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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

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One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Jamesj75

I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. And having been a viewer of GH when Shriner first began as Scotty, it is satisfying to hear him talk about his GH experience, from the early years through the present day. We often hear about how Y&R has been the #1 soap for 30+ years. While true, it was GH’s run at #1 that broke all viewership records, which stand to this day. During that epic time of record viewership, the GH actors were like rock stars. There was an amazing amount of buzz about the show and its stars, and Shriner was a… Read more »

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Jamesj75
I thouroughly agree with your acessment of Kin/Scott. He has been a joy throughout the years.Loved he and Laura but some of his other romantic choices, not so much.He’s never lost his talent for comedy which Iam sure he inherited from his dad, Herb, a very funny and talented man in the fifties.
I am now anxiously waiting for his, which is bound to be crazy and funny, relationship with Dr.OH!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Violet, I am also with you on your preference for Laura over Scotty’s other women. Thanks for the background on Kin’s father. Also, we saw his twin brother Wil do an inadvertent walk-on. Wil is also a comedic actor.

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Yes, Jamesj75, back in the 80s I used to imagine running my hands thru Scotty’s glorious blonde hair and…well, enough of that. He also had a small role in WAR AND REMEMBRANCE, the mammoth 1989 miniseries, as a submarine officer. His brother Wil also appeared in one of my favorite films, “Peggy Sue Got Married” in 1986. I love seeing Scotty with Liesl, what an inspired pairing! What memories these veteran actors must have of the soaps’ heyday! I treasure mine also. Cheers, James!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Soaphound, I watched War and Remembrance. Thanks for bringing up this, well, remembrance! Great to hear about your fondness for Scotty. 🙂 I know I reminisce often about the heyday of soaps — as well as my own… Cheers!

SZima
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SZima

LOL, that hook-up with Dr. O came out of the blue, but I LOVE it!!
Scott needs a love life, so does Liesl, and these two ‘weirdos’ are made for each other!
This could be great comedy relief…with heart ♥️

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Satan

Laughing my pointy tailed ass off when he said he and Heather had to have been teenagers when Frodd was born. Because we all know that ain’t true. Scotty was in his late teens when he met Laura, and any relationship he may have had with Heather was LONG after that. In fact he’d already disappeared to Texas and come back from there before he ever knew Heather.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Satan, you’re absolutely correct about the timing. It’s always a jolt, to say the least, when writers rewrite history, which is what they did with Scotty and Heather in introducing their son. Funny thing: You, Satan, probably know this, but near the end of the interview, Mr. Fairman showed a cast picture, with a most youthful Scotty and Laura. Also in that picture? Heather, as played by Mary O’Brien, the second actress to play the role. The first Heather was Georgianne LaPiere (Cher’s half-sister), and of course, Robin Mattson was the third (and last) actress to play the role. The… Read more »

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Jamesj75
I don’t know if you are interested in this info, and you may already know but you can go to eBay.com and purchase numerous memorabilia of Valerie Starrett, including a large GH photo,etc. Good luck.

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Jamesj75

Violet, you are my hero! Thank you for telling me about this. I have bought old soap magazines there that featured Valerie on the cover, but I will look at posters, etc., and I will let you know. You’ve made my day, Violet. Thank you, Friend!

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Jamesj75
It was my pleasure to bring a little joy to someone these days. I looked myself and could not find anything listed under V.S but then I entered Soap Stars Photos, Memerabelia and hit the jackpot! Tons of photos, mags. but sadly no Valerie, though I had to stop after pg.ten or so. Anyway, hope you enjoy browsing and find something good. Best Wishes

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Violet, thanks for making the effort on my behalf. I really appreciate it. I may end up ordering another magazine or two from the site. Take care, Friend.

Violet Lemm
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Jamesj75
Hi, Isn’t it strange that every reply we made to each other since the last one has been dropped and or censured. I have an idea what and who caused it, but God forbid I should say something about having an opinion, as I certainly do right now. I thought the days of walking on eggshells was over, apparently not. So long for now, my friend. I hope you get this message.

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James
There was an homage to the LSD tea switching on Friday’s episode with the lazy Susan used as a device to mix up the cups (one of which containing the vial of mystery liquid from Peter).

Back in the 70s, little Steven Lars (then known as PJ) played with the Lazy Susan, causing Heather to get the drink intended for Diana). One of my earliest GH memories.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Steve, thanks a million for the information. I will have to look up that scene. Also, I didn’t remember that it was PJ who played with the lazy Susan, causing the switcheroo, so thanks for clarifying that. Speaking of Peter, usually soaps go out of their way not to use the same name of a regular character more than once, so I was surprised to learn of a new Peter when Dr. Peter Taylor was such a popular character in the 1970s. Over decades, I suppose it isn’t that big a deal. Take care.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Funny, Franco and his dad are only ten years apart in real life but in reel life, it’s believable.

Carrie
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Carrie

Thank you for this terrific interview. I was happy to watch this and I enjoyed this greatly. I could listen to Kin and the other legacy characters share their stories all day.

vicki fortes
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vicki fortes

Excellent interview. I remember when Kin,Genie,and Tony all started on the show back in 1977.

Linda Mokrycki
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Linda Mokrycki

I will miss Franco. I enjoyed the scenes of Franco with Elizabeth and her boys. I am happy to see Scott and Leisel in a romance.

Christy
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Christy

ditto. not sure if Roger was bored with Franco or if GH was just getting rid of the perception of fake rapist… which we all know Franco did not rape Sam, it was all a mind game of the former actor and tumor-ridden Franco… anyways, hard as it was to see Franco be clever enough to kidnap and transport Peter without being seen, and dumb enough to leave bullets in the gun and not lock Peter up in that big cage, and then to see him die, I was only consoled by the fact that Roger is changing roles. Did… Read more »

Marie JL
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Marie JL

I really love that romance Liesle Obreth and Scott

Violet Lemm
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Michael
I guess Iam really dense because I can not find anyone mentioned in this whole page that deserves your comment.So which gentleman are you speaking of?

Michael
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Michael

Kin Shriner.

Steve
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Steve

44 years in the business would say otherwise.

Michael
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Michael

It’s called luck and I’m entitled have an opinion.

Violet Lemm
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Michael
When you named Kin Shriner as being one of the worst daytime actors, I meant to let it go but now you say you are entitled to your opinion which Iam sure you have plenty of and Iam also sure you, like all of us have armpits too, but some just stink more than others.

Charday
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Charday

That was a good interview, thanks. First time I ever heard the actor speak as himself.

Timmm
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Timmm

Kin seems at piece! He looks good. It must be from hanging with Stamos! I hope he and Roger find a way to work together again. They are gold!

Michaela
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Michaela

Love Scotty and Dr. O together. We need Kin S. on our screen more often

Christy
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Christy

Great interview Michael!! I will miss Scotty and Franco scenes as I do see them and the actors as having similar traits or styles. The way they played off each other was always enjoyable to watch. Glad that he can still be part of the Baldwin-Webber clan with his 3 grandkids. Ive been watching Scotty for a long time, like high contrast B/W days! I remember Scott’s mom was crazy… I remember some kitchen table scene with the mom, I think her name was Meg, and little Scotty, and Lee. The lighting was so oddly bright it made tbe scene… Read more »

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Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless Receive WGA Award Nominations

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the WGA Awards in the fields of television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing.

In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit themselves for competition this year.  So, it was not a matter of the series not receiving enough votes to be in contention.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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ABC Entertainment President, Craig Erwich Offers Update on ‘Pine Valley’ and is Open to Additional ‘General Hospital’ Iterations

During today’s ABC TCA virtual Winter Press Tour, Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment and Hulu originals, addressed entertainment reporters during a press conference on some potential developments and upcoming new shows, existing shows, and specials scheduled on the network

According to TV Line, Erwich shared he has no further updates at this time on the All My Children reboot “Pine Valley’ that has been in development for over a year from Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) and company.

However, the ABC boss did say that due to the recent success of Days of our Lives streaming limited-series and its holiday movie on Peacock, that he would be intrigued for ways to bolster the General Hospital franchise, adding that he is “always open to additional iterations or explorations” in regards to the network’s sole daytime drama.

So, what do you think is happening with “Pine Valley”? Would you like to see ABC and its streaming platform partners develop something original for General Hospital ala DAYS? Comment below.

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GH and ‘Full House’ Alum John Stamos ‘Gutted’ and Shares, ‘I Am In Utter Shock’ Over Death of Bob Saget

This past weekend brought with it more heartbreaking news in celebrity deaths in only the first week of the 2022.  Beloved actor and comedian, Bob Saget was found dead in an hotel room in Orlando, Florida at the age of 65.

What was known came more accurately through a tweet from the Orange County Sheriff’s department, who responded to a call from the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando, Grand Lakes on Sunday, January 9th, about an unresponsive man in a hotel room.

The man was identified as Robert Saget and he was pronounced deceased on scene and ‘detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case.”

Saget played Danny Tanner on ABC’s Full House sitcom from 1987 through 1995, reprised the role in its revival, Fuller House, in 2016 and hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos. 

John Stamos co-starred with Saget in the comedy series as as Danny’s brother-in-law and best friend Jesse Katsopolis. Soap fans also recall that Stamos started his TV career as Blackie Parrish on General Hospital.

Upon the news of Saget’s death, John took to Twitter and shared his grief expressing: “I am broken. I am gutted.  I am in complete and utter shock.  I will never ever have another friend like him.  I love you so much Bobby.”

The two worked together again on Stamos’ series, Grandfathered which ran on Fox from 2015-2016.

Share your remembrances and condolences on the passing of Bob Saget in the comment section below.

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