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GH's Zamprogna, LoCicero & Marmo chat on Marcil, Duell, & Olivia's lovelife!

Photo Credit: Maggie Carter

Photo Credit: Maggie Carter

In a fun new interview feature out today in this week’s Soapgeist column at TV Guide Canada, Nelson Branco caught up with three of the hottest stars of General Hospital, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) and Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie).  The trio were in Toronto over the weekend to help raise funds and awareness for The Children’s Wish Foundation Benefit, at the Brunch n’Ball with the Falconeri’s. They spent time talking with Branco about current story, their cast mates, and each other!  Here is what they had to say about Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo’s return vs. James Franco’s guest stints, Chad Duell replacing Drew Garrett, and Olivia’s lovelife!

LoCicero on Brenda’s return to PC: “I’ve watched the show for so long that I know whenever she comes back, it’s a big deal. It’s not hard to accept that she’ll be the focus of the show for a while. Vanessa’s a proven commodity.  I think when Brenda comes back to Port Charles the story momentum will pick up again. People are dying to see her and Maurice [Benard].”

Marmo on the Marcil effect: “It’s pretty exciting to experience all of this Brenda stuff because she was one of my only friends making a living at acting. I was in New Jersey waiting tables, so I always admired her for her success. I only watched GH back then when Vanessa would call me to check out some amazing work she’s done. So it’s amazing that she’s here now because she made me believe I could do it, too. For me, it’s kind of come full circle.  As for Franco, I’m one of the only people who loved that he came on because his character gave me a back story and really fleshed out Ronnie.  However, I did see the momentum stall after Franco came back.”

Zamprogna on Franco Vs. Marcil effect: “With Franco, he’s not a proven soap commodity. He’s been on twice, and both times his appearances didn’t affect the ratings. Most people want us to keep the story momentum up.”

The trio moved on to talking about Chad Duell vs. Drew Garrett as Michael Corinthos, and the dark secret the Michael harbors from his prison sentence that has yet to be revealed!

Zamprogna on when the Michael prison reveal happens: “It’ll be great. As an actor, what I struggle with is that Dante should take a huge part of the responsibility of what happened to Michael but he’s no more responsible than Sonny, Carly and Jason for setting this whole thing in motion.  But I think Dante will be devastated to find out what happened because Dante does love Michael like a blood brother since day one. When Drew Garrett was playing Michael, you didn’t see his Michael give a lot back to Dante. But you see Chad Duell’s Michael giving something back to Dante because of what he’s experienced in prison.  He has done a great job. Chad’s not as hard as Drew. Drew was a lot more volatile as Michael. Drew brought more of a violent element to Michael. Drew’s Michael always seemed like he could snap at any moment — which I really liked, but Chad’s Michael is more introverted.”

Marmo on Duell vs. Garrett: “I’m more attracted to Chad’s Michael because it’s more interesting to see this kid tortured that he may become like his father and not make it look easy for him to go out and kill like Drew’s Michael.”

Then the conversation turned to, if Jax could be a potential real-suitor for Olivia!

Lisa LoCicero responded to a Liv/Jax pairing: “I don’t think they’re headed in that direction. And that would definitely put a wedge between Olivia and Carly that they could never recover from. I think it would be beneath Olivia’s moral stance to get involved with her best friend’s husband. I think we’re going to see more stuff between Steven and Olivia. I think they want to see Scott Reeves jump off with a lady soon. I think there will be a triangle involving Steven, Olivia and Johnny.”

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Kelly Thiebaud Departing General Hospital and Heading Back to ‘Station 19’

Kelly Thiebaud is now set to reprise her role of Eva Vasquez, on ABC’s primetime drama, Station 19 and thus the Daytime Emmy winner will exit her role as Dr. Britt Westbourne on General Hospital.

According to Deadline, Thiebaud will be part of the cast for the series 6th season, which premieres on October 6th.

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Previously, Kelly appeared on the show’s 3rd season when in story, as the widow of firefighter Rigo Vasquez (Rigo Sanchez), she had an affair with her husband’s colleague Jack Gibson (Grey Damon) that resulted in total chaos.

In a tease for Thiebaud’s return, ABC shared, “Misery loves company and Eva finds solace with someone from her past.”

Kelly has played GH’s Britt on and off since 2012. She won her first Daytime Emmy this past June for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance.

Look for Kelly to exit her GH role in November, while a rep for the soap shared that the actress will be leaving by year’s end.

What do you think of Kelly going to Station 19 and departing General Hospital? How do you think GH will deal with her exit? Will tragedy befall Britt with her living with Huntington’s Disease? Will she be written-off the canvas, leaving the door open for her return? 

Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out our conversation with Kelly from a year ago and then backstage at the Daytime Emmys following her victory,

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GH’s Brook Kerr and Tabyana Ali Talk On: Trina’s Trial, Spencer and Rory, And Their On-Screen Mother/Daughter Relationship

Currently, General Hospital fans are awaiting the verdict in Trina’s trial and just what lengths her mother will go to in order to secure her freedom! With the story playing out on-air, Michael Farman chatted in a new virtual interview with the two women central to the story; Brook Kerr (Portia) and Tabyana Ali (Trina).

As viewers know, Trina was set-up by Esme Prince (Avery Pohl), to make it appear that she taped her best friends, Cameron (William Lipton) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) having sex, and then posted the video from her phone, so it went viral.

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During the conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Tabyana and Brook weigh-in on what’s gone down at the trial including; how Spencer Cassadine came forward with an alibi for Trina, plus how Portia may put her medical career at risk if she brings Esme’s partner in crime, Oz, out of his coma to get the evidence they need to point the finger on Esme.

 

In addition, Tabyana and Brook share their thoughts on the men in Trina’s life: Spencer Cassadine (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) and Rory Cabrera (Michael Blake Kruse), and how the #Sprina has a life of its own on social media.

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Brook also shares dishes on Portia’s romantic relationship with Curtis (Donnell Turner), plus the recent noteworthy scenes between Portia and Stella (Vernee Watson), where GH shed light on a mother’s concern; that racial injustice could factor in to the jury’s decision in Trina’s case.

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Tabyana also discusses working alongside GH co-stars, Maura West (Ava) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), and what it was like taking over the role of Trina from popular fan favorite, Sydney Mikayla.

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Check out the full chat with Brook and Tabyana below.

Do you want Trina to end up with Spencer or Rory? Will the jury exonerate Trina? What was your favorite part of the conversation with Brook and Tabyana? Let us know in the comment section.

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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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