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GH Executive Nathan Varni Talks Jason Reveal & If There Are Plans To Cast A New Patrick Drake!



ABC Current Series Executive Nathan Varni (who looks after General Hospital) took time out of his schedule to talk to Party Wills Online about the current state of the ABC daytime drama series, and to relate more about his background.

A few interesting excerpts in the piece included: when Varni was asked about his thoughts on the length of time it took to reveal that Jake Doe is actually Jason Morgan (Billy Miller), and if the series will recast the role of Dr. Patrick Drake – after Jason Thompson (Patrick) finishes up his run with the series.

On the Jason reveal, Nathan noted: “Once Shelly (Altman) & Jean (Passanante) joined the show as our new head writers, their ability to hone in on what was working and what wasn’t working was and is important for the future of this story.  I did love Ron’s idea that since we were recasting the role, the idea of the accident and giving Jason a new face and taking away his memories was intriguing and helped us get back into telling a Jason story.  I also think it was very interesting to see Liz fall in love with ‘Jake’ not Jason, they had a connection (not knowing their past).  I think all of that was interesting to see unfold.  Unfortunately where we misfired was dragging the story out way too long and we as a collective team are all responsible for letting it drag on too long.  But our current writers have a clear vision and journey for the story which I think has really jumped the story in the past month and even re-energized the actors on set. Shelly and Jean’s take on the upcoming story is one that I find interesting and will really push the actors to bring their “A” game to their roles. “

On the status of the role of Dr. Patrick Drake, Nathan expressed: “There are no plans to have a new Patrick Drake but as I’m sure our audiences know we need to beef up our GH doctor staff but that is long term and we are still in the planning stages for that as we discuss 2016 episodes. When Jean & Shelly started they said they would love to tell more hospital stories and I completely agree with their desire to do that and hoping we can build many hospital stories in 2016 and beyond.”

So GH fans, are you glad to hear that the seris will not be recasting a new Patrick Drake? What did you think about Nathan’s comments on the show taking responsibility for dragging the Jason reveal out too long?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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As I’ve posted before I hate that Jason Thompson’s leaving. With that said, I could care less. If he and Robin wAlk off into the sunset together. I like Patrick and Emma and hoped for a recast. Disappointed…

Right he needs to stay if Robin coming back

All three are leaving together.

Patrick should be recast. I do NOT wanna see him leave with Robin. Yuck.

Totally agree! They should most definitely recast the role.

Absolutely need to recast. Emma and Patrick, Emma and Anna, many stories to come out of that. Need to keep some of the long time families intact.

Completely agree. If they lose and/or re-create any more characters it won’t even be the same show, anymore. People watch daytime dramas because they become acquainted with a almost family oriented with the various characters and stories, every day. What they are doing to GH is a shame. It’s lasted 52 yrs and under this team has spiraled down to where even longtime viewers are having a hard time sticking with it. SOmeone just doesn’t get it – that’s for sure.

I AGREE I DON’T WANT PATRICK AND ROBIN TOGETHER. THEY NO LONGER WORK! Please recast the role of Patrick! We want to see Emma. and she should be there for Anna or Anna has no reason to be in Port Chuck.

Yes! DO unite Robin and Patrick–it’s what the longtime viewers want.

This whole soap and the story lines has suffered. I’ve watched for 42 years and the current status is HORRID. the Jason storyline was a killer to viewers. Too many new people and stories at once. They have taken away what we love..GH,,With that.IS THERE ANYWAY TO make Jake stay Jake……..Rehire Steve Burton as Jason to bring excitement back to the show?

i agree with you.. I was VERY disappointed with the reveal of Jason.. one year of waiting for that?????? It was so anti clamatic… I am glad that they ended this absurd making a film storyline today.. .. Belle..mmmm I mean maxie and watchamacallic working together at the magazine will be good.. I hope…. definitely fast forwarding through must of this show these days……..



No recast, all or nothing!

I agree, Timmm. Definitely no recast.
On a different note, but same subject….After Patrick’s call to Robin, do you think she knew Jason was alive? It seems that way. It also seems to me that the mystery person ‘affiliated’ with Hayden, could very well be Robin. Hmmmmm. Just sayin’, ….later, Timmm. Hugs.

No recast. He’s played the part 10 years. He can return if he wants. Also yes Robin knew Jason was alive since she was the one who was his doctor! I guess you’ve forgotten that she was with him at the clinic and in the car with him on the way to Port Charles before the accident. They kept not showing his face while she was talking to him.

Please recast Patrick. ! Soaps need the core family’s and it’s members to stick around. Anna needs Patrick and Emma. There is plenty of story thar can be built around them!!!

Looks like he is not leaving now; he has extended his contract for “four more months” according to stories in the press.

You CANNOT re-cast the role of Patrick Drake. Impossible to do, been on the show too long, and you’d be recasting the whole family basically (can’t do two characters at a time). Can’t recast Robin and Patrick.
The did the RIGHT thing in waiting with Jason’s reveal but did take too long. He’s a totally different person than Steve Burton and that’s a good thing as he make Jason turn into Jake. He owns the role now and he’s fantastic.

I Iove Jason Thompson and hold out hope he’ll return to GH at
some point just as many have who have left. However, without that crystal ball I don’t want to lose the Patrick, Emma characters until-if he does….

On the other hand on today’s show it looks like Emma.was kidnapped…probably Patrick and Scorpio go in search of her. At least THAT makes sense if that’s the reason Patrick is off the canvas for a while.

Prior to today’s kidnapping it made no sense for Patrick to uproot his daughter, leave Anna, his fantastic position at the hospital…much story could and should be given to Patrick Drake.

You say no…he’s been in the role too long…yet you love Billy Miller who replaced Steve Burton…who was in HIS role longer than Thompson. Recasts always take getting used to…but if an actor leaves…the show…and character…must go on.

I don’t think he should be recast nor Robin leave the door open for them to come and go like Robin has been. And for the Jason story took way to long was ready to quit watching after 42 years, but now if they don’t bring back his memories of his life with his wife Sam and soon and make a story of them falling in love again I’m done. They need to do something with little Jake he just isn’t right in the head ,can’t Liz see that but the writers need a story there too, its time for SONNY to get back on his feet and take over, PC is going down hill real guick with these stories lines dragging out in the wrong way! !!!!!!!!!!

Recast patrick drake he should be with Sam. Emma wanted her to be her step mom. Robin should be with jason. Recast Robin with Elizabeth hHendrickson.move them back port charles we Emma being on gh. Dissapointed at Patrick and Robin,not being recasted.

This guy really does not get it. He fired Easton!

Ooh…I didn’t know we were going to go there but now that you did, I have to say you made a very good point. Maybe this would be the perfect time to bring back Michael Easton? I prefer to see Patrick, Robin, and Emma leave together so I am happy just knowing there won’t be a recast of Patrick. As for the Jason story, I d agree it went for a long time but there had to be layers mixed in so that the story would work. There was no way that story could have been rushed so while it is unfolding now, if it had been done sooner, it would have been rushed and sloppy and we would rather have a good story as opposed to something being done too quickly.

I had a head injury in real life and I know you can’t just pick up from it in a day or a week or a month and remember everything. For petes sakes the writers are trying to make this as real as it kinda gets for a soap opera. I agree with not rushing things it will all work out in the end. I think we need some new doctors in PC but the Patrick Drake Train, went cho cho along time ago. Just tired of this wimpy DR.

I said just about the same thing, James R. Both fans and cast needed to get to know Billy. So, it did work out, albeit our patience was at the end of its rope. And, I appreciate how Monica, whose name should be Sunshine, is giving Jason all the rope he needs. She assures him of her love; tells him in her quiet and quaint way a relationship is in order, yet at his own pace. I love that.
And, James R? It would be a dream come true if Michael Easton would return.

Sorry, but no big loss IMO.

The new writers want to focus more on the hospital – yet Nathan Varni fired a bonafide leading man, Michael Easton, who was playing a GH doctor.

Bring back Easton. Not as Patrick, but bring him back. Great actor.

REHIRE MICHAEL EASTON. Recast Patrick and give the character to Michael Easton. If the new writers wanna fix RCs mistake than REHIRE MICHAEL EASTON.

I agree about bringing back ME,but as a new character,and keep him away from Sam!!! The last thing we need is another Easton/Monaco pairing.

Stop blaming Ron Carlivati for everything. Frank Valentini wanted Easton gone and so it was dictated that he be killed off. As long as Valentini is there, Michael Easton will never return.

HI, Lisa.
If Easton returned, I would appreciate his presence in any form. There’s no other actor, in my eyes, who can make a character as authentic as he can. This has been done before where a character resurfaces in the ‘guise’ of another, on the same soap . Chris Kosacheck(sp) (DOOL) returned as Romsn Brady…..etc.

Havent even noticed Silas has been gone.

Ti-imm! How can you say that? (Lol). We feel Silas’s absence in Kiki’s downhill behavior; we see his absence as a mentor for Nina ( I know Nina is a nonentity for most, but I love her ); and, we miss him as the judicious doctor/protector of Danny. Do you miss him now, Timmm? HaHa. Luv-ya.

INSTEAD OF NEW DOCTORS….BRING BACK SILAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello, Judy.
Lol, Judy. If they did that, then MadMaddie would go free. Ugh. I’d rather that one stay put for the rest of her life.

i’m glad they are not recasting patrick, he needs to be with robin off for a while, hope that jason thompon want to return down the line, but i could use a patrick brake, not a fan of recast.

It’s nice, if not rare, for a TV executive to admit to, and apologize for, “dragging the story out way too long.” And I applaud Nathan Varni for that.

If the head writers indeed plan to address “what was working and what wasn’t working” and the long-term goal is in reality to “build many hospital stories in 2016 and beyond,” maybe, just maybe, they will finally eliminate the character of Sonny and the endless mob storylines, given that they are, at best, polarizing the fan base and, at worst, continuing to ruin and degrade the formerly great “General Hospital,” allowing it to wallow in darkness. The downturn in viewership could reverse itself in such a scenario, with many fans, myself included, tuning in once again…

I agree…too much gloom and doom in the real world full of violence…gotta have some since its a hospital but not as often or as graphic…watched some old Gh eps. on youtube with Valerie Starret as Diana Taylor…i like Brooke Bundy for her work in primetime and on Days as Rebecca in the 70s and thought she made a fine Diana but still they shouldve tried to keep the talented and beautiful Valerie in the role and had Brooke as a different character!

jimh, you have made my day today! 🙂

First, I am glad you agree with me about the excess violence.

Second, I can’t thank you enough for remembering my decades-long admiration and fandom of Valerie Starrett as Diana Taylor and for looking at some of her scenes at youtube. There was a vacuum of such video available until recent years. Your suggestion that they should have kept Valerie on as Diana and had Brooke as a different character is brilliant. I only wish that had transpired… But older fans, like me, still remember Valerie and want to keep the memory of her great work on GH alive, those halcyon days when the focus indeed was on the hospital staff.

Im glad i made your day…i know i mentioned it before but i enjoy talking about it…i do recall Diana as a waitress…My grandma watched the show and i watched with her when i was a kid…i liked Lucille March…my grandmas name was Lucille and i would point that out to her…she would be 115 years old if alive today! later!

Hey jimh!

I have to reply once again. Please lend me your ear (or eyes, as it were)…

I know that you and CeeCee expressed an interest when I was going on and on and on about Valerie Starrett as Diana Taylor. I was thinking that she was gone by the time you started watching or that you didn’t remember her. Anyway, it thrills me to no end that you do remember her, even as a waitress, which was when she first created the role and worked at the restaurant with Harold Williamson (aka Phil Brewer). Yes, Lucille was a riot back then. It’s nice that the role gave you a connection to your own grandmother.

From those times, I also enjoyed Steve, Audrey, Jessie, of course, but also Howie and Jane Dawson, Sharon and Henry Pinkham, and Leslie and Cameron Faulkner (then Rick Webber). The nurses’ station was really a trip back then, and that was even well before Amy Vining showed up! But for a young, impressionable Jamesj, I was riveted by Diana and Peter Taylor. That’s the GH I enjoyed the most. Sure, much has happened since then on the show, but as long as I live, I will always be nostalgic for those times…

Best to you, Friend, and thanks again!

i remember her mostly as a waitress because i watched with my grandma around the time Diana first appeared..must have been around 69/70…i did not get to see much in the 70s..i only watched bits during that time…i did like Cameron Faulkner-the actor also was in Land Of The Giants tv series back in the 60s…began watching more in the late 70s and more regularly in the early 80s…i consider Valerie Starret now as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses in all of daytime..i wish i had a vcr back then to watch more…Another World was opposite in my area back then and that was my addiction-there Jackie Courtney was replaced by another actress as Alice like Valerie was as Diana..i also tuned in to Guiding Light too which was also opposite both shows!…over the years back then i would often change channels back and forth to watch soaps on opposite channels that aired at the same time…if only i had a remote back then and a vcr to make it all easier!

Hey Jimh!

Thanks for giving me your backstory on viewing. I do remember you being a huge Jackie Courtney fan. I got to understand her appeal when she came to OLTL. So rewarding for me to read this line by you: “i consider Valerie Starret now as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses in all of daytime.” That has been my thought since the beginning. And the same is true of Jackie Courtney. And, yes, Valerie first appeared as waitress Diana Maynard on GH in 1969.

I may have said this before, but it galls me that, whenever there has been a retrospective or anniversary show, there is virtually no mention of the 1970s, outside of the later 1970s when Luke and Laura were in full swing. So never any mention of the Peter and Diana Taylor love story that propelled much of the storyline in the 1970s. And, clearly, Valerie Starrett is an unsung hero of the show.

I read a long time ago that the tapes from most of the shows from the 1970s were destroyed (or reused as they taped new shows). I believe Jackie Zeman said that in an interview. It’s really a shocker that those shows are virtually gone. If only those episodes were available…

Anyway, Jimh, thanks again for chatting with me on this. It pleases me more than you know… Take care.

I love Patrick and Emma’s father-daughter relationship. I really do not want to see Emma with Anna. Anna has too many issues, and did a terrible job raising her own child.

I don’t think Patrick drake should be recasted,and Emma should not be with anna,however I don’t want her to leave,I think since we know Robin never stays long, it would be great if stayed with Sam and Danny for stability and that leaves many open story lines and room for reoccurring roles,remember mac raised Frisco and f ed limits girls maxi and George as well as robin

Yeah, I like the idea of Emma staying. She is adorable.

There’s no way Patrick would leave Emma behind…he’s devoted to her.

Patrick and Robin should be reunited and leave PC with Emma. As much as I love little Brooklyn and her portrayal as Emma, Robin should be reunited with the daughter she loves and has been kept away from on/off for almost 4 years. I’ve always felt that Patrick has been lost without Robin and she is his greatest love. Both the Sabrina and Sam pairings didn’t work for me. It’s time for Scrubs and family to have their HEA.

All these suits talk a good game but the actions rarely mimic the words.

i would love to see tptb focus on more hospital stories – i started watching gh back in 1963 when it first started and the show was totally based on the lives of the doctor’s & nurses as well as some of the patients of general hospital……………i would love to see that concept revisited

agree — bring back Mathew Ashford’s character as he is a great actor and bring back his son Tommy who is supposedly also a doctor! Jeff Webber can come back. Steve Webber should be getting out of prison in the soap world by now, LOL. There’s so many options for hospital stories!

oh yes – we need more of dr hardy’s family on gh for sure!!

Yeah, Olivia is free again, bring Steven back!

I think if Patrick & Robin will be able to reappear for visits in the future, don’t recast him. Otherwise, maybe…..
I can see more hospital stories the way it used to be, but not totally.
Jason/Jake needs to soon get a heart, even if his memory hasn’t come back. His treatment of Sam is intolerable, and not even seeing Danny, and the way he treated Carly & Sonny. Has to be more empathy there, as Jason has always had.

I so agree with you that he should see Danny and go to a hotel-he is married to Sam-Liz is such a bitch it’s not funny. I hear early Dec. Liz’s lie comes out! Carly will go after her as will others. I know he is hurting talking to people he can’t remember but seeing Jake and not Danny is so wrong! I hate this story. Liz telling Monica her son is alive is a slap in the face to Monica! Stay away from Jason says Sam-and Sam should give her a black eye. I will always be behind Sam.

Agreed, Liz needs to take a slow boat to China never to be seen again. Maybe her and Carlos could hook up.

I want a Patrick Drake character because Emma will probably leave town with him etc and that will affect Anna etc PLEASE RECAST

Well, Suzanne, not unless Emma gets kidnapped first. The Robin drama has become so stale and rusty. And, here I thought she would be coming back to collect her little family and leave town, the air ‘festooned’ with heart-cut-outs, silver streamers, doves and roses…….not looking forward to another hostage situation. So, is Jason embarking on finding out WHO did this to him; finding Robin in the process?….. Jason the hero!!!! Will he be bringing Robin back to her family?

Margie is right. They need more doctors, but yet they fired one of the most popular ones. Michael Easton needs to be brought back.

Michael could come back IF Frank was not behind his release.

Need to keep Emma on and parents who care. They are making it look like Robin doesn’t care for her daughter. That was bad. If she has no desire to come back then recast her and Patrick. Emma needs to stay and have parents..

Emma’s been a big part of the show. Hate to lose her, too. Tired of everyone leaving. Don’t they know we get attached to them? They have links to families on GH? Come on……..
At least Jason was a bit nicer to Sam today & did see Danny. Hope Robin reveals Liz. Liz needs help to be able to continue living there, so she won’t be so reviled when she’s found out. She’s too good of an actress to let go, so hope something is done with her, so she’ll be able to have someone too; just not Rick. He isn’t likeable AT ALL. NO charisma. Please give Jason a heart.

Emma is a doll but she is not a big part of the show! She will be thrusted back into the picture since Kim is returning but will go off as a family and return one day as a doctor like her parents.

Oh, gosh, Lin. Finally someone who says exactly what I did, about Liz needing help. She will not be able to survive the onslaught waiting for her once she’s found out. Thus, she needs to be redeemed somehow, tout de suit. No, please not Rick, albeit at this point, Liz does deserve someone as unscrupulous as she. Jason? Perhaps he will get on the yellow brick road. UhHa!

Bring back Steven Webber…i would settle for a recast…the Jason reveal was taking too long but what would happen if Billy Miller left the role-another recast?…have Jason turn to medicine who sometimes feels drawn to mob life butt keep him away from there…let Patrick leave town knowing he has no future with Sam…maybe he leaves with the returning Robin…or have him dump Emma on Anna…Emma was hurting his playboy lifestyle-kidding…he moves to the town of Madison where he becomes chief-of-staff at Hope Memorial after the death of Dr. Steve Aldrich and has an affair with the much older, flamboyant Nola Dancy Aldrich played by Kim Zimmer who inherited the old Aldrich-Croft estate after the death of ex-brother-in-law Steve…better yet, let Patrick run off with Sappy…lol…….meanwhile, i believe Carlos is very much alive and Anna was set up to believe she killed him-this is a secret Paul is keeping, and will be exposed by the return of the shows most needed hero-Robert Scorpio!

“no, sorry; no steven webber”

one of the worst actor(s)…. no emotion…. funny how it’s from the same wedded couple”

Scott and Melissa Reeves


I think they should bring David Wallace out of retirement…. saw his pic with his wife, ex-Melissa Horton, @DAYS red carpet gala) and thought… dang!

looking good

I hope Carlos is Alive

They could recast…have Micheal Easton play Steve Wbber!

That’s funny, Patrick…yikes, indeed!!!! Reeves was just as unappealing on Y&R.

Yeah, Tristan Rogers–“come on down”!


I have been watching daily for 48 years! I want Jason and Sam to get back together again !Elizabeth lied and still not owning up to the truth. I also would like more love in the stories and not so much murder etc. This is General Hospital and not General Mobsters !

While it’s nice that the rest of the characters know about Jason, until he gets his memory back and isn’t someone that has only been TOLD that he’s Jason, the reveal means nothing to the audience, since we already knew.


Part of me is happy they aren’t recasting Patrick, because I love JT and it would just be weird to see someone else be Dr. Drake. The other part of me wishes they woud recast because it is hard to invest in new characters sometimes.

I totally agree with him on the Jason story… am lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvving it right now!!!! LOL So good!!! 🙂

On the hospital stories.. I am a huge mob stories fan, so hearing we will be getting more hospital makes me nervous, I hope they don’t forget us mob fans and make it TOO hospital. For me, the hospital stuff is always pretty boring…… but I was a fan of ER, so I know non-boring hospital stories can be done. 🙂 I hope we will be getting lots of Ava and Sonny still.. Jason and Sam.. and I hope they will bring back Spinelli full time. <3

hi Spixiefan ..
I was big mob fan.. now there is no mob..
The last mob story was years ago..
The mob is mentioned to make us believe there are actually ‘mobster’ not just Sonny and now retired Julian.

There are incidents, but not stories, no mob stories as once was in the 80-90’s when there were actually mobsters in the cast..
Sonny is a ”crime lord” his mob is invisible. lol pretend gangstas ahaa!
Paul is not a mobster he is Cartell, different thing.

When Paul shot Sloane is was a 1 minute scene, not a story, and not mob related.
When Anna killed Carlos it was revenge, no big mob happening and still no mob story.
When Sonny killed AJ it was not mob related.
When Carlos killed/shot Duke it was a hit,and a 2 minute scene but still no mob story.

The mob has long ago faded away.
Sonny is not a mob he is one person lol Julian is not a mob, either..
We have seen Sonny and Julian threatening each other for a long time but no actual mob story..
ahhha we saw camera men at table crime syndicate meeting, and one got shot, no big deal so no mobsters in a mob story.
I WANT GANGSTAS, CRIME LORDS! A REAL STORY- A STORY! not a flash scene incident, a story!.
I do not understand how some people still are seeing mobsters and actual mob stories LOL .. guess they can’t pull their heads out of their 90’s lol

Days was circling the drain with boring couples, then a serial killer story started and there was killings and dead bodies and people tuned in for the excitement, to see who would be killed next.
Days has probably had more killing this year than GH and people are luvin it.

“The last mob story was years ago…” Huh??????????????
Guess you must have missed the meeting between the 5 mob bosses, huh?

You speak of Days: well, Days has done their killings with fleshed out characters, real stories that one can follow, real pain and pathos, real CLASS–something GH has been missing for years.
BUT, just yesterday I saw some CLASS on GH; Monica’s scene with Jason–real, raw, and realized. Go, Leslie Charleson!
And Genie Francis has indeed added CLASS–great scenes yesterday and today–again CHARACTER-DRIVEN with HEArt. Go, Genie!

Please–no Ava, no Franco, no Kiki, no Julian (talk about boring!),

drad it out to long now he needs to be a family with sam and danny and take little jake with him

It’s good the writers recognize they dragged Jake’s story too long. However, they will loose viewers if they don’t keep stories moving. Not sure that’s going to happen. Why not have Lu Lu and Dante go into Marriage Counseling and save their marriage.

What I found interesting was the number of times he used the word interesting in his answers—-LOL.

Well, that’s interesting, Mary SF … lol 🙂

Cute, Mary SF, really cute. And subtly humorous. I’ll give you ten stars. Lol. Love it!

There shouldn’t be a “Patrick” recast, Jason Thompson may want to return
down the road… Glad to hear they intend to make the “Hospital “a vital part
of GH again, let’s not forget Dr.O in the process… Pleased with Nina, Maxi,
& Franco moving in the right direction… Now let’s give Kiki, Morgan &
Michael a purpose as well. This is a good beginning GH needed a bit of a
face lift…

Love they are pulling Crimson out of mothballs. GH/Port Charles could certainly use a little more glamour. It’s been too dowdy and dark for the last couple of years. Plus it’s a perfect fit for Maxi, and I’m sure Nina will make it “interesting.” What a team…maybe. Nina may even be too much for Maxi. On a lighter side I can see them wanting to turn cop boyfriend/brother Nathan into a male model. Or maybe Lucy could involved with her fashion/cosmetic background. I do miss Connie/Kelly though. Liked her better as head of Crimson than as Sage at Y&R.

I’m all for more hospital and staff in the mix. But not too much…there’s already an over abundance of them in prime time. Ugh! And keep some crime and mobsters, just don’t focus on them with all the too-much killing and violence we seen recently.

@Rose…you’ve balanced it out perfectly.

I cannot wait for this pair to unite ……Maximista La Fashionista will definitely bring sugar and spice to the drab settings. No happy people anywhere….tears and woe-be-me’s all around. Nina’s seeming airheadedness will blossom into Editrice La Beatrice. Together, these two will turn PC unto its head. Hip hip, and OOOO LA LA.

Love they are pulling Crimson out of mothballs. GH/Port Charles could certainly use a little more glamour. It’s been too dowdy and dark for the last couple of years. Plus it’s a perfect fit for Maxi, and I’m sure Nina will make it “interesting.” What a team! On a lighter side I can see them wanting to turn cop boyfriend/brother Nathan into a male model. Or maybe Lucy could involved with her fashion/cosmetic background. I do miss Connie/Kelly though. Liked her better as head of Crimson in her role as Sage at Y&R.

I’m all for more hospital and staff in the mix. But not too much…there’s already an over abundance of them in prime time. Ugh! And keep some crime and mobsters, just don’t focus on them with all the too-much killing and violence we seen recently.

Well, you are certainly correct that GH needs more glamour, Rose!!! However, whilst I’m thrilled that Maxie is returning to her natural fashion milieu, throwing Nina in the mix really kills it for me. This mental misfit simply needs to go away….she’ll never assimilate anywhere in Port Charles, and I’m tired of the writers bending over backwards to make her more mainstream and acceptable…’s the same m.o. they’ve employed with Sappy and now Hayden, too. (If a character truly clicks, then it should never require so much tinkering and tailoring to work….) Having said that, if any Reeves woman should have been running Crimson, it would have been Madeline! Donna Mills is elegance personified and would have given the enterprise a true touch of class….and it would have been a far better and more creative fate then returning Maddie to don those awful prison oranges…yet again! As for Lucy, please keep her away from Crimson….she’ll just get in there and try to take things over in her own annoying, overbearing way. Besides, it’s time for Maxie to shine all on her own….girl’s got the style stuff downpat!

I feel that they should not recast him and leave him off into the sunset and if he ever wants to return they will not have to bring him back from the dead. His storyline really wasn’t very strong. So if he ever comes back that would have to be a fitting and strong storyline

I agree with everyone about Michael Easton, that was a very stupid move. As for Jason, it has taken wayyyyyy too long but if he isn’t going to be Stone Cold, I’m good. I like Jason Thompson but he is replaceable .

It’s seems if they want to “Beef” up the hospital staff then recasting for Patrick would be a positive thing. I’m from old school of soap fandom so I balk but am usually so caught up in the story lines I get used to recast pretty quickly

So Sorry to see Patrick leave ,another G.H family leaving although they gave him no story to work with.They do need more hospital staff and more love stories to be told. As for Billie Miller love him but lets beef up the story him and Sam are great together.
Theres alot of soap stars that lost there jobs lets bring some back or new ones

This whole jake /Jason reveal was da worse him saying he had no memories but he did he jus didn’t understand wat they meant at da time he kept seeing his self wit sam n he had strong connections wit Carly Michael Elizabeth n Danny was drawn 2 him so once da proof was n front of his face he shld of been able 2 put those memories 2gthr instead of denying he has had no memories at all they drew it out so long I think they 4gt thierselves about all da flashes he had Elizabeth nds 2 gt ways coming 2 her n Jason n Sam nd 2 b 2gthr as far as more hospital scenes this isn’t greys anatomy hospitals aren’t 4 drama its life outside of da hospital DAT makes 4 gd drama n without da violence there wld b no hospital scenes n General Hospital without Sonny wld b like Y&R without Victor Newman or B&B without Brooke &,Ridge

I can’t read this.

Oh, my heavens!

Huh. I hear ya, Sherri, lol. And you’re right. Jason has had ongoing though sporadic flashbacks. But as he explained to Sam they’re fleeting. Seconds…then gone. So what I really think he means is he doesn’t “feel” them. He doesn’t feel the love and friendships he has flashes of memories of…even though he now believes he had them.

I am happy responsibility was taken for the drug out Jason bit now how long you gonna drag it out about his memorie not long I hope Elizabeth deserves what she gets Sam deserves to have Jason back in her and Danny’s life


The Jason reveal definitely was too drawn out. I was getting so frustrated that I didn’t watch it for many episodes. On the Dr. Drake character, do not recast him. Let him and Emma go off with Robin when she appears. Robins character is old news and she doesn’t need to stay. Anna can do her police work as usual. Please let it be revealed that Carlos is not dead. This story is dragging out too.

Liz should have been ousted at the wedding and it would have been so much better and rating wise too but no another stupid months of her lies! Every time I see Liz and Jason I want to scream. Jason is so clueless it is not funny. And Liz telling Sam to stay away from Jason-you LIz can go to hell!!

I agree, Sally. That would have been some spectacle. It would have been the culmination of both a long-awaited-for revelation, and the end of Liz’s scheming. There was no climax leading to the ‘reveal’…..but, a sonic boom pointed at Liz would have topped any anticipation.
Sorry, Miss Lizzie, but you deserve whatever is coming to you….especially considering your high and might

Sorry, cut short….continuing… high and mighty behavior, in spite of the fact you are a witch with a capital B
I cannot believe that Liz acts so righteous toward Hayden, as if she is the hurt party. She will not budge. This battle will turn in an outright war. I like a cat fight….looking forward to it. ….Liz, Carly, Sam and Hayden.

I agree that you did drag out the Jake/ Jason far too lond. I think that Emma, and Patrick should all leave Port Charles

The Jak/Jason reveal was put on hold while giving Tony/Luke a grad exit..
That story went from Fluke to Luke..
So much effort was put into Tony’s exit than the Jason reveal was put on hold..
Both– reveals, could not take place during same time one would have diminished the other..

IF Tony would have left as was planned, GH would have forward and onto the Jason reveal..
There a few involved, not just RC.

How it happened.. anyone can google it..
Tony ha one foot out the door, he was done ready to go.
Frank did not want to lose him.
Frank called Luke into his office and told him of a great story for him, he could play the dark character he always wanted and Frank laid out the Fluke story to Tony and Tony loved it and stayed on with GH to play it.

If not for offering Tony the Fluke dark story Tony would have been gone, and none of this would have happened (keeping the story alive for 6 months/half the year waiting on Tony’s return. Putting way too much time on Fluke/Luke, Tony’s exit.
It was not total Ron’s fault, there were other forces at work giving Tony a grad exit.
It was a mistake holding all for Tony’s exit story, a mistake.

Gee, suOOOOO, you’re giving Tony Geary a LOT of sway over the show. And destroyed the show for this longtime viewer–and many others, if you put any stock in ratings.
“Putting way too much time on Fluke:Luke, Tony’s exit.” You’re so right about that.
Question: WHO IS MISSING TONY GEARY NOW?????????????????
Not I, said the fly.

I have been loving GH for years…… I take what it given…. I never minded the long storyline about Jake/Jason…. there’s so much to watch…. the new writers are moving things along and that is awesome. Honestly, I never thought about Liz’s first attraction to Jake like that…. her finding out and keeping it from him…. she is doing an awesome job with this character’s storyline. She is being so hated and stooping to all time lows. But, it’s interesting… intriguing …. thank you and keep it all up…. A truly forever fan forever

I agree, Linda. Rebecca is doing such a credible, outstanding job…it makes my head spin. But, I do not like the idea of fans ‘hating’ the character, because I really love the actress. How will TPTB bring Liz back as the good girl? Am I wrong about this character? Did she always have a ‘bad girl’ streak?

CeeCee, I don’t understand why people always Say Elisabeth is so good, she’s done lot’s of horrible things in the past, and she’s always been a really selfish character.

Hello, Mari,
So, Liz is not the sweet, little gem I imagined her to be?…..gorgeous woman whose smile is worth a thousand stars! I have only been watching for a little over a year, Mari, and until I witnessed her deceit, lies, cruelty and duplicity, I thought she was an angel on earth….all she needed were her wings. Let me tell you, though; Rebecca is doing a smashing, superlative job at being a bad girl. Lol.

CeeCee, yes Rebecca is a great actress, but I’ve never liked the character of Liz, she always acts like she’s all moral and perfect but this isn’t the first time she’s kept Jsaon and Sam apart, she’s spilt them up before and when they were trying to find there way back to each other , she switched the DNA results for Danny so that Jason and Sam would get divorced and Jason would be with her. She knows Sam is his true love and he always finds his way back to her

Oh, my gosh, Mari. I do not know all these things. Liz sounds diabolical. She seems to be welcomed and liked by everyone? I get the feeling she is held in high regard? I suppose Dr. O must sense something about Miss Lizzie ….she’s never really like her. It gives me pause, Mari. Such women do exist in real life. Manipulative liars. Well, if Jason and Sam end up together, I still feel that he should be given time without suffocating him. He needs to pursue finding himself on his own terms without pressure from anyone. I just hope Billy doesn’t leave, Mari. But, I get the feeling he will take time off…good excuse for Jason ‘finding himself’. When he announced to Sam that he was planning to go on a ‘hunting’ trip for answers, bells in my head went off. We shall see…..later.

CeeCee, I just hope they don’t take another year for Jason tofind out Liz lied, I know Billy Miller is leaving for a while to film a pilot so I hoping he gets his memory back and finds out the truth about Liz before he goes, maybe that’s why he leaves town for awhile to figure things out

Yeah, Mari. I am not ready to watch Liz continue batting her lashes at Jason for another minute; …forget a year! From your mouth to TPTB’s ears. Later.

Please find someone not Jason for Elizabeth or write her off the show.
What she doing is getting old and she is really selfish she’s not thinking about her kids she only thinking about herself.

Liz should be put in her place . All she does is lie and that is getting old. Jason is not hers and never was!! So move on with that line and let Jason REMEMBER! Maybe then he can make up his own mind without Liz trying to tell him what to do!

I see Robin coming back to town to reunite with Patrick and then leaving town together . That will sum up the character leaving the show. Then Sam will reunite with Jason as she still has feelings for him. Liz’s deception will come to light and she will be left without a man! I have wondered if the writers may decide in the future Jason is not Jason but a long lost brother who is impersonating him.

GH better do something…NBC’s newest press release shows DAYS gained in total viewers and the key demos again!

Days is doing what GH is NOT–giving the fans what they want–legacy characters, romance, suspense, high production values, FAMILY–and a moral center.
Go, Days!

If Jason ends up with Elizabeth then there will be a lot of pissed off GH fans. Jason and Sam should e together

I agree!

Just don’t see current Jason with her.

Jason should take a breather from all female entanglements except for his mother.

I really hope they recast for Patrick Drake. They’ve had so many successful recasts on GH, they can do it again.

I was wondering why they hadn’t age progressed Emma since they did for Jossalyn (unless that actress just had to leave) so maybe they just wanted to keep this Emma until they change out Dr. Drakes. Besides that, if Dr. Drake left Port Chuck, so would Emma and then Anna would have no family ties there.

no recast for patrick please….. damn time they move the story along and if they do not keep Sam and Jason together this fan is done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and will not return no matter what their story lines are.I am a nielson rating household and least they will I am gone

I’m glad. He needs to go off with Robin and Emma. Robin only shows up a couple times a year, anyway. Emma, sweet Emma, hate to see you go but you can always return with your mom and dad. Bring them all back in a couple years or just bring Jason Thomson back when he is done at Y&R.

Great idea Timmm!

Valerie now a cop, she just got accepted to the academy. Do some research writers! Happy to see the writers agreed ” dragged that story out” put Sam back with Jason, and please stop giving her boring material to work with! Dr Drake, please don’t recast this whole amnesia thing, it’s sooo played out! Poor Jason a bump on the head and his life is a redo again!! I love Billy Miller, he has chemistry with Sam, not Elizabeth!!

Valerie is as much of a cop as Dylan on Y&R.

Recast Elizabeth’s sister Sarah Webber. She is a cardiologist.

What about Dianna DeGarmo as Sarah? Dianna shocked me on Y&R. Good job

Another idea is to cast some fresh interns that are related to the core families. Lucy and Scotty have 2 daughters (Christina & Serena) who could have been in medical school.

As long as Jason and Sam get back together I’m happy. And they all have to find out Elizabeth knew. I want her to get what is coming to her!!

Ron killed Silas at Varni’s orders. So let’s put the blame where it belongs. As for dragging the reveal out–the BIGGEST problem with this story was taking 2 good people (Liz & Nik) and making them bad guys.

But why Liz did it should be obvious to anyone who understands her character and isn’t an auto Jason/Sam shipper. They retconning Sam right now by having her say I always knew he was alive and yet she had relationships with 2 men–and kissed Silas while she was still married. So spare me the Liz is awful stuff.

Ain’t no one on this show who hasn’t done awful things (except for now Nathan) and Liz’s “sins” are far less than those of others, especially those who are going to get all bent out of shape.

Billy needs to go film his primetime show–so I’m sure they’re “reveal” what Liz knew and he’ll go somewhere to “think”.

Yes, they have massacred Liz and Nic’s characters. A shame!

I still think Helena did something to Nik’s brain….or he’s a clone of the real Nik.

I have to agree, you said it perfect for me.

Liz slept with het husbands brother and lied about it repeatedly. She vS jeep Jason from his wife and other son AFTER dumping Rick for lying to her! The way she lit into Rick, who hired Hayden to be Jake’s ex wife thus clearing the way for Rick to reunite again with Liz…she RIPPED into him and then did worse to Jason so SHE could hold on to HIm! Why should she be forgiven…she shouldn’t.

As for Sam, she grieved a long time before she allowed herself to fully be Sith anyone. It took forever for her to tAke her wedding band off and vroke


to take her wedding band off and broke her heart when she did. She was never fully over Jason…staring at their little Asian statuettes…forgot what they symbolized. Point is they had her moving on..all the while pining for Jason. I find the writing for her very plausible.

Kill auto spell. Please.

Corrected version: she kept Jason from his wife and other son


Are you really comparing Sam kissing ? wasn’t it John ? while married to Liz screwing a married man & keeping him from his child? What did Danny ever do to Liz?

How many times has Sam said she felt Jason was alive? She knew when Patrick was forced to tell her he knew Robin was working on Jason & he was still alive. She said she felt it then & I specifically remember her telling “Jake” at Noodle Buddha, after much hesitation, that she thought Jason was still alive. He tried to talk her out of that kind of thinking .She also mentioned it to Spinelli at the docks & he concurred that he was alive, but in the spiritual way, alive all around them in the stars, etc… so this is not made up-she’s been saying it a long time. The reason she started feeling it more the past year & not so much with Silas, is because the whole year that she’s been right beside him, 1st enemies, then friends, then working together, then sharing conversations with him, sticking near him during surgery, riding the motorcycle-he was right there beside her!! Every time she hung out w/him she’d go dig the rings out of the tin can, look at pictures, sit & cry, look at the dragon & phoenix. It was all around her. Liz on the other, had no idea that the man in her house, dominating all of her time, starting to romance, kissed… was JASON. She has no clue. At least Sam felt something…

No recast…its not robins fault she was kidnapped again which Patrick doesnt know… So let her come back and if she (Kimberly ) cant stay with the show then let her and Patrick leave together … They were a great couple and I’ve watched Robin since she was a little girl … But since anna is staying and Robert is coming back and she can stay that would be like tge old days .. The Scorpios .. Then let Patrick leave but no recast …Jadon is too good to Replace … We need to see Mac and Felicia .. This nina and ava crap can go … And kiki and Valerie .. Horrible !!! Hated they didnt have Sam go after Jason and she let Elizabeth go …its her husband and then there were no tears when she rode his motorcycle over there and flipped the keys to him … Expected more !!! More tenderness and maybe a touch or embrace or something … It was great with sonny … Sonny and carly blew me away !!

You’ve got it, Patty! Kimberly is back, so let her unite with her family–Anna, Robert, Patrick, and Emma.

Kimberly is always taking off I know I couldn’t work with her, bring her back too many times is silly already. I used to like Robin a lot but her portrayer seems to
have her interests in other places.

Actually, Patty, it is Kimberly’s/Robin’s ‘fault’ got her kidnapping. She has been gone so many times, at such loooong intervals; TPTB have no choice but to accomodate her. And, if she were to be recast, there would be hell to pay….lots of backlash from the fans.

Loving my GH and happy to see what is coming with J&S at the helm…very optimistic about some great story telling for all characters!!! I’m jasamiel fan for sure so happy to see what happens even if the endgame doesn’t turn out how I want 100%.

I don’t applaud anything Nathan Varni says or does. He made it clear during Luke’s exit that the last thing GH cares about are the fans. Days on the other hand says they make a point to listen to the fans. Look where they are and look where GH is. I rest my case. Suddenly they want to take responsibility for dragging out the story. What are they going to do about it? The new writing is just as unimaginative as the old, and there was a great article recently that pointed it out on line that I saw linked on Facebook, the About General Hospital page.

And Days has reaped the reward by listening to fans–high ratings. Go, Days!

Have Robin,Patrick and Emma leave town together,then wait about a year and have a soras’d teenage Emma show up at Grandma’s door,or Grandpa’s if Robert is still around.

DONT age Emma. She is a cutey and I’d like to see her grow up at GH like Kim did.

It is getting boring I used to never miss an episode bu
t now if I watch once a week or less I’ve missed nothing !

Bring back Michael Easton as Dr. Drake. This will work with the connection with Sam.

I dont mind that and I’m sure the fans wouldnt care

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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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General Hospital Alum Richard Simmons ‘Not Interested’ In Biopic with Pauly Shore Portraying Him

Former General Hospital guest star and fitness guru, the reclusive Richard Simmons, has come forward and addressed actor and comedian, Pauly Shore’s wish to play the 70’s and 80’s pop culture icon in a biopic about his life.

Shore previously took to social media and on X shared a side-by-side of him and Simmons. Accompanying the post, Pauly expressed: I’ve noticed the reactions to me playing #RichardSimmons in a biopic. I heard he’s living in Big Bear. We’ve been playing phone tag (yes, he has a phone). I’m trying to make it happen, you guys. In the meantime, hit up all the big producers. I’ll see you at @TheAcademy 2025!”

However, TMZ’s sources are reporting on Saturday that Simmons is not in favor of Shore playing him in a film or anyone else, or any biopic on his life.

The outlet shared that Richard’s reaction was that he was aware of the effort behind a biopic, mostly spear-headed by Pauly. but that he just doesn’t want to be involved. Simmons also added that he likes Pauly a lot, but he’s not biting, despite the public’s urging on social media about the idea of a movie on his life.

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Born Milton Teagle “Richard” Simmons, he became part of the public conscious back in the 70’s and 80’s with exercise studios and the ability to help his clients lose weight; many of them were celebrities. Simmons himself, admitted to at one time to being overweight, and getting into fitness helped him maintain a healthy living style and he wanted to help others.

Later, he began a four-year recurring run on General Hospital playing himself from 1979-1983.  Simmons returned to the show in 2013 for the Nurses’ Ball to taunt Lucy (Lynn Herring). He also was host of the Emmy-award winning, The Richard Simmons Show, which focused on personal health, fitness, exercise, and healthy cooking.  Over the last several years, Simmons has withdrawn from public life.

What would you think of a Richard Simmons biopic and if it included some moments in front of the camera and behind the scenes of what went down when he appeared on GH? Do you think it will ever happen given Simmons current position on the matter? Let us know in the comment section.

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