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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.

Brittany
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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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ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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Emme Rylan On Her Final GH Scenes: “Laying There Emotionless While My Amazing Costars Cried Over My Comatose Body Was One of the Hardest Acting Challenges EVER!”

If you watched Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, you witnessed an emotional and heartbreaking episode where friends, family, and loved ones had to say their goodbyes to Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan) before she is transferred to a long-term care facility to be looked after following her brain injuries and surgery which left her in a coma.

This was to mark the last scenes of Emme Rylan who has exited the series after being let-go.  In story, viewers watched as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Tracy (Jane Elliot) and a grief-stricken Laura (Genie Francis) sat by Lulu’s hospital bedside telling her they will be waiting for her to wake up, as the agonize over the gravity of the situation.

On Wednesday, Rylan took to social media to tell her fans how difficult it was for her to tape those scenes, when she expressed: “Laying there emotionless while my amazing costars cried over my comatose body was one of the hardest acting challenges EVER! They don’t exactly have you practice that in acting school (Thank u to everyone that noticed).”

In response former GH star Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) who also went through a similar on-screen situation when his character was killed-off tweeted back to Em: “I 100% agree and understand, haha.”

The episode gave  Genie Francis a fantastic palette to play and reminded everyone why she is one of the greatest icons of the genre.

So, what did you think of Emme’s statement on trying to get through those difficult scenes as played by her co-stars?  Share your thoughts below.

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Daytime Emmys To Remain Virtual For Upcoming 2021 Ceremony

With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

In a statement, NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp expressed on the organization’s decision:“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall. However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, we have decided to remain “virtual” in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.

The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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