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General Hospital's Thaao Penghlis On The Machinations Of Victor Cassadine!

Photo Credit: Alan Mercer

Photo Credit: Alan Mercer

As if you thought this Cassadine would be a fine upstanding citizen?  Think again!  On this week’s episodes of General Hospital, viewers learned that Victor Cassadine (Thaao Penghlis) has been the master puppeteer, keeping Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake (Kimberly McCullough) around long enough at the Crichton-Clark clinic for her to finish her research and resurrect her dear friend Jason Morgan from his cryogenic state!  But … Good ole’ Vic has plans for Jason that don’t include Robin!  And just how did he manage to Robin away from her daughter and husband, when she was only an hour away from Port Charles?  By being the party responsible of having put Rafe (Jimmy Deshler) up to running Patrick (Jason Thompson), Emma (Brooklyn Rae Silzer), and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) off the road which caused the crash that ultimately led to death of baby Gabriel.  Victor has Robin right where he wants her … and now the tale will spin out from here!

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with the talented Thaao Penghlis at GHFCW 2014 to get his thoughts on the latest twists in the arc of Victor’s story, a preview of what may be ahead, what he thinks of Victor’s relationship with Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati), working with Kimberly McCullough (Robin) in the those major revelation scenes, and how he is even taking the heat from some fans because of what Victor is perpetrating on Robin!  So, here’s what Thaao shared that is making watching Victor Cassadine, oh, so fun and maddening, these days!

What has it been like portraying Victor while coming and going off the canvas of General Hospital, and now to have what look likes a very juicy story?

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THAAO:  I can understand the way they have brought me in periodically, because in order to make the story cohesive, you have to have had these times off so that things evolve; otherwise the audience is not going to believe what takes place … like people being revived again and that type of thing.  Miracles don’t happen overnight, and with this character for the first time, I am seeing something human. I love that, because I am always looking for the humor.  Because when you are, as they say, the villain, and if people are going to like you then you gotta have some fun!  You are going to be a challenge to the hero, and that is what I am enjoying doing now.  I suddenly went, “Wow!  What is going to be exposed at the beginning of September is wonderful!  Suddenly my character went: “I am a person.  I feel. I am having insights, and it’s not just about what I want and what I say goes.” There is a wonderful mystery that is evolving.   I was learning my lines the other night, and I was already in it and so invested in the story.  That’s how good it was.  I can say it’s the best stuff I’ve had on this show since the Ice Princess.  I am really excited for what is ahead.

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So, now can we say that you will be kind of “recurring” on the show?

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THAAO:  It looks like roots are being formed with this character, so I would think so.  And on GH, you don’t really have a true villain, except Kathleen Gati’s Dr, Obrecht, and that’s a woman. The audiences are not used to having female villains as much as they are a male villain. I don’t want to sound like a chauvinist (Laughs) but male villains are much more interesting! (Laughs) They have a lot more power, let’s face it.  The world is full of them … and they are all men! (Laughs)

How would you define the relationship between Victor and Dr. Obrecht (Kathleen Gati)?  Is Victor still smitten with her?  Does he love her? Of course, we never saw their back-story fully on-air.

THAAO:  I said to our EP Frank Valentini, so what happened to Victor … as I was the only one to survive, and I was put into prison, because I have no idea?  So I have to put it in my own head, and I can’t play what’s not there.  All I can do is have moments of what the lust must have been like between Obrecht and Victor, or what kind of sex we must have had, or what kind of passion we must have had.  Obviously, Liesl affected Victor more than he affected her!  She loves that crazy man, Cesar (Anders Hove)!  I think I am baffled, actually. (Laughs)  I love Kathleen!  She says, “I would rather have you!” (Laughs)  We have a wonderful rapport.  It’s a dance and it’s funny.  When I looked at her I said to myself, “Is this the type of woman I would go for?”  I thought:  “Kathleen is a lovely human being. She is a very dedicated actress, and she works very hard, and in the same way I was trained to do.”  So there are all the romantic things between Victor and Liesl, but what I am also discovering is … there is a threat there … a threat!

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How was working in those just aired scenes with Kimberly McCullough (Robin) … where Victor is quite nasty to Robin while they are trying to resurrect Jason?

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THAAO: That has been interesting stuff to play.  Kimberly was not feeling well the first day we worked.  I had a sequence with her that was so primal.  When I say “no” to her, something came out of me, some sound!  I think I even shocked the crew! (Laughs)  I shocked myself at the way it came out!  It came out of nowhere, and so then I pulled it back in.  You know, Robin is a very vulnerable character. So, I have to watch how to play with her, whereas with an Obrecht type character you can move her around, and throw her on the bed, or whatever.  (Laughs)

Robin is one of the most beloved characters on the canvas in the history of General Hospital, and so to have Victor double-cross her when she is trying to do good and save Jason, could earn him the “Most Hated” Award! (Laughs)

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THAAO: Robin is a sacrifice in a way, and she serves her purpose in all of this, and people are blaming me for getting Kimberly off the show!  She wanted to get off the show, because she wanted to direct.  It’s one of those things where fans are saying: “You better not get rid of her because I am coming after you!”  And I am going, “Are they for real these people?”  I have had a few threats.  You look at it as the actor and you are going, “Ah, it’s only a script.”  You look at these people who take the stuff so seriously.   It is amazing how analytical the fans can be, and in-depth when they think up, or of, the storylines.  But overall, it’s been an interesting time coming back to GH … someplace I never thought I would ever be coming back to again.

For more with Thaao on his real life travel adventures and more make sure to pick up a copy of his memoir: Places: The Journey of My Days, My Life.

Now let us know, what did you think of the reveal that Victor was responsible for running Patrick and Emma and Sabrina off the road?  What do you think Victor plans to do with Jason?  What do you think about how Victor used Robin?  Do you hope Victor and Dr. O have more intense scenes together?  What do you think of Thaao’s comments? Weigh-in below!

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su0000
su0000

Love love love Thaao Penghlis !!!
Love the Cassadine!!

I hope Jason will come back a killing monster and kill Robin, dead..
Mangel her and suck her blood out like a monster killer!!
And then eat Robin so there is no way of her return.. (burp & bflush! I like that 🙂

And no, I do not hate Robin she ain’t real to hate..
she is an irritant and very hard to tolerate, is all..

Heather Gideon
Heather Gideon

i love love Thaao Penghlis too and like the role he is playing as Victor Cassadine
General Hospital is my faveorite soap i look forward to watching it everyday

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

Do you belong to some cult?…just curious…lmao

janet
janet

no he is just really Re-Ron.

Omar
Omar

Agree..I do NOT hate Robin, but PLEASE kill this character off..She is just SO damn BORING..Ever since she was on years ago playing a little annoying girl and now, its just been boring like there is no tomorrow with this actress..Just kill this character off..I thought i was the only one, thanks su0000, you prove me right!!

July
July

Robin isn’t boring, never was. I’m not a robin fan, but don’t hate her. Her story is interesting ever since she came to PC. There is not need to say kill her off. She didn’t do anything bad to have her killed like some others have. Her story line now is stupid but still she doesn’t deserve to die. If you want her to leave than that’s your perogative but to die. BTW.. She’s not real. She isn’t going anywhere . She’s been on the show since she was child and if she wants to go and come she’s earners that right. She’s do info nothing different than other actors have done in soaps.

GH50
GH50

You know, I love Thaao. he was so great back in the Ice Princess days and of course he is the great Tony DiMera. The man is absolutely a fantastic and I mean a fantastic actor and a soap icon. But I couldn’t get past his first response without shaking my head. Talking about a cohesive story, allowing things to evolve, what is believable and things not happening overnight.

Sorry, but this entire story is so convoluted and full of holes and contradictions and things actually do happen over night. Robin has been working away for months and then pulls an all nighter after Patrick leaves and has a breakthrough. Please.

And then you just pop open the lid of what looks like a tanning bed, grab a very flexible arm that is supposed to be frozen, shove a needle in it, when you’re not a doctor, and that’s it.

Male villains are more interesting, viewers aren’t used to female villains, female villains don’t have as much power? Is he kidding? Helena Cassadine anyone? Lord watch some old clips of the person you are resurrecting.

The part I loved is that he has no idea of his back story, where he’s been for the past 30 years, his relationship with Obrecht, he has to put it in his own head. Unbelievable. Just verification that Cartini are making it up as they go along and have no idea what they’re doing. Good Lord, how do you give an actor motivation, what does he draw from if he doesn’t know anything about his character? What an unbelievable mess this show is.

Shay
Shay

@GH50….I am also a huge fan of “Victor” from his Ice Princess Days! My word, TP was such a smoldering presence on GH during that Summer of ’81….way too old for me, but that didn’t keep me from my admiring his exotic good looks and dashing demeanor just the same!!! Hence, I was absolutely delighted when he returned to the Port Charles canvas (albeit decades too late for my taste!) but I have felt cheated thus far, not being apprised of his backstory and whereabouts since his all-too-brief appearance as my favorite Cassadine during GH’s heyday. While I love the notion that he has a history with the deliciously diabolical Dr. O. and perhaps even fathered her son, I am truly hoping that this iconic character (and actor) will get the attention to detail and screen exposure that he truly deserves this time around. Despite his gracious comments regarding the genesis of Victor’s journey back to GH, I am also wondering if the current regime will do him justice, or give him the same short shrift in storylines that so many of our fondly-remembered legacy characters have suffered in recent years. All I do know is that whenever TP graces the show with his regal bearing, we are treated to an elegance and worldliness that has been sorely missing from present day Port Charles, so I will make it a point to savor every dastardly moment in which Victor is involved. Hopefully, that will be for quite awhile and on a most regular basis!

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

GH was at its best in the early 80s…back then i rarely missed an episode…i shut the phone off and i wouldnt even go to the bathroom until the credits were over…lol…now im not too much in a rush to get home to watch and even take occasionally naps when the show is on(but thats also partly due to my poor health of late too)…once in a full moon GH will have a great entertaining episode that keeps me glued like the good old days and then there are the episodes that make me wonder why i watch…if tptb would balance the show by trimming half the cast and write with better continuity in the plots like they did over at OLTL this show could be just as addictive to me as it was back in its golden years…i dont want a MEGA SOAP as has been allegedly rumored…i want back those fantastic stories, the fun and humor, the battling Quartimaines, the romance, the medical stories like B.J.s that tug at your heart…i want to be entertained on a daily basis by the GH i used to know and love…and not every now and then…not this sad barely recognizable mess of a show…i will continue to watch and support GH(i do find good moments sometimes) with the hope one day it will return to its former glory!!!

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

I also want a backstory shown in flashback detailing how they met and the romance of Dr.Mutter and Victor Frankenstein…lol

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

I so agree with everything you are saying…and female villians can be just as cool…i guess he doesnt realize Helene is a female…lol…other great female villians were the late great Beverly Mckensie as Iris on AW…Robin Strasser as Dorian on OLTL and Rachel on AW(also Victoria W. as Rachel)…and Eileen Fulton as Lisa on ATWTs just to name a few who entertained us for decades with their deliciously villainous roles…!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

jimh…sorry you are in bad health…I know that soaps and other shows people get absorbed in are great escapes from reality.

As for GH and its heyday; yeah…GH and OLTL and going alllll the way back to Dark Shadows…they were all great for what they were. But they’ll never be that again…as we won’t be who we were back then or sit and watch perhaps with people who have passed since then. Sigh. I’m feeling philosophical today. But what I’m trying to say is I think the shows were written for that era…and if we look back on the now though they were engrossing they were so corny…LOL…and they still are! But, they won’t be replicated.

Today’s audience is different. Television is different. Soaps are dying off…so we, the fans left of the few shows left have not yet broken the daily soap habit! i think GH is good. I don’t compare it to those old days…most of the characters we loved back then are gone; the ones that are still here are older…and I just don’t think we can ever get back the feeling we had when we watched back then. The “battling” Qs are gone. Even if they add to the family…it won’t be the same. Sonny and Brenda…even if she comes back to the show…won’t be the same. Luke and Laura that so many still desperately want? Done. And if by ANY chance they reunite them in the end…it’s not the same.

I’m enjoying the current stories. I try not to think of what’s past…because the past is gone….

And on a cheery note…how bout those Mets! 😉

Omar
Omar

I agree with you 100%..GH is a “hot”mess this summer…LOL

July
July

Totally agree Omar!!! Stupid and absurd storylines

Jennifer
Jennifer

I love that Victor and Patrick don’t like each other it would be a great storyline if Victor has Patrick and Sabrina son all this time and made them think the baby is dead but I don’t like that Victor hurt Patrick and Sabrina and Emma and baby Gabe because he want to keep Robin in line to do her job if her family was in trouble it has none to do with Sabrina. So what is Victor going to do to save his own skin when people find out that he hurt Patrick and Sabrina and Emma and kill baby Gabe it would be funny if Victor tell Patrick and Sabrina their son is alive somewhere to see what they would do a about it and how to find their son.

Shay
Shay

Actually, the fact that Victor is the one who orchestrated “Operation Roadkill” makes me admire him all the more. I only wish his plan had been more effective by divesting Port Charles of Sappy’s presence on a permanent basis, as well. As for all the people hoping that “Gabe the Babe” is coming back, all I can say is that when Robin fibbed to Patrick about Jason’s “death” being attributed to multiple organ failure, I breathed a sigh of relief, thinking that if that were a situation even she couldn’t reverse, then at least the “rent a runt” would not be making a repeat appearance either! It is often said let sleeping dogs lie, and that is also my motto for this tedious tot. Let him remain in the afterlife…..he’s already had his fifteen minutes…..and then some.

Kyle
Kyle

I love Thaao, he’s Awesome. I do hope we see more of him an Robin, and they get Helena resurrected. I’d like for Jason & Stavros too, but mainly Helena, she’s one of my favorites. Can’t wait to see more of this!

Aurelene McGruder
Aurelene McGruder

I think it was a dirty trick how Victor Cassadine got all of Robin’s work and research under false pretenses. He threatened her family at the expense of her marriage to make her do the work. Then when he sees the results, he gives her the bums rush to get rid of her while keeping all her research notes and the serums she created.
The fact that he got Rafe to run the car off the road was purely evil. He indirectly caused the death of a baby. All of that shows his ego centric thinking. Victor Cassadine is thinking only of his own family and not caring what happens to the families of others. The car accident just shows how far he will go to get his way.
Thaao Penghlis is the man for this job. He makes the character believeable. He shows the character’s inner longing for his family as well as the iron will to make it happen. He can make threats, guarantees, of what he will do or make happen if he doesn’t get his way. Never cross a Cassadine whether they’ve had their coffee or not. The fact that he had fathered a child with the icy Dr. O lets you know there is more to him than meets the eye.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

What I like about this storyline is that both characters were true to form. Cassadines should never be trusted to reveal their entire hand, and Robin was too arrogant in thinking she had any sort of control over the situation. If she had consulted someone who knows the Cassadines about Victor’s proposal, she would have known to read the fine print. But, she’s never been like that. Robin may be a good person. But her hubris is that her ego, like many brilliant doctors, makes her think she knows the right answer before everyone else.

Victor played her like a fiddle. He lured her with weird medical needs, which is her Achilles’ heel. She didn’t even think to question the obvious, like why did Victor even have Jason in the first place? Why did he want him to survive? And, why does he want his relatives reanimated when he’s top dog right now without their interference?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Sometimes I’m more interested in how the actor comes across in an interview than what he or she has to say about his character and/or story line.

In this case I was surprised at a few things; I think Thaao did come across a bit sexist…I don’t think the best villains are necessarily men. Literature and film are full of femme fatales and evil bitches. On GH alone both Helena and Dr. O are just two examples. And I’m not sure if I were an actor playing a love interest if I would admit publicly that I wondered if I’d be attracted to my co-star…perhaps I interpreted that wrong but somehow it came across as too much information.

As for crazy fans who threaten actors…that IS off the wall. It’s one thing to get immersed in a story; it’s another to actually approach an actor and at the least dangerous spectrum blame him or her for their actions on the show…and the other end of the spectrum have to deal with some psycho “fans” who actually do threaten actors if they’re not happy with the outcome on the show. Scary stuff… With that said, it also came across as rather condescending to me to say…to us actors, “it’s just a script…” which of course, in reality is true…but to put it in such terms sort of takes away the fun of getting immersed in characters when actors seem nonchalent about the whole thing…

I felt the same thing listening to Kimberly on MF’s talk show interview. Didn’t listen to a lot of it, but I remember thinking when he asked her something about what Robin was doing or going…does it bother her she said with a laugh, “well, no, because it’s a character; it’s not real…” something to that effect.

Sometimes I ‘d rather not hear or read an interview…it’s too much reality from an actor, who…is really just doing their job. And when they come across that way, it ruins it for me…

On the other hand, when they seem immersed in their character and the story…then I feel like we’re on this ride together and it’s somewhere worth going…

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

Had to reply here…i know what you were saying…the past is gone and GH will never be the show it was 30 years ago(actors died, retired moved on but i wasnt saying bring back those characters from 30 years ago)…i can easily see that its not they 80s but i dont see why it cant be similiar in some way with the next generation…im not an Olivia fan but i see good chemistry with Ned and together they could become the next Monica and Alan…Olivia and Ned could fall in love, get married and move in the Q mansion…Monica married Alan and still had feelings for Rick Webber and Alan become insanely jealous…well Ned could become insanely jealous like Alan because Olivia still has feelings for Sonny…the return of Neds daughter Brooklyn could come to town as a Tracy type troublemaker…so it is possible the next generation of Qs could continue the bickering Quartimsines…a better heart transplant storyline would involve Molly…after the car accident it would be learned Molly was in serious need of a heart transplant and Rafe would be the donor…not a rarely seen Alice and a short term character like Mickey Diamond…it wouldve been more involving if Molly was the one in urgent need of a new heart and Rafe the donar(as long as drugs didnt interfer) and as for Luke and Laura, i could see Nathan and Maxi filling those shoes as GHs next super couple…so you see we could relive those good old days through the next generation!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I understand what you’re saying jimh. Actually, I do like Olivia and Ned together…I had forgotten that she had a connection to Lois so that’s an interesting thing in and of itself in that Sonny’s not her only Bensonhurst connection; Ned is too by association. And, I’m beyond happy that Ned is there at all! I know he’s on another show so I’m surprised he’s been putting in time at GH. I hope it’s going to be on a regular basis.

I also understand what you mean about building on the Qs…I’d like that too. But I still feel that soaps have evolved with the times…and a lot of us watching were younger then too…and soaps don’t hold the same magic they once did. Not for me anyway. What I mean by that is “back in the day”…soaps were all the rage…now…they’re relics from the past still hangin’ on. LOL. And so I enjoy the day to day walk thru this fictional town and its fictional peeps…but I don’t expect to get the adventure that it once held.

All in all, don’t get me wrong. I’m one of those fans who hopes GH…and whichever soaps others enjoy…continues on for years to come. I, for one, still love the ride, even though it’s different. I don’t think we could “relive the good old days” as you say…I think it’s a new day…LOL…and ya just can’t go back home! 😉

Shay
Shay

@rebecca1…..It sounds as though you have never visited TP’s Twitter page, because if you had, you would be well aware that at times he can be rather outspoken and provocative in his views. I find it to be part of his considerable charm, but for the uninitiated, I suppose it can be unsettling! However, I do have a different take on his comments questioning his character’s “attraction” to Kathleen Gati’s Dr. O. I don’t believe he was being disrespectful to the lady or her sex appeal, but was as part of his acting process wondering out loud how he got to the point of being associated with this very strange but enchanting creature. When first we saw Victor back in the day, he was your typical wealthy playboy with a taste for willowy blonde starlets, namely the lovely and luscious Tiffany Hill, who later became involved with Robert Scorpio and finally, Sean Donely. Since Victor was sent to prison after his short stint on GH, we never learned any more about his life since that time, and apparently, neither has TP….it sounds as though he has tried to fill in the blanks with very little help from the showrunners (surprise, surprise….) as to what sort of romantic journey led Victor to encounter the most unusual Liesl and put them into a situation intense enough to have him still carrying a torch for her all these years later. And I must admit, I am wondering, too, and am looking forward to that answer while seeing two of my favorite characters mixing it up together in the future, particularly if Nathan is Victor’s son, as many of us suspect. As far as the perceived chauvinism thing, well, I was not offended in the least….I applaud anyone who has the guts to say something that is off the beaten pc path these days!!!! Overall, I find TP to be quite daring, oh so erudite and a most wonderful addition to the current GH canvas…he is most definitely a true original!!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Actually, I looked it over very quickly after reading this interview. Don’t get me wrong, Shay…I welcome all things Cassadine. I like Victor, in all his eviltude…he’s soft spoken and elegant which belies his dark side. He’s actually the embodiment of a vampire…looks like he could be one of a certain age…he charms and allures…then comes in for the kill.

However, what I’m saying is a few of his answers hit me in a negative way…

First about his attraction to Dr. O. I still think he was talking about himself…whether he would be attracted to her. I think that was a bit cloudy…though in the end he wound up singing her praises…

When he mentioned the fans who take it too seriously…I think the “ah, it’s only a script” part annoyed me. Of course it’s only a script! Any sane person, LOL, knows they’re watching TV. But I’d still rather not here an actor who plays the character verbalize it. Don’t know if that makes sense. In the same vein I mentioned Kimberly who answered one of M. Fairman’s question on his radio program…asking if she was bothered by the way Robin’s been acting…or something like that…can’t remember now. Her first response was, “no, it’s just a characer.” See…I don’t want to hear that. If I’m going to suspend my disbelief then don’t break it for me.

That’s a fine line…Every actor, film/TV etc does interviews…we read about them, watch them on interviews, listen to their interviews…so that wall is broken. But I also appreciate when the actor takes their role/character seriously. That they’re into it. Once I think that it’s just a paycheck or they’re removed from it…it kinda ruins it for me when I watch them…

rebecca1
rebecca1

ugggggggg…hear not here!

Shay
Shay

I can certainly understand your drift on how some of TP’s responses seemed rather negative, particularly those regarding Kathleen Gati, but having said that, I am still very much looking forward to those two working together again. Both have that really intense, worldly quality, no doubt inspired by their own very interesting and cultured backgrounds. I failed to mention before that having worked for so many years with Leann Hunley as Anna on DOOL also probably furthered the actor’s comfort zone with beautiful blonde leading ladies, and so it may be a bit of a stretch to be imagining himself with someone so vastly opposite to that norm….Dr. O. is definitely of a different breed, although I think there are times when she looks quite alluring…I love when she is all glammed up! As for actors’ remarks about it being “only a script or character,” well, I suppose that is true, even if it sounds a bit disappointing to hear that notion verbalized! I particularly think that perhaps Kimberly’s response demonstrates not only her weariness with acting (in general) but more so, the way GH cast members are being very reluctant and non-disclosing in their interviews these days. After having witnessed the vindictive behavior Sean Kanan and Jack Wagner suffered for being candid with their displeasures regarding their characters and storylines, it seems as though nobody else wants to go there!!!! Can’t blame them…..

su0000
su0000

THAAO: Robin is a sacrifice in a way, and she serves her purpose in all of this, and people are blaming me for getting Kimberly off the show! She wanted to get off the show, because she wanted to direct.
It’s one of those things where fans are saying: “You better not get rid of her because I am coming after you!” And I am going, “Are they for real these people?” I have had a few threats.
-////- You look at these people who take the stuff so seriously. It is amazing how analytical the fans can be, and in-depth when they think up, or of, the storylines.

ahaha haaa! there are the crazy ones, for sure.. frightening they are..
There should be a crazy soap fan physiatrist ..

The ones who take this fictional BS overly serious and into their real lives need help or a life outside of their tv soap world. .. 🙂 aha..
sheesh ”threatening the man” really! … good lord help those wackos !

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

GH and Port Charles and the people who live and work there arent fictional….they are MY FAMILY and are ‘REAL! REAL! REAL!’…lol

KMB
KMB

I’ve said it before….bring back Stefan Cassadine please!

rebecca1
rebecca1

agree KMB…loved him! He WAS Cassadine…and made that castle where Nicolas lives a magical, creepy, interesting lair…

Christy
Christy

victor would probably freeze him. te he he

Lin
Lin

I did not watch GH in the Ice princess days and know nothing about this character. After Luke raped Laura and GH made them a romantic couple I did not watch for many years until Luke and Laura were off the show. So when the Cassadines were on the first time, I did not watch. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I find the on again off again Robin story lines stupid as the character is not acting like herself at all (not coming to help her husband when his baby died, not seeing her daughter- to maybe, maybe help Jason???) I don’t know what will happen. Since I have no positive feelings about this character from before, and after the reveal, I guess he’s a number one evil creep and I find him scary. I don’t know how you could find that funny. His scenes with Obrecht are somewhat funny. I will probably fast forward whatever he does with Jason, I probablly don’t want to know, esp. if he makes him a killing machine or kills him. Since they showed photos of Steve Burton and we’re 999% sure it won’t be him, I find that super stupid on the part of the head writer and executive producer. The way Victor treated Robin- like a monster/jerk.

Christy
Christy

i hear you on that luke and laura crap. I never could see how a rapist and victim could ever be made into a romance… even that rate aside, I never got into them as a couple. Love Luke, tho!

i kinda remember the ice princess and this character, but you can still find videos online if you want to catch him from way back when…. back when we were all a lot younger! ha!

Shay
Shay

Oddly enough, Lin, during his initial appearance as Victor back in the ’80’s, TP was the least scary and intimidating of the three Cassadine brothers. Mikos was the eldest and the madman behind the whole Ice Princess scheme, and Tony was more the business brains….he had been the one to schmooze and gladhand the denizens of Port Charles along with his cohort, eccentric madcap heiress Alexandria Quartermaine. But Victor was the hot, romantic one….still dangerous, yes, but oh so handsome and dreamy! I’ll never forget his appearance on a yacht in a Polo shirt (or perhaps Lacoste…) and shorts! Oh my!!!!

Suz Boo
Suz Boo

I think it is funny that people are haters of Robin…aka Kimberly! She doesn’t write these terrible storylines…goofy people, this is TV and not real life Kimberly is a great actor as others are but remember the writers write the storylines not the actors they act out what is on their scripts by the writers. Get real!

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

Not really haters…just her storyline as you said its the writing and Kims off and on appearance…i dont hate the actress or character…just tired of them!!!

Omar
Omar

Thaao is daytime soap legend and a great actor..But this entire storyline sucks..In fact all the storylines are just downright ridiculous, dull, silly and lingering with no reward..GH is in a bad place this summer..Hopefully by fall it will get better..I still and will continue to tune in.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Just not feeling this story line at all. Miss the genuine humanity. It may be there cloaked in all this fantasy and strangeness but really, I would rather it be not so difficult to find. Had hope GH would not become so over the top during this renaissance. It only gets worse for me.

Omar
Omar

Agree..No humanity and a hot mess of a storyline.

janet
janet

Thaao I liked on Days. When I watched some of it. I am sorry that TIIC of this show think its great to demonize the characters who don’t toe the mark. Kim and SK come to mind. KIm wants to do other things. So they try to make the fans hate her and think she is awful. Robin that is. The only thing this story does for me is make me wonder why. Personally I don’t think Jason could ever be any more evil than he was under Guza. Kill for money ??? Kill for money, kill for pleasure ? WTH is the difference, the victim is still dead. FrankenRon Frankenstein? I know one thing .I have no interest in watching. The show doesn’t make any sense and the way its put together I don’t get it. In some ways lots of them really , the show hasn’t changed All the mobs etc and all the faces we know but the storylines stink. Makes no sense and now Threesomes .I’m old this doesn’t interest me at all. Thaao is not a soap fan .Helena was the best villain,

Patty
Patty

We don’t need 3 somes filler story, we need story lines that connect characters and not have so many small stories that start and then dropped for weeks at a time. That said still a big fan. 🙂

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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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The General Hospital 16-Episode Collection: ‘All Sonny’s Children’ Debuts

General Hospital fans know that Sonny Corinthos  (Maurice Benard) has fathered a lot of children in Port Charles and then some, and there is even another Corinthos baby on the way.

Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Included in the the 16-episode collection is: Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina, as well as the hesitation and joy that comes with knowing a new baby is on the way.

So, check out the collection and let us know which episodes are your favorites? And, who is your favorite kid of Sonny’s of all-time? Weigh-in below.  But first watch the just released promo for the collection.

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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