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General Hospital's Billy Miller Talks Giving The Character Of Jason Some Levity & The Prospect Of Working With Tony Geary!

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Three-time Daytime Emmy winner Billy Miller chatted with the Associated Press on taking over the coveted role of Jason Morgan on ABC’s General Hospital.

Miller who took over the role, formerly played by Y&R’s Steve Burton, said that to make the role his own he believes adding some levity to the character you play in this very dramatic genre is a good thing.

Billy noted: “It’s more fun in this genre whenever you can add some lightness to it or make it funny. You don’t get a lot of room for that, so I usually look for it. It’s a scary position for this guy who is so lost and doesn’t know who he is, (so) you match that with a little bit of humor.”

Working with Anthony Geary (Luke) in  some scenes is something Miller would definitely up for, if and when Jason and Luke cross paths.  Miller revealed, ““I can’t wait for that acting class.”

For now, Miller is looking forward when his Port Charles past and present worlds collide: “It really does offer up some great story if we decide to go there.  I really hope that’s how we explore this because I feel like that might be more my strength.”

So, are you enjoying Billy Miller’s performance of Jason AKA “Jake” Morgan thus far and his spin on the character?  Comment below!

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Mateo
Mateo

Billy Miller is just amazing at just about everything. His skill and sincerity pour out in all of the roles he takes on. I don’t see him as replacing Steve Burton. I see him as being the current Jason Morgan. He has HUGE talent and he is so beautiful to look at. I hope they write great storylines for him. Most of all I hope the powers that be at General Hospital do everything to keep him happy there because he is genius and fantastic in his acting and talent should never be overlooked or taken for granted. Praises to Billy Miller for his being a part of the acting family at GH!!!!

Joanne
Joanne

yes I am enjoying Billy Miller as playing Jake aka Jason Morgan. great actor we all need to give him more time its hard to step into someone else is shoes, but Billy has a lot of talent he will be a different Jason I can see that already he is going to have a different aspect on his life. hey we may even see him smile alot more. well done writers great job so far. you have done a great job with this so far.

Denise Pettit
Denise Pettit

I Love Billy Miller as Jason Yes we need to give him a Chance hes a Great Actor and Does everything 100 percent NO hes Not Steve Burton and we Dont expect him to be they Changed his Face and personality thats helenas Doing it makes sence Love you Billy

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

Is he really Jason or is this another faker storyline…lol..will he cross paths with Luke or is the real Luke still missing…Faison is the Fluke Anna confronted at Julians so is that really Luke with Tracy or another Fluke(Anthony Z)? or Jerry?

su0000
su0000

Maybe Fluke is Helena!! lol
We will soon know..
he is not Jax, he is not Anthony Z, Fluke is …..????? <– that guy!

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

Well, there is more than one Fluke…lol

Denise Pettit
Denise Pettit

I Agree I Think Fluke is Helena and she has all The Cassidines working for her in Masks to take over PC makes sence to me

GH50
GH50

I don’t think it’s spin. I think Billy is playing a character that is entirely different and he is making no effort to give fans even a glimpse of Jason Morgan. There is a difference between “mimicking” another actor and putting your own spin on a role and he is doing neither. It seems that he’s just doing what he wants, being encouraged to do that by TPTB, and it makes no sense to me.

Amnesia or circumstances would not turn Jason Morgan into an extroverted jokester. It makes no sense. There could have been some subtlety and a gradual change with something here and there, a look, a reaction, that would let fans know that it was Jason. That’s hard to do and either the actor isn’t willing to do that or can’t. I’m going to go with not willing and I think it is a disservice to fans and to the character. Again, there is a difference between mimicking and giving the proper treatment to a role with your own spin on it, even injecting “some” humor.

su0000
su0000

This Jason was recreated in lab of horrors..
He cost millions and 2 years time, he was/is an experiment..
There are many things that could have been done to Jason, and most likely were done, if not then the Cassadines would not want their property, Jason back..
He is now important to the Cassadines.. Victor said ‘Jason is now his ..
also-
Jason use to be a humorous fun guy before his accident and brain surgery..
He/Billy is more like Jason Q use to be ..
Jason was not always ”stone cold” .. he was more like he is being seen, now..

(Billy Miller has great charisma and a great actor, he will do Jason well..

GH50
GH50

Jason Q was not a clown and he is now 20 years older. It is obvious that this type of character that BM is playing is what he is most comfortable playing is doing so regardless of whether it fits. Just like Roger Howarth coming on as Franco but playing it like snarky Todd.

It is not a coincidence that Billy Miller is playing Jason this way and trying to bend the story to fit and make sense of it doesn’t work. The material is being written to suit the actor and it doesn’t make sense for the character.

It is fine for the character to change, to have a sense of humor even. But the character has to have some traits of Jason Morgan as well. There needs to be something that is recognizable to the audience. There is nothing and that is a failure on the part of the actor, not really the writing. It is all about the delivery. Miller is OTT with the humor. He could have easily delivered some of those lines in a more dry, sarcastic tone. That would have been believable and acceptable. He could at times be more animated and that would be fine too. But this version of Jason exhibits none of the characteristics or mannerisms of Jason Morgan, none in the slightest, and that is a failure.

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

I dont think he is really Jason…he’ll be Jason for awhile until we learn who he really is and why Helene is using him in yet another fake person storyline…sigh!!!

Ashley
Ashley

I think Billy miller is doing a fantastic job at playing Jake aka Jason Morgan!!

nette
nette

I wholeheartedly agree denise u hit nail on the head.

Mark
Mark

He is so cute

Timmm
Timmm

Billy Miller is Jason II. The only way he would ever be an impostor if after being on GH for a while and wanting to leave and Steve wanting to return would they maybe flesh Billy out and Steve in as Jason I and Jason II. Jason II would be an Helena Cassadine lab project.

Helena Moseman
Helena Moseman

Billy Miller is the one reason I am still watching GH! He makes every role his own and adds dimension and humor to all of his characters. Can’t wait to see where he takes this, plus he has chemistry with everyone he works with!

richard
richard

I don’t think he is the “real” Jason. In a few years, SB will tire of playing that boring Dylan on YR, then wanna head back to GH, it will then be explained that Jake wasn’t the real Jason and the whole thing was a scam by the Cassadines. I seriously cannot see BM sharing scenes with Sonny Corinthos. Hence I don’t think this is the real Jason, just a fake planted by Helena.

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

Thats what ive been saying for the longest time: that BM is playing a fake Jason…reprogrammed by the Cassidines to think he is Jason for one of their sinister plots…notice how Helene isnt eager to recapture him, especially knowing that ‘fake Jake’ could regain his memory…if really Jason…and know she is keeping Robin against her will…so if he suddenly remembers being ‘Jason’ and doesnt remember Robin he could be an imposter…i said it often and i still say it: he IS in imposter!

Franco
Franco

I think so too. If they really wanted Jason back, they would have come back without that who new face thing, like Ridge in B&B. GH is trying to make everyone believe that “Jason Morgan” has “returned” to the canvas, and by showing him with Robin, getting hit and having reconstructed surgery is to prove that it is Jason. I mean, they’re copying the same storyline with Roman Brady/John Black. Unlike Adam Newman, Steve wasn’t fired, so there’s a chance that Steve might return. I really hope that Steve Burton returns to the show, other wise we’re look like fools saying he’s not Jason.

Jason
Jason

If he’s really not Jason then why did Robin recognized him when he revealed himself to her? Why does Liz feel that there’s something familiar about him? Why does Danny run to his father despite the fact that he has a new face?

LLATWTFan
LLATWTFan

Billy Miller is doing a great job! I love his take on Jason. Jason Morgan was a whole new man, so this Jason had to be a whole new man. I miss him on YR, but it’s worth the sacrifice. Steve Burton’s doing a great job there too! Interesting switch.

DaleReshotnik
DaleReshotnik

Billy is doing a great job as Jason aka Jake!!!! I knew he would!!!! He’s an AMAZING ACTOR!!!! I can’t wait to c what they have planned for him!!!!!:):):):):):)

Audrey Tapper
Audrey Tapper

I want Steve Burton back. I loved him as Jason and i want Billy back on Y&R. Please you guys go back. I am so disappointed.

jo
jo

Some of the criticisms here are pretty low. Roger HOWARTH wasn’t hired to mimic James franco, and Billy Miller wasn’t hired to mimic Steve burton. The way you get the most out of an actor is to let them flex their talent, and that is what they are all doing. And Steve BURTON HAS A GREAT character in Dylan on Y&R. It’s given him a chance to flex his acting muscles and he’s done so with aplomb.

These are all individuals, human beings, and they have a right to make career changes without our approval, and, they have a right to bring their talent forward. Some of you people need to get a little bit of perspective.

jenni
jenni

I had never watched Genera Hospital until Billy Miller joined the show he is a very talented actor and now I am hooked on the show

shay
shay

I am enjoying him totally. He has brought just a hint of humor much needed. Can’ t wait for the Sam and Jason reality.

Jason
Jason

Today’s episode proves that Billy Miller’s Jason is in fact the real Jason Morgan. If that doesn’t convince you that Jason has return that I don’t know what will!

RealJason
RealJason

Noooooooooooooooo.

That also means that Steve Burton can’t return to the role of Jason. I was actually cite for a two Jason Morgan storyline!

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episodes On ‘Flashback Fridays’ To Help Stretch Out Originals During COVID-19 Shutdown

With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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When a shocked Nurse Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel) exclaimed “Dear lord, the Britch is back,” after seeing none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne with her lab coat hovering around the nurses station at “General Hospital”, you knew things were about to go down on the ABC daytime drama series.

Over the past few weeks, Kelly Thiebaud has been in action on-screen on General Hospital as the the trouble-making, complicated, Britt.   Since returning to the canvas, viewers learned that: Britt has been paroled from her previous crimes, seems to say she believes and actually likes her half-brother, Peter August (Wes Ramsey), has confronted her mutter in jail (Liesl Obrecht played by Kathleen Gati), whom Peter framed, and showed up at Brad’s (Parry Shen) hearing to be there for her bestie, who has been in hot water for the baby switch of Wiley.

But, there have been a lot more intriguing things than even that! Britt is now hitting the sheets with none-other than Julian (William deVry), and also let him know in no uncertain terms she knows his part in the whole Brad cover-up.   But what is her true motive?  We also learned in a run-in at GH, that Neil (Joe Flanigan) and Britt know each other from somewhere.  He is trying to put his finger on just where, but does Britt know? Probably!

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However, the best  and most entertaining moment on soaps last week was when Britt arrived in her lab coat to GH and revealed to both Felix and Liz (Rebecca Herbst) that she had worked hard enough to be able to get her medical license restored … and that Monica (Leslie Charleson) brought her on with a provisional acceptance as a temporary replacement for Dr. Kim Nero as an OBGYN for the hospital. Felix says give it two weeks and she will do something to mess things up.

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Just then, in our favorite scene of the week, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West) happen by, and when Britt, who is Nik’s ex, sees him she saunters over to him and slaps him hard across the face and spits out, “That’s for Spencer.”  She goes on to berate him for how he hurt his son; by letting him believe that his father was dead for three years!  Britt tells Nikolas it would serve him right if Spencer knew spoke to him again.

Next, Elizabeth chimes in and tells Britt to stop acting all high and mighty.  Britt fires back that she is not surprised that Liz, another one of Nik’s ex’s, would defend him.  Britt says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Scene after scene, Kelly Thiebaud has lit up the screen and put the “feisty” back onto the ABC soap opera.  As an actress, Kelly can go from the heavy drama, to the comedic, to the sexy, all with ease.

In the March 30th issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud said of her return:  “Frank Valentini reached out to me the beginning of the year and mentioned that the writers wanted to bring me back for a bit.  I said,’Of course, I will,  I would love nothing more than that!”‘ I just really connect with Britt and have a blast playing her.”

So let us know, have you been enjoying the return of Kelly as Dr. Britt Westbourne, thus far? What do you think Britt is up to? Comment below.

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