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245 August 8th, 2016 GH’s EP Frank Valentini Talks JaSam, Friz, Julexis & Steering The Ship In Port Charles!

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As the final weeks of summer play out and into the fall on General Hospital, look for some intriguing storylines, and plenty of drama ahead for fans of the ABC daytime drama series.  With recent casting additions, new story for beloved favorites and duos, it’s a good time to tune-in.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with the man at the helm of the series, Emmy award-winning executive producer Frank Valentini at the ABC TCA summer cocktail reception to get his thoughts on a myriad of subjects related to the show including: bringing Valentin Cassadine to the canvas, big story for JaSam, Julexis, utilizing Genie Francis (Laura) … and, inside the construct of the show from; formulating story with the head writers, to his job of overseeing the GH machine as it churns out episode after episode, and the state of the soap genre in 2016.

In a time where the network soap has to seemingly always rein in its budgets, while still delivering compelling, and exciting content to compete in the daytime space for an audience, Valentini has continued to be an expert in balancing all the aspects for GH to march on 53 years after its beginnings.  So, what’s up at GH?  Here’s what Frank had to say about it.

There are so many plot points beginning to shape up, or just beginning on GH these days.  How do you feel James Patrick Stuart is doing as your newest villain, Valentine Cassadine?  And, why the decision to bring his story on to the canvas at this point, when it had first been talked about several years ago?

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FRANK:  He is wonderful, and we love having James.  We didn’t bring the story back, per se.  We just knew the character was out there, and that it was a character that existed that the audience has never seen.  So we thought: let’s have him show up and cause some trouble, and sort of reintroduce the next generation of Cassadines.

Genie Francis was terrific in her recent scenes when she railed on Valentin for “killing” her son, Nikolas.  Fans always say they want to see more of Genie.  Will you be continuing to utilize her in story?

FRANK: Yup!  She’s under contract.  She will be working non-stop.  Laura is involved with the Cassadine story, and she has her own drama with Lulu (Emme Rylan), and Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) as well; and the budding romance with Kevin (Jon Lindstrom).

This week on GH there are major developments for Jason (Billy Miller) and Sam (Kelly Monaco) and perhaps some major conflicts for the duo to contend with, too?

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FRANK:  I can say there is so much going on with Jason and Sam in the next couple of months, and it’s going to be pretty intense, as well.

Viewers learned on Monday’s episode that Sam is pregnant.  Why the decision to go that way with the story?

FRANK:  I think it’s part of a bigger story, but it’s a story that evolved out of the Cassadine Island adventure, which as the viewers will see starts to unfold for everybody, and everybody comes away from that adventure changed.  It’s super fun to do adventures, and do escapades, and smaller umbrella stories, but if it doesn’t move the story on the canvas forward at-large, it doesn’t work as well.  

How far ahead are you planning the stories that make it on-air, along with GH head writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante?

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FRANK:  There is an incredible amount of planning that goes into it.  We have an idea of where it’s going, but we always like to keep our ear to the ground of what is airing, and sort of seeing what things are working, and are exciting.  We try to capitalize on that as well, for example: the Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) and Parker (Ashley Jones) relationship and story.   I didn’t know if anybody knew that would be as interesting as it was, and that was really great.  The Franco (Roger Howarth) and Liz (Rebecca Herbst) pairing is very solid, and very interesting, and so we are capitalizing on that.  I feel there is a lot of romance, and a lot of adventure, a lot of potential, and a lot of really solid stories right now.  I feel like the show is in a really good place.

There are a lot of moving parts for you as the executive producer of GH that you have to oversee and execute, while at the same time trying to manage and exceed audience expectations with the story.  Would you agree?

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FRANK:  There are a lot of moving parts, and truly it is exhausting.  It was interesting to be at the General Hospital Fan Club Event the past weekend.  The fans were so smart.  They often said, “We know how hard you work, and we know hard it is, but we appreciate everything.”  We try to introduce these new sets, and we try and take the budget that we have and make the most of it, and make it visually exciting for the audience, and emotionally satisfying.  I feel like the show right now is incredibly emotionally satisfying every day.  We are seeing the response from the fans, and the daytime community at large.

I love that you brought Bree Williamson to GH as Claudette West.  How is it working with Bree again after a few years away from your time together at One Life to Live when you were the EP of the series, and she played Jessica Buchanan?

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FRANK:  I love that we brought her on GH, too!  She is as good as she ever was, and in ways somewhat better, because she is older and wiser, and more beautiful.  Bree is just a giant talent, and to bring someone into that triangle of Nathan/Maxie/Griffin was a little bit risky.  But it has to be someone who would just jump off the screen, because Maxie (Kirsten Storms) is so exciting, and so alive.   So you need sort of the counterpoint to Maxie, because she has some of the same qualities, but is underneath it all a good person, while Claudette we’re not so sure about.

Let’s talk Julexis!  You gave Will deVry (Julian) and Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) great story, and they delivered Emmy-worthy performances.  Did you decide, “Let’s break them apart” in order to have them struggle to find their way back to each other?

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FRANK:  Again, it was the next natural progression for the show at large.  We don’t often look at the show in terms of one or two characters.  It’s like having a whole family; you can’t think of just one child, you have to think of the family altogether.  It turned into an umbrella story for Alexis and Julian, and Sam, and Sonny (Maurice Benard), and Carly (Laura Wright), and Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise), and Molly (Haley Pullos) and Kristina, and Lucas (Ryan Carnes).  It just affected so many people.  So when you are thinking of doing something like that, we knew we could give it to Nancy and Will, and they could handle the acting challenge of it.  That is to play two people who really love each other, but have betrayed one another … because it happens!

Who came up with the idea to have Jeffrey Vincent Parise return to GH as Carlos’ twin, Dr. Joe Rivera?

FRANK:  That was me.  I asked the writers to do it, because I thought it was something that could be really fun, and another little surprise.  When you have actors that you love so much you try to find ways to use them.

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How do you think the daytime genre is performing overall right now with your show, and the other three network daytime dramas?

FRANK:  I can’t speak for the other shows, but I feel we are doing very well.  The ratings are very solid, and very consistent.  The audience is loving the show, and like I said at the fan club event, we received really good feedback.  Overall, I think it’s a tough time in television for everyone in nighttime and daytime.

Speaking of the just concluded GHFCW, there was an amazing turnout by your cast at the main event.   It was very impressive!

FRANK:  There were only a few people who didn’t make it, but it was a really good turnout.  I take my hat off to the actors, because they really love the fans.  Right now we are in five weeks of intense production, and everybody came out on their Saturday to be with the ones who love them.

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You brought fan favorite Michael Easton back to General Hospital as Dr. Hamilton Finn.  What are your thoughts on how his new incarnation is working out within the framework of the show, and with the audience?

FRANK:  It’s great!  I think we took a big risk, but it was something we felt very strongly about doing.  Michael is a personal friend of mine.  So it was very challenging for me, and I wanted to make sure I gave him something that was worthy of his talents, and also something that was different than any and all of the characters he has ever played on daytime.  I think he is doing a masterful job.

You are one of those executive producers who is always the floor, and on the set with their actors and crew.  Are you still getting the same joy out of it when you are out there, or directing an episode, or do you want to pull your hair out everyday?

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FRANK:  I pull my hair out only about financial things, because that’s always very challenging to make ends meet on the show.  We take our responsibility to the network that has been so good to us very seriously.  We have to be on budget, because at the end of the day it’s a business.  But I always get the joy being on the floor.  In fact, I just directed an episode on Friday.

Earlier this year at the Daytime Emmys, General Hospital took home the award for Outstanding Drama Series, and for the first time in your career you won an Emmy as executive producer.  Where did you put that Emmy?

FRANK:  Yes, it’s my first executive producer Emmy, but I have four others.  I have it in my apartment in Los Angeles.  I have my One Life to Live Emmys in New York, and my L.A Emmys in L.A.

Speaking of One Life to Live, would you consider bringing Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki, OLTL) to the cast of GH?

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FRANK:  Absolutely!  I love Erika.  I do stay in touch with her, and I have dinner with her and her husband Brian whenever I am back in New York.  I haven’t seen her in a couple of months, because I have been a little swamped lately.  I would love to bring her on to GH.   If the right combination of story and situation arose, we’d do it!

So, what are your thoughts on Frank Valentini’s sentiments on the Valentin story, JaSam, Laura, Fizz, Dr. Hamilton Finn, Bree Williamson, the state of GH, and perhaps one day bringing Erika Slezak to Port Charles? Comment below!

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  1. Rodd says:

    I love Frank and know he’s doing the best he can for the show and the fans. The best part of what he said, however, is that he’s consider bring Erika Slezak on the show. I’d do cartwheels to see that happen! LOL!

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    di replied

    you and me both!!! I LOVE Erika Slezak!

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    MissySnow replied

    As much as I love Erika Slezak and OLTL, the show is General Hospital and FV needs to stop hiring every other actor out of work. GH has a rich 53 year history and characters like Scotty, Lucy, Serena, Tommy Hardy Jr., Simone Hardy, Tom Hardy, Mac, Felecia, Steven Lars, Jasper Jacks, etc… can’t even get on air most of the time or we don’t see them at all.

    I loved OLTL, but the show is gone, sadly.

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    Pat replied

    I think if there is a story line that can make use of a great actor or actress it should be done. With the ending of OLTL and AMC it created a terrific pool of really talented acotors to draw from for new characters. I believe you need new character in order for the show to grow. After all you have new people come into your lives and leave in real life. I love Erica and would love to see her on the show.

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  2. Steph says:

    Frank needs to bring Erika Slezak and Melissa Archer on like NOW!!!

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    Steph replied

    Yes indeed how wonderful would that be(smiles)

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    Tami replied

    Love me some Archer and Easton. Please it is time!

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Missy could be Finn’s comatose wife Becky who had an affair with Finns best friend Tom Sawyer-Hardy…Erika could be Becky’s mom Polly who disliked Finn and put her own daughter in a coma to frame Finn and to get her hands on Polly’s late husbands fortune-he left everything to Becky…Dr.Joe Rivera who murdered Doc Twain in a cemetery and also framed Finn is the secret hitman hired by Polly to eliminate Finn but in a dramatic courtroom scene with Finn accused of Doc Twain’s murder, witness Tom Sawyer-Hardy shows up and announces he witnessed Joe kill Doc Twain…Joe esxapes by crashing through a courtroom window but is later killed while chasing Finn and Sawyer Hardy with Roxy the lizard inside a cave during a picnic-lol

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    Stacey replied

    Agreed. Love them both

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  3. Mari says:

    Seriously, Melissa Archer needs to come on as Finn’s not so dead wife! Fans of Archer and Easton have waited too young for a reunion! Please make it happen!

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    Steph replied

    OMG YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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    Nikki replied

    Yes to the 10th degree. MA and ME rock! I have missed them so much.

    Brie replied

    No more characters, please.

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    Timmm replied

    I agree, this is GH not OLTL!

    LL2 replied

    Thank you! Nothing against the actors but GH is not OLTL 2.0.

    Elizabeth replied

    Yeah, why doesn’t anyone ever ask Frank why he needs to have so many actors? I prefer interviews where the questions are a bit more dimensional than just holding up the interview person from a variety of perspectives.

    Anna replied

    Agree Mari. I have missed Michael and Melissa so much. They’re wonderful. Hope this happens…

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    di replied

    I’ve been after Frank forever to hire Melissa Archer for Finn’s lost wife, she could have made it by the native Indians who had something to make her well and then surprise him by coming to G.H. She is the very best partner to be with, their chemistry is off the charts!

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    Tami replied

    HECK YES SOUNDS GREAT!

    Stacey replied

    Agree with you di. Michael and Melissa are golden.

    Sara replied

    Love Erika Slezak and love Michael and Melissa. They are fantastic together. It would be wonderful to have them on our screens again. ME and MA rock!

    di replied

    REALLY! I -got so upset with Frank when he said at the end of OLTL that all things would be tied up, but John and Natalie’s story never got finishedm THEY DID NOT GET MARRIED SO it was a huge dissapointment for me!

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    Jenn replied

    So true di. It was a disappointment to many and still carries over today. Things got messy with PP and that made things worse. Again, would love to see these two reunited on screen. They are magic, whether they’re arguing, talking or loving. Miss them a lot:(

    Nikki replied

    It would be great if TPTB would reunite them onscreen.So many possibilities for these great actors that bring out the best in each other. Love Michael and Melissa

    maddiehayes replied

    I would start watching again if GH brought in Melissa Archer for Michael Easton .. those two have REAL chemistry!

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    di replied

    I watch because I’m in love with Jasam, but with Micheal back on G.H. Melissa should be here too, I want to puke whenever Hayden is with Dr. Finn, no chemistry!

    maddiehayes replied

    Hey Di .. the only time I ever rooted for Jasam was when John McBain was in the mix, lol .. John belonged with Natalie! Made me so mad, lol.

    Jenn replied

    Agree with both of you. I know some think Hayden and Finn have chemistry however I don’t see it as this exceptional chemistry. Really cannot compare to our beloved MA and ME. Really hope to see them together. Please TPTB reunite them. Missing them soooo much.

    Pat replied

    Yes, yes one hundred times yes! Michael and Melissa are amazingly beautiful . Frank are you reading this?

  4. Laura says:

    I’m loving GH. I love Finn! Seeing Michael Easton and Kelly Monaco together today was everything! Sinn

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    Timmm replied

    Sam came to life today on screen with FINN!

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  5. Mari says:

    Meant too long

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    Lisa Hayes replied

    I THINK ALOT OF US WANT TO FINALLY SEE FRANCO HAPPY HE HAS EARNED IT.SO PLEASE LET HIM BE HAPPY.

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    Lisa Hayes replied

    PLEASE LET FRANCO BE HAPPY .HE HAS EARNED IT. THANKU

    Donna replied

    Put Franco and Sam together I want Liz and Jason together I almost stop watching when Sam had her baby and it was Jason he needs to be with Elizabeth Franco needs Nina not Lis

  6. Ces says:

    Are you serious Michael, bring on another OLTLer? I don’t care if it IS Erica Slezak, may I please remind you that this is GH!!! No more Actors and esp no more OLTL ones! I think Frsnk Valentini is watching another show altogether! Sorty but Dumb, Dumber, Maxie & Claudette is a super snooze fest; ffwd material! Nina sucks. Lucas got like one scene with Julian, Parker & Kristina are done already, kiki & stupid Morgan are pointless and a waste of time to watch.
    Oh ….. I can go on!!
    Btw….. The Sonny & Carly show is grating on all my nerves!

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    Brooke replied

    the Sonny and Carly show? really? what show are you watching. they don’t even have their own story

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    dmr replied

    I completely agree with what you said about Morgan and Kiki. I refer to them as the “village idiots.” I’ve never cared for the character of Kiki or any of her backstory. Morgan, is just plain dumb.

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    Stacey replied

    Not a Kiki fan either.

  7. Markay says:

    Well, this interview reinforces my belief that Frank doesn’t watch his own show or listen to fans. Under his leadership, the story lines are a jumbled mess full of newbies he has brought on recently. There are days I don’t even recognize GH. Beloved vets/legacy characters are sacrificed for his pets many of whom were on OLTL. The Cassadine Island adventure had a lot of potential as an umbrella story line but it fell short and seemed rushed to its ending. Characters are placed in stories that makes no sense. Ava in the Cassadine Island story, Nina in the kidney donor and now the Cassadine Island story, Curtis just floats around the canvas with no real purpose. Just when stories are getting interesting, they are dropped for days or weeks. I have loved GH for years and hate to see what Frank and his writing team has done to it!

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    dmr replied

    Yup; and we lose focus and sight of characters/storylines for weeks on end.

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    Donna replied

    I lose focus on G H the story lines are not keeping our attention they have dropped the ball and now all the new ones are just not fitting in G H it’s almost a wash no one cares anymore

    nancy dillingham replied

    And you are talking my language also–”pets” and “personal friends” do not GH make!

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  8. nyca81 says:

    Really, Julian trying to kill Alexis a betrayal? One you can easily overcome and that whole story is s great “umbrella” story? Such a bogus response and I am disappointed in you Michael for letting Frank get away with that response.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    What I said!

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  9. Noelle says:

    This is GH, not OLTL. Enough already. Disappointed you didn’t address the bloated cast issue. It’s killing the show and clearly Frank’s the one responsible.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Second the emotion!

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    MissySnow replied

    Frank has an addiction to hiring every actor that he meets and it has got to stop! GH is bloated and this man is talking about bringing on another OLTL actor? I love OLTL, but this has got to stop!

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  10. aria says:

    have to say i was disappointed in the typical oh your pregnant but to dumb to know it episode of GH today, especially considering the character hardly pays any attention to her current offspring, oh i forgot, i’m talking about sam, theres one storyline not looking forward to seeing. and although i love all the players in the maxie,nathan,claudette, and griffin story , its weird because the two guys(hot as hell) look alike, and the two women do too, i guess you can make the argument that they have a type. As for Valentin Cassadine, well not sure yet, creepy, yes, jasam, boring, loving bree wiiliamson, yes to more laura, more jax, more anna, more liz and franco, bring on Erica Slezak, and yes, GH is better, but not great yet. I’ll still watch though, love my GH…

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  11. Toni says:

    I’d love to see Dr. Dorian Lord return!! lol

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    di replied

    wouldn’t that be something!!! I’d love to see her tangle with Jax!

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  12. Linda says:

    A big mistake was made when they decided to break up Julexis the way they did. They went so far over the top there is an uproar on twitter & many fans have quit watching. Ratings have dropped & fans feel disrespected. They need to fix this now before it gets any worse.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, can easily “fix” it by saying bye-bye to the mobster Julian.!

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    Shay replied

    Or better yet, send them off together into witness protection, so we never have to see or hear from either one of them again!

    Shay replied

    @Linda….I’d really love to know the demographics of this group of fans who feel so slighted and disrespected over the loss of “Julexis,” because I don’t anyone who is in an “uproar” over this development. We’re all actually quite delighted to be spared any further exhibits of this puke-inducung pair’s beyond redundant “sexual Olympics!”

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    di replied

    I agree 100% and fRANCO DESERVES TO FINALLY BE HAPPY, HE & lIZ COULD MAKE A HELL OF A SUPER COUPLE AS THEY ARE BOTH THE TOWN MISFITS

    MissySnow replied

    Join the party! Elizabeth and Nik were trashed for JaSam when there was no need! Helena is more than capable of causing havoc on her own and did not need to share Jake Doe is Jason Morgan to Nik. Helena could have gone after ELQ on her own!

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    Rebecca1 replied

    hi Linda…I don’t frequent Twitter too often but I agree Alexis and Julian had quite the following. If you’ve read many of my posts I am a big fan of Alexis (and Nancy). William DeVry has been putting in some stellar performances as he goes from love to rage to hurt, loss, anger, delusion. He’s been bringing it on without being over the top. So yes, I have no doubt that regardless of what a handful of people say on one sight that weren’t Alexis/Julian supporters there were way more that were. The story as it’s been written puts the pro Julian/Alexis fans in a quandary…how to…should they…reunite after Julian tried to kill her? I’m not convinced, as desperate and as crazy as Julian was, even with knife at her throat, that he would have killed her and I believe he still loves her. With that said, there’s NO going back from that….unless…well, this IS a soap and he was an imposter, mind-controlled, cursed….in some way from Helena and that knife….there’s just no way to reunite them unless thru soap ridiculitis excusitis ( lol, just invented a term!)

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  13. Karen says:

    Well that answers so many questions. So basically, he is writing half the stories around characters he creates so that his friends can have a job. I guess the ratings will tell whether or not his vision for the show is working. I think long time viewers, like myself, just have much higher expectations. We’ve seen the best of the best, but sadly, that’s been many years ago. I was not a fan of his with OLTL and so far my mind hasn’t been changed.

    One example of what I wish GH had done differently was bringing Jason back. They had such a great opportunity to take that character in an entirely different direction but instead, he’s right back to the same old thing. And how many times is Easton going to be resurrected? It’s a joke among daytime veiwers. And instead of adding Hardy’s and Webbers to boost the cast (Liz’s cousins, Uncles, etc.) we get new families and more new characers.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    And it seem they are going to make Hayden Liz’s sister when Sarah Webber is her sister they could bring back-hope they dont say Liz isnt a Webber and was adopted by the Webbers and is really Hayden’s faternal twin seperated at birth-ugh!!!

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    Donna replied

    No hopefully thar doesn’t happen Liz will always be a Webber they keep messing up the show

    Lillian replied

    Liz is a Webber. Herbst has worked with John Beradino, Rachel Ames, and Richard Dean Anderson. History like this should not be so easily erased for a new character. On screen are Liz’s children age appropriate – Cameron 12, Jake 9, and Aiden 6?

    JMER replied

    I have higher expectations but it is better than it was last year, more due to the writers than FV. Still, I am watching late 80s eps instead of regular GH these days. There’s much more satisfaction in that.

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    MissySnow replied

    It’s way too easy to create new characters than to do the research on existing characters, so we end up with a bunch of newbies that I want off my show!

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  14. Mitch says:

    Great interview with Frank! How amazing it would be to see the fabulous Erika Slezak on GH!

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  15. Lucy D. says:

    Nice try Michael–but this is just not realistic.
    This–I feel we are doing very well. The ratings are very solid, and very consistent. The audience is loving the show–

    is simply not true. The ratings are mostly down–the demos are tanking. At least be honest Frank.

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    Donna replied

    There is a group of us die hard G H fans who are losing intrest in the show we need the people we have to get good stories lines this is not keeping our attention G H is close to being a wash

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    Lucy D. replied

    I know–so not entertaining anymore

  16. Pete says:

    I would love to see Erika Slezak, Melissa Archer and Bob Woods on our screens. Miss them sooo much.
    Would especially love to see Archer and Easton again. Really miss those two..

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    MissySnow replied

    If GH had been the one cancelled instead of AMC and OLTL, I would be furious if FV and RC brought over 32 of their pets and bloat the OLTL cast. Enough!

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    Shay replied

    Exactly, MissySnow…I’ve made the same comparison before, as well. It was quite one thing to bring an actor or two over to GH from other defunct soaps…I accepted Michael Easton and even Roger Howarth’s introduction to Port Charles, even though their newfangled characters didn’t serve either of them particularly well. But it has gotten to the place that the show we always knew and loved is unrecognizable due to all the extraneous additions of what I refer to as “soap refugees.” (I.E., Stafford, West, de Vry, Budig, and now Riker and Williamson.) It’s utterly absurd to expect those of us who tune in to see Port Charles and its people be delighted with this constant onslaught of newbies who have no real connection to the canvas.

  17. Eva says:

    Erika could play Claudette’s mother!

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    Harry replied

    Better yet, please put OLTL back on the air. It’s getting too crowded in Port Charles.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Great idea!

    MissySnow replied

    ABC/D is just itching for another hour of GMA and they sure will never give up a bunch of cash to bring back AMC or OLTL.

    Olivia replied

    I would love it if OLTL were to return, but all my favorites have moved on. What I would really love to see is Renee Goldsberry making a temporary appearance as Hamilton’s wife. She is one of Michael Easton’s favorite leading ladies and boy do they have mad chemistry.

  18. su0000 says:

    hey Frank !
    I’m BORED !!
    for godsake man, give us some on the edge action..
    And– dump the Queens of Snooze ..

    It’s General Hospital not the Waltons, remember that .. thanky

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    The Waltons are even better!!!

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  19. Kathryn says:

    I was surprised to read Frank Valentini’s comments about Erika Slezak. She is an amazing actress and would add a lot to the show. Must admit I would so love to see Melissa Archer again as well.

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  20. Marie says:

    Hell No to the comment put ME back with KeMo #JaSam the story gh tried it 4 times don’t do it gh Liz fans always trying

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    Tami replied

    The ME and KM ship sailed . Enough already

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    Matt replied

    Agreed.

    k/kay replied

    I am a Liz fan and the last thing I want is for her to be paired with Jason. Billy Miller is still sleep walking and I am really tired of his talking thru his gritting teeth so we are suppose to know he is mad.

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  21. Beth says:

    I know many fans complain the GH cast is too big and I get that but damn it would be wonderful to see Melissa Archer as well as Erika Slezak again. Wonderful talents. Especially love Melissa Archer and Michael Easton together!

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    di replied

    my equal favorites with jasam!

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  22. AJQ says:

    Frank cares nothing about General Hospital and its fans and that is the main reason the show is in the tank. Yeah, we know Easton is a friend, the fact that he’s back for a fifth character gave it away Frank and guess what? That “huge” fan base that was supposedly clamoring for him doesn’t exist. And watching him try to play a “quirky” character is painful, yet he takes up space that a character and actor that would bring GH fans back could have.

    Frank thinks Friz is working because the same five people, literally five people post on a couple of message boards and he will ride it to death because he has to make Howarth work after three years. Another mess. Frank thinks GH fans want to watch Howarth stuff his mouth with a muffin, chew like a cow and lick his fingers because Todd ate. That’s so appealing to GENERAL HOSPITAL fans. And what acting talent that involves. How has Hollywood resisted for so long?

    Now he’s got Bree Williamson, the door is open for Slezak and GH fans care why?
    It is so sad that GH is going down the tubes because it has an EP who can’t get past his former show being cancelled and his need to stick it to GH fans. Duke is dead and Carlos dies twice, is brought back, then killed again and the actor returns as a twin. You can’t make this up.

    ABC really has to be clueless or they just don’t care. Either way, Frank stays along with his OLTL crew and other “huge stars” like Stafford, West, DeVry that have no appeal to GH fans and the show stays where it is or disappears completely and it’s a shame.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Easton was far better as a brooding cop…Franco is only interesting in scenes with Heather-he needs to steal Roxy The Lizard and make lizard soup out of it…Nina is in every story while characters like Scott, Brad and Lucas are ignored…and instead of expanding the iconic Webber family by bringing in Liz’s sister Sarah Webber rumor is Liz isnt a Webber but Haydens long-lost faternal twin sister separated at birth!!!

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    MissySnow replied

    Those rumors about Elizabeth had better not be true, because why change a almost 20 year vets history, because HateChel/ReBu character has bombed?!

    Pat replied

    Truly cannot stand Hayden

    Timmm replied

    Good stuff AJQ.

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    Donna replied

    Very true I hate to say it but this is not G H that I wait for every day they keep bringing the same characters back I’m sick of it

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    nancy dillingham replied

    I’m with your sentiments 100%–such a shame, yes.

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    va replied

    well said, and agree

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    JMER replied

    It has become a show for actor fans instead of fans of GH. Very sad if FV cannot curb his tendencies.

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    Harry replied

    This just in–Geologists report that there has been a huge land shift due to unexpected earthquake activity resulting in Llandview crashing into Port Charles.

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    Shay replied

    Amen, AJQ!

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Oh what the heck, I’d rather post in this spot so I’ll repeat it.

    Sorry AJQ. Once again your negative comment is off base. Is GH still on the air? I rest my case.

  23. Matt says:

    Frank don’t play with my heartstrings. It would do this OLTL fan so much good to see Erika again. Outstanding actress.

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    Letemeatc8ke replied

    I think Erika would be great as Steffanie Forrester on B&B, but they rarely do recasts.

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  24. Patrick says:

    2 things outa the gate

    1. Thank you FV for bringing back Jeffrey Vincent Parise… just wowsah

    2. as a fan who will never “know” the behind the scenes product assembly line as it were

    with all due respect ; you deserve it.. the accolade of most deserving executive producer

    of the 4 shows… GH is the only one I make time

    my DAYS have gone dark…. I hope and pray that Ryan Quan and Dena Higley TURN

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    Patrick replied

    I’m going to miss Molly Burnett , the recast of Maxie

    the dynamic has totally changed… me thinks FV protest too much…. ????

    Bree Williamson acting has totally dismantled Maxie

    I mean really.. when all is said and done… when Maxie has to ditz her way out of a scene… as in shoving Claudette in to the wheelchair to hightail her out of Port Charles

    Claudette “owns” Nathan and Griffin….

    there’s a nice charge going on with Bree and her character

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    Patrick replied

    I’m Looking forward to character story !!!!

    James Patrick Stuart : Valentin
    Jeffrey Vincent Parise : Joe
    Tyler Christopher : Nicholas
    Jon Lindstrom : Kevin

    Maura West : Ava
    Rebecca Herbst : Liz
    Ashley Jones : Parker

    Cast hottest

    gotta love Lexie and Parker w/Aaron
    gotta love Kiki and Dillon w/Morgan
    gotta love STILL unwavering Franco and Liz

    Letemeatc8ke replied

    I agree about Molly Dolly, LOVED her as Maxie!

  25. hdc says:

    Garbage. General Hospital is a mess and has been a mess for way too long. You can bring every beloved veteran back but it does the audience no good without well constructed, well written stories, Frank Valentini seems to have good intentions, certainly better than Jill Faren Phelps, but soap opera is a lost art, It can;t be reinvented,

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  26. Scoma60 says:

    My main issue with GH is the bloated cast size.It’s unmanageable. Storylines drop off for days or weeks so the pacing sucks.Stories can’t resonate that way.

    Frank needs to cut unneeded characters that haven’t caught on or are unneeded.I’d cut newbies like Claudette,Hayden,Julian,Naomi,Darby,Joe,Nina,Aaron,and Amy.I’d also cut Paul (what a mess they’ve made of him) & Olivia.
    I’d give contracts to Ned and Lucas & put Lucy & Scotty on heavy recurring. Lucy Coe should be running Crimson not Nina.

    I/m thrilled with the development of Franco/Elizabeth.I’d never thought to put them together but Becky/Roger are amazing & they’re getting a classic push/pull soapy build. I love KiKi/Dillon.Why they’ve saddled her with bratty Morgan I don’t know. I’m also loving Laura/Kevin. and Finn/Tracy.
    If I were writing the show I’d love to see a messy sassy triangle between Ava/Scotty/Lucy. They’d be a hoot!
    GH has a lot of strengths but they simply must cut the cast size down. That’s 75% of the show’s problems

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  27. Tracy says:

    Enjoying the Valentin addition a lot – really liking the actor – curious to see him moving about Port Charles, and more curious to see what happens when Nikolas returns. I’m remaining open to the Jasam baby story, although it’s definitely not what I would’ve chosen for the “adventure couple”. Hopefully the writing makes that apparent conflict a part of the story. Laura and Kevin were my favourite part of the Cassadine story; it would be great to see Laura with a new pairing out from under Luke’s long shadow. Elizabeth/Franco totally took me by surprise, and I’m rooting for them individually and together – genius pairing. Dr Finn is entertaining me. This is by far my favourite of Easton’s GH characters. Not seeing the fuss about Bree to be honest, but I’m interested in seeing more of the quad story. I didn’t watch OLTL, so I have no real interest in seeing Erika Slezak. The cast that’s there now is already way too large. My biggest wish for GH would be for the hospital killer to pick up the pace, or a pretty major disaster story that dramatically reduces PC’s population.

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  28. Anna says:

    It would be great to see Erika onscreen again .

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  29. MB says:

    “The ratings are very solid, and very consistent.”
    Lol! The ratings are actually lower than what got RC fired.

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  30. Meg says:

    I don’t doubt that everyone is working hard but For the love, as great as Erika Slezak is, GH needs no other characters. I’m so sick of not seeing storylines for weeks on end because we have to see other characters. In the past month alone GH has added four new characters. Nelle, Valentin, Claudette, & Dr. Joe. From the beginning of the year we also added Amy, Curtis, & Andre. And because of that Becky Herbst & Tyler Christopher were offered crap contracts.

    It is just ridiculous how disjointed this show is. What was the purpose of the CI story other than to get Nik offscreen for awhile, introduce Valentin, and make the audience laugh that Jason was flying a plane? What is the purpose of the hospital killer except to give Franco a reason to whine about no one believing in him? No one we know has died. No one we know has even come close to dying except Lucas, who has been MIA with the exception of the day he was allowed to yell at Julian.
    I mean FV wanted RB. Hired her for short term and then gave her a huge 4 year contract. To only have her fail with Nik, because shocking after a guy has you shot in the head he kind of loses his shine as a romantic partner. So now they are going to shoehorn her into a legacy family so she can have some reason to be on the show. Same with MS. First Nina was brought on to cause trouble for Silas, but then they killed him so they made her crazy & hooked her up withFranco, but the audience had no interest in the pairing because NEITHER character was likeable, so they moved her to the Crimson story, but that wasn’t working, so now she’s sleeping with Valentin and for some reason they’ve inserted her in the Joss kidney story. What should have happened in both the cases of MS & RB is they should have been shipped out of town when their initial stories didn’t work. Take the contract options and CUT BAIT.

    Just pick 5 stories and tell them. Stop collecting actors from other shows.

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    Shay replied

    Right on, Meg! You hit the nail on the head with both Nina and Hayden….they are vapid, superficial players who have added nothing to the GH canvas in the way of appeal, interesting stories or depth of character. I swear watching this show is often like observing chess pieces being moved about their board….except for the fact there is a rhyme and reason—not to mention a purposeful conclusion—to that game!

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    Nikki replied

    Not a fan of Nina, Hayden, Sabrina at all.

    Shay replied

    Seems we share a LOT of the same tastes, Nikki!!!!

    MissySnow replied

    Let’s count all of the characters and recasts added by FV since January 2012.

    Recast – Lulu, Franco, Dillon, Connie/Kate, Paul, Julian

    OLTL characters – Todd, McBain and Starr

    New characters – Sabrina, Felix, Britt, Nathan, Dr. O, Nina, Trey Scully, Joe Scully, Danny, Rocco, Georgie, Teddy, Leo, Aaron, Anna Donnelly, Amy, Madeline, Nina, Rosalie, Brad, Valentine, Ava, Kiki, Silas, Griffin, Dr. Mayes, Carlos, Joe aka Carlos #2, Danny, Parker, Claudette, Hayden, Naomi, and this is just a few names, but I am sure there are many more!

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    MissySnow replied

    Hamilton Finn, ATWT actor that played the British guy during CI story, the woman from CI with the antibiotics, Andre, Curtis,,,,,yes, way TOO many characters which is why we can’t see the vets!

  31. Theadora says:

    Excellent interview Michael!!

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  32. Lorenzo says:

    I would love to see Erika Slezak, on GH or Y&R. Erika can play Dina Abbott Mergeron on Y&R. Also cast Erika, in a new role on GH or a recast of Audrey. Erika needs to be back on our screens again. She is a wonderful actress and still looks terrific for her age. Erika turned 70 years old.

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  33. Dean says:

    Frank please bring Robin Strasser to General Hospital, I miss her so much. The lady can act.

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  34. Lillian says:

    You Can’t Just Think Of One Child: Sonny is involved in too many storylines! Bobbie’s birthday party was rushed. Liz does not need Jason to micromanage her life. The police department needs to be more competent. Jason comes across on screen as a bully. Where are the strong female characters?

    Characters History: The only revelation from Cassidine’s Island is that Sam is pregnant. Nicholas is trained in the martial arts and should only lose to Jason with a gun. Dr. Mayes was the only doctor on staff in the vein of Steve Hardy – a no nonsense male doctor over the age of 40.

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    Timmm replied

    I like Dr. Mayes and was hoping him and Monica would date and fall in love.

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    Shay replied

    I would have put him with Tracy!

  35. Shay says:

    “When you have actors that you love so much you try to find ways to use them.” Yep, that pretty much says it all….forget about characters who have real appeal/development potential or intriguing storylines to draw in the viewers…as long as the actors that are “loved” by the show get to come/stay on, well, that’s all that really matters! (As the current—and future?—-GH canvas attests…..)

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    My fear is that the writers are going to say Liz isnt a Webber but is really Hayden’s fraternal twin sister separated at birth…making nuJason old Jason was a big mistake-they should have went in a different direction and made him Dr.Q in honor of Alan…Nina in all the stories(Claudette’s, Valentin’s, and even Josslyn’s kidney story-ugh)…only improvement is less of Sabrina but they got her all wrapped in the Q’s-more UGH!!!

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    Shay replied

    Well, not enough “less” of Sabs for my druthers, jimh, but hopefully Nelle’s appearance portends a new romance for Mikey….she’s much more suitable for him than the twice over babymama!!!! (Who needs to be out of the Q’s orbit for good!) Nelle and Michael would be an especially interesting couple if she turns out to be a Jacks!!!

    MissySnow replied

    After the debacle with the Liason vs JaSam wars, why would FV change Elizabeth’s history?

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I like her this Nelle…i think she would make a good Allison Mckensie in a Peyton Place reboot…she makes Mikey more interesting…they were smart to bring her back…anyway its obvious Jacks is behind the kidney transplant but i didnt think at her possibly being a Jacks-that would make an interesting twist!!!

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    Shay replied

    Agreed, jimh! I just read on another soap site that Nelle is supposedly related to someone else from GH’s past….I won’t spoil the secret, but I really hope it isn’t true, because I think making her a Jacks would be a far better idea! (By the way, I do see what you are saying about the Allison McKenzie thing….Peyton Place was before my time, but am aware of that show and its stars….)

  36. Michael says:

    They should have Nikki Smith kill Julian and then Vikki could take over the Port Charles Press. Just a thought.

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  37. Leah says:

    Yes! Erika Slezak would be an awesome addition!

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  38. Phil says:

    Such a crowded cast already, but would love to see both actresses on the show, Kassie DePaiva as well. Frank is awesome, and this cast is soooo talented. Frank, if you ever need to add a writer to your team and want to take a chance at an unkown, I am in! The GH cast is a writer’s dream cast!

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  39. Lorraine O'Brien says:

    Yes bring Erika to the show and yes Natalie too ill play different people but they will be part of the Claudette storyline would be great also bring tea please make happen

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    Pat replied

    So agree

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  40. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Why not ask if ilene Kristen is ever coming back as Delia-Ava’s momma???

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    Shay replied

    Really, jimh! Delia as Ava’s mom was the one clever twist in that whole sorry Jerome debacle….she would be a natural to run Kelly’s, along with Robin Mattson’s prison-work release programmed Heather!!!! You would get two different Delias in the bargain! (And perhaps a delightful cameo or two from Ron Hale as Roger/Mike! How fun would that be????)

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    That sounds like fun-Dee and Heather running Kelly’s together-Ryans Hope is another soap i miss!!!

    Shay replied

    I watched Ryan’s Hope midway through the 80′s, so I missed a lot of the original characters from the show….but at least I was around for the “Two Dees!” (Or should I say three…..I seem to recall there was another actress in the mix, too, although for me, Ilene Kristen was truly the one and only, no offense meant to Robin Mattson!)

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  41. Nancy says:

    I’m 71 yrs young ,have been watching GH for over 40yrs, thank you, I think it’s fabulous. Please don’t put Alexis and Julian back together again, that wouldn’t be good For girls after all Alexis is a very strong woman.
    Thank you

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    nancy dillingham replied

    This Nancy, also watching for over 40 years. Nix Alexis and Julian–yes!

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  42. mark says:

    Erika should join GH or robin strasser I miss seeing robin!!!!

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  43. Margaret says:

    I hope Franco doesn’t get evil again. Just keeps him struggling with his inner demons. He’s quirky but funny.
    Also wth bring back Alcazar.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Can’t find a killer “quirky” or “funny.” Sorry. Now the ACTOR is both of those–but he is saddled with a character that can’t be redeemed (even by removing a BRAIN TUMOR–say what???????

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    Rebecca1 replied

    I’d love to see Alcazar too Margaret and Ted King was eager to come back but his character was tied up in legalities too. Not sure what was going on with that…

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    MissySnow replied

    In other words Franco is OLTL’s Todd Manning. Sheesh.

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  44. Brenda Garces says:

    You could bring Erica on as Claudette’s mother. That would be a great story line.

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  45. TJ says:

    Franks is obviously out of touch with the majority of GH fans…b/c they are not happy with GH at all. Thus they FF lots which makes ratings stay down. Frank and Jelly need to visit some of the large fan based sites for a reality check.

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  46. Carlee says:

    Nothing is working on this show because its a disconnected/disjointed mess with too many characters. He doesn’t seem to care about the fact that keeping all of his friends employed is what has made this show what it is today. Nina, Franco, Finn, etc are failures but he keeps trying to sell them. The Cassadine Island “adventure”. What a joke that was. Weeks on end of actors just standing around in the same room talking about nothing. If anything he needs to be off the floor and locked in his office because his instincts and perceptions of what audiences want to see are totally backwards.

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  47. alistaircrane says:

    Glad to hear they will continue to use Laura. I’m only watching GH for Genie Francis (the rest of the show is not very good).

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    nancy dillingham replied

    That goes for me also–BUT just when Genie gains momentum (and popularity) she disappears off screen.

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  48. nancy dillingham says:

    I am going to take him at his word re Genie. He says: “She will be working nonstop.”

    Re Julian and Alexis: I beg to differ with his analysis that they are “two people who really love each other and have betrayed one other.” Julian is incapable of love–can’t paint him any other way given his actions. And very disturbing that he goes on to say, “It happens.” Would be repugnant to me if TPTP get the two back together. (Retch!)

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    Timmm replied

    “Non stop”, at ABC’s commissary!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Good one!

    JMER replied

    Agree on both points!

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    Rebecca1 replied

    I’m not saying they should or could get back together unless Julian was “cursed and possessed” by Helena ….she hated Alexis. But…I truly believe this couple loved each other…yes, Julian loved Alexis and I believe he still does. I also believe that he killed Carlos for fear he would get caught and lose Alexis and his family. And then…he snapped. Not the epitome of stability but he does love her…

    Seems like quite a few of our Port Charles folk can kill someone they love:
    Sonny threatened to kill Carly if Olivia died…instead he married her.
    Nicolas had someone shoot to kill Hayden, she found out…but fell in love and married him.
    Laura? Well, we know what happened between Luke and Laura back in the day…and still…she married him.

    It’s a soap “opera” … The implausible somehow works itself out.

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  49. nancy dillingham says:

    Re Michael Easton as Dr. Hamilton Finn: He says, “Michael is a personal friend of mine and “we took a big risk.” Re the “taking a big risk” part: W-A-Y too big a risk in my book!

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    Timmm replied

    At least FINN is better than Silas!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, I DID think he started out in a more intriguing way. Kind of came to a stop, though, didn’t he?

    Timmm replied

    About FINN, someone here said it best, JELLY can write a scene but not a story. How true. And it seems like a different spin on that is they and or FV have good ideas for new characters but they never think beyond a new characters introduction!

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  50. nancy dillingham says:

    Re Erika Slezak: I love Erika Slezak, but hope that he wouldn’t bring her back and ruin her legacy and damage her reputation as he has done with RH–as Franco. Would be a real shame.

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    Timmm replied

    True. And nothing against Erica BUT we have our own legends we dont even see or use enough! [Monica, Bobbi, Tracy, Robert, Mac, Felicia, Scott, Lucy, freakin Ned!]

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  51. Cathie says:

    <3 all the s/l, but I hope they don't have Alexis be dumb enough 2 go back 2 Julian after wat he did 2 her. Would be nice to see Erica Slazek on show, nice having Bree as Claudette, loved her on OLTL.

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  52. Rebecca1 says:

    I like a lot of where the show’s been going but I don’t know where he got that viewers were really into Christina and Parker. Maybe there’s a huge fan base for the story but I haven’t seen much of it on this site. Personally? I think she and Aaron are really cute together…would have liked to finally see her with a good guy.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Kristina.

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    Linda replied

    Kristina needs to leave and finish college. Then she can return with a degree, a recast, and some actual goals outside of having sex with someone at the moment.

    Letemeatc8ke replied

    I like the P&K sl. I thought they would’ve handled it better. They may still, but if you’re going to do that type of sl make it realistic and interesting and honor the people who have and do still struggle with it.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Hi Letemeatc8ke
    I just feel the whole storyline with Kristina came out of left field. She was sooooo into boys, albeit either abusive or unattainable ones. I attribute that to her then-Sonny issues; she was always seeking Sonny’s attention and love which effected her choices. Still, she never showed any sexual confusion or even hinted at an attraction for girls. I think it would be more realistic if they made this a story about how she fell for a “person” regardless of gender…Still, I have to admit the scenes with Parker were too weird to me. They looked like mother and daughter. And then there’s Aaron…they just look so cute together and he’s such a good guy I wold have liked to see them evolve.

    Rebecca1 replied

    Don’t agree Linda. I think Lexi is perfect in the role. And sex? People do have it, lol. It was particularly important to her storyline right now because of her inner turmoil. Trying to figure out if she’s sexually attracted to guys in the midst of her attraction to Parker would certainly be reason for her to explore that with a guy she’s dating and actually likes.

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  53. mgb357 says:

    bring erica slezak to gh and i will watch every day…..

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    mgb357 replied

    possibly as a cassadine – mother of valentin???

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    Timmm replied

    Apparently you OLTL fans didnt do that before?

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  54. Silvana says:

    I just have one thing to say please us fans do not split Jason and Sam, they deserve to be happy together forever.

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    Steph replied

    Agreed they are soulmate sand belong together.

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    Pat replied

    Yes they are

    va replied

    no, they really don’t
    this is a soap opera
    make them interesting so we don’t have to FF them

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  55. DropOut says:

    Please. I love Erika!!!! But if he brings her on this show it will prove he doesn’t do what’s best for GH. All Frank has consustently done is employ his old friends. JFP did it better.

    Thanks for the interview, Michael.

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  56. Diane says:

    I think Erika Slezak should come to gh has a very powerful character the mother of Queen most dangerous mobb wife of Julian Jerome father that would make him Julian mothers she should give sunny a run for his money take over the mobb let sunny get what coming to him he kneed to get a taste of his own medicine she should get Julian out of jail let him get scared too also the the port Charles P CD should be too scared she and Valetine should work together run pc Jame Patrick Erika Slezak next King and Queen to port Charles

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    Harry replied

    Diane, with all due respect, I hate this idea.
    I have no interest in the Jerome family growing even larger while the Quarterrmaine family is on the endangered species list.
    If the talented and wonderful Erika comes to the shores of Port Charles, it should be as some lost Quartermaine coming to town to claim what she feels she is owed.
    I could see her trying to lord over the Q mansion much to the distress of both Tracy and Monica rendering hilarious results. No, I do NOT want to see her as a matriarch of a mob family.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    “Matriarch of a mob family”? You are so right, Harry—NO WAY!

    JMER replied

    That sounds like a nightmare pitch for the future of GH to this Classic GH fan. Do you realize how hard the PCPD fought to keep the Jerome family and other mob elements out of PC in the late 80s? Not to mention that the Cassadines running PC (and the world) is what the Ice Princess story was about and no one wanted that. Remember, it was in 1981 when GH was at its highest rated ever? (sigh)

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  57. Steve says:

    GH has been exciting and some of the best story in a while. OH WOW IF FRANK MANAGER TO GET ERIKA.

    WOW…..

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  58. Brooke says:

    I can’t with some of these comments. this is GH NOT OLTL we have enough OLTL leftovers on this show as it is. go watch old episodes of OLTL if you miss it so much

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    JMER replied

    Seriously, I am a GH fan and am watching old Classic GH eps because this current show is not satisfying. I’m not saying we have to go to the other extreme but please preserve the integrity of the show.

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    Elizabeth replied

    Me too. It boggles the mind how much better GH used to be versus what it is now. No question it has improved hugely with the new writing team but it is still a shadow of its former greatness. All because the cast is too big and too filled with characters that aren’t important. Even when I watch the broadcast half the time it is so dull that I find myself not paying attention and not remembering who was on or what happened. I much preferred the show when it was intense and dramatic with well developed stories. I guess those days are gone in favor of bringing on the next available / unemployed actor from Frank’s former show.

  59. Jenn says:

    It’s always nice to hear from Frank but there was a lot of vagueness in what he said. He avoid the question about cast size/an abundance of story lines. I’m just glad this wasn’t another interview/article about how the Corinthos are soap family royalty. Even Frank knows that didn’t work.

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  60. Laura says:

    You know it was be AWESOME, NO SCRATCHED THAT, It would be AMAZING to see Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms back for a long story arc, you know those actors that played a huge part on the GH landscape with characters that are so beloved that fans are still clamoring for their returns. Robert and Laura has yet gotten a reunion..When are we going to see those GH actors back Frank? GH fans love them too. How come they don’t have an opened invitation on GH like ERICA S whom have nothing to do with GH and if she came on? She Will be playing just another new character.

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    Timmm replied

    Yeah, if Frankie boy can work a deal with Erica, why not Tristan and Emma. Good point!

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    JMER replied

    Good question. Let’s get TR and ES back on the show even if it’s just for a 2-3 month arc.

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  61. Ces says:

    Lets see, Sonny was in EVERY story last week and lingering around the PCPD! Carly and her annoying laugh is everywhere! Story or not, they are on constantly!

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    Cecil replied

    I think the whole Jasam thing is boring you need to get rid of them. Also have Morgan out of the picture he is annoying and have kiki be with Dylan. I think Franco and Liz should be together and finally happy they both deserve it.
    Make it interesting the show is getting a little boring especially more with Jason and Sam thing they annoying.

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    JMER replied

    Someone needs to bust those Corinthos contracts.

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    Ces replied

    I agree, too much of the C clan. I don’t mind the character Sonny and I like Maurice B., but he was at The PCPD, then at Julian’s bed side, then with his loser son Morgan, then with Krissy; good thing Anna has been out of town, or he’d be in her scenes too.
    Carly has become unbearable. First it was all Avery, Avery, Avery and now it’s all Joss, Joss, Joss — I say who the hell cares about it.

    Rebecca1 replied

    Morgan’s not a loser. Bryan Craig has been amazing since he first hook over the role. His personality is a combination of insecurity and as we found out, his bi- polar condition. None of this makes him “a loser”…just another multi-faceted character. Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE Dylan (Dillon?) the character and the actor. I love him with Kiki…they’re completely lighthearted and practically radiate off the screen together. And their duet at the NB was fantastic. But Morgan brings a darkness, a shadow, a poignancy…a stark contrast to Dylan. I like both guys and can see the appeal of each. I “feel” the depth of emotions and drama with Morgan and Kiki but i feel happy when I see Dylan and Kiki. Dylan is just so grounded and real…good looking, creative, fun…had me at hello!

    Shay replied

    “The Sonny” is omnipresent!!!!!

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    Shay replied

    @Ces…..”Loser” is the perfect description for Morgan!!! Other than having wealthy parents, there is no upside to this dude, and instead of appreciating his good fortune and capitalizing on it, he’s repeatedly squandered his many blessings and opportunities. Why any female would want to be involved with him is beyond me.

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  62. jen says:

    The show is a mess. The heart is gone. Too many characters and jumbled storylines. This was billed as the summer of love. I don’t consider the sexual antics of the STI group love. The show missed a huge opportunity on CI to give JaSam an adventure, with some sexy scenes by locking them in a room and out of sight for days. They play heart tugging scenes off camera to push plot points. GH needs to lose at least 1/3 of the cast and only have several meaningful storylines going at a time.

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  63. Loves GH says:

    Sam being pregnant is just another slap in the face for Liason fans.
    #nothanks

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  64. Liz says:

    Thanks again for another great interview, Michael. Frank Valentini, if you read the comments, please know that the fans would love, Love, LOVE it if Erika Slezak came o #GH!!!!!!! The words came out of your mouth so don’t be surprised if we bug you, a lot, about it.

    Peace, love and One Life to Live.

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  65. wpbpatfl says:

    I have to wonder whether Frank is watching the same show that I’m seeing. I agree with the person who said that there are too many characters and too many jumbled storylines. I want to see Jasam in a front burner story, but I hope that they aren’t going to go with a sick child storyline. That’s too depressing and not love and fun in the afternoon.

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  66. nancy dillingham says:

    Speaking of bring back Parise, I can’t believe that TPTB have made Dr. Joe WHITE bread–bland and boring. Heresy!

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  67. Mary Temple says:

    We don’t need Erica. We have great characters already..

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  68. cooks7570 says:

    I wish we can learn more about Valerie. Why can’t Valerie get more to do. I hope we see more of Jordan and Valerie working together. I wish Valerie and Griffin would get a chance to date. I want to see more of Valerie and Dillon’s friendship.

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    Markay replied

    Valerie is the last character I want to see more of at this point. She should have exited after being angst for Dante and Lulu. She adds nothing to the canvas!

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    cooks7570 replied

    I disagree with you. Valerie has a place on this show too. If Sonny and Nina can be involved in all the storylines so can Valerie.

    Shay replied

    Thank you, Markay! Other than being a (temporary) homewrecker, this character has brought nothing of any worth to the GH canvas.

    Letemeatc8ke replied

    I agree and I actually LOVE Jordan! I love how she’s dressed on the show. Just like they did with Anna. I like Valerie, as well. Hope she gets a good sl soon.

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    mfarris70 replied

    AGREED. Valerie is a Spencer and I’d love to see more of the Spencer women together the way the Davis women have closed ranks in Alexis’s time of need.

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    Beth CP replied

    It would have been lovely if BrSa’s Valerie had been viewed as more than just a plot point to bring some angst to the current boring a** couple that this version of Lante has become. They should have put her in Bobbie and/or Carly’s orbit to establish her Spencer roots, maybe working at the Metro Court or possibly steering her to Crimson where her good looks might have been used for modeling purposes which might have possibly been used to jump start something akin to the old Deception cosmetics story that involved Laura and Carly.

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  69. ROFO says:

    I think GH is the best of the four current soaps! I get tired of reading all the negative comments about it. The actors are wonderful and the stories are interesting and compelling and I look forward to watching it every day. I wouldn’t be unhappy if Ron Carlivati came back to the writing staff because I enjoyed his stories but overall this show is excellent and hope it stays on for years to come! Thanks, Frank ,,, you’re doing a damn fine job!!

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    Rebecca1 replied

    I agree. I’m really enjoying the show…

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  70. MissySnow says:

    I am a HUGE OLTL fan and hate that it was cancelled. BUT, no more actors from OLTL, the other soaps, primetime or in general! GH is so cast bloated that the more interesting stories have been playing OFFSCREEN for the last four years! FV keeps hiring every actor that every acted and it is beyond insane. Why bring on Chloe as Nelle when fans have been screaming for Scotty and Lucy’s daughter’s Serena and Christina? Chloe could have played Serena or Christina Baldwin.

    Words cannot express how I resent Franco being dumped on vet like Elizabeth, because the character has bombed since he came back from the dead in 2013. I have no issues with RoHo, but why did RC and FV saddle this guy with a serial killing rapist character in the first place? When an EP and HW have to go to such lengths to retcon what happened with Franco under Guza in order to SELL him to the show, they need to be held accountable and not force this character down our collective throats. If FV can go to such lengths to bring back ME as his FIFTH character and Carlos as his twin, why not fix the mess that is Franco once and for all and either kill him off or give him a twin that is NOT the serial killing rapist.

    GH has become more about the EP hiring his pets than about the rich 53 year history of the show.

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    JMER replied

    It’s rare that I hear a OLTL fan state these things. Thank you.

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    MissySnow replied

    I get that OLTL and AMC fans are still furious that ABC cancelled our soaps, but FV has turned GH into a hybrid of AMC, OLTL, Loving, Y&R, ATWT, Desperate Housewives, B&B, Ryan’s Hope, How to Get Away with Murder, SuperNatural, etc.. and (for ME) it is hard to even recognize some of the characters on the show! I can’t tell you how many times in the few months where I had to stop and stare hard at the actor (mainly newbies from RC/FV reign) and try and remember who they are and their connection on the show.

    I know the show cannot put all of the older verts like Scotty, Lucy, Mac, Felecia, Bobbie, etc on contract, but they sure can take the place of high priced pets and be placed on recurring while their offspring are contract characters.

    mfarris70 replied

    AGREED. Let’s go total retcon and have it turn out that Helena captured Valentin, did her mind control/plastic surgery work on him and convinced him he was Franco. Faux Val can be a twin or the maid’s kid or who cares, one less character.

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  71. Allen saint james says:

    Frank making a point to say Genie Francis is on contract and will be working non stop is all I needed to hear to satisfy my doubts. Laura should very well be front and center. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again she should be written like Luke being as though they both were involved in many an adventure. Tap into the history that was unseen during the on the run years. If Luke was off screwing Holly what was Laura doing during all those times he dissapeared? Could see possibly have enemies of her own? Mysteries from her past that Luke was not part of?

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    MissySnow replied

    Really? GF was placed on contract LAST Fall and her story did not even start to play out until around March/April 2016 with Helena’s will. IMO, GF should be the Viki Buchanan, Erica Kane, Stephanie Forrest, Niki Newman type character that his the show moral compass, and definitely not Sonny and Carly!

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  72. Mo Locke says:

    If you wanted to bring on Erika Slezak I think she would make a great sister for Helena Cassadine because there is a resemblance and she can play good and evil with the best of them.

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    mfarris70 replied

    Helena’s sister AND Valentin’s mother would be great!

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  73. Linda says:

    I would love to see Erika join the GH cast!

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  74. Michelle says:

    I am loving Sam and Jason. Their my favorite couple. Thank you for making Sam pregnant again. Please don’t let her lose the baby. I hope they have a baby girl! I also love Carly and Sonny. I think KiKi and Dillon, Hayden and Finn, Nina and Curtis, and Laura and Kevin all have great chemistry. ……. As far as Sam never being with Danny. None of them are seen with their small children that much unless the story calls for it. I don’t understand why people even bring that up. When You could make that point about every character. The children aren’t seen much unless their written in for a story. I think the shows a lot better then it was last year. But I do agree the cast is to bloated. Stories take to long to get back to..

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  75. Karen says:

    I am glad that the OLTL/ YR/ATWT/AMC fans are enjoying the show. I did watch OLTL/ YR many, many years ago, but for 40+ yrs GH has been my “number 1″. Never invested in any of the CBS soaps. So these “big names” hired to draw numbers and interest mean nothing to me. Zip. Frank has stripped the heart and soul from GH and has made it an unrecognizable mess of poor recasts, miscasts, new faces playing poorly developed chars. Sloppy editing, direction, sets. Not to mention stories thrown “out there” with nary a cohesive thought or planning to them. Frank has just made GH a cheap replica of a once very fine classic.

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  76. jlov says:

    it’s this simple take out 10 people from the cast and the show will not be cancelled!!!

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  77. sus says:

    I so don’t care about so many characters on this show. All the “actors” that Frank wants just to have actors and then he creates all these characters and then they jump through hoops to make them work… when they just DON’T. I am so sick of stupid women who compromise their ethics, children, own well being… to be with gun toting murderers. .. and the constant attempts at turning Sonny and Jason into angels and saviors continues to be nauseating. It is what killed this show in the first place. We just need to get back to roots. I just want to watch General Hospital. All this promising of Genie Francis’ Laura… and we have to deal with days and days without her. I started watching this show because of Laura Spencer and I have tolerated it through such crappy storytelling and writing just to see the next chapter in Laura Spencer’s life, only as Genie Francis can play it. Frank this is General Hospital, and Port Charles. ..and Laura and Genie ARE that! Perhaps some of your constant character additions, and contortions of characters to fit your view could be tolerated if you gave SOME respect to the show’s history and us long term hard core fans! Just a little for goodness sake!!

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  78. va says:

    Michael,
    You being a writer, should realize that censorship is not a good thing.
    You might not of liked what I had written, but I have the right to say and feel that Frank’s ego is telling the stories.
    And those stories are not good, as ratings have shown.
    He, and you, should get over yourselves.
    Two sides to every story,
    truth somewhere in the middle.
    Funny, I have ratings and Frank’s own words here as proof.
    GH is a mess,
    cast is too big,
    leads that should not be leads
    and falling demos and ratings.
    Sure, everything is smelling like roses,
    good thing i wear boots.

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  79. Anne says:

    Do the writers pay attention to the history of the show? Is ANYONE checking to see if past stories contradict present stories ? Viewer since childhood ( 1964) – I know I pay attention! Sam is older and was diagnosed with non-viable eggs in the past. Now, years on she is with child? Miracles and the Plague ( Malaria!) – it’s almost biblical. Pfft. She’s not even excited about it- I guess the thought of stuffing swollen pregnancy feet into those 8 inch heels she always wears is daunting. I really dislike the lack of continuity…it’s a soap but at least they could sort of keep the story true to itself. I’m sure next week we will learn the crisp Cassadine air and Helena’s old lady seat cushions aided her conception. Oy vey.

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  80. mfarris70 says:

    When Silas Clay was first introduced, he said that he and Stephen had a horrible mother and I thought “I want to see Erika Slezak play that part!” Then when Hayden started talking about her shady mom, again I thought “Erika!” Now I’m hoping she appears as Velveteen… er, Valentin’s… mother, whoever she is.

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  81. John says:

    I don’t think the Kristina/Parker thing is working at all. It’s a bore. Ava is always incredibly fun to watch. I loved her telling Kiki, “My daughter is with a man who got her shot and then gave her an STD. It’s every mother’s dream come true!” Ava’s awesome.
    I would love if they brought back Ron Carlivati. The guy is, hands down, the best soap writer in the business.

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    Abruzzfan replied

    I completely agree John!

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  82. Alan says:

    There’s “an incredible amount of planning” that goes into the stories that make it on air? I would love to know how much time was spent planning lackluster fare like The Weeping Nyad; the “9 people talking in a room for 2 weeks” epic (a.k.a. the Cassadine Island adventure); the Rachel Berlin, daughter of Raymond Berlin, master of the off-camera Ponzi scheme reveal; the introduction of Hamilton Finn, a character that months after his arrival is still defined solely by a mystery disease and a pet lizard; Tracy’s brain worms; the hospital murder mystery featuring anonymous patients and suspects introduced for the sole reason to be suspects; Julian’s 20 minute plan to bankrupt CRIMSON magazine; the ridiculous STI plot spun from Jean and Shelly’s Darby, a character so under-developed that I forgot who she she even was; and bringing back Carlos’ twin as a pediatric surgeon in a town that either keeps its children off-camera or ages them to teenagers overnight. Sadly the only planning that seems to be going on is how to shoehorn Sonny into every plot so that he can save the day and how to continue to force the idea that Hayden/Rachel is a heroine we should be rooting for.

    Looking back on the last year since Jean and Shelly took over I can’t recall a single story that has had a real pay-off or has created any ripple effect to generate future story. Instead, things just seem to randomly happen (sometimes off-camera leaving me feeling like I’ve missed an episode or two — the most recent example being the return from Cassadine Island with the near plane crash and Jason’s arrest when they returned to Port Charles, two things you would think would’ve played out on camera instead of more scenes of GH’s vapid millennials hanging out at that awful new coffee bar set discussing mycoplasma genitalia). GH needs to wise up and bring back Ron Carlvati if it wants to avoid cancellation.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Alan…You’re completely right about the off-camera scenes. I, too, thought I’d missed an episode a few times. Really horrible transitions…gap in continuity…whatever you can call it. (Lol, I can think of a few adjectives but I’ll refrain.)

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    John replied

    100% agree on everything you said Alan. I started watching again after about 12 years. It was just before the 50th anniversary. I could not get over how perfectly Ron Carlivati’s stories captured the essence of GH with great compelling stories that had real consequences to the characters lives. His stories are great. When he was let go I recall the discussion was around a lack of romance on the show which lead to ratings declining. Easy solution, keep Ron and add a co-head writer to handle the romance that they felt was missing. Sonny’s fine, in small doses, but he is involved in all the stories and it seems so forced.

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    Abruzzfan replied

    Well said Alan!

  83. Letemeatc8ke says:

    I have a theory as to why the cast is so large on GH per FV. I think that he thinks that if he showcase a lot of smaller umbrella storylines that the audience will tune in everyday to see if the characters they care about are on. The flaw in this way of thinking is that it takes to long to spotlight anyone I care about and by the time the merry-go-round makes its way back around I’ve gotten off the ride already. Just a thought.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Lol…not sure that’s the thinking there but it’s akin to keeping the most popular guest for last on a talk show or awards show hoping people will keep the channel on till that person or band, etc. appears.

    With that said, I actually like most of the characters and their stories but agree the focus shifts a lot and stories/characters get lost in the shuffle. I think they write for the characters which seem more popular and then show the others sporadically as second tier stories or for continuity of the “town folk.”

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  84. di says:

    BUT I STILL want Melissa Archer with Dr. Finn, they have amnazing chemistry!

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    Nikki replied

    I agree di, love them and miss them.

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    Matt replied

    Archer and Easton brought the heat and I’m sure they could do it again. They just need the opportunity!

    Pat replied

    They most certainly can and most certainly do!

    Jenn replied

    All I have to say is it is time: Archer and Easton!

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    Katia replied

    Oh my gosh yes! After watching today’s episode I completely agree. Missing my Melissa and Michael. Not a fan of Rebecca Budig’s character. Please TPTB , bring Melissa to GH and reunite her with Michael. It has been too long.

  85. Talia says:

    I would love to see MA and ME together as well. Fingers crossed..

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  86. Pete says:

    I’m partial to redheads and would have to agree, Archer and Easton can bring the heat and push each other’s buttons:)))

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  87. dmr says:

    I just watched some of Friday’s show, and the scenes with Jason, Sam, and Liz. Could Jason and Sam be anymore boring together? I just don’t see the chemistry. Perhaps it’s Kelly’s (on-going forever) monotone, or the matching black wardrobe in the middle of August. These two need to liven up their scenes. I feel and see no chemistry. Jason has become boring. I liked him as Jake, much better.

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    maddiehayes replied

    ITA, I loved Jake. I loved the way he loved Elizabeth. After GH built up a touching love story for them and after all the beautiful things he said to her, he got over Liz with lightning speed and moved on to Sam .. just cheapened the whole thing. Jason could be livened up by exploring his Quartermaine side. Jason the enforcer has been played out.

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  88. Michele says:

    Easton is fantastic and I like his new character – Dr. Finn who has a few issues (social, health, he talks to a lizard…). And as far as the new Dr. in town – I know he is related to Carlos, but is that the same actor? wow!!

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  89. Olivia says:

    Michael Easton would jump through hoops to work with Renee Elise Goldsberry again, even if it was a short guest spot. She is such a talented actress, as is Michael a gifted actor, the two would really light up the screen.

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  90. kayt says:

    I love James Patrick Stuart and we are lucky to have his huge talent. Great casting for Valentin and I hope he keeps coming back like Helena. We need another evil Cassadine’s and I think he killed his step mother Helena. He has off-the-charts chemistry with Nina and I am looking forward to seeing more please.

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  91. Fran says:

    I have been a viewer of GH for 53 years. I love the show. Especially JASAM, I can feel the connection of them. They have a long history with each other. NOT boring….the coffee shop is boring. Oh, and I would not be surprised if Nina becomes PG from Valentin. I have looked at most of the old soaps and really miss OLTL. But we have enough of the characters of that soap. Will agree that there are too many cast members. Keep Sonny and family and the Quartermaine’s. Like Liz with Franco. Interesting about Finn and Hayden’s story.

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