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CONFIRMED: Brandon Barash Making A Return To General Hospital!



An ABC rep has confirmed to On-Air On-Soaps that Brandon Barash is returning to General Hospital in the role of Johnny Zacchara.  As to an airdate, “Mum’s the word” thus far from the network, although it is believed that Brandon will be back for a short story arc.

It would seem likely that since Johnny was sent off to Pentonville, and several Port Charles residents are seemingly headed for some time in the slammer for their crimes, the timing could be perfect for Johnny to mix it up with one, or a few of them, while in prison stripes.

There is also that continued rumor that Johnny’s appearance could be tied into to the “Fluke” storyline.  Barash previously played Johnny Zacchara from 2007 to 2012 in Port Charles.

So glad to get confirmation that Brandon’s bad boy Johnny Z. will be on-air in the near future?  Comment below!



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yeah!!! Brandon is bringing sexy back

Let Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) stay on GH for good. I miss Johnny he is such a good character.

Luv johnny!!
The GH cast has gotten better, I did not think that
GH’s cast is overwhelming the best
and now with Brandon back on screen WOW!!!


So glad to have him back I commented recently that the show could use him.

Great! I’m gonna really like this..but-
Brandon is only back for a short story arc … 🙁
………… I want to keep him !!!!

(some may end up in the slammer, but for a very short time..
GH needs the big players in stories not in jail/prison..
It will be fun to see them locked up if only for a fleeting moment..

( looking forward to seeing Johnny Z …

I am literally dancing in my seat. Omg! This awesome news!

Rock and Roll!! This is so great!!

yes, glad he’s coming back even if its for a short story arc, i bet he’ll interact with Sonny.

This is the BEST news in a long time (and there has been a lot of good news for GH so that is saying something).

Johnny has been SORELY MISSED. CAN’T WAIT to see him back on screen. Nobody fires up his scenes like Brandon Barash playing Johnny Zacchara!


“… Nobody fires up his scenes like… ”


Its about damn time!!!! Cannot wait for the festivities 🙂

Yes!!! Love Johnny. I also miss his crazy father or grandfather Anthony!!

they need to contract this guy

if he wants one

sigh! would he go back to Carly ?

Carly has had no role…. for what seems like eon
Johnny and Jax were the only two who had fire

if GH wants to resuscitate revive redeem Carly… this may be he only way to do it

Brandon Barash is a surefire HIT

Go Johnny Z!

I agree–Johnny’s a great character. An added plus: Brandon’s super hot!

Cannot wait for Johnny Z to antagonize Sonny boy in prison! Speaking of the Z’s. I heard maybe Anthony was Fluke? Good call but I was hoping Bruce Weitz would come back as Anthony’s twin. Love it when Anthony says LOO LOO’s name!

LOVING the news! And a possible return for Anthony Z would be terrific…I loved his quirkiness! But I still think FLUKE is really the BALKAN as he acts just like him…. Tony G portrays this Fluke character with his bottom lip jetted out…..which is exactly what the Balkan character used to do…. I may be spelling his name wrong…I don’t know…. but Jerry worked for him as well!

Johnny is a great character and Brandon Barash is a fantastic actor. I’m really looking forward to seeing him again. I really hope this short term return can lead to a long term stay, maybe even a contract in the future again? Yes, GH has a lot of characters on it right now, but Johnny is sorely missed and would be a great (re)addition!

Love Brandon Barash and have been hoping that YR or Days would snatch him up. A short stay is better than nothing! (If they do it right, of course) Still think he would have made a great Billy on YR or as Teresa’s brother Andrew on Days.

that would be amazing… and still a possibility !

“…or as Teresa’s brother Andrew on Days. ”


The Donovan reign supreme in Salem…. with Gramma Caroline

Shane, Kimberly, Eve, Brandon Barash as nuAndrew, and Theresa

Sonny’s cell mate? oh, that could be a whole new soap! bwahahahahahaha

Love Johnny Z! Thrilled he’s coming back, wish he was on contract…we’ll see! You never know what may happen. Hope his character will be so good they will bring him back for good.

Johnny will great for Maxie or Rosliek

Johnny is better with Maxie they have history and comstrey together they both deserve the best and great so my vote is Johnny is great with Maxie

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Brook Lynn and Chase’s Wedding Reception Brings a Beatdown for Dex

On Friday’s, May 17th episode of General Hospital, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) wedding reception was the focal point as the touching celebration for the newlyweds got underway.

Sonny (Maurice Benard) was seething over seeing Dex mingle with the guests. With Dex becoming a cop, and ratting him out to Anna, previously Sonny feels betrayed by his former hit man. However, Sonny’s growing paranoia and mental stability is in question, in particular, because he has been off the proper dosage of meds for months now.

Later, when Sonny sees Dex talking with Gio (Giovanni Mazza) about serving in the military, and later chumming it up with Cerullos, he is about to go postal.

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Outside the ballroom. Sonny confronts Dex about chatting it up with the Cerullos, who he says are his people. He warns Dex to stay away from his family. Dex says he was invited to the reception.

Next, Sonny calls Dex a snitch, a spy, and lets him know he is “lucky to be breathing.”  Sonny issues Dex a warning to stay away from his family, or he may not be breathing much longer.

As Sonny turns to walk away., Dex grabs him by the arm to try to reason with him and to and say he’s not his enemy. However, Sonny throws a punch. In the pickup, Sonny continues to bloody and beatdown Dex, until Jason (Steve Burton) arrives on the scene and restrains Sonny.

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Kristina (Kate Mansi) walks in on the moment. She sees her father is yelling that both Jason and Dex are traitors. Sonny screams that they are both dead and he’s going to put a gun to their heads.

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In happy news, Brook Lynn and Chase finally begin their wedding night when they jump onto of their bed in their honeymoon suite. Chase says now they have a great wedding night, which will be followed by a great honeymoon, and that will be followed by their entire life together. They share a kiss.

So, what did you think of Sonny’s explosive words and actions against Dex and Sonny? Will Kristina figure out what is going on with her dad, once and for all? Comment below.

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Patrick Mulcahey OUT as General Hospital Co-Head Writer

After various reports surfaced, it has been confirmed that Patrick Mulcahey is out as the co-head writer of General Hospital. This is after a very short tenure of under five months.

Mulcahey was named to the position back in January of 2024 along with longtime GH writer Elizabeth Korte. They replaced the team of Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, who had been the head scribes of the long-running ABC daytime drama since 2019.

A source informed Soap Opera Digest that stories created by the co-head writing team of  Mulcahey/Korte team will air through mid-summer. However they added “There will be more news to share at a later date as to the composition of the new writing team.”

In addition, eagle-eyed soap fans have seen that in recent episodes former co-head writer, Chris Van Etten has been credited, as he is reportedly a breakdown writer with the show.

Soap Opera Network is reporting that Korte has assumed the head writing duties solely on her own at the moment, while Buzz blog initially reported Mulcahey’s exit.

We will have more on the GH writing team evolution in the days ahead.

What do you think about the writing team changes at GH thus far? Comment below.

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TONIGHT: ‘Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer’

On Thursday night May 16th, the daytime community comes together for Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer, streaming live at 8 pm ET/5pm PT.

Stand Up To Cancer, in collaboration with leading daytime community voices Michael Fairman and Alan Locher, are coming together for a first-of-its-kind livestream event, Daytime Stands Up: A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

The three-hour benefit will feature stars from the world of daytime drama television past and present, musical performances, and stories of emotional on- and off-screen experiences with cancer. Special celebrity guests will also join the effort to encourage viewers to support urgently needed research and new cancer treatments.  You can watch live on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, The Locher Room or the Stand Up To Cancer website.

In support of the event, SU2C will simultaneously launch a 10-day eBay silent auction, from May 16 through 26, for soap opera fans to bid on a wide range of items, including a meet-and-greet experience with the cast of NBC’s Days of Our Lives; an autographed script from the cast of CBS’s The Young and the Restless and signed merchandsise from CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful cast; a 1:1 video call with General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros, Maura West and Laura Wright, and with daytime legends Robert Newman, Vincent Irizarry, Colleen Zenk, and more. Full details will be shared the evening of May 16, at

As part of the event, you will hear, cancer survivorship stories from General Hospital’s Cameron Mathison and The Young and the Restless’ Colleen Zenk, who will reflect on the impact of publicly sharing their diagnoses; and 2024 Daytime Emmy nominee Eric Braeden, who shares his battle with bladder cancer

Daytime icon Jackie Zeman, who played nurse Bobbie Spencer on General Hospital for 45 years, shared by daughters Cassidy MacLeod and Lacey Gorden.

Elizabeth Hubbard who played the iconic Lucinda Walsh on As the World Turns and Dr. Althea Davis on The Doctors, shared by her on-screen daughter Martha Byrne and real-life son Jeremy Bennett.

Two-time Emmy Award-winner Jerry verDorn (Guiding Light / One Life to Live), shared by widow Beth verDorn and his on-screen wife on Guiding Light, friend and co-star Liz Keifer.

Andrea Evans, who played Tina Lord Roberts on One Life to Live, shared by her husband Stephen G. Rodriguez and daughter Kylie Rodriguez.

Kamar de los Reyes shared by his One Life to Live co-stars Michael Easton (General Hospital) Trevor St. John (The Young and the Restless).

Poignant reflections from actors who have portrayed breast cancer survivors, including Sharon Case and Eileen Davidson from The Young and the RestlessErika Slezak from One Life to LiveTina Sloan and Kim Zimmer from Guiding Light and more.

Additional talent slated to participate in the virtual benefit include (subject to change): Eddie and Kristen Alderson (One Life to Live)Elia Cantu (Days of Our Lives)The Day Players,  featuring Days of Our Lives castmates Carson BoatmanBrandon BarashWally Kurth (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee), Eric Martsolf (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee)Kassie DePaiva (One Life to Live)Don Diamont (The Bold and the Beautiful)Linsey Godfrey (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee, Days of Our Lives)Leo Howard (Days of Our Lives)Lesli Kay (The Bold and the Beautiful)Eden McCoy (General Hospital)Kin Shriner (General Hospital)and Michelle Stafford (2024 Daytime Emmy nominee, The Young and the Restless).

You can watch the Daytime Stands Up livestream below. Now let us know if you have a cancer story that has affected your life via the comment section below, or how a daytime TV character who went through a cancer battle, gave you strength and courage in your own journey.


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