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GH's Nicolas Bechtel Lands Role In New Disney Channel Series STUCK IN THE MIDDLE!

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That Port Charles scene stealer, Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer Cassadine) can add another role to his growing resume at quite the young age.  Now comes word that GH’s Bechtel is set to co-star in the new Disney Channel series Stuck in the Middle!

Variety reported today that the new series will star Jane the Virgin’s Jenna Ortega and the family sitcom marks a move toward Latino-targeted programming for the cable outlet.

The single-cam series is centered around the Diaz family, and is told from the perspective of the middle child, Harley, played by Ortega.  Turns out that Harley is an engineering whiz who uses her inventions to navigate life as the middle child in a large family of seven kids. Harley’s overlooked status proves to be both a blessing and a curse, as she maneuvers her way through the everyday antics that come with being part of a big family.

As for Bechtel he will play the role of Harley’s brother, Danny!  The rest of the kids in the Diaz clan are either familiar faces to the Disney Channel audience or newcomers.

Look for the comedy to make it’s debut in the spring 2016 with production slated to begin this November.

So what do you think about Nicolas’ new TV role?  Looks like the young star may be pulling double duty on GH and Stuck in the Middle.  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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kmayne
kmayne

Hope that GH gets to keep this young actor He is a great talent and it would be a loss for the show

Margie Dalton
Margie Dalton

Congratulations Nicolas! I have one condition PLEASE PLEASE Don’t leave Uncle Sonny & my Spencer on #GH. PLEASE

CeeCee
CeeCee

The only way this precocious kid could go is up. How could he not? I always knew there was something very special and magnetic about him….and with a name such as Nicolas….well, there you go! That’s my boy’s name. LOL. There’s a honed, keen intelligence attached to that name. No joke. Bechtel, evident even as a child, has that charming, fascinating and alluring quality that demands attention. He can work that camera ‘everywhichway’….and the viewer. Captivating. I don’t know…..he just does it for me…..I love this kid!
It won’t be long before he gets a role in the big screen.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Disney takes kids and runs them into the ground and hopefully the lucky few rise from the Evil Queen’s ashes and makes a name for themselves..and not tabloid..Disney has been constantly leaning towards a Hispanic lean for many years..we get it..all actors are relevant..we don’t need your saccharine sentiments to prove that point..JMO

CeeCee
CeeCee

Saccharine sentiments? Sorry, but I do not sweeten anything. I call them as I see them. He’s a smart kid and he will go places. I am so sorry if my logic offends you. He’s a sweet kid….all kids are. WOW! Cranky much? LOL.

davlestev1
davlestev1

CeeCee I didn’t realize till I posted that it sounded like the end of my comment was directed at you when it was actually directed at Disney for not taking better care to make sure during a child’s tenure they realize they have to grow up and stop being a Disney kid and be a real adult.

davlestev1
davlestev1

And yes …sometimes just the very word Disney cranks me up to levels of annoyance that drive me to drink…IJK..but it is annoying

CeeCee
CeeCee

No worries. My bad, and I apologize. I did take it with a grain of salt, albeit it was not directed at me. I do not apply sarcasm that well…I always fail in that writing expertise. I guess I will leave that to Shay, Timmm and Harry…..well, you’re up there, as well….and Dylan…LOL.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

I think u will see less of him in GH.

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

He’s a great little actor who’s headed for great things! Disney channel will love him. I just hope we don’t lose him on GH. Best wishes to him!

gt
gt

He’s very talented so it’s not a surprise that Disney recognized it and cast him in a series. As long as he can still be on GH I’m fine with it and wish him the best. He’s comedy relief on GH would hate to lose him!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Stuck in the Middle…The Middle…Malcom in the Middle…sound all the same to me…lol…CONGRATS TO Nicky!!!

Franco
Franco

I really hope they don’t SORAS Spencer yet! There’s still some more storylines they can do with the kid! Also, I really hope they won’t do what they did with Michael, have Spencer shot and aged while he’s in a coma!

Shari
Shari

Well I hope he gets to still do GH since the recent news is that the new writers plan to cut down on the kid storylines. He does ET with Mario Lopez occasionally. He’s adorable and a great little actor. At first I disliked his character (because he is that good an actor) but then Soencer grew on me.

JasonIsAlive!
JasonIsAlive!

I loved him on GH, but i’m ready for the kiddies to be SORASed: Emma, Joss, Spencer, Cameron.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

In a family of 7 kids, Bechtel will need to continue his scene stealing in order to be seen!

I’m sure it’s great for this actor’s resume, but these Disney channel kids’ shows are so nauseating and predictable with annoying, precocious, overacting children. You can’t expect many GH viewers to follow Bechtel there.

JUDY
JUDY

I AGREE 100% ON WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT THE DISNEY CHANNEL AND DO NOT WANT MY GRANDSON TO WATCH THESE OVERACTING ANNOYING KIDS.

BECHTEL IS A GREAT LITTLE ACTOR AND HAS MANY MOVIE ROLES IN HIS FUTURE…..KEEP HIM OFF DISNEY

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks for the support, JUDY! I agree with you that Bechtel is a “great little actor” and would be better suited to other projects.

rosie c
rosie c

Not surprising, he’s a very talented young actor. I hope we still get to see a lot of him on GH, he’s such a bright light on the show.

monica m.
monica m.

I hope he does very well. Congrats little man and knock em out with your great skills. Don’t forget us though, as we will be watching your career. XXXOOOs.

dawnhaze
dawnhaze

He is definitely a good little actor. Hope he does both roles because sure would miss him as Spenser.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Congrats to him! What an absolutely adorable, charming, natural young actor. He embodies lil Spencer and seems to have an innate ability to understand his character. I adore his scenes; he’s the epitome of lovable.

Rodd
Rodd

Congratulations to Nicholas! Selfishly, I hope that does’t mean we’ll no longer see him on GH. I love Spencer and his interaction with his father and Emma…well, everyone. The kid is terrific!

Rosannamanninglol
Rosannamanninglol

I think it’s wonderful this kid can act n seems so above his age n time n GH is wonderful but kid actors do grow so quick n their roles it be good balance n keep him a kid little longer. Wtg kid

Trish Raley
Trish Raley

Love him as Spencer on GH and congratulations for his new role in this Disney series Stuck in the, Middle, all my best and love for this young talented young man♡♡♡

Trish Raley
Trish Raley

There a saying if you can’t say anything good specially about a child then don’t say anything at all !!!

JayeLynn
JayeLynn

I doubt that we’ll see very much of him on GENERAL HOSPITAL since he’ll be tied up shooting this new series. Congratulations to him.

Malkia
Malkia

Luuv Luuv Luuv Spencer’s character. I am so very proud of him and plus he deserves more of a challenge than what GH is limiting him to. He is small bundle of talent ready to take over the main screen with his creativity, quirkiness, unique delivery, no wonder somebody else picked him up. Good job Bechtel Lands! I’ll be watching!

Malkia
Malkia

1st Day back to school speaks for itself……You can’t teach that! Timing is everything!

Gemma
Gemma

Happy for the little actor. I wish him well and the show good luck. I hope GH decides to recast and age Spencer. The shtick got old months ago.

Heather
Heather

I’m happy for Nicolas but a little scared that this will lead to him leaving GH. As Spencer he is nothing short of phenomenal. He’s totally adorable and can steal a scene from any of the vets or carry a scene all by himself. I’ve also been afraid the show would decide to SORAS Spencer, which would be terribly disappointing.

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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The Triumphant Return of Kelly Thiebaud As GH’s Dr. Britt Westbourne

When a shocked Nurse Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel) exclaimed “Dear lord, the Britch is back,” after seeing none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne with her lab coat hovering around the nurses station at “General Hospital”, you knew things were about to go down on the ABC daytime drama series.

Over the past few weeks, Kelly Thiebaud has been in action on-screen on General Hospital as the the trouble-making, complicated, Britt.   Since returning to the canvas, viewers learned that: Britt has been paroled from her previous crimes, seems to say she believes and actually likes her half-brother, Peter August (Wes Ramsey), has confronted her mutter in jail (Liesl Obrecht played by Kathleen Gati), whom Peter framed, and showed up at Brad’s (Parry Shen) hearing to be there for her bestie, who has been in hot water for the baby switch of Wiley.

But, there have been a lot more intriguing things than even that! Britt is now hitting the sheets with none-other than Julian (William deVry), and also let him know in no uncertain terms she knows his part in the whole Brad cover-up.   But what is her true motive?  We also learned in a run-in at GH, that Neil (Joe Flanigan) and Britt know each other from somewhere.  He is trying to put his finger on just where, but does Britt know? Probably!

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Just then, in our favorite scene of the week, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West) happen by, and when Britt, who is Nik’s ex, sees him she saunters over to him and slaps him hard across the face and spits out, “That’s for Spencer.”  She goes on to berate him for how he hurt his son; by letting him believe that his father was dead for three years!  Britt tells Nikolas it would serve him right if Spencer knew spoke to him again.

Next, Elizabeth chimes in and tells Britt to stop acting all high and mighty.  Britt fires back that she is not surprised that Liz, another one of Nik’s ex’s, would defend him.  Britt says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Scene after scene, Kelly Thiebaud has lit up the screen and put the “feisty” back onto the ABC soap opera.  As an actress, Kelly can go from the heavy drama, to the comedic, to the sexy, all with ease.

In the March 30th issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud said of her return:  “Frank Valentini reached out to me the beginning of the year and mentioned that the writers wanted to bring me back for a bit.  I said,’Of course, I will,  I would love nothing more than that!”‘ I just really connect with Britt and have a blast playing her.”

So let us know, have you been enjoying the return of Kelly as Dr. Britt Westbourne, thus far? What do you think Britt is up to? Comment below.

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