Is It The End of Luke and Laura on General Hospital?






General Hospital superstar Anthony Geary is blunt beyond words concerning which Port Charles lady his alter ego, Luke Spencer should spend his twilight years with. Here's a hint: It ain't the one he shared the cover of Newsweek with!

TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan spoke with Geary to find out where Luke’s heart is these days.

TV Guide Magazine: Assuming Luke survives, is his romance with Tracy [Jane Elliot] one for the ages?

Geary: Their relationship is gold and a joy to play. It's fraught with dysfunction and conflict but I think they really do love and respect each other. The good thing is they will never have children. She can be his support system and he can be hers, she can have her own storylines and he can have his, but they don't ever need to mesh into a hyphenation like Luke and Laura did.


Geary has some sad news for Luke and Laura (Genie Francis) fans, however. Is soap opera's most famous duo completely done?

TV Guide Magazine: What do you say to the Luke-and-Laura diehards who want the characters happy and back together?

Geary: Okay. Here goes. First, some historical perspective. When Gloria Monty returned to GH as executive producer [in 1991], she wanted me to return with her, however neither us wanted to do Luke and Laura again. When last seen, they were desperately in love and delirious with joy about having their first child. They went off together into the sunset because that's what happens to happy, romantic couples you don't want to change. To me, as well as to Ms. Monty, that well-written exit meant the Luke and Laura story was over. The idea of them snuggled in a little house with children in Port Charles living an idealistic life together was out of the question.

To find out why Geary went IN on Wendy Riche and Claire Labine, click here!


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I was shocked by the words he chose. We all know by now that Geary is favoring Luke and Tracy over Luke and Laura. But what he said was a bit much. Believe it or not for many people Luke and Laura are still a definition when it comes to soap operas. To tell fans they should get over it and that they are acting like a child is a bit insulting.

What shocked me even more is what he had to say about Claire Labine. The show changed in the 90s. Action-packed storylines were in the past. A new iconic GH was created that gave us memorable storylines. I'll never forget how Lucky found out about Luke raping Laura for example. Those scenes had so much impact. And yes, Luke was miserable in his suburban life with wife and kids. But that was very present on-screen in my opinion. Luke tried for a time to live that life for Laura and his kids. In the end he couldn't.

But I wouldn't call out Labine for rescuing GH into a more timely era. Monty's last stint on the show was a disaster. Bill Eckert was a giant fail. And part of why this was is that the decade of action packed drama was behind us. I enjoyed Luke and Laura in the 90s very much. It wasn't before Guza came on-board that I felt that the couple had to suffer.

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I don't even know why TG is asked about this matter in interviews anymore. He always gives basically the same answer and is very blunt about it every time. Yes, we get it, you do not want a L&L story. We know. Nevermind the wonderful history this couple has and the effect that it had not only to this show and the whole genre, but to TG's own career. He ought to really be appreciative of what he's had because of it.

Also, the time from 1993 forward when L&L returned was a spectacular time in GH's history. Wendy Riche and Claire Labine were doing storylines that were out of the park, palpable, heart wrenching, real. Those days are looked back upon with warmth, respect and dignity. L&L were together, in love, honest and real. Because of these things, people loved them every bit as much as they did back in their times of adventure. Not only that, they had built a legacy. They had a family that would provide for years worth of storyline, especially to TG.

Tracy & Luke will always be great scene partners, and best friends. But that's all. That relationship is never going to be romantic in the way that matters. I know TG carries a lot of weight with the direction Luke goes in, but I hope FV doesn't let him run entirely rough shot with these demands. And his excitement about Luke & Alexis and Luke & Ava seemes inapproriate for me aswell. It's nice that he likes the actresses, but he comes off as just wanting to little something going on with all of these women.

I'm sorry, TG, as much as you have done for the character of Luke, there is still a Laura that exist in it every bit as much, and sometimes there should be more to the story than what the one actor wants. The fans, the show, and the genre have earned some respect aswell. Because if there ever is a couple that needs to sail off into the sunset together, it's definitely Luke & Laura.

That being said, in the meantime, if the show is seriously bringing back Stefan for Laura, I could do with that.

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I like to think that the reason GF/Laura has not been on the show long term has a lot to do with TG's distaste for another round of domesticated LnL. I was never a fan of LnL because Luke was turned into a romantic hero after raping a teenage married woman like a dog in heat on a dirty disco floor. However, there are ways to tell fans that Luke and Laura no longer "fit" if done respectfully. It looks like RC was going to reunite LnL during GH's 50th year, and I would rather Luke died a fiery death after killing a four year old child and continuing to drink like it was no big deal. If TG wants to play "dark" Luke that's his choice as an actor, which probably has more to do with his next Emmy reel. I'll continue to hope that Luke die's in the arms of some whore.

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I don't want Luke and Laura back together, either. The only thing that made them work all those years ago was the 'magic". As soon as reality was injected into the scenario, things fell apart. The problem for me is that the two characters are disastrous on their own. Luke is a blowhard and a bully. For all his depicted "heroics", I have always thought him a self-absorbed, self-pitying coward. Laura is nearly always written as a damaged doormat. On the rare occasion, she is allowed to show some spirit but then is either hastily written back into her victim corner or disappears from the screen.

Tracy is an educated, intelligent woman with the skills to run a billion dollar corporation. The idea that she would enter into a romantic relationship with a loser like Luke strikes me as fairly ridiculous.

I get it: TG and JE are good friends, good actors, and have been on the show for a very long time. They should be praised for that. They should not be dictating storyline, even by inference.

I could see LnL continuing to function as a team: not a couple but co-parenting and working on projects together. Laura would serve as his conscience...something that I feel the character has long lacked. Tracy and Luke's relationship could be written to reflect the conflict she would have to feel about being with him. Everyone would *grow* and evolve.

But that will never happen. TG has made it clear over the years that he prefers to play the same sad characterization over and over. No growth. It reminds me of how Victor Newman is depicted on Y&R. Luke, as written, can't exist in the same universe as a stronger Laura. His ego would shatter.

So...how about giving GF's Laura her own story? A real story, g. She's shown flashes of having absorbed some of the Cassadine strength over the years. Hmmm...Laura and Sonny?! Not a great, sexy love match but as a power couple (think Bill and Hillary, lol). She has the sainted mother aura that he digs and she could come to influence the way he runs his empire. He might even drop the tired gangster routine and grab for some real power, like the people she's used to dealing with.

(I'm editing this because I hadn't made it clear that I was being facetious about Sonny...lol).

Let Laura get some power. Prince Nikolas needs a loving mommy who can help him politely take over the world, g. Somebody's got to become the next Helena (just with less throat slashing, g)...

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Tony Geary:

...to answer your question about what I'd say to the fans who still want Luke and Laura together? The past is best left in the memory. Nothing stays the same except butterflies under glass. In drama, there has to be conflict and movement. There is nothing less interesting to me than the thought of a 65-year-old man making goo-goo eyes as he feeds his wife strawberries and they forever relive their glory days. The [viewers] you speak of have always wanted Luke and Laura happy and growing old together like Ward and June Cleaver. They're like a child who never got over his parents' divorce and lives in perennial hope that mommy and daddy will get back together again. For a variety of reasons, that is not going to happen. The audience needs to let it go and find interest in tomorrow instead of yesterday.

Truer words were never spoken. Since Geary was there (and we were not), I'll leave his personal memories aside. But I appreciate him speaking the truth, about how many fans want their shows to be "frozen in amber" ruled by nostalgia, selective memory and gauzy videotaped flashbacks. He's right in too many different ways to count, but mainly because soaps — despite their once seeming glacial pace in the days when they looked to last forever — were always changing, always moving forward sometimes even against their own individual gravities. And viewers (because they had no choice in the pre-internet/Twitter/Facebook age) went along with them. One such program was General Hospital, which Monty transformed into something nearly unrecognizable from its prior incarnation before she was given her three-to-six months (and a ton of money) to turn the show around or face the network guillotine. One of those changes was introducing Mr. Geary as Luke and the rest, as they say, is history.

Soaps most certainly did change from what they were prior to something different in the 90's. They changed from what they were prior to something different in the 80's. They changed from what they were prior to something different in the 70's. They changed from what they were prior to something different in the 60's. And they changed from what they were on30's radio when they moved to television in the late 40's and 50's. Keyword: change.

When Geary essentially says fans need to let the past go, he's really saying they need to...search for tomorrow.

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While I agree completely with TG about L&L they don't fit at all, personally I don't think any of the 5 supercouples fit together anymore especially the 3 where half the couple stayed on the show, like L&L, S&B and F&F because the have that stayed in changed so completely from who they were while in the couple. And in the cases of Luke and Sonny they drastically deteriated and are no longer worthy or good enough for Laura and Brenda. However, those 5 couples are huge and a major part of GH's success and iconic status, especially L&L and should be respected.

So while I completely agree L&L should be dead and buried, I think TG could have said it in a polite and respectful way towards their fans. Especially since unlike GF, TG has never been able to get work outside of GH, or make a character outside of Luke work. So the way I look at it TG needs, GH, Laura, and the L&L fan base to have work. So he should probably be respectful of it.

Now on to the part that offended me to know end, how dare that arrogant self centered overrated hack insult the duo that made GH the most critically acclaimed show in daytime. Wendy Riche and Claire Labaine made history, not only for daytime but in TV. They also had the most diverse cast GH has ever had. Please note that under this duo he feels the need to bash four of the leading actors were latino, the new core family tied to the shows biggest family was black and drove story. Every woman on the show at that time was strong, smart and independent! They all had drive, POV and substance. Never did you see a woman weak and depending on a man to save her or make it ok for her, which was probably TG's biggest issue. During this time GH in acting, writing and production rivaled primetime and it was the only time in GH's history it can say that.

TG failed to make a career outside of GH, unlike GF (whom I do not like), he failed to make a character outside of Luke work on GH so Wendy Riche and Claire and Genie were forced to go back to L&L to keep him employed so instead of bashing them or playing against script he should be grateful, STFU and do his job.

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Once Laura and Stefan shared their first scene, I was like..Luke/Laura who?? Luke and Laura were played out a long time ago.

But he really shouldn't diss Claire and Wendy. Like soapjunkie mentioned, the whole Liz rape that became the catalyst for Lucky finding out about Luke raping Laura was one of the best storylines of the 90's.

But I knew all along that he wrote his own storylines. I knew the last one he wrote was Starvos coming back from the dead but the ended it after 9/11 since Starvos was suppose to blow up buildings. A part of me now thinks HE wrote Luke running over Jake like a speed bump.

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logan_echolls wrote:
Once Laura and Stefan shared their first scene, I was like..Luke/Laura who?? Luke and Laura were played out a long time ago.
But he really shouldn't diss Claire and Wendy. Like soapjunkie mentioned, the whole Liz rape that became the catalyst for Lucky finding out about Luke raping Laura was one of the best storylines of the 90's.
But I knew all along that he wrote his own storylines. I knew the last one he wrote was Starvos coming back from the dead but the ended it after 9/11 since Starvos was suppose to blow up buildings. A part of me now thinks HE wrote Luke running over Jake like a speed bump.

I wouldn't even be surprised at this point if Geary was involved in killing off Jake somehow. Just remember Luke's first drinking scenes under Cartini who weren't scripted and were his choice. Look what followed there. Another speech about Luke being Luke and that he can't help himself.

Yes, they should bring back Stephen Nichols. I'd love that. Laura can return with him from Paris.

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Luke and laura still have a lot of story left to their characters, but I agree, it's not as the happy gooey couple they once were. It's time for Laura to grow up and be an adult, not the laura from 30 years ago. GH has her frozen in time, it's time to let her grow.

I really think they need to bring Stefan Cassadine back. He was the only man who ever treated Laura like a woman, not a possession. Scotty and Luke wanted Laura as something to claim, there wasn't anything functional or genuine about either of those mens intent for her.

I liked Laura and Stefan. ...and to have Luke lose to a cassadine by the will of laura freely choosing Stefan over him... would be the kick in the balls Luke need. At this day in age, Luke and Tracy work better. They are both damaged in a way that only the two of them can live with.

Genie Francis said when she came back this time, she really desired to morph Laura into the kind of woman she should be today based on her life experiences, not still frozen in the young Laura of 30 years ago. Most of us agree with her, so Cartini just needs to do it. Genie has the ability to capture peoples attention as Laura, you don't need Luke in the room to do it.

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I have never been a big L&L fan. Even back in the day I liked Scotty more. I was repulsed by his dalliance with Anna--and I never understood him and Skye. He just seems like a dirty old man.

To me PC is fine when Luke's not around--and I hope Geary's sporadic presence is not the reason Genie isn't on our screens more. And right now her kids could use a good dose of reality, Nik is blinded by being needed and Lulu, I just don't have words--she's a self-centered bitch.

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And we all know the reason Ethan is a Spencer and not a Scorpio is because TG wanted it that way. Face it, what TG wants, TG gets.

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An actors job is to act not write. Thats just my opinion & it irks me that he was given lesiure to write his scenes under certain regimes

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I still wonder why TG is still around. I find his character a has-been. Have for years. For one of the Emmys, which don't mean much in primetime, I could not stand the scenes. He is even acting when he receives. I remember reading the remarks thinking "He knows how to PLAY humble."

I think there was a marketing adjustment with the soaps so the remaining soaps will be around for a long time. They satisfy the amount of people who are watching the daytime soaps versus other programming. I don't see huge changes occurring because the current format satisfies the current audience.

It is too bad, new writers and ideas don't at least try. Don't see it happening.

The fact TG has so much clout proves my opinion. I think they should have gotten out of the mode of certain scenes and chemistry versus overall story content. I often read posts of certain scenes were great, etc. It is a constant measure in daytime. Not heard much in primetime. That seems to be nature of daytime shows.

TG was always catered to and I never knew why. I was a big fan of the original stories of Luke, Laura and Scotty. The whole saga wore out its welcome with me.

They were not the only supercouple of days who I thought should move on. Daytime got too locked into couples. I do agree with TG on the fact that characters dying is more real in primetime. I am paraphrasing what he said but I agree with that. More realistic for today's audiences. No one is safe. More dramatic and less predictable.

I do have to add that the daytime audience must want what they are getting or TPTB would not have been sticking with the same guidelines.

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I was a Luke and Laura fan, but when they re-addressed the rape, while great drama, kinda ruined them as a couple. Also Luke has become so obnoxious over the years, he doesn't deserve Laura.

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I hate TG’s arrogance regarding his negativity over a Luke & Laura reunion. The L&L fans are not children who need to get over it! We are the fans that helped keep GH going because of the early L&L adventures. TG needs to get over it!

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Not surprised by Geary's comments. It was obvious when he and Genie were sharing scenes lately, that something was wrong.Because of Geary's many Emmy wins, he gets input to the writers on what he wants. It's sad, because I loved Luke and Laura in those old magical days, but time passes and Geary looks like an old man next to Genie. Love Jane Elliot, but rather see her get a new romance with some hot guy instead of Luke, who has become a total bore, and Geary's over-acting lately is annoying to me. He is lucky that he has the status, and all that vacation time, so why should he leave, but the character is getting very tiresome.

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Darling I could not say it any better. I am fatigued going on soap boards and reading about how disenchanted some fans are because their 80's faves do not get enough airtime. They want the 80's back. This is nonsense. We have to move forward and into the future. This is exactly like cartoons today. They brought back Thundercats from the 80's and it was cancelled after one season. Children today want something different. We need younger newer soap viewers. If we do not bring in new characters and new stories soaps will be dead men walking.

Soaps do not have the budget they use to have. I wish to god they did and I also wish there was no social media to direct how things are progressing in this day and age. But the world revolves and things must move forward. The story of Luke and Laura was HUGE. But how many couples today who marry young remain married. Steve Hardy and Audrey Hardy were married back in 1976 but were both on the show during an era when divorce was taboo.

The action packed 90's were a great time. The Miami story line with Sonny, Brenda, Luke, Lily, Miguel, Jax, Lois, Ned, all of the cast that was one of the most memorable 90's moments. But it was all done under different writers. Fast forward today when soaps are a dying breed and money is not being invested into this once popular theme. I do not want to see Luke and Laura back together but I would like to see Scott and Laura remain married. I would rather see Laura with a new man than going back to Luke. We have to look forward and realize that TJ, Molly, Taylor and Rafe are the hopes of future soaps. So if people want to continue wanting the vets to lead front burner stories, well we can just kiss soaps goodbye.

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I thought they did an amazing job of completing Luke and Laura that day in Milo's apartment. Why they had Laura go after him, jeopardizing her relationship with Scotty is beyond me. Cartoony really dropped the ball on Laura. Is Genie even coming back?

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Liz's rape was actually under Bob Guza..

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i'll take Laura/Stephan also would have loved more Luke n Natasha

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Guza was head writer when Liz was raped, but Michele Val Jean wrote the long story, along with Laura's rape being revisited.