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General Hospital's Maura West Interview: The Making Of Ava Jerome!

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In a soaptacular performance, since debuting on General Hospital in May of last year, two-time Daytime Emmy winner Maura West has been chewing the scenery and has been mesmerizing in the role of Ava Jerome, gangster gal, who clearly would stop at nothing to get what she wants!  Whenever West is on an episode of the daytime drama, we, and many others are happy campers because we know we are in for a fun ride.  As played by West, you just never know what “bad girl Ava” is going to do next!

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with the “soap phenom” at the ABC TCA Television Critics Association Cocktail Reception to get some insight into the making of one of soaps new classic characters.

In addition, Maura weighs-in on having the opportunity to work with Ava’s leading men: Michael Easton (Silas) and current bedmate, Bryan Craig (Morgan). And, we take a few moments to remember the iconic Carly Tenney of As the World Turns, a role that earned West the gold twice from her peers.  Here now is what Maura had to say about all that… and the Jerome vs. Corinthos mob war!

Maura, you have this incredible role on General Hospital, and you are so amazing in it!  You light up the screen every time you are on.  Ava is so delicious to watch, and you play her so wickedly!

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MAURA:  Something wicked this way comes! (Laughs)  And I just feel like, if you are going to do it … do it!  And if you’re going to have to end up getting killed-off, get killed-off, but you can’t walk the line.

This is a complete 180 from your last soap role as Diane Jenkins on The Young and the Restless.  And I can say, unfortunately, the writing of her was so bad.

MAURA:  I can say it, too.  Being on GH has absolutely been a breath of fresh air, and to have people who encourage you, that uplift you, it makes all the difference in the world.  How can you do a job where nobody is saying, “I see something.  Let’s mine that.”  That other thing, I don’t even remember that.  It’s not something I even think about, although when I tell my husband that, in fairness he will say, “Don’t you do that. You can call up any episode on that show, on You Tube, or anywhere, and you can be proud of what you did there.”  I understand that, but sometimes in life you block things out. (Laughs)  But to be here at GH, and have such a supportive producing team, and talented writers who understood Ava, and understood me, Maura, rather quickly, is a real gift.  It’s magic.

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GH head writer Ron Carlivati told me in our 2013 year-end interview that he knew of your work as Carly on As the World Turns, and said this in relation to casting you in the role of Ava: “Immediately when Frank mentioned Maura’s name, I was excited, because I knew she could pull it off, but I only knew her as ATWT’s Carly.  Now to see what she has brought to the character of Ava, it has just been amazing.”

MAURA:  Carly was an iconic role in the soap genre, and I loved Carly.  But I really didn’t want to play Carly anymore.  But I do love her, and I have Emmys on my shelf, and a lot of pride and memories from playing her.  And so when I took this job, I said, “I am going to make something different.”  And out came Ava, with her short skirts and her curly hair, and high heels, and lipsticks.  Putting her together is a whole team thing from: Shawn, the costume designer, with the dresses, Ron Carlivati in the writing of her, Frank Valentini’s input, and my creativity to define: what is this woman?

The role of Ava Jerome in the hands of another actress could be played way over-the-top.  You have taken this role and made it an art-form!

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MAURA:  I think if you are going to create a character, create the character, and go for it!  That is what I was taught to do.  I am an actor; I went to school to do this.  I don’t want to play myself.  I created something with the help of these talented people and here she is, and I love her.  I am in love with her.

What did you think when they told you they were going to romantically pair you with the younger Bryan Craig (Morgan Corinthos)?

MAURA:  Well, my boss came to me on the floor and said to me, “You two are going to be in bed in the next two weeks.”  I think he wanted to see how I felt about it.  Frank is a very respectful dude.  And I said, “Well Frank, I am up for anything.”  And I truly mean that.  Bryan Craig is a great guy.  He is a very mature young man.  It’s actually a wonderful romance to me.  I just said, “I’m game.  I’ll play.”  That’s what I am here to do.  I am not here to be sedate.  Bryan is very respectful during the love scenes.  I am always very shy doing that kind of stuff, and always have been.  I am a reserved woman in many ways.  I am just a mom who sits at home and plays board games with her kids. And then you go and do this other stuff.  But Bryan is a great scene partner.  He is present and always prepared.

And, you also have the beloved Michael Easton (Silas) to play scenes with as a man with a torrid past with Ava on GH.

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MAURA:  It’s really funny.  I have pictures on my wall that were made for me by my husband.  There are various pictures inside a picture frame from my Emmy wins.  In my first Emmy win, it was Tony Geary (Luke, GH) who presented it to me.  And the second one was Michael Easton.  So I had pictures on my wall of these men I had never met, and it was so cool.  And when I met Tony, “hubba hubba” … I couldn’t even speak.

And your first scene on GH was with Tony!

MAURA:  I know, and I was very scared.  And if you ain’t nervous, you ain’t doing it right.  I have such respect for Tony.  He is probably the best in our genre, and he is fabulous.  When I saw my script come in I was chewing my nails, but Tony was an absolute gentlemen and a lovely, lovely man.

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What is Ava’s deal with Silas?  It appears that she could be a murderess!  You could see she could want some people dead to get what she wants.

MAURA: Well, have you actually seen her murder anyone? (Laughs) But, she absolutely loves Silas 100%.

Then, she would probably do anything to keep him … like putting his wife into a coma! (Laughs)

MAURA: Probably. (Laughs) You said it, I didn’t.  But honestly, Frank doesn’t tell me anything.  I ask him, and he won’t tell me.  Nowadays, we only get our scenes, not the whole script.  I think having the entire script is kind of important, so you know when other people are talking about your character, and the cuts where they may be talking about Ava, and then they cut to me.  And without the entire script, I wouldn’t know that is necessarily happening.

I’ve got to go back in time for a second with you.  I posted on the final airdate of As the World Turns, this wonderful interview you.   I remember how bittersweet it was.  I recall at the time that you alluded to how bad the budgets had become that production could only hire a few extras to round out group scenes or atmosphere.  From your vantage point now, when you think of your time at ATWT, what comes to mind? And, what about getting Michael Park (Ex-Jack, ATWT) to General Hospital?

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MAURA: Yeah, but we held our heads high there until the very end, and we all are still in touch.  And as for Michael Park, that’s not for me to decide, but I certainly would love to see him here at GH.  Michael would be a great mobster.  People like Martha Byrne and the producers from ATWT, we all stay in touch.  It’s nauseating but true, we are like a family.  It’s like blood brothers who shared blood, sweat and tears.  We are linked for life, all of us.

What’s it like working with your on-screen brother, William deVry (Julian)?  Had you met him before he landed on GH?

MAURA: I had never met William before.  But, what do you think I did?  I You Tubed him. (Laughs)

How do the two of you get along on set?  You have to play this sister/brother mobster rivalry.

MAURA:  It’s a very funny dynamic we have with each other on set, because we play such adversarial characters.  Sometimes, you get thrown off because he is really this other guy in real life, and I am woman who is not really this “bitch.” (Laughs)

The scenes between Ava and Julian often have the sense that the siblings have a one-upsmanship with each other.

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MAURA:  I don’t ever think about who has the power in the scene.  If a scene is written that I am supposed to be affected, I will be affected.  I serve the script.

Who got to the set of General Hospital first?  You or William?

MAURA: I was on the show first, and then he showed up and got a dressing room with a window!  How did that happen?  (Laughs)

In other family news, what have you thought of your son Joe’s tremendous success being cast in NBC’s Sound of Music?

MAURA: Can I tell you, honestly?  I wasn’t that surprised.  In a way I was, because there were so many people auditioning for the part, but I have never met anyone who can sing like my son, Joe.  Joe will be in an upcoming episode of The Crazy Ones where he does a song and dance number from Chicago.

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Finally, are the Jeromes any closer to taking down Sonny (Maurice Benard)?  Is anyone?  (Laughs)

MAURA:  Of course not!  You can’t take down Sonny!  No one is going to take him down … it’s General Hospital. (Laughs)  But there are other ways to win the battles.  And Ava, as a woman, can certainly exert some power.

So GH fans, do you think Maura’s portrayal of Ava Jerome is one of the knock-out performances in the soap genre today? What did you think about her sentiments in the interview?

Do you want to see Ava stay in a romantic relationship with Morgan … or somehow venture back with Silas, even after their relationship has been filled with seemingly treachery?  Comment below!

 

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Sherie
Sherie

I like Ava. Let her stay a cougar! Makes the show fun.

janice
janice

great interview, as usual, Michael!! I adore Maura/Ava!

MMedina
MMedina

I love Maura West as Ava! She brings a vulnerability to the role which would otherwise be very one dimensional. I think she and Morgan could enter into some sort of quadrangle with Silas and Sam which could affect characters.

Melissa
Melissa

I have fallen completely in love with Ava Jerome. In my eyes, she can do wrong and that is all testament to Maura. I was unfamiliar with her work before GH, and now I see I was living under a rock. She just completely embodies the character in a way that a non-Ava episode for me really drags. I’m fascinated by how Ava is portrayed and the way Maura brings her to life. She’s the best part of GH for me by far.

Not going to lie, I am a HUGE Ava/Morgan fan. These two have so much chemistry that you have to fan yourself during their sex scenes (HAWT!), but then you have to “Aww!” at their sweetness and genuine feelings towards each other. I rewatch their scenes countless times. If I had my way, they’d be together for the long haul. I’m loving their new angsty vibe. Maura and Bryan both sell the hell out of this couple.

Wonderful interview, Michael, thank you!

Carole
Carole

Great interview! I love Maura as Ava!

sandie
sandie

I absolutely love her!!! GH definately did their selves good on getting her on the show,, I hope she stays for a long long yime!!!

Theresa
Theresa

I love Ava!! She is one of my favorites….. Maura West plays her so good I hope they keep her around a long time!

Theresa
Theresa

I love Ava!!! Maura West plays her so good!! I hope they keep her around a long time..she is one of my favorites!

Julie
Julie

She is amazing. I watched her as Diane on Y&R, which I have stopped watching, and the character was never given a chance. She was one dimensional. When I heard she was going to be on GH, I was not very excited. Now… I wait for her scenes. Just to watch the words she says come out of her mouth is entertaining. They hit gold with casting Maura. She is multidimensional. Great writing and a great character.

James
James

Great interview! Love her in this role!

Maggie Tavares
Maggie Tavares

I love Ava ” Maura West” I watched her on ATWT & Y&R. Maura has finally made a home on GH. I find her
to be witchy but very loving when it comes to family. Ava will do what ever it takes to protect her family but always watching out for her self. Ava loves deeply & passionately , she’s hurt by Silis so she finds love from a younger man. “Lucky-Girl” ! Maura West is a treasure , so glad GH has given her a home!

steven cates
steven cates

I just want her to stay on GH — period!!! I hope they find a way to.keep Ava on

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I dont care what they do with her, she is marvelous in anything handed to her. Excellent portrayal of Ava

k/kay
k/kay

She is one lucky lady she has a precious husband in real life ! She said everything I needed to hear about what a awful place Y&R is to work at. I may not enjoy all that is going on over at GH but she is one of the smarter decisions they made. Good luck to her.

Rose
Rose

Love Ava! Another great interview. Thanks!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’d like them to keep her with Morgan. They are great as a couple and the dynamics/friction their relationship causes involves both mob families. Trickle down theory…

aria
aria

maura is devine, love Ava, she’s one hell of a bitch!, i hope she has scenes with Donna Mills, oh my god, that would be awesome, i wish the great Sarah Brown would also come back to GH, Ava and Claudia would be must see tv for sure, and before anyone says Ava and Claudia are too similar, if the show can make room for guy mobster then theres room for the divas!

Truth Detective
Truth Detective

Maura West is a superstar. I’m so glad that she’s on a show that respects her talent unlike the treatment she got at Y&R.

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

I still believe Franco is really Kikkis father…hope Maura stays with the show and never leaves…like her and Morgan to remain a couple but i wonder if Micheal breaks up with Kiki over Franco would Morgan pretend to go back to Kiki while still sleeping with her mother in order to continue to fool Sonny to believe he’s no longer is with Ava?

Sue
Sue

I don’t watch GH, but I like Ms West. If Michael Muhney were to go to GH I would start watching. Y&R lost a great talent in Maura & Michael M. Don’t know why Y&R couldn’t write for her, she is a great actress! Y&R better wake up and get some better writers and new producer!

Mark
Mark

Love her!

Jake NJ
Jake NJ

She is fabulous…such a great addition to GH. She tears up every scene she is…clicks with every cast mate…quite phenomenal actress!

Karen Delagrange
Karen Delagrange

Thank you for this interview. Maura is a great lady and a brilliant actress! Kudos to General Hospital for recognizing what a treasure Maura West is! Ava Jerome is a blast! What a fun character! Can’t wait to see what Ava’s future holds!

Laurie Webber
Laurie Webber

Maura West is classic, like a taste of old Hollywood on GH. Love the character, you can change her to any side at any time, and she has an array of emotions. Well written, and of course Maura is an amazing actress!

Hillary
Hillary

Love Maura West!!!! So much!

Louise
Louise

Good interview. She plays Ava very well, and I would like for her to stay with Morgan. It’s a strange relationship, because of their age, but they don’t show too many relationships like that on soap operas. There seems to be a whole slew of Jeromes out there. Nice interview though!

su0000
su0000

Maura West/Ava Jerome is absolutely stunning! A great performer .
Every time she is on stage she brings it home!!
I love the Jerome’s, they bring excitement to GH ..

FV and RC were both genius to bring us the Jeromes !!!

MissyLady
MissyLady

I really love Ava! Plus her relationship with Morgan is so hot!

Lisa
Lisa

Absolutely love the character of Ava Jerome & hope TPTB keep her on GH. She’s so good at being bad but there’s so much more to Ava. Love her!

Jeff
Jeff

Maura West is amazing in the role of Ava!! She’s so much better than on the Y&R. She’s mad Ava a 3 dimensional character with many facets. She’s a joy to watch!

Erin
Erin

I am loving everything about the awesomeness that is Ava Jerome. I love her ruthlessness. I love the fact that nobody intimidates her. That scene where she threatened to wipe Carly off the face of the planet was epic. And I am such a huge fan of her romance with Morgan. They have amazing chemistry together and anyone watching can see how their relationship is slowly evolving to something real. I hope it continues for a long while.

Shay
Shay

Am I the only one who finds Morgan’s cougar romps with Ava to be seriously “Oedipal?” I mean, he has a mother who is a bold, brassy, blonde, trashy-not-classy, take no prisoners, loose cannon b*!@#-on-wheels and he hooks up with an older woman who shares those exact same physical/personality traits. Coincidence???? I think not…..

Lori
Lori

Maura West is amazing and if GH is smart they’ll keep her! Michael Park would be great too ! Off the charts chemistry they have .

Rodd
Rodd

I LOVE Maura West as Ava! She has chemistry with every scene partner, but I especially like her with Bryan Craig as Morgan. They’ so hot together! Every time she is on, I have to watch the entire scene; there’s no fast-forwarding anything Maura is in. GH struck gold bringing her on board.

Sylvia Gillis
Sylvia Gillis

I’m not presently a GH viewer. I’ve watched CBS Soaps since childhood. Carly (Maura West) was my favorite character on ATWT & Maura is my all-time favorite actress. Until 5 weeks ago, Y&R was my favorite all-time Soap & Michael Muhney is my all-time favorite actor. Having said this, if GH hires Michael Muhney, I will gladly become a loyal viewer of GH . MM & Maura both have the ability to be Bad, Good & everything in between. Y&R didn’t treat Maura right either. They needed to create a new character for her so she could shine. Instead they had her playing an old time one, much older than her & gave her nothing to sink her teeth in. They are fools. As far as what she’s like in real life, I’ve met her 3 times & she’s sweet & quiet , friendly & interested in her fans. I adore her & am so happy for her. Now it’s MM’s turn to get some appreciation & respect as an actor. I’m crossing my fingers.

Mary
Mary

I like Maura was so glad when she came to gh watched her for many years on as the world turns.
I would love to see her romantically with Luke someone who is her match not someone she can control.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Mark my words, Maura West is about to win another Emmy as Ava. Not to discount her great work as Carly or Diane, but Ava Jerome is West’s masterpiece.

Phil
Phil

Here’s the deal, I was nervous when I heard she was coming to GH! I know I am in the minority here, but I think she overdid it as Carly on ATWT! I didn’t care for her much! Fast forward to today, and I am in love with her! Maura has won me over. I hope GH keeps her!

Lanny
Lanny

Sure hope they can bring on some of the talent from Y&R, but Frank sounds very controlling. Might not be a good fit for MM who likes to bring his own touch to the role and memorize the whole script, not just one scene.

mike
mike

The best actress on daytime since Beverlee McKinsey.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Thank you for this wonderful interview. Loved Miss West on ATWT and lover again on GH. How blessed we fans are to have such a dedicated honest working actress devoted to the genre. And as Ava Jerome, we do get more than a caricature, we get a character, however wrongfully guided, we like. I look forward to years of deliciousness from Miss West and Ava Jerome. Miss West, you are a class act!

gary
gary

Just when I was losing hope with the show in came Maura and gave the show a much needed breath of fresh air. She was amazing as Carly, and now as AVA. I think I live Ava better though.

Beth CP
Beth CP

I loved her pairing with Michael Park’s Jack on ATWT as well as when she would play opposite both Hunt Block and Jon Lindstrom (at different times), when they portrayed Craig Montgomery, Good times. I knew she’d be a keeper on the strength of her initial scenes with Tony Geary. Chemistry and a meeting of “equals”, so to speak. And she has been an excellent “teacher” in terms of (as with Maurice Benard), aiding Bryan Craig’s portrayal of Morgan. The young man has developed a much more layered portrait as a result of working with both of these “mentors”.

Once in a while there is a bit of over the top vampiness that threatens to push her to over the edge, but she’s been successful reining in RC’s obvious camp. Her ability to balance thaose elements, save her Ava from being a stock “mob moll”. Kudos to her.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Love Maura West & Ava Jerome.

Thanks for another great interview.

Robin
Robin

What a beautiful lady inside and out! I love her role on GH, and I love the way she talks about being a Mom in real life. She is such an awesome person.

Mimma Mangano
Mimma Mangano

Maura is a classy lady love her in all the roles except in Y&R. Love her on GH she is amazing would like to see her with Sony that would be great.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Maura is a professional and class act in every way that it matters. And her portrayal of Ava Jerome is so spot on and it’s delicious. Maura is a true resemblance of Old Hollywood actresses. Love her. She does no wrong!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Aha! I’m thinking it wasn’t Silas or Ava who tried to kill his wife…but his “vampire” twin! That’s why Silas “signed” the prescription…his brother impersonated him! For all we know…he might have slept with Ava too…letting her think he was Silas…and thus he would be Kiki’s father!

Shay
Shay

Ooooooh…..I like your way of thinking there, rebecca1!!!!! Would be a terrific twist to this brainteaser….I could dig a bit of Dracula drama coming back into the picture as long as we are spared anymore of the overdramatic “Lucy Coe Vampire Hunter” part. As I am not an Ava fan, per se, I would love to see the Silas storyline finally flesh out well beyond her past with him….think there should be some super surprises there, hopefully with Victor Cassadine and Donna Mills’ character in the mix…plus a dash of Dr. O. for good measure! (That wily woman must know where all the skeletons are buried…hence her new career path and position!) Speaking of the delicious diva doc, did you notice how she seemed quite enthralled with Dr. Clay’s dilemma the other day when she encountered him, and did you get a weird vibe from her icy, yet somehow familiar glare/eye contact with Detective West when he was in the GH elevator? Something is up with that guy….he is definitely not what he seems…either a secret Cassadine or Clay or perhaps even a….Westbourne????? Hmmmmm……P.S. I also considered the pharmacist’s reticence to identify Ava to be a possible consequence of receiving an “offer he could not refuse” from the Jerome clan….LOL.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Oh Shay…don’t even mention Dracula! LOL…I’m soooo hoping for a second season of Dracula…constantly checking the updates. But thaz a whole ‘nother story. Literally. So. Back to GH!

Yes, I’d love to see the vampire lore back in the fold. I think a lot of fans find that too fantasy-land for them, but I’d love it! Regardless, I do believe it was the twin that’s behind it all. As for the gorgeous Detective West, I’m thinking he’s very possibly Silas and Nina’s son! Maybe she was pregnant before she went into her coma…his father could be Silas or Stephen if the evil twin was going around sleeping with his brother’s women. Who knows?

No, I didn’t notice the look she gave him. Interesting…

I do believe, which I mentioned on another post that Jason is alive and Dr. O knows where he is. That woman’s got her devious hands in every mix…would be interesting to see her go up against Helena Cassadine if she every comes back to life again!

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

Lets get a ‘Dark Shadows’ moment in there too…lets have Stephan Clay hiding out in the now abandon Collinwood in Collinsport and have our favorite Dr.O pull a Dr. Julia Hoffman and try to cure him of his ‘vampirism’…i would love a nod to my favorite soap(just to relive a fun childhood memory) which was on ABC!!! im sure some fans would hate that but you cant please everyone!!!

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

I noticed you mention Dracula and i had to come here to see what you two were writing about…i love most vampire stories and ‘Dark Shadows’ was my favorite soap…some GH fans would think that would ‘suck’ bringing the vampire back but im all for it…would love a nod to DS and they rebuilt the Collinwood living room set and this is where Stephan Clay is now hiding out!!!

Shay
Shay

We were referring to the current NBC primetime “Dracula” version, jimh….It just finished up its first season with none-too-stellar ratings, so a renewal is up-in-the-air, but what a fine program! Sumptuous production values, great attention to historical details, a mostly British cast…. just a lush, beautiful experience, so both rebecca1 and I are hoping for a second year. But, yes, I have noticed your numerous postings regarding the original “DS.” While what little I have seen of it can only be charitably described as “camp central,” it certainly did set the pace for later gothic soaps in primetime! Having said that, there should be at least a small tip of the hat to “Collinwood” on GH….since they both have ABC roots! Would be a kick! Oh, and “Dr. O.” definitely does have shades of Dr. Hoffman in her DNA, although I find our beloved mad mutta to be a far more complex enigma….cannot wait to see what insanity she implements as C.O.S. ; ) P.S. Have you recovered from your bout with flu????? Hope you are feeling better!!!!…

Shay
Shay

From his debut, it appeared that Detective West was supposed to be Silas’s son, given their striking physical similarities, but since that seemed so obvious, I’m thinking there has to be another twist, be it as Stephen’s offspring, and/or a Cassadine or Westborne biological link….I think once Victor shows up (which is this Friday, can’t wait!) we will get a better feeling for what that’s about, but yeah, I got a definite spooky vibe between Dr. O. and “new cop.” As for your supposition about Jason, it could be…I really haven’t missed the character all that much, as I found AJ to be the far more interesting Quartermaine son and I like Sam with her new love, as well, but it could be interesting to bring back a recast Jason….perhaps Michael Muhney???? (That would be poetic since Y&R took our dear Scorpio….) Just read that they lost over 500,000 viewers due to Muhney’s dismissal (not going to get into the politics of that issue….) but signing him to GH would undoubtedly bring a new audience to the show. Controversial, yes, but ratings gold….As for our primetime vampire guilty pleasure, I was a bit disappointed with the (season?) finale….it seemed a bit underwhelming (as did this week’s installment of “Downton Abbey.”) But I do hope to see it return….according to TVLine, it had slightly better numbers this last episode, so it will probably be a nailbiter ( or a neckbiter…haha!) as to whether it gets renewed….fingers crossed!!!! Quite frankly, I’m still blown away from the latest “Sherlock” series…it is just phenomenal. Loved the first episode and last night’s show was another stroke of amazing artistry. Both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were superb, and so was Freeman’s real life love as his bride. Great, great performances all the way down to the supporting cast!!!! Truly fabulous! P.S. Didn’t mean to get off subject….I’m still not so sure that Helena isn’t finally good and dead….I think she has outlived her usefulness, and would prefer some fresh Cassadine blood….no pun intended, given our vampire discussion!!!! ; )

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

I knew you were talking about Dracula…it was very well made tv…i caught a few episodes and enjoyed it…hope it returns!!! and yes, im finally over the flu…thanks for asking…always enjoy reading your posts!!!

Dawne
Dawne

Great interview…and I absolutely adore Maura. LOVED ATWT and her portrayal of “Carly”. Def was (and will always be) a “CarJack” fan! I loved it when Maura was cast in Y&R but I was so aggrivated at the way they wrote the character – that could have been a great role but I feel the writers screwed it all up – so sad for them but SO AWESOME for GH because “Ava” is amazing. Please, please, please don’t let her EVER get killed off – she needs to be around for the long run. I’m one of those people that when someone asks “Who is your favorite actress?” My answer is “Maura West” – unless people are soap fans they’re always like “Who?” I’d put her up agains ANYONE else out there!!!!

Kaleesi
Kaleesi

Ava Jerome is awesome and so is Maura! Love the jab at Y&R in her interview, goes to show what really goes on behind the scenes of that show. Ava Jerome was a part made for her!

Charday
Charday

I sure hope Ava takes down Sonny—permanently!

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THURSDAY NIGHT: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom, Y&R’s Beth Maitland, DAYS’ Freddie Smith & Soap Favorite, Linda Dano

On Thursday night, November 15th, Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman returns with a brand new episode beginning at 7PMPST/10PMEST.

Join Michael and his very special guests: General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and beloved soap vet, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia Gallant, AW, Ex-Gretel Rae Cummings, OLTL, GH, Port Charles, and AMC) who will be appearing with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in Hallmark’s The Chronicle Mysteries next year, for this entertaining 90-minute broadcast.

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a very soapy prize, a Days of our Lives swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture of Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.

The November edition of Soap Nation Live! will be streamed live right here at Michael Fairman TV.   Come back prior to showtime Thursday night, and just look for the post for our broadcast and listen-in.

You can also listen to all past broadcasts and the new live-stream of Soap Nation Live! via Spreaker’s Soap Nation Live page

Portions of Thursday’s all-new episode can also be viewed at Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/michaelfairmanTV

If you have a question for any one of our guests that you would like potentially posed to them during the live broadcast; you can post them via the comment section below, and we just might ask your question on the air!  We hope you are looking forward to the show.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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