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Alison Sweeney To Direct Episodes Of General Hospital!

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Can you imagine having the heavy hitter A-list cast of General Hospital, being directed by another soap superstar, Alison Sweeney behind-the-camera? Well that has been the rumors that have been floating about, and now look to be apparently true!

Alison, the very popular long-running star of NBC’s Days of our Lives where she played Sami Brady for almost 22 years, left the show back in May.  Now comes word that amongst motherhood, hosting the Biggest Loser, and being an author ( her latest novel Scared Scriptless is out now), she can add daytime director for ABC to her resume.

Sweeney who had previously directed some episodes at Days of our Lives will be directing episodes for GH in the future.  In her tweet, when asked if she was indeed set to direct in Port Charles, Ali tweeted: “Super psyched. Working on the scripts right now.”

In addition, GH EP Frank Valentini told Soap Opera Digest that after Sweeney observed his directing team that he asked her to come on board! “She’s sort of paid her dues and spent some time learning the show,” so when an opening presented itself, “I asked her if she was available and she said yes.”   Sweeney will direct her first episode this month!

But can you imagine if Sweeney at one point would decide to step in front of the camera at GH too?  Giving executive producer Frank Valentini the likes of Michelle Stafford (Nina), Maura West (Ava), Alison Sweeney, Laura Wright (Carly), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Jane Elliot (Tracy) all on one show?

Let us know your thoughts on Alison’s directing gig?

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Was Kim(Robin) ever made the same offer…has she ever directed GH…GH already has a popular star so why not Kim instead…Alison in front of the camera would be great news if the show wasnt too bloated at the moment…id accept her as a Quartimaine(Her fighting Tracy would be great drama) and if Erika Slezak plays her mother but trim the cast first!!!

dmr
dmr

I have said for months, if not a year, to please trim the cast! Way too many useless, recurring new comers-without historic ties to Port Charles!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

GH would work a lot better with a smaller cast…

Cammie
Cammie

Hello, I recently started watching GH about a month ago. I had learned that a few of my favorite actress had joined the show. Marcy Rylan, Mechele Stafford, Maura West and soon, Billy Miller and the icing on the cake would be Michael Muhney. It has been quite awhile since I have watched a good soap. watching with new eyes, I have to say at first I also felt that there were too many cast members on GH, but lately I have found each group of story lines makes it never a boring story. There is always drama each time, which I find a good thing unless these story lines are going to drag on for far too long. In my world away from real life; I think two-three weeks is plenty of time to move on to the next new story line. Maybe I am selfish, but that would keep me as a fan captive. I loved seeing Nina MS in character she is great at crazy!!. I am not familiar with the cast members names yet, but do enjoy Silas, Sam, Maura and saw a little of Marcy. What I think I like the most is GH has that real Soap feel that I remember from years ago. Last but not least, there may very well be too many characters floating around, I have not watched long enough to notice yet. Thanks for reading

mfarris70
mfarris70

Yes, in fact Kimberly McCullough has worked with other ABC directors as part of their fellowship program. She has indicated that she is interested in directing feature films, not soap operas.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks 4 reply…i was curious about that!!!

I love gh
I love gh

Yes, she did.

davlestev1
davlestev1

A post I didn’t see coming. What is the real life SOAP story going on here?? KMC wants to direct as it’s her new passion…AS decides authoring and motherhood are best for the time being and VOILA she pops up directing GH with hardly any time off in between. Which I guess could be saying someone was offered a bit more and some extra challenges/perks to join GH. I am truly SMH here because something isn’t adding up at ALL!! I of course agree with you Jimh(leave it to beaver)…where are KMC’s opportunities on the same show?? Or will she suddenly announce she’s directing DAYS episodes??? HUHHH???

Harry
Harry

I know–it’s just weird and I can’t help but think it’s the ultimate kiss off to Kimberly.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

You’re creating drama where there is none. KMc has directed episodes of GH before. That is how she started – thru ABC’s director intership program. Several networks or production companies have these programs to encourage talent behind the scenes. Many actors on the STAR TREK tv series were actually completing directorship programs while they were acting on their series, and are now well-known tv directors.

The announcement about Alison Sweeney makes it sound like a big deal. But, she’s not being hired as a permanent employee of ABC. She will just direct a few episodes. KMc is focusing her directing efforts on films, which she is entitled to do. She isn’t being “snubbed.”

davlestev1
davlestev1

@KansasGuest..It’s my opinion. The only place drama is being created where this is none in Y&R!!! I still think there’s more to this.

Peter
Peter

Wow congrats Alison, I heard rumors that Alison wanted to direct episodes on GH 2 weeks ago. Now I want Alison to. get a role on Gh, she could play Connie. We know Cinnie is alive.

dmr
dmr

It would be funny if Kelly Sullivan went to DOOL and played nuSami. I think she would be fantastic as Sami. Can definitely see someone of her caliber going up against Eileen Davidson!

Harry
Harry

You know, that’s not a half bad idea.

Timmm
Timmm

They should cast her as Carly’s sister.

dmr
dmr

That would be hysterical!

dmr
dmr

Carly needs her spunk back. Carly and Franco are very boring.

I love gh
I love gh

That would be awesome!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

GH cast Allison on GH as a Jerome! she could be Ava’s younger sister! Allison and Maura would be fabulous together. Delia gave Ava up for adoption…could Delia have had another daughter and Ava has no idea. Allison looks similar to Maura. Jerome sisters!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

If that happened id rather have Victor Jerome as Alisons father but not Delia as her mother…still rather she play a long lost Quartimaine and do battle with Tracy!!!

Ghlover
Ghlover

Omgggg please Alison direct and then join the show!! Omg a new Sarah Webber (with a increduble attitude twist!) ??

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Make us proud, Alison!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Correct me if I am wrong but I thought she left Days because she said she was too busy and wanted to cut back so she could spend more time with her family. So now she is adding directing on a soap with a possibility going in front of it— how is that cutting back? Oh well maybe she was just sick of playing Sami, but I would be curious to know how her former bosses on Days think of this move.

Harry
Harry

Well, Mary, I can’t tell ya but I do recall Steve Burton leaving GH saying he wanted to live quietly with his young family in Nashville. Less than a New York minute later it was announced that he would be a new character on Y&R featured on a front burner storyline.
I just wish that the actors, the producers and the head writers of these soaps could just tell the fans the truth once in awhile.
I have been watching soaps since I was 12–about a hundred years ago. And I do not recall this veil of secrecy being employed to such a degree before.
Geez, it’s like Cuba not admitting that Fidel Castro has a so much as a cold.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Didn’t see this coming.

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

The thought of Allison Sweeney even coming near General Hospital gives me nightmares! I don’t want her in front of the camera, and I don’t want her style of acting showing up in GH due to her scene directions. NO! NO! NO! Carly and Ava are already more than enough of shrieking shrews on the show. Lord help us if Sweeney directs Maurice Bernard. The show will need a line item in the budget just for replacing broken barware.

Jenn
Jenn

Good for her! I hope AS has a lot of success with directing for GH.

cfox
cfox

I just can not see days the same without semi it is not normal been watching days since early years….

Gmbenet
Gmbenet

Very happy for Alison getting the directing job at General Hospital. Also equality glad they did not offer her an acting job. Alison has stated she would not like to see anyone else play Sami. Likewise, I would not like to see her play another character on another soap. Acting in a sitcom, night time drama or a movie would be great. But why leave Salem to act on another soap? That makes no sense.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

I agree! And if she does act on another soap, Ken Corday needs to recast Sami in a Salem second!

Bonnie
Bonnie

Not sure what to make of all these changes on Days. Just hope Sami gets hers before she leaves. Seems her son is going to expose her vindictiveness.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Chad and Abby Share An Emotional Goodbye And Leave Salem Hitched

On Thursday’s episode of NBC’s Days of our Lives, tears were shed not only by the characters on the screen, but by the audience at home … plenty of them if you have been checking out social media since this installment aired.  For in it, viewers had to say goodbye to Chad (Billy Flynn) and Abby (Kate Mansi) as they left Salem to start their new life with their children in Paris.

However, before they make their exit, Chabby fans finally get to see their favorite duo tie the knot in a heartfelt and touching ceremony right in the Horton family living room.  While it was spur of the moment, it could not have been more poignant.  Leave it to Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) to officially preside over the nuptials, JJ (Casey Moss) to play his guitar while his sister walked down the living room aisle to her man, and even Jack (Matt Ashford) showed up to do the right thing to be there for his daughter.

What would a Chabby wedding be without personally written vows, right?  Abigail tells Chad: “When we first fell in love, God, we had no idea of what we were getting ourselves into.  They say that when you meet someone and fall in love, you’re drawn to them, because they have something you need and we’re here today because I need you.  I need your courage, your faith, and love.  I’m so beyond grateful at a second chance with you and a family with our beautiful children. You are the love of my life, Chad. There’s nothing I want more than to spend the rest of my days with you.”

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In a touching moment, Chad is overcome with tears and expresses to Abigail; “You’ve always fought for your health, and for us, and I’m in awe of the woman I fell in love with. I’ll cherish you. I will protect you. I’m yours, and I’ll never doubt you again, because a love like ours really does only come once in a life.”

They exchange rings and Julie pronounces them husband and wife.  But this happy moment is also bittersweet when Chad says, “We hate to marry and run.”  Chabby has a plane to catch to take them to Paris.   Chad looks around the room and at all the special people in his life, and tells the group how special they all are to him.  In that scene, it definitely gave the feels that it was also Billy Flynn saying farewell to his castmates.

Of course … before they leave town Chad and Abby visit Stefan (Tyler Christopher) and Gabi(Camila Banus)is there.  They give them the news that they are leaving for France and are married.  In a moment alone between Abby and Stefan, he apologizes to her. Stefan notes how much he loved the other part of her (Gabby with a “Y”) and knows that she loved him too.  Abby says, “I know”.  Meanwhile, Chad says goodbye to the portrait of his father, Stefano vowing to be back someday.  After Chabby exit the DiMera mansion, Stefan has a meltdown and throws the chest board while Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin) walks in on the scene.

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And finally, in the 10-hankie moment beautifully played by Billy Flynn, Kate Mansi and Melissa Reeves (Jennifer), Chad and Abby at the Horton house to say their final goodbyes to Doug (Bill Hayes) and Julie, Jack, JJ, and Jennifer.  Abigail tells her mother to never give up on her dad.  Chad is in tears as Jennifer tells him she will miss him,  He says, “I will miss you, too”.

It was in that moment that any of us that have ever had to say goodbye to our families and move far away from them, or come back to visit them and then leave again, can relate.  Saying goodbye is often heartbreaking when you leave behind the ones you love.  But, Chad and Abby got their happy ending … for now. However,t his is a soap opera, so you never know how long happiness will last, or when they might be back in Salem.

Kudos to the performances of Billy Flynn, so raw and real, and Kate Mansi playing Abigail with depth and dignity to wrap up the story.

So, what did you think of the Chabby goodbye? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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THIS WEEK: Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi Exit DAYS As Chabby Says Their “I Do’s” In Heart-tugging Moments

By now, Days of our Lives fans have learned that this week marks the end of the run, for now, of Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi as Chad and Abby.  But before they exit look for wedding bells to ring as Chabby remarries.

When Marci Miller decided to depart the role of Abigail, Kate Mansi returned to the role she played before Miller to finish the arc, which would have potentially left Abby to leave town and Chad to be without her, since Mansi signed on to just complete the storyline,

DAYS head writer Ron Carlivati told Soap Opera Digest  (in latest issue on newsstands now) the thought process of having the duo leave together: “While it was kind of agonizing to make the decision that Chad will exit the canvas with Abigail, I decided that was the best thing for the couple, it was the best thing for the fans and it was the best thing for the show. The way that they exit is very, very open-ended. It’s not like someone is going to die. They leave happy and the door is completely open for them to come back. As much as I’m sure some people will be sad to see them go, I think they’ll be happy to see them go together. It just seemed so unfair to not give them a happy ending. And I just didn’t see how that happy ending would work if Chad stayed in Salem and Abigail left.”   He added: “Obviously, if the time is right, the story is right, and the people are available, they’ll be back.”

Looks like we all need to get out the hankies after checking out the latest NBC promo for Chad and Abby’s wedding and farewell.  You can watch it below.  Then let us know if you are sad to see Billy and Kate exit DAYS, and if you hope they will be back sooner than later via the comment section below.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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