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General Hospital To Switch Time Slots In Some Markets!

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ABC has confirmed that General Hospital will move time slots in certain markets back to its original time slot that it held for 25 years prior to moving up one hour earlier in 2012!  That time slot was of course 3PMET/2PMPT

Intel on which cities television markets and the dates the time change will go into effect will be forthcoming from ABC.

This switch has nothing to do with any cancellation issues with the show, as it continues to be doing exceedingly well and is on steady ground.

As ABC viewers know, Katie Couric’s talker, Katie took over the existing GH time slot two years ago in most markets, which prompted GH to move back an hour!  Now that Couric will be gone, looks like certain markets will run GH back in that time slot! 

On-Air On-Soaps will give you up-to-date tune information when it becomes available!  What do you think of some markets getting GH back its original time slot?  Let us know!

 

 

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Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

Yay!!! Sort of. Lol I got used to all my soaps one after the other, then Days at 3:00 I taped for after GH. I guess I can watch it 2-3 & adjust again!

Natalie
Natalie

Ugh! Hope where I am isn’t affected. I used to lose the 2PM time Central, but now LOVE an hour earlier at 1 PM since I pick up my kids at 3. DVR will make it easier to watch now, but would hate not to watch all the way through.

Roseann Hignett
Roseann Hignett

Great!! I’m so busy that I sometimes miss it at 2!

Mark
Mark

What’s going in its place?

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

Most likely a talk show…i know some are hoping OLTL and AMC as half hour shows but that is highly unlikely…cast has moved on!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Steve Harvey and he is horrible!

shrona
shrona

According to the promos airing in Boston on Channel 5, it’s Meredith Vieira (new show) at 3 followed by Ellen at 4 and then news. So as of now GH is staying at 2.

Caren
Caren

In NY it will be Millionaire followed by Daytime Jeopardy.

DzzDee
DzzDee

Now if they can revive OLTL Daytime will be the best! I don’t think the time change will effect my schedule on bit. Just glad it’s on the line up!

JeffyJC
JeffyJC

It has done better at 2PM eastern in the ratings. I think WFTV 9

JeffyJC
JeffyJC

I wasn’t done, I think WFTV 9 will stick with DR OZ at 3pm. Myself I like it better at 2PM Eastern

AJ
AJ

I’m pretty sure WFTV (& any other Cox owned ABC affiliate) will keep GH at 2. After Katie was canceled, Cox purchased Dr. Oz for its affiliates to go into Katie’s slot. The same applies to WSB (Atlanta’s cox owned ABC affiliate)

JeffyJC
JeffyJC

Katie never aired on WFTV, Katie has aired on WESH 2 at 2PM competing against GH. WFTV went with Steve Harvey in 2012 and then replace it with Dr OZ.

Jody
Jody

If this is going to split the East Coast markets, it will adversely affect the social media aspect of live tweeting of the show (which, in my opinion, generates interest). if they keep the coasts and zones at the same time, it should be fine, especially since high school students can watch live at 3:00.

GH50
GH50

And that is a very real problem. It looks like NY and Philadelphia are going to 3pm but Boston and others will remain at 2pm, although I have no confirmation on that.

In general this is not a good sign for GH. Shifting time period can adversely impact the show. The lead in of The Chew is an important component and adds to GH’s success. The fact that they end every episode with stay tuned for general Hospital up next is not a coincidence. It is a similar audience and has good flow and support.

If the Network is willing to risk the health of the show to allow certain stations to move it where they think it benefits that station specifically, possibly thinking it is a stronger lead in for their 4p news, then you have to wonder about ABC’s commitment to it’s Soap. If they are so happy with the ratings and the show is on solid ground, then keeping it’s time slot not only where it is, but consistent in each time zone, would be a priority, not the needs of a few individual stations.

GH will have a different lead in, it will be on at a new time, and it will be on at different times in the same time zone, effecting the social media aspect of the show and risking that people in large markets like NY and Philadelphia may follow the twitter timeline or message board live threads before the show airs in their markets and may decide not to tune in on certain days. This is not good for GH.

Jody
Jody

Exactly my point (of course, more eloquently written)

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

That’s a valid point.

tskyent
tskyent

I never liked tem swishing the time slot in the first place.

don holley
don holley

It’s moving back to 2p.m. In Chicago, where it never shoul live. Where it should’ve never left! I #BlameKatie for this whole mess, But I’m cool w/ the change.

SZima
SZima

SOB! Keep it in the same time slot so all the soaps run one after another…at least in my time zone! Why do the networks have to fuck around with the time slots anyway???

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Do you watch all four soaps? Do you have favorites? Which one would you drop if you had to? Please reply.

Shirley MacDonald
Shirley MacDonald

I would say General Hospital, I used to watch Santa Barbara and the Edge of Night. It was a great soap opera and also would say that General Hospital has always been my favorite. I love Nancy Grahn since her Santa Barbara days and a role on OLTL. Also, watched her as she progressed on a movie. Always knew she could act. I like the fella who plays Julian Jerome- a real good Canadian actor and person. The pairing of Alexis and Julian is magic. so, my favorite is General Hospital while Nancy and Wil are on. I do like some of the pairings.but favorite is Juliexis

SZima
SZima

4ever Days, to answer your question, my “favorite” changes often depending on the stories at the time. Right now, DOOL is probably my favorite followed by GH. B&B is my least favorite and I FF much of it. Y&R I’ve been watching off and on for years, so I stick with it even though it’s really struggling right now. Since I record all shows, I watch what I like and FF what I don’t, so it doesn’t take long to watch all shows.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Thank you for your reply!

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

If its doing so good why change it…i did like it best at 3:00pm in my area…maybe if NBC moved Days to 2pm in my area away from Y&R its ratings would increase…dont really know what to think about the time change…will 30 min. versions of AMC and OLTL be its lead in…kidding, i know those two are most sincerly dead…i guess ABC wants the 2pm for its new talk show since Katie failed at 3pm? I just wonder…will GHs ratings be better…or worse? Just a thought!!!

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

I really hope they keep all the markets in the U.S. Eastern Standard Time Zone at the same time. There are a lot of us out there now that watch together and chat live about it on Facebook.

Omar
Omar

Now if they can bring back AMC @ 2PM and OLTL @ 2:30 PM, it will be perfect.

Claudio
Claudio

Omar my friend, AMC AND OLTL will never come back to abc. ABC will never admit, there mistake in cancelling both soaps. I am over it now, rip AMC and OLTL. Lets enjoy the 4 soaps, remaining on tv and support them.

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

Plus some of the shows stars like Kassie D. has moved on and she is appearing on Days!!! Maybe if GH plans a spinoff with some of its bloated cast that would be ok but im certain none of the networks will ever attempt anymore soaps in its lineup…

Shirley MacDonald
Shirley MacDonald

no!no! and NO!

MARY DITANNA PENDRAK
MARY DITANNA PENDRAK

IT WAS TOUGH WHEN WE HAD TO SWITCH TO 2PM. EST. TIME., NOW, IT WOULD GO BACK TO 3PM. EST. TIME, AND IF IT MEANS GH IS STILL THE BEST SOAP ON TV, ESPECIALLY SINCE I’VE WATCHED IT NOW ALMOST 51YRS. I’LL EXCEPT 3PM. IF IT HAPPENS TO US. LOVE THIS SHOW, LOVE ALL THE CAST. SOME ARE BETTER ACTORS AND ACTRESSES, BUT, EVEN THOUGH SOMETIMES THEY MAKE ME CRAZY, I LOVE THEM TOO. I COMMENT WHEN I THINK IT’S NECESSARY, AND SHUT MY ITALIAN MOUTH WHEN I SHOULD. KEEP US UP-TO-DATE ON THE TIMING. THANKS FOR THE INFO.
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luv.swans
luv.swans

don’t yell…

Susan
Susan

GH changes back to its original timeslot in San Antonio Texas on September 8, 2014. Have known about time change or possible cancellation at the end of NBA finals. Received confirmation of GH timeslot change a week and a half ago. Contacted my local affiliate to get some answers.

su0000
su0000

hmmm
I do not know if that is good or not..
I, and probably a million others, watch online at our convenience (anytime anywhere)

Stacy
Stacy

I would love it back at 3 on the East Coast

brian
brian

One can only hope (in vain, of course) that this is make way for the return of “One Life To Live” !

Sarah Kennedy
Sarah Kennedy

Meredith Viera’s new show starts on Sept. 8. in CST and I bet it is going to 1:00 pm to give the TALK more competition.

Ann Turner
Ann Turner

I am happy that they will be moving GH back to the original time slot. It should have stayed at 3 p.m. Be sure to let us know when this change goes into effect.

David
David

This is interesting does this mean the affiliates will be getting the earlier time slot to fill after their local news? Just seems really weird. Will be interesting to see where this is going to happen. I think the show benefited being in the current time slot not sure moving it back is such a good idea

Charday
Charday

I have no issue with the time change, but it should be shown at a nationwide, consistent time.

Eric
Eric

No big deal, GH is here to stay. Its safe for now.

JustSaying
JustSaying

Well, it makes room for the return of any soap they choose. Either AMC or OLTL. Or perhaps a shorten version of both.

Tom
Tom

Bring back One Life to Live in its former time slot.

Tom
Tom

Right before General Hospital.

Michael
Michael

I got used to the 1:00 PST time slot that I forgot that it was originally on at 2:00. I DVR the show anyway so it really doesn’t make much of a difference.

su0000
su0000

LOL @ people who actually believe OLTL amd or AMC will be brought back..
It will never ever happen..
There is not a prayer that it will happen..

None of the networks want them and ABC will never air them, again, that is obvious..
We are very lucky the GH was not also taken away..

OLTL and AMC are DEAD GONE and buried in the soap graveyard.. 🙂

Tim
Tim

GH is staying at 2pm in Pittsburgh.Steve Harvey is taking the 3pm slot.

David
David

Everyone has to realize that the 3PM EST slow was given to the local affiliates. Some aired Katie while others aired other programming in that slot. Stop the this gives room to bring OLTL back because all this means is that in the markets that move the show to 3pm they will fill either the 1pm or 2pm hour with either the new Meredith talk show or some other show.

su0000
su0000

I heard/read they are unleashing some type of doctor show ..

AJ
AJ

Thank you David for being the only person who understands! The time slot is the local affiliates, not ABC’s. The local affiliate may choose to shift GH to 3. Every affiliate still will fill the hour with their own programming, whether “some type of doctor show” or any other talk show.

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

Some markets may even drop it in favor of less costly shows in the 3pm market…i seen this happen with the Edge Of Night and their ratings dropped and they were cancelled…hope it doesnt happen to GH!!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

It also happened to Loving on ABC. I really hope that doesn’t happen to GH. I understand that it has happened to DOOL in some markets. I suspect that is one of the reasons DOOL has such low ratings.

Becky
Becky

I hope it changes in my area; an hour later is much more convenient for me. It always makes me nervous when shows keep changing time slots though, as it makes it hard for people to find it. Just glad it’s sticking around.

Laurie Duncau
Laurie Duncau

I am glad. Now I won’t miss as much ant more. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

Ree
Ree

Yeah! Now I can come home from work and watch!!!

Tima
Tima

With Verizon Fios in my area General Hospital would come on at 2 and 3 due to there being two ABC channels. Katie would come on one of the channels at 4 with the other showing Queen Latifah at 3. However with Comcast Xfinity it is only on at 2 and instead of Katie we get Queen Latifah at 3.

betty
betty

yes cant wait hope it happens in Mississippi I watch dool and gh if dose I want have to watch gh online can watch on tv.

Chris
Chris

Something is wrong above. GH aired at 3 pm/ET for much longer than 25 years. In fact, it was on at that time for the overwhelming majority of its history. From 1964-76, it was a 30-minute show from 3-3:30. (The show actually debuted at 1 pm the prior year.) Then, following 18 months airing for 45 minutes (starting at 3:15), GH moved back to 3 pm when ABC expanded it to 60 minutes in January 1978. The show stayed in that hour-long slot until the move in September 2012 (34 years). Combine that with GH’s early years as a half-hour show and it aired at exactly 3 pm for roughly 46 1/2 years (48 years within the 3-4 pm hour).

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Dan
Dan

Doesn’t affect me one way or the other. Been recording the show for 20 years, and I will continue to do so regardless of what time it’s on. Catching up on GH is something I look forward to doing every weekend.

Very glad to hear that GH is on safe footing for the time being with ABC, which certainly wasn’t the case a few years ago. That’s why to the people that love to complain about the current regime, just keep in mind that if it weren’t for them, General Hospital would be a distant memory right now. So I say thank you to them for keeping it going.

Johnny
Johnny

General Hospital already is a distant memory. If you tuned in on Wednesday you will know why.

mike
mike

ABC. Is not airing any program in Katies former timeslot it belongs to your local affiliate. In San Antonio we are getting a local talk entertainment show at 1pm followed by GH at 2pm starting September 8

Naomi
Naomi

I prefer it be 2pm Central time for Illinois.
That’s where it belongs. Should have never moved it!!

Johnny
Johnny

What an absolutely disgusting hour of television! The August 13, 2014 episode of GH was the most revolting, horrific episode of a soap opera I have ever had the misfortune to witness. However, it accomplished one thing….I am no longer a viewer of this show. I have watched it all my life and I cant continue to watch the vile offensive piece of filth it has become. Until we meet again GH…when Cartini is replaced.

Shay
Shay

It does rather make one shudder to think where they will go to next, doesn’t it, Johnny???? You just know that this bunch won’t stop with their latest example …they always feel the need to top themselves with an even greater level of depravity.

Teddy Hawes
Teddy Hawes

I see this as a sign that ABC is getting AMC & OLTL back

David
David

And I see this as a sign that you’re delusional.

Ginger Rocco
Ginger Rocco

I love GH will watch whatever time it us on. I usually tape so I can relax in evening and fast forward commercials. ..as long as it is still on I am a happy camper

AJ
AJ

I would hope by now that the mourning period would be over. AMC & OLTL are DEAD. They are not coming back. Even if ABC wanted to bring them back, they’d have to pry the time slots from the local affiliates which would be next to impossible. Enjoy GH and the other soaps. Or don’t. Regardless, AMC & OLTL are but a memory.

Tammy Judy
Tammy Judy

That steve harvy show suppose be coming on at 3on sept.8on abc so we gh take him off?

JeffyJC
JeffyJC

Steve Harvey has nothing to do with ABC it’s a syndicated show, that airs on different stations at different times. ABC has not had anything at 3PM. And the post said Some Markets will put it back at 3pm Eastern, not all. it’s up to what your local station wants

Timmm
Timmm

Your right. Local ABC stations want to start their local earlier evening news with a strong lead in. I think GH is stronger than Steve freakin Harvey but what do I know?

Jennifer
Jennifer

This works will for me and I’m loving the new time slot.

mgb357
mgb357

I think a test pattern will get a higher audience than Katie – it was awful and I avoided it at all costs.

Hey ABC – why don’t you bring back reruns of some favorite soaps of the past – in half hour blocks – (edge of Night, dark shadows, ryans hope, amc and oltl), maybe have a country star narrate (hint Reba). That worked once before.

Sharon P
Sharon P

Please don’t change the time back! 2:00 ET is perfect!

Timmm
Timmm

I wish it would fall back to 3pm ,everywhere. How many times does Obama come on and interrupt GH at 2pm for something stupid! If your going to interrupt GH, tell us you are going to pass a bill to cap gas prices at a 1.99 per gallon!

David
David

What does Obama have to do with GH’s timeslot. GH could still be interrupted by Obama even at 3:00pm.

Timmm
Timmm

I know but it was rare.

mary
mary

Yeah!!! I hope GH moves to 3pm in the NY market. I work in a school and miss coming home at 3:30 and still being able to watch GH.

Linda
Linda

Could this be the start of ABC apologizing to us soap fans? GH owned the 3pm time slot. Long Live General Hospital!!

David
David

“As ABC viewers know, Katie Couric’s talker, Katie took over the original GH time slot two years ago n most markets, which prompted GH to move back an hour! ”

3:00pm is NOT GH’s original timeslot. GH’s original time slot is 1:00pm. It moved at 3:00pm in few months after it premiered in April 1963 and stayed at that timeslot until September 2012 (with a notable interruption between 1976-1978 where it aired at 3:15pm instead of 3:00pm). Therefore, 3:00pm is not GH’s original slot. 3:00pm is rather the slot when GH has aired for most of its run. But its original slot is 1:00pm as a 30 minute show.

Shirley A Miller
Shirley A Miller

I used to love GH at 3:00pm but hope it stays where it is in my area now. I like to watch Ellen at 3:00pm – so GH at 2:00pm should hopefully stay at 2:00pm where I live!!!! No more changes in time – please and thank you, GH Executives!!!!

Lana
Lana

Awesome .. much better.
Should help the ratings for GH and DOOL for people who still watch real time won’t have to worry about recording …
Yeah – since there is only one ABC soap i started watching the others and like them.. .still way better than the Chew or other talk shows. good change.

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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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General Hospital fans know that Sonny Corinthos  (Maurice Benard) has fathered a lot of children in Port Charles and then some, and there is even another Corinthos baby on the way.

Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Included in the the 16-episode collection is: Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina, as well as the hesitation and joy that comes with knowing a new baby is on the way.

So, check out the collection and let us know which episodes are your favorites? And, who is your favorite kid of Sonny’s of all-time? Weigh-in below.  But first watch the just released promo for the collection.

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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