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GH's Maurice Benard named On-Air On-Soaps "Power Performance of the Week"!

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If you tuned into see Sonny and Brenda’s wedding on General Hospital this week, you were privy to watching one of the great actors of the genre at the top of his game.  We can only be talking about Sonny Corinthos himself, Maurice Benard. First, in the scenes when the couple finally are set to say their, “I do’s”, Brenda confesses her lie about Dante and her baby as sort of an intervention before Carly does!  And as Brenda turns and starts to walk out of the wedding, Sonny stops her. It is there, that Maurice Benard was at his best, delivering a powerful, emotional, and heartfelt speech to his beloved Brenda to stay and marry him while drudging up the scars of her childhood with her father, and their past together to illustrate to her that in the end that he loves her, and can past her deception. Later as the couple goes through the ceremony, even without saying many words, Benard was strong, caring, and loving to Brenda.   It was “grab a hankie” time for sure.

But this was a more than a one episode performance for Benard; he was great all the rest of the week too! And it culminated on Friday’s episode after Brenda is “supposedly” blown-up in a car eerily similar to Sonny’s late wife, Lily Rivera who suffered the same “fate”.

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As Sonny is rocked to the core that Brenda was in the explosion, Benard showed us Sonny’s pain, rage, anger, and helplessness. Who could not help but seeing the little boy in Sonny when he desperately needed hugs from Jason and Robin! Then, when Jax told Sonny to pull the trigger and shoot himself to spare everyone more death and destruction, Benard showed even another layer to his subtle performance.

So, with all that mentioned above and more, On-Air On-Soaps names Maurice Benard this week’s Power Performance of the Week. Below watch the video clips of Sonny and Brenda’s wedding clips from Tuesday’s episode and then Sonny moment’s from Friday’s episode! Enjoy and we reiterate, ya better grab for your hankies!

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Heidi

Agreed! A phenomenal performance and should be an Emmy winner!

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Doe

I agree with you,Michael. Maurice finally got a story where he he could prove how great he is and has been for so many years. The writers finally gave him the dramatic moments where he showed every emotion possible . His senstivity, and horror to relive what happened to Lily was unimaginable. But, he did not go off the deep end. He was grief stricken and yet controlled. In other words, he was brilliant. I can’t wait for Mondays episode. There is defnitely more to come. We know the body found was not Brenda, but Sam’s. He she still alive??… Read more »

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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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