An In Depth Look At… The Woman Who’ll Save ABC Daytime

Okay, sure, that might be a bit of an overstatement, but the way ABC has been promoting the return of GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo’ — and her uber-popular alter ego, Brenda — it’s hard not to think that the network has put a whole lotta eggs in her basket. And next week, the gorgeous creature at long last hits the airwaves.

“It’s safe to say that pretty much everybody is hoping GH will be able to recreate the magic that was Brenda and Sonny,” says Soaps In Depth executive editor Richard M. Simms. “Or Brenda and Jax. Or Brenda and Jason. The common denominator is Brenda, who was one of those rare soap characters whose very presence was somehow exciting.”

So what has Brenda been doing since last she left Port Charles? “When we first see her on Wednesday, August 11, she’s in Rome,” previews Simms. “In the tradition of such height-challenged beauties as DALLAS’ Lucy Ewing and ALL MY CHILDREN’s Erica Kane, Brenda has become a pint-sized supermodel. But of course, where she goes, trouble follows!”


And at the same time, back in Port Charles, Mob boss Sonny Corinthos suddenly can’t stop thinking about the woman who was his first true love. “At the moment, Sonny’s pursuing a woman named Claire, which is a little awkward since she is a federal prosecutor who came to town looking to have him thrown behind bars. But before she does that, she wants to have his baby. Because when it comes to Port Charles, that’s kinda the hip thing to do,” jokes the editor in reference to the made man’s tendency to impregnate every woman he beds. “He’s sort of the male, soap version of Octomom.”

Brenda’s thinking about Sonny. He’s thinking about her. We see where this is going! “The big question is how their paths will cross, and when!”

For more on what’s in store for Brenda, check back on Wednesday, when we’ll post our exclusive interview with her portrayer!

Elsewhere in the mag, look for a feature with ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Nicolas Robuck, whose James is causing a major stir among fans. “People either love him or hate him,” says Simms. “On the one side, he’s hot. On the other, he’s coming between Starr and Cole, one of the most popular couples in Llanview!” Plus, GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) answers questions submitted by readers on everything from Twitter (on which she is notoriously outspoken) to her alter ego’s romantic future.

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  • Brig

    NO CONTEST.

    She belongs with Sonny!!!!! It’s S&B time baby <3

  • Nicole80017

    Sonny!!!

  • Hmkincaid

    I say Johnny make it interesting!!!

  • Sharon

    anyone but Sonny. I loved sonny and brenda back in the day. but sonny is not the same man. he is selfish and arrogant…and can’t be redeemed. and brenda has had her fill of the mob. time for her to move on and move up!

  • Minh

    Jax. Although they had a bad ending with work and time the writers can fix what they screw up and they can once again become a great couple.

  • Jenny

    Jax

  • Eve

    Jax!

  • Sonny!

  • Sonny!

  • Dante

  • redbook

    Jax!

  • Patty

    Jax

  • Sam

    Jax

  • Julia

    Jax

  • Rebecca

    Jax

  • LISA

    As if. they r no luke and laura 7 years is a long time 2 be away from a show but i guess it is possible 4 me to get into the erelavent role of Brenda Barret, we will see, lol

  • LISA

    u r probably right after al the character Jason mORGAN IS TO MUCH OF A MAN 4 BRENDA BARETTE, YA KNPW WHAT WOULD B A COOL STORY LINE 4 HER 2 HOOK UP WITH DONTE SONNY'S SON. OOOOH YA DIDNT THINK OF THAT 1 DID YA LOL/ lISA

  • LISA

    I AGREE THAT WAS MY THOUGHT DONTE ,WOULD MAKE 4 A GOOD STORY LINE WITH bRENDA eSPICALLY IF SONNY IS STILL INTERESTED IN HER AND IF HE IS YOU KNOW cARLY IS GONNA HAVE A HISSY FIT OVER BRENDA/LISA

  • sonny!!!!! no other choice

  • JaneB

    JAX!!! JAX!!! JAX!!!

    Actually any one but Sonny will be great.

  • Chrissy

    Jax

  • athena0606

    I love Brenda so glad she's back and although i once loved her with Sonny… It was her relationship with Jax that stole my heart would love to see there old spark ignite Carly doesn't deserve him.

  • Darcy

    Its the Luke/Jason/Sonny now Dante show…Women can barely get a promo (other than Brenda of course) didn't see one with her and Robin. Gee I wonder why its just with men uMM let me guess.

    Women do not drive story among many other problems with writing for a genre where the audience is predominately women..to look at the stories it doesn't seem that way.

    The writers can help save daytime yes the genre is dying however with their repetitive sloppy storytelling they've chased a lot of viewers away…. they keep writing the same old' stuff with the same predictable outcome…flip the script give me something unexpected throw me a curve ball. The best story on the canvas is Robin/Patrick/Lisa at lease its intriguing the rest is recycled nonsense.
    on this show every vet that comes back they write in crappy story..With Mr. and Mrs Guza at the pen I've been thoroughly disappointed in story…its too many characters and they bounce from segment to segment…

    Wardrobe is atrocious where were the cute maternity outfits for the pregnant character? I look at BB/Y/R with actresses who are “not pregnant for real wearing the cutest clothes in GH they kept Elizabeth in srubs and black most of the time…

    Too many new characters popping in and out when I'm waiting for story to be told with a positive focus for more than the pets…its a lot wrong with this show…I don't know if Brenda can bring back solo because it depends on the “writing” which has alienated most viewers the destruction of history, the characters they will write “for” and those they will not..

    I don't really know Brenda so I hope the stories on the table won't get shoved with little attention which is a hallmark..Guza gets a new toy and drops storylines or gives them the bum's rush…please stop hiring these writers they were fired or cancelled out other shows…fresh creativity is needed they need “new blood” e.g. Sri Rao…these writers are stale and not writing for the audience in 2010..but the 70's – 90's.

  • Elliemae

    Definitely Jax

  • lisa

    com om just think of the story line that could develop if she was now like a cougar and she was torn between sonny and his son dante??? HOW COME NO ONE SAID LUCKY? HE IS OK LOOKING IN THE BOY NEXT STORE KIND OF WAY.LOL/LISA

  • lisa

    i still say dante or how about sonny and dante?gee whats a girl to do?LOL/Lisa

  • lisaanne7394

    IF JASON REaLlY DOES LEAVE PORT CHARLES FOR GOOD, I THINK SONNY AND SAM COULD HAVE A THING. ??

  • lisaanne7394

    this this site just 4 gh, what about amc and oltl ?

  • lisaanne7394

    KEEP IN MIND EVERY1 IF SONNY IS THE GUY SHE NEVER GOT OVER THEN IT TOOK HER ALL THIS TIME TO GET OVER THE PAIN THAT HE PUT HER THREW, AND TRUST ME WHEN A PERSON GOES THREW THAT MUCH TO GET OVER SOME1 AND MOVE ON DEEP DOWN SHE WONT 4GET AND SHE MIGHT WANT SOME PAYBACK FROM SONNY, REMEMBER WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT A WOMEN SCORNED AND PAYBACK, [IT IS A [B*****] ]//lisa

  • LISAANNE7394

    BRENDAS BACK AND THERES GONNA B TROUBLE LALALALALA[LOL.NOW IM STARTING TO LOOK 4WARD 2 HER STORY LINE/LISA