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Giovanni Mazza On Contract at General Hospital: What Are Your First Impressions?

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This week, General Hospital introduced newcomer Giovanni Mazza in the role of Giovanni Palmieri, who apparently is Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) second cousin, one removed or so the story goes.

The character of Gio showed up at Brook Lynn’s wedding to Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard) and played the violin at the ceremony. As has been previously reported, Mazza in real-life is a professional violinist and actor.

Upon making his first appearance on the ABC daytime drama series back on May 15th, fans wondered if Gio will be sticking around and that was confirmed by the closing credits of the May 17th episode where Mazza’s name is included along with other contract players.

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When the news of Mazza’s casting was announced, the talent young man took to his Instagram and shared the good news, expressing, “I am so honored, grateful, and ecstatic to announce the big news! The biggest thank you to General Hospital for bringing me.” He closed his sentiments with “So much love and joy to my new fam! YAY!!! ”

Commenting on his post included new castmates Evan Hofer (Dex) saying, “Happy to have you brother,” plus Tabyana Ali (Trina), Eden McCoy (Joss) and ABC executive Nathan Varni who said, “Congratulations! Welcome to GH!

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During the May 17th episode, Gio had an exchange with Dex, where he mentioned that his father was in the military back in early 2000’s.  Previously, Gio revealed to Chase that his father died in the military when he was young. So this begs the question, who is Gio’s dad?

What were you first impressions of Giovanni Mazza in the role of Gio? Who do you think he might be romantically involved with and might be also related to other than the Cerullos? Comment below.

 

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Let the speculation begin…
Drew could be an option as his past has so many wholes in it. But, would they give him another long lost son, having already done so with Oscar?

Wild cards… Valentin, Cyrus, Cody

He’s adorable and extremely talented. But I’m hoping he’s not Trina’s new guy. He’s too young (he’ll be 19), she’s going on 22 I believe and even though she looks young, he looks way younger. I’d rather they bring Emma back for him…I’m also wondering if he’s related to Dex. I feel like there could be some connection there; maybe Dex’s father cheated and Dex never knew about this brother???

I don’t think their ages are that much of a factor. Evan Hoffer (Dex) is about 27/28 and Edan (Joss) is 20/21 years old. So the age of the actors don’t really factor in too much. But the characters of Emma, Cameron, Spencer, Joss, Trina, and now Gio are all about the same age. I don’t know how old Dex is supposed to be.

I think age is an a factor when one of them is a teenager. I think he’s definitely too young for Trina and Jocelyn.

From your lips!!

Yawn. There’s so much wrong with GH, who cares anymore?

He was great.

Drew?

I guess they had to add someone to replace Spencer for the 20something set.

He’s not 20-something. In real life he’s going on 19 and he looks like 17. I still think they should bring back Emma. The actress just turned 18; they’d be a great young couple.

He’s going on 19. Bring back Emma; they’d make a great couple.

I heard a rumor she might be coming for the summer to visit her Grandparents while her parents might be doing a doctors without borders thing.

A new Trina interest!!!!!!!!

No

NO,NO, a million times no!

I am super excited, despite the crazyness of 6 exits looming over the next couple of weeks at Gh, happy we got Gio..Giovanni Mazzi is extremely talented not just with the violin and the Amazing other projects he has done. CONGRATULATIONS 1YR Contract, Gio is here to stay!!!

6 exits? Do share!

GH’s next Ricky Martin or Jesse’s Girl (Rick Springfield) talent discovery. GH has been known to pull out these musical diamonds in the past. One thing, is they don’t stay on the show very long.
And if you are looking for a DNA link to any PC citizens – the average reveal takes over 2 years.

So set your clocks for 2026 -(if the show lasts that long) and Gio is behind both Cody and Dex in that ultra slow-burning DNA story arc department.

Well, GH really didn’t “discover” those guys. Ricky Martin was part of Menudo, a boy band that was pretty big in Spanish speaking countries. And Rick Springfield was a big musical star in his native Australia since the late 1960s. Believe it or not he was briefly considered as a replacement for David Cassidy on the Partridge Family in 1974, though at the last minute the producers of the show decided to pull the plug rather than go through with a recast/replacement. And of course, he came to GH as an actor. Noah Drake was never a singer, though somebody (probably ReRon) decided to have Rick Springfield – as himself – sing at one of the later Nurses’ Balls.

As far as the DNA stuff goes, I don’t see any reason for Geo to have any father mystery. He’s Lois’s cousin and part of the whole Bensonhurst crowd, which makes him Sonny’s family, biology not required. And I doubt Dex will be around long enough to worry about who his father was. As for Cody, now that Mac is back on the set, you can bet your soul they will finally move forward with that story.

To be honest sweet young man but his personality doesn’t fit the character already on. Trying to make it fit. You can tell but time will show the hiring and writing teams I have to pass on him. Maybe a new interest for Trina he looks 16 maybe 18.pass again we need to get to know new characters and why ? This was a miss GH writers. Always ask why this character and now if you are looking for love for Trina, why not the thing that she is more into what she is actually doing in her life as an adult someone jogging that’s interested in the gallery someone who is a painter something in her interest is new guy sorry no

On his first day we have another “:who’s my daddy?”

I think they mentioned he’s completed two years of college, so that would put him at Joss and Trina’s age (in character). There is a rumor that Emma may return, but with a recast. In character, Emma is also a college student so she’s the same age as Joss/Trina. Some soap pages are speculating Gio will be a new love interest from Trina.

Hope not. And this kid doesn’t look more than seventeen even though he’s 19 in real life. Emma would be perfect for him; Brookly Rae Silzer just turned 18; no need to age her to pair her with him. Joss and Trina should have graduated already; they voted in the last Presidential election which would make them 22 or soon-to-be.

All I can say about him joining GH is yes, yes, and YES!! Now It’s time for Emma Drake to come back, and share the screen with this young man!! Woohoo!!

First of all, why does his father have to be anyone we know? Second of all why does he have to be involved with a girl on the show or a new one including Emma? Third, and most importantly, if they try pairing him with Trina, it’s Ciao, baby for me.

I immediately thought of Jason when he mentioned never knowing his dad. But I’d being willing to wait a while for that reveal. I’m more interested in them moving forward with the Mac/Cody reveal now that John J. York is back on set. Don’t want two of the same story playing at the same time.

They really didn’t give him a ton of work so far, so it’s hard to judge his abilities. I hope he’s really good. Seems very likeable. Could there be a triangle between him, Joss and Dex?

My question is why would he stay in PC if something doesn’t happen pronto?

Gio is Related to Louise’s family so I don’t believe for 1 minute. Anybody on the landscape in general hospital? Any of the men are his father that’s ridiculous. Hes not Dex’s long, lost brother, none of them ridiculous to think hes drew son or Jason son or anybody. Did already told us what families hes in.

I think you mean Lois’s family, which was evident by everything said by her and her family. Sonny being a close friend for many years is obviously very important to Gio and I bet he will want to stay close to Sonny, mabe taking over Dex’s place. Lois said he’s 21 now, so can make his own decisions, right or wrong.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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General Hospital Issues Statement Condemning Racist Attacks Directed at Tabyana Ali

After continued online racist comments directed at General Hospital cast member, Tabyana Ali (Trina), the series has issued its own statement on the situation across all of its social media platforms on Tuesday.

Ali, who back on June 9th took to X to stand up to the racist remarks sent her way, has been facing the same situation since joining the soap opera back in 2022 as a recast in the role of Trina Robinson.

Throughout her time on the ABC soap opera, Tabyana had been one-half of the popular young love story of “Sprina” along with Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer).

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Now General Hospital is standing up and alongside Ali, with its statement which read: “General Hospital does not tolerate hatred or bigotry of any kind. Racism has no place in Port Charles. GH is for everyone.”  Since its posting, the ability to comment has been turned off on the GH Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

While the statement does not specifically name Ali, according to Soap Opera Digest, ABC has been communicating with Ali and her representatives about how best to navigate the situation. Once the statement was issued, Ali took to X and said, “I appreciate you so much ABC/GH.”

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Back on June 9th, Ali opened up about the “hate” directed at her and then added, “To anyone that hates me, that’s absolutely fine. I don’t know you and you don’t me, but regardless I’m sending you peace, safety and prosperity.”

Several of Ali’s GH co-stars have posted the statement on their Instagram accounts including: Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Jacqueline Grace Lopez (Blaze) and Kate Mansi (Kristina).

What do you think of General Hospital’s statement that racism has no place in Port Charles? Are you glad they stood up for Tabyana, and moving forward for any form of racism related to the show and its cast? Comment below.

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