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GH's Matt Cohen Debuts Tonight On Season 2 Opener CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS!

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If you catch General Hospital on Wednesday, or the season 2 premiere of CBS’ drama, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders you are going to get a double dose of the ever-popular, and talented actor, Matt Cohen.

While Griffin is in major trouble at the hands of Olivia Jerome (Tonja Walker) in Port Charles, Cohen’s new role on on Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders looks just as enticing too!  Cohen will play Ryan, Jack’s (Gary Sinise) son on the series.

In an interview with TV Line , “Beyond Borders” showrunner Erica Messer filled us in on Matt’s new character and the new season relating:“Season 2 is a bit like what our back 9 would have been, if we had had a full 22 (episodes for Season 1], so I think we’ve earned the right to have our audience understand who our heroes are a bit more. Specifically with Jack, we go home with him a lot more this season, and we even introduce his son Ryan, played by Matt Cohen. Ryan is new to the FBI and he’s following in his dad’s footsteps, and that can be a little hard because Jack Garrett casts a big shadow. So we’re playing the family drama within that. Having an actual family member who’s in the field with us a little reveals a different side of Jack, as a literal father figure.”

As to Cohen’s status with the series, while also appearing on GH, Messer answered: “We introduce him with Sherry and the other kids, in the first episode, to show Jack as this family man who goes to church and all that good stuff. By the seventh episode, that introduction of Ryan that seemed like, ‘Oh, this is just background for Jack’s life’ becomes a part of the story. And by the time we hit the end of the season, he becomes a major part of the story. It’s taking the idea of his family and really integrating it with his work, in a way that we hadn’t done before, but in a way that plenty of shows had done. Criminal Minds hadn’t played this thing of, ‘There’s a team member who has another family member within the Bureau,’ so it was nice to do something that we hadn’t been done.”

So, excited for your double dose of Matt Cohen today?  Comment below!

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Celia
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Celia

Fantastico!!!! Love “Criminal Minds”. Now, I’ll love it even more. I could stare at Matt’s face, non-stop.

Rose
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Rose

I haven’t watched Criminal Minds for several years…too graphic, sick and violent for my tastes. But I did know that Thomas Gibson (Hotch), the actor playing their main FBI guy, had been fired last year for “creative” differences with the producer or director. Wonder if Matt is part of helping to fill this void. On the one hand, good for Matt/Griffin getting a prime time role. On the other, wish it wasn’t this show, and I don’t want him to leave GH like Justin Hartley left Y&R. And just when they were giving Griffin something interesting to do.

aria
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aria

matts not on criminal mind, he’s on the spin off, just so you know.

Rose
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Rose

Thanks Aria…no matter what the name and location probably still the same storytype.

Real concern is I don’t want to lose Matt at GH. Love these last scenes with Griffin, Anna, Olivia, and “oh yes” creatively putting Duke/ Ian Buchanan back into the mix.

Interesting there are three “parentship” stories at one time that can intersect, and which Griffin can be a part…Charlotte, Nelle ( possible confident interest), and his own.

Kevin C
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Kevin C

I so agree with you Rose about Criminal Minds, way to graphic, sick and violent.
I also wish Matt was guest starring on another show…I love Matt as Griffin on GH.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Rose,
“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” isn’t as graphic as the regular “Criminal Minds”.
I watched all episodes last year. I, actually, thought it was off the air….glad it’s not.
Great show, with sort of an internationally, mildly political flavor.

Rose
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Rose

Celia…if it’s a milder version, and Matt is in a few episodes I may take a peak. Plus, I do usually like Gary Sinise. But mostly I don’t consider the premise of the Criminal franchise as entertaining. But I’ve also mentioned to Rebecca further on this thread that I can sometimes break my own rule. ???

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rebecca1

I have a technique for too graphic shows, Rose. I turn my head just in the nick of time! Whiplash abounds! 😉 I watch Chicago Med, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals…whenever any of these shows go for the gore I whoosh around…then spin back! LOL. It works! Criminal Minds, though I haven’t watched it in years, is a very well-done show. It goes into the psychoanalysis of the perp so it’s got a bit more going for it than just violence for the sake of. I remember Night of the Living Dead. Saw the… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

I remember a seeing Night Of the Living Dead as well…almost my seat in the theatre. That show, along with The Exorcist, freaked (is that dating us?) me out. I guess I’ve adopted my own purist feelings about shows I have to turn-my-head or ff during certain scenes …if Im have to do this too often I won’t watch it at all? This really happened for me with Game Of Thrones. I don’t want to “reward” the writers/etc for this kind of stuff if they overdo it and to see how gross or “sexual” they can get. Plus, since I’m… Read more »

rebecca1
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Oh, and by the way, I think Thomas Gibson was fired for his alleged bad temper…and that he kicked the writer during their disagreement!

Rose
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Rose

I think your right. I was just trying to be more diplomatic. Maybe the intensity and subject of the show got to him because I read he was really invested in it. But it’s always been hard for me to see Thomas in this role after Dharma and Greg. I really liked this show.

Celia
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Celia

I like Gary myself, from CSI: Ny.
Speaking of those other movies you mentioned, I can only watch so much…with my husband. I am like a kid…I’ll have nightmares. LOL.
Surprisingly, THE EXORCIST did not scare me as much as NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
I can’t even watch DRACULA movies without being scared.
CRIMINAL MINDS has not been too bad, this season, with the new cast. Try to watch BORDERS, you may like it.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

naaaaa…not dating yourself. well, maybe…if you saw the films in the theatre! LOL…they have been run on TV for years after their movie theatre runs! (I saw Night of the Living Dead on TV…never saw The Exorcist!) I know what you mean about being visual and having the images remain in your head. I’m very much like that. To a horrible degree. When something effects me I can’t get the image out of my mind. But, for me, there are some shows worth the, hahahha…nect twist. Really, I love each show I mentioned and I have to turn away at… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

So? will he still be with GH ??
If not, will Anna misfire and kill him off lol
Looking forward to seeing him on CMB ..

elm1951
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elm1951

according to an article on this site 8/27/16 matt is recurring on criminal minds beyond borders and he is not leaving gh……………….

aria
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aria

matts so delicious, i’ve been so happy ever since he joined GH, i was familiar w/ him on the other shows he had done on primetime, so not surprise he’s still doing that, but glad he’s part of the GH family because GH is my fave show, and he’s definitely one of the best looking and talented guys they’ve ever had on the show, plus it must be only me, but to me he looks more like Robert son then Dukes, theres this early pic of tristan rogers and i swear they could pass as father and son. oh well,… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think he could pass for Duke, Robert or even Mac’s son!

Timmm
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Timmm

Love Matt, good luck!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Love Matt. I’ll check out the show just to check on him! As others, I hope, now that he’s being featured and FINALLY able to show his talent and range on GH, that this new gig doesn’t diminish his GH role. He was kinda sleep-walking through it…priest/doctor…gentle, mellow…nice. But now he seems to be gaining momentum in story.

Great looking, great actor!

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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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