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Former General Hospital Daytime Emmy Winner, Julie Berman Cast As Series Regular On Hulu Comedy, CASUAL!

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Julie Berman has been garnering several roles of late on primetime series; including her recurring role on NBC’s Chicago Med. Now comes word that Berman has been upped to series regular on the upcoming second season of Hulu’s original comedy, Casual.

According to Deadline on Monday, Berman who plays the role of Lei, the attractive and promiscuous assistant to Valerie (Michaela Watkins) who is a breezy, unintentionally vulgar poster child for the Adderall generation, but endearingly sweet, and who offers Valerie a fresh perspective on what it means to be a sexual women in 2016, role will expand.

The series premise follows the story of a dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother (Tommy Dewey) and his newly divorced sister (Michaela Watkins). Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating — online and off — while living under one roof again and raising a teenager (Tara Lynne Barr).

In addition, actress Kate Aselton will join the series for season 2 in the recurring role of Jennifer, a new therapist who takes the vacant office next to Valerie’s. Composed, sophisticated and with a group of long-standing friends, Jennifer has built a satisfying post-divorce life, a life that Valerie is desperate to be a part of.

So, what do you think of the recent successes of three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Julie Berman, the former Lulu Spencer Falconeri on General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Aria
Aria

Miss her as lulu. Emmly rylan is ok but not as lulu , but it is what it is an of course any success that comes her way is deserving .

Michael
Michael

She’s a beautiful and very talented actress so good for her!

dibbee
dibbee

I think she is a marvelous and beautiful actress and I sure wish she would be cast on Days of our Lives. (A perfect Abby)

Jane
Jane

I didn’t care for her GH.

Ricardo
Ricardo

I love Julie, she is a wonderful actress, I still miss her as LULU. Emme Rylan is also a terrific actress, but I still prefer Julie in the role of Lulu.

cooks7570
cooks7570

I will take Julie over Emme anyday of the week. I still miss Julie as Lulu too.

Harry 1
Harry 1

I promise–if Julie comes back as Lulu I will stop calling that character Boo-Boo.

rebecca1
rebecca1

No matter what I’ve seen her in she always comes off as a “tomboy” to me. I dont like her character on Chicago Med…very abrasive. And I prefer Emme as Lulu. But still…great opportunity for Julie.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, what happened to her character on Chicago Medical–just saw her briefly in her “briefs”–lol–and didn’t see her again. ??

rebecca1
rebecca1

Let’s try again, lol. Hi Nancy!

Julie hasn’t been a main character on Chicago Med but she was seen in snippets as a very capable ER doctor and lover of one of the main ER doctors. On the latest episode she broke the news to him that she had a great opportunity at another hospital that she was accepting…thus her upcoming exit to her new gig…”Casual.”

liz
liz

Congratulations to her but please come back to GH.

jloves
jloves

I found this lulu fit very well into the gh of the time. It was very mob heavy and she interacted perfectly w every other character on the show. I enjoyed her when she was younger. Then as she got older the only person they had her interact w was dante. I didn’t care for the adult version of her. She was great as the adventurous young person always getting into trouble. Anyway, a lot of people loved her and dante together, I just did not. Although her acting was always great. She seemed ready to move on. I thought it made sense when they chose a very different, more simple lulu, bc jb’s lulu carried all the drama and susupense over the past few years, and the new folks in charge wanted to start on a clean slate. I thought the new girl was good at first. But, now she has has plenty of time to bring it, and she just has not. She can’t step it up a few notches, and it so the same no matter what the new story is. In my opinion, they need to find a new lulu, and find a completely different one. And, maybe not even one with blonde hair. She had brown hair as a baby. Why not try something different.

Caitie
Caitie

I miss Julie as Lulu on GH; however, I enjoy seeing her have success in other areas. Having a recurring gig on the Dick Wolf production, Chicago Med, is a good thing – but being a regular on the Golden Globe-nominated Casual is a bigger deal for me. Loved Casual in its first season and I’m really looking forward to Season 2.

Julie, for me, played the quintessential Lulu, combining some of Luke’s edge and cynicism with a vulnerablity and depth of emotion that touched me. I’ll always be happy to have shared her time on General Hospital.

Beth CP
Beth CP

Agree whole heartedly.

Beth CP
Beth CP

I truly miss Julie’s presence as L. There was an appealing lightness that was a perfect counterpoint to the darker dramatics that she was asked to portray as the equal parts street smart and guard your heart closely Spencer daughter . And her pairing with DZ was (for this viewer), a refreshing as well as potent mix of sweetness and sensuality that oozed across the screen. Seeing her work on “Chicago Med” and “Casual” has allowed her to dive into characters that are completely different and it backs up what I’ve always thought about her as an actress-that she’s got talent to burn and has a chameleon like versatility that allows her to play drama and comedy equally. Kudos to her and I’m thrilled for her being upped to a regular on a very amusing and well produced series.

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Ingo Rademacher Back To General Hospital As Jax

What a fun reveal by General Hospital and Ingo Rademacher!  And with that, look who’s coming home to Port Charles?  Hot on the heels of his stop over at The Bold and the Beautiful where he took over the role of Thorne Forrester, the GH fan favorite is back at his old stomping grounds.

In the video teaser, Jax and Carly’s (Laura Wright) last goodbye scene plays, which aired the last time Ingo was on GH, and then the camera pans to the back of a man’s head watching the TV

“Oh, come on!  Well, that can’t be the end. Cause it’s not,” says the guy.  In true soap opera fashion, the camera reveals it’s Rademacher who states: “I’m coming back to General Hospital and Jax’s legacy is going to continue in a big way. See you soon.”

So, will Jax be back in Carly’s arms or someone else’s? What will happen when Josslyn (Eden McCoy) reunites with her father?  Will Jax be involved in a major mystery? Share your thoughts on Ingo’s return to GH via the comment section below.  But first, check out the teaser video that contained this exciting cast addition announcement.

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Dominic Zamprogna Making A Return To General Hospital

After posting a photo from an empty dressing room, Dominic Zamprogna certainly had General Hospital fans interest piqued!  Turns out, Zamprogna is back shooting at the ABC daytime drama series for what it appears to be a short appearance and reprising his role as Dante Falconeri.

As fans know, Dominic departed GH in 2018, after 9 years in the role.  In the photo he posted on social media, Zamprogna is in one of GH’s temporary dressing rooms for the day.  His original dressing room was re-assigned to Josh Swickard (Chase), when Dom exited the show.

The last time viewers saw Dante was in the Sonny-centric episode; where Dante is the mobster and Sonny is by the book.

In current GH story, the character of Dante has been recently mentioned following his wife, Lulu (Emme Rylan) being stabbed by serial killer, Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom).  Dante’s parents, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) also discussed his whereabouts. Dante had gone undercover on a major case after leaving Port Charles.

From all reports, it seems that Dominic is making a short return, but it will be more than just a one-day stint.  So, stay tuned.

So, will Dante return to Lulu’s side? Do you hope Dominic’s return means more down the line? Comment below.

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TONIGHT: GH’s Maurice Benard As John Gotti In Lifetime’s ‘Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter’

Fans and colleagues of Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) have been eagerly waiting to see the General Hospital star take on the role of famous mobster, John Gotti. Well, tonight (February 9th) is the night!  Make sure to watch the Daytime Emmy-winner in Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter on Lifetime at 8pmEST/7CST.

In the log lines for the movie. it relates: “Executive produced by Victoria Gotti herself, the movie takes us deep into the world of what it was really like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world.  Sharing never-before-revealed stories about her life, Victoria (Chelsea Frei) tells of a sensitive child growing up with a beloved father (Maurice Benard) she worried about constantly; the tragedy of her younger brother’s death; and her turbulent romance, forbidden by her father, with the man who later became her husband.  Victoria had a front-row seat to a life the world became fascinated with, all while trying to reconcile the loving father she adored with a man the outside world was determined to bring down. . The film is based on Gotti’s book This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti.  Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating.

Benard spoke with ABC Soaps In Depth about taking on the role and wanting to get the performance just right, where he expressed: “That’s up to the audience to decide.  I played him like a real-life guy who’s loyal to his people and loves his family — and that’s kind of what the story is about. It’s through Victoria’s eyes and told with complete compassion.”

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As to how playing Gotti compared to his role as Port Charles’ loveable mobster, Sonny Corinthos, Maurice added: “When I was shooting the role, I didn’t really know how different it was from Sonny. But my last day, I wrapped at about 1 in the morning in Canada, flew back and went straight to work as Sonny. I remember shooting the scene and thinking, ‘Wow, Sonny’s in about second gear, Gotti’s in about fourth or fifth gear!’ It’s two different energies.”

Check out the promo for tonight’s Lifetime Movie starring Maurice as John Gotti below, and the let us know if you will be watching, and if you caught it, what you thought of Maurice’s performance, and the movie via the comment section below.

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