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GH's Emma Samms On Not Being In Cast Of DWTS: "So Sorry To Disappoint. Not Entirely Sure How That Rumour Started!"

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On Monday, On-Air On-Soaps and other mainstream and soap outlets originally posted an online sourced report that had General Hospital fan favorite Emma Samms (Holly) joining notables such as Olympians Laura Hernandez and Ryan Lochte, Taxi’s Marilu Henner, former Texas governor Rick Perry, as well as 80’s rap star Vanilla Ice as one of the celebrity contestants on season 23 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Although everyone was unconfirmed until the official announcement on Tuesday morning on Good Morning America, suddenly last evening there were mixed reports that Samms was actually not in the cast.  Then when the announcement came early AM New York City time, Samms was not revealed to be a part of the ballroom dance competition.

While no one seems to have any idea as to how this now “rumor” got started, Samms herself took to her Twitter account to qualify it and say to her followers: “So sorry to disappoint re #DWTS Not entirely sure how that rumour started! It wouldn’t have worked anyway, but perhaps next time?”

Many GH and Emma’s longtime fans took to Twitter this morning very disappointed that this was indeed false.  Meaning for another season no current or former soap opera star that will be representing the genre.

So, what do you think of Emma’s tweet and clarification?  Do you wish she has been hitting the dance floor? Would you like to see her compete in a future season of DWTS? Comment below!

 

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Yes! I very much would love to see her compete next season! Also really want to see her on GH again! We need to see some Robert & Holly! One of the best love stories ever!

So wanted to see Emma on DWTS! It seems like something happened, literally overnight to change her status. I am very disappointed. GH should invite her to be on the show, to compensate for this huge faux pas. I would love to see Robert and Holly!

Emma herself said this whole thing was a RUMOR…”Not entirely sure how that rumour started! It wouldn’t have worked anyway”…so there was NO status to change.

The only soap actor who could get me to watch dwts is Finola Hughes.

Would love that too, but she is a trained dancer; it wouldn’t be fair.

Well, I have no reason to watch dwts now. I was actually going to watch for the first time in years cuz of holly but now…..meh….

It would be great to see Emma Samms on DWTS!

That being said, the casting for this show is formulaic to a fault: overloading of athletes (even an Olympian whose star has been heavily tarnished, to say the least), unpopular politicians (goodbye after week 1, Rick Perry), former child Disney stars known only to that small viewing audience, nighttime TV stars from long, long ago, and a ringer-partner for Derek Hough (I like Marilu Henner, but she could be the exception).

Oh, James, let’s hope so about Rick Perry. Didn’t we already do this when that wretched Tom de Lay bombed out a few seasons back? . By the way, have you figured out what exactly constitutes being a “star”? Every time they announce a new cast, I lower my expectations even further. Despite the ‘scandal’ , I’m glad Ryan
Lochte can at least supply some eye candy. Let’s hope Marilu Henner can dance!

Thanks for replying, Soaphound!

I know I ventured into snark territory today, but I have a love-hate relationship with DWTS…

I, too, hope Marilu can dance … for her sake because I like HER!

Glad we’re on the same page regarding Perry. I think dancing will be hard for him because he will have to remember (and implement) more than 3 things.

On another same page, with regard to the “eye candy,” how soon will it be before Lochte dances in a Speedo? This will also afford his partner the opportunity to dance in a bikini. So it will be a win-win situation for the viewers and ABC!

Take care, Friend!

PS: I forgot to answer your direct question. A “star” can evidently have wide-ranging denotations… 🙂

I.m not too excited about any of the “stars” they rounded up for this season with the exception of Vanilla Ice. That boy can dance…and they’ll probably have some cool, funky music for him to get down to!

Hello Rebecca1!

I agree that Vanilla Ice should do well on the show. In addition, one thing that makes DWTS interesting is that some “stars” can show dramatic improvement and surprise us. Take care, Friend!

Hi jamesj75…I have loved DWTS from the day it danced its way on to my screen. Watched loyally until it went up against THe Voice and then, LOL…conflict! what to do…as I loved both shows. Decided I could watch one in real time and catch up on the other With OnDemand. Somehow I slacked off and yet I can still say it’s one of my favorite entertainment shows ( not to be compared to other forms of entertainment ala drama, comedy film, etc). It’s just the essence of joy for me being both a music and dance enthusiast. Both are a passion…

The show started out with the concept of professional dancers paired with well-known “celebrities” who weren’t skilled dancers in competition. But they also implied that we would watch the journey of those who didn’t dance professionally improve.

Thus, the show is always imbalanced because for the most part actors and musicians, especially those that have been in boy bands like InSync…Joey Fatone, Lance Bass are going to be great. Same with Spice Girls’ MelB, etc. Then you get someone like that crazy scientist guy(forgot his name), or Geraldo Rivera who who try so adorably hard…as do so many others that I sit there and go “awwwwwwwwww” because they’ve obviously practiced and put in a real effort and ultimately get voted off.

So which is it? A show about learning to dance and watching a weekly improvement, discipline, dedication and eagerness to learn a new skill, or watching gorgeous people dazzle us with dance.

The first few weeks are the former…the middle to the end are the latter. Though unfair, it works as one magical hour of entertainment, great music of different genres, people from different cultural backgrounds all blended together in a fantastic whirlwind of music, dance and competition. In my opinion one of the best shows for those of us who get swept up in the power of beautiful, creative choreography and the rush of letting go.

James…I know how you feel, Brother!!!!! Over the years, I (myself) have had a LOVE-HATE relationship with DWTS. 3, uh, examples…

1. It made my blood ANGRILY BOIL watching that ANNOYING AND SELF-RIGHTEOUS Candace Cameron Bure compete on there…BEYOND BLECH!!!!!!!!!!
2. It was TOTALLY PAINFUL (for me) watching that ‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye even compete. TOTALLY AWKWARD!!!!!
3. I’m sorry but that Paula Deen woman looked BEYOND FOOLISH on the DWTS dance floor. Y-U-C-K!!!!!!!!!!

Just saying………..

Have a good one, Brother.

Hello there, Jay!

I’m glad I’m not the only one with this “love-hate” relationship… You make some great points, and I agree with you. I think they choose many “stars” because of their controversies and baggage…

One of my favorite athletes is Martina Navratilova, one of the best (if not the best) female tennis players of all time. However, it was painful to watch her brief run on the show because she was out of her element and not a natural at dancing. I think the same thing would happen to Jamesj75… Take care, Friend!

James…I remember Martina Navratilova from that certain season of DWTS. And, remember, Martina was the first one voted off. Yep.

Peace, Brother.

So disappointed! Hopefully next season… A visit to Port Charles would be great too!

I love having the genre represented on DWTS. However, Emma Samms in not a favorite of mine so I am fine that it was just a rumor. Truth be told most seasons of DWTS can come up with odd people I wouldn’t want to see and then I spend the time watching and find their personalities are fun I enjoy watching them. I am sure it would have been the same for Emma Samms too.

I would have liked to have seen her. Maybe like she said, next time.

Where are the “stars” on that list?

Politicians are now on DWTS?!! How boring. I would have loved to see Emma and see her on GH with Tristan during his return. She would have lured me to watch.

JMER…EXACTLY!!!!! Also, it’s bad enough that MOST POLITICIANS do nothing but LIE!!!!! The last thing that I wanna see/watch on DWTS are politicians stumble (or whatever) all over the DWTS dance floor. No Thank You. N-o-p-e.

Have a good one.

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General Hospital Co-Stars Share Their Grief and Mourn the Loss of Johnny Wactor

There has been an outpouring of grief, sadness and remembrances for former General Hospital actor, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin 2020-2022), who the world learned was shot and killed on Saturday in a senseless theft and act of gun violence.

As previously reported, Wactor was only 37-years-old. The incident, as told by Wactor’s mother to TMZ, which ultimately took his life, occurred when three individuals attempted to steal the catalytic converter from Johnny’s car. Once alerted to the situation. Wactor did not try to stop or interfere in the theft but the unidentified suspects shot him anyway and then got a way.

Wactor’s talent agent, David Shaul, made this statement on his passing to Variety, “Johnny Wactor was a spectacular human being. Not just a talented actor who was committed to his craft but a real moral example to everyone who knew him. Standing for hard work, tenacity and a never give up attitude. In the highs and lows of a challenging profession he always kept his chin up and kept striving for the best he could be. Our time with Johnny was a privilege we would wish on everyone. He would literally give you the shirt off his back. After over a decade together, he will leave a hole in our hearts forever.”

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Many of Johnny’s former GH castmates took to social media in the last several hours with heartbreaking and touching words on the loss of Wactor. Here are just some below, and Michael Fairman TV will continue to update these remembrances as they are posted.

Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) – My heart is so utterly broken… Johnny was the absolute best. So genuine. So caring. Incredibly hard working and humble. With a huge heart that spread so much kindness and joy. He always made sure everyone around him felt seen, heard and loved. I admire the man he was so much and I’m a better person for having known him. We shared so many special moments, both on and off screen, and I will forever cherish them deeply in my heart. You will be so incredibly missed Johnny… I’m sure you’re already busy taking care of everyone up there.”

Chad Duell (Michael): “Some POS scum taking the life of someone who’s making something of themselves, and an amazing person. So disgusting and infuriating. Don’t know what else to say.. just so wrong.”

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Jon Lindstrom (Kevin): “When the tears slow down, I am literally sick to my stomach at this news. Johnny was one of those rare young men in this business who was kind, unassuming, humble, and always thought about other people. A talented young guy who just wanted to share that talent with the world. I wish I had enough love to fill the hole that his loved ones must feel right now, but I know that’s impossible. Johnny will be missed on this plane. For a long time to come. R.I.P.”

Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis): “An absolutely inconceivable, enraging & senseless tragedy. Johnny was a lovely man. Condolences to his family & friends. May they find eventual peace & may his memory be a blessing.”

Finola Hughes (Anna): “Gutted…. 🕊️ sending my deepest condolences to his family 🤍 I feel I must add to this post. The shock is so terrible, for such a genuine young man to be taken so violently. I am incredibly sad for his family. He was a very hardworking person, kind and extremely respectful to his fellow cast members. I am so sorry for his loss 🤍 Johnny Wactor xxx”

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Kirsten Storms (Maxie): “I’m in a state of disbelief and complete sadness. I don’t typically do posts like this, but Johnny was such a special person and it feels important (for me) to put these words out there. To Johnny’s mother and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Johnny was one of those rare “real individuals” that you almost never come across. I was fortunate enough to have some really good conversations with him where we discussed things I don’t typically open up about. For some reason, we talked about the deep stuff. He was a safe space for those conversations and, in turn, he would talk about his life. He genuinely cared about people and their journeys in life. During his time on GH I witnessed him work hard and truly have respect for every single person in our building. I just cannot believe that his life was stolen from him the way it was. My heart hurts. RIP Johnny”

Bonnie Burroughs (ex-Gladys): “I am heartbroken and sickened by this terrible loss. Johnny I love you. My heart breaks for your real mom and your whole family. The world is darker now.”

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Ashton Arbab (ex-Dev): “Absolutely heartbroken while typing this. Johnny Wactor was not only my tv dad for more than 25 episodes on General Hospital but he was a great human, a kind soul, an inspiration and a one of a kind actor. May your soul rest in peace. Heaven gained an Angel.”

Perry Chen (Brad): Johnny Wactor was a beautiful, beautiful soul. So talented. As you can see from the promo clip, always up for anything. Funny as all heck. Fit as all hell but also loved ice cream and ate all the junk I did as well. We all were cheated of many years with him.

Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt):  “Johnny Wactor, you were one of the good ones. I’m so sorry this happened to you. RIP”

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William deVry (ex-Julian): “Honestly, words can’t begin 2 express the sadness with which 2 convey my feelings towards losing another GH Alum. The senselessness of this lose is beyond description. Johnny was such a good guy. Really horrible. RIP Johnny Wactor & much love & comfort to those who loved him.”

Laura Wright (Carly): “In shock. My heart breaks for Johnny’s family. You were an incredible man.”

Kathleen Gati (Obrecht): Another talented, kind and generous General Hospital colleague gone too soon. Deepest condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and fans of Johnny Wactor.”

Cynthia Watros (Nina): “What a kind soul. We lost an amazing man.”

Briana Lane (ex-Brook Lynn): “The world lost a wonderful person yesterday and a true gentleman to everyone he met. I feel lucky to have known him and to have experienced the warmth he exuded so effortlessly. RIP Johnny Wactor”

Lydia Look (Selina): “Johnny, I’m crying and will be for a bit. I knew you were talented when you simply just took your shirt off when the rest of us were trying to outdo each other with our skits. I also knew there & then that you were fine as wine 😻 I also saw how you’d let others take the spotlight whilst confident & loving in your own space. Most of all, I learnt what a magnificent human you were in our long car rides between fan events. I will cherish our chats. Thank you.”

The official General Hospital social media accounts on X and Instagram shared: “The entire General Hospital family is heartbroken to hear of Johnny Wactor’s untimely passing. He was truly one of a kind and a pleasure to work with each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.”

What do you think about some of the remembrances of Johnny Wactor as shared by his former GH co-stars and friends af learning he was shot and killed? Comment below.

 

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‘General Hospital’ Favorite Johnny Wactor Dead at 37

Former General Hospital cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin), has died. Wactor’s mother, Scarlett confirmed to TMZ, that her son passed away early Saturday morning on May 25th. He was 37-years-old.

The details surrounding Johnny’s death are harrowing. He was reportedly shot and killed in downtown Los Angeles after three unidentified suspects were allegedly seen trying to steal a catalytic converter from his car,” shared Scarlett. She was also told Johnny didn’t try to fight or stop them. However, the men shot him anyway before taking off and fleeing the scene of the crime.

According to police reports, the paramedics rushed to the scene just after 3 AM PT, but Wactor died on his way to the hospital. At this time, police have not shared the description of the three suspects, but Johnny’s mother, is hoping they will be found soon.

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Wactor made his GH debut in 2020 as Brando and was the son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs). Brando fell in love with Sasha Gilmore ( got married and then the couple lost their premature son, Liam, which tore them both apart. In 2022, Brando was killed by the serial killer, The Hook, which turned to be Heather Webber (Alley Mills).

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One of Johnny’s first acting credits was in 2007 on Lifetime’s Army Wives. He later starred as Johnny in NBC’s Siberia, a supernatural drama filmed in the reality competition series vein. He also had several dramatic guest-starring roles in series such as: Criminal Minds, NCIS, Station 19 and more. As well, on the film side, Wactor had a featured role in 2016’s USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, a World War II drama starring Nicolas Cage and Tom Sizemore. More recently (in 2024), he starred as Marcus in Dead Talk Tales: Volume I.  Wactor was also seen in several national commercials.

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Johnny is survived by his mother and younger brothers, Grant and Lance.

Share your thoughts and condolences for Johnny’s family, and please share your heartfelt remembrances of Johnny, who tragically is now gone too soon, via the comment section below.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this developing story.

 

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General Hospital’s Michael Easton Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Last week over several episodes, General Hospital, handed the ball to one of their longstanding MVP’s Michael Easton (Finn), and he took it all the way in for a touchdown. The backdrop was the lead up to, and then the heartbreaking death of Finn’s father, Gregory Chase (played by Gregory Harrison), and its aftermath.

Through it all, Easton gave every scene its weight, made every scene compelling, and brought us, and we are certain many viewers, to tears throughout it. There is no question come Emmy-time 2025, this is one of the performances that must be remembered, and Michael has the scenes for his reel to back that up.

The set-up was coming off of Finn’s brother, Chase’s (Josh Swickard) wedding to Brook Lynn Quartermaine (Amanda Setton). Gregory asked the nuptials be a bit fast-tracked to ensure he could be present for it, for he was suffering from the illness for which there is no cure, ALS.  At the wedding reception, Finn slipped and took a sip of a glass of champagne, which began to break his seven years of sobriety.

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Once back from the reception, Finn and his dad, have the ultimate father/son talk, knowing they are on borrowed time. Finn and Gregory have also had a very strained relationship at one point; due to both’s involvement with Jackie Templeton. But with all that behind them, and in the present, Gregory was able to tell Finn how proud he was of him, and Finn said the same to his dad. There were tears, we all bawled, and then it was time to get Gregory ready for bed. Due to his symptoms from ALS, Gregory needs help getting undressed. Finn helps out his dad, before telling him goodnight. Gregory flashes back to his life and seemingly falls asleep, but he never wakes up.

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The next morning, Finn finds him cold and dead in his bed and sits on the floor at his dad’s bedside and weeps. Overwhelmed and alone, Finn pours himself a drink from the bottle left as a gift by the Cerullos. He has now lost his sobriety, completely. Things get even tougher for Finn when his daughter, Violet (Jophielle Love) comes home from school and he has to tell her that her grandfather died. He also had to call his brother, who was about to leave on his honeymoon, and tell him the bad news.

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After having a bit more to drink, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) stops by and they have an argument over his drinking and his unwillingness to let her take Violet with her for the night, which puts a strain in their relationship. Later, when Chase and Brook Lynn show up they can both see that Finn hit the bottle. When Chase finally gets some one-on-one time with his brother, he is able to get through to him.

While mourning the loss of his father, Finn realizes he needs to get cleaned up and get to a meeting. For Finn, as he recounted, having to witness the paramedics taking Gregory’s lifeless body with them was something no son wants to see and was more they could bear.

It was all heart-wrenching, beat by beat. Easton gave us all the layers and complexities and took us inside what Finn was feeling and how he was trying to cope with this terrible loss and tragedy. For all of these reasons, and those cited above, Michael Fairman TV names Michael Easton’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.

Now let us know, do you agree with our pick of Michael Easton for his work on GH for ‘Power Performance’ honors? And what moment from the episodes discussed above really brought you to tears the most? Comment below.

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