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GH’s Cameron Mathison Talks On: Becoming Drew Cain, His Co-Stars, Battle with Cancer, the Loss of his Mom, and Memories of AMC’s Ryan

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General Hospital’s newest addition, Cameron Mathison (Drew Cain), chatted with Michael Fairman during a virtual interview for Michael Fairman Channel, about joining the iconic ABC daytime drama series; a show that has always been close to his heart, and that he envisioned being on.

Mathison recently took over the role of Drew, which was previously played by his longtime friend and former All My Children co-star, Billy Miller.

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During the conversation, Cameron details what it has been like to share scenes with some of the most notable GH stars including: his time in scenes with Steve Burton (Ex-Jason) as on-screen brothers, Leslie Charleson (Monica) and taping his first scenes with Laura Wright (Carly) and Maurice Benard (Jason).

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Cameron also talks on how Drew’s mind-control programming at the hands of Peter August (Wes Ramsey) could impact his character moving forward, and what the future may hold for Drew’s love life.  Will Drew fall back in love with Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is now romantically with Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), or might Drew and Maxie (Maxie) be drawn towards each other? Stay tuned.

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As everyone knows, Cameron’s career has been far-reaching from: his correspondent gigs on Good Morning America, and Entertainment Tonight, to his Hallmark Channel and GAC Family romance and holiday films, to one of his favorite professional jobs as co-host of the morning alk show, Home and Family. During this interview, Cameron reveals why the series cancellation hit him so hard.

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Off-screen, the past few years have seen Mathison facing some very public challenges including when he shared his renal cancer, surgery and recovery, and the recent death of his beloved mother, Loretta to brain cancer. Cameron opened up about how he persevered through these tough physical and emotional times.

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Finally, All My Children fans, have no fear! Cameron’s recalls his time as Pine Valley’s Ryan Lavery and his thoughts on the cancellation of the ABC soap opera, his on-screen romance with Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica Kane), and favorite storylines.

Check out the full interview below, and for more celebrity features, make sure to “subscribe” to the Michael Fairman Channel.

Now let us know, are you enjoying Cameron as Drew? Who do you want to see Drew romantically involved with? Share your thoughts on the conversation via the comment section.

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Well, Mr. Mathison doesn’t seem to have trouble finding work. I just wish it hadn’t been as Drew. Billy Miller is just too unique (I fully admit my bias) to be replaced. I know many disagree but the current Billy Abbott situation on Y&R is similarly tragic. The character has none of the playful, good-hearted, flaky Billy we loved. Those are notes Jason Thompson just hasn’t been able to play. And it looks like the same will happen here. Drew will become a mannequinish, stock soap character that we mostly left behind in the 60s.

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Well said Soaphound, I fully agree! And I have too admit to my bias as well. I’m not really watching GH at this particular time, but I really hope that Billy Miller comes back to daytime TV soon. It doesn’t really matter which soap that it is, I would just like to see him back…

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NotDrew

Spot on assessment!!! I get the same vibe as you. Especially that last sentence.

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Jackie

He seems like such a nice person.Love all his Halllmark movies and his latest A Kindhearted Christmas on GAC family. Give him some time at GH to get his bearings.

L ew S.
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We really should give the guy a chance to make the character his. Yes, there is only one Billy Miller, but he has moved on to other things. I totally agree about the character of Billy on Y&R.

Carrie
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Carrie

I respect his hustle. As Soaphound said, he “doesn’t seem to have trouble finding work.” He seems like a nice person too.

Charday
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Charday

Great interview, Michael. Really enjoyed it. And I miss Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, which Cameron Mathison co-hosted.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Iam trying to get used to new Drew. Iam liking him with little Scout and at least we have a new kitchen at the Qs, Thanks to him. Guess they thought that would be a good background for him, even his own Christmas tree. I could possibly get used to him and Sam as a couple. I don’t care for Dante with her

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Luke Spencer’s Family and Friends Gather To Say Goodbye On General Hospital

On this Friday’s, January 21st episode of ABC’s General Hospital, look for Port Charles to bid farewell to the iconic character of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

In story, after his sudden passing, Luke’s loved ones gather – along with some surprise guests – to memorialize him at the Haunted Star, where things don’t go entirely as planned.  As the town says goodbye to Luke, an exciting new mystery unfolds.  Meanwhile, life continues to unravel for the rest of Port Charles as a beloved couple comes to a fork in the road of their relationship.

ABC released this new photo of those gathered to pay their respects to Luke including cast members: Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Finola Hughes (Anna), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Genie Francis (Laura) and Jane Elliot (Tracy).

 

Looking forward to this emotional episode of General Hospital? Share your thoughts on what you think will happen via the comment section below.

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