While the first part of this article’s title may have a vampire’s tone, there are perhaps too many old and familiar characters returning to Port Charles on General Hospital these days. Many are currently on screen, and others are scheduled to appear in the near future.
It is wonderful to see some old character friends back, even if a few are back from the dead, but the issue is that there are more characters amongst the Baby Boomer generation than there are amongst Generation X and Y, the Millennial generations living in Port Charles.
Some fans are thrilled that one Gen-Xer, AJ Quartermaine, has not died after all, while many more would be thrilled to see Emily Quartermaine return from the dead. Writers would not have to rewrite history if they returned Natalia Livingston to play Rebecca Shaw, Emily’s long lost twin sister who arrived to Port Charles in 2009, with Ethan Lovett, the surprise son of Luke Spencer and Holly Sutton-Scorpio. When Rebecca left Port Charles she boarded the plane and sat next to Aaron, a man who looked exactly like Zander Smith, Emily’s ex-husband. All three Gen-Xers, Rebecca (or Emily), Ethan, and Aaron (or Zander), would be welcomed by many fans with their return to Port Charles.
Most fans know that Luke and Laura were the Baby Boomer super-couple that put GH on the map with their highest ratings in past daytime drama. So with the hope of returning and keeping those viewers of the day, Laura’s return to Port Charles is a logical choice upcoming. But where are her Gen-Xer sons, Lucky Spencer and Nicholas Cassadine? It is also wonderful that Ned Ashton returned, as will Kevin Collins and Scott Baldwin. But where are the Millennials like Scott’s daughter, Serena, who is yet to materialize as a character? Where is Ned Ashton’s daughter, Brook Lynn? Or Ned’s brother, Dillan? Besides, part of the experience of watching a soap opera is to follow families across the generations.
Felicia is another character with rich history in Port Charles, and it makes sense that there is word that her ex-husband, Frisco Jones, is scheduled to follow. But really … Baby Boomer Frisco … while the younger and far more dashing Matt Hunter is in jail for a crime he arguably committed in self-defense against a lethal woman, Lisa Niles?
Perhaps not all fans will agree, but General Hospital is not just a drama with plot and key characters. There is a certain “eye-candy” quality to the show that is meant to tease and please, such as when Millennial Milo striped at Kate-Connie’s bridal shower or watching sexy love making scenes with couples now and then. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and some will agree that most of the returning cast look great for their age. But that’s the key, that they “look great for their age.” Call me superficial but there is just not enough age diversity, or race diversity for that matter, on the set right now. Where is Keesha Ward or that Asian gynecologist at the hospital?
These are just a few examples of young blood that should return to Port Charles on General Hospital. But if you don’t agree, feel free to consider this: According to a book called Millennials and the Digital Entertainment Age – A Sourcebook for Consumer Marketers, by Digital Media Wire, “By the year 2010, Millennials, born between 1982 and 2000, will outnumber both Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers and will be the most significant consumer sector for the media & entertainment industries.” Given that three years have passed since that quoted year, perhaps the producers and writers of General Hospitalshould take note for attracting younger fans to the show. After all, Baby Boomers no longer represent the majority of our population today.