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Cosntance Towers Returns To General Hospital!

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Who doesn’t want a little Helena Cassadine in their soap lives to jazz things up? Now, General Hospital has revealed this week that none other than Constance Towers is reprising her role as the most evil Cassadine of them all!

But how? Didn’t we see Helena get poisoned to death via an assist from her grandson Nikolas in 2015?

In a new video teaser from the ABC daytime drama series, Towers is seen being very mysterious as Helena reveals, “You never know who’s going to come around”.

Watch the video teaser after the jump. Then let us know if you are excited to see how Helena makes an appearance in story in the comment section below.

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su0000

LOVE !!!
Cosntance Towers !!!!

I knew she was not dead..
C’mon, really did anyone believe she was dead??

The Cassidines do not die, they are alians!

Now, if one is alive bring back ALL the Cassidines!

GH despertely needs suspense, intruge, excitment, adventure !
One true thing about the Cassidines, they never ever bored me and even had me on the edge!
The Cassidine Family are amoung the best of the best of GH families!

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Yippeee!!! 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’d love for her to be alive…actually thought (probably a lot of us did) that she didn’t die. But…maybe she did! Her scenes so far are flashbacks.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Sorry, but Helena is W-A-Y TOO UNWATCHABLE, CREEPY AND ONE-DIMENSIONAL for my tastes!!!!! NO, NO AND MORE NO!!!!!

N-e-x-t……….

Anne
Anne

Helena Cassadine one dimension? In my opinion she is one of the greatest villains created on daytime. Watching her go up against Luke Spencer was priceless. I can’t wait too see what Helena does to Lulu.

Jenny
Jenny

DONE. TO. DEATH!! Seriously…enough! Love the actress but the character is just a ridiculous cartoon. 85 year old women are more concerned with hip replacements and angina than they are with slitting people’s throats.

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

I guess you never met my crazy Aunt who could slit your throat with her eyes-lol

Shay
Shay

Oh, jimh, you’ve really been on fire lately! So good to see you back here with your trademark humor fully intact!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

JimH. “another, classic” I echo Shay; post

I was in hysterics… who hasn’t received those steely looks… no words needed

oy

LOL… you were transfixed… immobile… didn’t know if you could run or stammer… quake in your boots.

whew

Anne
Anne

You have not met by 85 great aunt who takes tango lessons, is in a bowling league, walks 1.5 miles every day and swims 5 days a week.

Shay
Shay

Well then, Jenny, I guess you never witnessed the magnificent “Dowager Countess Violet Crawley” of Downton Abbey fame! Dame Maggie Smith’s formidable character could cut anyone down to size with just her famously rapier-sharp wit….(and tongue!)

Omar
Omar

Constance is just a solid actress…Love Helena and glad she is back either alive or whatever..Would love to see a “Witches of Port Charles” storyline featuring Helena Cassadine, Heather Webber and Dr Liesl Obrecht joining forces!!! Image the horror and the delicious comedic relief!!!

Shay
Shay

What a “Terrifying Troika” that would be, Omar!!!! I like it….

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Wh–aa-t-t?! She was on today (Wed.)–and what was that cheesy set all about?? ):

Celia
Celia

What a sight for sore eyes!!!!! Welcome, Grande Dame of mystery and deviltry!!

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

i knew that isnt Anna…as i asked Shay earlier below…maybe its her twin???

Celia
Celia

Hey, Jimmy,
Well, I knew from the first meeting between Valentin and ‘Anna’ ( we do not really know who is who, at this point) that something was off. The puzzled look on Anna’s face spoke volumes….as their eyes locked, I sensed a story there.
I did mention Alex, as she had a prominrnt presence in Pine Valley. Valentin may have had an affair with Alex, not Anna. I mentioned the evil aunt Charlotte, who, at one point, pretended to be the Devane sisters’ mother, which proved not to be true.
She is supposedly dead, but is she really? I think Griffin is the profuct of that affair, and evil Charlotte holds the key.

Celia
Celia

PS, Jimmy,
I was very young, at the time, but I remember that the evil aunt Charlotte brainwashed Alex and programmed her to kill Anna. I asked my grandmother and she said most of the ‘happenings’ took place in Hungary. It’s a bit fuzzy for me….
I wonder If the hospital or ‘detention’ fortress we saw with Ann/ Alex is in Hungary. Is Anna/Alex being held prisoner by Charlotte or Helena?
Alex also has a son Aidan; but that fact is also questionable. He could be the son of a third sister, Lindsey.

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

I did not watch AMC faithfully back then so some of the story is fuzzy to me but with VI leaving Days i hope he pops up at GH…his David Hayward had a past with Alex and i wouldnt mind him coming to town as a new doctor with some shocking secrets…he is a Q…Alan, before arriving in PC had an affair with David’s mom and left her unaware she was pregnant…David also had an affair years ago with Dr.Lisel and Nathan is their son…David also knows Monica’s true identity…she is another sister of Dr. Lisel who is unaware Monica is her sister!!!…Change history?-i wouldnt mind this!!!

Celia
Celia

Wow!!!! That mind of yours kills me each time, Jimmy. I love it….and, I love VI. We can only hope he comes to GH after Days.
I would not mind your scenerio either.
Later.

Celia
Celia

@Mary SF.
Hi, Mary,
Absolutely, great comment, and explanations, Mary.
On the other site, Steve mentions the subtle differences between the ‘twins’, which only reenforces Finola’s superb acting.

Steve
Steve

I’ll watch Constance Towers read the phone book.

That might actually be more interesting than the current storyline with all its retconning.

Dan
Dan

The Queen returns! The great villains never die. Or maybe Helena is dead and she will be appearing in flashbacks for the Jake storyline. But the incomparable Constance Towers is certainly still with us, and looking as elegant as ever. God bless her, we can all only hope to look as good at soon to be 84 years old as she does.

Always intrigued by what they have in store for Helena. Would be wonderful to see her work with James Patrick Stuart, as Helena dealing with Valentin, another one of the bastards of her beloved Mikkos. The possibilities are endless. Welcome back, Queen!

Anne
Anne

YES!!! This is the best news yet. One of the greatest villains, if not the greatest, ever created on day time has returned. Long may Helena Cassadine aka Constance Towers reign. Think of the wonderful possibilities for story lines. Helena creating havoc during Lulu and Valentine’s custody fight for Charlotte. Helena making life miserable for Alexis once again. Then there is Helena’s grandson Spencer.

Charday
Charday

Hope Nikolas, Spencer, and Britt Westbourne come with her!

Shay
Shay

Especially Britt!!!! We need her—and her “Freaky Fa Faison!”—- to make return engagements to Port Charles!

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

yes, me miss my Britt…would like to see Monica turn out to be another sister of my GH favorite Dr.Liesel…thought Valentin was going to turn out to be Valentin’s son…and is that really Anna-she seems a little strange-maybe a clone???-lol

Shay
Shay

@jimh…Maybe Dr. O. pulled out that trusty Anna mask of hers for another round of impersonation?

Celia
Celia

All together now: Britt; Britt; Britt…..come home.

Shay
Shay

@Celia….Britt, Britt, BRITT come home!!! (And bring “Daffy Daddy” Faison along for the ride….)

Mary SF
Mary SF

Love Helena– dump story line, but it is always a ggod day when Helena is on–and am I the only one that thinks the Anna making moves on Valentin is an impostor and the real Anna is being held captive somewhere?

rebecca1
rebecca1

I mentioned from the first when Valentin kept hounding Anna about their past and Anna couldn’t remember…that it might be Anna’s twin that he had a past with…who was posing as Anna. (I’m not familiar with her twin but I know she had one on another soap.) Not sure if she was supposed to be evil…maybe they’re triplets and there’s one we didn’t know about.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Today’s episode showed the real Anna in some hospital bed–so looks like the twin thing or impostor is correct— either way FH acting is great, just enough difference in the character that one wasn’t sure at first if it was Anna or not, but you knew she wasn’t acting herself, but as time went by it was obvious this wasn’t Anna — not usually a fan of these “evil twin” stories either by birth or by plastic surgery– but in this case, the performance is so masterfully simple and complex that I’m intrigued — it is not the big dramatic scenes Emmy reels are made of– but it is performances like this one that keeps me hooked to Daytime

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

I like the actress and character but im bored by these repetitious storylines of back from the dead characters…it spoils the suspense knowing a character who dies suddenly isnt dead…kind of stagnates the story…no moving forward …we go backwards and start the process all over again…and i thought Valentin was suppose to be the most feared Cassadine-why he is more like Prince Charming who should fear that witch Nina-lol

dmr
dmr

& the constant rewriting of old storylines from TPTB. Sick and tired of it. I hardly watch the show. I catch-up by coming on here and reading Michael’s updates and everyone’s comments.

Carrie
Carrie

A lousy writer’s strike in 1981 and we have been paying the price ever since. I like Constance and I liked Liz Taylor. But I was never a fan of the “curse” story line introduced by Liz Taylor and then all the curses following. If they wanted to introduce Cassadines and Helena all of those years ago, fine. But I could have done without the Ice Princess weather machine, curses and cryogenics. Some things should have died with the writer’s strike. I’m glad Nikolas, Stefan and Alexis came along as a result of the original 1981 story, but I can do without the other stuff.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t know if she’s “back from the dead”, jimh, or if she’s going to be on in flashbacks. But I don’t necessarily think it’s going backwards because the story regarding lil Jake and what happened to him (and Jason) on that island was never addressed. So, to me they’re getting back to something they started, unlike some other stories which they never seem to finish.

As for Valentin…I’m loving this character. So emotionally complex! I love his back story…lots of pathos injected into Valentin. I think it is a story about a man with two sides…the suffering hunchback who was hurt emotionally and physically and the man he’s become…both on the inside and outside since his operation. But…the hurt, humiliation, anger is still on the inside…waiting for just the right catalyst to set him off. The fake Anna just pissed him off…Nina just left him. Now…rage. The story begins!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Yes!!! The queen bitch is back!!! Any chance she’ll bring her grandson Nikolas with her so we can see he really is alive? And won’t it be good to watch her go up against Valentin? I can’t wait!!!

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

She’s back in a flash back.

I love the actress but the character has run her course. Let’s move this along. What happened to Jason four years ago is of very limited interest.

MORE Laura, more Qs , please.

Patrick
Patrick

MAJOR applause for this ^

Frank Jean and Shelley have spiraled almost every story

so long drawn out… snooze fest

1. the Anna story out to get Valentin ? whatever the heck for? at this point ? because of her guilt for working @WSB? isn’t that to be expected from all WSB employees?… or was she betrayed by Valentin ? who .. as dashing handsome and sexy as all get out… is SOMETHING… but we all know it’s with Nina and Charlotte he belong. MOVE Anna… Puhlease… it’s making your character ??? weak ? get a life .. if she doesn’t remember herself… it’s not like she’s suffering or harboring feelings . the writers must be drawing this out… because of the high caliber actors… and that’s all good and well… leave the Cassadine alone already

2. this coloring book story of what happened to too cute and not enough character… of little Jake. he’s just not that catching… blah blah blah on all the characters … save for Liz. enough of Jason and Sam… ( doing anything ) along with Franco . go to Cassadine island …. what a big mystery build up. this all just stinks.

3. gosh darned it already… Sonny and Carly … I want them to divorce.. let’s see what these characters can REAL…. lets see what these actors can bring to the table. even tho i’d rather they be given the heave ho… it just riles that the vision that Frank Jean and Shelley THOUGHT … would WIN GH … by featuring Sonny and Carly as a sure bet… NOT waste of air time… the ratings and emmy winless prove a lot.

ps: absolute on more Laura and and the Q’s

had to put this out their

davlestev1
davlestev1

When Ron Carlivatis material begins to air on DAYS they’ll bring back original Jason..Robert..Leslie..a not so dead Alan..or his ghost with an evil spirit mistress..Jeff and Heather..original Carly..Mark and Gina Dante..Terry Weber and who ever else they can think to dig up..boo…surprise…surprise my foot. Oh .please.
..

Patrick
Patrick

argh! Constance Towers deserves to come back.. because she is a great actress for this genre and much to my dismay … is GOOD for GH.

the thing that I’m not looking forward to is… once again… Frank Jean and Shelley are going to trot out Jason and Sam….

God.. it’s painful to watch Jason Sam and even Franco… attempting to bring life to the story of what happened to Jake. how I miss James Nigbor… this recast is such a toothache. this story is so dull… thankfully Liz helps our attention span.

Patrick
Patrick

this, reminds me of Tyler Christopher… simply put… at or very near the top of GH best leading men.

I miss Nicholas Cassadine….. imagine him and Valentin leading

these two men have it in spades… all the sensual plus to keep tuned in

Jason, Finn, and Sonny are forgettable

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

No Helena…No GH.

ABC broke in again for a press conference.

heidi
heidi

YES… adore her and everything that she brings to her role and to the story and to the cast! So happy to see her back again!

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I completely agree, Heidi!

Timmm
Timmm

Helena was poisoned and she lives to tell so I think she has Nicholas and is punishing him for his betrayal. Now we need someone to play Nicholas.

Celia
Celia

Good thinking, Timmmy! …… I think you mentioned this before, and I agreed that Helena had Nikolas ‘stashed’ somewhere. So, does this mean that Valentin and Helena were in cahoots on their Greek-island-get-away?
Again, all these new developments beg the question: is Helena still alive?

Timmm
Timmm

C, there are so many good story possibilities out there. I hope they dont mess it up! Roger signed a new contract. I hope Jason kills Franco on CI and Roger goes on a long vacation and comes back as Todd. Also, I want Finn to OD and leave the show and come back as McBain and go back to Sam. Try fake Jason with Liz and see what happens. Bring back somebody to play Lucky and create a triangle! Bring back Nick and Britt. Sign Wally Kurth to a multi year deal! Love him!

Celia
Celia

@Timmm.
I agree with every word you said….signed, sealed, delivered.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Although this is not exactly a surprise–we all said at the time that we knew Helena wouldn’t really stay dead–and I do think Constance Towers is a pleasure to watch as Helena, frankly, no, I don’t need another Cassidine around, thank you (unless it’s Nik, who I’m sure is also not really dead). It’s better than more mob characters, but that’s about it. Given the per capita quota of pure evil that runs loose in Port Charles, why does anybody decent continue to live there? I get that every soap needs villains to help drive the storylines, but GH really does need to try something new.

Patrick
Patrick

seems like they had a great opportunity to make Valentin, a villain. he never stood a chance once he stepped foot back in Port Charles. because of his “murdering” Nicholas . dang it tho… I’m hoping with many posts that Valentin , heck even Helena.. is nursing Nicholas back to health… and perhaps is being held captive… whatever the case… we need Valentin out of the clutches of Anna and every other denizen of Port Charles… Valentin and Nina are being wasted as well.. with this long drawn out story.

it’s been a constant Anna WILL Or WONT she captivate the audience and let alone Valentin.

what is the payout supposed to be? it’s just not interesting enough.. especially knowing Valentin already has a wife and child. seems like the writers don’t know what to do any way… so they are stretching out this story … with Finola Hughes

it’s almost too much Anna… listening in on conversations… waiting for that one big break. the story certainly didn’t pay out when it was revealed Valentin was what? the elephant man ? who after plastic surgery… is now one of the sexy as all get out leading man, GH must capitalize on?

another leading vixen … GH faltered on… was Michelle Stafford Nina. every one knows what a dynamo MS is capable of. I wanted more than anything… for Nina to FIGHT Anna … and w/Valentin … FIGHT Lulu. neither of these two ladies stood a chance… yet the writing is spun and turns so lamely.

I couldn’t believe when Anna had Nina in a headlock… down on the table… OK

I will actually give prop to Lulu… for her first court appointed visit with Charlotte , Lulu did not mamma smurph herself… and actually made me a believer that Charlotte could actually enjoy her company… just never as her mother… that’s Nina

so.. yes… GH had every opportunity to villain either or … or both.. as the reigning couple of Port Charles… GIVE THIS COUPLE POWER.. and it’s a no holds barred cinematic feast. Valentin + Nina + Charlotte.

Patrick
Patrick

I got it !

Robin Christopher … RETURNS as Skye Quartermaine… with Lilia Rae and she becomes the new queen bee bitch… imagine the hot talks and banter between her and Monica … and the arch nemesis with Carly.

Robin Christopher is sexy as heck… it’d be a FUN FUN FUN time with Ned and Dillon, as well

Patrick
Patrick

Maura West has been stuck, as Ava.

she would have made a great villainess. she’s become a supporting character to Kiki… and is backburner with Sonny… over Avery.

this is downright mad. with all their focus … Frank / Jean / Shelley STUCK on ;

sonny / carly / Jason / sam / finn / Hayden / Michael / Nelle.

I have repeated often… I can imagine GH without the above characters. really?

Patrick
Patrick

“QUARTERMAIN’IA”

I just finished the May 4th eppi ( last night ) ; when Jane Elliott bade farewell.

it’s amazing… when an actor and character are so well fused together… become one in the same.. hence, our imaginations take on these feelings . when all the personalities meld together… and the screen – just – LIGHTS UP

I cried about Tracy relationships… with Ned, Monica, and Dillon… in this order.

especially with Ned as Tracy looks him right in the eye and tells him ” You, are, MY rock “…. the dam spilled and broke wide open when she rushed back in and ran in to Monica arms…. tears… and it was a group hug with HER sons.

SO MUCH RICH HISTORY is going to be missed for Monica. GH simply has got to keep this lady going… for however long she wants to be.

Ms. Jane Elliott… had a ready arsenal… a quip.. a wit that never quit… a humane spirit… all the while , genteel .

you just know there’s a lighthouse out their and it’s Jane

Shay
Shay

@Patrick…Always loved your clever coinage of the term “Quartermainia!” It simply slips off the tongue is such a supremely silky way. Kudos!!!!

Celia
Celia

I agree, Patrick. Ava seems to be vacillating between earth and limbo.
Firstly, I thought she had custody of Avery. I am somewhat confused as to how Sonny,now, has the upper hand….soooo covoluted….borders on boredom.
Secondly, the pill story is driving me up the wall….end it, one way or the other.
And our favorite resident, Sonny, will get away with his machinations and mal-functioning brain. Again!! He really should join Heather.
It’s a soap!!! Observe and absorb? LOL.

SW
SW

Love Helena/Constance Towers, but DAMN could the production quality be any crappier!? Camera shadows?

Shay
Shay

Finally, the “Ice Queen” cometh! Welcome back to Port Charles, Helena Cassadine and welcome back to GH, Miss Constance Towers…you’ve (both) been missed!

Fanny
Fanny

As lovely and elegant as Constance is…Nothing can save US from
these LIFELESS storylines!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unless ABC finally wakes up from
the COMA these 2 HEAD WRITERS have put them in & kindly show
them the EXIT…..TIME FOR SOME NEW BLOOD ‼️‼️

Patrick
Patrick

marquee – spotlight – gavel

Jean and Shelley – started their spiral August 10, 2015

and… got renewed September 16, 2016

this being May 2017.. that’s near, two years in, to one of the biggest messes… ( OK I know, @DOOL has had it’s darkness )

HOPEFULLY… fan rally … in 3-4 months time we get a lifeline

Celia
Celia

Hi, sweet lady….missed you.
And, yes, these stories are not grabbing me, either, albeit, I am intrigued by the Anna/Alex/Valentin, developing story. Valentin is the most enigmatic character, right now. Nevertheless, what happened to the monster he was purported to be? The transformation from the ruthless ogre to whimpy, whimpy, whimpy, is baffling, to say the least. And, I want him and Nina to stay together.
I must say, though, that if it drags on indefinitely, my interst will wane with the moon.

dmr
dmr

This storyline is just plain dumb! It’s uninteresting and it’s stupid. I don’t care about Jake’s drawings, Franco and Jason’s hunt thru the woods, or the time that Helena kept Jake and Jason hidden away. It’s beyond boring and stupid!

Shay
Shay

She’s aliiiive!!!!!

Iakovos
Iakovos

I may be done. Despite Ms. Towers’s wonderful talents, I am so weary of the back-from-the-dead trope. It has been done too many times and is no longer a surprise nor does it provide an element of suspense. An established daytime drama device admittedly, GH has done too much of this in recent years. As such, I think integrity takes a hit. Death is a part of the story, too.

su0000
su0000

hi Iakovos ..
Soap 101 ..
The dead are never ever dead , not in soap land.
I believe it is a rule– no one ever dies in a soap with exciption of a real life death.

So, when so or so dies he/she died but is not dead .. lol

Helena did not come back from the dead she was never dead .

Steve
Steve

It looks like she’s still dead folks. They’re not really flashbacks because they’re new scenes – but they take place while Helena was still breathing.

mike
mike

She plays the role so well it does not matter how many times she comes back from the dead, she is always welcome.

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

Welcome back, Helena!!! 🙂 🙂

Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson

Well I hope that her one appearance yesterday wasn’t the end…the rumors seem to still indicate she is truly back in the present…Chimera was mailed to Jake by a delivery guy that was Helena’s flunkie punching Jason back in the flashback…the rumors that she might show up at the Nurses Ball as well…I hope she is back in spectacular fashion…Long Live the Queen

k/kay
k/kay

Ok you crazies you do know she is married to John Gavin the actor he was Ammasordor to Mexico under Ronald Reagan oh god perish the thought

Shay
Shay

I’ve mentioned that very fact before, k/kay!!! I absolutely love the classy, elegant Miss Towers and her highly-accomplished husband, Mr. Gavin…and their link to the Reagan Administration just makes them all the more beloved in my mind!!!

Celia
Celia

John Gavin was hot, hot, hot!!!! Still is!!!!

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….Yes, he is!…I was holding out hope that Mr. Gavin would grace the GH canvas as the elegant Helena’s “new squeeze!” He certainly would have been a far sight better than her creepy paramour, Fluke!

Soaphound
Soaphound

Constance Towers is simply great as Helena, no question. But that sickening display of sadistic violence on Wednesday’s ep makes me not care if she returns or not. Ooh, what fun seeing Jason beaten to a bloody pulp while Helena looks on gleefully saying MORE, MORE. Pathetic. If GH is intent on graphic violence, how about tying up a villain once in a while and letting them have it. I’m appalled and disturbed by what I saw on Wednesday’s show. Then having Franco smash Jason’s head in and punch him in the stomach to “help him”? Billy Miller deserves better. And so do we.

rose
rose

Soaphound…You saved me from having to make a new post. Where are they getting these writers? I am a fan of Helena and Constance, but was really disturbed at the graphic, sadistic violence featured on her return during the flashback and other. Helena was more known for mind games, not what we saw on Wednesday, at least not on screen. Certainly not the kind of episode you would want you kids or grandkids to see. Even Sonny doesn’t come off that bad, and he’s a crime boss with enforcers.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I disagree, Rose. First, I know many people “grew up” on soaps but soaps aren’t written for kids. GH has also been about sex, crime, (unfortunately, “rape” ala Luke and Laura). This isn’t Bold and Beautiful as you and I, as new viewers, can easily see. Even that soap, which is full of beauty…from the characters to the costumes, locations, set designs, etc…has sex, sexual innuendoe, betrayal, etc.

GH isn’t doing anything new. A punch to the gut? Knocks on the head? The Three Stooges have been doing that to “comedic effect” since forever. So do cartoons.

I don’t get why and “children” are watching soaps. And, I certainly don’t want my soap to be written for their eyes. While we’re not used to seeing people get punched out…people get shot, mugged…held at knifepoint…etc. GH is very mob and villain oriented. People either love it or not but it’s definitely not B&B or Y&R.

Just my opinion…As always, fan opinions differ.

rose
rose

Hi Rebecca…Guess we have different tolerance levels when it comes to violence in daytime soaps. I can handle the more “innuendo/mild” kind. Even Sonny’s stuff isn’t that visually too violent. Then there was the Luke/Laura rape scene a longtime ago. And Todd/Marty on OLTL which was pretty bad as well. Thankfully I missed both. And I’ve never been a Three Stooges fan.

For me Helena’s look and instructions were more than a punch to the gut, etc…there was something very sadistic and cruel about it. Helena was/is “classier” and craftier than that. Combine that with almost everything on tv now showing violence from news to drama, the scarecrow scene during the day, with Constance of all lovely ladies, really bothered me. But in all cases that’s just me.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey again, Rose. Helena has always been sadistic…she slit Alex’s mom’s throat. We didn’t see it, of course. But as charming, sarcastic, amusing, sharp, flirty (with Luke) as Helena always was…there was no denying she was violent and evil. There’s plenty of violence in Outlanders and Poldark, too. I think it’s just that we’re not used to seeing it spelled out visually as much on a soap. So, while I was surprised and kinda winced for Jason, (and if it were reality Franco could have killed him with that rock to the head), I understood Franco was trying to recreate the scene so Jason would remember. Convoluted but at once comical. I laughed when Jason conked him back. I guess I just don’t take them that seriously. And, as said, I don’t think kids should be watching soaps…there’s nothing on a soap for kids. They’re all sex, betrayal, lies, crime, heartached, etc, etc. Late teens, college age? I guess many of us did that and that age is certainly fine with seeing whatever the soaps have to show. They’re nothing compared to songs/videos, video games etc. Light stuff!

But, “in all cases that’s just me.” 🙂

Celia
Celia

I don’t think, as Steve points out, Helena is alive, Soaphound I, also, thought these visuals were flasbacks.
What is more puzzling to me is Franco. He is getting weirder by the minute.
I’m with dmr…I don’t even look forward to the show, albeit I won’t stop watching.

Fanny
Fanny

Hello sweet CeCe…. UR absolutely right about Helena, they R flashbacks.
And I second UR emotions about GH…wish I didn’t, never thought I would
feel the like this.

Steve
Steve

Could the surprising – yet wonderful news – that Jennifer Bassey is joining GH lead to my dream sophisticated lady connection. Regardless of whether Bassey plays Marian Chandler or another character, I’ve thought for a long time that she would play a good sister to Helena. As far as I know, they’ve never mentioned Helena’s pre-Cassadine past. Similarly, AMC didn’t dive into Marian’s background prior to marrying Liza’s dad.

I look forward to the first “dah-ling” out of Miss Bassey’s mouth.

Celia
Celia

Oh, Steve…I love Ms Bassey and her “dah-ling”…. could it be??

Celia
Celia

PS.
‘Twould be even more wunderbar if Marian brought bad girl, Liza, with her.

Tj
Tj

I’m sooo friggin’ glad to see Helena …….She’s Baaaccckkkkkk !!!! Bring IT !!!

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers ‘The Power Performance of the Week’ As Ava Learns The Devastating Truth About Ryan

Last week on key episodes of General Hospital, the truth was finally out that Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) was masquerading as his twin brother, Dr. Kevin Collins, and that Ava Jerome (Maura West) was an unsuspecting victim in all of this.  As the week began, Ryan and Ava had gone over the bridge, but Jason (Steve Burton) was able to save Ava and pull her back to the bridge, and that set the stage for a powerhouse series of performances by West.

On the bridge with Laura (Genie Francis), who is trying to make Ava comprehend the harsh realization that she has been with a serial killer this entire time, and not the real Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), Ava doesn’t believe what Laura is attempting to tell her.  She believes that Kevin had a mental breakdown.  Laura explains to Ava that Kevin is at General Hospital, while Ryan has been posing as him.  In Ava’s version of the situation, she thinks the switcheroo happened in the last 48 hours when Ryan wanted to whisk her away to be married.  Laura then tells Ava that Ryan switched places with Kevin months ago, and she has never been with Kevin.

It is a horrifying reality for Ava to grapple with as she insists that Kevin loves her.  However, moment by moment, Ava can no longer deny that harsh truth that is right in front of her.  She had sex with her daughter Kiki’s murderer the night she was killed, and she has been sleeping with the wrong man this entire time.

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In heartbreaking scenes, Maura, along with another wonderful performance by GH icon, Genie Francis, illustrated the raw pain and devastation of a woman who has been so blindsided by love, violated, and deceived all at the same time.  The scene where Laura holds Ava on the bridge as she collapses with anguish was soap gold.  But, never underestimate Ava Jerome!  You know she will get her payback.

In another episode, a now drunken Ava heads to the GH to see Kevin for herself, but finds Franco (Roger Howarth).  First, she blames Franco, then he makes her understand that it was Ryan who murdered people and deceived everyone.  He was just helping the PCPD snuff out the serial killer.   She tells Franco that Ryan made her feel like a goddess and that he worshipped her and helped her in her time of need following Kiki’s death.  Ava tells Franco that she hopes Ryan’s still alive so she can kill him herself!

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And still in another moment, Ava runs into the real Kevin in the hospital hallway.  Ava loses her grip and slaps him in the face accusing him of killing her daughter.  Scott (Kin Shriner) pulls her off Kevin, and tries to get her to understand that Kevin was in surgery at GH when she was with Ryan in Niagara Falls.

Sitting down with Ava, Kevin apologizes for what Ryan did to her and everyone else.  Kevin thinks she needs to speak with a therapist, but not him and he will recommend someone.  Later, alone in the hospital corridor, Ava sees a poster of Kevin Collins and rips it to shreds as Scott comes by to calm her down. She sinks to the floor in sorrow over Kiki’s death, and how she ended up falling for Ryan.

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Scene after scene, moment after moment, you can’t get better than West.  Ava is a delicious complex character, who has been so unlucky at love, is so flawed, and at times so revenge-filled, and yet in the hands of the oh-so-skilled and talented Maura West, she has humanized Ava, so that we can’t help root for her to get back on her feet after she falls so far down, so we can witness what trouble she will stir up next.   All of this to say: Michael Fairman TV names GH’s Maura West the ‘Power Performance of the Week”.

So, what did you think about of Maura’s performances on  GH? Did Ava finding out the truth about Ryan live up to everything you hoped it would be? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Bryan Craig Talks Javi In ‘Grand Hotel’, Recasting GH’s Morgan, And His Post-Daytime Career

When Grand Hotel finally makes its highly-anticipated debut this summer (Monday night, June 17th) on ABC, soap opera fans will see some very familiar faces in primo roles as this sudsy drama, based on the Spanish series Gran Hotel, tells the story of a family-owned hotel in Miami, the people who run it, and all of the secrets they keep from one another.

Brought to you by executive producers Eva Longoria and Ben Spector, the show explores the family dynamic of the Mendoza family. Longoria herself will play a mother in four episodes of the show, as well.

General Hospital fans will take note that Daytime Emmy-winner, Bryan Craig (Ex-Morgan Corinthos) is front and center in the cast as Javi Mendoza, the troubled son of the family who has some major obstacles in front of him.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Craig during the recent ABC TCA’s Press Tour for the network to get some insight into his new role, how he would feel if GH would recast the role of Morgan (he recently propped up former DAYS star Billy Flynn as a potential viable candidate) and what it has been like post-daytime in his burgeoning career in film and TV.  Here’s what he had to say about his TV life past and present.

What has this experience been like for you taping the episodes of Grand Hotel and working with such a stellar cast?

BRYAN:  It’s been incredible   It feels like it went by so fast.  It’s an awesome group of people.  We’ve got a fun show.

How would you say your character of Javi Mendoza stacks up against GH’s Morgan Corinthos?

BRYAN:  I think it’s one of the most layered characters that I’ve ever played.  There’s a lot going on with Javi.  He has a big disability, kind of like Morgan did.  It’s a physical disability, and there are a lot of challenges that come along with that.  He also has a substance problem.  So, some of the same issues and in the same world that Morgan was in.  Javi is a very troubled character, but he is also a lot of fun, and a ladies’ man … and sleeps with a lot of women! (Laughs)

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Do you think the audience will care for Javi, though?  

BRYAN:  Oh yeah, one hundred percent.  He was written in a very kind-hearted manner.  He’s a great guy, who has had a tough life.

Did they put you through a audition process to nab the role in Grand Hotel?

BRYAN:  They had read hundreds and hundreds of people for this role.  I came in at the tail end of it, and then the process went pretty quickly.  I read once, and the next think I knew, I was in a room with Eva Longoria and director, Ken Olin.  Then two days later, I was testing with Eva, and then I got the call that I had the part.

You’re a part of the core family, the Mendozas, on Grand Hotel, and on GH, you were part of the Corinthos clan.  How do the family dynamics stack-up?

BRYAN:  It’s pretty special.  There are a lot of similarities.  It feels like we have kind of shifted GH into prime-time.  In Grand Hotel, we have Demián Bichir, who plays Santiago Mendoza, and he is my Sonny Corinthos now.   They gave us a very heavy, heavy storyline … just like they gave Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) and me.   So, I think the fans are really going to buy into it.   ABC, (I think) wanted to marry that bond a little bit, and I feel it was very apparent in the writing.  This network has been very good to me.

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Did you know that your co-star Denyse Tontz was in Prospect Park’s All My Children reboot as Miranda Montgomery and had a soap past, as well?

BRYAN:  Yes! I did know that.  Denyse plays my sister on Grand Hotel and we work together a lot on the show.  There were quite a few people on the show who came from soaps.  Even some guest stars who came in were big in soap at points.

So, this kind of all  worked out for you!  You left General Hospital, and landed a major primetime series, plus your other movie roles!

BRYAN:  It was a scary move, but it worked out.  I did a few things; a couple of movies, and I did a show for CW for a while, and then this.  So, it’s been back-to-back.  I’ve been fortunate.

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How would you feel if General Hospital, ultimately, recast the role of Morgan?

BRYAN:  You know, if it was to behoove the show, then so be it.   I feel like it was a pretty nice end for me there, but I can’t sit here and be selfish and be like, “I’m the last person who could play that role!”  Would that be awesome?  I mean, yeah!  But, who knows?  They’ve got to do what’s best for the show.

GH’s Maurice Benard had great story in 2018 with the Alzheimer’s storyline involving Sonny’s dad, Mike Corbin (Max Gail).  Had you been checking it out at all?

BRYAN:  I know!   I do keep up with Maurice a lot.   We are good friends.

To remind those who have not seen the trailer to Grand Hotel check it out below.  Will you be watching Bryan in his exciting new role on Grand Hotel? Will you be OK with a Morgan recast on GH, or hope the show will wait for Bryan to return one day? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Is Trapped With A Serial Killer

Ava Jerome (Maura West) got an eyeful on Thursday’s episode of General Hospital when she finds Carly (Laura Wright) gagged and knocked out in the trunk of “Kevin’s” (Jon Lindstrom) car.  Just then, Carly begins to open her eyes, but Ava is stunned when she finds “Kevin” standing behind her.   When Ava is trying to process what she just saw and her groom’s reaction to the sight of Carly in the truck of his car, he tosses it off, and lets her know he has a handle on everything and to go back to their motel room and wait for him.

Later, in their motel room in Niagara falls, Ava considers calling 911, but in that moment decides against, and begins to think that “Kevin” has had a mental breakdown as he has in the past.  When he shows up, “Kevin”asks Ava to trust him,  But when Ava asks why Carly was in the trunk of his car, he responds that it’s a wedding gift for his bride-to-be.

Meanwhile, the manhunt is on for Ryan Chamberlain as the real Kevin Collins has now been admitted to General Hospital.  Chase (Josh Swickard) fills Lulu (Emme Rylan) in on what is going down and she finally remembers it was Ryan, not Franco (Roger Howarth), who stabbed her, and she was his victim when Ryan hypnotized her to believe Franco was the serial killer.

Laura (Genie Francis)is on her way to Niagara Falls with Jason (Steve Burton), who is going to find Carly and bring her home as he is worried sick about his best friend.  Cameron (William Lipton) who is in the Falls with Joss (Eden McCoy)and Oscar (Garren Stitt), who has had a major seizure, runs into Ryan, but doesn’t know it, until he has a phone call with Liz  (Rebecca Herbst) who fills him in that Franco is not the murderer, but Ryan is.  Cameron has the tip to help all, with the name of the motel where Ryan is at.  Liz phones Laura and she and Jason head off to find the motel..

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When Jason and Laura arrive at the cabin, Laura stays in the car as Jason grabs his gun and heads to Ryan’s room.   When an unnerved Ava tries to  tell “Kevin” that he must let Carly go and bring her back to Port Charles safely before they get married, he informs  Ava there is nothing for her to worry about.  He has already taken Carly five miles east of the motel.  Next thing you know, the scene transitions to a shot of Carly lifeless on the ground.  We go back to Jason, who kicks down the  door to Ryan’s room with his gun drawn.

So, what did you think of Ava’s reaction to a kidnapped Carly in the trunk of Ryan’s car? What will happen when Ava realizes she is with Ryan Chamberlain? Share your thoughts as this story heads to its major conclusion, or is it?

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