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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
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
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
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 leaving it after adopting a foundling charge in her care, that being Valerie…..or, conversely, a sinner who hit the mean streets of Philly to ply her trade! Do you remember back to AMC’s days when Donna Beck was a hooker in “Center City” for that Sesame Street pimp dude Tyrone? (Whose actor had to vacate his role when outraged PBS viewers objected to his soap character….) Well, I think Pat also worked for him as a young woman and that he impregnated her, which resulted in the birth of Val. Either of these proposed scenarios works for me….I’m sure each contains more detail than any GH will ever deign to supply! What say you???

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

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

Colin
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 for them. We don’t see certain characters for weeks or months and then they show up and play out some story and then they vanish again. I really wish Oscar didn’t have to die….we have lost enough Quartemaines in the last decade!

Bren
Bren

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

Bren
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
Shay

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

su000
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
nancy dillingham

Well, su, looks like we agree again. 🙂

Satan
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
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 going to happen so here we go again..

robert
robert

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

Elm1951
Elm1951

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

Patrick
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 head in and won’t say a word till his lawyer is present ? AND his ‘heated stone cold eye exchanges with Sam. Are just too much. WOW aren’t they a pair of noggin bore

Rodd
Rodd

Best wishes to her!

Dan S
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
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 been trying for a few years now to get rid of most of the vets and just bring in a whole new cast of characters (so to speak).

Carolm
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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‘Edge of Night’ Mainstay Forrest Compton Dies Following Complications From COVID-19

Sad news to report this Monday.  The longtime star of CBS’ and then ABC’s The Edge of Night, Forrest Compton. has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Forrest died on Sunday at the age of 94.

His death was reported and confirmed by Compton’s friends and an article in the Shelter Island Reporter.

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As Edge of Night and longtime daytime fans know, Forrest played Monticello’s district attorney, Mike Karr.  He played this key role from 1971 until the show’s cancellation in 1984.  The show was originally titled “The Edge of Night” and eventually just became “Edge of Night”.   The soap which was steeped in murder mysteries ran on CBS from 1956–1975 and on ABC from 1975–1984,   In addition, Forrest along with his on-screen wife, Ann Flood (Nancy Karr) were one of the most popular duos in daytime.

Not only did Compton appear on EON, but he also had soap roles on As the World Turns, One Life to Live and All My Children.   In primetime, Forrest was best known for his role on Gomer Pyle: USMC opposite  Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton as Lieutenant Colonel Edward Gray.

In a heartwarming story where fan meets actor and helps him out (according to the Shelter Island Reporter) Compton was only slated to appear in two episodes a week for the next 13 weeks on The Edge of Night, when he needed an apartment in New York City near the studio, so when he heard about a one-bedroom on East 72nd he went to see Al, the super.  Forrest later learned that Al was such a devotee of  The Edge of Night that he locked his office door every day at 2 p.m. to watch uninterrupted. When Forrest mentioned that he had just been hired to play Mike Karr, the super said, “You’re getting that apartment.”’

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Sharon Gabet who starred as Raven on Edge of Night, posted on Facebook, a tribute and remembrance of her former co-star: “Woody, as he was affectionately known to all of us on The Edge of Night, was a master professional, hilarious, smart, kind and gentle. I spoke with him a couple years ago on his birthday and he was active and happy in his retirement. Rest in peace, Woody, and give hugs and kisses to Larkin, Lois, Dennis, Nick, Joel, Irving and all the other EDGE alumni up there.  THE story about Woody. He was on EON when they were LIVE. It was brutal, but Woody was one of the best “straight face” men in the business. So he is doing a scene with Nancy his wife (the glorious Ann Flood – another “straight face” master). He walks in the kitchen and sits down and his line was supposed to be “Gee, it’s hard to get up in the morning.” as Nancy gave him his coffee. Instead, Mike Karr says on national TV, “Gee it’s hard to get IT up in the morning, Nancy.” There was pandemonium among the crew during the commercial break as you can imagine.”

Now below, watch the opening title sequence fro the The Edge of Night over the years, many of which feature Forrest as Mike Karr at the very opening or at the end as one of the series most well-known and beloved characters.

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Then, share your condolences and remembrances on the passing of Forrest Compton in the comment section.

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Will we now ever know just how the lives of Empire’s Lucious  (Terrence Howard) and Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and their dysfunctional family will resolve now that the series has had to scrap two of their planned episodes in their final season?  The sixth and final season was scheduled to run for a total of 20 episodes.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the production shutdown left them with only 18 episodes tht could be completed.

That means, as first announced during last night’s episode of Empire via voice-over: “Get ready for the shocking final three episodes of ‘Empire,’”  that reveal let viewers of Empire know there was change in plans.”  Now, the shortened season and series finale end on FOX on April 21st.

Reports also note that episode 19 was partially shot and that footage of that unfinished episode will be cut into the finale.

As to what happens with the character of Jamal Lyon played by Jussie Smollett, who everyone knows ran into significant trouble with the law; on last reports executives said he would not be back for the final episodes of the series, although there has still have been mentions of the character throughout season 6.

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Come April 21st, there still may be more Empire in our future, if  FOX executives decide to greenlight a potential spinoff headlined Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon; that first came to light earlier this year in January as being in heavy discussions.

So, what do you think of how Empire will wrap-up after 6 seasons? Do you feel short-changed, or glad they are trying to work in everything they shot to deliver some kind of series finale for fans of the primetime soap? Comment below.

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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