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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Diane Poised to Be Attacked by the ‘Hook’; Elizabeth Knew Finn’s Late Wife, Reiko?

On Friday’s cliffhanger of General Hospital, Diane Miller (Carolyn Hennesy) looks to be the next victim of the mysterious ‘hook’.  We won’t know till Monday how it plays out, but things are not looking good for the legal eagle in a preview for the airshow.

In story, Diane dropped by the garage that Brando worked at, looking for Sasha (Sofia Mattson).  At first, she bumps into Sonny (Maurice Benard) who is not pleased with Diane for trying to take him down on the witness stand during Nina’s hearing.  She shares she was helping her clients Michael and Willow as best she could.  Sonny says it was personal for him and he can’t forget what happened.

Next, Diane tells Sasha that she’s serving as her interim lawyer since Martin is unavailable and is there to discuss her guardianship. Sasha is scared that she’ll wind up behind bars now that Brando is gone.  Diane assures Sasha she will file a continuance to keep the process going to keep her out of jail. Diane asks where the guardianship papers may be, and Sasha tells her to check Brando’s office.

Dex (Evan Hofer), who is looking suspicious (but it has to be a red-herring, right?) is going to take Sasha home per Sonny’s orders, but Sonny also tells Dex to lock up when Diane is finished with her business.

Later, Diane in the dark, goes to Brando’s office to find the guardianship papers. Next, a figure appears in the doorway with the hook.  This time the ‘Hook’ looks to be of smaller stature leading many on social media that the person behind the violence could be Esme.

In other developments, Elizabeth Webber’s (Rebecca Herbst) convoluted storyline, just got even more convoluted.  Liz looks at the photo she’s drawn and suddenly has a flashback revealing the woman’s face at the bottom of the stairwell.  She then tells Finn (Michael Easton) that after her recent session with Kevin, she recalls seeing the woman’s face. Conveniently, Finn was just talking about his late wife, Reiko with Gregory (Gregory Harrison).  So, when Liz talks to Finn, she sees a woman’s face on Finn’s phone.

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Finn explains that the picture is of his late wife, Reiko.  He tells Liz he is working on a case that reminded him of Reiko, and he mentions being in the Mariana Islands with her. That makes Liz frantic and she decides to leave. Next, she heads home, where she locates a photo of her and her sister, Sarah. The photo is titled, “Elizabeth and Sarah, Mariana Islands, 1997.”

So, do you think Diane will perish or survive the attack by the ‘Hook’? Who is the ‘Hook”? What on earth is going on with Liz’s storyline? Share your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.  But first, vote in our latest ‘Michael’s Poll’ below by voting on which character is the culprit behind all of the bloodshed?

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Johnny Wactor on Brando’s GH Demise: “I Have Been Blown Away By The Reaction From The Fans, I Had No Idea That You Guys Cared So Much About My Character”

It’s been an emotional week for General Hospital viewers following the death of Brando Corbin; which meant that actor Johnny Wactor has wrapped his run on the ABC daytime drama series.

On Thursday, Wactor shared his ‘thanks’ to all the loyal GH fans who took the journey with him and his on-screen alter-ego via a video post on his Instagram account.

Johnny expressed: “It’s been a couple days since the demise of Brando Corbin in Port Charles as we know it.  And I have to tell ya, I have been so blown away by the reaction from the fans.  I had no idea that you guys cared so much about my character. I’m so grateful for the outpour of questions and support. I’ve always said, that the fans of General Hospital are the greatest fans in the world and I truly believe that and this is just further evidence of that.”

Social media was abuzz when Brando suddenly died following successful surgery after being attacked by the ‘hook’.  Some fans felt Wactor’s presence will be sorely missed; while others shared that they felt Brando was not a necessary character.

Wactor took all of the comments like a champ and in his video message added: “Whether you were excited to see Brando Corbin killed off, or outraged and have questions, man, I’m just so lucky to have been on this show, truly.”

As he concluded his ‘thank you’s’, Johnny let GH viewers know he does have some other projects that you will see him in very soon, sharing: “Thank you so much for letting me bring Brando Corbin to life.  Thank you for caring, and thank you for all the support and the well-wishes for my future endeavors, whether that’s back in Port Charles at some point, or another show, or other films … which there’s some coming.”

Lastly, Johnny added, “I’ll miss ya, and you enjoy the rest of the week.”

Watch Wactor’s heartfelt message below.

So, where do you stand with the decision to kill off Brando? Glad the character is off the canvas, or sad to see him go? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Brando Dies … But Not From His Wounds

On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, poor Sasha (Sofia Mattsson) was hit with yet another punch to the gut.  After losing her baby, Liam, back in December of 20201, she has now lost her husband, Brando (Johnny Wactor), in s shocking turn events that played out in Brando’s hospital room.

Finally coming to (following being ‘hooked’ by the mysterious figure) after surviving hours of surgery from his wounds, he goes coughs up blood and then goes into a massive seizure right in front of Sasha.

Panicked, Sasha calls for help, where Portia (Brook Kerr) and her team run in to try to save Brando.  Next, we get a montage of the love story of Brando and Sasha, which is never a good sign on soap operas – as it more often than not – signals the end of the line for a character.

After Portia is completely rattled by why Brando is dying when the surgery is a success, eventually he passes away.  Portia comes out of his hospital room and tells Sasha they did everything they could.  Just then, Brando’s mom, Gladys (Bonnie Burroughs) along with Nina (Cynthia Watros), come by and all the women are struck with heartbreaking grief.  Sonny (Maurice Benard) happens upon the scene and asks Portia what happened and she reveals there were sudden complications.

Wanting a moment alone to say goodbye to his cousin, Sonny (Maurice Benard) tells Brando to take care of Liam and Mike when he sees them in heaven. Sonny also promises to take care of Sasha and Gladys. Next, Sasha wants Sonny to go into Brando’s room with her, and they are joined by Nina and Gladys, who all stand over his bedside in tears.

Elsewhere, Portia finds Finn (Michael Easton) to look over Brando’s medical reports and case, and relates that Brando’s symptoms don’t track with what happened to him when he was brought into the ER and what happened in surgery.  She ponders if there is a more sinister explanation for his death, hoping Finn (even though he is an infectious disease doc) can help shed some light.

What did you think of GH’s decision to kill off Brando Corbin? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Check out the final moments of Tuesday’s General Hospital below.

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