t leave room to use other characters! Wes Ramsey is a phenomenal actor because Frank thinks he played a good hostage? Yes! Let’s give everyone who can lay on a bed and whine an Oscar! Wes is an okay actor but not a great actor. Let’s be honest, Frank doesn’t care that Peter is connected to Anna, Maxie and Robin on GH – Frank cares that Wes is connected to Laura Wright who is one of his pets! (I was hoping Peter was Alex’s because Anna sleeping with Faison doesn’t fit GH history and because then GH could ditch Peter but it seems Frank isn’t going that direction which is a bummer) Anna is back which Frank treats an afterthought but Finn will be involved with his family – how many unwanted newbies are we getting for that family? Nina and Valentin are separated with no spoilers – I think this is Frank-speak for “we haven’t decided which strand of spaghetti to pick of the wall yet”. Frank doesn’t think Maxie is ready for a new romance? Since when? He’s been throwing Maxie and Peter together for months. And Maxie has stories with her parents and Lulu? Who is Frank kidding here? We never see Mac and Felicia! Kristina is back because her parents are two of GH’s most important characters – nice, Frank, way to welcome Lexi back! No Parker for Kristina so she must be back to argue with Alexis. Fun times. Kim is getting a big story… Read more »

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Wow! I think you just about summed it up! Guess that why I am NOT watching GH–but I’ll watch when Genie she comes back–because she is the consummate professional–and just because she is great–when she is given SOMETHING to do!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Excellent and perceptive post, Tracy. That interview had so many contradictions, I nearly started a spreadsheet to track them! And there were enough holes in his reasoning to drive a whole new soap opera through it!

JMER
JMER

I don’t see anything to get excited about at all. I hope that he’s telling the truth about Genie having “two big stories.” However, I have everyone reason to be skeptical about that statement. Even so, if it’s a huge story for her and that doesn’t change (just like her last big story was given to others), I won’t be able to watch the entire show because my favorites,the Lavery/Devane/Scorpios, and their stories have taken a supporting role on this show, and because of that, the characters and their motivations/desires/actions have been stunted, at best and mischaracterized at worst.

For example, not only is Duke dead but his only son was paired with Ava Jerome from the Lavery-Devanes’ nemesis family on the show, and now that they are finally (thank you!) broken up and enemies, all we have left is story for Ava and apparently no focus on Griffin once again. He was just around to give Ava more story. His story with Anna was even sacrificed while he was paired with Ava. Anna’s character has been gutted historically with the Peter backstory added ingloriously to hers, as many fans have complained about so I won’t go on about it, and Robert is so inept as a spy that he has to rely on Jason Morgan to come in and fix his work. Not that I’ve been watching all of this happening. I’ve been gone for a quite a while but am keeping an eye on the show in case there’s a miracle of sorts that lifts it out of the stuntedness it has been in for the longest time. As long as the Jeromes and Corinthoses continue to thrive single-mindedly on this show and there is no growth, self awareness, or consequences for them, the show will continue to sink into the abyss of ratings that it has been in ever since the early 90s or so. Good luck with all of that, Frank Valentini.

Shay
Shay

Absolutely spot-on, JMER!!! You have just succinctly summarized exactly what is wrong with GH and why so many fans from its ‘80’s heyday have little to no use for this soap anymore!

Carlee
Carlee

Unfortunately with this preview, I’m more convinced than ever this show is doomed.

JMER
JMER

Doomed x100!

Lynn
Lynn

All of it sounds exciting. That is why GH is No. 1. I’ve been watching for many many years & I’m 64. Thank you for keeping me entertained

elm1951
elm1951

gh is no. 1???????? in what universe???? i have watched gh from the beginning in 1963 and this is the worse it has ever been…………….the ratings says it all…………

Soaphound
Soaphound

I know, elm. Only Y&R is worse right now. Cane and Lily in crisis again? Perfect plot for insomniacs!

mfarris70
mfarris70

If I had a dollar for every time he replies with “It’s a big cast.”

Haley
Haley

I just want a Julexis reunion and a story for them but I don’t think they will ever do it….

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

There should NEVER be a reunion, most especially in the #METOO era. That would be repugnant.

Shay
Shay

“””Repugnant” is the perfect word for this couple! May they NEVER reunite!

JMER
JMER

I don’t understand why any fan would still want Julexis. If I were one of those fans, I’d be content that Julian is still on the show and that he and Alexis get any scenes together. It’s true that MeToo is setting a new standard. Why else would they do this Kiki and Dr Bensch story suddenly as if to make up for all the Julexis domestic violence stuff. To think that they could get back together is not living in reality either in real life or on the show.

Mateo
Mateo

Here is my take on GH. The superfans want to relive the 80’s stories again. That is not going to happen. The 80’s are over – set them free. GH does have unnecessary cast members. I think they should definitely trim the fat. My biggest beef was bringing back Jason Morgan. There was no reason to do this. All his character ever does is mumble, stare into the camera to remind the viewers that his eyes are still blue. Big deal, we know they’re blue. So are half the men on this show. When action takes place it involves Jason pulling out a gun. BFD!! If there is no story, then let him go. He is not needed. I don’t see Kim Nero being necessary either. Her being with Julian is ridiculous because Julian loves Alexis, desires Alexis and wants Alexis. If she was a strong woman then she would dump the himbo and move on. Maybe she and Griffin would make a pair. I am glad Genie Francis is coming back. She will always be the representation of what GH should be about. The Alzheimer’s story has been top notch and realistic. Max Gail is phenomenal. As for the Corinthos clan? Look Sonny and Carly need to go on a four week vacation. Let them spend time with their families as Frank V says he wants his cast to do. I don’t mind them being onscreen all the time but they deserve a chance to ride in the background for awhile. Ava Jerome is worth watching every single time. I love her with loads of venom. It’s a strong suit for her. Her heart break over Griffin was felt by all the viewers. She does deserve a good man. But please keep her strong and vocal. I think that Frank Valentini suffers from the Jill Farren Phelps disease. Somehow they gave him too much power and now the studio is afraid to let him go. His dumbest decision ever was letting Ron Carlivati go. Right before Ron left he had some great actors come aboard with Billy Miller and Michelle Stafford. Frank has lost vision on how to use their talents. Bringing Elizabeth Hendrickson on was a light. Let’s hope some vision returns. The writers really did well with the Nelle storyline. I think the social relevance of the #metoo story with Kiki was handled well. There was not a lot of room to take this story in any other direction then what they did. The story with Brad and Lucas and the baby switch is great but the hard part is believing that they will be around for a long time. Bobbie is missing from the show I agree. I like her but every time she’s on it’s only to gossip about someone else. Let’s involve her in a real story. I truly love GH. I won’t knock the show because in the last 3 weeks they have told some good stories and done some great drama. Is… Read more »

Jimh
Jimh

Frank can say how great everything is going to be but in the end its us fans who are the most important judges out there…already know when Laura returns she will be married to Feven-fake Kevin!!!

Lucy D
Lucy D

Pretty disappointing answers from Frank. Every actor is going to have a MAJOR story. How will that happen when Sonny is on all the time?

Carly is the furthest thing from a good mother. RME!

And the Jason/Sam/Drew triangle is NOT playing out. It’s the worst triangle in soaps ever. No passion or chem on anyone’s part.

On the other hand

I like the addition of EH–she’s sparky
I also am glad they’ve broken up Ava & Griffin. We need Ava & Jason or Ava & Scotty.
Looking forward to the Friz wedding.
And most people would like to see Kiki & Chase at least chem tested.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, if you read carefully, he give a lot of non-answers to specific questions.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thank you, Lucy D! Agree about Carly being a “good mother.” Cause, you know, every good mother marries a mob guy over and over again even after one kid is shot in the head and the other is blown up. And jailed. Raped.

Lucy D
Lucy D

Exactly Rebecca. The worst part is Carly thinks she’s a good mother & judges others (like she did with Liz Wed) who are far better parents than she is.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Agree again, Lucy D. Not sure if you like or dislike Ava but I like her so…for Carly to judge Ava and try to raise her daughter as her own galls me to no end. Ava and Kiki might have “rivalry” issues (to put it mildly) but at least Ava didn’t raise her in the midst of danger. Kiki didn’t even know about the “Jerome Family” until she came to Port Charles.

Lucy D
Lucy D

Oh I’m an Ava fan. I think they write her very badly at times. It made me crazy when they had Avery call Carly Mommy. It cemented my new-found dislike of the character. I’m a Carly-hater at the moment. I don’t like what they’ve done with her, really ever since Jax left.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Once again, Lucy, agree. When Avery called Carly mommy and I had to look at that smug smile on Carly’s face I was incensed. There are fans who LOVE Carly, think Ava’s “evil” and Carly should be Avery’s mother. And, (in their view) of course Avery thinks of her as her “mommy” because she’s been that to her.

Of course she’s been that to her! Sonny and Carly have deprived Ava of raising her own daughter! Drives me crazy!!! Honestly, I have never disliked a character as much as I do Carly. Detest.

Lucy D
Lucy D

I detest Carly & Sonny equally. Not that fond of Jason & Sam either. All are judgmental characters who think they’re so much better than those they’re judging, and actually they’re shallow, selfish & self-indulgent

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ditto!

Shannon
Shannon

What romance? There is no romance on this show. There is also no emotional depth which is why GH is losing viewers every week! It’s so boring now.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You got THAT right!

dmr
dmr

Agreed. There is no romance. No spark. No oomph.

Jules
Jules

Seriously…you’re absolutely right m. It’s awful. There’s no one to invest in – I just started watching again after 5 years ago. I would take 90’s or even mid-2000s GH any day over this crap. I keep waiting for it to get better – for a storyline to actually play out – I’d even go for JaSam at this point just to see if play all the way through and have her go back to drew and him preferably to Liz but at this point these characters will likely not have any growth or character development any time in the near future.

Michelle
Michelle

All I care about is my JasSam & their reunión dammit!

Jackie Banks
Jackie Banks

I’m been watching General Hispital since the 60’s and I have enjoyed it all these years. My only problem is that the story lines go on and on longer then needed. After a lengthy length of time I just sit back and find they have lost their impact. Ease off, put a bug in our ear for awhile and Then maybe come back with a different twist. I found the whole story line with Nell lagged on too long. My inquisitive mind stopped being inquisitive after a while and became bored like “What Now?” Just a few thoughts from a long, long, long, time Canadian viewer now in her twighlight years and still watching my favourite and only soap.

Patrick
Patrick

it became a joke… Chad Duell.. manning up and getting Nelle to confess ??? for his mommy . Michael is so dull… god.. just one scene of realism… I would have.. if Nelle.. screamed to the heavens and the pits of hell… why do I have to like, love, and or care about Michael… who could be any more boring. dag! no wonder we all loved Nelle with Chase. now seriously.. if Frank Valentini.. think about hiring Molly Burnett as Chase new leading lady… he might find himself a net.. not that I haven’t given him one.. by hiring the superlative herself Tamara Braun.. who’s still rocking it

rebecca1
rebecca1

is this “you?” Patrick? THE “regular” Patrick? If so, welcome back! You’ve been missed!

Babs
Babs

There is NO triangle btw Jason/Sam/Drew. Never was one. Since the Killy event in NYC in Feb. Kelly and Billy’s screen time together has been reduced to almost nothing. They do not share scenes anymore so how can there be a triangle? The liar wont admit this because he fears one fan base would be gone. But the thing is one fan base (Dream) are already gone. Look at the ratings for GH. They are terrible. Something is definitely going on behind the scenes. Dream fans are not stupid.

Taeylor Mcknight
Taeylor Mcknight

Can wait to see Genie back with two big storie. Queen Laura

Marie
Marie

He needs to keep Duke’s name out of his mouth. He says here that Duke was Anna’s, great love. Yeah, but he brought Duke back and never wrote for Duke & Anna. He gave them crumbs at best.

Laura moore
Laura moore

Since when is an intrusive, self-centered loudmouth, a good mother? The Carly character is nosy, loud, emotionally destructive to her children. Definitely NOT a ” good” mother and a bad example.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Yay, Laura moore. Totally agree!

Patrick
Patrick

of course Carly is… all the clamoring of being the mother of the year.. for the dullest writing of all time.. over Michael and Josslyn ????? what is their to care about the Corinthos ? they stink

rebecca1
rebecca1

Okay; first let me get through hurling after reading “Carly is a good mother.” I guess a woman who chooses to bring her children up in a life of crime, unlike Alexis, Olivia, who made sure to keep Sonny away from their children is a “good mother.” A woman who went back and married the same man over and over again even after her kid was shot in the head and the other blown up. Okay.

Loving the other story lines. Happy to hear Wes (Peter) is sticking around. Absolutely love him and his story.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Absolute drivel, right rebecca1? Carly is SUCH a great mom she attacks Elizabeth for a kind suggestion that Joss needs her Mom. Maybe the closet full of stolen bling will burst her pompous balloon!

dmr
dmr

Yup, and a mother who was planning on going on the run for 3 months to Canada, leaving her children behind, great mother.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Agree with both of you, Soaphound and dmr.

ANN PALMER
ANN PALMER

he mention everyone except Robert Scorpio. He is a great actor. As a fan I am really glad that he is back. .Give him his job back as Police comm…

rebecca1
rebecca1

Totally. They need to put Tristan on contract and bring back Mac. Ridiculous that both times Scorpio was back he didn’t see his brother. The firing of John York was a slap in the face to the actor. He was on consistently for decades and they just decided he wasn’t needed. Really low.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Thank you, Michael, for this fantastic and eye-opening interview with Frank. Sure, there were topics that I feel like could’ve been pushed and touched upon a bit more, but the a lot of key points were touched upon.

I am excited about the return of Genie Francis. I felt put-off by the fact that Laura was in the midst of a new storyline, and it was dropped, due to the decision to drop Francis to recurring status. I’m also excited to see where the Peter storyline is going to head next. As for Chase and Maxie… I’d be OK with this pairing, but ultimately it would not be my choice. As for the Drew/Jason/Sam triangle, it bores me and is not what I’m wanting to see.

As for Frank, himself, he gets a lot of hate and I don’t like that. He’s hired to do a job and he’s done quite well with it, from my point of view. He’s one of the best executives currently in daytime!

Patrick
Patrick

I MUST DIGRESS : “As for Frank, himself, he gets a lot of hate and I don’t like that. He’s hired to do a job and he’s done quite well ”

all the blame.. lies still with Ron Carlivati : reron… I DO NOT GET THIS…

Frank Valentini WITH Jean , Shelley, Chris have had 3 PLUS YEARS to get their own show on full throttle….

General Hospital is the worst it’s ever been

OK I love LOVE “LOVE”

Kim and Julian
Oscar
Drew
Brad and Lucas

^^^ THIS IS WHATS WORKING… get that Frank Valentini ??? I am patiently waiting your firing… before you cancel GH

your focus on your pets… : Sonny / Carly / Michael, Peter August, Finn, Franco, Jason, Sam… has ruined this show

Timmm
Timmm

What to look forward to? One, not ruining Mike’s story shoving Sonny’s past down our throats and dismissing Mike from the show for weeks! I know they will drag this out until November and probably into Christmas.

I like Drew and Margo. They chemistry. Major! Kim and Drew are cool to. Oscar need recasted. the kid is emotionless! Cam is doing a good job as a punk! You know he is going to screw over Franco somehow! Franco and Liz’s wedding. SNORE! Liz should be with Griffin and Franco should be with Ava.

Steve Burton should be disappointed for coming back only to be Sonny and Carly’s lap dog. Seeing Jason and Robert in scenes together made me cringe!

Can we put Robert on contract? Pay for Frisco to return as Police Commissioner? Recast Dylan and Tracy? How does ABC afford this?

Drain the swamp! Goodbye Lulu, Parking Lot Peter, Valentin, Finn, Olivia and Michael.

PS: If you have Genie Francis back, why not recast Lulu and Lucky. Build around her so she has a reason to stay this time!

Soaphound
Soaphound

I agree with everything, Timmm, except I like Oscar. And Michael just needs a LONNNNGGG vacation. Peter Puke just annoys me more everyday and Lulu in court with her little pad is truly hilarious! Drew and Margaux are as great as they were together as Billy and Chloe (hot). Jason’s return is a joke on him as well as on us and Finn needs to take a 10 year journey in search of Hayden…now!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t see a need to recast Lulu. I like the actress. Love Oscar; I think he’s adorable and plays smart, innocent/naive, trusting very well. He’s a little sweetheart that I hope splits from Joss. She reminds me more and more of Carly and I can’t stand the one we already have. Making Joss a mini me is torture.

I like Finn, too. Just liked him better with Alexis. I’m just hoping they don’t bring Hayden back; completely bored me. There wasn’t one thing about her I liked and out of all the “newbies” I just didn’t like her in “Port Charles.”

Love Wes and hate the “parking lot Pete” moniker. (soaphound…”peter puke?” c’mon.) He’s a talented actor and quite the looker.

su000
su000

hey Timmm ..
I want Ava with Sonny..
Liz and Franco is a coma snoor.
Franco could be and should be a gray character with an edge, spice things up.
Roger could bring Franco to have a personalty, Roger needs to get much better writing.

Billy Miller is being flushed down the toilet via stink writing, what a shame,..

Thing is..
NO, NOT One character has a personality worth a penny.
The actors are all phantasmal but have been written as DUH, no grabbing personalities.
The characters are beyond Weak !

Timmm
Timmm

SAVA! Why not and that frees Carly up to jump Jason’s bones. We all know thats what she wants anyway!

dzzedee
dzzedee

Why bring back Parker and Kristina’s life, story. We got it! They are gay and just like all normal couples they have ups and downs. Let’s move on from to this boring couple. Just like Lucus and Brad the only thing interesting about that couple is Brad is a bad, trouble maker. Brad being a decitful character makes Lucus boring. We got it! They have a lovers life.

Shay
Shay

At least Brad is entertaining in his own right! I was looking forward to seeing him comically navigate the challenges of parenthood, but with the tragic twists of baby Wiley, I guess that won’t be happening now. And I’m feeling sort of cheated by that fact, since Brad is at his best in humorous situations!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

dzzedee, you are right about these couples, especially Lucas and Brad. I think Lucas has tried to overlook some of Brad’s behavior in the past, but he still seems so blind or unaware to the jerk he essentially is. Maybe Brad had nothing to do with the baby switcheroo, but he should not have kept it secret. He should have called 911 when the other baby died. Who just puts a dead baby in a basket and takes off with it? Now he’s asking Julian to do something, which most likely will be illegal.This guy has no scruples, morals or feelings about keeping another man’s child.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Is anyone else as interested in what happened to Nelle after she was carted off kicking and screaming? She’s gone, got that, but it would have been nice to have some kind of closure as to where she was taken, like a prison or mental facility, such as Ferncliff, I’d hope. No mention of prosecution or whatever. I’d think the new D.A would be all over a case like that. What about the blanket? Will we ever find out about the trace DNA found on it, belonging to Nelle and Ava certainly. Too many loose ends for me.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Good point, Violet! Perhaps we’ll hear or see a scene of Nelle’s new surroundings. Perhaps she’ll be sharing accommodations with Madeline (it WOULD be ironic if Nelle turned out to be Nina’s daughter and wound up sharing a cell with “grandma!”)

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Rebecca1 I guess I am one of the few that wasn’t all that sure that Kiki is Nina’s daughter. It’s looking like the others might be right, after today’s show with Madeline and Valentin. But, OMG ,would Kiki like having a women for a grandmother, who stole her from her mother, had her sold to Ava Jerome and also killed her father in cold blood. Poor Kiki! The other day Franco said to Ava that when she was pregnant, she told him he was the father. Now I am wondering if it was a real or fake pregnancy. I can’t wait to hear how Ava spins all that!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’d like to know how he justifies getting rid of the characters Mac, Felicia, Lucy, Scorpio, Lucky, Nicolas, AJ, Dillon…though I must admit I’m enjoying the show the fact that as he just said, “it’s a big cast” is evidence that it wasn’t budget. They’ve hired new people and discarded many beloved characters and gotten rid of major families. Though the show has its wonderful moments, it’s not THE GH! that many of us loved. Doesn’t mean it had to become a relic and doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have introduced new characters, diverse characaters, etc. But he and then-Ron bascially cleaned house.

I wonder, Frank, if OLTL was still on the air would you have brought in new people to replace Vicki, Clint, Nora, Bo??? Gotten rid of the Buchanans? The Lords? Because you basically eliminated the Spencers and the Quartermaines.

su000
su000

hi rebecca1..
the characters
Nicolas left
AJ left
Dillon left
Kiki left
Nelle left
Morgan left
Jordan left
Dante left
Luke left
Jane left
lol Laura has left and back
others Want recurring/occasional, others retired.
Scorpio goes back and forth
awww and now going to lose Michael 🙁
They come and go..

Only ones I want back are the Cassidines lol

hey! what happened with Scott? I thought he was let go awhile back, but he’s is still on.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi su…

First; we need to differentiate characters from actors.

“AJ” was a Quartermaine. He was originally thought dead years ago and brought back only to be killed off by Ron. Sean Kanan, whom most loved and were thrilled to learn he was reprising the role, didn’t want to leave. He was excited to be back but he and Ron had a falling out. Sean was “encouraged” to leave and Ron killed off the character. Really a lot of nerve; Ron had just started with the show and he killed off a major character.

Tyler Christoper didn’t want to leave either. Another dispute; rather than recast another major character they killed him off. (unless at some point he comes back and is found to be alive).

Robert Palmer Watkins (Dillon) was completely blindsided when they got rid of him. He had no desire to leave and there was a petition to bring him back. Unfortunately it didn’t work.

“Nelle” was a great villain and Chloe a good actress and yes, she chose to leave. She’s not on my list. She’s not a vet.

Bryan Craig as Morgan chose to leave. Again, that doesn’t mean they couldn’t recast.

I’m not sure what’s happening with Kin Shriner (Scott). Yes; he implied he was given the boot but thankfully he’s still on. Not sure if that’s because they taped months in advance or the decision was reversed. He’s a great character.

Tristan Rogers is one of THE most important, beloved characters on GH and he did not choose to leave. They got rid of him then had him on very rarely with nothing to do. He defines the word “vet” as far as GH goes and he should be on contract.

My point was not that characters like “Nell” come and go, it’s that vets who play longstanding beloved characters who ARE GH like Scorpio, Mac, Felicia, Duke, AJ, Nicolas, Lucky, Lucy were all either killed off or just mysteriously gone form Port Charles. They have taken the main cast (the characters and families) and wiped them out bringing on Jordan, Aunt Stella, the D.A., Kim, Nina, Silas/Finn, Griffin, Curtis, etc, etc. Some of these characters and actors I love but they’ve destroyed the original GH in doing so. Aunt Stella instead of Scorpio or Mac? I like “Stella” more than I did at the beginning but there’s no comparison. Like, none.

The whole thing’s kinda sad; losing so many key characters and the main families that made up GH. t’s like having a puzzle with only a few of the pieces. The picture is never complete.

su000
su000

hi Rebecca,,
you said-
”First; we need to differentiate characters from actors. ”

I’ll need your input on that lol
I know the characters but as for the actors name, nope.
I know some of the actors names of curse, but that’s a small number.

thanks for pointing out how some have left, I didn’t know.

I’m just happy that Ava is rockin’ again!
And! I know her name; Mura West lol
She is more than awesome and I’m looking forward to having thee Ava in action, again.
((She needs to hook up with Franco and give me some action!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi, Su…

I agree; love Maura West/Ava! You’d be surprised how many people don’t like her; and her holding on to the blanket and not helping Carly? That just fueled their hatred. I LOVED that she held on to the blanket and am upset that she had Julian put it back. Neither she nor Julian owe anything to Carly or Sonny and I would hate to think either Julian and/or Ava get caught if some of their DNA is still on the blanket. But I digress…Yes! Love Ava! And while I agree that she and Franco would make a great couple IF Franco reverted to his criminal ways, I’m loving the stable, sweet, gentle guy with an edge and his relationship with Liz and her kids. But I do see why you’d like them together.

Haha; from now on when I reply to you about a character I’ll put the actor’s name next to it. 😉

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeh, SUooo, he write a “swan song” twitter post–but never left–how he do that??? Nice hat trick if you can pull it off, I guess! 🙂

su000
su000

hi nancy ..
I know!
anyways I’m happy to have Scott on screen, I like him..
Whatever went down with him and ABC it’s a good ting he’s still with us.

Que for you
Que for you

I wish you’d stop bringing on every out of work soap actor and give our gh cast stories! My problem w Wes is why didn’t Dominic get a story! Same w Lexi I don’t think she’s all that great but I love Haley why not give Molly a story!? Let’s use the vast we have and for gods sake leave Parker gone it’s bad enough we ha e that shady da

KMB
KMB

One of the main reasons I watch is for Billy Miller. Please don’t leave Drew dangling in the wind because he may or may not return to Sam. This Drew/Sam/Jason triangle has been a bust. Whether GH likes it or not, they will have to pair one of these couples and maybe suffer the consequences of loosing or angering one of the fan bases, because this just can’t go on and on. If you do decide to pair Sam and Jason, then move Drew on. Don’t leave him in the shadows, waiting around. Can’t wait to see Drew getting the love he deserves from a loyal loving woman, who ever she is…..

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

KMB, I sure hope this loving woman , you are talking about, does not turn out to be Margaux, ha, ha. Sorry, but being of Italian decent, I can’t see a family with a last name of Moroni, according to Curtis’s report, giving their daughter that name. Margot maybe, but not this obvious French variation. Sorry to vent, but its the little things that drive you nuts.

Rodd
Rodd

I love GH and look forward to even the boring days. Fortunately, for me, there are more great days than bad. I am looking forward to seeing what stories are coming our way!

Tiffany
Tiffany

I don’t think a JaSam reunion is ever going to happen. I believe he is screwing both fan bases, so he doesn’t lose either one. Which means he’s gonna lose both in the end.

Karen
Karen

Need a JaSam reunion

Steve Colmar
Steve Colmar

GH has the best actors in daytime–Nina, Eva, Anna, Margaux, Drew, Bobbie, Franco. It’s like an Emmy Award ceremony!

Unfortunately, the writing sucks. Hogan Shefer (sp?) would be great! On ATWT and Y&R he proved himself a dark yet enjoyable HW.

Babs
Babs

It’s a big cast and everyone must take turns you say? Funny because Nina just had a big story and is getting another one. Same for Peter. On and newbie Margeaux. But Liz and Sam haven’t had story about them in a longtime

Steve
Steve

Elizabeth, yes, but Sam had the sewer rabies thing, giving birth through her pants and a key role in Jason’s return.

Jynx0854
Jynx0854

Why should I look forward to Liz marry Francostein! Jasam again is just making me want to up chuck. The s/l w Carly will be good since it has to do with Ferncliff. Nothing hospital related. I watched in the 60’s and revolved around the hospital and the folks relatives. We are seeing some hospital but not near enough. Have Jason remember his past and wanting to be a Dr and make him one! Let Jason and Liz (who has family roots from the core people who started on the show! Even before the Q’s & others.

rebecca1
rebecca1

“Francostein!” Hahahhaha; that was good. (Although, I like Franco but gotta admit that was quite the “nickname” you gave him.)

Looks like Jason and Sam are going to be together again which I find ridiculous. The fact that Sam, after five years, has known what it’s like to live a safer life (both with Patrick and Drew) and seemed to love it, would want to be tied to the mob again, knowing that Jason will continue to put his life on the line, he could be “killed” for real the next time, she and her kids could be targets and that he’ll continue to put Carly before her…doesn’t make sense. I DO think they have great chemistry but agree…was hoping Jason would have some kind of memory breakthrough on his own, give up “the business” and do something hospital-related. At almost 50 I think it’s a tad too late for medical school (though, with his money he could afford it and his intelligence he’d probably be out and ready to practice in “soapy” no time). He could at least be a paramedic, something. This lapdog thug thing has run its course.

Days Of Our Lives

LISTEN NOW: Soap Nation Live! With Jon Lindstrom, Beth Maitland, Freddie Smith & Linda Dano

Tonight on the November episode of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, get ready for a dynamic line-up of some of your favorite soap stars.

Join Michael and his special guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin), Y&R’s Beth Maitland (Traci), DAYS’ Freddie Smith (Sonny) and soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia – AW, ex-Gretel – OLTL, GH, AMC, Port Charles, and ex-Cynthia, ATWT) for this 90-minute broadcast, plus you never know who might pop up during the show!

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a Days of our Lives goodie/swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture from our guest, Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.  

The season premiere begins its stream-live at 7PMPST/10PMEST.  You can also head on over to the Soap Nation Live! page at Spreaker.com, if you have any trouble listening to the show here.

Portions of the broadcast can also be viewed at Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/michaelfairmanTV

Now, listen to Soap Nation Live’s all-new episode below in the player.

If you are tuning-in shortly before 7PMPST, you will hear some musical interludes before we go live for showtime. Make sure to press the play button on the player below and enjoy the show!

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Days Of Our Lives

THURSDAY NIGHT: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom, Y&R’s Beth Maitland, DAYS’ Freddie Smith & Soap Favorite, Linda Dano

On Thursday night, November 15th, Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman returns with a brand new episode beginning at 7PMPST/10PMEST.

Join Michael and his very special guests: General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and beloved soap vet, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia Gallant, AW, Ex-Gretel Rae Cummings, OLTL, GH, Port Charles, and AMC) who will be appearing with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in Hallmark’s The Chronicle Mysteries next year, for this entertaining 90-minute broadcast.

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a very soapy prize, a Days of our Lives swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture of Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.

The November edition of Soap Nation Live! will be streamed live right here at Michael Fairman TV.   Come back prior to showtime Thursday night, and just look for the post for our broadcast and listen-in.

You can also listen to all past broadcasts and the new live-stream of Soap Nation Live! via Spreaker’s Soap Nation Live page

Portions of Thursday’s all-new episode can also be viewed at Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/michaelfairmanTV

If you have a question for any one of our guests that you would like potentially posed to them during the live broadcast; you can post them via the comment section below, and we just might ask your question on the air!  We hope you are looking forward to the show.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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