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General Hospital Featured On HLN's Showbiz Tonight on How It's Getting a Facelift! – Watch the Sneak Peek!

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General Hospital will be featured tonight on a special segment of HLN’s, Showbiz Tonight airing at 11PMEST/PST.  After nearly five decades on daytime TV, GH  is making some changes to stay relevant and Showbiz Tonight goes behind the scenes of the lone ABC soap to learn the secret to its longevity.

The series executive producer, Frank Valentini, opens up about drawing in modern viewers, while cast-members thank the show’s loyal fan base and talk about the demands of working in daytime including: Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Kristen Alderson (Starr)

You can watch a sneak peek of the entire segment from HLN.com after the jump, and then let us know if what Valentini, Hughes, Grahn and Alderson are saying is translating to the screen for you.  Is GH feeling more modern?  Do you like the changes that have been made?  Let us know!

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Sean
Sean

YES!!!!!! I LOVE GH! ITS THE BEST SHOW EVER…

Sally
Sally

GH is better than it’s been in quite a long time. I am a fan of 34 yrs. The good stories are back and the characters seem more excited. And exciting. I think all the actors have stepped up their game to save our soap, I am very pleased. I’m glad Frank V is here also.

Sean
Sean

I AGREE!!! Thanks Sally..for being a SMART GH Fan!

James
James

As a fan of General Hospital for the past 23 years I don’t think anything revolutionary is taking place. GH had a distinct personality of it’s own and it’s transforming into OLTL. This is NOT a bash of OLTL at all and I give Frank Valentini credit for coming in with a passion to make things work. Personally I always felt OLTL was more campy, cliche, and over the top soapy. I’m seeing that a bit in GH now and that’s not the GH I’ve known for almost the entire 23 years I’ve been watching. My point is shows have personalities. GH and OLTL were like night and day. I feel like GH is under hypnosis and just acting differently! I’m still entertained. I just prefer Riche/Labine and Guza on his good days to this regime. Never a fan of JFP, she was always as good as her head writer and not hands on enough creatively.

Misty
Misty

Agreed!!!

Misty
Misty

Thank you for stating exactly what I was thinking. I had been a GH fan most of my entire 49 years until Guza turned it dark and the new regime made it OLTL. So sad. Relevant? Let’s keep it simple and just make it good again!

Kyla
Kyla

I agree 100% I also have been watching about 20 yrs, I miss how it was my teenage daughter and her friends dont watch anymore and that is the age they want to hook , i feel like its oltl now , and i feel oltl got cancelled for a reason it shows through now, i liked GH for so many years because it wasnt soapy and it was fast paced, now it is slow and very soapy plus i hate the character assasinations , Johnny , Jason to name a few i actually call the comment line often you should too, one thing about the ne Producer is he cares what the fans wants, he means well

brenda
brenda

Totally agree. GH isn’t the same show. I don’t think the new writers are doing anything that great and the ratings aren’t up much either.

sharon
sharon

Modern? No, it’s just plain terrible. If anything, I wish GH would be more like it was in the 1980s and early 1990s. It had heart. It had balance. It was about love and romance. Family and friendships. You can do a modern twist on these themes. If you have a talented writer and commitment from ABC that is…GH has neither.

What do I see instead? I see a poor man’s Sopranos — still – in spite of the bad ratings. And, I see a show with a confused identity (too many OLTL characters on the show…and this is spoken by a OLTL fan…and the wrong ones…the only one worth watching is John McBain and his character is being dragged through the mud! He needs Natalie and Liam with him!).

Soaps used to be character-driven drama. Now it’s plot for plot sake and the characters are secondary or tertiary. I miss the days when I would run home to watch my shows and get lost in the drama for hours. I don’t see that on my TV screen any more and it makes me so sad.

GH does not have an issue of being dated. It has an issue of lack of creativity. Lack of heart. Lack of quality character-driven storytelling and so much more. Not being modern is the least of its problems.

James
James

Couldn’t have said it better! It had heart, exactly.

Lisa28
Lisa28

Sharon, you are absolutely right on al counts and if we speak for more fans, which i know to be the case, then why are we not heard? I just don’t get it.

Hope
Hope

Yes….well said.

kay/kay
kay/kay

All I know is that was the quickest pregnancy for a woman Sam I have seen in a long time no way was she ready to have the baby is that why we brought Tea over. I could have done without that storyline! RC& FV swear this DID storyline was in the works but it seems like the same pattern as Jessica/Nikki. And Patrick should not be backburnered just because Robin died get him involved with Liz then when Robin does come back you have him in love with two women. The character of Ewen is nice looking not feeling the spark with Liz. I liked OLTL too but how do you move those characters to PC without telling their backstory and a lot of GH fans are not familar at all with OLTL if they did not watch. A double edge sword I guess!

MK
MK

it has turned into OLTL and GH combined, which I have no problem with. But it still needs is Heart that is Bringing back as many Q’s starting with Alan. Bobbie is needed. Audrey needs to be there to celebrate 50 yrs to remind people of the legacy of Steve Hardy. Robert and Laura need to leave Y and R and come back with Scotty. Bring Back Lesley and put her in a story with Monica competing for Rick or Jeff. Add Heather too. Pair Edward with Audrey or Helena. Hire more Doctors than mobsters.

Bring back Lucas and give him a love story.

susan M.
susan M.

I AGREE WITH YOU 100%…………We do need a love story or two…………..What about Jeff Weber??????????Audrey’s sister Luiclle………If she is still around.. Like the changes they have made on GH..The oltl writers are WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work..Again, would like to see more romance stories on Gh & suspense…

eve henley
eve henley

what is really going on,Ijust dont understand why would u alou two crazy poeple to mess the show up todd and heather what! please. I dont like lulu chacrecter nor johnnyslet alone curly shes pthic.why did you put starr on the show,I didnt like her acting onoltl,it just a mess

curacaoman
curacaoman

Sharon, you are nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for this comment. Very well put!

janet
janet

Exactly. I know I shut the sopranhos light off for years, Jon jacksons lucky brought mme back.They ruined his character again. Now I stayed to see Fionala and Roberts return,they ruined Robert. I am staying to see if it has changed. I do not like the mob stories.
I don’t mind the OLTL actors McBain has given us something to watcxh.
Ift the show goes back to all things Sonny,jason and Carley I am gone. These three have eatyen the show.
I love to watch Love IN the Afternoon.

David
David

It is not plain terrible. It has gotten better. I don’t think the writers can just throw out “the Soprano” aspect; I do like the modifications of the Sonny, Jason, etc’s characters — their actions now have direct consequences, and more characters have a storyline. The acting has gotten better. I enjoy the Sam and MCBane pairing and hopefully, lligtening will strike again as with Luke and Laura. Who did not love Luke and Laura.

But if I recall back in the day, GH was about to get cancelled until JFP started writng. Let’s watch and hope for the best. I was actually surprised with the baby switch storyline. I don’t run home anymore after school but it’s getting better.

Ray
Ray

Anthony Geary, Finola Hughes, Jane Elliott, these are talented actors who I’m in awe of and for me it’s just a joy to watch them excel at their craft. They all amaze me every day. GH has been incredible since Valentini took over!

pink
pink

GH has gotten worse and is worse now then it has ever been.I HATED OLTL and do not want to see those dumb characters on GH.They need to go back to the way it was BEFORE the OLTL crew came in and brought down the quality of the show.It use to stand out in daytime because of the acting and the MOB S/L. Now they have all these BAD actors from OLTL and s/l they copied from OLTL and it is now just another cheesey stupid soap.

ricardo
ricardo

general hospital needs to fire some actors. get rid of sonny ewen and jason. they need to clean house before general hospital is cancelled. bring back alan emily aj and vanessa marcil. people do come back from the dead. i am so sick of the sonny show. maurice benard is a good actor, but the mob story has ruined general hospital to shreds. we need more love and romance in the afternoon. get rid of the stupid mob story. if i want to see gangsters kill each other. i will watch the sapranos or the godfather. the producers of general hospital are not listening to us fans. bring back jackie zeman as bobbie spencer. she is a wonderful actress. starr manning needs to go as well. she is very annoying. i loved her on one life to live. but she does not belong on general hospital. i would rather have bobbie spencer. i want general hospital to stay on the air. but the producers need to make more changes . if they don’t. gerneral hospital will be cancelled.

David Larsson
David Larsson

It feels like a modern day “The Sopranos”, if that’s what they mean. GH and American soaps in general, aren’t modern. They use the same old ridiculous plots all the time. The writers write what they like, not what the audience wants to see. They hardly connect with the audience any more. It’s all just one big mess at the moment.

Also, why did they pick Kristen Alderson for this segment? Was Leslie Charleson, Jane Elliot, John Ingle, etc. not available?

SZima
SZima

I agree with the Kristen Alderson statement…WTF?? She’s just joined the show; what can she possibly say to shed any light on anything?

Starr is just an annoying character that has no business on this show…at all! Of course now it looks like she’s going to be a featured player in the Haunted Star(r) story line. KILL ME NOW!

susan M.
susan M.

Sorry, I li.ke Starr ..I just don’t find her annoying character not in the least..I am happy to see her on GH…….Give the girl a chance……….I find Kristina annoying & a brat …………………………………

Rodd
Rodd

I heard terrible things about GH before Frank and Ron took over. That’s when I started watching and I’m enjoying it. So glad.

ricardo
ricardo

i forgot to mention big rumour franco is alive. he will be back on general hospital very soon. my prediction liz’s son jake is alive. franco has jake.

barbara t
barbara t

PLEASE, tell me, you are kidding? The last person I want to see in Port Charles is that Franco guy. No more Franco, I am so glad that Jason killed him as far As I am concerned he helped to kill general hospital not save it. Lets hope it is a rumor.

Christine
Christine

Yuck. That would mean that Franco has Robin, Hope, and other “supposedly dead” people too. I am with barbara t, I like James Franco, but please, no more of his Franco character. Let him stay dead. If he wants to do flashbacks, fine.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree……Didn’t like Franco at all….Stay away Franco!!!!!!!

Dan
Dan

Wow, so much negativity on here. It’s almost like some of you are watching another show.

This is the way I feel. GH was pretty terrible not too long ago, and I had lost interest to the point that I was close to not watching anymore after 17 years. Jill Farren Phelps, Bob Guza, and later Garin Wolf, pretty much ruined the show, in my opinion.

But I love it since Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati took over. I don’t think they’ve turned it into OLTL at all. I think the OLTL characters that they’ve brought in have fit in very nicely with the GH characters. They’ve made some formerly boring GH characters exciting again. They brought back fan favorites like Finola Hughes, Robin Mattson, and Kristina Wagner.

Is everything they’ve been doing working perfectly? No. I can’t stand the new Kristina, and the reality TV show storyline. But I just know I look forward to watching the show every day again, and it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that. It used to be a chore to watch, but now it’s fun again.

barbara t
barbara t

Dan , you are so right, I pretty much said the same thing, Please Read my post below, I enjoyed reading yours it’s nice to see I have friends here that agree with my love for one life to live and how their characters are not taking over general hospital they are blending in with our favorites from Port charles, stories can only get better. I love general hospital again. I have a few things I am not happy with, Jasons behavior to Poor Sam and newkristina when she is on I feel like someone is taking their nails and moving them across a blackboard, If we were happy with ever story things would get boring and I wouldn’t be able to come here and complain. I say thank you Ron and FRank, thank you for making general hospital watchable again for me I don’t take any afternoon naps any more while gh is on, that says a lot. This fan is Loving general hospital and I am happy.

Elhu
Elhu

Dan, I too enjoy the work of Frank and Ron since they took the helm at GH, and I also think the OLTL crossovers are blending in quite well, not too overstated, and it definitely works for me, and I also enjoy the return of Finola Hughes, Kristina Wagner and while Robin Mattson’s Healther makes me furious, that is simply proof of the pudding, that she is playing her part to a tee. I also am not a fan at all of the new Kristina “reality show” storyline, it is my guess that this might be one of the plots to draw in the “modern viewers” (possibly meaning the younger viewers), but imo, that is not working at all. I am not too thrilled with the new Kristina, but it is never easy to jump into a pre-existing, beloved character, especially with a “not so terrific” storyline, so I am certainly willing to give her a chance, and I think she will also work in the long run. I was also happy to see your positive post, as well as the other uplifting thoughts of others, as some of the negative comments seemed to have more than meets the eye to them, so you have to take them with a grain of salt. I have been a devout ABC Soap Fan (AMC, OLTL and GH) for over 35 years, and was sad (and am still sad) to see both AMC and OLTL go, but I am very happy to see GH making huge strides in the right direction – thanks Frank and Ron. I do hope that we see a quick end to the Sam/Tea Baby switch, and that JaSam can finally have a happy ending with THEIR son. I also want the reality show storyline to go away. Do not get me wrong, I watch several reality shows on TV, but this one infused into GH is not happening for me, that is only my opinion though. Much good luck to GH for a long and happy future on ABC and happy viewing Dan and everyone!!!!

Kyla
Kyla

Thats you, Dan I think you are obviously in the minority , go on message boards, twitter , fb everyone is angry it seems , i think GH brought in a different kind of Fan base then the other soaps that are gone for instance i knew alot of men and teens who watched it, they dont now though

Michael
Michael

Here’s what I’d like to know: When is Y&R gonna get a facelift huh?! Start with firing its gawd-awful Executive Producer/Head Writer Maria “Hackarena” Bell, and her two co-chokers, Scott Hamner and Hogan “Tub of Lard” Sheffer! Pare that cast down considerably, give the sets a new makeover and start paying its veterans what they’re really worth instead of bringing in some D-List actors who we don’t care about and start airing the brand new opening sequence already! It’s been long enough!

ethel
ethel

i am laughing hysterically while reading your post but you know what – it is so on point!

Christine
Christine

Other than the fact that it probably belongs in a Y&R thread, :-), we probably will not see any real changes to Y&R until (sadly) it is in hot water like GH has been. It will depend on whether Sony and CBS want to continue. If CBS doesn’t and Sony does, then you might see some real changes because you better believe Sony will do whatever they can to keep their show.

I never thought in a million years that Sony would have pulled off the deal they got for DAMAGES with Directv, but they did.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I’m really enjoying GH now and am glad to see them get some mainstream media attention.

D
D

People can say what they want but if Valenti would not have taken over GH would have been cancelled. So although the OLTL stuff may be weird it was ultimately the fans from OLTL and GH that came over to give it the numbers and viewers to stay on the air.

Kyla
Kyla

why was oltl cancelled then if he is so great?

barbara t
barbara t

Because abc want’s OUT of the soap business. And I agree with d about valenti, Yes he is that great. If it wasn’t for the one life to live fans boycotting that awful show that replaced our soap general hospital would be gone, when katie takes over the general hospital spot in september, it still may be gone.

susan M.
susan M.

Be positive GH will STAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

curacaoman
curacaoman

Never knew rethreading (lousy) old stories was a way to draw in new viewers. Another deluded IIC

curacaoman
curacaoman

I’ll give Valentini this: the show’s production values are awesome. Now he just needs a creative writer. Maybe he could hire one of Univision’s or TeleMundo’s?

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

Wow..how quickly the fans turn! Just having Guza & JFP out on their tush still makes me giddy with excitement. Sure, the new GH isn’t perfect but it’s still on the air and we should be grateful. If GH gets canceled, I so don’t want to hear the mega whining from the same fans that are whining now in this column. Some of you are very nasty . Let’s face it, the glory days of GH…and all soaps in general are kaput. I blame execs like Frons hiring inept creative people to purposely kiill their shows. If you think GH is horrible now, then please do us all a favor and tune out. Use that negativity on something else…I can’tt or won’t be beaten down by your hate any longer. Even if GH was perfect, it wouldn’t guarantee a long life either. Frank & Ron have done a great job in bringing back former faves and giving momentum to the storytelling. They were left with dust and had to make it work…quickly. I’m just happy it’s still on the air.

barbara t
barbara t

Robbyrob, I agree.

Christine
Christine

Robbyrob, you make some excellent points, but they are probably falling on deaf ears … for some.

Unfortunately, I learned when I was 16 and started my first after school job that those who have been around with old regimes (read: the older people I worked with at the time) with always yearn for their so-called glory days. It doesn’t matter what you give them in the present, they will always like their former management, etc. I am actually starting to think that the majority of people actually feel better if they can sit around and complain.

Then you have those just tuning in who LOVE what is on their screens as is. One’s man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

While I may not be exactly “enamored” with “everything” that is playing out on GH these days, there is a helluva lot that I am enamored with. I left a few years ago because they mismanaged Sarah Brown’s return as Claudia. Then I tried again with Vanessa Marcil, but that was wasted. I didn’t stick around past her reunion with Sonny because it was just too boring to me. I think James Franco, a talented movie and television actor, was positioned to prominently and for too long on GH. It grew tiresome. I liked Megan Ward as Kate, but I have to admit that giving Kelly Sullivan a real MEATY story like DID (however campy it may be) has actually given her something to do and makes her someone I look forward to watching.

And then there are the returns of Finola Hughes, Kristina Wagner, and last, but certainly NOT least, Robin Mattson as Heather. They messed up Tristan Rogers return, but I am not too broken hearted because his chemistry with Jess Walton on Y&R is off the charts and, I believe he will be back to GH at some point and they will fix it.

I do believe that they are phasing out of the mob focus, if ever so slowly. I mean unless you do a DALLAS with Bobby in the shower or have some tornado blow in and sweep up all the mobsters, it isn’t going to happen over night. Mobsters or not, I still think the players involved deserve a spot on the screen.

Now they just need to bring Robin back and have her reunite with her husband and daughter. I think that would make a lot of people happy.

Lisa
Lisa

The show is getting fun to watch again, with classic soap opera story lines and plots. Using the much loved characters from the 80’s and from other shows and mixing them with the current characters is going to open up a huge audience of loyal viewers, both old and new. Clearly the new people in charge understand this.

barbara t
barbara t

I have watched general hospital for 49 years hopefully we will make it to the 50th anniversary. The abc soaps were always my favorite ryans hope, loving, port charles, all my children, one life to live, general hospital. Loosing all of these wonderful shows was for me devastating but the biggest loss for me and still is was one life to live the day that soap went off the air it broke my heart so having just a few of my characters on general hospital makes my day I like to know that landview is still there, and I can see Star, John, todd, Tea, and soon Blair go on to live in Port Charles. So this One life to live, general hospital fan is grateful there is room for these wonderful characters I grew to love on another soap, They are blending in beautifully with the characters I love in Port charles. I see no problems. General hospital is watchable again I can’t wait to tune in every day. Ron and Frank are doing everything they can to keep our soap running I wish I could visit both soaps but I can’t because abc doesn’t want them anymore, I just wish everyone who never watched one life to live to give us fans who did a little time to visit with our precious stars from landview they aren’t taking over, general hospital is general hospital not one life to live they are newbes with the same names they had from another soap so what, newbes come to soaps all the time. I think we should come to this understanding I don’t trust abc and we still could loose our last remaining soap, Lets watch it and be grateful we still have it for now and do everything we can to keep it.

brian
brian

Hi Barbara T. it’s your friend from Canada. I could not agree with you more. GH is very watchable.. and I love the blend of the OLTL cast into it. I wish that Vicki would make an appearence since GH is doing the DID story.. what better way to introduce her to GH. Viki did meet Luke in the “what if ” series so… let’s hope she shows up soon.

barbara t
barbara t

Hi Brian, I would also like to see Vicki move to port charles, Roxy to, I can name several more but that is when I get the I hate one life to live fans saying we are asking for more and more. But Vicki is a must I love her and I hope that she wins the emmy, I think it would be a good Idea to bring her on because of Kate/connies did .remember she wrote a book so our Victoria can come to the Port charles book store and sign autographs. Roxy can be her assistant then she can go to spencers dinner to run the place, There hasn’t been anyone running that place in a while they go there but who is cooking the chile and chowder and brewing the coffee? No one. She may be a good hairdresser but I can see her now asking for a side order of cheezy fries.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with Viki & Roxy coming to Port Charles & a few others TOO..

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with barbara t……..Bring Viki & Roxy & some others..

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

well said, Barbara t

Tanya
Tanya

I LOVE GH! Let’s support it so it stays on another 50 years.

susan M.
susan M.

I AGREE WITH YOU TOTALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ChrisCat
ChrisCat

So glad to see an ABC soap get some Media love! Love what has been happening with the characters and stories on GH. While no show is perfect I think GH is the best soap on tv today. Though I will forever miss AMC and OLTL GH is helping fill the void. I enjoy the writing of RC he adds just the right amount of humor. Hey just in case MBMom reads this….hi. I saw where you are going to Loving Landview! So jealous! I will check back to see how it went. If you see Roxy tell her hey from a fan! LOL I will skim through the post on the other site just to read your posts and a couple others. But so tired of listening to someone tear down a show they don’t even watch based on spoilers and other peoples posts…..Take care!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

hi, I noticed that the Michael Easton won’t be at Loving Llanview now. Instead Tuc Watkins will be there. I love Tuc Watkins, but I wonder if that means something storywise? I’m still excited!

Debi
Debi

Confused. Why is hln promoting GH other than for the viewership on hln the night of the Emmys…still something seems off. jmo

barbara t
barbara t

I watch hln in the evening for the nancy grace show and Issues, With jane v michell. SInce it came out that they would be televising the emmys hln has been putting a lot of ads on all there shows, they are advertizing all over the place even on tnt last night during dallas, that surprised me.

Debi
Debi

Also action speaks louder than words. Lets see the change/transformation.
I haven’t seen it yet. GH is better, it has a long way to go still……..

aria
aria

I believe FV and RC are a better fit for GH then the previous regime, however, they need to upgrade their material, stop recycling oltl material and stop being over the top and campy, it doens’t work over long haul, just look at passion and oltl. I do love the crossover and all the fave that have return, that they’ve done right, still, as far as storyline go, everything still feels the same, which the show could do more hospital stuff, like grey’s anatomy, and less crazy characters, Heather, and Kate can be to much sometimes.

Christy
Christy

great video! Thanks Michael! I’ve noticed the quickened pace, cramming a lot more show (and commercials) into the same time slot. Have noticed the sets have been getting updated as well — yesterday when Michael and Star were on the docks, I noticed new paint and trim behind them, as well as the layered sounds of the dock – birds and boat motor type of sounds. Nice touch. Of course the hospital has been loooking better for a while now, but it seems we keep getting more touches that make it and the police station ‘more real’. Awards and certificates on the wall, office supplies on the desks, people walking thru the background — even that vending machine in the hospital. I wonder if any of these touches are actual working pieces. Heck if you have a vending machine for the cast & crew, might as well use it as a prop for the show!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

HLN is giving massive coverage to the upcoming daytime emmys on tv, online and social media. They seem genuinely excited about airing the show. Wish they had been airing it for the last few years. Props to HLN!

Michael
Michael

The biggest change with GH is that it is not all mob all the time. Sonny and Jason (and Matt) and others actions have consequences, including Johnny who, one would hope, would be torn apart by his actions (which doesn’t mean his character can’t survive–just that he remains a human being by having the capacity for guilt which sonny lost a long time ago).
Some of this is working–finola hughes, tracy, even alice–long, long term fans should be happy
Heather is over the top–but a true sociopath is certainly a soap tradition (and its less over the top than barrages of bullets)
They need to stop killing children–don’t get why anyone sees this as entertaining
but its on an upswing and I hope it gets to steak around–to be truthful, I tuned in to check out the OLTL characters–but stayed to see Luke redeemed and funny again, finola, and have been blown away by how good sam and johnny have been with their new stories

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

Photo: ABC

In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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GH's William deVry Teases That Julian Will Hit The Sheets Twice: But With Whom?

Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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