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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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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.

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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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?

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).

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…

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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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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General Hospital’s Asher Antonyzyn Shares, “I Think That If Jason Doesn’t Get Sent Away Again, He and Danny Will Have a Really Great Connection”

It is clear that Danny Morgan (Asher Antonyzyn), as of right now, has the most character traits of his father, Jason Morgan (Steve Burton). When Jason returned to Port Charles and was hiding out at the Quartermaine boat house, viewers saw that Danny wanted to help out his dad as much as he could.

When the two shared a heart-to-heart about Danny’s passions and Jason learned he is turning out to be a sort of adrenaline junkie like himself, the father and son shared a bonding moment.

‘Asher Antonyzyn spoke to Soap Opera Digest about Danny having a lot more to do in story now that Jason is back, and how it has been working with Steve Burton and where he thinks the on-screen relationship can go.

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When speaking of how Danny is drawn to adrenaline and danger like his father, Asher expressed: “I can’t keep count of all the times that people say, ‘Danny, he’s just like his dad!’ I think that if Jason doesn’t get sent away again, he and Danny will have a really great connection.”

On his screen-time with Steve Burton, Antonyzyn added,  “When Steve Burton was coming back as Jason, I was like, ‘Since Danny never really had storyline with him, maybe I’ll come back out here a lot more and be able to do that with him.’ And then it happened! So that was pretty cool.”

So, do you hope that Danny and Jason’s connection is explored further? Do you think we will watch Asher grow up and become Jason Morgan 2.0? Comment below.

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