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  • EmmyLoser
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    #428268

    GH has cast the role of the previously-almost-never-mentioned-but-now-oft-mentioned Pat, per SOD: http://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/exclusive-general-hospital-casts-pat

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    MattArmando
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    Great get! Already a front runner for NEXT year’s newly-returned Guest Performer Daytime Emmy!

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    OLTLfan
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    Shoulda been Erika Slezak or Susan Flannery.

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    gdfl
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    This is perfect because I was just thinking about how much I have enjoyed all things Fluke, plus Port Charles could really use some newcomers given that it has the population density of a ghost town.  
     

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    EmmyLoser
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    This is perfect because I was just thinking about how much I have enjoyed all things Fluke, plus Port Charles could really use some newcomers given that it has the population density of a ghost town.  
     

    Hahaha! As I was reading the first part of this, I wondered if maybe I was missing some amazing developments in the last few days when I’ve been taking a break from GH, but the second part cemented that there was no way this was meant to be taken seriously.

    I didn’t really think about the casting of Pat, but it would have been pretty awesome having Victoria Lord, Carly Tenney, Greenlee Smythe and Phyllis Summers all in the same episode, potentially directed by Sami Brady.

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    gdfl
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    ^^
    Haha!  As I was writing it I wasn’t sure if the sarcasm would come across, so I’m glad you got the gdfl-humor.

    EmmyLoser I think your point about herding big names/characters into the same episode is, at least in part, directly inspiring to the Cartini team as well.  The ironic part is that in your list, and I imagine this is the case with Cartini’s as well, is that there are no GH characters.  The fundamental problem with Cartini’s GH is that it’s trying to be everything other than classic GH.   
     

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I have mixed feelings – Dee Wallace is a fine actress – but there are so many unemployed great soap divas who could have played this role – age appropriate actresses such as Robin Strasser, Erika Slezak, Kim Zimmer, Colleen Zenk, Kathryn Hays…. (I think Anthony Geary is in his seventies? He’s been around since 1969, which was 46 years ago, I think on Bright Promise, then the gay episode of All In The Family, then Y&R, then GH….) Is Patricia Luke’s older sister or younger sister?

    But yes, the Fluke storyline is a bust and there are plenty of actresses on the show who need storylines. I would rather they bring back Laura and do an exit storyline for Luke & Laura….

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    EmmyLoser
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    So right, gdfl.  I thought about a GH character that could be on the list, but it seems like less of a priority to have Cartini and co.  They did have a good amount of returns earlier in their run, but now they seem more interested in actresses famous for roles on other shows, and those are sticking around longer. 

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    This is perfect because I was just thinking about how much I have enjoyed all things Fluke, plus Port Charles could really use some newcomers given that it has the population density of a ghost town.  
     

    This really made me laugh, gdfl! Thank you! And you know I feel the same exact way!

    Perhaps surprisingly, I think the introduction of this particular character is needed to move this storyline forward. So even though the show in general does not need new characters, I can understand bringing on this one on a short-term basis to resolve or at least forward this storyline.

    In terms of striving for classic GH, that is, unfortunately, largely open to interpretation. I think GH producers and writers would argue that they have paid homage to many past storylines and characters. And one could hardly argue with that point. The problem for me is that they have largely focused upon the weaker and more cartoonish GH eras, and that they have, in some cases, compromised the integrity of character in favor of plot. I would be thrilled if they were to pay homage to the Douglas Marland era of GH storytelling (1978 -79) or the Claire Labine era (1993 – 1996) by imitating both the style of storytelling  and the subtlety and complexity of the characters.

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    I have mixed feelings – Dee Wallace is a fine actress – but … (I think Anthony Geary is in his seventies? …

    Anthony Geary was born in 1947.

    Dee Wallace was born in 1949.

    Jacklyn Zeman was born in 1953.

    According to the calendar: Zeman turned 62 last Friday [March 6]. Geary turns 68 come May 29. Wallace turns 66 on December 14.

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    [quote=”gdfl”]This is perfect because I was just thinking about how much I have enjoyed all things Fluke, plus Port Charles could really use some newcomers given that it has the population density of a ghost town.  
     

    This really made me laugh, gdfl! Thank you! And you know I feel the same exact way!

    Perhaps surprisingly, I think the introduction of this particular character is needed to move this storyline forward. So even though the show in general does not need new characters, I can understand bringing on this one on a short-term basis to resolve or at least forward this storyline.

    In terms of striving for classic GH, that is, unfortunately, largely open to interpretation. I think GH producers and writers would argue that they have paid homage to many past storylines and characters. And one could hardly argue with that point. The problem for me is that they have largely focused upon the weaker and more cartoonish GH eras, and that they have, in some cases, compromised the integrity of character in favor of plot. I would be thrilled if they were to pay homage to the Douglas Marland era of GH storytelling (1978 -79) or the Claire Labine era (1993 – 1996) by imitating both the style of storytelling  and the subtlety and complexity of the characters.[/quote]
    Thanks robbalto!  And you make an excellent point about what exactly the problem with GH is right now: emulating the cartoonish eras + favoring plot over character.   
    I’m wondering again if it’s really worth debating all of this anymore though.  The four Daytime soaps seem to appeal to different groups for different reasons, and I think those differences will be magnified as Pratt settles in at Y&R.   My guess is that, going forward, a given person will only be regularly watching (and/or enjoying) one of the four.  
     

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Thanks DS0816 for the information! (:

    I’m somewhat enjoying 3 of the 4 shows; B&B irritates me, but I enjoy the sets and a few of the characters/actors (Wyatt, Quinn and Steffy). Loving Days right now the most!

    This is an aside, but I’ve been watching the 1968 episodes of The Doctors (starring the legendary Elizabeth Hubbard as Dr. Althea Hamilton Davis (soon to be Bellini on the episodes I am watching now). What strikes me is the MATURITY of the writing, the characters, the storylines – it’s a show for adults. I’ve never heard of the writers, Rita Lakin and Rick Edelstein, but their writing is superb. The show is just wonderful! (: Interesting that NBC did not wipe these episodes, the way CBS and ABC wiped most of their early soap episodes. I wish there were more old soaps like this to watch (would love to see Another World episodes from the 1960’s and 1970’s! Since The Doctors epis weren’t wiped, perhaps the same is true of AW?) (btw, GH and The Doctors started on the same day (April 1. 1963), albeit The Doctors was originally an anthology series, and didn’t become a serial until the following year (March 2, 1964)

    Anyway… I guess I’m really hoping Tony Geary retires. I’ve enjoyed Luke over the years, but it feels like there is a need for new energy and a new direction of GH. (of course, I would prefer the death of Sonny!)

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