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GH's Jason Thompson and Finola Hughes Named "Power Performances of the Week"!

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No, you are not seeing double! On-Air On-Soaps again names General Hospital’s Jason Thompson (Patrick) and Finola Hughes (Anna) this week’s Power Performances of the Week – two weeks running!  However, the scenes that they are being recognized for this past week are from episodes revolving around Robin’s funeral.

There was not a dry eye in the house, as so many viewers have tweeted us, when Patrick tried to get ready to go to Robin’s funeral and struggled to get ready while seeing visions of Robin (Kimberly McCullough).   But the most powerful and memorable moment occurred when a grief-stricken Patrick attempted to put his tie on.  With tears flowing, he sees a vision of Robin, and tells her, he doesn’t want to go to the funeral.   The emotions were so raw, so heartbreaking, and so touching.  Jason Thompson played a man completely lost without the love of his life, while trying to hold it together for his daughter, Emma, and preparing to go say good-bye to the woman who made him a better man.  It was Emmy worthy, to say the least, and featured five hankie moments.

And as for Finola Hughes, we have already given her kudos for her realistic portrayal of a grief-stricken mother, but when Anna addressed Robin’s family and friends at the funeral, nervously pacing at the same time, and trying to find the words to convey how much her beloved daughter meant to her, and all those close to her, Hughes also made us grab for the hankies! And who will ever forget the vintage Anna and Robin clips that were juxtaposed into her speech?  The one to this day that is a GH classic and that touches so many longtime viewers was when Anna and a little Robin run into each others arms after Robin was kidnapped! If Finola Hughes does not get an Emmy nomination next year, it will be deemed a crime!

Now, after the jump watch the scenes featuring Jason and Finola in this week’s Power Performances of the Week! Finola’s scene happens at 2:28 into the second clip. Then,  let us know if you agree with our picks.

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Alley
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Alley

Very much deserved. FH and JT were simply amazing.

Debi
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Debi

They were amazing. Patrick couldn’t have done a better job. That is how good he was. Him & Emma have chemistry like a parent and child!

My only complaint about all of this, was lack of people at Church, and switching to Ewan & Sam – Sonny & Kate scenes. Totally ruined it.

KatR
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KatR

Jason Thompson in particular has rescued a story that was really not well thought out (Robin dies in a lab fire? What?) and has elevated it to “BJ dies/Maxie’s heart transplant” status. Just amazing.

Sue
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Sue

Amazing moments, i waited till i had 3 hours clear to watch, well worth watching , GH just keeps getting better & better. Still missing OLTL but loving the changes on GH.

heidi
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heidi

Agreed!!! They were very powerful performances and they both should win emmys! The whole cast that spoke at the funeral were great! Finally some appropriate time, attention and emotion for the death of Robin. I only wish Jason (SB) could have been there too!!!

Emily
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Emily

Always like Anna and Patrick, the actors and characters. Not surprised about their extrodinary performances. Soaps are a great platform to witness and remember memorable moments/scenes. I have so many from GH, watching alot of’em all these yrs. I want to see more. Now, w/Patrick (esp) and Anna’s grief, more stand out memories that will stay in my mind for yrs to come.

Sharon
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Sharon

I agree!! JT and Finola were perfect!

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

I knew those scenes done by Jason T. And Finola H. were brilliant when I first saw them, but seeing them again made me see that they were Tremendous!! Just an Awesome job by both! Had me in tears a 2nd time. Kudos to Both!

Sandy
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Sandy

Michael, once again, you are so right with the performances of the week. Jason and Fiona were absolutely amazing. Anna’s eulogy for Robin was beautiful, and the flashbacks of a young Robin hugging her parents, and then being reunited with Anna after being kidnapped as a child…so perfect, especially with Anna saying how thankful she was to have been able to hug her daughter one last time before she died. Jason once again was at his absolute best in the scenes where the vision of Robin woke Patrick up, then stood in the shower with him and, most heartbreakingly, the… Read more »

Sandy
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Sandy

Should be “Congratulations to Jason and Finola,” not Fiona. My apologies for this spelling error.

Cathy
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Cathy

Simply amazing work! Kudos!

missy
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missy

Heartbreaking Emmy Winning Performances by both Finola and Jason! So talented

Suzie
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Suzie

Couldn’t agree more with the accolades for these two phenomenal actors and their performances. What a week for GH and their loyal viewers !!! If you don’t watch GH,
nows a great time to come on board 🙂

KaShi
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KaShi

Wonderful performances. I would much rather have Robin alive, but these performances were certainly Emmy worthy.

Kara
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Kara

Watching the tie scene again and still crying just as hard as the first time

Cathy
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Cathy

Met Finola at Super Soap Weekend ten years ago at Disney’s Calif Adventure. A very nice person and so glad to see her back on GH just in time for Kim’s exit.

Jules
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Jules

That tie scene should go down in the history of GH as one of the greatest moments. I was absolutely gutted watching this widower long for his wife back. Jason slayed it. It was one of my most beautiful moments I’ve ever seen on television, and I was genuinely moved to tears and choked up by it. Superb work.

Debi
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Debi

I was quite surprised at the numbers. Though without a doubt the Robin death story was ridiculous, along with Robert’s 2 day appearance, and the fact it took 3 weeks to bury her, I still see tiny improvements. So I did expect better numbers. Never mind the hideous DID storyline with Kate that Ron is known for. We didn’t care to see it. We wanted more Robin’s death played out. The BEST of the past 3 weeks were the videos of Robin along with other people (past) who were the core of GH back in the day. That was wonderful… Read more »

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Both FH & JT are what has made this story tolerable! Kudos!!

TinaP
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TinaP

Well deserved by both, Finola Hughes and Jason Thomas, they have simply been outstanding in their performances. They are the reason I’ve been tuning in!

Jan H
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Jan H

Couldn’t agree with you more!! JT and FH have been beyond amazing! I will be stunned if JT doesn’t get an emmy for these!!!

carol
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carol

Jason and Finola were great this past week. Too bad GH had to wait so long for her funeral and to make the death of this wonderful character more about Jason and the disrespect to her husband by a selish Sam. It would have been nice to have more family interaction than have the leech Liz be at the house and making decisions. Jason and Kimberly gave us SCRUBS. Thank You for that, Best of luck to Kimberly in her Directing career. We will miss you. Thanks for 6 plus years Jason & Kimberly The tie scene only should win… Read more »

aria
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aria

I totally agree with the praise, JT/FH were awesome, i can’t say it enough, GH needs to put FH on contract asap, and keep her around, as for JT, its obvious he brought so much of his personal feelings into patrick lost. It’s clear he truly misses his acting partner. It’s also been great seeing those old clips from GH great past, Keep it up GH.

memetoo
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memetoo

ITA. Beautiful performances by both Finola and Jason.

Vicki
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Vicki

Amazing performances by Jason & Fiona. Patrick struggling to get ready for the service was gut wrenching. The tie scene had my chest hurting. Having lost my SO suddenly almost 8 years ago, these scenes portrayed my feelings then. He is so lost. I cannot put into words how moved I was by Jason’s performance.

ethel
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ethel

michael you are so right – acting at it’s best – phenomenal!!

Debi
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Debi

Michael, I have a question. I know that there is suppose to be a decision made in 2 weeks about GH. Could tptb extend them for 6 more months, and then see how they are doing before cancelling?

cindy
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cindy

I agreee both actors did a fantastic job.
I love Finola Hughes and her acting in these scenes didnt surprise me. She is an incredible actor and she really delivered.
I’m so glad she is back on GH.

B.J. Reese
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B.J. Reese

I’ve never been a big fan of the character “Patrick”, but Jason Thompson really showed me what *he* can do in the past week. I can’t remember when I have seen such moving and believable performances. He has simply been terrific. I sure hope he wins an Emmy for this work. He so deserves it.

Finola is always good, so there was no surprise there. 🙂

Michael S.
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Michael S.

Finola and Jason knocked it out of the ball park! Such raw emotion and totally real. These performances are why I watch GH!

I do think that Jen Lilley deserves an honorable mention for her performance too. She actually humanized Maxie and was totally convincing of a person racked with guilt and who’s grip of reality is unravelling before our very eyes. I was skeptical when she came on board to fill Kirsten’s shoes but she’s done a bang up job recently.

Lisa
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Lisa

The acting since Robin’s death has been superb.
Finola’s performance as an anguished mother struggling to come to terms with the death of her only child were bar none.
But I think my heart is really aching for Patrick…I have replayed many of the scenes from the last few episodes and I weep every single time.
Kudos to Jason Thompson for knocking it out of the park.

Rae
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Rae

Jason and Finola have been superb! Jason, in particular, has had me crying my eyes out! He has been absolutely OUTSTANDING – the scenes when he was trying to get to Robin , finding out Robin was dead and breaking down at the sight of a body under the tarp in the lab, telling Emma about her mommy – he has knocked them all out of the balpark. But the scene when he was trying to fix his tie – it blew me away! I don’t think I have ever seen an actor show such raw emotion – he better… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

Agreed Rae…I just watched it again – and am in tears …again.
I’m just wowed by the performances.
Emmy worthy !!

Christy
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Christy

wow and after watching yesterday’s show – that was some great acting on the hospital? roof between Finola and Jason – Again! let’s see if they get the honor 3 times in a row!

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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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General Hospital

ESPN and GH’s Stephen A. Smith Welcomes Maurice Benard & Eric Braeden to His New Show, ‘Stephen A’s World’

This week, famed sports personality and icon, and recurring General Hospital star, Stephen A. Smith (Brick), has launched his new series on ESPN+ streaming service entitled Stephen A’s World  Smith also serves as the series executive producer through his production company SAS Productions.

On Thursday, January 14th, be on the lookout for two other icons to join Smith! That is when his two daytime favorites and friends; Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) and Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) will be his special guesst.  As soap fans know, Smith spoke at Braeden’s 40th anniversary milestone with Y&R and frequently shares scenes with Benard on GH.

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The weeknight series goes beyond the sports headlines to give the audience an authentic and unique understanding of the stories that matter with Smith’s style and entertainment perspective, including deep expertise and unparalleled relationships with some of the most influential figures in sports, entertainment, and more.  The 30-minute episodes will be available every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday night and available anytime on demand.

Smith said about Stephen A’s World: “This is definitely something new. Sure, it’ll be sports-related. I’ll never depart from that. But this is also a look inside MY world, beyond what you customarily see from me across all the other ESPN platforms. From talking to A-List guests, to bringing ‘Baby Stephen A’ into the mix, to asking the ‘Love Doctor’ to save a few relationships sports are actually compromising, you just never know what you’ll get from me day-to-day. It all depends on my mood. That’s Stephen A’s World in a nutshell. Putting the PLUS in ESPN+. And I can’t wait.”

Make sure to check out the conversations between Stephen, Maurice, and Eric tomorrow night and check out Stephen’s new show.  Let us know if you will be watching via the comment section below.

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