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Chris Van Etten Makes His General Hospital Debut As Chet Recovers From His Overdose!

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On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, viewers got their first glimpse of war vet, model, and actor, Chris Van Etten in the role of Amy’s (Risa Dorken) brother, Chet.

In story, we learn that Chet has overdosed on painkillers, when Amy breaks down in Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) arms outside his hospital room. Finn (Michael Easton) is taking care of Chet and congratulates him for surviving his crisis.  Amy has been emotionally overwrought, worried, and wants to see her brother.  Once Finn leaves his room, Amy enters. Chet is in no mood to talk to his sister. She says she will not leave his side, but he wants her to leave him alone.  She tells him that he is her “hero”.  Chet fires back the real heroes are the ones who died fighting for their country.

When Amy reluctantly has to get back to her nursing duties, she insists she will be back to see him.  Nathan suggests to Amy that she tell Chet about all the money she raised through “Ask Man Landers” to pay for his medical bills and surgeries.  She refuses and says that would just further upset him.  Later, Amy returns to Chet’s room where he is asleep, but in tears she tells him she will never give up on him, and begs him not to give up on himself.

General Hospital has set up an emotional story for war vets, brother/sister relationships, as well as how this all plays into the “bust the drug ring” story now involving: Anna (Finola Hughes), Finn, Cassandra (Jessica Tuck), and Valentin (James Patrick Stuart).

So, what were your first impressions of Chris as Chet? Looking forward to more in his story as we are? Comment below.

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Jimh
Jimh

I like the idea of doing a story about our national heroes like vets…but giving a minor character a full front and center story while long standing character are m.i.a. just gets me angry with the show…why couldnt Amy be a cousin to one of the regulars if we are going to give her a story and that way it involves more of the cast instead of her obvious growing attraction to Nathan???

Jackie
Jackie

I agree with you about showcasing current actors but, in my opinion, this is a worthy exception because the actor is a war veteran that sustained injuries (which should be seen fairly soon). Who better than to play a veteran whose life has been affected in a major way than a person that has and is living through it. I applaud GH for hiring Chris Van Etten and hope that we all learn something by his onscreen journey.

Jimh
Jimh

I did say i like the idea of the vet story and i am not against it so i guess you took my comments the wrong way..think it would be terrific if he is paired with Kiki for a love story…my comments is more directed toward Amy whom i believe should had been related to other characters to give them more involvement in this story instead of getting barely any screen time!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

As I just posted to Soaphound, I like Amy…and I wouldn’t mind seeing an eventual pairing of Amy and Nathan. I think they’re great together. Amy’s way more compassionate than Maxi…or at least is not as “hardened and jaded” as Maxi has become. (I haven’t liked Maxi much since her return…)

rose
rose

Rebecca…I have always appreciated Amy and the ManLanders “mimor story” since the beginning. At first it was a little fluffy and humorous relief for some of us, but has grown into a very relevant, emotional story. And I really like how it has allowed Amy to grow as an actress. You have to start somewhere. Also agree about Maxi. Like Lulu she has always bothered me except for her first stint at Crimson. Unlike Amy, for Maxi life is all about her. And I do see Amy as a better fit with nice guy Nathan.

Jimh
Jimh

Amy is ok-i may or may not warm up to her eventually..like i said she should had been a cousin to a regular for more character connection…and i like the idea of the vet story and hope the writers do well with his story-would be great if Kiki and him is paired off with Dillion pairing and this could turn out to be a great love story…as for Maxi i have mixed feeling for the character-she annoys me sometimes but i blame the writers and director for this!!!

Jimh
Jimh

i meant Dillon departing not pairing…

rebecca1
rebecca1

jimh…supposedly Dillon’s not departing…there was a petition to keep him… think they’re up to 4000 signatures. Still, we’ve barely seen him. From what I last heard he’d be recurring. He definitely wants to stay and was blindsided when they fired him. So, we shall see. I hope he does come back; I love the character and Robert Palmer Watkins.

Jimh
Jimh

Thanks…i did not hear that about Dillion…i just thought with Kiki working at the hospital she might be attracted to Chet or Chet attracted to her…

me
me

I say serving your country and protecting my rights for me, while at the same time losing both your legs, gives you the right to jump to the head of the line for characters who get a storyline on a stupid soap opera. In fact, I think he should get whatever the heck he wants out of life and every single person here should be happy for him.

Jimh
Jimh

i am happy for him and this story…i like the idea….just not a big fan of the Amy character-she is okay but wish Chet was more connected to a major character more and hope the story is well done!!!

Charday
Charday

An American hero on GH…and a QT, too.

Francesca Bruno
Francesca Bruno

This young man must have had a bad time of it. Heart wrenching to even speculate. I was affected by Amy’s tenacity because she understands that this is not her brother talking, but the disillusioned solder with a wounded soul. It is as if he gave up on himself, the result of traumatic tragedy suffered by many in the same position.

I felt for Amy so much. I champion her stamina in not giving up.
I am also impressed with Chris. The producers could not have picked a better representative showing how it was to be in a war zone, and then having to cope with life as it is now.

rose
rose

Francesca…I think you have expressed this very well. And for others interested in the strength it must take to come back from these kind of injuries both emotionally and physically, it’s worth catching clips of the Invictis Games that were held this last summer and promoted by Prince Harry.

Patrick
Patrick

@Francesca – your post lights up this thread

have to use your word.. heart wrenching , has no other word for this plight we are all in ? no?

it’s a tearful , mind set that we all must come to bear

our men in arms.. the opioid crisis… our elected officials

thank you for this – NICE – read

Francesca Bruno
Francesca Bruno

Thank you, Patrick. These are the times we live in. I have never seen such hostility and divisiveness in this country, in my lifetime here.

I am so tired of all the shenanigans. Disrespecting the flag, disrespecting what this country represents and mostly not honoring ourselves, as Americans and as war-veterans.

I am an immigrant, and was a child when my family moved here. This beautiful land has been good to us. I do consider myself American through and through. I respect our vets and the sacrifices they have made and all those who are still fighting for the greater good.

I try not to speak of politics. Patrick, but I respect the office of the President, no matter who it may be.

Some of the rif-raf that we see going on needs to stop and these people in high places need to get a grip and curb their appetite for bringing others down without just cause, from all sides of the spectrum.

Mostly they need to become human again and remember how and why America was born.

Patrick
Patrick

“…This beautiful land has been good to us ”

I hold on to this

I went in to a three month fugue.. after the president elect

I have not made peace.. yet.. I respect

this is an elect that voted

thru hell and high water.. will I stand

I honor and eye to eye fellow brethren

take care of us

Salute

Francesca Bruno
Francesca Bruno

That is all we should do, Patrick. Respect the office, and in so doing we respect ourselves. Be united no matter what. The only way to reaffirm what an American is and he values.

This country’s ideals and its freedoms get lost in the useless melees. What does it accomplish? More hatred and resentment towards our own people. It is my firm belief that the more this domestic turmoil exists, the more advantage and leverage our enemies will have.

rebecca1
rebecca1

A lot of us will never make peace with the man currently in the office, Patrick. Don’t expect it to happen; it only gets worse. “Pocahontas,” defending a man accused of molestation and pedophilia, calling himself…”your favorite president.” The “reality” of this presidency is more fantastical than any yarn a soap can spin.

Kids in future generations are going to have quite the history class when they read about this time in our history! The dark ages…

🙂

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Well said, Rebecca!!!! Thank you for having the courage to speak up against hate!

Shay
Shay

So beautifully put, Francesca!!!! You are exactly the kind of immigrant that America so sorely needs today….someone who loves and respects the US and who wholeheartedly chose to become part of our national experience and all that it has traditionally entailed!!! It absolutely inspired me as I read your most touching post, which was certainly reminiscent of the sentiments I have frequently heard from many a native Italian who has become a citizen of our great country. To my mind, your fellow expatriates are some of the most patriotic and devoted “Americans” I have ever met, and you, dear lady, are a shining example of that!!!! God bless you and God bless America!

Francesca Bruno
Francesca Bruno

Thank you, Shay. Italians, in general, are hard workers and a proud lot. We cherish our own and this country which has welcomed us with open arms.

Everyone struggles, but we have come a long way, thanks to hard work and pride.
It is that pride in our accomplishments which keeps us intact, emotionally, physically and mentally.

I have poured my heart out, Shay. I am proud of my Italian culture and roots. I am proud to call myself American.

rose
rose

And think of how hard it must be for the vets who do respect our country, it’s values, and fight for them to have to come home to hear and see what’s going on at all levels…I won’t bother to list them. It must be very disheartening. I know it is for those of us who live it day to day. And then have to deal with ptsd, injuries, and just fitting in again like Chris has had to do. Knowing he isn’t really playing a role as Chet but has and continues to live through it. Tears and sadness, but ultimately keeping hope in our hearts that we can all be the best we can be.

dmr
dmr

I haven’t watched the show in a week+; however, I follow the updates online and on here. I think this storyline will have potential if the storyline is not dropped like so many others. We see so many characters introduced quickly, and then we don’t see them for weeks and forget about them. Viewers are not able to establish a connection with the character if we do not see them on a somewhat regular basis. Also, I find it unfortunate that this storyline ties in with the Ask Man Landers storyline and with the Amy character. Both are highly unlikeable, IMO.

Jimmy
Jimmy

This whole opiod story could have easily been done without the Ask Man Landers nonsense. Those scenes on Tuesday’s show of Maxie, Nathan and Amy arguing over the article for Crimson was painful. I can’t stand Amy, I’ve never liked her. I hope that at the end of this story she and Chet leave Port Charles and never come back. There are way too many characters and stories going on as it is, and “Ask Man Landers” is definitely at the bottom of the barrel. Terrible concept to begin with, and it’s definitely overstayed its welcome.

Side note: is anyone else hoping that Cassandra turns out to be Helena’s daughter? Not by Mikkos, because that would make her and Valentin’s past relationship incest, but maybe she has the same father as Helena’s other daughter, Irina? I think it would be a great twist considering Helena is “dead” (for now, anyway) and someone needs to follow her footsteps. Plus, the resemblance between Jessica Tuck and Constance Towers is uncanny. They could definitely be mother and daughter.

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

Oh my goodness! I was just thinking that same thing today!! The resemblance and the mannerisms and just general ‘vibe’ really are evident! Let’s keep Helena dead and bring in someone who is related to her.

Shay
Shay

@Jimmy….The entire show could have done without “Man Landers!” It’s been an utterly absurd storyline and having the highly annoying Nurse Amy as part of it only made it all the worse!!!! Moreover, whilst I salute GH for having a real-life vet on the canvas, I’m none too jazzed about the drug angle of his currently precarious existence….I was hoping instead for a more heroic physical rehab emphasis. Lastly, I would be delighted if Cassandra were to be revealed as Helena’s chip off the old Cassadine, well, not quite, because as you say, she certainly won’t be Mikkos’ offspring per se, which would nicely pave the way for her to pursue Valentin all the way to the boudoir! Also, it would be absolutely delicious if this calculating “Ice Princess” should prove to be the complete undoing of Nina….I have been waiting for someone, anyone…to rid Port Charles of that hideously superfluous creature, and we may finally have just the woman to do it! Go Cassandra!

Jimh
Jimh

I cant stand the Man Landers story-dumbest story ever…Im trying hard to accept Amy but she is too annoying at the moment and hope that changes if she sticks around…and it is a great idea using a real vet-AMC did it too…wish he was connected more to other characters on the show and think pairing him with Kiki might make for a good love story-still wish they called her Lauren…but i can understand the drug angle-know a vet who turned to drugs…and i do think Jimmy’s idea of Cassandra being related to Helena is brilliant-now only if she was an old rival of our beloved mutter Dr. Liesel-i can envision the fireworks between those two…

Timmm
Timmm

I cannot believe the writers put their name on a script that includes “Man Landers.” Really? It is horrible! Nathan sucks and Amy is glass in a salad! Now we have her brother on the show. Nothing against him but now that he is front and center we have to deal with Amy even more! Maxie should tell Nathan to F Off!

Harry
Harry

People, people! It’s ASS MAN LANDERS!
And while Nathan’s career as a police detective may be over, he can join Lulu and go to medical school to become a proctologist I mean, he’s got to find some use for those bumperstickers he had made up.
Amy is pretty, talented and the actress who plays her is not half bad.
However, she must do away with the baby voice.

rose
rose

Jimmy and Jeanine… I have been thinking that about Casandra/Jessica and Helena since I first saw her arrive onto GH. There’s her resemblance to Helena, and also that her name Cassadra starts with the first letters of Cassadine. What bothers me is that I like Jessica Tuck. And while I think there is room for a hard hitting story on drugs and opiods, I just wish she didn’t have to be the really bad, bad person heading this awful crime.

Patrick
Patrick

I really am wondering.. where this is going she’s a hardened woman. if she’s brought on to make trouble for Valentin and Nina.. so be it.. I just wish.. GH writers would solidify Nina character.. they always have her back peddling.. and , like Valentin, taking the blame… as posters have lamented… Give these characters some backbone and fight for themselves. I thought it was going to be so much fun … watching Nina and Anna.. go at it.. it started all gangbusters.. and was left by the wayside. ??? what happened with Anna recordings with the watch she gave Valentin ? Nina the comatosed “victim” ??? and now she proudly states.. she’s this strong take charge no holds barred woman who is running a rags to riches Crimson magazine… ??? I get that .. I just wish Nina was shone.. what I’ve always wanted .. is a tough as nails.. ( like Phyllis , Y&R) WOMAN who stands by her man.. and can match the denizen of Port Charles eye to eye . if Carly and Sonny If BM Jason and Sam WHY NOT Valentin and Nina ? these two are far and away the much better act to follow I clearly think @GH writers sabotage Michelle Stafford and James P. Stuart.. so as not to take the spotlight away from … NO ? PLUS – I thought.. OK.. Cassandra is brought on to PROP , forever and a day… Michael Easton.. Dr. lackey Finn. NOW Dr. Finn is again performing MIRACLES on Amy brother. YOU WOULD THINK , the audience would see his drug withdrawl… and his missing Hayden and the child he lost.. that Hayden lied about. oh well.. he is the most underperforming actor on this show… Chad Duell , Michael isn’t worth the effort to even mention GH !!! we need these two salaries – for Robin Christopher , as the other woman who will balance out the Quartermaine familial.. with all that testosterone running loose. Skye Quartermaine. YES anyway… at least with Cassandra on the show.. will she distract Finn.. because this Anna and Finn will not fly. he’s too cutesy cutesy and flamboyant. Anna needs a man like Paul Hornsby… the eldest Baker brother…. Dr. Klein. HELP . Even her ONE dance with Andre sparked more waves of interlude.. than Finn ever will so Cassandra.. take no prisoners… kill dr. Finn.. as for the still uber sexy James P. Stuart.. I will charge – onward – Valentin , with Kevin, Scotty, OWN THIS SHOW. GH writers… focus all you want on the fab 4 plus Steve Burton… this go nowhere dullard is ending it’s pomp and circumstance much sooner than the writers dreamed up. I WILL say… throughout the advent and at the starting gate… this story belongs to Steve Burton and Billy Miller. YES YES YES – Sonny and Carly have paled in comparison.. and are not generating anything more than same old same old. blech blah bombs away as for ASK… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick

Kirsten Storms, Maxie.. NEEDS… for her and her characters sake… MUST get her job back @Crimson. Sorry.. Nelle and Michael NEED TO LEAVE. pronto…

I’m done loitering for the sake of Nelle.

it’s always easier to prop Maxie character when she has that safety net of something to give her character relevance. Nina and Maxie and Dillon.. where a hot trio.

Steve
Steve

I’ll cut him some slack, since he’s not an actor. Hopefully, his arrival will coincide with the wrap up of the Man Landers plot.

Does GH have the guts to mention how a major portion of the opioid crisis can be blamed on hospitals and medical providers? It was nice to have Monica express concern the other day, but that’s sugar coating the crisis.

rose
rose

Steve…For someone who only tolerates aspirin, I had my own experience regarding health providers, probably unknowingly at the time, giving me oxycoden (sp?) when I was recovering from surgery a couple of years ago. In hospital they had me on it for the pain, and gave me prescriptions to continue using when I got home. Not knowing much about prescribed drugs and trusting my doctors, I just kept calling my GP or surgeon for refill prescriptions. If I hadn’t been watching a talk show one day I wouldn’t have know how dangerous and addictive it was. So I stopped cold turkey on the spot. Luckily I survived that as well. Didn’t realize that that’s not how you stop.

But now as you say, drugs have become a real, expanded crisis everywhere for all kinds of people. I was listening to “Pusher Man” the other day by Steppenwolf. Or “Damage Done” by Neil Young. and these were 60’s songs asking for help. Wish we did a better job in our country about stopping the illegal and “legal” drug trades.

Steve
Steve

Rose
Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m glad you kicked it.

There are legitimate reasons for prescribing extreme pain meds, but for many years, they were overprescribed when extra strength Tylenol or Advil would suffice for many.

It would’ve nice if GH addressed this. On a lighter note, how often does GH have a character say they came to the hospital to pick up a prescription? Port Charles must be the biggest City not to have a CVS or Rite Aid.

Ashland22Cripton
Ashland22Cripton

Yes quitting cold turkey is hard because you your body gets so used to the effects that the certain medications give to you so when you get automatically take it off one it could affect the situation even more worse then I already could be

Soaphound
Soaphound

Well, I’m gonna eat my words…a bit. I really was moved by the scene with Amy and Chet. At least it’s about SOMETHING timely and important. And Ms. Risa was really excellent. But the real, happy surprise was a new character I actually like. Chris gave a very good first performance and is beyond good looking. Between him and that gorgeous Dr. Klein (please keep him!), GH has got my attention lately. Keep it up!

rebecca1
rebecca1

your crush on Dr. Klein is quite cute, Soaphound! I think you’re smitten!

I love Amy. Personally? I actually like Amy and Nathan better than Maxi and Nathan!

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

I wholeheartedly agree with you! Mr. Van Etten is a very nice looking man. And I, too, want the gorgeous and talented fella playing Dr. Klein to stick around. I love seeing him on my screen. More, please!!

Patrick
Patrick

@soaphoud
@JasonLoves

@ every one PLUS PLUS PLUS

we need and love Dr. Klein

Jessica Sanders
Jessica Sanders

He is soooo sexy. Can’t wait to see more of Chet.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Agreed, Jessica. And finally a man with great hair without those silly faux crew cuts like they make Billy Miller wear. Instead of that ugly beard Jason has to sport, how about letting the hair on his head grow! I hope Chris becomes a keeper. Ditch Jordan, Nelle, and Charlotte to pay for it.

Shay
Shay

Oooooh, I hear you about Billy Miller, Soaphound! Why he’s hiding his adorable face behind that beard is a mystery to me…I’m hoping that he grew it as part of a brief phase of his character’s latest “development” and that it shall be short-lived!!! I also second the motion for longer hair….

Patrick
Patrick

Tuesday ep – was a N I C E satiate ALL about Nathan –

forgot about the fab 4 for that time

had he had a towel drop

Harry
Harry

Well, I jumped on the Chet Train as soon as he screamed at Amy,”GET OUT!”

rose
rose

Harry…Be kind. Without Amy and ManLanders we might not have gotten Mr. Van Etten as Chet. :))

Harry
Harry

And we would not have gotten Ass Man Landers either making poor Nathan the laughing stock of Port Charles.
I like Chet though.

Jackie
Jackie

Agree completely!

rebecca1
rebecca1

He’s not a laughing stock. Seems half of Port Chuck is following Ass-Man’s advice! LOL…I think it’s cute.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Harry…stop! LOL! Amy is adorable…in looks and personality! We need a sincere, good person on the show. She fits the bill. (I actually think she’s beautiful…gorgeous face, hair…). And she’s so sincere! Give Ms. Amy a break!

Shay
Shay

Amen, Harry! “Team Chet” all the way!!!!!!! I say keep him and send his overly- chirpy chick of a sis on a one-way book tour outta Port Chuck!

Shay
Shay

@Harry….If Rebel Wilson and Meghan McCain had a lovechild, it would be “Nurse Amy!”

Shay
Shay

You’re right, Harry! Nathan has become a laughing stock whilst masquerading as “@$$-Man Landers.” The name alone is utterly humiliating and the entire subterfuge has become a joke that is now turning into a seriously bad situation for this too gullible nice guy!

Satan
Satan

The opiate addiction and the veteran story are worthwhile, but it’s a damn shame it had to be done to prop the most useless character since the February 2012 invasion, and extend the most pointless storyline (“man landers”) since Casey the Alien.

Get Chet the help he needs…. and then send him and his annoying sister off into the sunset.

Shay
Shay

Well, I’m with you up until the part about sending Chet off with Nurse Amy! The man has already served his country and been to hell and back (no disrespect intended there….) with his horrible injuries and now drug addiction. What incentive would he have to get and stay clean if it means the prospect of having to put up with a future stuck by his overbearing chatterbox of a sibling???? That notion could make anyone want to escape into a world of substance abuse!!!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Amy doesn’t even come close to Carly annoying. Amy’s a light of sincerity and adorability…and I LOVE her friendship with Nathan! This cute little story line, which since has evolved into a story of love, family and inspiration has allowed Nathan to show a very humane, compassionate side. And this is probably the first time that a platonic relationship has been for such a worthy cause.

I actually think Amy and Nathan are much more interesting to watch than Maxie and Nathan! Maxie has been too engaging since her return; doesn’t feel like the same character. She’s hardened…

I’d love to see an Amy/Nathan pairing!

Fanny
Fanny

Hopefully these uneventful, uninteresting mix & match storylines come to a FINAL close.
Taking with them these ACTORS… PLEASE!!!

K/kay
K/kay

I think this is a short story arc if I can deal with the Sonny and Jason plus one hour you guys can deal with this! God bless him for all he has gone thru

su0000
su0000

.

Chris Van Etten/ Chet.
He could be Y&R Zack’s brother.
WOW! they are near twins ..

Jackie
Jackie

While I can understand not liking a character, I cannot understand bashing a man that served this country and went through so many sacrifices in his life. In my opinion, having GH write stories about real issues in the world makes more sense than some other storylines. While I’m not a “Man Landers” fan, the underlying story was so compelling that I’m thrilled that it is finally a major story line (along with the storyline regarding illegal drugs that are killing too many people). Fantasy is a good thing as well but GH needs to also address real issues. Bravo to them for thee two stories. Hope they last a while!

Patrick
Patrick

I truly think – Risa Dorken – as Amy is palatable

wouldn’t it be a miracle… once her brother is on the mend… and she is no where near as excitable

her histrionics and shrieks.. and what not.. are over the top

what happened to gossipy Amy ? the FUN’ster we hoped would continue ?

I hope this isn’t , as posted, a triangle run amok , as in “fatal attraction” .. to give Maxie – something – with Nathan.

it’s time to end the “ask Man Landers”

showcase Rina Dorken as she should be… she’s a very pretty girl with potential … it’s too bad Mylo isn’t on the show.. he’d be HOT with her

I don’t mind watching her… if GH plans to go with a topical story line…

give Amy an opportunity to smarten up

rebecca1
rebecca1

Amy IS smart, Patrick. She’s a nurse as well as a writer. She also has a head full of common sense/innate intelligence…since it’s HER advice that people are relating to.

Yes, she comes off girly and giggly…but I see that as a refreshing change from most of the cynical characters walking around. She’s one of the few “pure” hearts of the show. I’m hoping they don’t change her too much.

And as I’ve mentioned a lot…I really like her chemistry with Nathan. They’re just sweet together. And I think if allowed, they could really into deeper characters together. They’re already less superficial than most of the others.

I doubt theyll split Maxi and Nathan up. Probably would be too much uproar. Me? I wouldn’t mind. Give Amy HER Man Landers and see where it goes!

Mateo
Mateo

Let’s be clear: I like Amy’s character. But to place her in a lead role with such a weak story is sad. Why bring on another temporary character? I will tell you why, because no one is certain the “two jason” story is working. I don’t care that Amy’s brother is addicted to drugs. Why don’t I care? Because I don’t know Amy’s brother. He just landed on a hospital bed. The writers boxed themselves in with this ridiculous publicity stunt called Jason Morgan. Now all other characters have to suffer because they can’t have a decent story. The Cassandra character is AWFUL…she is the first actress on this show that can’t keep up with the rest of a great cast. I know she was on One Life To Live. I know she allegedly was great then but she bites now. This role is ridiculous. She is not even remotely attractive to be chasing after Finn or Valentin. I mean have you seen Finola Hughes and Michelle Stafford? She doesn’t stand a chance. And the character being a “drug lord” is stupid. She is not scary. She is bitchy but not in a good way. She could never hold her own against Helena or Ava or hell even Epiphany. Send her away. Have her become a strung out drug addict who dies with a needle in her arm and a pair of Nathan’s underwear in her hands. I mean PLEEEASSSE GH. C’mon. Finish your casting stunt and bring back some stories. I will wait. I believe in you but really Man Landers and opiates? I smell pickle relish somewhere….

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GH’s Jackie Zeman To Co-Host TLC’s New Design & Lifestyle Series ‘Make This Place Your Home’

Nurse Bobbie Spencer and legacy star of General Hospital, Jackie Zeman, will be getting the chance to bring to viewers another one of her passions besides acting, that of interior design and creating beautiful surroundings for her loved ones.

Zeman is set to co-host TLC’s new series, Make This Place Your Home.  Celebrity Chef and lifestyle guru, Jaime Laurita, who has traveled the world cooking and creating homes on the road for rock stars such as Sting and Steven Tyler, will be Jackie’s hosting counterpart.

The series will debut on Saturday, September 29th at 9:00am ET/PT.   The half hour show will introduce innovative products for every area of the home, indoors and outdoors.  From the latest in Smart Home technology to handcrafted designs, fitness equipment, new green and sustainable products and more.

Make This Place Your Home will offer audiences an inside look at how new home products are made, how they can be used in any size or style of home, and often how they improve the lives of real people in need of design help.

The series is produced by WGST, Inc, producers of  Food Quest on A&E and FYI Networks.

So, will you be checking out Jackie’s new series? Comment below!

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Executive Producer Frank Valentini Talks Returns, Exits, And Previews The Drama This Fall On General Hospital

Surprise returns, a wedding, a heartbreaking social issue storyline, romance, and heavy drama are all ahead this fall on General Hospital.

Executive Producer Frank Valentini sat down with Michael Fairman TV during the ABC TCA 2018 Summer Press Tour All-Star Reception to answer our rapid fire questions throughout the bustle of the industry event.

Valentini previewed what’s ahead in and around Port Charles for several characters and duos as the summer comes to a close, and a new season marks new beginnings.  He also addressed the recent cast exits that have seen fan favorites departing the ABC daytime drama series.

Now, as viewers will witness this week, there is some major distress ahead for several key characters that will play out over the next few months.

Here’s what the showrunner had to say about some hot topics that fans have been buzzing about, and more below.

Genie Francis (Laura) is coming back to the show, after all the uproar and demand for her to return.   You said there will be major story for her when she is back.  Is that true?

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FRANK:  Yes, and we are very excited that she is coming back.  And yes, we have actually two big stories for Genie, and there is a little bit of overlap in them. When she comes back she jumps right into the big story, and the audience will know what the story is when they see her return. 

Chloe Lanier (Chloe) just wrapped up an incredible run on the show.  How do you feel about her departure from GH?  Did you know she was only planning on staying for a few years? 

FRANK:  We all knew that it was for a limited time. Nelle has sort of wreaked havoc on anyone she possibly could, and left in a big way and helped kick-off another big story with some other fan favorites including: Michael (Chad), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen), and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright), and the Corinthos family.  So, that’s another fun thing to look forward to.  Chloe is just a tremendous young actress.  We all remember her from the 52nd anniversary episode, which was the Luke (Tony Geary) episode, which revealed the origin story. Chloe just really stood out to us, and we brought her back.  Everyone loved working with her and she is a great friend. 

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Did you have any trepidation about doing another baby switch storyline?

FRANK:  Never, never!   This one has a twist on a double twist.  It’s a triple-axel! It will be gut-wrenching, for sure.

Then, Dominic Zamprogna (Ex-Dante) left GH.  How do you feel about him deciding to leave the show?

FRANK:  I love Dominic.  In fact, we just had dinner together a few weeks ago.  He is a great actor, but he wanted to try some other stuff.   We wish him all the best.  And you never know … the door is always open. 

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Fans on social media have been commenting how the Drew/Sam/Jason triangle featuring: Billy Miller, Kelly Monaco ,and Steve Burton had started, and then was just kind of dropped and has not been playing out on-air.  Have you made the decision to not play that triangle?

FRANK:  No, we are definitely playing it.  There are many iterations:  Drew and Sam are connected through their children, and their love, and the history that they have.  And as well, Jason and Drew being brothers, and that Jason and Sam have their own history, as well.  There’s way more to come! 

Fans have commented, “What happened to this story?”

FRANK:   It’s a big show with a big cast.  Everyone takes a turn stepping forward, and then stepping back.

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You brought on Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux) as a potential love interest for Drew?

FRANK:  Yes, and I knew her work from All My Children and The Young and the Restless, and she is a phenomenal actress and we are really lucky to have her.  Margaux has got the flash drive with Drew’s memories on it and that is an important piece of information to have.

Peter August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey) is still on the canvas.  Is your plan to have Peter create more havoc in Port Charles?

FRANK:  Wes Ramsey is a phenomenal actor.  I think he did a phenomenal job when Peter was kidnapped and tied-up.  It’s not easy to be in scenes where you are tied-up for almost four weeks, and to act, and to stay present in the stage of being a hostage.  I just though he knocked it out of the park  He is Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) brother, he is Anna’s (Finola Hughes) son and with whatever is going to happen with Maxie, they are connected.  He is Maxie’s brother-in-law and baby James’ uncle.  There is a lot of story there.

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Finola Hughes is back after taking some time-off.  Now, Anna and Finn’s (Michael Easton) relationship will be further explored as they now fight a common enemy.  What can you share about this duo?

FRANK:  Finola had a mini-vacation. She is incredibly hard-working, and we try to make sure actors’ have enough time in their personal life to have fun, and go on vacations, and be with their family. This was something we were able to work out story-wise.  But also, Hamilton will be involved with his family and there is some story there and also as you see, when Finola came back we launched into a big story with them.  There is so much to explore in their relationship. For Anna, she has only had two great loves in her life, Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Robert (Tristan Rogers).  So for her to open up her heart to someone else is a big deal, and we will explore that as well, and what that means.

Michelle Stafford (Nina) has been delivering in scene after scene as the grieving sister, following the death of her brother, detective Nathan West.  What is in store for her Nina and her relationship, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart)?

FRANK:  Valentin and Nina are separated right now, and that is never going to sit well with Valentin.  He is going to do everything in his power to try and win her back.  That will not only be fun to watch, but it will be interesting and full of twists, as well.

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Chase (Josh Swickard) and Maxie seems like they could make for an interesting pairing. Will you explore that at this point?

FRANK:  There is a lot of potential with Maxie, but I don’t think Maxie is ready to be in a relationship.  She has tons of story with Lulu (Emme Rylan), and as well with her parents, and there will be lots of other fun things going on with her, but I don’t see a romance right now being front and center in her life.

Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Krstina) is coming back to GH.  Fans had been calling for her return.  Why the decision now to bring her on to the canvas?

FRANK:  We love Lexi!  Her parents are two of the most important people on the show, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  It just seemed like a no-brainer, and she was available. We have a really fun story for her, as well.

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So, there is no Parker (Ashley Jones) in Kristina’s life, right now?

FRANK:  We will see as we go along, and we will uncover the truth about that relationship, as well. 

You brought one of the finest actresses in Tamara Braun back to GH.   Do you plan on utilizing her more … and will Kim be driving story?

FRANK:  Kim is going to have a very big story this fall.

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What can you share on the future of Julian (William deVry) and Alexis?

FRANK:  They will be part of the Kim story as well, and their own story.  Alexis is going to be involved in different stories that will culminate in a story of her own, as well

Patricia Bethune was great as Nurse Mary Pat as Carly’s nemesis at Ferncliff.   She is an amazing character actress.  Did you plan on keeping her around as long as you have?

FRANK:  She is just a great actress and we really lucked out.  She played the balance of very deadly serious and dangerous, and also with a sardonic and sarcastic sort of comedic bent to it.

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Let’s talk Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco (Roger Howarth).  Is there a wedding? And if so, will it go off without a hitch?

FRANK:   There is a wedding coming in the fall.  And how could a wedding between Liz and Franco be anything but explosive and hilarious?  How funny was Roger Howarth in the remote scenes where they save Carly at Ferncliff, and he is sitting in the car and he says, “You knocked over my art supplies.”  I mean, that is pretty great stuff. 

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You recently had OLTL fan favorite Patrick J. Gibbons (Ex-Sam Manning) on GH, in role of Wyatt … the scout who tripped upon Peter being held hostage in the cabin.   How was it working with him again after your time together in Llanview?

FRANK:  Patrick and his family are very good friends of mine, who I have always had a connection with. When the writers came up with the part of Wyatt, I thought Patrick would be perfect for it.  He was wonderful.   Patrick has the right amount of innocence. He has grown so much as an actor, and he is still only 11.  I thought he was phenomenal. He played the wonder and the dedication to the scouts and trying to figure it out in fear of Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).   I thought he did such a nice job,   He is a lovely kid.  I was so happy to reconnect with him.

You have recast Vinessa Antoine’s role of Jordan Ashford with Briana Nicole Henry. Vinessa has gone on to be the series lead in the upcoming Canadian TV drama, Diggstown.  Isn’t it always hard to recast a role?

FRANK:  It’s always hard to recast and we never take it lightly.  We always want to make sure we bring in somebody good.  Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan are in a position in their story where it’s important to keep them on the canvas, and write –off the character of Jordan for a frivolous reason. We would not want to do that to the audience.

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The Alzheimer’s storyline is one of the important social and medical issues of our time to shed a light on.  Through Max Gail’s (Mike) performances, it has resonated so much to the audience.  Do you plan on continuing taking the viewers through the most difficult and tragic moments in the journey of someone who cannot escape this illness, and the toll it takes on its loved ones?

FRANK:  I think that Max Gail, like Vernee Watson (Stella), took us by surprise at how amazing they are. The Alzheimer’s story is very near and dear to all of our hearts.  We want to tell it in a way that is very realistic, but to also emphasis the hope and the family connection, and the love that is that family. Sometimes in the face of tragedy, it brings out the best in human beings.  There is something very uplifting about that, even though we are telling a very sad story.  Mike realizes that this family loves him, even though he has made mistakes. There is a tremendous amount of forgiveness and a tremendous amount of empathy and sympathy, and reconciliation in moving forward.  I think the relationship between Max and Sonny is played beautifully by Max and Maurice Benard.

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What is ahead for Ava Jerome (Maura West), now that the secret is out that the man she thought she could trust and who loved her, Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen) slept with her daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin)?

FRANK:  Ava explodes over the next couple of weeks and has a major, major story. Maura West has never been better!

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What is ahead now for Carly?  She holds the clue that there has been a switcheroo at Ferncliff involving her “therapist” Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom).  Will she be the one to figure it out? 

FRANK:  Carly will definitely be dealing with the repercussions from Ferncliff, and also some family situations, and also something big coming up with Sonny. She will also be helping Michael through his difficult time, because she is a good mother.

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So, what story are you looking forward to seeing play out?  Are you excited for the return of Genie Francis? What did you think about the EP’s thoughts on the departures, the returns, and the plans for the characters in Port Charles this fall? Comment below.

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