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EP Frank Valentini On What GH Fans Can Expect With Robin's Return: "They’ll See Her Move The Story In A Really Interesting Direction.”

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Today is the day that General Hospital fans will see the return of Robin Scorpio Drake as played by long time fan favorite, Kimberly McCullough!

When we last left off, Patrick (Jason Thompson) was attempting to open a door at the Crichton-Clark clinic where he and Sam (Kelly Monaco) are investigating Nina (Michelle Stafford).   As fans know the Crichton-Clark clinic is where Robin is working on saving Jason’s life!   At the end of Monday’s episode a door opened and we only saw Patrick’s face, but from the looks of it … is Robin on the other side?

GH executive producer Frank Valentini told Soap Opera Digest on Robin and Kimberly’s return to the show: “For the audience who hasn’t seen what we shot last month, they’ll be really excited to see this next chapter of the story.”  Valentini then added, “I think it will be a lot of fun for the fans, and they’ll see her move the story in a really interesting direction.”

So how will Robin’s return impact the story?  Is it curtains for Patrick and Robin?  Will we learn the fate of Jason?  Is there something else that might go down?  Watch the last moments of yesterday’s GH after the jump, and then let us know what you think will happen when Robin and Patrick come face-t0-face?

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Dumb unsuspenseful cliffhanger when previews show its obviously Robin on the other side of the door…unless they fool us and Patrick finds the room empty and those scenes in preview with Robin are actually with a different character and not Patrick…Kim looks a lot better and more mature with the shorter hair…if Robin is bringing back Jason(Billy Miller) what is keeping her from her family…unless Robert is ill or needs her for something else or it has something to do with reviving the Cassidines…why wouldnt she go back to her family…how come Jason was the only Quartimaine life that Robin able to save!!!

Shaun
Shaun

I agree. I don’t look at the show anymore, but wanted to see what’s up with Robyn. The preview for the next episode was like what happened to the element of surprise. Damn!

William
William

Show of hands for everybody excited Kimberly McCullough is back for a couple of weeks? …. ( crickets chirping in the back ground ) …..

dmr
dmr

As much as I admire Kimberly’s legacy to the show, her character coming from a core, historic family-I think her exit storyline was beyond ridiculous. That was not her fault. Robin leaving her loving husband, beautiful daughter, her mother and uncle-to go and literally “unfreeze” Jason was just dumb. No other word for it besides “dumb.” The show has too many characters as it is. Many of which are under utilized and used for “filler” episodes on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, with no real ties to the canvas. It’s hard to keep track of current characters and storylines because of the influx of new characters, recurring characters, or return veteran actors. I want to see friendships, relationships, romances. Friendships like Brenda and Lois’ in the ’90’s. Relationships between families, like the Quartermaines. Romances like Sonny and Brenda in the ’90’s. I’m just disappointed all around. It’s been the “Sam” show almost everyday. There’s no supercouples to root for. I feel badly feeling this way because I do love and miss my favorite daytime indulgence.

CeeCee
CeeCee

OMG, dmr. You said the magic word, SAM. I am so sick of her lackluster personality and look-at-me-I’m- Sandra-Dee disposition. It is sad to me to watch any woman reduce herself thus……is Silas even worth the effort? She has no dignity, at this point. Regardless of Nina’s shady shenanigans, she is still Silas’ wife…as such, Nina should at least be given a semblance of respect. But, little Miss Priss Sam wants what she wants….always.

dmr
dmr

CeeCee, many times, I feel as though the show does not have balance, mostly due to the onslaught of new characters, or returning veterans. One character appears to be a permanent fixture, and that is Sam. I agree, the character is sort of lack-luster. She speaks in a montone and the writers give the actress the same lines over and over again. I’ve never been a fan of the character. It’s really nothing against the actress. I think I am just tired with the show. As I said, there are no characters to root for, no supercouples, no cliff-hanger Fridays. It just saddens me. I love General Hospital in the 80’s and 90’s-tons of adventure and romance.

rebecca1
rebecca1

dmr…I agree with what you want to see. I feel the same way but I also feel part of that is nostalgia. I’m really not sure they can recreate that…

New characters are important because so many older ones have moved on or have been killed off. I think what Ron& co. are trying to do is bring back the vets and incorporate them into the new people…

They’ll never be another Lucky Elizabeth/Nicolas/Emily…another Robert Anna/Sean Tiffany…Bobbie’s house where so many gathered…Ruby and HER diner…Scott and the Baldwins…it’s all nostalgia now.

That’s why I’m okay with the newer characters because well, it is what it is! But I’d still love to see Anna be Anna…and not just pop every now and then with inane cop speak. Where is DUKE!!!? They have so wasted him on this…THAT’S where they can bring back some of the old…Anna and Duke, Mac and Felicia, Scot and Lucy, Monica, Tracy, Ned, Alice…yes, bring back more of the Cassadiens!!! But still…it won’t be the same. Nothing ever is…

As for Sam? I like her. Beside the fact that she’s Molly and Christina’s sister, and Alexis’s daughter, Jason’s wife, Danny’s mom, Julian’s daughter…she is at least part of the history of GH. After losing Spinelli, the original Jason, Emily, AJ, Alan…on and on and on…she’s been on long enough that she’s still an ol’ familiar face/character. For me.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Cassadines

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

Here, here about Sam. She is a big, black hole of need with a mouth that never shuts up. She is boring beyond any rational belief.

Regarding Robin: her story or place in General Hospital is finished. She can leave and never return. I was so disappointed in Kimberly’s performance today, Aug. 6, that I got up and left the room. Who wrote those crappy lines, anyway? This isn’t the Robin who grew up in front of our eyes. This must be a doppelhanger or a maskwearer.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

My whole issue with this Robin storyline is just how much it drags out, and on. Kim keeps coming back and then leaves again for a few months, and then comes back and repeats the process over and over again. I loved Robin/Patrick during the first round, but once Robin *died* I got over them. She either needs to return full-time as either a contract or recurring player, or she needs just to stay out of the series. The constant boomerang of Patrick’s character is annoying.

Diana K
Diana K

Come and stay, or don’t ever come back. As far as I am concerned, I hope she stays away permanently…she’s not of the caliber of Anthony Geary and has not earned the right to come and go.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Anthony isn’t even all that; kind of wish he’d taken his OUT in his contract.

I Love GH
I Love GH

I agree that the boomerang of Patrick is annoying.

I respect KM as an actress and enjoy Robin immensely. I enjoy Patrick as well. Nonetheless, JT has chosen to act on GH full-time while KM has not. Because she chooses to be on GH part-time, it’s only fair that JT has a story of his own. I don’t want her to stay off of the show; I just want Patrick to move on… in a realistic way. Robin and Patrick can’t be destined forever as long as KM chooses other full-time work.

AND IT IS OKAY! I’d rather have Robin once a year than not at all – just not at Patrick’s expense.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

I love all the returns of Robin, it keeps stories for many cast people. What a perfect person to introduce us to the new Jason. I will always welcome her no matter how much I get. It all makes sense to me. Congrats GH scribes way to keep a core favorite cast member fresh and exciting to many others on show.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I agree, Scott. (In fact, I often agree and see strong reasoning for your opinions in your posts!) There is too much back and forth for this couple. Make or break! And even with periodic absences, we can break time to time. Doctors Without Borders anyone? Jason and Robin need to be the core couple, the beacon for romance but also for the hospital in GENERAL HOSPITAL. I do loathe the endless resurrections and back-to-life returns. They are not consistent. How is it some die and others… after months… years!… return. GH misses the mark on humanity and relationships lately. Too much reliance on the stereotypical tropes of the genre. And this team of producers, directors, writers, and actors can do soooo much better.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I agree; when Kim announced her exit, it was around the time that the regime changed in 2012, and because of that, they wrote that she was still alive but held captive. That’s where the story went wrong. They teased that Robin was alive for over a year’s time, and when they could work with Kim for her to return, they do it for a couple of months, and then she decides to leave again? It would’ve been less annoying for her to just stay captive. It was bad decision-making on the parts of Frank/Kim/Ron. As for Patrick/Robin’s relationship, at this point, I don’t mind it ending. It has become officially tainted by the lack of support of the head writer’s delusions and murky storytelling. General Hospital has become a mockery of itself; when the stories are good, it’s very short-timed and they either drag, make zero sense or just stop suddenly because the creativity and attention-span of Ron changes so drastically. This return is just another tease, no matter what anybody says, because now she’ll depart again and we won’t see her for 6-8 months to a year, and then she’ll be back for a guest run.

su0000
su0000

Ohh for gawdsake just kill Robin ..
I will volunteer to kill her ..
She will go out as she wanted to go out the first time .. BOOM!

((I am going to joint the ”Kill Robin” campaign ..

barbara
barbara

i so agree

su0000
su0000

ahaa ”joint” the campaign .. (join)
have to love using the ‘speech to text’ program, never know how some words will be intertupid.. lol ..

Diana K
Diana K

I agree with you 100%…can I join your campaign??? Can’t stand the character/actress’s yoyo effect. Enough. Leave or stay, you can’t have it both ways!

su0000
su0000

yahh
We should drag Robin atop a volcano, throw her in as a sacrifice to the Soap God as an offering to save the soaps…… heh

jaybird369
jaybird369

su0000…and while you’re at it (or whatever), you can also throw that DULL-AS-DISHWATER Levi into a volcano!!!!! Yep!!!!!

Thank You.

cindylouhoo
cindylouhoo

recast Robyn pleassssse! she is not the only female actress out there.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Su0000

nancy
nancy

I agree SHE Is ruining general hospital.And any fans of Jason Morgan.Steve Burton Will not except another man playing his part.leave Jason dead.OR BRINF BACK STEVE BURTON.

harry
harry

This may be the most idiotic thread I have ever read. Once again, SU00 has expressed a desire to kill this character while Nasty says Robin has ruined GH. Yeah, it’s all Robin’s fault why this show has become a pathetic ghost of its former self.

nancy
nancy

I’M SORRY I FEEL BY BRINGING ROBIN ON AND OFF AGAIN IS THE MOST ANNOYING STORYLINE EVER.I’M SICK OF ROBIN AND DON’T EVEN THINK SHE CAN ACT VERY WELL.OH MY GOD SHE SAW HER HUSBUND AFTER ALL THIS TIME AND SHE DON’T EVEN RUN INTO HIS ARMS.I MEAN COME ON PEOPLE.THIS IS JUST NOT REAL ACTING.

nancy
nancy

ALSO ROBIN SHOULD FIRST THING FALL INTO HER HUSBUNDS ARMS AND ASK HIM HOW THERE DAUGHTER WAS DOING.WHAT’S UP WITH THAT.? STUPID WRITTERS.GET WITH IT.

July
July

Why the hate??? I’m not a robing fan. It I dot hate her. She is doing what characters on soaps as we’ll as gh have been doing . Actors go and come and agin and again. She
A not holding back any other stories. If the story was told differently people would be feeling different. It’s a ridiculous story line but there’s no need to revolt.
Nancy, I bet she wanted to run into his arms but he want running either. They were in both in shock of seeing each other. She was scared what victor would have done if he saw or heard him. Why do us think she was pushing so hard to get him away. She’s being held hostage for petes sake she’s trying to save herself and them.

Harry robin is not to blame for the show becoming a pathetic ghost of its former self. That’s the writers fault. She’s not around all the time so who do you blame for most of the time she’s not on screen.

Again I’m not a robin fan, but don’t hate herand I know there are people who love her and other who hate her but to resort to childish talk about revolting to kill her be cause she comes and goes like many others, or she brings the show down, and anything else. You can speak about tie but like that just shows how many immature people there are out there. You can say these thing a bit differently. It doesn’t matter anyway, the writers, producers, and fans love when she comes back even if it just for a shortie. It’s called ratings and if the show is so bad because she is on it again stop watching.

Harry
Harry

July, I didn’t blame Robin for GH becoming a pathetic ghost of its former self–that was said by Miss All Caps. I was the one objecting to that premise. I am actually a fan of Robin’s and am also a huge fan of Robert and Anna.
Yes, it’s the unconvincing, plot driven, badly paced writing which is the problem–not Robin.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Today’s episode won’t be a surprise because they showed her in the coming attraction.

I had no idea that was where she was working…I thought she was off in Europe somewhere…didn’t she take a plane with Victor?

Have no clue where it will go how/if the stories will collide…interesting to see.

Diana K
Diana K

Yes, she was getting on a plane with Victor when last we saw her…I didn’t know you needed to take a plane across town!

Christy
Christy

Port Charles is in the state of New York (fictiously of course) and I thought the clinic was near New York, but yeah people take planes for short distances too. In the real world here, we have an international airport, another has commercial jets but only goes to specific places like smaller airports in other cities, not all over the place like the international airport, and 2 or 3 regional airports – one of which usually is small private jets… jetting across the metro valley – about 65 miles square, but getting from A to B thru road traffic can take a long time especially with any accidents. Faster to take your jet if you have one.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I don’t know if the clinic is across town. I believe the fictitious town of Port Charles is almost near the Canadian border. New York State is quite expansive and NYC is probably 5-6 hours from PC.
Realistically, traveling by air is the way to go.

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

not where I live…Previews were not shown.
I thought it was Victor because previews read he will be back around August 4th.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think I assumed they were going to Cassadine Island or some other remote place…

mary
mary

First off, how come there are no airbags in the cars in PC. whenever there is accident, the airbags never come out. 2nd, PC is I guess close to Albany, NYC and Canada. Where Jason would ride his bike to Canada in 2 hours, but they are 2 hours from NYC. its about a 7 -8 hours drive from NYC to the Canadian border. But, this is Port Charles

madluv4u
madluv4u

Their storylines take too long to progress.

Tammy Khaos Kreiss
Tammy Khaos Kreiss

Hulu not supporting platform on my phone. Grrr… It can’t be easy for Ron to write to accommodate Kim’s schedule. Kudos to him for always making it work.

Christy
Christy

hulu plus might work. Regular Hulu (free) only works on regular computers.

Tammy Khaos Kreiss
Tammy Khaos Kreiss

Christy , I only subscribed to Hulu Plus to watch the soaps on my phone. Other than that, I never watch Hulu. No time for anything, & catch watch ion my phones.

Tammy Khaos Kreiss
Tammy Khaos Kreiss

Oops, can’t watch on my phones. Damn auto predict. Lil

su0000
su0000

Tammy,,’
get the ABC app
watch GH through ABC 🙂

Timmm
Timmm

You have to SUBSCRIBE to Hulu Plus to catch up now because Obama cuts in on the soaps every freakin week!

carol
carol

Too bad they showed her in the coming attractions. It would have been more suspenseful for those of us who don’t read spoilers to find out who was behind the door today. There are now too many characters to keep track of with too many story lines.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I think they will start arguing when Robin tries to apologize and ‘explain’. Looking forward to see where it takes the stories.

Mo
Mo

I’m tired of hearing about her leaving, then returning, then leaving and so on. Either come back or stay off.

MARY DITANNA PENDRAK
MARY DITANNA PENDRAK

ALREADY MY NERVES GOT THE BEST OF ME WITH ROBIN BEING CLOSE TO HOME, AND SAM HAVING TO MAKE BELIEVE SHE IS SABRINA. LOOKING ALSO AT PATRICK, MAKES ME CRY EVERYTIME THAT I SEE HIM BEING ANGERED SO MUCH. HOPING THAT THIS STORYLINE GOES IN THE THE RIGHT DIRECTION OR ALOT OF FANS WILL LEAVE FOR NOW . I WOULD NEVER NOT WATCH GH, BUT, AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, I FEEL ANGERED JUST LIKE PATRICK. THANK GOD IT’S ONLY A SOAP THAT I’VE WATCHED FOR 51YRS. LETS GET WITH IT EVERYONE, I THINK WILL BE SURPRISED SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE. THANKS.

Judy
Judy

Why does Robyn have to come back? The show has been great not having her around. I was kinda hoping Patrick and Sam would hook up. GH needs some excitement because the show has been absolutely boring and I have been fast forwarding the whole show and only watching Sam and Patrick

harry
harry

The show has most definitely NOT been great without Robin. Not to say it will be great with Robin–it’s just not great period and hasn’t been in a long long time.
Interesting that you say GH has been great without Robin and then follow with the statement “GH has been absolutely boring.” Which is it?
You are that driver in the Cadillac who cannot pick a lane.

Judy
Judy

Wow ….. your a classy individual! GH has been boring and it has been great not having Robyn there! And I’m a Volkswagon driver who cannot pick a lane…lol Cheers!

Timmm
Timmm

I agree Harry, WOMEN drivers! No seriously, I see why people are mad at Robin coming and going but that time she came back and was rescued and showed up at Patrick’s wedding to Sabrina was some of the best GH in years!

Harry
Harry

Judy, Judy, Judy. Go back and read your own post. You say the show is “absolutely boring” and and then say it’s been “great” without Robin. Pick a lane, as you are being self contradictory ( this is figurative language I am employing here).

Bandele
Bandele

It might have been nice not to have a cliffhanger then show Robin with Patrick in the previews for the next eppy…. it wasn’t a surprise and I’m aware how this regime likes surprises.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I have to agree….enough already! The storyline is not at all believable…she’s an hour away and doesn’t visit her husband while his child has died? Crazy. Its her time to go and leave the show. write her out…. sacrifice herself for her family ….she dies to the good of her family…blah blah….

Lets move on!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

It’s the shoddy writing of Ron; he wrote that Nina destroyed Silas’ apartment, but Nina had JUST woken up when his apartment was trashed. So is writing is inconsistent at best.

su0000
su0000

We were never shown how long Nina was awake..
I assumed with her mother came to town Nina was awake and moving.
Nina is now shown to have been out of the coma for some time before coming to port charles and now is when we will find that out (Sam is going to find that out..

Tammy Khaos Kreiss
Tammy Khaos Kreiss

The first time out was a dream. She woke up, THEN did it for real.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

She was shown waking up on May 1, 2014; when the attack on Silas’ apartment happened it was during the Nurses’ Ball about 12-13 days later. No way Nina, just 12-13 days (not really in soap time, actually less) was able to wake up, and walk into his home in heels and then hide out for weeks later. Ron’s writing just does not make chronological sense; he retcons too much for his own laziness.

Timmm
Timmm

Your right, the character of Robin could have come home once in awhile to see her daughter but we know the actress is off the show. Just like with Nina’s mother. This is a major part of Nina’s story but they casted Donna Mills and she is too big a star to hang around on the GH set. Recast an actress who is willing to be around and act with Michelle Stafford. We need Nina’s mother NOW!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Right there in Frank’s own words is the show’s weakness–What gh fans can expect with robin’s return– they’ll see her move the story……Characters aren’t meant to move the plot, characters are suppose to be affected by it– Storytelling isn’t a chess game where the characters are merely pieces to move about to execute the plot– story telling is drawing readers or in this case viewers into the emotions of the characters. We should see how circumstances shape them, we need to understand their motives, to empathize, we want to live the journey with these characters, but we can’t when characters aren’t the star of the story, but the plot is.
There is a lot of action on GH, lots of story, but to me unless I am emotionally invested in the characters, what is the point? I like popcorn but nothing beats a juicy steak– and after watching GH I feel like that is all I had, popcorn, but no meat—-

k/kay
k/kay

RC’s biggest problem is a very short attention span. He zeros in on one for a while then we jump to another. I really thought he wanted to write for the character of Duke but he did not I really have to wonder how happy Finola Hughes is with her character these days.

Timmm
Timmm

Duke who?

rebecca1
rebecca1

ya k/kay…I mentioned that too. I love Duke! In his day he was handsome, dashing, full of adventure and romance…a good bad boy. He can still be all that…he still is… after all these years. But they’ve relegated him to sporadic visits where he’s just a broken man trying to prove himself. Ridiculous…

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Ric Lansing is another…even if he supposed to be in a witness protection program you think after the car accident and house explosion he’d be desperate to see Molly…at least get one of those silly masks…even if Anna assures him Molly is all right…jmo!!!

missellie
missellie

I agree…complete plot point writing along with no real character focus. The most heavily featured story, the “Nina Show” is of no interest to me. I have found myself drifting away from daily watching.

k/kay
k/kay

Well curiosity got the best of me and after watching today I guess I better start removing my foot out of my mouth. Jason/Billy Miller is in town and I think you will be seeing him on Wednesday’s show. I think the return of Robin is just to usher nu/Jason on to the show. I have to admit FV is kicking Phelps butt he will have MS, ER & BM on his show 3 heavy hitters. Want to try for 4 and grab MM. 🙂

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

On another site i read they wanted MM to play A.J.,…but i think its just wishful thinking, and i seriously doubt they’ll bring A.J. back from the dead again…maybe?

Timmm
Timmm

MM as A.J. going up against Maurice would be epic!

missellie
missellie

For me, the addition of MS and ER have not enhanced the show. In fact, they are both deterrents to my enjoyment of GH.

Timmm
Timmm

MM would be a dream!

rebecca1
rebecca1

ugh, no. If AJ was resurrected I’d still want Sean Kanan!

Timmm
Timmm

Sean was great and I had the pleasure meeting him and he is such a cool guy.

k/kay
k/kay

Just for the record I never said I was thrilled with MS/Nina or ER/Lulu I just said FV is stealing the actors from Y&R!!! For my tastes Nina is to over the top and Lulu has lost her edge.

Shay
Shay

Oh yes, rebecca1!!!!…..On THAT issue, we DEFINTELY agree!!!!!! (But I wouldn’t put it past Ron C to push for an AJ recast just to make his anti-Kanan campaign complete!)

Timmm
Timmm

Lulu is a bust. I FF through her and Dumbte’s scenes.

janet
janet

FrankenRon are at it again. They keep bringing Robin back, so us fans who don’t want to watch all Killers in the afternoon. Or maybe brats in the afternoon. GMAB. So Robin is back for five minutes. Jason will return, and .Why do all of you blame Robin, and want her dead, when its FrankenRon who wants her back to push up the ratings??? Kim wants to do other things. She gave them a LOT of time to end it and she is the devil for it. no thanks. I will watch Robin’s return but If she is demonized again. I will not hate her I will hate TIIC. Watching killer Jason return makes me shut the show off. Did it before and will again. I didn’t think anyone could be worse than Guza and his goons Not so sure anymore.

k/kay
k/kay

I think the only reason they are bringing Jason back with probably Billy Miller is so Ron can put his take on the character. (Franco) anyone! Just an observation I think we have a real rivalry going on between GH & Y&R just a thought could be off base.

Tammy Khaos Kreiss
Tammy Khaos Kreiss

Kim has an open door to return in between her directing. Not easy to write around her availability. Why should Frank fire her when this was the deal they were given by her? It’s just difficult to write her in when she wants, then give her 5 min before she wants out again! How can you blame Team Cartini for accomodating her wishes?

Christy
Christy

wonder if Sam will get a peek at the new Jason yet? I hope Robin will help Patrick and Sam w/ the Nina deal. That Nina needs to get caught much sooner than we had to wait on the Britch/Brad deal.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Don’t cut Nina short. She, at least, has some fire, and might surprise us all. She is fighting for her husband. Yes, it has been 20 years, but not in her head. I am just wondering if anyone else gets a sense of something stirring between Franco and Nina? It could be just my imagination, but why the clandestine meetings? Also, an icon such as she would not be brought to the fold just to “get caught”.
It seems to me that the writers are running out of meaty storylines for Sam. Give her something tangible instead of this scurrying and sneaking around.
Sam is desperate and Patrick emasculated….that is what I get from this pair….pathetic. They belong together.

Christy
Christy

I just don’t care for her. I don’t know the actress from anything else so don’t have interest in her at this point unfortunately. Had enough o coniving bitch with the britch and her mom.

So you see Sam and Patrick as a couple, not just friends? Jason is returning and she will soon find out that Patrick knew he was alive… do not know if friendship will last much longer.

su0000
su0000

CeeCee..
I see it coming too..
Franco and Nina .. they will rock it!!!
whichever way they go, it will be good ..

dmr
dmr

I agree, CeeCee. Nina has spunk, with dimensions and layers to her personality. I think the writers are capitalizing on the fact that they have two top-notch actors in Roger Howarth and Michelle Stafford-so why not pair them in scenes together. With the addition of Laura Wright, Carly and Nina will blow their scenes out of the park.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You misinterpret my meaning, Christy. ” they belong together” is an adage, you know…”two peas in a pod…..” Etc. I did not mean it literally.
Regarding Jason? That goes both ways…would Sam forget Silas and his baggage?… no pun intended, albeit Sam does consider Nina “baggage”. Sam lives in a world of entitlement. I do not think she grasps the meaning of…”what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander”.
But it seems, according to Robin, that Jason is dead….I hope so, even though she is not telling the entire truth. Perhaps she is being forced to say so.

Ghlover
Ghlover

They should kill Robin off, it’s time.

Timmm
Timmm

She already “Died” once. They should write her and Emma off for a long time and bring them back after Emma is aged and Patrick has moved on. Robin could start a new romance with someone else.

rebecca1
rebecca1

No. Not lil Emma. She’s too cute to lose. They really hit casting gold with her. (And lil Spencer. I LOVE that kid!)

Timmm
Timmm

I love Emma, the actress has a bright future. I’m just looking for a way for Robin to be written off that makes sense in regards to her abandoning her daughter.

Shay
Shay

I’m with you on the SORAS idea, Timmm….I have never been an Emma fan. That kid and her cutesy shtick just drive me up the wall. Ditto for Spencer. I’ll take Carly’s bad seed, the wise beyond her years, Joss, any day over those two hammy brats!

Julz
Julz

I,’m not a big robin fan as Ii am a patrick and robin fan. This story is beyond stupid! Why ruin a character who has spent just about her whole life on the show amd a couple whom over the 9 years together (a- lifetime in soap years) shared every aspect of their lives the good, bad , funny , sad and yes the ridiculous storyline and were a love story. This is gotta be the dumbest s/l ever. I’m happy robin wants to come back but agreed she doesn’t need to be written like this . She’s not doing anything that hasn’t been done on soaps and even on gh differently. Actors come and go all the time and come back again and again. I think it’s the way this story was written that everyone doesn’t want her back. Again, dumb! I’ve accepted that a divorce is imminent not happy about it but is once they already ruined robin I guess they do the same for the could. Stinky!!!! As long as patrick isn’t with sabrina again something good will come our of it.

Just a Sid e note: port Charles is supposed to be in upstate ny around the buffalo area. Up, upstate ny. The clinic is in Westcheser county which is 45 minutes from NYC. To drive is 8 hours, the plane flight does take an hour. I’ve done it several times.

Julz
Julz

Meant couple not could.

dmr
dmr

Unfortunately, sort of the same thing happened to Vanessa Marcil when she returned as Brenda. Different writers but, sort of the same story. She left on a high-note, won an Emmy for her previous short return years back; then, returns, and it’s lackluster at best. The storyline was terrible, the new characters that came along with her-no one cared about, and too much time was spent on the Balkan. All the viewers wanted was to see Brenda interact with Jax and Sonny. Then, she quickly married Sonny, had a long-lost son, and poof-she could not handle Sonny’s lifestyle and left. It was dreadful!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Exactly…same here, Julz.

Rose
Rose

Are those of us who frequent Michael’s site in the fan minority when it comes to our dislike re Robin/Kimberly’ character, and her coming and going? Or how they pulled the plug on OLTL and AMC? Or is it just that ABC and Frank & Co really don’t care how we feel, if they even read our comments at all. I’m thinking it’s the latter.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Well, no…they really don’t care if fans are upset they pulled the plug on OLTL and AMC. They’d be beyond inexperienced businesspeople if they didn’t expect a backlash. They WOULD care if it effects the bottom dollar. So far they’re doing well with The Chew…Katie was canceled. So until/if it ever seems that running the soaps would be cost-effective…or that they were losing viewers on many of their shows in protest (which was the original plan for many…to boycott ABC shows…) it doesn’t make a dent.

As for Kimberly/Robin, I think there’s enough of a fan base who still enjoy her return. I think they need to come up with something really interesting to keep whatever momentum they have or want going though…and, who knows? This might just be the last of her return…after she brings back Jason and whomever else she’s been thawing out.

I, for one, don’t mind her coming and going. A legacy character is always fun to have around…we’re losing that piece by piece.

rose
rose

I’m ambivalent to the Robin the character, actually more bored, legacy or not… but not Kimberly the actress. Wish she would make more of a commitment to GH like the rest of the long-term cast and get a better story line.

I figure the ones that pulled the plug were relying on costs, numbers and demos. What they did lacked imagination on how to make OLTL and AMC like 1/2 hr GH instead of one hour. Instead anything they don’t like or understand, or is too expensive, they throw out with the bath water. But that’s history now. And I think you’re generous when you think “they’d be beyond inexperienced businesspeople.”

Also if you look at what they issue for ratings, they always highlight the preferred, younger, female…like the rest of us don’t exist. While they won’t say it, they think the older, built-in, loyal audience, which add lots of viewers, doesn’t buy, or try anything new for advertisers, except stuff from the drug companies. Ugh!!! Instead anything they don’t like or understand, or is too expensive, they throw out with the bath water. And like you said, they haven’t done much with anything else except The Chew, which again was never on my watch list.

And I still boycott ABC, except, I must admit, Once Upon A Time and Scandal. But at least they are soaps, just at night. And if soaps work at night, why couldn’t they have found a way to make them work daytime?

Timmm
Timmm

Come on “FANS” your talking out of both sides of your mouth! How many times do we hear people bitching about all the new characters and how Ron and Frank are discarding the legacy characters? Well, Robin is a GH legend. She literally grew up on the show and has amazing history and has two legendary parents. Enjoy her and quit whining!

su0000
su0000

It has nothing to do with Robin being an old character, it’s– not many care to have her back..
Killing off Robin again, is very popular ..

Julz
Julz

Because of the ridiculous story they are telling

su0000
su0000

There really is not big a story for robin..
Can’t write an earthshaking story for someone who is a short stint stay..
Good stories take time and Kim only stays for a short time, hard to write for a short stint come and go..
I think her fans are just supposed to look at her that is about the length of time she will be around, for a look-see…..

((just kill Robin again and be done with it all ..)

Harry
Harry

I agree Tim. Love Robin but I do wish she’d stay put.
I really really miss Robert Scorpio,

mfarris70
mfarris70

While I am not the biggest Robin fan, and I have watched since before she was a child, I don’t get the complains about the show “dragging it out” when it comes to her character. This is a soap opera, people! It’s all about making you wait and it always has been. I’d rather have a little of our legacy characters than none at all, because that is really the choice. Kimberly McCullough is not going to come back full time.

Anne
Anne

I doubt Robin’s appearance this week will move the story in an interesting direction. Fans are unanimous–kill her off or bring her back.

rebecca1
rebecca1

We’re not unanimous. Couple split up…if they do, and Kimberly makes recurring visits…that’s fine with me and probably many other fans as well.

Shay
Shay

Exactly, rebecca1!!!! Other characters come and go, so why not Robin? My problem is not with KMc’s irregular appearances, but the manner in which they are conceived and written. This past week’s scenes featuring her did nothing to assuage the damage that was already done to Robin’s image the last time around….in fact, they compounded it!!! There should have been some love and affection between Patrick and her….instead, all we got was an ill-tempered Drake Jr. (And I’m tired of his nasty “mood,” too. Enough already with the “Angry Man” bit…..)

rebecca1
rebecca1

Shay…That’s what I get for jumping the gun. I read your first two words…and I started quakin’ in my boots! Could it be…we agreed on Det Hot…(though I find him moreso than you) you came around to Brad (who I liked early on)…we both lamented over AJ’s demise and SK’s exit… and here we are agreeing on Robin! But then…bam…back to disagreeing! 😉

I actually felt Kimberly/Robin’s scenes accomplished what the writers set out to do. They showed what she’s been up to…why she’s lying to Patrick and the hold Victor has on her. I don’t know why that wouldn’t satisfy and Scrubs fans. Though you could see in her eyes the love and hurt…she sacrificed her marriage and Patrick’s love to keep him and Emma safe. Obviously since we learned Victor was responsible for the car accident, she knows he could harm them again. So to me…this was keeping in character. She begged him to leave…she told him she loved him…I think her character was perfectly mended. (haven’t watched Friday yet so I have no idea if there’s anything to contradict what I feel now.)

As for Patrick, c’mon woman! The man thought he lost his wife, he thought he was having a baby, he KNEW he was having a baby, the baby died, his dead wife wasn’t so dead and came back then left. And…icing on the cake? His reputation as a physician is seemingly ruined and he admitted to wanting to off a teenage boy…and then he was fired! Oh…and then he found said wife for second time and in his mind, she rejected him again.

Nasty? I think he’s actually quite remarkable!

See ya on the next round dear Shay!

Shay
Shay

@rebecca1….Here we go again…LOL! But actually you nailed it when you said Robin’s eyes revealed all….I also referred to the same thing in another post. Any idiot could see her terror and concern, but not our Patrick! How could that be, other than that he was being so self-absorbed in his own angst???? Eyes are the mirror to the soul…especially between loved ones, so for Drake Jr. to miss that visual cue really informed me as to his level of selfishness. Whatever hardships he has experienced, his wife’s are at least ten-fold after her past few harrowing years. Yes, life’s been difficult for both of them, but most of Robin’s problems were not of her own making, whereas many of Drake’s are a matter of poor choices, so if there is a side to be on, then I’m sticking with TeamRobin!

Bett
Bett

Met a lot of these stars in L A for the cast show. it was so nice to see these people and how down to earth they are. Had a great time. Thanks from your fans.

Harry
Harry

Good to hear, Betts. Thank you.

John
John

I am so confused by all these complaints – just enjoy the show and go along for the ride ! There a lot of soap fans out there who would love to have a chance to see their show on the air and we are very lucky to stll have GH !!!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Have you ever known a sports fan who complains about their team— everything from the colors of the uniforms, to the coaching, the players, the big bosses, etc— but these same complainers are the most loyal fans, coming out to every game, painting their faces, cheering— then complaining about the game afterwards— well rabid soap fans are a bit like that— we bitch about our soap because we love it so much, we are so invested in it, that we feel we are a part of the making of it, so we make our opinions known loud and clear— but as much as we complain, it doesn’t mean we don’t love our soap, it doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy it. Trust me when I see my soaps do something great, I’m the first in line to cheer for it, but when I see bone headed decisions and stories, well I speak up— believe it or not, it is part of the fun of soap watching— to love and hate it at the same time. Does it make sense? no, but die hard soap fans will know what I mean.

Harry
Harry

Well said, Mary SF. As I have redundantly said, it’s when we stop bitching that you need to start worrying.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Well, out of the blue, some guy’s Aztec necklace was stolen…Levi took it!

CeeCee
CeeCee

And, Levi will give the necklace to Maxi as a wedding present.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I think Levi will sell the necklace and use the money to take Maxi on a honeymoon that will last for weeks just to keep her away from Nathan!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Felicia is an Aztec princess, yes? So, What are the chances the Aztec necklace was part of a royal , lost or stolen , collection belonging to Felicia’s ancestors? Perhaps it had to be sold because the family had become impoverished. What if Felicia recognizes the piece?….big trouble for Levi. Well, it could happen that way.

CeeCee
CeeCee

That’ll work too, Jimh. Good assumption. So, you think he’ll get away with it?…..assuming he did steal it.

fginaspy
fginaspy

I stopped watching with the emphasis on the mob of late. Though I did watch Tuesday and Wednesday shows this week to see Robin. I felt Robin didn’t divulge anything to my keep my interest. I am not so sure about Robin’s return moving story along. Yawn!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Rebecca 1. I get what you say perfectly. My best source of information is my grandmother. She often talks about Another World…her favorite soap, with Rachel, Ada, Mac etc.she loved Somerset, and the Doctors. And, she told me all about Bobbie’s brownstone where everyone would gather and make happy. She calls them halcyon days. Her re -telling of the soaps sound like fairy tales to me….with her soft, Scottish brogue, I could listen to her for hours.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Jaybird…you and I are in sinc when it comes to Levi. I wish he had some redeeming qualities. But, I suppose he is a good actor if he is able to rile us up so. He still turns me off, though. Now, with the imminent wedding to Maxie, he will bestow a stolen necklace on his new bride…if the wedding even happens. Maybe he’ll get caught and deported…sweet irony.!!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I hope DULLKENDORK gets deported but i fear not…most criminals and villians never pay for their crimes in PC…me thinks a few of my own relatives would love to live there…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

That’s funny. You are right, though, Jimh. I doubt Levi is going anywhere….We are stuck with him until all this Fluke stuff is resolved.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Or maybe, the writers have created this new development (last minute before the wedding) as a catalyst just to ship him off back to Aussieland.

CeeCee
CeeCee

In sync…sorry (sp)

christa Lyon
christa Lyon

I agree is time for Robin and Jason to return home with their families Robin reuion with Patrick and her daughter emma. Jason reunion with sam and his son Danny to watch his son how he grew up more.

maryanne
maryanne

return robin to patrick and have something good come of it and keep her for the long haul not a month or two month stint. He still loves her and sam and him will not work out.

Rena
Rena

Patrick and Robin love each other and should be together. Reunite them with Emma.

General Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

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

Together you can conquer.

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

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

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

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

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

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

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

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

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

See, now I get how movies are made!  

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

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