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GH's Bob Guza on JaSam, Franco, Brenda's return & if Michael was raped!

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In a super-sized interview, General Hospital’s head writer, Bob Guza answers some burning questions that fans of ABC’s top sudser want to know, plus how he has managed to keep things on GH so intriguing in 2010 going from one high stakes  story to bringing back “A” list talent to fold them into ongoing or new  story in 2010.  Guza’s track record this year has  TV Guide Canada naming Guza “daytime’s most powerful and influential player in 2010”.   TV Guide Canada’s, Nelson Branco has much to say to GH’s Daytime Award winning writer, and here are a few excerpts from Guza on JaSam, Franco, Brenda, and if Michael was raped, and so much more!

Guza on if Brian Frons insisted on a Jason and Sam reunion: “No, not at all. What we’ve always liked about Sam is that she has never wanted to change who Jason is. He is the way he is and she loves him for who he is. That’s what, as writers, we kept coming back to. We didn’t have that kind of relationship on the show, which is why [I resurrected it]. Brian had nothing to do with that decision at all. He applauded it and was certainly behind it, but no, Brian doesn’t dictate stuff like that.”

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Guza on  the ongoing debate the Jason and Sonny are each others true loves: “I know we always joke about it but they kind of have to be, right? Look at all what they’ve been through. That love story is the drive of the whole show; certainly in the last 15 years. That’s a fascinating complex relationship, which is beautifully, beautifully portrayed by these two actors. It’s an endlessly evolving love story.”

Guza on if it was his idea to play Franco with a sexual attraction to Jason as an undertone of their story: “We were deliberately trying to create a character whose sexual orientation was extremely ambiguous. Arguably, Franco is in love with Jason — not Maxie and not the other people he’s dealing with. We wanted to keep [his sexuality] as a strong undercurrent. Having said that, James’s performance has added to what’s been on the page, for sure.”

Guza on if Michael was raped: “As for what happened with Michael in jail, I really wanted to make it clear that Jason asked the guard to get Michael tested for HIV. I told Steve, you know, Jason knows what happened to Michael. Now the dilemma for all these characters — Jason, Michael, and Dante, who starts to figure out what happened — is how you handle Michael. How does Michael handle it? Do you wait for Michael to come clean about it? Will he unravel before he tells the truth? This story is not remotely over.”

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Guza on length of stay of Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo “There is this perception out there that she’s coming on for a short run like six months. She’s on here for at least a year. I’m not sure with contract outs and all that, but more than likely she’s here for quite a bit longer. She did sign a contract. This isn’t a short-term deal. Not at all.”

Make sure to read the entire interview on more actors, subjects and behind the scenes of GH from their creative leader.

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sarah
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We,who love “Jasam” always knew that they were true soulmates. They have each other’s best interests at heart,have each other’s “backs” and always do what is best for their true loves. Breaking them up was insane, and we are delighted to have them back on GH as a devoted,committed couple. The “chemistry” between Steve Burton and Kelly Monaco is outstanding, and the very best in TV, daytime or otherwise. The characters totally accept each other as they are, never trying to change the one they love into somebody else. This is something everyone can learn from. Thanks, Mr.Guza-keep them together.

Brittany
Brittany

I couldnt agree with you more Sarah, Jasam was the Number 1 couple in daytime for years until they butchered our beloved couple and I couldnt be happier to have them reunited. Kelly Monaco, you are FANTASTIC, and the chem between SB and Kemo can not be denied…BTW LOVE LOVE LOVE, how Mr. Guza recognized that Sam has never tried to change Jason into something he is not, this is what makes them irresistable as a couple and why Jasam should always be connected! Thanks for that! Michael, I have to keep requesting an interview with Kelly…PLEASE!!!!!!

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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