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Donna Mills Reveals Some More Intel On Her General Hospital Character Of Madeline Reeves!

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The highly anticipated debut of Donna Mills on General Hospital happened on last Friday’s episode of General Hospital and continued today on the ABC soap opera.

The Knots Landing favorite, who GH head writer Ron Carlivati and executive producer Frank Valentini, sought after to play the role of Madeline Reeves who is the mother of never-before-seen or yet to be seen, Nina comes to Port Charles and wants to get her hands on all of Nina’s fortune! She believes Nina’s hubby, Silas (Michael Easton) administered the drugs that put Nina into a coma 20 years ago, and so does Madeline’s son, Nathan West (Ryan Paevey)!  Yup, that’s right!

Donna Mills spoke with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan to give some insight into her new character and some of the back-story, and what to look for during her, for now, two month story arc!

Mills related on Madeline’s story:  “As I read the scripts, I keep going, ‘Really? Really?’ Madeline believes Silas married Nina for her money and family name.  He didn’t want a wife, he wanted a scholarship fund. Now he’s a successful doctor and doesn’t need the money.”

But as we have come to find out, Madeline wants the moolah,and Mills added: “She is feeling kind of paranoid. Her husband died and left her and her son absolutely nothing. All the money went to Nina. So now it’s Madeline’s mission to get Silas to give up that inheritance.”

As for Madeleine’s son. Nathan, Mills revealed:  “She’s very happy that Nathan has chosen to avenge his sister and that he’s trying to pin it on Silas, but she doesn’t like that he became a cop in order to do it. Madeline considers police work a very lowly, undignified profession. It’s so beneath her stature!  She’s very complicated. Very screwed up. And I can’t wait to unravel the mystery as to why her husband left her without a cent.”

So what do you think of the storyline that brings Donna Mills to the Port Charles canvas? Are you looking forward to seeing how this plays out?  Let us know!

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Can’t wait to watch this story unravel, love Donna Mills.

I have to disagree. Nothing against the actress, but why would I care about any more new characters that come on, especially when they are here as part of a story that revolves around other new characters. All the while Sean Kanan’s AJ is gone. Do the majority of GH fans really want Donna Mills as madeline along with Silas and Nathan and in no time Nina taking front and center? Characters with no ties at all to GH history?

If the show thinks it needs Donna Mills, why isn’t she a Quartermaine relative, or a Spencer or somebody with ties to the show so that core GH characters could be incorporated? Because it’s not GH anymore. How may actors will be on to support Silas’s story and how much of the show is already devoted to it? And really, who cares? And what is Kelly Monaco’s role in this? She’s a mother who neglects her kid so she can scream Silas is innocent every five minutes and take short breaks to bang I a guy who looks like her father. She’s a GH vet who is part of Silas’s story, doing his bidding.

With AJ gone and the message that Quartermaine’s are too, and with the terribly unprofessional twitter rants of the head writer, I’m just about done with GH.

Donna so far has signed for only a 2 month story arc…but i like her!!! I love the mystery surrounding Silas…i am disappointed A.J. is gone…he and Carly had great chemistry and wouldve been great as the next Alan and Monica…

Even if you don’t quit watching GH, would you consider making room for DAYS?

long story

Loving Donna Mills from the first moment. That voice still gives me the tingles! Not sure how I feel about the plausibility of Nathan being Madeline’s son and becoming a cop to avenge his sister, but it’s a soap and I’ll go with it.

I really hate her so much she is a ugly bitch. Nathan is so lucky he is so happy about his own mom obrerght I know she is bitch but she had a nice heart about her own son

I think once Nathan, Sam and Silas find out that Mr. Reeves left everything to Nina, mama Reeves will become the more reasonable suspect in what happen to Nina and the murder of the pharmacist.

I thought the same thing, or she found Nina who had actually attempted suicide, and decided to frame Silas for Nina’s attempted murder.

It would have been nice if this story involved one single character that we care about. This regime is going off the rails with newbies, stunt casting, mobsters, and psychos. .. Cartini clearly has no interest whatsoever in writing the General Hospital we know and love. It is saddening and maddening, because they have broken every promise they made when they took over.

It is the lazy way because writing stories that involve crime families, criminals, mad scientists and the like has the drama built in, there is no need for creative thinking. Weaving compelling dramas based in real life and real life issues requires imagination and skill to bring to life fully fleshed out characters with real motivations and to do all this in an entertaining way, which is becoming a lost art in general, but in soaps most of all.
This is why blew it with AJ and the Q’s– the whole infighting over the estate could have been a gold mine of quality with the right writers, but in their hands it ended up being about relish, which became the butt of many of jokes for late comedians and the Soup. It is rather sad, but it seems there is an audience who likes this type of comic book form of drama, and I like it for a bit, but a steady diet of it is getting rather hard to take.

Britains Coronation Street is a lot like you describe: character driven drama that is more realisticly based on real life than our American soaps…the British have the imagination and skill that is sorely lacking in our shows!!! Coronation Street is now my favorite soap!!!

You don’t “relish” it! LOL

I hope she has some screen time with Leslie C., both played sisters on Love Is A Many Splendored Thing…Maddie could be Monicas estranged sister or something…Nathans father could still be Victor Cassidine…tie these people to the vets…especially to Monica who will eventually have less airtime now that A.J. is leaving…reveal Silas’s lookalike brother as the person responsible for Ninas coma or did Maddie try to knock off her own daughter for the money? Not sure if i want her trying to kill her own daughter for money unless Nina had a terminal illness and it was a mercy killing or Nina really triedto commit suicide…hopefully its Silas’s brother…but there is enough killing and attempted murders as it is which would be ok if this was The Edge Of Night!!!

Donna Mills only signed on for a two month story arc according to tv guides Micheal Logan…so i could be rightl..Madeline tried to kill her own daughter for the money but tptb hints they like her to stay longer and maybe William Devane as her allegedly dead husband…another one i suggested…hopefully if Donna stays it was Stephan Clay who tried to kill Nina!!!

I’m not understanding why in God’s name Silas has not brought up the possibility of it having been his brother who wrote and picked up the Rx. I hadn’t gotten around to watching again then, but my daughter has been watching all along and said they could pass for twins.

Well Brenda, soaps seem to like to dumbdown their characters…enough said!!!

Looking forward to this arc…Donna Mills is still smoking HOT!

get rid of Ava and make Donna Mills permanent.

Great idea!

I Love the character of “Ava” and Maura West. I say keep them both and place them in scenes with one another.

Ava is a much more interesting character than DM is playing any day.

I enjoy Maura West’s Ava also. The problem for me is that she has committed murder. Not to mention the shooting of Olivia. I need to see people who do unspeakable things receive their punishment for such and not have them get away with it (ala Franco). Her crimes need to be discovered and she needs to be sent off to jail (like Johnny Z), regardless of the fact that she has been a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale cast.

@Carol She’s been there two days! Do you know something we don’t?

They are killing off all the Q family, they were the heart of GH they were fun with all the in fighting.
This story line is all about revenge. We want Franco to be more fun and turn out to be a Q.

Loving Donna Mills as always!!

In two days she has out-acted every actor on that show. Maybe this mediocre bunch will learn from her. Just pissed that she came on and foiled my plan of giving up GH.

Watched Friday (not yet Monday), and was frankly underwhelmed by Donna Mills. Was not a “Knots Landing” fan, to be honest, but she just seemed too understated for me. Made Michael Easton (the David Duchovny of daytime) seem like Laurence Olivier. Get this girl som 5 Hour Energy!

a little shaky in the acting, yeah? I’m hoping she perks up 😉 This storyline isn’t all that exciting in itself.

Donna Mills has just begun, the best is yet to come..
It needs to build..
She has been on screen for about 15 minutes..
Soap stuff is not instant and Donna Mills will become vivid, I’m sure ….
(waiting for it 🙂

I know soap stuff isn’t instant, I’ve watched for 35 years. I’m just saying ….. I wasn’t terribly Impressed by her first appearance but hoping she starts to fit into the canvas. I’m not a fan of stunt casting usually but I do like Donna Mills as an actress and loved her as Abby on Knots Landing!

I absolutely adore Donna Mills, from her playing Abby Ewing on Knots Landing-one of the best primetime dramas. I am so happy that she agreed to come to Port Charles. Donna will definitely “up” the interest of this lagging storyline. I find Silas more interesting without boring, monotone, (always in black and white and boots) Sam. I find Sam very, very boring. Let’s bring some excitement to this storyline.

This could all be SO much more satisfying if James Nathan Reeves only THINKS his mother’s maiden name was West, when that was actually her first husband’s name. Her real maiden name is Bard, making her Monica’s estranged sister. Madeline escaped their poverty-stricken background by marrying wealthy Dr. West, only she left him for even richer Mr. Reeves, who ended up leaving her broke. Now, decades later and desperate, Madeline’s history with Silas has brought her to Port Charles, where she discovers her estranged sister has become one of the last-standing members of the Quartermaine family, not quite as wealthy as the Reeves, but significant enough for Madeline to mooch off of, placing her in contention with Tracy. But after all these years, not seeing Madeline since the 60s, can Monica forgive her sister’s abandonment of her and let her back into her life? Monica might just be vulnerable enough… if she loses AJ in the next few weeks.

This also makes Madeline, James/Nathan, and Nina extended family (in-laws) of the Quartermaines, bringing some life back into the family. Tracy might help Madeline scheme to regain control of the Reeves estate if Tracy thinks she can get a piece of it for herself as payment for her help.

LOVE this. BIG TIME.

Thanks! Since Ned has been gone, there hasn’t been a good “Straight man” to play off of the Quartermaines’ mania and Nathan West would fit the bill. There would also be the good plot point of him as a cop with an allegiance to his newfound family who usually operate under their own version of the rules versus the law that he’s been upholding as a cop for years.

It’s sad to think it didn’t occur to Ron Carlivati to go this route, as it wouldn’t just reunite Donna Mills with Leslie Charleson in a substantial way, but would allow Mills to enjoy fun scenes with Jane Elliot, whom Carlivati claims to love so much.

I hate missed opportunities, and this would have been a relatively easy way to both tighten and expand the canvas, and rejuvenate the Quartermaines, even slightly.

I can remember back in the 60s when I was a little kid, I watched the soap opera, Secret Storm. That is the first time I remember seeing Donna Mills. I thought she was so beautiful and so talented.

All these years later, she still looks fabulous. I’m glad she is now a part of GH even if it is only for a few months. Her character does interest me and I’m looking forward to see where this storyline is going.

On another note… even though we were asked to comment on Donna Mills, I can’t NOT comment about Sean Kanan (AJ) leaving. I feel that that idiots at GH really screwed him over….BIG TIME…. so sad he’s out….. 🙁

Wow I love Donna Mills as Madeline, she is a terrific actress. I Hope they offer Donna a contract role, she looks very hot for 73 years old.

You have always been a favorite of mine ever since I first saw those beautiul blue eyes of yours. You, as an actress stand at the top of my list.

p.s.: Keep up the great work on “GH”!!!

Donna Mills is a fantastic, talented actress. I only started watching GH for her.
Ryan Peavey is pretty damn fine too.

I love Donna Mills! She does not need more energy! Many of the actors on this show are constantly yelling, thinking that the more dramatic you are the better actor you are; not at all! Donna Mills gets her point across in subtle ways and I’m very glad she is not yelling and caring on like some of them do on this show.

I was hoping she was going to be the one backing Julian though instead of getting stuck in the Silas storyline. I don’t find him interesting at all. But would have loved to seen Donna act with Julian, Ava, and Sonny. But, maybe they needed her to spice up the Silas storyline, but not happy they placed her there. But, I will watch GH until she leaves!

Donna Mills is a welcome addition, IMO. Would love to see scenes with she & Jane Elliot as conspirators…or rivals for Fluke’s attention?
Also: has anyone thought of/suggested Susan Haskell as Nina? Could throw an interesting wrench into both the Carco AND Silam storylines…

I barely recognized her for all the ghoulish makeup. GH needs a new makeup artist. The older women are looking so much worse for the heavy black eye makeup. And what is with the phony sparkly eyes? Drops? BTW Anthony Geary should lose the makeup too. It’s starting to look like the Night of the Living Dead on that show.

This story line is predictable of soaps of yesteryear! Bring back the stories that made GH a true success! Mob wars, Sonny vs all wannabe mobsters. The new storybook is dated and boring. Stay on topic. Quit veering off subject like, as if you’re competition is still on television! Your writers were doung great, until the other soaps saud goodbye. GH is NOT liable in adhering to ‘soap protocol of the 80’s!”

Always good to see my former Taft high school classmate, Donna Mills.
Our class always watches for her and we share information at our quarterly luncheons.

Donna, you brighten every set you work on. Keep going, we’ll follow you.

Diane

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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