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General Hospital Casting Leading Man! Who Would You Suggest For The Part?



A major casting call has gone out from General Hospital! In it, it details that the ABC soap opera is looking for a “Bonafide leading man.”

Further details of the casting notice relate, GH is looking for an actor who is caucasian, 32-37, very sexy, dynamic and charismatic.

Acording to Soap Opera Digest, the role would start shooting in November, and it’s a contract role for a new leading gent.

When this casting news hit the Twitterverse today, some fans are tweeting that this may actually be a casting notice for a possible replacement for the character of Patrick Drake played by the incomporable Jason Thompson.  It has been rumored via Daytime Confidential that Thompson would be up for contract negotiations this time of year.  Should the GH star decide not to re-up his deal with the series, it would be a tremendous loss for the soap, who needs to give this perennial Daytime Emmy nominee, story worthy of his talents.

So, on face value of the casting call, if this is a new leading man/character, what actor would you like to see come to Port Charles and join the cast that fits the bill?  Share your suggestions in the comment section below!

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Given the abundance of youngish male characters on GH, I hope that this new guy is a doctor per the new writers’ promise to re-center the stories around the hospital. With or without Jason Thompson, we need another doctor on staff. Perhaps someone to help Elizabeth pick up the pieces when she’s blown to smithereens for her deception– poor Elizabeth doesn’t seem to be able to do anything without a man by her side.

Definitely James Hyde (Ex-Sam Bennett, Passions

James Hyde was born in 1962; that makes him 53 years old. GH is looking for an actor 32-37 years old.

He is WELL beyond the 32-37 age range. He was that age 16 years ago when the late NON-lamented Passions premiered.

He is gorgeous. Not the strongest acting skills but he’s is awesome eye candy, even for 50. Haha.

No replacement please, if an actor is leaving let the character go to, we need time in between replacement, as for another Caucasian chapter, WHY? can’t they concentrate on who they have? Give and Asian or Hispanic or African American actor a chance to be a leading mem. These shows never progress how disappointing..

I hear you Aria. Too bad these soap bosses won’t go out there way to hire more talented minority actors. They’re still living in the past. I started watching soaps on and off during the 80’s and frankly nothing has changed. Daytime will never catch up with Prime time in the casting department.

Last month Ute was posted a African American actor came in and tested for a role. It sounded like he was hired

Sexy and charismatic 30 something male-that whole description leaves me out…lol…it would be difficult to recast JT as Patrick…Guy Wilson needs a job…ok, im joking there…if JT does leave for whatever reason why recast…let him leave and reunite with Robin but if he stays i hope this casting call ends…seriously, this show needs another newbie like i need another hole in my head and there is no more room for yet another hole…lol

nice post. 🙂

When you’re right, you’re right, jimh!!!! And you are RIGHT! By the way, just wanted to let you know that next weekend the new CBS digital channel, “Decades,” is running a “Dark Shadows” marathon. They call it a “Decades Binge.” There is a different classic show featured every week. Check your listings! (Mine is on a CBS affiliate as .2 channel….)

I never miss it…the show had some serious flaws here and there but DS was so cool they were easily over looked…i was a member of its fan club for 30 years and one of my plotline suggestions was printed in their fan magazine…i also had dolls made of several characters and i also made a diorama of Collinwood living room!

Well, jimh, I took a looky at the DS “Binge” over this past weekend. Even though I had seen the odd episode before when this show ran in reruns after the school day in the ’80’s, I wanted to watch a few in a block. They were interesting, to say the least! Lots of very familiar faces from later soaps who apparently got their start in Collinwood!!!! Part two of the marathon continues this upcoming weekend……perhaps I’ll tune in for another peek!

Let particular go find Robin if it’s JASON that’s leaving !

Robin would certainly justify his leaving the show…They can dedicate
their lives to helping those in need. Leave Emma behind to be raised
by Anna.

Michael Park. Name him Craig and pair him with Ava. We can call them Crava…cause I’ve been craving that pairing again since ATWT left the air.

I totally agree. MP is definitely a leading man.

Michael park is a good choice but so isn’t Hunt Block now that we’re on the subject of naming the new character Craig.

Michael Park is now in his 40’s to early 50’s. He’s not that young anymore. So, he wouldn’t work. Jeff Branson (ex-Nina’s long lost son on Y&R)! He would fit the bill easily.

My favorite Craig, especially when he called Barbara… Bar-Bar!

Touché! Jeff Branson ( Jonathan Lavery, Ronan Malloy )…… Purrfect!!!!!!


Trevor St John or Michael Muhney would be my first choices! But maybe they are both too old for this. Tom Pelphrey (from Guiding Light) would be good too. They just need a good actor for sure.

Brian – I’m with you on Trevor St John. Early 40s, but he can pass for younger. Otherwise make the character a little older, but get St John!!

I was also thinking Trevor but he us out of tbe age range

Muhney would make an evil Dr. Drake!

Wait, I am under the impression that they are NOT recasting the character of Dr Patrick Drake. Nor should they.
From what I understand from this blog and other various soap forums, they are merely looking for a new leading man who happens to be white and in his mid to late thirties.
Correct me if I am wrong but it seems to me that they are not recasting Patrick Drake.

@Harry. Jason has expressed disinterest in the writing of Patrick and his contract is set to expire. No rumors, but speculation. It may be just ABC casting in case Jason walks or it could be a whole new character?

Michael Muhney all the way

I was one of Michael Muhney’s critics at the time of his firing because I’ve been in Hunter King’s shoes as a young woman in the workplace. That said, he’s done his mea culpa and he’s a damn good actor. It’s time for him to return to soaps and GH is the only existing daytime drama that is possibility IMO.

MBMom, what’s this? A fair, sensible and balanced opinion? How dare you!
I agree with you on all counts and lest we not forget, we still do not not what may or may not have happened.

All good choices!

Can’t be Michael Muhney. There are too many young twentysomething blondes on this show and he could not resist the temptation.

I can appreciate what you are saying. I still get those idiotic, He-man catcalls/comments…..since I was thirteen. Nonetheless that does not mean all men do that. I never judged Michael Muhney because I was not there. Wouldn’t we have heard from other ingenues, or women? We will never know…..I have given him the benefit of the doubt.

CeeCee, there were other reports of it. That is why he was fired from “Veronica Mars”. I’m comfortable that evidence suggests something seriously inappropriate happened enough for him to lose his job on Y&R. I don’t want or need the details. I think he paid the price for his behavior and hope he learned his lesson. Moving forward.

“Other Reports” from Hollywood trash sites that make up garbage for gullible fans to eat up. Michael Muhney would give GH the boost it so desperately needs. Great actor, right time. Bring him back now!

Jason Thompson has been nothing more then wallpaper on this show lately I think this is to pressure him into resigning ever since KM/Robin left this show they have acted like they did not know what to do with him one terrible love interest after another. I am one of those viewers that was never that crazy about the pairing with KM. when he came on the show he was this hot stud doctor he needed a pairing with an actress/character that put some heat into a relationship . We had bossy Robin then we had Brit the meanie then we had Sabrina and now Sam who talks about her dead husband in bed with Patrick how thrilling for him.

Robin and Patrick were amazing together and his other pairing failed. Kimberly and Jason had a naturalness. No one can compare to Scrubs. They got a show for their popularity. That’s why his other pairing don’t work. Robin wasn’t bossy if you watched and she and Patrick were on level ground with intellect unlike his pairing with the dumb Nurse and now the dumb mobby wife. Sorry but the trmendous loss for the soap was Kimberly McCullough a vet. GH never recover from losing her check ratings and then trying to destroy Robin with FV and RC pathetic writing while trying to pimp Robin’s family with the dumb nurse and the dumb mobby wife now. Run Jason Thompson run. If you were smart you would leave but I think this is a bargaining thing and you will stay and be pimped with another forced pairing. And by the way there is ONLY ONE ROBIN that is KMc . GH is the worst soap.

The show did a huge injustice to JT when Kimberly left again for the umpteenth time, by not recasting Robin. The writers only want to write for the Robin half and Kimberly has no interest in being there except for a very short stint every couple of years when she has nothing better to do.

I am happy she is doing what she wants but it’s not fair to the fans to leave the character (and her show family) in boring limbo when she’s not available. Recast and give Patrick, Emma, Anna, etc a real story.

Time to move on which I think JT is going to do as for the character of Jason we are fighting over this I am not impressed never was over on nothing to see here except Sam and her cleavage and Luz wringing her hands! yawn

My vote goes to-
Michael Muhney ..
he can bring it!

I thought ‘Paul’ to be the new handsome leading man ..

Whomever; he best not put me to sleep..
GH the past week has been horrible.

Sonny being portrayed as Bapu/ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi/Gandhi=Great Father (of wisdom and love)
and his ”3 Sons” <- lol get it?.. listening to his looooong love speech with their arms holding each other professing their love in an overly sappy campy way, made me puke!
It was a sappy campy Love-In and NOT GH !
no action, nothing interesting or intriguing just a boring love fest.

So- whomever is to be the new Love Guru of GH better bring intrigue and ready to play with Gandhi Corinthos.

Y&R landed Michael E. Knight so its GH’s turn to land Michael Muhney! Hopefully they dont waste him like Billy Miller!

hey Timmm..
Michael E. Knight’s character is not involved with the Newmans or Abbots, and he is not related/connected to them.
Most likely he will be back burned and out sooner than later..
With Y&R, if one is not connected to the Abbots or Newman’s they don’t last.
that is what I have noticed, dunno..

I would luv to have Michael Muhney with GH 🙂

SUoo, Dr Neville (MEK) is not connected to the Newmans and Abbots, YET!
I could see him possibly hooking up with Ashely. I could also see him being employed to bring Kelly back to the land of the living thus bringing back MEK with his former online love, CM, formerly Dixie of AMC to his Tad of AMC.
Remember, we never really saw her lifeless body after Jack fled the island and jumped on that ship of drugs.
That said, I thought MEK was absolutely terrific the other day as Dr Neville.
Incidentally, do you not find it interesting that MEK seems to be playing Dr David Hayward, his former AMC nemesis?

People complain when GH is too mob centered…and now… it’s too sappy…

Soaps were built on family, friendships, romance. In an interview, that’s what the new duo said they’re going to try and bring back. Not as the only focus, but at least, a return go it. I like it. I hate that Michael’s returned full force to Sonny, but if makes perfect sense for Sonny’s children…by the way,,,where is Christina?…to be rallying around him, to he devastated, worried, etc. That’s what families do….

In the same vein, they’re building a nucleus with Franco, Nina and Kiki. Love them too. Franco and Kiki never lost the bond they built when they found out they weren’t father and daughter. Again, mAkes perfectly sense that Franco would
in when Kiki needed him most. It solidifies Franco’s capacity to love…and sets up the family if Kiki should be revealed to be Nina’s daughter.

As for Alexis, I love how she gave Julian back his son. It takes a strong, confident woman to reveal and accept that the man she loves, the father of her daughter, now shares a child and thus a bond with another woman. And so….more family ties.

They’ll be enough crime, manipulation and mobbing to balance it out…stop yer frettin’! Lol

It’s hard to believe they’d be casting a new role, right? We don’t need more characters–and the “leads” are JT and Billy Miller. Has Miller signed a new contract? I haven’t seen that he has.

I read his contract is good through mid 2016, with a “timeout” in
January… That’s when he maybe reading scripts for summer/fall

Thanks for the update

Spencer Garrett or bring back Jason Gerhardt in a new role.

Should have written Trent Garrett

I would say my husband; were he an actor.
However, I hope it will be someone closer to forty, rather than his early thirties. her age. If Dr. Drake and Sam are to remain a couple, then, I think he should, at least, look the same age, yes?
1) R. Brandon Johnson
2) Brock Cuchna
3) Quincy Dunn-Baker
4) Jonathan Bennett

LOL, CeeCee…..Your hubby….that’s cute! How about Casper Van Dien, just because he’s Casper Van Dien??? (He’s in his forties, but still very youthful! He probably wouldn’t do daytime…been there, done that years ago on OLTL….and he is now a director and action film actor, but he’d still get my vote!) By the way, quick fact about him….he traces his lineage back to the Dutch settlers of New York, too, CeeCeeGirl! Perchance are you related???? (Just had to ask….hope you don’t mind!)

Hi, ShayShay,
Oh, my gosh, Shay. I love Casper!!!!! I didn’t mention him because ‘they’ asked for a certain age group. But, you’re right, ShayGirl. Casper is out-o-this-world beautiful, as the Dutch are wont to be. LOL.
HaHa, Shay. Well, my husband fits the bill. H’s in his early thirties, and he’s a doctor, sooooo…….
Casper could pass as one of my brothers with those brilliant blues and chiseled, masculine jawline.
No, sweetie, I do not mind you asking. We will have to research his ancestry. I am a descendant of the Van Aardens. One never knows.
Many of my ancestors migrated to Toronto and beyond. My paternal grandmother is the most avid researcher. She was born in Holland. I shall ask. Later.

Hey, CeeCeeGirl! What’s NOT to love????? (Casper VERY much reminds me of my first beau…..and let’s just say that he definitely “set the template” for my eternal love of beautiful blond boys and leave it at that!) As for those brothers of yours….are they available? I’ll take them both….LOL. At any rate, even though I generally do not follow “celebrities,”—much like yourself—I do make the exception when someone catches my eye, so I have done a bit of research on Mr. Van Dien! I do know that his family was prominent in the Ridgewood, New Jersey area because he grew up there on Van Dien Avenue, which was named for his great, great grandfather. How cool is that? Just one clue for your gran to follow in hopes of discovering a familial tie! Good luck in that endeavor….maybe you can invite Casper to your next reunion! (Needless to say, I shall also expect an invitation for bringing this possible long-lost family member to your attention!) Later!

Hey, Harry. How’s it going to. Lol. I said exactly the same thing about Dixie and Tad a few days ago. I would love to see that happening….together again!!

You make me smile, Shay.
LOL, I have 2 brothers. One is married. The other is not quite twenty. But, they are the Nordic-type of men you love so much. Additionally, the cross between Norse, Scottish and Dutch blood turned them into semi-Giants; unfortunately, I am the shortest of the girls.LOL.
My grootmoeder ( grandmother) so far found that Casper is not a full-blooded Scandinavian….there’s quite a mix there….. A lot more than mine. The first known Van Aarden apparently crossed over in 1637, while the Van Diens crossed between 1654-1660. So, their paths must have crossed at some point. My grandmother’s father was born in NYC and at 18 he decided to go to the Netherlands to find a bride, with his parents’s blessings.That’s why my grandmother was born there. The little family returned to NYC after a few years. My grandfather ( her husband), however, is of Norwegian descent.
If you take a good look at all the fair, blond-haired, blue-eyed actors on the soaps, past and present, you can easily spot the Scandinavians. The women are harder to discern.
By the way, my husband’s uncle lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey…..quite an affluent area.
Modern technology is amazing, albeit sometimes we may find out stuff in our ancestry that’s not too appetizing. LOL. Good Night, cara.

@CeeCee….Oh, I am so glad you found my post….I accidentally sent it to myself! (My bad…..been crazybusy lately and a bit distracted. That’s what I get for multi-multi-multi tasking!) Of course, I was only jesting about your brothers, although they do sound absolutely sublime….LOL. As for Casper….yes, he is quite the blend of ethnic delights-Swedish, French, English and Native American—the alchemy certainly worked in his favor! (By the way, did you know that dating back generations every firstborn son was named Casper???? The current one followed suit and named his boy likewise, but has said that he wouldn’t press the most recent “Cappy” to adhere to that tradition….) My word….I certainly didn’t expect your “grootmoeder” to put an ancestral trace on our dear Mr. Van Dien so quickly! Please tell her I said thank you for satisfying my curiosity….she sounds like an amazing and very well-versed woman. (Must run in the family……you obviously take after her!) At any rate, perhaps she will eventually discover a later blood link to our mutual favorite of an actor….if so, I still stand by that “invitation request.” However, if not, at least perhaps you can locate “Van Dien Avenue” next time you visit Jude’s uncle’s home in Ridgewood! That would be interesting! Later, mia amica!

Lol and oh my gosh, Shay. My grandmother and cohorts have this genealogical network going. This group will look up anyone’s ancestry. My grandmother actually traced my mother-in-law’s ancestors back to the Grimaldis of Genoa. There may be a correlation there with the principality of Monaco. This is how these sweet ladies pass their time.
I can tell you that, as you know, it was a Norseman, Leif Eriksson, who first set foot on North American soil. ( Newfoundland). It is been an on-going ‘feud’ between me and Jude’s grandfather….you know, Shay; Columbus? Now, there’s another story. Some Italian historians are declaring that Colombo was Cristoforo’s step-father’s name. Columbus’s legal name actually being Pellegrino. Later, cara.

Correction…has been an ongoing…not , is been.

Well, at least that’s an interesting and intellectually stimulating activity in which these ladies engage….sure beats knitting!!!! LOL. I’m quite sure they have uncovered some truly fascinating information… that your little princess, “Rosalba” may actually have a royal lineage leading to Monaco. Perhaps you should rethink her Halloween costume……although the “ladybug” does sound absolutely adorable! As for your “feud” with the grandfather-in-law? Too funny! (Yes, Leif Erikkson made it to North America first, but St. Brendan and/or other Celtics may have even bested him.) Having said that, if that bit of information gets him going, I can only imagine how that old myth that Columbus spread syphilis to the “New World” must make him incandescent with anger. (It’s been more reliably speculated that it’s just as probable to be the other way around….his crew was infected here and carried the disease back to Europe!) In other words, Columbus—or Pellegrino– definitely discovered something on these shores, even if isn’t what we were told in our youth. Okay, that’s enough for today’s history lesson, boys and girls….Later, CeeCeeGirl!

Hey, Shay, and Lol.
The ancestry of Monaco’s ( which translates to ‘Monk’) ‘royal house’, is not so pristine……sort of like Napoleon Bonaparte when he crowned himself ‘Emperor’. Ha! That’s why I said previously that we never know what skeletons are in our closets.
Amazing how my Dutch grandmother is soooo different from Nanna, my Scottish Gran. She’s a spitfire….an avid soap watcher, who, just about, criticizes , or finds fault with every single character…..she has everyone in stitches. I can’t even repeat some of the stuff that comes out of her mouth. Nonetheless, she has been into soaps since they were first broadcast on the radio.
The weird thing is, she loves Victor Newman. She says, “That’s a real man….he’s like a sturdy tree trunk….can’t shake him”. Just the opposite of myself, Shay. I do not like Victor and his dark tactics. Oh, yeah, she likes the young guys too……she loves Nathan. Then, my grandfather chimes in, berating her for her “lust”, at her age!… LOL….. It’s a real show when they both start with each other. Hilarious. Later, amica mia.

@CeeCee….Yes, sadly Monaco’s royal family is a relatively tarnished bunch with a very dubious history….then again, find one which is not! (They do have an impressive $1 billion fortune…second only to the royals of the tiny principality of Liechtenstein!) The sleazy stories and skeletons from hundreds of years back from the regal courts of old Europe continue to be revealed to this day….such interesting reading! Most have extremely unsavory secrets yet to be told….a precursor to the modern-day soap opera! Now I understand why you appreciate my sense of humor….you were weaned on that particular type of amusing critique at your gran’s knee….how I would love to be a fly on the wall when she lets loose on her shows and all those involved….the lady sounds like a real corker!!!!! Rather not unlike Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham on “Downton Abbey!” Now that is one woman I’d love to adopt as a grandmother! There is nothing she won’t say if it needs to be said! (She would probably be moderated more than the two of us put together if she posted here….LOL!)

Oh, yes, Shay, you have pegged my Gran right on the mark. Violet Crawley and she could be two peas in a pod, to the root. Lol.
I wish you could meet her…you ‘d have to have a tissue handy so to wipe the tears from laughing so hard. Later, cara.

Me, too, CeeCeeGirl! I suspect we would get along famously! I absolutely adore women like Violet. At their age, they’ve seen and heard it all—even if they haven’t actually done it—and have absolutely no reluctance about stating their no-holds-barred opinions….what a hoot! How lucky you are to have such a wonderful character for a gran! May you enjoy many more years of her wit and wisdom!

Thank you, Shay, my love. I love both my grandmothers to death. They are a very big part of what, who, how I am. Later, cara.

You are most welcome, CeeCeeGirl! It’s quite obvious that both of your grans taught you so very well….their impressive influence(s) are indelibly etched throughout your eloquent, amusing and intelligent expressions here at MFSoaps. How blessed you have been to have had such magnificent women as up-close and personal examples in your lifetime! These lovely ladies should be extremely proud to claim you as their granddaughter…and I’m certain that they are!

seriously GH? More frigging characters?

I totally agree No more newbies!!!

Why not, they are not using the talent they have! Ask Leslie Charleston!

Kristina Wagner, John York, Lynn Herring … the list goes on and on of unused actors on this show that fans would like to see in storylines and have history. Jane Elliot!! Who is still without any storyline.

Shawn Christian he fits the part

Shawn Christian is well into his 40’s and there’s no way he can play younger. Sorry.

You’re right, Michael. Shawn Christian does not fit the age group, albeit he would be a great choice and a better fit with Sam, if indeed , this newbie is slipping into Patrick’s shoes.
If Melanie had not lost her baby, Shawn’s Daniel would be a granddaddy.

He is 50. So no, he doesn’t. Men don’t age in Erica Kane years.

James Scott

As long as they don’t cast Michael Muhney, I don’t care who it is.

Michael Muhney would be an excellent choice. And we know he has the acting ability.

Too many young girls on this show though. Would be like sending an alcoholic to work in a bar.

To what you are referring has been discussed, ad nauseam, months, and months ago. No one knows what happened. I doubt Michael Muhney is a predator. None of us is in the position of passing judgment….please do not keep this alive, unless you have substantial proof. Do you? Everything we heard is heresay.

Even Melody Thomas Scott tweeted that anybody would be fired for doing what Michael Muhney did. Two years later and there are still old ladies defending him.

Delusion is real.

Michael Muhney played the same note whether he was saying HI or THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE! Sorry…Juston Hartley has brought layers to Adam thay never existed before.

Michael Muhney…
My first choice.

Michael Muhney is 40

so he certainly can play…. 32-37 years

I am all for hiring Michael Mulney. Give a great actor a new job with a new role in a new show and just watch him shoot for the stars!!!


really nice tug at the heart strings

the stars would come to him…

I LOVE that Patrick….now, that’s poetry. Simply beautiful!!…….”the stars would come to him”
How cool are you?

James Scott (ex EJ Days) or the actor who played Dr. Griff in AMC.

He’s done with daytime. He took shrooms at Machu Pichu and is on a Life Journey. That journey doesn’t include daytime.

Lol…people are human, and as such, they change their minds at the end or in mid-journey. Perhaps his soul-searching would send him straight to the halls of General Hospital. Imagine him with a crisp, white, doctor’s smock and a stethoscope sensually and caressingly draped over his inviting shoulders. Haaaa! It would be like coming home, Torqumada…LOL.

Cameron Matheson hands down


UGGG! Can’t stand him.

I will start with the positive. I really like the scripts since the new writers took over. There is more depth to them and the characters full conversations play out on screen (instead of so much take place off screen when Ron was the head writer). I also think the dialogue is far more interesting and intelligent.

With that being said, I thought I read where the writers said they wouldn’t be brining in new characters and cast members. It seems to me that there are a few coming. I realize this one could be a replacement for Jason Thompson (I’d be very disappointed if he left). If he was leaving I’d prefer they have him and Emma leave to go be with Robin instead of a recast.

So I’d say a mixed review for GH since the new writers took over. It is still only the beginning so we shall see where things go.

lol David..

GH is horrible S&J are turning it into an ordinary sappy soap/boring.
GH has always been out of the box and not a traditional soap, it was like no other soap, it stood alone in its’ being, it was unique..
J&S are making it as every other soap that is sappy campy overkill on the love stuff,
It’s been like a really bad Harlequin campy story.
GH the past weeks has been horrible.
Sonny being portrayed as Gandhi= Great Father (of wisdom and love) LOL
and his ”3 Sons” <- lol get it?.. his sons listening puppy faced to his looooong love speech arm in arm holding each other in love and harmony professing their love for eachother and Sonny in an overly sappy campy way, made me puke!I
Those are the Corinthos for cryin out loud not the Cleaver family !

So- whomever is to be the new Love Guru of GH better be ready to take on Gandhi Corinthos.

I'd like TSJ or MM .. they are older but the best choice for GH ..

And every other soap was doing better ratings. Ron’s writing was causing record lows. I know your mad that your idle Ron is gone but get over it. The show is far better now without him.

I agree, if Patrick goes ship Emma with Robin until they ALL return!

hey David,,
Ron’s writing brought in 3 million viewers !!
they put all aside to write Tony/Luke out..
His exit put everything on hold and went on and on and that is when the ratings went down, not before.
It was Fluke/Luke that tumbled it down and it was not only Ron’s fault, there was much involved with Tony’s exit.
Ron had the ratings way up, until then.

Chris McKenna. The guy is freaking gorgeous. Can’t believe Y&R was stupid enough to write him off.

Yes, that was a huge mistake by Y&R. They should have paired him with a recently out of the closet Kevin (Greg Rikkart). But apparently, Y&R doesn’t want to do a gay storyline right now.

Be that as it may, Michael. I don’t think TPTB want Kevin to be gay, at this point.
I do agree with you, though. Y&R SHOULD introduce a gay storyline. Add some realism to soap life… could there NOT be gays living in Genoa City? I don’t ever remember any gays as part of this community.
Did I miss something? Was Harding supposedly hiding in the closet? Why the Harding/Fisher hook-up?

Cee Cee is right. TPTB really do not seem to want Kevin to be happy.

CeeCee, What are you asking about Harding? Are you asking if he was a closeted gay man or was he hiding in the closet at the Abbott cabin so that no one would catch him there? There were quite a few rumblings going on from fans that wanted a Harding/Fisher romance, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Oh, okay, thanks, Michael. I was not aware of those ‘rumblings’. Now, I understand…I was a little confused. Yet, I question said rumblings, since any sign that Harding was gay went right over my head. I guess it’s moot now. Later.

I’m with you.

Y&R blew it big time by now doing the Harding/Kevin storyline. But it is JFP and Pratt so what do you expect? Why do something sexy and exciting when they can do violence, rape and murder instead.

Casting a new male lead when this year alone we have gotten rid of so many great actors. I am talking great acting not so much the roles that they had portray. If you can still kill your scenes with Ron’s crazy as writing then kudos to you.
So we lost Sean Blakemore, who of course played Shawn. Yes I know he is just in prison so there is still a chance he will come back. But with no writers, Jake remembering who he is, I highly doubt they will bring him back. Sean is a lovely guy and a great actor.
Ian Buchanan who is a GH legacy actor. He has been around forever. The writing was all over the place with him. I think his scenes became horrible because they were just so far fetched. I know this is a soap opera so things aren’t always going to mirror reality, but come on that was some bad writing for a guy that was on the show for a very long time.
Jeffrey VIncent Praise, was such a wonderful character that took away from just Sonny dominating the mob scene. His scenes with everyone were brilliant. He has been in many other things and is also a really great actor . Why we let him go again is beyond me.
Everyones favorite Michael Easton. Another actor that literally blew you away with whatever scenes he was in. He tried to make even the worse writing work. I still wonder what the motive behind them letting him go is. Why he was never put back on the front burner. He is beyond a fan favorite. I know GH lost many viewers over this one.
Finally I know Robb Derringer as Kyle Sloane wasn’t a role that everyone liked. I think they took a role that could of been really great and couldn’t quite make their minds up about it. The writing was also so all over the place. Robb killed it in my opinon in all his scenes and did well with the poor writing. Had there never been a recast, one that wasn’t even warranted then I think the role of Sloane wouldn’t of been hated so much. There was so much more left to do with Sloane that never really was played out. Why they very very briefly mentioned problems Sloane had before he came to Port Charles with the whole Faison thing and then never even touched on them is beyond me. So much all over the place writing. But again Robb is another actor that would of done well with a contract and a long term role.
So here we are anyway…Another new person that we will see constantly for a week and then not at all because GH has some many characters there is never time to show everyone..We see glimpses of even Ryan Carnes now when he should be shown more often. I am not going to be one of those people that says I am going to stop watching, but it all gets a bit frustrating when they are constantly bringing new people when they don’t have time to write for everyone else. I can see if Jason Thompson is leaving, then yeah they sort of need a doctor. If not then I just can’t see the need to bring another contract role in.

This is an incredibly well written post and I agree with your every word.
What are they doing to GH? It seems almost willful.

Great insight, Layla! Yep — to everything you said. Crazy times at GH. And although all those actors are great that you mentioned, I really would love to see Robb Derringer return and stay. Loved him!!! (And they could easily create new material to get his character back on track in a good way, or could have him play a totally new character, such as his twin brother. The writers left the door open for his return when they didn’t show what happened to him after he was shot. As I mentioned in a comment below, they could bring him back as his twin who’s out for vengeance — or maybe someone saved him and he’s back as a changed man… So many possibilities for this wonderfully talented and handsome actor! (P.S. — I will be really ticked if they bring back Sloane and recast him. I would like the original Sloane to return.)

I don’t think GH recognizes his talent. To let him go the first time was dumb and there was no reason for it. They had him back and to just let him get shot was beyond dumb. Especially since he was supposed to be a special agent. Was he so blinded and drunk by love that he spilled the beans to the last person that he should of? I have no clue but looking forward to whatever Robb does next.

GH is in DESPERATE need of Dr.’s plural !!!!!!

Great post. I’ve heard before that when new writers come in they like to create new characters. Its like a new offensive coordinator on a football team. He wants his players and his plays. Same with head writers. Plus, I hear they get paid more if the create a new popular character?

It’s a logical move, right, Timmm? I liken it to a woman marrying a divorced man and coming into his and the ex’s house. The new bride wants to make the house her own, yes? ……new furnishings, new everything. And, of course, new babies. That’s what the new characters represent….the new writers’s creation. Makes sense.

Wow!!!! I really did overuse “new”. I must subconsciously love that word. Lol.

I am on the love fest that is; Jeffrey Vincent Parise

I would love for Carlos to come home

I like that he’s still being mentioned

IE: Layla’ beautifully stated…

“…Jeffrey VIncent Praise, was such a wonderful character that took away from just Sonny dominating the mob scene. His scenes with everyone were brilliant. ”

utilize what you have GH… bring Carlos back… and yeah… like every one else… an exonerated and “changed” man…

he has so much sensuality and dreamlike qualities to reel… with ALL the ladies… and he carries with the menfolk plenty… he is not easily typecast… work with him!

“I love him… “

I miss Jeffery Vincent Praises as Carlos so much. Friday was like a tease. More Carlos please.

Sorry about the misspelling. Autocorrect….

Agree with you, Layla. Horrible mistake killing AJ off as well and making it difficult for Sean Kanan who left. Another huge loss.

If they are committed to a Caucasian actor, Blake Hood could be good. If they would go for a bit older actor, how about Hunt Block who once plated Craig Montgomery on ATWT. If they would go with a black actor, I’d vote for Lawrence Saint-Victor from B&B. He’s talented, super hot & criminally under-used on his current show.

Yes, Blake Hood! Granted, I think he’s still in his 20’s, but I think with the right make up, he can play for early to mid 30’s. Y&R letting him go as Kyle Abbott was a colossal mistake!

Hunt Block is 61 years old. I like Lawrence too. He could play a Quartermaine/Ward. Hopefully he would play character that could tell a man from a woman.

I wouldn’t have guessed Hunt Block is anywhere near his sixties. Super sexy.

James Scott or John Paul from one live to live

John-Paul Lavoisier signed on to play the recast of Philip on Days. He should be showing up a few months from now. James Scott continually says that he does not want to return to daytime at this point. If he did GH could not compete with days, which would pay big money to get him back as E.J.

Yeah, imagine if Serena had lived and had turned out to be Victor Kiriakis’s illegitimate daughter whom he did not know existed. Melissa and John Paul would be siblings again.

Cameron Mathison ex Ryan AMC. He is sexy,
masculine and a wonderful actor.

OH blah! You might as well get Ryan Seacret. Ryan Lavery was one of the biggest reasons why I abandoned AMC in the first place.
Now I am doing the same with GH. I feel there is a pattern being repeated here.


As usual, I agree with Harry. Not a Ham, I mean Cam, Matheson fan. Sorry.

Oh, God! Never Cameron Mathison. It’s bad enough he invades ET every night…..

Rocco, bello. Come stai?
Lol….from a woman’s point of view? He is not sexy. Not to me, anyway.

Thank you, CeeCee! We are in total agreement on that subject.

And they’re bringing on that new woman as well. Something is going on here–and I can’t imagine how it’s going to be good.

There really is no room for ANOTHER “leading” man, so I have to think someone is gong to go. UNLESS it’s a new Lucky

New writers always bring in new characters, they get payed for every new character they create until the character dies/whatever.. lol
and, its their way of creating their own road ..
Never know who will go and who come with new writers..

They continually say they don’t. This, says the writers, is a common myth

hmm could be.. but I read they do, many times, dunno..

Ug, it pains me to say this but Su00 happens to be right.
I need a stiff drink now.

You see that, su? Harry is changing his stance. He is agreeing more and more with you, as time goes by. I knew he was an ole softie!!

Michael Muhney would be great for the role. To see my favorite stars Miller and Muhney on General Hospital, that would be one reason more to watch it. And Jean Passanante worked with both of them.


pure and simple

and kudos to; TWO ; of the finest; actors…. to grace serial… in our curent realm and times… and a salute to the sterling actors of the past…. ie: I liken them to AMC David Canary and James Mitchell… as an example

raw talent that is big time marquee and feature

Michael Muhney, debuted on Y&R, June 25, 2009,
Billy Miller, debuted on Y&R, September 19, 2008


I really have to throw this in… Michael Muhney would be perfect, in DAYS of OUR Lives… as a DiMera

throw in Vincent Irizarry… as a Kiriakis

talk about leading men… to threshold… and mine… and reign… as the avante-garde ( this is a huge prop for their dynamic)… master class leads

A dream duo!

The fact they are requesting a Caucasian indicates most likely it is a recast or a family member of an existing character, where to have a non-Caucasian would be difficult or impossible to explain. (Though Blair’s racial makeup on OLTL did change when Kassie DePaiva took over!) I don’t think Michael Muhney, James Scott or Trevor St. John have any interest in soaps at the moment. Shawn Christian is a decade too old. So are Michael Park and Cameron Mathison. My choice would be Mark Lawson (Brody from OLTL). Everyone on GH seems so hard-edged and nasty. How about a leading man who has a heart of gold and softer edges? Lawson does that well.

Yes! I agree! 🙂 And Robb Derringer fits that description to me — and they could easily “fix” the Sloane character or create a new one (his twin?). This guy can act — and has already had scenes with hints at a heart of gold and softer edges. 🙂

He’s dead.

C’mon. 😉 NOBODY in a soap ever truly dies.

LOL @ racial make-up. Kassie DePaiva is the ultimate recast queen. Blair was originally a short annoying Asian woman. Then tall blonde Southern Kassie took over and owned it for 18 years. Eve on Days was originally a short annoying part British woman. Then tall Southern Kassie took over and just recently started owning the role. Sad she is leaving, but Eve is kind of a peripheral character. Funny trivia…Kassie is two years older than the woman who played Eve’s mother way back in the day, Karen Moncrieff.

Funny you should mention Mark Lawson, sonniorsolita. I thought of him, in Patrick Drake mode, since I assume that’s whose shoes he would be filling. However, I stopped short. So, please forgive the coincidental pun (lol), he really is too short for this particular role, albeit he is really good looking. Many an actor has been turned down due to his height. Perhaps as another character?

Pardonnez-moi, Monsieur.
Melody Thomas Scott is old enough to be my mother. I’m no youngster, but at 29, I do not consider myself an old lady, yet.
And, I am not delusional. I do have my wits about me. Please, sir. Curb your forked tongue.

Sonniorsolita. I would love to see Mark Lawson on GH. Beautiful guy…loved him as Brody on OLTL.

“wow” this is big

Jason Thompson; no more

it would not… surprise me at all

really… he hasn’t had any thing… to do… since his single days before Robin… and after Robin

and thats no disrespect to Jason Thompson

they just never wrote “anything” for him

this is sad, if this is what transpires

It is sad but the character has not been relevant for some time. He has been an appendage first to Sabrina then to Sam. They made the character (and Anna and everyone else in town) look like morons. No one asks or inquires or wonders how Robin is doing. Really?!? When Kimberly left, they could have told any number of REAL heartfelt stories. This is a woman with HIV who has been kidnapped and tortured continually for 4 years! What a disgusting story!! All this outrage over Will being murdered on DAYS…and nary a word about this!! It is a cruel, sadistic, and totally unnecessary story point that needs to be addressed. I never wish unemployment on anyone, but they need Patrick and Anna to storm whatever lab Robin is in, rescue her, and Patrick and Robin reunite and leave town. Jason T. will have no trouble finding work and he deserves better than GH.

Well said. But, Dylan, isn’t this the story of GH’s life? Leaving everything open? All the stitching left undone? And, when TPTB do make an attempting at sewing things up, a rush-job ensues leaving gaps hither and yon. As much as I am jubilant about seeing the end of Fluke, I still ponder about the point of it all? All the inconsistencies; the stupid subterfuge; the idiotic play-on-words between Helena and Fluke at the pier. I am as confused as ever. I don’t know, Dylan… Is it perhaps because I am fairly new to GH and I don’t know the history? Was there ever a love-fest between her and Luke growing satanic horns?
Yes, Thompson needs a woman en par with himself. Sabrina, albeit she’s okay with me, is in constant turmoil about everything Puerto Rican, Carlos, baby and Michael. And Sam is all about a black and white wardrobe; climbing turrets wearing stilettos; and, solving mysteries a’ la Nancy Drew for Middle Schoolers, while putting everyone to sleep ( never liked jaunty Nancy Drew…lol). Get real, ‘almighties’!!

Correction: An attempt, not an attempting.

How about this? Give your actors material worthy of their acting talents. Jason Thompson is a gem but since Robin left they have A. Made him play Prince Charming to Princess Sappy on Ice and B. Made him play Sam’s purse holder while forcing him to passively listen to her breathlessly and orgasmically exult, “Jason, Jason, Jason.”
This man is a firecracker and when we were first introduced to Dr Noah Drake, we were introduced to a compelling, brilliant and arrogant man.
So I am afraid I cannot answer your question as to who should replace Jason Thompson when all I can do is dwell on the fact that GH has let another one get away.

I am sorry for two reasons–One, I was addressing TPTB with my comment and not Mr Fairman and two, I wrote “Dr Noah Drake” when of course I was referring to his son, Dr Patrick Drake.
However, Dr Noah Drake is pretty cool too.
Writing comments on my Smart Phone is somewhat of an oxymoron because my comments are more indicative of a Dumb Phone.

Hi Harry, l liked UR reference to Ryan Seacrest lol.. If Jason leaves
NO ONE can replace him..So the TPTB might as well simply start
from scratch….but here’s an idea since it’s a hospital a few Dr.’s
might help tip the scales.


Sorry Harry, but your comments about your phone are pretty damn funny!

I’d love to see Rick back at GH but he has been remarkably busy!

@Harry….Dr. Noah Drake is indeed cool, and as such, we need him back on GH! Even though Rick Springfield would probably be unavailable for anything long-term, it is about time he paid a visit to his son and granddaughter. Loved him with Anna, too.

Spot on.

Oh, Harry…you know I cannot resist your ‘orgasmically exult’. If that’s all she can muster as an…well, what you said, there’s not much fire there. It should sound like the eruption of Vesuvius !!!!
Poor, poor Patrick. He’s joining the same club as Anna’s. So much force and talent, and nowhere to put it. Sad, indeed.

ROBB DERRINGER!!! 🙂 Please bring him back! And he doesn’t even have to play Sloane again. He could be his long-lost twin who comes back for vengeance on the person responsible for Sloane’s demise… Or he could be Sloane after all — maybe someone saved his life — and the experience makes him a changed man. SO many story possibilities for this soap! And he is handsome, charming, and can act!!! Please, please, please bring this actor back to Port Charles in GH!

Samantha, I have to ask…are you Mrs. Robb Derringer? I do love your enthusiasm.

Hahaha! No… And I don’t think that actor is married. If he is, he’s keeping it a secret. 😉 I just haven’t been “wowed” by an actor before in a long time. His work keeps showing up in all kinds of places, like “The Exes,” “Castle”…(go to his IMDB page). He’s versatile in both drama and comedy. Maybe I should be a casting director, ’cause I’d definitely find more shows for him, especially something more permanent. That’s why I think he deserves a place on the regular cast roster. He’s got that classic Hollywood charm! Love him! 🙂

Nice. I will check him out. He’s lucky to have such a supportive fan. I enjoyed his work on GH.

Hi, Samantha.
Yes, I agree that Robb is really ‘pretty’, but I liked the other Sloane so much more. Admittedly, not as handsome…but so raw, so rugged…yeah, I like that! Git ’em, cowboy!

Why? He brought nothing to the show….. Hia character was dead end on arrival…

I was not referring to his acting, dylan.

The “other Sloane” did nothing for me. So interesting…our different perspectives.. 😉 The character Sloane was ruined once they did the recast and then changed the direction of the character and gave him idiotic story lines and dialogue. If they had kept the one-and-only original Sloane, they could’ve had a strong leading man in Robb Derringer. He’s got that classic charm, handsome looks, and acting chops. He originated the role with warmth and strength, while the other one ruined the role with the new “twist” he added to the character (mainly, his unlikability, which I blame on the writers and whomever made the decision to switch up the casting). Derringer brought layers to the character, while the second actor was one-dimensional, with not much growth potential except in the same old direction. When Derringer picked up where the actor left off, he brought life back into Sloane (and even saw potential for him and Hayden during those scenes with Nickolas…). Hopefully, the writers and PTB will bring him back somehow. After all, this is “just” a soap. 😉 But if not, I’m sure Derringer will soar in other projects, and hopefully with something more permanent. Good conversation, you all! Thanks! 🙂

“I” must say…

it’s been so nice… and an uplift

to see this many “threads” of both GH and DAYS

sans Y&R and B&B

just no comparison

DAYS and GH in the lead

When I read 32-37, very sexy and dynamic and charismatic I immediately thought VAN HANSIS!!!

This outstanding actor should be on a soap again, no matter what the role is, he’ll be brilliant and hit it out of the park!!!

Oh, yeah! I definitely agree with you, MeganLA. I keep omitting all these cool actors. And, he’s ultra intelligent. I believe he’s from Mass., and graduated from Carnegie Mellon. I know it sounds fake, but my brother’s friend was also at Carnegie’s, and was an acquaintance. I don’t think that’s his full name…he shortened it as a stage name.
Scandinavian men are ‘to die for’…. Well, other than my Italian husband, of course. LOL.

I currently watch Y&R, B&B and GH. I used to watch Days but the writing took a hard turn south when a scene between Ari Zucker and the actor who plays Eric Brady sounded so much like chalk screeching on a blackboard. Haven’t tuned in since. And since the show has gotten rid of its gay couple in Will and Sonny, there’s absolutely no reason to watch Days anymore.

Trevor St John – is he too old??

Trevor, whom I absolutely adore, is in his middle forties? He’s so hot though, I wouldn’t care.

Its a recast of Ned Ashton.

Oh, really, Timmm? Are ‘they’ recasting Ned? Hmmmm. You’re joshin’. Within that age group? And, sexy? Nah….for a minute there, I took you seriously. More the fool, I.

Its a guess my Cee. Ned is an important cog in the wheel of the Q’s! We need him and although Ned is probably in his forties, I would definitely accept Michael Muhney as Ned Ashton!

You’re right, of course, Timmm. Ned is a most-needed Q. But, who can replace Wally Kurth? Also, he’s just a bit older than my father. He could pass as a younger man, though.
I would also like to see Michael Muhney in any role. I guess if anyone could walk in Wally’s shoes, as Ned, it would be Michael. Later. Luv-ya.

I hope you’re right Timmm, we need Ned Ashton.

GH should use the great actors they have

if they must add to the cast:

How about bringing back Brandon Barash

How about Michael Park

Sonny doesnt have 3 sons. He he has two. Kidnapping a child by hanging his father onto a meathook and forcing him to sign over parental rights does not a father make. Sonny has screwed every female aged 18 and over. He is gross and greasy and an unrepentant murderer. Only on soaps would such a character survive and thrive. I sont enjoy seeing a murderer getting away. With murder. What a bleak idea no.

Love that whenever an article or anything is posted about GH someone always has to comment about our beautiful Elizabeth lmao. Remember all buzz is considered good buzz so keep commenting

You have lost me, Suzanna.

I want — Channing Tatum !!

(you may have seen him; Magic Mike xxl 😉

Yeah, right, susu. In your dreams! Ha!

Sorry, su….with GH’s budget, you will simply have to make do with the very occasional glimpse of “Magic Milo!”

Jeffery James lippold. He’s been on your show before! We want to see him a lot more!!

Yeah, Jamie. That’s a MAN!!


I think Jeffrey James Lippold would be awesome to see as a regular on GH. Love the show and think he would be a great addition full time rather than only occasionally!!!!


Jeffrey James Lippold of course!! Give this man a main role – he is sensational!!!

google tells;
James Lippold is 6′ 3 and around 50yrs old..

LOL at ”around 50.. but no birth date..

Lol. Actually he’s 6’4″ and he’s barely 41. My sister just told me that. I trust her more than I do Google, su.

I think Jeffrey James Lippold would be an excellent leading character! He has experience in acting both on stage and behind the camera. He is exceedingly good-looking, charming, and personable as well. I would love, love, love to watch him everyday on GH!

How about Thad Luckinbill, he would make a perfect fit for the show.

Great pick. Wonder what he’s been up to?

Oh, WOW. Luckinbill is another actor i forgot….love him too. Is he still married to Amelia H?

I am all for the show continuing to progress along with the once-in-a-while introduction of new characters that are tied to the core of the show and core families. The problem with GH is that when the show is continuously bringing on new characters or recasting, that takes time for the audience to adjust! Not every viewer is going to invest in a new character when they still haven’t adjusted to the previous 30 that were hired. With every new character added, there is less of a link to the show’s history and past. Flashbacks should be used to highlight the show’s history, not rehash what happened on previous episodes that week. Yet, it becomes difficult to provide this when the show consists of too many new characters or recasts. I give props to Ron for the Three Carly’s episode because he was able to provide to the newer audience the history of Carly and the actresses. That was out-of-the-box thinking. He also brought back many veteran characters even if they were not used as often as we would have liked for them to be. Having said that, continuously introducing new characters and recasting takes GH further from its core and when there is still less emphasis on the hospital and core families (rather than tying everyone to Sonny and the mob), it makes the show less appealing to viewers who have kept the show alive all of these years…and the bleeding of viewers continues.

I can only. Tolerate Laura wright as Carly she is luminous and deserves so much more!!!!!

Tom Pelphrey from Guiding Light – one of daytime’s best. Jay Ryan of Beauty and the Beast on CW. Mark Lawson from OLTL. John Driscoll (Coop) from GL.

Michael Muhney: captivating and unforgettable

He is a fabulous actor with enormous talent!

Frazer Douglas.

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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