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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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Passions Alum Brook Kerr Joins The Cast Of General Hospital

Casting news today has that none other than former Passions star, Brooke Kerr (Ex-Whitney Russell-Harris Crane) is set to debut in a new role on General Hospital.

According to EW.com, look for Kerr to make her first Port Charles appearance on the upcoming Thursday, March 5th installment.

Kerr will be playing a doctor, not much else is being shared as to what kind and who she may be involved with on the ABC daytime drama series.

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Passions fans remember that in story, Kerr’s character Whitney was in a relationship with the character of Chad (Donn Swaby and later, Charles Divins).  Chad was believed to be Whitney’s half-brother, but later it was revealed to not be the case, and the duo ended up tying the knot.

Since Passions, Kerr has been seen on Hawaii Five-0, Westworld, and True Blood to name just a few TV appearances.

So excited to hear that Brook is coming to GH? Who do you think she will play and be involved with in story on the soap? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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