There is a very interesting read out from ABC.com with an in-depth interview with new General Hospital head writer, Ron Carlivati making the transition from One Life to Live and taking over the storytelling in Port Charles.
Among GH story issues posed to the talented scribe were Heather Webber’s return, Robin’s exit, if Jason and Elizabeth might have a chance at being in each others orbit again, Kate/Connie’s multiple personality disorder, and the Mannings and McBain coming to Port Chuck from Llanview!
Here are some interesting excerpts below, but make sure to check out the full interview and also let us know your comments and thoughts! We know many of you have been watching the progress of GH, and your favorite characters, since Ron and Frank Valentini (EP, GH) took over the creative side of the long running ABC soap.
Carlivati on bringing back crazy Heather Webber: “You absolutely need characters like that, who are nutty and fun and capable of doing anything, and Robin Mattson is just so wonderful as Heather. And this is not just a return for nostalgia’s sake. There’s an important story reason for Heather being on the canvas, part of a big mystery that’s unfolding, so that’s exciting too. Heather holds a big secret. It’s connected to the video of baby boy Moore that Franco left behind for Jason and Sam. Don’t forget that Heather and Susan Moore [Jason's bio-mom] were first cousins! ”
Carlivati on inheriting Robin’s death and several other exiting characters from the canvas when he began as head writer: “It was obviously a challenge to come in and be handed a show where some very popular characters were exiting [Lucky, Robin, Ethan]. I was like, “Was it something I said?” To come in and find out that Robin Scorpio – who we watched grow up on General Hospital, just like we watched Starr grow up on OLTL – just seeing a beloved character like that leaving…that obviously was difficult for me. But it did give us the opportunity to launch story and to try to make lemonade out of lemons. No one wants to see a beloved character leave, but with the actress choosing to go, at least we were able to get a lot of story out of it. I was in the same situation with Ethan, too. But once gain, I took it as an opportunity to start new story. Luke has now told a lie that could someday blow up in his face. And you’re going to feel the ramifications of Robin’s exit for a long time to come. Years to come, if I have anything to say about it.”
Carlivati on Connie Falconeri/Kate Howard’s new multiple personality storyline: Well what happened was, the seeds of Connie – this other personality of Kate’s – were planted long before I got there. It was very clear that that’s the direction the story was going in, and I had two options: To continue it, or to drop it. And having written multiple personalities on the other show, at first I felt this wasn’t something I wanted to do again, but it was so beautifully set up. And there is such a great storyline that comes out of it that I decided to run with it, even in the face of people comparing it to OLTL. We get really great story out of it, and we will have a few fun little mentions of the OLTL storyline as well. But I’m trying to give it a different slant as much as possible.
Carlivati on the romantic future of Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst) ” Elizabeth and Ewen are going to start dating, but I’m well aware that there’s a big fan base out there for Jason and Elizabeth, too. It’s my intention to play that history whenever we can. They’re friends, and they’ve gone through the death of a child together, so they’ll always be in each other’s orbit because of that. But they will be in story together, too, so stay tuned!”
Carlivati on bringing the Mannings and John McBain to Port Charles via Llanview: “Coming off of writing the end of OLTL, it seemed like a very obvious question – should we explore the idea of bringing any of these characters – characters who are all part of the same ABC Daytime family – into General Hospital? I was always intrigued whenever there was any kind of crossover on the ABC soaps, so I was exciting by the idea of doing something like that on GH. The OLTL audience was left wondering what happened to these people, so it seemed like a great way to be able to answer some of those questions, but also to use it as a way to shake up the canvas on General Hospital and create new story. GH needs young people, so Starr being one of the most popular young characters on ABC Daytime, she seemed like a natural fit. And then you think about who her father is…to be able to pit two guys, arguably the two most infamous characters in daytime television, Sonny Corinthos against Todd Manning…I mean, who could resist that? So that’s where the idea began, and then I had to jump in and try to figure out a story to get it going right away – so that was the impetus for the car crash which puts the Corinthos family and the Manning family head-to-head right away. ”