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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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GH Faves Finola Hughes, Ian Buchanan, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Marc Anthony Samuel In New IGTV Series, ‘Enter Exit’

This week, General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna) and some very good friends and acting partners debuted in a new IGTV series, directed by Hughes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s a thriller! What else would we expect from the woman who plays super spy Anna Devane on the ABC daytime drama series.

The IGTV (Instagam’s longer video application) series is called, Enter Exit, and there are 11 episodes, and the first one dropped on Monday.  It is  written by TV scribe Matt Boren, and also stars some of Port Charles’ longtime favorites that include: Ian Buchanan (Ex-Duke), Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) and Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix).

Hughes told SOD how she was inspired to come up with the concept for the show:  “I started to think about, if you’re in lockdown, what would be a narrative where you could act in a vacuum, basically? I first started thinking about what my character would be — a retired (government) agent. And then there’s some reason that I’m retired. And I started to think about stationary shots and walking into your closeup and all those kinds of things. I left (the rest) with Matt; it was basically, ‘Whatever he writes, we’ll do.’ And I just sort of concentrated on how, feasibly, we could do it.”’

Boren, who has been an ardent viewer of GH from its hey day, shared on working off Hughes seeds of an idea to what Enter Exit is about: “In a sense, it’s a local detective thriller that starts out small — and understandably so as season one takes place during the pandemic. However, what we seed throughout these first 11 mini-episodes hints at a show that longs to be on a much larger, more global scale. We were absolutely inspired by ’80s GH — the WSB, the espionage and larger than life stories that were so thrilling, and through Devane/Scorpio/Lavery/Donnelly/Jones, so grounded. Throw that in with some Killing Eve, X-Files and (this will make sense down the line) Stranger Things, and you have a recipe that might be pages away in our cookbook.”

Now check out episode 1 below featuring Hughes and Silzer and make sure to follow Finola’s IG account for all-new installments of Enter Exit.

So, what do you think about the concept of the series? Excited to see more? Let us know via the comment section.

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GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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OLTL Alum Christopher Cousins Appears on General Hospital as Dante’s Doctor

On Thursday, the very shrewd fans of daytime drama, noticed a very familiar face on General Hospital in scenes with Dominic Zamprogna in Dante’s return storyline.

Playing Dante’s Doctor turned out to be Christopher Cousins, most soap-famous for his role as Cain Rogan on One Life to Live from 1991 to 1994 and later reprising the role of the conman back in 2008.  Cain was romantically involved with Tina Lord (Andrea Evans) while in story in Llanview.

Cousins also made appearance on two other daytime drama: as Greg Houston on Another World in 1986 and as Colin Crowley on As the World Turns in 1990.  More recently Christopher has been appearing in numerous primetime TV shows and films.

So, do you hope Christopher sticks around on General Hospital?  Do you think it’s just a guest stint for him to serve Dante’s story? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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