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GH's Ron Carlivati and Kimberly McCullough on the decision to have Robin turn up ALIVE!

© Steven Bergman

© Steven Bergman

This week, General Hospital fans were in for a surprise, that many hoped was secretly in the works!  We of course are talking about the key scenes where it is revealed that Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake is very much alive, and being drugged and kept captive somewhere! Now for the first time in the new issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, GH’s head writer, Ron Carlivati and actress, Kimberly McCullough (Robin) provide insight into why the decision was reached to keep Robin alive and kicking, and how it all came about!

Ron Carlivati related to SOD:  “The first day I laid out (for GH) was the episode right after the explosion.  I believe in the original version, you would see her death.  There was talk that Patrick would attempt to operate and be unable to save her, and I felt strongly right away, that it was important that in the end, there would be hope that Robin could be alive – for a couple of reasons.   First,  just in the overall general landscape of daytime, with these  shows going off the air and soap fans feeling so lost and disenfranchised and giving up hope for their shows,  I wanted there to hope that this was not the end of Robin’s story.  That was important, and whether the show stays on for one year or 50 years, I wanted to leave the door open that Robin is going to come back and get her happy ending at some point.

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The reason that it was held was that we could milk the genuine emotion of her loss before you knew there’s a chance that she is still out there.  We ended up having so much material (during Robin’s funeral) that five episodes became six so we could explore nearly every possible moment of emotion, and grief that any of the various characters would experience.”

Kimberly McCullough shared, “We had a conversation about it, me, Frank Valentini and Ron, before I even met them.  Ron told me he wasn’t comfortable with Robin being “completely dead”.  He thought it would be better for the show and the fans if Robin was out there somewhere, and they would love for me to come back someday if I could or wanted to, or God forbid, the show was canceled.  They wanted to leave the door open for the good of the character, and I was absolutely fine with that.”

So soapers, it would seem that Ron Carlivati actually saved Robin from the grave!  How do you feel about the ending of Robin’s current story?  And Ron’s and Kimberly’s statements?  It seems like a lot of thought went into preserving this legacy character, and we are all for that, especially in light of  so many of our favorite characters not on your screens anymore due to the untimely cancellations of many daytime soaps over the last four years.

We might add … don’t forget to pick up your copy of Soap Opera Digest, it’s one of only two soap publications soon to be left covering the genre, as we prepare to say goodbye to Soap Opera Weekly!

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Barb
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Barb

BRILLIANT!!!! AWESOME!!! I am loving General Hospital so much since the dream team of RC and FV took over! They know what they are doing and have their audience wanting more and more just like they did on OLTL!! Totally loving the story and totally loving having some of #OLTL characters on GH!! Still missing my OLTL!! Best soap ever but right now I can say the same about GH! Thank you for this article!! Love it!

kim delmotte
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kim delmotte

love it to from canada

kara anderson
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kara anderson

what is it

Allison
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Allison

I LOVE LOVE LOVE what Ron and Frank have brought to the show. I always loved GH as my FAV, but it’s even better now. It is must see TV, I feel like I just can’t miss it! Having the Ol characters on GH are awesome as well, they add so much flavor to the storylines. Keep up the good work -IT’S GREAT!!!!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

yes OLTL was the best soap ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Like seeing Michael Easton on GH.,.. What happen to Blair????????? His she coming back to Gh any time soon. I thought she was staying……..And Todd is in jail in Landview….But we all know Victor is alive…Will that ever be revealed on GH and todd & Victor together… Star is getting close to sonny’s son….Are they going to be a couple??????? Maybe not because of Sonny & Star thinks he shot out the tires of the car.. But it was Kate’s alter who did it…Keeping Robin was the right move…

kara anderson
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kara anderson

michael and star are geat couple heather shot anthony’s tires not johnny

Melissa
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Melissa

I am so glad that they did this. Robin has been on the show since she was a little girl and all the emotions displayed after the explosion were incredible but it was so sad that after overcoming all her health issues that this would be the way she died. I would love it if Kimberly would/could come back for at least Maxie and Jason’s sakes, not to mention Patrick and Emma. What I do want to know is if not Robin, who was killed in the explosion?

kara anderson
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kara anderson

Dear Melissa
How she get out

CINDY
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CINDY

Great! I am glad Kimberly is wanting to go out and try directing to see if she likes it.This way she has plenty of time to come back or let it be recasted.Thanks for the interview.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

NO RECAST! She has been playing Robin for too long for most fans to accept a recast at this point.

barbara t
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barbara t

Im with you there is only one Robin and thats Kimberly.

Liz
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Liz

I agree Kimberly is the only Robin,I just wish she would come back.Robin is the only one for Patrick ,it would suck to see him with someone else.Please come back Kimberly.

kara anderson
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kara anderson

that is right she is only one person she is coming back to gh today

sexycold
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sexycold

you need to watch your mouth Robin is great on the show and Patrick needs her to be with him and Emma she needs a mom that gets old how they takes parents away before they get to raise there kid

barbara t
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barbara t

Saving robin was the best decision for Ron to make and it was the right thing to do,THANKS RON,I hated the thought of robin being dead she has been a loved character for so long, She was just a 6 year old little girl when I fell in love with her and her adventures, Robin and Patricks love story was my favorite on general hospital ,she was so set on not falling for this jerk( when they first met )There were several times I didnt think they ever would get together,I hated his friendship with lisa I wish they never… Read more »

kara anderson
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kara anderson

I don’t know

barbara t
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barbara t

It’s a good thing she is alive, take my word for it. WE all Love Robin Don’t we?

kara anderson
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kara anderson

yes we do

DCCowgirl4Eva
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DCCowgirl4Eva

I just thank the Soap Gods for Ron Carlivati. No way should Robin Scorpio die.

kara anderson
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kara anderson

that was wrong i love her

LisaZee
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LisaZee

I think most fans assumed that if Kimberly wanted to come back it would be discovered that Robin hadn’t died after all. However now we know for sure. Nice to know that a lot of thought went into what should happen. Meanwhile you can figure out how Robin got or was taken out of a lab with no way out except the door Patrick was in front of…..

kara anderson
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kara anderson

some one took her hostage is heather webber

LisaZee
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LisaZee

Obviously I wrote the above post long before Heather came back. That still doesn’t explain how anyone got her out when the only door was locked. There was really no window of opportunity (no pun intended). Also just because Heather knows doesn’t mean she did it, unless that was revealed on today’s show which I haven’t watched yet. She was still in Ferncliff back then.

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nhuixnhuix

That was absolutely the right decision. A lot of soaps kill off legacy characters for no valid reasons just because their current portrayer decides to leave and it is a short-sighted mistake that will end up costing them overtime (see Y&r’s Colleen, GH’s Emily, etc…). Soap writers should always go for a “normal” exit if they can and if there is no way to explain the character leaving their loved ones, then a (explicitly fake) “fake death” is the way to go. Soaps kill off too many characters that they later regret killing – and bringing them back from the… Read more »

kara anderson
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kara anderson

I whated emily quartermaine come back to gh

Edna Barefoot
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Edna Barefoot

I am not surprised. Frank did excellent work on OLTL. We got to see, again, those that we thought were dead. It is wonderful. Now whatever happens to GH Robin can be there. Thank you so much for what has been done to GH.

kara anderson
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kara anderson

I missed it so much bring One Life To Live back now

Catherine Climpson
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Catherine Climpson

I feel that this is the recycled story of Tea Delgado Manning; only it is Robin that is alive now. I also feel that the D I D storyline is a recycled Viki/ Jessica storyline. We have been there and done that.

Sue
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Sue

Life is full of recycled stories..give these guys the unbelievable credit they deserve! Writing a show that has been on for decades…five days a week is an extremely difficult task! So happy to have these two unbelievably talented writers at GH!

Shea Peecher
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Shea Peecher

The DID story was set in motion way before the dynamic duo took control of the show. So if you are a dedicated watcher, you would have seen this long before now. I don’t know about the Tea story being recycled since I wasn’t a fan of OLTL.

Shea Peecher
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Shea Peecher

That should say a fan of Tea on OLTL

Catherine Climpson
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Catherine Climpson

I am not a dedicated watcher; my fav soap was One Life to Live. Too bad; you missed a great show.

Kathy Bourgeois
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Kathy Bourgeois

I love the story line. That was totally unexpected as I thought Kimberly wanted to leave the show. Someone posted that they thought that the person holding her is Franco & that Jason is his twin. That would make a great story! Thanks for keeping GH alive! Please bring back Kirsten Storms, also. She is the only real Maxie!

Jan-
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Jan-

Please keep Patrick away from sleep-around Elizab*t*h! She is so nauseating_that would be the only good thing if GH is cancelled…not seeing her holier-than-thou face!

Aria
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Aria

Bight your tongue , Elizabeth rocks and your just jealous!

barbara t
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barbara t

OUCH,I love Elizabeth,she just has problems keeping a guy for very long,Its seriously not her fault .

Janice
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Janice

so what are they going to do with Patrick now? They can never pair him up with another woman, it would be adulterous and bigamous and just wrong!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Since Patrick believes Robin is dead, there would be no adultery/bigamy…

barbara t
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barbara t

First he cant be with anyone ,he just lost the love of his life.Second he thinks shes dead so how can that be adulterous or bigamous?

Janet
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Janet

I was totally surprised that Robin is still alive, This will keep us thinking is it Lisa? is she really not dead or is it one of Robert or anna’s ememys.. should be interesting to see how this plays out

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Good Decision! A long time ago the writer at the time for Dallas said he should never have shot the scenes of Bobby’s death like maybe put him in a coma etc and he was right one year later Patrick Duffy wanted to come back and the dream turned out to be the downfall of Dallas, we don’t know that KM will not decide she wants that paycheck again. I am happy with it!!!

barbara
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barbara

i love it that robin is alive ,but i want patrick to save her ,and we want robin back on screen again plz..

Trish
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Trish

Glad to see Robin coming back, but now i am worried Sonny is going to do something to Nat and Liam to get back at John. This kate/connie story line is ridiculous all they did was copy Viki/Niki and Jess/Tess enough DID already

Moviegal
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Moviegal

Sonny told Jason specifically that he DOES NOT go after family – that is now and has always been his moral code. As a matter of fact, he made it clear to Jason that he wants John’s family protected so that one of his enemies doesn’t go after them to frame Sonny for it. He then told Jason that he wants John “handled” – but again expressed not his family. Also, as was stated above, the DID s/l was in place before RC came on board. As he said in an interview right here on this site, at first he… Read more »

OLD FAN
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OLD FAN

What a guy that Sonny is!!!!!!! so he won’t go after the family, just kill John and leave Liam without a father and Nat without a husband,. That’s not hurting the family??? Sry, i just can’t see all the sympathy for Sonny.

Moviegal
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Moviegal

I was responding to Trish’s fear that that Sonny would do something to Liam and Natalie. Family has always been off limits to Sonny – however, it was not to Anthony Zacharra, Alcazar, and many of Sonny’s other enemies. I understand how you might have misinterpreted my intentions, as you obviously have Sonny issues. With that logic taken further, anybody that has gone to prison is also detrimental to the family. However, I think that many OLTL fans (and believe me, I am a huge one) need to realize that OLTL is over, gone, cancelled. This is about General Hospital… Read more »

Jackie P.
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Jackie P.

wIsh they’d get the new characters off of GH!!! Bring back Lucky, Nicholas, Maxie (not the idiot new one) AND Robin. The other soaps are off the air due to their characters & story lines. Let’s not take GH down as well!!!

Moviegal
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Moviegal

Jackie P: Are you aware that Jonathon Jackson and Kimberly McCullough CHOSE to leave GH. The new Maxie acts just like the old Maxie – you can tell she studied KS and even has her vocal inflections the same. KS HAD to leave the show because of a medical condition – she was not just arbitrarily replaced for the fun of it – and this poor girl who stepped up to the plate in the middle of a s/l because of the illness has been constantly beat up by ungrateful fans both on message boards and on twitter. Nicholas is… Read more »

Shirley Miller
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Shirley Miller

Thank you so much, Ron Carllivati, for saving Robin on GH. I was hoping that somehow she would be saved and when they would not show her body to anyone – just said she was too badly burnt for I. D., I believed she was not dead. I figure they showed Robert some other person’s body that was not recognizable. It means a lot to GH soap fans that Kimberly/Robin was saved – because if GH is cancelled – and we pray it will NOT be – at least we will know that Robin is alive – somewhere – somehow… Read more »

Deb Myers
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Deb Myers

My hubby and I were both completely surprised and totally thrilled that the door has been left open for her. It’d be nice if she was able to make appearances now and then. Good job, guys!

ADELE CARITEY
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ADELE CARITEY

Years ago I watched General Hospital and just started watching it again since my soap One Life To Live went off . Some of the people from One Life To Live were going to be on it, therefore I began watching it. When I first looked at it Robin Had just supposedly died. I remember thinking SHE IS NOT DEAD. I have been a viewer of soaps for some 50-60 years and being that I know how people on soaps come back from the dead. Especially when there is no body to view. My question is, whose ashes did Patrick… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Robin never should have ‘died,’ but please do not let her in limbo somewhere for that someday down the line. I ask some closure, please. Let her be discovered and then give her the sendoff the actress and character deserve.

michael
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michael

I am loving GH but would like more OLTL cast on GH like Viki, Dorian, Roxy , Tina , Victor, Natalie, more Blair what the hell u bring her for couple of shows then shes gone Todd and Blair are the best . And heres and idea how about some Pine Valley in Port Charles …Missing my daytime soaps and especially Erica Kane .. And bring Laura back to Gh that would save the show but she cant be crazy … And where the hell is Bobbie, and the classic GH what about Frisco and wheres the real Maxie ..… Read more »

Aria
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Aria

Would you like to send the check for all those stars u want them to bring on or is this your early Xmas list?

barbara t
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barbara t

I’m with you aria,there is no way abc/disney is going to pay for all of these actors they are cutting costs where ever they can( however they are cheep bastards for canceling One life to live and All my children)I hear alot of fans are pissed that robert isnt staying it could be because of money and being able to keep what they have .If you have to many characters it doesnt make sense having all these different stories to write.Maybe Michael is expecting to win the mega millions then he could take over our soaps and get One life… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

Noooooooooooooo demi moore,never ,repeat, never, liked jackie templeton.I would love to see all of the rest of your list happen but on all my children and One life to live, they should be brought back.theres no money for all of these soap stars so its not going to happen.Kristan storms is still sick,there hasnt been any more news about her health,Jen lilley is doing a good job taking over.If demi moore comes back I will have to fast forward all her scenes and I really dont want to do that .

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

You named 18 people. Who are going to pay for their salaries? Haven’t you been reading that it cost money to put on a soap production, let alone, they have to buy wardrobe for these people? General Hospital does not need ALL those OLTL people. All General Hospital needs is better writing, and creative improvement. (Again, OLTL had it’s ‘moment in time’ and GH ” STILL” has theirs……..) Some historic characters of GH, you can always…. bring back based on their LEGACY to the SHOW and CHARACTER. For example, Alan Quartermaine (the character) Laura (the show and character) Robert (the… Read more »

Mary Lou
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Mary Lou

I suspected she was still alive (burned beyond recognition was a clue), and I hoped it would happen..I feel GH is going strong and will stay on (if ABC knows what’s good for them)..love having some of OLTL characters on..love the interaction..but Kimberly is off to do her producing and directing..I do hope she will return..please don’t wait ten years to do so..good luck with your future..

Kitty
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Kitty

Im loving gh in ways that I havn’t in so long. Glad Robin’s still alive, living the maxie and Kate stories but I think it would have made more sense charator wise for Maxie to have DID. Get it story wise. Oh and who’s watching Cameron and Aiden which they would have never made Lucky Aiden’s father cause Lucky’s no where to be seen. They make liz look like she cares more about Patrick and Emma at least bring the boys along.

Love the writing but bring show someone taking care of the boys

Franny Wright
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Franny Wright

This was a fantastic move on their part, it leaves Robin’s s/l open for her to return someday which hopefully won’t be for too long. Jason Thompson has been amazing as Patrick. Now if only Ron & Frank would bring Blair back on the canvas….please!!! GH has been awesome under their regime….great work guys!

Stephen Parker
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Stephen Parker

Further confirmation of the brilliance of writer Carlivati and the enigmatic power of scripted drama and storytelling. McCullough has embodied a truly three-dimensional portrayal and succeeded magnificently in bringing to life a character who is a family member to legions of fans. Bravo to all who made the “Robin resurrection” a reality!

JR
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JR

I’m glad that Robin is alive but still disappointed in the way Robert has been portrayed once again as a deadbeat dad. I hope that if Robin returns it involves a good old adventure involving the Robert of old!

Andrew
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Andrew

How about going back to the late 60’s, early 70’s. How about bringing back, even for an appearance, the Dawsons and the Pinkhams, and Jeff Webber too, RDA.

MEG
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MEG

I KNEW RON WOULDN’T KILL HER OFF , IT IS GREAT NOW PLEASE BRING VICTOR /TREVOR ST JOHN

Gwen
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Gwen

Ron, thank you, thank you, thank you! Robin is alive and Kimberly can return if she wants to someday! Best decision ever! I waited when she left last time, and I don’t mind waiting again. I don’t care if she waits years—at least she can return.
In the meantime, the acting from Kimberly, Steve Burton, and especially Jason Thompson was superb! I felt just as though a family member had died. A well written and executed story for such a beloved character! Thanks again for thinking of Robin’s fans.

Nancy M
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Nancy M

I absolutely love Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini. As far as I am concerned, they are the best on daytime. I trust anything they do. That was a fantastic surprise. Robin is alive. I really never thought that she was dead. Everyday I cannot wait to watch what they are doing next. Cannot wait to hear about the new casting. Thanks so much for being there for us.

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

I absolutely LOVE the fact that Robin is alive somewhere!! Was hoping she wouldn’t really be dead. Thank goodness Ron Carlivati came on board when he did! The show is way more interesting since Ron started writing for it. Loving it!

susan
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susan

I love that the door was left open for Robin and I hope she will come back soon.

dg
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dg

It’s kind of a moot point because in soaps today there has been a really unrealistic trend of always bringing pivotal characters back from the dead if the actors are popular enough. Cartini just did it on OLTL. We saw Victor get shot point blank range, pronounced dead and even burried and then bingo…a few weeks later he’s alive and a hostage-ridiculous. Any savvy soap viewer would know that the door would be left open for an enormously popular actress like Kim to return. And despite their endeavors to keep it quiet the proposal about Robin’s exit story was all… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

I think you are dreaming if you think ABC will let anybody–including Carlivati/Valentini–move the focus of GH away from Jason, Sam, Sonny, and Carly. I agree with you that it would be a much better show if they were back-burnered for a good long while, and then re-integrated in a more balanced way. But I cannot see ABC agreeing to it, even if Carlivati/Valentini were to recommend it (and for all we know, maybe they have already suggested it and been shot down).

barbara t
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barbara t

Personally at this point I dont think abc/disney gives a rats ass what carlivati/valentini do to general hospital even bring barney the dinosaur to port charles if it helps in the ratings ,I think the rat channel is nervous they are getting a lot of backlash and its looking like the chew and the revolution was not a very bright Idea (wonderful news for us soap fans),so if ron and frank say they want big bird ,grover,and oscar the grouch to live in port charles Take my word for it they will move next door to Sonny,jason or carly,its a… Read more »

Aria
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Aria

I agree bout giving finola Hughes a contract over oltl actor, she is totally rocking.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

” just with a faster pace and few OLTL actors-yawn. ” True fact!

barbara t
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barbara t

You dont like general hospital any more?Im in shock.When did this happen?I like whats happening In port charles and I will defend Rons writing .One life to live is not taking over general hospital ,wont happen not now not ever.general hospital is general hospital Todd, starr and john are newbies ,lets see what happens .The real test is when we find out whether or not abc/disney/the rat channel will cancel there last standing soap,then we will see whats happening in port charles right now ,is it good or bad as a few people think ?It will either help or put… Read more »

EmmaH
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EmmaH

I hadn’t watched GH in a long long time, but tuned in to see my favorite OLTL characters show up in town. Somehow, I just knew Robin was alive all along. Even when I heard that Kimberly was leaving the show, I knew that didn’t mean Robin was “really” dead. I’m barely hanging in there with ABC right now because of their cancelling OLTL, so they’d “better” come up with lots of great stories on GH, to keep me interested. Aside from the Robin storyline, they need to bring more OLTL characters on, or better still, bring OLTL back. Knowing… Read more »

wendy
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wendy

ditto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Melanie
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Melanie

Geez. all some of you care about is bringing on more OLTL characters! This is NOT OLTL 2.0 and do you even care about anyone on GH?

EmmaH
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EmmaH

Sure I do. I care about Todd, Starr and currently appearing on there, John McBain. Since the actors that play Todd and Starr are now on contract, I am a “little” interested in the show. Don’t blame us for wanting to see more of our fave OLTL characters on GH. Blame ABC for cancelling our soap. The ratings for it were far better than the piece of junk show they replaced it with are. I used to watch GH all the time until it became the Mobster/Sonny show! I like the actor, but cannot stand the constant “gangsta” storylines. If… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

Thank you RC, KM, and FV!!! I love that there is the opportunity for Robin to be back!!! Maybe she is with Trevor and there is a mad man or woman who just loves soaps so much that they want to hold their favorites for their own… just kidding. It is great and GH is getting better every day and I truly wish that it will have 50 more years… maybe if ABC dumps it someone will be in the wings to pick it up and do the right thing. Things have changed with how we watch and when we… Read more »

Mary Lou
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Mary Lou

Ron Carlivati is one smart man. This is brilliant! I never watched GH, but with AMC & OLTL gone, I started watching. It is great, especially since Ron started writing.

Debi
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Debi

Who said most of us believed she was dead?? Really?
If she was truly dead, it was reported last month she is still on the set shooting.
Maybe that is why the exposion was done as bad as it was. They had to make it look like that so we believe she was alive. No, I never thought she died. If anything, I would have been surprised if she really was gone. I was surprised how soon they brought her back though!

GLFan
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GLFan

Thank the soap gods for doing this…I am not a GH fan, but know of Robin’s story and was shocked they were going to kill her. Bad head writer before, glad he’s gone!

Caroline
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Caroline

I’ve loved Ron’s writing since his first day as head writer on OLTL, and this makes me love him even more.

barbara t
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barbara t

Caroline Im with you,I am so happy that he is with general hospital to help save it, I would much rather have one life to live back but thats not going to happen any time soon,so he can help us fall in love with general hospital all over again,and I am loving it already.These past few weeks with Ron ‘s writing has been a joy to watch,I dont fall asleep anymore ,take my word for it I have taken alot of naps during general hospital over the years ,Port Charles is not boring anymore and for that I am so… Read more »

Avelina
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Avelina

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Love it

Renee
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Renee

so happy you decided to keep robin alive. i have watched her for years and feel she is an a+ actor.

Emily
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Emily

Love Kimberly McCullough and Robin Scorpio. Have been watching her since day 1:) It was the rgt thing to do, invest in the character and reveal her to be alive. Leaves alot of prospects open–for her to come back if she misses the role so much or if GH ends or if Jason Thompson decides to leave in a few yrs, they can be reunited and ride off into the sunset together. Def a character not to close the door on! KM and JT are a great pairing & it’s nice to know there’s hope down the line.

Paul
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Paul

Yeah this is a good artcile.

Jan
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Jan

I LOVE IT! Anything that will keep GH going I am all for. I have grown to think of the cast as FAMILY and the thought of Robin being dead was unbearable! Thank you…for making GH shine again RC & FV for your AMAZING WRITING and for making GH a CLASS ACT once again!

RobertC
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RobertC

I am going to take the opposite view and say i wish Robin was dead on the show for 2 reasons which are i want people on GH that really want to be on the show and even if they wanted Robin to disappear they could have come up with a lot better plan then what they did which had such a large hole in its execution that you could drive a 18 wheeler through it.I am sick and tired of the entire soap opera genre in useing the same type of storyline where a character supposely dies then later… Read more »

Tonia
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Tonia

I love that Robin is alive. It leaves the door open for Kim to come back and I hope one day she will. There’s still so much story for her…her daughter Emma, her family, and those feelings we saw come out between her and Jason Morgan the last few months.

Marie
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Marie

Robin is one of the best female characters this show has. I was heartbroken to think that her story was over but now she’s alive. I know at any point Kim could decide to come back and I could have Robin again. That makes me happy. There was so much emotion between JnR the last couple months with the new writers. They allowed something that the previous regime had steadily ignored for years. When and if Kim ever decides to come back I hope they will follow that through and we will see Jason and Robin together again.

Etsu
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Etsu

Happy very very happy. I hope Kim doesn’t stay away too long and if she comes back we get to see a lot of interaction between Sonny/Robin/Jason and yeah JnR too 🙂

Shirley
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Shirley

I was so happy to see Robin back , I had to go look on the DVH to make sure that was her. I sure would appreciate it if you would contract Blair and John. They would be amazing on the show. Hope nothing happens to Natalie and Liam. Sonny and Kate (love Connie) are driving me nuts with their pity me story. The storeline Is GREAT!!!!

Jeff Moree
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Jeff Moree

Ron is a super story spinster. I wish GH many more years i’ve not yet and won’t ever watch the revolution and i really hope they ax it and give that time slot to GH when Katie’s show debuts. Since OLTL has gone off there have been some sad days for me i mean your accustomed to watching a show for nearly thirty years and wham it’s gone with nothing good put in it’s place to watch. I Think Daytime needs stories like why people are gay i know some men have an extra x chromosome and whose to say… Read more »

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GH Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

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What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

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Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

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Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

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Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

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What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Michael E. Knight Chats On: Taking on the Role of Martin Grey, Friendship with James Patrick Stuart, and All My Children’s Tad

Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

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During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

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In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

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Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital Tapes 15,000th Episode; Featuring Genie Francis with Almost Every Single Cast Member Appearing in It

On Thursday, ABC’s General Hospital reached yet another milestone in its illustrious history. The daytime drama taped its 15,000 episode.

During the tape day, the cast, crew and creatives posed for a photo on set to mark the occasion with cake.

GH’s 15,000 episode will air next month on June 17th.

ABC 7’s entertainment guru, George Pennacchio was on set with a first-hand report, interviewing the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

From the sounds of it, the 15K episode will center around the character of Laura, and according to Valentini, “It will be happy, it will be sad, it will be dark, it will be scary, it will be fun, it will be thrilling and it will be exciting, but most importantly it will have almost every single cast member in it.”

Check out the segment and on set report from Pennacchio below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to see the 15K episode of GH via the comment below and congratulate the long-running soap for another historic milestone.

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