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General Hospital Alum Matt Cohen Let Go by ‘Entertainment Tonight’

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Entertainment Tonight has undergone staffing cuts and layoffs that are affecting 10% of its workforce.  One of those laid off was former General Hospital favorite, Matt Cohen (ex-Dr. Griffin Munro).

Matt has been the weekend anchor of Entertainment Tonight along with Nischelle Turner and Kevin Frazier. Cohen has been with ET since 2019. In addition to his weekend ET gig, he also appeared as a correspondent on the weekday show.

According to The Wrap, ET decided not to renew Cohen’s contract, as well as Will Marfuggi’s, who had been an on-air correspondent, previously with E! News.  Just when Cohen and Marfuggi’s final ET appearances will happen has not been revealed.

General Hospital fans are aware that Cohen played Griffin from 2016-2019.  His other acting TV credits include roles on: Supernatural, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and How to Get Away With Murder.

Is that the GH seventh floor intercom we hear? “Calling Dr. Munro … Dr. Munro to the neurosurgery unit … STAT!”

Share your thoughts on ET’s decision to say goodbye to Matt, and if you would like to see him reprise his role on GH? Comment below.

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Sure… bring Dr. Griffin back. Eventually Duke Lavery’s going to come back from the dead, and he should get to know his son.

And yes, Duke is down here. But he’ s got air conditioning, because he pretty much redeemed himself by the last time he got killed.

They had Anna sit with Duke’s corpse for hours until Liesl came in and told her it was time to move the body. In soap land, that’s dead-dead. It was also the third time the character was killed, another final nail.

And, despite his mob dalliances through the years, Duke was sure to take the UP elevator at the end. Even AJ and Connie went that way, too.

Griffin isn’t needed on the canvas. There’s a lot more legacy characters (pick any of Laura’s children) that need to come back before a tertiary character like Griffin.

Duke was really only killed once though. The warehouse explosion was obviously staged so he could go into “witness protection”. The Jonathan Paget thing was a real death, but when Duke came back a decade or so ago, he explained that Paget was an imposter.

So Duke’s only really died once. He’s practically a rookie in soap terms!

And yes, I’d take the Spencer kids over Griffin. But if they need some doctors on staff at GH, it’s better to bring back one you know than hire more newbies.

I wish he’d never left GH. ET has become a dreadful show, delivering images in one-second sound bytes; if you blink, you’re out of luck. They’re also devoted to chosen favorites like Rihanna, J-Lo, and those ubiquitous Kardashians. Meanwhile, legendary actresses like Olivia DeHavilland and Glenda Jackson, with 4 Oscars between them, pass away with very brief mentions. Matt always seemed forced, even phony (which seems to be a pre-requisite to those hosts), not comfortable. His Griffin character had become dull but I still hope he returns to daytime. Y&R sure needs some new man candy.

Bring him back for Maxie

Yes bring him back ,

PLEASE bring him back… he played a doctor and the show is called “General Hospital”

But we all know Sonny will get a new mob recruit before the hospital gets a new doctor or nurse..

Creative to make Finn co chef of staff and Elizabeth head nurse. A return to the days of “Steve and Audrey” almost.

I would LOVE to see him come back! We need a doctor of his caliber at GH. It would be interesting to see where he ends up and with whom. Ava and he have a ton of history, Maxie needs someone soon. What would it be like for Griffin and Spenelli to come face to face after Munro was with Ellie? Many, many possibilities. Make it happen TPTB at GH!

Here’s the obvious question… and it would apply to Lulu’s possible return as well as Griffin’s….

We know that the actors currently working on GH & other daytime shows are under a different contract through 2024, and therefore not directly impacted by the SAG-AFTRA strike. And we also know that some of these actors have supported the strike by joining the picket lines on their days off.

But is it considered “crossing the picket lines”, if an actor joined (or rejoined) a daytime show right now, since they were not previously under that contract?

Or is my undercaffeinated Devil brain giving too much thought to this question?

As the shows themselves are not being picketed and the current actors are either contractually bound or recur on a long term basis, someone (re)joining the show would not be considered a “scab”. Now, if I were an actor joining now, I wouldn’t flaunt that doing I’m doing daytime because I can’t currently do other work.

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Donna Mills, Linda Gray, Nicollette Sheridan, Morgan Fairchild, Loni Anderson to Appear in Lifetime’s 80s and Soap-Themed Holiday Movie

Wowza! Now here’s a line-up of soap opera and primetime favorites all in one movie! Coming up for the holidays, Lifetime has revealed they have an 80s and soap-themed film starring: Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing, General Hospital), Linda Gray (ex-Dallas), Nicollette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing and Dynasty), Morgan Fairchild (ex-Falcon Crest, SFT, DAYS et al) and Loni Anderson (ex-WKRP in Cincinnati).

Filmed earlier in 2023, Ladies of the 80’s is said to follow five soap opera divas (how fun and perfect!), as they reunite to shoot the final Christmas episode of their long-running soap opera!

In story, the producer, Alex (Travis Burns) and director Nell (Taylor Ann Thompson), who happen to be old college friends, do their best to keep things on the rails but as the ladies come together, old rivalries resurface that threaten to tear the production apart. With the show nearly canceled before it even begins due to the ladies’ famous diva behavior, they reluctantly agree to set aside their differences and past secrets to “act” as if they all still love each other.  When old sparks reignite between Alex and Nell, the ladies become eager to play cupid and conspire to bring the couple together.  

But wait, there’s more! In addition to the five leading ladies, the cast also includes: Days of our Lives favorite Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy), Alec Mapa, and Donna Mills’ real-life daughter, Chloe Mills, plus 80s heartthrob, Christopher Atkins.

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There is even a Ladies of the 80’s theme song, performed by none other than 80’s pop star, Tiffany!

In a statement on the project, the movie’s EP Larry A. Thompson shared: “The opportunity to bring together Donna, Morgan, Loni, Linda and Nicollette, five powerhouse women into one holiday movie, has been like finding the perfect gift under the Christmas tree.”

The official airdate of the holiday movie will be revealed shortly in the networks’s A Wonderful Lifetime Holiday movie schedule. Deadline first shared the news.

What do you think of this upcoming soap opera-themed movie featuring Donna, Linda, Nicollette, Morgan and Loni? Comment below.

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General Hospital Preemptions This Week for MLB Wild Card Playoff Games

This week, General Hospital will be preempted on Tuesday, October 4 and Wednesday, October 5, and potentially again on Thursday October 6, due to Major League Baseball’s wild card playoff games airing on ABC.

In the best of 3 games, the Texas Rangers face the Tampa Bay Rays in an American League wild card series, starting on Tuesday with a 3:08PM EST start time. If the series goes a full three games, then Thursday’s GH will also be preempted.

Encore episodes of GH will be seen on the east coast on Tuesday and Wednesday, while all other time zones will be preempted for the game.

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In addition, GH will not be streaming the episodes on Hulu or as is it a nationwide preemption.  That way, everyone will begin to see the all-new episodes on the same day when they resume.

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Hopefully, Thursday, GH will resume with an episode that teases: Spencer and Trina affirm their feelings, Tracy has a slip of the tongue, Valentin surprises Anna, and Sasha is in danger.

So, going to miss GH for the next few days? Comment below.

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Gregory Harrison Talks His General Hospital ALS Storyline, Battling Addiction, ‘Falcon Crest’ on Maurice Benard’s ‘State of Mind’

Film and TV star,  Gregory Harrison is currently appearing on ABC’s General Hospital in the role of Gregory Chase.  In story, Gregory is trying to come to the terms with the fact he has ALS and is now displaying symptoms of the disease that will ultimately claim his life.

On the latest episode of Maurice Benard’s (Sonny, General Hospital) You Tube series State of Mind, the actor opens up about the challenges of playing a character with ALS, how he has battled addiction, his prime role on Trapper John M.D and Falcon Crest and much more.

In fact, it’s actually the the 40th anniversary of Harrison’s solo TV Guide cover as Dr. George Alonzo “Gonzo” Gates on Trapper John, M.D.

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Speaking on his General Hospital storyline, and Gregory Chase’s battle with ALS, Harrison detailed: “He’s a complicated character any way, but we’ve added now ALS into the equation and that’s a really fun technical calibration for me. It’s a relatively quick demise – three to five years, generally for ALS, and it moves along pretty quickly. The body deteriorates pretty quickly and things happen, and there is an emotional kind of reaction to those that my character has. My character reacts to the loss of things and that’s what I am starting to be able to play.”

Harrison added, on how he is playing the nuances of ALS in the scripts he is given, “Where am I going to put in that slip and fall? Where am I going to put in that tremor in my hand? Where I am going to put in  the stumble, or the slur of this word or that word? That’s real technical stuff, but I have to layer that on top of emotional honesty of what’s going on. So, for me, it’s a buffet and I love that.”

Benard and Harrison also delved into the fact that Gregory he has been sober for 36 years. Harrison opened about how addiction changed his personality at a time when his career was riding high: “If I was the kind of person who would be regretful, then I would say that during my prime, I was busy using all my acting skills to disguise my addiction instead of building my career. ”

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As his fame rose, Harrison also started his own production company. He admitted to Benard, that at the time, he was barely getting through jobs and projects: “I could act, but I wasn’t doing as good as I should have been doing. I was just persevering … pouring massive amounts of energy into enduring my addiction … not into the creative artist that I was inspired to be. And then I found my way back.” At one point, Harrison sought help at the renowned Betty Ford Center. Gregory shared that he had to hit rock bottom, in order to build himself back up again.

At the conclusion of the episode, Maurice asked Gregory how he enjoyed being part of the cast of the defunct CBS primetime soap, Falcon Crest, to which Harrison said he loved playing the role of Michael Sharp back in 1990. He compared that character to the likes of Port Charles’ Sonny Corinthos.

Check out Maurice and Gregory’s conversation below.

Let us know, are you emotional invested and enjoying Gregory Harrison’s portrayal of the ALS storyline on General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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