This year has marked the 50th anniversary run of ABC’s General Hospital! While sadly, the beloved All My Children and One Life to Live were cancelled by the alphabet network, all signs also pointed that GH wouldn’t last but for more than a year after!
However, when the decision was made to bring creatives Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati over from Llanview to Port Charles it has certainly galvanized the show. In an new piece by the Associated Press, they take a look at what are the keys to GH’s new found success and what are they having to do differently. They not only spoke with the series EP Valentini, but cast members too.
Frank Valentini noted, “We were all worried and we had a right to be worried. The show was in a very dark place and Ron and I managed to come in and shake it up!”
Tyler Christopher (Nikolas,GH) offered up, “One of Frank and Ron’s things is that every character has to have a job and every character has to have a romance. So there’s an opportunity there for you to show up in somebody else’s story … so you’re still relevant.”
Frank Valentini said getting all the characters into the mix is not always as easy as it might look: “There are a lot of characters on the show and that’s a blessing and a curse. We try not to go more than two weeks without seeing somebody, and if we do, it could be for other reasons like the (actor) is on vacation or doing a movie.”
The EP also offered up how important it was for the series to get back to some of its veterans and rock-solid performers like Jane Elliot (Tracy): “Jane is such a spectacular actress and to have her not do much on the show seems like a waste of a resource.” He also mentioned how bringing back other fan favorites such as Lynn Herring, Jack Wagner, Tristan Rogers was “a gift for the audience” and he still hopes for more returns:,”We’d love to have Demi Moore, and we’d love to have John Stamos. We’ve still got plenty of fun stuff to do and plenty of surprises.”
So, what do you think about the state of General Hospital from where it was pre-Frank and Ron to now? Are you excited about the future? What would you like to see happen in 2014 as the show continues to evolve? Weigh-in!