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GH's Maurice Benard On Sonny's Worst Crime: Shooting A.J. Quartermaine!

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The life and times of Sonny Corinthos are explored in a new interview with the man himself, Maurice Benard (Sonny) of General Hospital!

TV Insider’s Michael Logan chatted with the man who is the main resident mobster in Port Charles, who is celebrating his 23rd year on the long-running ABC daytime drama series.  While mob stories are always a hot button issue for fans of the show, many want it less mob-centric, while some love Sonny doing his thing, Benard weighed in on the question of what he thinks over the years has been Sonny’s worst crime.

Benard revealed:  “Shooting Michael’s (Chad Duell) father, A.J. Quartermaine. (Sean Kanan) It was the absolute worst thing Sonny ever did. But even that he managed to justify in his head. And then, after the funeral, Sonny and Ava (Maura) had sex in the Quartermaine crypt. Now that was pushing the envelope. But it was good.”

As for Sonny’s latest foe, Julian Jerome (William deVry), the Daytime Emmy winner revealed there are some scenes coming up where he and Will deVry throw down: “Sonny is scared—really, truly scared—for the first time in his life because of Julian Jerome. But it’s not like Sonny admits it. We just finished shooting scenes that had me thinking, ‘Wow. This is serious s–t. This Julian guy is a psychopath!’ I think he’d slit Sonny’s throat—and probably his eyeballs—if he ever got the chance.”‘

So what do you feel was Sonny’s worst crime? Are you enjoying the Sonny and Julian vendetta on GH? Comment below!

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Jimmy
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Killing off A.J. for the second time was one of the worst decision Ron made during his tenure, and that says a lot because his time on the show also included killing off Duke and Connie, the crapfest that was Denise DeMuccio, and the never ending Fluke tale, followed by Anthony Geary’s lackluster sendoff. They completely tarnished Sonny by having him kill A.J. in cold blood, just like they did when Ava killed Connie. I really want Jean and Shelly to find a way to resurrect A.J. again and either rehire Sean Kanan in the role (if he can be… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I agree–Julian should NOT be redeemed. And Sonny? He is a character that TPTB have ATTEMPTED to redeem after they–wait for it!–wrote the character in a corner by taking him too far. But I always know–no matter how the dimples dazzle–that he is a killer and it just doesn’t set well with me that he is now portrayed as a “family” (NOT mob family, which, in fact he is) man–who gets to “advise” other characters on what is right or wrong. Sonny came on as a “shady” character–not a killer–and should have remained in that gray area so that the… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Great post! I agree with you except that Trevor doesn’t want to do soaps. He had said in several interviews he never intended to play Todd as long as he did on OLTL. I think like several soap actors soaps were just a stepping stone. For myself, I’d be thrilled if he joined GH. I think William DeVry is turning in some fantastic work! I actually abhor what he did to Alexis and yet I felt empathy for him when Lucas and Sam withdrew their love ( though it goes without saying they were right to feel the way they… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

My sentiments, exactly, Rebecca. But ( don’ t get me wrong, LOL), as much as Mark Lawson is a superlative actor ( like him a lot), he doesn’t fit into the Quartermaine clan, per se. Yeah, I guess….he’s got the facial looks. But, he is really tiny….short, that is. The Quartermaines have height, stature and presence. Mark may be buff and toned, which is in fact , a remedy for most short men. LOL. They compensate by working their small bodies. Lucky, I would agree. Mark would make a better Spencer (sp). As far as Julian? The only thing left… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hey CeeCee… Did you watch GH when Billy Warlock played AJ? He played AJ after Sean Kanan and for more years, but when they revived the character they asked Sean back instead of Billy. Anyway, Billy looked nothing like Steve Burton, Chad Duell or Sean Kanan. Yes, they’re all tall and blond. Billy is 5’7″ with dark hair. It took a while for me to adjust but he quickly became the role. He, as AJ, was so sad, so misunderstood, disrespected…it really was heartbreaking and frustrating to watch. Always the victim…(not without faults) as he died. But my point is… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

LOL. I have no clue who Billy Warlock is, Rebecca; but, I did google him. I see what you mean….so I guess, another short AJ will work?.
You know how weird it is to get used to an actor playing a role for years and then suddenly plays another role.
It’s so hard for me to make the Billy-Jason; or, the Michelle-Nina transition/adjustment.
Furthermore; I am still suffering through ‘shell-shock’ with Thompson as Billy A and Tognoni as Phyllis.
I can’t seem to come to grips with the ‘laissez-faire’ notion. Not a good thing. LOL.

dmr
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dmr

Agreed. Although, sleeping with Ava while Morgan cared for her was a disgusting betrayal, as well (although, not a crime). I have always liked Sean Kanan (AJ) and was disappointed with what the writers continued to do to decimate AJ Quartermaine-a privileged offspring to a legacy family. I remember watching the Q’s in the 90’s when they had ample air-time. I so enjoyed the banter and comedy the Quartermaine’s brought to Port Charles. It’s such a shame, what TPTB have continued to do by putting them on the back burner.

Celia
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Celia

Hello, dmr, You’re right. Having sex in a mausoleum is not a crime according to modern- day -man’s law. But, it is a moral and religious crime. A crime against all that is good and decent in humankind. For those who uphold their religious faith, what Sonny and Ava did was a profane desecration on holy grounds. Just awful. Trust me, I am no prude. But, that scene was too much to take….sick and twisted!! Obviously the actors need their paychecks….I wonder if any of them balked when he/she was given the script. Obviously not!! Honestly, I still am aghast… Read more »

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I think that was Sonny’s worst thing because even though AJ had his troubles, I still liked him. Sean Kana and Billy Warlock both did very well in the role and it makes me sad that we won’t see either actor playing him again. Killing off AJ ranks right up there with killing off Alan and Emily.

Alan
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Alan

Sonny’s worst crime is stealing the focus of the show away from the hospital so that he and his overexposed family can bore viewers to tears, closely followed by murdering AJ Quartermaine.

The Sonny/Julian vendetta has absolutely no suspense because as with any storyline involving Sonny or the Corinthos clan you know nothing will ever happen to them.

Jenn
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Jenn

LOL I love this simple but truthful post. For about a year now (well longer but…), GH has been heavily promoting the Corinthos as the center of the show but isn’t really what GH needs right now and many are puzzled by the backwards decision. The Sonny/Julian rivalry has never really clicked with viewers so why continue with that story too? Fans may like the characters separately but not together.

Robynne
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Robynne

Except that is the writers doing….not Sonny. 😉

Celia
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Celia

Golly Gee, if even Maurice surmised the futility in killing AJ……why couldn’t the writers? Why not choose another way of ‘ridding’ themselves of said character? Why kill him?
….Love Maurice….despise Sonny and his not-so-refined mafioso persona.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Julian versus Sonny-such a bore-i like cheesy King Kong versus Godzilla so much more-but if GH done Mobsters versus Monsters than with me GH will finally score-im done so i wont say any more-lol

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Killing ofAJ was such a mistake…if only they could had got Nick Stabille to replace SK when he left the show!!!

Omar
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Omar

Agree..Killing AJ and also Connie/Kate, was done with careless thinking and both of them were vital characters..They were murder for a few cheap thrills but nothing ground breaking..Michael still loves and is loyal to Sonny and Ava is walking free after murdering such a fan favorite/vital character for years now. And for what?!! Bring back those characters ..Stabille as AJ and bring back Ms Sullivan as Connie…It is bound to be some great story telling and acting by all parties involve. Shelly/Jean, do right by us, fans and correct the horrendous mistakes Ron C made during his writing regime. I… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

I would rather have AJ & Connie/Kate back than half the current cast.

su0000
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su0000

Sonny’s worst crime is; Allowing Jean and Shelly to castrate him–they carry his balls in their purses and smile for turning the great Sonny Chorinthoes into a whimpy joke.. He is no longer the feared, heavy dude he is just a bully doing nothing but lookung foolish as a monk wearing a tie … ahaaa haaa! I want my Sonny back !! (( a curse darker than any of Helena on the Queens of Snooze for their love-in junk….,. ((they are forever on my hit list heh! I want the mob back.. the real mob….. not 2 retired mobsters arguing… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

I miss !!!!!!
Frank Smith
The Alcazar mob family. Lorenzo Alcazar.

0ooh the Ruiz family; yeh!
Hector Ruiz
Javier Ruiz
Manny Ruiz
Mateo Ruiz
Theo Hoffman/The Balkan’s family.. all them
And Joe Scully.. Joe Scully, Jr .. both
Roy DiLucca
The Wu family;
Mr. Wu – Head of the organization
Kim Wu – Grandson of Mr. Wu
Jade Soong – Granddaughter
Yank Se Chung –
Brad Cooper – a Wu to go dark.
The McKay mob family
The Zacchara family; all of them
Johnny
Anthony
The Alcazar family; all of them
Luis
Lorenzo
Diego
recently;
Carlos Rivera
Not really mob, but missed;
The Cassadines..
Cesar Faison
Jax

there is NO mob in GH .. just 2 men personally bullying each other ..

Omar
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Omar

If you want mobs so much, just watch “The Sopranos” or all the Martin Scorsese mob movies or “The Godfather” movies..I highly recommend “Ray Donavan” @ Showtime

I for one, got tired of the mob formula over @ GH the last few years!! It just ran its course!!

Focus more on the actual hospital and the core families of the show!!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Sonny was never feared by the people we know in Port Charles. No matter how involved in the mob, he was husband, lover, friend, father, neighbor to them all. The only one he threatened was AJ over Michael (and we know how that ended) but the rest? They either loved him, liked him or disapproved. He wasn’t big, bad Sonny that generated fear.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Gotcha ya drift there, podner!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sonny is John Walton now-lol

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

“Balls in purses” and “mobster manhood”–wow!
And “foolish as a monk,” eh? Double wow! That purple prose will stain and saturate this whole blog, if you’re not careful, su0000! 🙂

Lastly, and Julian “going commando”? What a vision! I’ll hide my eyes!
Showing the chest constantly has seared my eyes–even burned off my eyelashes and eyebrows! What a sight! What a fright! LOL!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

William DeVry shirtless is a “fright?” Someone needs her eyes checked.

Harry
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Harry

Rebecca, Nancy may be alluding to the fact that Julian’s chest is overly tended to with all the waxing and polishing. To many women, that type of vanity is a turn off and they prefer a smattering of hair but not so much that they look like King Kong. The one good thing about Alexis’s and Julian’s break up is that she doesn’t have to fight for mirror time anymore. I fully expect Julian to start dancing while singing that song by Fat Boy Slim, “I’m too sexy for my cat, too sexy for my cat, what ya think bout… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Lol Harry…groovy song ya got goin’ on there but this is one chick who is not a fan of chest hair. Matter of fact I’d pluck those suckers off with my delicate lil hands if they presented themselves! Okay, mebbe not but I’d offer a gift card to wax em off! I’m for smooth and polished any day!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Sure, Sonny committed many evil crimes over the years without any repercussions whatsoever, with the murder of A.J. being the worst. But let’s adjust the premise of this story for the moment: What is GH’s worst crime? In its storied history, the worst crime of the GH producers and writers has been to inflict the character of Sonny on its viewers in the first place and then keeping this despicable character at the forefront of its program for 20+ years, expecting the viewer to actually root for this horrible person as some kind of hero or anti-hero. Sure, often the… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Well said…i like the actor but not the character…and i get tired easily of Sonnyville!!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Jimh!

rocky83
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rocky83

AHhhhhh, everybody stop your whining, Sonny & All, GH wayyyy above all the other soaps and most night time shows as great entertainment ! Giant PERIOD !

Celia
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Celia

Impressive writing, Jamesj75.
You have put Sonny and his ilk in their natural element (a life of crime), which is a disgrace for GH’s legacy.
Despite the fact that I am relatively a newbie, I doubt this is what the original writers, producers, directors, collectively, had in mind.
Sonny and his band of brigands are glorified, thus promoting their criminal acts as heroic.
You, my friend, have aptly chosen the perfect word: ‘inflicted’; as a wound on the majority of us.
Later, James.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Celia!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Celia, thank you for your further kind words and feedback. As I mentioned, I feel I have friends here, and, of course, that means you! As I wrote in reply to our friend Rebecca1, I hesitate to write anything negative here, in part for fear of offending those who may be fans of my intended target. But I do feel strongly about this situation. And I am disappointed by the direction taken by the show more than 20 years ago, a direction that, frankly, hasn’t changed. As you surmise: “I doubt this is what the original writers, producers, directors, collectively,… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Harry.
HaHa, Harry. Triple LOL.
Or, in Julian’s case, “I’m too sexy for my mirror”.
I do looove a sprinkling of hair on a man’s firm chest. So sexy and inviting. Yum!!!!
I must say that I am also loving a Julian-less Alexis. Finally!!!!!
I think this is the best move TPTB could have made. Alexis will shine….just you wait and see!!! Yup!!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Eloquently stated, Jamesj75!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Nancy!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I again want to thank all those who responded to me. Just to provide some brief context, I watched GH solidly (and daily) from 1968 to 2004. Since then, I would watch only occasionally, particularly when I found out about an actor’s return or an interesting storyline. In 2013, I watched all the hoopla surrounding the show’s 50th anniversary. But the excitement soon faded…and I quit watching once again (cold turkey), and that decision was made, even with the return of Genie Francis. I still like to visit this site and read the enjoyable comments of people I consider friends… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi jamesj75…you’re a nice person to read and respond to. I’m still of the mindset that soaps are just hanging on…and all TV sets need to man the deck! 😉 Maybe you can at least dvr GH even if you don’t watch it for now…I think that counts in the ratings as well. If too many people turn off…literally…GH will be shut down for good… 🙁

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Jamesj75, I also enjoyed your thoughtful post. I’ve been watching GH on & off since the 70s. This current stint of 10 years has probably been my longest, mostly because of Laura Wright joining the cast; I loved her talent and fire on GL also. Then they brought back the fabulous Sarah Brown as Claudia, and I also became obsessed with Brandon Barash’s Johnny. So I stayed. Now I fear I’m only staying for my favorite actor Billy Miller and the great Jane Elliott when they throw Tracy a bone. But I see what you mean about the tone of… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Awwwww. We must thank you for the beautiful synopsis, James….but, you are so welcome, and more. Later, my friend.

David
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David

You should like the GH Snark page. We talk about history a lot and I started watching back in 1973 so I pre-date a lot of the current fans. LOL

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi James…you weren’t late in responding. Thanks for reading and appreciating my comments! On a completely different note I’m currently watching “Better Late Than Never” a reality journey with Henry Winkler, Bill Bradshaw, William Shatner and George Foremam as they make their way around Japan. Just stumbled upon it and was about to change the channel but it’s unexpectedly hilarious! Silly fun is just what I needed! “See you” soon! 🙂

David
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David

Wow! That is a perfect summation of all that is wrong with this show? May I quote you and repost this on my FB page, “General Hospital Snark”?

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks, David. And, yes, that would be fine with me. Take care.

Celia
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Celia

I don’t know how to take your comment, David. I hope you are not being ‘snarky’ to Jamesj??????

Celia
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Celia

I apologize tenfold, David. Please forgive my impertinence.
I am ignorant of all things FACEBOOK.
And, you are right, it is none of my business. You got me!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hi David! Thanks for explaining your FaceBook page further. Although I’m not on FaceBook, I was able to locate and view your home page, and it looks great! If you started watching in 1973, then you are familiar with a terrific time in GH history: IMHO, the early and mid-70s were the best time. Am I being nostalgic? You betcha! As for Celia, maybe you were just being humorous or flip with her — it’s so hard to tell online… I just can’t believe you were being critical (or snarky). She’s a sweetheart who was just being protective of me.… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello David! Thanks again for your gracious and generous words, and thank you for offering (and posting) my remarks at your FaceBook page. I was able to see it as well as the comments afterward. It looks like, in the FaceBook world, most of the people disagree with me, as is their right. As long as they keep their pitchforks, tar and feathers away, I’ll be okay.

You’re doing a great job with that site, David. Take care, Friend!

Celia
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Celia

Hi, James,
I understand. You don’t want to antagonize or offend anyone; actor, character, writer, or poster.
You are much more wise than I, who blurts out opinions without thinking first. But, I am learning, LOL.
However, as you judiciously indicate….there are times when one must expound on one’s feelings.
And, you did that with finesse and impartiality. So….again, kudos!!!! You’re the best, my friend.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hey there, Celia! Thanks for the supportive, kind words. They do make my day! I know you realize this, but I’m not trying to put myself on some kind of pedestal. I have offered more than my own fair share of negative critiques over the years. I just sometimes feel bad when I am critical because I know that there will always be ardent fans of someone I might not like. But that is to be expected, and where would we be if we all agreed all the time?!?!?! This particular issue (Sonny storyline) is what annoys and disappoints me… Read more »

David
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David

Rest assured, Celia, though it’s none of your business (as my interaction is with Jamesj75 not you), the Snark page of Facebook points out both the good and bad of the show and Jamesj75’s comments are spot-on.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Just a quick note, Celia! There is absolutely no need for you to apologize to anyone. If you see my reply to David (about the same time as this one), I believe there was some form of miscommunication or misinterpretation. I always welcome your comments! 🙂 As I’ve stated, you are the BEST! Take care, Friend!

Celia
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Celia

Thank you, James. I truly appreciate your comment and YOU!!

Robynne
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Robynne

I too, love Maurice (loved him as Nico on AMC), but do not love Sonny. Don’t mind a mob story or stories….just not the entire show almost all the time.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks, Robynee! I appreciate your perspective, and “just not the entire show almost all the time” sums it up quite well! And it’s been this way for 22+ years…

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi James…I read your reply to Celia and you mentioned that you replied to my comment. I didn’t see it here or in my email…I guess it didn’t make the cut. Frustrating…we all have had that experience. Just wanted to let you know so you didn’t think I was ignoring your response.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hi Rebecca! Thank you so much for going the extra mile and bringing this to my attention! Believe it or not, I saved my original reply to you and just reread it. The only thing that might be problematic was that I mentioned not hearing back from the GH brass back in 2004 when I first stopped watching the show and wrote them a lengthy letter (imagine that!) for my reasoning… (So I’ll otherwise leave that part out of it this time.) But I certainly didn’t curse or write anything offensive… Here’s the rest: I usually refrain from writing something… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Oh jamesj75…you are absolutely adorable! I can sense your goodness. Don’t ever apologize for expressing your views on the show, characters, story lines, rtc. The crazy nastiness that goes on in the fan wars are just insane! But as in life, topics like religion, politics and isms…racism, anti-semitism, ageism, etc…those leave the boundaries of our fictional stories and then yes, here, like anywhere, things get a bit heated. One of the things we regulars here…or a lot of us have accomplished, is to, lol, like kids who squabbled…oh, who am I kidding!??? Had verbal brawls…we’ve somehow come out on the… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hey Rebecca! I’m a little late in noticing your gracious and generous reply to me. Sorry about that. When the reply is not in my e-mail, it can be harder to find, especially in this monstrous (but fun and interesting) thread! Thanks so much for making my day with your kind words… I can sense your goodness as well! You make great points about social issues and their debate. Although I don’t feel I have much to add on a routine basis (given my current, sporadic soap viewing), I am always entertained by reading the views of the regulars, like… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

James, this comment is a thing of beauty. Really, this so perfectly crystallizes the problem of Sonny. As the nuns might sing, “What do you do about a boy named Sonny?” In addition to what you so eloquently state, the problem with Sonny the mobster-murderer being the heroic protagonist of GH for over twenty years is that it negates the whole story board process. The basic storyboard concept is setting/introduction, conflict, rising action, climax and finally resolution. With Sonny getting away with crime after crime there is no sense of vindication, hence, no climax and no resolution. This leads to… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello there, Harry! Thank you for your kind words!

I think that the entire discussion in this topic demonstrates not only the huge problem of the Sonny storyline (which has hijacked the show and run it into the ground) but also the passion of fans who hate to see their favorite show mired in this mess. And your analysis of the “basic storyboard concept” is astute and explains from a more technical perspective why this “franchise” character and storyline are so off the mark…

BTW, there is no dishonor in sounding like Dr. Ruth! 🙂 Take care, Friend!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

And you sound eloquent–and very, very, knowledgeable! And I love you reply to Rebecca re “Julian’s chest”! You nailed that one also! Thanks! 🙂

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

Thanks Harry. I wanted to add that Sonny is just like Victor on Y&R in that they both keep getting away with crime after crime.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Sorry Hairy…I mean Harry…;) while your point seemed to be on target for Nancy (she’s entitled to her preference) I’d be quite happy to see my reflection in Nathan Parson’s (Ethan), Ryan Paevy’s (Nathan) and yes William Devry’s smooth chest. And don’t even get me started on hairy backs!!! Lol…

Patrick
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Patrick

this is nothing more than another plug by GH to prop, their own blunder… by heavily featuring THEIR dream team

Sonny and Carly
Jason and Sam

like… Sonny and or Maurice admitting to his characters biggest blunder and or crime
will lessen the bad acting… and snooze fest

pretty much reads the same way… KM’ Sam re: August 6, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: GH’s Kelly Monaco Opens Up About JaSam, Liz/Sam Fan Wars, Public Perception & What’s Up With Those Fainting Spells?

moving right along

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Amen, Patrick!

su0000
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su0000

OK– Sean Kana went behind RC and FV’s back dealing with BB to return as Deacon .. BB took him back, then after, he informed RC and FV he was leaving and he left leaving RC & FV with their finger up their nose having to rewrite a month of script and future stories and they had to write him/AJ out.. So, the killed him .. Sean Kana excuse– he wanted a romantic role or some such thing.. He did not like playing AJ .. Sonny saved Ava’s life.. AJ was strangling/killing her .. Sonny stopped him , and, I… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

First of all none of us were there but the story goes Sean didn’t like where his character was going and most wouldn’t blame him. The character AJ is one of the most popular on GH and Sean Kanan’s return was anticipated by many. You work with the actor…not “my way or you’re out.” Sean saw the writing on the wall…glad he had something else lined up. In the worst case scenario, in a conflict, Ron could have fired the actor and recast. You don’t kill off a legacy character that just came back after being believed dead…get the viewers… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Rightly so, Rebecca. None of us was there…..for instance, Y&R’s Michael Muhney: There is both scandal and mystery surrounding his exit. Right or wrong, people will come to their own conclusions, regardless.
Yet, as I’ve already mentioned, AJ did not need to have been killed off. Such a needless thing to do!!

Robynne
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Robynne

No character ever HAS to be killed. I won’t blame an actor for doing what is best for themselves. Actors come & go all the time, writers choose how to deal with it. Bad call imho.

Harry
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Harry

Suoo–that is simply not true and why must you persist in repeating rumors as fact?
As Rebecca asserts, we were not there.
All we do know is Ron and Sean were engaged in a Twitter tiff. Ron made a few cheap shots about Sean’s weight on Twitter which must have been rather humiliating for Sean. Sean had the nerve to assert himself while expressing righteous dissatisfaction with how his character was being written.
Then AJ was killed off. I will leave it up to you to connect the dots.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Right! I forgot about that part…making fun of Sean’s weight. He wrote it into the script…had Tracy make some comment about it. So insulting…obnoxious. I’d have insisted they take it out…if Ron refused and fired him over it maybe Sean could have got him on harassment or discrimination. A stretch perhaps but really???? Ugh.

su0000
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su0000

Harry,, it is fact ,,
use google 🙂

Robynne
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Robynne

May be true Su….but they still didn’t have to kill him.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Su..yes, if you use google properly you can do research. And when you do research you need to find credible sources. Unfortunately even credible sources get it wrong, which is why research, even scientific research, is ever- changing. What we DO know is that Sean Kanan has said he was very happy to be asked back to GH. He had also said he was excited to be playing AJ again. In an interview here, with Michael Fairman, Sean explained that he had been in touch with his old boss at B&B periodically. His old boss had told him to give… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Oh, su, dear friend, ….’not for nothing’, but not everything you read on Google is factual.

Charday
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Charday

I’ve always hated the Sonny character–even more so after he murdered AJ. A disgusting human being. Many a day I FF through all the Sonny scenes on GH. I’m still waiting for the confrontation scene between AJ’s mother, Monica Quartermaine, and Sonny. They had a (group) scene together earlier this week, but again no confrontation. Which makes me wonder if AJ is still alive!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…as always, you are THE VOICE OF REASON, Brother!!!!! Also, at this point, and because of two TOTALLY DESPICABLE characters (Sonny and Carly), GH (as far as I’m concerned) has become STOMACH CHURNING TV!!!!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!

Peace, Brother.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Jay!

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

I thought MB hated RC for what he made Sonny do to “ Michael’s (Chad Duell) father, A.J. Quartermaine. Then after the funeral, RC had Sonny and Ava (Maura) have sex in the Quartermaine crypt. It’s so unbelievable, I don’t know what to believe.

Lillian
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Lillian

Beautifully said! Not another word is needed.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

The murder of AJQ story needs to be rectified ASAP! Bring back AJ!

Timmm
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Timmm

I love Sonny and Luke. I know, I am in the MINORITY! Seems ironic in the full interview how much Maurice thinks about Tony and how much he misses him. He even thinks its odd how much he thinks of him. But anyway, you fans who want to dump the mob, think of ALL the good stories the mob generated over the years. Think of all the offspring from the mob characters. But mostly, think of this, you get rid of the mob and you want MORE hospital stories right? Well, look at what is going on in the hospital… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

yoooo Timmm ..
Well said !
The hospital is a total uneventful total bore..
Doctors and nurses standing at the nurses station for their 30 second scenes of nothing, they just stand there and talk and that’s it..
The hospital is a building..
A building that holds no stories of intruge or interest..

I want the excitement, thrills, intruge, suspense, adventures, shockers, and intense drama . that was GH’s cornerstone and what totally set it apart from all others cobain copy soaps. GH was unique..

J&S have completely gutted GH of all that made it great and turned it into a giant hole of bore..

Timmm
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Timmm

If you go to a real hospital and “People Watch” you will see hundreds of things you could write about daily! Your right, they have these “Nurses” standing around for thirty seconds to fulfill the audiences imagination that you are seeing a “Real” hospital with “Real” stories! BS!

Robynne
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Robynne

Actually, many of us have said we just want less mob. It shouldn’t be all mob, all Sonny. And they have gotten better with that IMHO. The hospital is just building, but they need to use it better. It always comes back to story…

Timmm
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Timmm

Your splitting hairs. Less mob no mob, I’ve seen both but a MAJORITY who dont like Sonny DO NOT want the mob in PC at all!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I agree with you Robynne but I wouldn’t say the hospital is ” just a building.” The whole premise of GH was centered on the goings on at the hospital and many of its main characters were doctors, nurses, administrators, relatives…so it’s imperative to continuity to have scenes there. I personally like seeing the hustle bustle of nurses, etc in the background to give it an of authenticity. I guess I’ m in the minority but I think there’s a good balance now. While I want to smash something when I am constantly subjected to the Sonny and Carly smugathon…I… Read more »

Robynne
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Robynne

Rebecca, what you said about the hospital is exactly what I meant. 🙂

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I’m glad Robynne. Sometimes it’s difficult to get our points across and that can be frustrating. No worries; I’ve got your back!

Celia
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Celia

You make a great argument, Timmmy….one that is hard not to accept; as what you say is true. But, what Robynne says, also, has as much pull. It’s fine to have mobster stories….’they’ do live amongst us! Part of reality. But, the conception and birth of GH gets lost within the mobster ‘massacres’…..whether we see it or not. Personally, the euphoria of Cosa Nostra, while not defunct, no longer appeals to the senses so much. I can tolerate a little ‘war’ amongst crime families, but, let’s keep it on an even keel….actually less and less. Ordinary people do not live… Read more »

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

Love Sonny. Love Maurice. Love GH.
The cause of the AJ murder story/fiasco has exited, stage left.
I’m over it.
If Sean Kanan left GH where he actually had a role to go to B&B to be Lois/Quinn’s whiny conscience – he should be feeling pretty foolish right about now. Still the choices to kill AJ and Connie were extremely poor ones but, consistent with most other character and storyline decisions at the time.

Celia
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Celia

Oh, my gosh!!!! It matters not that Sean K had B&B in his pocket. This in not the point many of us are trying to impart. It is about Sonny killing an innocent man, just because he could, that sticks to the craw. With all due respect, Soapluv, you may be over the injustice, some of us are not. Telling a story is always about good versus evil. It’s a basic rule. Mostly, soap writers follow this: except when it comes to Sonny and Victor Newman. They are never penalized, nor do they ever show any sign of contrition. There… Read more »

David
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David

Here is what I posted on General Hospital Snark page on Facebook today. Again, thanks Jamesj75 for such insightful comments. Here is the perfect explanation as to what is wrong with General Hospital these days (and for many years). I couldn’t have said this better myself so I will let Jamesj75 do the talking: “Sure, Sonny committed many evil crimes over the years without any repercussions whatsoever, with the murder of A.J. being the worst. But let’s adjust the premise of this story for the moment: What is GH’s worst crime? In its storied history, the worst crime of the… Read more »

JMER
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JMER

I’m not interested in any of the GH interview subjects lately including MB, Roger Howarth or Kelly Monaco. And FV didn’t say anything worthwhile in his either. I know that may say more about me and my interaction with the show than anything else but it’s my two cents. It’s possible that I’ve almost given up on it.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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