Port Charles (1997–2003)
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The later arcs got a little tired but their "classic" time, being the arcs of Tainted Love, Tempted, and Miracles Happen, kick butt. Kudos to ALL the actors in these three arcs; they made this show what it was.
The last arc was promising though, and rumors had it that the next planned arc would have shown more of the Ramsey brothers together, which I always ached to see more of. I love familial relationships, especially between siblings, and tire of seeing soaps use the dead plot of ruining family relationships over love. That's why I was happy to see Chris and Jack's relationship do just the opposite. It's things like this that made me love the show so much and value so much the tapes I have of this show.
I just want to say one more thing about the acting: what a superb ensemble cast. All the actors had chemistry with each other. No matter who was on; be it Chris and Jack, Kevin and Lucy, Ian and Eve, Frank and Karen... even people who didn't have a whole lot of scenes together (Jack and Eve or Chris and Alison), they still worked together beautifully. That is why Tainted Love and Tempted were so successful: these arcs demanded that of the actors.
What a shame that Port Charles is gone and Passions is still on the air.
Then, came Courtney Kanelos, Rachel Locke, General Homicide and DV(four things I cringe at when I think about the show) and you have a big trainwreck. Storylines that once focused on the characters, now centered on the plot.
I didn't really care if DV was Scott's dad or that Rachel came to town with a chip on shoulder. That is, until after Executive Producer Wendy Riche left PC, some bright genius decided to replace Riche with Julie Carruthers. Upon her arrival, Ms. Carruthers let the weak link Scott Hamner go and replaced him with Karen Harris. She put the hospital and the drama BACK into PC, where it belonged. And thank goodness, someone had the sense to turn Rachel into the town pariah rather than a Sheila-copycat!
PC became a community under this format, storyline developed, moved at a fast pace and ended, but there was always a new chapter for the character.
I liked the storylines under Carruthers/Harris: All American Guy who could contract HIV? Pill Popping Doctor revisiting her sleazy past? Rich bubbleheaded hospital voluneer seeks gangster with a heart of gold? Down-to-earth careerwoman competing for a board seat against a slimy therapist?
It was good TV folks. If you hadn't seen PC during the past three years it was on the air, then was the time to tune in.
But, some nutcase at ABC decided that Guiding Light's resident hacks, Jim Brown and Barbara Esenten, could perform emergency surgery on PC, a show that didn't need saving. Now, everything is plot, plot plot. "Screw character development. The audience is too stupid for that." I suppose they concluded.
The book format is so dumb, words can't describe it. Isn't the purpose of watching a soap to see DIFFERENT characters? Ian, Kevin, Eve and Lucy are front burner constantly while leaving talented actors who deserve a shot at a good storyline(Nolan North, Marie Wilson, etc.) out in Storyline Siberia.
For all this was worth, ABC should have kept The City. The plots seemed interesting on that show and they were actually beginning to gel until ABC decided to cancel it for this drivel.
Once can only hope when someone at ABC will decide to pull the plug.
About a year into the series, the writers decided to spice things up a bit with a truckload of new storylines, such as Courtney Kanelos making her way to Port Charles, and the most irritating storyline of daytime television: "General Homicide." This was, in my opinion, the writer's way of getting half the cast off the show. This was definately the worst plot I've ever seen.
When things looked bad, new writers came to the show and saved it. They came up with GREAT storylines, such as Joe's battle with possible HIV, and Karen's addiction to pain killers. Character development was at its peak.
Mid-2000. Enter "Port Charles Fate." NEVER IN MY LIFE have I seen such a dumb thing. Port Charles has a new format. Every twelve weeks there is a new storyline that involves new characters, while the other characters are left out completely. Can you say "no?" Some of the storylines are like science fiction novels! Will Port Charles ever change back to the decent show it used to be? Time will tell.
Soap opera actors are a breed apart. They are called upon to learn pages of dialogue, just for a single show, CONSTANTLY. The actors here are no different. I can see that if they were given a REAL script to work with they could be extremely dynamic. Unfortunately, the need to work or contractual agreements kept them chained to this rehashed GARBAGE. This re-treaded idea that was sorry when it was "Xena", which was borrowed from the Hercules sagas [The Legendary Journeys] [[garbage], which borrowed from old Sinbad story lines that was campy GARBAGE back in the sixties and seventies. The actors must be positively relieved to not have to be chained to this foolishness any longer.
You see we are in a midst of a full blown ANTI RENAISSANCE of creativity. To actually NOT blatantly "borrow" from someone ELSES ideas that worked in the past is unheard of. This generation believes that since there's about one hundred years of recorded media to "borrow" from that they don't have to "waste time" by thinking up something NEW. Young people don't see the need to ABSORB knowledge when you can look up anything you need to find on the internet. This rubbish hit me in the gut as hard as when I heard the singer Little Romeo, "borrow" from Biz Markie's song "Just a Friend" a few years ago. That "artist" had borrowed from a song barely a decade old. I'd already been forced to live through the seventies AGAIN. How soon will I find myself looking @ kids with tall, box cut haircuts and "Cross Colors" yet again?
I've said it to friends and I'll say it to those who read this: I STILL remain optimistic that ONE DAY I will turn on a radio and NOT here music from MY past rehashed and desecrated by some blithering X or Y generation buffoon. ONE DAY, I'll turn on the television and NOT see herds of people contriving "reality" for some moronic coward living for free in his parent's basement to WATCH because he's too scared to go outside and experience it HIMSELF.
Now.I await rebuttals against what I've written here, no doubt presented in ALL CAPS, run together sentences, ridiculous grammar and lots of sentences using lowercase " i " to refer to themselves with. You'd think a generation raised on computers would know how the spell check function works on their word suites but then again, who do you copy THAT from?
I also like how PC names their storylines. My favorite, was no doubt, Tainted Love, because of Caleb "The Vampire" Morley, of course! He brought so much LIFE to the show. And I'm hoping they bring him back soon. Because, I think the citizens of Port Charles are ready for another round with the fanged menace!
-L. Mathers :) **eminem is hot**
First off, I heard that ABC was actually planning a "spin off" with two other characters from GH, Ned and Lois....a silly but fun couple on GH.
The show was supposed to take place in Brooklyn...
However; that fell through, so GH decided to use its other "silly couple" Kevin and Lucy. One problem....the characters and couple's history was not as developed, which quickly became evident in the first few months of the show! Kevin and Lucy were a comic relief, twice a week attraction during their days on GH. On PC, they got old very rapidly.
The other problem with the show from the inception was the interns. From the get go, all but two of them, (Chris and Eve) were dull and disgustingly sweet! Some, such as Karen, were recasts, with little resemblance to the original Karen on GH, because of this, I didn't buy her as Karen, or care about the character! Its interesting because of all the original interns LEFT on the show, only Chris and Eve are still there after 5 years!
The writers quickly caught onto these first two "inceptional problems" and spent the second two months trying to fix them! They killed off some of the initial interns, (anyone remember Jake?) gave some contrived prior histories (Matt a gangster, and Julie a murder) and recasted the rest, (Joe and Karen) hoping to make them "less sweet." To combat the Lucy/Kevin problem, they decided to BREAK THEM UP. Now I didn't mind them breaking up, but they ended up shoving a new, absolutely INTOLERABLE couple down our throats, the infamous Kevin and Eve. In the process of the infamous "K'eve" they completely destroyed the character of Kevin! They had him doing things like singing Karaoke in bars, and making love in a toystore, things that the Kevin from GH would NEVER be doing!
Eventually the show deteriorated into "psychic espionage" at which point I gave up and never looked back! I'm glad I did too, because later on they imported some teens for a "teen storyline" then "vampires."
You get the best of both the good (angels) and the bad (vampires and dark creatures). All along seeing the internal emotional struggle that each side contends with and the compromises that must take place. I think anyone that has an open mind and takes the time to connect with these characters, gains insight into what drives them and how their emotions help to rule their own lives - for the good and for the bad!
Acting is good and one can fall in love with, be charmed by, be annoyed by, be enraged by, and amused by the characters. But you have to be a free-spirit, adventuresome, creatively minded, and not so serious/dull person. You have to "think outside the box" and let yourself go, to become part of this world.
We are faced with reality and its harshness everyday why not escape to a weird, dark world where ultimately love rules and motivates almost everything! I personally love it and highly recommend!!
Long Live Port Charles!
What a pity that Brian Frons, the new ABC Daytime Executive, saw fit to dump Emmy winning Producer Gary Tomlin at OLTL and Emmy nominated writer Richard Culliton at All My Children but seems to still be clinging to the toothless hacks who write for Port Charles!
What on earth could be going on in this man's mind?
Ooops! I forgot. I'll bet the joke is that NONE of them have minds at all - right?
Sincerely, Celestina Reyes, Cheyenne Wells, Colorado
where are the names of Michael Easton Lynn Herring Kelly Monaco and others like them..
Eddie Matos...has now joined GH...
i mean why aren't any of these people listed thorsten kaye you're doing a great disservice to the cast that was great and shined in it's brief run..