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



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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Very much deserved. FH and JT were simply amazing.

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.

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

I agree!! JT and Finola were perfect!

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!

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 scene where Patrick was trying to tie his tie and she helped him. I’ve never been so broken by watching a scene as that scene…as this storyline…has made me. Patrick asking her if she was ready to go to the church with him, and her saying he had to do this on his own…and then him saying “I’m nothing without you, Robin.” It just proves once again that Jason Thompson can take what could be seen as the perfect scene, and make it even better.

Congratulations to Jason & Fiona on this much deserved honor!

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

Simply amazing work! Kudos!

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

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 🙂

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

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

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.

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.

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 to see. Anna & Patrick were PERFECT actors.

Yes I am surprised the numbers didn’t go up a pinch.

And now we have a tacky rooftop party to look forward to with a bunch of ‘fill in’s that will be paid $1 for there scenes.

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

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!

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!!!

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 Jason his Emmy.

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.

ITA. Beautiful performances by both Finola and Jason.

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.

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

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?

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.

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. 🙂

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.

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.

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 win an Emmy for this – he completely deserves it!

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

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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Who Will Turn Out to Be Adam’s Father?

For weeks, General Hospital has been playing up the anxiousness, anxiety, pressures of a college student named Adam as played by Joshua Benard (the son of Maurice Benard) on the ABC daytime drama series.

Adam and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) have become friends, and along the way she seems to be attempting to put together the pieces of what is going on with this young man. In story, what we have learned as it seems that he is receiving unbelievable pressure from his mom and dad, to ensure he has the best grades in order to become a doctor.

On Wednesday’s episode, after receiving a 97 on his test in a do-over, he called his father.  We don’t hear the voice on the other line, only Adam’s.  Apparently, the father was not happy that Adam has to do a make up test, even though he received a high score.

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So, where is this all leading? Is Adam suffering from bipolar disorder or mental illness? Is he talking to anyone on the phone? Or, is he the son of a current character on the canvas, or a new or incoming villain?

Much speculation has been made that Adam might turn out to be the bio-son of Mr, Brennan (Charles Mesure), presumed to be the nefarious ‘Pikeman’. However, Adam had said that his parents were both doctors. Others are assuming he could turn out to be another child of Sonny Corinthos, but Sonny doesn’t know it, and he was raised by some over-achieving well-to-do parents.

Looks like next week, Josslyn and Trina (Tabyana Ali) may be on the case to try to figure out what is really going on with the guy.

So the questions become … do you think this will turn out to be just a random story featuring Joshua Benard? Do you think Adam till be tied-in more to the Port Charles canvas?  Is Joss spending too much time with Adam and and not enough time with Dex (Evan Hofer)?

In addition, Joshua just turned 19-years-old this week on December 5th.  Shout out to another year around the sun.

Share your theories on Adam. what you think is going on with him, and who could be his father, via the comment section. Now below, check out the scenes between Adam and Joss from Wednesday’s GH.

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Kimberly McCullough Shares Remembrance of the Late TV Legend Norman Lear on the Set of ‘One Day At a Time’

Television legend, Norman Lear passed away on Wednesday at the age of 101 years old. The comedy genius who created, wrote and produced some of the greatest sitcoms of all time died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Lear’s body of work included: All in the Family, One Day at a Time, Maude, The Jeffersons and Good Times, Sanford & Son, plus the soapy, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

General Hospital’s beloved Kimberly McCullough (Robin) has been working as a director in the television industry for years now and upon learning the news of Lear’s passing, shared a very touching moment via her Instagram that stayed with her through her directorial career. McCullough had been a director on the reboot of One Day at a Time that featured EGOT winner, Rita Moreno.

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McCullough expressed: “My hat goes off to your, sir Norman. What a wonderful life you lived. In my very first directing job, only 6 weeks after having a baby, I was feeling fragile and not quite ready to get back to work. On the set of One Day At A Time, you squeezed my chin and said ‘Look at you! A baby directing our show.’ It wasn’t condescending at all. In fact you seemed thrilled by how far we’d come in the industry, giving young women a seat at the table. I replied, ‘I’m not a baby. I just had a baby.”‘

McCullough added: “You gave me nod of approval saying, ‘Even better. You let me know if you need anything.’ That meant the world to me. Thank you for your service of the television industry, of our country and being a stand up human. #ripnormanlear”

In a previous post pictured with Norman Lear, Kimberly shared: “Thank you changing the world with your storytelling. Honored to say I’ve been able to work with you. One time I heard you say “but where is the HEART of the story?” I have a feeling you’ve asked that question a lot…”

The Lear family also put out this statement on the death of the iconic TV genius: “Thank you for the moving outpouring of love and support in honor of our wonderful husband, father, and grandfather,” the Lear family said in a statement. “Norman lived a life of creativity, tenacity, and empathy. He deeply loved our country and spent a lifetime helping to preserve its founding ideals of justice and equality for all. Knowing and loving him has been the greatest of gifts. We ask for your understanding as we mourn privately in celebration of this remarkable human being.”

Tonight, across all network television, an in memoriam card will air at 8PM ET/PT to pay tribute to Lear and acknowledging his influence in the medium.

Share your thoughts on Kimberly’s touching tribute to Norman Lear and the passing of the TV legend via the comment section below.


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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What are Your First Impressions of Charles Mesure as ‘Mr. Brennan’?

There’s a new villain in town and things are about to get turned upside down for Anna Devane (Finola Hughes), Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Curtis Ashford (Donnell Turner) as General Hospital circles back around to the looming mysterious ‘Pikeman’ story and who was the target of the shooting at the Metro Court that put Curtis in a wheelchair.

Last Friday, and into yesterday’s Tuesday, December 5th episode of the ABC daytime drama series, viewers were introduced to “Mr. Brennan” who has to turn out to be the dastardly “Pikeman.”

If his portrayer looks familiar, actor Charles Mesure has appeared in numerous television series and film roles including: Once Upon a Time, CastleThe MentalistDesperate HousewivesBones and more. Mesure is also British-born, but moved to Australia when he was younger, accounting for the fabulous accent “Mr Brennan” has on GH.


In story on GH, as Sonny was telling “Mr. Brennan’s” minion, Hume that he would no longer run Pikeman’s shipments through his territory, the guy showed up at Kelly’s Diner with an ominous message for Carly (Laura Wright), although she doesn’t know it.

On Tuesday, in his room at the Metro Court, Brennan is upset that Sonny won’t work with him and tells Hume he plans to stay in Port Charles to make sure the shipments to Canada are ready to go. We also learn that apparently the head of the WSB has taken a leave of absence. Brennan reveals that being the director has its benefits. He then says he got rid of Frisco and he can work remotely and now things are falling into place.

Hume asks Brennan who the intended target is in all of this, and he says both Sonny and Anna. “Brennan’s” goal is to force Sonny’s hand to continue the shipments and more. Meanwhile, Curtis on the case as to who is behind his shooting and more.

So, what has been your impressions thus far of GH’s newest baddie as played by Charles Mesure? Let us know in the comment section below.

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