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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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James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

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

Shari
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Shari

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

Echo
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Echo

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.

Carolyn Harris
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Carolyn Harris

Nancy Lee Grahn performance was epic and very powerful

Patrick
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Patrick

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… Read more »

DMRR
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DMRR

I agree with your “dullard” list-UGH!

Dan
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Dan

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… Read more »

Rachel Gozun
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Rachel Gozun

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.

Rodd
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Rodd

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.

DMRR
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DMRR

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

Gloria
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Gloria

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!

Pjsassy
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Pjsassy

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… Read more »

Davy
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Davy

Totally agree!

SHIRLEY Herberger
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SHIRLEY Herberger

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

Satan
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Satan

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… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

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.

Shay
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Shay

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… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

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❤️

Celia
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Celia

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!!

Suzanne
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Suzanne

Great performance by Nancy. She made me cry.

Nik
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Nik

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).

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

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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Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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ESPN and GH’s Stephen A. Smith Welcomes Maurice Benard & Eric Braeden to His New Show, ‘Stephen A’s World’

This week, famed sports personality and icon, and recurring General Hospital star, Stephen A. Smith (Brick), has launched his new series on ESPN+ streaming service entitled Stephen A’s World  Smith also serves as the series executive producer through his production company SAS Productions.

On Thursday, January 14th, be on the lookout for two other icons to join Smith! That is when his two daytime favorites and friends; Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) and Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) will be his special guesst.  As soap fans know, Smith spoke at Braeden’s 40th anniversary milestone with Y&R and frequently shares scenes with Benard on GH.

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The weeknight series goes beyond the sports headlines to give the audience an authentic and unique understanding of the stories that matter with Smith’s style and entertainment perspective, including deep expertise and unparalleled relationships with some of the most influential figures in sports, entertainment, and more.  The 30-minute episodes will be available every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday night and available anytime on demand.

Smith said about Stephen A’s World: “This is definitely something new. Sure, it’ll be sports-related. I’ll never depart from that. But this is also a look inside MY world, beyond what you customarily see from me across all the other ESPN platforms. From talking to A-List guests, to bringing ‘Baby Stephen A’ into the mix, to asking the ‘Love Doctor’ to save a few relationships sports are actually compromising, you just never know what you’ll get from me day-to-day. It all depends on my mood. That’s Stephen A’s World in a nutshell. Putting the PLUS in ESPN+. And I can’t wait.”

Make sure to check out the conversations between Stephen, Maurice, and Eric tomorrow night and check out Stephen’s new show.  Let us know if you will be watching via the comment section below.

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