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CONFIRMED: GH Gets Lucky! Jonathan Jackson and Nathan Parsons Returning!

Courtesy/ABC

Courtesy/ABC

Fantastic news! As has had been rumored about, Daytime Emmy winner Jonathan Jackson, along with Nathan Parsons are returning to ABC’s General Hospital just in time to send-off their former on-screen TV dad, Anthony Geary, who will depart the canvas as Luke Spencer.

According to EW.com, “Both men will return for a short arc to coincide with Geary’s last days on the daytime drama.”

Jackson, who plays Lucky Spencer, and was last seen on the daytime drama series in 2011, is currently starring on ABC’s Music City drama, Nashville which has been renewed for its fourth season. While the series is now on hiatus, and although Jackson is touring with his band Enation, its a perfect time for Anthony Geary’s favorite scenepartner to return for some emotional moments with the soap icon before he exits his role after 37 years.

Courtesy/ABC

As for Parsons, who is also starring in the primetime series The Originals on CW that was renewed also for the fall, he will return as Luke’s wayward con-artist of a son, Ethan Lovett.  Parsons has created quite the primetime career since leaving General Hospital, including a turn on the final season of HBO’s vampire drama, True Blood!

So, what do you think about the confirmation of Jonathan Jackson and Nathan Parsons to GH for Luke’s final farewell?  Will the hankies be needed? Comment below!

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Allen saint james

This endgame is turning into one fine piece of Spencer gun slinging fun! High stakes and emotional goodbyes! It’s Gonna Be Wonderful.

Robert
Robert

I agree, it will be a serious emotional farewell. I am so happy that both Lucky and Ethan will be there. I wish people get over this hate of Ethan being Luke’s son, I think out of all his children , Ethan is the most like him and I love the character.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I love Ethan…and I agree…while he’s not my favorite…just cause I like em all…love Lucky, too…there was an instant connection between Ethan and Luke. I hope they don’t change the parentage…

Jeremy
Jeremy

Best Returns for the WEEK! YEAH, JJ is returning along with Nathan!!!
I can’t WAIT to hear what Lucky has been up to in Dublin all this time.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Sounds great–but I expect them to make a one-day appearance–more a “sketch” than anything else, but, gee, I would love to see an emotional scene between JJ and TG–and perhaps a funny, yet poignant one between Nathan Parsons and TG; however, I honestly do not think TPTB are capable of writing a truly emotional, heartfelt scene. They’ve written over-the-top caricatures for so long; they’ve really forgotten the examples of the great writers who preceded them. Too bad!

Dan
Dan

Nancy, you’ve posted almost the same exact thing word for word in several stories now. We get it, you’re not fans of Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati. You’ve made that abundantly clear. How about actually waiting and watching how the scenes and stories play out before you start criticizing? Just an idea.

As far as the “great writers” that preceded them, you must be going way back in time with that statement. Back to when Claire Labine wrote the show. Now she was a great writer. That was when the show was at its best, in my opinion.

You can’t be referring to the previous regime on GH that wrote such things as the death of a 4 year old, a teenage boy getting raped in prison, the destruction of the Quartermaine family, the inexplicable and pointless death of Georgie Jones, the mobster of the month running around Port Charles, the regime that fired Stuart Damon, Genie Francis, Rachel Ames, Kristina Wagner, among others, and took John Ingle off contract, allowing him to leave for Days of Our Lives, causing them to do the silly recast of Edward. I could go on and on about the Phelps/Guza record at GH, but you get the point.

I’m not a huge fan of everything FV and RC do, I hate the killing of Duke Lavery, which to me was totally unnecessary and a slap in the face to longtime fans. But I will take them any day of the week over the previous regime that had GH on the brink of cancellation when they were fired.

Timmm
Timmm

I think Nancy IS Bob Guza!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Young man, please do not put words in my mouth (btw, I think we are all free to post our opinions). No, I am not referring to the previous regime with Bob Guza whose major focus was violence and mob. I am referring to the writers such as Doug Marland (which Genie Francis cites in her interviews for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences–see on YouTube). Genie credits him with the Luke and Laura story. Also such greats as Pat Falken Smith. I am talking about the writers who actually took time to create complicated characters and integrated story lines. The writers on GH do not appear to have that capability; instead, they give us jerky sketches and dropped story lines. The also have violated almost all of the legacy characters and story lines. I am only speaking the obvious.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Timmm, bite your tongue! I am a poet and short story writer–and NOT a fan of Guza nor Phelps. And I abhor violence and adher to the adage that the “pen is mightier than the sword.” So there.

Fanny
Fanny

@Dan- Kudos!!! No matter what FV & RC doooooo…there’s no pleasing everyone.
It is what it is. Be happy JJ and NP were able to carve out a little time,from their busy
schedules to bid TG a fond and respectable ADIEU. Personally I’m thrilled.

Fanny
Fanny

@Timmm: you’re comeback, “PRICELESS”.

Dan
Dan

@Nancy: Young man, huh? Lol, it’s been a long time since I’ve been called young. But thanks for the compliment! Yes, you are entitled to your opinion, just as I’m entitled to disagree with it. That’s the beauty of this board. Marland and Falken Smith are before my era of watching GH, though I certainly appreciate and respect the history of the show. Claire Labine was writing the show when I started watching, so she’s always the bench mark for me. Sounds like we agree on Phelps and Guza, at the very least.

@Timmm: Love it!

@Fanny: You’re exactly right. Some people seem to get off on criticizing FV and RC, and I mean, yes there are things they deserve to be criticized for. But criticizing them for shows and stories that haven’t aired yet, and criticizing them because JJ and NP are only able to drop in for a short-term appearance on the show, so naturally it’s gonna be more of a “sketch” than a long-term story, that’s really reaching.

What I always go back to is an undeniable truth. People can say what they want, but if it wasn’t for FV and RC, there would be no GH for us to be talking about today. It would be in the soap opera graveyard along with AMC, OLTL, ATWT, GL, and all the rest. They came in, stabilized the show, and got the ratings back up to a level that ABC was pleased with. We haven’t heard any cancellation talk in a long time. For that I will always be grateful.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Dan, to say that someone (meaning me) “gets off” criticizing TPTB is beneath anyone writing seriously on this board, I should think. If everyone has the right to his/her opinion (as you rightly say), why get rude and accusatory to someone that disagrees with you or simply states her opinion? Unnecessary and really uncalled for. I’m very disappointed that you would make that statement. It adds nothing to an intelligent discussion by the other more courteous posters. Now go to the (black) board and write 100 times: “I shall not say “get off” to the teacher”–English teacher, that is–and that would be me. BTW, are you old enough to remember the days when the teacher had one do this for punishment? LOL

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

Thanks Dan. You’re so right. Without Frank and Ron there’d be no GH. They took a show that was about to be canceled and made it so much more compelling and better. It’s not 100%–no writer ever is (I say that as someone who makes their living writing–though nonfiction).

I thought today’s Luke & Anna scenes were packed with emotion. Finola’s been killing it all week. And to say that’s not Anna is to say it’s impossible for people to change and evolve or do awful things they wouldn’t ordinarily do. We’ve all done it in real life, so why can’t soap characters do it as well?

Dan
Dan

Nancy, if saying the words “get off” are rude and disrespectful then so is referring to someone as “young man”, as you did to me earlier in this thread. I chose to laugh it off, because that’s what I do. I’m not someone that goes around life looking for things to get offended about. Life is too short.

But I certainly could have, because calling someone “young man” is a demeaning and dismissive way of talking down to a person, like a mother scolding a child, or in your case, a teacher lecturing a student. So if there was any rudeness in this thread, that’s where it started.

Btw, sorry to tell you, but “get off” wasn’t directed at you personally. If it was, I would have mentioned your name, which is what I do when I have something to say to someone individually. It was a generalized statement and also a figure of speech. Perhaps I could have chosen my words better, and so I apologize if you were offended or upset.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

CAN WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?!?! 🙂 🙂

I think that great points are made by all, at least when the principals are not being offensive to each other (intentionally or otherwise).

Dan, your observation about the regime “that fired Stuart Damon, Genie Francis, Rachel Ames, Kristina Wagner, among others” is astute and absolutely correct. I totally agree with you. Certain executive producers have little to no respect for the veterans, with Jill Farren Phelps being the main instigator.

Nancy, I actually agree with much of what you say regarding FV and RC. I applaud you for being critical of the show as you see fit. You are basing your projected criticism on past performance. (It only makes sense….) I, too, am critical of GH…

I wish more for the show than what we’ve been given. My main gripe is disgust at the character of Sonny, everyone in his orbit (including Jason), and the endless mob storylines. The day they changed GH from hospital-centric to Sonny-centric was a sad and pathetic day in soap history. I just feel that there is no rooting value for an abusive, negative bully and jerk. Carly is not much better. And, yet, the powers that be cram these characters down our throats day after day, year after year, decade after decade. Also, GH has an enormous cast, half of whom it seems are recurring, and the powers that be don’t seem to know how to use everyone effectively.

My viewing has been sporadic in the last couple of years. I am a huge fan of Genie Francis, so I will tune in to see her, for as long as she is on the show. I am old enough to remember Genie when she first started on GH. (I first started watching in 1969! — Don’t get me started on how great the show was in the 1970s, especially before the Luke & Laura phenomenon….) So I am definitely not a “young man” either.

Sean
Sean

Its a short story arc ot a one day appearance. They won’t be staying past Geary’s exit but they will be around at least for a couple of weeks so more than a “sketch”appearance. I get people don’t like TPTB at GH but to make up things to make them look bad baffles me

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I am not making up anything, just stating the obvious.

Harry
Harry

The best way to predict the future is to look at the past, however, I remain optimistic about Luke’s exit strategy.
Tony Geary has a lot of influence over the writing–he wants to obliterate the dreariness of the patched up Fluke story by bringing viewers some good old fashioned Luke adventures.
I am over the moon that JJ is coming home—he really feels like he is the son of Luke and Laura. We’ve watched Lucky grow up and he actually feels like family. I am also excited that Nathan is coming back as Ethan. He’s a great character and I wish he’d stick around.

Sean
Sean

Nancy you are insinuating that they will only be on for one day which is not true so yes you are making stuff up. I have to agree with Harry, Geary has a lot of input so i think his exact will be decnt. TPTB may not always be the best but they know the shows history and have always done a good job incorporating that into the show so these next couple months should be a lot of fun.

Harry
Harry

Well said, Nancy.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Harry…you and I agreed on this before Harry…we both love Ethan. Actually, I have two Nathan Parsons sitings because I am FINALLY watching True Blood. Binge watching actually. Within two days I’ve watched two seasons. I hear he’s in the final season…so…while I want to savor this show and actually slow down my binging…I can already imagine how fantastic he must have been as a vampire. But I digress…

Fanny
Fanny

@Rebecca: When you’re through with True Blood…You may want to consider
The Originals on the CW, ( Don’t LAUGH! A spinoff of The Vampire Diaries )
the first episodes will introduce the characters & how they came to be…
They just finished season 2 & have been renewed for a third season…
Nathan P play’s Jackson a Werewolf, the role suits him well.
Sebastian Roche is also on this show, he plays Mikael……

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Fanny. Thanks! Actually, I haven’t watched The Vampire Diaries yet, either. So, those two shows will be next on my catch-up list. I love the whole vampire lore…

I am soooooo loving True Blood. I’ve now gone thru another season…pulled an all-nighter. It’s a catch-22…I’m “hungry” for each episode and yet I don’t want to get to the end of the series…

Wilda Kerney
Wilda Kerney

Nancy, if they are not capable of writing emotional scenes; then just what happened with Anna and Luke was not emotional to you 6/4/2015? I cried buckets!! Maybe it is YOUR definition of emotional that is not letting you feel.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Delete one Harry. 🙂

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

It was not very emotional for me because it was not Anna–I could not believe it; thus it failed to have the emotional impact that it would otherwise have had. The scene, like so many other was spurious and contrived for sweeps–sheer sensationalism.

Harry
Harry

Can we please ease up on Nancy? I think she did a good job stating her case and was kind of funny in the process. Of course, Nancy, I would have called Dan a ‘whippersnapper’ so you have me beat in the class department. Nancy, I sounded like you a few months ago but subsequently gave up after realizing that all my bitching was just putting me in a worse mood (if that is possible). I do root for GH and what appears to be hatred on my part is really my being defensive of an old family friend. Perhaps you feel the same. As I have said many times, hatred is not the opposite of love–indifference is. And when indifference and apathy set in we stop watching, hence the ratings go down. Therefore, for the sake of saving our soaps, we should be encouraged to speak up regardless of whether the content of our opinion is positive or negative. The collective nature of these forums signifies interest which is always a good thing for our four remaining soaps. So keep talking! It’s okay to disagree!
Rebecca, like Nancy you manage to be a class act while disagreeing with others. Yes, you and I agree when it comes to Nathan, aka Ethan. I think this guy is down to earth, off beat, and lovable in all his quirkiness. I truly believe he is Luke’s son.
Wilda, I fast forwarded through much of today’s show because it featured Valerie too much. I truly do not care about her and wonder why anyone thought adding her to the already over crowded punch bowl was a good idea. However, I watched intently as Tony Geary said goodbye to Finola Hughes. Yes, that was their goodbye scene and Luke and Anna were emoting real emotions. It was very poignant and quite lovely.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Okay, everyone….anyway…
I think that Luke’s and Tracy’s engagement party is in honor of Tony’s exit, yes? Nice send-off.

Jane
Jane

Nice!

Reagan
Reagan

Awesome news! Glad they can make time to come back. Though I prefer JJ & Nathan in the roles, I wish they would recast 1 of the roles- perhaps Ethan- and have more Spencers on canvas with Luke leaving. Of course, it has to be the right recast.

Laurie
Laurie

They do have the right to be recast Reagan, but I so did not like the other Lucky recasts. I enjoy Jacob Young on B&B. He is tearing it up currently. He also excelled as AMC’s JR. I have no idea why he was cast as Lucky. Greg Vaughn is such a solid actor. I didn’t mind him, just not as Lucky. It’s true I’m a Jonathan Jackson diehard!! I think he’s so very unique and I felt GV was too straight-laced to play the character. He’s solid on Days currently but in a terrible s/l. He’s being wasted their. I could understand if he returned as Lucky since Days doesn’t know how to use him, but I would want someone with more colors. I do like the Dillon recast so maybe the 3rd time would be the charm with Lucky recast.

Laurie
Laurie

I meant wasted “THERE” not their.

Karen
Karen

I am not feeling as enthusiastic as I should. So much of the Spencer “spirit” left with Julie’s Lu. And the recent writing of Luke. Just not sure.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agreed!

Beth CP
Beth CP

@ Karen-Ditto. I adore JJ and very much enjoy NP and Mr. Geary has been burning the candle at both ends with the Fluke/Luke story to both the admiration and/or derision (depending whether one likes him or not), of the viewing audience. Unfortunately the “light” went out on much of the Spencer glow when Julie left.

su0000
su0000

Ohhh my!!
All, the great stars coming back to go out with Tony/Luke..
Tony is being shown and given great respect !!
and well deserved …
truly is will be a solemn/pomp and circumstance and a sad moment ..

Patrick
Patrick

“…pomp and circumstance ”

WOW does any one read… SOD…. this weeks issue… was so telling

I realize AG is a shy person…. certainly not shy about his candid “approach” to fans of

he read us the riot act…. so long ago… and to this day… doesn’t give a rats ass

LOL even when I think back to his recent interview… he was not ready and forthcoming about the audience

just saying

a blaze of glorified upchuck…. don’t let the door hit you on the way out
decorate your 8 emmy

bye bye

it’s time to marquee the re-invent or command of Jane Elliott

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Patrick, I agree with you. TG has disrespected fans forever. He always seems angry at the fans and ambivalent about the character of Luke. No one twisted his arm, and drama is a two-way street. Where is the actor without an audience? TG can’t seem to get over the fact that, eons ago, some fans shouted “Rape, me, Luke!” (according to him). Where is his sense of humor that he so famously displayed when he first created Luke? Couldn’t he just know they might have been voicing their enthusiasm at seeing their favorite star that long -ago time? He says he walked off the stage. How petulant!
He never gives the audience credit for being serious, discerning and appreciative of good drama.

Fanny
Fanny

@Nancy: I agree with your assessment of “No one twisted his arm”. When
he became so popular & well recognized on GH, he chose to leave & explore
different avenues of entertainment. What he hadn’t counted on, was the “it”
factor that had made him a soap “STAR” didn’t translate into nighttime TV &
Movies. So to some degree he reluctantly returned to GH, RESIGNED to
playing LUKE indefinitely. However disappointing that prospect was to TG,
he became the HIGHEST payed actor on daytime television. So he made
out better than okay…….

Patrick
Patrick

SOD : “In his own words”

– Geary has shared a lot of shocking details about himself over the years in Digest interviews –

” I don’t live for my fans. I don’t even act for them. I act for myself and that character. That character has been my first friend… I am sure that some of your readers will be incensed, but I want to make that clear. They found me. I didn’t go after them. This is not to put them down… If I ever get too tired to find a reason to do it for me, then i’m out of here, folks. ‘Cause I’m not going to stick around for the fans. For what? This is the most fickle medium in the world – please quote me. Today it’s Geary, tomorrow it’s somebody else.” 12/20/83

“Luke and Laura were created out of a lot of angst and neuroses, and you need to hang on to that. If you redefine them as a happy couple, as much as the audience says they want that, they get bored. and so do we… frankly, there’s nothing I hate more than playing the nostalgic moments around the hearth with the family. I loathe it.” 11/27/01

etc…

I’m certainly not that far removed…. that I kindled the thought that these figures (actors) should matter vice versa with the audience

as posted…. I chose AMC over GH years ago… I’m not slighting his motivation
I will applaud him… when the character goes dark

I got caught up in the moment at the grocery store… (lol) is our fervor with 4 REMAINing wild

Patrick
Patrick

I am so excited to see what’s in store for Jane Elliott

Patrick
Patrick

speaking of GH : you know what got me incensed

LOL : was Dr. Leisl losing her Painting, from Franco

I near screamed, when Nina smashed it over Franco head

I like the tease and banter between Leisl and Franco : provocative, no?

AJQ
AJQ

It is fantastic news.

But it’s kind of funny isn’t it? All the current GH news being made and promotion.
Genie Francis, Emma Samms, JJ, Nathan Parsons. I thought that was all history and in the past. No need for vets and major GH characters from years ago right? We have the West Westbournes; Dr.O, Nina, Nathan, Madeline. There’s Silas. There’s the ever growing Jerome Clan, Sam and Lucas look oh so happy to be with Daddy. Denise is here and boy is she a riot. Of course the ever present Franco, looking for a place to fit in, thrown into everyone’s orbit, overhearing things, threatening to tattle secrets. And let’s not forget about Agent Sloane, who could forget about him?

But yet, through all this greatness, with all these HUGE stars from other shows, playing these oh so interesting new creations,GH demo ratings have been down for a while and now we are getting all this news and ABC promotion with those oh so irrelevant vets. So very interesting.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Ve-rr-y interesting, indeed! But too late to save a sinking storyline/character–LUKE or so-called Fluke. So sad it all came down this way–doubly sad because it didn’t have to if TG had kept his ego in check and TPTB had not kowtowed to him. Alas and alack!

Justin
Justin

AJQ and Nancy, couldn’t agree with you more! It’s so sad that The Powers That Be can’t pull from the rich history with the Vets. Lately, I sit and every episode ask myself who are these people (Silas, Kiki, Nina, etc.) and how do they fit in to the history of GH. I don’t get it. And, Nancy, you’re right. Tony, as much as I love him, had way too much of a say in his character.

Timmm
Timmm

You guys gotta understand something, when Tony and a guy like Eric Braeden have been on their shows for so long they do deserve a say in their characters stories. Its out of respect to all their years on their shows and they do care about who they portray and want them to be portrayed properly.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Thanks, Justin!

Justin
Justin

Hmmm, good point Timmm, I just feel that in Geary’s case, the character of Luke has been destroyed. I grew up watching and loving his antics and adventures, and of recent years, I cannot remember the last time that I liked that character.

Harry
Harry

I feel the need to point out that Tony Geary was not happy with the writing of the Fluke story. He said that he said to his dear friend Jane Elliot that they would just have to make the best of it–and he did. They did.
While he has some influence over the stories, we cannot blame him for the Fluke debacle.
I know many disagree with me on the aforementioned–but the writing afforded to the Fluke was crap and didn’t adhere to the basic story arc which includes: introduction, conflict, rising action, climax and resolution. It was all over the place.
I just hope Ron doesn’t make love like her writes, (will this get past the censor?)

Harry
Harry

I apologize for my jumbled post above (if it goes through–waiting for moderation).
Trying to type on my cell phone is a daunting task for me.
I actually hope it doesn’t go through!

randy
randy

love the jackson,and am very impressed that hes taking the time to return to his roots,,cant wait,,,geary,francis,,parsons and jakson with rylan should be dynamite tv,,,

I love gh
I love gh

I am so excited! I adore Lucky & Ethan. Their scenes will pop no matter what material they’re given. If Tony Geary must go, it’s great to see his last no-time screen partners giving him a great send-off. (I know Rthan wasn’t on GH that long, but he was great nonetheless.) The only role we need is Robert Scorpio – still holding out hope.

Fanny
Fanny

I’m so EXCITED !!! We’re getting the family and friends reunion, we so
richly deserve. I’m so joyously happy, I’m already humming “Auld Lang Syne”.

Michele
Michele

Hoping the Ethan return is to reveal his real father is Robert Scorpio, it is the very least RC can do for 80s fans after killing off Duke Lavery.

Rose
Rose

In a way I said bon voyage to both Tony and Luke as long ago as the beginning of the Fluke story when I saw the direction the actor and the story were going. Like the Fluke story, the P.S. is just dragging on way too long. Even with all of the guests dropping in. Let’s move on.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I also said goodbye to the character of Luke that I have loved watching since the beginning. I saw Tony Geary in the role of David in the short-lived soap “Bright Promise'” and have seen him in everything he has done on TV,, I believe (despite the fact that he thumbed his nose at and dismissed the fans/viewers). I will see how his scenes go with Laura and Lucky–but, alas, I will be seeing a “ghost” of the character (and actor) I followed for 35+ years. I would have loved to have untainted memories of a beloved character and to have seen TG go out in a blaze of glory, but that will not happen.
And it’s a real shame.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Love it…though the emotion is mixed with the knowledge that it’s just a temporary thing. Holly, Lucky, Ethan…a warm embrace to a soon-to-be memory…

betty hudson
betty hudson

fantastic

betty hudson
betty hudson

this is fantastic

Susan Durham
Susan Durham

I am so happy they are returning to be apart of sending Luke off but I so wish they would stay….I have missed them alot

Timmm
Timmm

Beggars cannot be choosers but I wish Julie Berman were still Lulu. This Lulu [Emme] will have NO chemistry with JJ. Also, for the people that keep bitching about Fluke, I would take all the loopholes and longevity of that story just to have another one of those April 1st black and white shows. That show should be in the TV “Hall of Fame!”

tskyent
tskyent

Agreed 100 Percent

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

And one more thing, Timmm, if you read the interview TG gave to TVInsider, you will see that he seems (belatedly) to realize the error of his ways. He says that he realizes now that he has “bullied and cajoled” to get his way and push his opinion, often to the detriment of other people. He further states that he now knows that “the character (of Luke) does not belong to him, but to ABC and to the writers.” Seems like an honest caveat to me. Who could say it more clearly than the actor himself. I believe that often the actors lack the distance and objectivity to make those huge decisions about the character and must respect the writer that really cares about not violating the character’s integrity.

T
T

Everyone quit your constant bickering! You sound like the Quartermaines for heavens sake! Anthony Geary, is undoubtedly, a soap opera legend. Whether you like him, hate him, or are somewhere in between, you cannot argue with the fact that the man has been “Luke Spencer” since 1978 (albeit a few pauses In between.) He is talented and has put his all into scenes and makes a lot of money for doing so. Yes, I do agree with Nancy but I also agree with the others as well. I see both sides. The current regime is known for their cartoonish way of writing including back from the dead stories, Dr Obrecht, Franco, Nina, and now this ridiculous plot of Denise DeMuccio. Among other things, yes this regime has brought back veteran characters– but where are they now? Most of them left after celebrating the 50th and others (Felicia, Mac, Scottie, Lucy, Kevin) are only seen on rare occasions or once-a-month appearances. The constant balance of a large contract cast and ever-growing recurring cast causes these writers to ‘forget’ some characters for weeks on end! Which in turn, causes some stories, to lose emotional value. And that part- my dear friends- I do not agree with. However, we should all agree to disagree and just celebrate Tony Geary’s work and bid him adieu like the adults that we are. While Genie Francis, Emma Samms, Jonathon Jackson, and Nathan Parsons are returning to the show to send him off, let’s be thankful for the time that we have with our faves!
Sincerely, ‘T.’

Harry
Harry

Mr T–I don’t see any folks bickering. I see folks disagreeing on a few subjects and doing so with grace and tact.
This is the good news, T, as it signifies interest.

T
T

Very true, Harry! Very true!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Thanks so very much, Harry, for your bit of levity. You are always a breath of fresh air! Love it!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Harry, thanks again–and you truly are a class act!

aria
aria

it shows how much respect both actors have for Anthony Geary, they are both class act, can’t wait to see them on the show, to bad we won’t be able to see julie marie Berman since the role is currently occupied by someone else…

Steven Marc Simon
Steven Marc Simon

Awesome. This Soap icon deserves all his family. Would’ve been enough with Genie Francis. Now Johnathon and Nathan. How about Holly and Sean.

Laurie
Laurie

Holly is returning as well Steven. Don’t know about Sean. I hope Robert drops in. He was on contract at Y&R but I haven’t seen him in ages. I literally think I’ve only seen him once since the Flirt W/Disaster s/l way back in February!

Betty
Betty

Am very sad to here that luck is leaveing I have watch gh for a long time I know it is the best for him we will all miss him a lot I like when he play with Laura I wish we would not get old but it happen I hope what every he dose he will be happy

Rodd
Rodd

I am thrilled and so glad these talented actors will be reprising their former roles if even for a short time!

Kathy Weber
Kathy Weber

I am very happy both Jonathan Jackson and Nathan Parson are returning to the show. I am looking forward to seeing Genie Francis also. Frank and Ron brought back a lot of fan favorites that we have enjoyed for many years. There was too much violence when Bob Guza was writer. He was too explosive and trigger happy with car bombings and shootouts. Frank and Ron have brought the shows ratings up from being canceled. The only thing I didn’t like was Dukes murder.

Irving
Irving

So does this mean there coming back on gh oh I hope liz an lucky get back to gather so jason and Sam can get back to gather an bl may be ethen can go out with
Valerie

Laurie
Laurie

Irving,

The actor who plays Ethan, Nathan Parsons, is or WAS on a tv show called The Originals on the CW network. Before that he was on the hugely popular True Blood. Lucky, Jonathan Jackson, is in a plum role on the ABC hit show Nashville. It just got renewed as well. Unfortunately for us they are both busy working in primetime so can’t return-but GREAT for them!!! They are both amazingly talented. Jonathan is my fav actor ever on GH and 1 of my fav actors still. It’s very classy of them to return and classy of GH to ask them!!

The Substitute
The Substitute

I hope they have a large supply of life jackets on set last time JJ was on he cried buckets ever day!

rosa brooks
rosa brooks

Thank you Luke for all the good times enjoy your retirement..

heidi
heidi

YES!!! 😉

Laurie
Laurie

I understand Tony Geary may have irritated fans in previous interviews. Thanks Nancy for posting his recent interview where he seemed to be checking himself. That’s nice to hear. Nonethleless, it is quite telling how many are returning to bid Mr. Geary farewell. It’s so very telling. Several are busy on other projects-including these two-Jonathan Jackson and Nathan Parsons! It’s classy of them to drop in as I said earlier and classy of GH to ask them!!
I think some of you guys went a little overboard picking on Nancy! LOL She hardly said anything that offensive. I personally think RC & his writers have written many compelling scenes. He definitely can, he just doesn’t do it enough IMO. I enjoyed Luke & Slim’s goodbye scenes (I’d love to see how Claire Labine would’ve written it!!). I do give a lot of credit to the actors though! Finola was spot-on as usual & Tony was quiet & respectful-aware & appreciate of all they’ve shared. He seemed to be soaking it in. He did not overshadow Finola. Lovely scenes.

Laurie
Laurie

Oops-I commented about Luke & Anna’s goodbye scenes as well here when the article is about Lucky & Ethan’s return. Sorry for the rambling!!!

Kitt
Kitt

I like these returning characters but hope it is all positive scenes between the characters (not like the 50th Anniversary fallout) with due tribute given to the past.

And as a long-time fan, I would not mind seeing Jacob Young and Greg Vaughan also return to tip their hats to TG & fans. Luke could hug his son and Lucky could “morph” as the camera moves around them…just like I embraced all 3 actors as Lucky!

soapstix1
soapstix1

I am going to be very happy to see Lucy and Ethan, as well as Laura. I just wish they were able to be on longer than they will. I started watching Nashville, because Jonathan is a part of the cast. I have not seen The Originals, but I really liked Nathan’s Ethan on GH. Julie Marie Berman was LuLu for me, and I would love to see her back. I don’t know what she is doing these days.

ellen zee
ellen zee

love JJ and Nathan, only TG knows the grind and gilded cage of his fortunate career. I appreciate the entertainment he brought and I applaud the crew! #GH

JANET WALLS
JANET WALLS

i thank the return of Lukes son will be great , al so watch Nashville , I will miss Luke very much great story line

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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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The General Hospital 16-Episode Collection: ‘All Sonny’s Children’ Debuts

General Hospital fans know that Sonny Corinthos  (Maurice Benard) has fathered a lot of children in Port Charles and then some, and there is even another Corinthos baby on the way.

Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Included in the the 16-episode collection is: Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina, as well as the hesitation and joy that comes with knowing a new baby is on the way.

So, check out the collection and let us know which episodes are your favorites? And, who is your favorite kid of Sonny’s of all-time? Weigh-in below.  But first watch the just released promo for the collection.

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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