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General Hospital's Laura Wright Chats On Roger Howarth, Brandon Barash & The Nurses' Ball!

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On-Air On-Soaps caught with Daytime Emmy winner, Laura Wright (Carly) at the General Hospital 50th anniversary cast photo shoot, and what a day and photo shoot that was featuring many current and returning favorites!

Following the shoot, Laura shared her thoughts with us on some of the hottest topics for GH fans these days including: the status of two of her favorite on-screen guys, Roger Howarth (Todd) and Brandon Barash (Johnny), her sexy new hair-do, how Carly will figure into the Nurses’ Ball, and what is it like for her being part of the legendary General Hospital, as it heads towards its 50th anniversary in just a few weeks!  Here’s what Laura had to say below!

What did you think when you heard that Roger Howarth, who was playing your on-screen love interest, had to temporarily suspend playing Todd on GH due to the legal issues between ABC and General Hospital, and Prospect Park?  As it stands now, Roger will begin taping new episodes of One Life to Live starting next week (for the next four weeks), before he is slated to return to GH.  How this will all ultimately work out, we still don’t know.

LAURA:  Of course I was like, “Oh no!”  But honestly, I just hope for everyone it turns out the way it should be.  I do.   I really hope everyone gets what they want – and that means all parties.  I know what I want.  I hope Roger comes back to GH.  I love working with Roger.  I love the Todd and Carly dynamic and Roger’s funny.  And on the air show the other day, he and Robin Mattson as Heather, were so funny! (Laughs)

Then came the news that your former on-screen flame, Brandon Barash is leaving GH.   What are your thoughts on that?

Courtesy/ABC

LAURA:  He is one of my neighbors – he is two dressing rooms down from me.  I am super sad, because there was always fun stuff to play with Johnny and Carly. But, Brandon made his choice to leave.

You have a very sexy new shorter hair-do!   Did you just decide one day you wanted to cut your hair and have to run it by the powers-that-be at GH?  Clearly, that big scene between AJ (Sean Kanan) and Carly was the turning point a la the scissors on the air show! (Laughs)

LAURA:  In October, I was at an event where our executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati were also there.  I said to them, “What do you think about me cutting my hair?”  I had a picture of me with short hair from long time ago and I said, “Like this!”  Frank said, “Well, we do have a lot of women with long hair on the show.” Then Ron said, “I bet I can write it in!”  And that is how it happened.  When it gotten written into the show, as you saw, it was a major scene, so then I couldn’t back out of it, even if I wanted to do.   I ended up cutting my finger in that scene!  It was kind of crazy, but fun.

We are counting down to the biggest GH celebration of them all, when General Hospital celebrates its 50th anniversary in April.  You play probably the best female character on daytime in Carly.  What do you think about being the actress who plays this integral role on the canvas, in an iconic series that is about to celebrate this incredible milestone?

Courtesy/ABC

LAURA:  I am still shocked and stunned!  I am the luckiest person in the world.  I started my career going on 22 years ago on a little-show-that-could called, Loving.  Then, I was on a show that was on 75 years, Guiding Light.  Now I am on this show, General Hospital as it turns 50!  Every character I have played is great, and Carly is definitely the icing on the cake.  Carly is just a fun character.  With every writer and every producer I have been able to work with as far as Carly, it is so fun.  Right when I think Carly is getting a little to predictable, or where I think, “Wow. She is being awful nice and good,” something will happen and the games start being played.  That is the little thing that makes Carly … Carly!

The big question: Will Carly be a major part of the upcoming Nurses’ Ball?

LAURA:  Yes, stuff happens at the Nurses’ Ball with Carly and one other person.  It gets a little messy, I will say that.  It gets messy!  (Laughs)

I know you are a big soap opera fan, too!   What has it been like being part of the 50th, and seeing these legendary performers all returning from the GH heyday to be part of the on-screen celebration?

LAURA:  Are you kidding?  Frisco (Jack Wagner) and Felicia (Kristina Wagner) … I love it.  Anna is here, and I know Finola Hughes has been here for awhile, but I am still in shock about that every day.  Lucy!  Lynn Herring works her butt off!  She is fantastic and she sells it.  What she has been doing with the Nurses’ Ball … is amazing!

So after our “quickie” chat, do you agree with what Laura’s hopes on the Roger Howarth GH/OLTL crossover situation?  Are you hoping Todd and Carly will get together?  Are you sad that Brandon Barash is leaving Port Charles? What do you think will go down at the Nurses’ Ball that Laura teases to us?  Weigh-in!

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Auotb
Auotb

Luv her & Todd together great chemistry. Unless they get Jax back full time. He brought out Carly’s good side

Patrick
Patrick

SIDEBAR: Maxie Jones – “Finally”…. some serious acting chops.

Kirsten Storms – Lulu and Dante Ultrasound “their” baby.

she wouldn’t look to see her baby…. she looked unhappy… as if appearing to be unmoved…. broke me when Brit asked if they wanted to listen to the heartbeat – camera pans to Maxie….

Tears….

Patrick
Patrick

Oh geez! spoke too soon…. as soon as Lulu and Dante leaves….

she asks Brit to see the baby by herself…

brit – “it changes everything”.

TarlyFan
TarlyFan

Jax is the best thing that had ever happened to Carly but… I think Jax is too good for Carly. She’s a “mess”, as Todd had said. Todd is more compatible with Carly than any other males on the canvas. I hope they will take the TARLY pairing further.

Patrick
Patrick

Carly… god… she’s an enigma…. unto herself….

the character of…. all said actresses who’ve played her have STARred…. big time… haven’t they…. Sarah, Tamara, Laura….

what’s to be said… ? Where’s Bobbi!

Carly and Todd…. this time… i’m not really feeling this two-some… Todd steals the thunder… his antics… his masculinity… his sensuals… his aplomb…

OK i stretch it some… but… I liked Carly w/Johnny…. Carly w/AJ…

Todd is a show unto himself as well…. so…

Patrick
Patrick

Jax completes Carly. Thus far…

jim
jim

I know what goes down at the nurses ball with Carly and that one other person…..Elizabeth! Liz will confront Carly for kissing A.J. and will toss her drink in her face! Its what seems the most likely possibilty from what Laura hinted at.

jim
jim

Love Carly with Todd. R.H. and his one liners make me chuckle…and i need that on some of my recent gloomy days. Im a big fan. As for Brandon we always hate to see a favorite leave, but we wish them well for whatever good choices they make for their career, and then we move on.

Patti
Patti

We love Carly and Todd together too. This couple will go far!

Christine
Christine

or they could have a chocolate fountain a la Sharon and Phyllis on Y&R. 🙂

jim
jim

That would definately make the scene more delicious…especially since im a chocaholic! YUM!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Yeah…she said messy…I want to see that!

chaybay56
chaybay56

I think Jax and Brenda are married and they come back to town and tell Carly and Sonny…so Carly’s ‘messy’ is Brenda…

jim
jim

The messy could be Dr.O and Britt pulling a ‘Carrie’ prank on Sabrina at the nurses ball with Carly somehow caught in it but now with Brenda returning its more likely what you said: Brenda telling Sonny and Carly she and the Jax man are hitched.

Annoyed OLTL fan
Annoyed OLTL fan

It sounds like when she tweeted they would be back, she didn’t actually know. In this interview her statement was less sure, she said she hopes RH would be back. I want the three characters on OLTL, but I understand the actors may not want to switch jobs. I am fine with recasting if it needs to happen.

Tali
Tali

Agree – Don’t care much for Carly & Todd. Like her better with Johnny or Jaxs. Jaxs the most!

Nina
Nina

I agree with you, I am already sick of Todd and Carly, I loved her with Johnny I thought he was more of a bad guy than Todd. Todd needs to go back to OLTL where he belongs.

Christine
Christine

Annoyed OLTL fan, personally I think Laura Wright heard about all the backlash her last interview caused and she chose her words very carefully this time.

That is too bad that an actor cannot say how they feel without getting attacked by rabid so-called “fans.”

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Christine I doubt it was the “Rabid Fans”, More than likely she got reprimanded by ABC and or FV for making comments she shouldn’t have in the first place!

Harry
Harry

She made some idiotic and insensitive comments. Carly and Todd have known each other for 2 hot minutes and Laura Wright says that Carly is the great love of Todd’s life? Has she ever seen Blair with Todd? Now, that was a love story of two star crossed lovers who really understood each other. Carly is shallow, egotistical and immature. I mean, here’s a middle aged woman who calls all the men in her life her BOYFRIENDS! If anyone knows anything about Todd, they would know he would never ever be anyone’s boyfriend.

tarlyfan
tarlyfan

@Harry. Where did LW said Carly is the great love of Todd’s life, in this article? You obviously just want to throw unfound accusation because you can’t handle the fact that Carly IS a better love interest for Todd than your favorite Blair.

Ann
Ann

Hope there’s more Carly/AJ scenes coming up. That’s the couple the show should be featuring because there’s so much history to work with.

jim
jim

Would be something if Carly got pregnant by A.J. again.

Nina
Nina

It would be nice but I do think the actor who plays A.J. is not right for the part, they need someone more into the character. He is one of those actors who does not bring any charisma to the part and I always feel like he is acting the part without any feeling. Most of the times when watching I am in the show when watching most of the characters on GH but when this A.J. comes on I am back in front of the TV watching an actor do his best. I am not saying he is not a good actor because I have seen him in other roles, I just do not think he has embraced this role.

Christine
Christine

While I do like the sexual tension between Todd and Carly, but it makes me wonder just how far they can take these two as a couple.

Anyway, I like the idea of AJ and Carly too because they could be like THE HONEYMOONERS with that love/hate dynamic.

jim
jim

I agree with you. Both pairings kinda reminds me of the old love/hate relationship Monica and Alan had for years. Then there are times id like to see A.J. paired with Dr. Brit and have them scheme against Tracy and id love to see Tracy fight back. Oh, the possibilities!!!

TarlyFan
TarlyFan

There is a great potential with Todd and Carly pairing. Though, I would love to see AJ throwing into the mix for our comic relief. Love Carly with OJ and Tad the other day. The trio scene at metro court was hillarious.

Cathy
Cathy

Not interested in RH, he still doesn’t fit on GH for me. I see Todd on OLTL.

My interest is in Robin a GH VET! I am waiting for Robin to come back and reunite with Patrick and Emma.I want to see them together as a family. Robin deserves to be happy. I don’t like seeing the head writer using Robin and her family with heavy handed writing telling me I am going to love this student nurse. Sorry i don’t love her and I resent characters twisted and rewritten to prop a nurse. Let the character develop on their own not some heavy handed writing to make the doctor look so bad that viewers want the other nurse because she is nice to Emma. Robin suffered enough and Robin went through hell to have Emma and Emma needs her mother Robin not some nurse who is a pet of the head writer. They did this with Kate and I canot stand Kate and Sonny looks stupid just like Patrick does now. They need to work with Kimberly to use her even part time. They work with others like the OLTL people well this is GH and Robin is a GH Vet.That is how I feel. I need to see Robin/Robert back on GH. I hate how the dropped the story, its insulting.

jim
jim

There is not much they can do with Robins story unless K.M. is persuaded back like you say. Not showing her for weeks is terrible but the actress is doing other things? and she only agreed to return for guest appearances when her time permits it. But in the meantime it would be a mistake to leave Patrick without a story. I feel Patrick will fall in love with Sabrina and on their wedding day Robin will finally show up. But will it be the real Robin or a lookalike imposter Dr. Brit hires to break up Patrick and Sabrina. This would allow Kimberly to return part time if she was the imposter but if she would come back full time then she could be the real Robin. Thats how id work things out if i had anything to say about it. I know it might sound dumb the way i suggested but i cant think of a better way for now knowing K.M. situation with the show. I know you said you dont like Kate but what about Connie?lol But you never know about Robin and Robert. He could always bring Robin back during the nurses ball and that would be a much welcome suprise for both you and me.

Cathy
Cathy

So tired of people saying Kimberly isn’t available. Kimberly has been available and it was others in the story who weren’t like TG ..TR said that is why Robert found Robin . FH was directing and then IB was doing Broadway. They stalled story for SBu unexpected leaving and having to wrap things up. Now again for OLTL and PP. Patrick could have had many stories and didn’t need another women for story. Robin and Patrick had that many times and with Leyla and Lisa now with Sabrina and Britt which is Leyla and Lisa2. Patrick could have had drug story and not being able to get over it instead of a drug addiction that lasted 2 weeks. He could have been used by Britt who knew where Robin was all the time. They didn;t need Kimberly for that either. He doesn’t need (or Emma for that matter) to be in a high school story and sorry but no makeover makes a person more adult nor does someone speaking up to Pip. How juvenile. I said recurring and they did it with OLTL people. FV mentioned working with Kimberly to do GH and yet they had to stall for the PP and OLTL people Robin is a GH vet and deserved to have her story done. No one knows if Jaosn Thompson has plans to leave. Maybe he like others isn’t really staying when his contract is up. He had signed before FV took over. He might want out like other GH characters. And just because JT said he is staying doesn’t mean he is. Look at BB and JMB who said they were staying. FV won’t let them say the truth to let story out.I don’t want Robins child with another women. All GH mothers have their children and Robin is alive and deserves her child. Emma has a mommy Robin.Those are my feelings

Cathy
Cathy

I don’t like Kate or Connie because just like Sabrina, she was propped and shoved EVERYDAY down my throat. I don’t drink head writers kool aid and I resent Patrick being rewritten to prop a story like Sonny was to prop Kate/Connie.

AND a BIG NO to Patrick near the child nurse with any marriage. Sorry but Robin is alive and she deserves her husband and child. Robin should have gotten her HEA with Patrck and Emma on her birthday trips. If JT was staying for a long time then he could have come back as another character. Robin is the GHH legacy and deserved better as did viewers like myself who grew up with her. There is no way Patrick would be with anyone like that just because RC made Britt so evil so people would like his pet Sabrina and used everything he could to hand over Robin’s life to a newbie pet studet nurse of the head writer.

Nina
Nina

I agree, what a great story if Sabrina walked into the Nurse’s Ball after having a great makeover by Elizabeth and then finding that Patrick is drawn to the new Sabrina until at the end of the Nurse’s Ball Robin walks in and see’s them then walks away disgusted and files for divorce and full custody of Emma, what a great story that would make and it need only be short visits by Kimberly while the divorce is in progress.

Gillian
Gillian

I love Robin but I respect the actress’s decision to branch out. It isn’t the storyline I would have hoped for, but thankfully FV & RC were able to convince KMC to stay on rather than killing the character or recasting. I know that Patrick & Robin are end game and will be patient. I know that Sabrina will not replace Robin ans don’t see her and Patrick as a couple. Love Laura as Carly and can’t wait for RW’s return. What about ME and KA? I hope they get what they want & are able to work where they want. 😉

jim
jim

Agree!

Ces
Ces

well considering that Kimberly McCullough can’t commit to GH long term really screws up Patrick’s love life!! I actually quite like Sabrina and Patrick together and at least she wants to stick with the show.

jim
jim

I havent heared this Cathy say one positive thing about the show which is doing positive things to stay on the air and the ratings prove it. I may not like or dislike everything but im still grateful GH is still with us and we have FV and RC to thank for that. And if they were so bad then why do many of us fans feel the show is sooo goood? and Ces i agree with your response.

Nancy
Nancy

Really do not care about your stupid interests Cathy. The writers are the best and your opinions are in the minority. Not only that get over Robin, again your knowledge of facts is idiotic, she does not want to come back for good.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

Cathy,

There’s nothing that can be done unless Kim decides to come back. I don’t like the results, despite respecting her choice-I think she’s holding GH hostage to a degree, but it MUST be her choice to return

jim
jim

WE r in agreement here.

jim
jim

I agree with much you say…i do like Robin with Patrick. Its not going to happen my way. Its only a suggestion. As for K.M. i only repeat what ive read and that doesnt always mean i believe it. No matter what i like or dislike i have no control over the story, the people behind the scenes or the actors decision to stay or quit. I was only making harmless suggestions and wasnt in total disagreement with you. I almost feel like your taking your anger about the show out on me. I hope thats not the case. I try to respect all opinions.

Ces
Ces

Thanks Jim!
Not sure why Cathy comes on this thread if she doesn’t like anything about the show. I love it … may not agree with some stuff but it keeps me happily entertained everyday and I’d be super sad if it wasn’t here for me to watch!!
GH is awesome with a fabulous cast 🙂

Jamie
Jamie

I want Todd back on OLTL where he belongs.

mika
mika

Love Roger on GH – Tarly is awesome and Laura is great!

Harry
Harry

You might love RH on GH, but that clown with his tail between his legs, bowing down at the alter of that big assed monster named Carly is NOT Todd.

Barbara t loves One life to live
Barbara t loves One life to live

I want Todd to go back to One Life To Live and be with Blair, But I don’t think that Carly has a big ass.

tarlyfan
tarlyfan

@Harry. If you can’t handle Todd loving Carly then don’t watch the show. What’d you expect? Todd being in PC with no love interest and no purpose? Get a life, dude, instead of calling some with names. Or better yet, go see a shrink!

su0000
su0000

Todd and Carly are very electric/sparks and fire, more-so than Todd and Blair, for sure..

After Todd being with and loving Carly, putting Todd back with Blair would be dull dull dull and nothing more than a ‘been there done that yawn ..

Todd is in love with Carly, not Blair 🙂
(people and time moves on ..

Kat
Kat

Todd is not in love with Carly. Todd is crawling through life without the woman he truly loves, Blair. lol

jim
jim

I see in Carly a little bit of that love you one minute/hate you the next that Blair felt for Todd, and i feel Todd sees that in Carly and thats what attracts him to her…a replication of his first love Blair whom he cant have at the moment because like Carly shes in denial that she cant get him out of her system no matter how hard she tries and feels about him at the moment.

jim
jim

I agree 100%. Johnny is gone and i dont think Jax is returning full time. Jax might have moved on with Brenda and Carly should move on too—with Todd! You can tell when Carly is in love with Todd when they are in scenes together but she is afraid to admit it because of his lies-but then shes never always been a saint herself.

Kat
Kat

Carly does not belong with Todd or vice versa. Their personalities would kill each other. No good. They need to be challenged by people who make them better people. Jax does that for Carly, CarJax are soulmates. I’m glad Jax is coming back to “get messy” with her, and I hope it leads to a CarJax reunion.

Blair does that for Todd, TnB are soulmates. Kassie and Roger’s chemistry is off the charts and I can’t wait to see them playing that chemistry up again on the show that made them a supercouple for the ages, so please lets get the right pairings back the way they should be.

I’m SO glad Roger chose to come back to OLTL, where Todd belongs… with the woman who is his ONE true love Blair, THEIR kids, HIS sister and the rest of his FAMILY. I hope Roger/Todd stays on OL and never comes back to GH (and by the sound of it, LW isn’t even sure he’ll be back to GH) 😉

west vorgina fan
west vorgina fan

Blair is not a better person that brings Todd up–think of her relationships with Asa, Max (whom she shot), pushing Tea out of a window–no she didn’t start out as a rapist on the show, but she has also never particularly shown remorse for most of what she has done (unlike Todd–and for that matter many of Todd’s later sins were by Victor (selling Sam, romancing “his” rape vicitm, etc.). I like the dynamic of Todd and Carly being drawn to each other because neither of them is in a position to judge the other, which their “reformers” always were (jax, even Tea at some level, although again, she was mostly involved with todd two). Maybe when people can relax from people judging them they have a chance to grow.
in any cases carly and todd are a hell of a lot funnier than they have been with any other characteres and I like that lightness and that sense of absurdity that they bring to each other.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Selling Sam??? He sold Sam HUH?

Jaesun
Jaesun

Roger Howarth is only shooting One Life for four weeks and then he is returning to General Hospital according to Erika Slezak (Viki Lord). Mr. Howarth wants to stay on General Hospital. He’s doing the old show a favor by helping them launch but he is not staying long.

Todd works better on General Hospital. He has a shot at redemption. In Llanview many people still see him as the guy who raped Marty Saybrooke. In Port Charles he’s got a media empire, a new woman, the only one of his kids that speaks to him, and a shot a new life with new challenges. If anything, One Life should bring back Victor Lord, Jr. whether he’s played by Trevor St. John or a recast. Allow him to head the Manning family in Llanview whilst Todd is in Port Charles.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Well you guys will get to know that character of Vic Jr real well when he ((RH)) goes back to GH

Sue
Sue

The entire cast of OLTL is only shooting for 4 weeks! That is the schedule – 4/5 weeks shooting 4/5 week break while AMC shoots. People are in for a shock if they think Roger is staying on GH as TM. He is only returning briefly to finish up his ABC contract.

Joliefan Forever
Joliefan Forever

Thank you Sue!! Since RH wants to go back to GH and Good riddance they can have him however they will not get TM.

Jaesun
Jaesun

Not to sound argumentative but the deal has already been made between Prospect Park and ABC, confirmed by Roger Howarth’s management team. He will film four weeks only at One Life to Live and then return to General Hospital as Todd Manning.

chaybay56
chaybay56

agree

olivia
olivia

Euh..Hello Roger Howarth only comes back on the OLTL web version for 4 freaking weeks after that he comes back on GH ! Scoop for you it seems but it is what it is..lol

Terry
Terry

Best female in daytime? Sorry, Carly doesn’t even make the top ten. Carly’s best writing happened with SJB in the role and that was a long, long time ago.

Susie
Susie

I loved SJB. Wish they would bring her back as Carly

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I’d rather see her return as Claudia…

Cartini
Cartini

i think the best stories for Carly were when Tamara Braun was in the role. A softer, more complex character came forward with Tamara. She had great partners and stories with Zander, Rick, Sonny and Jax ! Jax and Carly during Tamara’s run was one of the best couples to ever hit POrt Charles…

Kim
Kim

i love Todd and Carly

tasneem
tasneem

As much as I loved Sonny and Carly together I believe the two have grown maturally and great apart. Gonna miss Johnny but I see portential between Carly and Todd. Michael can u please see if u can get an interview with Roger is publicity shy but we love him esp me I love Carly and Todd they are both schemers and yesterday it proved to me Carly when she told Starr she wanted to move on from Todd she couldn’t deny that she loved him and she didn’t say she hated him either. Thanks for the scoop with Laura. Can’t wait to see the Nurses Ball esp with all the drama

lisa
lisa

Love Carly with Todd.

Tom D.
Tom D.

Todd needs to be on OLTL with Blair where he belongs. I kind of like Carly/AJ

moose
moose

agree 100%

Aria
Aria

Loving Laura’s new hair cut, and while Todd’s away I would love it if she got into it with A J just to mix it up with him and Elizabeth I love it when these two gals don’t get along they re fun to watch.

Ces
Ces

Me TOO!! Her and Sean have great chemistry too 🙂

moose
moose

yes lw & sk do much better together and far more believable than she & rh

jim
jim

I agree. i see a fight coming between Carly and Liz over A.J. and i think theyll confront each other at the nurses ball.

olivia
olivia

Carly and Aj work as frienemies, bickering co-parents not lovers ! Come on get real please, as a couple they would be just awful mark my words, you don’t want to see that on screen, seeing them bicker and fight is fun seeing sexing up and playing loving angst would be boring and awkward. End of story.

jim
jim

OLIVIA, A fight between Liz and Carly over Carly using A.J. is what i meant!

jim
jim

Will GHs 50th air April 1? The recent episode interupted by ABC to announce the new Pope aired the next day so i wondered if that will delay the 50th anniversary by one day?

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Just got that exact announcement Jim!

jim
jim

Thanks. I was already on the edge of my seat waiting in suspense for the 50th to air, and now ive fallen to the floor having to wait another day. But im certain itll all be worth it.

heidi
heidi

Thanks Michael!!!

Laura Wright is my favorite female actress on GH with a close second in Kirsten Storms! I love the character of Carly… especially since Laura has been playing her! I so wish she would get back with Jax… but if not Jax I am starting to really like the pairing of Carly and Todd… only if it is Roger Howarth or possibly if it were Trevor St John… if they can’t have RH back and TSJ doesn’t go back to OLTL. I had always hoped that SB would some be changed over to Jason Quartermaine again and he could have ended up with Laura’s Carly… because if she ever had to lose her best friend in Jason Morgan I had hoped she could be Jason Q’s love interest. I love their chemistry!

I am happy she has stuff to do with the Nurses Ball… she should since it is in her hotel. Carly is one of the characters that can play with all of the characters at any given point. It’s fun to hear who she loves having back from the day.

It would be great if you Michael could do some video interviews with all or many of the GH actors to get there take on being on GH and celebrating the 50th. Not unlike what Y&R is doing for their anniversary! You could still get them…right? ABC or Soapnet missed the boat by not having you do some fun clips with the cast!

olivia
olivia

I like Laura Wright/Carly with Roger Howarth/Todd, to me they have great chemistry and while i like Trevor St John as Todd too to write that he will be good with Laura/Carly is kind of ridiculous since we never saw them together on-screen..please..if one day Trevor comes on GH and interact with Laura we will see if they work together but since then you just DON’T KNOW.

Joshua
Joshua

How is Carly the best female character on TV? She’s been fast-forward material for the better part of the past seven years.

Renee
Renee

I am wondering because there still has been no word about KA and ME coming onto OLTL or returning to GH. Really nothing for sure that RH is returning to GH either, well at least not as the characters they are portraying now.

olivia
olivia

it is already said RH comes back as Todd on GH after his OLTL guest !

Cathy
Cathy

Todd Manning belongs on OLTL where his character has been a linchpin for 20 years. All Todd’s meaningful ties & history are back in Llanview. I hope Roger is able to stay on OL, the show that put him on the map, but no matter what, Todd belongs there.

moose
moose

so true

Edna Barefoot
Edna Barefoot

I love Carly & Todd together. Johnny not so much. We need Todd on OLTL but also on GH. I hope he will go back & forth. Whatever happens at the Nurses Ball with Carly I hope it has something to do with Todd. I like the funny Todd. Thanks Michael for the article.

jim
jim

I think Carlys going to have a fight with Elizabeth at the nurses ball over Carlys involvement with A.J. but it would be nice if Todd shows up and with an engagement ring for Carly.

olivia
olivia

He will not be there, at this time he will be on OLTL Lanview city you know..lol

redheart
redheart

Carly the best female character in daytime? Hardly. She’s been a one-dimensional shrew for years who emasculates any man she’s paired with, and Codd are a laughable farce that wastes and ruins the iconic character of Todd Manning. Run back to Llanview, Todd. Don’t walk.

Susie
Susie

I am excited to see Todd back where he belongs in Llanview. The character of Todd is far more important to OLTL then GH. Keep Laura, Scotty and build GH families back up. Most importantly bring back NED full time

Jackie
Jackie

I LOVE Todd and Carly, and I hope we get more of them. I’m a big OLTL and GH fan, and I think he’s at home on GH!!

jim
jim

Me too. I agree with all you said!

Jenn
Jenn

Couldn’t agree more!

moose
moose

carlys better with AJ

krktoday
krktoday

I want Roger and Michael back now. Both shows need them equally but I want them on GH. Laura didn’t tell us nothing we didn’t already know.. They probably don’t know anymore than we do. I read in Soaps In Depth today Kirsten was still waiting to hear from PP and Michael said he wasn’t going to OLTL and everything else was up in the air and Roger only agreed to 4 weeks. The mag. went to print awhile before I read it so who knows what is going on. We will maybe know more Monday when they are suppose to show up for work. If PP isn’t going to use Kirsten but doesn’t want her on GH that is certainly a terrible thing to do to the actress.

Margie
Margie

Gosh. Every time I read LW tweets or interviewsI like her a litte less.

Only Carly could emasculate Todd Manning so thoroughly. Go home, Todd.

Margie
Margie

Every time I read LW tweets or interviews I like her a litte less.

Christine
Christine

Ouch! Boy is it cold in this thread.

olivia
olivia

LOL

Ces
Ces

I just LOVE Laura Wright!!! She is a class act and so down-to-earth about her love for the show. She really roots for GH and I find that totally refreshing!!! I absolutely LOVE Carly with Todd! The scenes between her, Roger & Sean Kanan were great fun!! I love her with Roger but wow… I also love her chemistry with Sean Kanan!! I just want Roger back on GH full time – he’s just an extraordinary talent and has so much screen presence – love him!!! Love them.

MrsJVD
MrsJVD

Roger Howarth as Todd Manning belong on OLTL. This whole GH stint has been the most annoying nonsense I’ve ever had the displeasure of witnessing. We got another dead baby lie, Todd keeping Johnny being the killer of his grandchild a secret to cover for that drivel. The Todd Manning that I know and enjoy watching would have never let Johnny get away with that, no matter the cost to himself. And now suddenly in the last few weeks, he and Carly fell madly in love and he can’t live without her. GMAB!

Roger Howarth please grab your Todd Manning gear and run, don’t walk back to OLTL and never look back on Port Chuckles!

olivia
olivia

Actually Johnny did not get away with his ‘evil’ deed, he is in jail right now ! On the other hand Todd got away with it and i love Todd but it is what happened..

GiGi
GiGi

Todd and Carly are boring as all hell. Their time has come and gone. Time to move onto Carly and AJ. They have so much chemistry and potential. I love how much fun they are. Also like that AJ tells Carly how it is and doesn’t kiss her ass 24/7. Those two would set PC on fire Todd need to find his balls and go home. AJ and Carly need to happen. They bring the sass GH really needs!!!

moose
moose

yep well said like carly & aj they are much more entertaining to watch then carly and todd

olivia
olivia

They work as frienemies, that is all, they are fun at insulting each others..doesn’t make a relationship, even a dysfunctional one please..eyeroll..

Jenn
Jenn

I love LW! She seems so honest and doesn’t try to play to any fanbases. She always comes off as very professional. I can certainly tell why Mr. Fairman enjoys interviewing her.

I adore Todd and Carly together and can’t wait to see more of their story on GH! Roger and Laura have such great chemistry and the characters work. I think they are each other’s best pairing. Plus they just look adorable together.

moose
moose

rh worked best with kdp blair… he shone best with her thur the past decades she was his best match… carly forced so laughably fake don’t feel with them

Jenn
Jenn

Your post is laughably sad. Please find something better to do with your time.

moose
moose

can’t handle the truth i see and u should take your own advice

tarlyfan
tarlyfan

I don’t see the chemistry in Blair and Todd. KDP looks too old for RH, she must be at least 5 years older if not more. KDP can’t act. Her crying scenes are so fake, those tears are just eye drops which you can tell because they smeared all over her face. KDP can’t hold on her own. Fact is, none of her pairing got raves except with RH. I guess that is because she was riding his tailcoat. RH is a great actor
Carly and Todd are amazing. LW is about the same age range with RH. LW can cry on cue. Carly can hold on her own. Her pairing with Maurice (Sonny) and Jax (Ingo) are great. Both those pairing got lots of fans. But Carly and Todd is the perfect pairing. Both LW and RH got emmy to prove that they are equally talented, no need to ride on anyones tailcoat.
Recent poll has indicated that Tarly pairing has more votes than TB. That speaks volume because Tarly has been together for only a few months while TB got over decades of togetherness.

tarlyfan
tarlyfan

@Jenn. totally agree with you. This is the best pairing for both characters. Todd and Carly are so adorable together. I love how he loves her, just so tenderly and so real. Can’t wait to see how he will win her trust again when he’s back in PC.

moose
moose

tarly are the worst forced couple shoved down our throats so forced and laughably fake.. no history they would like it to work but it never will… todd won’t be back on gh so that story’s dead thank god…Carlys better off with jax or aj… lw acting with either of them (aj & or jax) is far more believable and better to watch
to see real watch kdp and rh t&b go back to 94, 2001, 2011, 2013 their magic together its still strong it why t&b are a super couple that have lasted for decades. t & b never fades all the way todd will always love blair & only blair their story continues on one life to live revamped 4/29/13

Rose
Rose

Love Todd and Carly! Hope Todd returns very soon. I’m going to be in a funk without him. Love Laura with anyone on screen but roger gives a little extra to those scenes that is right up my alley.

moose
moose

todd belongs with blair kassie his chemistry and history is with Blair… carly and todd rh & lw make me sick wanna puke so fake, forced and thrown down our throats disrespect to long time decade avid watchers of OLTL and who actually know understand t & b history there is on one else for him but blair

olivia
olivia

we get it Moose you want Todd with Blair..we GET IT.

Patti
Patti

Give Carly and Todd a chance. So much better then Goody Blair. Blair is to good now.

tarlyfan
tarlyfan

@olivia. LOL. your comment is so funny.

Patti
Patti

Agreed. Roger and Laura are wonderful together. Explosive!

su0000
su0000

Time for people get their heads out of the clouds;
Todd/RH was gone from OL for 8 years, OLTL it is not his forever thing..
When he was back, not that long, he and Blair were always a mess and Blair fell in love Tomas and is engaged to marry him..
People, soap couples do not stay together..
Todd and Blair now, again, would be the same old carp and not all that great..
BOTH have fallen in love with others..
And Todd and Carly are fresh, new stories, and hot together..
After seeing Todd with Carly to see him with Blair would be total same old crap yuck .. lol

Christine
Christine

su0000, remember that there are those that cannot even separate C-H-A-R-A-C-T-E-R from A-C-T-O-R. It’s crazy, isn’t it?

I think your posts are falling on deaf ears … except mine. I get it. 🙂

olivia
olivia

YEP it is kind of disturbing..isn’t it ? It is ‘stans’ for you..Todd can be with Carly then Blair then Craly then Blair..it is a soap for pete’s sake ! Couples doesn’t stay together forever how boring that would be of course they can come back together then split up and the cycle is endless but it is soaps that’s all.

Pam K
Pam K

On Prospect Park’s tweet account @toln several days ago printed that Roger Howarth had signed with them. No 4 week time period was mentioned. Odd phasing for a supposedly temporary arrangement. The possibility of Todd going home, building relationships with his children and his one TRUE love would be breathtaking to watch. We could be spared this sniveling, drooling twerp that the GH Todd has become. I am sorry but Tarly is awkward, contrived and nauseating to watch. And it might be that RH feels the same way.

redheart
redheart

I totally agree. I would be thrilled if he never returned to GH.

moose
moose

same here RH is forever OLTL its where he made his mark was noted & made the name todd manning iconic because of his work on OLTL

jc
jc

Todd/Roger belongs in Lanview. Every time he says I love you to Carly it sounds so unbelievable, it’s like Roger is phoning in his scenes. Youtube his hospital scenes w/Blair you will see the difference. FV & RC only want Roger as the town clown and aren’t utilizing this talented actor like they should. Todd needs to go back to Blair & the kids, his character would never had stopped fighting for them.

moose
moose

here here RH does not fit in with or does not belong on GH. put him back where he belongs with his one true babe Kassie Blair Cramer OLTL all the way

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I love everything about Laura Wright and her portrayal as Carly. Fell in love when she was Cassie on GH, but now love her as Carly on GH. And her cut is very Cassie circa ’04. And it’s cute on her! I cannot wait to see how her character expands within the year.

K.R.
K.R.

I LUV Todd!!!! His chemistry is off the charts…with everyone! He is hilarious. His ad-libs are great. Loved him with Starr today! Will miss that relationship. I, too, hope “it” works out for everyone to stay on #GH. That includes Kristen Alderson and Michael Easton. Can’t wait for this whole Prospect Park mess to get worked out.

Blake
Blake

She had her hair cut like that for the first time when she was on Guiding Light, I think that’s what she’s referring to. I remember her getting it cut on the show, it was when Cassie was with Edmund, and Jeffrey was coming on the show.

Denise
Denise

Oh no!!! I love Brandon Barash. Except for Michael Easton, he was my favorite guy on GH. If my OLTL men leave GH for good, so will I. Brandon was the only one keeping me there otherwise.

Alley
Alley

In my book, Jax is the right man for Carly. As for Todd…I love the character but he has been dumb downed on GH. I sincerely hope Todd stays in Llanview where both his family and his true love reside.

Carly, the best female character in daytime right now? No, just no. I’d pick Anna Devane as I only watch GH. And I’m sure Y&R, B&B and Days fans have some better choices as well.

Carly’s haircut? Not flattering or sexy, but when it’s longer, LW has some glorious hair.

olivia
olivia

Yep i love Sami Brady right now for example on Days, she is finally written in character after years of BS and there are other great female soap characters on all soaps although i like Carly on GH most of the time but even on this soap there are other good female characters like Anna, Liz, Lucy ect..

Tracey
Tracey

I am so loving Tarly very much I hope things work out myself I don’t want to see another Sharly happen just give the fans this one so glad Todd moving on

TarlyFan
TarlyFan

I love the pairing of Todd and Carly. RH and LW have amazing chemistry together. If given proper storylines, they could surpass Luke & Laura, IMHO. Hope RH will come back to GH, regardless which character he would portray.

Denise
Denise

Carly dresses beautifully hats off to whoever picks her clothes

Linda
Linda

I am sorry to see BB leave but wish him well in his new career. He was the perfect young “gangster” on GH. I hope to see more of the Carly-Todd-AJ triangle. It was hilarious when Todd laughed at AJ and Carly kiss as he knew she was faking. I hope RH gets to come back as Todd as he is good with Carly. She and RH and MB are the best actors on GH. I would also like to see Carly and AJ as a “couple” at the nurses ball and hope that is in the works. I wonder who the mysterious Quartermaine heir is–could this be Rafe. I am looking forward to seeing Audrey return for the 50th anniversary as I remember her from watching GH during the late 60’s and 70’s.

tarlyfan
tarlyfan

For comic relief, I’d like to see Todd-Carly-AJ triangle. For suspense and tension, I think Todd-Carly-Sonny triangle would be awesome. For romance, I think Todd-Carly-Jax would be it. Whichever triangle GH wants to bring for Todd and Carly pairing, I’m sure these two will hit it out of the park. I love love Tarly.
the missing Quartermaine heir is Franco’s teenage daughter, Lauren. I believe she will hit town in the summer.

Rainy
Rainy

The only man I have ever liked Carly with is Jax. I would have loved to have seen them in a longer relationship without any other man in the picture. Their chemistry is hot!

Jason
Jason

I definitely hope Todd (Roger) will be back, and it’s cool to hear from Laura Wright on various matters concerning GH.

Carolyn
Carolyn

I really can’t imagine Todd as anyone else and he must be with Carly. Also Starr should be coming back to Michael and Jon to Sam. Come on peeps lets get this right.

joy mittelstadt
joy mittelstadt

Upon first hearing that Roger Howarth was joining the cast at GH, I was filled with dread…it had been many years since I saw him on OLTL. His joining the existing cast at GH,though, has made the show even better. He is really a super character, from having very high entertainment value (i.e. his humor, etc)

joy mittelstadt
joy mittelstadt

to his infrequent but meaningful admissions of imperfection. I agree with Ms. Wright, I hope he is able to return and enjoy a good career at GH — though with the caveat that he not replace any of the other characters!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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Kimberly McCullough Directs Episode Of ‘The Conners’; Shares Pics From Show Night

As fans of director and actress Kimberly McCullough know, earlier this week she announced that she would be directing an episode of the the re=branded and renamed ‘Rosanne-less’ series, The Conners.  She originally shared the news of getting the nod to direct the hit comedy sitcom with a photo of the famous Conner kitchen with the words “Yup”.

However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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