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General Hospital’s Tabyana Ali Weighs-In on the Slow Burn of ‘Sprina’

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During this week’s ABC Winter Press Tour for the Television Critics Association (TCA), both Tabyana Ali (Trina) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) took part in the GH panel.

Not only did the cast and creatives discuss plans for the daytime drama’s upcoming 60th anniversary, but they gave reporters a chance to ask questions related to current and past storylines, and more.

When the question was posed of just when will ‘Sprina’ finally share a kiss, and the slow burn between Trina and Spencer romantically, Tabyana Ali fielded it and responded.

Tabyana expressed: “I will say, as somebody who is a big romance fan, the slow burn, I think, is necessary.  There’s something about the tension that draws in the audience. I think that’s also a reason why we’re bringing in more audience, because of the tension and because of the pacing of it, especially in the day and age where relationships happen so quickly.”

She also added: “It’s really nice to see two people, two young people, two interracial people that love each other try to get closer with one another and also try to jump over the barriers that are created, not only just from them, but from their environment … and they learn how to work through it together.”

So, are you enjoying the slow burn of ‘Sprina’? Do you hope Spencer and Trina share their first kiss soon ? Share your thoughts on Tabyana’s comments below.

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I like slow burns, but don’t make it too long like soaps are prone to do. It’s been interesting to watch their journey from first meeting…the spark started there…to now. And the trust they are building for each other has played a big factor.

I like slow burn, but honey at this point the meal is cooked and we ready to eat. Let’s get moving on their couple Era, including a lot of kissing and pannycake slapping.

Well said.lol

I agree with her quote but it is torture. Maybe they can give us a good old “dream sequence”!!

Sorry, but there is nothing in their future to look forward to. They are boring and have no chemestry now, what makes some people think there will be some big romantic explosion?

To you. I look forward to watching them.

Also have to consider the transition from Sydney Mikayla to Tabyana Ali as a factor because had the chemistry between Tabyana Ali and Nicholas Chavez not capture what Sydney and Nicholas created then Sprina would have been diverted a while ago.

They were diverted. Spencer’s been locked up and they threw Rory in the middle of it. And he conveniently got hooked right when Spencer was getting out of lockup. But that was still several months of “diversion”. Not even playing out in the typical “triangle” scenario, with Spencer behind bars & not able to see Trina at all.

Agreed ! no disrespect to Tabyana Ali, but the pairing with Nicholas Chavez does not capture anything that was present with Sydney Mikayla.

She make a good point would love to see them together they have the same personality and friendship that storyline is taking too long for them to get together

Sorry… but, I don’t see the hype behind this non-couple. I genuinely don’t. Trina would be better suited with Cameron, any way, and then Emma can come back and shake things up for everyone involved.

Don’t let it burn so long that that the Nicholas Alexander Chavez is up in a year. It may not be easy to recreate this chemistry with a recast

For young people, Trina and Spencer are the most , “please kill me now or put me to sleep” twosome I’ve seen in a while. Ali is not a good actress, and with a speech problem to boot. Also, her voice is barely audible.
Slow burn? More like a slow burn-out!!
There is zero tension and sensual appeal there. She just “ain’t” got it—-Poor Spencer!! He’s so hot, he deserves a sexy, gorgeous, come-hither, little hellion to draw that “lion-in-wait”, which is just roaring and rearing to escape from within .
This girl does not have the stuff to portray such a powerful character which was displayed to the fullest by Mikayla—-and she wasn’t even the original character, I don’t think!!
My opinion!!

I am so excited to finally see Spencer and Trina together , They truly make a handsome couple!!

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

Coming up, it looks like Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) grandfather, Carmine Cerullo is headed to Port Charles.

According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Drew and Nina Get Physical; Were You Surprised or Did You Expect it to Happen?

On the Tuesday, April 9th episode of General Hospital, Drew (Cameron Mathison) and Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) explosive relationship just turned up the heat another notch.

In story, Nina who was responsible (although she doesn’t see it that way) for Drew being sent to prison for insider trading when she tipped off the SEC, let out her feelings to him about how to get back in the good graces of her daughter, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) and Michael (Chad Duell). In doing so, she asks him for his help with it.

For months, the two have had nothing short of contentious moments, where Drew has not let Nina off the hook for what he did to him, or to his ex Carly (Laura Wright). Fast-forward and when alone in the Crimson office, Nina brings up wanting to stick it to Carly again.

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As they banter back and forth, Drew can’t figure out why he should help Nina at all with any of her manipulations. Suddenly, as he tried to exit, his shirt rips and exposes his bare chest and abs, and Nina get quite an eyeful. From there, things become physical and before you know it, Drew and Nina are making out and having their version of hate-sex.

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Cameron Mathison spoke to Soap Opera Digest on the shocking turn events, sharing, “I didn’t see it coming at all. I really didn’t. I think the audience did. Cynthia did some appearances and I guess the audience was ‘You and Drew, there’s some sexy chemistry there.’ I was like, ‘Wait, what? Really?’ I didn’t even get it. So I love it that it was very unexpected. The writers saw it, too. And, I love that it’s not a typical way for two people to be … physical. I was gonna say intimate, but there’s not a lot of intimacy there. And then as soon as it’s over, it’s back to arguing and giving each other crap again. It was really cute and really well done.”

As the fallout for their office room romp will air on the Wednesday April 10th episode, just how will the two deal with the fact that they had this fiery passionate moment in the weeks and months ahead? Will this be Nina’s new plot to get at Carly to be seen with her ex? Will Drew and Nina never speak of this again? (Well, this is a soap opera, after all, that’s pretty doubtful), or is this part of a major reset for some of the characters on the canvas now that Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte are co-head writing the show?

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Speaking on the aftermath of the tryst, Mathison added, “The two of them are both like, all right, let’s forget about that and move on. It’s like a weird kind of aggression attraction. There’s obviously attraction there, but I don’t think either of them expected it, and I think they’re both totally shocked and surprised by it. I think Drew gets a kick out of it whereas Nina is a little embarrassed by it.”

Now let us know, did you see this coming? Did you think Drew and Nina would have sex? What do you think of the story turn? Comment below.

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