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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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Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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