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Blake Berris Steps Into The Role Of Spinelli On General Hospital!

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One of Days of our Lives most memorable performers, Blake Berris (Ex-Nick Fallon), is returning to daytime in a surprising recast.  Berris had teased his fans on social media that something was coming that would bring him back to the soaps, but he did not expand on that leading to much speculation.

Now word on Christmas Eve from Soap Opera Digest confirms the rumors that Berris will temporarily step into the role of General Hospital’s Damian Spinelli. The role has always been played by Bradford Anderson.

Apparently due to a scheduling conflict, Anderson was unavailable for the upcoming latest return for Spinelli, so enter the talented Mr. Berris!

Blake will appear in several episodes starting in January on the ABC soap opera.

So, what do you think of Berris taking on the role of Spinelli?  Comment below!

 

 

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Phil
Phil

I want to say miscast, but will wait to officially pass judgement!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Same here…

Susan
Susan

I will say it now; NO A THOUSANDS TIMES NO!!

Dylan
Dylan

On the contrary! These short term recasts are proving to be very popular. I can’t think of really anyone else with a soap background whe could step into Spinelli’s shoes! Remember Nick was a lovable goofy nerd too until the writers inexplicably made him a psychopath.

Phil
Phil

Yeah, that is why I am reserving some judgement here… I am not sure I could see anyone take Anderson’s spot, but if anyone can it would be him… we will see!

MARY E
MARY E

SO TRUE .HE’S EXPERIENCED ,maybe longer,maxxie shouldn’t be without her child most of the year because B
radford is busy and lives far away

su0000
su0000

C’mon guys..
The man is only stepping in, not staying..
He is temporary through January, no big deal..

Phil
Phil

You have a good point. Blake Berris is a great actor. I actually wish they would have casted him in a long-term role instead. I was just having a rough time seeing someone else in the role besides Anderson, but I will give him a chance… like I said if anyone can do it he can!

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

I think this is actually good news for Brad Anderson. If the writers feel a need for Spinelli’s role so much that they have to cast someone else short-term, I think that says overall, they see Spinelli’s role being key on a long-term basis. Otherwise, they’d write around it. Take it as a good sign for Brad. He’ll be back.

Lori
Lori

Nothing personal, but not even close!!!

B1kaa
B1kaa

It was so disappointing to see him today at Maxi’s wedding. Andersen should have done this

Cindy
Cindy

Did he even study the part before going on. He was nothing like Spinelli. He showed absolutely none of Spinelli’s endearing qualities.

aria
aria

he’s a cutie, just like bradford, but lets keep the original, no recasting, i hate recasting, this guy is cute he could of played someone else on the show he looks like a keeper.

Robert L
Robert L

Well at least it’s just temporary. Blake is too handsome for the role and may lack the quirky that makes Spinelli, Spinelli. Nó disrespect to Blake he is an amazing actor having watched him on Days.

Patrick
Patrick

Blake Berris…. is in a whole league unto himself

he is a remarkable actor… along with his – extremely – GOOD LOOKS

because I miss him so much @DAYS…

I would welcome him in any capacity

I hope it’s for a long run.

the thing is… is Maxie is just not the same character, of late.

Spinelli oddities with Maxie ditz equaled

I don’t know that it would be acceptable , today.. as it has run its course?

so… seeing a new spin on OOMPH hot me out…. Blake Berris IS back

@GH – keeper

MARY E
MARY E

WELL SAID!!

Kathy P.
Kathy P.

I agree whole heartedly, Blake Berris was one of the best actors ever to be on Days. If even just short termed, I think Blake can pull it off with style.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Now, this is definitely exciting news! And this is definitely a reason to tune in!

Nicole
Nicole

Solid No on this. Granted I saw Blake at Nick on DOOL and actually thought he did a great job, but there are some shoes not capable of being filled.

Melissa
Melissa

For goodness sake. Why bother recasting for someone who is only on once in awhile?! Just rewrite the script to excuse Spinelli from whatever plot GH had in mind. This is so stupid.

aria
aria

agree, they could of introduce another tech geek, with this actor, surely spinnellii is not the only tech geek in the world.

Connor AvidSoapFan
Connor AvidSoapFan

Maybe there was some sort-of a last-minute scheduling conflict, and they had already wrote the character of Spinelli into their scripts and TPTB didn’t really know if Bradford was going to have a last-minute hick-up so because of time constraints and scheduling constraints, too… they felt they had to find somebody to fill the characters shoes briefly fast.

I’m not saying this is exactly what happened, because I don’t know for sure really, but just a guess / predilection as to why they would need to put somebody else (i.e., Blake Berris) into the role of Spinelli for a short-term stint.

Lisa Wade
Lisa Wade

If Bradford Anderson is not available GH should keep Spinelli out of the script til Bradford Anderson IS available.

aria
aria

agree!

Lisa Wade
Lisa Wade

GH should just keep Spinelli out of the script til Bradford Anderson is available.

Jerri Lloyd
Jerri Lloyd

Absolutely agree!! The recast of Jason isn’t working for me either. Jason isn’t Jason!!

safcprez
safcprez

There is no one that can play spinelli but Bradford. I understand this but can’t wait for Bradford to return.

Kathy Tatum
Kathy Tatum

Blake Berris is an excellent actor…the best of the best. If Bradford is not available GH could not find a better replacement. I hope GH fans understand the situation and give Blake a break. He is one of the finest actors I’ve seen on Daytime. Remember, Bradford can’t be there. Be kind.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

I agree. 100% Agree

su0000
su0000

I’m always good with anything new and different.
Blake is only temporary through January, but still something different.
And by his picture he looks the part..

((Bradford will alway be Spinelli )

Carol Doris Nigro
Carol Doris Nigro

No one can replace Spinnelli

SW
SW

Would love for him to make the character compelling instead of irritating!! Please oh please!

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

Bradford was on the plane to LA to film several episodes of GH…and got a call from his agent to tell him he landed a recurring role on Homeland which films in NY…so they really had no choice but to recast for Spinelli due to taping deadlines.

Tivette
Tivette

How wonderful, will have to watch for his episodes when they air! Spinelli only for me!

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Wow! That is so cool for Bradford! Congrats!

elm1951
elm1951

blake berris is a phenomenal actor – he should have no problem with portraying the character of spinelli – i am looking forward to his scenes……………..

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I am happy with this decision because I get to see Blake again who was outstanding as Nick on DAYS. He is only around temporarily so I can totally understand Bradford not being able to do a spin on GH and Blake filling in for him is ok with me. I am looking forward to seeing Spinelli and Stone Cold and Goddess together again!!!

fginaspy
fginaspy

He is a fine actor. I look forward to seeing him fill in for BA.

kymba
kymba

no no no no no, only one Spinelli!! I will be ok as long as it is temp. but Bradford IS Spinelli!

Lisa
Lisa

I can live with “temporary”.
Bradford Anderson IS Spinelli.

Sean
Sean

As long as its only a temporary recast I can deal with it, as Bradfod Anderson is Spinelli. Since he wasnt available, I can deal with a short recast.

Debbie
Debbie

Do without the character until Bradford can return.

tskyent
tskyent

There is no replacement for him!! These writer’s not only changed the show…This isnt “one life to live” thats how that show ended!!! To much long writing with no story…OR dragging something out that leads to nothing …NO one can even fill in for him!!!

Jules
Jules

I think he works well in that role; Nick was originally a huge nerd when he came to Salem and was with Chelsea- not that either Nick or Spinelli stayed that way, and not that either actor didn’t prove how much more range they possessed than a typecast. But I’m still glad it’s only a few episodes.

davlestev1
davlestev1

COLD SHOWER LOL…WHEN I SEE HIM EVERYTHING I POST WOULD BE CENSORED SO I’LL STOP NOW!!

davlestev1
davlestev1

He could be playing the mailman who cares as long as THAT IS ONSCREEN

Connie
Connie

I think that as sporadically as Spinelli is used, they should have waited until he was available. There is only one Spinelli

Suzanne
Suzanne

Only one Spinelli! Damn ABC

tskyent
tskyent

I agree!!!!

NancyH
NancyH

No…there’s only one Spinelli.

Sue Beetham
Sue Beetham

As long as it’s temporary!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Acting chops aside, I can’t believe how many posts talk about how “great looking” this guy is. I must be missing something. I guess beauty really IS in the eye of the beholder. His former cast-mates Robert Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, and Casey Moss…those are great looking guys. Maybe I’m getting old.

Soapluv2010
Soapluv2010

Agree 100%. Handsome is clearly subjective. That said, Blake is a phenomenal actor. Could be a newly discovered Cassidine spawn or, younger Jerome.

Must say I’m happy for Bradford who is definitely a great actor but, also an all around entertainer, singer, musician, comic…love him – soooo glad he is getting other work. GH has been downright abusive to him. No way should Bradford be sitting on the sidelines and goofy one note, never maturing Maxie be without her daughter. Jason is nobody’s P.I. Comeonnnn…

mark
mark

I loved him on days so much but its going to be hard to see him as spinelli I cant imagine anyone else bit Bradford!

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

Blake the temp Spinelli and Molly was a temp Maxie! xoxo

Sly
Sly

Good or Bad, I am not judging Blake, but the key word here is::

” TEMPORARY”.

Suzanne
Suzanne

agree temporary PLEASE

KAB
KAB

NO, NO, NO, and NO.

JK
JK

THERE ARE SOME CHARACTERS YOU CANNOT REPLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

su0000
su0000

Hey..
It’s something new, enjoy it ..
Different is good…. It’s just for some scenes during January ..

Suzanne
Suzanne

No one can replace Bradford SORRY to hear this!

Dan
Dan

I’m definitely willing to give Blake a chance. I’m always open with all recasts, whether they’re permanent or in this case temporary. They all deserve a chance to get used to the role and get comfortable on a new show, before people start judging them. Of course, that won’t stop some people that can’t help themselves. I don’t watch Days, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about him. Plus he’s easy on the eyes, which is always a plus in my book, lol.

Elise
Elise

As long as it is only temporary, I’ll enjoy seeing Blake again. No one can really replace Brad Anderson as Spinelli because he is one of a kind. Just sorry he had a scheduling conflict.

clh
clh

Recast was not even necessary and is a dumb idea. No one will even equate the character with Spinelli in a short run to begin with. Just like Stabile was never Nicholas just a random character in a random, would never happen, story with Ava.

If they needed Maxie’s daughter at the wedding they could just have written it as Spinelli was in the middle of something and had Ellie bring her.

Dumb

Yvonne
Yvonne

I think it’s a good move. He’s a great actor. Remember no one wanted anyone but Michael Muhney to play Adam on Y&R but when Justin Hartley took the role we loved him as much as Michael even though they are completely different actors. If Bradford is unwilling to come back or only come back once in awhile then why shouldn’t a great actor that needs the work have the role. Blake is a very capable actor and I’d like to see more of Spinelli. We can fall in love with Blake’s performance too.

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

I’m Ok with whatever needs to happen. He has such star power, maybe he could be a different character, like Spin’s mentor or go the other direction, his protege and this guy fills in while Spin is out of commission. Or half brother? Speaking of recasts can we please get Nick Stabile back on the screen in 2017?! He was a terrific fill in for TC and thought he brought something special to the show. Loved him with Ava.

Ryan
Ryan

How about as a recast Dillon……..

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

This man is PRETTY! So much eye candy on this show lately.

Timmm
Timmm

I think if Blake takes off Bradford is history! I am for this. Spinelli needs to grow up and expand as a character. Bradford has been a one trick pony!

blake
blake

I really miss Blake Berris on Days. He played the villain so well, and he was definitely eye candy. I’ll never forget when he was naked except for a valentine heart covering him. I miss those lips!

dante williams
dante williams

I love Blake Berris, and Days hasn’t been the same since he left. Why did he agree to do soaps again if he left Days though? They didn’t have to kill his character then. I have so many questions. Why even bother to recast Spinelli? Why not make Berris a new character, or maybe even another legacy character? I never liked Spinelli that much. Plus, how am I going to deal with Spinelli going from cute to ‘damn he’s hot’ overnight? I hope Maxie will say stuff like, ‘Your time away has done you good,’ lol. Why do they always get Days stars to replace Gh stars temporarily? Well, glad to see Blake.

Ghlover
Ghlover

Keep calm and Enjoy!!! He is wonderful , i hope he stays long term.!wayyyy better with Maxie than old spice opps i meen old Spinelli

Mark Y
Mark Y

I don’t understand the drama. Soaps have been recasting roles with new actors for a long time. Give the guy a chance.

Jill
Jill

I am excited personally I have never been a Bradford fan.

Patricio
Patricio

If this is a couple of episodes ~ no big deal.

Bradford created this character, no one could ever ‘take over ‘ for Spinelli.

Spinelli is a one- in -a-million creation of a most talented, gifted actor and a production and writing team that could use this creation for laughter and later heartbreak in great storytelling.

Elite
Elite

I just think the way Bradford addresses it was magnificent… he was in the wrong, he took the blame for the inability to fulfill the obligation and as a professional, you can imagine how that must have gone over…not. This is a win win for everyone.. first it takes the pressure off of Bradford and the long standing relationship he maintains with GH and we also have the opportunity to see Blake use his acting chops…. I assume it’s for the Maxie / Nathan wedding and there IS no explanation as to why Spinelli would not be there….

HOWEVER… while we are speaking of Maxie, has anyone noticed it appears she is covering her face again? Hope that rash has not returned …anyone notice that?

Elite
Elite

Also wouldn’t it be CRAZY if that actress that replaced Maxie for a few months had to take over for the wedding scenes at GH? She and Blake worked together on DOOL… and quite the history!

Nik
Nik

So the “psycho” for DOOL will be playing our beloved Spinelli….well I wish him luck. 🙂

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According to EW.com, Yvonne will end up having a connection to someone or someones on the canvas.

Hubert’s first episode is slated to air on December 7th.   Sitcom fans remember Janet from “Fresh Prince’ in scenes with Will Smith in the series in the role of Vivian Banks.

GH is not Janet’s first soap, either.  She appeared on One Life to Live as Evangeline Williamson’s (Renee Elise Goldsberry) and Layla Williamsom’s (Tika Sumpter) mother, Lisa.  The actress also appeared on All My Children as Alice Dawson.

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So does this mean that Yvonne and Stella are both going to be romantically interested in Mike Corbin?

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live November 2018 Episode” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday’s night’s Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, you can hear the replay of the broadcast right here in the audio player above.

The November episode of the monthly podcast featured special guests: Soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia, AW, Gretel, (OLTL, GH, Port Charles, AMC), and Cynthia, ATWT), General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless’ Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and listeners were in for a surprise when GH’s Maura West (Ava Jerome) called-in as well during the show.

During this fun night of chat, Linda Dano kicked-off the show as she and Michael reminisced about the night she won the Daytime Emmy in 1993 for her role as Felicia Gallant on Another World.  Then, the duo talked about: her soap career as Gretel “Rae” Cummings on the ABC Daytime line-up, her incomparable fashion sense, and how fans can see her first acting project in 12 years when The Chronicle Mysteries debuts with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in March of 2019 on the Hallmark Channel.

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Beth Maitland came on to Soap Nation Live! next, and she discussed finally having the opportunity after 36 years to explore Traci’s relationship with her siblings, Jack and Ashley, that came about in Eileen Davidson’s exit storyline.  The Daytime Emmy-winning actress also revealed her favorite Y&R storyline over the years. Maitland has received critical-acclaim for her recent work on the CBS Daytime drama series.

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Last, during our Game Show segment, a lucky caller eventually wins the Sonny Kiriakis-centric trivia game and will receive a Days of our Lives swag/goodie bag and an autographed personalized photo of Freddie Smith.

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Then, following an internal investigation by NATAS by the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington, DC, the results which were released on November 8th, and being in receipt of their findings, the soaps decided to move forward while still having concerns they want addressed.

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On Saturday, someone close to the situation said to Michael Fairman TV: “Our participation doesn’t mean we accept their proposal moving forward, we still have major issues that we will be discussing with the Chair and President (of NATAS), but as a collective whole, we don’t want to penalize our actors for NATAS’ mis-management.”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy submissions began earlier this week on November 12th, with the Daytime Emmys slated to be handed out in early May of 2019.

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