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DePaiva, Alderson & Benard talk OLTL Stars Crossing Over to GH with ET Online – Watch the Video!

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Today, Kassie DePaiva’s Blair Cramer landed in Port Charles as more of the One Life to Live crossovers begin on General Hospital!  ET Online caught up with DePaiva, and her on-screen daughter Kristen Alderson (Starr) and their new co-star Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard (Sonny) to get their thoughts on attempting to reinvigorate the soap with the mix of beloved characters from both shows.

Kassie stressed in the video interview that the Manning’s relocation is “a gift to the fans of One Life to Live.”  She added, “Not each fan watches both shows, so this way we can bring some of our OLTL fans over to GH. I just hope that the network does not turn its back on daytime. ABC has always been such a great brand,” wept a heartbroken Kassie.  Maurice Benard threatened, “I dare anybody to cancel this show.”

Kristen’s talked about her heart-wrenching debut earlier this week. “The first episode I lose my boyfriend, Cole and my daughter.  They go over a cliff.  That was my first day at GH.  Our executive producer, he came up to me and he said, ‘Hey Kristen, there’s going to be a lot of crying, a lot of drama, and a lot of scenes for you to be doing all that.’ I said, ‘That’s what I signed up for.'”  Starr will likely be taking time to mourn the loss before walking down the aisle in an epic soap opera wedding with a new love interest. But, Kristen has already found a potential McDreamy on this hospital set, blushing that Chad Duell, “has been extremely awesome to work with.”

Below watch the trio discuss the state of the soaps, their characters and working with each other in PC or click here to view the clip at ETOnline!

 

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Debbie
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Debbie

Finally saw the interview with Kassie and Kristen trully awesome. They seem to be having a great time but I still wish OLTL could come back. I agree with Maurice Benard all soaps should mix in together here and there, it is more interesting to see people from different soaps interacting with one another.

kari
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kari

Very nice interview so happy to see them back on my daytime shows. OLTL is so missed by all but i will take what i can get until we get it back on the air.

david
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david

Kassie stressed in the video interview that the Manning’s relocation is “a gift to the fans of One Life to Live.” Kassie deserves the Emmy for this performance.

Maurice Benard threatened, “I dare anybody to cancel this show.” Was Maurice in character or does he think he is Sonny? No wonder he is nominated year after year.

David
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David

Did you also see how Kristen jumped and smoothed it over? Can you imagine how Kassie feels? Her emotions must be all the place. Show cancelled then her role was given another chance, but for how long?

From Maurice/Sony’s lips to God’s ears!

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1loveabcsoaps

Damn David, I’m just seeing this comment U wrote. LOL I read Michaels post, and then when I watched etonline., I went fast to comment, and afterward read everyone else’s which lead to your’s. Your’s is almost like mine below, LOL Yes, that Maurice is something else.

heidi
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heidi

nice interview… not as good as Michael would do!!!

barbara t
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barbara t

I love the idea that we get to have a little piece of landview in port charles.I have watched all the abc soaps for close to 49 years so as a long time viewer of all the soaps this is a great move, new families move to the soaps all the time if the mannings are that strong ,they will stay.I love starr todd and blair and I cant wait to see john mcbain,over the years all my children,one life to live and general hospital ,had crossovers ,and it was always with interesting stories,a baby went from all my children… Read more »

David
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David

We are on the same wavelength! Actually, I am excited about GH. For so long, the storylines dragged on, and many plots were repetitive. The OLTL stars will spark new energies, and with all the fan favs returning, THINGS can only go up, especially the ratings.

barbara t
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barbara t

general hospital,has put me to sleep so many times,I could walk away from the tv ,dont come back for a while and it was always the same stories ,it was sonny,jason,and carly and all the other characters were only on if those 3 were involved ,the other stories with steve and maggie ,snooze fest, same with cassandra,what a bore.these past 2 weeks have been so nice ,alot of drama ,theres no way Im leaving the room and Im definitely not falling asleep.I knew the ratings would go up hopefully they will go up even higher.dont get me wrong I dont… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

barbara T = I love you! you go girl! 🙂

Jan
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Jan

Last night I switched off my vcr for a taping investment of Gh I was planning to do.
I have to say this, I was ALL excited but NO COLE, NO GO.

David
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David

I understand when Jenny was blown up on AMC, I stopped watching for several weeks. When my favorite stars were killed off on OLTL, I stopped watching again. But please reconsider, this is the second Cole, and as you know, if no body is recovered and you don’t see the body, then he and Faith are alive. And we need everyone to watch to keep the ONLY remaining ABC soap on the air. Down the road (2 years) when Star is happy with Michael or whomever, Cole will return, and I hope the EP brings back your favorite Cole.

Dan
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Dan

Both actors that have played Cole aren’t available, so you can’t blame GH for that. What else are they supposed to do?

Christy
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Christy

Do you really think that Hope & Cole are laying at the bottom of the cliff in perfect shape? I think they were killed off-screen to save money. The new Cole actor had other commitments, and I’m sure the gal who played Hope is NY based… they’ll have to both be recast… again.

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1loveabcsoaps

Maurice Benard threatened, “I dare anybody to cancel this show.”

Sonny has threantened so many people on GH over the year’s that it has caught a fire with Maurice Benard, LOL. He’s going to get the mob after them if they cancel his show….. lol

( I just had to post that for all of you who don’t like all the mob (ness) over of the year’s, I thought U’d get a kick out of it ) .

Cause I love me some Mauric (Sonny) Benard, validity to everyone’s accusations about mob stories OR not….

Christy
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Christy

I have to say that I actually liked Chad Duell’s acting better when he was in scenes with Star. I hadn’t much liked him before, so I kinda wondered if Michael & Star would hook up down the road… poor Todd would have another son-in-law relations kinda like he had with Marty… they weren’t exactly best buddies and then to have their offspring hook up, it was just uncomfortable.

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TONIGHT: Daytime Cares: A Live Event For The Restaurant Community Streams with Soap Stars, Musical Artists & More

Tune-in alert! Saturday night, December 5th, the daytime community once again leads the way with a special livestream presentation to help those affected deeply by the coronavirus pandemic.  This time, the event will shed light on the restaurant community, who have been hit hard during these trying times.

The real-life duo of Aianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) and Shawn Christian (ex-Daniel DAYS)) are set to host Daytime Cares: A Live Event for the Restaurant Community.   

The event will be streamed on The Locher Room  YouTube channel and Facebook page beginning at 8 p.m. EST / 5 PST.  The Locher Room’s Alan Locher, will also join them as a co-host.

 

Throughout the night, Daytime Cares will be showcasing the Restaurant Strong Fund, which supports restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID19 closures.  Viewers can also make a donation now or throughout the evening via the livestream link.

Many of your favorite daytime soaps stars are in the line-up and are scheduled to appear including:

Lamon Archey (Eli, DAYS)
Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R)
Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS)
Katelyn MacMullen (Willow, GH)
Martha Madison (Belle, DAYS)
Sofia Mattson (Sasha, GH)
Michael Mealor (Kyle, Y&R)
Marci Miller (Abigail, DAYS)
Wes Ramsey (Peter, GH)
Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter, B&B)
Paolo Seganti (ex-Damian, ATWT)
Crishell Stause (Selling Sunset, ex-Jordan DAYS, ex-Amanda, AMC)
Sal Stowers (Lani, DAYS)
Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R)
Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH)
Laura Wright (Carly, GH)

Other talent participating in the event are: Grammy Award-winning artists Gloria Gaynor and Lisa Loeb, the leading ladies of  Broadway’s Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, plus celebrity chef Katie Chin.

Founded by media executive Bob Wall, TV director Sonia Blangiardo and actress Arianne Zucker, Daytime Cares is a collective of Daytime TV talent who drive awareness and donations to non-profits, celebrate and highlight the heroes of the COVID 19 pandemic, encourage volunteerism and assist in very tangible ways for those who are most in nee

So, will you be checking out Daytime Cares tonight? Comment below.

 

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ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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Emme Rylan On Her Final GH Scenes: “Laying There Emotionless While My Amazing Costars Cried Over My Comatose Body Was One of the Hardest Acting Challenges EVER!”

If you watched Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, you witnessed an emotional and heartbreaking episode where friends, family, and loved ones had to say their goodbyes to Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan) before she is transferred to a long-term care facility to be looked after following her brain injuries and surgery which left her in a coma.

This was to mark the last scenes of Emme Rylan who has exited the series after being let-go.  In story, viewers watched as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Tracy (Jane Elliot) and a grief-stricken Laura (Genie Francis) sat by Lulu’s hospital bedside telling her they will be waiting for her to wake up, as the agonize over the gravity of the situation.

On Wednesday, Rylan took to social media to tell her fans how difficult it was for her to tape those scenes, when she expressed: “Laying there emotionless while my amazing costars cried over my comatose body was one of the hardest acting challenges EVER! They don’t exactly have you practice that in acting school (Thank u to everyone that noticed).”

In response former GH star Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) who also went through a similar on-screen situation when his character was killed-off tweeted back to Em: “I 100% agree and understand, haha.”

The episode gave  Genie Francis a fantastic palette to play and reminded everyone why she is one of the greatest icons of the genre.

So, what did you think of Emme’s statement on trying to get through those difficult scenes as played by her co-stars?  Share your thoughts below.

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