Monday, June 20, 2011

Maurice Benard OUT at GH?



Rumors have been around for weeks, I heard it 3 weeks ago. Didn't name names. Now it's time. I heard he's out for Feb Sweeps, others have said as early as November. I also heard they are flirting with a "reverse storyline" and flashbacks after Sonny's death. This was thought about awhile back but never happened with another major character. 

Maurice is on his tour to the East--- maybe he'll clear up the rumors although I don't think anyone would comment on this now. 

I also say GH is done in 2012 regardless of anything. Sucks but true.

**getting a lot of shit on twitter, Maurice said he's on GH until 'the end"... well folks, the END IS NIGH. I hope he stays.  We'll see. I'm just getting the RUMOR OUT THERE without dancing around the name anymore.

Can you tell I'm bitter? I'm about to spill a LOTTA years of stuff soon. Get ready. I'll get Gedstern in here too. 


PS follow Raven.   


38 comments:

Carrie said...

WOW! I'm speechless!

It's too bad they ruined Sonny for me by making it Sonny's World instead of General Hospital. I can't imagine the show without him at this point since they destroyed every single character and family that's not in his orbit.

It's all so sad.

david said...

Follow Raven AND follow Karen.

BOTH of you rock so much!

Tabatha said...

It makes sense.. it adds up. Raven said that there would be a SHOCKING exit of MAJOR player. The only actors leaving that I thought would be shocking was JJ, MB, or Kemo. We already heard rumors about NLG, SB, TG, JE, IR's gone, TC's gone, BH just got rehired, LW is going NOWHERE lol, VM is leaving, etc. So JJ, MB, and Kemo were the only major players left that would allow "shocking". Also, keep in mind that MB has still yet to sign a contract. So really, he could just leave. Clue right there? Moreover, I heard that the leaving a MAJOR character is the reason for a new interest or resurgence in the once prominent Q's. Being that they were taken over and overshadowed by the Mob/Corinthos, w/ that aspect gone, the Q's could take their rightful place of prominence back.

I like MB, but grown to despise Sonny. So this news kind of makes me happy. Maybe this means more hospital/Quatermaines, and the Corinthos clan taking more of a backseat like everyone else were made to before. The only uneasy thing is that MB has become GH.. he IS GH, so w/ him gone, what viewers do we really have left? As of now, many still watching this crap are mostly loyal MB/Sonny fans. Would past fans come back?

Anonymous said...

I like Maurice alot but I've OD'd on Sonny and the mob so I hate to say it but if it's true I won't be too heartbroken!


LaTanya

Anonymous said...

I like Maurice. Sonny not so much. If it is true and GH is cancelled. Would be truly fitting to have Sonny go out in a hail of bullets!

sonya said...

Wait I'm confused Karen. What do you mean by they are flirting with a "reverse storyline" and flashbacks after Sonny's death?

Mamaspat Ole said...

I quit watching GH when it became the Sonny show.And when they made those kids grownup overnite.So if he leaves won't break my heart.

historyiseveryday said...

I'm with the rest of you. Can't stand Sonny, but I like MB. From the interviews I have seen he seems like a nice guy.

I stopped watching because i was sick of all the mob crap that had taken over the show (not to mention the piss poor writing), so if this does happen, i wouldn't have a problem returning to the show.

Anonymous said...

I have always pictured GH final scene with sonny and jason going out in a blaze of bullets. just like butch cassidy and the sundance kid.

mosbp2003 said...

I agree with the others- I used to love MB and the character of Sonny. Sadly, in the past few years, he has become cartoonish and ridiculous. I posted once how he reminded me of the Nick character on Cheers...it pains me to say it, but if I were still watching the show, I would not be sorry to see him gone...

Anonymous said...

MB is a good actor and Sonny is a decent character BUT the way that they have:
- given the character SO MUCH screen time over the years
- and made him a hero despite his illegal activities at the expense of other characters in PC (yeah I know Duke Lavery was a bad guy with a heart of gold too but at least it was counterbalanced then by Robert Scorpio's clear sense of right and wrong)

has ruined him for me. I will not shed a tear when Sonny leaves PC. Too bad the writers aren't up to coming up with a cool "The Departed" type storyline with one of the Scorpios/Lucky doing battle with Sonny/Jason/Dante to finish this whole ultramob thing off once and for all.
-OldSchoolGhfan

Anonymous said...

I've heard that TB is coming back as the new Kate, who will then hook up with Sonny - then TB & MB as Sonny and Kate ride off into the sunset.

BUT, that's just what I've heard.. so who knows. I think it sounds like something GH would do, though. Sonny can't leave town alone or with a 'nobody', but who can he leave with? Jason is an obvious choice but I think Jason and Sam's wedding will be the final GH episode (disgusting, I know) so he's not going anywhere, VM is already gone, Carly is too important (in GH's eyes) to leave - so why not just bring back an old Carly as an already established character?

Anonymous said...

Love MB as an actor - one of my fave tv movies was when he played Desi Arnaz - but I hate the way the Sonny character has stagnated GH for years. MB is better off without GH and GH is better off not being a Sopranos knockoff. I just hope they don't kill the character and set up all kinds of revenge story lines. Let him die a natural death, or get a life sentence in a federal prison.

DJ Rogue said...

I wholeheartedly agree with Carrie. He's been shoved down our throats for SO LONG that I can't imagine what the show would do without him...

Not that I would mind a GH without him, just sayin...

carrie said...

I love MB but not Sonny. I would rather the writers write him a redemption storyline than to have MB gone.

Frisco said...

We might as welll start the beautifucan process now and erect a St. Sonny statue...perhaps Guza can burn down the Q mansion to make room for the shrine.

I'd like for Sonny to leave showing his vulnerable side, but not as a hero.

If he has to leave in a blaze of bullets I'd like for it to be at the hand of a recently back from the dead AJ.

Hope said...

when they started pushing Dante down our throats all the time and writing both Jason and Sonny down...I felt this was coming...

kdmask said...

Backwards storyline: you show the character dead, funeral THEN go back to show how he died. could take months

Mamaspat Ole said...

I hope not karen

Lori said...

I didn't mind the reverse storylines of the past. The big complaint was it taking too long. The middle part got boring and it's easy to lose interest.

I feel like we really are seeing the end on the horizon... sad

CareyN said...

You know, if MB wants to leave, can't he just slip quietly into the night and go be with Brenda? I'd like to see Sonny finally learn he's got all the power and control and money any man could ever want, but that it's nothing without having love. It would be nice to finally see him grow up and compromise instead of sticking to the same song and dance he's had since they were first together. They could move to his island and Krissy, Michael, and Morgan can all go visit whenever they want.

I do love MB and think he's terrific, but like most people on this board, I'm tired of the one-note Sonny that's been on screen since after the bi-polar story wrapped.

david said...

At some point before the show ends, can they have a set of bongo drums in Sonny's office off to the side somewhere?

Kinda like the bubble lamp that kept popping up in backgrounds

Just saying...

I'd get a kick out of that.

lisa said...

I don't think he'll comment unless an official statement is released by the show. I think he is a very talented actor who I would have liked to see on the big screen. I am tired of sonny and don't want him to stay, sorry. I think as long as MB is on the show they willl center it around him because he is a good actor , but the mistake was made to give him the show. The mob centered story really killed the show. I'm sorry but look at the newest ratings! It speaks for itself!
I hope to see MB in movies.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for having the guts to say this!! I support you and love WUBS!! The day our soaps go, with or without Sonny leading the way, will be a sad, sad day for me, and it comforts me to know there are other people out there (like you) who love soaps as much as I do. Thank you for being here.

sonya said...

kdmask says

Backwards storyline: you show the character dead, funeral THEN go back to show how he died. could take months
============================
OHHH! I love those kind of things. :) They did the backward type thing with the metro court hostage storyline. :)

Jen said...

Forgive me, but I personally am fine with him leaving. He has lost "it: a long time ago. Haven't seen him happy and interesting since he and Kate were first together. Yes there have been glimmers here & there, but the Sonny & JAson show is old. Very old. And it would free up some money for others.

Anonymous said...

I hope this isn't true! I hope he can stay and I hope they can bring TB back as Carly - I really want a CarSon ending! =(

Andrea said...

It would be great. I cannot stand Sonny anymore. And if it means less mob I'm all for it.

Anonymous said...

Fine with me! Let him go. His magic has been missing for years. Bring Ingo back. Get rid of Lucky's wife as well as Abby. Bring back Felicia. Put Diane & Alexis front and center.

Anonymous said...

Maurice Benard was good - no, great - back in the 90's after he was paired with Vanessa Marcil. His character of Sonny was blah til that day on the docks when he bumped into Brenda. Claire Labine did a great job with both their characters. Then Maurice took off for a year and by the time he came back, Vanessa was gone to bigger and better things. That was the beginning of Sonny's decline. He went from charismatic and compelling to a caricature of a mobster. Sonny is so damn boring and every storyline is recycled and old! There are 2 exceptions to this "post-90's Sonny" -- the 2 times Vanessa returned to GH. Man, Sonny was on fire in 2002-03 in his scenes with Vanessa! He got some of that fire and passion back that had been so lacking! In this 2010-11 return, Maurice seemed to be too far gone, too far off the deep end. But after the Sonny & Brenda wedding, I started to see a glimpse of the "old Sonny"... It took Vanessa to bring it back, but it didn't come back fully whatsoever. So, I think it's time for GH to go and for Sonny to go with it. Guza has butchered the show and too many actors have grown stale. Vanessa was smart (and lucky) to go off and have a career elsewhere. I hope Maurice can do the same after GH.

AntJoan said...

Let Sonny and Brenda go off into the sunset together, with her PG with his child. I have watched this show for decades, and want/deserve my happy ending!

Anonymous said...

I'm fine with him leaving. I wouldn't even be a little sad.

Anonymous said...

I bet if the rumors are true, he'll fake his death to go be with Brenda and her baby. I don't think GH will actually kill him, but you never know.

I also think they'll stretch it out as close the end of the series as possible, if GH offically gets cancelled.

VM said in a recent article that she will be back and would want her and sonny to get their "happy" ending if the show ends.

yatesspain.blogspot.com said...

This will not work as a matter of fact, that's what I consider.

Anonymous said...

Maurice, sorry to say is type casted...he has played Sonny to long....If GH bit the dust, that the end for Maurice he is so type casted as Sonnny.

Anonymous said...

sonny is such an overrated and overused character. ENOUGH ALREADY. just leave. maurice is indeed a good actor, but great... i haven't seen any evidence of great acting in over a decade. maurice says "you know" too much and acts like a one-dimensional misogynist pig. he should bring greater nuance to his character, despite the bad writing. i don't hold the horrific writing against him, though. but i do question maurices "choices" in acting the part of sonny. for e.g., when he acted indifferent when vanessa marcil first returned in 2010... that was bullshit! sonny was on fire in the 90's with brenda. maurice chose to downplay that because of his yearlong storyline with claire, a totally insignificant notch under his belt!!! ridiculous acting choice. in the same manner, i think maurice got too comfortable playing sonny and "allowed" the story to revolve around him because he could make a buck. i respect much more actors like roger howarth -- who left OLTL at the height of his fame because he objected to his character, a rapist, turning into a romantic hero. maurice allowed misogynist storyline after misogynist storyline and took his paycheck. now, i'm sorry to say this, but he will not be successful outside of soaps. he's been typecast. also, he's not on his A game. and he simply doesn't have the right ingredients for film or primetime. in an ageist industry, he's also well into his 50's. honestly, i can't feel sorry for maurice after he hogged our screens for 15 years. and though it may not sound like it, i really really liked sonny/maurice in the beginning.

jocarr said...

I will miss Maurice Benard. It is not his fault that GH has written a tacky story line for him the last several of years. This is the main reason why he wants to leave the show. Benard's story line sucks. They put too much emphasis on Maurice and all these different love interest and him fathering all these babies by different women. GH probably will evently be off the air just like AMC and OLTL. The writters for GH sucks.

jocarr said...

I will miss Maurice Benard. It is not his fault that GH has written a tacky story line for him the last several of years. This is the main reason why he wants to leave the show. Benard's story line sucks. They put too much emphasis on Maurice and all these different love interest and him fathering all these babies by different women. GH probably will evently be off the air just like AMC and OLTL. The writters for GH sucks.