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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.”

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.”

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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sarah

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.

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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 Rebecca Herbst Thanks Fans for the Birthday Love

She is not often on social media, but when she does show up, it delights so many of her enduring fans. General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), who yesterday celebrated her birthday on May 12th, took to Twitter to share warm ‘thank you’s’ to a few fan factions who sent her some lovely gifts in honor and support of their favorite soap star.

Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Touches on Racial Profiling, Social Injustice and Bias In Key Scenes with Portia and Jordan

This week ABC’s General Hospital took the opportunity to write in to their scripts and story, the issue that has been so prevalent in our country now and for decades that of racial profiling, injustice, bias, gender equality and more rolled into scenes featuring: Brook Kerr (Portia), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan), Sydney Mikala (Trina) and William Lipton (Cameron).

When Portia comes to the boxing gym for a workout and comes upon Jordan hitting the boxing bag hard over the the incident with Cameron in the hospital garage, it spurs a greater conversation.

Jordan tells Portia about the situation that arose with Cameron and a gun, and Portia says she heard about it.  Jordan knows if Cameron’s skin was a different color, she may not have been able to de-escalate the situation and talk her officers down, if she had not arrived on the scene in the nick of time.

This launches the two women into an important conversation on racial profiling, social injustice, white privilege and gender bias that they have found themselves dealing with in their professions (Portia is a doctor and Jordan the police commissioner) and their children’s lives.

Later in another scene, Trina reminds Cameron how they, along with Joss (Eden McCoy) were pulled over by a cop last summer when they were driving around the backroads.  She goes on to say when Cameron questioned why they were being stopped, it scared her.  She feels if Joss and Cam were not there, she would have likely been pulled out of the car and pinned to the ground by the cop.  Trina notes she put aside her fear and never said anything to them, because they would never understand.  Trina tells Cam he needs to realize how lucky he was the other night when nothing happened to him after his run in with police.

You can watch the conversation below in scenes with Briana Nicole Henry and Brooke Kerr.

Then let us know, did you like how GH wove this social message into the story?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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