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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Is Named Police Commissioner In Port Charles; But They Say It’s Temporary

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In a cool move, the powers-that-be at ABC’s General Hospital, had Laura (Genie Francis), the now mayor of Port Charles, name none other than former commish, Mac Scorpio (John J, York) as interim police commissioner while Jordan (Brian Nicole Henry) recovers from her kidney transplant and needs some time to recover from her medical ordeal.

Now while the show is making sure in story it is stated that Mac is the temporary person in charge of the PCPD, for many longtime fans of the series, they remember fondly when Mac held down the position for years.

In the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, York said on the surprise story turn: “I was thrilled when Frank Valentini (EP, GH) told me!” He added that he was advised there was great story coming up, and added, “That’s fantastic! I can’t wait to see what is going on.  However long it lasts, I’ll take whatever I can get and I’m really looking forward to being back in there.  There is a whole nee squad. a whole new group of people. I don’t even know who these cops are anymore!”

Shortly after being named commissioner on Monday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Mac is already getting wind of some criminal activities and things that seem way off; from Lulu’s (Emme Rylan) new assignment with The Intruder, to his brother Robert (Tristan Rogers), being pushed out of the WSB and forced to retire, and much more.   Can Mac get the police department to solve some crimes ..> for once?

So, what do you think of John J. York getting to be back in action at the PCPD? Do you hope somehow the story turns and remains in the position even after Jordan is well, or are you hoping Jordan can get back into the swing of things fast and return to her job? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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As Felicia said a few weeks ago, “the Scorpio Brothers Ride Again!”

Jordan will have some conflict if it comes out in public what Curtis’ role was in the kidney-napping. Perhaps this delays or cancels her return as commissioner.

I like the character of Jordan, and BNH has totally claimed the role. However, something needs to be done to spice up her character a bit.

As for Mac, and JJY, it’s finally his turn to be a vet of focus. Hopefully the writers saw how JL mesmerized in every scene, once he was treated as a lead, and will give that same opportunity to JJY.

Always been a lead!

Love Mac. Love Felicia. Miss Frisco. Of course, Mac & Felicia were on to prop up “The Boyfriend.” We needed to see “Bootleg Juilliard” celebrate his birthday? Who cares? Useless character, horrible actor.

Mac is what they need!

I love Mac (and John J. York) and I love seeing him back in action. What concerns me is pushing Jordan aside if he remains in the position. If Briana is leaving it would make sense to me. But other than being the Commissioner, what other storyline have they given her. Of course, what story have they given to John in recent years? It would be wonderful if they could give them BOTH something to do without pushing one or the other off screen.

GH FINALLY gets it! WE want the veterans on our screens and not the Amys, Valentins, Peters, Jordans, Stellas, DOD crap and the new god awful Valerie!

YES, Timmm. Who is in charge of hiring recasts, and Bootlegs from Juilliard? Valerie is awful. Jordan, as boring as can be, and Peter, unwatchable.

Robert was commish when I was a kid. When his character announced he’d been forced into WSB retirement I thought Hmmmm for a second.

Robert (Tristan Rogers) has NOT lost his mojo; he’s always working it. Come back home, Robert, and work with your “little brother,” with Laura the Mayor (remember when you and she went on a date during “classic GH?), Anna (so good with Finola), all ALL the cast. You’re at home there, and your acting skills are primo, of course! GH needs your moxie, good-natured sarcasm, and your well-honed wit. Always has!

For Mac’s sake, well I hope soooo, cuz he is the best ever

Mac needs to get things right in PC. Jordan can be a “Special Advisor” or something. I took a break from GH when Genie was fired, but when Vinessa was playing Jordan, the incompetence was laughable. It’s fine that Sonny/Jason always win, but it was just played so poorly. Mac needs to bring accountability and competence back. Hopefully Frank/Shelley (for now)/Chris can write it properly.

YEs!

Why temporary? Mac is a natural as the police commissioner. It’s good to see him again–he’s aged beautifully and yet still seems youthful.

I so agree, Harry! And don’t you think Robert should work with Mac, his little brother?

Mac is back!

Happy to see Mac back. Sorry to say, but I wouldn’t miss Jordan and Curtis if they exited Pt. Charles.

Yes, Please let him be the PERMANENT commissioner; Jordan can continue to work also but with a reduced load–since she just had a kidney transplant. And PLEASE let Robert work with him; Tristan needs a CONTRACT; after all, he is free from the WSB since they forced his retirement. Come on home, Tristan and “Robert.” Just seeing his face and hearing that distinctive voice is a joy! Love him–and he makes one sit up and listen–he “commmands” attentions. And did I say he is a great and fun actor and character?!
I’d love to see Laura interact with him (it would seem like “old times”). BTW, Laura and Kevin were great together today as he was getting his job back and they were talking about celebrating at home with champagne and pizza! What a fun team–and they LOVE each other–how refreshing is that? And did I say they are also two great actors who obviously have fun working together? More scenes with them together, PLEASE!

Robert, Anna, Robin and bring back Patrick and sign them all to a contract! Hell, if they wont bring the Q’s back, let the Scorpios shine!

Leave Mac as the commissioner. This way, we might get to see more of the vets like him and Felicia, and Lucy, and Robert. Yes, we do need the new generation to carry stories but I think I speak for many of us older folk that we need our vets too. They were the ones we idolized back in the day and even though they don’t get the juicy stories they did when they were younger, just knowing they’re still around gives us comfort because we still love them no matter what.

Like I said! Robert, Mac, Felicia (doesn’t she look GREAT?), etc!

I’m glad you saw how gorgeous Felicia looks. Talk about someone who doesn’t age. I liken on the menfolk, Wally kurth NED.

GH has become staler and more stupid.

The Oliver stuff is dull boring filler; nothing but empty.
It’s become dumbcrap.

Carly and baby is ho-hum and the once fiery Chorinthois family has been reduced to empty can state.

Lulu and her dingbat stuff make a brain bleed- as does Maxie’s nonsense.
They are true valley girl mall rats, for sure.
I wait for them to giggly yell; AWESOME-SAUCE ! !!

The cult stuff is Lame ..

Scorpio finally got canned and so should Anna..
they are elders, grandparents of a teenager, and to mention-
The FBI-CIA-Military-etc do Not take you if you are over 36yrs of age; that is the line of age 36, unless expertise on desk duty and they are very few.
Military 5 star leaders are grandfathered-in until they leave or die but not field combat active.

thing is– GH needs to clean house and bring in New YOUNG writers.
if not GH will have 3 years left.
There is not one, not one, story of excitement, drama, of intriguing WOW factor.
It’s like watching hair grow on a statue..

(remember the GH of the 80-90(I was told)
Blew the roof off with excitement, it was a bomb!!
Now, it’s a lullaby .

HEy su, bite that (sharp) tongue! 🙂 Robert Scorpio (what a great name, don’t you agree?) has NOT been canned–he was just on. Anna is great with Robert–and will return after summer vacation. And Scorpio does NOT sing lullabies! (But, I’m sure he COULD–and I’d listen. In fact, I’d listen to him read the menu or the rap sheets or the hospital charts. That man can ACT.). And he’s available to work with his “little” brother, Mac! He’s not getting older; he’s getting better! Come on, su! Join us in welcoming Robert back to GH PERMANENTLY! Will you?

Love it! I remember when he lost his job and Anna took over. After 21 years at GH he was taken off contract. It’s nice that he has this opportunity! It’s almost like traveling back in time.

I’m traveling with you; my bags are packed!

Big Mac’ is IN the “house” AND staying power!!!! LOVING IT… w/Felicia by his side MORE

@Frank, Shelly, Chris – this is an – EASY – let for fans of ole’. JUST showcase … feature… SHARE the screen w/your obvious stagnant

he’s sure Rockin’ the salt and pepper.. and damn good about it… add in the “beard” and he’s relevant… his act does all the rest

Bravo, Patrick! Like I said!

Now, on Mac I like the beard!

Sorry to disagree with you, Violet, but I just wrote a post stating that Mac’s facial fuzz doesn’t work for me….even though it is neatly kept, it conceals his ageless face too much for my druthers! Why mess with perfection????

Yea for the return of Mac. And hopefully Robert as his unofficial sidekick. But I do hope they can find something for Jordan. I like her and Curtis on GH. Maybe they can be a investigative team like Sam and Jason?

can I beam… smile broader any MORE ? GIDDY and my first thought is of MORE Felicia

she’s so stunning… case in point… @well this is boring… @floating rib… for ugh Peter b-day. Kristina Wagner’ Hair… she’s almost flawless. I immediately thought.. WOAH – her mane is BETTER THAN CARLY ! ugh – who’s always playing flipping tossing hers.

well they did bring up during… that he was hired as Commish. love how he lit in to Peter that he had second thoughts on his character.. being with Maxie.. because of Momma Smurph Lulu internet dating spy ring. ugh her Barbie sugar ditz had me clawing gouging out my eyes. ???? and she had the gall or whatever telling Sonny how much she missed ??? being with a man? did I hear that? oh god. I wonder if @suOOOO is correct on that guy from OLTL COULD BE the nuDANTE .

Ingo Rademacher’ Jax : he’s this international global corporate mogul. yet he kowtowed to Laura.. so she had to screech about CRIMSON putting Ava on the cover . Jax wanted to give her a heads up? what the hell for ? he doesn’t OWE her one effin’ thing. so what that they share a daughter. then they have him asking Laura.. tell me about this Valentin. watching these two have drinks @METRO. side by side… oh it was tantalize.. YET let me tell you JAX. back up… you’ve got near nada next to Valentin FULL stature.
PLUS PLUS PLUS… I think Cynthia Watros’ is still breaking in her WINGS.. BUT … oh was the fire and intensity their with James Patrick Stuart… oh does Valentin do it.. as they leaned in to kiss. ALL that is taken care of. she and Charlotte do resemble each other some. why not

back to Jax: as he lit in to Ava.. about how he helped Connie start Crimson.. and that Ava murdered his friend !!!! ????

you’ve got Jax stirring up all over the place. let’s see some vulnerability? or as Cynthia Watros see Jax.. as this knight in shining armor… well.. he’s always “lost” to Sonny… ugh still? oye.. that’s a laugh out loud thought. it’s my thought that if Valentin is a game player… he’s always coming from behind… ie: think still fighting to WIN Nina … ALL of Port Charles against him… @GH Writers have never really given him a WIN with any character.. outside of “murdering” Nicholas. so… if this is all one sided for Jax.. besting Valentin.. then this could become stale , even with Jax, quickly. it’s not like Jax is this big mystery… hopefully Curtis does in fact find some dirt… argh doesn’t seem possible. lets not have all the cards stacked against his nemesis from the onset. less is more on Jax placing his chips all over town. but, like I said… as long as he’s not a stoolie to Sonnny AND just a propped character to SUPPORT they dullard clan, and that includes Joss, Carly, Sonny, Michael.

LOL I actually enjoyed Nelle AND Ryan rapport !?!? LOL keep the “EDGE” coming… Jon Lindstrom is fine

oh god… PlEASE make Finn, Franco, Peter GO AWAY

“what do you say, Charlie? want to make a family?” “this is the best thing that’s ever happened to me”

Julian – AND – Kim. I’ve always thought… why risk having just one child.. got to have minimum two. this is high yield… as was previewed… who will Kim say yes to etc… when she’s given a ring by either or ? Julian AND Drew. I sure wish Drew was more animated. when someone has to “talk” with him… he seems to wander off and stares off in to “nowhere”. what is this “acting” requirement

nevertheless.. when Drew and Kim were at Kilimanjaro… I was so taken by her out of body experience … when she was back at the hotel after letting Oscar go. as she thought she was talking to Oscar, yet it was Drew. chilling

AND when Drew was sharing with margo how he didn’t know what to do ?

I just hope we start seeing some transformation… for Billy Miller

because with all this talent on the docket… let’s get it

ie: Laura Wright’ Carly – is any one the least bit interested in Carly plight? of course this was all done to showcase any sensitivity for Carly character.. to give her more realism… HEY

they even have a new kitchen to showcase that more familial vibe… I aint having it

especially after watching Sonny in apron… putting together a healthy meal for Carly… as Kristina looked on… as he nurtured Kristina thru her mind bend from day of dawn

to this day… she still doing it alone… all her appointments… till she finally shared with Sam… that her baby could have ??? abnormality? any way you get it.. she’s an old gal. how could @writers bring any thing new to get any sympathy or care for Carly. she’s loud … SHE”S LOUD… she’s indifferent… who cares any more ? not one character in all of Port Charles… SEEKS the Corinthos’ OUT. what’s the point ???? unless @GH is too cheap to give Carly ANY character … she’s got to be shown with Bobbi… AND THATS THE ONLY THING THAT WORKS FOR Laura Wright. otherwise… they are working way too much in overdrive.. to shove these characters front and center… THEY ARE BORING

don’t even get me started on watching Michael go man to man with Shiloh. telling him he bought day of dawn to become a womans shelter.. how the Q’s could have bought the whole block. Michael lacks so much character with no personality. but he’s the most decent person Carly knows. whoop de do

it just gnaws @: that Drew continues to share… that he wouldn’t change the last 5 years for any thing… hence… he’s got that memory card/chip in his safe. ???? huh

blech ! don’t make me vomit! Sam never really ; loved that much.. even with his child… Scout. END OF STORY !!!

so now….he’s lost his eldest child. there goes that lifeline.

??? what does Drew truly have.. to hang on to?

Did any one else.. see that “nurse” black short hair… seem to be listening in on Drew and Margo about thee memory chip? however, Shiloh factors in… which was interesting when Shiloh first happened. it would have been fun to see Drew actually form and build a friendship… his and Curtis seem so polite.

I might be imagining thee “nurse”

evenso… unless Shiloh is dishing out more… than deceiving followers out of $50,000 dollars in cash; plus

I just don’t see how mixing in Drew and Shiloh past with said memory card will mean much ado about ?

this story didn’t have a chance … and it’s too bad because Shiloh, the actor… has lots of shade … character… and well… come hither… which if we follow the story anyway… the “assault” on Sam blew this all up.

Drew ?!?! where are you ? I am hoping for a huge payoff surprise then… AND that his memory return will be

just to give Billy Miller back to us… with a whole new arsenal

help

Oh Patrick,
As the song goes, where do I begin?
#1 I do like Felicia and Mac
2 Not too crazy about their daughter
3 I like Cynthia Watros, but not seeing any chemistry between she and Valentin. As Celia said, she looks a little old for him, more like a sister.
4 Everything you said about Lulu, but I wish Sonny had told her to get a blow-up doll!
5 I had hoped maybe Drew and Kim might get together, but now it looks like he may be leaving GH.
6 Love Jax and his contempt of Ava. Maybe he can do what the law has yet to do, to pay for her crimes.
7 Agree, the Corinthos are boring, Sonny and Cher, I mean Carly, but I have always liked Michael. He’s had a hard time growing up. Look how many parents have led him to where he is now.He does like to brag of his importance, his money and family.
8 I like the new kitchen though. Maybe they could spread a little straw on the floor, making it easier for Carly to walk on, in her bare feet.
9 I like the idea of Nelle escaping to kidnap Wylie, before the creep Shiloh does.
Keep smiling Patrick, looks good on you.

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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