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General Hospital 50th Returns: Who's Staying and Who's Going?

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With all the major returns for General Hospital’s 50th anniversary celebration and with the Nurses’ Ball now concluded, fans of the show are wondering, which fan favorites are staying on the canvas and which are heading out of Port Charles?

In a new interview with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, General Hospital head writer, Ron Carlivati fills us in on the status of Genie Francis and Kin Shriner (they are staying put), Lynn Herring (looks like she is going to be around for awhile), Jack Wagner (looks like he is gone for now), Jackie Zeman (she will be heading out shortly), Vanessa Marcil and Ingo Rademacher (Vanessa has some more story yet to play in her arc, Ingo is on DWTS), and what about John Stamos?  Here are just a few excerpts from the piece to give you a little more detail!

Carlivati on Genie Francis and Kin Shriner and Scott/Laura/Luke:   “There’s still a lot of story to tell with Genie and Kin. When this latest Luke and Laura adventure comes to a conclusion and they’re back home in Port Charles, we’ll explore whether or not Laura still wants to marry Scotty. Is she now more bonded with Luke because of what happened on the island? We’ll keep that triangle very much alive for a while but it will be resolved. And even after that there’s still much to play out with Laura and Scotty. I don’t see either one leaving us anytime soon.”

Carlivati on Vanessa Marcil becoming uber-bitch in regards to Carly etc:  “Vanessa will remain with us at least through the resolution of this arc. I have a real soft spot for that character, even when she’s gone too far. She’s needy and broken and she loves Sonny so deeply that it drives everything she does. She can’t help herself. I think she absolutely truly did love Jax but she was hoping Sonny would say, “Call it off! Stay with me!” Deep down, that’s what she wants, so we’ll see where that takes us”

Carlivati on trying to work out something for John Stamos to return as Blackie Parrish: “We tried to write in a cameo that had him in one episode of the ball, but it was never as simple as just having him play the drums. John said he wanted to do something more, something where he could really act, so I came up with an arc that had his character, Blackie, getting out of Pentonville Prison and having to adjust to life on the outside. But, at that point, John seemed to be committed to a lot of other projects so it’s dead, at least for now. But I still have hope it will happen.”

So GH fans, let us know what you think!  Are you glad about who’s sticking around?  Who would you have loved to see stay longer on the show?  Weigh-in!

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heidi
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heidi

Good to know… very happy about Genie staying around for awhile… wish she would stay for years!!! I like Kin… but not a fan of the Scotty character unless he would change and be a good guy! I still wish Jack/Frisco was staying around for more time with Maxie… their scenes were just so great and heart breaking and I love their chemistry! I still wish Ingo was coming back to get back with Carly!!! I like Vanessa but it just doesn’t seem to be Sonny and Brenda’s time. I am hoping maybe Oliva and Sonny get closer… but probably… Read more »

Janice
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Janice

” The fact that Lucy and Kin are sticking around must mean they are resurrecting Serena Baldwin with KA.” I think you’re exactly right.

Patrick
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Patrick

what is up with Brenda?

the “food” fight w/Carly, at the NB…. which Brenda instigated?

Brenda “sleeping” w/Michael…. ????

she’s misleading him… ???

Carly is definately going to tell Sonny.

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is this Brenda’s way of getting back at Carly… ??? for? cause she’ll never get Sonny?

i’m not caught up in the Sonny – Brenda hysteria…. if you will….

I wonder where Kate/Connie is? worst case scenario…. Sonny belongs with Kate.

k/kay
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k/kay

Patrick I do not think Brenda slept with Michael but she is letting them think so. Every time her character is brought back the writing get’s more stupid. Just leave her off the canvas. When she first came on you actually liked her now she is just awful and that new tattoo on the wrist sooo tacky! I think the actress has major head problems think daytime’s version of Lindsey Lohan.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I would like to see a strong domestic — not necessarily a globe-trotting adventure — for Luke, Laura, and Scotty, plots that have them interacting more with their children as family. Seems the seeds are being planted for that. I wish Bobbie Spencer would be kept on the canvas. She has connections to Luke, Laura, Scotty, not to mention Carly and Michael. She has a son, Luke, who could be integrated into the fold. And Jackie Zeman is such a delight to watch. Please someone read this and heed this request! I have loved the GH buildup in the last… Read more »

jp
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jp

I totally agree. Having Jackie Zeman back on the canvas of GH is so needed. She has so many ties to the show. Listen up Ron and Frank. Keep our Bobbi Spencer around!

glojean
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glojean

I 2nd that! We need Bobby Spencer. They could finally put her with Scotty!

jimh
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jimh

Glad Lucy will be around longer…i like Brenda, yes i do, because i just love how she aggravates Carly…its pure soap fun. Would love to see Brenda and Connie get in a big mud fight over Sonny with maybe Carly joinng in… a threesome mud fightt would be hot,hot hot…did i say hot! I knew Blackie was still in prison…what happened to Diane?…she could use dna to finally exonerate him. Would like Blackie make a play for Sam with Micheal E. returning to the show as Jason who leaves the mob and becomes a cop! Hope Bobbi, Frisco and any… Read more »

Gillian
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Gillian

Awesome news! I had hoped Lucy would stick around – I love Lucy Coe and GH hasn’t been the same without her. As for the rest, I know that Ron has a vision and trust that he is going to take the audience on a wild, enjoyable ride. He has written the show so well and has honored its history beautifully. I really can’t nit-pick the characters staying or going. The way he has written everyone so far, it allows for the actors’ returns which is a major difference between him and past head writers. Love this show and love… Read more »

Janice
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Janice

I’m with you. Love love love Lucy/Lynn Herring!

janet
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janet

OK lets say what I am sure some GH fans are thinking. Why not keep all the vets and get rid of the ones from other soaps. Todd and Starr can stay on OL and we can keep our vets. Luke and Laura together or not who cares.Luke looks like he certainly doesn’t. He said he wants to be with Spanky pants fine .Laura can find a new man, she is certainly due. Luke gets plenty. I like Laura and want her to stay. They also need to keep Nick, and I am waiting for the new Lulu, E.Ryland is… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

mmm, don’t agree. I love watching Roger Howarth and Kristin and Michael on GH… others had said perhaps Kristin could be the new Serena, which would work with Scotty & Lucy staying on, and I hear Lucy wants to be guardian for Rafe, so Serena could be like a big sister for him… I’m hoping Roger’s new character gets to interact with Carly still, they are great together! And I liked Michael (Easton) playing across from Anna and Alexis and Sam. They all seemed to have good GH chemistry. I was a OLTL fan for 43 years, GH I watched,… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I agree with you about Luke not honing in on any one woman…. he’s perfect foible for entertaining us and the actresses… of GH. Tracy and Anna… Lulu. he should go and visit Heather. LOL. he doesn’t “look” THAT caught up in… happy to be with Laura… just yet…. course, it’s all about the kids…. i don’t see any real sparks of “bonding” for KEEPS… as of yet. course, i may just want Laura to be 100% Scotty…. now that Stavros is back… this throws a big time wrench in Laura’s TIME. and it’s TAKING AWAY so much time from… Read more »

Pen
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Pen

Problem is that not all the actors can stay, or want to stay on. Tyler C. has an obligation to Lying Game if it’s renewed for another season, and Genie Francis may not want to continue on contract; she has a family and a business of her own she runs. “Todd” and “Starr” are no longer on GH, but the three actors are on contract with ABC. Why should they not keep their jobs? They haven’t done anything wrong. And none of us knows what the storyline or characters will be, so I advise waiting until you actually SEE what… Read more »

Janice
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Janice

Genie sold her store in Maine.(last August)…so I’m hoping she stays on….she and her hubby and fam now reside in California. I’m a RH fan and a ME fan…not so much with KA…I was hoping she’d go back to OLTL….

Patrick
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Patrick

I thought Genie Francis was on contract?

well… all these “men” to juggle and story with… i thought she was in this for the long haul.

udhoop
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udhoop

Can’t stand Starr. I like McBain and Todd though.

Ces
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Ces

I’m fine if Kristen Alderson doesn’t return but boy do I miss Todd & Carly!

Dani
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Dani

This is the BEST news I’ve heard regarding Lucy, Scotty and Laura. Yeah!!!

I have to say I DO NOT MISS Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kirsten Alderson on GH.

dinah
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dinah

Agree with everything, don’t miss OLTL people at all, wish they wasn’t come back,

The_HugoBoss
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The_HugoBoss

Love it! I think Ron and Frank deserve sooooo much more aclaim and appreciation for what they’ve done/are doing with this show. They’re successfully mixing the iconic veterans with new characters. Utilizing everyone on the canvas. True, EVERY character can’t be in a front burner storyline ALL the time, but look at how much they’ve done thus far. I was NOT a huge GH fan beforehand. Thanks to outlets like YouTube, I’ve been able to catch up on storylines and characters I wasn’t familiar with. But I think the way they’re writing everyone, I almost don’t have to research. It… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

Loving Vanessa Marcil & Laura Wright’s fighting!! Once again, Laura has chemistry with everyone and I wouldn’t mind more Sonny & Brenda and give damn Kate/Connie a friggin’ rest..

Oh yes, keep Kin Shriner and definitely Genie!!! Lots to tell here … but L&L should reunite in the end 🙂

jimh
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jimh

I love Brenda and Carly fights…soooo much fun to watch!

su0000
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su0000

I would love them ALL to stay! with the exception of Kin/Scotty, him I can live without.

Gayle
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Gayle

I’m with you, but I wish Ethan could stay too!

chrissy
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chrissy

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY about everyone who is staying! Ron ROCKS THE DAYTIME WORLD……….

Sheila
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Sheila

I’m finally free of my GH habit! YAY!

Jaime
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Jaime

I’m definitely happy that they are staying. I wasn’t quite old enough to remember Blackie Parrish, so that would be awesome if Johns Stamos could come back. I’ve been a fan for a long time and it just keeps getting better and better. Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati have done an amazing job keeping GH on our screens:)

Mysty
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Mysty

I’m glad Genie is staying I first watched her on Y&R and fell in love with her. I wish they would bring Tristan Rogers back. I Love him and Genie on Y&R together and they were so much fun to watch together. They had great chemistry, too.

carrie
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carrie

I just have to say for the 100th time. I love Frank. He is the best thing about GH.. Just reading this article gave me happy tears. Gone are the years where Gh equalled snooze fest..There used to be weeks that would do by with me simply deleting the show from my dvr..Now I watch it live almost everyday..Next month I start working days and will have to watch it after work..not live..rats… Thank you for Laura Luke Scotty Anna Duke Felicia Mac and AJ Monica and Tracy…Wow..who would have believed a year and a half ago that all of… Read more »

udhoop
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udhoop

Glad Scotty, Laura & Lucy are sticking around. But I have to say I hated the storyline given to JW as Frisco once again. If they knew that JW wasn’t going to be around more than a month, then they never should have written Frisco as trying to get back with Felicia IMO. They should have just given him a WSB storyline that brought him back to PC temporarily. Writing him as suddenly being committed to Maxie and wanting Felicia back only to have him split town when Felicia turned down his proposal (which was stupid) just re-enforced the Guza… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

I do not think we are going to get RS back since he saw Robin and knows she is alive. This is one time where if you wanted to show the actress alive and being held captive fine but this going back and forth is tiresome. KM is not coming back to GH permantly the viewers need to be able to move on.

udhoop
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udhoop

There are plenty of ways around Robert seeing Robin alive. He’s in a coma. He could awake and have lost his memory, at least short term memory. Or convince himself it was a hallucination as a result of the coma.

Patrick
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Patrick

read the SOD mag… today… while at Target…

KM… is in her ABC directorship program… thru year 2014.

????

Fran
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Fran

As a F&F fan I feel very disrespected as a viewer. Stopped watching after Monday but from what I hear they keep piling it on just in case we didn’t get the message that we weren’t welcome to the party.

Robert Scorpio is always missed. 🙁 He is just the epiotme of cool.

Jj
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Jj

Keep calm and Mac And Felicia on. I was a huge FF fan back in the day. Loved them, but I also liked Felicia with Colton. Yeah, I know, blasphemous. I liked her with Mac. I liked her with Tom Hardy. Remember those scenes? Whoa, she never, ever, did stuff like that with Frisco! Get the hose.

andrea proscia
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andrea proscia

What happpened Rick was just gone ,that was not fair,I wanted to say goodbye,????????

rebecca
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rebecca

I love Kin Shriner’s character Scotty. He has a long, long history…and I don’t think he’s any worse then Sonny and Jason…hitmen, Luke, former rapist!, Johnny, mob boss, on and on and on. By the way, love them all! But the Scott character has a bad rap. He truly loves Laura, he’s a great friend to Lucy and Bobby…his character is funny, sneaky, manipulative, poignant in some way…sorta like Todd. So I for one and glad he’s staying, adds a touch of the ol’ days to GH. Happy Genie/Laura is staying too. Really hope they put Lynn/Lucy on contract. She’s… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

OOOHHHHH !!!! Thank you Rebecca….

for your words on the TRUE Scotty.

He does love Laura…. and is a great friend… to Lucy and Bobbi!

He deserves better….. he’s more than window dressing… and in the back ground fretting about wanting to be with Laura.

if in fact… KA … Starr… is now Serena… and w/Lucy staying…. I hope the flesh out Scotty evenmoreso.

nice take on defining Lucy….. chatterbox, Zany… compassionate. what few scenes she shared with Kevin… were romance!

and if Scotty and Lucy share more screen time… with “Serena”… then all the more power to this winsome twosome.

Daisy Day
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Daisy Day

The only vets I want to see remain in PC are Frisco, Nikolas and Helena. I didn’t care for any of the characters/actors from One Life to Live. I’m not happy they are returning. It was also an insult to longtime viewers of OLTL that they chose to return to GH rather than play out their OLTL roles, never watched the show so I’m not familiar how integral their characters/actors were to the show. They also take storyline time away from GH characters/actors. I would have loved to have seen Frisco and Felicia’s love story play out. Sad that Jack… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Daisy I am not sure that was the real reason SB left he has been on 13 out of 20 episodes on Y&R in February. Personal reasons were not Nashville he did not like not being center stage and he is over with JFP his buddy and back center stage I heard his next storyline over there as Wonder Boy is to save some drowning kittens!

rebecca
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rebecca

Though there’s a definite resemblance between Sean and Steve…Sean was AJ in the past and I love that they brought him/AJ back. He’s another character that’s gotten a bad rap…Carly, Jason, Sonny, Tracy…all scheming, lying, manipulative, destructive characters…and yet somehow they’ve continually allowed them to denigrate AJ’s character like they were so much above him.

Love how he’s come back…his budding relationship with Liz and Michael. Though he wasn’t mentioned in this post, I’m hoping Sean’s staying.

Patrick
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Patrick

I like AJ…. he shows more chemistry with Micheal… then Sonny ever did.

and AJ sparring with Tracy… IS FUN.

if his budding relationship w/Elizabeth grows… then… i see a good fit.

WRITERS… give AJ and mom Monica more bonding scenes… i see the love with these two.

udhoop
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udhoop

Y&R can have him. GH’s ratings are doing just fine without him. Despite all the threats that it would die without him. Of course the same threats are made about Sonny. Man just think if Sonny left and we got the same ratings boost as we have without Jason?! **dreaming out loud**

ricardo
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ricardo

i am so happy that lynn herring is staying for a while. i love lucy coe. jackie zeman needs to stay on general hospital. please sign her to a contract please.

dinah
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dinah

Amen

Patrick
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Patrick

Amen+.

Melinda
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Melinda

I am happy that Genie will be around much longer, but I do not like that Scotty & she are together…I like the theory of Serena Baldwin coming into the picture. I also thought they might let Bobbie stay around & her son Lucas would come in as a possible romantic interest for Felix… I also very much enjoyed the Nurse’s Ball and hope this will be an anuual event…

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Jackie Zeman needs to stay on a recurring basis. I have loved seeing Bobbie back on my TV screen! As for Vanessa Marcil, I’m up for her staying. So far, Brenda hasn’t been portrayed as weak yet like when Guza was in power, so hopefully her run is more juicy.

As for Ingo Rademacher, I hope he comes back for more once he’s done with DWTS. I know he lives in Hawaii, but a recurring role would be cool.

karen
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karen

I’d like to say first that I’m sad about Julie Marie Berman’s departure. I guess as long as Dominic’s stays, we’ll have to accept the change, but PLEASE keep DOMINIC happy, WE LOVE HIM, He’s such a great actor! Luke & Laura’s storyline is ALWAYS great! But disappointed in Brenda, she loves Sonny but sleeps with his son? Regardless of the circumstances I believe Blackie Parraish should roll into town & go to Kelly’s where Brenda is lunching, have them fall in love with each other & have Blackie & Brenda go off into the Sunset, as for Scotty, always… Read more »

10261991des
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10261991des

I would love to see Brenda stay! I would love to see them all stay! Have the on – off days like they used too… Makes it more interesting..Port Charles has alot of Folks living there 🙂

Patrick
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Patrick

This has been such a wonderful trip down memory lane. Thank you FV!

Patrick
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Patrick

Lucy Coe is the David Vickers of Port Charles!

Sharon C
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Sharon C

Why did they replace Lulu?

Lin
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Lin

I understanding from an interview is that Geni would like to stay, and I’m pretty sure Jackie would like to stay (was let go before- unfair. Would love it if Lynn stayed, depending on how they make Lucy- some times she’s funny, sometimes too annoying. If they keep her doc to keep her sane- it could be great-. Brenda, the sooner gone the better. I think Ingo thinks he’s too good for gH but he is on DTWS now. Liked him much better blonder and with longer hair.I have no sympathy for Brenda. She’s gone too far. I would love… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

I love all the discussion i’m glad Laura and Scotty are staying and Lucy too!! Let’s put them to good use with the characters that r already there. I’m not crazy about the oltl characters on GH but the actors are talented so hopefully that will work when they come back as other people. Let’s hope it brings more soaps in the future!!

Meli
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Meli

I am so tired of the negative comments toward the OLTL people. It’s their choice if the want to be come so what? You don’t have to like it but can you at least respect it? Sheesh! i love Lucy and I’m thrilled they are coming back even if it’s not as the people they were before.

christina
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christina

I would luv too see frisco back. Would luv for jax n brenda to reunite n stay on if only part time I would be happy. Luv for Nikolas to stay and recast jason

JBnice
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JBnice

I wish he would get a clue that there are many who really don’t give a rip to see RH/ME especially KA stink up the GH screen. there is enough GH characters to rotate them without adding those characters back into the mix. And note to RC::: Drama with couples doesn’t always mean a triangle. Can we please have some creativity?!

Rose
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Rose

Giving us more time w/ Luke, Laura and Lucy definitely makes me happy!

Michael
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Michael

For the love of God, please keep Jackie Zeman on the canvas. It is so awesome to see her again- she has the absolute sexiest voice ever. Her scenes with Carly and Scotty are great- Keep this woman on the show, Please! And while I’m at it- how about Kristina Wagner?? I hope they keep her on for the long haul too!

Michael
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Michael

Is it me or does Kirsten Storms look like she is really pregnant?

Stewart Fox
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Stewart Fox

Why so much shade on the OTL 3?? They signed on to GH since at the time there was no OLTL….Every time three’s been a change in writers on soaps the new crew wants to put their stamp on everything..The difference this time is that Frank and Rom are actually using the rich history of GH for storyline material..

Joe
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Joe

Here’s my take: In the keep pile – Laura, Scotty, Lucy, Bobbie, Nikolas In the dump pile – Brenda, Jax, Frisco In the “Im so over them, so dump them” pile (relax, this is never gonna happen) Luke, Sonny, Britch and her mother In the “get ’em back” pile (again, ever gonna happen) Lesley, Ned, Jimmy Lee Holt (hello? missing Q heir), Skye As for Blackie – This character (and the discovery of John Stamos) is a fun snapshot for longtime viewers (like me), but we really don’t need the character. As for the OLTL characters (Starr, McBain and Todd),… Read more »

JAISAM/MCBAMFANS
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JAISAM/MCBAMFANS

we do need Blackie (JOHN STAMOS) HE’S SAM MCALL FATHER PLEASE KEEP HIM!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

your “get em back” pile… is RIGHT on! i’d add – Lorenzo alcazar… for Skye….

and this is way out their… Lois – for too HOT Ned.

Rodd
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Rodd

I am happy that the characters of Laura, Scott, and Lucy are staying. I’m not so thrilled about Brenda staying. I like the interplay between the characters of Brenda and Carly, but I am not particularly fond of the actress playing the part. I feel the same way, some times, about the actor playing Sonny. They both seem to pause A LOT and their eyes shift as if they can’t look at their scene partners or are looking for a cue card or can’t remember their lines. That’s very irritating to me and doesn’t help me invest in them. Maybe… Read more »

ricardo
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ricardo

They need to fire laura wright as carly. bring back the first carly sarah brown. Way better actress than laura wright. tamara braun was a good carly as well

Sheri
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Sheri

Totally disagree. Really like the current Carley !

Janet Basquez
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Janet Basquez

I Love Vanessa Marcil “Brenda”, but I Hate that they only bring her back for short periods of time and keep her character as a fragile little girl that’s going to break if the wind blows to hard, especially since some us viewers remember her from way back when she was such a Spitfire! She is an extremely gifted actress, who has far more depth than they are giving her credit for! I’m Very Happy that Michael Easton “John/Caleb” (He is My Favorite Gorgeous Vampire!) is returning to GH, and I hope that they keep the “Port Charles” theme going… Read more »

JAISAM/MCBAMFANS
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JAISAM/MCBAMFANS

His alter ago will be Mark Morely

I hope MICHAEL EASTON AND KELLY MONACO WOULD HAVE SOME SCENES
together!!!!!!

And all the chatter of BRIT-THE BITCH getting with the great MICHAEL EASTON
is just that CHATTER

Dont put him with:

Sa-BORING
BRITTCH

OR OLIVIAAAAA

Kelly Monaco is the only ONE for MICHAEL EASTON

Sheri
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Sheri

Really sad about the lulu recast. The show hasn’t been the same since Steve Burton left-try to get him back! Would like to have Ingo continue and I like That Brenda is staying for a while. Like Luke Laura back together and Scotty should be out. When is robin coming back? Miss her!!

General Hospital

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

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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