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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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THURSDAY NIGHT: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom, Y&R’s Beth Maitland, DAYS’ Freddie Smith & Soap Favorite, Linda Dano

On Thursday night, November 15th, Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman returns with a brand new episode beginning at 7PMPST/10PMEST.

Join Michael and his very special guests: General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and beloved soap vet, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia Gallant, AW, Ex-Gretel Rae Cummings, OLTL, GH, Port Charles, and AMC) who will be appearing with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in Hallmark’s The Chronicle Mysteries next year, for this entertaining 90-minute broadcast.

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a very soapy prize, a Days of our Lives swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture of Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.

The November edition of Soap Nation Live! will be streamed live right here at Michael Fairman TV.   Come back prior to showtime Thursday night, and just look for the post for our broadcast and listen-in.

You can also listen to all past broadcasts and the new live-stream of Soap Nation Live! via Spreaker’s Soap Nation Live page

Portions of Thursday’s all-new episode can also be viewed at Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/michaelfairmanTV

If you have a question for any one of our guests that you would like potentially posed to them during the live broadcast; you can post them via the comment section below, and we just might ask your question on the air!  We hope you are looking forward to the show.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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