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Bradford Anderson Acknowledges Blake Berris Portrayal Of GH's Spinelli With Touching & Humorous Tweet!

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Photo Credit:Blake Gardner

Last week, GH fans saw Spinelli looking tall and lean and with the face of former Days of our Lives star, Blake Berris.

The actor was cast in a quick switcheroo in the last minute when Spinelli’s original portrayer, Bradford Anderson became unavailable to appear in scenes in Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) wedding.

Anderson has been cast in the series, Homeland, and was not able to work out his schedule to appear in both. Enter, Berris.

After a job well-done stepping into the shoes of Damian Spinelli, and officiated the Naxie wedding, Anderson tweeted to Berris: “Well done pal, sincerely. And thank you for making Spin taller and giving him a better physique. I’ve been trying to do that for years.”

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Previously, Berris had tweeted to GH fans, “Sincere thank you for the overwhelmingly warm welcome to @GeneralHospital au revoir #Spinelli”

What did you think of Berris’ Spinelli?

What did you think of Anderson’s heartfelt tweet to the actor? Comment below!

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Tammy
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Tammy

He was ok for a fill in.
U can see he’s talented but he couldn’t be #Spinelli for the long haul imo.
Some say maybe a recast for Morgan … i can see kinda but maybe a new role on show.

Jenjen
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Jenjen

He was awesome

clh
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clh

Agreed, no characteristics of Spinelli at all. Should have sent Ellie with her daughter if Bradford couldn’t do it.

Jenny
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Jenny

I dont think they could have found a better pinch hitter. To those who say he had no Spinelli qualities….those are actually Bradford qualities. The haters would have complained even louder if Blake had tried to mimic or duplicate the tics and quirks. He stepped in and did the part justice. On a sidenote, I think its funny that Kiki and Lulu both played Abby on Young and Restless.

Connor AvidSoapFan
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Connor AvidSoapFan

That’s a good point / observation about both Hayley Erin and Emme Rylan playing Abby before on The Young and The Restless. I have actually envisioned in my head before… wondering if Hayley Erin and Dominyck Zamprogna (actor who played Dante on “General Hospital”) would have any on-screen chemistry with one another.

elm1951
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elm1951

first of all i adore blake berris – he did a fantastic job – he is such a phenomenal actor…

clh
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clh

Very cool of Bradford, but he didn’t register in any way as Spinelli. Threw off the whole show for me.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Agreed. I understand wanting to make a part your own, but this guy wasn’t even in the same ballpark.

Andrea Lee
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Andrea Lee

I love Blake and he would be an awesome replacement for Morgan. He did great as a fill in for Bradford. I love both actors, they both have amazing skills!

Dorothy M Meyer
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Dorothy M Meyer

First of all I adore Blake He was ok for a fill in.
U can see he’s talented but he couldn’t be Spinelli for the long haul
I would like to see him recast for Morgan Very cool of Bradford, but could not in any way be Spinelli.

clh
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clh

Agreed. Definitely talented but was not a good fill in. He used zero Spinelli characyeristics. It was as if Spinelli wasn’t even there so they might as well have not even had a replacement.

Michael
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Michael

Very classy.

P. McMahon
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P. McMahon

Bradford Anderson is a class act, and I will always think of him as a resident of Port Chuck no matter where he goes! Wishing him success in Homeland.

su0000
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su0000

I couldn’t believe the the huge deal that was made over a couple of episodes stand in LOL .. ((no big deal ..
The guy did well ..

SZima
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SZima

I thought Blake did just fine and, if necessary, I could see him taking over the role. It would take a little time for people to adjust, but I think he could do it.

Taelyn
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Taelyn

I love Blake. He is truly talented.. However I don’t know if there wasn’t time to know the character or what, but he was no spinelli like on any level. Looks aside cuz I didn’t take that into account. The goofy loving character who often says things people smile and shake their head at.. and his hyper excited nature was just.. Gone! Blake gave a cool quiet unemotional portrayal of Spinelli.. I think they could have saved money and just had Spinelli unavailable at the short notice. I mean I never felt he was there anyway. But I do love… Read more »

Ginny
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Ginny

Hate it without you even though we saw very little of late please say you’ll be back

Ginny
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Ginny

Hate it without you even though we saw very of late please say you’ll be back

Leslee
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Leslee

I thought Blake was a fine fill-in for Bradford (although I did miss my Spinelli!). I also think that Blake would make a most excellent Morgan…he’s got the ‘look’ and can take on Morgan’s angst without missing a beat. (and that way, we’d have our Bradford back, too!)

ShySCpoet
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ShySCpoet

The new guy that played new Spinelli was nice looking & could be good actor….But as for being the character Spinelli,that guy did not fit as Spinelli at all,I love Bradford Anderson’s personality & geeky kinda of humor he brings off within Spinelli,that character will never be the same without Bradford Anderson,I love him playing the character.

Jan
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Jan

He was ok, Bradford is the only Spinelli 4 me though, nobody can beat his personality, he is the 1 & only!

Lynn
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Lynn

I thought I was watching a nuMorgan.

JasonLovesGH
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JasonLovesGH

I think this adorable man…my husband in our next lifetimes?…did very well standing in for Mr. Anderson. I very much like the idea of him becoming Morgan. It’s exceedingly difficult taking my eyes off of him.

mammie
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mammie

he did a great job11

Kelly Publicover
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Kelly Publicover

Blake did a fantastic job in such short notice! The man only had a weekend to do this. I love Bradford as Spinelli but Blake was an awesome stand in.

jeanine girard
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jeanine girard

I’ve not watched Days during his tenure, so not familiar with him other than his name.
He did a nice fill-in for what was needed. It would have been nice if they did the announcement they used to do on soaps: “Role of ___ is today being played by ___.” (Unless I missed it?) This young man definitely has a presence and something special. If GH doesn’t snap him up for something, please take note Y&R and B&B. Each of those soaps need a few new dynamic leading young men.

toscanti
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toscanti

Very classy of BA, what a kind gesture. Blake is a great actor, he did a fine job as a temporary replacement but I agree with the majority in that he would be a Fantastic Morgan recast. I hope the PTB are listening.

Marie
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Marie

There is only one Damien Spinelli. Very cool of Bradford to send the tweet. I hope to see Bradford back at GH the next time they need Spinelli. Blake was ok as a fill in.. but there is only one Spinelli!!!

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I was all for Blake stepping in and for the short stint he was given, he was excellent. Maybe the folks at GH will have him for something else. It wouldn’t be the first time. Back in the 80s, there was an actor who had to fill in for Jack Wagner as Frisco but when Jack came back, GH kept the actor employed and had him play Kevin Connor. It can be done.

Michael
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Michael

I remember that! I hated him as a stand-in Frisco (the only thing right about him was the hair style) – but I really liked him as (eventual) psycho Kevin.

aria
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aria

Bradford simply is spinelli, he’s selling himself “short” Blake is obviously talented, but as spinelli, only Bradford can do it, spinneli has to many corks, or spinnelism that it was to “short” notice for a substitute actor just filling in to incorporate.

Linda
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Linda

Great job.

Trish
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Trish

Bradford you are the one and only Spinelli! No one can compare his charisma and chemistry with the other actors. Some characters just can not be replaced.

clb
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clb

No one can adequately play the role of Damien Spinelli but Bradford. It would be like recasting the role of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) on Big Bang Theory. It just cannot be done. Hoping to see Bradford back on the show soon.

robbie
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robbie

A quick rewrite would have avoided the whole situation. However, everyone has been classy about the uncomfortable recast

dmr
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dmr

I thought it was a really awkward portrayal..

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

Yeah, you don’t give up Homeland for GH, lol.
Good for him.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Cameron Mathison Joins General Hospital

Big casting news! Daytime favorite, Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children) is heading to General Hospital.  

Mathison, who will finish up his run as co-host of Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family when its final season ends in August, will be joining the ABC soap opera.

No word yet on what role Cameron will play and when he will debut.  Deadline broke the news of the newest GH cast member,

Throughout his acting career, Mathison has earned two Daytime Emmy Supporting Actor nominations in 2002 and 2004 for his work on AMC.

In a statement on joining the legacy series, Cameron said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the General Hospital family!  Incredibly grateful to (Executive Producer) Frank Valentini and the writers at GH for including me in such an iconic show.  I feel like a kid at Christmas, as I’ll also be continuing making Hallmark movies and be part of that family as well.  So so excited… thank you!”

So excited that Cameron is coming to Port Charles? What role will he or should he play? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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