Never underestimate the power of a fan campaign! I know I never will again after Friday's announcement that Rebecca Herbst (Liz) is indeed staying on GH. The buzz started early Friday morning that Herbst would be staying on the show when ABC Soaps in Depth tweeted the following: "Breaking news: Becky Herbst (Liz) NOT leaving #GH? You heard it here first! Details soon...." Then later in the day soapoperadigest.com confirmed the decision reversal.
I've seen a lot of soap opera fan campaigns come and go and most are unsuccessful, so the fact that one appears to have succeeded is quite shocking. However it renews hope for the future of this genre that fans still have a voice, at least given the right circumstances. It also proves that fans must provide feedback for their shows, both positive and negative. It can't all be left up to the ratings because as we all know once ratings drop past a certain point it is very difficult for them to recover and soaps get cancelled. In addition, fans must demand quality storytelling not just more screen time for their faves. Although feedback must certainly be provided about that as well or favorites may be cut out of storylines altogether. Herbst's near departure proves that.
The reaction from fans that Herbst is now staying on GH hasn't all been positive. Some worry that since she is staying someone else will be let go. Depending on your perspective I suppose this could either be a good or a bad thing. Just remember that in the future if one of your favorites gets cut you have nothing to lose by speaking up. And who knows, you just might win!