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Anthony Geary's Final General Hospital Airdate Revealed As July 27th!

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The most lauded actor in daytime television history, Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) finished taping his final scenes and episode last week at General Hospital’s studios at ABC Prospect in Hollywood.

And now that Tony has left the building, what soap fans and longtime viewers wanted to know is when they can expect to see Luke’s last appearance on the long-running daytime drama series.  The news on Monday from ABC and the Associated Press has revealed that Geary’s final airdate will be approximately one month from now on Monday, July 27th.

Just how it will all come to a conclusion for Luke Spencer is yet to be seen, although currently Luke and his former wife Laura Spencer (Genie Francis) are desperately searching for their son Lucky (Jonathan Jackson), who has been kidnapped.  And along the way as part of Tony’s final storylines plenty of returns are in store including as GH fans have witnessed: Emma Samms as Holly Scorpio, the yet-to-be-seen Nathan Parsons as Ethan Lovett, and later this week it looks like we will all find out just what villain from Luke’s past is behind this latest caper!

So, can you believe the time is almost upon us to say goodbye to Geary’s Luke?  How do you think Luke will be written out? Who is the villain behind this revenge-plot on Luke and Laura and their family?  Comment below!

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Janet
Janet

I think that he will be killed off . It might be by Helena or by MIkos ………

Timmm
Timmm

Yeah, he will be presumed dead without a body so he could return IF he ever wanted.

Patricio
Patricio

Hello Tim –

You are correct. This resurrecting dwad characters have been part of the reasons soaps are declining. One cannot put any heart and soal into caring. I’ve been watching soaps for 40 years, when a character died, you mourned, now – see you again!

kelly
kelly

I disagree. I think that GH will always want to keep the door open if Tony Geary decides to return for a few days sometime in the future. That cannot happen if they kill off Luke.

Kevin
Kevin

Which means I can finally go back to WATCHING this show on July 28.

Timmm
Timmm

Your loss Kevin.

Kevin
Kevin

I used to love him. A good 20 years ago but the past five years, I’ve loathed Luke. Actually he began to become a jerk right after putting Laura in a sanitarium in September 2002.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Kevin…sorry to say if you are now going to start watching after Tony leaves, you have about 30 yrs of catch up in your DVR future….

Agree with Timm…your loss, a truly gifted actor.

Kevin
Kevin

One more time: I have been watching “General Hospital” since 1992 …. so I have been watching him for 23 years.

I don’t need to get caught up on anything.

I have seen the way Luke has treated Laura, skirt chasing any woman he could after he put Laura in that sanitarium in 2002 whether it be prostitutes, that blonde woman he and Lucky were both sleeping with (Summer?), Sky and the terrible way he has treated Tracy.

Not to mention drunk driving and killing his grandson in 2011.

Basically, Luke has been a completely creepy and uncomfortable to watch character for the past decade.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I’m with Kevin. Any minor interest I’ve had in Luke for a long while has been purely from the standpoint of watching TG as an actor; Luke, the character, has been despicable for a long, long time, and I couldn’t care less about him. TPTB may have made TG happy by taking Luke down the long, dark road of the last five to ten years, but they’ve certainly done the viewers no favor. I haven’t tuned out because of him (when I’ve tuned out, there have been much better reasons to do so, and when I’ve watched, it’s been because there have been other things of interest), but Luke’s storylines have not been a draw, either.

LindaTNo1
LindaTNo1

Since he failed in Primetime and failed in films, the only thing left was Daytime. Never quite got success on the Broadway stage. There are other actors that are lauded as the best in daytime based on performance and not necessarily based on Emmy wins, which are always subject to debate or on favoritism with judges or biases.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You just sang the sweetest melody, LindaT.

Timmm
Timmm

Are you tone deaf? [Just kidding] I think what it comes down to is we are ALL GH fans, some of us love Tony, some of us do not. I couldnt reply to Matilda but I like her reply. I am fair and honest and she brought up some really good points. GH fans want Tony to embrace Luke and he refuses and that pisses people off. Plus, his character has been less than an angel. People are and always will be put off by what he did to Laura, Jake and his drinking. I love entertainment and I enjoyed his acting. I’m not in his fan club and have no problem with him retiring. I think when daytime is written he would be one of the four faces of MT. Rushmore, daytime. [My opinion] And CeeCee, I got bad news for you my darling, Victor Newman would be up there to!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Timmm.
LOL, Timmm. Believe me, I agree with everything you said. Well put. You summed it up, articulated my opinion, exactly. And, you know, I have never denied Tony’s talent, nor Eric B’s. They definitely are one of a kind, in their own unique way.
I know talent when I see it, albeit the fact such personalities become droll and overbearing.
Tony has savoir faire….could not have lasted this long without it.
Nonetheless, my contention/argument has always been that Genie was so unceremoniously dismissed by him. Fact or rumor? There has been enough talk to make one think it is fact. Just sayin’…..luv-ya, Timmm. Truly, I admire loyalty and politeness. And, you have both. I appreciate your finesse in the way you approach your explanations. You and James are quite similar in that. Nice!!!! Oh, and Patrick, as well. He is soooo sweet.

Timmm
Timmm

He didnt fail at anything in the entertainment business. He chose daytime! And for you to think and say daytime is considered a failure, you have NO idea how much work these daytime actors put into their roles! GO TO THE MOVIES, tune out of daytime and do us all a favor!

Matilda
Matilda

Geary has shown complete contempt for the role that has made him famous and takes every opportunity to show it. He seems to feel that the role of Luke Spencer and the Luke and Laura days especially have kept him from some great success.

He harbors a resentment that he reveals every chance he gets,

He didn’t choose daytime. He got a job in 1978, at the age of 32, after a decade plus of meandering around and doing the “guest star” thing on TV shows like Streets of San Francisco, Barnaby Jones and even The Partridge Family, he got a job on GH for a few weeks and through a combination of good writing, chemistry with a co star, and yes his charm, charisma and talent, he hit it big on the show.

He left after five years and went nowhere special. He sees it as being typecast as Luke. The fact is, he tried to use his fame and popularity to get other roles and it didn’t work. That was the best shot he had, because he didn’t exactly achieve stardom before GH and it’s not like he was a kid when he got there. He was 32, and out there for over a decade. Hollywood saw him and they weren’t knocking down his door. Some people make it later in life, but for him to think he would have at that point is a stretch.

I think he is a talented actor. But he’s a bit delusional and comes off as ungrateful for all the success he has had when he constantly bemoans Luke and Laura, the very thing that allowed him to achieve fame.

It seems the person who considers Geary a failure is Geary.

In that TV Guide piece, he says,“It was once very difficult for me realize that more than likely my obituary in the paper will read, ‘Luke of Luke and Laura fame died today.’ It was very upsetting when I came to that realization,” Geary, 68, recalls. “It’s not my favorite time of my life and I don’t think it represents me as a person or an actor. It’s kind of like whenever you are introduced they hall out a high school graduation picture. It can be irritating.”

Well you know what, I know a lot of really good actors, who are waiting tables right now, who feel the few roles and commercials they have been fortunate to get are not representative of their acting talents either. Geary needs to take all his money and just leave already.

Aria
Aria

Oh god, are you really going to debate what the guy has accomplished in daytime? So your not a fan, you don’t have to be but to diminish his success it’s really low, and not making it in prime time or film and Broadway , it’s not the end of the world. Success is success and it can’t be put in a category just so that haters can have something to put someone down..

CeeCee
CeeCee

You know what I do not like, Aria? The word ‘hate’. When someone labels an opinion as hate over a difference of opinion. There is no hate here. It is a matter of like and dislike. It is not up for debate, Aria. Believe me I respect your appreciation of Tony. And, for the umpteenth time, his work is to be admired, but it is not the best. He deserves both the Emmys and the accolades. I salute his success. I do not know what/if he tried and failed. I never researched his blood, sweat and tears because he does not interest me. I see what is in front of me…the here and the now. His dual role as Fluke was amazing…he killed it. Hats off to him…all of them..caps, chateaux, fedoras…etc. But, Mr. Geary is being put on a pedestal….risen to a level tantamount to sainthood. I think his presumed success gave him a swelled head, if he, indeed, repudiated Genie. That is what turns me off.
I always admire and love your posts, Aria, and find myself agreeing with you all the time…but, I beg you not to confuse disagreement with hate. I think there are many GH fans who feel the same way, but are afraid to speak out for this very reason. We can agree to disagree….not hate.
I will borrow a quote from one of our fellow-posters, Laurie which she used on the DOOL thread (gay marriage)……” There comes a time when silence is betrayal”. Martin Luther King.
This quote says it all.
We do not use the word hate in this house. I know not what it means. Peace out, Aria.

Timmm
Timmm

Amen Aria! But I dont think fans of GH hate Tony. I just think they are mad because he doesnt show the appreciation of his place in GH history.

Harry Lime
Harry Lime

Yes, Cee Cee, I happen to have many pet peeves. One of them is the overuse and misuse of literally. It figuratively drives me insane,
The next one is overuse and misuse of the word hate and haters.
Matilda, beautifully put and I happen to harbor a lot of love and respect for Tony Geary. Yes, the disdain for the audience has been rearing its ugly head lately. However, he is not a hater–he’s more of a sulker?
I hate it when actors become resentful of the character that made them famous and rich in the first place. I somewhat feel that Fluke was a manifestation of that bitterness.
Tony Geary should take a page from Bob Denver (Gilligan) Bob Denver wore his first mate uniform until the day that he died. He was proud of his legendary character, not resentful of it.
Can you imagine if Tony Geary played Gilligan? He’d be constantly grumbling, “This was supposed to be a three hour tour, a three hour tour.”

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I don’t think Tony Geary has to satisfy anyone with his feelings about his own career. It’s not for anyone to say whether he should be happy, sad, grateful, resentful or embarrassed. It’s HIS career! Perhaps he’s disappointed that he wasn’t one of the soap actors that was able to use daytime as a stepping stone to prime time or film. There are many who have; I can understand if that was his hope/ intention where he’d be disappointed. I would think he was happy to have constant work…and as he has said a paycheck that allowed him the lifestyle he has. But I can also imagine his excitement at finally being courageous enough to leave familiarity and security and take a chance…in his other home where new acting opportunities may await him. Could be regional theatre, a small independent film, guest shots on a show. Either way, it’s his life. He doesn’t owe anyone an explanation…other than giving his loyal fans the best Luke Spencer he can deliver…

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Rebecca1, I don’t think it’s so much a question of whether he has to satisfy people with how he feels about his career; for me, at least, it’s a question of whether he owes the Luke and Laura fans—whose loyalty has given him decades of steady employment—enough respect not to be so openly dismissive of them. I think he has a perfect right to feel however he wants to feel about the whole Luke-and-Laura phenomenon, but given what it’s made possible (a lifestyle on two continents and a steady job with very generous time off to do whatever he wanted), I don’t think the fans are expecting too much for him to be more diplomatic and more respectful and simply keep his more derogatory comments to himself. We get it: the whole thing bugs him; is it really necessary to say things like “For Christ’s sake, people, move on!”? Would it be so hard to keep his more negative, disdainful opinions to himself? Could he not do even that much for the fans—not change his opinion, but just keep it to himself?

kelly
kelly

Tony Geary did not fail at anything. He had a very successful career on GH that lasted for 37 years. Had it not been for Genie Francis AND Tony Geary GH would not still be on air. In 1978, as a result of dismal ratings, Gloria Monty was told she had only 13 weeks to turn it around or the show would be cancelled. Millions of Americans started watching GH again for Luke and Laura. As for prime time and Broadway, I agree it’s was unfortunate that every casting agent could only see Tony as Luke Spencer.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Factually speaking, not quite true, Kelly. There’s no denying what TG and Luke contributed to GH’s success, but he had no part in saving it from cancellation, per se. When Gloria Monty (and Douglas Marland, the headwriter whose contribution gets overlooked amidst the Gloria-worship) took over, the show was in dead last place; within a couple of years, she and Marland had it at number 3 in the ratings–and that was before Luke Spencer even showed up in Port Charles.

That Luke (and Geary) and Laura were responsible for the rest of the ratings gain–going from 3 to 1 and then getting ratings that no soap had ever gotten before–is undeniable. But the show was quite safe from cancellation before TG showed up.

Tracey M.
Tracey M.

I have watched Anthony Geary since he started on General Hospital in 1978. My favorite storyline involving Luke to this day is I believe it was the summer of 1979 when Luke and Laura were on the run from Frank Smith featuring the dancing scene in the department store.

Over the last year Geary has been mostly off air then on so for me that has helped in getting used to him not being there. It is definitely the end of an era and that is always sad. Since 2011 bringing the ending to AMC and OLTL, after that happening, nothing seems as sad anymore regarding soaps.

Thank you Mr. Geary for being a part of my life for 37 years. I wish you all the best.

dmr
dmr

I was born in 1980, and would love to see a lot of flashbacks-such as the dancing scene in Wyndham’s-not this lackluster storyline of Luke and Laura pretending to be back together.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Some rainy weekend when you have some time, go on You Tube…. it was magic back then! Enjoy…

kathy
kathy

Totally agree with you Tracey M. Luke and Laura will always be the best! And he will be missed.

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

Laura looks for Luke on a fog shrouded pier…she hears Luke call out her name in the distance then silence…seconds later we hear a man call out Laura’s name…he sounds eerily familiar…its Stravos Cassidine!!!…Meanwhile, Luke has disappeared…in the shows final moments we see Luke on the beach of some tropical island surrounded by a group of beautiful women and one ugly one who is massaging his feet…Luke looks into the camera and with a wink says to the viewing audiences, ‘To all you poor dumb fools who thought Fluke was Bill Eckert…Well, you arent so dumb after all…Luke died years ago…I AM BILL ECKERT!!! SATISFIED!!!”’…lol…im kidding…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!!! This is the Jimh whose writing I love to read. Okay, Jim; you just started a beautiful day for me on the beautiful island of MV.
Give me more. I love it.

Timmm
Timmm

Jim, your the best! Why does the ugly lady get stuck with the feet?

Harry Lime
Harry Lime

Bravo, Jim!

Iakovos
Iakovos

I will miss Mr. Geary and Luke Spencer. The combination of actor and character was compelling. It is not his fault the Luke plot lines of late have been less than great. Best of luck to Mr. Geary and congratulations om success in an industry that gives no guarantees despite any achievement and that promises no longevity. Mr. Geary has had both. As the lights fade on daytime drama, he should be recognized for his work and commitment. There are not many genuine stars of the genre anymore. Lots of familiar faces, but this actor and career are notable.

JUDY
JUDY

ANTHONY GEARY HAS DONE A MARVELOUS ACTING JOB BUT THIS HAS GONE ON WAY TOO LONG….I RECORD THE SOAP AND GO THRU ALL THIS DRAGGED OUT STORY… BILLY MILLER AND MAURA WEST ARE THE REASONS TO WATCH!!!

ppage
ppage

Completely agree.

PatF
PatF

It’s time.

Bye Mr. Geary.

su0000
su0000

((I would hate for some to give the eulogy at a loved one’s funeral))

I know RC will give Tony a great exit story, it is coming. We have a month for it to roll out..
I think we will be seeing Jerry Jax again, soon..(I hope)
I’d bet Jerry Jax and Helena are the dastardly culprits !

I will miss Tony/Luke.. He truly is icon and a legend.

Rose
Rose

Hi su…couldn’t agree more about “some” giving eulogies at anyone’s funeral. But forget this funeral stuff. I’m not as big a fan of Luke as you are but in the main Tony has been great for soaps and GH. So let’s celebrate his new life and wish him well.

su0000
su0000

I agree, Rose..
Tony has my wishes for a great retirement ! It is well deserved.
I believe he has it planned- doing a lot nothing for starters..
He needs this to take care of his health to live long and happy!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, ma’am. Wiser words were never spoken!!

jeremy
jeremy

ADIOS!!!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Personally I think it would have been better for the character to have his end after the reveal that he killed both of his parents. Luke being carted off to an institution after his mind snapped would have been the best ending for the character. For me, all this stuff being shown now is anticlimactic– a sentimental journey for long time fans to enjoy, but compelling drama not so much. Of course it hasn’t played out yet, so they might surprise me. But for now I am having a hard time swallowing the premise that a character who had a severe mental break like Luke, is cured in a matter of weeks and is now off on an adventure as if nothing ever happened to him.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I disagree, Mary SF. Luke should go out as he burst in…on some high wild/chase adventure. That’s the Luke that Luke fans loved, and haven’t seen in a long while. If they do it right, newer fans may get a glimpse of THAT Luke instead of the broken man he became.

It’s a soap. We’ve all suspended our disbelief for way crazier things. His quick recovery…to save his sons…is one I’m willing to accept. And a ride I hope is worth taking. “Leave em wanting more…” Perhaps TG will accomplish that as he takes his last bow….

elm51
elm51

i doubt very seriously that tptb will kill luke off……………………..

su0000
su0000

If they show respect for Tony then going out in a big bang is what all departing actors want..
Tony would like to be killed, I betcha..
Maybe he will have say in his last scene…

(Robin went out in a big bang.. The loved Cassadines went out in a big bang as did Carlos and Duke, it is the coveted exit..

and no one every dies in a soap, it magic lol

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

David Grey

Mrs B
Mrs B

Please DO NOT kill him or pretend he is dead. He deserves better.

Les
Les

Careful – if you blink, you might miss LnL’s last scenes!

Ghlover
Ghlover

I will miss him ;( thats all i have to say about this…

Rosanna
Rosanna

Some of the posters on here extremely RUDE!!! and im not sure you are even a fan period! to disparage one`s career and to make light of what he has done for daytime is just RUDE and stupid. None of you would last 37 minutes yet alone 37 years at the same job with attitudes like that. I am sad he has left but support the actors in what ever they want to do. They work they`re asses off and they have no stunt double like some celebrities do, if you cannot the support the actors why even bother?? And if you must wait till some return or leave to watch the show it only shows that you are NOT true fans at all.

su0000
su0000

I’m a Tony/Luke fan..
I have enjoyed all of Tony’s performances,some have blown me away in awe!! he is a legend and deserves the acknowledgement..
Tony has accomplishes great heights and devoted a huge part of his life to GH, I respect that, fully.
I hope his exit will be powerful and befitting.. I will miss him.
GH without Tony/Luke will leave an empty spot..
Wish Tony the very best in his new life of retirement ..

rosanna
rosanna

yes I agree with Tony leaving it leave a huge hole on the canvass but he has not been around much his last year anyway and that is the crappy part, GH without Luke will be strange, I mean will he still be mentioned now and again or not? Ive read we the fans will like the ending, we shall see, Im also wonderingg if he will come in for the Emmy Awards show or even if he will submitt anything…and yea I wish him the best retirement,

Timmm
Timmm

Amen Rosanna!

tori
tori

It will be Jennifer Smith, you know Mr Smith’s daughter the one Luke dumped to go on the run with Laura. I’ve heard Holly Gagnier (Days Ivy) is playing the part. Look out Luke, you know what they say about a woman scorned!

Harry Lime
Harry Lime

Tori, it looks like you have a whole lot of catching up to do.

Alan
Alan

I lost all interest in the character after Guza introduced Ethan and established that Luke had cheated on Laura.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I personally think the best way for Luke to have the send off he wants would be for a Cassadine war with Luke and Helena killing each other off…. poetic justice.

Either way, I love the nostalgia, storyline so far may be a bit choppy, but such a great NOD to a true actor who gave his life to a soap opera so many years ago.

The only thing I have to say really bothers me is the dissatisfaction he has with the character, the show and really with us his fans. He fell out of love with this character many years ago and you can see the fire in his eyes are now gone.

Thank you Tony G for the great years….. if this indeed is the end for Luke, I hope it stays true to the character!

Thank Y9u Tony

tml
tml

Personally, I will miss Luke, the rascal , Spencer. I understand what her means about the early Luke and Laura days not being his favorite. Remember, they came together as a couple after he raped her. I remember all that vividly, and it was dark and almost unbelievable that Laura would fall for her rapist. I can see his point ….not wanting to be remembered for that. The fact of the rape followed them into even later story lines.

Timmm
Timmm

If you’ve ever watched the “Beverly Hillbillies” at the end of the show during the credits all the characters from the show are waving goodbye. It goes on a little too long and Granny’s hand gets tired and she has to support it with her other hand. Yes, my hand is getting tired. Its been a long goodbye Tony. Lets wrap it up and move on. I love you, will miss you and wish you all the best! I hope this next month on GH does your character justice and the fans are happy with your exit. It will be bittersweet for me. Godspeed good man.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Awww, Timmm. That’s beautiful! I am truly realizing how much you do love Geary. Wow! It is no wonder the less than favorable comments from a few of us get to you. I am so sorry…and, I am not being facetious, I promise. I will contain myself and behave.

Timmm
Timmm

You owe me big time! [Just kidding!] CeeCee, what makes this site so much fun is we all get to voice our opinions and I would HOPE no one takes it to heart. I do love Tony but I dont mind people criticizing his character. His character has been less than perfect and his personal comments to the fan base about “Getting Over” Luke and Laura do upset me because Tony doesnt realize we have invested a lot of time in the show that has made him a millionaire and we have spent a lot of time racing around in our lives to put an hour aside five days a week to watch him and the other characters. No, CeeCee what I get riled up about is when “Fans” attack him as an actor. He is damn good. Think about how many other “Actors” we have seen and see today on these soaps that are horrible at their craft. I respect Tony for his abilities. When people ridicule him for THAT, it makes me wonder if they are fans, do they know good acting from bad or are they just filled with hate? Regardless, YOU are a sweetheart and I wish you and all the posters a Happy 4th!

Beth
Beth

I get what you are saying about Tony. I wish he understood he DOES have some intelligent fans. I suppose if I were in his shoes and I had to endure some of the things he has endured by some of the baudy fans, I might agree with him. I just wish he knew the other fans. Plenty of us understand that he is a superb actor and we understand we must see him in not so favorable storylines. We can dislike some of the stories but still recognize his talent. I have been re-watching various storylines on youtube and the one that irks me the most is his affair with Felicia. He played it well and he made the audience angry with Luke. He also threw some stuff in there sure to alienate some loyal fans….like constantly talking about Felicia’s baby blue eyes when he often used that line on Laura. What’s more gruesome about that storyline is how mis-matched he and Kristina Wagner were together as actors. He acted circles around her. I was embarrassed for Kristina. Jane and Genie can hold their own with him but not everyone can. We have seen Luke go to so many dark places. I laughed when Nikolas told Laura she deserved better than Luke Spencer. I will always vintage LnL but after remembering some of the things Luke has done over the years, I think Laura should stay away from him romantically. I read Genie would love for Laura to end up running Kelly’s diner. I would be interested to see if they could get Doug Sheean (Joe Kelly) to return as become her love interest. Joe retires from his law firm in Albany and returns to Port Charles and visits his family’s former diner, and he runs into Laura…. might be interesting.

Beth
Beth

I will truly miss his improv and ad-libs. I saw an old clip the other day from 1979/1980. Laura’s mom was serving sandwiches to Luke and Laura. It appears she made a blooper but tptb allowed the mistake to remain. It was adorable. Laura’s mom accidentally gave Luke all of the sandwiches instead of giving herself and Laura a sandwhich of their own. She said to Luke: “Oh, I just gave you all of the sandwiches!” Without missing a beat, Tony (Luke) said “It’s ok, I have a tapeworm.” Genie (Laura) and Denise (Leslie-mom) tried to keep a straight face. It was fantastic.

Rose
Rose

Thoughts so far…I’m liking where the Three Musketeers search for Lucky and Nathan is taking us. Reminiscent of the past adventures. The scene with Luke in bed with Laura on one side and Holly on the other was hilarious. Especially when you think of all their baggage and histories that got them there…together. Loved their expressions. Like to see that the writers are putting a little bit of lightheartedness into Luke’s last big story. Welcome after the last year on GH. Also nice to see Laura and Holly talk it out and become possible BFFs.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

TONY Has ALWAYS HAD A Big Ego problem (I LOVE Him Non THE less) BUT I’ve Been Extremely DISSAPOINTED Over SOME Years AS Heroic Luke, the go getter Luke who became mayor of Port Charles was replaced with sour old man Luke. He played a great Romantic anti hero but for the last long while he has been written as Anti everything. Tony let his ego get in the way of character at times and the saddest part about that Is how Genie suffered for it. Tony is I’ll always be one of the greatest television actors of any genre and i will cry and mourn the loss on the 27th. Xo

Beth
Beth

Well said.

Jane
Jane

I came to say, it’s been something special watching Mr. Geary when I could.
There has been certain presence with Geary and yesterday the scene with Mr. Jackson was surely special.
Jonathan Jackson’s first scene’s and tons after you knew he too was that special actor.
It’s funny how when a legend as Geary we applaud him and yet sad to see him go but there’s a time in every ones life you just have to say good-bye.

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The General Hospital 16-Episode Collection: ‘All Sonny’s Children’ Debuts

General Hospital fans know that Sonny Corinthos  (Maurice Benard) has fathered a lot of children in Port Charles and then some, and there is even another Corinthos baby on the way.

Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Included in the the 16-episode collection is: Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina, as well as the hesitation and joy that comes with knowing a new baby is on the way.

So, check out the collection and let us know which episodes are your favorites? And, who is your favorite kid of Sonny’s of all-time? Weigh-in below.  But first watch the just released promo for the collection.

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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