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GH's Kelly Monaco: "We Have To Save Daytime" & Behind-the-Scenes of DIRTY SOAP!

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Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

In a new interview out from, General Hospital and Dirty Soap’s, Kelly Monaco  talks about the current state of daytime soaps, plus the drama on E’s! new reality series featuring her and some of daytime’s most notable young stars.  Here are some excerpts below from the conversation with Kelly on her relationship with high school sweetheart, Michael Gonzalez, the ongoing friendship drama between Kirsten Storms and Farah Fath, and life in a shrinking genre.

Kelly on the mood at the GH set nowadays! “It’s a sink or swim kind of attitude at work right now. We’re all pretty realistic about the state of daytime and the generation of this genre. We’re trying to keep it on the air, and everyone, from top to bottom, is stepping up to put our best foot-forward. We have got to make people tune in and save daytime. We’re very aware that we could be pulled at any time, it’s the reality of the times. But we’re hoping to make daytime cool for a generation that may not know we exist.”

Kelly on her thoughts on why Kirsten and Farah’s relationship went south as illustrated on Dirty Soap! : “It’s so weird that it’s so unclear what went wrong. I feel like both of them are still kind of shadowing the real problem because, from my stand point as a logical human being looking at it, I can’t see where the issue is. Did they just grow apart or did something sabotage the relationship? I feel like there’s something underneath the covers that isn’t being shown. I would love to see them be real about what happened. You don’t just fall apart like that without something big happening. It seems like something more substantial had to have happened to ruin such a dear close friendship. I don’t know what the f*** is going on with these girls [laughs].”

Kelly on letting her personal relationship with Mike Gonzalez being documented on the reality series:  “I’m pretty aware of what I’m allowing out there. I’ve allowed my experience with my relationship to become public because I am in a healthier place with it and think people can really relate to my struggles. It seems shameful to have a platform to discuss and heal and evolve but not use it. We all go through it, this may be to the extreme, but it happens to everyone.”

So what do you think of the drama between Farah and Kirsten and Kelly and Michael? Let us know.

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farrah seems very catty and paranoid, and insecure, and her two guy friends are really arrogant and toxic, I really thought she was a more positive person but the show makes her come across as insecure w/ the people around her. and the way she is w/ her boyfriends mom just speaks volume on her.

I agree with Kelly, that there must be more than meets the eye going on between Kirsten and Farah. I like both Kirsten and Farah, but feel that Farah did initiate some type of communication, and Kirsten blew it off. Maybe she had good reason for doing that, I don’t know. Farah did seem quite genuine this week in her concern for Kirsten’s well being. I hope they patch things up. Longtime friendships don’t come along everyday, and are certainly worth patching up – if possible. As for Kelly, I also like her, and feel she was quite brave and honest to put her broken relationship out there, not to mention her innermost feelings during her most vulnerable time. Kudos to her, and I am very happy that she is healing and in a better place now. I enjoy Dirty Soap, and all of the cast!!!! I wish them all much luck on the show. I also wish Kirsten a speedy recovery, I am sure what she is going through (as a young woman), is not easy at all. I am also a longtime ABC Soap viewer (AMC, OLTL and GH), and certainly hope that GH remains on ABC Daytime, and I look forward to Prospect Park putting AMC and OLTL on the internet.

I’m finding the show fascinatin and addictive. Well we all want to know what goes on behind closed doors and here we are. I love Kelly, Galen n Jenna and Nadia n Brandon esp. J P you need to grow up and as for Kirsten n Farah, I also think something major happened and we may just find out. Farah’s two gay friends need to butt out. I’ve always thought that Kirsten’s may be bipolar. I know she has huge trust issues. Can’t wait to see more. Maybe adding to the cast and finding someone better for Farah?

HATE Dirty Soap. Hate all Reality Television because it is just a load of cheap, crass, bunk.

I really enjoy watching Dirty Soap. I think Kelly is a great person. I think Farrah and JP make a great couple. Loved them on One Life also. Hope Kristen gets better fast.

I like Dirty Soap. Great reality show for soap fans. Wish everyone on the show well and thank them for sharing their lives off the shows with us.

Can’t imagine my workout without GH! Love the GH cast and Dirty Soap has even made it better!

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General Hospital’s Adam J. Harrington Weighs-in On John and Carly, and How it’s ‘Starting to Get Very Complicated”

On recent episodes of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) came to John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) rescue as he was beaten down in an assault. Carly put on her “nurses cap,” sort of speak, and got John to his hotel room and watched over to him, to make sure he didn’t lose consciousness.

GH fans also got their first glimpse of what may be a new romance for Carly, if she and John continue to bond.  If John and Carly were to have a relationship, it would certainly have a ripple effect with Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Adam J. Harrington shared his view on the scenes and what might be next between the two. Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Harrington shared, “I thought it was written in a way where there’s an understanding and a respect between them both. I don’t think there was any moment where she was not aware that he’s an FBI agent, and there was no moment that he wasn’t aware of her history and relationship to other people in the town. I really liked it. I was really looking forward to shooting it with Laura and we had a really nice time shooting it.”

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When Carly and John part ways, it seems there were some romantic sparks, as Harrington puts it, “Isn’t that interesting that sometimes with people, the one moment they actually show how they feel is when they know there’s an escape hatch. They know they’re about to walk away. So, it’s almost safe in that moment to do it. I thought that was really special about how (the writers) handled John and Carly. Even the music in that scene was beautifully done.”

Where is this all heading? Conflict! Internally and professionally, and as Adam explains, “Who Carly was to John on paper as just a tool to be used as bait is starting to get very complicated.”

What would you think of a John and Carly pairing? Would you prefer him with Anna, or neither of them? Let us know via the comment section and take our poll below.

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

Coming up, it looks like Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) grandfather, Carmine Cerullo is headed to Port Charles.

According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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