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GH's Maurice Benard Relates: "We Can Be Doing More With The Mob, But They Know What They're Doing!"

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard just celebrated his 50th birthday,  and now the show in which he has starred for the last few decades, is about to have their own golden anniversary the first week of April!  The Daytime Emmy winner talked about his life as loveable mobster Sonny Corinthos, his Port Charles loves and storylines, the feature film he just completed shooting, and the big returns coming back to help ABC celebrate GH’s milestone in a new interview with marinij.com!

One of the more interesting responses from Benard happened when asked about how the latest regime of  executive producer, Frank Valentini and head writer, Ron Carlivati have de-emphasized the mob stories, which for years under  former GH head writer, Bob Guza had been the main focus of General Hospital.   The mob stories were also an issue for long time fans of the series, where many felt that too much airtime was given to the characters of Sonny and Jason (Steve Burton) and the people around them, at the expense of seeing the entire canvas of characters.

When asked if he was a fan of the move to lessen the grip on the mob stories being front and center, Benard replied, “At this point, I think we need to get back to it a little bit more. On the other hand, I think it’s great that we’ve been able to bring a little more balance to the character (of Sonny) and to put him in the position of having to fight for the woman he loves. I do think we can be doing some more with the mob, but they (the producers and writers) know what they’re doing.”

OK GH fans, do you agree with Maurice?  Would you like to get back to some more mob stories, where Sonny gets to keep fighting for his territory?  Do you think the balance has shifted to far away from the talented Benard?  Let us know your thoughts?

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Dinah
Dinah

This is worst SL that Maurice every had, I’m sorry but also worst actress. Can’t wait this stupid SL is so over and done.

Em
Em

Amen! Maurice’s talent is completely wasted acting opposite that ditzy wannabe Sullivan.

Jan
Jan

I think it’s a waste too, they keep it going, stop.

Patrick
Patrick

Hi Dinah-

I agree the story line could be a lot better, but Mr. Bernard is a Gifted actor who can make any scene interesting. The mob stories were actually not showing his talents, and I believe those mob centered stories the reason GH sunk so sadly in ratings.

I think the split personality SL will be here for a while, I you watched OLTL you know what I mean!

Have a blessed holiday season!

k/kay
k/kay

Dinah how about the storyline when he was romancing Emily Q. that was horrible. He needs to get his knickers out of the knot about the revolving door of past characters/read the entire interview. We are celebrating 50 yrs of GH and they contributed to it being a success also. The entire Quartamine family was detroyed long time actors lost their jobs Stuart Damon in particular all because of the obsession with the mob. He may have to realize that RC just does not do mob and he is now writing for GH so if you are unhappy then leave like SB did & BB.

udhoop
udhoop

Disagree. Don’t miss Jason or Sonny and his mob business one bit. Bring back more vets and give them more airtime, that’s whats got me watching!

Marisa
Marisa

Agree with you. No more mob stories.

Patrick
Patrick

Hi Marisa-

The mob stories almost buried GH, let’s hop we dont see them again in h next 50 years! Lol
With all the vets coming back im reliving my youth watching GH In high school and he 30 years ht followed!

Looking forward-

Patraig

susan M.
susan M.

Don’t want to see ore mob stories either! That is one of the reasons I stopped
watching GH about 2 years ago. It was too heavily into mob stories & I stopped
watching as I said. I like watching GH these days , the storylines are so much
better and exciting to watch! So again no more mob stories as much as before.

Rodd
Rodd

I’m with you.

tarlyfan
tarlyfan

Agree. no more General Mafia please. I love the show as is especially with the addition of the OLTL transfers.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

There is no addition of the OLTL characters, Those characters recast or not are staying on OLTL…..I think GH fans would be more concerned about Maurice not being happy, He did not sound thrilled in that interview, and I’m sure he won’t be happy playing Connie/Kate’s little purse carrying lap dog for long either and if GH loses a talent like MB it will affect GH more than you guys think…..If I am right most of the Emmy’s that GH won in the last few years was during the Mob Story lines so I don’t think they should completely walk away from the Mob or from Sonny……JMO

susan M.
susan M.

Me too! Cut the mob stories to a minimum!

Anna
Anna

Agreed. Glad the mob stuff is gone. Let’s hope it stays gone. I love Maurice Benard, but hopefully they will find better storylines for him apart from people getting shot and this ridiculous Connie/Kate/Sonny love triangle.

BPfaffl
BPfaffl

Definitely think Sonny needs a professional focus. Feature more of the mob (many of us miss it) or give him a different direction. Focusing only on the DID story is not enough. Maurice needs to have a Sonny directed story again. He is far too good an actor to be without one like he has been for months.

susan M.
susan M.

As long as that doesn’t take over the entire show like before.

Lorene
Lorene

Of course he wants more mob, that equates to more air time for him. I would have been surprised if he had said anything but that and don’t blame him. For me, and for a lot of my friends we stopped watching the show because it became too much about the mob. The show is called General Hospital and not because the mob sends people to the hospital. Ron and frank are doing the best thing possible for the show. They need to keep up the good work.

kat
kat

That’s funny> My friends stopped watching because Sonny got dumbed down to holding Connies purse and by the way don’t think for Maurice Bernard. You don’t know that he wants more airtime. He has a summer tour coming up so Im sure its just the opposite.

Jewell
Jewell

I liked that they cut back the Mob story, I could never get into GH at all because of it.. It’s like when AMC became the Ryan and Greenlee show. I love what Frank and Ron are doing, bringing back the vets and having everyone having a storlyline..

moshane58
moshane58

I love the direction GH is going.The mob thing got old and the Sonny now is more caring.I just totally love GH.

susan M.
susan M.

Ditto!

Heather
Heather

This is the best GH has been in years. I think playing down the mob right now is great. We can get over Jason’s death and get to know Sonny as a human being again. The spotlight is on the 50th anniversary and the full canvas, including returning favorites. After that they can reintroduce the mob sans Jason.

Bonnie
Bonnie

I do miss a litle more mob action, or at least show Sonny working at his coffee importing, I am tired of seeing him pin over Kate. But Kelly has become and excellant actress, but I do miss the old Sonny, so I would agree with him. Just because he would be back in the mob does not mean he would have more airtime. I think everybody is given enough airtime, but some are not.

Right now there are to many stories going on but loving it. More Alexis, Sam, Molly, AJ, Tracy please!

tim
tim

The mob has been a part of GH since the 70’s,and it would be a mistake to eliminate it entirely from the show.

susan M.
susan M.

Not entirely. As long as it doesn’t take over the whole show again.

Michael
Michael

The mob stories are what keeps me from watching GH. Besides, I’ve never been a fan of the show in the first place. So, Maurice needs to shut up and do the work he’s given or he’ll be out of a job before you can say, “Jumping Jack Flash”!

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

And how long do you think he would be out of work??? Not long with his talent! I’m sure us AMC fans would love to see Nico come home!!!

Aaron
Aaron

At the end of the day, the show is called “General Hospital,” not Mob Wars. I liked the Sonny and Jason characters but their storylines had run their course. Show became focused solely on them and was rather boring and repetitive. I love the job Frank and Ron have done. Who doesn’t love seeing all our old favorites come back to PC? As someone said earlier, the show is now about all the characters on the PC canvas, not just Sonny and his family/friends. It’s just a shame John Ingle is no longer around. Would have loved to see what Frank & Ron could have done with ELQ.

Marisa
Marisa

I agree 100%.

susan M.
susan M.

I like all the different storylines now & don’t want an over kill of mob stories like
before.

tasneem
tasneem

Yes I loved the Mob stories. But I get. 2 see Maurice in he’s versality he’s talents are, being used. Let me put it out there I am a Big Maurice and Kelly Sullivan fan as well and this year their acting and the helping of Sonny and Kate”s DID has been interresting to watch because it brings out their talents

Tom D.
Tom D.

I stopped watching years ago because of the mob story… Now it is like a real Soap again. Romance, adventure, and a canvas full of interesting people. I like the mob being mentioned to keep Sonny being Sonny I don’t need to see it ever again. GH is Luke and lauras “turf” as they say

susan M.
susan M.

I agree. We need a variety of stories now. Mob stories got out of hand for me & I
stopped watching GH. Storylines are so much better now! And I am enjoying it
a lot.

Verona
Verona

Stopped watching because the mob were the saviors and the police were bumbling fools. Having a mob boss and a hit man as the holy men of Port Charles turned my stomach. I wouldn’t mind having a little of it – Sonny is a mob boss after all, unless he decides to go legit – but as the moral center of the show, it turned me off completely.

Barbara C.
Barbara C.

Yes, I started watching in 3rd grade – 1963 with my Mother. But, stopped because of the boring mob stories. I wasn’t a fan of the space cadet story either. I started back when you put Todd, Starr & John on. And, I am super thrilled to see the oldies I loved! Friday I saw Bobbie with Scotty. Loved it! I would love to see Elizabeth’s Grandmother back Audrey back! Why couldn’t she and Monica be on more. I would hate to see Audrey just be a babysitter but she could. Why don’t we see Monica kicking butt at the hospital? I really want to see Leslie back!

Marisa
Marisa

I agree 100 percent with your commemts.

susan M.
susan M.

Yes, just a little bit of mob stories. And nothing more than that.

Shawna
Shawna

There is no way in HELL…I want one more mob story…the last 15 years of GH has been mob centric and all about Sonny and Jason! Every promo was mob based, every relationship, every villain…we are over it and I am shocked to find Maurice isn’t over it too. I think they should get Sonny out of the mob!! Guza and his tunnel vision nearly got GH cancelled…I would take stories of character and love and friendship and family but not the Corinthos family over any one of the episodes that aired in the last 15 years. GH was horrible since 1998 and 1999 when it first started to completely lose it’s focus on being an ensemble soap opera. Sonny the Mob King and his ex wives, illegitimate children, and brain dead mob enforcer destroyed my GH I loved from the 80’s and early to mid 90’s. I thank god everyday that Ron and Frank came on board and Phelps, Guza, and Frons grip on GH was severed and now I don’t care if one more mob story ever takes center stage at GH again.

Heath
Heath

Amen!

Ces
Ces

I personally dislike mob stories and mob movies so I don’t need to see it. I like seeing Sonny and his women better but I’ve grown tired of the Connie/Katie switch every week; it’s gotten old.

Jeffery McGraw
Jeffery McGraw

With all due respect, GENERAL HOSPITAL is centered around a hospital, as it should be. Bob Guza was a great head writer, but in terms of the show’s legacy it seems like Ron Carlivati has tapped into everything magical and genuine about GH. I still feel like Ron/Frank are finding their bearings, but they’re getting there. Frankly, I don’t want any more mob stories (unless Susan Lucci guest stars as a lady mobster and takes down Sonny like no man ever could!). Maurice sounds like he’s coming down from a high of being a full frontal leading male star who has been relegated to ensemble cast member. Too bad for him (and I wouldn’t mind seeing more of him than we’ve gotten lately), but I’d just as soon prefer Jane Elliott and Robin Mattson and Genie Francis and Finola Hughes filling up the TV screen as much as Maurice Bernard and Tony Geary and Steve Burton. Not to take away from the men, but the women of this show are much more intriguing to me. And finally we have an executive producer who GETS Laura and a head writer who discovered she actually has a backbone.

Justin
Justin

I agree. I hadn’t watched in about 10 years until I heard what was going on. I am loving the improved GH with less mob stories. It will come around again, but he needs to relax for now and enjoy not being what GH is all about. Jane Elliot rules the screen and I can’t wait for more Robin Mattson and of course, Genie Francis.

Heath
Heath

The mon stories and the old regime in charge practically destroyed GH, I actually don’t fast forward through the show anymore, what a pleasure it is seeing Lynn herring, genie Francis , ken Shriner, finola Hughes , jack Wagner, and Ian Buchanan! Stories about people we care about and not constant fun fights and bombs going off, I got one dont miss Steve button , Jason was burnt out as a character and one dimensional or was that just Steve’s acting- check out young and the restless, brighter colored clothes, but way too much Jason ! No offense Steve , your still a hottie but maybe some refresher acting classes? You had more dimensions on that cheesey sitcom- out of this world!

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Heath,
how long do you think the Vets are going to stay on for after the Anniversary? Probably not long…..Yes I’m sure it is great seeing all the old faces but the show still has to go on after they leave, that is what your writing team should be focusing on….

Gillian
Gillian

Yes, Jeffrey & Heath. The mob-centric GH was boring and the mob shootouts got old quick. RC & FV brought the history and fun back to GH, the romance & mystery. Past regimes made the big mistake of having the show focus on the mob at the expense if other characters. RC & FV gave made a concerted effort to return the show to its’ roots with lots of positive results. The show is must see again, something it hasn’t been for quite some time. I hope it stays out if the mob unless pehaps they bring back a redeemed Lorenzo Alcazar. That would be neat to see. Maybe if Ted King isn’t available, we can get Michael Easton as a recast. I saw this idea on Twitter last week and think it is a great one. 🙂

Sam
Sam

I think this is the worst storyline Maurice Benard has ever been in. He’s isolated and all he can ever talk about is is fake, made up history. How about letting him interact with the rest of the cast?

It’s a disgrace that Maurice can’t and won’t acknowledge Vanessa Marcil, who is back on the show, and Brenda Barrett who he has real history with.

Trisha
Trisha

I agree. They’ve got him in a box with Kate and he’s hardly in scenes with the family that has been his ‘heart’ for over 10 yrs. It’s strange that he hardly talks to Carly any more, or that he wasn’t at the sonogram viewing. He’s supposed to be the grandfather, why wasn’t he there as well as Luke, Laura and Olivia. Why didn’t Dante call Sonny when Lulu went missing? They ran out and got flyers printed up but they couldn’t call the powerful mob boss to get his men looking? It makes no sense.

Sonny needs to have some more mob in his life and he needs to have HIS history with GH characters recognized and continued on screen. This ‘stuff’ with Kate is killing him as a character. He earned his place on GH as a mobster and he’s quickly losing it to newbies while he carries the purse around of a character that was ‘made up’ and who just is not important enough for me and many others to care about because she IS made up.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Welcome to RC’s writing and more than likely it will only get worse with Sonny……

Bruce
Bruce

I came over with team Cartini. If GH focus goes back to all mob crazy, I’m not sure I can continue to tune in. That is prob the reason I didn’t watch before. I love the shows direction, and believe in team Cartini 100%! A cast is just that, a cast. No contract players should be sidelined.

Nancy
Nancy

GH used to be the most boring of all 3 shows. Now it is the best thing I have ever seen and when 2 comes around I am so completely excited that I do not care, I love all the stories. Go Cartini.

Rodd
Rodd

I agree.

Bruce
Bruce

And I ditto Jeffery McGraws comments!!

Tea
Tea

Maurice is 100% right. We need to see Sonny doing more mob business…
I like Sonny & Kate. But it’s time to give Sonny more to do. Some of us really miss the mob. Maurice doesn’t want the show b e all mob, just wants the mob to be shown at times. And I totally agree.

Christina
Christina

The mob storyline was so yesterday. Hello, the mob is dead. Let’s try to legitimize Sonny. He becomes a publishing icon with a shady past. The coffee business wasn’t doing it for me.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

I am so glad the mob stories have been silenced. To much Sonny Jason and Carly. GH lost site of what made it a good show. Past shows of the 80’s had villians and mob stories but they would leave the show after story lines ended but this Sonny mob thing wore out its welcome many years ago. I so love the new GH a welcome to my eyes. Please GH staff keep up the balance and the great surprises along the way.

Ann
Ann

Glad the focus is off the mob. Totally. But do agree that Sonny needs to be shown in other aspects of his life.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Mo is being the good soldier here. It’s only natural that he would want a more mob-centric storyline, but at the end of the day-he wants what’s best for the show. It’s doubtful whether we’ll see a pure mob storyline again, but having Sonny as an eagle-eye for threats wouldn’t be a bad idea

Pen
Pen

It doesn’t matter if we agree or not. This is the story the writers are telling, and we can choose to listen or not. As he said, they know what they’re doing. If we don’t like it, we don’t have to watch. But it’s their story to tell. Simple as that.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Finally, a fan with perspective

Debra
Debra

The less I see of the MOB the better the show. The show is so much better now that it is not Sonny & Jason centric. Bring on more of the vets!

Wendy
Wendy

I totally agree with Maurice! There needs to be a balance of bad ass mob Sonny and Sonny who is evolving and hopefully in the near future fighting for the woman he truly loves BRENDA! Hate his current storyline, DID, and his current pairing. No chemistry, no banter, no adventure, etc… For that matter there is none of that with any of the couples on GH currently. That’s what I miss. LOVE the vets and hope many stay and get great SLs.

jim
jim

A liitle bit of the mob wouldnt hurt but i rarely watched it when it turned mostly into Gangster Hospital. I like what FV and RC have done and the ratings prove many others agree. I am getting a little tired of Kate and Connie going back and forth too quickly.It would be better if she’d stayed one personality a lot longer. Patrick and Elizabeth should have been paired while she helps him with drug addiction and to help him as he continues to grieve Robin until she returns to him, and Sabrina should have been paired with Milo while her friend Felix had the secret crush on him.
But the rest of the show is really good and i cant wait to c what happens next like it should be as long as i learn to stay away from spoilers which can hurt all the fun.

Jody
Jody

As someone who left GH just when the mob stories started, and came back with the hiring of Ron and Frank, my response would be “no, just no” to going back to the mob stories………

It’s really not Ron’s style anyway (unless of course, it was done aka David Vickers style)….

MissyLady
MissyLady

Oh my goodness. I can just see David running the mob while wearing a skimpy Speedo in the back yard taking in some rays.

mike
mike

I don’t miss Jason,and I would not miss Sonny. The show right now is the GH we all knew and loved.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I love where GH has been going this past year, keep it up.

MissyLady
MissyLady

If I remember correctly, Claire Labine never intended on Sonny becoming a lead character on the show, just a supporting low life criminal. The “Mob” aspect of GH ran people away after ten years of trying to tell us that Sonny who once hooked Karen on drugs and had her stripping, is some romantic mobster with a heart of gold crap. Jason was a brain damaged man who ended up holding Carly’s purse and taking in Sonny’s pregnant mistresses.

ethel
ethel

i don’t care to read any negative feed back on my post because it is just my opinion – after reading the interview with him on marinij.com, maurice seems not so 100% on board with where the new regime has taken gh at the present time especially with the mob & return of the vets……..i have watched gh since 1963 & i am so loving what the new regime has done with the show – to me it’s the best gh has been in the last 10 years………….

su0000
su0000

I have seen no mob stories in a long time, zero..
I liked the mob and hope it gets revived but with a lower key, not a constant thing..

The mob peoples are mostly gone, not in PC any longer..
But, I would like to see it revived somewhat.. I like the crime drama..

In past the mob was to upfront, but some mob would be great..

CC
CC

I find Maurice to be adorable, but have been so over Sonny and the mob for eons. After multiple decades of watching faithfully, the mob, and especially their molls drove me away 5 years ago. I just started watching again in the last few weeks with the return of the vets for the 50th. I refused to watch them waste the talents of Lynn Herring on that horrible vampire tripe, however. The DID story is too over the top. The Jess, Tess, and Mess story line on OLTL is what made me turn that show off, never to return years ago. I’ve done some YTubing to see what’s been going on in the last few years with my old favorites (most of whom were run off the show to make room for more mob and molls), and I won’t hold my breath contemplating about continuing to be a viewer after the anniversary. Some of the same show killing flaws still exist from my vantage point. We need antagonists and protagonists, and they’re still confused about that line on the show. Liz for example is always trashed and publicly flogged for minor indiscretions (when compared to others on the show), while child endangerers are painted as heroines who never have their dastardly deeds publicly exposed, much less being ostracized for them. For example, I’ll bet we’ll see a former prostitute and felon be qualified to take in orphaned Rafe (don’t have a clue who he is or why he’s on GH) when the upstanding cop wasn’t good enough. This will only solidify my point of view that the roles of antagonist and protagonist are still truly screwed up. For other characters, there is too much that has been swept under the rug. Luke for example is a rapist. I forgave him because Laura did. Now she’s back with Scotty (who’s rather gray when it comes to being good or bad), and he’ll be thrown under the bus for Luke. Not only did Luke cheat on Laura while they were married, but he also killed their grandson. To have Laura go back to that would really show regression of the character Laura, instead of progression. Much as I loved Felicia and Frisco years ago, why would Felicia go back to a man who always put her and her children last (while throwing Mac under the bus)? I’m enjoying much of the show, but don’t anticipate that I’ll be hanging around.

heidi
heidi

I like Maurice/Sonny and I love Steve Burton/Jason… but I am ok exploring more of Sonny outside of the mob or having him try to get into more legit businesses. However with Duke back he could give up on Anna and want to go back on the fringe with Sonny. The other thing is that we have a great Commish and I am hoping that she hires Frisco to get him to stay and then we need peple for them to tangle with. For some reason the Helena’s and Faison’s don’t engage with the cops that much. I also would love to see Tracy and Sonny get into some business together.

heidi
heidi

There are so many possible ways to use Sonny more if they want too. I really enjoyed when the 1% got together against Jerry Jacks. He could be involved in another major play against PC and help with all. He has the boxing gym and they could play that up more. I would love to see him get back with Brenda and go more legit. There is a wealth of opportunity and the mob can be in the background and eluded too.

Metome
Metome

Claire Labine and Wendy Riche new what they had in Sonny and Brenda. Claire wanted Sonny to leave the mob for Brenda and he should. He has no storyline. The mob may be tired but so is Sonny in this current, joke of a storyline.

Chaz
Chaz

Would rather see Sonny go into a legit business and be able to go toe to toe (legally) against people like Todd, the Quartermaines, etc in real business dealings. They could always do a storyline in a few years with the mob trying to draw him back in. But, I stopped watching when the show became almost all Sonny & Jason. Time for a break…and glad the new regime gets that.

Mark
Mark

Maurice,

I love ya and your portrayal, but dare I say the VAST majority of longtime GH viewers grew very tired of Mobcentric Hospital. (I’ve been an off again, on again fan for 41 years.) GH is *about* the goings on at a hospital in a metropolitan city. It’s about the Doctors, nurses and patients and the daily struggles of their lives. Anything that happened outside the walls of the hospital was always somehow connected to the hospital.

As for Sonny’s love story with Kate / Connie . . I personally have grown weary of the constant back and forth with these alters. It’s time for the show to pick an alter and move on to something else.

Clarissa
Clarissa

I feel that Sonny needs to stop chasing after a crazy woman! Connie doesn’t want Sonny, it’s time to move on! Sonny’s character has been pushed into the background because of this horrible pairing. His current acting partner does not match him in any way, shape or form. Sonny and Maurice deserve much better!

Joe Wells
Joe Wells

I am loving GH for the first time in decades. I think Maurice Bernard is one of the most talented actors in daytime, BUT….I am sooo glad the focus of the show has shifted back. During the Guza regime, a show called General Hospital, was NEVER about the hospital or its staff. Heck, they had to do a Soapnet spinoff so that we could even see the hospital (and Robin, Patrick, Ephiphany, etc). The current focus is not only a return of the vets, whom I love, but also a return the show itself. I have seen enough things explode. I have watched enough of Sonny’s inner circle be shot, killed, tortured. I have watched Bernard in the same 5 scenes enough. I have rediscovered GH again and it has become meaningful. Take Friday, for example, when Luke opened the door to see Bobbie, I felt like I had come home too.

louisa
louisa

I love the direction GH is going in with LESS mob. But I feel bad for MB because he really has been reduced to holding the purse (as someone put it so well) for the worst actress on the show. It’s a shame. I have been FFing through his scenes for months now!

I think there is room for Sonny–but they need to get rid of Connie/Kate and take him in an entirely different direction.

Lawrence
Lawrence

Maurice the ratings are stable for the show now. Going back to the mob will piss off fans and Gh will have the cancellation rumor going on again.

su0000
su0000

It would not be ”going back to the mob” but simply including it by keeping it in the background/there and active when needed..
The mob was a hung part of GH and should remain a part of PC for the mob fans..

It does not have be as active as it was in the past, but the mob should be in PC in some degree ..
Good crime stories and the suspense and action, is a good thing to keep me awake and it keeps GH out of the ordinary realm of soaps..

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

nice post su!!

Aria
Aria

I agree with Maurice, look we all just want balance and as long as the show can balance the cast and storylines then I don’t have a problem with mob storylines.

su0000
su0000

The mob writing under Bob Guza and how the mob writing would be under RC would not be the same ..

The mob written under FV and RC would be very different than the past Guza mob..

I would love to see the mob under the creativity of FV and RC..

Em
Em

While I have never thought GH should be heavily focused on the mob, I also don’t like the idea of Sonny being a total wimp chasing desperately after some stupid psycho like he is now. The Sonny I’ve watched for years when written in character would never put up with the crap he has from ConKate. He would’ve dumped and shunned her when he found her in bed with Johnny, not kept chasing after her for sympathy sex.
The writing for GH as a whole is well balanced right now, and I’m enjoying all the vets being back, but sadly, Sonny isn’t my main reason for watching anymore. Maurice’s current storyline is ridiculous and boring, and by far the worst material he’s ever been given on this show. He and Sullivan have ZERO acting chemistry, and she’s a TERRIBLE “actress” (I hesitate to even call her one for fear of insulting those who actually CAN act) who is completely out of her league working opposite someone as talented as Benard. All she does is drag him down, and he deserves much better. He’s far too talented to be playing acting coach with this twit. This crappy story needs to end, she needs to go, and Sonny needs to pull his head out of his backside and get it together. At the moment, he comes across as desperate, pathetic emasculated and stupid. I understand shifting the focus from the mob, but there’s a huge difference between doing that and writing Sonny like he’s not even in the business anymore, which is what GH is doing now.

John Eric
John Eric

As a viewer since 1973, I tuned out for the longest period of time during the Brian Fronz, Bob Guza, Charles Pratt, Jill Faren Phelps decade of mob, mob, mob, when the show centered around Sonny, Carly, Jason, Sam and everyone else related in any way–friends, enemies, lovers, kids, long-lost siblings of Sonny–ruled the show. It was silly anyway. Sonny came across as a big blowhard, always threatening and barely ever backing up his own word and constant shoot-outs and stabbings only threatened the latest mobster villain they’d throw at Sonny, more than one who returned with a twin. I LOVE the GH we have today thanks to Frank Valentini & Ron Carlivati and am more certain than ever that the show can and will survive without Sonny and the mob. As far as the mob being a part of GH since the 1970’s, the BIG difference between then and in recent years is that they were the bad guys (Frank Smith, later the Jerome family) and the mob violence was not glorified and hitmen mobsters (even hot ones like tight jean wearing Hutch) were not heroes and paid for their crimes. Luke & later Duke worked to get out of the mob, not embrace killing & violence as a life style!

Charles E.
Charles E.

Thanks! Maybe Maurice will take a hint and FINALLY leave GH, and take Laura Wright with him, as I have NEVER liked Sonny or Carly!

k/kay
k/kay

Knock knocking on Y&R’s door. If JFP could sell it to Sony & CBS he would be over there in a heartbeat. You know it is hard when you have been the “Big Fish in a Little Pond” for how many years now you are just a “Little Fish in a Big Pond.” Sorry Sonny never scared me for a moment he was and never will be a Tony Soprano. The way he treated women on this show I could not tolerate so even though FV &RC have tried their best to soften him he in my mind the character has no respect for women. I have absolutely nothing against MB I just know human nature.

Mary
Mary

Well, I will say I miss the mob stories from the 90’s (Labine’s era) – that was the Sonny I fell in love with. He was flawed but he always meant well. He so badly wanted to be good enough but he just couldn’t overcome his issues. You just couldn’t help but love him. He had a lot of depth – I credit that with great writing and superb acting. The mob stuff wasn’t 100% of the show since there was plenty of angst and love. It was a great balance! I miss that Sonny so much. I don’t care for his story now; I don’t recognize this Sonny. He’s been written into a corner and he’s stuck with that nutcase Kate, it’s demeaning. Sonny just wants love so badly and tries so hard to convince himself that whomever he’s with, he’s in love with. But that’s not true and deep down, he knows it. There’s only one person he loves and he was selfless enough to let her go. Hopefully, that changes soon when certain vets come back to PC (Hint – VM :))

Alyson
Alyson

I always loved the mob stuff so of course I want more mob again! Jason Sonny (and Carly) have always been my favorites, and with Jason gone I now wish they would show a little more mob stuff with Sonny and have Shawn invovlved instead. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE GH and I like most of the storylines that’s going on at the moment, and I’m not picky with storys since I LOVE SOAPS, especially GH(except 2011 GH, it sucked). But a little more mob again wouldn’t hurt, I know in the beginning when Cartini took over it was mob stuff, but now it’s like nothing. The mob have been a part of the show for years and they shouldn’t take it off completely

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GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

Photo: ABC

When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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