In choosing to renew these contracts, ABC has stated pretty emphatically that they don't want GH to improve or succeed. I'm guessing it also means they haven't come up with their usual dreck that's sufficiently bad to replace it.
Thanks, depboy. My swiss cheese brain remembered Lesley talking to Rick rather than about him, but that's the clip. It's pretty clear she says Carolyn instead of Caroline so that's another piece cleared up.
I've seen a clip where Lesley and Rick had a conversation soon after Jeff left town in which Lesley referred to Jeff's wife as Caroline. That's the clip I mentioned earlier. I've always assumed Lesley and Rick would know the name of Jeff's wife because they both knew her.
I don't know where Andrea Trent came from but it's my understanding that name was only mentioned once in passing and it was during the time Robin Mattson was playing Heather so it was probably another piece of rewritten history. That was after GH's continuity department had been disbanded so no surprise to learn GH doesn't know the history of its characters.
It was either Caroline or Carolyn; I believe it was Caroline. I don't have the link to it now, but there is a clip where Jeff and she were being talked about after they left town. To my knowledge, that was the only mention ever made of her by name.
I apply the sauce for the gander, sauce for the goose rule of thumb to fat-shaming. I always saw Kim Zimmer shamed on soap forums.
Any non-pregnant actress who works for ABC and gains weight is warned. Forcing women to be underweight has been a pattern with ABC for a long time, and it hasn't gotten better. There's a reason most of the women on GH are seriously underweight and it's definitely not accidental. The only woman I have seen whose weight increased on GH in recent years was NLG, who seemed to have gained some (probably) menopausal pounds that are mostly gone now. I would be surprised if she wasn't warned to get her weight down.
With the exception of Sean Kanan who was treated execrably and shamed publicly, men on GH have been allowed to gain weight, apparently without censure. Do we know for a fact that anything has been said to Billy Miller? I seriously doubt it.
I remember all those years Steve Burton was allowed to blow up like the Thanksgiving turkey during football season. At one point he said JFP told him he was to do a shirtless love scene in 7 weeks. The love scene happened, but Burton never took off his spandex wife-beater.
I wonder what he sees when he looks in the mirror. I suspect it's quite different from the goofy-looking fat guy I see on GH, and yet we're supposed to believe he's the ultimate catch. If I caught that, I'd throw it back in the water.
This is so odd, and random. Neither BM nor MB wake up long enough to work most days, so how does Giddens think they could pull this off? The days when Sonny and Jason had any real drama are far in the past.
Herbst's husband Michael Saucedo has been negotiating her contract renewals for years. It might not be in Herbst's nature to grab Frank by the cojones and give them a good hard squeeze, but I doubt Saucedo would have any such reticence, especially when Frank richly deserved it.
Behaving like a jerk is not an especially good negotiating strategy, even though it seems to be Frank's favorite ploy. He probably thinks it makes him seem powerful when in fact it blows the preconception of good faith negotiations right out of the water and shows everyone he's willing to act badly. When negotiators go ugly like that, they give permission to the other parties to behave the same way. He and that weird ABC guy really blew it, probably because they're both stupid.
When they were forced to call Saucedo back, Michael had Frank right where he wanted him, and he and Frank both knew it. Of course Saucedo got what he originally wanted, maybe even more. Saucedo had all the power when they went back to the table. When Frank's strategy failed it left him with nothing; that's why no one with a functioning brain acts that way in negotiations.