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Clink Boom! The Lilly Melgar Interview: Could Lily Rivera Be Alive On GH? And The Bay's Janice Hops In Bed With Young Peter!

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Our headline says it all, “Clink Boom!”  This past week on General Hospital, the series brought up Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) connection to the Rivera family, after it was revealed that Julian Jerome’s (William deVry) henchmen, Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) is from Puerto Rico.  That left Sonny questioning that he could indeed be related to his late wife Lily Rivera (Lilly Melgar), who blew up into smithereens years ago.  That event set the course for all the next wives and women in Sonny’s life.  Something cataclysmic always seemed to happen, or was about to happen, when Sonny was set to marry the woman he loves!

On-Air On-Soaps attended the screening of the new season of The Bay this past week and got a first glimpse of the four installments!  So far, fans this past week were able to see the first two episodes released online.  Lilly Melgar is back on The Bay as troubled Janice Ramos, the bitter enemy of Sara Garrett (Mary Beth Evans)!  And in the first few installments, Janice has slept with the much younger Peter Garrett (Kristos Andrews), which left many in the attendance at the screening with their jaws dropped!

We caught up with Lilly Melgar afterwards at the viewing party to discuss all the “hot bed” issues surrounding her in the soap world right now!  Chief among them, is she coming back to General Hospital as Lily Rivera?  Has she seen what has gone down recently on the ABC soap opera?  And, how did she feel about her character on The Bay sleeping with a young hottie?  Lilly reveals her thoughts in this candid interview below!

General Hospital has been on fire lately, and they brought in the character of Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) who, as has been discussed, obviously could be related to Sonny’s deceased ex-wife Lily!

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LILLY:  So I hear!  For the past four months there is a huge rumor all over Twitter that I am coming back!  I mean, it just goes, and goes, and goes, and God love the fans.  They are writing the storyline!  I mean to the point where I am asking myself, “Am I coming back?” (Laughs)  I have not received a phone call from GH, but man, are these fans convinced that I am coming back.  Now, with this new character of Carlos Rivera, it just took it to the next level.

So last week on GH, Sonny (Maurice Benard) finds out the last name of the henchmen of Julian Jerome’s is “Carlos Rivera”. Sonny says, “Carlos Rivera from Puerto Rico.  I knew a Rivera family…”  However, Shawn Butler (Sean Blakemore) checks out if Carlos is from the same Rivera clan for Sonny!  And on Friday’s episode, Shawn tells Sonny, Carlos is not related to his ex-wife’s Rivera family.  Hmmm.

LILLY:  Yes, I know.  I had one of the GH actors who I worked with back then, who I won’t say who, because I don’t want to get them in any trouble, say to me, “Lilly, get ready!  I am thinking maybe it might happen.  They brought this up on today’s show!”

They are so good at GH under executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati, of bringing back characters from the past, or who previously were believed to be dead! (Laughs)  Now it could be that Carlos will still turn out to be related to Lily, and maybe she is alive!  Can you imagine?

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LILLY:  Oh, my God!   Would that not be the biggest shocker?  You know they brought me back once before, and she was a prostitute who got plastic surgery to look like Lily.  It could have been an interesting storyline, but unfortunately it didn’t go anywhere!  To really bring back Lily, whoa!  What would that mean for the character of Sonny?  Her death has molded the character of Sonny Corinthos through what he has experienced to this day!  For that not to be true … the impact of that on the character of Sonny would be tumultuous!

And you could come back and have a relative in Carlos Rivera played by Jeffrey Vincent Parise!  Have you seen him in the role?

LILLY:  I have not seen him on the air shows, but I hear he is a great actor, and I am all about working with great actors!

Lilly, I just watched you as The Bay’s Janice, have sex on-screen with the much younger Peter Garrett played by Kristos Andrews!  What happened when they said to you that Janice is going to hop into bed with this young dude?

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LILLY:  I experienced a lot of resistance, I am not going to lie, and I will tell you why!  Only because we have really established Janice’s love for her daughter Lianna (Jade Harlow), and that has been such an important aspect of Janice’s character, that it was challenging for me being a mom myself in real life!  But you know what, it happens!  It is loosely based on a true story, which at some point Gregori Martin (creator, The Bay) will talk about.  So once we had that conversation, then I was more comfortable with it.  As an actor, we are always seeking challenges to that degree.  It gives me more layers to work through because I have my love for my daughter, my loyalty to my daughter, and now this happens!

When she ends up in bed with Peter, does Janice just think he’s hot, so why not do the deed?  Or, is there something else going on behind it, such as her incredible disdain for Peter’s mother, Sara Garrett played by Mary Beth Evans?

LILLY:  You have to understand, Janice for as long as she can remember has been in love with Lee (Paul Satterfield).  Now Lee is dead.   She is having an identity crisis of: who am I without that?  That is all she has known is that love for this man, who was the father of her daughter, and then her daughter found out the truth that it was in fact her real father. Janice had to deal with so much!  Can you blame her for wanting to escape? She is turning the bottle as we saw last season.  We know she had one drunken night and possibly made the biggest mistake of her life … or … a new door has been opened!

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Or… a new door has been opened and she is going to fall in love with babe in the woods, Peter?  Tell me no! (Laughs)

LILLY:  (Laughs) You don’t know, and this does happen.  Janice is so lost not knowing who she is, what to believe in, and now she is getting all this attention from this young hot guy.  She is insecure, and she is in a very vulnerable and fragile place.  You put alcohol in the mix … and anything can happen.

So, when they said, “OK, now we are going to film the sex scene,” were you able to get out of your head enough to just go for it?

LILLY:  Some things you just don’t ask, Michael! (Laughs)  I am just saying! (Laughs)  It was very challenging.

Your Internet radio series co-hosted with Martha Madison (The Bay, Days of our Lives), Soap Box, has really taken off!  Why has it worked so well with you and Martha as co-hosts?

LILLY:  First of all, we want to have you on the show in January when Martha is back from having her beautiful baby girl and being a new mom!  We are total sisters now.  We met on The Bay, but then Jim Romanovich (Executive, ATI)  hired us to do these hosted segment on Planet 360, and that is where our chemistry really revealed itself in that way.  Then they offered me this show on TRadioV and I didn’t want to do it alone. I thought, who better than another Leo, but who is the exact opposite of me!  However, we are both just as outspoken!  We are both just a feisty, and we have become bff’s ever since!  And Michelle Stafford will hate me for saying we’re bff’s! (Laughs)  She hates that term!

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Speaking of Stafford, what do you think of her web series, The Stafford Project?

LILLY:  I love The Stafford Project!  I promote it all the time.  I loved the last episode because Michelle was the voice of so many women.  That was brilliant.

One of your side projects is that you create and direct video content for some of the biggest music acts in the world for their tours!  How did that come about … and what exactly do you do?

LILLY:  I direct video content for major concert tours … like this year I worked on the Jennifer Lopez and M. J. Cirque shows.  My biggest one was the Britney Spears “Femme Fatale Tour” which was actual mini-short films that were seen throughout the concert that I shot with none other than Rudolph Martin (Ex-Anton) from All My Children!  He was the villain that I cast in these and he was amazing!  So it’s these short films that play throughout the concert.  You follow an actual storyline.  Then, my directorial debut was in the Spice Girls Reunion Tour, but with and around that, I direct video that is shown throughout concerts, not always do I get to shoot and hire my actors.  Those are precious little moments like I had with the Spice Girls and Britney Spears.

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Now the big question! (Laughs)  Have you checked out this past week’s episode of General Hospital where Patrick (Jason Thompson) saw Robin (Kimberly McCullough) for the first time in two years?  Big stuff!

LILLY:  Not yet.  I haven’t had the time, but I will admit I am going to go watch General Hospital online, because I heard that Kimberly McCullough and Jason Thompson were just amazing!   I can’t wait to watch and I’m going to admit this … I am a fan of yours Jason Thompson and Kimberly!  I am a fan!

So GH fans, do you think Lily Rivera could be alive and well and be part of the plot moving forward to bring down Sonny by the Jerome clan?   Would you like to see that story play out?   After all, Robin survived her explosion!  What do you think about Lilly Melgar’s comments on the importance of the day that Lily blew up to the history of the character of Sonny Corinthos?  And if you saw The Bay, were you turned on … or … turned off … by the decision to have Janice jump  into bed with young Peter?  Weigh-in below!

 

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Adam
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Adam

I hope she comes back that would bring in so much drama and quite frankly make Sonny a little more interesting outside of the mob.

John
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John

As much as I am loving GH…they really need to stop with the back from the dead characters. What’s next…a recast of Edward and Lila Quartermaine…they faked their deaths with their son Alan…and Scotty’s wife Dominique never died…she’s been on the run with B.J…who staged the bus accident? Sorry…went on a rant there! It seems that’s GH’s go to with storylines…and it loses it’s appeal quick!

su0000
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su0000

There were no bodies..
When no bodies the door is open for a return, all soap fans know that!!
Now with Robin, there was a body but not hers lol 🙂 ..

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I echo John’s comments. People die in real life. So do characters in our stories. Sadly, that is part of our world. The old plot chestnut of returning from the dead is beginning to lose its impact with me on GH. I hope Cartini have used it to restore GH to a point where the ship can set sail with provocative emotional human stories with those now on board.

Baby switches and surprise parentages, too, could be retired with resurrections. There are more stories to tell.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I did not watch when Lily was on but maybe if Shawn or Sonny try to kill Carlos he could blurt out he knows a secret that Sonny should know: Lily is alive! but Carlos wont say more unless Sonny agrees not to kill him!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…do we really need more coming back from the dead…instead lets have Anna investigate someone who is already dead…the burned body found in the lab that they all thought was Robin!!!

David Evan Smith
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David Evan Smith

I love Lilly Melgar, but I don’t want Lily Rivera to be alive. Some characters need to stay DEAD and yes, her death was a very important, shaping event for Sonny’s life, so I don’t want to see that undone. I wouldn’t mind them resurrecting the Marcella Montoya character, the prostitute who had plastic surgery to look like Lily, as a part of a gaslighting story for Sonny, though. That was her original purpose when Alcazar bankrolled her surgery. It was odd that they would give Carlos the Rivera name, and then establish in the last episode that he is… Read more »

TGee
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TGee

The Janice / Peter hook-up on The Bay was definitely a jaw dropper. Didn’t see that coming at all. Can’t wait to see where that leads. Lucky Peter!

L
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L

Yes bring her back and have brenda come back on the canvas so she can seethe with jealousy..

Babs
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Babs

The thought that Cartini is going to reverse CLINK BOOM for the character of Sabrina makes me want to vomit.

MC
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MC

Couldn’t agree more. To my mind it would be akin to when AMC un-aborted Erica’s child and gave her a son.

Lin
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Lin

What do you mean, reverse the CLINK BOOM for the character Sabrina?

Shay
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Shay

Don’t even get me started….talk about beating a dead horse, er, “Sparkle Pony!” (Kudos to whomever first dubbed her as such….) Just give it up, “Cartini”…..the “Sabrina Experiment” has failed miserably and no amount of reworking past history to accommodate her character will make her more popular or palatable!!!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I couldn’t agree more. I can’t stand the Sabrina character and she makes me dislike just about any character in her sphere. WAAAAY too much airtime for her and the storyline. The only redeeming thing about it to me was Robin reuniting with her family and all the great acting/characters in that part of the story. I wish Carlos would whisk her away to Puerto Rico and take her BFF Felix with them.

sarah
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sarah

I agree 100% and take felix with her robin needs to be reunited with Patrick period.

Shawna
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Shawna

All I am gonna say is I don’t want Lily to ever be found alive and it has nothing to do with Lily Melgar and everything to do with the fact that the character’s death is an infamous part of GH history and the character of Sonny. I don’t want to see this all undone now or ever.

su0000
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su0000

Prove she is dead; no body 🙂

Lin
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Lin

robin not being dead (though I’m glad) is somewhat ridiculous. To have an identical storyline, with Lily having survived an explosion, or her death being faked, would be too much!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

at first i was ok with the idea but after reading your comments it woke me up and i realize you are right…the story would be too identical and too soon…they should just bring back Brenda instead!

sarah
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sarah

I agree Brenda needs to come back to be with sonny their love story was one of the best on GH

Gh lover
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Gh lover

Lily i believe is Carlo’s mom and yup Sonny’s kid. Its just to perfect…Two sons against him…Lily was preggers with a boy when she “died” and the jeromes might have helped the Riveras..Hense Carlos’s loyauty to them…he may not know about Sonny but its all very possible….

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

To me Carlos looks almost as old as Sonny. Then again, he and Patrick appear ancient next to that insipid, childish Sabrina. But I still think Carlos is too old to be Sonny’s child. But I agree that the Rivera name seems somewhat coincidental/convenient not to be somehow related to Lilly.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Then again FrankenTodd being Scotty and Heather’s son seems a bit odd to me too (age-wise). I watched GH back then and I think FrankenTodd is too old to fit the storyline. Talk about rewriting GH history!

LnB82
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LnB82

If Carlos were Sonny’s son he would have to be younger than Dante. Sonny was with Olivia right out of highschool. Lily was well after that. Couldn’t he just be a lost brother or cousin of Lily’s Instead?

Tammy Kreiss
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Tammy Kreiss

Yay, Janice Cougar! lol As for GH, I am for anything she is in! She grew on me, then we became friends and I finally got to meet her. Beautiful inside and out! Besides, Olivia can’t compete with the love they had. Lol

ricardo
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ricardo

i predicted this a few weeks ago, i said that lily is indeed alive. sabrina’s father is sonny corinthos, mark my words. i think, i may be right. i hope she comes back at general hospital. lily is alive, sonny will be shocked lol.

boes
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boes

She’ll be back. This is a Ron C. staple. And sometimes it works IMO – but it only works well in small doses – and rarely. But as good as Ron C. is in many ways, he also overdoses the audience on his pet projects, pet storylines and pet characters. Current case in point – Sabrina. God help you if you don’t like the character, or thinks she’s on too much cuz Ron C. will force her on viewers one way or another. And it’s not fair, especially to the actors themselves. Ron C. has said he was a big… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

maybe Sabrina and Sonny will have a front and center storyline together…Sonny is Sabrinas Papa like poster Ricardo predicted! I agree that some characters should be dropped…however, i kinda like Ava, her character reminds me of something out of a 1940s film noir movie…im absolutely bored with some of those others you’ve mentioned!!! The show is also better since they havent shown T.J., Rafe, Molly and Taylor…downsizing is needed here!!! other than that the show and Days(the last two weeks was the better soap) are must see tv!!!

su0000
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su0000

Lilly Melgar/Lily Rivera will be back if FV can get her..
FV is awesome at bringing vets back to create new stories and thrill the fans..

FV and RC connect the dots of GH history and keep the past alive, so I can see Lilly Melgar back on GH..

boes
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boes

You are so right! Ron C. and Frank V. are even better at bringing back vets and then forgetting to use them for weeks on end. And nobody can even come close to their ability to bring back characters like Lucy Coe who were bad enough the first time around and make them even more annoying. As for connecting the dots of GH history, nobody can say they don’t make those GH history dots look like a teenager with a terrible attack of the zits. I do have to say, though, that rather than have Lily back on GH it… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

I hope she doesn’t come back. The “Clink Boom” scene is one of the most classic moments in soap opera history. Leave it alone. Some things are best left as they are. I don’t mind a certain amount of rewriting history, cause that happens on every soap, and you learn to accept it. But to bring Lily back from the dead, that would be a step too far.

Dan
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Dan

I realize a lot of people have come back from the dead and it’s really pushing my suspension of disbelief to the limits, but someone has to correct the mistakes that Bob Guza and JFP did with this show! I miss the actors so I’m happy to see them.

Andrew
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Andrew

A Lily return is inevitable, but I wish they wouldn’t…. her death feels like one of those you don’t screw around with. I usually don’t mind the ‘back from the dead’ trope – glad to have Duke, Robin, AJ back on the show – and am liking the new Julian – but it kind of feels like it’s gotten to be too much (even for this show). I guess I’d rather have Alan, Emily, Georgie back over Lily but partly because I love the Qs and have never really warmed up to the mob – wish that the show treated… Read more »

kaffe
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kaffe

Sonny ex-wife is alive

WTH are they doing to the show???????

babs
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babs

CLINK BOOM is one of those moments that should just be left alone. I can’t believe Cartini are contemplating reversing this so Sabrina can be Sonny’s daughter. He has enough children. It is a total slap in the face to the character of Christina who has roots on this show and there is plenty of story to tell….she even has Cassidine roots. It just once again proves that they only care about their creations…Sabrina, not GH history.

sarah
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sarah

I AGREE WITH YOU TOTALLY

janet
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janet

I have nothing against Lily. The actress was fine. But this would mean to much Sonny for me. FF would be my middle name if I even bothered to DVR it. They already had a sonny’s unknown son story, Now the dirty cop who is Sonny’s perjury committing son. I don’t like at all. Unless Carlos kills sonny then finds out he was his sperm donor. ReRon may read this and do it. he is great for wash, rinse and re-peat. I just wouldn’t watch it.

su0000
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su0000

IF Lily returned the stories that would come from it would be earthshaking..
Years of good exciting stories..
Never a dull moment!! Great entertainment!
I would love to have her back!!

No body reorganized, leaves an open door..

boes
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boes

I think it would be awesome if several bodies were reorganized. Sonny’s body could be reorganized by separating his head from his body. Olivia’s body could be reorganized by removing her voice box. Kiki’s body could be reorganized by replacing her completely with a giant potato. Since Maxie is already a giant potato, it would be earthskaking to replace her with another root vegetable, perhaps a rutabaga? Then they could use that open door to push Sabrina, Felix and Brad right through it, hopefully right down a 4 story flight of stairs. And as for earthshaking and years of good… Read more »

HahaB
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HahaB

Did anyone else notice that Lily’s wedding dress is just like Sabrina’s?

aria
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aria

This would just be overkill like the Anna and Duke mask became overkill. Didn’t ABC tell Ron enough on that.? Plus with the rumor of Stefan coming back from the dead, i would say this show has played out their back from the dead card. I know its a soap blah blah blah blah blah but this gimick would make GH a joke. Its not fair for Ron Carlivati to change or rewrite previous writers work, even Rob Guza’s. It would also alter the history of why sonny is the way he is, and change everything about every story that… Read more »

Tea
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Tea

Loved Sonny & Lily. But I’m into Sonny & Olivia. I admit I would love more Sonny on the screen. My favorite character of all time.

sarah
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sarah

I AGREE TEA SONNY IS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER AS WELL, LOVE HIM AND THOSE DIMPLES!!

Lisa
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Lisa

my theory. Lily’s father staged the whole thing because he knew he could maybe hurt his daughter and had someone make sure she was not in the car. Then, had one of his goons sacrifice his life in the car. Lily, the baby she was carrying is alive and well! Lily has been kept away from everyone this whole time. Lily and Sonny reunite the way it should be 😀

g
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g

I wonder if Simone, Keisha or Taylor is still alive?

dmr
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dmr

I read that Lily is now in charge of her father’s empire in Puerto Rico and that Sabrina is Lily and Sonny’s daughter. Interesting twist, considering how loved Lily was by most of Port Charles, not by Brenda, obviously! Oh, how I loved the 90’s and Sonny and Brenda!

sarah
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sarah

I AGREE WITH YOU THE 90S WERE THE BEST WITH SONNY AND BRENDA!!

Amanda
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Amanda

Lilly has been one of my faves on THE BAY as Janice, And what a way to start the new season, with a steamy love scene with Kristos (peter). Curious
To how that’s gonna continue to play out. I never really watched GH. But to see more of her, I’m
Sure i would love it!!!

Nicole
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Nicole

Please no Lily. I hated that character not the actress.

Kathy
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Kathy

I think to see Lilly come back as Sabrina’s Mom is a great idea! This would be a great scenario! I hoping you bring her back, it would be so amazing!! Please Please Please!

Nycos Stroud
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Nycos Stroud

Lily should come back with Sabrina Satiago as her daughter by sonny Corithos .

General Hospital

Denise Alexander Responds to Outpouring of Fan Support on Her Return to General Hospital

Longtime fans of General Hospital were over the moon when it was revealed that Denise Alexander was on her way back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise her role of Dr. Lesley Webber, mother of Laura, played by Genie Francis.

With Laura’s story with her new found half-brothers central to the current storyline, it’s a perfect time for Alexander to be back in Port Charles.

Tricia Sheldon, a fan of General Hospital who loves the vintage years of the show and more as she notes on her Twitter account, was able to reach Alexander, who is not on social media.  Sheldon showed her the outpouring of love the actress received, and the excitement on her on-screen imminent return.

In turn, Denise wrote a message to Sheldon to share publicly.  Part of which read   “Wow! I am breathless! What a wonderful surprise!  I am beyond grateful for all the kind and amazing and funny and sweet and caring and supportive and truly delicious messages. I have never felt so appreciated  and it brought tears and laughter reading each one.”

Alexander added, “I do not have a clue as to how to communicate on the Internet on Twitter.”  She then noted, “I would love to reach each and every person who wrote about that first day back. But I don’t even know what the rules are.  I’ve a vague sense that there is a limit to how long a message can be,but do not know how to reach anyone. Is there any way you could forward at least my thanks to everyone?”

Denise closed with,  “I love each and every message, and am full of gratitude.”

You can view the communication and Denise’s heartfelt message below.

Now let us know what you thought of Denise reaching out to all of the fans, and how grateful she is that viewers are excited to see her back on-screen via the comment section,

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Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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All My Children

‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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