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CONFIRMED: Steve Burton Returning To General Hospital!

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Everyone can finally take a deep breath! It has been confirmed by none other than ABC and General Hospital themselves in a promo that aired following Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series that indeed, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Steve Burton is returning to his old stomping grounds where for over 22 years he played the character of Jason Morgan.

The question is, what role is Steve going to be playing when he returns to Port Charles?  The new promo teaser does not give fans a clue, but leaves it open for much speculation.

Currently, Billy Miller plays the role of Jason.  Could the series be setting up a two Jasons storyline, or is something else a brewin’?

Back in December of last year, Burton exited his role of Dylan McAvoy on The Young and the Restless which he played from 2012-2016.

So, excited that Steve is coming home to GH? Who will he play? Comment below. But first watch the promo heralding his return after the jump.

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Lin Herz
Lin Herz

I don’t feel he has any loyalty. He left GH saying he was not going to be working far from home. i hope they don’t have him the role of Jason. Billy Miller does a great job. Whatabout a distantly related Q. That way he can be a Q but when he decides to leave a major figure will not be leaving.

su0000
su0000

Steve walked out of GH because he wanted to live in Kentucky and be a family man/whatever.
He then went directly to Y&R.

Bringing Steve back is a ratings ploy without much punch.
A curiosity for a month.

Only story that will work;
Billy/Jason was created by Helena and Real Jason was on ice..
Now the Real Jason is returning and Helena’s Jason is totally screwed ..

I do not like it..

It has to do with loyalty to fans
and
screwing over Billy and Rebecca.

and– without a mob Jason/Stone Cold has no purpose .

su0000
su0000

And ask yourself this;
What can Steve bring to GH ??

After walking out going to Y&R as Dylan and now returning to GH just what purpose does his return have?

He was Stone Cold/Jason for 22yrs.
Steve has to be returning as Jason or he has no purpose.
There is no other character Steve could be but Jason.
And, without Sonny and the mob Steve’s Jason would be a huge fail.

And that is a total screw over on Billy Miller.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

ya,,,stone cold was probably on ice-lol

Lin Herz
Lin Herz

I will be very mad if they get rid of Billy. I actually like his Jason more than Steve’s. Of course part of that is the writing. The more Jason stays away from being “stone cold” the happier I am. I hope your guess is not right su0000 but it sounds like something the writers would do. I would hate it.

su0000
su0000

It is impossible for Steve to any other character than Jason..
Steve was Jason, Stone cold for 2 decades 22 years.
Jason is who he is and Stone Cold is what he is Sonny’s hit man..

There is no other character for Steve to be than Jason, none that would be accepted.
There is no way Steve as another character could be around Sam and kids Michael and Sonny and Moana as a different character, it would fail.

Without a doubt Steve will be Jason and Billy/Jason will be out as being a Hellena creation.

Harry
Harry

Ha ha! Suoo, you crack me up but you also make some good points. I love Miller but he never seemed like Stonecold to me. His natural effervescence just bubbled to the surface which warmed up the cool exterior.
Here’s a crazy thought–make Billy Miller turn out to be AJ. He’s already had re constructive plastic surgery. Moreover, his DNA might match Jason’s. Helena brainwashed AJ after brining him back to life.
That way, we’d have the Q brothers back and Billy Miller gets to stay

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Harry!!!! 🙂

The Billy Miller as AJ has been mentioned before. LOL…Sam would be a tad freaked out. But, I don’t see it. And I don’t think Burton’s going to be on for long. They just love to promote these things to get fan reaction/ratings. Not to say I’m not curious. I am, and I’ll watch. But I think Miller’s here to stay; or at least I hope he is. I like him even though he’s not THE Jason Morgan that Burton played. I really don’t care. I just like the guy, “Jason” as he is now.

Deviating somewhat, I can’t believe that he’s never once asked about AJ…that he still barely has a relationship with Monica (who we’re seeing more of lately; she looks great!) and his closeness to Michael has gone out the window. They started buddying him up with Curtis and that, too, seems to have been dropped. They need to get some charts going to keep track of who is supposed to be in the other’s circle. They really fail at family/friend relationships…

And I DETEST Sonny and his “disappointment” that the “new” Jason won’t sacrifice his life, the one he just got back…complete with a newborn baby, wife and two other sons…to take over the mob. I mean…Sonny’s gotta go. Maybe Burton’s new character can take him out. Too much to ask? hahahah.

Celia
Celia

You make me laugh, SuzieQ. Steve, the poster, not Burton, LOL, is on the same brain wave as you. He has an excellent theory, and yours isn’t far from that.
I think it could prove interesting to see how TPTB will “finagle” their way around this one.
As far as Burton….does he need the money? Maybe, his family business in Nutrition was a big flop?

Celia
Celia

Ps, su….I seem to remember some fans moaning and groaning over Steve B leaving and Billy M taking his place. They were not happy campers….neither did we, Y&R fans, want to lose BM as B Abbott…phew—confusing, LOL.
Now, I see that most are not on board with his return. I don’t know what to think as I was not too familiar with Steve as Jason.
Could be a short stint?

Margie-Rose
Margie-Rose

Agree

Mo
Mo

su, Nashville is in Tennessee.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, suooo, I am so upset about this.. if this disloyal actor snaps his fingers, producers come running. If they screw over Billy M., I’m not responsible for my actions (permanently giving up GH). Hopefully they’ll accommodate both. I need comfort.

shelglass
shelglass

I totally agree why bring him back stupid if you ask me.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

I have no enthusiasm for his return. Never cared for him as an actor. Billy brings some humanity to his acting which Steve doesn’t express. Certainly hope this doesn’t mean Billy is leaving.

Gail
Gail

Sonny is stepping down. So I think he is going to be the real Jason but Sam will choose Billy. He will take over for Sonny and Sam won’t want that.

su0000
su0000

Steve Burton most likely will have something to with Sam’s rotting brain..
Perhaps he’s part of Helena’s curse in a hulucation..

Harry
Harry

Rebecca, I think we ought to believe what Burton does rather than what he says (like another person we all know). It’s hard for me to fathom that Burton is coming back on a temporary basis but we will see. I always thought Burton was an underrated and understated actor and yet, he can bring forth a smoldering intensity like no actor I have ever seen. He’s good. I respect and admire both he and Miller as actors and would really prefer it if they could both stay on without it being awkward or without it turning into a “who wore it better?” contest. I completely agree with you about how selfish, narcissistic and immature Sonny is being as far as needing Jason to forfeit his basic civil right to pursue happiness with his family. But the day Sonny decides to act like a selfless grown up is the day a seventy-one year old man decides to act presidential. In other words, it’s not going to happen.

Joelle
Joelle

I bet he’s just back for some flashback scenes when Helena kidnapped him. That way they can show what Jake ‘saw’ Jason do on the island.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think he may just be a flashback, too. In Sam (and maybe) lil Jake’s mind. I’d be really surprised if Burton was planning on coming back for the long haul.

Laurie H
Laurie H

He signed a long term contract according to the head writer so he’s back for the long haul.

Timmm
Timmm

Loyalty? He spent TWENTY TWO YEARS on the show! Give the guy a break, he wanted to try something different! I FOR ONE AM GLAD HE IS BACK.

cheernana
cheernana

Bill is an ok actor but he does not have that rough edge about him like Steve Burton does. In my opinion he made Jason seem whimpy…

Carla E
Carla E

I agree 100% . My mom watched Gh since the 60s. Seen slot come and go but when they took Burton off she gave Gh Up and still refuses to watch it. Gh has fans returning cuz of Burton. He’s always been The Best Jason hon. Billy is ok for a choir boy but not as Jason Morgan. I’d like them to get Kelly Monaco back to the show she came from. She’s had Jax Sonny Jason Silas, Oh and was dating Lucky when he had drug issues! He was still a married man. Slept with step dad Rick. I mean her role is stale stale stale! She’s cute good figure but augmentation has been done since her pirating days meeting Jax. Too big for her petite body size.

Laurie H
Laurie H

To those thinking Steve is only back temporary, he’s not. He’s back for the long term according to the head writer. He’s signed a long term contract. Billy has also just renewed his contract so he’s not leaving either. The head writer said that the 2 Jason’s storyline won’t be complete for 9 months! Gahhh talk about dragging something out! I’m elated the “real” Jason is back, but truly hope Billy keeps a front burner storyline which it seems he will. This should be interesting. Just wish it wasn’t going to be drawn out for 9 months before we get definitive answers. The “new” Jason has just never bonded with the people the “real” Jason was close to. That speaks volumes on who will end up the real Jason. Him and Carly were very best friends and Michael was like his own son, the new Jason has barely had any interaction with either. Welcome back Steve Burton!

AJ
AJ

PLEASE be a good story. It seems clear that SB will be Jason and BM was brain washed to believe he was Jason. Regardless of who BM is, the change of appearance is explained easily because of the surgery. But to me, who BM is is the key to the story. BM can’t just be Jake Doe (or some other person with no PC connection). He needs to be someone who has a history in PC. The first person who pops to mind would be AJ (2 on screen deaths be damned). Another name that came to mind was Nik, but that would require way too much history changing since BM and TC shared many on screen moments. Lucky comes to mind as well, but wouldn’t Laura realize her son was missing? Just a few thoughts. Anyone else have any theories?? One thing I fully believe is that SB is not replacing BM. I’ve seen so many posts where people believe that to be the case. I just don’t think that’s even remotely possible.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

Robin saw Jason in the freezer therefore BM should not be brainwashed. He ws hit by a car I believe by someone on show and needed surgery at GH rendering him with amnesia.

AJ
AJ

He was hit by Ava I think. You’re right about Robin and now that you mention it, I think she saw SB Jason (with his face never shown on camera). However, i don’t think that’d stop the writers from going this route.

Celia
Celia

What a stroke of genius, Alan. BM as AJ. That presumption is exquisite. Many of us would be so happy, albeit it would not be SK.
I don’t think anyone can top that theory, Alan……then again, I am the last to make any suggestions, as I am not well-versed in GH history.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sonny is going to be confused…he will have to sniff them to see which one is his real true love…lol…however, i hope there is a reasonable explanation because Robin was involved and seen Jason(Billy M,) and knew he was Jason before the plastic surgery…they will have to rewrite this..

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…Orrrrr….how about conversely, Steve Burton as AJ??? Since Sean K probably has a snowball’s chance in Hades to ever reprise his role on GH, if we do get this beloved character back to the canvas, it shall have to be in the guise of another actor. During their shared times in Port Charles, the striking resemblance between these two guys was always remarked upon….hence I suppose this would be a somewhat palatable and authentic way to bring back AJ. But there are a number of other scintillating possible scenarios as well: First of all, what if that initial porkypie Heather told about Jason having a twin were really the truth, only, of course, it hadn’t been her actual son Franco as she once vehemently insisted, but an honest-to-goodness identical who has been roaming the earth for all these years unnoticed? Then again, perhaps Burton will be an Helena homegrown Jason “clone” courtesy of the Cassadine Island lab shop of horrors, or simply a miracle of plastic surgery she designed to be a Jason doppelganger to still sow seeds of doubt that Billy Miller’s character is indeed the genuine article (which I prefer to believe, since I totally accept this actor as the real Jason, no reason to upset that applecart at this late date….) Lastly, Burton could simply be a completely unrelated stranger who stumbles into Port Charles unaware how his uncanny looks relate to original recipe Jason, a long lost generic Q (Maybe of indeterminate issue?) or more specifically, another product of Alan’s wandering loins….hey, it’s happened before, it can happen again! At any rate, I hope this will be a well-done and logical event that will prove absorbing and enjoyable for new and vintage GH-ers alike, although it’s way past due for this show to return to its storied roots and legacy players for which longtime loyal fans have been clamoring for an absolute age!

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Remarkable….the possibilities!! You and other fans are so chock-full of plausible ideas. I cede the floor to you all, since you are the experts.
Yes, Burton can certainly be AJ, and, yes, the resemblance is striking.
This topic is, certainly, generating more interest than I thought. Good sign.
I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, by any means….but, I don’t know if I have the temerity to hope ……
Burton’s Jason could be a figment of Sam’s imagination….so real and lucid in her deluded perception that she may have an honest-to-goodness conversation with him.
Perhaps he’s her cure-all; her salvation. He reasons with her, in her head?
Either way, I never thought any storyline involving Sam would hold my attention….this one does. LOL.
Yes, agreed….for once, let us have some amusement within the logic .

Shay
Shay

Thanks, CeeCee! I’m also liking your hallucination angle for Sam….another great idea! Then again, if Burton is making only a short-term guest appearance, then perhaps his tale will be told with that lame old chestnut of a device of flashbacks….And what if this whole storyline will end up having little or nothing to do with Sam, nuJason or the Q’s?….Maybe this is another showboating spectacle scheme for Sonny (God forbid!) and he’ll be experiencing visions of his beloved Jason as he waxes nostalgic with Carly about how this character’s once primary purpose for living was to serve and protect the Corinthii as their personal concierge of criminality. However, I certainly hope I’m wrong about that last suggestion!

Patrick
Patrick

“Jason” is adopted, right? I don’t know if his past was spelled out. so who’s not to say he has a twin?

oh this is angst.. because of how strongly I feel about the mob connect with any character involved with the Corinthos pie @GH.

but… I’d love it if Billy Miller was Jason Quartermaine who wants to be a Q and a doctor.. AND gets Liz. and lives at the Manse… and Monica has a son close to her heart… and Steve Burton’ Jason… will come around and it’ll be one big happy Quartermainia.

once we find out just how long SB “guest STAR arc”

LOL – i’m sorry have to go their… but … i’ll use @su post… with Sam brain rotting ; much ado about nada. what’s the point? her personality isn’t changed she’s just acting out. nut up Sam. go their. sanitorium … it’s a long vacate’ ion

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, AJ, Thank You! I needed to hear that. I’ve already vowed to give up the show if Billy isn’t on. I just hope whatever TPTB decide is fair to everyone, especially us fans.

Cynthia
Cynthia

Ughhhh after all this time? He deserted us, we finally got Billy who is awesome and in my opinion NOW Jason Morgan, so why now????? No! Let him be AJ or someone else!

dzzdee
dzzdee

Billy does not play a tough guy, He is too timid for the job of Jason Morgan. With cry baby Sam the story does not fit the Billy- Jason role.

Celia
Celia

You know, dzzdee, you do have a point. Does Sam, in her dazed state see Jason as aweakling, only a shadow of what he used to be?
After all these speculations and scenarios, Burton may simply be part of Sam’s bout with ‘lunacy’.
Perhaps, in her confused, delusional mind she sees Jason as he was physically and then turning into Jason as he is now.
The more I think about it the more laborious the process will be for TPTB to get a handgrip in manipulating two Jasons.
I am impressed by Steve’s, Allan’s and su’s theories. …..very credible, if one is to follow Helena’s path of kidnapping, body-snatching and mind-altering shenanigans.
I just wonder, now, if we are all jumping the gun. Could the “old” Jason be all in Sam’s head; just as Sonny hurting Jason is?
I said this before; I think Sam will hurt someone. Her target seems to be Sonny, in her head.
But, what if she hurts Jason (BM) instead when in her mind’s eye she sees the other Jason (SB)?
Her hallucination will compell her to think new Jason is an imposter who is a threat to old Jason?
Gee, I’m starting to confuse myself. LOL.

Cynthia
Cynthia

We will have to just agree to disagree

rebecca1
rebecca1

I disagree. Billy as Jason is still a “tough guy” much to my and others dismay. That’s all he’s done since he got back is go into dangerous situations. He almost lost his life trading places with Robin in the elevator while a bomb was ticking, he investigated the “mysterious woman” which turned out to be Olivia Jerome, he’s gotten into innumerable fights or threatened to do so since he’s been back, he investigated who really put the bomb in Sonny’s car that killed Morgan and he just jetted over to Puerto Rico to face a would-be assassin of Sonny. LOL. He may not officially be “the enforcer” but there’s no difference in his job description.

As for Sam, I think her worries are actually rational. They may not be typical for HER…and yes, she’s seeing hallucinations so we know something’s off…but objectively, who wouldn’t worry about a husband you finally got back from the dead who was brainwashed, tortured…and now is back to putting himself in life-threatening scenarios. Not only does she run the risk of losing her great love yet again…but they’ve got a little boy and a newborn! There’s nothing “cry baby” about that. It’s normal. Again, it’s obviouis there’s something going on but her fears are valid. And long overdue.

Ww
Ww

I Agree! Love Billy! Steve left… too late to come back now.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Right on, Ww. Whatever plot soaphopper Steve Burton lands in, let it not interfere with our wonderful Billy.

Carla E
Carla E

Bully too whimsy to play Jason even after his change. Before they showed his face all bandaged we lifers of Gh that watched Burton grow up on show. U could tell little Billy wasn’t height, shoulders near as muscular as Burton. Years ago before drunken AJ jr. Wrecked Burton and caused brain injury our enforcer Birton was a resident dr at GH. Very smart then the accident. Jason & Liz has tried to get together for years. Kelly Monaco feels acts like her 2 with Jason should take a more important role than their Liz & Jason’s boy Jake. Sam plays crazy well. If she succeeds which she won’t killing Sonny. Well nobody would want her on the show! Baby Girl that’s in cementary is SAMs and Sonnys small time romance baby. That baby helped Sonny and Alexis girl Christina live. At that time Sam didn’t know her Mom. Wow she’s slept with both her sisters bio daddies. Just realized that! Yeah I’m a lifer with GH. Love Burton Sonny & mob roles. It keeps the show going. Btw what happened to Maxie’s disappearance in Utah or wherever. Nate needs his pretty wife back not thick beefy Amy not a good match.

mike
mike

No, don’t want him back. One note actor who can not hold a candle to Billy Miller.

Maureen Lynch
Maureen Lynch

I agree with you. I just hope GH and ABC don’t screw Billy Miller.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

(ducking) I totally agree.

The Jason character was painted in to a corner years ago. When SB joined Y&R I hoped we’d see something different. Nope. SB doesn’t have much for range.

Sam Jason fans are real and probably quite happy. The rest of us would rather see their screen time given to other characters like Laura.

Phil
Phil

I am a Sam and Jason fan, but I agree Burton is one note. How he won an Emmy on Y&R is beyond me. Billy Miller is a much better actor. I like him as Jason and I still say Sam and Jason are better with him in the role. I am hoping Steve Burton is NOT Jason. I am hoping that he is a pawn that Helena put in place before dying. Maybe Helena is alive after all. I don’t know… do we know how long Steve Burton has decided to return for?

Ww
Ww

YES! Exactly!

Julie
Julie

So long Billy Miller. What a total slap in the face by Frank and ABC.

Timmm
Timmm

No body mumbles better than Billy Miller!

Shay
Shay

Nobody mumbles better….
Makes me feel sad for the rest….
Nobody mumbles half as good as you….
Billy, you’re the best!!!

Hence whilst I welcome back Steve Burton as ???, I still view Billy Miller’s Jason as the “genuine article” now. Hope this new storyline keeps that distinction intact…wherever else it may lead.

Carole
Carole

Dreams do come true! But, will it be brief? New character I hope.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I read it will be brief–Sam will see him as “Jason” while she is ill. So much for that, eh?

Kimberly Stamness
Kimberly Stamness

I hope he will not be playing Jason. He was great in the role before,but Billy Miller is Jason now. I love him as Jason. If Steve comes beck,I hope it is as a different character. Please tptb,do not mess with a good thing.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

agree 100 %

Soaphound
Soaphound

Well, Kimberly, I’m with you. I will not recover the loss of Billy, though I secretly think they’ll keep both. I refuse to accept anything less.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Dear GH,

DROOL did a Two Roman Brady storyline that was an epic fail.

Please avoid digging this hole. Two brain whacked dudes is one too many.

A fan.

Mary SF
Mary SF

OMG you are so right about that, and my first thought when I heard this news. I feel so sorry Billy Miller if he becomes the next John Black, changing identities every time a new writer decided he should be someone else— the best way to make this work is to have SB be the Fake Jason– otherwise they will fall into the same pit DOOL did with the John Black character

Harry
Harry

Yes, Mary and that led to poor John Black becoming hopelessly addicted to Ancestry. com. Marlena could not get him to leave the computer and he was a real drag at social gatherings blabbing on and on about his ancestry. “I thought I was one quarter Scottish but it turns out I am only 1/5 Scottish and I am 1/9 Cherokee Indian and blah, blah, blah……” “For God’s sake man,” exclaimed Bo Brady, “give it a rest. Nobody cares!”
Please don’t let this happen to Billy Miller’s Jason Morgan.

Veronica
Veronica

Billy Miller has delivered on all levels as Jason, but I guess Frank wants Steve Burton back….why? He’s not needed. I guess Billy Miller is getting the Tyler Christopher treatment by ABC & GH.

Good luck Billy Miller. You’ll be missed. I’ll be watching you on RAY DONOVAN in August on Showtime.

Steve
Steve

As bad as the Days story was, OLTL’s Tale of Two Todds was exciting and somewhat believable (in a soap world, that is).

Ted
Ted

OLTL did two Todds and it worked…

Charlene
Charlene

The reason the two Todd’s worked was because Roger Howarth and Trevor St. John are both powerhouse actors. There would only be one powerhouse if GH decides to do the tale of two Jason’s and that would be Billy Miller.

Remy
Remy

Hopefully, a revival of the “Real Greenlee” campaign isn’t in the cards, you saw how that played out.

sassysdreams
sassysdreams

No. Just no no no!!!

Tristan
Tristan

Dreadful news! Now we will be subjected to not just one, but to TWO brain-damaged mob robots!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

He will be awesome playing Robotic Jason-lol…they will probably repeat the two Todd and Jessica/Natalie twin story line done at OLTL !…i have mixed feelings here…hope BM is another Q at least!!!

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

We need more Qs!

Kathy
Kathy

I was very upset when Steve Burton left GH but I have grown to really like Billy Miller as Jason. So, it would be really weird having two Jasons.

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

I thought it was a missed opportunity when they could have used Stevie B in the island flashbacks when he was being brainwashed/trained as Helena’s soldier recently during the Nurses Ball leadup.

Shay
Shay

Burton’s contract with Y&R no doubt stipulated a waiting period before he could appear on another soap, and that particular event you described most likely fell within that time-restriction. He is probably appearing on GH as soon as he is legally permitted to do so….

Steve
Steve

This could be the shot of adrenaline this show needs!
Here’s my theory (pardon me if you saw it on another thread)

Burton will be playing Jason Quartermaine while Miller plays Jason Morgan. At time of the car accident with drunken AJ, Jason Q was captured. In his place, his unbeknownst twin was dropped in. When he woke, the twin had no memories of any childhood, and thus had no bond with the Q’s (except Lila). Everyone just accepts the memory loss and severe personality change as a result of the accident. In 2017, Jason Q (Burton) either wakes up from a coma or breaks free from his captors to return to PC to claim what’s his. Jason M (Miller) starts to research his childhood, starting with Heather (who always knew Susan had twins)

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

This is the ONLY storyline guess I have heard that would remotely keep my interest.

dzzdee
dzzdee

Yes! Steve Burton is back. He will be the new Sonny-mob boss in town. Since Sonny is quitting there you go, A new mob boss or the new/old Jason. Out with Billy as Jason. He is too wimpy for the mob world.

Junie
Junie

Love Steve as jason!!

Patricio
Patricio

Ugh. Billy has added a softer more multilayer side to Jason. Can’t go back to one note acting again!

Franny
Franny

Steve is a really nice guy, I don’t mind that he’s returning but I hope they don’t mess with Billy Miller, he has been fantastic as Jason…..please let Steve be another character, even a revived AJ!

Richard
Richard

What a twist it would be if Billy Miller was actually a presumed dead AJ!?

Steve
Steve

Billy is about 12-15 years too young (even with plastic surgery) to be AJ.

As much as I miss the character, unfortunately, AJ is a permanent goner.

Bronte
Bronte

SB is one of the most boring actors to grace soaps why does GH feel the need to come back just because he has his travel routine down it’s ok to turn up again like a bad penny??? Not like liking forward to seeing what storyline is drummed up

Janice
Janice

Sounds like it might be a re-do of the OLTL story of two Todds. 🙁

PennySoap
PennySoap

Is he coming along with Jill Phelps? I am always up for a good story!

Steve
Steve

Have no respect for him now as he is a soap hopper. Pick a soap and stay there. Please, Y&R don’t rehire him. (Funny how the Emmy he earns comes from the soap he left.)

Steve
Steve

^^ in case anyone is confused, that is not me (the frequent Steve poster).

Maybe I should modify my screen name. I’m fine with actors finding work wherever they can.

gh'er
gh'er

I don’t mind that Steve is coming back as long as they keep Billy as well.
I really like Billy. I never ever watched an episode of Y and R so my intro to Billy was on GH and I really like him.

As long as they are both/still Quartermaines.

The more Quartermaines, the merrier.

Chrissy
Chrissy

Well they will probably drag the storyline out and what is really wrong about this whole thing is that Billy Jason has already been confirmed through facial recognition and through DNA to be Jason. Furthermore what does that do to J Sam? That’s crappy it just as crappy it’s kind of like what they did on One Life to Live with Todd and Victor

Phil
Phil

Not a fan! We lose Hayden for this? Wow! I have a feeling I will be enjoying DAYS more than GH by the end of 2017!

loretta
loretta

Now I understand why people quit watching programs.

Alan
Alan

I can’t think of any news that would make me less interested in tuning in to GH.

If GH is thinking of ripping off The Tale of Two Todds from OLTL, they need to remember that storyline was a success thanks to a combination of two very strong actors (Roger Howarth and Trevor St. John) and Ron Carlivati’s carefully plotted story which respected the show’s history. The Todd storyline was a game changer for so many characters on that show — Blair, Tea, Starr, Jack, Viki, Dani, Sam — because they were allowed to grow/evolve and the revelation made them re-examine everything they had believed for so many years. GH, on the other hand, never allows its characters to grow; every storyline seems to end with a reset leaving the characters in the same place where they started with no insight as to how their actions have consequences.

Patrick
Patrick

thank you, for the genius

“…GH, on the other hand, never allows its characters to grow; every storyline seems to end with a reset leaving the characters in the same place where they started with no insight as to how their actions have consequences. ”

it’s an empty feeling … EMPTY

AJECTIVE
containing nothing; not filled or occupied:

of words or a gesture) lacking meaning or sincerity:

having no value or purpose:

hungry.

VERB
remove all the contents of

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Celia
Celia

I follow you, Alan…could get tedious. But, I do want to see where TPTN take this story….or how far.
I, actually, have no faith that it will follow the logic Shay hopes….I doubt she does either. We shall see.
So far, since I have been watching, I have yet to see a ‘logicallly’ satisfying conclusion to any storyline. No ending, at all, really.

JK
JK

POOR BILLY MILLER!!!!!!!!!!!!

mark
mark

I dont really care for him but he IS Jason to me and I just liked him in the role a lot. I didn’t like him on y&r at all.

gh'er
gh'er

I wonder if this will be a contract roll for Steve or just a quickie.

linda
linda

Perhaps, he will take over Sonny’s territory, now that the plot line is leading that Sonny wants to leave the mob?????

Shay
Shay

Sonny leave the mob? How about Sonny just leaving Port Charles, period???? Now that’s a plotline that I would support…..

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

no such luck…i would have better luck getting struck by lightning…twice!

Timmm
Timmm

How about Sonny heading to Y&R and playing a businessman and going up against Victor? Sonny and Ashley?

Celia
Celia

Yes, Shay. I commented to that on another site, out of context, to Patrick.
Sonny promised that very thing to Carly during their inane conversation…baby talk—jibberish.
I, more or less, said something similar.
I am sooo taken aback with this inspiring news, I could choke. Ha!

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

Welcome back to where you belong, Mr Burton. I am looking forward to seeing what is in store for you. I think you are a very talented actor and enjoy your performances. This can only be considered as a win for this wonderful program.

Long live General Hospital! 🙂

Sam
Sam

I was a huge Steve Burton as Jason fan, but have really grown to love Billy Miller in the role. He’s so much more versatile a performer and I have no interest in re-watching the old Jason again.

The ret-con job that would have to be pulled off to make SB Jason again is boring and unimaginative; I much prefer the SB as Jason’s twin/new character angle.

All of that being said, I’d rather keep Hayden and Finn than just about 1/2 the cast (including SB). They charismatic, engaging, and fun as hell to watch. I cannot believe they’re letting Rebecca Budig go – a decision definitely worth revisiting.

Patrick
Patrick

“…I much prefer the SB as Jason’s twin/new character angle. ”

you read my mind.

I thought as much.. thanks to someone else post.. that BM character started out in PC as a hit and run victim. therefore, this would allow , both “Jasons”

1. as the original “Jason” wallah Steve Burton to continue his creation

and

2. Billy Miller as the twin nuJason QUARTERMAINE !!!!! YES YES YES

that way .. with BM talent.. he can LEAVE the orbit of sonny and carly and SAM

and just move on… makes his return to LIZ that much more palpable, exciting , and anticipation! he becomes the dr. Monica dreamed about

and we get Jake and Liz together… living @The Q . love it

whatever it takes to steal this show away from : Sonny and Carly and STeve B

and showcase Jake and Liz
and showcase Valentin and Nina
and showcase Kiki and Dillon
and showcase Ned and Olivia
and showcase Kevin and Laura
and showcase Brad and Lucas
and showcase HECK – Ava and Scotty

something anything… MORE

this is going to be so telling… what Shelley and Frank have in store

get the Kool-Aid ready

Damien
Damien

As long as billy miller stays at GH because Y n R is fine without him
Jason Thompson is portraying Billy as more adult and layered than millers version. Towards the end of millers run he was phoning it in..but Thompson is always on it
plus he has so much chemistry wth tognoni and heinle

Soaphound
Soaphound

I totally disagree about Jason Thompson’s snarky, hateful interpretation of Billy Abbott but I agree I don’t want Billy Miller back on Y&R. Once a role is recast, it’s hard to put someone back in the role again. If they would start giving GH actors more worthy, deeper storylines, a lot of problems would be solved.

Celia
Celia

True, that, Soaphound. I have mourned the loss of Miller’s Billy Abbott as much as Muhney’s Adam.
I did say, many a time, if the essence of a character would ever be recaptured once he/she has left…….it remains to be seen what we will “feel” once Muhney is back.

Yvonne
Yvonne

Don’t want Steve Burton back. He is a one-note actor that got lucky and then became ungrateful, lied and said he was leaving soaps but was really following his pal, soap killer Jill Pharrsn Phelps to Y&R, where he was a totally boring chatacter. No loyalty to GH. Hopefully it’s a short term role.

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

I totally agree on the “one-note actor” thing. He has been employed so long solely due to his looks.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Thank you, Yvonne and Kevin. Billy can act circles around soaphopper Burton and, apparently, is far more humble and agreeable on set.

Patrick
Patrick

I will be happy to just see Jake Doe again… thereby giving Billy Miller a whole new lease on character evolve.

geezuz … get your cajones … the art of acting is your forte

I am more excited about seeing Billy Miller act again… WITHOUT Sam / Sonny / Carly

he simply has got to get out of that orbit.

GOD ! why doesn’t any one see this? Yes I know.. you do… it’s frustration

for Steve Burton to return… to crap writers and back to the mob… won’t be anticipated… my only thought

WILL HE ACTUALLY TALK… ( that was an epic fail at Y&R )

if GH intent is to prop that much more so… w/ Sonny and Carly.. well *uck it. so be it

C’est la vie

Lisa
Lisa

Snoozefest. One Jason is boring enough…

Scott5
Scott5

Exactly!! Burton sleepwalks through his scenes and stares off into space. He does his best at his Maurice Bernard style of acting. The only difference is that Burton can say his lines without stammering and stuttering like Maurice.

Both actors and characters are sleep inducing.

Lucky
Lucky

I’m thrilled he is returning. He made Jason into the iconic GH character that he is.

aria
aria

oh god here we go again, hope this doesn’t turn into the jason 1 jason 2 sonny , carly, and sam show. i could of tolerated his return if it wasn’t at the expense of other talent like Rebecca Budiig, so i’m not happy bout this right now..

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I am torn over which way this could go and should go. I don’t want to see Billy Miller getting fired but at the same time, I am a little excited to see Steve Burton coming back. i know i couldn’t buy Steve as a new character but to have him come back as Jason would be upsetting to Billy Miller’s fans. I guess I wait and see how this plays out before I bitch about something. And I know something will run me the wrong way!!!

Linda
Linda

they could be long lost cousins or GH could do a who is the real Jason like OLTL did with the two Todds. I dont really care if Burton returns as I am used to Miller who is a good actor.

Rose
Rose

SB has to come back as Jason. Otherwise, they could have hired anyone to be that “someone else”. But why has he decided to disrupt things. His word is tough to believe as he never did what he said he would when he left GH the last time or Y&R either for that matter. He’s always claimed to want to leave to spend time with his family on both soaps. He never did that – what are we to believe? I find him to be truthful for the moment and that’s it. Now having said all that, I do believe that BM is no Jason, but he is a great actor. There has never been a JASAM since SB left. BM is a great character, but he is no Jason. SB & KM are the only ones to make up JASAM. OK I’m done now. LOL

Barbara e t
Barbara e t

Sooooo excited!!!! So much potential. Love Billy but also love Steve. Make room for both

Lin Herz
Lin Herz

I think I’d be done if Steve will be Jason. I love Billy’s Jason and am sick of mob stories. Or I’d fast forward all the jason stories.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I’m with you, Lin. It’s Billy or bust!

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

As a Y&R viewer, this is GREAT news!!! This means the chances of Burton returning as DULLan are very slim.

GH should make it an easy transition: Let Billy Miller go so Burton can slide into his old role. Miller can then return to Y&R as Billy Abbott. Both actors would be where they belong.

Darnell
Darnell

How exciting would it be to find out that Billy Miller was AJ. What a crazy storyline especially having a child with Sam. Billy Miller could take AJ to new heights. As Stone cold, there’s no where to go in my opinion. This storyline, if written right could blow the hell out of daytime. And who was behind all this mess……..Helena. It’s all part of her curse on Sam.

Elise Kiefer
Elise Kiefer

Don’t want him back, I agree with “Steve walked out of GH because he wanted to live in Kentucky and be a family man/whatever and then he went directly to Y&R.” He lied to us and I found it unforgivable. Really like Billy Miller as Jason now. Don’t want any change there. I can only see maybe Helena is at it again and is trying to mess with Sam and Jason not realizing the real Jason had his face changed due to that crash. Hope SB works without a contract because he’s unreliable.

Timmm
Timmm

He didnt lie! A business opportunity arose and he took it. Have YOU ever took advantage of a good opportunity?

Deelo
Deelo

Billy Miller has done an excellent job of bringing a new vibe to Jason character – he did not play him as ‘stone cold’ rather played him as a guy with no memory and trying to make things work. Steve Burton may come back in Sam’s dreams but I hope not as a character that does away with Billy Miller’s Jason.

heidi
heidi

I welcome Steve back in any role! He’s great!

Miriam Fitzgerald
Miriam Fitzgerald

I think he’ll be the old Jason in Sam’s confused mind. She’s already hallucinating so many things, this would make sense, and would keep Billy Miller in the role of Jason now. Can’t see Steve Burton coming back for too long.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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ABC Names William Burton As The New Head Of Daytime

Over the years there have been several changes to ABC Daytime, and now comes word over the last 24 hours that William Burton has been promoted to Senior VP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC.  Burton starts in his new role immediately.

Deadline first reported the executive level move by the network.  Burton had previously been overseeing the business operations of ABC Daytime since earlier this year as SVP Daytime following the departure of former Daytime head Rebecca Campbell.

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Those duties have now been formalized in Burton’s expansive new role,  In terms of General Hospital, the creative aspects from the network are still being handled by ABC head of current programming, Vicki Dummer.  Burton has been behind the business operations of ABC Daytime including the daytime drama.

In addition, Burton will oversee the creation and production of syndicated programming across ABC platforms including the upcoming daytime talk show from Tamron Hall that is in development for a potential debut in the fall of 2019.

So, share your thoughts on Burton being named the new head of Daytime for ABC via the comment section below.

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