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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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Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

She’s all kinds of fun. Yeah

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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! 🙂

Justin
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Justin

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).

Alan
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Alan

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.

Phyliss Wood
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Phyliss Wood

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..

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

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

Mary SF
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Mary SF

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… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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.

Melissa
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Melissa

Appreciate and agree whole-heartedly with your sentiments.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

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.

Kathy K.
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Kathy K.

Who the hell is Huxley?

Mo
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Mo

A new character played by Trent Dawson.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

INTERESTING……….

su0000
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su0000

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 ..

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

dmr
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dmr

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.

Lisa
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Lisa

Who is Huxley?!?

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

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

elm1951
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elm1951

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

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

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

Justin
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Justin

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

fginaspy
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fginaspy

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.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

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!

Melissa
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Melissa

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

rebecca1
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rebecca1

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

Rochelle
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Rochelle

Yeah, who the hell is Huxley?

Celia
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Celia

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.

Shay
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Shay

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… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@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… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@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… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@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,… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

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… Read more »

Ghlover
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Ghlover

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.

Dennis Valverde
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Dennis Valverde

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

Celia
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Celia

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

Joe
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Joe

Geez. Another new character.

mike
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mike

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

Omar
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Omar

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

soapluv2010
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soapluv2010

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.… Read more »

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Soaps Get Mainstream Media Covers With Being Back to Work During COVID-19 & Returning With All-New Episodes

It’s so rare, but so welcome, to find the hardest working people and the hardest working genre getting some love from the mainstream press.  Now, next week’s upcoming double issue of TV Guide Magazine will feature all four daytime dramas and some of their current iconic couples on the cover!

The covers are a special edition and four different versions went to print.  Inside the magazine details some previews from the head writers and EP’s of the series as well of what’s to come in Genoa City, Port Charles, Los Angeles, and Salem.  Look for the edition to hit newsstands tomorrow on Thursday, August 12th.

The Bold and the Beautiful cover features Thorsten Kaye and Denise Richards as Ridge and Shauna.  Days of our Lives is represented by John and Marlena, played by Drake Hogesytn and Deidre Hall.

Meanwhile, The Young and the Restless has Victor and Nikki, played by Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott, and General Hospital has Maurice Benard and Laura Wright as Sonny and Carly,

The TV Guide Magazine double issue dates are August 17th-30th.

As fans of the soaps know, Y&R returned with new-episodes this Monday, B&B starred airing new ones a few backs, GH was back last week, and DAYS had new episodes in the bank till mid-October and is set to return to taping September 1.

In addition, it should be noted that The Bold and the Beautiful was the first American broadcast television show that went back into production during the coronavirus pandemic.

So, glad to see the soaps getting these collectible covers? Comment below.

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GH Faves Finola Hughes, Ian Buchanan, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Marc Anthony Samuel In New IGTV Series, ‘Enter Exit’

This week, General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna) and some very good friends and acting partners debuted in a new IGTV series, directed by Hughes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s a thriller! What else would we expect from the woman who plays super spy Anna Devane on the ABC daytime drama series.

The IGTV (Instagam’s longer video application) series is called, Enter Exit, and there are 11 episodes, and the first one dropped on Monday.  It is  written by TV scribe Matt Boren, and also stars some of Port Charles’ longtime favorites that include: Ian Buchanan (Ex-Duke), Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) and Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix).

Hughes told SOD how she was inspired to come up with the concept for the show:  “I started to think about, if you’re in lockdown, what would be a narrative where you could act in a vacuum, basically? I first started thinking about what my character would be — a retired (government) agent. And then there’s some reason that I’m retired. And I started to think about stationary shots and walking into your closeup and all those kinds of things. I left (the rest) with Matt; it was basically, ‘Whatever he writes, we’ll do.’ And I just sort of concentrated on how, feasibly, we could do it.”’

Boren, who has been an ardent viewer of GH from its hey day, shared on working off Hughes seeds of an idea to what Enter Exit is about: “In a sense, it’s a local detective thriller that starts out small — and understandably so as season one takes place during the pandemic. However, what we seed throughout these first 11 mini-episodes hints at a show that longs to be on a much larger, more global scale. We were absolutely inspired by ’80s GH — the WSB, the espionage and larger than life stories that were so thrilling, and through Devane/Scorpio/Lavery/Donnelly/Jones, so grounded. Throw that in with some Killing Eve, X-Files and (this will make sense down the line) Stranger Things, and you have a recipe that might be pages away in our cookbook.”

Now check out episode 1 below featuring Hughes and Silzer and make sure to follow Finola’s IG account for all-new installments of Enter Exit.

So, what do you think about the concept of the series? Excited to see more? Let us know via the comment section.

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GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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