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2003 General Hospital Opinion Articles and Essays!

GH Needs to Use More of Its Cast

Written 1/29/03 by Suzanne originally for Bella Online

I really hate to gripe about GH because it's so good right now! Every day I feel like, oh, what will happen next? That doesn't happen very often in soaps, at least not with such intensity. The Alcazar trial has been great. The writers have done a fair job at getting a large amount of characters all involved at once.

I have enjoyed seeing Mac and Taggert have more to do lately. I used to hate Taggert, being a Sonny fan, because his only purpose for existing seemed to be to get on Sonny and Jason's case. Now I see him as more of a well-rounded character, thanks to scenes with Gia and with Scott. It's also great how they have brought Felicia into the investigation.

But GH has a large cast and there are many older folks that I wish they could write in more often. It was great to see Alan and Monica around to interact with their children, A.J., Skye, and Jason. And I like how Edward is in the thick of things with Ned and Faith.

But they could do more. For instance, when Sonny's whole family was at the courtroom to support Jason and Brenda, where was Mike? He may not like Jason much but he does like Brenda. For that matter, where Courtney's other parent when she was getting stalked or getting her divorce from Jason? I don't think Atlantic City is so far from Port Charles that Janine couldn't visit more often.

Tony really hates Jason so it would be logical for him to show up in the courtroom to cheer on his prosecution. Or they could even have shown the folks at GH watching the trial news on TV. They all know Brenda and Jason well. It would have been a good way to show Audrey, Gail, Bobbie, and some others. This show is still called General HOSPITAL, isn't it? Or has it been changed to General MOBSTERS?

Don't get me wrong, I love Sonny and the rest of them, but I would like to see more of the rest of the cast used occasionally. There are some very talented people there. It's a shame they recently took Rachel Ames (Audrey) off contract. I have to wonder if they would have done that, if Steve were still around. They must not think that we want to see older people. That's so much bull---t! It makes the younger characters more interesting when we see them interacting with their parents, grandparents, older co-workers, etc. I guess they figure that since Rebecca Herbst might be leaving the show, they don't need Elizabeth's grandmother around. What a terrible way to treat someone who's been with the show for that long, let alone the loyal fans who like to be reminded of the show's history.

I was glad to hear Gail Baldwin's name mentioned; apparently Zander is going to her for therapy. I hope we get to actually see her. While we're on the subject, why didn't Kevin and Lucy go to Gail for marriage counseling over on Port Charles? And for that matter, where the heck have Victor and Mary been hiding on PC?

Hmmm…..sounds like ABC needs to stop listening to those idiots that think only teenagers and 20-something's should be on soaps; they need to remember that soaps are successful because they are MULTIGENERATIONAL and have a lot of long-time fans that know their history! If you don't believe me, take a look at the most successful show, Y&R, which has plenty of people in all age groups. PC & Passions are down at the bottom and they have hardly anyone over 50. I think that's a good hint of what viewers want to see.

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