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Chris Van Etten Wraps Storyline and Exits General Hospital

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After beginning a potential new romance with Terry played by Cassandra James, actor and marine vet, Chris Van Etten (Chet Driscoll) has exited General Hospital.

According to a setside source in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Van Etten’s story had to be cut short.

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The reason for the abrupt ending was that Chris has moved his family away from California and to Illinois.

A recent Instagram post from Van Etten indicated the new start on life when he expressed: “Doesn’t look like much yet, but soon we’ll call it home. After being in California for over 12 years, that chapter is drawing to a close. Looking forward to being back with the family.”

Chris was first seen on the ABC daytime drama series back in 2017.

In story, Chet’s sister, Amy (Risa Dorken) meddled trying to keep Terry and her brother from a blossoming romance.  In doing so, Amy got Chet a job offer out of town, which last week Terry told him he will accept, even though Chet said he would turn it down.  No last airdate for Van Etten has been revealed, but we think, given the story, it will wrap up in short order.

Michael Fairman TV interviewed Chris for a two-part interview a few years ago, which you can see below, and as well as on The Michael Fairman Channel.

So, were you hoping for Terry and Chet to get a chance at love with one another? Sad to see Chris go? Perhaps, he will be back one day? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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I’m sorry to see him leave and to see this wonderful story cut short. Here’s hoping he and his family have a wonderful life in IL!

In the meantime, I hope they eventually recast and get this story going again.

It’s a really difficult role to cast. It’s not like there’s a whole lot of handsome double-amputee Army veterans acting in Hollywood. Chet is only connected to tertiary characters, so it may be best to bring in someone new for Terry.

I asked myself’
Who would move from California to Illinois?
Chicago vs California, hhhhmmmm?
Whishing Chris happy windy below-zero blizzard fun days.
And the best of everything-

Commiefornia? Is it the 1950s again?

Speaking of sewers…. when are you going back to yours, MAGAtt?

SuOOO
I agree with you and hope Chris and his family a better life . I lived just across Lake Michigan in Indiana for 8 lousy years. From tornadoes to conditions you describe plus horrible ,unbearable summers. I have now been in So. Cal. for 56 wonderful years, weatherwise at least, a few earthquakes but nothing major in my area (knocking on wood) The mid-west is not for me.

Hi violet–
I’m a fall/winter person..
Hot summer not for me..
I’d rather roll in a Blizard than miserably sweat in the heat.
Iraq did that to me, the heat/high temperatures were not pleasant.
But– I get the 4 seasons, so variety is always awesome.
aahh Violet- you must have an awesome tan 😉 lol

SuOOO
Hi Su. I do miss the change of seasons but Ca’s seems to run gradually one into the other, mostly sunshine, blu e sky’s, somethings always blooming, hence runny nose and eyes lately. We don’t get enough rain.I miss snow at Christmas but if someone wants to see it bad enough they can ride up to the mountains in a short while and get their fill. I avoid the sun as much as possible, but take Vit.D religisly. I hate intense heat as much as you do but want to thank you for suffering through it for all of us. You weren’t able to just turn on the A.C when needed.

Not a little prejudice are you? So where do you suggest he moves to?

More then likely rural Illinois I mean the man has been in battle I truly think he would not want to live in Chicago where it is in constant shoot outs every weekend! Thank you for your service !!

You sound very troubled dear. Help is available.

So… He really did get a job in Chicago?

Why isn’t he still going to be a writer for GH? Many writers and head-writers wrote from the distance i.e. Bill Bell and Kay Alden. Was he let go not renewing his contract or fired? I must say I’m a CBSer of daytime dramas and have been trying to watch GH simply because of the CBS’s diva seems to land there and I know their work but it’s a little hard to follow all the stories because I feel they have to many stories on canvas at present. GH needs to pare down the cast a tiny bit.

Same name… two different people. Honestly !!

you must have missed MF’s story that GH had an actor and head writer with the same name.

Never watched GH until recently and seeing if I would like it. Always been a CBSer all my life and I’m 61.

This wasn’t Chris Van Etten, the writer. But if he’s the one allowing Parasite Nina to eat the entire show, I wish he WOULD leave.

Different person my dear.

Happy for Chris, sad for us. I loved his story with Terry. Finally a couple to root for, instead of Finn moving on from woman to woman with increasing dullness. Chase and Brook Lynn better pan out soon; he needs someone to appreciate him. Glad he’s through with Malicious Michael and Whackadoo Willow. Best wishes to handsome Chris and his family.

“Finn moving on from woman to woman with increasing dullness”
I nearly spit out my Cheerios reading this! It’s so true!!!

Thad, who do you think will be the next gal to be anesthetized by Finn’s “charms”? While Elizabeth is gone, maybe he’ll cry on Nurse Amy’s shoulder!

There’s one in every crowd: man didn’t really land on the moon; the vaccine is going to kill us all; the internet is spying on us; and a veteran with more balls than any of us decided to move his entire family halfway across the country because he didn’t want to work with a transgender person.

It would be funny if it weren’t so offensive and ignorant.

Hmmmmmmmm?????

What the hell? You brought the transgender issue out, along with an amputee, showing each COULD have had an issue the other, then you send Chet to freaking Chicago? You basically bailed on a golden opportunity to open minds! I’m really pissed off about his. Terri and Chet could have changed the way people look at transgender people and hell, also at amputees! Shame on GH/ABC for bailing on what could have been such a learning topic! I wanted to see their relationship blossom, and find out what each deals with in their lives. UGH, I can’t say enough about how disappointed I am! I want to learn and love everyone, so again, shame on you for not letting their lights shine! Terri and Chet should have been given the chance to open our hearts and minds. I know I’m repeating myself, but for goodness sakes, you failed us miserable!

General Hospital

Steve Burton Confirms ‘General Hospital’ Head Writer Switch Changed Jason’s Comeback Storyline

General Hospital viewers will see today, Monday, March 4th, the beginnings of the return storyline for Steve Burton and his character of Jason Morgan.

Just how did the recent head writing regime change at GH alter the plans for story for Jason’s comeback? As had been rumored, seems plenty. Back on January 22nd, it was revealed that Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor had been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte. At that time, Burton had already signed-on to return to the daytime drama for the first time since being let go towards the end of 2021.

Speaking with Soap Opera Digest, Steve confirmed that what we will see on-air is from the new head writers and that the direction of the story changed, “So apparently there was a whole different story planned and then the head writer switch happened and then they kind of rebooted (the story arc). I know Patrick (Mulcahey, one of the new head writers) a little bit, but I really know Elizabeth Korte (who was promoted to co-head writer).”

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Burton added, “There’s no one in the building that loves that show, knows the history of the character, and is invested in it 100 percent than Elizabeth. There has never been a more deserved promotion, ever. Once I know that she was (one of the head writers), I was like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be good! I cannot wait.’ And it has been exactly that. Everything has been amazing.”‘

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In addition, during an Instagram live on Monday with his podcast and comedy show partner, GH star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Burton also commented on the upcoming story arc which brings Jason back to Port Charles. Steve expressed, “The story is not going to disappoint. The scenes are super deep. Frank (Valentini, EP, GH)  and the new head writers took some time to really think this out.”

Burton, being a longtime veteran of the soaps, said Jason’s return is not just isolated to be about him. “Great story on daytime should involve a myriad of people across the board and where it effects everybody,” he shared. The popular fan favorite feels that this story delivers on all levels.

So, what do you think about the head writer change and how it prompted the plans for Jason’s return? Comment below.

 

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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THIS WEEK on GENERAL HOSPITAL: “He’s Back” as Jason Returns; Sonny Sets His Trap for the Shooter

Monday, March 4th is the highly-anticipated return of Steve Burton as Jason Morgan on ABC’s General Hospital. In the newly-released weekly promo for the series, in the final moments of it, you see a man with his hands-up about to turn around which looks like it will be revealed to be Sonny’s former hitman.

In the promo, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Anna (Finola Hughes), Spinell (Bradford Anderon) and others are intercut looking shocked at who they find on the pier with voice-overs of characters saying, “It can’t be”, “It’s him,” etc.

The story has been building as to who has been behind the shootings seemingly targeting Sonny (Maurice Benard), Selina (Lydia Look) and others related to the mob. When they locate Jason … is he the Jason we knew prior to the tunnel collapsing him towards the end of 2021, where he was believed to have perished? How is this all connected to the intel that Olivia Jerome was apparently killed in prison?

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Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) and Drew’s (Cameron Mathison) relationship has shown its cracks. When Carly eventually sees Jason, will it eventually pit brother against brother for the love of Carly? And in this case, is Drew going to be portrayed as the bad guy due to his issues since his time at Pentonville which has shown he has become more obsessed with revenge on Nina (Cynthia Watros)?

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Here’s a look at the rest of this week’s the teasers for the action in Port Charles below.

MONDAY, MARCH 4

Jason returns to Port Charles.  Selina and Sonny’s negotiation is abruptly interrupted.  Laura confronts Cyrus. Brook Lynn confides in Tracy. Heather attempts an escape.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

Josslyn and Dex are in a frantic situation. Sonny hits a sore spot with John. Anna learns some tragic news. Marshall tells Curtis about his misdiagnosis. Laura acts fast in a crisis.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

Anna questions Josslyn and Dex. Olivia and Sonny reconnect. Alexis is apprehensive. Cody and Sasha each make a confession. Spinelli and Ava are in for a shock.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

Sonny and Ava share a loaded moment. Drew and Carly have their hands full. Maxie is stunned. Laura offers comfort. Brook Lynn opens up to Jordan.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2024

Carly is taken aback. Nina corners Ava. Sonny gets an update on John’s investigation. Michael tries to convince Dex to stay. Alexis vents to Diane.

Now, check out this week’s promo for GH below. Then let us know, what state of mind do you think Jason will be in when he has revealed himself?  Share your thoughts in the comment secti

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