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GH's Dominic Zamprogna On His First Daytime Emmy Nomination, Emme Rylan, Maurice Benard – Daytime Emmy Spotlight Interview!

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If there is a sentimental favorite in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category at this year’s upcoming 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be held on Sunday June 22nd, it’s General Hospital’s Dominic Zamprogna (Dante Falconeri)!  A first time Emmy nominee, Dominic scored a spot in the final five with his touching portrayal of a husband desperately trying to hold on to his wife when things go south after losing custody of the child they thought was their biological daughter.  But even more touching is the fact that Dominic’s beloved mother passed away late last year and more than anything, as he shares with us, he would have loved to celebrate this honor of a nomination from his peers with her.

In addition, On-Air On-Soaps chatted with Dominic to get his thoughts on: the Emmy hoopla surrounding his nomination, why he ultimately chose the scenes between he and his on-screen father, Daytime Emmy winner Maurice Benard (Sonny) to go for the gold, how he feels he and Emme Rylan (Lulu) have fared with the fans now that they have gone through an emotional ringer of a storyline, and post Julie Marie Berman’s departure (Ex-Lulu), plus what he would like to see happen for Dante at the PCPD cop shop and more!  Here’s Daytime Emmy Nominee … Mr. Z!

So, you are a first-time Daytime Emmy nominee!  What do you think about that?

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DOMINIC:  I feel really good about it.  It was funny, because my dad woke me up with a text message two days before the nominations were announced, because a good friend of mine from Hamilton was nominated for a Tony Award.  And then the morning of the Daytime Emmy nominations, I am waiting for a text from my dad and it did not come.  So I sent him a text like, “Sure.  You send me a text for someone else but not your son!” (Laughs)  So he goes, “What are you talking about?”  He didn’t know.

How did you find out you scored a Supporting Actor nod?

DOMINIC:  I found out because my kids are up everyday a 5:30AM and so after I took care of my kids, I knew there was a rumor that the nominations were coming out around 9AM on the east coast.  So I checked on Twitter and someone had posted on my feed that I had been nominated.  I thought they were confused and talking about the Pre-Nom.  (Laughs)  Then I followed the Daytime Emmys twitter feed and link, and lo and behold, I was listed there!  It was a very ecstatic moment, and then I immediately thought of my mom.  I really wish she was here for me to be able to tell her about it.  I feel like she has been a part of this whole thing, and win or lose, it’s just great to get the nomination and just happy to be invited to the party.

You submitted the scenes between you and Maurice Benard (Sonny) in the boxing gym as Dante is lamenting over the disintegration of his relationship with Lulu (Emme Rylan).  How come you decided to go with those scenes for your Emmy submission?

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DOMINIC:  My dad really liked those.   I never get a phone call from my dad crying because I did something on TV, but with these scenes he did.  I figured if it’s good enough for him, then it’s good enough for me.

Those scenes definitely told a story that had a beginning, middle and end to it!  Good recipe for an Emmy reel.

DOMINIC:  Yes!  Dante and Lulu’s marriage is on the outs, and Dante thinks their marriage is kind of over because of what happened to Lulu losing baby Connie in the courts.  So he goes to the boxing gym and Sonny walks in.  It’s just a nice sequence of scenes with Maurice. What I liked about the episode, which I initially did not realize, was at the end of the show it was not one note.  There was a bit of an arc for my character in it.  What I liked it about it was in the end of it, Dante walks back into his apartment and says to Lulu, “I want us to try and have another baby.”  It was a complete shift from where he was at the start of the episode.  When you’re submitting for an Emmy, it’s nice to have material where the character goes on some journey.

One of my favorite scenes of yours from the past Emmy season was when you and Lulu (Emme Rylan) found out in the church via Brad (Parry Shen) that Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) were the bio-parents of then baby Connie.  Was there ever a moment were you thought perhaps submitting those moments would be the way to go?

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DOMINIC:  I looked at those scenes.  I enjoyed those scenes and thought everyone was stellar in those.  Everyone had such good material with everyone finding out the truth about baby Connie.  But the guidance I got in selecting scenes was that the scene with me and Maurice was just a better choice, because there were not a lot of beats in the other scenes where I am waiting around for other people to say something.  I was told go with your gut!  Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) and Maurice both felt that the boxing gym scenes were stronger.  But I did love the scenes in the church, and my wife and I watched those and liked them.  My wife said, “You go with either one, really.”  But for the Emmys, you almost have to put yourself out there in the best possible way in the shortest amount of time.  It’s almost like an actor sending in a demo reel.  I think the judges want to be woo’d as quickly as possible.

General Hospital was completely snubbed in the Outstanding Drama Series, Writing and Directing categories!  Many felt it had to do with their submission of one of the episodes of the Nurses Ball that cost them a nod; others feel something else might have been at play.  Any thoughts on the omissions?

DOMINIC:  I think the show is doing well, but this time it was just one of those things that doesn’t go your way.  There might be no rhyme or reason.   But I don’t watch the other soaps, so I don’t know what’s out there, but you do.  I am sure you could see why the other shows were nominated.  I am pretty happy and proud of what GH has accomplished in terms of our ratings throughout the year.

Maurice Benard (Sonny) also did some fantastic work this past year and was not nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category.   Were you surprised?

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DOMINIC:  I was surprised!  Knowing Maurice, and knowing the material he had been nominated before in the past, I thought for sure he would be nominated this year.  I just respect the hell out of anyone who gets in there and plays the truth of real moments and that doesn’t always happen.   He is not afraid to go there with anyone.  And this is the case where I think someone should get in for an Emmy nomination not for just one scene they did, but for an overall body of work.  But that’s not how it works, and I know that.

You are in a very tight race in the Supporting Actor category along with your former GH cast mates Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), and Steve Burton (Ex-Jason, now Dylan Y&R), Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B) and Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS)!  Do you think you have a shot at the gold?

DOMINIC:  By all accounts it sounds like I am very good company.  I know for a fact I am in good company with Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson.  It’s a very competitive category.  When I saw how many pre-nominees there were in my group, I went, “Well that’ friggin great!” (Laughs)   Burton has won an Emmy, and Bradford has been nominated at least four times since I have been at GH.  Scott Clifton I know has won twice, and Eric Martsolf has never been nominated, either.  I am honored to be there with my friends and two other great actors.  I have always said that when I am watching the Oscars too! It’s not the road to the Final Four here.  People do remember the nominees, and even if they don’t, this is about what you accomplished.  I feel like I set that goal for myself, and I have accomplished that goal and that feels like a victory.

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Did Emme Rylan (Lulu), and your former on-screen partner Julie Marie Berman (Ex-Lulu), reach out to you after you received your Daytime Emmy nomination?

DOMINIC:  Emme texted me.  Julie wrote something nice on Twitter like she had witnessed my talent for years and she was happy that I finally got recognition which was cool.   Now she could be full of shit completely (laughs), but it’s still nice to hear it.

What did your wife Linda say when she learned of the big news?

DOMINIC:  She was pretty stoked and she was half asleep when I told her. She just kind of raised her arm and gave me a high-five!  She was super excited though and she knew how important it was to me.  In the past, I have not wanted to submit anything for the Emmys because I didn’t feel I had the material for what it takes to get in.   But this year I thought I had the material to hang with these guys in my category.

As we have discussed before, Emme Rylan took a lot of heat from fans replacing Julie Marie Berman as Lulu.  How do you feel the on-screen pairing is working now between you and Emme? 

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DOMINIC:  I feel the connection with her and it’s a tricky thing.   I still feel you can’t erase a four year history.  I think a recast is the toughest thing in the world for fans to accept, but I think she is really won a lot people over, especially over the last five months and the way the storyline has been written.  I believe that people are really warming up to the new “us”.  We have been given more stuff now then I had with the Julie.  But now you get fans saying, “Well, why they didn’t do this material when they had Julie?”  It is important to remember, and I think a lot of people are still confused as to why Julie is not on the show anymore.  Julie left because she wanted to leave.  So the show had no choice but to recast.  I think the more people realize what went down behind the scenes they come to understand.  And Emme is good!  She is really, really good.  She is not Julie, and Julie is not Emme.  I am never, ever going to take anything away from what Julie and I had, or what we went through together in those four years, and how much love the fans gave to us, but Emme and I are pouring our heart and soul into what is happening now.

Also, I would like to see Dante solve a case for the PCPD!  What are the chances of that happening?  (Laughs)

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DOMINIC:  I would like to do that! (Laughs) Finola Hughes (Anna) was so funny. Five months ago she was like, “Oh! I think we are going to get some stuff we are going to solve!” And I go, “Hmmm. Maybe…”   Then a little time past and we are like: “We don’t get to solve friggin anything!” (Laughs)  When I first came on the show I never solved the crime either. It was other cops, etc and Sonny was getting off the hook.  I think we do it and don’t look dumb.  Finola is such a phenomenal actress.  I don’t know how she did not land an Emmy nomination!  That does not make any sense to me. The chance to work with her, and to be a part of what she makes real every day at work is amazing.  The scenes she had with Jason Thompson (Patrick) and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) were great, and the stuff with Kimberly McCullough (Robin) of course, all of that was worthy.   But I think working with someone like her in solving things give us credibility and we are never going to look like bumbling idiots, as long as she is in control.  Finola just commands so much respect as Anna.  She is such a strong powerful woman.

Do you think there will be a moment coming when Dante will have to arrest Sonny and throw him behind bars for murdering AJ Quartermaine (Sean Kanan)?

DOMINIC:  That remains to be seen.  I know after he finds out his mom, Olivia has been cheated on it could lay the groundwork for him.   I sort of believe that will be the impetus for us to continue to be odds with each other.   I talked to Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and maybe that will happen.  I like when they are butting heads when Dante is investigating Sonny.  I think there could be potential for Dante arresting Sonny and it would be really interesting to see, because I don’t know how Sonny can get out of it.  But there has to be away for him to get out of it … otherwise, they won’t do it! (Laughs)

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Maybe Sonny goes to jail and has a claustrophobic attack and Dante gets in there with him, and talks his dad down.  How’s that for a story point?

DOMINIC:  I don’t want to get in a jail cell with Maurice!  I will hang out outside the bars! (Laughs)  I will bring him coffee.

Now below watch Dominic’s nominated Emmy reel!  Then let us know: what you thought about Dominic’s sentiments on working with Emme Rylan, Julie Marie Berman, Finola Hughes and Maurice Benard?  If you are pulling for Dominic to win the Emmy in honor of his mom?  If  you would like to see Dante put Sonny behind bars for a long time?

 

 

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Greta
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Greta

I love Dominic so much as an actor. He was fantastic this year. I do think Bradford will probably win this time, but I’ll be happy either way.

Timmm
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Timmm

Dumbnte and Nathan are the two worst cops EVER! Those two should get a job in a paint store. Secondly, the only thing about Spumneli’s recent appearance is that it was only two days! STAY AT THE POND WITH YOUR FISH Spinelli!

Liz
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Liz

Well, Greta was referencing the actor, not the character. There is a vast difference between the two.

dmr
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dmr

I hate how the PCPD cops/detectives are written; I really do. It’s not the actors or the characters fault; it’s the writers who write this garbage. I’ve said for a long time that the PCPD is full of keystone cops who have never solved a case. Now, that seems to be true for Commissioner Devane, as well. It’s beyond comprehension for us viewers.

Timmm
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Timmm

Your right and even the writers have problems because you paint a popular cast member into a corner, you have to have them off so they can continue to be on the show so the cops never really are allowed to get their guy EXCEPT Johnny and Blackie!

diana
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diana

Love the interview and really believed he deserves this emmy Love Lante with JMB and Emme just like Dom said JMB is not ER and ER is not JMB but we do have Lante

Erick
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Erick

And they didn’t actually catch Johnny…. His guilty conscience caught up to him and he confessed….

su0000
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su0000

Dominic and Bradford, both were given great material to showcase their talents..
It’s a toss-up ..

RC and writing team deviled some excellent material for all of the GH cast that highlighted their talent..
(good writing does that, gives the actors material/stories to shine a brilliant light on them, their skills and abilities to wow us ! .. ..

Silver Farr
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Silver Farr

There is something raw, and real that Dominic brings to the screen. And the dynamic he has with Maurice is beyond anything I’ve seen from any other two characters. He ABSOLUTEY deserves to win.

Tina
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Tina

That clip should do it! I will be very happy if Dom wins in honor of his mom! Like him, I know Brad and Steve are worthy too, but this clip is hard to beat! I remember when we went to the dinner after the Emmys, in 2010 I think, Dom invited us to come by the GH table! He is so nice! Looking forward to doing his and Jason’s event again this year!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

If GH cops actually solve a case…especially Sonny killing A.J…and he went to prison for it …that would be a shockingly unexpected plot twist…but if it did happen im sure he wouldnt stay in prison for long…he’d get out before he spent two seconds behind bars!

MC
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MC

Happy for Dom.

Wouldn’t hold my breath for Dante to arrest Sonny. He’s already watched him hold a gun to AJs head and be a hairbreadth away from pulling the trigger and never really mentioned it during the whole investigation. Not to mention letting Luke off for killing Jake, or once again Sonny off for shooting him. Dante is a crappy detective.

dmr
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dmr

I was never a huge fan of Dante and Lulu’s; but, I did like Julie Marie Berman. I don’t think I would have minded a recast of Lulu; but, I don’t think that Emme was the right choice; of course, it could also be the writing and storyline they are involved in, as well. I think that Dante and Lulu have gone very stale. I find most of their scenes very boring. Due to the onslaught of recurring characters and endless new faces, I feel as though we do not see the core, legacy characters very often, which is probably… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I also agree with Dominic about how inept the PCPD appear to us viewers since they have yet to solve a crime or send a criminal to prison. Also, how an incredibly talented actress like Finola Hughes is not nominated for an Emmy; but, Kristen Alderson gets nominated is beyond me. It seems as though the writers do not know what to do with the ridiculous character of Kiki. Send her back to NYC to meet and live with grandmother at Ryan’s Bar, ha!

Cathy Borruso
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Cathy Borruso

I would ♥ to see him win but my choice is still Bradford good article

Blaze
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Blaze

Thanks for the article…I disagree with Dom saying that they had to recast the role of Lulu because Julie left. I still think it would have been better for Lulu to “die” and then recast after a year or so or perhaps JMB would decide to come back. That would have given DZ awesome material and a potential pairing with a different character.

I hope DZ wins. He has great chemistry with MB, FH and LLC. I would live to see him in more cop scenes perhaps an undercover assignment with the character of Jordan.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I don’t see the logic to that. Soaps have run for years. Many actors/actresses have stayed on one show…others have left to pursue other genres and have used soaps as a stepping stone. But you don’t kill off a character on a soap and interrupt storyline…it’s like an understudy in theatre. The show must go on…

Personally I like Emme. I don’t even think of JMB…the couple either has an interesting storyline and it will keep me interested. If the story sucks…then it would regardless who played it.

missellie
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missellie

I agree with Blaze although I thought that, given a proper auditioning process , GH might have struck gold again if they went with a recast. That was not the case and now I would like to see Dante move on with either Jordan or Liz.

I also think that even if the story “sucks” some actors can bring out the best of it. JMB was gifted in doing just that.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Well missellie…since I assume you were addressing me with the “sucks” comment…you missed my point.

My point is I LIKE Emme. I think she can bring it to any scene…whether it “sucks” or not. But if the story does indeed…wait for it…suck…I don’t blame the actor…I just am bored with the storyline. In the case of Dom and co…if his/their story isn’t compelling I don’t care who’s playing it.

But as for he and the ‘new’ Lulu…she is Lulu for me. I’ve, LOL…moved on from JMB. It’s a soap. I adjusted.

Beth CP
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Beth CP

The best result I could wish for would be a tie for Mr. Zamprogna and Mr. Anderson for this years Best Supporting Actor as happened last year with Billy Miller and Scott Clifton. Both gentlemen deserve recognition for their work in plot point heavy story that had them digging deep to pull out the emotional stops. Their respective work was outstanding and both validates and vindicates them as fine actors capable of even more challenging material. As regards the recast L, I continue to believe she is miscast and the role has been almost completely rewritten to where this viewer… Read more »

missellie
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missellie

Thanks for this insightful interview. This nomination is long overdue. This material is very good but my all time favorite Dom scene was the scene where Sonny ends up shooting him. It was an intense scene and a story that had been built for a very long time. I am very happy for Dom. I wish that GH did more doctor/hospital stories and more cop/PCPD stories. It is high time for the PCPD to solve cases. Going forward, I would like to see scenes between Anna, Dante, Nathan, and the uncover DEA agent (TJ’s Mom). Finally, I would like to… Read more »

Janeway
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Janeway

Thank you Michael for this excellent interview and congrats to Dom Z for this long overdue honor. The reel was a great choice and I cannot watch it without tears. I know he must have been thinking of his mom and his own beautiful daughters when he did those scenes. It is clear that Dom is a down to earth, sensitive, charismatic, warm, loving and talented person ( aside from being a sexy hunk). He reapects his peers, his co-workers, his friends and loves ones. He respects strong women. All these qualities shine through in his very natural acting style.… Read more »

tskyent
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tskyent

I think they are Wonderful together! ( Emma & Dom) I agree The PCPD storie is so long overdue!

BARBARA CODER
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BARBARA CODER

CONGRATS ON YOUR NOMINATION..YOU ARE A GREAT ACTOR.AND,I WOULD DEF.VOTE FOR YOU..REMEMBER EVEN THOUGH YOUR MOM IS NOT HERE,SHE IS WATCHING HER WONDERFULL SON FROM HEAVEN..GOOD LUCK DOMINICK…

Lynn
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Lynn

I just pretend that Dante remarried and that Emme plays his new wife. The character of Lulu was very intertwined with Luke and there is barely a relationship there. I’m not saying that Emme isn’t a good actress, just that she isn’t Lulu.

Christy
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Christy

Dominic and Brandon are my favs for the category!

sure Sonny deserves to go to jail for many things, but think the only way he will is if he’s leaving the show for a while. or forever (think Blackie!)

Christy
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Christy

I mean Bradford! 😀

smoochie
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smoochie

I have enjoyed Dominic ever since he joined the GH cast. Silver Farr’s earlier comment “there is something raw, and real that Dominic brings to the screen” was right on- I would add that it’s with anyone he plays off of, no matter how little the amount of dialog he is given. Dom’s leading ladies are so lucky to have him as their love interest because he exudes sensuality and emanates true loving and caring not only in romantic scenarios, but with his whole onscreen family as well. I too would so like to see PCPD’s finest solve some crimes,(though… Read more »

Charday
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Charday

He seems to be a nice guy based on the interview, but this nomination I just do not get. There are so many better actors on daytime!

Nananes
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Nananes

This man is a gem…as an actor, as a man, as a co-worker, but, most importantly as a son, father, husband and friend. Thank you, Michael, for an interview that illustrated all those qualities. I have felt he’s been deserving of an Emmy nomination before, so I am thrilled that he has been recognized this year. Win or Lise, he’s a winner in my book…always!

Daisy
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Daisy

I could not have said it better Nananes. An Emmy is based on an actors performance, a portrayal of a character, the ability to stretch their creative muscle. Dom’s talent is obvious, no matter who he is in a scene with or the material. He has the ability to speak volumes without uttering a word, simply with a look, a gesture or the simplicity of a single uttered sound. Maurice once said of Dominic that he was a “working man’s actor”. He believes in and values his craft. I believe his abilities as an actor shine as brightly as they… Read more »

Karen
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Karen

Another thoughtful interview given by Mr. Z. Best of luck to him on Emmy night. I while I respect Mr. Zamprogna’s comments – he disappoints me. In that his continued comments regarding the Recast are from his POV only. While part of a couple, the character was Lulu long before her relationship with Dante with a somewhat “storied” history. The character has been complex, passionate, fiesty, stubborn – many qualities that attracted DZ’s Dante to JMB’s Lulu. Qualities and Traits missing from The Recast’s portrayal of Lulu. Ms. Rylan has managed to make Lulu a very vanilla, boring, forgettable character.… Read more »

Caitie
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Caitie

“… win or lose, it’s just great to get the nomination and just happy to be invited to the party.” Dom’s fans join his former co-star, Julie Marie Berman, in saying how happy we are that he has been invited to the Emmy party – and how deserving he is to be there – not just for those great, well-chosen scenes with Maurice, but also for the body of work he has shared with us on GH. (And thanks to Dom for sharing a moving piece of his personal story as he tells us about these scenes.) As for the… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I was thinking of an analogy when it comes to Emme’s Lulu vs. JMB’s. Emme is to Natalia Livingston Julie Marie Berman is to Amber Tamlyn. Emme and Natalia have a refined…prissy…girly demeanor. I think Emme would have been fine (even though they don’t look alike) to replace Natalia. JMB and Amber are both rather tomboyish in their demeanor. I think either one could have replaced the other…JMB as the new Emily (replacing Amber at the time) or Amber (had she still been in soaps) replacing JMB. But as said above and on other posts…I’m just fine with and have… Read more »

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I was in the supermarket today and saw ABC soap digest and on the cover it said: one of the favorites will die(meaning GH). And had a picture on the cover of four popular guys on GH.. One was Sonny, Luke (if it is the real one & not the imposter), Rick and one more I can’t remember who it is now.. Who will it be???

Patrick
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Patrick

Julian is the 4th I dont like that Julian has so many cover ups, loopholes, gapes, to plug. it seems this doesn’t bode well for him. Ric Lansing, is my guess… as he was brought in for this specific purpose… which is not to my liking… because once again… FANS of Liz… are left scratching their head… what’s it going to take… for a mutual pairing… for Liz… all her own… even tho (reformed) it’s Sonny brother… I was really taking to him… for this pair… I liked his comaraderie… with his son… by Liz. Rick Lansing.. has so much… Read more »

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

Who do you think is going to be killed?

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Wanting to move forward with the procedure to have a feeding tube put into Mike, Sonny runs into Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) who tells him about Yvonne, and how she is at GH on a feeding tube and a ventilator and strapped to a bed.

When Sonny sees how Yvonne is hooked to machines, it is a real awakening for him,  That, coupled with one of the most important talks and moments in the Alzheimer’s storyline when Sonny speaks to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst)  – who tells him how she sees Mike, who is now a shell of himself, who doesn’t smile, doesn’t eat, and so forth – Sonny is aware of what he truly needs to do.  These scenes they were played to perfection by Rebecca Herbst and Maurice Benard, and couple that with Laura Wright and Steve Burton as a concerned and emotional Carly and Jason; seeing how this situation is ripping Sonny apart, and also facing that Mike will die, they too are devastated and delivered hankie-filled moments in their scenes.

The final minutes of the episode featured father and son in a simple, quiet, and powerful scene where Sonny tells his dad, he is not going to have a procedure, and that it’s OK for him to go.   Mike, in tears, hears what Sonny is saying and is relieved.  Sonny has set him free to die, and now Sonny must face his decision – a selfless one that any of us who have been in this position know has to be done for their loved one; so there will be no more suffering and no more pain.  Kudos to GH for today’s scenes in this storyline.

Watch the scene between Sonny and Elizabeth below.

Now let us know via the comment section, how do you think GH handled this major moment in the telling of the Alzheimer’s storyline? What did you think of the performances? 

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