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BREAKING NEWS: Genie Francis Returns To General Hospital!

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General Hospital fans are getting their wish! It’s the comeback everyone has been hoping for and through the efforts of executive producer, Frank Valentini it has come to pass!

Breaking news this afternoon has Daytime Emmy winner and fan favorite Genie Francis set to return to her beloved role as Laura Spencer on the ABC soap!

According to EW.com,  “Francis just closed a deal to reprise her role as Laura Spencer for the drama’s 50th anniversary this year.  She’ll report to the sudser’s Studio City, Calif., set sometime later this month for a Feb. 11 debut, which is actually 50 days before the series’ April 1 anniversary.

Francis stated on her upcoming return, “I don’t know what the story is.  I have no idea, but Frank is very persuasive, energetic, infectious and has a sense of fun, a positive-ness that makes you want to work for the guy. He assured me there was going to be nice stuff to play. I am choosing to believe him.  It’s not for me to tell them how to run their show. But my biggest concern was that there had to be a good reason for me to stay away from my family.”  And that according to the report will be done so viewers understand why Laura would be away from her beloved children.

As of now it is unclear how long Francis will be sticking around.  However, Frank Valentini took to Twitter just a few minutes ago and celebrated with all of his followers and GH fans tweeting, “It’s so awesome! Genie Francis is on her way to Port Charles!”    Genie then followed suit on her Twitter account with this tweet:  “Okay now that you tweeted it I can tweet it too. Looking forward to working with you!”

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Francis was let-go by The Young and the Restless late in 2012 as Genevieve Atkinson which paved the way for this opportunity.  However, it appears that Valentini looked to be trying to figure out a way to lure Genie back all-along to her original home in Port Charles!

So soapers, what do you think of the news of Genie returning to GH?   Let us know, we know so many of you have been hoping for this day!

 

 

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Blake
Blake

That’s great! Glad to see someone having Laura back on the show and not doing things out of spite (Jill Farren Phelps!!!). Hopefully she’s back for good.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

Fantastic news, I have been a fan of Genie since her arrival in the 70’s as Laura Vining- Falkner- Weber- Baldwin-, Spencer-, Cassadine-, Spencer.

Ces
Ces

Thrilled to have Genie back and hopefully they have a story for her and Tony!!

Jules
Jules

Yes, more cast members to an already heavily bloated show. While I think Laura deserves, correction NEEDS, to be on the show before 90% of those on now, but come on? Great she’s returning but what good is it all when there is SO much weight carried all over the place? The show still needs so much more work before I’d ever tune back in again.

Lisa
Lisa

So why do you even care enough to comment? Fortunately many fans feel the exact opposite of you. So you aren’t watching? Your loss not GH’s.

Jules
Jules

Because I had something to say that I wanted to share!
And because MY opinion is as valid and important as EVERYONE else’s here.
AND because I CAN!

My loss? MY loss? Really? My loss that I’m not committing 5 more hours a week to mindless television that is better spent on me being with my friends, my family, my work, my volunteer work, working out and, I don’t know, sleeping? Please! If ANYONE is winning by me not watching, it’s most definitely ME!

You have a problem with my comments, keep scrolling. I make my opinion about GH very clear. If you wanted to have a civil, respectful conversation on the topic, I’d have been more than happy to oblige. But since you seem to want to start something, let me stop you right here and just ask you to kindly bug off. Thanks.

Jules
Jules

And by the way, my first comment wasn’t even a harsh enough to deserve such a reply from you. I think it’s a reasonable and pretty sensible observation. Cut the dead weight before you add more heavy hitters. Not rocket science.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Wow Jules. You are correct in that your first comment wasn’t THAT harsh…but it was very negative. Lisa’s response was not harsh either, I think you took it wrong.

I disagree with your opinion of GH. While there are many cast members, there is room for more with the right story.

I don’t understand all the work you think needs to be done. You obviously haven’t been watching in 2012 – because the new regime has done wonders. It does not feel ‘bloated’ and moves much quicker than in the past. I am glad you are winning by not watching anymore, I think that’s best for everyone.

Lisa
Lisa

Hysterical much? I made a 3 sentence comment and you freak and post 3 paragraphs. You said you posted because you can, well so can I, so perhaps you shouldn’t tell people to bug off after that statement, or to keep scrolling. If you don’t want replies don’t run the risk of posting. I would say IMO that your comments aren’t as valid and important when you admittedly don’t even watch the show as you proudly proclaimed. I was simply asking why you care to post on this, not why you can. I have gone periods of time not watching GH in the past decades at times when I disliked the writing. I did not pay attention to stories about a show I hide no interest in and didn’t waste time commenting when I wasn’t informed. You may not “waste” your time watching 5 hours a week but you obviously “waste” time thinking about GH, reading about it and commenting on it. Why do you feel so angry when I said it is your loss, if you think it is to awful to watch? How do you know who is dead weight on a show you do not watch? What civil, respectful things do you think you could offer on a subject that does not even affect you. Again by your own admission. I don’t know why you are so bitter. Perhaps you will be happy if the day comes when soaps are history. But then you’ll have to find another place to offer your uneducated opinion.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I cannot help but feel this to be a bad move. They’re going to write Laura just like she was when she left in 2008. And I cannot help but believe that several actors will be seeing a lack of airtime, or seeing pink slips coming their way to make her return comfortable.

We’ll see how long this reprisal is for, and how long it’ll actually work storyline wise. She has no ties to Port Charles anymore. Nikolas is away and Lucky is off doing who knows what with who knows who in Ireland.

melanieofoz
melanieofoz

What about Lulu? When Lulu finds out Maxie lost the baby, she’ll need her Mama. Can’t wait for Lulu/Laura scenes.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you melanieofoz !!!!!!!!!!!!

brian
brian

what…. lulu doesn’t count?

Christine
Christine

Lulu is still there and, given what she is going through, could really use her mom. 🙂

I hear what you say, Scott, but I am hoping for the best.

Lisa
Lisa

Are you psychic? Because that is the only way I can imagine that you know just how they will write for Laura. Like others said, I guess Lulu doesn’t count as anyone important. There are still other people in PC that Laura knows. But I guess some people prefer to be negative before anything has even happened.

tim
tim

What about Aiden? Don’t forget she still has a grandson in PC.

k/kay
k/kay

And Liz was like a daughter to her! All I want her to do is get to clean Luke’s plow you know the guy who hated being married to her hated the home they lived in had an affair on her which produced that awful actor / son Ethan. You know Laura the character that Guza totally destroyed with JFP and even certain actors chimeing in. So if FV &RC can bring my Laura back swinging let’s hit the road running.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

This new regime will definitely NOT write Laura like the old regime did in 2008!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Have to disagree CTwild! Cartini enjoy weak women, and Genie doesn’t want to portray weak anymore.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with CTwildheart! Her charcter I think will be a strong one or she wouldn’t
agreed to come back on Gh! I think it will be different also. New writers, new storyline for Genie.

Michael S.
Michael S.

To all the negative comments posted. Genie is the epitome of GH so it makes only sense she be apart of GH’s 50th Anniversary. Kudos to Frank for making this happen and I’m confident Cartini will do Laura right and provide some great stuff for the longtime fans of GH. So excited!

heidi
heidi

Well said… totally agree!!! Genie deserves to be there for the 50th!!! Way to go GH!!! Will be hapy to have her there for any amount of time!!!

susan M.
susan M.

Yes, well said Michael S.

k/kay
k/kay

Right on Michael see post above the wedding episode is still the most watched in daytime and I do not think any other woman on that show is responsible for that her name is Genie Francis. Show some respect to daytime royalty. Lol

Jamie
Jamie

OH M GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

Could not be happier! They better come up with a damn good reason why Laura has been away so long!!!! They never even mention her. It’s infuriating! So excited to see scenes with Laura and Lulu, as Julie has become such an amazing actor over the years! So excited! I heart Ron and Frank!!!!

Babulator
Babulator

This is great news! Viewers have waited long enough for Genie to come home to producers who actually WANT her. Just hope that she doesn’t get started in a storyline that then gets put on hold for two months – like they’ve done with the Anna/Robert/Duke/Robin story—-it’s been 4 WEEKS SINCE WE’VE SEEN THEM IN THEIR CLIFFHANGER! But Genie back on GH is a great move!

Christine
Christine

I am so happy for Genie Francis and “Laura” fans.

I think they could really do something wonderful with Laura given that Luke is not on much and/or has been phased out of the Anna and Tracy romances.

Andy
Andy

I couldn’t be more thrilled! The show is in better creative hands than when Ms. Francis last worked there, and I have high hopes that this collaboration will do justice to the character’s history and bring Laura into GH’s next 50 years.

Jamie
Jamie

Yep! I agree! Now bring back Brenda too and undo the travesty that was written for her last time! Her character was unrecognizable last time!

Christine
Christine

Oh you said it!

I started watching again just for Vanessa, but when they threw Dante into it (and no offense to Dominic), the story became so boring I quit watching again until GH was literally on life support a little more than a year ago.

I’m glad I am back, though. The show is firing on all cylinders again.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Wow! The good news just keeps coming!

Angela
Angela

Perfect timing. Yesterday was all about Y&R and a certain actor who signed with them. To that I say “welcome Home Genie” and to J.F. Phelps I say Steve who?

David
David

Great news on Genie’s return. Cannot wait. For those who are negative look at how the show turned around characters like Anna and Monica. I am sure they will do Laura justice and fix the mistakes that were made when she was last on.

aria
aria

awesome news, its about time, its going to be fun.

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

Take that Steve Burton! Frankly, it truly astounds me that some of you are not happy at this news…this is Genie FREAKIN Francis who played Laura! If it wasn’t for Luke & Laura, GH may not have survived the late 70s and early 80s. Yes, GH had other iconic characters but come on, Elizabeth Taylor was a fan!

I’m so impressed by how Frank & Ron are trying to restore GH’s iconic history that was almost completely destroyed by Jill Farren Phelps, who’s now at YR….and she just grabbed Steve Burton…which I wasn’t too happy about but the day after that, ABC trumps that news tenfold!!!!!!!!! It’s not even stunt casting as Genie actually played Laura.

I’m so excited for GH right now. The ratings are rising and ABC must be slapping themselves silly for dumping the other soaps.

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

Ha! If ABC are slapping themselves silly right now, I’d like to help, or at least watch! Welcome home, Genie!

Lew S
Lew S

Have we become so skeptical and negative that we cannot recognize positive change? Luke and Lulu are still there and who knows they may be able to get Tyler Christopher back for the 50th and Denise Alexander (Leslie – her mom). Let’s give credit to Frank and Ron. They have brought GH back to life and avoid the cancellation axe.

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you about Leslie , Luke & LuLu still being there for Laura. And yes GH
has been re- charged thanks to Frank and Ron!!!!!

randy
randy

this is a classy call…finally producers writers all the behind the scene people having respect for the actors that are actually the reason they have a job…wasnt back in the 70s when general hospital was near cancellation..and along came gloria monty and alas luke and laura…welcome home genie francis..and welcome back general hospital to my daily tv viewing,,,lots of room on my pvr since i took young and restless off my recordings the day they fired miss francis,,,

susan M.
susan M.

I am happy Genie Francis is coming back to Port Charles! I rememeber Luke & Laura’s
wedding and when Laura first came on GH…..Now that Laura is coming back what
will happen to Luke and Anna now ? They have feelings for each other . What will Luke
do when he see’s Laura again? Will he stay with Anna or get back with Laura? We will
have to wait and see what happens!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lisa
lisa

First, let me say ,I am thrilled Genie is coming back to GH.
Second,I hope the writers do Genie/Laura justice and don’t write her as a damsel in distress again.
It’s one of the reasons Genie didn’t want to come back to GH at that point.
She wants to play a strong character – that’s why she went to Y&R.
Last time she was on GH – she learned that Luke was in love with Tracy Q ( that ship has since sailed ,as has the Luke and Laura of yesteryear).
They will always have a part of each other – but as a couple ? again ?
I really hope not.

su0000
su0000

Just because Laura will be back does not mean her and Luke will be together. again.
a lot of time has pasted ..
I think Luke and Laura will not reunite …

Dan
Dan

Fantastic news! Genie has always been one of my favorites, and I’m so glad she’s coming back home where she belongs. And thank you to Frank V. for making it happen! I hope she’s able to stick around for a while this time.

I wonder if Kin Shriner aka Scott Baldwin will be coming back with her, since if I’m not mistaken, didn’t we see Scott leaving with Laura the last time she was on the show?

To those that say the cast is already full, there’s room enough for everyone, and it’s up to a talented writing and producing team, which GH currently has, to work everyone into the show. They’ve been doing a great job of it so far, the results speak for themselves….3 million viewers for the first time in years!

Michael
Michael

Awesome, just awesome! Francis and Geary are the best actors on daytime, prime time, whatever time. I have really missed watching her- can hardly wait! Now, how bout Jackie Zeman?????

Bruce
Bruce

Very happy about this!

Scot
Scot

BEST NEWS EVER!!!!!!!!!!

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

Looking forward to seeing Genie Francis return as Laura on GH! Kudos to frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati for making GH Great again! It’s FUN to watch these days!

Carol
Carol

They should bring back Denise Alexander also

Doe
Doe

I am very happy Genie Francis is returning to the show that made her a true star. There isn’t an actor , except Luke to restore what once was. Hopefully, Tony will have recovered from his surgery and come back to GH. Can there be magic once again?

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

cool.

it’s been a good week for us soapers!!

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

I am not a GH watcher, but really like Genie Francis ! I will def be checking out GH when she returns !

louisa
louisa

To quote Al Pacino in Godfather III: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”
The Connie Show was making me want to leave for good. But Laura will make me stay. Genie will bring some class to GH. I just hope she gets a strong storyline and is not there just to listen to Lulu.

nyca81
nyca81

This is the BEST and most exciting news!! I knew Cartini could do it! Thank you Frank and Ron and welcome home to GH Genie Francis!!!

James
James

Awesome! She is a major leading lady! BEST NEWS FOR THIS SHOW!

Rodd
Rodd

Happy news! You know, one of the things I love about Cartini is that they have managed to give so many GH fans glimpses into the lives of some of their favorites soap characters in such a short amount of time. Oh, some characters aren’t on for a while as other characters take front and center, but I think that’s the beauty of what they do. Everyone gets to play each month, some each week, but no one every day; all month, all year. Some shows play five and six characters all the time. GH seems to be pretty balanced to this long-time-multi-soap-watching-fan. I appreciate that and look forward to how they will play Genie when she returns. Their work is so good that when “Jerry Jacks” shows up with “Robin” before the show ends that day, you catch your breath and then breath lightly until they’re back on screen. And the drama is worth the wait. Theses GH actors, writers and production team members are so good at their jobs that it’s a pleasure to wait for the payoffs; they’re always breath-taking. Can’t wait for what Genie, Frank and Ron have is store for GH’s fans!

and1
and1

Seriously, anyone who has an issue with this news doesn’t actually deserve to watch the 50th anniversary season. This is what shows do during an anniversary season people! LOL! They bring back those who, I don’t know… MADE the show! And really, this return is more than that. Genie Francis was and still is the heart of GH. Port Charles has NEVER been the same without her and every single person born before 1993 knows that! We have been waiting for this for a long time. And for it to be done right. I trust current ptb and I know Ms. Francis wouldn’t come back unless she knew she would be in good hands this time. It’s time out for all the random returns in 2006 and 2008. It’s time for GH to bring it and for us all to see and remember why this show set the mark for television, not just daytime, so many years ago. And I won’t even get into the Luke and Laura legendary speech right now. I’m just happy that the nuts who tried to kill this medium are mostly gone. Daytime is getting its steam back and I’m happy about that. SO again, if you’re not appreciating this news right now then look away for a moment… a few things need to be restored and this was definitely one of them! This whole return gives positive attention to GH and soaps as a whole as GF still attracts fans outside of the soap world. Her return, along with other things that are going on in daytime right now is helping the entire industry. I’m done with my rant but sometimes I just wish people could see beyond the headlines… sometimes.

Andy
Andy

I agree with your post 100%. Genie Francis is one of the most important actresses in not only the history of GH, but the entire soap opera genre, so not to have her back for the show’s 50th anniversary would’ve been a glaring omission. I also share your hope that this production team will right some of the wrongs perpetrated on the actress and the character by previous GH regimes (meaning one Bobo Guza, who broke up L&L just to prove he could).

and1
and1

Oh that one! He definitely tried to tear them apart but it was an epic fail. The 2 characters were meant to be and the actors were meant to be seen on-screen again. The “closure” they tried to write for them in 2008 was a joke and now it’s just time for all of them to bring it and write a last chapter of this story, one for the history books… again 🙂

Tommy Prunty
Tommy Prunty

Bravo, Port Charles is never home without Laura, I grew up with Genie as Laura, though Bobbies shenanigans, killing David Hamilton, marrying Scotty, exercising with Richard Simmons, Luke attacking her and them falling in love…its all memories of an actress who touched my heart, I am elated to see Laura Vining Webber Baldwin Spencer return!!!

brian
brian

BRAVO !!! Very well said.

and1
and1

Thanks 😉

Patrick
Patrick

Well written…. and it definately, is stand up and applause the soap WORLD…

food for thought…. what about men folk for all these formidable women? Tracy, Monica, Anna, Alexis, Laura? unless, they’re contracting w/Ian and Robert? correct me if i’m wrong… they don’t and can’t all be fighting over Luke….

sour grapes… i liked Joe Scully, Jr….

Judith
Judith

I am thrilled! Frank and Ron are amazing!!!! I’ve been watching GH since 1972 and it’s been years since I’ve been so excited about the show. It’s like old times. I can’t wait to watch it every day. I can’t remember when I last felt like this about GH. Just like the good old days when this 12 year old ran all the way home from middle school to catch every minute of the then 30 minute show. Kudos to Frank, Ron and all of the amazing actors, crew, staff, etc….. They should be very proud of the product they are turning out every day!

MikeT
MikeT

I’m sooooo excited that Genie Francis is finally coming home to Gh!!I just hope she’s back permanatley and not just for a couple weeks this time !!

MK
MK

Just as long as Lesley and Scotty are with her. I truly believe Laura and Scotty are married and have a child. (the reason she stayed away)

tim
tim

Fantastic news,hopefully GH will bring back Denise Alexander as well.Laura needs her mom to be there when she comes home.

Vickie
Vickie

Yea!!!!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I am very happy to hear this news! I am confident that the “new” team at GH will give her a story worthy of Genie and Laura. I hope some of the other people in her life will come along…

Beacon
Beacon

Oh my god… Luke and Laura, Anna Robert and Duke, Kevin and Lucy ALL on the show at the same time?! I may just DIE from excitement.

Tommy Prunty
Tommy Prunty

BEST NEWS EVER…what took them so long???

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Cost. Story. Her prior commitments to Y&R.

andrea
andrea

great news but Im not looking forward to this vampire story coming up.At least they will stop talking about Jason because we know hes not coming back!!!!!!!

Mary
Mary

This is wonderful news….Genie is the reason I watched GH and I was devasted when she left….I’m so excited she’s coming back home……..

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

So very happy to see that Genie is returning–with a great story, I hope.
Of course, a reunion of the great luminous Genie (Laura) with the softer, vulnerable side of Tony Geary (Luke) is the one I am waiting for. I want to see the actors’ light up in each other presence–the chemistry is always there. And a story exploring the complexities of each character is a must for great story line.
Genie is hard working with a lot of integrity and honesty. I wish her–and her character Laura–the best GH has to offer–and that can indeed be great with care and commitment of producer and writers.
Genie has waited long for her due–and, Genie, I have waited long for your reappearance. Can’t wait to see you on air. Know you will not disappoint. And, yes, I agree that TPTB MUST explain why you haven’t been in contact with your children. There’s Genie’s commitment and integrity working: sge cares about the character of Laura. Thanks, Genie-and thanks, GH for bringing Genie “home” again. We all love her so much.

Mrs Whittaker
Mrs Whittaker

Well, it’s about time.

Susan
Susan

I am thrilled! I will be holding my breath for a Luke and Laura reunion. TG & GF are amazing together . Hopefully they will fix all the garbage that they wrote or rewrote about their history. Luke is at his best with Laura. They are always fun to watch. Can’t wait !

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Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

Photo: JPI

Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

Photo: JPI

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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