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GH’s Genie Francis Talks Laura Then and Now on ‘A Spoonful Of Paolo’

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In an al- new episode of his web-based series, A Spoonful of Paolo, which is an interview show based on having your dreams come true, host Paolo Presta was beyond thrilled when he was able to visit the General Hospital studio and chat with GH icon, Genie Francis (Laura).

During their conversation, Francis talks about Laura’s strength of character and survival skills through the years, in that she is now the mayor of Port Charles, had survived being duped by Kevin’s evil twin, Ryan, and more throughout the years she has played the legendary character.

In a touching moment, Genie is shown a clip from 2015 when Presta interviewed her longtime co-star, Anthony Geary (Ex-Luke, where Geary reveals his thoughts on what made Francis so good and successful in the role of Laura, and why she was the perfect scene-partner opposite him for so many years, and how he was very protective of Genie in their early days in Port Charles.

Watch the full interview below.

Then let us know, what has been your favorite “Laura” moment on-screen throughout the years?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Rodd
Rodd

Such a beautiful interview! Just lovely.

eric gagné
eric gagné

she seems really genuine and normal ,love her xx

Harry
Harry

Well, I just absolutely love this interview! Genie has a brilliance with which we still have not caught up. Utterly delightful, just reading this cheered me up. Thank you.

Dan
Dan

Paolo always does such wonderful interviews and this was no exception. He’s a real fan and it shows in his knowledge and appreciation of General Hospital history. Genie has been one of my favorites for years. I was overjoyed when she returned after her last unceremonious departure, and I’m glad they’ve finally been giving her some story that is worthy of her talents.

There is a great interview with Maurice Benard from 2016 on Paolo’s channel as well that I came across in watching the Genie interview. Definitely worth checking out for MB fans.

Dan S
Dan S

great interview. she is the heart of GH!

Violet Lemm2
Violet Lemm2

Now before everyone jumps on me. I love Laura as much as anyone, but I would just love to see her dressed as befitting our Madam Mayor.I am so sick of that long striped duster/coat she usually wears and the big sweater/shawl cover-ups, etc. So what if she’s a little heavy. There are plenty of becomming, fashionable things for her to wear. Look how they dressed Tracy and Traci on Y&R. Laura is so attractive, so get the wardrobe dept. busy with some new clothes for Laura.

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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