Head Writer Reveals Who’s Sticking Around Port Charles After #GH50!


 




Hopefully Laura Spencer (Genie Francis), Scotty Baldwin (Kin Shriner) and Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring) didn't book round trip tickets to Port Charles, because they aren't going anywhere! As for Bobbie Spencer, R.N. (Jackie Zeman), our favorite nightingale will soon exit PC, but could return.

TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan got the deets from General Hospital scribe Ron Carlivati, who also revealed Brenda (Vanessa Marcil) will stick around through the end of the Michael/Brenda/Carly/Sonny arc. Carlivati also shared who else he had on his wish list, including John Stamos (ex-Blackie). Said Carlivati:

There has been a long series of miscommunications with John. I asked to have him at the ball — along with Demi Moore, Ricky Martin and a hugely ridiculous wish list — but then reality set in. We heard back that John was unavailable or uninterested. Then came word that he was indeed interested but at that point the Nurses Ball had been written. We tried to write in a cameo that had him in one episode of the ball, but it was never as simple as just having him play the drums. John said he wanted to do something more, something where he could really act, so I came up with an arc that had his character, Blackie, getting out of Pentonville Prison and having to adjust to life on the outside. But, at that point, John seemed to be committed to a lot of other projects so it's dead, at least for now. But I still have hope it will happen. We plan to keep celebrating our 50th anniversary all year and there are many more returns in the works. It certainly ain't over!
 


Yeah well, until Casey The Alien beams down to reveal he's in a committed, interspecies/intergalactic relationship with Richard Simmons, #GH50 is in-com-plete in my book!

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  1. Profile photo of LeiLei
    LeiLei

    I’m glad he explained why the Jax/Brenda relationship was broken up so quickly. I loved them as a couple and was disappointed we didn’t get to see any of the joy they used to have together.

    I’m ecstatic that Lucy is sticking around, she brightens up any scene she is in. Also happy about Scotty and Laura, I want Scotty to have more to do then wring his hands about Laura and Luke.

    Keeping my fingers crossed we get more Robert and as long as whoever they bring back makes sense, I’m all for it!

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    hkWolfhard

    Seconded on Herring. I gathered the others were a given to stay, but was never sure about Herring’s longevity (whether it was ball-focused or not). I am glad she’s sticking around to add her character’s ‘flavour’ to the show.

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    sodsince16

    I was entertained and delighted that each returning character got a meaty scene. Jax admitting that he wanted to save Brenda was a lovely gift for the actor and the audience. I thought the same was true for Bobbie.

    Ron C is such an interesting evolution of a soap writer. He doesn’t want to “modernize” like the post-Irna Phillips writers who brought in more sex and politics, & he doesn’t want to emulate other genres like the 90’s producers who made soaps into action-adventure series or heart-warming dramas. He seems to appreciate the form and move it forward while respecting the past. He may veer into camp at times, but it seems to be out of a pure love for the form.

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    SoapyBitch

    I am so ecstatic that Lucy is sticking around and I hope that means she will be Rafe’s guardian and that Serena will soon come on board, but please not Kristen Alderson. I’d prefer Carly Schroeder.

    I know that Ron does the camp, but I am hoping he can pull out a good psychological Kevin / Ryan story down the line.

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    Forever8

    Iam glad that all of them our staying in Port Charles for awhile. Wondering if KA is Serena ? Or Carly Schoreder really coming back. Hoping next time Bobbie brings lucas next time. And liz gets her doc cousin Tommy comes to town soon. PS Desperately need a Lucy and Brenda scene the two of them were good friends back in the day.

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    soapjunkie88

    I love that Laura and Lucy are sticking around. I think both are very important to the show. It’s also great to hear that Brenda is there to play the current story arc to the end. I wish she would stay as a regular. Like RC’s writing for Brenda so far.

    I’m sad to see Bobbie leave town again but I guess some vets have to leave to not let the budget explode. And it would be great to see Bobbie every once in a while. She has family in town and the character has so much history…

    Now let’s get Robert back. I would love for RC to redeem Holly a little bit more. She was so damaged under Guza. And I personally hope that Lesley is arriving soon.

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    logan_echolls

    Yeah Kristen will be Serena. That’s why Lucy is sticking around. It will be Lucy and Scott with Serena. That’s why Kevin isn’t around, they are going to do a family thing with them. I hated that Kristen will be Serena.

    I love the fact that these people are sticking around. I totally understand why Bobbie isn’t sticking around. I honestly don’t mean to bash but her face is not good for HD. There are so many blogs about it on several soap sites.

    I still don’t like that Sam will be Rafe’s guardian since he comes from a rich family and Lucy is like his cousin since he was raised as Rafe being his legal father. I doubt all the Barringtons just all of a sudden died all at once.

    Sadly we won’t be seeing Robert. If Robert comes back, he will tell everyone that Robin is alive and that will hinder their Sabrina is the love of Patrick’s life storyline.

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    Jeff

    How about this for a deal…Fire the actress who plays Sabrina who is shoved down our throats 4 days a week, and in return, keep Bobbie just 1 day a week. More than fair trade for the fans and the budget, and we can lose a useless character, and gain one that has amazing history with half the cast.

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    Yoryla

    Such amazing news!!!

    So exctatic about Genie staying on! :) I was afraid that they would not be able to keep her, as I’m sure she doesn’t keep cheap. Though, having said this, I’m sure all of the returnees have negotiated on their salaries – I’m sure everyone understands the current economic situation and realizes they might have to make some adjustments on some of their wishes, compared to the 90’s. But anyway, I am so happy! I kinda wish there would be a more precise schedule, just so that I’m not blindsided at some point by them announcing that she’ll be gone soon. But this is nevertheless amazing!

    I actually thought all along, that if anyone of the vets would be staying, it would be Lucy. I never had any doubts about it because RC clearly loves Lucy. It was evident from the way they were writing big storylines for Lynn Herring and thrusting her into multiple stories, that she would be a keeper. I was only thinking whether she would want to stay, since she lives on the farm. But glad she is staying! She is The Only Lucy Coe, and brings an element to the show that has both rich history, and modern comedic elements. Wonderful.

    I’m a little surprised that out of all the vets Scotty is staying on. Since he is, and since Bobbie and Kevin will neither be around, I really hope they bring back Lucy & Scotty’s relationship even more. I would love a romantic reunion between them! Here’s hoping! :)

    I’m also pleasantly surprised about Brenda staying on to complete the arc. I thought she would be here for just a brief cameo, glad I was wrong. I hope RC can rectify some of the Guza era horridness this character went through, and have her eventually leave town with her head held high, as opposed to in shame.

    I take it to mean that Felicia and Duke are staying anyway, since they weren’t exactly brought back just for the 50th? So happy about all of them!

    I just wish they don’t give out contracts to just the younger players. I get the reasons why they have to keep the vets on recurring, but they can also do that with the newbies. No reason to offer contracts quite so easily as Sabrina, Britt and Felix had.

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    sweetiepie

    Glad that Kin, Lynn and Genie are staying, but what about Tyler? I miss Nikolas and I hope he stays past the current Cassadine arc. I love the idea of Nik and Liz. Wasn’t crazy about the pairing before, but I do like them better this time.

    A bit OT, but I just want to say what a great job Tbtb did with the big 5-0. Not too very long ago we as a soap community had written GH off as .dead and would not make the golden anniversary. I shed tears on April 2nd and more tears onApril 5th. Not only has my beloved GH made the milestone, they did it with style and respect. I have to say that Carlevati and Valentini did a wonderful job overall, and ABC Daytime did a wonderful job putting the faces of GH everywhere to promote the shows anniversary. Congratulations soap community for not giving up. I am greatfully impressed.

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    alstonboy4315

    Why was he wooing Demi Moore? She hasn’t been relevant since the 90s, other than being Mrs. Ashton Kutcher.

    I am kinda enjoying Brenda in this new storyline and the onscreen rivalry between Laura Wright and Marcil is entertaining, so I ain’t gonna complain.

    Dare I say it, I find Brenda to be more tolerable than Cartoon Connie………….

    Okay, I’m saying it!!

    I like John Stamos, but I don’t really give a damn about Blackie or whoever it was he played back in the 80s. When I look at him, I see Uncle Jesse. I do question why he’s seemingly too big for his britches when his only REAL claim to fame as an actor was on “Full House”…..it’s not like his film career ever went anywhere. You’d think he’s have more humility. Oh well…………No huge loss.

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    iowaninmn

    Somebody mentioned Felicia … I was wondering about her status with the show today. I really hope we continue to see her in a major way.

    I don’t understand what recurring status means. Does recurring status give an actor a step up on someone who is not on recurring status? For example, does Leslie Charleson have more of a commitment from the show than Jackie Zeman?

    Is Mac recurring? It seems that we see him a lot more than we see Felicia — for example, he was on throughout today’s episode with Maxie, but we saw no Felicia.

    Are all the characters not pictured on the intro recurring? I realize the current intro is already way outdated … no AJ but including Johnny, Kristina, old Lulu.

    I am really happy that we’ll keeping seeing Lucy, Scotty, and Laura. So will they be considered recurring, or did this interview imply they are on contract? Disappointed about Bobbie though. Glad to hear RC say she’ll be back though!

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    luverica

    I’m really really happy that my beloved Genie ‘Laura Spencer’ Francis is sticking around. I’m so loving the Luke/Laura/Scotty triangle and the resurgence of the Spencer/Cassadine blood feud.

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    ldylkng

    I too would love for Nic to stay. But I loved he & Liz last time, so would love to see them really be together. I am not feeling any chemistry between AJ & Liz. He would be so much better with someone with a little spunk in them, Like Sam Or Carly.

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    logan_echolls

    [quote=ldylkng]I too would love for Nic to stay. But I loved he & Liz last time, so would love to see them really be together. I am not feeling any chemistry between AJ & Liz. He would be so much better with someone with a little spunk in them, Like Sam Or Carly.[/quote]

    So good to see fellow Niz lovers. NIK AND LIZ FOREVER!!!

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    Yoryla

    [quote=iowaninmn]
    I don’t understand what recurring status means. Does recurring status give an actor a step up on someone who is not on recurring status? For example, does Leslie Charleson have more of a commitment from the show than Jackie Zeman? Is Mac recurring? It seems that we see him a lot more than we see Felicia — for example, he was on throughout today’s episode with Maxie, but we saw no Felicia. Are all the characters not pictured on the intro recurring? I realize the current intro is already way outdated … no AJ but including Johnny, Kristina, old Lulu. I am really happy that we’ll keeping seeing Lucy, Scotty, and Laura. So will they be considered recurring, or did this interview imply they are on contract? Disappointed about Bobbie though. Glad to hear RC say she’ll be back though![/quote]

    There is two kinds of statuses: contract and recurring. All the recurrings are basically on the same “level” with each other contractually/ legally. It means they can be asked to work whenever the storyline dictates it. But of course TPTB can ask someone to be on, and someone else to not be on. So to answer your question, contractually LC and JZ don’t have any difference. But the difference is that Jackie has been away and was now only asked back for the 50th, meaning for several episodes. Whereas Leslie hasn’t “just” been brought back for the 50th, she’s been there all the time (save for the six months she wasn’t on screen in 2011). I’m not sure if recurrings can have a minimum episode deal. If someone knows an answer to this, please clarify.

    Mac is on contract. Felicia is on recurring, but since she has been with the show for over a year already, I doubt she’s leaving anytime soon.

    Usually when soaps do the opening credits, they only include contract cast members, not recurring ones. Of course there are exceptions. GH also had this exception back in the 90’s when FOTH portrayed also a few recurring characters at times. Actually, the current opening doesn’t even have all of the contract cast members, like Mac, Olivia.

    There’s been no word on whether Laura, Lucy and Scotty will be on recurring or contract, but I suspect it will on recurring like they have been thusfar. It is nowadays a very common way to have people, especially vets who might cost a lot of money. They can control the budget that way more easily.

    However, I’m not sure about Laura. Some reports said she is on a three month contract. So does that mean she is on a normal contract, or that it just means she is on recurring, but they have agreed a minimum of episodes for her to be in? If someone knows this (J Bernard??? ;) ) would love to hear!

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    J Bernard Jones

    Yorla, I wish I was in a better position to know details, but upon her return to the show in an interview (on the The View??) Genie Francis stated she had a 3 month contract (at that time) and basically said that she was open to extending it for however long the show found her useful, to slightly paraphrase what she said. This would mean she has a normal contract (at its most basic level, guaranteeing a minimum number of episodes for its duration), but shorter in length.

    Also, I think I’ve seen Lisa Locicero (Olivia) in the new rotating cast opening credits a few times, but not too recently. I could be COMPLETELY wrong on that, though. The new credit rotation is unpredictable & can go days without changing to then changing everyday.

    However, John J. York (Mac) is indeed not in the current opening, as well as Kelly Thiebaud (Britt), Marc Samuel (Felix), Jimmy Deshler (Rafe), Teresa Castillo (Sabrina) or Sean Kanan (AJ).

    I’m waiting for Dr. Orbrecht to go on contract! LOL

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    Yoryla

    Okay, thanks! I just thought if anyone knew it would be you :)

    I don’t think LLo is in the opening at all. IMO there are only two openings.

    I would LOVE it if they kept Dr. O ! Whose to say Monica won’t hire her to be a doctor at GH? All she would have to do is think of a fake name and avoid Anna, Duke and Luke :D

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    ANGELWENDY15

    I got spoiled after the Nurses Ball and the vets returning for the 50th anniversary,. Definetly want to see Genie, Kin S,& Lynn H. stick around. I hope they can get Tyler C to stay and be involved in the Liz/AJ romance. Would like Bobbie to stay, even if its at least as recurring. My favorite new character is Felix and the poor guy is looking for romance and keeps hitting on all the straight guys. Why not bring back Lucas as a love interest for him and this way Bobbie could have a story. I know all the soaps are on a budget and it’s hard to keep too many people on contract. But, if they can bring back characters like Kevin and Frisco once in awhile when the stories call for it I’d be happy. And I want to see Robert Scorpio again (may-be when Geary goes on his annual summer vacation. I’m sure it’s all money-issues why all these actors can’t be on the show at once). VERY curious to see who Roger Howarth, Micheal Easton, and Kristen A. will play? I just wish they would drop the whole Franco thing. I HATED that character!

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    sweetpeace13

    I really hope KA is not Serena Baldwin. Lauren Frank would be much better. Would help give closer to the “missing heir” thing. Carly Schroeder should reprise Serena. I am STOKED that LH and KS are sticking around. I think the Lucas as a love interest for Felix would be great for everyone and give JZ a reason to come back.

    The reason Kevin hasn’t been on is Jon Lindstrom has a movie coming out and he couldnt make his schedule work a lot with shooting to start a big story line. He said in an interview that he and Ron were trying to work it out that he would get a full story line in a couple months. on PC Lucy did adopt Serena so, I think that if Serena were to come back and be not happy about her dad being with Laura and want her parents back together or something like that it would be a family scenario.

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    sweetiepie

    I would really love for Tyler to stay and for Jax to come back. I really want this story with Patrick and the mousy nurse and bitchy doctor to be over soon. When will the Robin story be resolved?

    So, if we can Lose Sabrina, Britt and Kat/Con we can afford o keepsome of our tags. For budget purposes they can rotate our vets and give them 3 month contracts as needed. This way the cast won’t be too large but the stories will dictate who works and when.

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