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Is General Hospital’s Gio Going to be the New Young Man in Trina’s Life?

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General Hospital has big shoes to fill with the departure of Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer Cassadine), plus the popularity of the couple “Sprina” as played by Chavez and Tabyana Ali (Trina).

Viewers may have been given a glimpse into the future and GH’s summer storylines when on Thursday’s June 6th episode, Trina laid eyes on Gio Palmieri (Giovanni Mazza). In story, Joss (Eden McCoy) sorta pushes Gio into the Metro Court pool fully clothed after it’s revealed that Gio is one of the new pool attendants.

Just as he is getting out of the water, who should he see but Trina. Gio asks for an introduction to her friend, and Joss introduce Trina  Gio also reveals he’ll be going to PCU in the fall, which means hopefully Trina and him could be seeing more of each other.

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Knowing he that Gio is a violinist, Trina tells Gio that she works at an art gallery and that they are actually planning an event soon and could use some music that won’t distract from people’s conversations. Gio says he is definitely interested and asks Trina if he can give her his number. Trina smiles.

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Speaking with Soap Opera Digest Giovanni Mazza said of a potential Trina/Gio pairing, “She’s (Trina) interested in who Gio is and wants to know more about him, just as he wants to know about her, and I think we’ll develop a great connection on the show. I feel like there’s so much that could happen and could blossom out of our relationship, and I’m excited to know where the story goes. As a fan of the show, I also want to know what’s going to happen next!”

So, would you be down for a Gio and Trina burgeoning romantic storyline? Comment below.

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Yessssss

The second-hand embarrassment over scenes like this is off the charts.

Has GH EVER been this bad before? Even Lucy and her duck was better than this.

(Side note: why does the entire town seemingly get to use the pool, when they’re not staying at the hotel?)

I often wondered ab

The MC pool is an easy way for them to show off some of the actors’ finer bodies.

As it’s the only pool set, it does make it awkward when people like the Quartermaines hang out there. At least they had Willow explain why Wiley liked it better, but what was Drew’s reasoning? Was he taking a work break?

He’s a very handsome young man and reminds me somewhat of Nicholas Chavez. I’m not sure when the casting happened, but if they knew Chavez was not coming back why didn’t they just recast him as Spencer?

It’s highly likely the show thought Chavez would be coming back for a few months to finish his contract. What we’re seeing on screen now was probably written in February or Marc, when it was assumed Chavez would return.

he seems too young for Trina

I thought he looked younger when his photos were passed around before he appeared onscreen (they may have been older photos). But seeing him actually interact with the actresses playing Trina and Joss, they all look like contemporaries and he fits right in.

I don’t think so; I still think he looks too young. They should have brought Emma back for him. She’s 18, he’s 19, and those two could have been going to college together. Joss and Trina should be graduating at this point.

The actor just turned 19 last month and I think Taby is 21/22. On the show they made a point of saying he’s 21.

Ditto!!!

Yes ! 100% plus he is very charismatic.

Probably, because GH can’t help but push black/white couples. Is Drew going to wind up with Jordan? So far Trina has fallen for Cam, then Spencer, and now Gio? For all their diversity, why don’t they bring on a young black actor/character, for Trina? The choice the show is making is an obvious one, as are many other shows and TV commercials. And for me, it just turns me off to the couple from the start, because of its intent.

And how did Gio suddenly go from being Brook Lynn and Lois’s cousin to Olivia’s nephew?

So us interracial families (been married for 20 years to a wonderful white man) are not allowed to see themselves represented on tv when white/white and black/black couples have always been featured as n entertainment. So you’re telling me that the world doesn’t not fits into one type of box. I can’t hear you. Speak up louder for those of us interracial weirdos in the back!!!

Please Rebecca. Lmao. All you would do if they brought on another Black character is complain about how there are too many Black characters. Let’s be honest here. If this show causes you this much misery, why do you watch???

I’m disgusted that when I continuously bring up the obvious, glaring, fact that there’s not one Jewish character, there’s not one viewer on this site (I think there WAS ‘one’) who stands in solidarity and says, “you’re right. I can see your point of view. Seems like they are adding more and more minorities and yet it is odd that there’s not ONE Jewish character.

But since the show is intent on their agenda, then yeah, I notice an obvious choice for Trina’s new interest, these aren’t accidental decisions by the show. They make deliberate casting calls for more black characters, even down to day players, yet still don’t have ONE Jewish character. Transgender? Check. Gay? Check. Latin? Asian? Check. And those are just tokens; one or two occasional characters. But a Jewish doctor in a hospital? Naaa; let’s make Matt Cohen a priest. LOL

Black viewers have spoken up for years when there were barely any black characters. But when a Jewish person speaks up? They’re called out instead of supported.

So, only Black/POC can be paired with each other, and only White can be paired with White? That’s beyond close-minded and very colourist/racist to its core.

No; it means that there’s an agenda. It’s not by coincidence that Trina’s interests have been Cam, Spencer, and now possibly Gio. Since they expand the black cast, why not bring on a black guy for Trina? And I explained the rest above; I’ve discussed this before. I stand by what I said. We all see the world, fiction and real, through different eyes.

No, not an agenda. In real life, many people have a type of person to whom they’re attracted. Lord knows, I see that with many of my friends.

The Ashford/Robinson family is the only Black family currently, so a new Black young adult would not have a family connection, which is extremely helpful in establishing new characters. We don’t see Felix outside of memorials or the Nurses Ball. Phyllis has disappeared into the vortex with Taggert, Liesl and Brad. Brick is hardly a meaningful character (and his scenes with Jordan are cringeworthy). So, bringing Trina into the Quartermaine adjacent world allows for more story.

In real life, people have Jewish friends. In real life, 50-60 percent of Jewish people are married to non Jewish people. In real life, there are Jewish doctors. I don’t ANY of that reflected on soaps; on GH.

Why not pair Gio with Skye’s daughter who could join the show? Why not bring Emma back for Gio? Why attempt to put Trina into the legacy families? It is an agenda if the show moves forward.

Bringing Trina into the Cassadine fold would have ruined not only Spencer’s Cassadine nature, but the entire fun of the Cassadines; good vs evil history. Since we no longer have Helena, Stavros, Victor, Stefan (whom I adored), and they’ve written Nikolas out, Spencer would have had to be on his best behavior to meet the approval of Trina and her family, and basically havebeen a absorbed into her family. Another loss of a legacy family.

Trina and Joss are in college (which is ridiculous; they should be graduating). Why not have Trina meet a fellow student who happens to be a black guy? Or, a young black man can walk into Ava’s gallery looking to buy art, etc. But that’s not what the show wants to do; that much is obvious.

Past and present black characters: Jordan, TJ, Portia, Curtis, Stella, Marshall, Brick, Neka (bartender at the Savoy), Detective Bennett, Felix, the nurse who we see often (can’t recall her name), Valerie, Taggert, Sean, Justice, Keisha, Epiphany, Phyllis, Lenny..

How many Jewish characters? Asian? Latino? When a show defines diversity as the addition and expansion of primarily black characters, that in and of itself is an agenda and it’s no different than what they’ve always done; made it about certain people only.

Trina was also with Rory, the young Latino cop. Who got hooked, so he unfortunately wasn’t around all that long.

I have to somewhat agree on the whole Gio thing though. Nothing against the actor, seems like a nice kid, but they seem to be forcing him into everything really quickly, so much that they can’t even remember who he’s related to. I guess maybe the entire Bensonhurst crowd considers each other “family”. But is this kid supposed to actually be related to both the Cerullos AND the Falconeris?? I didn’t make that much of him calling Sonny his “uncle” because BrookLynn does that also even though they aren’t actually related. Might be a similar thing with calling Olivia his “auntie”?

Yep; first thing I noticed when he called Olivia “Aunt Olivia.” Totally didn’t make sense, He was promoted before coming to the show as Brook Lynn’s cousin, he was mentioned at the wedding as Brook Lynn’s cousin, Lois explained to someone at the wedding that someone was married to someone..some kind of son of a second cousin or something. ZERO mentionof Gio and Olivia being related. In a FB group, someone said that maybe it’s because the family is close with Olivia; well calling her “aunt” when Los is the same age and he doesn’t call her his aunt, would make no sense. Totally frustrating. I imagine those of us paying attention all doing the head tilt as in, “huh?” lol

As for Rory, if you recall he’s the one guy she wasn’t into and felt bad about it. Tried to feel it but didn’t… In real life, I think the actor was called out for using the N word years earlier, someone dug that up on Twitter. That might have been the reason for his early departure…

Olivia and lois and sonny r bffs they grew up together that why brook lynn calls sonny her uncle sonny and gio is related to cerullos on his mom side and and he calls sonny his uncle too why cuz sonny is closed to both of cerullos and Falconeri’s families

I am so happy to see Giovanni ( pronounced ; Jo-vahnni, not Gee-o-vani—double consonants are stressed in Italian) join the cast. Please keep Trina away from him. Bring Sydney back!!

Oh please no,no,no!

Agreed… I thought he paired better with Joslyn.

I actually enjoyed Trina’s interactions with gio so far and hopefully trina and gio becomes close friends then turn into something more.

Someone here still obsessed with Sydney sorry girl Tabyana is here to stay eat that or puke rather don’t watch for your happiness

Yes I’m all for it for gio and trina pairing!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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General Hospital Issues Statement Condemning Racist Attacks Directed at Tabyana Ali

After continued online racist comments directed at General Hospital cast member, Tabyana Ali (Trina), the series has issued its own statement on the situation across all of its social media platforms on Tuesday.

Ali, who back on June 9th took to X to stand up to the racist remarks sent her way, has been facing the same situation since joining the soap opera back in 2022 as a recast in the role of Trina Robinson.

Throughout her time on the ABC soap opera, Tabyana had been one-half of the popular young love story of “Sprina” along with Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer).

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Now General Hospital is standing up and alongside Ali, with its statement which read: “General Hospital does not tolerate hatred or bigotry of any kind. Racism has no place in Port Charles. GH is for everyone.”  Since its posting, the ability to comment has been turned off on the GH Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

While the statement does not specifically name Ali, according to Soap Opera Digest, ABC has been communicating with Ali and her representatives about how best to navigate the situation. Once the statement was issued, Ali took to X and said, “I appreciate you so much ABC/GH.”

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Back on June 9th, Ali opened up about the “hate” directed at her and then added, “To anyone that hates me, that’s absolutely fine. I don’t know you and you don’t me, but regardless I’m sending you peace, safety and prosperity.”

Several of Ali’s GH co-stars have posted the statement on their Instagram accounts including: Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Jacqueline Grace Lopez (Blaze) and Kate Mansi (Kristina).

What do you think of General Hospital’s statement that racism has no place in Port Charles? Are you glad they stood up for Tabyana, and moving forward for any form of racism related to the show and its cast? Comment below.

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