When former “General Hospital” head writer Robert Guza and his team decided to kill off little Jake Webber in March 2011 – reportedly with the blessing of the ABC executive team in charge of the network's daytime programming at the time – I wrote the column below, which I am reprinting here on the occasion of Jake’s miraculous (and very welcome) return from the dead this week on the show. I am calling renewed attention to this dreadful 2011 storyline because it proved so unpopular that it had even long-time “GH” fans bailing in droves, back when soaps were dropping likes ducks from the sky during hunting season. In daytime as in primetime, on broadcast as on cable, it really does come down to the writing, folks. The proof is in the numbers.
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