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Emma Samms Returning To General Hospital!

Courtesy/FValentiniTwitter

Courtesy/FValentiniTwitter

As had been predicted, and had been teased that another lady love from Luke’s past will be back on the scene for the final exit storyline for Anthony Geary (Luke) on General Hospital, today GH executive producer, Frank Valentini revealed via his Twitter account that it is indeed, Emma Samms (Holly).

Pictured with Samms, Valentini tweeted, .@EmmaSamms1 is coming back to @GeneralHospital !! Very excited!! #GH” Meanwhile Emma tweeted,  “Hooray! I don’t have to keep the secret anymore.”  And GH head writer, Ron Carlivati added, “Fire up the spaceship! #GH #HollyIsBack @EmmaSamms1

The character of Holly Sutton first appeared on on General Hospital back in 1982!  She returned for a year stint in 1992-1993, and then on and off again for several years in 2006, 2009, and most recently 2012 and 2013.

Just how will Holly figure into Luke’s final story?  Are you glad to hear that Emma is back? Will Nathan Parsons who plays Ethan Lovett be far behind? Comment below!

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Robert
Robert

I love Emma ! This send off for Luke is turning into something, that I have a feeling I am going to need a room full of boxes of tissues. I hope both of Luke’s sons are going to be there as well,darn forget the tissues, I will probably use a mop to wipe up the tears.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Would that that were so! The writers seem incapable of writing really heartfelt scenes between the character and certainly no sustained, emotional scenes that we used to see and love.

lellingw
lellingw

Agreed. Saw Anna today and she just took her clothes off and had sex on the couch. Not sure why except she and the guy were drunk. No attraction needed

Patrick
Patrick

@lelling

OMG : a desecration of all that is true… Duke and Anna

say it isn’t true

i feel like tearing up

i’m 3 eps behind

she really is off her rocker… what with the ghost of Carlos and the death of Duke on her mind… she really needs that rest and respite…

OH no…
this isn’t good

Dinah
Dinah

Glad Emma is coming back but hope Ethan don’t

Gail
Gail

You mean Pigpen.

harry
harry

What? Pigpen? I love Ethan! He’s not your perfect, cookie cutter soap opera male specimen, however, his off beat good looks, charm and natural personality make him just shine on the screen. Maybe he is an acquired taste.
I don’t understand the Pigpen comment but Pigpen happens to be one of my favorite characters from the Peanut cartoon series. Pigpen clearly was a neglected child and needed a lot of love–so does Ethan.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

The two great loves of Luke’s life make perfect sense to aide him in his final adventure. Maybe we will finally get a real scene between Laura and Holly as they process Luke’s infidelity.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I seriously doubt that–would have been nice–but they’ll probably bring the lagacy characters like Holly back for one brief scene with Luke. Oh, well, what might have been!

lellingw
lellingw

Holly was horrible with Luke, just awful. With Robert, she was fine. Robert and Hutch would be my choices to come back as well. Hutch got the short shift.

Sara
Sara

Wonderful news, I love Emma Samms.

Priscilla
Priscilla

I am so happy that Holly will be back. Too bad Robert won’t be there. I hope they correct the Ethan parentage mess…one of the worst s/,’s of all times. Either way, Holly should be there.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agreed. Hope it is revealed that Luke is not Nathan’s father. But . . . I’m not holding my breath.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Wow!!! I did not know Emma Samms was once part of GH. But, I am familiar with a few of her movies….gorgeous!!!

su0000
su0000

Hi CeeCee ..
Both Holly and Laura are new characters, to me .
And I am far from the only one that will see them as ”who?” and new..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Sam here, Su. I only know Genie from Y&R….Emma from a couple of movies. But, as yourself, their characters are new to me as well.

CeeCee
CeeCee

To add to what I wrote, SU. I do watch past episodes on UTUBE….I have a sleeping disorder….sometimes I stay up all night…..so, I have watched many, but not with Emma Samms, yet.
I love the ‘oldies, but goodies’……I really enjoy past episodes so much more than the present. But, that’s probably just myself. I love ANYTHING from the past.
I do agree with you, though, that only the older fans, and only a handful, such as myself, appreciate the return of vets……especially those I know. I wasn’t even born in 1982 yet, but it’s good to see all these past characters tie in comfortably with the present.

harry
harry

Cee Cee and Su000, Holly was one of the best dressed, most beautiful soap characters in daytime history. That girl had style–she wore hats, suits and gloves just to lunch and shop with the ladies.
She was truly just fun to watch.
Now that my beloved and stylin Duke of Bloomingdale’s is gone, perhaps Holly Sutton can give all the women of Port Charles lessons on how to dress and accessorize. I swear, GH has some of the worst dressed females I have ever seen on television.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

WHAT???!!$$##/????

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

She did briefly appear in 2013 on GH……but for you ‘newbie viewers’ GH would be smart to show flashbacks of Holly to help you youngsters…lol…become more familiar with these vets when they return after lengthy times off the show……Luke should have been injured and falls into a coma showing highlights of his arrival in PC, his love life with Laura, Holly, ect., and other past to present storylines! Luke reliving his past while in a temporary coma would make great storytelling as part of his exit!!!

Timmm
Timmm

In the 80’s Luke, Laura, Holly and Robert were just great! You can watch their work on Youtube. Its dated but you will get the gist of it. I always liked Holly with Robert but then Anna came along and now I prefer her with Robert. Luke and Holly could go off and live happily ever after because shes a lot like Luke where she likes adventure and she can play both sides of the law. She still looks great! Cannot wait for her arrival.

harry
harry

Timm and Jimh are absolutely right. Look up Holly and Robert on Youtube. For me, Holly never quite jived with Luke, but she ignited some amazing chemistry with Robert Scorpio. I believe that after Luke and Laura, Holly and Robert were the next supercouple of the 80’s.
By the way, Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms had a torrid affair while they were playing husband wife on GH. She left Tristan when she left GH for The Colby. Please know I am not blowing a long held secret. It was in all of the rags and Tristan spoke openly about it in interviews. It seems Emma broke Robert’s heart. This is a case of mimesis in reversal.

su0000
su0000

Thanks for the info !! 🙂

CeeCee
CeeCee

Wow…sounds like you guys were really taken with Holly. I look forward to seeing on GH.
Thanks, Timmm and jimh.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Harry.
Thanks, Harry. I can just picture Holly in my mind’s eye. Eloquent description of this fab lady.
Her mode of dress and the way she carries herself makes me think of my mother…..sophisticated.

Shay
Shay

Amen to that, Harry! By the way, who the heck is responsible for putting the increasingly-naif-like Nina in those teeny-tiny sheaths of late? She looks like a praying mantis in a mini-dress!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Harry.
I must agree with you. Harry. With the exception of Days, none of the remaining soaps’ clothing style stirs the olfactory, for me. DOOL’s Lauren/Kate fashion sense, however, among other women on the soap, surpasses any sartorial aspiration any of the female cast on GH, and Y&R may have.
Sharon Case is chic….but, did you take a gander at Eileen’s/Ashley’s dress the other day? She was wearing this golden dress…….well, she looked like a bronze statue embellished with fish scales.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Good news indeed!

And props to Ron Carlivati for the Dynasty II: Colbys reference: “Fire up the spaceship!”

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Well, here we go again. TPTB trotting out legacy characters that they have already ruined and violated. Probably just for a scene or so. And, yes, I would like to see Nathan Parsons back–but only to reveal that he is NOT Luke’s son!
BTW, where is Robert Scorpio in all this? Won’t be a real goodbye to Luke character without his old pal Robert and his fellow improv partner Tristan Rogers. Alas, the “goodbye” to Luke character will not have the impact it should have had because of the whole so-called Fluke debacle and complete violation of the character of Luke done in the 52nd anniv. show. I’m going to see it through just to see how badly they write the exit of TG. And, most especially, to see how they treat the scenes between Genie Francis/Laura and TG/Luke. Goodbye to what might have been! I’m expecting nothing much.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I know there are many that agree with you, Nancy, but I found Luke’s childhood trauma plausible and tied nicely in with what I knew of Luke…his inability to be domestic, his need to always be on the run, his conflict between loving Laura and his children but pushing away from them at times…and his “aggression’ “rape” of Laura.

And I would be disappointed if they suddenly revealed Nathan…who I ‘d love to come back, wasn’t Luke’s. Luke and Nathan formed a very strong father/ son love…bond. I’d hate for Luke to suffer that loss….

Rodd
Rodd

I agree with you, Rebecca1.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thanks, Rodd. Good to hear from those with similar points of view!

harry
harry

Rebecca, you know I agree with Nancy but see your point too. I am all talked out on what I thought was the Luke debacle and I am sure folks are tired of my belly aching about it.
I am going to try and remain positive and hope they handle both Holly and Laura’s return well. I also harbor hope that Robert Scorpio will come back for a few cameos. I hope not to be disappointed yet again.
Hope springs eternal and all that.

Ghlover
Ghlover

I agree Rebecca. So many people complain, but realy Luke’s story was very authentic. I applaud Ron, Frank and Tony for their work.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Harry…I’m not sure Scorpio will be “allowed” back due to his other obligations…but it would be great on two levels…to usher off Luke but perhaps to help Anna through her grief over Duke and pts re Carlos.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thanks, Ghlover…agree!

lellingw
lellingw

Tristan Rogers would be great but he is supposedly working on The Young and the Restless. Rick Moses as Hutch would be great. He never got his due. And yes, Leslie Charleston should always be around. She’s as iconic as Luke. Under appreciated and under used.

Timmm
Timmm

Y&R should lone him to GH since Colin hasnt been on screen in weeks!

Charday
Charday

I’d rather have Lester back (Lesley Charleson, Monica).

CeeCee
CeeCee

Huh? Who is Lester? Monica?….very confused, you guys!

Charday
Charday

Tony Geary calls Leslie Charleson, “Lester.”

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Charday.

Thanks, Charday…LOL

CeeCee
CeeCee

@su0000
I hear you, Su.
As your neighbor, both my Grans are ‘soap Gurus’……especially, my maternal grandmother. She has a way about telling any story that compels one to listen. I think it’s that Scottish accent spoken almost sotto voce.
I could actually see Ada, in her kitchen, dish towel slung over her shoulder, as she once again puts Rachel in her place….LOL (ANOTHER WORLD). I could listen to her forever.

Between having a passel of kids and law-school, my mother hardly had time to breathe. So, no, she did not dedicate much time watching soaps.

su0000
su0000

hmmm
”1982” that’s a long time back ..
People were born went through college got a masters/phd and probably are your doctor LOL
I do not know of her..
But-
I see the vet watchers are very excited, have fun enjoy her return..

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Well, i have a neice who was born in ‘1982’……lets see if you’re right about people born then…..she got caught shoplifting, ended up in foster care, dropped out of school, and does internet porn……you were close but yet suuuuuu far……lol……p.s. you were watching in 2013……Holly was on then……too bad you werent around in 1982…….you missed great moments in GH history(check utube)……and you are right…..im so excited about Holly making a brief appearance i wet myself……thank God for depends…..lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeayyyy….Jimh is back….missed that great, in-your-face-humor…love-ya, jimh. So glad to hear from you….keep it up and I hope you feel 100%…later.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

su0000, if you have time, check out Emma’s film titled “Delirious” co-starring John Candy. The movie involves the soap world. You might like it. I think it was released in 1992.

Mollie
Mollie

Delirious is one of the funniest movies ever…definitely a sleeper hit! Emma was great and GODS do I miss John Candy!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree. Watch DELIRIOUS; THE LADY AND THE HIGHWAYMAN; THE SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE……just to name a few. 4ever is right, you would enjoy them, su. She can play both ‘funny’ or ‘I think I shall swoon’-kind-of scenes.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Su…you bring up the same point about Laura and some of the other vets over and over again. We get it…you aren’t familiar with her. Younger viewers were either too young to watch or perhaps not born yet. So what. Who cares. Not the fans who DID watch back then. The vets…the legacy characters..go way back. Again…what’s your point? This is GH. The show that you love…that many of us loved way before you started watching. These characters still exist off screen…they’re still referred to and related to the families on the show. This is Lulu, Nicola and Lucky’s mom. Luke’s then love. Scott’s love. She needs no excuse to come back. She’s loved by many viewers. Period.

Our GH included Laura…not every character has to be new or appeal to the demographic you keep dancing around.

Soaps are based on continual stories, characters, families, friends, continuity. They don’t abruptly cut out half the town because they go too far back. The crux…part of the fun…is the fact that still exist and they DO, can come back…like a long lost relative….

Justin
Justin

Thank you Rebecca1. I do not know why this Su person has to make a point of complaining about how they don’t know Laura, Holly, or other vets. Geez, we get it. If Su only would realize, this show wouldn’t be on today without the veterans that she easily dismisses. GH was about to be canceled in 1978. Actors like Genie, Tony, Leslie, Jane, and Stuart are what helped save it.

Rose
Rose

Well said Rebecca. I also remember the Holly, Robert, Luke days seemed more fun and carefree compared to the dark, intense, sometimes very ugly stories they are doing now. And they still had their fare share of bad guys and fantastical along with adventures, love stories, and mysteries, sometimes filmed in great locations.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thanks, Justin. As for Emma/Holly….(she was so beyond gorgeous back then. Loved her/) I agree with what you said and more…my thing is it doesn’t matter how far back a character goes unless that info is being stated for historical/factual reference…to bring the newer viewers up to date……the longer back the better because as I said that helps maintain the continuity from beginning to present. Each time a character from the past comes back…whether it’s the more recent Spinelli or Britt…or Laura, Bobby, Felicia, Lucy, Scott…and now Holly..it only enhances the “realism” of the show. Just as in life people come and go within a community, a circle of friends, family, etc. Love seeing the original “regime!”

I do agree with others though that these short stays are annoying and a tease. If you’re going to bring somone back bring them back! Not just for a few day ratings boost.

rebecca1
rebecca1

oh, thanks, Rose. just saw your post. yep. though I still love today’s GH those “old” ahem, lol…shows,,, really were great. I think there was more of a sense of “belonging.” Characters on the show had groups of friends…whether it was the teens who gathered at Ruby’s…the great dances at Wyndemere, the escapades and friendships between Anna, Robert, Tiffany, Sean…the real old days when Scottie’s relationship with Lee and Gail….Lucky and Luke…There was more of an emotional realism intermixed with fantastical stories and adventures. But everything changes…even when these characters return, they’ll never be the same. The writers aren’t and we’re not…so they’re seen and drawn with different eyes. But still… anticipated.

harry
harry

Thank you, Rebecca. It truly is a conversation stopper.

Rose
Rose

As a PS to my earlier comment, I also don’t want to live in the past. Vets were once newbie characters. Some took, some didn’t. We need both. Just want there to be continuity of storyline and character…past, present and future…and a little more fun and originality in Port Charles. And keep some Sonny and crime for su0000.

lellingw
lellingw

The episodes are on youtube and I recommend trying GH 1978-1981. GH was never better. 1982 was a really bad year for GH but 1983 was pretty great. Try them and you’ll get addicted.

su0000
su0000

Thanks everyone (who wasn’t grouchy on me) 🙂
I will check both out on youtube and look up the “Delirious” movie..

Special to jimh, thanks for the laugh !!

rebecca1
rebecca1

not grouchy…stern. there’s a difference. 🙂

but really, you’ve heard it before…and not just by me.

Harry
Harry

Hey, Suoo! Are you familiar with Laura and Holly? Because you haven’t been quite clear on the subject.

su0000
su0000

Hi Harry,,
No, I have never seen Holly and Laura, I saw Genie on Y&R ..

su0000
su0000

Hi rebecca1 🙂
I myself just heard Holly was returning. no idea who she is..(so 1 time)
and no, I have never noticed hearing it before, just from you lol thanks for noticing me 🙂

I politely listen to rants about how much better GH was ‘back when Nixon was President .
Always, how much better it was, if people only watched back then, how it was about families, how nobody can write a soap like they did in the 80’s, it was so much better in the 70-80-90’s and on and on about the good ol’ days.
(said politely.. not grouchy ”sternly ” 🙂 lol
A pleaser exchanging you, it is always fun.. the best posters are here! 🙂

again; all I said was—-
hmmm
”1982” that’s a long time back ..
People were born went through college got a masters/phd and probably are your doctor LOL
I do not know of her..
But-
I see the vet watchers are very excited, have fun enjoy her return..

that was all I said ^^^ the truth sheesh nothing to get excited over 🙂

su0000
su0000

ohhh I do not mind the vets reminiscing, they seem happy doing that..
and I never have commented on their comments about their good ol’ days posts.
Harry likes that stuff 🙂

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Su…you’re right……nothing to lose sleep over…HaHa.
I can understand what you are saying and what everyone else is saying, also.
I enjoy your posts, so keep writing. Sparring with you is a pleasure. And, you are a true GH fan, in the present.
I am used to listening to both my grandmothers discuss the good ole days and their favorite soaps….mostly ANOTHER WORLD, THE DOCTORS, OLTL, and AMC….Thing is, I love it…it has rubbed off on me.
Just think, Su, girl….thirty years from now, we will be lamenting …..ahem, who? No one comes to mind… Who? Maura, for sure. Oh, yeah…Nathan’s abs? LOL.
Seriously, though…..We will reminisce….except, there probably will not be any soaps to watch. What a depressing thought.

su0000
su0000

het CeeCee,
shhh dont be saying our soaps will vanish 🙁
eventho true, it’s too sad to hear it lol
My neighbor is a soap Guru ..
She has been watching since day one, I’d bet..
My grandparents/ mother, sister, aunts none have watched soaps, just me..
G’ma would say why do you watch that tripe/nonsense.. .. LOL

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Su…

I pointed Laura out more specifically because I believe you said the same thing about her return; lol…I think you’ve said the same thing for every vet that was before your time. And THAT…was my point when I “sternly” mentioned to you that you say it over and over again…

These characters, like I and others have said, are part of the GH canvas. Past, present…they’re all inhabitants of that world. So, really, it doesn’t have to be mentioned that “since then people have gone to college, gotten their masters.”..etc…

A different approach might be for you to say…”This character was on before I started watching. How does she relate to Luke? Should be interesting to watch…” (or not, for you.) But, see the difference?

I enjoy your posts…you know I give you a thumbs up when a comment amuses me…so I think it only fair during our little group’s “intellectual debates” over the lives of our peeps in the soap hood to call out points that irk us as well!

And I do agree…”shhhhhhhhh” on the soaps vanishing thing…

Harry
Harry

Su000, I was kidding when I said you have not been clear on the subject of Holly and Laura and whether you were watching back in the 80’s.
I guess that joke went THUD!

Andrea
Andrea

When I heard “lady love from Luke’s past” I was kind of hoping for Skye. I love Emma Samms, but don’t love what they’ve done with Holly.

Patrick
Patrick

I couldn’t believe how good… Luke and Skye once were

she is the one that should be back… to stratosphere the Quartermaine
w/her daughter from Lorenzo

fill that manse with family…

Alice
Monica
Tracy
Michael
Dillan
Skye
Lila Rae

lets get some life back in that manse and our lives

bring back Robin Christopher and her real life daughter to play Lila Rae

please

Timmm
Timmm

I do not miss Skye or Ethan.

Torqumada
Torqumada

+1,000,000

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Hot stuff! I’m happy for GH fans!!!

Ricardo
Ricardo

I love Emma, she is a wonderful actress. I also loved her as Fallon Colby on Dynasty.

Harry
Harry

Me too, Ricardo but wasn’t it odd that the American born Fallon suddenly had a British accent? I haven’t seen a British accent overtake someone’s speech that fast since Madonna suddenly spoke with a British accent.

CeeCee
CeeCee

LOL, Harry. I remember that….Madonna and her affectation of a British accent, which lasted for a nanosecond.
My grandmother has been in this country for sixty years….she still has a very tight and distinct Scottish accent.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Haha, Harry! I remember that, too. Madonna…sorta like my NY friend who moved to California. Suddenly, she was valley girl personified! Made me cringe…

Timmm
Timmm

ENGLISH!

Fanny
Fanny

OHHHH….I’d forgotten until you reminded me of her nickname, Fond memories.

harry
harry

I do love Luke’s nick names—English, Blaze, Spanky Buns and Angel.
He also called Mac Scorpio “Bubu “which I didn’t appreciate because at the time Luke was having an affair with Mac’s wife, Felicia. That was possibly one of the worst couplings in daytime history.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Awwww….I’m already nostalgic. Let’s not forget Lucky/Cowboy, Ethan/Dodge, Lulu/Cupcake, Skye/Red, Anna/Slim, Alexis/Natasha and Stefan…Vlad!

Fanny
Fanny

Give him props most of those were ad libbed, they were GREAT.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agreed, Harry–one of the worst couplings ever!!

Shay
Shay

It ranks right up there with Patrick and Sappy, Harry!!!! That one was an absolute, epic fail!!!!

randy
randy

if genie francis comes back for one short stint to send off geary ill lose all respect for the actress,,,if this is the case she deserves to be treated the way they have treated her,,after her last big disappointing return i woild have thought she had had enough slap in the faces..by the powers at g,h…for daytime television for that matter..young and restless treated her no better,,frickin phelps,,,i just hope genie gets a contract and good story telling for the charater of laura,,,,fooled once by you g,h shame on you,,,fooled twice by you g,h shame on me….folled 3 times im done as most genie francis fans will be,,with her and general hospital..

Patrick
Patrick

I think .. we all.. will be getting our wish… in that… Genie Francis will be long term… and that it will be Holly.. who will leave with Luke

and he will bequeath an empire… if you will… that Laura can continue on with the Spencer legacy

seems appropriate

LOL… i’d hate to spend my time… watching Emma Samms… holding up her false eyelashes

Fanny
Fanny

I hope your right, where Genie Francis is concerned.

Timmm
Timmm

I said the same thing Patrick, Luke leaves with Holly. They are better suited for each other.

Ghlover
Ghlover

Hmmm i got to thinking….Laura and Sloan???

rebecca1
rebecca1

Timmm…I believe you may be right that Holly will be on for a short stay, although I’d personally love it if she were back on full time! But leaving with Luke…as in the two being a couple again, would seem strange to me. Holly may be a part of his exit but Luke is, and should be, still very in love with Tracy. I’d be surprised if he leaves her for another woman…or WITH another woman in a romantic sense.

Fanny
Fanny

I realize that Luke and Tracy have loved one another for a long time,
We’ve all enjoyed their story, the high jinx, shenanigans, laughter, love,
mutual respect, multiple “weddings”… He’s also injured her in ways
that are not obviously seen, she’s still carrying the hurt inside… Does
she believe this go around will be different? Or finally understand that
loving him means letting go…

Les
Les

I really liked the Holly character – but paired with Robert Scorpio. Too bad Robert is not part of Luke’s send off.

As for Laura, I was initially excited to hear the character would be returning to GH but now am feeling quite ambivalent about it all. How many times have we been let down over the years regarding a Luke and Laura storyline? Not sure if I am going along for the ride….

Lellingw
Lellingw

I understand and I will bail if I have to endure that. The old episodes are too great to be muddied with crap. So far I see stupid stuff like Luke getting a tattoo and explaining it in a flat tone of voice.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, stupid stuff; now his is wanting an engagement party! Say what???????????

lellingw
lellingw

On The Haunted Star no less where Laura disappeared for two years and was held hostage in a very abusive way. Luke didn’t only not have search for her body but didn’t bother to have a memorial service for her if he thought she was dead. Tracy has never been a very nice person herself. What’s up with the lousy music on the modern show? They don’t bother to hire someone to write music?

Timmm
Timmm

My expectations are very low. I’ve accepted that L&L was a young romance that sputtered as do real life romances at times. Lets move on. Godspeed Anthony.

Les
Les

I am not sure L&L could adequately be described as a”young romance that sputtered as do real life romances at times,” so forgive me if I expect more than an “old sweatshirt” of an ending. As for moving on, I am happy to do so and wish Mr. Geary well.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Les.
I am no expert on Luke and Laura, but I don’t think the writers’ intention is to give these two a storyline, since Luke is leaving. I believe Laura is staying? Her presence is one of many to rally around Luke/Tony as he exits the GH stage.
Then again, who can really guess!!

dmr
dmr

I remember when I was little-watching Emma Samms and thinking how beautiful she was back in the 80’s-I still think that. I loved Holly and Robert. I always look forward to her returns. On another note, does anyone else find nuLulu incredibly annoying? I hope that Luke takes nuLulu with him when he (sadly) leaves Port Charles. Does she work? Does Kiki work? Does Morgan? Good grief-these “kids.”

Ghlover
Ghlover

The fact that we still refer to new Lulu as NEW Lulu says it all….. Gh should take the opportunity tonsend Lulu packing as well, at least the timw for a quick sawo back to Original Lulu

su0000
su0000

dmr, hi
Kiki, Morgan, Lulu kids LOL
Didn’t Sonny give Morgan a restaurant? Perhaps Kiki is the cook .. aaaha!
What was Holly’s job/career??

Charday
Charday

Yes, nuLulu very annoying. I hope Dante has an affair with Valerie Spencer (played by Brytni Sarpy—love her she spells her first name)!

su0000
su0000

ohh no..
…. both.. Lulu and Valerie are bad, real bad,,
However!
Lulu is still a good length behind Val she is the worst of the two..
Poor Dante he could do much much better than either of them, but he will be stuck with one of them..

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Sadly, I have heard that the story of Luke is over. TG has made it clear that he is retiring and he would like to see Luke go out with a bang….

So for those of us that know and love the era…. enjoy the farewell and thank you TG for great story!

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nancy dillingham

I’m not banking on his going out with a “bang”; I think it will be more like a “whimper” after all the crazy stuff that went down with the “Fluke” character. Alas, too bad to see such an ignominious end to a career.

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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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The General Hospital 16-Episode Collection: ‘All Sonny’s Children’ Debuts

General Hospital fans know that Sonny Corinthos  (Maurice Benard) has fathered a lot of children in Port Charles and then some, and there is even another Corinthos baby on the way.

Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Included in the the 16-episode collection is: Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina, as well as the hesitation and joy that comes with knowing a new baby is on the way.

So, check out the collection and let us know which episodes are your favorites? And, who is your favorite kid of Sonny’s of all-time? Weigh-in below.  But first watch the just released promo for the collection.

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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