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General Hospital Promotes An Epic Spencer Adventure: Where Will The Hunt For Lucky Lead?

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Who ultimately is behind the disappearance of Lucky Spencer (Jonathan Jackson)? That is the questions that General Hospital is teasing their fans with, in particular with this brand new teaser of a promotional photo.

In it are pictured: Laura Spencer (Genie Francis), Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary), and Ethan Lovett (Nathan Parsons) all seemingly united to find Lucky!  How will this all go down?

As GH fans know, this is the final act and the final storyline of Anthony Geary’s 37-year-run as the iconic Luke Spencer.  Genie Francis recently told TV Line that she is taping her final scenes with Geary, in fact, this week!

So far fans have seen the likes of Jennifer Smith (now played by Holly Gagnier) make a return, but who else is coming back to tell this story other than Emma Samms (Holly)?  And … where is Lucky?  Are you engaged in the story? Are you excited to the moment when Lucky is found and back on the canvas for a short bit? Share your theories and thoughts below!

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Matilda
Matilda

Well they started off this “epic adventure” by introducing the idea that a woman is blackmailing a 70 year old man for sex. I’m not excited, engaged or hopeful.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

She wouldnt need to blackmail me…lol

Harry
Harry

Wait, can’t believe I am being such a Pollyanna, but Matilda, I am really hoping that Jenifer Smith’s prime motivation is not to “get the cow for free.”
Luke Spencer the boy toy?
Hold on, I think things will improve.
Failing that, I hope Jennifer stocked up on the Viagra.

Matilda
Matilda

Harry, that’s possible and probable that there’s more to it. But even introducing that element, having the actors play those scenes, having the characters of Luke and Laura believe that is what is going on, even for a short time, is just beyond ridiculous and insulting to all of us.

curacaoman
curacaoman

Very true, already plenty of plotholes

Jake from NJ
Jake from NJ

I know…it is quite the opposite of engaging storytelling

Justin
Justin

It’s sad. Like everything else on this show that’s history and veteran related, it could’ve been so good. Why am I not surprised that this will go absolutely nowhere. No story here.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Nor I. And where is Lucky? And where will he be?
I afraid the answer is too cut-and-dried. And where will he be–nowhere, I’m afraid.
This regime appears to write only “for a day” or for one scene. The simply do not seem capable of writing a fleshed out storyline that makes any sense, excites, or does the actors any service at all. (To say nothing of the viewers. They seem to write in a vacuum, without even given the audience one thought.)

Timmm
Timmm

Good point!

avril_lee
avril_lee

Right? This is Tony Geary’s big good-bye? Jennifer ‘Sex Me Up or Your Son Dies’ Smith? I like the idea of going full circle to the Frank Smith era but I’m hoping Jennifer is just the tip of the iceburg. Both Luke and Tony deserve something more complex and less contrived.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

How crass and insensitive and cynical can the writers (TPTB) be?
Jennifer saying that it would be “poetic justice” if she “raped” Luke like Luke “raped” Laura?? How sick can the writers be who are spouting that stuff? How offensive to my ears–and poor Genie Francis looking so very uncomfortable. And Tony Geary/Luke not even blinking an eye or looking pained in any way at the memory?

Why, oh why do TPTB insist on playing the story for camp? How ignominious a way to end TG’s run as Luke. So many other choices. Isn’t one purpose of the show to entertain? Nothing, absolutely nothing entertaining about perversion!
So very sick–makes one’s skin crawl. And I keep expecting something/someone to redeem this mess. Even Genie Francis cannot accomplish this impossible task, given the schlock she has been written and has to say. Pitiful. Sad. Sick. Disgusting. I, a loyal fan of L and L, am trying to hang on but TPTB are making keep digging a deeper hole for the actors.

Timmm
Timmm

He already had complex in FLUKE.

shrona
shrona

Hey, Tony’s only 68!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, there.
Yeah, Shrona, a man will always be viable. But, medications….such as blood pressure pills/excessive pain killers/diuretics decrease potency …sometimes by 100%.
Besides, Luke looks like one sudden move and he’ll ‘be done for’……unless there’s such a thing as un-strenuous, quiet sex….LOL.

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…actually, I believe he’s 67. shrona.

Beth
Beth

So far it feels like an 8th grader is writing the exit storyline. Not impressed.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Matilda. That was my very first comment on the previous site. Ridiculous!!!!
Double up on those pills, Lukie!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@ Nancy dillingham
You, Nancy are 100% right. I found it indelicate, insensitive and tasteless myself. I am not shocked, any longer, by this tactless writing. The rein-holders should walk around shamefaced….they keep crossing the line. Then, we posters are banned for expressing certain truths.

Harry
Harry

I don’t disagree with any of you as far as the writing is concerned but things seem to be improving.
Laura looked amazing today!
Maybe I am just tired of bitching. I think the next ex Luke and Laura will confront will be Holly.
And Jackie Templeton’s name came up the other day…..hmmmm.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

CeeCee, you have me in stitches here and elsewhere… 🙂 🙂 🙂

With regard to “un-strenuous quiet sex,” I believe it does exist … not that there’s anything wrong with that; … not that I can offer any personal anecdotes… Oh, I’d better quit now… 🙂

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee and @Nancy
I couldn’t agree MORE Ladies!! My French Maman would have
simply called it grotesque.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@James.
LOL, James.
So, there is such a thing as quiet sex and un-strenuous sex? Gee…what am I doing wrong? Tell me how….shhhh. I won’t say a word to anyone…it’ll be our secret. LOL.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

They might find him in Nashville…lol

Mary SF
Mary SF

Ahhh you just made my day with that one– thanks for the chuckle.

Timmm
Timmm

Carrie Underwood has Lucky, hence the name LUCKY!

CeeCee
CeeCee

HaHa, Timmm.

carol
carol

I think AG should have left after the Fluke s/l wrapped when he was on top. I’m afraid this s/l will drag him down due to it’s, so far at least, stupidity.

Beth
Beth

Yes, it’s very stupid thus far. It’s like they are begging to be cancelled now. I don’t care if they ARE bringing back old characters for people like me who grew up watching vintage LnL…they still aren’t doing it justice. I hope they have some true substance writing planned before the end of July. Been very disappointed thus far.

su0000
su0000

Question;
”Are you engaged in the story?”
Answer;
No.

Laura looked stupid with the gun ahaaaa!
Is she supposed to be an aged gangster gun moll or some such thing..
It was quite not working for me, not at all ..
however- I did have a laugh, ooohh geez RC lol
This story is is too far out of -the now- that it’s not compelling/enthralling, at this time.

I, so far, am not into it..
A million plus people do not know these people or their backstories, so ya I could care less.

I am really liking Nikolas ! That story is much better at this point in time. I hope he gets the share he needs!! I think Dillon gave him the 1/2 percent..
But– things are always changing and the L&L flooper may pick up steam and turn into something intriguing. I’m counting on that happening.
I will wait for it ..

dolly
dolly

Aged gun moll?

CeeCee
CeeCee

LOL. I am really liking Laura. I admired her spunk and confidence as she stood up to Jennifer. Now, here we have a real nutty, tutti frutti cake, in that one.
I am really hating Nikolas. He has proven to be a real jerk…scum. But I do understand you like storylines with strife and conflict, which is good. However, Nik is still a degenerate dirtbag.
Dillon (sp) did not give him the half percent…too wise and loyal to his name.
This game with Nik will go on for a while; especially with this new Lucy Coe twist.
Nik acquired these shares underhandedly. Should he not be arrested. I guess, not according to GH law. It’s a soap…I get it.
However, I have a feeling Lucy has something up her sleeve. Nik will receive a great blow from Lucy….she is just playing along.
I also believe that this new young, beautiful actress coming in is the Brooke-Lynn (sp) character.

su0000
su0000

CeeCee ,, 🙂
Nik is not ”’a degenerate dirtbag”’ (shame on you! lol)
He is a Cassidine !!!
GH’s Cassadines are legend and I love Nikolas grabbing his Cassidine balls!

Nik will be/is two sides of the coin..
A true Cassadine and sweetheat, Nikolas will rock it both ways..

I sooo love the new and improved Nik, he is now sexy and dangerous!
— Strut your stuff Tyler/Nik ..!!

Rose
Rose

I agree Lucy could have something up her sleeve. With her, though, there’s always a chance it could backfire.

Found it surprisingly naive that the Q’s thought there were good vibes between Lucy and the family, especially Tracy. I’m thinking there was a little payback when Lucy sided with Nik, because the Q’s hadn’t always treated her kindly. Not that Lucy didn’t deserve it…she helped break up Alan and Monica Q, and then married/divorced Alan. The Family really gave her a hard time, except Edward. Then years after, Lucy was forced to “negotiate” with Tracy and AJ to get the money to resurrect the Nurses Ball.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@su.
Triple LOL, Su. You have really put me in my place. I hang my head in shame!!!
You are a ray of sunlight, Su.
I bet that when all is said and done, Nik will repent. He’s just going through a demonic patch.
OR, he is under Helena’s spell. Better yet, he is Helena with a Nik mask and body suit. HaHa!!! Later.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Thanks, Rose. I did’t know all that. So I’m on the right track, where Lucy is concerned? Therefore, by the history between the Q’s and Lucy, which you just so clearly described, there is a lot of resentment there. But, as flighty as she seems, Lucy will ultimately do the right thing.

Harry
Harry

I am glad you’re enjoying Laura, Cee Cee.
She looked fabulous today in her jeans and leather jacket.

Fanny
Fanny

@Harry
Not only was she BEAUTIFUL … Laura didn’t idly stand by his
side….She took charge, and came to LIFE today!! that was
encouraging to watch.

Timmm
Timmm

I smell Cassadines, for sure and maybe a nod toward the Ice Princess story. I see where Luke will be presumed dead and may only return IF GH is cancelled to say his goodbyes?

Fanny
Fanny

Fee Fye Foe Fum, I also smell the blood of Helenadum!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Yes, since this is her last chance to put the screws to Luke but I also see one or two other family members with her to bid him goodbye.

Fanny
Fanny

Timmm, are you thinking Stavros and Stephan?? Helena & Sons…
Each with their own agenda, Stravros isn’t finished torturing Lulu
over the embryo debacle. Stephan would want Laura, always has..
Victor would be the obvious choice, but that’s a completly different
storyline. In walks the Queen Mother of Revenge Helena, Luke’s
longest living enemy… It’s come full circle… Her only means to
get to Luke is by holding Lucky hostage. Their final go around
where one will leave and the other will die.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Good call, Fanny. If, indeed, Helena is holding Lucky, will this fact affect Nikolas in any way? Will he take his Cassadine cape off and Don the heroic one to rescue his brother? Perhaps this development will break the spell under which Helena has him. You know? Blood is thicker than water? Wouldn’t the world be a better place, if that were true….sigh!
That is the only part which interests me…..seeing Helena with her eye of newt and toe of frog…..

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee, Goodmorning…. Merci again for being a Sweet Coeur in
your last post… I was truly touched.
Helena is a Vindictive Sorceress with evil intent, what if Emily…Nik’s
one true love (never died) is being held frozen in limbo by said Witch
until he delivers ELQ into her greedy little hands. or maybe it’s Lucky
she’s holding over Nik and Luke’s head….two birds one stone..
During the Fluke storyline he didn’t come through on his promise
that ELQ would be hers,she doesn’t care if he calls himself Luke/
Fluke or PeterPan… What was promised her is owed to her..
One way or another.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Love your post, Fanny. You make really good points about Nik and Helena. I never met Emily, so it would be a treat for me if she came back. I did make myself familiar with her backstory. Such love and romance between her and Nik.
How can someone change so drastically?
The way everyone discusses GH and the birth of all these captivating, colorful characters, makes me wish I had been around then.
Alors, ma chere,,,, a’ bientot.

Ghlover
Ghlover

I also hope the end game is to oresume Luke dead. That will give the writers a chamce to do a real classic long soap funeral filled with great returns (think all of Lukes’s ex’s in one room all in black) and also a chance to show old Luke flashbacks !!
Hey they could also recast! KIDDING!!

Kathleen
Kathleen

Right now, on Youtube I am reliving the past and watching old episodes of GH
It’s nice to see Mitch and a very young Heather Webber.
The original Jennifer (Lisa Marie) bares an uncanny resemblance to the new Jennifer Smith.

Beth
Beth

She does resemble her a lot.

Becky
Becky

In reading all the comments about not being into the storyline and it being a lame reason to kidnap Lucky, I have to agree. However, I think it’s all a ruse. She does want the added benefit of getting Luke to have sex with her, and then we’ll find out there’s a lot more going on here. At least that’s what I hope will happen.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hmmmm. That’s something of which I hadn’t hadn’t even thought. Could be a ruse, as you suggest, Becky……a way to get Luke for a completely different reason. Diabolical trap?
It makes reasonable sense. Maybe Lucky will show up out of the blue and there goes the kidnapping fiasco.

babsy
babsy

This storyline is being so poorly written it’s amazing that AG and GF can even say their lines. It seems TPTB are really not putting any effort into this plotline – at least wacky stories like the Ice Princess, etc were exciting. This is bordering on totally lame. Bottom line: SO FAR THERE IS NO DRAMA OR SUSPENSE here. It’s just plain ridiculous.

su0000
su0000

well, to talk truth-
we have not seen the story we have seen seen a couple of scenes,,
The whole of the story is yet to come ..

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

If you know anything about Jennifer Smith, the fact she wants Luke is not surprising. What is also not surprising is everyone decided this is a lame direction when it’s been onscreen for 2 days. Why not give the story a chance to unfurl?

denisefan
denisefan

Carlivati’s writing does not demonstrate “adventure” or “epic”. His use of the words are empty hype.

Susanne
Susanne

TJ is a boring character and not interested in his character . I don’t find his part interesting at all.
He’s one character on GH we can do without.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Susanne.
Yes, I would have agreed with you a few days ago. But, it now appears, at least to me, that Sonny has plans for TJ. The kid will be groomed to follow in Shawn’s footsteps. Sonny is the sly one….he is taking TJ under his wing for the sole purpose of introducing him to the ways of a life of crime.
How ironic will that be? The commissioner’s son!!!!!!! “Another one bites the dust…and, another one gone…!” Freddie Mercury.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’ve always liked TJ, Susanne. They needed a new crop of younger kids on the show, and I think his romance with Molly has been sweet, his relationship with Sean believable (would have liked to have seen how the father/son realization would have played out) and I think he’s a great character for impending conflict. He’s a good kid but he’s been hurt and betrayed, his mom’s the law and his new protector is the mob. I do believe Sonny wants to protect him, as he says, for Sean’s sake and in no way think Sonny will try to get him involved in his business. He’ll protect him from it just as he’s tried to do with Michael and Morgan. But it’ll be interesting to see the dynamic between Sonny, Jordan and the fallout…

Shay
Shay

Exactly, Susanne! I’ve never seen the point of this kid, and particularly once Shawn was gone, he—and his annoying mother—should have been shipped out of town! To enroll him in the “Corinthos’ Training Academy” as Sonny’s next thuggish protege is patently absurd…..especially since lost “son” Mikey may actually be returning Avery to the fold after his latest round of “Sappy Says!” (Now that she thinks she’s “in like Flynn” with the Quarterrmaine clan, she’s become such a bossy broad! First she wanted to run Patrick’s life, now Mikey’s….sheesh! I wish someone would tell this nosy Nellie to go back from whence she came…she is so NOT necessary!)

k/kay
k/kay

So far real disappointed maybe they should have taken a page out of B&B’s book and wrote an exit story like they did for Stephanie. Luke dies of liver cancer and everybody comes to say their goodbyes with each visitor flashbacks etc.

janet
janet

Just when Ron does something right H ave Michael reclaim his brain and keep the baby safe. Sabrina needs to STFU. Lucy ? I can’t .The women has always been a flake but siding with Nickolas because Michael is keeping his sister safe ? I can’t Lucy sided with Duke the mobster, Now TJ is living with Sonny , And his mother the cop is evil ? Something is in the water. The whole town is dead above the ears ,and the ratings are going to get worse, because even the return of GF won’t help The lets rescue lucky will not cut it..I want to see Lucky return, see him with his kids but return to Nashville. I watch that. Want to end Luke put a bullet between his eyes I would return for that !

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Aha! It’s all in the hands…Ethan and Lucky left a clue when they were photographed…look at their fingers in the picture!

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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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The General Hospital 16-Episode Collection: ‘All Sonny’s Children’ Debuts

General Hospital fans know that Sonny Corinthos  (Maurice Benard) has fathered a lot of children in Port Charles and then some, and there is even another Corinthos baby on the way.

Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Included in the the 16-episode collection is: Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina, as well as the hesitation and joy that comes with knowing a new baby is on the way.

So, check out the collection and let us know which episodes are your favorites? And, who is your favorite kid of Sonny’s of all-time? Weigh-in below.  But first watch the just released promo for the collection.

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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