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Emme Rylan On Why She Chose to Leave Y&R & Become GH's New Lulu Spencer Falconeri!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

A name change and a new soap job were all part of an exciting new chapter in Emme (formerly Marcy) Rylan’s professional life when she was the actress that General Hospital wanted for the role of Lulu Spencer Falconeri, once Daytime Emmy winner, Julie Marie Berman decided to part ways with the coveted role on the ABC soap opera.

In a revealing interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Rylan opens up about the factors that weighed into her decision to leave her recurring role of Abby Newman on The Young and the Restless to take over the role of Luke and Laura’s daughter, Lulu in Port Charles.

Rylan noted: “It was a really hard decision, but the artist in me couldn’t walk away from this. I’ve got to try and live in her world.  It was so intriguing and that’s how I made my decision. I had to put all the political  and personal stuff aside and follow my creative instincts.”

So are you excited to see Emme take on the role of Lulu Spencer Falconeri? Do you think she was a good choice on paper for the role?  Do you think the talented actress made the right decision to leave Y&R, especially since they showed her the front door once before at the CBS soap?   Weigh-in!

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rjm118
rjm118

Good for her, she will make a great Lulu.

The idiots at Y&R must be kicking themselves, that show is on a decline creatively.

Nikki and Victors 100th wedding was snoozeworthy. The only thing hot is Lauren and Carmine.

Matt
Matt

I only love to watch Sharon and Adam. They are the super couple of this show. Chelsea is a a shows worst nightmare. Leslie is and never will be Drucilla. i did not like Abby acting nasty to Sharon when there was no good reason. Her and her spoiled siblings stole 1.5 billion from there father and they had nerve to bash Sharon when Victor chose to marry Sharon and leave for Jacks to go get Niiki on Sharons wedding day!

SoapQueen
SoapQueen

I love Chelsea. She’s a great character IMO. I love that they’ve hooked her up with Dylan. I’m not sad to see Marcy….errrr…Emme go. It just sucks I have to watch her on GH now.

Sandra
Sandra

I love Chelsea and Adam together – hope they put them back on track. Do not like the Lauren and Carmine story – would like at least one couple to be solid in a soap and Lauren and Michael were that for me!

Jackee
Jackee

Not Sharon and Adam, Chelsea and Adam, they are going to put Dylan ans Sharon together. Oh best wishes Emme!

Miss B
Miss B

Sharon’s a skank and Chelsea is cool. I just can’t picture this show without Mrs. C. Nicki will survive as will Victor and their children will have a baby boy, probably named Victorious. I’ve watched this show more on than off since it’s birth. Oh, and Michael and well that story line should just GO AWAY!! GET WELL SOON JEANNE COOPER!!!

RUBY C.
RUBY C.

This time recasting I am happy. I can’t seem to get past how awful and spoiled Abby was. she became vulgar to Sharon at the funeral . She had every right to do what Sharon did. Abby is spoiled and bratty like her brother Nick and sister Victoria and OMG Nikki! I hope I can forget about how abby acted with the new girl playing Abby. I think the cop Alex is hot

Kathy T
Kathy T

I love Abby, Nick and Victoria, I love the character’s they play on Y&R. But I loved her on Guiding Light. But what GH??

Gina J.
Gina J.

This is so funny. Abby is a character, not a real person. That’s the role that written for her. Spoiled and bratty.Do you think they’re going to change the way Abby is portrayed just because there’s a new person playong the role. You sound like Abby is real. lololol.

Barb
Barb

I will be sorry to see her leave. Not that I like Abby, she can be a spoiled brat, but she grows on you. There will be more and more changes unless Y&R changes their attitude. Ive heard that alot of the actors and actress’s are not happy. Its a shame. It used to be such a good show. Victor and Nikki have become boring (yawn). There are not enough characters in this show. Everyone is sleeping with one another and marrying one another over and over again. Its getting really boring.

Jodi D.
Jodi D.

I like the actress, but, I watch ONLY Y&R, so, I won’t be watching her. She will be hard to replace, but, we’ll get used to it, we always do. I like all the hot men on Y&R. Dylan, Nick, Billy, Tyler, Neal, Carmen, to name a few. Eye candy hour for me, lol.

Brandi
Brandi

I love YR and couldn’t stand her character so I don’t care that she’s leaving. Hope she can make it work at GH.

Ava
Ava

I didn’t like Abby until her latest return, where she was kind and not thr least but bratty. After seeing Emme as Abby 2.0 & seeing her appearance on CSI this week I am certain she will be a great Lulu & can’t wait to see her on #GH.

Tim Bog
Tim Bog

I think Emme is a good actress. Do you know why she was almost let go the first time…when Y&R showed her the door, according to the article above?

Ava
Ava

It was at a time when they let 7 actresses go to trim their budget. Eileen Davidson, Genie Francis, and Heather Landon were among those let go along with Emme. Then went Stephen Nichols soon after. 🙁

Pat
Pat

If they want to cut someone, get rid of Cloe, she is the worst and has the worst hair on TV. Lilly and Cane could leave and never be missed, they hold the award for worst parents. Who runs to the “office” every night when they have lil kids @ home. Beyond stupid.

keith
keith

They let all those people go. The fans demanded they bring Emme back. Funny to note that while they let all those people go Josh G and the other former GH writers brought in many GH alumni. They are allowing GH alums to hijak the show.

Lisa
Lisa

What happened to Daniel (Phylis son) hes gone too?!

Sherry
Sherry

I saw her on CSI too. I think she should move around, stretch. She’ll grow. Whatever she does, I love her.

ladymoon2
ladymoon2

She can’t leave fast enough for me!

Mo
Mo

I don’t blame her for leaving Y&R. She wasn’t under contract and they’d already fired her once. I’m sorry she’s gone though.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I liked Ms. Rylan — using whichever first name — from GUIDING LIGHT and thought she made a fine Abby. It is not her fault the charatcer was SORAS’d too quickly or given some bad plotlines and too little to do. I am hoping JFP and Josh can right the wrongs inflicted by MAB on Abby and help her find her way in Genoa City.

Lulu will be a very different role from her GL and Y&R parts, and I am sure she is relishing the challenge. I look forward to her taking her turn. I will miss Julie Berman but Lulu is in good hands.

mimi
mimi

I think she will make a great Lulu. JFP clearly has a problem with beautiful blonde women. It makes me concerned for Sharon Case.

RUBY C.
RUBY C.

Sharon Case is the shows money ticket. Best actress! They really need Victoria Rowell back as well as Drucilla. Dylan and Sharon will make great brother and sister and Adam a great husband to Sharon. 🙂

Dee
Dee

lol such a running joke and I know where people are getting it from Ruby. Dylan and Sharon are not going to be brother sister they are slated to be romantically paired.
Chelsea and Adam are married they are having a baby. Enough already Adam and Sharon are over.
Sharon is finally becoming her own woman, getting her away from the Newman brothers and father is the best move the writers have made!

abclove
abclove

I don’t know her….

I hope she looks enough like Genie Francis (Laura) as Ju;ie Marie Berman did. I just wish Julie stayed until after the 50th anniversary show where she could of take 50th annerversary pictures with her brother Johnathan Jackson (Lucky).

Shame on Julie.

momduck
momduck

Shame on Julie? She told TPTB in July that she was not going to renew her contract when it expired in November. She would have been long gone by the 50th. TPTB asked her to stay longer and then put her on the back burner. Stupid move on their part to begin with – and then THEY are the ones that decided when she would finish filming.

And it’s already been announced that Jonathon Jackson is NOT coming back for the 50th because of his schedule with Nashville.

Please make sure you know the facts before you lay blame and shame on someone. Shame on you!

abclove
abclove

Nobodies role is front and center like it use to be on GH, bc the writer’s are doing such a great job distributing the stories amongst them all. Julie has not been on the back burner, she has been getting as much play as anyone considering all the people showing up. Shame on you for replying to me so harshly, as if you are Julie and I said something about you. Know the difference between laying blame (your words) and me making a statement. Don’t respond, momduck. I don’t want to be bothered. DUCK your way away from my name!

Elise
Elise

We don’t know that she herself decided to walk away just before the 50th. I’m gonna go on a limb here and believe it was planned this way because Lulu gets kidnapped and it will be easier to make the actress transition if there’s a “before” Lulu (Julie) and an “after” Lulu (Emme), considering what may happen to the character. If you guys recall, they did the exact same thing when JJ decided to leave the Lucky character the first time around; Jacob Young started playing him brainwashed a while later.

k/kay
k/kay

Elise I think you are right.

Meera
Meera

Shame on Julie? Julie stayed past her contract and didn’t get to decide her departure date. That choice belongs to the EP. Julie taped until she was told that she was done.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

She owed Y and R absolutely NOTHING except her best work. They dumped her with no warning and brought her back on recurring, paying her only for days she worked. GH gave her a contract a terrific role to step into and Emme is great. She will be fine, and AGAIN Y and R loses, why am I not surprised?,

Michael
Michael

I’m not familiar with her, but I can see a striking resemblance to a young Genie Francis.

toscanti
toscanti

Love Y&R and Emme Rylan, I watched her on GL and as Abby on Y&R. I believe she made a wise choice going to GH, she will be under contract and not have to contend with the mess of JFP and her plot killing tactics. Good luck Emme and we will see you on GH. It took JFP less than 2 days to recast with another of the actors from HH to replace Rylan, hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t the strategic plan all along.

Heather
Heather

I’m confused by the name change. Why?

Debbie
Debbie

Heather, I’m with you what’s the name change thing? Don’t get it.

Dinah
Dinah

Emme will make Lulu fun, I’m so glad she on Gh

Caitie
Caitie

Oh Julie’s Lulu could be a lot of fun, too – true to the personality of JMB herself who has been described by some castmates as one of the most “fun” people with whom to work in the GH set. And, on screen, Julie’s Lulu has managed to have fun – karaoke nights at Jake’s, playing guitar hero, playing a hilarious drunk with Jason and Sonny .. and much more. It’s really all in the writing. Just as Julie’s Lulu could be fun – GIVEN THE WRITING WHICH ALLOWS IT.. I’m sure Emme’s can be as well. But just remember that the scripts and stories need to create opportunities for any actress to play the “fun” side.

nyca81
nyca81

Keeping an open mind but if it is true TPTB did not screen test her and Dom Z I am left feeling concerned about the show’s commitment to the characters of Lulu and Dante and them as a couple. I am not familiar with Emme Rylans work but know that Dom Z is a phenomenal actor and person so I am choosing to try and keep an open mind to this change and give the actress a chance before I judge.

mimi
mimi

I’m not really worried about the chemistry thing. DZ seems to be one of those actors that has chemistry with everyone.

keith
keith

Don’t worry Em will nail it. Lizzy Spalding and Abigale Newman were somewhat similar albeit Lizzy had tons of acumen. Abigale was headed that way. I’m sure Em will kill it. Great move by GH. Hopefully the new Abby will grow into the role though she strruggled in today’s episode.

jim
jim

Y&R is like the Titanic: its the biggest ship that appears to be unsinkable. Then it strikes the JFP iceberg, and seems like its not going to stay afloat much longer. GH is Emmes lifeboat to escape b4 she drowns in the sea of endless boardom(ive stopped watching now) and just like the 1997 movie he appeared in, Eric Breaden is going to go down with it.

Matt
Matt

They can take Nikki, Chelsea and Chloe away. They have no use on this show at all

heidi
heidi

I am very excited to see her play Lulu!!! I like Emme and think she will be great!!! I tink she made a great decision and she will get to play with a whole new and great cast and crew! I am excited for her! I think she actually looks more like what the child of Laura and Luke would look like tha Julie Marie did. I love Julie Marie and wish her the best!!! Can’t wait to see Emme as Lulu!!!

Nancy
Nancy

I never like Julie Marie Berman and from what I am reading she might have a drinking problem.

Shelley
Shelley

Are you kidding me? Your rude speculation adds nothing to this argument. Keep your stupid speculations to yourself. Its not fair to say something like that anonymously with no proof and no way for an actress to comment. What she does is her business. She’s won numerous Emmys, that shows she is a professional and a good actress. Her personal life is hers, not yours to ruin with rumors! Who are you, TMZ???

Nancy
Nancy

My question is who are you???? We are all entitled to our opinion and just because someone has won an award does not make them a good person. For years the rumors have been flying about her being very difficult. I can respect your opinion but you obviously do not understand that my opinion would not ruin anyone’s life.

Shelley
Shelley

I will tell you who I am, Nancy. Someone who doesn’t believe people should try to take down someone on the Internet, hiding behind an anonymous first name, by throwing out rumor and speculations because they don’t like someone. Saying someone is not a good actress or isn’t right for a role is your “opinion.”. Saying they are a drunk is not opinion, it’s rumor and hurtful at that. And even if she is, which I have never heard nor care to know, you are insensitive to someone with a disease they may be dealing with. You think because you’ve read she’s difficult that it’s ok to go online and spread rumors and bash her online. It’s not.

Caitie
Caitie

Actually, there are situations where posting in a public forum such as this that someone may have a drinking problem CAN ruin someone’s life. Such comments can be also considered slanderous.

Chaz
Chaz

I think she will be excellent in the role of Lulu. Personally, I never took to JMB. With parents like Luke & Laura Lulu would be a spitfire and I never felt JMB brought that intensity to the role. As long as they write to her strengths, Rylan will bring a new vitality to the role. It will be interesting to see what chemistry she has with DZ’s Dante.

One thing I DO look forward to is seeing her (hopefully) in scenes with Lisa LoCicero. They both can pull off DRAMA like nobody’s business.

Caitie
Caitie

Hmm – I’m not sure what you mean by intensity; however, from your example of LLC’s acting, I have an idea. I adore Lisa LoCicero and I know she has had some fine performances, but I also have seen her perform some over-the-top, campy dramatic scenes. Now, I realize that this type of acting is what some prefer in their soap stories. However, not all of us do. Many of us prefer the finely-tuned dramatic intensity that an actress like Julie Marie Berman has brought many times to her role as Lulu on General Hospital. Examples include her two Emmy-winning performances and her already much-praised dramatic intensity and vitality in her final GH scenes yesterday with Kirsten Storms. Those were emotionally- charged scenes that reach deep into the viewers’ hearts and make us become invested in a character. And Julie has also touched many of us deeply with her quiet intensity when, with a word or expression, she can capture the moment and make it come alive for us.

I don’t know Ms Rylan’s work at all … but I’m very interested to see what she can do in this role … and I hope she can match the quiet intensity and understated excellence that made me invest so completely in Ms Berman’s portrayal of Lulu.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I am not making assumptions, I am waiting to see Emme in the role of Lulu. It’s a different character for her, much more mature than her two previous Daytime alters. I’m excited about this.

su0000
su0000

”Emme” is wise to go with GH..
Y&R is on a downfall; is stinks ..

GH is the new rising super soap!! Y&R has more viewers, but it is also shown in 32 countries and GH in USA/Canada..
Anyways, Y&R is struggling with competing with GH..

I am a long long time fan of both Y&R and GH, and GH rocks and Y&R is a YAWN.
But, I still watch Y&R out of a 25yr habit ..

Renee
Renee

I’m definitely going to miss JMB as Lulu, however I am willing to wait and see how MR does with the character. Hopefully better than what I saw on Y&R… jmo

k/kay
k/kay

I would have loved to been a fly on the wall when she auditioned and ran into GF she probably said take it before dragon lady JFP fires you again. Smart move good luck Ms. Rylan just as you were beginning to grow on me on Y&R but you did make the right choice.

Caitie
Caitie

Emme Rylan did NOT audition for the role. As of his public appearances two weeks ago, Dom Zamprogna – who read with other unsuccessful candidates – had not even met her.

Natalienicola@hotmail.com
Natalienicola@hotmail.com

i adored her as lizzie on gl. she did both drama and comedy well. i guess i will have to watch gl after a 24 yr hiatus.

Beth
Beth

I think Emme is a fine choice for the role of Lulu. I am looking forward to her interpretation of the character.

Andy G.
Andy G.

I enjoyed Ms. Rylan’s work on Y&R and thought she sparked well in her scenes there with Genie Francis, which is encouraging. My only reservation is that, based on what I’ve seen of her on both Y&R and GL, she could just as easily be a recast for Maxie. However, I’m confident that RC and the writers can adjust for the different energy the new actress will bring to the role and differentiate her sufficiently from Maxie.

B. Henderson
B. Henderson

I think Rylan will do a great body of work on General Hospital . She did wonderful work on Y & R. I agree will some of the comments about her treatment of Adam; no call for the hatred displayed towards him by her character or anyone else’s.
I wish Rylan the best in her new role.

Nikki
Nikki

I’m so excited to see Emme as Lulu! I loved Julie Berman and am certainly sad to see her leave, but it was her choice and execs couldn’t have done a better job with a recast! Watching Rylan on Guiding Light and Young and the Restless, she is fantastic! I’m curious to see her interpretation of Luke Spencer’s daughter.

As for Y&R, it’s no surprise that the show is horrific with Jill Farren Phelps as executive producer. I’ve stopped watching because it’s even WORSE than Maria Arena Bell’s version and THAT is truely saying something. Well, I just hope her firing amazing actors in favor of Hollywood Heights alum and the plethora of people I could care less about watching, will show CBS they made a mistake in hiring her.

Rodd
Rodd

I think Emme will do a fabulous job! I’ll miss Julie, but am happy to have someone of Emme’s talent replacing her.

gloria
gloria

I think she was precious on GL, loved her on Y&R even when she was a brat-she is just so darn cute! I cannot wait to see her as Lulu although I LOVE Julie Berman as Lulu & can’t believe she is leaving! Marcy is very little-we’ll see how she looks against Dante! Ha. Can’t wait.

Beth
Beth

I’ve only seen her on Y&R…I’m not excited about this at all. I’ll give her a chance but seriously not looking forward to this.

louisa
louisa

I have not seen Emme’s work but I am looking forward to it. I’ve never been a fan of JMB. She’s a good actress, but she is not very likable. I hope Emme makes Lulu more likable.

Vicsze
Vicsze

GH offered her what Y&R wouldn’t. Security. Better to have a full time job that a part time one, I’m sure that Marcy has a mortgage to pay like anyone else. I hope that one day she will return to Abby’s world.

Juanita
Juanita

Excellant and beautiful choice…

DavidEvanSmith
DavidEvanSmith

LOL, she can say it’s the artist in her… but a contract role on a soap versus a recurring role on a soap that just fired her months ago. What’s the smart business decision? But she can’t say that because she needs to be able to reclaim Abby if her GH gig as Lulu ever goes south. She’s smart, but I don’t buy her reasons for a second.

Carly
Carly

I think Rylan will do great work at GH . I will miss her on Y&R where I think that she did wonderful work. As the baby daughter of a hugely wealthy man, I think her character was right on. I like the way she defended Victor against Sharon and Adam who had no right to destroy Newman Enterprises. They should create their own company. They have turned Sharon into the biggest loser with no integrity left. Makes sense for turning her into a soap villain before they redeem her character. ……….GH is lucky to have Rylan….. I also understand the need to pay your mortgage!

Ann Marie Blon
Ann Marie Blon

I think Julie Marie Berman was great as Lulu. I am sorry to see her go too. I am just mad that they could not find anything for Dante and Lulu to do for a year and a half.. Hopefully Dante and Lulu will have more to do.

Teri Youmans
Teri Youmans

Oh I hate that LuLu is leaving with Genie Francis and Tony Geary,( Luke & Laura 🙂 her real mom & dad go figure! I just do not think it was her time to take her leave. Esp with so many of the origanal cast from that era coming on board again:) I think I would have hung out to c what the writer’s had in mind. It will make for outstanding TV if it is written around the Spencer clan!! I can nt wait.?! Go GH go:) Back to the good old days yea! P.S. I will be 50 in April too:) I have been watching since the month I was born yea buddy:) Teri Youmans, SC

Caitie
Caitie

Unfortunately, Julie’s contract was up. She did agree to a four-month extension … during which time the writers did very little with her. I’m sure she would have loved to have played out this upcoming Spencer story and I know she will miss GH, having described her last day on set as one of the hardest days of her life. However, after being on the back burner for so much of 2012/13, I understand her need to move on and explore new opportunities while she is still young enough to do so.

Beth CP
Beth CP

At this particular point, I’m vacilating between dreading this recast and an almost “can’t help but be curious” state of mind. Kind of like being in a purgatory of sorts because essentially Julie has only just “exited” and the character of Lulu won’t be seen for a period of time. (Unless they pan a camera on a figure being held captive and immobile, never showing a face, or only letting us see blond hair.) What I’ve seen of the recasts’ work on GL and Y&R has struck me as not much of a difference in those two characters that she played. She did work opposite Tom Pelphrey on GL (who is a powerhouse much like Dominic Zamprogna), and while there were times I got annoyed with how she was choosing to play Lizzie Spaulding, she did manage to hold her own when on camera with him. That being said, the character of L is very different from either Lizzie or Abby Newman. Definitely not a spolied, “to the manor born” rich girl but one that has a savy set of street smarts in combination with a noble bearing that has been hard won, character wise, and that has been beautifully developped and layered over the seven and a half years that Julie has crafted her. It’s a characterization that won’t be supplanted very easily. And that’s just trying to be honest from where I’m sitting. I’m perfectly willing to give her a chance, but if anyone thinks this is going to be a “quick fix” or an “easy fit”, I’d point to the recast of KSul’s Kate Howard/Connie Falconeri or the temporary recast of Maxie with JL. Neither of those were accepted right away, and for some, are still considered polarizing. It will definitely be a wait and see game, and it will start the moment she appears on screen. That she will be sharing that same screen (assuming here), with AG, GF, and DZ makes it that much more interesting to say nothing of dicey…

Caitie
Caitie

Well said, Beth. I agree that Julie Marie Berman has created a rich, complex, unique character in Lulu Spencer … and, although Ms Rylan will inevitably put her own mark on the character, too much of a departure would simply not be Lulu Spencer Falconeri. It’s a fine line! However, I’m open to what ER will do with Lulu. I don’t know her work at all … so I am open for possibilities. She appears poised to start with the most significant characters in Lulu’s life – all played by talented actors with whom Julie has had phenomenal chemistry. So, yes, this is dicey … but, at the same time, it can work well in that all three are gifted, generous actors who will really work with the new Lulu. And as for DZ, well that man exudes chemistry so ER is especially fortunate to be playing opposite him.

Like you, I am dreading seeing a new face replacing our uber-talented and much-loved Julie, but open to seeing what happens and hoping to really like what I see. Bottom line, I’m wishing everyone success – Julie as she embarks on new adventures in her career; Dom as he explores new territory on GH and Emme as she take on the important role as the daughter of the legendary Luke and Laura.

Diana Gallant
Diana Gallant

Emme is a wonderful actress & will be GREAT as LULU on General Hospital, we love her happiness, great positive outlook, Emme is simply a doll..
Diana Gallant

Wendy
Wendy

I am both a GH and Y&R fan. I loved her as Abby but not so much as lulu. Emme/ Marcy doesn’t play LULU very well, lulu had great energy and spirit , and with emme /Marcy, I just see it and what about this thing with her name????????? This is very confusing……. Why did she do this I mean, is she emme or is she Marcy ????????

janet
janet

OK Julie wanted to leave and try other things. Goodbye ,good luck and break a leg. She was fine, I had shut the show off before Lulu was soarased, so I missed A lot of her . Emme, I watched on GL she was great and she held her own with the great actors on there, She was Alans granddaughter, Phillips daughter, Beths daughter, and she was a mother. She made me like her and forget Hayden P who played her and was also very talented. She is now on Nashville..This young women can act,and she will bring it.I have no doubt about that.
Phelps is keeping up with what she does, comes in destroys the show and brings on her FOJ’s. Thanks for giving Emme to GH. I for one am glad she got the opportunity. welcome.
You cannot blame anyone for this. The job was open because the actress wanted to leave. FrankenRon found a replacement .

Debbie
Debbie

I loved her on Guiding Light and she should have stayed with Young and Restless. She will be missed.. Good Luck on her new role..

Carol Smith
Carol Smith

I hate it when the actors and actresses get changed. They never seem to find the right person to fill the spot that one has followed for so long. Sorry to see you go as Abby. It stinks. Anyways I do wish you the best in whatever you want to try next. I have watch Y&R since the beginning and have seen many changes I did not like.

Kristi
Kristi

While I wish her luck, it’s going to be a BIG adjustment for me! I liked the other Lulu! Hope they get back to a believable story line on GH!!

Pam
Pam

I didn’t know she was leaving, it was a shock when I saw her lying on the table on GH as LuLu. I just saw her the other day on Y&R. I think she will make a great LuLu!!

Pat Bathgate
Pat Bathgate

Absolutely! Watching GH for 50 years and she is the perfect actress to play Lulu Spencer. She has a whacky enough personality and will fit right in the role as Luke Spencer’s only daughter; that we know of!

Heather Nowak
Heather Nowak

I really hope that Adan & Chelsea get back together. I loved seeing the tender side of Adam. I think Sharon & Dylan should pair up. They would be good together. I am sorry Ms Rylan has left. She was great as Abby. And they also got rid of the man who played Kyle. This man (can’t think of his name) was very much looking like Peter Bregman. Sorry to see Kyle & Abby go

Mariam
Mariam

Abby Newman was a air head!! But she knew something was going on with Lauren & Carmine soooo tune in with the new Abby!!

Robin Meade
Robin Meade

I dont want another Abby or LuLu. I like them just the way they are.

Paulette Crews
Paulette Crews

I loved her on Guiding Light when she was Billy Lewis’ daughter. As the Naked Heiress…not so much. Some times a change is good. I hope the new Abby will bring it.

cindy
cindy

I want her back as Abby.She made the show.

ph
ph

I say bring ronine back to Phyllis. I love them together. I hate that brad is with bold and beautiful…he is so HOT!! Now I have to watch the bold just to see brad!!!!!!

ANITA
ANITA

It is very upsetting to see “Abbey” leave Y&R. She was wonderful playing Abbey and now we have lost another key actress in our show. I am sure she will do well in her new role. However, not a being a fan of GH I am going to miss her.

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GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

Photo: ABC

When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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