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GH's Kristina Wagner Opens Up About Working With Her Ex-Husband, Jack Wagner!

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Kristina Wagner has been a longtime fan favorite as Felicia on General Hospital.  In addition to life in Port Charles, Wagner appeared in the Hallmark Channel drama When Calls The Heart in 2015, which stars Kristina’s former real-life husband and former GH star, Jack Wagner (Ex-Frisco Jones).

In a new installment of Oprah: Where Are They Now? airing this Saturday, March 5th at 10PMESTon OWN, Kristina recalls when Jack asked her if she would like to take on a role in When Calls The Heart.

Kristina expressed what it was like, or if she had any apprehension working with her ex: “I got a phone call from Jack that said, ‘What do you think? Would you like to come work with us up in Vancouver, and be a part of the show?'”

She said it was not a problem working with Jack again:  “It’s so much easier, because I can go on set and establish my boundaries and my needs and my wants and get through these scenes, and work with him as a professional actress rather than a girlfriend or wife.  It’s really important.  It’s fun. We’re having fun.”

Watch a clip from Kristina’s interview on Oprah: Where Are They Now? after the jump!  Then let us know, do you wish Jack Wagner would return to GH again and share scenes with Kristina, or has that ship sailed since Felicia chose Mac (John J. York) after the Nurses’ Ball in 2014? Comment below!

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Lisa Hauser
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Lisa Hauser

I will always hope jack Wagner returns to GH one day. Frisco and Felicia are soulmates and if we got him back Mac wouldn’t stand a chance. Frisco and Felicia have that amazing love story from the past. There the Jasam from there day.pleas return jack you are so missed. They are what got me hooked on gh

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Frisco can return anytime if the writing is good and if it means more Felicia…i remember when GH felt like an ensemble show…now its either Jason/Sam/Liz, Nick/Hayden, Sonny/Carly or Nina/Franco while the rest of the cast are used as stage props or not shown at all….the shows opening should feature Laura, Monica and Tracy…Monica should not be recurring…bring back Jeff Webber…i doubt RDA would return so i would settle for a recast…would be nice if Liz’s father made a visit and even nicer if Monica and Jeff rekindled their old relationship.

Helen Conboy
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Helen Conboy

Agree with you. GH is all about Sam/Jason & the Liz nonsense & Sonny/Carly again. How many times do we have to see Sonny/Carly together for the like thousand time. Monica should definelty be contract as well as Ric. Rick Hearst is an amazing talented actor that should be into the stories going on now & he deserves a great s/l & Love Interest of his own. Would love to see much more of Mac & Felicia. Like the story with Tracy hope it continues. Done with the Hayden/Nick thing. She would have been better off with Ric. And if… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Excellent post Jim!

Timmm
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Timmm

Well, they have kids together so its good to see they get along. Now, my theory on Felicia. Seems she has Lauraitis! Not taking anything away from Genie or Kristina but GH could never find a way to write for these ladies unless they were attached to Luke and Frisco. Laura has tons of family on the show and they do NOTHING with her! Felicia doesnt have a lot of family but her and Maxie are great together. They had a scene the other day where Felicia bought Nathan a poodle. It was great! Do more things like this! Use… Read more »

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Harry 1

Felicia looks like she could be Maxie’s big sister–she is eternally youthful and beautiful. She is also quite charming and it is mind boggling that they don’t have her in front burner storylines along with Mac.
No, instead we get slimy Nina or the overwrought Ava and all the scenery is chewed up.

Helen Conboy
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Helen Conboy

We need Felicia & Mac back on contract with a great story. They are great together. Wouldn’t mind if Frisco came back, if a good story could be written even if it’s a short arc. Great Ned is coming back. We need our vets like Ned Ric Monica Tracy Anna Laura Robert in great story for them. A little less of Alexis & Julian. Ever since he supposedly left the mob they are so boring. All they do is have sex. They had more interest when they fought over the mob. Still believe he’s in it up to his neck.… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

On the surface I can concur with your theory, Timmm, but only in the most superficial of ways. Yes, there is a like situation in the that there is a dearth of good storylines for both ladies, but that’s where the similarity ends. With the effervescent Genie we have a true GH star in every sense of the word….she was at the forefront of the show when Luke came on to ride her already impressive coattails to supercoupledom. The opposite is true of Felicia….her greatest contribution to Port Charles has always been as the other half of Frisco in their… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

“All I need is just a little more time To be sure of what I feel is it all in my mind ‘Cause it seems so hard to believe That you’re all I need” Frisco’s feelings for Felicia and my feelings for your posts! I know, I’m weird but creative people tend to be! I think you flushed out the truth, its not about Felicia at all, its my desire to have Frisco back! I love him and I love your idea that he and Anna could have sparks? I hope to hell that Maddox and Anna are not heading… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Well, upon that we can heartily agree, Timmm! I also want Frisco back in Port Charles! (Just not for a reunion with Felicia……) He can run the town, the PCPD, whatever his heart desires….it would be great for Maxie to have her father close by and there are enough old friends around with whom Mr. Jones can reconnect…..particularly the oh so lovely Anna! (I actually envisioned him with this sultry spitfire of a spy back in the day….I always thought they’d be perfect together, both in physical appearance and temperament.) Having said that, don’t forget that “All I Need,” although… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Jack Wagner was screwed over last time so I dont know if he will return until there is a new boss. We all remember that stupid scene where Felicia picked Mac over Felicia and I agree with you, Mac is a better choice but how about them having Frisco bully the BRITCH! I like that he was there for Maxie but it was a little too much! You are so right Casey Kasem about “All I Need” BUT it was THE big hit off the show. “Lady of my Heart” was Felicia’s song from Frisco. And watch it there sweetie,… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Hey Timmmbo, I actually thought that it was hilarious when Frisco called Britt “Toots” and put her in her place, and that’s from someone who absolutely loved her character….but she was totally out of line with Maxie! At least Mr. Jones didn’t look ineffectual when he was on the warpath with Dr. Westbourne, quite unlike when he beat that hasty retreat after the humiliating outcome to his musical proposal to Felicia, after she chose Mac, the “safe” choice of man, just like the yawn-inducing Tania did with Tony. (Having said that, I do see a certain physical likeness between Hayden… Read more »

k/kay
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k/kay

Always have wished for a happy ending for these two!

Mama23
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Mama23

Me too! But I believe their sons are their greatest accomplishment. Their love story was a gift to the fans.

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

Jack & Kristina are magic together, on and off-screen. It’s so great that they have worked out their differences enough that they can work together on When Calls the Heart. I started watching that show because they were on it. They are paired with others on that show. If Jack came back to GH, there would have to be hope for a Frisco/Felicia reunion. But we can be satisfied with just that .. hope. We waited 7 years for Robert&Anna to finally get beyond the “best ex-es” stage, that slow burn was what made it all the more fun when… Read more »

Donna M
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Donna M

I would love JW back in any format. There is a lot of story for Frisco with Maxie, Anna and lucas (as his brother’s ‘son”) not to mention laura. And he knew Ned and theQ’s for years. If JWand KW wanted to “reunite” that would be perfect but if they did not–Frisco could go with Laura, Olivia, or Diane or any number of already women on GH. It would be funny if he wound up with NINA…and frankly how fellicia, and Mac handled him being in their lives might make them both have more story and be more interesting. O… Read more »

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

I watched clips of Frisco ‘ s return story in 1989 last night and boy those days were great! The Wsb cluster of characters always saved the day as trusty best friends. The only way to make room for Frisco would be by reestablishing the spy element of the show. Being back a writer from the 80s to the present writing team. Bring Frisco back

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

If only GH would get Sri Rao as head writer! He loves and respects the ’80s era (not only had a great story for Robert&Anna on Night Shift 2, he brought in Sean & Tiffany for a dream sequence!) I know he would do a bang-up job of writing for Frisco and Felicia.

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree with you.

Jay Trotter
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Jay Trotter

I just want to see Frisco and Robert onscreen together again for the first time in 25 years. The timing has never been right for my wish to be granted in these last four years as Robert left just as Frisco returned and then Robert returned after Frisco left. The witty sarcastic banter between those two mixed in with real brotherly feelings was so enjoyable. I challenge anyone to watch old clips of Robert and Frisco in scenes together and you will see why I need to see them together again on GH.

nellie
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nellie

agree with you and maybe they can bring Allan and Emily back. Maybe Halina had them captive on a second hidden island.

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

I wish that they would bring back Kristina and Mac. It would also be nice to have Jack Wagner stop by.

dmr
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dmr

Frisco and Felicia were the first super couple that I absolutely fell head over heels for and rooted for to be together. I was only a little girl at the time, but I loved, loved, loved Frisco and Felicia. I remember Frisco singing “Lady of my Heart” and “All I Need” to Felicia. Those were the days, when daytime was full of adventure and romance. I was devastated when Jack Wagner first left the show! I also thought, and still do, that Kristina was absolutely beautiful, stunning, and I would love to see her on-screen more often.

Ryan S
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Ryan S

Frisco HAS to come back at some point! Ron C ruined the character when he came back for the 50th Anniversary and they need to redeem him. JW was really ticked how they wrote Frisco’s short arc back and they owe it to him, the character and the fans to fix it. I was forced into watching GH as a kid by my family and Frisco is the reason I got addicted. My favorite character of all time. There are so many ways they could bring him back and redeem him. Starting with how he isnt a dead beat Dad,… Read more »

Brad G
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Brad G

It would be the best news ever if Frisco returned to Port Charles. Of course, they would have to do a much better job than his last return (which ended horribly). His return would mean more Felicia and the chance to have scenes with Maxie, Robert and Anna. As Ryan states above, Frisco Jones is my favorite character of all time, so bring him back and bring justice back to the character!!!

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly passed away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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