SOS: As a veteran of the industry, how do you feel about the current state of the soap genre as it struggles to stay afloat? Is there anything you feel the soaps could do to lure back viewers that may have tuned out?
JZ: I've always loved my soaps. Grew up watching them with my Mom. I feel sad that the daytime industry is struggling to stay afloat. Decisions today are all about money. The ratings are low, and yes it's true that many people have tuned out. Many people have told me that they fast forward through the shows when they are not interested in the characters or the story. A few years ago I asked the "powers that be" if we could do a romantic story line for Bobbie and was told that our audience doesn't want to see "old people" kissing. I disagree with this conclusion. So many of our GH fans have told me that they would love to see some story for Bobbie with Noah Drake, Jerry Jacks, and Scotty Baldwin. There are a lot of women over 40...even over 50...60..all ages...who are still interested in romance and great sex. And daytime is the perfect place to explore these possibilities. I know our audience would connect with this because they have told me they would."