Warning: This page may contain spoilers.
Sean Blakemore talks about what is coming up for his character.
Interview with Frank Valentini and Maurice Benard
as GH Celebrates its 13,000th Episode
Donna Mills Join GH
"Mills, best known for playing villainess Abby Ewing on Knot’s Landing — is joining the cast of General Hospital. Mills was the only choice to play a new (see: big) character — particularly because the writers are major fans of her old primetime soap."
No word on the details of her character. She is expected to begin airing in late February.
Nathan Parsons to True Blood
Parsons (Ethan Lovett, GH) has landed a role as a series regular in the final season of True Blood on HBO. He will be taking over the role of James, from the departing Luke Grimes. Expect his vampire character to be involved in a love triangle involving female vamp Jessica Hamby, played by Deborah Ann Woll.
Parsons also has a new recurring role in CW's The Originals, debuting Feb. 4 as Jackson, one of Haley's werewolf acquaintances -- the natural trusted leader of his pack.
Introducing Kirsten Storm's and Brandon Barash's newborn daughter: Harper Rose Barash!
Ryan Carnes Returns!
Victor Cassadine Returns!
Check out this amusing rap video that Sean Kanan did, "I'm a Soap Star"
Head Writer, Ron Carlivati Answers Questions
On Heather and Scott as Franco's parents:
That idea was kind of floating from the first minute we ever put Roger Howarth [Franco] and Robin Mattson [Heather] together. As actors, they have such great chemistry and, as we know, their characters were tied to each other from the beginning, what with Heather being present at Franco's birth. Changing his parentage really solved a problem for us. We brought Roger back onto the show and he had great ties to GH history — Alan Quartermaine is Franco's father, Susan Moore is his mother and Jason Morgan is his twin brother — but they're all dead! So, after the dust settled, Franco had no real ties. We needed a richer, deeper well to draw from. This will tie Franco to two great legacy characters still with us today and now Scott's the D.A. with a son who's a reformed serial killer. It means Steven Lars is Franco's brother, so who knows what we're going to do with that some day? This also helps explain Heather's obsession with Franco. She's not just a psychopath. This takes her to another level. We found a moment in GH history where she and Scott could have conceived this child, so it all adds up. [Laughs] If you want it to, that is, and you're not one of those people who's looking to poke a hole in this. Because you know they're out there!
On keeping some surprises close to the vest:
ABC has been very cooperative with me and [executive producer] Frank Valentini in terms of keeping secrets, though there are times when they say, "We'd really like to get some buzz going about so-and-so's return." But, as a fan, I like to be surprised. I love having my jaw drop open at the end of an episode. That's the way soap-watching was when I was growing up. There was no going on the Internet to find out who's coming back to the show, or who's hiding behind that Halloween mask. It's always a letdown when weeks before a big reveal everyone is trading the information on social media or you're reading about it in a magazine. I'm not going to make it easy for anyone to find out what's coming up.
On fans being upset when their faves don't get much airtime:
It's really a constraint when you have a big contract cast and they all have their guarantees that need to be met. You end up putting people on screen just because they're getting paid, not because they have something important to do. And the result is audience boredom. Not only does this new way work better with our tighter budget, it makes for a better show when you have the freedom to rest a character.
What's the point of seeing your favorites if they're not doing something crucial and interesting? Why not let someone else have the spotlight? Now we have a bunch of folks who are not on contract and they can pop in and out when we need them. It has allowed us to broaden our canvas of characters and pull from so many different eras of the show. But, yeah, it is no-win. People will complain because Anna doesn't have much to do. I'll say, 'Hang on, she's got a big story coming." But, then it's never like "Great! Thanks!" It's, "Well, then, what about Liz?" [Laughs] You can't win!
I never watch a show just for a character or a couple. I watch it for the story, but I understand that's just my way of appreciating a show. There are people who are watching just for Liz. Sadly, you're putting yourself in a difficult situation if you're watching GH that way because you'll end up disappointed. Liz becomes very important as the Sabrina-Patrick wedding draws closer, and she'll figure in the A.J. trial, which will start soon. I'm sorry people are disappointed when their favorite is not in story. You can't please everybody.
I had to write her character off the show because it's my job, not because I wanted to. I don't make the contracts. I sit in New York and write the show. As I understand it, Genie came back to us on a short-term contract, which is what both she and ABC wanted. I was given her dates and worked with them the best I could. Genie had made another obligation before she returned to us, one that meant there were several weeks during the summer where she wasn't available to us. It made the most sense to have Laura's marriage to Scotty blow up and write her out where we did. We gave her this appointment and sent her back to Paris but we weren't saying that's the last you'll ever see of Laura. I love having Genie. I wanted Laura back on GH from the minute I came onto this show. I'm always open to having her back. Contrary to rumor, I assure you nobody got fired. Nobody got thrown under the bus.
We started that big murder story but didn't know at the time that everything would work out with Kimberly McCullough and that we'd get Robin back. As soon as that happened, we knew we had to put A.J. on hold because Robin's return to Port Charles would be big and impact nearly every character. We looked at A.J. and realized that his story could rest as he awaited trial. And, for the record, Sean Kanan was in more episodes over his guarantee than any other person on the show, including Maurice Benard [Sonny], so he didn't lose money. Even resting him for all those weeks, he never fell under his guarantee.
When I need to be unrealistic and make a trial happen instantly, I'm going to write it that way! But, yeah, in the real world A.J. would be behind bars for a long time but there was only so much drama to be had from having characters wonder "How is A.J. doing today?" and sending them off to see him in jail.
On the Duke/Anna masks:
Even the network said, "OK, can this be it for the masks?" when Duke had his confrontation with "Anna," but I gotta say they let me run with it and I have to respect that. No, we can't do it very often. In fact, we thought we were done with the masks with Faison but then it worked so beautifully to do it on the flip side with Obrecht. To me it was 100 percent worth it to see Finola Hughes playing Obrecht pretending to be Anna. But it was always meant to be a short thing. It's not like Obrecht will be running around taking over Anna's life for weeks and weeks. For now, that's it. The masks have served their purpose.
And I see the value in hiding! There are times when I'm, like, "What am I doing? Do not hit Send!" [Note: This interview took place before Carlivati's Twitter war with John Stamos this past weekend!]
People have different ideas of what constitutes criticism and, to me, "This show sucks" is not criticism. I will listen and respond very thoughtfully to someone who says, "I had a problem with this because of such and such..." That doesn't mean I'll change my plans, but that's completely valid. But, yeah, call me sensitive when someone says, "You're the worst writer and human being on the planet!" There are some very angry, very hateful people out there and who needs that in your life? I would never talk about people the way some of them talk about me. But the fun part of Twitter is really fun. It's a great way to interact with the fans, promote what we're doing, and really show my excitement about this show.
The danger is that you're very accessible and people want answers to everything under the sun, and when I don't give them what they want they end up frustrated. Or they make up rumors and want me to refute them. I'm not going to do that. But I love checking out the Tweets while the show is airing and seeing how the audience is responding. "Oh, my God! Nikolas just found Robin!" There are also times when I feel the need to take a step back. But, for the most part, it's an overwhelmingly positive experience. [Laughs] As long as you know how to work the Block button!
It's always a wake up call for me when I encounter fans in other arenas, people who aren't on social media. I will often get a very different point of view about how the public is responding from the one I might get on Twitter, where there's a real pile-on mentality. I'll meet someone on the street or I'll talk to the girl who works behind the counter at my gym and they'll say, "Oh, I love that character!" — the same one everyone on Twitter seems to hate!
When I first came on GH, people were in an uproar because Liz was comforting Patrick after Robin's death. I was getting an outpouring of hatred on Twitter for letting the character move in on this guy, when she was merely comforting a friend. It was absolutely insane! They were, like, "That hussy! She's trying to steal a man whose wife just died!" I have to say it made me gun-shy after that to put Liz and Patrick in a scene together.
On the issue of Prospect Park/turning Todd, Starr and John into Franco, Kiki and Silas:
I have certain regrets because I had great things planned for those One Life to Live characters, things I'll never be able to make happen now. But so many good things were born out of this situation, like our entire Jerome story. We wouldn't have Julian or Ava, or all the complications resulting from their arrival in Port Charles. I don't know that we'd be introducing Sam's father or that Heather would be so prominent again. So, for all of that, I'm definitely grateful. God closes a door and opens a window — and we climbed right through it. Of course, we had no choice.
It was hard, job-wise, to write out three major characters all at once and then write in three new ones. Emotionally, it was really hard because I love those OLTL characters and I love that show, you know? And to suddenly find myself in this very, very awkward position that made it seem like I was on the opposite side of a show I love so much, well...I hated it. It's not a place I ever wanted to be.
For the full interview see TVGuide.
In Other News...
All My Children and One Life To Live will not be returning online, and SOAPnet ends its cable television run on December 31st. For more on SOAPnet's demise, go HERE.
General Hospital has a casting call out for a male, "caucasion, late twenties. Handsome, sexy, dynamic. Rich, privileged, charming badboy.” The character is said to be a contract role.
Tony Geary Interview
Q: If the time comes, you'd want Luke to exit in a shocking way?
Geary: If I ever do leave GH — not something I want to see happen anytime soon — I want Luke to die. I don't want him coming home for Christmas episodes or the birth of his great grandchildren. I would prefer to have him go out in a blaze of glory and also that it be the climax of a wonderful story that involves the entire community, rather than some inconsequential B plot. Remember how The Bold and the Beautiful got rid of our wonderful Susan Flannery? That was a terrific story, really sensational, and you couldn't do it with a better actress. Last time I saw Susan, I told her how much I admired how that was handled, and how she had set the template for those of us who have been on the soaps forever. We ought to go out in a way that gives the audience real closure, rather than just fading off or being sent away on a cruise. It is a very honorable thing to do with a character that is loved and has been part of the fabric of the daytime medium for a long time. But I know the network has a real resistance to that sort of thing.
Q: Yet killing off major characters is all the rage on cable. Will daytime ever get that bold?
Geary: That's one of the reasons people are loving the great cable shows so much right now — because characters are in real jeopardy and they really do die. That makes us invest as viewers. It makes us feel. It makes us believe. In soaps, people come back from the dead all the time, to the point where death is just a bus stop. It's not my choice to go but I've had an awfully good run and I wouldn't mind being a sacrificial lamb to let the audience believe that characters can really, really die. I think that would be offering the show, and the medium in general, a great gift...
Read TVGuide's interview with Geary in full
Tequan Richmond (TJ Ashford on GH): Breakout Role as Beltway Sniper, Lee Boyd Malvo, in "Blue Caprice"
The film, which made waves at Sundance this past January, tells the story of the “father and son” duo that terrorized several states in 2002.
Tequan says, "This film is mainly about what got two killers motivated to kill. Better yet, what got two regular people motivated to kill. Basically, it tells all the events leading up to what motivated them to kill, not really the relationship between the two. I mean, the relationship is shown and how they met. That’s all covered in the movie, but the whole thing is about the reason behind the killings because people never knew why this was going on."
Read his full interview, which includes discussion about his future with GH, HERE.
Maura West [Ava Jerome] on her initial experience with GH: "You have to put your faith in people, which was hard because I'd never met [executive producer] Frank Valentini and [head writer] Ron Carlivati, but they are so fun, so infectious! But, then, Ava was not intended to hang around all that long.
The role was original written for just five episodes. Basically, she was there to drop off Kiki [Kristen Alderson] and then leave town. By the time I left my meeting with Frank, it was up to seven episodes, with the possibility of it becoming recurring. Then I was offered a contract before I even started my first day."
Read TV Guide's full interview with West in HERE.
GH is getting a New Resident.
Access Hollywood reports that Jeffrey Vincent Parise is heading to Port Charles as a new character named Carlos. Carlos is a man from Sabrina’s (Teresa Castillo) past, who shows up in town just as things are going so well for Sabrina and Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson). Carlos will shake up Port Charles and become a new threat to the couple’s blossoming romance.
His ties extend beyond his connection to Sabrina and into the murky waters of the Port Charles underworld. Parise, who began taping on August 27th, will first air in mid-to-late September.
In a twist that would be right at home on a soap opera, General Hospital star Kirsten Storms, who plays vixen-with-a-heart-of-gold Maxie Jones on the legendary daytime drama, is married — and about to be a mom.
The news comes as a shock not only because Storms, 29, has battled endometriosis, but because the baby’s father is Storms’ former costar, Brandon Barash, who played Johnny Zacchara on the soap until last April.
“We’re having a little girl in January,” the proud dad-to-be — who also reveals that the couple secretly wed in June...Read the rest of the article from People: HERE
In other romantic news, Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) and Bryan Craig (Morgan Corinthos) are a real life couple!
General Hospital is casting for an African American female, aged 25-37, beautiful, dynamic and charismatic. She changes a room just by entering it. It is said to be a contract role.
William deVry of the Bold & The Beautiful joins General Hospital
“Finally!!! I just got word I can tell you I just finished my first day of work on General Hospital. It is a contract role. Very rare these days indeed. And I come to town as the character of Derek Wells. Derek has an agenda, let me tell ya!!! ....First air date is July 30th. Very excited to finally be able to say it out loud!!!” -deVry
Apparently he has taped with Kelly Sullivan aka Connie Falconeri, and is expected to tape with Maura West later this week.
deVry also was on All My Children for a time, where he played a sinister character.
(TV Source was the first to report the news.)
Kristen Alderson Accepts her Daytime Emmy Julie Marie Berman after receiving her Emmy
Meet the new Spencer Cassadine!
Jeanne Cooper of the Young and the Restless, has passed
Her son, Corbin Bernsen (ex-Carly's father on GH), wrote on his Facebook page:
"My mother passed away this morning just a short time ago, peaceful with my sister by her side, in her sleep. I was going to visit this afternoon, thought I had time. Reminder to self - time is a precious thing. I too am at peace however. I said my goodbyes several times over during the last few weeks. I'll go one last time now for a gentle kiss a final farewell for this lifetime. She has been a blaze her entire life, that beacon, that boxer I spoke of earlier. She went the full twelve rounds and by unanimous decision... won!
And while her light finally gave into the wind that gives flight to all our journeys, there will always be a glimmer left behind by what she stood for. I will speak about that more in coming days, months I suppose. I will certainly dedicate what remains of my life to continue her purpose of honesty, equality, humility, empathy and love. So many of you have said your prayers for her and right now, today, I can say the best way to honor her is to inhabit your lives with those things she stood for. I would ask that closer friends respectfully give us some time to find our family's path in this transition, and please limit calls, emails and the rest for a couple of days."
"As always, your outpouring of love here on this page, is not only welcomed to continue but truly appreciated and comforting. I asked my sister what time she passed exactly, and she told me (not to important for public record) but I was working out and just happened to pick out a song for my final moments on the treadmill - "Everlasting Light" by the Black Keys. Oh what a wonder it all is... what a magnificence!"
Cooper was 84 years of age. Rest in peace, grand lady. 5/8/13
Due to Lack of Time, These Two Scenes
Were Deleted From the April 5th Nurses Ball Episode
PARADE Celebrates 50 Years of 'General Hospital' — Anthony Geary (Luke)
PARADE Celebrates 50 Years of 'General Hospital' — Anthony Geary (Luke)
PARADE Celebrates 50 Years of 'General Hospital' — Genie Francis (Laura)
A Brutally Honest, yet Amusing Interview with Tony Geary, Jane Elliot and Kin Shriner
TV Guide Magazine: It's such a joy to have the old guard back together on GH these days. Jane, I saw you on Access Hollywood asking a great question: "Why did these people ever go away?"
Elliot: I'll tell you why! It's a writing issue. Writers dry up. They can't think of a place to go with the older characters. It's easier for them to do an old story with a new character than do a new story with an old character.
Geary: And let us not forget that writers get residuals for every new character they create as long as that character is on the air.
Elliot: It's my belief that The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful are the highest-rated shows because they use the same people decade after decade. That's what this audience wants to see — their old characters in new situations. And that's what our current executive producer and head writer, Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati, are delivering.
Geary: Usually, new producers and writers want to put their stamp on a show. They don't want to continue what's working. They want to reinvent the wheel. It's an ego thing. And once they've gotten rid of characters that were well known and deeply loved, they think they can create that same magic with new characters. Frank and Ron did the exact opposite and it saved our ass. Things were pretty rough there for a while, but they got better as soon as [ABC Daytime chief] Brian Frons left. He hated the soap medium. He hated it from the beginning. He wanted reality TV.
Shriner: It's weird how it all changed overnight. Everybody was firing everybody. Brian fired [head writer] Bob Guza. Then [exec producer] Jill Phelps got fired. Then ABC fired Brian. "You're fired!" "No, you're fired!" It was crazy. But, then, out of the ashes came Frank and Ron.
Geary: The timing was so right.
This is just a very tiny excerpt of this not-to-be-missed interview. For the full article go to TVGuide.
Kirsten Storms on Access Hollywood, talks about GH's 50th, Julie Berman's departure, and more. -->
Meet the New Lulu
As mentioned in this Rumorville item last week, the role of Lulu Spencer Falconeri has been cast. Assuming the role is Emme (aka Marcy) Rylan.
Rylan is well known to fans of The Young and The Restless for her recurring role as Abby Newman.
It appears that Rylan has chosen to now go by the name Emme Rylan and has dropped the “Marcy” from her name.
Maurice Bernard has been working on a new film, "The Ghost and The Whale", and has
a new trailer out.
“The Ghost and the Whale” tells the story of Joseph Hawthorne, a man who went off to sea with the love of his life and came back to town (Bodega Bay) alone. Accused of murder, Joseph was found not guilty after a long and grueling trial that was nationally covered. Now, Joseph questions his own innocence, because at the time of the death of his wife, he was suffering a bi-polar episode. One year later, acclaimed journalist Ed Hale has been called to Bodega to cover Joseph’s mysterious story. What he encounters is a hornet’s nest of uncontrollable consequences.
You can learn more about the film, view a trailer and find how you can help HERE.
ET's series, The Soup had some fun at Pickle Lila's expense.
Kelly Monaco and executive producer Frank Valentini chat about Genie Francis reprising her role as Laura Spencer on "General Hospital." How will her return shake things up on the show?
Tristan Rogers' Appearance on "Marie"
Jon Lindstrom is Back
SID reports that Lindstrom arrives as Kevin Collins just in time for February Sweeps!
Ron Carlivati, “The last we knew, it was implied at Lila’s memorial that Lucy had reconciled with Kevin, and that they were together. And we did see a picture of him on her desk at CoeCoe Cosmetics. So the big question is, where is he and why hasn’t she mentioned him? Lucy gets herself into a pretty major jam during February sweeps and, when that happens, she receives a surprise visitor. That is Kevin. When he arrives, you’ll find out why you haven’t seen him yet, why she hasn’t mentioned him and what is the status of their relationship.”
No word on the length of his stint.
Genie Francis Returns
Francis just closed a deal to reprise her role as Laura Spencer for the drama’s 50th anniversary this year. She’ll report to the sudser’s Studio City, Calif., set sometime later this month for a Feb. 11 debut, which is actually 50 days before the series’ April 1 anniversary.
It’s unclear how long Francis, a.k.a. Laura, will stick around Port Charles this time.
Speculation about Francis returning to GH fired up as soon as she left Y&R in November, where she played Genevieve Atkinson since May of 2011. “Everywhere I was being asked!” Turns out executive producer Frank Valentini was definitely interested in staging a comeback for Francis, who worked on GH from 1976 to 2008, but they made the decision to wait for the right time.
“I don’t know what the story is, I have no idea, but Frank is very persuasive, energetic, infectious and has a sense of fun, a positive-ness that makes you want to work for the guy. He assured me there was going to be nice stuff to play. I am choosing to believe him!”
Francis had only one caveat — that there be an explanation for why she was gone from Port Charles for so long. In the GH world, Laura has three kids: Lulu and Lucky with Luke Spencer, and Nikolas with Stavros Cassadine. “It’s not for me to tell them how to run their show. But my biggest concern was that there had to be a good reason for me to stay away from my family.”
Nielson - Twitter Ratings!
Nielsen and Twitter have announced a new collaboration.
Beginning in Fall 2013, Nielsen will release a "Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings" system, designed to complement and expand on its current ratings system. The new numbers will reflect "the total audience for social TV activity."
ABC is developing a real-life version of “General Hospital” — with actual doctors and nurses filmed at an LA hospital — as a daytime show for next year.
The show quietly began taping recently at the famed UCLA Medical Center, a spokesman for ABC confirmed. The show is in its “earliest, pilot stages,” said the official and is intended “either for syndication or maybe cable.” The show, according to sources, will follow the private as well as working lives of white coats at the hospital.
ABC has been experimenting a lot with daytime TV in the past few years — trying to see if new kinds of shows can replace the age-old menu of talk, soaps and game shows.
It has succeeded with “The Chew,” a multi-host show built around food and starring chef Mario Batali, which debuted last year and has been a surprisingly steady performer.
Another experiment, “The Revolution,” never found any chemistry with “Project Runway” mentor Tim Gunn and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” host Ty Pennington, and was quickly dropped.
The idea of shaping the reality format for daytime TV has been kicked around by TV producers for a while now — though it’s rarely been tried. NBC re-cut existing episodes of the “Real Housewives” franchise for an afternoon soap two years ago — but couldn’t make it work.
More importantly, if ABC were to syndicate the as-yet-untitled hospital show, it would have to make room somewhere in its daytime schedule.
The only syndicated show it currently airs is Katie Couric’s new talk show — which ABC also owns.
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Sabrina Gets a Friend!
Marc Anthony Samuel Joins The cast of General Hospital in a new contract role. The character is Felix, a nursing student friend of Sabrina (Teresa Castillo). Look for Samuel to first air on the Tuesday, December 4th episode.
Felix will play an integral role in helping return the annual Nurse’s Ball charity event to General Hospital. (The character is gay.)
Lynn Herring: A Homecoming
"When they said it was about the Nurse's Ball--which is my favorite thing in the world--I thought it was really too good to be true! The first two scripts I got, I heard Lucy's voice as soon as I read them. [Associate head writer] Elizabeth Korte is still there and she is an awesome voice of the past. But because Ron Carlivati [head writer] is such a big, big fan, he must really communicate with his script writers, because they have Lucy's voice down! I'm so impressed with them."
On her first day back she, "couldn't stop smiling the whole day!"
As for how long she will be around, "I think I will be in and out at least until March, and I get to work with everybody!"
Excerpted from SID
Anders Hove on His Return
It was quite a surprise that they called at all and very sweet. My God, it's been 22 years since my first time at the show! It's scary how fast time goes. Yet you walk back onto the set after all this time and all the same crew people are there and they're standing in the same places. It's wonderful! And crazy!
I'm in touch with Tony Geary [Luke] and I talk to Kin Shriner [Scotty] maybe once a month. He keeps me up on what's going on. Two or three months ago, he told me there were rumors on the set that I might be coming back, but I didn't really believe it. There are always rumors.
I had maybe three or four weeks' notice but getting a visa and work permit wasn't easy at all. ABC helped me find a U.S. lawyer, stationed in London of all places, who helped me out. I was pretty lucky. So I came to Los Angeles and shot for two days and flew out again. It felt so nice and secure on the set, like coming home. But the schedule is so much harder! We used to shoot one episode in a day. I did seven in two days! Kassie DePaiva [Blair] told me she once did four shows in one day. It's incredible what the actors and crew can do now. It's a whole different game nowadays but I love it a lot.
I don't know [if I'll be back] (Note from yours truly here at GHH...he will!) . At least this time around Faison won't be dead — though that's never stopped him before! They'll probably send him to jail but maybe there will be more down the line. If [exec producer] Frank Valentini needs me again, I'm there. I will never let that show down. I'm so excited working with Finola Hughes and love that Faison is so obsessed with Anna. He's genuinely in love with her but has unusual ways to show it. His ability to love so deeply is the only redeeming thing about him. It's a lot of fun to do a character like that. It gives you the liberty to behave horribly. I hadn't seen Finola for many years but we clicked again immediately. She's wonderful to work with and pretty damn demanding. But in a wonderful way. She is determined to squeeze absolutely everything out of a scene.
[Ian Buchanan] was leaving the show when I first arrived, [way back when] but I knew the legend. It feels like I've always known him. He's a true gentleman.
[About playing Duke behind the mask] Ian and I aren't even the same height. He's a few inches taller than I am. That Faison is really brilliant! You must believe, otherwise you go nowhere. The first time I was around, we had some plot about a diamond (Yours truly again...it was a crystal) that was in four pieces and if all the pieces were brought together Faison would have control of all the energy in the world. [Laughs] We also had a space alien named Casey! But we believed wholeheartedly in it. An actor must. There's no way around it. Otherwise it all falls apart.
The fact that Faison is still alive proves anything is possible. You might think the soap audience would not accept this kind of thing but they do. And they do it with a lot of passion. You only find that kind of audience in America. I've never met it anywhere else. One minute they're angry, then happy, then frustrated. But they're always very faithful.
Excerpted from TV Guide
Michael Easton answers 7 Questions
Kristen Storms Returns!
Expect to see Storms on air in the role of Maxie by the end of August.
According to Jen Lilley, Maxie, "is not in the next couple weeks of storyline taping wise.", meaning there will be a gap between the two actresses.
General Hospital on CNN
Tristan Rogers on What it was like to be Back in Port Charles
and the Changes at GH
"It's always fun to come back. This time, it's a bit different, because of the gravity of the situation surrounding daytime and the fact that there's something of a shadow over "General Hospital," right now. It ups the ante. It puts the pressure on you. You want to do the best possible job you can to perhaps influence a rise in the ratings.", says Rogers.
Working with with Finola Hughes (Anna), Emma Samms (Holly) and the old crew is, "a very solid comfort zone. I totally get and understand everything about that show. The only difference was, this time, we've got Frank (Valentini, executive producer) and Ron (Carlivati, head-writer) running the show. I never got to meet Ron, but it was wonderful to work with [Frank], a guy who's a real hands-on operator, who is on the floor watching the scenes."
"The vibe is a very positive one, which it hasn't been in a long time. Having people running the show that know what they're doing is a great energy booster. It remains to be seen whether this translates to the public. I'm not going to sugarcoat the pill: The "General Hospital" audience has been baited and switched so many times over the last ten years. Now, they've got a confidence problem. Yes, this is going to be a whole lot better, but we need the public to give us a chance. These guys have only had this show for a month and it takes at least that to make any change stick."
How can fans help? With a positive spin! "The most important piece of social media out there is probably Twitter. I don't know why it's become such a mainstream thing, but it has and is something that the companies follow. They look at the twitter comments... Little posts count for a lot. If someone twittering brings back five other viewers, and those five viewers speak to five other people, etc., etc., then you start to get a positive effect." Source: msn entertainment
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