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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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Mike
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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!

Caffey
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Caffey

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!

SZima
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SZima

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.

Tim
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Tim

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

robbie
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robbie

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

Lana
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Lana

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….

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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).

Soaphound
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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!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

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!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

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… Read more »

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jaybird369

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.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

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!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

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

Peace, Brother.

robbie
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robbie

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

fginaspy
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fginaspy

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.

Mo
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Mo

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

Dylan
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Dylan

Where are the “stars” on that list?

JMER
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JMER

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.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

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: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Cameron Mathison Joins General Hospital

Big casting news! Daytime favorite, Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children) is heading to General Hospital.  

Mathison, who will finish up his run as co-host of Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family when its final season ends in August, will be joining the ABC soap opera.

No word yet on what role Cameron will play and when he will debut.  Deadline broke the news of the newest GH cast member,

Throughout his acting career, Mathison has earned two Daytime Emmy Supporting Actor nominations in 2002 and 2004 for his work on AMC.

In a statement on joining the legacy series, Cameron said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the General Hospital family!  Incredibly grateful to (Executive Producer) Frank Valentini and the writers at GH for including me in such an iconic show.  I feel like a kid at Christmas, as I’ll also be continuing making Hallmark movies and be part of that family as well.  So so excited… thank you!”

So excited that Cameron is coming to Port Charles? What role will he or should he play? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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