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B&B's Brad Bell On The Return Of Sean Kanan As Deacon Sharpe!

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Photo Credit: Russell Bear

On yesterday’s 51st anniversary episode of General Hospital, viewers saw the end of the line for AJ Quartermaine as played by Sean Kanan when AJ met his maker.

Now, The Bold and the Beautiful’s executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell speaks to TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan about how GH’s loss is B&B’s gain, when Kanan returns to the CBS soap opera as the devious Deacon Sharpe on June 13th!

In the candid conversation with Bell, the head honcho talks about how his plans for Deacon’s return which apparently includes possibly being romantically teamed with none other than Quinn (Rena Sofer), and how Bell had wanted Sean Kanan back to B&B for some time.  Here are a few excerpts!

Brad Bell on what he has planned for Deacon upon his return:  “Deacon is also the father of our central character, Hope Logan (Kim Matula) which makes him especially valuable right now. We’re going to find out that he’s been going from town to town trying to get something going for himself. He eventually finds his way back to Los Angeles, ostensibly because he misses his daughter. But, as we all know, he’d sell her to the highest bidder if it served his purposes.”

Brad Bell on the possible pairing of Quinn and Deacon:  “There’s always room for more trouble! And it becomes especially potent when trouble meets trouble. You’re going to see some great stuff with Deacon and Quinn.”

So, what do you think of a Deacon and Quinn pairing and stirring up trouble for the Forresters and the Logans, and the Spencers?  Glad Sean is back on B&B?  Comment below!

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

I started watching more regularly a few weeks ago…i watched Sean K. on GH and hope Brad Bell writes better for his Deacon character than what GH had done to his A.J. character!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

This sounds like it actually has potential to be something. Hope deacons return works out and has nada to do with Relish wars or killing fashion editors! Or ill mentions of his weight!

Mo
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Mo

Can’t wait.

Can’t believe GH killed AJ. Of course, he’s been killed before…

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

I wanted A.J., and Carly to be the next Alan and Monica…the two had amazing chemestry in scenes together!!!

Marisa
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Marisa

I thought AJ and Carly were great together!!! Sadly, Sonny always has to win on GH. Loosing AJ was a big loss. If the writers were smart, they would have sent Sonny us the river and kept AJ.

Diana
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Diana

Sad GH chose not to write a story line for A J – bringing Sean back & then wasting great talent & the history of the character to kiss up to the Mouse has brought nothing positive to the show. Sean again as Deacon with possible pairing with Rena/Quinn will be dynamite!

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

I like Quinn…she’s the one got me turning in…

Mo
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Mo

I like Quinn too. Quinn + Deacon=DANGEROUS FUN!

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Did Brad Bell actually call Hope the CENTRAL character on B&B?! I always thought that was Brooke. But, I guess “like mother, like daughter” applies here.

I’m not happy GH decided to kill of A.J. His return had so much potential. But, now B&B gets Deacon back, and it will be interesting to see the interaction between him and Quinn.

I’m also hoping Adrienne Frantz will return as Amber! How great would that be?

Mo
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Mo

I was surprised he called Hope the central character as well. I thought it was an ensemble, but a lot storylines do revolve around her. I do like Hope and the actress.

Would love to see Amber return, but don’t think it will happen. They wasted her return IMO when she came back a few years ago. There were some good stories, like with her mom and the baby drama, but she could have been used more effectively. But Brad seems to have his favorites and that’s who he writes for.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

And that’s why I think he should not be the head writer of the show. He’s a good executive producer but some of his stories are absolutely terrible and he tends to waste talent, like Adrienne Frantz’s return, not writing for Jackie, Nick, Bridget, Thorne, etc.

And he tends to hire too many great actors (Crystal Chappell, Hillary B. Smith, Ricky Paul Goldin) without story to match their talent.

Mo
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Mo

Brad most certainly did not use Ricky to his potential. He could have gotten some guy off the street for the role. He could have done lots more with that character. I read more about Ricky coming and the character than we saw him onscreen.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I can’t wait for Deacon’s return to B&B and wish Sean Kanan all the best there.However that been said i read somewhere that a few months ago Brad Bell did approach Sean about returning to the show but he told Brad that he was under contract to GH for a long time.So i’m wondering if Sean didn’t know B&B wanted him would he still have wanted off GH?Sean has every right to criticize how GH used him but he did it after he already knew he had another job lined up.

su0000
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su0000

Sean/AJ .. his heart was always with B&B..
He tried something different/GH but he wanted back to B&B bhe caleed Bell and asked to come back to B&B..

AJ was written true to the GH character AJ was what he was and was writen as AJ ..
He was not a saint nor a romantic love type character..

Anyways all is well that ends well..
Sean has returned home to his B&B..

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think you’re rather alone or in the minority on that…or at least on this site. Seems like most of us did feel AJ could be a romantic lead…especially since Sean Kanan is so good-looking. Also seems like most posters here, including myself…think AJ was more of a saint than not…his downfall caused more by others than his own doing. I think he was genuinely excited to be back at GH…having played AJ so long ago and would have stayed regardless of other offers if his situation at GH was better. He expressed his discontent and while I’m extremely angry… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

First and foremost, Sean will always be”AJ” to me as well, rebecca1!!! I gave up on “B&B” years ago when it became too repetitive, so even “Deacon” will not lure me back, but best of luck to SK on his return. I only hope his talent/energy are better appreciated/utilized by BB than were by”Cartini.” Over the weekend I was recalling the excitement that “AJ’s” reintro brought to GH and how SK looked so pleased to finally be reprising his role as the misunderstood bad boy-he truly seemed to “relish”the opportunity (no pun intended….) and for the brief time he was… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I know, Shay! That’s what I meant when I stated on one of my posts regarding the emotional investment we place in these characters…it’s a double-edged sword. We’re given the gift of being able to suspend our disbelief…the ability to intellectually know that you’re watching a show…and yet at the same time…care. So while being drawn into the show/any show…we also have to go through the emotions of loss. Thankfully we…to quote Cher…”snap out of it!!!!” rather quickly. (though I’m kinda feeling a tad depressed as I write this…AJ/SK…come back!!! 😉 ) LOL. We’re no doubt more upset than SK… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Well put, rebecca1! All that you stated here is right on the mark….unfortunately, it is also now water under the bridge, and we need to move on. But I do have to say that we are certainly not by any means the only ones to have experienced outrage and disappointment over this latest GH development. I have visited a number of other soap websites this week, and the consensus seems to be pretty evident that the GH showrunners’ cavalier handling of AJ Quartermaine’s death (and by extension, Sean Kanan’s departure) has not been at all well-received. On the contrary, it… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Ditto!

Shay
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Shay

Right back at ya, rebecca1!!!! Penned a spirited thumbs-up to your two fabulous rebuttals (to David) on the previous GH thread. Hope you will get the chance to read it!!!!

Beth
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Beth

I’m a big Sean Kanan fan and I’m happy to hear he’s landed on his feet at B&B. I’m looking forward to Deacon and Quinn mixing it up and I hope SK becomes a major force on B&B in 2014.

Shay
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Shay

Although I’m happy that Sean Kanan has somewhere else to go after Ron C.’s fit of pique killed off his beloved character, I will always prefer blue-blooded AJ Quartermaine to white-trash Deacon Sharpe! However, the fact he can play both so convincingly just goes to show the actor’s talent and versatility. Good luck with this return engagement, Sean…hope it turns out far better than the one GH completely squandered.

dmr
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dmr

I agree. Shame on the casting and writing staff at General Hospital. Hate to see the Quartermaine’s decimated.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

agree Shay.

mary papcun
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mary papcun

I am happy he is back, I would like him with brooke

dmr
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dmr

GH’s loss of a great actor, legacy character from a core family. Best of luck, Sean. You’ll always be AJ Quartermaine to me. Funny, Sean worked with Rena on General Hospital, both Quartermaines. Two amazing people with such amazing talent! Surely missed in Port Charles.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

thinking the same thing. Rena was great as Lois…must be fun to work together again. soaps are the ultimate microcosm…fans see the same faces on different shows once they’re killed or written off…and actors get to work with each other again. There really is no room for them to throw stones in the shrinking world of soaps…they’re stuck with each other!

janet
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janet

Ned’s wife with Junior ,tongue in cheek .LOL I want to wish Sean the best. GH IIC have no idea what the fans want to see, or maybe they just don’t care.

Linda Burgoyne
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Linda Burgoyne

Deacon and Brooke.

Linda Burgoyne
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Linda Burgoyne

Hope needs a father.

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