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GH's Elizabeth Going On Brief Hiatus After Herbst Contract Talks: ABC's Nathan Varni Says: "I Am Truly Excited About What Jean & Shelly Have Planned For Liz In The Months Ahead."

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General Hospital fans are still rejoicing the big news from last week that Rebecca Herbst is staying put at General Hospital and will continue on as Nurse Elizabeth Webber, after tough contract negotiations with the ABC daytime drama series.

Since the talks went down to the wire, Rebecca Herbst told Soap Opera Digest that Liz will disappear from the canvas for a little bit because of the negotiations: “They did have to stop writing for me for a little while. I might not even be back (taping) until the second week of April, so Elizabeth is going to disappear for a little bit on your screens. They are going to try to sprinkle me in, but outlines have already been written, so I don’t know how much they can actually put me in.”

Meanwhile, after the news of Herbst signing on the dotted line, those wondering if Rebecca continuing at GH and not heading to another soap was worth her while in terms of story, received a message from ABC executive Nathan Varni who shared in a facebook post: “We are thrilled that Becky has decided to stay with us long term at General Hospital. I am truly excited about what Jean (Passanante) & Shelly (Altman) have planned for Liz in the months ahead and I know Becky will shine as always in this very important role on General Hospital Such fantastic Friday news! Here’s to a great future together!”

What do you think Elizabeth’s next big story will be?  What do you think it should be? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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elm1951
elm1951

i have no idea what it will be but it better be a storyline worthy of her awesome talent…..

Jenn
Jenn

Agreed. I know we all have our favorites but Becky IMO, is one of daytime’s finest and her talent gets wasted yet she still manages to act circles around many of her peers even with the crap that GH serves her. True testament to her honing into her craft.

Karen
Karen

Well now she has 2 new romantic choices ! So you go Liz!!

clh
clh

So tired of her having to be in just about every story line, she’s not that necessary.

Tristan
Tristan

Apparently ABC Daytime disagrees with you.

penny
penny

I totally agree. This hiatus is proof positive they don’t give two craps if she stays or goes. She has devoted fans who’ve been with her since her debut so I’m sure that played a major role in her contract renewal, otherwise they would drop her like a hot potato.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Unfortunately, what you say is so very true!

Rodd
Rodd

I don’t know that it’s just whether or not they “give {a} crap” or not. If they can let someone like Genie Francis go with all of her credentials, surely no one is safe when it comes to dollars and cents; not sense.

I think Rebecca is a great actress and I look forward to having her stay in PC.

Jonboy
Jonboy

I hope Elizabeth remains a little “dark.”. It gave her character greater texture.

Timmm
Timmm

She will return with a different Jake and hopefully her sister!

Tristan
Tristan

I really wish Rebecca Budig had been cast as Sarah Webber. That would have been SO awesome!!!!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Me too. Think of how much better the story would have been of Nik marrying Sarah and Elizabeth wondering what she had been up to for all those years she was gone…

Timmm
Timmm

I cannot remember if Sarah is older or younger than Liz? Hayden is older than Liz. A lot of fans here are hoping Sarah is brought back played by Melissa Archer. I’m in!

megan
megan

so agree, budig as sarah would have been brilliant, that makes her core, they have great chemistry/rivalry, that would have been smart. Instead they decided to make her yet another new character.

My beef is with Varni. why is he still allowed to talk to social media? He didn’t want Becky to stay.

Tristan
Tristan

Sarah is older and is the “good” sister. This is really a character who NEEDS to be here, just like Tommy Hardy, Jr. But, because GH’s plan for Liz was that she was to be gone, NO INTELLIGENT casting decisions were made. Hence we are stuck with this useless dud Hayden.

Mr. Varni: please stop.

Vicki
Vicki

AGREED, I think ABC Daytime has made it quite clear the way they took this all over that Mr Varni needs to watch his step with the show’s talents and how he chooses to handle them and what he says. Frank V also for that matter in this case too. Liz needs a story AWAY from Kelly Monaco that’s the BEST for her and her character. Then Kelly’s Sam can have Jason all to herself.

Darla
Darla

Well as I posted here when the news of an impasse first hit, I knew she was going to re-sign and this was IMO all drummed up by her and her husband as a negotiation tactic. NV’s lack of professionalism in facebook messages gave them a big assist. I am so sick of her character and would have loved to unload her on Days, but if the best I get is a month long break, I’ll take it. The bright side? I feel GH is on fire these days and am mostly loving it. And my ff button is working just fine for her eventual return.

clh
clh

Totally agree

Tristan
Tristan

Funny how so many reputable soap journalists with actual industry contacts have proved your theory to be pure fiction. As long-time, respected soap journalists have since revealed, she was out the door after the GH lowball offer and INDEED in talks with other soaps. The fan backlash was so great that “brass at ABC” (quoting Jamey Giddens at DC) couldn’t ignore it and re-started talks with her. Not GH, which had lowballed her, after which she walked, but THE NETWORK.

You are more than welcome to your own opinion, of course. Most people tend to revise their opinions, however, when actual facts — which were reported on this site, for example — prove their opinions to be wrong.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I agree, Tristan. I am consistently surprised at the number of people (on here and elsewhere) who express themselves so certainly about things they can’t possibly know (and in some cases things that have been shown to be false). It’s fine to speculate, of course—but is it so much to ask that people acknowledge what’s speculation, what’s a hot rumor (and how much substantiation it has), and what’s fact (and how they know it)? It’s also fine not to like an actor and/or a character, but can we just acknowledge that that’s what’s going on and not attribute the worst motivations and behaviors to him/her simply because we don’t like him/her?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You speak the truth!

robbie
robbie

Play hardball, sit on the bench for a bit. Sounds right to me. Got the kid playing Jake canned in the process. Proud moment, Becky?

Tristan
Tristan

What a pointlessly rude and utterly uninformed post. BH did not play hardball. As numerous reputable soap journalists have revealed, she was insultingly lowballed and was out the door. She was in talks with other soaps. The news of how her negotiation stalled after the lowball offer generated such huge protest that “brass at ABC” — not GH, but the network — could not ignore it and restarted negotiations.

And that piece of libelous drivel about her getting “the kid playing Jake canned in the process”? Proud moment, Robbie?

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Really and truly. Where on earth is this business about RH having anything to do with the actor playing Jake being replaced even coming from? Is this more from the “I love Kelly Monaco so I must, by definition, hate Rebecca Herbst” brigade?

Timmm
Timmm

If it were Maurice Bernard who stood up for his contract he would be applauded! Double standards! Jake wasnt on screen for a bit anyway after Shriners so Becky’s contract issues had no affect on the kid losing his job!

MC
MC

Well since “the kid” sent a tweet to Becky thanking her after his recasting, that kind of blows your theory out of the water. And really, do you think that the old actor was making sooo much that the replacement will make less. Most likely, both are paid union minimums.

aria
aria

i would love to see her with Griffin even though it was so anticlimactic that he turned out t o be Dukes son, unless duke is coming back, i feel its pointless, i would of prefered him as Anna and Roberts offspring. but back to becky, hope like i said they put her with Griffin, and Jason should still show he has feeling for liz, its so unrealistic how he went from loving her to now acting like a dog in heat for sam. i’m just glad becky is staying on Gh, and look foward to whats coming up.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yeah. i felt it pointless too without Duke…its nice that he is tied to a vet but it should have been Anna…unless there is a Duke return???

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah! Then we can “forget” about the out-of-character “killing” of Carlos by Anna.’So not Anna!

Tristan
Tristan

Jim this was too “easy.” I think there is more to the story, and am not completely sure that he isn’t the DnA baby.

Scoma60
Scoma60

I don’t put much faith in Varni/Valentini. It never should have been a protracted issue. Becky’s a fan favorite and an 18+yr vet who’s been a loyal employee. Instead, Varni/Valentini offer contracts wily nily to unneeded characters like Nina,Hayden,Valerie,KiKi,etc…

Liz’s next story should be finding out what happened to Jake. Then I want a story where she explores her deeply rooted abandonment issues. Those and her feelings of being unworthy of love have led her to making self-sabataging life choices. Then I want her to find a man who will give her the love she so richly deserves.

Judith Sekscenski
Judith Sekscenski

Yes, Scoma60, well said. I totally agree with your entire response!!!

Timmm
Timmm

Not a huge fan of Liz BUT if they have stories to tell, glad she resigned and like you pointed out, they Do have lots of ways to go with Liz. PS: I want Griff and Maxie together.

Tina Grams
Tina Grams

Lucky should come back to help Liz through her issues and they could reconnect and find their way back to eachother but only if Jonathan Jackson plays Lucky. I feel like he’s her person.

Katiek
Katiek

So glad she’s staying! I hope she gets some juicy
Stories

Kevin
Kevin

Rebecca Herbst has always been a favorite of mine, every since Lucky found Elizabeth in the woods back in the 90’s. Very wise for the struggling GH to renew her contract. Personally, I would like Y and R to pick her up!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Using Miss Herbst and her Elizabeth character is smart. She is a lovely talent and the character is GH legacy. I hope the current writing team can restore — without too many tired tropes such as freezing bodies and resurrections — some of the foundation pillars on which this serial has captivated and entertained and surprised us for 50-plus years. I will admit that the crazy twists and turns following the 50th anniversary eventually grew tiresome. Too many short-term returns of veterans that had little payoff. Too much revisionist history. I remain hopeful.

Timmm
Timmm

Too many new characters and not enough attention to the history. Since we are talking about Liz, why are they not bringing in the Hardy’s ?

Tristan
Tristan

See, Timmm, if GH hadn’t been so willing to get rid of Becky, Rebecca Budig could have been cast as Sarah Webber. But…they had no intention of building up the Hardys, because they were working to get rid of the last one, namely Liz.

I think Hayden Barnes is a dud. Period. So…if the secret is that she is really Sarah Webber, I would accept whatever story they made up to get us to that point. Sarah is a doctor. GH needs more doctors on contract. So far the only doctor character on contract is Griffin!

Instead of bringing Shari Belafonte on as the mayor — Who cares???? — she could have come on as a recurring Simone, along with David Wallace returning as Tom, and both arrived to facilitate the introduction of Tommy Jr. as a main character, instead of Andre or Curtis.

Too much agenda driven writing and casting on this show with, as you say, little attention to the history!!!!

Harry 1
Harry 1

Damn, Tristan, thank you.
I wish I could hire you to be my ghostwriter as you are on spot and on point in every post.

Omar
Omar

Goof for her..She is one of those daytime actors, that should have won an Emmy already..I hope they do not pair her with Franco.

GH is not awful but it is just boring and with very little edge of your seat entertainment..All the negative talk about RC, but he kept the show over the top and made it different than the other 3 serials for most part…These soaps need to get with the program already and start hiring new and inexperience younger writers who will bring a new change to the same as always genre.

It just the same soap writers and producers going from shows to shows and just duplicated what they did on their previous soap…No need to recreate the past , new storylines that were never seen in soaps before need to be written!!

Here hoping for some

Timmm
Timmm

I dont mind Liz and Franco. Better than Franco and Nina! I agree, soaps need a youth injection to compete with the i pad generation!

Tristan
Tristan

I don’t think anyone expected it — because these scenes were filmed before Becky re-signed (thanks to the network), and she will be gone for awhile so that she can be written back into the show — but, they have hit kind of unexpected pay dirt with Liz and Franco. It wasn’t supposed to go anywhere, clearly, because now Becky has to be written back in to the show she was already written out of. But if there is a working brain at GH, and sometimes I really doubt it, they should capitalize on the chemistry these two have and use it. They are getting a LOT of buzz on other soap sites.

Patrick
Patrick

doesn’t it just seem… like the buildup … is happening…

with Julian and Nina…

a strong will of the minds… a sexual appetite is burgeoning

a battle of wills ; over Crimson…

at this point.. assessing posts.. Nina and Franco are toxic

LOL… Alexis with any one… is waste

where is the fire and tension… Julian and Nina

Ta-da… thanks @Tristan… I too agree… there is a lot of Franco and Liz to REEL

its just intriguing watching them together… and it’s not so much that they are … Polar opposites ???

Liz never fails w/anyone… dang! what a KEEPER
this is a way OUT to at last capitalize on Roger Howarth. period. just as you said…

“…but, they have hit kind of unexpected pay dirt with Liz and Franco. It wasn’t supposed to go anywhere ”

I never watched RH on OLTL.. I can’t believe he’d been on ATWT for 8 years… my all time favorite show… and I don’t really remember him… the cast was so ON par… what a production

so… for me to say… Roger Howarth is a new discovery for me… and i’m so taken… and WANT… this to happen… at last… we can let go Todd and ??? welcome a new dynamic … layer with… Franco and Liz

HOT !

Nina and Julian
Franco and Liz

ps: i’m sorry… but I cannot believe how boring… Jason and Sam are. The Wed. ( 3/16) ep… when he’s tinkiering with his motorcycle and Sam walks in… in her skin tight jeans and black top… boots

blah blah blah…

GH… capitalize do not drop the ball…. revive Julian and STIR Nina
forget about Todd… he’s Franco and lady love Liz

Patrick
Patrick

ps: Wednesday 3/16 ep

Jason has another vision… ie: Sam tells him the framed photos are his

argh! What did GH want ????

that by doling out… snippets of the Great Billy Miller… here and their… visions and flashbacks… that our expectations would rise along with all this snowball affect ?

he dumps Liz… FALLS so fast head over heals in love with Sam… they dull each other

so… that’s ruined.. and he has no chemistry with Carly or Sonny…

what’s the point…

unless the GH writers right the wrong… and he goes back to being a Quartermaine…

it’s the only way to save this character… and Billy Miller… who is a fantastic actor.

CeeCee
CeeCee

All I want to say is: what a beautiful, shining face, Rebecca. So glad to have you stay within the GH mix.

su0000
su0000

Elizabeth;
Always the bridesmaid never the bride 🙁

Harry 1
Harry 1

suoooo,

Always the fool and never the wise man.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, love Hayden!

CMD
CMD

Got my fingers crossed for some more Liz/Franco. They’re very sparkly together.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, gee. I love the character when she is not in her bad-girl mode…..But, sparkly? She’s more morose than sparkly. But, I’m sure Rebecca is the complete opposite. So much talent in that little body.
You want sparkly? Look to Maxie. Lol.

CMD
CMD

CeeCee, I’ve always seen Maxie as more neurotic than sparkly. LOL! I guess everyone is different. But I do think Liz/Franco have some serious potential.

Timmm
Timmm

Maxie is a Powerhouse! The girl has chemistry with EVERYONE!

Harry 1
Harry 1

Timm, yes, Maxie has chemistry with everyone except…….NATHAN!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hey, Timmmy.
I see a lot of myself in Maxie….appearance and personality. Gee, I need to think about the neurotic part. HaHa…bye, babes.

fginaspy
fginaspy

I am glad RH is staying at GH too. I can see both a pairing with Liz/Franco and/or Liz/Griffin. ITA Liz should find out what happened to Jake on the Island. Looks like Franco will be involved with that SL. I don’t think I ever thought Liz had abandonment issues. She was raped as a teen and I gathered her affairs came out of not dealing with the rape.

ITA Griffin should have been tied to Anna and not Duke. I actually thought in their first scenes together he may be a much younger brother. Do we even know her family background other than a twin named Alex as was played out on AMC?

CeeCee
CeeCee

I know as much as my grandmother told me, fginaspy. Anna has a long string of ties in Pine Valley.
So, much of whom Griffin could have been, pointed straight to Anna herself.
I agree with Aria, jimh, and any others who think that Griffin, as Duke’s son, is pointless.
I do see Lizzie with Griffin; not Franco.

Tristan
Tristan

Hi CeeCee. Unfortunately they can’t use any of Anna’s AMC connections, because of the Prospect Park lawsuit. Otherwise there would have been a lot of family connections for Anna to draw from.

Re: Griffin and Duke. Look, Anna and Duke have fans from 30 years ago who were enraged at how the character of Duke was ruined by RC upon Ian’s return. Ruined and killed off. Reportedly Ian Buchanan has said he will never return, because of this. Griffin being tied to Duke is for the DnA fans, who do want a part of Duke to live. I am more than fine with this, in fact I am THRILLED. However, this reveal was too “easy.” I think there is more going on and I wouldn’t be surprised if down the road he is revealed to be the DnA baby, and Anna his biological mother. Diehard DnA fans, of which I am one, would accept the contrivance!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Tristan.
Thank you, Tristan.
Clearly, you know what you’re talking about. And, you have told me about PROSPECT PARK. I do get it. I also understand that Griffin, as Duke’s son, is a gift for long-standing fans.
But, we, the new younger fans, are not invisible. Trust me, I have no complaints about Griffin. He’s beautiful, LOL.
It is the fact that Griffin is here to appease/accommodate those who miss Duke? It boggles the mind.
Why could he not have been Robert’s and Anna’s child. I am just a little miffed. Perhaps it’s the fact that Duke was not my favorite person. I am big enough to admit that.
He seemed to have had no personality. Like a corpse. I don’t get it. Anna is so vibrant, even when sad I sense a spring in her step. Why mourn that which caused her so much pain?love? Well that’s not love. That’s obsession. I say this with all the respect and love I have for both the character and the actress.
Thanks again for taking the time to explain things. Smiles.

Tristan
Tristan

CeeCee, if you had seen DnA in their heyday, I think you’d get it. As for Robert and Anna? They will always be tied together by the greatest of all soap opera kids: Robin. They don’t need another kid when they have this gem of a character as their daughter. Who else would even ever measure up?

Next generations are brought on for new and younger viewers, like you. Instead of recasting Duke — because Ian WILL NOT return — they are bringing on his son as the next generation, for us AND for the younger crowd. It is a win win situation for everyone.

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

Stop making Liz a victim all the time. Let her have some victories.

Churlish Samuels
Churlish Samuels

Rebecca should be tied to Franco in the coming months, Nina is too Boring . And Rosalee we are still waiting on her Secrets to reveal. When is Jasam and Jason getting back together? We don’t want another Laura and Luke Story where they are here and then they are gone we love a good story with love. Put Jason back in the forefront. And put Alexix and Julian on the back burner with her old self having sex 24/7 . She too old for that leave it Molly and TJ.

Geminegirl
Geminegirl

Please please bring back Lucky his children need him , why have Jason taking time with him he gave Jake up for a reason so he should not be responsible for him. Also Rebecca budding is too Boring, she can do better , she was one of my favorite on all my children please give her more and better story line. I can’t wait to see what she has for Nicholas. Bring Sean back, I hope I’ve covered it all , Jordan Ashford is too full of her self shake her up a little put Anna back she was a good Commissioner , when you change up things we get board and don’t want to watch the Corruption.

Jenn
Jenn

Jason gave up Jake because of “the danger” his life could bring to his son, which would also have brought danger to any other future kids, regardless of who mothered them. Jason should have always had a shadow on Jake because he IS his father and will always be responsible for him in one way or another.

This whole s/l is just stupid. Now that Jason is known to be back from the dead, memories or not, those same enemies would still be a threat, whether the writers choose to have him return to being Sonny/Carly’s/Sam’s/Michael’s puppet, or move on to be the Q he was born, the danger would still exist based on what is buried inside his mind and could resurface at any time. Bad writing – for future stories IMO.

Yeah, bring back Lucky who is only a father when it suits him. No thank you … bring him back, sure, keep him away from children. He’ll only pick up and leave again when life gets too hard just like Luke.

Tina Grams
Tina Grams

i totally agree with getting Lucky to come back and face his own demons while helping Liz face hers. Jonathan Jackson is desperately needed!!!!

fginaspy
fginaspy

I prefer to see a Liz/Griffin pairing. Something new. Though, I think the writers will likely pair her with Franco for a triangle. I don’t want Liz with Franco. Currently, Liz is reluctant just to be friends with Franco as she should be.

Ari
Ari

I’m thrilled that Becky is staying with GH. Most days, the show is a total bore without her. Obviously her next story should be solving or discovering what Helena did to Jake. Just wish they didn’t recast the young boy who originated the role. He was a perfect little Jason. i hope her new story concerning Jake involves Franco., because I definitely can see and feel something there with these two, and would love to see hem explored more. As everyone should have a romance, in time I think Liz is due a win in that area. Maybe Franco, maybe this new guy, Griffen. just give her a romance that will last for more than a nano second this time around.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

I wish Rebecca Herbst would have moved on from GH. She and the character of Elizabeth Webber are NOT respected. How many times can one lie to you and the fans and make promises? I have lost count.

Such a waste of a beautiful human being and a character that has grown so much yet they continue to make do things that she would not do at this stage all to prop the “favorite” that they like to put in the cleavage-baring tops. At least I appreciate the majority of the fans who see substance over hype.

rebecca1
rebecca1

It’s a soap. Almost every character on GH has done “bad” things. Sam has too…and now, Elizabeth has made amends and is still loved. It’s all good….

becky
becky

i am glad that she is staying i hope she either pairs with griffin or dante i think dante and lulu are boring liz needs to be around someone new and have love i thin that griffin and maie will be boring

Breaking News

Natasha Henstridge To Play Opposite GH’s Departing Vinessa Antoine in DIGGSTOWN

More casting news from the upcoming Canadian legal drama series, Diggstown which will star General Hospital’s Vinessa Antoine (Jordan) in the central role of Marcie Diggs.

As fans know, Antoine will be exiting GH in the role of Jordan as she begins filming the CBC series.

However, Antoine is getting a co-star on her new show, in none other than Natasha Henstridge.  The actress has previously appeared in CW’s Beauty and the Beast and Secret Circle.

 

According to Deadline, in Diggstown, Natasha will play Colleen MacDonald, a single, no-nonsense, openly gay director of legal aid now headquartered in Halifax after being blacklisted by the legal community in Toronto. She hopes to one day work her way back home.

As for the premise of the new series, Diggstown is set in the gritty arena of legal aid.  It centers on Marcie Diggs (Antoine), a star lawyer who reconsiders her priorities after her beloved aunt commits suicide following a malicious prosecution. Landing at a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Marcie is driven by one thing – to never again allow innocent lives to be destroyed by the justice system.  The team of lawyers that Marcie works with are a curious band of do-gooders, cynics and scrappers – messy souls struggling to keep personal disappointment and demons out of their practice as they work directly in the community to find justice for their diverse clients, exploring issues of racism, poverty and gender bias.”

Antoine is the first black actress to be cast as a dramatic series lead on iconic Canadian Broadcasting Company, CBC.

So, what do you think of the premise of Diggstown?  Sounds intriguing to us! Comment below.

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GH’s Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford Deliver The Power Performance of The Week!

A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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On Thursday’s episode, Nina is trying to talk down Liesl from torching the place, but Liesl is becoming more unhinged and more grief-stricken.  She says to Nina, “I lost my son.  I gave Nathan up to protect him.  I spent my life not even daring to gaze in his direction for fear that Cesar would take him.  I never wanted my son to be like him, and now my beautiful boy is buried in the ground, while the other son is still breathing!  So, I must finish this my way, Nina  …  with or without you!”

Pleading, an emotional Nina responds: “Aunt Liesl, you are not the only one who lost time with Nathan.  I did, too.  I missed him growing up.  I missed his childhood, and seeing the incredible man he turned into.  I feel his absence and I feel the loss every second of every day.  I hate Faison, and I will for the rest of my life, and I hate Anna (Finola Hughes) just like you did, but that does not justify what I have done… being an accomplice in this crazy revenge.  None of that is going to bring my brother back.”   Nina goes on to say:  “I knew J would not want his mother grieving alone. This isn’t grief anymore … this is madness.”

Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

Earlier in the week, we saw how Kathleen Gati navigated the comedic yet dramatic moments as she had to knock Franco (Roger Howarth) out, while she was trying to get back to Spoon Island, as he realized Obrecht was the guilty party who took Peter.

Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

So, even through some of the absurdity of the circumstances, and as they were portraying two women trying to figure their way out of the mess they created,  Gati and Stafford never faltered as they committed to the material, and delivered this week’s Power Performance of the Week.

Share your thoughts on the performances of Kathleen and Michelle and what stood out to you via the comment section below.

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GH’s Billy Miller Lands Role In Apple’s Upcoming Thriller Series, ARE YOU SLEEPING

Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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