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General Hospital’s Exec Prod Frank Valentini Talks On: Steve Burton Return, Rebecca Budig Departure, William deVry Status, and Co-Head Writer Change!

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There are many changes happening right now behind the scenes at General Hospital.  Already, there has been a new co-head writer put into place, and the bombshell news that fan favorite Steve Burton is coming home to Port Charles after his four-year stay in Genoa City, bringing along with him the million dollar question … will he be playing Jason Morgan, or someone else?

Add to the mix Rebecca Budig (Hayden) exiting the series, and William deVry’s (Julian) contract impasse, and things are definitely shaking out on the Daytime Emmy-winning drama series.

The man at the epicenter of it all is GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.  We caught up with the head honcho at this week’s ABC TCA (Television Critics Association) all-star cocktail reception to get the low down on what to look for as we head into fall for some of your favorite characters, the comings and goings that will impact the show, and more.

Here’s what Frank offered up:

How do you feel about Jean Passanante’s decision to leave GH as co-head writer, and retire from writing soaps? 

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FRANK:  I feel very, very sad.  She sort of explained the circumstances of her life, and the timing for her was right.  Her daughter is living in Europe, and she wants to be able to spend more time with her.  Jean had worked hard for a really long time, and she wants to spend and have some time for herself.  Being the head writer of a soap opera is an insanely demanding job.  It’s never ending questions and headaches. 

You now have promoted Chris Van Etten to co-head writer.  What are your thoughts on that move? 

FRANK:  It’s exciting for me, because he used to be my assistant at One Life to Live. Chris is very bright, and knows and loves the show.  He has been watching GH since he was 12-years-old.  He just gets it.  He gets GH, which is really exciting. 

Do you think you have an interesting and intriguing creative balance between Shelly and Chris for the storylines moving forward on GH? 

FRANK:  Shelly is the head writer, and Chris is the co-head, so Shelly is going to sort of take all the stories we have in place now and move them forward. Chris will be there to support and help, and figure out plot-driven stuff and general direction. Then, they will start to write their own stories moving forward.

The big news, of course, is Steve Burton coming back to General Hospital. Is this something you were trying to make happen for awhile? 

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FRANK:  When Steve left GH we were really sorry to see him go, but we knew it was a new opportunity for him, so we were excited for him.  Steve and I have always stayed in touch, and we have seen each other at the Daytime Emmys.  Of course, he has had a big year winning Outstanding Supporting Actor, and when he left Y&R he was thinking about coming back, and we were in touch, and we were able to make it happen.  I think the most important thing for everyone to know and understand in regards to his return is that it changes the paradigm, and changes the dynamic of the show in such a way that it will create a lot more romance, a lot more intrigue, a lot more adventure, and all the stuff that you want from the show.  And, as much as everyone wants to see everyone happy, they also want to see us mix things up, and that is what we are trying to do.  We have some really interesting things that we are doing right now that are also mixing things up.  The viewers are seeing Ava cross with Griffin (Matt Cohen), which is kind of cool.  We just said goodbye to little Spencer (Nicolas Bechtel) on-air for another season, and now we will find out what impact his departure has on Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) and Laura (Genie Francis). Kirsten Storms (Maxie) is back on the show. Emme Rylan (Lulu) is back from her maternity leave, and Finola Hughes (Anna) is back from her vacation, and so it’s fun to have all the favorites back in the house. 

Have you locked in, and decided on the storyline you are about to tell with Steve Burton back on the show?  Many are predicting “The Tale of Jasons” story.  The fans have some additional theories as well. 

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FRANK:  We absolutely know what we are going to do.  You can’t not know what you’re doing to do for several reasons: for business reasons, for what actor’s you are going to hire, and what kind of contracts you are going to put them under, and also for practical reasons in terms of getting the story written and laid out, and having it have a big pay-off.  

Rebecca Budig wrapped-up her run as Hayden Barnes.  Was it difficult for you to have to tell her she was exiting the show, when she is clearly a very popular star in the genre? 

FRANK:  It was really hard.  All of her fans are obviously upset, and we empathize.  We brought Rebecca on to the show in the first place.  Hayden is a character the audience didn’t have a connection, or any familiarity with, but I just knew Rebecca would jump right in with the story we were telling two and half years ago, and make it really work.  Rebecca and I are close friends.  She is a phenomenal actress. She had great chemistry with Michael Easton (Finn). This story had come to a natural end.  Hayden could return … you never know what the future holds. 

Another hot button issue of late has been the contract situation and status of William deVry (Julian) and GH.  Are you hoping to hash things out?   

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FRANK:  I love Will.  He and I get along really great.  But at this point, it’s just a little bit up in the air.  In terms of story, Julian may be doing time in jail, but hopefully it will all work out, and we can tell a really satisfying story for everyone.  We want to make sure that we tell it in a way that is true, too, from both Alexis’s (Nancy Lee Grahn) side, and Julian’s side. 

You recently brought Michael Sutton (Stone) back for the episode where Sonny is fighting to stay alive in a construction site pit, and is “visited” by Stone.  Were you on the set that day watching Michael’s emotional reunion, and scenes with Maurice Benard (Sonny)?

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FRANK:  I was on the floor, but I was not directing that, because that week was extremely difficult, as I had to pay attention to the regular parts of my job. Michael was so lovely and fantastic.  He is just a really special human being, and we were all really blessed to be in his company that day.  Maurice’s wife, Paula, came to the set.  We were off to the side holding hands and watching them work.  Michael just re-charged that mini-arc of Sam (Kelly Monaco) shooting Sonny, which was so interesting, and so clever that the writers came up with.  Kelly Monaco’s performances have been outstanding.  It was just another way to revisit Sonny’s past, but also revisit the past of the show, and sort of remind the audience that we know, and we get it.  We love those characters, too.  Stone is dead, and there is nothing we can really do about that, but we brought him back for that day, and tried to squeeze as much emotion and as much “Stone-isms” into the episode.  So it was fun, and we keep trying to do that.  We have some really fun stuff coming up with Jackie Zeman, otherwise known as “J-Z”.  I call her that. (Laughs)  I love her so much, and also we will see Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Mac (John J. York).  We are always working so hard to keep the show moving forward, but also honoring the past, and honoring the recent past.

Maura West has been turning in gut-wrenching performances, one after the other, as the viewers have watched the fallout of Ava being badly burned in a fire.  Will you continue to tell this story, and take the time with the beats of Ava’s journey?

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FRANK:  Ava is going to have a long journey ahead of her.  I think a lot of people think she needs to pay for her crimes as well, and what she is going through now is really hard.  Because Maura is that special kind of performer, she can show all the levels of shame, degradation, pain, humiliation, and the damage to Ava’s vanity.  She plays it all in such a beautiful heart-breaking way that you can’t help but root for her.  Ava’s daughter has been taken away, her beauty has been taken away, and it will be interesting to see her get it back, and what she does with it.

Finally, what can you give GH fans as a tease for what to watch for this fall?

FRANK:  I think the show’s tease for fall is: you know who is coming back and you know what’s going on.  Everybody has some big story!

So, what do you think will happen on-screen when Steve Burton returns? Will GH tell the “Tale of Two Jasons” with Billy Miller (Jason) on the canvas as well?  What do you hope happens story to your favorite GH characters in storylines this fall, and the comments shared by Frank Valentini on the performances of Maura West and Kelly Monaco … or the contract impasse with William deVty, and exit of Rebecca Budig? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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joanna
joanna

I pray he isn’t coming back as Jason.billy has that roll now and we don’t need any one to mess it up.i really hope they bring hayden back also

Candace Groves
Candace Groves

Steve always has been Jason, I like Billy……but it is time for Steve to reclaim “his” role…….Billy does not have a thing “stone cold” about him. He is not convincing when he does about Sonny’s business……Burton is in no way an “air Hog”….Billy is too soft looking to ever be ‘stone cold”……..Please bring Steve back, we have missed him!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, Miller has been horrible as Jason! Its like a great quarterback returning to a team he left via free agency, its just didnt work out for either of them so he is back home on the right team!

Matthew
Matthew

Billy Miller is a good actor, but he never really seemed to be able to fill Steve Burton’s shoes as Jason Morgan. Hopefully they can reveal his true identity in a believable way and possibly keep him on for a while but not as the real Jason.

Scoma60
Scoma60

Rolling my eyes so far back in my head they’re stuck. FV just doesn’t get it all all. He says Ava should pay ?? When the heck is Sonny going to pay ? Monica hasn’t been given a single line of dialogue where she drags Sonny/Carly for AJ’s death. We saw her smiling at them as guests at Ned’s wedding ? WTH? Sonny in the hole was LOL funny. His praying to God was insulting. The SOB hasn’t evolved in 20 yrs. It’s also high time GH quit with the non stop violence especially gun violence.
I’m so fed up with Sonny/Carly/Sam/Jason eating the show alive especially Sonny. Now they bring on another air hog in Burton.
The cast is already so bloated that the pacing sucks & many characters have no focus or airtime.. Firing Budig was a load of @$^& too. How can FV say her story ran its course ? After a year we were finally seeing some movement toward Hayden/Liz becoming close & Hayden/Finn are expecting a baby. Why make her a Webber & never bring back Jeff? Instead of firing her they need to get rid of the horrid Nelle & Nina.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Spot on. 100% agree

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Double second! Let me add also that as a viewer only one year past the coveted 18-49 demographic, this tendency to spend so much attention (and money) on older characters who are 45-50+ has really weakened the “middle” generation of GH that should be carrying the show in the romance department. They have tied up nearly every 30ish character except for Michael & Griffin (who is I think a boy genius and not even 30 yet). I get have older characters like Sonny, Anna, et al who are not doting old grandparents. But, whatever happened to the romantic quintets (Alan-Monica-Rick-Lesley + Susan) that used to be so awesome. That storyline bore fruit that we continue to see today. OLTL had happily married Karen Wolek become a prostitute, and she had to testify to in in open court! These were all characters that were the age of GH’s Elizabeth & Griffin. So, what kind of risks is GH doing today? Sonny shot for the 10th time in a hole….and Ask Man Landers. *snore* OMG – take some RISKS, GH!

Celia
Celia

That’s what I said, Scoma. Maybe he survived because God has something BIG in store for him. The black plague!!!!
Your first sentence is hilarious. LOL.

Linda
Linda

I agree! Sonny and Carly are such a bore! So are Lulu and Dante! Enough, enough, enough about poor Morgan!! We know he and Nicholas aren’t dead because no bodies!

Melissa
Melissa

I’m with you!

Patrick
Patrick

“… Rolling my eyes so far back in my head they’re stuck ”

had it truly not been for this site. I would not have kept up with GH.

BALANCE GH – just – SOME – balance. the most lauded cast by posts.

Sonny and Carly don’t even know how to act anymore… it’s TOO MUCH.

I will continue to post… not one… NOT ONE character seeks out Carly and Sonny. for what ?

fun – couples dating – family outings – borrow money – even their siblings hide.. save more Michael… god… he’s tired. Nelle is just as blank as the rest of them.

Carly doing everything… needs to go for a long hiatus … there she was at the demolition site.. all wonderwoman.. then at the hospital.. running around . WHY ? for the blech of a man? Sonny ? this couple is so done.

janet
janet

I totally agree . I turn the show on, see its the same old BS, shut it off and go to the gym. This stupid show hasn’t improved since the killed AJ again. Every character is evil personified, and never pay. As for Stone cold, Y$R could keep him. Frank doesn’t really believe this BS he is spooting does he ?

Shay
Shay

The only way to watch this soap without going completely insane is to just check your brain at the door before entering the Port Charles city limits!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Shay…your comment made my day…lol. Thank You.

Have a good one, Shay.

Shay
Shay

You’re welcome, jaybird369! Glad you liked it….

Timmm
Timmm

Hayden story rans its course because Frank is done playing with her! He wants a new toy! Hayden hadnt even been scratched and we had to sit through all her BS and then finally they tease us with a possible Jeff Weber return and POOF!

SZ
SZ

RE: Hayden…”This story had come to a natural end. ”

What a load of crap! Her story was just getting good…
She was pregnant – what happens to the baby?
She was getting married – what happens to Finn?
She was getting close to her sister – story dropped.
She was Jeff’s daughter – they never met.
Etc – etc – etc!

Katiek
Katiek

Ugh. I could care less about Steve coming back.
Budding was great on GH, huge loss. This show
Is unwatchable now.

jann
jann

I am with you. I want Rebecca to stay and Steve not to come back. He chose to leave to go to another soap. He doesn’t deserve to come back. I have watched GH since day 1, but I’m done with it now.

Sheri
Sheri

if you’re so easily deterred from watching the show because Steve Burton is coming back, and Rebecca is gone, you weren’t much of a fan in the first place, regardless of the fact you watched it “since day 1”. This isn’t the first time this kind of thing has happened, and it won’t be the last. But if you’re done with it, fine. GH won’t miss you.

Timmm
Timmm

Goodbye jann! dont need you! Burton left for different reasons. You probably never took chances in life. He did. Dont ridicule someone who isnt lazy and wont get off her damn couch! Welcome back Stone Cold!

Steve
Steve

Other actors have left to go to other shows and come back through the years. Notably, Kin Shriner, who first departed to go to the long defunct “Texas” soap. He shockingly returned to GH (pre-spoiler internet days) when Scotty caught the bouquet at Luke & Laura’s wedding. Over the past 40 years, he’s come and gone numerous times.

Genie Francis found work on AMC, DAYS and Y&R, but she was gladly welcomed home to GH. Jane Elliott also made soap rounds. Edward may not have been glad to see Tracy return, but I’d guess most viewers were.

I’d also bet that if Tyler Christopher leaves DAYS in a few years, he’d be welcomed back as Nik in a heartbeat.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, katiek, I never thought that the day would come when I totally agree. For the first time, I’m fast-forwarding half the show and find myself rewriting the other half out loud. Pathetic. I always watch Billy Miller and Laura Wright because they’re my favorite actors, but where are Elizabeth, Franco, and so many others? Yes, Joss and Oscar are cute, but a romance with 14-year-olds isn’t my idea of fun. And don’t get me started on Man Landers. Pure idiocy. Then to find out Heaven and Earth are being moved, refinanced, and God knows what else to bring back Steve “One-Note”? Oy vey.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Soaphound…I’m sorry but BOTH Joss and Oscar annoy me. It’s GH…not The Disney Channel!!!!!

Have a good one, Soaphound.

Timmm
Timmm

I didnt miss Freako and Man Landers is the WORSE idea these morons have had since the Cassadine Island Adventure where they stupidly shot Nick and Kevin!

ppage
ppage

yup, not interested in Steve’s return. Already mourning the loss of Rebecca Budig.

Timmm
Timmm

50/50 ppage, I do like Steve but I agree, Hayden was getting likable.

Andrea
Andrea

I absolutely 110% agree with you about Steve coming back! Billy has made “Jason” his own so why fix what isn’t broken! Steve chose to leave all those years ago and as far as I’m concerned he could’ve stayed home! I am not gonna stop watching the show though.

Patti
Patti

Keep Hayden on GH I just love her and Liz together as sister’s and Dr Finn it great story play out so let’s keep Hayden on GH

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I am so with you. I had a tough time reading what Frank had said and I think Hayden has alot of story left to tell. She has ties to Elizabeth for God’s sake!!! I pray someone comes to his or her senses and keeps Hayden around.

Celia
Celia

Yes, Patti. Just when the sisters’ relationship was going to a good place, they pull the rug from under us.
I love the newly-found warmth between them.

Timmm
Timmm

They finally started to get the ball rolling with Hayden and then they cut her. What idiots! We had the possibility of her story with Liz , Jeff Weber coming home and I liked the guy who portrayed her dad and wouldnt it be cool for him to get sprung and strong arm Sonny?

Steve
Steve

I haven’t always been Budig’s biggest fan, but I was extremely impressed with her performance on Friday’s episode. She tapped into all the emotions her character generated in the past 2 1/2 years. You saw the bad girl one moment, then the redeemed vulnerable woman in the next. If those were the last scenes with ME, they were extremely powerful.

Celia
Celia

Yesss, Steve!!!!

Timmm
Timmm

I agree Steve. She has always been a good actress, the character was weak for so long and know they give her a bone to chew on and then swiftly take it away! Fans showed outcry over Wil possibly leaving GH, where are the fans for Rebecca?

Jimh
Jimh

How about a shocking twist…neither Steve nor Billy are the real Jason but still have Q blood and dna in them…turns out they are faternal twins of Jimmy Lee Holt, a Q who hasnt contacted the family in years…Jimmy knew he had twin sons but never talked about them because the boys mother fled with them to parts unknown…however, Helene found them, the mother was killed and she kept the boys a prisoner for years just like she done with Jake…she maybe gone(maybe not) but Helene had evil plans for the twins and now those plans are about to be unfolded!!!…lol

Joan
Joan

That is a great plot which makes me think it won’t happen. In my experience, fans always have better ideas than the writers.

Connie
Connie

Jason was born before Jimmy Lee came on the show. Jason was born in 1982 and Jimmy Lee came in 1983. However the way this show rewrites history anything is possible

Lisa
Lisa

Wonderful interview Michael! Frank V. has such a demanding job, and he appears to really care about the show and the characters. I would really hope that he understands the audience..what they want and what they don’t. The show is in dire need of writing. I truly want to care about the characters and just when I become invested..which takes time…the writers cut the storyline. I really cared for Alexis and Julian but the story is cut short because of how they had Julian threaten to kill Alexis. I really cared for Finn and Hayden and her entire storyline with having Elizabeth as a sister, getting married and having a baby then BAM…she’s fired from the show. I loved the friendships between Jordan and Anna, Alexis and Diane, the father son relationship between Franco and Scott, but we don’t see them anymore. Thanks for listening.

SZ
SZ

If Frank really cared about the show, he would be more in tune with what the fans want…and that AIN’T Steve Burton coming back! Just check some of the polls.

Steve is the reason…no matter how much they deny, deny, deny…that other favorites on the show are leaving! The budget can’t keep them because they have to pay St. Steve!

Hope he’s worth it!

He’s NOT!

jaybird369
jaybird369

SZ…oh, I agree. I didn’t care for (as you put it) St. Steve on GH the first time around…and I am NOT INTERESTED in ROUND TWO!!!!! N-o-p-e.

Take care.

Timmm
Timmm

How do you know this? How much do you think Steve makes? FV sits on a mountain at GH, if he wants something it happens, I cannot see him unloading the bank for Burton. Jason coming back could be good. I have little faith in the writing but it could be entertaining. Give it a chance. Plus, if they were cutting the roster to save money, why not Nelle, Michael, Dante, Lulu, Nina , Jordan, Andre and Nathan? Those characters suck and bring zero drama to this daytime legend.

Momtude
Momtude

I’ve been watching for 40+ years. I want SB back as Jason. The pairing of BM and KM is so dull and uninspiring.

Mark
Mark

NO ‘two-Jason’s!’ It didn’t work with the two-Todd’s.

MB
MB

The new co-head writer gets GH, but the EP doesn’t. Frank has decimated the veteran cast, there isn’t much GH left. Van Etten has been watching since he’s twelve but he’ll be writing for Franco, Finn, Nina, Ava, Valentin and all the other new characters, so it doesn’t matter.

So ridiculously disingenuos to say Hayden’s story has come to an end when she’s pregnant and is engaged. I don’t particularly care if the character stays or goes but come on. And why is Easton still around? Hayden has come to an end but the father of her child and fiance is still needed? Gee I wonder why Mr. 25th character still has a job? Oh yeah, it’s that huge fan base that was never reflected in the ratings when he was gone or when he cam back. They’d be better off keeping Budig, she can actually act.

Don’t care if DeVry leaves, Julian is garbage, but he’s probably gone. An agreement couldn’t be made with Tyler either, yet Howarth comes waltzing back onto the show after walking. What negative impact has his absence had on story or ratings? Nothing. The demo was below 400K last he was on and it hasn’t gone down any further.

Not even Burton can save GH.

MB
MB

And also what crap about honoring the past but moving forward. Giving Mac & Felicia a silly cameo is an honor? Why aren’t GH icons Felicia and Mac on GH? The absolutely stunning Kristina Wagner & the oh so handsome John J. York. Guess what Frank? Howarth pushing 50, playing a recast Franco like Todd a 25 year old OLTL character is the past.

Phyliss Gladney Wood
Phyliss Gladney Wood

I agree that our legacy..veteran actors should have more screentime.Still waiting to see Laura/Genie’s storyline that was brought to a complete halt several months ago.Not so happy that a deal could mot be made on Tyler Christopher’s renewing conract,and we lost him to Days now.Its very upsetting,and miss Nikolas.I do like William Devry,and hope he returns soon.I hope tgey rethink letting Rebecca go..Love her.I do like Roger H.He is an outstanding actor,and am liking him with Liz..Domething soecial happening there.I love Jason/Billy Miller,and Kelly/Sam..I think that their chemistry is amazing,and can’t see them having amother Jason..crazy..Billy is all the Jason we need.Why mess with a good thing that works.Their fan base is huge..are very well loved.I do hope SB will be doing a doctor role ,or someone affliated with the mob..We have our Jason now!!

CC
CC

Well damn why bother watching?

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Yep. That’s his way of saying out with the old; in with the new. And I TOTALLY agree. The “cameos” of Mac and Felicia are insulting. Inane, ridiculous. I’m all for levity but that’s all they’ve reduced these characters to. Mac doesn’t even seem like Mac…and having them look like fools to Nathan and Valerie and having t defend themselves to Auntie Stella was cringe-worthy.

Neither Mac nor Felicia should have disappeared in the first place. Both beautiful characters inside and out.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agree re Kristina and John. Magnetic, exciting characters who can “leaven” with humor. And they are legacy characters.

Celia
Celia

True, MB, but, for those of us who are ‘new’ watchers, that ‘sexual’ stunt was entertaining in its absurdity—great comedic break, out of left field, pardon the pun.
So, as much as I appreciate your affront for reducing favorite vets in this manner, I loved it—in the eye of the beholder and all that stuff; sorta, kinda.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Yeah, the Mac and Felicia stunt was condescending as all hell.
They treat them like their two cute senior citizens engaging in a little hanky panky. They’re not that old! And even if they were, they deserve to be treated with more respect.
I guess Frank and the writers think they’re being kind trotting out this forgotten fan favorite couple, but it was insulting and disrespectful
Give them their own storyline. Don’t use them as props for that idiotic Ask Man Landers story.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….I’m with you on the Mac and Felicia moment…it was cute, funny, harmless! And I found it refreshing that a couple who has been through so many ups-and-downs together over the decades can still be quite obviously sweet on one another! At least this is a real romance between two adults with documented history on its side…it’s actually relatable to those of us who have watched these characters through the years, unlike the flimsy fiction upon which that pitiful premise which predicated the pairing of Julian and Alexis was based!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Roger gets tons of money and he wasnt missed and he has no relevant story anyway!

Steve
Steve

It’s nice to get breaks from some polarizing characters. 3 months without Franco, 2 upcoming months without Julian.

Please, Maurice, take a cruise around the world, or something!

MissySnow
MissySnow

FV and RC were amazing on OLTL and the first three years on GH. However, FV clearly thinks he’s building a mega / hybrid soap with actors who STILL play their previous popular characters from their old soap operas. The ratings the last few months clearly show that the hybrid / mega soap theory is NOT working and it is time to cut the cord with a few more characters (Nina, Franco/Todd, Hayden, Finn, etc) that are not needed on this show. If FV was serious about fixing the show then why are the HW not GH writers with long term history? Why constantly turn GH over to OLTL writers who clearly don’t know the long term history and makeup stuff on the fly or change it every few weeks?!

Michael
Michael

Not trying to be a negative nancy … but …

When I hear “the story had come to a natural end”, I say, “that’s a load of sh*t”. Sonny’s story has come to what one could consider a natural end, numerous times. Ava’s story has done the same thing. But here’s the thing – soaps are a continuing drama; the point is, the stories continue, lives continue, a particular story may end, but the overall ongoing story of their lives continues. I have no connection to Hayden, so gone or not, doesn’t concern me one bit. But let’s not pretend it simply came down to a story ending. If the charater was popular, if you had the budget, if any number of things, Hayden would remain on the canvas.

And at the end of the day, how come TPTB don’t reallize that the biggest resurgence in viewers they had the last sevearl years was when they made Sonny and Carly share equal screen time with the other characters in Port Charles, AND stopped making them the end all be all of the show. The ongoing focus on them (and Jason and Sam) took the show to almost cancellation numbers until the show was refocused to split story time amongst the whole cast – when Sonny and Jason stopped being the ‘immoral moral centers of the show’, when Jason’s hero status was threatend by other strong male characters, and when Sonny stopped being the man that all GH women seemed to want to sleep with – or had already. That ‘experiment’ lasted for a couple of years until Sonny and Carly moved to the forefront again, putting some of the most blatant hyprocisy imaginable on the screen (yes, we are part of a criminal enterprise but we are good criminals and as such, we can judge the moral value of other criminals) , and the repitiion of stories for them began anew. It’s the same thing year after year after year – it’s one thing to repeat stories on a show with different characters here and there, but it isn’t a good thing when the same basic stories keep getting recycled for the SAME characters from year to year. Sonny and Carlly breakup, reuinte, sleep with one another, fight about the mob, Carly gets high and mighty about the danger, Sonny cries poor me, something bad happens to Sonny, and all is forgiven, rinse and repeat for the next year.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“Negative Nancy,” eh? Haven’t heard that one before, Michael.
BYW, he promises more romance–I’m willing. 🙂

Timmm
Timmm

There is a ton more that could be written for Hayden, they just dont want her around! Just like Nick Cassadine, having that character on would be great, especially with Valentin but they deem it unnecessary.

Jacob
Jacob

Less of Sonny/Carly/Burton-Jason and more of other characters. So many lost opportunities to showcase the great talent that this show has in favor of All Mob All The Time. I suppose we’ll never be rid of it.

Steve
Steve

Reading between the lines of his interview and deVry’s, I’d really be surprised if we see WdV back on the show. They were both extremely careful in their wording — almost like it was a mutual decision.

I will disagree with Frank, Hayden’s end story was rushed and not natural. I’m sure the writers wouldn’t have made her pregnant if they knew she was leaving.

West has been phenomenal and Monaco has stepped up her game, big time.

I’ve already posted my wishful thinking about Steve Burton’s character. That’s the only thing that keeps me intrigued that’s coming up.

Timmm
Timmm

Steve, they rush EVERY story! Whether its good or bad, its unmemorable! Tell me what story in the past three years would go down in history as being memorable?

Patrick
Patrick

“…Maura West has been turning in gut-wrenching performances one after the other ”

She’s Amazing. bar none the unqualified quintessential ACT @GH

ITS AMAZING to watch her OUT OF Sonny and Carly DEAD orbit.

PS: I LOVE William DeVry. He Needs to remain on the show. bring back Robin Christopher as Skye Quartermaine as his new leading lady.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Can’t see W. DeV nor Maura remaining on the show. No redemption for either–no matter how much suffering an “mask-wearing” they put Ava through. She’s evil and not believable–and, that cardinal sin, melodramatic. Aloha and adios. 🙂

Phyliss Gladney Wood
Phyliss Gladney Wood

I liked that Rebecca could be returning,and I hope soon,and also hope William returns very soo and jail time a short one.I agree that Maura is a faboys actress ..love her as Ava.and storyline.I already miss Jon,and Genie,and Nicholas,but hope Genie,and Jon won’t be away very long.Genie is a personal fav for decades,and she is also an outstanding actor.Please give her the big storyline promised that was brought to a complete halt many months ago..Kelly Monaco has also been killing it along with Billy Miller.Their chemistry is over the top.They set the screen on fire..As Jason,and Sam Morgan they have everything it takes ,and more .I think Steve was fine as Jason,but Billy Miller has brought much more to the character ,and only Jason Morgan I care to watch.Kelly/Sam&Billy / Jason are pure magic …perfection!!!!

Soaphound
Soaphound

I agree Phyllis. Billy is the best and I’m so relieved that SB’s return doesn’t mean Billy’s departure. I went through enough withdrawal pains when he left Y&R.

Becca
Becca

I totally agree. I just don’t want to loose Billy as Jason.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Billy Miller is too good for GH. He had a small part on last week’s Ray Donovan and he hit it out of the park.

Becca
Becca

Yes I do agree.

Max
Max

Maura West is amazing!

Brian Bruce
Brian Bruce

I’m hoping on the clone angle and Steve being the clone and Billy being the original Jason. Billy Miller did a fantastic job filling Steve Burton’s shoes. He truly deserves to stay as the true Jason

Candace Groves
Candace Groves

No way, Steve Burton is and always will be Jason……bm is too soft and pudgy to look dangerous…….I have watched SB for as long as he has been on the show and I see NO reason to replace him…………….

Mateo
Mateo

I have to say that even though I am most crushed by losing Rebecca Budig, I am looking forward to some of the stories with Ava and her struggles and a few other storylines. My lowest expectation is with the return of Steve Burton. I just don’t get what his power is. Some love him and think he walks on water but I don’t. He is just a miss for me. I want to say more but I will be fair and give him the benefit of the doubt. Seriously though, I am completely in the Billy Miller camp. That man is fire. If they are planning on eventually phasing him out I will be very upset. The hard part is that General Hospital has lost some MAJOR actors. Jane Elliot retiring was a hard hit. Rebecca Budig is another major loss. I just don’t want GH to become the Steve Burton show. He is not strong enough as an actor to carry that show. I have to say I am loving the innocence of the dating story with Joss and Oscar. It’s actually sweet to see love grow instead of turning Joss into the harlot of Port Charles. The last thing I want to see is her being all hoochie mama as a teenager. The sweetness of this story is the way the innocence is portrayed. Oscar is totally adorable and believable as a first love for Joss. Losing Spencer for the rest of the year is hard. I want to see the Cassadine story grow. I like Valentin as a character. His love for Nina is refreshing especially for a “villain”. Nina’s confusion is believable because of her past experiences. I want to see more hospital story. Kiki going to school to become a doctor is good. I have really grown to like the actress who portrays her. She is starting to fit in the role. I look forward to what GH has in store but I truly would like to see many of the missing characters have some story. GH has a killer cast and I want to see them all given great things to do.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Sad to say, I haven’t missed Jane Elliot; sad to say, she just wasn’t the character that she used to be in her classic run; that is to say, until “Tracy” literally “ran” into the character that used to be “Luke” and literally turned into another forgettable character–overblown and forced into a mold the character clearly didn’t fit.
One caveat: I’ve certainly missed the SKILLS of Jane Elliot; but, unfortunately, she had to twist and turn her character into someone unrecognizable.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, her and Tony are retired and its probably best for them and it hasnt hurt the show. I loved both of them, for sure but I am okay that they are gone. I just wish they would restock the Q’s!

Shay
Shay

In other words, you don’t want to see Joss emulate her own “hoochie mama” or “hoochie grandma,” for that matter….

Timmm
Timmm

Steve’s last year on Y&R, he acted and well. They had a hell of a time fiquring out what to do with him. His exit story was pretty good. Joss and Oscar are a breath of fresh air. GH struggles with the teen scene but they are on to something here. Spencer will return with his dad, I predict. Kiki is cute and the actress is getting better. I never heard her have a desire to be a doctor so its a bit odd? Valentin is gold. I want him with Anna!

Patrick
Patrick

“…Kelly Monaco’s performances have been outstanding. ”

what has she done ? she hasn’t truly interacted with any one. period.

as I’ve explained before… she deadpans… in comes dead Sonny to kingpin his manhood for what it’s worth’less. and “Jason” interrupts with who are you talking to ? are you alright ? Sam comes to and makes a hasty exit and or excuse. end of story.

so now she’s spending all her time trying to drum up memory lapse… bwah bwah bwah

what EVER !

this is ALL so laughable. Billy Miller isn’t doing that much in the arena of care; I love you; whats my wife going through. his only work is when he’s roughing up someone… that’s the sexuality he brings

superwoman Carly : GOD isn’t she sick of Sonny yet. to the rescue she goes. all that sick of them airtime. who effin cares

Frank Valentini … YOU PLAN TO MIX IT UP

less is more when it comes to the dullard… which includes you and Shelley. Jean writing is dead

LESS IS MORE… dullard Corinthos’ pie. Sonny / Carly / Jason / Sam / Michael / Nelle / Finn / Franco

BALANCE this show

dmr
dmr

THANK YOU, Patrick! If “outstanding” means speaking in a monotone and looking up to the right and left when delivering your lines, then yes, her performances have been OUTSTANDING!

Timmm
Timmm

Kelly has been awesome! Just keep her away from Mumbles!

k/kay
k/kay

Who knew all that GH needed to do to clear out the bloated case was bring back Steve Burton how come none of us thought of that ? Yep once Mama Bear JFP got shown the door he runs back to GH comical actually I never thought Billy Miller really fit the role of Jason but also not interested in what I am afraid is going to be the tale of two Jason’s.

dmr
dmr

I think TPTB needs to clean house, anyway, but not to make room for Steve Burton. There are too many recurring actors, new actors, etc., that are introduced to us one day, and then dropped/not to be seen again for weeks or months. Agreed, not interested in Steve Burton’s return, “The Tale of Two Jason’s,” or the “Carson” Show to be played 24/7.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Tale of Two Jason’s? I like it. We could call it The Revenge of Stone Cold.
Stonecold could be some dark superhero/villain and his Robin would be the first Michael. You know that red headed, bastard step son of Sonny’s who was shot in the head and went into a coma? Angry that they’ve been replaced by shiny, happy imposters, original Michael and Stonecold could reek havoc on the town of Port Charles.
Someone call the costume department.

JMER
JMER

I have no idea what we are supposed to be excited about. Frank Valentini is a joke of a producer as far as I’m concerned. Then again, I know he’s not completely in charge like Gloria Monty and Wes Kenney were back in the day. But still, he’s not doing anything to make things he can control better.

dmr
dmr

Oh, Gloria Monty was amazing. I love hearing the veteran actors talk about her, and what a powerhouse she was, way back in the day.

Timmm
Timmm

Gloria was the Fred DeCorva of daytime!

Patrick
Patrick

William DeVry : equates Sexual Stimuli WITH acting skill.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

. . . and I’m not feeling the “sexual stimuli.”

Shay
Shay

Me neither, Nancy! Perhaps if such energies were directed toward someone other than the too-willing Alexis it would be more palpable, not to mention, palatable! The “ick factor” with those two is simply too great to overcome!

Patrick
Patrick

Rebecca Buddig : “…She is a phenomenal actress. She had great chemistry with Michael Easton ”

WHY didn’t Frank / Jean / Shelley WRITE ! showing Finn and Hayden interacting with ANY ONE !

it’s no wonder that SOD called them the isolated pair. FIRE Michael Easton.

Steve
Steve

It looks like Easton will be around a while. Finn’s interaction has been with only Hayden, Tracy and Monica in a good light and Brad and Liesl in a negative.

Funny how they never mentioned his resemblance to Silas after the first week. Oh, Silas, perhaps Kiki should remember her father was a doctor!

NancyH
NancyH

Sorry, I disagree totally about Rebecca Budig’s exit. From what I see the fans, including myself, love seeing her no matter who she plays. That’s just drivel. Big mistake. Seems like many fans don’t really care about Steve Burton any more. My guess is his return will not be as celebrated as TPTB seem to think. I am excited about the new co-headwriter as he worked on the best soap ever OLTL, but to say he gets GH is kind of funny because most of us out here in TV land are having a very hard time ‘getting’ GH lately. We shall see.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

From one Nancy to another, you said it: “Most of us out here in TV land are having a very hard time ‘getting’ GH lately.

Celia
Celia

Yeeesss, NancyH. Love RB no matter her role.

Timmm
Timmm

Her and Nick were white hot together!

Patrick
Patrick

“…the dynamic of the show in such a way that it will create a lot more romance, a lot more intrigue, a lot more adventure, and all the stuff that you want ”

this is ALL going to happen because of just one old blue eyed STUD. okey dokey

i’ll be waiting in the wings

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Me, too! More romance–I up for it!
More mob wars–not up for it.

Shirley OBert
Shirley OBert

I hope Billy Miller stays they could twin brother she kidnaped and Steve stay also been watching GH. Foe 30 years love. The show thank u Shirley OBert

Shirley OBert
Shirley OBert

I hope both Steven and Billy both stay I have been watching G H for 30. Years.

Sue Olson
Sue Olson

Huge mistake letting Rebecca go. So many stories could be written with her.

rocky83
rocky83

Right on!!!! They ditch Buddig yet continue with this so not interesting Curtis & his ‘auntie’ story line??? Get Budding back, ditch auntie, and mix her and Curtis up ASAP!!!

Celia
Celia

Auntie Stella needs a diversion—tight arse, that she is!!! How about Andre’? Or Finn?
Busy body.
Curtis is a grown man. This storyline borders on the ridiculous. Star-crossed lovers at this age? Gimme a break!! Dumb!!

jaybird369
jaybird369

rocky83…SOMEONE should send Aunt Stella on a L-O-N-G cruise…FAR, FAR, AWAY!!!!!

Hey…just an idea……….

jaybird369
jaybird369

Just now, I forgot to add an extra ‘FAR’. My bad.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Yeah! How Stella Got Her Groove Back!

Incidentally, Stella was Boom Boom Washington’s girl friend in Welcome Back Kotter. She was super cute.

Jane Markel
Jane Markel

Please no two Jasons. I think Billy Miller is doing a great job. Steve and Kimberly work so well, bring him back as Patrick. That could be a very interesting to see them together at last.

Timmm
Timmm

This guy NEVER follows through with his promises. Frank is a carnival barker! I will expect NOTHING!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Succinct and on target again, Trimm!

Jon
Jon

yeah yeah yeah, everybody loves everybody and everything is just peachy keen.

Amy
Amy

Gotta disagree w/ him about Ava, wouldn’t matter how great the acting was, there’s NO WAY I could ever root for her.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

What I said!

Rose Kelly
Rose Kelly

Spencer (NicolasJBechtel) had a great summer with all of the characters, especially with Grandmother Laura- Genie Francis. I look forward to seeing him visit again. I don’t know exactly what Frank means re “how it will impact Kevin and Laura” other than open up Laura (Genie Francis) to a Lead Actress story line showing strong, street smart, brave Laura that will captivate the audience. We’ve all been waiting for her to get a story worthy of her and stop teasing us with little glimpses. Jon isn’t on contract and that drives his fans crazy, makes everyone wonder if Frank is serious about keeping them as a couple and giving them a big front burner story. They really should be elevated in status due to Talent, Legacy, History etc. GH needs a Leading Lady w/ Connection to General Hospital, Laura fits bill w/ Parents, she worked there and is now on The Board. She’s been heroine of PC, New York & World more than once, saved the hospital and crime fighter, Mayors wife and business woman. Her Sig. other is noted/respected Psychiatrist. They should be lead family. She can fight killer Cassidines, Matriarch, Historian, get GH back to status it once had when Steve Hardy ran it before the Cassidines tried to take it down.
One comment re Emme’s return, childbirth is wonderful but it isn’t a vacation.

Suzie rm
Suzie rm

So totally agree! Give Laura and Kevin a story that does not involve sitting across from Lulu listening to her babble or playing back up to Spencer
I don’t see how Spencer leaving will affect their relationship. We didn’t see much of it when Soencer came to town other than Kevin supporting Laura and Spencer. We have yet to even see their home.
I do hope we see much less of Sonny and Company. The shows are much better when they are not on. Sonny needs his own 30 minute spin off dhow

dmr
dmr

YES, sick and tired of hearing the incessant, spoiled, and annoying Lulu babble! I have felt that way since Emme took over the part of Lulu. She acts like a petulant, immature, little sister, not a married woman, mother of two.

Patrick
Patrick

“…Jon isn’t on contract and that drives his fans crazy, makes everyone wonder if Frank is serious ”

here here… for as long as I could stand his antics… LOVE watching Genie Francis getting her ‘own” family nucleus… w/ Spencer and Kevin.

That Spence does drive

it was a pure joy and delight to see Laura with her own brood.

with all these plans Kevin was making for Laura and Spence to move in with him.

August tease… we shall see come fall… just how serious Frank and Shelley are

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I’m with you, Rose. “Open up Laura (Genie) to a lead actress story line.” Agree that “Laura” is strong, street smart, and brave.” Always captivating–and often funny!
Romance and humor–couldn’t we us a LOT of that???

Timmm
Timmm

Laura handled Spencer and that was good. She actually tried to parent the young brat. Sadly, GH will not ever write for Laura the way the fans want. Genie will have to go to Y&R where they feature veteran actors and do it well!

su0000
su0000

I think it was a lot of talk, wishful thinking, but he rarely walks his talk.
And–

I have no enthusiasm over Steve’s return.

Sad to read the Ava story will drag on and on and on and on and on.

Throwing Rebecca Budig to the curb was a big mistake.

Having Lulu and Maxie back is unpleasant..

Shelly should have left with Jean and Chris Van Etten at the helm to turn the boring blah no direction of GH around and bring to GH into the 21st century.

Well, time will tell how GH will be, and too many times the talk of making GH better has been a disappointment.

Long Live GH !

dmr
dmr

su0000, I agree with you over Steve Burton’s return-not excited or enthusiastic in the least and I have watched since 1984. I remember Jason Quartermaine and was a fan of Jason Quartermaine not Jason Morgan. I have never been a fan of Maxie; although, I do like Nathan (solo, and perhaps with another love interest-not Amy). I prefer Julie Marie Berman over Emme Rylan’s Lulu, ANYday!

Margie
Margie

Wow. I agree with Su.

Jovin
Jovin

Why does Ava need to feel shame and be burned and turned into a ghoul and pain for her crimes, while Sonny has roamed around Port Charles without paying for his?? GH will only become GH again when Sosnny is killed off!!

Celia
Celia

….because Sonny holds some kind of crystal ball, Jovin….don’t you know? He is now “friends” with God.
In finding Griffin, falling into a pit, and talking to an apparation ; Sonny has found God, who gave him absolution to kill and plunder and scheme, at will.
Ava is simply a Jerome who cannot hold a candle to a Corinthos. There is a higher standard among mobsters. Sonny simply has more notches in his belt and on his bed-post.
Love Ava….hope she stays forever….with Nik C/Nick Stabile.

Shay
Shay

I had been hoping for more of a “Dante’s Inferno” scenario for Sonny…and, no, I don’t mean, “Falconeri!”

Michael
Michael

I hope it’s not the tale of two Jasons since I prefer Billy Miller in this role.

me
me

Who is he kidding, the return of Burton means only one thing: once again it will be the Sonny/Carly/Jason show every day, and everything else will take a huge back seat.

dmr
dmr

EXACTLY. I am sick to death of Sonny and Carly.

jaybird369
jaybird369

dmr…me, too. As far as I’m concerned, those two LOWLIFES Sonny and Carly bring NOTHING to GH…PERIOD!!!!!

Later.

Jacob
Jacob

I’ve been sick of Sonny and Carly for 15 years. I actually stopped watching for about a decade because of how sick I am. There really is a bit more balance these days than there was back then, but, for me, any Sonny an Carly is too much. Wish the show would give them a rest.

jazmine yancey
jazmine yancey

When will we get a new Nicholas Cassadine ?

JK
JK

THATS WHAT I WANT TO NOW!!!!!

JK
JK

MEANT TO READ……THATS WHAT I WANT TO KNOW!!!!!

Steve
Steve

Varni has said on numerous occasions that Nikolas and Morgan would remain dead for the foreseeable future.

With TC going to days, if they were to recast, I doubt it would be before next spring as Spencer would play a key part in the reveal, and NB is not available until next June.

aria
aria

the only thing i’m really bummed about is rebecca budig being taken of the show, i’m hopeful she will come back since Frank Valentini himself said she could come back, also really hope steve burton coming back will involve more then the usual forrsome, i.e( carly, sonny, sam,and nujason) if they turn this storyline all about those four then this story will be an epic fail as far as i’m concern.

rose
rose

Recently got into my own family’s genealogical history through Ancestry.com. It made me see the ebb and flow within a family’s history, and how certain “original” legacy family member’s start to thin out. It’s got to be a challenge for writers of soaps like GH to deal with this over the years.

So I’m trying to reconcile not having GH just revolve around the Q’s, Cassadine’s, and others anymore. And accept the old with newer characters to Port Charles. But also hope they minimize Sonny/Carly focus. It has been too much.

Will miss Hayden/Rebecca, but there was the teaser from Frank that Hayden could return. Like seeing Kiki, who wasn’t very popular her first few years in PC, now possibly becoming a doctor. And there would have been no Ava, Leisel, even Sam, etc.

I do want deVry to stay. Looking for the creativity of the writers to get him out of the corner they put Julian in. Sorta want him with Alexis…liked their good moments…but I still have the visual image of the dagger at her throat that bothers me. So will see. And as for Alexis, I still have faith in her, but it will take a while and good story to learn from her mistakes, embrace her strengths, and move on.

More more, more of Laura/Kevin, Olivia/Ned, and Felicia/Mac.

As for Spencer, changed my mind on him and look forward to seeing him return. Especially since one of his last lines to Valentin was taken from one of my favorite movies, “PrincessBride”…”My name is Spencer Cassadine…you killed my father…prepare to die.”

I even have time for the way GH is taking the Amy/Nathan, now Maxie, Man Landers story. We need a little levity, imo, especially in this day and age. And the Curtis/Aunt Stella story. Recently caught a rerun of “Fresh Prince Of Belair.” Thought Will Smith’s mom, Vy, looked familiar….she’s Verneee Watson, or Auntie on GH. Plus she’s on Big Bang.

Jimh
Jimh

All soaps have an ensemble cast and should all be part of the stories…GH should be about the Qs. Cassidines and Corintho families and those not part of these families should also be front and center with them…too much Corinthos and Nina…all cast should get equal time…here you have Julian/Alexis in a major story involving her daughters at various times but you dont really see Julian’s son Lucas…Lucas and Brad need more airtime…the show focus too much on Griffen and Finn like they are the only doctors in the entire hospital!!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

LOL…they ARE the only doctors in the hospital! Well, except Monica who whisks by with words of wisdom and hopefully Dr. Max Holden 🙂 aka James Depaiva aka I don’t remember what his GH name is. Oh. Dr. O. Is she or isn’t she still on the show. She just kinda faded out while promising her next devious plan….

Steve
Steve

As for legacy, Hayden is carrying the great grandchild of Steve Hardy. Why haven’t we seen Elizabeth take Hayden to Steve’s picture in the lobby and tell her their grandfather would be proud she’s looking after the hospital’s finances. Blown opportunity.

I’ve resigned myself to the fact we will never see Jeff Webber on this show again. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the brief appearance of Raymond Berlin. That was a relationship I would have liked to seen mined more. The actor has presence and would be a good love interest for Monica or Liesl.

rose
rose

Steve…Plus Elizabeth has her own sons as Hardy legacy. Knowing soaps they could start aging them for next summer.

Steve
Steve

They kind of put themselves into a quandary with SORASing Elizabeth’s kids. Cameron has been established as a rival of Spencer. Nicholas Bechtel, despite limited availability, has pretty much locked down the role of Spencer. If Cam gets aged to 16, it’s not like he’ll have a rivalry with a 12 year old. They’ll also never age Emma, as Brooklyn will probably grow in the role just as KMc did.

Jake seemed to de-age when Hudson West assumed the role.

Josslyn was SORASed, as was Molly, both of whom were born on screen years after Cameron.

Throw in Becky’s ageless beauty and it looks like her boys will stay boys for a while.

rose
rose

Steve…Good points! But since we are programmed to “suspend belief” you never know. Just look with what they did with Caine’s twins on Y&R this summer. And with Jake…he’s a cross between Hardy and Quartermaine.

Timmm
Timmm

Julian and Alexis should date others and THEN sometime down the road fall back in love. Is Parker Bi? Maybe her and Julian. I would love to see Kristina seethe!

Shay
Shay

@Timmm…I’m still in the Alexis and Parker camp…besides putting Krissy into a huge hissy, it would throw a real monkeywrench into that inevitably revolting Julexis reunion…which I am all for!

jen i w
jen i w

I wish he had addressed Billy Miller’s role in all of this. You have an amazing three time Emmy winner apparently being pushed aside for Steve Burton’s return. Billy and Kelly are soap perfection and we do not want to lose their pairing. This is very frustrating to Killy fans.

aria
aria

not a steve burton fan or the jason character but he’s now a two time emmy winner, lol, and billy miller extended his contract so he is staying on the show, if he felt like he wasted his time playing this character only to have it taken away, then i would think he would of bolted, surely he was presented with some idea of what the show is planning and thought it was worth sticking around. just saying…

Debbie
Debbie

Rebecca Budig’s story isn’t coming to it’s natural end. It is a mess & a insult to the viewers.
Emme Rylan was not on vacation. She had a baby & didn’t take additional leave other than the weeks the show was shut down (maybe a week at most).
If Steve Burton is written as the “real Jason”, that too is an insult to the viewers & Billy Miller.l

Keffen
Keffen

I love Steve to get involved with Kelly..bring Jasam back.I love Billy too

Celia
Celia

They can share Kelly, Keffen. One big, happy family.
I wonder, if Helena ‘played’ with Jason #2’s mind and is really not Jason….to clear things once Burton returns; perhaps, a DNA testing will be in order….who is Danny’s Daddy?

Karen
Karen

Hayden has become my favorite character. She has so many stories to explore. Why make her Liz’s sister only to have her go away. She had great chemistry with both Nicolas and Finn and made a slow and believable transition from “bad” girl to a sympathetic character. To say her story came to a natural end is a crock. So instead of having new stories exploring her character we’re going to rehash the same old Sonny and Carly and Jason stories that we are sick to death of. The way to keep viewers is to keep it fresh and new instead of same old same old

aria
aria

they needed what they were paying Rebecca to go towards Steve, and i’m sure theres other who will be cut or loose air time to pay this bozo off, show business is not a pretty place to work .

Celia
Celia

Rebecca B’s acting touched my heart today. She is sooo talented. Love my Hayden…love my Greenlee….love Rebecca. Sad….sigh!!

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Man, can she bring the waterworks! So talented. Big mistake.

Leslie
Leslie

Steve left gh to follow Jill to Y&R. Shocker when she gets fired, he decides not 2 stay at Y&R. Then he wins an Emmy for his role at Y&R, thanks Maurice (Sonny, GH) not the one he worked with on YR
Where’s Jill at? Hope he follows her to where she goes next, GH was more than fine with out him.
Use the actors that are loyal to gh,
Bring back Rebecca Budig, Hayden ,get the contract straightened out, with will (Julian)& stop fanning the fan wars. Steve will not do a thing for gh except make more not watch…

Robin
Robin

I love GH. Been a fan for over 20 years. I really disagree with letting Rebecca Budig go. She’s awesome. Been a fan of hers since AMC. It took a while for Hayden to develop but now that she has, and has a great story line with Fin and Liz starting, why get get rid of her? Huge loss and waste of talent.

Madeline McAninch
Madeline McAninch

Please don’t take Hayden and Julion off the show

Claire
Claire

I hope he misspoke but its astonishing….maternity leave is like a vacation?

The characters reactions I’m interested in re Steve Burtons return is Current Jason, Liz and Sam. I am going to have to turn off the set when Carly and Sonny are with him as they will be chewing the scenery apart.

And the remark that Rebecca Budigs exit is bc her story came to a natural end is such BS. If that’s the case then why isn’t Michael Easton leaving as well? Their characters are getting married. They could ride off into the sunset together. I like him a lot but MEs character has even less connection to the show than RBs does. What is this all about? I’m just hoping she is given an exit that doesn’t trash the growth she’s made although what we are seeing now has me worried.

I really want the show to be good as I’ve watched soaps since I was little. Please get help with the writing. It is everything.

Edith
Edith

I hope that Steve doesn’t take over the role of Jason. I love Billy Miller so much better. I personally wish he wasn’t coming back. No defense to the actor but I am not a fan. Billy made Jason his own and made him more likeable than stone cold. I also don’t like the fact that Rebecca Budig was let go. I don’t buy FV reason because her story was just beginning. Instead of bringing Steve Burton back why don’t they bring Nick Stable back as Nicholas.

Blink
Blink

I tried to get back into the show when burton left because before he left it was the sunny-Jason- Carly-Sam show. I came back to see some thing new and its recently gone back to the same bull and with Steve coming back it will be even worse, say bye bye to my ratings. my house counts for Nielsen ratings. I’ll just go back to watching the food network at this time.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Basically he said a whole lot of nothing. Rebecca/Hayden’s story did not come to an end; the powers that be ended it. She’s pregnant, she’s Liz’s sister, she’s marrying Finn, she’s friends with Curtis, she works at the hospital…there was so much more story to tell.

As for DeVry, I hope he’s staying but I got the feeling it might just be a return to wrap things up. Which I would hate….

Sounds also that they have no intention, ever, of bringing back core characters. They’re looking ahead while trying to appease their older viewers with an occasional visit from a vet..be it Mac, Felicia, Lucy, dead or alive ala Stone.

With that said, the show has been on for decades and it’ll never be what it once was. The few vets that are left can’t carry the show. The WSB is gone. That was Anna, Robert, Sean, Frisco…it’s not going to be revived. It can’t. Same for the Q’s, the Spencers, the Webers. Had they not decimated many of the characters from these families we’d at least have the families continue on, but stupid decisions were made.

Even so, I do like a lot of the newer characters. I love Ava’s journey but do hope she takes Valentin’s offer (which I had mentioned previously, given the “miracle” that was performed for him). I love Dillon and Kiki. Jocelyn and Oscar are the epitome of that first crush…so cute together…. I think it’s great we’re seeing more of Monica (though it’s beyond ridiculous she never sees Jason) and hope to see more of Olivia and Ned.

Keep DeVry. Lose “Auntie” Stella.

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Lin Herz

I hate that Rebecca is leaving. NO good reason for it. I don’t care that Burton is returning. He’s a good actor but not needed. Don’t care about DeVry’s character on the show. Emme was not on vacation, Valentini, she was on maternity leave. You think that’s a vacation?? Am I wrong? Did she not just have a baby? yes, at first most audience members did not like Hayden, but they grew to really like her. If you were going to remove her, it should have been done when we didn’t like her. Boo hiss. Unless the Steve is going to be Finn’s new love life, there i s no reason to remove Hayden/Rebecca. And since he may read this- how about giving the people you supposedly (ha!) care about- Monica, Bobbie, etc. some decent stories and more to say. I love Mac, he is on less than Spencer.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: Y&R’s Joshua Morrow, DWTS: Juniors & GH’s Hudson West & B&B’s Joe Lando

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live! October 2018” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman you can now listen to the replay right here in audio player above!

This episode was given to the gents in soaps as Michael welcomed his very special guests: The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman), Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and General Hospital’s Hudson West (Jake), and The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman favorite, Joe Lando (Judge Craig McMullen).

During this fun night of chat, Joshua weighed-in on the Shick wedding that went bust, when Sharon told Nick at the altar that she knows he had sex with Phyllis.  Morrow, who will celebrate his 25th year as Nick Newman in early 2019 chimed in what the future for the stat-crossed couple may hold, and how he has enjoyed showing Nick’s dark side of late, plus he revealed one scene he felt uncomfortable with that he would not play, the ladies over the years in Nick’s life, and when asked by a listener of his memories of the late, great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Joshua shared some fun and poignant remembrances. He also addressed the status of Doug Davidson at the CBS daytime drama, and hopes that the writers will find a way to utilize the Y&R vet in the future.

Next, Hudson West’s joined the podcast where he gave listeners the inside scoop on what it has been like to be one of the 12 celebrity kids competing in the first-ever Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, which debuts Sunday at 8PMEST in a two-hour season premiere on ABC.  Hudson talked on how he has been learning the dance moves with his young pro dance partner and Dancing with the Stars pro mentor, how he deals with nerves before performing his dance routines and more.  General Hospital fans who know of Hudson’s Daytime Emmy-nominated performance of Jake Webber, Elizabeth and Jason’s son, got some interesting tidbits when he talked about working with Rebecca Herbst, Steve Burton and more, and how much he loves being on the show.

The final guest of the night was Joe Lando.  Prior to bringing Joe on the air, Michael played a classic clip from Megan’s death on One Life to Live from the 90’s, where Joe as Jake Harrison performed one of the saddest and most memorable scenes in soaps with his then acting partner, Jessica Tuck.  Joe then revealed when he was on Soap Nation Live that it has been over 20 years since he had heard the scene, and was still moved by it.  Lando who is now appearing as Judge McMullen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful teased there could be a love interest around the corner for the judge, as well as some retribution for his ruling in the custody case of Will Spencer, because of a favor called in by Ridge.  Lando also talks about his time on the hit primetime series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as Byron Sully, and shared more about his time on One Life to Live working with the likes of: Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, and Tuck.

Last, during out Game Show segment, a lucky caller won two VIP tickets to the Star Struck Fan Event Fall Festival in Alexandria, Virginia featuring members of the cast of Days of our Lives, as well as a Y&R goodie bag; which includes a personalizes autographed picture of Joshua Morrow, after answering correctly some Nick Newman trivia!

For archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Joshua, Hudson, and Joe above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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General Hospital Honored With Sentinel Award For Alzheimer’s Storyline

This week, ABC’s General Hospital was one of the recipients and honorees at the 2018 Sentinel Awards.

The awards honor storylines that inform, educate, and motivate audiences to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

Now in their 19th year, the 2018 Sentinel Awards were presented by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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The 12 outstanding Sentinel Awards honorees for 2018 spotlighted topics that included: nuclear safety, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, autism, sexual assault, mental health and disabilities.

One of those programs to receive the award was ABC’s General Hospital for “Sonny’s Dad storyline” which as viewers know shed a light on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease for those afflicted and their loved ones.   The story is beautifully played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).  Accepting  the award on behalf of the series was EP, Frank Valentini.

Other series, notably Empire was recognized for their abortion storyline, and Grey’s Anatomy for their Hemorrhage cart storyline representing Maternal health were two other popular shows that also received recognition for their work. among others.

So, proud of GH for receiving this honor for the work they are doing in telling the emotional tale of Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s and how it affects Sonny and his family? Comment below.

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Chloe Lanier Making A Return To General Hospital

Look for naughty Nelle to be back on all-new episodes of GH, and that means fans will get to see more of Daytime Emmy-winner, Chloe Lanier!

According to Soap Opera Digest, Lanier will be back on-screen after leaving the show In August after two years with the daytime drama series.

When Chloe left the series, Nelle was carted off to prison for her deceptions and crimes, but according to her chat with SOD, she is back because she ‘has some unfinished business with some people.”  Lanier’s return stint starts next week.

So how will Nelle’s re-emergence impact Lucas and Brad who are raising Nelle and Michael’s son?  Will she seek more retribution on Carly?  Stay tuned.  After all, Nelle gave her baby to Brad in the now notorious baby switch, which we have since learned that baby “Wiley” has a heart condition that can be traced back to Michael’s side of the family,

Glad there will be more Nelle coming up on GH? Comment below!

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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