ABC Current Series Executive Nathan Varni (who looks after General Hospital) took time out of his schedule to talk to Party Wills Online about the current state of the ABC daytime drama series, and to relate more about his background.
A few interesting excerpts in the piece included: when Varni was asked about his thoughts on the length of time it took to reveal that Jake Doe is actually Jason Morgan (Billy Miller), and if the series will recast the role of Dr. Patrick Drake – after Jason Thompson (Patrick) finishes up his run with the series.
On the Jason reveal, Nathan noted: “Once Shelly (Altman) & Jean (Passanante) joined the show as our new head writers, their ability to hone in on what was working and what wasn’t working was and is important for the future of this story. I did love Ron’s idea that since we were recasting the role, the idea of the accident and giving Jason a new face and taking away his memories was intriguing and helped us get back into telling a Jason story. I also think it was very interesting to see Liz fall in love with ‘Jake’ not Jason, they had a connection (not knowing their past). I think all of that was interesting to see unfold. Unfortunately where we misfired was dragging the story out way too long and we as a collective team are all responsible for letting it drag on too long. But our current writers have a clear vision and journey for the story which I think has really jumped the story in the past month and even re-energized the actors on set. Shelly and Jean’s take on the upcoming story is one that I find interesting and will really push the actors to bring their “A” game to their roles. “
On the status of the role of Dr. Patrick Drake, Nathan expressed: “There are no plans to have a new Patrick Drake but as I’m sure our audiences know we need to beef up our GH doctor staff but that is long term and we are still in the planning stages for that as we discuss 2016 episodes. When Jean & Shelly started they said they would love to tell more hospital stories and I completely agree with their desire to do that and hoping we can build many hospital stories in 2016 and beyond.”
So GH fans, are you glad to hear that the seris will not be recasting a new Patrick Drake? What did you think about Nathan’s comments on the show taking responsibility for dragging the Jason reveal out too long? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!