Once you get involved in a soap opera, it sort of sticks with you for the rest of your life. Even if you don’t watch it consistently, you still care about the characters you’ve grown to love (or hate!).
That’s how it is with me and ‘General Hospital.’ I started watching the ABC soap around 1980, when Luke and Laura were battling the Cassadines, Laura disappeared into the fog, Luke became the mayor of Port Charles (how the heck did THAT ever happen?!), and so on and so forth.
I haven’t watched it regularly for the past decade or so, but I still have a general idea what’s going on, just from tuning in here and there. And now it’s all about the kids and grandkids of the characters I knew way back when (talk about making me feel old). So we’re talking about the offspring of Frisco and Felicia, Luke and Laura, Mac Scorpio (odd that he ended up being the main adult in Felicia’s kids’ lives), the Quartermaines, Bobbie Spencer, and all the rest. Let’s face it – they’re like my extended family.
Watch a clip of Vanessa on the set of ‘General Hospital’ after the jump…
So when I heard that Vanessa Marcil was returning to Port Charles as Brenda Barrett … well, it’s enough to make me tune in regularly again. Maybe the sting of losing ‘Las Vegas’ a couple years ago will start to heal up. Loved that show, and her on it.
Here’s a tiny little clip that gives us a glimpse of what’s to come. And how is it that Vanessa/Brenda has only gotten better and sexier with age? Not fair!
Image: Vanessa Marcil, NBC Studios