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Drew Garrett on thoughts after firing and fan groundswell of support!

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Drew Garrett, General Hospital’s dismissed Michael Corinthos, hails from the Palm Beach Gardens area of Florida.  And, their local news station just did a piece on their local hero’s plight; from the efforts of fans in facebook to get him back on GH , to Drew’s outlook since being let-go.  Here are some excerpts:

Drew Garrett on his thoughts on being let-go:  “Whether I stayed on the show one year or four years or two years, it was a great experience regardless and a great tool for my career.”

Drew Garrett on the efforts by fans to bring him back to GH: “I’m trying to stay 100 percent confident, because you got to in this kind of business. But it’s hard not to when you have so many people providing you so much support.” 

LeAnn Skeen on her facebook efforts: It’s not silly. Fans get really upset about TV shows. And the executive producers really need to respect what the viewers want.”

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Doe
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Doe

What is the reasoning for letting this very good actor go? I just don’t get it! Why do they take the best actors who get them to the crux of the best story and then fire them? Just give me a damn good reason! He has done a wonderful job for GH……

Melanee Stringer
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Melanee Stringer

Drew, I’m really hoping that the people that made this decision about your role on the show will reconsider. There has been a tremdous outpouring of support and encouragement by your fans and we are all ready to rally around you and do what it takes to keep you on as Michael. You are so talented and in demand. I don’t understand why they would do this. We have all connected to you in some way and that is why the fans are having such a hard time letting go. It takes someone special to make a person feel something,… Read more »

Christian
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Christian

I am not pleased at all that Drew was let go, and agree that the powers that be for ONCE need to listen to what the fans want. Drew is not the first actor to be treated like disposable waste, Tamara, Ted, Greg, Stuart to name a few were treated horribly after having given years to their characters. Love the mob character, but have grown incredibly tired of mob centered GH. Was looking forward to seeing DG’s character Michael getting a love interest, getting mixed into the crowd, and the Quartermaines for a change. Drew G more than proved that… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

Like everyone else, I was totally stunned hearing this news. I reserved judgment and kept up-to-date with the GH cast on twitter and other sites. From what I’ve learned, Drew worked with Ingo on Friday, March 19, then worked on the 22nd and was told not to come back on the 23rd. Chad Duell on Facebook reported on the night of the 22nd that he got a lead on GH and then reported to the set on the 23rd. I’d like to know when he auditioned for the role and who with. Lexi Ainsworth was one of three up for… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

I am bummed about Drew Garrett being let go. He brings an edge to the character of Michael and I think they may are making a mistake in recasting him. But what do I know, I’m only a loyal GH fan since the 70’s. I believe most of these recastings are based on “office politics” just like anywhere else, not on the merits or talent or popularity of the actors they so readily dismiss and replace. Unfortunately the powers that be don’t really listen to the fans/viewers until the ratings take a big drop. Yep, I am not happy about… Read more »

Lizette
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Lizette

I am so disappointed that they recasted the character of Michael. Drew Garrett made that part is own. He took over the part that Dylan Cash had for so long. He trully reacted like a kid that was angry and confused at times, due to his TBJ. I felt that he did hold his own with Maurice, Laura and Steve. And his interaction with Kristina, Morgan, Jax and even Dante was excellent. I feel that the higher ups at General Hospital drop the ball on this recast. I have been a loyal fan for 38 years, and I will no… Read more »

Brenda
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Brenda

Drew was doing an excellent job. He was perfectly cast. Why the change? We want him to continue playing Michael on GH. I wish him all the best.

Kelly
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Kelly

I was so upset when I heard Drew was let go, I was so use to seeing him on the show and he was doing a great job.

Edith Kropp
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Edith Kropp

Drew Garrett has done a wonderful job. I can’t imagine why he is being replaced.

Dave
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Dave

I gave the “new Michael” Chad Duell a chance, but I’m not impressed. Drew Garrett was excellent in the role of Michael Corinthos and this has to be one of the worst recasting mistakes in daytime history. I think Duell the Disney Boy had some connections, and someone at ABC cashed in a favor to someone. Either way, I’m done with watching General Hospital. Best of luck to Drew Garrett!

ariel
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ariel

I agree 100% this new micheal ( well not so new anymore) just isn’t doing it for me.

Ty
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Ty

Drew is a grerat actor, who cares what the viewers want, they can’t tell between a good actor or actress, they always take some of the best ones of there, don’t make sense, just like they did Ugly Betty that was a great show, always want to put these other crapy shows, like drew he is sexy, nice looking, and he had a great personality, and i know he will do good in the near future, and most of all he is a great actor i love you drew man, i wish you the best of luck and im looking… Read more »

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Daytime Emmys To Remain Virtual For Upcoming 2021 Ceremony

With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

In a statement, NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp expressed on the organization’s decision:“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall. However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, we have decided to remain “virtual” in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.

The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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