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General Hospital Fan Club Weekend

General Hospital Fan Club Weekend
by Michael Fairman

General Hospital logoThis year’s General Hospital Fan Club Weekend was held July 16th- 20th at the Airtel Hotel in Van Nuys, California, a new venue for the biggest gathering of fans dedicated to the mobsters, doctors, nurses, and citizens of Port Charles.

Saturday afternoon, the official General Hospital Fan Club Luncheon was held and it produced quite a turn out from the cast including: Steve Burton (Jason), Laura Wright (Carly), Ingo Rademacher (Jax), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Jason Thompson (Patrick) Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Brandon Barash (Johnny) among others. During the fan fest, the attendees got the opportunity to ask questions from the stellar cast. One question in particular for actress/author Carolyn Hennesy stood out. When asked, “What literary works would the best-selling children’s author title some of the Port Charles residents?” Hennesy said, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” for Carly, and “Fear of Flying” for Kate, and “The Picture of Dorian Gray” for Jax, to name a few. The crowd loved Carolyn’s quick-witted responses.

Later, Fan Club President Debbie Morris presented the annual fan club awards given for the actors’ individual achievement, and their popularity with the fan base. And the winners were: Lead Actress: Laura Wright (Carly) Lead Actor: Steve Burton (Jason) Best Couple: Scrubs- Patrick and Robin Supporting Actress: Carolyn Hennesy (Diane) Supporting Actor: Jason Thompson (Patrick) Best Younger Actress: Kirsten Storms (Maxie) Best Younger Actor: Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) Villainess: Constance Towers (Helena) and Favorite New Actress: Lisa LoCicero (Olivia). After receiving their awards and finishing up that part of the program, the actors broke-off for autograph signings for the rest of the afternoon, at different stations throughout the venue.

Many of the stars also had their own individual fan events held throughout the weekend including: Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Bradford Anderson, Sarah Brown (Claudia) plus many more. Megan Ward (Kate) held her very original “Recessionista” brown bag fan event for her “Meganites” fan base. Michael Fairman introduced the actress having been speaking with many of them through his many radio appearances. The group has been concerned for the actress’s lack of airtime. In the middle of Megan’s event, co-star Greg Vaughan (Lucky) made a surprise appearance and announced to the attendees that he and his wife are expecting their second child. Earlier during the GH Fan Club Luncheon Q&A, when asked by a fan, “Who would Megan like to see Kate get romantically involved with?” The actress, said, “Lucky!” and Voila’, the man himself joined her for part of her fan fest and the crowd went crazy with excitement.

Debbie Morris, the GH Fan Club President had this to say about this year’s event. “I was quite happy this being our first year at the new venue. There was a great turn out of the cast. The actors are troupers, they stayed till the end. There were a lot of new fan attendees this year and that is always exciting. When asked about all the different individual soap star events surrounding the weekend, Morris doesn’t’ feel that it takes away from her main event, but enhances it. “We were the pioneers on how these fan weekends are structured, and the other shows followed suit. The great thing about the smaller individual events it gives the actor more time to address their fan bases, which are very vocal and passionate.”

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Maurice Benard (Sonny) was unable to make the GH fan fest because he was working on a feature film. Morris said, “Maurice is one of my biggest supporters. This is only the second year he has not attended the event. The only other time was when he had to be taken to emergency room. But this was also the first time in six years that Ingo Rademacher (Jax) came, and I was thrilled for me and for the fans!”

Make sure to check out On-Air On-Soaps video interview gallery with the stars of GH that were in attendance!

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GH’s Michael Easton and Finola Hughes Deliver the ‘Power Performances of the Week’

It was an emotional week of episodes on General Hospital as the double-wedding of Finn (Michael Easton) and Anna (Finola Hughes), and Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) took a double nose-dive.

Each installment left us wondering if either couple would actually get hitched, but when Finn and Anna were the first to combust and not Peter and Maxie, it set the stage for two beloved soap veterans to once again, remind us all, why they are always at the top of the game when required to play high drama that tugs at the heartstrings.

In story, Finn is gut-punched, (and no one can play that better than Michael Easton), when Anna reveals that she knew that Peter was not her biological son and had done all the horrific deeds he has been hiding, in an effort to stop Maxie from marrying Peter.  When Finn realizes Anna confided in Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and they were working together to bring Peter down it was too much for him to take.

Finn walks out on their wedding.  Alone and with tears welling up in his eyes, Finn feels his chance at love is dashed again.  Add to the fact, he has DNA results to prove if he is Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father and not his brother, or not, and the guy has been through the wringer of late.

As for Anna, she has literally imploded her own life, while trying to save others, after realizing the error of her ways; constantly putting her faith in Peter.  When she comes to visit Finn, she knows no matter what she says to Finn it looks bad.  She sees how she has hurt him, and hopes they can still repair their now fractured relationship, but she has to stop Peter and help her God-daughter, Maxie from making the biggest mistake of her life, so she leaves him to go back to the scene of the double-wedding.

Later in the week, Anna shares a heartfelt scene with her ex Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers), whom she knows she can have an honest conversation knowing her life of espionage and their shared history.  Meanwhile, Jackie (Kim Delaney) and Finn’s pull is there as well, as it appears Jackie’s attraction to Finn still remains all these years later when he visits her shortly after being blindsided by Anna at the nuptials.

Throughout the week, Easton and Hughes played all the nuances of their character’s emotional life, as the audience witnessed which just might be the end of the line for Finn and Anna.

For all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV names Michael and Finola’s work, The Power Performances of the Week.

So, let us know, what did you think of what happened to Finn and Anna? The double-wedding fiasco? Did you enjoy Michael and Finola’s scenes? Comment below.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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WATCH: Maurice Benard & Friends In ‘The Birthday Bash’ – The Movie

Now here’s a way to celebrate your birthday! Having lots of fun with your friends filming a project and making your directorial debut! That’s just what two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) has done.

On his “State of Mind” You Tube Channel, Benard dropped the birthday video which includes many of his friends and family members.

Benard shared: “You’ve probably heard me say that this year I wanted to do something for the fans on my birthday. Well now the time has come to reveal my special project. It was fun to see a lot of my friends acting outside of the box and I want to thank each of them for being so willing to join me in this adventure no questions asked.”

Look for: Maurice Benard, Carlos Avila, Victoria Gotti, Ian Buchanan, Réal Andrews, Steve Burton, Majid Raees, Dominic Zamprogna, Kin Shriner, Joshua Benard, Paula Benard, Jeff Kober, Bryan Craig, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Jim Warren and Buddy the Goat to all make appearances.

Watch Maurice Benard & Friends in “The Birthday Bash” below.  Then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section.

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