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Genie Francis Taking A Break From GH For Rest of Summer, But There Are ‘Great Storylines Planned for Fall’

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She is the icon, who last year delivered one of the best performances of her career as Laura Collins, which earned her a Lead Actress Daytime Emmy nomination, and now Genie Francis has announced she is taking a temporary break from General Hospital.

According to TV Insider, Francis shared the news: “I’ve decided to take the summer off. I am very much looking forward to spending the time with my family and relaxing a bit. I promise, though, I will be back to Port Charles before you know it.”

As to Laura’s future and being heavy in the mix in storyline, Genie expressed: “I’ve had such a fun time on GH, and I’ve absolutely loved what the writers gave me to work with this season. And, there are some really great storylines planned for the fall.”

Francis has been playing the role of Laura on and off on the ABC daytime drama series since 1977.

So, even though Genie is taking some time off are you glad to know that Genie will be back for more GH? Comment below.

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Rodd
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She will absolutely be missed. SOOOO glad she will be returning. I hope Laura and Kevin go on an extended vacation or that Laura just simply isn’t on the canvas until Genie’s return. I’m so over these insipid excuses the writers are giving for other characters on other soaps being “out of town” for months on end.

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Rebecca1

It would be rather odd for Laura and Kevin to go on an extended vacation given all that’s probably about to happen with Spencer. Maybe it’ll tie in to Ryan’s story and they’ll go missing…or to Victor Cassadine who I hear is coming back from the dead (unless that’a rumor….)

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Violet Lemm

Rebecca1,
It’s weird, every time they show Kevin, I always look to see if both his arms are real. Iam afraid somehow Ryan has switched himself out with Kevin.oh, and who is the dark young girl lurking around the hospital, I wonder?

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Steve

How is this even news? She’s been taking off from filming during summer the past few years. Last year, when the rest of the cast came back to film at the end of July, Genie returned in October.

While she’ll be missed, the concept of long breaks for lead characters is smart. Still remember when Erika Slezak took off every August for family vacations. They used that time to build up some memorable stories for Viki (such as the Paris Texas storyline).

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, she will be missed. I’m hoping Laura gets to see her wicked grandson Spencer exposed before Genie leaves. But, if not, I can wait…

Gm
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Gm

Whatever the storyline I hope it involves BOTH Kevin and Laura. They are a great team.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

I thought Genie was leaving due to Steve’s covid outbreak. Remember last time Gene took along time to come back.its more than a vacation

Steve
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Steve

Burton’s diagnosis was just this week. Genie hasn’t been taping for over a month – no relation.

Her contract allows for extended summer breaks.

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

I hope she has a relaxing vacation and doesn’t stay gone too long. Look forward to the fall storylines.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hope Genie enjoys her summer break. She really needs it after dealing with her on-screen family. I wonder how much we’ll see of Kevin while she’s gone. I keep looking for clues that his left arm is real, and when he speaks with Ava, I look for other signs that he’s possibly Ryan.

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Satan

Well, it seems Laura & her brother, Colonel Sanders errr…. Marty are going on vacation together because their other brother Cyrus the Virus is playing some sort of psycho games from his prison cell or whatever.

So this leaves Kevin in Port Charles. Which is probably a good thing, because the way the current storylines are going, a lot of people could probably use some “professional help” in the mental health department.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I would have felt better if Kevin had joined his wife, but she’ll have Marty who probably needs a rest, he isn’t looking very well.Maybe those croissants he snagged will fix him up.

pamela
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pamela

Yup, the writers think the viewers have amnesia, like Sonny. We don’t remember Genie—er, Laura–disappearing every year. And of course they write the plot into a corner so when Laura returns they’ll have to spend some time unravelling it all. Why couldn’t she simply say she’s had an exhausting year with her daughter almost dead, her brothers emerging from the woodwork and her coping as a mayor with COVID (like that was ever covered). And she needs a vacation. Heck, if the president of the U.S. can go on vacation so can the Mayor of Port Charles. Get real writers.

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Nancy Lee Grahn Debuted 25 Years Ago Today as General Hospital’s Alexis Davis

Back on September 26th, 1996, (25 years ago today!) the new character of Alexis Davis made her debut on ABC’s General Hospital, and brought to the iconic soap opera, the talents of Nancy Lee Grahn.

Grahn, had already made a name for herself with her captivating portrayal of lawyer Julia Wainwright Capwell on Santa Barbara for which she won a Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy in 1989, in a tie with AMC’s Debbi Morgan.

Back in April, General Hospital, marked this milestone with a special episode for Grahn, that could be remembered come next year’s Emmys.

Alexis, or shall we call her “Natasha”, was introduced on GH as the daughter of Mikkos Cassadine and his mistress, whose throat was slit by Helena Cassadine, which has played into Alexis’ story for many years to come.  At the time of her entrance to the show, Wendy Riche was GH’s executive producer.

Through the years, viewers have witnessed Grahn’s portrayal of: a tough legal eagle, an honest depiction of a woman battling the bottle, failed romances, while all the time being a loving and faithful mother to her three daughters, Sam, Molly, and Kristina.

Nancy won her second Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy, this time for her role as Alexis in 2012, and has been a multi-nominee in the Lead Actress category for her performances on the ABC daytime drama series.

Here’s to Nancy for giving us 25 years of her on-screen work as Alexis!

Congratulate Nancy and tell us your favorite Alexis Davis moments via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Comes Home as Jason and Carly Begin Their Wedding Night

Monday’s episode of General Hospital continued to set the stage for major payoffs in the long and winding road tale of everyone in Port Charles believing Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) is dead.

Only now, with his memory in tact, Sonny is very much alive, no longer living as “Mike” in Nixon Falls. and back in the town which he ruled as the mob kingpin.  Problem is: his wife, Carly (Laura Wright) just got married to his best friend, Jason (Steve Burton) and they are about to have their first night together as newlyweds.  And without all the subplot and subtext, Sonny has no idea that they were first brought together to be a united front to save Sonny’s territory from the ‘Five Families’.  Only now, the two have admitted they truly are in-love with each other.

In story, after the bomb that went off was proven to kill mobsters Buscema and Novak, and not its intended target – the newlyweds – thanks to a double-cross from Ms. Wu – Jason, Carly, and Ms. Wu discuss Cyrus Renault’s (Jeff Kober) involvement and that Wu is happy for Jason and Carly.

 

At the wedding reception, Michael (Chad Duell) gives a touching speech about his mom and Jason and gives the official toast.  Later, Jason and Carly head out after Carly throws the bouquet which Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) catches.

Meanwhile, back in Nixon Falls, Sonny gets out of dodge and away from Nina (Cynthia Watros), thanks to Jax’s (Ingo Rademacher) plane, while Nina gets a visit from Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and Anna (Finola Hughes), where she admits that Peter (Wes Ramsey) was in Nixon Falls, and caused the fire, and is going to go after Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and the baby.  She does not tell them what she did keeping Sonny away from his family for 9 months.

Anna and Peter split up to find Peter, and Peter’s exit ride hasn’t show up yet to get him out of Nixon Falls, so Anna catches him, gun drawn.

Later at the Corinthos home, Jason and Carly are alone together in the bedroom with wedding night jitters, but Jason says there is no rush as the two kiss, just as Sonny arrives home, smiles, looks around, sees photos of himself with Carly and the family, and heads upstairs!

Will Sonny find the two in each others arms and not tell then he is alive?  Will something call him away? Will Jason and Carly have sex? When will Nina get payback for all that she has done to Carly and Sonny?  Will Peter get away from Anna? Let us know your theories in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Tells Nina He Knows Exactly Who He Is; Jason & Carly’s Wedding Comes to an Explosive Conclusion

Is it game over for Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros), or does she have another trick up her sleeve to keep Sonny (Maurice Benard) to herself, now that he remembers who is he?

On Friday’s dramatic episode of General Hospital, “Mike” looks to be gone and Sonny has come back in full force complete with a super hero moment escaping from being trapped underneath the beam that had fallen on top of him inside the burning Tan-O.  Sonny makes his escape after inhaling so many fumes, that he needs medical attention and is rushed to the hospital with Nina going along with him.

Inside the hospital, once given the all clear, Phyllis (Joyce Guy) tells Nina, “Mike” is asking for her, while Jax (Ingo Rademacher) pleads to let the doctors handle this situation.  But, Nina heads inside the room to see Sonny.  Then came the dramatic moment that many GH fans were waiting for.  As Nina calls him “Mike, he rips off his oxygen mask in anger and says that his name is Sonny and he remembers everything!  Nina does a pivot, knowing she is caught, and says the name may have have been a fake one, but they cannot deny the way they feel about each other.  She tells him that she honestly loves him and Sonny defiantly tells her NOT to say that.  Meanwhile Jax confirms to Phyllis that Nina always knew that “Mike” was Sonny and hid it from her and Sonny for months!

Back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly’s (Laura Wright) wedding comes to a conclusion! No one interrupts the wedding and the two look lovingly at each other to start their new life together as husband and wife.

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After the ceremony, mobsters Ms. Wu, Vincent, and Charles have a moment where she says “be wary of tomorrow”.  Jason and Carly have a moment alone where Jason looks truly in love with Carly now and all of those feelings he had buried for years have now come back to the surface. How will this all play out when Sonny comes back into everyone’s lives, alive and well?

After the reception had ended, Jason and Carly get in their limo to drive away as newlyweds.  She asks Jason what Ms. Wu whispered in his ear at the reception, he says she confirmed something he already knew.  Meanwhile, Vincent and Charles get in their limo.  Charles shares the world is about to be a better place without Carly and Jason in it.

Next, Carly tells the driver to start the car, and we see a bomb device under a car and the chapel blown up as the show comes to its conclusion.

Our bet is that the Novak/Buscema car was blown to bits, not Jarly’s limo thanks to a Wu double-cross, but we shall see next week! Great performances from Maurice Benard, Cynthia Watros, Laura Wright, and Steve Burton throughout this one.

So, what did you think of the moment Sonny told Nina he remembered who he is? What did you think of Jason and Carly’s nuptials? What do you think will happen next? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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