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Good Afternoon America Off To A Sluggish Start!

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Yesterday, was the debut episode of ABC’s daytime summer replacement series, Good Afternoon America, which took the place of The Revolution which took the place of One Life to Live The news magazine/entertainment show is slated for nine weeks in the 2PM EST/1PMPST  time slot.

GAA is co-anchored by GMA’s Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott, and the network is looking to see what initial interest comes from the audience, and that could well  determine if the show could have a  lifespan past the summer.   As it stands, ABC plans to move Daytime Emmy winning drama series General Hospital into the 2 p.m. hour in the fall, leading into Katie Couric’s new talk show, Katie.

Now according to the overnight ratings from TV Media Insights, things did not start off with a bang for GAA reporting, “One day of metered market data does not a hit or miss make, of course. But based on the weighted Nielsen averages in the 56-metered markets for Monday, July 9, Good Afternoon America disappointed with a 1.7 rating/5 share in households. Comparably, the lead-in average was a 1.8/ 5 and the July 2011 time period was a 2.0/ 6. Good Afternoon America also lost steam from both benchmarks in two of the three key demos…women 25-54 and women 18-34.”

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So soapers, weigh-in! But before you do that, check out the promo for Good Afternoon America after the jump!  So if The Revolution failed,  and if Good Afternoon America fails, what does that signal to the network?  Perhaps they might realize,  a huge mistake was made by cancelling the beloved One Life to Live?


 

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David Larsson
David Larsson

Even if this show fails, TPTB at ABC will never admit that cancelling OLTL was a mistake. It’s quite obvious they no longer have any desire to please the audience. Like soap writers nowadays, they only dish out what they like.

Torrey
Torrey

Completely agree with you. It’s not news anymore that canceling OLTL was the biggest mistake that ABC could have made….but rather than admit their mistakes and fix the problem, they will continue to put a band-aid on the gushing wound that has now become the 2pm est time slot. It has been six months since the cancellation of OLTL, and the fans have not let up. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize what should be done to fix the 2pm time slot. ABC is dead-set on pushing these damn talk shows that no one is interested in. No one is going to watch GAA….and I sure as hell won’t be watching Katie in the fall. There has been an all out ban of ABC daytime in my house. I don’t watch The View, The Chew or anything else on the network. Watching ABC daytime has been a staple in my house for years and years. Since the cancellation of my beloved OLTL, I have decided to turn the channel. If the network wants to turn a blind eye to what I want to watch….then I will turn a blind eye to their network all together. Get it together ABC, and fix the freaking problem!!! And here’s a clue, putting on GAA is not a fix.

rose
rose

Totally agree.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Your right Torrey, Can’t believe abc just replaced crap with more crap, Who watches this garbage? There’s no way in my life I will ever watch the shows that they have on daytime now. I watch the soaps and that’s it, I miss One life to live so much that it hurts, I want it back so badly, I don’t think that abc will ever admit that they are wrong and bring their best soap back. abc will never be #1 in daytime ever again with the trash their showing now, Only idiots watch that stuff, there is such a thing as to much information, I want entertainment that the soaps gave to me every day, I don’t care about Tom cruises divorce or how to make a meal, or how to dress. The soaps were unique, the programming they have on now is all over cable you can find it anywhere. And your right it has been 6 months since they took my beloved One life to live away from us and the fans are still complaining and that isn’t going to stop any time soon, not by me anyway.

Doris
Doris

I to miss my soap oltl…but after 20 years started watching GH again. Only because of the oltl stars going over . I will never watch the daytime line-up of the View, the Chew, now the GAA show. and when Katie arrives I will not be watching that show either…..When all else fails it seems some wizard pulls her out ot his hat and says….Katie C. can save us….so go ahead pay her the big bucks….that could have been used to save our soaps and she can laugh all the way to the bank…..apparently the people that decide what people need to watch on daytime t.v. don’t watch daytime t.v. and if things don’t change neither will the people be watching…..AS much as I wish that the soaps would return, I am sure they won’t. I just wish this cycle of news shows, and shows about how to do everything from a to z would end.
Where are the good writers, the good story lines, the great actors??? the funny comdey show, a good variety show would beat the crap on t.v. today.

Nancy
Nancy

Not a surprise when no one will watch anything except OLTL in the hour they put more crap on the air. All ABC has are copy shows of other cable networks, trash, talk, news, reality. Who want more of the same old junk? Yesterday was the first GAA. Can’t wait to watch all of ABC shows except GH to go down the tubes.

Ann
Ann

I watched GAA and will continue to do so. I liked the show. ABC will not bring back the soaps. They still have GH, but who knows for how long. i am not in the business of wanting any show to fail. But ABC will just keep putting on alternate programming. Everything related to the soaps is either destroyed or auctioned off, actors have moved and would not be available to come back. They are contracted elsewhere.

kay/kay
kay/kay

Ann I agree they will not bring OLTL back or add anymore soaps because of the reasons you gave and frankly the shape the economy is in. I DVR GH and watch it but how long it will stay remains to be seen.

david
david

Sweeney, the rest of us aren’t paid million of dollars to watch and pretend it’s likeable.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

LOL. Ms. Sweeney is so transparant. But, seriously, just because they aren’t bringing back the soaps doesn’t mean I will watch any dreck they choose to air. Too many better things to do with my time than watch this crap. GH is the only ABC show I watch and it will stay that way until GH goes dark and then it’s goodbye ABC forever.

Ann
Ann

I was not going to come back on here. But I hate how people assume who a poster is, when that person, me, is just an ordinary person with feelings, too. Look, I get you anger at soaps being cancelled. But maybe think just once about blasting a person, me, who happens to exercise her right to watch whatever she wants to. I have watched soaps since a teenager, so I am loyal to soaps. My very favorite of all time was cancelled, PORT CHARLES. I tried everything I could to save it. I could have boycotted ABC then, but I didn’t. I have too many other things going on, some health issues, to worry about something I cannot fix anyway.

Heather
Heather

I think most people realize by now that OLTL is gone for good.

But GH is still on the air and its survival largely depends on the failure of GAA. That was the main reason why we boycotted The Revolution and that is the main reason why we are now boycotting GAA. At this point, our battle is really more for GH than for OLTL.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

ABC is such a slow learner, it could take awhile for them to get the message, its SOAPS or no new programming will EVER succeed in the afternoon!!!!!!!!____

Joe
Joe

I’m STILL not watching anything on ABC except GH!!!! They can seriously SUCK IT!!!! They will never have me back EVER! They already lost me and other for life! Guess they are just trying to figure out what to do now that everybody LOATHES ABC!

Chaz
Chaz

“Perhaps they might realize, a huge mistake was made by cancelling the beloved One Life to Live?”

Think they probably have already….but will NEVER admit it and will continue to push their “vision” of what the audience wants on the screen no matter how many shows fail.

I think the other thing they never take into consideration are people who watched OLTL (or any other soap) in a manner other than live viewing.
I mean, seriously, who would tape/ DVR a show like GAA versus the number of people who WOULD their soap? I never watch daytime shows live….just doesn’t match my schedule. And, yes, there are plenty of times I do watch (or at least not FF through) the commercials. Usually because I am always doing 2 things at once…watching my show(s), reading, looking through mail, etc.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

How pathetic is this, does abc really believe we are going to watch this crap? There’s no way I would watch this no talent garbage or any of the other shows that were welcoming the no talent garbage to the 2 o’clock spot that belongs to One life to live. Continue the boycott, I hope this trash tv sinks in the ratings like the revolution did, Hopefully it sinks even more. Abc/Disney you sure have destroyed your afternoon programs, what a waste.

Brian
Brian

ABC should expand GH to two hours for the summer months then seperate the show back into ONE LIFE TO LIVE and GENERAL HOSPITAL

Does anyone else agree???

david
david

Yes, that would be fine. When Katie starts in September, OLTL should replace The Chew. Two hours of soaps in a row and then people could tolerate one hour of talk.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I’m on board and would commit to watching daily. One can dream.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

I Always agree with you Brian.

Brian
Brian

Thank you Barbara. We do seem to see things the same way… perhaps we could get jobs at ABC and fix their daytime programming ! LOL… we can dream.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

And thank you Brian, we would probably do a better job at running the place then they are. I know one thing for sure the soaps would be back.

Christy
Christy

always an OLTL fan, but let’s not forget the AMC crowd. 2 hours, combine the 3 soaps. And for sure, lots and lots of cross overs so everyone is watching both hours and not compliaining about what characters are where.

diane c
diane c

abc messed up bigtime ,with the oltl cancellation ,I will not watch gaa, I only watch gh,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,soaps worked for years in the afternoon why mess with a good thing,stupid abc.

Jane
Jane

I am and always will be a One Life to Live fan. I will never watch ANYTHING that ABC puts in the 1:00 central time slot. ABC seriously underestimated the loyalty of the soap fans. This will go down in television history as one of the stupidest decisions a broadcast network ever did.

Emily Hope
Emily Hope

LONG LIVE SOAP OPERA!!!!!! GENERAL HOSPITAL all the way!! I will never any other daytime programming other then soap operas! Good Bye GAA!! Hello GH!

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shelly
shelly

The 2:00 time slot is totally dead to me right now. If I’m off and not cleaning or doing yard work I’m watching Dalllas DVDs.

Debi
Debi

I just put it on. While I am glued to CNN most days and DVR soaps, and I happen to like Josh Elliot, I turned it off already.

Not a good time slot.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Hopefully it sinks in the ratings like the revolution did, I can’t find your blog.

Brandi
Brandi

Well, I am not surprised, nor do I feel sorry for them. There are plenty of soap fans that never wanted OLTL to be cancelled. We will not watch anything they put in that time slot to try to “replace” it, as it cannot be replaced. Ratings were fine and there was plently of support for the show. IF they were SMART, they would return OLTL to it’s rightful place – even if some of the actors have moved on there are plenty of the core actors we all LOVE that would return – namely, Erika Slezak, Jerry VerDorn, maybe even Robin Strasser . . . .

susan M.
susan M.

I Agree with you Brandi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doreen
Doreen

Agree!

susan M.
susan M.

Again that would be AWESOME…………

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

I didn’t watch or will I. My beloved OLTL was cancelled and GH is destroying the good memories of the endings and changing the characters of OLTL, so if it all keeps up will completely stop watching ABC. If it fails ABC needs to finish incorporating OLTL into GH and have a revamped/fresh GH on for 2 hours. And stop killing off and drastically changing our OLTL characters! I hope the soap fans can banned together by boycotting GAA and have a voice – it worked on the Revaultion.

Torrey
Torrey

Agree with you….don’t like how the integration is changing the characters of OLTL. The 2pm time slot has been dead to me since January 13, 2012….I will not watch any programming in that slot, unless it involves LLanview, PA…LOL And being that I have grown tired of the portrayal of the OLTL characters on GH, I have just reverted to channel surfing, or watching old DVD’s for hours, during the day.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

I channel surf as well and seem to always revert back to you tube and OLTL and JOLIE clips. It makes the afternoon go by pretty quick and I get my OLTL fix. Good to know others feel the same as I do.

susan M.
susan M.

I get my fix of OLTL on the soap Channel on the T.V. My cable co. puts it on Mon.-Fri. 6:00am too 9:00am..Three episodes of OLTL…..I watch the 8:00am one…Not up at that time……………………

susan M.
susan M.

Not up at 6:00am ..Maybe I catch the last half hour of the 7:00am episode..

Pumpkinoodles
Pumpkinoodles

I do not see that GH is destroying the OLTL characters. Execs did that when they fired everybody. The OLTL writing team is trying to make their beloved fans happy by throwing us the meager bones they can, and I am grateful. The alternative is to not see McBain or Starr at all. Do I want OLTL back? Sure. Never going to happen, though, so I take what’s here and enjoy it.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you….We need Viki……………..

Torrey
Torrey

I understand that it’s nice to see John McBain, Starr, Tea, Blair and Todd…..but at what expense? I love the characters and was happy, at first, to see them appear on the GH canvas…but when they brought Starr, Cole & Hope on, just to kill Cole and Hope off so they can clear the path for a Starr/Michael pairing….then bring Tea on, only to kill off the child she had with Victor….and of course the final straw for me was pairing John with Sam…I could see the writing on the wall, as soon as he came into town, and was not happy from the beginning….for a man that spent months, if not years fighting or holding back his true feelings for the woman he loves, aka Natalie, he shows up in Port Charles and within no time at all he’s locking lips with Sam. I don’t buy it and I don’t like it.

kim delmotte
kim delmotte

I HOPE IT DOES NOT WORK AT ALL FROM CANADA

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

Didn’t watch it, don’t plan on ever watching it!!! If it gets good ratings, it will spell the end of GH!
All soap fans should boycott any afternoon shows on ABC, except GH!!!

susan M.
susan M.

CORRECT!!!!!!!!!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Agreed!

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Trying to do that but GH is making it hard by destroying the characters that were from OLTL that have come to GH. They are just enough different, they don’t hold my attention.

susan M.
susan M.

John McBain holds my attention………………It would be even better if Natalie & liam were there…That would make it complete…..I don’t they are that much different to me…Again they hold my attention because I still miss OLTL a lot..

Carlee
Carlee

Granted this debut was not eye-popping, but the quality and the concept is much better than the Revolution or the Chew. However, GH will not survive past next April unless the new regime wakes up and realizes that what they are broadcasting to viewers is not working. They have been in charge for over 6 months and have not moved the ratings needle one bit. In fact, they have lost viewers. The quality and pace has improved somewhat but overall not much improvement to garnish the overwhelming praise they have received. Remember the Emmy awards just given were for Guza/Phelps GH and OLTL was not even nominated for show or writing. I want GH to succeed, but not because another show failed again as is what happened with the Revolution. Soap critics, bloggers and press need to be honest in their publications and stop kissing Cartini’s butts. The stories on this show right now are not engaging, they are very dark, campy and are basically reruns of old OLTL stories.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Agree with you Carlee, have said many times that the writers need to come up with new & better s/l. Seen these before on OLTL and loved them, but not again with GH’s version.

susan M.
susan M.

They need to come with new & fresh material… Don’t the writers realize that…Don’t repeat those kind of stories again…It was successful before doesn’t mean it will work again………..More love stories & suspence…..

tani
tani

Tali, its the same exact s/ls, seems like there is no modification to the original s/l at all. Like the old scripts were just dusted off & inserted into GH & new characters slotted in.

tani
tani

agreed just too much recycling … GH does not hold my interest at all & i love GH its too dark & gloomy this is not this GH i am accustomed to. Don’t get me wrong change is inevitable but the cartini change it shows in the ratings…

Melissa
Melissa

ABC will never admit their mistake.I am not
sure what will ever have succses in that
timeslot.Not really sure if they know how
many bridges they burnt taking away soaps
Long live GH!!

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!!!!!!!!!

sheshoe
sheshoe

I honestly have to say I still am not over ABC cancelling AMC and OLTL as far as I am concerned they can’t replace those shows with anything that I would watch. For this show in particular it amounts to basically the same thing they tried to replace the SOAPS with – nothing!
I am still boycotting ABC and all things ABC (including Disney) with the exception of GH. That is the only show I will tune into ABC for and I will not watch anything else ABC has to offer.

susan M.
susan M.

Me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James
James

I wouldn’t even put it past ABC to pull GH without a proper ending if GAA succeeds. I think the revolution started with the same type numbers and just went down the tubes quick. Time will tell. If you want GH to stay, stay away from GAA.

susan M.
susan M.

I will..I will never watch that boloney…………..Never watched The revolution or smelly cooking show The Chew………………These kind of shows I have no interest in watching what so ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I only have interest for the soaps !!!!!!! Keep botcotting GAA…………………We beat them once with The Revolution we soap fans can do it again with GAA….Another abc show to beat the dust(GAA) real soon..

toscanti
toscanti

Won’t watch, have never watched and it doesn’t matter what they put on.

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

It’s obvious that ABC/D would like to cancel GH and get out of the soap business entirely. They keep looking for replacement programming that will bring back their lost audience. Well, guess what? Shows like The Spew, Revulsion, and GAA aren’t going to solve their problem! Only by bringing back AMC and OLTL, and keeping GH, will they regain the loyal fans who kept their network afloat for decades. Can’t those pea-brains see that?

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you Mary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grace
Grace

We want OLTL back! We will do our best to make sure everything else fails, GH is the only daytime show I will watch on ABCD.

susan M.
susan M.

Me TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris
Chris

Folks, seriously-quit acting like ABC is the only network ever to cancel daytime soaps. Remember- CBS recently cancelled the two longest running daytime soaps in TV/broadcasting history, and NBC cancelled numerous soaps in the ’80s and ’90s. If a program is underperforming in the ratings and not earning enough ad revenue to offset the production costs (very high in the case of daytime dramas), the show will be axed, regardless of how long it’s been on the air or what network it’s on. Enough with the ABC-bashing already. It’s beyond old and tired. And no- I’m not an ABC/Disney employee.

kay/kay
kay/kay

Chris you are right I was afraid that everybody had forgotten people at ATWT & Guiding Light lost their jobs also.

kay/kay
kay/kay

I am going to also add if you want to stay on are you listening other 4 soaps get a base of oldies that people know and can feel good about kinda like an old blanket you can cuddle up to. One of the reasons I started watching GH is you brought Heather back and Anna now get Edward & Monica back every once in a while and you will make me and a lot of other people happy. How about bringing Jeff Webber back they never should have killed off Alan Q. you know you don’t put people out to pasture after they turn 40. lol

david
david

OLTL was popular and came in under budget. Disney/ABC gambled on changing programming to lower production costs to increase the profit margin, but the daytime audience is limited, and many won’t watch just any garbage to support D/ABC. Maybe you are a shareholder and you will.

A free market means consumers get to choose. If D/ABC insists on ignoring consumer preference, then consumers will make another choice. If D/ABC executives are stupid enough to supply programming for which there is no demand, the problem isn’t with consumers. The problem is with corporations whose executives arrogantly think they can manipulate consumers to embrace garbage for the sake of their bonuses and corporate revenue.

Torrey
Torrey

Well put. I agree with you 100%. If ABC was doing canceling by sheer numbers, then OLTL should have been the show to stay. It was out-performing AMC & GH in the ratings for quite some time…and while AMC was poor in ratings and always over budget…OLTL was the complete total opposite of that. ABC did a clean sweep, thinking that the fans would go along, and that the viewership would just die down for OLTL, since ABC always treated it like the red-headed step child anyway….what they weren’t expecting is that the fans would revolt so strongly and support OLTL months after it had even gone off the air. We haven’t gone anywhere….we’re just not tuning in to the garbage that they keep rolling out. ABC and the other networks need to pay close attention to what’s happening. Fans are getting tired of garbage….I personally believe that all this reality will soon see its final days….and if not its final days….we will definitely start to see it fade away. People are looking for scripted drama. Why do you think we’re seeing shows like “Revenge” and “Dallas” doing so well in the numbers game? How many hours do they think they can fill with entertainment news? I know in my area, it’s GMA, The View, The Revolution and now this GAA….four hours of talk shows? Really?

Torrey
Torrey

I meant to say GMA, The View, The Chew and now GAA……but who cares…The Revolution/ The Chew, it’s all the same thing….crap tv!!

susan M.
susan M.

DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree with you David.. I couldn’t take four hours straight of talk/reality shows……I like DRAMA, ENTERTAIMENT,like our stories….

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I don’t watch the replacement shows on the other networks either if that makes you feel better. But the article was asking for our feedback on GAA and that is what we are doing. If that offends you, maybe you should avoid this subject.

Iakovos
Iakovos

If I understand correclty, ABC owns their soaps. CBS contratced with P&G’s production arm to broadcast GL and ATWT. I am sure the Eye network had influence but I thought P&G wanted out of the productions business.

No matter, it just seems daytime cannot cut a break. I am nearing 50 and it seems so much of what was my world is being ended, changed, or discarded. I miss good stories well told. Daytime drama for so many years was just that.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

I agree alot with you Torrey.

Heather
Heather

Chris, I don’t watch the crappy CBS replacement shows either. And if you look at the dismal ratings of The Talk, you will clearly see that most OLTL fans don’t have an interest for that show .

But as MBmomof3 said, this discussion is about GAA. So I have no idea why you are bringing CBS or NBC on this discussion.

MikeT
MikeT

I hope GAA fails miserably–bring back One Life to Live !!I only watch GH on ABC now!

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

I don’t plan to watch anything on ABC except for GH. If you want GH to stay then you shouldn’t watch GAA. TPTB are watching very closely. They want GAA to succeed so GH can be cancelled.

susan M.
susan M.

DON”T WATCH GAA EVER & IT WILL BE CANCELLED!!! Like what happen with the revolution..Same will happen to GAA……………

BornSoapStar
BornSoapStar

ABC better buckle up! They better not expect anything new to do well anytime soon if ever! It’s one thing for a corporation to change directions- it is quite another to tell your consumers they don’t matter. Other than GH- ABC is dead to me! Even my children know ABC is a BAD word in our house. 🙂

susan M.
susan M.

Good Afternoon America is heading in the same direction as The Revolution did to the chopping block…………..It will be cancelled also……Not interested in watching this at all…..Another news/reality show…Which we don’t want or need on daytime programming..If this show is cancelled of poor ratings maybe abc will realize these shows don’t work with loyal soap fans….They will never admitt it out loud that they made a terrible mistake cancelling OLTL..But one failed show)the revolution) soon to be a second failed show(Good Aternoon America) At OLTL timeslot……..Continue to boycott Good Afternoon America..And this will be the second battle soap fans have WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

The afternoons on TV belonged to Soap Operas. They were cherished by so many viewers or else they wouldn’t have lasted so long.Tell me how many shows last for 40 to 50 YEARS. I

susan M.
susan M.

None I know of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These crap shows will NEVER last that long……Yes the aternoons do belong to SOAP OPERAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They worked all those years…Why screw up a good thing that soap fans have been watching for years…And started wacthing them with their moms & grew up with the soaps…

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

No, Sam didn’t get a hold of the dna test, Todd got a hold of it and took it to the prison where heather is to confront her with the truth, he Knows that Jason not that awful Franco is the babies father. And todd is not very happy with Heather, But you know Heather she can talk a snake out of it’s skin, Poor Todd what a mess he is in he want’s to tell Sam the truth, but Heather keeps blackmailing him.

Joan Faist
Joan Faist

I will not watch any program that has replaced a soap. EVER!!!

Christine
Christine

What can I say that hasn’t been said by everyone else above me?

The only thing I can comment on is that their so-called promos were really lame. I have two little ones and they do not allow me to watch broadcast TV so I have to watch it on my Tivo after they go to bed. I fast-forward the commercials, but you can still get the gist. I actually WATCHED the above-referenced promo not too long ago because I could not believe that they actually had SNOOKY (I am ashamed I even know who this person is) promoting their show! With the way the majority of us soap fans are boycotting their shows and the very dull promotion of their show, I can see why their ratings are sluggish. Lara on an elephant? Lara and Josh walking and running into each other?! Is this the best they have to offer?

david
david

Yes, this is the best they have to offer when reducing their production costs to maximize revenue, executive bonuses, and shareholder gains. They want to make money by offering the cheapest possible product, hoping you are tasteless enough to swallow it.

susan M.
susan M.

Never will get me to watch these BORING & distasteful crap!!!!!!!!!!! I won’t settle for watching just about anything..I won’t watch the crumbs they are throwing at us soap fans to watch..No way !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Only will watch the soap operas. Their place & home belongs on daytime programming & they always will to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lew
Lew

I agree – The promo was horrible!!!! Haven’t watched the show and I don’t plan to.

JLH
JLH

With the exception of GH, I hope ABC’s daytime lineup shrivels up and dies. Again with the exception of GH, ABC–daytime, nighttime or anytime–is dead to me and has not been in my home since OLTL went off the air.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

If we all stick to the boycott it will work, Abc programming is dead to me to, I watch General hospital, when it ends I change to another channel, fast.

susan M.
susan M.

If it ends Gh.. I would be totally lost in what to watch anymore…Soap Fan Forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think JASON is the father of Sam”s baby not Franco..Did you see the DND test paper sticking out of Heather’s purse at Todd’s office today(WED.)…………………

susan M.
susan M.

What happen with the dna test that was sticking out of Heather’s purse?? I n todd’s office..Did Sam pull it out & read it!!!!!!!!!!!

Lew
Lew

Those fools over at The Mouse just don’t get it. They screwed up!!!!!! NOTHING will replace OLTL or even AMC. We didn’t want The Repulsive and we don’t want GAA! Soaps can generate revenue, rhey just need the right people behind them. It still riles me that two great soaps are no longer with us.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

I agree.

Phil
Phil

I think most of us are reading until GH comes on!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Your right about that phil.

Lou Gregg
Lou Gregg

I don’t know how many ways ABC viewers can say they want original scripted programming in the afternoon. Are their minds just that slow or can they not admit they made a mistake in cancelling OLTL. Please ABC wake up.

JoAnn
JoAnn

After watching GMA in the morning for 2 hours why does ABC think the viewers would like to watch another hour of GAA in the afternoon. Let’s just save them the trouble and DVR GMA and then ABC can use the money they save to bring back One Life to Live. Now that would be a show worth watching day or night.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Yes JoAnn, day or night. I think OLTL is better than most primetime programming. I’m one of the kucky ones that still have soapnet and can watch OLTL classics!!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Agree joann, One life to live was the best show on Daytime and I would watch it in Prime time to, Would be better then all the garbage they have on now.

Christine
Christine

I read this on the Associated Press. It would be sad if it were not so funny:

ABC
AP: ‘Good Afternoon America’ Producers ‘Might Want to Hold on to Their Alarm Clocks’
By Merrill Knox on July 10, 2012 1:47 PM

The debut of any show has the potential to be a little rocky, and yesterday’s “Good Afternoon America” was no exception. In his review, the AP’s David Bauder breaks it down segment-by-segment, noting the “GAA” producers “might want to hold on to their alarm clocks”:

The debut edition of “Good Afternoon America” ended abruptly in mid-anecdote from singer Liza Minnelli, who was being interviewed after performing “New York, New York” in the show’s Times Square studio. Host Lara Spencer interrupted her to wave goodbye.

Minnelli, backed by a band and dancers, performed to tout a new live disc of a 1974 recording. In the interview following, [Josh] Elliott asked her, “What was it like watching Liza Minnelli back then?”

A slightly bewildered Minnelli replied: “I don’t know. I’ve never seen her.”

TVNewser will be on hand for tomorrow’s edition of the show, so look for our story on Thursday.

kay/kay
kay/kay

Christine my dvr picked up the last 5 minutes of this show before GH started why I do not know. Liza Minnelli was almost unrecognizeable and Lara Spencer just said we have to go now, it was so off the wall .I tell you it was totally unprofessional on so many levels.

Christine
Christine

I guess I am lucky in that my DVR did not pick up any of it. Ha! Ha! Thanks for sharing what you saw, kay/kay. It sounds like a train wreck. We can only hope it gets worse from here. 🙂

Carol Painter
Carol Painter

I hope Everyone continues to Boycott all of Disney EXCEPT for the soaps, and written scripted programs, such as GREY’s Anatomy, Castle , etc.

I will never watch any programs they put In the place of OLTL or AMC. Never. And Shame on ANYONE who watches THE CHEW. Never have, never will, Nor will I ever go to any Theme Park of theirs. EVER……. Universal Studios it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scott
Scott

I’m glad GAA is off to a sluggish start. Maybe ABC/Disney will finally learn that daytime viewers don’t want see what they selling & we are not going to support any of these replacement shows. Cancelling the soaps was a very big mistake that the network may not bounce back from. I only watch GH & nothing else on this network. So, I say keep up the good work ABC!!!

SZima
SZima

The only thing ABC…or any network…cares about is the bottom line – MONEY. Soaps are too expensive for them to continue. Years ago, soaps were the cash-cow that made all the money during daytime and kept many other shows on the air. As they became more expensive, the networks decided to replace them with cheap entertainment. The result is a bunch of stupid game/talk/informational shows that cost a fraction of the soaps and the honchos are happy. Who cares if the viewing audience is happy? It’s all about the mighty dollar.

And…All My Children was cancelled too, people! There are some of us out here that cared more about that show than OLTL, so don’t forget us! LOL

Charlie
Charlie

The debut show was “too” much, the audience is annoying, rushed, and the guest spot with Liza was awful, she has lost her voice, and spirit, she seemed like she was in a “daze” and the ending was terrible, cutting Liza off in the conversation, and biding goodbyes to the audience, being under the gun with time……too much talk, its annoying…and get rid of those “comics” they add nothing to the show, seemed to be an after thought. Doesn’t feel genuine, it feels stiff, pushed, and it won’t work, if they think it’s going to be the lead in to Katie’s show…….beware….we know that OLTL is history and never coming back………….its a new day…….I have moved on and most fans of the show, I am still mad, but at some point in time you have to let that go, our revenge is the mere fact that they canceled the REVOLUTION that is a small measure of success!!!! It did now work and the executives at ABC/Disney are sweating !!!!!!their empire may be in decline…………

jp
jp

Of course, it was a sluggish start. Its not and can never be the emmy awarding show … ONE LIFE TO LIVE. ABC knows they made a HUGE mistake cancelling OLTL and we the viewers showed that by not watching The Revolution. It only lasted a mere six months. I am glad Tim Gunn still has project runway. I am loving the DALLAS return to TNT after 20 years. I hope I do not have to wait that long for OLTL. ABC will never bring OLTL back. I hope some cable network will see after the success of Dallas, they would be foolish not to bring back OLTL.

Ann
Ann

Even if this show fails, ABC will replace it with something else. Sooner or later, GH will be gone as it’s obvious ABC wants out of the soap business.

susan M.
susan M.

What is the location when Micharl Easton Say on the upper right hand corner : I’m Michael Easton MF on air on soaps??/ Same location & Erika Slezak comes on same location …Where is that at…. Calif. ????????????? WHERE????? Curious….

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Michael Fairman I believe is in New York!

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

I figure he is in california, because the time on our posts are never the same time that I am posting here.

Christine
Christine

More good news …

Courtesy of Media Insights:

Good Afternoon America Loses Steam in Day Two

ONE LIFE TO LIVE IN THE YEAR-AGO TIME PERIOD WAS CONSIDERABLY STRONGER

Two days of metered market data from Nielsen does not a hit or miss make. But with weaker lead-in support, Good Afternoon America on ABC dipped to a 1.6 rating/5 share in the overnights in day two (Tuesday, July 10), which was six percent below the lead-in average (1.7/ 5) and 20 percent below former time period occupant One Life to Live in July 2011 (2.0/ 6). Monday’s opener was a 1.7/ 5 (out of a 1.8/ 5).

Good Afternoon America also declined by margins of 33 percent to 50 percent from the year-ago time period average in the three key female demos as follows:

Women 18-49:
July 2011: 1.0/ 7, Lead-in: 0.5/ 4, Good Afternoon America: 0.5/ 4

Women 25-54:
July 2011: 1.2/ 8, Lead-in: 0.8/ 5, Good Afternoon America: 0.7/ 5

Women 18-34:
July 2011: 0.6/ 4, Lead-in: 0.3/ 2, Good Afternoon America: 0.4/ 2

Stay tuned for more overnight results this week.

susan M.
susan M.

GOODBYE GAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lookout here comes back our beloved soaps…I wish this woold happen………Especially for OLTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep boycotting GAA & Katie Couric when that boloney comes on in Sept………………Other shows Katie did flopped so will this one………….

rose
rose

Am I missing something here? Where will GH go if GAA gets the kind of ratings they want at the 2 pm slot?

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

Possibly down the tubes after the 50th in April.

rose
rose

If GH was supposed to be the lead-in to Katie’s new show, and they cancel GH, I’d be really worried (especially if I was Katie) about the reaction of what’s left of ABC’s afternoon soap viewers. I’m not so sure they’ve learned from OLTL , AMC and The Revolution. But then again, maybe the risk/benefit bean-counter types have already factored this in.

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

Abc said that on September 10th general hospital will move there, but how can we trust the rat? I don’t think that good afternoon crap will get the ratings, it will go downhill like the revolution, it’s already off to a very bad start, and we can all hope that it gets even worse.

susan M.
susan M.

Don’t even say that….We have to have positive thinking..So many other shows Katie did & were taken off the air…She has been fired from quite a few news shows Etc………………..The same will happen with this one coming in sept………..

susan M.
susan M.

JUST DON”T WATCH KATIE COURIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So the ratings & Katie flop all together!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Brian
Brian

I hope ABC realizes that if they cancel “General Hospital” they will never recover. People know what they want to watch… ABC executives do not.

Dmitri
Dmitri

ABC will recover with Revenge from such an incident. However, that is the only thing that would save them. I agree. We can do it, guys! Let’s make sure that this fails as well!

Dmitri
Dmitri

I’m glad that this “news” show is failing. Bring back the soaps, ABC, nobody cares about GAA, part 2!

susan M.
susan M.

You got that RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

Courtesy/ABC

So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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