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

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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.

I agree..well deserved

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.

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.

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).

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!!!

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..

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

Congreats.. great Cssting for this show.!!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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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Elizabeth MacRae, ‘General Hospital’s’ Meg Baldwin, Passes Away at 88

Veteran actress, Elizabeth MacRae best-known as the third Meg Baldwin on General Hospital and as Gomer Pyle’s girlfriend, Lou-An Ann Poovie, in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C has died at the age of 88. MacRae passed away in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she grew up.

On General Hospital, Elizabeth played Meg Baldwin who had a young son, Scott (Kin Shriner) from a previous relationship and who married Lee Baldwin (Peter Hansen). The role was originated by Patricia Breslin from 1965-1969. Breslin was temporarily replaced by Jan Shepherd for three weeks in the summer of 1967. MacRae took over the part from Breslin full time from 1969-70 and again from 1972-73.

In story, the character of Meg suffered a nervous breakdown and Lee had her committed to an institution. In 1971, Meg was released and came home, but suffered from severe hypertension. In 1973, Dr Lesley Webber was assigned to her case. Meg became jealous of Lesley and began to think that she was trying to get to have sex with Lee. During an argument with Lee, Meg died of a stroke and soon after Lee adopted Scott.

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MacRae also appeared on other notable soaps, having roles on Another WorldDays of Our LivesGuiding Light, and Search for Tomorrow.  Elizabeth’s career spanned over two and half decades having also appeared in classic TV shows and countless movies such as: Route 66Surfside 6RendezvousThe FugitiveJudd for the DefenseGunsmokeBonanzaI Dream of Jeannie, and The Andy Griffith Show.

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She is survived by five stepchildren, Terry Halsey, Peter Halsey, Hugh Halsey, Cate Halsey, and Alex Halsey Topper.

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LAPD Continue to Seek Johnny Wactor’s Killers Who Remain At Large; Asks Public for Tips and Leads

The Los Angeles police department is ramping up its search for to the whereabouts of the three thieves, who got away after one fatally shot former General Hospital cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 26th in downtown Los Angeles.

Law enforcement sources told the LA Times that police are trying to pull fingerprints from Wactor’s vehicle and are looking for video from the area. They also are checking to see whether there are any connections to other nearby catalytic converter thefts.

The thieves were attempting to steal the catalytic converter from Wactor’s car at the time of his death. Sadly, the LAPD investigators shared they have seen an uptick in violence when these types of thieves are confronted.

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Catalytic converters contain precious metals in which thieves can make hundreds of dollars selling them to auto parts suppliers or scrap yards, where they can be melted down and the valuable metals extracted.

In addition, on Tuesday May 28th, the LAPD shared more on the incident that took Wactor’s life, stating, “Without provocation, the victim was shot by one of the individuals. The three suspects involved were wearing all dark clothing and driving a dark-colored sedan. The suspects fled northbound on Hope Street. Central Bureau Homicide is investigating this case and is requesting the public’s help.”

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If you have tip: y0u are urged to call LAPD Detectives Gonzales or Martinez at Central Bureau Homicide, at (213) 996-4142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

In addition, Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Wactor played General Hospital’s Brando Corbin from 2020 to 2022. According to the LA Times, “Wactor recently had been exploring opportunities in screenwriting while working as a bartender.”

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Nicholas Chavez Speaks Out on the Death of Friend and Former GH Castmate Johnny Wactor: “I’m Beside Myself with Sadness”

It has been another rough go for the General Hospital family following the news surrounding the shooting that killed beloved former cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) over the weekend.

Since that time, there has been an outpouring of grief, shock and sadness, and remembrances for the actor who died at 37-years-old.  Many of Johnny’s castmates have spoken out about the loss and shared heartbreaking tributes.

Now, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer Cassadine) who is soon-to-be-seen in Ryan Murphy’s limited series on Netflix, Monsters: The Lyle and Erik Menendez Story, has also shared his sentiments. With heartfelt words, along with a photo of himself and Johnny, and another former GH co-star, Marcus Coloma (ex-Nikolas), Chavez explained the difficulty he is having processing Johnny’s death and the unbreakable bond they shared.

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Nick began, “Johnny — I’m beside myself with sadness. The last time I saw you, we ran into each other by accident in Los Angeles. When we recognized each other your face lit up and you ran essentially across the room to give me a big and tight hug. You were a strong and kind person”

He went on to say, these heartfelt words to Johnny, “You were a phenomenal friend and you always made me feel welcomed and loved. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been a part of your life and I’m praying for you and your family. I will miss you very much.”

Johnny Wactor run on GH lasted from 2020-2022, while Nicholas Chavez appeared from 2021 till early in 2024.

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