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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
Timmm

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

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

lol

Laurie
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 looks at Maxie. So, that’s something, IMO.

I like some of Y&R recasts this year, but they still have 1 disaster of one hanging around, and I’m not even sure their casting director cast him, cough, cough, but I won’t drop his name. Honestly, I think he was a friend of the EP so I’m not sure he had to audition. ?? I’m not well-versed in soap casting but he drags down the other nice casting they’ve done this year. A LOT.

I still have to give props to Mr. Teschner. I hope he & the show stick around for years to come.

davlestev1
davlestev1

I agree..well deserved

Timmm
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.

Rebecca1
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 when it comes to Nina. Maybe it’s because he’s not overly dramatic that he comes off as more authentic to me.

Jimmy
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)
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
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
Buddy

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

TSUDS
TSUDS

Congreats.. great Cssting for this show.!!

KansasGuest
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 OLTL stars didn’t necessitate any real casting decision.

Laurie
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 a different style. I love how they rotate them. Of course, casting is everything! May MTeschner stay forever!

KansasGuest
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.

MBmomof3
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!

bryan salton
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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Natasha Henstridge To Play Opposite GH’s Departing Vinessa Antoine in DIGGSTOWN

More casting news from the upcoming Canadian legal drama series, Diggstown which will star General Hospital’s Vinessa Antoine (Jordan) in the central role of Marcie Diggs.

As fans know, Antoine will be exiting GH in the role of Jordan as she begins filming the CBC series.

However, Antoine is getting a co-star on her new show, in none other than Natasha Henstridge.  The actress has previously appeared in CW’s Beauty and the Beast and Secret Circle.

 

According to Deadline, in Diggstown, Natasha will play Colleen MacDonald, a single, no-nonsense, openly gay director of legal aid now headquartered in Halifax after being blacklisted by the legal community in Toronto. She hopes to one day work her way back home.

As for the premise of the new series, Diggstown is set in the gritty arena of legal aid.  It centers on Marcie Diggs (Antoine), a star lawyer who reconsiders her priorities after her beloved aunt commits suicide following a malicious prosecution. Landing at a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Marcie is driven by one thing – to never again allow innocent lives to be destroyed by the justice system.  The team of lawyers that Marcie works with are a curious band of do-gooders, cynics and scrappers – messy souls struggling to keep personal disappointment and demons out of their practice as they work directly in the community to find justice for their diverse clients, exploring issues of racism, poverty and gender bias.”

Antoine is the first black actress to be cast as a dramatic series lead on iconic Canadian Broadcasting Company, CBC.

So, what do you think of the premise of Diggstown?  Sounds intriguing to us! Comment below.

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GH’s Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford Deliver The Power Performance of The Week!

A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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On Thursday’s episode, Nina is trying to talk down Liesl from torching the place, but Liesl is becoming more unhinged and more grief-stricken.  She says to Nina, “I lost my son.  I gave Nathan up to protect him.  I spent my life not even daring to gaze in his direction for fear that Cesar would take him.  I never wanted my son to be like him, and now my beautiful boy is buried in the ground, while the other son is still breathing!  So, I must finish this my way, Nina  …  with or without you!”

Pleading, an emotional Nina responds: “Aunt Liesl, you are not the only one who lost time with Nathan.  I did, too.  I missed him growing up.  I missed his childhood, and seeing the incredible man he turned into.  I feel his absence and I feel the loss every second of every day.  I hate Faison, and I will for the rest of my life, and I hate Anna (Finola Hughes) just like you did, but that does not justify what I have done… being an accomplice in this crazy revenge.  None of that is going to bring my brother back.”   Nina goes on to say:  “I knew J would not want his mother grieving alone. This isn’t grief anymore … this is madness.”

Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

Earlier in the week, we saw how Kathleen Gati navigated the comedic yet dramatic moments as she had to knock Franco (Roger Howarth) out, while she was trying to get back to Spoon Island, as he realized Obrecht was the guilty party who took Peter.

Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

So, even through some of the absurdity of the circumstances, and as they were portraying two women trying to figure their way out of the mess they created,  Gati and Stafford never faltered as they committed to the material, and delivered this week’s Power Performance of the Week.

Share your thoughts on the performances of Kathleen and Michelle and what stood out to you via the comment section below.

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GH’s Billy Miller Lands Role In Apple’s Upcoming Thriller Series, ARE YOU SLEEPING

Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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