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GH's Maurice Benard discusses Sonny & Brenda's upcoming wedding!

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One half of the actors who comprise  soap opera’s on-going “doomsday” wedding couple, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) spoke with TV Guide about the upcoming nuptials of Sonny and Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo).  However this time Maurice lets it be known that the couple does wed, but not without everything under the sun against them.  But, of course! It wouldn’t be true Sonny and Brenda without the drama, right?  Here are a few juicy excerpts from the conversation with one of daytime’s greatest treasures, Maurice!

Benard on what goes down at the wedding with everybody trying to stop or ruin the big day: “Sonny believes he has so much security at the wedding that no one will get in who’s not supposed to be there and, the truth is, no one does get in. Carly’s secret does come out, but not quite in the way you expect because the secret is not quite the betrayal that Carly and the audience thinks it is. Sonny ends up really giving it to Carly. And because he’s, well, Sonny, he doesn’t like that something big was kept from him so he really has it out with Brenda, too. He doesn’t let Dante have it… Well, just a tad but not much. As we all know, Sonny stood Brenda up at their last wedding. In fact, he’s pulled a whole lotta BS on her over the years, which is why he goes easy on her this time. Usually, Sonny would be going, “To hell with this! I’m outta here.”  But he doesn’t do that this time. I thought I might have some trouble making that work, but they wrote me this long monologue — it’s like 4 or 5 pages — that says it all and works really well to explain where Sonny’s coming from. But Carly is not forgiven… At least I’m not playing it that way. At the end of the day there’s a bit of a truce but I hope we’ll have some scenes in the future where Sonny and Carly can really go off on each other about how she tried to wreck the wedding.”

Benard on the connection between Dante and Brenda and if he sees the the chemistry with Marcil Giovinazzo and Zamprogna:  “I agree with you about their connection. It could be interesting. At this moment, it’s all about Sonny and Brenda but who knows what will happen down the line? It’s funny you ask about this because the other day the three of us were shooting a scene and Vanessa was joking a little bit in rehearsal and touched Dominic’s face in a kind of romantic way. And I’m standing there thinking, “What the hell?” It would be so weird if we went in that direction… But it would make good drama. And it’s all about the drama!”

So would you like to see a Dante and Brenda and Sonny triangle someday? Let us know! And what about the lovely Lulu?

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kay killgore
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kay killgore

The magic is gone! What is so great about these actors? Yuck!!!!

Joan Tapper
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Joan Tapper

I think that DZ and VMG have zero chemistry. I am so tired of triangles and GH would be foolish to not have DZ (Dante) & JMB (Lulu) as a couple. DZ & JMB have a natural chemistry that compares with no other couples on daytime. I would compare their chemistry to Robert Redford and Barbara Streisand in “The Way We Were”. DZ & JMB’s chemistry is undeniable whether there are words or not. Ther scenes speak volumes!! Dante and Lulu have the potential to go the distance if GH plays it right and keeps them together.

carmencara345
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carmencara345

brenda is a FABULOUS actress, who underrates herself constantly in interviews. she always credits maurice, but i remember their scenes in the 90’s. most were magic but they BOTH were a little green. it’s my belief that they each helped the other become better actors through their natural chemistry. maurice does not have chemistry with all his co-stars, but vanessa does. she makes each of her romances and even friendships so believable and joyous to watch. with sonny, with jax, with jason, and before with lois and robin. it’s magic whenever vanessa is on screen. i’m loving GH now because… Read more »

Anitra
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Anitra

haha! I TOTALLY agree with everything you said. And To answer the interviewer’s question…. NO NO NO NO NO I do NOT want a Sonny/Brenda/Dante triangle… man, that’s just some Jerry Springer stuff right there… eww.. And to the people that have NO CLUE about the history of S&B… Please do not be rude if you have ABSOLUTELY NO idea what happened in the 90’s…I mean, I know it’s a free world and all but, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not do that. No one should make comments about a couple’s history if you know NOTHING about them…. S&B WERE GH… Read more »

carmencara345
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carmencara345

amen, sista! i also don’t know luke and laura, but i can’t diss them without having been a viewer in the 70’s and 80’s.

but sonny and brenda — that i know was and is dynamite. i hope guza gives them a throw-down, gotta-have-you passionate love scene that only these two can do :))

erick
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erick

can you please tell me the name of the song that is playing during the wedding?

Debbie
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Debbie

What is the name of the song that was played at the wedding reception of Sonny and Brenda’s?

Carole
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Carole

It’s called ” home again” by Daena Jay

Carole
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Carole

the song is called home again

Carole
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Carole

“Home Again” by Daena Jay

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GH’s Brook Kerr and Tabyana Ali Talk On: Trina’s Trial, Spencer and Rory, And Their On-Screen Mother/Daughter Relationship

Currently, General Hospital fans are awaiting the verdict in Trina’s trial and just what lengths her mother will go to in order to secure her freedom! With the story playing out on-air, Michael Farman chatted in a new virtual interview with the two women central to the story; Brook Kerr (Portia) and Tabyana Ali (Trina).

As viewers know, Trina was set-up by Esme Prince (Avery Pohl), to make it appear that she taped her best friends, Cameron (William Lipton) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) having sex, and then posted the video from her phone, so it went viral.

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During the conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Tabyana and Brook weigh-in on what’s gone down at the trial including; how Spencer Cassadine came forward with an alibi for Trina, plus how Portia may put her medical career at risk if she brings Esme’s partner in crime, Oz, out of his coma to get the evidence they need to point the finger on Esme.

 

In addition, Tabyana and Brook share their thoughts on the men in Trina’s life: Spencer Cassadine (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) and Rory Cabrera (Michael Blake Kruse), and how the #Sprina has a life of its own on social media.

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Brook also shares dishes on Portia’s romantic relationship with Curtis (Donnell Turner), plus the recent noteworthy scenes between Portia and Stella (Vernee Watson), where GH shed light on a mother’s concern; that racial injustice could factor in to the jury’s decision in Trina’s case.

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Tabyana also discusses working alongside GH co-stars, Maura West (Ava) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), and what it was like taking over the role of Trina from popular fan favorite, Sydney Mikayla.

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Check out the full chat with Brook and Tabyana below.

Do you want Trina to end up with Spencer or Rory? Will the jury exonerate Trina? What was your favorite part of the conversation with Brook and Tabyana? Let us know in the comment section.

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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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