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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.”

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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.”

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

Jennifer
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
Hope

I agree…lame.

Susan M.
Susan M.

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

Hope
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 it typical, funny Luke?

Susan M.
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
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
SS

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

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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