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GH casts Kelly Sullivan as the new Kate Howard!

Well, GH finally did it. They replaced the talented Megan Ward who had been so badly back-burnered with a new Kate Howard 2.0!

This time around, the fashionista will be played by relative soap newcomer Kelly Sullivan. It has been confirmed by ABC Soaps In Depth that Sullivan has been put on contract, wheras the show bumped Ward to recurring.

A bit we know about Kelly Sullivan, is that she has had small parts on One Life to Live and As the World Turns and guest-starred in primetime police procedural dramas such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Sullivan is set to make her Port Charles debut in the fall.

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aria
aria

ok so heres the first mistake under garin wolf regime, why recast w/ a newbie when the fabulous megan ward is available? horrible first blunder mr. wolf, you should be trying to avoid those, and not end up like your fomer head writer, an unemployed.

bookchick
bookchick

The actress is in her early thirties. Are we supposed to believe that she is Sonny’s age or are they going to rewrite history again? Stupid move GH. Megan Ward was unique and fabulous and had great chemistry with Maurice Benard.

Nicole
Nicole

I loved Megan and Maurice together.SKATE is an awesoem couple.I am willing to give this actress a shot..If she does bomb I bet you GH will want Megan back….But Im excited for SKATE again and thank god Brenda is gone

SnBfan4life
SnBfan4life

Um sorry I have to laugh! Its obvious to a duck that they recasted Megan Ward cuz they are NOT serious about SKATE! LOL! I’m loving this cuz….duh! Nukate is just a FILLER until Vanessa Maricl Returns..just like Claire was if you pay close attention so don’t be too happy about Brenda being gone…VMG Already confirmed on Twitter that Brenda will be back for Sonny!!! Yeah SKATE is a great couple alright and that’s why they recasted MW!!! MAURICE’S LAST BRILLANT SCENES with VANESSA shows Who Sonny’s TRUE HEART has always belonged to one woman – BRENDA..with the way he Broke down and cried like a baby….that man NEVER cried over Kate or anyother woman the way he did! Brenda will INDEED be back and Kate will be history…I’m timing my watch right now! 🙂

Michelle
Michelle

No way! Brenda was a B****. Sorry to say. I’m still waiting for Sonny and Carly to get back together. They are classic. I never saw Branda in the good old days but this time around I couldn’t understand why anyone would give her the time of day. And Megan Ward rocked out as Kate. So not impressed with this one – sorry chiquita!

SnBfan4life
SnBfan4life

ROTF! Um nah the jokes is on you! Ha! Wait a minute – I need a minute cuz my ass is still laughing! Lmao! Um #1 Carson aka Carsick aka Scum is dead and gone they had their 4 failed marriages! I went to MAURICE BENARD’S TOUR in person and he said and I quote “There will be NO SONNY & CARLY PAIRING! They have ran their course!” Ha! Lol! Even the actor DON’T want that sick ass pairing anymore! And you are right about one thing….GH is not serious about bug-eyed nuKate and MW was the real Kate but guess what ? MW is GONE and been replaced! Hey it is what it is! And if Sonny & that barking mutt Cujo Carly was gonna get back together #1 that would’ve been happen…#2 They wouldn’t be putting him with re- cast Kate *giggles*

Your right YOU DON’T KNOW BRENDA’S character at all…cuz if ya did you would know that SHE ALWAYS COMES BACK! ALWAYS! Vanessa already told her many fans on Twitter that Brenda will be back and will be taking Sonny back as well! Tee hee! Ha! YOU are the one who needs to wake up! GH don’t have long to go on air anyawayz! S&B are ENDGAME when all is said and done! Btw I don’t get how anyone can like – wait! I don’t see how ANYONE can like that VILE, DISGUSTING , NO-MAN having Beast Cujo Carly! But hey whateva floats ya boat! This has been fun cuz you made me LMFAO!

PS. Have a good day! =)

jay
jay

Idiots in charge., well I will not support gh in anything ,what so ever. They really suck!!!! Their is only one Kate and that is Megan Ward. You suck Garin Wolfe, I hope u bomb.

b31
b31

Why are so many people under the impression the show’s head writer gets to decide if an actor/actress stays or goes? While it is *possible* — depending on how open the EP is to suggestion that a certain actor may or may not be able to play the role as it will soon be written — this is an EP / Corporate (Brian Frons, in this case) decision as often as not. Phelps and Frons clearly decided they didn’t like Megan Ward as Kate, as the part was reduced to nothing long ago–under the head writer who created her–and they were insistent on a recast, even in the face of fan demands and preferences. The fact that people assume this is Garin Wolf’s sole decision, or that Phelps and Frons would let a brand new head writer dictate their choices is the kind of wrongheaded thinking that has hurt our soaps. That, combined with the fact that the answer always seems to be, “I’m not getting the storyline/couple/actor I want so I’m hoping for the show to fail and/or refusing to watch it from now on” is how shows get canceled. It’s that simple. I don’t support recasting Kate, but I’m also not sure that it wasn’t a money decision, either. An established actress with several years under her belt is more expensive than a brand new actress who will work for a pittance…Frons has proven to be that cold-hearted before. But I’m telling you, I support stuff that’s going to get my show canceled even less. Could people please get some perspective?

JAY
JAY

Well, That is fine, but I refuse to watch the damn show for the lack of respect they have for fans. You have your opinion and I have mine.

Madison
Madison

So you don’t watch the show but you’re gonna complain about it. How does that make sense?

ethel
ethel

all i can say is the she has huges shoes to fill – megan ward was fabulous as kate!

Sean
Sean

Maybe Megan had some backstage shenanigans we simply are not privy too. Keep in mind we thought Drew Garrett’s Michael was irreplaceble also. GH has the best casting director out there, so we are o.k.

kay killgore
kay killgore

The actress is 33 years old Megan Ward is 41 now you are going to make this beleiveable when Sonny is 47 yrs old! I am sure Megan Ward got out of favor with Tony, Maurice & Steve ! You know those actors that overact or read cue cards or say nothing at all!!!!!

deedeelady
deedeelady

Maybe the actor’s can’t say anything now because of legalities?

There seems to be a lot of hush hush, how the owner’s will handle the details.

Maybe they have to wait until Sept. when AMC is completely gone?

JAY
JAY

I use to watch the damn show, but I gave up on it, because of the lack of respect. I was just making a statement. Get real!

Kyle
Kyle

Megan is Kate. I would like to know why Megan was not brought back. I think Kelly kind of resembles Megan, so this recast may work. I still hope they bring Megan back eventually if Kelly does not work out.

jackie bowman
jackie bowman

First of all when did the head writer change on GH? I loved Megan Ward and I hope this newby can fill her shoes. Let’s give her a chance.
I also hope that Carolyn Hennessey did not leave the show. I know she is supposed to be on a book tour and she will return to GH. She is not only beautiful, but very funny. Her facial expressions are hilarious.
Good bye to Brenda and Jax. Don’t miss them at all.

Jackie
Jackie

There is absolutely no chemistry with the new Kate. Megan Ward was great as Kate you really hated her being such a bitch but in th end you wish you could be her…..

mas
mas

Megan Ward is Kate, even Mr Benard wanted her back GH does not listen to it’s viewers, now if they said it was money reasons, I could understand why Megan wanted more, after the huge bomb of Brenda, and the stupid Olivia s/l, the only one that worked was Megan & Maurice, the ratings poved that. GH is on it’s way out UNLESS they LISTEN and start giving the fans what they want, get rid of the Zacara family, forget about Lisa coming back, and get back to basics, The Q,s , Skate, ect, Olivia, Dante, and the rest have lost it all for GH Wake Up ABC and give the viewers what they want. Megan Ward will breing so many back and we need this to keep another daytime drama on the air and save us from another talk or cooking show, women work hard enough at home we want romance not pot roast.

sandykatz
sandykatz

i love the role of kate and connie you are so beautiful you are a very pretty and talented actress iwish you the best allways

rob gold
rob gold

Kelly Sullivan has proven to be an excellent actress and not just another pretty face. Did I say”pretty’? I meant absolutely gorgeous.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Should Drew Get The Flash Drive Back, But Lose The Last Five Years Of His Life In Doing So?

On Friday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, Drew (Billy Miller) is faced with a dilemma that could change the course of his life forever.  It all comes down to DA Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), and her vendetta against Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), and how she is leveraging her possession of the flash drive that holds all of Drew’s memories and the key to his past.

In a confrontation at the Metro Court, Drew comes over to talk to Margaux, where he says he is not sure why he hasn’t taken it upon himself to turn her into the cops.  She adamantly points out that she is an attorney, and that he has no evidence that could be used against her in a court of law.  While she goes on about making Sonny pay for what he did to her father, she tries to get Drew to come along with her in her vendetta.  Drew refuses, not because of Sonny or Jason (Steve Burton), but he does not want to do this to Sam (Kelly Monaco) and have Danny be without his father.

Drew then stands up to her and tells he he knows she has been manipulating him for months. Even knowing she has the key to his life with the flashdrive that hold all of his missing years, Drew tells Margaux that she can hold this over his head, but even if he had the flashdrive there is a chance that the procedure to restore his memories could go wrong, and the sad fact that in doing the procedure, he will definitely lose the last five years of his life and all of those memories with Sam and more.  He says to Margaux that those memories mean everything to him.

A confident and irritated Marqaux tells him she is sure he will want the flash drive one day and that he knows her terms if she was to give it to him – helping her bring down Sonny and Jason for the murder of her father.   Drew is left with a difficult decision, while Margaux gets into an elevator and begins to cry over wanting to avenge her father’s death.  But little does she know, that evidence could prove that he was not the man she thinks he was.

So this begs the question to GH fans: Would you like to see Drew retrieve all of his memories as Andrew Cain, at the cost of losing the last five year of his life since being in Port Charles …  or should Drew leave his mind and memories alone and just go forward keeping the last five years in tact, and foregoing what other important history in his life that he may need to know now, or in the future? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Dancing with the Stars Juniors

LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: Y&R’s Joshua Morrow, DWTS: Juniors & GH’s Hudson West & B&B’s Joe Lando

Photo Credits: CBS, JPI, ABC

Listen to “Soap Nation Live! October 2018” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman you can now listen to the replay right here in audio player above!

This episode was given to the gents in soaps as Michael welcomed his very special guests: The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman), Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and General Hospital’s Hudson West (Jake), and The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman favorite, Joe Lando (Judge Craig McMullen).

During this fun night of chat, Joshua weighed-in on the Shick wedding that went bust, when Sharon told Nick at the altar that she knows he had sex with Phyllis.  Morrow, who will celebrate his 25th year as Nick Newman in early 2019 chimed in what the future for the stat-crossed couple may hold, and how he has enjoyed showing Nick’s dark side of late, plus he revealed one scene he felt uncomfortable with that he would not play, the ladies over the years in Nick’s life, and when asked by a listener of his memories of the late, great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Joshua shared some fun and poignant remembrances. He also addressed the status of Doug Davidson at the CBS daytime drama, and hopes that the writers will find a way to utilize the Y&R vet in the future.

Next, Hudson West’s joined the podcast where he gave listeners the inside scoop on what it has been like to be one of the 12 celebrity kids competing in the first-ever Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, which debuts Sunday at 8PMEST in a two-hour season premiere on ABC.  Hudson talked on how he has been learning the dance moves with his young pro dance partner and Dancing with the Stars pro mentor, how he deals with nerves before performing his dance routines and more.  General Hospital fans who know of Hudson’s Daytime Emmy-nominated performance of Jake Webber, Elizabeth and Jason’s son, got some interesting tidbits when he talked about working with Rebecca Herbst, Steve Burton and more, and how much he loves being on the show.

The final guest of the night was Joe Lando.  Prior to bringing Joe on the air, Michael played a classic clip from Megan’s death on One Life to Live from the 90’s, where Joe as Jake Harrison performed one of the saddest and most memorable scenes in soaps with his then acting partner, Jessica Tuck.  Joe then revealed when he was on Soap Nation Live that it has been over 20 years since he had heard the scene, and was still moved by it.  Lando who is now appearing as Judge McMullen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful teased there could be a love interest around the corner for the judge, as well as some retribution for his ruling in the custody case of Will Spencer, because of a favor called in by Ridge.  Lando also talks about his time on the hit primetime series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as Byron Sully, and shared more about his time on One Life to Live working with the likes of: Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, and Tuck.

Last, during out Game Show segment, a lucky caller won two VIP tickets to the Star Struck Fan Event Fall Festival in Alexandria, Virginia featuring members of the cast of Days of our Lives, as well as a Y&R goodie bag; which includes a personalizes autographed picture of Joshua Morrow, after answering correctly some Nick Newman trivia!

For archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Joshua, Hudson, and Joe above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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General Hospital Honored With Sentinel Award For Alzheimer’s Storyline

This week, ABC’s General Hospital was one of the recipients and honorees at the 2018 Sentinel Awards.

The awards honor storylines that inform, educate, and motivate audiences to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

Now in their 19th year, the 2018 Sentinel Awards were presented by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

The 12 outstanding Sentinel Awards honorees for 2018 spotlighted topics that included: nuclear safety, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, autism, sexual assault, mental health and disabilities.

One of those programs to receive the award was ABC’s General Hospital for “Sonny’s Dad storyline” which as viewers know shed a light on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease for those afflicted and their loved ones.   The story is beautifully played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).  Accepting  the award on behalf of the series was EP, Frank Valentini.

Other series, notably Empire was recognized for their abortion storyline, and Grey’s Anatomy for their Hemorrhage cart storyline representing Maternal health were two other popular shows that also received recognition for their work. among others.

So, proud of GH for receiving this honor for the work they are doing in telling the emotional tale of Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s and how it affects Sonny and his family? Comment below.

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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