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GH Head Writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor Reveal More Details On Michael E. Knight’s New Soap Role

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When daytime favorite Michael E. Knight debuts on General Hospital on September 30th, he will not be coming to Port Charles as his former All My Children alter-ego Tad Martin; but instead will be playing a different character.

EW.com has first look photo of Knight in his new role and spoke directly to General Hospital co-head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor for the scoop on the ever-popular Knight’s return to ABC.  On GH. Michael will indeed play a new role.

According to the scribes: “There are a number of people in Port Charles who are in trouble and his character will have an impact on how their stories are solved or further complicated.”

Both Van Etten and O’Connor shared: “As we were writing his character, we found out that oh, we have even more use for him! It’s helpful to know who the actors are in this situation. We have lots of ideas on how we can expand his character and cross-pollinate his character.”

As to how long Knight will be sticking around Port Charles, that was not offered-up, but what was is that Michael’s new character will mix it up with Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) with whom Knight worked with on All My Children when James played Will Cortlandt.

Because ABC now has the rights back in their possession to use the characters from One Life to Live and All My Children, Van Etten expressed: “We have conversations when we have these actors come back about whether it’s more useful or not to resurrect their characters. “=We’ll continue to have these as the opportunity arises.”

So, what do you think Michael E. Knight’s role will be based on these tidbits from the GH scribe? Share your theories via the comment section below.

 

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James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Would have been better off bringing on Tad Martin. Sorry, but I am still smarting after all these years on the cancellations of AMC and OLTL and want to see the actors brought onto GH to reprise their former soap roles.

Celia
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Celia

I’m with you, James—–as far as I’m concerned I don’t find GH all that great, comparatively speaking……Especially now with these quixotic storylines and characters. Comedy of Errors….. with Drew/Franco as Dromio of Ephesus……

nowya
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nowya

It’s not really healthy to STILL be “smarting” after all these years. I miss Johnny Carson, but time moves on – and so should you.

Tony
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Tony

Well if Cady Mclain would have been chosen as Nina this would have been perfect

Celia
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Celia

Oh, my gosh, Tony!!
Why didn’t I think of Cady? She would be the perfect Nina—-I don’t know how much longer I can take nuNina ( can’t even think of her name—scary eyes).
Secondly, two birds with one stone—-Tad and Dixie reunited…….and Valentin her brother?? LOL.

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree, NuNina is a bust! I gave her a chance but she has NO chemistry with Valentin, Sasha or even Jax!

Celia
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Celia

Hi, T, I have not had time to breathe these last couple of weeks….I’m teaching full time—I’m off sick ( cold–cough)—-missed you, my friend. Tell me about it—-nuNina is trying too hard. I have been bitten by the Stafford bug—she is the original Phyllis and Nina—-very rarely do re-casts live up to the original— The Nina/Sasha story was explained away with the notion thst Sasha strikingly resembled Nina—well, no more!! There goes that… They are as physically different as night and day. Nevertheless, I think that Sasha really is Nina’s daughter, after-all…..would be an ironic twist, if only these writers… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Get well and get some rest!

Shay
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Shay

Hey there, CeeCeeGirl! Welcome back……you’ve been missed! Hope you feel better soon! Incidentally, I cannot agree with you more that Cady would have made an excellent Nina recast…actually better than the original in my opinion! Hah!…(Oddly enough, I had always envisioned her as Nina from the moment Silas first mentioned his so-called saintly wife way back when, and I also suggested her as the perfect replacement to fill that role when we bandied about possible candidates to play NuNina…) What can I say? Great minds think alike….although not always! I guess I’m one of the few not even remotely excited… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

What if he played Jeff Webber

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Hi Celia, Welcome back, you’ve been missed by many. I told Shay a few days ago that I was a little worried, that I had not heard from you since M.V.I figured you were back teaching and so busy with your own kids as well. Sorry you haven’t been feeling well.I am a big fan of Vitamin D -3 and take 2000IU daily. Have not had a cold in years, knock, knock. I have some news to share with you, and as I told Shay, it is amazing how small this world is.I was notified by Ancestry DNA that I… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hello, Miss Violet, Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness….. I’ve had a pretty rough week. I thought I had left ear infections behind me in my childhood……hadn’t had one in eighteen years, as a teen. Go figure—I have vertigo, from an ear imbalance. …much better now. I am getting very frustrated with GH—too messed up and incoherent—-has no flow!! This Peter thing just popped up out of nowhere—–but, I guess it’s not much of a surprise considering his sire. I am not even convinced Anna is his mother—-more like Alex. I have missed a few eps—will catch up tonight,… Read more »

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Hi Celia Hope you are feeling better by now. Those infections can really drag on.Well at least we are rid of Shiloh, now to deal with the aftermath.Can’t wait for the autopsy, showing whether that flare actually killed him or something or someone else did.Is Lulu really going to blurt out her eavesdropping info, breaking her daughter’s heart about her beloved papa? Certainly there could have been a better way. Glad you are feeling better, now keep it that way, o.k? Oh, I wonder if you would want your kids going to a bar, mornings before school, or would you… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

i have had that cold/cough for two weeks now…also being checked for other problems…why i have rarely been here

Shay
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Shay

Awwww….get well soon, Jimh! (And “Double C,” too!) It’s a lot less fun around here when the two of you aren’t regularly posting! As for your suggestion that Knight play “Jeff Webber?” Even though I would love for Liz’s daddy to visit Port Charles, I don’t think that Knight is age appropriate for that particular role. Keep in mind that originally Jeff was mentioned to be a “tad” (no pun intended…) younger than Monica….thus, I somehow cannot picture “Tad the Cad” as Dr. Quartermaine’s ex! Lol….

Jim
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Jim

On Edge Of Night Nicole went from 40ish to 20ish with a recast so a younger Jeff why not…..anyway wish he was Tad…i think Gordon Thompson would make an ok Jeff

Shay
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Shay

@Jim…I would love to see Gordon Thomson on GH, although I’m not so sure as Jeff! Dynasty’s former Adam has such an elegant, sophisticated vibe, whereas Jeff was much more laidback and casual…I would prefer someone who better captures the essence of Richard Dean Anderson as a Jeff recast. Quite frankly, GT would have made an excellent Cassadine! I suppose it’s not too late to make that happen…

Celia
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Celia

Hope you’re feeling better, Jimmy—-I hardly ever get sick—got me “but good”. LOL. For some reason cough syrup upsets my stomach——so, I had to weather it cold turkey…. pardon the pun. HaHa…. Glad to see you peeking in ( as I do) once in a while. As far as Michael Knight possibly cast as Jeff, I am not familiar with him at all—-except from references made on the GH sites, now and again. I would think Michael is too young to play Lizzie’s father; but, this is Soapland—-Sam and Julian are less than ten years apart, I believe—so, age is… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

i havent been well in three years but recently more problems popped up

Celia
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Celia

I remember, Jimmy—-you had Barrett’s Esophagus? Protonix works very well—-however, all this new science comes along with negative reviews ( Gastric carcinoma)….makes one’s head spin. What to do??
I try to stay away from meds, even the over-the-counter offerings. Dependable ‘drugs’, for sinus, headaches etc. have consequences, if abused….
Take it easy, my friend—hang in there. I hope you have a good, caring and patient doctor. It makes a big difference to your well-being and state of mind.
I do hope to hear from you. I miss your take on plots, characters and which path a storyline should take. ❤️

Patricia Petersen
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Patricia Petersen

Agreed bring back Kady

Celia
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Celia

I propose two choices—–Michael will either play the lawman or the outlaw. Either way, all the baddies in PC ( and its outreach) will have something in common—-Faison and Helena.
I pray Michael is a good guy….love him to pieces…
I anticipate the ousting of Kim, Shiloh, Peter, Julian , Brad and maybe Franco—-not sure yet (Did I forget anyone?). None of them is to be absolved.

Jim
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Jim

i Would had cast him as Liz’s father Jeff

clb
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clb

Congrats to Mr. Knight and his return to daytime! Waiting to see what the new writing team can bring to the GH canvas. I still support bringing back OLTL and All My Children as a 1/2 each lead-in for GH. GMA Day needs to be cancelled, as it is dragging down the ratings for GH. ABC Daytime–wake up!

Ellen Wycuff
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Ellen Wycuff

They needed to bring him back as Tad Martin so when #AMC makes a comeback he could step right back into that role

Johnny
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Johnny

HAVE to say that I agree with Ellen, it would be great if he could join the show as TAD MARTIN visiting from Pine Valley….it could then have him saying something like “I still have unfinished business in Pine Valley….” and help serve as a Lead-in to the show’s re-launching. I know that there is a lot of talk about bringing back ALL MY CHILDREN and this would help support that.

Ellen Wycuff
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Ellen Wycuff

Love your idea. I basically had told someonethe something but in a different way. Bring back #AMC and #OLTL. There is greeting way to many talk shows and court shows inn tv any more

Timmm
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Timmm

Lets just hope GH uses him better than Y&R!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Shouldn’t we has a WOMAN head writer also? Tell me, don’t we need a woman’s point of view on GH–BADLY??????????????

Shay
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Shay

@Nancy…Instead, how about a head writer who actually respects and mines the rich legacy of GH by implementing modern-day characters and storylines that honor that history? That’s what is really missing from this soap in its current state!!! Good writing is good writing, no matter the particular chromosomal aspects of the person from whom the words emanate!!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Can we have an interesting, dynamic character that already knows who he is–and has not had a memory transplant–oh, the horror!

Harry
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Harry

I agree, Nancy. GH is one un-HOLY mess right now. Why did Howarth’s Drew turn out to be such a selfish, son-of-a-bitch when Miller’s Drew was a kind and heroic man? Right now, I detest Franco/Drew. He’s a selfish, callous creep.

Celia
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Celia

Agreed, Harry—I also regale Kim with those same colorful words, ….true description of Franco. What a jerk!!
And, Kim? The subdued, grieving mother who is so out of her head with her feverish thoughts of replicating Oscar–Drew’s memories transferred into another’s head makes no difference to her—she wants what she wants. She’s as “touched” in the head as Franco—-two solid freaks. These writers must have gone to the same school of Bedlam.
I mean, he’s physically not Drew—-I have another word for her—-but, I will contain and restrain myself.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I thought the same thing, Harry–re the difference between “Drew” and “Drew.”
🙂

Que for you
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Que for you

I’d prefer to have kept Billy Miller! They got everyone interested in his story and now we r supposed to believe a navy seal couldn’t save himself?

Please keep general hospital alive by writing for the actors from Core families!

I hope this man is great at his job and that he comes and gets killed off quickly maybe taking Shiloh and Heinrich w him!

KMB
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KMB

I 100% agree. Billy Miller should have gotten the memory story a long time ago along with a new love interest and much more screen time. It was absurd. The other stories are just not cutting it either. Now it is just not exciting to hear about new characters anymore because of the bad writing for the characters who are already on the show. When will it change if ever?

Capt. Internet
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Capt. Internet

Well, someone needs to take the reins @ Aurora ’til Drew returns or not.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

A specialist Dr for Carly’s baby

Satan
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Satan

So…… how do all the Michael Knight fans feel now, that we know he was apparently brought in just to prop the psycho Nelle?

Sure, there’s always the possibility he could stick around longer, but right now it looks like a case of Frankie Valentini propping up his pets once again.

Not an AMC viewer, so I don’t have a three headed dog in this fight, but just thought I’d ask…..

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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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