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Alicia Leigh Willis Makes A Return To General Hospital As Courtney Matthews Comforts Her Son Spencer!

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On Monday’s part two of General Hospital’s Nurses Ball 2015, Spencer Cassadine (Nicolas Bechtel) received a heavenly visit from his mother the late Courtney Matthews towards the end of the episode.  The pick-up of the scene will occur on tomorrow’s final part of this year’s Nurses Ball.

With Courtney back for a visit, that means that GH was able to welcome back Alicia Leigh Willis in the role!  Courtney’s return came about when during GH Fan February, ABC.com asked viewers who they wanted to see come back for a visit during this year’s Nurses Ball episodes?  Courtney was voted the winners by 42% of the voters, and was followed by Stefan Cassadine at 30%. Now the stage is set for a mother and son chat as Spencer has been motherless throughout his childhood, since Courtney died shortly after giving birth to the little prince.

As for Willis, in On-Air On-Soaps recent interview with her, Alicia even teased that she would love to come back to work with Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) again and to see her on-screen son, if somehow that were possible.  And looks like that day is here!

So, are you glad that Courtney will finally have scenes with her son Spencer who has been in an emotionally fragile state since his face was burned in the fire at Wyndemere?  Share your thoughts below!

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su0000
su0000

well-

It might be ok IF Courtney is not a dumb ghost or some such thing..BOO! lol

I’m ok with the Cassadines having whatever to do with keeping Courtney alive, they are very good at that 🙂

( I would rather have Spenser and Britt..

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Me too…i like Spenser and Britt together!!!

Harry
Harry

Hey SUoo! Courtney meant to write “Boo!” on the steam buildup of Nikolas’s bathroom mirror but she became confused with the idea of reflection and how it reverses right from left. Nikolas became perplexed when he got out of the shower and saw “!!!OOB” written on his mirror.

Diane Jones
Diane Jones

I think it’s just what he needs,but it’s too bad she is only a ghost,really wish she could stay,I think it would help Nicholas out too.

laura
laura

I miss Alicia so much – it would be great if GH would bring her back full time. After all no one truly dies on a soap opera. It would be so much fun to watch Spencer interact with his mother on a regular basis – not as an angel!

Harry
Harry

Well, Spencer (who is in great need of child psycho therapy before he becomes a serial killer) is clearly hallucinating. Because Courtney was so stupid that her spirit would not know how to cross over from the after life back into real life. I believe that if Courtney’s spirit did try to cross over she’d end up in the frozen food isle of the local supermarket stuck on the word “concentrate” on the can of frozen orange juice.
I mean, this chick was so stupid that she would reply,”Is that a trick question?” when anyone asked her how she was doing.

dmr
dmr

I am laughing really hard-can’t say that I disagree!

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

There is someone on another board that says “Courtney is her all time favorite character.” Of ALL the characters, past and present, this person picks the above-mentioned airhead. I would rather see the actress that played her MOTHER back before I see Courtney.

I have a feeling this vote was rigged.

Aria
Aria

Ouch, didn’t like her either she was part of that self righteous group of Carly sonny and Jason all acted like the world owed them something. Also agree on spencer, I’m waiting to see him kill someone’s pet on the show just to confirm that he’ll end up being a future serial killer, if the shoe is trying to play him up as this adorable little brat they are failing miserably, every time he calls Cameron a towny it Erks me, he comes across so hateful.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Lol…I love Spencer and think he’s adorable….but I must say Cameron in all his innocence is getting cuter and cuter as well!

Harry
Harry

Remember when Courtney had that gorgeous golden retriever? Suddenly, the dog just disappeared and no one mentioned it (much like when The Brady Bunch’s dog Tiger suddenly disappeared ).
Courtney was so stupid that even the dog became disgusted and ran away and Courtney didn’t even notice that he as gone.
This is a woman who has White-Out all over her monitor.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I only hope these child actors aren’t scarred for life…LOL.
PLEASE! Give them a storyline befitting children. Kids just don’t think with an adult brain…c’mon, now.

Beth
Beth

No, I am not glad. The character of Courtney never fit with GH. I would have been happy never to have seen her grace my GH screen again.

Beth
Beth

I must add, that I am highly doubtful that Courtney won more votes that Stefan Cassadine. Something stinks.

dmr
dmr

I really liked Stefan too. I loved Mary Beth Evans as Katherine Bell-she was so feisty. Loved how she tangled with Lucy and most of Port Charles.

Harry
Harry

Yes, Beth. The election probably took place in Florida.

The Substitute
The Substitute

It was a PR stunt she was always coming back to help that obnoxious child of hers! Stephen Nichols is coming back for his sweetness on Days!

su0000
su0000

aha! Harry.. I’m sure it did..
Stefan should have won! now, that would have been great!

Christy
Christy

bwwahahahaha

yes I hear that “Chad” really came in first!

Harry
Harry

Christy! Good one! (“Chad” ) I wish I had thought of it and I know Jim and Timm wish the same thing.

Harry
Harry

One more thing, Beth. I would rather the sweet, ethical and brilliant Georgie come back instead of the useless Courtney who is the very reason WHY dumb blonde jokes were invented. Georgie should never ever had been killed off. Adding to the list which should proceed Cornnuts–Alan Q, his son AJ, and yes, Stefan.
Heck, I’d even rather see Port Charles’ answer to Marcia Brady (Emily) come back than to see this clueless wonder blunder back into the show.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Id be happy if they’d just show Monica more…here we have Jakeson’s story front and center and she isnt even around…they show Sappy doing skits ect. at the nurses ball and she was fired from the hospital yet Monica isnt even in the audience…thats b.s.! and no Mac and Felicia!…double..b.s.b.s.,…Mac shouldve debuted with his Mr.Marbles replacement…that big dummy Ron Carlivati!!!

judy neeley
judy neeley

George I love her I didn’t like Courtney if they going to bring back some one Emily was great I love her what about Liz son Jake they shouldn’t kill him off maybe that what Liz needs courtesy didn’t have a roll of on G.H not really so is Courtney back for good are issued she a ghost

Rose
Rose

Hi Harry,…This is a reply to comments further down this section. ” Hatred” of Sabrina and Courtney is a pretty strong word. I just said “negatives.” And if they instil such dislike, they are doing their job right. I just hope some of the strong dislike doesn’t spill over into their personal feelings. They are human after all.

And Courtney isn’t the only one to switch partners for whatever reason. Look at Elizabeth. I’ve said more about this in a further scroll down the page.

Harry
Harry

Oh no, Rose, it’s okay. I really do hate Courtney and Sabrina. I don’t hate the actresses who play them, mind you.
I figure it’s good therapy to hate fictional actors because we can get our angst out. That way we don’t engage in driver’s rage or shopping rage. I don’t want to be that person who starts screaming that the woman in front of me has gone over the 9 item limit in the Express lane and that it’s an outage, an outrage, I tell ya!

Timmm
Timmm

Tyler Christopher has the ballot box in his dressing room!

Kacey
Kacey

I agree. No way do I believe this vote ended up with Courtney over Stefan.

tskyent
tskyent

How Wonderful is this!! Can’t wait..

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Its ok but predictable…imo

linda
linda

she could come back everyone does. Helena you know

Robert
Robert

She looks so beautiful in her return and I miss Alicia on my screen. Spencer need someone with strong morals to help him combat all of that Cassasdine DNA. I am shocked how weak Nicholas’s parenting has been. Spencer is headed towards a dark future, as an entitled,narcissist with wealth and power to make him future villain in Port Charles. I wish there was a way to bring Alicia Leigh Willis back as maybe Courtney’s twin or cousin to help Spencer.

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

Strong morals? Wasn’t she originally a stripper. I guess she had a heart of gold, though.

Courtney was a twit, plain and simple. She actually had some potential with Jax, but that was squandered.

Rose
Rose

Sometimes even “strippers” out grow their past. She obviously needed some better parenting, too. Especially if Sonny is her half-brother. Some of his first “businesses” were strip clubs so he could give her a job. She wasn’t the only character caught up in his world. And look at Bobbie Spenser. After she was saved from her father Tim, she and Luke went to live with Aunt Ruby who owned a “house of ill repute.” So before nursing, Bobbie had another trade.

Susan
Susan

No, never liked her. Britts coming back, was more powerful. Spencer needed Britt, more then he needed his mother, that he never knew.

Patrick
Patrick

I totally agree… especially… if Hayden is still in the mix… and these two have at it… for Nikolas affections…

I was so hoping… for a strong twosome… in Brit and Nina… with “Dr. O” for this threesome… plus Nathan…to forefront

throw in Franco… and these characters would have escalated to the top tier

it’s been so long now… since Michelle Stafford acted her ass off… with her own mind… yes, I’m thinking MS’ Phyllis character…

NIna and Franco need to step on it… and GO…. move themselves onward and upward

let’s find a way for NIna and Aunt Leisl to shake things up : bond : forge a relationship and command

Sara
Sara

yes im glad but that scene was way too short! It was like a tease. I actually enjoyed Britt’s scene with Spencer more

Timmm
Timmm

I liked her and they look great as a family. I dont like killing off characters in general because these visions or ghost setups are limited. A perfect example is John Abbott on Y&R. Jack’s talks with him are great but to still have John alive and available would be 100 times better for the show. Same with Courtney, Emily, Alan Q, ect.

su0000
su0000

She won a vote ..
They had to do something with her that she could disappear quickly after her appearance..
I knew if she won it would be a snore lol
If, Stefan had won it would at the least have stirred the pot/been exciting..

(ever notice people whining= ”the cast it too large.. the cast is bloated…
yet.. we want more bring them all back keep them all ! ..aha!

Timmm
Timmm

I’m glad Stephan didnt win because I want that character to be brought back, long term. I would LOVE to see him act with Spencer. Nicholas is front and center so they would have a great story to tell especially since I could see Stephan wanting ELQ. Lastly, Stephan would happily take Laura off Fluke’s hands!

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

Because people want the good old days back, but that ship has sailed, unfortunately.

Harry
Harry

Chyrstie, who said anything about the good old days?
Timm, love your mental image of Stefan talking to Spencer.
Yes, that would be really fabulous. That would work for me.

Aden
Aden

Love the actress, and that she has a brief return. But the character of Courtney was ill-conceived at best, and pointless at worst. The difference in regimes is going to be jarring…especially with the campy, outrageous, over the top way Spencer is written, and the more serious, morose character that Courtney always was. Should be interesting though. And hopefully brief.

Anthony
Anthony

Never thought much of the Courtney character and the kid is written as a spoiled, self-important brat – don’t care at all.

judy neeley
judy neeley

Spencer is a spoiled brat that all

Marjorie m
Marjorie m

I LOVE IT!!!!! I just wish it could be for longer but ill take it

rebecca1
rebecca1

Would have preferred Stefan. He, too, could have bonded with Spencer. He and Nicolas were very close and he raised him well…

su0000
su0000

0oohh yes!
the awesome Stefan ! He would have indeed brought us excitement!
I really wanted want Stefan back, even if for a day it would have been much stronger and intriguing scenes..
imagine’ Nik, Spencer and Stefan together .. wow!

(Courtney yawn in comparison lol )

Timmm
Timmm

Is Stephen Nichols retired? He is wanted on three different soaps and it doesnt seem as if he is interested.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Don’t know…isn’t he back on Days?

Fanny
Fanny

Timm, Stephen returned to DAYS as Patch from 2006-2009, then moved on
to Y&R as Tucker from February 2009-2013. Recently made an appearance
on DAYS again for their 50th Anniversary.
And from what I’ve heard he WILL be seen on GH soon, regardless of
Courtney’s walkthrough.

su0000
su0000

Hmmm- Tucker McCall.. Patch .. but best of all was Stefan ..
He was at the Emmy’s.. had his pic taken with past cast mates.. one with Christian LeBlanc
March/April he was back to DOOL for the anniversary.

jeremy
jeremy

Awesome!!! 🙂 Nice to see her again.

Dan
Dan

Alicia Leigh Willis is as beautiful as ever, and I really enjoyed the scenes. It would be nice if Courtney were back as more than just a ghost. The Cassadines have everyone else in their freezer apparently, why not Courtney, lol?

Aria
Aria

What would be the point? RC likes bringing them back from the dead only to kill them off agian, first A J and now it looks like Duke is gonna ” die”

su0000
su0000

Aria, you are wrong..
Courtney was brought back for a day.. it was a one time thing, she knew that..
and-
”AJ” he left GH.. He left on his own..
Also– who has RC brought back from the dead to kill them??
Some actors are short stay and not meant to be a cast member and the actors know that when they take the job..
Actors do leave 🙂

Actors do leave by their choice..

ALL soaps have their dead.. however- nobody really dies on soap they are known to be resurrected at anytime ..

Aria
Aria

I was responding to Dan who said he wish the Courtney character was returning back for more than just a ghost I said what would be the point if later down the road he RC would most likely kill the charater offl like he did with A J. And will soon be doing to another character he resurrected only to kill off agian that other character is duke whom is being rumored to be killed off.

Christy
Christy

I voted for Sonny’s father to come back. I knew Courtney could only come back for mere moments seeing how she is dead… and would rather Emily come back for more visits instead.

and I know it’s been done before, but really wish Spencer would get knocked in the head and wake like normal behaving, normal speaking child. He really irritates me.

Aria
Aria

I’m with you on spencer he’s beyond a bratt, it looked like Patrick wanted to smack him after that stunt he pulled at the nurses ball . Looks like Emma had the good sense to stay clear of this little psychotic cassadine prince..

Shay
Shay

Here, here , Aria, and I’d really love for someone to just come out and say, “Pssst….Hey, Spence! Not only was yo mama a ‘townie,” but she was also a stripper!” That should permanently push that pompous little pipsqueak of a princeling back in his proper place!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I wanted Sonny’s father to come back too…would have loved seeing him in scenes with Ava’s mother Delia…he played her husband Roger on Ryans Hope…wouldve been hilarious if they had run into each other and Dee mistakens Sonny’s father for her husband Roger!!!

judy neeley
judy neeley

I wish they would have bought back Emily are Liz son jake

Chrystie Delancey
Chrystie Delancey

He sunk to a new low with his imitation of the Phantom of the Opera. He could have killed those kids.

He needs a good spanking. The actor is great, though.

Liam
Liam

Although I can see how Courtney was annoying to many (including myself), I actually started liking her once she inherited the money to start the foundation for underprivileged children; however, I indirectly blame her for taking in Diego since he got subsequently got rid of Georgie. Yet, I liked her at that point because she separated herself from Sonny and Jason and I enjoyed her standing up to them. I liked her with Jax and I liked her brief time with Nicholas. Sometimes soap writing does things that catch me off guard and takes a character in such a different direction such as Courtney getting pregnant with Nik’s child. She had been on the show for quite some time and was wrapped up in AJ, Jason, and Sonny/Carly world for so long that you would think she would be remembered for that, but since she’s been dead, I associate her as being Spencer’s mother.

SW
SW

It makes me sad how hateful this board can be. It was great to see an “old” face…Insctually liked Courtney when she was on. She made AJ human, and I always thought it was a shame (and utterly predictable) that she ended up with Jason instead. Wish she could come back and bring Spencer down a notch. He really needs a permanent mother figure in his life!! Speaking of which…anyone know if Hayden is finished? I will miss seeing RB on screen as well. Love my legacy characters/actors! Love love love that soaps feel like family <3

Rose
Rose

Also don’t like some negatives about Sabrina. There have been others as well that get almost personal toward the actors. You can express yourself about how you feel, but sometimes comments could be more sensitive and carefully worded.

Hope Hayden/Rebecca stays. I think there’s a lot they can do with her character, and it looks like she needs a home. Like to see a Rick stay as well. Like Scottie, we always need a couple of morally questionable characters who also have redeeming qualities.

Harry
Harry

Courtney and Sparkle Pony are fictional characters The hatred you see here is not about the actresses, it’s about the characters they play.
I did like Courtney with AJ, but like his family, she saw the sun and moon in Jason’s eyes and threw AJ over for the chosen one.

su0000
su0000

Harry 🙂
not one person has said a bad word about the actress Alicia, not one…
I don’t recall reading even anything bad said about the Courtney character, just mention of what happened in stories..
What was said– some wanted Stefan Cassadine back not Courteney, and that is not hatred, that is a ‘like’ opinion..

where do people come up with hate junk, sigh ..

Harry
Harry

It’s a scary world when su000 and I are on the same page.
For the record–I am sure Alicia is really intelligent in real life–she is certainly beautiful.
I just saw Courtney acting rather stupid time and time again. I can never erase the image of Courtney pawing the air while laughing to herself.
Or did I dream that?

jorge
jorge

sooo wish Sefan will be back and helena to casue good trouble in gh!!

Rodd
Rodd

I wasn’t watching GH when she was originally on, but I thought the scenes were sweet.

Timmm
Timmm

Courtney grew up. She was great. If anyone has ever lost a parent and wishes they could speak to them one more time and ask for their wisdom, strength or support, would get Court and Spencer’s scene. Who else but dear old mom can tell you its okay to take off your mask and accept the hand thats been dealt to you. I loved it and will always remember that scene.

Rose
Rose

Just an observation. Courtney’s history isn’t unlike Elizabeth’s when it comes to men…AJ, Jason, and Nickolas. Add Jax into the mix for Courtney, and Lucky, Rick and Jake for Liz. And yet both are considered the “nice” kind of girls on GH. Sometimes it seems the more “un-nice” girls are more monogamous. But then soaps would get boring after a while if they didn’t stir the pot.

Did like Courtney with Spencer. Not unlike Alan Q and Emily coming back occasionally as a “moral” compasses, though not enough, and they shouldn’t have let them die. So now Spencer has two mother figures…Courtney and Britt, who also is warm and caring for him, if not misguided sometimes.

Harry
Harry

I actually really liked Courtney when she first arrived in Port Charles and before they ruined her character.
I do have a memory of that slime ball Sonny checking her out before he knew she was his sister.

Rose
Rose

Harry…what would we do it we didn’t have such a variety of comments. It would be really dull. And su0000…as the champion to anything GH, she certainly adds color to what we all have to say. Plus, she and I both like sci-fi. Pretend a smiley face here.w

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

She always was a throwaway character

Shay
Shay

As long as this was a one-off appearance for Courtney, I found no harm in it Her motherly visitation with Spencer certainly wasn’t the “sappiest” of all the hokey nonsense we were subjected to over these last few days, that’s for sure! Quite frankly, if there were an opportunity to make a heavenly trade of Sparkle Pony for Courtney, I would jump at it in a New York minute and consider it to be an absolute bargain! (Let’s make a deal!)

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Join Michael and his in-studio special guest co-host General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos) for this 90-minute live podcast series kick-off.  Soap Nation Live! will stream live once a month with all-new episodes.

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Nurse Bobbie Spencer and legacy star of General Hospital, Jackie Zeman, will be getting the chance to bring to viewers another one of her passions besides acting, that of interior design and creating beautiful surroundings for her loved ones.

Zeman is set to co-host TLC’s new series, Make This Place Your Home.  Celebrity Chef and lifestyle guru, Jaime Laurita, who has traveled the world cooking and creating homes on the road for rock stars such as Sting and Steven Tyler, will be Jackie’s hosting counterpart.

The series will debut on Saturday, September 29th at 9:00am ET/PT.   The half hour show will introduce innovative products for every area of the home, indoors and outdoors.  From the latest in Smart Home technology to handcrafted designs, fitness equipment, new green and sustainable products and more.

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Executive Producer Frank Valentini sat down with Michael Fairman TV during the ABC TCA 2018 Summer Press Tour All-Star Reception to answer our rapid fire questions throughout the bustle of the industry event.

Valentini previewed what’s ahead in and around Port Charles for several characters and duos as the summer comes to a close, and a new season marks new beginnings.  He also addressed the recent cast exits that have seen fan favorites departing the ABC daytime drama series.

Now, as viewers will witness this week, there is some major distress ahead for several key characters that will play out over the next few months.

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Genie Francis (Laura) is coming back to the show, after all the uproar and demand for her to return.   You said there will be major story for her when she is back.  Is that true?

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FRANK:  Yes, and we are very excited that she is coming back.  And yes, we have actually two big stories for Genie, and there is a little bit of overlap in them. When she comes back she jumps right into the big story, and the audience will know what the story is when they see her return. 

Chloe Lanier (Chloe) just wrapped up an incredible run on the show.  How do you feel about her departure from GH?  Did you know she was only planning on staying for a few years? 

FRANK:  We all knew that it was for a limited time. Nelle has sort of wreaked havoc on anyone she possibly could, and left in a big way and helped kick-off another big story with some other fan favorites including: Michael (Chad), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen), and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright), and the Corinthos family.  So, that’s another fun thing to look forward to.  Chloe is just a tremendous young actress.  We all remember her from the 52nd anniversary episode, which was the Luke (Tony Geary) episode, which revealed the origin story. Chloe just really stood out to us, and we brought her back.  Everyone loved working with her and she is a great friend. 

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Did you have any trepidation about doing another baby switch storyline?

FRANK:  Never, never!   This one has a twist on a double twist.  It’s a triple-axel! It will be gut-wrenching, for sure.

Then, Dominic Zamprogna (Ex-Dante) left GH.  How do you feel about him deciding to leave the show?

FRANK:  I love Dominic.  In fact, we just had dinner together a few weeks ago.  He is a great actor, but he wanted to try some other stuff.   We wish him all the best.  And you never know … the door is always open. 

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Fans on social media have been commenting how the Drew/Sam/Jason triangle featuring: Billy Miller, Kelly Monaco ,and Steve Burton had started, and then was just kind of dropped and has not been playing out on-air.  Have you made the decision to not play that triangle?

FRANK:  No, we are definitely playing it.  There are many iterations:  Drew and Sam are connected through their children, and their love, and the history that they have.  And as well, Jason and Drew being brothers, and that Jason and Sam have their own history, as well.  There’s way more to come! 

Fans have commented, “What happened to this story?”

FRANK:   It’s a big show with a big cast.  Everyone takes a turn stepping forward, and then stepping back.

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You brought on Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux) as a potential love interest for Drew?

FRANK:  Yes, and I knew her work from All My Children and The Young and the Restless, and she is a phenomenal actress and we are really lucky to have her.  Margaux has got the flash drive with Drew’s memories on it and that is an important piece of information to have.

Peter August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey) is still on the canvas.  Is your plan to have Peter create more havoc in Port Charles?

FRANK:  Wes Ramsey is a phenomenal actor.  I think he did a phenomenal job when Peter was kidnapped and tied-up.  It’s not easy to be in scenes where you are tied-up for almost four weeks, and to act, and to stay present in the stage of being a hostage.  I just though he knocked it out of the park  He is Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) brother, he is Anna’s (Finola Hughes) son and with whatever is going to happen with Maxie, they are connected.  He is Maxie’s brother-in-law and baby James’ uncle.  There is a lot of story there.

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Finola Hughes is back after taking some time-off.  Now, Anna and Finn’s (Michael Easton) relationship will be further explored as they now fight a common enemy.  What can you share about this duo?

FRANK:  Finola had a mini-vacation. She is incredibly hard-working, and we try to make sure actors’ have enough time in their personal life to have fun, and go on vacations, and be with their family. This was something we were able to work out story-wise.  But also, Hamilton will be involved with his family and there is some story there and also as you see, when Finola came back we launched into a big story with them.  There is so much to explore in their relationship. For Anna, she has only had two great loves in her life, Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Robert (Tristan Rogers).  So for her to open up her heart to someone else is a big deal, and we will explore that as well, and what that means.

Michelle Stafford (Nina) has been delivering in scene after scene as the grieving sister, following the death of her brother, detective Nathan West.  What is in store for her Nina and her relationship, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart)?

FRANK:  Valentin and Nina are separated right now, and that is never going to sit well with Valentin.  He is going to do everything in his power to try and win her back.  That will not only be fun to watch, but it will be interesting and full of twists, as well.

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Chase (Josh Swickard) and Maxie seems like they could make for an interesting pairing. Will you explore that at this point?

FRANK:  There is a lot of potential with Maxie, but I don’t think Maxie is ready to be in a relationship.  She has tons of story with Lulu (Emme Rylan), and as well with her parents, and there will be lots of other fun things going on with her, but I don’t see a romance right now being front and center in her life.

Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Krstina) is coming back to GH.  Fans had been calling for her return.  Why the decision now to bring her on to the canvas?

FRANK:  We love Lexi!  Her parents are two of the most important people on the show, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  It just seemed like a no-brainer, and she was available. We have a really fun story for her, as well.

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So, there is no Parker (Ashley Jones) in Kristina’s life, right now?

FRANK:  We will see as we go along, and we will uncover the truth about that relationship, as well. 

You brought one of the finest actresses in Tamara Braun back to GH.   Do you plan on utilizing her more … and will Kim be driving story?

FRANK:  Kim is going to have a very big story this fall.

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What can you share on the future of Julian (William deVry) and Alexis?

FRANK:  They will be part of the Kim story as well, and their own story.  Alexis is going to be involved in different stories that will culminate in a story of her own, as well

Patricia Bethune was great as Nurse Mary Pat as Carly’s nemesis at Ferncliff.   She is an amazing character actress.  Did you plan on keeping her around as long as you have?

FRANK:  She is just a great actress and we really lucked out.  She played the balance of very deadly serious and dangerous, and also with a sardonic and sarcastic sort of comedic bent to it.

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Let’s talk Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco (Roger Howarth).  Is there a wedding? And if so, will it go off without a hitch?

FRANK:   There is a wedding coming in the fall.  And how could a wedding between Liz and Franco be anything but explosive and hilarious?  How funny was Roger Howarth in the remote scenes where they save Carly at Ferncliff, and he is sitting in the car and he says, “You knocked over my art supplies.”  I mean, that is pretty great stuff. 

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You recently had OLTL fan favorite Patrick J. Gibbons (Ex-Sam Manning) on GH, in role of Wyatt … the scout who tripped upon Peter being held hostage in the cabin.   How was it working with him again after your time together in Llanview?

FRANK:  Patrick and his family are very good friends of mine, who I have always had a connection with. When the writers came up with the part of Wyatt, I thought Patrick would be perfect for it.  He was wonderful.   Patrick has the right amount of innocence. He has grown so much as an actor, and he is still only 11.  I thought he was phenomenal. He played the wonder and the dedication to the scouts and trying to figure it out in fear of Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).   I thought he did such a nice job,   He is a lovely kid.  I was so happy to reconnect with him.

You have recast Vinessa Antoine’s role of Jordan Ashford with Briana Nicole Henry. Vinessa has gone on to be the series lead in the upcoming Canadian TV drama, Diggstown.  Isn’t it always hard to recast a role?

FRANK:  It’s always hard to recast and we never take it lightly.  We always want to make sure we bring in somebody good.  Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan are in a position in their story where it’s important to keep them on the canvas, and write –off the character of Jordan for a frivolous reason. We would not want to do that to the audience.

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The Alzheimer’s storyline is one of the important social and medical issues of our time to shed a light on.  Through Max Gail’s (Mike) performances, it has resonated so much to the audience.  Do you plan on continuing taking the viewers through the most difficult and tragic moments in the journey of someone who cannot escape this illness, and the toll it takes on its loved ones?

FRANK:  I think that Max Gail, like Vernee Watson (Stella), took us by surprise at how amazing they are. The Alzheimer’s story is very near and dear to all of our hearts.  We want to tell it in a way that is very realistic, but to also emphasis the hope and the family connection, and the love that is that family. Sometimes in the face of tragedy, it brings out the best in human beings.  There is something very uplifting about that, even though we are telling a very sad story.  Mike realizes that this family loves him, even though he has made mistakes. There is a tremendous amount of forgiveness and a tremendous amount of empathy and sympathy, and reconciliation in moving forward.  I think the relationship between Max and Sonny is played beautifully by Max and Maurice Benard.

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What is ahead for Ava Jerome (Maura West), now that the secret is out that the man she thought she could trust and who loved her, Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen) slept with her daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin)?

FRANK:  Ava explodes over the next couple of weeks and has a major, major story. Maura West has never been better!

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What is ahead now for Carly?  She holds the clue that there has been a switcheroo at Ferncliff involving her “therapist” Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom).  Will she be the one to figure it out? 

FRANK:  Carly will definitely be dealing with the repercussions from Ferncliff, and also some family situations, and also something big coming up with Sonny. She will also be helping Michael through his difficult time, because she is a good mother.

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So, what story are you looking forward to seeing play out?  Are you excited for the return of Genie Francis? What did you think about the EP’s thoughts on the departures, the returns, and the plans for the characters in Port Charles this fall? Comment below.

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