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Diane Delano Joins General Hospital!

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One of the best character actresses we know, Diane Delano has joined the cast of ABC’s daytime drama General Hospital.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Delano will begin to appear in the newly created role of Margarethe, the assistant to Huxley, played by the incoming Trent Dawson (Ex-Henry).

Look for Delano to begin airing later this month.  Diane has extensive series credits including on Northern Exposure, Popular and on soaps on Days of our Lives and on the hit web series, Fumbling Through The Pieces.

Could Margarethe be a new villain on the GH scene? A fun quirky assistant to Huxley? Share your thoughts on Delano’s casting in the comment section below!

 

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She’s all kinds of fun. Yeah

Why oh why couldn’t they let her be Tracy’s assistant–wouldn’t she play well off of her? Remember when Laura worked in Mr. Quartermaine’s office–made for a lot of derring-do–and just plain fun when the “real” Luke walked in–and out. Sigh for the good old days of mixing it up with the whole cast. And do you remember all the sturm and drang at The Floating Rib and in the hospital cafeteria and in the disco? I’m waxing nostalgic–better go back to youtube and watch me some more “classic” GH–LOL! 🙂

oh, Nancy, I remember the good old days. I’m surprised they don’t use a hospital cafeteria anymore, that’s where everyone went to talk about their problems (and take hostages).

Loved her as Bobbi Glass and her twin sister Jessi on POPULAR. Wish Ron Carlivati was still writing the show — he would know how to write to her strengths.

I hope this new character has a part in one of the storylines going on now with one of our legacy actors ,so many of our actors now do not have storylines ,and not as much screen time as they did so hard to understand why bring in new people if not part of a storyline going on with one of our actors now..

I agree with you. More integration of characters/plot line needed–as it used to be in the golden era.

The cast is TOO BIG and just keeps growing. It’s like GH is the unemployment pool of former daytime. UGH.

Paired with Dawson I am sure they will be funny and quirky– and although I am glad to see talented actors get a gig, not sure why GH keeps adding new characters instead of writing for the characters they already have.

I understand that over the course of fifty years it is impossible not to create new characters, but how did a show that once focused on the lives of those work in a large hospital morph into a show with mobsters, spies, mad evil scientists and the corporate world? One only has to look at prime time shows like MASH and ER to see how it is possible to withstand changes in cast without losing the core, the heart, the essence of what made the show tick.

With every new character any soap creates that has noting to do with original vision of the show, the further the show drifts from what it was, the more the show is written like it a whole new soap under the guise of a establish show, the more viewers tune out– because what is on screen isn’t the show the signed up to watch—

I think what GH needs right now is to go back to the original vision for the show, and find it’s heart again, and find writers that are willing to write with that vision in mind instead of creating new characters because it is easier and more profitable for them. Because right now if I was just starting to watch this show I would be really confused about what it is about, it seems to be just a collection of characters with no real binding force between them other than the fact they all live in Port Charles.

Couldn’t agree more with your sentiments–GH needs to “find its heart again.”
You are correct that it “seems to be just a collection of characters with no real binding force.” Yes, confusing to new viewers–and confounding to the “old” 🙂 ones.

Appreciate and agree whole-heartedly with your sentiments.

Also agree, Mary SF. Andre, Jordan, Rachel/Hayden, Naomi, Finn, Aaron (talk about amateurish acting!), Parker, Nurse Amy, Claudette (sight unseen), you can keep them all! Bring back sexy Johnny and live wire Spinelli. At least they have some life in them.

Who the hell is Huxley?

A new character played by Trent Dawson.

INTERESTING……….

These actors coming in from from the dead soaps. I have zero knowledge about them, so to me they are simply newbies..
That being said; I like new characters. They take screen time away for the cringe worthy Sam ugh, so all is good ahaa!
Anyways- I do like new stuff, so new characters are always good for me.
I hope she will be a nasty piece of work, a real bonafide bitch- but I highly doubt it ..

There are some “dead” soaps, su0000–can we unearth them? LOL!

The character of Sam IS cringe worthy and speaks in a monotone. Also, she is a terrible P.I. For years now, the character seems to be integrated into numerous storylines. It’s awful.

Who is Huxley?!?

Another new character we’ve yet to see…sigh….

who the heck is “huxley” and why are we getting all these new characters???????

She and Huxley looking for those diamonds, they are hiding Nik, Claudettes family, Finn stole Roxy from them, they are assassins out to kill Griffen, she had Sonny’s 100th child and its Huxley, they are relatives of Spinneli, Helene using a youth serum created by Finn, long lost Qs…ok, people with absolute no connection to the show….all the above!!!-lol

A new character attached to a new character that might somehow be connected to some other new characters.

We don’t know who Huxley is yet. A short term role, so they say now, to be played by Trent Dawson late of ATWT. This is an interesting development. I will proceed with caution as I am not currently liking the character of Julian and his behavior. He is creepy. I am thinking of not watching the entire show at all.

I’ll give her and ” Huxley” a chance but i never heard of either of these actors. And if they want quirky, funny and endearing they should bring back Spinelli full time!

Maybe they’ll play Spinelli’s parents?! Does Spinelli even have parents or are they both dead?

Lol, I don’t remember. I think he was raised by his grandmother.

Yeah, who the hell is Huxley?

I’m with you, Rochelle. Never heard of either, albeit she looks very familiar to me.
At this point, only the Griffin-Nathan story and the outcome of Alexis’s predicament , interest me…. with a dash of Hayden, her mother and Liz.
I have never felt pity for a character, whom I was not really into before, as I do for Alexis. It took her such a long time to snap out of this hypnotic state and do the right thing.
I do appreciate new faces, but, I am eager to see Alexis through this and rid herself of Julian once and for all.

Hello, Celia!!!! (I mean, “CeeCeeGirl!”)….If you have ever seen “Northern Exposure,” then the delightful Ms. Delano should look mighty familiar as she appeared as the firearms-fixated, super alpha-female cop/main squeeze of former astronaut Maurice Minnefield…and what an absolute hoot she was in all of her over-enthusiastic policewoman glory! (How hilarious would it be for her to go fisticuffs with “The Dominator,” aka, Alice??? I wouldn’t want to place bets on the outcome….LOL.) Not unlike yourself, I’m currently much less engaged in GH and the convoluted mess it has become…in fact, over these past few months, I watched the Anna/Duke farewell and Laura/Kevin disco scene and that was about it…..I intended to tune in for the NB until I discovered Dr. O’s gargantuanly gifted Kathleen Gati was being kept off the stage in favor of much lesser talents and I boycotted the whole thing in protest. Quite frankly, I’ve really lost my patience with this dreadful show….it never seems to get better, only worse by repeating the same mistakes again and again, such as adding more and more unnecessary newbies, and over-emphasizing the wrong characters, both old and more recent ones. As for the pathetic Alexis???? I’ve loved her fall from her own self-inflicted hubris….it’s truly time for this romantically-deluded woman to give up on the stubborn notion of being Port Charles’ version of Susan Sarandon and resort to becoming a crazy cat lady with a houseful of felines (That one’s for you, Timmmbo!) since she is so obviously incapable of having a healthy adult relationship, instead always opting for her default setting of a lovesick high schooler who falls for the “Leader of the Pack” whenever the opportunity presents itself. (Perhaps that proverbial suggestion to take up knitting as a hobby might also not go amiss!) By the way, I’ve responded to you a few times via my new phone and even though the remarks were posted, they ended up at the bottom of the thread as opposed to below your direct link where I placed them….don’t know what was up with that, but just wanted you to know that you had not been ignored. Anyway, hope all is well with you and that your great-gran is feeling better.

@Shay.
HELLO, MY LOVE:
Unfortunately, I never watched NORTHERN EXPOSURE. But, she does look very familiar to me.
I am not into GH as I am into Y&R these days. I am not enjoying Jason Thompson’s Billy….but, I see a light at the end of the tunnel for the soap, again. Y&R has always been my favorite soap….sooooo, I am invested.
Only you can make the words to describe Alexis jump out and grab me.
Yes, Alexis should have known better; but, as I stated days ago, I do feel sorry for her predicament. She was caught up in her devil-may-care extravaganza, running amok after that degenerate who was able to pull the wool over her eyes and promise her rainbows……turning coal to gold right before her eyes.
I also know that her wayward ways, acting as a teen, blinded her to Julian’s deception….yet, I have softened toward her because her story somehow touched my sensitivity; my emotions.
I am interested to see how far Alexis will go. Does she have the chutzpah to bury him. How will she prove it, if he took the last piece of evidence. Or has he? There’s always the dagger.
The cad is actually still working her by having Lucas’ wedding at the house. I want Alexis to be strong and turn a new leaf and make sound decisions from now on. I WANT to like this character. LOL.
See what I mean, Shaybelle? What’s going on with me? I feel pity for Alexis. Go figure.
I also think Nancy’s performance was stunning. Never saw her in this light. I like it! Why? Because Alexis has been acting the adult, as she looks at Julian through, clear, judicious eyes.

My GG is doing okay. She’s lucid. That’s one thing about her that is indestructible. We should all
Have her mind, at that age. Thank you for asking. Hope all is well with you.

@CeeCee….I’m fine, thank you, just been very busy! (And bored to tears with GH….it’s as you have mentioned regarding your Days, I barely recognize the show anymore, and I’ve become less and less inclined to bother with it, including recaps and spoilers…) But I have read many of your posts since you’ve returned to us, even though I haven’t replied much….other than on 5/21 and 5/31 threads when I sent you quick personal responses that failed to land in the right place! (However, they are still there, if you care to check….) Having said that, I feel for your current family situation, yet how fortunate you’ve been to grow up in such a multi-generational atmosphere….the obvious influence of your amazing grans has definitely made you wise beyond your years and it shows, my dear! Which is why I’m sure you could never be the fool that is Alexis. Whilst I can appreciate your sentiments for the character, perhaps I’ve seen this disillusioned side to her far too many times already….with Sonny, Ric, Jerry, now Julian…..bad boys all, and yet this woman just makes the same poor romantic choices again and again. Both in drama and real life, I have no patience for females who don’t learn from their mistakes, especially when it damages their children and imperils their lives….so as you so optimistically hope for this to be a true turning point for Ms. Davis, all I can think is WHO will be the next smooth criminal that she beds???? After all, the insatiable Alexis is not one to do without for very long….in addition to suggesting professional help to kick her habit of immensely awful taste in men, perhaps in the future she should rely on a more personal form of mechanical stimulation to scratch that perpetual itch of hers….what a storyline that would make, eh? I’m sure NLG could bring just the right “vibe” to that scenario….LOL! (And for the record, I’m also still pushing for that feline menagerie ….nothing says “woman over the edge” like a houseful of cats! It’s classic cuckoo!) Toodles, mia amica!

@Shay.
I hear you, Shaybelle. Turning Alexis around is exactly what I am trying to impart. I can understand that the character seems like lost cause. Alexis falls into the same fetid pit repeatedly.
I think this is the perfect opportunity for the writers to ‘exhibit’ (lol) Alexis as the smart, sane, mature, officer of the court, advocate extraordinaire, that she is purportedly is. Get Julian. !!!!!
What really incensed me about yesterday’s episode was Carly’s gall. What impudence!!!!
Don’t get me wrong, mia bella, I detest Julian….but, for Carly to spew her hypocritical, holier-than-thou caca against Julian to Alexis, turns me inside-out and upside-down, hither and yon……as if….as if…..as if her husband wears a halo and has wings.
Thank you again, Shay. Yes, I count my blessings for my family. Later, cara.

Well, CeeCeeGirl, there’s one thing that Carly has never been short of and that is GALL!!!! She is the ultimate hypocrite in so many ways, and it does wear mighty thin….as you know, I’m no fan of the Corinthi and the manner in which they have been held up as some sort of supercouple….always destined to be together in the end….it actually sickens me, and that is a shame because I consider Laura Wright to be so much better than being pigeonholed as the perpetual mob moll apologist. (She was best with Jax since at least to some extent their romance broke her out of that mold, although Sonny and his unsavory influence was never far away and kept drawing her back into his seamy underworld antics even during her time as Mrs. Jacks.) As for Alexis, I can see your point about redeeming her character into someone who could garner some respect, but for me, it’s simply a case of too little, too late…..I’m just so sick of her….she’s had frontburner status for far too long and it was solely squandered on silly, sophomoric sexcapades. I’m much more invested in seeing where Laura and Kevin’s romantic adventure leads and how Anna moves on with her life…..these are the two “women of a certain age” who grab my interest, along with Tracy, albeit her current inexplicable obsession with someone else’s “nino” grates on me….this is a woman who barely had time for her own sons and now she’s slobbering all over a gangster’s offspring….I find it rather off-putting and blame the aftereffects of Ms. Quartermaine’s brain surgery and Finn’s prescribed course of drugs for her obvious lapse in her signature behavior. Me wants the tried and true Tracy back, in all of her delicious witchy and wicked glory, ready to snatch the reins of ELQ from the hapless and hopeless Mikey! (You go, Girl!) Of course, by now, I’ve learned not to expect much of my desired dramas of GH to come to fruition…..there only seems to be more of the same with characters—both old and new—for whom I hold no regard….maybe that’s why I’m finding it easier and easier to skip this show. Just saying!

Julian Jerome will sadly soon be off. His 4 year comtract will expire soon. After he looses Alexis,it will be over. And even more sad, ava will follow. Sonny always wins.

I agree Sonny always wins. Julian and will Ava Jerome will be Gone for good this time!

Sad, isn’t it, Ghlover? Maura West is a gold mine.

Geez. Another new character.

Can not wait, she is a great character actress , she would be great with Tracy.

She was awesome in POPULAR..I am certain she will bring much needed comic relief to the show!!

Truly, it wouldn’t be smart to follow the formula of Mash and ER. They each had a wonderful run but, they’re dead now – for a reason. That was then, this is now and while the past always looks better than it was when we look back at it, it’s a wasted effort to keep hoping it will return. It won’t. It can’t. It shouldn’t. You can never move forward looking back and it’s clear, today’s audience of the core demos doesn’t want to…in any arena. Old retreads of anything are boring. It’s a different world, like it or not. Soaps must evolve if they want to be a part of it. Going back to the original formula will not help them be vital today. It will ensure their demise. Just ask those who refused to change. Oh wait. We can’t. They’re gone.

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Bryan Craig Wishes General Hospital’s Maurice Benard ‘Happy Father’s Day’; Is He Trolling Us … or is This the Ultimate Return Tease?

Sunday is Father’s Day, and it’s the time when many soap stars and celebrities take to social media to give love and shout outs to their dads.

In an another post that got General Hospital fans to take notice, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) dropped a blast from the past photo of himself alongside Maurice Benard (Sonny). Accompanying the photo, Bryan wrote: ‘Happy Father’s Day” Maurice Benard.

The post on X comes on the heels of a previous response by Craig to a post on Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, General Hospital) comment to On the Red Carpet, where he revealed that this summer, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.” In response, Craig teased, “Who could it be…”

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Now on Sunday responses to Craig’s post were met with varied responses from GH fans from “Stop playing with us” to “Now you’re just trolling us, lol. We really need you back right now.”  Still others took it as a potential confirmation that Craig is the mystery man on his way back to General Hospital stating, “I hope you’re going to back to GH!” to “Can’t wait!”

Craig last appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a brief return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared in numerous TV and film projects including: Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel.

So, is Bryan Craig yanking GH viewers chain, or is he slyly teasing us, because he knows he is the one returning to the ABC soap opera? Weigh-in on your theories below.

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A week ago, at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of your favorite soap opera stars took to the red carpet prior to the telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount + and posed for pictures for the paparazzi and several spoke to the media before going inside and taking in the ceremonies and rooting on their castmates and shows.

While on the red carpet, Michael Fairman TV interviewed those who stopped performers who stopped by and those we could catch on the action-packed bustling arrivals. All of the video interviews are now posted and complete on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Look for conversations with Days of our Lives, Tamara Braun (Ava), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) with Rob Scott Wilson (Alex) and Paul Telfer (Xander), Dan Feuerriegel (EJ), Greg Rikaart (Leo), and Eric Martsolf (Brady) with wife Lisa and their twin sons, Chase and Mason.

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Stopping by to chat from General Hospital were Maura West (Ava) and Finola Hughes (Anna), and from The Bold and the Beautiful, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and his daughter, McKenna, Annika Noelle (Hope), Kimberlin Brown (Sheila) and John McCook (Eric) and his wife, Laurette.

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From The Young and the Restless, Peter Bergman (Jack), Courtney Hope (Sally), Christian LeBlanc and Tracey Bregman (Michael and Lauren), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Michael Mealor (Kyle), Melissa Ordway (Abby), Kate Linder (Esther) and Bryton James (Devon), and making their first appearance on a Daytime Emmy red carpet were Neighbours stars: Stefan Dennis, Annie Jones and Georgie Stone.

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Below is the complete playlist of 2024 Daytime Emmy Red Carpet interviews. Make sure to check them out. Then let us know who you loved seeing and hearing from the most via the comment section below.

 

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GH’s Evan Hofer Talks Life for Dex After Sonny’s Beatdown, Giovanni Mazza, and If Josslyn is Love Endgame

General Hospital’s Dex Heller (Evan Hofer) has been at the epicenter of Sonny Corinthos’ (Maurice Benard) paranoia, which led to the beatdown of Sonny’s former right hand man.

Now, Dex is licking his wounds, and trying to move on with his life after joining the PCPD; following attempting to move away from working for the mob and under Sonny’s thumb. Problem is, Dex has a soft spot for Sonny. Meanwhile, looks like there still may be a future for Dex and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) as the two are trying to mend their once-fractured relationship.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Evan Hofer at the 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmys (in which Hofer was a presenter during the ceremonies), to discuss the current life and times of his Port Charles alter-ego.

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Evan has now gotten to see and feel first-hand what is like working in soaps and television, when you have to wear prosthetics on your face after Sonny accosted Dex at Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding reception.

Hofer recalled the experience. “Our makeup team is incredible. Priscilla, my makeup artist is just so talented. She layered silicone every day so she could control the swelling, so that way, she would have control over how it looked as it progressed and, you know, decreased, increased,” Hofer revealed. “She was incredible and very, very detailed.”

Paying a nod to actors who have to take on TV or movie roles where they have to wear complete facial prosthetics, Evan shared, “I do not envy people who wear full face prosthetics. I think my longest tape day was probably seven hours in it. I got a little claustrophobic. It does cause you to have a lack of of depth perception, which is a rough one.”

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Hofer weighed-in on if he thinks Dex will ever turn in Sonny and press charges against him for his character’s recent beatdown. “I hope he doesn’t. It’s hard though, because he loves him (Sonny) and that’s the problem,” stated Evan. “That’s what we do with people we love. It’s almost an abusive parent relationship, isn’t it? I have this theory that Dex almost feels like he deserves these things.”

Now might be the time for the GH writers to explore more of Dex’s backstory which could include a backstory of abuse. “I really would love them to. I think it’d be incredible,” hoped Evan. However, he added, “I’m just grateful for whatever I get to do every day and excited for whatever story we get to tell.  Something like The Departed – undercover with the mob- would be cool (for a storyline), and then everybody’s wondering which side I’m on the whole time.”

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Is there hope for Dex and Josslyn fans that they will still may be each other’s love endgame? Hofer teased, “I think they start spending a little more time together, but who knows what’ll happen. You never know on a soap opera. Maybe Dex’s evil twin will show up and steal Josslyn away.”

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A few months back, Evan shared some major scenes with the one and only Finola Hughes (Anna). In story, Dex admits he was going to kill Cyrus on Sonny’s orders. Hofer shared it was a big moment for him since his time being on GH. “What an honor to get to do those scenes with Finola. I had only worked with her once before and that was when Dex broke her out of prison and he got shot the first time,” recalls Hofer. “She’s all about working the scenes ahead of time, which I am, too. We got to get a lot of reps in and when we get up there on stage, she’s incredibly affecting. I’ll kind of have an idea of maybe of how the scene will go, and then I’ll just look in her eyes and suddenly I am just so in a different space that she’s pulled me into. In those scenes, having Dex feel like someone cares about him was really beautiful.”

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Recently, Giovanni Mazza premiered as Gio. In Hofer’s first on-screen scenes with Mazza, the two talk about Gio’s dad having been in the military and Dex’s experience in the Army and serving in Afghanistan.

This raised some GH viewers eyebrows to what if the two characters could somehow be related? Perhaps, brothers? Evan responded to those inquiring minds, “Oh, I don’t know. We look pretty alike. There is the military connection. I think it’ll be interesting. Those first scenes we had together were incredible. I was so excited to work with Geo. He couldn’t be any nicer really. He’s an incredible person. He’s so easy to be around. We hang out outside of work all the time, already.”

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Does Evan think there will come a day where Jason (Steve Burton), Dex and Sonny will all be working together on the same side, and thus, Sonny will have both his former henchman at his disposal?  While Hofer doesn’t know what’s coming down the pike, he expressed, “It’s been incredible to have Steve around. He’s a really wonderful man. I’d only met him on Zoom previously to him coming back.  I hope we get to work together more. We got one batch of scenes together and I hope we get to do more soon.”

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As to what GH viewers should be on the lookout for in the weeks ahead, Evan teased, “We’ll see what Joss and Dex get into, and we’ll see what happens within the police department.”

So, are you rooting for Dex and Joss? Do you want Dex back working for Sonny, or hope he stays with the PCPD? Would you want to see more of Dex’s backstory explored? Comment below.

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