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UPDATE BREAKING STORY: Rebecca Herbst STAYING with GH?

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Whoa! While many of us were still waking up in the west coast, it looks like the powers-that-be at General Hospital may have had a change of heart!  Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) who was set to exit the series in March, and was let-go after almost 14 years with the show may be staying after all!  A tweet this morning from ABC Soaps In Depth stated, “Breaking News: Becky Herbst (Liz) NOT leaving #GH? You heard it hear first! Details soon”

Now comes word that Soap Opera Digest is reporting that indeed Herbst is staying. Sources say the network is expected to release a statement regarding the change of heart. Check back to On-Air On-Soaps for further developments.

Could it be that the huge outcry from the fantastic and wonderful fan base of Becky’s saved the actress?  Stay tuned!

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Keeks
Keeks

I hope the rumours are true! Well deserved for Becky, a true talent and a definite asset to General Hospital.

RippledStarr
RippledStarr

I really hope that its true! Becky is a hardworking and talented actress, and don’t forget veteran of the show, and her firing was absolutely wrong. GH has let too many veteran go, due by “storyline-dictated” exits. Elizabeth Webber still has so many story to tell. And, once again, I hope this is true. (:

Kelly
Kelly

It definitely is great news!! I am so very happy for Becky Herbst!

Saher M
Saher M

I am so glad that she’s back. Liz is the heart of this show for me. This really made my day!:) #BeckyNation loves you, Becky!:)

lisephoto
lisephoto

I hope it’s true. There is so much GH needs to do with this character starting with finally telling Liason’s love story. The greatest love story never told. YET!

DONNA
DONNA

I am so happy to Rebecca Herbst staying with GH. Would love to Liz/Jason get to be a family w/Jake!

linda Price
linda Price

So happy for Becky and for eveyone that loves her. She deserves great things happening for her!

Christian
Christian

I couldn’t be more thrilled with their decision! Thank you for always being so fantastic to Becky and to her fans Michael! I had given up on GH, her firing was the last straw in a series of misdeeds by TPTB who seem to want to forget certain parts of General Hospital-the HOSPITAL side!

Becky Nation!!

I hope we get a Webber sibling story, that would be awesome. No matter what coupling fans like for Elizabeth-we all love Becky/Elizabeth. She is more than any pairing, she is the heart of GH and I for one can’t wait to see what comes next for our girl!!

Amy
Amy

I am so excited! Wow…can’t believe TPTB actually listened to us. I’m really happy for Becky and us!

Caroleena
Caroleena

I am so excited about the news! i am glued to my instant media!!! Come on Twitter, tell me it’s true. Mr. Fairman, thanks for complimenting Becky’s fans!!! We think we are fantastic and wonderful… and that ALL that is reflected in the actress and character we love so dearly: Rebecca Herbst/Elizabeth Webber

D
D

This is the best news I have heard in awhile. I was going to stop watching GH upon her departure. I’d like to think that we fans had something to do with this. I know I wrote the show a letter about it. Now give her a great storyline! Then bring Genie Francis back!

Tonya
Tonya

I am beyond thrilled and Happy that Becky is staying. I hope we will get a little Liason action soon. I love that the fans rallied behind Becky so thanks to the BeckyNation and thanks to all the soap bloggers and mags too.

Jen
Jen

I really hope this is true. Rebecca is fantastic.

kay killgore
kay killgore

Hope this is true! Could fellow castmate JJ have gone to bat for her?

Michele
Michele

This is wonderful news. I am glad for Becky and her fans. Thanks to their efforts and the efforts of the magazines, the bloggers and most importantly to Becky for being the class act she always has been.

liasonbff
liasonbff

BeckyNation rocks! I am so glad we got Becky re-hired, assuming that is the case. I just hope this means tptb will quit backburning her and give her character, Elizabeth Webber, some REAL stories. She should be there helping Michael w/his rape, and I would LOVE to see her have a GNO with Robin and Brenda and even BrookLynn too. BrookLynn and Elizabeth should realize they have nothing to fight about and move on from the pettiness into a friendship. And hey, can I get a REAL liason story now? 😀

Cyndi
Cyndi

I am so elated that Becky is back with GH!
Now onto bigger and better story lines for her
I hope the writers bring back the honest, kind, spunky Liz!

Viva Liz!
Viva Becky!

Beth
Beth

I hope it is true! If so, I’ll continue watching for Becky, and try to ignore all the silly mob mania.
But, now the question is are they just going to sideline her and let her fade away like Alan, or are we actually going to finally get to see Liz in a quality storyline? There are a lot more things that can be done with this character, even the old “amnesia and return as a bad girl plot”. We all know Becky can be one fantastic bad girl.

Paula
Paula

Really glad she’s staying, but still wonder why there was never any mention of who her mother is.

andrea R.
andrea R.

This is wonderful news for Becky and of coarse her fans. Maybe, I will start watching againn if they can give her a good storyline and stop ruining what is left of Liz.

Dee
Dee

This is wonderful news! I couldn’t not be more excited as a fan and happy for Becky who has been a staple on the GH canvas forever. YAY!!!

Sharon
Sharon

So if RH is staying who are they firing in her place?

Allie
Allie

If I were Rebecca Herbst, I would not return after GH’s behavior because that is insulting my talent, reputattion, and disrespecting my 14 years of dedication.

Toy1975
Toy1975

Hot dam !!!!I guess GH realize without Becky the show had a hugh chance of cancelling with out BECKY on board!A HUGH THANKS to all who helped in the cause!

kay killgore
kay killgore

Just look at that gorgeous face! And ask yourself why you would not write a storyline for her. I have never seen her phone in her performances. BRAVO!

Kathy
Kathy

I have to say it’s not the power’s that be at General Hospital….It’s the fan’s….that made them change there minds…..and they should get the credit…..

Patty
Patty

IF it’s true then congrats to Becky. I have respect for the actress although in my opinion watching the character onscreen is like watching paint dry. I’m not buying that it’s due to public outcry that they brought her back though. Thinking it’s more of a matter of her coming back with a lower salary.

Saher M
Saher M

I believe that whatever reconstructing or the thing that they did, as they say, if that’s really the reason, it was because of the public backlash on Rebecca Herbst’s firing. I mean, if that is the real reason, they would have done so before they fired RH, not after. I think the public outcry definitely played a big factor in TPTB reversing this horrendous decision.

Inez
Inez

Agreed with Saher M. This was SOLELY due to fan outcry because the fans, especially longtime fans, have had enough of this show continuously disrespecting history and longtime fan favorites. It’s no different than when the fans lashed out at TPTB when they thought it would be a good idea to have Michael kill his own father AJ some years back. Due to fan outrage, which the brass eventually admitted to, they changed that entire storyline.

Becky’s firing was the straw that broke the camel’s back for many people. She’s a legacy character and deserves to be treated as such. It makes no sense to fire her, then suddenly rehire her a month later and decide to pay her less, just cause. No, sorry, this was all due to fan outcry. She’s one of the most popular actresses on the show and has some of the most dedicated fans. Not everyone may care for Elizabeth, but they definitely care for Becky. I’m a proud fan of both the actress and character.

LIzzie
LIzzie

I am so happy BH is staying!! I haven’t been able to enjoy GH since the news was released. This is fantastic news!!!

Cynthia
Cynthia

I am delighted that those in charge have reversed their decision to re-hire Rebecca. She is one of the only reason I still watch GH. I hope that the writers go back to writing Liz as the spunky, kind woman she was and not the character they have warped her into in the last two years.
Becky is such a fabulous actress and like the poll in SID she deserves a new story.

Polo
Polo

For once the fans are getting what they want? I hope she give the show the finger. They already ruined her character anyway.

Inez
Inez

If they can redeem murderers and rapists on soaps and turn villains into heroes, they can redeem Elizabeth Webber. Sleeping with her fiancé’s brother is the lesser of those offenses. And as much as it would be nice for her to tell them where they can go, as no one would blame her for that in the least, she still has to pay the bills and GH is a steady paycheck. Unless she gets an offer she can’t refuse elsewhere, from another soap, primetime gig, or film, I can understand pride taking a backseat at this point and she has TONS of fans who lobbied for her return. The writing for Liz has been crappy and unfair over the years, yes; no one could argue against that. But Becky is one actress who can turn ish into sugar.

Bootycrack
Bootycrack

Screw that! Elizabeth should be the bad girl for a change and be the single mother like a lot of women are. She needs to toughin up and take charge of her life. Even if she’s got to fuck some people over to take care of her boys. I want Elizabeth to get Lucky and Nicholas for child support and destroy heleana. Let that old hag feel the pain on the way to hell!
It would be interesting to see Franco as Keesha Ward’s screte husband. Then they both play with Jason. ha! ha!

Harry50
Harry50

Franco and Keesha Ward? That would be hot! She was fine as hell in the 90’s
GH was just being racist during that period; they didn’t want a White typical actor with a Black actresses as a couple. That maked since from a white point of view and that goes to show that America hasn’t changed much since the turbulent days in the 20th centry.
Especially good looking white men. No, GH wouldn’t go for that.

Bootycrack
Bootycrack

Yes, yoou’re right about that; but we are now in the 21st Centry and television has changed with the times. With immigration constantly growing in America, society has no choice but to tolorate with such change. However, people know that predudice is based on how people feeling inside. Morally, is wrong to discriminate but you can’t change how an individual feel. So lets’s keep it real. Either way, it would be nice to see more black actors and actresses on Daytime TV like General Hospital as star roles; not just guests or temporary roles and get booted out like they did with the character Keesha Ward. She would have been a great asset to the show if had given a chance.

Harry50
Harry50

That’s what i just said. I think you are trying to agree with me but at the same time, you are not facing the fact that Daytime TV are still being racist in many other ways today. So, you keep it real.
Viewers plus ratings equals money. That’s what it’s all about now. Why didn’t black actors try other Daytime Soaps during the 90s? The keesha Ward character could’ve join Young And The Restless and landed a role there. They had more black actors who had major roles.

Bootycrack
Bootycrack

I see you act like you knew the answer to that point of view, but like you said, Keeping it real. During the 1990s, Daytime TV Soaps were beginning to break racial barriers when came to interracial couples being put on the screen. Therefore, General Hospital used one black family like the wards to see how well they can fit into their enviorment where the Quartemaines lived. When I saw these episodes then and the way the ward family storyline was depicted, raised a lot of red flags. I’m talking about Civil Rights Leaders from real black communities that might have complained about the horror historical events occurred from slavery, racial segregation to the continuing fight for Civil Rights in the 90s. Remeber the Yusef Halkins Murder in Bensonhurst Brooklyn, NY. in 1989. REV. Al Sharpton and other Civil Rights leaders protested against the Killers as they marched in that racist neighborhood? So, that’s one way to look at this point of view. Also with Daytime TV not keeping black actors as major roles didn’t seem too cultural then. However, a lot has changed and Daytime TV had to change the way the world still viewed Americans during the 90s. Today, the Soaps is still trying be more
open minded to not just black actors and actresses, but to interracial relationships.
That was all I was pointing out from the beginning. So, understand that it’s not so much about race. It’s about images and the actor who best fits the part. Storylines are becoming more relative to real life and ongoing issue society struggles to deal with.
I think General Hospital is one the top and most watched Daytime TV show since it inception. They are still going strong!

jill
jill

You sound like a typical NAACP bitter person. How can you say Daytime TV is still racist? If you know so much about race and society, tell me how many Daytime TV Soaps that actually have black actors playing major roles? I can name quite a few. Black people have many more opportunities than any other American today and they are rising quite swiftly.
I agree with Bootycrack’s point when he/she compared to Daytime TV in the 1990s and today. It has made remarkable changes. By the way, there are black producers, casting and directors who hires the actors. Idiot!
Stick to the facts. Not trying to sound like that Al Sharpton! Thank god he’s not our black president like Mr Obama whom i like.

Lani
Lani

i was so devastated about her exit i thought i may never watch again! She is my favorite character. i love her fights with Carly and then compassion for having children with dangerous men, undying love with the original Lucky and her silent relationship with Jason thats always hanging in our faces waiting to be rekindled. She is a pivitol character in my eyes and i am so happy she is staying.

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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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Kimberly McCullough Directs Episode Of ‘The Conners’; Shares Pics From Show Night

As fans of director and actress Kimberly McCullough know, earlier this week she announced that she would be directing an episode of the the re=branded and renamed ‘Rosanne-less’ series, The Conners.  She originally shared the news of getting the nod to direct the hit comedy sitcom with a photo of the famous Conner kitchen with the words “Yup”.

However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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