June 21, 2003
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HAPPY!!! NOT HAPPY AT ALL!!
*sigh* One of my gal pals wrote to me today asking
if I had ANY further information on ZEm or what was going to happen with Zander.
I told her what I tell about everyone who writes about storyline stuff:
"If I know it, it'll be in the column." Not long after that, I got a
little buzz from a good source who has always reported info to me that is quite
accurate, so when she talks, baby, Sage sits up, perks up ears and listens.
I've had some mixed feelings on the whole ZEm story since
Emily returned. I do think that Natalia Livingston is doing as good of a
job as any NonAmber human could do with the role. Sure, it's different, as
it's always going to be through the filter of a different actor's take on the
character. A bit of adjusting was required for me around the corners, but
hey, I'm cool with it. I was uneasy from the beginning with her decision
to not tell Zander about the cancer and the whole "one perfect day" thing was
just way too morbid for me. I'm just not into breaking someone's heart
"for their own good." If I were Zander and found out the real reasons why
she had altruistically lied her face off to him, rejected him and flaunted her
"relationship" with another man in his face, I'd want to dump her just for doing
that. Forget the selfless reasoning behind it. It bugs me that
Monica saw what keeping her cancer from Alan did to her marriage and isn't
screaming the truth from the rooftops "for Emily's own good." I agree that
a person should be allowed to deal with personal and emotional situations as
privately as they choose and in whatever manner they choose, but to do so by
outright lying and in Monica's case, backing up the lie, is a whole different
I've got to tell my poor little ZEmmongers, it's not going
to get better anywhere soon. What my friend asked was whether or not Chad
was getting ripped off. I guess that depends on how you look at it. He's
getting some highly emotional material to play and that (as for instance, in the
Jax leaves Skye outstanding performance by Robin Christopher), ain't ever bad.
He's going to have more good upcoming stuff and that's also good for Chad.
When he gets a chance to really go for it, let off the restraints and work a
scene, that's good for Chad and we're going to see that.
We're going to see some manipulations of the character of
Gia as I guess she falls for Zander and keeps the truth from him to hold onto
him. It's not clear yet as to how far the wedding between Nikolas and
Emily gets, but word is that Zander finds out about the cancer on June 30th
(although another source tells me it's pushed out to July 7th) and
that does NOT bring them together.
I stand by my original assessment that there is NO
guarantee or plan right now on who is going to end up together. Liz and
Ric, Jason and Liz, Sonny and Carly, Jason and Courtney, Emily and anybody are
all subject to the whims of the writers right now and the interest of the
writers is NOT with the fans or their desires at this point. This
is probably one of the first times in soap history that the wants of fans has
been basically rendered null and void. Who do I blame for this?? The
internet that gave so many of us not only a voice, but the means to mobilize an
army that agrees with our perspective, whatever that might be. When you
have 10,000 people screaming for a Jason and Elizabeth reunion and 10,000 people
screaming for Liz and Ric to make it and 10,000 people screaming for a Lucky and
Elizabeth reunion and 10,000 people screaming for a Jason and Courtney happy
union, it just becomes 40,000 people screaming who all cancel out one another.
When there's no clear majority (trust me, there's not - for every vote, there's
one to cancel it out), the writers just do what pleases them and their bosses.
In our fervor to get what we want, we have inadvertently screwed ourselves out
of what we want... a voice.
Another thing I need to address is a situation that
Katrina called my attention to today that prior to her heads up, I did not know
existed. In my first Ask Sage column, a dear netpal of mine asked what I
would like... well, let me reprint the question and my answer:
What would you most like us to stop talking about?
Repetitive actor or character bashing.
I can dig it if you state your dislike for a character or actor in the context
of conversation, but just loud, obnoxious ranting about an actor or character
gets on my nerves. The folks at the Ranch (my message board) are really cool
about not doing that and I really appreciate it, but I've gone over to the EOS
GH board a few times and keep finding posts that hurt my teeth to read.
I guess people took offense at this and I really only
meant to honestly answer the lady's question. Those who read my column
know a good bit about me if they've been around for very long. There's not
much I hold back and I'm very much a WYSIWYG person (what you see is what you
get). I am who I am. If you haven't picked up on this information
prior to this column, let me clear up a couple of things:
1). I can't stand message boards. I feel they
bring out the absolute worst in people and provide a magnificent breeding ground
for hate, venom and negativity. It's my stalwart impression that they
encourage people to say things and behave in ways that they would never dream of
in "real life." It makes people forget in an instant that dammit, this
*is* real life, like it or not, and there's another person on the other end of
the keyboard. It's way too easy to sit behind the comfortable and safe
anonymity of the net and eviscerate people who dare to disagree with your
almighty rightness and battle to the death over bullshit that is about as
important as a fart in a tornado. I never wanted to have a message board
and I only conceded to one after Katrina tweaked my ear around a bit and told me
how much my readers would like getting together in a tighter community and that
I had to trust my people. I did and I've overall, I've never
regretted it. It's been what, ladies, a couple of years now? I have
a community of highly intelligent, respectful, delightful people and I'm really
grateful for their presence every day. That being said, I still hate
message boards for all of the reasons given above. I just love *mine*.
2). I do not welcome ongoing negativity,
venom, hatred, pettiness and viciousness into my life, whether that is directed
toward a person, a character or whatever. I do not *hate* Jill Farren
Phelps (EP for GH) or Bob Guza (co-Head Writer for GH), but I sure hate what
they've done to my soaps and I have no problem offering protest. Ongoing
bashing and hatred is just something that I have no interest in entertaining.
Intelligent criticism and bashing are not even in the same ballpark... it ain't
even the same sport.
3). A month or so ago, someone, I think it was
Sherry Mercurio, or at least I'm going to say it was here because she's on vacay
and isn't here to deny it, told me about The Cottage and how I should check it
out. The Cottage is the Eye on Soaps GH board that is separate from my Ranch
board. I ventured over one day to take a look and saw a lot of posts
bashing Courtney, bitching over and over about her. I'm thinking, "OK,
someone had a problem with Courtney today." I went back a few days
later... same thing: four or five threads hammering away at Courtney.
When I saw the same thing on the third try within a week's time or so, I pretty
well figured out it wasn't a place where I wanted to be. Are there worse
boards out there? Sure there are. Do I know what The Cottage is like on a
day to day basis or what their heart is about? Of course I don't after
only a few visits. I did, however, see enough in that time to decide that
I didn't feel like sifting through the negativity to find the jewels that are
likely there. My computer time is just too precious for that.
4). I don't know everyone (hardly anyone for that
matter) at the Cottage, I'm not judging them personally and I don't presume to
know their agendas. I like Courtney and Alicia Leigh Willis very much, as
I detailed in a recent post, and I just didn't care to stay in a place where she
was being bashed all the time or at least every time I was there. It was a
very personal decision. Others who are more thick-skinned than I am and
have a higher immunity and to and tolerance of ongoing negativity would likely
have a different impression. Maybe others would make the same decision if
they had a favorite character and were having to overlook constant hammering of
that person to get to good stuff. Maybe they wouldn't. Regardless, I
was very disappointed in the atmosphere it created (especially on a site with
which I am directly affiliated), decided not to return and wrote to explain my
decision to Sherry Mercurio (the board moderator) and Katrina (the owner and
Mama of Eye on Soaps) so they wouldn't think I was just doing flybys on the
5). I know now that some crap erupted on the board
afterwards when I guess people had trouble telling the difference between
voicing a negative opinion ("I thought it was really dumb of Carly to not run
screaming out of Ric's house when she escaped today") versus ongoing, constant
basing of a character that doesn't really invite conversation ("CARLY IS A
DUMBASS HAHAHAHA DUMB CARLY! I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL SHE'S FINALLY OFF THE
SHOW!" being the signature for every post).
6). I didn't mean to offend any of the Cottage
folks. When I said "I've gone over to the EOS GH board a few times and keep
finding posts that hurt my teeth to read" (which was the full extent
of anything I said that could be remotely construed as negative), I just meant
that seeing bashing on a board, as opposed good, healthy conversation, is not my
bag. I've always said that if that starts to happen on my board and after
a request or two to cut it out is ignored, I'll drop the board. That still
stands and fortunately, I've only had to mention that a couple of times and it's
always pretty much been cool. It might sound Nazi-ish, but I feel like The
Ranch is my cyber home and the people who post there are guests in my home.
That means I get to decide what is and isn't acceptable behavior in my home.
I know Katrina feels the same about every message board affiliated with Eye on
Soaps. I would hope the people who take advantage of the graciousness of
Eye on Soaps and Katrina to set up a forum to allow visiting (a parlor in
Katrina's house, more or less) and conversation, would be decent and classy
enough to honor what she asks. I know Katrina personally and the cut and
pastes I saw from that board in relation to her are not only the antithesis
(that means direct opposite) of
who she is and what she's about, but are definitely not the way guests would
speak to a host in their own home. It certainly solidified my choice not
to return to share time with people who would treat my friend (and their
hostess) that way. In any situation, there will always be some people who
just don't get it.
7). In short, I said what I said and stopped going
to the Cottage because of the Courtney bashing, specifically, and I'm staying
away because of the way Katrina was treated when she attempted to curtail that
very thing. I hope this clarifies my previous comments.
Side note: Our expenses were more than our
donations this month and we really, really want to get rid of those pop up ads
on the site, so it's not to late to donate! Katrina and I paid the
difference (her husband is laid off and I am on a fixed income - actually more
of a broken one) and Katrina said that if we met the amount of the expenses for
the sites for a second month in a row, we'd take off the pop ups. If
you've been thinking of contributing a few bucks (or a lot!!) to keep EOS going
and get rid of those nasty pop ups (imagine how clean and clear our site would
be and easy to load too!), this would be a good time to do it!! A HUGE
THANK YOU AND MASSIVE BEAR HUG to all of you who have helped us out this month!!
It is very greatly appreciated and a special thank you to those who are there
for us every single month!! You guys are super stars and are the reason we
are still here! Those who cannot contribute, PRAY, light a candle, swing a
dead chicken, whatever it is that you do! Having EOS disappear this
weekend really made me feel how lost I'd be without it!
That's all for now! As I get more gossipy gossip,
you'll hear about it!
All My Love,
June 16, 2003
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OK, so last week...
I veered off the path and tried and Ask Sage column and
now I'm all famous and stuff. I got flooded with a ton of e-mails asking
me about stuff, so I'm just going to go with that and kind of build my column
around it for a while. You people ask some really cool stuff (that would
be because you're smart and all). I'm going to print the letters just like
I receive them, so you might want to hit spell check before you write me.
I'm well into riding shotgun with Captain Morgan, so I'm going to spell check
myself tomorrow when I'm seeing better. Just consider any typos you find
now to be tiny treasures hidden just for you to discover.
Do you think this Courtney chick will leave any time soon I'm kinda tired of her
and I'm tired of Jason. Am I the only one who thinks their dressing Courtney
I'm betting she will or else she'll lose her mind or
something. The course of true love never runs smooth, blah, blah, blah and
boola boola. I heard a wacky rumor that she was going to lose her memory
and hook up with Alcazar the Sequel, which should seriously chap Jason's hide,
They are definitely now dressing Courtney in conventional
Mob Ho Clothes. Before she was a stripper, she used to dress like Marty
McFly, but now she's more like one of the Fly Girls. I think stripping
awaked the inner hussy in her or something, putting her in touch with her
feminine prowess. I'm not completely sure how you could be tired of Jason,
though. I could watch him with the sound turned down for hours.
Where is my sexy
This surely isnt the story we all waited for and hoped for.
Why must a Stefan fan be screwed every damm time by GH.
Is there no reason at all to continue with the soaps. I used to love them.
However the romance is gone, the many levels are gone. All is one dimensional.
All is packaging and promotion of a select few and stories contrived merely to
bolster those select few.
I guess Tyler is the new recipient of bolstering. And Stephen Nichols is simply
the means to that end. I am sadder once again and once again feeling like GH
stabbed the Stephen Nichols fans in the back.
Can you tell me otherwise? Why?
My poor precious!! You're going to have massive
holes in your walls from your head pounding against them at this rate! I
feel your pain, believe me. This is definitely not the Stefan story that
filled our dreams and Stephen Nichols, in his infinite wisdom, insisted on a
short term (supposedly 7 months) contract just in case they started making
Stefan really stupid or never on screen. The man has to pay the bills, you
know? While can't really object to the bolstering of Tyler Christopher
(I'll even watch him with the sound on), I hate the way Stefan is being
treated and Nikolas' lap dog that he keeps on a tight leash in the corner.
We shoulda gotten better. We deserve better. Stefan deserves better,
but the idiot writer just really, really don't get it. I wish I could
promise better, but I'm not going out on that limb.
Ever since Jason was paired up with
Courtney I have stopped watching GH. I can't believe they didn't pair him up
with Liz. I would like to know if you have heard anything. Wether the actor
who plays Courtney is leaving or if at least we have any hope for Jason pairing
up with Liz.
On the subject of a Liason reunion, despite rumors that
it's ultimately in the plan, I'm hearing that right now, the powers that be
don't have ANY idea who will end up with whom and are just tossing people around
to see who sticks together and who repels (knowing their track record, they
probably see the repelling as a challenge for the next super couple to overcome.
Do you thinkthey will ever bring back the friendship between jason and liz and
sonny and luke. I hate that they don't even put them in any of the same scenes.
Is it that they are scared the fans will go crazy wanting these friendships
If there is anything this GH regime hates, it's
friendship, so I wouldn't look for much of that to be going around at all.
I don't think it has to do with the fans at all. I think it has to do with
what these writers and this producer like to see and want to do. In this
case (as opposed to how other soaps are run), the way GH proceeds is a very
self-pleasuring process set up to amuse only the people who are making it
happen... not the fans and not the actors beyond the select golden few.
It's all about what they want to see to entertain themselves in their own select
little private screening that we all get to watch. It's about their warped
view of what works and who's impressive.
I have been a Kristina
Wagner fan since her first day on GH. I missed Frisco when he left, and felt
awful that "Felicia" just left with no send off. I had hoped that she would be
written as going off to help Frisco in some way, bringing her story to a
complete circle, but of course no luck.
Have you heard anything about her now? or if she left on good terms with GH
Nope, I think they're going to keep her gone or maybe
recast. I've heard rumors of a possible KW return, but I think if she
does, it would likely be very brief. The terms of her leaving were not
made public (as with Genie Francis), but I have a feeling they were not good
How did Reginald get a job as the Q's
His father, Jennings, was the butler before him and in
fact, still works at their summer home on Oyster Bay.
A recent Soap Opera Digest had a cover story on Journey that made it sound like
they were this immensely popular couple. Is that true? I had the impression
that the fans found Journey boring and the rooting interest was still with
Liaison (despite the hachet job Guza/Pratt have done on the character of Liz).
They are the sushi of soap love. Some people really,
really love the couple and set up special shrines to them like sushi bars where
you can come and indulge. To others, it's nothing more than raw fish, roe,
eel and some old sticky rice. Yes, they have their fans, but I do think
Guza has inflated the balloon a little too much on this pop.
1) One of my greatest General Hospital fantasies is Luke/Alexis.
Although I love the thought of Alexis in a real, non-costumed, non-crazed adult
sl with almost any man on GH -- Cameron, Jax, Scott -- I think there is
something delicious in this Spencer/Cassadine union. Any hope for me?
Nah. I think they're going to end up letting NLG go.
They really seem to be punishing her in some wacked out, passive-aggressive way.
Her scripted comment at the Daytime Emmys of "you have to keep the writers happy
or you'll be punished" was a little too perfect. It would be great story.
Alexis and Luke are wonderful together and what an ultimate wrench in the
Spencer-Cassadine war. Sadly, we can't have two really, really good actors
like that be happy in love, so I can't see it happening. In my world and
in yours, sure. In their world, no way..
BTW- glad to hear you like the mixed marrieds. Me too. And also ITA
that Chloe/Ned was a much better choice as was Jax/Alexis. In fact, I'd say that
Jax has never much interested me at all outside of his Jaxis pairing.
2) and in another Cassadine-related question -- I'm loving having SN
and Tyler back, when do we get a scene with Stephan and his sister? Are they
even going to discuss the fact that the other sister is dead? and that there is
a new Cassadine in the form of Kristina?
I can't see him coming to the Q's to talk to the butler about it (what a
scene that would be!), so I wouldn't expect it anywhere soon. It's
horribly remiss for this not to have happened. There is definitely going
to be some good Stefan-Alexis stuff coming up when Alexis figures out that Emily
was supposed to be the one to go over the cliff, not Summer, and confronts
Stefan about it.
3) How old is the actor that plays Kyle Radcliff? Just wondering if
it's legal for me lust after his luscious lips?
OK, let's humor crazy pervert chick and see how old this
guy is. OK, I've had the golden team combing the net and no one can find
this guy's name or stats, so curb your horn until we find out if he's legal or
not. OK, his name is Andrew St. John, but I can't find his age, so BE
CAREFUL!! I don't want to be visiting your in jail and baking you files
with cakes in them and such.
Anything for a pal. If I hear anything, I'll let you know.
Do you think
that Robin Christopher will ever get her own storyline, or will she forever be
regulated to serving as a plot in others?
I do NOT think that she will get a decent story because
she's a strong, interesting, complex character steeped in ABC history with
connections to several people in Port Charles and virtually none to the
Corinthos family except for a no-longer-blood-brother connection to Jason.
She is over 30 and is sexy and vibrant. That is absolute assurance that
the powers that be won't touch her with a thirty-nine-and-a-half-foot pole.
Last week on AMC during a montage of scenes of the principals involved in
Leora's death, a male sang a song which was absolutely lovely. It was unfamiliar
to me, but it sounded like it could have been Vincent Irizarry singing. Is that
Hope you know!
My wonderful fans have told me that the song is "To Where
You Are" and is sung by Josh Groban. Thanks, folks!
Hello Sage Dahling~
Faith's obsession with Ric has been bugging the Hell out of me!! I don't get it.
She only slept with Ric once and they have had no more than a "Revenge Against
Sonny Partnership". I understand that Faith has an obsessive personality, but
why Ric? It would be much more plausible if she were obsessed with Ned. Please
put me out of my misery and explain this one, oh great and powerful Sage!!
Ass kissing will get you everywhere, my sweet. I
don't have a clue either. I think Ned was busy with the "Destroy Alexis"
project, which left the fantasy of "beautiful woman is obsessed with me" role
open and Ric fell neatly into place. More stuff that makes no sense.
Faith is coming back into the picture when she poisons
Elizabeth. She lives and is taken to GH and Faith is arrested.
How do I not feel slighted when another
online writer gets an interview with a soap star after I'd already been nice and
asked the soap star's contacts? In fact, sometimes, the soap star's
contacts tell me that he won't be available, or they can't make him be
available, it's up to him, but I'll be the first. In one case, I have been
nothing but kind to this contact, with no ulterior motive other than knowing her
from the boards and liking her. I know it's probably out of her hands and it
truly is, in many cases, a matter of the soap star's proclivities, availability
and just pure dumb luck. But still, rejection sucks. Any attitude adjustment
Just chalk it up to right place, right time, have a cold
one and don't sweat the small stuff. Sometimes other columnists need
accessories like contacts around them, but you shine beautifully just by who you
I know soo many
people that love the pairing of Lena and Bianca.These 2 ladies have smoldering
chemistry and light the screen on fire.The love story has been written great.But
with Megan coming aboard,will she screw with it???We are all worried sick.We
want this couple front and center and reunited quickly.Olga Sosnovska is the
hottest thing on soaps right now.Use her.....LIANCA All the way!!!Do u have any
scoops with Bianca and Lena???With the rape of Bianca that might get them where
they belong where is on the screen everyday besides this other crap they have
Do you think there is any
chance Jason will get his memory back or at least become more
involved with the Q's? It would make a much more interesting
Honestly, I think Jason already HAS his memory back and
has just determined the Q's to be a bunch of bozos that he'd prefer to ignore.
I also think he really digs on being a mob guy. Have you noticed that
since Guza and Pratt took over as writers, whenever there's a 9-1-1 ambulance
call to the penthouse or where ever, Jason starts in with that talk like, "Call
the ER of General Hospital, 9321000. Tell them to set up OR6 immediately and
contact Anaesthesiologist Isador Thorock, 4722112, beep 12. Have 'em send an
ambulance with a Paramedic crew, blood IV, D5 and W, KBO, STAT."
There's going to be some good Jason stuff coming up when
he tries to rescue Carly. Scott won't believe Michael when he says Ric
took Carly and things get really nutty (in a Ransom for Red Chief way) when Ric
gets so fed up with the trouble Carly's causing that he dumps her at the
doctor's office. Alcazar re-kidnaps her, puts her in the panic room
and whips Ric like a puppy and tries to convince people that Carly is in South
America. Sonny cracks a deal with Scott and the FBI to get their help in
HAPPENEND TO OLTL GOSSIP? Do you not like OLTL anymore??
Pfft. You got any?
I like OLTL BEST!! Historically, OLTL especially and AMC to some degree
are locked up tighter than Mother Teresa's panty drawer as far as scoops or
insider info is concerned. I do my best, baby, but if I ain't got it, I
can't write it!
well seems there’s lots of rumors out there this weekend, Soap town and GHH2 are
both giving out rumors that Philips is finally on her way out and that Pratt
will take over her duty’s, and Rische is going over to PC, and the other is
that, Rische is taking over Philips job, the other is Anna is returning now,
what’s your take on all this, OH ya the other, only way Laura, Stephan, will
sign long term deals if Philips is gone, So big guy what you think?
I personally do not
believe that there's any way Genie Francis is going to return with Jill Farren
Phelps as EP and/or Bob Guza as head writer. There would have to be lots
and lots and lots of sacrifices made at her altar before she'd even give them
the time of day, I'm betting. I think Stephen Nichols (Stefan) will
re-sign after his contract expires in December if the Cassadine story is moving
along and he's getting air time. As far as Anna returning, it was
inevitable that when Leora died and the Haywards broke up that rumors would
start of her defection from Pine Valley. I'm still not hearing anything,
so I can't confirm or deny.
Likewise on the great
Executive Producer, Writer shift. I've done spot checks with people at all
different levels of the GH playing field and no one seems to know anything about
this. The most I've heard is a rumbling that JFP might leave, but if she
goes and Bob Guza steps in as EP, I can guarantee you that you will not notice a
difference. It will be seamless. Wendy Riche wwas spotted on the set
this week, so it's a possibility, but man, she and Guza hated one another with a
white hot fever that is usually only reserved for cheating spouses and puppy
I just read on another message board, that the Rape of Bianca was not going to
happen after all. I don't know how true that is. But I taught I'd let you know.
So if you hear anything different please let us know ok? Also I love your site
everyday I look for it . Keep up the good work.
Thanks, Precious. From what I'm hearing, it's a go
and the set was closed to all but Erica, Michael, Bianca and Kendall. The
episode is supposed to air July 8th. Boyd is not set to leave anywhere
soon and is NOT the rapist as was previously rumored. There's also rumor
of David being involved in helping to stop the rape.
That's all I've got, folks! Hope you have a happy
Feelin' the Love, Baby!