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General Hospital Stars Tweet and Share Their Sentiments on Series Renewal and Greenlight!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

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We could not be more happier for all of our friends and colleagues over at General Hospital!  They fought the fight, and this time ABC made the right decision by keeping their now only soap opera on the air, for what we understand, up to this point, as a definite one-year renewal.   We will of course keep you updated as more information comes to light, officially from ABC.

In the excited of yesterday and today, many of the Port Charles stars took to Twitter, or spoke with ABC Soaps In Depth and we share a few with you now! Frank Valentini, GH’s EP, “Congratulations to the GH family and all of our tremendous fans!” Steve Burton,  “I can’t tell you how excited I am for our GH family and our fans.  “Congrats!! No flatline for this Hospital. Much luv.”  Maurice Benard,  “I am so damn proud to be on General Hospital. Frank has worked his ass off to make this happen. And if he can do this in three months, imagine where we’ll be a year from now! I’m thrilled for the cast, crew, directors, producers, writers, everyone in production — and grateful for the hard work they’ve all done to make General Hospital successful.” 

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Carolyn Hennesy  “I am so thrilled by the GH renewal! Hoorah for the fans…YOU did it!” Nancy Lee Grahn, “One year renewal! Thank you ABC, GH fans, Frank Valentini, Ron Carlivati, What a difference! Upward!”  Kimberly McCullough,  “Thanks ABC. Now GH can reach 50 years!!”

We congratulate Frank and Ron on amazing first few months …  and to the fans of GH, you got your wish! Now, keep tuning in and keeping the daytime soaps alive!

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Rob
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Rob

Awesome. Hopefully this will lead to future renewals.

rose
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rose

I guess I’m a bit of a cynic…I’m very happy about the 1 year renewal. On the other hand, I don’t trust ABC. They could go a long way to changing that if they use the Good Morning America summer thing to reboot OLTL or AMC to start again in the fall.

barbara t
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barbara t

I dont trust them at all ,they should have renewed for 3 years ,1 year is nothing.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I think they should have renewed GH for 5 years at least…I agree 1 year is nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim
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Jim

Clearly, soap fan anger is hurting abc where they notice it the most, in their wallet. IMO This is another in a long line of ploys to get the fans off their back. (What ever happened to Prospect Park?) In a year they think things will quiet down so they can axe GH too. It also gives abc time to develop yet another POC show. BUT it proves that the fans are making a difference so we should be more vocal than ever because we will never forget what abc did or give up. Why not pull TR right now… Read more »

aria
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aria

i’m in heaven, so happy for GH, lets pray it stays on for many more years, and that it starts going up in the ratings.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I agree with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leigh
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Leigh

While I’m happy that GH is going to see its 50th year on the air, are we going to be treated to retreads of Sonny stories, or are the writers going to bring something fresh and exciting? Ron C only brought his A-game to OLTL when he knew it was going off network TV. Before that, OLTL had become a caricature of itself.

metejt
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metejt

It’s about time ABC/D does something right by it’s viewers. Now, they need to support General Hospital, advertise it during primetime shows and leave it the heck alone. I’m thrilled beyond measure that at least ONE show that I’ve grown to love is going to continue but based on ABC’s past behavior I feel the threat still looms until someone wakes up and realizes how valuable these shows are and is willing to take them on. ABC is not to be trusted with anything we love.

Judy
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Judy

I agree. Don’t trust ABC one bit. For all we know they could be working on alternative programming that won’t be ready for on air for another year. Hence the decision to renew GH for 1 year. I’m sending out a request to all soap fans. Please support GH, Y&R, B&B and Days. They are the last of a dying genre.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Does this mean The Revolution could be cancelled????????? What about Katie Couric timeslot?????????????????

barbara t
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barbara t

I dont trust abc/disney either I think they are pulling another pp and trying to shut us up,they should have renewed for 3 to 5 years,so I will continue to boycott no abc for me I only watch general hospital.they will never get me to tune into any of there programming until the soap problem is fixed.that means amc oltl and gh are put back where they belong or give agnus nixon the rights back and let her shop; around for a new home for them before its to late.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

The Revolution didn’t last even 6 months,,,That’s no surprise to me…I knew it wouldn’t last…And it just pisses me off that they had to cancel OLTL for that crappy show……….OLTL shouldn’t have been cancelled in the first place..Oh well…

gloria
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gloria

6 months! Hell, it didn’t last 3. Total travesty that our beloved wonderful OLTL was thrown away for this garbage. Sick over it.

barbara t
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barbara t

This is sad we lost one life to live for this garbage and there still going to replace the revolution with another dopy show ,abc/disney renewed gh for 1 year ,THEY ARE TRYING TO SHUT US UP,If they really cared they would have faith in general hospital and renew it 3 to 5 years.the boycott continues.

Robert
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Robert

Now make it permanent so that we don’t have to repeat this nonsense next year.

ELISA
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ELISA

i agree, keep this permanent!!

kim
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kim

Finally some good news… miss Amc and Oltl but i will enjoy GH as long as it airs.

MEG
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MEG

YAY !!!!!

Sheryl
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Sheryl

Thank you Michael for the update, I am so happy that GH is being renewed hopefully it will be much longer.and we will see more actors coming over from OLTL or AMC.

Nancy M
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Nancy M

It is so nice to be thanked by my favorite actors, crew and writers and the exec producer Frank. Thank all of you so much for creating a show that excites me everyday.

Cindy
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Cindy

Ron and Frank have made GH watchable and I have been thoroughly enjoying it each and every day. Huge kudos to them. However, this reprieve is more relative to the Revolution sucking and being cancelled. It is imperative that fans continue to fight to save our soaps. ABCD wants out of the soap business. That has not changed.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP FIGHTING FOR OUR SOAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MJ
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MJ

This is the first smart decision ABC daytime has made in a long time. Watch GH and support it!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Yes I will support it……………I even put my other T V. on in the other room to boost the ratings…Silly…But every little bit helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Judy
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Judy

I do the SAME thing! Thought it was just me. Great minds think alike!

Yoyo
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Yoyo

Finally! I have to admit I was not sure ABC/D would be smart enough to follow the fans. As much flack as former OLTL cast mates and crew (FV/RC) have received from GH fans, the new GH team should be congratulated since they pulled a miracle in 3 months!!! If the OLTL Fans weren’t so dead set on NOT tuning into Revulsion while supporting GH (which stopped GH’s bleeding!!!), this could have been another story. Maybe if we had started this with the cancelation with AMC we would have saved OLTL. Have to admit with the changes, GH is actually… Read more »

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Yes our stories matter…………….They keep me interested & want to watch Mon.-Fri.

RobertC
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RobertC

I like to know if this is only a temporary repreive for just one year or will GH be on for a few more years or decades.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I don’t think that has been decied yet……….Only think for now it’s only one year.for now…………………….Hoping for more………….

Philip
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Philip

Since FV and RC took over, GH is watchable and entertaining on a daily basis. Hopefully the ratings will increase enough to make ABC executives seriously consider rebooting OLTL which all of us Llanview fans miss very much. Everyone involved with the current GH deserve our heartiest congratulations!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I don’t think they would consider rebooting OLTL………..That would be great…….But I don’t think so……..

Maryanne Daly
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Maryanne Daly

I cannot express how happy I am that GH is here to stay! The soap is better than ever and adding characters from my other favorite soap OLTL is just making it the best it ever has been! Awesome!!!!

Jeff
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Jeff

Great News!!!! I for one don’t want anymore OLTL or AMC characters to come on board. There are plenty of GH characters that could come back, like Nicholas, Laura and Lucky(played by Greg Vaughan) JJ is a fantastic actor but I don’t buy him as a cop; he was too child like to be believeable.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I like seeing OLTL characters on GH because I miss OLTL so much..It was my all time favorite soap..And GH was my second favorite soap…….

Mary H
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Mary H

Awesome news for GH!!! Love that the storylines are getting better love the OLTL crossovers. But I still want my OLTL back!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I want OLTL back TOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gloria
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gloria

ME TOO! Every single day I miss my favorite show. My days are not the same without it.

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

I almost tears from my eyes that made me very happy to keep GH on forever.. TY,God!!!!

Emily
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Emily

Yay, “The Revolution” got the heave ho!!!! I hope the OLTL actors feel a bit vindicated. I mean OLTL (43yrs) vs The Rev (3mths). Let’s see the ppl want to see more talk shows or SOAPS? Looks like SOAPS to me!!! There’s more than enough of the “talking” format–GMA 7 to 9 a.m., Live w/Kelly, Rachel Ray, and THe View. I’m not watching any talk shows from 1 to 3:00 p.m. THat’s sacred soap watching ground for me. Just watching GH, not falling for any ABC tricks!!! Let’s see GH take it for 50+ yrs:)

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I watch DVD movies at 1 to 3:00………………..Or do my house chores or read to fill in the time……..

Emily
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Emily

I watch some old OLTL scenes on youtube and then pick up my kids. I really miss OLTL and LOVE soaps to escape the stresses of life from. I thought they’d be here forever or longer than now. I know GH didn’t get a permanent reprieve but still think it’s great that the soap fans make a difference. Well, soaps are my preference and don’t want to watch anything else during that time of the day. Sticking to my guns!!! I know I cleaned my fridge last week ( to pass the time), that’s how much I don’t want to… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

My poor Grandma and mom wonder around the house looking for things to do and don’t even turn the TV on till dinner and start with GH now because they hate everything else on daytime. I buy reruns of OLTL and GH and watch those.

Jan
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Jan

Im happy for them after all alderson has a 3 year contract.

Jan
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Jan

REVOLUTION CANCELLED YAY!

Judy
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Judy

DITTO!!!!!

GariAne
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GariAne

I am thrilled that GH has been renewed. ABC/Disney is finally listening to it’s viewers. Now we need to get OLTL and AMC back on the air. I’m a OLTL fan of 42 years. And I miss it. Still not watching anything on ABC/Disney but GH. Will not accept OLTL substitutes!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I’m OLTL fan also.. I use to watch Dark Shadows years ago.. Then in 1968 it was cancelled and replaced with OLTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was angry D. Shadows was cancelled…………..But my mom & I started to watch OLTL & the rest is history…I continued watching the soaps..Got hooked them watching them with my mom…Gh was in B& W & only a half hour…Shortly after changed to one hour…Loved the Woleks , Joe Riley,etc…GH at that time was Dr. Hardy , Jesse,Audry, Lucille, Baldwins…Those were the days..Till this day still enjoy watching my stories & I never get tired of watching them….When… Read more »

david
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david

Both Dark Shadows and OLTL were on together when OLTL was only 30 minutes. Dark Shadows wasn’t canceled in 1971 because of OLTL. OLTL did not expand to more than 30 minutes until 1976. See Wikipedia.

Chantal
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Chantal

My question is did GH make it another year because of Ron and Frank’s efforts or simply because The Revolution failed???

RobertC
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RobertC

Chantal i think GH got another chance was because the Revolution failed.

ethel
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ethel

contracts mean nothing in the soap world these days………………smh

ethel
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ethel

this is in response to jan’s comment………….

JLH
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JLH

If ABC really wants some attention (and ratings), they would work OLTL and AMC back into their daytime schedule at least as 1/2 hour shows. IMO they couldn’t buy the publicity that would generate.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I don’t know about that one………..About getting AMC & OLTL back on the air!!!!!!!! I don’t thing abc/d will bring them back.. I would faint if they did………but I don’t think so….Hurray for GH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need it to be on 5 yrs. at least… One year is not much that goes quick..

Allison
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Allison

BE positive Leigh !!! The storylines and writing are better, the actors are amazing and the show is on fire, better than ever!! Let’s keep up the hard work for the soap genre, and keep them ALL going. GH is AWESOME!!

carol
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carol

The storylines are good if you like the SAME OLD REPEATS all the time MOB MOB MOB. Too bad Frank/Ron don’t write for other GH cast instead of bringing the failed OLTL cast over. OLTL ended now let us have our GH. Where has Patrick been?? what about Anna helping her sil/grand daughter lossing wife/mother. NO of course, not we have to promote more OLTL cast and more MOB stuff. I am happy for the cast & crew the show is not ending, BUT we need some stories of GH People and not the MOB. ratings will continue to fall… Read more »

Tisha
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Tisha

I must say that I was happy when I GH got renewed; but after finding out that Franco is Sam’s baby, I have decided to stop watching.

I wish you guys all the best; but I am too disappointed to watch. I really thought my couple would have gotten a happy ending………I thought they deserved it.

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WATCH: The Cast of ‘Studio City’ Talk On the Latest Five Episodes & The Making of the Critically-Acclaimed Digital Drama

It’s one of the most talked about digital dramas out there, with a look and feel all its own, containing smart, witty, and dramatic plots and dialogue, and stellar performances abound.

In Amazon Prime’s Studio City, the story about life on a soap in front of the camera juxtaposed with the often harsh reality of life behind the scenes, will have any fan of the genre getting a kick out of some of the very familiar soap tropes contained within balanced with the five-hankie moments throughout  And now, Studio City has dropped their latest five episodes picking the story back up from where it left off.

Michael Fairman chatted with the cast of Studio City in his latest interview for The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube. Those taking part in this virtual conversation included: Sean Kanan (Sam), Sarah Joy Brown (Laurie), Tristan Rogers (Doc), Carolyn Hennesy (Gloria), Scott Turner Schofield (Max), Anna Maria Horsford (Jolene), and Justin Torkildesn (Jacob).  Ronn Moss, who also appears in the series playing a version of himself, was filming a movie during the scheduling of this chat, but his presence is felt when some hilarious moments featuring him and Sean Kanan were discussed.

Soap fans know these actors very well.  Kanan, Brown, Hennesy and Rogers have all, or are presently appearing, on General Hospital.  B&B fans recognize Torkilden, Horsford, Moss, and Schofield along with Kanan from their work on the CBS Daytime drama.

Getting a show up and running and then taped during the Covid-19 pandemic is no easy task as Kanan shared in the group interview.  As well, Anna Maria Horsford and Sarah Joy Brown share how they came to their parts and the rapid-fire pace in which their scenes were shot.  Tristan Rogers, who won a Daytime Emmy last year for his performance as Doc, gives another heartbreaking turn, and reveals his thoughts on the work he did, plus shares his remembrances of his late friend and GH co-star, John Reilly.

Scott Turner Schofield talks about how Sean and his wife Michele Kanan, two of the creators of the show, have given him and the transgender community a space with Max’s storyline in Studio City.  GH favorite, Carolyn Hennesy shares how she crafted her role of Gloria, the executive producer, after Jill Farren Phelps, and Daytime Emmy winner Justin Torkildsen shares how he wound up with a part in the digital drama and the scenes he shares with Hennesy.

You can check out the full Studio City cast interview below.  Then let us know, have you checked out the series? What have been your favorite moments and performances in it? Let us know in the comment section.

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

This week on General Hospital the truth came out on all fronts; as Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) put two and two together and realized Ned (Wally Kurth) cheated on her with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  Meanwhile, Alexis figured out Tracy (Jane Elliot) framed her to make it look like she passed out drunk behind the wheel.

Throughout, there were great performances from Wally Kurth, Jane Elliot and Nancy Lee Grahn, but it was soap vet, Lisa LoCicero, who for us was given the material and stole the show with her heartbreaking performances as a woman scorned.

LoCicero plays Olivia Falconeri from Bensonhurst, so believably, that viewers understand her every woman, who married into the well-to-do Quatermaines, and who has a much higher moral and ethical standard then the Q’s.

In key scenes at the Quartermaine mansion, Olivia confronts Ned about the night he never came home, and she wants the truth.  She also rightly accuses Tracy on being part of the cover-up.  A caught Ned confesses.  He tells Olivia he was in a terrible place, and jumped to the wrong conclusion about her and Robert (Tristan Rogers), and began drinking, which Sam (Kelly Monaco) overhears and can’t believe he was drinking with an alcoholic. Olivia says that Ned is incapable of being trustworthy after spending his entire life amongst a house full of liars and cheats.  Meanwhile, Alexis shows up in the middle of all this to confront Tracy on her machinations setting the stage for a showdown between Olivia and Alexis.

When Alexis and Olivia talk in private, the former legal eagle apologizes to her friend for sleeping with her husband; saying they both knew it was wrong right after it happened, but Olivia quickly points out that they didn’t seem to stop themselves or think it was wrong, while he was unbuttoning his pants or she was taking off her blouse!

Olivia stands her ground through her devastation and is appalled that Alexis calls her a “friend” and how she is only showing remorse because she has been caught!

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When Ned tries to talk to Olivia and professes how much he loves her and how sorry he is for having sex in a drunken stupor with Alexis, Olivia is gut-punched.  Ned continually says he thought Olivia and Robert hooked-up thanks to Brook Lynn deleting messages meant for Ned.  The fact that he would assume the worst of her, only made things worse for Ned, and then to go as far as having revenge sex with Alexis, made Olivia feel her husband had sunk to new lows.

It is then Olivia has a moment of reckoning; wondering what is her role in the Quartermaine family anyway, and how she doesn’t really fit in.  Ned promises to wait for her and begs her not to give up on them.  When he leaves, Liv breaks down … her marriage in pieces and betrayed by all those she thought she could trust.

Each of the aforementioned moments were played to perfection by LoCicero, leaving the audience wondering just what will Olivia do next and how will she bounce back from this betrayal.  That is why Michael Fairman TV names Lisa our pick for The Power Performance of the Week.  And, if it’s one thing we know about Olivia, she is a scrappy fighter, a survivor, and in the capable hands of this actress, we will be rooting for her all along the way.

So, what did you think of the performance of Lisa LoCicero?  Do you hope Olivia and Ned work things out and they stay together, or do you want to see if she and Robert Scorpio might have a new romance? Comment below.

 

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Lexi Ainsworth Teases Her Return to General Hospital

With her father Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) presumed dead (although viewers know he is very much alive with amnesia), it looks like Kristina is on her way back to Port Charles – which would be a welcome return to the role for Daytime Emmy winner Lexi Ainsworth.

Rumors began circulating on Inauguration day Wednesday, when Ainsworth shared a pic on her Instagram Story of her watching the ceremonies from a dressing room at Prospect Studios in Los Angeles, where GH is taped.

Later, after reports had surfaced on social media that Ainsworth might be returning to her signature role, the actress shared some of those on her Instagram Story as well, which was seen as her way of confirming she is back on the show.

Lexi has been recurring on General Hospital for the last several years, so there is no telling how long she will be on-screen this time.

While there has been no official confirmation from GH, chances are that if there is a funeral ahead for Sonny, Kristina of course would be there to mourn her father. Stay tuned.

So, excited that Lexi will be back on-air on GH? Comment below.

 

 

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