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BREAKING NEWS: Finola Hughes Put On-Contract At General Hospital!

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General Hospital’s man-in-charge Frank Valentini, certainly knows he struck gold with the return of Finola Hughes to her Daytime Award winning role as Anna Devane!  And today, he announced via his twitter page that he has signed Hughes to a contract! So unlike many of the fan favorites who have been ushered in for a short time to Port Charles, and then been shown the front door due to storyline dictated moves, Hughes is staying put!

Valentini tweeted, ” As for the GH casting news, thanks for waiting.  I am so excited to announce the lovely Finola Hughes is now on contract!”

Fans have been clamoring to know what Valentini was referring to when he tweeted that he was  “Crossing the T’s and I’s” with someone to appear on the show a few weeks back.   From his new tweet, do you think Hughes is who he was referring to along along? Or, is there still someone else?

Whatever the case, we are thrilled that soap fans will get to see Finola’s remarkable run as Anna continue as she deals with the fallout from the “death” of her daughter Robin, and deepens her relationships with Luke Spencer and John McBain, whether it be personal or professional.  Stay tuned!

How do you feel about the Finola annoucement? Let us know!

 

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Michael S
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Michael S

AWESOME NEWS!!!

Joe
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Joe

EXCELLENT! Nobody but NOBODY knows how to use soap history better that Frank and Ron. They know how to use the rich storylines and the characters that made the shows great! Landing Finola is a slam dunk to bring the show back to what it was and steer AWAY from the mafia stories. With Felicia coming back all the show need now is Laura, Scott, BOBBIE, Seand and Tiffany and LUCY COE and find a way to reserect Alan Q and we’re good to go!!! GREAT JOB MEN!!! You did it on OLTL you can do it to GH!

Bonnie
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Bonnie

This is wonderful news, Finola has been awesome in her scenes with Patrick, Luke,Emma and even John. So happy she is staying on…in addition to the names that Joe said, would also like to see Lucky, Nic and Rik come back!

Marcia
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Marcia

Yep, I hear you on bringing back some of the old characters like Scotty and Lucy Coe. Those were the days of GH! GH has been more interesting with Finola in it. She’s come back before but for short periods. A nice term contract role should help pull GH up and kick up the drama level.

By the way, I’ve really enjoyed Soapnet’s late nite oldies reruns of AMC, OLTL and GH. Does anyone know if there are episode guides to these shows? I see no info on Soapnet beyond the schedule.

NeMia
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NeMia

It was recently reported the KS/Scott Baldwin will not be returning to GH as of yet.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

Soapnet went off for me a week ago. It makes me sick to see another kids channel on in its place! That makes about 20 24hr channels just for kids! It’s all to sell products!

MEG
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MEG

SHE IS OK, BUT I WANT TREVOR ST JOHN!!!!!!

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

So do I!

barbara t
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barbara t

Me to.

James
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James

my first instinct was that it was originally something else and he’s just trying to shut us up from hounding him about it lol, but truth be told there could be no better news than Finola Hughes sticking around, so this customer is satisfied!!! 🙂

Nancy M
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Nancy M

Yay!! She is the best.

Allison
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Allison

HOT DAMN !!!! LOVE Finola/Anna!! She has been amazing on the show (then AND now) and I love the storylines they are throwing her way. Robins death, Lukes friend and now McBains long lost bureau buddy; she is just amazing. Yippeeeeee!!!!

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

LOL… I was about say same thing as you are..HOT DOG DAMN!!! LOL.. I just love Finola Hughes doing great job to being good performance on GH.. I really like it!!

todd
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todd

Yay! I love her chemistry with Luke……and John McBain. Luke’s jealously was great. Finola improves every scene she is in. This is great news.

barbara t
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barbara t

YES,YES,YES,I am so happy about this ,I like her so much,This was the crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s wait and it was worth it ,This is great ,I had a feeling when she said to patrick She would like to stay for her grand daughter .Way to go Frank ,this is really good news.

EmmaM
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EmmaM

Great News! My first and favorite heroine of all time, the one I strived to be like, Anna Devane will now stay put in PC. Finola has been simply awesome on GH no matter who she’s been sharing scenes with. Congratulations Finola on your contract, it’s been long overdue!

toscanti
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toscanti

Great News!!!!!!!

Sly
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Sly

I am so thrilled that Finola Hughes has been put on contract! I can’t wait to see what adventures lie ahead for Anna Devane!

Alyna Sarke'
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Alyna Sarke'

This is the best news to come out of GH in a very long time! Finola has been phenomenal and she brings so much to the show. I’m glad she’s back where she belongs and that Anna is being written true to character!

Teresa
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Teresa

FANtastic news! Finola Hughes is phenominal and I’m very happy she’s sticking around.

david
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david

Good news for GH. If Kimberly (Robin) cannot be present having Finola is the next best thing. Anna is a warm, smart, positive character everyone can like and Finola is a fine actress.

Michael
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Michael

Great news! Like Tony Geary, Finola makes every other actor better, every scene she’s in compelling.

heidi
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heidi

WooHoo!!! Excellent!!! So glad she is staying for awhile she is awesome!!! Hugely talented and she continues to look like she has not aged a bit! Way to go GH!!!

Frank
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Frank

This legacy OLTL viewer is thrilled that FV and RC recognize talent when they see it. I’m still kind of pinching myself that FH is back on contract. Amazing news!

Linda
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Linda

Excellent. Now if only ABC/D will let the fans know GH’s fate.

Alicia
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Alicia

Finola staying on GH? EXCELLENT! Just another indication that the show is moving in the right direction! Love Anna Devane and am so happy that this show is being produced with a bit more balance than before. Mob, Scmob. Enough already!

Rory
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Rory

Best News to come out of GH in a long time! Anna Devane has been sorely missed. She has chemistry with everyone!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Well said. Go GH!

Jan
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Jan

Okay….I guess the old days are coming back. Still like to hear Brandon Buddy coming, Hope too…

TR
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TR

Van Hughes will be returning if Cole is resurrected.

MJ
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MJ

Awesome news!!!! Welcome back Finola!

aria
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aria

omg omg omg omg, somebody really is listening, this is great news, and so obvious, thank the gods of the uniververse that GH saw this too. i’m so happy!

Violet
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Violet

I feel the same! It’s like someone is listening! Now if they’d just listen to the calls for the return of Robert, some Q characters, Bobbie, Lucy, etc. Then I’d really be in heaven!

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Great News! I love her and she really is a good actress and she proves there is life after 50. But I will be honest just a platonic friendship with Luke please!!!!! John McBain I see them leaning more towards Sam with him just a guess from Michael Easton’s comments in interviews I do not think they are bringing anymore OLT L characters over.

barbara t
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barbara t

Kay you are right luke and anna just friends ,leave it that way,Bring dr.david hayward to work at general hospital ,those two were good together on all my children.Hated when finola huges left all my children ,david and anna were hot.

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

I agree with you,Barbie.. thank for complient about revolution can kiss our butts.

TR
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TR

Hopefully we will be seeing Victor and Tea from OLTL at least and possibly Blair on recurring if KdP doesn’t want to move west, and they have also been figuring out what to do with Ted King as Alcazar/Tomas…

Maria Vega
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Maria Vega

Finola Hughes on contract with GH! Welcome home, Finola, Welcome Home! Finally, someone doing the right thing by GH fans! Great news all the way around. This gives me hope that the new regime at GH really does care about the show and, it’s history and it’s fans!

Doe
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Doe

Finally, someone got it right! Finola has been and is a strong, lovely, sensitive actress. She really doesn’t seem like she changed at all after all these years. What a welcome addition to GH. Now, they have to give her story to keep her there..Don’t mess this up guys……

Jared
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Jared

Good move, Frank. So glad to hear this news. I am also glad to see law enforcement front and center on this show. Hopefully, the lifetime incarceration of Sonny is not too far on the horizon.

Mary H
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Mary H

Glad to see Finola staying…Would still love to see Natalie come to be with John. Love the storyline with Anna and John.

Dan
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Dan

Good news, great move by GH. Love Finola! It’s just a shame they couldn’t have also signed Tristan Rogers to a contract when he was around, as well.

Robin
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Robin

Excellent news!!! Finola is such a talented actress. GH and the fans are lucky to have her in the kick ass role of Anna. The possibilities for storylines are endless!

ricardo
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ricardo

excellent news finola hughes is a great actress. general hospital made a really smart move in signing her to a contract. now bring back jack wagner to a contract.

Christine
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Christine

I am beyond happy that Finola Hughes is on contract. I LOVE her. What a timeless beauty! So happy that I will get to be seeing her more often. But I strongly doubt that was the BIG signing news because Finola was already working. It had to be someone that wasn’t on the set yet. I had heard it was Melissa Archer, but rumor is that she does not want to do daytime anymore. So many rumors. I just take everything with a huge boulder of salt. Who could it be? I think everything depends on HOW long GH is… Read more »

TR
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TR

Love MA, but Natalie needs to be kept as far away from John McBain as possible. I hope they don’t screw that up…

Margherita
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Margherita

Finola Hughes on contract is the best news in years! She is too talented to let her go!

Kashi
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Kashi

I am thrilled. I just hope there is a GH for her to be on contract to, for years to come.

Mark F.
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Mark F.

WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! This is VERY good news, indeed!!! That’s one step in the right direction, Frank Valentini!! Now if she could just take down Sonny Corinthos, that would be the icing on the cake.

Avelina
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Avelina

I am sooooooooo happy that Finola is staying put in Port Charles. Can Tristan Rogers PLEASE come back as well.

Franny Wright
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Franny Wright

This is awesome news…I’ve been enjoying watching Finola work her magic as Anna. She gives a powerful performance no matter who she’s in scenes with. I like that they have Anna & McBain as former colleagues & look forward to more of their sleuthing together. Thanks to Frank Valentini for signing her on!

Nancy W
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Nancy W

Yippee! GH gets better everyday since Ron & Frank took over! I stil miss OLTL (&AMC) more than I can say!

Daisy
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Daisy

Finola is in a class with Erica Slezak on OLTL. She truly does improve everybody she’s in a scene with. Michael Easton was one of my least favorite actors on OLTL…he always seemed to be sleepwalking through his scenes…but on GH I’ve seen some life in him…especially with Finola! This is great news for GH!

Xara
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Xara

I totally agree! Excellent news!

Judy
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Judy

Great news! LOVE the chemistry between her character and Michael Easton’s made even more interesting with the inclusion of Tony Geary’s “Luke Spencer”.

barbara t
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barbara t

Thats what I love about Finola huges,she makes everyone look good she is one of the best actresses ever on general hospital,always a favorite of mine.Now we need to hear good news that general hospital is here to stay and not getting cancelled.

Judy
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Judy

Absolutely! Has anyone heard an update regarding GH’s status other than Katie wanting it as her lead in?

barbara t
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barbara t

No,And I wish we would hear something ,Unless the sneaky mouse network is waiting to cancel so they dont have to listen to us soap fans complain.maybe they are waiting till the last second then hit us with the bad news.I dont understand why they wont just say general hospital stays and the revolution goes.

Emily
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Emily

Great news! I just really hope she doesn’t hook up with Luke.

Hannah Stadham
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Hannah Stadham

I’m super excited about Finola Hughes being signed to a contract! I have been looking for something to draw me back to GH for a long time now and so far she is it!

Joe
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Joe

YAY!!!! BEST NEWS EVER! Everyone LOVES ANNA! She is the femaie counterpart to Luke in popularity!

Rowena Curry
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Rowena Curry

I am very happy to hear that Finola will be sticking around GH. This news and this action has been a long time coming and it’s been amazing having her back. With her back, GH is suddenly entertaining again and her acting is always stellar.

Lindsay Riddick
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Lindsay Riddick

I am one of those folks who have waited nearly a decade to see Finola back on GH and back in true Anna form. I’m so excited to not only see her on contract now, but I am very happy the way she’s been written since her return. The woman can turn mush to gold, but it’s wonderful that she’s had some really great stuff to work with! I really look forward to see what comes next for Anna as she deals with life without Robin (for now) and life back in Port Charles. Kudos to the GH brass for… Read more »

Olivia Oneda
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Olivia Oneda

This is the best news to come out of ABC daytime in ages! Love Finola. She is an amazing actress and has the best sense of comedic timing. I’m enjoying watching the lighter side of Anna and Luke especially after the heartwrenching scenes she had for weeks on end after Robin “died”.

Lisa Zaccaro
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Lisa Zaccaro

Finola Hughes back on GH is the sole reason I am watching this show again. It has a long way to go to be really good, but my God some of ther scenes have been so fantastic. Once again, with her, we have been taken on a roller coaster ride through emotionville. She has ripped our hearts out and she has made us laugh. If GH had been willing to keep this caliber of talent around from the get-go, they might not be in the mess they are in today.

Christy
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Christy

Did you see the post that Matthew Ashford & Sarah Brown were let go from Days? Not that I’ve watched Days, but now GH can bring Matthew Ashford back ! He’d fit in even better now that he’s GH & OLTL alumni. He was Drew Ralston on OLTL 1982 – 1983, Tom Hardy on GH 1995 -1997, and then again on OLTL as serial killer Dr. Stephen Haver from 2003 – 2004. And boy, he and Kristina Wagner had some hot scenes together when Tom Hardy was dating Felicia! Ms. Brown could come back again as a 3rd character –… Read more »

Cathy
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Cathy

Yay Finola!! So happy! 🙂

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Luke Spencer’s Family and Friends Gather To Say Goodbye On General Hospital

On this Friday’s, January 21st episode of ABC’s General Hospital, look for Port Charles to bid farewell to the iconic character of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

In story, after his sudden passing, Luke’s loved ones gather – along with some surprise guests – to memorialize him at the Haunted Star, where things don’t go entirely as planned.  As the town says goodbye to Luke, an exciting new mystery unfolds.  Meanwhile, life continues to unravel for the rest of Port Charles as a beloved couple comes to a fork in the road of their relationship.

ABC released this new photo of those gathered to pay their respects to Luke including cast members: Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Finola Hughes (Anna), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Genie Francis (Laura) and Jane Elliot (Tracy).

 

Looking forward to this emotional episode of General Hospital? Share your thoughts on what you think will happen via the comment section below.

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