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General Hospital Releases 55th Anniversary Promo: What Was Your Favorite Moment?

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55 years, over 14,000 episodes, thousands of stories, unbelievable moments, unforgettable characters, over five decades … and we’re just getting started!

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That’s the message General Hospital and ABC are sending to their enduring and beloved fans, as the show gets set to celebrate its 55th anniversary on April 1st.

In this just released super-sized promo: memorable moments, blasts from the past, and many of the current cast members stories are featured.

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From Luke and Laura’s wedding, Helena’s curse via Elizabeth Taylor, the BJ/Maxie heart transplant story ,to current times where Sam and Drew after much peril celebrate the birth of their baby girl, Scout.

In addition, Anna is given bad new from Griffin, Alexis admits she is alcoholic, Jason return’s, Nelle schemes, and Ava faces the consequences of her action which ultimately backfires in a ball of flames, are all the order of the day.

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GH remains the longest running daytime drama series still on the air.  An amazing accomplishment given that only four beloved soaps remain.

Watch the special GH 55th Anniversary promo after the jump.

The extended video promo features some exciting and moving clips.

Let us know what were your favorites via the comment section below!

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JMER
JMER

Gloria Monty would not have approved of this 55th year promo. That’s for sure.

su0000
su0000

To be great;
Drew will file for full custody of Scout..(If a divorce)
–not wanting his daughter in danger– living with a Mob Enforcer Hitman, a Killer for the Mob.
He would want his daughter safe.. so yah, he’d get full custody of Scout.

MB
MB

No, Gloria Monty would not approve; neither would Wendy Rich or just about anyone else unless they are a fan of Frank’s GH or utter destruction of it.This promo for the anniversary of a show with a rich half century history is a lol riot.

Frank has had GH teetering on the edge of a cliff for years. He’s finally driven off enough Vets that there aren’t many left to bring back when his pets tank the show, like they are in the process of doing now. He may have finally reached the point where the show finally goes over that cliff.

dmr
dmr

Oh, how I loved the Wendy Riche and Claire Labine era.

Joanne Cecere
Joanne Cecere

I love it! I have watched since day one as a teen coming home from school…doing my homework, raising kids and grandkids…daughters watching…it’s amazing!

brian
brian

My favorite moment ? EVER SINGLE ONE ! That’s why I keep watching !

Reed
Reed

Nice promo but what else do they have planned to celebrate this accomplishment and reaffirm their commitment to the show? If the laziness at http://abc.go.com/ is any indication, not much. GH turning 55 garners nary a mention on their own site. Then click on “view all shows” and the photo of GH features two former stars, Genie Francis and Ryan Paevey and omits the prodigal son, Burton. And the synopsis on this page: “General Hospital, which celebrated its golden anniversary on April 1, 2013, continues its tradition of passion…” and then on to the “about” section where it further hails the venerable show, crowing about how it will soon air episode 13,000 IN 2014, as penned by the writing team of Altman and Passanante, huh? Of the 13 paragraphs highlighting the wonderful history and accomplishments of the show, in embarrassing fashion, three are devoted to Frank as we learn more than we would ever want to—I’m not sure if I’m viewing a press release or his Facebook page! My goodness, so out of touch. Enough about that, how about we “meet the cast?” Ok, a photo of Maurice, Laura Wright, an incongruous plug for American Idol (probably inserted in place of Genie’s photo), then there’s Ryan, Tyler Christopher, Teresa Castillo (Sabrina), Jane Elliot, Robert Palmer Watkins—oh, they’re still with the show? Billy Miller still listed as playing Jason Morgan…and no Burton, and a bunch of others are nowhere to be found. Can’t be, right? Let’s hit the handy magnifying glass and search for “Steve Burton.” And the result? “Did you mean Steve Barton?” and one video clip. You can’t make this stuff up! Can we not devote even the slightest energy into promoting the show? Can an intern, or anybody take a few moments and punch this thing up? So embarrassing, and it’s that lack of effort and attention to detail that tells me that this show succeeds in spite of itself because it certainly doesn’t appear to be receiving any great support from the mother ship. 55 years you say, oh, that’s nice!

Timmm
Timmm

I loved it when Grant Putnam locked Anna in a cage and they eventually ended up outside on location at a ski resort fighting to destroy each other. Oh the days of “On Location” shoots.

Also, it was so great when Bert turned on Robert. [Mr. B]

gloria
gloria

Oh, that was such a shocker! I never saw it coming! ha. (Bert & Robert)

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

Yes, that was loads of fun. Miss that dog.

Donnie Synder
Donnie Synder

Scout and Drew! Sam and Drew marriage!The birth of Scout!

su0000
su0000

To simply put it-
General Hospital used to be like a Metallica concert.
Now it’s like a John Denver concert .

nuff said- I’ll it stand as that..

Jimh
Jimh

Hey..dont insult John Denver-lol

su0000
su0000

Jimh, never ! lol
hey—–
I want a rerun of
The 52nd anniversary episoide.
Awesome were the flashback scenes with several of its current cast playing yesterday’s important characters, the original doctors, that was really great..
The current cast played the original GH doctors, with the flashbacks of all them.

There was No– shootouts, sex scenes, romantic triangles, catfights none of that in 52nd….
The black & white; the set from the 60’s, the wardrobe of the 60’s , it was the original 60’s set- It felt like you were truly watching a classic episode that had aired in 5 decades past.

That scene (52nd aberversity, had meaning.
from beginning to end of Luke trying to piece together the details of April 1, 1963, the day GH aired its very first episode <— and the day Luke lost his mother.
That was truly a beginning of the 52 years..
I liked Patty and everything was intense and went full-circle. Total clouser beginning to end.
It showed what made Luke Luke.

0ooh gawd!! when Tony/Luke collapsed and burst into tears surrounded by the ones he loves and he realized he killed them and his saying —
“I killed her! I didn’t mean to…she was only trying to help, and I killed her! I killed momma!!! I killed momma and daddy!!!! I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry!”
WOW! that was a moment a real WOW moment.
And! Geary consistently displayed a talent unmatched in today’s soaps. He jumps from one character to the next with ease!

Ron Carlivati and his team of writers , well nothing, absolutely nothing will ever top the 52nd Anniversary!
Nope, no other Anniversary will ever top the 52nd ..

Jimh
Jimh

I agree su…i would love them do another flashback like that too!!!!

JK
JK

I AM SURE YOU NEVER HAD THE JOY AND PRIVILEGE OF SEEING A JOHN DENVER CONCERT……IF YOU HAD, YOU WOULD NOT HAVE MADE ANOTHER STUPID REMARK!!!!!

Harry
Harry

JK, you fill up my senses, come fill me again….
But I can’t wait, because I’m leaving on a jet plane.

Debra m
Debra m

John Denver was an amazing singer and songwriter. So under-rated as a performer. He wrote from the heart, much like Justin Hayward, another favorite of mine.

Patrick
Patrick

Laughing my arse off. I wanted to say the same thing… what??? I like John Denver

GO WITH : Air Supply – the stench alone… whew

I’m all out of love I’m so lost without you…. blah blech bombs away

Harry
Harry

But damn, who doesn’t love ABBA?

Celia
Celia

I have no favorite moments, Patrick…except when Ryan Peavey joined the GH cast. Miss him.
You guys are so lucky to have watched the soaps for so long. I envy you.
So, this is what I say…. I like John Denver’s music…..it’s ok, I guess. How can one not like that voice? But, not for me…..can’t beat my Freddie Mercury or Paul Rodgers…..and so many more of that genre.
Did you know that Paul Rodgers was lead singer of FREE ( …All Right Now, Baby, It’s All Right Now) before BAD COMPANY? Do you care? LOL.
Then, there’s the incomparable George Kyriacos Panayiotou.

Shay
Shay

@Harry…..Waterloo! Waterloo, Baby….Waterloo!

Everett
Everett

Now that’s a promo!

AJ
AJ

Yay Laura! Oh wait, that was from 1981…

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I have so many favorite moments that i can’t name just one but if i had to pinpoint one certain one, it would be the story where Holly’s family was bilking the citizen of Port Charles out of 2 million dollars. Luke and Robert had alot of action scenes back in those days.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Too many scenes from the present!!!

Patrick
Patrick

I agree… they spent so much time on Drew and Sam… with the birth of Scout.

that is not end result. AND it was a hoot hoot laugh out loud un momento as God himself dropped in to the metro court. Steve Burtons EYES people. LOOK

Satan
Satan

This promo is a JOKE. You have about 5 seconds of classic GH, and then the rest is this sub-par dragonshit which has existed since February 2012.

The fact that Frodd or Ava appear at all in a promo for the 55th anniversary is sickening. The fact that they are still cashing in on Genie Francis after treating her so poorly, even more so.

Steve
Steve

Since I gave my top 10 GH moments on the 14,000th episode page, in honor of the 55th anniversary, I’ll post a series of Top 5 related topics. Trying to stay positive, let’s start off with…

Top 5 Recasts

1. Leslie Charleson as Monica. Already a soap veteran, her portrayal added dimension to what (in the early days) could easily have been a one-note character. 40 years later, although her screen time is diminished, she delivers a one-liner with the best of them. Thank God Alan gave her that house!

2. Robin Mattson as Heather. So much happened to Heather before Mattson became the third actress to play the part, but she has a way to make the craziest plot points work. BLTs for everyone!

3. Constance Towers as Helena. She made a character created by Elizabeth Taylor her own! Equal parts evil and elegant.

4. Wally Kurth as Ned. Kurt McKinney was fine as a young adult Ned, but Wally successfully balanced a mature Ned with a rebellious Eddie Maine eventually becoming the moral compass of the Q family. So what if he played Jane Elliot’s love interest on DAYS then her son on GH.

5. Kirsten Storms as Maxie. It was hard at first, since Robyn Richards played Maxie since she got BJ’s heart. Producers replaced Richards once, but brought her back when the original recast didn’t fly. 13 years later, Storms continues to give nuances to what could’ve been a simplistic character.

Honorable Mentions:

Tamara Braun as Carly. Sarah Brown was fantastic in the role, but Braun should get credit for stepping in and bringing the character to another level. No comments necessary on the short-lived Carly #3.

John Ingle as Edward. David Lewis wonderfully played Edward as a stern businessman. Ingle added a lovable curmudgeon quality. No comments necessary on the somewhat short-lived Edward #3.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Steve, great commentary as usual!

“No comments necessary on the somewhat short-lived Edward #3.” And yet I feel compelled to go there! I had actually forgotten about Jed Allan’s short-lived tenure as Edward until you brought it up. But I remember thinking at the time that he was too young for the part (I believe Allan was 69 when he joined GH). I fondly remember him as a leading man in the 1970s and 1980s, particularly on DOOL. And so time marches on…

Steve
Steve

Thanks James

Jed Allan is a fine actor (and great host of Celebrity Bowling!). However, he was totally wrong for Edward. In a rare admission of error, Jill Phelps eventually realized this and put Ingle back on contract after his DAYS stint.

Sandra Ferguson’s brief tenure as Felicia and the guy who took over as Larry Ashton last year were other head scratchers.

Shay
Shay

@Steve……Your description of Constance Towers’ Helena as “equal parts evil and elegant” was sheer perfection! The mere mention of this iconic character reinforces my great hope that we shall once again be treated to both aspects of her larger-than-life personality, as I still refuse to believe that the Cassadine “Ice Queen” has truly departed this earthly plane.

Joey
Joey

I wish they would bring back the 90s opening sequence. Faces of the Heart truly epitomized love in the afternoon!

dan
dan

Agreed. That was when GH had heart!

dmr
dmr

I loved “Faces of the Heart” opening sequence.

Carrie
Carrie

When Laura returns to Luke after having been held captive by the Cassadines and presumed dead. THAT was Luke’s best exit story. Gloria Monty did them both justice during that story arc.

My other favorite times were when Laura and Luke were broken up yet found themselves living in the same run-down apartment building, and both working for ELQ.

Lisa
Lisa

This promo hardly represents the history of the show or some of it’s best moments…

Jimh
Jimh

Everything from the late 70s until 1985!!!!

carrie
carrie

indeed!

Patrick
Patrick

“to family” – Sonny / Carly / Jason OPEN CLIP MONTAGE w/champagne

the joke is on us

as the clip ends… Laura Wright and Steve Burton hug it out CLOSE

how boring… everything in between is what made the show.

dmr
dmr

Can’t stand to watch this trio; although, I like Jason-solo, without the mob clan, and without “Mumbles” (Sam). I would like to see Jason not written as the mob lapdog and not saddled down with “Monotone Sam” and kids.

su0000
su0000

If it were not for the Luke and Laura wedding, during an era, when there was stay at home housewives to watch live tv, they would simply be just another super couple of the soaps..
My neighbor granny soap guru had told me there was AMC wedding that had Y&R Jack and a diabetic girl, that their wedding was like a Fairytale with horse pulled carriage etc and it was reported that it had more viewers than Luke and Laura but it was reported after the fact of the Luke and Laura ”hoopla” that CBS published and hyped and kept it going for get viewers, after the wedding bragging of the millions of viewers and ABC just moved on from their huge wedding, not mentioning its’ turn out etc…

As for GH, ALL the mob stuff was Awesome!!
so my favorite was mob and Crime Families and my #1, the Cassadine Family !!!

Steve
Steve

Sounds like another dig at Genie Francis from Su. For clarification:
It wasn’t just housewives who watched Luke and Laura’s wedding. College students scheduled their classes (or cut) around their favorite shows. GH also had the benefit of a 3:00 show in those days, after the school day ended. As cable was in its infancy, there were fewer choices to watch.

The wedding of Cliff and Nina on All My Children was magical. Quality-wise, it beat Luke and Laura, but nothing touched the GH wedding ratings.

dmr
dmr

su0000, I think you are referring to AMC’s Cliff and Nina-a gorgeous couple and wedding!

Celia
Celia

Yeah, dmr….I still hear about thst wedding from Gran. Then, what happened? Cliff turned into Jack!! Mamma mia.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…”Cliff” will never be “Jack” for me…even though he “plays him on tv.” (Ask your Gran about that reference to Peter Bergman’s famous commercial from the ‘80’s…)

Carrie
Carrie

We can all set a stopwatch to Su’s harpings of that damn wedding as if that’s ALL that time period was about. LOL

The housewives comment. Hilarious. Then I guess all the young students, male and female, rushing home every day to watch the show were really just housewives and stay at home moms in disguise.

Yes, we all know you seem to enjoy knocking those days and you seem to think it had no validity since it occurred before your time. And we all know you seem to believe the viewers back then must have been simple minded.

I’m sorry you are so misinformed by your “neighbor grannie soap guru” (as you put it) and that your mind is made up.
…No matter how many times fans tell you there were years of action-packed, suspenseful, controversial LnL viewership before that damn wedding day.

For someone who claims to love the mafia ties and the Cassadines, do you actually think those stories began in the 90’s?

Mafia and Cassadines entered the scene during the early LnL storylines you love to dismiss. And those storylines far outweighed any hype that silly wedding ever produced. The wedding consisted of 2 episodes. LnL was years. Mafia entered late 70’s. Cassadines entered early 80’s. Both were centered around LnL and it was endless suspense and cliffhangers for years.

The wedding is the last thing many LnL fans think of, but it was “reason enough” if fans wanted it to be. The LnL characters went through hell and back to make it to that day, carrying the long time fans with them.

That wedding wasn’t all peaches and cream either. It was hardly a snooze fest. It, in and of itself, was a white knuckler with Scottie showing up disrupting the whole thing.

GH, thanks to LnL, was not a boring show viewed by bored housewives. GH, thanks to Gloria Monty, changed the landscape and the genre.

I understand long time fans have challenged you to watch their story from the very beginning on the internet. An informed critique is the only critique. For example, a lot of people hate LnL because of the rape story. At least they watched the stories and they decided for themselves.

And even for people who dislike Laura and/or Genie, those early days are still fantastic viewing for long-time Luke fans and for watching his character evolve. It was a wonderful time of character development for all of the actors, writers and producers. …Rallying together to save this show from cancellation.

JMER
JMER

Carrie, There is also the POV that the L&L rape story brought a discussion of rape to the forefront at a time when it needed to be addressed. No one else was doing it. And the way it was handled made it cutting edge rather than a support of the patriarchy. When I found that out, I watched it too, even though L&L came slightly before I began watching in 82. I’ve watched enough to know that this fresh POV is valid and the story is loved because fans still buy into it which says a lot. The stories of today will not be remembered 40 years from now.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Your “grannie friend” is wrong, su, at least on the ratings aspect. Cliff and Nina’s wedding (on ABC–All My Children–not CBS) was definitely magical and got big ratings, but the ratings still weren’t even close to what Luke and Laura’s wedding drew. And ABC hyped both weddings, just as it did its entire line-up back then (given that General Hospital, All My Children, and One Life to Live were 1-2-3 in the ratings for much of the early 80s); Cliff and Nina were all over the soap mags (which there were dozens of, back then–dozens), and there was tons of publicity. But as I said, the ratings, although excellent, didn’t compare. Genie Francis, after all, had been on the cover of TVGuide (and I think she and Tony Geary were again, when the wedding took place, but I might be misremembering that part), and Elizabeth Taylor was the guest star. Daytime hadn’t seen ratings like that, ever, and didn’t again, ever.

So yes, there have been other “supercouples” (in quotes because I really detest that word) through the years (including several before LnL), on ABC soaps and other soaps, and it’s entirely possible that some of them were equally popular as LnL or even more so. But nobody has drawn the ratings they did. That’s simply a fact.

I wasn’t a LnL fan, really (I had been a Scotty and Laura fan, and I really hated the idea that a woman would fall in love with her rapist, no matter how much Gloria Monty tried to recast it later as a “seduction”–please, Glo, I saw the episodes, I saw the fear and the anguish–although I came around, more or less, years later when GH revisited the rape and at least attempted to explain how Laura could have forgiven Luke and loved him despite what he did to her), and I didn’t like most of the sci-fi and action-adventure stuff GH did during that time period (I preferred the more solidly reality-based late 70s with Rick-Lesley-Monica and Laura-Scotty-Bobbie), but I can’t argue with the huge (hyuuuuuuuuuuuge!) ratings the show got during the time.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t know where CBS fit into your comment, Su. Both shows were on ABC. Luke and Laura’s wedding DID have the most viewers. From what I read Nina and Cliff (All My Children) had the MOST MARRIAGES TO EACH OTHER. Four. But Luke and Laura hold the record…

Your attempt to change soap history or scoff at it is like a Beyonce fan scoffing at The Beatles or The Stones. They’re all relevant to the fans of their generation and when there’s talent as in the aforementioned groups, the appreciation goes beyond the admiration of their contemporaries. We can belittle I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke show. How about The Three Stooges. Silent films? Every era had its day. If millions of people tuned in, I would assume they did something right. Kinda makes sense, yes? Belittling the past or trying to minimize it is condescending. And pointless. Why do it? Why challenge it? It happened.

Celia
Celia

Suuuu….I have been watching soaps since I was 3….housewives? Didn’t your mom or grandmother watch? I loved AMC, ANOTHER WORLD…. all of them.
I even watched in my College dorm….not just for housewives.
I wish I had been born at that time just for the soaps.

Garrett Godwin
Garrett Godwin

Only one thing I love about GH: Liason (Jason & Elizabeth), the greatest story of friendship, love and romance that has yet to be told still! Everything about Liason that includes saving each other from death and themselves, playing pool, motorcycle rides; the summers of 2002, 2006 and 2007, and early 2008 (their first kiss, Vista Point, their Night of Passion, their son Jake, saying ‘I love you’ for the first time, their secret romance and the safehouse, their song ‘Ours to Keep’, etc.)! Liason deserves both a second chance and a second coming! WE WANT LIASON BACK ON GH!!! WE WANT LIASON BACK ON GH!!!

Patrick
Patrick

B – E – A – U – T – F – U – L

if this show wants any credibility… especially for the rerun of Jason and Sam.

BOY was I pissed yesterday… as Sam is berating Liz about where Drew and Franco are ? God this trio has spiraled. I am so happy about it. because of Frank Valentini agenda and his hiring practice.

Roaring laugh out loud… as Sam storms off to look for : Drew … and Franco?
she yells out : ” I work alone ” what a joke ! any way… Liz … follows.. knowing she overheard Sam telling Jason… she’s in love with him.

@K/Kay… thank you for readily pointing out. Liz and Jake Doe … not even knowing each other…. THESE TWO FELL IN LOVE. another couple who were left by the wayside…. along with Valentin and Nina.

this is what Frank Valentini Jean Shelley and Chris are doing….

forefronting : their pets agenda … Sam / Carly ; Jason and Sam ; Michael and Nelle. whomever Finn is attached.. and whomever Franco is attached….

WOAH : this has to stop.

@GARRETT : I LOVE LIZ and the Jason of ole. ^^^^ excellent write-up.

if GH has any credible story … they’d better mine yours.

dmr
dmr

I laughed when Sam jumped onto Harvey’s hotel balcony with her stupid black boots. God, how I wished she accidently tumbled over the balcony into oncoming traffic! I can’t stand her-“Mumbles!”

Patrick
Patrick

PS: Tamara Braun as Kim…. WOW – DANG IT – I am in love with her… she can go anywhere on the canvas…. just like Britta , no? so much chemistry.

anyway… like I read in SOD … they commented that Liz didn’t seem to have any friends… and it was SOD who suggested Kim.

YES YES YES… it’s working

LOVED how Kim brought Liz a cup of coffee… and they talked .. bonded… the start of BFF @General Hospital. as there should be… two of the HOTTEST , truly , thee leading ladies of this show

Satan
Satan

It’s never going to happen. Liz could probably get Drew though. Certainly would be an upgrade from Frodd.

Thad Bosley
Thad Bosley

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Never has more truth been packed into one statement!!!! The promo dept oughta be ashamed of themselves for creating such an awful representation of 55 years of GH. Shame. Shame.

JMER
JMER

There are some much better quality content viewer-made versions floating around Twitter.

robbie
robbie

Will never forget Tracy withholding Edward’s meds as he faked a heart attack! Great performances

carrie
carrie

Jane Elliot should have been in that montage promo quite a bit.

Shay
Shay

The only person Dr. Bensch looks like to me is “Morning Schmo!”

gloria
gloria

Oh, yes Tracy & Edward scenes were awesome. And the Alan/Monica/Rick/Lesley stuff was great-Alan trying to kill Monica! And the birthmark on AJ-finding out he was Alan’s not Rick’s.

carrie
carrie

So ironic though how Steve Burton at current age looks like Rick Webber (actor chris robinson) during that time. It’s eerie how much they resemble.
And does anyone else think Dr. Bensch kinda sorta looks like a cleaned up version of Luke? Their bone structures and profiles remind me of each other.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Don’t see either of your comparisons, carrie. Steve Burton has always reminded me of Paul Newman when he was young (though Paul Newman was sorta in a class of his own…his blue eyes defined blue eyes! Yet; there’s something about Steve that reminds me of him. And poor Max DePaiva (Dr. Bensch). Did you see him years ago as Max Holden on OLTL? He was quite good-looking, charming and the ladies man! I guess it’s a tribute to his acting because he beyond creeps me out in this part. Didn’t take to the character from the beginning. As soon as he arrived he was too stern and seems to be taking tacky lessons from Howard Stern! 🙂

Speaking of Howard Stern…never had any desire to see his film way back when, Private Parts, but for some reason I did. And…it was hilarious!

carole
carole

I have not seen any of the moments that will be aired on the 55, but I hope that it does have the FIRST episode. How about Steve and Jesse and Lucille? Seventh floor nursing station! Lee? SO MANY I HAVE FORGOTTEN THEIR NAMES BUT I CAN SEE THEIR FACES!
One thing I loved recently (sometime in the last year) when Monica came home from playing cards and said oh… *whats her name, * whats her name and *whatsher name were all there and we played and blah blah, but we KNEW ALL OF THOSE WOMEN! It was a great flash from the past! we need more of those! Love the early memories, we see these stories every day, and need some more from the PAST 55. I have been watching since day 1, with my mother then after school. And it continued, remember instead of DVR’ing, we “taped” the show? I do miss the characters of the olden days but especially Edward and Tracy, Robert, Frisco…and of course – Lila!
sorry I ran on and on and did not remember some names. I am old! get over it!

gloria
gloria

When Luke & Laura got married we didn’t even have a way to tape the show-at least I didn’t. I was working in an office part-time as teenager & I would call home & my little sister would turn the tv up loud & lay the phone next to it so I could hear GH! I would pretend to be on hold at work, ha, ha.

carole
carole

You are right! I got out of school at 2:30, time to get home for our GH! Then my mom went to work as a nurse but got home right around 3, and I was there. My mom has been gone since 1997, so this is one of my favorite memories of us.

dmr
dmr

I loved the “clink/boom” montage from the 90’s with Sonny and Lily and Brenda and Jax. Oh, how I loved that era! I also loved the adventure of the 80’s with Frisco and Felicia (my first, favorite super couple). I remember crying when BJ died, and then when Stone died. So many stories were told with ‘heart and soul’ back then. Of course, I loved and miss the Q’s.

carole
carole

Where are you guys seeing these montages? I have not seen anything! Does it not start until next Monday?

Patrick
Patrick

AND

WE’RE

JUST

GETTING

STARTED

as – his – piercing blue eyes don that mask… shiver me timbers

brian
brian

Would be mice to see some clips of Aunt Ruby and Nurse Ann Logan.

rebecca1
rebecca1

That promo was a compilation of recent GH history. It did nothing to celebrate or honor its beginnings, its soul, its roots. It’s comparable to a family tree dating back ten years.

Great music though! Packed quite the punch! hahahah…true.

Steve
Steve

Top 5 GH Weddings:
1. Luke & Laura — just for how it impacted the cultural zeitgeist. Throw in Elizabeth Taylor and the surprise return of Scotty catching the bouquet.

2. Alan & Lucy — the scene of her walking down the stairs in the right red dress.

3. Robert & Anna — the outdoor shoot in the “Quartermaine Garden”

4. Sean & Tiffany — could anyone not laugh at Elsie Mae Crumholtz

5. Frisco & Felicia — the cop marrying the Aztec princess

A shout out to the “almost was”:
Patrick & Sabrina — does it get more soapy to have the dead wife show up. Emma saying “Mommy”

Franco & Carly — his takedown of Carly and Sonny exposed them for all to see

Spinelli & Maxie — Mac fainting with relief

carrie
carrie

Gawd I loved the Elsie Mae Crumholtz moment. 🙂

Shay
Shay

Sab’s “wedding interruptus” was one of GH’s greatest visual moments ever….seeing her jilted, whimpering and collapsed at the altar in a mound of crumpled taffeta was simply awesome!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

This so-called promo tells you all you need to know about the mindset of the GH brass: Sonny, Carly, Jason ad nauseam… But you already knew that, now, didn’t you?!?!

And, yeah, we got the double entendre of Sonny’s mention of “family.”

Look! They threw a bone to Monica!

As usual, for any retrospective, they trot out a black-and-white scene from the first episode and then fastforward to the Luke and Laura wedding of 1981, as though nothing in the 1960s and 1970s mattered…

Look! They threw a bone to the BJ heart-transplant story!

For 2.5+ decades, the focus has been on Sonny and the mob… Yaaaawwwwnnn… So the brief moment of hospital life, personified in the early clip by Steve, Jessie, and Audrey, was forever forgotten and forever altered by the interminable mob storylines.

Look! They ran out of bones to throw!

I like Nelle telling off Carly (“What goes around comes around, Bitch!”) and Ava yelling “No more!” to Sonny and Carly, as she starts a fire. Trust me, that’s how more than half the audience feels…

And with regard to my Friend su0000’s neighbor granny soap guru, I think I dated her: when I was young and trying to pass for straight… 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

Haven’t “seen” you in a while, Jamesj! But this post was worth waiting for! LOL!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thank you, rebecca1! You’re a day brightener!

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…as usual…RIGHT ON, BROTHER!!!!! Now…here are my 2 cents…

1. That SCUMBAG Sonny even bringing up the word ‘family’…what a joke?!?!?
2. Next time, Nelle should PUNCH Carly!!!!! POW!!!!!
3. Oh, how I miss Tony Jones…A LOT!!!!!
4. I wish that Monica was onscreen…A LOT MORE!!!!!
5. Oh…and BTW, your last paragraph (and your smiley face) made me LOL!!!!! Forgive me, Brother…but I had to laugh. Again…lol.

Have a good one, Brother. Later.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thank you, jaybird369! We’re sympatico, for sure. Glad you liked my last paragraph… 🙂

Team Tony
Team Tony

I agree with you jaybird, and I miss Tony Jones too. It’s nice when people remember him.

Steve
Steve

James
Unfortunately, most of the episodes from the 60s and 70s no longer exist. As was common at the time, they reused the same tapes. An outlier or two pop up on YouTube once in a while, but unless there’s a hidden vault somewhere, we’ll miss out on those early moments.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

You know, Steve, I had heard that before, too, and it’s such a shame. It’s almost hard to believe. I guess we just have to rely on our memory…

Debra m
Debra m

Anything with Luke and Laura, from their on the run story, dancing at Wyndams department store, their wedding, the reuniting at the mayor’s mansion, the triple L diner scenes, to the ups and downs in their marriage. No other ciuple like them with that type of chemistry. But, loved Scorpio and Holly slowly falling in love, sexy couple, the early Brenda and Sonny falling in love, and all of Alan and Monica, him stalking her and Rick, the explosion, Monica’s breast cancer story, Alan’s drug addiction. GH’s biggest mistake will always be killing off Alan.

carole
carole

ditto Alan should still be here!

carrie
carrie

They could have shown some Quartermaine bickering in that promo. They could have shown some Quartermaine pizza thanksgiving scenes….something…..anything.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Alan and AJ; what were they thinking killing off the Qs!!!!???

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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