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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
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
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, and you do that. You make us feel and want to see what you’ll do next. You are a rare find in daytime anymore. My best wishes to you in all you endeavor. I am forever a fan!

Christian
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 he was capable, and has terrific chemistry with everyone. Another dumb move IMO.

Mary
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 the role of Kristina and had a final audition with SB. It took months for Dominic to be cast, with a final audition and approval from MB. It’s obvious Chad is someone’s pet or GH just wanted a “pretty boy.” MB stated he would put personal feelings aside and do his job, but I doubt the cast can have much respect for CD. Did DG cause problems and not get along with the women on set? I don’t think MB, SB, NLG, LW, DC, etc. would have been so upset to see him go, nor would Lexi have cried herself to sleep if they weren’t so close. What ABC/GH did was wrong, unfair and callous. CD may not have known what went on behind the scenes, but now he does. I’m angry but mostly outraged at ABC/GH’s disrespectful and shabby treatment of Drew Garrett. He deserves a huge apology and a welcome back to GH in the role he so masterfully created.

Laurie
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 this.

Lizette
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 longer care what goes on GH. For years GH has had stroylines that were up and then went down, and I stuck with them, even when the stories were a little off, but I’m so disguised with the way this situtation was handled, why should I care to continue watching. The ratings for GH, haven’t been all that great, and then to pull a stunt like this, is not going to help, in my opinion.

Brenda
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
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
Edith Kropp

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

Dave
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
ariel

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

Ty
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 forward of seeing you i n movies or other soaps take it easy buddy.

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episodes On ‘Flashback Fridays’ To Help Stretch Out Originals During COVID-19 Shutdown

With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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The Triumphant Return of Kelly Thiebaud As GH’s Dr. Britt Westbourne

When a shocked Nurse Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel) exclaimed “Dear lord, the Britch is back,” after seeing none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne with her lab coat hovering around the nurses station at “General Hospital”, you knew things were about to go down on the ABC daytime drama series.

Over the past few weeks, Kelly Thiebaud has been in action on-screen on General Hospital as the the trouble-making, complicated, Britt.   Since returning to the canvas, viewers learned that: Britt has been paroled from her previous crimes, seems to say she believes and actually likes her half-brother, Peter August (Wes Ramsey), has confronted her mutter in jail (Liesl Obrecht played by Kathleen Gati), whom Peter framed, and showed up at Brad’s (Parry Shen) hearing to be there for her bestie, who has been in hot water for the baby switch of Wiley.

But, there have been a lot more intriguing things than even that! Britt is now hitting the sheets with none-other than Julian (William deVry), and also let him know in no uncertain terms she knows his part in the whole Brad cover-up.   But what is her true motive?  We also learned in a run-in at GH, that Neil (Joe Flanigan) and Britt know each other from somewhere.  He is trying to put his finger on just where, but does Britt know? Probably!

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However, the best  and most entertaining moment on soaps last week was when Britt arrived in her lab coat to GH and revealed to both Felix and Liz (Rebecca Herbst) that she had worked hard enough to be able to get her medical license restored … and that Monica (Leslie Charleson) brought her on with a provisional acceptance as a temporary replacement for Dr. Kim Nero as an OBGYN for the hospital. Felix says give it two weeks and she will do something to mess things up.

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Just then, in our favorite scene of the week, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West) happen by, and when Britt, who is Nik’s ex, sees him she saunters over to him and slaps him hard across the face and spits out, “That’s for Spencer.”  She goes on to berate him for how he hurt his son; by letting him believe that his father was dead for three years!  Britt tells Nikolas it would serve him right if Spencer knew spoke to him again.

Next, Elizabeth chimes in and tells Britt to stop acting all high and mighty.  Britt fires back that she is not surprised that Liz, another one of Nik’s ex’s, would defend him.  Britt says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Scene after scene, Kelly Thiebaud has lit up the screen and put the “feisty” back onto the ABC soap opera.  As an actress, Kelly can go from the heavy drama, to the comedic, to the sexy, all with ease.

In the March 30th issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud said of her return:  “Frank Valentini reached out to me the beginning of the year and mentioned that the writers wanted to bring me back for a bit.  I said,’Of course, I will,  I would love nothing more than that!”‘ I just really connect with Britt and have a blast playing her.”

So let us know, have you been enjoying the return of Kelly as Dr. Britt Westbourne, thus far? What do you think Britt is up to? Comment below.

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