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  • EmmyLoser
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    People have probably seen this already, but since it doesn’t have a thread here, I’ll post it: Tony Geary’s exit interview with Michael Logan.  Bad news, FreemanGriffith, looks like he is planning on submitting for the Emmys again next year.  I wonder if this interview is part of what sank Carlivati?

    http://www.tvinsider.com/article/28817/exclusive-exit-interview-anthony-geary-leaves-general-hospital-with-all-guns-blazing/
     

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    eastwest
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    Antoinette went in!

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    robbalto
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    The interview was interesting, to say the least. But I do not think it was really a factor in replacing Carlivati. He was let go because of the ratings. I don’t think it matters much what fans or actors say. Ratings are the bottom line. But of course, I’m sure Geary’s comments did not help, particularly if there was any hesitation or uncertainty regarding the decision.

    Honestly, I do not think Geary is at all in touch with what soap viewers want to see. He seems much more interested in his own best interests as an actor rather than the best interests of the viewers or the show in general. I think Geary’s vision for his character and the dark stories that resulted were part of the reason that I stopped watching for so long.

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    EmmyLoser
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    Yes, it definitely seems like Geary is out of touch with what viewers want, and even more so that he really doesn’t care.  

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    Tony Ruiz
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    Why shouldn’t Geary be more interested in his interests as an actor??? Actors are not owned by the audience.  Now granted, the Fluke storyline went on WAY too long, but the payoff resulted in Geary’s finest work. And frankly, he has nothing but praise for Frank Valentini, but his critique of the writing is spot on.  No actor likes to be told when to breathe, gesture, or emote. 

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    EmmyLoser
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    I agree with some of the things Geary said in the interview.  It does seem ridiculous for the actors to be told when to cry or get upset, but maybe a lot of the actors do need some sort of direction on how the scene is meant to flow and what their character is intended to be feeling.  I wouldn’t say Geary is beholden to the audience in terms of trying to come up with storyline ideas that they like rather than idea that serve him, but this is just part of the reason why actors shouldn’t be dictating story.  I think pretty much all actors are invested in what is good for them as actors (though Geary seems much less balanced than most when it comes to what he wants to play versus what an audience might actually want to see), and they have a right to express those interests to the writers.  But when you negotiate for yourself the power to drive story direction and change your own dialogue, when the audience has come to love you as a character and an actor because of stories that were written by the people who were actually hired to do that, I would say that yes, the does come with some responsibility to consider what the audience would enjoy as well as what would be good for the show.

    I also feel like some of the things he said were just unnecessary crap flung at the show and an industry that has not only employed him but really accomodated him for decades now.  There’s a line between being candid and being a jerk.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I would like to hear Genie Francis’ side of things about their ups & downs.

    If he wins yet another Emmy I will throw up! ):

    I do wish they would put Jane Elliot’s Tracy in a central pivotal role on the show.

    How great that Jonathan Jackson cared that much to make his scenes even better when he was just doing a short few days stint?!?!!!!

    I thought it was beyond stupid that his last scenes were with Sonny – talk about going out with a whimper! ):

    I would have much preferred Laura to be on the show all these years instead of Luke – Genie has always been given the short end of the stick on soap after soap. Who knows what the behind-the-scenes reasons are, but she brightened many shows beyond GH but never got to stick around long enough to make a lasting impression.

    I do agree with TG on the crazy rewrites of history with his last stories on the show, esp. Jake’s return… yikes!

    A very interesting interview – thanks for sharing, Emmyloser! (:

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    gdfl
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    I too am curious about Genie Francis’ perspective, but I would hardly call her a victim. On GH she was always good, but IMO not great, on Y&R she was painfully bad, her GH returns didn’t bring ratings like those of Vanessa Marcil or Eileen Davidson (on Days) even though she is generally held in the same regard as a fan favourite, and she is in possession of Lesli Kay’s second Emmy. I actually even wonder if she preferred coming and going rather than a long term stay, because I imagine she would have spent a lot of time back-burned (like the Qs) anyway in favour of the mob.

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    I think there was a time during Jill Farren Phelp’s tenure that Genie would have considered herself a victim of GH, because of how she was treated, but my gut is that over the last few years she’s begun enjoying the idea of coming back for short stints here and there.  I just wish they would give her a real story that isn’t tied to Luke and that has Laura with her own motivation, own motives and own goals.   One of my favorite storylines ever for Laura is when Laura was running Deception cosmetics with Carly and they pitted Elizabeth vs. Gia against each other.      I like Laura when she is on her own.

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    robbalto
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    #429599

    Have you all listened to the Daytime Confidential podcast this week? The GH portion is very interesting!

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    EmmyLoser
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    I don’t generally listen to the DC podcasts (or any podcasts).  Can I ask what made the GH portion particularly interesting?

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    robbalto
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    There was a very long discussion about GH, Cartini, and Anthony Geary. It’s difficult to summarize, but it’s worth a listen if you can find some time this weekend.

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    EmmyLoser
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    I’m about a half hour into the podcast now, and whew!  Definitely worth the listen!

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    Daytimeemmyfan
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    I think there was a time during Jill Farren Phelp’s tenure that Genie would have considered herself a victim of GH, because of how she was treated, but my gut is that over the last few years she’s begun enjoying the idea of coming back for short stints here and there.  I just wish they would give her a real story that isn’t tied to Luke and that has Laura with her own motivation, own motives and own goals.   One of my favorite storylines ever for Laura is when Laura was running Deception cosmetics with Carly and they pitted Elizabeth vs. Gia against each other.      I like Laura when she is on her own.

    Oh yes that was good. That story though was formed by Guza and ended by McTravis(or shall I say her nickname?).

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    The interview was interesting, to say the least. But I do not think it was really a factor in replacing Carlivati.

     

    The ratings on all four network soaps—The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS), Days of Our Lives (NBC), General Hospital (ABC), and The Young and the Restless (CBS)—suck.

    Ron Carlivati being gone is not because of GH‘s ratings. It’s because a decision was made to go with a different head writer. And Carlivati’s replacement reminds one of the usual industry-type approach that had many complaining a good ten or so years ago.

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