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Hallelujah! GH Welcomes Michael Easton Back To The Party: Watch The Promo!

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The images you have been seeing on social media from a recent General Hospital promo shoot have all come together in a terrific new spot for the long-running ABC daytime drama series.

Set to Andy Grammer’s hit song, Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah) the cast of GH party on with balloons, smiles and sexy looks. But at the end of the promo, the series officially welcomes back Michael Easton and heralds his return on the upcoming Monday, March 21st episode!

During the video, the lyrics “I think I finally found my hallelujah. I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life. Now all my dreams are coming true, ya. I’ve been waiting for this moment,” are used over the cast images from the Grammer tune.  And when Easton arrives in the video, the song lyrics change to: “Good to be alive right about now.”

Watch the video featuring all of your GH favorites after the jump, and then let us know what you thought of it, and if you are looking forward to Easton’s arrival on March 21st!

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Timmm
Timmm

Well from the promo, it doesnt look like ABC has ANY plans of canceling our beloved soap! Excellent!

su0000
su0000

I dunno for sure..
but when a soap gets canceled it happens with very little or no notice..

GH has good 4 years left ..

Omar
Omar

True to that..

At the rate GH is going, 4 years is way too generous..I was one to bitch and moan about Ron C. writing towards the end of his tenure, but the current writers are so worse for wear, that I prefer to tune in to a soap from Mexico instead of watching GH during my time off..I have life 4 episodes to see and have no interest..

I was SO wrong…Please bring Ron C. back…At least he was entertaining, cartoonish and all!!

AJQ
AJQ

ABC may not have any plans right now to cancel GH but if this promo is an indication of what TPTB think appeals to GH fans, they may not have a choice.

Hallelujah, the whole cast dancing around, waiting for this moment all my life, all my dreams coming true, because Michael Easton is back? Lol! Either Frank is delusional, or he’s just using his OLTL actor to mess with fans, which actually means he is delusional thinking that’s a good strategy.

Easton is someone of no consequence on GH. Silas was a flop and he was fired. He left GH and the ratings went up. Now everyone’s dancing and dreams are coming true because he’s back on GH?

This is utterly laughable.

Tristan
Tristan

This promo represents FV and NV’s “vision” for the show, and who it will feature: heavy on the Corinthi, “Julexis” and Jasam. Precisely the folks front and center for the last failed Sweeps period. “Julexis” wedding was a ratings dud, the Corinthi drive down ratings, Jasam are just a bore and have done nothing to spike ratings at all.

This vision is a failed vision, which I note did not feature Genie Francis or Becky Herbst. Herbst was expected to take the low ball offer and be marginalized, or refuse it and be gone. Genie may have lost interest, and said “no thanks to this,” since her most recent big scene was with a Snickers bar.

Because ABC brass had to step in and overrule FV on Herbst, it will probably have to step in and overrule him on this vision, which is a recipe for further ratings decline. As I said, these were the faces of sweeps, and sweeps flopped.

It is time for ABC to cut its losses with this failed vision and the poor set of decisions that create PR nightmares (trying to force Herbst out against the fans wishes). Calling Wendy Riche!!!!!!

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

I’m not sure I can agree with assigning the blame to Valentini (I think all of this could just as well be ABC’s vision, with Frank and the writers left to execute it—but I’d love to know for sure, and if anybody has insider knowledge, please please please please PLEASE share it), but I do absolutely agree that this whole episode points loud and clear to what a mess this show has become and how screwed up they (whoever “they” is–FV, ABC execs, the writers, whoever) have made things. I have no particular objection to Mr. Easton’s return (provided they write him an interesting, viable character this time), but as I wrote below, he wouldn’t even make my top 10 among departed actors whom the show should move heaven and earth to get back. I think about the money that’s going to his salary, and who else it might have gone to support in a return, and that’s when it does start to bother me that this is the route they’ve gone. And doing it with this much hoopla and fanfare, when other, more important returns (um, hello—Genie Francis, anyone?) pretty much went unheralded, really does highlight what’s wrong with the current “vision.” It’s a real pity. A few years ago the show seemed to be getting its act together (after the long, dark JFP/Guza years) and moving in a better direction, with more balance and more of an ensemble approach to the storytelling. Now we’re back to certain characters dominating, way too much mob (and mob glorification or justification) for my taste, and very little to spark interest outside of some excellent performances. It really is too bad.

That said, I wish Michael Easton the best of luck in the new role and just hope his character is not remotely connected to the mob. That would be something of a saving grace.

Tristan
Tristan

It is more laughable than even you imagined, AJQ. According to DC, the GH cast was NOT told it was filming a promo to welcome back ME. They all thought it was a promo for GH, and not for FV’s pet actor on his 4th GH role. Wow! Way to engender a lot of jealousy now that the promo is out. FV’s agenda is so transparent. He couldn’t care less about GH. I am kind of floored he pulled that on this cast, already swelled with useless newbies!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

AJQ I think you’re reading way too much into one promo. Michael Easton may not be a GH vet but he’s a SOAP vet…and a very popular one. There was a huge petition to get him rehired on GH, it obviously worked and this promo addresses his return. For those of us who care…and I am one of those who do…the promo works just fine. Love Easton and am hoping for his sake as well as the fans that this time around is a charm.

AJQ
AJQ

Tristan, I saw that. It was pretty obvious from just watching the promo that it was filmed as a general promo and then edited for Easton. Can you imagine the GH actors reaction now seeing it? They had them dancing around for Michael Easton? Lol! Like he’s anyone and he’s going to save them. Their lives must have been so empty with him gone, but HALLElUJAH! He’s back! They’re dreams are coming true! They’ve waited for this their whole lives!They have to be livid.

And Rebecca1, you can like Michael and be glad he’s back. The promo can work just fine for you as well. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s ridiculous. It doesn’t change that fact that Michael is way down the list, if even on the list of actors that mean anything to GH fans.

If the petition “worked,” it did so because it fit the narrative of Frank’s agenda. 14,000 fangirls sign a petition for a show that needs several million viewers to be successful. A petition signed to bring an actor back when his departure had no measurable negative effect on ratings, they have only been up since he’s gone, which means he has no impact.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Well AJQ, I AM a GH fan. And there are many GH fans who were upset to see Michael go and are happy that he’s back. And if you want to talk ridiculous…as you say…I think it’s ridiculous to think ANY executive is going to bring back any actor because he “has an agenda” or because he’s a friend , etc. If there’s any “agenda” it’s to keep his own job secure by attempting to increase the fan base and kerp the show on the air. Whether he’s successful or not, or for how long, time will tell. Shows come and go. Primetime shows get canceled left and right…very very good shows. Dollars…comes down to dollars.

I get that you’re annoyed because you’d rather have a GH vet back instead of Easton. There are a few I’d love to come back too. I love Scott, Lucy, Scorpio, Stefan. I wish AJ and Duke were still “alive.” Still, I’m thrilled Easton is back…I welcome new players to Port Charles, especially one I loved on OLTL. He’s an actor.. lol…how many GH actors are on other soaps now. Alot! That’s the fictitious world we live in…or get to visit. Might be a great character that opens up a whole new story.

And “fan girls” is a bit harsh. You seem discontent about the show much of the time, yet you must be a fan girl…or guy…to get so upset over casting.

None of us speak for everybody…so statements you make like Michael’s down the list of actors and he doesn’t mean anything to GH fans is inaccurate and presumptuous.

AJQ
AJQ

Rebecca1 I’ve given it some more thought and you’re right. Michael Easton is a huge star. Huge. GH fans love him and are eagerly waiting for his return. Certainly the cast wouldn’t be dancing around all giddy if it weren’t true. When he comes back, GH will immediately hit 3.5 million viewers and a 650K demo rating minimum I think. That’s the kind of impact a major star like Easton will have, that’s why the cast is so giddy, he’s going to save them.

And you’re right, Producers and executives never have favorites or personal agendas. That never plays into decisions. That was silly of me.

Can’t wait for Michael and his new character. All indications are that it will be awesome.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Well AJQ…the laugh’s on me! I was ready to thank you for your gracious reply…until a few short srentences in where I realized you were just spewing sarcasm. So fun! You’ve got an untapped talent…

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

Michael looks SOOOOO HOTTTTTT in this promo! Nothing like a good looking man in a nice suit! I’m so thrilled that he’s returning to GH!

Melissa
Melissa

Yeah, I thought he looked fantastic! A new more upscale look for him. The whole promo made me proud to be a GH fan!

Olivia
Olivia

Michael needs a hot love story that will melt our TV’s. It’s been a long time since he’s had that kind of story. Not since his John and Evangeline days has he had love scenes that would make you want to turn on a fan. (Smile). I would love for Renee Goldberry to visit Port Charles as ME’s character’s long lost lover, one can always hope.

Olivia
Olivia

I totally agree, he looks marvelous. He and Jordan would be a hot couple.

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

Of course, I absolutely agree with you, Olivia! I do wish Jordan would’ve been featured more in the promo. She was only shown once. Oh well, they can make up for that by putting Michael’s character and Jordan together on the show!

The Commissioner and the NEW HOT DOCTOR! Yeah, that sounds (and looks!) pretty good to me!

Olivia
Olivia

Michael is heading east to the NYC area, I hope he takes time to see Hamilton and say hi to an old friend, Renee Goldsberry.

Harry 1
Harry 1

Jordan already has two men after her, she doesn’t need another. Save Griffin for Lizzy.
At least she and her massive hair extensions were in the promo. There was nary a sight of Laura or Lizzy.

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

Maybe “Lizzy” should just be single for a while. She hasn’t tried that before, and I think now just may be the time for her to try something new. She has THREE KIDS to care for. I think she should just focus on them for a while.

As for Jordan, she has Andre after her — and he’s a BORE. Who is the other guy you speak of? But since you’ve mentioned that GORGEOUS Dr. Griffin, I think he’d look great with Jordan, too. But, let’s just be honest, Jordan is BEAUTIFUL and would look great on the arm of anyone.

So, with that being said, why not have Jordan in a triangle with both of the HOT DOCS at GH — Dr. Griffin AND ME’s character?! That would be smokin’ HOT! Good looking STUNNERS all around! Everyone WINS!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Port Charles is not in the NYC area, though. But, who’s Renee Goldsbury? Lol.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Harry…I think Andre and Anna are, and have been, interested in each other for a while. I’d be surprised if they dont explore that relationship. If they don’t, Easton with Anna would also be attractive.

Intersting how they threw Maxie and Griffin together today…another possible match.

Basically there’s no way of predicting because we’re just going on looks. It really depends on his personality and who his character REALLY is.

Trophy Lady
Trophy Lady

LOL, exactly, Cee Cee! EVERYONE knows who Renee Goldsberry is! If you’ve ever seen Michael Easton SHINE beyond belief, then you know EXACTLY who Renee Goldsberry is!

Olivia
Olivia

Port Charles is near nothing it’s a fictional town but Broadway is hor real. A superstar is what Michael calls Renee and think he would love to work with her again.

I just Michael to be in a really good story.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, my gosh, Trophy Lady. I had completely forgotten about Renee as Evangeline. LOL. I did not put 2 and 2 together or assimilate the names…..my bad. NOOOOW, it makes sense.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i will wait and see if they can write for ME’s ‘NEW’ character before i ease on down the road doing any happy dance…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Tee-hee.
I should have waited, Jimmy. I’ve already done mine.

Laura
Laura

Love it! What a wonderful welcome back! So happy!

Patrick
Patrick

hummm ????? self serving promo if ever their was ; glaringly all about

Jason and Sam
Carly and Sonny

really well done … outside of the obvious… it’s like they missed the mark on showcasing all their talent

dag! the Queen looks so good…. wish she didn’t speak … Sam

Griffin Munro is DREAM
Franco is titillating
even Nathan draws
gotta love a quieter Morgan
Curtis completes STUD

welcome to the party : Michael Easton !

CeeCee
CeeCee

Curtis is hot, isn’t he? In a bad-boy-kinda-way.

Timmm
Timmm

Yeah, he is hot if he is leaning against the stove!

Shay
Shay

Here, here, Timmm….I also fail to see what all the fuss is about!!!! And CeeCee??? We’ve already established that math matters none when creating new characters—or their relationships to others—-at least in reference to logical considerations of chronology or birth.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I understand the chronological aspect on soaps….it is what it is.
But, as far as Curtis, I suppose it’s a matter of taste. I look at the whole body…facial features, shoulders, tapering waistline….Curtis is a good-looking guy!
Better looking than Dante; more appealing than Andre, who, may I add, all he has is an elegant wardrobe. This guy has no appeal, except for his medical degree? Tee-Hee.
Bye, love you guys.

Tristan
Tristan

Waaay too much Kelly Monaco. Is she supposed to be the star of the show, or are they telegraphing that Easton will be her new leading man?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Right, Tristan. Imagine that! Sam’s new leading man….about the same age as her daddy, Julian.
Let Sam have Jason. They are both seat-warmers, as far as I’m concerned…fillers.
Billy Miller has lost his charm when he lost Billy Abbott.

me
me

Uh, the whole point of a promo is to be self-serving. PROMOTIONAL.

Fanny
Fanny

If I had never seen General Hospital before and came across this
TV promo, I’d want to start watching immediately!!!
It’s fun & fresh, everyone looks fantastic!!
We should be seeing this ad a dz times a day till the 21st.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree Fanny, the promo dazzles!

Molly
Molly

Loved the promo and so excited to have Michael Easton back!!!

su0000
su0000

When GH was GH, When GH rocked, When GH was GH..
Do this — go to youtube and in the search put in;

Julian Jerome (2015-03-11) – Shootout On The Docks

Julian Jerome (2015-03-12) – Kill Duke Lavery

and then get back to me …

su0000
su0000

ooops.. ment to say; hope Easton will be the bad boy I have to luv !
I hope he is fire and ice ! A dark mystery !

Tim
Tim

Makes me wonder if this was GH’s plan all along,”fire” Michael,kill off Silas,and then bring back Michael as a new character to try and boost ratings.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

No corporate entity would embark on such a chaotic strategy purposefully. Like much if not most of GH planning in the years since FV was made executive producer, this looks like cleaning up the dung on the floor. Just like with Becky Herbst, just like with Luke/Fluke/Puke, just like with the story disaster turning into the casting disaster of the OLTL three. Not ONE exec that has anything to do with this classic and at one time, marquis daytime drama deserves to keep their jobs with the show. And once again, AJQ hits the nail on the head. (Although I DO like Michale Easton and believe he was totally hosed last go ’round.)

CeeCee
CeeCee

Love your post.

Patrick
Patrick

I MUST SAY…

that pic above…. with Michael Easton… w/ a goatee

HOT

keep it … !

agree with @Trophy Lady… in that suit to boot

Yike

SW
SW

Super cute!!! Welcome back Michael! You were so missed and we are so excited! Muahhhh! xxoo

elizabeth harrison
elizabeth harrison

Of Course I am so excited I have been waiting for this moment for a while . I knew he would be back and I was right. He is so the sexiest man on the show. And now I get to see him everyday Yea me. Michael We are so glad your ALIVE TOO yep I got the End of the Promo HINT Did everyone else well we will see. Welcome back Michael Easton . LONG TIME COMING.

elm1951
elm1951

so glad that michael is back!

Laurrr
Laurrr

Alexis and Julian look BEAUTIFUL 🙂 Love them, love this promo

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Happy for all the ME fans out there, and I certainly don’t object to his being back (he can act, and his exit interview when Silas was killed off showed what a truly classy and humble guy he is–a certain recently departed Big Star might take a lesson). But I’m struck, as I watch all this hoopla, with the observation that if I were compiling a list of actors GH has let go who absolutely needed to be brought back, he wouldn’t even make my top 10.

At least if they’re going to do this, let’s all hope that they write him a character worth having around this time. Silas, through no particular fault of ME, was pretty much a total bust.

Julie Lomoe
Julie Lomoe

I’m delighted they’re bringing Michael back, and I agree with you about the Silas character. Michael’s interview in Soaps in Depth was very telling in this regard. He was very circumspect and diplomatic yet candid about why the Silas role was so uninspiring. I’ve been blogging about Silas’s death and Michael’s resurrection ever since last July.

Amy
Amy

Love the promo!!!! Gotta a feeling ME is going to nail it! Best part no Liz!!!!! Do not care for her or her nasty fan base of bullies!!! Love the promo! Killy looks hot!!! Bring it GH!!!

Steph
Steph

Killy look awesome…

Harry 1
Harry 1

Amy, and I do not care for the Rebecca bashing–it goes both ways.
What these idiotic fans do not understand is that Rebecca and “Killy” are dear friends in real life. This is the most senseless and idiotic war between fan bases and neither actress enjoys it or participates it.
The reason Rebecca Herbst as Lizzy is not in the promo is that it was filmed while contract negotiations were still pending. So you can stop rubbing your hands with malevolent glee over the fact that there is no Lizzy in the promo as it doesn’t mean anything. Our ethereally lovely and eternally youthful Lizzy is still alive and well and hopefully is about to embark upon a new romance.

Tristan
Tristan

Thank you, Harry, on behalf of Liz fans.

Rodd
Rodd

I find some of the combos interesting. Why is Franco dancing with Carly and not Nena? I didn’t see Elizabeth? Was this shot while they were in contract negotiations? What about Laura, Tracy, Monica, Hayden, Epiphany, Mac and Felicia, Ava or Andre? Dear heavens, they had more than enough shots of Sam. They could have replaced most to includes these other characters.

I know, gripe, gripe, gripe. But seriously, I am just happy to see ANY promo the network provides. This one was far better than some.

Welcome back, Michael!

Rodd
Rodd

Oh, I blinked and missed Hayden. I replayed it several times and saw her with Julian. (?) Huh?

Aria
Aria

Gripe gripe gripe yet your still right about Sam, lol, maybe there’s another version that includes all those excluded just so they could show Sam 100 times.

Patrick
Patrick

yeah, they could have managed to fit who you mentioned… somewhere…

and yeah ! gripe, i’m griping, big gripe

was this a subliminal message that Kelly Monaco… IS top draw… enigmatic… and yeah, she’s cute – IN A DRESS – hear that ? and she’s smiling… and the big plus… she isn’t speaking…. so… I gather… it’s all centered around 3 couples

Jason and Sam
Sonny and Carly
Julian and Alexis

???? argh! REALLY ?

I look at hyour list Rodd of what’s left off… I stand with my fellow long time viewers whod agree that who you stated should be the most featured.

Liz, Laura, Tracy, Monida, Hayden, Epiphany, Mac, Felicia, Ava, Andre, plus

OK no more sour grapes

Vicki
Vicki

Great promo! GH really messed up when they brought on the 3 OLTL characters in 2013, and bringing the sexy Michael Easton back in a new character has set the ship straight again! Sam belonging with Jason, Sonny with Carly, etc. And Michael’s even wearing a color other than black!! Now that is a big step forward.

Looking forward to Michael’s new character unfold. Sure wish GH would bring on Melissa Archer though!

Beth
Beth

In agreement Vicki! I have a feeling those two would knock it out of the park. In fact I know they would!

Tina
Tina

Agreed! Michael and Melissa are awesome together!

Sara
Sara

Seeing those two together again would be fantastic

Sara
Sara

Seeing those two together again would be fantastic. Would love to see their interaction again.

Aria
Aria

The cast looked great especially my new fave griffin and Nathan, Finola as well . But the promo is to welcome Michael back and it felt a bit to much if you ask me not because he’s not worth it but it looks like overkill something one would do out of guilt, for firing him in the first place . If the show was promoting something else then it would make more sense . Regardless, welcome back Michael, and hallelujah !!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think it’s to appease the fans. As you know there were alot who signed a petition to bring him back, so I guess this is their way of addressing that collective effort.

Aria
Aria

Michael Easton and Rebecca Herbts are the only two stars in recent memory that the show has fired and then rehired because of fans outrage and It’s good to know our collective voice were heard.

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I agree Aria – welcome back Michael, and hallelujah !!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Agree too…Love Easton.

Andrew
Andrew

I enjoyed the pairings shown. I believe it would have been nice to showcase more of the cast.

Steph
Steph

I hope Michael does well and that the writing improves. The couples shown in the promo were obviously no accident. Sam does belong with Jason and Julexis belong together . In saying that I hope they develop Michael’s character well and certainly hope Melissa Archer joins GH. Would love her as Sarah Webber and interacting with Michael Easton again. Great partners!

Jenn
Jenn

OMG that would be wonderful.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I think Dr. Mayes would be perfect for Alexis. Both professionals and all.

Harry 1
Harry 1

Dr Mayes with Alexis? Bah! The very idea has me chucking.
Honestly, I would like him to be paired up with Tracy. He reminds me so much of Edward the way he barks out orders and reams people a new one every time they so much as look at him the wrong way.
Tracy has always had a Daddy complex–why not marry the old bastard and they can have a new cantankerous grouch in the Q mansion?

Timmm
Timmm

I agree Steph, who the hell misses Snorebrina and CARRRRRRLOS, cut them, hire Melissa and her and Michael would be magic AGAIN!

Tina
Tina

Sounds great to me!

Mister Media
Mister Media

The cast members look spectacular in this promo, which was fun to watch. I’d love to see some of this energy (and styling & wardrobe) on the actual show. I’m glad Michael Easton is back and am interested in what his new role will entail. Long live GH!

Melissa
Melissa

I couldn’t agree more. If the production values of this promo could be brought to GH that would be amazing! I have no quibble with the wardrobe, but the sets are getting tired and boring. Give Griffin a home asap. Make sure Michael Easton’s new character has an apartment at the outset. Have Dante and Lulu move into a new space. Build a new home for Elizabeth with her insurance money. Not everyone can live at Wyndemere or Metro Court. Metro Court, in particular, has been used to DEATH as a residence. Who in the world has the money to live in an expensive hotel semi-permanently? Cheap budgets have kept characters in generic hotel rooms FOREVER. And, btw, where are people like Olivia, Jordan, Curtis and Andre living? You only ever see them at work, in public or in other people’s homes. That where Bobbie’s Brownstone was a brilliant invention. One building that could house multiple apartments with a core family living in it. Whatever happened to the rehabbed Brownstone that Morgan and Kiki were working on? C’mon GH, invest a little in the scenery. It will likely return to you three-fold in increased viewership.

Shay
Shay

That makes perfect sense, Melissa. Although, as co-owner of the MetroCourt, I can understand Olivia making the hotel her residence. As for Jordan, since she’s nearly always been on the government payroll, one way or another, she’s not footing the bill for her digs…..typical bureaucrat, making John Q. Public responsible for her living expenses. LOL.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree…everyone looked smashing…
We got to see what a fine figure Michael cuts ( this from Fiona, my Gran…lol), and Sam …..finally showing off her near-perfect body with something other than black and white garb.

Shay
Shay

Well, “everybody’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man,” CeeCee! It’s a multi-generational thing….I love it, too. The shorter coif and facial hair, not so much, though. I’ve always gone for ME’s unique signature look of the long locks and I do prefer him clean shaven…..he has such an interesting, timeless face, I rather appreciate him more when he has that “blank canvas” where I can imagine him from all sorts of various eras. Regardless, I welcome him back to GH!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
Hiya, Shay…
I know, and I agree. I loved Michael’s longer ‘locks’ myself….and I definitely do not like facial hair on him. Yes, I am glad he’s back as well, but as a much more sophisticated personality than Silas….with a dash of mystery.

Shay
Shay

Oh yes, CeeCee, it will be a delight to have a “sophisticated gent” on the GH canvas for a change….such characters were once a soap opera staple, and now all we seem to get in Port Charles are mobsters, thugs, some lame law enforcers and more mobsters….I’m hoping ME’s addition will portend a new direction toward a more elegant population of professional males.

Mister Media
Mister Media

I kept trying to figure out why I liked this promo so much and just realized – it’s because these beautiful people are SMILING. I guess that doesn’t happen so much on the show.

su0000
su0000

hi Mister Media-
Unless I missed it- there has not been one humorous moment in GH is 6 months,,
I do not recall me having a chuckle, a laugh, a snicker, a fun moment, a WOW moment, in 6 months.. I haven’t even had a smile from joy.
GH is total morbid and stale, no longer fun to watch.. 🙁

((I miss the many laughs RC gave and the shocker WOW moments, it was entertaining and fun, a good time watching,, I miss that..

scott
scott

you didnt like when Monica called Tracy a bitch the other day…or when Brad was all goo goo over Dr. Munro……

Julie Lomoe
Julie Lomoe

Fantastic news! Just eight more days to go. I blogged about Michael’s return and found up a contest for the best guesses as to what kind of character he’d play. Google my name and that should get you there. I’m guessing this will be his new look? I like him with longer hair, but he’s gorgeous anyway.

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

I’ve been watching soaps most of my life and you can’t do that without being an optimist. I’ve always enjoyed Easton’s performances and hope they have come up with something he can really work with in the new character.

Sara
Sara

Melissa Archer needs to come to GH as Sara Webber.

Mari
Mari

Yes she does! It is time!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Rebecca Budig should have been brought on as Sara Webber. They could have written the exact same story as now with her and the tension between her and Elizabeth would have been significant and meaningful. THIS is one of the biggest problems that the show has, foolish and impetuous casting decisions.

Harry 1
Harry 1

Rebecca Budig should have come on as Sylvia Plath. Cannot stand that character.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, yes!! Michael would be complete with Melissa….and, vice versa. If only…..

Tina
Tina

Agree Mari. Michael and Melissa were wonderful

Deb
Deb

Melissa Archer all the way!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

The cast already needs to be cut by about 25%. They need another actor from OLTL like they need the plague to hit the cast.

Tina
Tina

So agree with the above posters. Michael and Melissa were and would be awesome!

Shay
Shay

Great one there, Harry1…..I also cannot stand Hayden! As for the breathless calls for casting more soap opera refugees/newbies???? Until GH gets rid of its already too many failed experiments using that same worn out formula, there is no need for any new characters….just a good spring canvas cleaning!!!!!

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

Loved it!

This is one of the better enjoyable GH promos in ages and features the majority of the cast mingling around but of course some only focus on the very end with Easton cause they have to put a negative spin on everything. I have really missed fun light promos like this from all soaps and the showcasing of so many actors out of character for a change. Easton appeared in the final few seconds of the video and it is good business sense on FV’s part cause he’s very well known to ABC daytime viewers. He is just trying to hook some of the casual viewers by letting them know he is back cause those who followed him from OLTL may have left GH when Silas was killed off. I know that the viewership has improved a lot since Silas was killed off but that has everything to do with the writing change cause GH feels like a real drama series again instead of a cartoonish outlandish farce.

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

More like the Kelly Monaco show. Good for Michael to be gainfully employed again.

Once again, Rebecca Herbst gets the shaft. I did not see her, but saw TOO much of Kelly Monaco.

scott
scott

I think Hayden is either Julian’s daughter making her Sam and Lucas’ Sister…or she’s Victor Jerome’s daughter, making her Ava and Julian’s sister…..that would be a combo of a Cassidine and Jerome (Nic and Rachel/Hayden)……

CeeCee
CeeCee

That’s a good premise, Scott. But, how does that explain her familial interest in Tracy?

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GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

Photo: ABC

When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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