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GH's Anthony Geary on his Daytime Emmy Nomination, Bob Guza & The Ladies in Luke's Life!

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The amazing Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) is going for the gold at this year’s Daytime Emmys when they are presented on June 23rd from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on HLN! If Geary, who is considered the frontrunner to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, were to hit the stage it would mark his record 7th win in the category, and exactly 30 years after he received his first one!

TV Guide has an exceptional interview out today with Geary, where the soap icon talks about why he choose an episode with Luke in the Bordello as opposed to Luke’s intervention episode for Emmy contention, the good and bad of former GH head writer Bob Guza, (who wrote the emmy nominated episodes for Geary), and the four-way romance seemingly headed Luke’s way with Tracy, Anna, and Heather all vying for the man’s attention and heart!    Here are some interesting excerpts below!

Geary on if he agrees that Bob Guza gave him some best material he has had ever had to act with on GH:  “I agree. There were times Guza certainly infuriated me, so I’m not saying he wasn’t flawless but, when he did provide, it was pretty grand. I remember the day he called me to his office and said, “We’re going to have little Jake run down by a driver. There are several ways I can go but I want the killer to be Luke. What do you think?” I said, “Please let me kill the child!” I was so tired of having nothing to do that was challenging. It turned out to be a very difficult few months for all of us…in a good way.”

Geary on why he chose a different episode than the expected Luke’s intervention episode for his Lead Actor reel:  “GH  also submitted the intervention show for directing and writing. It was a great episode, and Bill Ludel has already won the Directors Guild award for it. But I decided to go with a simpler show, the one that aired a bit after the intervention where Lucky tracked down Luke at the brothel. I suppose the intervention was a more spectacular thing, but I thought maybe there was too much trickery — what with all the technology and the flashbacks — for an actor’s submission.”

Geary on how Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky) was key in his decision to choose the Bordello episode:  Jonathan Jackson came to me and said, “I think you should relook at that episode at the brothel. It has a sort of mythic quality to it.” So I did. It was a rough one. It even had Luke telling Lucky, “I feel liberated for having killed your child,” which is just a horrendous thing to say and maybe too much for people. But I feel comfortable with it, basically because I feel so uncomfortable. That episode is difficult for me to watch and I’m way more exposed than I’m used to being. But if you’re exposing yourself to the point where you have to look away, that pretty much says you’re going the distance. Of course, with Jonathan that’s what you always do. For my money, he’s one of the five best actors on the planet. He just unzips his heart and bleeds for ya. We’ve known each other for so long now that our connection is almost on a spiritual level.”

Geary on playing the comedic side of Luke and his romantic life with Heather, Anna, and ex-wife Tracy all in the picture: “I never thought I’d see the day three women would be fighting over him! And me at age 60-blah-blah! Of course, one of them’s a lunatic, one’s a shrew and one’s a crazy bitch. [Laughs] I’ll leave it to you to figure out which is which.”

So soapers, what do you think of Geary’s Emmy reel choice? Are you betting on him to win?  And, what woman do you think Luke should end up with of the three in his Port Charles orbit now?  Do you think Bob Guza gave Tony some of the best material of his soap career?  Weigh-in!

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Robbyrob
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Robbyrob

Unfortunately, such dark material made me tune out of GH in the first place. While its great for Geary acting wise, how much can the audience put up with…again and again! I’m not asking for lollipops and pink lemonade as it is a soap but when you’ve had a show kill off so many beloved characters within several years it just makes your heart bleed. Then you throw in that Jake was a child AND the son of a popular coupling like Jason & Liz, it infuriated me. Who wants to rush home from work to see that? I find… Read more »

Jennifer
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Jennifer

It’s highly irresponsible of him to call GH’s greatest heroine either a shrew, a lunatic or bitch. Way to sell the show to the fans Geary!

Hope
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Hope

I agree…lame.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Bring LAURA back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope
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Hope

I’m still trying to get over the fact that TG would use ANY of those adjectives to describe the character of Anna Devane. UGH. He must have taken GH history lessons from Guza. Jeez….

Christy
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Christy

Jennifer – I suppose you’re talking about Laura? He was just being funny in describing Heather, Anna & Tracy. Heather is the crazy one of course!

barbara t
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barbara t

Yeap, Heather, Anna, And Tracy are a shew, a lunatic, and a bitch, Anthony has a good sense of humor and it will be fun to watch him up against these 3 ladies. Jennifer, I, like Christy believe he was being funny. There is no way he really means what he called them. After all it’s a soap opera he is talking about.

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

I hope GH wins many awards even if it is about the death of a child. I hate those type of storylines but it gives the actors a chance to show us their best work.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I can’t see Anthony Geary with any of those woman on Gh (Anna, Tracy, or crazy Heather)………………..I liked him the best with Laura……They were soul mates….They were a great team….I want OLTL to win a lot of awards because it was my favorite soap of all three soaps…Erika Slezak & Robert Woods all the way………………………I am most loyal to OLTL………………………………………………………I feel sentimental towards OLTL……I am a LOYAL FAN OF OLTL ALWAY’S………………………………This was a very special soap to me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I think Luke should have a NEW WOMAN in his life…………………Some new blood….Someone he never met before ………………I think he has won a lot of awards but I think it’s time to give someone else a chance………He’s a good actor and all .. Again give someone else a chance………………

barbara t
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barbara t

Don’t you like Luke and Tracy? I think they are funny together. I always liked him with Laura but it doesn’t look like she is coming back any time soon.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I like Tracy..I remember her from years ago & she has mellowed a bit…With Luke I am not sure yet on that one…………..

Christy
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Christy

I love him… and Luke! 🙂 They’re both funny and entertaining! I think it was a good idea that he picked a different reel than GH entered for the technical stuff… that episode wasn’t my favorite, but like many times when soaps decide to promote a real life disease, reality topics, ie: alcohol intervention, just isn’t as fun as soap stuff usually is…. and really like not like I think of Luke being like. There are many times with Luke and Tracy, and even Alice, that would be better to turn in. I didn’t see the brothel scene – was… Read more »

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Can’t leave a comment for michael..Where the bottom of the screen says CONTACT……………………Can’t get past the code with the numbers & letters you are suppose to type in odre for you to receive my e-mail…This happen once before…

Dan
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Dan

I think Tony chose the wrong episode to submit for the Emmys. He should have chosen the March 28, 2011 episode where Luke and Lucky have a confrontation at The Haunted Star over Luke killing Jake. That was such a powerful episode, and fantastic work from both Geary and Jonathan Jackson. I just watched it again on YouTube and literally got chills watching those scenes. That’s how good they are.

I hope he doesn’t miss out on winning because he chose to submit the wrong episode.

SS
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SS

Heather is a lunatic, Tracey a shrew, and Anna’s the crazy bitch.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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