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GH's Tyler Christopher On The Liz/Nik Affair: "I Wish Jonathan Were Back So We Could Repair The Damage In The Past!"

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Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

There may not have been a dry eye in the house when on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, Nikolas Cassadine returned and gave a big hug to his mother Laura (Genie Francis) !  And, that ushered in the return of Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) for the 50th anniversary episodes of the ABC soap!  Now just how the story will pick-up from here, we just have to wait till Monday’s episode.   However, this week in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Tyler gives a very frank interview and discusses how Nikolas’ past affair with his brother Lucky’s (Jonathan Jackson) love of his life, Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), all but destroyed his character for good!

Tyler revealed: “I tried so hard as an actor to unvilify Nikolas by playing that he has this incredible undying attraction, and love for Elizabeth rather than it just being, ‘I’m lonely, you’re hot. I’m not bad looking, let’s hook up.”   Which was kind of how it started.  And I didn’t want to do that to the character.  The only way I could justify it was if it was love and that’s what I tried to play. But I wish Jonathan (Jackson) were back so we could repair the damage in the past.”

So soapers, did you feel Nikolas was all but ruined with the affair with Elizabeth, and that he would have never in a million years done that to his brother?  Would you like to see GH’s current head writer, Ron Carlivati address the Nik/Liz relationship, and try to lure Jonathan Jackson back at some point to repair the “damage” as Tyler refers to it ?  Let us know your thoughts!

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Dinah
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Dinah

would love to see JJ back with Tyler, always hated Nikolas was with Elizebeth. They always best of friends only.

Tarlyfan
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Tarlyfan

I used to be a NEM fan and I loved loved Nik. But since the NIZ hookup, I just hated Nik. I can’t believe he stole Lucky’s love of his life. It was so out of character for Nik. I just stop watching GH from then on… until lately that I tuned back in for another reason. All in all, it was a bad move to hook Nik with Liz.

Meg Shumaker
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Meg Shumaker

You are crazy Elizabeth and Nik had one of the hottest love scenes on a daytime soap ever. Why would you not want two characters with that kind of passion together? Let Liz get her Prince for once!! Lucky is gone and she couldn’t have Jason. It’s about time she had her man! Save your morals for real life, this is HOLLYWOOD bring on the action!

Mary
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Mary

I whole heartedly agree .Bring it on for Nikolas Cassadine and Elizabeth .They do have the hottest loves scenes .I want them together .
They belong together. Stop playing dumb idiots by having her with AJ.AJ and Carly should be put together. Make a great team.
Lucky is gone. Jason is gone ,though I do wish they would bring him back.The original one.
I agree on save your morals for real life,this is Hollywood.

su0000
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su0000

When the impatient fans were nasty mouthing poor RC about not having a story for Liz, he said to wait for it, that here was a story for Liz and a love in the future..
Apparently Nikolas’s return will be it ?

(( patients is golden as silence lol 🙂

soap writing and developing stories and making them happen, takes time..

ces
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ces

hey, I”m all for a Nicholas/Liz/AJ storyline! 🙂

caroldee
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caroldee

I agree the combo of all three and Nick trying to tell Liz not to have anything to do with AJ will be great to watch.. ANYTHING is possible on GH.. we have seen that in the past…

tasneem
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tasneem

Aw I wish Johnthan (Lucky) can come back. Even its for he’s kids. Yeah I agree with Tyler Lucky and Nik could fix a their issues its no good just leaving it just hanging . I really hope they can fit him and he’s schedule allows it. He deserves it and the show deserve it.

aria
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aria

i agree with tyler, hopefully jonathan will come back down the line.

Cath
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Cath

I’m with Tyler Christopher on this. The Nikolas/Elizabeth affair severely damaged both Nikolas & Elizabeth’s characters. It took 2 full years to address the issue with Liz & make her rootable to the general audience again but TC/Nikolas hasn’t had the luxury of having the same amount of screentime to go through the same process. Having Jonathan Jackson’s Lucky back on canvas would be great although Jonathan now has Nashville that limits his availability. Having Nikolas back on canvas & him being there with his family while they search for Lulu is a good start though. RC could try to… Read more »

Gillian
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Gillian

Amen! Tyler is right and he played the storyline.e as best he could. Fans are forgiving though. I am more than willing to forget that awful storyline. Nik is back and I am thrilled.

Anna
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Anna

Agreed. I am just starting to root for Liz’s love life again after that horrible Niz debacle, but it is sad that Nikolas hasn’t had that onscreen time. I would really love to see Jonathan Jackson and Tyler Christopher together again (especially because of their history on the show), but I know that probs won’t happen 🙁
I am pretty excited about TC’s return though. I actually shouted his name when he came onscreen.

jim
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jim

Why would it just ruin Nikolas…what about Elizabeth? It takes two to have an affair! It would be great to see R.C. address the Liz/Nik relationship( just to give Reb. H more to do) but it would be more exciting story with Lucky there. It just wouldnt be as interesting if Lucky werent there. But as long as it gives Liz more story im okay without Lucky. Meanwhile i would like to see Liz and Nik in scenes together and have A.J. react to it.

Renee
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Renee

I don’t think the way Nicholas was written in the beginning that he would have ever betrayed his brother, however the direction that they took Nicholas after Emily died he became dark and cynical. He was almost self destructive at times. So yes, at that point in his life anything was possible for him to do. Did it ruin Nicholas, No! He has such a good heart and is so family oriented and loving. He is very easily forgiven and can redeem himself. I think on some level it felt to all of us watching that Nicholas was in love… Read more »

shan
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shan

Love him we can all pretend it was a dream . a very bad dream

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

Another one of Bob Guza’s bad stories that needs repairing! Yes, I wish JJ would be available to help correct that awful storyline, forgive, and move on together as a family. The Spencer family needs to be strong again!

gwendolyn
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gwendolyn

I would like to see it addressed, and to give AJ at least a little run for his money. I loved the relationship…I know I’m in the minority though.

ces
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ces

I agree – I think it would be great to give AJ a run for him money but I’d like to see that relationship develop a bit because I think AJ & Elizabeth have mad chemisty and AJ needs this.

Leyla Mir
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Leyla Mir

Did TC forget that Nikolas got Brook Lynn as a potential love interest while Becky was on ML then she got fired first?

Lin
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Lin

I really could not stand NIcholas after that- and was disgusted with Liz as well. Woudl fast forward scenes with either for the longest time. I would like to see JJ or any “Lucky” back to repair this. should be back for the 50th, anyway. Wish Gh would not have killed Alan and Emily. I really miss them both. stupid selfish writers and PTB of teh past

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

I agree. They damaged Nikolas and Liz and ruined the wonderful friendship they all had thru the years for sex. Lucky, Liz, Nik (Emily) were family, a close loving one to boot. These kids had the audience pull for all the time…. The previous writer; EP; ABC head man ruined many charactors on GH thru the years………….the Luke and Felicia afair was the start of horrible family sex scenes that ripped apart and destroyed many on the GH canvas. Nik and Liz was their ( pre-regimes) last catastrophe of cast……

Phil
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Phil

As long as they don’t come between Elizabeth and AJ. Loving them right now! I am glad to see more Elizabeth though too!

su0000
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su0000

So far, there is no Liz and AJ.. they have not even had a passionate kiss..lol ..

rebecca
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rebecca

there’s no need for a kiss for them to be a developing couple. it’s an obvious attraction and bond that’s developing between them; I”m definitely into AJ and Elizabeth. Hope their storyline progresses.

Caffeinated Joe
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Caffeinated Joe

Yes, I’d like them to repair that, but that is just one of the many wrongs in need of repair and I am afraid there is no way to address the list of wrongs. Nikolas and Liz sleeping together, killing off Georgie and Emily, destroying the character of Rick Webber, having Bobbie fade off into nothing. I could go on. And on.

Rose
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Rose

I am with gwendolyn! I would like to see it addressed and if Lucky could come back to work things out with his brother that would be good. But I never thought Nicholas was ruined. He is after all part Cassadine!!!

Memphis Belle
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Memphis Belle

It wasn’t Nikolas’ fault. Liz was just looking for someone – trampy Liz. 🙂 I love Nikolas and so glad he’s back. As far as I can remember, he’s not related to Maxie…would like him to hook up with Maxie. I hope he’s not one of the ones leaving after the 50th.

10261991des
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10261991des

I agree…That writer changed alot of G.H…Not only Nikolas..There’s Brenda and Laura..I dont know how they will repair this,He was the nice Cassadine!

Tammy Kreiss
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Tammy Kreiss

Yes, they ruined the character, & the brotherly bond. Nick would never have done that to Lucky! Either way, JJ left because his music is priority. I would love to see if he could work something out though. I know for a fact, team Cartini are flexible & want the best for all to be happy.

Shirley Miller
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Shirley Miller

I sure would love to see Jonathan come back and it would be terrific if they could get the situation with Nikolas, Elizabeth and Jonathan worked out. I don’t know how long Tyler will be staying on GH but I hope it will be for a long time. I think Jonathan is going to make an appearance at the 50th Anniversary but I don’t think he will be staying around long as he has a great position on Nashville and I think he is doing a fabulous job!!!!! Proud of you, Mr. J. J. ….. keep up the great work!!!!!!!

heidi
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heidi

YES… those scenes with Nik/Liz/Lucky were so painful. I would love to repair the damage between the two brothers and with Liz. I am hoping that the secret person coming on might be Lucky! Maybe we will get a chance to see the brothers re-unite and move forward.

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

Love seeing Tyler Christopher back on GH. Love him.

MissyLady
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MissyLady

I remember when Lucky had no problem after Liz called off their wedding back in 2002, sneaking off to sleep with her sister Sarah behind her back. Elizabeth walked in on the couple what looked like the bed that they shared at one time above Kelly’s diner.

Guza destroyed what was once the Four Musketeer’s by killing Emily, trashing Liz and Nicholas, and writing a multiple cheater like Lucky (Sarah, Maxie and Sam) as a saint the last two years with JJ in the role.

Donna
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Donna

Lucky had slept with half the town including her sister and his teenage dealer in Liz’s bed. Niz started as a joke as Lucky was sniffing around Rebecca. For some reason it’s a bigger deal when the woman does it to the man than all of the times Lucky did it to Liz. I don’t play that. Lucky can stay away. His self righteous hypocritical rant about the virgin he found in the snow the repulsed me. Seems his whoring isn’t important as boys will be boys, but Liz was drug through the mud for years. Lucky is just another… Read more »

MusicCityGHFAN
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MusicCityGHFAN

I loved Liz and NIK together and I HATED how they tried to act like LUCKY had never hurt Liz. He pushed her away and told her to be with NIKOLAS for years. He slept with her sister after swearing he wouldn’t, and Liz even caught them. He took Maxie in Liz and his bed more, and Liz saw him. He got revenge for Jake by sleeping with SAM, who had kidnapped his son. HOW in the world did JJ get to waltz back onto the screen and act like none of that ever happened. Making Liz and Nik out… Read more »

1loveabcsoap
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1loveabcsoap

Me too, Christopher. Me too.

I just blogged about it earlier on this site and your announcement return. I was so hoping that you, Lucky, Lulu, and Ethan would gather together with Luck and Laura for one FULL FAMILY acquaintance.

And with the original Lulu ( Julie Marie).

It will happen, maybe not for the 50th but it will happen one day, hopefully!

sean
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sean

That story garnered JJ another Emmy and perhaps one of the top moments in soaps so it was worth it.

Lew S
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Lew S

Does anyone know if this is short or long term?

MK
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MK

I think Liz did the most damage to the Liz and Lucky romance. I was wishing for a Nik and Liz hookup the day that Liz started in 1997.(They also flirted with this in 2001). It would Liz who would go out an steal Nik from Sarah, but once Liz knew that Lucky wanted Sarah she manipulated the situation. Nik should have been paying attention to Em’s twin, Rebecca.

markcol
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markcol

I thought that story started out good with needy Lucky (GV) bullying Liz back into a relationship that she was trying to say no to becaue it was hurting her kids. Liz played the martyr and agreed only to have Lucky start dating Rebecca a short time later. Liz and Nik went on a fake date to mess with Lucky and Rebecca and ended up having real feelings for each other. The plan worked thougn as Lucky went running back to Liz like an a spoiled kid remembering an old toy that was forgotten about until his brother started playing… Read more »

Yvonne
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Yvonne

I thought Liz & Nik could have been a really good soapy love story but at some point that writing seemed to be more about destroying Liz and Nik and shining up Lucky’s somewhat tarnished halo, not to mention giving JJ a really nice Emmy reel. I don’t think it had anything to do with TC being fired though. I think that decision was made for other reasons but I really wonder that TC didn’t mention the damage done to Liz and Becky Herbst because IMO Liz was damaged much more than Nik. Nik’s life went on pretty much as… Read more »

MissyLady
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MissyLady

I agree with your entire post. Liz was being trashed so that it would be easier to fire Becky down the road, and I am so glad that fans refused to allow it to go down that way.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Would be nice to bring the brothers together. Every mother wants her children happy and close by. Laura surely would like that. Maybe when Lulu returns there can be somesort of reunion for all the Spencers, even if it’s written short term to accommodate Jackson’s NASHVILLE demands.

janet
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janet

Another Guzafied damage to loved characters. Guza loved to ruin the GH history. he destroyed them. The characters were written as we never knew them. JJ came back with the promise he would be with Liz.So much for that. he left when he knew it wouldn’t happen. I liked Siobhan, but I was disgusted with Liz and Nic. But Guza loved to have her in the bed of half the show and have children with everyone. Guza ruined the show. F&R are trying. Great to see Nickolas back and JJ on a prime time show.Good luck to all of the… Read more »

jule
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jule

you do realize that in the 15 almost 16yrs that Liz has been on the show she has slept w/5 men. all of them but 1 she had been friends with for yrs. so i don’t get that Liz has been in bed w/half the show. there are characters on this show that have been on a shorter amount of time and some that are supposed to be at least 7-10yrs younger than her that have slept w/the same amount or more than Liz ever did. and of the 5 guys she has slept w/now w/nik back he is the… Read more »

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

For me, if done right, I could’ve gotten behind a Nikolas & Liz pairing. And I think I still could. The right story with these actors and it could work.

gina
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gina

Love Nikolas!!! SOOO glad he is back! It was a crime when they let him go even though he hasn’t had a decent storyline in years. Hoping for a Nik/Liz reunion…he will give AJ a run for his money!

Dawn D
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Dawn D

Absolutely! I didn’t even want Liz with Lucky. Liz needed to be a stronger female in the show after all she has survived. But alas the writers at the time were awful or Frons dictated what he wanted. Hate to say it but I will I was a huge Liz/Jason with Cam and Jake supporter and they ruined everything by killing a little boy!! The show has improved alot with FC and Ron.

liz
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liz

I love that he is back and I hope they fix it with him and lucky I loved them all as a close family. Maybe he will know about Robin too and save her and Lulu,Please let him tell Patrink that Robin in alive and he will grt them both back.

gloria
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gloria

Oh who cares about the past, really? When Nicholas walked thru that door looking better than ever, all I could think was he LOOKS BETTER THAN EVER! I could not even rem. him & Elizabeth! I am just so happy to see all these people from the past, I can’t be mad at them for what they did back in the day. When the episode (I think it was last Thur.) ended with Luke, Laura, Bobbie & Scotty together in one room, I was transformed, tearfully & wonderfully back to the late 70’s when I was a teenager, loving those… Read more »

May
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May

I love Nik & Liz and no I don’t think it ruin him at all… Those two have major major chemistry I was never a Lucky & Liz fan they seem more of brother sister to me…. Liz & Nik is sparks flying putting my tv on fire. AJ & Liz I hate no chemistry at all… Liz & Nik deserve an opportunity together and I hope Aiden ends up being Nik’s son….

melissa deneau
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melissa deneau

i hope he is with her because emily is gone

Indyra
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Indyra

Honestly, I like the Liz and Nicholas pairing much better than Liz and AJ. As for Nik making amends with Lucky ? It would be nice to have Jonathan Jackson back! I wish Emily played by either actress’s would come back!

amy
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amy

I wont Emily back . i think Emily and nikolas are soul mates

Suzie
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Suzie

Love Liz and Nick they r awesome together

Ree
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Ree

I have watched GH for years and the way i saw it is that nick has always been interested in Liz. She never gave him a chance because she was into lucky. Nik and Liz affair was not that bad, if you understood what the actors was trying to portray. Besides, was she was single when the romance between them started. the writers tried to ruin the characters by making liz accept lucky’s proposal. It’s ok to move on. Lucky and Liz are not soul mate as adults. She loved him because he has always been there for her after… Read more »

DomSmythe
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DomSmythe

TOTALLY DISAGREE that characters were ruined with this storyline. as far as soaps go, an affair is chump change! and i firmly believe it’s in everyone’s realm of possibility to cheat. nikolas has a dark side; tyler christopher succeeded in portraying that nikolas actually fell in love with elizabeth. love plus a deep, burning passion was enough (for me anyway) to explain the affair. as for elizabeth, she has loved lucky so long that it was hard for her to own up to losing those feelings. many of us have been there. i continued to have sympathy for both characters,… Read more »

ilka stevenson
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ilka stevenson

liz is tramp . lucky don’t need to come back find someone new who can love him back. liz and nikolas need to be togethef their nothing but dogs. and lied. lucky had every right called liz a whore. maxie and lulu should beat liz ass. ethan and lucky should beat nikolas ass too.,

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