January 21, 2018 at 3:51 pm #1202473100
After not watching GH for 11 months, I tuned in again about five weeks ago. I have slogged through 5 weeks of episodes with little joy. The one consolation was that Genie Francis as Laura provided some much needed balance to the show. Although her story was hardly nirvana, it did feature four of my favorite characters: Laura, Kevin, Ned, and Olivia.
This past week, Laura did an about-face, resigning from the hospital board and withdrawing from the race for mayor. I suppose I should have taken this as an ominous sign. Today, I learned that Genie Francis has been let go from GH. Technically, she was dropped from contract to recurring. My impression is that she is not interesting in a recurring role.
Laura is an iconic soap legend. She is also a talented actress and very viable as a lead. She was the only remaining contract player from the 1970s. The character of Laura was the heart and soul of Port Charles. Now the show is soulless.
Although there is no formal public explanation for her departure, one can assume that she was let go for monetary reasons. If that is the case, I can think of a dozen actors that I would have let go before losing her. In fact, I would give up pretty much anyone on the show to keep her. Instead we are left with a show about unjustly exonerated criminals.
If Genie’s departure were the lone problem with the show, perhaps my response would be less definitive. However, this comes at a time when the show has become misstep after misstep, missed opportunity after missed opportunity. The show is dominated by older white men, most of whom are criminals. Women are portrayed as weaklings who cannot resist their destructive behavior. Racial minorities and gay and lesbian characters are sidelined. What a sad state of affairs. It’s 2018. The characterization and tone of the show are a miserable fail.January 22, 2018 at 9:40 am #1202474491
It is a real shame that the show has dropped Genie Francis to recurring and has essentially written Laura out of the stories in which she’s been involved. The disparity between what the show has been able to do for Luke/Anthony Geary and for Laura/Genie Francis since the couple left and returned in the 90s is really quite appalling. I can accept that opinions vary on what should be the tone and focus on the show — I know that while many of us on this board are beyond tired of the heavy focus on and sympathy toward the criminal elements and characters, there are fans out there who feel that this is the show’s identity and they accept it for what it is and enjoy it when they can. But that doesn’t excuse the show’s lack of balance and heart, as you mentioned, robbalto. It bugs me to see the female half of one of the most prominent soap supercouples of all time, the one with a record-breaking wedding episode, get the shaft the way she has. This coming in such close proximity to the news that Anders Hove will be back on as Faison is quite irritating. Why can neither the show nor Obrecht get over the obsession with Faison? With Ryan Paevey on his way out, I really will not have much reason for even the occasional check-in on this show going forward.January 22, 2018 at 4:17 pm #1202474903
Already, there are 475 comments on DC’s article about Genie Francis.
If you do not feel like reading, here is my summary: 99% of the comments are negative responses to Genie’s firing.
Based on the DC website comments, most viewers are unhappy with GH. I can’t imagine that their ratings spike will last much longer. As for Faison returning, GH loves to endlessly recycles their villains — Helena, Jerry, Faison. This is a trend that started under Bob Guza and is misguidedly referred to as a GH “tradition” when it is really just bad/lazy writing. The departure of Ryan Paevey is unfortunate as he works so well with Kirsten Storms. It seems that every time someone leaves the canvas it is one of the nicer/normal characters. The show has become a virtual halfway house for criminals undeserving of the clemency they have received. GH desperately needs a makeover, but even if the writers want to make changes, it appears that TPTB will not let them.January 22, 2018 at 4:35 pm #1202474927
Faison returned on today’s show ):
I have never ever understood their attitude towards Genie Francis and conversely their attitude towards Anthony Geary, which was the exact opposite. This show has for a very long time favored their male stars.
I hardly paid attention at all to today’s episode.
So Ryan Paevey is leaving? I wonder what his exit will be?January 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm #1202476800
DC did a special podcast responding to Genie Francis’s departure from GH. I found it pretty great as well as quite interesting. There are some digressions, but it is compelling nevertheless, especially for longtime followers of GH and of the daytime genre.
From what I understand, Ryan Paevey chose to leave. His exit is rumored to be the character’s death, but I cannot confirm. I could not care less about Faison’s return. It was cool for a brief time a few years ago, but now it’s boring. Just another in the endless cycle of GH cartoon criminal stories.January 23, 2018 at 5:17 pm #1202476802
I assumed Faison’s return would lead to Nathan’s death ):
I tried watching today; the show is just so awful!January 24, 2018 at 9:17 am #1202477297
Yes, it is my understanding that Ryan Paevey chose to leave GH to enter a contract with Hallmark.January 27, 2018 at 6:38 am #1202480203
Thinking about what various performers could submit for their Emmy reels:
Michael Easton. The addiction storyline had many Emmy-worthy scenes.
Billy Miller. Not a fan of his work as Jason a.k.a. Drew. I honestly can’t think of anything I think he should submit. (I simply don’t’ like him in this role).
Nancy Lee Grahn. The Julian trial scenes from the beginning of the year. The scene where her daughters confront her about her addiction to Julian.
Kelly Monaco. The scenes around her throwing Sonny down into the pit and the aftermath of it.
Maura West. One particular scene I particularly loved: when she was dealing with her burns and looking into a mirror talking to herself – it was an amazing electrifying performance. She has many other great scenes pertaining to her burned face. Superb.
Laura Wright. My very favorite scene was when Josslyn was confronting her about her addiction to Sonny. Her reunion scenes with the real Jason were poignant.
Steve Burton. His scenes with Monica were very tender and endearing. Reunion with Carly as well.
Chad Duell. I would contrast his romantic scenes with Nelle from early in the year with his confronting her at the end of the year with all of her lies. Nice contrast to the scenes.
Wally Kurth and Lisa LoCicero. I will do them together. Scenes pertaining to their wedding were nice, but not very substantial. They both are wonderful but not Emmy-worthy for 2017 imo.
Anthony Montgomery. The only scenes he has are his confession of why he got involved in the identity switch. I would not nominate him for this material but I can’t think of anything he else he really could submit.
James Patrick Stuart. The scenes with Spencer and Laura stood out for me. The kidnapping of Spencer storyline.
Garren Stitt. Nothing really stands out so maybe just some nicely played scenes with Josslyn and I think the scene where he wonders about his biological father were from 2017.
Hudson West. The scene where he is about to blow up the Metro Court at the end of the Nurse’s Ball is all I can think of.
Hayley Erin. Her scenes supporting her burned mother Ava, contrasted with a confrontation of Ava scene would work well for her.
Chloe Lanier. The scenes around the reveal that she is Carly’s half-sister and for contrast the romantic scenes with Michael from early in the year.
Eden McCoy. Easy: the scene where she confronts Carly about her addiction to Sonny. Favorite scene on GH all year!January 27, 2018 at 11:42 am #1202480390
NLG has great scenes where an alcoholic Alexis may have blacked out and murdered Tom Baker leading to Alexis going to her 1st AA meeting.
Hudson West has to submit the scene where Drew and Liz tell Jake that Drew’s his uncle, not his father.
Maura has to submit the Sonny/Carly/Ava showdown that ends with Ava getting stuck in the fire.
Billy Miller had some very strong scenes from the two Jason story.January 27, 2018 at 12:53 pm #1202480412
^were the scenes you’ve mentioned about the blackout and Tom Baker from the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017? If the latter, that would be a great submission for Nancy Lee Grahn! (:January 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm #1202481326
It was January 2017.January 31, 2018 at 1:33 pm #1202484496
I was crying buckets during today’s episode – Kirsten Storms was the standout and I have cited her again for her phenomenal performances two days in a row. The actor who plays Peter was great too. Everbody delivered and the writing and direction were extremely strong. The show occasionally delivers and this was a case where they did so.February 5, 2018 at 10:32 am #1202487866
The acting last week was uniformly excellent. Kathleen Gati, Michelle Stafford, Vinessa Antoine, Dominic Zamprogna and Emme Rylan were all fantastic. I love when Finola gets to play Anna Devane unhinged. Hughes was phenomenal all week long with Benard, Easton, Gati and especially Hove. And if Kirsten Storms doesn’t finally get a long overdue supporting Emmy nomination, then the Daytime Emmys will be completely meaningless.
But why did they have to screw it all up with the ridiculous twist that Anna had a baby with Faison, the monster that has terrorized her for decades who she completely despises? This damn show ruins everything!!!February 5, 2018 at 5:46 pm #1202488162
I think it’s to give Anna a son – Peter – that will give her something to do. Older daytime actresses often only interact with their younger children. I remember when they killed off Holly’s son on GL my two reactions were: she killed those scenes, and then: she won’t be on the show for much longer!February 6, 2018 at 8:43 am #1202488534
I think GH won’t rest until all of their strong female characters have children with deplorable men! The wonderful Finola Hughes having more story is a good thing, but there are better ways to get that done.
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