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GH's Jill Farren Phelps on James Franco's role and appearance in Port Charles!

Jill Farren Phelps and James FrancoJill Farren Phelps, the executive producer of General Hospital talks about James Franco’s appearance and guest starring stint on upcoming episodes of the ABC soap in a new article in the Wall Street Journal’s SpeakEasy. The EP admits that even though Franco agreed to do the show there may have been some concern if the film star would really show up and report for work.  But that was not the case.  Phelps says he has been terrific and his memorazation skills are amazing.  Knowing your lines and dialog quickly in the daytime genre are vital to an actor’s success.   Here are few interesting exceprts from the SpeakEasy with reporter Michelle Kung’s Q&A to Phelps.

Were you ever afraid he was trying punk the show?

We weren’t sure if it was going to happen, even after being consistently reassured. But we made the plane reservation and he showed up — and could not have been nicer or more humble; he was willing to do whatever we asked. He had over 65 pages of material to do in the one day, so it was a very long day, but his demeanor was completely professional. We told him that if he ever wants to give up film acting, there’s always a home for him in Port Charles.

We know his character is named Franco and he’s a pain in the side of Jason (Steve Burton). What else can you tell us?

He’s an unusual character and he has an unusual goal. We’re not saying anything about what he’s doing because we want people to tune in, obviously. Unlike other times when we try to grab people, we think James is enough of a hook. He interacts with a lot of characters, but his primary story arc has to do with Jason.

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Veronica Cartwright To Appear In Secret Role On General Hospital

Now here’s an intriguing bit of casting news out of General Hospital. According to an item from EW.com, Veronica Cartwright (Aliens, L.A Law) will appear on the ABC daytime drama series in a secret role.

The tidbit on her part that was revealed is that she will share scenes with Maura West (Ava Jerome).

Cartwright’s first episode will air sometime in early July and it will be a five episode arc.

Last seen in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,. Cartwright has worked in TV and film since 1961 amassing a huge amount of acting credits including the motion pictures: Witches of Eastwick, The Right Stuff, plus the above mentioned credits.

So what would Cartwright’s mystery role have to do with Ava J.?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Elizabeth Hendrickson Says Goodbye To General Hospital

On Thursday’s GH, the character of DA Margaux Dawson announced she is stepping down from her position after siding with the law against the manipulative and blackmailing Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin).  Margaux informed Port Charles Mayor, Laura Spencer Collins (Genie Francis) of her decision.

Around the same time, actress Elizabeth Hendrickson revealed on her Instagram account that she had wrapped her  run on the ABC daytime drama series, with a photo of her in front of the GH studio sign expressing: “It was an incredible year on @generalhospitalabc playing Margaux. Thanks to all my new friends, It was truly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. On to the next!”  Hendrickson began playing Margaux in 2018.

Now it will be interesting to see who becomes the new DA of Port Charles.

As for Hendrickson, rumors have been swirling that she may be returning to Y&R now that Adam (Mark Grossman is back on the canvas, and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan) and Kevin (Greg Rikaart) are coming back.  Could Chloe be far behind?

So, send your well-wishes to Liz on a job well-done, and let us know where you are hoping she turns up next via the comment section below!

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Porter Fasullo Cast As The New Danny On GH

Last week on the May 31st episode of General Hospital, the part of Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason’s (Steve Burton) son, Danny was now being played by Porter Fasullo.

That means that T. K. Weaver, who has played the character from 2016-2019 has been replaced.  Weaver responded to inquiries from fans on Twitter by stating.  “I was recast” and added, “I found out a couple weeks ago but I was asked not to tell anyone.  Broke my heart. I love you all so much. I love my GH family and all of you who make my day everyday!!!! You guys are the best!”

Weaver also passed the torch to Fasullo stating: “Good luck to the new Danny!! I hope you all love him too! Truly.”

Photo: Instagram

In addition, T.K. thanked all of his TV parents, Kelly Monaco, Billy Miller, and Steve Burton in tweets.

Monaco responded back with: “TK. You were a DREAM to work with. You are such a talented young man. I know you have a bright future ahead of you. I can’t wait to see your career blossom. I’ll make sure sees this post… I know he cares about you as much as I do. You will be greatly missed at 

Steve Burton responded to Weaver by stating: “You’re a rockstar with a bright future!”

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So, please welcome Porter to the GH family as we say ‘best wishes’ to T.K. on a job well-done via the comment section below.

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