By Michele Dargan

First they break up Spixie….

Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli). Spixie in happier days. Photo: ABC

And now they’re turning Spinelli dark.

Why is it that soap writers feel the need to take something reaalllly good – and turn it bad?

And even worse, they are not being true to the character – at all!!

That’s one of my biggest problems with the soaps – taking a really good character and turning him into a bad guy on a dime.

(One Life To Live does it a lot, but that’s a blog for another day!)

I give all the credit to whomever thought up the concept of Damian Spinelli and executed all of the brilliant writing I so fondly refer to as Spinelli-speak.

Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) was so different from most soap characters.

He had a genuine goodness through and through….someone unable to lie or show meanness toward anyone.

It was certainly not the norm that he forged a lasting and profound friendship with someone who is his polar opposite – Jason Morgan, the mob enforcer.

But, again, that was part of Spinelli’s charm…he could see past the outer Jason to his inner good qualities.

Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Steve Burton (Jason). (ABC/Ron Tom)

I loved the innocence, yet deep wiseness of Spinelli’s character….

Spinelli – the nerdy, off-beat computer geek who endeared himself to all….

Where has he gone?

This whole revenge plot with Carly against Dante is ridiculous.

The thing is….the real Spinelli would see the illogic of Carly’s thinking in blaming Dante for Michael’s incarceration….When WE ALL know the blame is on Sonny, Jason and Carly herself for raising Michael in the life and exposing him to the mob….not to mention the entire coverup of Claudia’s killing.

It’s been a slow, yet steady progression down a slippery slope into becoming just like all the other not-so-nice characters on GH….and there are PLENTY of those.

Therein lies another big problem with GH….they kill off all the really good characters…..Georgie…Emily…..

Need I say more?

And now, slowly but surely, they’re turning Spinelli into another bad guy.

I just don’t get it!!

Kelly Monaco (Sam) and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) (ABC/Ron Tom)

Why would you take someone so special like Spinelli and turn him into just another revenge-driven character?

Sam said it best in yesterday’s eppy.

“Spinelli, I’ve never seen you act like this. It kind of scares me. I’ve never seen you so dark.”

Remember last week I told you about four soap stars appearing at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL?
It sounds like a lot of fun and who doesn’t like to get up-close-and-personal with their favorite soap stars?
Well, I have some more info on the event. Check out the details below.
Special Engagement to Feature Q & A with
Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery, All My Children),
Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli, General Hospital),
Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, The Young & The Restless) and
Winsor Harmon (Thorne Forrester, The Bold & The Beautiful
)
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This is your chance to get the scoop on your favorite soap opera story lines by participating in an exclusive Q & A session with some of the most popular stars on television.
Celebrities scheduled to attend are Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery, All My Children and Dancing with the Stars), Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli, General Hospital), Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, The Young & The Restless) and Winsor Harmon (Thorne Forrester, The Bold & The Beautiful).
All attendees will have a chance to compete in daytime trivia questions for prizes including a grand prize of a trip for two on Celebrity Cruises’ Soap Cruise Second Voyage sponsored by Soap Opera Weekly and Soap Opera Digest.
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