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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of Police Captain In New Film, ‘Equal Standard’

While the cast of General Hospital is on their three-week summer hiatus, many of the actors have gone off to do different things with their time … some are traveling … some are on tour or making personal appearances, and some are making movies or filming other projects.

Maurice Benard is continuing to land film roles when he has the time to step away from his role as mobster Sonny Corinthos on the ABC daytime drama series.

Now in an Instagram post this week, Maurice shared an update on the filming of his upcoming motion picture, Equal Standard which also stars Ice-T.

In his post showing him in his character’s police uniform sans jacket, Maurice expressed: “Always great to play different characters.  In New York playing a police captain. Very cool and interesting script.”

In story, Equal Standard tells the story of an off-duty New York City police detective who gets caught in an inner city brawl between undercover cops convinced he is a local street thug. The melee ends in a tragic death followed by an uproar within gangs and cops in neighboring communities and across the city. The movie also features Robert Clohessy, and OLTL alum Tobias Truvillion (Vincent).

So, glad to hear Maurice is getting the opportunity to play more diverse roles?  Comment below.

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Soaphound
Soaphound

I always believed in daytime actors getting a chance to diversify. They deserve so much credit for playing the same characters for years and still making them interesting. Flexing their acting muscles can only enhance the regular work. I loved Billy Miller’s stint on SUITS and Greg Rikaart on MAJOR CRIMES (which also cast Brandon Barash, post-Johnny Zacchara). The best part is that Sonny will be off canvas for a while. I like him in small doses, but between Sonny, Carly, Jason, and Michael all having major stories right now, I’m on Corinthos Overload!

Timmm
Timmm

Just because he is on hiatus, that doesnt mean you will get a Sonny break! They all have taped episodes before their summer vacation.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, Timmm, don’t rain on my meager parade. I NEED to believe I’ll get a Sonny break. But you’re right. I imagine his fans will have withdrawal pangs if he’s gone too long. Same as me with Billy/Drew.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’m with you, Soaphound. Now if only “Sonny” can get “Carly” an extended stay in Ferncliff that’d be the icing on the cake. I fear her release will be upon us way too soon. Carly in jail is so much more palatable then her clomping around Port Charles grabbing Ava’s daughter while perfecting her sneer.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Hey, rebecca1, you gave me a “light bulb” moment. Picture this: Nurse Ratched, sorry, Mary Pat suddenly starts doing her rounds…wait for it… in big, oversized, clomping nursey shoes. Day in and day out, Carly hears those shoes roaming/clomping around the halls of Ferncliff and starts to realize the horrors she herself has inflicted on Port Charles, not to mention a slew of shoe salesmen. THEN…her true healing can begin.

rebecca1
rebecca1

While that’s a fabu idea, Soaphound, you give Carly too much credit. She doesn’t have the moral capacity to see or admit she’s done wrong. Her “aha” moments should have been as soon as Nell accused her of pushing her down the stairs…same as Carly did to AJ and to this day retells the lie. If she didn’t realize through all of this the lie and the damage she’s perpetuated no clodhoppers are going to do the trick.

Though perhaps Carly will ask for a pair of Mary Pat’s shoes and they can do a jig together. Wouldn’t that be fun? (sorta like Lucy and Ethel stomping on the grapes.)

dzzdee
dzzdee

I love Sonny and Carly. Love their storylines. Thanks goodness they do not listen fans.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I am looking forward to this. Other than M.B.’s other movie, The Ghost And The Whale, that his wife wrote, I think, I’ve not seen him in anything else and thought he was very good in that film. Also am a big fan of Ice-T, whom I watch faithfully on Law & Order: SVU.

dmr
dmr

I love Ice-T on Law & Order: SVU!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Can’t wait to see if there are scenes between Maurice and Ice-T. Ice-t is excellent and i bet the both of them will look good playing off each other.

Deborah
Deborah

is this a made-for-tv movie or is it going to be in the movie theaters

Celia
Celia

I have yet to miss a new episode of SVU…..I have seen the same reruns so many times, I have lost count…..I never tire watching, James……thanks to DVR….always at hand.
I, especially, looove ice-T—-so natural, so real…

Celia
Celia

I am looking forward to seeing Maurice in a different setting, James…..I only know him as Sonny….I do despise the character!!
Thus, I welcome anything which shows Maurice’s versatility.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

He played Desi Arnaz in a TV movie called “Lucy & Desi: Before The Laughter” back in 1991. He was fantastic in that.

Celia
Celia

Thanks, James…..I’ll have to see that movie. And, I do love Comedy.❤️

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

The movie is a drama. You might find a copy from someone on Ebay. I just tried to see if Amazon has it but they don’t even though it is listed. You can still see the trailer for the movie if you google the title of the movie. Maurice really was that good in the film.

Celia
Celia

Thanks, again, James…..my head is not right these days….invaded by kids on the Vineyard…LOL.
I should have realized it was not a comedy by: ….” Before the Laughter”… I am a great fan of Lucille Ball. Post Mortem, LOL….I have seen all the reruns and beyond.
As far as getting hold of the movie, my grandparents have a collection of so many movie….I’m sure my Grandad can find it one way or another.

Linda
Linda

I believe Maurice can do anything he puts his mind on. Apparently he wanted to do this for a while now, and with his ever supporting family and fans I am positive he will succeed. Love you

Annie
Annie

Love Sonny and Carly and All of the REAL GH characters!!! That’s when the show was GREAT! These writers are sucking the Life out of a once fabulous show!!

Dawn Doran
Dawn Doran

When is Maurice’s new role ‘Equal Standard’ starting? Is it on television, at the movies or what?.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Michael Fairman Season Premiere With Laura Wright, Jason Thompson, Michael Easton, Maurice Benard, Stacy Haiduk & Kim Zimmer

If you missed Thursday night’s season premiere of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman it was a broadcast full of surprises, fun, and intriguing intel as some of the biggest names in the soap opera genre helped kick-off the series 2018 run of episodes.

Joining Michael in-studio as guest co-host was General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos).  The show began with a guest call-in to surprise Laura, which was revealed to be daytime drama icon, and four-time Daytime Emmy winner, Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva) of Guiding Light.  Laura and Kim worked together on the beloved CBS soap where they played sisters.  Kim expressed how much she enjoys checking out General Hospital and the actors performances she has loved watching which included: Max Gail (Mike), and the recently exited Nelle (Chloe Lanier), among others.  Michael, Laura, and Kim bantered on the actresses time on GL and more.

Next, GH’s Michael Easton (Finn) joined the show where he discussed the release of his upcoming 20th anniversary edition of his book 18 Straight Whiskeys, working on GH opposite Finola Hughes (Anna) and Jessica Tuck (Cassandra).  During his segment, Michael Fairman asked Easton to play a game show segment he prepared for him, which was called, “Michael, Who Said That?” In it, Michael Easton had to guess which one of his many soap characters was he portraying in the scene in the audio clip, and it made for one of the highlights of the night.

Calling in from New York City was Stacy Haiduk, who is about to make her debut this week on the August 21st of Days of our Lives as Susan Banks, replacing Eileen Davidson in the role.  Susan is back on the canvas just as John and Marlena’s wedding is about to begin.  The question is: Will more of Davidson’s roles be played by Haiduk during her upcoming rum on the show?  We chatted with Stacy about working on DAYS, and taking over the one-of-a-kind role of Susan made soap-famous by Emmy winner, Davidson.

Then, The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott) was our special guest in the studio.  Jason talked about Billy’s latest stumble back into his gambling addiction, Phyllis’ fling with Nick, and if Billy will be able to resist the seduction attempts by Phyllis’ daughter, Summer on upcoming episodes.  Jason fielded several questions from fans who called-in to chat with him during his segment.  As well, throughout the broadcast, several listeners were able to get through the busy phone lines to pose a question to our guests.

Michael surprised the listeners with none other than Maurice Benard (Sonny) of General Hospital as the last guest on the show.  Maurice was celebrating his 25th anniversary as Sonny on the ABC daytime drama series.  With Maurice, some of the funniest moments of the night occurred when Jason and Laura recounted what happened the first time they met him.  Maurice also expressed that this past week, he taped some of his most favorite scenes of all-time, and Laura said they have been very emotional.  As announced, look for a special Sonny-centric episode in September in honor of Benard’s 25 years as Port Charles’ top mobster.

Finally, one lucky caller won a pair of tickets to the GH Fantasy Event in Atlanta, Georgia, during our game show trivia segment, when he had the correct answers (with an assist from Jason Thompson) to the questions.

Now, below click on the play button and hear the replay of the Soap Nation Live Season Premiere with Laura Wright, Kim Zimmer, Michael Easton, Stacy Haiduk, Jason Thompson, and Maurice Benard.

If you want to hear past episodes of the show, click here.

Let us know in the comment section below what was your favorite part of the season premiere.

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Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Passes Away As Soap Stars & Fans Remember Her Love For Her Soaps: Y&R and B&B

The world continues to mourn the loss of the one and only, Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died this past Thursday at age 76.   For some time, Aretha had been batting advanced pancreatic cancer.  The voice that meant so much to so many, and inspired so many female vocalists of today can never be replaced, and her songs and performances will live on in our hearts forever.

Over the last few days, television news programs have brought to us some heartbreaking, emotional, and uplifting moments from her dear friends: the incomparable Stevie Wonder, who shed tears while speaking of Aretha on the CBS Morning News, and with whom he went to see shortly before she died,  as well as Franklin’s longtime friend, Smoky Robinson, who spoke about his relationship with host Robin Roberts on Good Morning America.

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This weekend, several tributes are on tap paying tribute to the mighty Franklin including those on TV One, and on OWN, with Oprah Winfrey’s Remembering Aretha Franklin: The Oprah Interview  tonight at 8PMEST.

But daytime fans were clued in to the fact that Aretha had a passion for the soaps.  She loved The Young and the Restless, and the character of Victor Newman (Eric Braeden).  In fact, Aretha was thrilled to be asked to help introduce the Y&R Daytime Drama Series nomination clip package at the Daytime Emmys in 1997.  She expressed why she was superfan of the show: “I watch it in the morning. I watch it when I’m at home. I watch it when I’m in concert. I watch it when I’m asleep …  I watch it!”   And one of the main reasons she loved Y&R, was Victor Newman: “Victor is one of my favorite characters in The Young and the Restless.  I love the way he makes his approach to a woman.  He’s the all-time player.”  The ‘Queen of Soul’ even did her own impersonation of him.

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At the 2005 Daytime Emmys, Aretha presented the Outstanding Drama Series Award alongside Eric Braeden.  It was a thrill for her, and also notable for Braeden as he tweeted about his mishap where he accidentenly said, “God Bless, Eric Braeden,” when he meant to say, “God Bless, Bill Bell”.

Upon learning the news of Franklin’s passing, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Eva Basler (VP Communications for Bell-Phillip Productions and The Bold and the Beautiful) recalled on Twitter: “It was my first year at The Bold and the Beautiful & we were at rehearsals in NYC.  Aretha Franklin was on stage & looked down to the floor & screamed, “RIDGE! THORNE!” excited to see them in the front row. Later, I had the honor of escorting Susan Flannery & her thru the gifting suite.”

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The official show Twitter feed posted: “The cast & crew of The Bold and the Beautiful are sending prayers & good thoughts up to Aretha Franklin & her family. Some of our cast met The Queen of Soul, who is a huge fan of B&B, at Radio City Music in NYC Pictured here with Susan Flannery. We LOVE you Aretha!”

Throughout the last few days so many soap stars have posted their sadness on the loss of Franklin, and what she meant to their lives and to all of ours.

Now below, watch the two moments of Aretha’s from the Daytime Emmys were she talks her love of Y&R, and presents with Eric Braeden.  Followed by the emotional interview with Stevie Wonder on the CBS This Morning and then Smokey Robinson’s remembrances. 

Then let us know your thoughts on the passing of Aretha, your favorite song of hers, and how wonderful it was to know that this American treasure was actually a soap opera fan, just like so many of you via the comment section below.

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Maddison Brown Joins ‘Dynasty’ As Kirby Anders

Another familiar character to longtime Dynasty fans has been cast for its upcoming second season; that of the very troubled, Kirby Anders.

In the CW reboot, newcomer Maddison Brown has nabbed the role, originally played in the ABC version by Kathleen Beller.

According to EW.com, the character description reads: “Kirby grew up in the staff’s living quarters with her father, estate manager Joseph Anders, and sides more with the downstairs occupants than the upstairs.  She has a fraught history with the Carringtons, specifically a tempestuous relationship with Fallon that was the reason for Kirby’s exile from the Manor years ago.  And while she returns to Atlanta to make amends with her father, she will certainly continue wreaking havoc on the Carringtons.”

Brown is listed as a series regular for the new season.

Dynasty returns with all-new episodes on Friday, October 12th at 8PMEST.

So, what do you think of Kirby being back on the canvas against the Carringtons? Comment below

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