Saturday, October 9, 2010

WLS Interview Archive: Wendy Riche

The tenure of Wendy Riche as executive producer at GENERAL HOSPITAL (1992-2001) is well-respected and regarded by WE LOVE SOAPS TV viewers and readers and historians as one of the best eras in daytime history.  Her unique ability to cast new talent, combined with producing relatable and compelling human drama, reached the hearts and souls of millions of viewers.  If you have any doubts, just look at how the tragic Robin/Stone romance of 1995 continues to permeate the show today. But who is this talented force, and how does she perceive her Emmy winning run on GH? Please enjoy this rare and revealing multi-part interview to learn more about the brilliant mind of Wendy Riche.

In Part One:  The Emmy winning talent discusses how her move to soaps came about, how she managed off-screen turbulence her first year on GH, and how she was able to successfully cast unknowns such as Antonio Sabato Jr., Vanessa Marcil, and Steve Burton.

Part Two:  Riche discusses her successful collaboration with Claire Labine, and revisits many of the stories and moments that are beloved by viewers today, including BJ's heart transplant and Monica's cancer.

Part Three: Riche shares insights into casting choices and storyline decisions during her successful tenure.  Plus, for the first time ever, read her thoughts on the rise and fall of spin-off series PORT CHARLES.

Part Four: Riche reveals what led to her leaving GH, what she's been doing these past ten years, and directly addresses "the rumors" about ALL MY CHILDREN.

Part Five: Riche discusses her thoughts on mistakes, regrets, living life "should-less," as well as the future of web soaps.

Damon L. Jacobs is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist seeing individuals and couples in New York City.  He is also the author of "Absolutely Should-less: The Secret to Living the Stress-Free Life You Deserve."

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