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



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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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 it ironic that to make Geary have his acting challenges met, their might be no audience left to watch it.

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!

I agree…lame.

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

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….

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!

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.

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.

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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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………………

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.

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

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 it typical, funny Luke?

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…

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.

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

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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General Hospital Alum Richard Simmons ‘Not Interested’ In Biopic with Pauly Shore Portraying Him

Former General Hospital guest star and fitness guru, the reclusive Richard Simmons, has come forward and addressed actor and comedian, Pauly Shore’s wish to play the 70’s and 80’s pop culture icon in a biopic about his life.

Shore previously took to social media and on X shared a side-by-side of him and Simmons. Accompanying the post, Pauly expressed: I’ve noticed the reactions to me playing #RichardSimmons in a biopic. I heard he’s living in Big Bear. We’ve been playing phone tag (yes, he has a phone). I’m trying to make it happen, you guys. In the meantime, hit up all the big producers. I’ll see you at @TheAcademy 2025!”

However, TMZ’s sources are reporting on Saturday that Simmons is not in favor of Shore playing him in a film or anyone else, or any biopic on his life.

The outlet shared that Richard’s reaction was that he was aware of the effort behind a biopic, mostly spear-headed by Pauly. but that he just doesn’t want to be involved. Simmons also added that he likes Pauly a lot, but he’s not biting, despite the public’s urging on social media about the idea of a movie on his life.

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Born Milton Teagle “Richard” Simmons, he became part of the public conscious back in the 70’s and 80’s with exercise studios and the ability to help his clients lose weight; many of them were celebrities. Simmons himself, admitted to at one time to being overweight, and getting into fitness helped him maintain a healthy living style and he wanted to help others.

Later, he began a four-year recurring run on General Hospital playing himself from 1979-1983.  Simmons returned to the show in 2013 for the Nurses’ Ball to taunt Lucy (Lynn Herring). He also was host of the Emmy-award winning, The Richard Simmons Show, which focused on personal health, fitness, exercise, and healthy cooking.  Over the last several years, Simmons has withdrawn from public life.

What would you think of a Richard Simmons biopic and if it included some moments in front of the camera and behind the scenes of what went down when he appeared on GH? Do you think it will ever happen given Simmons current position on the matter? Let us know in the comment section.

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General Hospital’s John J. York Reveals Potential Transplant Donor: “I Believe They Found a Match”

Promising news for General Hospital’s John J. York (Mac Scorpio). The actor who went public with his health battle shared Friday on Good Morning America that a life-saving blood stem cell transplant donor may have been located.

An emotional York told GMA, “I believe they found a match, perfect match, which will make me cry.  So we’re going to start our testing and do all that kind of stuff coming up here in about a week, and then I believe the transplant will happen, fingers crossed, in November.”

Through his association with the Be The Match organization, York located the now potential donor to help in his fight against myelodysplastic syndrome and multiple smoldering myeloma, two blood and bone marrow disorders. “

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York went on to explain the difficulties he faced in trying to find a match: “Many of my family members were tested and most of them were 6 out of 12; apparently there’s markers that have to be reached. So they were on standby.”

When asked just what the GH fan favorite would want to say if given the opportunity to speak to the donor that appears to be a match, in tears, John expressed: “Thank you for saving my life. For letting me spend more time with my wife and my daughter and my son-in-law and my grandchildren and seeing this beautiful blue sky.”

John has played Mac Scorpio for 32 years and until recently had kept his battle with these two blood cancers private, but came forward to clarify why he is taking time away from GH, and how he is been trying to find a life-saving donor match.

Watch York’s segment from GMA below.

Now, share your thoughts and well-wishes as John awaits the test results from his potential donor, to hopefully undergo this life-saving transplant in November via the comment section.

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