With all the major returns for General Hospital’s 50th anniversary celebration and with the Nurses’ Ball now concluded, fans of the show are wondering, which fan favorites are staying on the canvas and which are heading out of Port Charles?
In a new interview with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, General Hospital head writer, Ron Carlivati fills us in on the status of Genie Francis and Kin Shriner (they are staying put), Lynn Herring (looks like she is going to be around for awhile), Jack Wagner (looks like he is gone for now), Jackie Zeman (she will be heading out shortly), Vanessa Marcil and Ingo Rademacher (Vanessa has some more story yet to play in her arc, Ingo is on DWTS), and what about John Stamos? Here are just a few excerpts from the piece to give you a little more detail!
Carlivati on Genie Francis and Kin Shriner and Scott/Laura/Luke: “There’s still a lot of story to tell with Genie and Kin. When this latest Luke and Laura adventure comes to a conclusion and they’re back home in Port Charles, we’ll explore whether or not Laura still wants to marry Scotty. Is she now more bonded with Luke because of what happened on the island? We’ll keep that triangle very much alive for a while but it will be resolved. And even after that there’s still much to play out with Laura and Scotty. I don’t see either one leaving us anytime soon.”
Carlivati on Vanessa Marcil becoming uber-bitch in regards to Carly etc: “Vanessa will remain with us at least through the resolution of this arc. I have a real soft spot for that character, even when she’s gone too far. She’s needy and broken and she loves Sonny so deeply that it drives everything she does. She can’t help herself. I think she absolutely truly did love Jax but she was hoping Sonny would say, “Call it off! Stay with me!” Deep down, that’s what she wants, so we’ll see where that takes us”
Carlivati on trying to work out something for John Stamos to return as Blackie Parrish: “We tried to write in a cameo that had him in one episode of the ball, but it was never as simple as just having him play the drums. John said he wanted to do something more, something where he could really act, so I came up with an arc that had his character, Blackie, getting out of Pentonville Prison and having to adjust to life on the outside. But, at that point, John seemed to be committed to a lot of other projects so it’s dead, at least for now. But I still have hope it will happen.”
So GH fans, let us know what you think! Are you glad about who’s sticking around? Who would you have loved to see stay longer on the show? Weigh-in!