The Fu­ture Of Port Charles!

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As GH cel­e­brates its 55th an­niver­sary, we sat down with Nathan Varni, ABC’s se­nior man­ager of cur­rent se­ries, to talk about the show’s past, present and very ex­cit­ing fu­ture!

The In Depth Story: “To be in­volved with a se­ries that has been on the air for 55 years is such a spe­cial honor,” ad­mits the hum­bled exec. “There’s such a rich his­tory as­so­ci­ated with the show, and each time I set foot on our stage, a flood of mem­o­ries and emo­tions hit me when I take in the enor­mity of the over 14,000 episodes that have, for the most part, been filmed at Prospect Stu­dios.”

Look­ing back at his time with the show, Varni has a spe­cific take on what he be­lieves works well. “Any time we can reach into the his­tory of GH and do a story that makes sense for today, I’m al­ways a fan of it.” He goes on to cite the 2015

plot ex­plor­ing what had hap­pened in Luke’s past to cause his psy­chotic break as “some of the finest work of day­time tele­vi­sion that I have been a part of.”

So is there a par­tic­u­lar piece of Port Charles his­tory he’d love to see the show re­visit? “Be­ing a fan of the show since I was a child,” he says, “I am al­ways in fa­vor of bring­ing legacy char­ac­ters back and cre­at­ing fully emo­tional and re­lat­able sto­ries for them. So from a fan per­spec­tive, I would love to see Emma Samms’ Holly re­turn down the road and be in­volved in a big story with our cur­rent cast! I also grew up with Robert Scorpio on my TV screen, so any time our writ- ers pitch an idea with him re­turn­ing, I’m ex­cited!”

As for the fu­ture, Varni be­lieves, “The key to longterm con­tin­ued suc­cess is do­ing a show that has some­thing for every­one. I want to ex­plore multi-lay­ered sto­ries for char­ac­ters of all ages and who are at all stages in their lives.”

Fi­nally, Varni has a mes­sage for view­ers: “We are all for­ever grate­ful for your view­er­ship. With­out your loy­alty, GH would have been off the air many decades ago. It’s been an honor and pure plea­sure to be part of this show’s his­tory for the past five years, and I look for­ward to it con­tin­u­ing for many years to come as we cre­ate new mem­o­ries but never for­get our past.”

Robert’s al­ready slated for a visit. Could Holly be next? Varni (in­set) would love that!

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