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Dear Suds Buds:

Did many of you see the Brenda Brenda Brenda marathon on SOAPNet on New Year’s Day?  Some who did brought up a very interesting discussion on the Soapdom General
Hospital Message Boards. 
(I believe it's in the "Jax stinks" thread!)

Vanessa Marcil (Brenda),Maurice Benard (Sonny) Tamara Braun (Carly) of GHFor those who may not know, the character of Brenda (Vanessa Marcil) has loved several of GH’s leading men.  Of note are the two most prominent love stories, Brenda and Sonny, and Brenda and Jax.  There are GH fans who love and miss the Brenda/Sonny pairing, and those who much prefer Brenda/Jax.  Both couples shared undeniable chemistry and have staunch followings.  Sonny/Brenda came first but ended after Maurice Benard (Sonny) left GH for a time.  With Sonny gone, Brenda took solace with, and found comfort in, Jax (Ingo Rademacher).  They soon fell madly in love.  The character of Brenda was killed off the show when portrayer, Vanessa Marcil, left to pursue other projects.

Ingo Rademacher (Jax, GH)Marcil was enticed back to daytime last year in a casting coup when GH writers/producers created an amazing storyline love triangle that effected Sonny and Carly, Jax and Skye, and even Jason is involved, as he is now married to Brenda.

Enter SOAPNet.  To bring viewers up to speed on the backstory of Sonny/Brenda and Jax/Brenda, SOAPNet ran the Brenda Brenda Brenda marathon on New Year’s Day, airing 11 vintage episodes of General Hospital that covered the Brenda/Sonny and the Brenda/Jax storyline.  According to Soapdom members, it appears that the episodes selected favored the Brenda and Jax storyline.  A point was raised that perhaps it was done intentionally to attempt to sway viewers more toward that pairing.

Naturally, the episode selection could have been totally random, but, the message board discussion did spark my interest. I’ll be on the phone to SOAPNet later today to find out what criteria they used to determine which episodes would air!  Check back with this column later in the week as I report on the results of my “investigation!”  Till then, join the discussion on the General
Hospital Message Boards
and let us know what you think.

Oh and one more thing.  We don’t even get SOAPNet on our cable system here in this part of Los Angeles county!  Can you believe it?  I am getting on the phone again today to call my cable company and put in yet another request.  ;)

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Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Vanessa Maricl (Brenda) of GHTop of the Week Addendum!  More on "Brenda Brenda Brenda!"

Above I promised to fill you in on the whys and wherefores behind the episode selection for SOAPNet’s “Brenda, Brenda, Brenda” marathon on New Year’s Day.  According to the spokesperson for SOAPNet, the final 11 episodes for "Brenda, Brenda, Brenda" were chosen from a list of about 30 different episodes.  The criteria included:

  1. How important the specific episode was to the history of Brenda/Jax & Sonny
  2. How prominent the Brenda/Jax/Sonny story was in that particular episode (was it the "A" storyline or a "B" storyline).
  3. How the non-related storylines in the episode played.   

“The episodes were not chosen in favor of one coupling over another,” she assured me.  “We were doing a history of Brenda, Jax and Sonny, and when Brenda died she was with Jax, so we were bringing the history up to date.   Hope that helps!”

Plus, it looks like many General Hospital fans tuned in to SOAPNet to see the marathon.  “Brenda, Brenda, Brenda,” which aired on New Year's Day from 11a-10p, garnered solid ratings in key women 18-34 (0.5) and women 18-49 (0.4).