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GH's Emme Rylan Begins Her Journey as Lulu! And Lulu Can't Remember Who She Is!

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Wow! What a way to take over a role played by a former and beloved Daytime Emmy winner!  In an intriguing move to usher in the new Lulu Spencer Falconeri, Emme Rylan takes on the role of the Iced Spencer gal, with a twist!

According to the latest General Hospital and ABC promo, Lulu can’t remember who she is!  No recollection of her family, her husband Dante or the baby they believe they are having via Maxie!

What do you think of the storyline move?  Do you think Dante and Lulu needed a big obstacle to keep them front and center on the canvas?  Do you think this will open up a whole new opportunity for the character of Lulu to be mind altered?

Watch the promo after the jump and let us know your thoughts!

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Liz
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Liz

Terrific transitional premise. Opens the door for a brand new Lu.

Theresa
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Theresa

I agree with you! I like how they are doing this so it makes the change easier…… although I miss Julie, but I’m going to give the NuLulu a chance and maybe I will like her just as much!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Maybe the baby Maxie is carrying is Lulu and Dante’s after all. ??? The birth may be the alarm that wakes Lulu from her haze of lost memory.

the plot device is a good way to introduce Emme Rylan as Lulu. A woman with no memory of herself and her relationships, of course, will act differently. this will diminish any haters’ or critics’ need to nit and pick at the cast change.

Seems this will further the Spencer-Cassadine feud, too, a la the good old days.

Hmmmm…

Miriam
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Miriam

I think it’s a great way to let Emme make the role of Lulu her own, and give fans time to accept her as the new Lulu. Because we all read what a lot of fans thought about Jen Lilley taking over Maxie.

This also opens up more drama for Dante and the rest of the family, and gives more drama for Maxie to come to terms with whether she will confess that the baby isn’t theirs after all.

tarlyfan
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tarlyfan

you are probably right. with Lulu not feeling any emotional connection to the baby to be, Maxie will change her mind and decide to keep it as her own instead.

mizz real
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mizz real

I HOPE MAXIE KEEPS IT I SO WANT MAXIANILLI BACK TOGETHER SINCE THEY NEVER GOT MARRIED LET THEM HAVE THERE BABY GIVE NEW LULU SOMETHING ELSE TO DO

ethel
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ethel

i am just hoping the fans will give emme rylan a chance to settle into the role of lulu and show her talent & not start the usual bashing & comparing her to julie berman……

k/kay
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k/kay

Totally agree give her a chance she made Lizzie on GL her own and Abby on Y&R she could really give some zingers on Y&R I really like her when she came back she had grown up some so I am missing her at Y&R. So let’s give her a chance.

Max
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Max

Loved Lizzie on GL.. Too bad we couldn’t get Bill from GL to come to GH

heidi
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heidi

I loved it!!! It’s a great opportunity to have fun with some great actors and characters. I was surprised that they didn’t do the old type voiceover saying that the part of Lulu is now being played by Emme Rylan. For just a minute I thought maybe they were going to try and have her be an imposter Lulu… but then why would Dante, Laura and Luke be so certain it was Lulu. It does make you wonder if we are being played with though… just for a minute or so. I really like the casting of Emme for this… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Loving this twist. This way she can be Lulu, but not necessarily the same Lulu the previous actress played. It also allows for a new romance to begin again between her and Dante. It can be awkward seeing a new half of an old couple- so this gives this couple a plausible reason to recreate their courtship, so the new actress isn’t being over shadowed by the previous actress work. Good call GH- much potential— and bit off topic, just wanted to extend my prayers toward American soap fans who dealing with the tragic events from yesterday.

jimh
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jimh

Of course she dont know Dante, her parents or the baby…its not the same Lulu! joking/lol…it wouldve been a funny inside joke had one of the three had said there is somthing different about Lulu b4 she woke up! With the amnesia there are many story possibilities: Maybe Lulu wont be attracted to Dante but someone else for awhile, and maybe she wont want the surrogate baby as well. This way Dante and Lulu could slowly get back together as a couple to help fans accept the new Lulu and to adjust seeing her with Dante. Perhaps Maxi will go… Read more »

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Great way to transition a talented actress into an established role. Good luck Emme!

Nancy
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Nancy

She is a really good actress and I hope people are supportive and not mean.

susan M.
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susan M.

She is very pretty !

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Loved her first line!

Lin
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Lin

I just hope we don’t have this “I don’t know you or who I am” story for too long. We did that with Jason. As long as the story line starts moving- she starts liking Dante soon at least, etc. it will be fine. I just don’t want to see weeks and months of negativity as when they changed Jason’s personality. I know it’s not the same thing. Also, we do not know if the baby is Maxie and Spinelli’s for sure. Remember that lying Brit is the one who said that. Just as soon as Maxie tells Spinelli, I’ll… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

She looks too old to play Lulu.

tarlyfan
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tarlyfan

yes, that is the only downfall with this re-cast. She looks almost as old as Nikolas, and way older than JJ’s Lucky.

Ces
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Ces

Totally! We’ll see how it goes once she’s back in PC and unfrozen looking 🙂 She looks older than Dom (Dante) too!

jimh
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jimh

Emme and Julie are just 3 years apart

jimh
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jimh

Shes just 3 years older

ces
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ces

If she’s only 3 years older then she looks too old for her age and too old for this part. So far, I’m not terribly impressed.

Charles E.
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Charles E.

Well, I agree it is a clever way to introduce Ms. Rylan’s version of the Lulu character- a “tabula rasa” of sorts. Let’s hope the amnesia is temporary- as someone said earlier, we do NOT want another “Jason” situation where the character is changed completely, upsetting the viewers. I still say Maxie is carrying a Falconeri baby, as she actually miscarried a twin and Dr. Britch (thank you, Felix!) knows it!!!!

Bill
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Bill

Thought it was strange that we didn’t have a voiceover, “the role of Lulu Falconeri is now being played by …” in Emme’s first show. Was it because there was a two week absence of the character, or is this practice no longer being observed?

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Had LuLu been active in a storyline, the voiceover would have taken place. But, it’s hard to do that for a popsicle.

Michael
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Michael

I’m not familiar with her, but I trust Frank Valentini’s vision.

su0000
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su0000

Well, change is good..
Emme will be an awesome as Lulu, better than no Lulu ..

This turnaround is being done very well; to present the different Lulu..

cherie
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cherie

Brilliant! This eliminates the comparisons because NuLuLu doesn’t know who she is! How very The Vow of them. Just you know have a better happy ending. (that’s all)

Belle
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Belle

As long as this isn’t a 6 month arc with both characters separating and going in different directions, I’m ok with it. Not necessarily thrilled considering this is the same type of thing that happened with Lucky when he was recast. I’d rather see something a bit more original, but it is what it is. Just hope they keep them together working through this angst. And Maxie & Britt can have their OWN babies because I want to see Lulu pregnant with her and Dante’s own baby. Maybe that would be what revives her memory…

Sandra
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Sandra

I really liked that idea, until I realized they’d probably have us wondering for months if it’s Stavros’ kid.

janet
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janet

I loved Emme’s version of Lizzie, on GL. I even watched some of Abby on Y&R until I couldn’t stand any more of Victor Sonny take your pick the character who never loses, and no matter how disgustingly dirty he played always came out the winner.
I am looking forward to Emme’s Lulu. Never was much of a fan of Julie. Didn’t dislike her just didn’t care. Wish her luck tho. Emme tho she can bring it if they give her a chance.

k/kay
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k/kay

I just watched her replacement on Y&R gosh awful I will miss you on Y&R! Good luck to you on GH! Big mistake letting you go guys give her a chance she will make this role her own.

TeacherTeacher
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TeacherTeacher

I actually don’t like the premise at all, though I like Emme Rylan and think she will do great.

It’s hard to root for Dante/Lulu when I haven’t seen the chemistry between them yet. I would have preferred that nuLulu celebrated the baby with Dante for a few days, jumped into the nurse’s ball story, got kidnapped right along with Ethan, then showed up frozen on Cassadine Island. It would make Dante’s emotions more heart-wrenching to watch.

I might add that Jen Lillely did a great job as Maxie with zero change in character or an amnesia story.

TeacherTeacher
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TeacherTeacher

Lilley, not Lillely

Carly
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Carly

Loved Emme as Abbey on Y&R! She will be awesome as Lulu! Love her!

RobertC
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RobertC

Do to the terrorist attack in Boston at the Boston Marathon the GH episode that was suppose to be shown on Monday was shown here in Sacramento Ca on Tuesday afternoon.I hope the person who set the bombs is brought to justice after he is found.

Joshua
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Joshua

I so can’t blame Emme for vacating Genoa City.

If show killing witch Jill Farren Phelps was your new boss, you would too!

Daisylex
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Daisylex

I loved JMB as Lulu for years, so it was hard for me to accept her not being there any longer, but as another poster said, I’d rather have a different Lulu than no Lulu. I don’t know much about Emme, haven’t seen much of her work, but what I’ve seen on GH since she first appeared has been exciting to see. I think she and Dominic Zamprogna can make this new story line work. I like the way they are introducing her. Actually, the story line I’m seeing unfold now is very similar to the one I started to… Read more »

Jennifer
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Jennifer

I hate that you have Lulu playing memory loss. I won’t be watching GH for a long while. The last time I stop it was two years. This time it may be longer.

kris
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kris

I think Lulu needs 2 be back to remembering who she is her husband her family all that I hate the storyline I don’t think its a good idea Will she ever get it back an remember everything that happened 2 her before her kidnapping? its just a crappy storyline.

good luck to Emme
but I have 2 admit I miss Julie already its not the same without her..

sarah
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sarah

I willing to emme rylan a chance, but i agree with most of the people here i miss jmb.

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Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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