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General Hospital Goes Live Today and Monday! Cast Members Getting Ready & Others Rooting Them On!

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It all comes down to this! Today, General Hospital goes live for the first of its two day special event!

Fans on the east coast will see the episode performed live and then a second live performance will follow that. However, fans on the west coast will not get it live.

Anticipation and excitement is high from the cast members who are participating in the first GH live show, and are at the ABC studio in Los Angeles getting ready, while others who are not part of the episode are cheering them on from at home or the sidelines!

Kirsten Storms (Maxie) gave the audience the command via Twitter this morning that if someone makes a blunder to: “You take a shot (or eat an Oreo) when someone messes up a line.  #GHLIVE

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Ryan Paevey (Nathan) tweeted to his castmates: “All the best to my #GH family today on their live episodes…you guys got this.”

Michelle Stafford (Nina) posted a photo and related: “Waitin to get made up! #GHLive today is the day!!! ”

Frank Valentini (EP of GH) posted: “Live. Live live. @GeneralHospital #GHLive

Are you ready for GH Live? Remember use the hashtag #GHLive on social media and show GH some love today. Remember, you can also view behind the scenes action on the new Twitter app, Periscope if you have an Iphone or IOS device!

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So, how do you think GH Live will be?  Do you think everyone will be on their A-game?  Share your thoughts below!

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Risa
Risa

All the actors on GH are professionals and I think they will do a spot on fantastic job!

Jane
Jane

I couldn’t have said it better, can not wait for Mondays show.
I see no one complained about the news interruption, that was my one complaint
and they knew it could wait.

Johnny
Johnny

Frank Valentini you saved GH, from being cancelled. I love Gh, great soap and great actors. Frank Valentini is one fine sexy man. He is tall and one hot man lol.

Omar
Omar

Yes he did, and it sure help that characters from OLTL where written on the show after the show was cancelled and that brought many fans to tune in to GH, including myself with the baby switch story and Baby Hope and Cole’s death.

Carol
Carol

Everyone was not on their A-game. There was definitely some overacting and some who needed direction from the director of the show. Not the best but not the worse live show I have seen.

Nick D.
Nick D.

I thought most of the actors were very good. Many of them (Maurice Benard, Kelly Monaco, Billy Miller, Roger Howarth, etc.) gave basically flawless performances exactly if it had been on tape. Certain others were slightly awkward here or there, but basically on point.

The only glaring problem for me was Grayson McCouch – his performance stood out to me as not up to snuff with the rest of the ensemble.

Alicat
Alicat

Kelly flubbed her words in one scene, and there were definitely some extended awkward silent pauses that should have been thought out (speak slower, add lines, etc.) but overall pretty good.

Jane
Jane

So disagree with you.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Elaborate. If you mean Alicat, I thought she hit the nail on the head. Everything happened the way she wrote it. And, I agree with her.

Annaluvsduke
Annaluvsduke

Cant stand franco and nina. they arent really connected to any other story. its almost like they are on a different soap. pointless filler moments with them.

Omar
Omar

I have to agree with you..Their “story” is so boring and pointless..I used to love Roger and Michelle, but in this show due to poor writing for them, they annoy the hell out of me..I never care for a recast of Franco, that is the worst move the current regime as done..Roger deserves better..As for Nina Clay, she was fun when she was crazy and dangerous, now its just boring..Make her psycho crazy like Heather Webber, let Michelle run with this role.

Shay
Shay

This is true…particularly with that over-the-top meringue of a wedding gown! What the?????

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Shay, girl.
Lol. Isn’t a meringue wedding dress poofy with layers of frills and lace?
I must admit your description is very funny, though. At first, I thought the same thing as you…”What the??????”. But, then, as I already said, I really think it was a spoof…meant as a caricature, which GH is wont to do more oft than not.
I just wish we could be treated with some of Dr. O’s spoofish self. I would love to see her parading around with a real meringue wedding dress, waiting for Faison. Well, perhaps in the form of a dream? What fun!!! Later.

Annaluvsduke
Annaluvsduke

I want to burn my wedding gown. It looked just like the one she wore! Where in hell is Monica, Mac, and Felicia? These three icons should be honored in a live show! What a disgrace!

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….Well, yes, technically, it was “half-meringue” with the way the ruffles and frothy flourishes stuck out from the back and train, but having said that, it definitely was TOO MUCH for Nina! With her tall, lanky frame, she should have had something lean, lacy and slinky….what they are currently showing on the bridal runways! Plus, I thought the whole look was a bit too “young” for her, too. (Uh oh, did I just set off the self-appointed “age discrimination” officer again??? LOL….) At any rate, this whole scenario stuck out like a sore thumb from the rest of the so-so episode….between this farce of a nuptial tease and the broken coffee table gag, I just wanted to gag! P.S. Do you think the prospective “spouse” at the door could be Pete “Rent-A-Groom?” We know he is prepared with that tux at the ready! And yes, it would be a real laugh riot to see Dr. O. gussied up in her marital best awaiting her “Prince Faison” at the altar….only to be left jilted….’twould make a fine flashback/dream sequence!

Shay
Shay

@Annaluvsduke…No, no, not at all!!!! It was a perfectly lovely wedding gown, just all wrong for Nina, not to mention the circumstances! That particular style was far too fussy and festooned for MS….she looks best in simple, sleek silhouettes! And I agree with your notions about the vets….Luke, Tracy, Monica—even Alice—-should have been included. I care not for the mouthy Hayden or the insipid Sappy…..having to put up with her simpering, sobby stuff totally ruined the scene with Anna. Could the Divine Devane not have been paired with a real pro????? Sigh…..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Shay.
You know what? As much as I love Michelle, I am starting to see Nina, just a bit, mind you, with your eyes. What the hey???? So bizarre….it looked like a skit right out of someone’s deranged mind…..is Nina dreaming, Franco or Rick? If not, then Rick must be in dire circumstances. She’s doing it for spite or to prove a point to Franco…..why is Rick doing it? Will being married to her give him the right to retrieve the money that is temporarily frozen?…..very unsettling scene. Woe is me ! LOL.

CeeCee
CeeCee

‘Morning, Shay….
….late start this morning. Late night, as well. We were in the city at THE RED NOSE DAY Telethon (Rockefeller Center). ……shout to everyone…give a couple!!!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
….not a stab in the dark, at all, Shay, with your assumption of Mad-Maddie. As I have already suggested, money is involved, somehow.
Whether it be with Maddie or just his own devilish brainstorm, Rick certainly has that avaricious streak ( or two, lol) to take advantage of people’s weaknesses. When Nina’s patrimony is back in her possession, we’re talking about more that a substantial sum or pittance. Billions, maybe?
The entire scene is staged. Perhaps Nina knows what she’s doing……in complete control of her wits. It may be a mise en scene, on her part…..contrived to prove or seek something she wants….such as her money. We could turn the tables and say she’s using Rick. We could turn the tables and say she is taking HIM for a ride….who’s the fool, then? Go girl!!!!!!
I will give her the benefit of the doubt. Will she be the cat who ate the cream?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Annaluvsduke…..Awwww. I hope you will change your mind. You just ‘gotta’ wait for it. Lol.

Alicat
Alicat

AGREED !! Franco and Nina can’t be cra-cra ALL the time, they have a good storyline together. You never know WHAT you’re gonna get with those two !!

Annaluvsduke
Annaluvsduke

Wait for what? There is nothing to wait for. i tried to like them. they are like a bad joke someone told me. unfunny and dont make sense. Nothing against you. You like them and so do others. im fine with that. They will never be my cup of tea!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay….
Everything you wrote is true.LOL. just because I love Michelle does not mean I like everything Nina does or wears. I am sure the dress was chosen for her. I don’t know, but, I am still of the persuasion that the entire scene was meant to be ridiculous…I said earlier that it is an exaggeration of what and who Nina and Franco are as characters…..and, our perception of them…off kilter.
I wish I could talk to you privately, sweetie. But, yeah…do not rattle the cage….Lol.

Shay
Shay

My dear CeeCee….Do you know what I most appreciate about our “correspondence?” (Hint: No, not our mutually-wicked sense of humor, although I adore that, too!….) It’s that we share such an honesty and conviviality when it comes to our differing views, be they on “Nina” and MS, or any other subject—no remarks, no matter how candid, or even opposing… ever come between us ….we don’t allow them to get in the way of a fine friendship! (Personally, I cannot for the life of me comprehend being so invested in any fictional character or the person who portrays them that a well-aimed negative crack or two could arouse ire and animus….what a waste!) Having said that, I, likewise, would absolutely love to have a real, proper chat with you…’twould be an epic experience, to be sure—and undoubtedly, the great beginning of an endless conversation! However, our limited back and forth posts of the written variety shall simply have to suffice! Alas, I’m just grateful for this lovely opportunity to communicate with you, not to mention all the other wonderful people we’ve “met” here at MFSoaps! (And I know that you’re equally thankful, since you’ve so graciously stated as much on previous occasions.) P.S. In terms of the Nina/Franco farce….if it were purely intended to come off as ridiculous, then it rates as a magnificent success! LOL….

Shay
Shay

Yes, CeeCee, today’s episode was certainly underwhelming in many different aspects, not the least being the Nina-Franco-Ric nuptial triangle! It was just surreal….and totally went down a dud. I could conjure up no sensible reason for this odd trio, but you may have a point about that sneaky snake of a shyster Lansing being Nina’s legal means to reclaiming her fortune….not to mention that the showrunners had to find some plausible explanation for keeping that creep on the canvas…I know I’m ready to see the back of him! Other than that, I’ve got nothing….I found the whole scenario to be a right waste of time!

Shay
Shay

Know what, CeeCee? This is just a stab in the dark, but I’m thinking that Ric may be in cahoots with Madeline. She’ll never stop trying to get back the fortune she considers to be her due and what finer way than to employ that oily eel of an attorney—now better known as her son-in-law—Ric? That would make this impromptu marriage have some semblance of logic, because you already know that Lansing certainly didn’t wed Nina out of the goodness of his heart! Hmmm…..

vinman
vinman

Loved the “credits” girl @the end.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Perhaps you know this, vin man…but that was the actress that played Sonny’s deceased wife, Lilly. He suffers guilt regarding her because she was blown up in a car bomb meant for him.

That was years ago…fun touch to ” bring her back” to roll the credits…

vinman
vinman

Thanks Rebecca…knew that,but comment got cut off….after my reply!

rebecca1
rebecca1

oh! ya, didn’t want to assume but figured I’d fill you in just in case. you’re welcome!

aria
aria

okay, just saw the live show, and i honestly thought it was going to be bad mainly because it started out with michele stafford and it was bad, it took a few scenes with the other actors on the show and then it was game on, everyone brought their A game, but Michelle Stafford acted even to out of balance for Nina, again i love the actress,but Franco and Nina were two characters whose “story” seem so out of place in todays episode especially considering every other character on today had to do with Jake/Duke story. So glad Anna shot Carlos, but the blood splattering on her, was freaky, and for a trained former spy, she seem so weird in the way she shot Carlos and just stood there like it was her first time ever shooting someone. Then when the credits roled and Lily Melgar was just standing there with a big grin, they sure took forever to cue her to say her lines, but it was funny especially when Maurice and Billy came out at the end too…

Jane
Jane

Are you an acting teacher???? A columnist? The show was great.
Nina is a bit off balanced and feeling her way to a new life. Michelle got it right.

Aria
Aria

I think Michelle Stanford rocks, I’m happy shes at GH but on the live show I just felt she was off even for the character, that’s all especially when comparing her performance to everyone else, maybe on Mondays show she’ll be more on point but for she was off..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Aria…I took the entire scene between Franco and Nina as a spoof. So strategically-out-of-place-…… It was meant to be that way. It is a morbid sense of humor, yes…but I get it. They are presumably and undeniably the crazies in the show….therefore, we were presented with an out-of-touch-, out-of-place interaction between the off-the-wall protagonists. Great stuff…kudos to the writer who thought of it.

It might even be labeled as comic relief. But, for those of you who are not fans of these characters, I can understand how irritating it may be. I will grant you that. By the same token, because I love them so very much, I enjoyed the shenanigans; the weirdness very much. So there!!!! LOL.

Aria
Aria

I love those two cray cray characters myself wish they would be more integrated with other characters, love the Ava / Nina rivalry especially, those two know how to raffle the other. B

CeeCee
CeeCee

@ Aria.
I love Nina and Roger also, Aria. But, by the same token, I understand why the character turns some people off. She came on too strong from the onset. Perhaps if I weren’t already a fan from her years on Y&R, I would feel the same way. I am just waiting for the writers to give both her and Roger, a significant and intelligently written storyline.

Shay
Shay

And a very late good evening to you, CeeCee!!!! Sorry it took so long for me to respond….busy week! Hope you enjoyed your night at Rockefeller Center! I read a bit about this year’s Red Nose event in NY, although I have to say it really didn’t seem to make the impact that it normally does in the UK…over there it is beyond HUGE! I have yet to see a complete list of the acts, but thus far, the only person who stood out for me was Benedict Cumberbatch….he is an absolutely amazing actor and his background is so very interesting…definitely not your typical Hollywood type! I love him! (Quite the opposite of the obnoxious Gwynnie P……I’ll bet the telethon would have made a mint if they had just left Goopy hanging all night….people would have definitely paid to see that happen…LOL!) At any rate, I have to say that I do admire your dogged dedication to the notion that one day a normalized Nina will prevail over her demons….both inner and in the form of her mother. Personally, I think of her character as a lost cause….she has been so poorly defined up until this point that I truly cannot envision a plausible way out of her crazy corner, be it with Ric, Franco or whomever. It simply wouldn’t ring true. She cannot suddenly start behaving in an ordinary fashion because it would come across as merely an act….it’s as if all that’s left for her is totally going off the deep end, once and for all. Given the fact I so enjoy the magnificent Donna Mills as Madeline, I’m actually rooting for her to be the winner who takes all in this feud for the family fortune….plus, I’m looking forward to more of her backstory with Liesl. For me, that is where the true Westbourne gold is buried…with the two Swiss siblings. Nina is only incidental to that tale, and she really is wearing out what little welcome she initially had. Hence, were she to go away tomorrow, I certainly wouldn’t miss her! (Okay, truthfully, I would love to see her gone….) Having said that, best wishes for a great holiday weekend! Later, Girl!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
Hello, there!
The British Red Nose Day is certainly grand and spectacular, no doubt. But, Shay, we are newbies….and, the intent is THE CHILDREN and the CAUSE. I really could care less who sang or what clothing was worn, albeit, I agree that Paltrow is the same in person, as she appears on our screen….a Prima Donna. She is far from being First Lady (woman).
She is a product of New York’s upper crust….I could name a few more with no real genealogy of which to speak, but I won’t. You have heard of the nouveaux riches, I am sure.
I must emphasize that behavior is not practiced by all…..including my family.
Any charity to do with kids? I’ll be there…I love ALL children. The squalor that some of these kids live with, day in, day out, ……the disease and desperation, is like a vise in my heart.
Kudos to Jack Black…..so invested in making a difference.

Back to Nina. I agree. TPTB have ruined only the character, but the impeccable image of Michelle, as an actress cannot be obliterated. Those of us who are familiar with her thespian attributes, and then some, are pretty ‘pissed’ off…I know, I am. Nina should have never been introduced as such.
I do love MadMaddie, , albeit her eyes are starting to scare me….I wonder if she is able to close them? However, she put all this in motion when she decided to play God. I believe there was always something between mother and daughter, since childhood, that did not jive between them. Lord only knows what Nina witnessed, as a child….and, why did Maddie not seek REAL help for her child, if she had noticed anything untoward? ….it has always been about me, myself, and I with MadMaddie.
I hope and pray that Maddie’s return gives us a believable storyline and that the writers delve into the past of this mismatched mother and daughter. I refuse to believe that Nina’s temperamental (lol…will not call her crazy) behavior is due only to herself. MadMaddie watered that seed.
So, WRITERS!!!!! Give us some pulpy action…..C’mon, now!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
How remiss of moi, Shay. I reciprocate your wishes of a great holiday-weekend. Sometimes we forget about the meaning of MEMORIAL DAY
I suppose the soaps will be pre-empted? See what I mean? Just kidding.
Oh, yeah…..I would enjoy more interaction between MadMaddie and Liesl. What a pair!! …same DNA, but, boy, they are miles apart in character….or so it appears…..later, Girl…..

Shay
Shay

Oh, CeeCee….Needless to say, I’ve no doubt that you and yours would never behave in the often atrocious manner of the “noveaux riches!” Your words alone bespeak of that well-born sensibility better known as “noblesse oblige”…..it’s highly apparent that you possess such a huge, generous heart— particularly where children are concerned—hence, you are the epitome of the concept! Quite frankly, I’ve never understood the newly-affluent’s frequent tendencies for louche, low-brow antics…one would think they’d simply display some gratitude for their great fortune in life, instead of being boorish and overbearing. (As I was always instructed, good manners and morals are priceless commodities, and yet, they cost nothing, so there is no excuse under the sun for anyone not to employ them…but then, it takes all kinds!!!) At any rate, of course, you are right when you state that the Red Nose telethon was more about results than the actual show itself. I did not partake of the program, but read about it in the British press, so that is how I came to know of certain aspects of the presentation….for a first-time effort, it had an admirable outcome. As for the true meaning of Memorial Day, we are also on the same page…I was brought up with a deep respect for the military and those who fought for our freedom…I think the holiday lost much of its solemnity and impact when the notion of a three-day weekend was introduced in place of the original commemoration that was always marked on the pre-designated May 30th date….back then it was all about respectful memorials and honorary parades before picnics, barbecues, parties and other such merriments were even allowed to commence. Sadly, this is just another example of an old-school tradition now sadly consigned to the ash heap of history. As for the subject of “La Nina,” I think it shall be nearly impossible to right that ship as it has sailed so far off course…you had a horribly-drawn character, a hideously over-acted role and a ridiculous storyline….there is no saving grace to be derived from that terrible trifecta. Still, I’m anxiously anticipating the return of Madeline/Magda, although I’m not certain that we shall ever be enlightened as to the true origins of Nina’s condition (Nature vs. nurture, so to speak….) You’re already aware that I remain on the side of her being afflicted from birth, or at least early childhood, and I do believe Maddie made some effort to deal with her “problem offspring” via the expertise of Dr. O., but it was all for naught. Me thinks Mama Reeves simply gave up in utter exasperation, and in the process, created the CrayClay monster we see today. Having said that, for me, the real event is the upcoming reunion of the Sisters Westbourne… that is where the true substance of this saga exists and I cannot wait to savor the sight of those Swiss Sibs once again sharing the same frame—or jail cell, as the case may be…LOL!!!! Should be both a… Read more »

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I didn’t see Billy at the end…just Maurice with Lilly!

Tima
Tima

I liked the episode and like many others felt Nina and Franco’s section was out of place given the focus of everything. The actors did a great job even though I felt there were some awkward moments everyone held up really well. I get the feeling they really wanted Roger to be in these episodes because he was part of OLTL’s live shows, but his monologue while waiting on Nina was odd and a clear ruse to buy her time to change. It felt like he was talking to dead air and I wouldn’t be surprised if most of that was ad libbed. Overall it was still great and I’m looking forward to Monday.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

I like it for the most pa–especially Liz, Nik & Hayden. Even liked Sonny–and I”m not a big fan.

Thought Sam overacted–and wins the prize as hypocrite of the month (maybe year). I did like the way Jake exploded in rage–very emotional.

I’m not convinced Anna pulled the trigger.

Alicat
Alicat

Well Carlos was shot in the chest and there was blood, so I’m pretty convinced Anna pulled the trigger. Unless somebody else snuck up behind her, like Commish or Jordan. But doubtful. This will be why Anna leaves, she has to go away and “assess her life” and how she could have done that. ??

CeeCee
CeeCee

Wow, Alicat. I did not even pause to think that someone else might have shot Carlos. Good theory. We shall see.
It could even have been Julian himself to stop Carlos from talking.

Jane
Jane

Excellent job, One Life To Live did it before being cancelled and they were excellent too.
Very cool seeing Sonny and Jake Doe briefly towards the end. It was weird seeing
that lady flip the huge cards.

Aria
Aria

That was lily, son us wife who got killed in a bomb explosion meant for sonny.

Shay
Shay

Now I know why so many were deliriously happy when she was supposedly “blown up!” Can you say annoying? That was like an ending to a tacky telenovela… LOL! Personally, I would have preferred Anthony Zaccara doing the honors….especially with his “Venus” in the frame.

Aria
Aria

Sonnys first wife who blew up in a car explosion!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, especially that big, toothy smile pasted on her face. What was that? She looked like she didn’t know left from right….very pretty, though.

Aria
Aria

Here’s my rating the performances

Finola Hughes – A- only criticism (maybe I’m comparing Anna to all those kick ass prime time girls but why does Anna an experience ex wsb operative hold a gun like a rookie??? It really annoys me she always looks afraid holding a gun,..

Rebecca buding A- does she have theatre experience? She looked the most comfortable performing live.

Teressa Castillo – A.- didn’t seem nervous and cried on cue and seem natural.

Maurice Benard. A – as usual over the top but like I said as usual.

Rebecca Herbst A – slightly animated / maybe nervous but she made it through.
Kelly monoco. B/to animated drama queen!!
Billy miller B/ Kelly as his partner in their scenes was to animated a his reaction to her to spaced out.
Tyler Christopher A/ like Rebecca buding he looked at ease like he’s done this before.
Michelle Stafford C intentional or not her performance was out of place. Still love her though.
Roger Howarth. A. He still gave his usual performance his scene with Stafford seem out of place in this episode but he was still his usual self.
Shawn/ Julian/Carlos : didn’t care for much. Give all three B-
Jordan and sloane. B. Not bad not great.

Overall I like the episode my ” critic/ criticism is more of my observation, it made me realize how much fun it is to watch a live performance any it makes you appreciate how much those who edit the show together and give it a clean pace are needed to make the show look clean and smooth if you will.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Well, Aria. I give you an A+… I agree with your rating and grading.

Aria
Aria

Ohhh, thanks CeeCee!

General Hospital

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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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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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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