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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Reveals To Sonny She's Preggars! Fluke Sees Luke!

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On yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, Ava (Maura West) yet again saved herself from certain death!

After Sonny (Maurice Benard) finally has the evidence (thanks to Carly) that Ava shot and murdered his beloved Connie Falconeri (Kelly Sullivan), Sonny wants to rid the world of Ms. Jerome once and for all.

In showdown scene between powerhouse performers Maurice Benard and Maura West, as Sonny is about to pull the trigger, since now Ava had basically admitted she was the culprit in Connie’s dearh, she tells Sonny there is something he doesn’t know, and then reveals she’s pregnant! And that leaves us with this question:  Who is the baby daddy of Ava’s baby?  Is it Sonny or is it his son Morgan’s (Bryan Craig(?  Either way, according to Ava, it’s a Corinthos offspring!

Elsewhere, finally after months of wondering just what is going on with “Luke Spencer” crime lord, Fluke (Anthony Geary) goes to what looks to be Miscavige to a high security padded room where none other than the real Luke is stashed away.  And as previewed in On-Air On-Soaps recent interview with GH head writer Ron Carlivati, he revealed to us that viewers would learn a clue to the true identify of the Luke crime lord within short time.  From the looks of this, we now know that the real Luke is locked away!

Watch the moment where Ava tells Sonny she is pregnant after the jump! Then, let us know what you thought of Ava’s announcement to Sonny that she is preggars to save her life?  Who do you think is the bio-dad …. Sonny or Morgan?   What did you think of the Fluke/Luke scene?   Share your thoughts below!

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Eric
Eric

Dear God… PLEASE don’t let Fluke pull off a rubber mask!!! Hopefully RC will come up with something new (but I doubt it…)

dmr
dmr

I am with you; how utterly ridiculous-the masks.

km
km

Fluke story line needs to go! And, ewww, Ava & Sonny, yuck, yuck, yuck!

Robert
Robert

I kind of figure they would have to bring a pregnancy into the picture but woukd that stop Sonny from doing the deed after Ava gives birth? I still think that is Luke’s cousin Bill Ekert but I do not remember Bill being so evil when he was on the show.

andrew hass
andrew hass

Another question might be is Ava really pregnant or is this just a way for her to keep Sonny from killing her?For now it buys Ava time because if she is indeed pregnant it keeps her alive and if she isn’t then she could use the time to come up with another plan to keep Sonny from killing her.If Ava is pregnant with Sonny’s child that could be the final nail in Sonny and Morgan’s relationship.As for Luke i think it was a given that the guy walking around the last few months wasn’t the real Luke.Now the question becomes who is he really?I think it could be Luke’s identical cousin Bill Eckert.

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

The child could be Morgans?

harry
harry

Andrew, Ron would never do that as that would completely replicate the Claudia storyline.
Oh wait, this is Ron we’re talking about. Nevermind.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I’m RC is not the first head writer to repeat a story another writer did.Plus the Claudia story happened years ago.So if RC wants to do a similar story now i have no problem with it.

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

GH has gotten its largest May sweeps ratings in 7 years!!!

Mark
Mark

Big deal, abc wants out of the soap business. Abc is only giving gh 1 year one year contracts at a time. THey are not confident with gh anymore. Its only a matter of time, when gh gets cancelled. Yes the ratings are up, so what, that doesn’t mean anything anymore. Say bye bye gh, and hello to new talk shows and more reality shows. I quit watching gh, last week. Very painful to watch. I watch days and young and the restless.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I don’t care if ABC is just giving GH one year deals because it just means GH will be on the air for at least one more year.Plus maybe one year deals is better than multi-year deals because it means GH knows they can’t get complacent or they could be cancelled.

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

I didn’t see any power in Maurice Bernard’s performance. All I saw was Bernard stalling so he could remember his lines.

Loved the ‘real Luke’/’fake Luke’ mini-scene, but I will be glad when this story is over. Once again a story has been dragged out so long that it has lost all its power. Now we are going to be thrust into a who’s the daddy story with Ava’s latest reveal. Do I really care whose spawn she is carrying — if she is pregnant at all — ? No, I don’t care.

su0000
su0000

Maurice Bernard/Sonny is a very powerful actor.. He owns Sunny and always gives a great performance..
I love the 2 stories, they are intriguing and high drama..
I can’t wait to see whats next and how it all turns out..

🙂

MaxDaddee
MaxDaddee

I, too am tired of the storyline with Eva. All the lying and deception has gotten boring. She’s sitting around on the island drinking Mai-Tai’s and now she’s supposedly pregnant. But, nice to know they have drugstores on Sonny’s island where folks can buy pregnancy test kits? Yea, right. The Sonny character ran out of steam years ago. Betraying both his sons by killing AJ and then sleeping with Eva has taken him even more out of whatever “integrity” he had.

Shay
Shay

The only fun part of this mess would be if Carly ends up becoming a grandmother…and to Ava’s brat, no less!!!!

Sandra Norcross
Sandra Norcross

Saw all this comes months ago! Please tell me something I don’t already know! Come on RC surprise me! PLEASE!!!
And hurry up, I’m not getting any younger!

emlons
emlons

It can’t be sonny’s cuz they JUST slept together, it would be too early it has to be Morgand

andrew hass
andrew hass

Sonny and Ava slept together a few weeks ago.So it is possible she could be pregnant now.However if she is pregnant then i’m sure there’s going to be a paternity test done when she’s further along when there’s less risk.

Johnny
Johnny

Not exactly the most shocking plot twist ever. Lol. Watching a greasy murderer threaten a pregnant woman and tell her he wants to watch her bleed out….just what I and so many others want to watch after lunch. Gross!!!!!! Sonny’s code of “honour” comes and goes to suit his needs. He threatened to kill Carly just last year and she is the mother of one of his children. Why do these people love murder so much? Snarly sat there and snarled at Rick for locking her in a panic room…as she sat there all doe eyed and in love with the serial killer and rapist right beside her. These people are very selective about their sociopaths!

harry
harry

Johnny, you’re so right. Sometimes I become so anticlimated to the insanity of the writing I forget to see how truly insane it really is.

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

I predicted Avas pregnancy some time ago(maybe its Lulu’s stolen embryo…kidding…lol)…child could still be Morgans(i like Sonny and Ava together…kind of reminds me of Barnabas and Angelique of Dark Shadows…Angelique was responsible for Josettes death…Ava for Connies…Barnabas confronted Angelique when he found out she was a witch…Sonny confronted Ava when he found out she killed Connie…some minor similiarities but it still reminds me of those two DS characters just the same)…maybe fluke is really Bill but still could be Jerry, The Balkan, a Cassidine, or Mr. Marbles who next will go after Epiphany…lol…Lulu still hasnt seen a picture of Lucas’s shooter which i thought would happen and Anna seems to have forgotten the Patrina car accident!!!

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

What happened to Olivias visions…i thought she’d see Morgan in a diaper and sucking on a binky…lol

Patrick
Patrick

on Fridays ep: when Morgan kissed Olivia

“lets do like they did to us” “take me back to your place”

LOL… nice! easy ! I think….

I was actually screaming in my mind… “do not go their, do not sully up anymore this relationship” !!!! ????

Whew ! thank good ness Olivia whetted her libido and stalled

her cojones with full bossom were invited

I did think…. woah! Nice to see Livia in the scene doing some stuff… that intrigues the audience… not to be saddled with Sonny… after Steve

she has potential with

Luke, fluke, bill… or whomever he is
Duke… would be riveting, passionate, and romantic

pressing for Connie’ cousin… she has it

Tsuds
Tsuds

Do not drink the water in Port Charles!! How many baby stories do you need to have.. I have had enough and lets move on to something besides a baby being involved… RC .. get some babies of your own if you are living vicariously through GH storylines.. I usually only praise you , but come on .. enough is enough… is enough.. is enough.. is enough…. ……NO MORE BABY STORIES>>>>

su0000
su0000

Thing is-
We have no idea if this is even a baby story..
Ava preggers haa not going to happen..
However; saying so is a life-preserver..

RC loves to bait and some people gobble down his bait.. lol

Melissa
Melissa

It should be Morgan’s. Sonny has infected the world enough with his spawn, let someone else have a turn to be a better dad than him (although that’s definitely not a very high bar to climb). I loathe Sonny with the fire of a thousand suns, so here’s hoping it’s an Ava/Morgan baby!

Mark
Mark

Ewwwwww this show has gotten gross

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

Mark, as long as GH is on and im enjoyng it im going to watch but if it gets cancelled i wont loose any sleep over it!!! (yes, it has its gross moments but i still like other parts of it) I watch Days which is better written but i only watch Y&R on occassion…as for May sweeps it is a big deal even if abc could care less…it shows people will still watch soaps…anyway, ill survive even if my soaps dont!!!

dmr
dmr

I found it interesting that Anna referred to Barrett Enterprises as “B.E.” which are Bill Eckert’s initials. I think Faux Luke is Luke’s cousin Bill. Especially after that reference. Ava is clearly lying. Just what we need, another spoiled spawn of Sonny’s from yet again, another baby mama. Please, no more Micheal and Kiki “love” scenes. Ugh.

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

Yes, no more love scenes especially in Tracys old office! Micheal shouldnt be C.E.O of E.LQ.,…he looks like a bag boy at the local Piggly Wiggly, lol

Timmm
Timmm

Him and David Thom should start a boy band! “Ladies and Gentleman, “OutofSync!”

Johmny
Johmny

Ava Jerome needs to suffer now, I love Maura West she is a wonderful actress, but Ava needs to die now. Bring back Vanessa Marcil. Brenda needs to kick Ava’s ass. Lol

mfarris70
mfarris70

I’m really surprised at the number of fans, a lot of women, here and on Facebook, refer to Ava being pregnant as “gross” because they think she is too old to be with Morgan, too old to be pregnant but not a word about Sonny always being with younger women and knocking them up. Sad when women perpetuate the double standards that put them down.

Matthew
Matthew

Excellent point mfarris! I agree. Both men and women can be dogs. Let’s not have a doublever standard when we all know Sonny was tearing it up with Emily.

su0000
su0000

LOL

Ava is not pregnant

Ava is using being pregnant to save her life..

RC is saying;
ha! and ha ha ! (at the gullible) lol

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I think Sonny is a total manwhore who takes no responsibility for birth control (or self-control for that matter.) He makes me sick. But I kinda love to hate him and enjoy his character in small doses. As far as the women in his life? I have no double standard as I think all consenting adults should bear personal responsibility and self-respect. But Crypt-sex? In the Q Crypt? On the final resting place of the man they murdered? It doesn’t get much more disgusting than that. Not to mention, I believe his one-time “love” Emily Q is laid to rest there as well. SMH.

B.J.
B.J.

Have zero interest in another Corinthos baby, and if someone doesn’t kill FLUKE asap, I won’t even be recording this show to FF through. I keep expecting him to sprout horns and a tail.

There just aren’t words to express HOW sick I am of Fluke.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Don’t forget that we’ve seen Ava having cocktails and thanking the butler for his bar tending skills. I think the positive pregnancy test was a back up plan that she’s probably kept in her back pocket (literally) for a while. Now for the made scramble to get pregnant for real…

andrew hass
andrew hass

Plus maybe Ava knew eventually Shawn would tell Sonny that she was the one who shot Olivia last year.So Ava may have known that Sonny would try to kill her whether it was because she killed Connie or because she shot Olivia.So pretending to be pregnant was her way out but i’m wondering if the surprise will be on Ava if she turns out to be pregnant for real.

Kaleesi
Kaleesi

I’m not complaining too much about GH these days. Ava dropping the pregnancy bomb wasn’t surprising but I loved seeing Sonny’s reaction because he thought he had her D-E-A-D! I hope they will tell us who is Fluke by next week, or at least give us more clues!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Wow! Shocking! NOT! We all saw this coming since crypt-sex.

I like Maura West and her “Ava Jerome” & I hope she sticks around. But please, NO MORE BABY STORYLINES! Enough with the kids already!

David
David

For the just concluded May Sweeps ratings period, ABC’s “General Hospital” attracted its largest audience in seven years in Total Viewers (3.068 million) and best performance in three years in Women 18-49 (747,000/1.2 rating) and Women 25-54 (999,000/1.6 rating) – since May Sweeps 2007 and 2011, respectively. The soap ranked as the #1 daytime show in Women 18-49 (tied in rating). Further, “GH” stood as the #1 program in Women 18-34 (252,000/0.7 rating), hitting a 4 year high in the demo – since May Sweeps 2010.

The iconic soap posted gains of 8% in Total Viewers (3.068 million vs. 2.851 million), 6% in Women 18-34 (252,000 vs. 237,000) and 4% in Women 25-54 (999,000 vs. 964,000).

Aria
Aria

Finally the fluke storyline is moving forward and I’m enjoying GH again, and hooray to Anna for not excepting to help Julian, at first I thought she was being vendictive, but finally Anna was acting like her old self and not being filled by Julian , hopefully she’ll catch on quickly that Rick is being set up. I’m hoping GH is getting back on track and that RC can keep himself or someone can keep him checked. Keeping my fingers cross. One last thing, I could care less if Jason comes back but if he’s being recast I give my vote to billy miller.

Charday
Charday

Those two skunks–Sonny and Ava–deserve each other.

Alexis
Alexis

LOl I agree with you

Jimmy
Jimmy

I don’t think Ava is really pregnant, it’s just a manipulation tactic. If she truly was, then why didn’t she say so at first instead of trying to manipulate Sonny into not killing her?

As for Fluke, the scenes with him and Luke were very creepy and made me despise Fluke even more, which I didn’t think was possible. But it’s starting to make sense now… Barrett Enterprises… B.E. … Bill Eckert?! Anna said it herself: “B.E. that’s interesting.” It could be a famous RC red herring but what if it is actually true?

andrew hass
andrew hass

Yeah Ava could be lying about been pregnant but the joke could be on her if a doctor confirms that she is indeed pregnant.Plus maybe she told Sonny she was pregnant because she knew he would take her back to Port Charles to get confirmation.On the island Sonny could easily kill her and get rid of her body.In Port Charles it might be a little harder for him to kill her.

janet
janet

The spawn from hell. Sonny and Ava’s genes.???Ha ha ha . This show makes sure I am never tempted to turn back in. Omen, Rosemarys baby, the bad seed, etc etc,etc. GMAB.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think she might be pregnant…with Morgan’s child. Doesn’t correlate with her drinking on the island, unless it was non-alcoholic

The concept of a Jerome/Corinthos baby could be interesting…two families so twisted and at odds with each other…Sonny stifled from killing the woman who killed his love…coupled with his guilt over killing AJ made worse now by knowing that AJ was innocent.

I think there are many explosive possibilities with this storyline should they decide to pursue the baby route. I’s the only way they can keep Maura on the show which they want to do.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I must be losing my edge because I honestly did not see Ava pregnancy coming. I thought RC had written her in a corner and I did not know how they would get her out it– then boom a Corinthos baby— buys her at least nine months, and in nine months Ava can think of thousand ways to avoid Sonny’s wrath.

As for Fluke I don’t know who he is, all I know is after watching him on screen I feel the need for a shower to get his slime off of me.

Patrick
Patrick

“… I thought RC had written her in a corner”

that’s exactly what I thought

theres’s been a lot of angst, emotional upheaval, with Sonny’s part of the GH pie.

1st there was Connie’s death
2nd there was AJ death

and now… it caught me : Morgan is going to be a father!

I totally am on board… with how Ava and Morgan have caught on… fire it up

I like this romance….

I certainly hope it’s Morgans.

if Sonny claims to be all that about HIS family… then so be it… Ava has him in a corner and locked up… as well… with AJ’s murder… and vice versa

perhaps… this will be a rekindling time… renew of Ava and Morgan

he let’s go his childhood…. mans up… and stands by Ava… and forgives his father… and all is right with the world… for now

I’ve grown weary of all the parenting… lack of… by Sonny and Carly any way… interfering

I don’t know… Ava and Morgan… really are a stand alone pairing… they don’t need a lot of show… support… for or against… they just ring true

unlike watching Michael and Kiki…. which i have to ignore

PS : you know what really floored me… I can’t recall the exact day…

sparks flew… fireworks ignited … tantalize

but when FLUKE was at the hotel.. and he started chatting it up with Olivia…

woah… tame your horses… this was ignite HOT

I’m against Luke having an affair… OK it may be Bill.. but… for arguments sake… when the real Luke is back… maybe he won’t get married… I saw so much prospect with AG fLUKE and Olivia… I’m sorry tracy… for now…

viewers… lessen some backlash… I really am in to Ava and Morgan… it’s unfettered came about giddy love and romance… it is that easy

Susan
Susan

You realize that this is the end of Anthony Geary for the summer. Perfect way to write him out for his summer leave. We will all be up in the air until he comes back. Great goodbye for the summer but annoying for the audience.

andrew hass
andrew hass

Last year i think Anthony Geary split up his Summer vacation.In that he came back for few weeks during the Summer for a few weeks but then left again until the Fall.So maybe he’ll do the same thing this year.That way Luke and “Luke” won’t be offscreen for the whole Summer.

Charday
Charday

Did Ava ever actually admit to Sonny that she shot Connie?

lll
lll

She denied it all the way. Her facial expressions after Sonny told her about the recording gave it away.

Breaking News

GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

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When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of Police Captain In New Film, ‘Equal Standard’

While the cast of General Hospital is on their three-week summer hiatus, many of the actors have gone off to do different things with their time … some are traveling … some are on tour or making personal appearances, and some are making movies or filming other projects.

Maurice Benard is continuing to land film roles when he has the time to step away from his role as mobster Sonny Corinthos on the ABC daytime drama series.

Now in an Instagram post this week, Maurice shared an update on the filming of his upcoming motion picture, Equal Standard which also stars Ice-T.

In his post showing him in his character’s police uniform sans jacket, Maurice expressed: “Always great to play different characters.  In New York playing a police captain. Very cool and interesting script.”

In story, Equal Standard tells the story of an off-duty New York City police detective who gets caught in an inner city brawl between undercover cops convinced he is a local street thug. The melee ends in a tragic death followed by an uproar within gangs and cops in neighboring communities and across the city. The movie also features Robert Clohessy, and OLTL alum Tobias Truvillion (Vincent).

So, glad to hear Maurice is getting the opportunity to play more diverse roles?  Comment below.

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