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GH Head Scribe Ron Carlivati On Franco's New Parents, MIA Genie Francis & The Llanview Three!

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So much is going on in Port Charles these days, that every episode seems just as exciting as the next! 

TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan chatted with General Hospital’s head writer Ron Carlivati in a fantastic new interview,which discusses many hot button issues and topics that fans have inquired about, as well as some insight on how the show is now being shaped creatively.

Carlivati addresses the decision to make Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) and Heather Webber (Robin Mattson) the bio-parents of Franco (Roger Howarth), what is the status of daytime favorites Genie Francis (Laura), as well as Sean Kanan (AJ), the firestorm the head scribe often finds himself on Twitter (most recently he found himself in an exchange with a disgruntled John Stamos), and how he feels the characters of Franco, Kiki, and Silas are working out, since he had to quickly shift gears and make former OLTL favorites, Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson (Kiki) and Michael Easton (Silas) new characters due to the legal issues with Prospect Park.   Here are a few interesting excerpts below!

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Carlivati on the decision to make Heather and Scott, Franco’s parents:  “That idea was kind of floating from the first minute we ever put Roger Howarth (Franco) and Robin Mattson (Heather) together. As actors, they have such great chemistry and, as we know, their characters were tied to each other from the beginning, what with Heather being present at Franco’s birth.  Changing his parentage really solved a problem for us.  We brought Roger back onto the show and he had great ties to GH history — Alan Quartermaine is Franco’s father, Susan Moore is his mother and Jason Morgan is his twin brother — but they’re all dead!  So, after the dust settled, Franco had no real ties.  We needed a richer, deeper well to draw from.”

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Carlivati on the rumors that Genie Francis was fired:  “I had to write her character off the show because it’s my job, not because I wanted to. I don’t make the contracts. I sit in New York and write the show. As I understand it, Genie came back to us on a short-term contract, which is what both she and ABC wanted. I was given her dates and worked with them the best I could. Genie had made another obligation before she returned to us, one that meant there were several weeks during the summer where she wasn’t available to us. It made the most sense to have Laura’s marriage to Scotty blow up and write her out where we did. We gave her this appointment and sent her back to Paris but we weren’t saying that’s the last you’ll ever see of Laura. I love having Genie. I wanted Laura back on GH from the minute I came onto this show. I’m always open to having her back. Contrary to rumor, I assure you nobody got fired.  Nobody got thrown under the bus.”

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Carlivati on how he thinks the characters of Franco, Silas, and Kiki are holding up on the canvas, since ABC chose to do a quick switch due to their legal issues with Prospect Park, and change the actors characters from the Llanview three of  Todd, John, and Starr:  “I have certain regrets because I had great things planned for those One Life to Live characters, things I’ll never be able to make happen now.  But so many good things were born out of this situation, like our entire Jerome story. We wouldn’t have Julian or Ava, or all the complications resulting from their arrival in Port Charles. I don’t know that we’d be introducing Sam’s father or that Heather would be so prominent again. So, for all of that, I’m definitely grateful. God closes a door and opens a window — and we climbed right through it. Of course, we had no choice. ”

So, what do you think about the decision to make Heather and Scott Franco’s parents?  What do you think of Ron’s explanation of what went down behind the scenes with the Genie Francis situation and clearly stating she was not fired?  Do you think the Llanview three are now clicking in their new roles as Franco, Silas and Kiki?  Weigh-in!

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Gh lover

Omg finaly a chamce to say: THANK YOU RON!!!! Thank you saving and bringingmy favorite show back. God bless you

Bonnie Lee
Bonnie Lee

I hate that Laura is MIA when Lulu needs her the most, when she’s losing her baby. It doesn’t make any sense. I hate the rewrite of Franco’s parentage – its too confusing and quite honestly I never liked the Scott Baldwin character so making Franco his son does nothing for me. Making him a Quartermaine and Jason’s twin kept Jason alive for me. I love the new Jerome family storyline – I absolutely love William deVry and Maura West – they are truly evil together and I think Sonny has met his match. Pairing Ava and Morgan is downright inspired – as a wannabe Cougar myself I have nothing but admiration and envy for Maura West. I love Kiki and Michael together – they are a very cute couple, especially since they are together in real life. I like that Luke and Tracy are together – Luke and Laura realized they were no longer right for each other and I think Luke finally realized Tracy was his destiny for now and the future. Even though there are things I don’t like on GH, I absolutely love the direction GH has taken in the past year and adore the new team that writes and produces it. Keep up the great work GH!

Joshua
Joshua

I agree. LuLu might be visiting the Funny Farm soon and definitely needs her mom.

Roger Howarth and Laura Wright being shoved down our throats a second time is so insulting. And they’re not cute together. No matter how many times she sprays red paint on his naked chest and the background music cues to comical music. They’re awful.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sometime ago i predicted Lulu will end up in a mental hospital…itll happen…imo..if she looses custody of the baby or if Maxi and Spin go on the run with Connie/Georgie?

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

I like Franco & Carly together…I don’t feel it is being shoved down our throats at all. I find nothing awful.. I agree Lulu is a nut job..

su0000
su0000

I and many others love Franco and Carly!!
they are awesome together and have great chem..
It’s always good to see the two together!

Christy
Christy

oh, I love Roger & Laura together (franco & carly). They’re fun to watch and fun to watch with anticipation … when will they kiss?! when will they get together?! when will Carly just admit how she fells to herself and Franco….

as far as genie francis, laura has never been one of my personal favorites, altho I realize I’m in the minority there, I didn’t think she would be coming back for good, so I’m not surprised that the actress had made other plans and this was a temporary visit… but I also think she’ll be back someday.

PamelaJewel
PamelaJewel

Roger & Laura ( Franco & Carly ) have great chemistry! More!!!
I think all three characters recast are doing great.
Not thrilled about Franco`s parents, but ….

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Well hopefully you heard Carly’s message to us: if we don’t like Carly and Franco together WE CAN GO TO HELL!

Ces
Ces

I’m never a fan of re-writing history first and foremost but I do agree they had to
tie Franco to someone if Roger Howarth is to stick around.
I hate the character of Kiki. In fact, I hate that stupid name period. Her and Michael got damaged somewhere along the way when she was no longer Starr. I think that character doesn’t need to be there.
Again, same thing with Silas and Sam. They were building on something with John & Sam but it lost it’s strength and now, unfortunately, they just aren’t exciting to watch anymore. I’m still hoping that changes because I really like Kelly & Michael.
As for Genie ….. well, she’s such an important character and of course I ALWAYS want Luke & Laura together but if the actress is not available then there isn’t much GH can do there. It seems pretty lame that she’s not there while Lulu is having to fight for her child though. Just sayin’

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

They need to call kiki Lauren and reveal she really is Francos daughter…Luke is there but hardly around to support Lulu is my only gripe!

Ces
Ces

maybe it wouldn’t grate on my nerves so much if they called her Lauren. Yeah, it wouldn’t be incestuous for Michael & Lauren if she is Franco’s daughter after all … right. The only person Luke associates with these days is Tracy; he needs to be integrated more. They should have Luke find Anna & Robert in the lab and get more involved in this storyline and hopefully that is what will happen.

abby
abby

just as an FYI Ces, its not Lulu’s child…its maxie’s.

Ces
Ces

thanks for the newsflash. Lulu is still fighting for her.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Ces, i agree with your reply… plus Kiki reminds me of Kiki Dee and Elton John singing ‘Dont Go Breaking My Heart’ and just about everytime i hear or read that name the song starts playing in my head…i hate to admit this but i actually have that record in my old 45s collection…lol

Shay
Shay

I also mentioned KD last week! She was just featured in a DailyMail profile….still looking good! And singing, too…..first heard her in the ’80’s on oldies radio!

Ces
Ces

LOL!! Right? 🙂

Jeff
Jeff

I think he has done an admirable job with the 3 OLTL characters! I now don’t even think of them as their previous characters. As for Genie Francis, if it was her decision to have a short term contract that’s fine. Francis would need a new storyline to give her a reason for being on the canvas. When she wants to come I hope they give her a good storyline.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

The spin about Genie Francis was total corporate spin. She told her audience at the fan weekend she was excited to be filming and enthused to see where they were going to take her story. The very next time she was on screen was on the day she was written off the show. No way that was her choice.

As for the OLTL three, what amazing hypocrisy. RC talks about not having people on screen unless they’re doing something important, about how its important to spread the cast around and yet we see Franco and Kiki every blasted day. I hate Franco, even more than that I hate Franco and Carly. The man doesn’t think ahead for any plot point he writes… all the talk about Franco not having parents alive…” Guess what Ron, Alan Quartermaine and Susan Moore were dead by the time you decided to make Franco a Q – they didn’t die afterward!” He doesn’t get that when he drops everyone’s story for weeks at a time (except his pets Franco and Kiki) that viewers lose interest. Can’t wait to see how four days of Franco last week will play out on the ratings for sweeps.

Traci
Traci

Elizabeth,

WOW. So much hate. Did you ever stop to think that Genie was the one to put spin on things? It happens all he time. Jen Lilley had do it, too, because she wasn’t allowed to announce she had been let go. You weren’t there, so you don’t know what happened. And putting your own spin on it just because you didn’t like Ron’s explanation is pointless.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I know RC is thin skinned but what I wrote about his interview is a fair critique. I think there are areas of his writing skills that are terrible. Why don’t you refute what I am positing with your own examples instead of resorting to ad hominems.

Double Z
Double Z

Hope Genie comes back as a love interest for Tristan…. There were sparks between them in the early days,

Elanore
Elanore

Sorry guys and gals but this is obvious spin from tptb. The rewrites throwing Tracy into Laura’s role is “red flag” that Genie’s time (even if she had planned a short visit) wasn’t over yet.

Geary tanked all their scenes which probably got her out faster than anticipated. My one hope is that they finally get Laura and Stefan married. Should have happened long ago.

Nancy
Nancy

I just love GH and the whole enchilada. I get hysterical everyday with Franco and Healther and Faison and the rest. What a brilliant cast and brilliant writing. I might be prejudiced, Frank and Ron can do no wrong with me. Thanks to them GH is so powerful and wonderful.

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

DiTTO!

Christy
Christy

DITTO ME TOO

Jeff
Jeff

BTW, Scotty and Heather being Franco’s parents is pure genius IMO.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I love those 3 together…i also believe Kiki is still francos.

su0000
su0000

ooohhhhh
I love RC’s shocker surprises!!!!!!
Heather as Franco’s mother- awesome!!
that is fuel for fire for many great stories!!

(a stunning twist!)

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

I agree!

Christy
Christy

poor franco… if I found out I was lied to all my life about who I was, who I was related to, and by so many people (heather, betsy, ava) and found this out, I’d end up in the nuthouse next to Heather! bwahahahahaha

he might want to hit the reset button with some electro shock therapy! ha!

Traci
Traci

I agree! I was shocked at first at the change in history, but hey, it hapens all the time on soaps. And when you think about it, it sure explains a lot about Franco.

su0000
su0000

There was no ‘change of history’..
Just time ,moving on creating new history, learning things we didn’t know..
soo awesome to Heather and Franco related!!!
a treasure box for great stories..

Traci
Traci

su0000,

Change of history…new history….basically the same thing. But yes. Having Heather and Franco related was brilliant! I never would’ve been able to think that one up.

jonboy
jonboy

With OLTL now looking like a dead horse I guess its now completely impossible to revive McBain, Starr or Todd, being that now they are these new characters. Personally the only one I’ve been able to accept is Silas. Kiki I could take or leave. The only character I can’t stand more than Sonny is Franco, and judging from what I read on the boards neither can a lot of other fans. Howarth is a fine actor; its the character that is intolerable.

Ces
Ces

agree on the character of Franco who has also been re-written. Shame because I love Roger Howarth & loved Carly/Todd! OLTL and that whole PP disaster ruined it for Todd Manning at GH.

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

I like his character as Franco.

su0000
su0000

I love Franco!!!
RH is owning the character and I love RH as Franco!!! *he has only just begun 🙂

PamelaJewel
PamelaJewel

I also love Roger as Franco.

JJ
JJ

I just think Kristen acts like she is still playing Starr and Roger seems just like Todd! I don’t know if it’s the writers or the actors!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

JJ, its a little of both…imo

sandra
sandra

Its the actor. Roger H. does not have the ability to get in and out of character. He acts the same way no matter what character he’s portraying. When he was on OLTL,he played Todd. When he played Paul on ATWT he acted like Todd. Now, he’s on GH playing Franco but acting like Todd. He is a one-trick pony.

Fabia
Fabia

OJonboy,
You hit the nail on the head….Franco, the character,does not do Roger, the actor, justice albeit I truly enjoy the banter between him and Heather. Sonny is a lost cause in my book…never liked him. He thinks he can assume the persona of one Michael Corleone, the anointed one, but fails miserably…terrible acting. Yes, this is just a role, but one must be a true southern Italian and feel that current in his bones to be able to authentically pull it off. Sonny is not Italian…he is of non-descript ancestry???? Plus, I do not like any storyline that has anything to do with mobsters…combining Sonny in that mix makes me want to vomit….just sayin’. Ciao.

jonboy
jonboy

It’s painful for me to watch Maurice Benard “act”. It’s like you want to pull the words out of him. He mumbles and stumbles and, at times, appears like he can’t remember the other characters names and has to stop mid-sentence and think about it. And he’s got that dreaded “ya know” syndrome. And for this he gets paid mega bucks! Go figure.

mike t
mike t

I hope we continue to see more of Heather also would love to see Genie Francis return as Laura permanently !!

Double Z
Double Z

Me too,Mike

John
John

I think Heather and Scott as Franco’s parents was a great twist that noone saw coming – Classic soap opera moment !

As far as Genie – Just ger her back !! She will always be the heart of GH and with current custody battle storyline it would be great to have Laura and Felicia involved – as they too have a history when Luke slept with Felicia …it would just enrich the story more !

Paul
Paul

As far as Genie, and Laura being an important part of Lulu’s story, I agree. Was also looking forward to Laura and Lucy being business partners.

Double Z
Double Z

Genie back….any way they want it! Just bring her back!

Sandra Norcross
Sandra Norcross

What about Sean Kanan? Bringing back A J had SO much potential. We don’t have enough Quartermaines. I liked him with Liz! Why was that story dropped?

Mary SF
Mary SF

In the whole article RC said that he started to write the murder mystery before finding out the character Robin would be back. When things worked out for Robin’s return– they decided to put the AJ story on the back burner. The character is in jail awaiting trail so there is no need to see him on screen right now. The actor was already over his guarantee quota of shows for his contract so letting him go for the time being made fiscal and creative sense.

Traci
Traci

As usual, it’s Robin’s fault. I don’t know why other storylines had to suffer just to bring her back. GH did fine without her for years when the character was living in Paris. They’ll survive without her now.

Mary SF
Mary SF

As a fan of soap operas I usually don’t like it when writers re write a show’s history just to make their story line work. But it happens all the time on every soap with varying degrees of success, so as a long time soap watcher I have grown accustom to such things. Dead people who aren’t dead; children who grow up over night; paternity changes— it par for the course. In this case, since I was not watching when Franco was first introduced as a character as a Q– I don’t mind this twist and it does give both Scott and Franco as characters more ties to the canvas , so it makes sense– I get why they did it. But whether this pans out depends on where they go from here in the story line.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

You get why they did it? Why? What changed from the time Franco was introduced to the time he had to have different parents? This is purely a function of a writing team that doesn’t take the time to conceptualize a story before putting it on the canvas.

Or, as so many viewers have described it, RC’s propensity for “plot twists”.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Are you asking me a real question or did you just want to jump off my post to make your point? Not sure why you are so upset about them changing Franco’s paternity– I have only been watching for a year, but I have read up on all the character’s histories and wasn’t the fact Franco turned out to be Jason’s twin brother a rewrite of history in the first place? It is not like Franco was a core Quartermaine character—like AJ or Tracy are.
However, I agree that this team of writers were desperate to find a interesting GH character to give to RH, since he could not be Todd. Franco fit the bill, but the character as originally written could not be a long term player on the canvas, being so evil,so changing the character including his history was the only option.
I believe, if there had been more time, this team might have able to come up with a new character for RH, but in the way this went down, I think did the best they could and now they are trying to make it work. Some are enjoying the new vision for Franco, others are not
. I have no desire to sway your opinion, I just stated as a long term soap viewer I am accustom to writers playing with history to suit their needs in the present tense. I don’t like it, but I do get sometimes it is the only way to make the work in present, for what the writers are doing now. Just like the old writers wanted a character to be related to Jason when Jason’s history had no record of a twin brother– it happens all the time. Nothing changed, this is how soaps have worked for years.

Traci
Traci

Mary,

I’m with you. I get why they did it, too. This just goes to show that some people will never be happy. Peole weren’t happy when he was revealed to be a Q. And now they’re not happy because he’s Heather & Scott’s son. Geesh. Just relax and enjoy the ride, people!

Lovesam1122
Lovesam1122

I am actually happ with the writing most of the time. I love Sam/Silas and they are the best to me, love the Jerome family, Sam’s dad and some stories I find just interesting but not intriguing. I have to admit Robin Story line is not interesting to me, don’t care about the baby story, tha needs to end. I am enjoying Scotty/Robin now they have made Franco their son

Tori
Tori

My mouth dropped when Franco’s true parentage was revealed. I give Ron and Frank great credit for making GH a great pleasure to watch again. I have the same excitement now that I did when I first started watching GH in the early eighties. I do wonder how many times can Heather sneak out of the institution? and where is Lucy and Scotty’s children? plus when is Lucas going to finally appear?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

GH is good right now…like some, hate some, we should be grateful for Frank and Ron keeping the show alive…had it went online with PP this show would be dead like the other two…

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

MY WISH LIST… Kiki finally called Lauren, and is really Francos daughter…Ava lied because she wants Silas. Shaun has a shocking secret…he murdered T.J.s parents and Epiphany is his Aunt. Vincent Izzary is hired to play a new mysterious doctor named Jim Hastings who will be Lauras(if Genie returns) new love interest…he is the Dr. treating her in Paris..he follows Laura to PC…we later learn he is an unknown Cassidine!!! I want Dr.O to be Annas half sister…to tie her more to the show…i want her to remain a villain but not so evil…more like Dorian on OLTL. I want Morgan to find out Ava wants Silas, he dumps her, then learns she is pregnant by him!!! Can you imagine the looke on Carlys face. Faison has got to play the town santa…he coaxes Anna to sit on his lap…a suddenly nervous Anna ask ‘Is that a candy cane in your pocket or you happy to see me! Faison/Santa smilingly replies’Thats my special candy cane for you, and by the way this suit has no pockets.’ lol

heidi
heidi

Very clever Jim!!!

Barbara
Barbara

Jim your hired.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Ron C. i hope you read this…

Shay
Shay

VERY imaginative, jimh, although I am a bit concerned about that recurring Christmas fantasy of yours! LOL….. ; )

Jules
Jules

You missed the most IMPORTANT, and frankly ONLY relevant wish off your list Jim……Ben being Robin and Patrick’s baby. That was a theory I first heard proposed by you after all. There may be another pro-Scrubs idea you had hypothesized as well that I’ve forgotten, and if there are, I say add that to your list.

Not that I really care if he is or isn’t, but I’d love another bond between the two. Plus they’ll be one of the only (or only?) couples in recent years to have two children together (same mom and same dad).

Double Z
Double Z

I like the Laura scenario….Luke is a loser now…she deserves better

Fabia
Fabia

Pretty darn small candy cane, wouldn’t you say? LOL …HAHA…HEHE AND ALL THAT JAZZ

boes
boes

Ron C. has moments of brilliance – and on OLTL he had extended periods of it.

But he also has moments of horrendously craptastic storylines and writing. And on GH he’s been wallowing in the worst of it. He’s killed Roger Howarth’s appeal – and pretty much done the same with Robin Mattson. And he continues to keep the utterly untalented Kristen Alderson front and center. And now he’s created/resurrected the Jerome family, and it’s clear that they’re going to devour the show.

There are weeks where it doesn’t even feel like we’re watching GH. It feels more like we’re watching Ron C.’s fevered, splintered nightmares played out on screen.

I was really thrilled when he took over as writer of GH because of how bad, how horrendous, it had become under Guza. And now we can see that “horrendous” comes in all shades.

And as further proof the guy has lost whatever talent he once had, SONNY and OLIVIA are still on the show.

Geesh.

k/kay
k/kay

Totally agree after reading the interview he also has a real problem with the character of Liz. I will not be holding my breath for her to ever have a story to call her own again it is just to prop up characters I care nothing about. She has been on the show how long? I feel like most of the time I am watching a comedy central show. I find him also totally thin skinned about any criticism what so ever this is the business he has chosen to be in you don’t ever get everybody loving your work all the time. Deal with it!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree that RC has his flaws at times and its not near the greatness as his final year at OLTL but a lot of us like most of what he is doing and the proof is in the ratings…comparing him to Guzza is like comparing apples to oranges…RC saved the show where Guzza nearly killed it…RC is doing just find with RH Franco, however, he needs to tone done the humor just a tad with Franco…Heather needs better makeup…sometimes she looks like Bette Davis in ‘Whatever Happen To Baby Jane’, lol…Kristen A. did win an emmy …her recent scenes were a lot better…GH needs more hospital scenes…i like the Jeromes who are a big improvement over past mob stories…Maura reminds me of those old hollywood film noir movie stars…i respect your opinion boes…even if i agree with you or not…your comments are usually interesting…if you dont like certain things about a show do what i usually have done…only tune in when characters and storylines are shown that you do like, and dont watch the parts you dont…this always worked best for me!!!

Mandi
Mandi

I couldn’t disagree with you more! Loving the writing now! I couldn’t tell you the last time I was this glued to GH!! Wonderful writing!

Patrick
Patrick

kiki and michael… are complete dullsville.

trying to flesh out their characters.. goes nowhere… these two are stuck together… I’m so glad Morgan, ie: the writers, have distanced him from… the boor Kiki and Michael are.

same goes for their parents… Sonny and Carly. OK.. with Carly’s hot looks… pair her with any man…. flirt… sex… and then what? she is all woman… mother… and wife… with Jax. ’nuff said

Sonny… is past his prime… attempting to make him a father… hasn’t worked… he does have some semblance of fatherhood with Morgan… it’s achingly obvious his pairing with Michael is filler till AJ comes back…that’s the only time Michael actually seems comfortable…otherwise he’s waiting to react… and needs to step up to the plate…

it seems like GH is heading back to mob story… to… filler… for Sonny… and it’s sad to watch… and… it’s made obvious by watching his counterparts… steal the show… from him… Sonny doesn’t have that masculine… natural machismo… his body language… and writing … is stifling… his character… and I say that… for his fans

I don’t know… I sometimes think… the writers… no longer know what to do – with Sonny, Carly, Michael… and Kiki…

Olivia is left meandering and lowering herself… what? bereft ex… who wants Sonny… and why? because it was written….

god how I miss Kelly Sullivan… she rendered respect and individually… elevated this part of GH… ie: Sonny, Michael, Morgan… and was hell fire and brimstone… with Carly… and was on par excellence with Olivia

Patrick
Patrick

I sometimes feel bad.. when dissing a character who has so much fan appeal.

ie: Sonny…. bring back the DA – ex-Claire, played by Dahlia Salem. she was no question… hot with… that would render Sonny able

Carly – she needs to thank her lucky stars Roger Howarth is a show unto himself… and “uber fans” who relish stimuli

i still say… for all the hurry up and wait… they should cat and mouse… Franco/Ava/Carly… watching the obvious… will they or won’t they… then what… put Ava in the mix… at least Ava catfights it up with Carly

I like JimH idea… hope Ava gets pregnant with Morgans child

and lets not hear how she’s too old…. dag! like Kristen and Brady… still over the top hot fun and lends credibility intrigue and allure nonetheless

Mo
Mo

What happened with him and John?

k/kay
k/kay

They got into a childish twitter war it seems there are never any adults in the room anymore!

k/kay
k/kay

Also Mo when they were talking about maybe bringing back JS/Blackie he was just going to play drums for I think Rick Springfield and JS did not like that idea he thought it was stupid I happen to agree.

Shay
Shay

So right, k/kay!!!! Stamos was really stand-up offering to do a stint on GH given his later mainstream success, and to throw a bone like that at him was an absolute insult. Blackie (and the Riffraff) deserved better than that! Of course, look at how Jack Wagner was treated….and Rick Springfield really did not get as much of a storyline as he should have had either! Seems like the heartthrobs of the ’80’s aren’t on “Cartini’s” most favored list!!!! Instead they chose to drag a dinosaur like Scotty back onto the canvas and give him another son, no less!!! Terrible idea!!!!

Shay
Shay

@su0000…I get that some of these legacy “stars” break the budget and must be judiciously cast, but why then must we endure all the mid-level historical roles like Scotty, Lucy, Felicia, Leslie, Mac and soon to be, Bobbie? Certainly they also cost a goodly amount, and quite frankly, they don’t attract the big ratings or advance a storyline in the exciting way a Jack Wagner, Tristan Rogers, Genie Francis, Rick Springfield or yes, John Stamos would….

Mark
Mark

John who?

Mary SF
Mary SF

John Stamos– see third paragraph of Michael’s article above.

su0000
su0000

Those big actors wanted big money..
GH has a tight budget and could only afford them for a day or two..

Double Z
Double Z

Yeah really John who

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

I don’t like Kiki, Silas or faux Franco. Is hard to distinguish the new characters from the old ones. Very one dimensional. If GH wanted these new characters they should have hired new actors.
I’m vaguely interested in the Scotty/Heather/Franco storyline.
As far as Laura being MIA, she hasn’t been a part of Lulu’s life since Lulu was a child. Luke is the one that raised her (off screen). Luke and Tracy are really growing on me and I can overlook the fact that Luke raped Laura. It makes more sense to see him with Tracy than his victim Laura. We know Tracy issues with choosing the wrong men.
As for AJ/Sean Kanan – a huge mistake made was by casting him as AJ and not bringing him back as Jason. The character of Jason is very much missed. Pairing Sam with Silas is not working – watching them together is like watching paint dry. What a waste of Kelly Monaco’s talents.
I’m liking the Jeromes. I don’t like Ava with Michael – is just ewwwww watching them. If Ava is to stick around, pair her off with Silas – they deserve each other. I would like to see Alexis with Julian – they have great chemistry.
As for Sonny and Carly – the screen sizzles whenever they are on together.
I really like Molly with Rafe….so much history with their families.
Please make Dante an orphan! The fortune-telling and visions are driving me insane.
I love the Cassidines….bring them back from the dead.
I like Patrick with Sabrina…..why bother bringing back Robin is she’s only going to leave again?
Find Michael and Morgan someone more suited to them – Kiki and Michael have no on-screen chemistry even though they are a couple in real life.

Double Z
Double Z

Laura is the soul of all the good in the Spencer / Cassidine kids. Luke NEVER. Had anything to do with Lulus upbringing ..he was never there. He’s a loser.

missellie
missellie

I am very surprised by all of the positive feedback this writer is receiving. I am not a fan. The endless baby switching stories are not at all entertaining. Heather lurking around somehow with a knife while she is supposed to be locked up is just bizarre. The constant shoving of a character/actor at me is not at all appealing. In this case, the presence of Franco in Carly’s life it just beyond ridiculous. No amount of white washing will allow me to accept this character. Building a love triangle around a girl with no special looks, charisma, or personality is not believable (Kiki). The only story that I have enjoyed, is the beginning of Robin’s return story. Sadly, it turned into a long and drawn out affair so I’ve lost interest in that too. In the meantime, we’ve had a week of a sandwich themed art gallery opening. Which would you rather see — Anna fighting international villians, or, a gallery of Kelly’s best sandwiches on canvas? For me, the answer is simple.

Patrick
Patrick

it bothered me… that… Franco

“losing” everything… ie: the fame as an artist… and well… dag! I started to type he’s the owner of Connie’s publishing biz… but that was Todd….

what is Franco resume… for lack of a better word… his life?

anyway… my point… leading us to think… because of his brain tumor… surgery… he’s lost all creative genius… and is now the son of a wacko and schister… Scotty… is this steering toward?

and ugh! Carly.. last scene… her standing at Franco hotel room door… begging to be – what? because it’s unrequited love she dares herself not to have?

it’s all been drawn out far too long… and people are complaining… Patrick and Robin is drawn out? LOL they just started this….

carly and todd/franco – by the time they commence with between the sheets it’ll be so what… I actually believe a poster… who intimated… RH has only been believable intimately with Blair… and I agree… he’s better served for our eyes only

Shay
Shay

You say building a love triangle around “a girl with no special looks, charisma or personality….” is not believable….I realize you are speaking of Kiki, but the same description also applies to Sabrina. We have been subjected to that ludicrous fairytale storyline surrounding her for more than a year now. Seems like “Cartini” has the formula downpat…..Also, in a posting further down the page, someone states that KA cannot act her way out of a paperbag….well, ditto for the actress playing “Sappy.” She’s terrible..a total amateur! While the “Kiki” character may not be setting PC on fire, she is still not nearly as bad or annoying as the “glorified babysitter with benefits.” Not in a million years…besides, I actually feel sympathy for KA being saddled with such an unremarkable person to portray after being forced to abandon an award-winning role!

Claire
Claire

There’s been way too much rewrite with the Franco story. If Jason is not his brother, then why did he have the exact tumor? So many other issues… Franco is just Todd without his Landview history. Roger H is always so much fun, but my personal opinion is that they should have released all three actors when they could no longer be their OLTL characters. More time down the road, they could have introduced them as new characters, one by one. But they were too determined to but Kristen with Michael (Chad), Roger with Carly (Laura), and Michael E. with Sam (Kelly M.) It’s never worked for me.

Otherwise, I think Ron has done some great things. Totally understand the Genie thing. It happens.

T
T

It seems there are some conflicting stories about Genie’s departure. Interviews with Ron and Frank seem to differ on the subject. .” Valentini would rather bring Francis back for a major story than simply a cameo role, because she reportedly costs a lot of money to use. “…Laura’s major Cassadine story relies on TG’s availability as well, and the situations become linked.” I think TG needs to @^4 or get off the pot!

Aria
Aria

I feel they need to fix the genie Francis situation I just find it hard to believe that don’t want her around especially since The audience is screaming for her to return.

Traci
Traci

Ron didn’t say they don’t want Genie/Laura around. He said she isn’t available at the time.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Come on. If TPTB really wanted Genie they could have her. She’s made no secret of wanting to return to a show–and it seems as if all TPTB have treated her so very shabbily–she deserves so much better. I wish she could find another role worthy of her skills, dedication, and professionalism.

Traci
Traci

Nancy, what part of “She isn’t available at this time” isn’t clear? Hey, I love Genie/Laura as much as anyone, but if she has another obligation & isn’t available at this time, there is nothing TPTB can do. They knew when she came back that she couldn’t be available for this time. I’m not arguing that she said she wanted to return. But if she can’t right now, she can’t. Simple. Ron can’t do anything about it because he is the WRITER & doesn’t handle contracts, so blaming a writer for stuff that isn’t in his control is just a waste of time. I also read comments from people saying Genie said she was looking forward to what is coming up during GH FCW. I’m not disputing she said that. I”m just saying it may have just been a cover story. The same thing happened to Jen Lilley during a GH event. She was told that very day that she was being left go, but she couldn’t say anything to the fans. It sounds like this is the case with Genie.

mike
mike

Mattson and Howarth together, pure gold.

Fifi
Fifi

Is this guy for real??? GH wouldnt have the Jeromes if not for Franco? How does that even make sense..the Jeromes existed long before Franco, even James Franco’s Franco. So yeah, we would still have Julian without his version of Franco. and Ava could have been created without Franco too. Quit shoveling the chit Ron, we know the history of the Jeromes..YOU didnt create them. and YOU didnt create the mystery of Sam’s father either. That was started while your pet was still on OLTL. And about Franco and his connections..um, Alan and Susan were both DEAD long before you decided to make RH into Franco..that should have been your first clue, did you really need the dust to settle to figure that out?

to quote the lovely Judge Judy, dont pee on my leg and tell me its raining.

Dan
Dan

I’ve been loving GH lately, and I’m so glad the show is doing well in the ratings again, which will hopefully keep the ABC vultures away for a little while, anyway. I like the vast majority of what Frank and Ron have done with the show.

But I have to be honest, I’m not loving the whole Scotty and Heather as Franco’s parents reveal. That’s a pretty big stretch and rewriting of history. I know soaps rewrite history all the time, and even though it doesn’t even remotely match up in terms of the years Scott and Heather were together, I guess it’s no more of a stretch than Sonny or Alexis having adult kids. They’re going to have to do some work to get me to buy into the whole thing.

I think all the actors involved, Roger Howarth, Robin Mattson, and Kin Shriner are great, like all the characters, but I’m not feeling it yet. Seems like something they forced so they could further shoe horn the Franco character into the show. And again, I think Roger is great as an actor, and his portrayal of Franco has grown on me. Just not digging this storyline twist.

su0000
su0000

Heather and Scot being Franco’s parents is not rewriting history..
It is a revel that know body knew til now..
Soaps are full of deep dark secrets 🙂

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

And, in this case, of atrocious rewriting that is unbelievable and insulting to longtime, faithful viewers.

brian
brian

The only one that truly works for me is Kiki. I still see John Mcbain and Todd Manning with the other two.

su0000
su0000

I recalled when Heather was at the Q mansion and took papers from a desk drawer and changed something that was in the will ..
It was to do about Franco?

heidi
heidi

Read the whole interview and it was very thorough. I understand the constraints and applaud Ron’s ability to write to them… well done!!! I think he is doing a great job and of course… I like it when certain actors/characters are on and I will just keep hoping! I am loving the show and I trust that we will get Genie back… I trust that we will get Faison back… I trust that we will get Anna and Robert back… etc. We all want different things and they are doing an admirable job on delivering a little bit for all!!! I also think they are trying to give work to these talented actors as evenly as they can with the constraints they have to consider. I applaud RC and his answers were sincere and heartfelt!!! Thanks Ron!!!

Traci
Traci

Thank you, Heidi, ITA!

JJ
JJ

This show just keeps getting worse and worse! I can’t even bear to watch it!!! I turned it on again over the weekend and Kristen and Roger just act like they did when they played Starr and Todd!!! It’s ridiculous!! I haven’t seen Michael Easton act enough to really have an opinion on him. On last weeks episodes that I saw he basically just stood there. I don’t know how ANYONE is watching this train wreck everyday!!!!

Johnny
Johnny

JJ but in all fairness, Kristen and Roger have been written, directed, and produced to act exactly as Todd and Starr. Don’t blame the actors….the actors are the lowest on the chain….they do what is scripted for them. This hostility towards the actors boggles my mind. They signed contractsin good faith. They have shown up for work every day. They have performed the scenes that ABC asked of hem. Blame the writers™ blAme the producers. Blame whoever. The actora play their parts as written

Traci
Traci

You’re wrong on one point. It’s the ACTOR’S job to put their spin on what the writers write. Dialog is just words on a page until the actors–you know—ACT.

Paul
Paul

Couldn’t disagree more; the show just keeps getting better & better!!

su0000
su0000

lol why do you haters continue to watch if it is so terrible and upsetting for you..
Tune out of the soap and read a book..
do not punish yourselves watching if you do not like it., tune out.

Katie
Katie

totally agree with you…this show is awful. but, ron and frank play with their favorites and their favs only. kristen couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag, roger has no range of depth and easton is phoning it in, he looks and sounds bored and in turn his chac is boring. with so many actors on the canvas why are these 3 front and center? he is so focused on throwing michael/kiki, carly/franco & sam/silass in our faces, it’s a huge turn off. on the flip side, love maura west, just wish y & r could have capitalized on her brilliance, and totally missing elizabeth…

k/kay
k/kay

Katie the reason Maura West did not work on Y&R she was too young for the role. It started out as a train wreck it was painful to watch her opposite two actors who were thirty years her senior almost EB at least if not more and PB twenty five. Once again a writer/EP not paying attention at all to the history of the character.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

YEAH, AWFULLY GOOD.LOL

Traci
Traci

Katie,

I disagree with you about Kristen. She is an amazing actress! I’ve watched her grow up & feel sorry for some of the actresses she’s going to have to compete against for roles.

Fabia
Fabia

I must disagree. Granted, Kristen is not too endearing on this soap…none of us seems to be taken by her non-existing charm. Nonetheless, we must remember the fact that we watched her grow ,literally , before our eyes on OLTL. …..She must be doing something right!!!

Jared
Jared

Ron and Frank have the Midas touch, I’ll say. They can turn anything the sucks into pure entertainment gold. I wish we had the original ONE LIFE 3 back, but I do enjoy the new Jeromes, Ava and Julian. Maura West as Ava is beyond anything I can describe. William DeVry is pure ….. well, I cannot say it because I’ll be accused of the TMI response. Franco and Heather are winning me over as the psycho mother/son duo. I’ll just have to let go of the serial killer/brain tumor thing. Silas, well, he is just John McBain in scrubs, so he is tolerable. The only negative for me is Kiki. I just don’t like this character, and I’m glad that little Morgan is sticking it to her by sticking it to her mother.

Traci
Traci

I agree with you about Ron & Frank. They are soap opera gods in my book. I may not like everything they do, but I WILL defend them and support them always! Silas bugs me, but then I never liked John McBain, either. And today, he was way too much like John. He seems to have slipped out of the Silas character they started with.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Soap opera gods????????????????????????????
Soap opera deconstructionists a better sobriquet, I think.

Traci
Traci

Nancy,

Why all the hate? I wasn’t nasty. Please don’t treat me nasty in return. Yes, I said soap opera gods. I have followed them since they first started on OLTL, and they’ve done some pretty amazing stuff. I think “deconstructionists” is a bit harsh. Especially when there is evidence to the contrary. The ratings are up, unlike when Guza & JFP were in charge. That is saying a lot right there. I’m enjoying GH more since Ron & Frank came on board than I have in years–except for the Robin stuff. People have had it in for Ron & Frank since Day 1 without giving them a chance to prove what they can do. That isn’t fair.

kaffe
kaffe

Wonderful episode (11/11/13)!!!!!

Sam reveal was very Good!!!!!!

And Silas and Sam got to kiss Wonderful

Great acting ( WDF, KM, NG, ME)

Just give Sam a baby with Silas……

Stacey
Stacey

Are you serious? Ha ha give them a baby. She has one now that we never see. Another child is definitely not needed. I think we’ll be hearing about Silas’ past and I sure as heck hope somewhere down the road it involves a gorgeous redhead!

kaffe
kaffe

To sustain Silas and Sam they will need another child in the picture

Think about it

! Sam didn’t have a normal pregencey (the way Jasamfans thought it my be!!!!
@and they should have a baby girl

Patrick
Patrick

And Silas and Sam got to kiss Wonderful

“about time”

and I believed it… it was real

kaffe
kaffe

Didnt they cast a African American female (a nurse)?

Yes they do need diversity on the show……and I am for it

But I would like him to be with Sean or Milo

Don’t try to put her with ME because some of the OLTL fans will want the
John and Vangie wish list!!!!!
But if you do please recast Jason

I am comfortable Michael and Kelly

Linda
Linda

Excellent interview. Ron explained why Genie and Sean have been absent and why Franco’s parents are Heather and Scott. Ron is a fabulous writer but he can’t please everybody and he knows this. Frank and Ron have saved GH and I am forever grateful!

dmr0713
dmr0713

I absolutely love Heather Webber and her antics. The character has great comedic scenes with everyone she encounters! I like how Robin and Roger are working closely together, again, remembering how they shared scenes when Roger was Todd and switching Sam’s baby. Robin is pure comedic gold! I thought Genie’s return fell sort of flat; I am really rooting for Luke and Tracy; love them. I love Roger Howarth. The character of Silas is growing on me. Please send Kristen Alderson, Kiki, Starr, whatever, whoever she plays, out of Port Charles. Like nails on a chalkboard for me.

Shay
Shay

Heather is a total laugh riot, and it’s always good to see her when she slips away from the Miscavige….RM owned that role from the day she assumed it, and no amount of ensuing years will ever change her golden grasp on what makes that lunatic character tick. Given her fabulous chemistry with RoHo, it seemed only natural that she would end up being Franco’s realmama, but I cannot abide the notion of Scotty as father. There were so many other great alternatives…like Jimmy Lee Holt, Joe Kelly, Jeff Webber, Edward/Alan Quartermaine, and who knows who else???? Why the ptb’s chose Baldwin is hard to fathom….I’m just hoping that (once again) Heather is telling tall tales, and the actual paternal twist is yet to be revealed!

Patrick
Patrick

“…Ron is a fabulous writer but he can’t please everybody and he knows this. Frank and Ron have saved GH and I am forever grateful!”

I am grateful as well.

no use ‘trying’ to please “thee” masses

better to echo how wonderful… we have 4 serials ….

I’m grateful 2

Traci
Traci

Linda,

Agree 100%! I’m not sure the people complaining actually read this all they way through…or with an open mind.

Double Z
Double Z

I love heather ……crazy but fun….and Scottie…he has been dished a raw deal for a long time. Luvin’ him

glenn
glenn

I love Genie, aka Laura, so much and miss her presence on GH!!!! She “is” GH and brings such depth to an often thankless role!!!! Get her back, what ever the $-cost!!!! She is worth every dollar!!!!! I’m glad the reworked former Todd, Star and John into new roles, tho it’s a shame GH didn’t get the rights to their former characters!!!!

Karen
Karen

Who cares if he has no ties to anyone? I think it is a disgusting outrage for Ron and Frank to think they OWN the HISTORY of General Hospital and can just change and re-write it at will. The fact that he is Franco is appalling enough, tough beans that they had no rights to Todd Manning and decided to recreate Franco (BTW – Roger is way too old to play Robin’s & Kin’s son and it looks ridiculous!!). I am done with General Hospital. Ron ruined OLTL before it was taken away and now he is slowly destroying what was once General Hospital. I know I am in the extreme minority here, ratings are up yada yada – but I hate what Ron & Co. have done to General Hospital, it’s rich and wonderful history and the characters that have been woven so tightly into that history. So long Port Charles – you will live on in my heart forever, but my viewing days are over.

Traci
Traci

Do you think Ron is the only writer to ever re-write the history of a show? Why are you just singling him out? ALL writers put their own spin on storylines/history. Ron did an amazing job with OLTL, and he’s doing great with GH, too.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Ditto, Karen. RIP GH!

mary
mary

Ron has done and amazing job in writing for GH. It is exciting and fun to watch again. I do miss RH being Todd. When ever I see RH, I see Todd. Now he is Franco, but he is Todd with a different name. i hope one day RH can go back to being Todd.

Mary Jane Berry
Mary Jane Berry

I am so grateful that Roger Howarth is on General Hospital and I am loving him as Franco ( but I sure miss him as Todd) Now I am so scared they are going to take off the show. ABC I think wants it gone money is all that matters to them I guess not pleasing all people..Ialso hear Soapnet is gone end of next month, so yes i am scared we will lose gh..This will surely hurt millions of people.

Patrick
Patrick

I hear you….

I don’t even want to go there… however… it’s always in the back recesses of my mind.

the internet… kinda new from the start… it was a crap shoot… especially since it was free…. where was the money being made?

soap net… was declared cancelled 2-3 years ago.

so…. hope and a prayer… all is not lost.

I still say… ABC and NBC… YOU have ONE SERIAL: this is really don’t bite the hand that feeds you… you’ll lose everything daytime is: without the one soap you need.

MULTITUDES, MILLIONS, ALL SECTS OF LIFE… THOSE OVER 49 HAVE MONEY. who watch the remaining 4 soaps

cbs… dang! don’t they press… I kinda wish NBC did that… press press press… GH seems pretty good about advertising…

anyway…

folks… when the time comes…

put pen to paper… buy that stamp… get to the post office…

i think speaks more volumes than e-mails, texts, phone calls.

the old fashioned way

cheers to ALL the decades plus viewers

Johnny
Johnny

I am never one to criticize or point fingers…but this interview with Ron is complete hogwash and him putting his own spin on thongs. He says he always wanted Genie back…for what? To have Luke compare their epic, genre changing love story to a ratty old sweatshirt? And where is this prior commitment of Genie that is using up all her time? Next…he says that all the xharacters surrounding Franco are dead…Alan and Susan and Jason. Can we take a tally of the characters that Ron has brought back from the dead?? AJ, Julian, Duke, Faison, Stavros, Helena, Robin, and the list goes on. Ron brings psychopaths and evil characters from the dead for the most part. As a writer…Ron has a right tohis vision of the show. But he obviously reads and reacts to social media…and he often reacts petulantly and childish an angrily. NO writer of a show should use social media to strike back at detractors. That is unprofessional and hostile onhis behalf. He should instead listen to the majority of what he reads and write accordingly.

PatF
PatF

I think he’s overrated. Logan has a love affair with him and GH anyway, so the interview will be spun to his advantage.

GH is a very specific type of show and its viewers love it, so in that respect I’m glad it’s doing well right now. We need to keep all four shows UP/steady in ratings so they stay on. ABC cancelled OLTL prematurely, as did CBS with ATWT. Both AMC and GL had struggled for years, and no one did anything about them, but they couldn’t last.

Everyone needs to keep watching and support their show.

janet
janet

RC is full of what makes the grass grow green. Genie said when she was at the fan club meeting she had NO contract.I am sorry but I am totally sick of RC shoving ROHO in everything No matter what it doesn’t work, for the Q’s so he becomes someone else. No thanks. call him whatever you want, All I see and hear is Franco. The part of the show I am now reduced to DVRing is when the Scorpios are on. Nick and Britt fine. Robin fine Duke Fine.Patrick and Emma fine. The mob no thanks. I don’t care who wins the shootout, hope they both lose.AG wants to be with Tracy,so that means no Genie????Luke when I watched before never showed up for Lulu, guess when she grew up, I had turned the show off by then , he became her dad Ice Fishing really? I hate the unholy three with the fire of a thousand suns,and now we have two mobs, RC just like someone else said is a child he can’t take criticism. Bars them from twitter, I want to see Robert stay not Franco.I want to see Anna and Robert save themselves. I want to see the reunion, Then I will have to be tempted to watch the show again. I like Scott and heather is ok, But as parents. Oh yes I could not care less who gets Maxies baby. All I have to say is great its not related to Luke and Sonny.

Traci
Traci

Janet, Ron does NOT “bar them from Twitter”. Please. He doesn’t have that much power to get them kicked off Twitter. He blocks rude people from his account. And who can blame him? I’ve seen some of the crap they spew at him.

janet
janet

I meant from his account. You know if you are a writer of a show,you should expect some people to tell you what they think of the stories you write. Not nasty or cursing or threats but I personally don’t have a twitter account so I have never said what I think but .If I did he would most likely block me. I personally don’t like the mobs, sonny, Francotodd and the way we have to wait months for stories to continue. If he only wants the comments that like him, he should screen them. By being on social media he has to take the good with the bad,. he ticks more people off than makes as friends.JMO

OLTLfan
OLTLfan

I still do not think of Roger as being “Franco”. It just does not fit for me (and not just because he’s been Todd Manning for me for 20 years). They should have created a whole new character for him, because it just does not work…even with the tumor explanation.
Also, it’s one thing to change his parents, but Scotty? The man is only 5 years older than Roger in real life! Are we supposed to be complete idiots here? I can’t handle that at all.

Traci
Traci

Why is everyone complaining about Franco being too old to be Scott & Heather’s son? Yes, he’s close to their age, BUT I can name several other mother/daughter, father/son pairings on soaps who are just as close in age. Yet it’s accepted.

su0000
su0000

The Franco haters are sad people, I feel sad for them to hold hate and discontent in their lives from watching a soap.. lol

I thank god I am not married to any of the complainers, yuk imagine living with a whiny complainer..

(it is only a frkin make-believe story) sigh ….. lol

Patrick
Patrick

(it is only a frkin make-believe story) sigh ….. lol

you write some funny upfront in our face truths

my one beef: why is it that Franco is falling all over himself… telling Carly… from the time he came out of his coma/surgery/brain tumor – Carly has been there for him from the start… and that he’s fallen in love with her every since.

I just don’t know if that’s the route they should have gone…. why not Ava… and throw in Carly… for more drama… it’s always so easy for Carly

anyway… Franco is a feast for man or woman. tantalizing – titilations – treat

debra
debra

I cannot believe the day to day stories, one after another bam bam bam, everyday seems like a friday cliffhanger!!!!! I LOVE the comedy and non stop turns and twists. When I am done watching the show which I tape and watch at night I actually sit there and have to stop and think because there is so much going on!! The show has never been better!!!!! keep up the great work!!!

Sandy J.
Sandy J.

I hate it when any head writer rewrites a show’s history, and, as much as I love Ron’s writing in general and believe that Franco needs to be connected to some family, the closeness in the ages of the actors involved make Franco being the son of Scott and Heather completely unbelievable!
I did a search of the 3 actors on IMDb and discovered that Roger Howarth is 15 years younger than Kin Shriner and only 12 years younger than Robin Mattson. Give me a break, folks! Ron and his team expect we fans to ignore the closeness in ages of these 3 actors and their characters for the sake of tying Franco to a P.C. family? Sorry, it just doesn’t work for me. I began watching General Hospital in 1982 and remember that both Kin/Scott and Robin/Heather were very much adults when Franco would have been a young child.
This is not The Bold and The Beautiful; this is General Hospital, where kids aren’t SORASd nearly as quickly as B&B’s kids. I get tired of having to suspend my disbelief when this show’s history is rewritten, and Ron’s done that a lot since he began writing this show. He’s come up with some great storylines but I just don’t buy into this one. Sorry, Ron. Please try again.

Pam K
Pam K

For a small chunk of time around Halloween I found myself being drawn into the GH storyline for the first time in what seems a long time. I was entertained , I cared about the characters, I held my breath as the next scene unfolded. And then I had to endure the crap that was last week. REALLY ? Someone else compared it to throwing garbage at a wall to see what would stick. No storyline with the resurrected Franco had made any sense except to fulfill RC and FV ‘s quest to keep certain actors and make certain pairings at the expense of beloved and entertaining actors and storylines. Scotty and Heather as Franco’s parents . . . . . ? ? That’s it . I can’t stand to watch this crap anymore . No more GH for me and I am a Nielson pollster. The days of being able to be totally involved with your program, looking forward to the next episode, really caring for the characters is over.

Rodd
Rodd

This is one of the things I LOVE about GH right now! I had an inkling that Heather night be Franco’s mom, but I never suspected Scotty was his dad. I think it’s BRILLIANT!

It’s disappointing that as savvy as soap viewers have become, that many still haven’t grasped that an actor’s availability often dictates how long they’re on a show and what their story line will be. In stead of accepting the truth, many would rather bash the writers or EP. How about we be happy for what we get and hope for more, more, more of our favorites when they’re available? It won’t solve all the issues in piecing together a soap, or world peace, but it might help lower some people’s blood pressure. I look forward to seeing Genie Francis back as Laura, asap.

On the Llanview front, I am very sad that all of this jostling about has proven for naught, now that PP has cancelled its soaps. I would have preferred the OLTL characters, only because I used to watch that show and it gave me great comfort knowing a part of it lived on. That’s not to say, however, that I don’t enjoy Kiki, Silas and Franco. The new characters have grown on me and I realize how much I enjoy the actors’ work regardless of their role. Keep up the good work.

Traci
Traci

Well said! Thank you! I agree with you about viewers not being able to accept the truth & would rather bash the writers & EP.

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

“… How about we be happy for what we get and hope for more, more, more of our favorites when they’re available? It won’t solve all the issues in piecing together a soap, or world peace, but it might help lower some people’s blood pressure.”

it’s just the doggone truth.

lament my relish for the complete put together soap… more oft than not… I”m always happy for my two favorite serial.

DAYS & GH.

I can’t help but crash the party with naysayer…. help these two couples.

Daniel and Jenn. ugh. DOOL
Michael and Kiki. ugh. GH

’nuff said.

Fabia
Fabia

You know what, Patrick? You make a lot of sense. We should be happy for every crumb we get. One never knows…the remaining soaps may follow all the others down the tubes. Then what!!! I LOVE my soaps…I suppose we must give the writers credit for hanging in there. I am first to admit that I carp and bitch , but if truth be known, I’ll take whatever I can.
Yes, the Daniel and Jen debacle is old. I am so tired of the furtive, hungry looks they share across the nurses’s station. Enough, already.
Patrick, give Kiki a chance. She “sorta” grows on you. Perhaps it is because I have been watching this girl on OLTL for years…I am used to her and her nuances. She’s okay. Michael on the other hand…I don’t know…I just don’t know.

Judy
Judy

Love Franco and Carly together….he’s sooo sweet! Sam and Silas don’t like very much! He really needs to do something with that hair. I wonder what will happen to Michael? Loving GH lately so much action! Good job to the writers! Hope one day Jason will be back! Cheers!

kaffe
kaffe

If he comes back Sam should be/ expecting with her @@
Sam just Have a baby with Silas

Judy
Judy

that will be gross a baby with Silas!

kaffe
kaffe

are you a Jasamfan john and Natalifan?
If you don’t see the chemistry

Sam and Silas are wonderful!!!

Judy
Judy

I have no idea who those names r…..lol
Yes I see the chemistry but it’s him! You needed someone that can compare to Jason and this guy doesn’t at all! I didn’t like him in the other soap opera he was on before GH and don’t like him here. Cheers!

kaffe
kaffe

well Mr. Golden Boy isn’t coming back to GH
Like I said it before

Sam + Silas + Daniel+ A baby Girl that’s what I want!!!!!
Thank You Very Much!!!

Paul
Paul

I call BS re. Genie’s VERY abrupt departure. One minute, she and Lucy are planning to re-start Deception. The next minute, she departs Port Charles after Scotty abruptly wants a divorce and her Dr. in Paris calls. This just doesn’t add up …

Anon
Anon

Totally agree, Paul… and I suspect there’s something rotten in Amsterdam.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Paul and Anon, something is UP and its NOT Genie’s contract. How can TPTB–and, from what I am reading in his interviews–and TG treat Genie so shabbily and insensitively?

phonda
phonda

i loveeverything you done so far..but please get with robin so she can be with her family,,todd,john,starr,glad there with this show..love them.there so talented

Fabia
Fabia

Phonda, please do not hate me,….but,
I cannot abide by bad grammar. As an English teacher, it is my biggest pet peeve, “you done” is a no-no…it should read, ” you HAVE done”. Also, it is inconceivable to me that people still cannot differentiate between, ” they’re”, “there” and “their”, the first is the contraction for ” they are”, the second is an adverb (how, when, where and why)’ and the third is a pronoun…..I could go on and on!!!!!……please forgive me …only trying to help…..Happy Thanksgiving…ciao.

phonda
phonda

Fabia,,i do not hate you butt please in the future do not reply to people that makes mistake’s in there spelling,its not nice and very hurtful..you have a nice thanksgiving to.

Debra S
Debra S

Huh….would not have the Jeromes without Franco…what bull. The Jeromes were an established family from GH history and certainly have no reason to be connected to Franco. Does not even make sense.

Just trying to justify a character that so far has been a waste of screen time and quite frankly does not fit in.

Better idea…merge OLTL and AMC into one soap and bring it back to ABC. Send “Todd” home.

Fabia
Fabia

Oh, yeah…

mmc
mmc

I think we will see Laura again at some point……I now love the three OLTL characters…..Silas is more loveable than Mc Bain & I love him with Sam…..I love how Kiki has grown, & I love watching Roger as Franco…I was a long time ATWT watcher & never appreciated Roger as much as I do now.They have so many characters coming & going on this show. As a newer viewer it was hard to keep track of who belonged to who, etc.but I’m sorting it out….& I love Sonny, when he smiles….love those dimples…lol.

Karen Irvin
Karen Irvin

I appreciate all the hard work that goes into keeping GH exciting and I look forward to seeing it everyday. I LOVE Roger Howarth even though he will always be Todd to me. And I really wish that James Franco still played Franco, but I realize that won’t happen. Love every scene with Michael Easton ( who will always be Caleb) and really wish he would make another appearance. I really hope that some of the OLTL actors and AMC actors would be written in to GH. Then I would be a very happy SOAP Fan. Thank You!

Iakovos
Iakovos

The new GH team is doing a good job. The shake-up was necessary to save the serial from ABC’s bloody axe. I do not enjoy mob stories and I do miss the hospital dramas. I wish some characters would get more attention (Liz! Laura!). I sometimes think there is a little too much crazy (the spy games and resurrections and parent traps), although in a way, some of thes family dramas seem Shakespearean at times. That said, there are some gems here in the treasure chest… the additions of William deVry and Maura West in particular. I hope the dust will settle soon on the wild history rewrites so we may have some sort of reality/human-based stories that incorporate the hospital, our real-world issues with economy, social matters… a good yarn is nice but a meaningful touching one is, too. GH can do both very well. Please let’s keep offering Port Charles our support.

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Vinessa Antoine Reveals She And General Hospital Have Parted Ways; After Landing Primetime Series Lead

After the fantastic bit of casting news for actress Vinessa Antoine  (Jordan Ashford) over the weekend, today, via her social media accounts, Vinessa has addressed her future with General Hospital.

As viewers know, Vinessa has been cast as the drama series lead in the new CBC production of Diggstown, and it is groundbreaking making her the first black actress to star in a series on the legendary Canadian broadcasting network,   Originally it was presumed that Antoine would go recurring on GH, while she was away filming, but that is not the case as she revealed in her heartfelt message today.  She and GH have mutually parted ways.

Vinessa’s statement: “There are so many people that God put into place who are directly and indirectly responsible for my time at General Hospital.  You know who you are. I thank you. I came into this world as an artist. My job is to create and inspire. I hope that I did that a little in playing #JordanAshford.

I believe that I have taken her as far as I can.  To clarify, as negotiations for #Diggstown were underway, although I am open to stay and play in Port Charles, I was told by my reps that GeneralHospital felt that my character would be off the canvas for too long for me to continue playing her.

With that, we decided to mutually part ways.  It’s time to make room for more women of color in prominent roles on television. I’m grateful to assist in that by starting this new chapter in my journey. I hope you’ll all come along. I feel blessed. Be well. xo”

An ABC rep told Soap Opera Digest that the role of Jordan is being recast.

So what do you think of Vinessa leaving GH for good? Share your thoughts via the comment section below and let’s wish her much success!

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GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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