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Finola Hughes Returns to General Hospital!

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Courtesy/ABC

Fantastic news GH fans! Daytime Emmy winner and fan favorite, Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) reported back to work on Monday at the long-running ABC daytime drama series!

That means that very soon Anna Devane will be back on-screen and on the canvas in Port Charles. According to ABC Soaps In Depth, look for Hughes to first be seen on the upcoming September 28th episode!  As fans know, Hughes took a longer than expected summer leave from the series, but when Anna gets back in action, will she still be trying to get revenge on Julian (William deVry)? Will she help bring down hospital killer, Paul Horsnby (Richard Burgi)?

In the romance department, we know that Anna and Andre (Anthony Montgomery) looked for a moment that they might be heading towards somerhing more than friendship. but what will happen when Anna gets to know Dr. Joe Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise)… the dead ringer for the man that haunts her, the late Carlos?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below on the news of Finola’s imminent on-screen return and who you think will be the man in Anna’s life?

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James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I’m just glad Anna is going to be back on our screens soon.

Delia
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Delia

Here hoping for some Robert Scorpio & Anna Devane duo action, how about those two extraordinaire characters teaming up as spies and doing something spectacular together?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Second the emotion!

Hayjay
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Hayjay

Agree. Wish they would give Tristan Rogers a contract & put those two back together again.

su0000
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su0000

great!! looking forward to seeing Anna, again..
She is very pretty lady..
((gawd I hope she didn’t have work done. I’ll notice in a heartbeat))

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

Rumor is she had her nails painted…i hope it doesnt upset her fans-lol

Celia
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Celia

That is hilarious, Jimmy. Her finger nails; or her toe nails?

Donny
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Donny

Lol too funny

Celia
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Celia

Gee, Jimmy; I’d like the name of Finola’s mani-pedicurist. LOL.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, no, su…please!! Do you notice how they ( those who had work done) all look like their faces have been ironed?
Coincidentally, Renee Zellweger is on THE LATE SHOW, with Jimmy Fallon. She looks sooo different.
I don’t think Finola needs anything done, anyway.

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

Finola had all nails done…hands and feet…they were painted yellow with little happy faces-lol

Scott
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Scott

Finola is a beauty.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

CeeCee…Saw Rene…still has a great body…but she seemed kinda whacked out…LOL…if her shorts were any shorter…She seemed to be in flaunting mode. Notice how she kept standing up…continued her cheerleader routine after Jimmy seemed done…then kept her shoes off and struck a pose? She was, how shall I put this…ANNOYING! Good actress though…

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

Yep…its Anna and Joe but im not sure about the chemistry…too bad the writers destroyed both Julian and Paul…mixed feelings tieing Hayden to Liz…Sabrina back at the hospital-i guess there will be a Sabrina, Joe and Anna love triangle…not sure about Andre..could be interesting with him and Anna but Anna had the best chemistry with Robert…jail scenes have been a joke…hospital is back more front and center but there is no suspense in the serial killer scenes…if Paul is truly the killer hope it has something to do with daughter Susan but not really knowing her and killing off day… Read more »

rose
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rose

Jimh…I still want to see Anna and Robert together again. But I don’t know how that will happen since he’s still at Y&R. The only advantage to the Robert/Colin duo is that you get a double dose of Tristan everyday. They are slowly bringing Joe into play again, just in time for for Julian’s trial. Sonny finally got a glimpse of him the other day. Be interesting to see how Anna will react when she sees Joe. Hopefully the summer off did Anna some good. I still question that Paul is the hospital killer, and the one who pushed Elizabeth… Read more »

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

Anna and Robert should had been GHs leading couple…

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

No chances for Ava–and Paul has been unmasked as the killer already!

Patrick
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Patrick

Hi Rose – I hope they can right the wrong on this ship what is this? just another plot point to better serve , lord Sonny ? to bring angst to his family for story ? it would seem J and S ought to know… the general consensus .. less is more of Carly and Sonny LOL oh well… it would seem that Ava was clearly heading out of their orbit… what with shared custody with Avery… let bygones be Ava needs Nicholas for this very reason… plus they had something immediate and palpable… YIKES the ship with Ava and… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Rose…gave you been watching consistantly? There’s no room for doubt, even before today, that Paul’s the killer. Unfortunate…but true.

dante williams
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dante williams

I feel the same way about Ava, they were getting somewhere with her in a relationship I never would’ve thought of with Nicholas, a kindred spirit that evened her out and touched her heart, then they give her this cheap, twisted story like she’s some out of control, overprotective mom instead of strong mob Queen? I also hate the fact that the killer looks like Paul, because the actor is amazing in all his scenes, and I would be more satisfied if the killer at least worked IN the hospital.

Celia
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Celia

I actually think Paul is going to try to kill Sabrina. As I said a few days ago, Sabrina will help Curtis ‘de-mask’ our friendly, neighborhood DA. I got the impression that Paul gives her the creeps….she suspects something…..just doesn’t know what, yet.

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

Hopefully Sabrina will tell Curtis this on her deathbed…then Tracy and Joe can fight for custody of the baby…

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Ah, Celia, you may be on to something. Sabrina must be back for a reason and we can’t depend on Nurse Amy to suss out the killer. And Jordan The Great is probably only hours away from arresting Jason for the murders. Oh, Anna, take back your job!

Celia
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Celia

I must retract……is it possible for Jordan to have put her Commish hat on? Have I spoken too soon? She seems to be putting the scattered pieces to the puzzle together. Who will finally nab the killer?
Perhaps Jordan and Nathan will prove themselves as incomparable cops. Ha!!

Celia
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Celia

@Jimh(leave it to beaver).
Awwww, Jimmmy-yy!! I love Sabrina. So happy to see her.
You have a point for a good storyline, though. A custody battle.LOL.

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

ok, just for you i will let Sabrina live!!!

Celia
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Celia

Well, I could not wait to watch GH, today, poor Sabrina. I am so upset about that!! Oh, please enough of this idiocy now. Get Paul!! He is responsible for the address mix-up, for sure. And, Scotty is a clown. Too bad, since I like him. So, Paul laced Alexis’s water with something? How-Thomas -Neill -Cream-of-him!!!!! Whatever Paul put in that discarded cup ( duh!! The cup will be tested and so on, and so forth), makes Alexis go haywire….all over the place. Poor Alexis, her account will be so erratic…..or, on second thought? Perhaps Paul gave her something that… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I think Curtis should be Andre or Felix rough trade on the DL..Carlivati would have made this happen..oh well

dante williams
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dante williams

Lol at rough trade, at least Curtis that would give him and Felix a story instead of being denmothers to everyone.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

That’s it in a nutshell–“NOT SO GOOD.”

Phil
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Phil

Thank God! Have so missed this woman!

Dawn
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Dawn

The man in Anna’s life should be Duke. They were never given a real chance. Just 2 years of crumbs.

Lisa
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Lisa

So true. So far none of the duds they’ve attempted to pair her with since Duke has worked. Finola Hughes is in a league all her own and it takes a special actor, character to play in her league. Ian Buchanan is very much missed.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yeah, such a mistake to kill Duke! Should have “redeemed” him!

dante williams
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dante williams

Agreed, and the worst part is they had the nerve to kill Duke and then bring his son on the show? What a slap in the face to Duke/Anna fans.

aria
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aria

i’m glad shie’s coming back soon, but seriously none of the guys on the show now are good for her, ande is a bore, carlos twin now that would be in very bad taste, quit repulsive honestly. Anna needs someone like Robert, if not Robert himself, she needs a wsb type guy. someone who is mysterious, lives life on the edge, a little dangerous, but still a good guy, hence a wsb type guy.

Celia
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Celia

I agree, aria. No one suits Anna on the show, right now. I was thinking Jeff Webber? Is he married already? So many actors, to play the part, have been suggested. But, who would make us ‘catch our breath’ when paired with her?
In my opinion, the sexiest is Victor Alfieri….so hot!! But, he’s too young. The best for the role is Walt Willey.

Lisa
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Lisa

Oh my gosh Walt Willey would make an excellent Jeff Webber.

Celia
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Celia

@Jimh(leave it to beaver).
Lol, Jimmy. I called it!!!!! I just had a feeling Paul would get Sabrina. Will he kill her?
Applause not necessary!! LOL.

Patrick
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Patrick

oh my gosh darned it

“…but what will happen when Anna gets to know Dr. Joe Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise)… the dead ringer … ”

giddy time

David
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David

Rumors are Sabrina will die this week, Paul will kill Sabrina.

Timmm
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Timmm

Stop teasing me!

Celia
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Celia

Timmmmmmm-yyyyy. Hush!!!!! LOL.

Shay
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Shay

Isn’t this news the absolute “cat’s meow,” Timmmbo???? I had to pinch myself to be sure I wasn’t just dreaming when I read the spoilers and that we weren’t being set up for a huge letdown with Sabs living to see another day! All I know is that it’s about time for this useless character to go bye-bye! Please, please, PLEASE let it be thus!!!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Hey Paul, get your paws (er, needle) off/out of MONICA! Sabrina, save her, please!

Celia
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Celia

Really, David? LOL. And, here I thought I made that up in jest.

Claudio
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Claudio

Yes yes wonderful news, my sweet Finola is back. I love that pic of Finola, she has a nice smile. Beautiful lady and terrific actress. I adore this lady. Welcome back Anna Devane..

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh, Claudio, you are so right! This woman exudes beauty, class, talent, and a sense of rich history that the show really needs right now. I know we must bring on new characters, but why so many in such a short time? I love Anna’s friendship with Griffin and hope to see more of that. As far as romance, I always thought she and Franco (with a decent haircut) would be Explosive! Barring that, what about Curtis? Why waste him on that twit Valerie?!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, show is in dire needs of a sense of history!

Celia
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Celia

You bet, Claudio.
You and Soaphound describe Finola/Anna to the letter. I have been a fan since her role as Alex on AMC.

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

Anna should be involved in Wsb Stories. I’m sick of her running around the pcpd playing cops and robbers whilst trying t take down mobsters and dealing with rather pedestrian criminal activity. The wealth of her history is based in wsb/dvx. Give her and adenture plot, intrigue us.

SZima
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SZima

Paul would have been a good choice for Anna if the IDIOTS in charge hadn’t decided to make him a serial killer. How short-sighted of them!

How about Ric? Get him back on my screen more!

Or Ned? Put him on contract now that he’s been demoted at DOOL.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I was really beginning to like Paul! Once they seemed to have reinvented him back to a good guy (though when I thought about it he did use Ava sexually and kill Sloan in cold blood)… But LOL BECAUSE I forgot about those events I could have seen him with Anna or Alexis. Would love to see Ned back full time and back with Alexis. Love Rick but there’s no way Anna would date him. Someone mentioned John Schneider the other day to play Jeff Weber. Now HE is a stunning guy! They should bring him as Jeff…or as a… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Rebecca. Yeah, that was funny….but, with iPhones, iPads etc. nothing is surprising. That’s ok. No worries. I did watch Monday….only because my sister was here, and she loves the show. Yes, the security guard over-did his duty. I think he used muscle to give himself a sense of power/authority. Then, again, one never knows what may have unfurled. By the same token, I felt no pity for Lochte. He had one purpose; win or lose; to represent his country. Honestly, Rebecca? I take that personally. I am a proud, steadfast patriot. What this idiot did was reprehensible. He’s no… Read more »

rose
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rose

Hi Rebecca…Oh, I have been watching consistently. Re: my not sure Paul was the hospital serial killer, I think it was partly wishful thinking. I have liked him as an actor, even on other shows, and was hoping that they could find a reason to keep him on GH. Not s sure if he has to go to prison…or worse.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi Cee…I agree in terms of why the security guy may have done what he did…but on the other hand the other security guy took a “peaceful” approach and just grabbed the other protester and walked him off. As for Lochte…there are far worse crimes than his. I’m not defending him per se and in fact I might find him quite arrogant/full of himself to boot if I ever met him. But I’m just thinking at the time of the incident he and his friends were probably riding high…LOL…I don’t mean literally but maybe they were…I think they were pumped… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi Rose. Hope you didn’t think I was being sarcastic or condescending. I really didn’t know if you were catching every episode; thought you had said you weren’t but maybe I was mistaken. But I know what you mean! I really like Paul (took me a while to warm up to him) and was getting very comfortable with him becoming more prominent on the show. WAs looking forward to him interacting with the Q’s, his relationship with Dillon, a possible relationship with Anna or if Alexis is REAlLY single again could see them together too. He and Ava make great… Read more »

Janet
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Janet

I’m glad Anna will be back on my GH screen soon as for the man dept. I was hoping Paul could of change his ways to be closer to Anna, but that might not happen she most likely work with the PCPD to bring down the hospital killer as for Andre he is still duable to match up with Anna he might have am edge to him if he let loose but who knows Jordon will be too jealous and she might want to hurt Andre for really liking Anna if she finds out he confess to Anna about his… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

She needs to bring Paul down–and take over her rightful position–Commish!

Janet King
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Janet King

Yes, so right but if she brings Paul down who knows she might be the new top notch DA, she be over the commish for sure I can see her take over the top DA role

Timmm
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Timmm

Welcome back beautiful Finola! I guess Julian is going to skip jail? I hate when the writers write a character into a corner and come up with a lame ass excuse to free these crooks. Sonny and Ava got these breaks, as well. I dont know what Julian’s freedom does to Alexis and Anna? I suppose Julian will play hero when something happens to Danny or he runs to Alexis’s side after she is DUI and kills someone? But anyway, Anna, I like that Robert will be around to assist Anna in taking down Paul. After that, Robert will be… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

That’s why I am so lukewarm (PUN intended!) about GH–their “lame excuse to free crooks.” Just grates! 🙁
Yes, Robert should assist Anna in taking down Paul.

Celia
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Celia

Very enlightening post, Timmmy. You pegged these characters so correctly.
I don’t know if you had read my post way back, when I did say that Duke is probably not Griffin’s father. Good storyline right there!!
And, yes, I am enjoy Tracy, myself. She looks like she lost some weight….

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I agree about Tracy, CeeCee. I said on some other post she looks great…younger…less tired. Either she had some really good work done or maybe it is something as simple as losing weight as you said which I thought as well. But ever since she recovered from her strange exotic brain bug she looks fantastic!

Celia
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Celia

@Rebecca1.
Hi, Rebecca,
I love Tracy’s temperament. She tells it like it is. Love that about anybody.
I don’t think she had anything done to her face, though. I can spot ‘them’ a mile away….I am surrounded by them, LOL. not in my family, thank God.
Jane Elliot is aging gracefully and she’s beautiful!!!
She looks very happy.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

CeeCee…did you watch DWTS? Have u been watching AGT?

Celia
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Celia

@Rebecca1. Hey, Rebecca, I am not very ‘enamored’ of DWTS. I only catch a few shows here and there, depending who the dancers are. The last time I watched was when Candice Cameron was on….because of FULL HOUSE. LOL. I make a point of not watching, especially, when Max Chmerkovskiy is on. I cannot tolerate arrogance. The guy thinks he is a gift to the female population. I like his brother much better. So humble…love that about a guy. Ironically, the brothers are close to Candice ( whom I love) because her husband is Russian….they have that in common. The… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Good Morning CeeCee…
I had a love affair with DWTS since it first jitterbugged its way across my TV screen. The dancers, spectacular choreography, the music…just the epitome of joy and entertainment. Couldn’t get enough! Then…the CONFLICT. LOL. They put it against The Voice which I also love. I’d watch for an hour, then switch channels…I’d watch one, then catch the other OnDemand. Alak, sigh…I sorta drifted away from DWTS…not because the show went downhill, but my schedule wouldn’t allow…or I thought I’d eventually catch up but then the winners were announced…should be our biggest problems in life, right?

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

This is funny…not. Okay, maybe a little. I wrote like three more paragraphs but scrolled up to read for auto spell bloopers..hit send…and it only sent the part I scrolled up to! Completely wiped out the other paragraphs! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Summation. Asked if u watched DWTS because of the Ryan Lochte thing. Thought you did (watch the show regularly). Anyway, I watched last week when the protesters rushed the stage. Actually felt bad for Ryan, but also felt the security guard went way too violent on the protester. Still love the show. Whenever I catch it it’s just as creative, incredibly… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

So happy she is coming back soon. Her absence has been most glaring; a huge gap in the canvass.

I hope she has good story when she returns. In the romance department, I hope she’s not paired with Andre. He’s too boring.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, GLARING!
Yes, do NOT pair her with Andre!

Linda
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Linda

I agree with Aria about Anna needing a good guy. I am happy with her return to GH.

paula
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paula

MAYBE GRIFFIN. THAT WOULD BE A HOT COUPLE

Celia
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Celia

Well, if Griffin is Duke’s son? Gee, I think that would not sit well with many, paula.
Besides, I doubt Anna would break from conformity that easily.

Timmm
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Timmm

But anyway, I would rather see Grif with Liz. Anna could hook up with Valentin? That could be explosive! OR, cut the cast and bring in a new, sexy police commissioner that Anna falls for. THAT way Anna falls in love and we get rid of JorDUMB!

Celia
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Celia

Yeees! Valentin……,in the guise of a lover. Explosive is good, Timmmy. So much so, that Valentin will become putty in her hands….her slave. Anna’s reasons would be to fish out so many secrets. Then NAB him. What if Helena has Duke ( prisoner) and Valentin discloses this fact? Hmmmm. I still like Walt Willey, though. But, if age is not an issue….then Victor Alfieri. Now, that would be HOT!!!! He should be cast as Valentin, in my opinion. Speaking of getting rid of someone….I vote for Morgan. Thanks to Ava ( which is so inconceivable for her to replace pills…dumb… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Anna does not have a clean record. She has saddled up with Duke and Luke [Sounds like a tween show on the Disney Channel!} so it wouldnt be out of the question for her to hook up with Valentin. I like how you think, yes Helena could have Duke locked away and Anna could find him in the midst of her tryst with Val. We know in our hearts Helena is a live. I dont think we see Duke again until Frank Valentini is gone. He made the decision to ax him and bringing him back would be an admission… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Timmm. Hey, Timmmy, Ahaha!!!!! Duke and Luke. Sounds like a 60’s musical duo. Maybe they are JAN and DEAN in disguise ( LITTLE OLD LADY FROM PASADENA). I have heard how Anna ‘likes’ the bad boys before. Hmmmm. It’s Valentin then…!! I’m surprised she never hookd up with Sonny or Julian….or did she? Anyway, speaking of Julian……he had a razor in his hand….shaving…..in jail…..Was anyone in the cell with him? Is that even allowed? Well, now…our Ms Lizzie. She plays the little she-devil very well. I love the scenes between her and Hayden. They are so completely different but yet,… Read more »

mrsnoahdrake
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mrsnoahdrake

Happy that Finola is coming back. If they are not bringing Duke back from the dead, then put Anna & Robert back together. I don’t want to see her with Joe; no point in that long-term. Tristan and Finola still have chemistry, and lots of history. Given the current storyline for Colin on Y&R, they could easily write Tristan off Y&R in a month or so. I know Tristan is not on contract with either soap, but GH should scoop him up while they can. It would help their ratings. And how about more interaction with Mac and Felicia? We… Read more »

soapqueenforever
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soapqueenforever

Totally agree. I was an early eighties to late eighties fan of the show. Stopped, and picked back up for the 50th anniversary show. Have been watching very sporadically as of late. To mant characters to keep track of. But I would watch more if they took some of the “vets” out of hiding. They really do need to gut some the cast.

JMER
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JMER

Thank the Divine she is back! She is the lifeblood of this show for me. Although I like a few others, I don’t really care for most of the main players on this show. Duke. I will always want her with Duke and why else bring his son on (and is he her son too?!) and not bring him back. RC did him wrong and us fans when he killed him off so hastily. Those last scenes on the dock were amazing as they tried to escape. They were the only SuperCouple left on the show. We need at least… Read more »

Judy dees
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Judy dees

“SOO Excited Finola, “YEAH”!!!!!! Is Tyler coming Too!!!??!!!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Tyler is out. FV lowballed him to make more room for his OLTL pets.

Judy dees
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Judy dees

“SOO EXCITED FINOLA IS COMING BACK”!!!”What about Luke and Nicholad?”!!!<

Darnell
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Darnell

Awesome news…….. Her majesty returns. Can we pull out the stops with her and Griffin? He could be her son she allegedly miscarried. Bad girl Olivia Jerome could have taken the fetus.

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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