Wishful Storytelling: What If Holly Sutton Lured All My Children’s Dr. David Hayward to General Hospital in a Plot to Keep Robert and Anna Apart?




So I was driving to Mickey D's this morning for my steak, egg and cheese bagel combo and I started thinking about the awesomeness of Vincent Irizarry. I mean seriously, why hasn't some show snapped this guy up yet?

 While I wasn't exactly big on All My Children making his Dr. David Hayward an ominipotent, omnipresent supervillain, I've been a big fan of the actor himself since I first saw him take on Enzio Bonatti (fellow soaper Michael Nader) as Lucky Santangelo's (Nicollette Sheridan) badass, mobster dad Gino in NBC's Lucky/Chances miniseries from the early 90's. A quick listen to our interview with author Jackie Collins from last April, and you'll realize she's quite the fan of Irizarry herself (and of a young Phil Morris in his swimsuit!). So I got to thinking, wouldn't it be amaze-tastic if Irizarry turned up in Port Charles, N.Y. as his All My Children alter ego?
 


The character's AMC ex-wife Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) is on her way back to Port Charles, and will soon be (SPOILER ALERT) grieving the loss of another daughter. Wouldn't it be nice for David to be there for Anna, in honor of their own dead Pine Valley daughter Leora, much to the chagrin of Anna's other ex, Robert Scorpio (an also returning Tristan Rogers)? Maybe the scheming Holly Sutton (Emma Samms) could be instrumental in luring her rival's former hubby to town? Holly could find out some dirt on the Quartermaines and use it to blackmail her way onto the hospital's board of directors, where she recommends bringing on David as the new Chief of Staff.

In addition to embarking on a juicy, grown-up quad with Holly, Robert and Anna, David could square off against Monica (Leslie Charleson), Noah (Rick Springfield) and the other doctors on staff at G.H.? Perhaps to get under Robert's skin, David begins treating his step-niece Maxie's (Jen Lilley) heart condition, and lures the young woman into bed?

Imagine if David were to find himself on the receiving end of a multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuit and has to employ the services of Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn)? Or, maybe the WSB receives intel that David's Project Orpheus was actually underwritten by a grant established by the late Mikkos Cassadine, thus prompting Robert and Luke to begin investigating Dr. Doom's connections to one of the soap world's most lethal clans.

Maybe as a pre-med college student in the early 80's, one of David's first megalomaniac-in-training projects was to assist in the development of the Ice Princess formula? The possibilities are endless! What do you guys think about Dr. David Hayward potentially mixing it up on General Hospital? Sound off in the comments!

 
 Photo credit: ABC

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    Equarter

    Absolutely fantastic. That’s a GH I would be eager to watch! That mines the history of All My Children and provides a backstory for a character a portion of the GH audience doesn’t know. Plus years of story on top of all of that.

  2. Avatar of SwanQueen59
    SwanQueen59

    I say bring him on. The man is a wonderful talent. I’ve loved his work since his days as Lujack with Judi Evans’ Beth on GL. And it would be a refreshing change to have not only a “mature” quad in the mix, but a mature villain who is hospital based as opposed to mob oriented. The above mentioned possibility of him interacting with NLG is enough to make me salivate. And yes, as some have said on this board he’d be intriguing if he were made to be Sam’s father… 0:)

  3. Avatar of east.west
    east.west

    No. This is for fun of course, but there should be a wait and see w/the OLTL ppl, before thinking about AMC. So many have assumed that will be good, but there is the same chance that could be just the worst.

  4. Avatar of ldylkng
    ldylkng

    YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!! But please make him a guy we can root for!! I would love to see him with NLG or maybe even RH. Love that guy, and miss seeing him.

    Another one I hope to see on any soap soon is Ricky Paul Goldin.

  5. Avatar of mipeony
    mipeony

    I’ve been wanting VI to come to GH as part of a storyline where Sam finds her father. He would be a nice excellent part of Alexis’s past and hopefully also her future!

  6. Avatar of soapyfan34
    soapyfan34

    Jamey, it is an absolute shame that people like you aren’t writing for soaps. If you were then soaps would have a fighting chance. At least Frank and Ron are coming on. I love the idea of bringing David on especially with Anna coming back. Going off what you said about Project Orpheus, Jake could be the “other patient” of David’s that was never revealed at the end of AMC! Jake would be alive and that would provide tons of story for the cast of GH, especially now that Sam is pregnant.

  7. Avatar of Jamey Giddens
    Jamey Giddens

    Jake could be the “other patient” of David’s that was never revealed at the end of AMC! Jake would be alive and that would provide tons of story for the cast of GH, especially now that Sam is pregnant.
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    Oh…my…damn I lOVE THIS!!!!

  8. Avatar of Desertrose
    Desertrose

    I want it to be Alan Q!!! Make him be alive…oh please!! I might even start watching this pos show again.

    (OK…I’m probably going to have to take a peek when the Mannings show up.)

  9. Avatar of soapcrazy
    soapcrazy

    That’s a good idea on paper, Jamey. But Can GH afford to pay so many people coming over? I don’t want my favs getting cut from S/L.

    Jamey, before your Story idea come to fruition, First GH needs to get rid of some characters, starting with LIW girl(don’t care to learn her name), Ethan(if he’s not in storys with Johnny, no point to him), Matt, Spinelli, Dante, that cop lady at the PCPD (don’t care to learn her name either), and ronny. And these are just names right off the top of my head.

  10. Avatar of DavidsMuse
    DavidsMuse

    Sorry Jamey, I despised D/A; she’s back with whom she belongs in Robert! Also, David was beginning to fall in love with Cara at the end of AMC, the mother of his child. THAT’S the story I want to see continued on GH, a fresh start for David’s new family! :)

  11. Avatar of pjc722
    pjc722

    Seriously? What General Hospital needs is less people coming from other soaps and more redirecting this soap to telling convincing stories with strong female characters and less MACHO men who want to rule the world. Sadly, I would have to say that GH would have to ax Sonny because there is no way to get around him being in the mob without doing that, even if it’s only for a year. All the violence on this show makes it truly a bad thing to watch. The acting is superb with a great number of the actors on the show but when you mix in the fact that Sonny has killed, shot, maimed, kidnapped or just done whatever he wants on this show you have to question whether or not bringing on a new character (or borrowing one from an old show) will do any justice to fixing this show. Sonny is a big part of the show but what is represents is a bigger problem.

    Y&R did a great justice to the character of Michael by making him pay for his deeds (torturing Christine) and then bringing him back after a year or so. With debt paid to society they reinvented the character and although on the sidelines lately, he has been a HUGE part of the show. Sonny needs to pay whether he becomes a snitch and goes to witness protection (only to return because he misses his family) or he is finally brought down by Robert and Anna (you can’t have hero cops if they are keystone cops), is sent away to prison and then comes back. His mob is destroyed but he starts anew. Maurice Bernard is a tremendous actor but he needs to be brought down a peg or two to correct this ship before it sinks any further.

  12. Avatar of mafelix86
    mafelix86

    Wow, Jamey, WOW!!!!! Why aren’t you headwriter of GH (or of any of the remaining soaps)? Under your tenure, GH’s ratings would skyrocket!!!

    Get rid of the mob, give Carly/Sonny/Jason very little screen time, put fan favorites front and center, and viewers will come back. I will be watching GH as soon as Carlivati’s material starts airing!! :)

  13. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    Jamey,

    Since it appears that you and Ron Carlivati are friends, why don’t you ask him for a job over at GH? I am sure he’d hire you! Your story ideas are always brilliant and I know you would kick butt as a dialogue or breakdown writer!!!

  14. Avatar of scepticalgal
    scepticalgal

    Vincent Iriazarry is the only reason I would watch GH. I have no desire to watch the GH mob show. GH used to be based on the hospital now it is all doom and death. Bring David Hayward on and I will tune in.

  15. Avatar of Miry
    Miry

    I understand what you guys are saying, but at the end of the day, our fav GH characters do need some conflict & the show usually deals with that by bringing in a newbie. I personally would rather have the ‘newbie’ played by an actor that I care about who is playing a character that I also care about, who ACTUALLY has history with the GH’er that he will be involved with, that I have also ACTUALLY WITNESSED. Imagine how much better this stupid Maggie & Steven story would have been if he was actually Ryan from Y&R (sans death) and she was Victoria (as played by Heather Tom), and they were showing them mixing it up in this triangle with Olivia (pretend for a second that you actually like Olivia). THAT would be FIRE. You could go by memory or youtube and relive their history & *know* the connection that they actually shared (& not just one the writers made up) & you would know that the other party in the triangle had an actual living, breathing dog in the fight. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Not some “when in the timeline could this person have been involved with this other person it doesn’t make any sense” garbage that soap writers are always trying to shove down our throats & we all complain about. We KNOW that David & Anna had a real history together in that they were REALLY in love & were together for about 2 years & ACTUALLY had a baby together who died. You don’t have to make anything up here folks.
    Also, Robert isn’t the only one who had another great love & unless they bring back Duke or someone like David, then Anna will sort of be the odd man out & I’d prefer it to be a messy quadrangle where ppl would want the coupling to go either way (which means RATINGS b/c ppl like triangles that are messy, B&B has had 25 years of it, as have all the soaps, it is a soap staple, ahem GH!! –they missed ratings gold by not doing Liason/Jasam, it could still easily be done by having Liz & Jason find Jake alive together & have Franco be the 1 behind it, add Lucky & we are back to a quad!). And if David ends up saving Maxie’s life like Jamey suggested (sans sleeping with her please), perhaps even Robert would warm up to him & not see him as an “enemy”, which would make the quad even more delicious.
    All of this can happen in the background of the ‘taking the mob down’ stuff. And the situation with Cara could easily be explained: While in prison she takes off with his kid with the help of Tad & Ryan & David is helpless & stuck in prison so he can’t find her. In walks Holly, who gets him out of jail and tells him she will find Cara for him if he does her this little favor. He goes to Anna, not just b/c he wants to find Cara but also b/c he did love Anna & she is grieving ANOTHER daughter & his heart breaks for her. And when he gets there he legitimately wants to be there for her & develops feelings for her again. He stays b/c he finds out that Cara died or something & there is actual proof of her death (this is Hayward we are talking about, there’s got to be proof! lol). And whenever the quad needs another shake up have Cara come to GH with baby Hayward in tow in a medical (heart) crisis similar to Leora. This would be MAGIC.
    Great idea, Jamey!! I agree you should DEFINITELY be writing for this show or, at the very least, be a consultant!

  16. Avatar of scepticalgal
    scepticalgal

    Exactly the plotline I would love to see. You should write for GH. I love the David/Anna/Holly/Robert quadrangle and then you add in Cara and the baby. WOW!!! I love it.

    Wouldn’t that be amazing? Not some “when in the timeline could this person have been involved with this other person it doesn’t make any sense” garbage that soap writers are always trying to shove down our throats & we all complain about. We KNOW that David & Anna had a real history together in that they were REALLY in love & were together for about 2 years & ACTUALLY had a baby together who died. You don’t have to make anything up here folks.
    Also, Robert isn’t the only one who had another great love & unless they bring back Duke or someone like David, then Anna will sort of be the odd man out & I’d prefer it to be a messy quadrangle where ppl would want the coupling to go either way (which means RATINGS b/c ppl like triangles that are messy, B&B has had 25 years of it, as have all the soaps, it is a soap staple, ahem GH!! –they missed ratings gold by not doing Liason/Jasam, it could still easily be done by having Liz & Jason find Jake alive together & have Franco be the 1 behind it, add Lucky & we are back to a quad!). And if David ends up saving Maxie’s life like Jamey suggested (sans sleeping with her please), perhaps even Robert would warm up to him & not see him as an “enemy”, which would make the quad even more delicious.
    All of this can happen in the background of the ‘taking the mob down’ stuff. And the situation with Cara could easily be explained: While in prison she takes off with his kid with the help of Tad & Ryan & David is helpless & stuck in prison so he can’t find her. In walks Holly, who gets him out of jail and tells him she will find Cara for him if he does her this little favor. He goes to Anna, not just b/c he wants to find Cara but also b/c he did love Anna & she is grieving ANOTHER daughter & his heart breaks for her. And when he gets there he legitimately wants to be there for her & develops feelings for her again. He stays b/c he finds out that Cara died or something & there is actual proof of her death (this is Hayward we are talking about, there’s got to be proof! lol). And whenever the quad needs another shake up have Cara come to GH with baby Hayward in tow in a medical (heart) crisis similar to Leora. This would be MAGIC.
    Great idea, Jamey!! I agree you should DEFINITELY be writing for this show or, at the very least, be a consultant!

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