Saturday, January 5, 2013
The Steve Burton Factor
So a long-standing, popular GH Actor jumps ship and leaves some fans scratching their heads and others...well others are just plain pissed off. Some see it as an actor's right to do what he wants. For me, it's a case of follow the hand that feeds you best. Godspeed, Mr. Burton, God Speed.
Some of the brew-ha-ha started on twitter where Steve said he was leaving "soaps" to spend time with his family in Nashville. He actually eluded to Jill Phelps "collaborations" in one of his interviews. A mini-series or something. It was predictable. I personally don't care, think it's his choice but he REALLY screwed with his fan base on this. Most people covering soaps knew the score and said as much, but he acted like he wanted OUT and was going to live in Nashville in harmony with his family forever. Totally his choice-- and I understand the way he did it from a business standpoint.
However, a large percentage of soap fans hate this sort of shit with a passion. Not only did he leave the show at the height of the "JaSam and Baby Reunion"..he left when GH was on an UPSWING. Ratings for the show have climbed all year. Y&R..eh, not so much.
JFP has let so many people go from the show it's a head spinner. We all know the damage done on GH during the she Guza/Frons reign. One would wonder what Y&R is going to look like in another year.
Excepts from his Exit Interview:
"I’m going to take some time off and do nothing but relax, just enjoy life a little bit with my wife and kids. I’ve bought a home in Tennessee, way out in the country outside Nashville."
Project with Franco and Phelps: “It’s looking great. Jill went off and did that telenovela Hollywood Heights [at Nickelodeon] and James did a day’s work there. Suddenly he decides he wants to make one of his own novellas through his production company and we’re like, “Huh?” So the three of us collaborated on an idea and came up with a really good one. Jill will EP it, I’ll produce and star in it and so will James. We’ll be able to get a lot of great cameos and guest stars because of James’ connections. It’ll be a fun show to do.”
Would he go to Y&R? “Listen, Jill is one of my dearest friends. [Laughs] I’m never going to say never because , as soon as I do, I’ll be popping up over there! Here’s the thing: As cool as it was to know I had a nice, cushy place to go every day with GH, I think it’s going to be just as cool to not have a nice, cushy place to go every day. I like not knowing what’s next for a change. I’m jumping off a cliff in a total leap of faith.”
So..there you have it. He was cagey-- and many of us bloggers wrote we were pretty sure he'd make a switch to Y&R.
He COULD just be announcing the novella collaboration with Franco. Or maybe he's going to farm goats. But I doubt it.
Burton's "exciting announcement" will be on THE TALK, which ironically airs opposite GH on CBS. Which is also home to The Young and the Restless.
I don't watch Y&R, even when Genie and Tristan were there, I couldn't get into it. So, if he's there, won't change a thing for the Wubs. Do you watch? If you don't, will you watch because SBu is there? What do you think about how he handled all this?
Other HUGE questions:
Will he a have his black tshirt clause in his contract?
WHAT IS THE FATE FOR the band 'PORT CHUCK' ??????? :giggle:
Will any other GHers follow? Hmmm. that's something to ponder, eh?
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