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GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

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Well, Alexis Davis certainly gave a ‘power performance’ of her own, with a night of sex with Neil that everyone thought tuckered the guy out and eventually killed him! But au contraire! As viewers of ABC’s General Hospital learned on Friday’s episode, Neil actually died of a drug overdose, shocking Alexis.

Through this week’s episodes, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner and GH mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn reminded us all as to why she remains one of the all-time leading actresses in the genre – able to go from the dramatic, to the comedic – with humanity every step of the way.

Alexis’ devastation played so beautifully by Grahn, showcased why this once invincible lawyer always seems to have happiness pulled out from under her time and time again; whether it’s a set of circumstances … or self-destruction and self-loathing, which Alexis often displays.

When Grahn sees that Neil (Joe Flanigan) is dead, and the aftermath in scenes with her on-screen daughter, Sam (Kelly Monaco), and later in the week with AA buddy, Dr. Hamilton Finn played by Michael Easton, Alexis is just gut-punched.  She has the realization how much of her time with Neil was wasted dancing around each other; rather than just acting on their feelings and their growing love for one another.

Now, with Neil’s death ruled a drug overdose … will all this lead to Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) being behind it ? If it does, will Alexis be the one to take the bad guy down?

Scene after scene in this week’s story arc, Nancy Lee Grahn delivered and that is why she is Michael Fairman TV’s ‘Power Performance of the Week’.

So, what did you think of Nancy’s performances this week on GH? Comment below.

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Gotta be honest…didn’t see Neil’s death coming.

I sure didn’t either. Will really miss this relationship play out.

I could not agree more. Those scenes will undoubtedly win Nancy Lee Grahn that elusive best actress Emmy for 2021. Graham’s confessional out on the balcony with Sam was a master class in acting (definitely worth replaying). There is no better actress working now in daytime.

Nancy Lee Grahn performance was epic and very powerful

because he’s a HOT guy ; “listen to that! ” you hear a roar of fan and spotlight . I don’t want to see Nancy Lee Grahn, that much… she’s a featured player… you tag her with some thing HOT and this is what we get ? there are – MANY ) actors who have to support – submit – to the “LEADS” .. case in point, expendable

after the dust clears… with so many past on… the dullard await their turn :

Sonny / Carly / Josselyn ; Michael / Finn / Franco / Peter / Jason / Sam

pick the litter

sans interested people

I agree with your “dullard” list-UGH!

Nancy Lee Grahn was brilliant, as she always is when they give her good material. I’m not a huge fan of killing off Neil. I think Alexis and Neil had a lot of potential as a couple, that they barely scratched the surface on. Alexis needed a decent man in her life after all those years of screwing around with Julian.

Neil as a character himself, I feel like there was a lot more there they could have done with him. Joe Flanigan did a great job portraying Neil with that sense of mystery that you always felt there was more going on than meets the eye. Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

But that’s how it happens sometimes, characters are victims to the larger story arc, and obviously between Neil dying of an overdose and Sasha getting hooked on cocaine, this is becoming a drug addiction story and a larger arc of Cyrus infiltrating Port Charles with drugs.

I was a fan of Nancy with Neil. Now that he is gone I do not care what she does. Yes, she is a good actress but fans are devastated about Neil’s death. As he told her in their last therapy session ” it isn’t always about you.” I will not watch GH anymore. GH gave more time to Ryan Chamberlain and Shiloh. Goodbye GH. And if you do win another Emmy just remember how much Joe’s fans are hurting.

She was wonderful in those scenes! Enmmy-reel. But, oh, how I wish they hadn’t killed off Neil! I LOVED Alexis and Neil together. And now they’ve wasted him (Neil)on this damn drug story that I absolutely HATE! I hope Alexis washer-lines Renault and brings him to his knees before kicking his ass to solitary confinement at Pentonville for life.

I wish I could watch, because NLG is a powerhouse.

I was so happy watching their reunion, I got chills! I said finally a storyline that does not involve criminals! A love story! I was floored that they killed Neil. Mistake! What on earth could be next for Alexis? She’s has the WORST life!

Way..WAAAY too soon to have killed off Neil …if they’re gonna build in a storyline of drug overdose and it’s because of Cyrus we needed a whole ” before” …like Neil disappearing after this hot night (” going out for something at the store! Be right back,!” And it taking a few hours..) or unexplained behavior changes … something to give a few clues that is was drugs somehow..or his meds getting messed up due to tampering etc…THEN Neil dies to overdose and people have pieces to add up ..they could’ve got a big storyline involving drugs and Cyrus and unsuspecting others – we see Sasha starting down a path to destruction..but Neil would’ve been real shocker so I think they missed the boat on this one..Nancy was stellar..but she could’ve done as well a week later even though shock – factor of it being the night after finally

Totally agree!

How does Neil die of a drug overdose? He was not one to take drugs.

Well, actually…..

All we really know about Neil is that he was a shrink, he had a thing for Alexis, and he had lost a child at some point in the past. Aside from that, his character is a blank slate, and Hell only knows what his back story might be. For one thing, I find it hard to believe that he would have his medical license yanked, just because he was found to be “dating” one FORMER patient, so that raises the question of whether he had some other “medical ethics” issues in the past which put him on shaky ground with whatever board it was that suspended his license.

As I said in my previous post (when I guessed the direction of the story the day Neil died) I doubt he was a “recreational” drug user, or that his OD was intentional…. after all, he certainly died happy, since the last thing he apparently did was sex with Alexis.

So this is clearly all a plot point to eventually point to Cyrus the Virus using his recently acquired power over the hospital to traffic his bad drugs through a legitimate medical facade. And Neil probably won’t be the only casualty. Sasha better either get off the nose candy or be extremely careful with her dealers, at least.

I truly was into this couple—Unlike her “relationship” with Julian. Hmmmm—-Alexis killed Neil with sex? LOL–too bad—they gave scenes with substance and import—-but, as far as Nancy ravishing the audience with a “power-performance”? —-not so much!! My opinion.

Underwhelming indeed, CeeCeeGirl! My thoughts exactly! This is simply one more illustrative instance of Alexis doing what she does best…turning a night of rousing rumpy-pumpy into a life-destroying event. LOL! When I first set my eyes upon the previous post trumpeting yet another disastrous outcome of this wanton woman’s well-documented sex-capades, that awesome ‘80’s hit, “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight” by Cutting Crew immediately came to mind! (By the way, the group recently released an orchestrally-based reboot of the tune…it’s amazing!) On the other hand, this would be a magnificent starting point for a serial killer “Death By Sex” storyline…Alexis finally snaps and decides to take out all the studs of Port Charles ala viagra overdoses. (Hey, at least they will die with smiles on their faces—and perhaps she will finally get some “satisfaction,” since the normal routes of romance have failed to provide that each and every time she has tried them with her questionable collection of misfit misters…) I think this idea rocks…What say you, mia amica?????

You are too funny, Shaybelle—-ma belle amie!! It’s been too long–you have a way with words; and yes, agreed!!.
How old are these people? Not to sound ageist, but I can only hope my husband will be able to “deliver” in his sixties. What else can a girl ask? LOL.
Nonetheless, Neil did not strike me as an opioid addicted derelict. Cyrus ( what a truly bad actor) probably had his claw in this imbroglio. Here comes another fatuous plot/ storyline. What’s the connection between the two? Could Kim Delaney’s character be tied to Neil, somehow??
Later, cara❤️

PS, Shay—-it just struck me— ( though constantly at the back of my mind)—-this latest Alexis-fling-gone-bust, is most-likely a prelude to many pre (all-too–consuming) sexual interludes with Julian. She and he will be a couple again.
Are you ready for it, Shay?? Bet you can’t wait!!

Great performance by Nancy. She made me cry.

Alexis was just being Alexis to me but I could not feel her pain. The actress could’ve dug much deeper in the moment. Although this is a soap opera, I think Ava would’ve carried me to the limit if she had done the scene. (“carried me” means to make your audience feel the pain/happiness so much that it makes you uncomfortable/jump with enthusiasm).

I have been hoping that Dante’s Dr. will return with him to P.C. The first time I saw him I could see he and Alexis as a couple. I hope TPTB see it also.

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John J. York Shares His Emotional Journey from Cancer Back to ‘General Hospital’ with ‘Good Morning America’

General Hospital fans are counting the hours till tomorrow, and the June 19th episode of the ABC daytime drama series, where they will see the highly-anticipated return of longtime veteran, John J. York (Mac Scorpio).

York has been through a physical and emotional rollercoaster fighting two blood cancers, myelodysplastic syndromes and multiple smoldering myeloma, and receiving a lifesaving blood stem cell transplant after months of trying to locate a match donor.

Now, on the other side of it, York sat down with Good Morning America this week ahead of his first episode back on GH, where not only do we see the moment he steps through the door at Maxie’s (Kirsten Storms) and is welcomed by her, Georgie, Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) and he will also meet the new young children playing the role of Bailey James, twins Riley and Miley Polonki.

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Speaking with tears in his eye on coming back to work at the set of GH, York expressed, “Everybody has been very welcoming. Very welcoming, and here I go right off the bat (begins to tear up). I can’t tell you how nice it’s been to get the support that I have gotten.”

When asked by GMA’s Zohreen Shah, what he missed the most about being away from GH, while undergoing treatment, York shared, “I just felt so attached that I didn’t feel I missed anything. I just took a little break and a little vacation, I guess, and had to go through something, and now we’re here kind of on the other side of it.”

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The story for Mac heats up on today’s June 18th episode of GH, when in a preview for the show, Cody (Josh Kelly) talks to Sasha (Sofia Mattsson) and finally admits he is having regrets about the time he wasted with Mac, after seeing how Chase (Josh Swickard) has been grieving the loss of his father, Gregory.  Will he fess up when Mac steps back into action and tell him that he is his biological son? Stay tuned.

Check out John’s emotional appearance on Good Morning America below. Are you looking forward to seeing Mac back in action on GH starting tomorrow? Comment below.

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‘Santa Barbara’ Legends and Daytime Emmy Gold Circle Honorees, A Martinez and Jerome Dobson, to Chat Live on Michael Fairman Channel

Two of the men responsible for the success of the beloved soap opera, Santa Barbara, A Martinez (ex-Cruz Castillo) and Jerome Dobson (Co-creator and co-head writer) visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a live conversation on Friday night, June 21st beginning at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.

Recently, A and Jerry were honored at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards as they were selected to be Gold Circle inductees in which they received a medal as admired individuals who have made enduring contributions to daytime television and have performed distinguished service within the television industry, setting standards for achievement, mentoring, leadership and professional accolades for 50 years.

Currently, A can be seen The Bay as Nardo Ramos, a role in which he received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his work this year. Martinez is also remembered for his roles on General Hospital as Roy DeLuca, One Life to Live as Ray Montez and Days of our Lives as Eduardo Hernandez; among other TV and motion picture roles. However, A’s most memorable role in soaps, and the one that won him a Daytime Emmy, was that of Cruz on Santa Barbara, for which he took home the gold for his work in 1990.

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Jerry Dobson created Santa Barbara with his wife, the late Bridget Dobson, and the couple became soap-famous for not only their work on SB (1984-1986, 1991-1992), but their time head-writing for General Hospital (1973-1975), Guiding Light (1975-1980) and As the World Turns (1980-1983).

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Santa Barbara aired on NBC for 9 years from July 30, 1984, to January 15, 1993 and featured some of the all-time greats in soap opera as part of the cast including :Marcy Walker, Nancy Lee Grahn, Jed Allan, Dame Judith Anderson, Judith McConnell, Justin Deas, Robin Mattson, Lane Davies, Eileen Davidson, Robin Wright, Jack Wagner, Sydney Penny, Kim Zimmer, Roscoe Born, Nicolas Coster and more.

Watch below, when A Martinez was named Outstanding Lead Actor at the 17th annual Daytime Emmys.

If you can’t be with us live for A and Jerry’s livestream chat, but have a question you would like posed to one or both of them, please leave it in the comment section below.

 

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John J. York Returns as General Hospital’s Mac Scorpio and Shares, “Expect The You-Know-What to Hit the Fan”

General Hospital fans were overjoyed when John J. York (Mac Scorpio) revealed he was back on set and taping all-new episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.

The beloved GH star was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and multiple smoldering myeloma, two blood and bone marrow disorders, back in 2022.  Later, he underwent treatment for the cancer in September of 2023, which took him off the show while he went through a blood stem cell transplant and the recovery.

Now, those who have waited for Mac to finally get to the truth – that Cody Bell (Josh Kelly) is his biological son – may finally get their wish!  Speaking with TV Insider on his imminent return (he is back on-screen this coming Wednesday, June 19th), York shared on what’s about to go down, “Expect the you-know-what to hit the fan and let the dust come down and settle where it will, so get ready.”

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York also prepped viewers that he will look a little different when he first seen back in Port Charles, due to his cancer treatments, “My hair grew back nice. I was not sure how my hair would look because I was bald. Now it’s short, like a military cut.”

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Speaking on his own health and life, John shared, “With the MDS, if everything goes well with the bone marrow transplant, that should be handled. With the multiple smoldering myeloma, smoldering being the key word, it just kind of stays there in my system. There is a small chance that it could turn into full-blown leukemia at some point, but the goal is for me to die of old age before I die of any kind of blood cancer. I feel fantastic and all the blood tests that I take once a month have all pointed in the direction that things are all going in the right direction, which is really good.”

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Are you looking forward to the moment that Mac realizes Cody is his son? What do you think his reaction will be as he has been duped all this time? Happy, as we are, that John is back on-screen on GH? Comment below.

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