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FIRST LOOK: Trent Dawson As GH’s Huxley!

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Circle June 13th for the debut of As the World Turns alum Trent Dawson when he makes his highly-anticipated GH debut in the role of Huxley!

In this first look photo released by ABC from the June 20th episode of the daytime drama series, Huxley is looking rather spiffy, but talking on the phone to someone! Wonder who it is?

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstands now) Dawson says of his new soap opera alter-ego: “Huxley is a heightened character and very British – that’s the way I’m playing him so far and no one’s told me to stop”

As viewers know Dawson’s role is said to be short term, but that was the same thing that happened to the actor when he came on board to play Henry Coleman on ATWT, The actor commented: “Henry was supposed to be on for a few weeks and he went on for years, so you never know.”

What do you think of the first look of Dawson as GH’s Huxley? Do you hope fans will enjoy Huxley so much that we could be seeing Trent for a long time to come in Port Charles?  What storyline do you think Huxley will be involved in? Comment below!

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Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

He was so much fun on ATWT. Great to have him back on tv

Mark Y
Mark Y

Henry and Trent were tremendous fun on ATWT!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Why are all the characters “short term”? And why don’t they build on the “core” of actors we know and love instead of bringing on a slew of “short term”? We know the core actors and wish for them to get substantial story lines (think Genie Francis!).

AJ
AJ

Because sometimes to advance stories you need other people. It’s as simple as that. The character serves a purpose and then they are gone. I have no idea what his role will be, but no matter how big GH’s case is, sometimes you need other people to complete a storyline. Hypothetically, if this story requires a British Jewel Thief who will work with Hayden to try to sell some of the diamonds, who currently on the canvas could play that role? Again, I’m making up what his story is, but the point is that outside characters are not only necessary, but help make the world that the soap characters live in a touch more believable.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I mostly agree with you Nancy, but AJ also makes a good point regarding subsidiary characters who come on TEMPORARILY to assist in individual stories. Sometimes they make such a good impression they’re kept on. That appeals to my favoring the idea of earning a role versus just having it handed to you because you are a familiar face. But my initial argument that existing characters being underused on GH still stands.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Sorry for repeating myself here, But….

Coronation Street has twice the number of characters of any of the final four. And it’s thirty minutes. It keeps everything moving.

You can’t blame new characters for why Favorite Character A doesn’t get enough screen time. On GH Sonny and Carly do the same scene (I’m worried about Morgan) three times on Monday, three times on Tuesday and three more times on Thursday.

My point is that all four shows don’t move anything along, not within on day or one week.

Watch Coronation Street. They keep it moving. It’s a big canvas of characters. Our final four feature one two-character scene after another. Corrie balances two-character scenes with big ensemble scenes all the time.

It can be done. Everybody works, everything moves forward. Corrie would never have Jason wandering around for a year going who am I?

Celia
Celia

Ray Berlin’s henchman/informant/liaison?? Mrs. Berlin’s companion heralding her arrival?
An investigator summoned by Dr. O to look into the strange developments at GH?
Gosh, my head is spinning…..all these new characters!

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

Head spinning…well, if you start spewing pea soup call the Exorcist-lol…later my friend!!!

Celia
Celia

Oh, my, Jimmy!!! Is that what it was???? I felt kind of sick this morning. In retrospect, I think it was green….HaHHa!!! I love your use of words, Jimmmy. Always welcomed…always enjoy it!!

Tae
Tae

Hope he works with Maura West(Ava)!!!

Patrick
Patrick

“…when he came on board to play Henry Coleman on ATWT, The actor commented: “Henry was supposed to be on for a few weeks and he went on for years, so you never know.” ”

Trent Dawson is the definition of Dynamic and layer upon layer of intrigue

He’s SO sexy

Michael
Michael

Wow, he is a wonderful actor, I loved Henry on As The World Turns. Welcome back to Daytime Trent.

Leeza
Leeza

General Hospital need to sign Trent Dawson, to a contract. He is a terrific actor.

Carson
Carson

Looking forward in seeing Dawson on GH. He will be great. I love his acting. Now we need to recast Audry Hardy with Erika Slezak. Erika would be terrific as the new Audry.

su0000
su0000

I need to know; will Huxley be a bad guy or a good guy?
GH desperately needs a real bonafide villain ..

(like.. Ray Gardner or Billy Clyde Tuggle)
dammmit, I wanna love to hate someone that can raise my blood pressure !

Omar
Omar

I so agree..GH needs that villain so bad.

Dr O. is just not doing it!! Franco character has been basically a snorefest..And Heather (who is great) just pops up once a year… Queen Cassadine is “dead” and all the mob bosses are not really bonafide villains.

I want to scream at my screen and love to hate that evil bastard or bitch, 🙂

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Grandma Heather Webber and her Iced Tea. Reigning Champ.

More Heather, please!

Erick
Erick

They’re trying to make it Nik and Hayden. And failing….

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

I think it has something to do with Nik…

clh
clh

I so hope his role has NOTHING to do with the mob! Pleeeeaaasseeee

Carol
Carol

Really excited to see Trent on GH. He was a fan favorite and a great actor on ATWT.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

i want him to have a story with Lucy just so we have a big reason for Lucy Coe to stay but my guess is that he will be wrapped in story with another character.

Timmm
Timmm

Is Huxley Spinelli’s dad?

Michael S
Michael S

I hope so. That would be a hoot to see Bradford and Trent ham it up!

Melissa
Melissa

So many characters to keep track of.

Letemeatc8ke
Letemeatc8ke

I think everyone on the planet should get a sl on GH.

JR
JR

Lmao!

Brian J. Greene
Brian J. Greene

Welcome Back To Daytime TV, Trent. Yay! 😀 😀

su0000
su0000

Well, GH no longer has a mob.
There are 2 men, Julian and Sonny that seem to be feuding and nothing more.
So, he will not be involved in an invisible mob.
He will be involved with Hayden and her father .

Harry
Harry

Why do you write such nonsense Suoo?
Sonny is still an active Kingpin and everyone knows it.

Celia
Celia

True, Harry, true. But, I think what su means is that because we do not see much ‘shooting action’, the mob is non-existent. However, Sonny continues to slither hither and yon between one crime or other.
As I also suggested above, I agree with su that there is a great chance Huxley works for/with the Berlins.

Janet Byrnes
Janet Byrnes

The mob still rules GH. Sonny has been threatening Julian ,Ava. Him and his moll want to have steal the kids .By hook or by crook. When people say scummy is a mumbling midget mobster ,they have the rest of the show running around with guns.
They have destroyed Anna she shot Carlos in cold blood numerous times over the mobster who put a hit out on the new police commissioner.Jason has his memory back how long before he starts shooting again.
We have the mob, and screwey characters like heather, Francos. we have a women who cut the baby out of a pregnant women, now runs a magazine .
Sonny and carley are two of the most disgusting characters on a soap. to each his own.
Trent Dawson got an my last nerve on World and that was one soap I never missed. This is just my opinion.We all have them.

Benjaman
Benjaman

Yeah! Yeah! Any ATWT Actor who finds works in soaps today is a major bonus by me!!!!!

Michael
Michael

I’ll take over bloated casts for $2000.

Janet Byrnes
Janet Byrnes

Couldn’t stand him on ATWTs, so who cares ?

Darien
Darien

Turns out a lot of people care and are happy he’s joining the show. He is supremely talented and everyone else knows it.

Beach Dreamer
Beach Dreamer

Why is GH creating a cheap knock off of Robert Scorpio instead of giving viewers the original? I mean SERIOUSLY this guy looks EXACTLY like Robert sitting in Luke’s apartment in 1981. He’s even got the same suit & hair. Let me guess, he’ll be the agent assigned to investigate Joss’s mystery kidneys?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

🙂

Judy
Judy

Cannot wait to see Trent back on daytime! How quickly he won our hearts on ATWT & hope it happens again on GH. I would love to see him work with Maura who needs a story!

Janet Byrnes
Janet Byrnes

Maura has a story. She is an evil mother. Sonny and Carly said so, after all, they are the saints who love their children , and everyone elses. Maybe not joss for Carly hasn’t mentioned her in a while doesn’t seem to care where they got the kidney, much to busy trying to steal Avery .

rocky83
rocky83

Word!

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Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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Beginning December 21st, the next chapter of Blangiardo’s the soap behind a soap, will be available for streaming on Amazon and Amazon Prime. (season one is also currently available on Amazon)

This series, which was nominated for five 2017 Daytime Emmys, follows the behind-the-scenes drama of a fictitious soap opera titled Painted Dreams.  Many soap opera notables have roles in the online series including: Alicia Minshew, Michael Lowry , Austin Peck. Terri Ivens,  Walt Willey, Kelley Menighan, Grant Aleksander, Bobbie Eakes, Natalia Livingston, Marnie Schulenburg, Nathan Purdee, Colleen Zenk, James DePaiva, Tonja Walker, Ilene Kristen, and the late Larkin Malloy . In addition, Jessie Godderz of Impact Wrestling and Big Brother fame, and Dina Manzo of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, also appear.

In a statement, Sonia Blangiardo said that she is “excited to take everyone along these characters’ journeys in Season 2, as they evolve and deal with ever increasing professional and personal turmoil.”

Fore more on Tainted Dreams visit their official website here.  (more…)

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