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GH's Head Scribe Ron Carlivati Previews The Return of Ian Buchanan as Duke Lavery!

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Next week, General Hospital finally kicks-off the tale of the shocking return of Duke Lavery played by Daytime Emmy winner and fan favorite, Ian Buchanan.  After being seen at the end of one episode on August 27th, which hinted that it may be Duke who is behind the snatching of the beloved Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake (Kimberly McCullough), Buchanan is back on-screen as the story begins to unravel on how on earth Duke is alive, why he could be the one behind Robin’s kidnapping, and a rekindling of the Anna/Duke romance.  But is Duke … a good Duke or a bad Duke?

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, General Hospital’s head writer, Ron Carlivati teases and previews Buchanan’s return and key scenes that fans don’t want to miss!  Ron revealed,  “In thinking about who had Robin, there’s sort of your go-to villains from General Hospital’s past who you might think kidnapped her. I saw a lot of speculation online about Faison and Helena. We wanted something unexpected and something that would give us the most story. Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I talked a lot about it and came up with Duke Lavery, and we knew that Ian Buchanan was exiting Days of our Lives.  We did manage to sneak in one appearance and then we paused to work on the story and explain just why in the world would our beloved Duke Lavery keep Robin from Anna Devane.”

Carlivati went on to say about explaining where Duke has been for 22 years, “The audience will find out as Anna finds out.” Fans can look forward to the moment when Anna and Duke come face to face, Luke to re-enter the picture, and the entire mystery to unravel.  As Carlivati puts it, “It’s got a love triangle, it’s got a mysterious return, and it’s got the mystery of Robin in the mix, as well.  It’s a very big story!”

So soapers, are you excited about Duke’s return?  How do you think it will be explained that Duke is indeed alive and why he is holding Robin?  Are you into a Duke/Anna/Luke triangle?  Let us know!

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CANNOT WAIT! And no triangles, please. Unless it’s mercifully short. Luke’s got NOTHING on Duke where Anna is concerned!

Exact. No triangles. Let dried up Luke go back to Tracy. I love Anthony, but he has nothing on Duke when it comes to Anna.

I cant wait either. I stopped watching Days and Im hooked on GH. Ron Carlivati is an awesome writer and really cares about what audiences like. Frank Valentini is great as well. I wish them all the best.

I am trusting RC to deliver an incredible story…..I have a feeling Gloria Monty would like what’s about to unfold.

So excited for Duke’s return, but that better be the shortest-lived triangle in the history of triangles! I mean, come on, this is Duke and Anna we’re talking about. Luke can take a walk. Anyway, yayyyyyy for Duke!!!!!!

Anna and Duke are the most popular GH supercouple after Luke and Laura. That kind of chemistry comes along once or twice in lifetime between actors. Duke did have a dark side, but the glamour & the sheer charisma between Ian and Finola became Gloria Monty’s passion and she gave them the room to make it special. Gloria envisioned Duke in the mould of Monty Clift and Ian just captured that spectacularly. Even the greatest movie star in Hollywood history, Greta Garbo, living out her final years in solitude was absolutely adoring of Anna and Duke on GH – you see, what occured between those actors harkened back to the great passion between Garbo and Gilbert. It was true Hollywood MAGIC.

The most powerful GH couple outside of Luke and Laura are Sonny and Brenda, AND and that goes for Daytime at large. Those two set the screen on fire. That is why Venessa Marcils return was met with such fan fare and the marketing that was spent on advertising to promoteh her return. They/ ABC wouldn’t do that for any soap star unless they had the FAN BASE behind it. Remember, ABC even ran ole clips OR shows on before Venessa’s return, and Soapnet ran a maronthone for a month. No one did anythng GRAND for Genie Frances first return to GH, or none there-after. It can also be argued that Sonny and Brenda was AS POPULAR as Luke an Laura. Yes, Luke and Laura had that ratings buster for their wedding, and they were KNOWN and loved for their adventure, BUT Sonny and Brenda set the screen on fire. They were known for passion. lust, adventure, BEAUTY, romance and dangerand YOUTH. Men and women of ALL ages tuned in to see these two BEAUTIFUL people who were so believable as a couple. Just because the writing on GH (when Venessa returned) was a disaster, and didn’t capitalize on thee Sonny and Brenda as we knew them, doesn’t NEGATE the power that this couple has. Sonny and Brenda are as popular as Luke and Laura.
Go General Hopsital and (1970’s casting) and MARK TESCHNER for having the VISION to see the talent in Genie, Anthony, Maurice and Venessa- for “one show” to be able to turn out NOT one Super Couple of ALL TIME but TWO..! My knod goes to the casting of these ” Great ” talents., which is a talent in and of itself with the casting.

Obviously, you weren’t around in the late 80s. Brenda and Sonny are irrelevant next to Duke and Anna. They were Gloria Monty’s brainchild and they were iconic to the show. Don’t turn this into a war of the fanbases because you will lose. You’re stanning for two characters with little substance – a shrieking harpy and a belligerent mobster. Next to Anna and Duke, they are utterly outclassed.

I stop comparing Sonny and Brenda to Luke and Laura years ago. Sonny got more deeper into the mob and Brenda was put in danger, while Luke got out of the Mob for Laura to keep her out of danger.

what was that rant about?? Loved Anna with any of her partners, Robert, Duke and Luke. This should be an interesting storyline, much better then that last Jerry Jax fiasco!

Don’t turn this into a war of the fanbases because you will lose.

1love says: If you think I have time to trurn something into a war, regarding a soap opera, than you have TOO much time on your hands and need to get a REAL life.

I stated my case and stated the FACTS. I was around in the 80’s and although Anna and Duke were popular, they were NOT as popular as Sonny and Brenda. This isn’t based on the my being a fan, but on the FACTS. There are people from other shows who have no idea who Anna and Duke are, but they know who Sonny and Brenda is, regardless of their show. For me, it’s NOT about WHO the winner is of a fanbase (as U said) I will lose. Its’s about the FACTS regardless of how much I want to be right, or if wrong. My position is based on what I had read that has been reproted over the years in ALL media, soap opera and other. Obviously, U are not someone who is familiar with me on this site, otherwise U would know, even when I want to agree, I won’t….. BASED on the FACTS. And so here they are:

From Wikipedia (Supercouple)

An example of this was especially evident with the mid 1990s storyline of General Hospital’s Sonny Corinthos, Brenda Barrett, and Jasper “Jax” Jacks, often referred to as “the hottest love triangle in soap opera history” by the soap opera media.[51] The couple combinations within the love triangle were equally in demand, and which of the two is the “actual supercouple” remains in dispute. Though debated, both couples are referenced and listed as supercouples by the soap opera medium.[52][53][54] Yahoo! TV stated that “…Vanessa Marcil’s coupling with Benard, gave ‘GH’ its first legitimate heir to the ‘Luke and Laura’ throne of soap coupledom”. The article commented that Marcil’s Brenda Barrett character, “a spoiled, troubled beauty drawn to danger and dangerous men” created “… explosive sparks” with Corinthos, who was rumored to be involved in crime. The Yahoo article argued that this type of supercouple “… has not been seen on daytime television in some time — if ever”, and that, “along with the return of Luke and Laura after a decade-long absence”, it created a “second golden age” for soaps as “the daytime appointment television”.[55] The Sonny character eventually acquired second supercouple status in the pairing of Sonny and Carly, becoming a part of two successful on-screen romances.[56]

Let’s just enjoy watching GH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No need to fight just because GH has an emberresment of riches, Luke & Laura Duke & Ana , Frisco & Felicia , sonny & Brenda , Robert & holly , ect plus other combination, it’s all good cause it’s all GH .

No fighting Aria. I state the facts and state them only, and therefore went and listed a source for anyone who questions. I’m about the facts, over being right. When you have the facts you can move forward in any situation in life.

Just in case you missed it from the Wikipedia (Supercouple) source:

” The article argued that this type of supercouple “… HAS NOT BEEN SEEN ON television in some time — if EVER”, and that, “along with the return of Luke and Laura after a decade-long absence”, it created a “second golden age” for soaps as “the daytime appointment television”.

Just FYI, Wikipedia is nothing but public opinion. There is no basis, I.e., statistics, etc. to back up the story. ANYBODY can publish on Wikipedia. You might want to rethink your source.

Claire Labine’s era was nothing but hackneyed sentiment. To hell with Sonny and Brenda. Now we’ve got our Duke and Anna back, prepare to see poetry in motion.

I’ve watched SOAPS for 50 yrs., & I think Jason & Sam r the best couple ever! Luke & Laura had a nice big wedding, big deal! If Steve Burton didn’t leave, it would’ve been JaSam Forever<3! They would b another Edward & Lila, except for all Edwards kids from other women! Wish Rick & Leslie Webber were still on the show!

Rick and Lesley Webber were the precursor to supercouple, and Denise Alexander was and is such a superb actress, thanks for referencing them. It sucks that they assassinated the character of Rick when he returned. And it was a waste that the character of Jeff Webber or maybe even sister, Terri Webber have never been brought back. Maybe Terri could come back and have a hostile takeover of the Floating Rib.

who is duke?

YES! YES! YES! SO looking forward to finding out where Duke has been all these years, WHY he has Robin and how he is going to win back Anna! I also think a triangle with them and Luke will be interesting. Watching their friendship grow and become more was fun and I hope it will continue! 🙂

I just hope Robin comes back as well !’

I am tickled pink with the “new” GH, the one that has been bringing back past favorites and showing respect to history. Like said I above, I too had my bets on Helena or Faison or both teaming up to kidnap Robin so imagine my surprise of Duke being behind it. I did though know of Ian Buchanan exiting DOOL, so when I saw him on screen, after the initial shock it all made sense. Now for the story itself-I am eager to see what unfolds and how the roads lead to Robin being returned to her family and what Duke and Anna’s story will be as a result.

Another plus to this it will hopefully end the disasterous Luke/Anna romance dead in its tracks. They work well together on capers and comedy but romance, no way!

But I don’t see Luke lonely nor do I want him back with Tracy (another romance I never liked)-my prediction is FV is courting Genie Francis as I type this to woo her back to GH now that Y&R was dumb enough to ditch her. I get the impression with Genie that it not about salary but about Laura herself. She dated on Oprah in 2011 that to resume playing Laura, she wanted the character to have grown, be more self sufficent and no longer a victim. ITA with this so how about we bring Laura back from Europe and discover she is now a savvy business woman? Maybe she can become a fashion or cosmetics mogul or want to start her own magazine. Let her give Kate a run for her money in that department.

Hell better yet get rid of Kate-she wore out the welcome mat ages ago for me and I am sick of her DID story taking airtime from other stories I would rather see unfold.

And on a topic not brought up in your article above, let me just say I can’t wait to see Sean Kenan back on GH in whatever role he plays. The rumor mills are swirling of A.J. back from the dead to new character to recast Jason-whatever role he is in I will love it. He is sexy, talented and will be electric onscreen no doubt in my mind!

So the prognosis for GH is healthy and strong-way better than it was during the Guza/Frons era and I am hoping it keeps thriving long after its 50th anniversary!

Glad to see Duke & Anna back! Luke and Anna don’t have a lot of romantic history tho’ – don’t see much sense in a triangle unless Robert came back!

Luke is my all time favorite soap character,but Anna and Duke should end up back together.

I’m superexcited to see Duke & Anna back together again. FV and RC have made me a GH watcher again after a decade of non-viewing. Yea for DnA!!

I can’t wait to watch this story unfold! Duke and Anna together again will be amazing!!! And the mystery of why Duke has Robin – I will be on the edge of my seat. As far as a triangle by adding Luke? I love Luke, but in this scenario I would much much rather see Robert in that triangle! I love Duke, Anna and Robert together! Luke and Anna as more than old friends and caper buddies has felt a bit off to me. I really reallllly hope they bring Tristan Rogers (Robert) back to really fill out this triangle! He has always been a favorite of mine and I would love to see him stick around for awhile!

TO ALL THOSE FAN’S OF THE PREVIOUS KRISTIANA.

THIS KRISTIANA, ROCKS…….. MUCH MORE BELIEVABLE, AND GROWN UP FOR A TWENTY SOMETHING YEAR OLD FOR THIS ‘ PARTICULAR ‘ PART.

GO GENERAL HOSPITAL AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING US A ” GROWNER UP ” KRISTIANA.

YES, DUKE LAVERY WOULD BE THE BOMB BACK ON G.H. BUT HOW WOULD THE WRITER’S EXPLAIN THE RETURN OF THE OLD FACE. AIN’T THAT MUCH SKIN IN THE WORLD, lol TO CHANGE YOUR FACE, AND THEN…. CHANGE IT BACK TO THE OLE FACE. LOL. Maybe the writer’s won’t mention it, AFTER ALL , theyknow we know its a soap.

I love what RC & FV have done with GH…BUT! Ian Bucanan looks really creepy now..I couldn’t wait for him to not be on DOL anymore..had started watching when AMC & OLTL were cancelled..maybe he could have some work done or something..he creeps me out now..I know he is older(then again so am I!) but so is Tristan Rogers..& he still looks good..he has aged gracefully..not sure if I am ready for a romance between Anna & Duke???

You know I kind of thought the same thing. Yes, we are all getting older but . . I really got creeped out by Ian when he was on Days. Such an AWFUL character, I think that worked on me & now I can’t get into him & really don’t rem. much about him & Anna back in the day. I did switch over to CBS soaps during the 90s so I am not clear on their history except didn’t he used to wear kilts or something? I don’t think I really liked him, always loved Anna w/Robert & I for one, really liked Anna w/Luke!

Welcome back Duke! I’d rather have Anna/Duke than Anna/Luke. FV and RC are doing GH proud!

I like Anna/Robert the best…………

FOR SURE, never got enough of them together.

OMG how can I thank Ron and Frank for the happiness they have brought to my life. I was a very dark day when I lost the 2 shows I have watched for over 43 years. Now I can hardly wait everyday to see what is going to happen on GH. This is beyond doubt the best show on ABC or for that matter on every network. Thanks for the fun.

Agree with you 100%. Somehow, this “revamped” GH fills a little of the awful void from the loss of AMC & OLTL. I cannot wait for GH every day, still getting used to the new time, don’t like it but I’d take it any time I could get it. LOVE GH.

so he wanted an unexpected villian to have taken Robin? well I never ever thought of Duke as a villian, so yeah it was unexpected.

that is a very long time to be away from a show… have to see how fun it will be

Guess I’m the only one here who was enjoying Anna and Luke. I’m looking forward to seeing the story play out, but I wasn’t that big of a fan of Duke. Loving GH even more these days though, and hope Laura returns also.

Agree, Gayle. I really liked Anna & Luke & was hoping they could work it out. And I was not a big Duke fan either but I sure love GH & a Laura return would be fine with me. I also actually really enjoyed the character of Genevieve on Y&R. Thought Genie did a great job & should have had a better outcome-so much possibility there.

Let me get this right: Duke has to explain to Anna why he’s been gone for 23+ years and why he has Robin, yet that’s not enough angst for the this SuperCouple? No triangle necessary and with all due respect to Luke, it’s clear that his short term friendship (they only briefly spent time together in 2008 before February) and split second roll in the hay with the Police Commish (which I found supremely lacking in sexual chemistry) is not enough to warrant her to look at him twice after she sees Duke again. (I predict it will be a non-triangle from the get go) The Montys matched Duke & Anna up perfectly with their flaws, sense of ethics, dark pasts, chemistry, beauty, etc. We want to see angst, yes, but there is plenty built-in. I predict this will be a case where Duke simply did not die, the second Duke was an imposter, and Duke is fiercely protecting Robin from another enemy yet to be revealed. I haven’t been this excited in 23 years with the Return of Duke, Robin (that’s coming, right?) and even a resurgence by the Qs. But ultimately, it’s Duke & Anna’s romance that draws me back in every time. Tango anyone?

Don’t forget, Anna was also presumed dead for 10+ years? Until the Alex/Anna thing on AMC.

While it may be wonderful to see some interest in Duke’s return story, it would be much more appreciated by many GH fans if Mr.Carlivati could focus more on keeping the GH characters ‘in’ character and true to their on screen histories so that what we watch actually makes sense. Ex: for the past 10 rs Sonny & Carly have been in each other’s lives, whether together or not, yet now suddenly they barely know each other, or speak, even about their children, one of which is off in school and just as suddenly Alexis has become Sonny’s new best friend. Kate, who barely existed before is now suddenly the most important character in PC and most every other character’s stories seem to offshoot off of her. She surely won the lottery on this show and now emmy winners, male and female, play second fiddle to her and she just isn’t important to most GH fans. Lastly, GH, best known for it’s dramatic storylines is now becoming a joke where the only thing we can expect is a campy, shallow story where shirtless men and humor (in all the wrong places) has replaced the dramatic and tear jerking stories that GH has always been known for. Oh how the might GH has fallen.

Damn Trisha: You pointed out ‘ many a things ‘ I noticed, but thought maybe I was pre-judging the situation, based on 2 to 3 day viewership (I leave my tv on for ratings, rather I’m watching or not). I have noticed weeks now, that Carly hasn’t been in the spacae of Sonny as normal. It’s nice to see them not so involved in one anothers lives, but they’ve become almost strangers. And Kate, my God, she is all over the place- this is the second coming of Vicky/Nicki Buchanan on GH. However, I don’t agree that GH is producing ” campy, shallow stories-w/shirtless men ” . GH is high drama and the stories are moving faster along, not like what they put Johnathan Jackson through (causing a GREAT TALENT) to QUITE. Hours of dialoge ABOUT NOTHING, in Ireland seeing Ghost writings in rocks. Then the next day, ” us ” the viewer tune in, and Lucky is recanting yesterdays show, telling, Siobhan (his wife) his sister, his father Luke – OMG, it was murderous. In this way, stories are not drawn out as before.

Trisha I agree this kate/connie story is just overkill. I grew tired of the jess/tess and yes nikki/vicki and I did not watch with duke&anna by the way robert was never weak enough to jump off a bridge just stupid they do not know the characters and i noticed they GH are losing viewers again.

I had not watched the show in quite a while,then I heard JJ was returning.So dumb as I am,I returned.I agree with you they destroyed Lucky. First Liz,then Lucky. I liked Siobhan.then they killed her,not only killed her,but did it in such a way,I was appalled. when Johnny shot his father I was cheering.
I am not even curious anymore how the stories will turn out . TPTB are not interested in talent. The two leading men,one stares into space like he doesn’t know how to engage his brain if he doesn’t have a gun in his hand, and the other one mumbles so badly.without the cc I have no idea what he says,Not that I am interested anyway.
I am sick of being such a debby downer but lately the show is boring me. When it isn’t just making me shake my head in disbelief at the way they are turning the characters I do like into murderers.I did like Todd t first,but he actually gave a baby away. Johnny has been turned into a murderer. Albeit I think he should have gotten a medal for it. And putting him with carley YUCK. She makes me sick.

I prefer Viki/Niki to the Kate/Connie ….I don’t think it is a second coming of Viki/Niki……..I disagree on this one coment…Erika Slezak did this the best in my book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@Trisha I agree with you about the character’s relationships being ignored/changed. But espcially agree about the shallow storylines. It seems that nothing is supposed to be taken seriously on GH anymore. Not rape, mental illness, baby switches, etc., all being treated as a joke. I also agree with Janet’s assessment about being bored. I’m bored for different reasons, but bored all the same.

I “m not bored with GH stories …………..I have been watching GH since OLTL was cancelled. I like GH now than a few years ago… When all those mobster/gangster stories were going on.. That’s one of the main reasons I stopped watching….But now I like watching GH now & will continue to watch…It’s a soap opera & made up stories and for entertainment…

i cut my soap teeth on duke and anna back in the day! i cannot believe i get to see them again…they were THE BEST. finola hughes and ian buchanan were magic together. they are bringing me back to GH. i cannot wait for monday and beyond!

Anna/Robert for me..

I’m so excited for Duke’s return. He and Anna are made for each other. As for Luke, he is great with Tracy but I would really like to see Laura come back, not as a victim but with an edge this time around. Luke and Laura, the original super couple. Add them to the Duke/Anna adventure.

I wasn’t watching GH when Duke was on, so no history there. I really only know Ian Buchanan from his short stints on AMC and DOOL…neither of which characters I liked. So, I hope I can start liking him as Duke, but that one scene back in August doesn’t bode well for that. He still looked like a scumbag!

Thank you Trisha, your comment mirrors many a long time viewers thoughts on this “soap writing genius” with one slaughtered show under his belt already!

I agree, although I don’t give RC all the blame for OLTL being cancelled. Just like I don’t blame Guza for everything that happened to GH, especially the actors that were let go and that he had to write out! I am a fan of Guza’s writing for GH, so I didn’t tune out during the last decade or so like some did. I liked different aspects of every GH writer over the past four decades, except for RC.

I was never a duke fan,Except when Greg Beecroft played him,and they killed him off then.
I know exactly why Duke has Robin. I just don’t know what exactly they did to her,or why.
I think Robin went to Duke*although I don’t know how she found out her was still alive. * She went to him because she thought she was dying,She didn’t want Patrick and Emma to see her die.So they blew her up in front of Patrick ? Makes no sense to me.
I like Patrick,and if Kim wanted to leave,fine He shouldn’t have to lose his job. They needed to find a way to allow Patrick to have his life,and leave the door open for Kim to return if she changed her mind later.
If GH wants to know what most fans want.We want Robert back,we want Anna with him ..Let them find their daughter. .I do not want Duke* ANOTHER MOBSTER.YUCK.
I don’t want to see Robin gone from the show forever,and we who have watched for a long time,we know Duke would never hurt Robin,or Anna.

Janet, I have to agree. Although, I liked Anna and Duke in their day, what most GH fans would like is to see Anna with Robert, and to see them as a family WITH their daughter (momentarally) since she is alive. Then let Kimberly go on with her life since she has chose to leave the show. But to get to see Anna with Robert, and Robin as a family for a period of time would be wonderful and the fans would LOVE it.

Never liked Duke with Anna …….Even all those years ago…I alway’s liked Anna with Robert…Duke was never a favorite of mine all those years ago…..I liked Sean donnelly , Tiffany, Anna & Robert, Bobbie Spencer,Luke & Laura ,The Webbers..Never cared for Duke………………………..I hope Robert comes back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, I’M a long time viewer – since the mid 70s. Found the show impossible to watch since about 2000 when the mob was on every day. Drama? What drama? Who Jason was going to kill today? And Guza killed any halfway decent person in the cast except Robin (Tony, Emily, Alan, AJ.. and probably would have done in Laura too given the chance – as it was she became a wig on a stick for a few years). He marginalized the Quartermaines and wrote pure unadulterated crap for Brenda fans (what WAS that last return all about?) and then decided that Luke had cheated on Laura and had a child with Holly. Really? For those of you who think RC is decimating characterizations, have you been watching what the previous writer did for the past decade??

Carlivati did not kill ONE LIFE TO LIVE. ABC did. It had good ratings, it came in under budget and there was a lot of soapy goodness on the show.

I started watching GH again in May (when they brought Tea on board) and have not missed a day since. Less mobsters, more Qs, more attention to history, more fun, more drama… sure, right now, Kate/Konnie eats up the show, but so does everyone now and then… and it all goes back to Sonny anyway, so it’s still a mobster’s fan delight.

Frankly I hope that with Steve Burton’s exit, this show focuses more on business/hospital stories rather than stories involving guns and lopsided/oddball morality. The lopsided/oddball morality still exists but thank God RC is slowly moving away from that paradigm.

Andrew,
I agree with you. I too have been a long time viewer, since the 60’s with Mom. My favorite time was course with Luke and Laura, Anna, Robert, Holly, Frisco, Felecia, Donnelly and Elsie (LOL). Anyway, my point is the Mob stuff always got on my nerves. I hated the way it took over GH and the only time it was needed was when the were hurt. I’ve always disliked the character of Brenda, she was so whinny, and frankly I hope she doesn’t return. I think Carly and Sonny make a much more interesting couple. Just my 2 cents worth. Don’t want to get in a debate. We all have our favorites.. The key.. keep watching.!

Left you a few messages. Glad to see that you are ok, and STILL on line. Didn’t know what you ALWAYS…….. diskliked the character of Brenda. No one is as whinny as Felicia. Brenda wasn’t always whinny, just this time. Anyone, ok, your still alive and doing ok.

Correct the key is keep watching !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And yes we have our favorites…

I would like to see much less Corinthos stuff, loved Sonny and Brenda back in the “left crying in the rain days” — as for Guza and Jill, glad they are gone! They screwed up GH for a decade, totally adrift.

I liked Frisco & Felicia…Never thought of her as whinny…Or Brenda….That’s my own opinion……….

Week after week I hope for a story to excite me and week after week I’m disappointed. Don’t get me wrong I love GH and have watched religiously since 1988 but GH hasn’t excited me since early 2000. Now I can FINALLY say I have a story to look forward to!!!! I’m so exited and can’t wait to see Duke’s return!!! I’m still holding out hope for the rebuilding of the Quartermaines and I need a couple to care about. The last couple I was obsessed with was Sonny and Brenda! I hope Vanessa will come back so that RC can fixed her last return and write her and Maurice the way SnB should be written!

“I’m still holding out hope for the rebuilding of the Quartermaines and I need a couple to care about. The last couple I was obsessed with was Sonny and Brenda!” YES YES! Especially the Q’s. GH doesn’t have the equivalent of The Buchanans anymore, and I miss it. Also, more Cassadines, but make it big! And Laura!

This just keeps getting better and better. To have that triangle going on will be one for the books! We all want Luke to get back to the “good old days” of looking for and solving the mystery that’s lurking behind the curtain. We love Duke Lavery and to think he’s gone to the dark side might be just a tease. How will GH do it?? I thought Jerry Jax was behind Robin disappearing with Dr. Ewan?? Are they going to tie it all up in a bow for us?? Can’t wait to watch…that’s why you keep winning that Daytime Emmy GH!!

Maybe Olivia is not really dead… or has a twin… mmmmm No matter what we are lucky to see Ian again!

I love GH lately, just better and better and better. They are saving the genre, and the OLTL fold-ins just make it better. Awesome.

I agree !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Me too! There is balance now between mob/hospital/humor/love stories-it is just GREAT, must see TV every single day. We are seeing more variety. Love it all. At first I did not like this Kate at all but suddenly one day, I started really liking her. When she narrows her eyes & turns into Connie, I just love it & Connie is SO FUNNY. And Olivia w/Connie/Kate is so funny too. I also loved the chemistry between Joe Scully, Jr. & Tracy but I guess that is over, can’t see a way out of Joe’s behavior (trying to kill poor Christina, I mean, really JOE?) I love Spinelli & his new girl too.

You said you like spinelli’s new girl……….But what about Maxie??? She admitted to LuLu she is in love with Spinelli & isn’t afraid of her feelings for him anymore….I think she will tell Spinelli how she feels……………She might prove her love by taking off her wedding band………….Gloria, what do you think about this?????????

I’m a long time GH viewer and believe the show has the potential to be as big as it was in its hey day (the 80’s). I believe the key ingrediant is giving the fans what they want (you can tease, but in the end, feed the fans). I give you 5 storylines that I believe would be must watch television.

1) Duke has recreated himself and wields real power (political and financial) and this collides with Sonny’s idea of power (illegal/Mafia). Side bar- Duke sees in Sonny what he would have been if he hadn’t left the mob influence.

2) Kate/Connie receive long term mental health care and she (Connie) makes friends with Heather Webber who is once again institutionalized. Sidebar- Storyline takes place in the mental health facility.

3) Laura now a successful business woman in Europe (the new cosmetic/fashion queen) returns to Port Charles and convinces Lulu (her daughter) and Kristina to be the newest faces in the fashion industry (the two of them become rivals. Sidebar – Laura has secretly joined the WSB (World Security Bureau) with the mandate to kill Victor Cassadine (he’s back!)

4) A.J. & Tracy Quartermine team with Michael Corrinthos and the 3 are running the family business. Sidebar – their business interest collides against that of Todd & Carly Mannings (yeah they get married).

5) Shawn/Alexis, Mac/Felicia shaperone a high school field trip oversees where both T.J. & Molly are abducted.

Who Leaves = Johnny, Spinelli, Maxie, Olivia, Trey & Joe Jr.

Each of the characters below could be tied into one of the 5 plot devices.

Who Stays = Patrick, Robin (a new actress if Kimberly M. doesn’t resign), Sam, John, Dante, Steve, Monica, Star & Luke

Who Joins = Victor Lord (OLTL), Tea (OLTL), Erica Kane (AMC), Robert & Holly Scorpio (yeah they’re married too!)

So this is my ideal storylines, but I really believe each would give most actors the chance to shine while keeping things unpredicable and fresh.

Ooops! I forgot one person…

Anna would of course be one of the folks who stay.

Mine is (broadly) this:

Rebuild the Q’s. Reduce Corinthos. Move Alexis back to Cassadine status. Make it MATTER. More Cassadines. Laura. Lucy Coe.

I want Dorian and Vicki! And, can you imagine the reunion of Frisco and Felicia, Anna and Duke and Luke and YES Laura in one one big dramatic storyline? I pray for this day. With Cassadines, a bunch of effin Cassadines.

Maybe Dorian and Vicki would buy the Q Mansion from Monica, because Llanview fell into the underground city of Eterna, but they escaped: (with possibly, in the future, all the main characters of course) — the thought of Vicki and Dorian and Monica and Tracy fighting in Q Manor makes me laugh harder than you can imagine. I would love that. (silly, why not?) 😉

(Tracy’s and Monica’s fight recently was one of the BEST moments in months, and with so many good moments lately, wow, nice job gals and writers)

And yes Helena. And MORE Q POWER. MONICA! Can Alan come back from the Dead? Or, Monica could marry Clint Buchanan.

And why not Tiffany? And the WSB? Go BIG!!!!

With that, I’m out.

OMG!!!! What if Susan Lucci played a Cassadine?

I love Susan, but I get the feeling that Susan is ABOVE doing any more (daytime) soaps opera’s.

Excellente.

Surprised that you would have Johnny and Spinella, to go. I can see Maxie, and maybe Olivia (although she is good with Steve Reeves to give them ” some kind ” of storyline.

Spinella should stay because he brings a different kind chaacter to the show, and industry at large. He’s good for conducting nerdy investagation as a technology spy. He brings allot to the show, just being DIFFERENT.

Star can go. Maxie, Felicia, really isn’t needed, ole whinny voice.

Mac can join Shawn/ Alexis with Anna and Luke to search fr TJ and Molly.

Sort of to Susan M. and all GH fans: I want Dorian and Vicki! And, can you imagine the reunion of Frisco and Felicia, Anna and Duke and Luke and YES Laura in one one big dramatic storyline? I pray for this day. With Cassadines, a bunch of effin Cassadines.

Rebuild the Q’s. Reduce Corinthos. Move Alex back to Cassadine status. Make it MATTER. More Cassadines. Laura. Lucy Coe. 😉

(I must admit, the Tracy and Monica fight recently was one of the BEST moments in months, and with so many good moments lately, wow)

Maybe Dorian and Vicki would buy the Q Mansion from Monica, because Llanview fell into the underground city of Eterna, but they escaped: (with possibly, in the future, all the main characters of course) — the thought of Vicki and Dorian and Monica and Tracy fighting in Q Manor makes me laugh harder than you can imagine. I would love that.

I like Viki & Dorian………..I would like to see them on GH….Especially Viki (Erika Slezak)……….She is and alway’s will be my all around favorite of OLTL !!!!!!!!! I miss her a lot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One of the best story events ever! Only by. Of the best writers in the soap opera industry!ei

Best story line ever! By one of the best writers in soap opera era!

Its not even a debate its crazy talk Luke and Laura were 80s GH and late 80s to 92 it was Robert and Anna Scorpio there wasn’t much of Duke and Anna it lasted a short time and Anna always had Robert in her life to help her out Duke was a loser then and still is one now. I don’t understand why anyone would want a Loser like Duke with Anna really when you consider her own words in 90s that Robert was the love of her life really are we changing history again and again with a PEN!

Also one more comment bring back TR how can we have Robin being held bye Duke and not have Robert Scorpio all over his @@@ like always he would always know Duke was dirty and up and over his head in the MOB!

No i;m not into the Duke/Anna/Luke triangle.

We need the GH that is actually a soap opera. Love in the afternoon. the businesses that keep the families with a life. we need a group of college kids.We need a little family drama. And we do not need the mob. W do not need characters breaking the law and getting away with it. Unless we are eventually going to see them go to jail. I have had enough of Scummy. When he trys to make it sound like he was the better father for michaelI want to see Michael notice the scars he has from bullet wounds. he needs a shrink even more than Konnie. he has killed once and almost smothered his father,why because he tried to get him away from the mob? Mykill is a mess. Now he wants jason’s job? Let him have it,and have a shootout with Duke AND LOSE.

I don’t know where y’all are coming from but from where I’m coming from, nobody ever liked Duke and Anna as a couple, nor did anyone care for Sonny and Brenda. in fact people didn’t like the Duke Lavery character at all, and have never liked Sonny as a character either, and wish he would leave the show. everyone is in complete agreement that General Hospital has gone down hill ever since they made Sonny a main character and a focal point of the show. People still don’t like Duke and hope his current return is a short one. to suggest that either couple were #1 a “super couple” and #2 “popular and loved” and #3 anywhere near the beloved and popular status long held by luke and Laura is not only misleading, but grievously erroneous in nature.
besides the aforementioned Luke and Laura, these couples were more liked and popular in the history of General Hospital than either Duke and Anna or Sonny and Brenda.
in no particular order….
Robin and Stone
Robert and Holly
Edward and Lilah
Ned and Lois
Kevin and Lucy
Frisco and Felicia
Tiffany and Sean
Jagger and Karen
Scotty and Laura
Scotty and Dominique
Sonny and Lily

to name some and set a more accurate record. all of these couples were extremely well liked and popular. Duke and Anna or Sonny and Brenda never even come up in the conversation unless it is followed by an expression of dislike. you can throw in Carly and her affairs with half of Port Charles into the mix of disliked characters and couples as well. none of the couples in more recent years nor any of the current couples are even in the same ballpark as far as likeability or popularity. in fact, the general consensus is they have all been and are now quite boring, with some of the pairings thought to be plain dumb.
for the record, the people I know…my GH “crowd”….range in age and include people of all age ranges from seniors all the way down to pre-teens. I myself have been an avid faithful follower and fan of GH since Dr. Phil Brewer met his untimely demise on the end of a jade paperweight. and while I’m at it, the current writing for GH is horribly atrocious. it’s that bad. Frank and Doris Hursley would be embarrased.
loyal to the end, though, and thankfully for VCR’s, DVR’s, Soapnet, Dish programming and the occasional day off, I still watch.
GH forever!

Now I’m looking for the return of Laura (Genie Francis) to CARRY HER DAUGHTER LULU’S BABY. Are you listening, Mr. C?

Ok for now I have no complaints. The show is on an upward turn..A lot of the characters are welcome back. The Q’s have come out of hiding. The hospital is up and running,and the fans on the whole seem happy.
I have actually been watching in real time and enjoying it.Did I say that?
When the nurses ball returns,Lucy should stay. Robert needs to rescue Anna. we need them together. Sam doesn’t believe jason’s dead. fine let her go off off screen to find him.
I never want to see any of the mob,molls or mouthpieces again. They ate the show for twenty years time to return to the original GH. Guza is gone,let Sonny and Carley go too.I liked Todd at first,but he is to stupid to live.he believes carley’s bull. AJ threw her down the stairs,Not on your life. She caused the fall all by herself,Aj even tried to grab her to keep her from falling. She pulled away . One less spawn of Sonny is no great loss.anyway.

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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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