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GH Executive Producer Frank Valentini Nurses' Ball Preview: Liz Pulled Back Into Jason's World And Orbit & Is A Carly/Ava Catfight On The Way?



It’s Nurses’ Ball time, ya’ll! So get your tuxedos and your glam dresses out and get ready for the dramatic, singing and dancing spring spectacular which has become a staple of General Hospital!

On Monday, series and Emmy-award winning executive producer, Frank Valentini previewed for TV Line, a few plot points that will spill over into the Nurses’ Ball festivities! Chief among them:  “Elizabeth’s (Rebecca Herbst) burgeoning feelings for Franco (Roger Howarth)”.  Yup, seems those feelings and the conflict between Franco and Liz’s ex-Jason (Billy Miller) will be a major point.  According to Valentini: “That conflict pulls Liz back into Jason’s life and his world.”


Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) is in full tilt Carly-mode and ready to bring down Ava (Maura West) once and for all, and the mob gal’s attempts to have baby Avery all to herself!  Valentini teases: “Carly will get into it with Ava in a big way!” When asked if there might be a catfight on the way … the EP says, “You just might. The tension’s been boiling, so it’ll be fun to watch them square off.”


And there are still several other key plot points: Will they, or won’t they say their “I do’s”?  That is the question on Brucas (Ryan Carnes and Parry Shen) fans minds.  With reports that things don’t look so good for the duo when incidents tear them apart on Nurses’ Ball night, will they find a way back to each other in time?

And then there is Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) and Hayden (Rebecca Budig), who right now are out to destroy each other!  Will one of them finally succeed with dire consequences for the other?  

So, would you like to see Franco and Liz try to have a relationship?  Do you think Jason and Liz will truly get back together, especially now that he remembers everything of his past?

Do you hope Carly and Ava duke it out?  What do you hope happens for all these storypoint this week on GH?  Share your theories and thoughts in the comment section below!

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Does Jace remember he is a Q and once wanted to be a doc?…..not an exciting show but not too bad…still has some good moments…wish tptb thought of something new for the nurse’s ball instead of the same strippy number but i digress…just happy there is still soaps in a rather bland daytime!!!

DO NOT want to see Liz with Franco! Always loved Liz and Jason but can be realistic about that. How about Liz and Fr. Munro!

Yeah, I think I like Franco and Liz as friends better. But Liz should kick Jason to the curb. Wouldn’t mind her with Munro!

Yes, I third that emotion. Do not want to see Dizzy Miss Lizzy pulled back into Jason’s orbit anymore than I want her to be pulled into a relationship with the totally screwed up Franco. To me, both Jason and Franco are totally depressing.
Dr. Munro works for me.

I hate the idea of Franco and Liz. Franco is not real for me — somewhat of a joke. I love the idea of Liz and Fr. Munro!

I thought priests were to remain celibate??? Not marry? How can Munro have a relationship with Liz or anyone else???

Liz haven’t had any real chemistry/connection with anymore since Lucky!Unless its her and her hubby whining about Jiz, there is no reason why GH keep sitting her in JaSam orbit!Many couples on GH, but Liz is the only leech!Detach Liz and see what she can do on her on without all those babies daddies to keep her in a storyline!If shse cannot do any more than she need to keep stepping!That slap mess have gotten real old,people will cut you know!As for her and Franco, looks like a total weird looking couple after Franco have had Nina!

it would be a shame if “Liz returned” just to be put into another disaster relationship.


ITA! I love the chemistry with Rebecca and Billy, but not if she’s just gonna be “angst” for Jasam. Cannot stand the idea of her with Franco (can’t stand Franco!). Besides Billy Miller, she has the best chemistry with Tyler Christopher (of the men currently on the show).

They need to recast Lucky, maybe Brian Presley.

Why should there be tension between Carly/Ava .The baby is not Carly’s . MYOB Carly, and go find your own kids. You have a daughter no one ever sees, have her locked in the cellar have you.Carly is mother of the year, her husband tried to kill her ex he tried to kill Averys mother, he killed Michaels father, his son is in the nut house trying to be his dad.Michael has been in nothing but danger because Alexis filed coerced adoption papers, so carly could have Sonny be the father. Just writing this made me remember No more GH the mob show.

The Corinthos-your typical all-American family…lol

I find Carly cloying, self-righteous and annoying. Ava is just the same manipulative witch in every situation. It’s the same old records being played over and over again. Not interesting.

I just hate child custody battle stories to be boring, redundant and depressing. Add Sonny, Ava and Carly into the mix and the aforementioned because mind blowing stupid and dull.
Please…..don’t. No one cares and in reality neither the murdering Sonny or the murderess Ava deserves to have that beautiful child.

Right, you are….beside the fact that the expression “cat fight” de-womanizes any female. And, is sooo passé, to say the least.
However, I must admit I cannot resist watching Maura West in feline mode. Her soft, but stinging purr does hit right between the eyes. Just as one of her icy-hot stares can freeze hell.

Frank, you have said NOTHING we already know!

You think a Liz and Finn pairing would work…i did like them in scene today!11

Maybe if Finn stays on. We dont know what kind of contract Michael signed?

Now that Nashville is officially over…Frank V. should offer Jonathan J.
(Lucky) a permanent position on GH… Similar to the one EP JFPgave
Steve Burton, working 2 weeks on, getting 2 weeks off so he could be
with his family in Tennessee. Everyone is working less on soaps these
days …get rid of the dead weight, once & for all and Get the best for GH!!!

Hi Fanny…I’m holding out hope that Nashville will be picked up by another network. There are a several petitions going around and the producers are shopping the show to other possibilities including Hulu and CMt. So as much as I love JJ as Lucky, right now I’m rooting for him to continue on as Avery…

1000 percent behind you Fanny! Remember, GH wouldnt do that deal with Steve so he “Retired!” Y&R did the deal and he had Jill Phelps in his corner there. But your right, the business has changed and so have some of the people at GH, so maybe?

Dead Weight: Sabrina, Nathan, Jordan, Dante, TJ, Michael, Morgan and mooching black guy who hangs with Hayden!

I like the new people who can add to the show and they are Finn, Griff, and Amy. I thought that girl who hung with Morgan, former Miss USA, might have been good to ass to the show? She could act. Also, I didnt mind Rosalie.

You will never convince me in a million years SB had the job lined up with JFP when he left GH !

I mean he knew he was going over to Y&R ! Also how long are we going to endure Billy Miller grinding his teeth and mumbling I wish Franco would have knocked him on his backside and I am not even a fan of Franco though I have to admit his picking up Liz well sorry they work well together I mean you can actually understand them when they talk! Refreshing indeed!

@Rebecca…If Nashville is brought back by popular demand on a
competing network, FANTASTIC…still believe JJ could juggle both
shows, including his band and restaurant w/ partner Steve B. Strike
while the iron is HOT!

@Timmm…Everthing you said and a cherry on top❗️

@k/kay…completely agree about Billy M….In my opinion
he’s too laid back, comes across as being bored… I won’t
pretend to be pleased with his portrayal of “Jason” since
he doesn’t try to convince us he’s happy in the role.

Ava needs better material at least with Ron she had juicy work Maura West is the best actress on GH she needs juicy and better material the way Jean and Shelly are writing for her is a mess. Jean should know better she wrote for her at ATWT. Maura needs Emmy material under Shelly n Jean she has none, tired of Carly being Carly same material as always

Tae – agree with you all around. Maura West is wonderful, and was more wonderful under Ron C. Hope Ava is given her baby as is right. And if there is a hair-pulling scene, hope Ava kicks a$$. Never liked Carly.

Anthony yess ur right Ron loved Maura he knew her strengths but I’m shock because Jean wrote for her on ATWT so I’m just lost.. And yes I hope Ava destroys Carly!
I wouldn’t mind taking Ava back to the beginning her mob life and killing lol

Although Jean certainly wrote for Maura on ATWT, whether she wrote for her WELL is open to debate and discussion.

By the way Michelle Stafford said in an interview she really pushed to have Greg Vaughn come back as /Lucky you will never convince me that Lucky Spencer would abandon his boys that was just TG thinking only JJ could play him. Greg Vaughn did a great job with the drug story and he is not bad on the eyes I would love it if we found out Jake was indeed Lucky’s after all. Liz needs to be out of Jason’s orbit. Sam is bettered suited for him t hey can compare Smith&Wessons that’s how boring they are!

k, JJ was THE only Lucky who could play opposite Luke. Thats the way the TWO of them wanted it anyway. BUT, Tony is gone and JJ is making music. I have NO problem bringing back Greg. He is a rarity on daytime, he actually was a recast to a major character and did a fantastic job! He is handsome, smart and can act. Yeah, bring him back. His mother and sister are in town and Lucky could take over that god awful police department!

Lucky in any form needs to stay gone, like forever, because Elizabeth already has three kids and has to deal with Franco and Jason’s nonsense!

Doesnt matter GV had a gig with Oprah I just thought he did a great job as an adult Lucky ! Anad I loved JJ as a kid looked like he had a promising career in movies then it went south but he has his band investments etc! Move o

Kay–I am agreeing with all your posts. Yes, GV did an amazing job playing an adult Lucky and he nailed the role of a struggling addict. I love JJ but damn it, GV did an amazing job too.
And yes, loved Miller as Billy Abbott and was really rooting for him to succeed as a Jason recast. Alas, it is not working anymore than it is working for Roger as Franco.
And Michelle Stafford continues to give me the creeps as Nina.

@k/kay, Yes, GV did a great job with the drug story and he looked the part as Cam and Jake’s father, but the dude was way too old to play Lucky Spencer! GV could have come on as a Spencer cousin or even one of Jimmy Lee Holt’s hot sons!

What astounds me are the people who want Liz to be the same woman she always is and they don’t want Carly to be Carly. SMH!!! A Carly/Ava fight has been a long time in coming. I agree with the point about Ava being under utilized in an exciting story. Maura West is daytime royalty if not the queen herself. Please think of something worth her talent. Ron Carlivati loved Maura West and wrote for her. Which was good because she could produce. I will never knock GH for the stories they present because quite frankly they are the ONLY soap who has a cast than can convincingly portray what is written. Is it always unique? Sometimes no but always believable. I love Carly. I think she is an honest woman. She stands up for what she believes and is a passionate woman which is why Sonny loves her. I am tired of the Brad Lucas match being kept apart. Can we have one real gay couple who actually make it? It does happen in real life. Liz needs to have a love life. And while Franco and Liz do have chemistry, I know deep in my heart, that Franco loves Nina. Period. Stop destroying Liz and give her some love this time. Bring back Heather. Full time. We need some evil in Port Charles (evil mixed with that special mixture of insanity) that does not revolve around the mob. Helena was always over the top but I loved her for being consistently vile. She had direction in her evil doings and always explained it fully. Heather has that ability too. I want Anna to find love again. Such an amazing woman she portrays. Let’s get her front and center. There are so many stories brewing in the background but I want to see them come to fruition. Don’t introduce any more new characters and work the crew you have now. They are all beyond amazing. As for the Nurses Ball. I can’t wait for those hot men to dance across my screen shirtless and hunky. I don’t care who doesn’t approve, just get busy with the unbuttoning of those shirts….thank you soap gods for making those “dreams” come true……

I would have Heather on a work release program at Kellys. Pay her in BLT’s! But seriously, she is such a juicy character that would be in EVERYONE’S business. Maybe she can slip some rat poison into Sabrina’s sandwich!

Oooooh…..I LOVE that idea, Timmmbo! It would save me the effort of assiduously avoiding the Sabs centric episodes that have once again begun now that she and her offspring, “Eduardo Rivera” have been imposed upon the GH canvas.

Hey, Timmmbo and Shaybelle,
I love the Heather idea!!!!! But, I’ve always liked Sabrina, albeit I agree that I have a hard time understanding why the character is necessary.
And, what nonsense is this? Naming a non-Quartermaine Edward? There are at least three Q male scions who will be able to procreate, yes?
Nonetheless, Shay, ma belle….it was just a matter of time before Sabrina returned. What storyline will be attached to her now after all the Carlos/baby drama? Perhaps the baby is Michael’s afterall? Oh, my, Shay….be still YOUR heart!! LOL.

Carly is an honest woman? Yikes!

How about a lesbian relationship for Liz. Bring Parker and her wife-the doctor to GH. Have them break up because of Parker’s interest in Kristina. Her wife can then become friends with Liz and things slowly and realistically take off from there. Let’s face it Liz has no luck with men and if Parker’s wife is as attracrive as Parker is than Becky will produce the chemistry. She can have chemistry with a head of lettuce. RH is amazing and has the acting chops to pull off the authenticity of the sl. Let’s bring GH into 2016 and have it reflect the reality of thee world around it. I’m sure there are gay people behind the cameras on the crew and if they film in NY then they are totally surrounded by the LGBTQ community. Why do soaps have such issues with this subject?!

I can’t help it, I always get a kick out of the Nurse’s Ball, and except for the Nikolas and Hayden story, I’m interested again this year. I think, now that Jason has his memories back, he’ll have to be affected by the history he and Elizabeth have shared. No way in heck do I want them back together, but I’m kind of anticipating some sort of acknowledgment of that history from him, and some concern that she be safe. Yep, she did him wrong, but hopefully now he’ll be able to put it into a more understandable context. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Elizabeth/Franco dynamic. I don’t think Elizabeth’s feelings at this point will involve much more than some trust and understanding, but I’m looking forward to watching wherever they go from there. I’m not really a fan of cat fights, but Carly and Ava look ripe for one, and I’m curious to see the material in LW and MW’s hands. Could be more fun than most. I’m pulling for Brucas for sure, but spoilers don’t sound good. Even so, it will be great to see them finally getting some serious focus. Maybe there will end up being a bedside ceremony? Nikolas and Hayden… For me their story has been close to unwatchable for a while. The characters are so unlike able together. I think both would benefit from a long break from each other. (I know I would!)

Hi….No to Liason, but yes to Lianco!!!

Do have to say more excitement in Ava and Carly’s storylines!!! Ava has become back burner and that’s too bad
Also, re: Roger
He, too, needs strong material! He was huge on OLTL after all got through initially hating him, they loved him. You have a strong, funny, versatile talent….don’t waste it! JS

NO, I dont want to see our beloved Liz with Franco. Liz has always belonged with Jason.
He wanted to be with her too. I would be forever indebted to GH, is they would give Liz and Jason 1 beautiful loving year with no one interfering in their love life. Liason is the most wonderful part of watching GH. Nothing else comes close. Not Carly,Sonny, Franco etc.
I would also love wonderful Nicholas Cassadine to get someone worthy of his talents.
NOFranco, not now, not EVER! Please, for once in your writers’ lives, please give the Liason fans what they need and want. Thank you GH

I love Liz and Jason but I really don’t want them to put Liz back in Jason’s orbit if she’s just gonna be there as angst for Jasam or to use Liz as a pawn in the Jason/Franco feud. If they really want to give her a love interest, put her with Griffin.

So== where is the excitement?
it all seems very predictable.
I keep hoping that GH will become exciting, once again.

looking forward to the actors dance & song performances.

The excitement disappeared the minute Jean and Shelley took over, just like it did when they took over y&r and the other soaps before…

I am rooting for Jason &Elizabeth to find their way back to each other. Their connection &love for each other couldn’t be broken. Liz felt it the moment he was brought in the ER she didn’t leave his side. He felt it the moment he saw her he remembered her name they were drawn to each other. Beautiful love story and how they were drawn to each other all that love amnesia couldn’t break that bond. This all happened long before Liz found out who he was.Long overdue to see Jason remember all of this and see all the past memories of the long history they had loving each other. Their love for each other was not a lie and that is what Jason will see. Becky Herbst Billy Miller brought this all to the screen with their amazing Captivating Scorching Hot Undeniable Chemistry TeamPower House Miller Herbst Bring it all slay it all leaving you wanting more. For the love of Soaps they are Pure Gold on screen together Bring on Jason &Elizabeth

I agree that Jason & Elizabeth are MUCH more romantic than Jason&Sam, but I am SO SICK of the endless ship war! I want Liz to find lasting happiness. And she can’t as long as GH thinks Jason needs to keep waffling between her and Sam forever (so they don’t lose Liason fans, I’m thinking, but how can Liason fans even be happy if Liz & Jason are gonna get 6 months of happiness and then he bounces back to Sam?! Time and time again!) As long as KM is there, GH is going to keep pairing Sam with Jason because they believe that’s what most of the audience wants. I’d like them a lot more if they actually had a relationship! Some cute and playful dialogue maybe! If they’d taken some time getting to know each other before they jumped into bed together. GH was in too much of a hurry to satisfy Jasam fans, who of course get excited by anything Jasam does, but the rest of us wonder what’s the attraction?

Jason and liz always…

I’d ultimately like to see Jason and Elizabeth brought back together. I love their chemistry. Billy Miller and Rebecca Herbst are a fantastic acting duo and chemistry like that should be capitalized on, not squandered.

Having said the above, I don’t want to see Elizabeth being stuck in limbo. I want to see a powerful story that showcases Elizabeth as the strong, kind woman who has survived obstacle after obstacle in her life. Meanwhile, I want to see Jason remember all of his life, including his life as Jason Quartermaine. I would love to see those memories return and see something fresh story-wise for the character.

Rebecca has chemnwith everyone! I loved old Liz and Jason. This new Jason is not really the old Jason but he and Liz have tons of chemistry. I really do not like him with Sam. I am like others if they are just trying to give Jasam angst. Leave it alone. As far as Franco and Liz-I think they should have made RH SLW-.Nothing romantic. I also thought Finn and Liz scenes were cute. But I felt nothing romantic. GH needs better stories. We have been on repeat for way too long. Would love to see Liz maybe get Rich, maybe open a clinic or a business, maybe help Nick get back on his feet. She should have men wanting to date her. Nick and Heyden just need to end. I think Heyden and Curtis have Chen. Would like to see Heyden and Liz be friends. Heyden and Finn might be good also. All the couples on GH right now are lackluster, so are the stories.

I for one luv JaSam and know I’m not the only one! Seems some people forgotten that when Jason supposedly had died he was and is married to Sam not Elizabeth! When he came back he was on his way home to his wife Sam before he got hit by a car and landed him in the hospital and woke up with no memory, had he still had his memories he would have wanted his wife Sam there not Elizabeth! Elizabeth needs to grow up and be a woman and find someone else to pawn herself on! Leave JaSam alone!

No, I’m over Liz and rinse and repeat story line with Jason. Time for Lucky to come back and make it clear that Jake is Lucky…..why else would Helena take him? All of us long time viewers know that Helena has a thing for the Spencers. Liz needs to grow up and stop chasing married/ taken men. I’m ok with Liz and Franco but both of them need to stay out of Jason’s orbit and he needs to stay out of theirs as well.

I can’t look forward to the nurses ball knowing Lucas is going to die, Jean and Shelley suck, really struggling to stay with this show since those hacks took over.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but when BM is in scenes with anyone other than KM I can actually understand what he’s saying. So for that reason and the fact that I find Jason and Sam boring, I wouldn’t mind seeing him paired with anyone else; not just Liz. Jason and Liz were interesting when they were together but I just don’t know how you bring them back together after what she did to him. Liz has developed and grown. Why would she even want Jason back? In the few scene they’ve been in together, he seems to bully her into decisions. Now Liz and Griffin are a couple that would interest me. I could see him exorcising some of her demons. LOL!

I agree that Franco and Liz are great as friends and don’t think that necessarily translates into a love match. Besides, I actually like the honesty of Franco and Nina trying to work through their difficulties.

Hopefully, Ava and Carly will go at each other. I was so happy to see Carly do something devious when she had Max intercept the baby furniture so Ava couldn’t take Avery. For years, I’ve heard about all the manipulating Carly did but I’ve never seen it. This made me sit up and pay attention. LW and MW are excellent actresses, so seeing them go at each other would be great!

I am looking forward to the NB and only wish Brad and Lucas would last. Someone wrote that Lucas is being killed off. IF that’s true, the writers suck! Since they obviously don’t know how to write for them, I wouldn’t be surprised. Shame on J&S if they don’t follow through with their love story.

Rodd, it’s not just you. Kelly Monaco tends to mumble and it seems to make Billy Miller mumble back

Billy has probably asked Kelly to marry him but she didnt understand his question and or he didnt understand her answer!

I agree with everything you emphasized, Rodd….great post.
Just one thing…Roman Catholic priests are never to engage in marriage or sexual relationships. They do take a vow of celibacy. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world and neither are its inhabitants. LOL.
Thus, Griffin may ‘disrobe’ from those heavenly vestments. It has happened throughout the ages.

Liz and franco, I am there for that. I have no problems with angst with Jason over Franco, as long as it doesn’t have Liz mooning over Jason again. She is much more interesting with Franco, she needs a dynamic screen partner. That is not Griffn, or Jason at this stage.

Getting sick and tired of going back and forth with Jason and Sam, and Jason and Liz. Liz kept this man from his family and shouldn’t be anywhere in his realm. At this point just let all three of them go their separate ways and be done with it.

This show sucks!l! Niz is once again teased then screwed over. Putting Liz with Franco to get a rise out of Jason. Franco loves Nina and shouldn’t be around the child he kidnapped. Don’t want to go down that Liason rabbit hole again and that goes for LL2

I don’t want to see Lizzy and Jason ,back together,he and Sam are great together and Sam has waited too long to have him back,Liz can be with Nicholas,they have great chemistry,get rid of Hayden,and shell yea,I want Carly to give Ava what she deserves,and I could car if Brad and Lucas get married,no punt intended,and get Obreit off the show she me sick.

I really don’t want the red carpet to end… Nina is the highlight of this episode!

Ava needs to be with her daughter more than Carly needs to be with Avery. Sonny and Ava need to be sharing custody of Avery. if Carly kicks Ava’s butt then Ava should kick Carly butt. Dante stay can stay, he just needs a new pairing. I just find Dante dull and boring these days. I find all the couples dull and boring.

Lol Fanny! That’d be a lot of juggling for Jonathan, particularly because he’s got a wife and kids. Never say never… but I do like the way you think! 🙂

Breaking News

The Young and the Restless and General Hospital Actress and Writer, Meg Bennett, Passes Away at 75

Meg Bennett, who had played Julia Newman and later became a writer for the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless has died at the age of 75.  The news comes from her family who shared that she lost her battle to cancer back on April 11th.

Daytime fans remember fondly, Meg’s portrayal of Victor’s (Eric Braeden)first wife. Bennett joined the show in 1980, after her first soap stint for two years in the role of Liza Walton on Search for Tomorrow.

Impressed by her story notes, the late Bill Bell, then head writer of Y&R, had Meg doing double duty acting and writing on the show from 1983-1987. When he decided to write off the character of Julia, he also wanted Meg to stick around as a writer.  Not only did this begin a whole other daytime career for Bennett, but she was not done playing Julia either. Throughout the decades, Julia would still come back to Genoa City for a visit. Most recently, Y&R fans saw Julia in 2018, and again in 2020.

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Bennett also appeared on Santa Barbara and was a writer on that show as well from 1991-1993. She played the role of Megan Richardson. It was next that Meg had her longest writing stint coming to ABC’s General Hospital. Meg wrote for GH from 1993-2011.

In 1995, Bennett won her first Daytime Emmy for writing and her personal life changed after falling in love with nine-time Daytime Emmy winner, former GH head writer, Bob Guza Jr. In addition, GH also utilized Bennett for her acting skill when she was cast as the villainess Allegra Montenegro.  Meg and Bog Guza were officially married in 2004 and purchased a home once owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck.

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Additionally, Meg wrote for The Bold and the Beautiful 1987-1989 and later served as a executive story consultant to Brad Bell from 2002-2004.  She also wrote for Sunset Beach, Generations and GH: Night Shift throughout her writing career. She went on to win five WGA Awards for GH and Santa Barbara.

Meg is survived by her husband of 19 years, Robert Guza Jr., two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Meg Bennett via the comment section below.

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GH’s Finola Hughes Chats on Her Lead Actress Daytime Emmy Nomination, New Directions for Characters in Port Charles, and Anna’s Love Life

In four out of the last five years, General Hospital favorite, Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), has almost become a perennial nominee having once again scored a Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress for the upcoming 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Hard to believe, but Hughes won her one and only Daytime Emmy back in 1991, and has amassed a total of 11 Emmy nominations during her enduring daytime drama career. As those who have watched GH know, throughout any calendar year, you can find numerous stellar performances by Finola that could be tops on any Emmy reel.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Finola during the 10th annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Special to get her reaction to landing in the field of six fantastic women vying for gold, what scenes went on her now Emmy-nominated reel, what she thinks of how GH is shaking things up under new head writers, Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte, and the future of Anna’s love life. Here’s what she shared below.

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What scenes did you wind up submitting that landed you in the running for the Daytime Emmy in this year’s Lead Actress category?

FINOLA: The whole Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) shooting and the accident and that whole thing. Then, talking about that with Sonny (Maurice Benard), and then a bit of the breakup with Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and then finding out that Valentin had lied.

Who helped you put the reel together?

FINOLA: One of our producers at GH, Michelle Henry. We have these amazing producers. They’re sort of the unsung heroes. They’re in the booth all day when we’re shooting. They do this wonderful thing where they earmark something, if they think that it’s been a good performance. So, they just have this sort of little list (that helps come Emmy time). So, that’s how that worked with Michelle.

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Now you’ve had a string of recent Daytime Emmy nominations. Do you think GH is  writing more for your strengths in the last several years?

FINOLA:  Yes, and I think it’s become stronger recently. I think writers really take the lead sometimes from an actress or an actor who’s going through something or moving through something in their life. Maybe, that’s they were just seeing, you know, different layers and colors and so they started to write to that.  I’m not sure. It certainly felt like I’ve had some things (material) that resonated with me.

What I have loved about Anna is that she is very complex. She often wrestles with herself over her past as a double agent, or certain guilt that she carries around. It’s interesting when the lines are blurred for her and things get messy.

FINOLA:  I do well with complex and I like messy.

So, what do you think about the nominees in the Lead Actress category with you?

FINOLA:  They are great. I don’t know Annika Noelle (Hope, B&B) very well, but I hear she did wonderful work and she sent me a lovely message. Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B) I obviously reached out to, Tamara Braun (Ava, DAYS) reached out to me, and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) and I just got on the phone last night and congratulated each other on our nominations, and of course, Cynthia (Watros) is here with me at GH.

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You do like do like the fashion of it all for Emmy night, correct?

FINOLA: God, I I live for it. I’m as shallow as that. I might play some complex on television, but I’m that shallow in real life.

So, do you go by the trends of what to pick out to wear for a red carpet, or you just kind of go off what you think looks good on you?

FINOLA: I do like the trends. I really like the fact that the sleeve is having a big moment right now since the film Poor Things. It sent it into the stratosphere.

It’s been 33 years since you won your last Emmy. Do you think you’re a better actress now than when you were even 10 years ago?

FINOLA: I have no idea. It feels like a game of golf always for me, because get on set, like today, I was doing some work this morning and I just doubt myself.  I’m like, “Did I really bring it?” I do think I’m harder on myself now than I was when I was younger, because I really didn’t know what I was doing at all.  It’s a very hard question to answer. I feel like it’s different, but I’m constantly in battle with myself as to whether something works or not.

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What are your thoughts then on being Emmy-nominated, at times, for more than three decades?

FINOLA: At this point in my life, I just find the whole thing encouraging and extraordinarily sort of affirming, and sweet and lovely. It’s extraordinary to even be acknowledged. That’s the truth.

Currently, on-air, Anna is taking a harder line with Sonny. There’s been a shift.

FINOLA:  Yes. That’s been really interesting. I was talking about this with Steve Burton (Jason), and we actually were working together today. We found like this level between the two of us when it comes to Sonny. It was just really like another whole level as to what I’m doing. I think what’s happened is people’s roles in Port Charles are becoming delineated, you know, where there’s less gray. It’s like we’re sort of moving into areas, right? All of us. That’s kind of great because then you’ve got the hospital, you’ve got the police station, you’ve got the mob, you’ve got the Quartermaines you’ve got Curtis’ nightclub, and so there’s these different areas. Then, your character becomes very specific.  I had those scenes with Genie Francis (Laura) that aired the other day, and it makes sense that we are sort of waking up because unfortunately Sonny’s going through something which we don’t know about, but he’s not behaving well. So, therefore we are like, “If he would do that, then we need to wake up to that Sonny has always been like that.” But, it’s not true. Sonny hasn’t always been like that. We still deal in the gray, because we are searching for the gray in ourselves, which is interesting. And then we have to make a decision, such as, “Where do you stand? Who are you actually?” I think posing those questions to the actual characters is kind of interesting.

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Now, who’s going to be the man in Anna’s life?

FINOLA:  Well, I want to do some more stuff with James. Obviously, James and I text all the time about how we’re not working together. We all know what Valentin’s up to. However,  Anna doesn’t quite know.

I was originally thinking they might put John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) in a romance with Anna?

FINOLA: Oh, I know. I love Adam. He’s so wonderful, and so is Charles Mesure (Brennan). Obviously, Laura Wright (Carly) has been working with the two of them as well. They’re both looking like they are in love with Carly, so what can I do?  I’ll just take the leftovers. However, I’m hoping that I get to play Valentin. The thing that’s interesting is that he’s a Cassadine. His father has now passed on, so he’s now at the front of the wagon of the Cassadines. It’s in his blood. So, I don’t know what they’ll do.

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What was our family’s reaction when you told you are an Emmy nominee? 

FINOLA: We had just taped three days of a very big event on the show. I was really tired yesterday and I was sort of laying down pretending to take a nap, as I never can nap in the middle of a day. Then, Frank Valentini (EP, General Hospital) called me to say that, Cynthia Watros and myself, had been nominated for Lead Actress. So, I actually got up and I walked outside and my three kids were sort of wandering around doing kid teenage stuff. I sort of told each of them individually. I was like, “I got nominated.”  They actually said, “Congratulations!” So, I think it actually resonated through the haze of online extravaganzas that teens are looking at it.

Make sure to check out the 2024 Daytime Emmy Nominations Special from this past Friday night below, where several of this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees stopped by the Michael Fairman Channel to share their reactions and more on going for gold come June 7th.

Now let us know, are you happy Finola was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Series? Who do you hope Anna winds up with romantically down the line on GH under new head writers, Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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‘Knots Landing’s’ Donna Mills and Joan Van Ark Reunite for Los Angeles Ballet Season 18 Gala

The women from the the cul-de-sac at Seaview Circle, stepped out last week as the Los Angeles Ballet celebrated its season 18 gala with ceremonies at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The evening was hosted by LAB staunch supporter, Donna Mills (ex-Abby, Knots Landing, ex-Madeline, General Hospital).  The Emmy Award-winning actress met up with her dear friend and former on-screen rival and co-star, Joan Van Ark (ex-Val, Knots Landing, ex-Gloria, The Young and the Restless) as well as her daughter, Chloe Mills, on the red carpet prior to the start of the evening.

This year’s LAB gala honorees included: Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Emmy, and Grammy nominated composer and pianist Kris Bowers, plus accomplished attorney and Los Angeles Ballet Board Chair, Jennifer Bellah Maguire. The honorees each received Angel Awards for the extraordinary contributions they have made to the arts, LAB and the city of Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Ballet is known for classical, contemporary, romantic and neoclassical ballets, for pioneering new works and for presenting relevant works by many of today’s most innovative dance-makers. LAB’s original production of The Nutcracker is an annual holiday favorite for Los Angeles residents and regional, national and international visitors.

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Led by Artistic Director Melissa Barak, LAB performs in multiple theater venues across LA County including The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Royce Hall at UCLA, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. As part of its mission, LAB wants to expand people’s knowledge of and nurture a love for ballet.

Longtime fans of Donna Mills also know that when early in her career she was a dancer. In fact, when she got her first soap opera gig as a nightclub singer named “Rocket” on Secret Storm, Mills was shocked.

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In a 2015 interview with Smashing Interviews Magazine Donna recounted, “I’m not a singer. I was a dancer. Why they chose me to be a nightclub singer, I have no idea, and I actually sang on the show.”

So, glad to see Donna and Joan stepping out together in support of the Los Angeles Ballet? Miss Knots Landing’s Abby and Val? Let us know via the comment section below.

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