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Cameron Mathison On His GH Debut: “Drew Cain is back on General Hospital and Judging By This Photo He Means Business”

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The highly-anticipated debut of longtime soap favorite, Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children) on General Hospital will go down this week on the ABC daytime drama series, when Mathison takes over the role of Drew Cain, last played by Billy Miller.

On Sunday, Cameron took to his Instagram and shared a pic from the set of a bearded Drew, for when viewers first see Mathison’s new look for the role.  Cameron’s first appearance is said to be today on August 16th.

Mathison shared his excitement at joining the cast of the iconic ABC daytime drama series: “This is the week!! Drew Cain is back on @generalhospitalabc and judging by this photo he means business👊🏼 I’ve been having an absolute blast shooting my first few weeks on GH and finally I’ll air Tuesday 8/17🙏🏼👊🏼💪🏼 Here we gooooooo!!!!”

In an interview with PopCulture.com, Cameron explained that EP Frank Valentini threw him a “curveball’ when he got to GH of who he ultimately would be playing: “I was told it was a different character for the first month and a half that I had signed the contract,” he explained.

As fans of the ABC series will see, Mathison has a beard for the role with some twists along the way: “I show up with this pretty, fairly long beard for me — about a five-week-old beard — and then while I was shooting that, I shot one day, in that day of shooting, I had to then shave and shoot some flashbacks which was cool. So in the same episode, I’ve got this (long beard) I’ve never done anything like that, and now during the General Hospital break, I’m having to grow the beard in again. So clever.”

So, are you ready to check out Cam in his new role as the latest Drew Cain on GH? Comment below. 

 

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Chaz
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Chaz

“The highly-anticipated debut of longtime soap favorite, Cameron Mathison…..”….by who?

Steve
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Steve

Agreed, “favorite” is quite subjective in this case.

Shari
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Shari

Exactly! Could care less. Not a fan.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

It sounds like he’s complaining already.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Sorry…GH dropped the ball again…he should have been back as Ryan Lavery just like roger Howarth should have been back as Todd.

Michele Harding
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Michele Harding

No one can replace Billy Miller

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Amen, Michele. I’m sick over this anemic replacement.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound,
Hi, just watched nuDrew today, and he’s not so bad, but I still can’t think of him as Drew. He and Sam might make a good pair if she can dump Dante.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Dante and Sam are cute together and I’d HATE to see Drew go back with Sam. She discarded him for Jason; never looked back, barely shed a tear when he “died.”

Carrie
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Carrie

I don’t even think the writers wrote any memorial scenes after Drew was presumed dead. It felt like Billy Miller and the Drew Cain character were truly discarded.

DD
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DD

Disagree! Love Camron, he will do great as Drew.

Martha Frazier
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Martha Frazier

I fully agree. I love Cameron but notfor this role

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Sam answers the phone, ” is that you Drew?” No, it’s a singing card from Hallmark.
I like the wildeyed look, but Drew he ain’t!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Violet, it’s day two of CM and he’s already overacting. Those wild eyes are what I can’t handle. It’s not Drew. However… how about that Aussie jailtender? Wow, he’s gorgeous. Drew should bring him back to Port Charles. No, not for Sam…for us!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound,
Hopefully, he’ll control the eyes and yes the guard was a cutie but maybe o.k for you, but way too young for this old lady. All I do these days is look, at least I can still appreciate a good looking man.Sometimes my Home Care Worker watches with me, I’ve got her hooked on the Soaps and we check out all the “hunks” and tend to agree that Curtis has to be one of the sexiest looking.

Carrie
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Carrie

Miss Violet, thank you for making me smile. 🙂

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hey Soaphound! I noticed the guard, too. His character name is Russell played by actor Josh Murray. I checked out his instagram; lol. Heres’ some info though not the best picture; some great shots on his instagram, though.

Harry
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Harry

Maybe Drew will wake up little Sammy from her somnolent performance which consists of sleepwalking and sleep talking. Wake up, Little Sammy. Wake up! Better yet, maybe he can rescue her from that monstrous skirt which has being holding her hostage all week! That skirt maybe the ugliest article of clothing I’ve ever had the misfortune of seeing on a soap actress. It’s like a Chia pet skirt and I fully expect to see mushrooms and grass sprout from it.

Katherine Janousky
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Katherine Janousky

Don’t watch soaps but love him in all things Hallmark. Hope he still shows up there – I like him much better clean shaven and kind.

JJ
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JJ

Why all this hate for Cameron? People absolutely loved him on All My Children. He has done well on talk type shows and in Hallmark movies and such. He is amiable and genuine, and he certainly is a champion of the soap genre. I know Valentini loves his pets. It may turn out that Cameron may not be the best Drew. But give him a chance. He didn’t ask to be cast as Drew. Drew was a very ill defined character as played by Miller. Cameron will bring different facets and colours to him. It may be a total bust.… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

We should all be willing to give CM the chance to see what he does with the character. Whether or not one liked his work as Ryan Lavery or in the Hallmark films.

He definitely gets bonus points for the publicity machine he brings along with him. The more press GH gets the better. CM has been doing numerous interviews, including with some outlets that typically don’t cover soaps.

DD
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DD

Agree!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

JJ, I think what it is when a main character is replaced, especially one that was so loved as Billy Miller, it’s like a a betrayal of sorts to that actor and their fans. Just think how it would upset fans if M.Benard/Sonny was replaced by someone after being so invested in this person. For the fans that don’t like him it wouldn’t matter or maybe it would be welcome but the others would be up in arms and react accordingly. A lot of people do take it personally and not as able to rationalize it as you do, especially… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Well it is interesting Cameron appeared the same week nutritionists declared that white bread isn’t so bad after all. Confidence? I think not!

Brian
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Brian

Hope to see Tony the bodyguard figure in more, I remember Philip Boyd from The Have and the Have Nots.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Brian,
OMG, I loved that show and miss it already, but did not recognize Tony. That was such a big cast, hard to keep track of everyone. What part did he play? I’ll have to watch for Tony again.

brian
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brian

He played Oscar. He was involved with Candace in the first few seasons. He was one of my main draws to the show, plus OLTL’s Tika Sumpter.

Carrie
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Carrie

I like Cameron but I feel this is a mis-cast. (Not his fault.) Unless he plans to bulk up in weight and muscle, he’s not gonna pass as Drew or someone who can be twins with Jason. He’d be more suited to play a doctor or something else. I understand Billy Miller probably didn’t want to come back. Cameron needed a job since Home & Family ended. I’m happy Cameron can work, but GH gave him the wrong character to portray. I will give it time, but right now I’m not convinced. Yes, he’s got the blue eyes and the… Read more »

JJ
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JJ

Have you seen him without a shirt? He was always shirtless on AMC. Lol. He is a very muscular man, but lean as well. Twins do not necessarily have the same body types, especially as they are now in their 50’s. One could be balding and overweight while the other could be buff and slim.

Carrie
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Carrie

Yes but my point is gh had already established these particular twins as having the same build. Billy Miller and Steve Burton were similar heights and builds. Yes, I have seen Cameron with his shirt off; and thank you for proving my point about him still being quite lean in spite of his muscles.

Satan
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Satan

And almost immediately, the fake “flashbacks” kick in. Are we going to get Drew’s entire history retold. What’s next, are we going to see poor dead Oscar scenes with his fake daddy??

If they thought this would help “sell” the NuDrew, they thought wrong.

Satan
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Satan

So who is holding NuDrew prisoner? The guard having an obvious Aussie accent is probably not a coincidence. Could Drew be held hostage “down under”?? No, not here in Hell. The OTHER “down under”. And if so, who’s running this prison? Well… how many evil Australians do we know….. might Jerry Jacks be involved in this some how?? Jerry could very well be the guy running the prison… but he’s always the mercenary type…. always working for somebody else, never really the head of the operation. It’s certainly not out of the question that Jerry could have been working with… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Satan, what a disaster is this story. Actually, the Aussie jailer should be the keeper actor and then dump nuDrew totally. More Sam? Ugh! And dummy Dante as a rival for her “affections”… I’m gonna have to go back on caffeine.

Satan
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Satan

Hey, I might need to increase the caffeine myself, now that it seems like we might have had another escape from Hell…..

Damn it, I knew I shouldn’t have appointed Poppy Bush to be in charge of Underworld Security……

Cecil James
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Cecil James

Cameron should be playing his AMC character Ryan Lavery instead of Drew FV the producer of GH should’ve had Billy Miller return to the show plus Ryan Lavery is the cousin of Griffin Munroe.

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GH’s Parry Shen Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

How many of us have lost, or had to say goodbye to our best friend? Somehow fate or illness intervenes and cuts short someone you share so many memories with.

On last Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) family and friends gathered for her memorial at the GH chapel.  However, viewers knew of the special connection between Britt and her bestie, Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).

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Devastated at losing Britt, upset that she never told him she about her diagnosis with Huntington’s Disease, and mourning her death, Brad comes to her former office, where Britt was the Co-Chief of Staff at the hospital. After exchanging heartfelt moments with Britt’s mother, the grieving Liesl (Kathleen Gati), and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Brad (with a paper bag in hand) spends some time alone in Britt’s former office, which has now been cleaned out.

Next, Brad takes out a carton of ice cream (for those who know the back-story, Britt and Brad would sit together each with ice cream and watch the red carpet at the Nurses’ Ball on TV and hoot and howl at the residents of Port Charles), and thus begins a very emotional and five-hankie moment, where Brad recalls all the key moments in their friendship.

Parry Shen was so touching in this scene, that if you have been a fans of Britt and Brad’s friendship, we are sure you shed some tears.

Later, during the memorial, Brad is pained listening to the others eulogize Britt, and when it is his turn to speak, he does his best to get through it and pay homage to his best friend.

We will miss the Brad and Britt friendship as will many GH viewers for it was one-of-a-kind on the soaps – two originally, not so nice people, doing bad things and finding common ground with each other, and eventually turning their lives around and being there to support each other.

For all of these scenes mentioned above, Michael Fairman TV names Parry Shen’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.  You can check out a clip featuring Shen below.

Now, let us know, what did you think of Parry’s Performance during Britt’s memorial episode? Comment below.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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