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

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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Aiden Continues To Be A Target For Bullies; Oscar Receives His Death Sentence

On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, the long-running ABC daytime drama series, is certainly taking a look at some key issues of our time in regards to young children and teens.

When Liz leaves to meet with Willow, about Aiden, Franco and Aiden bake some cookies, where Franco is impressed and surprised to find out how excellent Aiden is in the kitchen and baking assorted kinds of cookies. When Franco asks why Aiden never told anyone that he liked baking so much, Aiden said he just didn’t want to be laughed at again.

At Charlie’s, Liz meets up with Willow. The teacher informs Liz that Aiden still prefers to avoid the other students and may not feel safe around them for a very long time.  Liz questions and ponders why Aiden has a target target on his back. Willow explains how kids can be cruel in an understatement, she adds that Aiden needs to find his true identity.

After Cam’s emotional day surrounding Joss and Oscar, he heads home.  Liz and Cam get their around the same time and are astounded by Aiden’s cookies! Franco tells Liz they just need to let Aiden be Aiden. Then when Cam and Aiden hang out on the couch, and after asking for the password to the iPad, Cameron opens it, and there is a heartbreaking message that reads, “Get Lost Gayden.”   Cam immediately closes it and hugs his little brother.

What happens when you are a teenager who should be living life and having fun with years to look forward to?  That is the other storyline, GH has been taking at look at.  Kim tells Terry that Oscar has questions now that the medical trial has failed, and he needs the truth, no matter how difficult it may be to hear.  On is way to meet with Terry and his mom, Oscar runs into Alexis and tells her he needs to finish his will.  Alexis is heartbroken to hear this news.

Once with Terry and Kim, Oscar asks a few questions about the what to expect as his condition worsens before his death, how to prepare for it, and how long he has to live. Terry explains n some cases headaches get worse, and that he may have difficulty with his balance. Then, Terry delivers the devastating news, he could live as long as 6-7 months … or as little as 6 more weeks.  Oscar is shaken.

Kim hands him a bucket list to-do book and calendar to go to set up all the things he wants to do before he dies.  He heads to meet Josslyn in the hospital chapel, where they pen in things in the book to do together.  Monica and Kim share a moment about losing their children, before they pass away.  Kim does not know what to do next.  She decides to head to the “Charlie’s” to see Julian; while Alexis has already told Julian to help Kim through this tough time, no matter his feelings towards her kissing Drew on New Year’s Eve.

Finally, Griffin removes Anna’s bandages and her eyesight has returned following her surgery.  Finn tells Anna the virus that caused the blindness has never been seen in North America.  Anna wonders if it was given to her while abroad?  Could this be something Cassandra did to her, or something, or someone else?

So, if GH does this story right about Aiden being bullied for his differences, it could definitely send a powerful message to many in the viewing audience and bring attention to young LGBTQ youth who are trying to be their authentic selves, if this is the story.   What do you think of Aiden’s plight now?  What did you think of how Oscar’s death sentence was handled?  Who or what caused Anna’s temporary blindness?  Share your thoughts on these storylines via the comment section below.

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Who Will Be Ryan’s Next Victim On General Hospital?

Here;s what we know .. on Monday’s episode of ABC;s General Hospital, Ryan added CarSon, Sonny and Carly, to his hit list of victims.  He wants them out of the the way so Ava can take Avery and leave Port Charles with him and never look back.

Meanwhile, Carly is definitely a threat to figuring out that Kevin is Ryan, given her unrelenting quest and her days at Ferncliff.

Elsewhere, Franco is up to trying to figure out why “Kevin” suddenly dumped him as a patient, and if anyone can come across the lock box in “Kevin’s” office and open it up, therein lies clue to the serial killer’s movesand victims.

But will Port Charles continue to think that “Kevin” is having some sort of breakdown over the anniversary of his twin brother, Ryan’s “death” and heinous killing spree years ago? Will anyone figure out the real Kevin is locked up in a straight-jacket at Ferncliff?

Check out this week’s promo for GH below, and then let us know; who you think will truly be Ryan’s next victim, or will he finally be caught?  And, what have you thought of the performances of Jon Lindstrom in this storyline? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Anna Goes Blind … What Is The Cause? Franco Is Kicked To The Curb As “Kevin’s” Patient

Viewers of ABC’s General Hospital were in for a twist on Friday’s episode, when Anna Devane suddenly and inexplicably goes blind!  It is a terrifying moment for Anna and throughout the first part of this new arc, played beautifully by Finola Hughes.

But what is the cause of her sudden blindness? After Anna is brought to ‘General Hospital’ by her son, Peter (Wes Ramsey), and Finn (Michael Easton) and Griffin (Matt Cohen) are there to try to calm her down and to try to figure out what is wrong with her, Griffin runs some tests.

Meanwhile, Griffin and Finn get into a tiff over Griffin’s lack of bedside manner and his losing his faith. Griffin says its all now about the data, as he is still reeling from Kiki’s murder.

Later, Griffin reveals to Finn and Anna that the tests show that she has experienced a vitreous hemorrhage.  However, he doesn’t know what caused this … or if her vision can be restored.

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, GH co-head writer, Shelly Altman previews of this story for Anna, “What has happened to Anna will lead us to uncover a mystery that affects not only Anna, but several surprisingly unrelated people.”

Meanwhile, Peter meets up with Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) at Kelly’s and tells him what happened to Anna and that she suddenly went blind, but to stay away from his mother.. He also has a warning for Valentin, that whatever Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) has on him will come back to bite him sooner than later, and we all know that Valentin hired Sasha to pose as Nina’s (Michelle Stafford) long-lost daughter, and Obrecht knows it!

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And, Franco (Roger Howarth) just may trip upon the lock box in Kevin’s office, that holds the clues to everyone Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) has murdered!  How does that come about? After, Franco runs into a gun-toting Ava (Maura West) on the pier, “Kevin” shows up.  He tells Franco he can no longer be his doctor and he will refer him to someone else.  Franco does not want to end his therapy with Dr. Collins, but it’s of no use in changing “Kevin’s” mind.

When Franco makes his exit, Ryan tells Ava that they should leave Port Charles together and never look back.  Then, Franco breaks in to Kevin’s office at GH, and goes looking for his patient file and that is where we see the lock box.  Will Franco figure out what is going down?

So, what do you think is happening to Anna and why?  Is Franco now in dire straits if Ryan finds him rummaging through “Kevin’s” office?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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