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Dec 9 2013, 11:53 AM
Dec 9 2013, 11:48 AM
GH is not way better then DAYS. It's not even close IMO.
IDK how regular viewers feel about GH because I'm not one. But I had to make myself not watch it last week. It's doing the kind of family stuff I love, and even as a non-regular viewer, I sobbed through half of Monday and Tuesday. It's doing the kinds of things I used to love on Days. Even when the stories themselves sucked, they'd throw in family scenes and reunions that I loved. It's actually a little depressing, though, because as I've watched it on GH, I've kind of realized that will never work on Days again. The families have been too disconnected for too long and IMO none of the families on Days are connected enough to really make scenes like that work anymore. It may not be working for GH either for people who have a longer history of the show, though. IDK.
I think with the right executive producer and head writer Days could have this again. This is just my opinion but when Cartini took over at GH it was teetering on the brink of cancellation. Part of this was due to the heavy emphasis on the mob stuff in the 2000's and the way core legacy families like the Quartermaines and Scorpios at 2011 were shells of their former selves. Then as Tony Geary said in an interview awhile back, Frank and Ron came in and wrote for those core families and "saved our bacon." We got AJ back from the dead which gave Monica Q airtime, Anna Devane as Police Commissioner, and some old school villains like Cesar Faison. And while beloved vets like Anna and Duke are back, Sonny is still a very relevant character but both he and Luke Spencer are being written MUCH better. Especially Luke.

It's weird but as much as I love GH under Cartini there's still stuff that they have done that has annoyed the hell out of me. The Franco recast springs to mind but I blame that more on the Prospect Park mess than anything else. And others but I think one poster on the board put it best and I can't remember who said this but in essence when Frank and Ron are bad, they can be awful. But when they're good they make up for every bad thing they have done.

Also and again this is entirely my own opinion but in my view Frank and Ron are more receptive to audience feedback and give their fans more of what they want than Tomsell at Days. But that's just my own perception.
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