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General Hospital Wins WGA Award For Daytime Drama Series!

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In ceremonies being held on Sunday, the Writers Guild of America is handing out its WGA Awards for achievement in writing for television and motion pictures in simultaneous ceremonies in New York in Los Angeles. In the category of daytime drama, General Hospital has picked up the award besting Days of our Lives.

The winning GH team includes: Shelly Altman, Jean Passanante; Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Christopher Van Etten, and Christopher Whitesell.

To keep up with the live-time updated winners list, make sure to follow the link here at The Hollywood Reporter.

Congrats to the GH writing team for their victory. 

So, what do you think of GH winning over DAYS for the Writer’s Guild Award in the Daytime Drama Series category? Comment below!

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Jamesj75
Jamesj75

And exactly what criteria did they use to bestow this honour? Most contrived, revisionist-history, anti-continuity writing in their launching of two Jasons?

su0000
su0000

hi Jamesj75 ..
The two Jasons was a ‘guessing” game, not a great story not great drama, it was an interactive guessing game.
The story was dull and still is dull, nothing much going on with it to incite interest.

Actually, the two Jason’s was a fail and still failing… that is what I’m seeing.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks, su0000! I feel the same way. Take care, Friend.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I loved it; still do. There’s more to come…

Soaphound
Soaphound

Hi James, I misposted a reply to you below under our dear Rebecca1’s post. I’m also lamenting the state of last year’s show. Things are improving now, a bit anyway, mostly due to the Drew/Oscar story and a few other tidbits. LOVED the Maxie scene at the funeral when she let Lulu have it! That Lois Lane wannabe makes everything about her, even Nathan’s death! Hate Robin turning on Drew again (“Oh Jason, Sam only really loves YOU. She just doesn’t want Drew to feel bad”), after Drew saved her life just last year. She’s such a drip sometimes.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks for the replies and alert, Soaphound! I think you’ve outlined some examples of writing that seem incongruous to this dubious award. Yet, you see some good things happening. And I admire you for that, just as I admire our friend Rebecca and others who find things to enjoy about GH. Lord knows, I used to feel the same way — once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away… 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

soaphound…”lois lane wannabe…” LOL!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thanks, Jamesj75…

Hang in there with us. Hopefully you’ll find a return flight back from whichever galaxy that has you so removed and you’ll feel that GH spring in your step once again. Too much? You know what I mean! 🙂

Celia
Celia

Hey, Soaphoun,
Oh, yes…unlike other viewers, I thought Kirsten could not have excelled more, if she tried. Maxie acted the bereaved wife, detatched from reality….out-of-body behavior…..
Inasmuch as I sorta-kinda felt a bit sorry for Lulu, I think Maxie’s reaction was exactly what I expected. She is grieving and most of us, in such situation, would take out that grief to anyone whom we thought was a catalyst to our loved one’s death. In this case, Lulu was did pave the way to Nathan’s demise.
Lulu is in space, as I said…..her pretty face always looks like she cannot distinguish her right hand from her left. I, also, made a comment about her journalistic prowess, or lack-thereof, when Peter first ‘hired’ her.
Nonetheless, if truth be told, everyone on soaps becomes a doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc, without an education, or College degree….look at Kiki….medical school? When did she graduate College? It is what it is.
As far as Dante….we differ a bit. I do not find him sexy, hot, good-looking….or whatever….LOL. But, that’s okay……
Anyway, my esteemed cyber-friend, I think Dante will alienate Lulu….I may be wrong….and Peter will fill that void.

Celia
Celia

PS.
I would like to acknowledge, Soaphound…..condolences to all those poor, desolate parents who lost their children in Broward County, yesterday….and all families involved….all heroes… Prayers and blessings.
We, as perents, send our children off to school…..wish them a good day; kiss them good-bye….never thinking it would be our last kiss….just imagine. It saddens me and affects me profoundly….words can’t ever describe….RIP.
Why Valentine’s Day? Is this murderer so sick to have picked this day as a symbol of all that is evil in this world? ( The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre).

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….My first thought was a Capone aficionado???? But that’s probably giving this loser too much credit for even having a grasp of such an historical perspective as to be aware of that famous event!….As for Maxie, yes, she was pitch perfect….not too emotional, but just expressive enough in her grief for a widow deeply in shock over the sudden loss of her husband. I thought both she and Kathleen Gati played it absolutely right with the material they were given, although as I stated before, Liesl should have received the lion’s share of attention in this scenario, such are the immense abilities of the actress who portrays her! I’ll never understand why she is consistently overlooked when she has the more than sufficient stuff to totally shine! In terms of Dante, I’ve never found him to be all that mesmerizing either…probably something to do with being the “fruit” of Sonny’s “tree!” Lol….

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…y-e-s…THANK YOU!!!!! GH winning this, uh, award is like a sick and EVEN MORE UNFUNNY JOKE!!!!! NO, NO AND MORE NO!!!!!!!!!!

Later.

su0000
su0000

”General Hospital Wins WGA Award For Daytime Drama Series”

Really. ^^.. BWAHAHAA HAA!! that award is for; for achievement in writing…
Must be due to Steve/Jason jumping through prop sugar glass bwahaa..

I believe most all will say;
”what?” DOOL should have taken the WGA award hands down, whatta sham” …LOL

Well, congrats to the GH writers !

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I want to meet “Lucky Gold”!

Celia
Celia

Your words are my words, su. Thank you!

su0000
su0000

Hi 🙂
The award judges surely decide on which would get the award before the Man Landers story .. hahaa!
If not, well then there is something wrong with them.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Hey Celia, I have to know what you think about Maxie turning on “serious journalist” Lulu (sorry, ACE reporter and often mistaken for a garden gnome Lulu) at the cemetery. I thought Kirsten was ELECTRIC and I kind of agree…Lulu makes everything about herself. She’s not evil, just clueless. And where exactly is Rocco while she’s playing Christiane Amanpour? Maybe it’s just me, if I were married to a man with a bod and gorgeous hair like Dante, I’d spend a lot more time in the bedroom than the newsroom (especially with Peter Piper lurking around). Cheers.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, su000, I must agree. The stories involving J.J.’s slide into depression and the return of the sexy, diabolical Ben were more exciting and/or touching than anything on GH recently (except Drew/Oscar story and Maxie turning on Lulu).

Celia
Celia

Ohhh, yeah!!!! Ben and JJ….just place them in a box with with hearts and red lip-kisses stamped all over them, and send them my way, LOL……swoon-worthy, both of them….definition of hot, sexy hunks …..what else can a girl ask for? Just tie a big, red bow on their respective box.

IRENE M ADAMS
IRENE M ADAMS

They are idiots if they think GH is better than Days. GH is terrible. Imho

Mary SF
Mary SF

This is for work from 2017, before Days started improving under new head writer– last year Days wasn’t as good as it is now– I suspect this win was for all the stuff related to Morgan’s death.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m pretty sure this was to include the last 6 months of 2017. which would have given Ron C. 6 months of REEL.

it would have been just dessert , and in your face FV Shelley and Jean. had RC walked with… let’s hope for best serial @the Emmys

I truly think he deserved this.

PS: your Canadian ice dancing pair !!!!! you couldn’t believe how in synch and sensual. dynamo ! have yet to watch a good curl yet. Canada @GOLD for team win…. OAR (Russia) @Silver… and USA respectively Bronzed. I am so proud of this team… here’s hoping individually they reach that much.

I am loving Ron Carlivati work

Tammy
Tammy

Congrats! To GH. Keep up the amazing work.

Shay
Shay

More like amazingly banal……there was a brief moment when I thought there was actually some hope for this soap as the legacy characters were finally getting some much-needed love, but that was before they shipped Laura back to France and returned to their default setting of pushing Frank’s favorites ad nauseum once again.

Patrick
Patrick

refuse to get worked up over how dull they still are… in light of this misnomer

HEY… lets even chalk it up to… no one cares. or even knows who they are

Frank Valentini , Shelley and Jean… dullard (s)

Kelly Stone
Kelly Stone

I think it’s a bunch of crap we all know Ron is doing a much better job than GH is right now with storylines! What is going to tell is the daytime Emmys

PF
PF

DOOL got robbed! GH was consistently awful under Jelly (and wildly uneven, at best, right now). Guess there’s no accounting for taste (or a lack thereof).

Debra m
Debra m

Such negatvity. I for one still enjoy GH , the episode of Nathans funeral was so well written and emotional I cried, and I usually do not cry during soaps. GH is far from perfect but neither are the other 3 soaps, though DOOL is the most improved. If you don’t like iGH don’t watch, there are plenty of us that want GH to continue and don”t want to see the end of soaps.

brian
brian

I so agree with you Debra ! I too would be sadden if GH went of the air.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Agree with both of you! I’m enjoying all the stories and they’ve managed to give not only Jason/Jake/Sam a story but incorporate Franco…they’ve given Anna a story and incorporated Valentin, (I’m in the minority but I like Peter/Henrich)…Maxi and Lulu at odds, Mike and his medical issues which I’m sure will be poignant but I’d rather they didn’t give him alzheimers…all in all I think GH is doing a great job.

JK
JK

THANK YOU……MANY OF YOU NEGATIVE PEOPLE JUST NEED TO TURN THE CHANNEL…STOP COMPLAINING…..

Pat
Pat

You’ve gotta be kidding me, what a load of crap!! This just proves yet again that these kinds of awards are a flat out joke and have ZERO credibility. Have the geniuses at the WGA actually watched the show recently or is it all based on name recognition? Actually, GH should win for “Outstanding way to infuriate and turn off a loyal, longtime fan base”. Did they just randomly throw a dart at a board? Did smug Frank Valentini bribe them? Unbelievable.

On a related note, the genius Disney executives running ABC keep proving over and over again, both in daytime (GH and The View are both terrible and unwatchable) and in primetime (American Idol promos every five minutes, The Bachelor-Winter Games, really?? etc) that they could not care less about what viewers really want to see. It’s a chore to watch that network for any length of time these days, which is why I’ve largely taken my viewing elsewhere.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Of course they care…on a monetary/business level. I guess they’re crunching the numbers and feel they’re making a profit. When they fail to do so they’ll cancel.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, James, I fear the world is ending with this award. Lulu as ace CUB reporter? “Ask Man Landers”? Cutie pie Chet brought in and then dumped? Sonny, Carly, Robin, Spinelli all knifing Drew in the back and justifying it? That dreadful Charlotte? Griffin’s formerly gorgeous face now perma-frosted with a furrowed brow? Dr. Kiki? Have I missed any other great storytelling?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Dreadful Charlotte, Soaphound? I LOVE Charlotte! She’s so cute!!! “perma-frosted”…LOL…never heard that expression!

JMER
JMER

I don’t know how they could be making a profit. Execs are failing to monetize the true worth of this show’s brand. We seen at least two good examples this year of them failing their brand and going against it in story.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi JMER…

Don’t know. I hope they are as I’m not ready to lose GH!

Genie Francis has about 56,000 followers on Twitter. Laura Wright and Nancy Grahn have over 150,000 and Kelly Monaco over 200,000. My point is that though there has been great fan outcry over Genie’s “demotion” she doesn’t have the following that some of the other actresses have. With that said, I think the latest number to sign the petition to bring her back is up to 20,000. I have a feeling she’ll be making her way back to Port Charles sooner rather than later.

As for profits, since none of us are privy to the numbers I’m assuming they’re still lucrative enough…and I just read that they’re having their first convention in March (at the suggestion of Matt Cohen). The fan weekends “profits” go to the actors; the convention will go to GH which will be another source of revenue.

So, they’ll keep playing with the numbers and seeing who to keep/lose/hire as they go along, I guess. As we can all see from our various reactions to everything on this site fan reaction is mixed on almost every character and story. But we’re just a small microcosm and they have the bigger picture.

Basically, I was responding to Pat’s statement that ABC “doesn’t care what viewers want to see.” No network “cares”…I can’t tell you how many shows that I thought were excellent…so completely worthy that were canceled. Total disappointment. And though the writing/acting was great, the numbers weren’t there. And yet, you have junk like Jerry Springer who’s been on for years because that garbage sells. So, networks “care” about the numbers; and if losing an actor from GH loses enough viewers they’ll “care.” If it doesn’t make that much of a dent; they won’t.

Shay
Shay

Amen, Pat!!!!!! It does make one wonder what these clueless showrunners are thinking when it comes to GH’s most recent casting and storyline decisions….to take a soap which had been seemingly revitalized in the past few months with a nod to its more traditional aspects and then suddenly turn on a dime with the most dreadful choices that have alienated a goodly portion of the audience by highlighting the wrong characters and poorly-conceived plots really does beg the question as to what criteria they are utilizing. God forbid it is based upon something as specious as Twitter stats…in just the past few weeks, it’s been confirmed that they are highly questionable as to their accuracy due to such shady cyber practices as bots and paid-for-followers who don’t actually exist….certainly nothing upon which a contract should ever be awarded!!!! Besides, if banging out blather to a purported fanbase on social media is supposed to provide proof of popularity and bankability, then why is Genie Francis the one with the product endorsement? Obviously someone thinks she’s worth more money than her soap counterparts who I don’t see being featured in advertisements during the show’s breaks. Perhaps that’s because the marketplace understands that the most loyal, affluent longtime viewers don’t waste their days whiling away on Twitter or Facebook!

Marilyn Santucci
Marilyn Santucci

Best soap show ever! Acting is superb and the writing of the storyline s just great!! My only negative comment being the loss of key actors leaving! The turnovers of this is too large and too often! How is resolved??? Longer contracts??? Recasts???

Kathy Pinnell
Kathy Pinnell

Congratulations Gh a job well done from actors to directors to producers

Rodd
Rodd

Congratulations to GH!

jeremy
jeremy

CONGRATS!!!!!!!! ;0;0;0;0;)

Phil
Phil

GH is okay, but DAYS is tops! Hope DAYS takes the Emmy for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Drama Series this year!

James
James

Days deserves Ron is writting, no dialoge and all fluff. GH haa been GH again a real show u can watch, u may not love all the stories but it is written greatly. Been watching since I was a kid during Luke and Laura year , tonly time I couldn’t watch and fell out was when Ron c wrote. Robert Guza almost made me tune out with all the exposio s driving story every month. But it was at the ha D’s of Ron c. That turned GH into oltl 2.0 and GH was a soap of a soap. It is finally back to being GH. I have not been so in to GH since the Robin and stone days , hats off to Chris Van Etten.

rpm
rpm

Once again awards prove that they don’t matter! What a joke! You tell me how the worst soap of the 4 wins a writing award! This show lost its identity 20 years ago when it should
have changed its name to Sonny and the mob. The show hasn’t been about a hospital for years! gh wishes it was Days of our Lives for a week !!! It will probably win the Emmy for best show too even though it doesn;t even deserve a nomination. Sadly all of the press and online sights tend to favor this schlockfest GH even though it ha

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Bravo, rpm! You’re exactly right.

Aria
Aria

Different strokes for different folks, believe when I tell you, RC is over rated, you might now see it now but eventually the crack in his writing will show, but who knows, like I said different strokes for different folks, maybe you love his writing I’m one of many who didn’t like his gh when he was head writer.

Jarrett
Jarrett

Jean Passanante should not receive any awards for her time writing GH, because while I agree GH isn’t perfect now, it has improved immensely since she left. While she was writing the show, the pace was slower that wallpaper drying.

Elaine
Elaine

I am a GH fan but truth be told the writers do not deserve this award.

cathy
cathy

Best soap in daytime. Best acting , best story lines and best writers.

Patrick
Patrick

Maxie : ” Please come back to me”

Maxie to Lulu : “you are a morally superior one” “it’s not in your Spencer DNA”

ready ?

stand guard ?

it’s coming… the rift, the tare, the open wound

bff mindset

“I would be shattered” My Husband

Patrick
Patrick

Kim and Julian aka “Charlie” ARE H O T

tune in @GH

Shay
Shay

Amen, Patrick! Eat your heart out, Alexis, and by the way, keep your hands off Finn….he and Anna belong together!

Honeymile
Honeymile

CORRECTION: To bad the 45th Daytime Emmy WILL NOT be televised.

K/kay
K/kay

Four soaps left viewers are really going to go down that road be thankful they are all here I think ups and downs on all!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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