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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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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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