Port Charles was a 30 min soap that ran from 1997-2003. It was sandwiched in my area between the news and AMC. The original concept was to focus on first year residents at GH. Some characters such as Scott Baldwin, Lucy Coe and Kevin Collins and Karen Wexler went "over" to the soap from GH. Others, like Livvy, Alison and Caleb were introduced. (Livvy was found to be Kevin's biological daugher). Later, Ian Buchanan joined the cast and played vampire Joshua Temple. On Monday, December 4th, 2000, Port Charles began airing Port Charles: Fate, the first of twelve, thirteen week story arcs known as 'books'. Port Charles third book, which began June 4, 2001, added something new to its canvas...vampires. Then werewolves...and an angel.
When Kelly Monaco joined GH after PC was cancelled, her character was obviously changed to Sam McCall, grifter with an edge. Poor Kevin and Lucy didn't make it back on the main show. I was happy to see them now!!
Things I remember about Port Charles was the lighthouse where Lucy and Kevin lived, how zexy Caleb and Livvy were and the bar "The Recovery Room" where Mike was the "mixologist"! Serena Baldwin was on as well, daughter of Lucy and Kevin. Rumor has it, she may be returning to GH at some point. (Carly Schroeder)
YOU MUST WATCH THIS CLIP OF Livvy and Josh hissing at each other as Vampires. Heh.
Female Vamps on You Tube.
Here's a little taste of PC: lifted from 'Souls Tied in Eternity: Caleb and Livvy" on Tripod.
Caleb is a blood-thirsty vampire who blows into town and holds everyone in his grip. Caleb turns some residents of Port Charles into vampires but what he wants the most is to win the heart of Livvie Locke and marry her. Caleb does manage to make Livvie fall in love with him but in the end she is the one that destroys and kills him.
Caleb then enters back into Port Charles as Stephen Clay, famous musician, but everyone knows that he is really Caleb back from the dead. Now he has some kind of water in a blue bottle that he always drinks so he doesn't have to feed on anyone. Caleb has come back again for Livvie because he still loves and wants her.
Caleb pulled all of the goodness from Livvie's body and made Tess. Tess took over and somehow got Livvie in her body because she didn't want Caleb to hurt Livvie. Caleb tried everything to get Livvie out but failed. Tess brought out the good in him and he started to fall for her. He couldn't bite her because she was too pure and good.
In the end he admitted he made a mistake and wanted Tess and Livvie to be whole again. All he had to do was love ALL of Livvie, the good and the bad. When he did that then Tess went back inside of Livvie and became whole again and came back to Caleb.
A bit of the RAFE/ALISON story: From Wiki
Rafe Kovich is a vampire slayer who is related to Lucy. He comes to Port Charles in order to help the citizens of that city destroy the vampire Caleb Morely. Years before in 1991, Caleb killed Rafe. In an angel form, Rafe has come back to destroy him. When he meets Alison, she is dating her current love interest, Jamal. During one of their first encounters Rafe uses his angel powers to heal Alison after a tree falls on her. Alison later learns he is an angel and agrees to keep it a secret. He shows her some of his magic by making a pink rose grow. He slowly begins to fall in love with her. There's a bunch more but it would take the entire page. LOL. He ends up going back to heaven, then making a deal with a soul from hell to come back to Port Charles. Rafe has no idea who he really is however--and you know, calamity ensues.
There you have some of what Port Charles was about. No wonder you may be confused at this point. BTW, Alison wound up PG by Caleb not Rafe. That's the big angst with her. Well, not any more because she's dead. LOL
Hope this helps a little... not sure if it will be more confusing for you or will give you a window into what's happening now.
See ya on Sunday for the Surgery!!