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Could Jon Lindstrom be making his way back to General Hospital?

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Soap opera favorite, Jon Lindstrom who last played Craig Montgomery on As the World Turns and prior to that Kevin Collins on both Port Charles and General Hospital (And of course, Ryan Chamberlin), is in the news! Last week we interviewed the actor about the DVD release this week of his film, What Happens Next, where Lindstrom takes on a gay role for the first time in his career and is getting wonderful reviews.  For the complete interview about the DVD release and Jon’s performance, make sure to log onto frontiersla.com tomorrow!

But in the meantime, Jon’s girlfriend, Cady McClain (Dixie, AMC and Rosanna, ATWT) had taken to her Twitter account with an interesting tease, which ABC Soaps In Depth inferred could be harkening Jon’s return to GH, that could also signal the return of Lucy Coe, played by Lynn Herring!  Cady tweeted, “A little bird just told me GH is bringing back some fan favorites. Who will return, I wonder?”

During our conversation with Lindstrom about his film,  we asked Jon if he would consider a return to the soaps, what he thought of the dwindling genre where New York City used to be its epicenter, and if he would come back to GH, with Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati in charge.  And here were some of our questions and a few of his answers.

We miss seeing your face every day on daytime television.  You are so beloved and all your performances have been so wonderful.  Would you come back to daytime and do a soap?

JON: Awww, thank you.  I would come back to daytime, if there was the right situation.  They know where to find me.  I am happy to have a discussion anytime.  I do not look down on the soaps at all.  I have been very busy.  I am finishing up work on the first movie I directed, and so I don’t really think about it.  If it happens, it will probably be as much of a surprise to me as it is to you.

Has it been hard for you to watch the imploding of the daytime soap genre?  And especially New York City, which has lost all of its soap production, most recently One Life to Live and your former show, As the World Turns!

JON: It’s been hard to watch what was once a very healthy industry getting squeezed down to nothing.  It did not really have to go that way.  I think the shows themselves were partly to blame.  They got very grandiose with their budgets.  And the soaps should be what makes them great; which was a minimum of sets, not too many characters, and not too many stories, and telling stories on a day-to-day basis about people who get up in the morning and go to work… and not about the mafia and the astronauts.  It’s about people, who go to work and get in a car wreck, or their kids get hurt or sick, and you triumph and you press forward, and that is what they are about.  That does not mean that things can’t be dramatized, and that you can’t have comic relief like we did with Kevin and Lucy on GH back in the old days.  I think it needs to be very, very character driven and not romanticizing some life that nobody has.  Most people are not in the mafia.

Really? (Laughs)

JON: If you watch General Hospital, you think they do! (Laughs)

I hope they bring you back to GH now, especially since new executive producer Frank Valentini, and new head writer, Ron Carlivati, are over there and bringing back some old favorites with many more 80’s and 90’s faves just on the horizon.  The timing would be great!

JON: I heard that and we will see. Like I said, they know where to find me.

So would you be happy to see a return of Kevin, or Kevin and Lucy to General Hospital? Let us know! And, make sure to check out Jon’s DVD release of What Happens Next available at wolfevideo.com!

 

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Yes!!! I too would like to see the mob stuff go away.

I am excited for what could be a return to the “glory days” of General Hopsital. I am definitely started to watch again. The 80’s, early 90’s cast was when i last watched faithfullyt

I’d love to see Jon Linstrom and Lynn Herring back on GH.

Bring back Nurses Ball. Please.

Put Sonny on the next Freighter out of Port Charles, then bring back Kevin and Lucy.

I agree! I miss them! And while they’re at it, bring back the Nurse’s Ball.

I’m thrilled that so many favorites are coming back to General Hospital. But Valentini must also cut some of the staff. ABC gave Valentini the mandate to make General Hospital profitable, not the other way around. How does increasing the cast make the show solvent?

Get rid of the newbies and put Sonny as a recurring actor (although Dante may stay on contract). People are fed up with this mob bullshit. Guza and Frons wanted to attract the male audience. While this may have worked 5-10 years ago, the mob concept is now outdated, fans are fed up with it and want more tradition on GH. And GH does not even have that many male viewers anyway (at least, not at the present time). Y&R and DAYS both have higher ratios of male viewers than GH does and I wouldn’t be surprised if B&B does too.

Amen Mr. Lindstrom you are so on spot. And we could use some Lucy Coe just for a little comic releif and she still has the best toned arms in the business. Plus both of them can act!!!

kevin and lucy were fun to watch,I was really surprised that general hospital never asked these two back,and if he is coming back to port charles I hope that lucy is not far behind,Im just worried that with so many people ,there will be to many stories going on at the same time ,we dont need that either, even though I would love to see all the oldies come back ,because anything is better then it has been,the mob ,that took over general hospital takes up the whole hour ,this is why I am so happy that john mcbain will join the pcpd ,he definitely knows how to put people behind bars ,bo and john never let anyone get away with murder,so if he puts all the gangsters in prison,there will be room for kevin and lucy.

Hey Barbara T. Got your post. Cable was down at first, and then… I got caught up with some challenges of my own that had me having to prepare and then voice my concerns in a public forum. I’m dead right now, rough week, especially today. Out of town tomorrow, just for the day visiting my alumni on business. I will respond to your post Friday evening or Saturday for sure. Friday, I maybe tired from the drive. I just left a post about Jon/Kevin coming back to GH, below. Have a Goodnite and Wonderful Friday.

glad your back ,there are alot of things happening in the soap world ,and I am also nervous about to many people showing up in port charles,at this time ,they are not saying he will show up ,(kevin),when all my children ended ,I started watching days of our lives ,and I was surprised at all the oldies that showed up there,I use to watch it till it was moved in the one life to live time slot,and I wasnt giving oltl up,as I always said ,the best soap won in that case and that was a very long time ago,maggie was a new member to the hortons.looking forward to hearing what you have to say about several things going on in the soap world,some good some bad and some boring.cant believe we are at the end of week 4 ,with no one life to live.

Got back into town tonight at 8pm, so that’s why I answered your post this morning BC I knew I would be dead when I got in tonight…. as I am. Have you and Scott made up, Lol. At least you have me and Heather which I have corresponded with as well, but not as much as I have with you. I left my TV on today while I was out as I have since OLTL went off, BUT I leave the TV on channel 2, certainly not channel 7…even if that means GH won’t get the ratings. If I’m home, I always put on GH, rather I’m watching or not.., I am listening. But it goes on GH and channel 7 at 3pm. Not before. LOL You wil have to give me a GH update, I have missed it for a few…

Barbara: Look on the page with Whitney, someone is Blasting again…!!

You can tell when a show is being cancelled when you start seeing all of these veterans appear.

No, I dont want to see Kevin back. I think they have hired enough BLAST from the PAST back. I can’t imagine how they will make ALL these past character’s tie into the current cast, especially if the show isn’t canceling. Now if it is cancelling THAN I see how it can be done AS IT WAS done on AMC and OLTL. Therefore with this (possible)annoucement of Jon, GH might be on it’s way out and that’s why porducer’s Frank and Ron were hired to do for GH what they did for OLTL, give GH a SUPERB ending. This is what this is rounding up to look like. BC with the soaps on these buggets they’s are talking about, they are hiring ALLOT of ole cast back, while still having the current cast. That’s a Truck load of stories to tell all at one time for a show that is continueing, unless they plan of firing at least 8 people of the current cast. Former cast cost money to pay and let’s not forget their wardrobs… hummm!

soap surfing again, but there is to much to tell about the comings and goings in port charles,another favorite sight that I go to is soaptown usa,go to the loose lips and there is always some interesting tid bits going on,read the general hospital one.theres alot of information .there are to many ,as you wrote blasts from the past,that are coming to port charles ,we dont need so many stories going on at the same time,I heard that ethan is gone already ,whether that is true or not ,cant say,ron is good with secrets,look how long he kept the victor is alive quiet,I knew he was alive and I kept telling everyone including you that todd is not a killer and trevor st john is still with us,my family doesnt call me the soap queen for nothing, I usually figure out the stories ,even though I was surprised and thought it was brilliant .I know you dont agree, but I want a little piece of landview in port charles ,then it makes one life to live ,not gone forever ,which it looks like its going to stay that way.unless something happens and agnes nixon gets her rights back to continue where abc rudely cut us off.oh and another thing I read at soaptown,I dont even want to say it,but robin is going to die in a mob explosion ,making me continue to hate sonny,even more then I already do.anyway go there and read it ,its a good read.ok now this is for ron and frank,PLEASE DONT KILL ROBIN.let cassandra get blown up,and if you do blow up robin,PLEASE< LET HER WALK AWAY.1loveabcsoaps,do you think they will listen?

No Barb, they never listen to us, BUT I hope they hear Your plea’s!!!!! : )

fell asleep during the emmys ,heard adel or however her name is spelled got 6 of them ,ever since saturday,ive been singing whitney houston songs ,there in my head ,I have a couple of her cds so i listened to them,what a shame ,liked what you said about kim zimmers comment ,what she said is the truth.but i do believe that everyone is in charge of there own life ,and when you choose to do drugs knowing what they can do to you ,you are playing games with your life.never did that stuff,dont like anything that messes with your head,I went nuts one time when they gave me a calm down drug before they rolled me into emergency surgery .after the surgery I remember the nurse yelling at me to breathe,they had to put me on oxygen.so maybe all those drugs she had ,made her not breathe,I remember that after the hell I went through that day,I had to stay in the hospital ,for a week.aside from the pain I had to stay in bed and watched house the I d channel and,I got to watch my beloved soaps without having to get up.I watched a lot of television.did you go to soaptown usa and read the loose lips,Its a good read.

Barb: Your talking about your evening and the Emmys, Whitney and her plights, BUT never FAR BEHIND is your mention of your BELOVED soaps. lol That’s my Barbara!

I don’t think the return of past actors has anything to do with General Hospital getting cancelled. AMC and OLTL brought past actors AFTER they were cancelled while GH is bringing old characters to prevent the show from getting the axe.

I think that GH is trying to imitate Days’ reboot (which BTW was a failure and hasn’t done anything to improve their ratings). But General Hospital has more prominent high profile actors than Days does, so the reboot COULD work for GH even it didn’t for Days

If GH ratings are getting better by April, I think it will continue especially with The Revolution’s poor ratings which has scored a tremendous low of 1,44 total millions last week

sad to see the mob stuff go away, i liked it!! they just never wrote any good stories outside of the mob guys, sadly it seems gh is bringing alot of people back, just like AMC and OLTL did before it went off the air, could GH be doing the same thing to end by summer? hopefully not but it seems like it is.

I would love to see Lynn Herring return just so long as Lucy does not have vampire slayer powers anymore. That was simply ridiculous.

thats right,I forgot about lucys vampire slayer skills ,hey, general hospital started it before the breakout of those vampire movies and shows today. no ,we dont need that ,but you made me lol.kevin and lucy were good together and funny.I waited a long time wondering why the writers never brought them back,with lucys goose.guess they had to many mob stories to write.

Where have U been over this weeknd? Are you watching the Grammy’s? I did a few post, Susan Lucci, Whitney, YOU….. LOL Hit me back.

,Hey David thanks for reminding me about that vampire stuff I never really watched Port Charles, so Mr. Lindstrom real life does not have vampires either. Too Funny!

I really miss Lucy. She was a lot of fun and had so much energy. Bring Lynn Herring back with John

I would absolutely LOVE to see Jon and Lynn both back on GH!

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