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ABC Official Press Release: GH Shifts Its TimeSlot Beginning September 10th!

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Courtesy/ABC

Since the news broke months ago that Katie Couric’s new talk show, Katie had been picked up by 95% of the ABC affiliates around the country, and that would cause a shift in the time slot for General Hospital, fans were at times confused as to what it meant for their favorite ABC soap.  Now today, ABC officially confirms the news that GH will move into One Life to Live’s old time slot beginning September 10th!   Here is what the official release stated below:

“There’s never been a better time to “check-in” to ABC’s General Hospital and beginning Monday, September 10, the popular daytime drama moves to its new time period of 2:00 p.m. ET /1:00 p.m. PT/CT, on the ABC Television Network. Fans can now catch all the intrigue and excitement of Port Charles one hour earlier.

General Hospital, the most honored show of the 2012 Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, celebrates its golden anniversary on April 1, 2013. Approaching 50 historic years on ABC, General Hospital is the longest running American soap opera currently in production and the third longest-running drama in American television history.  General Hospital was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer. Ron Carlivati is the head writer.

So what do you think of the time shift? Let us know!

 

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barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

This is good news, This is the first time abc has said anything positive about general hospital and moving it to 2 o’clock is the best news ever. we still have to bring the ratings up on our soap but At least now we know general hospital isn’t going anywhere in September. I am a very happy soap fan right now. and tickled pink I can continue to watch general hospital.

susan M.
susan M.

I really happy HLN had the daytime emmy’s on their channel..Hopefully it will be better next time.. They will have plenty of time to prepare for it comes on nt. time…. Okay Barbara t,.(loves OLTL #1) …What do you think????????

susan M.
susan M.

The time change is fine with me……………The soap fans are the best & most loyal to their soaps…………………………Soap fans support their soaps 100%…………..Gh will LIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to the soap fans……….

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

That’s what I think to susan m, the only reason the emmys were blah and I believe boring was because they didn’t have enough time to put it together, they have a whole year to get it together now and hopefully next year Ericka Kane will not be invited and she will stay home. I am so mad at her, She cheated us out of hearing from our Ericka Slezak and it’s the first time in months we have seen or heard from her, while Susan Lucci has been all over the place making herself be known and making comments that the soap fans aren’t there anymore.

susan M.
susan M.

My hairdresser told me a story today about Susan Lucci….,I forget what exact location it was but anyway Ms. Lucci was in this resturant and people recognized her and wanted her autograph..Ms. Lucci was annoyed by this and told thw waiter she didn’t want to be bothered by them. This was a while back when this happened…..Makes you think…She should be glad for the attention don’t you think!!!!!!! My friend said she wasn’t on the friendly side. She should get annoyed when fans don’t want to bother getting her autograph or nothing….I didn’t think she was like that…..What do you think about this (barbara t, Loves OLTL #1) I was really surprised….

susan M.
susan M.

Barbara t, (Loves OLTL #1) I read about this also on T.V.line.com This happened on June 26 2012…………………………..You click on t.v. News , Previews,Spoilers,casting,Scoop Interviews..That were I saw it also….ABC took to twitter Tues. morning to announce & you know the rest….It’s official now GH will be on Sept 10, at 2:00pm….HURRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No doubts about that anymore…It is FANTASTIC NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I Isn’t It ………………………..

susan M.
susan M.

More OLTL CROSS OVERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Isn’t this good news, but I also agree with heather that we still have to boycott good morning america to let abc know we mean business, and that kate is nothing without general hospital. Read her post below.

Heather
Heather

It is not going anywhere in September 2012. But it can still go off the air in January 2013 or September 2013. That’s why it’s imperative that we boycott Good Afternoon America. Katie is nothing without GH and I hope that ABC realize it.

BTW, I love your new name barbara t, or should I say barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Thanks Heather, now every one will know how much I love One life to live. Your right we still have to boycott good afternoon america and let abc know none of their trashy talk, food or news shows will be accepted in that 2 o’clock hour, It belongs to one life to live and only general hospital is allowed to be there.

susan M.
susan M.

SOAP FANS DON”T WATCH KATIE COURIC THIS SEPT. 10 at 3:00pm…. Boycott the show like we did The Revolution & she will be cancelled for low ratings !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We don’t want Katie on daytime programming………………..We want DRAMA(our stories)……………..I know I will never watch Katie Couric or Good Afternoon America …..Don’t ever watch these shows. We don’t want to boost their ratings in the least……………. Why is that crappy cooking show still on (The Chew).. Don’t watch this so they will be canceled too…There is strength in numbers & we will succed…By BOYCOTING all these shows I menced…….

susan M.
susan M.

Yes the soap fans are stll there & still want to watch their stories. That will never change….We call this ENTERTAINMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No boring news shows, cooking shows & info shows…The rating for Hell’s Kitchen Is 22..Way bottom of the totem poll..In fact the lowest you can get…..I saw this on line……See we don’t like cooking shows……….We just want OUR SOAPS & nothing else…….

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

There is a 24/7 cooking network that’s where that garbage belongs. I hate those cooking shows to.

susan M.
susan M.

A lot more good stuff will be happening on GH..Saw tht ABC soap Digest at the supermarket today (SUN)………………..Happy for Kate..Starr did the right thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GH is sizzling……..Did you see Fri. on GH ..On the screen it Outstanding Drama Series…I wonder what acc/disney thinks about that one……………..

willy garza ( partywill )
willy garza ( partywill )

I am excited that Abc is keeping #Gh in its Daytime Schedule..
They say change is good and in this case it is true.
We not only get a new timeslot but our fav #Oltl characters are on #Gh too.
Thank U Abc

TS1
TS1

It’s a shame after so many years GH had the time slot for 3pm that they stoop so low to put Katie in it’s place. It won’t make a different to me because I have no intention on watching her show. My tv and DVR will be on 2pm only every day. The rest of the morning and daytime shows can fail. If only GH could go on some other channel besides ABC. Perhaps HLN could pick them up.

lisa
lisa

I think the two o’clock timeslot belongs to #OLT L. KATIE SHOULD TAKE THE OPRAH TIMESLOT AT 4PM AND THEY SHOULD BRING BACK OLTL AND AMC INTHEIR ORIGINAL SLOT . I AM GLAD THAT GH is still on the air. But the best is OLTL. it should have never been canceled.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

That’s not the way it goes because at 4 o’clock right after general hospital goes off here where I am ellen comes on and they are not getting rid of her, God how many talk shows do they need? There’s not one that I watch and I never will, not my Idea of entertainment, anyway abc wants katie on all there stations all over the place so general hospital gets moved. the boycott for abc/disney continues for me until my favorite soap comes back and that is One life to live.

susan M.
susan M.

I want OLTL back also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Daytime programming isn’t the same without OLTL……………………………………………

MiCHELE
MiCHELE

thank you sweetie…..
love this,and so agree..

susan M.
susan M.

My cable station has Dr. OZ in Oprah’s old time slot…..

susan M.
susan M.

OLTL should have NEVER BEEN CANCELED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OLTL was my FAVORITE SOAP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Judi
Judi

agreed!!! I still miss OLTL afte all these months.. we don’t even have soapnet anymore for the reruns of OLTL… sad…

Diana
Diana

Judi check your guide because SoapNet runs the old OLTL at 6 AM 7AM & 8 AM each morning now. They had been running them in the middle of the night. GH runs at 4 AM & 5 AM. AMC at 1 AM 2 AM & 3 AM. The last couple of months they have swapped the order & you need to really keep an eye on your guide because it seems they swap time frames around the beginning of each month. OLTL just wrapped the Marcie/Tommy storyline & Jared is about to come clean about not being Asa’s son. Everyone should be watching. On GH, the Text Message Killer just killed Georgie on Monday. Wonderful Kirsten & Megan are so refreshing to see in the Maxie & Kate roles.

susan M.
susan M.

Sorry to hear that Judi…I still have the soap net channel on the t.v. I have watched repeats of OLTL….. My cable still carrys it thank goodness..I’m in FL….It still isn’t the same..I would like to see new episodes…..I guess something is better than nothing…Why don’t you try another cable provider maybe they will have the soapnet channel….Maybe Direct t.v. or another cable company………..Good luck………

Diana
Diana

I agree with you. My local affilate owns both ABC & NBC & tell me that Katie is an ABC sydicate show (like Regis & Kelly – now just Kelly) & they can run it on any network they want. Katie will be airing in my market at 3 PM on NBC & then the next morning it will repeat at 10 AM on ABC. My 3PM ABC timeslot is going to air Wendy Williams. ABC wants a strong lead in for Katie – but some markets won’t even be showing it after GH. Only the ABC owned affiliates will run it at 3 PM for sure. I will never watch it, no matter what network picks it up.

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

It’s going to be strange with GH not being at 2 pm Central time anymore and being on in the OLTL times lot makes it even stranger. I am still Not over my OLTL being off the air!
I think the ABC network gave Katie Couric waaaaay too much power to have certain timeslot that GH has had for many many years! I do NOT plan on watching Katie Couric’s show nor will I watch the new good afternoon show!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

It will be strange, but it’s better then loosing general hospital to. Abc didn’t give Katie the power to do as she chooses abc hired her to have another crappy talk show and they were planing on it being on at 3, that has nothing to do with her that’s abc decision, I have no plains on watching any of the new talk shows, Katie couric makes me sick, I am just happy that general hospital has one more life to live and will bring more of my favorite characters from landview to Port charles.

susan M.
susan M.

We have talk shows coming out of the wazoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Too many talk shows …….Don’ want to be talked to death by K. Couric or any other show like this especially on daytime programming !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MiCHELE
MiCHELE

so true….never over OLTL……

susan M.
susan M.

I’m not over OLTL either…………………….

andrea
andrea

totally agree well said

Christy
Christy

well, obviously we still miss the canceled shows, but I’m happy to have General Hospital on, no matter what time slot it is during the day.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

That’s how I feel to.

Jane
Jane

I won’t be watching ANYTHING in the time slot OLTL occupied. Their ratings were better than the other two soaps, yet they were cancelled. ABC just made my afternoon tv viewing much easier. I may be looking at NBC or CBS.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Jane that makes no sense, I love One life to live and general hospital would be the only show to move into the 2 o’clock spot that the fans will accept. we also have a few One life to live characters that are now in port charles and there are more to come, why stop watching we want to save the soaps not help kill them.

Joyce
Joyce

I totally agree. I will now be watching Days of Our Lives since it’s in that time slot.

James
James

Yes the ratings for OLTL were better for the last 6 months of their 43 years on the air. For the other 42 1/2 GH’s were higher. Yes, GH had downfalls creatively during that time, but in retrospect GH was always been more profitable for ABC and perhaps why they were given a reprieve. I am sorry for the OLTL fans and do agree that AMC and OLTL should have stayed all along.

Judi
Judi

I know how you feel Jane. I am only watching GH because of McBain, Todd and Star.. I think OLTL was the best soap ever! even the beginning music on GH they don’t even show Todd or Star or McBain .. very lame. I wrote so many letters, tweeted, fb, etc to ABC ceo’s and so did so many broken hearted fans of OLTL. I really miss the actors from that show. I still live in hope someone will be smart enough to pick up OLTL and the actors because it would be high ratings.. I know how you feel..

Christina
Christina

Putting GH in my OLTL time slot will not make me start to watch this soap, in fact, if makes me NOT want to watch at all, but then I don’t any way so I guess that’s a moot point. And even though Frank and Ron have brought on some OLTL characters, doesn’t make me want to watch either.

Angie U
Angie U

Will be on same time as Days in my area which I don’t think Is good for either of them. I started watching Days & the CBS soaps when OLTL & AMC were cancelled to support other soaps and try to keep them on. Now I will have to record or watch Days or watch on Soapnet as long as it is on. I am grateful GH is still on I don’t like change as it will make harder to watch Days. I still miss OLTL & AMC & don’t want to lose anymore soaps

Judy
Judy

We need to stand behind the one of the few last remaining soaps. I too was a fan of OLTL for the last 40 years. It’s gone. Get over it. Frank and Ron are doing a great job with GH and I am truly enjoying the OLTL actors in Port Charles. You’re missing out on good soap opera by not tuning in to GH.

Brian
Brian

Judy… so tired of people telling the fans of OLTL to “get over it” even Frank V states there may be a chance it may come back…

perhaps if you added your voice to wanting it back, it may help, but telling it’s legion of fans (which you claim to be) to “get over it” certainly does not help.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

I’m with you Brian. There will be interesting happenings on general hospital, were going to landview and I can’t wait, I wonder if they are all the original sets from one life to live. I to am tired of hearing people say “get over it” I never will, there’s always hope. And I think that Todd is fitting in perfectly, I’m glad he hired Sam.

susan M.
susan M.

I want OLTL back ASAP… When did Frank V. say taht there is a chance OLTL will come back???????? Don’t want to get my hopes up till it’s official..Yes, I WANT OLTL BACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to RETURN TO Llanview………And Rodi’s bar & grill…And to the hotel Roxy own’s…And her beauty salon..And don’t forget Landfair!!!!!!

Brian
Brian

susan m.

just look for frank’s picture in the list of stories in the news section of this website. even the headlines states that OLTL might be back

Carolyn
Carolyn

I am just happy General Hospital is still on air!! I’m actually excited about the time change because that’s my lunch hour! Though I do think the network should’ve left GH where they are at, but I can at least watch it now “live.”

david
david

So GH will be competing against Days? This may not be good news for either GH or Days because it will split the soap viewing audience, lowering ratings for each soap, and thus justifying cancellation of both for less expensive programming.

Dan
Dan

I guess it all depends on the market. In the NY market where I live, Days is on at 1pm, so it won’t affect GH at all. There has been soaps on at the same time on competing networks for years, and it was never a problem. So I don’t think it will be in this case, either.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

david, Where I am days comes on at one, I wish all the last 4 soaps weren’t competing against each other and they were on at all different times. It would be nice for me because I don’t have one of them ff machines, One of these days I have to give in and get one I am so sick of falling asleep right before jay leno tells his first joke.

Christine
Christine

Support GH by watching IT and IT only.

Let KATIE and GAA go down in flames. If the ratings for the latter are better they COULD be the replacement for GH NEXT year after ABC makes the 50-year anniversary.

Diana
Diana

ABC is hoping to kill GH at 2 PM by splitting the Days & GH viewers. I say DVR both! I will never watch Katie or GAA & believe true loyal soap fans won’t either. I only watch GH on ABC & boycott all their other programs – daytime & primetime I say NO to ABC! Disgruntled GH fans not happy with OLTL transplants should wake up & see the writing on the wall. I loved all the ABC soaps & am happy with OLTL faces now on GH. GH & OLTL should both be on the air because their writing teams have always done a fantastic job. ABC went after AMC with a vengence during the Pratt years. If all of that could be washed away in the shower, ala Bobby Ewing, Frank & Ron could take over & bring it back to it’s glory years too!

lisa
lisa

It won’t make any difference to me…. on my days off I’ll watch it at 2pm,and the days that I work I’ll watch it on a time shift channel (as I live in Canada) or I’ll watch it on my laptop.

Sooo…………… !!

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

I will always watch GH but that will be one of my three ABC shows for me. The Doctors, GH and Dr. Oz no other daytime show will get my time again. If these three go I will never be an ABC watcher again, Thank God for Hallmark, HGTV, TV Land and myTV. Good luck to all GH personnel and fans.

Linda
Linda

I am glad we still have GH. However I will never watch Hatie no matter what time she is on. Only GH on ABC for me. At 3p I will switch to Dr, Phil on CBS or Studio B with Shepard Smith on Fox News Channel.

Nancy Wizner
Nancy Wizner

I see no problem with it at all. At least fans still have their favorite soap. That’s what counts. Unfortunate others lost theirs though. Still missing AMC!

Diana
Diana

Tune in/DVR SoapNet at 1 AM 2 AM & 3 AM each night to see old AMC episodes.

Michael
Michael

I have a full time 9-5 job so it doesn’t matter to me when it’s on, my DVR will record it and I will watch it at my own leisure. How can ratings take into account people who DVR GH? Everyone that I know that watches GH has a full-time job. I haven’t watched it in the 3pm timeslot since I was in university. Anyway, good news is that it’s on the air and as long as it is, I will keep watching. OLTL isn’t coming back, folks. I never watched that show, but I will say I’ve tremendously enjoyed Todd Manning in PC. Not a huge fan of Blair; we already have Carly Jacks…. Ok, you can start hurling insults at me now… 🙂

A note to ABC: The only program I watch on ABC is GH. All of my other TV is on HBO, Showtime, or AMC. I give less than a sh-t about any other show on ABC.

Diana
Diana

If you like Todd, then tune in to SoapNet at 6 AM 7 AM & 8 AM, keep checking guide as they tend to change timeslots. You will see Todd in the form of Trevor St John. He took over the role from Roger Howarth, who is once again in the role at GH. You will find that Trevor as Todd fit the role perfectly. You will enjoy seeing all the old OLTL episodes that will fill in any blanks about the OLTL characters now on GH.

James
James

Will be watching at 2, just as I did at 3. Hoping GH can pick up the momentum and stay on the schedule. Will not be watching Katie.

Mel
Mel

ABC is betting the GH viewers will stay tuned to Katie. I am betting that they won’t. Time will tell.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

You won’t catch me watching that self absorbed woman.We don’t need any more talk shows, for me I hope Katie courics dopy show sinks in the ratings, Will be interesting to see what will happen because no one liked her on the cbs news she trashed there evening news and it still hasn’t recovered.

Judi
Judi

I saw in advertizing that Good Afternoon America was going on? must be GH slot time? I will have to watch and see… I am happy for GH.. I miss McBain being on the show lately. ABC board for GH is lit up wondering the same thing.. I am such a die hard OLTL fan, very hard still to get over it as I should by now, but I still miss the show and the characters. I find myself switching channels at that time… but glad the CEO’s of ABC are smart enough this time to keep GH at least!! .. for now anyway… thanks Michael for bringing us the news. I happen to see your tweet about it…

Rodd
Rodd

Change is always confusing. I hope that if there’s a dip in the ratings, people don’t start getting all excited and taking it to mean GH should go the way of one of Sonny’s enemies. Ratings could dip because some people won’t be able to watch at 2:00. But on the other hand, maybe MORE people can watch at 2:00 than 3:00 and this could be a blessing in disguise. Didn’t OLTL have better ratings than GH? IF so, could part of it be due to the timeslot? People have often said the YR gets good ratings, in part, because it’s on over lunch for most areas. I am glad ABC is putting a positive spin on this move and hope the ratings do go up. GH is so good right now!

Kalena
Kalena

I’m happy for GH but am bothered by the fact that ABC is putting it in the OLTL’s old time slot. Are they just trying to ruin all memories of that show. I agree with another poster. Put Katie in Oprah’s slot and leave GH where it is.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

At 4 o’clock where I am they can’t put kate on because ellen is on at that time and they aren’t getting rid of ellen, oprah was never on for me after general hospital she was on another network, so the 4 o’clock hour isn’t the same for everyone that’s why katie is going on at 3. One life to live is my favorite soap, but what would you rather see take over one life to lives hour? A news, food, talk show ? I don’t, I would much rather watch general hospital at 2 then not see it at all. Let me say this, I hate all those talk, food and news shows I don’t watch any of them, daytime for me is for the soaps not that cheep garbage with all these hosts and guests with big egos.

Audrey
Audrey

Agreed 100%. Too many talk shows and we all get enough food without watching people eat it on t.v. Still wish that AMC and OLTL was on but GH has picked a few of the OLTL characters and I hear a rumor that Blair and a few of the others are also joining GH.

Audrey.....Nova Scotia
Audrey.....Nova Scotia

Hello everyone…..they can change the time to 2:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m…….it makes no difference to me….I am going to watch whenever it is on. I have been watching for so long all the ABC soaps, like AMC and OLTL but since they are gone….I remain faithful to GH. The powers that be just better not mess with it and take it away….there are enough, too many infact, of those talk shows. I thought once Oprah was gone, they would leave it alone….but no, Katie has to have her say now….they are all the same.
Have a great day as I sit here and watch GH. (My laptop is always beside me….hehe)

pattie
pattie

I so agree with BarbaraT about Susan Lucci. She is too much about herself. Erica Slezak is a much better actor and a much more classy woman. Maybe MS KANE feels a bit intimidated and jealous in her company.

Jane
Jane

I agree with you about Susan Lucci. Erika Slezak can act circles around her. I’ve read all the responses and I still plan to not watch anything in OLTL’s timeslot. OLTL was always treated as ABC’s redheaded stepchild among the three soaps. GH was on its way down and OL was on its way up when they were canceled. The ONLY show I will watch at 1:00 central on ABC is OLTL. Sorry if some of you don’t like that but I don’t think I’m the only one who feels that way. OL was treated horribly at the Emmys (tribute????) and Erika was barely allowed to speak. So my loyalty is and always will be to OLTL and ERIKA SLEZAK.

Brandi
Brandi

It’s so true about Erika Slezak- she is by far the most talented actress on daytime television with utmost class and sophistication. There is no one on any other how that could replace her or try to be like her character of Viki. She gave life to Viki on screen. I’ll never watch any show that is in the time slot for OLTL – it earned that spot after 40+ years. Besides my personal feeling, ratings for OLTL were high and fans miss the show. No one wants to see another talk show. As far as the Emmys- the highlight was seeing Erika Slezak- hopefully next year she will get the spotlight she deserves without being overshadowed by anyone else – and a 7th Emmy for those last episodes wouldn’t hurt either!!!!

Bruce
Bruce

It dont matter to me as i dvr the show just as long as its still on the air.

susan M.
susan M.

Saw advertisement for Good Afternoon America. It suppose to come on Mon. July 9…What timeslot does this show fit in?????????????? Can anyone answer this??? Can anyone answer my question!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Does anyone know for SURE…..

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Me again, Yes it will be on at 2 o’clock, its taking over our one life to live hour for 9 weeks, I believe its 9 weeks on september 10 general hospital will go there.

susan M.
susan M.

Thanks for the info.. I was in panic mode..I am calm now…I was worried ..I enjoy the drama….AGAIN thanks for the info……OLTL FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Hybrid does mean putting them together. I will take a wild guess here its a car? a hybrid that you can use gas and some other kind of energy thing (electric), they have a place in our village where you can use there plug (HOW STUPID) I never see any one use it EVER.anyway this can be a good thing, no not the car, our soap opera.

Angela Vog
Angela Vog

I want to let everyone know about the fall schedule regarding general hospital in the area where I live which is Western New York. I just learned today from the advertisements that were on while I was watching GH that starting Sept.10 GH will be on at 2:00. Then at 3:00 we are going to have the Rikki Lake Show. Katie Couric’s new show will come on at 4:00. So, at least in my area GH will not be the lead-in for Katie’s new show. Just what we need two talk shows. Needless to say, I won,t be watching anything after GH anyway. My television is only tuned in to ABC for GH only. So what I’d like to know is what happened regarding Katie letting everyone know that she wanted GH to go on before her show? Apparently the demographics in my area must not be that important. At any rate, the only ratings they will be getting from me will be for GH. I am hoping like so many other soap fans that any and all replacement shows ABC tries to put in will tank. We want our OLTL back!!!!! ABC when will you face reality and listen to the soap fans. I would like to hear from other fans as to whether or not Katie’s new show will follow GH in other areas. This should be very interesting to see.

virginia buono
virginia buono

I love gh the time change don’t matter to me I will watch it any time.

Tristan
Tristan

the Daytime Emmy’s look rather discounted, second rate but I guess it was on tv at least. As much as I like Erika Sleazak and I know Barbara t loes OLTL (that’s clear lol) she just doesn’t have the overall it factor other than her truly devoted fans though she is a great and quality actress. Sadly when Susan Lucci won the Emmy the daytime interest wasn’t the same and now no one really wants the Daytime Emmy’s on tv and while HLN did a nice job stepping in it and there was little time it didn’t have the pop. And less than am million viewers. yikes.

People are entitled to their opinions, I have heard horrible stories about Eric Braeden and his conduct on and off the set. I am surprised to hear such negative things about Susan Lucci – even the personal accounts of Lucci is that she is very gracious and thankful. And people you are making a mountain out of a moleholl I looked into the issue of the “daytime fans aren’t there anymore” and she is referring to what she was told by Frons and ABC. However she and Slezak both have been vocal that good stories and characters will always have an audience. Sadly AMC which sorry to say to OLTL lovers has the better brand name regardless of ratings at the end (on average AMC was still far higher than OLTL over the years) seemed to be neglected on the writing area for the last few years. it was like ABC didn’t care giving “crap” to the actors to work with instead of strong heartfelt multidimensional stories. They could have had fewer characters and with some creative marketing been much more for ABC.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Happy ABC finally made the announcement and even managed to say something positive about GH! I would be happy with more OLTL crossovers if it works story-wise, not just for the sake of garnering OLTL fans (personally my all-time favorite soap). I WILL NEVER WATCH ANY OTHER ABC SHOW, only GH. Unless they bring back OLTL of course LOL!

Unfortunately GH will now compete with DOOL in my market. That’s not good for either show or their fans.

Jeff
Jeff

This will be good something to fill the void that One Life to Live left in my day when it got canceled. I’ve been kinda hard on GH but i wish it well now i hope they can pioneer some firsts for daytime and with the new EP i think they are more than well on their way to entertain us and address compelling real life issues..

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I really think adding in more OLTL now that GH is moving to its old timeslot makes a lot of sense. I know it will really PO some of the GHr’s, but it just might save the show in the long run. I’m all for a blending of GH/OLTL! Two great, iconic shows I’d love to see live on. Been a fan my whole life and would love to say that ’til the day they pry my TV remote from my cold, dead hands!

Oh, if they could some how bring on Michael E. Knight, Tad from AMC, so much the better. But not too many AMC’rs. The “chosen few” really hogged up air time! (Cameron Mathison, Susan Lucci, etc.) I liked the character Liza Colby and the awesome Vincent Irazzary (sp?). It doesn’t even have to be contract roles IMO. Bring them on “as needed”. I know that is difficult to do if they have other commitments, but times have changes and obviously the genre needs to change with the times, as does the talent’s expectations of the business model.

I would love at least OLTL cameos by Melissa Archer, Bree Williamson, Erica Slezak…my OLTL list is pretty much the entire cast I guess. Blair, Shawn, Dorian, Bo, Clint, Victor, that adorable little Liam…and on and on.

You know ABC…you really do NEED at least ONE flagship soap to keep your viewers from changing the channel or falling asleep from your non-stop talk fest. As a lifelong ABC Daytime fan, I have completely checked out of ABC with the exception of GH. And I am still in your precious 18-49 Demo. I basically make ALL the purchasing decisions for my household, so keep that in mind!

JEAN
JEAN

I THINK YOU SHOULD LEAVE GH ALONE. tHE TIME SLOT IS GOOD THE WAY IT IS.
WE SCHEDULE OUR WORK AROUND THE PROGRAM. DON’T TRY AND FIX WHAT ISN’T BROKE.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

They already fixed it, the rat channel doesn’t care what we feel, at 3 pm starting September 10th boring Katie Couric will take over where our General hospital has been for almost 50 years. They sure have messed up our daytime programing and I hope all their new shows fail miserably.

candace
candace

I think its a good move because of all of the daytime talk shows in 3pm time slot Gh might not be able to compete at that time.

C. T. O'Sick
C. T. O'Sick

GH is popular with high school teens and college students and this new time slot will likely hurt the GH ratings and won’t do a thing for Katie Curic as she is probably not teens cup of tea. It makes one wonder how much thought goes into the decisions that the networks make. I’m glad they aren’t rocket scientists.

jean tablish
jean tablish

Please bring back One Life To Live. Hated the Revolution, hate The Chew and not fond of Good Afternoon America, I watch that in the morning!!

Tamer
Tamer

I have not watched soaps in a few years but I was deeply disappointed when they canceled All my children And One life to live. I have now become a devoted GH fan! I have watched the big 3 ABC soaps off and on for 20 plus years and will never take GH for granted again! Feels great to be back watching at least one soap again

Shannon
Shannon

I want to keep Gh on soapnet. 1-5-13
Their already have to many childern program’s. The childern do not need
another childern program. We want Gh on soapnet please. I wish that
they could put all my childern on soapnet to. Alot of people do not want
to loose soapnet at all. Please put the childern show on a driffent
tv station like nbc. Don’t take away Abc soap’s that not fair. Yall
are not taking day’s off the air. They still get to watch their soap’s.
Please leave soapnet alone. Please put all my childern back on
soapnet. I love Gh. Please find another tv station like nbc.
That would help out alot. or find a new tv station for the childern
show. and still have soapnet. Or Share the soapnet. like have
the Childern program in the Moring;s. Then at night we can
still watch are soap’s. I think that would be good. if we can
share the soapnet chanel please please. Put the Childern
show on in the moring’s. and soap’s at night . That will solve
the problem.

Shannon
Shannon

I do not want see soapnet leave at all.
We already have to many Childern tv show.
Why are yall taking off Abc soap’s? Why can’t
yall take of nbc soap’s and put a childern show.
or cbs soap’s take them off the air. It not fair taking
Abc soap’s away. Please do not take away soapnet.
Yall can find a new tv channel for the childern show.
Please leave Adult soapnet alone. Please.
Thank-you so much.

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Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

Things will get more interesting in the lives of Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and many others on the GH canvas with the arrival back in Port Charles of Jasper Jacks.  That’s because as previously announced, Ingo Rademacher is headed back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise his signature role.

Circle May 7th for when you will see Jax back in action.  According to EW.com. “He’s back to see his daughter Josslyn and ex-wife Carly”   Jax will also share scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and of course Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Looks like Jax may be back to help out Josslyn in her time of need as her boyfriend Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) final days seem to be drawing near, or does something else also bring his attention back to Port Charles?

It’s been a bit since Ingo played Jax on GH having last appeared on the soap in April of 2017.  Ingo eventually landed the role as the recast Thorne Forrester on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a part he played till December of 2018.

Back in March, the actor originally from down under shared on his Instagram account: “Won’t be long now.  Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!”

So, excited for some Jax on GH? What do you think will bring him back? What do you think will keep him in town? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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