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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.

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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!

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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
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
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
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 never be the same. On that day I will quit watching GH.

su0000
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
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
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
rebecca1

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

Nette
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
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
Carly

Carson is the best Couple in Daytime

Dan
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 his own nomination. That makes no sense.

When a name like Maurice Benard gets left off the list, and then you see some of the names that did make it, I don’t know what the answer is, but there’s something wrong with the Emmy voting process. That’s my opinion, anyway.

Nette
Nette

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

JerseyGir74
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
Richard

YES. BRING BACK BRENDA! the gorgeous Vanessa Marcil!

dmr
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
dmr

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

Rhonda
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
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
Shay

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

rebecca1
rebecca1

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

Greg Lynch
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
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
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, and when Belle drugged hjimthat was real good as well. He is aging, we all are, but he still is very cute and sexy with a great bod.

Alan
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
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
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
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 one can tell about a Mafioso, and they’ve all been done to death here….that is not Maurice Bernard’s fault, but I do believe it has much to do with the “Sonny fatigue” that the audience— and maybe even the actor, himself—have been experiencing…In other words, been there, done that….and as such, a little goes a long way. Either find something fresh and fabulous for this legacy character to do, or keep him on the backburner for awhile.

Celia
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
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 change. GH could’ve used Morgan’s death to send Sonny out of town and find fulfillment in a simpler way of life which could’ve revealed new facets to the character (similar to how Y&R’s Victor found a sense of contentment when he was believed dead and started a new life with Hope in Kansas). Instead, the writers continue to serve more of the same old thing which hasn’t done anything to build viewership or stop the eroding female demographics.

rebecca1
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
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 I wonder if he will ever get through a scene. If not for the GH budget mentality of “get it in one take people” there’s no way many of his scenes would be considered as in the can as shaky as they are. Gloria Monty must be rolling in her grave! She’d have never accepted many of his scenes as air worthy. He needs to step up his game.

dmr
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
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 say the least! In addition to those you have previously named, there’s also been Emily, Claudia and Olivia, not to mention that mother-daughter duo that Dimples impregnated, Sam and Alexis, plus, let’s not forget his “Crypt Tryst” partner, Ava. C’mon, no guy is that irresistible, let alone, Old Sonny Boy! The only more improbable Port Charles version of Casanova was Luke!

Steve
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
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
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
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 of General Hospital, the soap. How is he the foundation?

Rhonda
Rhonda

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

Shay
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 now-departed Luke—has served as the foundation of this soap, is misguided, at best. But perhaps that just goes to show how terribly off-track the entire program has wandered, for anyone to make such an assertion. Quite frankly, I have long thought that GH has lost its way from its original purpose, with far too much emphasis upon the criminal element and especially its more recent efforts to become some sort of supersoap with the unwelcome overflow of marquee-name players from other daytime dramas, most notably those of the defunct ABC variety. To say that this show sorely needs to return to its “roots” is an understatement, indeed….and with that comes a most necessary de-emphasis upon Sonny and Carly, along with a number of otherwise unbearable characters that have no true place on the Port Charles canvas despite moving heaven and earth to try to make it so!

Soapluv2010
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, his best friend, his minions, his baby mamas, failed efforts to bring Sonny down, etc. – please help me see it because right now, IMO calling this show General Hospital is just keeping a recognizable brand and tells potential viewers nothing about the 2017 version of this show. As you probably know, that’s just fine with me because I believe the change in focus from the hospital to Sonny is the major reason GH is the ABC soap show left standing. Clearly, TBTB were wise to change the focus to my favorite character, Sonny. Adventure stories, mob stories, love stories, social issues with a nice flavor of Cassadines – that’s the backdrop. Even the Nurse’s Ball is about Magic Milo (Sonny’s minion) and beautiful shirtless men – not the Hospital.

Max Daddee
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
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.
Furthermore, what bothers me the most is how this pernicious man is elevated to the stars….trying to give him a sense of righteousness, honor and integrity, where no criminal has a right to even give it a thought.
What is wrong with this picture? It’s like regaling Lucifer with a halo.
Now, I can appreciate the fact that he is a fave of yours….you see the character through rose-colored glasses. I feel the same way gor Ava…love her!! So, I know the feeling. LOL.
But, to use Shay’s expression, the “Sonny-fatigue” does hit those of us who are not fans like a phalanx.
So far, all I have seen of General Hospital, itself, are killings by psychos, a giddy, little nurse ( Amy), strangely weird Franco, a priest-doctor, a man-boy ( Michael) as a board member….nothing fascinating….no hospital hub of which to speak.
Again, I do get it, Soapluv. Max Daddee says it all! And, says it well.

Steve
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 Elizabeth’s “secret.”

Only 4 contract players are medical professional characters. The majority are mob or law enforcement. I’ll give these writers credit for moving Hayden and Kiki into hospital related roles.

Soapluv2010
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
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 patients they treat. GH has the advantage over the primetime soap by having 250 episodes a year to delve into those same kinds of stories in depth and play all the emotional beats while also educating viewers at the same time. Yes, the show needs non-medical stories but focusing the show almost solely on a career criminal is a HUGE mistake. Varied storytelling invites new viewers to sample a show and hopefully get them to return to see how a particular story progresses and affects other characters on the canvas. With GH it’s all mobsters, all crime, all the time — if a viewer doesn’t like those stories there’s no reason for them to come back and see what’s new.

I am a firm believer that story is the true star of any show — daytime or primetime — and if the writing is one note or lacking emotional depth, all the stars in the world can’t save it.

Soapluv2010
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 the same old writing teams from show to show as if no new talent exists. I’d love to know if it’s true that new writers don’t bother to learn the lost art of writing soap operas.

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What will happen when Spencer learns that the father he grieved for over three years is alive and well?

Meanwhile, Bechtel took to Twitter to confirm his return to the ABC daytime drama series expressing: “Well…it’s out of the bag. It was so hard not to reply to all of you. I’m back and I am still Spencer. I can’t wait for next week. Thank you SO much to everyone who supported me. I love being a part of this phenomenal show #gh”

Viewers are looking forward to scenes between Bechtel and Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Genie Francis (Laura) and James Patrick Stuart (Valentin). Will those all come to pass? Stay tuned.

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Turns out that today on Friday, January 17th look for the return of Real Andrews to his role as Taggert!  Andrews took to his Twitter and Instagram account to confirm the casting news.

Maurice Benard tweeted: He’s Back!!! Bigger and better than ever. On General Hospital. You don’t want to miss it.”

While, Andrews tweeted: “It is going to be a great ride.”

Real played the role of Marcus from 1996-1997 and then again from 1998-2003.   He was last seen on the soaps on Days of our Lives back in 2016 and 2017.

In real life, Benard and Andrews are good friends.

Now the question is, could Taggert’s re-emergence tie in to the new case that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is working on, and somehow the return of Nikolas Cassadine to the canvas?  Years ago, Taggert’s sister, Gia was involved with the dark prince, leaving fans speculating that perhaps Nik and Gia had a daughter, who could turn out to be Trina played by Sydney Mikayla.  Hmmm.

So, give a big “welcome back” to Real as Taggert hits the screen today on GH via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nelle Is A Free Woman … And Shiloh’s Widow

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital brought with it the pick-up of the oh-so-soapy and delicious moment when Shiloh’s widow reveals herself at the memorial in his honor.  Taking off her HUGE black veil/hat, all the attendees are stunned to see it none other than Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier).  And it was the perfect set-up for naughty Nelle when she had so many of her enemies all in one place as her captive audience. Clearly, she wants revenge on all of them.

At the ceremony, Nelle explains that she and Shiloh while in prison had a small ceremony and “Dawn of Day” devotee Daisy was their witness, which Daisy confirms.  Nelle goes on to say that she shares Shiloh’s wishes to be part of little Wiley’s life, and since he is no longer among us, she will makes sure she is a part of it!

Of course, throughout her statements, Michael (Chad Duell) is looking less than amused and cuts to the chase and asks her what she really wants.  And with something that all viewers of the ABC daytime drama series, let out a collective, “uh-oh”, Nelle replied “What belongs to me.”   As we know, Wiley is Michael and Nelle’s biological son, and with Lucas (Ryan Carnes) in the hospital, it would seem the perfect time for her to make her move to get closer to the child she gave to Brad (Parry Shen).

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Next, Chase (Josh Swickard) arrives on the scene and says to all that what Nelle is saying is true. She is not only Shiloh’s widow, but she is no longer behind bars! Nelle explains how after being “stabbed” by Ryan Chamberlain (Jon Lindstrom) and the ensuing circumstances she was able to be granted a get-out-of-jail card!

To take the set-up of this story to even another level, Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) admits to Chase that she took the job as Wiley’s nanny!  Chase does not think it’s a good idea for her to care for Wiley’ and then eventually have to leave him with Brad and Lucas, once Lucas is recovered.  Willow assures Chase she can handle it.  As for Nelle, she has it out for Willow now, and be rest assured, she is not just going to stand by and let Willow move in on her bio-son.

Jason (Steve Burton), who was present at the memorial, heads to Carly (Laura Wright) to tell the bad news; that her enemy Nelle is out of jail, and running around free and is Shiloh’s widow.  Carly as expected is very distraught and unhappy to hear the news.

turns out, Nelle is not done with her day yet! Next, while the Quartermaines conduct an ELQ shareholders meeting in their living room; Ned (Wally Kurth) says the first order of business is the late Oscar Nero’s ELQ shares.  As the Q’s begin discussions which dissolve into bickering, in walks Nelle! Yup, since Oscar left his shares to Shiloh and she is his widow, well, she is now going to have her say … probably in everything!  Fade to black.

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What a fun return for Chloe Lanier who played Nelle’s shocker to the hilt!  Got to love a good bad girl on daytime who stirs the pot!

So, what did you think of Nelle being Shiloh’s widow? What do you think Nelle’s next power play will be? Comment below.

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