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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.”

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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.”

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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
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 unlikely. Jackie is nice to have around… and maybe she could help Scotty be a better person. Love that Lucy is sticking around for awhile! The fact that Lucy and Kin are sticking around must mean they are resurrecting Serena Baldwin with KA.

Janice
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
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
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
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 year. Thank goodness the attention to good storytelling in Port Charles looks to keep on keeping on!

jp
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
glojean

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

jimh
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 vet, return for more guest appearances to prove you can always go back home again!

Gillian
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 where it is going. Great job, Ron! Thanks for keeping us on the edge of our seats!

Janice
Janice

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

janet
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 a terrific actress. She should give Lulu some life. The show right now is fine.

Christy
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, but OLTL was #1 for most years, but I really liked crossovers and those three coming to GH was great! Totally made GH #1 for me. Too bad they couldn’t work out sharing the characters, but I don’t think of them as OLTL characters – haven’t for a long time. they are GH characters, and certainly ABC contract actors.

yeah, I don’t care about Luke being with Laura either. He seems to
be fun with many ladies – Alexis, Anna, Felicia… te he he

Patrick
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 Scotty… who.. honestly… looks like window dressing…. fretting about wanting to be with and supporting his
“engaged” girlfriend… ?

i’d rather see Scotty put to better use… with Lucy.

this could be real good story for KS… Kin… if in fact KS… formerly Starr… is Serena.

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I like the idea of Rafe’s guardianship being Lucy… I sorta hoped that it’d be ME… former McBain… so that this establishes his character on GH…. and gives him permanence… a home building…. Rafe’s a cutie… he’d be good with Sam and Daniel.

Pen
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 happens before you decree what works and what doesn’t.

If you read the interview with Ron and actually pay attention to it, you’ll see that he loves having vets on board, but they simply can’t keep everyone for various reasons. The actors themselves may choose not to stay on; that’s their prerogative. Just as it is Carlivati and Valentini’s prerogative to tell the story they want to tell. Our job is to watch, or not watch. Simple.

Janice
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
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
udhoop

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

Ces
Ces

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

Dani
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
dinah

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

The_HugoBoss
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 all just makes sense.

My hat goes off to those two. As well as the veterans who have hopped back on board and are showing how valuable they truly were/are to the show. And the newbies for holding they’re own. I watch the CBS and NBC soaps, but personally GH is the only MUST SEE daytime soap on television. (of course, I might be a little byass having been, and still am, a diehard AMC and OLTL soapoholic fan.)

Ces
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
jimh

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

su0000
su0000

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

Gayle
Gayle

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

chrissy
chrissy

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

Sheila
Sheila

I’m finally free of my GH habit! YAY!

Jaime
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
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
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 these characters would be on the show…

udhoop
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 written deadbeat parent Frisco Jones and was a slap in the face to F&F fans. Don’t get me wrong, I love Mac BUT F&F had a huge following back in the day and fans have been longing for a reunion for years. This was one appearance that seemed forced and rushed while other storylines like Connie/Kate & Brit seem to drag on forever!

Also, why didn’t they include Audrey in the nurse’s ball? We got to see her 1 day and I just don’t see why they couldn’t have her attend the ball especially given she was head nurse at GH for years.

Finally, BRING BACK ROBERT SCORPIO! 🙂

k/kay
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
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
Patrick

read the SOD mag… today… while at Target…

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

????

Fran
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
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
andrea proscia

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

rebecca
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 somehow the heart of the show for me…there’s just something about her…and I really enjoy her interactions. She’s a chatterbox who on the one hand is zany yet is wise and compassionate. Would have liked her “Doc” to stay.

Too bad Rick Springfield coudn’t stay a bit longer. Did he just magically appear and disappear? (didn’t watch today’s episode yet so maybe that’s addressed…)

What about Duke? Was it mentioned anywhere whether he and Felicia (characters) are staying? Hope so!

Patrick
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
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 Wagner had to leave. Would be ecstatic to see John Stamos return. I love the younger characters in the show, I think Serena and Dr. Drake have great chemistry and both actors have great chemistry with Emma. I think the writing is not as good as I was hoping it would be, with the exception of the week of the Nurses’ Ball, it has not been good. And one the main characters/actors is missing from the show – Jason/Steve Burton! I wished TPTB would have worked a little harder to facilitate Steve Burton’s request to allow him more time off for his commuting. GH’s loss, Y&R’s gain. At least this viewer is tuning in to Y&R. I think they made a huge mistake when they failed to cast Sean Kanan as the new Jason.

k/kay
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
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
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
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
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
dinah

Amen

Patrick
Patrick

Amen+.

Melinda
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)
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
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 loved Kin Shriner, I think it would be funny for Laura & Scotty to get married & have the reverse (luke catches the bouquet) & we’re back to the Luke/Laura/Scotty story! Tony can Be so FUNNY! If anyone can make it work, Tony can! Thankx for listening

10261991des
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
Patrick

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

Patrick
Patrick

Lucy Coe is the David Vickers of Port Charles!

Sharon C
Sharon C

Why did they replace Lulu?

Lin
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 to see Blackie, but not if he’s a hardened criminal who’s been in prison the whole time. Maybe he’s been out for a while and just now ready to go back to Port Charles.

Paul
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
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
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
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
Rose

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

Michael
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
Michael

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

Stewart Fox
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
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), yes, it will be awkward to have them back playing other roles, but these are phenominal actors and I can’t wait for their returns.

JAISAM/MCBAMFANS
JAISAM/MCBAMFANS

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

Patrick
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
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 I’m missing something, because I know a lot of fans love these actors, but I just don’t get it and wish I did.

ricardo
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
Sheri

Totally disagree. Really like the current Carley !

Janet Basquez
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 ( I MISS that SOAP), Also I would LOVE for them to bring him and Kelly Monaco “Sam” together!

I’m also Happy to hear that Roger Howarth “Todd” and Kristin Alderson “Starr” are coming back! I wish they would remain the same characters, though!

Great to see all the “Vet’s” and excited about OLTL making a come back!!!!

JAISAM/MCBAMFANS
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
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!!

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On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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The Best of the GH Nurses’ Ball Continues; Which Is Your Favorite Musical Performance?

As part of its encore presentations, General Hospital is entering into its second week of Nurses’ Ball episodes.

Since the show is currently not in production and ran out of original episodes, viewers are getting to see all the glitz, the performances and the drama that makes the annual ball (which usually airs in May) so fun to watch.

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Look for memorable moments this week from James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin) when he performed Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” and Josh Swickard’s (Chase) rendition of Portugal the Man’s hit, “Feel It Still” among others.

Here is a rundown of episodes this week to make sure to catch!

Monday, June 1, 2020 Episode 13565 (OAD: 5/25/16)
Franco gives Jake a helping hand. Carly blackmails Ava. Nikolas stops Hayden from talking to Jordan. Musical performances include: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee performed by Emma Scorpio-Drake and Eddie Maine, This Changes Everything by Chris Ryan performed by Jake Spencer and Franco Baldwin; a striptease to Demon in Disguise performed by Magic Milo and the Magic Wands -(Felix DuBois, Dillon Quartermaine, Griffin Munro, Curtis Ashford and Milo Giambetti).

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Episode 13812 (OAD: 5/23/17)
Jake shows Emma and Charlotte the Chimera canister that was sent to him. Jason finds Anna’s Chimera necklace on the floor. Sonny has Morgan’s medication

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Episode 13813 (OAD: 5/24/17)
Jake is scared when he sees the Chimera symbol on Anna’s necklace. Valentin tells Anna he sold the Chimera to Helena Cassadine. Michael visits Nelle in the hospital. Musical Performances include: Sara Bareillies’ Brave performed by Emma Scorpio-Drake, Amy Driscoll, Kristina Corinthos-Davis and Valerie Spencer, And So It Goes On by Billy Joel performed by Valentin Cassadine and It’s Not Over Yet performed by Josslyn Jacks.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 Episode 13814 (OAD: 5/25/17)
Sonny and Carly learn that Ava switched Morgan’s pills. Nina takes Valentin back. Anna tells Jason she is looking for a bio-toxin known as the Chimera. Jake sees Helena order him to do his magic trick, featuring the Chimera. Musical Performances include: Faith by George Michaels performed by Ned Quartermaine & Olivia Falconeri, Modern Love by David Bowie performed by Dillon Quartermaine & Kiki Jerome and Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen performed by Epiphany Johnson, Felix DuBois, Bobbie Spencer, Amy Driscoll and Deanna.

Friday, June 5, 2020 Episode 14509 (OAD: 5/17/18)
Curtis proposes to Jordan. Alexis overhears Finn tell Anna he hasn’t stopped caring for her. Sam finds Faison’s lighter in Peter’s office. Musical performances include: Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone performed by GH Nurses’ – Epiphany Johnson, Felix Dubois, Bobbie Spencer, Amy Driscoll & Deanna and Feel It Still by Portugal The Man performed by Harrison Chase.

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So, with this being week two of previous Nurses’ Ball episodes being rebroadcast on ABC, what has been your favorite musical performance of all-time in the ball?

Check out this week’s promo from GH below, and Josh and James’ performances that will also air again this week.  Then, l

et us know your thoughts via the comment section,

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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