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GH: Night Shift's Sri Rao To Write New Primetime Political Soap for NBC!

Now here is some good news!  Writer, Sri Rao who did an an exceptional job with the second season of  General Hospital’s spin-off,  General Hospital: Night Shift  has landed a new gig and it’s quite intriguing!  Rao will write a new political soap opera that has been bought by NBC.   Famed producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are in charge of the project.

According to Deadline.com, “The show is tentatively titled, White House Confidential, and is described as an upstairs-downstairs-type soap set in the White House, told from the point of view of a young female doctor who has a secret from her past.”

So soapers, are you excited to see how this series comes together?  And who should play the young female doctor noted in the item?  Let us know your thoughts!

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Jewell
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Jewell

How young are we talking? Would love to see Bobbie Eakes in something, she has so much talent not being used. If we are talking younger,Jen Lilley, Terri,Ivans…

GHFan
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GHFan

Isn’t Bobbie on Bold & Beautiful?!?

ashlee
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ashlee

Lol. Um, ten years ago she was. She had been on AMC since 2003.

ethel
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ethel

i am very excited – sri rao did an awesome job writing the second season of night shift!

ashlee
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ashlee

I think this is great news! That man knows more about how to write for a soap opera than those who have been writing for them for 30 years! The only thing I didnt like about his Night Shift was the gay storyline. it was awkward, out of left field, and completely out of place with all the GH veterans. GH achieved record viewership for Luke and Laura…all the soaps that have prominently attempted to showcase a gay abomination (romance) are now cancelled.

ethel
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ethel

dool has a gay story line going on now……………..

Mary
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Mary

Why are they using he word soap?They are nighttime scripted shows.I really get tired of these networks using the word soaps.There not on 5 days a week and year around.

GHFan
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GHFan

Mary, Dallas is a soap and aired one day a week… Revenge is a soap –
same thing…. Daytime soaps are on every day. Primetime soaps are once a week…

Debi
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Debi

When is this suppose to debut?? Sounds AWESOME!

Carlee
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Carlee

Outstanding. Mr Rao is extremely talented. NS2 was very well done. Kudos to Mr Rao.

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

Michael Park as the President. That’s what I’m saying. Many great soap actresses to choose from for this part. Let’s just hope the people on this project reconizes our pool of talent and chooses from the soap world.

kay/kay
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kay/kay

Capitol was a great soap so we shall see. Remember 9/11 today and keep those families who lost loved ones in your prayers!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I would watch. Sounds good.

JustSaying
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JustSaying

A story about the White House? I’ll pass.

MK
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MK

He made NS2 so good, GH should have grab him immediately. But Guza was probably threatened when NS had better stories than GH at the time. NS was 100% Mob free. Used Jagger and Robert. Plus had a Gay Doctor! It was a shame ABC didn’t bring them to GH or do a 3rd season.

ashlee
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ashlee

I agree!!!! I would LOVE to see what Sri could do with GH, minus the gay thing, of course. His writing had a heart and humanity almost reminiscent of the glory days of GH…under Claire Labine.

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GH’s Brook Kerr and Tabyana Ali Talk On: Trina’s Trial, Spencer and Rory, And Their On-Screen Mother/Daughter Relationship

Currently, General Hospital fans are awaiting the verdict in Trina’s trial and just what lengths her mother will go to in order to secure her freedom! With the story playing out on-air, Michael Farman chatted in a new virtual interview with the two women central to the story; Brook Kerr (Portia) and Tabyana Ali (Trina).

As viewers know, Trina was set-up by Esme Prince (Avery Pohl), to make it appear that she taped her best friends, Cameron (William Lipton) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) having sex, and then posted the video from her phone, so it went viral.

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During the conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Tabyana and Brook weigh-in on what’s gone down at the trial including; how Spencer Cassadine came forward with an alibi for Trina, plus how Portia may put her medical career at risk if she brings Esme’s partner in crime, Oz, out of his coma to get the evidence they need to point the finger on Esme.

 

In addition, Tabyana and Brook share their thoughts on the men in Trina’s life: Spencer Cassadine (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) and Rory Cabrera (Michael Blake Kruse), and how the #Sprina has a life of its own on social media.

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Brook also shares dishes on Portia’s romantic relationship with Curtis (Donnell Turner), plus the recent noteworthy scenes between Portia and Stella (Vernee Watson), where GH shed light on a mother’s concern; that racial injustice could factor in to the jury’s decision in Trina’s case.

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Tabyana also discusses working alongside GH co-stars, Maura West (Ava) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), and what it was like taking over the role of Trina from popular fan favorite, Sydney Mikayla.

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Check out the full chat with Brook and Tabyana below.

Do you want Trina to end up with Spencer or Rory? Will the jury exonerate Trina? What was your favorite part of the conversation with Brook and Tabyana? Let us know in the comment section.

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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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