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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
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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
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Michael

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

dibbee
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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
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Jane

I didn’t care for her GH.

Ricardo
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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
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cooks7570

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

Harry 1
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Harry 1

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

rebecca1
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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
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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
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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
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liz

Congratulations to her but please come back to GH.

jloves
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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… Read more »

Caitie
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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
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Beth CP

Agree whole heartedly.

Beth CP
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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… Read more »

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Tells Nina He Knows Exactly Who He Is; Jason & Carly’s Wedding Comes to an Explosive Conclusion

Is it game over for Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros), or does she have another trick up her sleeve to keep Sonny (Maurice Benard) to herself, now that he remembers who is he?

On Friday’s dramatic episode of General Hospital, “Mike” looks to be gone and Sonny has come back in full force complete with a super hero moment escaping from being trapped underneath the beam that had fallen on top of him inside the burning Tan-O.  Sonny makes his escape after inhaling so many fumes, that he needs medical attention and is rushed to the hospital with Nina going along with him.

Inside the hospital, once given the all clear, Phyllis (Joyce Guy) tells Nina, “Mike” is asking for her, while Jax (Ingo Rademacher) pleads to let the doctors handle this situation.  But, Nina heads inside the room to see Sonny.  Then came the dramatic moment that many GH fans were waiting for.  As Nina calls him “Mike, he rips off his oxygen mask in anger and says that his name is Sonny and he remembers everything!  Nina does a pivot, knowing she is caught, and says the name may have have been a fake one, but they cannot deny the way they feel about each other.  She tells him that she honestly loves him and Sonny defiantly tells her NOT to say that.  Meanwhile Jax confirms to Phyllis that Nina always knew that “Mike” was Sonny and hid it from her and Sonny for months!

Back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly’s (Laura Wright) wedding comes to a conclusion! No one interrupts the wedding and the two look lovingly at each other to start their new life together as husband and wife.

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After the ceremony, mobsters Ms. Wu, Vincent, and Charles have a moment where she says “be wary of tomorrow”.  Jason and Carly have a moment alone where Jason looks truly in love with Carly now and all of those feelings he had buried for years have now come back to the surface. How will this all play out when Sonny comes back into everyone’s lives, alive and well?

After the reception had ended, Jason and Carly get in their limo to drive away as newlyweds.  She asks Jason what Ms. Wu whispered in his ear at the reception, he says she confirmed something he already knew.  Meanwhile, Vincent and Charles get in their limo.  Charles shares the world is about to be a better place without Carly and Jason in it.

Next, Carly tells the driver to start the car, and we see a bomb device under a car and the chapel blown up as the show comes to its conclusion.

Our bet is that the Novak/Buscema car was blown to bits, not Jarly’s limo thanks to a Wu double-cross, but we shall see next week! Great performances from Maurice Benard, Cynthia Watros, Laura Wright, and Steve Burton throughout this one.

So, what did you think of the moment Sonny told Nina he remembered who he is? What did you think of Jason and Carly’s nuptials? What do you think will happen next? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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Briana Nicole Henry on Her Decision to Exit GH: “I Decided It Was Time to Move On”

On Monday’s episode, GH viewers learned that Jordan will need to start dialysis and treatment at a specialty clinic in Albany from kidney damage and suffering renal failure.  But on Tuesday, fans of the ABC daytime drama series learned that Briana Nicole Henry has left the show, all her decision, according to her post on Instagram.

A Daytime Emmy nominee this year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category, Briana shared the news on her departure expressing: “I suppose it is that time isn’t it. As I celebrated my third year of being on General Hospital yesterday, I also watched my last episode as Jordan Ashford air. People kept asking me how it felt to have ended my time on the show, and it wasn’t until yesterday that it really sank in, as I watched Jordan’s goodbye to her family and knew the tears you saw were real tears between not just colleagues but friends. I decided it was time for me to move on from @generalhospitalabc and I got nothing but love and support from everyone involved. Not to mention was given the most beautiful send of that left me quite literally shaken.  I’d like to take a second to thank every single person in my @generalhospitalabc family that helped me make GH my home over the last three years, especially @fvalentinigh . From the crew, to my cast mates to our security guard Emma, there were multiple people on any given day that brought such a smile and warmth to my heart.”

Briana finished her post with, “When I started GH it was my first opportunity as a series regular, and to get the opportunity to throw myself into Jordan for the last three years and work with some truly incredible actors has been an honor. Thanks for holding space for me to grow. I am a better actor because of the time I spent within those walls and will forever be grateful for the way the show nurtured and challenged my ability.  To the fans, it took me a while to win you over, but once you saw my heart you made me feel so much love. I hope I brought something unique and honest to your beloved character of Jordan Ashford, she’s one helluva woman. Until next time loves 👋🏾.”

This will be the second Jordan to exit General Hospital.  The role was originated by Vinessa Antoine, and Henry took it over for the last three years.

So, sad to see Briana leave GH? Should the show recast? Comment below.

 

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