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GH's Anthony Geary On Jonathan Jackson, "He is the finest actor I have ever worked with!"

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Over the weekend at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital’s Anthony Geary won his record seventh Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series!   On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Geary in the one-on-one interview area just minutes after he won the gold.

When asked about his category being first up on the telecasts new award presentation line-up,  Geary joked, “Well first I was amazed because the Lead Actor category is usually at the end of the show, not to open the show with it.  I was totally caught off guard, I thought, “Wait, wait, wait.  Did I just lose two hours? What happened here?”  (Laughs)  And then it’s always a shock and always a joy to be acknowledged by my peers in this way. ” Geary also gave perhaps the biggest compliment anyone could ask for from the legendary iconic star, when speaking about his award winning scenes between Luke and Lucky in the bordello and working with now five-time Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson.   Tony revealed, “Jonathan Jackson is the finest actor I have ever worked with.  We trust each other explicitly and there is nothing we can’t reach together. It was very hard to do those scenes in the bordello between Luke and Lucky, and say that ugly stuff to him, but we both felt it and we serviced the material.”

In terms of he is aware of how accomplished and how highly-regarded he is in his profession, Geary expressed, “I am very aware of what the show has done for me, in terms of my life and my ability to live on two continent ants and the freedom it has afford me. It is wonderful to be respected in your chosen profession. For 45 years now I have been an actor and to be given the opportunity to entertain people is all I ever wanted out of this life.”

Look for our video interview with Geary in the days ahead as our Daytime Emmy coverage continues.  In the meantime, What do you think of Tony’s comments and his victory and Jonathan’s?  Let us know!

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ethel
ethel

there is only one word to describe tony’s speech: PHENOMENAL!!

stef
stef

There is not even a slight doubt in my mind that TG meant every word of what he said about JJ…love these two , couldn’t be happier to see them win!

Jules
Jules

Tony is untouchable. There is no one, NO ONE, better at the craft then him. His work in 2011, and for 30 years, has been breathtaking and nothing short of sheer brilliant. Through it all he has remained a class act and a real role model for other actors to look up to and aspire to be. You may not like his opinions on things, but he is a consummate professional and always delivers. Many kudos to Mr. Geary on his record breaking 7th Emmy.

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Luke and Lucky are two of the best characters ever in Daytime. The stories they have been given are phenomenal. Only Tony Geary and Jonathan Jackson could have made them so real and heart wrenching. I applaud both of these fine actors, I would implore anyone to find this kind of talent in Nighttime TV. Soap people know how to tell a story!!

Michele
Michele

Congratulations to Tony Geary. Lucky and Luke are my all time favorite father and son. I loved watching them from the moment Jonathan Jackson was introduced as Lucky at 11 years old, so grateful he returned because watching him and Tony Geary act together is so amazing. Their respect and love for each other is evident whenever one speaks about the other.

Gigi
Gigi

This is so sweet. The only thing better than watching TG and JJ onscreen is watching them offscreen!

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

True that…! They love one another. Johnathan Jackson looks up has always looked up to Tony Geary. Tony Geary, speaks of Johnathan Jackson as if he is his hero. It’s obvious from JJ’s acting that he took his pointer’s from Geary. To Geary, JJ is like the son he never had, but has….. It’s a BEAUTFUL sight!!!

Judy
Judy

They both so deserved the win in their categories. LOVED Tony’s acceptance speech, especially the part about the show almost being cancelled for a reality “boob job gone bad” show.

sus
sus

Tony Geary and Jonathan Jackson are the best of the best. Incredible actors who I have enjoyed watching for decades. I still get chills watching their work together as the family Spencer with Genie Francis and I will never give up hope for a reunion of the Triple L’s before the genre is gone. They don’t have the golden trio moniker for nothing. Congrats to both of them.

Christina
Christina

Tony Geary is the master of cool. I never get tired of his character.

andrea
andrea

loving everything they are writing for Tony Geary now.At least its not depressing!!!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, I agree that the latest set of writers have revived the “real” Luke. He’s vulnerable, self-deprecating, humorous, caring, gentle. I wasn’t sure they could pull this one off. The character had been taken down such a dark, depressing, irresponsible path that I despaired of ever seeing the character I loved all of these years. I have also such fond memories of the scenes with the younger Lucky, Luke, and Laura–they were playful, joyous, and just plain fun–a lot of love emanating. I am waiting for that “lucky” day when the three L’s are united–I’m hoping for a reunion next April for GH’s 50th anniversary. No ACTRESS ever played better with Geary than did Genie Francis–and I remember always when he extolled her virtues.. Sheer magic, the chemistry between and the whole saga of their lives. Come on back to play, Genie and Jonathan.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: Y&R’s Joshua Morrow, DWTS: Juniors & GH’s Hudson West & B&B’s Joe Lando

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live! October 2018” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman you can now listen to the replay right here in audio player above!

This episode was given to the gents in soaps as Michael welcomed his very special guests: The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman), Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and General Hospital’s Hudson West (Jake), and The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman favorite, Joe Lando (Judge Craig McMullen).

During this fun night of chat, Joshua weighed-in on the Shick wedding that went bust, when Sharon told Nick at the altar that she knows he had sex with Phyllis.  Morrow, who will celebrate his 25th year as Nick Newman in early 2019 chimed in what the future for the stat-crossed couple may hold, and how he has enjoyed showing Nick’s dark side of late, plus he revealed one scene he felt uncomfortable with that he would not play, the ladies over the years in Nick’s life, and when asked by a listener of his memories of the late, great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Joshua shared some fun and poignant remembrances. He also addressed the status of Doug Davidson at the CBS daytime drama, and hopes that the writers will find a way to utilize the Y&R vet in the future.

Next, Hudson West’s joined the podcast where he gave listeners the inside scoop on what it has been like to be one of the 12 celebrity kids competing in the first-ever Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, which debuts Sunday at 8PMEST in a two-hour season premiere on ABC.  Hudson talked on how he has been learning the dance moves with his young pro dance partner and Dancing with the Stars pro mentor, how he deals with nerves before performing his dance routines and more.  General Hospital fans who know of Hudson’s Daytime Emmy-nominated performance of Jake Webber, Elizabeth and Jason’s son, got some interesting tidbits when he talked about working with Rebecca Herbst, Steve Burton and more, and how much he loves being on the show.

The final guest of the night was Joe Lando.  Prior to bringing Joe on the air, Michael played a classic clip from Megan’s death on One Life to Live from the 90’s, where Joe as Jake Harrison performed one of the saddest and most memorable scenes in soaps with his then acting partner, Jessica Tuck.  Joe then revealed when he was on Soap Nation Live that it has been over 20 years since he had heard the scene, and was still moved by it.  Lando who is now appearing as Judge McMullen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful teased there could be a love interest around the corner for the judge, as well as some retribution for his ruling in the custody case of Will Spencer, because of a favor called in by Ridge.  Lando also talks about his time on the hit primetime series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as Byron Sully, and shared more about his time on One Life to Live working with the likes of: Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, and Tuck.

Last, during out Game Show segment, a lucky caller won two VIP tickets to the Star Struck Fan Event Fall Festival in Alexandria, Virginia featuring members of the cast of Days of our Lives, as well as a Y&R goodie bag; which includes a personalizes autographed picture of Joshua Morrow, after answering correctly some Nick Newman trivia!

For archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Joshua, Hudson, and Joe above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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General Hospital Honored With Sentinel Award For Alzheimer’s Storyline

This week, ABC’s General Hospital was one of the recipients and honorees at the 2018 Sentinel Awards.

The awards honor storylines that inform, educate, and motivate audiences to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

Now in their 19th year, the 2018 Sentinel Awards were presented by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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The 12 outstanding Sentinel Awards honorees for 2018 spotlighted topics that included: nuclear safety, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, autism, sexual assault, mental health and disabilities.

One of those programs to receive the award was ABC’s General Hospital for “Sonny’s Dad storyline” which as viewers know shed a light on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease for those afflicted and their loved ones.   The story is beautifully played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).  Accepting  the award on behalf of the series was EP, Frank Valentini.

Other series, notably Empire was recognized for their abortion storyline, and Grey’s Anatomy for their Hemorrhage cart storyline representing Maternal health were two other popular shows that also received recognition for their work. among others.

So, proud of GH for receiving this honor for the work they are doing in telling the emotional tale of Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s and how it affects Sonny and his family? Comment below.

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Chloe Lanier Making A Return To General Hospital

Look for naughty Nelle to be back on all-new episodes of GH, and that means fans will get to see more of Daytime Emmy-winner, Chloe Lanier!

According to Soap Opera Digest, Lanier will be back on-screen after leaving the show In August after two years with the daytime drama series.

When Chloe left the series, Nelle was carted off to prison for her deceptions and crimes, but according to her chat with SOD, she is back because she ‘has some unfinished business with some people.”  Lanier’s return stint starts next week.

So how will Nelle’s re-emergence impact Lucas and Brad who are raising Nelle and Michael’s son?  Will she seek more retribution on Carly?  Stay tuned.  After all, Nelle gave her baby to Brad in the now notorious baby switch, which we have since learned that baby “Wiley” has a heart condition that can be traced back to Michael’s side of the family,

Glad there will be more Nelle coming up on GH? Comment below!

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