But I just had a chance to watch all six webisodes of the online ABC fantasy soap series “What If,” where they pair a character from one ABC soap in a chance meeting with a character from another soap…..
The thing about the episodes is that they are short, four-to-five minute clips, each, so that you can get a taste of the two characters interacting – and it leaves you wanting more!
They are well-written and well-acted.
It’s all just pure fun….
And let’s face it….who doesn’t like our soap characters having a little fun together???
Watch the intros to the series by the actors, who talk a little bit about what it was like working with each other.
I’d have to say my favorite is Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna) meeting Tess Buchanan (Bree Williamson)…those two characters together made me smile and laugh the entire time!
In my opinion, Zamprogna and Williamson are so great in portraying their respective characters, so no surprise to me that they would be good together.
Damian Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) meets Todd Manning (Trevor St. John)….this is also one of my favorites… I mean, what can you say when these two polar opposites collide….ya gotta love it!!
The ending is PRICELESS!!
I also loved the Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) meeting Erica Kane (Susan Lucci).
Those two vets worked off each other seemlessly – and Sonny and Erica together was the epitomy of soapiness!
Then there’s Carly Corinthos Jacks (Laura Wright) meets Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison)….Again, those two make it seem like they’ve been onscreen together forever.
And the chemistry between the two is electric!
But let’s face it…who wouldn’t have chem with either of them?
When Angie (Debbi Morgan) and Jesse Hubbard (Darnell Williams) meet Starr Manning (Kristin Alderson)….let’s just say the teenager hears TMI! So funny!
And when Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) meets Greenlee Smythe (Rebecca Budig), there’s a bit too much alcohol involved, if you catch my drift.
The “What If” series can be found at abc.com and soapnet.com.
I have to say that I’m really looking forward to the next four webisodes coming out….
We have Luke Spencer (Tony Geary) meeting Viki Buchanan Banks (Erika Slezak); Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms) meeting Rex Balsom (John-Paul Lavoisier); Blair Cramer (Kassie DePaiva) meeting Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) and John McBain (Michael Easton) meeting Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco).
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.”
I LOVE to discuss my soaps with other fans, because it helps me to see things from other points of view…other perspectives.
And even though I might not like a particular storyline, there are fans out there who do.
It was just one of those convos I had recently with my good friend and loooongtime soap fan, Sharona.
You see, she was telling me how GREAT she thought General Hospital was these days and how she was liking the storylines – particularly the Michael & Jason in prison storyline.
Did I hear you correct, Sharona?
She explained it like this:
“The fact that Jason gave up his freedom for Michael is heartwarming and going to great lengths to protect him in jail since he blames himself for handing him over to Sonny as a baby. He knows now that was a huge mistake and you feel the same guilt he does watching that storyline develop. He literally gave up his own life and love life for Michael.”
Chad Duell (Michael) and Steve Burton (Jason) behind bars. (ABC/Patrick Wymore)
Hmmm. I never thought of it that way.
Sharona did agree that it would be implausible for a judge to send an 18-year-old to a hard-core prison for five years in order to teach the adults who perjured themselves a lesson.
But, as I always say, you do have to suspend reality when watching soaps….That IS part of the real draw, after all.
And Sharona reminded me of that.
But still, I hate the whole Michael going to prison thing.
And I ESPECIALLY hate that Michael has probably been raped (although we haven’t actually heard the r-word yet).
Hasn’t Michael been through enough already?
It’s just another facet of GH’s going to the dark side….everything being either depressing, sad or violent.
As a quick aside – I think Chad Duell has been doing an incredible job as Michael….stepping into the role during a highly-charged, front-burner storyline and seamlessly making the change.
I have to say the ousting of Drew Garrett as Michael left big shoes to fill. Garrett was amazing in the role, it was hard to imagine the change.
But Duell HAS done a superb job!
Click here to read about the recast and to watch this very quirky video with Chad Duell in it!
Now – on the Carly trying to destroy Lante by using Brook Lynn (Adrienne Leon) ….Well, I hate the whole s/l because I love Dante and Lulu together.
Lulu has grown so much since she’s been with Dante…Not to mention the GREAT chem going on between Sonny’s son and the daughter of supercouple Luke and Laura.
And not only that….THEY did the right thing and now they’re the town pariahs….I don’t get it and I don’t like it.
And I am SO sick of hearing Carly blaming Michael’s fate on Dante and Lulu, when – in reality – it’s the fault of Carly, Sonny and Jason for putting Michael in the line of fire, so to speak.
As far as Sharona’s thoughts on the subject:
“It’s been fun watching the Lulu-Dante romance develop and build slowly, watching her support of Dante through the whole brother Michael and Sonny mess was encouraging and hopefully a test of time for their relationship no matter what Brook Lynn and Carly throw at them. The romance is very believable and it’s just nice to watch a young couple develop like that through all the adversity. The chemistry is great between them and the writers have done a good job with that. The scene between Lulu reading Brook Lynn the jealous girlfriend act was priceless.”
Julie Berman (Lulu), Adrianne Leon (Brook Lynn) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante). (ABC/Rick Rowell)
Sharona continues, “What I don’t get or like is how vindictive Carly has become. Just when I thought she got over her witchy ways her nails come out again. I think her Lulu-Dante plan is going to blow up in her face.”
ITA about the jealous GF scene….I was so with Lulu (Julie Berman) on that….telling BL to stay away from her man and getting all territorial – with Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) listening in to boot! Yes, it WAS priceless!
Here….Give it a look see….
So Sharona and I are pretty much on the same page about that s/l.
And Laura Wright as Carly makes me want to slap her one minute and cheer alongside her the next!
She has so many dimensions to the character!
I’m hating what she’s trying to do to Lante. But I really love when she goes toe-to-toe with Sonny and puts him in his place.
And although I don’t like much of what Carly does when she’s on her own and I haven’t liked Jax much over the years – I like Carly and Jax together as a couple.
I have to say, that I have liked what Jax has become recently as a father figure to Morgan and Michael and a father to Jocelynn.
But it took me a loooong time to get over the way he ditched Skye (Robin Christopher) on their wedding night when Brenda (Vanessa Marcil) showed up – which led to Skye spiraling downhill.
Speaking of Brenda, she’s coming back to Port Charles, if you haven’t heard yet.
Vanessa Marcil (Brenda Barrett). (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
And I really don’t know how I feel about it considering her last appearance brought about the Jax/Skye split.