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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
Maureen Hoeler

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

Michael
Michael

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

Charday
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)
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
nyca81

I think it’s great!

Aria
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.
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
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
Soapluv2010

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

su0000
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
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
nancy dillingham

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

JMER
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
pat

Is he leaving gh?

Jimmy
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
Elizabeth

The writers will make him the killer at GH

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Oh, hope not!

Rebecca1
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
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
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
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
LL2

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

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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