EXCLUSIVE: Ron Carlivati Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Details on Michelle Stafford Joining General Hospital!





General Hospital just pulled off the casting coup of the decade. Ex-The Young and the Restless leading lady Michelle Stafford has joined the ABC sudser as Nina, presumed dead wife of Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton), daughter of Madeline Reeves (Donna Mills), niece of Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati), sister/cousin of Detective Nathan West (Ryan Paevey) and sworn enemy of Ava Jerome (Maura West).

We caught up with head writer Ron Carlivati to find out how he and showrunner Frank Valentini managed to pull this off. The scribe reveals how it was Valentini's idea to sneak the soap superstar in to tape the top secret scene that aired today.

Just how much of a game-changer is The Staff's arrival for the 51-year-old daytime drama? A cryptic Carlivati spills the tea in this Daytime Confidential exclusive.

Daytime Confidential: The moment pictures of Michelle Stafford partying it up with executive producer Frank Valentini at last year's General Hospital Daytime Emmy party hit the web, people began buzzing about her possibly joining GH. Did you guys know you wanted her way back then?

Ron Carlivati:  No. I mean, when you hear that an actress of Michelle's caliber and popularity might potentially be available, of course you can't help but think, "What if?"  But I was there when those pictures were taken, and all you're seeing is a bunch of people having fun at an industry party. Although I must admit that my memory of that evening is a little fuzzy. I vaguely remember a tequila shot or two… 

DC: Stafford has been brought on as Nina, the wife Dr. Silas Clay cheated on with Ava Jerome 20 years ago. Currently, Silas is hot and heavy with P.I. Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco); while Ava has her finger in just about every pie at Kelly's Diner. Will we see a long dormant Ava/Nina/Silas triangle erupt?

RC: It's a little early to talk in terms of triangles, but certainly the issue of Silas's affair with Ava during his marriage to Nina is going to be addressed.  And why are you counting Sam out of the mix?  Maybe you should have asked me about a quadrangle…
   
DC: Stafford and West are two of the most powerful soap actresses in the genre's history. Have you already written their first on screen battle royale?

RC: We actually have not written it yet. But I can promise you it is coming and it will be epic. With those two going head-to-head, how could it not be?  

DC: Some fans and critics will likely poo-poo Nina being a dreaded "newbie" character. Was there any discussion of casting Stafford as someone from Port Charles' past?

RC: How do you know Nina's not someone from Port Charles's past? Just kidding. Maybe. Look, bottom line, Michelle was so perfect for Nina, we never seriously considered any other role for her. And personally I think that newbies get a bad rap. Sonny Corinthos was a newbie once.

DC: When Stafford left The Young and the Restless, she expressed a desire to do more comedy. She even invented her own hilarious web series, The Stafford Project. We know the GH writing team has a wicked sense of humor. Will Nina have one as well?

RC: I've watched all the episodes and agree; The Stafford Project is hilarious. And you're right that we love to write comedy at GH. But Nina may not be in the jokiest mood after awakening from a decades-long coma. That said, we plan to take full advantage of all of Michelle's strengths and talents. Just give us time!  

DC: Nina has a ready-made family in fictional Port Charles, New York. There's her murderous mother Madeline, equally-lethal aunt Liesl and cousins Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) and Nathan, the latter of whom grew up believing he was her brother! Is GH creating a new central family?

RC:  We didn't necessarily set out to do that, but it certainly seems like there's a family taking shape here. And what a family! Who wouldn't want to be invited to that Thanksgiving dinner?

DC: We know Nina shares a past with Silas, but what other men might catch her eye? Ned Ashton (Wally Kurth) hasn't been laid since Bush was in the White House, and Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) has been made a cuckold!

RC: I could definitely see Nina turning either one of their heads, but why stop there? There are plenty of eligible—and not so eligible—men wandering around Port Charles. After walking in on Ava and Sonny post-cryptsex, it seems like Morgan (Bryan Craig) might be back on the market…  

DC: While rumors of her joining GH ran rampant for almost an entire year, you actually managed to sneak Stafford's casting in under the radar. How did you manage to accomplish that?

RC: GH has been on hiatus for the past two weeks and Michelle doesn't really start taping until we resume. But we realized that as soon as she did, the news would be out there long before her episodes began airing. It was actually Frank's idea to try to slip her into an earlier show that had already been written and shot, so we could take everyone by surprise. So he snuck her into the studio recently, at the end of the day, to tape the one scene you just saw. That was inserted after the fact. We've been sweating it out ever since that it would stay under wraps! 
 
DC: Why do you think it's so important for soaps to be able to pull off such surprises?

RC: I'm a big TV watcher and I love to be surprised, so I avoid spoilers like the plague. There is no greater satisfaction to me than when I hear a fan say, "I did NOT see that coming!"  Which is so hard to pull off in this age of the Internet. Look at what they did on The Good Wife. If you already knew that Will was going to die, or even just that the actor was leaving the show, it would not have had the same impact. I think we should all be striving to have that kind of impact. 

Additional reporting by Jamey Giddens

 

127 Responses

  1. Avatar of kintex
    kintex

    I don’t know if this is a good move for MS since there are about 6 actresses in her age range fighting for screen time. She might have been better off going to Days.

  2. Avatar of bobbyew
    bobbyew

    Mind blowing reveal today. I did not think it would happen cause of the whole miscavidge institute dig but they pulled a rabbit out of the hat.

  3. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    Yes, Sonny was a “newbie” once back in 1993 (I believe) but he was slowly worked into the show connected with established characters like Luke, Lucy, etc. He didn’t drive story.

    To bring Stafford on with newbies like Olbrecht, Silas, Madeline, Nathan, etc. it won’t work.

    Frank and Ron need to check out the number on noms they got today as a reminder that they need to be smarter.

  4. Avatar of IheartGH
    IheartGH

    Just what we need…ANOTHER new character with ties to characters that are lame and a storyline the majority of fans think is shit! This is not news that has me excited or happy in any way.

  5. Avatar of IheartGH
    IheartGH

    Just what we need…ANOTHER new character with ties to characters that are lame and a storyline the majority of fans think is shit! This is not news that has me excited or happy in any way.

  6. Avatar of BoricuaAngel
    BoricuaAngel

    OH MY GOSH???!!! I know GH has casting, story-flow issues; but boy this is amazing!! For me, the best part of watching GH is the strong, talented actors …cause their talent can sell any story. So having Stafford and West play off each-other is going to epic! eeeee so happy! :-)

  7. Avatar of Katiebug9624
    Katiebug9624

    I will say one thing for GH the now have more than two great heavy hitting lead actresses its about damn time. I remember when GH only had Carly and Sam.

  8. Avatar of slick234
    slick234

    i am jumping up and down over here YES!!!! Love Michelle Stafford. Love her as Phyllis and would love it if she were still on Y&R but it will be cool to see her do something new. This fits her in many ways.

  9. Avatar of
    1titanman

    The sound that you hear are the GHers having a hissy fit… We all knew she was coming on, but it was just a matter of time. Hey it happen, now it either time to embrace it or don’t watch.

    I hope the Staff has scenes with Sonny, Carly, Ava, Sam, Tracy, but pls no Luke & Nina crossing paths….The Staff will do good at GH-

  10. Avatar of The_Moustache
    The_Moustache

    This was a great surprise to have Nina appear in the final seconds of today’s show!

    MS being on the show means the actors of low caliber will have step up their game if they want to compete with her. Specifically the majority of the female cast and the younger male cast.

    I hope Nina beats up Sam!

  11. Avatar of tmac
    tmac

    Sorry to those of you on the West Coast that haven’t seen the episode yet. I’m sure some of you would have appreciated the shocking reveal at the end of the show. But the bloggers/”reporters” just gotta get that scoop out there first.

    And if you want to know what the Ava/Nina scenes will look like, just look up the Y&R scenes from a couple of years ago of Phyllis and Diane going at each other. I’m sure the scenes will have a similar feel.

  12. Avatar of dsmwmn
    dsmwmn

    I’m picturing MS and ME making out and am becoming very grossed out! Why are all these gorgeous women (MS, MW, KeMo) being wasted on ME! The man is hagard and a very limited actor! GH please stop!

  13. Avatar of dsmwmn
    dsmwmn

    [quote=The_Moustache]This was a great surprise to have Nina appear in the final seconds of today’s show!

    MS being on the show means the actors of low caliber will have step up their game if they want to compete with her. Specifically the majority of the female cast and the younger male cast.

    I hope Nina beats up Sam![/quote]

    I hope Nina beats Silas. ME is very lucky to have a great team of leading ladies to hold up his subpar acting.

  14. Avatar of Cyberologist
    Cyberologist

    I am not surprised this has been out here for a long time despite her rebuttal she’ll eat air and chew scenary…goodbye GH as its totally a different soap opera. I loathe this woman and her backstage shennanigans.

  15. Avatar of cape105
    cape105

    Good casting but no one really cares about Silas Clay and his back story. Going tick for tack with Y and R over actors wont bring up the ratings. They should be focusing on the vets instead of bring in all these newbies. Enough!!!

  16. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    Confused by some of the comments on here about GH now having a power house actress as if they didn’t already have them.

    GH has plenty of 45 plus actresses such as Finola Hughes (Emmy Winner), Nancy Lee Grahn (Emmy Winner), Jane Elliot (Emmy Winner), Laura Wright (Emmy Winner), Maura West (Emmy Winner), Carolyn Hennessy, Lynn Herring, et. al and they don’t get material worthy of their abilities. Not to mention fan faves Robin Mattson, Kristina Wagner, Leslie Charleson. GH has holes to fill, but another cast member who can act who is a 45+ woman isn’t the issue.

    How about creating love stories? Telling family stories? Writing for veteran characters? Look at DAYS and you can see what is being done correctly.

    As for the snipe from Coffee_Junkie about Genie Francis being too expensive do you honestly think that Donna Mills or Michelle Stafford come cheaply? Not to mention Bernard, Geary, Easton and Howarth? Let’s not forget if it weren’t for Francis/Geary, Monty, Marland, Smith GH wouldn’t even be on the air today and the soap genre wouldn’t have been reinvented. You should show some respect.

    Stafford is a true talent, but this reminds me of how excited everyone was when Donna Mills was joining…..it flopped…..Jack Wagner returning….it flopped….Genie Francis returning….it flopped…the return of Howarth as “Franco”…it flopped….Kimberly McCullough returning…it flopped to a degree. Just because there is a star name doesn’t mean there will be a character or story worthy of that star talent.

    Let’s see if the ratings move up.

  17. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    “We didn’t set out to create a new family” — PUHlease. AJ’s unceremoniously killed, and the Westbourne/Clay family expands the following week. Is there ANYONE who couldn’t imagine Stafford as Skye Quartermaine? I didn’t think so.

  18. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    @IowaHawkeye….I see the elephant!! He is being ridden by the emperor who is wearing no clothes!

    Thanks for your great comments.

  19. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    ^^I bow to the master Nysam, you’re fantastic today, so eloquent and on target!

    Donna Mills was initially offered a LONG TERM contract, and she balked; she wanted to try out the rigorous pace first. As i’ve said here or on another site, why couldn’t Genie be offered that contract??? It’s b/c Ron wants HIS creations on the show, not Marland’s…

  20. Avatar of J Bernard Jones
    J Bernard Jones

    Let’s not forget if it weren’t for Francis/Geary, Monty, Marland, Smith GH wouldn’t even be on the air today and the soap genre wouldn’t have been reinvented.

    An equally compelling argument can be made that if it were not for Valentini and Carlivati, GH — which was in the same, if not worse, cancellation situation that prompted Monty’s hiring when they came on board, respectively — would be off the air today nor would the soap genre as a whole with 4 four soaps remaining have been saved.

  21. Avatar of ghlover22
    ghlover22

    The day GH gets snubbed from the major categories as a show, they make a great move. Michelle Stafford is going to add so much to a show & she will deff bring the drama. LOVE IT!

  22. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    JBJ, you’ll find little argument that CarToony reinvigorated GH their first year on. But after appeasing fans for a bit and pulling off a few gimmicky returns — only TRULY anchored by putting Queen Finola on contract — this train has now gone far off the tracks. The current state the show is in, MANY OF US so called “haters” saw coming a mile away. A whole new show is now being created, one bereft of any romance, or suspense, or even HEART. You absolutely KNOW a show is in dire need of help when the most buzz it’s had in weeks is an awfully executed episode of “sex in the crypt”. Only Bryan Craig saved that shiz!

    And please, in order for me to keep down my lunch, don’t mention Marland and Ron in the same breath. The only memorable character he’s probably created on both GH or OLTL would be Ava Jerome, and maybe Dr. O., mainly due to the great Gati.

  23. Avatar of TomZulawski
    TomZulawski

    Genie francis was largely responsible as well for saving GH and reinventing the genre during the Monty years. Genie has never been given the credit and respect for her monstrous contribution to General Hospital and Daytime Soaps in general. Given her connection to the show, its history, and the audience, the smart move would have been to get her back using whatever needs necessary and actually writing a good front burner story for her.
    The huge difference between the Valentini era and the Monty era is that Monty actually produced, wrote, and directed General Hospital on a level that made the show iconic and not just average like the Valentini era.

  24. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    ^^A greatly timed PR coincidence no doubt, but i don’t think this reverses course UNTIL they cut half the cast. And again, Lisa Lo gots to go!

  25. Avatar of varjabel
    varjabel

    1. How is this a surprise? Stafford playing Nina was in the news months ago.
    2. Newbies are not the issue. How you introduce/integrate newbies is what separates the wheat from the chaff. And if there’s anything Ron knows, it’s chaff.

    If we didn’t have this new family shoved down our throats, they could actually have something decent. Oh well.

  26. Avatar of pferrando
    pferrando

    I don’t think YR is worrying too much about this casting news on the day of the Emmy noms. >)

    This really is no surprise. I hope she’s used there, because there seems to be a lot of complaining about the lack of airtime for fan faves already.

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her. I really wish she would have come back to finish off the Phyllis story all ready to go. I think that’s why it’s been delayed because they were thinking she may change her mind. Too bad.

    I won’t watch her on GH, but I hope this is a good career move for her???

  27. Avatar of thecourt99
    thecourt99

    I do have one comment about the interview. I know that some soap fans don’t like newbies, but many soap fans (based upon the posts that I have seen), have no problem with newbies themselves.

    The problem is how the newbies are used or overused and how they are introduced in relation to the pre-existing characters. That is the issue that I see discussed.

  28. Avatar of Mets82
    Mets82

    Its too bad she wont be coming back to Y&R. She could wake up and tell Sharon’s secret. With that being said, I think it will take a while but she’ll do great at GH. She’s a powerful actress and was totally blown by this news.

  29. Avatar of maxsmom
    maxsmom

    I find this interview quite depressing mostly due to RC’s statements re: a new central family, love quadrangle, Nina/Ava confrontations, his dismissal of fan aversion to newbies, his dismissal of age appropriate suitors for young strapping hunks, but also his audacity in comparing current GH to current The Good Wife.

    I like Frank Valentini a lot but he and RC did not save GH in the same manner Gloria Monty saved GH. The audience response to the “soap replacements” saved GH. The Revolution gone, Katie Couric on her way out, The Chew stable but not spectacular ratings. And FV is known for his skillful budgeting which alone makes him Ms. Monty’s polar opposite.

    As for hiring budgets, I don’t think anyone’s price tag can guessed in this day and age. Who would have guessed that Eric Braeden made 1.5 million dollars a year and that he would wage a public war to keep that .5?
    Once upon a time, backstage stories could be kept in house, I had no idea that my beloved Sean Kanan’s issues with alcohol contributed to his dismissal and banishment from GH all those years ago. Surely there are reasons other than money behind some fan favorites absence from the genre.

  30. Avatar of SoapStud70
    SoapStud70

    SO EXCITED to see this finally happen! Nina was mentioned around the time Stafford left Y&R so I started thinking of her as Mrs. Clay from the get to. Ironic that she left Y&R in a coma and begins GH emerging from a coma.

    My IQ tests show that I have more than half a brain and I am loving GH and its writing staff. Different strokes for different folks, so why insult people for liking what you don’t?

  31. Avatar of thecourt99
    thecourt99

    [quote=ghlover22]The day GH gets snubbed from the major categories as a show, they make a great move. Michelle Stafford is going to add so much to a show & she will deff bring the drama. LOVE IT![/quote]

    I don’t know if that was their plan, but they definitely made sure to mute the Scrubs fans with the MS reveal!

  32. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    [quote=J Bernard Jones]

    Let’s not forget if it weren’t for Francis/Geary, Monty, Marland, Smith GH wouldn’t even be on the air today and the soap genre wouldn’t have been reinvented.

    An equally compelling argument can be made that if it were not for Valentini and Carlivati, GH — which was in the same, if not worse, cancellation situation that prompted Monty’s hiring when they came on board, respectively — would be off the air today nor would the soap genre as a whole with 4 four soaps remaining have been saved.[/quote]

    And one can equally argue that GH was not on the chopping block when Valentini was brought on like it was when Monty took over the show. So the two cannot be compared from that standpoint. Thank you very much!

  33. Avatar of Ryan45212
    Ryan45212

    Glad she has found work and she will do good. WE have no ideal why she left y and r but im guessing it has to do with JFP.. Seems where ever she goes people leave so its not the actors. As for the emmy noms what a joke in the mens category Billy Miller was the only deserving one from young as the others had hardly a storyline Yeah Michael worked but it was boring.. and only 4 women in the Lead Actress story and oltl over gh in the drama ? I think they need to let the fans start picking the nominees

  34. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    [quote=SoapStud70]My IQ tests show that I have more than half a brain and I am loving GH and its writing staff. Different strokes for different folks, so why insult people for liking what you don’t?[/quote]

    No intend to offend, but this is a mixed bag at best, just sayin. Love me some Stafford, always have, just wish it was under better circumstances. :(

  35. Avatar of snizzle
    snizzle

    Don’t really care about what happened backstage at YR but I loved the Staff as Phyllis back in the day. All the best to MS.

    With that said I have no desire to tune back into GH. It’s fool me once shame on you…etc. Tuned back in so many times over the years only to be disappointed. The show’s direction in the months following their 50th anniversary was the last straw. I’ll stick with watching BB but just can’t with GH anymore.

  36. Avatar of Dyllan
    Dyllan

    ABC can have Stafford. She is well past her prime and that means she can’t act for shit anymore. Back in the 90′s Stafford was the shit. However, her last five years on Y&R consisted of nothing but screaming and chewing scenery.

    What happened to the Stafford project?

  37. Avatar of liason4real
    liason4real

    What the what? RC created a new family “The Ford’s” on OLTL and has done the same thing on GH. Why not use existing characters from GH’s 51 history for roles instead of a brand spanking new family that I don’t give an eff about?

    I don’t have a problem with newbies, just don’t want to see them brought on as the EXACT replica of our current vets or previous OLTL characters (Sabrina = Liz, Britt = Sam, Dr. O = Irene Manning, Nate = OLTL Ford, Felix = Kyle/Fish (OLTL), Taylor = OLTL’s Stacy, Ava = Carly, etc..).

    Why not give contracts to Felecia, Lucy, Kevin, Scotty, Laura, etc.. instead of playing trade an actor with Y&R?

  38. Avatar of jeremy in chicago
    jeremy in chicago

    I am SO STOKED for Stafford but totally agree that Michael Easton/Kelly Monaco/Ryan Peavy is the worst bunch of craptors on the show and she needs to be kept away from that mess.

    Nina will end up with Sonny or Franco, mark my words. Stafford will not settle for Easton.

    Since Madeline/Donna Mills was also a stink bomb, they should reveal who Nina’s father is and make him a legacy character. Connect her to the canvas other than through Snorlas and Marble Mouth Hottie.

    I say pair Stafford with Jason Thompson and kill off Sabrina. Done and done.

  39. Avatar of GHFan777
    GHFan777

    MS is 49, just shy of 50. In my opinion she is lucky to get this gig. Not a lot of roles out there for soap actresses in this age group. So while GH may be lucky to get a actress of this caliber, she is lucky they had a job to give her. The poster above asked what happened to her web show the Stafford project…obviously it wasn’t paying her bills. No one else is knocking on her door…a win for her and the show.

    I am more worried that we will never see any of our old favs, with all these newbies driving story. As someone mentioned above…Nina has a ready made family waiting for her. Largest one in PC at this time. Shouldn’t be that way….sorry.

    Regardless of how good of an actress she is, the show will still not improve with crappy writing, directing, and editing….We have great actors already on the show. They are the only saving grace at times. Still need the story though.

    I am happy for the fans that like this lady. I really don’t care one way or another, as I am not a faithful viewer of Y&R.

  40. Avatar of sweetiepie
    sweetiepie

    My jaw dropped at the Nina reveal. I absolutely agreed that Carlivati and Valentini are so busy bringing in newbies to build a family around Dr. O they have decimated a core family to do so. I mean seriously, Sam is a Quartermaine, but when was the last time you saw Monica hold baby Danny. Was she even at AJ s service?

    Okay, so we lost AJ, and Madeline is going to jail, now what? Can we PLEASE pink slip the following people: Olivia, Kiki, Rafe(although rumor has it he gets killed off), Franco, Ava,Shawn, Sahbrrrrrina, Caarrrrlos, omg, Levi(I’m sorry,he just needs to go, and Maxi needs to stop looking like a hippie) for my money, Lulu can go as well. I am sure there are more but that’s all I can think of right now.
    With the addition of Michelle Stafford joining the staff where does that leave Laura Wright, who is also a powerhouse. Btw, who did she piss off to be stuck with Roger Howerth?

  41. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    Anyone would/should have mixed feelings about this. Like i said before, i wouldn’t even wish my beloved Sarah Brown back to this show in its current state. I could suspend disbelief IF they were simultaneously axing 10-15 characters on this show. For example, I’d JUMP FOR JOY if a joint press release was released that Alderson and Howarth were let go. This show is just not FOCUSED enough to pull any of this off, nor does anyone care about this awful, snoozy story. I dunno. :~

    And last but not least — so it continues, the press courting the awful CarToony! Does anyone see the elephant in the room?

  42. Avatar of maxsmom
    maxsmom

    Laura Wright insisted on working with Roger Howarth which I can understand as an actor, he is a favorite but once it was decided that he would be Franco, I think she should have moved on but it was her choice.

  43. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    [quote=TomZulawski]Genie francis was largely responsible as well for saving GH and reinventing the genre during the Monty years. Genie has never been given the credit and respect for her monstrous contribution to General Hospital and Daytime Soaps in general.The huge difference between the Valentini era and the Monty era is that Monty actually produced, wrote, and directed General Hospital on a level that made the show iconic and not just average like the Valentini era.[/quote]

    Well said Tom. I think if Ron could write bigger than life romance betw non eight year olds and also respect the show’s rich history, we wouldnt be having this conversation. It took how many years for Genie to win a friggin Emmy? And she stood up for the integrity of her character during the women-hating Phelps era let’s not forget.

  44. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    I am LMAO-ing at the ME/MS pairing comments.Let’s not forget she was stuck with Aunt Jack on YR (tho Bergman’s a proven actor who can go toe to toe w/her) and then when she got some young(er) meat she sold the hell out of it. When they put her back in Jack’s orbit i heard she balked and then sleepwalked thru her scenes. Wasnt she also sniping at Josh Morrow for dissing Phick at one time?

  45. Avatar of RCandFV4life
    RCandFV4life

    I love MS, although I tired of her on Y&R when MAB had her on 6 days a week. That said, this is a major coup for GH! However, the main problem with GH is that it has no real foundation. OLTL had the Buchanans and the Lords and branched off from there. GH just has little pods of families since the Q’s were systematically killed in the 2000′s. Instead of trying to rebuild the families, there are just all these new characters/families. I think my problem with this is the same as many others.

    Pre-Ron:
    Sonny, Carly, Michael, kid Morgan, Alexis, & her daughters, Sam, Dante, Olivia, Lulu, Maxie, Mac, Luke, Tracy, Monica, Elizabeth & kids, Shawn, Patrick, Johnny, Spinelli, Epiphany, KATE

    Newbies Ron’s Created that are still on the show:
    -Sabrina, Felix, Brad, Brit, Dr. O, Silas, Franco (gross), Kiki, Nathan (so pretty yet so boring), Nina, Nathan’s fake Mom, Ava Jerome, Julian Jerome, Rafe, TJ, TJ’s mom, Maxie’s annoying Aussie BF, CONNIE

    Returning Characters he brought back that are still on show:
    Anna, Felicia, Duke, Scott, Kevin, Lucy, Nicholas, Lucas, Heather Webber and Tony Dimera Cassidine

    (PS: I didn’t include actors that left on their own accord, died or that Ron created and are no longer on the show)

    Bottom line is that in just over 2 years, there are almost as many newbies as there are original cast members. Besides the Jeromes, SORAS’d Morgan Dr. O, and maybe TJ’s mom, the rest have sucked and their story lines have been beyond boring. Robin’s was skewered to prop boring Sabrina, the Llanview 3 all are terrible (FYI, I absolutely loved R & F’s OLTL!), Anna has no interaction with the Jeromes, with the exception of Nicholas & Anna, the other returned vets are only brought off the shelf and dusted off for an ep. here and there, the story lines have been plot driven messes and the majority of the new characters have been shoved down our throats at the cost of the original cast (DIE SABRINA! DIE!).

    Bottom line is that the show has never really developed a stable foundation that he can build the canvas off of and his plots are just all over the place. Adding another powerhouse actress/character certainly isn’t going to fix that and is likely going to lead to the departure of more original cast members.

    Anyone know how to change your screen name?

  46. Avatar of ahanshew
    ahanshew

    This is going to be a great love quad when they bring Jason back from the dead… I don’t know anything about Michelle Stafford other than I know who she is. Exciting to score an actress with her reputation!

  47. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    Some advice for team Cartoony…..

    “HOW NOT TO WRECK A SOAP”

    1) Watch the show.

    2) Learn the history of the show. You would be surprised at the ideas that you can get from the back story of your characters.

    3) Read the fan mail. The very characters that are not thrilling to you may be the audience’s favorites.

    4) Be objective. When I came in to ATWT, the first thing I said was, what is pleasing the audience? You have to put your own personal likes and dislikes aside and develop the characters that the audience wants to see.

    5) Talk to everyone; writers and actors especially. There may be something in a character’s history that will work beautifully for you, and who would know better than the actor who has been playing the role?

    6) Don’t change a core character. You can certainly give them edges they didn’t have before, or give them a logical reason to change their behavior. But when the audience says, “He would never do that,” then you have failed.

    7) Build new characters slowly. Everyone knows that it takes six months to a year for an audience to care about a new character. Tie them in to existing characters. Don’t shove them down the viewers’ throats.

    8) If you feel staff changes are in order, look within the organization first. P&G [Procter & Gamble] does a lot of promoting from within. Almost all of our producers worked their way up from staff positions, and that means they know the show.

    9) Don’t fire anyone for six months. I feel very deeply that you should look at the show’s canvas before you do anything.

    10) Good soap opera is good storytelling. It’s very simple.

    How many of these pointers has Cartoony broken in their 2 years at GH? A bunch.

    This isn’t my personal list. The rules on “How Not To Wreck A Show” were published in the April 27, 1993, issue of SOAP OPERA DIGEST and they were the rules of one of the greatest writers of daytime, Mr. Douglas Marland (GH, LOVING, GL, ATWT) These rules were published about six week’s after his death.

    They seem like common sense but are any of these being followed today? By anyone?

  48. Avatar of evermore
    evermore

    “the casting coup of the decade”?

    seriously? she left or was let go from Y&R what… 6 months ago? and has done a web show since then? nothing against her, but how is this a coup?

  49. Avatar of TxRangerFan
    TxRangerFan

    it was a year ago, and she choose to not renew her contract, she was not fired.

    Michelle Stafford is highly respected by her peers. All four of the soaps were trying to sign her even Y & R!!! She will bring a large fanbase and viewers to the show.

    that is why it is a coup!

  50. Avatar of
    1titanman

    I hear what everybody is saying, and I grew up on Y&R and when all these new regimes came in they continue to change the veterans stories. I hear what the GHers are saying. These newbies are CHEAP folks!

    We have to except that the vets are getting older, and some of these actors/actress do have families, lives outside of a studio, and the older they get they don’t want to be confined to a daily 12-14 hrs daily grind. They want certain things in those contracts in & outs, and with these cost cutting measures; the studio/network may not be feeling all that.

    I’m coming to the conclusion to except this; is the new norm of the daytime serials. Cheaper actors/actress, budget cuts, the studio/network more involved of the story, vets getting less air time, quality of the stories are so-so. Headwriters, EP jumping from one show to another show to upstage the competition…It’s the new norm in daytime drama.

    Long the days of Bell, Marland, Nixon, Phillips, and others. We either embrace it, or the last (4) will fade into the sunset.

  51. Avatar of sweetiepie
    sweetiepie

    Is it wrong that I don’t give a good damn about weepy Sahbrrrrrina and her baby, sorry just don’t. The sooner she leaves to have her own little goober we will have PhilerNina chewing up her scenes just makes me cringe.

    Having said that, she may be the lightning rod the show needs right now. We will see.

    Can we get Johnny Z. Back?

  52. Avatar of boodles
    boodles

    Why should I care about Michelle Stafford joining a cast that barely resembles GH any longer? She is tied to a bunch of people who’ve been on less than a year, none of whom I particularly care about. The tonguebath that RC receives on a daily basis from some makes me sick. He decimated GH and made it into his show.

    Sorry Ron. I don’t care about your show. Pat yourself on the back for ruining one of the last soaps we have left, you hack. I’d tweet a variant of this to him, but he might call my principal.

  53. Avatar of logan_echolls
    logan_echolls

    Nina and Ava will eat this show. Nancy Grahn better start shining Ron’s or something so she can get airtime

    I bet you in 6 mos Michelle will complain about her storyline and her airtime. Going from Peter Bergman to the guy who plays Silas I she will complain. Just imagine Michelle with Ryan, the guy who plays Nathan. I will cringe watching those scene

  54. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    I know nothing about Michelle Stafford, so I’m looking forward to seeing this soap vet tackle this interesting role. The last time I welcomed a veteran actress I knew nothing about was Maura West, and she has been a godsend to GH! I hope that happens again.

    Once they get Madeline out of jail, things should really take off. She’s got a new family dynamic awaiting her. Nathan isn’t her son, but she’s got Nina to manipulate. What will Silas do now? He loves Sam, but Nina is the love of his life. Was Sam’s tentative approach to Patrick today a foreshadowing of things to come? It should be interesting when Nina and Ava come face to face after so many years. The possibilities are vast. I’m glad today wasn’t Friday.

  55. Avatar of Cyberologist
    Cyberologist

    Again, Brian Frons saved GH and hired Frank Valentini before he left. I believe Carlivati was going to Prospect Park,
    I am sick and tired of hearing how Carlivati and Valentini saved GH, because they didn’t.

    Sweeney cancelled GH along with the other two. Brian Frons talked her into keeping GH. Brian Frons said so flat out point blank in an interview, “GH is safe … for now.”

  56. Avatar of Cyberologist
    Cyberologist

    I happen to think GH has “powerhouse actresses that don’t need to step up their game” what they need is material “to work with”

    Will they get written for or not that is the question it seems only the “chosen” get the good stuff the rest languish with crappy material and airtime,

  57. Avatar of samIShot
    samIShot

    I love how you all blame ron c for the bloated cast. You people don’t seem to get that the head writer doesn’t hire the actors. Ever think he may not be thrilled he has to write for 100 characters? But keep sounding dumb and blaming the head writer for everything short of global warming.

  58. Avatar of Dyllan
    Dyllan

    [quote] Just imagine Michelle with Ryan, the guy who plays Nathan. I will cringe watching those scene[/quote]

    Oh, don’t say that out loud. You know Stafford will b*tch on twitter about Nina not getting paired with a 20 something guy and will whine to get paired with a youngin’. Seriously, Stafford has meltdowns when someone mentions she is pushing 50.

  59. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    @samlshot….you made the same comment on a thread a couple weeks back about not blaming Carlivati for the size of the cast. Who do you think is to blame? Do you think actors just show up and say give me a part? Do you think the directors go out looking to put people in front of the camera?

    Of course, Carlivati as the Head Writer is responsible. He dictates the story and what characters are used to tell the story. He could tell story with a cast of 30, but he seems to prefer a larger cast. He did the same thing in OLTL. He creates the characters and determines the characters that get written off.

    Several of us explained this a couple weeks ago when you posted the same comment yet you still don’t seem to understand.

    Who do you think is responsible for the cast being so large?

  60. Avatar of stefanstavros
    stefanstavros

    Can someone PLEASE explain to me about the backstory of Madeline and Nina? I’ve been confused for weeks. So what was the motive for Madeline drugging Nina? It was to kill her unborn child so Madeline would get Nina’s inheritance?? That doesn’t even make sense. And on today’s episode Madeline said she was in financial ruins while Nina was just lying in a hospital bed with so much money..but I thought Nina was already poisoned before and that’s what put her in the hospital..WTF..the timeline is all off with this story…Explain please!

  61. Avatar of wilco617
    wilco617

    I’m not surprised Nina is a) alive and b) played by Michelle Stafford. I knew they were just waiting for the right time to introduce her.

    I’m happy Stafford is a talented actress and will hopefully bring a lot to the role. However, I’m not too pleased at there being yet another new character on the show. I have nothing against new characters in general. All characters were new once and every show needs them to stay fresh. However it feels like there has been a new character added every month or so and the cast is simply too big (50-ish regularly appearing characters) and shows no signs of getting smaller. There is so much dead weight that needs to be cut. Characters and storylines disappear for weeks.

    Tl:dr No problem with newbies just a canvas that is way too big.

  62. Avatar of Traysoblue
    Traysoblue

    Well here’s the answer to one blind item lol. I am happy someone has a job but on the business side of things something tells me Michelle is not cheap and this is already a big cast with gaping time lapse in between on air time to make up for it. Speaking as an agent, I would have told Michelle, “Friend let’s set this one out.” This show has enough power house females, and it can cause you to get lost as an actress with such big houses.

  63. Avatar of strawberrygurl22
    strawberrygurl22

    This was not a surprise! Just what gh needs another loud in your face actress, like Wright and West isn’t enough. Don’t really know MS, but I feel bad for anyone getting stuck in scenes with lifeless monotone Sam and Silas.

    I’m only here for the little they give Becky:(

  64. Avatar of DarylE
    DarylE

    hate to disappoint Ron but boy did i ever see that coming .. maybe not Ms Stafford in the role but i sure wasn’t surprised to learn Nina was alive …

  65. Avatar of ANGELWENDY15
    ANGELWENDY15

    There have been rumors for months about Michelle S. joining GH. It still was a shock to see her face at the end of the show. She is indeed a strong passionate actress, (still wondering why she really left Y &R because her character is really needed back on that show. Perhaps JFP, who a lot of actresses’s disliked, Genie Francis?) I hope she makes the show better then it is right now. May-be she’ll breath some life into Michael Easton’s acting, who seems very bored in the role lately. Any one get the feeling, from yesterday’s show, that Nina will cause a problem between Silas and Sam and Sam and Patrick may get together? Is Sabrina really needed anymore, get rid of Carlos too.

    What concerns me is the over-bloated cast. They desperately need to trim it down. There are actors and stories you have to wait weeks to see again. TOO many story-lines going on. I say to get rid of some of the newbies. I love the vets, Tracy, Anna, Duke, and Mac and Felicia, who we see so rarely. I am even liking the faux-Luke story, (just for Geary’s take on the character which cracks me up at times), and would like to see more of the Lucy/Kevin/Scott triangle. If GH would just tone down the cast, show more drama and real-life family issues,more romance please, it could be such a great show. They have such a great cast, esp. in the vets. It is in need of repair right now!!

  66. Avatar of Ravennite613
    Ravennite613

    I am not sure how I felt about the Nina storyline I mean it involves Silas (ME whom I adore) and Nathan (who is growing in me)…and yes even Sam (who I fully admit to loving again now that she is away from Stone Cold)

    The fact that a secret like this was kept is great in this day and age – I adore Michelle and now if we can recast Jason because if I hear his name one more time I might barf…

    Though I might take a leap and say that once a recast is done it will have to be when Robin (KM) can return.

    Kudos to TPTB at GH for this coup

  67. Avatar of soapbaby
    soapbaby

    Wasn’t Donna Mills a coup?

    Nothing and no one will improve the state of this stale, tired, poorly acted storyline revolving around human ambien (Silas, Sam and Nathan) and a much-discussed but never before seen character no one cares about. The show’s writing is awful and the cast overstuffed. I pray that Michelle Stafford’s stint is short. Not because she’s not talented_I think she is_ it’s just that she is another character on a show show that no longer resembles General Hospital or even a decent scripted drama.

  68. Avatar of angrierblackerman
    angrierblackerman

    I am beyond excited to see Michele Stafford mix it up with the folks already on GH. I was one who initially complained that there were too many Noobs on the shows. But think about this…

    Most of us who have grown up with these shows remember a certain set of actors or characters. People who were watching decades BEFORE us saw a very different set of actors and characters, storylines, etc.

    There had to have been a point where things CHANGED OVER, where one family or set of characters gave way to the characters we have come to know and love. Since many of us were young, we probably never realized the shift. We also didn’t have the internet and weren’t privy to the many changes behind the scenes. So these changes seemed gradual.

    Now that we live in the information age, where we know almost EVERY bit of background information about these shows and their operations, we are more aware of these shifts. When a character goes, or comes, when a family is phased out.

    Everything has to change. In order to get to the next 50 years of a soap, you have to introduce new storylines and characters, families and legacies. Sure, there will be remnants of what we used to know, but by and large the shift is inevitable.

    END RANT

    But I am so thrilled that ‘The Staff’ is going to be on the show. I am giddy as a girl at the prospect of her having scenes with Donna Mills, Maura West, and Michael Easton. As long as they don’t have Nina running around in a white Nightie for 20 episodes(a-La Woman in White), I will be thankful! Welcome Nina, now please beat up Sam and get your man back!

  69. Avatar of samIShot
    samIShot

    To respond again to those arguing who actually does the cast hiring, I will again argue that the head writer doesn’t make those decisions. I don’t work for Abc so I cannot say for sure, but I do work in TV and generally this comes from the EP and in the case of daytime, sometimes the network heads depending on how involved they are. I have read interviews with Ron where he says he just works with what he gets.

    I think if you asked him neatly and off the record, he’d probably prefer a couple things

    1. Less actors to write for – but because he knows soap history he likes he Maura wests and Donna mills and staffords
    2. Would prefer some of his actors to stop coming and going on a whim – that’s you Kimberly McCullough.

    Honestly if he was the total jerk you all make him out to be, he would just kill her off.

    And everyone here acts like they know everything going on.
    You always blame him with the decisions with genie and others but in reality you have no idea why decisions are made,

    Unless you are frank, ron or abc, you have no idea.

  70. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    RCandFV4Life — your post was brilliant, and hilarious too! Really enjoyed it. It’s never too late to shed your old ID/screen name and start anew! LOL

  71. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    [quote=boodles]Why should I care about Michelle Stafford joining a cast that barely resembles GH any longer? She is tied to a bunch of people who’ve been on less than a year, none of whom I particularly care about. The tonguebath that RC receives on a daily basis from some makes me sick. He decimated GH and made it into his show.Sorry Ron. I don’t care about your show. Pat yourself on the back for ruining one of the last soaps we have left, you hack. I’d tweet a variant of this to him, but he might call my principal.[/quote]

    I.LOVE.THIS! My soap friend watched yesterday, and the consensus was that it was a bunch of Silas/Sam crap, Donna Mills with FINALLY less makeup, and a second of MS at the end, which my friend referred to as a “ham & cheese sandwich”, which is now the future of GH. Congratulations!

    Re-Ron literally makes me sick, sorry to say. Maybe new viewers will come aboard, but folks, Y/R fans are a different breed, and they consider their beloved show to be a step ABOVE ABC. This product CarToony has created/altered/endorsed is NOT better than Y/R, so i’m guessing any ratings bump will be temporary.

  72. Avatar of Mets82
    Mets82

    Wow, very passionate comments. I do have a question or questions. Weren’t Franco, Silas and Kiki all brought in because of the lawsuit with Prospect Park? When you think about it, Silas and his family, Madeline, Dr. O, Britt, Nina were all created because the Silas character was created. Same goes for Kiki. W/o Kiki there would be no Jeromes, maybe not even an adult Morgan.

    My point is I dont think Ron or Frank planned on any of this. I dont think they were going to create Silas Clay or Kiki but when the lawsuit happened, they had to bring them on. Not only that, but you have to give them a backstory. Bottom line, if the lawsuit didnt happen you probably wouldnt have seen the characters that “chew scenery.” But what else were they supposed to do?

  73. Avatar of thecourt99
    thecourt99

    ^^I am sure that every writer has been given a situation that they didn’t plan for. I expect them, as a professional, to handle it.

    Many fans have said who RH could have played, and who the girl that played Kiki could have played. It’s not like the writers had no options. They had plenty of options.

    I also disagree that one character begats another, because again, it didn’t have to be that way. The Jeromes could have existed without Kiki. Silas’ family wasn’t a requirement, and if they were brought in, it didn’t have to include Britt, Nina, and everyone else. That was a writers choice and not everyone will like it.

  74. Avatar of Mets82
    Mets82

    Thats a very fair point. Maybe the best options were the ones that they decided on. I respectfully disagree on one point. How could the Jeromes exist without Kiki? She’s Ava and Silas daughter. Didnt Ava follow Kiki to Port Charles? Without Kiki, the storyline of Kiki/Morgan wouldnt have happened. So how would’ve the Jeromes if it wasn’t for that storyline?

  75. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    Despite the mistaken comments that, “no one wants to see” this or “no one wants to see that”, some of us are enjoying these storylines. I grant you it’s not easy to remember our comments amid this mob mentality, but they are there. :-)

  76. Avatar of thecourt99
    thecourt99

    [quote=Mets82]Thats a very fair point. Maybe the best options were the ones that they decided on. I respectfully disagree on one point. How could the Jeromes exist without Kiki? She’s Ava and Silas daughter. Didnt Ava follow Kiki to Port Charles? Without Kiki, the storyline of Kiki/Morgan wouldnt have happened. So how would’ve the Jeromes if it wasn’t for that storyline?[/quote]

    Well, Kiki came to town as a Q. She was supposed to be Franco’s daughter who was also a Q. They chose to make her mother a Jerome. The Kiki/Morgan storyline began when they thought that she was a Q. Making her a Jerome didn’t matter in the Morgan storyline since she slept with Michael anyway and that wasn’t about her being a Jerome, but about her NOT being a Q.

    When I say that the Jerome’s could have existed without Kiki, my point is that the mob war could have been had without Kiki being a Jerome. Bringing back Julian could have jump-started that and he could have still been Sam’s father and so on.

  77. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    @Mets82…the Jeromes first appeared in the late 80s on GH. They were all “killed” off by the early 90s. If Cartoony wanted the Jeromes back he could have simply brought them back with no connection to Kiki or to Silas. They still could have played the Sam/Julian connection.

    As for the Prospect Park fiasco, Cartoony didn’t have to bring the 3 OLTL actors back to the show as new characters. The cast was already bloated and they could have played their visit as a short story arc. Since they did choose to bring them back they could have slowly brought them on over the course of 6 months and not all on the same day. Howarth could have been a Cassadine/Quartermaine, he could have been a never before seen son of Jimmy Lee Holt’s, he could have been Tom Hardy, etc. Alderson could have been Serena Baldwin or a long lost Q (maybe AJ’s daughter with Niki Langton).

  78. Avatar of Marland Fan
    Marland Fan

    [quote=nysam]@samlshot….I worked for years on soaps. The Head Writer dictates the number of characters and not the EP.[/quote]
    If you worked for years on soaps then you would know the EP handles the budget, which ultimately dictates the number of characters.

  79. Avatar of hey mon
    hey mon

    The good news is that the airhog wont be back on Y&R to have The Show revolve around her. And that is the way that Michelle Stafford does it… So everyone be prepared for The Nina Show, just like Y&R was The Phyllis Show for almost a decade.

  80. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    @ Marland Fan…yes and no. The network dictates the budget and not the EP. The EP works with the numbers that they are given. The EP is supposed to oversee the budget and the creative (but not dictate it). In the case of daytime the HW comes up with long term story and the characters that they want to use or create to tell the story. The EP doesn’t tell the writing team to create characters. The HW has free reign on story and characters but the EP can (and should) say use Elizabeth or Carly for this story instead of creating new characters such as Sabrina and Britt.

    Valentini has the ability to corral Carlivati but it is obvious by the bloated cast that he has chosen not to.

  81. Avatar of Lucy D.
    Lucy D.

    [quote=TV Gord]Despite the mistaken comments that, “no one wants to see” this or “no one wants to see that”, some of us are enjoying these storylines. I grant you it’s not easy to remember our comments amid this mob mentality, but they are there. :-)[/quote]

    Thanks Gord for voicing this. I agree.

    And what’s more please let’s stop with the Ron decimated the Quartermaines. He did no such thing. Guza decimated the Quartermaines. Ron brought one back and then rekilled him off. We’re not on set, we don’t know why SK really left. In fact Tracy & Monica get FAR MORE screen time under Ron than before in the previous regime.

    As for the great romances. I agree we need far more romance on GH. BUT the only romance we had before Ron & Frank showed up was the mass worship of Sonny. The Jason Liz romance was over way long ago–and Guza tried to get rid of her.

    I’m not saying it’s perfect, it isn’t. But it still is a lot better than the Sonny/Jason/Carly show where some episodes consisted of every cast member telling Sonny what a great man he is.

  82. Avatar of testadoda
    testadoda

    FrankenRon need to use what they have. MS makes me sick.this is just ANOTHER reason to not bother to watch. newbies or the mobs and molls.. The whole problem with this show isn’t necessarily the actors its the writers.Re-Ron is a joke. Everything he does he has done before on this and other shows. Get the desk out here comes Phyllis ,by any other name. When they had actors who could bring it they left them backburnered for months at a time.Didn’t offer Tristan R a contract, Genie Francis, .demonized Robins character because the actress wanted to direct, sorry guys you can’t make me hate Robin, only you. Demonizing her made me hate you. .Guess I am not the only one who knows where the blame belongs.The emmys are non-existant for these two. I am now an ex fan of GH. They did well at first then pulled the bait n switch and it all went to hell.

  83. Avatar of RebeccaJ
    RebeccaJ

    I can’t help but wonder if MS didn’t screw over Y&R? I think they had every intention of bringing her back and that’s why they keep showing MS’s picture with Jack. If it’s true, kinda ironic…and funny.

  84. Avatar of TxRangerFan
    TxRangerFan

    [quote=RebeccaJ]I can’t help but wonder if MS didn’t screw over Y&R? I think they had every intention of bringing her back and that’s why they keep showing MS’s picture with Jack. If it’s true, kinda ironic…and funny.[/quote]

    since it has been reported that all FOUR soaps have been in the “race” to get The Stafford for the past year, I think she picked the soap that would work with her schedule (Mom, The Stafford Project, indie movies, etc) and give her a chance to “act” instead of “re-act” like the crap she was given since JFP took over at Y & R.

    MS might have been “paid” for the use of her likeness since she left the show.

  85. Avatar of Mets82
    Mets82

    [quote=nysam]@Mets82…the Jeromes first appeared in the late 80s on GH. They were all “killed” off by the early 90s. If Cartoony wanted the Jeromes back he could have simply brought them back with no connection to Kiki or to Silas. They still could have played the Sam/Julian connection.

    As for the Prospect Park fiasco, Cartoony didn’t have to bring the 3 OLTL actors back to the show as new characters. The cast was already bloated and they could have played their visit as a short story arc. Since they did choose to bring them back they could have slowly brought them on over the course of 6 months and not all on the same day. Howarth could have been a Cassadine/Quartermaine, he could have been a never before seen son of Jimmy Lee Holt’s, he could have been Tom Hardy, etc. Alderson could have been Serena Baldwin or a long lost Q (maybe AJ’s daughter with Niki Langton).[/quote]

    But just because they would be Q’s or a Cassadine doesnt mean it would work either. They could be in those roles and still not be right for the parts.

  86. Avatar of Mets82
    Mets82

    I agree. I thought the Q’s were damaged enough with Guza. Hell, at least Monica is on more than she was before. Remember when she remarked to Jason and said “I’ve been to every medical conference known to man” or something like that. That was as if to say throw me a bone and get me on the air.

  87. Avatar of Cornfed
    Cornfed

    [quote=Lucy D.]And what’s more please let’s stop with the Ron decimated the Quartermaines. He did no such thing. Guza decimated the Quartermaines. Ron brought one back and then rekilled him off. We’re not on set, we don’t know why SK really left. In fact Tracy & Monica get FAR MORE screen time under Ron than before in the previous regime. [/quote]

    Correct me if i’m wrong, but despite the Sonny/Carly/Jason show under Guza, didn’t we also still see attempts to represent & resurrect the other [core] families? Maya Ward, Dillon Q., Brook Lynn come to mind…Maybe Guza was just tossing us a bone, but there WAS an effort, and i’d be 10x more interested in seeing Maya trying to obtain her trust/inheritance from Edward than in ANY of the crap i’m seeing now. Wow, if i only knew those were the “good old days” … :~

  88. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    “I want u all to remember as u drift off to sleep…people who start rumors have super little pee pees…” – Michelle Stafford about potentially joining GH as Nina.

    The cast on that show is bloated enough as it is. Some contract players aren’t seen for weeks, storylines are suddenly dropped, shifted or don’t get mentioned for a while if at all. Other stories are cut short and don’t let you care much.
    And in a time like this when a head writer keeps adding new characters, it shows that the writing has lost it’s way.

    As for Stafford joining GH: I don’t believe that the show needs her. GH has enough strong females. Carlivati should focus on writing for the strong actresses he has. Finola Hughes, Laura Wright, Jane Elliot and Maura West should fill every void.
    I also don’t get why Stafford told Y&R fans only a year ago that she’s done and wants to focus on comedy and other projects, only to join another soap opera not even 12 months later.

  89. Avatar of Lucy D.
    Lucy D.

    Really? Dillon left in 2007. Maya was there for a few months and the promise of her sister’s arrival never happened. And Brook Lyn was there to break up Dante & Lulu. Didn’t seem to be a long-term plan. And since Tracy was hardly ever on under Guza Brook Lyn had almost no interaction with her family.

    Indeed these might not be the “good old days” but Brook Lyn’s or Maya’s return were not particularly good.

    and thanks Gord :)

  90. Avatar of Yoryla
    Yoryla

    LOLLL. This interview is AWFUL.

    So Ron says “they didn’t set out to build a new family”? Well, um, hello? That’s what you did! Lol. These kinds of comments so well reveal how they really have absolutely no idea of what they’re doing and are without any sort of a long term plan! I mean, how can you NOT see what will happen? Lmao.

    (However, I love Michelle and am glad for her and will watch her scenes. She’s outstanding.)

  91. Avatar of Lindiana Jones
    Lindiana Jones

    As a long time GH viewer (1978-present), I am always concerned when they bring on a new character as that usually means the other characters get pushed aside. However I love Maura West so I am going to be optimistic about Michelle Stafford.

    I am also glad to see characters around my age (I’m 54). I am a long time Lucy/Kevin, Felicia/Mac, Luke/Laura fan and I like they are back on (well most of them). So I hope they continue.

    I also noted that they switch story lines on GH frequently. They have one group that interacts for a few days then the other group becomes the focus. I like this type of storytelling as it keeps you from getting tired of seeing the same people over and over.

    I am looking forward to the Nina story line. I am certain it will be a winner.

    The show has been really on its game of late. Even the light weights have been delivering. I really enjoyed Bryan Craig’s work in the Crypt.

  92. Avatar of Yoryla
    Yoryla

    [quote=IOWAHAWKEYE]Yoryla my love, WHEHRE HAVE YOU BEEN??!!! |( :bigsmile:[/quote]

    Haaaa, hi you! And Hi pferrando! And thank you! Actually, this wasn’t by choice :D And no I wasn’t banned either :bigsmile: (at least not to my knowledge, lolololol) There was something wrong with the posting system in here, everytime I tried to make a post it said “Service unavailable” with a blank screen, for at least a month. This had happened to me once before about a year ago. I don’t know what it is and there is no explanation. lol.

    But anyway, I’m BACK! :bigsmile: And have to go slowly skimming through the posts to give my $200 dollars worth lol.

    Hee hee :D

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