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General Hospital Casting Director Mark Teschner Wins Artios Award!

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Last night at ceremonies held simultaneous event  Los Angeles and New York, the 30th annual Artios Awards were handed out by the Casting Society of America  (CSA) to honors the casting directors whose originality, creativity, and contribution of casting was essential to the overall quality of the project in the fields of: Motion Picture, Television, and the Theatre.

The nominees and the winners are voted on by members in good standing of the CSA.  In the Daytime Drama Series category, General Hospital’s Mark Teschner took home the award for the seventh time in his career for his exceptional accomplishments and casting decisions for the town of Port Charles! Teschner bested this year: Days of our Lives Marnie Saitta and Bob Lambert, and The Young and the Restless Judy Blye Wilson and Greg Salmon.

Teschner posted a picture of himself on his facebook page with the award last night and received numerous congrats from actors, industry pros, and friends on his honor.  Mark said, “Having a great night at the 30th annual CSA Artios Awards!”

On-Air On-Soaps would like to offer our congratulations to Mark, the best there is in our genre.

So, what do you think of Mark taking home the award for his casting work on GH last year?  Share your thoughts below!

 

 

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Timmm
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They must have decided on Mark as the winner BEFORE he cast Ryan Peavey as Nathan!

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

lol

Laurie
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Laurie

Artios means “perfectly fitted” in ancient Greek. His 7th win here & add his 6 Emmys, this is one gifted man and gift to General Hospital. I usually like most of the new casting, even Ryan Paevy. He may not be the most experienced actor, but he’s instantly likable, has a commanding, believable voice, and after viewing some of his 1st shows from a year ago, has improved a lot. He always knows his lines as well. I actually believed this character couldn’t stand his nuMutter Liesl & was mad at his old mother. I also believe the way he… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I agree..well deserved

Timmm
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Timmm

Mark does a great job but I think Ryan is lost when he has scenes with all the other vets on the show. Thats understandable since Ryan doesnt have a lot of experience but they shouldnt have casted him in THAT role. He does nicely with Maxie. I respect your opinion but I dont see Ryan having a commanding, believable voice. He may know his lines and he is easy on the eyes but he seems lost and timid.

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Rebecca1

I agree with you Laurie regarding Ryan Paevy. I actually take it a step further in that I love his portrayal. He’s the epitome of likability. Sincere, earnest look to his eyes, adorable twinkle to them when he’s flirting or amused…he can play hurt…and I think he and Maxie are great together. I believe their bed scenes, their comfortable yet flirty familiarity with each other, and I also believe him as the jealous boyfriend. He’s gone from careful around her to “staking his claim” when it comes to Johnny. He’s also the perfect “little brother” .. . naive and trusting… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

No kidding, with stars like Donna Mills, Michelle Stafford and Billy Miller joining the cast in 2014, of course Mark would win the award. And now Grayson McCouch is joining GH in February, another great hire. The only casting choices I have not been in favour of are Ryan Paevey as Nathan (who still can’t act to save his life) and Vinessa Antoine as Jordan (who I hope is on her way out).

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

My niece read somewhere that Jordan might be killed off…i dont know if its true or not but TJ needs to learn she was one of the good guys…i was just ok with the character so it wouldnt matter to me if she stayed or is let go…or recast!!!

su0000
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su0000

CONGRATS Mark Teschner !!
You have brought a powerhouse to GH..
Roger, Maura, Michelle, Billy, William deVry , Bryan, and the list goes on!
the new Sloane will rock, a great actor..

Buddy
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Buddy

Mark truly IS the best in the biz, having been in charge of casting at “GH” since 1989!!!

TSUDS
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TSUDS

Congreats.. great Cssting for this show.!!

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

IMO Teschner’s real finds were getting Maura West (Ava), William deVry (Julian), Kathleen Gati (Dr. O), Kelly Thiebaud (Britt), Nicholas Bechtel (Spencer), Ryan Carnes (Lucas), Vinessa Antoine (Jordan) & the actors who play Carlos, Emma, Brad, and Felix. I don’t think hiring known stars like Donna Mills, Michelle Stafford or Billy Miller was his casting decision. From interviews, it sounded like Ron C. is a longtime friend of Stafford & has wanted to work with her; wanted to write for Mills & created the role for her; & Miller was just a good fit physically & stylistically. Also, bringing over… Read more »

Laurie
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Laurie

Yes, KansasGuest, I wonder about Miller’s casting as well. He is a good fit physically & stylistically as you said, and it does not hurt that he was the hottest ticket in town just coming off his 3rd Emmy in 4 yrs including Best Lead Actor just a few months before signing w/GH! I love that he came in just a few days a week and wasn’t shoved down our throats. Very smart. I ramble. Regardless, Teschner is the bomb. I’m often more interested in the behind the scenes going-ons than the actors, ect. Each GH writers & director has… Read more »

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

Just read the Kelly Monaco interview posted by Fairman. It seems she had a pretty big hand in Billy Miller’s hiring, too. You’re right that casting makes or breaks entire storylines. Heck, entire industries! The casting of Tony Geary back in the 70’s proves that.

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MBmomof3

Congrats to Mr. Teschner & GH! Well done.

Not to take anything away from the above, but I’m really enjoying the vast majority of the casting changes we’ve had on all the daytime dramas in the past couple of years. With a few exceptions, the changes have ultimately been positive IMO. Loving the soaps!

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bryan salton

Can you put fresh faces on gh family like mark lawson Kelley missal James scott Natalie hall ricky paull goldin farah fath david Gregory lindsay Hartley Trevor St John jp lavoisier to join the show and on contracts can you put haley alexis pullos drew cheetwood Brooklyn rea silzer sonya eddy ryan carnes Kathleen geti marc anthony Samuel back on contract can you take off heather and Carlos and luke

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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