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GH's Maurice Benard On Playing Sonny & His Daytime Emmy Nom On Showbiz Tonight – Watch the Video!

General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) was a guest last night on HLN’s Showbiz Tonight with host AJ Hammer.

In the segment, Maurice discussed the difficulties of playing such a complex character as Sonny Corinthos, the Sonny/Brenda Wedding, his battle with bipolar disorder and of course, his Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor when the Daytime Emmys are handed out on Saturday night live on HLN starting at 8PMEST/5PMPST!

Watch the video segment and interview after the jump, and let us know what you thought of Maurice’s comments. And, are you rooting for the popular daytime star to take home the gold?  Let us know!

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Christi
Christi

Nice interview.. 🙂 I LOVE Maurice and Sonny… seeing Brenda makes me miss her sooooo much!!! Gosh I wish she would come back.. 🙁

ethel
ethel

excellent interview! maurice is just an awesome actor & i feel his talent is shining more since the new regime came to gh………..i have been a fan of his since he was on amc way back in the day.

Soapluv
Soapluv

Of course I hope Maurice wins! General Hospital has unlimited, top shelf talent with and without the former OLTL additions and I appreciate them all but, Maurice/Sonny is my favorite, favorite. He is the flavor, the polish and the elegance that helps to set GH apart. Even after the extremely beleaguered 2011, 23 Daytime Emmy nominations. What a show! Best of luck to all the GH nominees in all categories but for Outstanding Lead Actor, Mo for the WIN!

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

Sonny on GH has been one of the best characters on Daytime. There will always be only one ‘ Sonny Corinthos, Jr.’.

Jules
Jules

Michael, how come you’re not showcasing ALL HLN’s interviews with daytime stars? Deidre Hall, Heather Tom and all the other great links they have on their site right now in honor of daytime? Nothing against Maurice, because I do like him, I just don’t know why only he’s gotten attention on your site for his interview.

janet
janet

I cannot stand Sonny and the guy who plays him
he mumbles and always looks like he is looking for his crib notes.No thanks If they give him the emmy over some of the more talented other actors that are also nominated.That will be a shame and we will know the reason no one is watching.
Sonny made me shut the show off for quite a few years,and if they keep the mob on every day,I may just shut it off again. I don’t like the mob,I don’t like the killing,the mob with a heart of gold,GMAB. That makes me gag.I don’t drink kool-aid,

Alicia
Alicia

YES I AM ROOTING FOR MAURICE TO WIN. LONG OVERDUE!!!!

Dancing with the Stars Juniors

LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: Y&R’s Joshua Morrow, DWTS: Juniors & GH’s Hudson West & B&B’s Joe Lando

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live! October 2018” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman you can now listen to the replay right here in audio player above!

This episode was given to the gents in soaps as Michael welcomed his very special guests: The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman), Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and General Hospital’s Hudson West (Jake), and The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman favorite, Joe Lando (Judge Craig McMullen).

During this fun night of chat, Joshua weighed-in on the Shick wedding that went bust, when Sharon told Nick at the altar that she knows he had sex with Phyllis.  Morrow, who will celebrate his 25th year as Nick Newman in early 2019 chimed in what the future for the stat-crossed couple may hold, and how he has enjoyed showing Nick’s dark side of late, plus he revealed one scene he felt uncomfortable with that he would not play, the ladies over the years in Nick’s life, and when asked by a listener of his memories of the late, great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Joshua shared some fun and poignant remembrances. He also addressed the status of Doug Davidson at the CBS daytime drama, and hopes that the writers will find a way to utilize the Y&R vet in the future.

Next, Hudson West’s joined the podcast where he gave listeners the inside scoop on what it has been like to be one of the 12 celebrity kids competing in the first-ever Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, which debuts Sunday at 8PMEST in a two-hour season premiere on ABC.  Hudson talked on how he has been learning the dance moves with his young pro dance partner and Dancing with the Stars pro mentor, how he deals with nerves before performing his dance routines and more.  General Hospital fans who know of Hudson’s Daytime Emmy-nominated performance of Jake Webber, Elizabeth and Jason’s son, got some interesting tidbits when he talked about working with Rebecca Herbst, Steve Burton and more, and how much he loves being on the show.

The final guest of the night was Joe Lando.  Prior to bringing Joe on the air, Michael played a classic clip from Megan’s death on One Life to Live from the 90’s, where Joe as Jake Harrison performed one of the saddest and most memorable scenes in soaps with his then acting partner, Jessica Tuck.  Joe then revealed when he was on Soap Nation Live that it has been over 20 years since he had heard the scene, and was still moved by it.  Lando who is now appearing as Judge McMullen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful teased there could be a love interest around the corner for the judge, as well as some retribution for his ruling in the custody case of Will Spencer, because of a favor called in by Ridge.  Lando also talks about his time on the hit primetime series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as Byron Sully, and shared more about his time on One Life to Live working with the likes of: Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, and Tuck.

Last, during out Game Show segment, a lucky caller won two VIP tickets to the Star Struck Fan Event Fall Festival in Alexandria, Virginia featuring members of the cast of Days of our Lives, as well as a Y&R goodie bag; which includes a personalizes autographed picture of Joshua Morrow, after answering correctly some Nick Newman trivia!

For archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Joshua, Hudson, and Joe above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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General Hospital Honored With Sentinel Award For Alzheimer’s Storyline

This week, ABC’s General Hospital was one of the recipients and honorees at the 2018 Sentinel Awards.

The awards honor storylines that inform, educate, and motivate audiences to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

Now in their 19th year, the 2018 Sentinel Awards were presented by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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The 12 outstanding Sentinel Awards honorees for 2018 spotlighted topics that included: nuclear safety, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, autism, sexual assault, mental health and disabilities.

One of those programs to receive the award was ABC’s General Hospital for “Sonny’s Dad storyline” which as viewers know shed a light on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease for those afflicted and their loved ones.   The story is beautifully played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).  Accepting  the award on behalf of the series was EP, Frank Valentini.

Other series, notably Empire was recognized for their abortion storyline, and Grey’s Anatomy for their Hemorrhage cart storyline representing Maternal health were two other popular shows that also received recognition for their work. among others.

So, proud of GH for receiving this honor for the work they are doing in telling the emotional tale of Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s and how it affects Sonny and his family? Comment below.

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Chloe Lanier Making A Return To General Hospital

Look for naughty Nelle to be back on all-new episodes of GH, and that means fans will get to see more of Daytime Emmy-winner, Chloe Lanier!

According to Soap Opera Digest, Lanier will be back on-screen after leaving the show In August after two years with the daytime drama series.

When Chloe left the series, Nelle was carted off to prison for her deceptions and crimes, but according to her chat with SOD, she is back because she ‘has some unfinished business with some people.”  Lanier’s return stint starts next week.

So how will Nelle’s re-emergence impact Lucas and Brad who are raising Nelle and Michael’s son?  Will she seek more retribution on Carly?  Stay tuned.  After all, Nelle gave her baby to Brad in the now notorious baby switch, which we have since learned that baby “Wiley” has a heart condition that can be traced back to Michael’s side of the family,

Glad there will be more Nelle coming up on GH? Comment below!

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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