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GH Head Scribe Ron Carlivati Tweets Pic "A Man And His Carlys!" CARLYPALOOZA On GH's 51st Anniversary Episode Tuesday!

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Yesterday, Daytime Confidential broke the news exclusively that on General Hospital’s upcoming 51st anniversary episode on the Tuesday April 1st episode of the ABC sudser, look for a Carlypalooza when former Carly’s Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun make cameo appearances and show up within the episode, but who will they play?

Meanwhile, the current Laura Wright (Carly) will be front and center in the episode along with Maurice Benard (Sonny), as Carly learned on Friday’s episode that Sonny shot AJ (Sean Kanan)!

Today, General Hospital’s head writer, Ron Carlivati tweeted a picture of all three actresses who have played Carly next to Maurice Benard noting:  “A man and his Carlys”!

So what do you think of the idea of having Sarah Brown, Tamara Braun and Laura Wright in the same episode of GH? Who do you think Sarah and Tamara will play?  Comment below!

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rebecca1
rebecca1

No idea. Amazing the resemblance between Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun.

Mama
Mama

They should have done this in March of 2016, that would have been the 20th anniversary of the character Carly.

Jen Kline
Jen Kline

I always thought so too. You always had to look a few times. Great recast!

Mark
Mark

I love all the Carlys!!!

Colleen
Colleen

Awesome news. GH keeps getting better and better. Will most defiantly need to watch this episode!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Carly learns she’s a set of faternal triplets…lol. One will play the good side of Carly and one will play the bad side of Carly as she struggles with knowing it was Sonny who shot A.J.:bad Carly says dont tell and good Carly(is there such a thing) says bring that lowlife mon(b)ster down!!! They should bring back all three Heather Grants and show them in the mental hospital with each claiming to be the real Heather Grant…not only would this be funny it would also drive some anti Heather fans crazy…lmao!!!

Cynthia Colley
Cynthia Colley

I find your idea completely plausible. Would not be surprised if this is exactly what happens..

Amanda Otto
Amanda Otto

Great idea!

Robert
Robert

i hope it’s not one of those cameos, where they are sitting in the background or walking pass Carly. and doing a double take. They deserve something solid with words involved.

cindy
cindy

I have watched all the Carly’s thru the years but Laura Wright is my all time favorite. I love it when she is on the show.

Jake NJ
Jake NJ

I agree..love Laura’s Carly. Althought Sarah and Tamara are good actresses as well. Show we a good episode…Frank/Ron play so much to GH rich history..love it!

seanny
seanny

They should have included Maura West too. She was also a Carly -just on another soap.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

There was actually another Carly b4 L.W…she wasnt the best but y not include all 4 unless the actress wouldnt agree to do it!!!

MJO
MJO

The Carly b4 L.W. was on a very short time because she was terrible! Don’t need her in this special 51st anniversary episode!

k/kay
k/kay

@jmh the #3 Bransford Carly MB/Sonny did everything in the world to save her job he felt she was beginning to grow into the part I wish I still had that interview. LW has a tendency to be awfully loud and I don’t think she has chemistry with MB. Never a big fan of the Carly character because no matter who has played her she always was on 4 to 5 days a week.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

That would’ve been funny to see Maura photobomb the photo, as an *honorary* Carly from another soap. Plus, she and SJB worked together on ATWT when Sarah was Julia.

JLH
JLH

Can’t wait! It’s a great idea, especially for an April 1 episode.

Avatar610
Avatar610

It’s April Fools Day, and the fool here is Sonny! 🙂

desskyent
desskyent

loved Sarah Brown, She was the best,dont really like Laura only because she is always loud

Sharonda
Sharonda

IA, even when she whispers-lol. I think Sarah Brown portrayed Carly best, but I loved her as Claudia. They need to bring her back from the dead-her and Faith Roscoe. The two baddest b*tches on there!

James
James

Totally agree! Claudia should be one of the “dead” that Victor Cassadine has, ready to be revealed in an upcoming storyline. She’s back & out for blood! Watch your back Sonny! 🙂 (He was out of line the way he treated her @ the party, when he pushed her over the edge! But if Sonny goes over the edge, he gets comforted/encouraged/excused. His fam/friends fall all over themselves to pacify him! Poor pitiful Sonny, let’s hold your hand & make excuses for you while we condem everyone else! Gag-worthy indeed!)
And Faith can help Claudia to settle the score, while taking Rick down a few pegs – hee hee!

Cindy
Cindy

Multiple personality Carlys. The good, the bad, and the sexy.

Diane
Diane

Sarah Brown was the best Carly. Please fire Laura Wright, and rehire Sarah Brown. Laura is just not Carly to me. That’s my opinion.

Matthew
Matthew

I’ll second that opinion. Sarah Brown is the best actress ever to grace daytime! Please let them get her back full-time! She is sorely missed! GH isn’t the same without her!

Jimmy
Jimmy

Actually, I think Sarah Brown did well as Claudia Zacchara. It would be great if they could find a way to bring her back from the dead, and then hire Tamara Braun as Nina Clay! Imagine that LOL

Lisa
Lisa

I agree….Sarah Brown was spot on as Claudia Zacchara. I did like her originally as Carly, but the character has evolved and I like Laura Wright the best for this role.
But if there is a way for them to bring Claudia Zacchara back I would LOVE THAT!! I LOVED her in this role and was really sad that it wasn’t taken further.

FAS
FAS

I heard that Michelle Stafford is joining GH….my favorite actress of all time …..if that is the case, she would be the perfect age to play Nina Clay ( whom I do not believe is dead).

Mama
Mama

A lot of people share your opinion.

aria
aria

sarah rocked as both carly and claudia, i would take her back in a second as claudia, and tamara would be great playing a new character too, better yet if somehow sarah and tamara could play sisters/family. as for laura, love her too. my mind wold explode if somehow these three actresses were on the show all at the same time. i say bring them back..

terri
terri

LOVE IT!

su0000
su0000

Luv surprises..
RC always gives us some sort of excitement ..
It will be fun to have the 3 together, a first/never done before ..

( Laura Wright is my fav Carly)

Erick
Erick

Brilliant. I still think Tamara Braun was the best Carly. They found a way to get Sarah Brown to play a different character, certainly they can get Tamara back somehow, only don’t paint her into a corner as quickly/poorly as they did Claudia….

Jimmy
Jimmy

What if Tamara Braun is brought on as Nina Clay? She fits the role well and I could see an interesting connection developing between her and her mother, Madeline, who is being played excellently by Donna Mills.

Lisa
Lisa

I think Tamara Braun looks too young to be Nina Clay. Isn’t Nina supposed to be older than Silas?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I believe Nina could still be alive and if she is, Tamara is one of the actresses id like to see in the part!!!

aria
aria

one day of tamara and sarah is not enough, i want them back full time, and i love sarah as claudia, i know some people say her run as claudia wasn’t “sucessfull” but i disagree, she was great, and tamara could play her sister, or cousin. it would be insane to have these two on the show at the same time.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Awesome! I guess most actors do like working at GH.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I love all three actresses. I did not watch GH when Sarah Brown or Tamara Braun were Carly, but I watched Sarah Brown as Claudia and Tamara Braun as Ava Vitali on DAYS and I think they are fantastic actresses, as is Laura Wright.

I would love to see Sarah Brown back as Claudia and ideally, Tamara Braun as Nina Clay. It would be fun to see the Claudia/Ric interaction and I think Tamara Braun and Donna Mills would be great in scenes together as mother/daughter, just like Maura West and Ilene Kristen are as Ava and Delia.

TheHugoBoss
TheHugoBoss

Id LOVE to have Brown back as Claudia. Though that’d completely screw up Michael’s whole story as a murderer/inmate ect…..but if it’d get her back, suppose it’d be worth it. Lol. And would hopefully get Johnny back. But I do agree, Braun as Nina WOULD be great!

But ,regardless, having them both back, if even for an episode is worth it!

harry
harry

I wouldn’t want any of this. I want AJ not to die and all these new characters to take a hike. GH has just become a ridiculous joke.

Shay
Shay

Agree with you, Harry!!!! All of Ron’s superstunts are wearing thin….today’s show was absolutely ridiculous. Between AJ’s unnecessary and heartbreaking death and the lascivious Luke-A-Like’s appalling use of the nose candy, I was left just completely disgusted. About the only place we part company is on the subject of Dr. O….I love the shady lady and her evil ways.

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

Laura Wright is the best Carly. She has the best chemistry with Sonny. She has chemistry with everyone including the other women on the show. She’s a fantastic actress.

Sharonda
Sharonda

I think Vanessa Marcil has the best, but I enjoyed Tamara and Sarah’s chemistry with MB. I think Laura Wright had the best chemistry with Jax/IR or RH when he was Todd.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

VM definitely had the best chemistry with Sonny/MB. No question about it.

Charday
Charday

Should be fun. I just hope that Carly will do the right thing and turn her thug ex-husband, Sonny, in for the attempted murder of AJ.

Shortcanuck
Shortcanuck

I’m sure this is a one-time stunt. Though I’d love it if Michael ran into SJB and think its Claudia

Dan
Dan

I think Sarah Brown, Tamara Braun and Laura Wright have all been good Carly’s in their own way. I thought Jennifer Bransford did a good job for the 6 months she was Carly in 2005. It’s a great character and they’ve all played her very differently, making it their own. Will be fun to see all three actresses on screen together, as an ode to long time fans of GH.

TheHugoBoss
TheHugoBoss

Agreed!!!

Sharonda
Sharonda

JB sucked as Carly -Carly should have been declared dead for 6 months only to resurface with LW version.

boes
boes

Maybe they’ll all play Carly’s corpse in various stages of decomposition. With Mini-moobster eating their entrails and blaming it all on AJ.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

LMAO! It could happen on GH!

brian
brian

Ron C always has a way…. He also did the “jessica’s” on OLTL, when Erin Torpey came on for an episode.

Looking forward to “the carly’s”

harry
harry

And the original Blair came on too. Stupid.

brian
brian

Stupid ? Me ? or Ron ?

have a nice day harry.

GH51
GH51

What about Jennifer Bransford??

TheHugoBoss
TheHugoBoss

I hheard it was only because she’s on the east coast, and the expenses wouldn’t work budget-wise. Whereas Brown and Braun are both here in LA.

Monica
Monica

Jennifer only lasted 6 months, she was a terrible actress. Jennifer was fired, I hope she took acting lessons. lmao.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I couldnt remember her name but i did mention the 4th Carly in one of my replys…J.B. either didnt want to do it or tptb just decided not to include her because she wasnt a much popular Carly and isnt well remembered in the role…she didnt last as long as any of the other 3…i thought she looked the part!!!!

k/kay
k/kay

She resides in NY they did not want to pay for her air fare etc. is the word going around.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Jennifer wasn’t notable enough in the role of Carly. A total mis-cast. She would’ve worked better as Alexis’ older sister.

Jeff
Jeff

Very cool stunt, it should be interesting to watch:)

David Evan Smith
David Evan Smith

I agree that Jennifer Bransford should be included, and will only really accept the absence if she refused to come back for it or was unavailable for other work. Every other Carly recast had a break from the previous Carly’s tenure before starting, but Jennifer had to hit the ground running (I believe) the very next day, which might have worked against her. I think she did a fine job and could have been a great hard-edged, intense Carly. I remember she did a lot of all-out fight scenes with Kelly Monaco and Kari Wuhrer. Bransford got a bum deal as Carly and six months is hardly enough time to really grow into a role as popularized for years by two other actresses. Braun wasn’t well liked as quickly either after Sarah Brown vacated.

Anyway, as for HOW they’ll use them, I’d actually like to see Sonny play the confrontation scenes with all three of them as Carly in different scenes, it could even bounce back and forth WITHIN the scene, line by line. It IS April Fools episode, they could have a lot of fun in the editing. Little silent cameos would hardly be worth it, let’s actually see all of them AS Carly, doing intense, big scenes with Maurice Benard, especially since it involves AJ, who was a big force throughout all the Carly runs (even though Billy Warlock was the only one to work with all three of them as Carly… I think? Did Warlock work with Wright? Maybe he only worked through Bransford when Michael supposedly smothered AJ to death with a pillow and then it turned out to be Dr. Asher Thomas…)

Ahs
Ahs

THANK you, David! Anyone who thinks Jenny Bransford wasn’t a good actress, I don’t know what they were watching. I loved Tams and Sarah intensely as Carly, but Jenny won me over instantly. (With Tamara, though she became my favorite, it took many months.) Yes, she started the day after Tams’ last day. She had great chemistry with Maurice, her Carly was tough and funny, AND she had to play a mental breakdown. She was fantastic. A lot of us campaigned for her to stay. I think they claimed unpopularity, but she got the axe because Pratt said when he watched her on-screen he didn’t want to f**k her. Doubtful they asked her back, but if she popped up for five seconds towards the end, I would jump up and down!

aria
aria

OMG, why not bring them back as new characters? sarah and tamara would make great sisters. although the idea is great, its going to make fans miss the two previous gals even more, their talent is to great for a one day episode. bring them back full time, thats my wish. of course as new characters, sarah can come back as claudia, which was a great bad girl and would totally give ava a run for her money. i’m overwhelmed thats all i can say.

harry
harry

This has got to be one of the most idiotic ideas Ron has come up and this is saying a lot since he is the man who made James Franco come back to life as Todd, er, I mean, Roger Hayworth. Having the three actresses who played Carly appear in one scene intrudes the idea of reality into the realm of fantasy. Just a really stupid idea.

Trisha
Trisha

ICAM..I actually think he’s ‘mocking’ Carly and by extension GH. It’s all just a game to him…all stunts…no depth, no respect for the actors or the characters. He’s just saying “Look everybody, all the Carlys are here”. It serves no purpose whatsover.

How’d Ron like it ABC decided to bring back Guza and let him ‘guest write’ a few scenes here and there? This way everyone can compare the skill of their writing to each other? I wonder how’d he feel?

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I agree with you. I don’t know that I have ever known of a person in show business with less class (talk about school being out)… maybe Alec Baldwin…

Aria
Aria

Lol, so multiple characters back from the dead is realistic?? Or ftrozen characters ?? What realm of reality or fantasy are you on???

dmr
dmr

I love this idea! I really loved Tamara Braun as Carly. I thought her portrayal of Carly brought some sensitivity to the role.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I hope this cameo isn’t tacky or anything. i’d rather see SJB come back as Claudia or something. And Tamara Braun either as someone new, or a recast of Courtney / Emily / Liz’s sister, Sarah. But I’m happy to see the three Carlys finally together at once. But Laura IS Carly for me.

bearzy
bearzy

Awesome and Surprise!!!!!!! 🙂

Gloria E
Gloria E

This is cool…I like it & I like all three actresses as Carly..I am sure it will be an interesting episode..I’ll just enjoy it & not read too much into it..after all soaps to me are like a bubble bath..an escape…..

gloria towns
gloria towns

I enjoyed the first two Carly’s but the second one was more fiesty.

Aria
Aria

I heard they are doing a spin off called sonny’s angels. It starts on April 1st and runs for only one episode.
April fools day! But seriously one day is not enough, the idea is great to celebrate the show anniversary but I wish they were coming back full time.

Jeffrey Anderson
Jeffrey Anderson

oh oh, bad news for Sonny against 3 Carlys and boy, u r in deep trouble, Maurice!! LOL
just kidding.. I love all Carlys. Carly going after Sonny who shot A.J. when Sonny protect Ava and her secret that killed Connie.. How long will it be kept going like this? .. finish with Ava and her dirty secret to end of Connie’s killer. Good Luck,Maurice, you gonna need it anyway.

Laurie Webber
Laurie Webber

I think it’s awesome. They were all amazing, each brought Carly to life in a different point in time. Amazing work..love them all. Gonna be so much fun to see them again, and I’m sure they had a blast filming whatever they did! Thanks GH!

Sandy
Sandy

they will play customers at Carlys hotel/resturant…

dewlove
dewlove

They are going to all play Carly. Sonny and Carly are going to talk about their past. Flashbacks will be shown with the previous Carly’s and then it will so Sonny (present day) talking with “that” Carly.

CM
CM

Carly’s conscious: Devil and Angel

Stacey
Stacey

Oops typo!
I meant to say that, I LOVE LAURA WRIGHT
AS CARLY. That’s not to say that the others
weren’t good too, but I just
LOVE LAURA WRIGHT AS CARLY.

Christy
Christy

Sooooooooo glad they left out the short-lived crazy Carly, played by Jennifer Bransford. She was absolutely terrible! April 18 to October 5, 2005 when she was rightfully fired… making way for the fantastic Laura Wright.

So the Carly clan will be fun to watch!

Carrie
Carrie

LAURA WRIGHT WILL ALWAYS B THE BEST CARLY EVER !!! Love her and e way she acts, she is so good at what she does, I hope she never leaves GH;)))

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GH’s Steve Burton & Bradford Anderson Give The Lowdown on Their New Series ‘7 Questions’ & Their Creative Partnership

What started out as an unlikely on-screen pairing and friendship several years ago on the daytime drama, General Hospital has flourished, and become something even much greater than that. Knowing they struck gold with their characters being the antithesis of each other – one’s a hit man for God sakes, and the other an awkward computer geek, Steve Burton (Jason) and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) began to conjure up how they could parlay their on-screen and off-screen friendship into other creative avenues.

As fans of the popular soap stars know, these guys travel around the country performing their comedy act, Stone Cold and the Jackal to packed houses. They have a weekly podcast, now on the Podcast One network, That’s Awesome and have also been concentrating on delivering even more content to their audience via their You Tube page, with their latest collaboration 7 Questions with Steve and Brad; where the two take on some questions and answer them with some clever elements wrapped up inside of each installment.

Not a week can go by without Steve and Bradford releasing something new to whet the appetite and keep engaged their enduring fan base. While everyone is facing together the disruptions in our normal everyday lives due to the coronavirus pandemic, Steve and Bradford are using this time wisely to expand their reach while creating even more fun content within their wheelhouse.  So, who know what could be next, right?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Steve and Bradford to get the Intel on their success, their new You Tube series via their page, and more.  And of course, we couldn’t let this opportunity go by without putting them in the hot seat and asking our own ‘7 Questions’.  Check out what they had to say below.

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How did the idea originally come about for 7 Questions with Steve and Brad?  What was the inspiration behind it?

BRADFORD: We want to put out as much content as we can and as much entertainment as we can for people, especially during this time.  We’ve done a lot of work on our Facebook page, and we realized that we make so many videos, why the heck aren’t we putting them on our YouTube page?  With that, Steve kind of had this idea. Steve will talk about his inspirations for the visual component of it, and it was kind of a no-brainer.

I just also would like to know whose idea it was to have the MTV-ish voice-over gal for the interstitials of ‘7 Questions’.  That’s one of my favorite parts, by the way!

STEVE:  That’s me! I’m a kid of the 80s.  I love the 80s.  It’s what our brand has been.  We use a lot of colors that are 80s, and that’s our demographic. They relate to it.  With ‘7 questions’, I had no idea what it was going to be, really.  Bradford and I talk multiple times a day, and we are always thinking of ideas. We do our podcast, “That’s Awesome!” and then, we do a bonus podcast now every week that is 15-20 minutes, and that we put it up on YouTube as well.  With the way things are, we want people to laugh and have fun.  Now, usually Bradford does all of the heavy lifting with the technology.  He edits the podcast, he uploads it, he does all of that stuff, and I’m like, “Let me just try it.”  So, I do the sound effects and graphics in these.  I’m laughing while I do it, so I’m hoping people laugh, too.

BRADFORD:  In the beginning, Steve kind of wanted to make it like a morning show, and it my head, I thought he meant like a morning TV show, so I was a little confused by that! (Laughs) What he meant was like a disc-jockey from the 80s on the radio – the kind of show where they use the silly horns when there is a joke, or a lot of ‘whiz-bang’ sound effect, and stuff like that.  It’s fun to see Steve’s creative self come out and play.

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STEVE: The ‘7 questions’ episode out now with Josh Swickard (Chase, GH), is amazing.  Well, it’s amazing because of the sound effects I put in of course, but it’s also amazing because Josh Swickard is on it. (Laughs)

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You guys have been able to get along so well it seems from your podcast, to your YouTube videos, to your regular on-screen relationship at GH, and then, you do comedy clubs appearances around the country together.  Why do you think it works so well between the two of you? 

BRADFORD:  That’s a good question.  I think we have very similar goals.  We understand each other’s instincts a little bit.  So, we can navigate.  Sometimes, I can tell when something is going to frustrate Steve.  I steer that around him, and he certainly does the same thing for me.  He knows what frustrates me, and he’ll take care of that.  The cool thing about us is that neither of us are combative people.  We never bring our outside crap into our relationship.  We’re not that kind of people.  We are very positive people, and I think that really helps.

STEVE:  It’s always dangerous to get into business with friends.  That’s the first thing I can say because in the past that’s happened to me, and it hasn’t worked out.  I think Bradford and I just have a great mutual respect for each other.  I don’t want to say that it’s almost like a marriage, but it kind of is, because we are together so much.  We work together, we talk every day, and we are always collaborating on things.  There are always things that come up.  Most people wouldn’t even know the stuff that comes up with the podcast or with the live shows, and it takes a really special partnership to forge through that and still have fun.  That’s what the key is because I know plenty of people who are in business relationships who aren’t happy.  They’re just doing it for business.  If we ever get to that point, he and I just need to walk away.  It’s just a really great relationship where we are continually pushing each other, and where we are continually growing.  I never have to worry about what he is doing, and he never has to worry about what I am doing.

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BRADFORD:  That’s a really big deal.  I’ve never even thought about that because we’ve never had a ‘come to Jesus’ moment where it’s like, “Hey man, you’ve really got to start pulling your weight here.” (Laughs)

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Ok guys, I have a lighting round of ‘7 Questions’ for you.  Here we go! Question number 1! What one word describes your initial impression of each other when you first met?

BRADFORD:  “Muscle-y”

STEVE:  That’s not a word, dude!

BRADFORD:   It is.  I made it.

Steve, what’s your one-word initial impression of Bradford when you first met him?

STEVE: “Interesting…”  Can it have an ellipsis after it?

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Question number 2: When rehearsing your comedy show, which one of you has the most trouble remembering what comes next?

BRADFORD:  I’m going to say Steve, but there is a caveat.  The way that his set is designed, he does about 20 minutes of just talking.  Mine is song, talk, song.  So, there’s an order for mine… but for Steve, remembering half an hour’s worth of stories is hard.  That’s what I would say.

STEVE:  I would say me, too.  We are both pretty on it with our structure and what comes next pretty naturally, but there’re times when Bradford is like, “Hey, over here.”  What the audience doesn’t see is I go, “Oh yeah!  Hey!”

BRADFORD:  But we’ve been doing this for so long that we’ve both had our senior moments.  Neither of us is immune to a hiccup here and there.

Question 3: You both are super-high energy guys. After your performances, who has more trouble decompressing and coming down to earth after the adrenaline rush of playing in front of a crowd?

BRADFORD:  I can sleep anywhere at any time… so can Steve.

STEVE:  Usually, I can sleep anywhere, but after a show, I’m hyped!  I’m like, “Let’s go!  Where are we going?” Bradford’s like, “Give me a glass of wine, and a nice meal, and I’m going to bed,” and I’m like, “Oh, no, you’re not.  You’re not going anywhere near a bed!  We’re going out.”

BRADFORD:  Part of the problem is that we drink a Five-Hour Energy before the show, and our show is only 3 hours.  There’s that extra 2 hours. (Laughs)

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Question 4:  What do your wives; Kiera and Sheree think of your ‘7 Questions’ and your comedy show? 

BRADFORD:  I was nervous the first time my wife came to our comedy show, because she’s actually a pretty talented comedian.  She knows comedic timing really well.  The first time Kiera ever saw our act was when she helped us do a GH Fan Club Weekend show.  She told me afterwards, “I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I had kind of low expectations, and you guys are hilarious.”  You know, I was a guy who kind of waited for the phone to ring because that’s what the life of an actor kind of just tends to be, and now what’s been so wonderful for me is becoming a creator, becoming a collaborator, and how it has really just changed my approach to work in general.  So, my wife is proud of me, and thankful to Steve for that.

What does your wife think, Steve?

STEVE:  My wife saw 7 Questions, and she loves that.   She’s seen some comedy bits that I have shown her on my phone, but she hasn’t seen a full comedy show yet.

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Does Sheree like the comedic side of you?

STEVE:  Yeah, I don’t know if most people know that I may have a sense of humor because literally when we go to the shows, people are looking at me like I’m an alien like, “What the hell is going on up there?”

Right! It’s such a departure from what they envision as this image of you from your role on General Hospital to when they see you do something different. 

STEVE:  Right.  I’ve always kind of been kind of high-energy, and I don’t want to say funny, but I at least have a sense of humor and can crack jokes.  That was one of the first things that kind of connected my wife and me.

BRADFORD:  On stage, Steve’s a great storyteller, but what we’ve done over the last couple of years is really try to hone those stories in a specific way, like really make sure that the timing is there, that the setup is there, and all of that.  I think at the beginning, both of us were a little self-conscious about that because it was new to us.  I could sing a song and not be self-conscious about it because that’s what I did for most of my life.  This is new to us, and what I have loved seeing over the last couple of years, is Steve’s growth as a performer.

STEVE:  Thank you, buddy.

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Question 5:  Do your kids understand what you do for a living? What do they think that you do?

STEVE:  My kids aren’t sure.  My daughter who is 16, she gets it.  My son, he hasn’t seen a lot of scenes from GH, but I showed him once he was able to understand some and he was like, “What do you do?”  I said, “I’m the Fonzie of daytime.”  He said, “Who’s Fonzie?”  (Laughs)  My 5-year-old really doesn’t know.  She thinks I go on the road more than I go to work.  She’s like, “Oh, are you doing your thing with Bradford?” She sees me working on my stuff with Bradford, and she’ll be like, “7 questions with Steve and Brad!”  She’ll walk around the house and say that.

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BRADFORD:  My 8-year-old, Juna knows that I’m on TV.  There’s been a couple of times when we have been watching the news over the last couple of weeks, and the California governor will have press conferences, and it will then cut right into General Hospital, and there was one time that it just cut into me.  It’s been a long time since they’ve seen me on the television.  So that was cool.  There are a couple teachers at their school who are fans of the show, so that gives the kids a bit of a chuckle.  Juna will say to my 5-year-old, Finola, “Hey, Finola, come over here.  We’re going to be on dad’s podcast.”  So, anything technical, any video, she calls “a podcast”.  She doesn’t quite get that part of it.  She probably thinks YouTube, and everything is a podcast. (Laughs)

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Question 6: If you guys could go on any late night TV talk show together, which show would it be and why?

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STEVE:  My sensibility would be The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.

BRADFORD:  I would probably say Jimmy Fallon too, although I love Jimmy Kimmel because he’s on ABC.  Also, our sense of humor is pretty dumb, and Fallon’s sense of humor is pretty dumb.  So, I think our senses of humor match up with him better than anyone else, probably.

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Question 7: On soaps, do you think more comedy should be injected into them?

STEVE:  Let me answer this, because when Bradford came on as Spinelli, he turned it into the comedy relief in a lot of ways.  We didn’t have a lot of comedy on the show.  Back in the day, you had some people like Steven Kay, who played Reginald, and you had people who had some comedic moments, but Bradford really kind of came in and was that.  People knew that once Spinelli was on the screen, something funny could happen.  Just with his encounter with somebody, or how he was going to try to approach me, or hug me, or how he was going to try to figure something out and spaz out, and people love that.  I think there needs to be comedy on a daytime drama.  There is so much heaviness all of the time usually, and that’s why I think Bradford (obviously he is a fantastic actor) is able to stay on for so long because he brought something new, something different to the table, and that’s what made him so valuable.

BRADFORD:  Thank you, Steve!  I think the best way for comedy to happen in daytime is through the organic instincts of each individual actor because the times where soaps try to be funny is where it doesn’t work sometimes.  That’s kind of a rule anywhere!  The best comedy is where it is found rather than planned.  So, when you look at someone like, for instance, Steve, when he moved the fuzzy balls the other day, that is the best kind of humor in our show because that is something that his character would do anyway, it showed a little bit of Steve’s personality, which I love, and it was just a little moment of levity.  You look at actors like Roger Howarth (Franco), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R), or Maura West (Ava, GH), everyone that finds moments in their performance to do something that maybe wasn’t planned; it lets the audience breathe a bit.  That’s where I find that the best comedy is in soaps.

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Bonus question 8! Surprise! Which comedians have influenced you … and which actors have influenced you the most?

STEVE:  Oh, I love Jim Gaffigan.  I love Sebastian Maniscalco.  There are a lot of guys out there.  Acting wise, I’m a huge fan of Tom Cruise, and I’ll tell you why.  From what I know the guy’s work ethic is like nobody else’s.  That’s what always inspires me.  I’m like, here’s a guy who has made 500 million dollars and still gives 120% to this day!  So, there’s a ton of actors that I could pick, but Tom Cruise delivers.  Every performance that guy has done has been amazing.

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BRADFORD:  For me, it didn’t occur to me until later, especially thinking about my comedic influences as a kid.  What I love about GH and the way that they film is that I really can use my whole body.  It’s not just a shoulder-up kind of show.  They have four cameras.  They can catch pretty much anything that you’re doing.  So, I realized that when I think about the way I use my body that I was influenced a lot by Don Knotts.  When you see something on his face (and granted his facial expressions were amazing and huge) you also saw it in his whole body.   Not only do I love Don Knotts, but I also love Donald O’Connor from Singin’ in the Rain.  Now as for an actor, I’ve always talked about Gary Oldman, because I love character actors who, if they weren’t playing a character and they were just themselves, you don’t know what that looks like. You only know them as the characters they play, because every character they play is different.  , If you look at Gary Oldman in The Professional, he is playing a villain there, but he’s this Russian guy with slicked back hair, and then, you see him play Commissioner Gordon in Batman with a flawless Chicago accent, and then, you hear him talk and you’re like, “Oh, he’s from England.  He’s a British actor.  I had no idea.”  That’s what I love.  His physicality, his voice, everything is built from the ground up when he plays a character.  A comic that I love to watch is John Mulaney.  Even though he’s like a preppy little guy that says crazy things, it’s very smart, and I just love his style.

In closing, here we are in the middle of this COVID-19 pandemic, what would you say to your fans, some of who, may feel lost, isolated, worried, etc?

BRADFORD:  I would say watch General Hospital!  At a time like this, routine is very important.  One of the great things about General Hospital is that it is part of peoples’ routines.  It’s not just a plug to watch our show, but it’s something that is comforting in that it is there.  Then, outside of that, you know, we try to provide not just entertainment but connection too.  That’s what we are there for.  We’ve been going live a lot on our Facebook page, on our YouTube page, and our reason for that is that we know people are available, and people can actually talk to us in real time, and as I said, we are trying to create moments of connection.

STEVE:  The best compliment that we get is, “We had so much fun.” or “Oh, you guys made my day.”  I try to answer all the You Tube comments we get, and many of them are similar right now like, “Man, I needed to laugh today.  Thank you for putting this up.”  Obviously, we are all dealing with something crazy right now with this pandemic, but just to give someone even 10 minutes on 7 Questions where they can laugh 3 or 4 times and then go back to whatever they were doing, that’s really what matters to us.

So, what do you think of Steve and Bradford’s new You  Tube show ‘7 Questions with Steve and Brad’?  Have you seen their live comedy club appearances, and if so, what did you think of it?  Do you enjoy seeing GH”s Jason and Spinelli in scenes and hijinks together in Port Charles? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Eden McCoy Chats on Tackling the Role of Young Carly, Josslyn’s love life, and Her Co-Stars

The rivalry between Carly (Laura Wright) and Nelle (Chloe Lanier) has deep-rooted history in the past, not just the present, as viewers learn today on a special episode of General Hospital.  In it, we go back to the 90s, before Carly stepped foot in Port Charles.  This gave Eden McCoy, who usually plays Carly’s on-screen daughter, Josslyn Jacks, the chance to play a young Carly as fans of the ABC daytime drama series also see that the episode sheds come clues to a story that will play out in the present in the weeks and months to come.

McCoy got the opportunity to work with a different set of players than her normal scene partners in Port Charles in the episode – Cynthia Watros (Nina), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) and young Willa Rose (young Nelle), who comprise the Benson ‘family’ in the flashbacks.

However, while Eden got the chance to travel back to the 90s, Josslyn is also in the dark in the present to that kiss shared by her best friends, Trina (Sydney Mikala) and Cameron (William Lipton).   If that lip-lock came to light to Joss, will that finally get her to admit she may feel more than friendship with Cam?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Eden to discuss: the opportunity to play young Carly, having Laura Wright as her on-screen mom, and going to battle on-screen with her good friend, Chloe Lanier, plus if she would like to share more screen-time with Josslyn’s dad, Ingo Rademacher (Jax), and of course, the burning question, who has Josslyn’s heart? Is it Cameron? Find out when you read on as to what Eden shared below.

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On today’s April 8th episode of GH, we see you portraying a young Carly.  Tell me when and how you found out that you were going to play Carly, and what the experience was like for you taping those scenes?

EDEN:  It was really one of my favorite experiences at GH, hands down.  I think if I had to choose favorite episodes, this would be this one for sure. My other favorites prior to this have been: the fight scene with Nelle, the dance scenes I did, and the fake drunk scenes with William.  Those were all so great.  I found out that I was going to do this episode and play a young Carly from Laura Wright.  I ran into her on set for blocking.  We weren’t even working together that day, and she’s like, “Oh, I’ve been told that you’re going to play a young me in an episode,” and then she literally walked away – because she had to work.  So, I was like, “What?”  It was kind of this thing hanging in the air, and I rushed to tell my mom, because I was so excited.  I didn’t get the script until maybe a month after Laura told me.  I didn’t want to ask more about it before then, because I kind of wanted to be surprised, too. Then, when I got the script and read it, I was completely blown away.  Then, when I got the news that Cynthia Watros was going to play Carly’s mom and that James Patrick Stuart was going to play Carly’s dad, I mean, I just about had a heart attack! Those are two actors that I’ve watched and admired so much and haven’t worked with a lot.  So, it was this perfectly gift-wrapped opportunity to get to know my fellow castmates and dive into a whole other character.  Everyone was so involved in that episode.  Look at the set design, for one thing.  You can totally tell that it transported us into the 90s.  Everyone did an amazing job with that style of architecture ….everybody had been researching it …everybody pretty much except for me as I lived through the 90s!  The wardrobe was one of my favorite things ever, because the 90s, for me, is my favorite era of fashion.  I feel like my own wardrobe is heavily inspired by the 90s.  I have vintage pieces; my favorite jeans are 90s Levis. I watched Friends and obviously was obsessed with it.  The wardrobe team did an amazing job focusing on all of the 90s trends with the cardigans and the clogs and the jelly shoes and all of that.  I have three outfits in the episode, and we literally named them “Monica”, “Rachel”, and “Phoebe” after the women on Friends.  It was so much fun.

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What’s your take on what happened in the episode; as we learn about Carly’s troubled-past with her adoptive parents, and her past with Nelle?

EDEN:  It starts as a look into a young Carly’s everyday life.  She gets home from a job interview.  She is looking for work, and she gets the job, and Virginia and Carly are talking.  However, the conversation turns into how Carly wants to leave home, and have a very different life than Virginia, but she needs money to do it.  So, she leaves her mom, Virginia, to go find Frank, her dad, who, by the way, is a complete turnoff of a dad.  She thought he was going to have some money, and she could be rich, and get it from him, and move to New York, and see the world because that’s her overall goal.  Carly is a very passionate, goal-driven person as we know, so she goes to see Frank.  It will be a heart-wrenching moment for Carly as a character; and you will see how Nelle factors into this.   All of this in the past shows the internal conflict that Carly has towards Nelle as a person and as a character.  It’s not just that Nelle came into her life and hurt her kids and hurt her family, but it’s because it’s that desperate need for validation that Carly had growing up.  I think, she has had this resentment towards Nelle, because of it.

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How old were you supposed to be in the flashbacks as young Carly?

EDEN:  I was playing like 18-19 years old, and Nelle was around 6.  Willa Rose was such an adorable little actress.  She and James were so cute together, and James was phenomenal.  He just went 110% on this, and it was so, so fun to work against that.  Every take was different.  James was walking at this pace, or he was eating in this scene, and he totally took it to the place that I knew that he would take it.  Same with Cynthia!  Cynthia was amazing.   I’ve watched them together since Cynthia first came on the show as Nina, and I’ve watched James forever, so I totally scored.

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Has Laura Wright seen your portrayal of Carly yet?

EDEN:  I’m super excited to see what she has to say about it.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I were discussing it day-of taping. We were kind of dissecting Laura’s mannerisms so that I could kind of plug them in to my performance. We used when Laura as Carly tucks her hair behind her ear, and Frank was like, “Oh, yeah!  Do that!”  I’ve grown up with Laura, and watching her, and acting against her, and people clearly compare us all the time and are like, “That’s insane.  Do you try to do that on purpose?” It’s like, “No, I’ve just been with her since I was 12, almost every day.”

You realize when working and talking with Laura that she truly gets and understands her art and acting in this genre.  She’s really one of the best there’s ever been in soaps.  She can dissect a scene and understand it from different points of view, etc.

EDEN:  Oh my God, I know.  She’s phenomenal to watch, and I am not immune to that whatsoever.  It hits me every time I see her act.   She’s just been the best teacher.  The comments I get the most are: how much I resemble her looks wise for one, but also acting wise.  So, I’m so excited to see what people have to say following the airing of this episode.

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What do you think about Josslyn’s combative relationship with Nelle?  I loved on today’s episode that we got to see the scenes where Josslyn clocked Nelle again!

EDEN:  I would love to slap Nelle again!  Chloe is one of my closest friends on that set.  Even though we haven’t worked together as much as we used to, we are still very close, and I learned a lot from her.  Scenes with her are always so juicy.

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Where do you think Josslyn is at this point in her love life?  Is she still really into Dev (Ashton Arbab)? Does she truly loves Cameron, but can’t admit it to herself? 

EDEN:  I think that’s it. With Dev, he was an intriguing character with a very different background than Josslyn.  They say opposites attract, and I think that goes along with this story a little bit.  He’s just something that’s new, and someone who she is intrigued by, and I think that’s realistic.  I know that’s happened to me in my love life before.  I’m not sure where it’s really going to go between Dev and Josslyn.  Then for Cam, I think she doesn’t want to admit the feelings that she has for him to herself because that’s a whole big can of worms. I think she feels that once she admits that it might – not necessarily ruin their friendship – but taint it.  Cam is such a safe place and such a home for Josslyn.  I feel like if she were to admit that to herself, she’d be like, “Oh, no.  I’m going to make this uncomfortable and weird, and I can’t lose Cam as a friend.”  That’s always kind of been where her head is at, but I think as she spends more time with him, her feelings become more and more clear.  You never really know what’s going to happen, and I don’t think she’s set on anything.  Teenagers are just all over the place with feelings, and one day they feel this and one day they don’t.  So, it’s always such fun to play because I know some fans are dying to see Cameron and Josslyn get together that and some people don’t want to see that.  It’s fun to hear everybody out and to hear everyone’s opinions on it.  For me, I just hope it can be something fun to watch.  That’s always the goal.

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So now Trina has shared a kissed Cam, and Josslyn doesn’t know that yet.  What do you think her reaction is going to be when she finds out? 

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EDEN:  It will be interesting to see how the writers do that when she does find out, because Trina has been a great friend to Josslyn, and Josslyn wants to be a great friend back, and of course, Joss is a great friend to Cam.  These are her two best friends.  She doesn’t really want to be anything but supportive.  I feel there is going to be a lot of internal struggle with that because I think that action is probably going to make her realize, and come to terms with some feelings that she has probably been avoiding, for sure.

Do you think that Josslyn has truly moved on with her life following her last boyfriend, Oscar’s heartbreaking death, so that she can welcome and accept new love into her life?

EDEN:  I think she’s moved on, at least I hope so!  That’s a pain that she’ll take with her for the rest of her life, and an experience that she’ll always have in her back pocket. That’s great as an actor … to have had a deep, influential experience because you can bring that into certain scenes and make them stronger.  Right now, I think she’s just trying to be normal and feel normal things, and that’s where I hope that her story will continue to go.  Life goes on, and we have awesome teenage characters that I’m happy to be a part of and working with.

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Whenever the fans have seen William Lipton and you together, they have noticed that you get along so well. What can you say about William?

EDEN:   We do get along so well.  William is the best.  He’s really like a sibling.

Would you like to see more scenes between Jax and Josslyn? Don’t you think he should be more involved with his biological daughter’s life?

EDEN:  Yes!  From day one of meeting Ingo five years ago, he just made it so comfortable for me.  We have had a complete connection.  We share so many similar traits.  For instance, we both love the beach and we have a similar drive.  I will say that our relationship outside of the scenes is what makes those scenes what they are and what makes them fun to watch, and why when you’re watching, you feel like, “How is this not real?”  So, that’s why he is one of my all-time favorite scene partners.

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Your mom was, and is, a big GH fan, right?

EDEN:  Yes, she grew up watching GH in her sorority house, and her two crushes were Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jax (Ingo Rademacher), and I’m their kid on the show!  I remember when I auditioned for Josslyn.  I was given a fake script with a fake character name on it, so, we didn’t really know what my family tree looked like, or anything.  When my mom saw Maurice and Ingo in person for the first time, and I remember her freaking out.  I can’t even imagine what it was like for her.  My mom was just as excited as me to have this opportunity.

Are you at home quarantining, and taking care of yourself during this COVID-19 pandemic that we all find ourselves facing together? How’s that been going for you?

EDEN:  It’s going good.  I’m not complaining about staying in bed. (Laughs)  No, it’s been fun just trying new things and spending time with the family. You know, I’m usually so busy that it’s nice to have a little down time for a minute, but I naturally like to stay present and connect with people on social media, et

What are the fans saying to you most on social media that they want for Joss? 

EDEN:  I am hearing a lot about Cam.  It’s a big, “Is that going to happen?  Is that not going to happen?  Team Cam/Team Not Cam.”  That’s always fun because I love to have rivalries.  That means that people are invested in the story.  I get a lot of Jax things, like, “Where’s Jax?  We need more Jax and Josslyn,” and I completely agree.  However my dream, (and I think what a lot of people want to see) is Josslyn’s rebellion and gearing away from the goody-two-shoes person she is for a minute.

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That would be in-line and typical for the daughter of Carly, right?

EDEN:  Yeah, that’s what I’m saying.  When I hear about what Carly had done at my age and in the past, I’m like, “I have that DNA.”   Carly had a very painful upbringing with not a lot of parental supervision and support.  She had no father figure growing up, and Josslyn has had two. That really shapes a person and makes them who they are, but I do feel like with all of the pain the Josslyn has gone through; some kind of off-the-rails moment would be fun to play and will be hopefully in her future.

So, what did you think of Eden’s performance of young Carly on today’s episode of GH? Do you want Josslyn to end up romantically with Cameron or someone else? Do you think Josslyn should display a more rebellious side given that she is Carly’s daughter? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Has a Feeling She Has ‘A Daughter Out There’

The latest promo for this week’s episodes of General Hospital has been released and from the looks of it – and a key episode set to air on Wednesday April 8th – the mystery surrounding if Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) biological daughter is alive, and if so who is it, looks to be kicking into high gear.

There is that necklace that Nina is looking at in the promo, Nelle (Chloe Lanier) who seemingly now is being given an opportunity to work with Nina thus getting closer to her who notices the necklace, and then there is Willow (Katelyn MacMullen), who many have thought could actually be Nina’s daughter given their original tense relationship.

And coming up on Wednesday, look for a special episode where the show looks at Carly’s (Laura Wright) past with her adoptive parents Frank and Virginia Benson before she came to Port Charles in 1996.

Look for Eden McCoy (Josslyn) to play a young Carly, Cynthia Watros to play Virginia, James Patrick Stuart to play Valentin, and Willa Rose to play a young Nelle.  What will we learn from that episode?

Now below watch the latest teaser from GH, and let us know if you think Nina will finally figure out who her real bio-daughter is via the comment section below.

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