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Will Erica Kane and Tad Martin Visit General Hospital?

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Now that ABC has the legal rights to the characters and the series, All My Children and One Life to Live, the possibilities are endless as to just who, or how, or when someone from these iconic legacy soaps might be worked into the current story on the sole ABC soap left standing, General Hospital!

Fans are already abuzz that Hillary B. Smith is reprising her role as Nora Buchanan beginning March 6th, but there may be more in the works!

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, GH EP Frank Valentini expressed: “Many people out there are still mourning the loss of All My Children and One Life to Live, and they still have great affection for and memories of those shows.  So if there is an opportunity to inject someone else, without infringing on the General Hospital brand, I think it’s a fun thing to do and it’s exciting for us.”

Thus AMC stalwarts Susan Lucci and Michael E. Knight were posed the question if they would consider reprising their Daytime Emmy winning roles as Erica Kane and Tad Martin.  Lucci said, “I would have to know what the storyline would be and if I ‘m in the right hands.  If they wanted me to do it, of course, I would listen to them.”  Michael Knight was enthused stating: “Why not? If General Hospital wanted me, I’d be all for it!”

So would you be up for Erica Kane and Tad Martin coming to Port Charles?  Share your thoughts below!

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Sandy
Sandy

Bring g it on Susan and Michael, Take a leap of faith and see if you still have it. Would love to see you both.

Regina
Regina

This would be the best ever. I miss these characters.

Sean
Sean

Me too Regina sign Susan Lucci and Michael Knight to a contract.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Bringing on Lucci and Knight would add some welcome life and zest to the show. Unfortunately the article doesn’t tell us who asked them if they’d be interested. Is it anyone associated with GH? That we don’t know.

Karen
Karen

I’d do anything to see our favorites from Pine Valley & Llanvuew! Of course I’ll tune into GH but c’mon, why not bring back AMC& OLTL?

Jenny
Jenny

Tranny story would be blessed!!!!

Tracey M.
Tracey M.

YES! I want to see my beloved soap family back on the air. Frank V. will take care of them. My 1st choice would be to bring back AMC/OLTL to TV.

Connie
Connie

I would LOVE to see Michael E Knight on GH! As Tad or a new character, just get him back on daytime ASAP. Come on and make this happen!

vik
vik

did you see M.E.K on YR? he was great as character they made up for him. and sadly they dumped him. I was so mad. I want to see any of them come back to daytime on GH… because I know we wont be getting OLTL or AMC back on their own like Id LOVE

Addison
Addison

Vik, I agree. MEK was fabulous! I was so hoping that the new EP and head writers would have him come back. I liked him for Ashely.

Scott H
Scott H

NOOOOOOOOOOO stop with this nonsense…..why doesn’t ABC listen to the fans and just bring back All My Children and One Life to Live……General Hospital is a show about General Hospital…..the citizens and characters of GH and Port Charles…..not Erica Kane and Tad Martin and Nora Buchanan from Pine Valley and Llanview…….stop stop stop….this is craziness!!!!!!! GH has 50 years of history and stories, does not need more characters, especially characters from other shows to take up space and air time…..Frank V doesn’t have good stories for the characters he has now, why would he add other characters from other shows…..he needs to step down and a real Producer needs to come in and fix the show!!!!!!!

Aria
Aria

Relax dude, they are talking bout visits not them moving in, and it’s fun to see characters from these shows interact, and if these visits create buzz then who knows what could happen, ancestors/oltl could come back in some form either on hulu/Netflix, or even abc , you just never know these days, Tv landscape is constantly changing.

Aria
Aria

Amc/oltl

Sandy
Sandy

Love your wisdom. And yes, anything can happen.

Timmm
Timmm

Uh, how about Mac, Brenda, Robert, Nicholas and Stephan visiting!

JMER
JMER

I agree with you Scott. See my post below.

Addison
Addison

Scott, I hear ya, but here’s a thought. Maybe, just maybe, they’re testing the waters and if we all react positively to these “visits” TPTB might take notice and see about brining AMC and/or OLTL or possibly combining the two aforementioned soaps together to produce one soap.
I realize I am being unrealistic but there are a lot of things going in this world right now which I never thought would happen.

Andrew
Andrew

It’s clear that that is 100% what they are doing. It is much easier to slowly reintroduce these characters on a known canvas (GH) and see if they still have fans/get buzz. If so, they go from there. But hiring 40 people and starting production again after five years isn’t going to happen without some product testing. OLTL and AMC characters on GH is the product testing. I think we should be grateful that they’re doing this at all. To me, it shows that they maybe realize that there’s still some juice left and are willing to give it a shot. I hope it works even IF the only thing we get is snippets of updates of what our favorites have been doing off screen.

John Gordon
John Gordon

I agree with you, who knows, they could possibly still combine OLTL characters with All My children people and create a new show – it’s not absolutely impossible – maybe slightly improbable at the moment but somewhere down the road it might happen – even as a 30 minute inception, it could happen since ABC has regained the character name rights.
Never say Never ~

Sue M.
Sue M.

Why not! Like to see Spunky Nora Buchanan!

Timmm
Timmm

Scott, right on the money dude, this is GH!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yes…visit…also want Dee Ryan to show up and visit Ava in jail!

Shay
Shay

With “Roger” in tow, jimh!

Bruce
Bruce

Yes I would love it!!

Alan
Alan

I would love to see Erica, Tad, or any of the OLTL characters visit Port Charles…but not until the show hires new writers who will give the characters good material worthy of their talents.

robbie
robbie

You still are my front runner for new head writer, Alan

Addison
Addison

Yes, I would love it! I miss these characters as if they were family. It would be nice to see them for a short visit.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I would love it too, Addison! 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Addy…Nashville is getting better! I really enjoyed the last two episodes…maybe do some catch-up and see what you think???

Mister Media
Mister Media

I think I’d enjoy this if the characters appeared in short story arcs, kind of like guest appearances.

Dan
Dan

I agree with you, Mister Media. Exactly what I was thinking.

su0000
su0000

0hh dear gawd…
going backwards, again..
It’s like dancing to the oldies with Erica Kane and Tad Martin , Disco baby!
Why not get brand new exciting new something different new never done or seen before new, like new stuff from the 21st century new world of media stuff..

Anyways I liked the that guy on Y&R, so cool with that..
But I’m not ready for the Queen of Camp, the diva, that’s too much campy even for me ahaa!!

but hey– It can’t get any worse so why not ..

Celia
Celia

Oh, my Suzie Q. You crack me up!! Don’t ever change!!
Hilarious line, “It’s like dancing to the oldies with Erica Kane and Tad Martin.”
Just one thing, though, su…I love the oldies–well, not disco ; just the ‘real’ oldies.

rebecca1
rebecca1

“Why not get brand new exciting different new never done…”??? LOL. That’d be…a NEW show!

We’re still trying to revive our “old” (sorry for that dreaded word) shows. That means telling soap stories as soap stories have always been told…using “old” characters and their descendants, friends, etc…and great news!!!…bringing back “old” friends from canceled soaps that many of us have missed. The same reason films and books do sequels with the same “old” characters…who have become beloved.

I’ve said this on other posts…and others have also said it above…if these visiting characters that were abruptly taken from our viewing lives generate enough interest and ratings improve, perhaps they’ll either have them recurring or think again about reviving the OLTL and AMC in some fashion..maybe 1/2 hour, weekly…who knows. They’re testing the waters now that they have the rights back to the characters. It’s great for those of us who loved these people to have them come back to life. I just hope they’re written as they were and not so unfamiliar that they become ruined which is what happened when they did the horrific online attempts. Didn’t even resemble the ABC version.

Joe
Joe

They need to be careful with Erica. She’s not a GH character and made All My Children what it was. Don’t want to ruin her character with some stupid storyline. And just what Frank Valentini said about messing with the GH brand. I do think she and Scotty could get something going on! He could be her 11th husband or however many she had!

Celia
Celia

Good point, Joe….as we have seen happen with some ‘strong’ characters such as Tad Martin, as we knew him. He was sooo whitewashed on Y&R.

Judith Sekscenski
Judith Sekscenski

Yes, indeed. I didn’t realize just how much I miss these people until I watched Home and Family on Hallmark Channel, the week Susan Lucci co-hosted and they brought back so many of the actors from AMC. It was wonderful!!! Made me feel so good to see everyone 🙂

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

While I’m sure it would be fun to intermittently have visitors come to GH now and then, the extremely rich history and characters of All My Children and One Life to Live will NOT go away. Agnes Nixon created something very special. The alphabet network needs to stop beating around the bush, admit and correct its huge mistake. Merge All My Children and One Life to Live into a single one hour program. They can take over the production facility that Prospect Park built.

robbie
robbie

And can it be titled #AllMyLife

Addison
Addison

Llandviewer 717 and Robbie– I LOVE this idea, and I LOVE the title!!
Works for me.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I like it robbie. How about All My Life to Live? Tell the powers that be to start production!!!!!!!

Celia
Celia

Yes!!!!! Robbie, you’re a genius.

Connie
Connie

Cancel GH, and bring back OLTL on ABC.

GraciesBFF
GraciesBFF

That’s the best idea ever Llanvierer 17 !!!!!!!

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

The character of Erica Kane doesn’t fit the vibe of General Hospital at all. And the show doesn’t need another goofball character like Tad Martin — they already have weird Finn and weirder Franco. Enough already.

Steve
Steve

Erica could come on in a limited arc revolving around Crimson.

Tad and Ava would play well in a short term plot as well.

Celia
Celia

Tad and Ava! I like it !!!!!!

Cheryl
Cheryl

Yes, yes!!! 1000 times yes!! I started watching Young and Restless just to see Michael E Knight in his temporary role. To see him again as Tad… YES!! I miss AMC so much.

Karen
Karen

I’m with you. Love MK.
Why Y&R let him go, he was great with Ashley.
I would watch him in anything.

Brenda Sproul Stewart
Brenda Sproul Stewart

OMG This would be awesome wow heck ya

Dan
Dan

For a short run to augment some current GH storylines, I wouldn’t mind it at all. You’re talking some iconic soap characters here, who wouldn’t want to see them drop by Port Charles, provided as Frank said it doesn’t infringe on the GH brand. If it would make the AMC and OLTL fans happy to see some of their favorites again, and if it benefits GH, I’m down with the idea.

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

Right on! 100% agree.

Tivette
Tivette

Sign them up NOW!!!

DEE H.
DEE H.

INDEED! All for it! 😉

Elaine Schneiderman
Elaine Schneiderman

Miss the soaps ,Miss the actors Would love to have a reboot of my growing up years.

Trisha
Trisha

Does anyone at ABC stop to wonder why Y&R is so popular? It’s because they are giving their fans what they want…LEAD stories involving their core family characters who have been there for generations. GH lost that with the past 2 writing teams. They’ve flooded GH with characters that GH fans are not invested in and taken away good LEAD stories from most of the favorite GH characters.

It’s gone on to the point where GH is not even GH anymore. They’ve got to stop this idea that bringing on characters from other shows is somehow going to bulk up the viewership. They need to WRITE for the GH characters that carry on the legacy of GH and STOP with adding more characters that belong from other shows. This is supposed to be GH, not a variety soap show.

Suz tm
Suz tm

Nice post! Totally agree

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I don’t watch GH but am a faithful Y&R viewer. I totally agree with your comment.

My first reaction to this article: What will loyal GH viewers think of this? They may not have followed OLTL or AMC and may neither know (or even care) about those characters. A soap needs to stick with its landscape and its established characters, not veer into other areas (without a defined plan to invest in it).

I liked ATWT very much through most of its run (loathing the last five years). I was sorry to see veteran ATWT characters go as their show got the ax. I’d love to see them again in their OWN setting. However, I would be irked if Genoa City suddenly filled up with the Hughes, Stewarts, etc. at the expense of Y&R characters being shoved to the background.

As someone who hated to see ATWT trashed by bad writing for years and then cancelled, I totally get the feelings of AMC and OLTL fans: They miss the characters and want them back on the screen. However, shoe horning these characters into another show is NOT the answer.

Pat
Pat

No, no, enough already!! Does Frank Valentini truly not realize that he long ago infringed and quite possibly wrecked the “General Hospital brand”?? Frank should explain himself: In 2017, what exactly is the “General Hospital brand”? The show is so far removed from its glory days of the early-mid ’80s (or even the late ’90s) it’s hard to believe that it’s the same show.

Imo, he and those two past-their-prime female head writers are doing a poor job coming up with interesting stories that move along for the characters the show already has, especially the vets. The show does not in any way need even more characters/actors from other soaps (especially cancelled ones) and newbies that fans don’t care about taking away valuable air time!! It’s utterly ridiculous!! Time for him to go and get some fresh blood in that can actually fix and refocus this show back to its roots before it’s too late.

I know that AMC and OLTL are missed by many people, but many times, it’s just far better to let things rest in peace. GH doesn’t need to be any more of a dumpster fire than it already sadly is.

Addison
Addison

It’s just a visit, Pat.

Shay
Shay

Absolutely, Pat! I’m especially not interested in seeing that goofball, Tad—a supposedly grown man in his 50’s still walking around with an arrested development name!

Leo
Leo

ABC will bring back One Life To live next year, and they will cancel the Chew. The chew sucks big time.

mark
mark

I would watch La Lucci read the phonebook!!!!

Dave
Dave

Susan Lucci is a goddess, I would let Susan read me a bed time story lol.

Carol
Carol

Absolutely not! There are way too many characters on GH now as it is with not enough screen time for any of them. I agree that ABC should just bring back AMC and OLTL instead of trying to squeeze more into GH. In the long run it will backfire.

Celia
Celia

Absolutely, Carol, keep GH as a separste entity, as it should be, by using its own vets……but, bring back AMC and OLTL, in some form; as described above by Llanviewer and robbie.

Scott
Scott

Bring back OLTL on ABC, Have it on for 30 mins.

Darnell
Darnell

This would be great for a hospital story. Erica could be booked to speak at an event and her bus is in Ana accident. We all know that Miss Kane does not like being in the hospital. Talk about chaos and temper tantrums………this would be fun. Now Tad would be a great diversion for Nina. I also think David on the scene with Ana would be great considering their history. What is there’s a third Ana child (Leora) is alive and been in David’s mad science lab.

Linds
Linds

I’d be happy if all the characters came back. I don’t see why ABC can’t bring the soaps back since they nave the rights back. Here’s hoping.

JMER
JMER

That’s very short-sighted when they don’t have room for their own vets on the show. Bring back Wally Kurth, Tristan Rogers and Ian Buchanan on contract, full time, with story then we can consider guest appearances by some of these other non-GH characters. Honestly, I’d rather see Emma Samms or Jack Wagner do guest appearances because I’m sure they cannot do full time, contract work and they are a bigger draw to GH fans.

And if these actors don’t accept such a deal then fine, but I’m sure at least two of them will accept it. The entire FV excuse for not being able to give fans what they want and require is that there’s not enough budget. And I’m sure a guest appearance by Lucci will not come without mega-dollars attached to it.

It’s negligent, at best, when they’ve got icon Genie Francis on maybe twice a month with her love interest and GH vet played by Jon Linstrom. We hardly see their love story developing. They are beginning to take vets like Kristina Wagner and Jackie Zeman off the year-round backburner so there’s slight improvement which I applaud but I don’t see Lynn Herring much outside of the Nurses’ Ball and I don’t see John York outside of weddings and funerals. I really feel those improvements are due to Jelly and not Frank at all.

Let’s remember GH is also known for stars like Rick Springfield and John Stamos, the latter which RC got into a terrible public argument with during the 50th anniversary resulting in his not appearing on the show so we don’t need to rely on non-GH big names as a draw. I’m not saying I need to see those big names whether GH affiliated or not. I’d rather use the actors who’re more dedicated to GH and with current ties on the show. It’s not like it’s the 80s and we can get Elizabeth Taylor to play Helena Cassadine. Let’s be realistic and save money for story purposes and actors that can strengthen the core GH families.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

I’d love to see Genie F get more air time. But Sonny/Carly each get three days a week and at least three scenes and as many as five scenes each of those days.

I’m good with reducing that tedium by half and giving other folks – but especially Genie – the air time.

JMER
JMER

I agree. Sonny needs to be backburnered at least for a while to give us a break like we had from the Jason character. At the very least, they can put both Sonny and Carly in supporting roles. I’d prefer Sonny go all the way to 3rd string and see what happens and how we can incorporate him back in.

I just don’t think Frank and Ron realized how much work they had on their hands to fuse Classic GH with Guza’s GH WITHOUT bringing on any new characters from other soaps. The audience was going to freak out a bit from the fallout of the old and the new mixing; no need to pile on the angst with characters from other soaps. But that’s exactly what they did. Then they brought back and made historically evil characters all of a sudden characters we were supposed to root for with Franco and Julian. It’s just too much for the GH audience to handle. They really to sit down, do a viewer poll, and see what’s worth saving of their changes since 2012.

Shay
Shay

Well put, JMER! I loved Susan Lucci as Erica Kane and would never mind seeing that character again, but as a rule, NO! We do not desire for GH to be turned into some sort of hybrid supersoap….it was once tried and not met with great success. The emphasis needs to be put back to those legacy players that you have very succinctly suggested.

Suz tm
Suz tm

Visit, if done snd it works into the storyline. Stay, no!!

brian
brian

YES ! bring lots of guests thru GH just to show ABC that the love is still there, and they bring back both shows.

gwill
gwill

Susan Yes, Michael No. However would love to see Jill Larson go over for either a short role as Opal or maybe recast her as Betsy Frank. That would be a sight to see.

Yvonne
Yvonne

Yes Yes I love Jill Larson as Opal, bring her to GH.

Shay
Shay

For me, the only real Opal was Dorothy Lyman! Her portrayal as the tasteless, OTT tacky Ms. Gardner put the capital t’s in the words “Trailer Trash!”

Alan
Alan

GH needs to take a smart approach to this gift they have been handed. First, they need to trim the current cast by 10 characters or so (I can think of that many easily). Second, they need to introduce 2 or 3 AMC characters and 2 or 3 OLTL characters as regulars and integrate those characters into Port Charles over the course of the next 6 months. Once the AMC and OLTL characters are part of Port Charles and have built friendships/relationships, the show can then use those characters to allow other characters from those shows to visit for short arcs. For example, the show could introduce AMC’s Colby Chandler as a love interest for Michael Corinthos or OLTL’s Matthew Buchanan as Kristina’s ex-lover. This would make visits from Liza Colby and Marion Colby Chandler logical and give Bo and Nora Buchanan a reason to be in town (and Matthew’s Uncle Clint could also drop by and perhaps open a division of Buchanan Enterprises in Port Charles). AMC’s Olga Svenson could help Nina book models for CRIMSON and suggest former Sensualle Cosmetics spokesmodel Erica Kane’s granddaughter Miranda Montgomery for a cover. By keeping the show 2/3’s GH vets and 1/3 AMC/OLTL favorites, the show would benefit from fans of the cancelled shows dropping in (and possibly staying if they see what they like). Of course, the key to this is not just using the characters because they are available but using them in ways that make sense.

Elise
Elise

I’d love to see any of the characters from OLTL and Jessie and Angie or Tad and Dixie from AMC. Cady’s main squeeze, Jon Lindstrom, is already on GH. Just don’t ruin the integrity of GH.

Shay
Shay

@Elise…..”Just don’t ruin the integrity of GH?” Sadly, that ship already sailed a long time (and far too many stunt castings….) ago…..

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should…

As much as we may love the actors and characters from other ABC soaps, I don’t think that GH should incorporate any additional such characters onto their already bloated cast.

I think we are better off remembering the beloved AMC and OLTL characters as they were. Besides, my formerly favorite soap, GH, would taint these characters. GH is known for stunt casting, followed closely by casting aside the actor. The 50-year anniversary of GH brought quite a few former stars to the show, only to put them out to pasture in due time.

Just look at the fiasco presented by introducing 3 OLTL characters into GH since the demise of OLTL. Because of legal issues, the characters had to be removed. Then the actors (Kristen Alderson, Roger Howarth, Michael Easton) were reintroduced to GH as new characters. It just became too messy and farcical. The writers had to become contortionists to plot the changes. And can anyone keep up with all the characters on GH played by Michael Easton?

In addition, let’s not forget: when these ABC shows were running concurrently, there was ratings (and other) competition among them. Sure, they were a part of the ABC “family,” but the competition to achieve higher ratings, Emmy nominations, and buzz was palpable.

Let’s just have some respect for our former shows and not bastardize them any further…

jaybird369
jaybird369

Brother…as usual, you are THE VOICE OF REASON!!!!! Thank You. And, as far as I’m concerned, your SPOT ON POST is further proof that GH is nothing but AN UNWATCHABLE JOKE!!!!! BEYOND DUMB AS HELL!!!!!

As always, have a good one, Brother.

Peace.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thank you, Jay! Glad we’re on the same page! No surprise there… You’ve made my day! Take care, Brother!

Shay
Shay

Ahhh, “Gentleman James!” What a simply elegant adage you have employed here…it truly well applies to the situation at hand!!! I cannot add anything more to your extremely sensible and insightful comments, other than my sincerest compliments and a hearty round of appreciative applause!!!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thank you, Shay! I appreciate your kind and generous words. I’m really not worthy, but I am grateful… You’ve made my day! Take care, Friend!

rebecca1
rebecca1

ohhhhh…sweet baby James…I disagree! well, sorta. I guess, selfishly, I could care less about AMC characters as that wasn’t one of “my shows” in a really long time. And while I do agree, and have repeated this often, that I want to see more GH characters like Scott, Lucy, Monica, Ned, Rick, Laura, Kevin…I also welcome seeing some of my favs from OLTL (as long as they don’t ruin the characters they were, which is the challenge.) I’m hoping if there’s enough interest it might inspire some sort of revised soap…a weekly or a half hour…something, depending on ratings, of course. In the meantime, as long as OLTL characters don’t replace GH characters and make sporadic visits, I’d love to see them again!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thank you, Rebecca! You’ve made my day!

It’s great to get your take on this. I think where we are in agreement is what you suggested: “they don’t ruin the characters they were, which is the challenge.” I also like your idea of the inspiration for a revised soap. I wonder whether that is possible…

And “sweet baby James” wants you to know that: You’ve got a friend! 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

Oh James…it wasn’t you who walked into the party like you were walking on to a yacht, was it??? I know you’re not so vain… LOL! Now sing with me!!!!

Yes; let’s hope the visits translates to numbers which could revitalize something…as always…we shall see!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hey Rebecca!

I LOVE the music references — you have no idea! Thanks for all that. Please take care, Friend!

Shay
Shay

Oh, but you are MOST worthy, not to mention, quite welcome, James! I’ve lost count how many times not only I— but others, as well—-have stated exactly those same sentiments, and repeated them six ways from Sunday, yet you managed to succinctly and logically enumerate the perfect reasons why this notion should be abandoned once and for all. If that doesn’t warrant my unending praise and undying thanks, than nothing ever shall! You told it like it is, my friend….now take that well-deserved bow to which you are more than due and have a great day!!!!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Dear Shay: You have me smiling — and blushing… Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. You’re a class act! I promise to check in more regularly so that I can enjoy your opinions as well as those of the other terrific members here. Please take care, Friend!

Shay
Shay

You are deeply welcome, James, and thank you for your very kind words, as well!!! Please do visit more often….you have truly wonderful insights regarding the soap world, both in today’s rather diminished state and yesteryear’s more extravagant circumstances….I always enjoy your vivid recollections and well-reasoned thoughts as presented from someone who knew and loved the genre when it was at the peak of its popularity and prominence. Your posts are a true treat! Later, my friend. Take care!

Rose
Rose

If anything there have been comments about GH not doing enough with their vets and core legacy. And I’m so loving Tracey, Monica, Olivia and the rest of the Q’s idea to buy the hospital ….fits right into what I think Edward might have done. And solves that nagging left-alone-story, about the clinic Michael was going to build in AJ’s memory.
So instead of “diluting” GH anymore with more characters, no matter how memorable or not, like to think our OLTL and AMC friends have been on a long vacation, and are coming home again. Don’t mind a few dropping into Port Charles on their way back to hopefully at least 1/2 hr shows of their own again, picking up as best as possible main themes where they left off, with new material being added to reflect the now.
The bonus to ABC is that you will have new-again, forgiving viewers in an otherwise tough afternoon schedule.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Would be great. Rose, to reprise these characters in some way. Not sure if buget allows…I think they’re testing the waters to see if ratings go up or down with the visits. It’s probably also an olive branch to millions of ABC fans who had to deal with not one, but two, soaps being ripped from them suddenly.

I think it’s a great experiment and I welcome seeing some of my OLTL characters. With that said, I maintain the right to withdraw my enthusiasm if they ruin the characters or negatively affect GH.

Hope you’re doing better!

Rose
Rose

Rebecca… I guess I was hoping they had already wasted enough budget money trying to “improve” the daytime schedule….how many shows have come and gone. Now that they have OLTL and AMC back from Prospect they could restart something with a known quantity, characters, and viewer, maybe 1/2hr each, good writers…who knows. One can only hope. Otherwise ABC afternoons are a bit of a wasteland except GH which has some good stories going on right now.

Am home now, feeling much better. Thanks for asking. Greater respect for healthcare professionals no matter their contributions. Too bad La La Land isn’t just the name of a movie though. 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Rosey! LOL…sorry! Had an urge. Ahem. Hi…Rose!

Haven’t seen La La Land yet but our “leader” of Legoland is cutting funding for the National Endowment of the Arts. Hope that doesn’t affect Poldark and Outlanders…Can you believe this is even up for discussion? The “billionaire with gold gidled walls in numerous houses is costing taxpayers millions of dollars to fly back and forth to Florida to tweet from there every weekend…while he’s “saving” money by cutting health care and funding for the Arts. Yeah. As Seth Myers said (in a hilarious parody press conference interview with the prez)…”we’re f’d.”

Rodd
Rodd

I would love to see characters from other soaps we loved visit. I don’t know about long-term unless the circumstances were right, but I love the idea of visits. When “Delia” was revealed to be “Ava’s” mother, I thought that was fantastic! And I love it when they reference other soap towns. It keeps the soap community alive for me. So I say bring it on!

Jo Ann Zinaman
Jo Ann Zinaman

I Think They Should Have Angie And Jesse. Angie Could Work At the Hospital And Jesse Could Work At The Police Department.

Iakovos
Iakovos

GH was not an Agnes Nixon serial. I would like to see ABC resurrect OLTL and AMC or perhaps a hybrid of both as they share the same DNA and were very similar in tone. I am not sure I want GH to become a stage for short stints and cameos, even by beloved actors and characters. The Port Charles cityscape is so crowded with talent and people, the show seems to lose its focus, and become difficult to enjoy fully.

Kay
Kay

That would be the day I stop watching. I couldn’t stand All My Children & there’s a reason it took Susan Lucci 19 tries to get an emmy, she’s awful. The writers do write for our own veterans why bring on others from other shows?

Timmm
Timmm

And yeah, lets have Joe Namath play quarterback for the Jets again! ITS OVER! GH is GH, AMC was AMC and OLTL was OLTL! Keep these people off GH! PLUS, the writers they have on the show right now would FLUCK everything up!

Steven
Steven

Time to cancel General Hospital, bring back AMC AND OLTL.

Timmm
Timmm

And dont forget disco!

Linda B
Linda B

Of course. Especially Michael.

Kyle
Kyle

Please don’t ruin the AMC brand or tarnish fond AMC memories by bringing Erica or Tad to General Hospital. Rather, create new characters and storylines that people want to watch on GH.

Liz
Liz

OLTL is my all time favorite soap and I can’t wait to see Nora show up on GH, But Tad Martin is my scarecrow. I miss him the most and would do just about anything to see him and Michael E Knight again. I truly hope that Frank Valentini is serious and not just toying with us. If they bring Tad back, it needs to be in the right way and not just a hit and run fly by cameo thing.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t mind crossovers but I never liked Erica Kane so I wouldn’t want to see her revived anywhere. Now Nora? Can’t wait!

Dixiemartin
Dixiemartin

These two need to come to GH. they are always bringing on people from one life to live like that is the writers favorite show. We need Dr. Hayward too since he and Anna have so much in common and were married once. Then kendal would also be great. if Adam was still around he would have been wonderful to be on GH but he passed and surely missed.

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‘The Masked Singer’ Runner-up, Ex- AMC’s Jesse McCartney, Recalls Working With David Canary

If you caught the finale of The Masked Singer this week, you know that “The Turtle” was revealed to be none other than former All My Children star and recording artist, Jesse McCartney.

While McCartney came in as the runner-up, losing out to Kandi Burress, he spoke to Digital Journal about his latest single, “Friends’ and recalled his time working with the one and only David Canary (Ex-Stuart/Adam) on the now defunct ABC daytime drama series.

As a young JR Chandler from 1998-2001, that put him sharing on-screen time with Canary, who played his father.  Jesse remembers all of the lines of dialogue thrown at him at a young age was not fun.

When speaking of his time with Canary, McCartney shared: “He was one of the sweetest guys on the planet and he was such a kind soul. He played my father, Adam Chandler, and not only was he the star of the show but he played his own twin brother, Stuart. He had double the lines of any character on the show, and in my three years on the show, he never messed up a line even once. There was a time when David helped me when I was having a moment and I struggled with remembering my lines, so as a result, the soap world for me is very sentimental.”

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All My Children Cast Reunites For #UnitedAtHome Series In Week-Long Event

Missing the best, the baddest, and the sexiest of Pine Valley? Well, they are all coming together in Entertainment Weekly’s #UnitedAtHome series beginning next week on May 26th.

The five-part series goes through Friday, May 29th, with new live episodes premiering at 10 a.m. ET and two on Friday. You can watch it here  on EW.com and PeopleTV.com.

The All My Children zoom series will feature the likes of :Kelly Ripa, Billy Miller, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, Susan Lucci and many, many more.

The weeklong event is also for a cause, with the AMC cast choosing to support Feeding America, which is putting food on the tables of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.

Cast members that will be appearing throughout next week are: Jennifer Bassey, Tamara Braun, Justin Bruening, Rebecca Budig, Mark Consuelos, Josh Duhamel, Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Ricky Paull Goldin, Alexa Havins, Michael E. Knight, Jill Larson, Eva LaRue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Cady McClain, Billy Miller, Alicia Minshew, Sydney Penny, Kelly Ripa, Leven Rambin, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause, Walt Willey, Darnell Williams, and Jacob Young.

So, what do you think of this AMC upcoming series with the former stars of the beloved soap? Comment below.

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ABC and PEOPLE’s ‘The Story of Soaps’: What Was Your Review Of It?

Tuesday’s night airing of ABC and PEOPLE’s two-hour special The Story of Soaps featured many notable daytime and primetime soap stars, past and present, clips from backstage to classic memorable moments, and some participants who were providing commentary on the erosion of the daytime soaps in our culture.  Still others, maintained and realized that everything today is serialized from the news we watch, to some of Netflix’s most binge-watchable series, and of course, the birth of reality-programming.

Throughout the airing of the special, The Story of Soaps was trending on Twitter and social media either at the #2, #3 or #4 spots for the entire duration of the broadcast presentation, and the cancelled and beloved All My Children was also at one point trending.

However, known soap writers, journalists, ardent fans, and actors of the genre, were all on Twitter last night live-tweeting their thoughts as the special went down, and there was definitely mixed reactions and reviews, when all was said and done.

What the special did not shy away from, but tackled, was Luke’s rape of Laura at the campus disco on General Hospital. and how that moment now, as Genie Francis (Laura), so eloquently put, would be considered as ‘date rape’ in our culture.  The series even included a pivotal moment where Laura addresses Luke (Tony Geary) about the rape years later, after helping Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) through her rape ordeal.

John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish, GH) got a bevy of “Right On’s!” for his comment that the soaps do not get the credit that they deserve and clearly came through as one of the soaps greatest supporters, as did former The Doctors and Knots Landing star, Alec Baldwin.

However, throughout the two-hours, Andy Cohen’s commentary was thread throughout; mostly citing soap’s demise and the creation of reality-programming and his “Real Housewives” franchise, that the special touted as the new soap operas.  It continued on the narrative that people preferred to see real-life drama then made-up drama on a fictional soap.  And while, that has been a trend in American culture for decades, the commentary came off as often out of place in a celebration of the soaps; and bringing in a lot of negativity to the special that soap fans were tired of hearing.

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In a lighting rod moment, Cohen stated: “I know Susan Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”

The special did also address the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live, (which many were not sure they were going to do – given this special was airing on ABC), where One Life’s leading lady and six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) said what we all wanted to sa ywhen the ax fell on the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, “People were horrified”.

Clearly, OJ Simpson and his murder trial and reality-programming were also given a chunk of time to show where the once mighty landscape of daytime soaps which once had 13 shows on the air, dwindled town to 4.  But, it would have been nice to see more time spent on how in this day and age, the people in this current landscape of the genre work so hard to get episodes done at an unbelievable pace, and how in that climate the performers still deliver gut-wrenching performances.

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Former Loving, OLTL and Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, did point out how the once powerful soaps, just don’t have the dollars they used to, and need to, to help with production costs and their taping schedule.

Viewers were reminded of soaps’ socially relevant storylines including hankie-inducing moments from: Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Stone’s (Michael Sutton) HIV/AIDS storyline on General Hospital, to Billy Douglas being a gay teen coming out on One Life to Live, played by a young Ryan Phillippe.

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There also did not seem time spent on the contributions of William J. Bell; one of the most prominent writers of the soap genre of all-time.

For many commenting on social media last night, there seemed to be a feeling of some glaring omissions of participants who could speak on this genre, who have been in the trenches as soap producers, soap writers, pundits, actors, and more, who were not included in the special.

So, what was your review of The Story of Soaps? How would you grade it? Do you feel it accurately reflected the history of the genre?  Were you happily surprised,  or when it came to the end where you over it, or somewhere in between? Sound off in the comment section below.  Below are some tweets from notables who have worked as an actor, a writer, and a journalist in the soaps.  

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