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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Tracy Tells Laura that Luke is “Gone”. What Will Her Next Sentence Be?

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Is Luke Spencer (Tony Geary) literally dead-dead? That’s the question on viewers minds after the shocking ending of Monday’s first episode of the new year of General Hospital.

In the key scene at the end of Monday’s show, Tracy, played by Jane Elliot, makes a surprise visit to Laura’s (Genie Francis) just as the clock is about to strike midnight on New Year’s Eve in Port Charles.

When Laura, who is with Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), opens the front door, she sees Tracy standing there.  An emotional Tracy tells Laura,”It’s Luke. He’s gone.”  Laura is gut-punched.  We fade to black.  The audience is stunned that, first, GH kept under wraps the return of Elliot, but second, that they truly would kill off the iconic character of Luke Spencer.

Since the airing of the episode, fans and viewers of the ABC soap, have been trying to figure out if this is a fake out, and Tracy will continue her explanation on tomorrow’s episode and reveal that, perhaps, Luke has disappeared?

Geary had previously made it clear he would not return to the GH.  So, could this be a story-driven point and the show is really saying buh-bye to Luke? Is this tied to what Victor Cassadine (Charles Shaughnessy) wants to get out of the mind of Drew Cain (Cameron Mathison), after Victor’s rather threatening and revealing conversation with Peter (Wes Ramsey), who has unfortunately awakened from his coma?  Stay tuned!

Now, weigh-in: what do you think Tracy’s next sentence will be to Laura? What do you think has happened to Luke? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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If Frank & his pals are really stupid enough to think that killing off LUKE SPENCER – even in absentia – is a good move, then they have totally lost their damned minds, and are seriously trying to get this show canceled, and not even bother with the 60th anniversary.

Did some moronic One Life to Live exile (most of his crew still are, last time I checked) come up with some master plan of “Hey, why don’t we kill off a major GH legacy character at the beginning of every month”. First Jason, then Luke… who’s it going to be the first week of February??

A Devil doesn’t do Twitter, so I’m not sure how those hashtag things work but anyway…

#SaveTheSpencers

…because these idiots seem determined to kill off the entire family. And that’s a steaming pile of dragonshit of an idea.

What’s the point of keeping the character alive? Anthony Geary has done nothing but put his time with GH down and has indicated he most likely will not return so for storyline purposes this makes sense

Hmmm…is Tony Geary coming back for awhile? It would make sense with the rumors of Helena returning and Victor targeting Laura. I was a Cassadine-Spencer feud after all. Lot more Spencers now, though, with Carly and her crew. Maybe we’ll finally found out what happened to Jake the four years she had him, too.

SPOILER ALERT!

I am SOOOO pissed off because Peter is not freaking DEAD!! I’ve got a funny feeling he’s going to get out of the hospital, kidnap Maxie and put her under a spell, all after he finds out about Bailey, taking her too of course. Which means it will be a long, long time before Peter goes away because GH writers don’t know how to say when.

And, to TPTB: when Nina inevitably sleeps with Sonny before the end of this week, please don’t let her get pregnant! It’s impractical and there are way, way, way too many Corithos’ children, grandchildren, baby mamas, etc. on canvas already!

Didn’t get first sentence in. Don’t believe gone is “gone”.

Well.. today’s episode hasn’t aired in Hell yet, but of course “gone” is GONE, in this case. If Luke was merely off on one of his “walkabouts”, Tracy might have called Laura, during normal daylight hours, to see if she would have any clue where Luke might be. But if you fly halfway around the world to knock on somebody’s door at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Evil… well that’s only because you are there to deliver the sort of bad news that shouldn’t be said in a text, email, or even a phone call. And certainly Tracy thought that the mother of Luke’s children (who was married to him for a long time) deserved to hear such devastating news in person.

So yeah… from the moment Tracy knocked on Laura’s door, there wasn’t really much doubt what was going on here.

As for Carly & her offspring being Spencers, that’s true, of course. But none of them use the name. Carly never really has…. growing up with the name “Benson” and being married to one guy or another pretty much the entire time she’s been in Port Charles. And then there’s Cousin Valerie… who still exists in theory, but never actually seen. Or Lucas (Spencer by adoption) who was recast without warning and then disappeared.

And you have Lulu’s kids… who (due to this regime’s Spencerphobia) probably won’t even remember their mother, let alone know anything about her family. Nor would Lulu recognize them if she woke up from being a vegetable tomorrow, after all the recent SORASing for no good reason.

He will not return. He’s made that clear. He’s had numerous back surgeries and bc if they he’s done from acting and living in Amsterdam.

There’s no one on canvas to mourn Luke other than Bobbie, who’s seldom on. So, what’s the point of killing him? Has to be something else.

Nope– Luke is Not dead–
I’d be happy if he came back, but he won’t.
FV shat on him–
And– there is absolutely no reason to kill Luke, none at all. He no longer exists on GH- So why bother.
Whatever it most likely is an opening to a new story-
It probably has something to do with VC.

Let’s get the facts correct… FV accommodated Geary’s vacation schedule and huge impact on the budget for years. TG has not had kind words about the show since his departure.

Agreed that it likely has to do with Victor.

Killing an iconic character like Luke Spencer off screen would be incredibly lame, unless Tony Geary passed away in real life. So I have to imagine that there is more going on here. This has to be part of a bigger storyline. Even if Geary has no intentions of ever coming back, given what he has meant to the show, the character of Luke Spencer deserves better than a random mention when he’s been gone for 6 1/2 years. I’m not sure what the end game is, but there has to be something more than simply Luke died off camera. That can’t be the way it ends after all these years.

Good riddance

Hope you’re saying that about Frank Valentini. Because if they can fire his sidekick ReRon for botching the HELL out of Luke’s exit story, they can fire Frank for pulling this dragonshit. You can bet your soul on that.

You don’t sabotage the show by showing this kind of blatant disregard for THE central character of GH history. (apologies to Steve Hardy fans… I loved the guy, but let’s face it… his version of the show was about to be cancelled in 1978… and we all know why that did NOT happen)

Luke is gone…
To the barber?
To a psychiatrist?
Off to remember he has children and grandkids?

Kudos to Jane Elliott for rocking her iconic 1980 upbraid hairstyle. Looks darn good at almost 75!

I’m all in on her unbraided hairstyle it’s iconic. Jane rocks all hairstyles.

February Sweeps, anyone?

I don’t think AG would ever come back so they might as well.Let’s get a recast Lucky out of this (I don’t think JJ will ever come back full time). Any suggestions for a recast Lucky? I can think of Danny Boaz ex Chance Y&R–about same age and Lucky and Maxie may be good together.

The way Frank normally operates, Josh Kelly (Cutter- OLTL) could be a recast Lucky.

Donny Boaz will likely not be back in daytime after his departure from Y&R.

Is anyone going to inform “Caroline” her Uncle Luke is dead?

Good point, Violet. No doubt Luke’s “demise” will be Nina’s fault.

I’m sure that will be Bobbie’s first stop…once she gets through the shock herself.

Of course Laura will probably tell Sonny. Maybe the one good thing that could come out of this stupidity is that they could console each other and get past this Nina idiocy. Ironically, Sonny was closer to Luke than Carly was, even though she’s his blood relative.

Violet, I’m probably gonna catch hell for this but I don’t like Tracy’s hairstyle. Not the silver/gray, that’s fine. But the style baffles me. Exactly WHAT era is that from? What do you think? That said, I love seeing magnificent Jane Elliot back. If only it were permanent.

Actually, if you go back to Tracy’s first appearances in the late 1970s, her hair looked much like it does now (minus the gray, of course)

So maybe the throwback hairstyle is a “nod” to history, with all this talk of Luke & the old days (though she never had that hair when she & Luke were together, of course)

It’s pretty close to the hairstyle she wore in the scenes where she withheld Edward’s heart medication.

Soaphound
OMG, I was afraid to say the very same thing, and certainly not in my 89yrs. have I ever worn my hair in a braided bun . Maybe if it was an upsweep doo, sans that part, it would be so much prettier. Satan was so nice with his compliment yesterday, but what the hell does he know about women’s hair styles? Hope he doesn’t get me,ha. Yes, Love having her back.Hope she doesn’t cause too much trouble with the family. They’ve got enough going on right now. Oh, I love the Q’s new kitchen meeting area.Beats the formal L.R all the time.

Is that new kitchen actually in the Q mansion, or is it in the gatehouse where Willow & Mikey are living? Because that does NOT look like a mansion sized kitchen. It’s smaller than Sonny’s kitchen, and while Sonny has a decent sized home, it’s presumably a lot smaller than the Q mansion is.

Not sure but did you see that The Metro Court has a lobby now?

Well they couldn’t use the swimming pool set in the middle of winter, so they had to replace it somehow, apparently.

The MC has always had a lobby (actually pre-dates the restaurant). Nowadays, it usually only gets used around the time of the Nurses Ball. It’s shrunk in size over the years, but probably doesn’t get used much due to the amount of extras needed.

After all these years, to show the “breakfast nook” at the Q mansion seems odd. Back in the day Cook would never allow anyone in there. If it was a full kitchen, they’d have to show Olivia’s infamous pizza oven. The Q mansion now has 3 recurring sets – the full living room/foyer combo, the den/patio combo and the new breakfast nook.

Is that what that is, Timmm? It’s so dimly lit, I thought it might be a funeral parlor.

Timmm
And a Doorman too, wooo!

These ladies can ACT!!!! Bravo!!!!

Maybe Luke is still alive. Maybe F.V. heard the complaints about the show being too Corinthos and Peter focused. I loved the nod to Tracy’s original hairstyle. It also reminded me of Lila’s up-do a little bit. 🙂

I don’t think he’s dead. The “authorities” identified his remains. This is GH — the show where two supposedly eminent doctors, Patrick and Robin, operated on a child they knew, Jake, declared him dead, and harvested his kidney for transplant to Joss (making Jake 4 years older than Joss), only for Jake to reappear 4 years later alive, with both kidneys, having been kidnapped by Helena, and now younger than Joss.

If you’re going to kill off the main antagonist in the Cassadine/Spencer feud, why bother with renewing this storyline? Sure Laura’s here, but the rest of the Spencers in the show weren’t part of that. But Felicia, Mac, Anna and Robert were so FV is setting up something.

I don’t agree with killing off legacy characters unless the actor has died in real life. Luke, regardless of what anyone thought of the character, is one of the lynchpins of GH history and part of the storyline that made the show internationally famous. He deserves a better end than some random crash in a cable car.

I have a idea Frank could have recast Luke with his OLTL buddies Roger Or Michael !! How many characters have they played???

Don’t even put that out in the universe! I’m only surprised they haven’t tried it already.

This is stupid! Yes, main media will pick up on this story because of Luke and Laura’s wedding but what about us viewers who still watch the damn show! We don’t like it. We don’t like it when iconic characters with historical meaning are cut from the show. Remember killing off Alan Quartermaine? HORRIBLE decision. Luke was off screen for six years, his family has been through the ringer and he hasn’t resurfaced. Let him go. Maybe he will or would have returned for the right reason. He even said if the story was interesting, he might return. He did want the character to die. He would have come back for that. My guess is he lost interest in acting or he wanted too much money to comeback to GH to kill him off? Whatever, but once again, screw the fans, here comes another cooking show!

Hi, T—-Happy New Year.
I agree with you, but, Luke isn’t dead—what did Victor say? —-that Luke had been immobilized–or something to that effect? It’s always about those mysterious phone calls with no one on the other end.

C, Happy New Years to you, as well. I know, its a soap, Lucas Lorenzo Spencer will arise from his “Ashes” and all will be well except, with his reunion with Laura, he will be shot in cold blood while in the arms of his one true love!

“neutralized” was the word Shane… er.. Victor used. And that definitely is a word that is open to interpretation. It’s certainly possible that Luke & Jason could be locked up in the same dungeon right now.

The only thing I can say for certain is…. neither one of them are currently in Hell.

Ok, then—-neutralized. And, I do like the idea that neither Luke nor Jason is currently with you. Not that I’m such a fan—-but because, for once let’s shut Carly’s mouth up once and for all. Has Sonny become such a wimp, he’s afraid of Carly? Well, not thst I blame him; she towers over him.
I won’t even attempt to speculate where this is going. What’s the point? Jason will eventually resurface to claim the overly-used love of his life, Carly, the hypocrite.
I could care less if Luke comes back. —-it is obvious that throwing his name around, must fill a purpose.
I do not like this plot.
What’s more interesting to me is Britt and her true bio father. Victor?

I have watched since the Luke glory days. At this point, with the character being off the show for years, it’s not a devastating loss. They can always undo the death, as they have with numerous other characters, if Geary ever decides to make a return appearance.

It actually IS a devastating loss… when you consider the fact that this regime has systematically tried to wipe the entire Spencer family out of existence, and it was the Spencers – primarily Luke at that point – which saved GH from cancellation in the late 70s.

At this point, you have Elizabeth representing the Hardys & Webbers. Scotty (who just left the show again, apparently) being all that remains of the Baldwin family, and the Spencers have been taken out one by one. Then you have the Quartermaines, who lost one of their few remaining blood family members last month. Most of the people currently living in the Q mansion aren’t even blood relatives.

Even the Corinthos family, which came on board in the 90s, is somewhat decimated in numbers now. Ironically this all makes Michael the central character of the show, being a Spencer & Quartermaine by blood and a Corinthos by adoption. And Mikey’s still too young to be carrying all of that on his shoulders.

As for the Q mansion residents…

Monica is not a Q by blood, but it’s her house, Alan gave it to her (because he was an idiot).

Ned, Brooklyn, Drew, Michael and Wiley are Qs by blood. That leaves Olivia, Leo, Louise and Willow.

So, right now, the bloods beat the hangers-on.

I wonder if they will bring “Luke” home to be buried in Port Charles—I am sick sick sick of Peter—–That story has run its time—–Just my thoughts —–Jay I used to watch it in the very early 80’s——

Jane Elliot looks beautiful!! WOW!! Flawless skin, to boot. Love the gray hair and style on her. What spectacular scene(s) with all the female characters——upscale acting!! Brava, Genie. Brava, Jane. Brave, all the ladies!! Actually, the superlative adjective is apropos here—-Bravissime!! I can watch Genie and Jane perform and doing their “thing”, untiringly.

Love Jane, Celia, but just can’t get with the wrap-around bun thing. Reminds of a Princess Leia hair tribute that went terribly wrong. Sorry!

LOL—you always manage to crack me up, Soaphound—–even at 2 AM—-
My great grandmother used to wear her hair that way—as most Norse elderly women of her time.
I guess that “do” brings back fond memories of my GG.

Celia, I forgot to tell you but if you ever get a chance, there’s a movie from 1971 or 72 called “One Is A Lonely Number”. Starred OLTL veteran Trish VanDevere, who was married to the legendary George C. Scott at that time. The best friend character is played by Jane Elliot, a pretty good part and she is SO BEAUTIFUL in it. It’s a small movie that turns up on TCM occasionally. Of course, she also has a small but fun role in “Baby Boom”, one of my favorite cheer up movies with the great Diane Keaton.

I am familiar with the movie, Soaphound. My grandparents have a non-ending collection of movies, and “record albums” from the 60’s and 70’s , kept in a beautifully decorated theater-room ( from the era). My maternal grandmother was a “tame” flower child to boot. Woodstock and all. A veritable treasure trove in there!!
I also watched another one of Jane’s movies “Change Of Habit”, with Elvis Presley, whom my grandmother still moons over even after death. –but, mostly, her first love was Jim Morrison.
I thought that “One Is The Loneliest Number” (written by Harry Nilsson —made famous by Three Dog Night) should have been sung in the movie, if you ask me.
I always tell myself I was born in the wrong Century. LOL.

Hello again, CeeCeeGirl!!!! A belated “Happy Birthday” to my fellow December-born gal!!! Time really got away from me last year, so despite my good intentions, I didn’t quite make it here during the holiday season to send you my usual greetings. At any rate, were you ever difficult to locate on this website!!! I didn’t want to travel clear back to our last correspondence, so I figured you would be around here somewhere…I actually scoured some select Days and Y&R threads first…Yet, in the end, it took a visit to our old stomping grounds, GH, to finally say, voila! But I digress…On to the topic at hand: this new/old look for Jane is an homage to her initial appearances as Tracey….she was a cool blonde way back then, and was extremely partial to that braided bun…in fact, it was her signature style!!! (Along with all sorts of chic, floaty, high-fashion ensembles typical to the late ‘70’s/early 80’s….she was utterly fabulous!!!! Of course, this was long, long before she discovered her love of those pervasive pantsuits!!! Lol…) By the way, I was particularly amused by your comment regarding older Norse women and their own penchant for wearing their hair in a similar fashion…my many hours of viewing ScandiNoir programming will certainly attest to that notion!!! (Those ladies are most dignified in their twilight years and often very elegant…) As for the “Luke is gone” teaser??? Is he? It has been an absolute age since I kept up on all things—well, actually anything!—Port Charles…Guess I will have to read up to see what that’s all about since I really do not miss my GH habit…once you give it up, it’s really hard to go back…Having said that, it would be almost unnatural to mourn Luke’s passing in the present day after that “Clusterfluke” debacle and his subsequent bizarre cameo when Jane left the series…as far as I’m concerned, ever since Geary’s acrimonious farewell to the series, it’s been out of sight, out of mind for me with both that actor and his iconic character. “They” could be eternally haunting the streets of Amsterdam for all I care…I guess you could say I’m well over “them!!!” I do hope all is well with you and yours. I know it’s been awhile, but I still miss our scintillating conversations…and do think upon many occasions of certain MF posters of the past, just wondering how they’re faring after that appalling 2021…and that definitely includes you! Best be going now…simply thought I would check in and see how you were holding up so far “this year!” (It was one of my resolutions….honestly!) Bonne nuit, mon amie!

Well—Hi, Shay!! I can’t believe this!! You just made my day!! I am so sorry for the tardiness, but I haven’t been watching or checking ‘replies’ for some weeks….
…Glad to see you are doing well—It’s been a rough year and not getting better, everywhichway!!
As far as our soaps, I am tired of the writers’ nonsensical goings-on—especially Days, with Johnny-Boy ( he looks 15) and Carly, the virago. Her UN-righteous indignation sticks to the craw in a really malignant way.
Nonetheless, we’ve also been so busy with scarcely any time to spare. After a six-year-long engagement, my younger cousin finally married the love of her life—Jude’s younger brother–HaHa —-yeah, can you believe it?
Family from Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Italy and Scotland all attended–soooo…… too many to count!!
I am not familiar with the ScandiNoir programming—but, I’ll check it out. I welcome anything which portrays my ancestry. Do these shows have subtitles? I think, I may have seen my paternal grandmother watching , when we visit her.
I never really “knew” Luke—-but, the little I have seen of him turned me off. What was the big deal with this guy?
Furthermore, wasn’t he a violator of women? In plain English; a rapist? LOL. So, why all the accolades? He, more or less, deserverse a kick in the arse, if you ask me. Neither he nor Sonny deserves to be placed on such a sainted pedistal—I could name a few more such characters, but I shall keep my peace. Imagine that, Shay—moi?…keeping my peace.
I miss our mind-blowing, entertaining and informative conversations, as well, amica bella.
Ti lascio con la speranza di poter parlare un’altra volta, cara.
Stay well, Shay—Ciao❤️

No worries, CeeCeeGirl! Your replies are always well worth the wait since they make my day, too! I’m just glad you eventually discovered my message! Yes, all is copacetic avec moi, as much as can be the case given the current circumstances we are facing…Having said that, I’m joyously partaking in Mother Nature’s impressive “Winterlude,” even though the past few years have already felt like one perpetual “snow day” after another with all the lockdowns and such…I still feel best staying “close to home” and have rarely—okay, practically never!—ventured out sans “the mask!” Will that ever change??? (Things certainly are not looking up as I type this to you….)

As for your personal update, the real-life sweet love story between your cousin and brother-in-law beats anything the soaps presently have to offer….I’m sure it brought back all the beautiful memories and emotions of your own courtship with/wedding to Dr. Jude!!!! And I must add, I absolutely loved the international vibe of your latest familial gathering….that was so cool!

Sort of reminds me of GH’s former glory years…there were always new faces from far-off places, which was one of the most outstanding aspects of those Port Charles’ days of yore…Nowadays, not so much!!! By the way, whilst I no longer view the show, I do check in from time to time here at MFTV to keep abreast of the show’s developments, and one which really left me highly-disappointed was the recasting of Victor Cassadine, and with no less than an established English actor???? Oh, please!!! Admittedly, I was never a fan of that “Nanny” guy, but for him to replace “The Thaao” as Victor for me was nothing less than a real head-scratcher…especially since he was already Holly Sutton’s conman cousin Alastair on the show many moons ago. I understand that Penghlis may have been unable to reprise his iconic role, yet given my oh-so vibrant recollections of that tall, dark and handsome jet-setting character’s sleekly smooth summer of ‘81 entrance onto the GH canvas with his trademark Valentino-esque presence and smoldering sensuality, it does make me wonder why a more like-imbued individual with a similar sense of Mediterranean flair was not selected to portray my favorite surviving Cassadine. What can I say? That’s just the “mysterious, exotic aura” I’ve long come to expect from THE Victor!!!! Soooo…as much as I generally adore British thespians, I just cannot go there when it comes to this particular character…which is another reason I am pleased I’ve discontinued my visits to today’s Port Charles…(Although I still miss our gloriously-twisted “Dr. O and her equally-amusing daughter, Britt!!!)

In terms of all the grand brouhaha about Luke’s death, it seems like another ploy to possibly lure the mercurial Tony Geary for a guest stint…and/or perhaps win back some old viewers in the process with this most recent homage to the famously crusty, crafty character. Not that it shall work with me. Mind you, I was very much an apt follower of the “Luke and Laura” capers of the past…they and their adventures were truly the gold standard of soap super coupledom back in their day, but I was never invested in the Lucas Lorenzo Spencer as a standalone hero meme…his beginnings were waaay too nefarious and shady…and I’m not simply referring to his less than auspicious forever status as a rapist. There was always something extremely icky about Luke, no matter how deftly he was reconstituted during his prime years as an admirable community savior/leader albeit with a still-slightly sleazy underbelly. I found his subsequent post-Laura persona to be most often unconvincing and unworthy as a man of supposed redeeming quality, regardless of whatever good deeds he actually managed to accomplish along the paths of his usually underhanded schemes…Of course, his lengthy history of inglorious travels and travails ultimately culminated in that revolting “Fluke” exit storyline…(Shall we call it “Fluexit?”) That was the proverbial nail in the coffin for me where that character was concerned…(No pun intended!) Very much like our mutually-reviled Sonny…the less said—and seen—of Luke, the better! I’m sooo over his legendary status….and have been for decades!

Lastly, as far as “ScandiNoir” goes, it is an ever-growing film/tv genre…Amongst the original and most famous examples are “Bergen,” “The Killing” Wallander” and “The Bridge.” Unfortunately, I have not seen the first one, but was quite immersed in the other three series…especially the latter.,,and yes, all come very-competently subtitled, so one needn’t be fluent in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian—whatever—to enjoy the viewing experience. “The Bridge” featured a female lead character called “Saga” who was strongly affected by Asperger’s, although it did not prevent her from being a brilliant police detective….(Despite the fact she was often terribly misunderstood, sadly tragic and downright hilarious…sometimes simultaneously.) I believe you would seriously appreciate her endearing quirkiness throughout all three season of the show. (I know I did…) Due to the global success of these initial programs, ScandiNoir has exploded as a top category in foreign programming and even spawned some copycat versions in English-speaking countries, none too successfully, in my opinion, so be sure to track down the original versions. Beyond the few examples I have listed, there are now numerous fine options out there as far as subsequent choices to watch and many are based upon the works of famous Scandinavian crime novelists…Besides having often quite engrossing—not to mention, occasionally deeply dark and disturbing—-storylines, you have the gorgeous scenery and vivid cultural aspects of each country highlighted in these tales…they are purely escapist whether taking place in the frosty climes of a Nordic winter or the sunny rays of Midsummer! I immensely enjoy these shows and I’m sure you will, too. (Many via Amazon Prime and MhzChoice…) I would love to expound more about my love of these and other international entertainment offerings, but for the sake of expediency, I shall leave it at that for now. (P.S. I still love my RAI shows, too, among others…)

As for your “keeping the peace,” I hear you, CeeCeeGirl! As I previously mentioned, I do take a gander here now and then, and I have to say, on some of the more heated topics, I continue to be rather dismayed at the level of intolerance still being shown for opposing viewpoints…hence I understand why you also appear to be refraining from comment on many of the hot button issues these days. Although Mr. Fairman—to his eternal credit—still welcomes and features opinions from different perspectives, the intractable nature of a few diehard posters leaves me totally disinterested in joining the conversation…been there, done that, even though I sincerely miss our own lively discussions and those with veterans from the old MF website. Oh, well…Maybe someday!

Do take care, mon amie! May you and yours stay healthy and safe…Let’s keep in touch!!! Au Revoir!

What an eloquent piece of writing, Shay!!—-I miss that.
Yes, let’s keep in touch…..
To your comment about fake Victor—agree with everything you said ( BTW–I think he’s Britt’s bio father and not Faison)—Shaughnessy is a Brit, lacking that , je ne sais quoi, Mediterranean-Islander essence/flair about him—his Brit adages don’t even fit the “type”—I suppose the writers have never been to the Mediterranean ( including Southern Italy). I could say the same about Valentin. He doesn’t possess that particular Mediterranean look about him. And, I hope I never hear him utter the pet-word “petit” for his daughter. The word is “petite”, feminine with an “e”, where the “t’ is stressed to indicate the distinction between masculine and feminine words—why speak a foreign language if you do not know the rudiments and fundamental rules of its grammar?—-sorry, I digress—
This Victor is not convincing–. I really like the actor—but, not in this role. His persona does not bespeak the Greek comportment—lacks authenticity.
Ciao, bellezza!!

As always, thank you for your truly kind words, CeeCee! So glad we are on the same page regarding “Faux Victor!” As someone who was utterly captivated by the wholly-original version of the handsome Cassadine heartthrob created by Thaao Penghlis, I simply cannot fathom any other male specimen adequately capturing his elegant essence and Mediterranean charms! On a related note, the late actor called John Colicos—who played the much-mentioned Mikos—was a Canadian of, I believe, Greek extraction, so he also provided a similarly exotic flavor to the Cassadine family tree. Oddly enough, the third brother in that terrifying troika, Tony, was actually portrayed by a talented Dutchman named Andre’ Landzaant!!!! (I thought you would get a kick out of that!) Despite offering a more continental European countenance, he also made for a most convincing member of the conniving clan! In fact, just like Thaao, he also had a highly-cultured and erudite manner about him….right down to his silk ascots!!! The most memorable thing about him was his impeccable pronunciation and delivery of his lines…he was so well-spoken and had a particularly delightful way of saying “cafeteria!” Even after all these years, I still recall that minute detail!!! Lol…Alas, Tony became a human popsicle along with Mikos during their “Ice Princess” caper, so only the dashing Victor survived. As for your assertion that he is Britt’s real father, I have to respectfully disagree for a few reasons…first of all, Liesl was so in thrall of the notion she carried and birthed Cesar’s child that I seriously doubt she would have deigned—or dared—to pass off Victor’s issue as Faison’s. Secondly, if Britt were truly a Cassadine, Dr O. would have gone totally bonkers when her daughter was dating Prince Nicky…whilst royalty may have no qualms about “kissing cousins,” I don’t think that a brilliant doctor like Liesl would go for such genetic risks to prospective offspring that procreating with close relatives could bring…remember when she was soooo worried that secret sibs Britt and Nathan had slept together on that occasion they first met each other??? Oh, and on the subject of Nathan, he was the one I would‘ve truly considered to be a prime possibility as Victor’s child…although I still maintain that the entire “Who’s his daddy” storyline surrounding him was supremely botched and that he should have turned out to be the offspring of Mikos, Stavros or the initial inception of Valentin when he was frequently promoted as the “worst ever Cassadine!” (Then again, wouldn’t Helena have had a raving fit if Liesl had presented Mikos with such a bonny boy as his progeny? OH. MY. The wrath she would hath wrought upon Dr. O!) To say that crediting Faison with spawning both of Obrecht’s kinder was a total cop-out is a gross understatement….even though there were great efforts presented to justify the reasons that Nathan was placed with “Magda” as his so-called mother in order to protect him from the dire consequences of his deranged paternity!!! Oh, speaking of our favorite “Freaky Fa,” I must also add that one of the many pleasures of my aforementioned ScandiNoir viewing habit has been the rather consistent appearance of Anders Hove in numerous Nordic series…Let’s just say that it’s rather apparent he has a reputation on both sides of the Atlantic for his sterling star turns as a wild-haired weirdo since he has made many a memorable moment with his dyspeptic demons and maniacal madmen in more than a few Danish, Swedish and Norwegian presentations! It is always such a thrill to have a “Faison sighting” when I am engrossed in one of those excellent dark tales!!!! In most cases, his onscreen presence is for a mere few minutes, but he certainly makes the most of any part he plays!!!! You know who else would have made a superb Scandi actor??? Tony Geary!!! He has that same offbeat, tortured and moody/intense nature that is inherent in so many of his Nordic counterparts…such a shame he never learned their language(s.) Seems that I recall upon his retirement he commented that he hoped to learn the native tongue of his adopted land. (Just a thought, but there is a current English-spoken remake of the classic VanDerValk series starring British actor Marc Warren as Piet…it is quite excellent and shot on location in Amsterdam…that would be a perfect Geary vehicle for a post-Luke Spencer role!!! And as the show is featured here in the States on PBS, there would already be a built-in audience via Geary’s fan base….) Well, well, enough GH and related ruminations for one night…Hope you and yours weathered “Kenan” with flying colors!!! I waited until the worst was over before I replied, as I knew you would probably be preoccupied with the storm and its aftermath during this weekend. I’ll look forward to your own remarks on all that food for thought which I’ve offered up!!! Best be going…arrivederci, mia amica!!!! P.S. For the record, I did not misspell “Midsommar!” My iPad did…it has a nasty tendency of changing my words as I type….Grrrr….

Is there a link between Peter’s recovery and Luke’s presumed death? Oh, Lord—Peter is like the Devil over in Salem—-never goes away–never dies. A permanent fixture? Why? Peter is not even a lkable character. He’s gross. Another boring plot.
I know there’s more to this stupid story. I can’t believe Mr. Sheffield could become such a baddie.

Hey, I resent that comparison!

Can’t say that I blame you, Satan. I pick you over Peter any day, any time.❤️

Oh Celia, Peter has become the worst thing to happen to a soap character — he’s a joke. His threats and sneers are giggle inducing. When Britt lit into him today, I was hoping she’d grab one of those pillows and put US out of our collective misery.

…….or superglue his lips and eyes shut, Soaphound.

Do you think he’s paying THEM to let him be on the show, because how could they ever keep someone on so long knowing everyone hates him so much?

The Casado r story line is old, it’s been around since like and Laura’s wedding. Can’t the writers come up with another storyline as this one is getting old. With that said no one ever dies on a soap. Maybe like will come back k e day saying he was in a coma or something.

I could care less about Luke. Never liked his character or Tracy’s for that matter. Even though it is kinda nice to see her back. And when was the last time anyone has mentioned him since he has been “gone” from GH anyway. They are using Luke and “gone” as a teaser for those who remembered or cared about him since they seem to have run out of good legacy storylines and are having trouble finding new ones. Maybe it’s because we don’t live in a legacy type world anymore. They just seem to depend on the crimelords and babies and children lately. Sorry to sound so cynical since I am sure it’s hard to come up with good stories five days a week for years.

Naaww– Luke is not dead–
He has zero to do GH for a very long time–
No reason to kill off a character that doesn’t exist on GH–
It’s nonsense–
It’s something to give Tracy a wee time back on GH- imo.
If they actually have killed Luke off then that is pitiful, indeed. Crazy stuff, for sure, sigh–

Even though Luke hasn’t been on canvas, I think if the character was really dead, there would be loads of clip from the 80’s to emphasize his relationships with Laura, Bobbie, Robert, Anna, Mac and Felicia. I also think people mentioning how often he’s cheated death is an indicator he didn’t.

Don’t think the character is dead either, but they would have to pay Geary if they used any flashbacks. Also, of those you mentioned, Mac is definitely not a fan of Luke (dates back to Luke’s [gross] flirtation with Felicia around 20 years ago.

I LOVE that the writers went there! Killed off a character dear to many viewers’ hearts… but not near and dear. Last I’ve heard, the actor is retired and has no plans to return, and six years absent makes Luke ripe for this storyline while most viewers still can mourn his loss along with Port Charles. Such angst and pathos for them to play – just watching Laura, Tracy and Bobbie so far has been a cathartic treat. Perfect soap opera material in which to sink their acting chops!

If Luke is dead, the GH world will continue turning, as it has been.

I like the Cassidine tie in with his demise; appropriate and good use of history. It has the opportunity for adventure as well, if the stars align: I could EASILY imagine planning a back-from-the-dead future storyline (if Geary changed his mind) connecting Luke held captive by the Cassidine Clan at an island compound with his also imprisoned and “dead” (storyline?) cellmate Holly Sutton…send in the calvary of ’80s veterans to the rescue! (I know it sounds extremely familiar, lol, but it would be an opportunity for Luke to die onscreen as a hero protecting his once loved Holly).

Ok let me start out by saying this is a soap and it’s GH, so I don’t think Luke is dead or Jason . Dead dead unless the actor himself is gone is different, with that said , Jackie zeman was great, and of course everyone else but Jane Elliot is something else. She’s so delicious whether she’s mourning for Luke or just being Her Tracy self with everyone else, her sharp tongue and sarcasm are unmatched she’s just so much fun to watch . Her scenes with Alexis, and Brooklyn have been fun to watch, I know she probably not going to stay very long but damn I wish she would .

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The Young and the Restless and General Hospital Actress and Writer, Meg Bennett, Passes Away at 75

Meg Bennett, who had played Julia Newman and later became a writer for the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless has died at the age of 75.  The news comes from her family who shared that she lost her battle to cancer back on April 11th.

Daytime fans remember fondly, Meg’s portrayal of Victor’s (Eric Braeden)first wife. Bennett joined the show in 1980, after her first soap stint for two years in the role of Liza Walton on Search for Tomorrow.

Impressed by her story notes, the late Bill Bell, then head writer of Y&R, had Meg doing double duty acting and writing on the show from 1983-1987. When he decided to write off the character of Julia, he also wanted Meg to stick around as a writer.  Not only did this begin a whole other daytime career for Bennett, but she was not done playing Julia either. Throughout the decades, Julia would still come back to Genoa City for a visit. Most recently, Y&R fans saw Julia in 2018, and again in 2020.

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Bennett also appeared on Santa Barbara and was a writer on that show as well from 1991-1993. She played the role of Megan Richardson. It was next that Meg had her longest writing stint coming to ABC’s General Hospital. Meg wrote for GH from 1993-2011.

In 1995, Bennett won her first Daytime Emmy for writing and her personal life changed after falling in love with nine-time Daytime Emmy winner, former GH head writer, Bob Guza Jr. In addition, GH also utilized Bennett for her acting skill when she was cast as the villainess Allegra Montenegro.  Meg and Bog Guza were officially married in 2004 and purchased a home once owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck.

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Additionally, Meg wrote for The Bold and the Beautiful 1987-1989 and later served as a executive story consultant to Brad Bell from 2002-2004.  She also wrote for Sunset Beach, Generations and GH: Night Shift throughout her writing career. She went on to win five WGA Awards for GH and Santa Barbara.

Meg is survived by her husband of 19 years, Robert Guza Jr., two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

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GH’s Finola Hughes Chats on Her Lead Actress Daytime Emmy Nomination, New Directions for Characters in Port Charles, and Anna’s Love Life

In four out of the last five years, General Hospital favorite, Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), has almost become a perennial nominee having once again scored a Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress for the upcoming 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Hard to believe, but Hughes won her one and only Daytime Emmy back in 1991, and has amassed a total of 11 Emmy nominations during her enduring daytime drama career. As those who have watched GH know, throughout any calendar year, you can find numerous stellar performances by Finola that could be tops on any Emmy reel.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Finola during the 10th annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Special to get her reaction to landing in the field of six fantastic women vying for gold, what scenes went on her now Emmy-nominated reel, what she thinks of how GH is shaking things up under new head writers, Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte, and the future of Anna’s love life. Here’s what she shared below.

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What scenes did you wind up submitting that landed you in the running for the Daytime Emmy in this year’s Lead Actress category?

FINOLA: The whole Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) shooting and the accident and that whole thing. Then, talking about that with Sonny (Maurice Benard), and then a bit of the breakup with Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and then finding out that Valentin had lied.

Who helped you put the reel together?

FINOLA: One of our producers at GH, Michelle Henry. We have these amazing producers. They’re sort of the unsung heroes. They’re in the booth all day when we’re shooting. They do this wonderful thing where they earmark something, if they think that it’s been a good performance. So, they just have this sort of little list (that helps come Emmy time). So, that’s how that worked with Michelle.

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Now you’ve had a string of recent Daytime Emmy nominations. Do you think GH is  writing more for your strengths in the last several years?

FINOLA:  Yes, and I think it’s become stronger recently. I think writers really take the lead sometimes from an actress or an actor who’s going through something or moving through something in their life. Maybe, that’s they were just seeing, you know, different layers and colors and so they started to write to that.  I’m not sure. It certainly felt like I’ve had some things (material) that resonated with me.

What I have loved about Anna is that she is very complex. She often wrestles with herself over her past as a double agent, or certain guilt that she carries around. It’s interesting when the lines are blurred for her and things get messy.

FINOLA:  I do well with complex and I like messy.

So, what do you think about the nominees in the Lead Actress category with you?

FINOLA:  They are great. I don’t know Annika Noelle (Hope, B&B) very well, but I hear she did wonderful work and she sent me a lovely message. Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B) I obviously reached out to, Tamara Braun (Ava, DAYS) reached out to me, and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) and I just got on the phone last night and congratulated each other on our nominations, and of course, Cynthia (Watros) is here with me at GH.

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You do like do like the fashion of it all for Emmy night, correct?

FINOLA: God, I I live for it. I’m as shallow as that. I might play some complex on television, but I’m that shallow in real life.

So, do you go by the trends of what to pick out to wear for a red carpet, or you just kind of go off what you think looks good on you?

FINOLA: I do like the trends. I really like the fact that the sleeve is having a big moment right now since the film Poor Things. It sent it into the stratosphere.

It’s been 33 years since you won your last Emmy. Do you think you’re a better actress now than when you were even 10 years ago?

FINOLA: I have no idea. It feels like a game of golf always for me, because get on set, like today, I was doing some work this morning and I just doubt myself.  I’m like, “Did I really bring it?” I do think I’m harder on myself now than I was when I was younger, because I really didn’t know what I was doing at all.  It’s a very hard question to answer. I feel like it’s different, but I’m constantly in battle with myself as to whether something works or not.

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What are your thoughts then on being Emmy-nominated, at times, for more than three decades?

FINOLA: At this point in my life, I just find the whole thing encouraging and extraordinarily sort of affirming, and sweet and lovely. It’s extraordinary to even be acknowledged. That’s the truth.

Currently, on-air, Anna is taking a harder line with Sonny. There’s been a shift.

FINOLA:  Yes. That’s been really interesting. I was talking about this with Steve Burton (Jason), and we actually were working together today. We found like this level between the two of us when it comes to Sonny. It was just really like another whole level as to what I’m doing. I think what’s happened is people’s roles in Port Charles are becoming delineated, you know, where there’s less gray. It’s like we’re sort of moving into areas, right? All of us. That’s kind of great because then you’ve got the hospital, you’ve got the police station, you’ve got the mob, you’ve got the Quartermaines you’ve got Curtis’ nightclub, and so there’s these different areas. Then, your character becomes very specific.  I had those scenes with Genie Francis (Laura) that aired the other day, and it makes sense that we are sort of waking up because unfortunately Sonny’s going through something which we don’t know about, but he’s not behaving well. So, therefore we are like, “If he would do that, then we need to wake up to that Sonny has always been like that.” But, it’s not true. Sonny hasn’t always been like that. We still deal in the gray, because we are searching for the gray in ourselves, which is interesting. And then we have to make a decision, such as, “Where do you stand? Who are you actually?” I think posing those questions to the actual characters is kind of interesting.

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Now, who’s going to be the man in Anna’s life?

FINOLA:  Well, I want to do some more stuff with James. Obviously, James and I text all the time about how we’re not working together. We all know what Valentin’s up to. However,  Anna doesn’t quite know.

I was originally thinking they might put John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) in a romance with Anna?

FINOLA: Oh, I know. I love Adam. He’s so wonderful, and so is Charles Mesure (Brennan). Obviously, Laura Wright (Carly) has been working with the two of them as well. They’re both looking like they are in love with Carly, so what can I do?  I’ll just take the leftovers. However, I’m hoping that I get to play Valentin. The thing that’s interesting is that he’s a Cassadine. His father has now passed on, so he’s now at the front of the wagon of the Cassadines. It’s in his blood. So, I don’t know what they’ll do.

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What was our family’s reaction when you told you are an Emmy nominee? 

FINOLA: We had just taped three days of a very big event on the show. I was really tired yesterday and I was sort of laying down pretending to take a nap, as I never can nap in the middle of a day. Then, Frank Valentini (EP, General Hospital) called me to say that, Cynthia Watros and myself, had been nominated for Lead Actress. So, I actually got up and I walked outside and my three kids were sort of wandering around doing kid teenage stuff. I sort of told each of them individually. I was like, “I got nominated.”  They actually said, “Congratulations!” So, I think it actually resonated through the haze of online extravaganzas that teens are looking at it.

Make sure to check out the 2024 Daytime Emmy Nominations Special from this past Friday night below, where several of this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees stopped by the Michael Fairman Channel to share their reactions and more on going for gold come June 7th.

Now let us know, are you happy Finola was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Series? Who do you hope Anna winds up with romantically down the line on GH under new head writers, Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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‘Knots Landing’s’ Donna Mills and Joan Van Ark Reunite for Los Angeles Ballet Season 18 Gala

The women from the the cul-de-sac at Seaview Circle, stepped out last week as the Los Angeles Ballet celebrated its season 18 gala with ceremonies at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The evening was hosted by LAB staunch supporter, Donna Mills (ex-Abby, Knots Landing, ex-Madeline, General Hospital).  The Emmy Award-winning actress met up with her dear friend and former on-screen rival and co-star, Joan Van Ark (ex-Val, Knots Landing, ex-Gloria, The Young and the Restless) as well as her daughter, Chloe Mills, on the red carpet prior to the start of the evening.

This year’s LAB gala honorees included: Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Emmy, and Grammy nominated composer and pianist Kris Bowers, plus accomplished attorney and Los Angeles Ballet Board Chair, Jennifer Bellah Maguire. The honorees each received Angel Awards for the extraordinary contributions they have made to the arts, LAB and the city of Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Ballet is known for classical, contemporary, romantic and neoclassical ballets, for pioneering new works and for presenting relevant works by many of today’s most innovative dance-makers. LAB’s original production of The Nutcracker is an annual holiday favorite for Los Angeles residents and regional, national and international visitors.

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Led by Artistic Director Melissa Barak, LAB performs in multiple theater venues across LA County including The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Royce Hall at UCLA, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. As part of its mission, LAB wants to expand people’s knowledge of and nurture a love for ballet.

Longtime fans of Donna Mills also know that when early in her career she was a dancer. In fact, when she got her first soap opera gig as a nightclub singer named “Rocket” on Secret Storm, Mills was shocked.

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In a 2015 interview with Smashing Interviews Magazine Donna recounted, “I’m not a singer. I was a dancer. Why they chose me to be a nightclub singer, I have no idea, and I actually sang on the show.”

So, glad to see Donna and Joan stepping out together in support of the Los Angeles Ballet? Miss Knots Landing’s Abby and Val? Let us know via the comment section below.

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