Let me just tell you about
how things went this week. On
Monday I taped PC & GH just like usual and, as often happens, I didn’t
get around to watching them on Monday. So
Tuesday rolled around and for whatever reason I started a new tape instead of
continuing with Monday’s tape. Problem
is after I taped Tuesday’s PC I had a few extra minutes in the afternoon and
thought I’d go back and watch Monday’s PC; which I did and then I
dutifully stopped the tape right after PC was over so it would be ready for
when I had time to watch GH. Two
hours later, I was dealing with kid issues but I was thankful that I
remembered in the nick of time to push the record button and catch GH on tape. All good except that when I went to watch Monday and
Tuesday’s GH I was unpleasantly surprised to learn that I never took
Monday’s tape out after watching PC and therefore had taped Tuesday’s show
right over Monday’s! So there
goes Monday’s episode and I’m ticked because I really wanted to see the
Lucky/Nik showdown. But, I
stopped stomping around about that after about an hour and I’ll read the
transcript when I get the chance. No
big deal, right? Sounded good
until I found the dreaded fluorescent green card hanging on my door today. It kindly informs me that because they want to install some
new fiber optic blah, blah, blah…that will greatly improve my blah, blah,
blah….the cable company will be turning off the cable for the day
within the “next 48 business hours”.
So today is Wednesday – does that mean during business hours within
the next 48 hours (Thursday 9-5 or Friday 9-5) or does that mean sometime
within the next six business day’s, business hours??
Oh and I also get to play detective and try to find all of my favorite
programs since part of the improvement apparently involves switching a bunch
of the channels around. Yep, that
should help me out a lot – thanks so much for the thought.
So, due to the fact that
it doesn’t appear this will be the best week for me to say much about
what’s happening on the show right now, I thought maybe we could talk about
what’s to come instead. If you
haven’t heard (come on, just poke your head right up from under that rock
– it’s safe) yet, change is afoot. We
have a confirmed new Co-Head writing team and a good shot at a new Executive
Producer announcement before long. The
way things seem to work when TPTB (that’s “The Powers That Be” – I
heard you and I’m trying to use less initials!!) change appears to be lots
of…well, change. And in this
case that is a good thing because there are very few people happy with the way
things are going right now. No
one really knows what all those changes will be (probably not even the people
making them!) but we can all have lots of fun guessing!
And, in my opinion, it’s only going to get better from here on out.
The incoming team may not be the best choice but they’d have to work
overtime at sucking to be any worse than the outgoing team was.
And having been an “on” and then “off” viewer for a number of
years I actually became a full-time “on” viewer again under one of
Guza’s (new Co-Head Writer and previous HW as well) trips through GH, so I
have a certain sentimental attachment to his style and to a few of his pet
story’s. I feel very optimistic
and can’t wait to start seeing the changes.
Therefore, this week I’m
going to go ahead and give TPTB a few ideas about how they should handle
certain stories and characters. Keep
in mind that these are just what I’D LIKE to see happen, not what I think
WILL happen. I’m not even
asserting that these things would be what are best for the show; they are just
what would put a big ol’ smile on my face!
Liz and Lucky:
I think that Liz needs to look at Lucky tomorrow and tell him that
it’s time for both of them to move on and when/if he actually has feelings
for her again then maybe he could ask her out IF she’s not busy.
Then she needs to just go on another (about six months should do it)
vacation to somewhere warm and quiet. She
needs to (off screen, please!) reevaluate her attitude and come up with a way
to give a rat’s ass about someone besides herself and Lucky.
Once she’s done that she is allowed to return, have a heart to heart
with someone where she tells them that she realized she was sanctimonious,
bossy, snotty, selfish, and annoying; and THEN she can stay and have her own
story (No Lucky for at least 18months) as long as she continues to act like
the old Liz. Lucky, upon hearing
he has been set free, decides to resurrect the wandering of his youth and
leaves to backpack across Europe, taking the longest route possible.
Frankly, I don’t want to see him again until he either looks like he
used to or he looks like someone new, with preference, of course, on how he
Let’s just run down the list:
Alan and Monica – I
don’t even know what to tell you. Someone
needs to come up with a way to make these two interesting again.
There’s not much to work with right now I realize, but your job will
be to come up with something because they are staying.
Period. So make it work.
Edward and Lila – I love
them so they can stay just about like they are. A little more Edward on a regular basis would be okay with
me. You should put John Ingle on
a pedestal. Just give him good
dialogue and watch him go.
Emily – Returns to get
her Zander back. These two were
actually watchable together and we need some teen romance so I’m
green-lighting them. Just give
them the usual teen love-story angst if you can’t think of something better,
this is my nod to the youngsters and I’ll fast-forward what I can’t watch!
Ned - Since Kristina,
sadly, was the poor victim of the life-changing mistake that Nikolas made
(unintended victim, I won’t be that cruel!), Ned is again a free agent.
And, strangely he feels pretty happy about that.
Mourning won’t be necessary on this one.
So, he can either take a break from love and concentrate on ELQ
business (it’s just more interesting than L&B is) and you can deal with
his romantic life in a while, or he can go grab Alexis and whisk her away for
a surprise wedding and we’ll deal with the consequences later.
Up to you.
Tracy – Get her back
too. I think she and Skye could
be an interesting mix.
Skye – While Skye and
Jax are definitely better when they are doing things besides talking, I still
don’t really feel like he’s for her.
So I want to see her and Stefan together.
I think the actors are both first rate and I think that there could be
major fireworks between them given the chance.
As for how they meet I say just go for something like having her get
stranded by car trouble in a rain storm and she runs to the nearest house on
the lonely deserted road, which happens to be Stefan’s new digs.
The rain washes out the bridge (he hears on the radio) so there is no
way for her to leave tonight. They
both feel strangely comfortable, and mesmerized by the firelight they talk for
hours about their family disappointments and form a bond of friendship
(somewhat ala Chloe I realize but that was working for me before they made her
dead) and it goes from there. Please,
this one’s important to me – I want to see these two work together!!
Make him dark and brooding again, I have no problem with that. Especially right now because I’m a little tired of the way
he’s acting. He can work on a
relationship with Courtney if you want to keep her, but otherwise I would
rather have the mobster back. I
never was all that popular, what can I say?
She can go with Ned. Or
she can sleep with Sonny, end up pregnant (or so I hear!) and then we can do
another pretend marriage with Jax if she wants to hide the paternity.
I always liked Jax and Alexis and I think they have some chemistry so I
have no problem with a ‘get married under false pretenses and then fall in
love later’ thing. Jax needs
something to do anyway and if even Ned thought they were really married this
time it could make for some interesting dynamics.
Or the Diane Keaton/Baby Boom thing is okay too provided you don’t go
overboard. Whatever you do with
her though, there is one thing that is set in stone.
She has to become strong and independent again – no negotiating on
NuCarly: Ah! Sonny and Carly (aka: S&C) or Carly and Jax (aka: CarJax)? And then there’s CarSon, which could be either Carly and Sonny or Carly and Jason – or maybe the latter would be Carson – there is a difference… Anyway, then there’s Zander and Carly which is Zarly to some, but personally I favor Cander which is what I hope to hear has happened. I don’t prefer to have to suggest that someone lose his or her job, but I have every confidence that she’ll find something great to do somewhere else. And I have already suggested giving at least three actors their jobs back so it balances out. I would love to see Sarah Brown back but if not then I say Carly goes on the run with Michael and we’ll hear from her sometime in the distant future. If Sarah Brown comes back then put her right in the middle of the Alexis/Sonny stuff and let it rip, she will also promptly change the name of her club! And no, Club 102 is not going to cut it, please tell me you can at least do better on this one thing than the last regime.
Luke and Laura:
I am SO not going to touch this one!
You are on your own because I honestly don’t have the first inkling
of how to fix the many errors made over the last few years.
Right now I feel completely uninterested in anything happening with
them so you need to do some serious work here.
I want the wrongs righted and you should really think long and hard
about what to do so you don’t do anything stupid. Good luck with this one, you are going to seriously need it.
Janine and Courtney:
I think it would be great if we find out that Courtney isn’t Mike’s
daughter after all and Janine knew that all along.
This is, of course, after AJ and Courtney are married and Janine is
firmly ensconced at the Q mansion.
Skip over having AJ fall off the wagon and just have him show that
moment of regret on his face when he finds out who Courtney isn’t, and
she’ll be just as devastated.
Contract and more airtime. He
can be at the center of the new hospital story you are going to do.
Contract and more airtime outside the police station because he is also
not allowed back in there until it’s been decontaminated.
And judging by the number
of men waiting for story, I think once you cut out Sarah and Kristina at least
(and you can get rid of one or two more provided it’s not someone who’s
been there more than five years and they go in a way that spins off great
story for years to come…) you will need to bring in at least one new female.
Oh, and the Nurses Ball had better be really great this year.
That means you need to play nice with the PC writers and do lots of
crossovers and also write a good story around it.
Don’t focus so much on the musical numbers (yes, they are important
but you have great talents in the cast so those will turn out just fine) that
you forget to have characters show up for the audience (like last year) and
forget to have a story that actually involves the Nurses Ball instead of using
the Ball as a prop for other stories.
I hate Sonny’s
penthouse. I’m not sure why but
I really miss how it used to look and I don’t care for how it looks now.
See what you can do with that will ya?
Janine doesn’t need a house; she’s not in enough scenes yet to
merit that. Tony and Mac need
houses, so get on that too. All
kids out of the mansion and off the island.
I don’t want to see the arcade anymore –ever.
I want to see Luke’s club actually full of people sometime soon.
I want Johnny, Leticia, more Benny, Reginald, more Elton and Claude
(was that his name? The guy
behind the bar at Luke’s, anyway). I
want the hospital to be the center of the show again.
I want Leslie to have a story. I
want to see if Lucas still exists. I
want to know what in the heck the music box mystery was about.
I want a big, elaborate wedding if you can give me a romance that
of all I want excitement, intrigue, mystery (real mystery, not “oooh, why is
Sarah crying in the barn” kind of mystery), romance and passion.
It just can’t be as hard as it has seemed in the last two years or
so. And you should work quickly
because while our expectations may not be all that high, we do expect results
as soon as yesterday. And I would
also suggest that you consider making a statement to the press, ASAP, that you
know how important this show and it’s history is to the fans and that you
plan to honor both. It would also
get you a long way if you mentioned that you intend to listen to what the fans
are saying once in awhile. Talk
about how you love the Cassadines and how you want to restore Luke and Laura
to their former glory… you get the idea.
And then if you actually do it…well, I don’t want to get too far
ahead of myself. Circumstances
have afforded you a much warmer reception than you may deserve, do not make us
So that’s my opinion on
that. Feel free to let me know
what you’d love to see happen! Keep
watching; I just know something great is going to happen soon!
Until next time,
P.S. ~ I mentioned a while ago that I was thinking about going spoiler-free and for the last few weeks I’ve been trying it out. I have found that I can’t seem to avoid a certain amount of info (unless I just shut the computer right down anyway!) but I have been able to avoid some and I have found that it does make watching a little more fun. For example, Helena’s clone/twin thing came right out of nowhere for me and I thought it was a great ending to the show (why wasn’t that a Friday show??). So, I think it does help to not know quite so much and I’m going to keep trying to avoid what info I can. If you haven’t tried freedom from spoilers lately, I highly recommend it!
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