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B&B’s Annika Noelle and GH’s Donnell Turner Deliver the ‘Power Performances of the Week’

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Last week, two performers from two different shows were involved in fraught and intense storylines that called upon their acting skills to make the moments feel realistic and raw to the audience, even though sometimes these circumstances we have seen before, either over and over again on a specific show, or just in the daytime genre, in general.

On The Bold and the Beautiful, Annika Noelle (Hope Logan) gave her heart and soul in scene after scene in material that many longtime viewers of the show found themselves frustrated over or just scratching their heads. However, Noelle (who definitely should be a strong contender for the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category at next year’s Daytime Emmys) was able to play all that was given to her in spades. The week of episodes took her character of Hope Logan from being caught in bed with Thomas (not with her then-husband, Liam), by none other than her mother, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang).

Next, came the showdown between mother/daughter where Brooke tells Hope to forget sleeping with Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) ever happened and to go back to her husband and her family.  However, Hope refuses and goes into years of issues she has had with Liam (Scott Clifton) and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), and Brooke.  Later, in major episodes, Liam and Hope have it all out and dissolve their marriage, which ends with Hope presenting Liam with divorce papers and even showing up for the meeting without her wedding ring on (she had taken it off, before having sex with Thomas).

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The rationalization of Hope’s actions for falling in love with Thomas was positioned as Hope never truly feeling like the only woman in Liam’s life, because there was always Steffy looming.  While that justification for Hope’s ultimate actions was a bit hard to swallow, it should be said that Annika Noelle played all the beats with conviction.

Elsewhere, and on last Friday’s episode of General Hospital, Donnell Turner gave us one of the most authentic reactions we have seen when a character finds out they will might not, or will never be able, to walk again.  Turner’s Curtis Ashford had been shot, survived surgery to take a bullet fragment out of his spine, but he couldn’t feel his legs when he woke up in the hospital. Demanding to know what is going on, the surgeon explained how the bullet was near his spine and they are still running some tests to see what may be causing the paralysis, or his inability to feel his legs. Devastated, Curtis is trying to process this new nightmare he finds himself in, while Portia (Brook Kerr) tries to console him.  She tells him how lucky he is to have survived. Curtis wants to get into physical therapy to begin to get his life back.

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Later, after the scans and latest tests are back, Portia has the heartbreaking news to tell Curtis; that he likely will never be able to walk again. She prefaces that with doctors having been wrong before, and that not being able to walk isn’t a death sentence. Gut-punched and in tears, Curtis begs Portia to stop trying to make something good out of this. He says he needs some time alone.  When Portia heads out of his room, Curtis is visibly shaken to his core.

Michael Fairman TV congratulates both Annika Noelle and Donnell Turner for jobs well-done and names them our picks for the Power Performances of the Week.

Let us know your thoughts on our picks of Annika and Donnell for our weekly top honors via the comment section below.

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Donnell Turner? Not seeing what Michael sees. I like the character, but rarely does DT emote enough to get a reaction.

I usually like Tajh Bellow, but the solo anger scene with TJ after finding out Curtis’ diagnosis was a bit off.

Brook Kerr always brings it.

Brook Kerr is beyond ridiculously annoying. She’s a waste of screen time.

nothing about the Curtis story line was that special. If anyone delivered this week it was Sofia Mattson. HATE her story line but she delivered a great performance.

Gigi,
You are absolutely right, every word.

I am sorry but I beg to differ could care less about anything gh but as far as Anika the storyline is so abysmal that I found myself yelling at the tv and not for good reasons You and Thomas were in bed for 4 episodes you love your stalker because he loves you unconditionally and you are able to draw up divorce papers in 3 episodes only in daytime guys I have been in the upside for bold but not this storyline at all Give me days at least in brings it

The bold and Beautiful was off the chain last week Hope gave the performance of a lifetime in one week very well done I couldn’t work trying to see this and then I rewind every episode of Hope over and over GREAT JOB

Donnell did such a wonderful job.

Carrie,
Yes, he did great but the storyline stinks! Curtis has the biggest ego of anyone and to him, not being able to walk makes him less of a man. He’d be singing a different tune if the one in bed was his father or TJ.Also, Portia is so clinical, unlike a wife should be.

Annika è stata STRORDINARIA ma lo è sempre è in assoluto la migliore attrice giovane di B&B. Lasciatela recitare lo fa meravigliosamente.

Annika was fantastic I am her new biggest fan. I watched her scene with Brooke over and over with tears in my eyes

I had stopped watching B&B
Due to predictability but watched the Hope & Thomas episodes every time they were on the show together, they bring sexy back ❤️

Writer you should not put Hope with her past stalker. Crazy Crazy. Write , u can do better. Hope shouldn’t be with Thomas. He cause her lots of problems. He’s going to go back being bad again.

I loved loved loved Hope’s performance ❤️. She had me tearing up. I felt her pain and she was too convincing. Thomas looked soo sexy and hot BUT I too am leary of his bad boy reputation. Good luck Hope.

Donnell, even the words ” powerful performance ” does do not come close to that scene. Even your eyes clearly expressed the deep pain of your trauma.
You were beyond awesome!!!

Love Hope and Thomas. They have amazing chemistry. I sure hope that she is not just using Thomas. If she is, she deserves a selfish jerk like Liam and many fans will dislike her. Can’t wait until Thomas finds true love and happiness. He truly deserves it !!!

Stop wasting Curtis talents on this boring story line just to find out Treena isn’t his bio daughter. Will he need surgery, blood s transplant? Let’s just get on with it.

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Ryan Paevey Makes Statement on Why He is Stepping Back from Acting While Being ‘Grateful to General Hospital for Giving a Green Actor a Chance’ and ‘Hallmark for Changing My Life’

GH and Hallmark fan favorite, Ryan Paevey (ex-Nathan West) wanted to clear the air after numerous reports and rumors had him quitting acting altogether and what that meant for any future projects in Hollywood he may have had planned.

Paevey released an exclusive statement to Heavy.com where he shared what is going on in his life. Back on June 19th, Ryan deactivated his Twitter and Facebook accounts and he may have deactivated his Instagram account on Friday as well, or as of this writing.

For Ryan, the decision to change his current life’s trajectory came after a series of events; chief among them moving closer to home to take care of his ailing mother who is battling lung cancer and social media scammers.

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Here is what Ryan shared: “Hey everyone…so first and foremost, I am a bit apprehensive that I even have to make a statement like this. I am certainly accustomed to a certain degree of gossip, but the past few weeks in particular have gotten out of control with speculation from third parties that have taken my words and expanded upon them to meet their narrative, or flat out misrepresented my words or misconstrued their meaning. I have always been an open book, and one who speaks his mind truthfully and directly, and it is unfortunate that we live in a world where social media makes it very easy to twist one’s words; I am often unaware it is even happening until someone from my team messages me in a panic, and so I feel it best to make a formal statement through HEAVY.”

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GH’s Dominic Zamprogna Opens Up on Concerns that Dante Was A-Goner: “There’s Any Number of Ways Comas Can Go”

When Detective Dante Falconeri was shot by a Pikeman henchman, and Jason (Steve Burton) was revealed alive and well, it put actor Dominic Zamprogna in a coma, and a bad one in soap terms, at that. For awhile there, it was touch and go for Dante.

The good news is Dante pulled through and is now back to his old self, and just in time for Dominic Zamprogna’s 15th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, which is June 22nd.

Dominic spoke to Soap Opera Digest on his milestone, and reflected back on the fan response from earlier this year when it may have appeared he was exiting the show for a second time.

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Zamprogna shared, “It’s nice to hear you say that people were worried about me – when I went into Frank’s (Valentini, EP, GH) office and he told me I was going into a coma, I started to worry about me (laughs)!”

From working on GH for a decade and a half now, Zamprogna has seen his fair share of comas, and in fact, his then on-screen wife, Lulu Spencer Falconeri was written off the show having never awakened from her coma.

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“There’s any number of ways comas can go,” said the popular GH star. “People joke, ‘Oh, you’ve got easy work.’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, as long as it’s an on-screen coma! I don’t want to be in an off-screen coma, because then I’m not on the show!” But honestly, that means the world because we all care what people think about us, you know? And if people are happy to have me around, it feels good, obviously. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”

So, are you glad that Dante is still alive and kicking? Did you think the show might write-off Dante after he was shot a few months back? Is it time, as Dominic head towards his 20th anniversary with the soap opera, for the powers-that-be to bring Lulu out of her coma? Should Dante and Sam (Kelly Monaco) eventually tie the knot? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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