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GH's Chad Duell & Andrea Bogart Interview: Michael & Abby's romance, ELQ, and working together!

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On-Air On-Soaps recently caught up with General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and Andrea Bogart (Abby) to discuss the intriguing romance between two of Port Charles’ most emotionally damaged, but loveable residents. As many know, Michael Corinthos has recovered from a bullet to the head that put him in a coma for over a year, but then was sent away to prison for the murder of Claudia Zacchara, only to wind up being raped during his time in Pentonville! Abby, the stripper with the heart of gold is trying to better herself, and get out of the life she leads, which usually ends up having her on the receiving end of abusive men!

Drawn together through their deep understanding of each other’s complexities and pain, and underlying goodness, Michael and Abby look to have a viable romance! But will it be tested? Of course, this is soap opera!  We can tell you to look for some possible game-changing moments the week of August 22nd on GH!  Will Michael and Abby’s love endure no matter what forces may try to come between them? We hope so! Here’s what Chad and Andrea had to say about it all!

What can we look forward to in early fall between Abby and Michael? We know conflict might be a-brewing! Isn’t that what makes for an interesting on-screen dynamic?

ANDREA: They are really playing up the age difference between us and it’s a constant struggle because of where we are in our lives. I honestly think it’s always a big surprise with us, and I don’t know what to expect. I know we just continue to find those great moments that we have together and hope the viewers will see that and continue to love it and maybe we will stay together, but I don’t know!

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Do you think there is going to be a spoiler in the relationship? I do! Like another man for Abby? That would crush Michael!

ANDREA: Yeah, at some point I think so too, but it may not be another man for Abby.  Maybe it will be another woman… a younger woman for Michael!

Hey Chad, how many women would you like to have fawning over Michael on the show?

CHAD: Give or take…nine or ten! (Laughs)

But Chad, you work with the sexiest girl on the show in Andrea!

CHAD: Yeah, and she works with the sexiest guy on the show! (Laughs)

ANDREA: Let’s remind everyone that every time we have a make-out scene, this one never fails to get in, “You’re Welcome”.  And, I have never thanked him for the make-out scenes! (Laugh)

You say to Andrea, “You’re welcome?”  This is good to know. (Laughs)

CHAD: I am not serious with it, well, not fully serious. Yes, I often give her a “You’re welcome” after our kissing session. (Laughs)

Do you think Abby and Michael are truly in love? Or, are they just drawn together from the terrible tragedies that they have endured in their lives?

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CHAD: Yeah, they both have a common ground with each other.  Michael went through something really awful and she has been through abusive stuff. So it’s obvious that they have a connection from that standpoint. But on top of that, he does above all else love Abby. They do have that special deep connection that not many people have.

ANDREA: And, I think the things that hold Abby back are her guarded ways of being a little bit older and having some more years under her belt than Michael. It is really her insecurities that keep Abby from letting herself go 100% with Michael. But I think that she is definitely there and wants it, but she is trying to keep a realistic perspective on it as well.

We are worried about Michael.  Michael has everything in life happen to him that is so horrific, and that is why I think because Chad is so great to watch in these emotional situations, that maybe he will lose the girl and just be so devastated.

CHAD: Maybe Abby will die in a car-crash or something!

So you want your gal killed off the show? (Laughs)

CHAD: To have a “to lose the girl scenario” though would be a dramatic thing for Michael.  It is nice to play if it makes sense… to do heavy emotional stuff, and it is fun to do, if it is well-written.  I hope there is nothing really bad that comes between Abby and Michael, because I like our relationship. But again, you never know with a new head writer, new stuff can happen.

Speaking of the new GH head writer, Garin Wolf did the two of you immediately notice a different in the scripts once you started taping his episodes?

CHAD: Yes, a lot of dialogue, next question. (Laughs) It is very well-written, but with a lot of dialogue. When we came back from our recent break we had a whole 46 page day which is the most we ever had, times two. It was tough, but it was well-written and flowed really well. And, I am not saying it did not flow well before, but you know what I am saying.

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ANDREA: It was a tough day, but Chad and I got their early and really wanted to get re-acclimated on our first day back.

CHAD: Yes, and that is what we have to do with the new writing, we have to get to the set early and prepare it and that is a good thing.

Are people more on their toes now at the set of GH?

CHAD: Yeah, I think so because time is a little tight. So we have to make sure we get to the studio on time and if the dialog is long, you got to make sure you have it down pat.

Michael working at ELQ just seems to be something he may be doing to try and stay on the straight and narrow, and help his gal.  But something tells me, he is longing for the mob!

CHAD: Right now he is working at ELQ and one main reason he is there is for Abby. So for Michael it is about trying to have a respectable job there and that Abby wants to be a paralegal!

A pole stripping paralegal?

CHAD: Yeah, a pole stripping paralegal!

ANDREA: I am on my way up!

CHAD: Everything Michael is there for is for Abby.  Michael is not having a lot of fun. I don’t think he knows what he wants to do. He wanted to join the mob, but he landed at ELQ and he wanted to get Abby a job. And, he actually found it to be positive too. He did some business dealings where he realized, “Oh, I could actually work here.”  But it is not really want he wants to be doing.  Michael is sort of stuck there for her.  But it is not what his heart desires, if you will.

At the end of the day Andrea, what does Abby truly want for her life?

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ANDREA: I think she is looking at this right now as like an “eager beaver”. She has this opportunity that has fallen into her lap and we are like the packaged deal at ELQ. Abby is the go-getter and she wants to prove that, “I deserve to be here.” So I feel I am pulling out all the stops trying to work as hard as I can… to earn my mark! (Laughs) She just wants her life to be better than what it was and she is on a certain path. She is really committed to making a better life for herself and she really wants Michael to come with her.

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They’re so cute together. I like them.

I am so glad Chad admitted that Michael loves Abby. I am not so glad that Andrea did not say Abby LOVES Michael. Insecurities are different from loving someone. But, in the end, I love Michael and Abby together as played by Chad and Andrea.

I forgot to thank the Interviewer. THANKS A MILLION TIMES. I and a lot of others love Chad/Michael and Andrea/Abby together on screen. My favorite couple on GH right now.
🙂 Good interview all in all.

So adorable! I love michael & abby! they’re my favorite GH couple:) I hope the writers let them stay together.
Thanks for the interview:) Love it!

Thank you SO much for this interview! Michael & Abby are my fav couple. At first I started watching GH less and less but then their growing relationship snuck up behind me and captivated me without me realizing. Sure enough that ‘s when I began watching GH more and more again. I really think Abby loves Michael but maybe is scared she’ll have said it for nothing and end up losing Michael anyway. Just like she probably told her abuser she loved him but he still beat her anyway. Hopefully she can learn to trust Michael and he continues to show he’s trustworthy AND also stays at ELQ. I really want this couple to stay together. They are like a lock and key to each other’s heart.

GMTA! Mabby snuck up on me too. And then, WHAM, like a ton of bricks. It was like, wow, I really love them together. They kept me watching GH and I didn’t realize it in the beginning.

🙂 I think this the first time a couple just snuck up on me and then slowly sidetracked some of my attention away from a couple that I thought I was MORE interested in. AB & CD have an extra special magical chemistry.

I love my Supercouple Michael and Abby. This was a great interview and so fun to read. And Chad and Andrea are simply adorable. Can’t wait to see what GW has in store for my fave GH pair. Thank you MF for the great interview. 🙂 Rock on Mabby!!!

Great interview! Love Michael n Abby on GH!

thanks for this interview!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks a million! I adore Michael and Abby! Their love has been written so beautifully! More so than any romantic movie or any other soap couple in my opinion! Their love is CLASSIC:)

Yuck!!! Her voice is annoying and so is her face.

Perhaps your senses are compromised or impaired because you can’t see what the rest of us do.

Oh My! I must agree with everyone else because my opinion doesn’t matter. Get a life D. Micheal & Fugly Abbey don’t work for me. Michael & Someone his own age does.

Superficial and shallow views like yours aren’t, thankfully, shared by everyone. It’s obvious it’s mostly all about looks for you: you don’t like how they LOOK together and you don’t like Abby’s LOOKS. They’re both adults (I think Michael’s nearly 20) and were more attracted to each other’s heart & soul. At the end of the day it’s the inside of people (adults) and they feel together that that should determine things, not how they look to the outside world.

LOL, you can go skiing on that girls nose.

Thank you for the cute Andrea/Chad interview

I love Michael and Abby There connection was there from the begining Great interview I hope they keep Michael and Abby hot and heavy.
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A hot couple who are an asset for GH–together or individually.

I’ll admit Michael was more mature than now earlier in the year. I know when I was 16 working with a bunch of other teens at summer jobs, we knew you couldn’t play hooky like an idiot. So the “Sooo young” excuse doen’t work for that either. And I have friends & family who have or had older bf/gf yet some acted more mature than the bf/gf. I hope Garin doesn’t keep regressing Michael for the sake of harping on a 7-10 year age difference. It’s not such a huge thing to keep freaking over. Michael was more mature before, he looks like an adult and he speaks like an adult unlike say Kristina Davis.

Michael and Abby are unfortunately a poorly recycled version of Lucky and Liz from back in the 90’s. I don’t think they are even near super couple status it takes good writing, talented acting, and off the charts chemistry to be a super couple and between the first meeting and a year you know. If they don’t break up within the year then I’ll be surprised if the show is still around.

Totally disagree…they had more chemistry than most other couples on the show–right up there with Robin and her husband. this comment to me sounds like someone from the “inside” of GH and not from someone who loves GH…

no they are not they are bettter together they heal eachother and they are realy in love

Those two (in my opinion) lack chemistry, they are very boring to watch, I always fast forward their scenes.

I love them together! Chad duell and Andrea bogart have amazing chemistry. I fell in love with them in their very first scene together.
I really hope the new head writer doesn’t break them up. Mabby are a beautifully written love story and I hope he continues that.
Thank you for the interview! Enjoyed reading it:)

Love ABBYand Michael, because their story is always on the edge. For instance, the evil Anthony Zaccaria plotting against them behind their back. So, you have to figure he will try anything to get Michael and Abby separated. Or, something to shake up Sonny and eliminate him. Bruce Weitz is brilliant in this role of Anthony. It is always fun to see how outrageous he can become. But he wants to harm and manipulate Michael by enticing him into his mob. Therefore, causing a real showdown with Sonny. I don’t think the writers will keep Michael and Abby together for some reason. We shall see…

Not a big fan of Michael & Abby, maybe if the actress playing the role could act I could get pass all the other boring stuff between the two of them.

I love Michael and Abby. Hope this couple stays together for a long while. Love both Andrea and Chad together. They have great chemistry! For those who posted the negative comments….. shame on you!

I love this couple (played by these actors) but I’m worried they might not last much longer. Abby is seldom seen and Michael spends most of his time worrying about his mother’s relationship than his own. I hope Abby doesn’t leave (or get fired from) the show.

Unfortunately and sadly, the character of Abby died on today’s show. I’m really hoping this is a set up by either crazy Anthony Z or Franco and that Andrea comes back to the show. I really like her character and will miss her! She always did an excellent job and I wish Andrea the best in any of her future projects. Keeping my fingers crossed that the new writers at GH will reconsider this ridiculous storyline of killng off Abby and will find a way to bring her back to GH! It has been done before!!!

I think it’s really too bad that they let Andrea Bogart go. I thought she was a beautiful, budding actress, and added a needed dimension to the show. I’ve wondered about the politics with the producers or management of various shows. It seems to me ( I hope you will publish this, because I think it needs to be said) that those who write the scripts and make the decisions, play around with the lives of the actors and actresses–like they are on some kind of power trip. I’ve noticed it with Spinelli’s character over the past few months, and now Robin’s. I actually hope they read this, because maybe they’ll be a little more humane. I know I’m being more than a little bold here, but something needs to be said. I respect the actors and actresses FAR more than the management who seem power hungry over controlling an actor or actresses “fate” on the show. Don’t look back Andrea–your acting future isn’t controlled by any one show!

Definitely a bad move on GH’s part to kill Abby. These two have great chemistry and the main reason I watch the show. Hope they bring her back.

They are so great together it is so sad they killed abby off Michael and her were so perfect.

Here we go again. Killing a great character off to make way for who cares. It never makes sense to me why they let go of the best characters and people. I loved Abby and Michael. Can this character please have some fun in his life instead of murder and loss.

General Hospital

Steve Burton Confirms ‘General Hospital’ Head Writer Switch Changed Jason’s Comeback Storyline

General Hospital viewers will see today, Monday, March 4th, the beginnings of the return storyline for Steve Burton and his character of Jason Morgan.

Just how did the recent head writing regime change at GH alter the plans for story for Jason’s comeback? As had been rumored, seems plenty. Back on January 22nd, it was revealed that Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor had been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte. At that time, Burton had already signed-on to return to the daytime drama for the first time since being let go towards the end of 2021.

Speaking with Soap Opera Digest, Steve confirmed that what we will see on-air is from the new head writers and that the direction of the story changed, “So apparently there was a whole different story planned and then the head writer switch happened and then they kind of rebooted (the story arc). I know Patrick (Mulcahey, one of the new head writers) a little bit, but I really know Elizabeth Korte (who was promoted to co-head writer).”

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Burton added, “There’s no one in the building that loves that show, knows the history of the character, and is invested in it 100 percent than Elizabeth. There has never been a more deserved promotion, ever. Once I know that she was (one of the head writers), I was like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be good! I cannot wait.’ And it has been exactly that. Everything has been amazing.”‘

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In addition, during an Instagram live on Monday with his podcast and comedy show partner, GH star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Burton also commented on the upcoming story arc which brings Jason back to Port Charles. Steve expressed, “The story is not going to disappoint. The scenes are super deep. Frank (Valentini, EP, GH)  and the new head writers took some time to really think this out.”

Burton, being a longtime veteran of the soaps, said Jason’s return is not just isolated to be about him. “Great story on daytime should involve a myriad of people across the board and where it effects everybody,” he shared. The popular fan favorite feels that this story delivers on all levels.

So, what do you think about the head writer change and how it prompted the plans for Jason’s return? Comment below.

 

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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THIS WEEK on GENERAL HOSPITAL: “He’s Back” as Jason Returns; Sonny Sets His Trap for the Shooter

Monday, March 4th is the highly-anticipated return of Steve Burton as Jason Morgan on ABC’s General Hospital. In the newly-released weekly promo for the series, in the final moments of it, you see a man with his hands-up about to turn around which looks like it will be revealed to be Sonny’s former hitman.

In the promo, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Anna (Finola Hughes), Spinell (Bradford Anderon) and others are intercut looking shocked at who they find on the pier with voice-overs of characters saying, “It can’t be”, “It’s him,” etc.

The story has been building as to who has been behind the shootings seemingly targeting Sonny (Maurice Benard), Selina (Lydia Look) and others related to the mob. When they locate Jason … is he the Jason we knew prior to the tunnel collapsing him towards the end of 2021, where he was believed to have perished? How is this all connected to the intel that Olivia Jerome was apparently killed in prison?

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Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) and Drew’s (Cameron Mathison) relationship has shown its cracks. When Carly eventually sees Jason, will it eventually pit brother against brother for the love of Carly? And in this case, is Drew going to be portrayed as the bad guy due to his issues since his time at Pentonville which has shown he has become more obsessed with revenge on Nina (Cynthia Watros)?

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Here’s a look at the rest of this week’s the teasers for the action in Port Charles below.

MONDAY, MARCH 4

Jason returns to Port Charles.  Selina and Sonny’s negotiation is abruptly interrupted.  Laura confronts Cyrus. Brook Lynn confides in Tracy. Heather attempts an escape.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

Josslyn and Dex are in a frantic situation. Sonny hits a sore spot with John. Anna learns some tragic news. Marshall tells Curtis about his misdiagnosis. Laura acts fast in a crisis.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

Anna questions Josslyn and Dex. Olivia and Sonny reconnect. Alexis is apprehensive. Cody and Sasha each make a confession. Spinelli and Ava are in for a shock.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

Sonny and Ava share a loaded moment. Drew and Carly have their hands full. Maxie is stunned. Laura offers comfort. Brook Lynn opens up to Jordan.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2024

Carly is taken aback. Nina corners Ava. Sonny gets an update on John’s investigation. Michael tries to convince Dex to stay. Alexis vents to Diane.

Now, check out this week’s promo for GH below. Then let us know, what state of mind do you think Jason will be in when he has revealed himself?  Share your thoughts in the comment secti

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