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  1. Yes, JFP was looking for a splash to counter L&L's return. A Martinez has said she approached him around this time to join GL, but he had a new baby and didn't want to leave LA. I suspect (bot no proof) that JFP had him in mind to play Detective Cutter, who debuted in October 1993. Cutter was a creation of the writers' to replace permanently-honeymooning cops Harley & Mallet and went forward with Scott Hoxby in the role. But still wanting her big splash, JFP moved down the list and asked Marcy Walker to join GL with no character or story in place. In interviews from around that time, e
  2. Thanks for the link. Yes, the interviewer is not very skilled, but Derwin is great and very generous with his time. Lots of great GL and OLTL stories. I didn't know he dated Gina Tognoni!
  3. Patrick Mulcahey once explained that he and Jerry Dobson and Chuck Pratt would gather at the Dobsons' house every few weeks to plot story, and that was the genesis of some of SB's best storylines. I believe that's why the Dobsons' second stint didn't work. As talented as they are and as much as they deserve credit for the concept and launch of SB, they had a lot of help from some very talented people. For my money, SB was at its best circa 1987 when the Dobsons were exec-producing, Chuck Pratt was co-head writer, Patrick Mulcahey and Courtney Simon (and others) were writing scripts, and Jill
  4. Interesting set of interviews of several SB actors in the wake of its cancellation. Lots of love for JFP . . Various SB stars share their thoughts and memories of the cancellation Courtesy of Soap Opera Weekly - January 5, 12 & 19, 1993 Gordon Thomson (Mason Capwell, 1990-1993 "In a lot of ways, working on SB has been one of the most wonderful experiences in my life as an actor. I have done some of my most satisfying work
  5. In all that I have ever read about GL, then and now, I have never heard of anything but respect and affection between JFP and Mark Derwin. If the alleged trouble between them was "heavily reported," you'd think there would a mention of it elsewhere on the Internet.
  6. Agreed. The fall of '93 through January '94 was outstanding on GL. In February it came unraveled--quickly--and by summer it was pretty bad, though not without its moments. Never have I seen a soap fall so far so fast. SMH.
  7. Nadine's exit actually bothered me more than Maureen's. At least Mo was given a big, very dramatic, exquisitely written, beautifully produced send-off. Nadine's was quick and cheesy and ultimately macabre (didn't they find her decomposed body on Christmas Eve or something like that?). But the fans did not cry out, as I recall, even though it was a loss of a considerable talent. Jenna's death was at least more heart-wrenching but, yes, also needless and ill-advised.
  8. I've been watching, too, and while I am enjoying 1993 more than you are, I agree that the show lost something between 1992 and '93. Everyone likes to point the finger at JFP and her decision to kill Maureen in January '93. But I will argue that it had more to do with the loss of James E. Reilly as co-head writer (to DAYS) in December 1992. When he was with the show, all of the plots interlocked like gears in a clock, and the stories twisted and turned in all sorts of surprising ways. After his departure, the show was plenty smart (thank you, Patrick Mulcahey and Courtney Simon) and warm and qu
  9. Actually Cassie outlasted Stephen by a full year. He figured out her role in various mysterious incidents, threatened to expose her, agreed to meet her for breakfast to hear her side of things, and was never seen again. Then we heard Cassie on the phone asking someone, "So you're sure they'll never find him?" Cassie moved on a near-romance with Mason under the Dobsons, then got involved with Jack Wagner's Warren, then went full psycho when Pam Long took over and wrote her out in 1992. Roscoe Born left SB in May 1991. Conboy left in June and was replaced by Rauch.
  10. Of course, it was Paul Rauch who moved the exec producer credit to the top. Before him, the GL EP was listed after the writers and directors, then came the EP, then other producers. When Rauch arrived, he moved his name up to the top of the credits, followed by the writers, then director, then other producers. Because he was just that important, you know.
  11. Return To Health Since Head Writer Bob Guza’s Return, ‘General Hospital’ Once Again Is In The Pink Wed., April 1, 1998 By Carol Bidwell Los Angeles Daily News Never before has a soap opera turned on a dime so publicly. “From now on, every damn thing around here is gonna be different!” proclaimed Luke Spencer as the Dec. 8 episode of “General Hospital” opened with a raucous party at his nightclub. Before the smoke from Luke’s cigar had wafted into the rafters, viewers saw a wild boogie contest, a drive-by shooting, a mobster’s attempted murder, a supermo
  12. An interview with A Martinez from 1994 . . . https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1994-11-24-9411240059-story.html A MARTINEZ NOT BURNING ANY DAYTIME BRIDGES By Marla Hart. Special to the Tribune CHICAGO TRIBUNE November 24, 1994 In the Anglo world of daytime drama, A Martinez as Cruz Castillo, tender-hearted hunky cop on "Santa Barbara," broke the mold. Gone was the exotic Latin pistolero stereotype from Hollywood backlots. Martinez created soap's first Latino hero who, although bare-chested during sweeps, was brimming with intuit
  13. The previous regime (Sam Ratcliffe/Maralyn Thoma and John Conboy) started teasing that Eden had a split personality in early 1991. The Dobsons' work began airing in February so, yes, they inherited this story. But it was the Dobsons who tied Eden's mental troubles to her crazy family history. Eden had spied Sophia and Lionel together on the Capwell yacht, then saw Sophia "die" going overboard or something like that. Out of that trauma, Eden's alter ego, Lisa, emerged to help Eden deal, and apparently Lisa was also a jewel thief at one time. Then another alter ego emerged, Suzanne Collier, and
  14. Bridget Dobson said in an interview shortly after being booted from the show that head writers Chuck Pratt and Anne Howard Bailey lobbied hard for Shirley Anne Field as Pamela while Bridget, at this point the sole (non-writing) executive producer, wanted Marj Dusay, who was fresh off of "Capitol." From a 1988 interview with Bridget: "Jerry and I had conceived Pamela many years ago but NBC did not want us to bring on another forty-ish character. But we kept pushing because we know it could be hot stuff." Once the powers gave in, movie queen Samantha Eggar was signed, b
  15. "Guiding Light" should have won Best Show. I believe they submitted two episodes from the blackout in July of '92. No other show even came close to GL's consistent excellence that year.
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