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GH's Ron Carlivati and Kimberly McCullough on the decision to have Robin turn up ALIVE!

© Steven Bergman

© Steven Bergman

This week, General Hospital fans were in for a surprise, that many hoped was secretly in the works!  We of course are talking about the key scenes where it is revealed that Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake is very much alive, and being drugged and kept captive somewhere! Now for the first time in the new issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, GH’s head writer, Ron Carlivati and actress, Kimberly McCullough (Robin) provide insight into why the decision was reached to keep Robin alive and kicking, and how it all came about!

Ron Carlivati related to SOD:  “The first day I laid out (for GH) was the episode right after the explosion.  I believe in the original version, you would see her death.  There was talk that Patrick would attempt to operate and be unable to save her, and I felt strongly right away, that it was important that in the end, there would be hope that Robin could be alive – for a couple of reasons.   First,  just in the overall general landscape of daytime, with these  shows going off the air and soap fans feeling so lost and disenfranchised and giving up hope for their shows,  I wanted there to hope that this was not the end of Robin’s story.  That was important, and whether the show stays on for one year or 50 years, I wanted to leave the door open that Robin is going to come back and get her happy ending at some point.

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The reason that it was held was that we could milk the genuine emotion of her loss before you knew there’s a chance that she is still out there.  We ended up having so much material (during Robin’s funeral) that five episodes became six so we could explore nearly every possible moment of emotion, and grief that any of the various characters would experience.”

Kimberly McCullough shared, “We had a conversation about it, me, Frank Valentini and Ron, before I even met them.  Ron told me he wasn’t comfortable with Robin being “completely dead”.  He thought it would be better for the show and the fans if Robin was out there somewhere, and they would love for me to come back someday if I could or wanted to, or God forbid, the show was canceled.  They wanted to leave the door open for the good of the character, and I was absolutely fine with that.”

So soapers, it would seem that Ron Carlivati actually saved Robin from the grave!  How do you feel about the ending of Robin’s current story?  And Ron’s and Kimberly’s statements?  It seems like a lot of thought went into preserving this legacy character, and we are all for that, especially in light of  so many of our favorite characters not on your screens anymore due to the untimely cancellations of many daytime soaps over the last four years.

We might add … don’t forget to pick up your copy of Soap Opera Digest, it’s one of only two soap publications soon to be left covering the genre, as we prepare to say goodbye to Soap Opera Weekly!

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Barb
Barb

BRILLIANT!!!! AWESOME!!! I am loving General Hospital so much since the dream team of RC and FV took over! They know what they are doing and have their audience wanting more and more just like they did on OLTL!! Totally loving the story and totally loving having some of #OLTL characters on GH!! Still missing my OLTL!! Best soap ever but right now I can say the same about GH! Thank you for this article!! Love it!

kim delmotte
kim delmotte

love it to from canada

kara anderson
kara anderson

what is it

Allison
Allison

I LOVE LOVE LOVE what Ron and Frank have brought to the show. I always loved GH as my FAV, but it’s even better now. It is must see TV, I feel like I just can’t miss it! Having the Ol characters on GH are awesome as well, they add so much flavor to the storylines. Keep up the good work -IT’S GREAT!!!!

Susan M.
Susan M.

yes OLTL was the best soap ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like seeing Michael Easton on GH.,.. What happen to Blair????????? His she coming back to Gh any time soon. I thought she was staying……..And Todd is in jail in Landview….But we all know Victor is alive…Will that ever be revealed on GH and todd & Victor together… Star is getting close to sonny’s son….Are they going to be a couple??????? Maybe not because of Sonny & Star thinks he shot out the tires of the car.. But it was Kate’s alter who did it…Keeping Robin was the right move…

kara anderson
kara anderson

michael and star are geat couple heather shot anthony’s tires not johnny

Melissa
Melissa

I am so glad that they did this. Robin has been on the show since she was a little girl and all the emotions displayed after the explosion were incredible but it was so sad that after overcoming all her health issues that this would be the way she died. I would love it if Kimberly would/could come back for at least Maxie and Jason’s sakes, not to mention Patrick and Emma. What I do want to know is if not Robin, who was killed in the explosion?

kara anderson
kara anderson

Dear Melissa
How she get out

CINDY
CINDY

Great! I am glad Kimberly is wanting to go out and try directing to see if she likes it.This way she has plenty of time to come back or let it be recasted.Thanks for the interview.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

NO RECAST! She has been playing Robin for too long for most fans to accept a recast at this point.

barbara t
barbara t

Im with you there is only one Robin and thats Kimberly.

Liz
Liz

I agree Kimberly is the only Robin,I just wish she would come back.Robin is the only one for Patrick ,it would suck to see him with someone else.Please come back Kimberly.

kara anderson
kara anderson

that is right she is only one person she is coming back to gh today

sexycold
sexycold

you need to watch your mouth Robin is great on the show and Patrick needs her to be with him and Emma she needs a mom that gets old how they takes parents away before they get to raise there kid

barbara t
barbara t

Saving robin was the best decision for Ron to make and it was the right thing to do,THANKS RON,I hated the thought of robin being dead she has been a loved character for so long, She was just a 6 year old little girl when I fell in love with her and her adventures, Robin and Patricks love story was my favorite on general hospital ,she was so set on not falling for this jerk( when they first met )There were several times I didnt think they ever would get together,I hated his friendship with lisa I wish they never hit the sheets together ,I never liked anyone interfering with Robin and Patrick,But this fan is happy Robin Is alive and kicking and if she wants she can come back home to port charles .However ,I do want to know who has her and what there motive is in keeping her,and how the hell did she get out of that room.

kara anderson
kara anderson

I don’t know

barbara t
barbara t

It’s a good thing she is alive, take my word for it. WE all Love Robin Don’t we?

kara anderson
kara anderson

yes we do

DCCowgirl4Eva
DCCowgirl4Eva

I just thank the Soap Gods for Ron Carlivati. No way should Robin Scorpio die.

kara anderson
kara anderson

that was wrong i love her

LisaZee
LisaZee

I think most fans assumed that if Kimberly wanted to come back it would be discovered that Robin hadn’t died after all. However now we know for sure. Nice to know that a lot of thought went into what should happen. Meanwhile you can figure out how Robin got or was taken out of a lab with no way out except the door Patrick was in front of…..

kara anderson
kara anderson

some one took her hostage is heather webber

LisaZee
LisaZee

Obviously I wrote the above post long before Heather came back. That still doesn’t explain how anyone got her out when the only door was locked. There was really no window of opportunity (no pun intended). Also just because Heather knows doesn’t mean she did it, unless that was revealed on today’s show which I haven’t watched yet. She was still in Ferncliff back then.

nhuixnhuix
nhuixnhuix

That was absolutely the right decision. A lot of soaps kill off legacy characters for no valid reasons just because their current portrayer decides to leave and it is a short-sighted mistake that will end up costing them overtime (see Y&r’s Colleen, GH’s Emily, etc…). Soap writers should always go for a “normal” exit if they can and if there is no way to explain the character leaving their loved ones, then a (explicitly fake) “fake death” is the way to go.
Soaps kill off too many characters that they later regret killing – and bringing them back from the dead rarely works as a story and ends up undermining soaps credibility.
Good call!

kara anderson
kara anderson

I whated emily quartermaine come back to gh

Edna Barefoot
Edna Barefoot

I am not surprised. Frank did excellent work on OLTL. We got to see, again, those that we thought were dead. It is wonderful. Now whatever happens to GH Robin can be there. Thank you so much for what has been done to GH.

kara anderson
kara anderson

I missed it so much bring One Life To Live back now

Catherine Climpson
Catherine Climpson

I feel that this is the recycled story of Tea Delgado Manning; only it is Robin that is alive now. I also feel that the D I D storyline is a recycled Viki/ Jessica storyline. We have been there and done that.

Sue
Sue

Life is full of recycled stories..give these guys the unbelievable credit they deserve! Writing a show that has been on for decades…five days a week is an extremely difficult task! So happy to have these two unbelievably talented writers at GH!

Shea Peecher
Shea Peecher

The DID story was set in motion way before the dynamic duo took control of the show. So if you are a dedicated watcher, you would have seen this long before now. I don’t know about the Tea story being recycled since I wasn’t a fan of OLTL.

Shea Peecher
Shea Peecher

That should say a fan of Tea on OLTL

Catherine Climpson
Catherine Climpson

I am not a dedicated watcher; my fav soap was One Life to Live. Too bad; you missed a great show.

Kathy Bourgeois
Kathy Bourgeois

I love the story line. That was totally unexpected as I thought Kimberly wanted to leave the show. Someone posted that they thought that the person holding her is Franco & that Jason is his twin. That would make a great story! Thanks for keeping GH alive! Please bring back Kirsten Storms, also. She is the only real Maxie!

Jan-
Jan-

Please keep Patrick away from sleep-around Elizab*t*h! She is so nauseating_that would be the only good thing if GH is cancelled…not seeing her holier-than-thou face!

Aria
Aria

Bight your tongue , Elizabeth rocks and your just jealous!

barbara t
barbara t

OUCH,I love Elizabeth,she just has problems keeping a guy for very long,Its seriously not her fault .

Janice
Janice

so what are they going to do with Patrick now? They can never pair him up with another woman, it would be adulterous and bigamous and just wrong!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Since Patrick believes Robin is dead, there would be no adultery/bigamy…

barbara t
barbara t

First he cant be with anyone ,he just lost the love of his life.Second he thinks shes dead so how can that be adulterous or bigamous?

Janet
Janet

I was totally surprised that Robin is still alive, This will keep us thinking is it Lisa? is she really not dead or is it one of Robert or anna’s ememys.. should be interesting to see how this plays out

kay killgore
kay killgore

Good Decision! A long time ago the writer at the time for Dallas said he should never have shot the scenes of Bobby’s death like maybe put him in a coma etc and he was right one year later Patrick Duffy wanted to come back and the dream turned out to be the downfall of Dallas, we don’t know that KM will not decide she wants that paycheck again. I am happy with it!!!

barbara
barbara

i love it that robin is alive ,but i want patrick to save her ,and we want robin back on screen again plz..

Trish
Trish

Glad to see Robin coming back, but now i am worried Sonny is going to do something to Nat and Liam to get back at John. This kate/connie story line is ridiculous all they did was copy Viki/Niki and Jess/Tess enough DID already

Moviegal
Moviegal

Sonny told Jason specifically that he DOES NOT go after family – that is now and has always been his moral code. As a matter of fact, he made it clear to Jason that he wants John’s family protected so that one of his enemies doesn’t go after them to frame Sonny for it. He then told Jason that he wants John “handled” – but again expressed not his family.

Also, as was stated above, the DID s/l was in place before RC came on board. As he said in an interview right here on this site, at first he didn’t want to do it at all. But the skill of the actress, and the slight difference in the story from the OLTL stories, convinced him to go forward with it.

OLD FAN
OLD FAN

What a guy that Sonny is!!!!!!! so he won’t go after the family, just kill John and leave Liam without a father and Nat without a husband,. That’s not hurting the family??? Sry, i just can’t see all the sympathy for Sonny.

Moviegal
Moviegal

I was responding to Trish’s fear that that Sonny would do something to Liam and Natalie. Family has always been off limits to Sonny – however, it was not to Anthony Zacharra, Alcazar, and many of Sonny’s other enemies. I understand how you might have misinterpreted my intentions, as you obviously have Sonny issues. With that logic taken further, anybody that has gone to prison is also detrimental to the family. However, I think that many OLTL fans (and believe me, I am a huge one) need to realize that OLTL is over, gone, cancelled. This is about General Hospital primarily, which is the surviving soap. Many diehard GH only fans resent anybody from Llanview coming to Port Charles – as are many AMC only fans as well. I think it’s an interesting experiment – and I think that it has worked really well so far – adding new life and new blood to both the GH characters and the OLTL characters.

Jackie P.
Jackie P.

wIsh they’d get the new characters off of GH!!! Bring back Lucky, Nicholas, Maxie (not the idiot new one) AND Robin. The other soaps are off the air due to their characters & story lines. Let’s not take GH down as well!!!

Moviegal
Moviegal

Jackie P: Are you aware that Jonathon Jackson and Kimberly McCullough CHOSE to leave GH. The new Maxie acts just like the old Maxie – you can tell she studied KS and even has her vocal inflections the same. KS HAD to leave the show because of a medical condition – she was not just arbitrarily replaced for the fun of it – and this poor girl who stepped up to the plate in the middle of a s/l because of the illness has been constantly beat up by ungrateful fans both on message boards and on twitter. Nicholas is the only one that was fired – and every actor/character’s decision you mentioned took place long before the new regime came to GH. Had you read Michael’s interview to which you’ve responded, you would see that it is only because of FV/RC that Robin turned out not to be dead afterall, giving hope to her fans.

Shirley Miller
Shirley Miller

Thank you so much, Ron Carllivati, for saving Robin on GH. I was hoping that somehow she would be saved and when they would not show her body to anyone – just said she was too badly burnt for I. D., I believed she was not dead. I figure they showed Robert some other person’s body that was not recognizable. It means a lot to GH soap fans that Kimberly/Robin was saved – because if GH is cancelled – and we pray it will NOT be – at least we will know that Robin is alive – somewhere – somehow – with someone!!!!!

Deb Myers
Deb Myers

My hubby and I were both completely surprised and totally thrilled that the door has been left open for her. It’d be nice if she was able to make appearances now and then. Good job, guys!

ADELE CARITEY
ADELE CARITEY

Years ago I watched General Hospital and just started watching it again since my soap One Life To Live went off . Some of the people from One Life To Live were going to be on it, therefore I began watching it. When I first looked at it Robin Had just supposedly died. I remember thinking SHE IS NOT DEAD. I have been a viewer of soaps for some 50-60 years and being that I know how people on soaps come back from the dead. Especially when there is no body to view. My question is, whose ashes did Patrick have in the urn? Keep up the good work!!!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Robin never should have ‘died,’ but please do not let her in limbo somewhere for that someday down the line. I ask some closure, please. Let her be discovered and then give her the sendoff the actress and character deserve.

michael
michael

I am loving GH but would like more OLTL cast on GH like Viki, Dorian, Roxy , Tina , Victor, Natalie, more Blair what the hell u bring her for couple of shows then shes gone Todd and Blair are the best . And heres and idea how about some Pine Valley in Port Charles …Missing my daytime soaps and especially Erica Kane .. And bring Laura back to Gh that would save the show but she cant be crazy … And where the hell is Bobbie, and the classic GH what about Frisco and wheres the real Maxie .. What about bringing Demi Moore or Ricky Martin or John Stamos back for some star power … Really like that Heather Webber is back and bring Scotty, Lucy, Kevin, and some how bring Alan Quatermine back they never really die on the soaps just sayin. And what about bringing Sean and Tiffany back and Robert and Holly need to be on more , Lois, Ned, the show needs the characters that made GH back ..

Aria
Aria

Would you like to send the check for all those stars u want them to bring on or is this your early Xmas list?

barbara t
barbara t

I’m with you aria,there is no way abc/disney is going to pay for all of these actors they are cutting costs where ever they can( however they are cheep bastards for canceling One life to live and All my children)I hear alot of fans are pissed that robert isnt staying it could be because of money and being able to keep what they have .If you have to many characters it doesnt make sense having all these different stories to write.Maybe Michael is expecting to win the mega millions then he could take over our soaps and get One life to live back,Now that would be my early christmas gift.

barbara t
barbara t

Noooooooooooooo demi moore,never ,repeat, never, liked jackie templeton.I would love to see all of the rest of your list happen but on all my children and One life to live, they should be brought back.theres no money for all of these soap stars so its not going to happen.Kristan storms is still sick,there hasnt been any more news about her health,Jen lilley is doing a good job taking over.If demi moore comes back I will have to fast forward all her scenes and I really dont want to do that .

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

You named 18 people. Who are going to pay for their salaries? Haven’t you been reading that it cost money to put on a soap production, let alone, they have to buy wardrobe for these people? General Hospital does not need ALL those OLTL people. All General Hospital needs is better writing, and creative improvement. (Again, OLTL had it’s ‘moment in time’ and GH ” STILL” has theirs……..)
Some historic characters of GH, you can always…. bring back based on their LEGACY to the SHOW and CHARACTER. For example, Alan Quartermaine (the character) Laura (the show and character) Robert (the character) Holly (the character). Bobbie (the character and show). Facial surgery is probaby what semi-retired her. Others would never FIT in anymore because their character’s….. DONT have that kind of legacy. Tiffany and Sean, would no longer be a FIT, they would stick out like a sore thumb. Nor John Stamos, Demi Moore, and Ricky Martin. It would only be to show off their “Star Power”. Take that away, and it becomes, “What do I do with this character on the canvas? ” There is NO Outrageous Legacy of these characters, like Laura, Scotty, Robert, Anna. Their legacy takes up CHUCKS of GH. They can always come back because…. of it.
And stop trying to make Gh, into OLTL. Like Scott (the site poster said) : “Let the show (OLTL) die fellas! “

Mary Lou
Mary Lou

I suspected she was still alive (burned beyond recognition was a clue), and I hoped it would happen..I feel GH is going strong and will stay on (if ABC knows what’s good for them)..love having some of OLTL characters on..love the interaction..but Kimberly is off to do her producing and directing..I do hope she will return..please don’t wait ten years to do so..good luck with your future..

Kitty
Kitty

Im loving gh in ways that I havn’t in so long. Glad Robin’s still alive, living the maxie and Kate stories but I think it would have made more sense charator wise for Maxie to have DID. Get it story wise. Oh and who’s watching Cameron and Aiden which they would have never made Lucky Aiden’s father cause Lucky’s no where to be seen. They make liz look like she cares more about Patrick and Emma at least bring the boys along.

Love the writing but bring show someone taking care of the boys

Franny Wright
Franny Wright

This was a fantastic move on their part, it leaves Robin’s s/l open for her to return someday which hopefully won’t be for too long. Jason Thompson has been amazing as Patrick. Now if only Ron & Frank would bring Blair back on the canvas….please!!! GH has been awesome under their regime….great work guys!

Stephen Parker
Stephen Parker

Further confirmation of the brilliance of writer Carlivati and the enigmatic power of scripted drama and storytelling. McCullough has embodied a truly three-dimensional portrayal and succeeded magnificently in bringing to life a character who is a family member to legions of fans. Bravo to all who made the “Robin resurrection” a reality!

JR
JR

I’m glad that Robin is alive but still disappointed in the way Robert has been portrayed once again as a deadbeat dad. I hope that if Robin returns it involves a good old adventure involving the Robert of old!

Andrew
Andrew

How about going back to the late 60’s, early 70’s. How about bringing back, even for an appearance, the Dawsons and the Pinkhams, and Jeff Webber too, RDA.

MEG
MEG

I KNEW RON WOULDN’T KILL HER OFF , IT IS GREAT NOW PLEASE BRING VICTOR /TREVOR ST JOHN

Gwen
Gwen

Ron, thank you, thank you, thank you! Robin is alive and Kimberly can return if she wants to someday! Best decision ever! I waited when she left last time, and I don’t mind waiting again. I don’t care if she waits years—at least she can return.
In the meantime, the acting from Kimberly, Steve Burton, and especially Jason Thompson was superb! I felt just as though a family member had died. A well written and executed story for such a beloved character! Thanks again for thinking of Robin’s fans.

Nancy M
Nancy M

I absolutely love Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini. As far as I am concerned, they are the best on daytime. I trust anything they do. That was a fantastic surprise. Robin is alive. I really never thought that she was dead. Everyday I cannot wait to watch what they are doing next. Cannot wait to hear about the new casting. Thanks so much for being there for us.

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

I absolutely LOVE the fact that Robin is alive somewhere!! Was hoping she wouldn’t really be dead. Thank goodness Ron Carlivati came on board when he did! The show is way more interesting since Ron started writing for it. Loving it!

susan
susan

I love that the door was left open for Robin and I hope she will come back soon.

dg
dg

It’s kind of a moot point because in soaps today there has been a really unrealistic trend of always bringing pivotal characters back from the dead if the actors are popular enough. Cartini just did it on OLTL. We saw Victor get shot point blank range, pronounced dead and even burried and then bingo…a few weeks later he’s alive and a hostage-ridiculous.

Any savvy soap viewer would know that the door would be left open for an enormously popular actress like Kim to return. And despite their endeavors to keep it quiet the proposal about Robin’s exit story was all over the web by the first week Cartini came to GH. The only thing surprising is that the reveal came so soon. Spoilers said the reveal would come in May if GH got the ax and this would be the end game adventure story to wrap the show.

As far as Cartini being the saviors of GH get real. They really havent changed the core structure of the show as it needs. GH is still the Maurice Bernard, Steve Burton, Kelly Monaco, Laura Wright show-just with a faster pace and few OLTL actors-yawn.

Cartini needs to get the courage to shake things up and to take the risk of upsetting certain fan groups-hello Jasam, lol!

And instead of giving contracts to their former employees ( even though I love Roger Howarth, Kassie DaPaiva, Michael Easton on Kris Alderson), they need to concentrate on restoring Gh legacy characters. Rehire Stuart Damon ( Alan), Sean Kanaan ( AJ), John Lindstrom ( Kevin), Lynn Herring ( Lucy Coe). And give Robin Mattson, Finola Hughes and Tristan Rogers contract!

Stop giving lip service to GH’s legacy and truly restore it! And let’s either send Sonny to prison, redeem him or something. But the merry go round mob plot must go. It was GH constipated for over a decade now. Time for Gh to move on to new directions or face the ax.

Michael
Michael

I think you are dreaming if you think ABC will let anybody–including Carlivati/Valentini–move the focus of GH away from Jason, Sam, Sonny, and Carly. I agree with you that it would be a much better show if they were back-burnered for a good long while, and then re-integrated in a more balanced way. But I cannot see ABC agreeing to it, even if Carlivati/Valentini were to recommend it (and for all we know, maybe they have already suggested it and been shot down).

barbara t
barbara t

Personally at this point I dont think abc/disney gives a rats ass what carlivati/valentini do to general hospital even bring barney the dinosaur to port charles if it helps in the ratings ,I think the rat channel is nervous they are getting a lot of backlash and its looking like the chew and the revolution was not a very bright Idea (wonderful news for us soap fans),so if ron and frank say they want big bird ,grover,and oscar the grouch to live in port charles Take my word for it they will move next door to Sonny,jason or carly,its a done deal.Frank knows how to save the money and Ron keeps the stories interesting and thats why abc/disney hired them to save general hospital .

Aria
Aria

I agree bout giving finola Hughes a contract over oltl actor, she is totally rocking.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

” just with a faster pace and few OLTL actors-yawn. ” True fact!

barbara t
barbara t

You dont like general hospital any more?Im in shock.When did this happen?I like whats happening In port charles and I will defend Rons writing .One life to live is not taking over general hospital ,wont happen not now not ever.general hospital is general hospital Todd, starr and john are newbies ,lets see what happens .The real test is when we find out whether or not abc/disney/the rat channel will cancel there last standing soap,then we will see whats happening in port charles right now ,is it good or bad as a few people think ?It will either help or put the final nail in the soap opera coffin at the mouse kingdom.Then poor katie couric will be in deep shit ,there wont be any soap fans left watching her move her mouth how sad for her.

EmmaH
EmmaH

I hadn’t watched GH in a long long time, but tuned in to see my favorite OLTL characters show up in town. Somehow, I just knew Robin was alive all along. Even when I heard that Kimberly was leaving the show, I knew that didn’t mean Robin was “really” dead. I’m barely hanging in there with ABC right now because of their cancelling OLTL, so they’d “better” come up with lots of great stories on GH, to keep me interested. Aside from the Robin storyline, they need to bring more OLTL characters on, or better still, bring OLTL back. Knowing that Robin is “out there somewhere” is not enough to keep me tuning in on a regular basis again.

wendy
wendy

ditto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Melanie
Melanie

Geez. all some of you care about is bringing on more OLTL characters! This is NOT OLTL 2.0 and do you even care about anyone on GH?

EmmaH
EmmaH

Sure I do. I care about Todd, Starr and currently appearing on there, John McBain. Since the actors that play Todd and Starr are now on contract, I am a “little” interested in the show. Don’t blame us for wanting to see more of our fave OLTL characters on GH. Blame ABC for cancelling our soap. The ratings for it were far better than the piece of junk show they replaced it with are. I used to watch GH all the time until it became the Mobster/Sonny show! I like the actor, but cannot stand the constant “gangsta” storylines. If they bring Kassie Depaiva on contract as Blair, I promise, I’ll watch every day. 🙂

heidi
heidi

Thank you RC, KM, and FV!!! I love that there is the opportunity for Robin to be back!!! Maybe she is with Trevor and there is a mad man or woman who just loves soaps so much that they want to hold their favorites for their own… just kidding. It is great and GH is getting better every day and I truly wish that it will have 50 more years… maybe if ABC dumps it someone will be in the wings to pick it up and do the right thing. Things have changed with how we watch and when we watch and someone has to find a way to make the shows work and make the revenue they need and allow us to watch them wherever we watch them.

Mary Lou
Mary Lou

Ron Carlivati is one smart man. This is brilliant! I never watched GH, but with AMC & OLTL gone, I started watching. It is great, especially since Ron started writing.

Debi
Debi

Who said most of us believed she was dead?? Really?
If she was truly dead, it was reported last month she is still on the set shooting.
Maybe that is why the exposion was done as bad as it was. They had to make it look like that so we believe she was alive. No, I never thought she died. If anything, I would have been surprised if she really was gone. I was surprised how soon they brought her back though!

GLFan
GLFan

Thank the soap gods for doing this…I am not a GH fan, but know of Robin’s story and was shocked they were going to kill her. Bad head writer before, glad he’s gone!

Caroline
Caroline

I’ve loved Ron’s writing since his first day as head writer on OLTL, and this makes me love him even more.

barbara t
barbara t

Caroline Im with you,I am so happy that he is with general hospital to help save it, I would much rather have one life to live back but thats not going to happen any time soon,so he can help us fall in love with general hospital all over again,and I am loving it already.These past few weeks with Ron ‘s writing has been a joy to watch,I dont fall asleep anymore ,take my word for it I have taken alot of naps during general hospital over the years ,Port Charles is not boring anymore and for that I am so grateful to Ron.

Avelina
Avelina

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Love it

Renee
Renee

so happy you decided to keep robin alive. i have watched her for years and feel she is an a+ actor.

Emily
Emily

Love Kimberly McCullough and Robin Scorpio. Have been watching her since day 1:) It was the rgt thing to do, invest in the character and reveal her to be alive. Leaves alot of prospects open–for her to come back if she misses the role so much or if GH ends or if Jason Thompson decides to leave in a few yrs, they can be reunited and ride off into the sunset together. Def a character not to close the door on! KM and JT are a great pairing & it’s nice to know there’s hope down the line.

Paul
Paul

Yeah this is a good artcile.

Jan
Jan

I LOVE IT! Anything that will keep GH going I am all for. I have grown to think of the cast as FAMILY and the thought of Robin being dead was unbearable! Thank you…for making GH shine again RC & FV for your AMAZING WRITING and for making GH a CLASS ACT once again!

RobertC
RobertC

I am going to take the opposite view and say i wish Robin was dead on the show for 2 reasons which are i want people on GH that really want to be on the show and even if they wanted Robin to disappear they could have come up with a lot better plan then what they did which had such a large hole in its execution that you could drive a 18 wheeler through it.I am sick and tired of the entire soap opera genre in useing the same type of storyline where a character supposely dies then later on bring them back on the show.

Tonia
Tonia

I love that Robin is alive. It leaves the door open for Kim to come back and I hope one day she will. There’s still so much story for her…her daughter Emma, her family, and those feelings we saw come out between her and Jason Morgan the last few months.

Marie
Marie

Robin is one of the best female characters this show has. I was heartbroken to think that her story was over but now she’s alive. I know at any point Kim could decide to come back and I could have Robin again. That makes me happy. There was so much emotion between JnR the last couple months with the new writers. They allowed something that the previous regime had steadily ignored for years. When and if Kim ever decides to come back I hope they will follow that through and we will see Jason and Robin together again.

Etsu
Etsu

Happy very very happy. I hope Kim doesn’t stay away too long and if she comes back we get to see a lot of interaction between Sonny/Robin/Jason and yeah JnR too 🙂

Shirley
Shirley

I was so happy to see Robin back , I had to go look on the DVH to make sure that was her. I sure would appreciate it if you would contract Blair and John. They would be amazing on the show. Hope nothing happens to Natalie and Liam. Sonny and Kate (love Connie) are driving me nuts with their pity me story. The storeline Is GREAT!!!!

Jeff Moree
Jeff Moree

Ron is a super story spinster. I wish GH many more years i’ve not yet and won’t ever watch the revolution and i really hope they ax it and give that time slot to GH when Katie’s show debuts. Since OLTL has gone off there have been some sad days for me i mean your accustomed to watching a show for nearly thirty years and wham it’s gone with nothing good put in it’s place to watch. I Think Daytime needs stories like why people are gay i know some men have an extra x chromosome and whose to say there is not alot of material on it to be read but that would make an awsome daytime soap story.

Dancing with the Stars Juniors

LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: Y&R’s Joshua Morrow, DWTS: Juniors & GH’s Hudson West & B&B’s Joe Lando

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live! October 2018” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman you can now listen to the replay right here in audio player above!

This episode was given to the gents in soaps as Michael welcomed his very special guests: The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman), Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and General Hospital’s Hudson West (Jake), and The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman favorite, Joe Lando (Judge Craig McMullen).

During this fun night of chat, Joshua weighed-in on the Shick wedding that went bust, when Sharon told Nick at the altar that she knows he had sex with Phyllis.  Morrow, who will celebrate his 25th year as Nick Newman in early 2019 chimed in what the future for the stat-crossed couple may hold, and how he has enjoyed showing Nick’s dark side of late, plus he revealed one scene he felt uncomfortable with that he would not play, the ladies over the years in Nick’s life, and when asked by a listener of his memories of the late, great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Joshua shared some fun and poignant remembrances. He also addressed the status of Doug Davidson at the CBS daytime drama, and hopes that the writers will find a way to utilize the Y&R vet in the future.

Next, Hudson West’s joined the podcast where he gave listeners the inside scoop on what it has been like to be one of the 12 celebrity kids competing in the first-ever Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, which debuts Sunday at 8PMEST in a two-hour season premiere on ABC.  Hudson talked on how he has been learning the dance moves with his young pro dance partner and Dancing with the Stars pro mentor, how he deals with nerves before performing his dance routines and more.  General Hospital fans who know of Hudson’s Daytime Emmy-nominated performance of Jake Webber, Elizabeth and Jason’s son, got some interesting tidbits when he talked about working with Rebecca Herbst, Steve Burton and more, and how much he loves being on the show.

The final guest of the night was Joe Lando.  Prior to bringing Joe on the air, Michael played a classic clip from Megan’s death on One Life to Live from the 90’s, where Joe as Jake Harrison performed one of the saddest and most memorable scenes in soaps with his then acting partner, Jessica Tuck.  Joe then revealed when he was on Soap Nation Live that it has been over 20 years since he had heard the scene, and was still moved by it.  Lando who is now appearing as Judge McMullen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful teased there could be a love interest around the corner for the judge, as well as some retribution for his ruling in the custody case of Will Spencer, because of a favor called in by Ridge.  Lando also talks about his time on the hit primetime series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as Byron Sully, and shared more about his time on One Life to Live working with the likes of: Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, and Tuck.

Last, during out Game Show segment, a lucky caller won two VIP tickets to the Star Struck Fan Event Fall Festival in Alexandria, Virginia featuring members of the cast of Days of our Lives, as well as a Y&R goodie bag; which includes a personalizes autographed picture of Joshua Morrow, after answering correctly some Nick Newman trivia!

For archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Joshua, Hudson, and Joe above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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General Hospital Honored With Sentinel Award For Alzheimer’s Storyline

This week, ABC’s General Hospital was one of the recipients and honorees at the 2018 Sentinel Awards.

The awards honor storylines that inform, educate, and motivate audiences to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

Now in their 19th year, the 2018 Sentinel Awards were presented by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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The 12 outstanding Sentinel Awards honorees for 2018 spotlighted topics that included: nuclear safety, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, autism, sexual assault, mental health and disabilities.

One of those programs to receive the award was ABC’s General Hospital for “Sonny’s Dad storyline” which as viewers know shed a light on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease for those afflicted and their loved ones.   The story is beautifully played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).  Accepting  the award on behalf of the series was EP, Frank Valentini.

Other series, notably Empire was recognized for their abortion storyline, and Grey’s Anatomy for their Hemorrhage cart storyline representing Maternal health were two other popular shows that also received recognition for their work. among others.

So, proud of GH for receiving this honor for the work they are doing in telling the emotional tale of Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s and how it affects Sonny and his family? Comment below.

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Chloe Lanier Making A Return To General Hospital

Look for naughty Nelle to be back on all-new episodes of GH, and that means fans will get to see more of Daytime Emmy-winner, Chloe Lanier!

According to Soap Opera Digest, Lanier will be back on-screen after leaving the show In August after two years with the daytime drama series.

When Chloe left the series, Nelle was carted off to prison for her deceptions and crimes, but according to her chat with SOD, she is back because she ‘has some unfinished business with some people.”  Lanier’s return stint starts next week.

So how will Nelle’s re-emergence impact Lucas and Brad who are raising Nelle and Michael’s son?  Will she seek more retribution on Carly?  Stay tuned.  After all, Nelle gave her baby to Brad in the now notorious baby switch, which we have since learned that baby “Wiley” has a heart condition that can be traced back to Michael’s side of the family,

Glad there will be more Nelle coming up on GH? Comment below!

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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