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GH Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks On The Decision To Reverse Story History and Make Little Jake Alive After All!

Photo Credit: NY Times

Photo Credit: NY Times

General Hospital had quite an unexpected bombshell awaiting fans of the ABC soap opera over the last few weeks – first came the rumors that Little Jake Spencer (James Nigbor) may indeed be alive after all – and then it became confirmed with the reintroduction of the character of Lucky Spencer (Jonathan Jackson), who has returned to GH for this short story arc.

Lucky told his father Luke (who believed he had killed the little boy in a hit and run accident back in 2011), that he believed little Jake was alive, and thus the set stage for Thursday’s episode where Luke (Tony Geary) finds little Jake with his arch-nemesis Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers).

On Friday, Soap Opera Digest posted an excerpt from their upcoming interview in next week’s issue of the publication with GH head writer Ron Carlivati about the decision to reverse story history under then GH scribe Bob Guza and resurrect Jake. 

Carlivati related: “It really was not something we were planning to do.”   He then revealed that while brainstorming Luke’s final storyline, he and his writing team: “Were trying to come up with a purpose behind this adventure and a lasting impact for this adventure and something that would have emotional resonance for Luke and also, obviously, have a big impact on the rest of the canvas, so as much as it was an exit story, it was also the start of a story for other people.”

Are you glad that the GH writing team came up with this way to connect the dots and through Luke’s last hurrah were able to leave behind a story that has impact for so many people including: Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) and Jason (Billy Miller)?  Comment below!

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su0000
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su0000

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It’s wrong to use children as drama tools..
Killing children is disgusting..
Righting a wrong is always a good thing..

Out with old in with the new ..
It will give Liz, Jake/Jason and others good stories..

Well, here is the rare –happy– on a soap …

Tim S
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Tim S

In real life .. tragedy happens.. so why not on a Soap. . I watch a soap to be moved by the stories.. stories like this move me. some happy and some sad….. Bravo GH.. Bravo GH!!!

su0000
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su0000

How many children in real life have you seen die lol
I don’t even know of a real child that died in my world..

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Ive buried one child, and a friend of the family buried one who was murdered…hope you are always that lucky not to ever suffer such horrible loss…..

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Well, Su…your world is not the only world. I have overlooked much of what you say because I like you. But, please remember not to speak so lightly . Some of us do carry the pain of losing a child until our last breath. You’d be surprised, if you cared to know, how many dying children there are. It is a very sore subject….Tim S makes much sense. The death of children on soaps is, as Tim says, part of life. Children die in huge numbers on a daily basis, all over the world. Have you ever taken the time… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Scott.
I have no idea what’s going on….one dilemma after the other….more puzzling, confounding disjointed story after another. I soooo agree with you.
Am I wrong in suggesting that these contradictions you mention are in Fluke-mode? ….where nothing was neatly tied up? Where I still do not understand why Luke turned into Fluke?
And, is little Jake really little Jake? If he is, does he have a device in his brain controlled by Helena or even Nik? Hmmmm.

su0000
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su0000

Hi CeeCee..
you said”. But, please remember not to speak so lightly .”

I said;
”It’s wrong to use children as drama tools..
Killing children is disgusting..
Righting a wrong is always a good thing..”

And I asked a question..
”How many children in real life have you seen die’

yes children die, but how many are ”seen” dying as in the soaps..

luv ya 🙂

Jamie
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Jamie

You know the kid didn’t really die, right? I don’t understand why people get so bent out of shape over a soap opera. I love my show as much as the next person does but it’s not real life!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Who is getting bent out of shape, Jamie? Soaps imitate life. I have no problem when a real-life tragedy is imitated on a soap. Perhaps jim, Tim and I did not make ourselves clear? Personally, it was the ‘lol’ after the mention of the death of a child that bothered me. The death of a child, even on a fictitious TV show is not funny. As Jimh says, consider yourself lucky if you never go through that pain. And who said anything about not loving the show? We all love the show. What does that have to do with anything?… Read more »

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

OMG yes! Carlivati has disappointed me in so many ways lately, but bringing back Jake was a brilliant decision! Jake has ties to the Hardys, the Webers, the Quartermaines AND the Spencers! He is the ultimate legacy child. Not to mention, Luke running over his own grandchild made me HATE him! This storyline is going far in redeeming Luke, the only other thing that might have been better is if we found out Luke & Holly were LYING about cheating all those years ago, and Ethan is really ROBERT’s son (with, of course, an appearance by Tristan Rogers!) Maybe they… Read more »

Leo
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Leo

Sorry. Luke Spencer is still scum in my book regardless of whether he did or didn’t kill Jake. He still got behind the wheel of a car after drinking too much.

Not too mention immediately chasing anything in a skirt only days after placing his beloved Laura in a sanitarium in 2002.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

OK, you’re right, Luke is scum, LOL. His only redeeming feature was his deathless love for Laura, and even that has been destroyed, thanks to Mr. Geary. I actually quit watching GH when Laura went catatonic, I just couldn’t believe the show would do that to her. Came back 5 years later tho, when Robert & Anna returned.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

*sigh*

Mary SF
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Mary SF

O shoot, I was so hoping they would pull a Dallas and we would find out the last whole year was a dream or alternative reality– but it looks like it is just going to be another one of Ron’s “great” ideas that he is making up as he goes. If he had pulled a Dallas or a Lost I would have given him credit for trying it– I know a lot fans think bringing little Jake back is righting a wrong, but in my opinion, bringing him back is wrong– and in my books two wrongs don’t make a… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maybe there is still a chance its all a dream and not the nightmare its become of late…lol

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I think the dream thing is not going to happen, but what would save this for me, would be finding out little Jake is a clone– I prefer that be the explanation. I know soaps are known for bringing characters back after they had “died”, but since they are alive, they never did die– but when stories are written in a way that leaves little or no doubt the character died, those characters should be left to rest in peace sort of speak. It ruins for me, all deaths on soaps if I just assume they are coming back at… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

it ruins it for me too…maybe Anna will bring back Duke…these back-from-the-dead seems to be the only plot device RC can think of!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

LOL….NO, NO, NO, jimh. NO DUKE!!

CJ Keller
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CJ Keller

Yes yes yes! Best thing that has happened in a long time! Wish Johnathan Jackson could stay but I do love him on Nashville. Although everything seems good with little Jake I must wonder if he has been programmed by Helena. Guess we’ll see. Great looking kid. I hope Jason will return to Sam soon, have to wonder if he will stay with Elizabeth because Jake is his son as well. Ugh!

Extremely disappointed
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Extremely disappointed

NO! It’s always wonderful to bring a kid back from the dead on a soap, but this is way too unbelievable and the only way to make it work is to rewrite history. Such a shame because the “history” was a award winning! I will never again invest in a GH storyline after this and the Jasam debacle as long as these writers are on board. Redeeming Luke Spencer would have been making it so he finds out he wasn’t the one who hit Jake! So yes Jake is alive but like still hit him while drunk. The only holes… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Well then fold up your campsite..make sure you don’t start any fires and move on..because on a soap and in soapland..even on the most authentic of soaps..this drama is a staple..you may not have heard of EastEnders from London’s BBC ..lot’s of americans have and watched for years..but on a show grounded in so much reality where you thought this would never happen it has..more than once..some of their most famous characters have been off the canvas thought dead for years and suddenly out the blue..and to the shock of viewers.. here comes Den Watts..Pete Beale..and now Pete’s ex wife… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Extremely dissapointed..how on Earth could you put something so heinous off Helena’s radar anyway..seriously..that entire family is loony toon nuts..how can you be so shocked…this needs to be Helena’s last hurrah..just send the ageless cow packing..size 00 suits and all…

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I agree with you, all soaps have use that plot device of bringing back a character that supposedly had died. I watched many a soap in my day, and I remember on the first soap I ever watched Edge of Night when Nicole returned “from the dead” it was a real shocker. However, with every writer that used that device over the years it no longer holds the shock value it once did. I only watched GH off and on until about three years ago when just in order to post on this site I decided to start watching. And… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

He did more than “reverse story history”, he contradicted it, which he always does. I am not impressed with this storyline at all, nor am I thoroughly impressed with Ron’s writing skill. It’s time that ABC fires him and finds someone else to write a quality soap. The soap has become beyond laughable.

Matilda
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Matilda

Yes Scott, this whole story is laughable. It makes absolutely no sense. None. And this time, RC doesn’t even try and explain it. Today, Lucky said, “that’s why I had to go along with the kidnapping, because there was a chance I would find him alive.” Really? What does that mean? Seriously, someone explain it to me. How was Frank Smith involved and why would Lucky need to go along with a kidnapping? This is so completely ridiculous and just so insulting to one’s intelligence. Ron said they were ” trying to come up with a purpose behind this adventure”… Read more »

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

And not to mention, if Helena had “Jake” this entire time (and I do not believe it truly is Jake), who was watching him when she was “dead” and frozen? And if he’s been under the watchful eye of a Cassadine, does Nikolas know this, and has Robin seen him? Again, too much open-ended questions, plotholes and silly revised history that is making no sense to me. I am not happy with this return, or where the so-called “storyline” has been turning.

Scoma60
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Scoma60

I am thrilled Carlivati decided to correct the travesty Guza created. Guza killed a legacy child and the mother’s loss was glossed over in favor of Jason,Luke and Lucky. In my opinion this is a brilliant move and Carlivati will hopefully play all the beats. For example, little Jake being scared and uneasy around virtual strangers. I’ve always thought something broke in Liz when Jake “passed”. Hopefully his return will allow her to mend, make healthier choices and find happiness with the man who loves her warts and all-Nik.

madluv4u
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madluv4u

I think it’s awesome!!!!

Anthony
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Anthony

Extraordinarily, magnificently, inexplicably implausible. Just plain ridiculous. How I wish ABC had cancelled GH and kept One Life To Live.

David
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David

Yes, but One Life To Live was also written by Carlivati.

Anthony
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Anthony

David – You’re correct on Carlivati, but I don’t remember for how many years he wrote. OLTL did have the Mitch Laurence character who wouldn’t stay dead and the most preposterous thing ever with Victor Lord being alive and wanting his granddaughter’s heart. In general, though, when people died on OLTL I think they stayed dead. Maybe I’m just overly sensitized to it nowadays, but no one seems to stay dead on GH. Maybe I just liked the OLTL characters better than those on GH. I don’t watch the other 3 soaps, so maybe everyone is doing regular back-from-the-dead story… Read more »

David
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David

Carlivati wrote for OLTL from 1996-2012, but was head writer from 2007-2012 only. For some reason, I feel the opposite of you, Anthony. On GH, I don’t mind the “back from the dead” stories because the show has been implausible for years (Casey the Alien, anyone?) and because I feel they have to right the many wrongs of past regimes. Yes, they don’t always work out – for example, bringing back A.J. only to kill him off again, but it is my understanding from those in the know at ABC, that Sean Kanin objected to playing drunk A.J. since he… Read more »

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I don’t watch GH but this article makes no sense to me. Questions for a GH fan: Did “Little Jake” die on screen? How was it explained that he was still alive? I am a firm believer that the majority of soap characters who die should stay DEAD. It does a disservice to the show and tries the patience (and insults the intelligence) of the viewers who loyally follow a serial to “undo” these deaths. What impact does the on-screen death of, say, Stephanie Forrester mean if, thereafter, the writers revisit the event and craft some completely implausible explanation (which… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Well, i watch GH, and it dont make sense to me…down to watching once a week…once Luke leaves and Jason is revealed i might stop altogether unless things improve!!!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

OMG…PEOPLE..IT’S THE CASSADINES…Audrey and Monica are probably frozen solid..or forced into servitude on that island..THEY ARE BAT S…CRAZY..they probably have somebodies cloned puppy from the 80’s there too…Jimh..you better not stop watching..one less viewer means a harder fight to stay airing..you may not think so..but your non watching coupled with others hurts..and you know it’s not beyond Helena so stopping acting indignant..lol

Timmm
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Timmm

Now Jim!

Deb
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Deb

Sorry, I hate coming back from the dead stories. It’s cheap and lazy writing…. and it’s used waaaaaay too often.

AJ
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AJ

Totally ok with this. It’s was a stupid story to kill off a child for no reason. When BJ died, there was a MEANINGFUL/powerful story behind it. Jake dying was Guza/Pratt/Phelps garbage. Wish Cartini would right many many many more wrongs. Emily, Alan, Georgie to name just a few…

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

Really good choice as it creates story for other characters and gives Elizabeth even more reason to hold on to jake.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

They barely do anything with her other two sons…Aiden is rarely shown…doubt theyll do anything much by bringing Jake back!!!

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

Jake offers lots of story so he will definitely be seen.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I think little Jake was brought back for an intrinsic reason. The is a storyline in the making, gathering steam in its crescendo. There will be a revolution arising between Liz and Sam over Jason/Jake. Once he realizes who he is, Jason will be faced with having two families. What to do? He will be forced to choose. Not the children, of course. But, the women. We know Liz wants Jason…what about Sam. Patrick is so obscure, at this point, I don’t even count him….will he be in the picture? Hmmmm. Little Jake’s reappearance is to create controversy and havoc.… Read more »

Julie
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Julie

Yes, I am beyond thrilled that Ron decided to bring back Jake. Elizabeth has been broken & broken hearted ever since she lost her little boy. Considering that Jake was killed off during that dark period that Guza & co. had fired Becky & planned to usher Liz off permanently– this is definitely something that needed to be fixed. I know RC says he wrote this story for Luke’s departure- but this will bring great joy to many Elizabeth fans. Very happy right now

Omar
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Omar

This is one the best news from GH in a few years..This story is rich with possibilities and great acting for many characters on the show..Also, it is great seeing Constance Towers again..She is just mesmerizing as Helena..Keep her on the canvas and drop Dr. O who really has run her course..Welcome back little Jake Spencer!!

Becky
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Becky

No. I know a lot of people will find that cold and they will be happy that little Jake is alive. I say they never should have killed him off in the first place! We suffered through the grief for what? This team rewrites so much history that there’s no point in watching the show. You can’t believe that anything is real so why should we invest our time?

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

Becky, I don’t watch GH but couldn’t agree more with your comment. It is writing like this that leads viewers to turn off these shows. As a long-time Y&R viewer, I vividly remember the on-screen “death” of Phillip Chancellor III in 1989. Jill, Kay, and Nina mourned the young man’s death for TWENTY years. His untimely passing drove several plots and was a tragic (but critical) moment in the character’s history. Jump to five years ago and some Einstein decides it would be a great idea to “undo” this. Phillip (played by the same actor as before, a guy who… Read more »

Zina
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Zina

Ecstatic!

GeneralFanHospital
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GeneralFanHospital

This Jake Webber storyline where it turns out the child is still alive will end up alienating even more viewers than when Jake was killed by a car. This storyline is implausible and the sugar rush emotions this will generate will quickly crash when Luke leaves and Jake will be infrequently mentioned and rarely seen along with Cameron and Aiden. It does a disservice to all of the actors involved with the original storyline. The show has not only jumped the shark…it has killed the shark…brought the shark back from the dead…killed the shark again only to have it come… Read more »

Josie
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Josie

Seriously? The 1.6’s that plagued GH during Jasams last run after Jakes death is what KILLED GH. Your agenda is showing seriously 🙂

Tima
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Tima

I still don’t think anyone explained really how Helena pulled this one off. Is Jake’s kidney really in Josslyn? Since Jake was brain dead did Helena keep him on ice until Robin worked her magic. Also did Robin or even Jason (pre-car wreck) even know He was alive? So many holes and as of right now it doesn’t seem like the writing team has even attempted to figure out how this back from the dead was pulled off. What I am hoping though is that nothing else crazy happens before Liz gets to see baby Jake and hopefully admits the… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

As for Liz sometimes you love someone so much you make stupid decisions their is not one character on this show that does not have flaws. Why are we expecting Liz to be any different she has flaws her speech about everybody makes mistakes and they are forgiven etc was spot on. Everybody wanted RC to write story for Liz you have it she is not perfect love true live makes you do crazy shit

k/kay
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k/kay

I adore the actress she is a love!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Can’t deny how beautiful Rebecca is. Those eyes…that skin!

Tima
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Tima

Personally I didn’t care one way or the other about Liz getting a s/l. This one however has dragged on long enough and is played out IMHO. I would be more tolerant of her keeping the truth from Jason if she was doing it last year or even around March, but it’s to the point now where it is very easy to “hate” everyone aware of this secret and keeping quite, since now it’s just a case of the writers once again drawing out something that didn’t need this long of a “suspense”.

Elise
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Elise

I’m really liking this plot twist. This was one of the ugliest stories to ever come out of the Bob Guza years. This is a nice way of restoring something that destroyed so many in the past; soaps don’t always need horrible drama to make it good. Especially considering Luke is leaving, this rights a wrong. I also think it’s great they picked that same kid again! It’s just too bad they’ll have to take away JJ just as the reunion happens… I think the best way to make it end would be that Lucky and Luke pair up together… Read more »

aria
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aria

i’ve said this before, i’m not sure how to feel about one head writer rewriting the history of another, but if the explanation is convincing enough then i’ll go along with it. I always hated how they cut liz connection to jason, via little jake, so i’m glad the character is back theres so much juicy history with this character and everyone he’s connected too, i hope this forces liz to confess that jason is alive, i know she loves him but with little jake returning she should be thanking the gods for this miracle, and for her not to… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

I think this storyline should have stayed in the past – Jake gone. If they can’t come up with anything original then maybe they should give up as writers. I’m wondering how Tony feels about this storyline since didn’t he win an EMMY for this when it happened? Now, GH is suddenly “cleaning things up for Luke” and bring back this child that we DON’T need back on the show??? I hate return from the dead storylines, especially when we saw Jake die and Josselyn got his organ. This is taking “returning from the dead” to a whole new level.… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Totally agree…show should move forward once the story is done and not go backwards rewriting history…thats why i love Britains Coronation Street…this show has been on the air 55 years…it is character driven drama about working middle class family who deal with real life issues…once a character dies they always stay dead and never return!!!

Ces
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Ces

I’m all for moving forward too. It’s especially worse when history is re-written.
Way too many dead characters on GH coming back. When is Alan returning? 🙂

Shay
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Shay

@jimh….Speaking of Corrie, have you been watching the death/funeral storyline of Deidre Barlow??? I read about it in the British press, and it is supposed to be quite the beautiful and touching send-off for the late Anne Kirkbride!!!! She was truly beloved on and off-screen by her soap opera family.

su0000
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su0000

Ces,, Jake is not coming back from the dead, he did not die.. A child died but it wasn’t Jake.. Jake’s return is great stories for Liz, Jason/Jake and others, and that is good thing.. If one follows along with the story and has patience for it to develop then they will find things out.. Soap watching 101 – never overthink, never …. I once read on a soap writers/producers blog/whichever don’t recall whom just what was said.. Soap stories are never ending they can continue on decades after to forever. A long forgotten story or character can be brought… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

Technically he did die considering he’s been off the show for 5 years and everyone thought he was dead.
Still, I think it’s lazy writing to bring back characters that have “died” – there are plenty of characters on the show that walk around with nothing to do, I don’t think we need a kid to return to create more story. Writers need to be original than that. Once this bump of a story is over, Jake will be upstairs with the rest of Elizabeth’s kids.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

id be ok if Alan returns if the rumor is true but after that let the characters stay dead!!!

k/kay
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k/kay

My understanding is Luke did hit the child and then they did the switch I am not sure how I feel about it I know a lot of people accept BM as Jason but it is tough for me because SB for me will always be Stone Cold and I miss my Billy Abbott I am going to give Ron a pass on this I think he is getting enough piling on for a lifetime me I will just sit back and take it as it goes. Let’s all be grown ups he is RC a pompous you know what… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Love!

Li
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Li

I actually thought I would hate the new Jason, but I love him!! He smiles, make some jokes, seems more comfortable in his skin, and still possesses the Stone Cold charm and macho ness.
I CAN NOT wait until this “secret of his existence” comes out!!! My favorite storyline by far right now…

k/kay
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k/kay

Maybe my problem is I miss his take on Billy Abbott on Y&R oh well.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

It’s very hard to not like Billy Miller. Even when he played the ‘baddest’ of the bad, Richie on AMC, we couldn’t help but like him. He just has charisma…magnetic personality, LI, right?

Tim S
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Tim S

Jake may still be dead… he may be a zombi and GH will be bringing some of the Walking Dead themes to the show.. Bravo GH!! This will be a great storyline…

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

This is not only righting a wrong, but so far it’s been beautifully done. LOVED JJ today–and I’m not generally a big fan of his (actually like him better on Nashville). Jake died due to a regime at the show & network with an agenda. They’re all gone & this needed to be done. The only viewers who HATE this are the Jason/Sam shippers, who seem to watch GH for a narrow reason and the Ron haters, just because. Luke said Helena took the kid. It is totally within her character to do so. Nothing about this is outrageous given… Read more »

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

Oh and all the people saying why bring a kid back since they never feature the kids were likely the same ones complaining about how the kids (Cam, Spencer & Emma) were on too much,

Elise
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Elise

Agreed! And people often forget that those kids will be the future main characters of GH, in 10-20 years, which is why they are so important! I remember Lulu being this really young kid that was always at her grandma’s and would be on barely a few times a years and then they aged her and started having her in the teen stories (Maxie, Georgie, Dillon, even Johnny). Before them, Nick, Lucky, Emily and Liz were the younger ones. Sure enough, these are all grown up characters that have served the stories of GH at some point or another, while… Read more »

Fanny
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Fanny

I know that art imitates life…but Baby Jakes storyline
should never have been written in the first place.
Destructive Duo Guza & Phelps won’t have the last
WORD!!!

k/kay
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k/kay

Sometimes you feel something so deep in your gut that you just say what the hell! I love Luz I think the actress brings it home every time. She is going to lose as we all know but hey she did jut for love

Patrick
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Patrick

i don’t think she’s going to …. my gut tells me… I adore Liz… and Billy Miller, together on friday’ ep : when Liz told him she loved him (time stood still) and he in turn told her; “I love You” too for all the Jason/Sam fans…. it just wouldn’t be the same… and that includes for Billy Miller anyway… 3 things truly stood out for me on friday’ ep. #1. the chemistry between Luke and Lucky. as i’ve posted… Anthony Geary, in all his being…. is never not better… when Jonathon Jackson is with. total believability that they are… Read more »

Li
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Li

Another one of those, huh? moments… We will see how this works out, because if I recall correctly Jake is Jason’s son, right? With Helena anything is possible! I am not sure I like this, it is so sad to mourn a death and it was a sad time when Jake was hit by Luke’s car. I just think , why relive? That was such an awkward time and storyline years ago. I really don’t like this writing team, I just feel like they still don’t get who these “core characters” are and therefore some of the stories don’t make… Read more »

MissySnow
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MissySnow

Awesome!

El
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El

I love people saying this story is implausible. …I think they must never have seen a soap opera! Good grief. Half the soap characters in history have died and been resurrected – some multiple times! People been frozen, had doppelgängers, plastic surgery doubles, Amnesia, past lives, multiple personalities, been princesses on islands and didn’t even know it…COME ON! It’s a soap! This story is GREAT! Bravo Carlivati and GH! Phenomenal storytelling!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Yes, it is a soap, but this storyline is far beyond plausible in terms of a soap-universe. It is not phenomenal storytelling, it is lazy and very inconsistent with the show’s history, and even inconsistent with Ron’s own writing.

MargaretH
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MargaretH

I think the whole thing is absolutely ridiculous. Jake save Joss and now you expect us to believe that Helena kidnapped him and held him all this time and then just gives him to Luke. Im sorry but most of us weren’t born yesterday and don’t buy this for one minute. People in real life don’t get brain dead kids back and some people who watch have lost children and you expect them to believe this “resurrection” story. I think not. As much as I love GH , I am sick to death of waiting on this Jason reveal and… Read more »

Jean
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Jean

Honestly, beyond thrilled for Jake’s return. Fronz,Guza,JFP are Soap Killers. The horrific killing of Dynasty child cause GH to lose over 500,000 fans. Thank you ABC &GH for bring Jake back.

CM
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CM

While the explanation of where Jake has been and what happened to him is stupid (Helena had him? Really? Like we didn’t see Patrick fail at saving him in the operating room?), I am thrilled that Liz has her son back. They never should’ve killed Jake to start with. Crappy storytelling. Glad it’s been righted.

Marie
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Marie

When they killed off Jake it was to prevent any relationship between Jason and Elizabeth. Since they are in a relationship I suppose all bets are off. I would prefer Nick and Elizabeth They are perfect for each other. I also think that it is overdo for Jason to regain his memory.

Phillip brooks
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Phillip brooks

It’s HARD to have a grand adventure when you’re working with a low or no budget….

Timmm
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Timmm

Good point.

T
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T

Jake is back, and I am happy for that. I am happy that Guza’s wrong has been righted. What I am UNHAPPY about is how they’re playing this story out. At the risk of repeating myself over and over and over again, there is no emotion or quality or depth to any of this story. You can clearly tell that it is forced by the actors. Because this reveal already happened, mixed with the fact that Jonathon Jackson is only back for four episodes, this horrible head writer has wrapped the story up with no fallout (This is his MO).… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I’m not a fan of killing kids on soaps BUT it happened and hopefully they will write a plausible explanation. I must say the drama of a “Dead” child returning should be a goldmine of juicy scenes for the adults affected. Rebecca should use this opportunity to pad an Emmy nomination!

Patricio
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Patricio

The Jake story line was devastating, one that bothered me then and still does. But it took courage to tell it. Unfortunatly, soap characters are NEVER really killed off anymore. It makes it more difficult to invest in these stories. We mourned for two years over Jake – then viola! He ain’t dead! WHAT?

Josie
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Josie

Jake was killed for ONE reason and that was to make it okay for Jason to spawn with Sam after being a deadbeat. That was AGENDA from Frons and Ron corrected it. Had this been the little Replacement kid, those pissed off would be praising it a truly believable miracle. In a genre where abortions come to life 25 years later, and people try to freeze the world, suddenly THIS isn’t believable. Jasam fans, stay pressed 🙂

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

If people actually watch the show we’ve heard several explanations of what happened. Helena snatched Jake BEFORE he died. The “dead” kid was likely someone else there for the illegal organ harvesting scheme going on. This is no more implausible than Sam’s miraculous ability to get pregnant and give birth or any number of other “implausible” stories that if they involved your favorites, you probably happily embraced. I think today they explained why JJ won’t be hanging around–and I’m sure tomorrow’s confrontation with Nik will seal the deal. This has been a gut-wrenching week of watching GH. The acting’s been… Read more »

Darren
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Darren

Helena could not have snatched Jake before he died because Liz saw her brain dead child. Only a dead clone of Jake could have replaced the body of Jake, and so far we haven’t heard that’s the explanation, so that’s why none of us are buying what you are considering a valid explanation.

D
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D

I think that the creative powers behind my all time favourite soap (35 yrs and counting) are doing the best job they can under the circumstances. They had to quickly come up with a scenario for an exiting legacy character, it is not like they had months and months to work it out. So I take my hat off to them, in so much as they are trying to redeem the wrongs that previous regimes made with the Luke character. In my humble opinion, I think we should rejoice the fact that we have a stellar cast of phenomenal actors… Read more »

Tamela Coleman
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Tamela Coleman

I love that you brought Jake back. But now time for Jake to find out he is Jason. This story has gone on long enough. It is getting ridiculous.

jsoko
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jsoko

I am glad that Jake has returned to his mother and siblings however, why the writers needed to go there in the first place? Elizabeth I have always like but lately the writers continue to make her a desparate, dishonest person. This actress has suffered much at the hands of the gh writers old or new. I wish she had of left with Steve Burton and went to the YOUNG and Restless. I believe they would do her justice for her acting , her skills are dormant and she is disrespected by her coworkers. She deserve much better storylines and… Read more »

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General Hospital To Air Special Election Episode In Honor of the Passing of the 19th Amendment & Women’s Right To Vote

On the Monday, November 2nd episode of General Hospital, just before election day here in the United States, the ABC daytime drama is airing a very special episode depicting and remembering the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution.

The inspiring female cast will go back in time as Laura Wright takes on the role of Beatrice Eckert, a suffragist, who is more than ever, determined to get women to exercise their right to vote.

Key to the episode are Eden McCoy (Josslyn) and Sydney Miykala (Trina).  In the story, it marks Josslyn’s first time to be able to vote now that she has turned 18. At first, she isn’t very motivated to vote, but when she and Trina find themselves traveling back in time to 1920, things take a turn as Josslyn realizes just how important it is to exercise her right to have her voice heard and vote, as those women before her fought for their rights.

In the all female directed, written episode, also look for actresses: Maura West, Nancy Lee Grahn, Finola Hughes, Rebecca Herbst, Nicole Briana Henry, Brook Kerr, and more of the female cast to be on-screen.

The episode’s key messaging, “Voting isn’t just a right.. it’s a privilege.”   All that to say, remember, to get on vote come Tuesday.

Watch the promo below.

What do you think of GH producing and airing this special episode? Comment below.

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Emme Rylan Addresses Reports Of Her Exit From General Hospital & Update On Plans With Family

Several hours ago, Emme Rylan (Lulu) of General Hospital took to her Instagram story to talk directly to her followers, friends and fans about her rumored exit on the ABC daytime drama series, and to share some changes in where she and her family will be living.

At that time, Emme updated everyone that since the landlord sold the house she has been living in with partner Don Money and their three children, that they had not found a suitable home for them to live, in Los Angeles, after their extensive search.  So for now they were going to put their things in storage and go on an extended road trip with the entire family in tow … in a car… under Covid-19 safety protocols with her kids still distance-learning, and that she would be documenting the trip on her Instagram account,

After she shared her original update, she later went back to her Instagram story to clarify her earlier statements after many fans were following up with her asking her even more questions.

 

Rylan shared:  “I am getting a lot of questions that I cannot answer …  people are kind of being confused that maybe I chose to take a vacation or take time-off,  so the only thing I can say is “no, I did not choose this.”  I can’t say anything else.  There you go.   That’s all I am allowed to say.   So, this trip is us taking an unexpected turn of events and turning it into something positive and fun for our family. ”

Earlier on her IG story, Emme addressed the reports of her exit from Port Charles explaining: “I am not in a position to be able to comment on the work stuff, so in terms of General Hospital, I am going to keep that topic quiet. All you need to know is that I love everyone there, we all love each other, I’m okay, and all of your messages of love are amazing … I love you guys so much — but I just can’t talk about it. ”

Then as to her plans with her family she shared: “We, meaning my family and I, have decided to do something completely insane. I have never done anything like this in my entire adult life. We are currently packing up our entire house and putting it in a pod and putting it in storage here in Los Angeles, and with only our suitcases, we are going to go on a Covid-safe, epic road trip.  I have been working every single day, Monday through Friday on a soap opera since 2004?  I have only been in New York and L.A, and I have never really explored life outside of this bubble.”

So, what do you think about what Emme shared with her fans and followers? Comment below.

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Genie Francis Returns to General Hospital During November Sweeps

General Hospital fans have been noticing the absence of icon Genie Francis in her role as Laura since the show returned to production amid Covid-19.

But fans will not have to wait much longer as Francis will be back on-screen during the key November sweeps ratings period and will be right in the middle of all the drama, in particular, surrounding Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober).

According to Soap Opera Digest, and their sweeps preview in their latest issue (on newsstands now) GH co-head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor reveal that Laura will return to Port Charles and is not pleased with what has happened to the city while she has been away, and that she is, “determined to get answers to Cyrus’ past and she is determined to be the one to ultimately bring him down.”

 

There is no official word on Genie’s first airdate bsck, but stay tuned, as November is just around the corner.

Back on October 7th, Genie posted a photo of herself sharing: “Bye bye New England! So happy to have had a bit of fall!”  Thus, signaling she was headed back to the west coast to re-join GH.

So looking forward to seeing Genie back on GH?  How do you think Laura will try to bring down Cyrus? Comment below.

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