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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!”

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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Ingo Rademacher Returns As GH’s Jax Beginning In May

Things will get more interesting in the lives of Josslyn (Eden McCoy), Carly (Laura Wright), Sonny (Maurice Benard) and many others on the GH canvas with the arrival back in Port Charles of Jasper Jacks.  That’s because as previously announced, Ingo Rademacher is headed back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise his signature role.

Circle May 7th for when you will see Jax back in action.  According to EW.com. “He’s back to see his daughter Josslyn and ex-wife Carly”   Jax will also share scenes with Steve Burton (Jason) and of course Maurice Benard (Sonny).

Looks like Jax may be back to help out Josslyn in her time of need as her boyfriend Oscar’s (Garren Stitt) final days seem to be drawing near, or does something else also bring his attention back to Port Charles?

It’s been a bit since Ingo played Jax on GH having last appeared on the soap in April of 2017.  Ingo eventually landed the role as the recast Thorne Forrester on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, a part he played till December of 2018.

Back in March, the actor originally from down under shared on his Instagram account: “Won’t be long now.  Just had my fitting. All new look for Jax. Start shooting next week. No air date yet. Stay tuned. Can’t wait!”

So, excited for some Jax on GH? What do you think will bring him back? What do you think will keep him in town? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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