Daytime Emmy winner (and a pre-nominee again this year), General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn talked about the recent head writing and executive producer change at the lone ABC soap that brought One Life to Live’s dream team, Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati, known now to some as Cartini, to the daytime drama.
During her conversation with Nelson Branco for Soap Opera Unsensored, the outspoken Grahn revealed her thoughts on a myriad of subjects including: if she would be into revisiting an on-screen romantic entanglement with Maurice Benard’s Sonny Corinthos, heralding Garin Wolf when he first began taking over for the head writing position post-Guza, and how she felt One Life to Live went off the airwaves to soap heaven. Here are a few interesting excerpts below!
Nancy on Sexis round two: “I wouldn’t mind exploring that. Clearly, Alexis is not the love of Sonny’s life. The problem with Sonny is that he has too many loves of his life! I don’t think the chemistry between Maurice Benard and Laura Wright works; it’s not the same as it was with Mo and Tamara Braun. He’s had so many lovers… how many times can he play Romeo? You can’t fight gravity… and I’m not talking about age… I’m talking about the gravity of life. At some point, Sonny’s going to have to evolve and learn. You can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again without it destroying your life. Sonny needs something and someone different. The older you get in life, the “in love” aspect of love changes to the “quality of love.” He likes Alexis and respects her more than any other woman in his life. I think that’s important. Sonny respecting a woman has as great a meaning as him being “in love.”’
Nancy on touting Garin Wolf to her soap followers when he promised story for Alexis that never materialized: “I had every reason to think that he was interested in writing for the character but it never happened. I’m not saying anything other than that. It’s just a fact. I was touting him… and now the fans don’t trust me because I wasn’t on TV for nine months! (Laughs) Now no one believes anything I say. (Laughs) You can’t blame a writer all the time. Yes, Bob Guza and I didn’t get along, which is why I never had a story. Yes, I was wrong about Garin, but my instincts about Ron Carlivati are that he really does want to write for Alexis and probably will. And that comes from me watching the actresses and women on One Life.”
Nancy on the final episodes of One Life to Live as it bid farewell after 43-years on the air: “I thought it was great. You could see the energy on the show. They went out with their head held up high and with dignity. The other day, I was talking to Michael Easton and we agreed, “When you go down, you have to go down fighting.” And they did. And, so will we. We’ve tapped the iceberg… now we’re hoping to steer the ship and get out of these dangerous waters. ”
So soapers, would you be interested in seeing Sonny and Alexis give romance another shot? (Oops, Shot! Watch out Alexis, you know what happened to Kate/Connie!) Let us know!