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GH's Burton & Duell emergency replacements for Maurice Benard fan appearances!

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After a few days of working out schedules, General Hospital’s Steve Burton (Jason) and Chad Duell (Michael) are boarding the plane and heading east this weekend for originally scheduled fan appearances with Maurice Benard (Sonny).  The appearances set for Levittown, NY, Point Pleasant, NJ, and Trumbull, CT will now have Burton and Duell as the headliners.

So what happened?  As many know, and as Maurice himself discussed on his recent appearance on the On-Air On-Soaps Holiday podcast, the soap icon was heading east for the first time in eight years to see his fans and to concur his fear of flying which had prevented him from traveling in the past due to panic attacks.

However now event organizers have announced that Benard whose first appearance was set for Orlando, Florida had a panic attack and did not get on the plane to fly to the East Coast. Thus actor has rescheduled his appearances in Florida, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey for July 15, 16 and 17.

ABC Soaps In Depth reported, “Although the actor hasn’t flown in years, he’d been working himself up over the past several months to conquer his fear and fly the friendly skies — with his family seated in first class alongside him. However, after his children had boarded the plane headed to Orlando, Benard stepped on board and saw that the aircraft wasn’t as large as what he’d been used to and began to feel claustrophobic. At that point, Benard told his wife, Paula, that he needed to get off the plane. I hope I can make it up to everyone someday,” says Benard, who will drive across the country for his appearances this summer.

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Joss
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My heart goes out to Maurice. Having to manage an anxiety disorder is difficult. It’s a shame that his doctor’s couldn’t have found medication to assist him.

I hope Steve Burton & Chad Duell have a safe trip. They certainly show their humanity by caring enough to step in for Maurice.

All around, these folks are good people.

Ann
Ann

I used to suffer from panic attacks. I have since conquered them. I’m
not sure how I did that, but I don’t get them anymore. But, when I did,
I would have pretty severe ones. For example, I would be in the
middle of the grocery store, feel like I was being closed in, and I
would have to just leave my cart. I had one so badly one time I thought
I was having a heart attack. My late-husband took me to the emergency
room. It was just severe anxiety and panic. They can be debilitating
and one of the most scary things. That was many years ago. I did
take antidepressants, but I haven’t needed them anymore.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Is Named Police Commissioner In Port Charles; But They Say It’s Temporary

In a cool move, the powers-that-be at ABC’s General Hospital, had Laura (Genie Francis), the now mayor of Port Charles, name none other than former commish, Mac Scorpio (John J, York) as interim police commissioner while Jordan (Brian Nicole Henry) recovers from her kidney transplant and needs some time to recover from her medical ordeal.

Now while the show is making sure in story it is stated that Mac is the temporary person in charge of the PCPD, for many longtime fans of the series, they remember fondly when Mac held down the position for years.

In the current issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, York said on the surprise story turn: “I was thrilled when Frank Valentini (EP, GH) told me!” He added that he was advised there was great story coming up, and added, “That’s fantastic! I can’t wait to see what is going on.  However long it lasts, I’ll take whatever I can get and I’m really looking forward to being back in there.  There is a whole nee squad. a whole new group of people. I don’t even know who these cops are anymore!”

Shortly after being named commissioner on Monday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Mac is already getting wind of some criminal activities and things that seem way off; from Lulu’s (Emme Rylan) new assignment with The Intruder, to his brother Robert (Tristan Rogers), being pushed out of the WSB and forced to retire, and much more.   Can Mac get the police department to solve some crimes ..> for once?

So, what do you think of John J. York getting to be back in action at the PCPD? Do you hope somehow the story turns and remains in the position even after Jordan is well, or are you hoping Jordan can get back into the swing of things fast and return to her job? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Veronica Cartwright To Appear In Secret Role On General Hospital

Now here’s an intriguing bit of casting news out of General Hospital. According to an item from EW.com, Veronica Cartwright (Aliens, L.A Law) will appear on the ABC daytime drama series in a secret role.

The tidbit on her part that was revealed is that she will share scenes with Maura West (Ava Jerome).

Cartwright’s first episode will air sometime in early July and it will be a five episode arc.

Last seen in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,. Cartwright has worked in TV and film since 1961 amassing a huge amount of acting credits including the motion pictures: Witches of Eastwick, The Right Stuff, plus the above mentioned credits.

So what would Cartwright’s mystery role have to do with Ava J.?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Elizabeth Hendrickson Says Goodbye To General Hospital

On Thursday’s GH, the character of DA Margaux Dawson announced she is stepping down from her position after siding with the law against the manipulative and blackmailing Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin).  Margaux informed Port Charles Mayor, Laura Spencer Collins (Genie Francis) of her decision.

Around the same time, actress Elizabeth Hendrickson revealed on her Instagram account that she had wrapped her  run on the ABC daytime drama series, with a photo of her in front of the GH studio sign expressing: “It was an incredible year on @generalhospitalabc playing Margaux. Thanks to all my new friends, It was truly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. On to the next!”  Hendrickson began playing Margaux in 2018.

Now it will be interesting to see who becomes the new DA of Port Charles.

As for Hendrickson, rumors have been swirling that she may be returning to Y&R now that Adam (Mark Grossman is back on the canvas, and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and Kevin (Greg Rikaart) are coming back.  Could Chloe be far behind?

So, send your well-wishes to Liz on a job well-done, and let us know where you are hoping she turns up next via the comment section below!

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