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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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Briana Lane Wraps Her Run As Brook Lynn On General Hospital

Monday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the last episode of Briana Lane in the role of Brook Lynn Quartermaine. Lane took over the role while Amanda Setton was on maternity leave.

In story, Brook Lynn tells her father, Ned she needs some distance and is leaving town, so she is heading to Bensonhurst.  She tells Valentin, she is leaving Port Charles and he wishes her luck,  But hold the phone! After Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) exits Brook Lynn pulls out a pregnancy test!  Is she preggers with Valentin’s bi0-child?  Guess the story will play out when Amanda Setton returns.

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Lane took to her Twitter account to thank the fans and GH for being part of the show even if it was short-lived, expressing: Last day on #GH Effortlessly talented captain of the ship @valentinifrank ,goddess  @lisalocicerogh, guiding light @wallykurth … still had tears in my eyes from Wally + I’s last scene as father + daughter. TY to everyone for all the sweet responses, goodbyes + wishes tonight!!”

Prior to that, Lane shared an additional message on her departure: “Playing the role of Brook Lynn Quartermaine on @GeneralHospital has been an absolute joy + honor. Feel lucky to have been surrounded by such a gifted cast, kind crew + passionate producers these past 4 months + it’s an experience that I will always hold close to my heart.  And HUGE thank you to all the fans who have been so welcoming to the new kid! Your support has meant the world. Passing the baton back to beautiful + mega talented Amanda Setton. Looking forward to watching what will definitely be a new and exciting chapter for BLQ!”

So, check out Briana’s tweeted below, then let us know if you will miss her in the role of Brook Lynn, and if you think the character will be pregnant when they bring Brook Lynn back when Amanda Setton returns via the comment section.

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Tyler Christopher Shares “After a Near Death Experience … I’m Ready to Start Over Again and Get Back to Work”

Daytime Emmy winner, Tyler Christopher, took to his Instagram account to let his fans. former colleagues, and friends know that he is headed back to California to continue his acting career and get back to what he loves to do most – turn in those amazing performance that soap audiences have come to know during his runs as Nikolas Cassadine on General Hospital and Stefan O DiMera on Days of our Lives.

In his post Christopher explained:Coming back to California. Miss you friends. After a near death experience in December, doesn’t matter. I’m ready to start over again and get back to work. Can’t wait to see you all!”

Tyler had moved to Indiana, and as had been reported he had struggles with his battles for sobriety, and ultimately his wife Brienne Pedrigo filed for divorce.

 

Now, turning the page and creating a new chapter in his life, Tyler is looking forward to being back in Hollywood, and his friends and co-stars are definitely rooting him on including: Greg Vaughan (Ex-Lucky, GH Ex-Eric, DAYS) who shared, “Let’s GO” while GH’s Maura West (Ava) sent him a comment full of hearts, and the former Steven Lars of GH, Scott Reeves, expressed, “Amen bro! Happy for you.”

Check out Tyler’s post below.  Then let us know, where you would like to see Tyler next … on a soap, film, daytime, primetime? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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Legendary ‘Jeopardy!’ Host, Alex Trebek Dies After Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

Heartbreaking news for everyone today as the beloved multi-Daytime Emmy winning host of Jeopardy!, Alex Trebek, has died at the age of 80 following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

Trebek passed away Sunday morning surrounded by loved ones and died at his home, according to a spokesperson

The game show has announced that Alex hosted episodes will air through December 25th and that his last day tape day in the studio was October 29th.  Trebek became host of the show with its revival back in 1984.

 

Alex went public about his condition in March 2019, and consistently updated fans on his health via social media, on episodes of Jeopardy!, and through  frequent interviews.  While he was under contract until 2022, the iconic host continued to tape episodes as he said it helped him cope with his illness, along with the interactions with the players on the show and his enduring fans.

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Having won the Daytime Emmy seven times as Outstanding Game Show Host as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, those were only some of the big moments in his career, for Trebek also is in the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting more than 8,200 Jeopardy!, the most ever for a single game show.

Mike Richards, the current executive producer of the game show said in a statement: “This is an enormous loss for the Jeopardy! staff, crew and all of Alex’s millions of fans. He was a legend of the industry that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years. Working beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host Jeopardy! was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever.”

Meanwhile, heartfelt condolences and grief are being shared all over social media today on Trebek’s passing from celebrities such as: Ellen DeGeneres, Viola Davis, Ryan Reynolds, John Legend and more, and most of all, from former contestants and beloved fans of the series.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the loss of Alex Trebek via the comment section below.  But first, watch this moment from the November 6th episode of Jeopardy! that illustrates the impact Alex had on people’s lives.

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