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General Hospital Marks Maurice Benard’s 25th Anniversary As Sonny Corinthos With Special Promo

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For 25 years Maurice Benard had made Sonny Corinthos an iconic character for the ages on television.  Now as the actor celebrate his 25th Anniversary with General Hospital, ABC is celebrating this milestone with a very special nostalgic promo looking back at the mobster and his loves.

Maurice debuted on General Hospital on August 13, 1993.  Sonny Corinthos was then a nightclub owner running some illegal operations, to say the least.

Sonny’s romances with Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil), and all the main Carlys (Sarah Brown, Tamara Braun, Laura Wright) have been a staple of the show.  In addition, Sonny’s relationship with Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), and of course Sonny’s relationship with his hit man, Jason Morgan (Steve Burton).  Benard’s scenes with Michael Sutton (Ex-Stone) are some of the most memorable moments in history of the series.

Take a look back at 25 years of Maurice as Sonny below.   TV Line  gave the exclusive first look.

Let us know, what has been your favorite “Sonny” moment and performance by Maurice in the last 25 years? Share your picks and your congrats to Maurice in the comment section below.

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Timmm
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Timmm

You go Mo!

Joni
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Joni

I’ve watched General Hospital fir 30 years.
But Sonny/Maurice is the reason I’ve continued
to watch it the last 25!!! Hands down my favorite actor!

Tenille
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Tenille

wow, I remember when Sonny came on the show, I was still in high school, and i am now 41 years old, I would race home everyday after school to catch the last part of GH. Sonny rocked then and he still rocks now

Satan
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Satan

25 years???

this is how you make a Devil feel old. And this clip should get the rabid Sonny haters all stirred up……

Like I’ve been saying for years now, Sonny Corinthos anchors this show in a way that only Steve Hardy and Luke Spencer had done before him. The haters simply do not accept the reality that the day Sonny is gone, this show is finished. Because there ain’t nobody else in the current cast who can anchor the show, and it damn sure will never be the likes of Frodd “Baldwin”.

Celia
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Celia

Firstly, I am no hater. I beg you to choose a different word, albeit I do understand it is difficult to do for Satan. Let’s say, “disdain”, “dislike, ” abhor”, perhaps?.
Secondly, I think most of us do realize that where there exists good, so shall evil…..Mr. Satan. Therefore, I have all my wits about me and grasp the point that Sonny is vital and viable worm…..we all understand that!!
I also recognize the fact that we would not appreciate the show without him.
Yet, to put Sonny on a pedestal as an icon? Gimme an iconic break. LOL.

rebecca1
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First; Sonny doesn’t “anchor” the show. He’s been, unfortunately, made the center of it by writers who stupidly got rid of the REAL anchors of the show: The Spencers, the Quartermaine’s, the Scorpio’s…While it can be argued that Tony Geary WAS the Spencers and many of the Qs have passed, they could have built upon those families. Instead, as far as the Qs, they got rid of Dillon, AJ, failed to put Wally Kurth as Ned on contract, Jason is basically a non-entity in the family (though they could and should restore his early memoires too and return him back… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Maybe Sonny Corinthos could be patient 7 with Nico Kelly patient 8 – wipe out the mob entirely

michael gottwald
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michael gottwald

happy 25th anniversary to maurice benard as sonny corrinthos wishing you the best

dmr
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Sonny and Brenda from the 90’s (Luke’s Club, L & B Records, Eddie Maine, Ned and Lois) are some of my favorite memories. I used to rush home from school (and the bus stop) to watch at 3:00 p.m.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Based on what I’ve read, Mr. Benard seems like a nice man and helpful to new actors, etc. My gripe is with too many Corinthos-centric stories and the subsequent relegation of Jason to a mindless thug. I remember years ago when the late, great Patty Duke recognized co-star MB’s mood swings and helped him get diagnosed as bi-polar. He’s been an important advocate for that condition for yeabrs and I admire that as well. But on the Sonny front, I hated Brenda and don’t miss her, though I know many love her.

Celia
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Celia

Exactly, Soaphound. It is not we who hold any rancor towards Maurice ( he IS a nice guy…great family-man whom I wholeheartedly praise. Yet, it seems that those who balk about “the haters” are the ones who cannot draw the line between actor and character. The-Sonny-Corinthos-And- Cohorts of the world are to whom I object. This obsequious adulation for a criminal goes beyond the pale from where I stand, Soaphound. As you know, I am not familiar with the show and all of Sonny’s past loves, or his interaction with other characters; however, the ‘bad’ guys on other shows are… Read more »

su000
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su000

Sticking up for my Sonny– Sonny; his noted kill’s in his bio. Shot and killed Ben Rogers to ‘protect’ Sam Killed the assassin who planted the explosive in his limo Shot and killed Andre Karpov Arrested for the murder of A.J. Quartermaine pled guilty and was sentenced to prison —- 25 years– 25 years!! Sonny’s kill count is 4 – yes 4 during 25 years! ((Jason is the killer- on his own or by order of Sonny, Jason is the killer.. and the killings were mainly Mob hits; live or die.)) And- many have been Shot but not dead, including… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

One of the storylines that I intensely disliked was when Sonny slept with Ava. As much as I love Sonny and Ava, I didn’t think that Sonny would sleep with his son’s love interest. Sonny and Carly go on and on and on about how important their children are to them. That just seemed out of character, completely, to me. I like Maurice Benard, I have since All My Children, and I like Sonny.

su000
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su000

hi dmr ..
Sonny and Ava didn’t ”sleep together” they hard hard sex to ease their pain..
It’s a different thing, it was just unemotional feel good sex and then over. Not an uncommon thing. Wild!!

I always wanted Sonny and Ava as a couple (never a dull moment, for sure)
Carly and Sonny are more boring than toenail clippings, they are sexless, passionless, empty.
I hope someday Ava and Sonny will become a couple. It’s way past due.

Shay
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@dmr……It wasn’t simply the ”what” but more precisely, the “where” which made the Ava-Sonny “Crypt Tryst” one of the most distasteful and disturbing soap scenes to ever take place in the history of daytime! After being complicit in murdering AJ in cold blood, these two poor excuses for human beings did the “horizontal mambo” on his final resting place! That single action told the audience everything they needed to know about these two totally corrupt, irredeemable individuals…no amount of revisionism can ever erase that disgusting, deplorable sight from the collective mind of the viewers!

Satan
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Satan

Even I was disturbed by the crypt sex… And I’m the Devil!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

LOL

Shay
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Shay

Which just goes to show how truly tasteless this scenario was…when even Satan’s horns are raised by such a venal, vile act, then you know you’ve really crossed the Rubicon into the moral abyss!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Sonny is no hero, Su. He’s a killer. Everything he owns was acquired through blood money. Even now, he and Jason are ready to kill Julian to keep Sonny’s secret buried body. He tortured AJ for years, threatened to kill him if he didn’t sign away his rights to Michael, ran a strip club, slept with Scotty’s daughter knowing she was vulnerable and on drugs. Does he have a good side? Yes; to those he loves. That doesn’t make him a good man; just one who loves his family. He hasn’t “only” killed “4” in 25 years. He’s killed and… Read more »

su000
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su000

rebecca1 🙂 you said- ”Sonny is no hero, Su. He’s a killer. Everything he owns was acquired through blood money. Even now, he and Jason are ready to kill Julian to keep Sonny’s secret buried body. ” ………… But! Sonny himself has not killed but 4, only 4. Jason is 100% the killer by his own doing, he never was forced to be Sonny’s hitman, Jason being the killer is by his own choice. 0ooh that AJ was a dirty piece of work, he is totally not innocent of his dirty deeds. Ava would be dead if Sonny had not… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Su; did you read my reply above? He HAS killed more than four and ANY kills that Jason has committed has been on his order. He has made his way in the world through violence. I love AJ and he was not a “dirty piece of work.” Perhaps if you watched the show back then (instead of reading some fan sites that give summaries) you’d know that AJ Quartermaine was conflicted and troubled. His family gave more attention to Jason, he always felt second best, his father Alan had a drinking problem which AJ inherited and yes, he struggled. When… Read more »

su000
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su000

AJ was a dirty piece of work ll That’s how I saw AJ. Carly was/is Michale’s mother, one or the other would get custody or shared and AJ was a crazed alcoholic. Carly hated AJ and AJ hated Carly, an even up. Sonny kidnapped AJ but- he did Not kill him. Nope, he didn’t kill him. AJ was ”conflicted and troubled” out of control crazed alcoholic and Sonny is bipolar, an evenup. And still- Sonny by his own hand had killed 3/4 . Sam would be dead if Sonny had not killed to protect her. Ava would be dead if… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Su00000000….lemme just say this:

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There. I had to get that out. I couldn’t disagree with your analysis of Sonny/Jason/Carly/AJ more. And let me say this: ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! I’m trying to release my, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…frustration!!!!!

There. Let me put that away.

Yes!!!!! Can’t wait for “Lucy!” 😉

su000
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su000

Rebecca!! 🙂
LOL– hey, it was good to have a ‘controversy’ with you..
Boards will die if all the posts are carbon-copies of agreeable opinions..
When you can read one posts and its like reading the other 12 YAWN.. LOL ..

Anyways.. I luvs Sonny and you don’t and that is a good thing it keeps things interesting and FUN !!

Yes, soon we’ll have Lucifer 🙂

rebecca1
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rebecca1

hahahah, suOOOO. I’m still “ahhhh-ing”‘screaming over here but with you? It’s always with good will (however your Sonny views have GOT to be corrected! Kidding. Sorta.)

😉

su000
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su000

Yes rebecca always With me..
we laugh over it all..
And- You’ll just have to put up with me luvin Sonny ahaa! 🙂

rebecca1
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rebecca1

As long as you go easy on my AJ! 😉

rose
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“Only” killing four by his own hand is four too many. He’s like the ceo of his mobster ring, and asks/pays others to do it. It’s all the same thing. I’m sure many shooters and shootees might even be “good” family people as well. Doesn’t excuse it. And sure not my kind of entertainment. And if Jason doesn’t seem to care, and thinks his gun is the main way to solve problems or prove loyalty, certainly not a role model either. So I’m sick of Sonny having become a cornerstone for Port Charles. Certainly not to be glorified. And too… Read more »

Carol
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Carol

I started watching GH in college, 1969. Love Maurice! He and Jason are the reasons I watch!

Charday
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Charday

25 years, ok, give him his gold star and call it a day. Enough of this murdering, criminal loser.

Jovin
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Jovin

My favourite Sonny moment will be when the character meets a mob related violent end….just as so many wonderful characters have been sacrificed for him, by him, or because of him. This character (no offense to MB who is a passable actor) has gutted the emotional core right out of the show with the explicit permission of all the regimes and network executives. I loathe the character of Sonny. He is an abusive, misogynistic, narcissistic, violent, arrogant, disgusting, self centered, petulant, childish, brain damaged thug and mostly all scenes involving Sonny are Fast Forward material for me!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

We’re on the same page, Jovin. You’ll notice that, while our comments were being approved, we both used some of the same adjectives to describe the character. I also share your favourite Sonny moment!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi Jamesj75. Glad to see you back! Was wondering where you were… 😉

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello there, Rebecca1! Thanks for the welcome! I just read all your insightful commentary in this thread. And, as usual, I agree with you so much! I think you did a great job in delineating the various families who have been relegated to the back burner — or banished completely (e.g., Quartermaines, Spencers) to make room for Sun-god Sonny and his satellites. I particularly enjoy your characterization of Michael’s affinity for Sonny (who killed Michael’s biological father A.J.) as “HIDEOUS!” That is one plot point that really irks me: Sonny killing A.J. and getting away with it… That was a… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hey James…I’m still astounded by all the Carly/Sonny love outside of “these walls.” Almost ironic that this couple is the one thing that most on this site agree on. Strange because when I leave the confines of MF world, the Corinthos fans are en masse. I will certainly keep you apprised of any interventions regarding our very own Linda Blair in a man suit. Or so I think. Could he be a she? A she devil? Hmmmmm… As for you, I don’t think you require an intervention unless whatever you’re keeping bottled up inside brims to the top and you… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello Rebecca! Funny stuff! Typical for you! Outside these walls: Yes, I am familiar with the Sonny/Carly fandom elsewhere. It just goes to prove that these 2 characters are at best polarizing. Speaking of “she-devils,” isn’t that what Carly personifies?!?! Oh, and no disrespect to “The Sopranos”: I know it was a great show. I just feel its success influenced the GH/ABC brass. And to clear up any mystery regarding intervention, you are correct in assuming none is needed for me personally. I count myself very lucky in never having had any addictions… But I admire true friends who would… Read more »

rebecca1
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Hahah; there was no mystery regarding your (no) need for an intervention. I know YOU know it was a joke but I guess when there’s so many people reading posts we’re all conscious of the misread comment or someone not getting the joke.

Poetry in motion indeed. I like what you did there. I saw it. I got it. 🙂

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

As an avowed Sonny hater since day 1, I will add my voice to this discussion, in opposition to this so-called “icon.” It’s not so much an aversion to the actor but discontent with the show’s unyielding focus on this one character for 25 years, to the detriment of other missed storylines and other capable/appealing actors who were either put on recurring status or flat-out fired to make room for the Sonny express… I’ve been around long enough to enjoy previous “anchors,” Steve Hardy and Luke Spencer. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the character of Steve Hardy… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

We do need another patriarch or matriarch with a good moral center which i find lacking in all remaining soaps…and if there was rewards for best comments you surely would win for this one!!!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Jimh, thank you for your kind words. I feel passionately about this because I abhor the direction this once-favorite show has taken for far too long. I know we both go back a long time in our GH viewing. Your comments about the need for “another patriarch or matriarch with a good moral center” and that one is “lacking in all remaining soaps” are absolutely spot on! I hadn’t realized it before… Cheers!

JMER
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Really Jimh, you find a patriarch and matriarch with a good moral center lacking in all four remaining soaps? I don’t keep up with the three others but I had thought they all were much closer to have characters with a moral center than GH. What about Marlena and John on Days? Or Doug and Julie? My mom watches Days so I have seen it at times in the past year and know that they have a clearer sense of good guys and bad guys so that everyone is not intended to be a grey character (which really means villain… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Funny thing about those Days characters you mentioned… they all had their dark pasts too. John was trained to be a terrorist & assassin before he showed up in Salem impersonating Roman Brady (albeit unknowingly). Marlena had one of the worst serial killer sprees in the history of Salem (before it was all wiped clean by having them all mysteriously show up alive on some dumb island. Of course I know Marlena very well… you might remember I took up residence inside of her for a little while. Julie, of course was Salem’s original “bad girl” (which makes her hyper-judgmental… Read more »

JMER
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Hi Satan, Yes, but those Days characters are Grey characters. Just the fact that John did those things knowingly makes a hell (and I don’t say that lightly in front of you) of a difference. No one is saying to not address characters’ dark sides. Just make it less one sided on the dark side as GH has been doing for years. As much as the soap bloggers and media won’t admit it, characters like Sonny, Valentin, Franco, would all have been considered villains in the 60s-80s (and in Franco’s case, the 2000s!) then something happened and I think you… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Great stuff, JMER! Your analysis of GH’s use of one-sided darkness is spot on…

rebecca1
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rebecca1

You have not given up your wannabe dark underworld persona for one moment. LOL; do we need a group intervention?

Shay
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Shay

Which coincidentally marks the 25th anniversary when I first no longer found GH to be daily-required viewing, since I loathed the shifting emphasis from the phenomenal ‘80’s stars and themes to that of Port Charles as a Sonny-centric universe. Other than occasionally glimpsing rightful soap heirs, AJ and Jason, and tuning in for return engagements of legacy favorites, my interest in this soap markedly decreased because of the forced primacy of this mob-infested character and all the others who were attached to him. That situation remains much the same today…I fast forward through at least 90% of the current cast… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Excellent commentary, Shay! My viewing habits mirror yours: “when I first no longer found GH to be daily-required viewing” and “Other than occasionally glimpsing rightful soap heirs, AJ and Jason, and tuning in for return engagements of legacy favorites….” I think that’s true for many fans/former fans. Now I’m debating whether it’s worth my time to tune in again just to see Genie Francis (which I have done before), even though I’ll be bombarded with the aforementioned character I cannot stand. As @Jovin says, I can use such moments as “Fast Forward material,” the best reason to use that button!… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, my dear James! Right back at you! As soon as I glimpsed the subject matter for this particular thread, I fully expected a very passionate, spirited post…or two…or three (LOL…) from you, and, as such, was awaiting them with bated breath! Needless to say, you certainly did not disappoint! (Now if that equally-eloquent Sonny-detractor, CeeCee, would only weigh-in with her typically vivid commentary, then my life shall be complete!) Having said that, I also like to point out that my Sonny Boy antipathy is solely directed toward the character and not the actor who portrays him, since he… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello there (confirmed female, Mid-Atlantic Yank) Shay! Thanks so much for your kind reply! I am glad that I met your expectations regarding this thread, and I am so thrilled that you chimed in on it as well! Yes, by all means, I hope we also hear from CeeCee on this. For me, I just can’t help myself. I have been lobbying against this character for quite some time, not only here but elsewhere, including the ABC viewer feedback phone line on occasion. I won’t beat a dead horse, but you and others here have made the legitimate case on… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Gentleman James…Whew! I’m so relieved my response to you posted! I didn’t receive confirmation that my remarks to you were accepted, so I was concerned it would have appeared I snubbed you after answering all of the other kind replies my original comments solicited! I thought I would have to scramble to recall and paraphrase what I had previously said in a more suitable fashion since I would never want you to think either you, or your lovely sentiments, had been ignored! However, all is well! Having said that, I do find it fascinating that even 25 years after his… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Shay, thanks a million for your kind words and graciousness. Your analysis about various factions of fans is indeed true. I will keep checking in from time to time, even if my role is more reader than poster… Even if my actual soap viewing is minimal, I am thrilled to have this awesome website and this terrific community of smart and gracious people. Please take care!

Shay
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Shay

And you, as well, James! I agree that this website is indeed a wonderful meeting place for many intelligent, outstanding people, and I enjoy reading their thoughts and insights even when my GH viewing is at a minimum. Though I am still trying to adjust to this newer format—- (Two words: DARK MODE! Please….)—-I would certainly miss my favorite posters were they to suddenly disappear…..hence even though it often takes more of an effort to hunt down their comments, it is well worth the effort. Having said that, I must admit that I do remain missing the ease, comfort, and… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Shay!

Jimh
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Jimh

Yes…bring back Jessica…great post Shay as i too do not watch full time for the same reasons

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, Jimh! I’m still holding out hope that Cassandra will be revealed as Helena’s daughter, since the rotten apple certainly would not have fallen far from the proverbial tree in that instance! GH needs some really phenomenal “next-generation” villains…given the fact that both Peter and Valentin have been huge disappointments in that particular department. Other than the much-missed Britt, nobody else in recent years has lived up to the wickedness of their bad parental examples, so if Cassandra can bring that element back to Port Charles, then she will be a formidable and welcome addition indeed!

Erez
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Erez

Where are you from, Shay? You have an Israeli name.

Shay
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Shay

So I have been told before, Erez! However, I am an All-American, mid-Atlantic-issued Yank…”Shay” is just my username based upon certain letters taken from my real-life moniker! But oddly enough, I have discovered that my true first name means “princess” in Hebrew, although that fact was unbeknownst to my parents at the time they chose it…hmmm. (By the way, I am female…there has also been some confusion regarding that in the past, so just to clarify…LOL!) Anyway, thank you for asking…and if I may return the curiosity, what is the story behind “Erez?”

su000
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su000

Hi Shay.. I luvs GH, why? The ABC description tells all, as to why- ”’Murder, mob wars, and mansions – all in a day’s work for the residents of Port Charles, New York. Weekdays on ABC.”’ Since Frank Smith and Luke, way back in time, GH has had the mob as a cornerstone. But now GH has become a shell of it’s greatness with boring saints boring me.. (like Griffin- his holy face looks like he suffers from constipation bwahha for real it’s always squished in pain. Valentin is a love-sick begging puppy Franco is a meek and mild nothing… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Hello, su…thank you for your reply! It’s true that the GH mob has its roots way back to the days of Frank Smith and Luke, but up until the emergence of Sonny in the ‘90’s, the criminal element was never looked upon in a favorable light…nobody considered Smith to be a sometimes amiable adversary, any more than those countless crazy Cassadines or other assorted miscreants who have darkened the Port Charles doorstep through the years. Even Luke, despite his sometimes hero status, has always been considered an often less-than-admirable, complex character who skirted the law whenever it suited his own… Read more »

Celia
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Hey, Shay,
Agreed with your synopsis until Cassandra. Satan does have a point, albeit I am guilty of the same double standard, at times.
I love Ava, yet she’s a mobstress…..the same applies to Liesl. I suppose we pick and choose our baddies?? LOL,
C’est la vie?

Shay
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Shay

Hello, CeeCeeGirl!!! I finally responded to Satan about that issue…read my comments and you will understand what I meant! For me, villains should, by and large, remain villains…like our beloved Liesl! She’s bad to the bone and will never change…that’s why we love her! But “reformed” criminals Sonny, Julian, Franco, et al, as now-upstanding denizens of the Port Charles community? That’s just too bitter of a pill to swallow…

Celia
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Celia

Buonasera, Shaybelle, Thanks for the reply…..I get it….yes, we love Liesl for her honesty and authenticity. She makes no excuses for being who or what she is. No hypocrisy….I see the difference. While Liesl ( and somewhat Ava and Faison) offers whatever is on her plate, Sonny renders criticism of others, namely Ava, of having low standards as a parent/human being…..That’s exactly how I would describe him. Sonny speaks from both sides of his mouth, as it were……at the same time he freely talks to Jason about a body he buried and is now within the ‘confines’ of Charlie’s. By… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Absolutely, mia amica! I strictly adhere to the notions of good and evil, right and wrong….I don’t like equivocacy or moral relativism, in either real life or fiction. And there’s too much of that in Port Charles! Whilst I can savor the inveterate badness of an incorrigible Liesl, Helena, Faison, Cassandra or Jerry Jacks, what I cannot abide is the reinvention of those just as guilty of crimes against humanity who have been awarded absolution on a silver platter…to wit, Sonny, Franco, Nina, Julian, and even Ava, to some extent. They have all pretty much gotten off scot-free for their… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee….Oh, and I would be remiss were I not to include Heather on that illustrious list of favorite GH villains who will never reform! However, just because I appreciate her comically outre’ form of baroque revenge doesn’t mean that I admire or excuse her behavior …just the acting ability of Robin Mattson. See? That’s what make such exquisitely evil characters so bad they’re good! Which is not to say that they shouldn’t be punished for their demonic deeds…I believe in calling a pariah a pariah…problem is too many of those deserving such a label have escaped that fate as of… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hi, su, I love monks, don’t you? Especially their little tonsure ( bald spot). ….love Robin Hood’s Friar Tuck. HaHa I wish my husband would turn into Valentin once in a while and be a lovesick, begging puppy. LOL. Not that I want mobster-Sonny to go on shooting sprees….but, give me sensually-anointed, hot guy who has a trace of caveman-beating-chest in him. I would love to see Chase beat his bare chest…. But, you’re right…most of these guys are unrecognizable. I am having a seminal moment with you here….is this what the future holds for these guys? Domesticated puppies? The… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

So Sonny the mobster is “bad”… but an OLTL castaway who sells fentanyl laced drugs to the Port Charles population is “good”??

Seriously??

Shay
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Shay

You completely misinterpreted my meaning, Satan! What I was saying is that far too many of GH’s citizens who have done absolutely reprehensible things in the not-so-recent past have now been reinvented as pillars of Port Charles society…and undeservedly so! No matter what laws they broke or crimes against humanity they propagated, they are still held up as normal and admirable people in the present…Given what has already transpired with Cassandra, not to mention what seems to be another upcoming diabolical chapter in her villainy, I should expect she will not be turning into a cookie-baking, home-and-hearth style of women… Read more »

rose
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rose

Nothing against Maurice. But I just don’t have any “Wow” moments for a character who started out pimping young women in his strip club, and has continued as a career criminal. With the exception of how he is playing it out with Mike as they go through the inevitable journey of his dad’s illness. Another thought…25 years ago not much was made of how Sonny used girls to make a buck. Shows you how times have changed when Alexis and Kiki take on the abusive doctor, and win their court case. Even Scottie in a backhanded way helped this win.… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Agree with all you wrote, rose.

Celia
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Celia

There is an Italian word ( schifoso) which I find hard to translate iinto English ……most definitions ( English) don’t even come close….perhaps, “skeevy”?
Furthermore, anyone associated with Sonny falls into the same category.
The idea that such a character is idolized ( fiction or not) is beyond moi.
You go James75—–icon? For what? How to kill? How to cheat? How to rob? How to deceive? etc?
Well, then…..there you go, James—perfect icon for all the above and then some.
❤️

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello there, Celia! Merci beaucoup! I graciously and humbly appreciate your backup! So glad to see you here! Best to you and your loved ones, Friend!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Hi jamesj75! You know, I used to blame THE GODFATHER and GOODFELLAS for “romanticizing” the Mob. But at least in those movies, you knew you were watching dastardly deeds. But with Sonny, they seem to try and justify his actions and make him and Jason loveable, even heroic. This anti-hero ideology isn’t new. Heck, I grew up when BONNIE & CLYDE were suddenly “glamorous”. It’s a slippery slope, to say the least, and co still find it disturbing. Sooo glad Drew wasn’t sucked into that world!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Oh but Ray Liotta in Goodfellas…I must admit to “romanticizing” him just a teensy bit. As in ginormous! :/

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I agree with you wholeheartedly, Soaphound, particularly your analysis of the “slippery slope” of Mob glamorization being “disturbing.” BTW: I have always blamed the success of HBO’s “The Sopranos” for the escalation of the Sonny focus.

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rebecca1

I loved The Sopranos; was so saddened by James Gandolfini’s death. As much as I abhor Sonny; I loved “Tony.” Well, when he wasn’t killing people. The difference is they never portrayed him as smug and judgental and his wife wasn’t a self-righteous, know-it-all biatch. They didn’t target favored characters.

No; he was a straight-up mob boss but the fascinating thing was his psyche. Loved his therapy sessions. Great show. And, as said, Mr. Gandolfini.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Yep; I repeat. LOVED The Sopranos! As to the comment below which states that the nicknames alone would make any “decent person” retch, I can speak as one of millions of “decent people” who LOVED The Sopranos! Oh, my next statement was soooooo good but I thought better of it and poof! Deleted it. Thanks, Michael Fairman, for allowing one to exercise their ability to not take the bait/fall into the same trap! How liberating…. First time I felt liberated? When the same poster (below) thought it was okay to say that the humor that myself, James and jimh shared… Read more »

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Shay

Amen, James! I’ve never understood the appeal of “The Sopranos”….it was so base and repulsive! Just the undignified “nicknames” alone were enough to make any decent person retch! And that doesn’t even take into account the glorification of the mob and its clearly inglorious activities. I guess like you, I simply find any kind of mob “glamorization” disturbing, no matter how artfully depicted…Even “The Godfather” classics, though informative from an historical point of view, were certainly not entertainment-worthy from my perspective….I prefer my killers both clever and hailing from the genteel, uppercrust confines of the pastoral British countrysides…..especially if they… Read more »

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April Moisant

I love all the scenes with Maurice and Steve Burton. My favorite Sonny scene is when he first met Jason. Congrats on 25 years Maurice.

Nancy E Croasmun
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Nancy E Croasmun

Maurice, I just wanted to wish you a happy 25th on GH. In my opinion, you are the best bad
guy on daytime soaps, sort of like Tony Soprano. He had his dark side, but also, was kind
and loving to his family & close friends. Best wishes 4 many more anniv. on GH!!!

Sincerely, Nancy E. Croasmun, Ocala, FL 🙂

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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Circle (Photos)

Friday night at the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the night’s big winners in daytime drama, talk shows and more, shared their first moments of their victories in the press room where they were greeted by the paparazzi, journalists and electronic media outlets from around the country.

Getting their first snaps with Emmy gold were General Hospital winners: Frank Valentini (Drama Series), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Younger Performer), Jeff Kober (Supporting Actor), Kelly Thiebaud (Supporting Actress) along with Allison Reames Smith and Phideaux Xavier (Directing Drama Series).

Days of our Lives was represented with a win for Ron Carlivati and his writing team, while The Bold and the Beautiful long-running cast member, John McCook finally received the Lead Actor top prize, while The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan made Daytime Emmy-history taking home the gold in the Lead Actress category.  Talk show host, Tamron Hall celebrated her win as well.

Take a look at some of those moments in our ‘Winners Circle’ Photo gallery below.

Now, let us know, which of these winners were you most happy to see receive a gold statuette? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Photos: JPI

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49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: General Hospital, B&B’s John McCook and Y&R’s Mishael Morgan Take Top Honors

Friday night, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ (NATAS) 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out in 15 categories on a live telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.  When the dust settled, it was ABC’s General Hospital who took the night’s top prize for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series.

This marks GH’s continued record-breaking number of wins in this category and brings it up to 15 victories for the iconic show, which is currently in its 59th year on the air.  GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini accepted the award on behalf of everyone connected with the show, when Drew Barrymore presented the final award of the night.

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The night also brought with it the historic win of The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan (Amanda Sinclair). The actress became the first black actress in Daytime Emmy history to ever take home the Lead Actress Daytime Emmy.  In the emotional highpoint of the evening, in terms of acceptance speeches and significance, Morgan spoke to the current generation breaking glass ceilings.

Morgan expressed: “We are breaking glass ceilings left right and center and I am so honored to be a vessel and to experience this moment. Everybody out there today, we can do this thing called equality and unity together.”  In her speech, Mishael shared: “I was born on a tiny island in the Caribbean, and I’m now standing on an international stage and I am being honored regardless of the color of my skin, regardless of my passport, for being the best at what I do, Now there are little girls around the world and no matter what the industry, the vocation they can strive to be the best.”

Veteran actor, John McCook who has played Eric Forrrester on The Bold and the Beautiful for over 35 years, finally won his first ever Emmy after four previous nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

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The Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series trophies went to two standouts from General Hospital, Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) and Jeff Kober (Cyrus), while Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), added another mantle to the GH trophy case with his first win for Outstanding Younger Performer.

Days of our Lives writing team led by Ron Carlivati took home the gold for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, while GH won for Direction.

The biggest winner in terms of total gold belonged to The Kelly Clarkson Show. When all was said and done, between the Creative Arts ceremonies held last weekend, and last night, the talk show took home 7 awards including: Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show and Talk Show Host. General Hospital followed with five total wins for Daytime Emmys 2022.

The ceremonies featured DAYS Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) anchoring the Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to her longtime co-star John Aniston (Victor), who was not present, with the help of John’s daughter, Jennifer Aniston, who was seen on tape.

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children) made her first public appearance since the passing of her beloved husband, Helmut Huber and introduced the In Memoriam segment.  Grammy-winner Michael Bolton performed his classic tune “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” during the tribute.

Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner were the hosts for the telecast, and with the overturning of the Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision on everyone’s mind last night, Turner gave a nod to how she and so many others felt, when Frazier told her how nice she looked in her dress. Nishcelle commented, “I chose this dress. It was my choice.”  That moment received huge applause from the audience in attendance.

Check out the full winners circle list from last night’s 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards below. 

Then let us know, are you happy with the results? Who were you most thrilled to see take home an Emmy? What did you think of the telecast? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

General Hospital 

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama, Actress

Mishael Morgan, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Performance In A Daytime Drama, Actor

John McCook, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actor, in a Daytime Drama

Jeff Kober, General Hospital

Outstanding Supporting Performance, Actress, in a Daytime Drama

Kelly Thiebaud, General Hospital

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series

Nicholas Chavez, General Hospital

Outstanding Writing Team For a Daytime Drama

Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series

General Hospital

Outstanding Game Show Host

Steve Harvey, Family Feud 

Outstanding Game Show

Jeopardy!

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Entertainment Tonight

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts 

 

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Lamon Archey and Sal Stowers Exit Days of our Lives

Coming up on Days of our Lives, both Lani and Eli Grant will be written off the canvas to facilitate the departures of Lamon Archey (Eli) and Sal Stowers (Lani).

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Archey who stepped into the role in 2017, has made the decision to leave the long-running NBC soap opera, and will last air the week of July 4.

As for Stowers, she will last air on Friday, July 1st, and given her current storyline, it looks like Lani, who has confessed to murdering TJ (William Christian), will either be sent to prison, or will exit Salem with Eli.

This would not be the first-time that Stowers has departed DAYS.  After her debut in 2015, she was off the Salem canvas for a six-month break in 2016, before returning to the show through 2022.

We will share more information on Lamon and Sal’s exits as it comes to light.

For now, how do you feel about Lamon and Sal leaving Days of our Lives? Comment below.

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