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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Just Look At What Facial Recognition Software Can Do!

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Will Spinelli’s (Bradford Anderson) nifty new software program be the answer to all of General Hospital  fans long-suffering angst? Will everyone in Port Charles finally find out that “Jake” is really Jason (Billy Miller)? The answers seem to be on their way starting this week on the ABC soap opera.

When we last left off, (at the end of GH’s Friday cliffhanger) Spinelli needed to run back to Portland because Ellie has been  injured.  So, he tells Carly (Laura Wright) at the hospital that he has to leave, but he has the facial recognition software running and it should be just about completed which would give answers to “Jake’s” true identity.  Spinelli tells Carly to deliver the laptop to Sam (Kelly Monaco) once the program is done running and completed.

But what Spinelli and Carly do not see is that the recognition software is morphing the skeletal x-rays from “Jake’s” face (Billy Miller) to Jason’s original face (Steve Burton)!  Now it looks as if Carly will be the first person with this explosive information, just as Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) is set to walk down the aisle with “Jake”.   What will she do with it?

According to Laura Wright in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, when Carly stumbles upon Jason’s face in the software, she teases: “It almost knock her over.  It’s just, “Wow, Oh, my God! It is not at all what she’s  expecting and she can barely speak!” Carly will want to get to “Jake” right away with the intel, but will she get to him? This is a  soap opera afterall, and there will probably be some massive roadblocks in her way!

Watch the final moments of Friday’s GH cliffhanger below with the pickup happening today! Tell us:  what did you think of the facial recognition software as the way to reveal the identify of “Jake”? Do you think Carly will succeed in telling “Jake” who he is before his wedding to Liz?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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

Something will come up…Carly will either get stuck in an elavator, or She is kidnapped or Sonny has a crises-he ran out of bacon grease to slick back his hair…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

HaHa, Jimmy. Perhaps, you can answer this for me….what is the difference between Julian and Sonny? Is one person better than the other, morally? They are cut from the same cloth, yes? So, where does Carly get off telling Olivia that Julian is a loser father for Leo? Ummmm, didn’t she just marry, for the umpteenth time, a subway mouse from Bensenhurst turned rat killing for bigger cheese as payoff? Or bigger pizza slices , LOL. I ask, why is Sonny constantly put on a pedestal? Then, the Oh-Wise-One himself told Olivia the same hypocritical words. What’s up with these… Read more »

Kevin
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Kevin

Still have to watch this, but perhaps it just further reflects the hypocritical view Carly & Sonny have of themselves?

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

Funny…you made me think of that popular utube video with the mouse carrying a piece of pizza…maybe its Sonny…lol…cant stand those hypocritical Corinthos bunch…wish Days and GH could do a crossover with Ben fleeing Salem and he arrives in PC to knock off a few characters…would love to see Sonny wearing one of those ties around his neck and Carly too..lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@jimh( leave it to beaver)
Lol, Jimmy. That is exactly why I said it…..are you a New Yorker? That rat actually made the news, here in NYC area. I bet it was Sonny in disguise. Ha! Later.

Anne
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Anne

please please no delays. The reveal of Jake’s identify should have happened looooong ago.

Timmm
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Timmm

This effect was spectacular! I dont think Carly will spill the beans. I think Robin will have something to do with the reveal? You know whatever happens it will happen at the wedding! Liz will NOT have a nice Thanksgiving. Speaking of Liz, wouldnt it be funny if little Jake busted into Sonny’s hospital room and claimed he was taking over Port Charles’s territory!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, Timmm. Finally, my interest is tapping me on the back. I like the suspense…will Carly spill? Will she keep the life-changing news to herself until she feels is the right time? sKnowing myself, I could never keep news like that to myself. But, I’m a real person; not a puppet. Well, Timmm. How do we know that little Jake does not have a brain belonging to an adult? An evil adult, at that…maybe Stavros. Wasn’t he a child-like spoiled brat? By the by….how do we know Helena did not whisk Nik away and replaced him with a fake?… Read more »

Anne
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Anne

love this prediction for Little Jake. could happen! I think he’s ready.

LT
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LT

nope, I think she will be kidnapped by the new commissioner to help out Ava with the baby custody hearing.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

I thought this was a great device to reveal the truth. It was exciting to watch. Very cool! Long Love GH!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, it was, Mister Media. Very clever, indeed. This is why I think Liz, Nik , Hayden and the unwilling participant, Laura will escape the ‘hangman’. No one will be the wiser. Well, maybe??

Melissa
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Melissa

OK, but why in the world would Spinelli leave his lap top running a very important and confidential program in the middle of a hospital waiting area? I don’t care that he left it with Carly, she was too distracted talking to Sonny’s medical staff to even care about sticking close to the computer. If she really cares for Jake as a friend she would have stayed glued to that computer throughout, no matter how long it took. It’s like when people recap deep dark secrets in public spaces where they can be easily overheard.

Mister Media
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Mister Media

You’re right of course, but I suppose the justification could be made that Spinelli never imagined that the results would reveal anyone familiar who would be recognized and would thus be of litte interest to anyone who viewed them.

jeremy
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jeremy

FINALLY!!!!!!!!# 🙂 😉

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, FINALLY, jeremy. I just hope and pray it is the end!! But, as intimated above, we could be facing more useless and senseless pit stops until the final destination. Who knows how long that will take. It’s been how long? We’ll have a new President and Jake will still be asking, “who am I?”

Ces
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Ces

He’ll be up there with John Black in the amount of times he’s asked this question this month!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Ces.
HaHa, Ces. Too funny! John Black! Our favorite. How long has it been for him? Finding his elusive parents is all in his head. Sometimes I think I see his weird facial expressions and hear his husky voice in my sleep….whispering, “Hey, Doc.”

harrylime
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harrylime

HA! Ces. I watched Days off and on about 25 years ago. Back then he was still wrestling with his identity.
Now we see him on Ancestor, com, and no one, not even Marlena, gives a damn.

harrylime
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harrylime

This was incredibly well done.
I saw the promo on Twitter and it looks like we fans are finally going to be rewarded.
But poor Patrick!
Now he knows how Sparkle Pony felt.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Right? It was ingenious, harrylime.

Timmm
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Timmm

Who knew they looked so much alike!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Timmm.
I actually think it’s an illusion….the imagination works wonders. Billy is the SUN, Steve is the DARKNESS.

JUDY
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JUDY

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS STORY HAS BEEN DRAGGED OUT WAY TOO LONG, AND I BET TODAY WILL STILL NOT SEE ANY HOPE……..

su0000
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su0000

That photo merg was well done.
there is free software, not the best, but to play with to do similar. It’s not easily done, but fun.
It has a lot to with speed so need need a good connection..
and not as good as studio done, for sure ..

I did not care for a computer reveal, hoping for something more climactic but at least the reveal is near, and that is good.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, Su. At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. Carly will mess everything up. Darn!!

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

Well the timeline is going to take a while. The actual wedding starts Wed I think and lasts about a week (I saw a Varni comment about it). I’m very sad about JT leaving at this time. I think from the preview Robin has NOTHING to do with it. Maybe Patrick calls her after since she told him Jason was dead.

I’m more curious why Robin is being held prisioner–only because I do now want to see Jason with Sonny or Sam.

Fanny
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Fanny

I have yet to see GH today… I’m sure Carly’s reaction will be priceless….
The Lulu /Halloween reveal on that Haunted tugboat should be equally interesting.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hello, Fanny, sweet lady:
I do not want to put a damper on your excitement, but by the time you get this post, you will have, hopefully, already watched the Lulu-Dante-Valerie revelation.
Personally, I found it to be extraordinarily commonplace and redundant….reminiscent of Carly/Franco wedding. It was not surprising, but expected. I predict the same old, same old for the up-coming nuptials between Liz and Jake.

Timmm
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Timmm

Franco / Carly reveal was 10 times better! This Lulu is not good! He reaction was horrible. You probably didnt watch GH when Julie Berman was Lulu. She was 10 times better! Anyway, what I hated the most was Lulu’s standoff with Val Chops! The acting was horrible and Lulu didnt smack the witch upside her head! Seriously, if you were in Lulu’s shoes wouldnt you want to slap the bitch who screwed your husband in YOUR bed. Weak, very weak!

Fanny
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Fanny

@CeeCee sweetie, You R correct dearest… Unfortunately the writers missed the “BOAT” on this one. I didn’t feel or see the emotional devastation one would feel during such a shocking revelation… Dante looked half asleep at the helm, Lulu was crass, Val-chops tearful, Dillon constantly threatening Dante…was semi glad it happened…as if he’d planned it this way. Paul had told him earlier never to give up on the woman you love… Most likely the same thing will occur with Jake’s unveiling hoping there R a few good aftershocks after such a weak quake. We still have Hayden and possibly Robin….… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Timmm.
Hey, there, Timmm.
Of course Franco’s surprise ‘revelation’ was better….that’s why the repeat of the same does not phase anyone. IT HAS BEE DONE. So incredibly amateurish. I’m beginning to think Su is right about the new writing team. What? Do they copy from one another?
Now, let me tell you that I left the room to get an apple without pausing. That’s how unimpressed I was. Lol. Am I whining? Ah, who cares, right? Someone will comment expounding how ungrateful and bitchy I am. Later, my friend.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Fanny.
I cannot top what you just wrote, my love. It is perfection. Great expose’, pardon the pun!

harrylime
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harrylime

Julie Berman would have pulled this off. She would have portrayed a betrayed wife whose worse fears about marriage (after watching what happened to her parents’ great love story) had been realized.
Instead, we get mini-Lulu marching around the docks in her five inch heels while in a state hysteria. She just seemed like an angry muppet.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Timmm. Lol, Timmmbo. I think I once told you what I would do if my husband ever cheated on me. I would do a ‘Bobbit’ on him. The woman? Just look her up and down as the piece of trash she is. I would not dirty my hands. I do believe that Valerie’s embarrassment will last her a lifetime. I just cannot believe Dante’s excuse. ” I thought you were cheating on me”! Really? Lulu’s ‘heartbreak’ acting got better…she did ok. And, yes, Juliw was still on when I started watching. So, I know what you mean. I hope Lulu… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

That is one AMAZING computer program! It even knew that Jake had a mullet before his reconstructive surgery…

Ces
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Ces

Haha! Good one!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

That is so hilarious, Alan!!!!

Mateo
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Mateo

Carly will be delayed but she will get the information to Jake/Jason. I can’t wait to see Liz get her bubble burst. All those secrets she is hiding. And it doesn’t just affect her. It directly affects her kids and Jason’s kids. She is a good woman overall, I truly believe that, but her obsession with Jason grew out of control. She needs that ugly reality check. I am looking forward to seeing what happens.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeah, Mateo. Liz looked a little apprehensive as Carly told Jake she wanted a private conversation with him. But, Carly is not aware that Liz knows who Jake is. There is a chance no one will ever find out Liz even knew the truth. Unless Nik, Hayden and Laura come forward with the info. And, by doing so, they will shoot themselves in the foot. I guess it depends where TPTB want to go with it. Oh, what a tangled web…..

Fanny
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Fanny

@CeeCee Love…you know Liz is not walking away unscathed …
Unfortunately all of it her own doing, as if standing in front of an on
coming freight train is going to miss it’s target. Liz, Liz, Liz …. Misery
will be the only thing she gets from all the lying and covering up she’s
done since she found out Jakes true identity. Will it have been worth
it in the end.

Patrick
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Patrick

is this going to be a knowing he’s Jason Quartermaine, with no memory coming back?

and Liz wll have to delay the wedding… and can she get out of this unscathed

well… Nicholas should stand up for her… and swear Hayden and mom Laura to secrecy… to let Liz off the hook

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Fanny.
No, dear friend, nothing is ever worth over losing one’s soul. Sadly, we find such people in the real world. I agree, Liz should pay for the misery she is causing for everyone. But, so much evil and crime is swept under the rug in soaps.

Aria
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Aria

Why does Carly have to be in the center of every thing? I hope Liz herself stops the nuptials to tell jake the truth, unlickly though, still I they make Carly the center of this story I’ll puke .!!! And the computer reveal was neat I liked it. Glad this story is finally playing to its conclusion, I hope Liz moves on, jake isn’t worth it neither is nick so hope she gets someone new.

Wil
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Wil

Carly is the lead actress on GH. She therefore should be involved in the major stories. She’s been the most interesting character on GH for 20 years. I love Laura Wright!

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree and her and Jason are best friends!

su0000
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su0000

hi Aria..
Of course Carly would be involved with Jason’s reveal.
Jason and Carly were very close, much like brother and sister..

Sam is not right for Billy/Jason, I hope they do not get back together..
Billy Miller is a heap of charisma and the Sam character is much like a blah stone..
Sam will drag Jason into blah land with her.
I want Json free..
Jake will be reborn into a Jason, he needs to be free to work on his life not be in a love triangle.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Much like brother and sister, su? I thought Jason and Carly had been lovers for a while, back in the day. Golly, I would hope brothers and sisters would not do that. Ewwww. Was I misinformed?

su0000
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su0000

hi CeeCee,, right, back in the day love stuff with fake sex! lol
but now, brother & sister type of whatever..

I just want Jason free of Liz and Sam 🙁 poor guy being stuck with either of them.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Su.
Yes, we have always agreed on that, Su. Jake/Jason should be untethered for a while; no tug-of-war games. These particular hens will peck him to death.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi Aria…I actually love Jake-Jason and Sam together. I think they have great chemistry and fit like a glove. Or…black leather jacket!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Carly will get delayed somehow– and although it is a standard soap opera device to have someone come in and break up the wedding with the “news” whether it be Carly, Hayden or Robin, I am hoping that Liz will have the decency not to go through with it, and bolt from the altar– please give Liz a little wiggle room for redemption and not marry a married man. I want the truth to come out finally, but lets not do it at the wedding –let Liz do the the decent thing and then have the truth come out afterwards.

Timmm
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Timmm

My biggest problem with Liz’s lie is she hurt Monica. I thought she could have told her that Jason is alive.

Martin
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Martin

I love how people complain about Spinelli’s tech when this is the show that has cryostasis chambers for Jason and hoe Robin can bring the dead back to life..

Tima
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Tima

LOL so true at least the facial reconstruction is based in reality since they got Jason’s X-rays pre and post surgery.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Lol, Martin….and, mess with people’s brains!!

Ces
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Ces

Now Carly, you were supposed to give that damn thing to Sam! And why is Sam just hanging out when Spinelli left her messages to pick up? Carly alwsys gets the big reveals but I guess I should be glad she didnt leave it on the table for snot face Liz to steal. can we hurry this up already?

Timmm
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Timmm

These people on soaps NEVER answer their damn phones!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Neither does one of my sisters, or her husband, Timmm. Very frustrating.

ces
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ces

sure don’t. Stupid because Sam was waiting to hear from Spinelli. Anything to drag this out further and make Carly the hero again.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Right? Ahhh, ces. I must sound like a broken record by now; but these writers are testing our intelligence and what’s within the realm of reason. Perhaps I was expecting too much from this new team.
I know you notice these subtle things, ces…….so;….have you noticed that Sam also wears black to bed? Some sleeping gear, eh? Leggings and wife-beaters.
Boxers are so much more comfy. LOL

Ces
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Ces

CeeCee, you always crack me up!! Sam’s bedtime wear cracked me up!! How does Dr. Drake get in therrr? lol!!! 😉
I just think someone else should play the hero once in awhile. Geez… let’s drag this out until Friday; not sure I can handle one more minute of that nauseating duo Liz & Jake DOE.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Well, ces, the feeling is mutual, since you just cracked me up…about, Patrick’s maneuvers? Between Sam, Summer, and “hey Doc”, we’re all set.
Ah, yes, Liz and Jake! This is so not Billy Miller. He capitulates to Liz’s every psycho whim.

su0000
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su0000

I want to give Laura Wright/Carly a big BRAVO!
She is a phenomenal actor!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Ok, y’all…listen up! I have been saying that Kiki will get into a car accident for, ummmmm, forever?!?!?!
Will we find out Nina is her bio mother, now? Will Kiki need plasma/blood which only Nina can provide?
Will the computer with Jason’s/Jake’s digital image be destroyed? Will the wedding be postponed because Carly is hurt? Will Carly and Sonny share the same hospital room? The same bed?

Ces
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Ces

Unfortunately drunks rarely get hurt; just the victims. Alas, Kiki is A-Okay and on her couch … sigh …..

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeah, how true! I keep calling it perpetually wrong concerning Kiki. She is crying out for help. Morgan is doing a bit of a turn-around. He is trying with her…..Which brings me to this query; what happened to his possible bipolar disorder?

Fanny
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Fanny

@CeeCee Sweetie… I’m glad you brought that up…Morgan possibly
being bipolar, seems to me (new) writers thought if ignored it may go
away… Really!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Right, Fanny….why introduce a topic, and a very delicate one at that, and not pursue it? I bet they have other ideas for Morgan. But, I just can’t picture him doing anything constructive or relevant because I can’t get the lascivious image of him out of my head. I cannot take this character seriously. This is how the previous writers molded him. It will take a while and something monumental to change Morgan’s guise and how he is perceived. I must see pigs fly to sway me, my lovely lady.

sexyjlo
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sexyjlo

Liz should tell that her and Nicholas knew about the identify of Jake all along &they need to pay for all the people they hurt &all the lives they turned upside down !! It is way over due Sam&Jason need to have their Family back together again & They have Great chemistry Love Them Together!!!

Newmanwins
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Newmanwins

Laura Wright just may be the best actress in the business. She gave one excellent performance on Monday’s show. It was as close to perfect as it can get.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I love Laura; not the character.
She surely is the best actress, besides Maura. Now, I see why she was nominated. I hope this is Laura’s year because she is outdoing herself. Love her impeccable skill.

janet
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janet

Just what I wanted to see. SB on my screen NOT ! glad I don’t watch any more.

Ces
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Ces

yet you post here. lol..

janet
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janet

I read the boards, .I want to know if there is any reason to watch. So far I see none. .I will see Robins return, Tristan’s and if not tooo disgusting Genie Francis. maybe just on you tube. no one on the show is of intrest to me anymore. All evil killers.

gilbert104¥
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gilbert104¥

I don’t care how much “prove” they show, Jake Doe will never be Jason Morgan. I always wanted Franco to be the real Jason!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

No one is saying Jake Doe will be Jason Morgan. Jake is Jason in name only. Don’t you know that, Gilbert? No actor, regardless how good he/she is, can ever duplicate another’s idiosyncrasies. And, I doubt that is what the writers are trying to do. His head injury will accommodate the ‘problem’ perfectly. Ain’t fiction great??

sharon fox
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sharon fox

what i hope happens is that liz gets dumped on and him and sam find away to fall back in love and stay married/ as much as i love patrack you can never be fully happy as you were with your firsf love/ its never gonna be the same as what you loved about your first love, some thing will aways get in the way of your second love u never forget. awful hard to move on cause your always wondering if your doing the right thing or do u feel like your cheating w/ your new love huh

General Hospital

GH Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

Photo: ABC

What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

Photo: IG

Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

Photo: JPI

Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

Photo: ABC

Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

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What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Michael E. Knight Chats On: Taking on the Role of Martin Grey, Friendship with James Patrick Stuart, and All My Children’s Tad

Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

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During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

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In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

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Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital Tapes 15,000th Episode; Featuring Genie Francis with Almost Every Single Cast Member Appearing in It

On Thursday, ABC’s General Hospital reached yet another milestone in its illustrious history. The daytime drama taped its 15,000 episode.

During the tape day, the cast, crew and creatives posed for a photo on set to mark the occasion with cake.

GH’s 15,000 episode will air next month on June 17th.

ABC 7’s entertainment guru, George Pennacchio was on set with a first-hand report, interviewing the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

From the sounds of it, the 15K episode will center around the character of Laura, and according to Valentini, “It will be happy, it will be sad, it will be dark, it will be scary, it will be fun, it will be thrilling and it will be exciting, but most importantly it will have almost every single cast member in it.”

Check out the segment and on set report from Pennacchio below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to see the 15K episode of GH via the comment below and congratulate the long-running soap for another historic milestone.

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