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General Hospital Big January Bombshells!

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Courtesy/ABC

ABC has released a new promo for General Hospital which entices viewers by letting them know things are about to go down this month!

As January begins, Finn (Michael Easton) and Anna (Finola Hughes) share a steamy kiss, while it appears Sonny (Maurice Benard) tells Julian (William deVry), “You owe me blood.”  Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) is shocked over something she finds out, while Nathan (Ryan Paevey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) are reeling from the news that Faison is Nathan’s bio-dad.

Now Maxie asks Mac(John J. York) to help her and Nathan disappear! She is concerned about her unborn baby.

Meanwhile, everyone is guessing just who could be Faison’s other son that links the story of what happened to Jason (Steve Burton) and Drew (Billy Miller).

Watch this week’s promo for GH after the jump.  Then let us know, how do you think all of these stories will play themselves out in the comment section below!

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heidi
heidi

Peter August will be Faison’s other son!

Jovin
Jovin

Why the Faison obsession all of a sudden?! We don’t want to see a show populated by his offspring! The show has been awesome for months…but all this Faison stuff is a downer. So is Sonny telling Julian he owes him blood! The show is SO much livelier, more romantic, and far more entertaining when Sonny isn’t on! I don’t like Julian at all, but he owes Sonny nothing! Sonny is a savage bloodthirsty pig!!! Just a note on Julian, if he is trying to start over and convince people he is being a better man, why does he barge into every room and every situation and act like a complete jackass?!? He demands to see his son Leo, when asking and arranging for visits might just work as a start! He acts like Griffin has NO reason to be upset with him, even though he “killed” Duke once, and ordered the final hit that killed him. When you want to convince people you have changed, you do that by acting and behaving differently, hence the word CHANGE!! You don’t behave like the same smarmy arrogant prick you always were!! Griffin could also tone down the righteousness about the mobster father he never knew. One of the things that prevents me from completely enjoying GH is the hypocritical double standards that so many of these characters adhere to. Sam, mob moll extraordinaire, worshipped Jason and loves Sonny, two murderous thugs, and yet proclaims to hate her own father for the same reason! Olivia kept Dante away from Sonny all his life, until the day Sonny point blank, cold blood shot the unarmed cop in the chest, but she has since whacked up with Sonny, now considers him a best friend, yet hates Julian for the same reasons. Yes, Julian held a knife to Alexis, but he was doing it to throw his psycho sister off track. Yet does anyone remember when Carly ordered a hit on Franco, and the bullet hit Olivia (or so they thought)? Sonny repeatedly threatened to murder Carly! Two years later, they were married again!! I’m not saying these things to defend Julian, I can’t stand him. But why does Sonny walk around town with a glowing halo and people just despise Julian? At least Julian is TRYING to get out of “the business”…something Sonny has never even earnestly tried!! I also vomited in my mouth when Michael said to Sonny “If I could be half the father you were…” This Sonny worship and adoration is literally the one reason I cannot fully enjoy this show!! Finally, this is a show chock full of couples and romance and interesting storylines, and Sonny just drags it down. And can someone please shut Molly up!!!??? Since when do teenagers get up in the face of mobsters? It’s ridiculous! Every time it happens it makes her sound like a shrill harpy, and then she merrily chirps off talking about “Uncle Sonny”. Hayley Pullos is a very engaging performer but… Read more »

Boop
Boop

I agree with most of what you said; except, I like Julian.

Patrick
Patrick

Standing Ovation

Patrick
Patrick

GAVEL

:”…This Sonny worship and adoration is literally the one reason I cannot fully enjoy this show!! “

Patrick
Patrick

MARQUEE : “…One of the things that prevents me from completely enjoying GH is the hypocritical double standards that so many of these characters adhere to. “

Patrick
Patrick

YES, YES, Y – E – S : “Ava needs a visit from Delia!! ”

you got me thinking… it’s too bad, Julian and Ava don’t have the same mother… as it would be great to see this brother and sister duo… chill and relax !

dag… I can’t stand all the bashing these two take…. day in and day out

whilst Sonny and Carly just meander along acting… did I say that’s true… they are the dullard recipe of dead on arrival. their son Michael is dumbo. i’m so glad Morgan is not on the show. somehow … GH has got to get that they are the ruination of what once was

like so many posts have shared… their is so much more to this show…

WHAT ARE SONNY AND CARLY. drag this show down to nothing

GH WRITERS – WOAH. if you think the culmination of thee beefcake studs Jason and Drew are the supreme being… that end all and be all… for your show

MOLLY MOLLY MOLLY – dag! right ? at least it’s not Sam… she’s so tiring with Alexis and Julian… just TIRED. listening to teen beat Molly has been so grating on nerve endings… STOP . makes me miss Kristina that much more

THIS Faison stuff is spiraling … this story line. as posts have stated… why haven’t Jason and drew , together as brothers… tried to find out together. whats happening to them ? instead we are spotlighted with the Shelley and Frank scenario with laugh out loud.. Jason , Sonny, and Spinelli… teaming up to figure this all out.. and it’s caricature and does not trigger a damned thing… watching Sonny lord over and act that much more king pin.

I truly think… Shelley and Frank are so fixated on Sonny and Carly.. that they have let go so much talent by the wayside

it’s going to have a rippling affect.. that not even Steve Burton and Billy Miller cannot undo and save

Timmm
Timmm

All the Faison talk? Because he is the best villain GH ever had! Molly, I agree, shut the hell up!

Shay
Shay

@Jovin (and Patrick)….Your thoughts on Molly are so spot-on! She used to be such a lovely, well-mannered young lady, naturally beautiful and sweet-tempered. What happened???? As of late, she has seemingly morphed into a junior version of her overbearing mother…obnoxious, bolshie and mouthy!!! She has even adopted a more physical resemblance to Alexis with the overly-mature haircolor and style, which is not nearly as attractive as her own originally gorgeous, glossy brunette locks! Please, please save this character from being overtaken by her maternal DNA before it’s too late, or next thing you know, Molly will be trotting around in over-revealing tartwear and engaging in all sorts of wildly inappropriate antics with TJ!!! P.S. Loved the Delia suggestion! It’s once again time for her own patented brand of crazy to crash Port Charles!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I, too, agree with almost everything you said, Jovin. But, like Boop, I like Julian. As for his attitude…he did try. He tried with Alexis and Sam. He tried with Molly. They all basically spit in his face. He has asked repeatedly to be allowed to see his son. Olivia has said no at every turn. He gave up his rights and agreed to let Ned be his son’s father when he thought he’d remain in jail. That alone should have shown Olivia that he puts his children first. So, I can understand his “attitude.” However, you’re right about his attitude with Griffin. He needs to cut him some slack and understand Griffin’s wrath.

And, if I may make one tiny adjustment…I’d take Sonny over Carly any day! (And that’s not to say I don’t have my problems with Sonny.) I just can’t stand Carly. She’s the one that initiated taking Michael from AJ, who doused him with alcohol, who poisoned Sonny, Jason and Michael against him, she’s the one that tried to make AJ think he fell off the wagon yet is enraged at Ava for screwing with Morgan’s pills. Of course Ava was wrong…but she acts like she hasn’t done the same thing with Monica’s son! Michael’s father! Jason’s brother. To me, Carly is the biggest hypocrite on the show. And Ava, I like her. Great character. But, she really pissed me off when Alexis came to her door hoping she could help Julian in jail. Julian is Ava’s brother! He was being beaten and Alexis was trying to help him Instead of appreciating that, knowing what Julian put Alexis through, Ava was snarky with her. Again…hypocrite. Doctors? Hospital? Hippocratic Oath? Should be called Hypocritc Oafs!

Jimh
Jimh

Probably Franco…but i want Finn(dont care about age difference)…Anna was Faison’s obsession for so long and having her falling in love with his son would be a shocker to Anna!!!!…i know others think its that other guy working with Lulu or maybe its Dr.Brandt but Finn would throw complications into his relationship with Anna!!!!

Celia
Celia

You speak as a true, soap connoisseur, Jimmy….Finn, as the ‘other’ son is as soapy as we can get. Good point!!

Celia
Celia

T, I did thank you, re: ‘old soul’, but, did not post. Quelle surprise!!

Timmm
Timmm

Kristen Storms is looking fantastic. Congrats, my dear!

Celia
Celia

Doesn’t she? I tend to agree with Shay….she proposed a real-life pregnancy….hmmm…I wonder. Kirsten could be, T.
Also, isn’t that Greg Evigan? ( developer guy)…. you know who I mean? I watched BJ and the Bear reruns….and, My Two Dads? Gosh Almighty…he was sooooo hot. He still is, I guess.

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee Sweets, Yes Greg Evigan…what a nice surprise to see him
on T.V. again. HAPPY NEW YEAR BLESSINGS TO ALL‼️‼️

Boop
Boop

Thanks, Celia, I was trying to think of who he is.

Timmm
Timmm

If Kirsten is pregnant, it works, she looks radiant!

One of the things I love about you Celia is your old soul. YES, that is Greg Evigan! I loved BJ and the Bear! Greg is 64 and he looks fantastic! I pray that he stays on the show. He can act and is charming. Now that he is connected to Franco’s childhood, I may get my wish!

Celia
Celia

@Boop.
Hey, Boop,
You are welcome. Timmm is soooo right…Greg is 64 and still hot, LOL.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee and Timmm…Mr. Evigan would have made an excellent Jeff Webber recast….same youthful and sexy vibe that “McGyver” once had!

Timmm
Timmm

I think you could be right about Evigan’s new character and Franco. He knows Franco and the two are too far apart in age to be old friends so yeah, maybe his father. I never bought Scott and Heather as Franco’s parents. Too wacky!

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…The more we see of Maxie, the greater my contention that her portrayer is also “with child.” There is simply something about her demeanor that makes me suspect so….she has that unique combination of the visible ennui and glow of an expectant mother! As for Greg Evigan’s rather shady character being Franco’s father???? Hmmm….me thinks he’s more of a scammer looking to score with that Charles Street development deal and regards the man-child artiste as a key to achieving that goal???

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Maxie looks about four months/five months along, Shay; depending how big or small a woman carries….whether it’s real life or a pillow is yet to be seen. LOL.
Regardless, Kirsten looks healthy and that particular glow, which some refer to as mythical, is actually there. She shines with it,
More power to her….all the best if your hunch is correct.

Celia
Celia

Right, T? I never bought the father-son thing ….I just wonder if Scotty is in on this mystery with Heather, if true.
And, if so, why?….see that? It is gaining momentum for me….and piquing my interest—– It is exhilarating, anticipating whatever develops….love the story, albeit Franco is freaky, LOL.
By the opposite token, I am not intrigued, one bit, with the Sam/Drew/Jason love triangle.
Now, I know you like Steve, and, perhaps, the storyline…I respect that. I like Steve, as well……but, the only character who interests me; who has the potention of an engaging, and riveting storyline, is Drew….there’s so much to be had concerning his ‘abstract’ past….I want that to become tangible…whatever it is.
I don’t know whether the writers have a plan or if they are testing the waters, as they go along….whatever it is, I want it !!!!!

brian
brian

I heard Ryan Paevey was taking a leave…hopefully not a long one !

su0000
su0000

I have to say;
To suggest those are BOMBSHELLS of the upcoming goes to show how terribly low the bar has dropped for GH..

That promo used to be a Normal week for GH, simply a ya ya normal everyday week..
Now its called BOMBSHELLS, and that is more than sad it’s pitiful, actually.

Seriously, that promo would not even have gotten a mention yet to be referred to as a BOMBSHELL for GH , how low the drama for GH has fallen.

Patrick
Patrick

Bombshell @ GH. Implosion of the whole production team.

I am – sooooo – irritated… “how dare he, Michael , talk down to Ned Quartermaine, how effin dare he”

yeah, this has to play out… as Ned quit … Michael did this again… at the Q’s , as they celebrated Christmas… Michael , thought Ned was so out of line, about shares of ELQ… and told him… “do I have to rethink my bringing you on”

This story sucks.. and any thing to do with Chad Duell portrait of Michael. he sucks.

this made me implode

Wally Kurth ‘ Ned should be CEO of ELQ Period

rose
rose

Really like Ned/Wally. Want him to have a permanent stay on GH. But far prefer Michael’s vision for redevelopment and emergency health clinic than just new, big, expensive, displacement of neighborhoods. Too much of that in real life. Hope they can come to a combo of both sensibilities. But do agree with many about the blind loyalty Michael shows towards Sonny…AJ, baby Avery and Sonny’s profession come to mind.

Patrick
Patrick

“Never a dull moment”

I swear .. it looked like anna was crying like a school girl.. at GH….. when Liz was talking to her. about: giving it a try w/Finn. think about it

Michael Easton has been propped .. and given more chance than any character I know.

the writing is on the wall… hurry up and wait fans.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I have to agree, su000. I’m kind of surprised this story is generating so much heat. I don’t miss Faison or any related stories involving him.

Jovin
Jovin

Why so Dougie Downer bro?? The show has been better lately than it has for years!!!

Joey
Joey

My money is in Faison’s son turning out to be Peter August, LuLu’s new boss.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh Joey, no. Please don’t let that be true (though you’re probably right). I really can’t bear Wes Ramsey in this role. I liked him on GL, but he is miscast here. To me, he looks like a high school drama student trying to play older. And badly.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

@Soaphound. At least he is among his old friends from GL, especially his lady love, Laura Wright. Can’t wait until she has reason to chew him out, for some reason or other. Should be fun. They didn’t interact, while both on GL, if I remember right.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, bad choice!

Celia
Celia

I am not familiar with this actor, Soaphound….but, I must agree. He does look like a High School student. He’s Laura’s real-life boyfried? Wow!!
I, sort of, put him in the same box as Zack on Y&R—both look too young for their respective roles.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes!

Timmm
Timmm

If thats the case, they should have done a better job casting him.

Jacob
Jacob

GH is usually so on point with their casting but lately they haven’t been doing very well. The Swiss doctor was TERRIBLE and the publisher is just as bad. I don’t know the actor as I never watched GL so I can only see him for what he’s doing on this show.. .and he’s marginal at best.

Celia
Celia

Hey, T….
Just watched today’s episode….finally took a breather…
I don’t know if you follow all my posts ( you better!!, LOL)….. many a time I have suggested that Scotty was not Franco’s bio dad…..however, a few fans poo-pooed over my hunch. Scotty appeared very evasive and nervous to me when Franco tried to pry ‘stuff’ from him…
Well, as I was watching the intense scrutiny Jim Harvey ( Greg Evigan) bestowed upon Franco, I couldn’t help but think that he may be Franco’s father. Too far-fetched?
Why the interest in Franco? This guy is somehow an integral part of Franco’s past.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Am I the only one that thinks Nathan’s bio dad will be Faison’s son and not Faison– Dr. O would not be that nervous if Nathan’s dad was Faison, but is she slept with his son and had a child will him that would have blown her world to pieces if Faison found out– just a thought.

Jacob
Jacob

Well, Faison is like 60 and Nathan is 33… soooooooo possible but I think that might be a struggle to reconcile (not that GH or soaps in general care much about reality when it comes to ages… but what did Dr. O do? molest a 15 year old?

Celia
Celia

Great observation, Mary….so good….so juicy. Most think Peter is the ‘other’ son….thus, if that’s the case, he must have done the deed with Dr. O when he was ten?
Nonetheless, my litany has always been ….”It’s a soap”….where age is only a state of mind.

JMER
JMER

Not interesting at all. This show needs a serious overhaul. Sending out an SOS.

Aria
Aria

I have no clue whose Faison other son it’s going to be interesting to know who it will be and I’m interested in who everyone here think it is.

Steve
Steve

Hope Frank found the $ and is bringing Anders Hove back for a few weeks. Faison can’t just be talked about, we need to see him.

If the rumors about RP leaving are true, Nathan coming face to face with his bio-dad would be a way to usher him off the canvas.

Shay
Shay

Sort of like how Anna always speaks with Robert “on the phone” due to the prolonged absence of Tristan Rogers’ Scorpio…and likewise with the famously deadbeat dad and WSB head honcho, Frisco!

Steve
Steve

It’s not a $ thing with TR. Frank needs to eat crow and promise a meaningful role for Robert to get Rogers back.

For Hove, the show probably has to pay to fly him from Europe and accommodations during his taping appearances.

There’s no need for Frisco in PC. Maxie and Felicia are both better off.

Timmm
Timmm

TWO great points Shayster! Tristan hasnt even been on Y&R. Is he retired?

Shay
Shay

I certainly hope not, Sir Timmmbo, because our wishes always spring eternal that Robert Scorpio shall again grace Port Charles with his sparkling presence! Given that both he and Frisco have a long history with the WSB, it would be only natural for at least one of them to materialize during this tangled web of a Faison-Cassadine caper. As for Felicia and Maxie not needing Frisco in their lives??? Whilst ex-wifey may not have any further use for him—-and vice-versa, if we’re going to be honest here—-with Maxie and Nathan’s lives, along with their unborn child’s future, in jeopardy, it would be a perfect opportunity for her to be saved by her bio-dad…it would also go a long way toward rehabilitating the unfair deadbeat rap that has been pinned upon Frisco by previous writing regimes who used their apparent dislike for Jack Wagner to burden his character with this unfortunate reputation.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Nobody ad libs like Tristan! Miss Robert Scorpio. Humorous twinkle in his eye always!

Shay
Shay

Absolutely, Nancy! Tristan’s irresistible charms have always made his Robert Scorpio a real gem…right down that trademark glint in his eyes!

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

I had predicted a few threads back that Kim and Peter were in cahoots re: Drew & Jason. That payoff will only be worth watching if we see Nathan and Peter’s daddy pop-up during February sweeps.

BTW, since Oscar never had a proper DNA test, it is probable that they could retcon his bio dad to Peter if the character catches on with the audience.

Making Kim and Peter’s deviances the product of Nik Cassadine would be too far fetched I suppose. When the character returns it will likely revolve around Valentin and possibly a Claudette resurgence.

Steve
Steve

So far, Peter is a dud. Maybe that’s the way Wes is playing him, but the acting seems forced.

Your point about Oscar’s DNA is true, but I can’t see them giving us a new Quartermaine, then taking him away.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I can’t believe Dudley Do-Right Nathan agreed to go into hiding/underground with Maxie.

Ricky
Ricky

What a way to start off the new year. I’m glued to the TV. It may be cold outside but turn on GH and the fire will burn all of that cold away.

Amber Sinclair
Amber Sinclair

I have a feeling that the traitor/Cesar Faison’s son is also Anna Devane’s son from when Anna worked as a double agent for the WSB and the DVX. Its a possibility that Anna didn’t just give birth to Robin Scorpio during those years. These are photos from when Anna agreed to work for the DVX!!! Faison had talked about Anna to Desiree in 1990 as though he had been intimate with her in the past. Maybe he had been but maybe not willingly, on her end. Anna and Robert Scorpio have both been under his mind control before. This feels like the same twisted story with Laura Spencer and having her son Nikolas Cassadine while she was held prisoner on the island back in the early 80s. BTW did you know that Cesar Faison’s mother Sybil McTavish aka Nanny was Holly Sutton and Anna Devane’s nanny when they were little??? #GH

Robin
Robin

I love Anna and Finn together:) I also would love to see Sam and the real Jason back together, she has to remember that she is in love with Drew because she thought he was Jason.. DUH!!!! Faison’s son I think will be Some how related to Sean Donnelly. Remember him he turned out to be a bastard!!!!

dmr
dmr

I have watched the show since ’84, and unfortunately, now I only “watch” it as filler in the background. I do like Steve Burton, and I like Billy Miller. Unfortunately, I have never been a fan of Kelly Monaco, and she receives a lot of airtime and story. I like Laura Wright, and I’ve always been a fan of Maurice Benard, although, “Saint Sonny” needs to turn in his ring at some point. Unfortunately, the addition of Peter August, who I’m really not a fan of, is giving the insipid, annoying Lulu more airtime. I wish that on-demand had fast-forward, so I could fast-forward her talking about her cafeteria lunch “story.” I like Valentin and Nina, Nathan, too, Maxie, not so much-so, I’m not a fan of the Faison storyline because 1). Lulu airtime, 2). Maxie airtime. I would like to see more of the vets, and not as filler. I don’t care about the Charles Street neighborhood or Molly’s landlord. I want romance, super couples, and believable storylines (not mind mapping/swapping, etc.) & Kim what’s her name really grates on my nerves.

Steve
Steve

Lulu, Maxie (and Michael) are the key characters for the show’s future. The connections with the Spencer, Scorpio/Jones and Quartermaine families link to the show’s legacy.

The Charles Street project is not very exciting, but it sets up the mayoral race between two vets — Ned and Laura.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, yes!

Boop
Boop

The only characters I like on G.H. are: Ava, Drew , Julian, Monica , Oscar, and Valentin. I use to like Alexis , but she allows too many people to tell her what to do.

Shay
Shay

@Boop…On the contrary, it seems to me that the raison d’etre ala Alexis is condescendingly telling other people what to do, so much to the extent that her motto should be “Do as I say, not what I do!” Carly is another excellent example of such behavior, but Alexis really does take the cake when it comes to supreme hypocrisy.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Boop…I think Alexis was just so destroyed by what Julian did to her that she both needs the advice of others to remain strong for her sobriety and her professional future. She just got her law license back and basically, her life. At the same time it’s so obvious that she still loves Julian and is fighting with herself…trying to resist the urge to give in to her feelings. Nancy Grahan, as you may know, is very political and very involved in the rights of others. I think she may, as an actress/woman…be conflicted as well as to whether her character should reunite with Julian. My sense is that she would never condone a woman going back to an abusive relationship in real life. I think to justify the reunion of Alexis and Julian the character has to be 100% sure that Julian only acted as if he would harm her to deceive his sister who probably had eyes and ears on him constantly…the character and the majority of the audience has to believe it…otherwise the show might have to much of a pushbackf from viewers…especially now with the “me too” movement. Women are making a political statement and though Alexis/Julian wasn’t about sexual abuse, if viewers don’t buy that Julian was forced to prove he would harm Alexis than they’ll just think the show is promoting violence against women and women returning to abuvsive men. I think what they did to this pairing was a horrible choice. Good for the short term…risky for the long term. Though it was the catalyst to Alexis’s spiraling down…and was a great opportunity for Nancy as an actress to take Alexis down that path…the writers just took Julian and had him go from a man in love to a man who seemingly would kill his wife. Personally..and I’ve said this all along…I’d like to see them reconcile and am totallly willing to go along with the reasoning that Julian was pushed into a corner and had to ACT the part of abusive husband/threat. I think the writers gave plenty of hints along the way that Julian was boxed into a corner…I remember when he told Olivia that he wouldn’t go along with her plan and she kidnapped or did something to Sam’s baby to prove she could harm his children… I don’t think Julian would have ever have killed Alexis. I’ve also said on other posts that I think he would have whispered to her to go along with faking her death…but then Sonny intervened. Farfetched, perhaps. But Nancy and DeVry play off each other well and I’d like to see them back together. As far as people telling her what to do…I GET why her children are concerned..though considering all three of her daughters LOVE Sonny and seem to buy every excuse he gives…and Carly, Diane also warned Alexis off Julian…hypocrites as they’re with Sonny and Max… Nancy is getting feedback from her fanbase on Alexis. I’m wondering if the possible… Read more »

rose
rose

Rebecca, I’m not sure they can get Alexis and Julian back to where they were either. One thing that would help is if he dropped the “attitude” he has been carrying around after being let out of a long jail sentence, or worse. And then consider much of his new lease on life like a form of community service to try to rehabilitate his deeds and reputation. And then maybe…

And speaking of Franco…”me too”, true or not, has caught up to him in real life as well. I think what he did to Sam on GH competes with the images I have when Julian had a knife on Alexis’s throat. Hard to forget both of these images, even after time has passed by when they happened. But probably worse towards Franco/Franco on GH since he liked and knew what he was doing at the time. While I like Roger, I’ve never been able to warm up to the character of the new Franco, or him with Liz because of this, brain tumor or not..

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hey, Rose…

I don’t know…I think Julian has tried to make himself over, just as he did when he first fell in love with Alexis, but practically everyone (with the exception of Alexis and Ava) haven’t been “receptive” to his attempts.

Molly barks at him whenever she can…that sneer is really getting on my nerves! Sonny and Carly, well, you know…THEY’RE so upstanding that of course they’d judge him. Griffin, understandably can’t be in the same room as him and Sam has basically disowned him. In Julian’s defense, almost everything he did was to protect his kids…Sam was a major target as was her children and Julian was compelled to go along with Olivia’s demands to keep his children safe. (WHY they made Julian lesser than Olivia in terms of power is another mystery…but they did. She apparently had corruptive power than him…could seriously destroy those he loved). So, I think it’s a bit frustrating that Sam won’t give him the benefit of the doubt and accept that he scared Alexis but wouldn’t actually have physically harmed her…BECAUSE he was trying to keep those he loved safe…including Sam.

Olivia Falconeri/Q…won’t let him see his son. She embraces Sonny…but closes the door on Julian. And what has Julian done since he’s gotten back? He’s been law-abiding and bought a legit business. So, to me, he’s way above Sonny in the trying to turn his life around department. He even opened his doors on Christmas eve to the hungry!

As for Franco, I DO buy the tumor explanation so I’m over his past. He’s been nothing but decent since.

I always say this but the “people” I defend on GH are probably not people I’d defend in real life. But in story, these characters have redeemed themselves to the point that I truly like them. So many in Port Charles are questionable; Carly remains my least favorite…can’t stand what she did to AJ and even Franco. Difference is she is never humble; always gloating. SHE’S much more repugnant to me than Julian and Franco combined.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

And I’m hoping she CANNOT. A slap in the face to the “MeTOO” movement and the cultural revolution happening now. Would be very poor taste to put them back together. And Julian has always looked stiff and “constipated” to me. Doesn’t seem sexy in any way.

rebecca1
rebecca1

To each her own, nancy. As I said, I think it can only be done if the Alexis believes that Julian would never harm her…and if the fans do, too. I do. However, with Friday’s episode looks like they’re possibly trying a Kim/Julian couple? Though she’ll be somehow tied to Drew…tangled webs.

And that’s why it’s a soap! 😉

Shay
Shay

@Boop…..After today’s episode, I have to add that it was superb to watch Sam giving Alexis a good piece of her mind regarding her obsessive tendencies for telling others what to do. It brought back fond memories from when Sam discovered the shocking truth that this pushy know-it-all was her birth mother, and did not take the news—-or the overbearing advice ala Alexis— at all well!!!! Plus, those painfully knowing looks she exchanged with Jason as we were reminded of the many meaningful moments those two shared and survived despite the repeated meddling of Alexis to force them apart really drove home the message that Alexis has never minded her own business when it came to this couple and their relationship ! Really quite ironic when you consider the utter mess that this woman has made of her own life given her repeatedly bad choices in men….and she still hasn’t learned her lesson as she inches back to Julian for an encore to their twisted union.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Boop…doesn’t it just frustrate you that everyone tells Nancy what to do…including Sam, who I love by the way. But! I couldn’t help but think how hypocritical it was of Sam to get angry at Alexis…Sam…who in constantly lecturing her mother about Julian..who is constantly lecturing her not to go back with him…Sam, who NOW thinks Alexis should mind her own business? I wanted to smack Sam! LOL! Alexis is her mom…and has been nothing but supportive of Sam. Of course she’d want her daughter to be with the man who could give her a safe life! Yet, at the same time Alexis also told Sam they should postpone the divorce, that Sam shouldn’t go through with the it yet if she wasn’t sure about her feelings. Sam refused…yet Alexis sensed Sam’s hesitation when she was about to sign the divorce document and came up with another reason to stall the proceedings…to give Sam more time. And when Sam was determined…Alexis did her due diligence as a lawyer, mother and grandmother to want to protect both her daughter and grandchild. (Must be awkward for Alexis, too, because she likes Jason…just not his undying love for Sonny and the mob).

Coming back to your original point, about everyone telling ALEXIS what to do…I think they need to take a good look at themselves for being able to give advice but not take it. That goes for Molly, Kristina, Carly, Diane, too.

Michael
Michael

John J York, who acts circles around Ryan Paevey , should be on screen more often than a couple of times a year.

Steve
Steve

Agreed that we need more Mac appearances. But kudos to Ryan Paevey whose acting has greatly improved since first joining the show. Haley Erin has come a long way as well

Jacob
Jacob

The other son is a kind of weird all of the sudden mystery….. just came out of nowhere….. for me, it kind of landed like a thud, though. Who cares who the other son is of a character we never see? And another storyline involving two brothers? Aren’t we already in the midst of that with Jason and Drew?

I’m all into the Mayor race but hope that Ned loses and then starts his own company and becomes a Real business buster like Edward. I liked that transformation of Clint becoming Asa on OLTL and I sense a similar transition happening here. I don’t mind Michael, I think he’s fine.

As far as Sonny and Carly, it seems what they want to do is just recreate the Sonny/Carly/Sam/Jason/Spinelli that dominated this show a few years ago – which I hated so much I stopped watching for many years. I hope this writing team have something different in mind.

I like the current mix of new characters and old timers. It feels right and that they’re not just on for a quick ratings grab. Laura and Kevin are practically regulars and Monica and Felecia pop in more frequently and organically than they used to and it looks like from the preview that we’re getting a Max sighting. Here’s hoping that Maxie finally ‘gets’ why Frisco stayed away all these years (ie to keep them safe from people like Faison)

Anyway, the headline is misleading, this isn’t a promo for the entire month of January – it says right on the promo that this is just for this week.

Patty Jones
Patty Jones

I am more interested in the Jason, Drew, Franco storyline. Here is my take. It was Drew who pushed “Bobby”, Franco down the stairs. This caused Franco’s eventual brain tumor. Drew’s psychotic personality is about to “rear its ugly head !” Look out Port Charles. Ready to “save the day”, Jason, of course !!!!
Also, I think that we all know ,Peter, the new COO at Aurora is P.K. Sinclair. Faison’s other son !

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

A crime that Mac isn’t into solving crimes anymore. Love him and Felicia. More Laura and Kevin! And more!!!!

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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ABC Names William Burton As The New Head Of Daytime

Over the years there have been several changes to ABC Daytime, and now comes word over the last 24 hours that William Burton has been promoted to Senior VP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC.  Burton starts in his new role immediately.

Deadline first reported the executive level move by the network.  Burton had previously been overseeing the business operations of ABC Daytime since earlier this year as SVP Daytime following the departure of former Daytime head Rebecca Campbell.

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Those duties have now been formalized in Burton’s expansive new role,  In terms of General Hospital, the creative aspects from the network are still being handled by ABC head of current programming, Vicki Dummer.  Burton has been behind the business operations of ABC Daytime including the daytime drama.

In addition, Burton will oversee the creation and production of syndicated programming across ABC platforms including the upcoming daytime talk show from Tamron Hall that is in development for a potential debut in the fall of 2019.

So, share your thoughts on Burton being named the new head of Daytime for ABC via the comment section below.

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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