General Hospital has released the extended "Brenda is Back" promo, featuring Jax, "the fiancé that broke her heart" (Ingo Rademacher), Jason, "the husband she never loved" (Steve Burton), and Sonny "the man she could never resist" (Maurice Benard). But what's her secret? Either way, I'm pretty sure that Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovanazzo) is going to burn all of our television screens up. Watch after the jump. READ MORE
TV Guide Magazine: Tell us about Suzanne. What brings her and Brenda Barrett to Port Charles?
Barbeau: She's a journalist who has seen so much tragedy in the world where children are concerned and she establishes an organization, the Alliance to Save Exploited Children, that concentrates on the victims of sex trafficking. Brenda becomes the spokesperson who's out there bringing attention to the cause and bringing in corporate endowments. One day in Rome she is attacked while appearing at a press conference. We don't know who did it but her life is clearly in jeopardy and it's pretty much up to Suzanne to take care of Brenda and make sure it doesn't happen again. Suzanne is going to hire a bodyguard who may be someone from Brenda's life back in Port Charles.
TV Guide's Michael Logan spoke with Vanessa Marcil about what finally nudged her to return to General Hospital.
TV Guide Magazine: So why the return to GH now, and with a one-year deal? Why not enjoy married life for a while?
Marcil Giovinazzo: Because it feels so right. A lot's been going on. We found out that my older sister, Sherry, has breast cancer. We've bought a farm in upstate New York and she and I went up there to spend a week together before she had to start her chemo, and it got me thinking about how grateful I am to GH for giving me pretty much everything I have. [Head writer] Bob Guza and I got back in touch again during that time. I told him I wanted to settle down for a while so that I could be available to my sister and my family, and that maybe during that time I could come in and out at GH for a couple of days a week. I called [ABC Daytime chief] Brian Frons and asked him if he would have me back, and he was gracious enough to say yes. I just couldn't feel any more grateful that I'm still allowed to visit such a great place. I love that Julianne Moore went back to As the World Turns to honor where she came from. It's important to do that. I left GH for a few different reasons, but it was never because I wasn't madly in love with the show and the character and with daytime.
Marcil clarifies the constant rumors circulating over the years about her coming back to GH before now. READ MORE
Does Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) really need another man? Apparently the brass at General Hospital think she does. Brad Rowe has been cast as Murphy Sinclair. According to Soap Opera Digest, Sinclair is a "famous movie star who is involved with supermodel Brenda."
We Love Soaps’ Damon L. Jacobs caught up with former General Hospital executive producer Wendy Riche to talk about her time at the show. In the must-read interview Riche shares how she came about casting Antonio Sabato Jr., Steve Burton and Vanessa Marcil in their popular roles.
We Love Soaps: Despite the turbulence we’ve described, you made some inspired casting choices. You chose unknown actors such as Anthony Sabato Jr, Vanessa Marcil, Steve Burton, all of whom made indelible imprints on the show. What was the key to finding and casting these young actors that would find such success on and off GENERAL HOSPITAL?
Wendy Riche: It starts with a vision of character. I would talk to the headwriter and with [Consulting Producer] Shelly Curtis. It starts with characters and archetypes of characters. Good girl / bad girl, but multi-leveled. Then there was the supposed bad guy who comes in with a good heart. We saw this when Jagger’s friends were going to steal from Kelly’s, and go after Ruby. It was designed so that we had a window into Jagger's heart because in his stopping the violence, we knew he wasn't all bad. We knew he was worth saving. From that moment on he was endearing to the audience and everyone wanted to save him, as did Karen and Brenda. So we designed the dynamic, and then I would sit down with Mark Teschner, because you need a brilliant casting director to work with to capture your vision. Casting is a very unique process. You cannot cast by committee. There has to be a clear vision, and Mark found this great talent. He knew what I was looking for and he found them. READ MORE