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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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  1. Phil

    December 24, 2016 at 8:24 pm

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

    • Jimh(leave it to beaver)

      December 24, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Same here…

    • Susan

      December 24, 2016 at 11:52 pm

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

    • Dylan

      December 25, 2016 at 5:44 am

      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

        December 25, 2016 at 9:00 am

        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

        December 25, 2016 at 3:31 pm

        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

      December 25, 2016 at 4:32 pm

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

      • Phil

        December 26, 2016 at 8:59 am

        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

        December 30, 2016 at 7:07 pm

        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

      January 17, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Nothing personal, but not even close!!!

    • B1kaa

      January 17, 2017 at 8:18 pm

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

      • Cindy

        January 18, 2017 at 3:52 pm

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

  2. aria

    December 24, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    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.

  3. Robert L

    December 24, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    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.

  4. Patrick

    December 24, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    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

      December 25, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      WELL SAID!!

    • Kathy P.

      December 26, 2016 at 10:34 am

      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.

  5. Jamesj75

    December 24, 2016 at 9:37 pm

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

  6. Nicole

    December 24, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    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.

  7. Melissa

    December 24, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    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

      December 25, 2016 at 6:57 pm

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

    • Connor AvidSoapFan

      December 25, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      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.

  8. Lisa Wade

    December 24, 2016 at 9:51 pm

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

    • aria

      December 25, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      agree!

  9. Lisa Wade

    December 24, 2016 at 9:52 pm

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

    • Jerri Lloyd

      January 17, 2017 at 5:34 pm

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

  10. safcprez

    December 24, 2016 at 9:58 pm

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

  11. Kathy Tatum

    December 24, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    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

      December 25, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      I agree. 100% Agree

  12. su0000

    December 24, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    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 )

  13. Carol Doris Nigro

    December 25, 2016 at 12:28 am

    No one can replace Spinnelli

  14. SW

    December 25, 2016 at 12:35 am

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

  15. Newmanwins

    December 25, 2016 at 12:38 am

    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

      December 26, 2016 at 1:24 am

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

    • Abruzzfan

      January 2, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Wow! That is so cool for Bradford! Congrats!

  16. elm1951

    December 25, 2016 at 2:08 am

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

  17. James R. Poissant

    December 25, 2016 at 4:34 am

    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!!!

  18. fginaspy

    December 25, 2016 at 5:33 am

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

  19. kymba

    December 25, 2016 at 5:49 am

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

  20. Lisa

    December 25, 2016 at 6:08 am

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

  21. Sean

    December 25, 2016 at 6:12 am

    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.

  22. Debbie

    December 25, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Do without the character until Bradford can return.

    • tskyent

      December 25, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      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!!!

  23. Jules

    December 25, 2016 at 7:32 am

    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.

  24. davlestev1

    December 25, 2016 at 8:06 am

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

    • davlestev1

      December 25, 2016 at 8:09 am

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

  25. Connie

    December 25, 2016 at 8:12 am

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

    • Suzanne

      December 25, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      Only one Spinelli! Damn ABC

    • tskyent

      December 25, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      I agree!!!!

  26. NancyH

    December 25, 2016 at 8:15 am

    No…there’s only one Spinelli.

  27. Sue Beetham

    December 25, 2016 at 10:22 am

    As long as it’s temporary!

  28. Soaphound

    December 25, 2016 at 11:39 am

    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

      December 25, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      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…

  29. mark

    December 25, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    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!

  30. Grant Putnam

    December 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm

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

  31. Sly

    December 25, 2016 at 3:14 pm

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

    ” TEMPORARY”.

    • Suzanne

      December 25, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      agree temporary PLEASE

    • KAB

      December 26, 2016 at 5:42 am

      NO, NO, NO, and NO.

  32. JK

    December 25, 2016 at 3:54 pm

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

  33. su0000

    December 25, 2016 at 4:33 pm

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

  34. Suzanne

    December 25, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    No one can replace Bradford SORRY to hear this!

  35. Dan

    December 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    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.

  36. Elise

    December 25, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    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.

  37. clh

    December 26, 2016 at 6:26 am

    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

  38. Yvonne

    December 26, 2016 at 7:29 am

    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.

  39. jeanine girard

    December 26, 2016 at 9:09 am

    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.

  40. Ryan

    December 26, 2016 at 9:16 am

    How about as a recast Dillon……..

  41. JasonLovesGH

    December 26, 2016 at 2:18 pm

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

  42. Timmm

    December 26, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    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!

  43. blake

    December 26, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    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!

  44. dante williams

    December 26, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    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.

  45. Ghlover

    December 27, 2016 at 5:49 am

    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

  46. Mark Y

    December 27, 2016 at 8:00 am

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

  47. Jill

    December 27, 2016 at 8:22 am

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

  48. Patricio

    December 27, 2016 at 9:16 am

    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.

  49. Elite

    December 28, 2016 at 9:04 am

    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

      December 28, 2016 at 9:06 am

      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!

  50. Nik

    December 28, 2016 at 8:53 pm

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

  51. Troy Turner

    January 11, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    I first heard about this during the Nathan Varni interview the other night, and while HOW it happened looks badly on Bradford-it shows that Spinelli is an important character to the GH canvas. And, I’m sure that when Bradford can be back, he will be…

  52. Traci

    January 16, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Nothing against this guy, but Bradford IS Spinelli. He CAN NOT be replaced!!!
    I watched it today and it is not the same. The magic that is Spinelli is gone. He does not do the role justice.

  53. Martha White

    January 16, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    No one can replace spinel.please no blake

  54. Kalle

    January 17, 2017 at 1:34 am

    I watched Blake Berris playing the role of Spinelli. I am SOOO surprised to see, how he played the role using his own personality. He did not use Bradford’s ticks-noises-special effects. For me it was wonderful to see the talented Blake Berris in daytime television again. I have been missing him.

  55. Linda

    January 17, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Have been watching GH since 1964; became an RN because of this show! Have rolled with the punches with each recast and adjusted to the change. However, Blake Berris, a very talented actor, just does not fit Spinelli’s character. It would be great to cast him in a new role, but not as Spinelli. This recast is not fair to Berris because Spineli’s character is almost impossible to duplicate. Spinelli is incredibly unique, and most of the show’s fans have grown to love him for his quirky, funny, compassionate and original geeky persona. When in Jan. is Bradford returning? Don’t want to miss that episode!

  56. Kevin Howard Sr

    January 18, 2017 at 12:10 am

    I think it’s always good to see an long time away face. But, all hands down Bradford Anderson will always be an icon of GH and Maxi’s old flame. Rather see Spinelli since he’s almost never on GH anyways.

  57. Marsha

    January 18, 2017 at 11:22 am

    There is only one Damien Spinelli and this guy ain’t him

  58. Donna

    January 18, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Hurry back Bradford Anderson you can never be replaced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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