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General Hospital Celebrates Its 51st Anniversary Today!

Today, ABC’s General Hospital turns 51 years young!  The show premiered on April 1, 1963 and is still beloved by millions of viewers who tune-in each day.

After its monumental 50th anniversary celebration last year, in 2014 the show promises on today’s episode including the highly-anticipated Carlypolooza, nostalgia, love, and some more surprises for its long time fans.

GH head writer, Ron Carlivati shared on his facebook page this morning: “So proud to be writing General Hospital on its 51st Anniversary! Congratulations to everybody involved with the show!”

The series executive producer Frank Valentini sent out a very cute video tease tweet  featuring Nicholas Bechtel (Spencer) late yesterday relating, “Check out these wise words on tomorrow’s 51st anniversary show!” ( You can watch it after the jump!)

Post your congratulation messages to GH for another year of success in the comment section below, and make sure to tune-in today to see what’s in store on the 51st anniversary episode!

Nicholas from Frank Valentini on Vimeo.

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heidi
heidi

Love this cute video!!! Love Nicholas as Spencer!!! Love GH!!! Happy 51 years!!! Thanks for the best soap ~ GH!!! Let’s hope there are 51 more years!!!

Johnny
Johnny

Heidi I love gh too, but lets be honest gh has 2 years left tops. ABC want out of the soap business. I still don’t trust abc, they will stab us, in the back again. Lets just enjoy gh for now. But gh, will not see another 51 years lets be realistic .

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

Im going to enjoy and hate it while i can…i too believe it has only two or three years and the same goes for the other soaps…and i too wont be around for another 51 years…lol

David
David

This is just so cliche. When GH was in its 49th year everyone said oh it wont reach 50. Then we had the people say it will hit 50 and be cancelled. Then people said oh it will be cancelled after the 51st anniversary. Now here are posts saying it will be gone in the next 2 years. Gotta love the doomsday predictions that have yet to come true. Why people harp on when the show will be cancelled is getting so old. The numbers are far better than they have been in many years. Eventually yes General Hospital will get cancelled but to say it will be in one year, two years etc is just dumb. When the ratings hit rock bottom then come back and discuss the show being gone. When those season averages are higher than they have been in 5 and 6 years that tells you the show is going to keep going.

heidi
heidi

GH is fun! It’s a soap… it’s story… it’s fantasy… it’s a guilty pleasure that I love!!! Why in the world would I want to think any differently than what I said…

I said I hope… and I do… all naysayers aside… I choose to hope that it has a very long life. I choose not to buy into any one trashing it or putting up any dooms day predictions. I choose to enjoy and watch for as long as I can and for as long as it is there to let me!

It’s a fun show… let’s have fun here talking and reading about it! Frank was certainly having some fun putting this video up… shouldn’t we embrace the fun he intended?

Felicia
Felicia

I was named after a character on this show… I’m now a grown woman and watch it everyday

Robert
Robert

I am so proud and happy for General Hospital’s longevity. It was not to long ago the rumors of their cancelation was right around the corner.Thanks to the team of writers and producers who have shown a great love and respect to the iconic tv series history. General Hospital has experience a rebirth and fans of their yesteryear are coming back and seeing the show they fell in love with years ago.

jonboy
jonboy

Nik is too cool!

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

51 years is great and im grateful the show is still with us! I like the show and im entertained but the show has flaws and could be much better…A.Js trial shouldve happened much sooner and the character didnt have to be killed off AGAIN! He either shouldve have been in a coma or had a mental breakdown…or found guilty for accidentally killing Connie and sent to prison! Tracy seems a little dumber than usual…she knows Luke is acting strangely and should be more suspicious…she was too quick to judge Lauren(kiki) and believing she made a pass at Luke! I like the Silas mystery but no ever mentions his lookalike brother who couldve put Nina in a coma…i still believe Ninas alive and Madeline is her stepmother…i originally thought the person playing Nathan was going to be much better but his acting is horrible…ill give him more time to improve! Previews mentioned Steve, Jessie and a few others…will Monica see them roaming the halls of GH like its been hinted(using either old clips or lookalikes)?

Avatar610
Avatar610

I think Monica faked A.J. dying again so she could ship him off to some clinic to recover (played by another actor).

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

Hope so…

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

I guess he really died this time…

Charday
Charday

Oh god, let’s hope!!

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

I rewatched…i think Britt will return Ben to Dante and Lulu?

harry
harry

After thirty years of watching GH, I am no longer watching due to the horrifically bad and choppy writing, the destruction of core characters, stunt casting, stunt plotting and trotting out one new character after another.
The killing of AJ before he completed his redemptive process was the last straw.
And I wish they’d stop exploiting this kid–it’s making him come off as petulant, unnatural and affected. He also should not be allowed on Twitter.

Mark
Mark

I agree completely with your “choppy” description because that is exactly what is wrong with this show, storylines just flutter about like a bird jumping from one twig to another. And you are also right about AJ, killing him off was a very poor lousy decision and I agree the redemptive process should have been explored and given the audience hope which soaps have always done.

David
David

So they should go back to writing the show in the way that the ratings were horrible? I’d love to see you both do a better job and stay within the budget and restraints that the network dictates. You wouldn’t last a day yet Ron Carlivati has lasted and has brought the shows numbers to the highest they have been in a long time.

Mark
Mark

I like Ron carlivati he has enthusiasm for the soap genre. But you have to agree David that killing off a legacy character right before the anniversary isn’t the best decision. Just my opinion and obviously people feel the same.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Only when the Scorpios were back, front and center were the ratngs the highest in a long time…now they’re back to where they were when Ron took over. From the end of 2013 the show has lost 15% of its viewership, the most of any of the daytime soaps by a factor of 3. With the Cranco kidnapping cartoon and the fiasco of naming Dr. O Chief of Staff of GH RC couldn’t write more of a parody if he tried. And the ratings decline is what is to show for his efforts.

Now he used the anniversary episode to kill off AJ – completely unnecessarily- and spent the rest of the show justifying his murder with lies and rewritten history. One almost has to assume TPTB are trying to lose audience so the new head of ABC daytime can put something else in the slot.

Tasha Jones
Tasha Jones

The actor wanted off the show. He gave notice they wrote the story that would be the best send off and leave so much more to tell for the other actors. You can not blame them for his choice to leave before his contact ended. The ratings show that the writing is better then ever. You can not make everyone happy so why even try. Tell a good story. Bring back my Favs. Go at a faster pace….are these not all good things?

andrew hass
andrew hass

I agree that AJ went out with a bang so to speak.Plus AJ’s death will have long term ramifications for the other characters on the show and create more story.Yeah i wish they hadn’t killed AJ but i don’t write the show and they may have thought AJ been dead was better storywise then him been off screen somewhere.Plus as you point out Sean Kanan wanted off GH and they willing to let him go because they may not have wanted someone who was unhappy.Finally GH has just celebrated 51 years on the air and they are moving forward and not looking back.

paula thomas
paula thomas

Will Jason be on? Really miss him. Love it that the Carlies will be on..Sarah Brown my favorite ex-Carly but love Laura Wright.
can’t wait to see it today!!

dmr
dmr

I absolutely can’t wait! Congratulations General Hospital! Please continue to remember the iconic history of the show and the core, legacy characters!

andrew hass
andrew hass

Happy 51st birthday General Hospital!Yeah GH could be cancelled at anytime but right now i think we should enjoy watching it while we can.Plus i think it’s nice that actors that have left the show are willing to return even if it’s just for one episode.Some actors may feel they owe GH because they started their careers on the show and now they can return the favor sort of.

Gina G.
Gina G.

Yes, Happy Anniversary GH!
I’m bummed that on the anniversary, programming was interrupted with President Obama talking about healthcare enrollment! They cut out half the show! It will be a grey day in California if GH everwraps up. The actors are so strong –but what’s going on with Luke!!!

carol
carol

Congratulations GH! I began watching in 1963 when Steve Hardy and Jessie were on. Over the years, I’ve lost touch with the show a few times but I’m really enjoying it now.

su0000
su0000

…. congrats !!!!
Thanks FV, RC, ALL the staff of GH for saving a great soap..

I look forward to and enjoy GH every day!

Mark
Mark

As boring as gh can get it’s nowhere near as bad as Y&R which is unwatchable at this point, a blank screen is preferable. Congrats GH!!

bearzy
bearzy

Congrats, Happy 51st GH a big one only in Hollywood, CA…. Many more birthdays to come..

Glen
Glen

Just finished watching GH’s anniversary episode and I loved it. A very moving show, especially Monica’s scenes with Emily and AJ, as well as Sonny’s with SJB’s, TB’s and LW’s versions of Carly. Here’s hoping for many. many more years of this great and venerable soap!

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well everything comes to an end eventually, so why dwell on it– it is like dwelling on one’s own death. It is far better to enjoy life while you are alive, and it far better to enjoy one’s soap while you got it. We are fortunate because most prime time series don’t last nearly as long, and daytime soap viewer who had the chance to grow up along with their soap experienced a unique journey that will not likely happen again in this world evolving entertainment choices. So for reaching 51 GH congrats–

desskyent
desskyent

They keep dragging things out they way they are… It will be history

boes
boes

If they had celebrated the show by stuffing Ron C. inside a pinata and let Sean Kanan and Leslie Charleson take some swipes at, that would have been a real celebration.

Focusing instead on the Three Faces of the SlagBeast and the Howler Monkey she loves didn’t do it for me. Both of them have less taste than bored baboons at the zoo and even less talent.

Johnny
Johnny

I wish there was something to be excited about. This regime has proven to be so far out of touch with what viewers want to see that it is truly mind boggling. They choose the day before the anniversary to kill off a legacy character…again???? Who does that????? AJ was brought back to much fanfare and excitement in 2012. His death was the most vicious and gruesome murder since that of Frankie on Another World. We got to see him remember that he was innocent…then be tortured by Ava, then shot point blank by Sonny, then called every name in the book by Snny and Carly. We got to see him briefly wake up a few times, then watched him die. Do these writers realize that all four of Monica’s children have been brutally murdered? Three of those deaths can b directly traced to disgusting career criminal Sonny. It is just cruel and very inhumane writing. I lost my 2 oldest brothers to cancer within a month and a day of each other, and then a year and a half later, lost my mom. Watching this show is just not entertaining in any way! But Happy Anniversary for the show that used to be and hopefully will again.

David
David

Yet you obviously keep watching to know all you do. The return of AJ didnt bring ratings. There was excitement among internet fans that was about it. Soaps have always dealt with death as do a lot of other tv shows. If you don’t like change the channel and stop writing about it on the internet. Sadly In life people get cancer thats just keeping it real. If you want to see happy stuff all the time soap operas shouldnt be what you are watching.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Obviously you don’t follow the ratings – viewership has dropped 15% since the end of 2013… you think that was because of AJ? How about Heather digging herself out of a grave after being stabbed and writing a note in blood? or the absurd kidnapping of Carly and dragging her all over town? You think that earned ratings? How many ratings points do you think the show earned when they put an international criminal in charge of General Hospital, after having Monica fired because her son was a suspect in a criminal case? If everyone who didn’t like where RC has taken this show stopped watching the ratings would tank ever further. Everyone has a right to register their displeasure for a show that has been on the air for 50 years. If you don’t like to see viewers express other than positive views, don’t read them.

Johnny
Johnny

Like every other person on here, I am free to watch what I like and I am also free to post about it on here. I am a lifelong soap fan and I stick with them even through bad periods…and for me personally, this is arguably the worst GH has ever been. I dont care what the ratings say, or who else declares GH the beat show ever. The show is dark, disturbing, depressing, and often grotesque in its glorification of violence and crime. I will keep watching because there is hope that Ron Carlivati will be fired one day and a writer will b e hired to improve the show again. But thanks for your suggestion David.

David
David

Johnny no one ever said you are free to watch. But honestly why waste your time on something that you dislike so much. Most normal people would watch soemthing else but then if you did that Johnny you would have nothing to come on and complain about on the internet every day.

You can keep watching Johnny but unless the ratings drop to extreme low numbers than Ron is here to stay. SO keep hoping for something that won’t happen for a long time.

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

I want Micheal to find out the truth…i want him to confront Sonny with a gun with intent to shoot…Sonny thinks he is bluffing, says’But you wouldnt shoot your father!’…Micheal pulls the trigger but nothing happens because its a fake gun! Micheal angerily retorts,’I wouldnt shoot you…im not a monster…im nothing like you! And you are NOT my father because a true father would never hurt his own son…the man you murdered in cold blood is my ONE AND ONLY father-A.J. Quatimaine! And im proud to be his son…i am Micheal Quartimaine!!!

Johnny
Johnny

I can dig it.

Erick
Erick

“so far out of touch with what viewers want”… Let’s see, since Cartini arrived ratings have risen, it was Soap Opera Digest’s Best Show for the last two years, they got rid of the dark that everyone complained about, they brought back tons of legacy characters (and Nurses’ Balls) for the short- and long-term…. Killing off a legacy character, yes, I agree, bad idea. But they’ve listened to what viewers want more than they have not.

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

I agree with some of your points but much of the dark has returned…Carlos is shot, Max is shot, Julian is beaten, Heather is stabbed, Franco shot, a day player is murdered, and A.J. attempts to strangle Ava but is gunned down and dies all in just a few short months…Yes, the show has improved and the ratings are up…some days i enjoy the show but its overloaded with too many villains and too much violence…so its still too dark! If they’d at least cut back half the darkness and fix the choppy plotting of the stories then the show would be so much better!!!

Shay
Shay

Amen to your comments, Johnny! Today’s show was absolutely dreadful as a singular episode, let alone a special 51st anniversary program! The “Three Faces of Carly” and their “Sonny Boy” was a complete waste of time, perhaps because I couldn’t care less about any of them!!!! Ron’s obligatory, ongoing trashing of Frisco Jones was again front and center, along with a nice slam at Noah Drake, too….as if reuniting with an old flame were a major sin…c’mon, why would a (still very) hot guy like Rick Springfield really want to cavort with the likes of the over-botoxed, surgically-altered Bobbie???? (He and Anna were the real couple to watch….loved them together!) Nurse Spencer is completely, over-the-top annoying (and just impossible to watch anymore)….Ditto for the mundane Felicia, overbearing Lucy (and Scotty) and dull Mac (please, NO more Mr. Marbles!) The only one I even felt for was the clueless Doc being stuck with that bunch of deceptive bores…And the thought of another “Nurses’ Ball” is the last thing I even want to ponder right now….not to mention the possibility of once again being subjected to the demented antics of Richard Simmons…God help us! It was all such a mishmash and misuse of the ingredients that once were GH’s recipe for success. That being said, the only magical moments were the heartbreaking, poignant ones that marked AJ’s bittersweet swan song….how beautifully acted by both Sean Kanan and Leslie Charleson. They truly captured the immense tragedy of his (totally unnecessary) demise and departure….quite the tearjerker as it represented not only the death of the beloved Quartermaine that so many of us were fervently rooting for to succeed, but a metaphor for the entire soap…it’s as if all the wonderful elements that once comprised the mythology of Port Charles are systematically being extinguished by this current regime. So very, very sad.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I wish the show hadn’t killed AJ but instead sent him away to get treatment.That way Sonny and Ava both would have to worry that AJ would wake up.As for Sean Kanan he asked to be released from his contract and the show was willing to accommodate him.Plus i don’t think him going back to B&B happened overnight.There might have been some informal negotiations between him and Brad Bell and then once he’s got an offer to return then he may have asked GH to release him.So i’m wondering if B&B hadn’t wanted him back would Sean had asked to be let go or would he have stayed at GH?As for how GH is doing in the last ratings report they had more than a 100,000 or so more viewers then the same time last year.

Shay
Shay

From both a storyline and audience reaction perspective your way was definitely the better option, Andrew. I have no quibble with SK wishing to leave the show at this time….he was given truly inferior material and his character was constantly abused….most of us were not at all happy with these developments, so I can completely understand the actor’s displeasure. Once again, it’s not the what but the how….so AJ was departing the Port Charles canvas? No problem, he certainly could have been left in soap limbo for awhile or even indefinitely….it happens all the time, and this would have been a fine plot device to keep things interesting. But no….instead we were (once again) subjected to a petty little man’s contempt for a character, his current portrayer and his fans via a vindictive and pretty much definitive event that (apparently) slammed the door shut for any future possibilities. Just…plain…tacky…..and unnecessary!!!!!

Michael
Michael

I checked my DVR when I got home and most of the show was preempted due to breaking news from Obama about Health Care. I will check ABC.com later tonight.

Charday
Charday

I normally don’t care much for the kids’ storylines on GH, but I have been enjoying Spencer, Emma, and Cameron’s storyline the last couple of months.

mike
mike

They killed another Quartermaine,what a way to celebrate the shows history.

Paul
Paul

Seriously GH Fans…… you are just about the most negative bunch I’ve ever had to deal with. Constant complaints b/c Steve Burton QUIT, constant whining that Robin needs to come back, when the actress is coaxed back for a few months — the complaints then escalate b/c she opts to leave again, there’s too much violence vs. Sonny isn’t on enough, the show is too serious vs. the show is too silly. Constant harping that ABC is going to cancel the show.

WHAT WILL MAKE THE VIEWERS HAPPY?

Let’s face it. Nothing lasts forever. Let’s enjoy the show while it’s on. Let’s enjoy the actors that stick with the show & enjoy the ones that return for however long in duration. Just enjoy and stop complaining. Peace.

su0000
su0000

some of you are blaming RC for decision that Sean Kanan made..
It was Sean Kanan who called Bell and asked to go back to B&B and to have a romance , he wanted back to B&B..
Sometimes it is the stars and their decision to leave..

ALL actors love to go out with a bang not a whimper; fact..
Sean most likely loved his death scene, much better than off to Iowa bye bye..

He will be happy back in his comfort zone a place he wants to be B&B..
I wish him all the best ..

And AJ was written true to his character, he was what he was.. 🙂

andrew hass
andrew hass

Plus it was reported that a few months that Brad Bell approached Sean Kanan about returning to B&B but Sean told him he was under contract to GH for awhile more.For the record i have no problem with Sean Kanan going back to B&B if that’s what he wanted to do.My issue is if he didn’t know B&B wanted him back would he still have asked GH to release him?Plus did Sean call Brad Bell to see if the offer to return was still open before he asked to be let go from GH?So Sean may have made sure he had a job at B&B before leaving GH.I’ll miss Sean on GH but i’m sure the show will survive without him just fine.As for the anniversary episode i thought it was nice and just happy that the show was able to celebrate their 51st anniversary because a few years ago there were rumors that GH would be cancelled.

aria
aria

guess what happened in colorado springs where GH airs at 2pm?? GH was interrupted by by george stupidnopilous for late breaking news on obama care. lol, yes, late breaking new on obama care. so the news division thats run by the guy who will by next year run all of abc daytime, interrupted GH anniversary episode for news that could of waited for later on. how disappointing. i”m not freaking out, eventhough theres no soapnet, and the abc apt makes it impossible to watch the episode, thank god for itunes, i’ll buy the episode for a few bucks and it will be worth it. as for abc, this was wrong, theres life and death breaking news and news that could of waited for later broadcast.. i feel sorry for those who wont be able to catch the episode.

Gina G.
Gina G.

Ditto.
from a SF Bay area fan.

cindy
cindy

I’m in Portland and the same thing happened to us. What a stupid reason to interrupt the show but that is ABC news for you. If they had found that missing airplane I could understand but Obamacare, give me a break.

Gina G.
Gina G.

Yeah, the president’s comments could have been held for the evening news. ABC made a big mistake cutting the regular programming.

Mark
Mark

What a tacky embarrassing show today I am sad to say my GH days are
Over!

Denise
Denise

Today was a fan’s treat. Thank you GH for the haunting opening with the names we have loved to the Carlypalooza to the ending at the stairwell.

jan
jan

what was the name of the song as emily was taking AJ out..anyone know?

Diana
Diana

The song is called “The Lovely Years” by Fisher. Can get it on iTunes for .99 cents. I too searched for an hour trying to find the name of the song.

Ginny
Ginny

I have been watching GH for 51 yrs. Started watching with my grandmother. It has always been my favorite soap!

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Leave it to General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) to be enterprising, and creative and providing social commentary at this time in our new reality.

Grahn has teamed up with her former GH Now partner, comedian and podcast host, Kaore Bonell for what looks to be on-going You Tube series, while we are all at home experiencing social distancing from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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For the first episode of the series aptly titled, “Soaps In Quarantine” Nancy and Kaore welcome GH’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) and The Young and the Restless Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) as their very special guests.

Topics are wide-ranging, and entertaining from some interesting tidbits about their soap characters and their individual times on different soap operas, to if they have each gone to the grocery store and what they are experiencing from items being MIA and flying off the shelves and more.

As you will see, the actors and the hosts all Skype-in or Face time in which is something we all can do to be within each other’s “comforts zones” while being isolated at home.

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There won’t be any “And the Enmy goes to _” come this June, where NATAS had originally scheduled three nights of award presentations honoring the best in daytime programming at the 47th Annual Daytime Emmys.   The three-day event was slated for June 12-14th, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena. California.  Deadline broke the story of the decision to postpone daytime’s biggest night, for now.

NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said of today’s decision: “These were extremely difficult decisions to make, but at the end of the day the health and safety of our event attendees and staff must remain our paramount concern,” NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said of today’s decision. “We are closely monitoring public heath authorities’ guidance, seeking feedback from our awards communities, and evaluating the flexibility of our venue and production partners as we plan for the future in this unprecedented context.”

 NATAS chairman Terry O’Reilly said on the change” “Given our concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that we will not be staging the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena this coming June.  As there are so many unknowns right now with the flow of information changing on a daily, almost hourly, basis, it would simply be irresponsible to move forward with our annual celebration of excellence in daytime television at this time.”

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General Hospital’s Johnny Wactor Talks ‘Being Brando Corbin’

This week on General Hospital, viewers saw that Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) has set Port Charles newcomer Brando Corbin (Johnny Wactor) up with a mechanics garage for a place of business, that has left Brando concerned, but also thankful.

Brando came onto the scene when he saved Carly (Laura Wright) from gunfire. The once believed-to-be-dead son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs), has a checkered past, but has been trying to remain on the straight and narrow.  Sonny had previously put into motion protection for teenaged Dev (Ashton Arbab), that he will continue to be passed off as the biological son of Brando to keep him safe.  That, along with a back-story that includes: the Iraqi War, prison time, drug use, PTSD, familial issues, mob wars, and more, has loaded the deck for actor Johnny Wactor to show his acting chops and more within the daytime drama arena.

Since making his debut in the recurring role of Brando back in January of this year, in a short amount of time, Wactor has already displayed that he has solid leading man, and soap anti-hero potential, something that always serves one well amidst the romance, intrigue, and suspense of the genre’s storytelling.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Johnny to get his thoughts on becoming part of the iconic GH and where he hopes Brando’s journey goes from here.  Check out what he had to say below.

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What do you think about your character’s name being “Brando”? Did GH tell you where the idea for the name came from?

JOHNNY:  Oh, I love it.   No, they didn’t tell me why, but I assume it was in some relation to Marlon Brando; when back in the day he was in a leather jacket … because I come onto the scene wearing a leather jacket as a badass!

What’s your experience been like coming onto a show like GH?  Previously, I know you’ve done a lot of primetime roles and series.  Were you shocked at the pace of shooting a daytime drama?

JOHNNY:  Oh, yeah.  I was made aware of the pace beforehand by my manager, as well as my buddy, Mark Grossman (Adam Newman) who works on The Young and the Restless.  He’s kicking ass over there.  In this genre, you get one rehearsal and one take pretty much, and then, they move on.  It’s definitely been a learning curve, and I’m still getting used to that at times where I’m just like, “Ah, I want one more take!”  I can get a bit obsessive and I’m a perfectionist.  It definitely has been challenging, but I enjoy it.  It’s fun to work at a fast pace.  It’s a lot like working in the theatre.

In story, Johnny is pretending to be Dev’s father.  Did you know that would be part of Brando’s story when you took on this gig?

JOHNNY:  I did not.   I didn’t know that until I read the first script that they sent me.  I’m like, “I also have a son?”   It was a lot to take in, but that’s where the imagination comes in.

What’s great for you, I would think, is that you’re getting to play in scenes with Maurice Benard and Laura Wright and major players who are a part of that core group.  What’s it been like working with them?

JOHNNY:  It’s been a Godsend, really.  Being my first time on a daytime show, for one, anytime you come onto a new project and one that’s been going on for some time, and you’re a newcomer, there’s always that concern like, “What will this set be like?  Is it like a familial atmosphere?  Am I going to be welcomed?”  They’ve made it super easy.  I’m just so lucky that I have people who have so much experience on this show and just daytime shows in general, where they’ve kind of taken me under their wings and are super helpful.  Anytime I have questions, they’re patient.  I’m sure I annoy them sometimes, but they don’t let on to it.   I’m grateful that they’ve sort of “teamed” me up with them to kind of ease me onto the show.

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The fans are seeing a spark between Brando and Carly.  Is Brando into Carly?

JOHNNY:  I’d like to say that he rescued her because she was a beautiful blonde, but that’s not what that was and why he did it … even though I’m not denying that she’s a beautiful blonde.  I think there’s something there, but how far Brando pursues that, I don’t know!  Sonny sets Brando up with the garage and a pretty sweet deal at that.  So, does Brando want to screw this up?  However, not everyone makes logical, levelheaded decisions.  We’ll see.  I’m not ruling it out as something that could possibly happen.

How are you playing Brando right now? Is he a good guy … or, are there secret ulterior motives going down that the audience may not know about, yet?

JOHNNY:  In my opinion, he is a guy who has got a good heart.  I don’t think he is infallible.  I think he is someone who is determined to be on the mend and make up for his decisions and his past, because he is someone who has made poor decisions.  I don’t think you can rule him as a good person who will never make a mistake, or won’t get into trouble, or won’t make some bad decisions.  “Does he have ulterior motives?”  Maybe, but I think that if he does, they might be a little unconscious.  I think he is a genuine good guy.

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Are the fans swooning over you on social media now that you’ve made your GH debut?  When you get the, “Oh, he’s hot,” do you take those compliments well, or, is it uncomfortable for you, and you deflect that?

JOHNNY:  It’s always flattering to get those compliments.  I think when I was younger, like 22, first getting into this business; I was definitely pining for those compliments and put more weight into it.  I will say; it’s always good to have someone say something positive about you.  I will take, “Hey, he’s good-looking.”  I love the comments.  It’s great.

So, what would you love to see happen with Brando?  Is there anything that you’re seeing with your character that you wish you could do …or get to have the opportunity to be able to drive the direction in which he goes in?

JOHNNY:  That’s a great question.  I love when the writers put Brando on the scene and planted some seeds early on when he was revealing a little of his background to Carly.  He reveals he has PTSD and spent time in prison.  Brando also has got issues with drug addiction.  I would love for those to kind of resurface somehow.  Maybe Brando has a relapse and gets back on the sauce, or drugs, or maybe has some kind of other issues with PTSD, because those are the real things in the world that people deal.

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What’s great about it is that they kind of loaded you up with a back-story that they can fill in, so that as a viewer, you ultimately root for the guy

JOHNNY:  Absolutely.  Yeah, nobody wants to root for the guy who has everything and just has the perfect life.  We’ve all made mistakes.  So, alright, he’s trying to get back on the horse and make a good life for himself.

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Did you get any pointers from GH vet Steve Burton (Jason), who you have also shared several scenes with since coming to GH?

JOHNNY:  The most pointers I’ve gotten from Steve are about preparation for the scenes.  Every time we have scenes together, he’s just always willing to work with you, and make sure that you’re prepared, and he’s prepared, and the scene is going to be the best that it can be.  Also, he’s been really invaluable with giving me more of a crash course on the background of these characters.  This show has been on for decades and it’s tough to get caught up in the short amount of time between when you find out you have the job, and you start filming, to really know who everybody is.  So, he explained to me who Jason is on the show and who the Corinthos family is and what they represent … these are dangerous guys!

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Take me through what happened when you learned you got the part of Brando, and were joining the cast of General Hospital?

JOHNNY:  I was at my apartment.  I think it was probably two days after I went in for the producer’s session.  They brought in 4 or 5 guys to read in front of the producers, (at least that I saw) and I felt strong about my reading.  Then, I just kind of tried to forget about it after I left so I wouldn’t get all into my head about whether I got the part, or not.  Then the next day, I didn’t get a phone call.  So, I’m like, “Man, really?  I thought that might have been it.”   But the next day, I was with my girlfriend at the time and my agency was calling.  My manager was on the phone as well, and they shared with me that I got the part, and it was exciting.  It was a relief and an affirmation.  It’s always exciting when you book a job and then to book a major recurring role on a show with a character whose name is “Brando Corbin”, needless to say, was really cool.

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I think it’s very apparent that you have the “It” factor.  You already have a shown a strong presence on the show and have a very bright future ahead of you.   I have seen a lot of actors come and go, and who launch their careers on daytime over the years, and I think you are going to be one to watch for quite some time to come.

JOHNNY:  First of all, thank you so much for saying that.  That’s really kind of you.  It’s really high praise.  Coming from someone who knows that show and who is a fan of it that means I passed the test!  Thank you, Michael!  I really appreciate that affirmation.  It’s good to get validation from someone whose opinion really matters.

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Could you see a love interest for Brando coming up in the future?

JOHNNY:  I could definitely see a love interest for him coming up.  Maybe multiple love interests!  Who knows?

I think there are a lot of single ladies in Port Charles.

JOHNNY:  Yeah!  But, why do they have to be single?

Right! Or, they could be married!

JOHNNY:  It’s Port Charles!

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So, have you been enjoying Johnny’s performances as Brando Corbin thus far?  Who do you hope he becomes involved with romantically on GH? Do you want to know more about his back-story and see what happens next now that Sonny has set him up with a garage? Comment below.

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