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GH's Executive Producer Frank Valentini Tweets: "You Won’t Believe Who’s Showing Up On Sunday at the Daytime Emmys on Pop. OMG…"

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There was a very intriguing tweet this afternoon from General Hospital‘s executive producer, Frank Valentini that said, “You won’t believe who’s showing up on Sunday at the #DaytimeEmmys on @PopTv. OMG…”

Meanwhile, word broke yesterday via a press release from NATAS and Pop that on the upcoming 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday night, April 26th, that two legends will reunite, but is that unrelated? That is the big question, but it certainly has people buzzing about it.  The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmys will be live on Pop from the Warner Brothers Studio lot historic Stage 16 beginning at 8PMET/5PMPST.

So, who do you think Valentini is referring to that will knock the socks off of daytime fans this Sunday?  Who do you hope the head honcho is referring to?  Share your thoughts below!

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SiteAdvocate61
SiteAdvocate61

Could he be speaking of Genie Francis and Anthony Geary?

Elhu
Elhu

That was my first thought as well !

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

That was my immediate thought (and hope!)!

I love gh
I love gh

That’s what I thought!

Lawrence
Lawrence

Geez frank can you just produce some returns for your show gh

vinman
vinman

Most likely. …LUKE AND LAURA 🙂

mariette
mariette

Erika Slezak and Robin Strasser is my guess.

I only wish is was Jaqueline Courtney and George Reinholt, remembering another reunion and may they RIP.

Fran
Fran

I wish this was true those two are missed

Harry
Harry

Yes, they are missed and it’s a real travesty no one has snatched those two up.

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

Genie Francis? Jack Wagner(my guess with Kristina Wagner)? or John Stamos? Stuart Damon? The real Luke…lol

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

Yep, its Jack Wagner…!!!

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

me w’ong…lol

Timmm
Timmm

Maybe Jack Wagner drover her to the show. Yeah, thats it!

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

Whoever it is, he or she is appearing on the emmys…it doesnt exactly mean GH???

Harry
Harry

I was wrong too, Jim.
I really didn’t think Tony would agree to it and I do wish Genie would stop letting herself be used by TPTB –she deserves better than what they keep giving her time and time again.

Michael
Michael

Genie Francis returns to GH as Laura Spencer!

Ces
Ces

There isnt anyone that can knock my socks off. Genie returning to GH? That’s anout the only one id like to see.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Me, too!

Chris
Chris

I think Ron and Frank need to give Twitter a rest already, and focus 110% on trying to actually write and produce (respectively) coherent stories for GH. And if they’re unable to, then ABC needs to step in and make changes in at least one of those positions before it’s too late. I’m not a fan of the massive egos that these two guys seem to have and continually show off publicly in interviews and on social media.

Steven
Steven

I know someone that works pretty high up the chain at ABC, and they are very happy with how GH is doing these days. Particularly with how Frank is running the show, managing to bring in some big names, while also keeping the show on budget, which is one of the key things ABC cares about. And something that the previous regime at GH was not very good at doing. So don’t expect any changes anytime soon.

Chris
Chris

I believe you on that. I did not convey that I thought GH was in danger of cancellation. Yes, the ratings clearly seem to be respectable from what I’ve seen, and ABC obviously must be generating enough ad revenue to keep the show on the air. So, yes, Ron and Frank have done their jobs in that regard.

But even though enough people are tuning to the show, that doesn’t mean that the style of these two guys is every viewer’s cup of tea, particularly Ron’s writing with never-ending Fluke story.

Plus, Ron and Frank both just come across as rather egocentric and snooty to me, and need to be a lot more humble, IMO. They act like they are so far above the audience, and the peons (er, longtime fans of this show) are way down there. I don’t want the head writer and/or EP of a major soap to be continually drawing attention to themselves in public through tweets.

Sissy
Sissy

As a longtime viewer, I’m very happy with Frank and Ron too!

Harry
Harry

That may be true Steve, however, Chris is spot on when he says Ron and Frank need to back away from Twitter. Especially Ron who consistently shoots himself in the foot on Twitter time and time again.
Really, I get embarrassed for him after reading some of his sophomoric rants.

Timmm
Timmm

They are both doing a great job and Twitter is a huge way to reach fans and can be an excellent tool to reach fans and promote their product.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Since this team is incapable of winning an emmy for their handiwork (GH was the ONLY show NOT honored for its production…. NOT writing, NOT directing, NOT outstanding drama….. the ONLY one out of the four)

I’d say its understandable that FV and RC resort to Twitter. It’s cheap and it’s sensationalist – and its a far cry from letting their subpar work speak for itself.

denisefan
denisefan

I agree with you Chris.

nicholas
nicholas

I agree with you . I didn’t like the way one of them behaved towards Sean Kanan . Sean had every right to voice his disappointment with the writing of his character .

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Completely agree with you, Nicholas, regarding Ron vs Sean Kanan. Completely immature and unprofessional of Ron. Had he handled it differently Sean might still be on the show.

kathy
kathy

I would love to see Luke & Laura together again! But I wouldn’t mind if Viki & Dorian show up together! lol

Jewell
Jewell

It would be great if it was Susan Lucci..

su0000
su0000

hmm
I’d have to guess=
….. Laura

su0000
su0000

via NATAS;
” that two legends will reunite”

It has be Luke and Laura .. So, Laura

Harry
Harry

That was my immediate thought, however, it’s hard to believe Tony Geary would agree to that.

Fanny
Fanny

It has to be Tony/Luke and Genie/Laura reunited.
Maybe they’ll present together.

The Substitute
The Substitute

@Harry with all due respect when did Geary start running the emmys? What is the deal with everybody would you like me to list the names of people who besides the almighty one who has contributed to daytime. Genie has been nothing but gracious towards ABC and the rest of the bunch she stared on GH at 14 yrs old she was thrown into major story she is a professional did it ever occur to anyone that she was quite happy playing Ceara on AMC/Loving then they wanted her back at GH she has always been given the short end of the stick she is a lovely person who deserved better! NEVER have I heard her say one unkind word about TG! When do women get some respect in this business??? Her mantle should be covered with tons of emmys!

Harry
Harry

Substitute–you are singing to the choir.
I have loved and respected Tony Geary for over thirty years but yes, I too, am tired of the spoiled Diva routine. Everything seems to be predicated upon what Geary wants–he is a part time actor who makes more money than the full time actors and goes takes three to four month sabbaticals a year.
And yes, again–Genie has been gracious and classy. They have continually asked her to drop everything to come back to help finish a story usually having to do with Luke. So they dust off Laura use her for a month or so and then put her back in storage. Her last exit was the worst example of an incomplete sentence I have ever seen,

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I would love to see Genie Francis back on GH full time…and agree that her last run was a huge disappointment and a letdown when she was ushered off, once again, so quickly. However, I don’t think any daytime actor is doing the writers, producers, etc a favor if they agree to return, no matter for how long a run. If the actor needs/ wants the work, they’ll do it. Can’t say I blame them..it’s a paycheck and they love their craft. Win/win.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

Genie Francis alongside Tony Geary announcing her return to General Hospital on contract

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah! (Can you tell I’m a big fan?!)

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

We can only hope!

Harry
Harry

I only want Laura back if she ignores Ole Luke. I don’t want her with the Pillsbury Dough man either.
Laura is too good for both Luke and Scotty. Let her come back and finish her story without either of those two aforementioned dummies.

Kacey
Kacey

Since we don’t get POP from any of the cable companies here I don’t really care who is showing up or who wins. If they can’t get it on a decent channel, why bother?

Barbara
Barbara

I can’t get POP either. Don’t know why they can’t air in on a more popular network!

Harry
Harry

Can’t you watch it online?

Rose
Rose

Like CBS or ABC since they have the soaps and many other nominated shows!

LeeAnn
LeeAnn

POP is just the TV Guide channel renamed.. I thought all the cable companies had the TV Guide channel, even the basic packages. Who knows, you may have it and not realize ! 🙂

Nancy
Nancy

Kacey, I have Time Warner and POP is on channel 230. Hope you can find it too.

Elena
Elena

I agree never heard of pop we don’t have it either.

SZima
SZima

No POP in my area.

I’ve been trying to find out if they will re-play the show online the next day, but haven’t heard anything yet.

Does anyone out there know?

Rose
Rose

Since Valentini is saying it, have to think the legends are from GH. So…Genie Francis/Laura and Tony Geary/Luke. Possibly Kimberly/Robin. Her name was mentioned on GH a couple of days ago. I wondered then if it was a teaser, that she might be surfacing again.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Speaking of Robin…I realized while I was watching Patrick and Sam together the other day that I actually like Patrick with Sam better than with Robin.

Rose
Rose

I’m not a big Robin fan since she became an adult. Liked her best when she hung out with Jason and Stone. Now she seems so serious and sometimes a little holier than thou. I do prefer Patrick better with Sam, but liked the chemistry between him and Elizabeth best if the writers had gone that way. Just seemed more natural. Sam and Jason, Steve Burton version, worked for me, too. This will sound strange, but maybe it was partly because they both have the same low key acting style. You would think just the opposite.

The Substitute
The Substitute

I know it won’t be but it would. Be wonderful if it was Stuart Damon and Leslie Charleson! Won’t be watching going to be gone that weekend fishin with hubby!

John
John

hoping it’s Genie !

Toure Cannon
Toure Cannon

could it be Genie Francis aka Laura Webber Spencer?or it could be Erika Slezak as well as Susan Lucci Victoria Lord Davidson Buchanan and Erica Montgomery Kane… Because we have not seen those 3 legends in a long time, especially Genie.there’s a Facebook page about bringing her back to television as Laura Spencer.but if it’s Susan and Erica please let it be because Susan Lucci as Erica Kane finally won her first award!who do you all think it is? any guesses suggestions?

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I bet it’s Tony Geary and Genie Francis.

Timmm
Timmm

BINGO!

nicholas
nicholas

Obama or Clinton ? I have no idea . It would knock my socks off , especially if we learn they used to watch soaps when they were younger or still watch soaps . Heard the Reagans were big fans of the late soap opera ” Santa Barbara ” . Don’t know if this is true or not .

Timmm
Timmm

I would riddle my TV full of bullet holes!

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Maybe the Reagans were fans of ‘Santa Barbara’ because former Broadway and movie star Dame Judith Anderson was a castmember of SB in addition to living in the real Santa Barbara where the Reagans had a vacation home.

Helen
Helen

I hope its Robin Strasser and Erika Slezak, that would be wonderful.

Harry
Harry

I miss them!

Fran
Fran

what channel is the Daytime emmys on pop channel what is that I have century link

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I have charter–extended–and it’s on channel 99–if that helps–and I’m in NC.

Rod
Rod

Well if its Genie Francis WHO CARES. Sooooo Over Luke & well Laura please we don’t need her back!!! and it hasn’t been that long so it’s not that exciting if it is Genie

Harry
Harry

Um, Rod?
Oh nevermind, I don’t have the energy.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

You must be someone who started watching after, what 2009?

averagejoe
averagejoe

Why does anyone care about anything Frank Valentini tweets or says? Yawn

Aria
Aria

Cause we are GH fans, duh!

Jill Tidwell
Jill Tidwell

I hope it is Genie and Tony.

su0000
su0000

I thought it would be them, now–
It will not be Tony Geary and Genie Francis, nope..
And- it is not necessarily anyone from GH..
I don’t know who the reunited couple be just that it will not be Luke and Laura..

I do not get POP network with Comcast, but looking forward to read/see who it is..

mariette
mariette

Rumor is it’s Maeve and Deliah straight from Ryan’s Bar…
seriously as previously noted, I wish it were Viki and Dorian
but I do agree, that Ms. Francis will show up…

Kathy
Kathy

I have feeling robin and brenda

Kathy Weber
Kathy Weber

I hope it is Jax and Brenda. I haven’t seen them in a while.

JUDY
JUDY

WHY DONT THESE PEOPLE ATTEMPT TO GET THE AWARDS SHOW ON A REAL NETWORK???? WHO CARES WHO IS THERE IF YOU CANT SEE IT?

Kathy Weber
Kathy Weber

I would really love to see Jax and Brenda at the Daytime Emmys. They were always one of my favorite couples. Reuniting Luke and Laura would be nice also. Jonathan Jackson who played their son Lucky should be there too.

brian
brian

let’s hope it is the daytime programmer from ABC announcing the return of ONE LIFE TO LIVE !

Timmm
Timmm

I think it will be Genie Francis. Maybe she signed on to be back at GH? Not as we remember her, though. Something is quite different about her and lets just say she is not the sweet little innocent girl we once knew. She wants revenge! Ladies and Gentlemen meet “FLAURA!”

Mark Y
Mark Y

Laura has been back to GH several times. That’s hardly worth and “OMG”

Justin
Justin

Like a lot of you, I would love it to be Genie Francis, but I’ve been burned so many times by GH/ABC over Genie. We can hope things would change. IMO, the focus of GH over the years should have been on Genie’s Laura, not the hard to watch downfall of Luke Spencer.

Aria
Aria

Aren’t they having that competition with viewers voting who they want back during the nurses ball? So it could be Stephen Nichols but I think genie Francis would be great too, and we also need Kimberly to return to finally get this Jason reveal over with, they are taking to long with everything, he should of already been hooking up with Liz, have more memory flashes and bonding with other people then the overplayed Carly.

Gentry Ashmore
Gentry Ashmore

All we have ever wanted is Luke and Laura forever. It’s about time to bring Genie Home. Everyone loves her! Her smiles lights up a room like no other.

While we are at it, let’s get those rights back to OLTL. John is looking like a cadaver on GH. He needs his Natalie and the LAPD. Our afternoons are lifeless with out OLTL.

Stephanie Fino
Stephanie Fino

I have two guesses. Felicia and Frisco or Erica and Jack, the first one is probably more likely but I would love it if it was the second one.

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

Its Rula Lenska…lol

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well none of these soapstars you guys are naming are worth an OMG in my books. To me an OMG would be a big name celebrity or politician– we don’t even know if the OMG tweet and the two legends reuniting are the same thing. If not, then I can see how the two legends could be Genie and Tony– but seeing them together isn’t an OMG moment. Anyway since the show isn’t being aired in Canada, I’ve searched and can’t find a Canadian carrier– I guess I will have to wait for recaps on line.

Aden
Aden

Honestly…if it is Tony and Genie……what a slap in the face and an insult to fans and to Genie. She was completely left out of the Fluke storyline when she should have the emotional epicentre of it as the one who humanized Luke and kept his dark alter ego in check for decades. This regime trashed the love story that defined the genre and made history. For them to have no use for the character or actress and then to trot her out for special occasions for publicity sake is just crass. I really don’t think it’s them but hope it isn’t. It would be mildly nauseating to see Tony do his doe-eyed fake declaration of happiness at seeing Genie onstage. He has made it abundantly clear that the Luke fans loved and the Luke that Laura loved is something he abhors and pretty much refuses to play. I have no idea who head two mystery guests are but really….30 second reunions between aging soap stars does not make me run for my remote. Lol.

Aden
Aden

And furthermore….I think Frank Valentini is a little…um….long in the tooth to be typing things like OMG. That’s kind of for the Taylor Swift crowd, no?

Harry
Harry

Love your post, Aden, and your OMG comment make me LOL, er, I mean laugh out loud.
You know what I do not understand?
Why do people SAY OMG instead of just saying, “Oh my God.”
I get it if it’s in writing but saying it aloud?
Either way, it’s three syllables !!!

Aria
Aria

It’s been announced that it is indeed tony and genie, as to why, I’m not sure, as far as I know the pop network is not owned by Disney/ abc, the 50th anniversary already passed and I haven’t heard about genie returning to GH, what really annoys me is FV tweeting bout their appearance like he had something to do with it. His regime has been just as awful in the way they treat genie as the previous regime. Who says Luke and Laura have to be on screen together? I’m all for them having separate stories.

Iakovos
Iakovos

It would be nice to see daytime out in force for their awards show and this year (finally!) it seems they have an award show they can be proud of! Am curious about this legends announcement. Bring as many in as possible, I say. Daytime drama is alive and well. It need not be daytime anymore, but could stream anytime. And cable can pick up the ball here, too. We love our soaps!! Eager for Sunday evening’s festivities.

janet
janet

Hay Frank , if its Genie why the hell would you care ?

Aria
Aria

So FV tweets ” you won’t believe who’s showing up at the daytime Emmy omg”… fans answer, genie Francis the actress you and abc won’t bring back! So stop brown nosing actions speak louder then your lame tweets!!!

The Substitute
The Substitute

Tony Geary’s reel was probably the best and if he wins tonight can we all just say ok and never let him submit again! I think we call it overkill! And if Y &R wins best show shame on JFP for exploiting the backstage drama Mm who I am not a super fan won that award for them no matter what you think about the backsta

The Substitute
The Substitute

Did not finish and that is okay!

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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

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Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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