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GH's Kelly Monaco on upcoming shift in focus on GH!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

In an item out today, Knoxville.com blogger/writer, Terry Morrow spoke with Kelly Monaco (Sam) of General Hospital last evening, who stated that there is a major shift and refocusing ahead for the characters and stories in the New Year in Port Charles.

According to the item, “Monaco said the stories will loosen its tight (almost obsessive) grip on Brenda and Sonny (Vanessa Marcil and Maurice Benard). “They’re going to start focusing on other characters, too,” she says, with an acknowledgement that such a move couldn’t come fast enough. Monaco declined to say which characters or exactly what will be happening.  Monaco also said as soon as the cast and crew returned from Christmas break the new shift was evident and obvious in the scripts.  The star did address rumors on if Marcil is leaving soon. She said the star who plays Brenda is sticking around for “a long time.”

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Lori
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Lori

BEST. NEWS. EVER. Now if we can just get away from the Brenda show and get back to a show of balanced characters with fun and romance, the ratings might pick up. I really hope this means they will get Dante out of the Brenda vortex and return his brain. Not sure why TPTB at GH thought messing up their best couple would garner them ratings?!?!?!?

Sharon
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Sharon

It’s about time! I hope the new writing and new stories involve Robin and Patrick and getting them far away from loser Lisa and Terrell. I have to assume they also involve a baby for Jason and Sam as speculations have suggested. Thanks for the info!

Berolinum
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Berolinum

I would like to see Sam n Jason having a baby, however I think Sam is not the maternal type. I would rather see her meeting her real father. I think that this is going to happen 2011.

Kelly
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Kelly

I am happy to hear there is a shift happening and I hope it includes the character of Elizabeth Webber. Hoping to have more interaction between Jason and Elizabeth! The current pairing for Jason Morgan is a huge reason I tune out more than I tune in. Add to that that Elizabeth Webber hasn’t really had any type of story since her prtrayer, Becky Herbst, has returned from maternity leave. Keeping my fingerscrossed for Elizabeth and Jason!

Elaine
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Elaine

I really hope the people in charge look at the ratings seriously for the week of December 27-31, 2010 and take a serious look into what and who the writing was for that week. The writing was more believable; it was more IN CHARACTER for most characters (Jason, Sonny, Carly, Robyn, Patrick and even Brenda, etc…) We saw glimpses of the characters we loved who we hadn’t seen in a couple of years. I for one LOVED Jason Morgan… he was him old self almost and I seriously believe that is because of who WAS NOT on screen at all… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

You’re response seriously is so idiotic I can’t even begin to respond right now. To me its not even a matter of who goes with who… The writing SUCKS period end of story!!! And let me say that I am a JASAM FAN but the truth is this show is going down the tubes and has been for a very long time…years. So even if u pair Jason with Elizabeth (which I don’t really see the chemistry) fine pair them but my God let the writing be good. The point is this show is lacking in STORY/WRITING!!!! There has not… Read more »

Tonya
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Tonya

Well with the new shift in direction of GH, I am praying that Jason and Elizabeth will be reunited soon and we Liason fans will finally get the lovestory that we have been longing for. I mean Liason fans have been screaming for Jason and Elizabeth’s lovestory for over 11 years and I pray to the soap gods that we will finally get to that point and see Jason and Elizabeth together raising the boys as a family. Viva Liason

Mary
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Mary

I can only hope that the focus of GH will change significantly. I’m tired of the sleaze that has permeated the show for the past two years. I’m tired of the lying, the cheating, the public screaming of “whore” and other derogatory name-calling towards the women. I’m also tired of the whitewashing of characters and their histories because the executives favor one actor/actress now. For example, the character of Lucky, played by Greg Vaughn, was never seen as an intelligent, capable, God-fearing, Father of the Year candidate who was capable of solving every crime and as more than friendly with… Read more »

Shelley
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Shelley

I like Brenda, but enough is enough. I care barely watch! I want Spinelli and Maxie back together and for Carly to be her confident bad ass self again!

Ellen
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Ellen

I absolutely loved Jason with his son Jake. And loved seeing Jason once again in scenes with Elizabeth. There is so much history (show and character) there that it’s a crime to have been ignored for as long as it was. It would have made much more sense to have Elizabeth in the Jake and Jason scenes though. Jason and Elizabeth have so much history and friendship that it just didn’t make sense for them NOT to have time together with their son. Let Jason and Elizabeth enjoy their son TOGETHER, not separately. Jason NEEDS to spend much more time… Read more »

Melody
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Melody

While I love the sound of GH ‘shifting focus’ I’m not all that crazy on who it will focus on. GH lacks what others soaps feed off of and that’s balance. I want the show to focus more on characters that I DO care about and stories that I would actually want to see. I want more Hospital drama, more Q’s, more romance, REAL romance not contrived cheap stuff. Most of all, I want to see Elizabeth Webber front and center. Rebecca Herbst is a phenomenal actress who’s character is completely under used and I will never understand why. I… Read more »

Kelly
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Kelly

I loved your post! Kudos.

Amy
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Amy

I hope changes are coming. I would love to see much more of Jason and Elizabeth together. There has always been a connection between these two…years before Jake. To ignore their rich history and friendship is ridiculous. Jason and Elizabeth is a true love story. It just needs to be told.

Charlee
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Charlee

I hope this does indeed come to pass! I don’t watch this show anymore for this very reason. They turned the show into the Brenda show, among other things, and then proceeded to write most of the characters that people love into alien characters – ones we don’t know or recognize any longer. I just don’t understand the need to write the show for themselves intead of the fans – what happened to turn the show away from it’s glory days. I want to see Robin and Patrick return to where they should be, a happy, fun-loving couple getting through… Read more »

serena
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serena

There will be no quality and sustainable change for the better on GH unless there is a change in regime. Get rid of Brian Frons (he couldn’t even keep SoapNet alive), get rid of Jill Farren Phelps (she allows Bob Guza to poison the show), and get rid of Bob Guza (Rick Webber. Luke Spencer. Holly Sutton Scorpio. Felicia Jones. AJ Quartermaine. Death of legacy characters. Focus on random new characters. Um…Ethan Lovett. Need I say more???). The issue with the show is lack of character-driven stories, lack of balance, re-writing of established show history, needless assassination and death of… Read more »

chrisdollaz
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chrisdollaz

First I want to say for those who think Jason being with Liz is the reason for bad ratings HA HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA GMABand PLEASE. Like do yall Liason fans study the same crap. And also first yall say SB wanted to work with BH and we all know SB is GH goled buy. But now it’s “backstage” ppl keeping Liason from being together WTF. Also ABC is about making money THEY PUT ON WHO MAKES THEM $$$$$$. Like do we think they would lose money over a fake couple. Can’t yall stop also stop blaming Jason… Read more »

brooke
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brooke

I read the actual article and the blog writer just wrote his spec based on the VERY few words of Kelly M. What a lot of hot air and no substance. Very misleading.

Shanda
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Shanda

Okay, GH is going to lose a whole lot of fans with this baby story line. Who wants a baby with this woman? Remember what she did to Elizabeth, Cameron and Jake? Jason is a bone head for staying with Sam and I understand why Elizabeth does not want him to help raise her son. Sam is a danger to Jake!GH writers need a 101 course on writing because this show has become nothing but tasteless trash! They have ruined VM’s come back. This Balkan story line is horrible. We are so tired of the same old mob storyline. How… Read more »

sassy
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sassy

I hope the show starts to focus on all the characters. So many wonderful actors and actresses has been pushed to the back….Rebecca Herbst, Kelly Monaco, Nancy lee Grahn, Tyler christospher. I think the show needs more balance. Focus on every body. All y’all jiz fans get over yourself’s. No couple is the key to low ratings or high ratings. Always crying ratings are low because jsam. How quickly we forget the ratings weren’t so high when jiz was on either. No way TPTB would’ve broke up a couple that brought in high ratings. Jiz didn’t and that’s why there… Read more »

lovingit
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lovingit

Wow and I thought GH fans had it so good. I am fairly new to watching but went back and caught up on a lot of back story. I have seen them shift focus to various characters backburning others for a time but there seems to be a good rotation in that regard. Elizabeth was just front and center with the whole cheating on Lucky sl then she was backburned I’m assuming because she had her baby and it appears they are working her back to the front again. Sonny and Carly are probably always at the front because they… Read more »

carmencara345
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carmencara345

vanessa marcil giovinazzo is the best thing to happen to GH. period. she brought sexy back to the show and guza would be wise to keep her absolutely central. vanessa has always been tv gold — on GH during her first run and the guza-disaster during her 2nd run (she even skyrocketed ratings with guza’s bad writing) — and now in 2010-11 she’s rocking it again with her sonny and dante storylines. DO NOT LESSEN HER SCENES please. rather, give us those sexy sonny & brenda lovemaking scenes a la 1990’s!

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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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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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