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GH’s Kelly Thiebaud Talks On Britt & Jason’s Potential Future, the Medical Diagnosis that Could Alter Britt’s life, and Working Alongside Her Co-Stars

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Coming up on General Hospital, it’s a major week ahead in the life of Dr. Britt Westbourne (Kelly Thiebaud).  She is currently on the run with mob hit man Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) while trying to stay away from the evil Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober), and about to find out if she has the marker for Huntington’s Disease, which she knows is in her family genetics because of her father, Cesar Faison (Anders Hove).

All of this is being played to the hilt by Kelly Thiebaud, who this year made another triumphant return to the ABC daytime drama series, when Britt was released from prison and all of a sudden was placed by Renault to be the Chief of Staff at General Hospital!

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GH viewers who over the years have fondly dubbed Britt, the nickname of the “The Britch” (for some of the horrible misdeeds she has done and perpetrated on some of the good citizens of Port Charles) are now finding that in Britt’s on-screen story with Jason, that it has allowed the character to reveal more shades and depth, especially now that she is facing a horrific medical diagnosis that could change her life forever, and that she has developed romantic feelings toward Jason.

 

Kelly sat-down virtually for an all-new conversation with Michael Fairman exclusively for You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, where she weighed-in on: Britt’s latest dilemmas, budding romance, medical crisis, and what she thinks Britt might do if Jason and Sam (Kelly Monaco) were ultimately reunited.

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During this interview, Kelly talks about working with more of her GH castmates including: Kathleen Gati (Liesl), Laura Wright (Carly), Finola Hughes (Anna), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Wes Ramsey (Peter) and of course, Parry Shen (Brad).  Who didn’t love when bestie’s Brad and Britt would watch on the television the Nurses’ Ball red carpet while eating ice cream and trashing the arrivals?

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Watch the full interview with Kelly below.

Then let us know, are you hoping the Britt and Jason hit the sheets? What do you think will ultimately be Britt’s medical diagnosis? Will she have Huntington’s Disease or something else? Will she manipulate Jason away from Sam, or be on the up and up? Are you enjoying Kelly’s portrayal of Britt? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Her latest stint has been nothing short of pure enjoyment. I am loving the new dimensions Dan O’Conor and Chris Van Etten have given to Britt Westbourne. Not to mention, as much as I am not a fan of Steve Burton’s Jason, I am completely here for a Britt and Jason pairing!

Patrick
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Patrick

THIS : ^^^^ beautifully stated

“… Not to mention, as much as I am not a fan of Steve Burton’s Jason, I am completely here for a Britt and Jason pairing! ”

i am gobsmacked… that Steve Burton ” WHOLE ” demeanor… has changed… it’s like i am mystified at his persona… what words will flow… aside from the physical want…. his first kiss . BRITTA is MY leading lady… now that tamara Braun is gone. this is beguiling enchanting… every thing @GH NEEDS.

magic ensue

I love my Britta !!!!

Cindy
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Cindy

Britta and Jason are the only reason ( except for Mutter and Scott) I watch GH lately. I smile the whole time they are on screen.

rose
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rose

Cindy…Oh Yes. Love these “couples” together. And waiting to see what Mutter might do to Cyrus. You really don’t want to mess with her.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Cindy
Love the interaction between them. Can’t wait for Liesel’s reaction to Dr. Austin on their first meeting, as close as they were when he was Franco.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Oh definitely, these two go together. There were sparks from the very beginning. I just hope they don’t kill her off from the H.Desease. I don’t think she has to manipulate him away from Sam who has done that on her own.

Lew S
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Lew S

Yeah,I understand Sam’s choice, but how long has she known Jason and if they put her with Dante, that won’t be any better, because he is a by the book guy and wouldn’t stand for her occasional walk on the dark side.

rose
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rose

I just don’t want to go through anymore diseases for a long time on GH or anywhere else. Need my afternoon drop-out-of-real-life stories right now. Sadly too much of the other in real life right now. I’m glad the writers didn’t take us through a long drawn story on Sean Donnelly’s final condition but instead gave was an entertaining, memory tribute to him with his real daughter acting her part.

Susan Seese
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Susan Seese

So agree love Britt totally, love Jason & her together, great pairing. Sam is A whiney hypocrite. Cant wait til she learns this .

Carrie
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Carrie

I enjoyed this interview. She seems like a lovely person. I have enjoyed Britt’s storyline his year.

rose
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rose

To Michael F and Kelly…loved the interview!

Timmm
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Timmm

In Hollywood, they never bad mouth any of their coworkers because they “Love” everyone and everyone is “Amazing!” She seems to be really happy with everyone she works with. Maybe everyone on GH is amazing? Its daytime, that community and country music performers seem to be the most down to earth people. I like her. I liked her and Brad being friends. I liked her and Julian together. But, her and Jason, it could be gold! He and Sam needed to be split up. They are like zombies when the two of them are in scenes together. Britt brings a… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Timmm
So funny if they interviewed someone that said, ” oh, I can’t believe I have to work with that ass” or something of that nature. I love Britt and Jason together, but Dante and Sam are like two small book-ends, with certainly no chemistry.

Timmm
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Timmm

Dante is a scene killer! When he was with Lulu, the two of them were atrocious! He and Sam have no chemistry. Its Dante, he is the problem. He is a good actor and probably a good man BUT he just cannot find his groove. Maybe he goes dark and works for his dad?

Steve
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Steve

The writers haven’t known what to do with Dante for years. DZ is a good actor, but they keep giving him little to work with. Dante and Lulu needed to be broken up for a while. Sam, however, is not the answer.

There was so much potential when he returned last August. Now that he’s back on the PCPD, he just fades into the background again.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Steve
You are right. He was more interesting when he only acted to the click of a pen.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

LOVING, LOVING, LOVING every minute of Kelly’s return. What a much-needed shot of adrenaline that GH needs right now. I was getting so bored with Petie Puke’s constant triumphs over EVERYONE and the D.O.A. romance with mumbly Sam and dumber Dante. Britt and Jason are terrific together and I also find myself smiling every time Kelly is on. Now if they can bring back her pal, a redeemed Brad, my joy will be complete.

Susan
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Susan

Why would the GH writers give Britt the marker for Huntington’s Disease, especially now that we finally have a new love interest for Jason instead of boring Sam?

gh#1
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gh#1

Because Jason can’t resist a girl in trouble. Give the girl a stalker (Courtney) or a baby by a mob daddy who didn’t want the mommy (Sam), or in this case a dreadful disease and he’s all in. Otherwise he might remember that Britt stole his bosses grandchild (Dante and Lulu’s embryo) along with all the other lies she’s told and keep his distance.

Celia
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Celia

Because every other character on GH is so pristine??????. Britt’s past actions were par for the course. Go Britt!!

scyren
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scyren

lol. Considering he still got with Sam when she hated his son and did all that crap not telling them where he was etc. (god she was awful that year), apparently, Jason’s standards are low on the moral side.

Rodd
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Rodd

I LOVE BRITT! Ms. Thiebaud is doing a remarkable job with her, as are the writers. I hope she and Jason become a couple simply because they light up the screen together. I don’t see that with Jason and Sam. Sorry.

I’d love to see some more airtime between Britt and Brad when she gets back to PC.

gh#1
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gh#1

My apologies to Miss Thiebaud, but I will never see Britt as a partner for Jason. I can hardly bear her constant mooning at him when he turns his back. The writers may have softened her since she discovered she had brothers and became friends with Maxie, but this does not erase the lies she has told nor the fact that she stole Lulu (Spinelli’s once beloved Blonde One) and Dante’s (son of Jason’s boss) embryo and passed their son off as her own while in a relationship with Lulu’s brother. Did Jason lose his memory again when he had… Read more »

scyren
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scyren

Jason lost his memory re: Sam and all the crap she did immorally including hating his son and wanting him gone (she was never gonna tell the truth and watched while someone kidnapped him. she was horrible that year), so does he really care? He has forgiven the unforgivable several times before. Jason usually just takes whoever will have him. Jason started out smiling with Robin a lot. Life happened and he hardened and then he did soften with Liz. The Sam years he looked constipated most of the time and seem more annoyed. Honestly, for me, after what Sam… Read more »

Carol Logue
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Carol Logue

I so want to see her with Jason!!!! “Brittson”! ❤️❤️

Judy Cates
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Judy Cates

I am enjoying her character very much. I think Jason and Sam will get back together, but maybe Jason decides he wants to go in another direction.

Celia
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Celia

After waiting with bated breath, we finally have Britt back, it would be a “shot to the heart” to have her exit ( and in such a painful way). Finally, she has been given a storyline with punch!! Please, let this last—-TPTB can work their magic and find a cure—better yet, get a second opinion where Britt is told she has been misdiagnosed. What a head-spinning change, for once. Britt and Jason—no more Sam. …..seems to me Jason’s persona has somewhat transformed since his association with Britt. He doesn’t appear to be so brooding. Considering he’s on the run, he… Read more »

Su000
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Su000

hi Celia 🙂
ohh sheesh- please not have us watch Britt dying for the next year, sigh..
But- as usual, it will be a mixed-up mess of a misdiagnosed <– that soap writing rule 103 lol
I like Jason and Britt..
Sam and Jason are beyond played out.
That couple should have ended over a decade ago.
I can imagine Jason and Britt as an exciting couple, especially with mother Dr.O and in the mix..

And to the powers that be;
a horrible nightmare if Sam and Dante were to be paired=
a huge throw-up mistake if so.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, SusieQ—-LOL. Sam and Dante…Hmmmm, you know that’s where this is headed. Two Italian actors locking heads—-should be something to see—except, Sam still gets on my nerves. Always has, always will—“new” face and all. And, yeah—-big mistake if these two get together. —-didn’t Sonny and Sam have an affair? Oh, yeah—Alexis and Sonny? And, the stomach heaves. EWWWW!!
I do hope Brill and Jason are here to stay—Huntington’s is a seriously virulent disease. So, TPTB must remefy this situation. Posthaste!!

Su000
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Su000

hi Celia– When it comes to Sam it’s a huge ish! hard to tolerate her.
I can see Jason and Britt having a long time-
But there will be nasty shenanigans from mama O ..
I found this;
Currently, there isn’t a treatment that can slow or stop the progression of Huntington’s disease.
About 30,000 people in the United States have Huntington’s disease (that’s extremely low)
and another 200,000 are at risk of developing the condition.
Symptoms commonly develop between ages 30 and 50.
The disease progresses slowly and a person may live for another 15-20 years after the onset of symptoms.

Celia
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Celia

Agreed, SusieQ—- As far as I’m concerned ( which means nothing), Sam is one of the most boring, overly-exposed, superfluous characters on GH. What exactly does she do? Rien, nada, niente, nicht. Now, the mighty PTB are re-propping and pre-propping her via Dante? Or is it vice versa?? Another mismatched pair. Anyway—Huntington’s is a death sentence ( according to medical professionals), albeit research on the disease is ongoing as we speak to isolate the gene in families passed down from generation to generation. It attacks the nerve cells in the brain, slowly but surely. Nonetheless, I am a positive person…..… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Celia, Su000, you’re all on target. Sam is never more laughable to me than when she “plays tough” with Dante, the WORST cop in the history of soaps. Britt has more life and fun in a sadly trembling hand than Sam has in her whole being.

Bob
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Bob

GH has been having trouble with couplings for a long while, trying to force characters together who have NO chemistry (Anna and Finn being the worst). I am as surprised as anyone that Britt & Jason work, but they certainly do!

But PLEASE stop with Anna & Finn, Dante & Sam, Nina & “Mike”, and Michael & Willow. They are painful to watch together and they all deserve better pairings!

Remy
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Remy

The Anna and Finn pairing will never work as the missing element is Hayden.

The Dante and Sam pairing is like oil and water. The missing elements here are John McBain and Julie’s portrayal Lulu.

Willow + Michael= Snoozefest

Adore Cynthia Watros as an actress but the difference between her and Michelle Stafford’s portrayal is that Michelle had chemistry with nearly every screen partner on the canvas, whic

The Jax and Nina pairing worked well with Michelle, not Cynthia.

This Mike and Nina pairing looked like a modern version of Jennifer Bransford short term run as Carly, great actress just wrong timing

Lew S
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Lew S

PLEASE stop this Nina and Mike pairing!! Enough!)

Celia
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Celia

Oh, Remy—-I have been saying this since forever, but it serves no purpose. Michelle Stafford is outstanding in every role she assumes.
Yet, I could never picture her with Sonny—Actually, this thing ( whatever it is) between Nina and Sonny ( Mike) has gone way over the borderline. Pardon the pun.
Anna and Finn—as lame as can be. Finn and Elizabeth? We shall see.
Try as they might, Michael and Willow are blowing in the wind—-trying so hard to generate a spart—it ain’t there!!

Deborah Nash
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Deborah Nash

I LOVE Jason and Britt! I personally find Jason and Sam tiresome anymore. Their “theme music” makes me want to scream! Jason and Britt are a FRESH couple with lots of passion and electricity!

REMY
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REMY

Always enjoyed Kelly Thiebaud’s portrayal of Britt. She has made this character memorable, which is hard to accomplish in these modern times.

Ms. Thiebaud has taken a character that could’ve had a short life span and gave it leg. Along the way, Britt has developed historic connections to the canvas past and present.

Her latest stunt has been nothing but phenomenal with Britt continously delivering quiet surprises.

This is one character GH has developed carefully, with Britt becoming a strong contender of being a future legacy character for GH.

Darlene macdonald
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Darlene macdonald

Love Jason and Brit togeather

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I wonder how Carly will take this new development. She sees Jason as her property, and most likely will throw a fit if she thinks their relationship is serious. I loved how Cyrus told me her off, she loves her new position as the mob’s boss lady. Speaking of Cyrus, Portia could really have the upper hand, the one that holds the injection needle, unless he has someone watching her, she could give him something lethal, oops!

Carrie Nauseda
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Carrie Nauseda

Sorry JaSam forever!! I find them very boring. I know the saying copying is the best form of a compliment but in this case I find it confusing and a bit ridiculous. Besides JaSam didnt break up from not loving each other. So this pairing makes no sense. Not to mention how rushed it was. Dont get me started on Dante and Sam. That one is even worse. Sam and Jason are a team they would have worked great together. Sam and Jason should have handled Peter they were the ones affected not Britt. Of course that didnt happen.

scyren
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scyren

I hate Jasam, but is Jason supposed to pine away from the person he thought wouldn’t leave him and basically lied about what she was willing to deal with after she almost got him killed and endangered her family re: Shiloh? Jason usually can turn off his feelings pretty well. He loves to rescue. I can’t stand Britt, but Jason and Britt have been around each other and bonding since last year. I don’t think it was rushed necessarily, just would have never thought he’d be interested in Britt. It was awkward, but you know what, at least he’s finally… Read more »

SALLY BRADLEY
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SALLY BRADLEY

I too am all in on the Britson or JaBrit, lol, whatever these kids come up with these days, but I’m loving it!! Kelly has been amazing and Steve just can do no wrong in my eyes!

Abby
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Abby

I was starting to be a fan of Britt until they did the pairing with Steve Burton. These two were better off friends. It’s sad that actors actresses can demand pairings to come to the show. Bringing Steve back only to destroy JaSam was ridiculous. Strictly Steve jealous of Billy’s portrayal and depth of the character he was simply jealous. KM and BM rocked it even when they deened BM as Drew. Steve couldnt handle the competition because Billy is an extremely talented actor. Sadly GH pushed BM to the back burner for what this mess with Kelly T. Yes… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Loved Brit and Jason’s meeting today but Carly looked like she swallowed a lemon. She also didn’t take too kindly to Jason’s reluctance in telling her everything that was going on mob-wise. I really don’t see her turning the reins back over to Sonny willingly when he returns. She loves the excitement and power too much.

Satan
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Satan

You can bet your soul that Sonny will soon be returning to Port Charles – though most likely he’ll be doing so without his memory, searching for Nina, with no unholy idea what awaits him when he arrives. How do I know this is coming soon? Because within the last few weeks, we saw Whiny Heiny finally dispatched to Hell, Cyrus the Virus getting shipped off to a Federal “supermax” prison as of today, and his parting words to Finn FINALLY clued him into what was wrong with his “miracle cure” for Chase (the next batch, prepared with the proper… Read more »

clb
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clb

Keep it up Britt! I see an Emmy in Kelly Thiebaud’s near future! GH Writers should keep her front and center!

Kk
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Kk

Cannot stand this unusual out of character pairing there trying to shove Jason in , and turn this Britch into some good girl cause she has Huntington’s.No way! Hate it.

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NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

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The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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