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General Hospital's Laura Wright Weighs-In On The Future Of The Carly/Todd Relationship!

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General Hospital’s Todd Manning is in hot water these days in Port Charles!  After finally kick-starting a romance with Carly Corinthos Jax, Todd’s machinations in the baby switch plot with Heather Webber, and the heartache it caused Sam and Jason, has finally come to the attention of Carly and she is devastated when Todd admits what he did.

However in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Daytime Emmy winner Laura Wright (Carly) discusses the future of the relationship between Todd (Roger Howarth) and Carly, and from what we can discern, this dynamic duo could be in each other’s orbit for the long haul!

Wright revealed, “The relationship with Todd, in my opinion, and I’m pretty sure Roger as well, is a big deal!  Roger and I talked to the writers at the GH Christmas Party about how, yes, Blair and Todd are wonderful and Sonny and Carly have their history, but there is something about Carly/Todd that is whole new world.  For these two characters what’s happened between them is extremely emotional, realizing that they have fallen in love with someone and they thought it could be forever and now that’s messed up and it’s very difficult.”

As angry as Carly is at this point with Todd, Wright points out that deep down, Carly does not want Todd out of her life citing: “In her heart, she wants him to try and win her back and tell her that she’s the most important thing in his world and he will do whatever it takes to fix it. I have a feeling that writers are going to be forced into it.  (Laughs) I am telling you once all these scenes air the fans are going to go nuts!”

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So soapers, are you on-board for a full steam ahead complicated, sexy, dramatic, and fun love story between Carly and Todd?  Let us know!

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redcaper
redcaper

As a Huge Todd fan and a long time GH viewer. Todd and Carly is not something I want to see. So many other things they can do with Todd. Not happy about this.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Totally Agree!

Denise
Denise

Agree 100 percent

mary
mary

I am a BIG Todd and Roger Howarth fan. I like Todd and Carly, and I like Todd on GH. I haved both OLTL and GH for more than 30 years. I will watch Todd wherever he isbut I like him more on GH

Christy
Christy

oh, me too! I’ve been watching since they started… since I was just a widdle kid! 😉 always loved todd – except for the old rape stuff, of course! And I really really like him on GH and with Carly. Did you watch Roger when he was on Prey years ago? I still have it on VHS!

Melissa Miller
Melissa Miller

Right on!

Jay
Jay

Viewers will never 100 % agree with a pairing of characters (poor writers) . I personally LOVE the Todd and Carly Together. I’ve never seen Carly look vulnerable /nervous around a male character as she does with Todd. Carly inspires Todd to be a better man (he admitted he doesn’t want to disappoint her ) I really hope they find their way back to each other.

Gayle
Gayle

I’m enjoying the two of them together!

Kelly Ryan
Kelly Ryan

WHO IS LAURA WRIGHT?

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Laura is one of very favorites and has chemistry woth a doorknob, and I love Roger H. Also but I still want Todd and Blair to find a way to make it work. They share children, history and love. Carly needs a new man or bring back Jax.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

I have to agree with this post also.

Denise
Denise

I totally agree.. Todd and Blair are Soulmate and belng together.. They have a 2decade Lovestory that is magical. Kassie and Roger are Awesome together as Todd and Blair and they deserve to be reunited. We were promised The Mannings on GH, we tuned in and we support GH.. Blair is the one true love and only friend that Todd has ever had/wanted/needed.
Carly belongs with Jax or Sonny.

Kelly Ryan
Kelly Ryan

WHO IS THIS CARLY?

mary
mary

I am tired of Todd and Blair. I like Todd and Carly and Blair needss someone new

Cath
Cath

This Carly & Todd thing is utter crap & I’ll be glad when they’ll both move on to better storylines. They’ve contrived a friendship and then a romance between those two characters from day one. Yes the actors have good chemistry together but the writing has to back it up or else it’s just out of character crap.

What do they really know about each other? Does Carly even know about everything Todd has done in the past? We all know she’s pretty much dabbled in everything shady but any woman would think twice before getting involved with a rapist, let alone one who led a gang rape. I also don’t buy that she’d take Todd back after everything he did to her precious Jason. If there’s one defining character trait that all the versions of Carly have had over the years, it’s their steadfast loyalty to Jason.

And I can’t even begin to tell you how out of character Todd has been portrayed in this relationship. Todd has had intimacy issues since the gang rape & just because he’s been tortured for 8 years, should not make those issues magically disappear. If anything, it should make him even more skittish. Blair taught him how to be intimate with someone again after Marty’s rape & it took Todd no less than 5 years before he could sleep with Tea. He’s known Carly for less than a year & already he’s taken her to bed? So out of character it’s painful to watch.

So no, I don’t want to be subjected to one more minute of this dreck.

Addy DeWitt
Addy DeWitt

I agree with your every word. Todd is a complex and dark character while Carly is just a shallow and selfish aging valley girl. In her presence, Todd starts to become mundane and uninteresting swallowed up the great big as, er, abyss that is is Carly. Moreover, they have NO chemistry–terrible couple, just terrible.

Denise
Denise

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Todd needs/craves Blair.. Blair and Todd belong together and will be reunited.. let’s not even compare this “Forced Codd” friendship to wht ToddnBlair share for almost 20years.

kelly
kelly

I watched just a little bit and the actress who plays Carly seemed to push herself on that poor man who plays Todd. Is it just me or was there zero chemistry? It seemed like that actress was all over him. I couldn’t watch it. When I used to watch this show, there was a real pretty actress with brown hair that I thought was “Carly”. She had a softer side but was strong too. This actress with Todd comes across as a hard, thick skinned person. I thought Carly was a mom, unless I must have the wrong show. This can’t be the same one.

B.J.
B.J.

I so share your feelings… absolute dreck! 🙁

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I actually liked them as friends. Not liking the ‘romance’ or anything about them since Tomas went ‘missing’…

redcaper
redcaper

I agree with EVERY WORD.

Margie
Margie

No! Hate Carly.

curacaoman
curacaoman

The chemistry between Laura and Roger is amazing. I just wish he was playing another character.

Morgan Farantino Clark
Morgan Farantino Clark

I co-sign period.
AMAZINGGGGGGG chem for todd gorgeous self! what a BEAUTIFUL man the voice the swag,the bod,the whole AURA of bad boy”deep deeeep way deeep down”GREAT guy! mr.manning i love u! and we love u 2 at SOAP ACTRESS SPOTLIGHT on soaps.
i love how he say to the gorgeous,very extreme-talent LAURA WRIGHT he go on friday and thur epie: I just didn’t want to die,at that moment,i just wanted to b with u carly i just did NOT ! want to “LOSE you”…….the one tear she drop,i love her cry-on-cue what a great actor,and realistic actress,she make me adore her and todd too!
even if the OTHER Tall lovely blonde BLAIR might b todd soulmate sure,but right now i am NOT WANTING THEM AT ALL thank GOD!
we have new writers,whose exploring todd and carly i LOVE each minute the two kiss look at each other.1 OF THE BEST”SLOW build up to the slower love making scenes last week on new years i just love them!

Kim
Kim

I love the sound of this 🙂

Kim
Kim

i love Todd and Carly

Yvonne
Yvonne

I can’t wait! Todd / Carly & Lante are the only two couples I am really enjoying! Fabulous chemistry. I am so happy to find out the story continues. Now if Ron would give me more Elizabeth and AJ I would be a happy GH fan!! 🙂

Bonnie
Bonnie

Do you think that Liz and AJ should be a couple?? I thought of that but was not sure. AJ seems so cold.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I am not sure about Liz and AJ…maybe if we see them start as friends. Bonnie, I think AJ is a bit ‘cold’ and distant too. I hope that is intentional and he will ‘warm up’ after a bit.

Mendi
Mendi

I believe it would be nice to see someone treat Liz as badly as she treated Lucky…. AJ would be the man for that job, imo.

Caroline
Caroline

I like LW’s Carly, but I like them much better as friends than as lovers. I just don’t see a romantic chemistry between them. I adored Todd and Blair, and I would be thrilled to see them as a couple again.

Anthony
Anthony

OMG PLEASE DONT MAKE ME HURL NO WAY NO WAY UGH!!! I TOTALLY DONT agree about ms Wrights opinion of Todd and Carly. They are BORING together i usually watch a few minutes then ff those scenes. The pairing is VERY FORCED and even though Mr. Howarth has chemistry with a almost everyone i TOTALLY dont see it with these two. i certainly dont find them sexy or fun and considering just two weeks ago todd was jumping for joy that blair is not with tomas anymore and we know he still loves blair these two for me are MORE forced down my throat then ever. I hope that the victor is alive is finally setteled so we and todd find out he didnt kill his brother. That is the one point that is keeping todd and blair apart. For me the character of carly USED to be a kickass strong women but lately she has(as well as todd) been watered down to a mess who doesnt know when someone is lying to her face???come on where is the carly of years ago who would kick the ass of any man who lied to her.The only hope i have for all this is when PP happens and OLTL is brought back Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson go back home to llanview where they have family interactions and are not written OOC PLEASE SOAP GODS FREE TODD MANNING!

Denise
Denise

Agreed.

Janice
Janice

agreed

Andrea
Andrea

YES!!!!!! Best Daytme pairing in a lot of years!!!!! Luv luv luv Tarly! LW and Roger are a goldmine!

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

agree!!
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currygirl
currygirl

Agree two

Addy DeWitt
Addy DeWitt

Tarly? Oh how absurd. Carly has such a huge butt that it eclipses the sun as well as Todd. And why does she insist on wearing the most unflattering jeans 24/7 which only accent her gigantic butt? She is physically out of proportion with Todd.

Jessica
Jessica

Can’t you STFU about Carly’s huge ass? What is your problem? I am not a fan of LW and I think Carly is disgusting as a character, and I despise Todd and Carly, but for Christ’s sake, your constant, tedious and repetitive comments about a perfectly normal ass on a perfectly normal person are just fucked up. I mean, FUCKED UP. Every single blog you write has nasty comments about LW’s ass. Would you be happier if she had an eating disorder? Give it a fucking rest and confine your piss-poor writing to content and acting instead of physical attributes, which have zero to do with anything. I know you must be miserable in bumblefuck Wisconsin, teaching communications to a bunch of community college students, but don’t take it out on Carly’s ass. JESUS.

Mocha
Mocha

I guess people with nothing but long backs don’t have an appreciation for those with ample bottoms. I appreciate LW’s shape, and I bet other REAL WOMEN, her husband, and her male co-stars probably do as well… it’s refreshing to not see a stick figure on TV. Oh, and I love Tarly, BTW.

gloria
gloria

I love them too! Can’t understand all these negative comments. I just think Roger Howarth is so damn funny & SO CUTE-Dante said what are you doing with that pillow & he goes “fluffing it” when he had been trying to smother Johnny! Todd to me is someone who no matter what horrible things he does you just somehow understand/forgive it (like his sister Viki does!) And Laura Wright is the BEST Carly ever! When Tamara Braun played Carly I could not stand the character. Nothing against Tamara. Laura Wright rocks & so does Roger Howarth. Go Carly & Todd!!

Margie
Margie

I agree, go, Carly. Go straight to Y&R with Jason. Laura ok, but no match for Todd.

Jenn
Jenn

The negative comments are because Kassie Depaiva tweeted her crazy fans to make negative comments on this. It is rude and tacky and she got called out for it by many soapers. She needs to find something else to do.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Really Jenn? I hadn’t heard that…and it seems out of character for Kassie to say that. Glad she was called out on it.

I didn’t hear that – but I am not a fan of Todd and Carly romantically together. I liked their friendship.

Jessica
Jessica

Margie, you’re high, KDP doesn’t have “crazy fans” . I follow her on Twitter and she never did anything like that. Todd and Carly are disgusting together but that has to do with the revolting character of Carly, not KDP.

Jay
Jay

AGREE

Jay
Jay

My agree apparently fell to the bottom of the page. I was agreeing to the comment “this couples a gold mine”

Jen
Jen

I think Carly and Todd are awful together. The chemistry is just not there in my opinion. I feel the writers are forcing this relationship, I hate it.

Kahlee
Kahlee

I agree and I think it is a bit insensitive of LW to bring Todd and Blair’s history in to this. It doesn’t work to her advantage

Jenn
Jenn

I think it was more insensitive for KDP to bash GH and the couple.

Margie
Margie

HUGE mistake to bash a – and – she’s just plain wrong.

She sounds pretty desperate to say relevant in daytime.

Kat
Kat

what couple?? Todd and Carly are no couple. They had sex one time and then Todd’s secrets blew. It’s desperate of LW to presume that there’s some “forever love” kind of dynamic there between Todd and Carly when a few weeks ago Todd was crumbling up Blair and Toerenzo’s wedding announcement and screaming about it, and then did cartwheels when he found out he could stop Blair’s wedding and did. Carly’s a dumbass if she thinks Todd will ever feel about her the way he feels about Blair. Blair is Todd’s soulmate and one true love. It was completely inappropriate for LW to talk about TnB like she did, and for her to equate Todd and Carly’s FORCED and CONTRIVED friendship as something that has anything to do with forever. RMFE. They had a one night stand basically. She should be pimping her “forever love” with Ingo/Jax, that’s who Carly should be calling right about now. Todd and Johnny have both made a fool out of Carly.

Todd belongs with Blair and only Blair.

currygirl
currygirl

Agree, Jen

Lisa
Lisa

This pairing makes me sick. This is not a whole new world. They’re just replacing Carly w/Blair. Roger and Wright have absolutely no chemistry. Kassie and Roger have lots of chemistry. Its a shame Valentini did not sign Depaiva to a gh contract. They treated Kassie like shit. This Codd couple fizzles.

currygirl
currygirl

Totally agree

Jessica
Jessica

Carly is a Blair placeholder. I have said it for a year and will continue to say it. Carly is Blair Lite. We are not buying it. If viewers of GH enjoy it, great. I am not one of them.

Kay
Kay

Not for a relationship between these two at all.

heidi
heidi

If we can’t have Carly with Jax or with Jason/Steve Burton back as Jason Quartermaine…then yes… I like the dynamic between Carly and Todd… however it was good as friends too.

mika
mika

Wooohoooo!!!!!

I love this couple so much. Bring it on!!

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

whoot whoot:>)

anne
anne

i personally am alll for it for i like how the two work together and they do seem very comfortable with one another

Dahlia
Dahlia

I could actually see these two working out they compliment each other. Cant have her with Jason anymore so Todd is best right now.

tasneem
tasneem

Oh plz do Todd and Carly are the best. I thought they couldn’t do without Sonny and Blair but they have grown on me and I want more Todd and Carly

gloria
gloria

Me too!

Toddfan
Toddfan

I have always been a tnb fan but I’m a full on tarly fan these days. I love the chemistry between the two of them. I watched the jail scenes yesterday, what a amazing job they did. The scenes were full of emotion, angst, pain, drama and i dare say love. I have not been this excited about a week couple in a long time. I can’t wait for more tarly in 2013.

heidi
heidi

Agree about those jail scenes! They were both rocking it! THey have chemistry but maybe it’s more the kind of chemistry that brings them both into being better actors than the sexual type of chemistry. That’s why if they stayed friends and good friends that tried to make each other better people… I would be happy with that too!

Jenn
Jenn

I agree! I was a TnB fan for years but Tarly has won me over! Love them!

brian
brian

Yes, I love the idea… but with OLTL coming back… will Todd go home to LLanview?

randy
randy

ive never ben a huge carly fan ..its not the actress i loved laura as cassie lane on guiding light…but i have to admit the character of todd brings out something in carly ive never seen before,,,im loving this duo,,,,,general hospital is out of the emergency room and is recovering well,,,

Jen
Jen

Gross, I was really hoping this story would be over soon. It’s been rushed and doesn’t even make sense for the characters, so any chemistry they had has disappeared. Please make it stop!

SZima
SZima

No.
I like Carly & Todd as friends, not as lovers. This Todd has had his history re-written so much, he’s nothing like who he started out as all those years ago. Of course everyone changes & matures, but some of those basic personality traits don’t change. This Todd is unrecognizable.
I really believe the only women who would give him a chance in the love department are Blair and Tea because they’ve know him through it all and have an understanding of who and what he is…and why.

Christine
Christine

I respectfully disagree. 🙂

What about the choices that Carly has made in AJ, Jason, Sonny, Johnny, Shawn, Alcazar, Tony (a married man at the time). Jax was really the only decent choice she has made. Everyone else was or is in organized crime or a liar.

Falling in love with Todd is not that unrealistic.

gloria
gloria

Agree Christine.

SZima
SZima

I never said Carly didn’t make horrible choices.
I’m really just commenting on the fact that Todd, a rapist and a murderer, who had issues with intimacy, is now portrayed as a romantic hero. It just goes against his character.
Also, it IS characteristic for Carly to fall for a guy like Todd…just too bad that she is. Jax was really the best man for her. Too bad she screwed it up!
Finally, I love Todd when he’s mischievous and funny, but I get twitchy when he’s in ANY romantic situation.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

As much as I prefer Todd and Carly as friends – I have to disagree with your statement that Todd is unrecognizable. He is the same selfish screw-up he’s always been! He makes choices that blow up in his face and he lies & manipulates to cover it up – until it all comes out.
The friendship between them was very real to me, as Carly CAN relate to Todd’s bad choices and how he handles them. If they took the friendship further and eventually had them become more involved, I would accept it better.

Bawoman
Bawoman

Hell, naw! Im not a rabid T&B-er, and I dont mind seeing Todd with another woman, but those 2 together are contrived, forced, lacks any depth and most of all, completely OOC in their relationship.I dont recognize them at all, especially Todd, whos become nothing but Carlys purse carrying comic relief bufoon.
I want to see Todd Manning on my screen and when hes with Carly ,the man is MIA.

Barbie
Barbie

This! I am not a TnB fan, I preferred Todd and Tea. I have loved Todd for years. I find his complete lack of conscience and sociopathic personality very entertaining. Codd makes me FF thru Todd which makes me sad. This couple has been rushed, makes no sense, totally unTodd like and has no chemistry, no matter how much LW wants to think it does. I want the real Todd back and I want Carly to go away, far far away

currygirl
currygirl

LIKE

o2b
o2b

Just wondering how long the “long haul” would actually be given the recent developments with Prospect Park’s revival of OLTL. Since they own the OLTL characters, how long can any of them stay on GH once OLTL goes back into production?

Also, in the most recent GH promo, the heat between Laura’s Carly and Sean K.’s A.J. is palpable. Those two generated more heat together in those few seconds in the promo than Todd and Carly have in all of their time together on GH. If I was Laura, I’d be all over a Carly/AJ pairing!

Kat
Kat

Hell to the NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO this is a toxic contrived and FORCED pairing. 3/4 weeks ago Todd was telling Starr that he is still in love with Blair and is waiting her out. “Todd and Blair are wonderful and all”?? are you kidding me?? Todd and Blair are the love of each other’s lives and they are still very much in love with each other.

Blair needs to be brought on PRONTO so that the audience can see just how much of a nothing Carly is to Todd in comparison to Blair.

Please GMAB how presumptiuous of LW to say she thinks the writers will be “forced” to write some future story for Todd and Carly. Todd needs to fight to get HIS FAMILY back.

All I can say is BRING BLAIR BACK NOW AND STOP THIS BS!!!!!!!!! and then SEND TODD and BLAIR home to Llanview.

currygirl
currygirl

Wow, well said. For me, this GH Todd is unbearable to watch. The writers are forcing this two down our throats. Absolutely no chemistry and so boring. Hurry up Prospect Park and bring back OLTL. Send him back to Lllanview pronto.

MM
MM

I really don’t see anything sexy or fun about these two. I see a man manipulating and a woman fool enough to fall for it. At least up until yesterday.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I truly liked them as friends and did not want to see any romance between them. BUT, listening to Carly recently, I would give them a chance if the story was done right.

melanieofoz
melanieofoz

There always have to be obstacles (storyline that is) in the way for a making of a super couple. This strengthens the characters, their relationship and fans start to root for them. Carly and Todd have that potential and hope the writers keep them going. Blair has chemistry with a lot of men. It would be wonderful for her to find someone who doesn’t turn out to be a psychopath or spy. Jack needs a positive male role model in his life.

Heather
Heather

I am bored out of my mind with Todd and Carly. Blair/Todd and Sonny/Carly had passion, love, insanity, and most of all they were entertaining. If Todd/Carly are a whole new world, then I prefer the old one. This is why soaps are dying. Forced couples with no depth!!!

Jenn
Jenn

I am soooo on board with this! Love this couple! LW and RH have major chemistry and their love scene was the hottest thing I have seen on daytime in forever! The characters have these qualities about them that make them a perfect match!

Ugonna Wosu
Ugonna Wosu

dream on Laura, while Cod has some fans, most people I see online still a)don’t give a damn either way and have no preference, b)want TODD AND BLAIR, or c)aren’t fans of Todd and Blair, but still think Todd SHOULD BE WITH BLAIR, and that this story MAKES NO SENSE. Todd going this long without going out there and searching for his OTB makes no sense. If he was able to leave TEA, a woman he had MUCH more history with and shared much more with, on an ISLAND to go search for Blair, there is NO reason the writers should INSULT us and tell us that somehow the 5 minute thing he’s had with Carly is so special that they’re meant to be together. The Carly fans will find another man to root for Carly with, let them give us back our TnB 20 year supercouple and quit being greedy!

Scott (ATWT fan)
Scott (ATWT fan)

As much as I’d prefer Carly+Jax to reunite, I’d be willing to accept something casual between Carly+Todd. They’re the two outcasts and those who enjoy the bad side of life sometimes. It’ll be nice to see their relationship develop.

Beacon
Beacon

I wish Sarah Brown was playing Carly. Her original version always reminded me of Roger’s Todd on OLTL in the 90s. You couldn’t take your eyes off them.

Jessica
Jessica

YES.

Ces
Ces

Laura Wright does amazing work but she really shines with Roger Howarth! Big fan of Carly & Todd!

Margie
Margie

Everyone shines with Roger, but not everyone needs that much bronzer.

Gwendolyn
Gwendolyn

Honestly, I have no words. I cannot believe that Todd has been this destroyed since his arrival in Port Charles. I mean RC has force-fed this contrived pairing since day 1 – from that stupid Cosmo quiz to reassuring Carly that she’s beautiful every single day to telling her she is the ONLY friend he’s EVER had. No Todd fan can actually think that that last part is ok. It totally rewrites his whole history. He’s had friends in Blair, but that was REAL friendship, and he wasn’t lying to her the whole time. He was friends with Tea and Sam Rappaport… Like the only way Ron can make this pairing exist is by completely rewriting both character’s histories. Never mind how Todd has completely forgotten about his family, never mind how Carly forgot about Jason… Ugh. This is just so wrong on so many levels and I honestly don’t know how Roger could be ok with it because this is just as bad as TSJ’s Victor. They’ve basically replaced Blair with Carly in Todd’s life and gave them a poor man’s version of their story – no history, no chemistry, no depth, no investment. Way to go, Ron. You’ve destroyed “Todd Manning” twice now. Carly can keep this pathetic shell of a once iconic character.

Barbie
Barbie

I couldn’t agree more. I think it’s shameful that RC has taken the iconic character of Todd Manning and cut his balls off then turned him into more of a stand up comic. This whole thing with Carly is so unTodd like and I hate more than words can describe. GIVE ME BACK MY TODD.

Jamie
Jamie

I think what they did with Todd was genius because they have made him likable. Before he was just a sociopathic rapist/criminal with major control issues. Oh but he loves his kids, so he’s a great guy? I mean it’s a soap opera. He has to have a leading lady at some point and Blair isn’t there. And what’s wrong with being funny???

currygirl
currygirl

Totally agree, bring back the original Todd

currygirl
currygirl

Totally, agree. Carly + Todd=Boring. No chemistry. No History. No Nothing

Jen
Jen

Excellent points! well said! I can’t even bare to watch Carly and Todd –BORING! All Todd does is look at Blair and you can see the love between them– I think the writing and this whole story stinks! Very close to not watching GH andy more–

Jamie
Jamie

I have been watching GH since 1985 and not once…NEVER, EVER, not even for ONE minute, did I ever believe the Sonny/Carly relationship. It seemed too forced to me back when they first started, although admittedly, I was probably too hung up on Sonny and Brenda at the time. However I have liked Sonny with others (NOT Emily, ew gross) and I have liked Carly with others (not Johnny). Now, I am LOVING Todd and Carly. He’s such an ass who messes everything up ALL the time, but he’s so funny and charming and as much as I want to strangle him, I can’t help but love him! I am ALL for this couple lasting.

Carol
Carol

Thanks for this interview, Laura. After yesterday’s show, my heart was breaking for these two. Wonderful job by both and it just seems like it would be a terrible waste of the great chemistry between these two actors to not write story for them.

Hoping for much more in the year to come and praying that the Prospect Park reboot does not interfere with their story.

Kahlee
Kahlee

.Send Todd Manning back to Llanview. If RH wants to stay on GH he can be someone else.

Carly Jacks makes my skin crawl. Todd and Carly are horrible togethr

susan M.
susan M.

I like Todd & Carly together! Todd seems sincere and I think he is truly falling in love with
Carly. First they have to get threw the present situation..I think Carly will eventually come around & forgive Todd. But I think it might take her a little while to come around. Carly has fallen in love w/Todd. It’s ovious to me…The way they look at each other (MAGIC)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I lie Todd a lot on GH!!!!! Like his character better on GH…

Ella
Ella

I completely agree! Love Laura and Roger together. Magic!

Rodd
Rodd

I originally liked them as just friends, but after watching them as a couple, I really like them together. They forgive the past, so it will be interesting to see how they deal with what happens while they’re together .

KMB
KMB

Yes, Carly and Todd work for my agenda. I hope they stay together forever. Then I want Jax to come back and fall madly in love with someone new, someone who will be the true love of his life. Someone who will be loyal and put him first, and someone who Joss could be proud of. Go Carly and Todd.

Shauna
Shauna

I can agree that Jax is much too good for Carly. But please, neither should Todd be stuck with her, he’s already endured being tortured for 8 years . Can’t we just pawn her off to anyone not named Jax, Todd, Johnny (fabulous actor), Patrick or AJ.?

Coleman could work.

KMB
KMB

I could deal with that, just as long as long as Jax can finally find some true happiness with someone else if they decide to bring him back. then, everyone could be happy….well, as happy as a soap allows one to be for awhile. 🙂

Maria
Maria

I would love to see where a long term pairing between Todd and Carly would end up. I think Roger and Laura have great chemistry. I think it is time for Todd to move on from Blair and see whatelese is out there for him romantically speaking. I also think it is time for Carly to more from both Sonny and Jax. So I say go for it, bring on Carly and Todd!!!

Susan
Susan

NO! I see no chemistry. Todd has been written as unrecognizable to try to force this contrived couple. They do not work for me at all and I can no longer watch Todd, as the person on my screen is not Todd Manning. At this point I can only hope that Prospect Park forces GH to stop using the character of Todd, because they have thoroughly ruined him.

currygirl
currygirl

Yes, send him back to LLanview where he belongs

Lynn
Lynn

I LOVE TARLY!

DaNk
DaNk

I’m glad to see Todd move on, if Blair can’t get past what he did (and really, he was much more forgiving for what she did to him), then I want it to be with Carly.

Good stuff. Can’t wait. These two have amazing chemistry together!

Melanie
Melanie

Wait-what? How did anything that Blair did to Todd compare to the numerous horrendous things he’s done to her? Pretty sure stealing their newborn, selling it off in Mexico all because he thought the baby was another man’s trumps all.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I agree with Melanie…Todd did FAR worse things to Blair than the other way around.

Carly
Carly

I love the thought of Carly and Todd. both have so much
to make up for in their

lives and Todd is so funny
and wants good he has to earn it. I can’t wait to see what they write for the show now.

todd
todd

I am loving Todd and Carly together. It is so refreshing to see Todd opposite someone that has not already been through the ringer with him. I adore Kassie DePaiva, but there is no way Blair would still be in love with Todd. Their pairing at the end was forced. Todd lied to her every other week. He gave away her baby and led her to believe it was dead. they should have been over at that point. Carly will forgive Todd, she has done terrible things too. I look forward to years of trouble from these two.

Albert
Albert

I love Carly and Todd together. Hopefully Carly forgives Todd and they get back together.

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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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