Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Looking Back on GH: The Decade of Wub


You've  sat through the "Best/Worst" lists of 2019 and the whole "Decade" thing. I will be doing a podcast on that soon...but while I was thinking about my answers, I found a whole HOST of weird, wubbly things that happened over 10 years. I have some time and since no new shows are on-- hey why not?  

Get your Champers out and toast to 2009-2019! 



GH and Shriner's Hospital 

Past 10 year producers  Producers: Jill Farren Phelps:  (2001)-2012
                    Frank Valentini:     2012-present 

Writers: Bob Guza (until 2011), Garin Wolf/Altman (until 2012), Rob Carlivati (until  2015), Jean Passeanante/Shelley Altman (until 2017), Shelley Altman/Chris VanEtten (until 2019), Currently Chris VanEtten/Dan O'Connor (Take dates with grain of salt...some overlapped and such) 

On Feb 23, 2010, GH aired it's 12,000th episode.

In 2015, Anthony Geary left GH after 37 years. 

ALL MY CHILDREN was cancelled in 2013. Last aired in September of that year
ONE LIFE TO LIVE was cancelled in 2012. Last aired in January of that year. 

TWITTER FACTOR: I joined Twitter in Feb of 2009. Changed my whole soap life! At that time I searched for General Hospital, Soap Operas and the like. I was it for about 4 months! The platform was made for us daytime gabbers, and we relished in the ability to talk in real-time about our shows. We had been using a site called Soap Zone to post during the show but it was done in post-style, not on a timeline like we have today. Of course, Twitter became a force of it's own right. For good or evil, it's here to stay. 

Here are some quirks I'd like to dig back up. If you'd like to see my 2019 WUB AWARDS, or PROPS OF THE DECADE, just hit the links. 





EVIL JEWELRY: I totally forgot to add Carly's eyeball necklace to the prop list and it so deserves a place in our history. When Franco came back (played by Roger) he had Carly wear this as a token of his Wub... and she DID!! It was really a spy camera. :eyeroll--giant: 




THE WHOLE PROSPECT PARK THING: Welp. AMC and OLTL went off the air and the headwriter of one of those came over to GH. Enter in: Many OLTL characters. We got: Todd, McBain, Star and Tea. Those are the ones I can think of. Anyway, PP decided it owed those characters and ordered GH to stop using them. 
ENTER: MAYHEM! 
First up...why not turn Roger Howarth into Franco? I mean, he's quirky, right? It's shocking right? Only...no one ever really signed up for this. We had to go through a hella lotta whitewashing-Todd-afying to get the character we have today. Oh, and a tumor too. 
Michael Easton played so many people we lost count. First McBain was around-- then he was Silas, weird Doc...then HE got murdered. ME then left the show. BUT! Nope, Frank found him one day in the grocery store and Bam! HE's back as Hamilton Finn. Doc with the Bearded Dragon. Lordy. 
Of course, Starr was back and then she wasn't...she was suddenly Kiki--Ava's daughter. Michael/Morgan/whoever -- just hard to process, man. 


FAISON UNDER THE FLOOR:  Ok, so... even more bizarre to me was the "Faison is really under the floor and has been for months" deal. I mean, seriously? He was in the stables? Under THE FLOOR? Um.. and Anna kept him there!!! 




THE THERMOS:  Geesh... Have Frozen Embryos ever caused such out and out chaos? First it was Stavros 'and Lulu's kid...then it was Lulu and Valentin. Britt stole one along the way too and tried to pass the kid off as her own. We know there's another one floating around out there. Question is "where"? 




QUASI-MOTO-A-DINE: Welp. Valentin was a hunchback. And.. um.. well.  It was weird. 



THAT GUY: Yeah..the hippy guy..'member him?? He turned out to be the son of Felicia's fiance, Peter. Someone I didn't even know existed.  Slightly ahead of his time, Levi did introduce us to "green living" and meditation stuff. 



ALICE'S DISAPPEARANCE:  In 2014 , Alice the Q housekeeper had a story line involving her heart and a heart transplant. She was never heard or seen again. 




GRANNY DELIA MIA : Well, she was a cross-over from Ryan's Hope that was popular and even helped Ava during her weird Denise years--and then? What? Nothing. Kiki dies and ... she's no where to be found. Rumor had it she was to be Mike's live in girlfriend when he came back to Port Charles but--something went south. 




CRYPT SEX:  One has to mention this because--well, not only did Sonny and Ava feel amorous in the Quartermaine Crypt, it also gave us adorable baby Avery. (who shows no signs of being possessed) 




CHEW:  Back in 2013 after AJ resurfaces from the dead, he and Tracy head over to The Chew, ABC's real-life talk-cook show for a little Pic-A-Lila action. Later, Carla Hall would be tapped to play Cook 2 on GH. 




DAISY LOVE: Before Daisy of the DOD Cult, we had this cutie. A real dog on set named Daisy. Alas she was given to Jake but ended up living at the Q mansion--maybe in a closet with Alice. 




KENTUCKY FRIED:  In a bizarre cross-promotion, George Hamilton had a cameo as the Colonel in 2018.



FIFTY YEARS: In 2013, GH celebrated it's 50th year by bringing back many old cast members. A bigger than usual Nurses' Ball was held as well. The actors made appearances all over the network and also opened Wall Street on April 1st, GH's launch date. 


If you want to see some great photos from that day, many that I hadn't even seen go to this link on GETTY IMAGES. 

GH 2016....with Johnny Z! 

That's all I have--just thought I'd throw up some things that stuck in my mind over these 10 long years. It's been great having you all read the blog and being able to discuss our show. We are the last ones standing on ABC..and here's hoping it continues for years and years to come! Have a great New Year's Eve!! Here's to 2020! 

16 comments:

  1. Applause and thank you!
    Your recap was cracking me up. Some wild stuff on GH.
    I started to watch today's rerun, 12/29/17, and stopped after a few minutes. It was not a good time on our soap.
    This blog is a fun place to be. Thank you, and Mr. Delco Dave, for entertaining us with your thoughts. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  2. Another one: Rick Springfield performing at the 2013 Nurses Ball as HIMSELF and not Noah or Eli.

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    1. did he?? why don't I remember this? He was on as Noah tho--I remember he and Patrick having scenes

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  3. "EVIL JEWELRY: I totally forgot to add Carly's eyeball necklace to the prop list and it so deserves a place in our history. When Franco came back (played by Roger) he had Carly wear this as a token of his Wub... and she DID!! It was really a spy camera. :eyeroll--giant:"

    OH!!! THAT eyeball necklace!! ROFL! You mentioned this, but you didn't mention Connie killing Sonny's cake!!! That poor cake. :( It was a horrific bloody scene!!!

    "QUASI-MOTO-A-DINE:"

    ROFL!

    "CRYPT SEX: One has to mention this because--well, not only did Sonny and Ava feel amorous in the Quartermaine Crypt, it also gave us adorable baby Avery. (who shows no signs of being possessed)"

    Oh thanks a lot!!! I just had to go look it up on youtube!!!! Still hawt!!! :)

    "KENTUCKY FRIED: In a bizarre cross-promotion, George Hamilton had a cameo as the Colonel in 2018."

    That was a weird scene!!! I didn't buy it back then and still don't! Does Maxie still have that recipe hidden in her apartment?

    "GH 2016....with Johnny Z!"

    COME BACK JOHNNY Z!!! YOU ARE MISSED BABY! :)

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  4. Happy New Year Karen and Company! I hope the fact that I am checking in on the blog on New Years eve let's you know how important this space is to me. Thank you ALL. I hope the best of 2019 has NOTHING on your 2020!!

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  5. Happy New Yr to everyone on the blog! Have fun and be safe!
    Off topic, I've been watching Good Girls on Netflix which is so good! I saw the actor who played Coleman (he's on season 2, didn't catch the episode), still looks the same.

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    1. I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE Good Girls!!

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    2. I just finished the 2nd season! Knew she was gonna Rio! But...is he dead??? I wonder when Season 3 is available on Netflix?

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  6. Happy New Year. I can't believe that Jax can sit there with Curtis and Laura and not tell her that Nicholas is alive. I thought Jax was better than that. And a big NOOOOOOO to Claudette return

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  7. Happy New Year to all! Funny stuff here and I guess there will be many more oddities in the future for us to ponder. Karen, and of course Dave, you do a superb job for us!
    LindaV

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  8. Oops forgot one.

    "Of course, Starr was back and then she wasn't...she was suddenly Kiki--Ava's daughter. Michael/Morgan/whoever"

    Hahahaha. Kiwi was with Morgan, then Michael then Morgan, Michael, Morgan, Michael, Morgan. Back and forth back and forth. It was like there were no other men in Port Chuckles!!! HAHAHAHAHA. It was like we were in a nightmare that we couldn't get out of!!!

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  9. Loved the blog today!! Such good memories. Thank you Karen and happy new year to you, Dave, and all your readers.

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  10. Alice just up and vanishing has always upset me. But, it was downright crazy that she wasn't even mentioned during the "Tracy leaves" episodes.

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  11. Ya, I really liked Alice. Great character that just disappeared.

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    1. That was when a lot of our background characters started disappearing. I guess the new writer who was trying to turn GH into OLTL needed the extra money to bring in the OLTL 4. They tried to erase our characters and they darn near killed the show.

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