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GH's Bob Guza gives some scoop on the Sonny/Brenda nuptials!



So you think General Hospital’s Sonny and Brenda can finally seal the deal and make it to the altar and say their, “I do’s?”  Well, according to the man who pulls the creative strings in Port Charles, head writer, Bob Guza, viewers are in for some unexpected twist and turns, as he revealed to TV Guide.

Guza assures TVG that vows will be exchanged.  But according to his conversation that doesn’t mean those looming threats won’t get carried out.  The scribe explained, “Carly has the ammunition and the wherewithal to blow Brenda out of the water and she will use it. She will blow the secret, but not in the way you expect her to. And the Balkan is also going to make his move to grab Brenda. Something very, very big is going to occur that will turn our canvas upside down. What you think will happen is not what you get.”

Turns out the wedding and the events surrounding it, and the aftermath, will play out for six days, starting on the February 18th episode in which Guza says will be “epic”.   In addition, Guza teases that the return of “Franco” played by Oscar Nominee, James Franco could figure into this story.  On-Air On-Soaps also heard that Franco was on the set of GH today taping scenes for his upcoming appearances to air the Friday before the Academy Awards and the Monday following.

So, what do you think will happen at the wedding, and post-wedding.  Will the fated couple even make it to the honeymoon?  Stay tuned.

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Wow. Not about a word about the characters who actually work inside the hospital — as in General Hospital. I know that Luke and Laura’s escapades took us out of the hospital, but now the show is turned into a bargain basement version of Goodfellas and the Hospital is a third rate prop. Shame on Guza for ruining what was once an American institution.

This show is getting so contrived. I don’t think that Sonny will get married, unles there is a fake minister or something. Carly maybe will not tell Sonny about Brenda and Dante. It’s enough already with the Balkan. I hope he will be exposed shortly. Also , Lisa is too darn conniving and dragging the new doctor from her past to join her plot of wooing Robin and away from Patrick. I don’t want to see Rebecca Herbst leave, either. What the heck is happening over at GH?

Sounds Exciting!

Im excited as well! mostly to get this bulkin storry over and on to the breakout stories instead of the brenda show. Also Ithink these people that think this is no longer about general hospital, you really cant have a whole show about a hospital. Times change and I think its a real good mix.
The Mob/goodfellas in my opinion make things interesting and fun to watch.
I think and from what I read the limo blows up so the question is, whos in it? I also herd that Brendas character goes missing for a while (think Venessa taking time off is what I heard, not sure if true) so everyones gonna think its her. So maybe Sonny goes to Claire, she ends up pregnant (how many kids does this guy need!) Brenda runs to Jax.
I also think that maybe Sean is gonna turn out to be a nice guy. I also heard that Jason is a no show for the wedding, thank god! It should have been Edward to walk her down the isle in the first place.
Shibion I think is working for Interpool but do beleive that her sister really was taken. Also heard rumors that she turns out to be Jax sister, I was hoping that it was gonna be Abby.
With 5 days of the wedding stuff, I hope that its at least exciting and that the whole cast is involved rather than just Sonnny, Brenda Jason Jax and Carly.
Wheres Sam? She helps Jason all the time especially since they got back together, so out of character. Wheres spinelli he should be helping on this as well. GH is good at haveing these type of things happen where the whole cast is involved so I hope that is the case here.
Im just waitng to this to get over and get back to the way these people were before Brendas return. PLEASE!

And we care? Give us actresses that can move their mouth and don’t phone in their lines! thank you RB and GF for your wonderful performanes over the years! We miss you Beauty inside and out!

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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