It's horrible. I can't even watch the show anymore. Yesterday was such a schizo episode. In one half you see this interesting drama starring two real GH actresses and characters in Liz and Laura, and then in the other half there is this nonsense story starring Roger Howarth, Michelle Stafford, Maura West, Michael Easton, Donna Mills, Ric Hearst, that person that plays Kiki and Bryan Craig. Somehow Genie Francis says "GH" more than all the rest of them combined. And now here come Budig--the worst yet. I FF all of them. I think I am being forced out of watching and these conventional writers coming will just serve up more of the same.
Unless they made her the true person out to take over ELQ and she could spar with Tracy, there is literally no one on the show she would be entertaining with. The Maxie fight was fun but she can't do that every day. I truly cannot think of a single actor on the show I would call good who she should be working with. Jane Elliott is it.
Pretty dismal final episode for Luke. The entire episode should have been a clipfest with none of these other stories. Morgan and Dillon would be hot. I loved Maxie and Madeline and the back and forth about Madeline's vintage outfit.
I respect that he wrote what he wanted to write, not what some network hack armed with a focus group told him to write. To date, in the entire history of TV there has yet to be a well written TV show driven by focus groups and there never will be. If the focus groups demand A, the writer should write B. All the writer can do is write what he thinks is good and hope the audience does too, not decline to write and instead take focus group bullshit and package it up with fanwanking dialogue sprinkled with network mandated blandness. .
Theere are only two vets on contract: Jane Elliot and Finola Hughes. I hope they write not only for them but for Genie Francis, Kin Shriner and Jackie Zeman. Something tells me these two will be mobular and fawn all over Sonny, Carly and Jason.
I would have offered the job to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who has interesting credits as a playwright, writing for Glee, Big Love and the movie remake of Carrie, and somehow is currently in charge of Archie Comics. That's an interesting and varied resume, and I would have been curious to see what someone comfortable with Carrie and Jughead both could do with a soap.
I would like to think it was Geary. These writers come and go but he has put in almost 40 years as the face of GH and has invested a lot into it. It's comforting to think that he had the ability to help the show and did. The kid playing Morgan, Roger Howarth...probably only Geary or Benard had any sway backstage.
I can see why though. The network VP in charge of this wants their own life to be easy and by virtue of having the job many times before, this tired writer is assured of at least knowing how to do a job. It's like when you see Eddie Cibrian get acting jobs despite never having any successful roles or shows. It is a given JP knows what the job entails and can at least physically do it. (well is another story).
All My Children
Head Writer: January 2001 - August 2001
Co-Head Writer: July 1999 - January 2001
Co-Head Writer: July 1998 - June 25, 1999
The Last AW Writing Team
Leah Laiman (Head Writer), Jean Passanante (Co-Head Writer), Stephen Demorest, Melissa Salmons, Laura Maria Censabella, Judy Tate, Tom Wiggin, Tom King, Maura Penders, Richard Culliton, Shelly Altman, Carolyn Culliton, Richard J. Allen, Sofia Landon Geier, Lynn Martin, Gillian Spencer, Mary Sue Price, Edwin Klein, Gordon Rayfield, Courtney Simon, Eleanor Labine
As the World Turns
Head Writer: May 25, 2005 - January 24, 2008, April 18, 2008 - October 5, 2009 with Leah Laiman, October 6, 2009 to June 4, 2010 with David Kreizman, June 7, 2010 - September 17, 2010 with Lloyd Gold
Co-Head Writer: September 2001 - May 24, 2005
Associate Head Writer: May 3, 2012 - November 25, 2013,
One Life to Live
Associate Head Writer: 1993 - 1996, 1997 - 1998, September 10, 2010 - January 13, 2012
Co-Head Writer: 1996 - 1997 with Leah Laiman and Peggy Sloane
The Young and the Restless
Co-Head Writer: December 23, 2013 – March 18, 2015
Breakdown Writer: March 23, 2015 – June 18, 2015
Were any of these runs any decent? It strikes me this writer's biography should be titled "Have Hack, Will Travel"
Doesn't this woman just travel from soap to soap reigning over their cancellations? Weren't they both just fired recently from another soap? I don't see how this can be good news. She is like the kiss of death it seems.
I really liked his writing at times and other times I just could not watch. I think he lost his way last year after Robin left and then he flailed around looking for dull stories starring characters and actors who aren't really a part of GH. I did like the Fluke story and loved the episode where Luke met Fluke. Once TG left for six months the show had no other story to rely on and dramatically fell apart. The reliance on the cast of Y&R didn't help, and the show struck out big time with Ava. When the show had a bunch of villains on providing story I found it entertaining. When RC adopted the Guza style of just having people show up on screen to discuss the state of their relationships it was dull. Bringing back Jason was a fatal mistake I think as the show is obligated to devote so much time to that character even if he has no story.
RC does have a tendency to want to write silly attempts at comedy, but his comedy writing isn't really funny and that's a deal breaker. Making Franco serially obnoxious is not funny. RC clearly felt Franco was a riot.
They never modernize or change. I forget who said it, maybe Tristan Rogers, that all the soaps today are still following Monty's formula. She changed soaps but none of them ever changed them again. To put it another way in 1978 when Monty arrived at GH the state of the art drama series at night were things like Lou Grant, Quincy and The Rockford Files. Today prime time has amazing advances in technology and the material covered, and soaps are still telling stories about babies with two people trading dialogue in a poorly lit room and maybe a plant.