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GH's Jane Elliot & Y&R's Christian LeBlanc Deliver Power Performances On Yesterday's Episodes!

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Whoever tells you that soap opera actors aren’t some of the best in the business, you need to look no further than Monday’s performances by two veterans who once again showed us why they are always, always at the top of their game!

On General Hospital, it was Jane Elliot, who in moments with her favorite scene partner, Anthony Geary (Luke) showed us the emotional center of tough-as- nails Tracy Quartermaine, when she revealed to Luke in a confrontation on their on-again off-again relationship: “I want more than that.  I want a soul mate! What you and Laura had … God knows how .. I never had that.  Clearly, you find that surprising by my demeanor, but yes.  I want… I dream… what every single woman dreams of …  true love.  And guess what? I am not going to give up on that dream, until my last dying breath. So don’t you dare come in here and feed me scraps. I am sick to death of making a meal out of crumbs!”

Elliot played each word and each beat to the fullest.  Kudos to the writing team for this scene and giving Elliot another opportunity to display why she deserves a Daytime Emmy, even though she does not choose to participate in the proceedings.

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Over at The Young and the Restless, Christian LeBlanc, broke our hearts in key scenes with his on-screen partner, Tracey E. Bregman as Lauren tries to make the moves on Michael and show him affection, love, and desire after she has all but destroyed their marriage by sleeping with Carmine (Marco Dapper)!  LeBlanc playing disgust, pain, sadness, humiliation all in those moments was amazing to watch.  And how could you not feel for Michael Baldwin, who feel so betrayed by the woman he loves who chose to run in to the arms of much younger man?   We can’t wait to see what happen next, just for the sure joy to watch LeBlanc have an opportunity to show his acting chops in full force!

So, what did you think of the Power Performances that started off this week’s soap viewing of Jane Elliot and Christian LeBlanc? Let us know your opinion!

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Dan
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Dan

Jane Elliot brings in it in every scene, every day. She’s awesome. It’s a shame that she made the decision not to submit her name for Emmy consideration. If she did, she would be a shoe-in winner.

Although, maybe not with some of the mind boggling and ridiculous snubs the Emmy voters made this year.

BonnieJ
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BonnieJ

Jane is the best actress on Daytime when I saw that yesterday it was like wow! go Tracey, I am not sure why Jane does not participate. Does she think competion is silly? Does she not like accolades?? Whatever it is she is a winner to me.

I am not a regular Y/R watcher but did see that scene yesterday it was very good. I felt bad for the character, with his cheating wife he adores.

rose
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rose

Ditto on yesterdays performances by Jane and LeBlanc. I was really touched by both, but especially “Tracy’s ” confession and vulnerability.

Marie
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Marie

Jane Elliot is amazing in every scene, but I got chills when I watched this scene.

Derrick
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Derrick

CLB was phenomenal yesterday!

Moviegal
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Moviegal

Amen!!!! I was just discussing this with a couple of friends of mine in private groups, and we all reached exactly the same consensus! If they don’t submit those episodes as their Emmy reels for 2013, they’re crazy!

David J.
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David J.

Jane Elliot was PERFECTION. Pure and simple.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I agree that Jane Ellliot–and the writer who wrote the lines–deserves an Emmy. Too bad the lines weren’t written for and delivered by Genie Francis (Laura). Speaking of deserving (and using the words of the writer), Genie Francis has been given crumbs since she returned to GH. What was the reason TPTB brought her back–if not to act with her partner Tony Geary? Poor Genie–they dress her badly and put her with–who?–Scotty.!? What a violation of character. Laura would never marry Scotty again–nor would Luke not fight for Laura who defines his humanity. And what about the loyal viewers of… Read more »

jimh
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jimh

Laura looks and acts like shes at a funeral and Luke looks and acts like he’d rather be someplace else like a bar…the magic is gone!

Tom Procaccini
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Tom Procaccini

There is no longer any chemistry between Geary and Francis. They are history. They are writing Laura as a luke-less Laura for the first time in over 30 years. There is much more admiration and chemisry between Kin and Genie. Laura is more grounded and not looking for adventure at this point in her life. Scotty was the one that was originally cheated on. His mishaps are probably more forgivable than Luke’s (Jake’s hit and run accident, which happens to be Laura’s grandchild) Laura has grown and matured. Scotty is being insecure because he is trying to believe that Laura… Read more »

Michael S
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Michael S

Totally agree with you Tom. As much as I love Luke and Laura, let’s be real people grow apart. GH has finally come to terms with the fact that they can’t replicate Luke and Laura. Except the past and move on. It certainly mirrors real life.

BonnieJ
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BonnieJ

remember it was her stepgrandchild not blood related. Not sure if she ever said anything about this.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

There were rumors awhile back (last year?) before Genie was back but when it was being discussed that the two actors needed to resolve the bad blood between them before she came back to the show. And, it was evident through all the 50th anniversary hooplah with GMA, Katie, 20/20. etc., that the onetime closeness between TG and GF was totally gone. I think she resented the extent to which TG got totally carried away with himself and decided that his ego was more important than the story, the production or the show itself. And Luke as a person and… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

Great post Nancy!!! I agree with most… it is hard to see Laura with Scotty. It’s hard to see her dressed so poorly. It’s hard to not see Luke and Laura together… I’ve learned to accept that with age and circumstance it is possible they aren’t the super couple we loved… but am still hoping something might happen to spark it again.

Jane really delivered on some great writing and she does deserve great story and writing. Ron’s team gets Tracy… agree… would love to see them get Laura!

Chip Coffey
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Chip Coffey

I completely agree with you about Jane Elliot’s performance in scenes with Tony Geary on yesterday’s GH. She — and Geary — were nothing short of amazing! Those scenes alone should earn both of them Emmy nominations.

Jeff
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Jeff

Both actors were at the top of their game yesterday!! BRAVO

danny
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danny

I am thrilled to see this acknowledged. I said yesterday, to my viewing partner after Elliot’s scenes.,”Wow!” It was simply stunning and touching and real. That woman is something else.

Ces
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Ces

Yes, she is!

Rose
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Rose

Agreed Jane Elliot had me in years. Beautiful and powerful performance. Love her!

lisa
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lisa

Jane Elliot knocked it out of the park with those scenes yesterday.
I was on the edge of my seat listening to Traci ‘giving it’ to Luke.
All I could say was “You go girl”.
Wow !! She deserves an Emmy.

su0000
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su0000

Ms Elliot is a great actress, a seasoned and confident actress..
I was thrilled to watch her work once again..
Thanks RC for giving Jean the opportunity to grace us with her powerful acting talents..!

su0000
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su0000

If I were Michael I would leave Lauren because of her awful hair extensions 1980’s hair style..
she is a beautiful lady and ruins her beauty with that gawd awful hair..
she needs a 21st century make over, badly.. it would take years away, for sure.

Michael S
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Michael S

Jane Elliott was pure magic!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It was a refreshing change of pace from all that relish garbage they have been giving her to play. Give her a scene with some meat to it and she will remind you every time why she is one of daytime acting icons. And CLB– wow, wow, wow— I thought the whole affair story line was lame at the start, but I have to admit it has produced some really excellent drama and reminded us why CLB is one hellva of an actor. Lot of people complain daytime is boring and tedious, but sometimes if you stick with it you… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

Jane always delivers power performances… well except maybe the Chew disaster! Give her great writing and story… and she makes it sing! She is truly one of the best actresses of the genre! Love her whenever she is on… but with Tony she is phenomenal!!! Would love to see her win for this and others! She knows how to bring every emotion out of antone who is lucky enough to watch her… how lovely for those who get to act with her!!! We know she will not go after th Emmy… someone there should for her!!! Ron’s team is getting… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

I watched Jane again and should have said earlier… Bravo!!! Bravo!!! Power doesn’t even begin to describe that performance!!! Words fail me… Bravo Jane!!! That episode has to be submitted for her next year!!!

Phil
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Phil

Jane Elliot is by far the best actress on GH, and I am going to go out on a limb here and declare her the best actress not only on daytime, but on TV period!

Gregg
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Gregg

The whole GH episode rocked from the writing, acting, production, costumes. That episode should win them major awards next year. It had it all….but Kate Simon Hall’s script (she’s the daughter of fab script writer, Courtney Simon and actor Peter Simon (Ed Bauer) rivaled Patrick Mulcahey’s best. Kudos to all. And while I don’t like the three OLTL actor returns, I say so what…GH is must see TV every day. That’s an amazing feat. Cartini rocks.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Bad blood or no (re Tony Geary and Genie Francis), the play’s the thing, and great actors can rise above any personal dispute–after all, it’s ACTING.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Bad blood or no (re Tony Geary and Genie Francis), the play’s the thing, and great actors can rise above any personal dispute–after all, it’s ACTING. Can, yes. I agree with that. But we’re talking about Tony Geary here, who has said to the press that he wants Luke to be with Tracy, while Jane E has been out on the talk circuit saying FV promised her that Luke and Tracy would be together. Obviously those fabulous scenes Jane acted were the first step in that reconcilation. Hard to fathom when their relationship has NO romantic chemistry (more like siblings,… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes, Elizabeth, I also have heard Tony Geary and Jane Elliott blatantly make those pronouncements re FV promising that Luke and Jane would be together soon. And I so agree with you re no chemistry, like siblings (spoiled ones, at that). Guess the actors and TPTB (read FV) are just too close to the situation to know that we (the audience) can observe sibling squabbles without tuning in to GH. We like our drama to take a higher aim–and to be much more pleasurable and satisfying. I guess TG, JE, and FV have left Genie Francis out of the equation.… Read more »

LLATWTFan
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LLATWTFan

Jane Elliot always blows me away by drawing me in, but this week she was right there in the room with me and jerking the tears out of my eyes. I knew there was a reason why I loved her as Carrie on The Guiding Light! And yes, Tracy does deserve a soulmate!

Jake R.
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Jake R.

The last few weeks I’ve found Jane Elliot aka Tracy Quartermaine to be a bit shrill; she’s been bordering on Dorian Lord/Erica Kane territory with the overacting and chewing of the scenery. Of course an actor can only be as good as their material. HOWEVER, Jane Elliot’s performance on Monday’s episode, and the work of the writers who gave her those lines, redeemed all the bad Pickle Lila stuff I’ve been suffering through the last few months. If Ms. Elliot doesn’t want to play the Emmy submission/nomination game, then ABC and GH should bite the bullet and pay to campaign… Read more »

Nikki
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Nikki

Jane Elliott is always flawless in whatever scene she’s in, whether it’s comical, dramatic, or somewhere in between. But those scenes between her and Tony Geary were truely incredible. I was blown away by both of them, especially Jane. I also have to give a shout out to the GH writing team, because I thought that was some exceptional dialogue, I was very impressed.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Luke Spencer’s Family and Friends Gather To Say Goodbye On General Hospital

On this Friday’s, January 21st episode of ABC’s General Hospital, look for Port Charles to bid farewell to the iconic character of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

In story, after his sudden passing, Luke’s loved ones gather – along with some surprise guests – to memorialize him at the Haunted Star, where things don’t go entirely as planned.  As the town says goodbye to Luke, an exciting new mystery unfolds.  Meanwhile, life continues to unravel for the rest of Port Charles as a beloved couple comes to a fork in the road of their relationship.

ABC released this new photo of those gathered to pay their respects to Luke including cast members: Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Finola Hughes (Anna), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Genie Francis (Laura) and Jane Elliot (Tracy).

 

Looking forward to this emotional episode of General Hospital? Share your thoughts on what you think will happen via the comment section below.

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ESPN Sports Personality and ‘General Hospital’ Guest Star, Stephen A. Smith Reveals COVID-19 Nearly Took His Life

In a harrowing account of coming down with Covid-19, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who also has a recurring role on General Hospital as Brick, revealed his battle over the holidays that led to him being hospitalized because of the severity of his symptoms.

On Monday, Smith returned to his co-hosting gig on ESPN’s First Take and it was there he shared what happened during his breakthrough case of Covid.  Stephen had been fully vaccinated. Smith said that he had tested positive late in December and wound up in the hospital with pneumonia in both lungs over New Years.

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Stephen A. discussed the details, expressing:  “I had 103 degree fever every night. Woke up with chills and a pool of sweat. Headaches were massive. Coughing profusely. And it got to a point where right before New Year’s Eve, I was in the hospital into New Year’s Day. That’s how I brought in the New Year.”

He went on to say about contracting Covid-19: “For me personally, it hit me differently. (Doctors) told me, had I not been vaccinated, I wouldn’t be here. That’s how bad I was. I had pneumonia in both lungs. My liver was bad, and it ravaged me to the point where even now I have to monitor my volume, get to the gym every day … I’m still not 100% with my lungs, but I’m Covid negative … I’m on the road to recovery.”

On a happier note, Smith shared how glad he was to be back at work after testing negative: “I’m ecstatic to be back. I’ve missed being at work. I’ve used more sick days in the last month than I’ve used in my 28-year career in this business.  And I can’t tell you how lucky and sincerely blessed I am to be sitting here with you guys today because two-and-a-half, three weeks ago, I didn’t know if I was gonna make it.”

So, glad to know Stephen A. is on the mend from a very scary bout with Covid? Share your thoughts in the comment section

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