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Billy Miller To Join The Cast Of General Hospital?

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There have been rumors circulating for some time that Two-time Daytime Emmy winner, and a nominee this year for Outstanding Lead Actor, Billy Miller might be heading to General Hospital!

The beloved former star of The Young and the Restless who exited the CBS soap opera in December in the role of Billy Abbott has been thought for some time to possibly heading to Port Charles as a recast for the role of Jason Quartermaine (last played by Steve Burton).

Earlier this evening to add some fuel to the fire TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan tweeted, “Billy Miller. General Hospital. Done deal? This is what I’m hearing.”

The question remains if this does come true, who will Miller play?  A new character? Jason?  Someone who hasn’t been on the canvas in awhile like Dillon Quartermaine? Weigh-in on your thoughts if Miller joins GH,  and who you would want him to play?

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Tom
Tom

Let him play A.J., who didn’t die. Make up some story of how his death was faked for some far out reason.

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

So why don’t they just change the name of general Hospital to Young and Restless since they all are going there

Sinny
Sinny

Who can blame them all for jumping ship. GH is gaining the viewers who are leaving Y&R. Y&R sucks so bad right now. Phelps needs to go YESTERDAY!!!! She is destroying Y&R. Shick and Lane are not cutting it.

monica mailman
monica mailman

The demise of the other shows has left a huge pool of excellent actors. GH is trying to glean out the best or cream of the crop.

Susan
Susan

Actually GH has turned into OLTL not Y&R. It’s constantly focused on the OLTL 3.

Timmm
Timmm

AJ already faked his death before. He would have good reason to do it again BUT I dont see it. GH+Y&R=#1 in ratings!

Mika
Mika

There’s only four soaps left and soap opera actors rarely get jobs elsewhere. Why do you think they always end up coming back. They still have bills to pay. My point, these actors will eventually be on every soap at some point if they want to keep working.

jonboy
jonboy

They don’t have to work much on GH. If they get 2 days a week that’s a lot (most of the time.).

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

I liked Sean K. as A.J. but id accept any Quartimaine…maybe even a son of Jimmy Lee?

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

Id take him as any Quartimaine…even a new one…son of Jimmy Lee?

Shay
Shay

NO!!! Sean Kanan is, and always will be, the only AJ for me. But I would love to have this still-lamented Quartermaine’s death be a faked one, although I don’t know that lightning could credibly strike twice in PC, even if it IS a soap!

pumpkanpie
pumpkanpie

Billy Miller is the NuJason … Morgan or Quartermaine? That is the real question 🙂

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

Too old for Morgan(they dont need to recast here unless the actor quit)…recast Nathan instead!!!

CLH
CLH

The fall could have reverted him back to the original Jason who wanted to be a doctor. That would be interesting. Would also bring back more Q time.

Timmm
Timmm

Robin will bring back JQ!

Mike
Mike

I might buy this only if he got the contract he wanted that Y&R wouldn’t give him. If not, he’s a hypocrite.

CLH
CLH

Probably more about JFP than contract, otherwise the Y&R actors wouldn’t be leaving in droves as soon as their contract is up.

Timmm
Timmm

It may not have been just the money. If your name is not Steve Burton, seems like Jill Farren Phillips has very little use for you and lets good actors walk.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

The real deal is he, along with many others, does not like JFP.

jim
jim

They really don’t need any NEW characters on GH right now.

Would rather see him play Dillon (more scenes for Tracy!!) –
that is if he’s not too old – instead of Jason Morgan, the saintly,
sensitive, black shirted hit-man. Also, Jason would drain Billy Miller
of his natural sense of humor.

Although, either way we would get a Quartemaine back!! lol

su0000
su0000

GH always needs new great actors, as Billy Miller !!
whatever character he would play, he would rock it !

When GH can get a loved actor as Billy Miller, good for GH- bring it home!!
Billy Miller has so much to offer GH.. 🙂

hope it is true!!! time will tell ..

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

I wanted David Tom as Dillion but id settle for Billy Miller…even as a recast Nathan!!!

Timmm
Timmm

True. Jason never had a sense of humor. I would rather see a new talented actor come on the show and GH release the excess. [Jordan, TJ, Rafe, Levi, and Woody. [Nathan]

Becky
Becky

I think Billy should play Jason I think they look a little alike,I really like Billy he is a great actor,and I think GH should be thankful to have Billy Miller..

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

but not as a hitman for Sonny…i like to think Jason suffered amnesia with no memory of his mob past and returns as Dr. Jason Quartimaine…so does this mean Robin cured him…then Robin returns in the form of Elizabeth Hendrickson!!!

Colleen Beck
Colleen Beck

I agree!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Billy is too good for a soap anymore. He needs to do primetime and movies.

Shari
Shari

I am happy if he’s Nu-Jason though,I agree he is seasoned enough for Primetime & the Big Screen!

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

i could see him in primetime as a p.i. or some cop ect.

Beth
Beth

Wow……………..I have heard MANY times from people who started on soaps and moved on the movies and/or prime time that working in soaps was the hardest work they ever did, because of the fact of having to “produce” an entire show each and every day. I have also read several interviews where they said that they felt their best work was when they were on a soap.

Timmm
Timmm

He may have tried that route and found it difficult to catch on? Hollywoods loss is daytimes gain!

jonboy
jonboy

You got that right!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Love Billy Miller. He’d be great as Dillon Q. If he is Jason, please be Jason Q, not Morgan. I DO NOT miss Jason Morgan at all!

Cassie
Cassie

Y&R needs to get him back.They are friggin idiots. He belongs as Billy Abbott

su0000
su0000

Love you Billy Miller!!!
Please let it be true..
He has so much to bring to GH with him!!!

GO BILLY!!!!

Kelly
Kelly

I am doing a happy dance! I don’t care who he plays. He will be great in any role! He’s just amazing.

Nick D.
Nick D.

Just checked out his Emmy reel (had never seen him act before, only read about him). He’s a good actor. I’d prefer to see him as a new character. I’d rather see the Jason character remain on break – after all if Jason returns what’s the new excuse for keeping Robin away. Better leave those two characters off in limbo together and bring in BM as someone new.

katieK
katieK

If they cast Dillion, I have been hoping for John Paul lavoisier, he would be perfect. If they must, & I mean must bring Jason back I guess Billy would be ok. I really don’t think the show needs Jason back right now.I don’t want to see GH become the Jason Morgan show again. Id rather see them bring the Q’s back & give Monica a great story. GH has become about mob wars, when it should be centered around the Q’s, but thats kind of hard to do when the writers killed off most of the family.

su0000
su0000

hmm
for Michael Fairman to bring this to us,
I’d bet he knows something we do not know, not yet anyways 🙂

yup, I think he knows .. heh..

downtownla
downtownla

What about Steven Lars? or even Lucky?

veronica
veronica

billy miller will be playing Jason and he will play it well

Kendal_Mathias
Kendal_Mathias

I hope he plays a re-cast Jason Quartermaine! Anyone is better than Steve Burton.

Whitney
Whitney

Hope this news is true! I would love him on GH and I think the way they rotate characters on that show would allow him to get the outs that YR couldn’t (and shouldn’t) accommodate him in the role as Billy Abbott.

Billy Miller started out on an ABC soap. He was fantastic on AMC. He ventured over to CBS for a few years, but I’d love to see him back on ABC at GH.

Ali
Ali

THE BEST NEWS EVER IN DAYTIME HISTORY. I know he can’ t pull off playing Jason Morgan, but he could play Jason Quatermaine. To rewrite history with a twist, of having him paired with Sam as Jason Quatermaine. So Shawn could just replace him. And this Jason can go back for being that docter that he wanted to be, before his car accident with AJ. So we could see more of the Quatermaine family. Again QUESTION- Has Jason ever worked at ELQ before? He could even do that instead. If he doesn’t want to be that doctor.

Sheila
Sheila

Jason!!! Steve Burton left on his own decision. I would luv this as a recast. Best of luck Billy,

Geena
Geena

At this rate Y&R will have to announce the hiring of James Scott to make a splash lol. Definitely think he will be Jason Quartermaine. GH already has enough mobsters.

Leslie Fohringer
Leslie Fohringer

Billy Miller is a awesome actor but I won’t be watching GH just because he is on there.Y&R fan all the way.

aria
aria

the longest rumor i’ve heard is of him playing jason, wish i’m game for , the other one i heard a while back was lucky spencer, i’ll take him as either of those, i don’t see him as dillon though, plus the character of dillon is not needed anyways. rather have ned come back then dillon. as for billy miller, well you can be who ever you wanna be at GH , hopefully if its Jason, then i hope they don’t make this about just Sam and danny and jason, hopefully they’ll remember Elizabeth in the equation.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think with the loss of so many soaps GH may be the way of the future; soaps expanding to encompass more storlyines and more characters. With so many soap actors out of work we’re going to see a lot of familiar faces popping up on one of the remaining soaps or leaving one to go to another. So whether the actor comes from OLTL or any other soap…as long as the stories remain fun/entertaining/engrossing I’m in.

Don’t know Billy Miller as I only watch GH and the dearly departed OLTL. If he’s as good as his fans say…great news!

Robert
Robert

This would be great news!

Lee
Lee

Please say this isn’t so? I can’t see Billy as that Jason character. I want him back on Y&R as Billy. This is awful. I do not watch GH and wouldn’t start watching either if Billy goes over. What a horrible mess.

monica mailman
monica mailman

If this is more fake propaganda, I will go ape on all of you. Your headlines never match with the body of the conversation. But, I will say that he will have to be very handsome, well built and have the personality. This Billy boy looks too young, not like a seasoned actor with the presence that Jason had. You see, the Jason character helped everyone. Was completely selfless. no greed or power hungry. He did his job effectively as if it was just something he had to do for the good of the town. He loved babies and always saved every damsel in distress. I think he was able to leap tall buildings too. Anyway, we are all still in shock at the way he exited his role. No closure, just an open ended thing from some very evil characters.

Steve
Steve

Can someone tell me what Y&R is doing to cause these actors to leave their roles and then end up somewhere else? This is concerning. Also, stop replacing the talented actors with those that that can’t act in a soap or aren’t believable in their character like the new police officer, Mark Harding and the newest Billy Abbott. It was a good choice that David Tom was replaced, but it just never clicked from the beginning.

Susan
Susan

GH barely exists anymore. It’s turned into OLTL. It’s always focused on the OLTL 3. Our gh characters areas wrote for properly. They only write good for the new characters. With that said I want Jason Morgan back. Jason Q was horrible. Billy would be a good Jason Morgan as long as he has chemistry with Kelly Monaco. Which is a must because Jason and Sam belong together. Get her away from boring Silas!

Ruby
Ruby

Billy Miller would never be a good fit as Jason Morgan. If they reverted him back to pre accident Jason Quartermaine, maybe. Would be a much better Dillon Quartermaine.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Not loving this, not a huge fan of his. The cast is already overloaded, and he wouldn’t be a good Jason or Dillon at all. I’d rather he just keep trying primetime.

Timmm
Timmm

This will blow away Y&R and Bill Bell will officially turn in his grave! I would like Billy to be Dillon BUT if he played Jason he would be paired up with Sonny, Carly, and Sam and Mr. Miller and his amazing acting would fit right in with these three. Sorry Tracy!

Thomas Procaccini
Thomas Procaccini

It is now quite obvious there is a heated casting war between GH and Y&R. Y&R got Steve Burton. Now GH has Michele Stafford and Billy Miller.

Susan
Susan

Would be the only person I would accept as the nuJason. Love, love, Billy Miller!

Mo
Mo

I hope not. I thought he wanted to do other things. If he goes back to a soap, he needs to return to Y&R as Billy. The show desperately needs him.

Deb
Deb

I don’t see him as Jason…. that role should go to Michael Muney if they are going to recase it.

Billy would be a great Dillon…. or a new character where he can show off his adorable smile a lot.

Reagan
Reagan

There needs to be more Q’s on canvas so hopefully Dylan. I miss Lucky but don’t know if I’m ready for a recast. Seems that 1 of Luke’s sons should be on canvas though! But please Ron & Frank — NO MORE NEW CHARACTERS FOR AWHILE!

Colleen Beck
Colleen Beck

I’ve seriously been waiting for Billy to make the move to GH as Jason as soon as I learned he was leaving Y & R. He’s going to sizzle – well, depending on how the character is written I suppose! If this is true, and he’s coming aboard as Jason, this absolutely makes my day!

jo
jo

OMG!!! What fools are running the ship at Y&R?!
Letting the best leave! What a mess with all the newbies, and now this !
GH can only vastly improve if BM joins, but he is THE BEST as a multi layered man, his charm & charisma need to show.
Love Billy Miller and I will follow him as well.
Ciao Y&R.

jo
jo

Yes, GH should change their name to Genoa City General Hospital, aka Y&R General Hospital.

Keri
Keri

I don’t care who he signs on to play as long as he DOES! He would make a great JM or DQ….he is one amazing actor and it would serve YR right if he did! This has s been a rumor since it was announced he was leaving YR so I really hope this is finally true!

ANA
ANA

I will watch him ,he it’s a great actor , since I took Y&R off my recording I would change to GH since I never watch it before ,will be all new to me , now ,happiness would be if MM show up on GH then all my favourites would be in one place!!

Rodd
Rodd

I think Billy Miller has such sparkle in his eyes and that Puck-like mischievousness about him. Playing Jason would be like watering down his aura ~ unless they totally changed Jason’s persona. I wasn’t watching when Dillon was on GH, but I’d be for that if Dillon had a fun side. It’s be great to see him come on as a Q; one that could really tap that effervescence that BM can bring to a role and the audience loved on YR.

Johnny
Johnny

I hope he plays Dylan or Lucky. But…those two are beloved characters tied to core families. They just don’t do well under this regime.

Rosanne
Rosanne

I hope he does come to the show as Jason.. I think the show needs the character back.

Johnny
Johnny

We really have enough unrepentant murderers on this show. Unless Jason is brought back with his brain and being horrified at what he did for a living for 16 years, there is no need for the character. Besides Miller is too young to play Jason.

Mark
Mark

I hope so and hope he plays jason

dmr
dmr

I think you are right, Mark. Billy will probably be the nu-Jason.

Jackie
Jackie

One of the dumbest things Y&R ever did was to let Billy go he is a great actor and really missed his humor and style is lacking on the show ….

Donna
Donna

I agree Jackie. Letting Billy Miller go so easily was an epic mistake. I don’t know what they were thinking.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

For those of you saying he should go back to Y&R—clearly, if he signs with another soap this soon after leaving, there is a reason he did not want to stay with Y&R, and until that reason changes, he’s not going back. (It could have been contract/salary, but my bet is, no.)

Ditto Michelle Stafford.

What really needs to happen is that Sony and CBS need to start paying attention to that reason, and do something about it.

Susan
Susan

The same could be and is said about GH. We lost Steve Burton, Brandon Barash, Bradford Anderson, Sean Kanan, Scott Reeves. List goes on. Same reasons TPTB.

Shay
Shay

And don’t forget Tristan Rogers!!!! Not to mention the debacles with Jack Wagner and John Stamos….and no, I’m still not over them!!!!!

VIKKYE
VIKKYE

i like yr and gh sharing and swapping people i think it spices the soaps up!!! i hope soaps are on forever!!!! the better ratings the longer they stay on!!!

Patrick
Patrick

this is exactly what the 4 remaining soaps NEED

to prop : be with : alike : share veteran : help ALL

we have simply got to get it in our heads… NOW : for the life of Serial : to co-exist

and feature MORE at , with, and for, audience

these are big names…. : am I sad – devastated – he’s not in Genoa City… same goes with Michael Muhney… LOVE them….

be that as it may : if the behind the scenes and production is so lacking… Actors are given Scripts… they see and know the behind the production… they are aware

prosperity is in serial. it’s a career…. starlights, STAR, enamored with

it aches how much past, and present names have come and gone

currently… it’s a life line trickle… how many newbies spark

Billy Miller and Michael Muhney mega-watt amped up stratosphere our stimuli

I will heed from the mountain tops… how necessary this genre belongs

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I don’t think GH right now…. needs Carly and Franco…. ????
why shouldn’t they not go to DAYS of OUR Lives and be : EJ and Sami … why would this not work…. it’s all a pull… a feast for the audience… to keep veteran core characters and lauded ACTORS to remain… refresh… new meaty material…

circumvent this… support the 4 shows… perhaps the writing will not plateau and quicksand.

crossovers work : think the divine delish Robin Christopher… currently, Wally Kurth is doing it.

soap dish

aria
aria

wtf?

Susan
Susan

No. Lol

Ricardo
Ricardo

I hope Billy Millers is the recast of Jason Quartermaine, i wrote here several times on this post. I predicted this, that Billy Miller would come to GH as Jason. I was also right about Gina coming to the young and the restless as the new Phyllis. Im physic and on a roll. LOL.

su0000
su0000

I’d bet that Billy Miller will not be Jason or AJ, nope .

There would be a new character created just for him .. 🙂

harry
harry

Su000 I do hope you’re wrong. There are already about a million characters on GH. Right now we are supposed to rejoice that “Nina is back.” I not only did not know that Nina was gone, I didn’t know she was here to begin with.
I do hope Miller is a recast.

Johnny
Johnny

You couldn’t be psychic because you spelled it physic. If you were psychic you would have realized you spelled it wrong and changed it beforehand. LOL.

dmr
dmr

As much as I like Billy Miller; I think the casting department and writing team need to clean-up the on-slaught of characters on General Hospital, right now. Storylines are being lost in the shuffle and it is difficult to form an attachment to any character, family, or storyline when the show seems to be all over the place.

Johnny
Johnny

Agreed. Stories have no flow. We don’t see Rafe for months on end and then suddenly he is a coke addict and possible baby killer. This is a show that told masterful addiction storylines back in the day (Alan, Brenda, AJ etc). Billy Miller is too young to play Jason or AJ. I could see him as Dylan…he has that youthful quirky quality that Dylan had. But knowing this regime…Billy will be cast as some form of murderer/mobster by extension. I hope they give him a role that will allow him to shine. Because Michelle Stafford’s debut has fallen so completely flat it is shocking. The only few little blips I enjoyed were her saying “As if”….which we in Canada have been saying forever…long before Clueless made it a catch phrase. And when she was frustrated with trying to use a cell phone. But the emotional aspect is just not there because, again…we do not know these people!!!!! Two strangers talking about shared memories from 20 years ago does nothing to engage the audience. And there is absolutely zero zilch Nada chemistry between Easton and Stafford. These scenes are life draining…as are Maxie and Levi scenes. The actor who plays Levi looks like he could be funny and charming and they could have set up a real triangle where Maxie and the audience is torn between Nathan/J/James and Levi. But the writing is so heavy handed that Levi is just a douchebag plain and simple. That’s another thing…when you have a new character and are trying to endear him to the audience…don’t give him three names and have different characters call him different names. With all these newbies its confusing enough. When Nina said she would stay with “J”, I actually had to stop and try to think who she was talking about.

Donna
Donna

I agree Johnny about Michelle Stafford and her role as Nina. Her debut has fallen flat as a pancake. No chemistry with Easton whatsoever. When she’s on, I have to remind myself to look at the television because she frequently loses my attention.

Susan
Susan

I love Nathan and want him with Maxie. He’s come a long way since he started. Now Levi is the worst character ever! I can’t stand him. Michelle Stafford may have no chemistry with Michael Easton but neither does he with Sam. At least not a romantic one. Just friendship wise. Sam and Silas are boring. I want bad ass Sam back.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m so sorry for Michelle stafford… pairing… an no on screen chemistry with Michael Easton’ silas

I mean… C’mon… how monotone and barely their are Silas and Sam

to saddle MS’ Nina with either or after all this time… watching Silas and Sam… who are now on overload… to be given all this material to drive?

I just was never stimulated enough to venture beyond what Silas and Sam have always done… and that’s not much

I really had hoped that MS Nina would be given more time alone to adjust and acclimate herself back in to the living… with physical therapy and psychiatry with KEVIN… and she’d hormone her dig with Kevin… and at least give Roger Howarth some masculine … and stop his stupid antics that Laura Wright’ Carly only seems to deem worthy

i’m 3 eps behind… so I really do hope for the best… as MS is a force to be reckoned with

all this star power… and lackadaisical writing… is suspect and waning

GHFan060
GHFan060

Yes I miss bad ass gun toting Sam. I’m hoping we will be seeing her soon. As for Nina I think we will be seeing the real Nina soon.. I think Nina is going to be a firebrand. Don’t forget she’s one pissed off lady, husband had an affair, mother caused her to lose baby and husband has daughter with ex-lover.

Shay
Shay

Excellent points, Johnny! Those examples of Nina’s very few and far between charming moments are perfectly encapsulated, as are your other observations. I was never an original MS fan, so I have had a real wait and see attitude regarding “Nina,” but I find her as flat and unappealing as you do….I detect no chemistry with ME either. I think her character is particularly frustrating because you just know that at any given time she is going to explode into a “witch on wheels” (no pun intended….) and that if she cannot already really walk, she will be soon be lurking about in the PC shadows to wreak her havoc, ala Heather Webber, perhaps with the aid of her trusty sidekick nurse, who also gives off some shady vibes! The whole pre-concept of Nina that we were treated to as this soft, effervescent, lovely, woefully missed creature simply doesn’t jive with the casting of Stafford….she is too plain, plus quite harsh and dominant…she won’t be able to keep playing it cool for much longer, and quite frankly, I am not looking forward to when she finally releases her wrath on all those she feels have wronged her. AS IF!…..(and I still say that, too, and I’m not Canadian, so go figure! LOL…) I also agree with you regarding Levi….he has such a built-in ick factor that he is impossible to like. Given the actor’s unique, quirky looks and ability to play with a sunny disposition, he should have been a more Spinelli-esque character….instead there is such a sense of foreboding surrounding him that we the audience don’t dare invest in him or like him even a little bit. I actually have noticed as of late that the actor himself has displayed more timidity and reluctance in his approach, and I have to wonder if it is not due to the almost universal panning he has received thus far. That’s gotta hurt for a guy who is so well-received in his Aussie homeland! Just saying….

Jeff
Jeff

I would like to see him as Jason or Dillon Quartermaine, not Jason Morgan.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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