General Hospital’s Steve Burton on Liason: “If The Timing is Right, They Could be Together”





General Hospital head writer Ron Carlivati has smartly resurrected one of the most popular and—polarizing—soap triangles in over decade, JaSam vs. Liason. While everyone—including showrunner Frank Valentini— has an opinion on who Jason Morgan should be with, the hit man's portrayer seems to think Liz and Jason have a shot! Here's what Steve Burton said in last week's ABC Soaps In Depth:

"Jason and Elizabeth do have a connection," reminds his portrayer, Steve Burton, "and people know that. If the timing is right, they could be together.


What's that they say? There's no time like the present!

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  1. Profile photo of EricasEvilTwin
    EricasEvilTwin

    Any soap couple COULD be together so this says nothing. What I find more interesting is that both sbu and kemo feel that the jasam fans were jipped and wanted to have them happy for a little while given all the work they put in to making their romance happen on screen – they wanted that payoff for the fans.

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    Squiggle9

    Just because you robo-voted your ONE-NIGHT stand into a Golden Moment doesn’t mean it’s really what should have been picked. I wish there was a way to calculate how many TV’s and DVR’s were turned off the second we realized what was being shown. My Eyes! My Eyes! :D

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    soapster

    “If the timing is right, they could be together”, that is staple for any two soap characters and translates to I just go with the flow and act out what is in the script.

    Popular and polarizing I know this is your opinion but the ratings sure haven’t been reflecting this highly anticipated triangle. In fact the boards are more on fire with Sam getting out of this triangle and making a twosome with McBain.

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    SamdeservesbetterthanJason

    Please they can have each other. Liason is like watching paint dry.

    I want Sam with John McBain. Easton and Monaco have real chemistry together. Burton imo is a one note actor. Monaco has been held back with lame partners on GH like Burton and Vaughn.

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    tvlover01

    totally agree time to switch it up. it dont mean its gonna stay that way its a soap people time for a change LIASON may or may not end up together but thats the beauty of soaps who know JASAM might not be out for the count…loving MCBAM though

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    liason4real

    EET, Steve and Becky said the same thing about Liason being pulled in 2008, as the greatest love story never told. JaSam 1.0 and 2.0 had their story told twice, it is time to shake things up.

    Liason for the win! :party:

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    engradypind

    Jason is different with Liz than he is with Sam. He is gentler and more settled, and he even smiles when he is with her. Sam doesn’t bring out anything in Jason except his robotic Borg self.

    I just don’t see Jason and Liz getting together because at the first hint of the return of Lucky, Liz will rush off to be with Lucky who is better off without her. I think the only time I have disliked Liz was when she undermined Lucky’s marriage to Siobahn.

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    liason4real

    Liz was over Lucky back in 2007, which is why I never bought her being interested in him again whether it was GV or JJ’s version of the character.

    It’s too bad that Guza wrote in Becky’s last pregnancy, because I would have rather seen LnL9999999 move away from each other while Lucky left town with Siobhan.

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    EricasEvilTwin

    I guess just ignoring the fact that she basically spent much of 2011 I think it was begging lucky to take her back and he was the love of her life and also ignoring the fact the liz said in 2010 i believe that only nik flicked her bic.

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    Ravennite613

    [quote=EricasEvilTwin]I guess just ignoring the fact that she basically spent much of 2011 I think it was begging lucky to take her back and he was the love of her life and also ignoring the fact the liz said in 2010 i believe that only nik flicked her bic.[/quote]

    Yes the same way Sam forgets she put a child’s life in danger, the same way Sam forgets she was a con artist…but really even if Liz believes that Lucky is her soul mate he is not an option so should she just sit back and become a nun…why not connect with a former lover

    And let’s not forget why this is even an option…Sam chose to kiss another man first

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    DisillusionedGHfan

    Robo Jason and Liz would be a massive turnoff. GH is getting incredibly good right now simply because Jason is being portrayed for what he is, a Dain Bramaged douche bag! Sorry Steve Burton, but Guza ruined your one dimensional character, its not YOU, its eyebrow acting Jason many dislike. If the current regime cant turn you back into a Quartermain, or something remotely tolerable, please forgo any future contract signings with GH please. The show will do just fine w/o you in the current role you have.

    Sincerely- me!

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    EricasEvilTwin

    What does sams actions during her break down have to do with liz and lucky and whether or not she was over him. if she was truly over him in 07 she wouldnt be spending 2011 begging his sorry ass to take her back. LUCCCKKKYYY pleaseeeeeee. And Sam NEVER forgets that she had a tough road and made some unfortunate choices in going the whole con route during her younger years – she always says things like who am i to judge after the things Ive done. that is one of the big differences between her and some of the other female characters on the show – she knows shes done some crappy things and she owns them and regrets them. she doesnt look down her nose as if shes better than.

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    EricasEvilTwin

    she lost one child in lila, then she lost danny then she lost hope then she found out the woman that she hated and hated her was her mother and that said mother pushed her fiance out of her life and then she found out jason was lying to her and dreaming about the baby HE was having with another woman. It wasnt one loss and this go around she has a network of people around her to love her through it – her sisters her mother spixie – she didnt have that then.

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    bishbay

    Sam and Jason need to be written off and Martha Madison needs to be recast for Liz for GH to have any hope of staying on the air. THREAD CLOSED.

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    liason4real

    Sam was not seen on TV (at least not at MY house!) having a nervous breakdown in 2007. Guza and Pratt never once wrote Sam as having a nervous breakdown, so you can’t just decide she had one when it was NEVER written on the show. Of course, there is always fanfic….

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    EricasEvilTwin

    we saw her jumpy, we saw her overly emotional/having wild mood swings, we saw her behaving in atypical manner, we saw her self medicating, and one could arguing messing with jasons kid was borderline suicidal. that certainly would be signs of a mental breakdown.

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    BornSoapStar

    YAY! From Steve Burton’s lips to TPTB! I can’t wait for Jason and Elizabeth to have their story told! I have loved the character of Elizabeth since she debuted and loved her and Lucky as teens in love- BUT- then Lucky “died” in the fire…and Jason saved Elizabeth at Jake’s, Elizabeth found Jason shot in the snow and I was FOREVER hooked! I have hung on through Brainwashed Lucky (JY), Zander, Kung Fu Barbie, Ric, Sam-Part I, Wussy Lucky (GV), Nikolas, Sam-Part II and St. Schmucky (JJ)…and had to endure the firing of Rebecca Herbst and the agenda driven killing of the character of Jake. If after 15 years the new people in charge finally see the chemistry that Steve and Rebecca bring to these two characters than I am beyond ecstatic! I have not been this excited about General Hospital in years. Now if they really want to give me the cherry on top of my sundae…BRING BACK JAKE TOO!

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    liason4real

    EET, Guza and company chose NOT to write Sam having a breakdown in 2007. We saw a vindictive and manipulative Sam from the very second she heard Liason discussing Jake while Liz was in the hospital. Guza and company had plenty of time to write Sam having a complete breakdown once Jason threatened to kill her and they chose not to.

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    kittyskisses

    The only person besides Liz that Jason has had real chemistry with is Carly! I love Jason and Liz. Jasam is so boring, I would rather watch paint dry. Sam and McBain are fantastic!!!! I love it that fans are either for or against. It’s so much fun and we have needed that big time!!!

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    liason4real

    Yes, we can agree to disagree. Guza could have written a breakdown story where Sam ended up in Shadybrook and Lucky chose to stay by her side once the truth came out publically about Jake being a Liason baby.

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    JASAMMABBY

    So when it comes to everything that has to do with the SOS I have to say I could give a shite about what Sam did.. The only reason being I was pissed at Alexis, Jason and Liz.. Reason being I love her.. So not even going to go into it..

    I will never give up hoping I get a Christmas episode of Sam with little JJ, Jason and the Q’s.. They are the family for me because Sam is the only one that has ever cared about making sure the Q’s get any time with a grandchild. Liz or Carly have never cared..

    Besides that I am not drinking the Liason koolaid.. I have yet to seen anything they do raise the ratings. I know from other websites their group try to raise the ratings on their days and I yet to see it happen.. So I am so not buying you bring them togehter and we are shooting to 2.9..

    What I am a fan of is good story telling.. You bring that and you bring the ratings…

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    JASAMMABBY

    [quote=tealita]IMHO–and it is my opinion–Steve Burton is the ultimate company man. If he and Guza (and by extension Brian Frons) were still up each other’s wazoo’s, Burton would still be spouting their supposed “agenda.”

    Sbu just resigned, and I might add, after having just expressed the mildest of unhappiness about the “changes” brought on by FV’s regime during interviews, and at the FCW. New producer, new contract…whatever they want.

    FV is openly determined to recycle this story, and seemingly, has no compunction about riling up the fan bases. Bring it on! Let’s see it in the ratings.

    I do like Jason; a little less now than I did. Sometimes I agree with, and laugh at TV Gourd’s assessment, about SBu being devotee of the “Joey Tribianni Smell The Fart School of Acting.” If this gets Liason to the finish line, then WTH, SBu’s getting paid. Right?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0FoAilP1K0/quote

    I have to totally agree with Steve the company man.. I think he plays both fan bases.. Out of all of them that is why I love Kelly because she really devotes herself to her current pairings…

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    starr

    Except when she was in Lusam. She was bitching at her PA to her fans about Jaspam. And really what other pairing has her one note character ever been in? She’s a couch cushion in the story of Jaspam….and Fronaco.

    And, do you really think that she will name her (alive) baby after her (Tea’s) dead baby? I’m sure that she put the dead one in the ground with the title “Jason Jr.” Or did it not get a name, like the first baby McCall?

    Keep wishing.

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    sassysdreams

    [quote=Squiggle9]Just because you robo-voted your ONE-NIGHT stand into a Golden Moment doesn’t mean it’s really what should have been picked. I wish there was a way to calculate how many TV’s and DVR’s were turned off the second we realized what was being shown. My Eyes! My Eyes! :D[/quote]

    Squiggle – Good point!

    I’ve watched every Gold Metal Moment so far except for that one. The second I saw what it was I turned the channel as did all of my friends. Watching it the first time was nauseating so I certainly had no desire to see it and be sickened again!!! :Sp :Sp :Sp :Sp :Sp

    As for Carly and Sam not being in any of the other Gold Metal Moments, I guess the people making those statements have not actually been watching the shows. Carly or Sam or both of them have been in every single Gold Metal Moment show except for the earliest ones that were done before those characters joined General Hospital! :|

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    tealita

    IMHO–and it is my opinion–Steve Burton is the ultimate Company Man. If he and Guza (and by extension Brian Frons) were still up each other’s wazoo’s, Burton would still be spouting their supposed “agenda.”

    Sbu just resigned, and I might add, after having just expressed the mildest unhappiness at the “changes” brought on by FV’s regime; during interviews, and at the FCW. New producer, new contract…whatever they want.

    FV is openly determined to recycle this story, and seemingly, has no compunction about riling up the fan bases. Bring it on! Let’s see it in the ratings.

    I do like Jason; a little less now than I did. I agree with, and laugh at TV Gourd’s assessment, about SBu being devotee of the “Joey Tribianni Smell The Fart School of Acting.” If this gets Liason to the finish line, then WTH, SBu’s getting paid. Right?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0FoAilP1K0

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    SZima

    [quote=BigFan]Liz is always better with Jason.[/quote]

    What a put-down of Rebecca! LOL! NO one is better with Jason :stare: the Borg.

    I wasn’t watching the show when Jason and Elizabeth were together, so I have no feelings about them one way or the other. I did like Sam and Jason together because Sam brought out the human side of him.

    However, I now want Sam to be with John. They have so much chemistry and John treats Sam with respect and cares about her in a way Jason never did. And if Natalie/Melissa will not be coming to GH, then I’m for McBam all the way! :love:

    So by default, I have become a Liason fan. They deserve each other. :sick:

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    ANGELWENDY15

    It’s amazing how the board lights up when it’s anything about Liz and Jason. How clever of Cartini, they know how to get to the fans. I like Liz and Jason, she brings out his soft side. The way they look at each other, there is more there then they are admitting. I like Sam so much better with John. He treats her with respect and the two of them have that dark sexiness going on between them. Under Guza’s writing, Sam was always treated so badly by all the men she was with. I like seeing her stronger and standing up for herself.

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    jamison

    Never liked Jasam ! For some reason I see no chemistry b/n Jason & Sam but I’m in love with Mcbain & Sam just WOW ! Love it

    I’m so happy about Jason & Liz HOT!

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    Cyberologist

    If the writing is right they can be together….

    they never got the writing therefore they didn’t e.g. the safety issue miraculously went away after the Liason storyline which they had a secret love affair when he was in this other relationship they were out and about riding around no safety issues were hammered…oh she may have gotten kidnapped and their baby switched but still you don’t have this repeatedly hanging over their storyline even when Franco was dogging them…even when Jerry Jacks was on their heels so ….

    …you want them to work with a positive focus then write it… this is fiction …a soap opera; timing has nothing to do with it (IMO).

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