Dear Mr. Guza.
Hear My Plea.
You need to shape up and listen to me.
Nice heading, isn't it? I'm thinking since you might have taken a gander at the latest ratings, you just might want to listen to someone who's been fighting for this show for as long as they can remember. What in the HELL is going on? We know for a fact you know how to tell a story. I saw it when the Cassadines were introduced. I seem to remember a blip or two on the radar where I was entertained for a long while. Somewhere over the years you lost your drive, imagination and perhaps your will to tell tales that take some creative juices. What do I see now?
Plot Driven stories... one major event (ie: Toxic Balls, Carnival, Metro Court, Intervention, Michael Prison, Moca Franco)... cast put into different rooms, the beginning told, maybe the middle and usually no ending. The day to day stuff? We get 2-3 cast members in a room talking and talking about the same events over and over again. I understand the shift to block taping was done by production to save money. I get that. Other shows manage to block tape and not make it look like the actors came on different days to visit one other actor in a room. Editing is an area I can't even get into or I'll pass out from anger. Shoddy, shoddy shoddy. When Joe Schmo can realize that the continuity is lost in a one hour block, you've got a problem.
I don't know if I can forgive you for the mess you made when you had gold (Vanessa Marcil) sitting in your hands and it took you months to get her into any meaningful story. Characters start something then it sputters out. A lot of us lose interest. Other characters disappear from canvas--or are on canvas and never seen. (Matt, Terrell...Maya...Mayor Floyd, Taylor) Beloved vets are shoved to the background and pivotal people are killed off or put off the show in favor of newbies that never take off. (Logan and Cooper anyone??)
Stunt casting, stunt "events"-- just plain stunts are the way you like to go. We've seen Sonny struggle with his "mob" lifestyle for so long now, no one cares anymore. There have been numerous things that were supposed to "change Port Charles forever" that never did. Nothing has changed in Port Charles in so long we are TUNING OUT.
Are you noticing?? DO YOU CARE?? When the head of Daytime goes out and says that GH is saved because it "pulls in the ratings that The Young and the Restless" does, who does he think he's kidding? We can read the numbers. We actually are pretty savvy with statistics, despite our rep for being less than intelligent and bored out of our minds. One Life to Live is beating you in total viewers and household ratings. This is a soap with hardly any of your big PR or any chance at all for survival. They are gaining people by word of mouth and penning great stories. That's how it's done.
But, why am I telling you? Don't you know this? I know you've been around the block a few times. Your wife is a writer too. I'm not even sure what to do anymore. I can't keep blogging and tweeting and keeping up my end of things when the show is just plunging into a dark hole of repetitive crap. I can't watch the same characters do the same things day after day. Can't do it. Can't wait for months for things to happen anymore. Can't hope that maybe that one show will continue to have a stellar run over weeks when that spark lasts maybe two episodes tops.
Please understand we don't want more killings without motive. No more bombs or baby deaths without a reason. Weaving a story takes so much more than giving us "an Event". Many of us have been with this show for 10, 20, 30 and more years. GH will be 50 very soon. Don't blow it. Please. You have AWESOME actors. Don't waste them. Don't let more of them walk out the door in favor of a lot of filler people that may or may not work out. Please get back to the basics of soaps: Generational families and damn good stories.
Sincerely, The Girl who likes Lobsters xx WubQueen Karen.