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GH’s Charles Shaughnessy On Victor’s Villainy: “He’s Just Making Trouble for All of the Fan Favorites! He’s Just Making Their Lives Miserable”

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In pretty short order, Victor Cassadine’s re-emergence in Port Charles, and now played by daytime vet, Charles Shaughnessy, has caused plenty of havoc on ABC’s General Hospital.  Shaughnessy, who was much beloved as Shane Donovan on Days of our Lives, debuted on GH back in September of 2021.

You can look at the body count, or the people Victor has under his thumb, to know the impact he is making on the canvas.

In a new interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstand now), Shaughnessy weighs-in on being the treacherous Cassadine.


Charles shared: “I mean, he’s just making trouble for all of the fan favorites! He’s just making their lives miserable.  He’s the guy who killed Luke Spencer.  He’s the guy who put Anna in jail and tried to break up her relationship with Valentin.  He’s just miserable to Holly. He’s just dreadful! But it’s such great fun, I mean, the more dreadful the better, really. He’s the villain you love to hate.”

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So, how and just when Victor will get his comeuppance is on everyone’s mind in the viewing audience as well as for characters such as: Laura (Genie Francis), Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), Lucy (Lynn Herring), Holly (Emma Samms), Anna (Finola Hughes), Ava (Maura West), Selina (Lydia Look), and many more.

Victor’s evil deeds seemed to reach new heights during the Holly Sutton storyline. Now the question is, who will he go after next, given what would seem to be his quest for the necklace containing diamonds from the Ice Princess?  Stay tuned.

What do you think of Charles’ portrayal of Victor? Who do you hope takes down Victor? Comment below.

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Today’s episode hasn’t aired in Hell yet, but I’m curious as to what sort of drug Victor was given by Selina Wu, who got it from Holly as she was preparing her firey exit from Port Charles.

My theory is that Holly wanted to incapacitate Victor in some way that wouldn’t be fatal or even permanent, but easily reversible by antidote… and then use that antidote as leverage to get her son Ethan released from his cell in the Cassadine Island dungeon. Such negotiations would have to be done via third parties, as Holly is pretending to be comatose in the burn unit of some “undisclosed location”. Probably a coordinated effort between Robert & the unseen Frisco Jones, who would both have the entire WSB worldwide infrastructure at their disposal.

As for Charles’ version of Victor, it is a bit out of character, as the original Victor from the Ice Princess days was actually the “nice” Cassadine brother, who even turned against Mikkos in the end. Even in his 2014 & 2017 returns, he wasn’t entirely evil, though definitely manipulative of certain characters & events (i.e. using Robin to thaw out Helena & Stavros, by using a popsicle “Jason” as bait – who turned out to be not Jason in the end anyway)

This version of Victor is more like Stavros or Mikkos than the original Victor. And for all his talk about Cassadine “family unity” he hasn’t exactly been treating his son or nephew all that well, while practically ignoring Alexis’s branch of the family. (for which Alexis is probably grateful, actually.)

I’m enjoying Victor Cassadine he’s fun, evil as f*ck, but I fine w/ that, the show needs a good Villain, and while he’s had the upper hand on some of the characters, like his own son Valentine and poor Holly, it was good seeing her turn the tables on him, and its been so much fun seeing the 80’s gang, ( Robert,Holly Felicia, Lucy, Laura and Anna). I wish Holly could stick around and we need to find Lucy asap.

I gotta say: This Victor is not a treacherous Cassadine..
Helena puts him to shame, as do other Cassadines..
Its a lot of talk but no show–
It’s all about what he did that we saw him do.
Heck, I could do better than his scary show lol.
He has been a weak Cassadine..
No thrills nor chills with him..
The lackluster writers are 100% at fault..lazy ho-hum writing of a Cassadine…

He is perfect as Victor-love to hate him

Friday’s scenes, with Victor, Cyrus and Spencer interacting featured some really good acting. Kudos to the writers for giving Victor an adversary that is not going to back down. Laura is probably the person Spencer loves the most in his world. Hearing from Cyrus that Victor orchestrated the hit on Spencer’s beloved grandmother opened his eyes that Victor is not such a “Great” Uncle.

Shaughnessy’s Victor is turning out much different than Penghlis’ version. Still suave but deep down more vicious. They’ve integrated him across the canvas quite well and is reportedly well liked amongst the cast.

Not sure how long his reign of implied terror can last and there doesn’t seem to be much opportunity for redemption. That said, if Ava, Liesl and Franco can be somewhat reformed, why not Victor?

Does Port Charles ever have a good day

not for about a year now, unfortunately.

I liked him in The Nanny of course and Sean on DOOL but absolutely hate him on GH and can not wait until his role as Victor is ended, totally!

Charles does a terrific job! I hope somehow Victor kills Valentin, that whinny little baby and that sends Anna back to Robert forever! Holly is someone Robert loves but she could never be trusted. Anna hasn’t been with a real man in a long time!

Timmm…I like Charles as Victor, too. And would like to see real-man :))) Robert and Anna together again. But no Victor killing Valentin, they have their moments. While no one gets close to Helena and Stavros, gotta hang on to the family we have left. With the weakest link being Nicholas. But let Ava deal with him.

You bring up up good point Rose, Nicholas is way weaker than Valentin! And, I don’t like the actor who plays Nicholas.

Victor is not the villanous type and he sucks (pardon my language) at the role. —too superficial and artificial—especially with that British accent. He’s supposed to be Greek? I don’t know all the other past actors who played the role—did they all have an English accent?
I still think Rory is a bad, little guy working as Victor’s elf/minion. I think his mission is to get rid of Trina, especially now that Spense is ‘home’.
I hope we get to see more of Cyrus—absolutely love his acting, albeit he has me in a quandary—I can’t exacrly decide how seriously he should be taken. Is this redemption and connection to God a great put-on? Nevertheless, I truly enjoy his scenes.

There’s only been one other Victor Cassadine and that was Thaao Penghlis (a.k.a. Tony & Andre DiMera from Days of Our Lives). And his accent was Australian, not English. Though at least he’s actually of Greek descent.

As far as Cyrus’s “redemption” goes, I’m not buying it for a second. I still expect to see him here in Hell eventually. I do think he’s at least somewhat sincere in looking out for Spencer while he’s in prison, but it’s probably not entirely out of just being a “good uncle”. Most likely he’s trying to score “brownie points” with Laura by keeping her grandson safe.

I still say Rory is a family member of one of Sonny’s mob rivals (probably the Alcazars) planted in the PCPD. Don’t think he’s on Victor’s payroll… he’s already got the deputy mayor and that assistant prosecutor who was still trying to convict Trina of the sex tape thing even after all the real evidence said otherwise. How many moles can one guy have within the local government??

Thank you, Satan—I’d rather have Thaao (any day)!than Mistah Sheffield—I just can’t adjust my eyes to see Shaughnessy in any other role.
I like your theory concerning Rory—either way; he’s a baddie—and this Trina? Ugh!! I cringe. The girl completely shuts me down. She does not have the IT factor nor any allure.
Aside—remember discussing Esme’s genitrice? I did mention Heather–I think we both did —an obvious assumption considering their time spent in the loony-bin.

Celia, I LOVE Cyrus’ scenes, especially with Spencer. Between him and “Mistah Sheffield”, I’ll take the pony-tailed evangelist any day. He’s a breath of fresh air. Particularly since Y&R has become, fatally, “The Diane Jenkins Pity Party and No-Variety Hour.” I knew she’d ruin the show months ago and now we’re just awaiting the post-mortem. Jeremy Stark? Puhhhllleeze! There’s more danger in a cotton ball. Certainly more charm, too.

I’m with you, Soaphound—Cyrus is that type of character who has a weird “je ne sais quoi” quality—can’t put my finger on it—albeit his past “ways”, he grew on me. Mistah Sheffield is as scary as Sonny–NOT!!
I like nuHeather, too—Her scene with Ryan was a riot—I was cracking up!!
Yeah–you said it—Diane!! Ughhhh!! More fool Jack—how dumb can one older dude get? What happened to, “Once bitten twice shy”??????
These shenanigans are “much ado about nothing”. Jeremy Shark ( oops –Stark) can join the Victor/Sonny Cosa Nostra saga of “The Three Stooges)—I remember this actor from “Passions”, where he played a cop.
What’s with all the attention and sensationalism surrounding Diane? Are TPTB trying to make a martyr out of her? St. Diane —Soon enough she’ll be canonized like so many of them–Eg: Elizabeth (GH) ,Ava (GH) and Phyllis (Y&R)— love all three—and Carly (GH)!whom I will never love–LOL.

Oh Celia, if I have to watch the normally reliable Peter Bergman make that confused / infatuated face over Diane one more time, I’ll have to start rescheduling my lunch breaks. How stupid can one man BE? Oh, how about that howler scene last week when a particularly pouty Kyle “threatens” Jeremy Stark with that ‘leave my mommy alone’ screed…. I was so embarrassed for poor Michael M. trying to act so tough, with his scruffy little beardlet trying to grow in. What an unintended laughfest! I know Kyle’s defense of Diane is more excusable than Jack’s but it still makes me wince.

Yeah, Soaphound–Jack is acting like an adolescent jack@$$. From what I heard, Jack has not always been a great role model–He was a spoiled, entitled, mean brat.
Didn’t he sleep with Jill, his step-mommy? —what about when he left a passed-out Victor on his office floor? —and so on and so forth—Jack is another example of an oxymoron personified—-lots of them around!! LOL.
And, oh, yeah—Kyle is so intimidating. He really showed Stark. So there!!
Then, there’s Sally–oy vey!! And Nick–double oy vey!! The love road to nowhereland.
“When will they ever learn? Oh, When will they ever learn?”

Charles Shaughnessy is brilliant in this show.

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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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General Hospital Daytime Emmy-Winning Directing Team Remembers Johnny Wactor: “He Came to Set Every Day with a Smile of Gratitude and a Love-Filled Hug for Everybody”

It has been a rough year and a half for the General Hospital family losing so many beloved cast members and producer, Nneka Garland.  Now, the Daytime Emmy-winning directing team has spoken out about the emotional toll it has taken on everyone associated with the show, and most recently, with the heartbreaking murder of Johnny Wactor (Ex-Brando Corbin).

The actor was shot back in the wee hours of the morning on May 25th by a masked gunman who was part of three car thieves trying to steal the catalytic converter from Wactor’s vehicle. Johnny came upon the scene after he finished his bartending shift in downtown Los Angeles and was walking a co-worker to their cars.

Last Friday at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, GH was named Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series. Following their on-stage victory, the group stopped by to chat with Michael Fairman TV on the Winners Walk.

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Directors Robert Markham, Tina Keller, Allison Reames and the rest of the award-wining directing team, shared in the joy of their victory, but it was not lost on them the seriousness of the moment as well.

Tina Keller expressed, “It’s been a rough year, and it’s been really rough for General Hospital recently with Johnny.” Keller, along with Robert Markham recalled what it was like working with Wactor.

“He came to set every day with a smile of gratitude and a love-filled hug for everybody,” shared Keller. “I’ve never worked with anyone who was so much light-filled and happy to be where he was. Just so much gratitude and joy and it’s a tremendous loss for his friends, his family, and anyone who loved him.” An emotional Robert Markham confirmed what Keller shared,  “Yeah, absolutely. He was a gentleman. He really was, and we’re going to miss him.”


GH paid tribute to Wactor in the final moments of the Tuesday, June 11th episode with a title card in remembrance of the slain actor. A march in Los Angeles is scheduled for this morning, Wednesday, June 12th, to City Hall for a call for change to clean up the streets of LA from crime, to help find Wactor’s killer.

The directing team took home the gold in the Directing for a Daytime Drama Series category, in part, due to the episode they submitted surrounding the memorial of Epiphany Johnson played by the late Sonya Eddy, who passed away back in December of 2022. The second episode they submitted was when Anna’s (Finola Hughes) house was set on fire.

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Keller spoke to directing the memorial episode that was so heartfelt and raw as performed by the cast that knew and loved Sonya Eddy. “You know, it was a beautiful day to be able to pay tribute to Sonya and it was a rollercoaster all day,” shared Tina.

“We had our cast giving tributes to her and they all did such a beautiful job. It was well-written and a rough day emotionally, but it was an honor to be able to play a tribute to somebody who’s been such an important role in General Hospital throughout the history of the show,” Keller concluded.

You can check out the entire conversation with the Daytime Emmy-winning Directing team from General Hospital below. Make sure to visit the Michael Fairman Channel for full coverage of the red carpet and Winners Walk with interviews from daytime’s biggest night.

Now, let us know, what you thought of the winning GH Emmy episode submissions and the heartfelt words from the directors on the death of Johnny Wactor and the loss of Sonya Eddy via the comment section.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting death of Johnny Wactor is urged to contact LAPD Detectives Gonzales or Martinez at Central Bureau Homicide at (213) 996-4142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to

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