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GH’s Cynthia Watros Talks On: Nina and Sonny and What’s Next, Her Co-Stars, and Her Daytime Emmy-Winning Role as GL’s Annie Dutton

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One of the red-hot storylines on soaps is that of the Nina/Sonny/Carly triangle currently playing out on General Hospital which in turn has stirred up fans of the long-running ABC daytime drama.

At the epicenter of it all is Daytime Emmy-winning actress, Cynthia Watros, who plays the complex Nina Reeves and it was through her vendetta with Carly (Laura Wright), and her omission that she found Sonny (Maurice Benard) alive and well in Nixon Falls and living as an amnesiac named “Mike”, which opened the door to this unexpected alternate love story between Nina and Sonny.

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Now, months later and with Sonny’s memory in tact, and back in Port Charles, viewers have seen: the implosion of Carly and Sonny’s marriage, Nina hitting the sheets with Sonny (which Carly walks in), and now the question becomes, what will be Nina’s state of play for the man she loves? Will she go after Sonny and find the happiness that seems to have alluded her in matters of the heart?

Michael Fairman chatted with Watros for an all-new virtual interview now on the Michael Fairman Channel about: all things Nina/Sonny/Carly, working with her GH co-stars, what she thinks would happen if Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) turns out to be Nina’s bio-child, and more.

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In addition, we take a look back at Cynthia’s memorable run as Guiding Light’s Annie Dutton, the role that one her the Daytime Emmy back in 1998, and sharing scenes with the one and only Kim Zimmer (Reva), while playing the psychotic and villainess, Annie.  Cynthia also talks on her time as Libby on ABC’s hit primetime series, Lost and much more.

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Watch the full conversation with Cynthia below, and make sure to “subscribe” to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews with your favorite stars and more featured content.

Now let us know, what do you hope happens next for Nina? Do you want her and Sonny to be together? Do you hope Willow turns out to be Nina’s daughter? Do you hope Nina gets her comeuppance from Carly for what she did to her, and the Corinthos family, when Nina knew Sonny was alive? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Great interview… team Nina all the way !

I really want Cynthia Watros to win the Daytime Emmy for Best Actress this year – I prefer her way more than Laura Wright’s shouty shrill self-righteous shtick over-acting. Hoping Kirsten Storms will submit in Supporting Actress so she can win an Emmy this year too! Cynthia for her overall work all year and Kirsten for the kidnapping/giving birth in the woods/confrontation of “Henrik” (Peter) and giving Louise to Brooklynn for Louise’s protection – yowzers!).

Nina (and Maxie) are my two favorite GH characters! She has really made Nina her own and she always has me riveted to my t.v. screen! So glad she has returned to daytime! I am Team Nina 100%! But… I don’t think Sonny is worth her time, he’s such a childish brat! (;

Cynthia IS Nina! I cannot even imagine Michelle Stafford as Nina at this point. And I was so wishing that Gina would have been Phyllis’s return from Milan on Y and R.

Maxie/Kirsten is doing some magic! So glad that GH gave her a very potent storyline, especially after her losing Nathan/Jay.

Overall, GH is doing a much better job than any other soap with driving characters and story simultaneously.

(Though I still miss The Guiding Light!!! – Happy Robert Newman is back on daytime at Y and R)

I find her so overrated and the year she won her Emmy it should have went to Eileen Davidson

Cynthia is an iconic daytime actress and Annie was a great and complex character that was played by the best. She deserved the Emmy that year and I remember her speech even if it has been 20+ years. GL was the better soap anyway and few will reach its 72 years.

Need Nina to get therapy because she needs it.

Yes she does!

Carly definitely needs it!

I really tried to like this version of Nina when she took over the role…. never cared for Psycho redhead Nina at all. In the beginning it seems like Cynthia’s version of Nina humanized the character. But that all seemed to stop when she found out Val the Bastard lied to her about Sasha being her daughter. OK… fair enough, that would upset anybody, I guess. Maybe she’ll get over that…

But no… she went from there right into blaming Carly for Psycho Nelle’s death, which was wrong on both counts. First, Nelle ain’t even dead, and second, Carly actually tried to save her. Which was rather generous of her, considering all that Nelle had done to Carly & her entire family.

Then there’s the whole Tricky Dick Nixon Falls saga…. you know, a Devil might have given a pass if Nina had felt a little pissy after that phone call she made to Carly, and decided to POSTPONE telling her about Sonny for a couple days or so. But no, she kept the lie going. Even when Jax saw him. Even when Trina & Joss & Maxie came through town and somehow did not see him. And worst of all, when Whiny Heiny saw him…. and that all inevitably resulted in that stupid empty bar getting burned, Phyllis, Sonny, and even Nina herself almost burning up inside, and her Aunt Liesel getting kidnapped. And by extension of that, you could even assign part of the blame to Nina for everything that happened on Cassadine Island, up to and including Jason’s supposed “death”. Because neither Jason, nor Liesel, nor even Heiny himself would have been on that island without the chain of events Nina set in motion.

That makes her as crazy as Redheaded Nina ever was. The things she has done since Sonny came back to Port Charles make her WORSE than that.

As far as I’m concerned she should be shoveling dragonshit in Hell’s stables, and hopefully will be soon. Just don’t send her down the same time as Heiny, because that’s too much psycho for even The Devil to handle all at once.

The devil can handle almost anything or anyone except…….! Carly and Jax kept the secret going about Nelle ; one bad idea needs a friend! Thanks to Carly , herself , she received her. Also , Nina didn’t keep Sonny in that town all of that time ; he was there before she got there. Anyway …….

You analyzed this perfectly. A lot of people say Carly deserves this after what she has done over the years, Trouble with that reasoning is that it could apply to almost every adult character on GH. The result would be a continuous circular firing squad. This psycho cut a baby out of woman’s stomach and said woman is now “friends” with her!

Thank you!! Nina is a nuts!!

You hit it on the nail. Nina needs to pay for all the hurt she caused.

I’m for Nina and Soony–
I’m more than sick of Carly..
She is the worst–She has been in love with
Jason from day one-
She kept him, made him like a second husband..
When Carly and Jason were getting married, remember, their conversations? Her love for Jason- Not a ‘friend’ love.
Carly confessed her love for Jason etc etc–
Carly was in a marriage with both Sonny and Jason to some extent.
I want something new- Sonny and Nina-

Looks like its Carly and Drew around the bend! And guess what, when they get comfortable, guess who will craw out from underneath the rubble, yes Jason Morgan!

Steve Burton aka Jason has stated he is not returning to GH. So, if the character is returning from the dead, it’ll be recast abd im sorry, but no one can play the part but Steve Burton…

I think it would be great if both Nina & Carly would give up on this depressing simpleton known as Sonny (or Mike or whoever). Really? THIS guy is the ultimate prize? Kick him to the curb and move on!

I was glued to her during the Annie years on GL! Still one of my favorite periods on any soap! Her, Reva and Josh, Dinah and Hart, Harley, Phillip and Beth, Alan, Vanessa and Kurt,Michelle,Danny and his mob mom, Drew and Jesse, Ross and Blake,and that crooked lawyer, the Doctor and the deaf girl( forget names) just to name a few. Every episode was cant miss really. So many amazing storylines and characters at any given time! Cynthias breakdown as Annie in the cabin is an iconic soap episode!
She was on y n r briefly as Kelly, I was so excited but she left shortly after and was recasted. I think if she stayed on she ‘d still be on the canvas. I dont watch GH but i imagine shes stellar on it.

Those were the days, weren’t they? They don’t write like that anymore. Everyone you mentioned was perfect. I watched that show since it started on TV and before that listened with my mother on the radio. Do you know who Billy was before they started calling him Ed? He was in a playpen when it first started on TV .On a sad note, too bad they did what they did at the end of the show with the crazy camera work, taking it on location so to speak out in the Boonies of N.J.

Really was. GL had soooo much history

I don’t understand why Sonny had anything to do with Nina. She cut Avery out of Ava and kidnapped her. How can Ava want anything to do with Nina after that? We all suspected Willow was Nina’s daughter and that Nina isn’t Wiley’s blood grandma. UGH!!! Sonny and Carly FOREVER!!!! I have to admit the actors are amazing…

Every one of those gals worked their tails off this year, even little Violet having to put up with some of her co-stars. As far as Nina and Sonny getting together, it would only be by default.Sonny doesn’t like to be alone and he will most likely turn to Nina once she knows he’s available.
I’m still not convinced she is Nelle’s mother, let alone Willow’s, so I am holding judgement on that one. Does anyone remember if they did a DNA on Nelle and Nina, I dont.

Now there’s another “daughter” with unknown mother… Ezmay!! Who was Ryan with that gave Ezmay up for adoption…. Is she Nina’s daughter? Or Ava? All these “ motherless” characters!!!

Nice lady; but this story has gone on way too long. Now we get boring Sonny/Nina hanging out at a bar in PC instead of Tan-O. Send all three on a break and concentrate on other stories and acting talent. One good point is acting all around in story.

Ava and the new Jordan have more chemistry with Sonny then nut job Nina.

Nina is self righteous and a wack job. Don’t give her the satisfaction of taking a woman’s husband. Never-mind her vendetta against Carly, she kept Sonny from his children and endangered the children with Sonny’s ‘business’ ties. Remember what Nina did to Ava(don’t like her either), but no one deserves to have their child ripped from them especially in such a brutal way. Nelle didn’t fall far from the tree and the damage they do to everyone in their path shouldn’t allow for a happy ending.

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Soap Stars and Notables Participate in the 91st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (Photos)

Sunday night in tinseltown, it was time for the 91st anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which has become an annual tradition featuring soap stars and other celebrities from primetime, movies, music, and sports as thy drive down famed Hollywood Boulevard amongst floats and musical performances.

While many attended the live event, viewers around the country will be able to see the taped version of the parade on Friday, December 15th when it has its first airing on The CW in a two-hour special starting at 8 pm ET/PT.

Taking part in the festivities were: General Hospital’s Tajh Bellow (TJ), The Bold and the Beautiful’s Kimberlin Brown (Sheila), Ashley Jones (Bridget), Denise Richards (ex-Shauna), and Naomi Matsuda (Li), Days of our Lives stars, then and now, including: Deidre Hall (Marlena), A Martinez (ex-Eduardo), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Brant Daughtery (ex-Brian), and Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa), The Young and the Restless’ Kate Linder (Esther) and former star Tatyana Ali (ex-Roxanne), The Bay’s Kristos Andrews (Peter/Adam) and Maxwell Caufield (Sir Thomas Kenway), plus As the World Turns Ming Na Wen (ex-Lien) and more.

In addition, iconic dancer/singer and choreographer, Paula Abdul was the recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year, while Dean Cain, Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Montel Williams along with guest host, Elizabeth Stanton, called the Sunday-after-Thanksgiving tradition from different locations around the parade route.

Now below, check out some of the snaps from the 91st annual Hollywood Christmas Parade featuring some of your soap favorites.

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Wow! Marlena and Sheila together for the first time! Imagine if Marlena as the MarDevil met up with Sheila Carter and caused all sorts of havoc from Salem to Los Angeles? Crossover? Here’s Deidre Hall and Kimberlin Brown getting into the holiday spirit.

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Reunited and it feels so good? Remember when Daytime Emmy-winner, A Martinez came to Salem to play Eduardo Hernandez, father to Gabi, Rafe and Dario? Now, A can be seen in The Bay. Meanwhile, Stephen Nichols continues to keep on keepin’ on as Salem’s “Patchman”.

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GH’s Tajh Bellow with his lady love actress Lauren Speights.

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Giving us some Christmas wrapping vibes, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Naomi Matsuda (Li).

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Always ready for the holidays is former Days of our Lives star, Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa).

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Former ‘Bold and Beautiful’ star, Denise Richards (ex- Shauna) dressed in the holiday spirit.

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There is no doubt! Our pick for ‘Best Dressed’ has to go to General Hospital’s Josh Kelly (Cody). I mean, how can you top that for being in the ‘Christmas Spirit’?

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Humanitarian of the Year recipient, Paula Abdul.

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Former As the World Turns Star Ming-Na Wen (ex-Lien Hughes) ready for the holiday season.

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Brant Daughtery brought along his young son, and wife Kimberly, who is expecting their second child.

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Maxwell Caufield who will soon appear in the latest season of The Bay, looking ‘Christmas’ dapper.

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Ready for winter, and dressed in holiday white, Y&R’s Kate Linder.

So, who’s holiday outfit from their appearance in the Hollywood Christmas Parade, did you think was the best? Let us know via the comment section.

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THIS WEEK ON GH: Austin’s Murder Begins to Reveal Its Suspects (Preview)

It’s been a minute since General Hospital left Dr. Austin Gatlin-Holt shot dead on the floor, which also signaled the exit of fan favorite, Roger Howarth. Now, in the latest promo for the ABC soap opera, it looks like the story will finally pick back up the week of November 27th.

Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) is on the case and trying to go through the list of potential suspects who wanted Austin dead, and there are several. Look for Dante to confront Sonny (Maurice Benard) about Austin’s murder and in turn, Sonny to hightail it to Ava (Maura West) and ask her if she pulled the trigger. Meanwhile, Cyrus, Mason, Nikolas and others could have fired the shots.

Since Austin is related to the Quartermaines, will his death make an already potentially messy family Thanksgiving even worse? When we last left the Q’s, a smoke alarm went off as Gloria (Ellen Travolta) and Lois (Rena Sofer) were putting the finishing touches on the Turkey. But as we know, Gloria is seemingly tormented and keeping a secret about a mysterious caller.

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Check out the teasers for the action this week on General Hospital below, and then the weekly promo.


Thanksgiving continues in Port Charles. Sonny senses something off between Anna and Nina. Marshall is worried about Curtis.  Gloria shares with Lois that she is in some trouble. Stella and Portia make a realization.


Dante gets some disturbing news. Alexis has a meeting with Laura.  Sam is concerned about Drew’s recent behavior. Elizabeth tries to reassure Finn. Molly and TJ have a disagreement.


Sonny confronts Ava. Martin helps Finn with his legal issues. Maxie opens up to Felicia. Dante and Chase collaborate on an investigation. Gloria gets some help from her family.


Dante has questions for Ava. Dex relays a message to Sonny. Portia gives TJ some advice.  Sonny makes plans for Christmas Eve. James enlists Cody’s help.


Carly has an interesting encounter at Kelly’s. Sonny gets a proposition. Ava makes a confession to Nina. Brook Lynn panics from family pressure. Kristina consoles Molly.

Now let us know, who do you think the smart money  that will be revealed to be the culprit that killed Austin? Comment below.


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Morgan Fairchild, Nicollette Sheridan & Donna Mills Visit ‘Tamron Hall’ to Talk ‘Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas’

Monday November 27th, soap opera favorites, Morgan Fairchild (GH, ex-DAYS, DFT, The City, Dallas, Falcon Crest et al), Nicollette Sheridan (ex-Knots Landing) and Donna Mills (ex-Knots Landing) visit with Tamron Hall on her syndicated talk show. (find times in your area here).

The trio is set to give some inside intel to Tamron on their highly-anticipating holiday film, Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas, set to premiere on Lifetime on Saturday, December 2nd (8pm ET/7Pm CT) and streams next day.

As previously reported, Ladies of the 80’s: A Divas Christmas also stars Linda Gray (Dallas) and Loni Anderson (WKRP in Cincinnati) and in story, five glamorous ‘80s soap opera stars reunite to share the spotlight to shoot the final Christmas episode of their long-running soap opera.

The producer, Alex (Travis Burns) and director Nell (Taylor Ann Thompson), old college friends, do their best to keep things on the rails but as the ladies come together, old rivalries resurface that threaten to tear the whole production apart. With the show nearly canceled before it even begins due to the ladies’ famous diva behavior, they reluctantly agree to set aside their differences and past secrets to “act” as if they all still love each other.  When old sparks reignite between Alex and Nell, the ladies become eager to play cupid and conspire to bring the couple together. Along the way, the divas also discover that the love between them all is still very strong too.

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Ladies of the ‘80s: A Divas Christmas also stars Christopher Atkins, Patrika Darbo (ex-DAYS, B&B, The Bay), Alec Mapa, and Mills’s daughter, Chloe Mills. In addition, the holiday film features a theme song performed by none other than ’80s pop star Tiffany.

Check out the official trailer for ‘Ladies of the ’80s’ starring Donna, Nicollette, Linda, Morgan and Loni below, followed by the Tamron Hall Show preview for Monday’s episode.

Now let us know, are you looking forward to watching Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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