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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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ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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Emme Rylan On Her Final GH Scenes: “Laying There Emotionless While My Amazing Costars Cried Over My Comatose Body Was One of the Hardest Acting Challenges EVER!”

If you watched Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, you witnessed an emotional and heartbreaking episode where friends, family, and loved ones had to say their goodbyes to Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan) before she is transferred to a long-term care facility to be looked after following her brain injuries and surgery which left her in a coma.

This was to mark the last scenes of Emme Rylan who has exited the series after being let-go.  In story, viewers watched as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Tracy (Jane Elliot) and a grief-stricken Laura (Genie Francis) sat by Lulu’s hospital bedside telling her they will be waiting for her to wake up, as the agonize over the gravity of the situation.

On Wednesday, Rylan took to social media to tell her fans how difficult it was for her to tape those scenes, when she expressed: “Laying there emotionless while my amazing costars cried over my comatose body was one of the hardest acting challenges EVER! They don’t exactly have you practice that in acting school (Thank u to everyone that noticed).”

In response former GH star Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) who also went through a similar on-screen situation when his character was killed-off tweeted back to Em: “I 100% agree and understand, haha.”

The episode gave  Genie Francis a fantastic palette to play and reminded everyone why she is one of the greatest icons of the genre.

So, what did you think of Emme’s statement on trying to get through those difficult scenes as played by her co-stars?  Share your thoughts below.

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Daytime Emmys To Remain Virtual For Upcoming 2021 Ceremony

With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

In a statement, NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp expressed on the organization’s decision:“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall. However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, we have decided to remain “virtual” in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.

The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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