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General Hospital Villains: Constance Towers and James Franco To Star In Hulu's Miniseries 11.22.63!

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Helena and the original Franco together in an online series?  That’s the word today from TV Insider.   The General Hospital baddies will play key roles in the upcoming Hulu original miniseries 11.22.63.  

The show is set to bow next month on Monday, February 15th.  It was a very specific and important date that was chosen for the premiere being that it is President’s Day due to the theme of the show.

In 11.22.63,  James Franco plays Jake Epping, a present-day English teacher who ends up traveling through a time portal that takes him back to the early 1960s. There he tries to stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  As for Towers, her role is being kept under wraps as to not spoil a delicious plot twist in the miniseries.

TV Insider spoke with Towers to ask her thoughts on if she would have liked to have teamed up with James Franco for some villainy in Port Charles, and if she thinks the “dead” Helena is not dead at all!  Here are some excerpts:

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Constance on working with James Franco in 11.22.63 and not having worked with him on GH:  “What fun that would have been! (Laughs) Leave it to Stephen King to bring us together! All my scenes in 11.22.63 are with James, so it was wonderful to finally connect. Even though GH never wrote a story for our characters, James knew we had the soap in common and he right away asked me, “What is Helena doing now?” And of course I had to say, “She’s dead. Again!” (Laughs)

Constance on how Helena was “killed off” this most recent time and the reactions from the characters:  “You’d think there’d be at least one, ‘Ding dong, the witch is dead!’ A parade. Something. (Laughs) So maybe that’s a hint she’ll be back. There certainly are so many unanswered questions, like how Helena took Jason’s memory away, and what happened to little Jake during all those missing years. Nikolas is going to need help and she knows all about ELQ business. And Helena did put a curse on Sam, which they could really have some fun with. And they’ve never really dealt with the fact that Helena did an O.J. and slashed the throat of Alexis’s mother. So I do hope she’ll be back. (Laughs) That’s one of the few things I have in common with Helena. For both of us, hope springs eternal!”

So, what did you think of Constance Tower’s thoughts on the future of Helena Cassadine?  Does she have some unfinished business to take care of?  Do you think the original Franco mixing it up with Helena would have been fun to see?  And what do you think of James Franco and Constance together in 11.22.63? Will you be checking it out? Comment below!

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Christy
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Christy

Helena’s death was so anti-climatic, I figure it was either that look alike she hired years back, or it meant she really didn’t die. Who else will torture Sam with the “curse”! ha!

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL

it was such a hoot… when Helena… told Sam off… that she was nothing but a guttersnipe!

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yeah, Helena… come back and exact revenge on the dull Sam…

I’m still reeling… with Sam new years eve “Aladdin pants” what color was it… a light shade of purple? woah! I think I can tolerate her painted on skin tight jeans! which ! doesn’t do much for her … at all

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Can i come…i want to go back to the 1960s when soaps were thriving and i lived on a tree-lined dirt street in a once nice middle class neighborhood with nice neighbors and many relatives living within blocks of each other and three small mom and pop grocery markets within walking distances. Those were the days.

Anthony
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Anthony

Jimh – Gosh how right you are! I grew up in a similar neighborhood, in a similar time. What I wouldn’t give for those days – and that soap schedule of the early 70s. One summer, from 9am til 4pm…I watched soap after soap after soap – I started out with Love of Life in the morning and ended with the Edge of Night in late afternoon. Crazy, yes, but looking back, it was fun too. I believe the 69-70 season was the banner year for soaps as 19 of them were on the air. Oh, and BTW, I think… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I watched that way too starting with Love Of Life and ending with Edge or Dark Shadows…my mom had her favorites but i was always sampling all the soaps…didnt watch all faithfully but tuned in to watch certain stories…i really could of used a remote back then and how i wish they had invented the vcr a decade earlier.

Timmm
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Timmm

My friend, I thought they’d never end!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

the soaps or the 60s?

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Awwww, my Timmm. Have you ever thought of writing a song with those words? LOL. ‘Nite…sleep tight….

Timmm
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Timmm

You are slippin Jimmy! “Those were the Days ” by Mary Hopkin 1968.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I got that song stuck in my head …also “All In The Family” had a completely different opening theme song with that title. Not totally slippin after all…lol

Jake R
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Jake R

Yeah that was a great time! Just ask any African-American, woman, or homosexual who was treated worse than a second class citizen. I’m sure they long for those “simpler times” too. As far as your neighborhood stores goes, how often do you shop at Wal-Mart? Or online? That’s why you have no more mom and pop stores anymore.

Timmm
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Timmm

Its great to hear how excited Constance is about possibly returning to GH because of all the storyline possibilities. Four different angles she rattled off just in the interview. I hope she brings Stephan with her! As for the other half, not a fan of FRANCO in any way shape or form, GH or THE man!

Denise Pettit
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Denise Pettit

Yes I Think they would be great Together Love James Franco and Helena

su0000
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su0000

The original Franco, James Franco was awesome! He created a great and very unusual character, the kind all spaps need .. J&S should be tar & feathered and run out on a rail ! Killing-off and not reviving the Queen of mean. And presenting Helena lying weak and fading with tubs up her nose is a slapable offense, and then she drinks poisoned tea..GMAFB! SHAME on J&S! that was soap sacrilegious! Helena is a very needed character, she holds all the answers to the secrets that need to be known to move onward. J&S need to get their lame act… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, WOW! I knew she wasn’t dead!…..LOL.

Shay
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Shay

You and me both, CeeCeeGirl!!!! (And Thank God!) GH is simply not the same without the icy, elegant presence of Miss Constance Towers…..Long live Helena!!!! Having said that, I do so hope that 2016 is treating you and yours well….thus far. I’ve been meaning to send you a little reply here and there, but whenever you’ve made comment on the threads of interest, there have been no no direct links for you. This was the perfect opportunity. Later, mia amica!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Having read the book 11/22/63, I am pretty sure I can guess the character that Constance is playing….. all I can say is, the book was a truly great read – great vacation book! And CT is a great pick for the casting I am envisioning!

lovesam1122
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lovesam1122

She needs to be writing for GH. She hit on some details that need to be addressed.

Jane
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Jane

cool

Jeremy
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Jeremy

The delightful Constance Towers is just that delightful. Congrats to her on her new project with James, however, as much I’m not a fan of characters continuously returning from the dead, I’ll gladly welcome a Helena return, Constance is right, there are so my unanswered questions, and it would be great fun to see what this “curse” does to Sam and watch that play out. I think GH and Constance need to decide if/when Helena really dies, and just do that. But, definitely into seeing a “return” of Helena, she’s got things to do with Spencer, too. And, with Laura… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Constance, – clearly – NEEDS to come back! and yes, selfishly… it’s all to help out Nicholas…. retain control of ELQ I don’t know… about the writing… as of late… what with Jason… suing… Nicholas… to regain his shares.. and BAM! that’s the end of the big mystery of ELQ Jason is that quick of a hero! he’s already it a.. going all gung ho… wanting legalese for shared custody of lil’ Jake is this a signal that there may not be a reunion with Liz? back to Nicholas… his attempt at blackmailing Jason… with regard to his accident. just… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

James Franco is a brilliant, talented actor, albeit a tad eccentric… out of the box. Love his filmwork…including his portrayal of James Dean, his role in Spiderman, Harvey Milk’s lover in MILK…and countless other characters in his diversified body of work. His lunacy on GH was mesmerizing madness…a tad like Batman’s Joker with a gorgeous face! Constance Towers is Helena to me. I’m not familiar with any of her other work…but she’s crazy, diabolical fun on GH. Loved her early stuff with Alexis, Luke, Stefan, Nicolas, Laura. The Cassadines, including Helena, worked better as an evil empire. Sad how theey… Read more »

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I’m glad that Towers’ comment pointed out that this is based on a book by Stephen King of the same name. The article glaringly fails to mention that point. I’m no journalist but having a show based on recent best seller by King seems like a fact that would be mentioned initially in the article. I’ve read the book and immediately thought this show must be based on it. Just as quickly, I noticed that this was not mentioned until we get Towers’ quote. Even then, it isn’t explained. A reader of the article who was completely unaware of the… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

One of my after Christmas reads was going to be this Stephen King book…finally. Love the whole premise of it.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

For me, King’s books have been hit or miss for two decades. Some are good; some are a waste of time. This one was good. You’ll enjoy it.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

Also, if the series follows the book’s plot, it is pretty clear who Towers will be playing.

Kathy Krawetz
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Kathy Krawetz

I cant wait it going to be very interesting to see them work together I Love them both yea. Till then

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Nancy Lee Grahn Debuted 25 Years Ago Today as General Hospital’s Alexis Davis

Back on September 26th, 1996, (25 years ago today!) the new character of Alexis Davis made her debut on ABC’s General Hospital, and brought to the iconic soap opera, the talents of Nancy Lee Grahn.

Grahn, had already made a name for herself with her captivating portrayal of lawyer Julia Wainwright Capwell on Santa Barbara for which she won a Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy in 1989, in a tie with AMC’s Debbi Morgan.

Back in April, General Hospital, marked this milestone with a special episode for Grahn, that could be remembered come next year’s Emmys.

Alexis, or shall we call her “Natasha”, was introduced on GH as the daughter of Mikkos Cassadine and his mistress, whose throat was slit by Helena Cassadine, which has played into Alexis’ story for many years to come.  At the time of her entrance to the show, Wendy Riche was GH’s executive producer.

Through the years, viewers have witnessed Grahn’s portrayal of: a tough legal eagle, an honest depiction of a woman battling the bottle, failed romances, while all the time being a loving and faithful mother to her three daughters, Sam, Molly, and Kristina.

Nancy won her second Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy, this time for her role as Alexis in 2012, and has been a multi-nominee in the Lead Actress category for her performances on the ABC daytime drama series.

Kate Grahn, Nancy’s daughter took to social media within the last few hours since we posted this story to share a video on how thankful she and her mom are to GH fans and Nancy’s time on the show which afforded her the ability to have and raise Kate.  Check that out below.

Here’s to Nancy for giving us 25 years of her on-screen work as Alexis!

Congratulate Nancy and tell us your favorite Alexis Davis moments via the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Comes Home as Jason and Carly Begin Their Wedding Night

Monday’s episode of General Hospital continued to set the stage for major payoffs in the long and winding road tale of everyone in Port Charles believing Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) is dead.

Only now, with his memory in tact, Sonny is very much alive, no longer living as “Mike” in Nixon Falls. and back in the town which he ruled as the mob kingpin.  Problem is: his wife, Carly (Laura Wright) just got married to his best friend, Jason (Steve Burton) and they are about to have their first night together as newlyweds.  And without all the subplot and subtext, Sonny has no idea that they were first brought together to be a united front to save Sonny’s territory from the ‘Five Families’.  Only now, the two have admitted they truly are in-love with each other.

In story, after the bomb that went off was proven to kill mobsters Buscema and Novak, and not its intended target – the newlyweds – thanks to a double-cross from Ms. Wu – Jason, Carly, and Ms. Wu discuss Cyrus Renault’s (Jeff Kober) involvement and that Wu is happy for Jason and Carly.

 

At the wedding reception, Michael (Chad Duell) gives a touching speech about his mom and Jason and gives the official toast.  Later, Jason and Carly head out after Carly throws the bouquet which Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) catches.

Meanwhile, back in Nixon Falls, Sonny gets out of dodge and away from Nina (Cynthia Watros), thanks to Jax’s (Ingo Rademacher) plane, while Nina gets a visit from Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and Anna (Finola Hughes), where she admits that Peter (Wes Ramsey) was in Nixon Falls, and caused the fire, and is going to go after Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and the baby.  She does not tell them what she did keeping Sonny away from his family for 9 months.

Anna and Peter split up to find Peter, and Peter’s exit ride hasn’t show up yet to get him out of Nixon Falls, so Anna catches him, gun drawn.

Later at the Corinthos home, Jason and Carly are alone together in the bedroom with wedding night jitters, but Jason says there is no rush as the two kiss, just as Sonny arrives home, smiles, looks around, sees photos of himself with Carly and the family, and heads upstairs!

Will Sonny find the two in each others arms and not tell then he is alive?  Will something call him away? Will Jason and Carly have sex? When will Nina get payback for all that she has done to Carly and Sonny?  Will Peter get away from Anna? Let us know your theories in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Tells Nina He Knows Exactly Who He Is; Jason & Carly’s Wedding Comes to an Explosive Conclusion

Is it game over for Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros), or does she have another trick up her sleeve to keep Sonny (Maurice Benard) to herself, now that he remembers who is he?

On Friday’s dramatic episode of General Hospital, “Mike” looks to be gone and Sonny has come back in full force complete with a super hero moment escaping from being trapped underneath the beam that had fallen on top of him inside the burning Tan-O.  Sonny makes his escape after inhaling so many fumes, that he needs medical attention and is rushed to the hospital with Nina going along with him.

Inside the hospital, once given the all clear, Phyllis (Joyce Guy) tells Nina, “Mike” is asking for her, while Jax (Ingo Rademacher) pleads to let the doctors handle this situation.  But, Nina heads inside the room to see Sonny.  Then came the dramatic moment that many GH fans were waiting for.  As Nina calls him “Mike, he rips off his oxygen mask in anger and says that his name is Sonny and he remembers everything!  Nina does a pivot, knowing she is caught, and says the name may have have been a fake one, but they cannot deny the way they feel about each other.  She tells him that she honestly loves him and Sonny defiantly tells her NOT to say that.  Meanwhile Jax confirms to Phyllis that Nina always knew that “Mike” was Sonny and hid it from her and Sonny for months!

Back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly’s (Laura Wright) wedding comes to a conclusion! No one interrupts the wedding and the two look lovingly at each other to start their new life together as husband and wife.

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After the ceremony, mobsters Ms. Wu, Vincent, and Charles have a moment where she says “be wary of tomorrow”.  Jason and Carly have a moment alone where Jason looks truly in love with Carly now and all of those feelings he had buried for years have now come back to the surface. How will this all play out when Sonny comes back into everyone’s lives, alive and well?

After the reception had ended, Jason and Carly get in their limo to drive away as newlyweds.  She asks Jason what Ms. Wu whispered in his ear at the reception, he says she confirmed something he already knew.  Meanwhile, Vincent and Charles get in their limo.  Charles shares the world is about to be a better place without Carly and Jason in it.

Next, Carly tells the driver to start the car, and we see a bomb device under a car and the chapel blown up as the show comes to its conclusion.

Our bet is that the Novak/Buscema car was blown to bits, not Jarly’s limo thanks to a Wu double-cross, but we shall see next week! Great performances from Maurice Benard, Cynthia Watros, Laura Wright, and Steve Burton throughout this one.

So, what did you think of the moment Sonny told Nina he remembered who he is? What did you think of Jason and Carly’s nuptials? What do you think will happen next? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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