It seems that General Hospital
is finally getting around to
trimming the cast.
Unfortunately, I’m starting to suspect it’s so they can
afford Billy Miller (Jason), and not because the writers realize the folly of balancing
too many characters.
First up, Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix) announced that he has
been dropped to recurring. That’s not an outright ouster, but it’s pretty
close. Samuel expressed his ambition to move on to other things – so I doubt we’ll
be seeing much of Felix.
I’m guessing – and this is just a guess – that Sabrina will
be following in upcoming weeks. The character has been written into a corner,
and she has no ties to anyone on the canvas. There’s really no reason to keep
I am hoping that GH moves Lucas and Brad into a realistic
relationship (instead of the cliché threesome), although I still think it would
have made more sense to move Milo into their orbit. I am worried that both of
them will be gone, too. While I can take or leave Brad, Lucas is a legacy
character. He’s Carly and Sam’s brother and Lulu and Maxie’s cousin. He’s
important to the canvas.
In addition to Samuel, Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) has
voluntarily dropped to recurring. If you believe the
gossip, she’s only staying
recurring to finish up Britt’s storyline. While I had high hopes for Britt and
Nikolas in the beginning – those were dashed pretty quickly when the writing
for her character went from weak to dismal after the baby Rocco reveal. I can’t
help but think Thiebaud is better off getting away from the soap.
Since Thiebaud is involved with Bryan Craig (Morgan) in real
life, I’m betting he opts to leave when his contract is up next year. While I
like Craig’s Morgan, I think he’s one of the few actors who has a chance to hit
it big outside of daytime, so it’s only a matter of time before he flees Port
GH head writer Ron Carlivati has also written several big
characters into corners they might not be able to emerge from. Who?
1. Nina Clay:
If Michelle Stafford only signed a six-month
contract, the disastrous writing for Nina makes sense. She was always intended
to be a villain. If that wasn’t the case, the writing for Nina is so atrocious
that Stafford must be mortified. There’s no rooting value in the character, and
there’s no redeeming her. Once the baby storyline is wrapped up, Nina will
either be locked up with Heather Webber or killed.
2. Ava Jerome:
I love Maura West, but the second she killed
Connie in cold blood, Ava’s die was cast. The best thing to do with the character
is to reunite her with her baby and have her flee. I don’t want Kiki or Morgan
saddled with a kid – and Sonny has enough kids to field his own ball team.
As much as I applauded his outing of Carly and
Sonny – and the truth behind AJ’s murder – there still isn’t any rooting value
in the character. Roger Howarth is a tremendous talent – and now a regular on
the CW’s The Flash. Maybe it’s time to let him go with dignity. Bringing
someone of Howarth’s caliber in as a character as dumb as Franco was just …
well … insulting, to both fans and Howarth.
4. Sonny Corinthos:
Maurice Benard may be a popular actor,
but who can root for Sonny? He killed AJ in cold blood. He lied to his son. He
tried to kill Ava. Seriously, how does Sonny think it’s okay to kill Ava for
killing Connie but take no personal responsibility for murdering AJ? Sonny and
Carly do not work as a couple. In fact, they’re the couple who helped sink Port
Charles. Besides that, Laura Wright and Benard have absolutely no chemistry. Send
Sonny out of town, give him a happily ever after with Brenda in a non-extradition
country, and call it a day.
And, finally, when it comes to cutting dead weight – can someone
explain to me why Olivia is still around? I’m sure Lisa Locicero is a wonderful
person, but Olivia is completely unnecessary. The cast has to be trimmed, and
while it looks like the pruning has started, there’s still a long way to go.
GH's greatest strength lies in its veterans and core families. Let's not lose that.
What do you think? Who should go? Who should stay?