General Hospital Leads Anthony Geary and Maurice Benard Talk Soap’s Reprieve!





On the heels of General Hospital's pardon from ABC, two of the daytime drama's leading men, Anthony Geary and Maurice Benard, spoke with TV Guide's Michael Logan about the current state of GH. Said Geary:

 

For the last year or two we've been living on death row hoping for a reprieve, so this feels great. We're all breathing a sigh of relief, although we don't really know what this all means.

Added Benard:

"For all we know, we've only bought ourselves six months," notes GH star Maurice Benard (Sonny). But that's not stopping the celebration on the set. "It's a beautiful day in Port Charles!" Benard says. "Everyone's excited and we're determined to work hard and keep this thing going. Our goal now is to boost our ratings and be the No. 1 soap. Then they can't cancel us!"

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Photo of Anthony Geary by PR Photos.

20 Responses

  1. Avatar of Cyberologist
    Cyberologist

    So reprieve they don’t know for how long

    Has ABC released a press release? I’m all jiggy wit’it but I do not trust these people…”they have lied habitually & continuously” re: these soaps cancellations.

  2. Avatar of GHFan76
    GHFan76

    For all we know ABC is testing GMAA just like it did Revo, you’re exactly right SwanQueen, this is NO TIME to let guard down or take anything for granted!! They can spin it as a 9 week summer series all they want. You know if it does well they will have GH’s head on a platter.

  3. Avatar of Kendall Troy
    Kendall Troy

    And not to be negative, but wasn’t OLTL ABC’s highest rated Soap Opera the time it went off the air? They want out of the soap business and care nothing about what they have to do to do it. GMAA is a test and I’m sure there’s more in the pipeline. Very sad!

  4. Avatar of GHteenybopper
    GHteenybopper

    It would be naive to think that gh is safe, as many others have been saying, lets just hope that the GMA crap fails like the revolution and gets canned so gh’s stay in the ABC daytime lineup can be further extended.

  5. Avatar of The_Moustache
    The_Moustache

    did i miss the Official ABC Daytime announcment of General Hospital’s renewal??

    i’ve been looking through the pages and i don’t see it, only the announcment of Revoultion getting cancelled and GMA getting a spinoff.

    where’s the GH announcment???

  6. Avatar of giogio
    giogio

    The moustache – On Thursday April 12 I saw an announcement made on ABC eyewitness news in NYC. They clearly said GH Was Staying Alive. They had a photo of GH with the words staying alive next to it. For how long, they didnt say. You may be able to get the whole announcement on ABC channel 7 eyewitness news NYC.

  7. Avatar of giogio
    giogio

    Yea, I heard at least one year. I just have a feeling ABC got so screwed cancelling AMC and OLTL, you wont see GH cancelled. They’d have to be totally nuts!!!!

  8. Avatar of The_Moustache
    The_Moustache

    i like Maurice and his enthusiasm, but his charatcer is the #1 reason this show has gone down the damn drain for the past decades.

    Either he needs to be let go or have Maurice play a twin of Sonny that isn’t in the mob or so angry & depressed all the time.

    :D

  9. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    I agree that I think it has another year, but there are SO many nervous nellies out there… ;-)

    I noted that MB was the first actor to Tweet when the news hit last week. I wondered at the time if he was worried that the FV/RC team was brought in to write him out.

    I could see Sonny have a complete mental breakdown and rebuild his character into something more tolerable, while they scrub the Port of all mob connections. I think Benard would love the challenge, and it could be fascinating to watch.

  10. Avatar of giogio
    giogio

    Think about it Gord. If they cancel this show any time soon, they will never get out of the “I hate ABC” slump that they have been dealing with all year. It will only get worse for them. Like I said in a previous post, GH is like an account thats considered old money and it costs more to keep that what profits are being derived. It would serve them well to chalk it up and suck it up and keep them just so they can show face. AND I dont think its at bad as they are making it sound. They just want to become part of the modern world of reality shows. Im not nervous about it. ABC should be nervous cause they have become a complete sham with their news show and talk shows. Other than all this, today im in a good mood. It was 87 and sunny!!! 8)

  11. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    I wish I could agree, giogio, but I’m 50, and I’ve been around for too many of these kinds of upheavals in television. People say they’re going to never watch again but–aside from a minority of hard-core fans, such as those who hang around message boards–most viewers give up when the reality of the cancellations hit them.

    The first time I remember being really mad at a network, it was back at the start of the 70s, when CBS cancelled all my favorite shows (The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, Mayberry RFD). They wanted to get out of the “rural sitcom” business. However, then came All In The Family and Mary Tyler Moore and M*A*S*H, and I was back on CBS!

    The same thing happened with fans of westerns. Fans of variety shows. Fans of SciFi. Soap fans are not the first to march down this funeral row.

    Even before I found soap message boards, I was on game show message boards as far back as the mid-90s. Since the beginning of my time on those boards, there have been those who believed (who STILL believe) a day will come when Match Game will return just as it was in the 70s and early 80s, even though just about everyone (except Betty White) is dead.

    When a genre is dead, it’s dead. Sure, there are still game shows around the dial, but they are struggling for survival the way everything is on daytime. I can’t explain the continuing success of The Price is Right on network TV, but outside of that show, networks are not about to revive the genre the way it used to be.

    Right now, Drs. Oz and Phil are doing amazingly well (to my utter astonishment) and Judge Judy and her knockoffs seem to be the strongest actual genre right now. I’m sure when people get tired of those shows, a small but vocal minority will be ticked off that they are going away, too.

    A few years ago, after Tim Russert died, there was talk of Meet The Press being cancelled. That show started in 1947!!! And they were considering cancellation. Nothing is safe in TV. You’re only as good as your latest numbers in TV.

    It’s true that the networks don’t care about us. We are such a small number now, we hardcore soap fans, that we no longer matter. Sure, The Revolution failed, because it was simply a bad show. It’s not a victory for soap fans. The Revolution fails, so they put on something else. If that fails, they put on something else…and so on. After five or six shows in that timeslot, your average daytime TV viewer will barely remember that OLTL used to air there. It’s just the way life is.

  12. Avatar of RealityCheck 33
    RealityCheck 33

    I don’t trust ABC one bit….and for that matter, I don’t trust NBC or CBS eithter. The three networks have turned their collective backs on the soap genre, and with the state of the economics of television, they could pull the plug on any of the remaining shows whenever they want.

  13. Avatar of giogio
    giogio

    Yea Gord your right. I am just sooooooo not understanding where ABC or any other network has the nerve to cancel 40+ year old soaps. Uggg– OK you put it in an understandable light that i have to stop being in denial. But its still nice out. ;)

  14. Avatar of LuluFF
    LuluFF

    [quote=TV Gord]I wish I could agree, giogio, but I’m 50, and I’ve been around for too many of these kinds of upheavals in television. People say they’re going to never watch again but–aside from a minority of hard-core fans, such as those who hang around message boards–most viewers give up when the reality of the cancellations hit them.

    The first time I remember being really mad at a network, it was back at the start of the 70s, when CBS cancelled all my favorite shows (The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, Mayberry RFD). They wanted to get out of the “rural sitcom” business. However, then came All In The Family and Mary Tyler Moore and M*A*S*H, and I was back on CBS!

    The same thing happened with fans of westerns. Fans of variety shows. Fans of SciFi. Soap fans are not the first to march down this funeral row.

    Even before I found soap message boards, I was on game show message boards as far back as the mid-90s. Since the beginning of my time on those boards, there have been those who believed (who STILL believe) a day will come when Match Game will return just as it was in the 70s and early 80s, even though just about everyone (except Betty White) is dead.

    When a genre is dead, it’s dead. Sure, there are still game shows around the dial, but they are struggling for survival the way everything is on daytime. I can’t explain the continuing success of The Price is Right on network TV, but outside of that show, networks are not about to revive the genre the way it used to be.

    Right now, Drs. Oz and Phil are doing amazingly well (to my utter astonishment) and Judge Judy and her knockoffs seem to be the strongest actual genre right now. I’m sure when people get tired of those shows, a small but vocal minority will be ticked off that they are going away, too.

    A few years ago, after Tim Russert died, there was talk of Meet The Press being cancelled. That show started in 1947!!! And they were considering cancellation. Nothing is safe in TV. You’re only as good as your latest numbers in TV.

    It’s true that the networks don’t care about us. We are such a small number now, we hardcore soap fans, that we no longer matter. Sure, The Revolution failed, because it was simply a bad show. It’s not a victory for soap fans. The Revolution fails, so they put on something else. If that fails, they put on something else…and so on. After five or six shows in that timeslot, your average daytime TV viewer will barely remember that OLTL used to air there. It’s just the way life is.[/quote]
    I agree with you 100%.IMO GH did not get “saved” because of great ratings or because of “great writing”.It is only still on the air because The Revolution sucks in the ratings.GH is just lucky it was not competing against The Chew because it would have been canceled if it were.Also i would never stop watching a whole network because it canceled my favorite soap.Plus i even try to watch the show that replaced it just to see if it is any good.I watch The Chew sometimes and it is not that bad.I also watched The Revolution BUT it DOES SUCK so i am glad it was canceled.

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