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General Hospital Leads Soap Opera Revival – An MSN Money Special Report!

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In a twist that none of the network executives probably saw coming, the beloved art form of the daytime soap opera is having a resurgence and staging quite the comeback.

As the doom and gloom spread across the industry, that due to the escalating costs in producing these daily dramas and the lower return in the ratings, the long running series were locked in a conundrum.  If you look at where we were back in 2011, All My Children and One Life to Live were nixed, and General Hospital was in need of resuscitation!

Now in a turnaround, MSN Money reports and spotlights that the Walt Disney company took a gamble in keeping General Hospital and that bet has paid off, and  led the charge of the revival of the soaps!  MSN Money stated,  “Ratings for the show, which turns 50 in April, are on the rise.  General Hospital attracted more than 3 million total viewers during the week ended Dec. 28, the highest total in two years. Viewership among advertisers’ target demographic — women 18 to 34 years old — is up 44% year over year, according to ABC.”

MSN Money also says soap fans believe the reason for GH’s resurgence is:  “The show got a lot better. Under executive producer Frank Valentini, who assumed the job last year, the show has had entertaining story lines and brought back fan favorites from the show’s heyday, such as Rick Springfield (Dr. Noah Drake), Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) and Genie Francis (Laura Spencer). ”

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GH showrunner Valentini weighed in on the situation with MSN Money stating: “There were concerns about the future of the show.  We are all aware of how the television viewing market has become increasingly fractured.”

So now with The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives, GH and soon online the return of One Life to Live and All My Children, if the momentum can keep going, soaps could be sticking around alot longer than anyone would have thought a year ago at this time!

So soapers, what do you think is the top reason for General Hospital’s turnaround?  Let us know your thoughts, and what you think the state of the soap industry is at this point in time?

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todd
todd

Frank and Ron! Every week on GH feels as exciting as the last year of OLTL. The show is so well rounded. Every cast member is on and interacting with a larger/different set of characters. The show is seldom boring, and there is a cliffhanger at least 3 times a week.

caroldee
caroldee

Noticing less MOB related and more details on lives of other characters..brought back old favs and focus on hospital things..added some psychic stuff and some (poor judgement Vampire story lines) Writing is much better and despite losing a major player (Burton) the show continues to be interesting. LONG LIVE GH!!

k/kay
k/kay

As far as Burton in about 3 months when he has become the air hog on Y&R EB & PB will be calling GH to please take him back. Congrats GH!

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

It was interesting how the mob stuff just slowly went away but Sonny is still front and center and now mixing with the likes of Tracy Q! Love the show in every way and I can’t wait to watch it every day! Great work Cartini!!!!

Terri
Terri

Hate the Vampire story!!!!!! To far out there.

Denise Rogers
Denise Rogers

I agree

Bev Pettit
Bev Pettit

Miss Jason but love the fact they made Sonny more social and not a mob guy so much. Love Todd and Star, Like Anna and Luke although with Laura coming back I will be torn.

Mary T..
Mary T..

Just read that Starr..John Mc & Todd will not be taping after Feb..& will not be seen after March..something to do with being banned from the set of GH due to problems with their past shows and contracts… I really hope this is not true..In the beginning I didn’t want to like these stars because I thought they would take over GH..but,,they were written in and I have learned to love all 3 of them…I just love Todd..& his quirkiness..& John is sooooo easy on my eyes, & just love his voice,,& Starr is really good for Michael…

susan M.
susan M.

Triple DITTO!!!!!!!!!

Addy DeWitt
Addy DeWitt

Brian, Sonny is not front and center anymore. He is now a supporting player and the show is better for it. The over reliance on Jason and Sonny was ruining the show. The reason GH is better is it now an ensemble cast and the writing is far superior. Also, the 3 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Guza, Farren and Fronz are gone–those three are the grim reapers of daytime drama. It was as if they were trying to destroy GH>

Nancy
Nancy

You are right on about Frank and Ron. They are the best there is and now I am loving every single second of GH. I laugh and cry and love the actors and their stories. All I can say is Ron and Frank have my deepest gratitude for all they do.

Christy
Christy

so much better than it was before! !!

also I don’t think the soap genre was dying to fans… we were still watching, but there are so many ways to watch and have it not being counted… using a digital tuner, watching episodes on youtube. If they could track ALL viewers and how much of the old episodes we still watch, well I’m sure the execs would be floored.

Cable just go too expensive for me – what used to be $19 was about to go up to $50 and I said count me out! Got the digital tuner and it’s been fine…. and FREE! But ABC couldn’t tell I was still watching.

Ginnifer
Ginnifer

Absolutely!

Donna
Donna

I have watched GH for at least the last 40 (no kidding) years. After years of watching…or taping (VCR) the show….I now watch GH on SoapNet…only because of the new time change. I am sure when they are counting viewers…I am not inlcuded!

Lynn Ohler
Lynn Ohler

I am so glad to hear that GH is doing so well! I have watched it since the days of Steve Hardy and am so glad it is still around and better than ever! Love the fact that there are old characters back and I LOVE Todd Manning, he is probably my favorite character. I also wish the Chew & Katie would go away and OLTL & AMC would come back to daytime & not online.

Marisa
Marisa

I agree.

judy
judy

i whole heartly agree. they never should of taken ALL MY CHILDREN OR ONE LIVE TO LIVE off in the first place..

Terri
Terri

I agree, All My Children should of stay and now that they are going thur the internet but only in the states (not fair) (I am in Canada). I have watched it from day one and I still will not be able to watch it. Not fair.

Julie
Julie

Absolutely right!!!! I don’t know how The Chew even slightly compares to AMC and One Life!! I just want to know who they actually polled for this. There is no way they are getting more viewers for this show than the actual soaps. They need to bring them back to daytime!!

Lorice
Lorice

I agree totally. But i do miss Jason. I think he will be back since his body was never found.

Beth
Beth

This just my humble opinion, but I think ABC can concede that the availability of a channel such as “Soapnet” greatly took down their ABC viewing numbers. That, and the ability to go online and watch episodes. The ratings were most likey not far enough down for our shows to be cancelled, t
loyal fans were watching all along, just not in the way that produced Neilson ratings.

Carol
Carol

I watched AMC and One Life to Live when i was a kid my mom watched them when i got married i stopped watching GH but when they toke off AMC and One Life when i was that
they had Starr and Todd Manning on GH i stated watching it .
Can’t wait to watch AMC and One Life i only wish it was on tv and not on line.

Beth
Beth

Not liking the Vampire story line but love seeing all the old cast returning! I would love to see more James Franco too!

Lisa
Lisa

Love GH..Have been watching for 30+ years. Was disappointed when AMC and OLTL were cancelled..can’t wait for them to be on-line…Hope GH is not cancelled. There are lots of people who are home during the day that look forward to these soaps!!!!

Kat
Kat

We have been LONG time DOOL fans (I’m talking decades). Tuned in to GH every now and then since the 70’s, Luke and Laura days. Got sick and tired of DOOL a few months ago, switched to GH and haven’t turned the channel back since! We LOVE IT! We look forward to watching (we, as in my husband and I) and are actually SAD when it ends. It is AWESOME seeing old cast mates come back. A big THANK YOU and keep up the GREAT WORK! Muah! xx

Kathy N
Kathy N

I have been watching General Hospital for 34 years. It is and always has been the best soap opera on television. I love how they are bringing back so many of the old characters.

Dinah
Dinah

Also help when don’t pay the actor good money anymore, replace great actor with low paying/bad actor’s to take there place

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

I think it’s made right decision for GH,AMC and OTOL.. too bad,I never chance to see both favorite soaps off the air. I wish ABC put it back it belong,get rid of The Chew and Katie. I feel that ABC should leave it alone long time ago. as far that JD Ross made mistake to never brought it up before they press it on the air. i’m sorry,ppl.. people made biggest mistake in their lives. I feel happy that ABC is not plan to ban or cancel our favorite soap. Cheers for ABC!!

susan M.
susan M.

I would like abc to get rid of the revolting show(The Chew) (what a stupid name). And get rid of Katie. One less talk show in the afternoon! Loving GH!!! And soon on
Hulu OLTL & AMC (HURRAY)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More of Viki & Llanview!! And Pine Valley!!!!!!!!!

Julie
Julie

Ditto Ditto Ditto!!!!! The Chew IS REVOLTING and Katie is just one more talk show. What are they thinking??

ray schichtel
ray schichtel

Frank and Ron are listening to the majority of the fans, the consensus of who we want to see, I.e. the legacy characters. Simply put theyve resurected or resescitated General Hospital.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree totally!

pacheco
pacheco

i agree, does anyone out there even watch that stuped show the chew. I dont even go on abc till 1:00 so i dont have to see there faces. gh a hella of a lot better now that its not the jason, sam, carly show or even mob love the story line!!!

Tonja Walker
Tonja Walker

I’m in complete agreement. Working with Frank had always been a pleasure but at the “end” of OLTL,I was given the opportunity to work with Ron and Frank together. What a historically good team! Not since Michael Malone had I seen scripts with as much movement in them,as well as creativity, passion, fun yet depth of feeling. I’m so happy for GH and hoping that OLTL will soar as it did the last part of last year. Working with Josh Kelly was a dream… I hope I get to have it again!
Enjoy and thanks everyone for supporting our shows.

ray schichtel
ray schichtel

Its a pleasure to watch wonderfully gifted actors like you Tonja! Miss you on GH!

jenny
jenny

I can list a dozen reasons why GH has turned around: 1. Brian Frons the a-hole of ABC Daytime got ousted from his job which was long overdue! 2. Bob Guza the idiot headwriter who ignored viewers disgruntlement of too much mob and too much violence got canned, another long overdue action that finally transpired. 3. Jill Farren Phelps-Gone! I only feel bad Y&R is stuck with her now but hopefully they will wise up and not keep her for too long. 4. The new regime at GH showing respect for the history of GH and bringing it back in a BIG BIG way with past favorite characters, faster moving plots and where mobsters are not glorified as heros anymore (except Sonny). 5. Less violence and gunfire-sure there is some but it no longer where we have mob shootouts every other week airing. 6. The HOSPITAL is getting more airtime! HALLEJUAH! 7. The Quartermaine family, once dwindling away to nothing is now revived and re-building! And we actually are seeing ELQ again! 8. Yes bringing on some OLTL characters was smart-even smarter though is not letting them take over the show. Interacting them with GH characters in rational dosages is smart. It brings OLTL fans in without alienating GH fans who don’t want their favorite characters sacraficed at the altar of Todd Manning, John McBain and Starr Manning. 9. Keeping Kimberly McCullough, even if on recurring and when she can tape. Any Robin is better than dead or no Robin at all. Now it just time to bring Robin home to her family. The suspense and twists of Robin held prisoner are wearing out fans patience. 10. Reviving the Nurses Ball-can’t wait to see it and it promises to be climatic in plot twists as well as great entertainment! 11. Keeping storylines tighter under wraps instead of leaking out too much information. Guza had a tendency to give away plots way too much and it not only ruined the daily suspense of what was coming next, most times fans hated what Guza was writing and knew to not bother watching. Twists like keeping Ian Buchanan’s return under wraps and who had Robin prisoner were examples of brillantly keeping fans on the edge of their seats and loving the surprises thrown at them that they didn’t see coming! 12. Last but not least GH has achieved BALANCE. The GH that was tanking in the ratings just over a year ago was too dominated by Sonny and Jason and their women and mob storylines as a whole. Jason is now gone and Sonny is still around but he doesn’t monopolize the show as he once did. Characters that lanquished on the backburner are now getting their share of the airtime pie and new characters as well as old favorties returning are also making GH a more balanced show. The cast might be a bit oversized now but so far the new regime is doing a good job in pleasing all the fanbases… Read more »

Rodd
Rodd

Excellent thoughts, Jenny!

aria
aria

thanks for doing all the hardwork, all i have to say is ditto!

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

I agree with you 100%! Great synopsis of what makes GH great. Maybe you should send this to Soap Opera Digest for possible publication as well.

Christy
Christy

D I T T O Jenny! You go girl! 😀

Lilly
Lilly

Yes, I agree. The GH legacy is soo wonderful.. all the stupid mob stuff won’t be missed. I finally will start watching again after ten years.

1. Ruby’s
2. The Brownstone
3. Young love/summer couples in the vein of Frisco and Felicia and Luke/Laura. (Not too edgy but sweet.)
4. Holly and Robert and the WSB
5. Noah Drake needs to have a hot romance with someone

Violet
Violet

What an extremely articulate and well thought out list. Very impressive. I agree! And I love seeing ELQ again. Heck, it hasn’t even been *mentioned* in how long?

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Jenny, you are right on all counts. But I will add, and MSN also pointedly stated, THE SOAP FANS had alot to do with the genre’s resurgence. Naysayers can say what they want, but WE all know the fans not giving up has a lot to do with it.

Patrick
Patrick

Rock On Jenny!

Nicely said….. Nice Read.

Dani
Dani

I totally agree. Very well said. Thanks for pointing out how the Q family has seen a resurgence. I am so happy that there are scenes with Monica, AJ, Michael and Tracy. I just pray that someday Alan will be back to stay.

Sandra
Sandra

Enough said Jenny. Totally agree. As an avid fan of AMC and OLTL I use to only watch GH when I saw a commercial for a good story, for example kristina’s domestic violence story but now I can honestly say I will continue to watch GH after OLTL and AMC comes back.

Terry Latschar
Terry Latschar

Jenny, I couldn’t have said any of that better (really!)! You are so right about everything! You hit the nail exactly on the head for many, many fans, I’m sure.

Marisa
Marisa

Congratulations Ron and Frank!!!! You have restored GH to it’s glory days. Love Ellie with Spinelli. Tracy is rocking again. Loved her with Joe Scully. I hope he turns up on the canvas again.

Julie
Julie

Totally agree Jenny!!!!!!!! I couldn’t have said it better myself. If so many of us could figure this out and agree 100%, why couldn’t the execs do the same?? This is a no-brainer!

Mrs Dds
Mrs Dds

Very well said, Jenny. I couldn’t agree w/ you more.

DOT NEMER
DOT NEMER

Personally i like the idea of the Vampire theme. If it is a good one.

Have watched the show for many years. Being 78 that gives you a hint. just how long it has been. No i didn’t watch it as a baby.

Dot

Lora
Lora

WOW Jenny u nailed it. Word for word.. could not agree more. Thank u

chevjuls
chevjuls

General Hospital is doing way better with Frank and Ron, but if the head would bring back OLTL and AMC and take off the CHEW and KATIE it would be lot better. I am watching GH for over 30 year, love Frank and Ran. long live GH, and welcone OLTL and AMC.

Julie
Julie

Agree Chevjuls!!

Carol
Carol

I think GH is doing better because AMC and OLTL are off if whey would come back to tv i think the ratings mite drop.

heidi
heidi

It’s a GREAT show… with a fabulous CAST, crew, writers, directors, and producers!!! They have brought past talent back… but have also had some good stories for many! Fans are rallying and don’t want to lose their genre. GH is the best soap with the best cast and characters and a fabulous writing, producing, directing, tech and all other categories of crew or back office. Let’s hope it has 50 more years!

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

The only credit that ABC/D deserves for helping the soap genre is for bringing Frank and Ron to GH. Other than that, that company destroyed the other two wonderful soaps that once enhanced their daytime schedule. I’m very happy about the new life that AMC and OLTL will have online, but make no mistake; ABC/D is still not to be trusted, and they certainly shouldn’t be heralded as any kind of soap savior!

Rodd
Rodd

You’ve got that right, Mary!

Cindy
Cindy

Frank and Ron are brilliant and they have not only inspired and invigorated the cast, they have done the same with fans. They both deserve awards!!

Rodd
Rodd

Absolutely, Cindy!

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

The stories are better even the nod to Port Charles ( VAMPIRES), WOULD be NICE to nod ALL soaps that have ended especially Dark Shadows since DS took place near NY. I know I’m dreaming….thanks to FV and RC for helping GH return to its former glory. So many people are noticing how great the show is and people are talking and spreading the word. To bad the Nelsons (rating guru’s) are so antiquated and do not reflect a true number of pople really watching….Gh has a cast of greta actors and some are young and plying up against older actors which may be noticed but we should all understand that the quality of actoring is infectious and you ca see all are doing their best……..I don’t agree with all the poor sarcasm I read but I hope the actors know that they are appreciated for securing GH for us, without all of the cast and crew we would not be able to enjoy what a classy show it is.
Love and thanks to all….

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

sorry so many spelling era’s above…….

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

LMAO that Disney/ABC get all these kudos for the resustation!! The FANS have rallied and let ABC know by boycotting, etc…. that they would not take this lying down. Because Prospect Park could not get up running in time, ABC was the recipient of their bad fortune!! Thus RC/FV coming to GH. So I’d say the never say die FANS and the Producer/Writing Team has made the difference. Prospect Park has lost momentum, producer, writers and some very good actors/actress because of their failure last year!

Christine
Christine

I think what has made GH to a complete 180 is the team of Frank and Ron – for bringing back fan favorites from GH’s past; bringing on a few OLTL characters to get the OLTL viewers who may never have watched GH to begin with; telling compelling stories (not all good, but many much much better than have been in years); and certainly the fact that viewers like myself, who gave up on GH after the last return of Brenda was done terribly, started watching and supporting GH because it was facing cancellation.

I think there are a lot of us who believe in this genre and were willing to start watching again to support it for as long as it lasted. Honestly, I did not think GH would make this much of a turnaround. I am glad I thought wrong. 🙂

Vicky
Vicky

Frank and Ron have listened to the fans, and as fans themselves, they have followed their instincts. I never watched GH on a regular basis before they brought on OLTL characters, but have learned to be invested in most all of them, now. It wouldn’t have happened if GH had stayed on its death spiral of All Mob, All The Time. I love the blend of vets and newbies. I love the non-stop acknowledgement of character histories (both OLTL & GH, & now Port Charles).

And I want to see Todd and John stay on GH, but would like to see crossover stories, if ABC and Prospect Park can learn to play nice with each other for the sake of the fans.

kimbercin
kimbercin

I think it’s bringing back the favorites as well as bringing the favorites from OLTL ..kinda of like the best of both shows coming together…more intertwining storylines from both shows as well..Todd was a breath of fresh air. Sorry to lose Steve, but his was getting kinda old..

Jackie
Jackie

Kimbercin stated she was sorry to see Steve go? Who is she referring to?

Kevin
Kevin

Burton (Jason), probably.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Steve Weber – alias Scott Reeves has been let go on GH-the end of February he will be off the screen.

memphisbelle
memphisbelle

Much to the credit goes to the actors. The storylines are boring with a few exceptions. They have ruined the characters of Sonny, Carly, Michael, Anna and several others. I’m tired of the flashbacks and repetitious “filling in the blanks” for the characters from other shows. The beloved GH characters are almost unrecognizable. The plots are so confusing – Connie’s split personality, the baby surrogate mess, the vampires, AJ – they should have recast Jason instead. New Christina needs to go – bring back old Christina. Shawn just takes up space as does Duke. More Luke and Tracy!

Rose
Rose

The lack of OLTL and ALM, and moving the characters of John Blair Todd and Starr over helped GH. Upping the ratings. that and the fact there isn’t much out there to watch at 3:00 in the afternoon.

Rose
Rose

AMC sorry.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Nobody’s mention whether they think the earlier time slot has help the show. I think it has because I was one of those people who could not watch it at the old time slot – the new time slot works into daily schedule perfectly- so I started watching and getting hooked. Never saw the old GH so I can’t comment on other aspects, but for me what made the difference was changing the time slot.

Violet
Violet

I think there is a whole group of people for whom the new time does not work. For me, it doesn’t. It’s too early to watch live so I watch at night on the ABC website. It would be easier and take less time to watch on YouTube, but then my viewership does not count to ABC. So I endure the online commercials so ABC knows I’m watching the show. SoapNet was removed from my cable last Fall. I’m still very ticked off about that.

Tammie
Tammie

I hate the new time slot!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

The new time slot had nothing to do with it. Many DVR or tape the shows to watch when they want. Others would watch it on Hulu, YouTube or ABC.com.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Yes- I know all that, but I was thinking more in terms of attracting new viewers. People who always watched GH and want to continue can and do use all those wonderful ways to keep up, you mentioned. But there were people like myself who would have never bother doing that because we never watch GH before. I was able to tune it in because I was available to watch live at the new time slot- so that was what my comment was referring to, that perhaps changing the time slot, GH got some new viewers out of it.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I think you may be right about some of those OLTL viewers also. They were used to tuning at 2pm already.

Phil
Phil

As a former GL fan, it was hard for me to tune into GH, but when OLTL ended I decided to try it. GH became as exciting as OLTL in the end and I have to say I am so glad I tuned in. I know OLTL fans will hate me for saying it but I am actually enjoying GH more than OLTL! The show is so good right now except the girl that plays Kristina! I think soaps should ask people like Brian Frons and Barbara Bloom “how do you like them apples?” As for ratings it is great they are up, but they are so inaccurate. They should look more like this:
1. General Hospital
2. Days of our Lives
3. Young and the Restless
4. Bold and the Beautiful

jeancyrus
jeancyrus

now they have jasn on young and restless

Phil
Phil

Not enough to get me to tune in! I could care less about Steve Burton….sub par actor IMO. I haven’t even missed Jason. I just missed Kelly Monaco having a storyline. She is HOT and a decent actress. So glad she has something going again. Carly also has gained more without Jason. The show is simply the best on television period! Daytime or Primetime!

Bill Wilson
Bill Wilson

No one (I think) has mentioned the pacing! GH MOVES much better than other daytime dramas. DAYS will spend several minutes in a diner or coffee shop, while GH shoots scenes that seem to range between twenty-five to ninety-seconds tops, occasionally even shooting back and forth between two locales and sets of characters. The brisk pacing has revitalized the storytelling.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I have noticed the past couple of months or so that the MSN homepage regularly features links and stories about the latest soap news and casting coups. I always click on them so they know their readers are interested in the genre. Keep it coming MSN!

Jackie
Jackie

The new writers are bringing back some of the fan favorites as well as everyone having a storyline instead of just a few. Example being: Tracy Quartermaine, Monica Quartermaine, giving Kristine a storyline for a change, showing more Alexis on the set as well as Diane Miller. Now let’s Milo and Max back, along with Tiffany and Sean…we will all be in heaven.

S Bowers
S Bowers

I agree it is nicer with more characters getting a storyline. I also like that alot of the favorites from many years ago are making appearances and getting new stories for some of them. I like the Diane and Alexis storylines showing them to be successful women. Keep up the good work but please not so much vampire stuff it is a bit creepy! Connie needs to get a conscience and give the Book credits back to the original writer the young girl, Alexis’ daughter.

Cheryl
Cheryl

Well I’m not detracting from what Frank and Ron have accomplished, because the show is MILES better than just a year ago, but it baffles me that ABC and other “business” minded individuals are surprised by this resurgence. Fans have been complaining, writing, emailing, phoning and overall voicing their concerns for a decade now, and finally someone is listening. The mob is dialled back, the core characters and legacy characters are in storyline and not just backburnered. The Quartermaines have life once again. All the reasons the show is currently successful have already been mentioned, but my point:

I saw this coming and so did thousands of others.

It just took too long for the brass to listen.

Hummingbird
Hummingbird

ABC can talk a GOOD game, but I learned my lesson after the network cancelled my beloved OLTL. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, same on you.

Dani
Dani

I think the new writers have been great, but most of all they honor the outstanding and treasured characters of the past. Bringing back fan favorites and mature actors has brought back long-time fans and mature/loyal viewers.

jina
jina

c’mon! we all know the reason for gh comeback is because of the cancellation of one life to live!!! the fact that oltl characters came to the show, kept gh living! I am one of those people who never watched gh but was watching only amc and oltl.. but since the oltl was cancelled i switch to gh just to see todd, starr and john!
It has nothing to do about the old characters that came back! When people stopped watching a show, they will not miracle come back because of an actor or because the story line got better. These shows, you have to grow up with them. I would have not watched gh if it wasnt for me fallowing the story i’ve been watching for years…

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I hate to burst your bubble…but you are incorrect. I myself have friends who had turned off GH years ago and at my suggestion, they gave it another try this past year. They all loved the returning characters…one wouldn’t even consider watching until I told her Anna Devane and Duke Lavery were back.
I do agree that the OLTL characters helped win over people like you.

lizzing
lizzing

Love Love Love GH great job but can’t you get kimberly mccullough to come back please let her direct some episode as many as she wants .We need Robin

Kris
Kris

The reason GH is doing so well is that it’s gathered all the forner AMC and OLTL fans, myself included. I love the fact that characters from Llanview (OLTL) are now regulars on GH and there are lots of references to places, past events and people from that show.

I really hope the revivals on line do well enough to return the soaps to the networks because really? If the major networks air one more lame reality show or panel of talking heads telling me how to live me life, I may just unplug my television all together!

Debbie
Debbie

I just hope when AMC and OLTL come back online that they aren’t on at the same time as GH. Has anyone heard anything about a time slot?

I also think they are bringing back a lot of the older cast members is because they are coming up on the 50th Anniversary in April.

jim
jim

I feel gh vampire story is an inside joke about how the previous producers and writers sucked all the blood out of GH and almost killed it, and now with the tranfusion of new blood behind the scene, GH has been revived and can live again.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Good one!

jim
jim

thanks

tammy peterson
tammy peterson

I agree glad mob stuff has ended even though I want jason back, Im in my 40s and I can remember missing so much school just to be able to watch gh when it had stories like the police commish kidnapping robyn noone saw that comming it was so saspensful , the catacone stories, fazana, Ice princess and all the love stories and lets not forget the grant story with the cage. Thank god the nurses ball is back please keep it. It is so nice to see theese actors doing something outside of their everyday characters it makes us relate to them more. Loved when they did carryokee at jakes bring that back and girls night out. Please keep showing actors like coleman and sonnys body gaurds give them some stories I know their not front line actors but they would be missed if they were gone theyre like apefany you expect to see her even if its in the background or for a quick line when you show the hospital scenes shes the new age amy lol. Finally I just want to say we have not stopped watching soaps we miss oltl and amc we just get so buzy in our day to day lives we can no longer watch them live. Thank god for dvr service. So please figure out a way to change how the ratings go so no more of our soaps are cancelled, We need our fantasy soaps to make are lives better that is all night time tv is too relality tv has run its corse you can tell with the revise of dallas and sitcomes like tim allans and I heard boy meets world is coming back we need tv that releates to our lives and we dvr night tv as well and they stay on the air I dont think I watch anything live anymore its easier to get rid of commercails so dont give up on us we need our famous luke and laura love stories are lives wouldnt be the same without them. Sorry about my horrable spelling.
soap fan forever

Tammie
Tammie

Please get rid of the stupid vampre crap. It’s ruining the show.

anna
anna

I agree get rid of the vampires

jeancyrus
jeancyrus

yes it is and its stupid

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I disagree. I don’t think it will be a big story line anyway.

Kiki
Kiki

I agree – the vampire story line is ruining all the good things about the show.

susan M.
susan M.

I wish they would stop the vampire story line! I really don’t like it ! It is putting a damper on GH. All the other story lines are great , but not this one particular story line. It has to go. I find it silly & dumb…

anna
anna

I would like to see robin come back when they have the nurses ball as a tottal surprise to all.

Delphine
Delphine

GH has been rockin’ it since Frank and Ron have come aboard. Most of the actors are very good, but they desperately needed good writing and faster paced story lines. Frank and Ron delivered. I’m a little concerned about this vampire storyline. I’m not keen on vampire sagas. I sure hope it doesn’t take over the show and/or cause me to tune out.

Kiki
Kiki

The story-lines are moving now. They also benefited from the additions of Roger Howarth & Michael Easton, along with bringing back favorites from the glory days of soaps. WTG General Hospital. They brought me back after a 20+ year absence from GH.

jeancyrus
jeancyrus

i think its stupid to bring the vampire into general hospital we already watched this old stuff already

Lori Blank
Lori Blank

II love GH .I will continue to watch GH as long as it’s on the air.

jim
jim

The vampires story doesnt have to mean real bloodsuckers are in PC, and im sure there will be a reasonable explanation for it. After all there was the freezing of PC and an alien visited Robin when she was little. Maybe Robin will get another visit by the alien and he’ll rescue her. Just joking.

jim
jim

The real vampires that once drained the blood out of gh and nearly killed it, have flown over to another soap and a tranfusion of new blood have arrived in PC that have revived it and now PC can live again. It does have more bite. lol

S Bowers
S Bowers

GH has always been good but new storylines and some new people being added helped. Mr Carlavati and Mr Valentini have done a great job. Bringing back some of the fans favorites has helped greatly too. All of the vampire stuff from PC is a bit strange. Nice to see some of the people from it but don’t like the vampire stuff!

Lisa
Lisa

I do think the merger has benefited GH’s ratings but it had become The Jasam Show, even Steve Burton admitted he was on too much. They had story lines that were critically panned, low ratings in general even on their WEDDING and were pathetically propped by everyone. Not to mention they took up the most airtime. They were so bad, and pathetic just a cancerous tumor, or manure on the side the road deteriorating a 50 year show that I’ve watched since childhood. Now they are never on and guess what ratings are great. The couple who took the most airtime, no Emmy nominations are not on AT ALL and numbers are better even in relation to the other shows. I don’t hate them but anyone with a brain bigger than a peanut cannot ignore this huge factor of weakness being eliminated as one of the sources of success.

Misty Lee
Misty Lee

I have enjoyed this show for many years Do wish jason would return ., I agree with dumping the vampire thing

JustSaying
JustSaying

First off, Brian Frons and Bob Guza needed to go. Especially Frons since he is the one that cancelled AMC and OLTL.

Secondly, the opening sequence needed to be changed. This sequence is REMARKABLY better than the previous one.

Third, I will say that bringing OLTL characters wasn’t as bad as I thought. And in the long run, it may have helped resuscitate OLTL for its web series debut.

Lastly, the stories are better. It’s not just better management and show-runners, but the stories as well. It just goes to show that there was always an interest in soaps. It just needed to be taken better care of – not replaced.

Stan
Stan

I think the OLTL viewers are what’s caused the turnaround. GH gained several OLTL characters and writers. Of course the media would never get the fans credit.

Ellen Ray
Ellen Ray

I have watched GH for over 40 years & I love that they are bringing some of my favorites back…such as Genie Francis. I also like that they are tying in some of the past stories from Port Charles in with GH. GH has always been my favorite soap & it is better now than it has been in a long time !!!!

Mary Miller
Mary Miller

I,m a Greatgrandma now and have watched Gh since ,I was in elementrary school I came home from school and my Mother always was a faithful watcher. Love GH no one enteruputs me when its on,I won,t even answer my Phone I let my aswering machine get the call HA!HA! Don,t want to miss an epsoide.Love the story lines and yes,I get mad at times But I think the show is the best soap. Just like Family to me!!! Love GH!!!!!

Tab
Tab

I have been watching GH (at least 30 yrs.) since I was a little girl, it was always my favorite soap. Sadly, it had gotten sooo boring that I was watching maybe twice a mth. but now I can’t wait to watch every single episode…it’s wonderful. Thank you for bringing back so many of the past characters…I love it!! I’m so excited about the Nurse’s Ball being brought back. I hope it becomes a yearly event again.

David
David

Ratings for GH are up because OLTL and AMC were cancelled. Also GH acquired a handful of characters from OLTL. Thus, the fans who watched OLTL are now watching GH because OLTL is gone. The true test for GH will be whether or not they keep their same ratings after OLTL and AMC are broadcasting online.

Terry Latschar
Terry Latschar

I’m thrilled to hear the soaps are growing again! I have watched GH since 1969. I do think the interesting story lines are helping tremendously. There seems to be better continuity and historical accuracy too, which helps the viewers feel a stronger link to the stories. Bringing back former characters is great. And I am VERY glad to see the deaths slowing down this year. It was getting depressing. Way to go, GH!! Your fans will never leave and I’m thrilled to hear about all the new ones!

masval
masval

Love the action and the fast turnaround of the story. Keep them coming. I love that a few of OLTL favorites came over to GH. I can’t wait for the nurses ball and to see Sabrina in a beautiful gown and watch Dr. Drake fall for her. Although I want Robin to come back and Robert. I can’t wait to watch it every day. The story lines move quickly and keeps me wanting more. I love Tod and Carly together. I want AJ to succeed.

Joanna Leffler
Joanna Leffler

I have Been A General Hospital fan for as long as I can remember I love that your bring back a lot of the old people back and the story lines are better then ever

Leslie
Leslie

I am So Happy GH is sticking around I am a long time fan my daughters middle name is Alexis lol But GH has been disappointing to me lately , the show is all about the newest charachters and all our characters are running around out of they’re minds they are not our beloved characters…..I guess that would be life after Steve Burton as Jason. And where is Robin? and vampires in the same town as Gangsters ? I think they have really messed it up and they need to give Steve his days off so Jason can come back.

Bonni Katona
Bonni Katona

I’ve been a GH watcher since 1980, but the show had been losing appeal for a long time with a lot of new characters and weak (sometimes forgotten) story lines. Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini have breathed new life into General Hospital with good story lines, excellent writing, and returning so many of our favorite actors/characters from the 1980s & 1990s when GH was at its best. I’m loving the show again! They even found ways to bridge the gaps between OLTL and the former Port Charles shows to explain some of the overlapping characters. I can’t wait to tune in every day!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

Photo: JPI

It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

Photo: JPI

Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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