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GH's Anthony Geary On His Issues With Luke & Laura And Polonium Poisoning!

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In an extremely candid interview with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, the actor who has won seven Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor (more than any other performer) Anthony Geary,  talks about his current and past life as Luke Spencer on General Hospital!

Geary, whose performances are some of the finest in television history, spoke on why he does not see a future for super couple, Luke and Laura (Genie Francis),  unless something were to drastically change.  Tony also talks about Luke’s current on-screen situation where he finds himself near death if he does not get the antidote for polonium poisoning!

When answering the question, what does Geary have to say to the fans that want Luke and Laura back together?  Geary related,  “The past is best left in the memory. Nothing stays the same except butterflies under glass. In drama, there has to be conflict and movement. There is nothing less interesting to me than the thought of a 65-year-old man making goo-goo eyes as he feeds his wife strawberries and they forever relive their glory days. The viewers you speak of have always wanted Luke and Laura happy and growing old together like Ward and June Cleaver.  They’re like a child who never got over his parents’ divorce and lives in perennial hope that mommy and daddy will get back together again. For a variety of reasons, that is not going to happen. The audience needs to let it go and find interest in tomorrow instead of yesterday.”

Although there are no plans to kill-off Luke Spencer, even with fateful polonium poisoning, Geary weighed-in on if he ever did leave the show how he would want to exit:  “If I ever do leave GH — not something I want to see happen anytime soon — I want Luke to die. I don’t want him coming home for Christmas episodes or the birth of his great grandchildren. I would prefer to have him go out in a blaze of glory and also that it be the climax of a wonderful story that involves the entire community, rather than some inconsequential B plot. Remember how The Bold and the Beautiful got rid of our wonderful Susan Flannery? That was a terrific story, really sensational, and you couldn’t do it with a better actress. ”

So GH viewers, after reading the article from TVG in total, do you understand Tony’s feelings on not wanting to rekindle Luke and Laura?  Do you agree that if Luke should be given the most dramatic send-off honoring this legacy character if Tony were to ever leave the show permanently?

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I Love GH

I completely get it, and quite frankly, feel that Tracy is his soul mate. Love Luke & Laura! I love their scenes and want them to continue being the supports they are for each other. That said, Tracy gets him and accepts him while calling him out when he’s wrong. You can’t ask for more than that from your life partner.

Meoskop
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Meoskop

Having watched the show since Laura & Scotty’s first marriage, I agree completely. My hope if that Geary outlasts me, but should he retire Luke absolutely needs to go out in a big way. I can see him imploding a building onto himself, thinking he’s going to pull it off like he always does, but he’s slower than his glory days and doesn’t quite make it. It should never be a mundane death for Luke Spencer. He should face death laughing, knowing he screwed himself over with an arrogant miscalculation.

buttercup
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buttercup

He’s a jackass. The audience is tired of being told to get interested in things that aren’t interesting.

Chatty
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Chatty

Then the audience should find something else to watch.

Jamie
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Jamie

ZING!

Buttercup
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Buttercup

Where are the millions who followed Luke and Laura? The soap audience has moved on.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

He is not a jackass. Quite the contrary! His analogy of kids wanting their parents to get back together after they split was spot on. Luke and Laura were amazing back in the day. Times change, people change, relationships change. It’s obvious they will always have a connection, a bond, a loyalty…but it’s Tracy who’s been with him all these years…they have a dynamic push and pull…a very witty banter…and both are schemers. They’re very entertaining and touching to watch…and it’s been great to see Tracy’s attachment to Lulu as well. I would actually like to see more screen time… Read more »

Ali
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Ali

I agree Rebecca, re: Luke and Tracy minus Laura. However absolutely disagree regarding Scotty. I have NEVER liked him and can’t stand seeing him at all. I love Lucy, but don’t care if she’s on or not. Rather they stick with the big stories like they have been. And definitely would like to see Luke go out (ONly if he HAD to) in a huge blaze of glory. Not missing AJ at all either. He nauseates me like Scotty does. The stuff they are doing now is AWESOME !!!!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Tracy and Luke are an exercise in mutual degradation, nothing more and nothing less. They have zero sexual or romantic chemistry, despite Geary’s desperation in calling Tracy “Spanky Buns” so that we can all imagine them having rough sex. Just pathetic. The action adventurers in their 60’s is laughably absurd and more fitting for Saturday cartoons than anything else. If Geary doesn’t want to do LnL fine. Bring back Genie Francis along with Stephen Nichols. Sparks between them fly and Genie at least increases the ratings when she comes back. Geary doesn’t even do that because his six months on,… Read more »

Charday
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Charday

I can’t disagree with Geary on Luke and Laura not being together again—GH has kinda made us lose interest in them as a couple, as there’s not even been much tease. Plus, I kinda like Luke and Tracy Q better. I do like both the Luke and Laura characters (particularly Luke), but I’m fine with them not being together.

lisa
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lisa

Although I’ve been a long time fan of GH and Luke and Laura – I agree some things are better left in the past.
Luke and Laura had their love story – it will always be there,but frankly I love Luke with Spanky (Tracy) – I think they rock.
I also think Tony is right – that when Luke leaves ,he should go out in a blaze of glory.

gloria
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gloria

Agree 100%

Lin
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Lin

I see his point. I do find Luke and Laura boring in 2013. But then again, to be honest, I was appauled and disgusted when they made them a super couple after Luke raped laura. I stopped watching GH for abotu 10- years at that time. I thought at the time, “am I the only one who finds this offensive?” However when they came back to GH at the time they were living in Canada and working at a diner or soemthign, I had started watching again shortly before that. I did enjoy when they came back and watched again… Read more »

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

So basically, Luke and Laura aren’t going to be together because Tony Geary thinks it would be boring for him to play it? I can’t say that I care all that much about Luke and Laura as a couple–but many long-time GH viewers do, and I find his comments surprisingly condescending and arrogant. Many of the viewers whom he’s discussing so dismissively are the very ones who made him a star in the first place, and if he has the kind of clout that gives him a strong voice in what Luke’s story will be, it’s largely because of them… Read more »

Chatty
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Chatty

I totally agree with Tony… Luke and Laura are boring and old….

jake r
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jake r

@Michael (not Fairman): You have written the most concise, accurate and well-thought out statement I have ever seen on this site/bog, or any of the sites/blogs I read about daytime (there’s only three I regularly look at). And I am not just saying that because I agree with everything you wrote!

harry
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harry

What Jake said. Thank you Michael (Not Fairrman). It really was a concise and insightful statement and I am so relieved to know I am not the only one who finds Tony’s statements arrogant and patronizing. If one has any doubt that the Fluke story is the equivalent of giving long watching fans the finger, his statement above eradicates it.

John Eric
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John Eric

I agree with jake r and also appreciate your comments, Michael (not Fairman)! Ditto for me on jake r’s reply!! I am also a fan of the current creative team of Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati. I like most of the writing and inclusion and balance of characters and stories. TV is a huge source of nostalgia for many of us, as well as soap operas, with their longevity…my parents (both deceased now) were not divorced. I still want Luke & Laura back together, in a believable and well-written story but I also thing too much damage has been done… Read more »

Annie
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Annie

I’m with Michael (not Fairman) and Jake – perhaps the state of current soaps is due in part to pandering to the stars whims regarding who they do and do not want to share screen time with. Just saying.

janice
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janice

touche’ Michael……SPOT ON.

Rodd
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Rodd

I agree. Luke and Tracy grab my attention.

Kalia
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Kalia

To be honest, I don’t care. But, I find Tony Geary’s attitude a bit off putting. I remember years ago a friend of mine worked on set with the cast/crew. He had a bad attitude then. Over blown ego, more like it.

k/kay
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k/kay

Read the entire interview agree with you but as far as I am concerned he is old news and he is definitely not a gentleman towards Genie Francis who was the sole reason for his popularity .I do not care how many emmys he has as far as I am concerned they are a joke anyway. Does anyone really think they are going to kill his character off they have made him a cartoon.

Rick
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Rick

Totally agree with him…I enjoy seeing Luke & Laura as friends and love his chemistry with Jane Elliot…Luke & Tracy make a fun & interesting couple.

Melissa
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Melissa

While I respect TG I hate the fact he cares
Little what fans that have supported him
though his career feel.I started watching GH
because of Luke and Laura and would love
the writers to find a clever happy ever after
ending for this couple. This is my wish
as someone who became a fan of soaps
because of this couple.,
It seems TG gets his way so I can
Get over my Luke and Laura wish.Does not
mean I have to like it..

Finally
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Finally

I agree….he has little interest in his fanbase wishes.

harry
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harry

If Tony is so embittered about the success of Luke Spencer and the monetary gains he has made due to collective fan adulation, I will be happy to take that burdensome money off his hands.

Erick
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Erick

Anthony Geary is one of the best actors on the planet, but sorry, he’s a cranky old man! Look at his complaints about the Riche/Labine-led mid-1990s and how he “complained bitterly to anyone who would listen and took it upon” himself to “rewrite the offending scenes.” No wonder the head writer didn’t like him! What a cancer for the workplace environment! There’s one place you can go if you’re so unhappy: the door! The fact that he didn’t leave shows how happy he really was earning a paycheck, until he could get ABC to bend over backwards and give him… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Please. This man failed when he left GH to try and hit the bigtime. He failed when he came back to GH as a different character (Bill Eckert). At least Genie went onto to do three other soaps, prime time television, two miniseries and three Hallmark movies. What else has TG done besides a guest role on the Partridge family. Even when he came back as Luke they had to get Genie fired from a role she enjoyed on AMC to return as Laura and help prop him up. TG is an egotistical fool. Who else would have said what… Read more »

janice
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janice

I. Totally. Agree.

Becky
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Becky

Well I’m very disappointed and as a LnL fan I never wanted them to be boring Ward clever stuff. I think they could’ve been interesting. What disturbs me is Mr Geary’s condescending attitude toward fans. I think he purposely squashed any chemistry with Genie because he didn’t want LnL. Also Luke and Tracey have zero romantic chemistry. I do wish they had given fans,real closure and real scenes. It feels like there is,still so much unfinished business with LnL. I shipped LnL till the end but I guess this is the end of the road. Very sad and heartbreaking for… Read more »

lisa
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lisa

I completely agree with you. Nor do I enjoy the luke and tracy scenes.

su0000
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su0000

!!
Tony speaking sense, and telling it like it is..

quote Tony’
”The viewers you speak of have always wanted Luke and Laura happy and growing old together like Ward and June Cleaver.

—-They’re like a child who never got over his parents’ divorce and lives in perennial hope that mommy and daddy will get back together again. —-

For a variety of reasons, that is not going to happen.
—–The audience needs to let it go and find interest in tomorrow instead of yesterday.”–

……. BRAVO!!

Love ya Tony!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

No matter what people think and myself included about this interview, i like it when the person is open and honest like Geary and not evasive to avoid any backlash…so i agree with suOOOO!!!

harry
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harry

But I haven’t heard anyone beg for a Luke and Laura re reunion so it’s not a simple case of fans dwelling on the past. I find Tony’s assumption to be incredibly patronizing. What most of us want is for some kind of justice to be handed over to Laura–she deserves better. She left Port Charles to go back to the mental asylum. It seemed to me that Genie was crying real tears and no one, not Scotty, not Luke and not Lulu, seemed to give a damn. You cannot forge ahead with the future until you make peace with… Read more »

DomSmythe
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DomSmythe

I sympathize with Geary’s sentiments but feel he should have said something about his wonderful decades long scene partner, Genie Francis. Francis has been shafter on the show for all the wrong reasons, chiefly sexism. Geary, I’ve always felt, should have spoken out much more in support of a stronger storyline for her character. By dissing Luke and Laura, and opinion he’s entitled to have, he sounds like he’s also dissing Francis, though he may not. From a PR and human sensitivity perspective, Geary should have said this a helluva lot better! Frankly, I was not of the Luke &… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Now you see why Gene Francis said Peter Bergman/Jack on Y&R was the nicest co-star she ever had. I can not imagine PB ever being so disrespectful to someone. Over the years every time on camera and off he slammed Laura/Genie. What exactly has he ever done besides GH great actor compared to what? Genie Francis has done nighttime series movies etc. Go Genie!! She has done fine without GH could he say the same? Do I sound mad yes but this is no big shock body chemistry says everything he did not even pretend to act with Genie during… Read more »

DomSmythe
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DomSmythe

tony geary just lost my respect! TPTB should not be party to these sentiments — and should hire actors based on talent, dedication to their scenes and scene-partners, and maybe even how well they get along with an ensemble cast.

harry
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harry

Right Kay! (and it’s good to see you again).

louisa
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louisa

Michael (not Fairman) you said it perfectly. Tony Geary may not want to play the 65-year-old man making goo-goo eyes, but I would prefer that to a 65-year-old graying, sick man lying in a hospital bed.. That’s the exciting drama we are getting now. Just bring back Laura, without Luke.

Judith
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Judith

Ditto Michael (not Fairman) on all counts. I too was taken aback at Geary’s condescending remarks and agree that had it not been for the fans, he would not be where he is today, including a sweet contract that allows for him to live in Holland for part of the year and still have a job to come back to in the States. As I recall, when Genie Francis had asked for a similar provision way back when, GH shot it down. Yes, I do prefer Luke with Tracy, however, it’s always good to see the characters of Laura and… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

She didn’t ask for a similar provision in her contract. She asked for the summer off because her husband had the opportunity to do a project in London over the summer. She thought that, since her screen husband would be gone all summer she might have the same deal JUST FOR THE SUMMER. JFP said no.

Rita
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Rita

I do not agree with Tony at all about Luke and Laura. He would be nothing without Luke and Laura. It shouldn’t be about what he wants. It’s about the fans and it’s about what everyone wants to believe in…love. That true love lasts forever. Luke and Laura are the reason that soaps are still on the air. Tony just wants juicy storylines and he doesn’t care about assassinating his character or others. He was all for having Luke cheat on Laura because he wanted Ethan to be Luke’s son. Even Genie Francis and Jonathan Jackson had strong feelings about… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Quote Tony’
”The viewers have always wanted Luke and Laura happy and growing old together like Ward and June Cleaver.
”—-They’re like a child who never got over his parents’ divorce and lives in perennial hope that mommy and daddy will get back together again. —-
For a variety of reasons, that is not going to happen.
—–The audience needs to let it go and find interest in tomorrow instead of yesterday.”–

Elanore
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Elanore

There’s nothing wrong with a couple growing old together. That’s what most couples do. Do they have to be Ward and June Cleaver?? What is Geary thinking? If LnL had been written as an even partly realistic older Luke and Laura with all the complexities of growing and maturing adults it would have been a great ride. But Geary wants James Bond, play dress-up and talk in funny accents. Or he wants Luke to be a sadistical unreliable bastard. Geary doesn’t want interesting subtle human drama – it’s a blow to his ego not to be overwhelming.

Johnny
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Johnny

No. I don’t get it at all. Tony is a senior citizen. He looks ridiculous running aroundsecret isla ds and playing super who hero. He had a writer in Claire Labinevwho wrote him some of the beat material of his life. It would be real cool if Luke could run to amsterdam every other week…to engage in otherwise illegal acrivities…but that’s not how it works.

jake r
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jake r

I just read the entire Anthony Geary interview in “TV Guide” and have to say, the above quotes are taken somewhat out of context. Tony says at the very end of the interview that: “It’s been a big struggle to hold onto the Luke Spencer that was originally created for me by Gloria Monty and Douglas Marland. If a writer wants to honor Luke and Laura as they were originally conceived and move them forward to true grown-up status with problems and a pitch-dark past, and keep them conflicted and in turmoil, I’ll be happy to play it. But fans… Read more »

Jamie
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Jamie

Interesting! Thanks for posting!

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

I take his point–and nobody has more respect for Douglas Marland than I have (Gloria Monty, well . . .)–but I don’t think you can just ignore things that have happened to the character in the 35 years since Gloria fired Doug, either. That isn’t how soaps work. Geary has made the point before that he was very uncomfortable with the way Luke was turned into a hero in the 1980s, and sort of whitewashed, because of Luke and Laura’s immense popularity. I am totally with him on that. But all of that other stuff with Luke, it did happen–it… Read more »

harry
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harry

Wow, Michael (Not Fairman) I read every word you wrote with interest. You make some astoundingly good points. I too, found Luke and Laura more interesting as they matured, became more domesticated and dealt with real life issues that the common person deals with. You could see Luke struggle with domesticity and you could see Laura recognize that struggle. Laura didn’t tell you she was in pain but showed you. She is a good and somewhat underrated actress. One of the most powerful scenes which transpired between Luke and Laura was after their divorce. In tears, they made love at… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

The “old Luke” written by Gloria Monty is alive and well for anyone’s viewing on youtube. The current Luke is not remotely the same person. TG can spew all the fantasy he wants about who Luke is – he isn’t the person Tony has created while he was “stretching” his acting while the audience completely lost interest and respect. He needs to go. Bring back Genie and Stephen Nichols.

harry
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harry

I just want to say that I love your comments too, Elizabeth. Yes, I too would love to see Stephen Cassadine back instead of that creepy mouth breathing older brother of his.

Rita
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Rita

I also have to say that I am enjoying all the storylines except for Luke being poisoned. I find his acting lately over the top and I find his scenes boring. I do like Tracy but she is such a strong character and they are making her look like a fool pining after Luke. No one should accept someone who steals, cheats and leaves her. In real life, Luke should be alone with the way he treats everyone in his life, especially Tracy. And as much as Tony doesn’t want Luke and Laura to reunite, their chemistry is still amazing.… Read more »

Fay
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Fay

If Tony ever decides to leave General Hospital I hope he has a lot of input on the story. This is a man who majored in Theater in college on a Presidential Scholarship. He knows good story. He’s an excellent writer. I hope he stays on the show for years more. I agree with him on Luke and Laura not being a couple. That’s over. They will be connected forever through the children they have. I love watching them in scenes together. They still have great chemistry. It doesn’t have to be romantic chemistry. Luke and Robert have great chemistry.… Read more »

Howard
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Howard

I think Tony Geary is spot on, as having received the most daytime emmys ever any actor he better go out with a blaze of glory, but I am not ready for him to do so—becuase Luke and Laura deserve so much more. I like seeing each of them with different pairings, but as Laura once said to Tracy, Luke will always love Laura, and viewers like me know this will always be true. The one thing I want to see more of is Genis Francis. Genie was 14 when she was in the spotlight, she gave actually OSCAR calibre… Read more »

Johnny
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Johnny

No. I don’t get it at all. Tony is a senior citizen. He looks ridiculous running around secret islands and playing super who hero. He had a writer in Claire Labine who wrote him some of the beat material of his life. It would be real cool if Luke could run to amsterdam every other week…to engage in otherwise illegal acrivities…but that’s not how it works. Tony completely contradicts himself. He says that viewers need to accept change and move on and move forward. Yet he wants Luke to remain dark, hostile, angry, and miserable. I don’t believe a word… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

His interview was really interesting. I really appreciate that he wasn’t just saying what he thought his fans wanted to hear, but was just honest about his own personal opinions and preferences are on the creative side.

dmr
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dmr

I was too young to know of or remember the first run of Luke and Laura. I have seen clips on YouTube and I do understand the magnitude of the chemistry the actors shared in the late 70s and early 80’s. “My” supercouple was Sonny and Brenda. I agree with and understand what Tony said about trying to relive the past into the future. This time around, I don’t see the chemistry between Tony and Genie. Honestly, I love Luke with Tracy. Their off-screen friendship shines through their on-screen relationship. I also love Scotty Baldwin and I like him with… Read more »

JEFF
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JEFF

Sorry to all the LandL lovers, but Geary is ten times the actor Francis is hence all the deserved Emmy wins!! IMO LandL don’t work anymore and Luke has great chemistry with Tracy Q! Geary would’ve gotten very far even without Francis. It just happens that for a brief time they were magical, but that time has passed.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Yep. That must be why he failed at every other acting effort he made. Failed at Bill Eckert. Failed at movies. Insisted that he couldn’t play Luke again without Genie.

Maybe he is talented. But not that talented. and a complete jerk as a person.

harry
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harry

But Elizabeth, as Jeff says, Genie “don’t work anymore.” But she do! Er, I mean , she does! She was just on a Hallmark special and is keeping busy.

Paul
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Paul

I respect Geary and his acting talent, but I found his dissing of Claire Labine to be completely gratuitous. GH was dying before she took over as headwriter. She brought a depth and class to the show that was unprecedented. The BJ/Maxie heart transplant, Monica’s breast cancer, Robin’s HIV, etc., all brilliant soap opera. TG has a very selective (and self-centered) memory.

Christy
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Christy

unlike the majority, I never got into the Luke & Laura pairing… so I’m glad to hear him say for fans to get over it and move on… I’ve been waiting on the other side for sooooo long. te he he

Chaz
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Chaz

I believe that the time for Luke & Laura has passed. They were a popular soap couple. I was, however, always bothered by their “love” story coming from the fact that Luke RAPED Laura. I felt it set a lousy precedent that other soaps have since followed (Sami & EJ, for example). However, given all the past writing for them I can see that they might have a respect and genuine caring for each other. But, they are different people from 30 years ago. I think it is a shame that they can only see pairing Laura up with a… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

yah! they could create a love interest for Laura – a man she met and was with in Paris, a handsome big roller ..
That is the best way to go and would give her good stories, and a new start..

boes
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boes

Too bad Geary’s talent isn’t anywhere as big as his ego.
The guy has had it made for the past 40 years, and for the past 15 has decided he has the right to dictate writing and story direction. And too bad for us, they’ve let him get away with far too much.
Neither Luke Spencer or Tony Geary are the end-all and be-all he apparently thinks.

Recast the character with someone who can act – and someone who actually wants to.

aria
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aria

everyone knows that happy couple is the kiss of death on soaps, but still , i don’t undertstand why Genie can’t be on GH and be a great stand alone character like Luke. i know soap fans want romance,( well not all, but for the most part,) i personally don’t mind if they never get back together but i still want Laura on the show, she’s a great character, and the possibility of storyline for both charcters together or alone are endless and possible. I just really hate how wronged Genie/Laura have been. Bring back Genie/Laura, let her have her… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

I loved the Luke and Laura days of old!!! A part of me would have liked to see them back together again with a great story… but too much time and too much change in who they are has occurred. More so on Luke’s side… because Laura was robbed of that time and experience to change. She wanted to go back and resolve her feelings. Nothing against Kin but Scotty is not for Laura!!! Since Luke is not… I am hoping the rumors of SN coming back as Stephan could have him coming back for Laura and have RC weave… Read more »

Finally
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Finally

Not that I wish for a reunion with Luke and Laura, I actually prefer him with Tracy….they are amusing and entertaining. I just have a problem with the way he ignores his fans.. and how very clear it is he has no love or interest in Genie Franis…There is definitely something not right with their off scene relationship..

rebecca1
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rebecca1

It’s interesting to me that much of the responses here have been anti-Geary…and that he doesn’t seem “grateful” enough to his fans and/or that he was insulting/condescending. If you read the entire interiew in TV guide at one point he answers: ‘I appreciate beyond words that people still want to see me as this character.” He THEN goes on to say that he’s not interested in playing a bored, everyday man sitting at home with the little missus as they grow old together. I’m paraphrasing. He did not say that in those words.But I get what he’s saying…his character started… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I take Tony at his word in the concluding sentences of the interview and would love to see Luke and Laura as grownups with conflict and drama. And, if he has so much influence, why couldn’t he suggest that to the writers? On the other hand, why should the writers need a suggestion–why DON’T they write a dynamic story? On the other hand, Tony, please DO NOT presume to speak for the viewers and shortchange them. For the sake of argument, what is wrong with people remaining in love with dynamic, passionate sexual attraction.? (Feeding strawberries to one another might… Read more »

Allen Saint James
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Allen Saint James

Im 35 and have watched gh and followed luke and laura and totally remember being intially excited by their return in 1993 BUT WAS SOON LET DOWN by the boring writing of claire labine(whom i still credit with destroying the action adventure storylines) i didnt find interest in Luke and Lsura until 1996 with the return of the cassadines storyline(cant miss television at the time) I agree that the couple shoud be played as grown up star crossed lovers who have seen enough as to where they are no longer blinded by their obsession with each other. Luke and Laura… Read more »

Allen Saint James
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Allen Saint James

I also think luke’s anti hero qualities should be reconstructed . For decades now tony plays and writers portray luke as a total ass and i get thst is who he might be at the core and i know Laura was the light to his dark so in turn she willed him to being a better person, but look would and should still have a penchant for saving the day. The affect that laura’S Absence had on him is never discussed or portrayed. I will always root for luke and laura to be together but that diesnt mean i want… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Amen. Allen saint James!

Soapstix
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Soapstix

I read a lot of the posts, and agree with a lot that has been said. However, Luke/Anthony is only a recurring member of the cast now, which is how he wants it. He wants to do other projects. I think he is wrong about Luke and Laura. First of all, why should they be all hearts and roses to be together. I like Tracy, but agree Luke would not have had the following withouut Laura. I am more concerned that the character of nincompoop Balwin was brought back and Laura had to explain every little thing (ok, some of… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Hey there, Michael Fairman, When are you going to do another interview with Genie Francis now that she has a new contract. (And apparently TPTB are going to do a “redo” of Laura’s return since the consensus in that they “botched” the first one.) And I think all of Genie’s longtime fans would like to hear from Genie and have her comment on Tony Geary’s interview. Hey, why do you suppose TV Guide didn’t do a joint interview or at least invite Genie to sit for an interview with them? I, for one, would love to read that! PS I… Read more »

Linda
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Linda

I disagree with many who have expressed there thoughts here, respectfully. I understand that some like Tracy and Luke together. But, they just don’t gel. You do not see the same chemistry that you do with Luke and Laura. I do however, respect Anthony Geary’s thoughts on Luke he should have more of an ‘edge” to him. He should be given the chance to be “dark” and work with the writers to develop that. I think Luke and Laura do need to another story, marriage changes people, people age and move in their lives like many of us and we… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

I watched GH at the start of the best in two amazing actors Tony and Genie and I have seen alot of old interviews with them and it showed how much they really cared for each other as actors and friends. They should just give them more up dated story lines for 2013. The idea of seeing Luke and and Tracy together makes no sense but I am just a fan. If that the way the story is going to go then I will not be watching GH anymore.

Jennifra
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Jennifra

I see where he is coming from. But if he wants his end to be killed off then let it be with Laura by his side. I think that would really satisfy so many including me and also make for a fantastic story. The two star crossed lovers who started out in a dangerous love story to end in the same way. Perfect circle completed.

B.T. Kidd
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B.T. Kidd

I can understand Tony’s desire to expand his acting horizons to reflect more complexity & depth in his portrayal of Luke Spenser. I imagine all actors/actresses wouldn’t want to type casted as being one dimensional. That being said, Tony didn’t “hit it big” in other avenues of creative expression when he left GH to pursue his ambitions. He returned to soap operas, the type of acting that gained him enormous success. He should @ least have some regard for his fans & what they like. It’s not as if he & Genie Francis couldn’t do a dramatic story wihout the… Read more »

Lou
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Lou

Well yeah, because imagining a 65 year old man spanking buns of another old person is much more appealing and believable than making goo goo eyes at Laura. *sarcasm*

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WATCH: Nancy Lee Grahn, Jane Elliot & Kim Zimmer in ‘Covid Support Group’ Episode Two

Over the weekend, General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) along with her creative partner. comedian, Kaore Bonell released episode two of the hilarious send-up ‘Covid Support Group” which features Grahn, and two other powerhouses known for their performances on daytime drama: Jane Elliot (Tracy, General Hospital) and Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva, Guiding Light).

In episode two, Bonell and the three women are joined by a very special guest; when none other than former Los Angeles District Attorney, who tried the OJ Simpson Murder Trial, Marcia Clark, shows up!  We won’t tell you what happens, you’ll have to check it out to see.

Watching Zimmer as a boozy version of herself, Grahn with her brilliant comedic timing, and Elliot who is also perfection in this, is just too fun that every soap fan will get a kick-of, and even if you don’t watch daytime, think about how everyone is going stir-crazy during the coronavirus pandemic, and amp it up a bit and you have the genesis of this oh-so-timely series.

Best line of episode 2 was from Grahn:  During confessions during Covid, she says to the support group, “I bitch-slapped a guy who was hoarding toilet paper at CVS, does that count? Or does Erika Slezak get my Emmy for that, too?”

Watch Covid Support Group 2 below, and then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below!

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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GH’s Mark Lawson Fuels At-Home Workout With Soap Opera Competition: “Dante, Dante, Dante, Dominic, Dominic, Dominic … But What About Dustin?”

As fans and colleagues of General Hospital and former One Life to Live star, Mark Lawson (Dustin, GH) know, he often posts on his Instagram account at-home workouts from his garage including: exercises with: kettlebells and free weights. In real-life, Lawson is a fitness guru, as well.

In one of his most recent posts over the holiday weekend, Mark used the constant chatter of a potential return of Dominic Zamprogna to GH to reprise his role of Dante Falconeri (which would pit Mark’s school teacher alter-ego Dustin at-odds with Dante, for the love of Lulu (Emme Rylan)) to charge up his workout routine! So what’s a guy to do?  Bicep curls!

Next, fueling his workout in a hilarious send-up, Lawson, as he is curling dumbbells remarks: “You want Dante back? Dante, Dante, Dante … Dominic,Dominic,Dominic … It’s all you talk about.  It’s all you care about, but what about Dustin?  What’s up with Dustin?  Where’s good guy Dustin? School teacher Dustin, who never shot nobody.  Never hurt anybody and all he wanted was a girlfriend.   All everybody talks about is Dante, Dante, Dante. Dominic, Dominic, Dominic.”

You can watch Mark’s IG post below!

Then let us know, if you hope there will be some healthy soap opera competition for the love of Lulu down the line between Dustin and Dante, if Dominic returns to the show.  If he does return, would you be Team Dustin or Team Dante? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

 

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