I decided to interview the WubQueen to get a little background of her life with General Hospital. This is only the first part. The second part will be compiled with YOUR questions for her. So enjoy Karen's answers to these questions and please write a few for her in the comments and we will do it again.
1. What got you to start watching GH? Do you remember the first scene/show??
Oh boy.. dating myself here but I remember when my Mom watched it back when it started. They had an abuse storyline on with Dr. Hardy and it was big-stuff for the time. I really began watching when Genie Francis came on in 1977 as we are the same age and she was so "cool" LOL.
2. What other soaps have you watched over the years?
I'm an ABC Gal. Watched Day one of All My Children. Saw it in Patty Andolina's basement. We thought it was just the best thing ever. Tara/Phil...Erica. It was also the one show my mother and I watched together all through the years. Even if we weren't getting along, we'd watch AMC together at some point! LOL. One Life To Live came on when I got out of school and I'd watch before GH. I got into the whole Karen/prostitute storyline. Saw her courtroom reveal in real time. Great stuff. Ryan's Hope was also in there as was Loving and The City, Night Shift and Port Charles. guess I watched a lot of Daytime TV back in the day!
3. So many musical numbers from the Nurses’ Balls. Do you have a favorite?
Edward, Emily in 1997. Doing a "Together at Last" From Annie. The Ward House Kids were also included.
4. Do you have a favorite storyline? One that stands above the rest either negatively or positively
So many storylines, so little time!! I think the most important and timely was the Stone HIV/AIDS Storyline. It was very novel for the time and enlightened on a subject many wouldn't touch. Well written and poignant. Great acting as well. Can't beat that.
Now, I have to admit that it was Luke and Laura that hooked me. Not appropriate now but back then? It was everything. Hot-Hot and so romantical. Soapy and it just made me run home to watch.
5. What do you want to see happen over the next year or so? What is needed
to spark the storylines and the ratings?
I think GH has been on a good track with bringing back the Q family. Remember that a few years ago there was just nothing. Now, there's life in that house again just like it should be! The Nixon Falls Saga time is overdue, that's for sure. The teens set is being buffed up with Spencer. I actually like the couple shake up. The show has to keep going in the direction of the younger characters if they hope to attract some more audience.
6. A soap opera staple is when someone isn't who they say they are and then revealed. (different name, different history, romantic past not mentioned).
Can you see any character today who would benefit from being an imposter?
The one character that could lend themselves to that would be Dante. The Turks could have absolutely switched him out. It would give some life to his story!
7. You have made it clear that the cast is bloated and that there are some characters
that are expendable. What 5 characters are so essential to the entire show that they
should be there on the last episode?
Putting me ON THE SPOT OR WHAT!! LOL... Let me see if I can do this. Laura of course. She needs to be included. I need to represent old school GH and Elizabeth does that well. We also need a Quartermaine so I'm taking Ned. That leaves 2 more people. I wish there was a Ward. Let's go with Robert Scorpio and one youngin' from the Corinthos Clan. I pick Joss.
8. When it eventually ends, how do you envision the final scene?
Probably a hell-scape type thing with the 5 characters setting off to find if anyone else survived the nuclear war or disease. "Last Soap On Earth".
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The next live blog will be on Thursday.
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