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Be true to your Goom-ba

Posted in Fabulous Jones, General Hospital, Maurice Benard, Polls, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos with tags , , , , on January 13, 2012 by ghblowhard


There’s all kinds of Sonny fans out there, the ones we will concentrate on in this blog are the hardcore, long time, loyal Sonny/Maurice fans.  They watch regularly when they love a story line, watch regularly when a pairing is not to their liking, and most of all, they STICK it out when , like this fall,  and during the Dante shooting and car bombing, the Sonny character heads south for months of constant on show bashing.  Still these fans do not stop watching even if during exceptionally hard to watch segments, they watch clips only.  They have earned the right to CARE.  They have earned the right to praise WHATEVER it is they like and to complain about WHATEVER it is they hate.  They have been in the trenches for years never giving less than l00% support to Maurice.  This blog is not being written to bash, criticize or put down any other fan base, so we won’t.  We want to remain as positive as we can in our support for Maurice.

We would like to discuss what we are seeing and hearing from SFF/MFF’s whose only concern is Maurice not pairings,  story lines, personal wants. Whether this show is cancelled or not, these fans want the very best writing for Maurice/Sonny.  Their first priority is NOT which woman ends up with Sonny, how well SHE will be written, and how it must be THEIR favorite couple.  Many S&B fans experienced first hand this summer that even a very popular couple cannot save horrid writing.  What the SFF/MFF’s want is some enhanced growth in the Sonny character, not one small step forward and ten giant steps backwards.  There well may be no  time for such nonsense if Sonny is to be written as a layered character treated with the same respect Jason gets as a mobster, and allowed to enjoy his family, some friends and  utilize the many assets Maurice personally has that are constantly squelched because of the one dimensional writing for Sonny.

I am getting the feeling that Sonny fans will fight hard for the integrity of their character over any pairing or story line.  They want  a strong

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Sonny in command, with family  ties that mean something, and something other than just being a mob boss.  Get that restaurant up.  Show that home for children going up and representing  some growth for Sonny.  If there is a woman, let it be on even ground…no saves, no constant lectures and put downs and a give and take relationship that WORKS.  It is far too late to continue to sing the tired old song about Sonny being a mobster and thereby deserving nothing in this life.  Before the show goes off, bring this mobster into the modern world of mobsters…the ones with homes, family, friends, strong ties to modern society and get rid of this archaic view that we have lived with for far too many years.

Right now there is very little buzz supporting any current spoilers because everything is subject to change pending a cancellation announcement…or not…and what the new regime wants for the show in general.  One thing is apparent.  Maurice has saved the Sonny character time and again with his sensitive portrayals and now it is time to give this character some upbeat decent writing.  We are NOT seeing it right now as we digress back to the same old  repetitious recital of Sonny wrong doings.  There are break through scenes off and on with Nancy and Kelly but not near enough.  The rest is the same old  gloom and doom.  Wash. Rinse. Repeat.  Sonny needs more than fighting the Z’s over and over and listening to Carly lectures and Michael rantings.  The scenes with Kate have been well done, but will they last?  A lot depends on these writers.

This week we got some interesting news as four members of the now defunct soap OLTL are crossing over to GH for a story line all centered around Sonny. That’s a start in the right direction IF Sonny is written well and layered and is not used as one big punching bag for everyone on the canvass to crap on.

Also this week we were given a hint that GH may be cancelled.  If that is true then GH better give the character of Sonny Corinthos and Maurice Benard their due.  Maurice has been on the show 19 years and let’s face facts he carried the show for a good many of those years and STILL is popular and considered one of the stars of the show.  He was part of TWO super couples who defined the show in the 90s and the first decade of the 2000s: Sonny and Brenda and Sonny and Carly.  The fact that Sonny is a character still standing is due largely to Maurice because the writing since about 2007 on sure has done him NO FAVORS. Sonny’s staying power is due to Maurice who managed to evoke sympathy from the viewers during some of the most horrendous and stilted writing for his character.  If GH is to end then tptb better give Maurice and the character of Sonny the respect and honor they deserve.  That means give the man what he wants!  Give us the old Sonny back, not the Sonny used as a foil  and not the Sonny where unsavory story lines are piggy backed off him to prop other characters. In the 90s Sonny as a character stood quite well on his own. He didn’t need to be propped. He didn’t need Jax, Jason, AJ, Ric, Johnny,  Alcazar, or Trevor–they needed HIM. So GIVE him his due and acknowledge his loyalty and staying power on this show. Give him him respect and dignity.  If that means Maurice wants to end the show with Sonny and Brenda (we don’t know that for sure but both Maurice and VMG have said in interviews that’s what they would like) then make that happen.  If he wants Sonny to end up with SKate so be it.  If he wants Michael Sutton back for a scene give him that! Bring back Mike Corbin!

Give Sonny’s long suffering and loyal fans something too.  Give us OUR due for supporting Maurice and the show all these years even if we didn’t like what we saw happening to the character. Fix things between Sonny and Robin! Make Sonny a root for character again! Give him an adventure and a story line where we can see all aspects of Sonny’s character.  Make his friends treat him with some loyalty and respect. Give him some light stuff! And most of all: Get him a freaking LOCK for his door!

Stay Fabulous!

SPOILERS

1/13 Sam hopes and prays for a miracle.
Robin calls Patrick but Patrick suspects that she’s not where she says she is.
Elizabeth and Patrick have a heart-to-heart.
Michael becomes more like his father.
Sam shares her pregnancy test results with Jason!

Week of January 16th1/16 Patrick has some straight up questions for Robin.
After an intense verbal sparring match with Johnny, Sonny is found by Shawn.
Lulu and Ethan clash; she has no idea what’s going through Ethan’s head.
Maxie has a proposition for Matt.1/17 Robin and Patrick discuss her health and the new drug protocol.
Ewen focuses his attention upon Liz, much to Matt’s displeasure.
Carly and Johnny make plans.
Tracy grows more upset by recent events.
Kate second-guesses her relationship with Sonny.
Shawn meets a new face in Port Charles.1/18 A jealous and displeased Maxie confronts Liz.1/19 Johnny comes across something truly shocking;
Johnny sees Michael with a gun.
Tracy is faced with a critical decision.1/20 While Sonny is paying Johnny a visit,
someone steps into his shoes by taking on a father-figure role with Michael.
Luke delivers Sonny some startling information.
Robin returns home.1/23 Jax has an offer for Kate; Jax departs town (Ingo’s last day).
Jason and Sam look to Dr. Lee for answers.1/16/2012
General Hospital
(The Crush)
Lulu questions Ethan about the object of his affections; Maxie has a proposition for Matt.
1/17/2012
General Hospital
(The Plans)
Kate second-guesses her relationship with Sonny; Shawn meets a new face in Port Charles.
1/19/2012
General Hospital
(The Gun)
Johnny sees Michael with a gun; Tracy is faced with a critical decision.1/20/2012
General Hospital
(News)Luke delivers Sonny some startling information; Robin returns home.

Sonny has big news.Johnny and Anthony have a major argument.Alexis accidentally makes Sam upset.Michael challenges Dante and Delores.Jason pulls Sam into his arms.

Anthony makes an ultimatum.

Edward has a moment with Luke.

Maxie calls out Lulu.

Carly finds herself in a passionate moment.

Spinelli gets unsettling news about a fire.

Someone is following the women of Port Charles.

Alexis suspects that Helena had something to do with Molly’s disappearance.

Ethan seeks out Spinelli for help in uncovering Cassandra’s past.

Jason and Alexis warn Helena to stay away from Sam.

**Alexis is afraid Helena took Molly**Spinelli works on the mystery of Cassandra’s past.**Jax and Kate have a talk and he makes an offer.**Meet TJ, son of the man Shawn killed by mistake in Iraq**Jax gives Michael advice

**Luke’s back in Port Charles

**Ewan does a psychological profile for the PCPD on the Stripper Killer.

**Michael buys a gun and wants to find the Stripper Killer himself

**Carly and Johnny work together–and MORE!?

**Franco and Jason: bang, bang

**Kate has a visitor she knows TJ

**Tracy is trapped

**Molly and TJ connect

**Ewan warns Cassandra to stay away from Ethan

**Robin comes clean with Patrick

**The wedding starts but has a major interruption.

**Helena is waiting in the wings

**Maxie and Spinelli do the “woman behind the man” photo shoot

**Molly starts wondering about her Cassadine side of the family

**Matt loses a patient.

**Lulu drinks and gets depressed about her lack of career aims

Revenge and runaways.

Shawn finds Sonny struggling to survive while Jax flees the scene with a gun. Michael is also running around with a gun that he wants to get rid of. While his mother continues looking for leverage on the Zaccharas, she also makes plans to spend the night with Johnny.

The turmoil continues for Jason and Sam over their latest run-in with Franco. Spinelli finds more information about the artist while Sam has nightmares about him. Jason is off dealing with Sonny and his plan to get revenge on the Zaccharas. Things could go in a different direction after Luke tips his old friend off with some shocking news. Sonny runs off to see Johnny, who is in the middle of slapping skin with Carly.

Shawn runs into TJ, the son of the man he accidentally killed. He takes him under his wing and TJ instantly finds a friend in Molly but he’s less friendly to Shawn after learning that he works for Sonny. Over at the hospital, Patrick goes into shock when Robin is gone. He refuses to believe what Liz tells him. When Robin returns to town, her husband demands the truth. And Jax manages to corner Michael and attempts to give him some advice before it’s too late.

Ewen attempts to get Cassandra to open up about her past. Ethan shows up to try and romance her, which doesn’t sit well with her doctor. Across town, Maxie asks Matt to move in with her but he seems far more concerned about Liz and Ewen getting close. Meanwhile, Tracy gets trapped on a boat with Anthony and has to finally decide if she will actually marry him. As they head down the aisle, the wedding hits a snag.

NE week of Jan 23
Sonny has big news.
Johnny and Anthony have a major argument.
Alexis accidentally makes Sam upset.
Michael challenges Dante and Delores.
Jason pulls Sam into his arms.
Anthony makes an ultimatum.
Edward has a moment with Luke.
Maxie calls out Lulu.
Carly finds herself in a passionate moment.

SPUMORS
RC’s dream goal is for one last adventure umbrella story impacting the Spencers, Scorpios, Cassadines, and Corinthos clans.

ABC Press Release on OLTL/GH crossover

ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Howarth, DePaiva, Easton & Alderson To Cross Over To GENERAL HOSPITAL
Frank Valentini, executive producer of GENERAL HOSPITAL, announced today that Emmy Award-nominated Kassie DePaiva and Emmy winner Roger Howarth, along with fan favorites Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson, will reprise their “One Life to Live” characters and head to “General Hospital” as part of a new storyline for the multi-Emmy Award-winning daytime drama. Production begins late January 2012 in Los Angeles.

“We have a very exciting story planned for the citizens of Port Charles, with Sonny Corinthos at the center of it! I am confident viewers and fans alike will be excited for the arrival of John (Easton), Starr (Alderson), Blair (DePaiva) and Todd (Howarth),” said Valentini. “Incorporating characters from ‘One Life to Live’ continue the legacy of the show as we weave them into ‘General Hospital.'”

With many television, film and stage credits to her name, DePaiva played the role of beautiful Blair Cramer on “One Life to Live” since December 1993. In addition, she played good-girl Chelsea Reardon on the daytime drama “Guiding Light.” Horwath returned to portray Todd Manning on “One Life to Live” in 2011, a role he originated from a day-player to a compelling long-term character. Performing at many prestigious regional theater centers, he has many theater credits to his name, and in addition appeared in the television series “Prey” and in the primetime teen drama “Dawson’s Creek,” as well as the daytime drama “As the World Turns.”

Easton joined the cast of ABC’s long-running “One Life to Live” in 2003 as John McBain.
A published poet, he also played vampire Caleb Morley on the ABC daytime drama “Port Charles,” among many other television and film credits. As for Alderson, she continuously played the role of Starr Manning on multi award-winning “One Life to Live” since March 1998, the precocious young daughter of Blair Cramer and Todd Manning.

Garnering eight Daytime Emmys in 2011, “General Hospital” airs at 3:00 p.m., ET, 2:00 p.m., PT on the ABC Television Network, and on SOAPnet at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Winner of a record-setting 10 Emmys for Outstanding Daytime Drama, the program celebrates 49 years of broadcasting on April 1, 2012, and is the longest-running dramatic serial on ABC, having aired close to 12,500 episodes. The show is produced by Time Square Studios for ABC Daytime.

“General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer. Mary O’Leary, Mercer Barrows and Michelle Henry are producers. Ron Carlivati is the head writer. Full episodes of “General Hospital” are available on ABC.com immediately following its air on the network for users to watch online.

Sonny Corinthos: Life often presents us with a choice of evils, rather than of good. Warning: Spoilers

Posted in Caroline Blazen, General Hospital, Honest to blog, Maurice Benard, Polls, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos on June 21, 2010 by ghblowhard

Remember the old Jetsons cartoon series? George Jetson takes his dog Astro out for a walk on a conveyor belt type walkway.   Astro sees a cat and chases it and in so doing he accidently turns the speed of the conveyor belt up to high and poor George Jetson is taken for the walk of his life.  As George Jetson tries to hang on he cries out to his wife , “Jane, get me off of this crazy thing!”.  That’s how I feel about watching GH lately. What is on GH now that any Sonny fan would enjoy? Besides the handsome and talented Maurice Benard ? NOTHING!

What is particularly irksome is everyone on GH calling Sonny crazy. A mob boss trying to protect his territory is NOT crazy.  A mob boss trying to protect his family is NOT crazy.  Jason wants to kill Dante-is he crazy? Johnny wants to kill Sonny-is he crazy? Carly wants revenge on Dante and Lulu-is She crazy? Kristina is playing a very dangerous game to make he dad angry-is she crazy? You can’t have it both ways. Either all mobsters (or characters) who want to kill or seek revenge are crazy or they’re not. It’s that simple.  In addition, Sonny is a character who suffers from bipolar disorder. He is taking meds for the illness and considering everything Sonny has been through (albeit some of it is of his own making) in the past few months he’s actually handling it all pretty well.  If I was a viewer and I had bipolar disorder I would NOT be happy with the word crazy being thrown around so often!

Having Sonny being talked about as a womanizer is also irksome.  The only time he could really be described as cheating is when he left Lily to go back to Brenda.  And he fought that hard! Anytime he was with someone else during his time with Carly was when she was unfaithful or had committed a betrayal. In Sonny’s mind they were over.  He spent a whole year being celibate when he and Carly broke up after she tried to turn him into the feds.  That’s when he had his tryst with Alexis. He had just found Carly and Lorenzo together when he and Sam got together.  Carly was married to Lorenzo when Sonny and Reese got together and after Reese he became involved with Emily.  He and Claudia had their hotel romp after Kate turned down his marriage proposal.  For the most part Sonny is faithful.

What IS crazy is how Sonny is supposedly a powerful mobster and how he is depicted.  Powerful mobster don’t get their power unless they are smart and cunning and posses gravitas.  We saw how Sonny consolidated power in his early days on the show.  He was methodical, deliberate and knew when to make his move.   People may not have liked him but they respected him.  Compare that to the way Sonny is written now.  He has two jokers as body guards (Max and Milo) who let ANYONE walk into Sonny’s living room to give him a tongue lashing.   He walks around PC with a bulls eye on his back that says “tell me off when ever you see me”.  Carly got him to sign over the rights to his kids and now Jax is adopting Morgan.  Who writes this nonsense?  A real mobster would have killed Johnny and Jerx off ages ago. A real mobster would keep his kids.  A real mobster would have more than one “hit man”.   A real mobster would have a lawyer and  partners that respected him. A real mobster’s family would not be in constant jeopardy.  As for this Sonny’s enemies in jail crap trying to get Michael?  That would never happen because a real mobster would have tentacles that reached into  prison.

Another joke is how Jason and Johnny are depicted as different kinds of mobsters. Jason is the hero mobster. Johnny is the victim mobster.  But let’s get this straight, Jason and Johnny still are criminals and  kill people.  So it makes no sense that everybody seems to be ok with Jason having a relationship with Sam.   Molly and Kristina fall all over themselves to worship Jason as the perfect boyfriend.  Olivia, who at 15, would not tell Sonny(age 16) that she was pregnant with his son (which, if she had, might have actually given Sonny a reason not to join the mob) because he was a runner for Joe Scully (small peanuts in the mob world).  But she has this “WONDERFUL” relationship with Johnny–a mobster.  Because you see, apparently NOBODY has to take responsibility for their choices except for Sonny.  It is presumed that Jason was a brain damaged young malcontent when Sonny turned him into a mobster, never mind that Sonny tried to fire Jason more than once for his own good.   Poor widdle Johnny was born into the business and doesn’t know any better.  Meanwhile Sonny was a homeless 16 yr old out on the streets trying to keep a roof over his head and food on the table.  Both Jason and Johnny have well to do families to fall back on (even though the Q’s and the Z’s REALLY are crazy), Sonny had no fall back plan.   So who actually had choices?

Carly now states that having Sonny as a parent to her oldest two children was a mistake. Long time viewers may remember that Sonny was reluctant to marry her and have more children because of his dangerous life style.  But she and Jason tag teamed Sonny into going along with her wishes.   Now Sonny has no relationship with any of his children but what has Carly had to pay for her mistakes?  Sonny was painted as having too much pride and that he had to learn to forgive.  What wouldn’t I give to have that Sonny back now!

This Sonny is abusive stuff is rediculous.   One incident of Sonny calling Claudia out in front of a crowd does not make him an abuser.  For the most part Sonny treated Claudia well and often was the person who took her side when her wonderful brother threatened to kill her if she harmed Olivia.  Yes–Johnny Bravo did threaten to kill his sister. Claudia was also a very dangerous person who skulked around Greystone sleeping with Ric, putting holes in rubbers,was forever taking out hits on people and even had Michael and Kristina kidnapped. Sonny and Carly were toxic together I’ll grant you that but she gave as good as she got. She knew how to push Sonny’s buttons and boy did she push them. Sonny has bipolar disorder–what’s Carly’s excuse? With Alexis, Em, Reese and Kate he was thoughtful, sweet and loving.

Kristina is now playing a very dangerous game with Johnny against her dad. However, she’s 17 and Johnny is like 30.  Instead of Johnny. who knows the implications of this dangerous game, coming clean with Olivia, he pouts about Olivia taking Sonny’s side over his to Ethan. Who’s the crazy one?   Ethan should at least tell Luke or somebody that Kristina isn’t seeing Johnny.  Alexis  is a lawyer. She could put a restraining order out on Johnny and the next time Kristina and Johnny are seen together Johnny would be arrested–problem solved.  OR she could ground Kristina.  What about Kristina? She blamed Ethan for beating her up because she was afraid her dad would kill Keifer ( her mother did accidentally kill him by running him over and not stopping for help but everyone is fine with that)  but now she seems clueless about the consequences of her actions? And wtf is she so angry about anyway? If she hates her dad so much then let her leave him alone instead of being constantly in his face torturing him.

But we all know what’s going to happen. Sonny will plant a bomb in Johnny’s car that puts Kristina in danger and he will get the blame for everything because you see ONLY SONNY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS CHOICES.

Tptb know Sonny fans will stick around out of loyalty to Maurice/Sonny. Shouldn’t they be rewarded for that loyalty? And shouldn’t they deserve more?

Have a happy!

Caroline Blazen

GH Fun Guza Style (some spoilers included)

Posted in Fabulous Jones, General Hospital, Polls, Soap Media, Soap Operas, Sonny Corinthos on June 9, 2010 by ghblowhard

There is nobody having less fun than Sonny these days (except perhaps for viewers).  It is a requirement in PC that all residents recognize that ALL things wrong in PC are Sonny’s fault.   Have the guy shoot his son, almost kill the wrong guy because his daughter lied.,  have everyone in PC believe that their part in Micheal’s jailing is really all Sonny’s fault, tell him so whenever possible,  have Mr. Dimples go to therapy with his sulking whiny daughter and lose it, while a faceless, voiceless therapist listens to  whiney, play offense and daddy play defense, neither with any noticeable success.  Also remind the dark evil one that along with all his other crimes, mistakes, misdeeds and poor decisions, he is an abuser.

All this seems to be leading up to Sonny recognizing that he is in denial about residual anger issues dating back to the abuse he and his mother suffered  years ago.,  Now granted, Sonny is the complex dark bad guy on the show who is always the designated hitter when bad mistakes are to be made, but Guza is on massive overkill right now and needs to start spreading the “always wrong” wealth around more.

Guza is not done with Sonny yet, he is pouring another glass of “dumb juice” designed to make Sonny try yet another caper of horror, planting a car bomb.  Why?  Because self centered whiney moper is hooking up with even more self centered dim bulb mobster sneering Johnny Bravo (otherwise known as the “victim  mobster”  badly misunderstood and mistreated ) .  Johnny sees a way to use Prissie Krissie to his advantage thus getting revenge for her while hurting her dad emotionally as well as professionally.  These two crazy kids are just so darn exciting  or so thinks Guza but will it almost backfire and send eager Ethan to the rescue just in time?   Will anyone really care?

Big news on the female front…Brenda returns and will she be for Sonny?  Will they create a quad with Carly, Jax, Sonny and Brenda that can send herds of viewers seeking “viewer therapy”.  Will Brenda still be married to Stone Cold and have to bump currently crazed Spinelli out of the pink room?  Is Carly capable of being any more of a lunatic than she is being right now when she gets a gander at Brenda back in PC?  Will Jax divorce Carly, propose to Brenda again, see her kissing Sonny and dump her again?  Can any of this be written NEW and INTERESTING this time around?

Can’t wait!

Stay Fabulous!