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GENERAL HOSPITAL Preview: Alexis , Finn, and Kristina Face Life-Altering Moments

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This week on ABC’s General Hospital could bring a shift in the lives of several lives in Port Charles. In the latest promo for the daytime drama series, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is seen in court facing her accuser, the brother of her former lover, the late Neil Byrne, in the form of Lane Davies as Fergus Byrne.

Will Alexis finally be reinstated as a lawyer? Will Fergus and Alexis actually hit it off since Lane and Nancy Lee Grahn played the beloved Mason and Julia Capwell on Santa Barbara, and Davies was previously on GH as Dr. Cameron Lewis?

Meanwhile, a pregnant Kristina (Kate Mansi) is reeling after seeing her father, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) lose his grip and threatening to kill Jason (Steve Burton) and Dex (Evan Hofer). Will her unborn baby be in danger?

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Finally, Finn’s (Michael Easton) sobriety is really tested and it all seems to be inadvertently caused by the Cerullos. First, at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn and Chase, Carmine hands Finn a glass of champagne after his daughter Violet’s performance. Not paying attention, he takes a sip of champagne during a toast.

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Now, Carmine and Gloria send a bottle of bourbon to Finn with their “warmest regards.” However, Finn can’t stop himself from pouring himself a drink.  Will Finn finally give in, and we are off to the races with another addiction storyline for the good doctor? Stay tuned.

Check out the latest GH preview below.

Now, let us know. What do you think will happen with Finn, Alexis and Kristina on this week’s GH? Share your theories in the comment section.

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Addiction storylines…..so tired of them. So lengthy. So uncreative. They should have come up with something better for Finn.

Agreed. They are wearing him out with this story.

I agree, always something to do with drinking, tired of it !!!! Writers !!! So much against sonny, I.hate it. You all could do something Happy

Wonder if the Julia/Mason, I mean Alexis/Fergus story will be cut short with PM fired… Hope not – Nancy has been underutilized for years!

A non-Jason centric promo? It’s a miracle! And Nancy Lee Grahn vs. Lane Davies?! This is what I am talking about!! And yet… Patrick Mulcahey is out?! HOW?! He was the PERFECT choice of head writer… and it’s so disappointing to know he’s OUT! Now the Gruesome Threesome Show will return, and that could be enough to drive me and many others away.

Yes, I think they let go of the wrong writer. I bet Mulcahey penned the wedding episodes and scenes featuring Gregory today. I like Jason but feel like his comeback story has lost it’s steam. The Pikeman storyline seems like it will never end.

I have been very disappointed in Jason’s comeback, except for Danny getting to see and help him at the boathouse. If they knew Jason the way they thought they did, they would all have more faith that he didn’t just blow them all off without a word for the hell of it. At least he is still watching out for Sonny, despite his abusive behavior towards him.

Make Jason steamy again.

I don’t think Finn should be all that worried about taking a sip of champagne at his brother’s wedding, but on the other horn, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was tempted to drink as a result of Gregory’s health rapidly declining. (and though Monday’s episode hasn’t aired down here yet I’m hearing rumors that said decline may be happening even more rapidly than we thought)

I’m hoping that Sonny’s realization of how his outburst affected Krissy will wake him up to the fact that he’s not in his right mind and that he looks into what’s going on with his medication. And that he listens to Jason & Carly when they inevitably get him in a locked room for an “intervention” scene.

And yes, for the love of all that’s unholy, Alexis needs to get her lawyer credentials reinstalled already. It’s the only one of the recent “career changes” in Port Charles that actually makes any unholy sense at all.

They did Finn dirty. How much garbage are they going to put him through?

I definitely don’t want to see another substance abuse story line. I think the writers have overused this and need to be more creative with their characters and writing.

End Pikeman,, place a romantic interest in Jason’s orbit, stop Ava from acting like a possessive, love-sick school girl, give Trina a storyline, bring back Real Andrews to let us know what happened to him after the breakdown in the GH elevator – I still don’t think Curtis is Trina’s dad! Bring back Portia’s brother foe Jordan. That storyline was dropped way too fast!

Kate Mansi did a great job but to be honest, this woman has had Sonny as her dad for probably close to 30 yrs. She shouldn’t be so naive as to how he leads his life or what he’s capable of, as hard as it is to witness close up, she could not recognize her dad at all and it’s hard to believe that this is the first time she’s seen this side of him.

Please get back on the lithium!
Remember who truly caused Morgan’s death ( AVA) and Lithium
REMEMBER !!

It was not right to take Finns dad so fast.Him an Tracey had a good thing going on. Everyone liked him, sorry to see him go

I too cried seeing those scenes with Finn going into check on his Dad & he’s already gone. How hard that is.
I was hoping that something might have changed maybe not ALS but a different illness that Finn could’ve helped save his dad. He was good for GH a real plus for the show so losing him is going to cause a lot of pain & heartache. Finn will need to sober up fast for he still has that little girl Violet who needs her Dad. She’s really going to miss Grampa.
Good Chase has Brooklyn to hold onto & help him through this loss.
He brought joy to so many people even Tracy who could be spiteful.
It’s good Mac is on the way back he’s also such a good man & so very loving I really hope he will be understanding of Cody who had been afraid to tell Mac he’s really is his father because he felt he would not deserve such a good kind man because of how he lived. Sasha is really good with Cody I’m hoping they will get a good wedding like Chase & Brooklyn had.

I agree the pikeman story needs to come to an end, Ava has to be found out soon too.

So many families face alcohol addiction
It is extremely upsetting to see someone fall off the wagon, especially if it keeps happening. Let Finn get control immediately. Let him seek help and use his tools of the last 7 years. No drama. No intervention. Just lots of meetings.

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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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