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  1. It's not even that complicated though. Just say Alex's long history of brainwashing and instability led her to turn nuts. Very simple. I don't give a fuck about Alex or her time on AMC tbh but she's a useful villain.
  2. Alex's ridiculous storyline on AMC involved years of brainwashing to become a trained assassin and impersonate Anna while working for their mother's evil intelligence agency. IIRC she'd spent some time in a sanitarium before coming onto the show due to those mental issues. It is not a stretch to me that Alex would turn out to be crazy years later due to that upbringing and very dark past, and go full villain. But the even more stupid thing is that to my knowledge (and I'm not watching atm) they have never bothered to explain this change in her character with even two lines of dialogue. It is very easy and very plausible, but they won't do it, we have to fill in the gaps. Dimitri Marick mentioned Alex briefly on AMC 2.0 in 2013, and said he'd divorced her.
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    Since I'm being quoted let me be clear: I love her, but Erika was wrong about Linda Gottlieb. I think Linda Gottlieb was absolutely transformative for OLTL in the best possible ways despite some flaws, and so was Wendy Riche at GH.
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    It's just a shame. Cynthia Watros is still a major casting coup for GH. And they saddle her with Nina?! I mean, can she play that type - absolutely, in her sleep. And who knows, maybe you could reinvent the character. But I have no faith that she won't get the same schlock they've always given Nina. Nothing will change without a creative team change.
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    Cynthia Watros is insanely good. And she could actually make something of this horrible character. I just wish she was playing anyone else.
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    If the wild rumor about Cady McClain is true, oof. Cady can be a great actress with versatile material (many years at AMC, her early run at ATWT) and I adore her, but when the material or character is bad it is a nightmare. Her brief Y&R run replacing Cynthia Watros as a Nina-esque psycho was unwatchable.
  7. Uhhhhhhh He absolutely did not, and that is not his fault either.
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    I love Melissa, but no, no, no. She's also too young. Nina has no reason to exist.
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    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    Why haven't they stopped making poor Denise Alexander lurch from set to prop to random bystander's arm clinging for dear life over the last five years? Why's Franco gotta show up at the courthouse looking like Howdy Doody? Why'd they make Liz look like one of the wives from Big Love standing next to him? Why didn't anyone alter poor HBS' wardrobe? I have a lot of questions, Frank!
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    All Episodes talk - OLTL

    Nora is back on General Hospital this week, representing Dr. Kevin Collins. At 2:18, Kevin mentions that "Dr. Saybrooke" speaks highly of her, and Nora calls Marty a dear friend - clearly Marty is well, free and no longer killing people. Hooray!
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    Episode Discussion: TFGH

    Live look at me lured back in like a cheap dock hooker by Nora mentioning the obviously well and no longer a therapist-killing psychopath Marty Saybrooke from OLTL:
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    Yes, and that was all serious damage to Patrick's character. That's part of what I'm talking about. He was duped the first time and turned into one of many clueless male props after Robin "died," then duped to a lesser extent with her second exit but damaged far, far worse. That's my whole point. When it wrapped I thought Patrick's apologies to Robin upon their final exit were sufficient. YMMV. But there was never going to be another option in how to handle that with both of them leaving the show and RC and his subsequent replacements having written them down to the wire like that. It's true Carlivati wrote it trying to skew it so people would still sympathize with Patrick and Sam even though they knew Robin was in danger. This wasn't the first time he'd done this in a story like that. As I said many times back in the day he always liked to play it both ways. He'd want people to fear for Robin and invest in her plight and know the truth and care for her and her heroic choice, but he also liked to trash her (as well as other characters in similar positions in other stories he's done) to keep the other players viable. The end result of that sort of wishy washy approach, for me at least, was everyone getting trashed. Robin most of all? Maybe - but at the end of the day, she came out of it as the selfless heroine rescued and beloved by her family, while Patrick was still the dude whose predominant screentime had become being the cranky dumbass who couldn't see though Helena's obvious scam and stop banging Sam long enough to rescue his back from the dead wife til his contract ran out. I can't blame JT for bolting. Ron Carlivati's attitude was always that people would forgive the characters and his storyline anything in the end when the truth was known - after he made them wait. He misused that trust, but IMO that is not the fault of the characters he very cavalierly misused to service a plot that became very forced. By the time that shitshow was over all I needed from those characters was what they gave their partners, but that's me.
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    This is not what I'm talking about. Liz is frontburner married(?) to a serial killer and before that she basically raped Jake/Drew. That is damage. Patrick and Sam both got thrown into a series of overnight relationships (and in Patrick's case, got turned into a total idiot re: Robin's first re-exit in '14) and then got clowned when Robin and Jason finally turned up. That's damage of a different kind as well. We can go down the list and talk about what was done to Nikolas' character, to Jason/Drew's, it can go down a long list. I don't have to ride or die for these characters to recognize the damage done to them. To be very clear: I prioritize and love Robin over literally everyone else I mentioned. But if we're talking onscreen, then let's talk about it onscreen. Both Patrick and Sam ended up apologizing to their MIA spouses when all was said and done. What more should they have done to 'pay for' moving on while being duped and clueless in a stupidly-written storyline? What consequences should they suffer for being poorly written duped puzzle pieces in a love triangle? It's not like Patrick sold Robin to white slavers or Sam ran Jason down.
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    With the exception of Jason all those characters paid the price in terms of character damage.
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    Never soon enough!
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    Ron Carlivati didn't give a shit about Patrick any more than he gave a shit about most men on his shows. If you watch his work over the years, unless he created or brought in that character most males are expendable chess pieces in his stories. Most of the more conventional leads are the goat/dupe or a piece of meat or gender-swapped as the clueless ingenue, or all of the above, usually to bigger villains or vixens, etc. Dante, Patrick, Nathan, Spinelli, Jake/Jason II, Michael, Morgan, etc. That is why Patrick had an offscreen pill addiction story before being turned into a Prince Charming archetype overnight for two new characters (Sabrina and Britt) to compete over. Patrick was never the priority. RC's larger plot machinations with Faison, Robin, etc. always were. For that any character can be misused and marginalized, and that included both Robin and Patrick, albeit in different ways. I was never some massive fan of Patrick as a solo character, ever, and I see no point in him returning to the show on contract. But the fact is GH didn't give a shit about his character beyond plot function once Robin was gone. They might have paired him with new women, but that was simply a function of a larger plot arc in which logic and plausible motivation regularly went out the window for multiple characters. JT knew all this, which is why he quit. Nothing that was done to him or to Robin was to try to make Patrick happen as some shining solo lead; that's missing the forest for the trees. It was done in part to shine up new favorites like Sabrina (who was always going to lose Patrick but not without RC making sure to try to make people pity her first), but more importantly to further a larger umbrella plot axis with supervillains and the Scorpios - because before Ron Carlivati ever came to GH, he'd already begun prioritizing plot over characters.
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    The character's name is Billy and they dislike him/JT in the role.
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    I got used to him. But you know it was true!!!
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    I remember watching DOOL as a kid back then and lusting after RKK's Bo, lol. He was the only one I knew at the time, and I knew nothing of the BTS stuff obviously. Cut to the next day, Peter Reckell shows up and I'm like 'who is this hick??'
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    IMO if Frank was going to be able to sell recasting Robin (with Budig, allegedly) he had his shot and lost it. She's been back too many times in the last few years. It's the third rail, but IMO it always was.
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    This is OT, but I don't agree. She obviously enjoyed working with JT, which is fine and natural even when fans hate a story. That doesn't mean she's conniving. She didn't campaign against her other pairings (unlike Stafford), and she sold being paired with Peter Bergman from day one (again, unlike Stafford). She was gushing about PB and quietly muted re: the Billy pairing by contrast in a very recent interview.
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    Which is what a contract return would create. But visiting for cases or what not, as Kimberly has done regularly? I don't see a problem with that.
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    Nobody's saying she's not more important. But he's a beloved character, he's available and Kimberly mostly directs atm. I'm sure she'll continue to visit as well. I don't have a problem with seeing Patrick. (Nor was it his fault he stayed on contract a few years without her in the first place)
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    I'd be good with that.
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    GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    For all I know Sally Sussman could be back in the building, lol. Her husband is there now after all. That whole Billy/Phyllis mess was a shitshow but I don't think the actors (Thompson and Tognoni) were to blame. They always sold their stuff with others (especially Gina with Peter Bergman, which was a big reason Stafford left Y&R initially; she didn't care for the pairing and was unable to boss around JFP). It was the EP, Sony/CBS and the writing. Topic: I do love that in the end it came down to the old Frank Valentini freezeout routine. Contract negotiations go down to the wire, take it or leave it, blah blah blah aaaaand goodbye. In the end they all get that even when they start out as a big hire. It could even happen to Roger Howarth someday. Maybe?
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