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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
Tomas Torquemada

She’s all kinds of fun. Yeah

nancy dillingham
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
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
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
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
nancy dillingham

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

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

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

Mary SF
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 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.

nancy dillingham
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
Melissa

Appreciate and agree whole-heartedly with your sentiments.

Soaphound
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.
Kathy K.

Who the hell is Huxley?

Mo
Mo

A new character played by Trent Dawson.

jaybird369
jaybird369

INTERESTING……….

su0000
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
nancy dillingham

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

dmr
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
Lisa

Who is Huxley?!?

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

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

elm1951
elm1951

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

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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
Justin

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

fginaspy
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
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
Melissa

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

rebecca1
rebecca1

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

Rochelle
Rochelle

Yeah, who the hell is Huxley?

Celia
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
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 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.

Celia
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 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.

Shay
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 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!

Celia
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, 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.

Shay
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 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!

Ghlover
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
Dennis Valverde

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

Celia
Celia

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

Joe
Joe

Geez. Another new character.

mike
mike

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

Omar
Omar

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

soapluv2010
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. 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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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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Kimberly McCullough Directs Episode Of ‘The Conners’; Shares Pics From Show Night

As fans of director and actress Kimberly McCullough know, earlier this week she announced that she would be directing an episode of the the re=branded and renamed ‘Rosanne-less’ series, The Conners.  She originally shared the news of getting the nod to direct the hit comedy sitcom with a photo of the famous Conner kitchen with the words “Yup”.

However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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