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166 January 25th, 2018 GH’s Executive Producer Frank Valentini Talks: Jason/Sam/Drew, Tamara Braun Return, The Havoc Of Faison, and Anna & Finn’s Burgeoning Romance!

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The action on General Hospital this week is must-see TV as Faison (Anders Hove) is back with his reign of terror on the citizens of Port Charles.  Add to that, the continuing story of the complex relationship between Drew (Billy Miller), Sam (Kelly Monaco), and Jason (Steve Burton), and a host of other front burner dramatic relationships that could solidify or fall apart, and viewers of the ABC daytime drama series are in for a ride as the show gets set to celebrate its 55th year on the air come April 1st.  Quite the milestone.

On-Air On-Soaps recently caught up with GH executive producer, Frank Valentini at the ABC TCA (Television Critics Association) cocktail reception to get his thoughts on some of the latest on-screen story developments, and more.  Here’s what he had to say. 

Please note: This interview was conducted prior to the news of Genie Francis (Laura) being taken-off contract by the show.  In addition, it is GH and ABC’s policy not to comment on actors’ contract status when we reached out for comment. 

The “Jasoning” story of Drew and Jason played out as one of the best stories of 2017, and continues to be intriguing in 2018.  Steve Burton’s return was also orchestrated so well.  At what point in the process did you know that this story would work?

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FRANK:  From the first phone call I had with Steve Burton (Jason); I knew it was going to work.  You can’t go wrong with these actors: Billy Miller, Kelly Monaco, and Steve. They are all fantastic, and you know it’s going to be dynamite.  They are all beautiful people.  You want to see what they are going to do, and you want to see how they are going to react.  There is intense chemistry between Billy and Kelly.  They are an on-screen present-day family with a daughter (Scout) together, and they have been through so much.  Drew came into her life when she really needed somebody, and it’s that versus the history, the love, and the legacy of Jason and Sam.  It’s all an equal match made in heaven. 

I think both Steve Burton and Billy Miller stepped up to the plate with this story, and are both delivering some of the best work of their careers as the story propelled forward.

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FRANK:  The writers set it up and the architecture of the story is just all there. The only thing that surprised me was how many different iterations of the return that the writers came up with.  I thought it was great, because you never thought the story was stalled.  You always felt that there was another layer to it that was just as satisfying to watch, since you want it to come to a conclusion, or a resolution, but you are still excited about every single beat.  I think that is a testament to the writers and the actors.  This story won’t stall for another couple of months, if ever!

Were you aware of the social media bashing that was going on between fan factions of the two pairings (Drew and Sam, and Jason and Sam) and derogatory comments hurled at the actors who portray them? 

FRANK: In regard to the Drew/Sam vs. Jason/Sam fans, I love that there is a rivalry and I love that there is a passion there for them, but I don’t like when it gets personal.  I don’t think that’s fair.  I think the audience has to understand there are many, many reasons we go into whatever directions we go to story-wise.

There was originally an outcry of “injustice” by some fans, when Steve came in and took back his role as Jason, and they were concerned how that would affect Billy.  Now as Drew, Billy is creating a whole new character with a completely different back-story.  Yet, both remain viable long-term love interests for Sam.  What are your thoughts on how the romantic part of the story is structured? 

FRANK:  The fans can get into this thing where it’s got to be this, or it’s got to be that.  It doesn’t have to be either or.  Sam can feel love for both of these men. There are people in the world who have been in love with two people at the same time.  As much as those guys seem like they are similar, they could not be polar opposite.  We stacked the deck, and we took 51 cards and gave it to Drew, and one card and gave it to Jason, because that’s how the balance needs to work within our storytelling. 

Tamara Braun was brought back to GH in the newly created role of Dr. Kim Nero.  Were you at all concerned with her return when she previously played Carly, now played by Laura Wright?

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FRANK:  No. It was my idea to bring her back, and we have created this wonderful character of Kim. Right away we have her identity, we have her issues, and we have how she will fit into the canvas.  We always like to strengthen up the hospital, because the show is called, “General Hospital”.  So why wouldn’t you like to have a terrific doctor on staff?  Kim is a connection to Oscar (Garren Stitt), and a connection to Josslyn (Eden McCoy), and has connection to Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard), and already has a built-in connection to Drew, which is really important. 

Where do you see the character of Kim going? Good girl, bad girl?  Tamara always brings this edgy and dynamic performance to all of her work.

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FRANK:  I can’t imagine Tamara being anything but edgy, but she also has a feisty and smart point of view.  I have always liked Tamara’s work.  I have a total professional crush on her.  I think she is also really good on-screen with Garren Stitt, who plays her son.  He is very good!  Garren is very genuine and comes off on-screen as very charming.  It works with Josslyn, because Josslyn is a little bit like her mom, and a little headstrong, and Oscar is somewhat more passive, which is kind of nice to see in a young man, who is not so incredibly aggressive.  Now, understanding that he was raised by Kim makes it make sense, and it all kind of fits.

Jessica Tuck, who previously played Megan Gordon Harrison on One Life to Live, was brought in to play Cassandra on GH.  People loved her, and did not want her to exit the show.  She was just getting started as a viable villain, and let’s face it, she is one of the finest actresses that has ever been in the genre.  What can you say about Jessica?

FRANK:  Jessica is one of my best friends.  She was written-off for a short time.  She is awesome.  When this part came up the writers said, “You know … what if he could get someone like a Jessica Tuck to play Cassandra?”  I said, “Well, what if we got Jessica Tuck?”  They were like, “Great!”   Jessica has a lot of fans out there.  I have to say Jessica is one of the most loved actors to ever cross any daytime stage.  The crew loves her.  She keeps everybody laughing, and she has got such a great sense of humor.  She is a kind person, interesting, smart, and went to Yale.  I cannot say enough good things about her.

How do you like how the romantic pairing between Michael Easton’s Finn and Finola Hughes’ Anna is playing out on-screen?

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FRANK:   I love it.  It was my idea.  Remember when he was John McBain and he used to work for Anna Devane? They had so much chemistry and that’s where I got it from.  The story is all the writers, and I just said, “What if we put those two together?”  The writers just came up with these brilliant situations.  There is real conflict between the two characters, but there is also a lot of love underneath.  Anna leads a very dangerous life.  Finn is a healer, and she is someone who plays on both sides of the law, and he is recovering from an addiction.  There is lots of energy that can be explored between those two characters. 

After several different incarnations on General Hospital, what do you think about how Michael Easton has shaped and portrayed, Dr. Hamilton Finn?

FRANK:  I love what Michael has done with this role.  I think he came in and really owned it. The best part is the character has a sense of humor that is very realistic in a way that is not goofy like other characters on the show that can be humorous like: Franco (Roger Howarth) or Scott (Kin Shriner), or Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Michael’s humor fits in with who his character is, and what his character’s occupation is really well.

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Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) and Curtis (Donnell Turner) are a definite couple that brings the hotness to GH.  What does the future look like for these two?

FRANK:  Vinessa Antoine is incredibly beautiful, talented and a great dancer, and you may see her dancing in the future.  You just have to stay tuned.  Her relationship with Curtis will continue to be very intense, but very confrontational at times. 

O.K. let’s talk about Aunt Stella! (Vernee Watson).  Why is she so obsessed with her nephews?  

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FRANK:  First of all, Aunt Stella came in and blew us all away.  She wasn’t supposed to be around as long as she has been, but that is how good Vernee is.  She is also an important part of this family.  Jordan and Curtis need someone to anchor them as a family, because we don’t get to see enough of TJ (Tequan Richmond).   She is obsessed with her nephews that is true, but I think it’s more important that she is not their mother, and that she is so involved with them.  In story, Curtis had already said his mother had passed away; otherwise Vernee would have played his mother.  I think it’s much more interesting that Stella is someone who doesn’t have a blood interest, and that almost makes her more passionate about the situation.  She sacrificed to raise children that were not her own, and that is as bigger sacrifice as you can get.  You can honor any mother making sacrifices for their child, and it’s almost expected, but it’s not expected for an Aunt to make those sacrifices for her two nephews.  You can see she genuine loves TJ and Curtis when she hugs them, and that is a testament to Vernee as an actor.

Viewers are watching the return of uber-villain Cesar Faison. What can you say to watch for this time out when he wreaks havoc on Port Charles?

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FRANK:  It’s big stuff!  I feel like each part of the canvas is affected by his return. We have had the Jason/Sam/Drew/Kim/Oscar set-up, and that was our big disruptor, and all of those stories are playing out in full force.  Now, bringing back Faison and having him re-enter the world that affects: Jordan, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Lulu (Emme Rylan) Nathan (Ryan Paevey), Maxie, Anna and Finn, and so many parts of the canvas will make for riveting story on General Hospital.

The mystery of Cesar Faison’s second son is something that GH fans are weighing-in on.  Some have been guessing Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen), to Peter August (Wes Ramsay), and then some.

FRANK:  Who is the second son? The viewers will soon find out. 

You promoted Chris Van Etten to your co-head writer.  He has done an excellent job as a counterpart to your other co-head scribe, Shelly Altman.

FRANK:  I love Chris Van Etten.  He used to be my assistant at One Life to Live, and my last assistant, Donnie Sheldon, I just made him a script writer.  These guys know the show so well, which is great.

What can you tease for Franco and Liz (Rebecca Herbst)?

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FRANK:  Their relationship is heating up, and when things heat up, all the secrets come flying out, and that’s never good.  Did you love the Jedi Challenge game Franco was playing during one of our Christmas episodes? We put it in, because it is really fun toy, and it’s a way for us to show that side of Franco that Liz really loves.  So, it had a two-pronged purpose to it. 

What is Franco so tormented about?  Will this finally be revealed?

FRANK:  It’s a big secret, and there is something.  There is a real reason why he is so tormented.  You saw his connection to Drew when they were kids.  They were good friends, and Drew did really live with him, and that’s all true.  Again, it’s about doubling back and making connections: Drew/Sam involved with Liz/Franco is all really good for story.

As we head into February, what can viewers expect for the big February Sweeps ratings period? 

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FRANK:  Every day is sweeps on General Hospital.  This February will be extremely exciting for viewers, I will say that.

So, what did you think about Frank’s comments on the Drew/Sam/Jason story? Having Tamara Braun return to GH? What do you think will happen over the next few weeks with Faison’s returns and his two sons? What do you think of the relationship between Anna and Finn? Thumbs up? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. Dan says:

    All due respect Michael, I don’t care to read anything Frank Valentini has to say, nor to watch the show that I’ve loyally watched for 25 years, until they rectify the despicable way they treated Genie Francis. Plain and simple, I’ve had enough. This was a breaking point for me. Keep shoving new characters down our throat, which apparently they have room in the budget for, while getting rid of the beloved fan favorites that are the very fabric of General Hospital. It was a slap in the face to Genie, and a slap in the face to the loyal fans that are the reason this show is still on the air.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    I couldn’t have said it better, Dan. I don’t care either–and did not read interview.

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    Tori replied

    I’m with you Dan & feel the same way. The actor who plays Peter who happens to turn out to be Faisons other son is actually the real life boyfriend of Laura Wright who plays Carly. Unbelievable, FV hires his pals boyfriends now! With him it’s pay the men unbelievable amounts of money but the women are treated with so much less! The way he treated Genie & the Laura*Kevin romance & her running for mayor are solidy fan favorites but are totally left out of what should be front burner story because he’s scared someone else may get some attention & ratings for #GH other then his pet pals! We want Laura*Kevin front & center with Laura having her mayor storyline back! Fans are so sick of The mobsters storylines & of Sonny be shoved into everyones storyline. Laura was affected by Faison as well. He held her son Lucky captive leading her to believe he was dead. FV has got to go,he’s not treating our favorite characters fairly & the fans are sick and tired of it and won’t take it any longer!

    Carrie replied

    Here, here!

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    Carrie replied

    oops I mean Hear Hear! :-)

    Kay replied

    Totally agree. So sick of all of Frank’s pets getting airtime while true GH characters get the shaft and only prop his newbies. The way Genie Francis was treated was deplorable. Fans were excited she was finally getting a story instead of babysitting Spencer and Frank yanked it and let her go. He needs to go for ruining GH. His “vision” is not the GH fans have loved for years!

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    Elaine replied

    100% agree

    Mary replied

    If Tony Geary were still with the show Frank would be doing everything possible to give him the best story lines. Genie has no importance in Frank’s mind.

    davleestev1 replied

    Agreed on Genie Francis. I have britbox for my UK soap fix but I am MOST DEFINITELY on an can’t miss DAYS and Y&R kick. OUR most enjoyable easy to binge soaps. And while I’m at it SHOCKER. .I’m binging the new DYNASTY. .the show is highly entertaining. PERIOD!

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    Sassy Duck replied

    Dear Frank.

    As a fan of GH since its inception. I grew to love the characters and storylines, especially those written for Genie Francis. Watching her grow into a formidable actress and story character was one of the highlights of tuning into the show each day, throughout the years. She is TRULY the heart and soul of GH.

    It saddens me to say, Frank, you seem to have no historical love or appreciation for GH, and I find that so hard to comprehend. It has been disheartening to watch the gradual demise of a once stellar show. Your talents were so apparent on OLTL, another soap I started watching in the early 70s. But, your disrespect for General Hospital’s legacy, and its iconic characters, I find difficult to fathom.

    The show is now glutted with new actors whose stories have taken away from the legacy families – the Hardy’s, the Spencer’s, the Scorpio’s and especially, the Quartermaine’s – that are now a shadow of their former selves. There has been no “family” continuity for years, as there has been with other soaps. The exception is the Corintho’s family, whose mob storylines are now passe and dull. This is GENERAL HOSPITAL, not ‘Mobster’s Inc.”.

    Beloved characters have been ‘killed’ off’, fired, or put on ‘recurring’ status. And, iconic actors such as Mac, Felicia, Kevin, Scott, Lucy, and especially, Genie, have all but been shoved to the back burner.

    When you say that Kelly is a fantastic actress, I have to disagree, at least right now. From what I have seen with her character development over the years, if she is such a great actress, then the writers need to step up to the plate and really showcase her talent. Her character, once a bad-ass, and fun to watch, is now passive and boring. I haven’t been able to get into her storylines, including the current one with Drew/Jason, for the past several years. True, her character is a now a mom, but the tiger in her still needs to be let out and written into the scripts. You’ve done it for Carly. Why not for her? Also, Sam’s monotone vocalizing, as well as walking around with a perpetual rain cloud hovering above her for years, is part of the reason I’ve lost interest in the character.

    As to the chemistry between Sam (Kelly) and Drew (Billy), I again, have to disagree. He is a far superior actor, and I love and appreciate how he is re-inventing himself into his new character. There are unique and very deep layers evolving as he finds his footing. Billy is unbelievably talented and needs to be paired with someone his equal.

    I loved Jessica Tuck’s character on OLTL. She is a force to be reckoned with, but her current and brief stint added nothing to the show. I fault the writers for that. Again, disrespect for another multi-talented actress.

    I’m also weary of all of the ‘beefcake’, too. The storylines are shallow and offer no depth or interest to the show, or its characters, It may be fine for the younger generation, but for those of us more ‘mature’ fans, while it’s ‘cute’ from time-to-time, it’s getting old very quickly. How many times do we have to see six or eight packs? I believe many fans feel the same way. The demographics cover a great deal more than just 18-40 year-olds. Please keep in mind, all of us long-time, loyal fans, too. ALL demographics love GREAT stories.

    Frank, please give us stronger, deeper and more nuanced characters and storylines that keep us breathless at the end of each episode, thirsting for more. Yes. We really do want “the sweeps’ every day. We want strong women in dominant roles and stories; we deserve that, and more. Also, where are the social issue stories such as LGBT, sexual harassment, as well as others that could be ripped from the headlines?

    And, finally, Frank, I know there is goodness in your heart somewhere, way down deep. Please keep Genie doing what she does best – inspiring, entertaining and giving heartfelt performances that ALL of the fans, young and mature, are craving to see. You never would have done to Erika Slezak or Robin Strasser, what you’ve done to Genie! Please help us understand. We truly want to know. Not, as a means to castigate you, but as a way to help us come to terms with your decision.

    Perhaps, I’m a hopeless romantic when it comes to GH, but hope still springs eternal in this somewhat ‘used and aging’ heart of mine. I may be nearing 70, but there’s still a lot of piss and vinegar left in me. And my 70, is the new 45.

    Yours truly,
    A Devoted GH fan

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    Cathy replied

    I am in total agreement! As a fan who has watched since the first episode, I share the same feelings of loss for veterans and core families being ignored or killed off one by one!
    Putting Genie on recurring was the straw, Frank! All the ignorance you have provided for GH was nothing compared to the disrespect you have shown to Genie and fans.
    Stop patting yourself on the back bud, you don’t deserve it. Bring back Genie and give some love to core families and GH’s rich history or you might be looking for work soon. GH cant last with your kind of vision.

    Debra m replied

    You expressed yourself so beautifully and I agree with all you said. I feel so bad for the way Genie has been treated. She is an icon, it was both Luke and Laura that saved GH years ago . I doubt they ever would have treated Tony Geary like this. I don’t think I ever saw a story dropped so quickly and a performer instantly off a show. I think us viewers deserve an explanation. I am sure there is alot more to the story. If is a money issue, why were other actors issues resolved (William De Vry). Genie deserves the respect, for all the years she’s given to the show.

    Sherri replied

    Could not have said it better!!

    Patrick replied

    @Sassy

    it’s with wonderment that i’m reading a lot of excellent “feedback” on the tenure of thee “Frank Valentini” ( and shelley )

    they are now engulfed and aflame… in all the consequences allegedly darting in and around … and permeating our existence

    what a SHOW.

    ANSWER

    have to gavel and showcase : Billy Miller and Kelly Monaco… END THIS

    OKAY – we ALL KNOW this – Billy Miller is one of if not thee… HOTTEST imagination trigger. in a heartbeat yeah. without question … it’s my turn

    WHEW ! how could things go so wrong

    GAVEL TIME : per @Sassy eloquently puts

    He is a far superior actor, and I love and appreciate how he is re-inventing himself into his new character. There are unique and very deep layers evolving as he finds his footing. Billy is unbelievably talented and needs to be paired with someone his equal ”

    BRAVO – thank you for sharing ! he’s so damned gosh danged it … the best

    OK – I just read on Yahoo.com… please God give me this… a thread stating… Y&R is … bringing Michael Muhney back ! the other bigger than life

    OK – when you have the ultimate feast of mega watt HOT w/ acting talent. YOU DO NOT SQUANDER

    you do not lose your canvas with lost writing. with lost production

    Frank Valentini ( and Shelley )

    woah… your tenure is most definitely in question

    Harry replied

    Oh Sassy Duck, your letter to Frank is a thing of beauty.
    Thank you.
    I appreciate the interview, Mr Fairman. And I understand this interview took place before word got out that they were putting Genie Frances on reoccurring status. So, there is some degree of hindsight injected into my perception of this interview. Not one word about Laura running for mayor? This tells me Frank knew this was coming and had not bothered letting the writers know first. As I recall, the new head writer Mr Fairman interviewed last month spoke of honoring legacy characters and he specifically mentioned how excited he was about Laura running for mayor.
    What happened to Genie didn’t surprise me as I felt unsteady about her job security for quite some time. You know why? All the contract characters have their own set. Sonny, Alexis, Anna, Carly, Lizzy, Franco, Sam, Drew, Lulu, Dante, Maxie, Dante, Valentin, Nina, Ava, and hell, even the brand new character Kim has her own set. But no set for Laura. This is why she had to move in with Lulu and Dante after Valentin kicked her out of Wyndemere. Then she marries Kevin, and still, no set for Laura. What happened to Kevin’s very cool Lighthouse? I loved that set. But they must have dismantled it and never thought Kevin and Laura deserved that set to be rebuilt for them.
    I don’t pretend to know what transpires behind the scenes of soap operas, but I do know that when a contracted actor plays a character without their own set, that they are not valued by TPTB. Genie deserved better—the fans deserved better

    Mary replied

    @ sassyduck

    In complete fairness, Anna Lee (Lila Quartermaine) died in 2004. John Ingle (Edward Quartermaine) died in 2012. Stuart Damon (Alan Quartermaine) was let go from the show in 2007. Jane Elliott (Tracy Quartermaine) has left the show. AJ Quartermaine was killed by Sonny. There is no one left in that family. I agree with everything else in your post. I want them to bring back Alexis.

    becca replied

    i love sam and drew. she just needs to find her spunk again and be the wife he needs. Billy Miller is awesome actor and deserves to be onthe big screen or primetime permantly. hes my favorite. i have loved Genie ever sence luke and laura and still miss those days. shes got a lot more to bring to that role and its a shame it is not being seen.

    Jacquie Rivera replied

    On point! I was just thinking the same thing. Valentini needs to address the Genie Francis situation that is the elephant in the room.

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    Sassy Duck replied

    Thank you all for your positive comments – Cathy, Debra M., Sherri, Patrick and Jacquie. A great deal of thought went into that letter. It’s so easy to be critical and hateful with our comments. I didn’t want it to be a ‘rant’ filled with anger, but one with sincere and authentic words that expressed my sadness and disappointment . I’ve found that people respond much better to constructive feedback when it is written or spoken with a gentler hand or voice.

    Over the years, I’ve learned to temper my own criticisms as I realize that first, we are all human. We have the ability to irreparably damage others with our hurtful words. I truly believe there is compassion in all of us, including Frank. While I don’t agree with everything he said, we all deserve to be heard. The world would be a rather vanilla place if we never disagreed with each other. Civility has a place, and I would love to see that honored in these types of forums.

    Mary replied

    I completely agree with every word you’ve posted Dan.

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    becca replied

    you are so right Sassy duck. when you speak about and actor or actress you can do serious damage to their careers. thank you for those words. we should all realize that words can hurt.

    96meimei replied

    I really and most sincerely agree with all these replies.

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  2. Gracee says:

    Frank sounds like Trump in this interview.

    Everything was my idea and its going to be great.

    Frank how about you let your writers write and stop interfering. Your constant brilliant casting moves are the biggest problem on this show and the writers cant keep up with the idiocy. Stop casting in parking lots and grocery stores and let the best casting guy in the business Mark Teschner do his job for which is has won numerous awards.

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    Ric replied

    Well said!

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    96meimei replied

    I know right

  3. Dawn says:

    That Finn & Anna answer is garbage considering what happens in a few weeks. LOL.

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    SpixieFan replied

    What happens? Finn is the first Micheal Easton character on GH I like Lol Please don’t tell me they kill him. :(

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    Mari replied

    Agreed. I enjoy the characters of Anna and Finn separately not as a couple. It is forced with all the cutesy comments. I am no Hayden fan by any means but now he’s fallen for Anna? Come on even for soaps it’s far fetched.

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  4. Betsy says:

    Don’t care about any of this! Tired of the boring triangle. Faison is boring and clownish! I was interested in n the mayoral story until idiot Frank took Laura out if it! He needs to stop stunt casting and bringing in boring newbies like Oscar and Peter! Bring back Genie Francis!!!

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    Grant Putnam replied

    Faison’s post-Christmas break return meant pushing Cassandra, Valentin, Nina, Sam, Drew and Laura off-canvas. Genie got the worst of it because she was going to contract with the likes of Bobby, Scotty, Lucy, Felicia, Mac, Kevin, Diane, Max, Mylo, Lucas, Valerie etc.

    BTW, no Nurses Ball 2018 question was posed???

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  5. MB says:

    Frank is clueless as ever and continually shows who he is and what is imp’t to him.

    He admits stacking the deck for Miller over Burton, because that’s how it has to be. Yes, it has to be a soap refugee and Frank hire that gets the hand over a long time Vet, one who just pulled his show out of the toilet.

    He loves the Dream/Jasam fan wars, he produces a show that caters to and preys on shippers.

    His main concern is employing and propping his OLTL actors Easton and Howarth. It was his idea to put Easton with Finola, needing to try and make him work yet again and we are on redemption story number one hundred for Franco because he’ll never cut his losses with Franco and let his friend go. And he thinks they’re both funny. I’m sure he does, plenty of fans don’t. Long time GH fans would like to see the GH they love, characters and actors they love, not McBain trying to be quirky and Todd doing his schtick as a new character that constantly needs to be propped up. Keeping these guys going, and yucking it up while they do their schtick, thinking there are a lot of GH fans who care about it, is just so completely clueless.

    All of it is so clear when he talks about Jessica Tuck. First she’s one of his best friends. Check. She was on OLTL. Check. Then she’s one of the most loved actresses ever in soaps. So? He still thinks that actors from other soaps mean something. He has not figured anything out in six years or he just doesn’t care. Why would he? He gets to hire his friends and keep them employed. Then when they tank the show, he gets a Vet like Robin in the past, or Burton more recently to bring the ratings back up, and after that happens it’s back to his friends. So Genie is dumped and Howarth is on redemption story 100.

    GH gives you blips of hope, but with Frank in charge, nothing is ever going to change. I never like to say I’m done with GH, but I just about am. I had some hope with Jason’s return, the first couple of months were very good. But as per the way Frank says his storytelling needs to go, Drew having everything, constantly being propped and Jason having nothing doesn’t work for me. And the Killy/Dream stuff is nauseating. And I’m not a shipper, I don’t care who is with who. Then we have this Franco nonsense, a character who so many dislike, who so many are sick of. And of course as I mentioned, Genie tossed to the curb. The bodies just pile up for Frank. Ian, Kanan, Thompson, Tyler and so many more Vets marginalized except when they need to pull his show out of the toilet.

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    Bobbie replied

    You are 100% dead on the money with everything you said!
    Frank needs to go!

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    Chrystie_Delancey replied

    I agree. I really don’t see this chemistry he is talking about with Finola and Michael. They had “friend chemistry” when they were turning the heat up on Faison literally and we need more male/female friendships not forced romances.

    I think they probably promised Steve Burton the moon regardless of how many “cards” he was given. He has his single opening credit card. That speaks volumes to me.

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    Mari replied

    I see friends not soul mates.

    Patrick replied

    @MB – on so may levels… YES ! RIGHT ON !

    for me to stand – your para on FV pets… Michael Easton and Roger Howarth.

    especially… have to vent about , whatever HE sees… in Finn and Anna.

    it’s an abomination … to do this to Finola Hughes character. never in a million years would these two connect. NEVER

    we’ve seen ME Finn propped with Jane Elliott , Tracy Quartermaine. that surely would have died… had she continued on the show

    he performs miracles @GH hospital. he’s the best reformed addict I’ve ever “seen”. in two years , from the time his wife died… he’s schlepped on to Hayden w/child… and now… he’s twisting and trying to turn with Anna.

    what gives ? FV agenda

    as for Roger Howarth. God… I DO NOT CARE what goes ON – in his – head.

    from wiki: “…On May 29, 2013, Howarth’s new character on General Hospital was revealed; he was cast as Franco ”

    THATS 4 1/2 years of no where… nada… done… GOD his saving grace is Rebecca Herbst.

    GIVE HIM HIS MANHOOD.. a bigger schlep. if I ever have to see him flutter his eyes… looks of dismay… back and forth with his insecurity at losing Liz. GOD

    seriously… this coming from the man of the hour.. who reigned @OLTL. GH.. LISTEN !!!!! he’s still got IT

    I don’t know why… FV is so caught up in Sonny / Carly / Jason / Sam / Finn / Michael / Nelle / Franco

    I don’t know

    this is @ it’s worst

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  6. James Moya says:

    Why cant you ask him why Jason hasn’t found out that Sonny killed Aj. Don’t you think that is kind of important. Aj was a Quartermaine.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    YES!!!! And how ANYONE who cared for AJ (Monica, Liz, Michael) can even LOOK at Sonny! But Jason (whom I happen to like) has always been a disappointment when it came to protecting or showing any empathy toward AJ. Then they had Michael do the same. Michael got close and now doesn’t even talk about AJ; harbors no resentment. I get that he loves Sonny…but it’s okay with him that they tortured his father long before Sonny actually killed him? Hanging him on a meat hook? Dousing him with alcohol? Threatening him each time he attempted/begged to have time with his son???

    It’s always been a sore spot on this show. Hated it then/hate it now.

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    96meimei replied

    this still aggravates the heck out of me

    Justin replied

    Exactly! How is that just ignored. AJ was still Jason’s brother.

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    becca replied

    so is drew. he lost a lot too. he didnt ask for this. he had a life.

    dmr replied

    I absolutely do; however, IF it is even mentioned, Saint Sonny will somehow be redeemed and it will be justified in Jason’s eyes.

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    Boop replied

    Jason didn’t care about A.J. So, he doesn’t care.

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    rebecca1 replied

    He didn’t for the longest time, Boop. But then there was that time, not sure when but Jason went to the crypt and apologized to his brother. Said he understood now what he didn’t understand then…seemed like he regretted how he treated AJ.

    But then they undid that heartfelt moment, just as they did by FINALLY having Michael hear AJ’s side, bond with him, grow to love him and then, after turning against Sonny for killing AJ…all was forgiven. As if AJ never even happened.

    ALWAYS a sore point in this show!

    Fanny replied

    And A.J. Didn’t care about Jason in the least…No relationship
    good or bad is one sided.

    rebecca1 replied

    Hi Fanny…

    AJ cared about Jason. Jason rejected AJ along with every other Q after the accident, took Carly and Jason’s side against AJ, never lifted a finger to help him or defend him, and was complicit i stealing Michael away from AJ…first…by keeping Michael for himself and then when Michael was adopted by Sonny. And, still, no matter how low Jason sank, Alan and Monica stood by him, while AJ was constantly belittled. Even Emily, at some point, barely acknowledged AJ’s existance and adored Jason.

    I just looked it up out of curiosity but it seems that, as I mentioned, Jason went to AJ’s tomb in 2007 to apologize for keeping Michael away from him. However, that sudden revelation seems to have gone the route of Michael’s eventual love for AJ.

    Unfortunately, many a relationship is one-sided…as in unrequited love or one family member disowning another (there are families who disown children for their sexuality or marrying out of their religion, having a child out of wedlock, being on drugs, etc) …one friend growing apart from the friend who wants to stay friends, etc. It doesn’t always “take two to tango…” just one to step away.

    Grant Putnam replied

    AJ came back from the dead like the same week Jason was ‘killed off by faux-Duke’. So the real Jason does not even know that Monica harbored him for years, he came back and reunited with Michael, started a relationship with Liz all to have it abruptly ended at the hands of Sonny. There were rumblings that Mr Kanan was removed in haste due to off screen behaviour so if he left a bad taste with producers it could explain why he is never mentioned by the Quatermaine clan (although when Drew saved Sonny and was clinging for life and decided to grow a beard, Monica did say something like “if he dies, I will have lost both my son’s because of you” or something to that effect). I was surprised when Michael’s backstory was revisted by Carly and Sonny on Christmas that they mentioned AJ for the first time in years. Perfect time to address this plot point to Jason but the audience was left with a gaping hole that will likely never be addressed.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Hi Grant Putnam…

    Yes, what was reported at the time was that Sean Kanan was extremely happy to be asked back and was looking forward to a good story. However, as it goes Ron resorted to “fat” jokes (he had characters reference Sean’s weight gain) and the pickle relish story. Sean (again, as reported back then) was said to have wanted a relationship in story (as he felt those were important to character) and they gave the AJ/Elizabeth a shot (which I loved at the time) and then had her completely abandon him when he was accused of murder.

    As now with Genie (Laura) many of us were completely thrilled to have AJ return…and in the form of Sean Kanan was fantastic! (Billy Warlock had taken over the role for a long time and I actually grew to like him…thought he did a great job) but I was thrilled Kanan was back! So fun to see him in the role again and so nostalgic…

    And then, he and Ron had a dispute over AJ’s story and he was fired. Name calling on Twitter ensued…with Ron insulting Kanan.

    Still, that shouldn’t have affected “AJ.” If, unfortunately Ron and Sean weren’t getting along don’t kill the character, too!!! Wow! Ron just killed a Q without a blink on an eye…And talk about dropping a good story! FINALLY, there was justice! Michael finally heard his father’s side of things, finally realized how much AJ loved him and wanted to be a part of his life…finally Michael was able to hear AJ without Sonny and Carly’s poison against him that he was raised with and finally Michael distanced himself from Sonny in defense of AJ.

    And then the writers set the clock back as if it never happened, Michael goes back to the loving arms of Sonny and sits there like a fool while Sonny and Carly once again blame AJ for everything (in that Christmas episode you referred to). It was a sickening moment in GH “history.” (And a ridiculous oversight or purposeful move by the writers.)

  7. Suzie rm says:

    Don’t care anything about Frank of hi ideas. Every show needs a heart and that was Laura

    They need a new producer over there

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    becca replied

    yes AJ the original looked more like jason than Billy Warlock.

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  8. Mark says:

    Wow! I feel the exact same way as Dan. I took GH out of my DVR and just stopped watching once I learned the horrible way in which Genie Francis was treated. Laura has always been my favorite character. I don’t understand how other soaps can weave their veterans into great story telling but GH just seems to send their veterans to the ‘grave’, so to speak. I have been loyal to that show and have gone along for the ride no matter what story they’re telling, without a complaint. As a former loyal viewer, there is comfort in seeing the characters you know and love grow and change. That’s what kept me coming back. However, I am loyal to a fault, and if you can’t be loyal to my favorite character then I can’t be loyal to watching the show without them. Good luck to them.

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    becca replied

    she brought depth and reasoning to the show.

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  9. Carlee says:

    Poor FH having to be saddled with ME. I guess she lost the Russian Roulette spin.

    Frank get a clue. Your obsession is a failure in the 900 characters you have given him and now you saddle 1 of the best leading ladies this show has ever had.

    ME is totally out of his depth in every scene with FH and its not pretty to watch.

    Stop sacrificing our vets to continually prop your obsessions and BFFs

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  10. Donna Jackson says:

    I have lost all interest in watching GH when they have made it perfectly clear that they have not one ounce of commitment to the LGBT community and LGBT representation. By sending Kristina and Parker away Frank and Nathan have shown repeatedly that only their favorites are important not the fans of GH. Then Frank fires the woman who was one half of the greatest super couple in daytime television who might I add saved GH from being cancelled it just continues to reinforce my belief that Frank and Nathan have every intention of having GH cancelled.

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  11. Steve says:

    Since you were talking about storylines, the mayoral campaign and Charles Street weren’t discussed?

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  12. christy says:

    Great move to bring back GH’s golden boy, the one the only Jason Morgan!! Now let’s have a JaSam reunion and all will be right in Port Charles.

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    Mari replied

    Yes, Jasam do belong together.

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    Elaine replied

    No on all levels.Time to retire the one trick pony

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    becca replied

    no. tired of sam being last in his life. jason is married to the mob and Sonny. plus all they going to do is put Liz back in the mix before its over with. Sick of it. With Drew she is first. never liked the way he threatned her years ago. hes the reason she did te things she did. she loved him with all her heart. for what? he left her after she was shot and couldnt have babies. that was just wrong for him to do. he let Alexis tell him what to do. Think for yourself Jason.

  13. Carrie Nauseda says:

    Sadly this interview only confirms why Gh is losing so many fans. They have a blind man sitting in the drivers seat. I hope tptb fix this mess soon before GH is with AMC and OLTL. He has no idea what fans want only what he wants. They have had wonderful opportunities with great s/l’s and fabulous actors yet our great vets are left dormant. He continues to blow up the cast with actors and unneeded characters. What he has done with our Gh vets is ridiculous!

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    Carrie Nauseda replied

    Where are all our great actors?? Tyler, Theresa, Bradford, Jackie Rick ,Ryan .Perry Sonya Derk Drew Christina, John York etc… Not to mention what was done to Steve, Tyler, Jason. and now our beloved Genie??? Gh needs to wake the hell up!! Fans are fed up with Frank!

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    becca replied

    but everyone seems to think that Steve Burton an save it all byhimself. no he cant.

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  14. Chrystie_Delancey says:

    Sorry, don’t see the chemistry between Kelly Monaco and anyone OTHER than Michael Easton and Greg Vaughn when he played Lucky. There was never a hotter costar than when she was on Port Charles as Livvie and Michael as Caleb … never!

    When he played John McBain, before all the hoopla with Prospect Park (thanks for nothing!) they had a great thing going the way he pulled her into a kiss on the docks. They were hot. I just don’t see it with Billy Miller, but he was great with Amelia Heinle.

    Just because two actors are beautiful and have gorgeous bodies, does not mean they have “chemistry.”

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    Elaine replied

    Billy and Kelly have amazing chemistry together.

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    becca replied

    billy and kelly are awesome together. Nothing there with Michael.

    Harry replied

    Perception of couple chemistry is entirely subjective. That said, Billy and Kelly bore me to tears.

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  15. Chrystie_Delancey says:

    Please, the Jedi Challenge Game was put in because parent company, Disney, needed more promotion and product placement. Sony does the same. Watching that episode was like a commercial — putting Disney toys in the Toys for Tots bin. Come on.

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  16. aria says:

    I don’t know what to say about FV, i was a fan, but now i don’t know, the things i’ve been hearing about from daytime confidential to soap central don’t put him in a good light, and now w/ this interview where he basically takes credit fort everything from jasons return, to jesica tuck casting, to finn and annna pairing, if he’s going to take credit for all those, then he can also take credit for genie francis demotion, to the show heading back to being about only 4 characters(sonny, carly,jasn and sam) everyone else is relegated to supporting characters. lets hope things get straighten out soon, i’m hanging in there.

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  17. Denise G says:

    Really hope this triangle has some type of resolution in the near future. I love the Drew and Sam pairing but I’m not interested in Drew being the doting husband while his wife daydreams of another man.Give him a woman that’s in love with him and him only please. Thanks

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    becca replied

    sam needs to appreciate a man who loves her and puts her first. jason done said he wasnt fighting for her. she doesnt need anyone who doesnt feel she not worth the trouble. Drew loves her. shes everything to him.

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  18. John says:

    Could care less what he has to say after letting Genie Francis go and honestly how many times do they have to recycle Faision ???

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  19. JLH says:

    I was interested in what he had to say about Jessica Tuck and Tamara Braun but Genie was the big elephant in the article. The departures of actors usually don’t affect me much but this…

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  20. Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco says:

    I wish GH would take advantage of this killer flu epidemic- it is certainly timely, GH is a hospital-also could inform people how to protect themselves-and what a way to trim the huge cast. I was not thrilled to hear of Burton’s return-but him smashing through that window-excellent- and I have enjoyed seeing him and I think he is a good actor. I tend to dislike new characters-mostly because I want to see my favorites and have been unhappy with the ones that have been let go-but I loved Cassandra/Jessica Tuck and from this interview does that mean she might return? Hope so. I did find it glaringly odd that the huge needle that did her in landed squarely in the center of her left breast and just pointed right out. I did not want to like Dr. Kim, but she does-to me-seem to effortlessly fit right in and enjoy seeing this character. Nelle is such an odd bird-I really thought she would be killed off or receive some kind of punishment-but I guess she is the character destined to be the one we love to hate. I do wish she would shoplift and dine and dash at the Metro Court.

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    Patrick replied

    Chloe Lanier – Nelle

    btw- love your last line… may as well give Nelle some quirk and oddity

    I do not like her any more. my loitering days are over… I had hoped.. even tho I knew it was impossible..to see Nelle some how out of the Corinthos’ orbit. she’s saddled with Carly and Michael. how dull is that ? there’s not one reason to challenge herself . God … what the actors must feel. about sidling up to the “first” family. Sonny / Carly / Michael / Josslyn BLECH

    Michael and Nelle. oh my GOD the sacharinly sweet sweet child. is going to be a father. his righteousness … his staunch manhood at running ELQ and being on the hospital board… all because he’s the love child of Carly Sonny and the Quartermaine

    GOD… what a trying circumstance to have to dance with “him”.

    HE HAS NO PERSONALITY ! because of his birthright… FIRE HIM

    get another actor WHO HAS SKILL SET. Nelle just looks at him mystified and bewildered that she has to partner and “spar” WHAT?

    all the changes going on right now.. with Nelle… her one chance at any life in Port Charles is Michael baby. otherwise she’s done… and I dont’ care … if it means one less dullard. so be it.

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  21. Ashland22Cripton says:

    I think that Finn could be Faison’s son!

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  22. Melissa says:

    After reading this article, I now understand why the show is SO awful! What a hot frickin’ mess!

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  23. K/kay says:

    All due respect this interview could not have waited to be printed a couple of weeks after the fiasco with Genie? What was the rush??

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    Michael Fairman replied

    Hi K/Kay:
    I wish I could have as well, but then a major part of the storylines discussed would have happened and played out in a couple of weeks and this would have made no sense and been out of date. I a extremely sensitive to the Genie situation, wanted to get some quotes, but again, this interview was conducted a few weeks back, prior to that news, and no one wants to make an official comment at this time from the show on the Genie contract status.

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    Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco replied

    I appreciate the article and you are always sensitive and respectful to our shows and stars and staff. I certainly do not agree with some of Frank’s casting and story decisions-at all. But I am not going to bash or insult him or stop watching the show. Thanks, Michael.

    nancy dillingham replied

    I’ll bet they don’t want to “make an official comment.” Their abhorrent action re Genie is all the “comment” necessary! :)

    su0000 replied

    Hi Michael.
    Can you do some investigating on the Genie fiasco?

    1( it as sudden-
    how long had her downgrade been in progress and the real reason for Genies departure.?

    2( Why no negotiations?
    It makes no sense that there was no negotiating. (that is bothersome)

    Everything is negotiated when it comes to keeping a Star on set.

    K/kay replied

    Thank you Michael it is your blog you have a right I understand now I did not mean any dis respect I know you have been a champion for the genre I just went a little crazy as for Genie she has not had major story in a long time his decision I just think he could have respected her more but then again I was not there. I just go back to that old line you need to leave with the person who brought you to the party she helped pave the way for a lot of these actresses but I totally understand why they are silent they also need their pay check.

    jeffrie replied

    Michael really curious to see how Frank is going to dig himself out of this Genie situation because trust me this is not going away !Everyone i know have stopped watching seems the mob will be playing to an empty house!!!!

    Justin replied

    They want the situation to go away, and it clearly is not. They are going to have to answer. This goes beyond a fan favorite being axed, this touches on current woman’s issues in this country, and soaps are not immune to it.

  24. Max Daddee says:

    I totally agree with Dan’s comment. I am fed up with the way Valentini handles things. Genie Francis being demoted to “recurring” status was the straw that broke the camels back for me. I’ll start watching the show again if he comes to his senses and corrects that situation. Dropping Rebeca Buddig was quite a mistake also.

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    su0000 replied

    Is it a positive that FV was the person that put Genie on recurring or did it come from above FV? I dunno ..

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    Steve replied

    All the reports indicate it was Frank’s decision and not Varni’s or anyone else at ABC.

    Ashland22Cripton replied

    Steve, just because the reports say it,doesn’t always mean that those reports are true.

  25. Bostonnc says:

    Sorry Michael but you need to call him back. It is not enough for the network or Frank to say they don’t comment on the contract status of actors. It’s Genie Freaking Francis! This isn’t going away. After his horribly disrespectful tweet the very day the news of Genie being fired broke — that alone requires explaining. I removed GH from my DVR and won’t watch until Genie is back on contract.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Haven’t watched a day of GH since that horrific action towards Genie–and this is a viewer who has been a faithful viewer since Genie first came on the show–wait, since Angie got burned and came into GH. NOW you know how long ago that was!
    Au revoir! Bye, Bye, Caio, Adios.

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    jeffrie replied

    What was the tweet i feel i must have missed that?

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    JMER replied

    I agree. If Frank won’t talk, go talk to someone higher up the chain of command. ABC/Disney needs to understand that “no comment” is unacceptable to fans. This is a serious issue having to do not just with disrespect to the show history and the fans but the entire women’s MeToo movement. There is no way any of what’s going on can be slipped under the rug, which is apparently what they’re trying to do, when it insults their main target audience, women. Disney tweeted that most of their Board of Directors is comprised of women and minorities recently (Jan 14). Well, maybe these women would like to hear what’s going on at ABC right under their noses in a women’s genre. I am betting these women have heard of Laura and her portrayer, Genie Francis.

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  26. Maxine says:

    Wow Frank sounds confident in this article I personally think they jumped the shark in 2017. The writers created a story so implausible that Science Fiction wouldn’t touch. There is absolutely no purpose for a memory swapping machine and it was just created to give Burton back the role as it seems he just can’t another role. Does anyone actually believe this story? I have seen a lot of crazy television shows but this one takes first place for a story line that makes no sense. Also since they are called General Hospital I thought they would have gotten the science right on Alzheimer’s but they botched that. I am still watching the show but I wish they would just stop saying that Jason’s friends and family knew all along who Jason really was. I wish they can just forget 2017 because in the beginning it was okay but it went down hill when they brought back Burton because they came up with a crap reason on why he is the real Jason. People do come and go but not like this. They spent two years proving Miller was Jason and had everyone confirm it so no doubt would be raised and then in 2017 just say twin and then it’s explained how everyone was wrong.

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    Carrie replied

    Although I agree with you: They started jumping the shark with the 1981 Ice Princess Weather-Control machine courtesy of Mikkos Cassadine. We’ve been cursed with those damn Cassadines (except for a few nice ones) ever since. :-)

    I echo your comments about the two wasted years the supporting characters spent discussing and confirming that Billy Miller was without a doubt 100% Jason.

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    becca replied

    yes it was all a waste of my time. idrather they let him come on as jasons younger brother than to have this suituation now. its not fun to watch two brothers on the outs with each other over a woman. even though i love Drew ns Sam. wish it was over with. would like to see some bonding with drew and jason.

  27. Cathy says:

    I think the past 6+ months of GH have been fantastic and think Chris is doing an excellent job as co-HW. Frank is brilliant for pairing Michael Easton & Finola Hughes and I’m thrilled that he loves the pairing on screen because they have A TON of potential.

    Guess I’m in the minority on Genie. I watched in the heyday with L&L, but over the past 20+ years she has not been a big presence on the show, and quite honestly I have never been very interested in any of the the stories she has been in. I’m fine with her being on a recurring basis. I think contracts should be reserved for people who are leads and driving a lot of story for an extended period. I don’t think a “seniority” system works in entertainment or on soaps. Sorry, just not interested in seeing that much of Laura on my screen anymore.

    Good interview MF – brave of you to stick it out given the current climate on social media ;-)

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    Carrie replied

    Part of viewers’ complaints over the years was Genie was vastly underused and underwritten over the last 20 years. But, we were all just so thankful for the little scraps they gave us in the last few years and happy they finally put her back on contract. Such a shame she was just starting to gain more story and they axed it. Since you are familiar with the hey dey, you have witnessed she can hold her own and be just as superb as Finola Hughes. Laura can be just as tough and physical as Anna DeVane whenever written as such. It seems Gloria Monty was the only producer who saw it and gave her that platform. Everyone after Gloria has wanted Laura to simply be Mommie and Grandma. Any time Laura has a shot at being more than just Mommie or Grandma, the rug gets pulled out from under her. Figuratively speaking, it’s like Helena Cassadine’s curse against Laura also cursed Genie.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, art reflecting realilty. TPTB at GH have certainly “cursed” Genie. So sad she endured that and yet came back time and again to, in her own words, her “famiy” where she literally grew up. Where is the compassion in this cold, cold world.? Genie, we love you, and send our comfort and compassion to you. We’ll see you somewhere else on another set where you and your talents will be loved and nurtured. (I’m still hoping, waiting for someone who appreciates your comedic and improvisational skills to develop a comedy for you !) You are strong and courageous and you will be vindicated. Hold on tight! We’re encircling you with our love.

    Timmm replied

    Someone finally gets it! Genie WAS great as Laura. The character never grew past the 1980′s! Concentrate on front burner stars who are relevant.

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    Dan replied

    The character of Laura is obviously still relevant, take a look at all the comments here and in the other stories about Genie on this and other sites. If the character wasn’t relevant, no one would have cared that she got let go. The overwhelming reaction to her being let go is proof that she is as relevant as ever. If there is an issue with character development and her not being a front burner star, that’s on Frank Valentini and the writers. The fans had been screaming out for Genie to be written for since she returned in 2015. Let’s not pretend that Laura was some relic character from the 80s that people stopped caring about.

    Fanny replied

    @Timmm…I second that emotion, there is a time and a place……….

  28. Sophie says:

    I think Jason’s return started out good. It was exciting but then it totally stalled. The writers promised a triangle & instead it’s been boring as hell. Jason refuses to fight for his wife & marriage, Sam is cold & callous to Jason while overly trying to pacify Drew and Drew is either raging or pouting. It took a nono-second for Jason to be neck deep in CarSon yet little to no thoughts of the Qs or his kids. This should’ve been a hot tempestuous triangle with longing, passionate kisses, affairs etc.. BORING.
    In the end GH should’ve explored Jason/Ava. Those two had chem to burn & the fallout would’ve been insane. Plus, Maura deserves a partner who can keep up with her. Matt is still in training wheels.

    The only parts of GH that truly work for me are Franco/Elizabeth, Kevin/Laura, Finn/Anna & the insertion of vets like Scott,Felicia, Bobbie,etc… Fanna has been a wonderful surprise I love their chemistry. Friz remain the best most romantic couple IMO. I friggin’ adore them.

    Michael, I really wish you had asked FV about the constant adding to the cast. It simply must stop. The cast is far too large. Couple that with MB/LW/SB/KM/BM’s massive airtime (62-68% of 2017 episodes) and everyone else gets crumbs. GH needs to cut unneeded characters like Nelle, Nina, Valentin, Amy, Stella, Peter August,Kim,Oscar. The pacing would improve & the show would run tighter with characters getting more story/POV.

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    Patrick replied

    “… Couple that with MB/LW/SB/KM/BM’s massive airtime (62-68% of 2017 episodes) and everyone else gets crumbs. ”

    let’s add in Michael, Nelle, Finn, Franco. that’s 9 actors out of the whole cast.

    your marquee above… is all I’ve ever wanted… REFOCUS .

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  29. SusyQ says:

    You really asked a question about Cassandra? A nothing character. Nothing against JTuck but come on! A better question would have been why a 20 year fan favorite like BHerbst is an afterthought in her own relationship. I really do like Liz/Franco, fantastic chemistry, but the relationship is all about Franco. She deserves more than being a +1in her own relationship.

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  30. Becky says:

    This just highlights how, even before the straw that broke the camel’s back (not renewing Genie Francis’ contract), Valentini had little ability or desire to make decisions that would benefit the show. The fans were not clamoring for more additions to the cast or a continued lack of balance re: airtime and stories. Did he just not answer the question about the Laura vs. Ned storyline that many of us were becoming invested in, or did you not ask about it?

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  31. SPankey says:

    I can’t even read this article. Knowing that he had already fired Genie just makes me sick. As bad as I want her back on GH, I truly believe she it to good for TPTB and they don’t deserve having her on their show. Onward to better things Genie!!!

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    Carrie replied

    Agreed. It is GH’s loss. Not Genie’s.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, Gh’s loss. Genie’s absences leaves–as it always has before–a giant, gaping void that cannot be filled by any other actor. The heart of GH had been cut out, thrown away, and stomped upon. But it still beats . . . .

  32. Reed says:

    I call BS on this piece and Michael needs to take a hit here. Even with the disclaimer about the timing of the interview (probably 1/8, the date of the ABC TCA), ABC’s policy, and Michael’s response to K/kay, you mean to tell me there was no question posed to Frank about the story line incorporating the majority of the cast and featuring Genie prominently? Even if recent events no longer support Frank’s response, the fans of this site still need to know that the question was asked. Since the 20th, you have upwards of 650 posts on Genie’s three threads, so this is obviously the story the fans want covered and yet there was no mention of this major story line during a one on one with Frank? I know it’s still football season, but there were some softballs lobbed up there. Can you say self-serving? Next time, let Lulu do the reporting.

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  33. Jimh says:

    Now lets do another one about Genie…why bring in more characters like Peter(this is costly and why he dropped Genie to recurring)-hope he isnt Faisons son..you already got Finn so make him Faisons son and causing angst in his relationship with Anna….show needs to dump Peter, Amy and a few others…

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Hey Jimh…LOL…noooooooooo….do not make Finn Faison’s son. Peter makes perfect sense (actually, I’m starting to like the character and hope it’s not just a temporary arc.) But, Finn? First, he’s a doctor and not hell bent on revenge. Second, as we just saw, he has no clue who Faison is.

    I like Finn and Anna. A lot. Also, for some reason even though Lulu and Dante are THE steady couple of the show and work so well together, I feel this undercurrent flirty nature between Peter and Lulu. Don’t know… But Peter’s a great, new, single male addition to Port Charles. Hope he stays!

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    Jimh replied

    Peter is obviously there to break up Dante and Lulu

  34. Victoria says:

    Don’t care to read anything Any of these writers have to say. They have ruined this show. I’ve watched for over 30 years. They do not know these characters at all. Ruined Jason abs Dam reunion and totally ruined Sams character

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  35. FAP says:

    I have bumped my viewing to recurring. Rehire Genie! #GenieIsGH

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Love it! Bumped your viewing to recurring. :) I echo your sentiment: Rehire Genie! #GenieIsGH! Come on, folks! Let’s let that be our rallying cry!

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  36. paul453 says:

    Stopped watching this show last Friday with the news of Genie Francis being taken off contract. I was only interested in Laura and Kevin. I have no interest in what FV has to say about these other characters.

    This reminds me of when Julia Barr (Brooke) was taken off contract for All My Children. The show wasn’t the same and never recovered.

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    Jamesj75 replied

    Paul, I completely agree with your sentiment, with regard to Genie Francis and Julia Barr. This producer has no clue when it comes to fans.

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  37. JasonLovesGH says:

    Quite frankly I don’t give a damn what this moron has to say anymore. He’s pompous and arrogant. Someone needs to hand his ass a pink slip. Pronto!

    I understand why you went ahead and printed this interview, Michael. However, I think that it’s necessary for you to request a follow up interview with this fool and DEMAND to know why Genie and her story were so abruptly dropped. If you are as sensitive to this situation as you say that you are then ask for the follow up. In all likelihood he’ll refuse to discuss this mind bending decision to terminate Ms. Francis. But the request should be made of this coward nonetheless.

    Yup, I’m still red hot pissed.

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  38. Patrick says:

    BEURGEONING “nothing” is going on between Anna and Finn

    this is dead on kaput

    what the effin is wrong with you ? if you see sexual chemistry… with them?

    wow

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    Patrick replied

    Hammer it home… get it in the noggin, already

    when you prop for another character who isn’t working… ie: Anna for Finn

    PLUS – you have two obvious propping for Michael Easton in one eppi

    1. you have Felicia trying to nail Finn in just admitting already that he’s in love with Anna.

    EXPLETIVE. if you can’t see it… you have an agenda that is so out of touch

    2. you even have Faison , as he’s pointing his gun @Finn… both at Anna’s. EVEN he’s admitting for the camera and the bludgeoned audience… that even he could see Anna falling in love with him… said it twice!

    what the hell is going on here ?

    blah blah blah… no matter how you cut it and dice. their is no sweeping melodrama load the libidizone… cause it’s not happening with these two.

    PS: GIVE MAC and Felicia a love story… they REEL BIG.

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    Mari replied

    Patrick you are so right. That scene with Felicia asking Finn to admit he was in love with Anna already, really? And then Faison as well. You shouldn’t have to hammer it home so hard..

  39. Donna says:

    OMG, you replaced one of the most loved icon character for Alexis frontburner..No one can stand her!! Her opinionated,selfish,critical woman that you take a shining too..Laura was from the most love character on the show..She was the 1st super couple Luke & Laura,if it wasn’t for these 2, GH, wouldn’t made it..You have had amazing couples, that was super.. Luke & Laura,their offsprings, Lucky & Liz, Lulu & Dante, Laura’s son Nickolas & Emily, Monica & Alan, their son Jason & Robin,then Jason & Sam, Frisco & Felicia, Robert & Anna, Sean & Tiffany,Edward & Lila, What makes a show is their core families..But no you want to get rid of them or pair them with different ones..You think you know what we the viewers want..But you don’t..with you messing with OLTL, what did that get you,Frank? A soap that went down the drain..you know nothing about what the viewers want..stop trying to make a movie,this is daytime!! You need to start listen to the people who matter, THE VIEWERS..WE WANT LAURA BACK, AND JASAM!!!! FIX IT!!!

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    dante williams replied

    Yes to all of this, Donna, I agree with everything you said.

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  40. Patrick says:

    “The “Jasoning” story”

    jesus Frank… “It’s all an equal match made in heaven” YES – they are beautiful people.. but that doesn’t make me want to know what they will do. you have to have acting skill

    at this point.. I have given up on Billy Miller. it was a fluke that he was so good on Y&R

    this gene pool… all of the characters in and around the Corinthos’ clan. dullard and that includes you , Frank, and Shelley.
    ———–
    I think both Steve Burton and Billy Miller stepped up to the plate with this story

    “…This story won’t stall for another couple of months, if ever! ” ALL one has to do and/or think.. is Kelly Monaco’ Sam as the end all be all… for either man.

    SB Jason hasn’t fought one iota… and Drew … never had to either… it was all Sam had to do was start renewing their marriage vows.. and pet and stroke . All is right with the world.. including a marriage. that’s the end of the story… when will Jason speak up.. profess his love.. something any thing…

    neither man truly fought any thing . and… if it was going to be adventurous and exciting.. we should have seen a knock out drag out fight.

    maybe Carly can beat the shiit out of both Jason and Drew. Sonny sure stinks
    —————–
    Tamara Braun .

    “… I have a total professional crush on her. ” you saved yourself… Tamara is the bees knees.. she’s amazing to watch . you see her layers unfolding and she steals the show

    OK – this “interview” was done 2 WEEKS AGO. ( let) no mention of the instant heat.. going on whenever Kim and Julian are on screen. LESS IS MORE when she and Oscar have any thing to do with Carly and Sonny. PUHLEASE
    ————

    Finn and Anna . these two characters are not even in the same league. not even on the same stratosphere. just no belong. this cutesy schtick coming from .. he has a sense of humor ? Finn… and Anna reacting so out of character… near crying @the hospital when Finn was “drugged” and Anna telling Felicia how much FUN it is working with Finn. NO WAY would this work. you had gold with Paul Hornsby… you had potential with the eldest Baker brother… HECK I know love Andre.. because they danced… and hell ya… i’d give Valentin and Anna another round… because their is STEAM and simmer…. SINCE GH “writers” don’t know how to write for and give Nina meaning.
    ————–

    Roger Howarth : Franco has been shit on so many times.. and all over the place.. in all of port Charles has he not been beaten down.

    I GIVE UP. what’s the point… Rebecca Herbst continues to prop him. give him some backbone… since the prospect park lawsuit has been resolved.. he doesn’t have to be Todd.. just give him some direction… on his own terms… I wish Franco owned “Crimson” a leverage he needs to get in all of Port Charles FACES.

    there was not one thing NEW about the above article… since all of the above is already playing out. their was nothing new .. outside of Kim and Oscar.

    I was so ready to RANT till I read MF post ^@k/kay.

    HES” GOING TO HAVE TO ADRESS this shows direction… because this article above does not cut it.. in any way shape or form… the lack the care and LOST direction this show has taken.

    I thought this was ^ for damage control… so we shall see.. it certainly isn’t heating up any where @GH writers seem to think… what with the fab 4 and Drew.

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  41. Carrie says:

    Michael, I enjoy this site and I appreciate all that you do. Hang in there during this awkward, sensitive time.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    I’ll second that, Michael! Thanks for hanging in there with us. We know how loyal and dedicated you are.

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  42. Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco says:

    Someone mentioned Tony Jones from GH. I wondered what became of him since he was killed off and Googled Brad Maule. A really lovely piece on him from Parade magazine 2 years ago was in the top of results. Brad looks great in the pics and I don’t want to spoil the article-but he is doing well and happy and I encourage fans of Tony/Brad to read the piece.

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  43. Steve says:

    Any good will genereated by the storylines was wiped out by Frank’s decision to drop Genie. The visceral reaction to this story would not have occurred early last week.

    Not commenting on actors’ contracts is boilerplate language which is often disregarded. Frank talked about being close to terms with William deVry during negotiations. They made a point of saying Billy Miller renewed his contract once Burton returned. And Varni often spoke out during Rebecca Herbst’s last stalemate.

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  44. James says:

    This is quite a toxic comments section.

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  45. Bostonnc says:

    Some asked about Frank’s disrespectful tweet so here it is. Frank tweeted this the day the news broke the genie was fired. What a jerk move! https://mobile.twitter.com/valentinifrank/status/955517718383411200

    The outrage can be seen in the number of responses to it – 10 times the comments of most of his tweets and all of them very upset. We want Genie back.

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  46. Trisha says:

    I agree with most of these replies. Frank has just about changed the whole tone of GH and it’s obvious he has his own ‘pets’. It was clear from the first day he and RC came to GH, all they wanted to do was bring in their preferred actors and characters , while GH characters who were lead fell to the background. If they’re lucky enough to still be there, most are now just backdrop, props for newbies.

    He doesn’t understand or care that most GH fans have watched GH for years for their favorites, S&C, Laura, Kevin,Monica, Felicia, Mac, any Quartermaines,etc and most of those who have disappeared since he came, AJ, Nicholas etc, make up what GH fans know as GH.

    The barrage of new characters that were pushed upon GH took away much of who fans watched for and left GH a ‘dumping ground” for any character/actor that FV wanted to see. In truth, GH didn’t need most of those he brought in, but only needed a writer who knew GH and new how to write for GH and use it’s lead character vets in the manner that reflected their characters and history.

    But most of this didn’t happen and we are now left to follow GH just to get a glimpse of our favorites and/or hope that maybe one day they will actually be in a story that will show why they became our favorites to begin with.

    Well, he should know that we are not satisfied with GH. We watch because we want to see our favorites, not his, and it would help if he would listen to the devoted and loyal GH fans who have watched for decades and not just those who started watching because they thougt the OLTL characters were coming.

    There’s a way to please everyone. Y&R does it all the time. Maybe he should take a look and see how their long running vet characters have powerful, exciting, lead stories constantly, while using any newbie to their advantage, not the other way around.

    Sonny is hardly a mobster anymore and he’s in Jason’s story, not one of his own. Carly has been relegated to propping up others and having the ‘talk’ with Joss. Frank has taken two powerful and igniting characters, a power couple, and given them mundane and boring writing.

    Look what he did to Genie F. All were excited about her getting married to Kevin, another vet, and getting a story where she could become mayor and now she’s gone.

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  47. Rebecca1 says:

    Most of these interviews are to promote the show…and the timing of this article comes out just at the time the show needs it the most with the controversy over Genie Francis being demoted. Like with anything people disagree. Two camps. Others in between. When producers budget their stories and make their decisions, they look at the numbers and base how characters fit into storylines and how much the actors will cost and go from there.

    I like a lot about GH these days:

    I’ve liked every second of Steve Burton’s return. I think the pacing has been great and the story compelling. The flashbacks with Kelly/Sam have been greaet to watch, as well.

    I like how they’ve set up such emotional angst for the three. Jason having to sacrfice his own heart so that Sam can move forward with Drew in a safer life. Drew knowing, deep down, that Sam never got over her love for Jason, living with doubt as to who he is and if she truly loves him, Sam loving both and torn apart inwardly…struggling to choose one man/one life over the other when her heart lies in both. Good drama which probably isn’t done. And that’s why it’s a soap!

    I love seeing more of Monica. And Felicia.

    I love Anna and Finn. Between Anna losing Duke, mourning for quite the time (understandably so), feeling conflicted over shootng Carlos, then coming down with an illness…her character has been saddled with a darkness/dreary demeanor. I DID see a ray of light with Andre and thought they had chemistry but the show took a turn. Now, with Finn, Anna has the opportunity to use not only her WSB skills (which sort of lost its charm since there’s no other WSB agents in town!) Bring back Scorpio and Frisco, bring Mac back in on the action! These are vets that are still vital enough and popular enough to draw viewers and be incorporated into frontburner stories!
    Back to Finn. I think, at his point, he and Anna are great together. He has the looks, the intelligence, the professionalism and just the right amount of humor and snark to bring Anna back to life. Fun coupling.

    If I was to change anything about Finn I’d make him less “goofy.” He’s always appeared that way to me and that’s not sexy. Might be cute/charming…but not “hot” as Michael Easton played as Caleb and as John McBain. It’s great that as an actor he can go from serious/intense to silly…but I think his character needs more balance, which I think we’ve been seeing more of lately. I liked his heart-to-heart with Alexis; I loved his fearless attempted take-down of Faison with wit/ridicule…I liked seeing his possessiveness and protective nature as he clenched his fists in frustration, tied to the rail while Faison menaced Anna. Finn is manning up! And together, Anna and Finn are bringing each other back to life.

    Frank…what are you and your writers thinking? In what universe would any GH fan rather see Aunt Stella than Laura? Aunt Stella rather than Robert, Mac…More affordable? Perhaps. But the payoff won’t bring in the same rewards for ratings.

    I think, Frank, that you need to consult your GH historians and realize that vets…actors who are still alive, available and popular…that provide continuity to story and familiarity to fans are a much wiser way to go then bringing on characters like Aunt Stella who bring nothing to story or the heart of the show.

    It’s understood that you’re running a business and want to maintain/raise ratings. It’s understood that you need to bring on younger characters to carry on the torch. But you’re losing and throwing away the well-known and well-loved characters for the trade. Aunt Stella? Really????!!! And yet you can’t see how Laura is valuable enough to the canvas?

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    rose replied

    Hi Rebecca1…I have also mostly liked GH recently…Jason/Drew/Sam triangle, Anna and Finn, Ava and Griffin even though I think there could be real or Ava-invented problems here. And even Amy and ManLanders. They can’t all be “A” category stories. Then there was the promise of Faison carrying on in the true tradition of the Cassadines. But did not like the Cassandra story at all and how it ended for Jessica. And then there’s Lulu.

    I can handle some conflict, but am distressed with what tptb traded for the potential Genie story/mayor/Kevin/Spencer for what we got on Friday. Certainly not a time-out, love, adventure in the afternoon soap.

    What do we get instead…An ugly Faison (needs a shower,etc.) who terrorized anyone in his way. and ends up shooting his own son. Predictable…we’ve seen this before with Sonny and Dante. Another way tptb found to make Sonny an unnecessary focal point of this story by having him interfere. Carly at the end of another gun yet again. And shootings and guns. Great way to end the week.

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    JK replied

    REBECCA…………YOUR ONE LINE SAYS IT ALL…..THEY ARE RUNNING A BUSINESS……AND THEY DONT CARE WHAT WE THINK OR WANT…ONLY RECOURSE IS TO TURN IT OFF!!!!!!!!!!!! SAD….

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  48. mike says:

    Frank is the best EP ever on daytime. He works hard to give us the most with a small budget. You can tell he loves the show and its history. He made a mistake with Genie Francis, he can keep her on recurring but give her much more than 12 shows a year.

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  49. dan says:

    I understand the timing of the interview did not allow for discussion of Genie’s dismissal. Unfortunately, there is nothing the show or Frank can preview right now that would compare to hearing Genie will be back with a good story and the respect the character, the actress and the fans deserve.

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  50. dmr says:

    Valentini has no regard or respect for the legacy or history of Port Charles. The Mayoral race could have been interesting. It brought Laura back into the fold, Kevin, Ned (hopefully, The Quartermaine’s), and Laura’s backstory of when she returned to Port Charles in the early 80′s-Luke was the Mayor (and he was beloved).
    I don’t agree with Valentini that Kim Nero is a “wonderful character” or that all of this air-time and dedication should go towards Kelly Monaco who mumbles her lines through her tears. I am 37 years old and don’t care to see teenage “romance” between Oscar and Joss, or precious air-time given to his new characters that have no known legacy to the show: Wright’s boyfriend, Peter August (Faison’s other son), Aunt Stella, Cassandra, nuAmy, etc. etc. etc.

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  51. Becca says:

    I’m loving the show so much. If it weren’t for Frank and all of his efforts there would be no GH on the air. That’s the truth whether people like it or not. It’s surprising how many people “hate watch” a show that they claim to “not watch” only to bash it in great detail. Hmmm, me thinks they doth protest too much? Anyway, GH has the best actors in daytime in my opinion and the stories are fun and interesting. Most of them anyway. There are two specific things that I don’t like but I think I’ll keep the negative to myself. See how that works folks? Just don’t puke on the page, so to speak. The world did not end. LOL

    Keep up the great work GH, love the show!

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  52. Jamesj75 says:

    I am truly heartened by reading the overwhelming majority of these comments, denigrating this so-called “executive producer” of GH. He is proceeding like a bull in a china shop on a runaway train! Yet he has no regard or awareness of the fans. Once upon a time, there were focus groups, which allowed producers to get a glimpse into how fans perceive certain characters and storylines. Those focus groups have morphed into social media and websites, such as this one! And still, this producer is oblivious to the thoughts and feelings of the fans.

    The horrible treatment of Genie Francis was at best shortsighted and at worst a blind maneuver. Either way, it was a despicable, unforgivable decision of epic proportion. Francis is a superstar! She is soap royalty! She is a true fan favorite — and has been thus for decades! Her early presence on GH brought ratings to unparalleled, dizzying heights. The fans love her to this day!

    In stark juxtaposition, as we have seen:
    — The powers that be continue to shove Sonny and Carly down our throats, asking us to invest in deplorable, abusive, murderous characters.
    — The powers that be just re-signed Maurice Benard.
    — The powers that be were willing to spend a fortune bringing back Steve Burton, another character with a strong connection to Sonny.
    — The powers that be continue to bring on newbies, which is typical.
    — My point is that the powers that be are willing to spend all this money, but they can’t place Genie Francis’ contract as regular player as a top priority where it should be. Instead, they kick her to the curb.

    Read these comments, Valentini! Here are your clues!

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    Justin replied

    You nailed it! Thank you for putting into words what so many of us feel.

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    Jamesj75 replied

    Thank you, Justin!

  53. Cheryl says:

    I had pulled up Twitter this morning and saw on my feed that people were crazed. They were all talking about the Frank interview. Judging by some of the comments there must have been steam coming out of their keyboards as they typed. So I Googled, found this article and finally understood the anger.

    This article was dated the 25th, 6 days after Genie was fired. Yes I said fired, not recurring. Normally soaps place an actor/character on recurring after a major story line that they are a part of concludes or if there is no story line for them at that time. When you get demoted to recurring while you are in the middle of a major front burning story line, it means you have been fired.

    Anyway, there was no mention in the article about anything Genie related. Now Michael did say that the interview was done before all Hell broke loose, but no mention of Charles Street? No mention of the Mayor’s race? Not even a mention of Lulu? Silence about Leslie’s surprise appearance at Laura’s wedding? There was no mention of ANYTHING Laura related. With the exception of Liz, the only characters not mentioned in this interview were characters that were tied to Laura, not even Valentin.

    I definitely understand the Twitter rage now.

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    Michael Fairman replied

    Hi Cheryl;
    Unfortunately, you are missing a key point to the article. Although it was posted on 1/25, it was conducted on 1/9, as I indicated it was during the ABC TCA event. And as I indicated, the Genie contract drop happened two weeks after that. That was the disclaimer to the article and also the note that we did reach out for comment to include in the interview, but the policy is that they will not comment on actors contracts. So, please have the facts, before getting further angered and aiming at me. Best,
    Michael

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    Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco replied

    So you were on Twitter, Google, and this page-which explains the details-what else are you on, honey? Meds? Been taking them? Unless you are planning a career with the PCPD-you flunked your detective exam. And speaking of exams-maybe get one? Spare us all your insights into twitter rage and pull your head out. Thanks.

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  54. nancy dillingham says:

    Another Michael–the great writer Michael Logan–has tweeted his disgust at Genie’s being let go from contract status. “Seeing Mayor Laura take down mob boss Sonny would have been gold!”
    Bravo to both Michaels for their staunch support of Genie and the fans of GH. Thanks, fellas! We hear you! :)

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  55. Timmm says:

    I KNEW when I read the “Interview” it would be more bullshit from Valentini. He never gives out any info, pats himself on the back, gushes over his favorites and is STILL, in plain sight, turning the show “General Hospital” into “Frank Valentini & Friends!”

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  56. Andrew Hass says:

    Even though this interview was done before the news that Genie Francis was taken off contract i’m wondering if one of the reasons Valentini did this interview was to try to take the focus away from people’s outrage about Francis.

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  57. su0000 says:

    WHOA!
    From what we have been told..
    Genie was put on recurring, she was not fired/let go.
    Genie did not like the deal of recurring and she walked out of GH..

    Was it a proper thing to do, putting her on recurring, of course not.
    Genie was not treated as a long time star should have been treated.

    We know little to nothing of what actually went down.
    It seems obvious there is more to the story then we are privy to, and until the whole of what actually happened, we know next to nothing at this point in time.

    So far;
    Genie was put on recurring ( not let go
    Genie did not want the recurring deal and she quit/left.
    That is what we know.

    Stay tuned ..

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    Steve replied

    Su

    While your recap does state the drop to recurring factually, fans are rightfully outraged and are using every venue available to voice their anger.

    Staying quiet is what Frank and ABC hope the fans do, so the situation blows over.

    As a blog dedicated to soap operas this is an ideal place for fans to speak up. Silence = acceptance.

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    cmp874 replied

    I look at the issue this way. How would Mr. Valentini like it if he got called into the office and was told that his services in the future would be relegated to directing one episode a month for the next twelve months and nothing more, and then be told that no one has time for any further discussion about the issue? Even if it is not necessarily being called “getting fired”, it certainly would be a massive demotion (and big loss of pay). That is essentially what he did in my eyes.

    Jamesj75 replied

    su0000, let me just say I appreciate your continued support of Genie Francis. If memory serves me correctly, you weren’t as pleased or invested in her character when she rejoined the show a couple of years ago, as you hadn’t been previously familiar with her work on GH. It just goes to show that the character of Laura made an impact on you and that you came around to appreciate and enjoy her. That is the magic of Genie Francis. That is the allure of the phenomenal character of Laura.
    “Think of Laura….” :)

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  58. gregg says:

    Michael, I need to follow up my previous comment. I respect you a great deal and look forward to checking out your column daily. I realize that this is how you make a living and have to walk a fine line to avoid offending anyone. The Genie situation just has many of us on edge and reading this interview is upsetting in how unaffected Mr. Valentini is regarding Genie.

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  59. dan says:

    Mr. Fairman,

    I appreciate all that you do to give us a great site to come to read about our favorite shows and comment on how we feel. I also enjoy your interviews. I know that you love soaps as we all do – if not more! Is it possible for you to shed any further light on the Genie situation in the not-so-distant future? Something behind the scenes must have happened. Clearly they were writing for her. Her exit is more than abrupt. Can you share what you know at this point? Do you have any insight or can you investigate this further? The bottom line is – we want Genie back. And hopefully the fans can make a case for her return.

    Thanks in advance! Dan

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  60. Satan says:

    Everytime you see Frodd and/or Ava on screen whining about how “redeemed” they are and demanding that everybody forget about everything they have done, I just read it as Frank’s own projections, still in denial about how horribly he has damaged General Hospital since February 2012.

    He needs to be gone. And those two (among others) need to be gone with him.

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  61. Patrick says:

    DO I SMELL Nepotism ? IF

    it turns out Peter August is … Faison son… this revelation is not that… he has not even made an impact or dent with his person.

    it certainly is questionable, no ? how Josslyn part got beefed up…. all for the Corinthos dullard lot. and now… Laura Wright “boyfriend” is hired.

    NO MATTER HOW MUCH FV and his hired pets try. they are the least interesting lot of the whole production.

    Maurice Benard AGAIN is not even nominated.

    no matter how FV plays his cards… this all smells

    the big picture show… with a huge audience, that may not – matter – tho we are readily and handily sought after to squeal… for the nielson number

    it just reeks of

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    su0000 replied

    hi Patric ..
    Maurice Benard needed to enter himself to be nominated.
    Apparently, he did not submit a clip/did not enter.

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    Steve replied

    There’s also a good possibility he didn’t make the cut in the prenom list. Just because you submit yourself, doesn’t guarantee a pre-nomination.

  62. Aria says:

    It’s surprising that so far nobody from the network has issue a statement, but it’s also very telling, even though we all want an explanation the fact that they are taking their time means that they are very aware that they’ve stepped on some major shit show here. So I’m waiting, it’s been hard but interesting to see all the posts, and a few different opinions but the overall consensus is that the show has no real good explanation for this demotion especially in view of the current wave of discrimination and gender inequality. # timesup and abc/Disney and FV have some explain to do. The sooner the better.

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  63. 4ever DAYS says:

    This is an excerpt from the interview with TPTB of GH posted on December 28, 2016 listed in the “INTERVIEWS” section:

    MICHAEL:

    There was a major outcry from fans to give Genie Francis story. You put the character of Laura into a romance with good guy Dr. Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom). Did you have any trepidation putting this iconic character with Kevin? You had promised, and needed to find a romance for her. So why was Kevin ultimately that guy?

    JEAN:

    For one thing, we love Jon Lindstrom. He is a wonderful actor. We didn’t want to bring in a completely new, unknown, and un-beloved character to the audience. It’s always a risk when bringing in someone and going, “Here’s so and so, and they will be the love interest…” It just seemed right for it to be Kevin for Laura, and it sort of just evolved.

    FRANK:

    Courtesy/ABC

    They are two people that had no history. It was a fresh love story, which is great. That always really struck me about the love story Jean and Shelly came up with. It’s about two characters who are blank slates with each other, and you can actually see them falling in love. What is interesting about doing this with a more mature couple is that they would bring their experiences in all the relationships they ever been in to one another, and how would they make that work? How would they reconcile that, and share that experience with one another? I thought that was very interesting, and continues to be very interesting with the two of them.

    MICHAEL:

    They don’t have baggage with each other!

    FRANK:

    They are baggage-free, which is great!

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    su0000 replied

    ”Writer Chris Van Etten posted on his Facebook page that “Beginning 8/7 I’ll be taking on a new role at General Hospital as co-head writer. Shelly Altman remains our fearless leader and head writer. I’ll continue to write breakdowns but now, in addition, I get more time with Shelly to cajole her into making everything about Faision.”

    YES!!!
    ”’ making everything about Faision.”’ ……… yes!!!!

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  64. James says:

    GH is the best it’s been in years, Ron c as a writer was out of touch with what GH was and is, another just a another soap, but a show with characters and dialouge, not every story is the best but there is actual dialoge now, the show always features the hospital now, it is not as nearly bloated with characters as it was , I haven’t enjoyed GH this much since the mid nineties. Anna, finola Hughes is the star if this show much like Anthonhy Geary was, sorry Laura lovers. I too love Genie Francis but come on Laura as mayor, Nancy Lee Grahn has put a solid twenty years into this show, not leaving for extended vacactions and I’m sure payroll is bloated also, I will agree with the fact men make more and it isn’t fair , buy Genie is not Anthony Geary, Finola Hughes deserves some frigin big paychecks let’s sound off about that, Also , would like to add I love Maxie and Nathan, yv resurrected Frisco and Felecia, here’s to hoping Nathan returns soon as our fav cop just as Frisco did. Every week in GH there is at least a couple of awesome scenes written and acted greatly , I prefer that ten tens over than people just reciting what is happening, yes Ron c, had some interesting exciting story of u just like to recite what was happening instead of actually watching a real show, props to Chris van etten

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  65. fginaspy says:

    I am with Sassy Duck. I quit watching GH when Luke raped Laura. Friday 1/19 episode was my last day since 2011 or when OLTL went off the air. I hope more viewers stop watching to send a message that TPTB decisions will have an impact.

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  66. Barbara says:

    Agree without Genie don’t have a desire to watch my show! Miss her a lot and very furious that you treated her so disrespectfully.

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  67. LauraCollinsFan says:

    I didn’t intentionally boycott the show, but I haven’t had the desire to tune into GH after Genie’s firing. I’d like to watch, as I have for over 20 years, but I feel like I can’t bring myself to watch knowing what they did to her. In the past, when a fan-favorite character left who was front and center, it was usually on their own volition. This feel different and wrong. #GenieisGH

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  68. dante williams says:

    Never mind, I see the reason above, still upset though…

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  69. Jasam fan says:

    I really think you are doing Jason wrong..Jason didn’t do anything wrong, and neither did Drew..Sam should have decided to be alone until she knew which one she wanted to be with..As for you saying that a person can love 2 people at one time..Yes, you are right about that..But not when that love is your soulmate..When it’s a soulmate that love is geniune no one can compare that. You are making a mockery out of love..You took Drew and fed him memories of a woman he didn’t even know..She wasn’t even his type..The feelings he has is his brothers feelings for the woman he has loved for over 15 yrs..And still love..Her love is for her soulmate Jason.SHe believed that who he was for 2 yrs..SHe was in love with his memory,not the person that Drew was..She had no idea he was a twin until, 4 months ago..So stop with the bullshit she has always been in love with Drew..She loves him, but not like she does Jason..She has a child by each man,or does she? WE have close to 2,000 members in our group..They are several groups that are Jason & Sam fans..If something’s don’t start changing for this couple, you want have a very good May Sweeps.. Frank, has gotten rid of a few actors like Genie,& Rebecca, and others. That we are tired of..We don’t care if he’s the owner of ABC, if he keeps it up, he has single handed brought the death of a 55 year old soap….Oh, as for we love to hate Nelle, nope not true, we hate Nelle..get rid of her..Now we love to hate Ava, just like we loved to hate Faison..Listen to your viewers…With out us,you have nothing…..The fans are fed up!!!

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  70. JACQUELINE M GOGGIN says:

    I was really looking forward to Anna/Finn love story, now i dont think its going to happen, we know they both love each other, however, Anna has issues going on, I did not like Alexis sleeping with Finn, really did not see the point, if its only going to happen once, She wants Julain and Finn wants anna, and now she thinks Finn is with Aleixs and lost her chance(maybe she has) , and nw that anna is going to Europe with Andre, Finn is going to spend all his time with Alexis, I really dont like Alexis and Finn at all, Finn sound like he has given up, i really thought they were a good couple, I miss Fanna

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