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

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

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!

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.

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!!

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.

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

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!!!

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.

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.

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

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

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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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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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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