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Emme Rylan & Finola Hughes Back To Work At General Hospital!

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Two beloved faces from the genre are back to work at General Hospital!

Emme Rylan (Lulu) announced via her Instagram that she is back from her maternity leave and in the swing of things and the action in Port Charles.   In another cute photo, Rylan showed her real-life newborn baby girl meeting her on-screen daughter Charlotte played by Scarlett Ferrnandez.

She expressed: “My TV daughter @officialscarlettfernandez and my real life daughter finally meet!#GH I’m BACK!”

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Meanwhile, Finola Hughes (Anna) is back from her summer hiatus and announced her return to the ABC daytime drama series, via her Instagram account.

Hughes wrote alongside a pic of some “Anna wear”: “Black wardrobe on a hanger #anna is back to fight crime #gh ”

Glad to hear that Lulu and Anna will be back on the air in the weeks to come?

What do you hope happens next in storyline for these two key female characters in Port Charles? Comment below.

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Jimh
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Jimh

Didnt even know they were gone…

Celia
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Celia

Oh, my!!….. Jimmy, you never fail to get a chuckle out of me. Love it !!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Neither did I, but “go, Finola.” Love you fighting crime–and wearing black! 🙂

dmr
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dmr

I haven’t missed the annoying, insipid Lulu. I’ve always liked Anna. Finola is an amazing actress!

su0000
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su0000

I did not notice they were gone so I didn’t miss them..
I use to really like Anna .. J&S destroyed the character,,
when Anna said Duke a million times every day for near a year and became a needy weak woman I started to FF her..
Lulu is usually a FF .. she is irritatingly boring.

I never FF Valentin and that is the only time I don’t FF those two only because they are talking to Valentin and then he’d be FF too, so then stuck with them.

Rhonda
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Rhonda

I’m with you, DMR. Love Anna Devane but could really do without the forever perkiness of Lulu. And shouldn’t her maternity leave be longer considering she worked up until the hour of her delivery?
And another thing is that with Lulu gone, Laura is more front and center. I hate that Laura tends to play Lulu’s maternal side kick. To me, Laura is always the star.

Charday
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Charday

Me, either. I always FF through LuLu.

JMER
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JMER

Always happy to see Anna’s face on our TVs, unfortunately, the writing has been so below par this year (starting late last year) that I can’t watch the scenes with her character anymore because I care what happens to her and how well it’s executed. We know she’s not allowed to actually fight crime, at least to her fullest potential. ABC/Disney execs apparently don’t like that version of Anna so much because there’d actually be some justice on this show, but that is who she is. They are doing a little better with Laura’s character, and I will keep taking… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, I agree that they are doing better with Laura’s character. Hope that continues.

Steve
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Steve

At least we are well past the “justice for Duke” portion. It’s definitely time for a new adventure for Anna. The chem test with Andre was a dud.

JMER
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JMER

I don’t think many viewers will be past Justice for Duke until Julian pays in some long term way and/or Duke is brought back to the show. THEN we’ll see fans return. I really don’t see much of an improvement for the rest of the year whether it’s a new adventure, an Andre romance or being entangled in the Two Jasons story. I stuck it out when I saw Jelly were writing a Justice for Duke story complete with Duke’s son (as well as more for Tracy and Laura) and when that fizzled, I stuck around a bit for Anna… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

@JMER
With deVry out, perhaps that justice will come.

I think Duke has used his 9 lives in Port Charles. There’s just so many times they can do a back from the dead with one character. That doesn’t rule out ghostly visits like the one with Olivia J earlier this year. Whenever this show goes off the air, Anna & Robert will be endgame.

Like you, I’ve almost had my fill. I’m gonna see where they go with Steve Burton before I pull the DVR plug for a while.

Timmm
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Timmm

Yes, now if we could eliminate mentioning Morgan EVERY other word!

JMER
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JMER

Steve, deVry isn’t out yet. Latest word is that negotiations *may* be worked out which says much about where the show is headed in a larger scope. I wouldn’t count on a Robert & Anna endgame when Robert is offscreen with Holly and Anna is wasting her time onscreen with nonsensical stories. The current PTB would rather just ship endgame Anna to Berkeley with Robin, Emma and Patrick and be done with her rather than put her with Robert or Duke. The best thing would be for all four of them (that is Robert, Duke, Anna, Holly) to be onscreen.… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Agree, the characters are not fully developed/evolved, and the storylines are not fully executed. Storylines are either rushed, or forgotten about, and it’s hard to watch at times. I haven’t watched in weeks. I did see a clip between Carly and Diane (love Diane), where Diane is worried about Max (being shot). I found it really unfortunate that the entire scene was written around Carly and Sonny’s relationship and how brave and strong Carly is to stand by Sonny and that they need to seize this opportunity to be together. God forbid any scene or storyline be written about another… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Everything is written around Sonny and Carly, dmr…..even Sam’s Toxoplasmosis had to be centered around Sonny, which took most of the emphasis away from Sam and family.
I mean, EVERYTHING. ….Ava, AJ, Jason, Oscar, Nelle etc. can you think of any character who does not dance around these two?
Sigh….we’re ‘gonna’ hear more and more and more….beautiful Morgan…so pure and innocent–
Sonny, such a good father/man, but so misunderstood—
Carly, the epitome of motherhood, steadfast friend, loyal wife. Barf.

Timmm
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Timmm

Where is Julie Berman?

Finola, great to see her back, I hope they move forward with her and Valentin and leave Nina in the dust! She can go back to Freako which I am so glad he has been off the air and Liz can go to Sleepy Miller and Steve and Kelly can reunite!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Where is “Feako?” In contract dispute (again)?

Timmm
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Timmm

Freako reportedly signed a new 4 year contract but I guess he is on summer break? I like Roger but I could care less if Franco EVER comes back to the show.

Steve
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Steve

They had to write RoHo out for 2 months for the dispute. This coincided with their annual buildup of episodes to take a 3-week July break. He’s back taping and should be onscreen this month.

dmr
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dmr

I liked Lulu when Julie Berman played her, too. I didn’t think of Lulu as the annoying, insipid, little sister, as I do now.

dmr
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dmr

I like Roger Howarth, but I do not like the character of Franco, and I don’t like him paired with Elizabeth. I know that Becky Herbst has a large fan following; however, I find the character very boring. Liz needs some oomph!

K/kay
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K/kay

I don’t know I thought she left daytime soap to hit it big in the movies. ER plays her like a rich spoiled girl which she is not .

Timmm
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Timmm

Maybe she has done Hallmark or Lifetime work? Havent seen Berman anywhere. You are right, Lulu shouldnt be spoiled and isnt rich. She was better with the bad boys and acting more like her father when she bent the law. Laura used to be that way to. Dante needs to go back to Val, Berman needs to return and hook up with Johnny Z!

dmr
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dmr

I’ve never liked Emme in the role. I think she plays her like an insipid, immature, annoying little sister, not a wife and mother. She’s like nails on a chalkboard for me.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

k kay & Timmm, I saw Julie Berman on season 1 of CHICAGO MED, where she unconvincingly played a brilliant brain surgeon. She was the temporary love interest of the insanely handsome Colin Donnell’s character. She was on, maybe 6 times? Should have stayed on GH.

Shay
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Shay

I actually like Emme, the actress, very much…she’s beautiful, extremely pleasant and is a great addition to any soap canvas….problem is, she simply is not Lulu for those of us accustomed to Julie Berman’s gutsy, gritty portrayal of this street smart character. Rylan’s Lulu is just too fluffy and lightweight to be believable, which is a true shame, because she should have been cast in another role for which her particular persona was far more suitable.

Celia
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Celia

I did catch Julie on “Chicago Med, a few times—she plays a doctor, T.

SZima
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SZima

Glad Anna is back! She’s always a breath of fresh air in a sea of bad actors!
This seems awfully soon for Emme to come back! She just popped that munchkin a few weeks ago! Can’t say I missed her tho

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I haven’t been a fan of Emme Rylan as Lulu; I found her much better as Abby on Y&R because she can play the spoiled, annoying little sister role well. She popped a lot more on Y&R than Melissa Ordway does in the role. I would love to see Julie Berman come back because she was great as Lulu. I would also love to see Lucky recast because I think it’s insane that they haven’t had one of the show’s legacy characters on canvas permanently in years. As for Finola, she’s always amazing. She can turn even the worst stories… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I love Melissa as Abby!

I thought they could have explored Finola and the twin a lot more than they did. Like every story these hacks write, it never has an ending or one that pays off!

JK
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JK

ITS TIME FOR VALENTIN AND ANNA!!

Rhonda
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Rhonda

I so agree with you, JK. Anna and Valentin have the makings of a super couple and their chemistry is off the charts.
Nina is just one big fat DUD! She drags Valentin down and he can’t carry her anymore.
Please, Anna and Valentin. Send Nina away. She manages to be both annoying and depressing and never could find her footing on GH.

Shay
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Shay

Exactly!…Anna and Valentin sizzled from Day One, whilst Nina has always been a total dud, no matter what elaborate machinations have been employed to make it appear otherwise! From the beginning, it’s been one highly-contrived plot after another with every possible combination of major characters utilized to prop and impose this ill-fitting femme onto the GH canvas. None of it has worked and as one poster observed not long ago, the effort is extremely obvious…everything about this character is quite forced…always trying too hard to be sexy, to be liked, to be a part of something of which she clearly… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hey Rhonda! I think it would be interesting to see Valentin and Anna…although seemingly against what the small sampling of GH fans on this site always clamor about. They seem to want their “heroines” with upstanding citizens, which Valentin is not. While likeaable, charming, at times endearing and sympathetic, he’s also a dark character with an extremely troubled past. And we still don’t know if he actually killed Nicolas or if he’s in as yet undisclosed deal with him to make it LOOK like he murdered him. Anna apparently seems conflicted over Valentin; not sure if it’s attraction or just… Read more »

Suzie rm
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Suzie rm

I loved Lulu as played by Julie Berman. She WAS Luke and Lauras daughter. Nothing against Emme, but Lulu now comes across as a spoiled annoying sorority girl. Don’t really care for the Anna Character. They have her propping Valentin. Her character has changed the last few years, like they can’t decide what to do with her. Love Laura and that they are finially giving her more story. They need to focus on her lovely relationship with Kevin. Will she ever set a house? Sure she has moved in with Kevin, but will we ever see their house? She seems… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Sets cost money, which is tight on soaps these days. Of the contract players, Laura, Andre and Griffin don’t have sets (the hospital doesn’t count). If you count Crimson as Nina’s, then she has one. Finn might get a set if he moves into that house with the strange greenhouse after Hayden departs. He’ll probably keep living at the MC (which I don’t count as his, since if you change a few things around and lose the lizard, it’s Scott’s room). Some characters have multiple sets — notably Sonny and the Q’s. Had to laugh when Sonny said he was… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Curtis and Nelle have homes! As does Liz; even Franco has his studio. I think they’d give Laura and Kevin a set if they were actually present for any length of time. I’m not sure if that’s the actors’ choices or if they’re just not being written for. Another case where they tease the viewers with returns and then barely write for the characters. Mac and Felicia? Ugh! They took Mac from a great character to zero…gave him the boot…and now he’s brought back as a gag/avid follower of Ask Man Landers. Cute, silly fun. Yes. But Mac (and John… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

@rebecca1
Mac’s fade away started with JFP’s I’ll-advised decision to burn down the Scorpio house during the Lisa Niles storyline. It was the oldest set on the show (having been home to the Webber siblings initially, then Rick and Leslie/Ginny, then Tony and Tania/Lucy, then Aunt Charlene et al, then Robert and Anna, then finally Mac and Felicia).

Remnants of that set have been included in Elizabeth’s new house, mainly the fireplace and the staggered stairwell.

Rodd
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Rodd

I thought they did a good job with Emme’s maternity leave. As for Finola, I didn’t even realize she was missing, so they must have done that well, too. Always happy to have these fine ladies back on screen.

Allen Saint James
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Allen Saint James

i hope the new writer knows how to write WSB STORYLINES for Anna. Yes they have been way better writing for Laura. It seems like Anna off the show they switched to Laura being the star Matriarch of the show. I enjoy Anna but Laura shoukd be given as much story as she(not just when Finola is off).

Shay
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Shay

Yes! First and foremost, Anna Devane is a sophisticated, internationally-based WSB operative…everything else is secondary to the character, and she needs to be written as such…trying to domesticate her or bring her down to the local-yokel level simply doesn’t work. She needs to jump back feet first into the spy field and the foreign intrigue that made Finola the GH star she is….and if Robert or Duke shall not be in the picture, then another agent (Frisco?) would be her perfect match. Or at least some really interesting European dude who comes to Port Charles for whatever purpose…..this actress does… Read more »

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (the late Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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