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GH's Maurice Benard Chats On: Ingo Rademacher, The Storyline He Is Most Proud Of, And His New Outlook!

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It was a whirlwind weekend at the recent first annual GH convention.  While cast members from the long-running ABC daytime drama series took to the stage and participated in fun and entertaining panels, On-Air On-Soaps caught up with some backstage.

GH’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) has been front and center and a standout in Port Charles for almost two and half decades. This past year, he gave us all the emotions and drama as Sonny grieved the loss of his son, Morgan, while dealing with the fallout to his marriage, a duplicitous young woman setting him up, and trying to move on with is life following the most tragic event that could happen to a parent’s child.

In our conversation, Benard teased the imminent return of Ingo Rademacher, talked on his powerhouse Emmy reel (which since this conversation shockingly did not earn him a Lead Actor nomination) and he reflected on his battle with anxiety and bipolar disorder, something Maurice has shed a light on, and been an advocate for people who struggle with mental illness.

Here are a few thoughts from Maurice below.

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Ingo Rademacher (Jax) is returning to GH for some upcoming major scenes.  What was it like having Ingo back to work with once again?  Sonny and Jax are certainly longtime adversaries.

MAURICE:  I like Ingo. The reason I like Ingo, is I believe he would come after me and he would try to kick my ass.

You had a wonderful past year in story on GH, and a memorable Emmy reel of your work.  

MAURICE:  Let me put it this way. I’m never happy with the Emmy reel. There is always a scene in there that kind of kills the way I feel about it.  This was probably the first time since I won back in 2002, that I didn’t talk to people about it, because I didn’t doubt it.  Usually when I have the Emmy reel put together, I would go ask people, “Do you think it’s good?  What do you think?” (Laughs)  I will tell you for me what really made the reel, and that was the Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) scenes and I looked it at those and I put those in the front.

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The death of Morgan Corinthos provided you and the GH cast with some very complex emotional material to play, would you say that story is right up there with the best you have ever told, or been a part of in your over 23 years on the soap?

MAURICE:  What I have done this past year, and I have done a lot, I think this story was the one I was most proud of in terms of the work I put in.  Everybody was great, and so when everybody is great, it adds to it.  You know you have to be great.  Everybody was on it, and so it made me say to myself, “I can now go with this where I want to take it.”  I didn’t want to push anything, but just let it happen. That is the thing that I have learned in regards to my acting is that now, I just let it happen, as opposed to “acting” for whatever.  I just do it!   It’s in the moment and we do it.  Before I put a lot of pressure on it and I wanted it to be better than this. 

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I think you know now you don’t have to prove yourself!

MAURICE:  I guess, but sometimes it takes awhile to learn this.  You have to just be, and be happy with where you are.  For me, the anxiety attacks I had earlier in the year were drastic, but I said to myself I can’t do that anymore.  Something had to change, and now it’s been great.

So, are you looking forward to some upcoming Jax/Sonny scenes?  What did you think of Maurice not receiving a Daytime Emmy nod for his work? Was his performance in the death of Morgan Corinthos storyline some of your favorite work of Benard’s over the years on GH? Comment below!

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GERTIE GIRL
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GERTIE GIRL

I’ve been watching General Hospital hospital since I was walking home from school in the 60’s as a second grader. Of course other things have gotten in the way over the years but one of the things that has kept me coming back every time is Maurice Benard. What a fine actor . We are so fortunate, as GH viewers, to have had him as long as we have. I’m sorry to hear that he wasn’t nominated for an Emmy this year because he’s always deserving of that.

cincydewdd
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cincydewdd

As critical as I often am of the mob-centric General Hospital and the often overused and repetitive Sonny storylines, I will admit that this year, Maurice Bernard was robbed of an Emmy nomination. His work has been a master class of acting and all that is great about daytime soaps as an art form.

Toni I
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Toni I

I am really disappointed Maurice was left out as best male lead. It would be nice to see him take home another Emmy, but his fans love him and know he is the best there is on daytime television.in my opinion Maurice doesn’t need the judges to nominate him because he is already a winner. This past year he gave some of his best performances. He always puts everything into each scene he is in. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, when Sonny rides off into the sunset I will cry buckets of tears and GH will… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

I LUVES Sonny !!
I can hardly tolerate Carly and Sonny and their constant bickering, never ending sniveling conversations worthy of FF because they are so irritating annoying with their arguing the same old crap day after day week after week.

I hope they break up and end it to put me out of my need to FF them and their never changing junk.

Long live Sonny! 🙂 ((alone!

dmr
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dmr

I AGREE! They have had the same exact conversation about their marriage for weeks now, and honestly, how many times over the years have they had the same exact conversation over an indiscretion, lie, or half truth. It’s just so stupid and repetitive. Not worth tuning in. I’m not a big “Carson” fan.

Nette
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Nette

omg I thought I was thee only one who was sick to death of CARSON! since we couldn’t have a Carly/McBain pairing…I’ll take her with say…Griff….and Sonny needs a new love interest. I currently FF thru them as well

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Carly and Griff? No offense but they’re about as mismatched as Milo and Epiphany.

Nette
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Nette

i FF CARSON all the time…don’t get me wrong I heart my ‘Dimpled Don’ and they bogus for no emmy nod…but this carson tango has to stop!

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Sonny and Carly are Ground Hog day.
For the love of all that is right in this world, keep Sonny and Carly away from each other. This rinse and repeat cycle is boring and redundant as all hell.

Carly
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Carly

Carson is the best Couple in Daytime

Dan
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Dan

Maurice not getting nominated after the fantastic work he did was a travesty. When you read and hear comments from numerous people that saw his reel about how exceptional it was, and he doesn’t get nominated, it really seems like there’s something fishy going on. Because there’s no logical explanation for it. Especially when you know Laura Wright got nominated almost certainly for scenes she shared with Maurice, same with Bryan Craig, same with Chad Duell, same with Lexi Ainsworth. They’re all good enough to get nominated for scenes they did with Maurice, but he’s not good enough to get… Read more »

Nette
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Nette

oh my, you’re ON POINT – i concur wholeheartedly!

JerseyGir74
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JerseyGir74

What a DISGRACE that MO was overlooked for the Emmy! He is GH – the ONLY reason I watch for is HIM! Most importantly he is a brilliant GENIUS actor and loves his fans as we do him…wishing him the best ALWAYS and hopefully new storylines that reunite him with Vanessa!

Richard
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Richard

YES. BRING BACK BRENDA! the gorgeous Vanessa Marcil!

dmr
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dmr

Loved Sonny and Brenda in the 90’s. I used to rush home from school and watch the show. It’s too bad, the old regime screwed up Vanessa’s last visit, with that ridiculous Balkan storyline and her acting was totally “off” in my opinion. Her scenes always came off as being uncomfortable and odd.

Rhonda
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Rhonda

I am afraid I agree with you, DMR, and wish I didn’t.
Something was off last time, the old magic and spark was not there.
VM seems to have had some kind of procedure which has changed her face somewhat . I guess you can’t go home again.

Shay
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Shay

Unlike so many of the 90’s-based fans, I seriously do not get all that Sonny and Brenda love they profess…maybe I was just spoiled by the GH supercouples of the previous decade, but whenever I’ve seen their latter-day “reunions,” there doesn’t seem to be much “there there” to me…Quite frankly, the highlight of VM’s recent visits to Port Charles was when she pelted Carly with breadrolls at the NB…sad, but true!

Jan
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Jan

I was so surprised & disappointed that Maurice wasn’t nominated, he is the best actor out there in the soap world, this year was his best, even though he wasn’t nominated us fans will always luv u

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I’m still pissed he isn’t in the running for Lead Actor in the Emmys. Something went down for this not to happen.

dmr
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dmr

I think what killed the Emmy reel was that he put the scenes with Lexi (Kristina) in the front. Honestly, I can’t stand the character. She is the female Morgan-entitled, spoiled, and nasty. I liked it better when the unlikeable character was off-air.

k/kay
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k/kay

MB had the best chemistry with Tamara Braun and Vanessa Marcil I think LW has him for lunch because she like most of those ladies over there are scenery chewers but most people call that acting I do not if you have to tell me your acting then your toast for me!

dmr
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dmr

I loved, loved, loved Sonny and Brenda, in the 90’s. They had such heat and sizzle. I agree, I think Maurice had the most chemistry with Tamara, as Carly.

Amy
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Amy

Don’t like Jax & almost had it w/ Sonny. He lies & cheats & knowing Nelles a schemer doesn’t warn Carly & now hes done w her because she wont forgive him in 2 seconds & I know this shows history if they stay together it will have to be her kissing his ass & him acting like hes entitled to forgiveness no matter what.

Steve
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Steve

General Hospital works best when it’s balanced among storylines. For the past six months, the show has primarily focused on the aftermath of 3 characters — Morgan, Duke and Nikolas. The show is a darker one thanks to this with the focus once again on Sonny. MB does have moments of brilliance, but very often he just throws a glass and yells “son of a…”.

Right now, Sonny (and Carly) are caught in this “rinse, lather, repeat” situation. A little trip to back burnerville could help.

Rhonda
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Rhonda

I agree Steve.
I do think Maurice is a really good actor when the writing is there. But when the writing is not there, he becomes bored and therefore, we viewers become bored with his performance.
You know what couple are hitting it out of the ball park.? Anna and Valentin. Who saw that coming? Those two ignite so many sparks that they are going to burn the set down.

Celia
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Celia

Agreed Rhonda…oh, how I agree!!!!!! I saw it coming from the first time Anna’s and Valentin’s eyes locked. I did catch something both arresting and a sense of familiarity there; and I said so.
The mystique enveloping these two intrigues me …….This is one storyline which will compel me to watch with anticipation…whets the tastebuds.

Carol
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Carol

I think he should have put his scenes with Bryan Craig in front not Lexi. It might have made a difference — who knows. He deserved a nomination for sure.

dmr
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dmr

I can’t stand either one of his “kids”-Bryan or Lexi. Ugh.

Rhonda
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Rhonda

I like Michael but of course, he is AJ’s son.Avery is a doll but she’s not yet two years old.
But yeah, Morgan and Kristina come off as self-entitled, petulant brats with anger management issues.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

“But yeah, Morgan and Kristina come off as self-entitled, petulant brats with anger management issues.” So in other words, Rhonda, their apples didn’t fall far from Sonny’s tree! 🙂

Shay
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Shay

Well put, dmr…and Rhonda???? You nailed it with your most apt description of those two spoiled Sonny spawns!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Loved Morgan. Didn’t see him as spoiled at all. Troubled. Earnest. Struggling. Searching…

Greg Lynch
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Greg Lynch

I think Maurice is a good guy but I am wondering if the reason he failed to get a nomination is because of his stuttering, fumbling and faltering constantly over his lines. It makes him appear to be unprepared and as if he isn’t learning his lines properly.Anyone who is not familiar with his work and judging reels would most certainly be put of by this.

su0000
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su0000

It’s lame for the soap actors to even submit a scene that they believe they were wonderful in to win a statute of little prestige..
It’s like self praise and an invitation to a huge letdown that they were judged unworthy of a win..
The Emmy’s are lame and stupid and not worth much of anything notable ..

kat
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kat

I think Maurice has done such an outstanding job for his whole career w/GH. I have to agree with one prev comment that his dialogues seem to be choppy, hesitant, not focused as he was in younger days. I thought his scene when he called Carly thanksgiving night, very depressed, very drunk, asking her to come back was very good. Also his scene with Dante at GH I think when Dante blamed him for causing Morgans death. Maurices face showed so much pain and sorrow. His scene on the bridge when he was going to shoot himself made me cry,… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

I must be the only one not surprised MB didn’t get a nomination. Every good Emmy reel starts with the writing and GH has been lacking in that department for quite a while now. Also, MB’s faltering line delivery in every scene doesn’t allow for the variety in performance that I think grabs a judge’s attention.

Celia
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Celia

You are not the only one, Alan. I echo your words.
Maurice had one good day’s performance, as far as I am concerned……his visibly tortured soul, anguished demeanor and feeling of guilt in his scene with Dante.
His stumbling never sat well with me. I have said this before, and agree with Greg; Maurice comes on stage seemingly unprepared. It becomes very distracting and unprofessional, regardless of the fact that “he’s such a nice, affable guy”.
Lest I forget, Carly and Sonny have never had “punch” for me, albeit I did not watch during their heyday.

Lil' Angel
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Lil' Angel

100% agree with you, Alan! Maybe the judges fast forwarded through MB’s scenes like many of us do, or forgot to turn on closed captioning so they could understand the dialogue.

Shay
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Shay

@Alan….Perhaps if the writers concentrated upon quality–and not quantity— where the character of Sonny were concerned, it would better serve Maurice as an actor. He has always been a memorable part of GH since his decades-back debut, but I don’t believe the over-emphasis of Sonny—and by extension, Carly—has done the show any favors. It seems that once Anthony Geary’s Luke Spencer departed Port Charles, it was decided that Sonny was to be the next “elder statesman” of the soap, and as thus, his role was stepped up to the central focus upon too many occasions….there are only so many stories… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Shaybelle,
All I can say is, different strokes for different folks.
On one hand I can see that there are so many stories a writer can pull out of the air; on the other, focusing on one character for years ad nauseam becomes just that–sickening.
As you say, it is not Maurice’s fault, albeit his “not really being there” takes away from the import of his scenes.

Alan
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Alan

The biggest problem with the character is the show’s insistence that he always be forgiven for all his crimes (including killing AJ) and never be wrong in any situation. Morgan’s death might have been a turning point for the character if Sonny had actually been responsible and finally — FINALLY! — realized that his actions have consequences. But obviously it was easier to just absolve Sonny of his guilt and make Olivia Jerome responsible than to write a carefully plotted arc where Sonny loses everything and everyone and is forced to realize that his redemption will only come through real… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Alan…Sonny always has a revelation when something major happens ie he was devastated after Lilly got blown to smithereens, he was devastated that Michael rejected him (and took Avery) after he killed AJ, he was devastated when Michael was shot and in a coma, when Michael killed Claudia and went to jail, when Michael was sexually assaulted…I think it’s fair to say he’s not going to change.

JasonLovesGH
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JasonLovesGH

I’ve never been particularly fond of the character Sonny Corinthos. This guy is so entitled and so self-absorbed (and arrogant and obnoxious….) that I can barely watch him anymore. I’m fast losing respect for Carly. When will she finally think enough is enough and walk away from him permanently? I cringe when yet another episode is centered on these two bickering about their (5th) marriage. Jeez! Move on already! As for Mr Bernard’s lack of an Emmy nomination… I am not surprised by this at all. I agree with the others who complain about his apparent lack of preparedness. Sometimes… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

It seems as though he ad-libs a lot of his lines and it does come across as being unprepared. Sick and tired of “Carson.” They have completely lost their spark. Time to move on. How many times do we have to hear Sonny tell some woman that they are the most important, and love of his life: Brenda, Carly, Connie/Kate. C’mon..

Shay
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Shay

There does seem to be a certain repetitive quality to the “Many Loves of Sonny Corinthos,” when it comes to his professions of devotion and affection for his long list of “one and onlies,” dmr!!!! On one hand, we are supposed to believe that Carly is his ultimate “soulmate,” that they are truly destined to be together forever, yet, how many other deluded women have supposedly been his “shining star,” in life, as well???? I’ve actually lost count of all those gullible females who have fallen under Sonny’s spell, but the roll call of lovers is a lengthy one, to… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Shay and dmr are both spot-on with the exorbitant amount of “loves of his life” and temporary trysts for Sonny. The worst was definitely the Sonny & Emily pairing. After many viewer complaints, that was shelved almost as fast as the equally disturbing Luke & Felicia flirtation.

Shay
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Shay

@Steve….That Luke and Felicia “flirtation,” as you so delicately and diplomatically put it, was much more than “disturbing”…it was an absolute abomination!!!!

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

Maurice Benard is wonderful, period. The Sonny character is the foundation of the show. However, NEVER, EVER should any actor select his/her own reel without input from other actors. You simply don’t know your best work when you see it. No one does.

Celia
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Celia

I may not be as well-versed in all-that-defines General Hospital, but I must disagree, with all due respect, Soapluv. I may be wrong and may have completely misconstrued the ‘message’, since I am a late comer….. but, I was under the impression that the soap was founded upon the medical profession, in all its forms; ergo, the title. The center is General Hospital and the beehive of life in which its stories are based…..nurses, doctors, executive staff, patients and the extensions of their respective families, friends etc. Sonny, and the life of crime he respresents, is but a mere facet… Read more »

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Well, he is not the foundation. You’re right, Celia.

Shay
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Shay

Amen to that notion, CeeCeeGirl! GH has ALWAYS been, first—and foremost—about the time-honored institution and its ensemble cast of medical and non-medical-based characters….at least that is the way it was intended! Even in the ’80’s with the advent of the Luke and Laura craze, arrival of superspies Anna Devane and Robert Scorpio and introduction of criminal masterminds like mobster Frank Smith and that “Clan from Hades,” the Cassadines, the hospital remained the hub of activity to which all roads eventually led back, no matter how far flung some adventures meandered…Hence to maintain that Sonny—or any other single character, even the… Read more »

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

Celia, I am not quoting nostalgia. Many things that were true 30, 40, 50 years ago – are not at all true, are not the case, are not in evidence today. Sonny being the major character around whom General Hospital stories have been developed for the past 10 years is just one more example of change. If you have any proof that the hospital, the Q’s or anything else (with the possible exception of Franco these last few months) or, anyone else has been a greater focal point of this show than Sonny Corinthos, his kids, his loves, his business,… Read more »

Max Daddee
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Max Daddee

Cella brings good perspective here as the hospital being the foundation was lost many years ago. That loss is the responsibility of GH writers and likely their higher uppers. Look at ABC’s evening schedule. Violence is their top priority in their programming. They’ve carried that over to GH. It’s a sad statement.

Celia
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Celia

I follow you, Soapluv. Go with the flow….move with the times. But, there’s no nostalgia for me. As I said I am a newcomer. I am merely expressing my opinion, according to what I envision of General Hospitala to be…..the hearth or nucleus of the soap. I understand that there are other interests outside of the hospital, but giving the reins to one Sonny Corinthos, sort of “insinuating” him in every aspect of everyone’s life is over the top, for me. He is connected to everyone, one way or the other. ‘Tis the way of the doap-world, I guess. LOL.… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

The show works best when it’s properly balanced. Hospital stories, mixed with ELQ, the PCPD, and yes, the mob. Right now, that’s tilting to much to the mob. To argue with point Soapluv made, GH was only saved from cancellation because it had the best name recognition. One Life to Live had higher ratings when the decision was made to cancel 2 shows. Recognizing this, ABC dismissed Phelps, Guza and Wolf who disproportionately emphasized the mob and shifted Valentini & Carlivati from OLTL to lighten the show up. Ratings improved until Carlivati lost his way with Fluke, Denise Demuccio and… Read more »

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

Hi Max. The network has to show what people want to watch. It’s business – profit, money, young viewers. There are 4 soap shows left out of dozens. None of the four are centered around a hospital. Shonda Rimes quality of talent is required to make a hospital show go and no soap today has that level of writing talent. Though I feel compelled to say, soaps do maintain an exceptional level of acting in many characters who could meet the challenge of superior writing, if only soaps could attract it.

Alan
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Alan

You’re correct that the networks have to show what people want to watch…and judging by the women 18-49 demographics GH ain’t hitting the mark. The show continues to lose viewers in that key group and since the show is so Sonny-centric there’s really nowhere else to place the blame but on that character. Shonda Rimes is crazy talented but she’s not the only person who can write a hospital drama. GREY’S is a medical show but the hospital is merely the setting to tell stories about the lives and loves of the staff who work there as well as the… Read more »

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

I agree with you and Celia both. She’s right, I started watching soaps for the first time in my life in 2006 and I started because of Sonny. From what I can tell, none of the shows have choir boys as the star and that suits me fine. I have noticed morality is not taught on tv anymore, the more twisted, the better seems to be the theme but to Celia’s point and yours the writing is the real shortfall. I generally find myself feeling sorry for the talented actors who have to deliver drivel almost everyday. They just rotate… Read more »

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GH’s Chad Duell and Y&R’s Courtney Hope Tie the Knot in Steampunk Style Wedding in Front of Castmates and Loved Ones

Overnight, images began to circulate, as well as plenty of congratulations abound, for General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and The Young and the Restless’ Courtney Hope (Sally) as the two officially became husband and wife on Saturday night.

As we previously reported, the couple were set for their nuptials this weekend, and from what has been posted, Chad and Courtney had a steampunk-themed and styled wedding, and both wore red.

Many of their castmates and colleagues were in attendance including: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny,), Laura Wright (Carly), Wes Ramsey (Peter), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and series executive producer, Frank Valentini, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Annika Noelle (Hope), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Shirley) and Katrina Bowden (Flo), and The Young and the Restless’ Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Hunter King (Ex-Summer), and more.

The outdoor evening nuptials held in Malibu, California were shares on Courtney Hope’s Instagram story, and Laura Wright also posted several photos of the attendees on her IG.

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Pictured with Eden McCoy and Wes Ramsey, Wright enthused on the big night for her TV son, Chad Duell: “Tonight was an amazing night #TilDeath #GHBaby #Dope #Daytimefamily #steampunk”

In addition, Katherine Kelly Lang posted the first dance of newlyweds, Chad and Courtney, on her IG. 

Now, share your congratulations to Chad and Courtney via the comment section below.

 

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

Photo: New Mexican

The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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