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Chad Brannon Returns to General Hospital

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Look who’s coming back to GH! Daytime Emmy winner, Chad Brannon is on his way back to Port Charles!

Brannon, who previously played Zander Smith from 2000-2004 ,will be back on-air in March.

According to EW, Chad reports to work this week on February 12th on the ABC daytime drama series.

In story, Zander was shot and killed back in 2004, so the question becomes is Zander now going to be alive?  Is Brannon playing a different role? Is he involved somehow with Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober)?

GH fans will remember that Zander was a troubled drug dealer and is the biological father of Cameron Webber (William Lipton).

Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) hooked up with Zander twice and got pregnant when she was on the outs with Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst) and he was having trouble in his relationship with Emily (Natalia Livingston).

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Back in 2009, Chad took home the Daytime Emmy in the Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series category.

This will be Brannon’s third time on GH.  He last appeared as a character named Aaron on 2009 in a cameo.

So, if Zander is alive, will he cause problems for Franco (Roger Howarth) – who is suffering from an inoperable brain tumor – and who Cameron now thinks of as his dad?

What do you think about Chad Brannon coming home to GH? Comment below.

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Satan
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Satan

I can say for a fact that Zander has not escaped from Hell. But that doesn’t mean his son (who obviously never met him) can’t have some sort of vision of his daddy.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Well, I’m looking forward to it. It might give Elizabeth something to do besides defending Franco to that town full of hypocrites. Plus, we can always use talented actors from the past to bridge old and new stories. Besides, he’s incredibly handsome. Just saying. Now, if they’d bring Billy Miller back, I’d REALLY celebrate!

Andrea
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Andrea

Maybe he will be the new Drew?

Satan
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Satan

That would make no sense. Remember Drew is supposed to be Jason’s twin brother. Billy Miller was at least slightly plausible as “twin who no longer looks like a twin because they had to rebuild his face”. Chad doesn’t look like either of them. If they really wanted an odd twist of a recast, they could bring him in as the new Lucky Spencer. At least that way, he would still be Cam’s dad. Actually the only dad he ever knew (no, I will not count Frodd!) Don’t see that happening though…. not really a point in bringing Lucky back… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I don’t know who Zander is ( started watching in 2014), but I can see Drew returning—imagine Jason, Drew and Sam —a triangle? What to do? What about a quadrangle? Dante?

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Celia, dear, you know I adore your posts, and you, but I will NOT sanction our Billy being bogged down with Miss Sam again. Did you hear her ” declaration of independence” to Dante after the funeral? “My name is Sam” or “I Am Sam” or something equally ludicrous. To Dante! Who she’s already making eyes at! Though how she can even FIND HIM under all that ridiculously unkempt hair and ugly beard leftover from “The Revenant”. No, our Drew/Billy needs someone better, though there isn’t much to choose from right now.

Celia
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LOL, Soaphound—-Sam I Am—Green Eggs And Ham–Dr. Seuss?? Ha!! Dante—-poor guy—looks like a tiny Neanderthal. I saw the googly eye-overtures—and the exaggeratedly puckered, botox-paralized lips. Trust me, my friend, was I trying to intimate that Drew return just to be paired with Sam again. I distinctly remember the detailed discussions Shay and I would have about not knowing the difference between him and Jason in bed—-ya know what I mean??!! As far as I’m concerned, Billy Miller brought light and brightness to both Y&R and GH. And, albeit he played a baddie on AMC, I still saw sunshine in his… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Thanks, Celia, for the lovely words about our Billy. During the initial stages of the pandemic, Y&R replayed the episode when Billy and Chloe wed, must have been 2009. I freeze-framed one scene just marveling about how beautiful he is, not just handsome, but with that special light you mentioned. What a treat that was during that time. A year later, and we STILL desperately need him back…in any capacity.

Turtle
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Turtle

I second that,he is Drew.

JLH
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JLH

No more return-from-the-deads! Stop that revolving door to the afterlife…or at least slow it down. I like the actor though.

SZima
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SZima

My guess is he will be back as a look-alike brother/cousin/something.
I liked the Xander character before they turned him into a dealer, and he’s a good actor, so I’m good with him coming back in some form.
And I’d love for “Xander’s brother/twin” to give Franco a run for his money!
I’ve never been a Liz/Franco fan.

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Jimmy

I always thought the show missed an opportunity to tie Zander to the Zacchara clan, given the resemblance between Chad Brannon and Brandon Barash. Regardless if he’s playing Zander or not, I’m thrilled to have Brannon back! Hopefully it’s not just for a short stint and he’s around for a long time.

Next on the list: Natalia Livingston!

Patrick
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Patrick

^^^^ W O W !!!! SMOULDERING SIMMERING look but don’t catch

argh!!!! from my telee to yours YIKES

WOW!

Ashley4mu
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Ashley4mu

Let poor Elizabeth be happy no matter who he comes back & remember her poor kids go through it all with her.

Jill
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Jill

Holy Moly! Zander has aged well!

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL i’m so glad we were invited to the dance

treats no less

Tracy
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Tracy

They really need to stop bringing back dead people. It’s so unbelievable. I like Chad bring him back as a new character.

Steve
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Steve

Zander’s appearance is likely just a temporary ghost or dream sequence.

Su000
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Su000

AHAA! didja ever notice that GH women/’Charaters’
are sluty? ahaa they bred with many-
all their children have 3 different fathers etc..
bwahaa crazy..
Imagine if real-life people, their families were made of a mix of fathers.
Soaps thrive on women too stupid to use birth control even tho they are head of corporations etc and still too stupid
to use birth control ahaa.
Which GH mother has her children, all, by the same man?
I dunno-

Celia
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Celia

LOL, SusieQ—-Yup, a different father for each child, Most soap characters keep it in the family. Sleeping with brothers or sisters-in-law—-mothers and fathers-in-law. Share and share alike.
These offspring could possibly be in-bred.
I agree with you—I’m not liking how stupidly women are portrayed. For the love of pizza, it’s the 21st Century, —they should (supposedly) know better—-especially anyone in the medical field.

SZima
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SZima

Praying that TPTB will make this interesting, but…
NOT holding my breath!

Mike
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Mike

Recast Lucky?

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Y&R’s Sasha Calle Cast as DC Universe’s New ‘Supergirl’ In Upcoming Motion Picture, ‘The Flash’

Exciting news for The Young and the Restless, Sasha Calle (Lola).  The young actress was chosen from over 425 other performers who auditioned for the role of Supergirl.

With her casting, Sasha will star in the upcoming Warner Brothers feature, The Flash and become the first Latina Supergirl ever chosen for a DC Universe role.

According to Deadline: The Flash director Andy Muschietti watched all the auditions along with DC Films boss Walter Hamada and the producers, was blown away by the actress’ toughness and vulnerability that she brought to the role adding, “I saw more than four hundred auditions. The talent pool was truly amazing and it was very hard to make a decision, but we finally found an actress who was destined to play this role.”

Calle will follow in the footsteps of Helen Slater who played Supergirl in the 1984 Warner Bros movie, Melissa Benoist who played the part on the on the TV series for 126 episodes.

The Young and the Restless tweeted out huge congrats to their cast member stating: “Huge Congrats to our “Supergirl” @SashaCalle”

Word is that Calle will join the production of The Flash soon to begin her new role.  No word yet on what will happen to the character of Lola on Y&R.

Watch the moment below when Sasha is told by director Andy Muschietti she has the part!

So, excited for Sasha landing this major motion picture DC Universe role? Let us know in the comment section.

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ Raises $130,565 For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS In Four Day Streaming Event

Last week, ABC Daytime fans were thrilled to see some of the archival footage and performances from the ABC Daytime: Salutes Broadway Cares benefit concerts by those who were once in the mighty soap programming block that included: All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. 

While only GH remains, viewers still loved seeing many of their favorites perform in the streaming event, ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which featured footage from those events that ran from 2005-2011 in front of a live audience in New York City.

The 2021 online event, which kicked-off on February 11th and streamed for four days, featured new content with daytime favorites including: Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Anthony Geary, Kelly Ripa and more, plus performances from the past benefits, and an original dance performance from Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) on the set of GH.

John Dietrich, who directed each of the ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares concerts, wrote and directed the stream. It was presented in partnership with ABC Owned Television Stations’ websites around the country with support from Good Morning America and The View.

According to Broadway World, in total, the ABC Daytime Back on Broadway event raised $130,565. The streaming total includes a matching donation of $50,000 made by Broadway Cares supporters The Dream Alliance.  Now, when combined with the seven-year run of the annual concerts, the ABC Daytime stars have raised $2,020,565 for Broadway Cares.

As part of the event week, Michael Fairman chatted with former One Life to Live star, Catherine Hickland (Ex-Lindsay Rappaport) about her performances over the years at the event, her role of Lindsay and her on-screen feud with Nora (Hillary B. Smith), and more.  You can watch it below.

What did you think of the ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway streaming event? Did you enjoy seeing the performances? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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