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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
Jimh

Didnt even know they were gone…

Celia
Celia

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

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

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

dmr
dmr

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

su0000
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
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
Charday

Me, either. I always FF through LuLu.

JMER
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 a peek at those scenes every now and then. The rest of the show has gotten so bad, there’s no point in thinking about it besides checking headlines to see if things have gotten better. GH deserves better than what ABC/Disney is willing to give the show. CBS does viewer polls, has an active, respectful dialogue with fans via its DT CBS twitter and ABC looks pale in comparison. They just want to use it for their own purposes.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

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

Steve
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
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 taking down Paul, Griff being Charlotte’s dad and then left and returned again for the Olivia return. That’s many more returns to the show than most fans were willing to do, and I’ve had my fill.

Steve
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
Timmm

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

JMER
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. It would be fresh, never done before, and fun and light hearted, and it would please the majority of Classic fans out there.

GH has miles to go before it sleeps (according to DC) so none of that talk, please. So does Duke. He only “died” once and really it was another actor that died so fans didn’t think he was dead the first time around. His second run left more holes to fill in than his original one did. Look at James Bond; more than nine lives. Nothing wrong with that as long as it’s done well. And Ian did read for the Bond role so no doubt he’ll pull it off when the time comes.

dmr
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 character/couple (or Morgan not be mentioned in some way).

Celia
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
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
nancy dillingham

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

Timmm
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Celia

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

SZima
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
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 into good ones with her performances, and I’m glad she got to play dual roles this year. Bringing back Alex was a great move. However, I’m not impressed with the pairing of Anna and Andre. He’s such a boring and undeveloped character, with no ties to the canvas, and there’s no chemistry between them. I actually loved seeing Anna and Valentin’s scenes, even though the story was a bit wonky, but that’s probably because James Patrick Stuart could have chemistry with a slice of bread, he’s a fantastic actor.

Timmm
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
JK

ITS TIME FOR VALENTIN AND ANNA!!

Rhonda
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
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 is not. Time to give up the fight…Nina will never be an accepted member of Port Charles society and the best solution is indeed to “send her away!” Pronto!

Rebecca1
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 guilt/gratitude for what he thought he was sacrificing for her back in their WSB days when in fact it was her sister.

Nina? I love Nina. She’s elegant, beautiful, down-to-earth and fiercely loyal. I also like how they evolved her from a lost, volatile, (understandably) emotionally troubled woman to someone who fought her way back to life. Admirable!

I do wonder if James DePaiva is staying on. He might be a great match for Anna.

Suzie rm
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 to be the only character without a set. Why.? To me she is the heart of the show and they need to make her and Kevin the moral center of the show.

As much as I love Laura, the focus on Sonny has me not wanting to watch. It started with the death of Morgan and has continued. It needs to end. Making him the center of the show is not working

Steve
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 selling his restaurant as I don’t remember anyone other than he & his family being there.

Rebecca1
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 York) deserve so much more.

Steve
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
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
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
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 her best work opposite players that possesses her similar continental sensibilities.

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Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman returns tomorrow night on Thursday, August 16th with its season premiere broadcast beginning at 10PMEST/7PMPST.

Join Michael and his in-studio special guest co-host General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos) for this 90-minute live podcast series kick-off.  Soap Nation Live! will stream live once a month with all-new episodes.

Special guests include: The Young and the Restless’ Jason Thompson, who is on tap to chat about the latest drama in the life of his soap alter-ego, Billy Abbott, General Hospital’s Michael Easton, who will be previewing the 20th anniversary edition of his book, 18 Straight Whiskeys, and dishing on Finn’s love life and predicaments on the ABC daytime drama series, and Days of our Lives Stacy Haiduk, who is about to make her Salem debut shrouded under much mystery.  Plus, you never know what surprises may be in store during the broadcast!

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Nurse Bobbie Spencer and legacy star of General Hospital, Jackie Zeman, will be getting the chance to bring to viewers another one of her passions besides acting, that of interior design and creating beautiful surroundings for her loved ones.

Zeman is set to co-host TLC’s new series, Make This Place Your Home.  Celebrity Chef and lifestyle guru, Jaime Laurita, who has traveled the world cooking and creating homes on the road for rock stars such as Sting and Steven Tyler, will be Jackie’s hosting counterpart.

The series will debut on Saturday, September 29th at 9:00am ET/PT.   The half hour show will introduce innovative products for every area of the home, indoors and outdoors.  From the latest in Smart Home technology to handcrafted designs, fitness equipment, new green and sustainable products and more.

Make This Place Your Home will offer audiences an inside look at how new home products are made, how they can be used in any size or style of home, and often how they improve the lives of real people in need of design help.

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Executive Producer Frank Valentini Talks Returns, Exits, And Previews The Drama This Fall On General Hospital

Surprise returns, a wedding, a heartbreaking social issue storyline, romance, and heavy drama are all ahead this fall on General Hospital.

Executive Producer Frank Valentini sat down with Michael Fairman TV during the ABC TCA 2018 Summer Press Tour All-Star Reception to answer our rapid fire questions throughout the bustle of the industry event.

Valentini previewed what’s ahead in and around Port Charles for several characters and duos as the summer comes to a close, and a new season marks new beginnings.  He also addressed the recent cast exits that have seen fan favorites departing the ABC daytime drama series.

Now, as viewers will witness this week, there is some major distress ahead for several key characters that will play out over the next few months.

Here’s what the showrunner had to say about some hot topics that fans have been buzzing about, and more below.

Genie Francis (Laura) is coming back to the show, after all the uproar and demand for her to return.   You said there will be major story for her when she is back.  Is that true?

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FRANK:  Yes, and we are very excited that she is coming back.  And yes, we have actually two big stories for Genie, and there is a little bit of overlap in them. When she comes back she jumps right into the big story, and the audience will know what the story is when they see her return. 

Chloe Lanier (Chloe) just wrapped up an incredible run on the show.  How do you feel about her departure from GH?  Did you know she was only planning on staying for a few years? 

FRANK:  We all knew that it was for a limited time. Nelle has sort of wreaked havoc on anyone she possibly could, and left in a big way and helped kick-off another big story with some other fan favorites including: Michael (Chad), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen), and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright), and the Corinthos family.  So, that’s another fun thing to look forward to.  Chloe is just a tremendous young actress.  We all remember her from the 52nd anniversary episode, which was the Luke (Tony Geary) episode, which revealed the origin story. Chloe just really stood out to us, and we brought her back.  Everyone loved working with her and she is a great friend. 

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Did you have any trepidation about doing another baby switch storyline?

FRANK:  Never, never!   This one has a twist on a double twist.  It’s a triple-axel! It will be gut-wrenching, for sure.

Then, Dominic Zamprogna (Ex-Dante) left GH.  How do you feel about him deciding to leave the show?

FRANK:  I love Dominic.  In fact, we just had dinner together a few weeks ago.  He is a great actor, but he wanted to try some other stuff.   We wish him all the best.  And you never know … the door is always open. 

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Fans on social media have been commenting how the Drew/Sam/Jason triangle featuring: Billy Miller, Kelly Monaco ,and Steve Burton had started, and then was just kind of dropped and has not been playing out on-air.  Have you made the decision to not play that triangle?

FRANK:  No, we are definitely playing it.  There are many iterations:  Drew and Sam are connected through their children, and their love, and the history that they have.  And as well, Jason and Drew being brothers, and that Jason and Sam have their own history, as well.  There’s way more to come! 

Fans have commented, “What happened to this story?”

FRANK:   It’s a big show with a big cast.  Everyone takes a turn stepping forward, and then stepping back.

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You brought on Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux) as a potential love interest for Drew?

FRANK:  Yes, and I knew her work from All My Children and The Young and the Restless, and she is a phenomenal actress and we are really lucky to have her.  Margaux has got the flash drive with Drew’s memories on it and that is an important piece of information to have.

Peter August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey) is still on the canvas.  Is your plan to have Peter create more havoc in Port Charles?

FRANK:  Wes Ramsey is a phenomenal actor.  I think he did a phenomenal job when Peter was kidnapped and tied-up.  It’s not easy to be in scenes where you are tied-up for almost four weeks, and to act, and to stay present in the stage of being a hostage.  I just though he knocked it out of the park  He is Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) brother, he is Anna’s (Finola Hughes) son and with whatever is going to happen with Maxie, they are connected.  He is Maxie’s brother-in-law and baby James’ uncle.  There is a lot of story there.

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Finola Hughes is back after taking some time-off.  Now, Anna and Finn’s (Michael Easton) relationship will be further explored as they now fight a common enemy.  What can you share about this duo?

FRANK:  Finola had a mini-vacation. She is incredibly hard-working, and we try to make sure actors’ have enough time in their personal life to have fun, and go on vacations, and be with their family. This was something we were able to work out story-wise.  But also, Hamilton will be involved with his family and there is some story there and also as you see, when Finola came back we launched into a big story with them.  There is so much to explore in their relationship. For Anna, she has only had two great loves in her life, Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Robert (Tristan Rogers).  So for her to open up her heart to someone else is a big deal, and we will explore that as well, and what that means.

Michelle Stafford (Nina) has been delivering in scene after scene as the grieving sister, following the death of her brother, detective Nathan West.  What is in store for her Nina and her relationship, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart)?

FRANK:  Valentin and Nina are separated right now, and that is never going to sit well with Valentin.  He is going to do everything in his power to try and win her back.  That will not only be fun to watch, but it will be interesting and full of twists, as well.

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Chase (Josh Swickard) and Maxie seems like they could make for an interesting pairing. Will you explore that at this point?

FRANK:  There is a lot of potential with Maxie, but I don’t think Maxie is ready to be in a relationship.  She has tons of story with Lulu (Emme Rylan), and as well with her parents, and there will be lots of other fun things going on with her, but I don’t see a romance right now being front and center in her life.

Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Krstina) is coming back to GH.  Fans had been calling for her return.  Why the decision now to bring her on to the canvas?

FRANK:  We love Lexi!  Her parents are two of the most important people on the show, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  It just seemed like a no-brainer, and she was available. We have a really fun story for her, as well.

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So, there is no Parker (Ashley Jones) in Kristina’s life, right now?

FRANK:  We will see as we go along, and we will uncover the truth about that relationship, as well. 

You brought one of the finest actresses in Tamara Braun back to GH.   Do you plan on utilizing her more … and will Kim be driving story?

FRANK:  Kim is going to have a very big story this fall.

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What can you share on the future of Julian (William deVry) and Alexis?

FRANK:  They will be part of the Kim story as well, and their own story.  Alexis is going to be involved in different stories that will culminate in a story of her own, as well

Patricia Bethune was great as Nurse Mary Pat as Carly’s nemesis at Ferncliff.   She is an amazing character actress.  Did you plan on keeping her around as long as you have?

FRANK:  She is just a great actress and we really lucked out.  She played the balance of very deadly serious and dangerous, and also with a sardonic and sarcastic sort of comedic bent to it.

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Let’s talk Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco (Roger Howarth).  Is there a wedding? And if so, will it go off without a hitch?

FRANK:   There is a wedding coming in the fall.  And how could a wedding between Liz and Franco be anything but explosive and hilarious?  How funny was Roger Howarth in the remote scenes where they save Carly at Ferncliff, and he is sitting in the car and he says, “You knocked over my art supplies.”  I mean, that is pretty great stuff. 

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You recently had OLTL fan favorite Patrick J. Gibbons (Ex-Sam Manning) on GH, in role of Wyatt … the scout who tripped upon Peter being held hostage in the cabin.   How was it working with him again after your time together in Llanview?

FRANK:  Patrick and his family are very good friends of mine, who I have always had a connection with. When the writers came up with the part of Wyatt, I thought Patrick would be perfect for it.  He was wonderful.   Patrick has the right amount of innocence. He has grown so much as an actor, and he is still only 11.  I thought he was phenomenal. He played the wonder and the dedication to the scouts and trying to figure it out in fear of Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).   I thought he did such a nice job,   He is a lovely kid.  I was so happy to reconnect with him.

You have recast Vinessa Antoine’s role of Jordan Ashford with Briana Nicole Henry. Vinessa has gone on to be the series lead in the upcoming Canadian TV drama, Diggstown.  Isn’t it always hard to recast a role?

FRANK:  It’s always hard to recast and we never take it lightly.  We always want to make sure we bring in somebody good.  Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan are in a position in their story where it’s important to keep them on the canvas, and write –off the character of Jordan for a frivolous reason. We would not want to do that to the audience.

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The Alzheimer’s storyline is one of the important social and medical issues of our time to shed a light on.  Through Max Gail’s (Mike) performances, it has resonated so much to the audience.  Do you plan on continuing taking the viewers through the most difficult and tragic moments in the journey of someone who cannot escape this illness, and the toll it takes on its loved ones?

FRANK:  I think that Max Gail, like Vernee Watson (Stella), took us by surprise at how amazing they are. The Alzheimer’s story is very near and dear to all of our hearts.  We want to tell it in a way that is very realistic, but to also emphasis the hope and the family connection, and the love that is that family. Sometimes in the face of tragedy, it brings out the best in human beings.  There is something very uplifting about that, even though we are telling a very sad story.  Mike realizes that this family loves him, even though he has made mistakes. There is a tremendous amount of forgiveness and a tremendous amount of empathy and sympathy, and reconciliation in moving forward.  I think the relationship between Max and Sonny is played beautifully by Max and Maurice Benard.

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What is ahead for Ava Jerome (Maura West), now that the secret is out that the man she thought she could trust and who loved her, Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen) slept with her daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin)?

FRANK:  Ava explodes over the next couple of weeks and has a major, major story. Maura West has never been better!

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What is ahead now for Carly?  She holds the clue that there has been a switcheroo at Ferncliff involving her “therapist” Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom).  Will she be the one to figure it out? 

FRANK:  Carly will definitely be dealing with the repercussions from Ferncliff, and also some family situations, and also something big coming up with Sonny. She will also be helping Michael through his difficult time, because she is a good mother.

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So, what story are you looking forward to seeing play out?  Are you excited for the return of Genie Francis? What did you think about the EP’s thoughts on the departures, the returns, and the plans for the characters in Port Charles this fall? Comment below.

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