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General Hospital Alum Julie Berman Checks Into NBC's CHICAGO MED!

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Three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Julie Berman is headed to a new hospital … Chicago Med!  That’s right!  The actress who played the role of Lulu Spencer on General Hospital for 8 years and left in 2013, has landed a recurring role on the new NBC dramatic series!

According to TV Line, Berman has joined the cast of the Chicago Fire spin-off where she will play a doctor named Toni Zanetti.  This doctor is said to be “a brilliant, self-assured attending surgeon who does not suffer fools. Sexy in scrubs and high heels, she confidently turns heads wherever she goes.”

Julie will first appear on the scene in third episode of the series which will debut on November 17th at 9PMEST/8CST. 

The talented actress can currently be seen in the Hulu original comedy series, Casual! 

Excited to hear this great bit of casting news for Julie? What do you think of her new upcoming primetime role? Comment below!

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aria
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aria

congrats,to julie although i mess her on GH, but best to you wherever you go, as long as you don’t turn up on the other three remaining soaps. Only GH …

Norma
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Norma

Totally agree. Julie Marie Berman’s Lulu depiction was flawless. Unfortunately I still wonder what GH would be like if she came back. The Lulu that made Patrick look at his drug habit was a strong, intelligent woman. The latest incarnation of the is a far cry from what she was just 3 years ago. Regardless of my feelings towards GH.. kudos to Ms. Berman for landing a role in primetime.

Harry
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Harry

You make an excellent point, Norma.

Beth CP
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Beth CP

Dittos, Norma.

Karen
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Karen

Norma – agreed.

Donna
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Donna

I’m so glad for her & me I love her & have missed her on GH

Timmm
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Timmm

There goes THAT dream! Good luck Julie.

Fanny
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Fanny

I’m right there with you Timmm… On the other side of the coin…
I’m thrilled for Julie we get to see her shine bright in prime time.

SZima
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SZima

I, too, always hoped JMB would return to GH as Lulu. Emme only does so-so with the role…she just doesn’t have the spark & fire that Julie had.

I wish Julie luck on Chicago Med…now I’ll have to watch for sure! Hope she catches on and becomes a regular instead of recurring. 😉

Beth CP
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Beth CP

Congratulations to this wonderful actress who is as lovely and kind in person as she is on screen. From her first scenes on GH I knew she was special. I am so very proud of and happy for her! As much as I still miss her version of L, I wouldn’t want her to come back to the generic blonde , clueless valley girl that is now present on canvas.

Caitie
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Caitie

Right there with you, my friend! Julie is special!

Tim
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Tim

Nice to see that she’s getting work,as talented as Julie is,she hasn’t had a lot of acting jobs since leaving GH.

Elaine
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Elaine

I think that it’s awesome. Julie is a very talented young lady.I miss her on General Hospital.She will do just great in her new adventure in life . Congrats Julie

Jennifer
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Jennifer

I’m glad that she is going to be back on screen. As much as I loved her as Lulu she was just “stalled” acting wise. the character was only happy or in the background. I’m looking forward to seeing her on this show.

Linda Cece
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Linda Cece

Absolutely thrilled for Julie. Loved her on GH, but now her stars are even brighter. I will pray Chicago Med is a long playing show and that Julie is a shoe in for awards.
Blessings Julie

Caitie
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Caitie

I’m delighted to see that Julie has landed a recurring role in the newest show in the popular Chicago franchise. She has been keeping quietly busy lately – with three episodes in the Hulu series Casual and with a guest appearance next week in the USA Network’s series Satisfaction. (October 23 according to IMDb). Looking forward to seeing even more of this talented actress on our screens. Loved her performance on GH and look forward to enjoying more performances on these and other shows.

Ric
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Ric

I agree Timmm “there goes that dream” one can only hope.

Harry
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Harry

Proud of Ms Berman–feel like I watched her grow up on GH.
I do miss her Lulu–she was strong, darkly conflicted and her beauty was almost ethereal.
She was a perfect casting choice as she embodied both the worst and best of her parents’ character traits.
The new Lu is just fine but seems somewhat too perky for the role Julie established.

Sly
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Sly

She’s good enough to be on the “Big” screen. Why isn’t she there yet?

Caitie
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Caitie

Well, she does have a indie film coming out soon. Maybe that will be a big screen starting point. I hope!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I liked her as Lulu…but I’m not as enamored as the other posters so far…with either her talent or beauty. I think she’s cute…and I think she’s an adequate actress. I don’t see her as the next soap alumni to make it big ala Marisa Tomei or Tommy Lee Jones. Wish her well though…good for her!

Karen
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Karen

I was so happy to read this news. I surely do miss Julie and continue to feel a lot of heart left the show when she left. (As with other actors as well). So looking forward to seeing her back on screen. Congrats to Julie 🙂

liz
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liz

I want her back on GH!! There is no one like her.

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly passed away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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