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GH’s Nancy Lee Grahn Makes Statement On William deVry & Julexis’ Future!

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While Julexis fans anxiously await to see what the final word is on William deVry’s (Julian Jerome) status and contract talks with General Hospital, his leading lady and co-star, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), is also waiting to find out what her on-screen romantic life may look like on the ABC daytime drama series.

During this past weekend’s ABC TCA (Television Critics Association) cocktail reception, the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star offered to On-Air On-Soaps a statement on her hopes for deVry’s and Julexis’ future, plus how she views the complicated love story of Alexis and Julian, and what propels their undeniable attraction.

Grahn related: “Here’s my statement: I hope it works out with Will.  I literally know nothing. When it comes to contract negotiations it’s none of my business, or anybody else’s.  It’s tricky stuff.  I just renegotiated.  Mine went swimmingly.  Will’s is going how it’s going, and only he knows what that is.  Having said that; I would love for him to come back.

I would love for them to continue this story in an appropriate and realistic way. The two of them are madly in love with each other -‘madly’, I stress.  They both come from very violent families, and it makes sense that they would be together. The characters just need to both understand and dig deep as to why they are there, and go through that, and come out the other side.  That would be cool, and that’s how I could see them reuniting.  Alexis and Julian are addicted to each other, and that has to be addressed.”

So, what did you think of Nancy’s hope for deVry and Julexis on General Hospital? Would you like to see their on-screen love story continue? Comment below.

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K/kay
K/kay

She looks fabulous !

Celia
Celia

She does, Kay.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

And sounds VERYU lukewarm in her “endorsement of “Will.”
I think it sounds like he’s “toast.”

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

UH-OH! “Late breaking news–Julian staying in Port Charles.”
If true, Julian will be off canvas for a while–in jail. Scotty will get him out and it’s back to business for Julian and Alexis.
If true, time for my adieu.

Jimh
Jimh

I dont care either way…i cant control what happens so if he stays, he stays and if he leaves, he leaves…i wont loose any sleep over it…next!

dmr
dmr

I really like Nancy Lee Grahn and I think she is a phenomenal actress. Alexis’s alcoholism storyline was told (and shown) in a slow moving way, showing progressing stages of the disease, and I think Nancy did a remarkable job of portraying how devastating addiction can be for both the addict, as a mother, and for the family. I don’t think that storyline would have worked with just any actress on the show. Maura West, yes, because she is phenomenal, as well. Others, not so much. I also love the friendship between Alexis and Diane. Two powerhouse actresses that always bring their “A-Game.” I never feel as though I am watching a juvenile actress when I am watching Nancy on-screen. I do feel that way when I am watching others in her age bracket act like juveniles screeching “Hell No!” and “Hell Yes!” and what appears to be ad-libbing their lines.

I have always been, and continue to be, a fan of Alexis and Julian. I think they have that “super couple” spark that the show has lacked in recent years. I have never really seen it between Maurice Benard and Laura Wright (it’s just my opinion). I know that it was there between Luke and Laura (before my time) and I believe that it was there between Sonny and Brenda (in the ’90’s, not recently). Oh, and Frisco and Felicia, too.

I think if TPTB took the time to write the story and have the characters find their way back to one another then it could potentially work. I am saying this because I am fan of the couple and of the actors, and I think they have incredible chemistry. I can’t say that about most other couples on the show.

Celia
Celia

Yes, dmr. I like Nancy, as well….I started liking Alexis; especially through her alcoholic “phase”. That acting was perfection. Why? It was true to life and emotional.
However, if Nancy has any pull with TPTB, she should protest any ‘reunion’ with Julian. Alexis apoears desperate when in his company. Can’t figure out the nervousness. Fear? Trying to control the urge to jump his bones? Distrust? Resentment? What?
Is she kidding? I am not ready for another over-the-hill love fest. He is still in his prime….
I would love to see Alexis in a sedate relationship….fool around in private, swing from the chandelier, if they must, but, not seen.
Loved the mystery about Mac and Felicia….we knew what they were doing; but did not see limbs ( barf) flailing all over the place. We were just regaled with a hint of their sex-life….keeping it fresh and spicy.
I think Alexis needs a modicum of self-respect. All Julian contributes in this relationship is the negative side of their definition of love.
Nancy’s interview and choice of words fits someone starting a new relationship without baggage.
It is too late. Some viewers should not be expected to forget how Julian treated her. Some viewers are ok with their continued, bizarre relationship. I just cannot come to grips with it….everytime I see them together, I have visions of ( instinctively) the hand-with-the-knife ready to slit Alexis’ throat. And, if I hear that lame excuse again that the devil “made me do it”, I will scream!!!!
How could she ever trust him again?
Alexis is better than that, writers!!!!!
I really do not care if Will stays or not. I think he’s hot….not a good enough reason to stay. I know, I know, a shallow statement. He is a good actor, better than many. But, as Isaid….Julian is ‘cooked’….eternally looked upon as a venomous snake.
His heart and brain need a make-over, sans Alexis. And, she needs a man who gives her life balance.

Patrick
Patrick

“I” can overlook the misdeed and or mishandling of character assassination(s)

oy! at the happenstance of being tarred and feathered.

“…I have visions of ( instinctively) the hand-with-the-knife ready to slit Alexis’ throat.”

I get this… I truly do… it’s such a mixed percentage of who cannot see these two reconciling and how the writers MUST be true to form. Julian MUST pay for his deeds.

1. I’m just happy to see another couple.. who’s worth watching, because it’s a distraction from the dullard. Sonny/ Carly – Jason /Sam – Michael / Nelle
Franco / Finn.

I’ve grown weary of the back and forth between these two.. and have not seen Alexis… outside of her drinking… ( which I so agree is emmy material ) has not shown any signs of “breaking” and or showing any colors. .

what self respecting person stays in a relationship.. that we’ve all bore witness. it was gut punch scenes(s) played out that should NEVER have happened. why couldn’t it have been Sonny

I am so in the moment when it comes to watching @GH or @DAYS. reason I love coming to this site to help me spell out history and heck rationale. correct my thought process?

I’m coming from the perspective that I’m just glad that William DeVry is back. I’ve always made it clear that I do not care that much for NLG Alexis. because she is so rigid… its her way or the highway. i’d have given up.

“Alexis apoears desperate when in his company. Can’t figure out the nervousness. Fear? Trying to control the urge to jump his bones? Distrust? Resentment? What? ”

I’ve always thought… that if she could have just accepted his lifestyle.. this would all be for naught.

does any one think that a middle aged woman by now would have ?

what is the point here ? LOL wow

perhaps if NLG Alexis would do away with her Cleopatra eye makeup I would be more tolerant. if she’d just share some shade… some color ( fun ) let her guard down.

like her alcoholic storyline… I think there is definitely more storyline in NLG Alexis.

i’m flummoxed on what these two will be

dag! that scenes with Big Mac and My lady Felicia … LOL absolutely this couple no matter how you REEL them… RADIANT. with that one scene you can see how alive they are together. the best

Celia
Celia

@Patrick.
My friend, the poet….you say it best.
All I can say, in a nutshell…..’tis not ageism, but comportment. It seems that, again, our opinion has no voice to one person of many names, both male and female …….our opinion is cut off at the knees—my opinion is this: Alexis is too old to wear the vestments and shoes of an adolescent with raging hormones. If this makes me an ageist, sobeit. The obsession is the infatuation with a soap character. It’s that simple.
Nancy does not pen her own script. She does not act this way in real life; for sure. LOL.
I do think Alexis is passed middle age….Scientifically, middle age is between 35 and 50, or so…58 marks old age….that’s my point. There is no shame in aging. Just stating a fact.
She will be resplendent without Julian. Lots of life left. This loveless lust will destroy her. It is not love—it’s an affliction. I have never seen these two share ‘sweet nothings’, holding hands, loving smiles…..just hungry looks and hungry flesh.
Oh, brother, Patrick—-the same old song is circulating. Such ennui. Tse-Tse fly. LOL.
Well, will not be “seeing ” you for a while…..
Keep on trekkin’…..

Jan Onofrio
Jan Onofrio

YES. AND YES. To make Julian sympathetic was the hat trick and I thought they did it beautifully. They’re a great and interesting couple with lots of sizzle and they’re a pleasure to watch.

Buddy Lee
Buddy Lee

I absolutely adore Nancy Lee, both as Alexis and Herself… R.C. sorta wrote Julexis into a corner before leaving, as he did with the great Genie Francis, OUR Laura!!!
I am thinking the new Writing team is wanting to make Kevin and Laura sizzle, as Julexis did when they were good together… Which is fantastic for many of Us, who absolutely adore Genie Francis!!!
All that said, TPTB KNOW they have two older Couples that WE Love: KevLaur and Julexis, and even though William is wanting more money to stay, my guess is they will reach some sort of agreement to keep him on the canvas…

Sus
Sus

Love KevLaur…. DESPISE Julexis. Not sure how you can even compare the two. Alexis is a battered, and beaten alcoholic… with a man who is a murderer and thug from LONG ago. This behavior of his with Alexis is not aberrant! The man and his family tortured Duke and Anna. Alexis looks an idiot for being with that looser. I am so sick of the supposedly intelligent women who loose 100 IQ points when they are in the midst of a semi attractive bad guy. It’s so insulting to females everywhere! Now KevLaur… agree.. Jon and Genie are making that couple, relatable, something to truly fantasize about (having a good man, doctor that adores you), set good examples for the children in their care…. and Genie Francis can kick a$$ and take names if they actually give her material to work with. I think Jon can hold on their too because when they actually gave him story long ago he nailed it. I’d be happy for Julian to go, Alexis to get SERIOUS therapy from Kevin, (Its so time for GH to address this stuff in a more realistic socially responsible fashion) and more KevLaur on my screen! Give Jon the darn contract!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Sus, you make a good case–I’m with you!

Celia
Celia

It does the heart and mind good to see someone else ( among Shay and others) see what I see. Laura and Kevin make the sweetest, mature couple, ever. I love them together. I realize this sounds as the infinite cliche’, but, they complement each other.
And, there’s the rub….the difference between this ‘honest’ love to the tempestuous one between Alexis and Julian.
This kind of ‘rebellious’ carnal ‘outrage’ is elusive….will not last…jyst like a tornado–it passes; leaving destruction in its wake.
Thank you, Sus, for sharing your view and noting the difference.
Laura is a queen—we see how much they love and respect each other—sharp contrast to Alex and Julian.

Rhonda
Rhonda

I thought everyone and their mother loved Laura and Kevin, you aren’t in the minority at all!
I wish TPTB would listen to us and give us more Kevin and Laura and less Sonny and Carly.

Shay
Shay

Amen, Sus! I always thought the cardinal sin according to feminism was allowing a man to treat you like his own personal doormat, yet apparently the ardent Alexis apologists seem to have no problem whatsoever with Julian doing just that to their “beloved” character! As long as those two perpetual adolescents get back together to resume their twisted union which is quite clearly nothing more than a mutually-shared sexual-obsession of two sick puppies answering nature’s unending mating call, why then everything will be fine and dandy for these “thrilled” Julexis junkies. On the polar-opposite side, we have finally witnessed a real GH love worth rooting for between the wise and seasoned sweethearts, Laura and Kevin, which is foremost based upon mutual respect, kindness and true affection…a healthy coupling of two mature individuals who value and treasure each other as people first…so refreshing to see after the absolutely appalling depiction of what supposedly constitutes romance amongst the over-50 set in Port Charles ala Alexis and Julian.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Buddy Lee. Yes; agree. It would be fantastic to see more Kevin and Laura. I don’t know why we don’t; not sure if it’s the actors choice or they’re just not being written for. Still, something is lacking in this couple for me. Each time they’re on they’re having problems. There’s as of yet nothing light about this couple; we never see them in a fun, romantic sense. They’re too bland, though admittedly warm and fuzzy. I really think the writers have to give this couple more to do than solve Laura’s problems.

Alexis and Julian DID have incredible chemistry…from wit and passion to confiding in each other their respective pasts…their faith in each other which was made it so devastating to see Julian’s (seeming) betrayal…the throes of new love/attraction/passion…and just when they were finally settling into a toned-down family life the writers blew them apart.

The camps are divided. There are those of us who believe that Julian was putting on a show to convince Olivia J he was going along with her plan (though wouldn’t have literally killed Alexis…how many times in the soap universe are characters able to fake deaths…I’d like to think that’s what would have happened until Julian was able to elminate the threat), and those who feel his turn-around is not fixable.

I’m rooting for this couple. Great chemistry. I’d like to see them get back together down the line…after Alexis and viewers are convinced of his good intent taken too far and gone too dangerously awry. If they can’t do that…I’d like to see them both move on but stay vital to the canvas. Either way, very happy to see DeVry has worked out his deal and is staying.

Karen Clark
Karen Clark

I think Julian has destroyed Alexis. She was always emotionally unintelligent but the rest of her life functioned well. Now, she is a shell of her former self and I don’t like watching her story.

Celia
Celia

Yeeesss!!!!! Exactly, my point, Karen.

su0000
su0000

When Alexis and Julian started they were exciting and hot..
I liked watching them. they were fire.
then the writers had need to crap them and they became a chore to watch, what a shame.

I don’t see them ever recapturing the way they were 🙁

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Nor I, Su. 🙁 🙁

Rodd
Rodd

I think ‘addicted’ is a good word to use for them together. Good to know she’s onboard with him hopefully coming back. It makes it so much easier when two actors want to work with each other.

Shay
Shay

I prefer the word “disgusting,” Rodd! No self-respecting female would accept the behavior of a man who did what Julian did, no matter how the writers try to sugarcoat it!!! It’s obvious why Alexis is so addicted to this loser….who else would want her? She’s a washed-up alcoholic legal hack who has seen far better days…and she’s no spring-chicken either, no matter the efforts to spruce up her veneer. Julian, on the other hand, should have no problem finding plenty of playmates…if Sonny Corinthos can keep on pulling (and too often impregnating) chicks at this juncture in his life, then the extremely fit Jerome should only logically have his share of adoring female company, as well. It never made any sense to trap Julian in that Alexis vacuum, and it’s even less so now…free Julian and let him wrest the crown of “Port Charles Love King” from Sonny!

JMER
JMER

I cannot believe how completely anti-women this comment and mindset is. Perhaps you know it already but wanted to make sure someone said it.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I say it all the time, JMER. Read the few posts below as well. It’s constant…that’s what I’ve been sayin’.

Shay
Shay

On the contrary, JMER, my comments are anti-Alexis, who to me is totally anti-woman…she’s completely lacking in dignity, decorum, decency and basic self-esteem, which sets an extremely bad example for females young and old! That’s why I cannot abide the notion that this character—and, by extension, her portrayer—are celebrated by some as apparent icons of femme ideals….There are numerous other members of the fairer sex on the GH canvas that I revere and respect, and would never dream of regarding in the same manner as I do Alexis. If you refuse to recognize the difference between them and this weak, deplorable creature, then that’s your prerogative, but judging by numerous other posters on this website, I’d have to say that this character resonates in a similar fashion amongst many other high-minded women who are just as appalled by her as I am.

Timmm
Timmm

There are Alexis’s that exist in the real world and the same can be said about them. Why all the anger based on the truth of the character. Not everyone wins!

Scoma60
Scoma60

Nope. I can not un-see what happened Julian manhandling her, fantasized drowning her, set her up to go down for his crimes & tried to slit his throat.
If they had given him a medical reason like a tumor or DID then I could see it rebuilt. Saying my middle aged chubby sister made me do it ? Nope
Also, GH needs to rebuild Alexis. She’s a dishrag now. Where is that fierce independent feminist who fought against her daughter’s batterer ? She should be white hot with rage that this man destroyed her life & she allowed it to continue long after the acts. Instead she’s behaving like a quivering spineless damsel. Lock into that anger and enter therapy to uncover why you make such bad decisions about men & why you’ve allowed yourself to backslide with your abuser.

SZ
SZ

I have never cared for “Julexis,” so I have no interest whether DeVry signs or not. I’m sure NLG wants him back just so she has something other to do than nag at her “daughters” but Julian, just like Sonny, needs to go for all the shit he’s pulled.

tony
tony

NLG know she has no story if he doesn’t come back; it’s hard for magic to strike twice or at least it takes a long while and given her demographic the power that be won’t work too hard to come up with a new A story. Also, the her story with Julian has been overplayed to death. How about retire both characters and use money to pay Genie to be on three days a week and give her a story.

Shay
Shay

Exactly, tony! The funds you mentioned could have been far better allocated to more universally-appealing stories and popular legacy characters that we are clamoring to see instead of this juvenile fantasy of a so-called “supercouple”…..the unconvincing machinations it will take to try to reverse this dead-end story are a total waste of time and effort that should most definitely be directed elsewhere instead of reviving this trite tale of two over-sexed middle-agers who never grew up.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hey Tony,
“Use money to pay Genie . . .”–right on!

Boop
Boop

I want William to stay.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Nancy looks great; she’s rockin’ her thinner self!

Direct, to the point as always …actors negotiations ARE their business ( literally and figuratively). No way of knowing who’s asking for an unreasonable deal in the current genre budget, who got a raise, etc.

I liked and agree with her assessment of Alexis and Julian. A deep love/ bond that was horrifically dismantled. It’s also interesting as she notes that Alexis, too, came from a violent, dysfunctional family. Yet, she rose above. Pethaps that’s shy she’s tried to save Julian from the path he chose, yet saw the man he could be. Was. Until…the fall. I do hope DeVry stays and they find their way back. And then there’s Molly and Kristina… But, hey, if Michael could accept Sonny…

Great news that Alexis is here to stay.

rose
rose

Rebecca…And now deVry has signed up again. Yea! I too found Nancy’s comment interesting about them both coming from violent families. And, broad brush cliche, girls/women always seem to want to try to “fix” things. Kinda makes you wonder who would win between the Cassadines and Jeromes. I would put my money on the Cassadines. They are more devious. So would like to see if this could work out between them.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Rose…

Yes! I was genuinely thrilled when I heard the deal was struck! (As much as one can be “thrilled” over a soap character. 😉 ) But, as you know I really love “Julian” and I love the way DeVry plays him. He’s just so understated and yet so intense. Magnetic…

Ha…the Cassadines vs the Jeromes? Might be interesting if it were specifically the crazies of the bunch…Olivia vs Helena? Olivia vs Stavros? Those would be quite the diabolical match…throw Faison into the loop and…

“Poldark” and “Outlanders” can’t be soon enough!

Rhonda
Rhonda

Love NLG, and I used to like Alexis but for the love of God, can she grow up?
She should have out grown her fondness for bad boys about twenty-five years ago. Remember when she was set up with Mac? Despite being a lovable, handsome hunk of a man, she found his goodness to be boring.
I also don’t see how they can reunite. If they do, someone needs to address the fact that Alexis suffers from battered woman syndrome.
The problem as I see it is Sonny. He killed AJ in cold blood and has committed countless atrocities and yet he is still Carly’s guy and he is still the misunderstood hero of GH. I think all problems with character writing go back to Sonny. He is the missing link in more ways than one.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Rhonda Nancy’s great. Love her views on most things. As for Alexis, I still like her. A lot. In the midst of everything she’s gone through she’s still such an involved mom; I love her interaction with her daughters; she’s somehow managed to take back her life, conquer alcohol, get back her law license. I’m still not sure I’d call her an “alcoholic”…as far as I can recall she never had a problem with alcohol but rather turned to it during this crisis in her life. I’m not quite sure if a one-time short period in a person’s life during a crisis would be considered such…although they displayed the same symptoms during the crisis. But I digress. There are quite a few women on GH who have a “fondness for bad boys.” Carly, Olivia (pre-Ned), Diane, Sam, Tracy. At least Alexis has an excuse! LOL…she witnessed her mother’s murder, was emotionally battered by Helena and Stavros for much of her adult life… Seems like the several “bad boy” types she chose she tried to change over to the good side. Sean, who she seemed to like, but then broke up with when he said he was going to work with Sonny, she broke up with Jerry Jax after learning his true identity…Julian? She only decided to be with him after he promised to leave the mob. I think she broke up with him a few times and only went back after she was convinced he had left the life. I do remember when her daughters tried to fix her up with Mac but I don’t remember it well. Could be wrong but I think she resisted at first..but then when she was interested it was too late? Not sure if I’m remembering that correctly. (I always loved Mac!). She also loved Ned but left him the night before they were about to be married. I think they always attributed her commitment issues to her mother’s death and the emotional trauma that brought her. Still, she’s always been a great character. She’s never been a man’s doormat or played victim. She went up against her sister’s (unintentional) murderer, she saw Kristina through her battering, she forgave Sam for sleeping with Ric, she overcame lung cancer… I think the complete collapse of Alexis was because she FINALLY let her guard down and loved so deeply…she FINALLY thought she’d found something lasting…and she was crushed in every way imaginable. But I also think if you loved someone so deeply and you found out they’d never stopped loving you, that it was all an act…(yes, undeniably carried out horrifically)…that your emotions might battle with your intellect. I don’t think any viewer would want them back together if they truly believed Julian would have gone through with killing her or had physically hurt her… We all know it’s a stretch. And I (and probably most) would not disagree that no one wants to glorify a woman (or man) going back to an abusive relationship.… Read more »

Sandra Hastings
Sandra Hastings

I will be very disappointed to see Julian ( William seVry ) leave. I want them to get back together and be happy. Why can’t someone be happy.

Patrick
Patrick

Hers went swimmingly. How gratifying, no? If I NEVER see a scene with her and Sam. They are so grating together. If negotiations are that behind closed doors. We didn’t need to hear from NLG. You are swimmingly back in the upper echelon as it were, had it not been for William DeVry. Gramma Alexis, get used to i

Shay
Shay

Haha, Patrick! You hit the nail on the head here…”Gramma Alexis” indeed!!!! That’s the fact, Jack, and no amount of lipo, plastic surgery, botox or inappropriate sex scenes can change that particular truth….we are talking about a diminishing demographic of women of a certain age whose glee at watching one of their own getting her yayas is hardly enough to sustain this ridiculous character without her holding on for dear life to a much younger and sexier leading man. As such, I hope if Jules is in Port Charles to stay, he latches on to a younger, more nubile chippy to keep him happy. Now THAT would be satisfying to see!

rose
rose

Patrick…We have several “Grammas” besides Alexis…Laura, Bobbie, Olivia, Monica, Felicia. Even Leisl if you factor in step-Grammas. Each has their own way of filling this role, and still trying to be their own person and have a life. Not always easy.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hey Rose…I think we just have to let the ageist comments slide. Some people on this site have an obvious problem and are obsessed with repetitive comments that are at this point amusing…and utter nonsense. Let it go….

This ain’t nutthin’! Have you ever seen people go at it on FB or just general news stories? In the comments sections? The way people attack people? You really get a sense of “what’s out there” among us.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Oh…and, Rose? You don’t have to defend “grammas” and explain anything. Either Alexis, this beautiful woman regardless of age…be she 30 or 60…will get back with Julian…be he ten years younger or older and that will be that. And it will be based on their feelings, their history and what they can or can’t overcome. Any discussion which is as ludicrous as the one above you is worth ignoring. Soooo worth ignoring! (oh, and don’t you know the poster is ONLY talking about “character” not the fans of “a certain age” in a “diminishing demographic” who “get their ya-yas watching one of their own”…I’m sorry…who’s the rude, insulting one on this site? I forget…)

Later! 🙂

Celia
Celia

No way, rose (( I am not sure which rose you are? You said there were two of you, many pists ago?Cannot keep up with these one-sided conversations, LOL….not sure who anyone is any more….dual, triple personalities)) all the Grammies you mentioned know their place and act accordingly. No one is saying anything about having a life and living it. Mire power to them…..we will all be grandmothers, sooner or later. I just cannot imagine my grandmother, my mother, or myself ‘indulging’ where exposed??
I don’t know,…..I am sure there have been an infinite amount of children “surprising” their parents in the “act” by walking into the privacy of their bedrooms. That’s different, albeit there are locks for that reason.
I am fine with the display of affection. Yes, it’s a soap; therefore, the writers should have known better than to have Julian and Alexis engage in hanky-panky in a living room …. In a house without a foyer….right there, front and center as soon as one opens the front door.
Sam and Patrick walked right in. What if Emma or Danny were with them….too unrealistic for grandparents, parents, or anyone to be soooo carelessly carefree and irresponsible .Alexis wasn’t even mortified…..yeah, I know….reading a script.

Shay
Shay

Additionally, not only was that behavior both selfish and self-indulgent, it was totally irresponsible. Those two were supposed to be watching Danny and instead they were completely caught up in themselves and their moment of ecstasy…An active child of that age could have been up running around and burning down the penthouse whilst grandma and grandpa were burning up the carpet with their usual sexual shenanigans. They were actually worse than a distracted teenage babysitter who has her boyfriend over for a make-out session when she is left in charge of other people’s little ones….and equally as juvenile.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Shaybelle,
Absolutely, amica bella. ‘Tis about how a characer navigates through ‘mud’. Alexis gives women, in general, a bad name…..when with Julian. She shows weakness, immorality, lack of decency in dress and behavior, especially for a woman her age.
I had forgotten A and J did the did while sitting fir Danny? In their own daughter’s house????. Oh, yes, all young mothers should follow in their mothers’ exemplar stead.
I did not know Alexis, pre-Julian, but from what I have seen, even her own daughters have more sense and decorum than she does.
I shant be around for a bit…..I wanted to bid you, adieu—- and to my other poster-friends.
Just remember: we have a real chimera on the GH site…..returned in full-swing. The many faces of…..??
Oh, check out Michael Fairman’s music on UTube—-soooo goodd!!!!! You know I truly am into all genres ( yes, even Verdi and Beethoven, my fave? Fur Elise, my specialty on pianoforte)—- you will enjoy it. Ciao, carina.

Celia
Celia

Correction: Did the deed, LOL.

Timmm
Timmm

Goodbye sweet C!

Shay
Shay

@CeeCeeGirl…Wishing you a happy—but brief!—hiatus from MFSoaps! It simply isn’t the same here without your insightful and intelligent posts! Take care and have fun, mia amica, but please come back soon!

Steve
Steve

Friday’s episode seemed like a nice wrap-up if that’s where they end it with Alexis & Julian. He’s probably off to Pentonville. Will he return, or never be seen again like Steven Lars and Matt Hunter?

JK
JK

IF JULIAN MUST GO ,PLEASE TAKE ALEXIS AND HER WHOLE FAMILY WITH TO PENTONVILLE…….

dmr
dmr

At least take Kiki and Kristina, please?

aria
aria

hey let william leave, put her with Michael Easton, who by the way is closer to her age then he is to Rebecca, just saying, bring Rebecca back anyways and let william Devry go bye bye.

Ashley Booth
Ashley Booth

I love Nancy She’s straight and to the point ,she’s right Will’s contract negotiations are none of anyone else’s business but his and the shows big wigs.

I totally respect her big time for saying it, leave that kind of thing to those involved.

Everyone else needs to keep their noses out of it, it doesn’t concern us.

Besides that I love Will he’s a great actor and I love him and Nancy and they brilliant way they play Julexis.

Sus
Sus

I am sorry the relationship makes Alexis look like  a fool and the worst mother of 3 girls ever. I am so sick of all the women in Port Charles being written as they are cognitively impaired . Throwing their kids under a bus to sleep with a gangster. Not relatable and pathetic. And the law breakers never paying a price and the murderous thugs always getting the girl is beyond lazy story telling. General Hospital is not even a mere shadow of what it once was. Sorry Mr. D Vry isn’t even that good an actor. His emotional range is quite small. I can’t believe THIS is what the show has chosen to invest in. The character of Julian Jerome was a trashed evil doer from long ago.  To bring him back as a romantic lead is bizarre…and offensive to the long term fans who were/ are invested in Anna, and or Anna & Duke. The glorification of violent men at the expense of supposed intelligent women is what has GH in the trash heap. How lazy can you be with regard to story telling if you can’t even go with basic crime and punishment rules. It would be on thing if this was a one shot deal to save something magical.. but this is an every day occurrence. Constantly propping the evil men, who never pay, always get the girl, are violent… there is enough of that crap in real life. This is so NOT my fantasy TV! Shows how bad GH really is if this is what so many are holding on to as good entertainment.

Celia
Celia

Yeah, Sus. The only one who loves this catastrophic, and cataclysmic couple plays the role of many, by sending messages back and forth to himself/herself. Vicious circle.
Love your post….well expressed; so much better than I could have said it.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Her re-negotiations went “swimmingly.” Makes me wonder what “Will” is asking for–the moon?

Timmm
Timmm

Thank god or we would have heard her bitching forever! She is a miserable women!

Shay
Shay

LOL….Thank you, Sir Timmmbo!!!!! With those few words, you have nailed it!

rose
rose

Hi Rebecca…No worries. After a few years of the same old, same old, it’s now like “water off a ducks back.” Like I said about what I hope Alexis does, you just move on. Some are just stuck.

By the way ads on tv saying “Outlander” season to start Sept 10 (I think that’s the right date). Really looking forward to this.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Oh…so am I! Can’t wait!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

oh…by the way, Rose…I hope you read my response to Steve clarifying the one-off accidental “Mark” post. I think I know who the other Mark is..but not sure. LOL! I have to admit that was funny; but frustrating! Meant every word I said, though!

😉

rose
rose

Rebecca…I didn’t read it. Where do I look for it?

Francesca Bruno
Francesca Bruno

I can see right through you. People are not stupid you know. I was not born yesterday.
I am on to you, Rebecca[Mark?]. You are trying to patch up your lies.
You are trying too hard. The only ‘person’ responding to you is your other personality, rose.
You need back up.

If this situation were not so disturbing, it would be laughable.
Tuck your tail between your legs and scurry along now.

Too much to hope for you to end it. Go ahead have the last word. It’s expected.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Thank you Francesca. CeeCee’s grandmother? Sister? Who knows who you are. But, I wasn’t talking to you, was I? Stop trying to restart something. Don’t you have anything better to do than butt into a conversation and try to provoke more trouble? Grow up. Please.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hey Rose…

It’s the last comment I think at the bottom of the GH post on Women on the Verge…Laura, Ava, Sam… Something like that. I tried sending you and Harry a few posts but they didn’t “make the cut.”

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hey Rose, got your message in my inbox. It didn’t post here. Glad you found it. I know your style and you know mine. I would assume the posters we’ve been friendly with here would know, too. I do think Francesca is CeeCee. Not her grams or sister like my first thought. But maybe…LOL. Getting off on “who is Rebecca, who is Rose…when in actuality it’s easy to decipher who “Francesca” is. All so silly and stupid in light of real world chaos and corruption…nutthin’ like a few Nazis and the POTUS not condemning them. My friends and I are playing American Idol and/or Survivor…wondering who will get voted off next. Bannon was extra points! Off to Breitbart he goes….

rose
rose

Rebecca1…How do you get message’s in you inbox that don’t post? At least the Kennedy Center Awards won’t be disrupted by one who could cut off funding to the arts. Maybe he took a lesson from the VP visit to “Hamilton”? Actually Bannon must be breathing a sigh of freedom since he can now do/say what he wants, and run his own regressive show without the “general” and others trying to keep him in line.

Lucille Ramella
Lucille Ramella

It’s a no brainer, of course Julexis should reunite!!! The writers struck gold when they paired these amazing actors together, I can’t wait until they are reunited!! Their chemistry is off the charts in every scene they are in together!!! Love, love, love them I can’t stress that enough!!!

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Brandon Barash Replaces Tyler Christopher At DAYS

According to reports from Soap Opera Digest and Daytime Confidential, former General Hospital favorite Brandon Barash has temporarily replaced Tyler Christopher, in the role of Stefan DiMera at Days of our Lives.

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Brandon played mobster Johnny Zacchara on GH from 2007-2016.

Because DAYS tapes well in advance; look for Barash to hit the air sometime in early 2019.

What are your thoughts on Brandon as temp replacement for Tyler as Stefan O? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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