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After Santa Barbara, Guiding Light, Another World, and One Life to
Live, the Soap Butcher Jill Farren Phelps has placed her friends in
high position often ruining such high quality shows. When I was
watching Guiding Light, it was at its peak in 1991. They fired the
producer and replaced them with Butcher Phelps. She drove Beverlee
McKinsey away by overworking her to death. She killed off beloved Ellen
Parker's character Maureen. So Parker won an Emmy but the loss was much
worse for the audience. On Another World, she killed off Alice Barrett
Mitchell's beloved Mary Frances Frame Winthrop in a ridiculous
storyline. On One Life to Live, I could only imagine what she did to
that show which took years recover. Now she is ruining General Hospital
by driving the great John Ingle away to Days Of Our Lives where he
received a contract role. I feel sorry and sympathy for Jed Allan
because he has a tough act to follow. The Quartermaines used to be the
funnest family on television completely. She drove the great Dame Anna
Lee away right before her death. Now Kristina Malandro Wagner refuses
to return unless she gets a contract for playing Felicia Jones. Why
aren't the veterans of this getting the short end of the stick? I bet
Gloria Monty is livid over the show getting Best Drama Emmy under
Phelps. I know Monty's heart was always in the right place with this
show and her last time around wasn't successful as the Luke & Laura
days but still, I know Butcher Phelps track record with soaps. Nobody
in the real workplace would allow somebody whose cost so much damage to
so many people. I am glad that Robin Strasser is speaking against
Phelps' known favoritism for certain actors. I am going to single them
out now on General Hospital because it would be unfair. But I know
after 25 years of watching soaps, I could do a better job to satisfy
both fans and the cast and crew. I am sorry but Phelps is just a Soap
Opera Butcher to me. I know Guiding Light was great at the time but she
made terrible decisions which cost fans. Now Guiding Light might be up
for cancellation! the cast and crew took a pay cut to keep the show
afloat. Remember Another World! Phelps was there before she jumped ship
to One Life To Live. What goes on behind the scenes must be more
fascinating than on screen. Guiding Light and Another World were
creations of another daytime diva or queen Irna Phillips who would be
turning over in her grave if she knew what this woman has done to her
Now Phelps is killing off Alan Quartermaine who has been played faithfully by Stuart Damon for 30 years. I'm concerned that she is going to lose one of the show's best attributes, the Quartermaine Family. She and the network practically drove Anna Lee out over a contract dispute. Even with John Ingle's welcome return, the shadow over the show is still different. I don't blame cast members like Leslie Charleson and others for being so vocal about Damon's departure. It's as shocking as it comes. This is what you get when you have somebody like Phelps at the helm.
In 1980, Gloria Monty along with other General Hospital writers decided to
make a couple out of two actors that had amazing chemistry. Genie Francis
and Tony Geary who have become the phenomenal Luke and Laura. Luke and
Laura made General Hospital the unforgettable soap opera it is, and still
today, Luke and Laura's though painful relationship, keeps viewers going
through their fascinating characterization and never ending passion between
Alan and Monica, played by Leslie Charleson and Stuart Damon, Frisco and Felicia, played by Jack and Kristina Wagner, Robert and Holly, played by Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms, Sonny and Brenda, played by Maurice Bernard and Vanessa Marcil, and Luke and Laura have showed every other soap opera the definition of a "love story". Though never simple, always intense, always unforgettable.
General Hospital has also shown amazing technique in storylines that are not love stories. Such as Monica Quartermaine's heartwrenching breast cancer storyline in 1994, or the amazing storyline of two little girls dying, yet only one miracle came out of it. I could only be talking about Bobbie Spencer's and Tony Jones's daughter BJ giving her heart to Frisco and Felicia's daughter Maxie, in the last moments to save her life. These stories touched many viewers and there are so many more.
Some of the most precious moments on daytime television have occurred on General Hospital, and the highest rated moment on daytime television was Luke and Laura's wedding in 1981. It was said to be the only wedding ever to rival Princess Diana's. General Hospital has created feelings, storylines, and characters that go beyond words. I thank Genie and Tony who play Luke and Laura for bringing out the fantasy we all have about how love should be. Though they are General Hospital's greatest achievement, I don't think General Hospital's done with them yet! And we know that Luke and Laura are not the only life changing storyline they've come up with! Thank you General Hospital!
I am not one for soap operas, however, General Hospital is different. However dramatic this show gets, I can never get enough of it! It is actually kind of funny how I got started watching it. One time when I was little, my mom was mad at me as I wouldn't calm down or sit still so she made me sit down and read while she watched general hospital. I remember half watching over my book when the show ended, and for some reason, I cared about what happened to Jason, so I made a point to watch it the next day and I have never missed an episode since! This is by far the best show on TV and it comes highly recommended. Hope this helps, Fletcher
I'm so tired of people saying that General Hospital is just a stale old soap opera. GH has been a staple of ABC's daytime lineup for 39 years. It's 3rd in the ratings and I think that ain't half bad considering it's age. The Alexis, Sonny, Carly triangle is a masterpiece destined to go down in GH's extremly long history. The actors and actresses who portray the characters on the show are fantastic and so are the writers. I get very upset when people say that it's a stale soap. So when GH tries to do something exciting and fun people say that it is not true soap storytelling. Just like the revival of the Cassidines (Helena, Stavros). I thought that that was a great storyline. In closing I would just like to say that General Hospital is on the track to taking back the ratings crown from The Young and the Restless. Your the greatest GH!!!!
This is a long running American soap that has only recently been aired in the UK. I started watching it a few weeks ago at a point that is months behind the states- meaning that I had missed some important story lines- but I was still hooked from the start. With all the glamour, drama and money this gives English soaps a run for their money. In england their soaps try to approach real life problems and situations but come out with nothing. Whilst as this soap approaches the same situations, but comes out on top by going over the top- it doesn't even pretend that they're going over the top- unlike here in the UK. This show is a true escape from reality that is hard to ween off.
When I was a kid in the 70s, I watched soaps with my mother. It was all
the ABC ones. All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital.
When I was about 12 or 13. Luke and Laura got married, I wanted to see
it so bad, I told my mother I was sick and stayed home from school.
Over the years I stopped watching the other two and stuck with GH. It's
still the best soap I've ever seen. It's not as good as it used to be
but it's good. I would love to see less Sonny and Carly and more Luke
and (whoever). When Luke was the hero, the show as truly great. Since
now it's all about Sonny, it's getting really boring. The same old
mobster stuff, Sonny isn't heroic he's a crook.
Maybe in the future GH will regain it's backbone. Maybe draw clear lines between good and evil like it did in it's hey day.
General Hospital is a long running soap opera that had wonderful leadership
with Gloria Monty and Wendy Riche and amazing writers like Claire Labine.
Also great performances by John Beradino,Rachel Ames, Tony Geary,Genie
Francis,Tristan Rogers,Finola Hughes,Kimberly Mccullough,Vanessa
Marcil,Alicia Leigh Willis and Billy Warlock.
Tristan Rogers and Finola Hughes were incredible as Robert and Anna in the 80s and 90s where GH was filled with action,adventure and romance.
The highlight of the 1990s included storylines of the family. BJ Jones's death, Monica Quartermaine fighting breast cancer, Stone and Robin's love story and their AIDS storyline. Plus the amazing chemistry and connection that made Sonny&Brenda soulmates.
GH hit a rough patch in 2000-2001 with many backstage changes but it is improving in 2002. One of the most promising current storylines is the AJ Quartermaine and Courtney Matthews relationship. Billy Warlock and Alicia Leigh Willis have phenomenal chemistry that makes watching in 2002 a must.
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The show has really hit a stride when it had Luke and Laura saga and
how thirty million for a TV audience in the daytime at the time watch
their wedding. As it was a big thing. This was also the year where
Diana and Charles married along the way. Couples like them, Frisco and
Felicia in the past to Dante and Lulu in the present. Make the soap as
the super couples. Be why the soap has been popular.
Also the hospital thing known as scrubs as the daily scoop of the inner workings of the hospital. Hence the title! In upper NY! Like doctors, nurses, cops etc.
Set the star thing for future superstars like Demi Moore, Rick Springfield, John Stamos among them. A treasure!
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I don't watch soap opera shows any more because I just don't have the time to watch a show that you have to watch every day but when I did watch soap operas, I watched General Hospital which I started watching when I was in high school when a class mate told me about the show and got me interested. I started watching General Hospital sometime in the 1980's shortly after Luke and Laura got married and I watched it on and off again for several years and though I don't really watch it anymore I still keep up on what is going on by reading about it in the soap opera guide in the newspaper. The only other soap operas I also sometimes liked watching were, One Life To Live, All My Children, and Santa Barbara but I much preferred General Hospital and only watched those other soaps for a short while.
i have been a viewer since 1963, watched in black and white, was 13, and still watching. i have seen them come and go on this show and it's still the best one on TV. it has had it's ups and downs and always manages to come out on top. remember Jesse? Audrey and he sister Lucille? that was back in the day! i do so miss the Luke and laura thing. Luke just isn't Luke without laura. Anthony Geary has only improved with age. Luke is all that and more. GH also has the best looking guys and the sexiest, is Jax gorgeous or what? Jason is sooooooooo smooth, and all that too. it will always be hard for the writers to top the original Luke and Laura storyline,it dosen't get any better then that, but they have kept me watching all these years. to every one that is associated with the show, keep up the good work
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