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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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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: Y&R’s Joshua Morrow, DWTS: Juniors & GH’s Hudson West & B&B’s Joe Lando

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live! October 2018” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman you can now listen to the replay right here in audio player above!

This episode was given to the gents in soaps as Michael welcomed his very special guests: The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman), Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and General Hospital’s Hudson West (Jake), and The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman favorite, Joe Lando (Judge Craig McMullen).

During this fun night of chat, Joshua weighed-in on the Shick wedding that went bust, when Sharon told Nick at the altar that she knows he had sex with Phyllis.  Morrow, who will celebrate his 25th year as Nick Newman in early 2019 chimed in what the future for the stat-crossed couple may hold, and how he has enjoyed showing Nick’s dark side of late, plus he revealed one scene he felt uncomfortable with that he would not play, the ladies over the years in Nick’s life, and when asked by a listener of his memories of the late, great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Joshua shared some fun and poignant remembrances. He also addressed the status of Doug Davidson at the CBS daytime drama, and hopes that the writers will find a way to utilize the Y&R vet in the future.

Next, Hudson West’s joined the podcast where he gave listeners the inside scoop on what it has been like to be one of the 12 celebrity kids competing in the first-ever Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, which debuts Sunday at 8PMEST in a two-hour season premiere on ABC.  Hudson talked on how he has been learning the dance moves with his young pro dance partner and Dancing with the Stars pro mentor, how he deals with nerves before performing his dance routines and more.  General Hospital fans who know of Hudson’s Daytime Emmy-nominated performance of Jake Webber, Elizabeth and Jason’s son, got some interesting tidbits when he talked about working with Rebecca Herbst, Steve Burton and more, and how much he loves being on the show.

The final guest of the night was Joe Lando.  Prior to bringing Joe on the air, Michael played a classic clip from Megan’s death on One Life to Live from the 90’s, where Joe as Jake Harrison performed one of the saddest and most memorable scenes in soaps with his then acting partner, Jessica Tuck.  Joe then revealed when he was on Soap Nation Live that it has been over 20 years since he had heard the scene, and was still moved by it.  Lando who is now appearing as Judge McMullen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful teased there could be a love interest around the corner for the judge, as well as some retribution for his ruling in the custody case of Will Spencer, because of a favor called in by Ridge.  Lando also talks about his time on the hit primetime series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as Byron Sully, and shared more about his time on One Life to Live working with the likes of: Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, and Tuck.

Last, during out Game Show segment, a lucky caller won two VIP tickets to the Star Struck Fan Event Fall Festival in Alexandria, Virginia featuring members of the cast of Days of our Lives, as well as a Y&R goodie bag; which includes a personalizes autographed picture of Joshua Morrow, after answering correctly some Nick Newman trivia!

For archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Joshua, Hudson, and Joe above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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General Hospital Honored With Sentinel Award For Alzheimer’s Storyline

This week, ABC’s General Hospital was one of the recipients and honorees at the 2018 Sentinel Awards.

The awards honor storylines that inform, educate, and motivate audiences to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

Now in their 19th year, the 2018 Sentinel Awards were presented by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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The 12 outstanding Sentinel Awards honorees for 2018 spotlighted topics that included: nuclear safety, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, autism, sexual assault, mental health and disabilities.

One of those programs to receive the award was ABC’s General Hospital for “Sonny’s Dad storyline” which as viewers know shed a light on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease for those afflicted and their loved ones.   The story is beautifully played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).  Accepting  the award on behalf of the series was EP, Frank Valentini.

Other series, notably Empire was recognized for their abortion storyline, and Grey’s Anatomy for their Hemorrhage cart storyline representing Maternal health were two other popular shows that also received recognition for their work. among others.

So, proud of GH for receiving this honor for the work they are doing in telling the emotional tale of Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s and how it affects Sonny and his family? Comment below.

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Chloe Lanier Making A Return To General Hospital

Look for naughty Nelle to be back on all-new episodes of GH, and that means fans will get to see more of Daytime Emmy-winner, Chloe Lanier!

According to Soap Opera Digest, Lanier will be back on-screen after leaving the show In August after two years with the daytime drama series.

When Chloe left the series, Nelle was carted off to prison for her deceptions and crimes, but according to her chat with SOD, she is back because she ‘has some unfinished business with some people.”  Lanier’s return stint starts next week.

So how will Nelle’s re-emergence impact Lucas and Brad who are raising Nelle and Michael’s son?  Will she seek more retribution on Carly?  Stay tuned.  After all, Nelle gave her baby to Brad in the now notorious baby switch, which we have since learned that baby “Wiley” has a heart condition that can be traced back to Michael’s side of the family,

Glad there will be more Nelle coming up on GH? Comment below!

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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