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GENERAL HOSPITAL: An Emotional Nikolas Sees Emily! What Did You Think Of The Scenes?

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On yesterdays episode of General Hospital as the day begins for Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) to get ready for his engagement party at Wyndemere to Britt, the prince sees a vision of the love of his life, Emily Quartermaine, which marked the brief return of Daytime Emmy winner, Natalia Livingston.

During their conversation, Emily implores Nikolas to make sure she is choosing the right woman.  Clearly, Emily does not feel that is Britt (Kelly Thiebaud). Nikolas even admits to her that he loves Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).  Emily even says to Nikolas he should try to smile sometimes, which is so true, given the history of his character!

But it was the ending scenes that pulled at the emotional heartstrings in a wonderful performance by Tyler Christoper, who goes from a quick moment of levity with Emily to tears, as he realizes how much he misses the love of his life and how she truly could never be replaced.

So, what did you think of seeing Natalia and Tyler together on-screen again?  Emily’s message to Nikolas ?  Share your thoughts on the scenes below!

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Nikolas should be made to be one of the leading men on GH on par with Luke and Patrick. He is handsome, rich, tortured, and a legacy character. Glad to see this focus on Nikolas and I hope it will continue. It is nice to have one story playing outside the mob and out of the ring of craziness and outrageousness that tends to color this beloved drama. Tyler Christopher is a daytime leading man who should be featured more. And I hope it means more of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst). This has promise of genuine old-fashioned romance which admittedly is missing from all the soaps these days.

Tyler Christopher is an amazing actor; I absolutely love his portrayal of Nikolas Cassadine. So glad to have him back! Looking forward to his scenes with Natalia.

I agree about Tyler Christopher and the overall direction. Ron and Frank definitely know how to have fun, but GH is in desperate need of much more real romance and heart. There are flashes, but that seems to be all we get these days.

It’s all negative emotion on GH most of the time these days. last year was fun for the 50th anniversary build up. This year is all sadness and bad things going down. Yesterday was one of the few shows that gave me a good feeling after it was over. Ron and Frank are not giving us any fun recently. They are ruining characters and I read an interview where basically Ron does not care.

I totally agree!

Well said Iakovos..I agree with you 100%

GH is doing very well..
FV and RC and staff have more than doubled the numbers..
The stories are great as is the acting..
to say ”Ron does not care” is absurd ..

They haven’t doubled the numbers. That would require GH to get a 3.6 rating or higher. Last week they were at a 2.2.

Viewership has increased, yes.

Well said Iakovos!!! Agree completely! Love Tyler and hope he and Nik stay for a long while. Would so like Nik and Liz to get together!

Iakovos, I agree wholeheartedly. I didn’t understand why he was written out to begin with. He has connections to everyone, a great history, and enough family mystery to last decades.

To be honest? I felt like if Nikolas could have, he would sacrifice both Britt and Liz to have Emily back, you could see the love pouring out of him and as a Niz fan part of me can’t take him seriously with Liz because you can tell he would rather have Emily (which I understand because she was the first main love of his life) I’m not saying he can’t have another great love but its just hard to separate one with the other when they bring Emilys ghost physically back.

Well I am sure for long time fans to see this couple reunited ever so briefly was a real treat, but frankly I am sick of every soap using the “ghost device”. Of course they might not be literally ghosts, just the audience seeing what a character is imagining a conversation with their deceased loved one would be like if they were alive. But either way it is over done.

As for Nickolas well his romance with Britt moved way too fast for my liking. They met on the fourth of July and they were engaged by Valentine’s Day; I have kept leftovers in my fridge longer than that. So no I don’t buy Nik being tormented enough be torn between Britt and Elizabeth that this vision was necessary. But like I said it was probably a real treat for some and I don’t begrudge them that, but I do wish writers wouldn’t use that device so often.

I totally agree with you. I don’t watch any other soaps now since the other two I watched were taken off TOLN,, . But I did enjoy the scenes with Emily. They were a real treat. It’s about the only thing I’ve enjoyedd on GH in a while. I despise most of the story lines on the show right now.
the Luke situation -whether it’s a Fake Luke or a brainwashed Luke, or his brain was switched with Scotty’s is horrid, for example.

Nicholas was in love with Britt in the time it took to learn her name just about. For such a careful person it was not realistic. I don’t see much chemistry with Elizabeth and nicholas though. We know the Britt/Nicholas thing is bound to explode when he learns the truth. But the coming attractions may be another dream. I wonder if they will wait til sweeps to bring out the truth, and if this is all a tease like every time they are dreaming.

I like Scotty! 🙂 (Luke in not acting Scotty-esque.)

Gee.. i don’t think I’d have dinner at your house….those leftovers are 7 months old.

🙂

Well I said I kept them, doesn’t mean I eat them— rest assure for dinner guests its class all the way, reheated take out pizza that’s only been in the fridge a week. LOL.

Totally agree with Iakovos. More Nikolas please, Dying to see what Nikolas will do once Britt’s secret is revealed this week.

It seems that Nikolas is being brought up front 🙂

Here’s a novel thought! Instead of bringing back every villain, murderer, and psychopath from the dead, why not bring back some of the people fans actually WANT back? Ron C has an aversion to GOOD characters. He will let them show up as ghosts for 2 minutes, but Heaven forbid he should give a story to a character who is not a twisted, vile, piece of scum. And ghost stories…really??? This is such a boring lazy way of pretending to give viewers what they want while not really doing it at all. These ghost stories pack NO kind of emotional wallop when they are done so regularly

I totally agree with you (except about Emily) Why is Ric back? Other than being good looking I find nothing interesting or that I want to see in action. And for Liz to tell Carly she doesn’t see Ric the way Carly does.?? I agree there are so many good characters they don’t have on now. Of course they did kill many of them, like Alan. and some are really dead. I think they should bring back a recast Jason and make him not remember the mob days. I’m sick of mob stories. I am hating all the negative people and story lines. Worst of all Ava and Sonny shooting his son’s father. Michael and Monica have had enough horrible things happen. (But I did love seeing Emily back. I usually don’t like these ghost things, but some happiness if even for a minute. I usually don’t like them though.)

Rick’s a great character and actor. He always had interesting storylines…he’s related to many…Sonny, Molly, Alexis, Liz…he’s good and evil…I love that they brought him back. Hope he sticks around.

TONY!

I loved that scene. I hope Nikolas realizes he truly loves Elizabeth even though he still loves Emily. She wants him to move on & be happy. Yes Nikolas should be a leading man!

This is one of GHs better moments and good use of vets even if one is a ghost…now if the rest of the show was written this well perhaps we’ll see a bigger rated GH…Ava is too bloodthirsty as is Shaun and Sonny…with their murdering history it was a joke to hear one of them mention God and talking about A.J. paying for his crimes, especially since he didnt kill Connie…

Will Britt be pregnant(Babies!Babies! Babies!) with Niks kid once he finds out Ben is Lulus and begins romancing Liz or will there be a twist and Britt is really Bens after all or somehow Maxi is???

lol history shows there have been many God fearing killers..
some kill in the name of God..
The Italian mobs were God fearing, big church goers, LOL ..
Ava only killed one, to protect a secret, she is not killing people…….

Ava should shoot every one that I don’t like- I’d like that, Sam would be gone!! 🙂

You kill one or a dozen your still bloodthirsty…Ava killed Connie and also wants A.J., dead, Shaun cant wait to pull the trigger and Sonny shot A.J., and i wouldnt doubt Ava killed off camera…they all qualify as bloodthirsty…Sam is somewhat annoying!!! And i know there are many church goers who are total hypocites…the pray to God one minute and break the ten comments the next!!!

If Ava killed every GH character you didn’t like, SU000, there would be no female characters left except maybe Sparkle Pony.

@su0000. Ava killed Connie…she tried to kill AJ in the hospital…and she tried to kill Franco. Who knows how many she’s killed or attempted to kill in the past. She’s as bloodthirsty as the come.

So true, jimh….while I appreciate dark (and occasionally twisted) humor as much as anyone else (witness “Dr. O.!) I have become quite disgusted over the elevation of complete depravity as “the norm” on the show….too many of the characters are really bad people with no redeeming qualities. Instead of the usual soap baddies formula (like say, “JR Ewing” and maybe a nemesis or two….) we have far too many really reprehensible roles that the writers do everything to glorify at the expense of the more measured, nuanced, even conflicted types. Right now we have Ava, Car-LOS!, Julian, Sonny, Shawn, and possibly Franco and Heather, not to mention whomever or whatever the increasingly bizarre and perverse “Luke” will eventually be unveiled as. It’s simply too much!!!! Especially when a basically good and decent guy like AJ is being crucified and sentenced to either an indefinite coma or death for a crime he didn’t even commit….it’s truly sick!!!!

I agree with Iakovos, Nickolas (Tyler C.) is leading man material. It was very emotional and made me miss dear Emily all the more. I know soaps kill off characters but Emily and Georgie and Jacob were all the most senseless killings of all times on GH.

I’ve never liked Emily and Nikolas as a couple, and didn’t think much of her “ghost” being concerned enough with what’s happening here on earth to make a pitch for her best friend as his new wife. That was pretty bad imo.

I wish they could have gotten the first Emily (Amber Tamblyn) to come back. Now she was a decent actress. This actress is a cross between Marcia Brady and Sparkle Pony.

I do agree… Nicolas should be a leading man.. he is tortured and I wonder will he ever find his happiness… He is a good man who deserves LOVE. He, along with Sonny, Luke, and Patrick should be a part of the ‘leading men’ … and how I miss Jason… Bring that man back… he is terrible on Young and Restless…not worth watching..and bring back Spinelli. Where is Diane and Max?????>

Hated Emily alive, hate her even more as a ghost! why she has a emmy i will never understand

Wow you sound miserable. lol. Natalia is a wonderful actress, I miss Emily Quartermaine so much. Rumor is Emily is alive. She might come back alive in the future.

Hey, Ghlover was talking about a character, who is fictional. It’s okay to hate fictional people!

No no im a very happy person but that does not meen i dont notice bad acting…and im NL’s case its extreme bad acting lol hope Emily stays dead!!

ITA… a total waste of time.

I thought I was the only one. Did you ever notice how she exhaled sharply through her nose while grinning? It made her look and sound like a cat hissing.

Hahahhaha you are so right 😉 Cheers!!

Right on, ghlover! Emily was the most cloying ,annoying, sickening-sweet dipstick that ever trod the Port Charles boards….until of course “Soppy” the sanctimonious babysitter arrived!!!!!

Totaly agree!!!!:)

It was great to see her back on the sene . Folks r right Nick needs to man up an take charge. He has layed back to long/

I loved it. It is so sad that the writers killed her.

Nick should be in the forefront. He may get to step up once Anthony Geary leaves. They need to revive the Cassadines and Quartermaines. How many times have I said that if you look at Daytimes #1 soap for 25 years and learn one thing, they have core families at Y&R. GH used to. You have to have a center point. The Six Degrees of the Newmans and the Abbotts.” Every story on that successful show bounces off one of those two families. Gh needs to do the same thing. Nick needs a new love. A “Prince wouldnt date a nurse or a doctor, he would date a socialite.

But then he’d be a stuck-up Prince…and that’ s not Nicolas. He’s humble…he’s rejected much of the Cassadine clan…and he’s always been an everyman in a princely package. Down-to-earth…rescuer of damsels in distress…not a socialite chasing aristocrat.

I loved Nik and Emily. Killing her off was awful and unnecessary . I wish she’d come back from the dead like the others….
It was an ok moment but it felt a little awkward to me… Especially her acknowledging his love for her bestie…

agree.

I so wish instead of Jason being frozen and Robin saving him, that it was Emily and her dad Alan. I would give my right arm to have them back!!

yah.. to bad it’s Jason who is frozen..
I wish it was Robin frozen- it would keep her gone and silent 😉

Bring back Emily Quartermaine Cassedine. Let Robin thaw her out, too. She has beauty and heart and soul. GH needs more of that especially in light of Robin, Robert and Laura leaving. We need more role models and less Ava Jerome, Donna Mills and dare I say it Silas Clay.

We want John McBain and Natalie Buchanan.

I would rather see Allan Q come back than this insipid silly character–he should have never been killed off.

More please

I think Emily was a love of him but not the one. I find it wierd they never show Cortney being she is Spencers mom. I truley believe its Britt. They have hot chemistry and they r two lost souls. I hope they over come this even if it takes a while. Liz is already flirting with Ric. At Ajs beside. Dhe cant make her mind up. What if Lucky should come back. And her and Nicks son fight way to much. To me he loved her and her it was hot sex. She is just a homewrecker. Orvwants what she cant have. Maybe she should go to Patrick!

This was nice. While I do like a lot of the craziness, I agree that GH is missing some “heart” these days. I think losing Ellie and Spinelli has hurt the show a lot in that department. I also miss characters like Jax, Johnny, Todd – flawed but not psycho. To me Julian and the Jeromes are a bit one-dimensional – I don’t understand what motivates them the same way I did with other mobsters like Anthony, Joe Jr, etc. who were more human characters. I like what TBTB are doing, just wish they’d bring it down to earth a tad with some more earnest characters. Nik is great for that so I am glad he’s around and getting story!

“During their conversation, Emily implores Nikolas to make sure she is choosing the right woman.”

There’s a tell..to make sure SHE is choosing the right woman??? As in Emily choosing the right woman?!

I would wish Nicholas all the best in choosing the right woman, as I think that his character SHOULD have the best. But alas, the Prince, I believe, is in for heartache. Whether he supports Britt or not, it seems to be a lose-lose situation for him.

I wish him well in his next endeavor into heart and unionhood…seems to me that clinging to Britt would be the chivalrous thing, but not the best thing for him. He would be tilting at windmills…

tyler christopher can do it all. he burns up any screen he graces. thoroughly enjoy any scene between the nicholas/emily characters. (now, on a totally ridiculous level, i think that ’emily’s’ make-up did her a disservice!

General hospital needs to recast Jason Quartermaine, with Cameron Mathison ex ryan All my children. Cameron is a terrific actor. Come on gh producers call M.R. Camerson Mathison right now.

When Nikolas took Emily’s hand and broke down crying, he showed his true talent.

I loved the scenes between Nikolas and Emily.Emily may have just wanted Nikolas to think things about which woman he truly wants before marrying Britt and not after.As for Frank and Ron they brought Nikolas back while the other regime wrote him out.Plus GH is having the best ratings right now that they have had in several years.Which may mean even though people are finding reasons to complain about the show they are still finding other reasons to watch.No one is going to like a soap 100% all the time but as long as there’s something that keeps their attention that might be all that matters.

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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