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General Hospital Recasts Valerie Spencer

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Now that Brytni Sarpy is over at The Young and the Restless and has debuted in her new role as Elena Dawson, looks like the powers-that-be over at General Hospital were not going to let the character she played in Port Charles, Valerie Spencer, just fade away.

When we last saw Val, she and Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) had gotten into a fight over Kristina’s obsession with “Dawn of Day”, the cult she finds herself entrapped in.

Now, comes casting news from TV Insider, that the GH producers have recast the part to not let the PCPD be down another cop with actress and director, Paulina Bugembe.

The actress has some solid primetime appearances in The Good Place, For The People, Scandal and name but a few.

Look for Valerie to be back on the canvas with a new look come mid-April.  For more on Bugembe visit her website here.

So, glad GH is continuing the character of Valerie Spencer? Do you hope Val and Kristina patch things up? Will it be Val to the rescue to get Kristina out of the clutches of Shiloh and Dawn of Day?  Comment below.

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Timmm
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Timmm

ANOTHER waste of screen time! The character of Valerie was destroyed when she was introduced and never recovered! The character should have been killed off!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I agree that they destroyed the character; in fact, I assert that they never really fleshed out the character in the beginning–nothing about her at all, really–nothing about her parents, etc. She just “appeared” without any explanation. Wrong way to introduce a core character–part of an important family. So . . .agree.

Shay
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Shay

Amen, Nancy! I’m still waiting to find out what the heck happened to Patricia during all her missing years away from Port Charles. It is truly curious, not to mention simply unforgivable, that nobody in the Spencer family ever queried Val about any aspect of her mother’s or her own past…Okay, it’s just plain strange! I particularly would like to see Pat’s backstory fleshed out….I’ve always had a dual theory about her: Given the delicate crucifix she wore around her neck, I easily envisioned her as a sainted type who entered the religious order and became a nun before eventually… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Works for me also, Shay! Infinitely more interesting than anything we’ve ever gotten about many of the characters!

Colin
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Colin

I’ve never gotten the point of this character. Bad writing has hampered her since her introduction when she tried to kill Luke. No attempt has been made to weave her into the Spencer clan. There has been no mention of who her father is. The character has no real point or purpose, and never has. I don’t see a recast helping the situation. Even though he has been gone for almost 4/years…the stain and stench of some Carlivati creations still lingers. This cast is too big, and with so many peripheral characters it is hard to invest in and root… Read more »

Bren
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Bren

I hope she rescue Dante I know but I always preferred her for him. Sorry.

Bren
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Bren

My Fantasy Shiloh ship Kristina somewhere on the other side of the world, hypnotize her entire family, just wipe away their memory of her so everyone can be happy and safe from stupidity.

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, Bren! I share with you that fantasy! It’s a great one…

su000
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su000

Valerie Spencer, that character did next to nothing, nothing.
IF, that character comes back to be the shows token lesbian, not a good move to bring her back for that purpose..
If she is back to actually do something, that would be a great improvement.

Time will tell.. hopefully, this time around she will contribute to the badly need drama..

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Well, su, looks like we agree again. 🙂

Satan
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Satan

She doesn’t resemble Valerie in the least. I’ll take the “wait & see” attitude to see what she brings to the part, because the last thing they need to do is kill off another Spencer. Even one who barely seems connected to the family.

aria
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aria

nothing against the new actress but this is what’s so frustrating about gh, they tend to ignore a character for so long that the actor playing the role has no choice but to look for employment elsewhere then they decide oh yeah, we could use the character lest recast, well what happened to keeping the talent you got and not ignoring it then deciding to utilize the character w/ a new face when the old one was just right? its really frustrating and disappointing. I actually prefer the character gone for now and maybe coming back later but that’s not… Read more »

robert
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robert

this recast was not needed. the show doesn’t even use Valerie

Elm1951
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Elm1951

That is just a slap in the face to brytni sarpi!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

IF – for no other reason – keeping her warm… till my Brytni Sarpy RETURNS , no? whew! I INSIST , NO, demand , that Shelly AND Chris , wake the eff up.. AND utilize Bobbi AND Laura as kindred Aunts to Val. I don’t know about that pic ^^^ above, that she has any spark w/ Chase and/or Kristina.. so who knows where Kristina MIND is any way. meh on what’s going on with any one outside of the featured dullard Kevin and Dante are still triggering I mean, come on ! watching Jason clam up AND bash Shiloh… Read more »

Rodd
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Rodd

Best wishes to her!

Dan S
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Dan S

She was never written very well as a character but I enjoyed the character and wished she had more of a relationship with Bobbie. Maybe this go around will be better for the character and they will write for her!?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Absolutely no resemblance to Britni…the character is supposed to be biracial and Britni looked like she could be a Spencer. They lost a beautiful actress who was very cool…could act…and did nothing with her. We STILL don’t know who her father was/is…and she was never included in anything Spencer. Seems to me she’s coming back to be paired with either Kristina or one of the eligible guys since she’s seemingly bi. They should have used the budget to keep Michelle Stafford who’s going back to Y&R! Shocked at that one! And…they should bring Scorpio, Felicia and Max back. Obviously they’re… Read more »

Carolm
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Carolm

Never ever liked that character. Dumb, phony and never necessary. Hope this turns out better or just forget the whole thing!

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Kim replaces Amy Reisenbach, who was recently promoted to president of CBS Entertainment.  In a statement on Kim’s new position, Reisenbach shared: “I’ve worked closely with Eric for over a decade and have always been impressed with his incredible programming instincts, skill in working with showrunners on our biggest hit shows and strong relationships throughout the creative community. I’m very excited for him to take on this significant role. He is a proven, smart executive whose leadership and input will be vital to the success of our series.”

David Stapf, president of CBS Studios who Kim will also report to expressed: “Eric’s creative instincts and his ability to champion new writers and producers complement his strong relationships with established showrunners, making him an exceptional executive. His leadership has earned the trust and respect of both the industry and his colleagues at the Studio and Network. As Eric steps into this new role, I’m looking forward to seeing the impact he makes both within the creative community and on our series that are enjoyed by global audiences.”

Eric has been with CBS over the last 11 years, and has overseen all phases of production on both comedy and drama series including; Blue Bloods and CSI.

Prior to joining the network, Kim worked in live action series for Nickelodeon and Teen Nick from 2009-2011. He was also vice president of current programming at the CW from 2006-2009, and was part of the creative team that launched the new network when The WB and UPN networks merged and was also an executive at UPN from 2004-2006.

Soap fans, of course, are hoping that Eric will be a huge supporter of the soaps, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful as well as the entire CBS daytime line-up.

So, what do you think of the latest executive change at CBS? Hopeful that Eric Kim will continue to support in-full Y&R and B&B’s efforts? Comment below.

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Just hours after their relationship went public, both T.J. and Amy deactivated their Instagram accounts.  On Thursday, Robach’s husband, former Melrose Place star, Andrew Shue deleted all photos of Robach from his Instagram account.

Page Six earlier reported that Holmes, who had been married to Marilee Fiebig since 2010, had been having an alleged affair. They report that Robach and Holmes started to get close back in March when they were training together for the New York City Half Marathon.

When Holmes was going to join GMA back in 2014, the producers asked Robach what she thought of having him on the show.  Amy shared with PEOPLE : “Hey, we want to bring on a co-anchor. What do you think of T.J. Holmes?’ And I almost fell out of my chair. You couldn’t have picked a better person to ask me what I thought of, because we’ve been trying to figure out a way to work together for literally the last five years.”

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As many know, Levar Burton is an actor, director and educator who has taught generations of children about the joys of reading through his show Reading Rainbow. Throughout his career, Levar has been honored with 13 Emmy Awards, 3 NAACP Awards, a Grammy Award for Spoken Word Album, a Peabody Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other accolades.

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