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News for the week of 10-Dec-2012

by Carol Banks Weber

Maurice Benard (Sonny) tweeted December 4 to fans that he signed a new GH contract.

It has been awhile, since the 1990s. Back then, Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe) enjoyed leading lady status as a bad girl-turned-good on GH. In a recent Soap Opera Digest, Herring said that she was impressed by how seamlessly head writer Ron Carlivati (ex-OLTL) incorporated her back in. But then again, executive producer Frank Valentini (ex-OLTL) did say beforehand that Carlivati really appreciated and understood those golden core characters. When Herring got a load of her script, she realized it was true. “Frank Valentini said ‘I know you haven’t done this in awhile but you have to understand, Ron Carlivati is truly a fan of that time period and those characters and he really does get it!’” Herring relayed. “Of course, until you see it on the page, you’re never sure, but when I read the first show, I was in awe. The script writers and the outline writers and Ron, obviously, all got it, which is a gift in itself – not just to get to go back, but to have some funny one-liners and the reactions of the other characters to Lucy!”

Gossip for the week of 10-Dec-2012

by Carol Banks Weber

Head writer Ron Carlivati last week defended his gay, lipstick-wielding nursing student character Felix when Andy Towle of gay blog Towleroad posted a disparaging remark. Towle and some other readers felt Felix was portrayed as too butch for the gay community: “To establish his character as gay, his first scenes involved him pulling out a tube of lipstick and offering to touch up a heterosexual woman. Oy.” Words were exchanged. Hack was thrown out. Carlivati listed his history of writing a variety of gay characters, asserted his right to depict all kinds of gays, and dropped his Monday spoiler — not that this should tip the scales — that Felix sold cosmetics to help him through nursing school, in his defense. Here’s a bit from Carlivati’s first shot: “What exactly is it about this character that is causing such righteous indignation? … Not because I think gay men love lipstick, and certainly not to ‘establish’ himself as gay. But even if that were the reason, so what? Does this make him too queeny? Not straight-acting enough? Is that the only type of gay character allowed on TV now? As far as I'm concerned, to be offended by this character is what is offensive. And just FYI, the majority of women (our core audience) I have heard from thus far about Felix have expressed to me how much they like him. The only people who seem to have a problem with him are certain gay men who are apparently afraid of a gay character who might be portrayed as a little bit effeminate. Well, I say shame on you, and shame on Andy Towle, too. Oy, indeed.”

Look for the Nurses’ Ball to begin in the spring, March or April, to connect with the soap opera’s 50th anniversary. The resurrected Nurses’ Ball will feature many cast members and their surprising talents.

“Love In Maine” by Connie Falconeri is already up on for pre-orders and a March 26, 2013 release date. Despite Molly Davis having written her first novel and Falconeri, Kate’s alter, having stolen the manuscript and publishing it as her own, TPTB seem to be going with this fictionalized storybook for sale in a creative cross-promotion (to make a buck) for fans. On the website for the novel, there are reviews by Kate Howard and Diane Miller, fictional characters from the soap, as well as one by real-life head writer Ron Carlivati—but as Port Charles University professor of creative writing. The ghostwriter for this storyline-dictated novel might be Carlivati.

So apparently TPTB have decided it’s time for A.J.’s manipulative weasel side to come back out starting the week of December 10th. A.J. will provoke Sonny into a boxing ring beat-down in order to curry favor with Michael. This will only be the first in a series of shenanigans designed to, what?, ensure Sonny’s the good guy and put A.J. back in his place? Sigh, Sonny runs the show. Stacking the decks in favor of this disgusting mobster once again. Uncool.

Why in the world would Luke Spencer direct Robert Scorpio to that useless lunkhead Dante for help with unmasking Faison? Dante’s about as useful as Sonny’s bodyguards, and as smart. Tony Geary's frequent sabbaticals throughout the year have interfered with smooth storytelling, even if we get Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) out of the deal. Both Scorpio and Luke in on this rescue together would’ve been much better anyway.

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