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Ashley Jones Back To General Hospital!

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Pristina fans, some news you have been waiting for!

Ashley Jones (Parker) confirmed via her Twitter account that she is back on set at General Hospital, filming new episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.

The official GH Twitter account first posted a photo of her and her co-star Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina).

GH related: “Oh hey, Ashley Jones, Funny seeing you here. #ParkersBack”

Ashley then added in her own tweet: ” Good to be back in Port Charles.”

So, excited to see Parker back in Kristina’s orbit? What do you hope happens next in their relationship? Comment below!

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robbie
robbie

Personally, would rather see Aaron back in the mix, but if it gets me some Lexi scenes, I’m happy.

Patrick
Patrick

I believe this.

just a happy trio… oy : Kristina / Parker / Aaron. till Kristina makes that decision

just a fun loving trio who are not bogged down by any thing or “any one” in all of Port Charles.

isn’t that a relief. PLUS this trio ALL have acting skill

bring this back long term… so we can forget about the NUmob.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I also liked Aaron. However, as someone who works in higher education, I can’t tell you how distasteful it is to see a storyline where a professor sleeping with a student is treated like a grand romance. In the real world, this is called sexual harassment, and university employees (especially instructors at ALL levels – even grad students) have to go thru seminars before stepping foot in the classroom that will outline the HUGE conflicts of interest that even the *suggestion* of a relationship could cause.

Brenda
Brenda

I think it’s an interesting storyline line for Kristina & Parker let it ride…

Sandy
Sandy

I really don’t want to see a connection as I don’t see any chemistry berween them. She is too old for her and not a great actress. I would rather not see her back as too many actors come and go just for a limited number of episodes. Slow down the returns and give the seasoned actors the best storyline. This is what keeps viewers watching for years.

Carrie
Carrie

Yes, Parker and Kristina look like they could be mother and daughter. I was happy when this story dropped away.

Shay
Shay

Perhaps that’s the point, Carrie…Krissie’s sudden crush on Parker after having been involved with and even previously married to only males always screamed “Mommy issues” to me. We never saw any indication prior to this storyline that the character had any attraction whatsoever to females when she was mixing within her own peer group as a teenager….this sudden switch came out of nowhere in the form of a sensational storyline centered around Professor Parker and why this angle was never explored is beyond me. If Krissie had been doing the dirty with an older male college instructor, you can bet your sweet tea that it would have been termed an indicator of a “Daddy Issue,” and the ever-hypocritical Alexis would probably have been the first to throw shade at Sonny over it.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

The older woman thing was a boring and somewhat ridiculous storyline. I thought the young guy Aaron seemed to portray a character that would be kept around. No need to put Ashley on the GH payroll, at least from this viewer’s perspective…

jaybird369
jaybird369

Carrie…EXACTLY!!!!! A-n-d…this time, the story needs to DROP AWAY…FOREVER!!!!!

Take care.

Harry
Harry

I cannot help but feel that Kristina is trying on lesbianism as one would try on a new Hermes scarf. This storyline certainly doesn’t resonate with reality the way Bianca Kane’s did on All My Children.
Also, if Parker were a man they’d be calling him a sexual predator. Anytime a professor makes a move on a student, it’s pushing the boundaries because the professor is in a position of authority. It’s clear Kristina is troubled and that she has issues as she always seems to be in a state of petulant histrionics. For Parker to put the moves on this troubled young student of hers is all kinds of wrong.
Here’s a story which thinks it’s being politically correct but which is actually the anti thesis to being politically correct.

JK
JK

AGREE…LETS GET SOME NEW INTERESTING STORYLINES…..THIS IS ANOTHER ONE TO RECORD AND FAST FORWARD…….

Shay
Shay

I’m with you on this one, Sandy…The current Kristina with anyone is not my cup of tea, but the age difference between these two characters is far too great and really does not make for a very inspiring coupling by any stretch of the imagination. Why this storyline is even back as a retread is really mystifying when the Aaron aspect to Krissie’s relationship roulette was never played out to a logical conclusion. Moreover, I’m still not accepting this particular actress in the role of Sonny’s daughter…I would like to see the former one back in the role…she was much more appealing in personality and totally sizzled with her co-stars, albeit they were all males back then….LOL. For that reason alone, it would be most interesting to see how she would portray this character now…..

Steve
Steve

Lexi Ainsworth assumed the role of Kristina after the character was SORASed in 2009. She played her until her contract was not renewed (under JFP/Wolf). Her youthful appearance may have made it hard to put her in romantic situations (such as her flirtation with Ethan).

FV cast Lindsey Morgan as Kristina in 2012. Many viewers made note of the strange chemistry between her and MB, She might have got a bum deal with Carlivati’s “Mob Princess” reality show storyline followed by the Connie/Trey (mother/son) relevation. Shortly after Trey’s death, Kristina unceremoniously slithered off to college.

Ainsworth resumed the role in 2015 and won an Emmy this year.

Shay
Shay

@Steve….For me, it’s never been the “youthful appearance” that doesn’t work…it’s the attitude, the personality…I just cannot get over the obstinate, wicked child vibe that the current actress brings to the role….I felt the same way the first time around with her and the ensuing years did not make a whit of difference in how I perceive her as this character, regardless of storylines, Emmy, whatever…With Lindsey Morgan, the rebellious nature was still there, but it was sexier and more mature in keeping with the supposed age of the character. Although I never paid that much attention to MB, the “strange chemistry” probably was there as you state because, after all, Sonny is Sonny, but I do know that much like Kelly Monaco, you could see how all the other males appreciated playing off that particular actress. She was the perfect “Mob Princess!”

Soaphound
Soaphound

Shay, I couldn’t agree more. I know there are many Lexifans out there, and I’ll concede she is a decent actress. But that snarky, spoiled brat vibe of hers gets old very quickly and I don’t have the patience for it. And, frankly, Ashley Jones deserves better than a May-December non-romance with this whiner.

Timmm
Timmm

Seems like Frank has coffee with any actor, the actor picks up the tab, Frank says, “What are you doing next Thursday?” AND the actor is booked for a DAY!

Harry
Harry

Stop the presses–I agree with Shay!!! Completely.

Celia
Celia

Yes, Shay, this Kristina does act as the spoiled, privileged daughter of “il padrino”.
But, there’s always a ‘but’, LOL. I thoroughly enjoyed the pent-up anger she regurgitated upon her mother’s deaf ears, and senseless puppy love.
Alexis should have known Julian’s presence would agitate everyone in question, regardless of the fact he is Sam’s father. Actually, coma or not, she could care less.
I agree with you and Soaphound, yes….but, we needed this scene….and, Kristina’s petulance and angst was soooo germane here.

Angelinna
Angelinna

I am so excited, you cannot even imagine! I love so much these two ladies, their chemistry and the story line. I hope Parker stays around, much more than the last time. There is so much potential!! This love story needs to be told, with its ups and downs, like any other.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Angellinna?
This is the first time I’ve ever seen the name with two ens.
Anyway, I would have rather seen this story develop with someone more in line with Kristina’s age….if the story needed to be told, at all.

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

It’s time for Alexis to find solace in Parker’s arms and take her on a wild lesbian ride, GH’s first all girl-mother-daughter triangle. Or maybe she is married to olJason?

Carol
Carol

I like the actress, however, I am not looking forward to the “Parker” story line again. I don’t think she’s the right girl for Kristina at all.

Kat
Kat

I think Parker is definitely right for Kristina. They were amazing together.. The chemistry is undeniable. This happens in every day life. Looking forward to the continuation of these 2 brilliant actresses.

Jackie Meixner
Jackie Meixner

Kat,right on!SOO EXCITED.Thank you GH for bringing back a wonderful actress

Mister Media
Mister Media

I recall this character from, oh, about a year ago in a promising story that was inexplicably dropped like hot rock. The writers didn’t care enough to follow through then, so it’s hard for me to care now…..

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

Bingo!

Karen Clark
Karen Clark

don’t care at all

Pri
Pri

Fans have waited a whole year for Parker to make her return. So happy Pristina will be back! I love their relationship because it is so complicated. The best ones always are. Clearly, Kristina has feelings for Parker which are still unresolved. I hope GH gives them the air time they so deserve. Both Ashley and Lexi are phenomenally talented and have amazing chemistry together. Hoping Parker is back for good and not just swinging by again.

Kat
Kat

I agree with you. They have fantastic chemistry and bringing more awareness in every day issues that people desk with. They both did an outstanding job portraying their characters. Definitrky waited far too long for GH to wake up and bring this SL upfront and center. Too many unanswered questions and it’s time to resume their attraction & journey together.

Jimh
Jimh

Whatever happened to that young guy Kristina was seeing before…the one who showed interest in Sonny…and is Oscar Nelle’s brother???

Shay
Shay

I think Sonny may have had him whacked, jimh! Perhaps his body will emerge in the waters by Pier 52 one of these days….

Jimh
Jimh

Too bad he cant fall in hat place Sonny is in and finish him off-lol

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

I was at Pier One Imports and could have sworn I saw him shoplifting. I thought about following, but they were having a great sale. Is there any chance you are miffed that Alexis is somehow living the life you so fervently are desirous of? Teensie-weensie? I tire of Sonny, but suppose I would let him in to use the phone if his car broke down and he didn’t shoot me. Even slip into Alexis’ shoes. If they weren’t ten sizes too small. But I asked you. If I am Donna Beck, albeit without her amenities package and no upgraded appliances, would you be Phoebe? Am I Opal to your Langley? Or am I being summarily dismissed?

Shay
Shay

P.S. So exactly what was Aaron shoplifting??? The Pier does have countless exotic little shiny knick-knacks to be had, but I’m guessing if you noticed this dude’s kleptomaniacal moves, they must have been none too smooth…maybe “ting-ting” down the pant-legs? Please, please tell me now……

Shay
Shay

Haha, jimh! Like we’d ever be so lucky…a meteor could wipe out the entirety of Port Charles, and still, somehow, Sonny would survive! He always has to be the last man standing!

Timmm
Timmm

Sonny would survive AND Scotty Baldwin’s hair!

Shay
Shay

Scotty’s hair would survive Irma!!!! His cornbroom-like coiffure is indestructible!

pamala glover
pamala glover

She was Kristina’s teacher Married, old. Repeately has affairs with her students. Why would they think anyone would want to see this again? Are they trying to get gh cancelled?

Jimmy
Jimmy

I was never too invested in Parker as a character and her relationship with Kristina was undeveloped, so I’m not too thrilled to see her back. I would much rather Ashley Jones return to B&B as Bridget because I’ve missed her (and the whole Jackie M crew for that matter) since their exits. The upside is that Lexi Ainsworth will hopefully be utilized more because she has been back-burned for far too long.

As for GH, it would have been nice to keep Serena Baldwin in town permanently and have her turn out to be lesbian or bi-sexual, and develop a relationship with Kristina. The story would be much more impactful if it was between two of the show’s legacy characters (like Will and Sonny on DAYS) and it would keep Serena in town longer.

Shay
Shay

@Jimmy….For me, Jennifer Finnigan was the definitive Bridget on B&B…always enjoyed her portrayal!

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

I thought Bridget on Bridget and Bernie was Meredith Baxter Birney?

Harry
Harry

Phyllis, did you know Bridget Loved Bernie before Joanie Loved Chachi?

Shay
Shay

@Phyllis…Why, yes, I do believe she was, however, as it actually turns out, Bridget didn’t really “love Bernie”….In fact, she “loved Bernadette!”

Patrick
Patrick

DAYS of OUR Lives – NEEDS to hire this lady… she could be a recast Sami Brady

OR – she could be Maggies daughter

why couldn’t she be Kates granddaughter Chelsea

I LOVE Ashley Jones natural presence the camera loves her. and so must Lexie

the trio of Lexie / Parker / Aaron was so HOT.

this welcome back with Ashley Jones is already more interesting than Steve Burton

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Long, hot summer in Port Charles. Couldn’t think of a better time for a refreshing dip-in the ladypond! Shame the waters are so shallow-as once they dive-in, rest assured they will join the ranks of Felix, Brad and is it Lucas-can’t remember-have not seen him in ions. Is Brad still even employed at GH or did he pack his tainted urine samples and leave town? Why her, why now-when so many, many people and no money and firings-one invests their interest in one after another who is then either shown the door or perennially MIA? What happened to the very attractive young man that was interested in Kristina? What makes most sense to me is Mommie Dearest Alexis-who has a new AA sponsor that allows beer and wine-better yet, a trip to the Valley of the Dolls. Neely O’hara! Alexis surely needs someone to ease her past Julian-and perhaps a truly sordid Ladypond mother/daughter stinkfest love triangle. Tiring of tepid, please-bring it up a notch.

Steve
Steve

Sparkle, Phyllis, Sparkle!

Adorable Aaron moved into the vanishing vortex with Alice, Rosalie and Ric.

Celia
Celia

Oh, yeah!! I had completely forgotten about Rosalie.

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

xox, Steve

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Many of my posts here are in that vortex. Would you happen to know the mailing address? I am growing fond of you, Steven Lars, very fond indeed. But sorry you failed to see Kelly Sullivan’s remarkable talents as Connie Falconeri. I can’t remember her alter’s name right now, but found her performances electrifying and then she was promptly fired, of course. Then to Y&R. where psychotic Sharon fans promptly trashed and campaigned against her-so they killed her off as well. I have not seen her new Tyler Perry show but would love to- she is one of my favorites. Do you mind if I smoke?

Shay
Shay

I suggested the exact same thing eons ago when it looked as though the “Parker-Go-Round” was going to go full-tilt in Port Charles, and it was roundly pooh-poohed, Phyllis. I also subsequently maintained to similar nays that it’s time for Alexis to go swimming in a new kind of waterpark….after all those failed, disastrous relationships with the opposite sex, she needs to find an alternative to that stale groove she’s been locked in forever with her endless parade of criminal male miscreant paramours! Tsk, tsk!…Nothing could be better than the scenario you have so vividly constructed…I always said that Krissie’s attraction to Parker was due to her own mommy issues, so what could be more psychologically messed up than the “Two Mommies” having their own sort of lovefest up close and personal in this sulky child’s face??? In your own words, that would most certainly “bring it up a notch!”

Celia
Celia

Hmmmm. Interesting. Alexis and Parker should give it a go. Wow!!!!! Cat fights galore.
And, one never knows….finally, Alexis may find just the thing to challenge her overactive wander-lust.

Shay
Shay

Seems Miss Phyllis is suddenly playing the coy coquette with us….first she dazzles us with her brilliantly saucy wit and hilarious repartee and now zip, zero, nada…What’s with the “Touch me in the morning and then just walk away….” act, Ms. DeMarco???? Not nice, not nice, even if you do enjoy leaving us wanting more!!!!

Steve
Steve

Phyllis, I don’t mind if you smoke, but I think the management of the MetroCourt would. We only have this room until noon.

What do you say we spend the day shopping at Wyndham’s. Then for dinner, I have a two-for-one Groupon for the Floating Rib. People rave about the ribs, but I remember the namesake restaurant fondly, where as a child that floozie Susan Moore would bring my dad Jeff some prime rib. Ah, memories.

We’ll just have to disagree on the acumen of Miss Sullivan.

Michael
Michael

I hate the couple nicknames.

Celia
Celia

I know, Michael. When did that start? Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes? Brad Pit and Jennifer Aniston? Hmmmm.
Silly.

Timmm
Timmm

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner?

Celia
Celia

Wow…that should read Pitt.

Harry
Harry

Me too, Michael. And as I asserted above, if Parker were a Peter folks would be calling him a sexual predator.
Parker’s Peter? Peter Parker? Ass Man Landers!

Shay
Shay

@Harry…Loved your Hermes scarf analogy! (That would be the analogy, not the actual scarf, you understand….although I would probably also adore the item if you have that, too!)

mike
mike

Aaron was a good character they should have kept him around. Never much cared for Parker.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Let me “correctus” to “interruptus” 🙂

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I was wondering what was going on with Ashley because I just saw her in a commercial. when i saw her in that, it made me wonder if they dropped the ball on the Parker character. Glad to see they’re ready to go back to her.

Maureen
Maureen

Another combo name. Pristina. Ok, who decides these names? I find Pristina to be very amusing, more so than Karker, I suppose or Partina- no wait, I like Partina.

Mary
Mary

I am excited to see her back. I liked the chemistry between her and Kristena and getting Alexses mad

Debbie
Debbie

Really don’t need to continue this story. Hayden should be here with Finn and Liz. You get rid of fan favorites for unimportant stories no one cares about. Nothing against the actress. Boring story

peg
peg

Boring.

Suzie rm
Suzie rm

Did not care for this story or them.

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

I wish she would come back to The Bold and the Beautiful. I think Eric needs his daughter now. I think she’s a wonderful actress, but I wasn’t to thrilled with this story. She was to old for Kristina. But then again, as a fan of GH from the old days, I refuse to watch after the terrible “tribute show” for Peter Hansen. That was such a letdown

dmr
dmr

Unfortunately, the “tribute” show was a disaster with one flashback! What a complete letdown.

Timmm
Timmm

Good. I like this actress and we get to see Kristina on screen. I hope its a good story and just not a walk on.

Mary
Mary

Mary
This beautiful S/L represents older/younger couples that do exist! This couples deserves happiness just like any other. Age does NOT belong in adult relationships & they are both adults! We all fell in love with Parker because of Ashley’s amazing acting skills. Ashley & Lexi have shown great respect for these characters & this difficult & realistic story. This S/L is different & refreshing from all the others that have the same plots over & over. Ashley is the only one who could play this role. She ownes it and I cannot wait to see her portray all the different layers of Parker. Ashley & Lexi have this amazing chemistry right from the very 1st scene & every scene after that! Their chemistry carries over to Parker & Kristina. You feel it & see it whenever they are in the same room! Parker & Kristina is a wonderfully, beautifully & respectfully written S/L and we never know what’s going to happen. Always an element of surprise!

So those that do not like this story, then just don’t watch it. Stop degrading 2 highly talented actresses who agreed to take on this challenging storyline with hopes of reaching those who are facing many of the same challenges. Ashley & Lexi are understanding, caring actresses that deserve our respect for all those they have helped since this story began!

Jackie Meixner
Jackie Meixner

Mary,you took the words right out of my mouth but to said it even better,thanks

Mary
Mary

Thanks…
It bothers me terribly when actresses agree to take on a new & challenging story and they get disrespected for it. Both Ashley & Lexi wanted the challenge of this S/L.
I have watched many stories I don’t care for & simply fast forward!
Just curious why there wasn’t all this negativity when the couple was Morgan & Ava, Sonny & Emily, Michael & Abbey (she was older & a stripper!!)
I cannot wait for Parker’s return next week

Mary
Mary

Thanks…
It bothers me terribly when actresses agree to take on a new & challenging story and they get disrespected for it. Both Ashley & Lexi wanted the challenge of this S/L.
I have watched many stories I don’t care for & simply fast forward!
Just curious why there wasn’t all this negativity when the couple was Morgan & Ava, Sonny & Emily, Michael & Abbey (she was older & a stripper!!)
I cannot wait for Parker’s return next week

Kat
Kat

It’s about time #GH brought this SL back. I think Kristina and Parker’s chemistry was natural & undeniable.
They really brought this to life. It’s very important in this day and age to continue with their journey. I don’t
know why Age is such a big issue with this SL there have been many lovers with such a difference in age and it wasn’t an issue then. Doesn’t matter it’s 2 woman Love is Love and it’s Ageless. Ppl need to get with the times. Ashley is a phenomenal actress and her and Lexi are up for this challenge as they have shown. Remember Lexi won an Emmy for this SL. I am very excited they finally brought Parker back & find out more about her life and #Pristina’s journey.

Timmm
Timmm

Funny thing, Lexi won an Emmy and she has barely been on the show since.

rose
rose

I was never interested in the Parker/Kristina relationship. It seemed forced, thrown in by the writers to see if it would stick, and not too believable to me with a theme I just don’t care for. Plus, I’ve just never liked the Kristina character. She always seems to have little hissy fits about one thing or another compared to sister Molly. Must means Lexi is doing her job well for me to feel this way.

But it does seem they could be setting up Kristina to work her way into Sonny/daddy’a buniess. Some commenters have called her “Mob Princess” and it seems to fit. She sure has Sonny’s erratic/impatient temperment , and she made some Sonny-like threats to Julian when he was at the hospital to check up on Sam.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Rose, what a great idea, can’t believe it hadn’t occurred to me! Kristina would be a perfect replacement for Sonny. Similar smugness, erratic to the max (and she does it without having a bipolar reason). I like It! And by the way, if they’re trying to catch up with the 21st century, we already have a same-sex couple with chemistry that blows the roof off…and we NEVER see them. Let’s fill in that blank before adding more superfluous characters. Bring back Brad and Lucas!

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Would not be surprised if Parker shows up just long enough to realize Kristina is bipolar. Because we can never have too many bipolar characters. I’d opt for bedwetting or folie a deux-you know I can not recall schizophrenia on daytime but surely have forgotten but would enjoy seeing that play out.

dmr
dmr

I agree with your description of Kristina, Rose, and I posted something very similar below. I think she acts entitled, spoiled, and immature, much like her brother Morgan did.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I’m up for this, because I feel like the Parker/Kristina storyline got dropped far too soon. Though, low-key, I was hoping for Ashley to return as Bridget on The Bold and the Beautiful, because I miss that character and how different she was from the rest of the Forrester/Logan clan.

Trish
Trish

So excited to read this! Ashley Jones is a very good actress and hot! This storyline had great potential and was abruptly dropped. No one would blink an eye at the 15 year age difference if Parker were a man. Kristina is no longer her student and these two sizzle together. Bring it on!!

Shay
Shay

I beg to differ, Trish…As you may already know if you are a regular follower of this website, age is always a BIG issue here whenever character relationships are discussed and dissected! Furthermore, as far as GH May-December romances go, you need only go back to Sonny and Emily’s nauseating tryst….that was one hugely-panned yuckfest, although mercifully abridged!

Mary
Mary

Agree!!! Age has no business in adult relationships and Parker & Kristina are both adults!! Stop acting & treating Kristina like a teenager

Charleen
Charleen

I am very excited the Kristina&Parker Sthen /L is back. Its 2017 its Reality bbs in todays world

Charleen
Charleen

I am so very Happy and excited the Kristina&Parker S/L is being continued. Its 2017 its Reality in todays world.Two amazing actresses believing in and taking on amazing S/L That is not easy. They have nailed it beyond words.

Gary
Gary

Once again, we’re getting the same, old, tired comments… “Oh, I never liked Kristina. I never believed in this s/l. Parker is way too old. She looks like Kristina’s mom. What happened to Aaron? She’s not a good actress. Get somebody younger for Kristina. Have Kristina meet a nice boy.” JUST STOP!!! At least you all could come up with new arguments. And while I’m thinking about it and once again, for the UMPTEENTH time, Parker is not too old, a predator or a pedophile! She never once forced herself on Kristina. Never tricked, manipulated or seduced Kristina. In fact, the night they slept together, it was Kristina who leaned in first and initiated the first kiss. You know what the truth is? All you naysayers and haters are either high or were just born stupid. You’re definitely narrow minded and won’t even give this a chance that it so rightfully deserves. Or is it homophobia? Or ageism? Because either or both of those things could explain a lot. I’ve absolutely LOVED and SUPPORTED this relationship from the beginning and I will continue to do so. I just hope the writers do a better job at exploring this relationship this time. For the life of me, I will never know why or how more people don’t see just how beautiful and wonderful this relationship and s/l really is. No one, I repeat, NO ONE will ever make Kristina feel the way she does the way Parker is able to. No one, I repeat, NO ONE will ever make Kristina smile the way that Parker is able make her smile. Even if they put her with someone else, she’ll only be thinking of Parker. Her heart will always belong to her.

Timmm
Timmm

Same with the Steve Burton bashers! Classless! He made a choice to leave GH. No matter why, its HIS choice! Does he question any of the “Fans” career choices? NO!

Celia
Celia

Yes, T, and I have previously said; we do not know in what capacity Burton is returning….may be a short stay.

Mary
Mary

YES Trish, Ashley Jones is a highly talented actress and I agree, VERY HOT

Mary
Mary

Gary
Very well said

watsontml
watsontml

I am not thrilled with this news….I thought this story line was not developed well at all, could have been, but was not. I found Kristina to be pathetic in her attraction and pursuit of Parker, and Parker, well, sort of pathetic too.

dmr
dmr

Agree, and I posted something similar in my response below.

Linda
Linda

I am happy Parker is back, just hope it is long term and not a handful of episodes. The chemistry between Ashley and Lexi is undeniable.

Maggie
Maggie

Not interested in any story with Parker in it. Give me more Mac and Felicia, Diane and Max, Spinelli and Maxie, Laura and Kevin. Less Parker and Kristina, Michael and Nelle.

dmr
dmr

AGREE, love Mac and Felicia, love Diane, and I love Laura and Kevin.

dmr
dmr

I’m just not interested in this storyline. I think its because the storyline has been dropped many times; and I think the storyline is too mature for the likes of Lexi Ainsworth. I’ve just never been a big fan of hers. Her portrayal of Kristina is much like Bryan Craig’s portrayal of Morgan’s. Kristina is a spoiled, immature brat, IMO. The less air-time, the better. I don’t see what someone like Parker, who appears confident, evolved, and mature would see in Kristina.

patty
patty

I am loving the Kristina /Parker storyline! Finally, something that isn’t focused around the mob !! I think that Kristina could use a more updated hair makeover. The current style makes her look like 16, which is why people are having an issue. They have great chemistry and I cannot wait to see this unfold. Hopefully, they will not make this a once a week episode. When TPTB drag out a storyline too long, people lose interest. During the days of Luke and Laura, we didn’t have so many other things to capture our interest. As far as Aaron, “let sleeping dogs lie.”

Elena
Elena

I feel they should continue with the story line between krystina and Parker. This happens in real life. Let them proceed with their relationship just because Parker is older than krystina. It don’t mean they don’t have the right to be happy.

Mary
Mary

WE ARE STILL TRYING TO GET BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED ASHLEY JONES BACK AS PARKER. CHEMISTRY BETWEEN ASHLEY & LEXI IS AMAZINGLY HOT AND CARRIES OVER TO PARKER & KRISTINA. AGE MEANS ZERO IN MATTERS OF THE HEART.. SHALL WE ASK ELLEN & PORTIA, WHO HAVE A 15 YR AGE DIFFERENCE, SAME AS ASHLEY & LEXI!!!
WE WILL ALWAYS FIGHT & SUPPORT THEIR BEAUTIFUL S/L

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According to reports from Soap Opera Digest and Daytime Confidential, former General Hospital favorite Brandon Barash has temporarily replaced Tyler Christopher, in the role of Stefan DiMera at Days of our Lives.

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Brandon played mobster Johnny Zacchara on GH from 2007-2016.

Because DAYS tapes well in advance; look for Barash to hit the air sometime in early 2019.

What are your thoughts on Brandon as temp replacement for Tyler as Stefan O? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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