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GH’s Josh Swickard to Star in HBO Max’s ‘A Hollywood Christmas’

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Holiday films are all the rage these days and many of them feature past and present soap stars.  Now comes casting news that General Hospital’s Josh Swickard (Chase) will be seen in HBO Max’s upcoming film, A Hollywood Christmas.

According to Deadline, in story, the film centers on Jessica, a young, up-and-coming filmmaker in Hollywood who has made a name for herself directing Christmas movies. But when handsome network executive Christopher shows up threatening to halt production on her latest movie, Jessica’s assistant, Reena, points out the irony: Jessica isn’t just trying to save her Christmas movie, she’s actually living in one. Jessica must now juggle all the classic tropes—her actors falling in and out of love, a wayward elf dog, and her own stirring romantic feelings for her perceived nemesis—in order to get her movie and her life to their happy endings. The romantic comedy cast includes Jessika Van, Anissa Borrego, Riley Dandy, Zak Steiner, Tom Williamson, Emelia Hartford, Missi Pyle, and Swickard.

Look for A Hollywood Christmas to premiere on HBO Max on December 1st.

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Another name familiar to soaps, Eddie Cibrian (Ex-Sunset Beach and Y&R) will star in another HBO Max holiday film, when he is part of the cast in A Christmas Mystery, which bows a week for Swickard’s flick on November 24th.

So, looking forward to seeing Josh and Eddie in the new HBO Max Christmas films? Comment below.

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So this is why HBO Max recently killed about half their schedule…. so they could compete with Hallmark & Lifetime for the Cheesy Xmas Movie market??

And people still believe the Devil controls Hollywood?? As if….

Satan…Many times these “cheesy” Hallmark, Lifetime movies are a welcome relief from the soap formula like B&B, Y&R and GH has been giving us lately. For me there are next to no characters to like. Top of my list are Steffy, her mom, Victoria, Ridge, Thomas, Carly. And storywise Sheila’s recent gun shooting spree, and now the dark story about Ava getting attacked. Why not throw in more fun, love and adventure? The only story I am interested in right now is how Chance and Nick are trying to figure out their moral conflicts re the Ashland police report.

That genre of movies doesn’t do anything for me, but a Devil has no problem with anybody else watching them. At least it’s keeping actors & writers employed…. as opposed to the endless steaming piles of “reality” dragonshit piling up on most other channels.

But I do think it’s excessive that they start running the Xmas movies in October, and don’t stop until February or so. And 98% of the movies have the exact same plot…. single lonely female has to leave her big city job and return to her hometown to save some local whatever, and falls in love with some guy there who may or may not be the “real” Santa Claus.

As far as the B&B or Y&R characters go…. I can’t help you there. The CBS soaps don’t air down here in Hell.

Satan…I agree Hallmark, etc can get excessive if you binge. I do pick and chose, and you are right it does keep actors employed, some from the soaps. Oh, you forgot to add Christmas In July movies starting mid summer. And there are probably six to seven more plots including single, developer guy from the big city who wants to change a small town into a big resort town. Gosh it’s hard to watch anything interesting anymore. What do you mean you don’t get B&B and Y&R down there. They have stories and characters that are perfectly suited for your domain. :)))

I don’t get HBO MAX but am happy Josh is getting other work. He’s become a good actor and seems like a genuinely nice person. And he’s the perfect holiday movie leading man, beyond handsome and with a cheerful persona. Hopefully the movie will reach DVD and I will get to see it.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Ava Receives a Haunting Letter About Austin’s Murder

On Thursday’s November 30th episode of General Hospital, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) is on the case of who shot Austin (Roger Howarth) and pays a visit to Ava Jerome (Maura West) at Wyndemere.

Dante asks Ava when was the last time she saw Dr. Austin Gatlin-Holt. She asks why and what is going on with Austin? Dante tells her he’s dead, and assumes she must already know, especially given her non-reaction to the news.

Ava tells Dante she was last with Austin two days ago at her gallery. When he questions her if security footage can back that up, that would then give her an alibi. However, Ava explains she left out the back, and that the surveillance camera has not been working. Since the murder happened in Pautauk, Dante tells Ava they will want to question her.


She responds that a lot of people in town knew Austin from Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and on. However, Dante points out that Ava was the only one that was kidnapped by Mason (Nathanyael Grey). Ava says she will have her lawyer ready.

As Dante exits, Ava looks through her unopened mail. She finds a letter addressed to her and it says inside on note paper, “You’re welcome.” But that’s not all, inside the letter is a polaroid of Austin’s dead body.


Also in story, Molly (Kristen Vaganos) has a meltdown when she has to start the finding a surrogate process all over again, and is found crying on a park bench by her sister, Kristina (Kate Mansi). Will this be the conversation where Molly will take up Kristina on her initial offer to carry the child for her and TJ (Tahj Bellow)?


In another key moment, James thinks Cody (Josh Kelly) would make a great big brother, which then gets Felicia (Kristina Wagner) flashing back to when Cody told Mac that it turns out Mac is not his bio-dad. Felicia senses something is not right. Is she finally on to the fact that Cody lied to Mac? Stay tuned.


So, who do you think sent the letter to Ava about killing Austin? Is it Nikolas? Cyrus? Mason? Could it be Ava herself, who doesn’t remember she did the deed, or could it be someone else? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Pays Tribute to Tyler Christopher at End of Episode, ABC Exec Nathan Varni Shares: “You’ll Always Be In Our Hearts”

If you caught the end of the Monday, November 27th Thanksgiving episode of General Hospital, the ABC daytime drama ended the show with a special dedication to Tyler Christopher (ex-Nikolas Cassadine), who passed away on October 31st at the age of 50.

With a very touching title card, and a photo of Tyler from his younger days as the dark prince of the Cassadine clan, it read, “In Loving Memory of Tyler Christopher.”

On Tuesday, November 28th, ABC Current Series executive, Nathan Varni, who oversees Grey’s Anatomy, The Conners, Station 19 and General Hospital for the network, shared on X some additional thoughts on Tyler’s contributions to the GH family.

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Varni expressed: “This lovely tribute card was shown at the end of yesterday’s episode of GH In loving memory of Tyler Christopher. Thanks for bringing Nikolas Cassadine to life on our screens, you’ll always be in our hearts. RIP.”

Tyler played the role of GH’s Nikolas from 1996–1999, 2003–2011, and lastly from 2013–2016. He also took on the role of Connor Bishop from 2004–2005. The late actor took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2016 for his work as Nikolas.

Share your thoughts on GH honoring Tyler at the end of their Thanksgiving episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Scarlett Fernandez on Charlotte’s Mindset: “She Completely Believes That Anna is Out to Get Her”

Once returning to General Hospital, Scarlett Fernandez (Charlotte) has been involved in a juicy storyline, where an impressionable young Charlotte Cassadine has been persuaded almost brain-washed, if you will, via a letter from Victor Cassadine from the grave.

In it, he implores Charlotte to keep Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) away from her father, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart). So, taking that to heart, Charlotte burned Anna’s house down and much more.  When she gets shot by Anna after intruding into the super spy’s apartment, the stakes get even higher.

Valenin had figured out that Charlotte was stalking Anna and trying to do her harm, but did not inform Anna. That has caused a major rift in their relationship.  Meanwhile, Laura (Genie Francis) and Valentin confronted Charlotte after she returned home from the hospital.

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In her latest interview with Soap Opera Digest, Fernandez shared on getting to play this kind of story: “It’s definitely an honor because when I was little, I was getting storylines, but this is just crazy! I kind of feel like I’m treated like an adult on the show now, almost, and it’s just been great. I’ve been given great stuff and the fact that Frank (Valentini, EP, GH) and all of his co-workers have trusted me has just been an amazing feeling.”

With everyone confronting Charlotte on her dirty deeds against Anna, and her denying it, Fernandez weighs-in on just where Charlotte is at this point in her mind: “I think that she definitely realizes that the people around her don’t believe her and don’t trust her and I think that really frustrates her because she completely believes that Anna is out to get her. So that (the adults in her life don’t believe her) is hard for her.”

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There is also burgeoning chemistry between Jake (Hudson West) and Charlotte! So what does Fernandez think of that? Is she using him, or could be the beginning of young love? She expressed: “I think it’s definitely a little bit of both. I think that maybe she and Jake are partners-in-crime, but I also think that Jake has or will have a good influence on her. She just really needs someone to be there for her and for her to be able to confide in and I think that he has been that.”

So, have you been enjoying Scarlett’s performances as a troubled Charlotte? Would you like to see Jake and Charlotte have a ‘date’? Do you think Charlotte needs deprogramming to help her out of the grip that Victor has on her; as she believes Anna is the cause of all the trouble that will come her father’s way, if she doesn’t find a way to get rid of her? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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