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GH's Finola Hughes & Jason Thompson named Power Performances of the Week – Three Weeks in a Row!

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On-Air On-Soaps has been for the last two years giving credit where credit is due, because no matter who tells you different, daytime soap opera has some of the most phenomenal performers working in television, not to mention the hardest working.

And again this week, we are giving the Power Performances of the Week honors to General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna) and Jason Thompson (Patrick) for their heart-wrenching emotional scenes, following Robin’s funeral, where Anna lets Patrick have it after finding out that he cheated on Robin with Lisa Niles!

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With Finola Hughes driving the scene, with amazing dialog and an even more stunning delivery, and Thompson’s Patrick being assaulted by Robin’s mother’s words, it was yet another classic scene by this duo.  And as a mother trying to deal with the fact that Robin never came to her when her marriage was falling apart, Finola Hughes had to cope and try to come to terms with the gripping realization that her beloved daughter never told her something so important.

The entire week of episodes however did belong to Hughes, as later she proceeds to drown her sorrows at Jake’s (now “The Floating Rib”).  Anna’s scenes with Tony Geary (Luke) were also filled with poignancy, as Luke tries to make her take look at why she is really upset, and in the process reveals, that he killed a little boy in a hit-and run, on the anniversary of little Jake’s death.   We would also give Geary honorable mention this week for these scenes.  But then again, when is Geary not good?

Also doing some touching work this week was Jen Lilley (Maxie) tried to convince everyone she is a murderer, and Steve Burton (Jason) and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) when the two remembered and grieved for Robin and their son, Jake, at the bridge.

Jason Thompson also had some nice moments with the returning Rick Springfield (Noah), that were nicely understated between father and son.

Now below watch the amazing Power Performances of the Week clip between Finola Hughes and Jason Thompson which begins at 3:56 into the clip, after the set-up where Maxie inadvertently spills the bean about Patrick’s indiscretion, and then let us know your thoughts!

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Debi
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Debi

Can I ask what are your thoughts of Maxie and her ‘break down’ at the funeral? I see her being bashed on some blogs, and that is bothersome to me. Curious how you all feel..

Also Michael..heard a rumor ..can you confirm? Rick Herbst is returning to GH?

barbara t
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barbara t

I like jen lilley alot ,that poor girl does get put down,Alot ,go to her facebook page and tell her you like the work she is doing on g h,she really feels bad,I leave a post for her now and then ,she is really sweet.I also heard a rumor that rick herbst may be returning ,that would be nice.He is another character that was let go and I never understood why.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

I love Jen Lilley. She’s doing a fantastic job. Maxie isn’t a easy role to step into. She shouldn’t be bashed.

Debi
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Debi

I heard the RH rumor as well as another character from AMC. I didn’t watch AMC. RH would be a dream come true. Great actor. Could you see him & Molly going at it together?? lol
Jen is doing a great job, a blog I go to rips on her because they feel she ruined Robin’s funeral. I feel she had a melt down and it wasn’t the worse thing!!!!!!!

barbara t
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barbara t

Debi,I would love to see Rick and Molly going at it together wouldnt they be a cute father and daughter?. about Jen lilly It wasnt just robins funeral,she was getting hell months ago for taking over k s part as maxi.I wrote her a few posts telling her I thought she was doing a beautiful job taking over,She liked what I said.People were really mad at her ,It is sad that there are people out there that would hurt someone with words like they did to her. like its her fault that ks is gone.Sad.I also told her that if… Read more »

Debi
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Debi

BarbT She is a great actress. Nobody can take that from her. I just don’t think her having a ‘melt down’ at a funeral deserves to be bashed like it is. People ‘melt’ at funerals!! Did she say she was staying in this role?? She nor Maxie are on opening credits.

Ric is such a great actor. I think imo that they are waiting to see if they are getting renewed before they make committments to other actors. Don’t you?

GemmaG
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GemmaG

Anna scenes with Patrick were so good. Finola Hughes is an incredible actress!

dominicsmythe
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dominicsmythe

wow, finola is at her A game… she’s SO good. jason thompson is doing a fantastic job as well. i feel not enough credit is going to the departed kimberly mccullough. everyone who acts opposite kimber is flawless — and clearly she inspires the kind of emotion that produces these powerhouse performances. kimberly is first and foremost the amazing actress in this storyline — or rather, in her whole run on GH and Nightshift. i really hope we see more of her — and her interactions with triston, finola and jason.

TinaP
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TinaP

All I can say is that GH better be smart and quickly sign Finola Hughes to a contract because she is a keeper!!! She has been simply amazing since her return, no matter who she’s had scene’s with she’s made the screen light up. Congratulations to Finola Hughes and Jason Thomas who has also been outstanding through out this storyline, they truly are power house performers.

Aria
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Aria

Tina, I agree and in fact have stated here that they should put finola Hughes on contract, she simply rocks.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Debi, I see the same thing also about Ms. Lilley’s portrayal of Maxie personally I think she is doing a good job and it is not her fault Ms. Storms could not continue in the role, for the record Ms. Storms was a recast also. I think it is wishful thinking about Rick Hearst but we should know Monday when they are announcing casting news!

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Oh forgot to add good choices Thompson is hitting it out of the ballpark.

emtk
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emtk

I thought Anna with Luke was amazing!

gloria
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gloria

Oh me too! Just the scenes of them sitting together at Jake’s & talking about old times & today’s current sad times-just two old friends catching up-that to me was SO OLTL if anyone knows what I mean. Connections! History! Just real soap scenes. Loved it.

emtk
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emtk

Anna and Blair together would be interesting!

dominicsmythe
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dominicsmythe

i always think luke is flawless, but in his scenes with anna i thought finola hughes was the better actress. tony geary underplayed too much… he seemed barely affected 🙁

barbara t
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barbara t

Finola huges is one of the best actresses going ,She stands out in every scene she is in,I hope that she stays with general hospital,I heard anna say last week she would like to stay to be close to her grand daughter I hope that means she is ,The scenes with her and jason thompson are so touching ,also with anothony geary.So finola huges once again proves shes a winner and I would love to hear that she will continue to have many adventures in port charles.

Jan
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Jan

Watching YOUTUBE At first I didnt see it AT ALL because she seemed to thrown in.
I find myself feeling for Luke more then Patrick, though he pain is felt.
Luke, Tony Geary’s pain is more. But Geary makes whatever scene work, I think.

Christy
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Christy

Ah… my prediction last week is a reality! After that scene of their argument about his cheating on Robin, I figured they get performance of the week a 3rd time! Hope that ABCD is taking note!

James
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James

Finola Hughes is a FORCE!!!

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

Anna should the new “Erica” or “Viki” of GH.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Anna can just be the heroin she always was as Anna!

ethel
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ethel

i co-sign this…………..

Heidi
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Heidi

Any day where Finola Hughes is on, is a GREAT GH day!

heidi
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heidi

Agree again Michael!!! Finola was fantastic in every scene, but especially with Jason T and Tony G! If she doesn’t get a contract… I hope it is just because she does not want to commit. Steve B and Becky H were great too! I am agreeing with everyone on Jen Lilly… she is taking a hard role and doing very well with it… I just wish Kirsten S was back in the role because there is something she does with that role that just makes you love her even when she is not so loveable. Finola and Jason T deserve… Read more »

A
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A

Finola Hughes is the best thing to happen to GH! She is such a fierce, soulful performer -impossible not be drawn in by her.

Marlene
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Marlene

I thought the scenes with Tony Geary and Finola Hughes were amazing, old -school, soap opera drama. They had genuine compassion for one another…their lines were deep, full of passion and a genuine friendship between the characters

Judy
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Judy

What was great about all the scene with Robin passing are the flash backs seeing Robert, Anna and Robin when they were young. Also the scene with Jason and Robin. I like when a character who been on the show for a long time and they can show the flash backs with the original characters. GH stars are wonderful actors.

dominicsmythe
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dominicsmythe

finola hughes and jason thompson prove that GH needs to get away from its mob obsession. they are the true soul of GH now and hopefully in future!

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Jack Wagner, Frisco, booted off, Dancing With The Star’s….!

General Hospital

Denise Alexander Responds to Outpouring of Fan Support on Her Return to General Hospital

Longtime fans of General Hospital were over the moon when it was revealed that Denise Alexander was on her way back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise her role of Dr. Lesley Webber, mother of Laura, played by Genie Francis.

With Laura’s story with her new found half-brothers central to the current storyline, it’s a perfect time for Alexander to be back in Port Charles.

Tricia Sheldon, a fan of General Hospital who loves the vintage years of the show and more as she notes on her Twitter account, was able to reach Alexander, who is not on social media.  Sheldon showed her the outpouring of love the actress received, and the excitement on her on-screen imminent return.

In turn, Denise wrote a message to Sheldon to share publicly.  Part of which read   “Wow! I am breathless! What a wonderful surprise!  I am beyond grateful for all the kind and amazing and funny and sweet and caring and supportive and truly delicious messages. I have never felt so appreciated  and it brought tears and laughter reading each one.”

Alexander added, “I do not have a clue as to how to communicate on the Internet on Twitter.”  She then noted, “I would love to reach each and every person who wrote about that first day back. But I don’t even know what the rules are.  I’ve a vague sense that there is a limit to how long a message can be,but do not know how to reach anyone. Is there any way you could forward at least my thanks to everyone?”

Denise closed with,  “I love each and every message, and am full of gratitude.”

You can view the communication and Denise’s heartfelt message below.

Now let us know what you thought of Denise reaching out to all of the fans, and how grateful she is that viewers are excited to see her back on-screen via the comment section,

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Days Of Our Lives

Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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All My Children

‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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