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Chad Duell's debut as Michael Corinthos on today's GH!

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General Hospital fans got a glimpse of the new Michael Corinthos in action today when Chad Duell finally made his on-screen debut.   His first appearance was ushered in complete with voice over announce that, “The part of Michael Corinthos is now being played by Chad Duell,” and he has replaced Drew Garrett (Ex-Michael) in the opening credits.

Many fans have already voiced their opinions today to us via email and through posts. But what is your initial reaction to the switcheroo?  Let us know.  Watch the clip of the opening segment of today’s GH, in which Duell has his debut, after the jump.

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mesia
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mesia

he really didnt do much acting today, soooo i’ll place my judgement on hold till i see something worth commenting about(good or bad). wish him luck thro hes got some pretty talented sheos to fill

Sienna Sacha
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Sienna Sacha

I didn’t like the other Michael. .. .not even a little and not from day one. So, I was/am thrilled at the recast.

If he can act at all, I will approve.

Kristen
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Kristen

Sadly enough- he can’t act…at least not in a major role as a bad boy. He most definitely has no ability to seem tough and instead seems waaaay too vulnerable for a believable Corrinthos/mobster family member. We already have Morgan for that role.Even though I didn’t think I was a fan of Drew, I have come to realize he was the EXACT fit for the role and once again we are expected to just take the change and not have a say in the show we watch.

Sienna Sacha
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Sienna Sacha

Really, how can you make such a judgement from the very very limiited amount of air time he has had this week? In addition, he has not had to “act” in any real sense. IMO, maybe after being exposed to a few weeks of the new Michael we will all be able to make a more informed opinion. . . .any opinion now, IMO, is not only rash, but exposes a bias that, frankly, will never be shook. Clearly, you liked the last Michael, and that is all well and fine, its a preference. . . .an opinion, but to… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

JUNK! I want the old one back. Now that kid could act! Considering a boycott…

Rebecca
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Rebecca

I don’t feel his look fits the role. I loved Drew and I would love for him to come back! Or someone that fit in better!!! I have not watched since he has been on. So many I will like him once I see him in action, but I don’t think so!

mel
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mel

I never post on these things, but I do not like the new Michael at all!!!! Drew Garrett was so perfect in the role, his look, attitude, & great acting. This new kid’s vioce bugs me (and that’s just the start)!

Kelly
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Kelly

I think Drew better and he looks more like more like the family

Kristen
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Kristen

There was areason he was on The Suite Life and other Disney shows…because that is the type of acting he does! Give him a supporting role as someone’s boyfirend, not a lead role and expect him to act or even look tough.

lisa lee
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lisa lee

This “new” michael is this side of terrible. He is totally wrong for this role; I say pay Drew what he wants and get him back. I am already bored just watching this actor; if I wanted mediocrity I would watch the show this kid came from. I expect a higher quality of performance from GH.

step
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step

This has to be the worst decision GH has made since replacing Carly with Jenny woman, This role does not fit this fit him at all.

Soleil58
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Soleil58

I just do not feel MC in Chad Duell. He needs a makeover, especially getting rid of that dorky Wizards of Waverly Place haircut. Although I am sure he is nice this young man seems completely out of his element on GH. And again, that haircut turns me off but I guess we have no choice but to give him a chance.

Denny
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Denny

Terrible choice..this replacement is not nearly as good an actor…WHY did GH let Drew Garrett go?? Asking too much money?? Really too bad..as Drew was very good.

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Alicia Leigh Willis On Her Heavenly Return To GH: “What a Wonderful Experience Reminiscing With My Favorite Cast & Crew.”

Yesterday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the surprise return of Alicia Leigh Willis shortly reprising her role of Courtney Matthews, as she escorts Mike (Max Gail) to heaven.

Willis was last seen on GH in 2015 as a spirit and created the role back in 2001.

The actress took to social media and shared:”A little clip of my surprise return on @generalhospitalabc What a wonderful experience reminiscing with my favorite cast & crew.”

Viewers know that as Mike succumbed to Alzheimer’s, he wanted the dignity of not dying in front of his son, Sonny (Maurice Benard), and to shield Sonny from witnessing his death.

But in the story, Mike did not pass on alone; as his daughter showed up to take him with her to the afterlife.

Check out Courtney’s post below.

What did you think of the moment having Courtney be there for Mike at the end of his life? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Family Says Their Goodbyes in Emotional Episode Filled With Touching Performances

For anyone who has been watching the emotional Alzheimer’s storyline play out on General Hospital, Wednesday’s episode was a key moment in the storytelling and for the Corinthos family.  To say that the cast delivered in this episode is an understatement; everyone had their moments, and of course, chief among them, Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Mike’s (Max Gail) life is coming to an end as his body is shutting down from the disease.  Stella (Vernee Watson) comes to Mike’s room at Turning Woods and tells Sonny that Mike is waiting for permission to let go.  She explains to Sonny that Mike is torn between this world and the afterlife.   Stella helps Sonny prepare for the final moments of Mike’s life, dimming the lights, giving Sonny ice chips to put on his father’s lips, and for Sonny to put on some of Mike’s favorite music – jazz.   She also gets Mike a blanket because he is getting cold.  Then in a touching moment played to perfection by Vernee Watson, Stella says her own goodbye to Mike and hugs Sonny and tells him how grateful she was to know Mike.

Carly (Laura Wright) had been by Sonny’s side every step of the way in the final days of Mike’s life.  At one point in Mike’s room with Sonny, she has a dream where Mike tells her she is his daughter.  It was another heartbreaking moment – this time played beautifully by Laura Wright.  Earlier, Michael (Chad Duell) said goodbye to his grandfather and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) had also come to Turning Woods, as has Brando (Johnny Wactor) to be there for the end of Mike’s life and to support Sonny

Sonny tells Mike, (who can hear, but cannot truly respond as the disease continues to shut down his body), that he has made peace with what went down between them when he was a child.  He tells Mike, “I just want you to go in peace and go with love.”  Later, Sonny had a recollection seeing his father pray in the back of the church when he was a child, which sparked an idea for him.   Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny know that Mike wants to be forgiven for his sins.

Then in the tearjerker, Father Ramos arrives to bless Mike and cleanse him from all of his sins, as Sonny, Carly, Michael and Josslyn witness it.

Afterwards, Jason realizes that Mike probably does not want to die in front of Sonny and tells Sonny to take a break, but Sonny does not want to – so Jason whispers to Mike that he should not worry that he will take care of Sonny. The two hope Mike will meet up with Morgan in heaven.

At the end of the episode, alone with his father, Sonny tells Mike not to be afraid, or to worry about him, and then remembers the night Mike walked out on him and his mother when he was a kid.  He says he knows his father always loved him … maybe too much.  We fade to black.  Maurice Benard’s work was again outstanding throughout these moments, making Sonny’s life-long pain, and love for this father, palpable.

As someone who went through this horrible disease with his mother, I can say, that GH played the beats of the story to perfection, honoring those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and the family members they leave behind.

So, what did you think of this emotional episode of GH and the performances by the cast? Comment below.

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just make this official as we tweeted about it last week when these scenes aired on Tuesday.  And let’s just say, that Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) could very well receive another Daytime Emmy nomination next year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, if these moments are part of her reel.  LoCicero was previously nominated in 2015 in this category.

Now on to that performance that had everyone a-buzz on social media after it aired.  In the scenes, Robert (Tristan Rogers) has worked his WSB contacts to get Olivia to Geneva to secretly see her son, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), who is suffering from severe trauma and PTSD and is at this facility for treatment.  After traveling half way around the world to get there, with anticipation and wanting to hold her son and be there for him – when she arrives the doctor (Christopher Cousins) tells Dante his mother is here to see him, but Dante refuses to let that happen.

When the doctor tells Olivia that Dante will not open the door to his room to talk to his mom and come face-to-face with her, she goes into momma bear mode, releasing such heartache and anguish, just wanting to see Dante, but she is met with a steely shut door instead.  But as viewers saw, the scenes were made all the more poignant by the split screen; where Dante is on the other side of the door – heartbroken hearing his mother’s cries.  Dominic Zamprogna, who is always stellar, was also moving in these moments.

However, it was LoCicero’s ability to call up such deep rooted love and pain for her child, that any parent could relate to, which broke our hearts, rang so true, and showcased Lisa.

Later in the week, we also see how Liv was there for Robert in return  – and the two are now off on a mission of their own to find Holly (if she is indeed very much alive) which is sure to put a further wedge in her marriage to Ned (Wally Kurth).  That begs the questions, too.  How would you feel about a Robert and Olivia pairing…or would you be rooting for Olivia and Ned to work through their issues?

Through it all, it was Lisa LoCicero who grabbed our attention, brought out the hankies for all of us, and truly compelled the audience.  For all of these reasons, Michael Fairman TV names Lisa’s work The Power Performance of the Week.

So, what did you think of Lisa in these scenes with Dominic? In case you missed them, you can check them out below, then share your thoughts in the comment section.

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