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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 Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

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What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

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Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

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Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

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Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

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What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Michael E. Knight Chats On: Taking on the Role of Martin Grey, Friendship with James Patrick Stuart, and All My Children’s Tad

Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

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During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

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In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

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Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital Tapes 15,000th Episode; Featuring Genie Francis with Almost Every Single Cast Member Appearing in It

On Thursday, ABC’s General Hospital reached yet another milestone in its illustrious history. The daytime drama taped its 15,000 episode.

During the tape day, the cast, crew and creatives posed for a photo on set to mark the occasion with cake.

GH’s 15,000 episode will air next month on June 17th.

ABC 7’s entertainment guru, George Pennacchio was on set with a first-hand report, interviewing the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

From the sounds of it, the 15K episode will center around the character of Laura, and according to Valentini, “It will be happy, it will be sad, it will be dark, it will be scary, it will be fun, it will be thrilling and it will be exciting, but most importantly it will have almost every single cast member in it.”

Check out the segment and on set report from Pennacchio below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to see the 15K episode of GH via the comment below and congratulate the long-running soap for another historic milestone.

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