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Emma Samms Returning to General Hospital After Battle with Long Covid

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Looks like fans of ABC’s General Hospital will finally learn more about Holly Sutton’s whereabouts; with the news today that Emma Samms is finally returning to the ABC daytime drama series in her signature role.

Samms, who briefly reprised the part in 2020, had to put her major return on hold after contracting Covid-19.  However, Samms then suffered from a protracted bout of long Covid, which kept her away even longer.

Now, Deadline is reporting that Emma is returning to GH in October.

The actress last appeared on the soap back in September of 2020.  At that time, and in story, Holly was presumed dead, but then was revealed to be alive, but locked in a cell in Monte Carlo.

In a statement, Emma shared: “I can’t believe that it’s been 40 years since I first appeared on General Hospital and that, once again, I get to play the wonderful character of Holly Sutton.  No one is more interested in what’s happened to her since we saw her two years ago, being held captive by a mysterious villain, than me!”

Also in a statement, GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini offered up: “I am thrilled the wonderful Emma Samms will be returning to the canvas in October, so we can continue telling Holly’s story and the fans can finally see what happened after we learned she was alive and being held hostage!”

So, excited to learn Emma is coming back to GH? Who do you think will eventually be revealed as Holly’s captor? Comment below.

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Yay. Great news

Most Unholy News! The only thing that would make it better is Luke & Jason coming back with her. All indications are that she & Jason would be in the same location – the Cassadine island “prison” and if Victor Cassadine faked Luke’s death (or “neutralized” him, in his exact words) that would be the place he would have been moved to.

Bring ’em all back. And since Roswell NM, is wrapping up, you might as well have Ethan involved in the rescue of his mother, and the guy he believes is his father (though I still say that was a ridiculous rewrite… he should be Robert’s kid)

Would Anthony Geary be willing to leave Amsterdam for a return to General Hospital?

Doubt it. Pretty sure he only came back that one time, because of Jane Elliot’s retirement for her.

I doubt he would have any interest in returning “full time”, but I believe he’s said he might be interested in a short term visit, if the story was good. This one could be, if they did it right.

Emma Samms welcome back to General Hospital as Holly. Emma is a wonderful actress and still looks gorgeous.

I’m looking forward to her return, more Robert and the old gang.

A little legacy star quality is welcome

It’s always nice to have a fresh blast from the past, especially GH’s better days. Too bad Holly’s sexy son Ethan (Nathan Parsons) is busy in prime time…wouldn’t mind a dose of him right now.

He ain’t all that busy. His show is in the last season, with about 2 more episodes left, so he’s already done filming it. It got canceled, with pretty much 80% of the CW network.

That’s not to say he hasn’t been looking for other gigs, but considering he went from the vampire show on CW to the alien show on CW, that network’s demise has probably made it somewhat more difficult for him to find more work. He’s been open to short term returns at GH before, so I’m sure he would do it with a storyline involving Holly, and potentially Luke & Jason.

Yay! Some storyline for Tristan Rogers at last! Now if we can just figure out what happened to Kim Delaney ….

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Do we really care what happened to her?

I do. She’s a fine actress, and I was hoping that she would draw TR into a larger part of the canvas. Also helps to flesh out Finn and Chase’s family. It’s not Kim’s fault that the character wasn’t made more interesting and pivotal.

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Sorry, I was talking about the character, not the actress. I like her too. As far as the family goes, Violet is the best part and Chase too, if he’d get his stuff together. Finn is just so boring and looks like a scrooge in his all time black clothing. Am so sick of him and Liz anyway.

Violet, what’s with Finn and the black duds? Is he some kind of doctorly Johnny Cash? And he and Elizabeth are Dullsville Central. She has more chemistry with Terry. Speaking of which, Terry and Yuri? How cute will they be? I love her quirky, original line readings and was rooting for her and Chet.

I haven’t a clue as to who she was/is..
But- I luv new characters (to me), so it’s a good thing. 🙂
I hope her return will bring new high drama-

So glad Emma/Holly is finally coming back! I hope it’s for longer than just a few episodes, and she will revive her story with Robert Scorpio! He really needs a story & love interest!!

I’m sure it will be longer than a few episodes. The story will have to reveal who faked her death and is keeping her. A good story for November sweeps for sure.

I just hope its not a pop up and she is gone. Write her like Laura gets written now. Give her something to do. I’m sure since Genie is returning soon these two women will try and take down Victor for Luke’s “Death!”

Emma Samm’s sister Tweeted that Emma is not doing well at all, and asserted that she id still suffering from serious symptoms of long term COViD. She implored the cast and crew to be very gentle with her sister. She also said Emma is doing this to please her fans. She’s always been a class act.

Long covid = adverse “vaccine” reactions.

Absolutely 666% wrong. Emma got Covid very early on, in the Spring of 2020. Vaccines didn’t exist until a year later.

I hope when she returns that Robert is heavily involved in the story. I also hope they play it constantly; not twice a week and then drop it for two weeks. It’s difficult to get involved when they keep doing that to storylines. I know there are all sorts of reasons for this, contracts, vacations, etc., but these things aren’t last-minute and should be planned for. Just saying…

Welcome back Emma. You have been missed.

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The Young and the Restless Renewed for Four More Years at CBS

Congratulations are in order to the cast, crew, creatives and fans of CBS’ The Young and the Restless. On Wednesday, the top-rated daytime drama was renewed by the network for four more years.

The renewal will bring Y&R through the 2027-2028 television season, and brings the series through its 55th season. The Young and the Restless has continued to remain the #1 daytime drama for over 36 years and is CBS’ longest-running series.

In a statement, Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment shared, “The Young and the Restless has been a staple of daytime television for over 50 years, and it is with great pleasure that we will continue that legacy at CBS,The talented cast and writers deliver compelling performances and stories on a daily basis and have provided iconic moments that have kept the show on top of the ratings and thrilled generations of fans for over five decades. We look forward to seeing what new creative twists and turns they have planned for the folks of Genoa City.”

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According to CBS, Y&R is averaging 3.50 million viewers this season. The series is also the #1 daytime program among African American viewers. Full episodes of the series are streaming on Paramount+ and CBS TVE.  The soap opera airs weekdays at 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m.-12:30 p..m. PT.

Y&R notables are also celebrating anniversaries in 2024 including series icons: Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) for 45 years this month, and Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) for 44 years. In April, the show will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Nikki and Victor’s wedding, which aired in April 1984 and was one of the highest-rated episodes in the history of the show.

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Other notable cast anniversaries in 2024 include: Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) at 35 years and Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman) and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) all at 30 years.

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The Young and the Restless debuted on March 23, 1973 and the show celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 2023. Y&R was co-created by the late William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. At present, Josh Griffith currently serves as the series executive producer and head writer.

Share your thoughts on the news that Y&R had been given a four-year renewal by CBS and will continue on with the lives of the people you love in Genoa City through its 55th season via the comment section below.

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Kimberlin Brown ‘Killed-Off’ as Sheila Carter on The Bold and the Beautiful in Shocking Twist

The Monday, February 26th episode of CBS daytime’s The Bold and the Beautiful brought with it the apparent end to one of the all-time villains of soap opera.

In story, Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) was being stalked by Sheila (Kimberlin Brown) in the dark. Eventually, Steffy stabs Sheila in the heart with a knife and she apparently dies.

Speaking with TV Insider, Brown admitted that it is extremely hard to leave a now iconic role she made soap-famous since 1990 on first The Young and the Restless and then The Bold and the Beautiful.

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Kimberlin expressed: “It’s a tough place for me to be in right now; I’m not going to lie about this. I guess if anyone were going to take Sheila down, I’m happy it’s Steffy. I just wish that no one was taking Sheila down.”  Three time Daytime Emmy-winner, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood expressed: “It’s bittersweet because I absolutely love working with Kimberlin; she is just the consummate professional.”

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However, the stabbing is vindication for Steffy as Wood related, “This is her moment. How long has it taken Steffy to take her down and it’s finally happening, so it’s going to be a big shock.”

As to her B&B death scene and to her future plans, Brown revealed, “Laying there on that floor when the paramedics pronounce the time of death, my eyes were closed and you’re holding your breath so it doesn’t look like you’re breathing. It was just like, ‘Wow, OK, I guess we’ll have to see what might come next for me.’”

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If this holds up and Sheila is “dead” dead, it will open up the story and trouble in the marriage of Finn (Tanner Novlan) and Steffy, because ultimately, Steffy killed her husband’s biological mother.

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This is leading many to believe this move will bring Steffy back together with Liam (Scott Clifton) while Finn and Hope (Annika Noelle) draw closer. Is that part of the reason for Sheila’s death? Stay tuned.

What do you think about The Bold and the Beautiful killing-off Sheila Carter and Steffy to be the one who put an end to her life? Comment below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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