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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

———–

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.

General Hospital

GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

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When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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