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  1. So another GH regime disrespects Genie Francis...disgusting. Sadly, I'm no longer shocked by it. Execs and writers have a long history of showing contempt for Genie as well as for so many other actors who helped make this show must-see at one time. While I'm sure Frank is concerned about his budget (not so much that he wasn't willing to do anything he could to get Steve Burton back last year), I also believe if Benard or Howarth started hinting that they were ready to leave, Frank would suddenly find the keys to Scrooge McDuck's money vault and offer them the moon. There are dozens of characters on this bloated canvas that can be dropped immediately and they'd be forgotten within days, if not minutes. Stop messing with the legends. I don't do twitter, but for once I almost wish I did so that I could join in the public trashing that Frank's probably receiving on his account. Not that it would accomplish anything, but it would be a moment of fun in response to this latest act of stupidity.
  2. The great Rita Lakin discusses taking the job as TD's writer:
  3. Apologies if this has been posted in the past week. (I searched but didn't see anything.) I just saw this TV Guide article from last Wednesday with the exciting news that at long last Genie Francis is returning to GH for the 1st time since 2013. The author of this amazing bit of reporting bases it on a Valentini tweet, which is included in the article. Besides not fact checking her piece, the author apparently didn't bother to notice that the tweet is dated "Apr 29, 2015". http://www.tvguide.com/news/genie-francis-returning-to-general-hospital/ I miss the days when TV Guide wasn't a joke. That was a long, long time ago. Still, this made me laugh as I sit here in Houston trying to avoid all the current flooding, so it served a useful purpose.
  4. I hadn't considered that option, but now that you mention it, it wouldn't shock me. That would definitely be worse. I'd settle for a massively edited show over it being skipped.
  5. I'm curious to see how Retro will deal with the 90-minute episode from 1976 that brought Gerald Gordon back to the show for awhile. Would they break it up into 3 half-hour segments or actually air the whole thing in a departure from their usual schedule? I remember when Soapnet was airing reruns of Dallas and got to the 90-minute season ending episode where Bobby "died". They ran an extremely edited version in the usual one-hour slot. If you had never seen the full episode before, you would have been very confused by the choppiness and all the missing scenes. I'd hate for something similar to be done with this special TD episode.
  6. Good for Jane getting to leave when she's ready and not getting forced out, but I will really miss her. Even as the nicer, more mellow Tracy of the last year or so, Jane's presence was always welcome. You knew that she could make even a poorly written scene worth watching. Fingers crossed that Tracy's exit doesn't involve plans to chase after Luke. If his health is good enough, I'd love a Stuart Damon guest appearance before Jane leaves, where Tracy has one final scene with Ghost Alan. Those 2 actors always worked so well together.
  7. Don't know if this 1992 behind the scenes clip has been posted here before, but I came across it today for the first time. I'd forgotten that ET used to do segments that lasted longer than a minute.
  8. I checked my downloads and VV's first appearance was Monday, October 20, 1969. That's assuming the accuracy of the dates that the person uploading Retro-aired episodes in 2015 used for labeling purposes. If it's not exact, it's probably close. Note: There was no gap between EH's last episode and VV's 1st, as EH had appeared in the Friday 10/17 show. VV's 1st episode includes the voiceover announcing her in the role of Althea.
  9. Forget the final episode; they wouldn't even let Michael Storm attend the show's wrap party. Per Storm in the "Llanview in the Afternoon" book: I was in Italy, on vacation with my wife, and David Coleman -- who did security for the show for many years and knew everything that was going on -- wrote me an email saying that he was sure I already knew, but there was a wrap party coming up for One Life, and gave me the number of the person to call. I didn’t call because I was out of the country, but I sent that person an email letting them know I’d be available to attend, and asked for details. Three or four days later, I received a response starting with “Unfortunately...” ABC had put a limit on the number of people at the party, and they couldn’t include me. So I wrote back to David and let him know what happened, and asked him to tell Erika I wouldn’t be able to be there. Erika and I were buddies from way back to her first day on the show. So then Erika writes back to let me know how shocked she is that I wasn’t invited to the wrap party, and to tell me that she spoke with Frank Valentini, but that because they had already exceeded the number of invitations, there was no room for me. I mean, of all the shitty things. In a way, that was the final rock off my chest. I finally lost my tie. That was a sort of closure for me. Not the one I wanted, but the one I got. You know, none of this is new. There’s no sensitivity in this game. You’re used, and in return you receive adulation. You’re inflated, and then it goes -- and it can go in the most unpredictable way. C’est la vie. It’s not the way I’d run the world, but it’s the way television works. Sounds like just another in a long line of horribly mishandled situations that shouldn't have happened the way they did.
  10. I'm only now seeing this thread and reading the news. 2016 has been a rough year, with so many actors and behind-the-scenes creative people whose work I've enjoyed dying. RH was, and still is, one of the best shows ever in daytime. Particularly those 1st 5+ years when Claire & co-creator Paul Avila Mayer were producing and writing it (with the late Lela Swift directing most of the episodes), before ABC decided to fire the pair, bring them back, fire them, bring them back, etc. I'm glad she was able to go back one more time and help write the final years and especially the final episode. It would have been unfortunate to conclude it with an episode written by anyone else. While not every story or character was a winner, she was one of the best at writing moments. Moments where the conversational dialogue seemed so natural and true to life that you'd think you were eavesdropping on real people having a real conversation. At the same time, she could surprise with some insane, outrageous tales, such as that of a man sending his wife over a waterfall at the behest of a ghostly image, or an homage to King Kong. Nutty stuff thrown in amidst the realism, and it all seemed to work. I wish I could see more of the 1983 episodes which Soapnet never aired, as well as her final return. What little I've seen, I've liked. At least I still have my recordings of all the episodes that Soapnet did air (which covered 1975 thru 1981). It's been awhile, but maybe now is a good time to rewatch some of it.
  11. I guess Cher will spend the day pricing rocket ships.

    http://people.com/politics/cher-will-leave-planet-donald-trump-win

     

     

  12. Thanks for posting this. I'm a fan of the British comedy and had heard of this unsold pilot but had never seen it. (There's also an Australian adaptation, which even starred John Inman. I've seen an episode of that and, besides the novelty of Inman singing the theme song, it was awful.)
  13. I liked that clip above from October 9, 1990, but the thing that interested me most was watching the end credits and seeing Sam Hall listed among the writers. I haven't seen a lot of episodes from that period and didn't know that the Dark Shadows and OLTL writer spent time at GH.
  14. He'll probably land at the Hallmark Channel. They're always looking for more people to work on their 500 Christmas movies each year, and lack of any discernible acting talent isn't a dealbreaker. While I certainly won't miss BC on GH, it's difficult to fully celebrate the loss because, with the way GH casts, I expect they'll somehow manage to find a replacement to play Morgan who proves to be even worse.
  15. Actor Fyvush Finkel, who I know best from his work on Picket Fences and Boston Public, died over the weekend at age 93. An obit I read listed OLTL among his credits. His IMDB page doesn't list this, so it may have been a brief bit part long ago. Does anyone have any knowledge or memory of him from the show?
  16. Potentially bad news... Today on Retro TV's Facebook page, there's a new poll, with this description: "In September, we'll be returning THE DOCTORS to its daytime airings, and we want your input! Would you like to see THE DOCTORS aired in the mornings or early afternoons, and do you want it to continue from its current part, or have you missed many episodes and want to see us "rewind" back to when it changed time slots?" Once you click on the poll, you get these options: Early afternoon and "rewind" back to the point it was moved, Mornings and "rewind" back to the point it was moved, Early afternoon and continue from where it is, or Mornings and continue from its current point" While it's apparently not a complete rewind back to December 1967 episodes, the thought that they're even considering going backwards at all is not very reassuring. I'd hate to see a situation like Ryan's Hope on Soapnet.
  17. Great pictures. Cool that they worked near the Barney Miller set. (I've always liked that show.) Thanks for sharing!
  18. R.I.P., Alan Young. He was best known for starring in Mister Ed, but he also played a villain on GH in the mid-80s. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/alan-young-dead-mister-ed-816846 Young discussed his GH experience in this clip beginning at 25:10:
  19. Just watching that clip, I can see why Michael got the promotion/raise. He comes off as relaxed, relatable, humorous and attempting to connect with his audience. She comes off as petty, interrupting, unfunny, head buried in papers with no connection to her audience or co-host. Don't know if she was like that before the recent situation - my viewing of this show was based solely on clips occasionally showing up on the much-missed The Soup - but I couldn't imagine watching an hour of that woman everyday.
  20. Dave_01

    Unsung

    Last night, I finally got to see the Unsung Hollywood episode for New York Undercover. Great to see all of the core actors interviewed. Of course there was discussion about the downfall of the show - killing off Michael DeLorenzo's character and adding several new characters in a network-dictated attempt to appeal to more white viewers. Well, speaking as a white viewer, that decision backfired with me because I stopped watching the show early in that 4th (and ultimately final) season, as I didn't like the change in characters and new direction. I don't know why the network execs think I would need to see more white characters to keep me watching. When the series has aired in reruns on cable, I've managed to watch a few more off those Season 4 episodes, but I still haven't seen all of them yet. But I've always enjoyed revisiting those first 3 seasons. I wish NYU would get a DVD release, but with all of the music involved I'm sure it would be nightmarish to work out all the rights issues/approvals.
  21. Must be nice to have enough money in the bank so that if someone disappoints you at work that you can just decide to take the rest of the week off. Even though ABC mishandled this (what a shock), I guess being a professional is too much for the spoiled princess. Do the show as scheduled, then stay and fight afterwards. ABC should tell her not to bother coming back. Maybe they could ask the GH prop department if they still have that wig on a stick they used to represent Laura for years after firing Genie Francis, and they could set it up next to Strahan for the next few months.
  22. The cable channel FamilyNet started airing Benson reruns a few months ago. It's the first time I've gotten to see the show in years. James and Robert Guillaume worked so well together, and the show is still fun to watch. I liked getting to see James as Dr. Winters in those 1st few weeks of Retro's TD reruns. Those lengthy dialogues between Winters and Althea were great. RIP, James.
  23. I see that Retro has just started airing 1971 episodes. I'm not there yet in my personal viewing, but I'm glad that so far there still seems to be no end in sight.
  24. According to the old article at the link below, Hawkins had trouble learning his lines. (They'd started giving him more to do once it was decided that Frank would live.) He was fired, but then the show couldn't find a replacement. So he ended up staying, working without a contract. Eventually, they found Andrew Robinson, so Hawkins was out. Replacement Actors Find It Difficult To Fill Popular Roles Of Soap Stars
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