Will the mob ever drive storylines again on General Hospital? Under head writer Ron Carlivati, fans have noticed a huge, storytelling shift away from hitmen and dons. This is something GH lovers claimed they wanted on message boards and in blog comments for years, but what does Maurice Benard (Sonny) make of the changes?
The Marin Independent Journal spoke with Benard to find out if the dimpled, dapper don will reign supreme once again in Port Charles.
Q Under the new regime, the mob stories have been de-emphasized. Are you a fan of that move?
A At this point, I think we need to get back to it a little bit more. On the other hand, I think it's great that we've been able to bring a little more balance to the character (of Sonny) and to put him in the position of having to fight for the woman he loves. I do think we can be doing some more with the mob, but they (the producers and writers) know what they're doing.
Set your DVR reminders for Saturday, April 6, General Hospital fans. That evening at 9 pm EST, Katie Couric will be hosting a special edition of newsmagazine 20/20 entitled: General Hospital – The Real Soap Dish.
From the press release:
"To celebrate the pop icon’s Golden Anniversary, Katie Couric and “20/20” travel to the fictional town of Port Charles to experience first-hand the passion, intrigue and adventure that has made the daytime soap the longest running scripted drama currently on television. The hour-long special will feature interviews with fan favorites including Tony Geary, Genie Francis, Maurice Benard, Jack Wagner, Rick Springfield and numerous other cast members, as well as Executive Producer Frank Valentini. “20/20” goes behind the scenes and to offer a visitor’s guide to Port Charles and its residents, and to show how love in the afternoon has changed dramatically." READ MORE
Slip into a pair of satin pajamas and start giggling, General Hospital fans. My girl, Vanessa Marcil (Brenda) is BACK! Oh and she's bringing Jasper "Jax" Jacks (Ingo Rademacher) with her. READ MORE
Sweet Baby Soap Jesus, please let this be a case of wishful thinking on the actor's part! In the March 4-18 issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, Kelly Sullivan theorizes that Connie and Kate might not be the only personalities living inside Sonny's (Maurice Benard) Bensonhurst girlfriend!
"She's been living as Kate for so long that something snapped and she reverted back to this sort of menancing, crazy, over-the-top, tortured soul...that could very well be another alter."
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a soap featured on the cover of a major publication, but in celebration of General Hospital’s upcoming 50th Anniversary People Magazine has released a Collector’s Issue. The cover features Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Brenda (Vanessa Marcil), Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Anna (Finola Hughes) and Jagger (Antonio Sabato Jr.).
No. 10: Neil and Harmony, The Young and the Restless
We're sure the brass at The Young and the Restless hoped pairing uptight, buppie Neil Winters (Kristoff St. John) with another sassy, sistah from the streets would generate the same kind of heat Neil's relationship with street urchin-turned-fashionista Drucilla Barber (Victoria Rowell) accomplished in the 90's. It didn't.
Man, was it painful to watch two popular, talented soap stars like St. John as Debbi Morgan—as promiscuous, recovering crackhead Harmony— attempt to manufacture chemistry where there obviously wasn't any to be found.