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GH's Matt Cohen Cast In Recurring Role In Season 2 Of Criminal Minds, Beyond Borders!

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Intriguing casting news via TVLine has that General Hospital’s dashing doctor/former priest Griffin Munro, played by Matt Cohen, will be seen in a recuring role in the upcoming second season of CBS’s Criminal Minds, Beyond Borders!

Cohen has been tapped to play the son of Jack Garrett (Gary Sinise).  In story, Ryan is following in his father’s footsteps by becoming a top agent for the FBI.

Matt will make his ‘Beyond Borders’ debut in the season premiere, which will air during the primetime midseason.

Beyond Borders executive producer Adam Glass, a former writer/EP on Supernatural, who worked with Cohen when he appeared as John Winchester, announced the casting news via his Twitter account. 

In an update on Sunday, Glass clarified that Cohen is not leaving GH for this, in case some fans of the soap were concerned. Adam tweeted:  “A special thanks to @GeneralHospital for being so kind in working with us to make @mattcohen4real part of #CMBB this year. #ClassAct #SPN”

So, what do you think of this bit of casting news that has Cohen recurring and filming upcoming episodes of Criminal Minds, Beyond Borders? Comment below!

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Maureen Hoeler
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Maureen Hoeler

great news for him, as long as he stays with General Hospital

Michael
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Michael

Soap schedules give a lot of time off to do other things.

Charday
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Charday

He’s so cute. Hope this doesn’t negatively impact his role on GH, which is one of the few “new trash” on the show that I like.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Griffen seemed to show promise in the beginning-he should had been Anna’s nephew and Nathan’s brother who shared the same father-Valentin…Anna’s sister and Valentin could had met which would blood tie him to many characters but this story with Claudette which i thought would be interesting with Bree just doesnt interest me-too predictable been there done that storytelling!!!

nyca81
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nyca81

I think it’s great!

Aria
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Aria

He did come from prime time I think it’s great clearly his contract allows for him to work outside of GH and for a compitting network, I get to see him as an FBI agent now too, it’s win win for me as a fan. Just don’t leave GH anytime soon please!

Sandy J.
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Sandy J.

Congratulations to Matt on getting this primetime role. It doesn’t get much better than playing the son of Gary Sinise, one of Hollywood’s finest actors. I’m a fan of Beyond Borders, having watched the full first season. I think Matt will fit in very nicely with the rest of the cast, thought I think he’ll find the rate at which they tape primetime shows very slow compared with soaps. He’ll be great.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi Sandy…Matt comes from prime time. H’s been in several movies and has had roles in Supernatural and How To Get Away With Murder among others including a web series.

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

Great news! Love him on GH. Can’t wait to see him as a new character.

su0000
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su0000

The character Griffin Munro, is drab..
He has no fire, no real purpose, no intruge, no nothing.
He is simply eye candy .
Griffin is a bore lol .. not the actors fault, not at all.
It is the writing of the character and the persona of the character , and that is eehhh..

I like ”Criminal Minds, Beyond Borders” and looking forward to seeing Matt in a hard drama role !
(he is soooo wasted with GH))

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Drab”? “No fire”? Again, are we watching the same show, you and I? Got those glasses at the ready–again? LOL 🙂

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Didn’t you think he was just great with Finola in their scenes??

JMER
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JMER

He has been great with Finola & Brooklyn as well as good with many others. I’m so happy they hired someone dedicated to his craft to be Finola’s stepson and a new doc on the show. His last rites scenes was nothing less than fantastic with so much fire.

pat
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pat

Is he leaving gh?

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Good, hopefully Beyond Borders will cast him as a series regular so he’ll be off GH. He’s not a good actor, and Griffin is not needed, nor is he an interesting character.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

The writers will make him the killer at GH

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Oh, hope not!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Congrats to Matt; haven’t watched Beyond Borders but between Matt and the fabulous Gary Sinise I’ll check it out.

They have completely wasted him on GH. He’s too mellow, lol. As for the story with Griffin, Nathan and Claudia, I think this is the worst GH has done yet in terms of dropping a story. They literally, FINALLY, had Nathan find out who he is…he slams him against the wall…and then nothing. Really poor mapping out their stories…too much break in continuity. Ridiculous.

Tonia
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Tonia

He is a very fine actor but GH hasn’t used him properly. They have cast him as a priest who is mild mannered and showing little emotion. I didn enjoy that kissing scene with Claudette. First time he showed any fire. That is the writers fault to misuse a real talent. He is from primetime and probably finds GH slow as molasses. They use him once every couple of weeks. I am happy he is finding work outside of soaps.

JK
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JK

GOOD NEWS!!!! REASON TO WATCH NOW…..SURE WISH GH WOULD NOT WASTE HIS TALENT….GIVE THIS GUY A GOOD STORY LINE…AND DO NOT MAKE HIM THE KILLER!

Jaca
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Jaca

I watch both Criminal Minds, Beyond Borders and General Hospital, so I am happy. Weird as it was announced at the end of season 1 that CMBB would not be renewed
I really like him on GH. Griffin has me wondering and guessing– is Claudette going to show up with his child and who will he end up with, hopefully Maxie.
Thank you Matt for not leaving GH and I ‘like be watching you on CMBB

LL2
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LL2

So happy for Matt Cohen! I hope he gets a full-time role. Wishing him all the best!

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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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