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GH's Brooklyn Rae Silzer and Joey Luthman & Y&R's McKenna Roberts Score 37th Annual Young Artist Award Nominations!

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Nominations were announced Friday morning in the categories og motion pictures, television, voice-overs, live theatre, web series, DVD’s and short films for the 37th Annual Young Artist Awards.  The ceremonies with the winners announced will be held on Sunday, March 13th at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, California.

General Hospital performances landed two major nominations.  In the category of Best Performance (by a recurring Younger Actor) in a TV Series ages 14-21, it was Joey Luthman, who brilliantly portrayed the young Luke Spencer in the series 52nd anniversary episode that landed in one of the final slots.  Luthman will go up against Matt Cornett Bella and the Bulldogs, Myles Erlick The Next Step,  Nicolas Fontaine 30 Vies (30 Lives), Quinn Lord The Man in the High Castle. and Richard Walters Degrassi: The Next Generartion.

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In the category of  Best Performance in a TV Series (Recurring Young Actess) 13 years and under, it was GH fan favorite, Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma Drake) who is in the running against another young soap actress, McKenna Roberts, who plays Mattie Ashby on The Young and the Restless.  

Brookyn and McKenna will be competiting against: Peyton Kennedy Odd Squad, Laura Krystine 100 Things To Do Before High School, Kassidy Mattera Mr. D. , Sunnie Pelant Bones, and Gabrielle Trudel Haven.

From a record number of 650 submissions across all categories, the nominations revealed a cross-section of young talent.  For the final round of voting 25 YAA voters will review all submissions and vote for one nominee in each category as their winner. 

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The results will be send to the YAA accounting firm and the results revealed during the live ceremony. To view the complete list of nominations in all categories click here! 

So, what do you think about the nominations for GH’s Silzer and Luthman? Y&R’s Roberts? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

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Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Brooklyn is heads above all the others!!!

JUDY K
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JUDY K

100% CORRECT…….WHEN WILL THIS GROUP EVER LEARN TO HAVE A CAT. FOR THOSE UNDER 15 AND ALL THESE CHILD ACTORS WHO ARE IN THEIR 20S???????.NEVER WILL UNDERSTAND IT….

Arnold
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Arnold

I applaud to my favorite young actress doing great Job and she got big help from Jason Thompson was her on screen tv dad to teach her how to becomes actress , I feel graceful happy Jason and Brookyln are very remarkable teamwork, I watched them sing together for Nurses Ball and emotional inside to play act together as father/daughter. My last time to watch them leaves the scene made me cry on Jan. 7 .. Thank u for entertainment us

ConnieMac
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ConnieMac

Brooklyn deserves to win this. She is unbelievably talented for her age and adorable to boot.

SZima
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SZima

How the hell did McKenna Roberts win out over Alyvia Aly Lind who plays Faith on Y&R?? And who also played Dolly Parton in her movie??
Un-frickin’ believable!

JUDY K
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JUDY K

YOU ARE SO CORRECT…….HORRIBLE SITUATION..I DIDNT EVEN KNOW WHO SHE IS…..ITS NOT THE MOST DESERVING BUT IT IS WHO YOU KNOW…

diane
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diane

I had to keep saying..Mattie Ashby..lol. I don’t think that young girl has ever said two sentences on The Young and The Restless!! Crazy!!!

dtriggs
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dtriggs

Brooklyn is a superb and talented actress and she deserves to win in this category of best performance of younger actress.

Timmm
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Timmm

Young Luke and Emma run away with their awards! Nothing personal but that little girl from Y&R was barely on and not nearly as sharp is little Emma Drake! [I hope Jada Smith doesnt read this!]

JANET
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JANET

go Brooklyn. She had me with tears when she wanted her mommy. The child ids so natural. She is talented and I hope she wins. I don’t know the others. good Luck Brooklyn.

Rodd
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Rodd

Brooklyn and Joey gave superb performances! Best wishes to them! They’re so deserving.

Rose9
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Rose9

GOOOOOO BROOKLYN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly passed away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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