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

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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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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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The Best of the GH Nurses’ Ball Continues; Which Is Your Favorite Musical Performance?

As part of its encore presentations, General Hospital is entering into its second week of Nurses’ Ball episodes.

Since the show is currently not in production and ran out of original episodes, viewers are getting to see all the glitz, the performances and the drama that makes the annual ball (which usually airs in May) so fun to watch.

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Look for memorable moments this week from James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin) when he performed Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” and Josh Swickard’s (Chase) rendition of Portugal the Man’s hit, “Feel It Still” among others.

Here is a rundown of episodes this week to make sure to catch!

Monday, June 1, 2020 Episode 13565 (OAD: 5/25/16)
Franco gives Jake a helping hand. Carly blackmails Ava. Nikolas stops Hayden from talking to Jordan. Musical performances include: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee performed by Emma Scorpio-Drake and Eddie Maine, This Changes Everything by Chris Ryan performed by Jake Spencer and Franco Baldwin; a striptease to Demon in Disguise performed by Magic Milo and the Magic Wands -(Felix DuBois, Dillon Quartermaine, Griffin Munro, Curtis Ashford and Milo Giambetti).

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Episode 13812 (OAD: 5/23/17)
Jake shows Emma and Charlotte the Chimera canister that was sent to him. Jason finds Anna’s Chimera necklace on the floor. Sonny has Morgan’s medication

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Episode 13813 (OAD: 5/24/17)
Jake is scared when he sees the Chimera symbol on Anna’s necklace. Valentin tells Anna he sold the Chimera to Helena Cassadine. Michael visits Nelle in the hospital. Musical Performances include: Sara Bareillies’ Brave performed by Emma Scorpio-Drake, Amy Driscoll, Kristina Corinthos-Davis and Valerie Spencer, And So It Goes On by Billy Joel performed by Valentin Cassadine and It’s Not Over Yet performed by Josslyn Jacks.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 Episode 13814 (OAD: 5/25/17)
Sonny and Carly learn that Ava switched Morgan’s pills. Nina takes Valentin back. Anna tells Jason she is looking for a bio-toxin known as the Chimera. Jake sees Helena order him to do his magic trick, featuring the Chimera. Musical Performances include: Faith by George Michaels performed by Ned Quartermaine & Olivia Falconeri, Modern Love by David Bowie performed by Dillon Quartermaine & Kiki Jerome and Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen performed by Epiphany Johnson, Felix DuBois, Bobbie Spencer, Amy Driscoll and Deanna.

Friday, June 5, 2020 Episode 14509 (OAD: 5/17/18)
Curtis proposes to Jordan. Alexis overhears Finn tell Anna he hasn’t stopped caring for her. Sam finds Faison’s lighter in Peter’s office. Musical performances include: Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone performed by GH Nurses’ – Epiphany Johnson, Felix Dubois, Bobbie Spencer, Amy Driscoll & Deanna and Feel It Still by Portugal The Man performed by Harrison Chase.

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So, with this being week two of previous Nurses’ Ball episodes being rebroadcast on ABC, what has been your favorite musical performance of all-time in the ball?

Check out this week’s promo from GH below, and Josh and James’ performances that will also air again this week.  Then, l

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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