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GH Preview: Alexis Goes Postal On A Lying Julian: Is The End Of Julexis Drawing Near?

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Hold on to your socks General Hospital fans, when on Mondays episode of the ABC soap opera it’s showdown time between spouses Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Julian (William deVry)

Alexis has figured out that it was Julian who went and stabbed Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) to death on the pier, and with the knife Helena used to kill her mother! She tells him she thinks he had the one witness previously killed by a “drug overdose” …  could have snuck out to murder Carlos before 2:30am …  and then loses it thinking that he would use the weapon that Helena used to slit her mother’s throat to kill a man.  Julian had motive and she knows it.

Looks like finally Alexis is not turning a blind eye to her husband’s nefarious activities. Julian promised her he was out of the life of a mobster, but Julian will apparently go to any lengths to keep his freedom. Will he justify his crime saying he murdered Carlos to protect his family and Alexis …  and so he wouldn’t be put in prison and be sent away from them?

In the preview clip from the confrontation, Nancy Lee Grahn acts up a storm while going postal on Julian.  Watch it after the jump, and then let us know …  will it finally be curtains for Julexis?  Comment below!

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curacaoman
curacaoman

It looks like curtains for GH

Mary SF
Mary SF

OMG it is about time girl– the minute gun runners crashed your wedding you should have clued in that if you marry a mobster, you have married a mobster— you had about as much chance to reform Julian than Nurse Chapel had to get Spock to fall in love with her on the classic Star Trek series. The silver lining now that she finally cannot check her common sense at the door, she can dump the jerk– no matter how good he is in bed honey, he will never tell you the truth.

Walter
Walter

Nurse Chapel, lol.

Jacqulyn Smither
Jacqulyn Smither

Sad and angry how the Julexis story has been written. Nancy fan base is a group of very bright people, do the writers think we will buy the 180 degree turnaround writing of Julian within weeks of their wedding. I will tune out like I did under the writing of guza . I am happy
for Nancy to be getting good writing . I will miss GH

su0000
su0000

hi Jacqulyn..
Look what J&S has done to Anna, also..
Both Alexis and Anna, the strong women, have been reduced to weak freaking out woman..

rebecca1
rebecca1

I agree Jacqulyn.

elm1951
elm1951

their relationship was built on a foundation of sex and nothing else – a woman of a certain age running around like a sex deprived lunatic was just not appealing to me – it was just a matter of time and i for one am glad it is over!!!

Dan S
Dan S

Word!

JK
JK

LETS HOPE ITS OVER…..THIS STORY HAS GONE ON WAY TO LONG. IT HAS BEEN TIME TO FAST FORWARD FOR SOME TIME NOW.

Wil
Wil

Wow. So you disapprove of Alexis having a healthy sex life because she has attained a “certain age”? How 1956.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Wil, responded to you but it wound up further down on the page.

Shay
Shay

Ain’t that the truth, elm1951!!!!! To see any woman—let alone one who’s been around the block numerous times and should be old enough to know better—-become nothing more than a gullible, sex-driven pool of quivering jello over a guy is always bad theater, but the Alexis character and her storyline have been particularly deserving of scorn since they were all sooooo pathetically predictable….and it only took, what, two-plus years for the painfully obvious to finally pan out? Quite frankly, I’m waaay over both of these people…the craven mobster and his desperately wonton slag. If this show is to survive, it needs to cut out the deadwood, and these two would be a really fine place to start!!!!.

Shay
Shay

P.S. That would be “wanton,” unless Alexis is as addicted to Chinese food as she is to sex!!!!

Harry
Harry

What she (Shay) said.
I just think that no couple, old or young, straight or gay, should predicate their entire relationship on sex. It’s always bound to go bad and not just normal bad, but bad in a raspberry jam in a milk-chocolate candy bad.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’m assuming Harry you dont agree that Alexis is a “wonton slag”… which would make her, in British terms, rather a slut (who seems to be wrapped in a Chinese dumpling).

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hello Harry…;) yes…we all know our peeps are fictional. But we ARE talking about Alexis and the term “wonton” slag was more amusing to me than wantan. But I digress. My point is I don’t think Alexis is one. Not a wonton…lol…or a wanton…slag. She’s never been portrayed as a promiscuous woman. She’s had sex within her relationships..as all the characters have..(.as do NON fictional characters)…which was never shown until Julian. Before him it’s been a bit of kissing.

Some GH fans seem to have a problem or feel uncomfortable with Alexis having a sex life. And though I cringe at pointing out age again, if you read the few comments above it is once again referred to. Why bring it up at all if it’s not relevant. Anyone of any age can fall into a sexual relationship if the attraction is strong enough and he or she isn’t looking for love. Doesn’t make them wrong or immoral or immature. As for Alexis, if that’s what she DID do I’d be fine with that BECAUSE of her age. She’s an adult and if she enjoys being with a particular man then good for her! “A” man…not many…is not a “wanton slag”…it’s s healthy human being enjoying physical closeness. What I also disagree with is is the mindset that that’s all she and Julian did or do. We’ve got to use a bit of thought to extend to the fact that we only saw snippets of Julian and Alexis at the beginning of their relationship and assume that they did more talking and created more emotional closeness than we saw on screen…I feel the writers made a conscious decision to focus on the physical aspect so as to finally portray more mature characters realistically…that it’s not just 20-something’s who have sex. The writers did move away from that and we have’t seen them in bed for months…we’ve seen them move on as all couples do…from the initial infatuation to the more everyday stage. I can see why Alexis is so heartbroken, yet I feel Julian truly loved and STiLL loves her. Finally, some realistic angst…
There. Done. For now…

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You say it well!

Shay
Shay

Thank you, Nancy and Harry! And I very much agree with the latter’s assertions. I’m not predisposed to enjoying any couple whose raison d’etre is nothing but sex, sex, sex, regardless of their specific demos. It just seemed especially bad given the more mature age and highly-dubious history of Julian and Alexis, but even if it were another pair that had engaged in this non-stop nookiefest, I would have been equally appalled….there should be so much more to an on (or off) screen relationship than just constant copulation!!!

Harry
Harry

But Rebecca–Alexis is a fictional character and frankly, I think the term “wonton slag” is hilarious. Honestly, NLG would probably get a kick out of it too.
The term also might be appropriate because Alexis did allow her needs and desires to override her sense of ethics and morality.
That said, I will say again that NLG is playing the hell out of this and doing a damn good job.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Give Nancy the EMMY!! Her work in these scenes is absolutely fantastic! 2:18 of her acting her ass off; I only hope that this is the beginning of fantastic work by Nancy!

Melissa
Melissa

Agreed. She doesn’t need to be in a bedroom scene to act her axx off and this snippet proved it!

Mateo
Mateo

Haters are gonna hate but Nancy Lee Grahn is pure acting power. William DeVry is almost invisible next to her. All the hatred towards GH astounds me. They tell great stories every day of the week. The acting is always over the top excellent and the stories move. We don’t have the the ridiculous plot lines from DAYS and we don’t have babies identities being switched or born to people too old to have them — YES Y&R I am speaking to you! — we have stories that bounce. Nikolas and Hayden’s disaster marriage spinning off the rails with each spouse playing an erotic game of one upmanship. We have Jason and Sam FINALLY reconnecting, Maxie and her insecurities coming to a boil with Nathan, LuLu and Dante finally being real with each other, Nina and Franco stretching their mentally challenged selves to new levels, Laura and the quest to find out what the “curse” is with Helena. Even if it’s ridiculous, Genie Francis deserves some meat to act with. Elizabeth moving on from Jason and hopefully finding love that isn’t second hand love, Griffin and Anna have a good chemistry with each other not romantically but they just radiate off each other. I want Paul Hornsby to get his comeuppance and Tracy Quartermaine is a delight every time she is on the screen, regardless of plot. The Corinthos stories are always stellar because of how well each of that family represents on screen. I love this show and the way it is paced. While I miss the hand of Carlivati I give Altman and Passanante some credit for at least keeping the flow going. I miss Ron’s sense of humor in his writing. But for now I am still happy. I want GH to succeed and I will not let the naysayers push it into cancellation by their continued bashing of the show and asking for stories from the 80’s. The exact problems that DAYS has is rehashing senior citizen characters trying to make them contemporary and it’s failing miserably. Can’t wait for the coming weeks on GH. Even the periphreal characters are great. I love Lisel, Brad, Epiphany and all the other characters who add some reality to this crazy world of drama. LONG LIVE GH!!!

Lala
Lala

yeah, what Mateo said!!!!

Rose
Rose

Mateo…I’m with you on most counts. Plus I get weary of all the same old-same old nitpicking. Sure don’t want them to turn into self fulfilling prophesies for the doom and gloom of GH.

Cin
Cin

Well said!!! I love GH and can’t stand people bashing it while it is obvious they are still watching! All the actors are phenomenal. The character-driven writing has made me interested in characters I never used to care for. For the sake of moving a story forward, sometimes things happen that make us question the writing (such as Julian’s 180), but hey…you can’t please everyone. Bravo GH for keeping me glued to the tube!!

Timmm
Timmm

Mateo, Nancy is a good actress. He problem is not Alexis. Her problem is with herself. Nancy will say things publicly that are less than PC and it rubs the fans the wrong way. Alexis is a great character, its Nancy they have problems with, at times.

Harry
Harry

Sorry everyone, the writing is deplorable–that is not even my opinion, it’s a fact.
And we get to complain if we want to without being called “haters.”
The ratings speak for themselves. Enough said.

Brian
Brian

Harry, hate to break it to you, but just because you say something doesn’t make it a fact. It’s your opinion that the writing is deplorable. It’s not a fact. There are plenty of people that are enjoying GH right now, regardless of what the ratings might say. I’ll take what the show is now over the cheesy cartoon that Ron Carlivati turned it into any day of the week.

Harry
Harry

Brian, yes it does make it a fact if I declare it as such.
I will hold my breath until I turn blue while stomping my little feet until it does indeed become true!!!!

Sam
Sam

Seems like it and I don’t like it at all 🙁

Julexis were my favorite couple but now they’re writing Julain into so many corners…..

Nancy is amazing here though

su0000
su0000

C’mon !
We are soap watching professionals, for gawd sakes!
I assume we all knew from their 1st kiss they were on their way to parting/the break-up.
Soap couples have about 3 months before breaking up..

((I thought she losing it was a bit of overkill on the drama, geeez freakout ! …………. lol

rebecca1
rebecca1

You know I love Alexis but if she rubbed her face against that bloody handkerchief one more time….

Harry
Harry

Rebecca, I know–I was cringing too.
But then it occurred to me that NLG was engaging in method acting. Maybe in confronting Julian and the blood spilled in the name of preserving their marriage and family, she is confronting her own internal Lady Macbeth.
I feel that perhaps NLG made a conscious acting choice with rubbing the bloody handkerchief against her face. ……or I am over thinking it.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t know, Harry. Lady Macbeth was trying to “out that damned spot” while Alexis seemed determined to wallpaper it to her face. Perhaps it was a decision but as a one step away from a germaphobe and a proud card-carrying Purell user, I was a tad aghast.

rebecca1
rebecca1

But good analysis Harry!

Rose
Rose

Just thought I would chime in…call it overkill, method acting,or Shakespearian…I think Nancy has been doing a great job confronting the perfect storm of emotions, facts, instincts, baggage, loyalty, need for love and stability in the face of the opposite, and Julian that have finally caught up to her. She’s in the middle of a breakdown…or breakout. I’m counting on her to pull through, eventually.

Harry
Harry

I think you’re right Miss Rebecca and you too, Miss Rose.
But I guess we all concur when we say NLG has been just doing an outstanding job. She manages to emote without scene chewing and I have developed a whole new appreciation for NLG’s acting prowess.
I have mentioned this several times but must mention it again because I think it is relevant. Way back in the early 90’s, a crazy Ryan Collins (yes, Kevin’s brother) became obsessed with Felicia. At some point, Ryan crumbled up a note meant for Felicia and instead of discarding it, he put it in his mouth and chewed it up and finally, he swallowed it.
Later the actor said that scene was not in script but it was a judgment call. My feeling is that it was a judgment call on Nancy’s part to rub the bloody handkerchief to her cheek. I am trying to give the actress some credit as I have been rather hard on the character for the last year or so. I do feel that NLG has risen above the writing which has been afforded to her character.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Lol Harry…I’m not familiar with the ahem, scene chewing episode but I do hope it was digestible…both for the audience and the actor! And on behalf of Alexis and Nancy, thank you for FINALLY cutting “them” some slack. ‘Bout time! 😉
By the way, I replied again to your slag defense but it didn’t land under your comment. It’s a few above.

Cass
Cass

I think it is more like the end of GH for me. I love Julexis more than any other couple on this show. I have rooted for them from the beginning but I feel betrayed as a loyal fan by this show. Sonny gets away with murder, Jason gets away with it etc but in like a month Julexis has been utterly destroyed, the best pairing GH had going for it. Now GH wants to convince me that Julexis and Julian are unredeemable. It is not cool to betray and turn on your audience out of nowhere. This character destroying story never should have happened in the first place. Awful of you GH and shame on me for allowing you to punk me into falling for this couple when you never really cared about me as a viewer anyway.

Haley
Haley

I hate that they would do this to Julexis they are my favorite part of general hospital

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

So glad Alexis is finally seeing Julian for what he is!! She is too smart to let him pull one over on her! I wish they would have let Julian stay out of the mob. It was refreshing seeing him as a good husband and father. Now he is a cold blooded killer and there is no going back.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

She knew it all along–that what is so MADDENING!

rebecca1
rebecca1

It’s maddening because he really did make an honest attempt to stay out of the mob, he DID stay out of rhe mob, he was very in love with Alexis and his children, he tried to be a good stepfather to Kristina nd Molly, make peace with Sonny…even lent a sympathetic ear to Nina. He did change for Alexis and she did believe him, as Anna believed Duke and Carly believed Sonny. If Alexis was as evil as her detractors say, she wouldn’t have been as devastated as she is

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I hope she stabs him with that same knife…

Fanny
Fanny

For a second…during the sneak peek when she picks up the dagger
I believed she might actually run him in… Now that would have been
EXPLOSIVE. Alexis unfortunately has become a cliche, brilliant attorney
on one hand, while on the other hand she’s this desperate woman clinging
to the HOPE that her husband is in fact as innocent as he pretends to be.
Deep down she’s always known the end result wouldn’t be her dreamed up
Happily ever after.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

How well you say that, Fanny. “Alexis . . . has become a cliche . .. .”

Amanda
Amanda

We are going to see NLG’s massive acting chops as she heartbreakingly accepts what she knew all along. Her husband not only lied to her but used her & made her compromise herself. And is a cold blooded killer. It will be riveting.

rebecca1
rebecca1

He didn’t use her. He told her straight out fhat he needed her to defend Carlos so Carlos wouldn’t turn against him. He freaked when the witness came forward and everything started unravelling…

Harry
Harry

That’s some damn fine acting–NLG really rises to the occasion. She has known from the start that Julian ordered the hit on Duke so her shock is a bit hard to digest.
However, NLG makes it work.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

What I said, Harry! “She has know from the start” and “her shock is a bit hard to digest.” Amen!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Disagree Harry ,my love. Not about NLG’s acting but the rest. Read my comments on this page (if u wish to).

Shay
Shay

Amen to that…and your below remarks, too, Harry!

Scoma60
Scoma60

This better be the end of Julexis. Julian is a murdering thug who killed Carlos and our beloved Duke.
Ii’m tired of GH turning strong women into weak shells who toss their morals in the shredder for a man.
Julian deserves the death penalty or life without parole.

Alan
Alan

Why is Julian any worse than Sonny? Sonny killed AJ — a legacy character — and everyone seems to act like that was no big deal.

MT
MT

Preach, I really resent them making Sonny this god but Julian is awful and horrible…. it’s disrespectful

Wil
Wil

Julian is not worse than Sonny. I agree with Mateo re people wanting1980s storylines. Almost 40 years have passed. Good guy/bad guy rigidity is, quite frankly, boring. I love that Anna shot Carlos. Shades of gray are much more interesting.

Julian and Alexis are the most interesting couple on the show. The tension re whether Julian would stay away from the mob keeps the story riveting.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Alan…as far as I’m concerned, Sonny is WAY MORE DISGUSTING than Julian!!!!!

Just saying……….

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

And the end of Julian? Or is that just wishful thinking? Can GH get rid of ANY of the baddies????????????

Harry
Harry

Nancy, does Julian transplant the hair from his chest into his hairline which is no longer receding?
Oh the writing is horrid for sure. Julian was always a reluctant member of the mob–even way back when he was played by a different actor. That he would so readily jump back into it ordering hits and killing witnesses is really hard to fathom. Even harder to fathom is smart as a whip Alexis sacrificing her moral code and ethics to be with him and then acting shocked and horror stricken when she realized he really is still a mobster.
What I detest about Sonny and Carly is now they are acting all holier than thou, smug and sanctimonious. Carly was right when she called Alexis a hypocrite but so is Carly. She has covered for Sonny time and time again—even married him so she would not be forced to testify against him in a court of law. She knew he murdered AJ and covered for him.
See, it’s hard for me to get into a lather about what a creep Julian is when Sonny is even a bigger creep. The difference is we are supposed to believe that Sonny is the town patriarch rather than the town pariah.
The problem with GH is there is no sense of good guys vs the bad guys. It’s just bad guys vs the bad guys and GH becomes Fifty Shades of Black. With only shade there is no light and monochromatic black is boring, anti climatic and unsatisfying.

Carol
Carol

I totally agree with you Harry!!!
There is NO sense of good guys vs. bad guys – just a bunch of sociopathic mobsters who are “empathetic” with their families – NOT POSSIBLE!

Soapnexis
Soapnexis

Nancy has been stellar lately. If she uses the knife to kill Julian herself, I promise to never diss Natasha again for being smart in a courtroom and have no emotional intelligence in any other part of her life. I know how damaging her childhood was and I know Natasha is in there somewhere. Alexis, let Natasha out and kill the SOB!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Why? Lol…I still like Julian and I believe he still loves Alexis. Julian dead but sanctimonious Sonny, killer of AJ, thrives for years? Julian Jerome now has a lot of ties in Port Charles. He’s a charismatic man and actor. Did he break his promise to Alexis? Yes. did he go into the marriage to hurt or use her? No. He reverted to type and his immoral survival instincts kicked in…as did Sonny’s, Ava’s, Carlos’ and countless others that walk (walked) the streets of Port Charles. Carlos got what he deserved. He had no regret for killing Duke and laughed in Anna and Griffin’s face about it. I do feel horrible for the witness and Nancy is really pulling on my compassion for the devastation Alexis feels. Still, Julian and the fallout from all this is much more interesting to me with Julian alive.

Janet Byrnes
Janet Byrnes

JULIAN IS A MURDERER ????Most of the show kills in cold blood. They don’t pay, why should he have to ? Being married to Julia should be punishment enough.
Julia has no morals , has committed murder herself, and has been the mob mouth piece for years. .What goes around, comes around. A good old tornado blowing through this town taking everyone out is what it needs.

jaybird369
jaybird369

O-M-G!!!!! OK…you know what? I’m sorry but Alexis is such an idiot!!!!! If I remember correctly, when Julian and Alexis first met, Julian was already a mobster…and Alexis knew that. Also, A-S I-F Julian was gonna leave the mob ALL THE WAY!!!!! Another thing: Sooner or later, Julian was gonna fall back into his shady/sinister mobster ways. Once a mobster, always a mobster!!!!! Oh…and mobster-wise, I think that Sonny is WAY WORSE than Julian!!!!!

Just saying……….

jaybird369
jaybird369

Quick correction: WAY WORSER.

Harry
Harry

No, Jay, you were right the first time (unless you’re kidding).

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Harry, you comments re Julian the baddie (by this actor and the other) and Carly and Sonny also being smug hypocrites.
BTY, love your remark about Julian transplanting hair from his chest to his hairline–couldn’t figure out that two-toned ‘do! But you got it just righ! 😉

jaybird369
jaybird369

Yo Harry…thanks for pointing out my error. I could have been right the first time. Again…thanks.

Later.

Alan
Alan

I would love for Julian to tell Alexis to dial the theatrics down to a 2 because he ain’t in the mood for a lecture from the woman who killed Luis Alcazar (and then faked DID to beat the rap), ran over Kiefer Bauer with her car (and only got community service), and made a baby with Sonny Corinthos (who murdered AJ Quartermaine).

GH needs to get its act together — half the population of Port Charles has killed someone and suddenly Julian is the one who’s crossed a line…?

Shay
Shay

Excellent point there, Alan, although it has been a real slice of heaven to see the ever-sanctimonious Alexis FINALLY get her long and well-deserved comeuppance/meltdown. I truly hope that the dagger benefactress herself, aka, “Helena,” hasn’t missed the hilarious freakshow of events that her gift hath wrought….from beyond the grave….or wherever!!!!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Alan…Y-E-S…THANK YOU!!!!! Alexis is far from saintly!!!!! At this point, Alexis is nothing but an annoying and self-righteous HYPOCRITE!!!!! Oh…and…in more ways than one, I would LOVE for Julian to tell Alexis to PUT A SOCK IN IT!!!!! Alexis=STUPID WOMAN!!!!!

Have a good one, Alan.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, to your last paragraph–“half the pop. of Port Charles has killed . . . ” and there’s something “dead” wrong with that stat! 🙂

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

It ‘kills’ me how most on this show gets away with murder!!!-lol

rebecca1
rebecca1

Alan, there is no comparison between the “crimes” you just cited that Alexis committed with mob crimes. Julian, Sonny, Ava…they’re cold blooded killers who thirst for money and power. Alexis pushed a crimininal, Luis Alcazar, after he threatened her and after he caused an explosion which killed her sister. She hit Keifer while she was driving in a fit of despair and rage because Keifer landed her daughter Kristina in the hospital after beating her to a pulp. I’m not condoning violence on any level but self defence and mama bear, sister bear rage when one is killed and another put in the hospital does not make
Alexis comparable to a thug…just as it doesn’t make Anna one for shooting Carlos in her despair and rage.

Alan
Alan

I’d be inclined to cut Alexis some slack on the Alcazar thing if she hadn’t turned around and done in Kiefer. Alexis is an agent of the courts sworn to uphold justice, not dole out punishments as she sees fit.

Alexis has turned a blind eye to Sonny’s crimes for years — including his murdering AJ — so I am not buying this sudden “conscience” she’s finally discovered.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Alan. There are severals factors here. First, the whole town is corrupt. Almost every person on GH is either a criminal, related to one or a friend of one. So right off the bat we’re not dealing with too much realism. But because of that we can only base our judgments on these characters on the corrupt microcosm they live in and how much slack we’re willing to give each one.

I agree with you that Julian is no worse than Sonny. And I loved AJ and was and still am pissed they killed him off and Sonny once again got a “get out of jail card”, litetally, and that Michael forgave him. But Alexis isn’t the only one that continued their friendship with Sonny after the fact…everyone did! From his son to Elizabeth who dated AJ! So I don’t think Alexis is a hypocrite given the wacked out morals of the entire town. By comparison, Alexis has dated a few mob guys before Julian, and dumped them all, including Julian, when they wouldn’t leave the life for her. On the other hand, Carly, Sam, Olivia, even sweet Emily…continued dating these guys while rhey were still actively still in the life.Alexis loved Julian. She truly believed he was out and I truly believe he was too and STILL loves her. But he went back, which I find untealistic too at how quickly he reverted but unfortunately that’s what they do when they want to advance story. Alexis has always been a good person in a town where defending the mob is a way of life for a lawyer, for Diane as well. I don’t think Alexis got what she deserved; I think it’s heartbreaking for her to have her faith in him shattered, her world shattered.
As for Julian, I’m baffled how he doesn’t assert himself when Sonny gets up in his face. Julian! Lol…big, bad mob boss, throw a punch!

Alan
Alan

No argument that the entire population of Port Charles is corrupt and that’s the very reason I have a hard time buying Alexis’ reaction: you can’t throw a dead squirrel in that town and not hit someone who hasn’t killed someone, committed a serious crime, or done time. Yeah, she’s upset her hubby killed someone but should she really be all that surprised? If Alexis is half as smart as I give her credit for, I would think she would’ve done a little due diligence by googling the fella she was knocking boots with and learned that he murdered his sister Olivia (let’s be honest: ain’t no amount of sexy gonna make that seem okay). There’s a difference between being a fool for love and just being a fool.

For years GH has seemed to confuse outright criminality with moral ambiguity in its writing. By allowing the show’s central character to commit murder and not only beat his sentence but also face absolutely no social ostracization, Alexis’ judgement of Julian just looks hypocritical in my opinion.

Rose
Rose

I think Nancy was great. Yes, even strong woman like Nancy and Anna can rationalize bad choices and have breakdowns. And I am glad they are not taking a year to move this story along. Many things to be upset with Julian about, but regarding his relationship with Alexis, one biggy is how he used her by pulling the love and our future cards to get her to defend Carlos.

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

Although I’m not feeling “GH” right now, Nancy Grahn is great in the scene (as always). What’s done is done — bye, Julian.

Timmm
Timmm

Hopefully Carlos told EVERYTHING he knows to Sabrina and Julian is forced to kill Sabrina to keep her quit and then Alexis sends Julian away to prison and Alexis falls for someone totally different and experiences some happiness. Julian is scum, Alexis is dumb and my finger is numb! [Oh, from using the FF button when Tylenol PM and Sam are on the screen together!] Expose Jason as a Helena robot and keep Jason “Dead” until Steve Burton decides to reprise that role.

Harry
Harry

No Timm, when Shay reads this she is going to belt out,”Don’t throw bouquets at me.”

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

😉 🙂

Shay
Shay

Very amusing, Harry! (Almost as much as the “wonton slag!” And you can thank autocorrect for that little one-letter slip-up. As soon as I posted it, I spotted the error, and immediately did a quick follow-up to try and save face.)

k/kay
k/kay

I see a summer murder mystery on the horizon. Who killed Julian???

Shay
Shay

@k/kay…..This show needs a serial killer storyline, asap!!!…The more murders, the merrier! (And the most expedient way to right this sinking ship by tossing over all the extraneous deadweight.)

Timmm
Timmm

I hear Lucas might die and that would suck! I like the actor and he is connected with historical figures! Give the guy something to do and put the gay story in the background. Its okay to talk about it and have a wedding but gays just dont always wave their hands and proclaim their choices, they live life to! Lucas knew of Griff, make them buddies, have them involved in a hospital story. But yeah, KILL JULIAN!

k/kay
k/kay

@Timmm I don’t see them doing that he is hardly on because they just have a hard time daytime does writing for gay characters why I don’t know but they do except I guess Days for several years had a good story then shelved it like I have said I have not watched Days in years. I really think if they had a replacement in mind they would cancel GH. Going back to the Jason & Sonny hour is not the answer either. Where is this big story for Laura on every two weeks one day. Everyone bitched to high heaven about RC I myself did at times but I think they are in worse shape now.

Timmm
Timmm

RC wrote in little spurts with camp and shock. He didnt write stories with a beginning, middle and end. Jean and Shelly were supposed to do this and concentrate on the hospital. They did okay but have since floundered. Why not have the three of them put their heads together? Probably because of the money and GH flat lining and ABC just doesnt care. Anthony Geary got out before the final nail was driven! Can you imagine the line at CBS for soap jobs? How about Maurice Bernard as the head of the Santori family on Y&R? Yummy!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Wil, yes, difficult to believe that anyone is criticizing Alexis for having a sex life, for WANTINGt a sex life, for ENJOYING a sex life,,,because of her age. I find that view simultaneously sad and laughable. Abd…unbelievable. When a man thinks that I find it sexist, when that opinion comes from another woman it’s astonishing. To top it off, I never found their relationship to be just about their attraction, but about bonding over Sam, Danny…their family a bond cemented by passion. Passion, which is the focus of any new relstionship…

I agree also with Jaquilin Smither above…Julian went from really wanting and staying out of the business to suddenly reverting to his old life. And I truly bdlieve he loves Alexis and his family…never used or manipulated her. However, feeling cornered, he went into brutal survival mode.

Patrick
Patrick

When Julian saw… Anna giving… his wife.. the 3rd degree.. and then some.. and casting suspicion… and/or just agonizing about what he asked , his wife… to do… and saw that she was not dealing with it well enough…

heck… I even lauded… how Sam.. her daughter came to her defense.. and point blank told Julian… what are you doing to my mother… asking her to defend Carlos

PROP TO SAM… OK… already… she surprised me… and… she point blank… told Alexis… more or less… my mother would never act this way… he’s the guilty one… not you

which..again… I prop Sam… for telling her mother… REALLY ?

so… kudos to Sam for telling her father… like it is

any way… I wanted to point out

it’s not so much… that Alexis wanted him out of the mob… and that HE MUST CHANGE HIS WAYS… if he wanted to be with HER… and be a family man… I think Sam and Danny would have accepted his ways and means

and it probably wasn’t that big a deal for Kristina ( think Sonny ) and Molly… well.. she laid in to mother enough… about her defending Carlos

so… this really all boils down to Alexis…. and yes… in her heart of hearts.. she’s played the ace card… full on… her career in port Charles is laiden with mob activity…

argh! I believe she truly is in love with Julian…

i’ll further state… again… ( just like Sam ) neither of them Alexis or Sam… have had the good fortune… to have long lasting relationships

I don’t know… Alexis sure puts her stamp on her daughters wanting them to be ??? strong independent woman… with all the elements of current events and thinking for themselves keeping relevant

just saying… Julian… was not that man… you can’t change his stripes.. for all of his life… is built on mob activity maintaining his family fortune… what was it??? going undercover… “he was with the WSB changed his indentity and was on the run? close enough

for any man… passion rules… he’s ruined this one with Alexis… he’ll move on… argh! looks like Nina is his next target ???

Alexis… she needs to calm down… with her virtue… it’s all over the place.. and every one knows it

she needs to back up… respite… and get her priorities back…. GH writers… GIVE HER a strong case… so the fans of Alexis… get her smarts back

I can’t naysay enough… when the writing of GH is so about:

Carly and Sonny – Sam and Jason – Alexis and Julian

I will state again… I love all the rest of the cast !!!!

when we are force fed … these three couples and leave out focus of all else ????

quite frankly… I would love to see Julian overthrow and take over Port Charles as thee king pin… Sonny is too much fun to laugh about

Patrick
Patrick

here we go again… Julian was at least sensitive enough… to put to an end… what Carlos being alive was doing to his wife… and was the last straw… in his own daughter bringing him to task

if he can cover this up… and it doesn’t come to light… then he will at least have spared his wife … and his daughters wrath

this was my point on first para

Jane
Jane

I feel for Alexis, I really do. She’s been a woman in denial like a lot of women out there in so many other ways.
I was there once but once I called him on his crap accepting what I believed wasn’t going to be I ended it. Julian deserves to be in hell, he so went over the line.

Rose
Rose

Jane…I feel for Alexis, too. Can’t understand why some think she should be perfect, or maybe don’t like her character. It can be either denial, enabling, or just plain blind love that can lead some down these paths of heartbreak, disappointment, and betrayal. Even stronger women like Alexis and Anna have their moments of being just human. As do the not so strong women. A little empathy and understanding here helps.

rebecca1
rebecca1

What Rose said.

Shay
Shay

Well, Rose, you already know I’m one of those who completely and unapologetically loathes Alexis, but in that spirit of sisterhood to which you so obviously subscribe, please allow me to pass along two words of advice to Ms. Davis that should come in handy for what will undoubtedly be future emotional meltdowns: “Waterproof mascara!” (You’re welcome, Alexis!)

Rose
Rose

Shay…I hear you re:the mascara. You would think the cosmetic companies that advertise to GH’s preferred and other demos would be sure that the makeup people would have waterproof product at their disposal.

Alan
Alan

Maybe it’s just me but I’ve thought mascara tears were high drama…

Linda
Linda

I agree with Scott to give Alexis an Emmy for her performance! I dont know what will happen with her and Julian but she is an excellent actress, one of the best on GH.

Max
Max

It’s unfortunate to see negative comments about the character Alexis and the emphasis on sex the writers put in her relationship with Julian. When writers do this for a younger couple, no one calls them sex addicts. I think the writers were likely told to throw this in their relationship, after all, GH is an ABC show and look at their prime time lineup, all violence and sex.

Nancy is a great actress and I thought her performance yesterday was exceptional. She truly loves Julian, they have a family, a marriage and love. But Julian put her at her breaking point with his recent actions which include murder. I saw things to like in Julian up until yesterday when he said Alexis was pretty much in it and should just go along with it. A very unmanly request.

The show ended with Sonny being at their door yesterday, seeing the look on Alexis’ face, knowing undoubtedly that Julian killed Carlos and the witness. Maybe Sonny will get her out of there and away from Julian. The latter who I now see as unworthy of Alexis and their family. Kind of hoping Sonny kicks Julian’s butt…

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Alexis also “loved” Sonny–nyet! And Sonny kicking Julian’s butt? And who will kick Sonny’s butt? Isn’t that something like that old adage about “the pot calling the kettle black”?
PS I never saw anything to like in Julian–he is a crook and a fake! And a big-time user and abuser. Olivia “ran” with her son when she thought Julian was a mobster; now she is hunky-dory with it all. Say what? WHAT happened to her character? She hid Sonny’s son Dante because Sonny was a mobster, but she slept with Julian and now he’s her son great baby-daddy–sharing holidays, etc.

Tell me, isn’t there something really twisted about that? (And doesn’t the above synopis say it all about how “twisted” GH is (the writing, the point of view, the (im)moral center? “The center does not hold!”

Mija
Mija

Alexis also “loved” Sonny–nyet! And Sonny kicking Julian’s butt? And who will kick Sonny’s butt? Isn’t that something like that old adage about “the pot calling the kettle black”?
PS I never saw anything to like in Julian–he is a crook and a fake! And a big-time user and abuser. Olivia “ran” with her son when she thought Julian was a mobster; now she is hunky-dory with it all. Say what? WHAT happened to her character? She hid Sonny’s son Dante because Sonny was a mobster, but she slept with Julian and now he’s her son great baby-daddy–sharing holidays, etc.

Tell me, isn’t there something really twisted about that? (And doesn’t the above synopis say it all about how “twisted” GH is (the writing, the point of view, the (im)moral center? “The center does not hold!”

BRAVO!!!!!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Max…where have you been all my life???!!! Lol…yes!!! I’ve been battling the sex as it relates to Alexis’ age since the day she and Julian got together! You said what I’ve been saying all along…did so again on this page. Great comment…thank you.

PF
PF

Nancy Lee Grahn did a great job with these scenes, but I continue to detest the writing from this regime. Julian was most certainly a flawed character, but his genuine love for Alexis and his family was his redeeming feature. But that’s all been shot to hell by the increasingly destructive, Guzaesque Passanante and Altman. And it looks as though it’s all being done to prop up “good mobster” Sonny (btw, the scene where he’s making the sign of the cross during Carlos’ last rites was both laughable and nauseating). Enjoy the Emmy you won this year, GH, because, if these two hacks have their way, you won’t be repeating that win next year.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

PF, to use your words “GH was (literally) shot to h-ll” w–a–y before the “Guzaesque Passante and Altman” regime took over. “Let me count the years.” Can anyone say “Sonny Corinthos”?

Shell
Shell

Hi Nancy. I kind of blame the Gloria Monty era in some ways. It was my favorite time but it also planted some seeds that regimes after her won’t relinquish. I wish the teams after her would have gotten more creative. I give Gloria and her team credit for introducing Frank Smith and Luke Spencer and the Cassadines. But I wish Frank Smith (and family) and Helena (and family) would have stayed in the history books. At least Gloria and team successfully got Luke out of the mob and he was trying to make a decent living for himself between 81 and 83 before his first exit. Oh, and speaking of history and that era, Heartbreak Hotel was NOT on the Campus Disco playlist. Any youtube clip of that era, and there are hundreds, it is 100% disco and pop being played. No Elvis…no Heartbreak Hotel. Luke never even showed an interest in Blues until his 90’s return. It was his Blues Club where he would have most likely played Heartbreak Hotel, not the Campus Disco. I wish the current team would have taken some trips down memory lane via youtube before writing some of the stuff in today’s episode between Laura and Kevin; because they got it wrong. 🙁

Mija
Mija

I’m sorry, but I’m SO fed up with Sonny and Carly’s hypocrisy. Sonny is no less the murderer that Julian is regardless of the reasons. and Carly has gone lengths to protect not just him but Jason in both of their nefarious deeds. I’m not defending Julian and I DO like Sonny and Carly but, this is bs.

Mija
Mija

I’m going to have to bail on this show. if the writing and characterization doesn’t get it together. I feel almost stupid for allowing this constant whiplash inducing bs to take up 45 min out of my day. I now can’t stand way to many people I loved not more than 3-4 months ago. This forcing a Franco and Elizabeth coupling, Sonny acting like he’s got bloodless hands, etc etc etc.. I’m getting very close to saying “see ya GH.”

Letemeatc8ke
Letemeatc8ke

I feel like she over-acted the scene, but I’ll look at it again. I can be harsh sometimes. William could’ve delivered more.

XXH
XXH

How pathetic, disgusting and weak is Julian. Alexis needs to woman up. He is a sniveling coward. Remember during the hostage take over in the church at their wedding when I stood behind Alexis cowering? Body language says it all. A real brave man always stands in front of his woman to protect her. He’s gross and weak.

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Surprise returns, a wedding, a heartbreaking social issue storyline, romance, and heavy drama are all ahead this fall on General Hospital.

Executive Producer Frank Valentini sat down with Michael Fairman TV during the ABC TCA 2018 Summer Press Tour All-Star Reception to answer our rapid fire questions throughout the bustle of the industry event.

Valentini previewed what’s ahead in and around Port Charles for several characters and duos as the summer comes to a close, and a new season marks new beginnings.  He also addressed the recent cast exits that have seen fan favorites departing the ABC daytime drama series.

Now, as viewers will witness this week, there is some major distress ahead for several key characters that will play out over the next few months.

Here’s what the showrunner had to say about some hot topics that fans have been buzzing about, and more below.

Genie Francis (Laura) is coming back to the show, after all the uproar and demand for her to return.   You said there will be major story for her when she is back.  Is that true?

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FRANK:  Yes, and we are very excited that she is coming back.  And yes, we have actually two big stories for Genie, and there is a little bit of overlap in them. When she comes back she jumps right into the big story, and the audience will know what the story is when they see her return. 

Chloe Lanier (Chloe) just wrapped up an incredible run on the show.  How do you feel about her departure from GH?  Did you know she was only planning on staying for a few years? 

FRANK:  We all knew that it was for a limited time. Nelle has sort of wreaked havoc on anyone she possibly could, and left in a big way and helped kick-off another big story with some other fan favorites including: Michael (Chad), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen), and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright), and the Corinthos family.  So, that’s another fun thing to look forward to.  Chloe is just a tremendous young actress.  We all remember her from the 52nd anniversary episode, which was the Luke (Tony Geary) episode, which revealed the origin story. Chloe just really stood out to us, and we brought her back.  Everyone loved working with her and she is a great friend. 

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Did you have any trepidation about doing another baby switch storyline?

FRANK:  Never, never!   This one has a twist on a double twist.  It’s a triple-axel! It will be gut-wrenching, for sure.

Then, Dominic Zamprogna (Ex-Dante) left GH.  How do you feel about him deciding to leave the show?

FRANK:  I love Dominic.  In fact, we just had dinner together a few weeks ago.  He is a great actor, but he wanted to try some other stuff.   We wish him all the best.  And you never know … the door is always open. 

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Fans on social media have been commenting how the Drew/Sam/Jason triangle featuring: Billy Miller, Kelly Monaco ,and Steve Burton had started, and then was just kind of dropped and has not been playing out on-air.  Have you made the decision to not play that triangle?

FRANK:  No, we are definitely playing it.  There are many iterations:  Drew and Sam are connected through their children, and their love, and the history that they have.  And as well, Jason and Drew being brothers, and that Jason and Sam have their own history, as well.  There’s way more to come! 

Fans have commented, “What happened to this story?”

FRANK:   It’s a big show with a big cast.  Everyone takes a turn stepping forward, and then stepping back.

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You brought on Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux) as a potential love interest for Drew?

FRANK:  Yes, and I knew her work from All My Children and The Young and the Restless, and she is a phenomenal actress and we are really lucky to have her.  Margaux has got the flash drive with Drew’s memories on it and that is an important piece of information to have.

Peter August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey) is still on the canvas.  Is your plan to have Peter create more havoc in Port Charles?

FRANK:  Wes Ramsey is a phenomenal actor.  I think he did a phenomenal job when Peter was kidnapped and tied-up.  It’s not easy to be in scenes where you are tied-up for almost four weeks, and to act, and to stay present in the stage of being a hostage.  I just though he knocked it out of the park  He is Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) brother, he is Anna’s (Finola Hughes) son and with whatever is going to happen with Maxie, they are connected.  He is Maxie’s brother-in-law and baby James’ uncle.  There is a lot of story there.

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Finola Hughes is back after taking some time-off.  Now, Anna and Finn’s (Michael Easton) relationship will be further explored as they now fight a common enemy.  What can you share about this duo?

FRANK:  Finola had a mini-vacation. She is incredibly hard-working, and we try to make sure actors’ have enough time in their personal life to have fun, and go on vacations, and be with their family. This was something we were able to work out story-wise.  But also, Hamilton will be involved with his family and there is some story there and also as you see, when Finola came back we launched into a big story with them.  There is so much to explore in their relationship. For Anna, she has only had two great loves in her life, Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Robert (Tristan Rogers).  So for her to open up her heart to someone else is a big deal, and we will explore that as well, and what that means.

Michelle Stafford (Nina) has been delivering in scene after scene as the grieving sister, following the death of her brother, detective Nathan West.  What is in store for her Nina and her relationship, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart)?

FRANK:  Valentin and Nina are separated right now, and that is never going to sit well with Valentin.  He is going to do everything in his power to try and win her back.  That will not only be fun to watch, but it will be interesting and full of twists, as well.

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Chase (Josh Swickard) and Maxie seems like they could make for an interesting pairing. Will you explore that at this point?

FRANK:  There is a lot of potential with Maxie, but I don’t think Maxie is ready to be in a relationship.  She has tons of story with Lulu (Emme Rylan), and as well with her parents, and there will be lots of other fun things going on with her, but I don’t see a romance right now being front and center in her life.

Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Krstina) is coming back to GH.  Fans had been calling for her return.  Why the decision now to bring her on to the canvas?

FRANK:  We love Lexi!  Her parents are two of the most important people on the show, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  It just seemed like a no-brainer, and she was available. We have a really fun story for her, as well.

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So, there is no Parker (Ashley Jones) in Kristina’s life, right now?

FRANK:  We will see as we go along, and we will uncover the truth about that relationship, as well. 

You brought one of the finest actresses in Tamara Braun back to GH.   Do you plan on utilizing her more … and will Kim be driving story?

FRANK:  Kim is going to have a very big story this fall.

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What can you share on the future of Julian (William deVry) and Alexis?

FRANK:  They will be part of the Kim story as well, and their own story.  Alexis is going to be involved in different stories that will culminate in a story of her own, as well

Patricia Bethune was great as Nurse Mary Pat as Carly’s nemesis at Ferncliff.   She is an amazing character actress.  Did you plan on keeping her around as long as you have?

FRANK:  She is just a great actress and we really lucked out.  She played the balance of very deadly serious and dangerous, and also with a sardonic and sarcastic sort of comedic bent to it.

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Let’s talk Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco (Roger Howarth).  Is there a wedding? And if so, will it go off without a hitch?

FRANK:   There is a wedding coming in the fall.  And how could a wedding between Liz and Franco be anything but explosive and hilarious?  How funny was Roger Howarth in the remote scenes where they save Carly at Ferncliff, and he is sitting in the car and he says, “You knocked over my art supplies.”  I mean, that is pretty great stuff. 

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You recently had OLTL fan favorite Patrick J. Gibbons (Ex-Sam Manning) on GH, in role of Wyatt … the scout who tripped upon Peter being held hostage in the cabin.   How was it working with him again after your time together in Llanview?

FRANK:  Patrick and his family are very good friends of mine, who I have always had a connection with. When the writers came up with the part of Wyatt, I thought Patrick would be perfect for it.  He was wonderful.   Patrick has the right amount of innocence. He has grown so much as an actor, and he is still only 11.  I thought he was phenomenal. He played the wonder and the dedication to the scouts and trying to figure it out in fear of Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).   I thought he did such a nice job,   He is a lovely kid.  I was so happy to reconnect with him.

You have recast Vinessa Antoine’s role of Jordan Ashford with Briana Nicole Henry. Vinessa has gone on to be the series lead in the upcoming Canadian TV drama, Diggstown.  Isn’t it always hard to recast a role?

FRANK:  It’s always hard to recast and we never take it lightly.  We always want to make sure we bring in somebody good.  Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan are in a position in their story where it’s important to keep them on the canvas, and write –off the character of Jordan for a frivolous reason. We would not want to do that to the audience.

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The Alzheimer’s storyline is one of the important social and medical issues of our time to shed a light on.  Through Max Gail’s (Mike) performances, it has resonated so much to the audience.  Do you plan on continuing taking the viewers through the most difficult and tragic moments in the journey of someone who cannot escape this illness, and the toll it takes on its loved ones?

FRANK:  I think that Max Gail, like Vernee Watson (Stella), took us by surprise at how amazing they are. The Alzheimer’s story is very near and dear to all of our hearts.  We want to tell it in a way that is very realistic, but to also emphasis the hope and the family connection, and the love that is that family. Sometimes in the face of tragedy, it brings out the best in human beings.  There is something very uplifting about that, even though we are telling a very sad story.  Mike realizes that this family loves him, even though he has made mistakes. There is a tremendous amount of forgiveness and a tremendous amount of empathy and sympathy, and reconciliation in moving forward.  I think the relationship between Max and Sonny is played beautifully by Max and Maurice Benard.

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What is ahead for Ava Jerome (Maura West), now that the secret is out that the man she thought she could trust and who loved her, Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen) slept with her daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin)?

FRANK:  Ava explodes over the next couple of weeks and has a major, major story. Maura West has never been better!

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What is ahead now for Carly?  She holds the clue that there has been a switcheroo at Ferncliff involving her “therapist” Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom).  Will she be the one to figure it out? 

FRANK:  Carly will definitely be dealing with the repercussions from Ferncliff, and also some family situations, and also something big coming up with Sonny. She will also be helping Michael through his difficult time, because she is a good mother.

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So, what story are you looking forward to seeing play out?  Are you excited for the return of Genie Francis? What did you think about the EP’s thoughts on the departures, the returns, and the plans for the characters in Port Charles this fall? Comment below.

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