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258 May 20th, 2014 GH’s Head Writer Ron Carlivati Interview Part Two: Who’s Luke? State of Patrick & Sabrina, Michelle Stafford, Julexis & Daytime Emmy Snubs!

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Last week, On-Air On-Soaps brought you part one of our latest interview with General Hospital’s head writer, Ron Carlivati!

While that part of our chat focused on the writing of the stories and the performances surrounding the Nurses Ball 2014, this second part focuses in on some of the current storylines, characters, and controversies that are stirring up the Port Charles canvas and the GH viewers at home!

Among the hot topics in Port Charles: Just who is this evil Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) anyway? Are Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) over for good?  Has Sonny (Maurice Benard) gone too far? How will the entrance of Michelle Stafford as Nina Clay shake up the already star-studded line-up on the canvas?  Will Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finally get a mobster to choose her over a life of crime?  Will Maxie (Kirsten Storms) find true love with Nathan (Ryan Paevey)? And that is just for starters!

In addition, after General Hospital was shut out in the Outstanding Drama Series, Directing, and Writing categories for this year’s 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Ron offers up his thoughts on the triple omission.   So now, here is the rest of our candid conversation with Mr. C!

I read in a recent interview you gave that you are following what the fans are saying about their guesses of who this crime/drug lord Luke (Anthony Geary) really is.  Right now, the viewers are maddened and they want to get to the bottom line of who this guy really is!  They are screaming, “Enough is enough! Is he Luke … or an imposter?”

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RON:   It’s obviously driving people mad.  Look, part of soaps is being frustrated and thinking, “When am I going to find out the reason he is behaving this way?”  And you walk that line as the writers of, “OK, when do we have to give that away?”  The payoff is coming very, very, very, soon.  You will be getting a very big insight into why Luke is behaving this way within the next two weeks on the air.

You have now added powerhouse and Daytime Emmy winner Michelle Stafford to the cast as Nina Clay, and you already had added Maura West (Ava), another powerhouse Daytime Emmy winner to the canvas.  What are you going to do with these actresses, not to mention the other incredibly talented heavy hitters in your line-up of women, in terms of story time and visibility on the show?

RON:  It is an embarrassment of riches, and how do you juggle all this?  It is a line that you walk.  People will say, “Well, why am I seeing this person, instead of this person?” Monica (Leslie Charleson) cannot be Silas wife, for example.  (Laughs)  The characters are there for a specific reason.   When we add somebody new, it’s not just for the sake of adding somebody new.  It is because we need them to tell the story that we are telling.

Michelle Stafford recently commented in her interview with Soap Opera Digest that she did not want her, or the character of Nina, to be rammed down the throat of the GH audience right off the bat, because then people could potentially resent that.  How are you strategizing having her on the canvas?

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RON:  You want her to come in and make an impact and a splash, but you don’t want GH to become “The Nina Show.”  We are finding that balance.   I am thrilled to have Michelle and I have known her reputation.  I have seen her at soap events and have seen some of her work, but I was not a regular watcher of The Young and the Restless.   I would see her Emmy tapes, and I watched her web series, The Stafford Project which was so hilarious.   I am excited to see more when she starts airing.   Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) told me he directed her first day on the set … other than the one day where we snuck her in to tape the one moment on the show.   And after he directed her first scenes, everybody was just saying, “Oh my God! You can’t take your eyes off of her.”  So, I am excited to see it play out.

Sonny (Maurice Benard) has been on one of the darkest roads we have seen him travel in many years of late.  The “crypt sex” scene where Ava and Sonny did the deed in the Quartermaine mausoleum following AJ’s funeral was somewhat controversial and upsetting to some viewers.  Was there any hesitation to go there?

RON:   There wasn’t that much hesitance.   We knew we wanted Sonny and Ava to sleep together.  We were trying to figure out … how can we not?  And how can we make that happen?  I mean, that woman killed Connie!  Sonny obviously does not know that.  From the moment we started to link them together it became apparent.  It started back when Ava was trying to coerce him to stop taking his meds.   Those scenes were before the blowout at the wedding reception of Morgan (Bryan Craig) and Kiki’s (Kristen Alderson).  You could see there was something great there, and we wanted to capitalize on it.   So we locked them in a bond against their will, and Sonny shot AJ.    We used that as a way to bond these two knowing that our goal was to have them have sex.  When we were laying the story out, there was a moment of, “There’s no way we can have them have sex on top of AJ’s grave is there? (Laughs)”   That is what soaps are about … those moments of, “Oh, my God! They didn’t!”

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Did Maurice Benard come to you and Frank Valentini about wanting to have a very dark twisted story for Sonny such as this?  He cheated on Olivia (Lisa LoCicero), slept with Ava, murdered AJ, etc, etc. 

RON:  Maurice has been so open with everything I have wanted to do with the character of Sonny.  We have seen other sides of Sonny in the past couple of years.  I think he is able to go to those dark places, and Sonny can scare you!   We decided to see how far we can take him knowing that the payoff is coming down the line.  What is going to happen, if and when, Sonny finds out Ava killed Connie?  And then not only did he sleep with this woman … he helped protect this woman.  He murdered AJ (Sean Kanan) then for no reason, and down the line … what is this all going to do with Sonny’s relationship with Michael (Chad Duell)?  Down the line this story has such giant stakes, and that is the kind of story you want to have with a character such as Sonny.

What are your plans for Patrick (Jason Thompson)?  People have been asking what are you going to do with the character now that Robin (Kimberly McCullough) is off the canvas?  Will he have a brand new story of his own in the near future?

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RON:  Yeah, we are getting there. We took a big step recently as to where Patrick goes and that is such a challenge, because obviously it was a thrill to bring back Robin. But because we knew it would not be permanent, we knew down the road, and as soon as Kimberly left we have that problem of, “Now what?”  We had that also when Robin “died”.  Is Patrick dark?   Is he a drug addict?  You can’t be just like, “OK! Now he is in love with somebody else,” and then throw him into a romance in one second.  We knew we had that problem.  So you weigh the pros and cons and say, “Robin’s return is worth having that problem on the back end.”   We are letting the story now tell itself.  We had to play out the story of Patrick’s baby, and that gave of us somewhere to go that wasn’t a new love story.  It was something logical for Patrick to be involved with when Robin left.   We have this baby crisis and then when that crisis is resolved, we now came up with a new arc we are sending Patrick on, and it kind of grows out of the baby story.

Previously, many fans have expressed that the character of Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) was shoved down their throats, and many did not want her romantically with Patrick, and now Teresa is going on maternity leave in real life.  Did any of those factors inform you and the writing team as to what the future holds for Patrick and Sabrina as a couple?

RON:  Well, as you can see that is not what we are really doing.  People think I exited Robin, so I could put Patrick and Sabrina together.  I don’t know where that comes from, but it’s irrational.  These are two people who care about one another and almost got married, but what we are now playing is that these are the parents of this baby.  We are not playing the Patrick and Sabrina love story.  This is a story about these two weathering a crisis right now.  It’s not like that now Robin’s gone, we can put these two back together.

As for Carly (Laura Wright) and Franco (Roger Howarth), are you still invested in these two to be the romantic end game for each other?  That pairing always seems to stir up some controversy, too!

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RON:  It has been controversial to put Carly with Franco.  I like that people have strong opinions, but I can share that our last focus group showed that people loved Carly and Franco. Sometimes what you see online does not represent the entire audience.  We got a very positive response on our last round of research for this couple, which is comprised of many, many things, not just ten people in a room.   It is a real cross-section of our audience and there are things to be learned from the research.

We have talked in the past about Maura West being a revelation in her role as Ava Jerome.  Do her performances inform you as to what you may do with Ava next?

RON:  What her performance tells me is that Maura is capable of doing anything, and so we don’t have to be afraid, but of course as a writer you are scared when you take a character down the line of taking certain actions.  The response is then, “Oh!  They just threw this person under the bus.  Oh! They have just written this character into a corner and now they must die next week!”  The challenge is; if she does this, how can she survive it?   Rather than thinking, “Now we have written her into a corner and we have to write her off the show!”  Granted that sometimes happens in soaps, but Maura’s performance is so rich.  She brings such heart and humanity to her performances that you do not necessarily understand what she is doing, but in a way you feel for her, or root for her in a strange way, despite the fact that she is doing horrendously horrible things.  So of course, it pushes you harder as a writer, because it is worth keeping her around.   The thing is … once you have made a character so bad and unbelievable it can turn into a “Who killed So-and-So!”   Then, there is no saving them.   I am sure you can cite tons of examples of characters on soaps who have been on for years and years, and have done as bad, or worst, than Ava.

Maxie (Kirsten Storms) came back to town, and you have Nathan (Ryan Paevey) primed to be the new man in her life, other than Levi (Zachary Garred), I should say. (Laughs)

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RON:  I think you could see the connection between Maxie and Nathan right away, and you saw it when she walked into the Nurses Ball.  These two may be arguing, bickering, or sparring, but you can see there is a spark there which was our intention when we crossed bringing Nathan on the canvas, while we had one day left with Kirsten before her maternity leave.  It was our New Years Eve show, and the scene was at Maxie’s apartment.   We crossed these two then, and then we had to wait a few months to cross them again.  The idea was always to pair these two characters in some way.  So we had her return with her guru Levi who is another polarizing character! (Laughs)

Fans were immediately taken aback by Levi!  I think he was being attacked even before he opened his mouth!  (Laughs)  And then several fans were saying bring Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) back!

RON:   I know! And everyone loved Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) from the first five minutes he appeared on the show?  Levi is here as part of a story and the character is here to tell a story.   Maxie is such a fun character.  We put her through the ringer before she left, and to have her come back saying she has found herself.  It’s not that there is anything wrong with the views she comes back with, it’s just that she is throwing herself at it whole-heartedly with a guy she does not know well.   I think she was so desperate to show somebody that she changed that she was going to latch onto the first thing that came along, and that was Levi.   So we are really contrasting these two guys; Levi is this hippy-dippy free-thinking guy, and Nathan is a more hard-nosed, buttoned-down, practical guy.  We kind of pitted these two guys against each other with Maxie in the middle!  I mean, I would be happy for people to root for Levi and Maxie (Laughs) But … you can see.  Draw your own conclusions when you see how this all play out.

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Last week, the earth moved for all of us when Julexis finally had sex!  They even were trending on Twitter! Got to hand it to Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …  she still keeps picking men immersed in the mob, even though she dumps them for being in it!  Go figure!

RON:  Oh, my God!  It was trending on Twitter for like an hour!  This woman is this really smart, capable attorney and she goes for Sonny, Jerry Jax (Sebastian Roche), Shawn (Sean Blakemore), and now Julian (William deVry), and with Jax (Ingo Rademacher) and Ned (Wally Kurth) in there too.  Bad boys do seem to be her weakness.  We saw from day one that Julian and Alexis shared a child in Sam (Kelly Monaco), and what there is between these two, and what is the most logical love story to tell.  Alexis fought and gave in because Julian is compelling and sexy, and there is that connection to Sam and their grandchild.   They definitely are a hot couple.  The trick is now: how does the mob fit into all of this?  Yes, Alexis fought this and she broke up with Shawn over the mob, and if she is going to stay with Julian, can he stay in the mob?  Or, can he get out?   We now know he reports to Luke and he is not in control.   It is not like Sonny, who could theoretically walk away from the mob, although I don’t really think Sonny could just walk away.  Julian does not necessarily have a choice to get of the mob, but now he has more to live for than he did when he came to town.  Back then, he was Derek Wells and didn’t have anything.  Now he is Julian Jerome and he has Lucas (Ryan Carnes), Sam, Danny and Alexis.   Now he has something to live and fight for!   Does he want to do that in the mob …or … does he want to stand on his own two feet outside of that?

Finally, I want to address General Hospital’s Daytime Emmy snubs in the Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing categories.  I can’t even remember the last time GH was not in the running!  Some are theorizing that the reason GH did not make the cut in the Drama Series category is because one of the two series submissions was  from last year’s Nurses Ball.   Overall, you must have been disappointed in that it would have been great way to cap off the series 50th anniversary season which was during the eligibility period.  In the writing category it comes down to submitting one episode … so what did you go with?   And now looking back, do you think you would’ve submitted a different episode?

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RON:  For writing, we submitted the day after Robin had been seen at Patrick and Sabrina’s wedding.  You got to see Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) still run down the church to see her mother standing there, and Robin and Patrick’s reunion, and Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Anna (Finola Hughes) had scenes, and Luke was on the roof with Jerry Jacks, and that kind of material.  But my feeling is: it is a very capable and worthy episode that is just as worthy of a nomination as any of the other shows that I saw. I am not saying that General Hospital should win, but I do think there is something strange there.  I don’t think any subjective person could watch these show and go, “These shows are worthy of a nomination and this one is not.”   It shows me that something does not add up.  I am not accusing anyone of anything; but it just seems either there is something wrong with that system, or there is something unfair going on behind-the-scenes.  You can argue whether the episode we chose was the best one to submit for the whole year, but certainly it was just as good as the others that I saw.  I would say that about the Directing category and I would say that about the Drama Series category, and Writing.  To me, it’s not about awards … that’s not what it’s about for us.  We have fun writing the show.  I want the show to stay on the air.   But it would have been good for morale of the show and everyone who works there.  It is disappointing.

So, what do you think Ron’s comments on the reveal of Luke? What’s next for Patrick?  Maxie’s love life?  Carly and Franco …  and Julexis?  Are you looking forward to seeing Michelle Stafford as Nina Clay mix it up on the canvas?  What do you think about GH’s Daytime Emmy writing snub? Weigh-in below!

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  1. andrew hass says:

    That was a nice interview with Ron Carlivati.As for Ava and Sonny having sex i knew that was going to happen eventually but the stakes are are even higher now than if they had done it last year.I can’t wait for Sonny’s reaction when he finds out Ava killed Connie and that he killed AJ for no reason.As for the Patrick i think the baby will die and that may send Patrick on a crusade to find out who caused the car crash and why.

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    dmr replied

    See my comment below about storylines being lost in the shuffle; because, I actually forgot that someone intentionally caused the car crash that hurt Patrick and Sabrina’s baby. When seeing Patrick and Sabrina at the hospital, I totally forgot that it’s a mystery as to who caused the car accident. Thank you for that reminder! :)

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    andrew hass replied

    You’re welcome.Right now Patrick is focused on baby son and letting the police investigate the crash.However later he might wonder who crashed the car and since it was his car he might wonder if he was the target.Plus Patrick could wonder about Victor returning to town around the same time.So Patrick could wonder if somehow Victor had a hand in the crash.Most fans are assuming Sabrina was the target but maybe she wasn’t.As i wrote i think the baby will die and that will send Sabrina off canvas for bit to grieve.Patrick might focus his grieving on finding out who crashed the crash.Plus that could involve Patrick in a lot of different stories on the show as he investigates.

    Paul8148 replied

    Yes I think at some point Carly will tell Patrick about Ava threatening Carlos and it goes from there.

    KM replied

    You’re not alone. I’d completely forgotten there was a mystery as to who hit Patrick and Sabrina too :) Ditto with who killed Connie and who killed Anthony Zaccara. By the time they got back to these storylines I think most of the audience has mostly ceased to care.

    Can you imagine how that plays to a focus group who may be soap fans in general but not necessarily regular GH fans? The stories might look like they might be interesting on the surface and get positive feedback but if any from the group actually do tune to check out the show isn’t likely to look anything like the carefully selected clips they saw.

    Juls replied

    I have been watching GH for 30 years I don’t like what is going on, Patrick and Sabrina are super couple and they should be together, because Robin is not around anymore Patrick need to forget about her, the writers should let him get married to Sabrina, if they don’t write good script GH is going to get cancel just like AMC and OLTL

    Ces replied

    Great questions Michael!
    I am concerned about Julian and if he will survive “Luke’s” hit. Seems like they are setting it up so the character dies and I hope not because I really like Julian & Alexis together.

    I also really, really hope Olivia and Sonny DON’T get together and I actually wish her character would have left when Scott Reeves left the show. I find her to be grating and not fun to watch at all. I welcome Sonny & Ava.

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    andrew hass replied

    I don’t think the show is going to kill Julian anytime soon.Plus now that Julian is finally realizing what he’s gotten himself with his dealings with “Luke” and that his loved ones could be in danger as a result i could see Julian teaming with Sonny to take down “Luke”.

    Ces replied

    Hope you are right Andrew.

    Elizabeth replied

    Actually I hadn’t thought about that but it would be a good twist.

  2. Tammy Kreiss says:

    The awards were always “fixed” in some way. Worse than that, we still enjoyed them because it was fun, watching the outfits, the clips, & entertainment. It just got less & less “soapy” & we saw entertainment from stars not on soaps, clips disappeared, not even a montage, & sponsors that didn’t want to televise the show! ??????? It didn’t matter who won, because everyone was a winner, & we were enjoying the show. I wish we could go back to the glory days!

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    KansasGuest replied

    The problem w/the Daytime Emmys has always been that each daytime soap makes 250+ episodes per year…and yet they are only allowed to submit ONE episode as their entry in each category. That is CRAZY. Also, the judges are people that don’t watch daytime programming on a consistent basis. Are the Academy Awards decided by non-movie people? No. How about the Tony Awards? Of course not!

    IMO, they should allow soaps to submit a series of 3-5 episodes representing a particular story they felt represented their best work that year. It could then contain comedy, drama, farce, multiple actors and the beginning, peak & denouement of a story arc. Come on – with only 4 soaps left on broadcast networks, it won’t take that much time to watch.

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    Tammy Khaos Kreiss replied

    Very well said! I couldn’t agree more!

    andrew hass replied

    I agree that the Emmys should let each soap to submit one full week’s worth of episodes that aired during the eligibility period.It could be a week that a story climaxed on a soap or whatever.

  3. Howard says:

    I was very excited to read this today, and thank you Michael for the wonderful interviews. We will finally get to learn what happened to Luke soon, want this payoff, fans //are// maddened indeed. No mention here of Genie coming back, which I wish he had shared. We may never understand why GH was not inlcuded in some of the heavier categories, but the intrigue and great story brought us to our feet in 2013. I am glad he will continue to write and keep the number one show in daytime going as long as he can, becuase there is story to create and tell.

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  4. Cathy Borruso says:

    Good stuff you definitely asked the questions everyone was thinking now wait ;-)

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    GH50 replied

    The questions were great, the answers not so much.

    His pointing to focus groups and research proving that people love Franco and Carly is hysterical. RC usually just explains the gaping holes in his writing on twitter. Now he points to so called research to defend his horrible story choices. All good writers do that and telegraph a couple’s path right? He says a part of soaps is about being frustrated and not knowing; waiting for payoffs, and then he just tells you Carly and Franco are moving forward.

    He then says that sometimes what you see online does not represent the entire audience. But he puts this out “online” to give ammunition to his defenders on the boards so that they can point to research and tell detractors on the boards that they aren’t representative, and here’s proof; How absolutely premeditated and skillful. The online community isn’t representative but we need to throw some ammunition out to those very forums.

    Since he mentioned the research and the cat is out of the bag that Carly and Franco are staying together, so there’s no suspense there, I think ABC should share the research with us. Networks don’t always point to research and findings, but since he did, why not share the results?

    The absolute disdain this man has for the show and for any viewer who didn’t follow him here from OLTL is so apparent. “Monica couldn’t be Silas’s wife” he says with a laugh. Who needs Silas or his wife? And to mention Leslie Charleson as the punch line is just not amusing. It’s just so maddening that this guy, being in the right place, ABC, at the right time, got this job and ruined this show. It is not an embarrassment of riches as he says, it is just an embarrassment.

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    dmr replied

    I loved Carly with Todd Manning. Having Roger Howarth play nuFranco while acting like Todd is not amusing. I don’t care for Carly and Franco being a couple. I don’t think they are amusing or exciting to watch. I think if Roger returned and played a completely new character, or a long-lost Quartermaine, the couple and their storyline would be more exciting. Could care less about Silas, his wife, or his daughter-who by the way-cannot act or stand her ground with any of the talented, veteran actors. Love Alexis, Ava, and Julian.

    andrew hass replied

    I read that interview and i don’t think RC said Carly and Franco will be staying together.All he said is that some people liked Franco and Carly together.However he didn’t say when the last round of focus groups was.So that could have been a couple of months ago.As for focus groups i think all soaps use them but in different ways.

    harry replied

    GH50, that “Monica can’t be Silas’s wife” irked me as well. I hate that kind of logic, or lack there of. It’s not only insulting to Leslie Charlson, it’s insulting to viewers as if to suggest we are so dense that they would expect that to happen. As you stated, why do we need Nina to be cast anyway? We watched Silas cry and wax poetic about Nina, whom we had not yet met, more than we saw Monica mourn the death of AJ, a core character, one of the last remaining Quartermaines.

    rayone replied

    Very well put! :)

    Jo replied

    Cosign your comment 200%.

    Charday replied

    Amen–the Monica slam was inappropriate, mean, and aegist. I’m enjoying a lot of aspects of GH right now—Dr. O and her children (I love Britt!), Nicholas, Tracy and Luke, Sabrina and Patrick, the three kids (especially Spencer), Ava, Julian and Alexis, TJ, the three gay guys, and Liz.

    Can’t stand Sonny (and never will, under any circumstances, particularly after he murdered AJ), and don’t care for the storylines involving Kiki, Franco, Lulu, or Dante.

    k/kay replied

    I do not think LC would think a thing about it she would probably laugh JFP and her gang are the people who dismantled the Q’s. Little campy for my taste but hey to each his own.

    andrew hass replied

    I don’t think RC was slamming the character of Monica or Leslie Charleston.I think he was pointing out that Silas’s wife had to be a new character on the show.So he might have been just using Monica as an example.

  5. dmr says:

    I think Ron has brought on too many new characters and faces, along with many of our favorite veterans. Storylines get lost in the shuffle, as viewers we forget about many of the storylines because the characters have not been on-air for a week +, then a quick wrap-up of a storyline happens, or we have to endure characters on-air conversations rehashing the storyline (because we have not seen it and may have forgotten what happened last). I’ve never been a huge fan of Michelle Stafford’s. I’m certainly not a huge fan of Sam and Silas; and I don’t care about Silas’s ex-wife. I care about the history of the show. I miss the adventure of the 80′s, the heat and tension of the 90′s. I miss Luke’s Blue’s Club, Mac’s Outback, the singing, the friendships (Brenda, Lois, and Ned), the romance, cliff-hanger Fridays. I understand the budget cuts; but, if Ron eliminates half of the recurring cast, there’s a big cost savings there. Two things I love-Liesel Obrecht and the Jeromes!

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  6. Rose says:

    Great interview. An interesting read.

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  7. Tea says:

    As a Sonny fan I’m just thinking my only payoff will be watching Maurice Benard work his magic with the dark material. What’s gonna be the pay off for the many Sonny fans that keep watching Sonny being miserable storyline after storyline????

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    Johnny replied

    Buddy…I don’t think there are many Sonny fans. You are definitely in the minority here.

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    ashley replied

    WRONG!!!!! There are lots of sunny fans out there and johnny yes I will be glad when sonny is happy again im tired of him being miserable too!!!

    su0000 replied

    I am a fan of Sonny’s, also..
    MB is a terrific drama actor and he always brings it home!
    Sunny is a great character and I luvs him ..
    Sonny is a cornerstone of GH, and he can go every which way with stories and the acting is top hat ..

    SonnyPhan replied

    SPEAK FOR YOURSELF, BUDDY! I LOVE SONNY WITH THE HEAT OF A THOUSAND SUNS. I WILL TAKE MY SONNY SUNNY SIDE UP IF YOU PLEASE. HE HAS THE SOUL OF A POET AND THE MIND OF A GREAT INTELLECTUAL.

    aria replied

    dude what tunnel do u live in? sonny/maurice Bernard is huge in the world of daytime, and when your that big, well haters come along, yes, the sonny character can be polarizing just like the luke character, but even with that, these two are as big as they get. i do wish some character out there would give sonny his comeuppance, but apparently no writer is strong enough to really bring the character of sonny down.

    andrew hass replied

    Maybe Maurice Benard is okay with the show writing dark stories for Sonny because it gives him good material to play with.I also want Sonny to be happy but not totally either because that would be boring.

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    Sue replied

    Love Sonny..just want him to be happy for a change

  8. Gh fan says:

    Why am I not surprised that you didn’t ask Mr. Carlivati about Elizabeth’s storyline… ::shaking my head:: Her storyline with Nikolas and Ric is one of the better storylines right now, and all three are characters that longtime viewers care about and are familiar with. But instead, Mr. Fairman, you tend to gush about newbies and your own personal favorites. I wish you would cover GH in a less biased way for many of the viewers that don’t share you opinions and enjoy other characters that aren’t your favorites.

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    Ces replied

    I agree. Love Tyler Christopher & Rick Herst — finally she gets a storyline and it’s not even mentioned in the interview.

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    me replied

    I couldnt disagree with you more. Liz/Nik/ storyline is the worst one going right now as far as I’m concerned. I can’t stand to watch it and I’m so tired of Liz yanking around every guy she’s with.

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    lizzy replied

    Liz is GH’s Brooke Logan . . .If there is a man around, well you know. She sleeps with everybody. Don’t like her – never have. The fact that she thinks she is so much better than everyone else only makes it worse – with her past who is she to judge anyone?
    Love Maura West – have since Y&R I think she is beautiful and as far as her going to far over to the evil side, just look at Todd M. in OLTL and all the rotten things he did and the fans still loved him. I hadn’t watched that show in ages but when I heard he was coming back I was all over that DVR.

    Nana replied

    I agree with, Me and Lizzy. So tired of Liz being with every guy. I have a question, Why hasn’t Cameron aged? He was born when?

    Margie replied

    I’ve always called him Fair Man because I thought he really was, but lately he does seem to be too agreeable with Ron to ask the tough questions.

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  9. carolbyrd says:

    Good Interview, lots of questions answered. Love Michelle Stafford and think she will be a great addtion to the show. Can’t wait to see how Nina/Sam/Silas interact with each other. Pretty sure KM can hold her own against anyone. I think things are about to heat up for this story and about time.

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  10. Sand says:

    Even though Ron is trying to insert some Old Skool ways of writing into today’s stories, something is STILL missing……can’t put my finger on it.

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    Monica replied

    It needs a timeless love story. All these couples, I feel nothing for them. I’m talking about a “Lily and Holden,” a “Tad and Dixie,” a “Cord and Tina,” a “Luke and Laura” a “Bo and Hope” a “Marlena and John” … I can go on and on. Do you know what I mean? Right now GH and the other remaining shows have nothing like that. When there’s chemistry you can’t deny it, but I wouldn’t say these GH couples have the kind of chemistry that can span generations.

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    aria replied

    just like in the world of fashion where theres no longer really any supermodels, the same in daytime, theres no super couple, all the above you mentioned are from the golden era. sorry but is anyone really sorry that sonny cheated on Olivia? the women didn’t seem to have a problem crawling into bed with her cousins men whatsoever, now she’s crying like a big o baby.. no one really has that magic , were you think to yourself are these people together in real life, you know what i mean?

    harry replied

    Aria and Monica, you both make good points. Another thing I have noticed is that scenes are a lot shorter. I am not talking only about GH, but soaps in general. I looked up a Youtube of Damian Smith (because I am wondering if he is Fluke) and there was a scene between Damian, Bobbie and Tony which lasted at least four to five minutes. It was high drama, well written, well acted and not dull at all. Then that scene was followed by a very poignant scene between two brothers–Frisco and Tony. Yes, these type of scenes were character driven (I realize this phrase is being overused, but I can’t think of anything better). Character driven stories don’t need things blowing up, people being shot, masks being peeled off and overall campy storylines. What some of us miss is the connection between family members and romantic partners. When the rising action springs from the characters’ history and interaction its a beautiful thing and resonates with viewers on some personal level. That is why many of us became hooked on soaps in the first place.

    Timmm replied

    Dance with who brung you. Use your legacy characters and build off that. I am excited to see Michelle Stafford but I would have rather seen her as a Skye Quartermaine recast.

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    KareninTN replied

    She would be great as Skye, but MS is a diva who complained about not getting enough time on YR. Her story will eventually eat up the canvas. And who is tied in to it? Mostly newbies.

    Also, I agree about needing a power/super couple. I can’t root for any of the current GH couples. I could have rooted for Liz and Nik, but that has been ruined for now. They have the history, the chemistry, and the mix of two long term families. I am not rooting for Silas and Sam because I already know they are not going to stay together. Franco is too ridiculous for me to root for him and it is just wrong for him to be with Carly. There is just no one for me to get that excited about.

    andrew hass replied

    The problem with Skye is that the character was created on All My Children but went to OLTL and General Hospital.So there might be a question about who has control of the rights to the character right now.As for Michelle Stafford in an interview about her coming to GH is that she knows that there’s nothing worse than a show bringing a new character on and then cramming him or her down the viewers throats or writing the character in a way that is manipulating the audience to like that character.She points out that the fans will either like the character or not and there’s nothing anyone can do to control that.She also points out the the most important thing for her is that she’s coming in to support story for the characters are familiar with and aiding their story.On GH Michelle Stafford may not want to be the star of the show and just wants to do the best job she can.As for Silas and Sam how do you know they won’t stay together?Of course they might break up but they might get back together too.As for Liz and Nik i still think there’s still a chance for them but right now the timing is not right.Elizabeth knows Nikolas is still on the rebound from Britt and she may not want him if he still wants Britt.

    harry replied

    But why recast Skye at all when the beautiful and talented Robin Christopher might be available?

  11. Sarah says:

    I loved that they hooked Sonny n Ava up I cant wait to see where they go with it!!! Glad Julian n Alexis r together they def have chemistry!!! I like the slow build between Maxie n Nathan I think they will be good for each other!!!

    The problem with the focus group is they dont know the history of Franco. That is why I dont like Franco n Carly together. I agree that Laura n Roger work well on screen but having their characters be together doesnt work for me!!! I cant wait till they break up!!!

    Definitely surprised GH was shut out of the 3 categories but the main thing is we are getting great stories and acting from the whole cast n crew which hopefully will allow GH to stay on the air for years to come!!!

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    andrew hass replied

    Jason Thompson who plays Patrick who just got nominated for Lead Actor was asked about GH not getting a Lead Show nomination said it might not be the easiest pill swallow but getting Emmy nominations isn’t what is important at the end of the day.So IMO GH could get all the nominations in the world but that doesn’t mean they are the best soap or have the best actors.I’m sure the show is happy for the actors who got nominated but the TPTB may not care that much one way or another if they get nominated.

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    Cathy replied

    If RC didn’t care he wouldn’t have been all excited about it last year when he was nominated.

    andrew hass replied

    Of course RC was excited last year about getting a nomination because who wouldn’t be?However he may have been in soaps long enough to know that getting a nomination or even winning an Emmy means nothing because he could win but get fired the next day for all he knows.Plus a nomination is just a recognizition of the work you did last year but RC may know what matters is what you do now and in the future and not in the past.

  12. Madhvika says:

    Woohoo!!! Love Carly and Franco!!!!

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    Timmm replied

    I know, everyone should go out with the guy who facilitated their sons rape in prison!

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    Johnny replied

    I know right!!! What foreplay fodder!!! And if Franco is trying to convince people he has changed, why does he act so surly, hostile, stand offish, rude, arrogant and stupid around people? He poses and postures, makes creepy inappropriate gestures, and basically acts like a demented sociopath to anyone within earshot. And Carly…poor dim murderer loving Carly…just stands there, twirling her hair and staring at him all doe eyed. I gotta go….I’m gonna be sick…

    foxy replied

    So do i

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  13. Carlee says:

    Good interview Michael. You always ask the questions that are on viewers minds. The answers, on the other hand, are definitely head scratchers thats for sure. But the do give insight as to why this show is so disjointed, inconsistent and suffers from terrible pacing issues.

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    Andrea replied

    Thank you! He didn’t even bother to talk about the epic failure in writing for Franco and Franco/Carly. Talk about how you plan to fix that. Tell stories on screen and lose some of the newbies.

    Passions…um GH is a disjointed mess. Michael Fairman is the absolute worst stan of all. He practically feeds Ron the answers and doesn’t really talk about the issues with the show. He just pulls questions from Twitter complaints.

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    GH50 replied

    Andrea, that is very unfair to Michael Fairman. He went right at RC about people having had it on the Luke reveal, the fact that there are too many female characters and the risk of Nina overpowering, Sabrina being “shoved down our throats”, the dislike of Cranco, the negative response to the crypt sex and the Emmy snub. He asked all the right questions. He can’t give the answers.

    harry replied

    Come on Andrea, pick a lane and tell us how you REALLY feel.

    Johnny replied

    Passions!!! Exactly! Ron is veering closer and closer to Jim Reilly writing and that is NOT a good thing!! Totally plot driven…changing characters to fit story…senseless and constant violence…evil always triumphing…stories told for shock (schlock) value…etc. Good call!!

    Michael Fairman replied

    To Andrea and a note to the posters on my site:

    There comes a time when the chronic negativity, and the consistent complaints on the people that take time out of their day to do an interview with me for this site has reached a point where we are going to have to readdress the rules for the road that posters will have to adhere to. If not, we will have to ban them, and we have really tried not to go there, since many of you have such incredible passion for your favorite soaps, interesting insights, and clever thoughts to share on the soap world.

    I wanted this to be a place where everyone could feel free to voice their own subjective opinions. And we hoped our fans would helpmake it a fun place for people to come, without sanctioning them, but it’s becoming harder to do that. Many of the posts are becoming complete turn-offs to many that come here to read and participate. And, many of you attack each other! I also understand and get that many voice their displeasure for their favorite soaps, because they are passionate about them and want them to be improved upon. But there is a way to do that without offending people and calling them names.

    It is also now getting ballsy for fans to come to my site and also trash me. But if you feel you must attack … haters gonna hate, right? You certainly have the right to speak your mind. I also realize, and so should most of you, you can’t make everyone happy. I asked the questions many people have wanted to know, and yet now, some say I haven’t, as an example. I think everyone should take a breath before they let out offensive tirades on their keyboards. Remember the old adage, “Can’t we all just get along?” We will be posting the Rules for the Road within the coming days. Thx for your continued support to improve the MF Soaps Poster Community for all involved. Michael

    Margie replied

    Michael, I apologize. I think you’re awesome.
    You know Ron’s Twitter nonsense is part of the general negativity, right?
    He almost asks for people to complain. I’ve never seen a show runner/writer who taunts the fans like he does.

    davlestev1 replied

    Yes @MichaelFairman we get it. It’s your site and therefor you have a right to say who traverses it and who doesn’t. But you need to understand that television is built on the passion viewers have for whatever is placed on table before us. No one is threatening anyone’s life or cussing people out on this site and I’m a regular visitor. As viewers we are keeping DayTime 4 soaps strong. As a blogger you have the responsibility of letting those who come to your site vent their frustrations irregardless of whether it bothers you or those writing the shows we love so much. It’s not just an outlet for frustration it’s fun in the same respect. If you intend to run a site that draws people in on a daily and for some hourly basis then you yourself need to grow a thicker skin. So what if a poster says you mollycoddled an interviewee and treated that person as a personal friend. We all know you have to give a little to get a little or this site would not exist. If all you did was treat the celebrities the way we talk on here…this would never exist because no one would talk to you in the entertainment field. You have GOT to let the lesser of us and yet the greatest..because we tune in everyday..have our say. No one is sending anyone to the guillotine’s here. You should be patting yourself on the back that @MichaelFairman On Soaps elicits such passionate responses. When you cut off a viewers voice you cut off a networks ability to peruse and choose then decide. We’re down to 4..please don’t make it anymore difficult to be heard or within two years at the most we’ll be down to three and looking at the possibility of two. We hear you..we hear them..so let us be heard.

    Michael Fairman replied

    Hi David:
    Thank you for your comments. It has been fantastic for the last five years that this site has existed to see the passion from all of the fans, including yourself. I am glad this site can provide a place for people to express their opinions, and their frustrations with their favorite soaps! I posted tonight, however, as I do every once in awhile to make sure we all do a checks and balances with each other, as to what is going on here. So people can agree to disagree without any attack from one another and so they feel welcome to return to be part of the community. Onward!
    Regards,
    Michael

    rebecca1 replied

    Davlestav1…I couldn’t…disagree with you more!

    First, this is Michael Fairman’s site. I think overall he’s extremely tolerant of different opinions and vents…and I don’t know anyone who would let people have free reign on a site/business that they’ve built.

    This site is his baby. It’s everything he’s just described in his response above. But personally? If this were my site and someone trashed me…I’d be seeing red and my readers would be hearing from me too. You don’t “bad-mouth” someone, especially the person whose site you’re on. If someone feels that he could have asked an additional question, dug a little deeper, etc…there’s a way to address that in a respectful question/manner. But to say “Michael Fairman is the worst…” as the poster above did??? I mean, c’mon!!! It wasn’t addressed to me and I even cringed!

    I think I’ve been a bit harsh with one poster recently…didn’t call the person any names but I was so put off by her opinion…it was so foreign to my sensibility that I was waaay sarcastic. It’s difficult to not cop an attitude in any type of debate.

    I don’t think Michael (Fairman) would have reacted so strongly if there were some disgruntled opinions of Carlivati…I think it’s a known fact that he antagonizes viewers who don’t agree with him…I think it’s a facdt of life since the advent of Twitter/Facebook and sites like this where actors, writers and fans interact. Because at the end of the day, regardless of whether you’re a fan or a writer/actor…we’re all just people. And people don’t always get along…

    With that said, I think it’s beyond nervy to call out and put down a person on his own site. It may be free speech..but beyond that it’s not thinking before you “talk.”

    davlestev1 replied

    @MichaelFairman thank you for your quick and concise response. All said and done I certainly don’t blame you for not allowing people to come on here and as @katieperetti said to @Simon..”.HeeHaw all over my show”. In the words of the esteemed…”ONWARD”!!

    Patrick replied

    @dav

    1. It’s not just an outlet for frustration it’s fun in the same respect
    2. You have GOT to let the lesser of us and yet the greatest..because we tune in everyday
    3. We hear you..we hear them

    I still do : this is the 5th serial.

    have I been let down… believe you me… always.
    where’s my : “As the World Turns”
    where’s my : “Another World”
    where’s my : “Guiding Light”
    where’s my : “Santa Barbara”

    I still HAVE “my” Days of OUR Lives
    I traded Y&R for GH

    I thought this was one of MF best interviews… just knocked on his (RC) door… and let us in, with: just told him like it was: I was impressed! a head writer can’t share our wants… it’s not his picture

    the show MUST go ON…. yikes… I’m not going to complain… this site helps that… for OUR show(s) celebrating 1/2 a century plus….

    I’m hardened by now… when it comes to missing MY favorite show(s)

    VETS vs Newbies

    it’s so dumbing down and eye roll the current realm of current day hollywood… reality

    it’s a crapshoot… to starlet hunk wannabe…. shine past walk the red carpet podium

    the behind the scenes – stars aside – influx is faster WITH what draws you in….

    I tune in for more than habit…. I daresay this is still the best medium… around

    that good book… movie… prime time series…. resonate some… but.. NOT LIKE… daytime

    I’ll hold on to these 4 and catapult what a valuable commodity they are to each and every network… that channel

    ————–

    I’m heralding, folks
    —————

    @Andrea

    God! excuse that…. I love looking at FRANCO with Carly… and my mind flies… they don’t necessarily need another story… they are that easy on the eyes… Yikes..to look that good – TOGETHER

    my problem.. is that they don’t fit in with the rest of the cast… for no other reason.. than… it just doesn’t work… and that frustrates… for ? who could they mix in with? I would advise Roger Howarth to stop the hijinx and stop the body language of comedic… and tough up… man up… as he CAN… and start dancing… cause Nina’s COMING… and she wants, desires, needs, fills you up… FOR… and … whew! there they go… the band plays and its off to the races… it’s time for Carly to step up to the plate… and hurt some… miss it… struggle… step down… feel the pain of misfortune… watch the world around you

    @GH50

    “… He went right at RC about people having had it”

    right ON! your post was my favorite… well stated. I love this site for peoples response… what triggers… may not be my repose.. but.. I watch the whole hour… and share… on line

    with the influx and changes behind the scenes… coming and going… just as fast as our favorite actors… vets and newbies… they have to deserve a break… even tho it seems like they may have wreaked havoc on another serial… oh that smarts… where are the lessons learned… I don’t know.. I once posted… that having lived… i’m in my 5th decade… that we’ve seen everything… and not lived.. but… are made aware.. and are not stifled by differences… soaps are an escape… that hour of LOVE, heart tugging, romance, familial feel.

    this so beats the downturn… of economic turmoil… world relations… political infighting…. homosexual acceptance. man… I can’t browbeat… or lessen a fight in and around… it’s not challenge here… it’s soapbox… with

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    Patrick replied

    my 2nd to last paragraph

    I do fragment… and it escapes me.. even

    but… the production of each soap… head writers, writing teams, executive producers, directors : change… move… just as fast as our favorite actors.. be it veterans with newbies

    defining that fine line… and angst that my favorite actor isn’t getting story… and is gone by the wayside… smarts…

    don’t get me started on DAYS : where are my DiMera’s

    the whole cast it would seem… just dog…..

    Kristen
    Nick
    Theresa

    the self-righteous declare standards

    Puke

    Oye!

    imagination

    dream

    I simply LOVE DOOL

    can’t wait for Eileen Davidson and Kassie DePaiva to steamroll

    which I agree with GH50

    Michelle Stafford right now… is TOO much… for the men in Port Charles…

    I do think.. Roger Howarth is up to the plate
    I do think… Julian is up to snuff

    BUT… not nearly as good… as out of the BOX brandon barash, ex-Johnny and Ingo Rademacher, JAX… would steal the show

    davlestev1 replied

    @rebekkah1 it’s davlestev1 I know that shows clearly. This site is a major blogspot for television so i’m quite sure @MichaelFairman understood the pitfalls when he undertook this enormous operation in crafting this site. People have opinions, and some can be harsh mind you. But opposed to other sights where people have free reign..SPURS AND ALL…this site does not allow you to just attack maliciously and freely as you the spirit moves you. A good majority of blogs could be entered into the #Olympics in the category see just how nasty you can get to an unseen face. This outlet we have been provided with here adheres to the simple rule…say it don’t spray it. Mr.Fairman can handle the barbs and when he finds the attack malicious and unwarranted he says so..as is his right. You yourself have said you let a person make you feel as if you had shingles just from a simple response. They made your skin itch. Re read the response I made and Mr.Fairman’s reply. You can’t elicit an interview by being combative with someone just because your followers demand it. People won’t agree with everything you put down in the written word…but they’re also not sitting up in his office and mulling over how to get the interview..how to present the interview..and how to calm down a bunch of chuckleheads AFTER the interview is posted. Yes @Rebecca1 I get it.

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    rebecca1 replied

    DAVLEStav2…oh my gawd…I read your post to me pretty early and just reread it. Perhaps my eyes are playing tricks on me but did you actually correct me…and then misspell my moniker on here…because you were pissed that I accidentally capitalized the d in your name??? Hahahha…Well, that sums up you.

    As for the rest of your post to me…nice attempt to basically retract what you said to Michael…then “lecture me” on what I just wrote to you.

    My point was, and still is…that people can and should voice different opinions. And yes, debate of any kind gets people amped up. Voice opinions about actors, characters, storylines? Sure! I do it all the time. That’s what makes this site compelling for us soap fans.

    But to criticize and insult the man running it is crossing the line. That’s what I said, that’s what I still feel.

    And as for me stating that I got annoyed with another poster on a different post…yes I did. And I’m sure I will continue to feel annoyed at some of the views on here. But I didn’t and don’t resort to name-calling. I express my disagreement…sometime “shaking my head” at what I consider to be a nonsense response. That’s debate.

    There’s a difference. As for “retaliating” as you just did for the grand faux-pas of capitalizing your d…well, here ya go…shakin’ my head and laughin’ out loud.

    davlestev1 replied

    @Rebecca posts are meant to inspire debate not a sparring match. I initiated that match because you misspelled my name. I initially misspelled yours and correctly spelled it at the end of my post to you. Criticism comes with the territory. Could it be said in a better way? Most likely. But when people sit down to a keyboard unfortunately it’s the one and only time to spill your unmitigated opinion guts and all. Once you send it’s out there to be seen or not seen. As you said, some people takes these sites as a way to stir up unnecessary controversy. Luckily that doesn’t happen much here and most people enjoy bandying about opinions and generally having a great discussion. Now please don’t go about shaking your head and laughing out loud or people will do a double take. IJS. No retractions just reinforcing what I had said earlier. Have a great day Rebecca1.

    rebecca1 replied

    davlesttev…oops! so sorry. I seem to have left out your 1. davlestev1. there. feel better?

    you “started a match because I (accidentally wrote your name with an uppercase D?) and…you’re admitting that? and, and…you think that makes sense?

    not much more to say. and yes…smh!

    Jenn replied

    @MichaelFairman Thank you very much for your post! I have appreciated the interviews you do and enjoy reading them. You don’t always ask the questions I want to know the answers to but the questions you ask are always good and well-thought out.

    I have unfortunately been turned off by many of the comments that get posted on your site as you have mentioned. I’ve been the victim of some personal attacks on this site and so have some of friends. As posts have to be approved before they are published, I had gotten the impression that you were okay with this type of behavior. I am very happy to see you state that is not the case.

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  14. Mark says:

    He is a smart man but I never thought he was the type to listen to focus groups! That’s the death knell sounding and he should just tell the story he wants. He loves the soap genre though and it shows. And he’s cute!! :-)

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    Elizabeth replied

    And I bet not one of the focus groups members was a long time viewer…

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    su0000 replied

    focus groups are public opinions and sponsors love them..
    focus groups are not fan polls they are done by professionals who do them, it is their business to get the results as to what and why is being asked…

    Carly and Franco are great!
    And not many give a crap about back stories from decades past..
    The million new viewers do not care lol..
    The old timers who have been watching from day one, most of them have moved on into 2014 with writers/stories :)

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    Mark replied

    Well he must care about decades past because he has brought back all the vets who are keeping the show on the air.

    foxy replied

    Yes. I love the focus groups. Love Franco and Carly together.

    Elizabeth replied

    The point is there was no reason to bring back RoHo was Franco. He could have been anyone else and all would have been fine with Carly – then BOTH the focus groups and the longtime viewers would have been happy.

    Patrick replied

    @Mark

    LOL

    nice touch!

    “… He loves the soap genre though and it shows. And he’s cute!! ”

    GH was saved from cancellation…. soaps rise and fall from week to week is just that….

    I would be livid and up in arms…. if NBC and ABC LET GO… just cut off their balls… and let go the one staple that daytime needs… on THEIR network… yeah, i’n not mickey mouse….

    CBS stands by their remaing two… so much so… they… block vote and disrespect the emmy process

    RC… Hello

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  15. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Of course Monica cant be Silas’s wife but Monica could still be tied to the story…she couldve been James Reeves ex girlfriend and Ninas real mother…i thought Luke could really be Jerry Jax but what if Luke is really LUKE! Maybe Helene Cassidine is alive and controling Luke with a mind controlling micro chip implanted in his brain…she has the money and power to back the Jeromes and at the same time make Luke look like a fool? Alexis seems less mature than Molly when it comes to sex…imo. Kiki should be Francos daughter…kristen and Roger work better together than Kristen and Mickeal E.,…Lucas needs more interaction with Bobbi and Carly, and i feel he bonded too quickly with Sam…also hope Lucas, Felix and Brad dont keep switching around…are they the only 3 gays in PC?…lol…Patrick and Sabrinas baby drama needs to be played out and they move on with or without each other whoever likes it or not…Ava and Dr.O, 2 of my favorites, both need to be toned down and become less violent…no more of these ladies shooting someone…villians can be villians without murder unless there are plans to write them out…Levi seems like a temp filler to stall an obvious pairing of Nathan and Maxi…please let the children be children: RON C watch Coronation Street…one of the best soaps iv ever watched and the children act like real children and are entertaining…Next years nurses ball should be a sponsered live 2 hour event: a spokesperson for amfar should speak and actors in character should take phone pledges…maybe a wall on the set could be used to display photos of aids patients with interviews with their families…i liked this years nurses ball but it did seem sometimes like i was watching The Gong Show and not a real fundraiser!!!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Good to see Spinelli back even if its a short time…

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Ellie too…yes!!!

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Whats with these men on GH…are they doing their wash or is there a shirt shortage in PC…lol

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    Timmm replied

    I hear the theory that Luke is Frank Smith who never died. [Why cant Alan never have died?] Frank will usher in Damian Smith and take over PC. I do like your theory that Helena is controlling Luke. Levi is in town to steal the Aztec Treasure! Funny though, you only have to take intimidating pictures of Lucy to get Felicia’s jewels! I agree with the NB. It could run Friday live for donations and then run the second hour on tape Monday. Thats it, dont drag it out too long. Also, Lucy is enough! Have someone from Robin’s family host. Say, Robert? He would be funny and command attention. Oh, thats right, Robert is off screen wasting his talents over at Y&R. That has to be one of the worst story lines EVER!

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Robert needs to be back in PC or even Holly…either one would clearly see Luke isnt himself…Robert would make a great MC for the nurses ball…love your ideas for it too…and it was a bit too long…

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I hope Levi is there to steal the Aztec treasures if it gives Felicia and Mac some story…hope Levi is working for faux Luke and also caused Patrick and Sabrinas car accident…which youd think Anna would be investigating at the moment!!!

    Shay replied

    Uh, wouldn’t Frank Smith be at least 80 years old by now??? I know FLuke has been looking long in the tooth lately, but that’s still a stretch! I suppose he could be Damian since they recently threw his name out there…a red herring perhaps???? The thing that completely flummoxes me is the deeply creepy and perverse nature of faux Spencer’s debauchery…I cannot think of any previous character that completely fits this miscreant’s behavioral profile….the predatory nature of his sexual exploits, the drug use and the abject hatred of Sonny and the Q’s, heck, even the immense disregard for “family and friends,” is just sooooo out there! Also, has anyone considered that Levi may be Jerry’s offspring???? Others have mentioned him as a possible progeny of Mac, Robert or Jax, but given his rather nefarious nature, he would seem much more a chip off the old “Brosnan.”

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I thought someone else might have mentioned the Helene/mind control…if so i like to know?

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    aria replied

    fluke luke is not jerry jax, why? if he was he would not be all over Kiki, but instead be stalking Alexis, and not trying to kill her. also if he was jerry, why would Jerry be ok with Julian dating Alexis.? so no sense at all if everyone thiks he is Jerry, not when you factor in Alexis.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Thats part of the reason i changed my mind about being Jerry…maybe a Cassidine or someone connected to Frank Smith or The Balkin or Johnny but i still hope its Luke and someone like Helene controlling him…just hope reveal is soon…thanks for the reply!!!

    harry replied

    Some are starting to believe it’s Damian Smither Frank Smith’s son.

    andrew hass replied

    I used to think the fake “Luke” was Jerry too but now i’m reconsidering that idea.Whoever it is seems to have a grudge against Sonny for some reason.Sonny has made a lot of enemies over the years.Plus “Luke” doesn’t seem to like Ric either IMO.So it could be someone from their past.Maybe the fake Luke is Ric’s dad Trevor Lansing back from the dead or Lorenzo Alcazar.

  16. Barbara Long says:

    You absolutely correct. He’s doing a little bit of Gloria Monty and his own style of writing. I want him to return Patrick and Sabrina back together and make them a family with the baby. Anything other than that is a waste of the Story line. If the baby dies, I’m out PERIOD! I will not care what happens.

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    jonboy replied

    I want so badly to like this show again and not fast forward through more than half of it, but I don’t. It’s all so disjointed and juvenile.

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    Cathy replied

    Except they are not the family the family is Robin, Patrick and Emma. She is off helping a friend who helped her and gave her back her life, a life she wouldn’t have had or where she met Patrick and they had a daughter Emma. Scrubs and Emma have the love story and history and always will.

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    Barbara Long replied

    Kimberly McCullough left the show to direct, so what you’re emailing is redundant.

    Cathy replied

    Barbara Long FYI Komberly was open to do BOTH not just directing. Patrick belongs with his wife Ribin the love of his life and daughter Emma. Many waited for them to be together. If FV got MS to come to GH he can work with Kimberly’s schedule.

    Sabrina and the baby story was ridiculous to do and both are not needed.

    Barbara Long replied

    I’m sorry to bust your bubble but Kimberly McCullough left the show of her own free will to direct, her own words. The story line has to move on without her. It’s not fair to take out Jason and Brooklyn from the job they love doing, that’s just selfish. Kimberly McCullough has moved on and so should everyone else who watches the show. Based on this interview with Ron, she left the show. Now if she’s saying she would stay with the show and direct, we have a problem because it’s obvious now that something went wrong with Kimberly, Ron, and Frank.

    andrew hass replied

    Kimberly might have been open to do both her directing and GH but the show might have known it would have been impossible to coordinate their production schedule and her directing.GH has a budget and they can’t postpone taping while waiting for KMC to be available because that could cost them money.In the past GH has given other actors time off to do other stuff but they knew at the end of the day that person would come back to GH.Plus if KMC wants to be on GH then maybe she should sign a contract with outs in it that gives her time off to do her directing.As for Michelle Stafford she wants to be on GH.Yeah she may have other things in her life too but she might be making GH her main priority right now.

    Timmm replied

    Sabrina should have conjugal visits with Carrrrrrrlos and never be seen again. She is boring!

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    Patrick replied

    LOL

    I think Carlos is HOT

    I’m their

    Carlos is refreshing… a change… a vibrant of new personality… different… I’d go their

    su0000 replied

    yah sure.. many have said that and yet they still watch and post to complain, go figure..

    Reply

    andrew hass replied

    I agree.If people want to stop watching GH that’s their right but i don’t think they have to announce it.Plus then as you point out they keep complaining.If i don’t like something i don’t keep complaining about it.I just stop watching and find something else to like.

  17. Dinah says:

    RC don’t give a damn for old fans of GH

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    Omar replied

    I have to disagree with you Dinah..RC and FV have brought back many of our fan favorites back..Some for recurring, some contract and some made brief apperances..I cannot say the same for the previous power regime, that got rid of so many of our beloved character!!

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  18. janet says:

    What interview? He answered no questions all I read were excuses for what he wants. Focus groups are usually people who don’t watch the show. He caused her son to be raped, now she is sleeping with him? I ff all carley so I don’t care anyway. Rogers mouth makes me FFhim. M S no thanks she ate Y&R so I will just FF her. I like Silas, Who’s Luke GREAT ANSWER RON ? Oh yes he didn’t answer. Damian Smith .but who cares he has made me dislike Luke the rapist now. I don’t care if he puts Purina together .He has loads of excuses for Ava and scummy. If Michael doesn’t disown those two and grow up, I am done.

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    Timmm replied

    Michael needs a recast. This kid cannot make the change from Howdy Doody to a man who tells his scum bag parents to go to hell and run ELQ. I’ll never believe this version of Michael can run a corporation!

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    Patrick replied

    I cannot stomach this

    Michael… with Kiki by his side

    to lame…

    dissent…

    Luke and Tracy

    this just rankles and my grapple is hurled

    fling… i’m fighting back

    aria replied

    michael running a corporation is not believable, but i like Chad, so no recast.

  19. janet says:

    Instead of accusing people of doing something shady, maybe Re-Ron needs to really think about what the fans are saying. He is so full of himself he thinks he is always right. No nominations should have told him to wake up. Instead he makes excuses. Apparently the nominating committee didn’t like his writing.

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    su0000 replied

    LOL someone is having a bad hair day?
    There are great books at the library, they are free!
    much better than GH, you will like them and then you’ll be a happy camper .. :)

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    kmf replied

    Exactly!!!! Janet you have the right to your opipion, but you sound like a fool. Do you know Ron???? He’s probably laughing at you. He is loved by many!!!! I met him art an event, he was wonderful and probably leads a very charmed life. I think he is always right, after all he’s been named one of the greatest writer in daytime!!!!!

    mark replied

    wow biased much on this page., su0000 is that you Ron? Seems only your bashing comments are allowed on this page. good to know

    janet replied

    Bad hair day ?WTH are you talking about. Ron didn’t answer questions. He did what he does with the show. Skirted the issues.KMF Do you think I care what Ron thinks? I don’t. He doesn’t care what the fans think who cares what he thinks. When exactly was Ron named one of the greatest writers of all time. When he didn’t get a nomination ,when he wrote for himself, he just has himself to blame. Ron put himself out there by being a writer for a soap, he has to learn to take the heat that comes with it. I am the one who decides what I watch , is not it lately, I will continue reading the boards and if I care I will watch. You have the same options. You are not going to change my mind, and apparently I am NOT going to change yours. I am trying to give my opinion and you seem to get angry about that. KMF and su0000 seem to get angry .Get over yourself.

    Tristan replied

    kmf: NO ONE is ALWAYS right.

    kmf and su0000: Please grant other posters the courtesy of allowing them to express themselves without hurling insults at them. We don’t all have to agree. But we MUST all be civil to each other. That is the least we can do for Mike Fairman for allowing us this opportunity.

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    kmf replied

    Tristan ….. Yes Ron usually is right he would not be in the job he has today. Also re read …. there’s a lot of crazies out there. If someone hate GH why bother commenting.. it’s comical

    harry replied

    Tristan is so right. Calling someone a fool because they don’t agree with them is ridiculous and unnecessary. This is coming from the same posters time and time again. If you disagree with someone who is unhappy with the direction GH has taken, then argue your point, but do not call the person with whom you disagree a fool, bitter, unhappy and mean. Worse, yet, do not tell them to stop watching a show they have been watching most of their adult lives. We want GH to stick around, and because we want this, we want it to do better because we know it can do better.

  20. Jenn says:

    Great interview! I would curious for some of Ron thoughts on Silas & Sam. I feel that pairing is often avoided in interviews. I realize that Siam does have a following but the character of Silas hasn’t necessarily ended up looking like a prince with sketchy past & the attempts to make him a patriach (Kiki’s dad, Rafe’s guardian, *rumored* son with Nina, step-daddy type to Danny) have been a failure. Why are Franco and Carly more contraversal than Silas?

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    Patrick replied

    interesting point

    can Micheal Easton pull off any more?

    case in point… I was really watching his take… on when Felix delivered the flowers… to see a new take… and fresh difference

    up to this point.. he’s managed to squeak by… been

    I don’t dislike this paring at all…. it’s WONDERFUL to see Sam and Daniel Edward by

    I love this pair… for what they’ve been through….the demise of Jason

    the contrast of Jason and Silas is boom box… but not unavoidable… he has a legion of fans.

    of the three amigos… I don’t mind Silas in the least bit

    HIS true BIG test… is when Michelle Stafford COMES on… hithers… will he be up to snuff

    I don’t think so… so therein… lies… a fan outcry…. ex-johnny and ex-jax to the rescue… and Neilson flood

    I’d LIVE and chant… I want to live by Port Charles

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  21. Dawn says:

    No mention of Duke & Anna. ::sigh:: I know. I know. Couples with actual history on this show don’t rate. It’s all about his new contrived creations like Julian & Alexis..

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    Tristan replied

    I know. I was disappointed as well. Would actually love to see a REAL storyline for them, and not just occasional guest appearances supporting everyone else. Duke as Sonny’s stooge???? Yuck!!!

    Odd, too, all the machinations to create new families for Britt & Dr. O, when poor Anna only has two blood relatives, Emma and Robin. In Anna’s almost thirty year history no regime has ever bothered to give her a family. AMC did it, when Anna was a cross-over character. But not her home show, GH.

    I would love to know why it was so imperative to build a huge family (2 children, sister, comatose niece..) for Dr. O, while Anna languishes on a biological island of her own.

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    aria replied

    i agree with you Tristan, its hard seeing Anna as a supporting character now. its insulting actually.
    as for her AMC family, i believe GH cannot mention Anna twin because of the PP mess, i think she also had a nephew and brother on the show, i think. Now as far as giving her family, i remember when Anna and Robert were presumed dead back in 1992, in the back of my mind, i always imagine that during that time, Anna was pregnant, and that when she and Robert were on the run, because they were accused of being traders, they both separated to reduce their chances of getting caught, and they got helped separately by people who later betrayed them. Anna gave birth to twins, boy and girl, and the person who “helped” then betrayed Anna, and gave her up, and Anna got into an accident and got amnesia and forgot that she gave birth then her story picks up on Amc were if you remember she was sick/ and still suffering from amnesia till her twin found her. fast foward to today, her twins would be in their 20′s in real time not sorad like the other offsprings of other characters anna still doesn’t know bout that time till she runs into the person who betrayed her and it triggers her memory, but of-course she would not know if her memories are true or not, this would start anna on her quest to figure out what happened to her and robert all those years, and give us fan an explanation to why Anna and Robert stayed away, and led everyone to belive they were dead.

    andrew hass replied

    As i pointed out in another post RC can only answer the questions that he’s asked.So i’m sure if RC was asked Anna and Duke he would have answered that question but he wasn’t.As for the Julian and Alexis pairing they have fans.

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    Patrick replied

    Romance… LOVE… SEX… living together

    need it

    for it

    Mac and Felicia
    Anna and Duke
    Kevin and Lucy
    Tracy and Luke

    Bobbi
    Scotty

    the common ground and staple… that together… just must… be shown

    Kevin and Tracy
    Bobbi present
    LOVE Mac and Felicia
    Luke shows some weakness

    will the veterans always oppose newbies…

    YES

    todays standards arent’

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  22. ilona says:

    One of the best pairings for Alexis was her courtship and marriage to Ric before Guza made him psycho. There was a wonderful Tracy/Hepburn quality about them that so many fans, including me, just loved. When she was paired w/ Jerry – the redemption story that began was fabulous… the love of a woman making him face his demons… learning that he was tortured and thought he gave up the woman he loved to save himself was a brilliant set-up, but Guza either suffered from ADD or just got bored, because the story and redemption was never fulfilled and Guza turned to his habitual writing backstop and just made Jerry crazy again. Both these pairings could have been amazing long-term romances w/ great character arcs, instead they ended up trashed for the easy, sleazy way out writing-wise. I hope you don’t do that w/ Alexis and Julian. This could be a brilliant, adult pairing for GH – unlike the ridiculous redemption of Franco – a brain tumor? At least w/ Jerry, if Guza had delved into what torture does to ones psyche and how you can lose your humanity, the redemption would have been real and heartbreaking – but a brain tumor?

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    harry replied

    Beautiful post, Ilona. I absolutely agree.

    Reply

    Patrick replied

    OH gosh! thank you , with harry… @Ilona

    Ric… is on a shelf… all his own…

    I swear to gosh… I noticed a difference in Alexis… as well.. when she’s with RIC!

    I want the same thing for Liz…

    oh the conundrum…

    he could be dastardly helping Sonny… with his current trial and tribulations…

    Alexis is a hard one to conjure up any thing… she needs to stop her inhibitions… and smarten up…. legalese and otherwise… LOVE… lOVE… LOVE… with him… and YOU ….

    enjoy

    live it up

    imagine ric coming in to play… with Julian thinking he’s making inroads… and Ric pokes for fun… and surprises Alexis

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  23. Shannon B says:

    Thanks for a great article! It’s always interesting to learn the behind-the-scenes strategies of story lines. I think Ron & crew are doing a fabulous job at #GH.

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    kmf replied

    Right you are Sharon!!! Agree!!!!

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  24. Shannon B says:

    Thanks for a great article! I think Ron & crew are doing a fabulous job at #GH. I was very surprised at the Emmy snub. Not deserving on any level.

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  25. Judy Naylor says:

    I am disappointed that Patrick and Sabrina will not be together!…This couple is the only reason I watch this soap!..I love them together, and want them back together!.I thought that after their baby was born, we would get an reunion!…This doesn’t make sence, after watching them sing , “You Are Not Alone Anymore” which is Patrina’s song!…The same song that Epiphany at their wedding!..This was beautiful especially when Robin touched Patrick’s hand and he picked her up and walked to the glass window to see her baby brother for the first time..Then Emma placed her hand on the window, Sabrina placed her hand on Emma, and Patrick placed his hand over their hands!….Now you say that we won’t have Patrick & Sabrina back together !

    I hope it is worth it, because Patrina has a HUGE fan base, and we all will stop watching!….I have been waiting for a Patrina reunion since last September, and all for nothing!….What are you going to do with the baby boy Drake?…I hope you don’t kill him, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you did just that! I am very disappointed!

    Judy

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    Princess Collection replied

    I know, like right? Sabrina is the best thing that ever happened to GH. She is made of sugar and spice and everything nice. She gives us girls hope that some day our prince will come and take us away to a castle in a forest filled with rainbow waterfalls, unicorns and magical butterflies. Here’s a suggestion–whenever they show Sabrina and Patrick, the scenes should be Disney animated. That would be so AWESOME!

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    Cathy replied

    Scrubs has history and a HUGE fan base. They are the supercouple and Patrick chose already Robin and Scrubs and Emma belong together. Waited a long time to Scrubs to reunite and Robin should have been at NB which was about HIV with Emma and Patrick. NB was never about a makeover like last year or a preemie like this year. How insulting for people with Aids and HIV.

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    Patrick replied

    right now… I’m only worried, that, the baby survive

    I’d lose my cookies for any thing…else.. beyond… that

    does love circumnavigate that… I think so

    A love of a child… bends

    I’d love completely if he responded

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  26. NizFan says:

    Nice interview but I wish you had asked him about the Niz vs LiRic storyline. That and the Siam love story & the Fake Luke story is what keeps me tuning in. BH has such great chemistry with RH and TC that I can’t decide who I want Liz with.

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  27. Sandy W. says:

    What a great interview! My favorite part is hearing that offliners enjoy Carly and Franco, I just adore them together and glad to know I am not alone. Both funny and sexy too, I hope they are kept front and center as I cannot get enough of them.

    I am really excited to find out what is going on with Luke, is an imposter or really Luke with some sort of mind control or some sort.

    Interesting storyline for Sonny, looking forward to what develops with that as well.

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  28. MC says:

    I will eat my hat if it doesn’t become the “Nina show” for at least a month. Since Ron started, it has been the “Todd, McBain, Starr” show, then it was the “Franco, Kiki, Silas” show, it has been the “Sabrina show” and the “Britt Show”, then (and I would argue still to a certain extent) the “Dr. O show” and the “Ava” show . I’m just hoping that someday it ends up being General Hospital again.

    As far as the no Emmy thing goes – I would imagine that even though they are told not to, people look at all episodes as a whole body of work – The same people are voting on all of the categories. When you put up the Nurses’ Ball with all its OOT top ridiculousness as your best show nominations, and people see that along with the Robin returns stuff, they can’t help but link the two, fair or not. I would also say that it suggests that not even everyone on the show and at ABC voted for GH, otherwise it certainly would have made the cut over the skeleton crew of the PP produced OLTL.

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    MC replied

    And as far as Franco and Carly – there is no denying that the actors have chemistry. They do. They are great. But to believe that Carly would be with a man that set the rape of her son in motion (and that is a very VERY big re-write of history) and terrorized Jason, is just absurd. I don’t know who these focus groups are (I know that they supposedly are quizzed about GH history according to Nathan Varni) but they certainly aren’t the fans that have been there for years.

    And I would also like to point out that not one mention of the Nik/Liz/Ric storyline perhaps because it only features old GH characters and why would anyone care about them?

    #GiveMeBackMyShow

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    andrew hass replied

    RC was not asked about Nik/Liz/Ric by Michael Fairman.RC can only answer the questions that he’s asked.Plus RC talked about Sonny and he’s been on GH longer than Nik/Liz/Ric.Plus RC brought Nikolas and Ric back.

    Patrick replied

    @MC

    your first paragraph speaks volumes… and it’s the TRUTH

    in order for serial to circumnavigate the prerequisite for show to survive in this medium. requires a deadening of stimuli… then it has

    allowing the current regime to progress… allow that

    do i let bait and hook/switch to satiate… I dare not! I believe in what I know
    what prevailed

    so many have walked the walk…

    I omitted and withstood… bellowed… huffed and puffed… my stance… that it aches some

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  29. Kim says:

    I love Carly and Franco :)

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  30. Tammy says:

    We;; I think the emmy’s have always been shady, I thought thought the emmy’s were shady when Guza would win and the show was horrible. However maybe Mr Carlivatiron should take the snub of the Emmy’s as a clue he needs to do better. I think he could start by moving ME and RH around the canvas to see where they fit. I like LW and RH chem, but him being Franco is def a problem. I think we have to many new characters on the show that get too much focus. New people should be dradually introduced. The couples on the show are lacking. the couples you have that could be good don’t get the writing ( Liz and Nik) .We need Family’s but how about bringing the webbers back or the harries or the Q’s as in Ned, Dillon, Jason.

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    Patrick replied

    food for fodder

    with 4 current

    are they well aware of stimuli outside their congenial

    DAYS had better prevail… and WIN… 2nd year in a row

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  31. Marc says:

    Im glad he acknowledges Sabrina can t just go back to Patrick. She will always be his second choice and she deserves way better . Carlina forever

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  32. Danielle says:

    The writing on GH this year has been more captivating and humorous than it has been in years! I have never laughed out loud or cried more during any show on television these last 2 years. Going through some personal turmoil as of late, this show has been my sanity and my escape and has aided in my ability to cope with life’s hard times. The writers, cast & crew are a gift and despite the obvious Emmy snub should seek comfort in knowing they do not need awards or recognition to know they are an appreciated, brilliant, talented & beautiful group of men & women inside and out! Thank you General Hospital Family for all you have given to us! Keep up the wonderful work!

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    kmf replied

    Ron and his team are the best writers on GH!!!! Thank God they came on board. Ron Carlivati is the Bomb!!!!! Love ….. Love …the show!!!!!!

    Reply

    Margie replied

    OH – yes, I guess Ron and team are the best writers on GH!
    This week.

    Patrick replied

    you know… GH is causing more uprising and dust settled

    then Y&R letting go of Michael Muhney, Billy Miller, and Michelle Stafford.. cause Genoa City is but an ember

    Port Charles enlivens… burns… and pulsates some….

    just keep ON

  33. Rob says:

    I guess I am a farly new viewer in that Ive only watched regularly since the OLTL cast crossed over. The show today isnt even what the show was a couple of years ago. I can completely understand long time viewers frustration, BUT this show would be no longer had these guys not turned it around.

    My biggest problem with Showrunners and Head Writers is that they seem to never really listen to what the fans say or want. JFP has decimated The Young and The Restless. Ron and Frank need to get back to more of the basics as far as what we want to see. A good example, Julian and Alexis. I look forward to those scenes. I absolutely love Maura West as Ava but she definitely needs to be toned down. Dr. O is a great supporting character but the character is becoming increasingly ridiculous. I want to see another side of Dr. O.

    Theres no more love in the afternoon, it seems killing kids, shooting people, dealing drugs have taken over on almost ALL of the shows.

    The Bold and the Beautiful should be the model they all strive for. As dumb as it can be, its much more entertaining in a half hour than GH and Y&R combined.

    I dont believe an award or a nomination can make of break anyone, the ratings continue to climb so that is validation enough.

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    kmf replied

    Some of the fans out there are crazy!!!!

    Reply

    harry replied

    “There he goes again.”

    Ronald Reagan

    Patrick replied

    @Rob

    Damn you RC/FV… Listen to US

    @Rob

    I love your paragraph 2

    Kathlenn Gati. : will burn…. with passion… a relief… a respite… a path of true inner

    hen her bossom…
    beckon her true calling….
    declare any angst who dare call her young uns any less

    I an waiting for this

    LOL

    till all this rings true

    I’m watching Jordan diana ross her stomp and entrance

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  34. Mark says:

    Carlivati mentioned Focus Group! Are you kidding me? Focus Groups contribute to the death of soaps. Focus Groups made OLTL get rid of the character Kevin Buchanan! STOP USING FOCUS GROUPS! LISTEN TO THE FANS!

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    jc replied

    I totally agree with you!

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    MBmomof3 replied

    I’ll never forget that insanity. I was a lifelong OLTL fan and I LOVED Kevin Buchanan and Dan Gauthier.

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  35. Verna says:

    I agree that something fishy is really going on about the nominations. No way
    can B&B or Y&R be nominated. I have watched all 3 , and the acting , story lines and drama in GH is way superior to the other 2.

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    kmf replied

    Agree Verna..GH is way above the others!

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    aria replied

    Dool, and BB and YR are owned by Sony pictures, ithat gives them a large voting block and i’m sure that somehow comes into play, but as much as i love GH, under RC and FV i don’t see them ever winning, remember under these two guys, oltl only won once for best show, so in my opinion for some reason, they are not popular with the emmy people. and now that theres only four shows and three are by sony, you do the math..

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    4everDAYS replied

    I believe you’re wrong. DOOL & Y&R is part of Sony. B&B is not.

    andrew hass replied

    Sony produces both Y&R and DOOL.However the Bell owns Y&R and B&B.So those 3 soaps may have advantages that GH may not have because it is owned by a network that cancelled 2 soaps.So even though the Emmy voters have to be impartial in voting i do wonder if their possible disdain for ABC carries over to their feelings about GH somewhat.

    Patrick replied

    Clearly a mishap

    however, this … and it had better

    stratosphere… a big win… for DOOL

    2nd year in a row…

    ducks aligned… and no holds barred… on regurge.. and cast the canvas.. you have.. and bite

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  36. Buttercup says:

    > People think I exited Robin, so I could put Patrick and Sabrina together. I don’t know where that comes from, but it’s irrational.

    BS. People saw what the writing was, and disliked it on its own merits.

    Patrick and Sabrina were not two people who loved each other and were going to get married. They were two people who were shoved into an engagement to create drama for Robin’s return. The villainification of her character is what people hate.

    Ron’s disrespect for the fans is just awful.

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    Patrick replied

    I don’t like… the come backs… the story arcs

    it’s not fair to how progressive.. a characters inroad have made

    I will stand uptight…. Scrubs fans… belong… stand back

    I have never witnessed… a greater love

    even i’ll vent some at the current regime… RC/FV… LOVE is not dissed or messed with

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  37. ELIZABETH says:

    I THINK RON LIVES IN HIS OWN WORLD AND REALLY DOESN’T CARE WHAT THE FANS SAY. NINA WAS TALKED ABOUT CONSTANTLY AND SHE WASN’T EVEN ON. SABRINA WAS ON CONSTANTLY AND SHE WASN’T EVEN LIKED BY THE MAJORITY OF FANS SO I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT. HE CONTINUALLY HIRES NEWBIES INSTEAD OF WRITING FOR A GREAT CAST HE ALREADY HAD. I PERSONALLY DON’T THINK GH DESERVED ANY NOMINATIONS. I STILL WATCH BUT DO A LOT OF FFORWARDING.

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  38. ELIZABETH says:

    SORRY FOR WRITING IN CAPS. SPILLED WATER ON MY KEYBOARD (YIKES). WANTED TO SAY GOOD QUESTIONS MICHAEL BUT DIDN’T LIKE HIS ANSWERS. ONE LAST COMPLAINT AS SOMEONE MENTIONED; HE STORY GAPS ARE TOO LONG AND OFTEN HAVE TO TRY AND REMEMBER WHERE IT LEFT OFF.

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  39. Jenny says:

    He says that Carly and Franco have fans? Plueeze! I run a Facebook group with over 5,000 members and I can count on one hand the number of members who like Franco and Carly as a couple. Most can’t stand them!

    And Ava is hardly a rich character with depth that you root for. The woman is a murderer and has slept with first her teenage son-in-law and now with his father and that is just the tip of the iceberg of reasons as to why this character is iredeemable. The only reason this character is on is because of the actress.

    And Levi is hardly likable either-he is a rude jerk, he is obviously manipulating and controlling Maxie and there are now hints that he is after Felicia’s family treasure.

    Oh and Silas and Sam have become a snoozefest but Silas has bored me practically since he came onscreen. I liked Michael Easton much better as John McBain on GH.

    As for the story with Patrick and Sabrina and their baby, I still think there is a chance Carlos might be the baby’s real father. And I am just waiting until Kimberly McCullough inevitably, eventually returns. I would much rather have her and Patrick on for story arches now and then then to have Patrick and Sabrina shoved at me yet again.

    And the reveal of who faux Luke is is long overdue-been dragged out for way too long. And while everyone is wondering who this faux is why is hardly anyone asking where the REAL Luke is? Is he alive? Being held prisoner and by whom? I hope this story leads to Genie Francis returning and her rescuing the real Luke. And please please end Luke and Tracy I can’t stand them! Bring Laura back and reunite the most popular soap opera love story once and for all.

    Jenny

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    Patrick replied

    The only reason this character is on is because of the actress.

    Maura West… has the ability… and it’s hard for me to emphatically state:

    she progesses.. the current day , realm… of television prerequisite

    she across the board on the GH canvas… resonates

    it would be a nice in-roads if Carlos does turn out to be the father… as this would be an easy let… that Dr. Patrick Drake.. be given a let… to do his OWN thing… his own gig… his own journey..

    after you lose the love of your life… where

    he’s that good… let him be… he’s a one act play… he’ll mix.. he’ll vibe.. he’ll portray so much more… reach and write his stuff

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  40. Timmm says:

    Focus groups! Why doesnt he read these posts? THEN he would see what GH fans feel like and start pleasing people who commit 250 plus hours a year on the show he writes!

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    su0000 replied

    I, my family and friends are GH fans,,
    We all watch everyday, and we are all happy..
    We have great conversations about the stories and acting and we love GH..
    very few complaints..
    Most the friends are new to GH, 3- 2 yrs, as are the other ‘new million’ viewers, and I do not see them giving a crapola about decade old back stories etc.. lol
    GH has more lovers than haters, imo .. :)

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    Margie replied

    Where are you getting this “million new viewers”?
    One thing I will say is that Ron IS bringing back decade plus old back stories.
    Duke, the Jeromes, Lucy and Scott – old stories, old characters.

  41. MBmomof3 says:

    As a lifelong fan of ABC soaps I just don’t know where to begin with RC. I was a fan of his writing on OLTL. He seemed to be pretty good at storytelling for the most part. I am so glad GH is still on the air, but, to be honest, the show is a bit of a mess (I’m being kind).

    I’ll keep watching and supporting GH, but it really could be so much better. I won’t go into a lengthy diatribe, but the bit about a focus group liking Cranco? WTF? I’m guessing they showed the group a clip with no backstory or context. I’m a big RH fan and LW/Carly fan, but making RH Franco and pairing him with Carly is just disgusting. Sonny and Ava fornicating on AJ’s grave was disturbing, and IMO a big FU directly from RC to SK/AJ and his fans.

    I do think he did some things right like adding the Jerome Family.

    I’ll stop now and hope RC gains some self-awareness and insight at some point before he ruins GH. Sorry for the rant. I should know better than to read anything RC related.

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    Patrick replied

    I’ll stop now and hope RC gains some self-awareness and insight at some point before he ruins GH

    GH is so much better than Y&R… B&B… should he watch some DAYS… sure

    DAYS has the same vein, follow through… love… insight… belong… that carries.. what we know

    ————–

    we all know the drill….

    prime time soaps… are done before the season ends… a movie flops… a broaday play dims… a book gets lost

    I get the drill

    1/2 decade plus… AND

    viewers are still watching the same show

    I count on these 4

    I count on the lesser of entertainment value… that serial is devalued…. expletive on all the other genres who thing this

    @MB

    this is merely a soapbox stand that fans align themselves with

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    MBmomof3 replied

    Patrick, I support all the daytime soaps. I DVR DOOL, GH & YR daily. For the past year I’ve watched DOOL first, binge watch & FF through GH, and YR sits on my DVR for a week or two until I binge watch/FF through it. I only catch BB if I happen to be home on a weekday which is very rare, but I enjoy it when I have the opportunity and always wish the best for ALL the soap fans out there. I still miss OLTL :( and wish for no more soap cancellations.

    When it comes to RC, well, I just think he is talented, but too arrogant to see any faults or accept fan feedback that doesn’t support his vision. I think his arrogance is getting in the way of a better version of GH. JMHO.

  42. Cyberologist says:

    I’m an Elizabeth Webber fan and I don’t give a frick about emmy powerhouse actresses from other shows I didn’t watch.

    I want to know why everybody and their momma walking in the door less than five months has family connections built up and even a whole new family for newbies quickerthanthis but the Qs are diminished and Elizabeth Webber has nobody? I want to know why GH is still mob central without any strong hospital based storylines after over two years.

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    KareninTN replied

    I couldn’t agree more. RC doesn’t write for her b/c that would require him to research and find out about what happened on GH before and after the 80′s which he watched. She could be involved any number of stories dealing with why her family abandoned her, what secrets are they hiding, was she adopted , who were her parents? She could be involed in the art world and maybe some kind of mystery. And heaven forbid he write ANY kind of story for the hospital other than the never ending number of “baby swap” or “who’s the daddy stories” he keeps leaving us with. Gh is at its best when the hospital is at the center, with poison balls, disasters in town, viruses, and all kinds of fun!

    I don’t mind a little mob, but the mob take over is what caused GH to loose ratings in the early 2000′s. I hope this mob story doesn’t last forever.

    It takes a writer with some real talent and creativity to do write for the characters that are already in place, rather than to try and fit characters into a plot in his head. RC is using GH to create the soap opera he has had in his head and never had a big enough canvas to create. I wish someone would give him the money and let him go create his own show and give me back the Gh I used to love.

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    aria replied

    il love Elizabeth too, finally she has two guys fighting for her. I still want more, hopefully she will get more. i wish they would show her having more of a balance life, she should still be involve with art, it would be great seeing her painting, and be involved in some storyline where theres a art heist something fun like that. heres what i feel the show miss the boat when the original Franco, played by James Franco never went after Liz? think about it, he was obsessed with Jason, if he truly knew so much about Jason like he think he did, then he would of known that jason loved Liz too, and Franco had at least art in common with her, what did he see in Sam an or Carly that made him concentrate on them instead(or i forgot, they were both guza and JFP pet) even now, Franco could show an interest in Liz, wish would make Carly go bananas, and have some fun storyline about art. now don’t get me wrong, i don’t want franco paired with Liz, but it would be fun to see them involved in an art caper along with Nick, Carly, and even throw Ava in the mix, clearly it would be about some expensive piece of art stolen, a picaso worth 100 million, ect, theres so many stories that can be told. not everthing has to be about the mob.

    Patrick replied

    it’s amazing what powerhouses… Liz… Tracy and Monica ARE

    POWER

    my first thought:

    the writing team…

    hasn’t been able to : write up

    for…. Liz, Tracy, and Monica…

    but… they don’t have to… they stand alone… and WITH

    just like.. Franco and Carly

    what current day revelations… must they share ? be?

    our world is in so much infrastructure… that I don’t want any feature

    demand love and romance … sex and bills are paid

    I don’t want to venture to far in to the future…

    Russia is asking… that China help that country…. colluding… together… that their energies be

    I love Liz, Tracy and Monica… they be

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  43. Jessica says:

    Don’t see any chem between Maxie and Nathan or Levi.

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    GH50 replied

    Levi is a terrible character and Nathan is a terrible actor. How can an actress have chemistry with someone who can’t act? She might as well be standing next to a piece of cardboard. KS deserves so much better as talented as she is. The fact that Paevey not only has an acting job on GH but a prominent role is just offensive. But hey, he had his shirt off today. It’s bad enough that the writing and pacing is so terrible, but at least GH always put professional and skilled actors on the air.

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    harry replied

    GH50–I think Nathan’s chest should be nominated for best supporting actor in a drama series.

    aria replied

    lol i go back and forth with nathan, mainly because he is so gorgeous and nice to look at, but yes, he’s not an actor, i hope GH still has that acting coach they had on set for the young actors, and hopefully we will see nathan or the actor improve. is mark teshner still GH casting director? or was he let go when RC and FV took over? i ask because i don’t think “nathan” would of ever made it pass the audition, he’s more someone you would see on OLTL , under RC an FV no less, because he sure reminds me of the Ford brothers, nice eye candy but clearly not much more. since we already have him , i ‘m fine with keeping him, but, RC and FV need to be careful with turning GH into a modeling show.

    Patrick replied

    LOL

    harry

    surely you jest

    I beat you

    Levi’ mine

  44. Jimmy says:

    Thank god he said we’d be getting insight into the Luke madness coming up in the next few weeks because this guy is hella creepy and I can’t take much more of it! That rendition of “I am what I am” sent shivers down my spine!

    I love Julian and Alexis, they have amazing chemistry. Carly and Franco… not so much. Roger Howarth was much better as Todd, and I liked Carly with Todd more than Franco, even if its the same actor. The character just doesn’t ring true to me, and let’s not even mention his basket case mother, Heather.

    Michelle Stafford’s addition to the cast is amazing, I’m really looking forward to seeing scenes between her and Maura West. She’s a powerhouse and as a Y&R fan too, I really miss her as Phyllis.

    As for Sonny… I don’t even know anymore, what little respect I had for him was gone when he shot A.J. and then I really started to hate him when he and Ava had sex in the Q cemetery! That was gross and awful!

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    Patrick replied

    i haven’t belabored Sonny’ mix… in the show

    Olivia is by the wayside

    forget mixing in with Michael and Kiki.. as they are at ELQ

    sonny has NO inroads… Carly is caught up in Franco

    will FLUKE save Sonny

    I don’t think so

    I appreciate that Maurice Benard.. has truly stated… that at this point… in his heralded career… it’s about supporting his choice… and that’s GH

    I keep saying… Dehlia Salem.. and Kelly Sulivan… are all he needs

    I thank him… as he’s lauded so much… for caring with

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  45. BERNADETTE says:

    If the writers will kill the baby & break Patrick & Sabrina…. I will honestly STOP watching this show PERMANENTLY.

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  46. Trisha says:

    Something does not add up alright. It’s the writing. Many of us would be happy to say why we think GH was passed over for writing. The writing is just not GH…it’s OLTL. GH is a Drama..always has been. GH NOW is a campy, comedic, over the top soapy mess….where it’s history is being changed everyday to suit the plot and where long time GH characters (some emmy winners) have been relegated to playing back up and supporting to new characters who leave many GH viewers NOT interested because they HAD BEEN wanting to see their regular longtime GH character continue their lead roles, and now they are having to watch characters they are NOT invested in get lead stories. GH always had a good balance of soap, drama, danger and excitement. Everything now is just TOOO MUCH in one direction and that direction leads totally AWAY from what GH offered before. It’s no surprise no one thought it was worth a nomination. Ron C just does not understand the GH viewers OR the show. If he did, he’d know what would sell to the viewers, but what he’s giving us is not working for MANY and obviously, not for those on the Emmy panel either.

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    su0000 replied

    RC and his writing team, the team that does the writing, they know GH very well..
    You see; It is no longer 1980 , 2010, whatever year people are stuck in..
    It is 2014, things change, and the way GH is now is exciting and the stories never bore me..
    There is much variety and balance..
    RC and ALL the writers are giving the public a great soap and they know well exactly what they are doing and why it is being done ..
    RC and FV also know the loudest complainer’s do not and will not tun out :)
    Being they watch daily, it truly can not be that bad for them to watch, they do watch..

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  47. Dee Dee says:

    If I were Ron and he knew Robin was only going to be on temperately the logical thing to do in my opinion was to end Scrubs have Patrick chose Sabrina than the would not have to worry about where Patrick next story line is going to be.Of course they would of had to write Tc out for ML.I like Patrick with Sabrina and hope later on down the line they do get together. And as for Ron using the Patrick/ Robin/ Emma reunion for his Emmy nod was a absolute big mistake I thought the reunion was boring .

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    Cathy replied

    The reel for the nomination wasn’t the problem it was the writing and the Emmy people saw that. Best part was the Sceubs reunion and ratings proved that along with Scrubs together for Christmas and love scene. People were bored with Sabrina being shoved down our throats when story was about Scrubs. The worst part was her crying the the background and interrupting Scrubs and Emma.

    The logical thing to do was not have this baby story and keep Scrubs together and work with Kimberly like they did for other and most recently MS.

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    Cathy replied

    If they can work around TeC pregnancy they can work around Kimberly’s schedule a vet of GH for over 25 years.

    There should be no worry about Patrick’s story and it would be easy with Kimberly recurring like she should have been.

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    andrew hass replied

    There’s a difference between TC going on maternity leave because she’ll come back full time right afterwards and working around KMC’s schedule because she doesn’t want to be on GH full time.Now the show might have been willing to work around her schedule if they knew for sure that she’d be there when they needed her.As for making KMC recurring as Robin that limits Jason Thompson as Patrick storywise.

    mark replied

    It was boring cause it became about Sabrina and focused on her. You can blame her for the NB fiasco and let down. That was the other epi he submitted and was probably more of a reason for No Emmy Nod.

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  48. mfarris70 says:

    Great interview, Mr. Fairman! I for one enjoy the Luke story being played out in long term. Remember when stories used to take months, even years, to play out?

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    andrew hass replied

    I also liking the Luke story and the mystery of it.Yeah RC could have revealed who is pretending to be Luke right away but that could take away from a bigger impact later.Plus when Tracy finds out this isn’t the real Luke how will she feel knowing she slept with and married him?

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  49. Cassie says:

    Praise the Lord Patrina Waste Of Time and Talent will FINALLY BE OVER. I loved how he called fans irrational for seeing what was happening on the screen. Fans knew Robin would not do what she did without be written out of character. Be done with PATRINA and call it what it truly is…AN EPIC FAIL.

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  50. KareninTN says:

    The things RC & his writers laugh about, “can we have them have sex on Aj’s grave” are the things that infuriate long time fans of the Q’s. It shows a total lack of respect for that family. You couple that with RC’s twitter statement about “wouldn’t it be more fun to have Thanksgiving with this family (speaking of his newly created Westbourne clan) and many fans are expressing outrage at how little he cares for the history of the show. It just feels like he is systematically eliminating the importance of the legacy families and playing up his newly created characters.

    It’s quite obvious he never watched Y&R, and it shows in the writing, the lack of depth in scenes where characters should be sharing deep conversations and bonding, & instead we are getting jokes, sarcasm, and slaps in the face. I am NOT one bit surprised that GH did not get any Emmy nominations for Writing, Directing, or Show, or why they will never catch up with Y&R or take first place in total viewers under this head writer.

    For example: today we see Julian and his new family acting like they are all just best buddies. When exactly did this bonding happen? To me and many others, we miss those scenes that show how this rag-tag group became a family. To RC, this is just wasted air time (paraphrasing him from Twitter and several magazine articles where he chastised fans for complaining about the lack of depth in character development on the show) The same goes with throwing together couples, like Britt & Nik. We saw very little of them falling in love, no deep conversations, no little moments. But we are TOLD they are in love so we are supposed to just accept it.

    I have watched & loved GH for 51 years. I have to force myself to watch it now and I FF through most of the show, because RC has belittled fans on Twitter, he shows little consideration for character history and often the writing is wrong, i.e. Britt constantly throwing LIz’s history in her face, but it is wrong each time. (Liz was not married to Lucky when she and Nik had their affair, but Britt has said this 3 times on air.) I could go on, but I think you get my point.

    He has a bloated canvas, too many divas, and his stories lack depth and character development, and that is all on him. Instead of creating an entire new family, I would have preferred more story for the vets and some of the newbies we already had. That’s my opinion.

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    Tristan replied

    I agree 100%

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    Bandele replied

    (Liz was not married to Lucky when she and Nik had their affair, but Britt has said this 3 times on air.)

    THIS. its grated my nerve I’m going… HUH?

    but as a writer who went to school for it albeit I haven’t won an Emmy or a million a year salary…its simply a writers ploy to manipulate the audience…

    See if you are a new viewer and don’t know the history of the show then what Britt (who admitted she wasn’t around just putting Liz’ business out there on blast to another new character who wasn’t around either) …

    says skewers the audience to not root for Elizabeth paint her as the bad guy solo. See Nik isn’t mentioned by Britt as the aggressor/pursuer of Elizabeth he skates she doesn’t admonish his part their tryst …nor that its his brother and he didn’t give a rat’ tutu. He still wanted her.

    Nor does she mention that Elizabeth was going to tell Lucky when Nik stopped her from doing so… He literally “begged” her not to tell him because Lucky would forgive her but would never forgive him. Writing skewers the audience perception of a character with this kind of storytelling.

    See, its to show one in a bad light so the other one who is favored by the pen is the one the audience will root for.

    su0000 replied

    KareninTN..
    you have a large list of what you do not about GH..
    why on earth do you watch??
    There is no sense in watching something you do not like..
    You must actually like GH you watch it..
    Nothing and nobody could make me waste an hour of my time watching a show that disgusts me and that I detest.. ..
    It is logical if one watches GH daily they like it, if not there is something seriously wrong to force yourself to watch it :) ..
    Perhaps you have soap opera burn out ..

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    Margie replied

    Weird. You don’t like Karen’s post but you spent all of this time writing about it.
    How can anyone do that?
    I mean, one should just turn off the computer if they don’t like negativity!

    GH50 replied

    Su0000 you are constantly disrespectful to other posters, often getting personal with your attacks, questioning people’s sanity, motivations and mental health.

    There are things you don’t understand, like how people watch the show when they don’t like it. You have no idea how that can be. Well there are a lot of reasons, like being invested for decades and hoping it gets better. But I’ll try and explain my situation and possibly you might understand it.

    I watch GH almost every day. I have a TV on in my office most of the day. It is background noise. I have CNN, CNBC and MSNBC on at times. I’ll check out the view depending on what they’re talking about. At 2pm, I put on General Hospital. While it’s on, I’m working. I’ll take a phone call every now and then. Someone will come into my office every now and again. Actually a lot of things happen in my life during that hour in addition to GH. I don’t sit in front of the TV, glued to the screen, hanging on every word and every scene.

    I would think that sort of scenario is true for a lot of people. Whether they are at work in an office. Whether they work from home. And if they aren’t working, people can be sitting at their computer surfing the net, getting shopping done, taking care of things in their daily life. They could be taking care of things in their home while it is on. They could be cleaning, taking care of kids, arranging their schedule, cooking, even walking in and out of the room at times.

    You see, having a TV on at 2pm is not that much of a commitment and watching GH, especially these days, isn’t an all consuming event for most people.

    In addition, the ratings show that a lot of people who don’t like it are tuning out. The ratings are down, despite your constant posts about a million new viewers, unless you mean that almost a million left and have been replaced and don’t mean an “additional” million viewers.

    harry replied

    Su000 dear, did you read Michael Fairman’s post in which he admonished people for making personal digs at those with whom they disagree? Karen said she has been watching GH for fifty years. It’s hard to leave a daily series which which you have spent your entire adult life watching. Moreover, Ron does do certain things right–such as bringing back old veterans we have not seen in 20 years or so. But then he puts them on a shelf, like forgotten dolls to be played with later. There is a bait and switch kind of tactic being employed. I for one, have been watching GH since 79. I am now down to watching it about once a week. Why do I hang in while complaining so much? Because our soaps become like family–we complain about them but we aren’t going to quit them so readily. We just want them (it) to do better because we know they are capable of it. It doesn’t mean that we are bitter, unhappy, mean spirited people with no lives so please stop making those assertions.

    Andrea replied

    AMEN!

    If MF is going to interview Ron/Frank, get down to the nitty gritty.

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    trisha replied

    Exactly. And this is why he does NOT know the GH viewer. If he did he’d understand that his way of writing for GH is the wrong way. He needs to writ FOR GH and it’s longer running characters and NOT for himself and his newbies. That is all GH viewers ever wanted. We didn’t ask for or want a new or different show. We only wanted GH to be continued. Instead it has been changed in to a different show that pales in comparison to it’s 50+ yrs of legendary and standout drama .

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    boes replied

    You said it perfectly.
    Now be prepared for snide comments from other posters who for some reason won’t allow anyone to feel cheated or annoyed by the nonsense Ron C. puts on screen.

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    Jessica replied

    Yet we get to see every beat of the Westbournes’ bonding. A family I could care less about.

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  51. Donna Chaitovitz says:

    I am also upset that every year it seems that Maurice always gets snubbed. As far as I’m concerned he is the best in the buisness. I think there in lies the problem.

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  52. Andrea says:

    To Michael Fairman,

    I almost NEVER visit you sight because nothing here is of interest to me. Your interviews with Ron Carlivati come of as a script that’s sadly better than GH itself. When you give a non biased smart interview, please let me know. I’d love to read it.

    The next time you want to address fan complaints, here are a few suggestions:

    Offscreen storytelling
    Lack of true commitment to any one “story”. They change many times before conclusion
    Lack of continuity
    Lack of consistency
    Dumbing down characters for plot purposes
    Why the need for so many new characters
    Absolutely no character development
    No follow up after events, just on to the next plot
    Pairings developing offscreen
    Everything lacks the proper build, the Jerome dinner?
    Friendships/blood relationships ignored
    Complete ignorance of who the characters are
    Long standing characters as extras
    Characters/plots disappearing for weeks unless you’re a newbie

    I could continue, but that’s not necessary.

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    Andrea replied

    ***site

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    boes replied

    Well said.
    This is much more of a fan site than a soap site.

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    su0000 replied

    I gotta say;; It’s a soap site for all the soaps where fans come to for news and exciting soap stuff..
    Michael does an excellent job bringing us awesome soap news in all forms., I really appreciate all his never ending work to bring us all the soap goodies!!.
    It is not a hate the soaps site, but a love for soaps site….

    People tire very quickly of habitual complainers, they are very unpleasant people to be around..
    Why the hell do chronic complainers watch?
    GH is not anybodies personal property, it is written for the public, not for certain people..
    No one should punish themselves by watching..
    No need to watch something just to complain about it..
    GH is an excellent soap, something for everyone..
    There is no way any fan could do better the whole GH writing staff, it is a very hard complex job..
    Unless a fan has the know-how and education and power to do better than the ones you complain about, just be nice ..
    geeezuz anyways .. ALL the soaps are for fans not haters..

    harry replied

    Andrea, I certainly don’t disagree with your assertions about GH, but I think Fairman is the best in the business. He asks the hard questions, he is fair and he is objective. He can not go on the attack because it would estrange him from soap writers, producers and actors and he would no longer be able to conduct interviews such as this one. The questions are actually quite good and in letting Ron speak, more was revealed than maybe Ron intended. That is the mark of a really good interviewer. Please read other day time writers/bloggers and you will develop a whole new respect for Michael Fairman’s professionalism. I know I did.

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    Bandele replied

    GH is not a character driven show its plot point driven and women serve as appendages, no cajones no real story.

    I was hoping this new regime would be avande garde and take soaps to the another level, redefine the genre instead I’m getting the same ole misogynistic feel to storylines very ‘ Guzaesque in that regard. I’d love to see a powerful woman storyline here just once…

    I am enjoying some things on the show more than others. The most important thing is I watch.

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  53. kmf says:

    Margie ….. you read michael’s post. He does not like negativity … you made a negative comment about Ron C. right after he posted. Let’s talk about the soap, and the characters.

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    harry replied

    KMF, Margie made a negative comment about the direction Ron has taken GH with his writing-that is allowed. She did not insult another poster. Michael Fairman was addressing the fact that many posters ( for example, you and SU000) need to stop personally insulting other posters for voicing an opinion with which they disagree. Mr. Fairman did not say in any shape or form that he wanted no negative opinions to be expressed here. Rather, he stated that he would like the comment section to be a forum where people are able to exchange a free flow of diverse opinions and ideas without being called names for having an opinion which might be different from your own.
    The end.

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  54. Katie says:

    I love General hospital but lets be honest the writing has been off! RC sometimes takes it overboard. I understand that this is a soap opera but some things are just absolutely ridiculous and it does seems like sometimes he is trying to force you to accept certain storylines and characters. I try to be open and give it a chance but it just doesn’t always click. Like Sabrina and Patrick I love them together but I can totally understand where a lot of scrubs fans come from when they say that its hard for them to accept Sabrina as his partner. I mean look at the way she was written onto the show. It does seem like sometimes her character is a like a little girl compared to Patrick. Then you have the Jerome family and I 100% agree with the person who said that BOOM all of sudden they’re this big happy family who has somehow just all of sudden worked things out. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think I even heard Lucas call him dad and I was like whoa when did this happen. Carly and Franco, yea just plain old crazy. We’re talking about Carly Corinthos Jacks. Jason’s best friend who would kill somebody with her bare hands if they hurt him and now you put her with the man who put him, his family and hers through so much pain. I love me some Sonny Corinthos so RC better fix that mess up with him. It’s like he wants Sonny to be most hated person on daytime television lol! I will always be a JaSam fan so I’m not even going to get started on Silas and Sam its just so unbelievable to me. Don’t get me wrong I understand that Steve Burton is gone and Sam had to move on with her life but Silas just isn’t it. I’m willing to wait for Steve to come back (whenever that may be lol) because I just can’t get into Siam! I’m not trying to bash RC I just think he can do better. O, yea as for Elizabeth I do love where her storyline is going but nobody can or ever will be the one for her besides Lucky! I’m in drama school and I hope to be an actress somebody and to cross over into writing/directing. There is something that my teachers always tell us and that is to give the fans what they want. I mean of course you can’t please everybody and there has to be stumbles and roadblocks somewhere in the story but to me RC seems like sometimes he doesn’t always care about the fans opinions. Again not trying to bash anyone here just simply stating how I feel!

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    andrew hass replied

    I agree with some of your points.As for Sam you don’t want her in a new romance and want her to wait for Steve Burton to return as Jason which may never happen.However i do think Jason is coming back sooner rather than later but not with Steve Burton in the role.

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    Katie replied

    You’re right, I mean I do think that maybe one day he may return if they’re willing to work with him. I wouldn’t mind a recast of Jason I understand that they have to do what they have to do. At first I couldn’t see anyone besides Steve Burton in that role but if they do bring Billy Miller or MM I would like that.

    andrew hass replied

    Steve Burton left the show.So to me it seemed that he didn’t want to work with GH anymore and not the other way around.I like Steve Burton and he had every right to leave GH but i’m wondering if he did it because he realized he was no longer going to be The Star of GH.

    Katie replied

    I may be wrong but from what I heard Steve Burton was willing to work with them. he was willing to take pay cuts and actually wanted less days. Like I said I said I may be wrong though.

    andrew hass replied

    Steve Burton may have been willing to work less days but GH may not have been able work around his schedule in regards to other actors schedules.

    Troy Turner replied

    Katie,

    You, of course, have a right to your opinion. But, the biggest problem with that opinion is that it falls into the same trap that the majority of soap fans’ opinions fall into: The lack of understanding of the realities in the business. If (insert your fave here) wanted to be there, don’t you think they’d be there? To paraphrase Rick Pitino: “Steve Burton isn’t walking through that door, Kimberly McCullough isn’t walking through that door” It’s WAY past time that GH fans accept that fact. By the way, the ratings are at least 20% up as to what they were at this point last year, so FV/RC MUST be doing something right. What does that tell you? In short, have your opinions, but be sure to educate yourself as well

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  55. Scott says:

    Dillon!!!!!!!!!!

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  56. Barbara Darlin says:

    I would love to know more about the focus group who love Carly and Franco.

    Do they have any idea of the history of Franco? What he did to cause Michael’s rape, etc.?

    If it was simply a group judging their “sizzle”, they are not qualified to judge.

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  57. Bandele says:

    Michael I have read from you for years and I appreciate all you do for this genre of storytelling’ community and you do a hella lot for us. I just complain here because I know Ron will probably read it LoL…bottom line you can’t complain unless you watch the show.

    I also know he can’t please almost 3 million people individually but hey you never know …so if I have neglected to mention there are many many good things I like about Carlintini’ vision of GH. I understand the budget constraints and think because of that we get a damn good show.

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  58. Patrick says:

    I’m not exhausted.. just stifled some

    long live DAYS of OUR lives

    two years in a row… best Serial

    Fan Salute… of this wonderful Enterprise

    I really think you’re attractive Michael Fairman

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  59. Alex says:

    I like the interview in general, I´m always interested in what Ron has to say about the show as well as his choice of story line directions.
    I´m not really shocked that the 2 episodes GH submitted didn´t get a nomination, even though I think the entire team did a great, especially with the PP mess they had to overcome last spring.

    I think Ron has chosen those episodes the writing team was most invested in. The show for sure did get the pay off in numbers, but maybe at least one of the episodes (Robin) were just too one sided to get a nomination, we´ll never know. My point is, it´s a sad thing that what the writers have liked most didn´t get the acknowledgement. Maybe, just maybe another episode with more of a mix in drama, fun and adventure would have done much better. There is a saying that you don´t see the wood if you are surrounded by too many trees.

    I´m curious about Nina I hope she makes Silas/Sam much more interesting without getting an overload of the trio. I like Ava, she is a great strong character, she surprises me every time. Luke, hmmm…… I do look forward to get to the bottom. I love Carly and Franco, the actors entertain me to no end. I could watch them all day long.

    I just noticed that right after posting Ron´s interview, devastated folks came up with another ridiculous poll focussing on Carly and Franco. What´s the point, who cares if a tiny fragment of the audience don´t like them together. People get it over with, this is a SOAP.

    On a final note, gimme more Carly and Franco and I´ll be a happy camper.

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  60. Philip Chase says:

    I like the RH/LW pairing! Surely Nathan should be added to the Lucas/Brad/Felix competition! LOL

    With only 4 soaps left – I still miss Secret Storm, Edge of Night and Ryan’s Hope, ROF – I’m thrilled that Maura West and Michelle Stafford have been added to the GH cast.

    It’s great to have Ric Hearst back, hope he’s given a GOOD storyline.

    The Emmy situation has always been suspect. How can B&B, the dullest (but best cast) soap on the air be nominated for anything except everlasting triangles? JMHO

    Hopefully Blake Berris will be nominated as best actor for his great portrayal of hated Nick Fallon.

    JFP has systematically destroyed Y&R. I know Michelle Stafford, Billy (? – Abbott) left voluntarily, but they should have been retained no matter what. And Michael Muhney was the best ator on the show. And the decision in the story to kill little Delia was outrageous. The make over of fake Cassie into evil Mariah is also outrageous. Steve Burton is not as boring as he became on General Hospital, but he’s hardly a real leading man. The rBilly Abbott recast is laughable, poorest actor on daytime television.

    Ron needs to study not only back GH history but take a serious look at past soaps like Edge of Night and Ryan’s Hope to see how to right sweeping romantic stories with an element of suspense or humor in the background. JMHO

    I’ll watch and support GH but I sure wish stories were less disjointed and that we’d go weeks ignoring a potentially great tale – who was the target in the Sabrina/Patrick car crash and who was behind it?

    I applaud the Jalexis combo and hope it lasts!

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  61. Sally says:

    I love how posters are telling other posters to stop complaining and quit watching. REALLY? As a soap viewer of over 40 years I am invested in GH. I care about it. The last I heard I have first amendment right to state my opinion. You don’t like it… Scroll.

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    harry replied

    Amen, Sally. And what a boring world it would be if we all agreed on everything–if we lived in a world in which we did not recognize problems to be solved but instead, only saw sweetness and light.

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    su0000 replied

    There is a difference between an opinion and complaining, bitching and whining :)
    there are constructive opinions and there are complaining/bellyaching opinions and hate rants ..

    No fan is going solve a ‘problem’ ..
    what one dislikes another loves..
    what one wants another does not want..
    Who likes so&so together as a couple another does not..
    Some like a story some do not..
    Some hate Sabrina others love Sabrina..

    The writers and Producers write what they what, they write for the public, knowing some will like it some will not..
    No, fan can have it their way..
    No fan will ever fix anything lol
    so, they can stop the bitching about every little thing, it will not change anything.

    The writers most likely do not read any of the complaints..
    The ones they have heard, no big deal, its normal, they still keep doing it their way..
    They know some hate this and that and hate most everything, makes them little difference they have a story to write that the others will love..
    Soaps are written for the public, knowing some will hate all and some will love all, and some in between, so they just simply write.

    I am one that likes most all with GH .. (there are many as me, millions..
    If I did not like GH I would not be stupid to suffer through it by watching :)

    People who are happy are usually silent, they have no real complaints..
    People who dislike something usually complain…
    so- not hearing from all who are content does mean there are not millions who are enjoying GH..

    andrew hass replied

    su0000 i completely agree..If every viewer of GH was polled about what they like or dislike i’m sure we would have over a million different answers.Plus maybe the show does have people that read message boards on a regular basis but they don’t pay attention to the nasty posts and personal attacks.Also the show may plot a story months in advance.Right now we are in the month of May and the show might already be planning for the Fall as they are figuring out in what direction the stories in the Summer go.

    harry replied

    SU000:
    I give up, there’s no getting through to you. You perceive negative commentary as bitching and whining. You don’t like it–this I understand. So perhaps this is your wake up call to follow your own advice to those of us who are disgruntled, long term viewers. In other words, to borrow from you, don’t read posts which upset you and do not comment on them either. Just ignore us. Please.

    aria replied

    su0000, if people didn’t complain about the legit stuff, then JPF and RG would still be around, if we didn’t speak up and complain when they fired Rebecca then she wouldn’t be around. Theres a big difference when your complaining about not liking a character to complaining about the show being inconsistent, and hard to follow. The show is on 5 days a week all year round and we can’t expect it to be master piece theater everyday, i’m sure that ABC and GH appreciate those who are completely happy with the show, but if no one complain or offered criticism, then how do you know when they’re doing things right?, or are going in the right direction.? Also, its naive to think that are voices don’t count, RC works for ABC/Disney,and their business is consumer base, if we don’t like the product or i should say how our product is being changed, then they will want to know that. I’m also sure that no major company wants one of their employees fighting on social media with their clients. GH is not RC to do with what he wants, GH is the publics and if we don’t like how our show is being repackage then its our duty to let ABC know. So to sum it up for you, heres what i want ABC/ DISNEY to know.

    1. i hate the luke storyline its played itself out.
    2. i love the cast but theres to many people. storylines are lost and continuity is a big problem.
    3. do not give marble i repeat do not give marble his own storyline.
    4. i wan’t to see Anna more then once a week.( Duke, Felicia, Mac too)

    andrew hass replied

    Aria i’m sure ABC and GH appreciate criticism from the fans but maybe not personal attacks.Plus GH has over 2 million people watching each episode.So for every complaint about the something on the show there might be some praise for the same thing.Plus people may not like a certain story as it’s playing out but they may learn to like the ending if they stick with it.Plus ABC may have a different way of judging how GH is doing than us the fans do.

    Tristan replied

    To suoooo, if there are indeed “millions who are enjoying GH” and not complaining, why are you so bent out of shape by the few passionate fans that do have legitimate, cogently argued complaints about GH? What do you care what we think, if there are only a few of us lodging “complaining/bellyaching opinions and hate rants”? Why do you ceaselessly attack anyone who voices a complaint about GH? I am glad you enjoy the show. You do not have any right, however, to consistently insult and harass those who are troubled by GH’s current direction.

    No one harasses you for loving GH. Please stop harassing and misrepresenting people who voice opposite opinions. An opinion opposite of yours is not a “hate rant,” it is an opinion that is simply the opposite of yours. No one expressing an opposite opinion has even been directing those opinions to you. Why, then, do you insist upon inserting yourself into everyone else’s commentary just to insult and belittle? If GH is truly that spectacular, nothing we say will dim its luster, therefore being so defensive in support of it should not be necessary.

    Let it be!

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    Sally replied

    That is funny because you have no problem complaining about others opinions. You think RC is great. I don’t. The difference is I scroll past all of your posts where you have respond to point out how everyone should li
    Ove GH and if they don’t they are wrong.

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    Sally replied

    Love GH and if they don’t they should just be silent. My original post must have hit a nerve… Huh.

  62. Chaz says:

    Regarding focus groups….. two words….Maureen Bauer.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    My thoughts exactly!

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  63. Brett says:

    GH being left out of the Outstanding drama Emmy’s is a joke, it’s the best soap on the air by far. I can’t take the Emmy’s seriously when Y&R which is at an all time low, B&B which is just The Liam and Hope Show and a very poor online version of OLTL get nominated and GH doesn’t!?!!?!?

    The only outcome of that category I would be pleased with is DAYS winning again.

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    Joan replied

    Thats yr opinion on y&r I agree the b&b is all about Liam and Hope and is boring . Y&R does need to get Billy Miller back and Michael Muhney. They made Y&R ratings high.

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  64. Rodd says:

    I love GH and the team of RV and RC! I think the cast and crew are top-notch and wish they would have been nominated. They’re all winners in my book.

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  65. Dee says:

    The scenes RC submitted for the Emmy was very good, so I am really surprised now that GH was not nominated. During those period, I was really enjoying GH, Now, I am not enjoying any of the stories.

    I hate the Luke story line, not necessarily because Luke is behaving so unlike Luke, but mainly because in order to prolong the story people like Tracy has to lose their brain. Things they would normally pick up on is ignored. Tracy not believing Kiki is also ridiculous. Why would she think that Kiki would be interested in someone like Luke who is probably 3 times her age. So, no matter what happens at the end, it would be difficult to feel sorry for Tracy, after all the warnings she got. So, already I have lost interest.

    I Love Sonny. I think the actor is so good. I normally love his scenes with most characters on canvas, but I am also not enjoying this story he is in. I hated that he shot AJ even though AJ was no longer being a threat to Ava, thus breaking his promise to Michael, and I especially did not like the fact that he had crypt sex with Ava on the day of AJ’s funeral, that was just yuk. There was not a strong enough reason for it to happen. They could bond without having sex. Maybe I could give it a pass if they were fighting an attraction for each other for ages. Sonny doing this to Olivia only tells me that his feelings for her is not that strong. Ava and Sonny having sex may have been perfect for the plot, but it did nothing for the character but, put a blight on it. I know I wont feel anything for Sonny when his world turns upside down, even though I know the actor is good, and he normally has me feeling for Sonny, but not this time.

    I am fine with Patrick not getting back with Sabrina as a love interest. I was really bored by them the first go. I don’t mind Sabrina’s interactions with Britt, Carlos, and Felix but, Patrina as a romantic pairing, no. He doesn’t have that Spark with Sabrina the way he does with Robin. He has more spark with Sam.

    Franco and Carly, I totally love them. I am glad the focus group likes them as well. I enjoy all their scenes, but I wish their romance took a little longer to develop. It just seems rushed like all the other romances on the show. it’s like this desperate hurry to get to the sex part, when meaningful conversations, and proper development is infinitely better. The sex should just be the icing on the cake. My favourite couples on GH were Jason and Sam, Patrick and Robin, and Dante and previous Lulu. Their story was built up and we watched them fall in love. There were so many emotional beats. They tackled all sorts of topics, and drama as their love story developed. It was great stuff. I thought Nikolas and Britt was going to be one of those well developed romance, but for the plot it went all the way downhill to the point where I am no longer rooting for them. How could I when he is fixated on another woman. Nikolas is another one whose brain stopped functioning.

    Is there no other way the writers cans prolong their stories without turning normally intelligent characters into morons.

    I am not into Julian and Alexis, and that’s mainly because I don’t like the way Alexis comes across in this story.

    Maxie and Nathan. I just cant see these two being all that great. Nathan, although a gorgeous hunk, is too laid back for Maxie, and I am sure their story is not going to be developed in a way for me to change my mind. The two, will be having sex in no time., I am sure.

    I also hate Silas and Sam. I know they have their fans but, seriously I take more interest in Sam when she is interacting with Patrick, Nikolas, her siblings and her mum than with Silas. Silas has more chemistry with Ava. I always thought so, and was disappointed when it went nowhere.

    In conclusion the only pairing I am enjoying on the show are Carly and Franco, and I hope their relationship does not go downhill like Nikolas and Britt’s. Otherwise I will have to stop watching this show. Its becoming too similar to DAYS the way they are turning the characters into idiots, and no longer having any meaningful conversations, that goes somewhere. I also like Duke and Anna, but I hate that Duke is lying to Anna. Love the Westbournes as well. Obrect makes me laugh. She is something else.

    Thanks for the interview. The best part is that the Luke story is ending soon, and Patrick and Sabrina will not be getting back as a romantic pairing, well I hope that was what he meant.

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    andrew hass replied

    Right now Patrick and Sabrina getting back together doesn’t make sense storywise because their son could die and Teresa Castillo will going on maternity leave for a few months.So it wouldn’t make sense that just as she and Patrick get back together Sabrina leaves town.Plus it could be interesting to see what Patrick does now that both Robin and Sabrina will be out of the picture.Plus RC said Patrick’s next arc will kind of come out of what happens with the baby.I still think the baby will die and while Sabrina is away grieving Patrick might focus his grief on finding the driver and making that person pay.So instead of the show putting Patrick in another romance they give him something else to do.

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  66. kmf says:

    I love the story line of GH. I can’t think of one thing I would change. I love Star and Carly There story lines are so good. The interview was great with RC Thank you Michael. Thank you Harry for wanting to make the show better. You make me laugh though. RC does think about his fans, If he wrote everything the fans wanted then there would not be a creative writing team,I’m sure they take everything into consideration. I really love how a lot of the old soap stars are coming back. I think the writing team is doing such a great job with this, There amazing. Some of the soaps don’t have that good of story line. Always been a big fan of GH, it’s just gotten so much better. Fans give some good points, kudos to the writing team for putting on a good show. Fans have the right to there opinion but I think at times they get a little over board. I was defending RC and the writing team!!!! Congratulations to them for putting on such a great soap!!!!!

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    kmf replied

    I meant Kiki…

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  67. DzzDee says:

    I am enjoying GH. I can’t wait til they discover whom is the evil Luke, I am a Sonny fan, I like to see him get back into his mob scene..(not being helpless) Carly and Franco is Ace1, Almost all the storylines are fantastic, I am not interesting in Molly’s love interest right now, boring! Thank you Michael for the update!

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  68. Karen says:

    GH shud have won in all Categories. I wud like to c PATRICK and Sabrina get together and get married. They make an awesome couple. So over robin I hope she never comes back. Wud like this story line with Luke tied up. Hate seeing tony play a bad guy.

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    Nightingale replied

    Patrick and Sabrina have no personality as a couple. I fast forward her scenes with Patrick, but I can watch when she is with Carlos. Patrick needs a challenge in a woman for his character to work.

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  69. abruzzfan says:

    I love GH so much right now. GH rocks! I love the TJ story with his mother and how she is a double agent; the Jeromes are all great; Carly & Franco are great together; Ned, Luke & Tracy etc …..

    I don’t pay attention to the Daytime Emmy awards anymore because they appear to be rigged and are a joke. It looks like CBS produces them and then they give all the awards to CBS. This was pretty obvious last year when GH writing was snubbed. The majority of the awards went to B&B which is a simple 30-minute soap. The Emmy Award show was sooo bad last year. The Nurses Ball was 1000 times better. They should stop this embarrassment for Soaps. It is giving Soaps a bad name.

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  70. BlueEyes says:

    Maybe GH was snubbed for writing and drama because the show has been lacking. There are glimpses of what it could be, like with when Emma did see Robin. But when all these new characters are made the front and center that the audience doesn’t care about that will affect the nominations. Like Levi, for instance, why? What a waste of airtime.

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  71. Jennifer says:

    I’m sick of Gh. Get the real Luke back. Don’t let it be Ava and Sonny please………………………it will just make me sick. :( When will this fake Luke story end. I like Rick now he’s being set up. You do know your story lines are going down hill. A lot of people I know stop watching GH. We want Luke to be the hero again. The story line with Sonny and Ava made me sick, I couldn’t even watch them. I was upset with Gh this week, so I won’t be watching for a while. Maybe The fake Luke will be gone by then. And know Sonny and Ava.

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  72. Jeff says:

    Ron has a chronic problem with putting too many characters on the canvas, promising but not delivering, and not telling a coherent story. The Quartermaines, who are a staple, have been gutted. Tracy is it. The vets are being backburnered for all of these refugees from other soaps. His handling of Sean Kanan’s character was deplorable, and even Roger Howarth is sounding off about the ineptness of the head writer. Everything is not rosy in Port Charles by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a train about to go off the rails once again.

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