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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
Michael S

AWESOME NEWS!!!

Joe
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
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
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
NeMia

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

lipstickcat
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
MEG

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

TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

So do I!

barbara t
barbara t

Me to.

James
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
Nancy M

Yay!! She is the best.

Allison
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
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
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
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
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
toscanti

Great News!!!!!!!

Sly
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'
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
Teresa

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

david
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
Michael

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

heidi
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
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
Linda

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

Alicia
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
Rory

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

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Well said. Go GH!

Jan
Jan

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

TR
TR

Van Hughes will be returning if Cole is resurrected.

MJ
MJ

Awesome news!!!! Welcome back Finola!

aria
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
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
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
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
Jeffrey

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

TR
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 saved. If it lasts through the summer, that is one scenario and certain talent would be called to wrap it up. If it were to last through December or another year, well then you can take your time (i.e., Tristan Rogers, Kimberly McCullough, Jonathan Jackson, Genie Francis) and you don’t have to be in such a hurry to wrap things up to give every one their happy ending, so to speak, because the talent has other obligations.

TR
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
Margherita

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

Kashi
Kashi

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

Mark F.
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
Avelina

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

Franny Wright
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
Nancy W

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

Daisy
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
Xara

I totally agree! Excellent news!

Judy
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
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
Judy

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

barbara t
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
Emily

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

Hannah Stadham
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
Joe

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

Rowena Curry
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
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 recognizing that you need the best to get this show back on track!

Olivia Oneda
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
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
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 – but let’s not make her a mob related character this time! ha!

Cathy
Cathy

Yay Finola!! So happy! 🙂

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THURSDAY NIGHT: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom, Y&R’s Beth Maitland, DAYS’ Freddie Smith & Soap Favorite, Linda Dano

On Thursday night, November 15th, Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman returns with a brand new episode beginning at 7PMPST/10PMEST.

Join Michael and his very special guests: General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and beloved soap vet, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia Gallant, AW, Ex-Gretel Rae Cummings, OLTL, GH, Port Charles, and AMC) who will be appearing with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in Hallmark’s The Chronicle Mysteries next year, for this entertaining 90-minute broadcast.

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a very soapy prize, a Days of our Lives swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture of Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.

The November edition of Soap Nation Live! will be streamed live right here at Michael Fairman TV.   Come back prior to showtime Thursday night, and just look for the post for our broadcast and listen-in.

You can also listen to all past broadcasts and the new live-stream of Soap Nation Live! via Spreaker’s Soap Nation Live page

Portions of Thursday’s all-new episode can also be viewed at Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/michaelfairmanTV

If you have a question for any one of our guests that you would like potentially posed to them during the live broadcast; you can post them via the comment section below, and we just might ask your question on the air!  We hope you are looking forward to the show.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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