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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Darby Pops Up Onto The Scene & Ned Says Goodbye To Olivia!



On Monday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, former Miss Alabama USA, Jesica Ahlberg, showed up on the canvas as Darby – a sexy young gal who has hankering for Morgan Corinthos (Bryan Craig).

While Kiki (Hayley Erin) is getting sauced, Morgan tries to talk to her, but she wants no part of him.  He takes a seat away from her having a drink of his own.  Enter Darby, who spots Morgan and sits down at his table and the flirtation begins. When Molly (Haley Pullos) and TJ (Tequan Richmond) arrive, they meet up with Darby to go to a party in which Darby extends an invitation to Morgan.

At first, he doesn’t agree to go, but after he tries to talk to Kiki one more time and she resists, he takes Darby up on the invitation.  Is this going to be Morgan’s new love interest?  What do you think the point of Darby is to the Port Charles canvas? Is she connected to someone else?


Elsewhere, breaking up is hard to do, as Wally Kurth (Ned) popped up for a one day appearance to close the loop on the budding Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and Ned romance and storyline, since Wally is now on contract at DAYS.  In story,  Olivia was going to propose to Ned, but before she can he breaks her heart, and says he can’t continue their relationship as long as she hides the truth from Julian (William deVry) that little baby Leo is the mobster’s bio-son.  Ned says he found himself again through being with his daughter Brook Lynn and singing again, all thanks to Liv.   They tell each other they love one another, but Ned ultimately leaves thus ending the storyline.  What will Olivia do now?  

So, what do you think of these two story beats that played out on yesterday’s GH?  Are you intrigued? Not interested? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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I’m not impressed with Darby, but I’ll see where it goes. I do think Hayley Erin has really improved as Kiki. I never really cared for the character even when Kristin Alderson played her, so I’m surprised that I even care what is happening to her but I do.

It was good to have closure on the Ned/Olivia pairing and Wally Kurth sure is HOT. I’m enjoying him on DOOL, but I’ll miss Ned a lot.

GH is holding my interest for the most part. Less Corinthos would be nice.

Oh, yeah, MBmom…..anytime I see any comment on ‘less Corinthos’, I cannot resist answering. Off with his head.
Ned and Olivia paring was bittersweet, but it needed to happen, I guess.
We do not know Darby yet.
Now Kiki is going to play a trick and have the snacks taste horrid.

Correction…parting, not pairing. Oh, what sweet sorrow!!

Couldn’t agree more that Haley Erin has turned in some great work of late. Kiki finally has a strong personality of her own and is not just some blank slate other characters write on. Also really loving the new “family” formed by Franco, Kiki and Nina with all it’s trials and tribulations. Seems like GH is working hard to establish stronger family units, given that Alexis and Julian just got a new home, the Corinthos clan is closing ranks, and Patrick and Sam are blending families.

Heartbroken by the Ned/Olivia break up but really happy DOOL allowed Wally to come back for closure

I liked the actress playing Darby but she seemed a bit too old to be a contemporary of Molly’s. She’s stunningly beautiful and I look forward to seeing her on my screen. The Olivia / Ned twist is obviously contrived due to the unavailability of Wally Kurth and, as such, it rings hollow and is unsatisfying. Long live GH!

Completely agree about the age difference between TJ & Molly, & Morgan & Darby. Darby looks like she’s a contemporary of Maxie & Lulu’s more than Molly’s classmate. Maybe she took like seven gap years between high school & college.

Ned was okay with lying about the baby dying and helping Liv convince Julian his baby was dead, but he is not okay with her pretending she adopted a baby—huh???? I get they had to find some reason to break those two apart but honestly they could have come up with a better excuse. Too bad Days always makes WK wear suits, he looked really good in jeans– As for Darby, too early to tell, but my first impression of the character was not positive. I don’t know why all soaps have such a difficult time writing for younger characters, most of all of them are dull as dirt, but I will give the story a chance to see where it goes.

I know, right, Mary SF? Lame excuse.
Furthermore where does Alexis get off trying to have Leo taken from his mother. I guess, not so surprising, since she, as Carly, is not mother of the century. Here we go again…TWO custody cases. What gall! There are a myriad of reasons Leo should stay put.
Speaking of Leo…he is such a cute, calm baby, but he does not look like either of them. Something’s off with this baby’s looks.

@CeeCee..hello Sweetness…
Leo looks like Carlos’s…Just saying.

Hi, Fanny, my love.
Right? Leo does look Hispanic….more like Sonny than Carlos. How is that possible? Olivia is fair to medium skinned and so is Julian. So, where does Leo get his coloring? He certainly does not look Italian. TPTB need to find another baby. Furthermore, Leo is supposed to be almost six months old. He does not look more than three months, at the most, to me. He should not even be wrapped in a blankie as a neonate any more. Any mother can say how a six-month old can pump his/her little legs energetically. This kid barely moves.
Oh, my, my….Fanny, I say….has Olivia been a naughty girl?

@CeeCee….Well, how else is Alexis going to provide a child for her much younger boyfriend? Not only is she too old to conceive, but probably even to adopt, and she sees Julian’s babylust as the writing on the wall! How I wish this latest plot twist would precipitate a pairing with Olivia. They make so much more sense as a couple, not just as Leo’s bio-parents, but as two highly-attractive, smoking hot individuals who are age-comparable. Perfect fit. Let the fireworks begin!

He looks as if he would be more like Dante and Valerie’s baby?

Well, Girl…tell me about it! Alexis is on a mission. Now, we are talking about a sane, intelligent woman who is head over heels in love with a mobster. She is definitely deluding herself if she thinks Julian has said bye-bye to a life of crime. Right. Sonny hides behind his ridiculous coffee importing company, or whatever-it-is. Julian hides behind what? His Art Gallery? Does Alexis think she will get extra ‘cuddles’ from Ju-Ju if she start a custody war?
I sound like a broken record, Shay, if I say so myself.
To add insult to injury, the writers are actually pushing Alexis to convince Julian to fight for custody of Leo. Now, I am not an attorney, but in what world would a judge take a baby from a perfectly good and capable mother and give him to Julian. Did Alexis and Carly have a tête-à-tête, giving each other pointers? This idiocy shouldn’t come up or be an issue. What will Alexis be alleging/contending? ….that Olivia went through great lengths to keep Leo from Julian? Any judge in his right mind would just give Olivia a slap on the wrist and a pat on the back, saying, “Golly good show”. Not real, not real, not real….I have to keep reminding myself, Shay, in order to keep my sanity. Imbecilic premise, that.
By the by, Shay….Fanny and I are questioning Leo’s ‘look’. He looks of mixed race to me. I ask how that is possible. LOL. Fanny thinks he looks like Carlos; I say he has Sonny’s coloring. I also said he looks like a neonate. The baby hasn’t aged much in almost six months. What say you? Later, bella.

Yes, how right you are, Timmm. I couldn’t put my finger on it. TPTB certainly picked the wrong baby….but, as it often happens in soaps, there will be a brand new baby in a matter of weeks. Later.

@CeeCeeGirl….Oh yes, I concur with both Fanny and you on “Leo the Bambino”…..he almost looks as if he had a bit of a “topping off” of his tan on a beach in St. Tropez during his mama-imposed vacay away from Port Charles, as opposed to being stashed in, where was it…Bensonhurst??? LOL. Not sure what the showrunners were aiming for with with that particular casting choice of “neonate,” as you so aptly put it! Hmmmm….but on that same general topic, I recently opined that Sappy’s gonna have some splainin’ to do when her offspring likewise emerges upon delivery with an uncanny resemblance to its swarthy, hirsute pappy, Carrrrr-LOS! I added that The Sapster’s dubious paternity whopper will even have to surpass Britt’s supreme porky pie lie when she adamantly insisted that Asian lab dude extraordinaire Brad had sired her extremely pale, fair-haired son, BenRocco. I still roar with laughter when I recall how Dr. Westbourne proclaimed that one with a straight face! (Of course, I was moderated on that post….I am trying to state the notion a bit more delicately this time around in hopes that this one makes it online….) Having said that, I’ve always considered Alexis to be a total hypocrite, but this latest stunt of hers just proves it….she’s blowing the whistle on a mother who tried to protect her child in the exact same manner in which Ms. Davis did when Sonny Boy was her babydaddy, but since the non-custody of this little bundle of Jerome genes threatens her non-stop post-menopausal sexapalooza jolly with Julian, the ends justify the means! (Like I previously stated, how else could she obtain a baby for her much-younger lover?) It’s all really quite sick when you think about it….talk about a woman obsessed with her own physical gratification!!!!! Lastly, perhaps you see a likeness to Sonny in Leo because you actually have this secret thing for Mr. Corinthos???? You know, you really doth protest too much when it comes to your supposed disdain of the “Dimpled Don!!!” Okay, I’m just kidding, CeeCee, but I had to run that theory by you simply for the fun of it!!!! Haha!!! Later, belissima!

Hilarious, ShayGirl.
Hmmm. You got me thinking. Maybe, I do have a ‘thing’ for Sonny, ….ummm, subconsciously? Ha…NEVER! I suppose the “doth protest too much” is a legitimate statement, considering I talk about Sonny incessantly. I need to ponder this, Shay. Regardless, I could never be attracted to a man who thinks he’s too big for his britches. You know what I think? I think he should be given a mini role….very fitting, no? HaHa….Grazie per il complimento, bellissima te, cara.

Oooooooh! I am pleased as punch that my post to you made it this time around, CeeCee! (Thank you, Mr./Ms. Moderator!) Sometimes the witty thoughts just effortlessly flow like lava from a volcano and it is such a disappointment when they fail to be shared with like-minded souls—such as yourself! At any rate,I was most surely jesting you about Sonny….he is an utterly loathsome character and I know you have far better taste than that, CeeCeeGirl! It’s just that your ongoing antipathy for him is so very amusing that I simply wanted to get a rise out you regarding “Dimples!” LOL….Keep it coming with those well-worded barbs for the “Diminutive Don”….they definitely encompass your bailiwick for all things “Corinthos!” Per quanto riguarda il mio complimento? Prego, bella!

I groaned out loud when we were introduced to Darby. Not looking forward to those story lines. There’s already too many cast members.

Shes working for Paul to get info on the Corinthos…just a guess! And now that insipid Kiki is staying with insipid Nina, maybe later for sweeps 2016 they will finally learn they are mother and daughter!

Jimh.. hi.. I believe-
she was working to get into ELQ..
Her call was made a minute after Nik hired her to work for ELQ to tell; ”I’m In” ..

Love Ned and Olivia scenes 🙁 it was Awesome, but sad.. Loving my love in the afternoon again, GH 🙂

To be honest GH doesn’t really have a lot of young actors, so Darby does have a reason for her existent almost all the young characters are related and they all can’t screw each other. As for Olivia , I feel she’s run her course, what really is the point of Olivia anymore? Yes she’s funny, but not very bright, she can’t make up her mind if she want to let a thug be her baby daddy, I would left port Charles with Ned and stayed gone, shes got money and Ned had money so no good excuse.

So, she/Darby is the actress/model the former Miss Alabama USA..
OK– so what is doing on GH ?? lol
Not good seeing one of the last Q’s exit..

((and to mention.. luv that Ron took that horrible Bronx accent away from Oliva, back when.. Ever since she is tolerable ..

Olivia’s secret is compelling ONLY because of the actress portraying her. Lisa Lociero is so amazing as Olivia. Gritty, savvy and classy at the same time. Her devotion to her children is amazing. I really like her character. Ned leaving is not a big deal to me. But watching Olivia grieve over losing him again was almost too much to bear for her. (and me as I watched her meltdown). The Darby story is of no importance at all. So a new girl for Morgan to , ummm how do I say this tactfully, hook up with? Who cares? Not one person. A tramp is always a tramp and that is definitely what Darby is coming off as. We don’t need another one. Kiki can drink her way to Lohanland and I won’t care. Her character is unlikable. The actress playing her comes off too harsh in her portrayal to the point where I don’t care what happens to that character. That is a sign of a bad actress. It’s way too one dimensional. Hopefully they move forward with this story point quickly. Same goes with the Molly chick. I mean seriously, she is so unlovable. I can’t believe she is a daughter of Alexis. Sam and Alexis are so great together but Molly and Alexis…yuck. Do us a favor and have Julian kill off Molly. She is a spoiled brat who is nice to no one, not even TJ. I can’t believe TJ is even into her. Again not impressed. But I am really happy with the direction the show is going. The only problem I can foresee is that when the Jason reveal is done where else can they go? We need something new to stir the embers. I love GH. Perfect cast for the most part. Great acting for the most part and just an overall fun experience all the time.

Since I am not a Kiki fan, the introduction of Darby into the young mix comes at a very good time. Kiki is bent on self-destruction and Morgan deserves better despite his recent actions. Kiki is a mess who needs Dr. Kevin’s immediate attention. Actually I hope the writers go ahead and realize fan speculation with a story which makes Kiki the daughter of Nina rather than Ava.

Molly has come a long way from the starry-eyed adolescent to the judgmental, unforgiving, brat. Genes will tell, and she definitely has her father’s genes. I find her relationship with TJ to be boring in the extreme. The actress and the character can manage a bigger, more dramatic storyline than Molly’s constant bitchiness at her mother’s lover and her constant propping up of TJ. Let her do something other than constantly run off at the mouth about TJ.

Hi, Engrady..
There is something to be said about the acting of a seventeen year old, comparatively speaking. Molly has grown up….somewhat. The actress is very good and beautiful. Haley/Molly is playing a College age young woman of possibly 19-21? This is all Haley can deliver. One cannot bleed a stone. She is just too young to play this role, and, it does show when she is placed next to these older players.

Morgan is detestable. Remember how he lied, connived and tricked Kiki into marrying him? Then, he sleeps with her mother/presumed aunt. In my opinion, Morgan deserves nothing less than castration and ostracization.
I know how everyone feels about Kiki ( Hayley Erin), I am not into her either, albeit I am warming up to her. Of course, there was a little resentment because I loved Kristen Alderson….but, I’m over it.
Nonetheless, Kiki has a good reason to act the arrogant, spoiled, wild child….her world has come to a halt. The person who professed to love her, to champion her, cheated on her. And, the woman who supposedly gave birth to her….the woman who would always protect her at all costs proved to be nothing more than an untrustworthy Succubus.
Lol, Engrady….I have always contented that Kiki is Nina’s. I thought I was the only one. I haven’t given up yet. How will either Nina or Kiki find this out? Oh, I don’t know….maybe Kiki gets into an accident and needs blood? ……or vice versa. This is like déjà-vu…….did I already say that? Forgive my repetitious nature…LOL. Good Night.

ANOTHER reason to hate Morgan! He gets to lock lips with a real hottie! He will bring her down to. He is a real cancer! Has anyone noticed his alleged bipolar symptoms have not acted up lately? He has not seen a doctor and he is not on meds. Did they scratch this story and just chalk up his behavior to being an azzhole? Anyway, Darby is too old to be hanging with Molly and T.J. They walked out of the Metro and she looked like their nanny! Just like the other day, Kristina and NuJoss were walking out of the chapel and they looked to be the same age! Lexi is a good actress but looks to young to be Kristina!

We could list a whole bunch of veterans GH has already lost this year and get sick to our stomachs but to me, Wally Kurth hurt the most. He is a great actor, charming and a Quartermaine! Him and Liv were pretty darn cool together. She will probably end up in a triangle with Jules and Alexis and DAYS gets to chomp on Wally Kurth sandwiches! Lucky , lucky, lucky!

So now were down to Tracy and Monica. Tracy is back burnered since Luke left and Monica must have been taken by Helena? Who knows. Her and Billy Miller shined in ONE scene and they dropped it like a hot potato! What happened to bringing the Quartermaines back! Thanks FRANK! You and your boy Ron lied!

They keep throwing Tony Geary, Maurice Bernard and for a little while Jane Elliot at us as potential Emmy nominees but I think in one scene with Billy, Leslie Charleston killed it. She deserves to be a Emmy winner like Margo Martindale was for a very small part on The Americans last year. Talk about an underrated actor. Tony Geary got praise no matter how he behaved or how stupid the performance was because it was loud and obnoxious. Monica needs to be brought back and allowed to be part of the Quartermaine family.

I agree, Leslie and Billy were phenomenal together. ONE scene! Why? Tony gets respect because he is a soap legend and the guy can act. Fluke turned out to be a bad story and Tony’s illness didnt help because the Fluke story drug so long but the black and white episode will be his reel and it will probably earn him another Emmy. Plus, he is retired and Hollywood likes to tip their hat. I dont miss Luke but I loved the character.

Yes, Lellingw.
There was a discussion, at length, I may add, what a far-reaching performance by both Leslie and Billy just in that one scene. But, the bosses are oblivious to anyone else; or so it seems. Why else are they resuscitating the “mobster” in Sonny? They should concentrate on cleaning him up…scrub the grease off his head and face before evil rises its ugly head again. Yuck!! If all that posturing and strutting, even from his wheelchair, was meant to impress us….that he’ DA MAN, did not work for me. I still liken him to a snake in the grass. Better yet, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. At least, a snake will attack without much fuss or pretense.
I sincerely hope Tony, as much as I admire his acting skill, does not get, yet, another Emmy. There are many waiting in the sidelines/periphery of all the splendor that is Tony. And, Sonny? He will not reign, King….or else! LOL.
Well, at least Tony’s would be well-deserved, if he does win. Golly Gee, even as Fluke, he outdid himself. Geary took that role and ran with it. That’s something to be admired, considering his health issues and the pain he must have endured. Anything to do with the spine causes tremendous pain. But, Sonny? Gimme a break PTB. I still cannot fathom how this guy is still forced upon the viewer as Vito Corleone, the mobster, and Rodolfo Valentino, the lover. Ratz!!!!

lol .. Ron never made a promise, just what he’d like to do.
It is NOT in Ron’s job to hire or fire.. That is FV and ABC..
Ron tried.. he got Ned back but Wally was freelancing between soaps most likely looking for the best deal, he chose Days, not by Ron’s doing he did not have power to offer Wally anything.
AJ whoever wanted to be back with BB and made deals with BB peoples that GH/ABC did know about and he just up and left/said I’m leaving ahaaa so Ron wrote him out, smacked him back dead! lol
He tried to make Michael a Q= fail, didn’t work well.
Ron brought in a quartermaine, Dillon to keep a couple of Q’s alive. And it was a good thing it was OK’d and casted or Dillon would not be.

The Q’s are so far gone there is no hope to revive them.
A pity, a shame, but it what it is..
Hope they keep trying to get Q’s back on my screen, but………………. 🙁

I didnt mention Dillon because he is a non-factor! The actor is okay. They didnt age him right. You cannot be a filmmaker and live in Port Charles. I laugh when the kids grow up in PC and “Go to College!” That means one of two things, they are either leaving the show or going to PCU which is never shown! Its a waste of time! You can be in the medical field, own a restaurant, be a cop or mobster, thats it! That story they have with his movie on the Haunted Star is horrible! It wastes the talents of Maxie and exposes the lack of talent of Dillon and Lulu!

Hi, susu.
Tell me, Girl…are you perchance, Mrs. Ron? You seem to know his mind so well. Let’s talk. Lol.

Ned is leaving but we’re stuck with a new character played by an actress who cannot act to save her life?
She’s so bad she makes Bryan Craig look like Lawrence Olivier .
But she sure is pretty!

Hilarious! And true!

General Hospital values. Audience is stupid, shallow and of no importance until the ratings go down.

lol.. Lellingw
you are part of the ”audience” hmm you’re calling yourself ”stupid, shallow and of no importance” .. ahaa!

No Su. I’m pretty sure Lellingw means this is how TPTB see us, the audience…….stupid and shallow. In other words we are of no consequence until the ratings say otherwise.

Thanks, CeCe. Of course that is what I meant. The audience doesn’t mean anything until it hits their bottom line and even then only some of us count. Broadcast survives only because cable is so expensive. If the costs were lowered, broadcast would be out on its behind. Terrible model for television show creation.

Morgan is to GH what Summer is to Y&R! I cringe everytime he appears on the screen!

So true. lol.

And once again substance is sacrificed for looks on a soap. Darby has zero chemistry with Morgan or the teen set. She looks a lot older than they do, and nobody cares about the other three why are we adding another one?

I wish Wally wasn’t leaving, I watch both GH and DOOL, and the Ned character is so much better. Hate to see the Q’s downsizing again. They can’t replace Edward, but how about bringing on a GOOD actor to play his long lost brother or something to lead the family along side Tracy, give him a wife and daughter/son and reignite the Qs

Not sure Jesica can act or if GH needs any more new characters on the canvas at this point, but boy is she stunningly gorgeous. Nothing wrong with some young eye candy on a soap in the afternoon. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes.

Hi, Adam.
Thank you for NOT saying Jesica cannot act. It just befuddles the mind how anyone can automatically give a review on this girl’s acting when she’s only been on for a whole second. Young actors/actresses need to start somewhere. And, it’s great to see vets on our screen…but, realistically, many of these actors/actresses are older and are at a time in their lives where they do not want to do it any longer. This is what makes the world go ’round. Young people need work; so why not? So what if she is Miss Alabama or Miss USA or whatever….it does not mean she can’t act. Look at Vanessa Williams!!
And, yes, her looks are beyond gorgeous. But, it seems that this is always been the crux of the matter……that is; a beautiful girl’s head is empty of anything else but lipsticks, mascara and clothes….the typical stereotype. It’s kind of old, right? As a female with a well-functioning brain, the compartamentalizing is too close to home. How dare I use my brain and think? This mentality should have made an exit with the Middle Ages. A woman can strut her stuff; her God-given assets, and still be intelligent.
Let’s all watch her for a few weeks, give her a chance , lest we lose all sense of reasoning….. then, I’ll be the first to say yea or nay. Personally, I am tired of looking at no-lips Dillon every day….he and his stupid idea of a movie in tiny-dot-on-the-map that is Port Charles. I love Maxie, but lately all I hear is that nasally, whiny complaining making painful contact with my ear drums. Then, there’s Lulu with stars in her eyes, floating in sit; well, actually…no comment. These women should get a life. Shame on the writers for making them seem to hang on to the men’s coat-tails for every little thing. Ggrrr!!
This movie idea is just too ridiculous to even contemplate. Who’s interested in a run-of-the-mill PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, overly used concept ? Later.

GH has this knack for hiring young woman with zero acting ability. There’s nothing special about her looks, so what’s the catch GH? GH should focus on the actors already established on the show and stop putting talented actors on recurring status.

Oh, Lordy, Lord. She is stunning. She has perfect features. So sorry, penny, the last thing I want to do is be rude, but, she has not been on the show nary an entire episode. How can we judge?
And, she is a real beauty….I say this without resentment because I am secure in my own skin. Nothing special about her looks? That is your opinion and entitled to it. I see something completely different.
There must be a reason why she joined the cast. I bet it’ll make more sense than bringing Dillon on stage. What’s his purpose? I thought he’d go headlong into getting ELQ back, but, no!!….he’s making a movie; of all things. This storyline is so interesting, it reels me right in. NOT!

I hear you, but on this board I’ve seen people judge new characters on just photo’s alone. You absolutely have the right to your inspection of her, but I don’t see it. If she sticks around long enough maybe she will grow on me, but for now, meh.

You know what I appreciate about people such as you, penny? The fact that we can discuss our opinions, whether we agree with each other or not, in a respectful and adult manner. Thank you.
You are right when you say she may possibly grow on those who are not into her right now. Hey, one never knows, she may surprise all of us. Lol.

I like all the characters that almost everyone that’s posted so far complained about. I LIKE Bryan Craig and his portrayal of Morgan. I think he’s a very emotive actor, good looking if not in the classical sense snd I find his character as the deeply feeling, passionate, wounded Morgan complex and dynamic.

I also like Kiki. I think Erin? Is that her name? Well anyway, the actress to be beautiful and quite convincing. I love her relationship with Franco and I hope that this new budding warming up of Kiki to Nina continues, whether or not she’s her real biological mom. I like the three of them as a family.

Franco. Roger is killing it! They’ve matured him, wrapped him up in a compassionate, protective nature and I find him very likable and sincere. Love Nina and Franco together and I’m loving Nina’s vultnerability as she tries to find normal.

Very disappointed in the brief Ned return. Ned turning his back on Olivia so abruptly and for the reason he gave is totally out of character. Ned would never have done that. He’d want to protect the baby from Julian as he did in the beginning…I doubt he’d be so disturbed by Olivia’s decision to hide Leio’s identity. He’s seen and participated in far worse as a Quartermaine. And the way he left? No emotion…almost cavalierely. Not Ned. Must’ve been one of those masked men…or that’s how they should explain it!

Too much is going on to comment on the wrong goings at GH, but in keeping on the subject of cute Leo– that adorable child looks African American- even Dante isn’t that olive toned 😉

Leo looks African American to me (mixed)

Breaking News

The Young and the Restless and General Hospital Actress and Writer, Meg Bennett, Passes Away at 75

Meg Bennett, who had played Julia Newman and later became a writer for the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless has died at the age of 75.  The news comes from her family who shared that she lost her battle to cancer back on April 11th.

Daytime fans remember fondly, Meg’s portrayal of Victor’s (Eric Braeden)first wife. Bennett joined the show in 1980, after her first soap stint for two years in the role of Liza Walton on Search for Tomorrow.

Impressed by her story notes, the late Bill Bell, then head writer of Y&R, had Meg doing double duty acting and writing on the show from 1983-1987. When he decided to write off the character of Julia, he also wanted Meg to stick around as a writer.  Not only did this begin a whole other daytime career for Bennett, but she was not done playing Julia either. Throughout the decades, Julia would still come back to Genoa City for a visit. Most recently, Y&R fans saw Julia in 2018, and again in 2020.

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Bennett also appeared on Santa Barbara and was a writer on that show as well from 1991-1993. She played the role of Megan Richardson. It was next that Meg had her longest writing stint coming to ABC’s General Hospital. Meg wrote for GH from 1993-2011.

In 1995, Bennett won her first Daytime Emmy for writing and her personal life changed after falling in love with nine-time Daytime Emmy winner, former GH head writer, Bob Guza Jr. In addition, GH also utilized Bennett for her acting skill when she was cast as the villainess Allegra Montenegro.  Meg and Bog Guza were officially married in 2004 and purchased a home once owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck.

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Additionally, Meg wrote for The Bold and the Beautiful 1987-1989 and later served as a executive story consultant to Brad Bell from 2002-2004.  She also wrote for Sunset Beach, Generations and GH: Night Shift throughout her writing career. She went on to win five WGA Awards for GH and Santa Barbara.

Meg is survived by her husband of 19 years, Robert Guza Jr., two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

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GH’s Finola Hughes Chats on Her Lead Actress Daytime Emmy Nomination, New Directions for Characters in Port Charles, and Anna’s Love Life

In four out of the last five years, General Hospital favorite, Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), has almost become a perennial nominee having once again scored a Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress for the upcoming 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Hard to believe, but Hughes won her one and only Daytime Emmy back in 1991, and has amassed a total of 11 Emmy nominations during her enduring daytime drama career. As those who have watched GH know, throughout any calendar year, you can find numerous stellar performances by Finola that could be tops on any Emmy reel.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Finola during the 10th annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Special to get her reaction to landing in the field of six fantastic women vying for gold, what scenes went on her now Emmy-nominated reel, what she thinks of how GH is shaking things up under new head writers, Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte, and the future of Anna’s love life. Here’s what she shared below.

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What scenes did you wind up submitting that landed you in the running for the Daytime Emmy in this year’s Lead Actress category?

FINOLA: The whole Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) shooting and the accident and that whole thing. Then, talking about that with Sonny (Maurice Benard), and then a bit of the breakup with Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and then finding out that Valentin had lied.

Who helped you put the reel together?

FINOLA: One of our producers at GH, Michelle Henry. We have these amazing producers. They’re sort of the unsung heroes. They’re in the booth all day when we’re shooting. They do this wonderful thing where they earmark something, if they think that it’s been a good performance. So, they just have this sort of little list (that helps come Emmy time). So, that’s how that worked with Michelle.

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Now you’ve had a string of recent Daytime Emmy nominations. Do you think GH is  writing more for your strengths in the last several years?

FINOLA:  Yes, and I think it’s become stronger recently. I think writers really take the lead sometimes from an actress or an actor who’s going through something or moving through something in their life. Maybe, that’s they were just seeing, you know, different layers and colors and so they started to write to that.  I’m not sure. It certainly felt like I’ve had some things (material) that resonated with me.

What I have loved about Anna is that she is very complex. She often wrestles with herself over her past as a double agent, or certain guilt that she carries around. It’s interesting when the lines are blurred for her and things get messy.

FINOLA:  I do well with complex and I like messy.

So, what do you think about the nominees in the Lead Actress category with you?

FINOLA:  They are great. I don’t know Annika Noelle (Hope, B&B) very well, but I hear she did wonderful work and she sent me a lovely message. Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B) I obviously reached out to, Tamara Braun (Ava, DAYS) reached out to me, and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) and I just got on the phone last night and congratulated each other on our nominations, and of course, Cynthia (Watros) is here with me at GH.

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You do like do like the fashion of it all for Emmy night, correct?

FINOLA: God, I I live for it. I’m as shallow as that. I might play some complex on television, but I’m that shallow in real life.

So, do you go by the trends of what to pick out to wear for a red carpet, or you just kind of go off what you think looks good on you?

FINOLA: I do like the trends. I really like the fact that the sleeve is having a big moment right now since the film Poor Things. It sent it into the stratosphere.

It’s been 33 years since you won your last Emmy. Do you think you’re a better actress now than when you were even 10 years ago?

FINOLA: I have no idea. It feels like a game of golf always for me, because get on set, like today, I was doing some work this morning and I just doubt myself.  I’m like, “Did I really bring it?” I do think I’m harder on myself now than I was when I was younger, because I really didn’t know what I was doing at all.  It’s a very hard question to answer. I feel like it’s different, but I’m constantly in battle with myself as to whether something works or not.

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What are your thoughts then on being Emmy-nominated, at times, for more than three decades?

FINOLA: At this point in my life, I just find the whole thing encouraging and extraordinarily sort of affirming, and sweet and lovely. It’s extraordinary to even be acknowledged. That’s the truth.

Currently, on-air, Anna is taking a harder line with Sonny. There’s been a shift.

FINOLA:  Yes. That’s been really interesting. I was talking about this with Steve Burton (Jason), and we actually were working together today. We found like this level between the two of us when it comes to Sonny. It was just really like another whole level as to what I’m doing. I think what’s happened is people’s roles in Port Charles are becoming delineated, you know, where there’s less gray. It’s like we’re sort of moving into areas, right? All of us. That’s kind of great because then you’ve got the hospital, you’ve got the police station, you’ve got the mob, you’ve got the Quartermaines you’ve got Curtis’ nightclub, and so there’s these different areas. Then, your character becomes very specific.  I had those scenes with Genie Francis (Laura) that aired the other day, and it makes sense that we are sort of waking up because unfortunately Sonny’s going through something which we don’t know about, but he’s not behaving well. So, therefore we are like, “If he would do that, then we need to wake up to that Sonny has always been like that.” But, it’s not true. Sonny hasn’t always been like that. We still deal in the gray, because we are searching for the gray in ourselves, which is interesting. And then we have to make a decision, such as, “Where do you stand? Who are you actually?” I think posing those questions to the actual characters is kind of interesting.

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Now, who’s going to be the man in Anna’s life?

FINOLA:  Well, I want to do some more stuff with James. Obviously, James and I text all the time about how we’re not working together. We all know what Valentin’s up to. However,  Anna doesn’t quite know.

I was originally thinking they might put John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) in a romance with Anna?

FINOLA: Oh, I know. I love Adam. He’s so wonderful, and so is Charles Mesure (Brennan). Obviously, Laura Wright (Carly) has been working with the two of them as well. They’re both looking like they are in love with Carly, so what can I do?  I’ll just take the leftovers. However, I’m hoping that I get to play Valentin. The thing that’s interesting is that he’s a Cassadine. His father has now passed on, so he’s now at the front of the wagon of the Cassadines. It’s in his blood. So, I don’t know what they’ll do.

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What was our family’s reaction when you told you are an Emmy nominee? 

FINOLA: We had just taped three days of a very big event on the show. I was really tired yesterday and I was sort of laying down pretending to take a nap, as I never can nap in the middle of a day. Then, Frank Valentini (EP, General Hospital) called me to say that, Cynthia Watros and myself, had been nominated for Lead Actress. So, I actually got up and I walked outside and my three kids were sort of wandering around doing kid teenage stuff. I sort of told each of them individually. I was like, “I got nominated.”  They actually said, “Congratulations!” So, I think it actually resonated through the haze of online extravaganzas that teens are looking at it.

Make sure to check out the 2024 Daytime Emmy Nominations Special from this past Friday night below, where several of this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees stopped by the Michael Fairman Channel to share their reactions and more on going for gold come June 7th.

Now let us know, are you happy Finola was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Series? Who do you hope Anna winds up with romantically down the line on GH under new head writers, Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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‘Knots Landing’s’ Donna Mills and Joan Van Ark Reunite for Los Angeles Ballet Season 18 Gala

The women from the the cul-de-sac at Seaview Circle, stepped out last week as the Los Angeles Ballet celebrated its season 18 gala with ceremonies at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The evening was hosted by LAB staunch supporter, Donna Mills (ex-Abby, Knots Landing, ex-Madeline, General Hospital).  The Emmy Award-winning actress met up with her dear friend and former on-screen rival and co-star, Joan Van Ark (ex-Val, Knots Landing, ex-Gloria, The Young and the Restless) as well as her daughter, Chloe Mills, on the red carpet prior to the start of the evening.

This year’s LAB gala honorees included: Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Emmy, and Grammy nominated composer and pianist Kris Bowers, plus accomplished attorney and Los Angeles Ballet Board Chair, Jennifer Bellah Maguire. The honorees each received Angel Awards for the extraordinary contributions they have made to the arts, LAB and the city of Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Ballet is known for classical, contemporary, romantic and neoclassical ballets, for pioneering new works and for presenting relevant works by many of today’s most innovative dance-makers. LAB’s original production of The Nutcracker is an annual holiday favorite for Los Angeles residents and regional, national and international visitors.

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Led by Artistic Director Melissa Barak, LAB performs in multiple theater venues across LA County including The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Royce Hall at UCLA, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. As part of its mission, LAB wants to expand people’s knowledge of and nurture a love for ballet.

Longtime fans of Donna Mills also know that when early in her career she was a dancer. In fact, when she got her first soap opera gig as a nightclub singer named “Rocket” on Secret Storm, Mills was shocked.

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In a 2015 interview with Smashing Interviews Magazine Donna recounted, “I’m not a singer. I was a dancer. Why they chose me to be a nightclub singer, I have no idea, and I actually sang on the show.”

So, glad to see Donna and Joan stepping out together in support of the Los Angeles Ballet? Miss Knots Landing’s Abby and Val? Let us know via the comment section below.

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