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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Wright and Billy Miller Share Scenes as Carly and "Jake" AKA Jason!

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On Friday’s episode of General Hospital, Laura Wright (Carly) and Billy Miller (Jason) shared their first scenes on-air as Carly and Jason (well, “Jake” for now).

The set-up had Carly running into “Jake” at the hospital in Franco’s Art Rehab classroom.

Once in each others gaze, Carly felt that “Jake” seemed very familiar to her, so much so, that once they got around to talking about her upcoming Halloween nuptials to Franco, Carly needed a sounding board … and guess who listened to her?

One of the key moments of the scenes came when Carly told “Jake” that today was the 2nd anniversary of her best friend Jason’s death.  And as Carly mentioned Jason, and later Sonny, it seemed that “Jake” may have had a slight recollection, but cannot connect the dots as of yet.  The scenes were written in very much the same way the old Carly/Jason scenes went down, where Carly needed some sound advice, and Jason offered it.  This time “Jake” offered it, basically saying if you want to marry the guy (Franco) you should, and if you don’t, you shouldn’t.   To which Carly responded, that is the way Jason would have given her advice.

What was exciting for fans of GH, and the soaps, was to see these two daytime heavyweights and Daytime Emmy winners, sharing scenes for the first time, where eventually, and somehow, Carly and “Jake” will realize just how much they mean to one another!  Plastic surgery and memory loss can confuse people, after all!

So, what did you think of Laura Wright and Billy Miller together as Carly and “Jake” AKA Jason? Share your initial impressions below!

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su0000
su0000

YES!!
This is going to pop!!
”The scenes were written in very much the same way the old Carly/Jason”
so true, I could feel it, feel them!!
I see the writers have got this right on.. !!

Laurie
Laurie

su0000,

I always like your posts. I agree the writers did indeed go old school! I’ve read some comments on social media saying the scene was forced, contrived & ridiculous because NOBODY sits down and starts telling a stranger about their private life & reservations about her upcoming wedding. To that I say: CARLY WOULD! AND DOES! First does everyone remember:

Carly met Jason at a bar named JAKE’S!! (eery). He was renting a room upstairs after recently being involved in a car wreck (JUST LIKE JAKE-carwreck) and he developed amnesia (JUST LIKE JAKE!). He knew who he was but turned his back on it and became a tough, guarded, brooding type. Hard to get to know. They started having sex together, but stopped when he fell for Robin. They kept hanging out as friends and he became her best friend. and Carly started spilling the beans to him ALL about her love life crisis (JUST LIKE TODAY!) She had NO filter and he sat and listened and didn’t judge and gave her common sense advice, short , simple and honest (JUST LIKE TODAY!) Back in the day Carly told him she didn’t want him dating Robin. He replied: “So what? What is in my heart for Robin has nothing to do with what other people think.” HELLO!! He said the similar to what he told her today about marrying Franco!!

Yep su000, they nailed it. It’s hard to understand if you don’t know the backstory. I think on a subconscious level she may have felt it was Jason. But she was thinking about him today, and she has nobody to turn to for advice because Sonny and Bobbi are pressuring her to not go through with it. She couldn’t have Jason so she used Jake. She may also be trying to sabotage her wedding. She seems to sabotage everything in her life.

I think she’s going to give him a job at Metro Court and the friendship will surely resume!! (Me and my long posts-yikes)

dmr
dmr

At first, I was thining how ridiculous it was that Carly would tell a complete stranger, who is newly close with Elizabeth, her life’s story-her qualms about marrying Franco, how Franco is “misunderstood,” her affair with Sonny, etc., but, then I remembered-Carly is a complete narcissist-of course she would do that! With all of the open dialogue in public places about Sonny shooting AJ and his affair with Carly, will it really surprise anyone when the truth comes out? HA! Great scenes with Carly and “Jake.” Growing old of how all of Sonny’s mistakes, sins, etc. are always justified…

CeeCee
CeeCee

You are right on the mark, Su. This scene was so well written and executed. Billy Miller is a natural. He fit into the Jason role like a glove…no newbie her. I also praise Laura….very believable as the wistful and nostalgic Carly…..kudos.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

CeeCee, thats NOT Jason…its his unknown twin Mason the Cassidines programmed to think he is Jason…they even tricked Robin to believe it…The Cassidine want ELQ, the Quartimaine mansion and their money and it doesnt matter that the Cassidines are ten times richer than Bill Gates…lol…the writers are convincing us that this is Jason when he is really Jasons long lost unknown twin Mason the same way OLTL tricked us into believing Victor was really Todd…lol

aria
aria

it wasn’ as great as the scenes that billy miller shared with becky herbts. i really don’t see this great connection the show wants us to swallow between these two characters i just really don’t. carly is carly she thinks she does no wrong, she’s obnoxious and a winer, so i was bored during their scenes together, more becky and billy please….

su0000
su0000

LOL
I think the opposite..
Rebeca is a whiny lil dull thing and Carly is strong and slick/dynamic..
And- Jason/Billy Miller could never bore anyone lol 🙂

He won’t be with anyone for quite awhile, anyways..
He has to deal with Helena and the Cassadines, they want their million dollar project Jason back..
(we’re in for some great Billy Miller/Jason action!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I trust your predictions, Su…and Jimh’s.

dmr
dmr

su0000, thank you! I agree with you regarding the character of Elizabeth. I find the character to be very boring. I didn’t really see the chemistry between her and Jason. No offense to the actress or her fan base. We all have our favorites. My favorites are Ava, Carly, and Nina-all of the narcisstics and maniacs of the show! HA!

Patrick
Patrick

thank you….

it can’t just be me…

but :

with the nuREGIME of : FV / RC

I honestly, have felt… they never know what to do with Carly…. because of Carly history on GH… and the actress herself…. she did deserve that emmy… but since then… ??? I draw blanks… on her character

it’s time for GH to split Carly and Franco

keep her with Sonny…. : for GH history and veteran know

but… to pair her up with Billy Miller… already…. to, what ?? test the waters…. I think he’s doing fine with Liz…. but that’s because that’s all we’ve seen

I think he would be svelte with Brit

C’mon fans… I can take it… is Carly still their ? still ON ?

I think she’s best relegated to filler with Sonny… ’nuff said… it’s better than her screaming about Michael, Morgan, and Franco

Laurie
Laurie

Patrick did you watch GH in the 1990’s? I’m sure you did but I can’t remember. Her and Jason are best friends. They really are. I asked because that’s when it started, in 1997 I believe, and the way the show was wrtten back then (sigh..I miss it so), the writers built their storylines up perfectly. Their friendship happened slow over several shows but they’ve been besties since. I didn’t even consider that GH was testing him as a possible romantic lead with her. I just thought that they were intentionally trying to get him around people he was closest with before. Maybe I misread the scene.

I agree with you on current Carly. They don’t seem to know what to do with her and it’s a shame. The previous 2 Carly’s were very well-defined I think. I think Carly is best with Jax. If not, then I vote for her to be alone and be in a relationship with herself..I mean, sometimes one doesn’t have to a significant other. She could use some reflection time!

I read a spoiler that said Carly gives Jason a job at the Metro Court. Could just be rumor.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Not to worry, Patrick. It’s happening…the split will be as colossal and as disastrous as the split of the Ancient Supercontinent…LOL.
But, hey, friend….my feelings for Carly and Sonny run right alongside yours.

davlestev1
davlestev1

and now it begins @aria..because he’s so good…LMAO

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Liz and Jason have great chemistry in those scenes together…glad they didnt pair her with Nik who is so bland and boring but improves with Brit…wasnt much of a Liz fan until she was in those scenes with Jason…i agree Aria about Carly…you described her perfectly!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yup, jimh. I, too, want to see those two together.

Ces
Ces

I agree. I don’t “get” Carly & Jason’s undying friendship. Maybe it worked with the other Carly, but Laura Wright isn’t tender enough and comes off a little bit too aggressive in most scenes to buy this relationship.

Laurie
Laurie

Nice description. Aggressive. Their relationship was strong with both earlier Carly’s. I recently re-watched when they met and became FWB for a few months. Then how their friendship grew. It was very appealing and they had amazing chemistry. Really you guys should check em out someday..Carly Benson 1997 on youtube. Great actress SJB. Carly annoyed the heck out of him back then too. Always blabbing and having a crisis, but it was tempered and he was patient with her. He was like her Xanax. He calmed her down by staying calm. Also I want to add that they were very playful together, cracking jokes, laughing, talking..so it really irks me when people keep saying he talks too much to be Stone Cold. He didn’t become that way til much later. I feel this Jason could be reverting back to the earlier Jason.

I can see where this Carly is rougher around the edges, but she CAN be soft & tender when she turns it on. I wish she’d do that more often.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I do not like Carly, period. I agree with you….I cannot picture the softer side of Carly. However, Laura’s acting was great…she delivered. I felt her….does that make sense?
Anyway, the reason why she came off so aggressively has simply and oh, so eloquently been ‘penned’ by Shay…”marauding mammoth”…. “Amazon….” LOL…sorry, couldn’t resist!

Ces
Ces

I liked Sarah Joy Brown in the role as Carly, not too much the other one who’s name I can’t seem to remember at that moment. I DO like Laura Wright as an actress; she knows how to turn on the tears that’s for sure but this Carly comes off too hard most the time and I think needs to soften up a little bit. She was sort of soft the other day with “Jake” but I guess it’s her defensiveness and yelling as she delivers her lines (much like Jane Elliot) that grates on my nerves a bit. And that whole “The world revolves around Michael Corinthos” schpeel has gotten super old.
I do think Laura is a good actress Ceecee and yes, she does delive most the time, I just would like to see a little bit of softness around the edges and less “in attack mode” which is how she always seems to be.
I do like Billy Miller though 🙂

I love gh
I love gh

I actually do get it. Jason is the only person, aside from Michael, who accepts her as she actually is without trying to change her or control her. Every other man in her life, on some level, has tried to do just that. Who wouldn’t want a friend like that? Jason gets the same from her. That is what a real bestie is.

k/kay
k/kay

@ces you are talking about Tamara Braun who replaced Sarah Brown she kept the edge of Carly but bought a softer side she in my opinion had the best chemistry with MB. When they did the Carly segment with the Carly’s you could tell MB was the most comfortable with TB it showed all over his face.

davlestev1
davlestev1

BillyMiller has quite proved why he has Emmy’s. I watched and you see the killer and the confused “real Jason” all at once. He’s struggling with who he was/became/is and could be all in a few scenes..he made you say…oh uhunh..this may have not been good..then..well..and…yeah..I want to watch this play out without a doubt…

Virginia
Virginia

I thought “Jake & Carly did o’kay for the short time together. We in NYC missed the last 10 mins because of Special News report by NY/NJ Govs. But I think so far so good. I think the new Jason is going to work out. Time will tell. Enjoy Weekend, Davlestev1

davlestev1
davlestev1

Thank you @Virginia you too..and find the scenes or watch the replay…All that needs to be in that character is in the actor…RC appreciates an actor who appreciates their gift..It WILL be great!!! And BTW people need to understand RC and FV are not old men who’ve wrote soaps for a myriad of decades…in a lot of ways they are so fresh and pushing so hard to advance the genre that not all things we see will be to our liking…BUT THE MAJORITY IS!!! And I also realize they’ve watched these shows as we have..and people they remember and love and people we older folks remember and love won’t always be the same..but I’m entertained and it’s can’t miss much more than miss sooo…

davlestev1
davlestev1

LOL…sorry FrankValentini…FV

su0000
su0000

We haven’t seen or know anything, not yet..
The Cassadines want Jason..

It was a multi million dollar project/experiment, to bring Jason back..
They did not spend a year and millions bringing Jason back out of love so he could go back to Port Charles and start a romance with Liz.. lol

The best is yet to come!!
I’m excited for the Cassadine and Jason story to develop..

Ces
Ces

I don’t even get why the Cassadines want Jason. Makes no sense and I think they need to get rid of Helena & Jerry JAX once and for all. They are both boring!

davlestev1
davlestev1

WELCOME BACK LAURAWRIGHT AS CARLY

soapgal
soapgal

I was just so surprised at how much I loved the Carly & Jake scenes , they instantly had that vibe/connection that pulled me in , & up until I saw these scenes I hadn’t realized how much I had missed the friendship of Carly/Jason

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

What if he’s NOT the real Jason…i dont trust the Cassidines…maybe they programed him to think he is Jason…so much so others will think the same…maybe they cloned the real Jason who is still in a coma and gave nuJason a whole new face for whatever reason to help with their sinister plans! Or he IS Jason who is simply programmed to do whatever the Cassidine( like Fluke might be one) want him to do like KILL Sonny! and nuJasons escaping was really set up by the Cassidines!! BEWARE!!!…lol

Laurie
Laurie

I can never fully enjoy the show because I always wonder if what I am seeing is real. The writers are so TRICKY, they trip me up all the time! I’ve thought maybe he knows he’s Jason and he’s just digging to find out who he is to everyone. Then I thought what if he’s already programmed by Victor and he’s just asking all of these questions to Liz to gain her trust. My head spins thinking about it. I can’t even…

I feel the storyline is find w/o the Cassadines, but we can’t seem to get away from them. Sigh…

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I know what you mean about seeing what is ‘real’ and that is why i thought: what if he isnt Jason and we are being tricked but i hope he really is Jason…i like his chemistry with Liz…the show has too many villians…i want a hero and i want it to be Jason!!!

Laurie
Laurie

Jim, he did light up when Carly said Sonny. If he’s not really Jason, then why does Helena have an orderly on her payroll watching him?

And is there any way Obrecht already knows who Jason is? Could Victor have told her. (Really I quit trying to keep the Cassadines straight decades ago. I’ts fun, but I tune it out unless it’s Victor)

When both Franco and Michael turn on Carly, and when SHE turns on Sonny after learning his assassination plans for Franco, will Carly turn to Jake? She doesn’t have female friends does she?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Those are good questions…i see a programmed Jason shooting Sonny and Franco getting the blame or shooting Franco and Sonny getting the blame…Dr.O might already know who Jason is…maybe Dr.O does the things she does because the Cassidines threaten to harm her family if she doesnt cooperate…would be a good way to redeem her if she was being blackmailed all this time…i seriously dont think anyone wants to be Carlys friend…imo, Carly is way overbearing and too controling…she seems she cant make up her mind who she wants…i think Carly has anxiety and mental health issues…she sure drives me crazy…lol…she needs to see Dr. Kevin Collins a.s.p.,…lol

Jason
Jason

I know. He might be a Jason clone and that they might be doing this in order to bring Steve Burton back in the canvas. However, if they do a storyline where they introduce a bad guy in the canvas during the OLTL crossover and had Jason do a face/off surgery in order to find out what he was hiding, only to have the bad guy take Jason’s face, died and blame on Jason, then everyone finds out that Jason is the guy the his face.

They are just repeating the Todd/Walker/Victor storyline from OLTL. Could they just not give Jason a new face and possibly wait for the character to return. Or at least do a funeral with a body. I mean, they way they “killed” him off was just some plot device saying that he’s still alive.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

They are doing that: THE TALE OF TWO JASONS just like OLTL’s TALE OF TWO TODDS…Jason probably had a twin just like Todd and had the imposter Victor pose as Todd…now Jasons twin Mason has been programmed by the evil Cassidines to believe he is Jason to carry out their sinister plot to take over ELQ and the Quartimaine fortune!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Laurie and CeeCee, thats not Jason…its his twin Mason programmed by the Cassidines to carry out their sinister plans against their enemies in PC!!!

Beth
Beth

Only one word needed….OUTSTANDING.

su0000
su0000

I’ll top your ”’outstanding”’
with
… Spellbinding !!

(next..lol

Beth
Beth

Agree

harry
harry

I’ve got one–exaggeration

Michael S
Michael S

Loved it! Can’t wait for more!

JUDY
JUDY

BILLY MILLER IS OUTSTANDING NO MATTER WHAT SHOW HE IS ON…..WHAT A PLUS FOR G.H.!!!!!

Rodd
Rodd

I thought it was great! The actors and writers are doing a fantastic job with this. Loving it.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I didn’t watch the episode yet but whichever way it plays out I hope they don’t pair these two together as a new couple (what might have been). I’d definitely like to see him with Liz this time around…

As for old ways…Jake/Jason’s personality came out with Elizabeth too…he used to encourage her with her art…and did the same thing when he asked her to draw something when they were in Franco’s art therapy room.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Oh…did NO ONE notice that when his bandages were first removed he had a beard!!!! LOL. Facial reconstruction complete with facial hair!

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

I’m assuming after his face was reconstructed and he was bandaged his beard grew. My husband’s hair would grow that fast.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t know…the way they’re playing it is he has a brand new face. Everything…which is why no one recognizes him. Which, LOL, obviously could never be done to that extent because it would be a face transplant! So…to me…if such extensive work was done that he’s unrecognizable I would think there’d be scar tissue, stitches, bruises, swelling…which would perhaps stunt hair growth in those areas. And…they’d have to shave him before the procedure…just seemed ridiculous to me. After all I just said…perhaps you’re right! 😉

Ces
Ces

I didn’t want the character of Jason to return because I really DID NOT like him nor did I like Steve Burton’s lackluster acting style —- however, I do like how GH is weaving “Jake” into the canvas and that guy with a glimmer in his eye has more personality and acting chops than Steve Burton had the entire time he was on the show. I may just like this Billy Miller fellow and I might add he is VERY easy on the eyes!!! 😀
okay, my only little beef would be that Jason’s Eyeballs wouldn’t change and his voice wouldn’t change either so they should kinda know who is in that body.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I think they explained the voice thing when Jason was escaping from the clinic he ripped out his breathing tube. Robin mentioned doing that damaged his vocal chords, which is why he could not speak. I have been assuming since they don’t recognize the voice that damage altered his voice enough that it is not same as his old voice.

As for the eyes, well I think that is why people are getting the feeling they know him, but eyeballs alone wouldn’t be enough to say he is Jason– when those eyeballs are encased in a whole new face.

janet
janet

Glad I don’t watch this mess anymore Didn’t have to sit through that !

k/kay
k/kay

Hey Janet you are missing screaming flinging hands over acting and everybody saying this is great soap opera!

k/kay
k/kay

It is a blatant disgrace to call this even remotely good story telling !

GH-er
GH-er

I never wanted Jason back either – the Sonny/Carly/Jason Mob Hour was just too boring for words, but I am loving Billy Miller! He’s chock full of charisma. I just hope NuJason is written to be much more than the character he was before. I don’t want him with Liz or Sam, either. Been there, done that, and the wars over those poor characters are just awful. But I am looking forward to all of this playing out and seeing where it goes.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’ve got to repeat this question again!!!! LOL! Didn’t anyone notice he had a beard when the bandages were removed!!!!!!!!????????

harry
harry

I tried to answer…..but yes, I did notice.
What they can do with facial reconstruction surgery these days.

su0000
su0000

Rebecca1..
I worked for/with a reconstruction/plastic surgeon for 7 years..
I can tell the minute someone has had something done, especially the lips..
hint- their upper lip does not easily move its really funny when you try to have them say.. ‘work’ .. anyways that form an ‘o’ effect, the lip upper lip will not move..
looks really funny.. gives meaning to -stiff upper lip hahaaa..

anyways..
Mens facial hair does not stop growing even after surgery and in bandages,,
I’m glad he shaved! Billy uh Jake/Jason he is so overly awesome!

Shay
Shay

@rebecca1….YES, I noticed! And it bothered me as well that there was no continuity to that particularly detail. I’ve often said that the current GH is an abridged version, and this is but one example….they take a leap without explanation or logic, and expect you to simply go with it, no questions asked!

Nick D.
Nick D.

Off topic, but it was great seeing Connie the ghost! That was a surprise given she starts on Y/R next week (recurring, but still I can’t imagine Jill was too excited about sharing her haha). Her new hair looks great. Love KeSu.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Wow, Connie got a great makeover in Heaven…with my luck ill probably end up in Hell and still look the same…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

I think this scene was purposely contrived to show the viewer what an easy feat it is to be put at ease in Jason’s company and divulge one’s deepest secrets, per se. He seems to be able to draw out whatever is on one’s mind . Is it possible for this scene to also suggest that it is Jason Quartermaine’s re-introduction to Port Charles? I knew neither, so whose mien; whose behavior; whose characteristics does this Jason mostly recollect for the audience…JM or JQ?
It is so frustrating for me not to be acquainted with all these characters. I can only base my opinion on what’s in the present….what’s right in front of my nose.
Carly runs parallel with Sonny for me….I reserve a strong dislike for both characters; however, Carly brought it for me in this scene.

k/kay
k/kay

I do not think RC has the brain power for that in a storyline he is the James Reilly of soap operas he has made GH into Passions which is considered a joke in the soaps.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey CeeCee…I think this scene…and the scenes with Liz…and lil Danny holding his hand when he was in the coma…and probably Sam when she meets him…just means that he seems familiar to all of them…the core of who he is hasn’t changed. He’ll probably be a combination of Jason Q and Jason M…I think he may have his emotions back…time will tell. But the easy rapport just shows that he connects with everyone in his past…and they all seem to “sense” a familiarity…

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

But wait until they find out thats Mason…Jasons unknown twin brother…the real Jason is still in a coma…the Cassidines have fooled Robin and even us fans…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Exactly, rebecca. That’s what I meant…..there is something very familial about ‘Jake’ which gives him access to everyone’s innermost feelings and vice versa.
I think it is this quality which made Carly confide in a ‘complete stranger’.m

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

Billy Miller is AMAZING. I have never seen him act before, but I love his scenes. I DO NOT, repeat, DO NOT want to see the revival of Jason Morgan, Carly and Sonny. The old Jason was reprehensible. I was so excited when he “died”.

I think Billy Miller is far more talented an actor than SB and already you can see that Jason is not the essentially brain-dead Cyborg SB played him to be. So while I quite enjoy the talents of Laura Wright much of the time, I do not want her and Jason reconnecting.

I want this Jason to have a conscience. To care about Elizabeth. To remember and rescue Robin. To live a fulfilling life. To become a Quartermaine.

And I’ve about had enough of Sonny & Carly. Especially Sonny. I really need a Sonny break. I hope the baby is Morgan’s and he threatens his parents if anything happens to Ava he will spill it all.

KMB
KMB

I agree, I am loving Billy Miller! He brought me back to GH after a very long absence. I was never really a Stone Cold fan, but I am already enjoying this interpretation of Jason thanks to Billy. As far as Carly, the only pairing I ever really enjoyed her in was with Jax….

Ghlover
Ghlover

If Tamara would be back as Carly things could get hot !

Laurie
Laurie

Note that Carly had that ugly dang evil eye recorder wrapped around her neck when she spilled all of her life secrets to Jake in 60 seconds flat! Franco could’ve been watching the whole thing before he walked in. There could be 2 reasons that he doesn’t like Jake-this one and the fact that he hates Jason anyway.

Laurie
Laurie

Cee Cee, Some people hated the scene and some people loved it. It didn’t bother me, because I at first thought they were going old school. It was shades of old Carly, life in a mess, her insecurities about her ability to make her own decisions and think for herself at the forefront. This has been a true and running them of this characters since she hit town in 1996. Wait, not true. When Sarah Jo Brown’s Carly hit town, she was a cold-hearted, manipulative young lady determined to ruin her bio mom’s life for payback of giving her up for adoption and seemngly not accepting and loving her. The friendships you see today between mom and Carly tooks years to achieve. This was back when the writer’s wrote strong stories that unfolded at a beautiful pace, and where the build-up and the aftermath were as or more important and beautifully handled as the reveal. I don’t see that a lot here. They do great reveals, but don’t follow anything up w/consequences. What’s the point then? When Jason M met Carly in a bar named JAKE’S (eerie) he had just ditched his birth family and his real last name and turned to a life of crime to get as far away from their rich ways. His alcoholic black sheep brother AJ had just wrecked a car w/him in it causing HIM to get amnesia and brain damage never to remember his life before then again. AJ wasn’t hurt but was hated then-after by Sonny, Jason’s friends and AJ’s his family rejected him too. Carly was well into her scheme to hurt her birth mom Bobbi for payback. It was working. Basically they picked each other up that night & became mattress buddies for months. But she couldn’t con Jason or manipulate anymore info out of him & his personal life than he wanted her to know. She was super possessive of Jason, but he was in love with Robin. She was falling in love with Bobbi’s husband. They became great friends and finally quit the sex, but he liked that Carly accepted him and Robin couldn’t fully and she loved that he didn’t judge her or lie to her, ever. I brushed up recently & rewatched on youtube. 2 videos- “Carly Benson 1996 9” shows when they met and “Carly Benson 1997 9” shows their friendship and where it had gone. She’s trying to be domestic at her new place with Tony, scared to death he was going to leave her for his ex-wife, and she was sharing all of her fears with a more relaxed, funny, charming Jason. They laughed , talked and teased. So all of you folks saying Stone-cold doesn’t talk or show emotions, WRONG!! Depends on who he’s with. 1 more thing: I almost choked when Carly told Jake that Liz has always carried a torch for Jason. More like the other way around. Also funny, because Carly has always carried a torch for Jason. She… Read more »

CeeCee
CeeCee

Your posts are pretty condensed to me, Laurie. Thank you , I feel I have more of a grip on these characters and their past lives …..good and bad.
You said something very interesting…at least, my ears perked up (symbolically speaking)… You said Sam schemed? Really! …..well, ‘blow me down”…LOL. I thought she wore a halo ! Isn’t she trying to prove that Nina is concocting something? I suppose it takes one to know one.

Lee
Lee

I miss SB as Jason Morgan. It seems like Billy Miller might go the JQ route and that would ruin it for me.

scyren
scyren

JQ probably would have never dated Sam. So, I don’t think they will do that. But I’m with you. I want JM. I miss Steve. Jason had brain damage and that is why he acted the way he did. And SB nailed that.

Lia
Lia

You know, I love Billy, but he’s just not Jason Morgan. I really wish GH had left Jason off the canvas until Steve Burton was ready to return, because he is Jason Morgan. Sonny has Shawn, so it really isn’t necessary to have Jason back at this time. Y&R should have made it work with Billy Miller, because he is Billy Abbott. The current actor in that role is not doing it for me. I like Burgess, but he just isn’t Billy Abbott imo, so that role has been thrown off for me. It just sucks for those of us who can see the great chemistry between certain characters, and the actors and their characters. Michael Muhney is another. He is Adam Newman, so I full expect to see the new actor look out of place.

Rose9
Rose9

I really enjoyed the Carly and “Jake” reunion scene. I always liked Carly and Jason’s friendship and it will be really nice to have that aspect of the show back.

scyren
scyren

I’m so confused. Memories wouldn’t not affect his personality because of the brain damage. Did I miss something? Are we supposed to pretend there is no more brain damage? Cause, last time he had amnesia he still acted the same. The brain damage was the reason that he wasn’t wired the same as everyone etc.

And Jason Morgan would not be okay with Carly sleeping or marrying freaking Franco. Has everyone on this show lost their mind. I didn’t have much respect for Carly but I can tell you right now, I have none left at this point.

Jason would have told her why are you asking me because you’re just going to do what you’re going to do anyway.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Why would THIS Jason/Jake say anything “personal” to Carly other than give his instinctive advice. He’s not going to say what he thinks is a perfect stranger (even if he senses a familiarity) “why are you asking me because you’re just going to do what you’re going to do anyway.”

This is a new actor playing a character with a new face and no recollection of who he is or who he loves. And…it’s a soap…so as we say anything can happen. Maybe he won’t have the same brain damage. Maybe THIS brain damage unscrambled his prior brain damage…which would leave him open to a whole gamut of emotions that were stolen from him in his prior car accident. You’re talking about how Jason…the Jason we’ve all known would react…why would THIS version “not be okay with Carly sleeping or marrying Franco? He doesn’t know either one at this point…he’s giving friendly advice…

People have to wait and see where this “version” goes…he’s a remnant of his past…we don’t know what or who he’ll be when he fully recovers. Who he’ll love, will he lead a life of crime…become a doctor? And before all of that…the Cassadine’s will attempt to control him. Say goodbye to Steve Burton and his character for now….and watch this actor/this Jason unfold.

lee b
lee b

just get jason back an get rid of all the dumb plots fans waited long eoungh about to stop watching cuz of all the dumb plots

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Real Andrews Returns As Marcus Taggert On General Hospital

Well, well, well! Looks who’s back in Port Charles!  A major surprise occurred during Thursday’s “Next-On-General Hospital” teasers when viewers saw Sonny’s former nemesis Marcus Taggert, and Sonny himself, in a clip from a scene.

Turns out that today on Friday, January 17th look for the return of Real Andrews to his role as Taggert!  Andrews took to his Twitter and Instagram account to confirm the casting news.

Maurice Benard tweeted: He’s Back!!! Bigger and better than ever. On General Hospital. You don’t want to miss it.”

While, Andrews tweeted: “It is going to be a great ride.”

Real played the role of Marcus from 1996-1997 and then again from 1998-2003.   He was last seen on the soaps on Days of our Lives back in 2016 and 2017.

In real life, Benard and Andrews are good friends.

Now the question is, could Taggert’s re-emergence tie in to the new case that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is working on, and somehow the return of Nikolas Cassadine to the canvas?  Years ago, Taggert’s sister, Gia was involved with the dark prince, leaving fans speculating that perhaps Nik and Gia had a daughter, who could turn out to be Trina played by Sydney Mikayla.  Hmmm.

So, give a big “welcome back” to Real as Taggert hits the screen today on GH via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nelle Is A Free Woman … And Shiloh’s Widow

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the pick-up of the oh-so-soapy and delicious moment when Shiloh’s widow reveals herself at the memorial in his honor.  Taking off her HUGE black veil/hat, all the attendees are stunned to see it none other than Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier).  And it was the perfect set-up for naughty Nelle when she had so many of her enemies all in one place as her captive audience. Clearly, she wants revenge on all of them.

At the ceremony, Nelle explains that she and Shiloh while in prison had a small ceremony and “Dawn of Day” devotee Daisy was their witness, which Daisy confirms.  Nelle goes on to say that she shares Shiloh’s wishes to be part of little Wiley’s life, and since he is no longer among us, she will makes sure she is a part of it!

Of course, throughout her statements, Michael (Chad Duell) is looking less than amused and cuts to the chase and asks her what she really wants.  And with something that all viewers of the ABC daytime drama series, let out a collective, “uh-oh”, Nelle replied “What belongs to me.”   As we know, Wiley is Michael and Nelle’s biological son, and with Lucas (Ryan Carnes) in the hospital, it would seem the perfect time for her to make her move to get closer to the child she gave to Brad (Parry Shen).

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Next, Chase (Josh Swickard) arrives on the scene and says to all that what Nelle is saying is true. She is not only Shiloh’s widow, but she is no longer behind bars! Nelle explains how after being “stabbed” by Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) and the ensuing circumstances she was able to be granted a get-out-of-jail card!

To take the set-up of this story to even another level, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) admits to Chase that she took the job as Wiley’s nanny!  Chase does not think it’s a good idea for her to care for Wiley’ and then eventually have to leave him with Brad and Lucas, once Lucas is recovered.  Willow assures Chase she can handle it.  As for Nelle, she has it out for Willow now, and be rest assured, she is not just going to stand by and let Willow move in on her bio-son.

Jason (Steve Burton), who was present at the memorial, heads to Carly (Laura Wright) to tell the bad news; that her enemy Nelle is out of jail, and running around free and is Shiloh’s widow.  Carly as expected is very distraught and unhappy to hear the news.

turns out, Nelle is not done with her day yet! Next, while the Quartermaines conduct an ELQ shareholders meeting in their living room; Ned (Wally Kurth) says the first order of business is the late Oscar Nero’s ELQ shares.  As the Q’s begin discussions which dissolve into bickering, in walks Nelle! Yup, since Oscar left his shares to Shiloh and she is his widow, well, she is now going to have her say … probably in everything!  Fade to black.

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What a fun return for Chloe Lanier who played Nelle’s shocker to the hilt!  Got to love a good bad girl on daytime who stirs the pot!

So, what did you think of Nelle being Shiloh’s widow? What do you think Nelle’s next power play will be? Comment below.

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Sean Kanan, Tristan Rogers & Timothy Woodward Jr. Talk On The Making Of New Digital Drama ‘Studio City’ & Respect For Soaps

Just as we closed out 2019, the world of digital dramas saw the debut of a riveting new show, Studio City.  The series initial season can be binged watched in its entirety on Amazon Prime, which follows the life of Hollywood actor Sam Stevens and the cast of “Hearts on Fire“, America’s number two daytime drama, as they navigate the chaotic world of soap operas and their own messy personal lives.

Studio City was co-created, executive produced, and stars longtime daytime favorite, Sean Kanan (Ex-AJ, General Hospital, Ex-Deacon, B&B).  In it, Kanan plays Sam, who plays a doctor on the soap-within-the show, and whose life off the set provides the back-drop for much of the drama and heart and soul of the series.

Kanan has surrounded himself with quite the acting company which includes: Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH), Sarah Brown (Ex-Carly and Claudia, GH, Julia, ATWT, Madison, DAYS and Agnes, B&B), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Nancy, DAYS and Ex-Shirley, B&B), Scott Turner Schofield (Ex-Nick, B&B) and the one and only, Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH, Colin, Y&R).   In addition, feature film director, Timothy Woodward Jr. (who turns out to be a soap fan and appreciates the genre), is the man behind the camera directing the story and the cast through the ups, downs, laughs and tears of the story in Studio City,

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Kanan, Tristan Rogers, and Woodward to find out: how Studio City all came together, what their hopes are for it in the future, and about the tears (those who have watched the series have shed in episode 6) and pivotal moments portrayed by Sean, Tristan, and Patrika Darbo that have helped create a buzz for the show.  Check out what these gents had to share below.

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Sean, in the stellar cast are many daytime notables including: Carolyn Hennesy, Sarah Brown, Patrika Darbo and Tristan. Did you reach out to them individually… and tell them what you had cooking with Studio City?

SEAN:  (Laughs) Did I reach out to them?  I had to beg them.  When you do a project like this, nobody is getting rich yet.  This really was a favor and a labor of love.  Patrika and I have really worked on more projects together than I can count.  Carolyn was on my radio show.  There was nobody else I wanted for their parts then Carolyn, Patrika, and Sarah. The idea of Tristan came a little bit later because I had written the character, but the character was actually very different.  He was actually a homeless guy.  He was a guy who had been a doctor and had been strung out on Vicodin, and had had a mishap in the operating room, and lost his license and then became homeless, but he was sort of this homeless sage poet who was giving Sam these bits of wisdom.  Ultimately, through meetings and compromises, it evolved into what it is now, and then, once that happened, I was like, “There’s no reason Tristan can’t play that,” and everyone signed on after a lot of coaxing, but they all did it for me.  I’m so grateful for that because it wouldn’t be what it is without those wonderful people in the series.

TRISTAN:  What happened was he said, “Will you do this part?”  I said, “Yeah.”  Sight unseen.  I figured Sean is an actor with relatively good taste (laughs) so he’s not going to give me a piece of s**t to do.  (Laughs)   Then, he sends me over some copy, and the copy is really good.   So, we set the week up, and that week turned out to be three weeks from hell for me because of my schedule!  I was doing General Hospital.  Then, I had Young and the Restless come in on top of that.  Then, I was doing The Bay, and somewhere in all of this I was doing Studio City.  So, I’m trying to figure out how I am going to do all of this.  In the meantime, Studio City said, “No, we’ve got to do it at a particular time because of the location.  We can’t get it at any other time, but these times…”  I said, “Okay,” and I’m thinking to myself, “God, how the hell am I going to make this work,” because I wanted to do everything, and I didn’t want to have to cancel anything.  I wanted to do it all because all of the projects were so good.  The Young and the Restless project was just an absolute joy to do working with Jess Walton (Jill).  We got Y&R all done in one day   So, I liked that.  After I finished that, was the day I started Studio City, and we were shooting  in a high rise where Sean and his wife Michele were living at the time.  They shot in a vacant apartment next door.  Right away, I was totally impressed with what was going on.  The level of production was really high.  I got the dialogue as I walked on set, and I had to sit down quietly because it was about a page and a half monologue, and I had to think, “Okay, what am I going to do with this guy?  How am I going to play him?”  Timothy Woodward is just fantastic.  He came along, we had a chat together, and he sort of said, “What are you going to do?” and I told him how I was going to play it, and he said, “Okay, go.”  We got it all in one take.  Bang.  I love that.

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SEAN:  There was a lot to do obviously, but we shot Studio City over five days.  We literally shot this at almost a soap opera pace.   I don’t think too many other actors; except for daytime actors could have pulled this off.  So, we were really blessed to have a bunch of pros.

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TIMOTHY: Every one of them were extremely talented in their roles.  Patrika blew my socks off.  Tristan did what he did, I mean, he’s amazing.  Sarah was great.  Carolyn Hennesy was great   I do a lot of feature stuff, and you know, we are shooting only 4 or 5 pages a day.  Sometimes 6.  So, it’s not often that I am handing someone a 7-page scene and saying, “Hey, go,” especially the day before, and they’re nailing it every single time and being able to deliver every single time, and hitting their marks, which makes the editing process so good.  They’re able to do it, especially when you keep the writing grounded on the side of it that’s about behind the show, but it still has dramatic moments.  You’re giving the actors a lot to chew on, but they all performed the material so well.

Tristan, in story, you play Sean and Sarah Brown’s step-father. There is a major scene in episode 6 between Patrika and Sean where Sam learns about his biological father, and then there is a scene with you and Sean in the aftermath of that.

TRISTAN:  Yes, they are my adopted kids.   Sam is going through a low part in his life, and my character has to kind of sit him down and go, “Listen, kid.  You’re a good guy.  Don’t ever be told that you’re not a good guy.  You’re my son, and I love you, and there’s not a day that goes past that I don’t love you.”  When you’re on the set at the time, it was an extremely emotional scene.  Very, very emotional, and the fact that we got it right the first time, made the intensity better.  If I had had to go back and do that again, it would have been slightly different. That’s the way I work.”

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Had you worked with Sarah Brown before; given you both have worked on General Hospital in your careers?

TRISTAN:  Never.  That was a great thing.  I had two scenes with her, and I loved them both, and I thought she was terrific,  What Sean and Timothy have done is  put together a really interesting bunch of people to totally dig and are part of the daytime scene, who are totally familiar with it, and know what it is all about, and make it different.  The only other show I can compare this to is GH: Night Shift.   We were never allowed to develop it, but that was where we were at.  I think we are making the same kind of broad steps here that we were doing back then.  Hopefully, we are given more of a chance to develop the concept of it. 

What can you say about working with Timothy? He obviously loves the soaps too!

TRISTAN:  He’s a good guy.  I mean, they couldn’t have gotten a better person to do the directing and put that side of it together.  He was the perfect choice: having an understanding of the background of daytime and basically liking it for what it is.  He was ideal!

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Timothy, you were a fan of The Bold and the Beautiful, correct? How did you come into Sean’s orbit?

TIMOTHY:  Yes … when Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) was with dad, Eric (John McCook), or something right before that. (Laughs)  That’s how long ago that was.  I started telling Sean all that stuff, and he sent this cookbook to my mom, and then, he called me.  We stayed in contact and started talking about a few things, and then he contacted me about being in the book he was doing, Success Factor X, and he wanted me to be in the book, so I said okay.  So, we just stayed in contact, and then, I called him about another project. Later, Sean said he had an idea for a show and he’s been working on it for a while, and said, “Here’s the idea.  What do you think?”  I said, “I think it’s something that I could be interested in,” (because I’d always watched soaps back in the day, and it’s something that my mom is a huge fan of) and you know, I could get down with doing it.”  So, we kind of met, shook hands, and said, “Let’s make it happen.”

Did you tell your mom you were working with Sean Kanan?

TIMOTHY:  I did!  She loved it.  Sean actually sent her a video to her phone wishing her a merry Christmas last year.

SEAN:  This guy is a feature-film director. Tim was like, “I think that would be a really interesting challenge.  I’d like to do a digital series,” and then it comes to pass that this sort of tough-guy film director from North Carolina, is a total closet soap freak! (Laughs)

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Timothy, in Studio City, when Patrika Darbo has this very emotional monologue about what happened to her and about Sam’s father.  Sean also delivered a powerful performance in the scenes, just through his reactions to her heartbreaking story. I just thought the way he played it was so moving.  You obviously did a great job directing that scene.

TIMOTHY: I said, “Sean, I’m seeing behind the camera.  I’m telling you man, you’re telling so much with your eyes.  You don’t have to say anything.  Don’t tell her it’s okay during the scene,” because his initial reaction was, “It’s my mom.  I want to tell her it’s alright.”  I was like, “No.  Don’t.  I don’t want you to do anything.  You need to absorb this; you need to be in that moment of where you just don’t even know what to say.   You feel for her, but you also have this self-inflicted pain yourself, and you just need to listen.  Just listen to her.  Zone out of everything else and listen to her.”  That’s what he did, and he did it really well.

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SEAN:  I remember that Patrika was incredibly generous because once we got her take; she was willing to go through all of that pain again so that my reactions would be as informed as it was.  Honestly I would like to tell you that it was me reaching into my big bag of actor tricks, but all I had to do was shut up and listen.  How can you not be moved by hearing that?  So, I just sort of shut up, didn’t have to hit my mark because I was sitting, and listened, and she did all of the driving on that, and she was just terrific and Timothy captured it beautifully.

Sean, when you envisioned the part of Sam for yourself; were you pleased about how it came across on screen?

SEAN:  Listen, the character is very close to who I am.  This guy is sort of a heightened version of me, but I am very much playing myself in this.  I’m playing myself in some situations that I have never had to deal with.  I was like, “If this is going to succeed or fail, it’s going to happen with me being my most authentic self, and it’s not someone else’s idea of who I am.  I’m going to show you who I am in this.”

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Trans actor, Scott Turner Schofield also appears in Studio City.  In part of his story, you are tackling a timely social issue of the plight of African-American trans individuals who are being murdered.  How did you come to the decision to include this arc in the series?

SEAN:  I felt it was important that we told a story that was LGBTQ and trans-centric.  I wanted Scott to be a character on the show that everybody knew was trans.  I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but maybe the character Scott plays is going to have a conflict with production and say, “Listen, I’ve got to be a trans character on the show because I need to sort of be a beacon to all of those people out there.  I’m living that life off-camera. ”  When you see him in his group and everything, and I think he is going to kind of stand up for himself, and that’s going to probably alter his story.  I thought it was important to be like, “My character knows he’s trans.  He’s my buddy who happens to be trans,” you know what I mean…. rather than it being this huge big thing.”

Was the goal to get Studio City released right at the end of 2019 to quality for Daytime Emmy consideration in the Digital Drama categories? 

TIMOTHY:  It was definitely something we think could get more eyeballs on the show, more attention to it if you will, in order to get it to the next level.  So, I think that’s important. Do this and get it even bigger … make more episodes and make them longer.  Sean keeps saying this series, is a love letter to soaps, and that’s what he told me he wanted to do.  You know what Sean is talking about.  There is somewhat of a disrespect level in our industry of, “Well, he’s on a soap,” and these people are so talented.  I mean, some of these daytime soaps have better ratings than a lot of the primetime shows.  You just read mainstream media or something about soaps, and you may think, “What?  There’s nobody watching it,” and then, you start looking at ratings and two and a half million viewers during an episode?  This is every day.  That’s a fan base.  There are dedicated people watching it.

SEAN:  It always bothers me when I see that; treating soaps like that because we work really hard, and there’s a lot of talented people involved with it.  It doesn’t always need to always be that whenever you see soap operas represented in “main series” projects, that they’re kind of the butt of a joke.  I was like, “That’s not going to happen because that’s not what they’re about.”

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Sean, you make things happen for yourself doing various projects whether it be: stand-up comedy, acting, books, etc and are one of the hardest working guys I know. Why do you think you have continually come back around, and in front of the daytime soap community all of these years?

SEAN:  I envy guys who have been on daytime consistently for 10, 15, 20 years, and there are times that I wish I were there and doing that, but I don’t necessarily know that if I were that guy that I would have had the wherewithal to write the books I have written.  I think I may have gotten comfortable, and you know, God bless.  I am in no way disparaging that because there is a lot to be said for that longevity on a series. I feel like on daytime I have always been kind of a hired guy.  I get brought in, I get let go, I get brought in, I get let go.  I never sort of maintained a sense of terra firma.  I always felt that it was probably going to be temporary, and I’d better figure out what else I’m going to do, which has given me opportunities that I have created to do projects that I am really passionate about like this one.

For more on Studio City, visit their website here.

Have you checked out Studio City on Amazon Prime yet?  If so, what do you think of it and the performances? Excited to see Sean and Tristan in different roles? Comment below.

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