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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?.

Sandy Jefferson
Sandy Jefferson

I love watching Maurice playing in any role and I know he will be great. He is killing those scenes with his dad.

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Former One Life to Live alum, Amanda Setton (Ex-Kimberly) is about to make her debut on General Hospital in the role of Ned (Wally Kurth)and Lois’ (formerly B&B’s Rena Sofer) daughter, Brook Lynn Ashton!

The news of the recast came via TV Line, and Setton is set to make her on-screen debut next Monday on the November 18th episode of the ABC soap.

In story, it looks like Ned and his current wife, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) welcome Brook Lynn back to Port Charles. The role haas previously been played by Brooke Radding and Adrianne Leon.

In addition to her work as the former Mrs. Clint Buchanan in Llanview, (Kimberly started as a Las Vegas stripper who came to Llanview to help her best friend, Stacy Moraso played by Crystal Hunt) Setton has had numerous primetime roles including: Hawaii Five-0, The Crazy Ones, The Mindy Project, and Gossip Girl.

News of the return of Brook Lynn to GH comes on the heels of the return of Nikolas Cassadine now played by actor, Marcus Coloma.

What do you think of the return of Brook Lynn means for the characters of Port Charles? Who might be her romantic interest? Share your thoughts via the comment section below

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Just as your favorite soaps are kicking into high gear for November sweeps next week, comes the news that due to the House public impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump, daytime programming will endure several pre-mptions starting with the first two on Wednesday November 13th and Friday, November 15th.

CBS was the first network to announce their plans for their extensive coverage, and according to the Washington Post all other networks have followed suit.  By this move by the networks it gives the hearing some extra weight and exposure to the American voters and viewing audience.

So far, leading network coverage for CBS will be reportedly anchored by Norah O’Donnell and for ABC George Stephanopoulos.

On Wednesday, the hearings begin at 10am EST, the second is scheduled for Friday beginning at 11am EST.

William Taylor, the U.S. diplomat in the Ukraine, is scheduled to testify Wednesday and on Friday Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is scheduled to testify.

The networks are expecting big numbers for covering the hearings, as they have in the past for impeachment proceedings and hearings.

No word yet how the soaps plan for you to see the episodes that don’t air at their regularly scheduled times, or if it shifts your soap viewing schedule by several days.

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For more than 20 years on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, actor William Wintersole played the role of Katherine Chancellor’s (the late Jeanne Cooper) faithful attorney and confidant, Mitchell Sherman.  But tonight, soap fans are learning of Wintersole’s passing on Tuesday the age of 88 due to complications from cancer.

William’s daughter revealed to Deadline that he died at his home in Los Angeles.  Y&R was not the only network soap Wintersole appeared.

General Hospital fans may remember him as WSB Chief Ted Ballantine from 1980-1986 in the heyday of the ABC daytime drama series. Ballantine was the boss of Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) at one time.

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Throughout his career, Wintersole also appeared on primetime series such as:  I Dream of Jeannie, Kojak, Little House on the Prairie, Quincy, Bonanza, Star Trek and The Fugitive to name just a few.

Wintersole is survived by his life partner, Marlene Silverstein, and daughters Tiffany Harmon and Katherine Ramsey and three granddaughters.

Share your thoughts on the passing of William Wintersole and your remembrances of his performances as Y&R’s Mitchell, or GH’s Ted, via the comment section below.

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