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GH’s Tanisha Harper On Becoming Jordan: “I Felt That This Role Was For Me”

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Last week, Tanisha Harper debuted as the new Jordan Ashford on General Hospital.  Harper follows Briana Nicole Henry who vacated the role, and the original Jordan played by Vinessa Antoine.

In story, Jordan returned from her health crisis and recovery and was reinstated as police commissioner, just as her ex, Curtis (Donnell Turner), and Portia (Brook Kerr) are getting ready to buy a house and move in together.  From the looks of it, Jordan is still carrying a torch for Curtis.

Harper spoke to Soap Opera Digest (on their latest issue on newsstands now) about the audition process for the role of Jordan and her thoughts on landing the part.

Tanisha shared: “When I saw this role, I was like, ‘This is exactly what I was looking for.’ And as I was going over the audition (material) and learning my lines. I was like, ‘I just feel like this is the one.’ Something about it was just very natural for me. I just really felt it; I felt that this role was for me.”

So, what have been your first impressions of Tanisha as the new Jordan? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Roman Eva

I like her.

rose
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rose

Roman Eva…I like her, too.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I like her, too. I do feel she’s miscast as Jordan. She doesn’t carry the confidence or savvy of a police commissioner. But, if they give her a real story instead of another tired triangle with Curtis and Portia, she’ll be fine. Hey, she held her own with Genie in their first scene…that’s a good sign.

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Celia

Agreed, Soaphoud—-This actress’ hauteur is misplaced. She definitely lacks that certain je ne sais quoi…..I am not drawn to her. She has yet to grasp the “Police Chief” persona which is so inherently Jordan, if you will. Nonetheless, I said the same about “second” Nina, whom I now love, faults and all. So…… Her facial expression is too rigid and expressionless, except for that smile which is beautifully blinding, but at the same time, seemingly forced. She needs to come down to earth and soften that pretty face–Just my opiniom—it’s the impression I’m getting. Portia? Too good to be true… Read more »

whynot
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whynot

She’s terrible. I wish they’d stop hiring models and start hiring actors. And there has to be some middle ground between Shreiky McShriekerson Carly and walking Barbie Dolls like this. She’s supposed to be a police commissioner; she is NOTHING like that.

Lew S
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Lew S

Everything takes time. Brianna took some getting used to, after Vinessa Antoine left the role. There’s always an adjustment period.

Mel
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Mel

Amen❣️ Rightly said She needs to be given a chance to bring her own game, not Vanessa’s (Who was the best) and certainly not Brianna’s who lack that certain …joi de vivre. Harper does have the attitude, and held her own with shrieky Carly like someone called her. I can’t wait to see her line with Curtis who’s much older than all 3 women but so handsome he still looks great with all of them.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

You sure have a thing against models. Where does it say she was one anyway? I don’t think she learned her lines walking down a catwalk.

aria
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aria

it always takes an adjustment period but we’ll see. Now we got to get use to a new Trina. So, again we’ll see.

brian
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brian

I am enjoying her in the role very much. I think she will be a powerful Jordan

MEL
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MEL

I think T. Harper fits the role of Jordan Ashford better than Briana Henry.Henry and Donnell didn’t seem to have much if none at all chemistry. There was no affection like he had with Vinessa. They were so natural as if they were a real couple. I loved the nurse’s ball episode when Curtis proposed to Jordan, and I’d wished they’d done the wedding with Vinessa before she left to do Diggstown. With B. Henry it seems so scripted, no affection, no sparks nor sparkle. I hope Ms Harper up the Jordan role. Poor Curtis gonna have the 3 faces… Read more »

Eunice Robbins
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Eunice Robbins

She is going to do well playing the role of Jordan like her already

Haywood
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Haywood

Sorry not feeling the new Jordan

Sandy
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Sandy

I really love how Tanisha plays this character . They definitely need to show more of her and give her a really super nice storyline. Gorgeous and she is coming into herself as The Commissioner. They could really shake things up by bringing Tommy back from the dead. I mean no one really does die on Soaps anyway. I’m sure Frank could find a way.

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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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