In a super-sized interview, General Hospital’s head writer, Bob Guza answers some burning questions that fans of ABC’s top sudser want to know, plus how he has managed to keep things on GH so intriguing in 2010 going from one high stakes story to bringing back “A” list talent to fold them into ongoing or new story in 2010. Guza’s track record this year has TV Guide Canada naming Guza “daytime’s most powerful and influential player in 2010″. TV Guide Canada’s, Nelson Branco has much to say to GH’s Daytime Award winning writer, and here are a few excerpts from Guza on JaSam, Franco, Brenda, and if Michael was raped, and so much more!
Guza on if Brian Frons insisted on a Jason and Sam reunion: “No, not at all. What we’ve always liked about Sam is that she has never wanted to change who Jason is. He is the way he is and she loves him for who he is. That’s what, as writers, we kept coming back to. We didn’t have that kind of relationship on the show, which is why [I resurrected it]. Brian had nothing to do with that decision at all. He applauded it and was certainly behind it, but no, Brian doesn’t dictate stuff like that.”
Guza on the ongoing debate the Jason and Sonny are each others true loves: “I know we always joke about it but they kind of have to be, right? Look at all what they’ve been through. That love story is the drive of the whole show; certainly in the last 15 years. That’s a fascinating complex relationship, which is beautifully, beautifully portrayed by these two actors. It’s an endlessly evolving love story.”
Guza on if it was his idea to play Franco with a sexual attraction to Jason as an undertone of their story: “We were deliberately trying to create a character whose sexual orientation was extremely ambiguous. Arguably, Franco is in love with Jason — not Maxie and not the other people he’s dealing with. We wanted to keep [his sexuality] as a strong undercurrent. Having said that, James’s performance has added to what’s been on the page, for sure.”
Guza on if Michael was raped: “As for what happened with Michael in jail, I really wanted to make it clear that Jason asked the guard to get Michael tested for HIV. I told Steve, you know, Jason knows what happened to Michael. Now the dilemma for all these characters — Jason, Michael, and Dante, who starts to figure out what happened — is how you handle Michael. How does Michael handle it? Do you wait for Michael to come clean about it? Will he unravel before he tells the truth? This story is not remotely over.”
Guza on length of stay of Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo “There is this perception out there that she’s coming on for a short run like six months. She’s on here for at least a year. I’m not sure with contract outs and all that, but more than likely she’s here for quite a bit longer. She did sign a contract. This isn’t a short-term deal. Not at all.”
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