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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Checks Into Shadybrook, While Laura Is Unconvinced That Nikolas Is Alive

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For months now, viewers have seen the downward spiral of Ava Jerome (Maura West).  It began following the death of her daughter Kiki, and realizing the man she fell in love with was not her therapist, Dr Kevin Collins, but none other than his serial killer twin brother, Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) – the man that murdered her daughter.

Trying to get back on her feet has been difficult for Ava.  She finally found some purpose in going back to work at the art gallery she loved so much.  Along the way, she has been sipping one too many martinis.  So, if you add all that up, and if you are other denizens in Port Charles, you might think that when Ava professes she saw the real Nikolas Mikhail Stavrosovich Cassadine (Marcus Coloma) in the flesh, when the man supposedly died a few years ago, then she has really lost it!

Thing is – Ava did see Nikolas, and he is back in Port Charles, alive and well, only know else knows except for Hayden  (Rebecca Budig) and Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which we learned at the end of Friday’s episode.

Earlier, after Ava passed out seeing Nikolas, she comes too, and he is not at the gallery anymore.  She panics and looks everywhere for him. Ava is convinced there has to be security camera footage of him in the gallery.  Nikolas’ mother, Laura (Genie Francis) happens to head over to see Ava to discuss Helena’s portrait, which has been the key to the codicil mystery, which is now at Ava’s gallery,

When Laura arrives, she finds Ava with drink in hand, and professing to her that Laura’s first-born son Nikolas is alive and he was just here at the gallery! As she tries to produce the physical evidence to show Laura, it’s not there.   Ava questions her sanity after Laura suggests she really needs professional help; something Laura knows a thing or two about

What happens next is shocking:  Julian (William deVry) is called and he meets Ava and Laura at Shadybrook sanitarium.  Viewers watch as Ava takes off all of her jewelry and her high heels. She hugs Julian and Laura before leaving them behind to get the help she “needs”.

Kudos to Genie Francis and Maura West, who’s unlikely on-screen friendship as Laura and Ava has been a delight to watch; especially when these two powerhouse actresses share two-person scenes together.

Watching Francis’ facial expression when Laura entertains for a moment that her son could be alive and then feels sorrow was masterful, as was West when as Ava she leans on Laura realizing she is in a worse way than she even imagined.  Will Ava get out of Shadybrook soon?  Will Laura get to feel joy that her son is truly alive and in Port Charles? Stay tuned.

What did you think of the performances of Genie and Maura? What do you think will happen next for Ava and Laura in this story? Comment below.

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  1. Satan

    November 2, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Ava didn’t need to go to the loony bin because she saw Fake Nikolas, but she needs to be there for a few other reasons, so they should keep her for a while.

    Maybe she can share a padded cell with her big sister Olivia Jerome?

    • Shay

      November 3, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Or Heather Webber! It really is time for her to make another of her famous Port Charles comebacks….I do do miss her lurking presence behind the scenes of every nefarious GH happening…

      • Steve

        November 5, 2019 at 1:05 pm

        Last I heard Robin Mattson has retired from acting. Unfortunately, we probably won’t be having any more Heather sightings.

        • Shay

          November 5, 2019 at 4:35 pm

          If true, that is a real shame, Steve! Robin always added such colorful comedy to any soap character she happened to portray at any given time, and her “Heather Webber” was the crowning jewel in her daytime career! (Closely followed by her performance as Gina Timmons on Santa Barbara…Boy, oh boy, was she a laugh riot in that role!) At any rate, thank you for the info, Steve. Needless to add, both Robin and her unforgettable “Heather Webber” will be missed…Port Charles will never be the same without “them!”

    • Mary

      November 10, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      Maybe GH can find a way to convince Robin Mattson to come out of retirement

  2. Kay

    November 2, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Two Ladies not phoning it in amazing what that can do for a show when you have two pros on top of their game!

  3. DMRR

    November 2, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Love Maura. I haven’t watched in weeks, but, I love the character of Ava.

  4. Jeffrie

    November 2, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    These two were everything we could hope for!Genie Francis was that Laura we once knew and Ava was so beatin down and only Laura could understand!Two legends Bravo!excited for Nicholas…..of course we all would love Tyler back but my guess is he has some serious issues that behind the scenes made that impossible to happen.So great that we have a new Nicholas to watch!!!!!!

  5. Tonya Gates

    November 3, 2019 at 4:37 am

    Great performance.. I just love Ava!! She has moved me to tears on several occasions….I love GH!!

  6. Rodd

    November 3, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Powerful actresses and pure genius on the writers’ part for putting them together in these “unlikely” scenes.

  7. Scott

    November 4, 2019 at 5:11 am

    This show is MUCH better under Dan O’Connor!

    • Satan

      November 4, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Probably a little premature to say that, given that his material just started airing. But a Devil can hope…..

    • Scott (ATWT Fan)

      November 4, 2019 at 11:46 am

      He has definitely helped to enrich the dialogue and shake up the pacing of the canvas.

    • Steve

      November 5, 2019 at 1:08 pm

      The pacing does seem better along with fine tuned writing. Keep in mind, they have held key storylines (Nikolas, Anna returning, Nina’s revenge) until Dan took over.

  8. Violet Lemm

    November 9, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Funny, Ava all bent out of shape by someone she only knew for a few hours at the most. Surprised she didn’t, come back to P.C after falling for patient behind the mask, Jason at the clinic, where she helped him escape. Too bad Nickolas didn’t fare so well. Turned him into a whole other man! Then again, it added years to his life, so maybe Ava does have powers we didn’t know she possessed, besides being a ”man eater”.


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GH’s Mark Lawson Fuels At-Home Workout With Soap Opera Competition: “Dante, Dante, Dante, Dominic, Dominic, Dominic … But What About Dustin?”

As fans and colleagues of General Hospital and former One Life to Live star, Mark Lawson (Dustin, GH) know, he often posts on his Instagram account at-home workouts from his garage including: exercises with: kettlebells and free weights. In real-life, Lawson is a fitness guru, as well.

In one of his most recent posts over the holiday weekend, Mark used the constant chatter of a potential return of Dominic Zamprogna to GH to reprise his role of Dante Falconeri (which would pit Mark’s school teacher alter-ego Dustin at-odds with Dante, for the love of Lulu (Emme Rylan)) to charge up his workout routine! So what’s a guy to do?  Bicep curls!

Next, fueling his workout in a hilarious send-up, Lawson, as he is curling dumbbells remarks: “You want Dante back? Dante, Dante, Dante … Dominic,Dominic,Dominic … It’s all you talk about.  It’s all you care about, but what about Dustin?  What’s up with Dustin?  Where’s good guy Dustin? School teacher Dustin, who never shot nobody.  Never hurt anybody and all he wanted was a girlfriend.   All everybody talks about is Dante, Dante, Dante. Dominic, Dominic, Dominic.”

You can watch Mark’s IG post below!

Then let us know, if you hope there will be some healthy soap opera competition for the love of Lulu down the line between Dustin and Dante, if Dominic returns to the show.  If he does return, would you be Team Dustin or Team Dante? Share your thoughts via the comment section.


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GH’s Michael Easton Posts “Ask Me Anything” Part Two

Over the coronavirus pandemic General Hospital star Michael Easton (Hamilton Finn) has been answering several fans questions posted to him in a series of posts on his official Facebook page. 

This week, Easton posted part two of his “Ask Me Anything”, and the fan favorite said he he will do his best to get through everyone’s questions and thanked those who made donations to America Health Care Workers and food banks during COVID-19.

In part two; questions ranged from: his connection with his on-screen brother played by Josh Swickard, if he would ever consider a return to Days of our Lives to reprise the role of Tanner Scofield (his first soap role), what is his favorite part of playing Hamilton Finn, and the casting of his on-screen daughter Violet played by Jophielle Love and more.

One question posed to Easton revolved around the just completed Daytime Emmys, when he was asked: “How many times have you submitted yourself for the Emmys? Some actors seem to put a real emphasis on being nominated but you don’t seem to care that much?”

Michael responded: “I’m pacing myself. I’ve maybe submitted three or four times in twenty years. It’s a lovely honor but not something I focus on. Everyday I try to give the best, most truthful performance I can and as I long as I can do that…I live with myself.”

Make sure to “Like” Michael’s official Facebook page, if you have not already to see more of his “Ask Me Anything’s”

So, what are your hopes for Hamilton Finn when Michael returns to taping new episodes of General Hospital in the future?

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WATCH: 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Winners Virtual Interviews

This year’s 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were back on television for the first time since 2011, and back on CBS.  Due to the times we are living in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, the usual kudofest, honoring the best in daytime programming, had to move from its originally scheduled live event to a virtual one.

That also means for us at Michael Fairman TV, the usual backstage “Winner’s Walk” interviews conducted immediately following some of your daytime drama favorites big wins also had to altered for this unique year.

So we had our own, if you will, “Virtual Winner’s Walk” albeit without the walk and without the glitz and glamour.  That being said, it all felt much more intimate as we spoke immediately following Friday night’s broadcast with these newly crowned winners:  Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner, The Young and the Restless’ Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott); Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series winner, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom (Katie Logan Spencer); who tied One Life to Live’s Erika Slezak (Ex-Viki) with the most wins by an actress in Daytime Emmy history with 6,  Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winner, The Young and the Restless’ Bryton James (Devon), and Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series winner, The Young and the Restless’, Eva Larue (Ex-Celeste).  All four of these conversations were emotional, candid, and touching.

Over the weekend, we caught up with Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner, Tamara Braun (Ex-Kim Nero, General Hospital) for another heartfelt chat on her second all-time win in the category, and Outstanding Writing Team in a Drama Series winner, The Bold and the Beautiful’s executive producer and head writer, Brad Bell, who won this award for the fifth time in his career as he shared how much he learned from his late legendary parents and Y&R and B&B co-creators: Lee Phillip Bell, who was part of the In-Memoriam tribute on the telecast, and the late Bill Bell.

Each of these interviewsare also posted on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.  Make sure to “subscribe” to the channel for more celebrity interviews and features.

Now watch the reactions, thoughts and emotions of this year’s major Daytime Drama Emmy winners below!  Then let us know, who you were most excited about being honored with the Emmy, and more via the comment section .

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