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General Hospital Summer Promo: Good Times, Good News & You Can't Beat The Heat!

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ABC’s General Hospital plans to turn up your temps this summer and this all new promo gives you a glimpse of whats in store in the name of fun, romance, and drama!

Could it be Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly’s (Laura Wright) attraction to each other might be back in full-swing? And Detective Sexy Pants (Ryan Paevey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) give each other longing looks, while later in the teaser clip Maxie says, “I’m getting married!”  Hmmm.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) gets the best of Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) during Dodgeball, Julexis (Nancy Lee Grahn and William deVry) is ripping each others clothes off, Michael (Chad Duell) and Kiki (Kristen Alderson) hit the sheets, Sonny and Julian laughing? Patrick (Jason Thompson) takes a shower…  and lookey who?  Robin (Kimberly McCullough) is back too!

Watch the GH summer promo after the jump and then let us know what you are looking forward to as the months heat up?

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su0000
su0000

well,
The only thing I am most looking forward to is; to kill Robin, dead!

just kill her and have over with the stupid crap, please..

davlestev1
davlestev1

ORRRR…..su0000000….we could all have a stomp su000’s KEYBOARD…now there’s a summer party i’d attend (: LMAO

Patrick
Patrick

LOL

and more

LOL

funny

I count on SuOOOOOO cutting edge off the cuff : his marquee

Jenny
Jenny

Please go take your meds, You sound bitter. Lol. Gh will not kill off Robin. Rumors are Kim is coming back again to gh in the fall. So lets enjoy robin this summer.

dmr
dmr

The character was never my favorite; but, now that she left her family to “unfreeze” Jason she is even more unlikable to me. Just a dumb storyline. Really dumb. I love Patrick. He deserves better. Love little Emma Scorpio Drake.

Johnny
Johnny

Su0000 you need to be locked up, with Heather Webber at ferncliff. Lol

Jeremy
Jeremy

oh dear

davlestev1
davlestev1

NOW THAT’S FUNNY…RFLMAO

su0000
su0000

Awww geez you guys!! I feel the luv..
Com’er, a big group a {{{{{{{{ HUG }}}}}}}

luvz you guys to pieces .. ahahaa 😉

Shay
Shay

Even Heather Webber wouldn’t deserve such a loony roommate!

Harry
Harry

Su00Y you talk about Robin as if she were Chuckie from Child Play.

Shay
Shay

As time goes on, I’m convinced that Levi is actually Chuckie ….especially when he breaks into that sinister smile of his! But the resemblance is not purely physical…..there is something truly diabolical about that touchy-feely “Occupy PC” whack-tivist twerp and his scheming ways…not to mention that his yoga pants are an absolute fashion crime against humanity!!!!! P.S. Bruce Jenner called and he wants Mr. Dunkleman to return his signature coiffure.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Its about time Patrick took a shower…lol…Micheal and Kiki hit the sheets?…i’ll have to remeber not to be eating during that episode…lol…Robins back…if i blink will i miss her…lol

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Are Sonny and Julian laughing before or after Alexis and Julian rip each other clothes off or is it because Julian and Sonny are secret lovers…lol…Why is Liz and Britt playing dodge ball…is Dr.O their coach…lol…tried editing but i omitted this…lol

Natalie
Natalie

Looks like Elizabeth and Britt are helping with Lila’s camp. Love that Liz hits her, but not the best example in front of the kids.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Also, did that scene in the park with Shaun and Jordan…where they are jogging before they litterly bump into each other remind anyone else beside me of the Bionic Man and Bionic Woman…lol

dmr
dmr

I’m cracking up. I just posted something similar regarding Michael and Kiki. They are beyond boring. She needs acting lessons. That would be funny-Dr. O being the coach of Dodgeball! I love Dr. O! She brings such humor to Port Charles! She’s a very talented actress!

Lin
Lin

Blink and you miss Robin, I agree. Not worth having her on.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Anna and Jordan still meeting openily in the park where they can easily be seen and overheared discussing the mob…let me take that silliness a step further…in this scene let them use the ‘cone of silence’ from the old Get Smart series and have it work the same dumb way…as Jordan is telling the secrets of Julian to Anna, Anna cant hear her but people outside the dome can including Julian…lets go all the way with this absurd silly moment…lol

dmr
dmr

I agree about Anna meeting Jordan in the past for a secret conversation. Unbelievable. Dumb.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Agree. Dumb and dumber. I don’t know jimh…let’s go full Get Smart and have Anna talk into her shoe.

Shay
Shay

Once was bad enough…..twice is simply unforgiveable!!!! It’s really gotten unbearable watching this dumbed-down Anna Devane!!!!

Rose
Rose

Jim…Re Robin…All the reason to blink.

Natalie
Natalie

What I want to know is why show Patrick taking a shower unless there is a love interest showing up? As much as I love Scrubs, I don’t see Patrick and Robin in the shower together. I would love to be wrong though.

Cathy
Cathy

Best thing is Robin is back even for a short visit for now. Kimberly looks beautiful and love her hair. Hopefully we get the real Patrick back and he wakes up and goes to help his wife Robin. Miss Scrubs together. They are best together. Kimberly and JT are magic on screen. Maybe they could kill off all the newbies from the past two years and give us GH back too.

Jessica Bennett
Jessica Bennett

I’m so happy a Robin will be back! I haven’t watched since she left. I will tune in for as long as she’s back for!

Patrick
Patrick

look at how similar Robin and Maxie look

those smokey eye lids with brow… reminds me of mom Anna

if they move Dr. Patrick Drake ON… I’ll give cause to celebrate.

thank you Kimberly McCullough for giving your all to GH

I sincerely hope… it’s not to usher in Billy Miller… as Jason

you know… when I recall the last days of Billy Miller and Michael Muhney… on Y&R

I’m reminded that they were the current day … Robert Redford and Paul Newman “Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid”

just saying… going with it

you need to give him good acting partners… quality cohorts… in an around …

he’s better off playing…. Matt… Dr. Patrick Drake’ brother

to dalliance with Britt, Nina, Patrick, Liz, Maxie… Dr. O. and the like

if it’s true… to saddle him with Sonnys lot… would bore him….
Sonny, Carly, Morgan, Sean, Michael, Kiki, Olivia, Franco… heck… there would be no connection enough with Ava and Julian. the truly only interesting one’s in this part of GH… is Morgan, Ava, and Julian

I just do not see it working

dmr
dmr

At some point, I think Patrick will be paired with Sam. Honestly, I’ve had my plenty of the Sam-Monotone. Way too much air-time. It’s Summer, wardrobe needs to take Sam out of the dark clothes and dark Winter boots.

SU-Su-Suey!
SU-Su-Suey!

I don’t care if Ron turns General Hospital into his own adaptation of Planet of the Apes. I love everything he does. People are looking for the real General Hospital but they are going to end up pounding the sand screaming with anguish,”It’s been here all along!”
If you don’t like GH, I say change the channel after you get your damn dirty paws off of me you damn dirty apes!

Nick D.
Nick D.

Haha – I love it. Agree with you 100% Suey. I love Ron’s writing – most consistently entertaining soap I have ever watched since he took over.

I love gh
I love gh

Well said! I love the show and don’t understand why the haters keep watching. It’s very passive-aggressive. Commit or move on!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Well, there is already a lot of monkeying around on the show…lol

Anna
Anna

So glad to see Robin!!! True GH history. Can’t wait until she comes back with Jason. Love love kmc s be hairdo! She looks beautiful.

CLH
CLH

Can’t really get excited to have Kimberly back. AGAIN.

Just recast the character already. Even if they divorce before she leaves again, she is yet again abandoning her daughter. She knows what that feels like and how it has affected her life and yet she’s willing to do the same to her child.

Because of the yo yo returning and leaving of the actress the character is being decimated.

Beacon
Beacon

Looks crap. This is supposed to be a daytime DRAMA, not some kind of summertime happy hour.

dmr
dmr

I love most things mentioned in the summer sizzler teasers for General Hospital. Love Alexis. Love Julian. I think Carly and Sonny are much more interesting than Carly and Franco. Please, oh please, stop shoving annoying Kiki and boring Michael down our throats. There is nothing hot or steamy about this couple. She could use acting lessons and he could use a really hot girlfriend, now that he is CEO of ELQ. Kristen Alderson can not maintain a pivotal storyline. I cringe when she is on-air. She’s just put into random scenes because she can’t carry an interesting storyline.

SU-Su-Suey!
SU-Su-Suey!

I love Alexis too. I love that she acts like a randy teenager and is constantly taking out her girls to play. Never grow up, Alexis! Keep cracking that horizontal smile below your chin. Let Molly be the adult in this relationship.
You can have the Justin Bieber posters in your bedroom while Mollie reads her law books.

Shay
Shay

LMAO!!!!! I really have to wonder if there is a substantial demographic of pre-pubescent boys watching GH in order to justify the cleavage centric nature of the show. It’s bad enough that some of the younger females seem to constantly be unleashing their considerable assets (Hello, Sam!…) but I am completely flummoxed as to whom would be interested in seeing Alexis’s omnipresent exhibitionism of her decrepit décolletage….that woman obviously needs an intervention…and quickly!!!!!

Carol Bryan
Carol Bryan

Please, please do not let Maxie marry anyone but Det. West. That bafoon she calls a boyfriend needs to have a fatal accident leaving Maxie distraught and the hunky Detective swooping in for the comforting….ooolala.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

The continued swinging door of Robin’s IN and OUT is tedious; either commit to the show, recast or stay gone. It’s not fair to audiences to continue dangling the character in our faces every few months or so. As for the rest of the promo, it looks alright. Not the most exciting; CBS’ summer promo gave me more.

Harry
Harry

I love Robin, Scott. I have loved her since her little seven year old self appeared in Robert Scorpio’s penthouse back when he was married to Holly. She was just an adorable little girl–the Jodie Foster of daytime drama. I mourned with her when Stone died, and later when she discovered she was HIV positive.
We watched this little girl with her missing front teeth grow into a beautiful, accomplished medical professional and rooted for her to let down her guard and let the arrogant Dr McDreamy into her heart. Her vulnerability and defense mechanism was so high that it was palpable–the viewers could see it for themselves without being told.
Having said that, I hear you. I don’t want her back unless she is going to stay put.
When she departs again they have to write some out of character, plot based story to connect the dots as to why she is once again leaving the family she fought so hard to get back to. Kimberly, I love ya but please do not come back if you’re not staying.

Jeff
Jeff

I agree with some others, Maxie’s Aussie bf needs to go, he’s just annoying. Anyway, Maxie and Nathan have major chemistry.

dmr
dmr

I think Nathan could have chemistry with a door knob. Not too keen on it being with Maxie; but, I’ll take that pairing over anything with annoying, useless Levi!

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

Regarding the temporary return of Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake: If you remember how Robin grew up it is easy to see that she just does not know how to stick around for the long term. I do think, for Emma’s sake, Robin and Patrick need to divorce so he can get on with his life, but not with the sparkling pony, Nurse Santiago. Why not give him a shot at the no-longer-crazier-than-Heather Webber Nina Clay. Or bring him into Ava Jerome’s sphere and see what happens. Ava has to have a miscarriage soon so Maurice Bernard can take his promised 6 months off. Here’s another hint to the writers: there is more heat between Patrick and Carly than there is between Patrick and Sam.

Kelly T. and Brian Craig are an item off screen, so let them be an item on screen too. Maybe they can bring the heat. There is no heat between the actors (Kelly and Tyler) or the characters (Britt and Nic) as anyone with any sense can see. Get Britt over to the brownstone and let her see Morgan without a shirt.

BABS
BABS

Love how TG who is male is allowed to flit in and out, but God forbid a woman be given the same opportunity. This woman grew up on this soap and has remained loyal to the show her entire life.

Don’t blame her for the sucky writing being thrown at them. There was plenty of good story available. They chose to trash her instead to prop their invention. I am sick to death of people complaining about her coming and going. There was no reason to even ask her back the last time, but poor poor pitiful Sabrina once again needed to be propped on Robin’s back.

k/kay
k/kay

It is still a man’s world no matter how much everyone screams to differ! We lost Genie Francis because JFP would not give her the same deal as TG.

rebecca1
rebecca1

@Babs…oh please. Enough with the “conspiracy” theories regarding “Robin” and “Sabrina.” This has been discussed ad nauseum. Kimberly left. The were originally going to kill her off but they didn’t…leaving the door open. She was able to come back which they’d hoped would boost ratings. She’s off directing…and when she has free time and wants to return to a comfortable, familiar place and steady paycheck…she returns. She’s not there to prop up anyone…

mfarris70
mfarris70

I’ll bet you a kangaroo steak that Maxie and Levi will get married to keep him in the country. Yeah, I hate him, too but that’s the point. Levis is the obstacle that Nathan and Maxie will overcome. Maxie always makes colossal blunders in love so this is right in character.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Maxi does marry Levi…and its just to delay the obvious pairing of Nathan and Maxi…

mfarris70
mfarris70

Delay? They haven’t even kissed yet. I don’t get the constant insistence that everything be wholly original, surprising, unpredictable and immediate. That’s not how life is, that’s not how good soap opera is. As Bill Bell said (and I’m paraphrasing) “Make them wait.” If you give me everything today, why watch tomorrow?

Belle
Belle

I agree with some of the comments about the couplings ; my thoughts : Michael and Kiki ; Maxie and Nathan; Julian and Alexis have profound chemistry ; especially, Maxie and Nathan and Alexis and Julian.
There’s nothing with Silas and Sam; Molly and TJ , Carly and Franco, nor Britt and Nick. However, I will say that the writing is good; plus, I know that everyone will never be satisfied by the direction his/her favorite character is headed.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Funny how people don’t feel/see the same thing. I think Silas and Sam have great chemistry….ditto Molly and Tj. Loved the two of them together singing at the nurses’s ball. I think they’re adorable together. Also like Britt and Nick. I think Carly and Franco COULD have chemistry if they make Franco less an idiot…which they may be doing. The last few episodes he’s actually had less idiotic/juvenile dialogue…interested to see if they “mature” him. If that’s the case he could be a great partner for Carly.

Shay
Shay

THAT is the understatement of the year, rebecca1!!!!! We all seem to see things so very differently! But I do agree with you about Sam and Silas….their connection may be a laid-back one, but it is definitely there! I also see a great chemistry with Britt and Nick, but not so much the Molly/TJ thing….she should have been with that poor little lost boy Rafe, whose death was really unnecessary. Quite frankly, I think the whole drugs and killer- driver theme should have been put upon TJ’s character instead….as his mama has a hand in the narcotics storyline and all, I think it would have played far better, and he really isn’t that necessary to the show anyway. Rafe being a member of an established Port Charles family truly deserved far better than the slim pickings he was dealt. Have never liked Carly with Franco either…she is simply too overbearing for anyone….but Sonny.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Shay. I’m pretty pissed they killed Rafe. He had so much potential to be a great character. Vulnerable, lost boy…finding himself. Roots with Silas and the “vampire”…close to Sam and Danny…his friendship with Molly. His ever-evolving confidence…or perhaps his continued vulnerability. Like AJ…he never got a break…and died without anyone knowing what really happened…

rebecca1
rebecca1

Oh…but I like TJ. I see how that could have played out and you’re right. Would have tied in well. But I don’t think that would have made me any happier than killing off Rafe. What I CAN see having happened…along what you were saying, is if TJ had been the one driving that night. He lives, but still could have been a great catalyst to get his mom getting in deeper to infiltrate the mob.

Shay
Shay

@rebecca1….Yes, Rafe’s tragic death was much like AJ’s demise revisited….quite unoriginal and unnecessary! I simply cannot abide all these characters with true ties to the tapestry of GH being cast off like yesterday’s garbage, and replaced with some of the lamest and most unlikeable newbies imaginable. However, in terms of TJ, I’ve never seen a purpose to that kid from the very beginning. He totally cramped Shawn’s style…making his role as a hash-slinging, anti-hero hitman/foster father wrong on so many levels….Sean Blackmore should have had a far more virtuous, leading man type of persona, like a cop (ala Abe Carver or Ed Hall) or even a doctor, perhaps as a brother or cousin to Epiphany. His talent to me has always seemed so wasted in the capacity in which he has been used….like as a toyboy to the pathetically insatiable Alexis, babysitter/enforcer to Sonny and now as a sparring partner with that unpleasant, disagreeable Jordan. Of course, that’s all water under the bridge now, but I think killing off TJ could have freed up Shawn for the future, and maybe given a plausible reason to send Jordan away for good as soon as this drug dealing plot is wrapped up. You know who I’d love to see him paired with? Laura’s BFF from the ’80’s, Claudia, portrayed by the lovely Bianca Ferguson. She was married to Brian on the show, but the actor who played him has passed away, so perhaps she could return as a grieving widow, although sadly, this storyline would also echo Ferguson’s real-life as she recently lost her husband, the magnificent Meshach Taylor from “Designing Women.” (Loved his Anthony Bouvier!!!!) But I digress….I’ve simply never been a TJ fan…found him to be whole lot of nothing, particularly with Molly and then with that icky, temporary Taylor fling. Once Rafe came along, he should have been paired with Miss Lansing as they were so obviously well-suited to one another, plus I hated the way they made that poor boy twist in the wind for the past year or so (with very little to do but look stupid and unwanted) then ultimately meet a most inglorious ending to boot. P.S. I’d be cool with a vampire resurrection for Rafe courtesy of Daddy Caleb, but I doubt that is going to happen!!!!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

The promo looks good. I’m enjoying GH overall.

madluv4u
madluv4u

Trying to think about what I like about GH…well I like Ava being a thorn in Sonny’s side but they should add more humor to it. The list of what I don’t like is way too long and what’s the point anyway? Things won’t change. I dvr the show and ff through what I dont like. Such is life.

Christy
Christy

mmm… some teasers make you worry… I don’t want another Sonny / Carly pairing. He needs to go back to Olivia, Carly needs to go her own way.

And Maxie obviously hasn’t changed…. doing the wrong thing for the wrong reason, thinking she is helping (tentatively marrying Levi to keep him in the country) barf! I figure that Levi is setting another trap for the Det. West… don’t tell my secret, but I’ll tell everyone later that you knew and didn’t tell anyone.

rose
rose

I know it’s General Hospital, but enough already of so many gunshot wounds, head and brain traumas, kids and babies dying, comas until the writers want to awaken the character, transplants, and of course, the right of passage for many characters…the overused car accident…on what looks like the same stretch of road. And now Kimberly dropping in for a few days again. Even if she was staying don’t like what they have done with Robin’s character.

utah
utah

When is the new theme going to debut?

lizzy
lizzy

Enough already with the overgrown Herman’s Hermit – please send him away – Maxie can’t be that stupid. He’s a looser – where is his job? What has he got to offer? I think he not only turned Maxie into the judge but I believe he placed the anonymous call to immigration on himself. Since they all live together he obviously has opportunities to use his roommates cell phones. PLEASE don’t start with the Sonny – Carly romance again. Wake up Maxie.

General Hospital

GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Short Film ‘She & Her’ Starring GH’s Carolyn Hennesy Has Premiere Screening With Support Of Daytime Community

A very topical short film in the post-Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement made its debut recently.  The film, She & Her directed by General Hospital production associate Nate Hapke, and written and co-produced by Y&R script and story coordinator, Rosie Grace, explores the complicated friendship between three women as they attempt to find their voice and tell their own stories in Hollywood.

The short stars the one and only Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller, GH) in the role of Poppy Sinclaire, a jaded ex-actress whose past comes back to haunt her when a young up and comer encourages her to publicly share her story of Hollywood abuse.

Hennesy’s co-stars include: Gwen Hillier who now is in front of the camera after working as a casting associate at GH.  Gwen has appeared on Transparent and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the other part of this trio is Mackenzie Breeden.

During its world premiere of She & Her (March 30th at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Hollywood) The Young and the Restless’ Brytni Sarpy (Elena) and Kate Linder (Esther) were on hand to lend their support; as was former GH star, Chloe Lanier (Ex-Nelle).  (Hapke is pictured below flanked by Lanier and Sarpy).

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Following the film’s screening, the cast and crew took to the stage for a Q&A.  The cast was engaged through a lively discussion about the making of  the film, and the ways in which the filmmakers tackled topics such as  sexual assault, without exploiting the sensitive issue..

Following this LA premiere, She & Her will be embarking on its festival run, screening at venues all over the world.

Screenings will be announced on the official She & Her Facebook and  Twitter pages.

The film is the work of P 1 2 3 Productions and Soza Productions.

It’s always refreshing to see those behind the scenes of the soaps, and those in front of the camera, coming together for an artistic project.

So, are you intrigued to see Carolyn and her co-stars in She & Her? Check out the trailer, and let us know via the comment section below.

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