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General Hospital Icons Anthony Geary and Genie Francis To Be Reunited During 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Telecast!

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Courtesy/ABC

The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will bring fans the long-awaited, much anticipated moment they’ve been asking for – the reunion of two iconic soap stars, Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, who played the on-screen romantic duo Luke and Laura on General Hospital for more than two decades. Mr. Geary and Ms. Francis will make a special appearance as presenters during the live awards broadcast airing on Pop this Sunday, April 26 at 8:00 at 8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT.

Hosted by Tyra Banks, the Daytime Emmy® Awards will include a star-studded line-up of presenters, including (listed alphabetically): Tom Bergeron, Eileen Davidson, Craig Ferguson, Kevin Frazier, Leeza Gibbons, Deidre Hall, Steve Harvey, Vicki Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Shemar Moore, Nancy O’Dell, Marie Osmond, Regis Philbin and Alex Trebek. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will honor television icon Betty White.

Cast members from the four daytime soaps-“The Young and The Restless,” “General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”-as well as daytime television series and talk shows “The Talk,” “Queens of Drama” and “The FAB Life” will be presenting.

The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards show on Pop will be executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions with Gary Tellalian and Mike Rothman also serving as executive producers.

What do you think about the news that Genie and Tony will be presenting and reuniting on stage during daytime’s biggest night of the year?  Let us know!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I guess ill say Genie Francis is the suprise person showing up on emmy night…i wanted to say Jack Wagner but something tells me its Genie…lol

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

Favorite was Luke and Laura and Sharon with Adam on my days of soaps 🙂

David
David

Now if they would only bring her back to GH.

su0000
su0000

I didn’t much care lol
Everybody as myself who did not watch GH during Luke and Laura, well why would we millions be excited over it.. (we wouldn’t) many never even heard of Luke and Laura, I heard about them from my neighbor ..
It is only the very old timers who would get all giggly over it .. lol
Hope y’all have a great nostalgia rush 🙂 enjoy!

Kim Huck
Kim Huck

I love Sharon and Adam much more but Luke and Laura came to a very close romantic second. Both couples were very very similar and wonderfully romantic and adventurous. Miss you Shadam 🙂

Harry
Harry

Gee thanks. SUooo.
I get the feeling you’re no spring chicken yourself so perhaps you ought to pause before throwing out the “old timer” remarks.
And finally, really–learn to speak for yourself. While you felt compelled to come in and here and say this news does not excite you, you do not get to speak for “millions” of people as you do above.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

You didnt have to be around in the early 1980s when GH was at its greatest to know about Luke and Laura…theyve been on and off this show for over 30 years…Laura made a brief return a couple of years ago…unless someone is new to GH after Laura’s last departure and born yesterday then they might not know of her…she is mention in the show…one can go on utube or google the character to know her…very few might not know Laura’s history but most should know who Laura is and connection to various characters…i have relatives who never watched GH and they know who Genie Frances/Laura is and they arent even old…there are a lot of people from this generation who know who she is…maybe some dont but when one follows a show like a soap they usually try to know more about it…and Laura has been mentioned on this message board numerous times so many of todays audience should have some idea who she is…sure, they might not have been around when Luke/Laura was the most popular couple on tv but by now many GH viewers should know one or two things about them…too bad you werent around when soaps where at their greatest…youve missed a lot!!! su, your a joy and i always love reading your comments whether we agree or not…Peace! oh, thats from my hippie days…gosh, i am old…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

You and Harry are both right, of course, jimh. I knew who Luke and Laura were/are, albeit I only started watching a about a year or so ago.
But, I don’t think that is was Su means….unless, I’m really not reading her correctly. I think she means that anyone forty and under would not feel the same vibe about any soap character from thirty years ago. If a fan did not live through all of Luke’s and Laura’s trials and tribulations, love and marriage etc., then there is no connection to their plight, happiness and life together.

I can’t speak for Su, but I do agree with Jimh….one does not have to be present to appreciate true love, romance, comedy, tragedy etc. For instance; GONE WITH THE WIND never goes out of style, it has significance for every generation….it’s a classic.
Thus, I suppose to those avid fans of GH , Luke and Laura are a legend….a classic love story unto itself.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree, Su. As famous/infamous this couple has been, …..that’s exactly what Luke and Laura are…..’has Belen’s’. However, I can appreciate how fans feel about this couple. Luke’s and Laura’s idyllic romance/love/life, will forever live in soapland and in the hearts of their fans. That’s how I feel about some characters from AMC and OLTL.
My grandmother’s favorite soap of all time was ANOTHER WORLD. She still laments over it…..LOL.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Correction ‘has beens’, not has Belen’s. Auto correction keeps changing it…lol.
PS. Su, a nostalgia rush is the best way of phrasing it. As young as we are, we get that feeling too…at least, I do….I’m sure you do too.
Sometimes when Gran talks about ANOTHER WORLD, SOMERSET, THE DOCTORS…so many other soaps of yore, I feel that I was there fifty years ago. ….that’s how good of a narrator she is. I get goose-bumps….LOL.

The Substitute
The Substitute

Listen up this is a teaching moment we in this wonderful country with our freedoms to speak our mind or lack of it in some cases RESPECT the people who came before you and will lead on long after you are gone. These has Belen’s as you call them paved the way for these in a lot of cases hair models to have a job . Their is a old country song called Mama tell me about the good old days. My husband calls it a simpler time I think he is right if I told. Some of you younger posters what I use to do for entertainment you would scratch your head but I can quote lines from movies I can tell you what I was wearing on certain days I can tell you what it felt like to look across a classroom at a boy and stare in awe. Yep I am Fifty years old and I would not change one minute of my journey and the upbringing I had for the so called youth of today I have a daughter who is brilliant a husband who is a hero that is all I have ever needed!

The Substitute
The Substitute

Has Beens got a little emotional there! Enjoy the emmys have a great evening!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I was there 50 years ago…lol…AW was one of my favorites too…especially in the 1970s when we had the Mathews family, the best love triangle ever: Steve, Alice, and villianous Rachel, meddlesome Aunt Liz, and daytimes best villian Iris Carrington who had an almost incestual love for her wealthy daddy, publisher Mac Cory who married the much younger Rachel whom Iris hated and believed only married Mac for his money…then there was the evil Cory caretaker Sven who murdered the gardner and later Rachels son Jaime and Iris’s son Dennis found the victims remains in a garbage bag…i could go on forever…i wish the network had never erased those early AW eps., —that show was soooo good id watch it again if those eps. were still available!!! Glad The Doctors survive…dont think Somerset did…i watched both…AW and Somerset was the first soap to do crossovers with AW characters visiting Somerset and some going to AW!!!

The Substitute
The Substitute

FYI: you want to see a brilliant performance watch Anne Heche/play opposite herself time and time again as the twins on Another World this was consant not a one time time thing with Geary. You newbies have no idea what true talent is.

The Substitute
The Substitute

Constant ,

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I like su but she sounds a little insulting at times…we oldies dont get giggly just because certain characters return…its a little like going to a class reunion and seeing an old friend(ok, there might be a few giggles there)…everyone usually feels nostalgic no matter their age(if they have memories of their first day of school, that first kiss, a family moment ect. when you talk about these memories its being nostalgic just like when we talk about certain past soaps ect)–its not like Laura has been gone over 30 years…she’s been on and off the show many times…her last just two years ago…su acts like Laura has been gone for decades and that current viewers havent heard of her—maybe some new viewers who never watched before her last appearance…its just paying homeage to a long time favorite character…i actually dont care if she came back to gh or not but sometimes its nice to see a former character return no matter what era, especially when they have connection yet to the show! Why watch a soap and not care about the show’s past history when there is still a connection to it with certain current characters and storylines…su did like the old time flashback which helped tell the fluke story…not much different than talking about a blast from the past!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Forgot to add…ive watched soaps with unfamiliar characters have returned…i learned who the were and never really made a big deal about it…i read about them so i could be as familiar with the other fans who knew who or she was…it makes for better soap viewing!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

im terrible at editing…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thank you, Substitute.
I am so happy for Maura’s win….and Tony; I knew they would get the Emmy….they deserved it.

Now, your writing gave me goosebumps. I love hearing those kinds of stories…so innocent,…. such precious memories.
I have my mother and both my grandmothers who are a font of information…I soak it all up. My Scottish, maternal grandmother is wont to tell me that every tiny line/wrinkle on her face has a story to tell.

As far as ‘Belens’? That word just kept coming up each time I wrote ‘beens’. Unfortunately, Substitute, that’s what society labels the IT couples of yesteryear. That is the point I think Su was trying to make. By the same token, the actors/actresses themselves still hold their ground….as it was proven last night by Donna and Anthony.
Sometimes I think that I lived long time ago and reincarnated into myself….LOL. Then again, subconsciously, I know it is the power of suggestion from my grandmothers. They always tell me I am too old for my age….sorry, now I am getting too philosophical.

I am so glad I started watching GH…..this show really rocks. Plus, this is the best site to discuss the pros and the cons….and, meeting so many great poster-friends with unique and informative commentaries.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@jimh.
Of course, you want to see familiar characters make an appearance or return to your favorite soaps, jimh. I feel the same way. That’s why I was so happy when Roger H, Michael E, and Kristen A came to GH. I also thought Kassie DePaiva was going to join the cast. I was ecstatic.
I was glad Kassie is on DOOL , not the role of a ‘perfect’ character, but glad, nonetheless.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Best news I’ve heard! Come on back, Genie! We loyal fans are waiting for you.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

You could check it out on youtube and you would be amazed at how compelling they were. Nothing today on soaps compares, the writing, the romance, the drama, the fun. Too bad you don’t know any better than to refuse to see for yourself what all the hooplah is about.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Darn it !!!! I can’t believe I guessed correctly.

Harry
Harry

I can’t either, Lou.
I cannot believe Geary agreed to this as he usually hates revisiting the glory days of his supercouple past. Well, good on him!
I guess hell hath finally frozen over and I for one, am glad of it!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

But maybe thats not the real Tony Geary…lol

The Substitute
The Substitute

And I for one could give a flying you know what that Geary agreed to! Please he is not God he is a soap actor that got lucky a one note actor compare him to Terry Lester, Michael Zaslow, Chris Bernau, grant Alexander,Douglas Watson. Gosh Almighty he Pales in comparison hype no substance.

Chaz
Chaz

Since our cable company does not carry Pop will have to miss the broadcast…unless it is streaming….and I can’t find that info on their site.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Boring….. and predictable. This could’ve been called a million miles away, and has been done before on an EMMY telecast.

Rodd
Rodd

I like these two, but unless they DO something with their appearance ~ more than have them walk toward each other and smile before cutting to a commercial break ~ it doesn’t do anything for me. If this is sign that they’re bringing Genie back to GH as Laura for a significant story than I’m all in. Am I wishing for too much here?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I’m wishing too!

Ces
Ces

I ageee!

Mark Y
Mark Y

Zzzzzzzzzzzz……….

Paul
Paul

PLEASE, let this announcement that Genie is returning. And let the writers come up with something good for her!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Nope, once again they used her to up the viewership, nothing more.

John
John

I hope it is followed with the announcement that she is coming back and they give us fans the happy ending we all vested in for over 30 years !

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

Sounds like an awesome show! Can’t wait! I hope it gets ratings that at least compete with whatever the big 3 networks have.

aria
aria

well if abc and RC and FV don’t want Genie Francis, then i guess we will have to take seeing her on pop emmy awards. is it a tease only at the emmys” or will she be returning to GH?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

This is really exciting for SO many fans of Genie and Tony. Laura has been so missed in the Fluke/Luke story line and she is crucial to Luke’s redemption. Hopefully ABC realizes it. SO EXCITED TO SEE THEM TOGETHER AGAIN!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Oh I couldn’t agree more. Laura IS Luke’s redemption.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi Nancy.
I realize Luke was a renegade and all things despicable at the time he raped Laura. I also know that she signified/symbolized everything he was not and couldn’t have.
I also have knowledge via Shay and the Internet that Laura was not so Lily-white. That can be forgiven because she was so young and had not ‘come’ into herself….not he. I’m glad Tony won, but I still do not like Luke….
When you say that Laura will be Luke’s redemption, I am assuming that this couple has gone down this path before…perhaps, several times?
So, do you think the writers may bring her back for the sole purpose of saving Luke’s soul?

I did not know Genie as Laura (wish I did), but I know her as Genevieve ( Tristan Roger’s ex) from her Y&R stint. ….not only is she beautiful, but also, a natural performer…I loved her.

Rose
Rose

I don’t get POP. Reading other comments regarding “day times biggest night of the year” I’m not the only one. Why are daytime awards treated like an orphan compared to all of the other, frequent, award shows that are show on network TV?

Anthony
Anthony

It will be nice to see Genie Francis again, but does her appearance at the awards mean she’s also bringing Laura back to GH. Now that would be great news!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I’d rather see Tony and Genie reunited on GH

su0000
su0000

They will not look like the Luke and Laura that some remember..
Age at wedding
Luke (35) Laura (19) /huge age difference!
They wed on November 16, 1981
that is 34 years !!! since they were together..
Shortly after the wedding aired, Francis left the show..
(that is like half a lifetime ago!)

Anyways,, google says; the Luke and Laura song is-
“Think Of Laura” was their love theme song..
hope they play it for the LnL fans when they reunite during the emmy’s for their fans..
or=
they could play;
the song “Rise”, performed by trumpeter Herb Alpert during the rape scene and ensuing scenes that recalled the rape “Every time Laura thought of the terrible rape by Luke, it was played to evoke that memory.. ohh geez lol
And ”Rise” hit the #2 song on the billboard after that it became a hit.. lol

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

See, you do know something about them…lol

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

And any of you youngen’s can just google like you did and know everything about GH like us oldies but goodies…lol

Jill
Jill

Look who Googled a topic! Su00, you seemed bound and determined to be a wet blanket on this topic. Not only that, you seem to want to reiterate the obvious.
Folks here are not stupid so stop projecting. This is not about living in the past. it’s about paying homage to two soap vets who made soap opera history.
This subject clearly bores you and does not interest you so stop commenting on it.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Su, I don’t think anyone expects Luke and Laura to look as they did on their wedding day. Perhaps I did not make my point clear enough. These characters are part of their fan’s lives….said fans have aged, as we all have, along with Luke/Tony and Laura/Genie. Some grew up watching them….they are just excited to see them.
Have you ever walked down memory lane, su? I, for one, am very sentimental. Later.

The Substitute
The Substitute

No you don’t not with RC writing it let it go Ms. Francis has she had her day in the sun some great stories time to move on.

Charday
Charday

It’ll be great to see them together again. BTW, on Monday, The Talk will feature a daytime Emmy after-party with appearances by many winners.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

I’m hoping this means they are bringing her back to the show. When they returned in 1993 this is how they made the announcement via presenting at emmys. If Laura didn’t make sense to bring back before she sure does now as both she and Luke have a lot to reflect on after these revelations. A triangle between Laura Luke and Tracy would be nice to see play out with Tracy left heartbroken in the end. Please God please

The Substitute
The Substitute

Like I said before I would love to see Stuart Damon again one of the loveliest men on the planet and that show suffered when he was let go. Every show needs mentors to lean on veterans that hold a show together not everybody wants to watch Beverly Hills 90210.

Charday
Charday

Yeah, that’d be great. And where has Monica been the last 5 months?!!?!?

janet
janet

I might watch, Genie .Tony no thanks ,. He got his way dark and evil luke with Tracy on GH love Genie and maybe another soap will have room for her. I see most of the presenters will NOT be soap actors. Just like last year. Maybe I should just DVR it, so I can FF through most of it !

Jimmy
Jimmy

Can Genie Francis PLEASE return to GH already?! Even if it’s just for a short time, because Laura HAS to be involved in the Luke/Fluke story. And for that matter, Lucky should be there too! They keep talking about Luke’s family being only Lulu, Tracy, and Bobbie, but Luke also has a son and his childrens’ mother out there who don’t seem to be even a thought. I hope Genie can return, maybe to usher Luke off for recovery?

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

She’ll probably come back as Flaura…a fake Laura who kidnaps Luke…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

HaHa, Jimh…now, that’s funny. …can you imagine?

Tim
Tim

Yes to Genie returning to GH,No to Luke and Laura getting back together.

Dan
Dan

How can watch the emmys? If my cable company does not carry POP how can I find it or do I have t wait til it’s on youtube?

Jake from NJ
Jake from NJ

genie seemed like she was so not into be a presenter

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

Luke and Laura and part of one of the mode American myths. They are more important than Romeo and Juliette personally. I am 36 I’ve been watching the show my entire life. Luke and Laura shaped a lot of my views on love and what it can be and do. Beautifully tragic quality to this love story.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hey, Allen.
With all due respect, I would think you are comparing hamburger with filet mignon. LOL.
You are comparing a Shakespearian classic; a masterpiece, ROMEO AND JULIET, to a soap opera and its romance couple? WOW!! I know you’re trying to make a point, so I get it.
When Harry, a master of English Lit., reads your post, I can bet he’ll jump three feet off his chair. LOL.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

Lucky for me Shakespeare has not had that kind of influence on my creative writing etc… But Luke and Laura oh man have they. 🙂

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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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Courtesy/ABC

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.

Photo: JPI

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.

Photo: JPI

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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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