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GH’s Finola Hughes Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

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Once again, as she has many times previously, General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna) is our pick for the Power Performance of the Week. This time, Hughes, brought the emotional heartbreak, guilt, the steely resolve of super spy Anna Devane, all rolled into one as Anna helped end the life of super villain, Peter August (Wes Ramsey) aka Henrik Faison.

It seemed fitting that in the end, as Peter is near his last breaths (after being clubbed over the head by Felicia and taking a fall), that it was Anna who was by his side, but not how you might expect.  Feigning that she called for an ambulance and the paramedics to help Peter, when she in fact didn’t, proved once again Anna can be as tough as they come as she was going to take care of Peter once and for all, by simply preventing anyone from coming to save him.

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Peter, knowing the end is near calls Anna a killer, and she responds, “Depends on your perspective.”  What Hughes does so well is give Anna the appearance that she often has it all under control, when we, the audience, know she’s conflicted and she is breaking inside.  After all, Anna had believed for quite some time that Peter was her son with Faison, only to find out later it was her twin sister, Alex, who was his bio-mom.

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When Anna showed Peter some understanding as he is dying, she expressed, “No one deserves to die alone, not even you.” Anna did take Peter’s hand in his final moments. Later, walking away from his dead body, and in tears, and she says goodbye to him in a full-circle moment. Finally, the bad guy had been apprehended and he can’t hurt anymore people that Anna loves or feels responsible for.

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Next, a guilt-ridden Anna returned to Port Charles, and Robert (Tristan Rogers) was there to catch her in her emotional time of need.  In wonderfully played scenes between Finola and Tristan Rogers, Robert says to Anna, “I see him (Peter) sitting on your shoulder, dripping doubt into your ear.”  Anna responds, “Will you answer me something honestly? Do you not think that I bear some responsibility for the way that he turned out, and all the blood he spilled?” Robert tells Anna that no, she does not, and she nearly got herself killed for it.   The emotional high point occurred when Robert tells Anna that the “next time she gives her heart to someone, give it to some guy that deserves her love.”  Hughes’ reactions as Anna listens to Robert intensely, and is overcome with tears, was beautifully played.

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, GH’s co head-writer, Chris Van Etten shared on Peter’s demise, “We always knew that the final moment had to be between Anna and Peter.  There was no other consideration.  The story started with Anna, and it has to end with Anna.”

So, what do you think of our pick for Finola Hughes as the Power Performance of the Week? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Finola was her typically amazing self. Anna got some of her groove back this week after being weakened by Heinrik over the past 4+ years. When she told him that the ambulance was not coming, I said out loud “it’s about time Anna F-n Devane is back!”

Kudos to the writers for focusing on the Scorpio family unit this week. All the beats were played. Felicia, front and center again, from dealing Heinrik’s final blow to a loving wrap up chat with Mac. Robert and Anna’s conversation and Maxie’s unification with Bailey Lu (a much better name choice).

This all leads to the bigger question… what’s next?

I’d give Kristina Wagner an honorable mention as well, as she showed that Felicia is tough as nails! And I loved seeing Robert on four shows this week! Sincerely hoping that he, Mac, Felicia and Anna will be front and center for “Ice Princess 2: The Wrath of Cassadine!”

Yes it was a very good scene but I also feel it was truncated and should have been longer. Finola was typically excellent and managed to give Peter a shred of humanity at the end. Many of us don’t believe we’ve seen the last of Peter but, for now, I enjoyed his demise. I am surprised dimwit Dante hasn’t arrested Felicia yet. But give him time. I can see him also arresting Brook Lynn and Chase for fraud or something equally stupid.

Finola Hughes is my favorite actress on GH. There is something so sincere and authentic in her delivery that blows me away and this was no exception. Awesome job! How perfect that Anna was there to see Peter’s demise. As an aside, I’m grateful this storyline is over as it went on far too long

I would pick Kirsten Storms as the “power performer of the week”. Her work telling Peter she plans on escaping and especially when Peter was going to shoot her were the best of the week for me! Finola was fine too of course, just Kirsten was better!

I agree Richard. Ms. Storms’ performances since the first unveiling of Peter have been astounding. She’s found levels of depth and pathos that were always there but really burst out in this story. I don’t put much stock in awards anymore but if she isn’t rewarded with an Emmy this year, they should just retire the award forever.

AMAZING!!!

Doesn’t Felicia get consideration for Power Player of the week…

She’s the one who sent Heiny back to Hell, after all!

I agree. Felicia always rises to the occasion.

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An award for holding someone’s hand?
Where’s the credit due Felicia, she’s the one that slayed the dragon? It hardly took five minutes for him to croak, and no way would help have got there in that time. Maybe Anna could have tried something other than holding his hand to save or comfort him, in turn helping herself from feeling so much guilt. Felicia isn’t regretting what she did to save her daughter, and no one blames her. Maxi by the way sent Anna the lipstick message that led Anna and her posse to Peter’s hideout.

Sing it, Violet! I’m so happy Felicia got her due. And Anna too. Sisters doing it for themselves.

Violet…Yes, an award. Anna and Peter’s handholding scene was perhaps the most poignant act I’ve seen on GH. Simple and touching even with the baggage that lead up to this point. It made me even shed a tear for what Peter could have been if his life had been different.

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I love Finola Hughs too and I too shed a few tears but not for Peter but for all the lives he took and wrecked without a backward glance, even his own child having to grow up realizing what a monster her father was.

Violet…It goes without saying about all the damage Peter did. And there is always the ripple affect that spreads to the unintended like friends, family and community. I like Nina, but the same ripple affect idea has spread to others because of her choices and reasons. At least no deaths unless Carly’s eyes could kill.

Rose: “ripple shmipple” Nina’s “crime” was nothing compared to Sonny and Carly’s crimes. All this whining from the characters (and Carly/Sonny fans) is laughable. Sonny can threaten to kill Nicolas and no reaction; Carly can kidnap an old woman from a nursing home and nutthin’. Carly lie to Nina about Nelle being her daugher? Meh. But NINA” OMG..how “dare” she not reveal a truth! Paleeeez…the Port Charles hypocrites are cringe-worthy….as IF Carly didn’t keep Michael from AJ, keep Avery from Ava, try to change Spencer’s paternity results, drug AJ, try to kill Tony and Franco, kidnap an old woman, etc, etc…

Rebecca1…All right, All right…Nina’s not always perfect, but I like her anyway. But she isn’t even close to Carly who I can’t stand. Thanks for the complete dossier on Carly. I’d almost forgotten some of her misdeeds. As for Sonny, if it wasn’t for Nina, some of Mike wouldn’t be transferring into Sonny. But enough to get involved with Sonny?

Rose; that was so not the “complete” dossier on Carly, lol. Those were just some of the highlights. “Mike” was always a part of Sonny, the part of him that got buried, or never had a chance to awaken, when he chose the criminal path. Mike’s someone he’ll never share with Carly; even with all their decades together his time as “Mike” and his complete happiness in Nixon Falls will always be a cherished memory with Nina. But underneath it all the darkness is still there. I just hate the thought of her going over to the dark side with him & getting tangled up in the mob stuff if/when he returns to that life full time. Nina deserves better. I’m rooting for a Jax recast…

Rebecca1…I think you are right about Sonny. I do remember he resented how his stepdad treated him and his mom. I think that is what took him over to the dark side…to get back at him if I am right. But it never excused the strip/girly clubs he had and how he used girls at that time. So now he is showing a mix of Sonny and. Mike. But like you I don’t want Nina to get entangled with him either. I wouldn’t mind a Jax recast. Again, he’s not always perfect, but I mostly liked his character. Sad, evil days for the world right now. Let’s hope for some sort of karma, soon.

Absolutely, FH was and is amazing. But can we please talk about the dynamics which exist between Anna and Robert? All it takes is an exchange of looks between these two and their history, their connection their knowledge of each other just leaps up to form a crescendo of understanding. And yet, no words were spoken.

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Yes, Anna and Robt. forever but I also love the smiles from both he and Olivia when they are together. So cute!

Finola Hughes could be reading a disctionay adn she would get my vote for Performer of the Week – she is tha good! Yet again, her beautifully nuanbed performance showed why Anna Devane is one of, in my book THE most, compelling and beloved characters in daytime.

Could not find another place for this. “What is thy name hypocrisy?, thy name is CARLY! or something like that. She was totally unbelievable today talking to Britt about them declaring Jason dead so soon. How long did she wait to write Sonny, personally and legally out of her life, a few weeks? This woman is a piece of work and nuDrew whom Ive come to like is falling for her needy crap.She can mow someone down with a look and the next minute she’d her crocodile tears all over her prey of the day, makes me sick!

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Bryan Craig Wishes General Hospital’s Maurice Benard ‘Happy Father’s Day’; Is He Trolling Us … or is This the Ultimate Return Tease?

Sunday is Father’s Day, and it’s the time when many soap stars and celebrities take to social media to give love and shout outs to their dads.

In an another post that got General Hospital fans to take notice, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) dropped a blast from the past photo of himself alongside Maurice Benard (Sonny). Accompanying the photo, Bryan wrote: ‘Happy Father’s Day” Maurice Benard.

The post on X comes on the heels of a previous response by Craig to a post on Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, General Hospital) comment to On the Red Carpet, where he revealed that this summer, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.” In response, Craig teased, “Who could it be…”

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Now on Sunday responses to Craig’s post were met with varied responses from GH fans from “Stop playing with us” to “Now you’re just trolling us, lol. We really need you back right now.”  Still others took it as a potential confirmation that Craig is the mystery man on his way back to General Hospital stating, “I hope you’re going to back to GH!” to “Can’t wait!”

Craig last appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a brief return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared in numerous TV and film projects including: Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel.

So, is Bryan Craig yanking GH viewers chain, or is he slyly teasing us, because he knows he is the one returning to the ABC soap opera? Weigh-in on your theories below.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmys Red Carpet Interviews

A week ago, at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of your favorite soap opera stars took to the red carpet prior to the telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount + and posed for pictures for the paparazzi and several spoke to the media before going inside and taking in the ceremonies and rooting on their castmates and shows.

While on the red carpet, Michael Fairman TV interviewed those who stopped performers who stopped by and those we could catch on the action-packed bustling arrivals. All of the video interviews are now posted and complete on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Look for conversations with Days of our Lives, Tamara Braun (Ava), Suzanne Rogers (Maggie) with Rob Scott Wilson (Alex) and Paul Telfer (Xander), Dan Feuerriegel (EJ), Greg Rikaart (Leo), and Eric Martsolf (Brady) with wife Lisa and their twin sons, Chase and Mason.

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Stopping by to chat from General Hospital were Maura West (Ava) and Finola Hughes (Anna), and from The Bold and the Beautiful, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge) and his daughter, McKenna, Annika Noelle (Hope), Kimberlin Brown (Sheila) and John McCook (Eric) and his wife, Laurette.

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From The Young and the Restless, Peter Bergman (Jack), Courtney Hope (Sally), Christian LeBlanc and Tracey Bregman (Michael and Lauren), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Michael Mealor (Kyle), Melissa Ordway (Abby), Kate Linder (Esther) and Bryton James (Devon), and making their first appearance on a Daytime Emmy red carpet were Neighbours stars: Stefan Dennis, Annie Jones and Georgie Stone.

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Below is the complete playlist of 2024 Daytime Emmy Red Carpet interviews. Make sure to check them out. Then let us know who you loved seeing and hearing from the most via the comment section below.

 

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GH’s Evan Hofer Talks Life for Dex After Sonny’s Beatdown, Giovanni Mazza, and If Josslyn is Love Endgame

General Hospital’s Dex Heller (Evan Hofer) has been at the epicenter of Sonny Corinthos’ (Maurice Benard) paranoia, which led to the beatdown of Sonny’s former right hand man.

Now, Dex is licking his wounds, and trying to move on with his life after joining the PCPD; following attempting to move away from working for the mob and under Sonny’s thumb. Problem is, Dex has a soft spot for Sonny. Meanwhile, looks like there still may be a future for Dex and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) as the two are trying to mend their once-fractured relationship.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Evan Hofer at the 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmys (in which Hofer was a presenter during the ceremonies), to discuss the current life and times of his Port Charles alter-ego.

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Evan has now gotten to see and feel first-hand what is like working in soaps and television, when you have to wear prosthetics on your face after Sonny accosted Dex at Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding reception.

Hofer recalled the experience. “Our makeup team is incredible. Priscilla, my makeup artist is just so talented. She layered silicone every day so she could control the swelling, so that way, she would have control over how it looked as it progressed and, you know, decreased, increased,” Hofer revealed. “She was incredible and very, very detailed.”

Paying a nod to actors who have to take on TV or movie roles where they have to wear complete facial prosthetics, Evan shared, “I do not envy people who wear full face prosthetics. I think my longest tape day was probably seven hours in it. I got a little claustrophobic. It does cause you to have a lack of of depth perception, which is a rough one.”

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Hofer weighed-in on if he thinks Dex will ever turn in Sonny and press charges against him for his character’s recent beatdown. “I hope he doesn’t. It’s hard though, because he loves him (Sonny) and that’s the problem,” stated Evan. “That’s what we do with people we love. It’s almost an abusive parent relationship, isn’t it? I have this theory that Dex almost feels like he deserves these things.”

Now might be the time for the GH writers to explore more of Dex’s backstory which could include a backstory of abuse. “I really would love them to. I think it’d be incredible,” hoped Evan. However, he added, “I’m just grateful for whatever I get to do every day and excited for whatever story we get to tell.  Something like The Departed – undercover with the mob- would be cool (for a storyline), and then everybody’s wondering which side I’m on the whole time.”

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Is there hope for Dex and Josslyn fans that they will still may be each other’s love endgame? Hofer teased, “I think they start spending a little more time together, but who knows what’ll happen. You never know on a soap opera. Maybe Dex’s evil twin will show up and steal Josslyn away.”

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A few months back, Evan shared some major scenes with the one and only Finola Hughes (Anna). In story, Dex admits he was going to kill Cyrus on Sonny’s orders. Hofer shared it was a big moment for him since his time being on GH. “What an honor to get to do those scenes with Finola. I had only worked with her once before and that was when Dex broke her out of prison and he got shot the first time,” recalls Hofer. “She’s all about working the scenes ahead of time, which I am, too. We got to get a lot of reps in and when we get up there on stage, she’s incredibly affecting. I’ll kind of have an idea of maybe of how the scene will go, and then I’ll just look in her eyes and suddenly I am just so in a different space that she’s pulled me into. In those scenes, having Dex feel like someone cares about him was really beautiful.”

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Recently, Giovanni Mazza premiered as Gio. In Hofer’s first on-screen scenes with Mazza, the two talk about Gio’s dad having been in the military and Dex’s experience in the Army and serving in Afghanistan.

This raised some GH viewers eyebrows to what if the two characters could somehow be related? Perhaps, brothers? Evan responded to those inquiring minds, “Oh, I don’t know. We look pretty alike. There is the military connection. I think it’ll be interesting. Those first scenes we had together were incredible. I was so excited to work with Geo. He couldn’t be any nicer really. He’s an incredible person. He’s so easy to be around. We hang out outside of work all the time, already.”

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Does Evan think there will come a day where Jason (Steve Burton), Dex and Sonny will all be working together on the same side, and thus, Sonny will have both his former henchman at his disposal?  While Hofer doesn’t know what’s coming down the pike, he expressed, “It’s been incredible to have Steve around. He’s a really wonderful man. I’d only met him on Zoom previously to him coming back.  I hope we get to work together more. We got one batch of scenes together and I hope we get to do more soon.”

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As to what GH viewers should be on the lookout for in the weeks ahead, Evan teased, “We’ll see what Joss and Dex get into, and we’ll see what happens within the police department.”

So, are you rooting for Dex and Joss? Do you want Dex back working for Sonny, or hope he stays with the PCPD? Would you want to see more of Dex’s backstory explored? Comment below.

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