Interview With a Show-Killer
Despite the fact that the headwriters and executive producers of at least two ABC soap operas have demonstrated a staggering inability to speak to the press without offending...everybody, ABC Daytime hasn't imposed a gag order preventing them from giving interviews. I guess the folks in charge of ABC Daytime have more important things on their minds, like possibly cancelling All My Children AND One Life to Live in order to make room for a reality show and a talk show hosted by Tori Spelling, which makes me so livid that I can't even compose an eloquent rant about it. It upsets me, so I am just going to put it out of my mind and focus on the thing I started writing about: Bob Guza's habit of sticking his foot in his mouth every time he speaks to the press.
Speaking to TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan about current and upcoming stories (so there are some spoilers, for those of you who want to be surprised by the show. Unfortunately, the plot twists have been telegraphed so obviously and in neon that it's nothing you haven't guessed already), Bob Guza said things that made little to no sense.
TV Guide Magazine: Why so many kid stories right now? [...]
Guza: It's this whole notion of the sins of the fathers in its many, many forms. Some of our characters have gotten away with an enormous amount for a long time. Our heroes are bad guys. They're criminals. They are certainly haunted by what they do but now we're showing them the consequences of their actions. We want to show the ramifications as their legacies are passed on.
Our heroes are bad guys, but not as bad as, like, EVIL guys. They're criminals, but they're not criminals. Okay. I am glad that we've finally got that out in the open. So here's my question: why are viewers the ones being punished for the sins of the father? How is that fair?!
TV Guide Magazine: Jake's death and the organ transplant that saved Josslyn struck many viewers as a replay — if not a downright rip-off — of Claire Labine's great death of B.J. story in the '90s. What's your comment?
Guza: We absolutely thought about that, and it was a very real concern for all of us. But that was a long, long time ago and, more importantly, we found a way to do a big variation on it. If the rollout couldn't be different there was no point, because Claire did the story magnificently.
But...I thought that Stone's death was, and I quote but cannot put as much derision into my voice as I assume was in Guza's when he first made this statement, "all that [Claire Labine] had". So now he's admitting that her stories are totally worth ripping off and making substantially worse. I guess that's one way of giving her her due.
Also: WHAT THE HELL WAS THE "BIG VARIATION"? Because the only new aspects I'm seeing are the focus on Jason and Carly and the comically/tragically inept pacing.
A few more (SPOILERY!) answers after the jump!
TV Guide Magazine: You've been telegraphing the return of Brenda's child for quite some time, so this is no surprise. Why play it that way?
Guza: Because this is so much more than a reunion of a mother and son. That's just the tip of the iceberg. Brenda has always wanted children and she bonds quickly and hugely with Lucian — and he with her — but there are great psychological ramifications for her and her new husband Sonny [Maurice Benard]. He's made it clear he doesn't want any more children. She's fiercely protective of Lucian, and wants to keep him away from Sonny's mob world.
This is about so much more than a reunion of a mother and son! It's also about SONNY! And JASON, probably/definitely!
Guza: This is a sprawling umbrella story. Jax and Carly [Laura Wright] are coming off of the hugely emotional near-loss of Josslyn, and that baby is a very precious part of their very existence. At this point there's not a whole lot else going on between them. The stories of Brenda and Sonny and Carly and Jax will be intimately intertwined.
That's...not...what an umbrella story--you know what, forget it, I should just be thankful that he's actually including Jax as part of this story! Although I'm sure the story will really unfold with Jax completely offscreen and Jason being inserted in a ham-fisted and ridiculous fashion.
Guza: He was deliberately named, as you suggest. I'm just planting a little seed here, desperately hoping that daytime will be around in 15 years and we can harvest it.
I feel like the quickest way to make that happen is to put in your two weeks notice, Bob...