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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Anders Hove and Finola Hughes Bring It In Dramatic Faison/Anna Face-Off!

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Is there any villain in the daytime soaps quite as spectacular as Cesar Faison (Anders Hove)?  In deliciously intense scenes on Wednesday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, it was one of the showdowns, or shall we call them “face-off’s” (so many prothestic masks, ya know) that fans have been waiting for.

After capturing the “Flukealike”, who has a gun held on Julian (William deVry), Anna (Finola Hughes)  rips the mask off the imposter, and lo and behold behind it was none other than Anna’s number one enemy, Faison!  Horrified and shocked, Anna with tears of rage, upset, and fear rolling down her face cannot believe that Faison is in front of her … although she was aware he was on the loose somewhere!

However, the clever Dane twists the scene and places the blame on the situation on Anna for having him held captive for over a year on Spoon Island, something he begins to tell to Detective Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna)! Faison goes on to say how the police commish faked his transfer to Steinmauer Maximum Security Prison.   He then confronts Anna in front of Dante, and says, “Don’t you lie to that boy, don’t you lie, after all we’ve been through!”

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Anna has Faison taken away as her cover-ups begin to unravel! Later still, Anna has to finally tell Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn), after having Julian arrested as well, that Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst) is very much alive too!

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And in the end of the episode, as we know, the Fluke story continues, with another intriguing twist, and we will leave that, at that.

Kudos to the amazing scene partnership between Finola Hughes and Anders Hove who truly make Anna and Faison one of the most twisted and greatest rivalries of the soaps of all-time!

So, what did you think of the Anna and Faison scenes? Will Anna’s cover-ups ultimately be her downfall?  Comment below!

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Melissa
Melissa

Amazing scenes, Anna should definitely be punished for her crimes against FAISON!

Harry
Harry

I do hope you’re kidding.

Melissa
Melissa

No not kidding, just because Anna is commissioner doesn’t entitle her to go rogue!

Harry
Harry

DR O is chief of staff and has gone beyond the medical doctrine which dictates “Do no Harm.” She has kidnapped, tortured and beaten people.
If you’re going to apply that kind of logic to Anna, then it follows you must apply it that hideous woman.

Aria
Aria

Anna shouldn’t be trying to be to straight an arrow she should be bending the law to keep up with these crazy criminals. She was after all a wsb agent , aren’t they more like the c i a then fbi?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Is Nathan going to be Mikkos Cassidines son…i see Dr.O and Helene in a confrontation seen so thats my guess…i know M.C. died over 30 years ago but writers easily change history…what if Mikkos was kept frozen and it was Dr.O who microwaved him and thawed him out…lol…she and Mikkos had an affair and she became pregnant but didnt tell him and also worried it would ruin any chance she’ll have with her beloved Ceasar…she also feared Helenes wrath…and Victors whom she also slept with…also what if the Q mansion Fluke is really Mikkos…he doesnt know Sonny or maybe off camera he did…just a thought!!!

Mia Denise
Mia Denise

Julian explained how he met Fluke to Alexis and what he said revealed that there was a person in PC who looked just like Fluke.

su0000
su0000

whoa!
the way Faison was looking at Nathan gave me the shivers.. ”that look” .. wow!

davlestev1
davlestev1

su0000..He may have been calculating the distance to Genoa City and SHARON NEWMAN…LOL!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I still think Faison is the father…which I DIDN’T think because Dr. O loves Faison so much and he always wanted a son…why would she keep him from him? But it seemed to me today that he was…and Dr. O…even in her passionate love…knows how twisted he is and wanted to keep her son a secret…Just a theory…….

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I think Faison is really Victor who was wearing a double mask…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, jimh. I don’t know who Mikkos is, but your premise sounds good to me. Is he another of Helena’s brothers or sons? Her husband?
Helena really creeps me out……as does Fluke. She looks like a corpse with too much make-up on, and he as one with fake, serpent’s eyes. I cannot look at them without revulsion; my senses are not so robust. But, far-be-it -from me to naysay what fans of these two feel. They seem to be very popular. JMO.
Also, this storyline has lost its spice. How much longer are we to wait?…the plot does not thicken any longer for me, but, needless to say, I will never tire being entertained by Faison. I have a soft spot for both him and Liesl. They are the only two that enliven the scenes, whether said scenes be with Anna, Britt or each other.
It seems that everyone fears Helena’s wrath….how powerful can one human being/walking dead be? I am probably outnumbered, I like reality….not too fond of fantasy. I love GH, but I can do without these two.
I am also confused as to why Fluke did not act more like Luke as he is now doing? I did notice, though, that Fluke got a little too close to Alice…what’s up with that? Was he trying to assault her sexually or kill her? Perhaps I read too much into it? But, considering his penchant for indiscriminately sniffing any skirt, well…you know !
I also think that Victor is alive. Liesl shot someone else wearing Victor’s face/mask….? Too far-fetched? Oh, Lordy, Lord…..I am starting to think like TPTB…lol…later

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Helene is going to be wearing a Dr.Liesl mask and will remain in PC…real Dr.Liesl goes on the run with Faison, unaware its really Victor who wore a double mask…Helene uses mind control on Jason who helped Faison/Victor to escape…Mikkos was Helenes husband who ‘died’ during the ice princess storyline Helene blames Luke…but its really getting hard, and annoying to figure out who the fluke he is…i thought for sure Alice was going to be suspicious of him after that…is Alice really a woman?

Vikki
Vikki

Mikkos is Helena dead husband and Alexis father, that would make Her and Nathan half sibs. Could be Valentine Cassadine, her brother ,heard of but dead?! Faison is such a presense on screen. Thus whole thing is getting crazy. I would like to see flashbacks to make it more real

David
David

Really Jim H next time you could post a spoiler alert instead of ruining it for everyone!

celia quartermaine
celia quartermaine

Is Lord Larry back in the mansion wearing an Alice mask? Stella would not be amused.

CeeCee
CeeCee

David: if you were familiar with jimh’s posts you’d know that what he writes are possible scenarios; not real ones. Mostly, he is right on the mark. Jimh is not spoiling anything for anyone….I hope you are merely being facetious….

Harry
Harry

David was kidding.

Timmm
Timmm

CeeCee, good to see you back. I will try and keep this Rated “G” but how could Tracy have slept with Fluke and not noticed certain parts were different? Was he wearing a mask below the belt!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Timmm: You’re too funny…..Thank you Timmm. I have become so obsessed with GH that I post every chance I get…right now, I’m in the teachers’s lounge…I seriously need to stop…LOL.

I said the same thing about Anna and Duke. A male’s genitalia is as good as a fingerprint…LOL. All the men in Port Charles should have a line-up. This reminds me of a LAW AND ORDER :SVU episode where the family jewels of a certain suspect had to be displayed/paraded for evidential proof.
So, as you point out, why could Tracy not know?…later.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

CeeCee…we have never met and never will but i consider you a best friend and very happy your back…my mail isnt working lately so i dont get to see my replies…i have to come back here and see if there were any which is daunting with my second round of the flu…yes, you are correct…i love guessing possible scenerios or writing ones that i think would work better…i sometimes put spoiler but they arent…they are only me guessing…i should put foiler alert in honor of fluke…lol…i should say just a guess…me bad…in case some take it to seriously…but Harry might be right…David does sound he could be joking…Timmm was funny about Tracy…lol…i think Tracy cared what was below the belt…she knew her Lukipoo was drugged and probably thought thats why certain things in Paradise werent the same as before…anyway looks like my guess is 100 percent correct…didnt think of Britts part but i guess her taking off is partly do to the actress’s desire to be recurring…now i still believe Helene will wear a Liesl mask in order to stay in PC and i cant wait until she is confronted by Nikolous over the missing Britt, unware he is talking to his Aunt HELLena and not mutter from Hell…wishing you and your family Happy Holidays!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

If I misread David, I apologize. But, regardless, jimh, I will always have your back, friend…later.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Okay, I must expound on the Jason/Helena storyline and his relevance in this cryptic plot.
So, jimh, I will mimic you, telling in which direction this story should go.

Jason will temporarily kow-tow to Helena, but, in the midst of all this demonic imbroglio, something will go awry with the she-devil and Co.’s plans……Jason will wake up from this force of brain-control which will put a wedge in the evil-doers schemes. Jason will willfully eschew Helena’s bidding. He will pretend to follow her lead, but , Jason will obliterate the nest of vipers. Jason will be the hero….And, that’s the end of that. Too simplistic?

One more thing…get Sam out of Jason’s world, period……Her acting was deplorable. Where were the sobs and the big fat tears running down her sallow cheeks? Too much anger and not enough sorrow .

David
David

I was joking I have been around enough to see jimh post things like this. I hope he isnt 100% right but a couple things I can already see coming true. If I thought what he wrote were actual spoilers I wouldnt even read his posts.

I was worried things would slow down on GH once November sweeps ended but the first week December has continued with some great stuff and some surprises despite jimh’s foilers, lol

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree about Sam…no emmy for her…lol…i bet your right about Jason turning the tables on HELLina…i actually liked Sabrina and Micheal in scenes together…they had more chemistry than he with Kiki and she with Patrick…Sabrina and Micheal shouldve been paired in the beginning…i see Sabrina and Carlos leaving town together but first me thinks Carlos will be the one who finds Ava and turns her in…later my friend!!!

Kyle
Kyle

i absolutely love it!!! I’m so tired of seeing comments of people saying they don’t like it, when this is the best GH has been in years. I’ve been enjoying it so much. However, I really hope that there’s another person involved in this Fluke story. I know that Faison, Larry, Jerry, & Helena are all workin together, but I’d love it if someone else was calling the shots, but then again how can someone be the boss of Helena Cassadine or Jerry Jacks, or Cesar Faison?! This has been must see, and I can’t wait to watch GH everyday!!! Yay!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I was hoping it was Mikkos Cassidine but some could be right that its Bill Eckart because you wouldnt be able to pull off a mask to prove he is a fake since he already looks like Luke being they are cousins…identical cousins…maybe Patty Lane and Cathy Lane played by Patty Duke was there mothers…lol

Mia Denise
Mia Denise

Unless Julian is in on the deception too he told Alexis that he meet Fluke/Peter Caspin 10 years after he was in WP. Peter told Julian when they were heading to PC that there is someone there who looks exactly like him. The only person who looks exactly like Fluke is Luke…. we’ll see.

Dan
Dan

Well said, Kyle! I agree 100%. Unfortunately, some people are just miserable, negative people every day of their life. Can’t do anything about that. Just keep enjoying GH, like myself and the vast majority that are loving the show right now have been, and let those other people continue to miss out. It’s their loss.

Harry
Harry

Uhhhh……..? Dan? Hey, it’s okay if you want to disagree with people who offer a critical voice of GH. Disagree away. But what is not alright is to call them “miserable negative people every day of their lives.”
This is wrong for three reasons:
1. A negative opinion on a storyline does not necessarily equate to that person being miserable and negative every day of their lives. While GH has shown improvement and I am enjoying much of it, I do not enjoy the redundant, dizzying, Scooby Doo-like stories which involve masks, Flucks and red herrings. I assure you I am a very happy person with a full life.
2. You should not make personal insults based on a disagreement about a mere soap opera.
3. See 2.

Dan
Dan

Hey Harry, I wasn’t speaking about you or anyone in particular with those comments, so no need to take them personally. I’m glad you are a very happy person with a full life. As am I, something we have in common.

Nor do I need to be lectured by you, and talked down to, about what is and is not right for me to say on a public message board. I did not personally insult anyone, just made a general statement about some of the comments I read on here and elsewhere on a daily basis. It’s my right to state my opinion, just like it’s your right to do so, or anyone else’s right. That’s what makes this country great. Have a great night!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yes, Kyle. The storyline, in its inception was very interesting. But it has now become worn…like an old pair of shoes. The luster has faded….time to trade them in for a new pair. I would like for this story to point more in Jason’s direction. That, and the Faison/Anna/Liesl storyline is what is holding my interest….so, a little more speed is desperately needed. Even Michelle Stafford, who is my favorite soap star ever, is not as captivating with her present storyline ….very disappointing ! You may be tired of the comments, I am tired of Fluke and the immortal witch.LOL.
By the same token, I really enjoyed the scene with Lulu, Rocco and Fluke, albeit it was a put-on as far as Fluke was concerned. I found that so endearing….the baby is so cute….he resembles Jay Mohr…LOL.

Shay
Shay

I echo those sentiments, CeeCee! While others may wax wonderment over the Fluke farce and/or the maternally-minded madness of Nina, for me, Liesl and her twisted love life remain to be one of the most compelling and mysterious of GH tales, made only more magnificent by Kathleen Gati’s perfectly persnickety presence as the officious Dr. O. The fact that such an obviously brilliant and accomplished woman can be so far gone for the odious, wizened troll of terror that is Cesar Faison never ceases to amaze me, yet Gati demonstrates her deep-seated devotion in a most genuine and believable manner, so much so, that it’s palpable! Her quivering desire and sparkling eyes whenever the mere mention of that “maniacal Dane” is uttered amuses me to no end. On one hand, it would be emotionally satisfying to see this lusty lady finally land her, ahem, “prize,” but on the other, there have to be so many other secrets and lies behind the frosty frau’s closely held history. I shall never tired of this amazing actress and her inspired interpretation of the lovelorn Liesl Obrecht!!!! (Especially adore her family scenes with her kinder and sister!!!! More, please, more!!!!) As for your comment regarding Rocco’s resemblance to the comical Jay Mohr, good call, CeeCee!!!! I always thought he had an overgrown babyface, especially with those petulant little lips!!!! Too funny……

CeeCee
CeeCee

‘Petulant little lips’…Shay, that really is too funny! (Off subject, but, did you notice Sam’s stubby fingers? Weird looking hands…I’m so catty…LOL).
Oh, yeah…The Dane and the Doc could have been created by Dr. Frankenstein (actually, the lot of them)….. Long Live Cesar and Liesl !!!!!

Harry
Harry

The mask is one of those things which should have been a one shot deal. It’s now become trite and redundant and indicative of lazy writing.
Please no more masks….it’s just so damn Scooby Doo

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im afraid Helene is going to wear a Dr.Liesl mask to remain in PC while the real Liesl goes on the run with Faison who escaped jail thanks to Jake/Jason after Helene used mind control on him…lol

Timmm
Timmm

Zoinks Harry!

Timmm
Timmm

These two actors are great together. Anna looks so pissed at him but it ALMOST looks as if she want to kiss him for some strange reason. Tension, it comes in all flavors!

Harry
Harry

Yes, they are great together which is why they don’t need any more gimmicks like the masks.
Between that and all the red herrings and the Flukes, they are estranging this viewer from the story and the characters.

CeeCee
CeeCee

You took the words right out of my mouth, Harry.

Timmm
Timmm

Well, it was anti-climatic to have “Fluke” be unmasked the way he was. I knew there would be more. I know this has gone on forever but I like the twist. Harry, I think they will drag this into February sweeps. If it goes beyond that I will really be pissed. I think it may even wrap before that since Jason will start to remember himself by Christmas and I think that story will dethrone Fluke.

davidevansmith
davidevansmith

Both PHENOMENAL actors, and I never doubt for a second that Faison has a dark, twisted obsessive love for Anna, and I never doubt for a second that Anna is equally terrified of, and filled with hatred for Faison.

It’s a treat to watch them!

I also have to say I loved when Anna pretended recently to Liesl at the hospital that she was Faison in an Anna mask and impersonated his accent and asked for a kiss to torture Obrecht. The accent was amazing! Finola Hughes did amazingly as Obrecht in the Anna mask way back when also! Finola is a true treasure for GH.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I cant believe Faison had the never to try and shame Anna in front of Dante and Julian. Luckily Dante understood Anna’s plight.

C
C

I wouldn’t call resetting the Fluke story to the beginning an “intriguing twist” in the slightest.

Janet
Janet

I always love Anna/faison scenes its so electrifying between both of them you can’t get your eyes off the screen, about what Anna did to faison that should not come to be Anna downfall at all the writer’s should not classify that has her downfall, Anna did what she had to do this crazy man been obsess with Anna most of her life, threaten kidnapped the list goes on & on he always escape from prison so she & her ex Robert did what is best for their family

jonboy
jonboy

Cripes, they couldn’t even maintain Nathans paternity for 6 months before deciding something better worked.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Maintain what paternity? Victor’s DNA wasn’t a match.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I really hoped he would turn out to be Victor’s son, I mean, how great would it be to make Nathan a Cassadine? Still hoping that works out somehow.

jonboy
jonboy

You know, the way they switch things up with lightning speed, I can’t even keep track anymore. Which is one of the reasons why December 31st GH and I part company and B&B and I are going to (hopefully) start going steady.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Agree! She was actually kinda deranged, scary when she didi that…she encompassed his aura in that scene…great acting moment!

rebecca1
rebecca1

comment above is in the wrong section. but…

to jonboy. it was established back when Victor died that he wasn’t the real father. that’s why Dr. O killed him…so he woldn’t tell Nathan the truth. It’s been a mystery this whole time so it’s no surprise…

PV Jr.
PV Jr.

“Is there any villain in the daytime soaps quite as spectacular as Cesar Faison (Anders Hove)?”

Eh, those scenes were a little underwhelming for me. Perhaps because we saw it all last year when he pretended to be Duke. Those scenes were much more potent because Anna was moments from sleeping with him. Plus, I have not seen Cesar act as menacing as he did last year when he shot and killed Bernie and kicked Jason into the water.

Nancy
Nancy

My God I can’t get enough GH. I wish it was on the weekends. Best show on tv.

kathy
kathy

I think the now “FLUKE” is Jerry—

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Can this “Fluke” storyline end, please? It’s been dragged on for far too long, and is a bit too much for my liking.

sadie soaper
sadie soaper

Finola Hughes and Anders Hove are excellent actors. Nobody plays the villain better than Anders (well, maybe Roscoe Born…). I enjoy any scene with Anna and Cesar. Great job!!

PV Jr.
PV Jr.

You just transported me back to the 80s! Oh man, how great WAS Roscoe Born?! When he played the twins on SANTA BARBARA, you got scary and sexy. I don’t get sexy out of Anders Hove. 🙂

sadie soaper
sadie soaper

In a very, very weird way, Anders sometimes is sexy!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, PV. I get what you mean. Faison, sexy? Can’t ever imagine him in that role…too funny. He is a great entertaining cartoon character, though….love him!……fits the part to the letter. Great acting !!!! Later.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I know what you mean, sadie…but in a VERY weird way, lol! He’s got that European thing…the accent, the long hair and slim body…the chic…but it’s all jumbled into a crazy heap of madness complete with electroshock hair! IF he were playing an emotionally stable guy…and his hair was less fried….he’d probably be a contender!

Aria
Aria

To answer your question mr. Fairman, is there any villian in the soap opera world quite as spectacular as Cesar faison? The answer is no but did faison hide his stool or high heal shoes? This is getting interesting with all the villains out n about, the story has a few wholes but I’m still being entertained so for now no bitching on my part.

Harry
Harry

I think Faison is pretty spectacular but the all time best soap villain of all time was AMC’s Billy Clyde Tuggell. And guess what? He didn’t need no stinking mask to make himself so.

Timmm
Timmm

GH’s Grant Putnam.

Aria
Aria

Grant Putnam was a great villian surprise he hasn’t come out knocking on Anna’s door , be great if he came back and tried to kidnap little Emma but was stopped by Anna, but in this version anna rescues herself and is not “saved” by no robert or duke. Grant can come back with satan 2.0, how creepy would that be?

Anne
Anne

I love Faison and Anna’s scenes but all these twists need to be wrapped up now. The masks, the fakes, the back-from-the-dead people, the deceptions of who know what when and the motivations of the various clans have been pushed so far in complexity that it makes us care less. And then there’s the kidnapping of Ava’s baby. The storylines have gone on far too long.

su0000
su0000

BRAVO!! Anders Hove and Finola Hughes /Anna and Faison ..

Anna and Faison are arch rivals, nenises, and they never fail to have my full attention and they always put me on the edge..!!!
this story is fun and intense.. just the way I like it !!

(RC and team are brilliant with twist and turns and surprises!!!)

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Another mask storyline alert! After Helene uses mind control on a programmed Jason, Jason helps Faison escape jail…Dr. Liesl and Faison go on the run…Helene remains in PC wearing a Dr. Liesl mask!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Good one, jimh.

Jimmy
Jimmy

GH is at its best right now! I’m loving how the Fluke story has involved so many villains and characters currently on the canvas, it’s amazing! The Anna/Faison showdown was brilliant, I absolutely love Anders Hove. He’s perhaps the best villain on GH, his scenes with anyone are always amazing, especially Anna. Finola Hughes is a gem and yesterday, she was at her best against Faison. I’m really intrigued to see how this all plays out.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Faison and Dr.Liesl run off together after Helene uses a programmed Jason to help Faison escape jail…then Helene will remain in PC as a fake Dr.O in yet another mask storyline…

Rose
Rose

Wow Wow, Wow! Yesterday was amazing. Going to watch again on the re- run channel it was so good. Others have mentioned the tension between Faison and Anna that at times has seemed more than the love/hate thing. Reminds me of years ago when Faison was holding Anna prisoner (I think) at Wyndemere. There seemed to be almost a seductive scene where he wanted to kiss Anna, and she almost seemed to want to respond. Don’t remember anymore. But it was obviously memorable. Again great actin, plus more.

mary
mary

Another great GH

Dan
Dan

GH continues to be on fire!!! I’ll watch Finola Hughes and Anders Hove play off each other any day of the week, and twice on Sunday! Finola is always tremendous in everything she does. Her getting snubbed for an Emmy nomination this year was a huge disgrace, one of many with that sham of an awards show, hopefully the same won’t happen this coming year.

Anders Hove is one of those captivating actors that you just love to watch. As the old saying goes, he could read names out of the phone book and make it interesting. I know it’s not always easy to make the schedules work, because he lives overseas, but I would love to see the show make a long-term commitment to him. I remember in the interview Michael Fairman did with him on this site last year, he said he’d be open to that idea.

The people complaining about the Fluke story having too many twists and turns really crack me up. That’s what a good soap opera, or a good TV show in general does, it has twists and turns to keep you guessing. I don’t know about anyone else, but I like to not know what’s gonna happen next, or know which direction a story is going in. That’s what makes it fun to watch. When you can guess everything that’s gonna happen before it happens, that’s boring. And if GH were doing that, the same people would be complaining that the show was too predictable.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi Dan. I understand what you’re saying…you love the suspense, and so do I. However, personally, I think that when a storyline goes on and on at nauseam, it loses flavor and becomes stale. Perhaps I’m too impatient, but it is time to wrap it up.
Regardless, Dan, it does not mean I do not like GH….I always look forward catching up….later.

Jovin
Jovin

A GOOD TV show does not ask us to accept facial masks that change height, weight, nationality, penis size, voices, accents, and brain function. A good tv show would have no reason to write such crap in the first place.

Dan
Dan

A good TV show asks us to accept a lot of things that wouldn’t happen in real life, because it’s just that, it’s not real life. I mean we have popular shows on these days that have zombies walking around eating people, and shows where people come back from the dead to solve crimes, and so on, and so forth.

Are the masks on GH over the top and not something that would happen in real life? Sure, and I don’t know about you, but that’s why I watch TV. Cause it’s not real life. If I wanted real life, I’d watch the news. TV is an escape. When you start analyzing it like it’s real life, then what’s the purpose of watching in the first place?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Dan…perfect response! Absolutely perfect and completely agree! Personally, I can deal with all the fantastical stuff because that’s what makes it fiction/fantasy/escapism/over-the-top soapy. What I personally have a more difficult time with is when characters act out of the norm…or barely have a reaction when someone comes back who they thought was dead…how quickly they recover when someone dies…how let’s say Anna and Jordan speak on their phones to each other on park benches…when they’re supposed to be on opposite sides of the law. When Luke came back…which we all know he didn’t…but Tracy and Lulu thought and still think it’s him. Considering he’s been gone a year, locked up and drugged in an insane asylum…just barely escaped with his life…they’re like…”so glad you’re back! we were so worried!” LOL…and then everyone just carries on…It’s funny how the genre, or particularly GH is so “out there” , and yet the more realistic aspects of human nature are sometimes dismissed. Patrick losing Robin the first time was realistic to me…Sabrina’s grief, Molly’s grief…even Michael’s now. Sonny? Devastated he lost Connie and then on to Olivia and then Carly. Elizabeth fallin in love with AJ…he dies…barely a reaction. Falling for Rick again…she THINKS he died…little reaction and then back to Nicolas. Rafe dies…Sam barely blinked an eye even though she was his foster mom. THOSE things bother me…the stuff you defended…I’m completely with you on that.

Jovin
Jovin

Facial masks that change height, weight, body proportions, voices, accents, penis size, and personalities. No form of entertainment asks viewers to accept such ludicrous things. Except soaps. Writers are really bereft of ideas and creativity to resort to this crap.

su0000
su0000

hey
Masks are the WSB secret weapon..
Mission Impossible used masks all the time as a weapon too, but the WSB’s are better..
and– 007 used masks, but still the WSB are better ..
Many spies and government agencies of great TV/Movie’s fame –
(drum roll))) have used the —> ‘Mask’ ..
Mission Impossible and 007 are not ”crap” .. either is General Hospitals WSB..
They and other are proud users of the ‘mask !!

Jovin
Jovin

Lololol. How did I know my first response would be from you? Passionately defending the mask.

CeeCee
CeeCee

How true, Jovin. As much as I love, love, love Dr. O., she must be 50 lbs heavier than Anna, whom she, herself, calls “a scarecrow”……yet, Liesl and her mask, passed herself off as Anna, and everyone bought it?
And, speaking of private parts, shouldn’t Anna have been familiar with Duke’s pride and joy when Faison was impersonating him with the mask?…LOL.

Aria
Aria

Anna didn’t sleep with fake duke , so no penis comparison possible!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Aria, lol…so funny. I thought she had, my bad…later.

su0000
su0000

CeeCee, Aria-
AAAha!
that would have been great..
Anna trying to figure out the mystery of the Duke Penis !!

Dante; well, Anna what is not right about his penis?
Anna; well, it is the ………………………………….. lol
Now, that would have fun!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Well Tracy slept with Fluke…apparently she’s not that familiar with the “little fella!” lol

davlestev1
davlestev1

EWWWW…JUST….EWWWW

missmeka1987
missmeka1987

It’s crazy that all the people in Port Charles would’ve gotten the answer to 2 questions had they talked to Robin and she told them Jason was alive and Victor caused Patrick’s car accident slick writers I guess I’m the only one that notice this lol

Trish
Trish

Love Finola and Anders, love them even more together!

west virgina fan
west virgina fan

Whatever complaints there might be about masks, too many villains, etc. when, before Ron and Frank coming on board were there scenes like those Anna, and Alexis, and Tracy, and even Monica in her briefer times on the canvas, have had the past two years. The only people with consistent scenes of length were Sonny, Jason and Carly (and I would argue that Sonny and Carly have had more challenging material during this period than years before).

Maybe AJ will pop up alive again and Sonny will get his get of of jail free card–but the consequences of his and Carly’s actions are being fully explored–and while those characters seem incapable of taking responsibility for their actions, their hypocritical justifications are seen through by most everyone else in Port Charles.

Sam was still going on about Jason’s “code” and him being a “man of honor”–but what do you want to bet that when this new Jason regains those memories that he’ll have a real crisis of the soul and will see through that crap as well.

This is real soap drama–and it grows out of the history of the show and it makes use of characters and more often than not actors and particularly actresses that have been woefully underused for decades.

And is it fantastical, and too mob filled….well, the masks are not more absurd that Casey the alien or the ice princess. And while we have a lot of mobsters and criminals on the canvas, we are having less chest pumping about codes of “honor” (and comparitively fewer shoot outs) and a lot more exploring the real emotional fallout of that line of work than ever before in the show. Who would have ever thought that Sonny and Carly would suffer real consequences for their actions (and despite the likelihood of jail time being short, I don’t think they will get Michael back any time soon).

And we get Finola Hughes with all her beauty and complexity center screen day after day. We get a comic relief character like Alice with layers. And some very subtle (in the midst of the cartoons) exploration of the fruits of violence and betrayal.

rebecca1
rebecca1

well said west virginia fan!

Lia
Lia

Omg I haven’t been this happy watching GH in many years. Anders and Finola are perfection. There is something between those two (Anna and Faison) that is so delicious, I can’t describe it. All I do know, is that I want more. This is what happens when writers use a show’s veteran cast, and the rich history that comes along with them. I am in love with GH again. Wow!

Bill
Bill

As awesome as he was in his scenes with Anna (and he WAS … they BOTH were), what I was giggling about was how he sang like a CANARY to Sam and Patrick! Kudos to Carlivati for continuing to propel the story forward. I feared, when we saw the Fluke double-switch, that he was just going to slowly drag this storyline out even further … but when Faison told Sam that Jason was alive … that it was VICTOR that set up the car accident … and that Patrick knew about Jason being at Crichton-Clark …. GREAT STUFF!

jeremy
jeremy

Awesome Episode. Wow!!! 🙂

Timmm
Timmm

I know one thing, if they ever pull a mask off of Ryan Peavey it won’t be Clark Gable!

Christy
Christy

I think there’s more than one Fluke in town… maybe more than 2!

and where is our Real Luke?

Christy
Christy

also, I think the fluke left at the Q’s is Ashton… all that drinking!

Christy
Christy

all these multiples of Fluke remind me of the end of the Thomas Crown Affair movie with Pierce Brosnan… all those bowler hats! Which one is the real one?!

PV Jr.
PV Jr.

I was thinking the same thing the other day when I heard the song, Sinnerman. If only the writing in GH was as good as in that movie.

Patrick
Patrick

I so want to believe that Faison and Liesl are destined

and yes, that’s more for Liesl… as she’s recurring and inclusive

it’s layer plus that Kathleen Gati reels

she deserves to be intimate and share acting real

——–
audience bowled over / with

Franco : Nina : and baby

I couldn’t stop reeling

what a cohesive knit… this dreamed family of Nina’s projects

it was bond at first sight!

Roger feeding the baby… the tenderness
Nina… smitten watching Franco and baby bond

????

where to go from here

of course, I want that Ava, Morgan, and their child unite

when it’s this GOOD ?!?!

I would never pretend that Ava shouldn’t have hers

it just smarts that every one in Port Charles knows .. and Ava herself… tells the higher than thou Silas… that she did in fact kill Connie

???? YIKES!

oye… pull

Sonny should get his just deserts
and Ava

I don’t know… the intrigue that Maura West pulls … doesnt follow

this is a big story… for so many on the canvas that orbit

sans Sonny, Carly, Michael, and Kiki

let’s move on and find a way for the rest to pull

inasmuch as it’s a show for Finola Hughes.. to drive….

I’m sure this is another ethic / motive / conscionable drive that the audience will whet… and demand justice

I hope the dyamic betwixt Anna and Duke push and pull the actors parlaying their skill and mindset superlative… I love Finola and Ian.

there you have it

baby +

Ava and Morgan
Nina and Franco

Anna and Duke

Leisl and her feeling

GH smarts and leaves me bereft yet not slumbering… it’s drive

Patrick
Patrick

I have to tell you

damn it

there he goes again… Nicholas grandstanding his virtue and using Spencer as an excuse… my son is learning the value of honesty

puhlease… give me a break

is this the downfall and demoted to recurring… because the GH production devalues the history of … and doesn’t believe… that the actor… Britta… isn’t worth a contract?

she was smoking HOT in that red dress… and as posted before… she has so many elements and character all over Port Charles… that she would not deliver side by side.. with the hired big wigs… that demote to recurring and stars less.. because of budget constraints

Kelly Thiebaud is HOT deserving and as a newbie has thrived and generated demonstrated she’s echelone her being a big part of Port Charles

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, Patrick…how I see what you see!!!! Who, in the name of the sacred holy soaps, does Nicolas think he is with that sainted disposition of his? He must have known Willy Shakespeare in another life …methinks HENRY IV was based on Nicolas Cassadine. And, why does he run whining like a spoiled schoolboy to Liz each and every time? I do believe he can take life lessons from his 9-year old son…..later

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Patrick!

I agree…I LOVED Nina and Franco and baby makes three! Each one…Nina and Franco…want so desperately to love and be loved…to be understood and accepted…they’re both sides of a coin together. Franco, or this incarnation of Franco (not Franco 1) is the saner of the two. He’d be a great dad. Nina too would obviously be full of love but she’s just too on the brink of madness to be trusted. Ava? It’s a shame that to reunite Ava and either Morgan and Sonny with their baby we have to lose the Nina/Franco/baby dynamic.

I, too, love Anna and Duke. Either way, it looks like they’ll be giving Ian more of a storyline…or I’m hoping that ‘s where they’re going and it’s not just some plan to take over Sonny’s business that falls flat. Either way, I want more Duke on my screen.

See Nicolas differently than you do. Though I LOVE Britt and I love the two of them together…it really was a big risk to have Spencer go missing and not find him right away…and to let Nicolas suffer not knowing what or where his son was. I totally get where he’s coming from. As precocious and intelligent as Spencer is…he’s a baby. Britt has to be the adult and can’t be in cahoots with him when it could possibly endanger him. There was a time where she didn’t even know where he was…and she STILL didn’t tell Nicolas or contact the police. I would have liked her to stay on contract and have them remain a couple. But I can’t say I fault Nic…I did read somewhere she may be going to The Bold and Beautiful…she denied it. But when did a denial every mean it’s not true…We shall see….

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GH’s Steve Burton & Bradford Anderson Give The Lowdown on Their New Series ‘7 Questions’ & Their Creative Partnership

What started out as an unlikely on-screen pairing and friendship several years ago on the daytime drama, General Hospital has flourished, and become something even much greater than that. Knowing they struck gold with their characters being the antithesis of each other – one’s a hit man for God sakes, and the other an awkward computer geek, Steve Burton (Jason) and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) began to conjure up how they could parlay their on-screen and off-screen friendship into other creative avenues.

As fans of the popular soap stars know, these guys travel around the country performing their comedy act, Stone Cold and the Jackal to packed houses. They have a weekly podcast, now on the Podcast One network, That’s Awesome and have also been concentrating on delivering even more content to their audience via their You Tube page, with their latest collaboration 7 Questions with Steve and Brad; where the two take on some questions and answer them with some clever elements wrapped up inside of each installment.

Not a week can go by without Steve and Bradford releasing something new to whet the appetite and keep engaged their enduring fan base. While everyone is facing together the disruptions in our normal everyday lives due to the coronavirus pandemic, Steve and Bradford are using this time wisely to expand their reach while creating even more fun content within their wheelhouse.  So, who know what could be next, right?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Steve and Bradford to get the Intel on their success, their new You Tube series via their page, and more.  And of course, we couldn’t let this opportunity go by without putting them in the hot seat and asking our own ‘7 Questions’.  Check out what they had to say below.

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How did the idea originally come about for 7 Questions with Steve and Brad?  What was the inspiration behind it?

BRADFORD: We want to put out as much content as we can and as much entertainment as we can for people, especially during this time.  We’ve done a lot of work on our Facebook page, and we realized that we make so many videos, why the heck aren’t we putting them on our YouTube page?  With that, Steve kind of had this idea. Steve will talk about his inspirations for the visual component of it, and it was kind of a no-brainer.

I just also would like to know whose idea it was to have the MTV-ish voice-over gal for the interstitials of ‘7 Questions’.  That’s one of my favorite parts, by the way!

STEVE:  That’s me! I’m a kid of the 80s.  I love the 80s.  It’s what our brand has been.  We use a lot of colors that are 80s, and that’s our demographic. They relate to it.  With ‘7 questions’, I had no idea what it was going to be, really.  Bradford and I talk multiple times a day, and we are always thinking of ideas. We do our podcast, “That’s Awesome!” and then, we do a bonus podcast now every week that is 15-20 minutes, and that we put it up on YouTube as well.  With the way things are, we want people to laugh and have fun.  Now, usually Bradford does all of the heavy lifting with the technology.  He edits the podcast, he uploads it, he does all of that stuff, and I’m like, “Let me just try it.”  So, I do the sound effects and graphics in these.  I’m laughing while I do it, so I’m hoping people laugh, too.

BRADFORD:  In the beginning, Steve kind of wanted to make it like a morning show, and it my head, I thought he meant like a morning TV show, so I was a little confused by that! (Laughs) What he meant was like a disc-jockey from the 80s on the radio – the kind of show where they use the silly horns when there is a joke, or a lot of ‘whiz-bang’ sound effect, and stuff like that.  It’s fun to see Steve’s creative self come out and play.

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STEVE: The ‘7 questions’ episode out now with Josh Swickard (Chase, GH), is amazing.  Well, it’s amazing because of the sound effects I put in of course, but it’s also amazing because Josh Swickard is on it. (Laughs)

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You guys have been able to get along so well it seems from your podcast, to your YouTube videos, to your regular on-screen relationship at GH, and then, you do comedy clubs appearances around the country together.  Why do you think it works so well between the two of you? 

BRADFORD:  That’s a good question.  I think we have very similar goals.  We understand each other’s instincts a little bit.  So, we can navigate.  Sometimes, I can tell when something is going to frustrate Steve.  I steer that around him, and he certainly does the same thing for me.  He knows what frustrates me, and he’ll take care of that.  The cool thing about us is that neither of us are combative people.  We never bring our outside crap into our relationship.  We’re not that kind of people.  We are very positive people, and I think that really helps.

STEVE:  It’s always dangerous to get into business with friends.  That’s the first thing I can say because in the past that’s happened to me, and it hasn’t worked out.  I think Bradford and I just have a great mutual respect for each other.  I don’t want to say that it’s almost like a marriage, but it kind of is, because we are together so much.  We work together, we talk every day, and we are always collaborating on things.  There are always things that come up.  Most people wouldn’t even know the stuff that comes up with the podcast or with the live shows, and it takes a really special partnership to forge through that and still have fun.  That’s what the key is because I know plenty of people who are in business relationships who aren’t happy.  They’re just doing it for business.  If we ever get to that point, he and I just need to walk away.  It’s just a really great relationship where we are continually pushing each other, and where we are continually growing.  I never have to worry about what he is doing, and he never has to worry about what I am doing.

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BRADFORD:  That’s a really big deal.  I’ve never even thought about that because we’ve never had a ‘come to Jesus’ moment where it’s like, “Hey man, you’ve really got to start pulling your weight here.” (Laughs)

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Ok guys, I have a lighting round of ‘7 Questions’ for you.  Here we go! Question number 1! What one word describes your initial impression of each other when you first met?

BRADFORD:  “Muscle-y”

STEVE:  That’s not a word, dude!

BRADFORD:   It is.  I made it.

Steve, what’s your one-word initial impression of Bradford when you first met him?

STEVE: “Interesting…”  Can it have an ellipsis after it?

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Question number 2: When rehearsing your comedy show, which one of you has the most trouble remembering what comes next?

BRADFORD:  I’m going to say Steve, but there is a caveat.  The way that his set is designed, he does about 20 minutes of just talking.  Mine is song, talk, song.  So, there’s an order for mine… but for Steve, remembering half an hour’s worth of stories is hard.  That’s what I would say.

STEVE:  I would say me, too.  We are both pretty on it with our structure and what comes next pretty naturally, but there’re times when Bradford is like, “Hey, over here.”  What the audience doesn’t see is I go, “Oh yeah!  Hey!”

BRADFORD:  But we’ve been doing this for so long that we’ve both had our senior moments.  Neither of us is immune to a hiccup here and there.

Question 3: You both are super-high energy guys. After your performances, who has more trouble decompressing and coming down to earth after the adrenaline rush of playing in front of a crowd?

BRADFORD:  I can sleep anywhere at any time… so can Steve.

STEVE:  Usually, I can sleep anywhere, but after a show, I’m hyped!  I’m like, “Let’s go!  Where are we going?” Bradford’s like, “Give me a glass of wine, and a nice meal, and I’m going to bed,” and I’m like, “Oh, no, you’re not.  You’re not going anywhere near a bed!  We’re going out.”

BRADFORD:  Part of the problem is that we drink a Five-Hour Energy before the show, and our show is only 3 hours.  There’s that extra 2 hours. (Laughs)

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Question 4:  What do your wives; Kiera and Sheree think of your ‘7 Questions’ and your comedy show? 

BRADFORD:  I was nervous the first time my wife came to our comedy show, because she’s actually a pretty talented comedian.  She knows comedic timing really well.  The first time Kiera ever saw our act was when she helped us do a GH Fan Club Weekend show.  She told me afterwards, “I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I had kind of low expectations, and you guys are hilarious.”  You know, I was a guy who kind of waited for the phone to ring because that’s what the life of an actor kind of just tends to be, and now what’s been so wonderful for me is becoming a creator, becoming a collaborator, and how it has really just changed my approach to work in general.  So, my wife is proud of me, and thankful to Steve for that.

What does your wife think, Steve?

STEVE:  My wife saw 7 Questions, and she loves that.   She’s seen some comedy bits that I have shown her on my phone, but she hasn’t seen a full comedy show yet.

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Does Sheree like the comedic side of you?

STEVE:  Yeah, I don’t know if most people know that I may have a sense of humor because literally when we go to the shows, people are looking at me like I’m an alien like, “What the hell is going on up there?”

Right! It’s such a departure from what they envision as this image of you from your role on General Hospital to when they see you do something different. 

STEVE:  Right.  I’ve always kind of been kind of high-energy, and I don’t want to say funny, but I at least have a sense of humor and can crack jokes.  That was one of the first things that kind of connected my wife and me.

BRADFORD:  On stage, Steve’s a great storyteller, but what we’ve done over the last couple of years is really try to hone those stories in a specific way, like really make sure that the timing is there, that the setup is there, and all of that.  I think at the beginning, both of us were a little self-conscious about that because it was new to us.  I could sing a song and not be self-conscious about it because that’s what I did for most of my life.  This is new to us, and what I have loved seeing over the last couple of years, is Steve’s growth as a performer.

STEVE:  Thank you, buddy.

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Question 5:  Do your kids understand what you do for a living? What do they think that you do?

STEVE:  My kids aren’t sure.  My daughter who is 16, she gets it.  My son, he hasn’t seen a lot of scenes from GH, but I showed him once he was able to understand some and he was like, “What do you do?”  I said, “I’m the Fonzie of daytime.”  He said, “Who’s Fonzie?”  (Laughs)  My 5-year-old really doesn’t know.  She thinks I go on the road more than I go to work.  She’s like, “Oh, are you doing your thing with Bradford?” She sees me working on my stuff with Bradford, and she’ll be like, “7 questions with Steve and Brad!”  She’ll walk around the house and say that.

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BRADFORD:  My 8-year-old, Juna knows that I’m on TV.  There’s been a couple of times when we have been watching the news over the last couple of weeks, and the California governor will have press conferences, and it will then cut right into General Hospital, and there was one time that it just cut into me.  It’s been a long time since they’ve seen me on the television.  So that was cool.  There are a couple teachers at their school who are fans of the show, so that gives the kids a bit of a chuckle.  Juna will say to my 5-year-old, Finola, “Hey, Finola, come over here.  We’re going to be on dad’s podcast.”  So, anything technical, any video, she calls “a podcast”.  She doesn’t quite get that part of it.  She probably thinks YouTube, and everything is a podcast. (Laughs)

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Question 6: If you guys could go on any late night TV talk show together, which show would it be and why?

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STEVE:  My sensibility would be The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

BRADFORD:  I would probably say Jimmy Fallon too, although I love Jimmy Kimmel because he’s on ABC.  Also, our sense of humor is pretty dumb, and Fallon’s sense of humor is pretty dumb.  So, I think our senses of humor match up with him better than anyone else, probably.

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Question 7: On soaps, do you think more comedy should be injected into them?

STEVE:  Let me answer this, because when Bradford came on as Spinelli, he turned it into the comedy relief in a lot of ways.  We didn’t have a lot of comedy on the show.  Back in the day, you had some people like Steven Kay, who played Reginald, and you had people who had some comedic moments, but Bradford really kind of came in and was that.  People knew that once Spinelli was on the screen, something funny could happen.  Just with his encounter with somebody, or how he was going to try to approach me, or hug me, or how he was going to try to figure something out and spaz out, and people love that.  I think there needs to be comedy on a daytime drama.  There is so much heaviness all of the time usually, and that’s why I think Bradford (obviously he is a fantastic actor) is able to stay on for so long because he brought something new, something different to the table, and that’s what made him so valuable.

BRADFORD:  Thank you, Steve!  I think the best way for comedy to happen in daytime is through the organic instincts of each individual actor because the times where soaps try to be funny is where it doesn’t work sometimes.  That’s kind of a rule anywhere!  The best comedy is where it is found rather than planned.  So, when you look at someone like, for instance, Steve, when he moved the fuzzy balls the other day, that is the best kind of humor in our show because that is something that his character would do anyway, it showed a little bit of Steve’s personality, which I love, and it was just a little moment of levity.  You look at actors like Roger Howarth (Franco), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R), or Maura West (Ava, GH), everyone that finds moments in their performance to do something that maybe wasn’t planned; it lets the audience breathe a bit.  That’s where I find that the best comedy is in soaps.

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Bonus question 8! Surprise! Which comedians have influenced you … and which actors have influenced you the most?

STEVE:  Oh, I love Jim Gaffigan.  I love Sebastian Maniscalco.  There are a lot of guys out there.  Acting wise, I’m a huge fan of Tom Cruise, and I’ll tell you why.  From what I know the guy’s work ethic is like nobody else’s.  That’s what always inspires me.  I’m like, here’s a guy who has made 500 million dollars and still gives 120% to this day!  So, there’s a ton of actors that I could pick, but Tom Cruise delivers.  Every performance that guy has done has been amazing.

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BRADFORD:  For me, it didn’t occur to me until later, especially thinking about my comedic influences as a kid.  What I love about GH and the way that they film is that I really can use my whole body.  It’s not just a shoulder-up kind of show.  They have four cameras.  They can catch pretty much anything that you’re doing.  So, I realized that when I think about the way I use my body that I was influenced a lot by Don Knotts.  When you see something on his face (and granted his facial expressions were amazing and huge) you also saw it in his whole body.   Not only do I love Don Knotts, but I also love Donald O’Connor from Singin’ in the Rain.  Now as for an actor, I’ve always talked about Gary Oldman, because I love character actors who, if they weren’t playing a character and they were just themselves, you don’t know what that looks like. You only know them as the characters they play, because every character they play is different.  , If you look at Gary Oldman in The Professional, he is playing a villain there, but he’s this Russian guy with slicked back hair, and then, you see him play Commissioner Gordon in Batman with a flawless Chicago accent, and then, you hear him talk and you’re like, “Oh, he’s from England.  He’s a British actor.  I had no idea.”  That’s what I love.  His physicality, his voice, everything is built from the ground up when he plays a character.  A comic that I love to watch is John Mulaney.  Even though he’s like a preppy little guy that says crazy things, it’s very smart, and I just love his style.

In closing, here we are in the middle of this COVID-19 pandemic, what would you say to your fans, some of who, may feel lost, isolated, worried, etc?

BRADFORD:  I would say watch General Hospital!  At a time like this, routine is very important.  One of the great things about General Hospital is that it is part of peoples’ routines.  It’s not just a plug to watch our show, but it’s something that is comforting in that it is there.  Then, outside of that, you know, we try to provide not just entertainment but connection too.  That’s what we are there for.  We’ve been going live a lot on our Facebook page, on our YouTube page, and our reason for that is that we know people are available, and people can actually talk to us in real time, and as I said, we are trying to create moments of connection.

STEVE:  The best compliment that we get is, “We had so much fun.” or “Oh, you guys made my day.”  I try to answer all the You Tube comments we get, and many of them are similar right now like, “Man, I needed to laugh today.  Thank you for putting this up.”  Obviously, we are all dealing with something crazy right now with this pandemic, but just to give someone even 10 minutes on 7 Questions where they can laugh 3 or 4 times and then go back to whatever they were doing, that’s really what matters to us.

So, what do you think of Steve and Bradford’s new You  Tube show ‘7 Questions with Steve and Brad’?  Have you seen their live comedy club appearances, and if so, what did you think of it?  Do you enjoy seeing GH”s Jason and Spinelli in scenes and hijinks together in Port Charles? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Eden McCoy Chats on Tackling the Role of Young Carly, Josslyn’s love life, and Her Co-Stars

The rivalry between Carly (Laura Wright) and Nelle (Chloe Lanier) has deep-rooted history in the past, not just the present, as viewers learn today on a special episode of General Hospital.  In it, we go back to the 90s, before Carly stepped foot in Port Charles.  This gave Eden McCoy, who usually plays Carly’s on-screen daughter, Josslyn Jacks, the chance to play a young Carly as fans of the ABC daytime drama series also see that the episode sheds come clues to a story that will play out in the present in the weeks and months to come.

McCoy got the opportunity to work with a different set of players than her normal scene partners in Port Charles in the episode – Cynthia Watros (Nina), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) and young Willa Rose (young Nelle), who comprise the Benson ‘family’ in the flashbacks.

However, while Eden got the chance to travel back to the 90s, Josslyn is also in the dark in the present to that kiss shared by her best friends, Trina (Sydney Mikala) and Cameron (William Lipton).   If that lip-lock came to light to Joss, will that finally get her to admit she may feel more than friendship with Cam?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Eden to discuss: the opportunity to play young Carly, having Laura Wright as her on-screen mom, and going to battle on-screen with her good friend, Chloe Lanier, plus if she would like to share more screen-time with Josslyn’s dad, Ingo Rademacher (Jax), and of course, the burning question, who has Josslyn’s heart? Is it Cameron? Find out when you read on as to what Eden shared below.

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On today’s April 8th episode of GH, we see you portraying a young Carly.  Tell me when and how you found out that you were going to play Carly, and what the experience was like for you taping those scenes?

EDEN:  It was really one of my favorite experiences at GH, hands down.  I think if I had to choose favorite episodes, this would be this one for sure. My other favorites prior to this have been: the fight scene with Nelle, the dance scenes I did, and the fake drunk scenes with William.  Those were all so great.  I found out that I was going to do this episode and play a young Carly from Laura Wright.  I ran into her on set for blocking.  We weren’t even working together that day, and she’s like, “Oh, I’ve been told that you’re going to play a young me in an episode,” and then she literally walked away – because she had to work.  So, I was like, “What?”  It was kind of this thing hanging in the air, and I rushed to tell my mom, because I was so excited.  I didn’t get the script until maybe a month after Laura told me.  I didn’t want to ask more about it before then, because I kind of wanted to be surprised, too. Then, when I got the script and read it, I was completely blown away.  Then, when I got the news that Cynthia Watros was going to play Carly’s mom and that James Patrick Stuart was going to play Carly’s dad, I mean, I just about had a heart attack! Those are two actors that I’ve watched and admired so much and haven’t worked with a lot.  So, it was this perfectly gift-wrapped opportunity to get to know my fellow castmates and dive into a whole other character.  Everyone was so involved in that episode.  Look at the set design, for one thing.  You can totally tell that it transported us into the 90s.  Everyone did an amazing job with that style of architecture ….everybody had been researching it …everybody pretty much except for me as I lived through the 90s!  The wardrobe was one of my favorite things ever, because the 90s, for me, is my favorite era of fashion.  I feel like my own wardrobe is heavily inspired by the 90s.  I have vintage pieces; my favorite jeans are 90s Levis. I watched Friends and obviously was obsessed with it.  The wardrobe team did an amazing job focusing on all of the 90s trends with the cardigans and the clogs and the jelly shoes and all of that.  I have three outfits in the episode, and we literally named them “Monica”, “Rachel”, and “Phoebe” after the women on Friends.  It was so much fun.

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What’s your take on what happened in the episode; as we learn about Carly’s troubled-past with her adoptive parents, and her past with Nelle?

EDEN:  It starts as a look into a young Carly’s everyday life.  She gets home from a job interview.  She is looking for work, and she gets the job, and Virginia and Carly are talking.  However, the conversation turns into how Carly wants to leave home, and have a very different life than Virginia, but she needs money to do it.  So, she leaves her mom, Virginia, to go find Frank, her dad, who, by the way, is a complete turnoff of a dad.  She thought he was going to have some money, and she could be rich, and get it from him, and move to New York, and see the world because that’s her overall goal.  Carly is a very passionate, goal-driven person as we know, so she goes to see Frank.  It will be a heart-wrenching moment for Carly as a character; and you will see how Nelle factors into this.   All of this in the past shows the internal conflict that Carly has towards Nelle as a person and as a character.  It’s not just that Nelle came into her life and hurt her kids and hurt her family, but it’s because it’s that desperate need for validation that Carly had growing up.  I think, she has had this resentment towards Nelle, because of it.

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How old were you supposed to be in the flashbacks as young Carly?

EDEN:  I was playing like 18-19 years old, and Nelle was around 6.  Willa Rose was such an adorable little actress.  She and James were so cute together, and James was phenomenal.  He just went 110% on this, and it was so, so fun to work against that.  Every take was different.  James was walking at this pace, or he was eating in this scene, and he totally took it to the place that I knew that he would take it.  Same with Cynthia!  Cynthia was amazing.   I’ve watched them together since Cynthia first came on the show as Nina, and I’ve watched James forever, so I totally scored.

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Has Laura Wright seen your portrayal of Carly yet?

EDEN:  I’m super excited to see what she has to say about it.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I were discussing it day-of taping. We were kind of dissecting Laura’s mannerisms so that I could kind of plug them in to my performance. We used when Laura as Carly tucks her hair behind her ear, and Frank was like, “Oh, yeah!  Do that!”  I’ve grown up with Laura, and watching her, and acting against her, and people clearly compare us all the time and are like, “That’s insane.  Do you try to do that on purpose?” It’s like, “No, I’ve just been with her since I was 12, almost every day.”

You realize when working and talking with Laura that she truly gets and understands her art and acting in this genre.  She’s really one of the best there’s ever been in soaps.  She can dissect a scene and understand it from different points of view, etc.

EDEN:  Oh my God, I know.  She’s phenomenal to watch, and I am not immune to that whatsoever.  It hits me every time I see her act.   She’s just been the best teacher.  The comments I get the most are: how much I resemble her looks wise for one, but also acting wise.  So, I’m so excited to see what people have to say following the airing of this episode.

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What do you think about Josslyn’s combative relationship with Nelle?  I loved on today’s episode that we got to see the scenes where Josslyn clocked Nelle again!

EDEN:  I would love to slap Nelle again!  Chloe is one of my closest friends on that set.  Even though we haven’t worked together as much as we used to, we are still very close, and I learned a lot from her.  Scenes with her are always so juicy.

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Where do you think Josslyn is at this point in her love life?  Is she still really into Dev (Ashton Arbab)? Does she truly loves Cameron, but can’t admit it to herself? 

EDEN:  I think that’s it. With Dev, he was an intriguing character with a very different background than Josslyn.  They say opposites attract, and I think that goes along with this story a little bit.  He’s just something that’s new, and someone who she is intrigued by, and I think that’s realistic.  I know that’s happened to me in my love life before.  I’m not sure where it’s really going to go between Dev and Josslyn.  Then for Cam, I think she doesn’t want to admit the feelings that she has for him to herself because that’s a whole big can of worms. I think she feels that once she admits that it might – not necessarily ruin their friendship – but taint it.  Cam is such a safe place and such a home for Josslyn.  I feel like if she were to admit that to herself, she’d be like, “Oh, no.  I’m going to make this uncomfortable and weird, and I can’t lose Cam as a friend.”  That’s always kind of been where her head is at, but I think as she spends more time with him, her feelings become more and more clear.  You never really know what’s going to happen, and I don’t think she’s set on anything.  Teenagers are just all over the place with feelings, and one day they feel this and one day they don’t.  So, it’s always such fun to play because I know some fans are dying to see Cameron and Josslyn get together that and some people don’t want to see that.  It’s fun to hear everybody out and to hear everyone’s opinions on it.  For me, I just hope it can be something fun to watch.  That’s always the goal.

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So now Trina has shared a kissed Cam, and Josslyn doesn’t know that yet.  What do you think her reaction is going to be when she finds out? 

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EDEN:  It will be interesting to see how the writers do that when she does find out, because Trina has been a great friend to Josslyn, and Josslyn wants to be a great friend back, and of course, Joss is a great friend to Cam.  These are her two best friends.  She doesn’t really want to be anything but supportive.  I feel there is going to be a lot of internal struggle with that because I think that action is probably going to make her realize, and come to terms with some feelings that she has probably been avoiding, for sure.

Do you think that Josslyn has truly moved on with her life following her last boyfriend, Oscar’s heartbreaking death, so that she can welcome and accept new love into her life?

EDEN:  I think she’s moved on, at least I hope so!  That’s a pain that she’ll take with her for the rest of her life, and an experience that she’ll always have in her back pocket. That’s great as an actor … to have had a deep, influential experience because you can bring that into certain scenes and make them stronger.  Right now, I think she’s just trying to be normal and feel normal things, and that’s where I hope that her story will continue to go.  Life goes on, and we have awesome teenage characters that I’m happy to be a part of and working with.

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Whenever the fans have seen William Lipton and you together, they have noticed that you get along so well. What can you say about William?

EDEN:   We do get along so well.  William is the best.  He’s really like a sibling.

Would you like to see more scenes between Jax and Josslyn? Don’t you think he should be more involved with his biological daughter’s life?

EDEN:  Yes!  From day one of meeting Ingo five years ago, he just made it so comfortable for me.  We have had a complete connection.  We share so many similar traits.  For instance, we both love the beach and we have a similar drive.  I will say that our relationship outside of the scenes is what makes those scenes what they are and what makes them fun to watch, and why when you’re watching, you feel like, “How is this not real?”  So, that’s why he is one of my all-time favorite scene partners.

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Your mom was, and is, a big GH fan, right?

EDEN:  Yes, she grew up watching GH in her sorority house, and her two crushes were Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jax (Ingo Rademacher), and I’m their kid on the show!  I remember when I auditioned for Josslyn.  I was given a fake script with a fake character name on it, so, we didn’t really know what my family tree looked like, or anything.  When my mom saw Maurice and Ingo in person for the first time, and I remember her freaking out.  I can’t even imagine what it was like for her.  My mom was just as excited as me to have this opportunity.

Are you at home quarantining, and taking care of yourself during this COVID-19 pandemic that we all find ourselves facing together? How’s that been going for you?

EDEN:  It’s going good.  I’m not complaining about staying in bed. (Laughs)  No, it’s been fun just trying new things and spending time with the family. You know, I’m usually so busy that it’s nice to have a little down time for a minute, but I naturally like to stay present and connect with people on social media, et

What are the fans saying to you most on social media that they want for Joss? 

EDEN:  I am hearing a lot about Cam.  It’s a big, “Is that going to happen?  Is that not going to happen?  Team Cam/Team Not Cam.”  That’s always fun because I love to have rivalries.  That means that people are invested in the story.  I get a lot of Jax things, like, “Where’s Jax?  We need more Jax and Josslyn,” and I completely agree.  However my dream, (and I think what a lot of people want to see) is Josslyn’s rebellion and gearing away from the goody-two-shoes person she is for a minute.

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That would be in-line and typical for the daughter of Carly, right?

EDEN:  Yeah, that’s what I’m saying.  When I hear about what Carly had done at my age and in the past, I’m like, “I have that DNA.”   Carly had a very painful upbringing with not a lot of parental supervision and support.  She had no father figure growing up, and Josslyn has had two. That really shapes a person and makes them who they are, but I do feel like with all of the pain the Josslyn has gone through; some kind of off-the-rails moment would be fun to play and will be hopefully in her future.

So, what did you think of Eden’s performance of young Carly on today’s episode of GH? Do you want Josslyn to end up romantically with Cameron or someone else? Do you think Josslyn should display a more rebellious side given that she is Carly’s daughter? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Has a Feeling She Has ‘A Daughter Out There’

The latest promo for this week’s episodes of General Hospital has been released and from the looks of it – and a key episode set to air on Wednesday April 8th – the mystery surrounding if Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) biological daughter is alive, and if so who is it, looks to be kicking into high gear.

There is that necklace that Nina is looking at in the promo, Nelle (Chloe Lanier) who seemingly now is being given an opportunity to work with Nina thus getting closer to her who notices the necklace, and then there is Willow (Katelyn MacMullen), who many have thought could actually be Nina’s daughter given their original tense relationship.

And coming up on Wednesday, look for a special episode where the show looks at Carly’s (Laura Wright) past with her adoptive parents Frank and Virginia Benson before she came to Port Charles in 1996.

Look for Eden McCoy (Josslyn) to play a young Carly, Cynthia Watros to play Virginia, James Patrick Stuart to play Valentin, and Willa Rose to play a young Nelle.  What will we learn from that episode?

Now below watch the latest teaser from GH, and let us know if you think Nina will finally figure out who her real bio-daughter is via the comment section below.

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