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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.

Breaking News

DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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