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Greenville General

Where the best medicine can't fix a broken heart

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  • CAST & CREW
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  • PRODUCTION NOTES
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Episode One

Previously on "GREENVILLE GENERAL":


INT: Hospital Room-Night
Dr. Chris Lamont, a handsome, popular cardiologist, was engaged to Stephanie Wells, the youngest daughter of Rosalie Martin Wells, and granddaughter of Greenville patriarch, Dr. Lionel Martin, Sr. But Stephanie had neglected her fiancé to further her legal career, and, lonely and unhappy, Chris strayed. His lovely Stephanie caught him in the clutches of his former high school sweetheart, the beautiful Ann-Marie (played by Courtney Fisher). Stephanie and Chris had a heartbreaking fight, ending their engagement. Stephanie left the hospital in tears, going into the rain. Trying to drive in her condition was a fatal mistake. Stephanie’s car ran off the road, wrapped around a tree, and she came back into the hospital in an ambulance. In the emergency situation, Dr. Chris performed the surgery, determined to save his former love’s life. But it was too late – no one could save her. In today’s episode, Chris is dealing with the guilt of both being the reason Stephanie was driving, and questioning his inability as a doctor to save her. The young nurse, Tracey Coleman, assisted in the surgery. She not only knows that no one could have saved Stephanie, she also harbors a deepening affection for the handsome, charismatic Doctor Lamont – whom she’s known since she was a young teenager. He is unaware of Tracey’s growing love for him.

INT: Martin Living Room – Night
Dr. Lionel Martin, Jr., the Chief of Staff of Greenville General is on a mission. He needs to win back the love of his life, Attorney Lara Martin. The Martins life and love has been a roller coaster ride. Three times married, Lara is ready to give up, but Lionel never says die. The two have them been struggling with a daughter in the army, serving in Iraq. Amy’s well-being is the one thing that has kept them bound together. Lionel, aware daily of the tenuousness of life itself, has recommitted himself to winning back the one woman he has always loved. Lara, her heart broken one too many times, is desperately trying to resist his advances. It’s not that she doesn’t still love him, it’s that it hurts too much to let him in one more time. Tonight is Lionel’s full court press. What they don’t yet know is they’re about to get a phone call from a young nurse at the hospital – informing them that their beloved niece, Stephanie, has died from injuries suffered in a terrible car accident.
 

Rachel Carlton Day

Rachel Carlton Day

"Lara Martin"

Rachel Carlton Day

  "Lara Martin"

RACHEL CARLTON joined the cast of “Greenville General” at the age of 15.  She portrayed the beautiful but troubled teen, Lara…and America fell in love with her.  The year she turned 18, Rachel’s life changed when BRIAN DAY joined the show in the part of Lionel Martin, Jr. when the Martin’s oldest son returned to Greenville as a young intern.  It was love at first sight for both of them, both on and off camera.  They married for the first of three times…as did their characters.

Rachel and Brian are considered the “First Couple” among soap stars.   Greenville General fans have seen them married, divorced, and married again in their roles as the hospital Chief of Staff and the successful attorney.  In real life, they've been hitched for 25 years – all told.   As Lionel and Lara, we've suffered through her miscarriages, his amnesia, her drug addiction (prescription, of course), his infidelities, her evil twin.

Rachel took a short hiatus from her role as Lara in the 90’s to explore other opportunities.  She starred in a cable movie, “I Know You Slept With My Daughter,” and hosted several reality series.  Rachel has developed her own line of skin and hair products – Day Lights -- which ranks among QVC’s best sellers, and is using her creativity to design original jewelry for the same outlet.

When not playing the venerable doctor on GG, Brian directs regional theater. He loves ‘working with young actors’, and is devoted to his craft.

The First Couple live happily in a home in Beverly Hills with their 3 rescue dogs.

Brian Day

Brian Day

"Dr. Lionel Martin, Jr."

Brian Day

  "Dr. Lionel Martin, Jr."

RACHEL CARLTON joined the cast of “Greenville General” at the age of 15.  She portrayed the beautiful but troubled teen, Lara…and America fell in love with her.  The year she turned 18, Rachel’s life changed when BRIAN DAY joined the show in the part of Lionel Martin, Jr. when the Martin’s oldest son returned to Greenville as a young intern.  It was love at first sight for both of them, both on and off camera.  They married for the first of three times…as did their characters.

Rachel and Brian are considered the “First Couple” among soap stars.   Greenville General fans have seen them married, divorced, and married again in their roles as the hospital Chief of Staff and the successful attorney.  In real life, they've been hitched for 25 years – all told.   As Lionel and Lara, we've suffered through her miscarriages, his amnesia, her drug addiction (prescription, of course), his infidelities, her evil twin.

Rachel took a short hiatus from her role as Lara in the 90’s to explore other opportunities.  She starred in a cable movie, “I Know You Slept With My Daughter,” and hosted several reality series.  Rachel has developed her own line of skin and hair products – Day Lights -- which ranks among QVC’s best sellers, and is using her creativity to design original jewelry for the same outlet.

When not playing the venerable doctor on GG, Brian directs regional theater. He loves ‘working with young actors’, and is devoted to his craft.

The First Couple live happily in a home in Beverly Hills with their 3 rescue dogs.

Rod Steele

Rod Steele

"Dr. Chris Lamont"

Rod Steele

  "Dr. Chris Lamont"

ROD STEELE is the handsome, male ingenue of "Greenville General."  Believe it or not, that's actually the name his parents gave him at birth.  Destined to soap stud-dom, Rod burst onto the scene at Greenville General Hospital and the town hasn’t been the same.

Rod is probably the actor most lusted after by fans of the show.  In his role as Dr. Chris Lamont, Rod is used, abused, heart-broken, cuckolded, tender, and vulnerable.  A secretary was hired just to handle his fan letters, ranging from marriage proposals, grandmotherly advice, seductions, and false claims of ‘you the baby-daddy.’  Rod is street smart, and charming and is proud to have made his character come alive for his thousands and thousands of fans.

In an effort to hone his craft, Rod is currently studying Shakespeare with the well known, gifted dramaturge, Armin Hammerman.  Rod hopes to spend his next vacation traveling to Stratford-Upon-Avon, where he can explore his classic acting further. 

Meanwhile, Rod is ready to release his personal “Shape Up” DVD and accompanying paperback, where he shares with fans and admirers the secrets behind his physical conditioning.  That six-pack doesn’t come easily!

Rod’s favorite quote about himself comes from his co-worker, Brian Day, who said, “If you’re ever arrested, Rod’s the guy you can count on to bail you out.”

Maddie Whittaker

Maddie Whittaker

"Tracy Coleman"

Maddie Whittaker

  "Tracy Coleman"

Madeline “Maddie” Whittaker has been acting since the age of six.  She was the Count Chocula girl by the time she was eight.  With over 85 commercials under her belt, Tracey has earned her own college education.  But Maddie feels she gets the best possible education on the set of Greenville General, so college has to wait.  Greenville is where she’s growing up, along with the character she helped create, sweet Tracey Coleman, the newbie nurse at Greenville General Hospital.   Her character’s sexual harassment lawsuit against the Chief of Staff, Lionel Martin last year resulted in the thesp’s first nomination for Younger Leading Actress.  Maddie swears that she and “Doc Martin” are good buddies in real life.  Maddie thinks of the cast and Crew of Greenville General as her family – a valuable aspect of the job when you realize this brave young woman became an emancipated minor at the age of 16.   Maddie is popular both behind-the-scenes and on the show.   She’s well known for her work ethic and her commitment to working hard on her craft with her fellow actors, rehearsing at every opportunity.  She hopes to stay on her favorite Daytime Drama for a very long time…even while auditioning for pilots and motion pictures.  Keep your eye on Tracey…TMZ certainly does.

Mary Kate Walton

Mary Kate Walton

Executive Producer

Mary Kate Walton

  Executive Producer

Multiple Emmy winner Mary Kate Walton is Manhattan born and raised.  Mary Kate started her career in advertising, but quickly moved into the world of television.  Her first jobs were in development at Universal Television, HBO and United Artists Studios.

After shepherding the fledgling comedy “You Don’t Know Me” into one of the most successful ensemble sitcoms in UCB’s history, Mary Kate was asked to take over as Vice President of Daytime Drama. Eventually, she became Executive Producer of My Life Forever and, ultimately took over the reins of, Greenville General during what is now referred to as the Golden Years. Under Mary Kate’s guidance, GG has had six consecutive Emmy nominations, taking home the golden statuette in three of those years. Additionally, with Mary Kate’s eye for detail, and obsession with perfection, the show has received numerous awards for Direction, Writing, many technical awards, and many acting trophies with her at the helm.

Mary Kate’s personal style has resulted in her being named one of the ten Best Dressed Business Women of the Year for 12 years running.  She counts Donna Karan as one of her close personal friends.

“I came into the workplace when being smart, ambitious, and aggressive was not in a woman’s best interest.  I’m not sure if I changed the times or if I changed with the times, but what the hell’s the difference?  Overall, I’ve learned the best – perhaps the only -- person to trust is yourself.”

A single mother of a teenaged son, Mary Kate lives in Beverly Hills.  Her home was featured in Architectural Digest, August of 2006.

Winifred Marshall

Winifred Marshall

Head Writer

Winifred Marshall

  Head Writer

Atlanta-born Winifred has the distinction of being the youngest Head Writer on any U.S. Daytime Drama. Winifred graduated with a degree in communications from Emory University in her home state. She confesses that she skipped more than one mid-term in order not to miss her favorite soap, Greenville General – but still she graduated with honors.

Winifred studied piano, ballet and is an avid tennis player and horsewoman.  She spent many of her childhood summers in Europe.  After University, Winnie moved to Los Angeles determined to get a job on her favorite show, and soon found herself working as an intern on Greenville General – a dream come true fueled by pure determination. 

Winnie is a passionate advocate for self expression -- accounting for her remarkable writing talents.   In one of the most difficult genres that exists, Winnie has the innate ability to see the Big Picture, while exploring the nuances of character and relationship.  It was this talent that caught the eye of daytime icon, Raymond Kennedy.  Mr. Kennedy, the creator of Greenville General, recognized Winnie’s talent and charm and mentored her into becoming the successful Head Writer that she is today.  During Winnie’s short tenure, the demographics for Greenville General have propelled the seminal drama back into second place and rising.  No one describes Winnie better than Winnie herself:

“For me, writing Greenville General is an obsession…my guilty pleasure,”  Winnie recently told www.DaytimeConfidential.com.  “ I’ve never shared this with anyone other than my shrink, but the fans have earned the right to know – the stories I get to tell on GG are personal expressions of my own fantasies.  I was raised in a very proper home.  I knew my grapefruit spoon from my soup spoon.  I never showed up at a dinner party without a gift for the hostess and ALWAYS followed up with a handwritten thank-you note on personalized stationery.  But, through my writing I get to express all those things considered ‘inappropriate’ in polite society: passion, anger, fear, love...  Sometimes I watch my characters taping the steamiest love scene and I can’t believe I wrote that.  It’s a great release to write characters who can fight, cry, grieve, feel pain, and actually express the depths of their love without fear of repercussions.  I love it, and I get paid very well for it.”

Winnie is single, but looking, ever hopeful that her fantasies will someday be realized.

Raymond Kennedy

Raymond Kennedy

Creator/Consultant

Raymond Kennedy

  Creator/Consultant

Raymond Kennedy is the creative genius behind Greenville General.  Before creating his own classic, Raymond cut his teeth on the popular radio soap, The Good Doctor.  When that program moved to the new medium of television, Raymond made the transition as well.  He got the attention of the executives at UBC network when he expanded the 15-minute soap to a full half-hour -- a revolutionary concept that changed his life and the world of Daytime Drama.

Raymond built his success into the opportunity to create his own serialized drama about the workings of a small town hospital, which eventually became Greenville General.  Over time, the hospital and the town of Greenville, itself, eventually expanded and the hour long program became a reflection of American middle class life and culture - much like Raymond himself.

When most men would rest on their laurels and putter in their gardens, Raymond Kennedy is still coming up with ideas for his “baby”.  Now, working as a “consultant” he mentors the young writers on the show and passes along his wisdom, guidance and passion for the genre he loves.  Because of his continued involvement, Greenville General has remained true to its’ origins, and so has Raymond.

Residing in Wilton Connecticut with his beautiful wife, Caroline, Raymond still enjoys the hubbub of the entertainment business and is a constant presence on the awards circuit as well as a ready voice for the daytime press.

“Nothing ever gave me more pleasure than the success of Greenville General”, he said when accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy awards.  “Network executives, advertisers, soap hunks, heroes and divas have come and gone.  Raymond Kennedy is still standing.”

Kennedy is the proud parent of two daughters, five grand-children and three great grand children, most named after characters on his show.  He considers them all his children…his creation.

Fritz Snyder

Fritz Snyder

Associate Director

Fritz Snyder

  Associate Director

Fritz has been working on Greenville General since Mary Kate first saw his short made-for-the-internet film three years ago.  Fritz is single, happily ambitious, an acknowledged techno-wonk, and a workaholic.  He loves his job on GG – Fritz manages the talent, handles the set, and is the unsung hero behind the scenes.   While he rarely gets thanks, and often gets grief, he’s happy to do it since he sees this as a path to his passion…directing.

And he gets to meet lots of cute girls.

Julian Rush

Julian Rush

Creative Consultant

Julian Rush

  Creative Consultant

Julian was born in Philadelphia, the great-grandson of a Russian immigrant escaping the pogroms of Eastern Europe.  Julian was raised in this close-knit family to appreciate art, culture and music, but most of all, books.  He cut his teeth on Solzhenitzyn and Pushkin.  Julian still loves to read -- everything from Marvel Comics to quantum physics -- and he lives to write.  Reams and reams of poetry, lyrics, stream-of-consciousness, romantic novels, pornographic short stories, war epics and shoot-‘em-up screenplays.  For Julian, each genre expresses a particular value and purpose. 

After several years of experiencing life, Julian settled into his college career at NYU, where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Literature, and a minor in American Culture.  He married his college sweetheart (since divorced) and landed a position as an Associate Professor, with a passion for American Literature. His Thesis “Dickens to Daytime: America’s Contribution to the Canon of Serialized Literature” brought him face-to-face with Greenville General creator, Raymond Kennedy.

Impressed with Julian’s passion and intelligence and sense of storytelling, as well as an unusual (for an intellectual) respect for the Daytime medium, Raymond offered Julian a position on Greenville General as an associate creative consultant to the show’s Head Writer, Winifred Marshall.  Kennedy is always on the lookout for new talent, and ‘the next Raymond Kennedy.’  It just might be Julian Rush.  And this could be the career to tide Julian over until he writes his Great American Novel.

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Production Notes

RACHEL AND BRIAN DAY – From an article in Soapstars4U.

The following is an excerpt from an expose in the respected soap rag “Soapstars4U.”  (available at check out stands).

The First Couple of American Soaps are not all they appear to be.  Soapstars4U spoke with many sources who work with the couple, and we have the real scoop on Rachel and Brian Day of Greenville General fame.  Rachel and Brian seem to have difficulty distinguishing between Real Life and their characters.  Everyone knows they first met on Greenville General, and have never dealt with reality outside of Stage 7.  Apparently, according to sources, Brian's charming and eloquent efforts to make up after a disagreement often have the familiar ring of Lionel's dialogue from last Wednesday's episode. And sexy, adoring Rachel can be heard whispering sweet-nothings to her darling that uncannily echo lines written for her by GG Headwriter, Winifred Marshall.  And what's really scarey is, apparently, they don't have a clue about any of this.  They are, at heart, caring, decent people.  Oblivious, but well meaning, with the egos and over-sensitive natures befitting their status as soap stars.

They are above all else, devoted to their "craft."  One rumor that we haven’t been able to confirm, but has come to us from several sources, claims that in the middle of a raging argument, Rachel ran into her dressing room bathroom, locking herself in, and staring into the mirror.  Rachel's explanation was that she had to see “what that kind of anger looked like.”  In case she ever had to play it in a scene.  And Brian, when he calmed down enough to hear this, not only understood her reasoning, but respected her for it!

After themselves, Brian and Rachel do love each other most of all.  Everyone agrees that they are totally devoted to each other, except for those times when his eye wanders.  Rachel has no patience for his betrayals, and makes him pay in spades.  As for the vanity of the iconic couple, Soapstars4U is told she can't leave the house without consulting the wardrobe department, and he's obsessed with his paunch, his jowls, his creeping hairline (invisible to all but his own fearful eyes).  But the proof of their lie is in their fierce defense of each other to outsiders.  Dare try to poison them against each other, or criticize one to the other!  Hell hath no fury like an actor threatened.

By the way, a recent interview with another paper tells us “they want America to know, a good marriage takes work and rumors of another divorce are “totally false.”

Comments (26)

richardhench (21st December 2008)
What!?

Lindzefan (14th December 2008)
I can't get the movie to play for me anyone know how to fix this

bedhed17 (12th April 2437)
Great sets!

dramaqueen15 (17th October 2008)
I LOVE THEM BOTH BUT NEW EPISODES NEED TO COME BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS PROB. HARD TO GET TOGETHER CUZ THERE IS NO PAY IN IT SO I HAVE FAITH THAT YALL WILL GET IT TOGETHER

KingTV (6th October 2008)
I give up. There has been no second episodes of this or "Life In General" produced. What happened to this site? The idea of original content, especially in the soap genre, was so intriguing to me considering the dying state of network daytime drama. I am confused. Has the creators here given up? Well, with no new episodes in over 2 months, I am taking this out of my bookmarks and will not be revisiting here. Good idea for an experiment but ultimately a failure showing that there is no future for original content on the internet.

KingTV (6th October 2008)
I am very disappointed that there has been no second episode for this or "Life In General." These were my favorite 2 shows here and it seems like the whole concept of strike.tv has failed. There have been no second episodes produced or uploaded onto the site. What is going on? Have I missed something? Or is this thing finished because the strike is over and Ms. Karen Harris has moved on back to her real job at GH. Anyway, it was a good idea but ultimately has not held my attention. An experiment which ultimately failed.

KingTV (6th October 2008)
I am very disappointed that there has been no second episode for this or "Life In General." These were my favorite 2 shows here and it seems like the whole concept of strike.tv has failed. There have been no second episodes produced or uploaded onto the site. What is going on? Have I missed something? Or is this thing finished because the strike is over and Ms. Karen Harris has moved on back to her real job at GH. Anyway, it was a good idea but ultimately has not held my attention. An experiment which ultimately failed.

Eyesuckle (19th September 2008)
Okay, I'm with Jennipowell on this one. It's so horrifically bad that I thought it must surely be a comedy.

But then, I don't watch soap operas so maybe this is how they are supposed to be. I mean, every word of dialogue is so ON THE NOSE.

laravia18 (10th September 2008)
This is great! I really like it so far. At first I was hesitant about watching an online soap but this has potential. Some soap operas on tv today could learn a lesson or two from "Greenville General". Not to mention it is nice to be able to see familiar faces. Lindze looks amazing btw!

splinister (10th September 2008)
I'm not a soap fan, but I enjoyed Life in General. I think it's a smart idea to keep the Greenville General soap episodes short, as they're best viewed for an wider understanding of what's going on behind the scenes. It applies a meta level of context that lends the typical soap situations more interest. The actress in the second scene is terrific, by the way.

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