After GENERAL HOSPITAL’s executive producer, Frank Valentini, told us just how excited he was about what would be coming up this fall, we knew we had to hear more. With that in mind, we went straight to co-headwriter Shelly Altman for details. Read on to find out how big decisions, new romances and the return of a certain familiar face will shake things up!
Jason, Is That You?
While everyone at the soap is keeping their collective lips zipped where details regarding Steve Burton’s return are concerned, we did get Altman to offer up a few tantalizing tidbits! “The arrival of a man who looks exactly as Jason did five years ago will shake up virtually everyone on the canvas,” she warns. “Most especially Sam, Sonny and Carly, but he will also impact the lives of people who did not know Jason as he once looked. And of course, one of those people his arrival will have a huge impact on is Jason!
“A lot has happened over the last couple of years,” she continues, “and life in Port Charles has changed for many people. We’ll see now how those changes affect both of the men and pretty much everyone they come into contact with!”
Will Sonny Ever Be Free Of The Mob?
This week sees Sonny’s efforts to get out of the Mob go about as wrong as they possibly can go. (See the In Depth Cover Story, page 24, for details.) But what will that mean for him moving forward? “Sonny rapidly discovers that this is not an easy occupation to retire from,” says Altman. “What that will mean affects him and Carly, but no matter what happens, they are dealing with the situations that arise — at least for now — as a united front.”
A New Man For Alexis?
The good news: William deVry’s new contract (as detailed in Ins & Outs, page 8) means Julian will be sticking around. But at least for the moment, he’s going to be stuck behind bars. That should make it pretty easy for Alexis to finally move on… right?
“Alexis continues to struggle with her feelings for Julian,” previews Altman, “but she can’t quite say ‘Out of sight, out of mind,’ despite him quite literally being out of the picture.”
She may, however, at least pay lip service to the notion of there being other fish in the sea. “She is beginning to find a way to move on,” admits the wordsmith. “She dips her toe into the waters of dating. So we’ll have to see what Julian will find if and when he is released from prison!”
The Qs Are Back!
“We’ll certainly be seeing more of the Quartermaines as an important family in town,” Altman promises. Look for Michael and Ned to butt heads, even as Olivia continues trying to figure out how she fits into the dysfunctional household into which she married. When not dealing with the ramifications of Kiki’s career path, Dillon might also find himself drawn into the growing mess at ELQ!
A misunderstanding will cause a bit of trouble for Maxie and Nathan, but things could soon be right as rain for the pair. In fact, there might even be a baby in their future! “Let’s say,” teases Altman, “they’re at a point in their lives where that certainly could be an option!”
In Other News…
A shocking secret from Nelle’s past will raise as many questions as it does eyebrows. “Is she the girl who’s made some mistakes in the past but has a good heart, which is what Michael sees?” asks Altman. “Or is there another, more sinister side to her, as Carly and Bobbie suspect?” • “Parker’s reappearance forces Kristina to make decisions about who she is and what she wants,” says Altman. • Franco’s journey into his own past will unlock secrets involving others on the canvas. Ironically, Liz may deal with what he finds better than the tortured artist! • “Ava makes a decision that may not give her exactly what she wants,” teases Altman, “but it will open a door to new possibilities.” Might that include a romance with Griffin? • Valentin will have to prove himself worthy of Nina’s love.
“Sorry, Sonny. I can’t tell you who I really am… I’ve been sworn to secrecy!”
Wonder how Alexis feels about conjugal visits?
“There’s clearly only one way to figure out who’s who,” said Sam of the two-Jasons situation. “A kiss-off!”
Ava distracted from her facial scars and creepy mask by wearing bright, unattractive scarves.
“If we have a baby, can we name it Man? Or Landers? What about Man Landers West?”