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Former GH Favorite Lexi Ainsworth Cast In New Primetime Pilot, Westside!

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Looks like the new primetime dramatic pilot from ABC formerly titled Venice, now called Westside, will include more former soap stars!

First came the news that The Young and the Restless Michael Graziadei (Ex-Daniel) has been cast in the Westside pilot, but today via Deadline.com, came the news that former General Hospital favorite Lexi Ainsworth (Ex-Kristina) has been cast, too!

Deadline revealed, “General Hospital alum Lexi Ainsworth has been added to ABC’s Romeo & Juliet-esque pilot Westside, about the haves and the have-nots of California’s most seductive city, Venice. Ainsworth, repped by Green & Associates, plays Nico, the teenage daughter of Lisa (Jennifer Beals) with a type-A personality. She will next be seen in The Bully Chronicles.

So are you excited for Lexi’ new role?  Do you wish she would return to General Hospital as Kristina Davis?  Does Westside sound intriguing to you?  Weigh-in!

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Melissa
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Melissa

So excited for Lexi & can’t wait to see the new show, When will it premire?

Brian Tripp
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Brian Tripp

I am so happy for her! Is this the same pilot that was first called Venice? I am glad they changed the name to something other than Venice because as we soap fans know there is already a Venice online soap!

jim
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She does look more like Mollys sister than the current actress playing Kristina but Lexi seems a little too busy to return to GH at least for now. Shes moved on and ive starting to accept this newest Kristina.

Tali
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Tali

Excited for Lexi – Loved her as Kristina!

ethel
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ethel

i am so happy for lexi – wishing her the best!

Loren
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Loren

I don’t think this pilot will make it past the pilot stage. The premise seems pretty weak and NBC has a pilot with a similar plot but stronger cast

Renee
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Renee

What’s the name of the NBC pilot that’s so similar?

Loren
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Loren

Hatfield’s and McCoys
The show takes place in present-day Pittsburgh, with the blue-collar McCoys going to war with the wealthy Hatfields after a shocking death reignites their decades-long enmity.

And a few big names have been cast on that pilot in addition to some former soap stars.

Torrey
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Torrey

Good for her! Always thought that they made a big mistake letting her go on GH. Glad to see she has so much going on now.

susan M.
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susan M.

I bought today at Target is “People Celebrates General Hospital (50th Anniversary Special)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is great! A lot of good memories!!! Going down MEMORY LANE! FIFTY YEARS OF LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON! It cost only $11.99…When you open
the magazine up on the left side , there is a layout of Port Charles . You see the ELQ building etc….And Luke & Laura’s first and second wedding! This is definite must have
for every soap fan of GH! Jagger& Karen,Ned & Lois,Stefan&Katherine,& Brenda & Sonny!!!! There’s Jessie,Dr. Hardy,Dr.Phil Brewer. The GH cast of 1966! Just GO OUT AND BUY IT TODAY!

10261991des
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10261991des

Best of luck to her! I do miss he on G.H she was great! Would love to have her back!

kaye
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kaye

Not my first choice as a daughter for JB. I have a very strong feeling the pilot won’t air, but I hope I’m wrong.

Lyndi Steinhilber
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Lyndi Steinhilber

I wish she could return to GH as Kristina!
I’d watch GH again.

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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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