General Hospital's Top Scribe Bob Guza on The Mob: "We Do Not Glorify It!"




It seems General Hospital head writer Bob Guza must think fans doth protest too much concerning their expressed desire to be rid of the mob in Port Chuck. In the latest issue of ABC Soaps in Depth, Guza vehemently defends GH's mob storylines, which he maintains viewers don't really want to see end. Here's what Guza had to say about the possibility of Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jason (Steve Burton) leaving their mobtacular ways behind them:

"I don't think people want to see that. By putting them in these situations, we have the highest stakes possible of life and death. They have to make incredibly-difficult moral choices all the time. What I will defend to my last breath is that we do not glorify it! the head writer continues. "Sonny is the most haunted character on the show. Jason is turning into one of them. If they just merely shot people and weren't haunted by it, then yes, I think we would be open to the criticism. But they're not. It is never taken lightly. I guarantee you that."

Okay now Guzalicious, even a card-carrying mob lover like me has to admit the show totally glorifies the mob! Who among us doesn't orgasm just a little in our knickers whenever we watch You Tube clip of Super Jase shooting up the church? For more on what Guza had to say to ABC Soaps in Depth check out the Sept. 6-Sept. 20 edition of the magazine, on newstands now!

 

 

 
 
 

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If I had a penny for everytime I have read Guza say: Sonny is the most haunted character on our canvas.

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Guza come on U know People Hate The MOB

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Oh Luza, you poor deluded idiot!

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By putting them in these situations, we have the highest stakes possible of life and death.

Whose life? Sonny and Jason's? My cat knows that regardless of what situation they're in Sonny and Jason will at least come out of it alive. I guess he meant a Quartermaine.

They have to make incredibly-difficult moral choices all the time. What I will defend to my last breath is that we do not glorify it!

So why don't we know exactly what are in the shipping crates? Why don't we know the extent of Sonny and Jason's criminal empire. Why is Jason the resident Superman? You can't honestly say that just because Sonny and Jason get sad once a while because of what they do that means your taking it seriously.

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Yeah, GH glorifies violence, but I don't necessarily think that it's Guza's responsibility to teach people the difference between right and wrong, or to water down GH just to appease a few people who can't handle violence-- no more so than it was David Chase's responsibility with "The Sopranos."

I watch GH because I honestly feel that it's a well-written soap opera, although I do tire sometimes of the constant shootouts, coupled with no fewer than TWENTY major characters ending up either dead or in the hospital each week.

There are PLENTY of highly celebrated films and television shows out there with unusually violent and/or graphic content. Does that mean that we cut it all out to avoid "offending" anyone??? Don't think so.

It's the responsibility of the PARENTS to teach their kids not to shoot people, not ABC Daytime, or any other venue. We all know that this is a FICTIONAL show, based around FICTIONAL characters. And those of us who don't know that?? Hello, wake up!!! It's NOT REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (not directing that comment at anyone in particular, just making a blanket observation!) I am a huge proponent of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. And for those out there who can't handle the violent nature of GH, there's one foolproof solution: CHANGE THE CHANNEL!!!!

Oh, and I don't hate the mob presence on GH, Appleridge!!!!! I guess I am in the minority there, but it certainly wouldn't be the first time!!! Wink Wink

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I don't care about the violence...I just don't give a crap about the mob and frankly I hate Sonny now and Jason sometimes to. I like it in small doses but after watching those wonderful episodes from when Brenda was coming back...and seeing how it is now I just can't force myself to watch it anymore. The mob ate the show, I didnt hate the mob in the beginning but now thats almost all GH is and thats a shame.

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Well then, how about changing the name to Dead Bodies are Us instead of General Hospital. Mob violence is not soap material. I want to see strong women, family drama, villains who don't use guns the way accountants use pens, romance, lust, scheming, scandal, now and then some social relevance, and occasional light comedy. This is why I have not been a habitual viewer of Guza's bloodfest since 2003.

Alstonboy said "change the channel" and that's exactly what I do.

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THAT is the reason i stopped watching this show over a year ago. I couldn't handle anymore of the Sonny Mob Hour.

Get this - i recorded last friday to see how it would be with Brenda back...i couldn't make it thru the 1st 3 mins to get to Brenda's scenes...i ended up deleting it.

How i hate Guza for ruining a once beloved Soap Opera.

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High stakes? When? Where? Saint Jason and the Almighty Sonny never lose. No one stands a chance against them: ever. There is no drama in any of it as it will be twisted, manipulated and rewritten until they come out on top. They never pay for any of their wrong doing and get away with murder and every other crime under the sun while the authorities are played as buffoons, fools and criminals themselves. It is sickening. Where is the drama in that? We know how every scene will end from now until forever, amen.

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I don't hate the mob but I do hate how it has overtaken the canvas of a show that was once primarily based around a hospital and last time I checked is still named after a hospital. I JUST want more balance across the board, I JUST want residents of PC to stop acting as if Sonny is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and I JUST want to have the Sonny I fell in love with all those years ago because he is a shell of that man today

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OMG!!! I can't believe what I just read. Guza is a idoit--more reason GH is down in the ratings. No wonder he is laughing in the picture--He was really joking (she said with sarcasm)!!!

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Seasons u make me smile...

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This coming from the same guy who said that the Quartermaine family will be rebuilt. I guess he forgot he said that when he bumped Leslie Charleson to recurring & botched Robin Christopher's return.

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Glorify = to make someone or something seem more important or better than they really are

Daytime soaps always had a moral center. It made acts of violence and scandalous events more shocking and entertaining for viewers. By making Sonny the center of this show (glorifying a mobster), Guza has made it arguably less entertaining. When your show is at Number 4 or 5 out of 7, you can’t claim to be doing a good job.

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While "the mob" part of the show (AKA the main part) is written better than it has been in a long time, I am not deaf, dumb, and blind Guza.

I can accept that this is his version of GH, but again w/these interviews. O to the well.

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To: Bob Guza

WHATEVAH!!!

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Quote Alstonboy:

"It's the responsibility of the PARENTS to teach their kids not to shoot people, not ABC Daytime, or any other venue. We all know that this is a FICTIONAL show, based around FICTIONAL characters. And those of us who don't know that?? Hello, wake up!!! It's NOT REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (not directing that comment at anyone in particular, just making a blanket observation!) I am a huge proponent of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. And for those out there who can't handle the violent nature of GH, there's one foolproof solution: CHANGE THE CHANNEL!!!!"

Thank you!! You are not alone on this. It is just a television show! Why can people just kick back and enjoy watching GH! Soaps are a becoming obsolete. So instead of ripping on the content of the show, how about promoting the hard work that all the actors do for our ENTERTAINMENT! That is the key word IT'S JUST ENTERTAINMENT people!!!!

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Alstonboy, did my eyes decieve me or did I see you write that you actually enjoy the writing on GH? It's not possible to enjoy this same rewritten crap daya after day. I don't think there has been one original thought that has come out of Bob Guza in a decade. This show is a joke, and the constant focus on Sonny and Jason at the expense of the entire history of General Hospital has destroyed what was the greatest and richest backstory of history and characters that exsisted in television. The ratings continue to drop even with Bob's "golden goose" back. I do like Vanessa Marcil, but even she cannot save GH at this point. Bob Guza truly needs to move on and let a talented writer come to this show and bring it back to its former glory.

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TomZulawski--

No, your eyes did NOT deceive you, sir. I do enjoy GH!! I watch almost all the soaps, and GH is the only one that I find to be CONSISTENTLY entertaining. People are always complaining about how "bad" GH is, but from my standpoint, none of the rest of them are all that great. ALL of the soaps are barely a 6 out of 10, for me, on a consistent basis. The TRUE glory days of soaps are gone.

And none of the soaps are writing original stories. And when they do try to "venture out into the unknown," it usually has disasterous results.

You have your own views/opinions about GH, which I respect, but I simply don't agree with it being "unwatchable" or "unenjoyable."

But I agree with you about the need for new writers on daytime, but I feel that there are a few other soaps that are in more dire a need of new headwriters than GH right now. That's just my opinion, sir.

I guess we will have to agree to disagree on this particular matter..........

Happy blogging!!! Smile Smile

P.S-- I STILL love me some Sonny Corinthos!!! There I said it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love Love

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Doesn't glorify the mob? Um, sure Guza...

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BOB GUZA IS A LIAR AND THE TRUTH AIN"T IN HIM! Who does this overrated, overhypped, and over the hill hack think he is and how dumb does he think we fans are? He doesn't glorify the mob!? WTF has the last 10 YEARS+ been but one long wet dream of Bob Guza and his love all things mob and trying to force the fans into sympathizing with a bunch of murdering, lying, thieving, cheating, abusive, arrogant, hypocritical, and ironically sanctimonious douche-bags and their enabling victims(loved ones)? If Guza thinks that having Sonny whine all the time in between throwing glasses and yelling at women, and Jason say that he is what he is because his family loved him and wanted him to be a decent human being after his accident, then he is a bigger idiot than I have given him credit for being. Having the Quartermaines look like the worst people ever to set foot on the earth because they argue with and have high expectations for each other and making it seem as if Jason and Sonny's lifestyle is somehow better and more noble than them, is glorifying the mob! Having EVERY single law enforcement official be either inept, corrupt, or compromise themselves for Sonny and Jason is glorifying the mob! Completely dismantling nearly every aspect of the show that dos not directly relate to the mob, is glorifying the mob! Only showing these patrons of virtue in trouble with the law when they are innocent, while never holding them accountable when they are actually guilty, is glorifying the mob! Putting a professional in prison and having pretty much every character on the show remark how noble a sacrifice it was and that he didn't really deserve to be there, is glorifying the mob!

And I call utter BS on Sonny being "haunted"! It is not "haunted" to do the same thing over and over again and only feel bad or apologize when you are caught or called out for it. It is not "haunted" to continually excuse your horrible lifestyle choices on something bad that happened to you as a child (as if you are the only one who has ever had an abusive childhood). Nothing that Sonny ever does portrays him as "haunted", he just uses that as an excuse to be a despicable human being to enemies and loved ones alike, and try to have them feel sorry for him. Nothing infuriates me more than that crap about Sonny being claustrophobic, so he shouldn't have to go to jail for the CRIMES that he has commited! Here's a frkin thought, if you are too big of a pussy to spend any time behind bars, perhaps you shouldn't be a mobster. Since Guza insist on putting them in "the highest stakes of life and death"(puke), then maybe he should do a little research and see that most real mobsters from the bottom to the top spend some time in prison.

I understand that this is just a tv show and the characters are not real, but if I am going to give 5 hours a week or my time, then I expect to not be lied to and have my intelligence insulted. It is bad enough that I have to watch day in and day out what this clown has done to my show, then to see him preen on about how my complaints and those of the millions who also complain or simply have stopped watching are wrong and that he knows better makes me see red.

I just hate Guza's smug sense of self satisfaction and congratulation. I wish him no ill will a person, but he needs to be fired and never work on a show I love ever again.

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Does Guza and ABC think viewers are stupid? The Mob is the full story and all others such as Te spencers, Webbers, Quatermaines have all taken a step back to the mob crap. Shame on Guza and his out right lies.

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Alstonboy, totally agree with you on the need for new writers in daytime. Is the genre dying or is it a case of a group of stale writers and producers being recycled from show to show? I recall when Gloria Monty took over GH and saved it from cancellation, she reinvented the show and brought it to unheard of heights. Can that kind of thing happen twice? I dont know, but Im bored out of my mind with the same characters and plots on GH. It has so little emotional impact for me it just doesnt capture my attention in the least, and thus I have turned it off. I do catch Y&R and do find they make great use of their characters and history of the show, that for me is good soap opera. Yes I do agree to disagree with you on the state of GH as does a major portion of the audience I suspect after seeing the ratings decline year after year. I hope somehow the genre can be saved.

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Guza needs to be fired. The same old crap over and over again. We are fed up with the tired s/ls. The writing is good because of Michele Val Jean, Elizabeth Korte and Karen Harris.

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You know who they need to bring in is that guy that wrote for the general hospital spin off that was on soapnet. Why that is not still on I don't understand.. he actually wrote Rich Characters and had them have emotions and were all likeable. I can't remember his name but he was very good. I can't understand why this show was dropped as it was a ratings hit for soapnet. Ohh yeah it was doing better then GH so we can't have Bob Guza look back with Brian Fronzs.

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While GH strongest assets has always been the script writers, I have to defend Guza. While early on in the yr. when most of the soaps I watch were in the gutter b/c of their stories, Guza stories were the one that made GH the only soap worth tuning in for on a day to day basis.

While most of the soaps are in a steady place at the moment (AMC is must watch for me), I have seen what Guza can do when it's character driven drama.

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I guess this is why I love the fast forward button on my remote. Fast forward to anything mob related. Sonny's guilt is riduculous. It is embarrassing to watch.
I miss so many of my old favorites. Bobbi Spencer, Alan Quartermaine, Ned Ashton, AJ Quartermaine, Justus Ward, Audrey Hardy, Tom and Simone Hardy, Lucy Coe, Kevin Collins, Lesley Webber, Laura Spencer, Lois Ashton, Emily Quartermaine, Stefan Cassidine, Katherine Bell, Georgie Jones, Tony Jones, Sean Donnely, Tiffany Hill, Anna Devane, Robert Scorpio, Noah Drake, Felicia Jones, Lee and Gail Baldwin and now Monica Quartermaine
Sure I expect new characters to come along but it becomes boring. All the history and time I have devoted to these characters and some are barely a shadow of what they used to be. Just recently Mac Scorpio is shot and life hanging in balance then a few days later he is back and fighting crime as Police Commissioner.
I have been watching GH since 1973 and it has seriously come to a time to say so long old friend. I think I would rather watch old clips on Youtube of some of my favorite characters and storylines instead of suffering any longer.

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I guess this is why I love the fast forward button on my remote. Fast forward to anything mob related. Sonny's guilt is riduculous. It is embarrassing to watch.
I miss so many of my old favorites. Bobbi Spencer, Alan Quartermaine, Ned Ashton, AJ Quartermaine, Justus Ward, Audrey Hardy, Tom and Simone Hardy, Lucy Coe, Kevin Collins, Lesley Webber, Laura Spencer, Lois Ashton, Emily Quartermaine, Stefan Cassidine, Katherine Bell, Georgie Jones, Tony Jones, Sean Donnely, Tiffany Hill, Anna Devane, Robert Scorpio, Noah Drake, Felicia Jones, Lee and Gail Baldwin and now Monica Quartermaine
Sure I expect new characters to come along but it becomes boring. All the history and time I have devoted to these characters and some are barely a shadow of what they used to be. Just recently Mac Scorpio is shot and life hanging in balance then a few days later he is back and fighting crime as Police Commissioner.
I have been watching GH since 1973 and it has seriously come to a time to say so long old friend. I think I would rather watch old clips on Youtube of some of my favorite characters and storylines instead of suffering any longer.

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Miss40--

We live in an age when people want to shift the blame and responsibility away from themselves. I find it to be sad. There is enough self-entitlement, laziness and ignorance to make even the sanest of heads SPIN uncontrollably!!!!!!!!!!

TomZ---

I can certainly understand why people are disappointed with GH, but I have no other reference point for my opinion. I wasn't watching GH during the 70s and 80s. I have only been watching while it has been penned by Guza. Guza is CERTAINLY not perfect, but I don't think he's a HACK either. I certainly wouldn't put him in the same category of the Megan McTrashys and Chuck Pratts of the world. And there don't seem to be any Gloria Montys, Agnes Nixons, Bill Bell Srs or Douglas Marlands waiting in the background to help dig ANY of the soaps out of the collective messes that they are all in.

Yes, there are people out there who COULD write compelling stories and get soaps back to their glory days, but they are all in the unemployment line while David Kreizman and Maria Bell are pulling in 35,000 a week to write garbage!!! That is why soaps are dying. TRUE change across the board is needed----on ALL shows!!!

Even shows like B&B which are good could be soooo much better with some original ideas. All head writers undergo creative slumps and become unable to recognize their own flaws. This is the same reason why journalists usually have someone else proofread or edit their work. They are so emotionally invested in it that they forget their own errors. Same with head writers......

I wish I could get my foot in the door. I think I could do better than most of these hacks who think that just because they got an A in "Creative Writing" in college that they can write soaps!!!

As Agnes Nixon said in an interview last year after GL was cancelled:

"A lot of people in daytime THINK they're writers, and they're not!"

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Who is this fool think he is fooling with that crap he is trying to sell. The show is tired and old. This is why I quit watching this show 5 years ago. If you want to see a well written show watch The Young and The Restless. Even on its worse day it is better than GH. Y&R is character driven while GH is plot driven. You can do so much with hostage taken and an new mob boss coming to town when you killed the last one. This is why this show just needs to be renamed to Generally Boring because generally it is boring.