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Holly Gagnier Takes Over The Role of Jennifer Smith On General Hospital!

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Those rumors proved once again true as over the weekend General Hospital fans were investigating former One Life to Live and Days of our Lives actress Holly Gagnier’s facebook page, and if you look closely it said on the May 27th post “Big announcement coming soon”.   Today, GH viewers learned that Holly is the next actress to play the role of Jennifer Smith!

Gagnier has even posted a picture with herself and GH icons Tony Geary (Luke) and Genie Francis  (Laura) whom she shares scenes with this week, as she takes over the role of crime boss Frank Smith’s daughter, Jennifer Smith on the ABC soap opera.  Gagnier plays the role once taken on by Lisa Marie, Roseanne Barr, and Sally Struthers … quite the predecessors!

Holly told Soap Opera Digest on her turn as Jennifer Smith: “I really had probably the most fun I’ve ever had on a soap!”

Daytime fans remember Gagnier as Cassie Callison on One Life to Live and Ivy Jannings on Days of our Lives!

What do you think about Holly as the new Jennifer Smith?  Were you surprised to see her on GH?  Comment below!

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

She is a good actress…far better than overrated Michelle Stafford…she maybe older but id love her to stay and get involved with Nik…what would Laura think?…I remember her on Days and she is hotter now than way back then…i no longer need my manhood pills…lol

Harry
Harry

Great choice. I like her and she looks awfully young for her age.
I agree–she’s better than that scene chewing Stafford.

su0000
su0000

Com’on ..
they are totally different character personalities..
And- different actors..
Michelle is very talented and can project humor and drama, much like Roger..
GH is bursting with great actors..
I never even heard of whatshername … how great could she be LOL ..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Be careful there, Harry !. Leave my Michelle out of this….LOL.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I so agree, Harry!

Shay
Shay

Here, here, Harry! The kindest thing that can be done for Stafford’s disastrous Nina dud is to write her a good death scene and get her the heck out of Port Charles…permanently!

davlestev1
davlestev1

She was no Cusi Cram or Ava Hadad but she was good. Soooo angry when Cusi Cram left for greener pastures..loved her against Robin Strasser’s Dorian Lord..I got it back with Holly and Blake on GL for a while too..fighting over Ross..LOL

Johnny
Johnny

OMG!!! I’ve loved her ever since the movie Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. I’d watch her in anything. Break a leg Holly

su0000
su0000

Roseanne Barr as Jennifer Smith I would have luved that !!!! Now that would be fun ! (that would rock!
I’m not familiar with Holly Gagnier so no fun there..

I do not like this Luke and Laura stuff.. It plays to the Ol’Timers..
And the great many who weren’t watching GH during Luke and Laura, well who cares about them..All, you ol’Timers should send RC a thank You card ‘cus I’d send him a WTF .. lol

Harry
Harry

Sigh….you’ve made that abundantly clear, Suoo. Again, and again and again.
You are bored by Luke and Laura…we get it. Hell, even the Pope gets it.

su0000
su0000

dear Harry..
I said nothing about being bored ^^^ up there..
I mentioned that once with great vigor and enthusiasm to make a lasting impression, and it did (geez I’m good! ahaa 🙂
I never heard of a Holly Gagnier, is what I said so I’d rather have Roseanne Barr ..
(I never heard of ”Jennifer Smith, either..
🙂

k/kay
k/kay

Oh gosh Harry how I have missed your comments yo are a riot.

kelly
kelly

Suoo is NOT the only one who is bored by Luke and Laura.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Way to go, Harry!

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

Harry,

I could not have said that any better! Post after post after post….so perhaps Su should respectfully just sit it out and let those of us that do remember bask in the last month of our memories of L&L….

CeeCee
CeeCee

Roseanne Barr? Only you, su…only you…that’s why I love you, Girl !! WTF ????
I can’t stop laughing. Thank God for having you on these sites…triple LOL.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Puleeeze, what’s with the O’Timers sobriquet? Don’t like it and don’t like the labeling. We devotees to the Luke and Laura story call ourselves “loyal fans” and discerning viewers of good drama and connoiseurs of great storytelling. So there!
“Put that in your pipe and smoke it,” you whippersnapper! You novice. You johnny-come lately. See? Namecalling is not so good, is it?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Nancy. Thank you….whippersnappers make the world go ’round. We’ll get there eventually….LOL.
You know, that’s what my Gran used to call my older brothers…not the girls. I always thought the name was always meant for boys. HaHa. See? This whippersnapper just learned something new. WOW.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Be careful, Su. Someone’s got her bloomers in a twist…LOL.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

And some young whippersnapper is twisting them!

Hey, those so-called “bloomers” and “granny panties” are back in style! Heard it on GMA–so it must be true–LOL.

Johnny
Johnny

OMG!! I’ve loved Holly ever since the movie Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. I’d watch her in anything! Break a leg Holly.

john
john

loved pete and ivy on days

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

Ivy was the other woman.

Pete and Melissa were the couple. Ivy was the sister of Speed. Speed was Pete’s best friend and fellow gang member. Ivy referred to Pete as P.J.

When Melissa was hiding out for dealing (she was hired by Pete’s sister Tess’ ex convict husband to deliver flowers, which contained dope in the flower pots, unbeknownst to Melissa) she stayed with Ivy and Ivy would always talk about PJ!!!

Melissa was all for Ivy to get with PJ, not knowing PJ was Pete Jannings!!!!!!!

Eventually Ivy gave birth to Pete’s son Charlie. They were married, but then divorced to make way for the endgame couple…Pete and Melissa. I really liked Ivy, but my choice (Pete and Melissa) won out…until Lars Englund showed up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

Jake from NJ
Jake from NJ

I love her as Ivy on DOOL.

Lori Ann Facas
Lori Ann Facas

As Ivy Jannings on Days, she was Beautiful, so sweet looking, Now she is just as GORGEOUS, I love Holly Gagnier, I watched her on Days as well, and awesome couple Ivy and Pete Jannings, (Holly Gagnier & Michael Leon). She is great as Jennifer Smith.

CeeCee
CeeCee

She reminds me/and resembles Camila Banus (Gabi) from DOOL. So pretty!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

It was indeed jolting to see the character of Jennifer Smith. However, we all know that Roseanne Barr and Sally Struthers were instances of stunt casting, and their appearances were brief. If the original Jennifer Smith (Lisa Marie) were available and interested, she should have been the first choice. Recasting the role for a another brief visit seems silly.

I love gh
I love gh

I agree. They could have had Robert come back one for one last adventure.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I think so, too. Maybe Tristan Roger’s twinkle and sardonic wit could awaken Tony Geary from his lethargy. TG is acting like a walking zombie. Maybe he wants to be on that show as badly as he wanted to be on Breaking Bad–LOL.

Lori Ann Facas
Lori Ann Facas

I Wonder where the original Jennifer Smith is Today (Lisa Marie was great too.)

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

One quick question for the GH writers: Does Jennifer Smith realize how old Luke Spencer is?!?!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Now, James. Don’t mention age or you’re bound to get your head bitten off. We do not discuss age on this site. SHHHH! Not allowed…. ( sotto voce) …LOL. Later, my friend.

k/kay
k/kay

Ok Ron Baby here should have been the story: Lucky is locked in the top floor of Wyndhams Department Store in order for him to be released Luke & Laura have to dance to the song Fascination her in her pink ball gown and him in a tux. Poof the door opens and Lucky is released.

Harry
Harry

Now this I would have loved to see, K/Kay. Why aren’t you head writer?

Rose
Rose

Harry…a little off topic but maybe you or Jimh would know. If Luke killed Frank, and Frank’s organization morphed into Sonny’s, wonder where did Jennifer get her protection goons and obvious money to stage the Lucky kidnap?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I love it, k/kay–and second the motion!

Joe
Joe

She was the BEST Cassie on OLTL and looks like she hasn’t aged a day since! Welcome back to daytime! SIDEBAR: She USED to date Survivor cast member/OLTL cast member Jonathan Penner 🙂

shrona
shrona

That’s so funny about Holly and Penner. He was kind of a jerk on Survivor but an enjoyable jerk. I don’t recall Penner on OLTL though.

shrona
shrona

OK, I googled “Jonathan Penner” and “One Life to Live” and got no results. I DID however discover that JP is a cousin of Jason Alexander and played a part in a classic Seinfeld scene (Kramer is pulling a rickshaw containing Newman and Lets it go, it rolls downhill and hits a man crossing the street- JP). Totally off-topic but I just felt like sharing. So sue me.

Joe
Joe

I swore he was on the show….I was an extra on his movie Religion Inc. back in 1989. He was a jerk on the set as well. BUT, I was invited to the cast party and they were there together and I could have sworn he was somehow involved in the Fraternity Row storyline….I could be wrong 🙂

Jimmy
Jimmy

This was a great reveal! I already love Holly Gagnier in the role, and bringing Jennifer Smith into the fold of this story was a great use of history. GH seems to be using its history really well in story over the past few years. She actually reminded me a lot of Claudia between her appearance, the way she was talking and her manipulation. I’m really looking forward to seeing this story play out and the next twist coming!

The next reveal I’m waiting for is that Nikolas’s true intentions for taking over ELQ is to hand over the company to Helena in exchange for reviving Emily. I’m convinced that Helena has Emily in a deep freeze, just as Stavros was, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s why Nikolas is going after ELQ so fervently, to get back his true love. It doesn’t make sense that he’s in it just for the money, so I’m hoping this is the reason.

amylicious
amylicious

I thought she was claudia in the beginning
lol

amylicious
amylicious

The actor has said he was bored with his character and wanted a change

Fanny
Fanny

@Jimmy…. Your 2nd paragraph is GENIUS❗️When Jennifer made
her entrance and started spewing all that nonsense…. I knew she
couldn’t possibly be the brains behind Lucky’s kidnapping.
Helena has to be the one pulling the strings, holding Father, Son &
Brother emotionally hostage…

shrona
shrona

Nice scenario, Jimmy. Another option is that Helena put a bug in his head as she did with ‘Jakeson’. Should be an interesting summer in PC.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Shrona…we do think alike. Not only did I say Helena is controlling Nik, but, could Helena be wearing a Nik mask?

Mark Y
Mark Y

Wait. The woman pictured above is playing a character previously portrayed by Roseanne Barr and Sally Struthers? Can I get a little history on this character please?

su0000
su0000

Kark Y..
If you came in GH after Luke and Laura then it seems Luke’s exit is being written for the ol’Timers.. Stuff we never seen or even know about.. I know nothing lol
I luv RC to pieces but it was nasty of him to write primarily for the ol’Timers when Luke is my Favorite and I could care less about Laura and Their 2 decades past whatevers..

But– I watch every moment in a state of ”HUH??”.. lol 🙂

CeeCee
CeeCee

Sometimes I wonder about what’s in the air there, in Minnesota, ya, su? Keep writing. I’m having the time of my life.!!!!!

Sally
Sally

Watch Luke and Laura from the very beginning on you tube and you will be fascinated. Better than any crap on daytime today.

Harry
Harry

Mark, ignore that woman as she did not watch in the 80’s and therefore, knows of not what she speaks. Moreover, Su00 is offering her very jaded and negative opinion on a subject of which she knows nothing about–please disregard.
Roseanne Barr and Sally Struthers were used as stunt casting and really one has to dismiss their their cameo appearances which enjoyed a very fleeting duration.
Mary Y, to answer your question Jennifer Smith is the daughter of Frank Smith, former Kingpin of Port Charles. Luke had to marry Jennifer Smith in order to keep himself alive. Frank Smith is the man from whom Luke and Laura were hiding all that time. That is just a thumb nail’s sketch.
Please disregard Sally Struthers, Rosanne Barr and SUoo as the aforementioned three are totally irrelevant to the issue at hand,

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I am not an “old timer”; rather, I am a “vintage” watcher! LOL.
Would that the story had been written true to the Luke and Laura storyline all the time–without the fatal violence TPTB have done to the characters and legacy of Luke and Laura.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I emphatically DO NOT LOVE RC and I care greatly about Genie Francis and the character and legacy of Laura. I loved Luke and the shades that Tony Geary gave the character in the heyday of the and Laura saga. I couldn’t wait to see what Genie Francis and Tony Geary were going to do next with the two characters–as well as the writers in those days. RC has systematically destroyed the characters of both Luke and Laura–with help from Guza.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

It’s been a while, Mark, but–when Luke met Laura (basically when he was first in town), he was involved with the mob, and he ended up engaged to the daughter (Jennifer Smith) of the mob boss (Frank Smith) even though he clearly was in love with Laura. Luke and Laura ended up on the run, in that original on-the-run storyline, partly because he couldn’t go through with his wedding to Jennifer. I don’t remember much more about her; she was always (to me, at least) rather a peripheral character, and I think she disappeared pretty quickly after she served her purpose as an obstacle to Luke and Laura. She was brought back later in the form of Rosanne Barr and apparently Sally Struthers (I totally missed that) for brief appearances; I can’t even remember what the storyline purpose of those two appearances was. The original Jennifer was, as I remember, quite beautiful and svelte (though rather an empty shell), so the Rosanne casting in particular was quite a departure. Holly G. is more along the lines of the original.

Beth
Beth

Yes, Holly G. is definitely more along the lines of the original Jennifer Smith. I believe she watched old footage of the original actress too. She is speaking in the same high pitch and has the ditzy airhead characteristic down. Roseanne was brought on in an ABC cross promotion in the early/mid 90’s. LnL appeared on Roseanne’s show and vice versa. Roseanne’s GH episodes includeded Tom Arnold as Jennifer’s sleazy husband and those episodes were campy. LnL got into Jennifer’s safe and obtained incriminating evidence against them to keep Frank off of their backs for a short while. I have only briefly looked at the Sally Struthers version. It seems Sally (as Jennifer) held Luke captive demanding he marry her.

shrona
shrona

Apparently Laura’s not the only one on NutriSystem….

Jeremy
Jeremy

Great casting choice, so far… though, she;s a bit younger than her predecessors, however, I enjoyed Holly as Jennifer Smith.
It would be great if she were offered the chance to return to Days Of Our Lives as a new character, she would make a great DiMera… Chad’s mom returns from the dead!!!

Beth
Beth

Actually she is 57 and perfect age for Jennifer Smith. The original Jennifer Smith was attractive. It was a big joke when the character returned in the 90s as Roseanne. During that particular storyline, Laura was feeling a little insecure about Luke being near Jennifer again because of how attractive she was in 1980…but then they learned she had let herself go and had ended up with a sleazy husband. It appears the character hadn’t changed too much by the time 2002 rolled around and they cast Sally Struthers. In 2015 they have brought the character full circle.

Kyle
Kyle

it was quite hilarious, and silly. Hey, but that’s Jennifer Smith for you. I hope we see Damien Smith & Frank Smith again! She can’t be the only one in on this, can she? I don’t think so, or I hope not anyways!

Timmm
Timmm

TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE! I know Roseann is ill and probably wouldnt have accepted the role but why not Sally Struthers? I’m sure she was available OR why not cast someone like Catherine Zeta Jones who hasnt been in anything in a while and get some publicity for GH. Remember how cool it was to have Liz Taylor as Helena. This to me is lazy and cheap on GH’s part! Please, this is not a knock on this actress. She seems capable BUT I expected a big pop and all I saw was a big flop!

Harry
Harry

Timm, Sally Struthers and Roseanne Barr were puzzling cases of stunt casting and they bore no semblance to the original Jenifer Smith.
I like this actress–she works for me.
What I don’t like is the idea that she went to all this trouble for a role in the hay with Luke. I hope there is more to her motive than that.

Lori Ann Facas
Lori Ann Facas

I Hope and am sure Luke won’t sleep her , he will find another way to search for Lucky.

Timmm
Timmm

Harry, I think what it boils down to is Jennifer wants Luke’s sperm and a fat old lady wasnt going to cut it! Whatever, but I am happy the she was on OLTL and is employed again on daytime.

Rodd
Rodd

Harry, I can’t help but think that Jennifer is married to some wheeler-dealer who can’t get her pregnant and she needs a baby to inherit big time from her husband’s family…or she lied to her husband and said she was pregnant to get him to merry her. If I’m right, this story will remind me of way back on ANOTHER WORLD when Cecile tired to get Cass to impregnate her so she could give her husband, the king, an heir to the throne. LOL!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Timmm.
As I said above to su, …Roseanne Barr?? The comedic spin would have worked for me, also, especially when Jennifer made that not-so-suttle pass at Luke. It would have really thrown me over the edge if it had been Sally Struthers.
The ridiculousness and humor of the situation was lost, not captured by Holly’s characterization of Ms Smith. She is just too perfect looking to have made the same comedic impact. The same would have applied to Catherine.
I did appreciate the jocular looks Luke and Laura exchanged when Jennifer propositioned Luke. I did see a hint of how Luke and Laura of yore…I think?

Timmm
Timmm

Yore right.

Fanny
Fanny

Hi, Timmm.
Agreed, so far this so called BIG adventure is a major DUD!
Hopefully the next few weeks will make for this nonsense …
Bring on Holly, Ethan, and our beloved Lucky.

Timmm
Timmm

I’m not giving up this soon but I thought they would stunt cast Jennifer. I’m over it. I did see a little flicker of hope between L&L. Not that their reuniting but they did have chemistry back in the day and whether they like each other or not, they have “It!”

Fanny
Fanny

@Timmm
We saw it again..when they briefly reconnected at the triple L,
The misty, dewey look in their eyes, the slight hand holding..
Love lived strong in their history together…

Sean
Sean

I love Holly Gagnier, she is a wonderful actress.

Mary SF
Mary SF

If this character goes back to early Luke and Laura days and Frank Smith– shouldn’t she be older???? I mean Tony and Genie look ancient next to her— if Holly G is the same age as them- then damn she aged well, but if not, they should have cast an actress who would pass more as contemporary of Luke and Laura. I find so hard to believe this beautiful young looking woman is so hot for Luke she would have kidnapped his son so she could sleep with him? Frankly, she looks more Luke’s daughter than an old flame. Then when I heard the role was previously played by Rosanne and Sally S. I just have to scratch my head on this one.

k/kay
k/kay

The actress is 56 or so they say what is in her drinking water?

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

She is in her late 50s(older than Genie about five years)…and looks better than she did 30 years ago when on Days…i actually look worse…sigh!!!…lol

shrona
shrona

I feel your pain, Jimh. I’m a year younger than Holly and I WISH I looked that good. If she’s had work it’s pretty damn fine work. I think she is the definition of ‘unbotched’.

Liam
Liam

Hi Mary,

Holly G. is actually three years older (56) than Genie Francis (53). Furthermore, Robin Christopher (Skye) is actually younger (50) and Luke was with her, same with Kristina Wagner (51) who plays Felicia.

Harry
Harry

My first thought too, Mary SF. However, Holly G is fifty-six–she is 4 years older than Genie Frances.

John Paul Murphy
John Paul Murphy

Holly is a few years older than Genie, it’s just some plastic surgery and too much make-up. I think she looks awful, but I guess it fits the character since her last appearances were played by huge character actresses in total camp (although watching Holly chew the scenery in the same campy way is painful). I’m disappointed with this story twist. Had it not been done twice before already (and better), and the character was being written more like her original characterization (which I guess would have been impossible after Roseanne and Struthers), an appearance by Jennifer Smith would have been more threatening and had more impact.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Okay if she is 56, then I must schedule an eye exam because honestly when I first saw her I thought she was in her late thirties– LOL.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Nothing against the actress–but a more believable story line would have been if Jennifer had requested one night with Laura!

Sad, just sad what the writers are doing to the legacy of Luke and Laura–and Genie just standing there looking so beautiful and pained. And, I’m guessing, gritting her teeth.

So Tony Geary is all right with TPTB suggesting a night with Jennifer Smith and not with Laura, the woman who, in Luke’s own words, kept him whole with her love for lo so many years? Where is his brain(don’t answer that!0–and, most importantly, where are the brains of TPTB?????

SAD, SAD, SAD, SAD I was so afraid that something like this would happen–and it did.

I can think of how many ways the writers could have gone in righting the horrible mess they made of Luke with the so-called–and ego-driven–Fluke storyline. But, alas, TPTB must not be able to think about the waist.

Harry
Harry

Hold on, Nancy!
It might get better!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Thanks, Harry. Love your optimism, Harry–and I will try to hold on. I just can’t believe this is the way the deal is going down.

Fanny
Fanny

@Nancy
I Wholeheartedly agree! Evidently TPTB have saved the BEST for last…
Lucky, Ethan, Holly… And perhaps some other favorites. I was really
hoping for more scenes like Anna and Luke’s final goodbye…

@Harry
I’ll follow your lead, and remain optimistic.

Beth
Beth

Nancy, I agree with you. My favorite Luke is a jealous Luke. I think it would have been more interesting if we learned Laura is perfectly content dating an older dashing gentleman and hasn’t felt the need to brag or comment about it. I would love to see a story where Luke was dreading and praying Laura wouldn’t be begging him to take her back…then he finds out she’s been dating Robert Scorpio for a while and had no intentions of bothering Luke. In other words, I would love for the writers to get cheeky and pay homage to the “sticky door era” storyline where Luke was super jealous of any and all attention Laura received from other men….especially from Robert….the very storyline where Laura asserted some independence and gave Luke some space. It made Luke perplexed and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes, I agree. Would have made a much more exciting storyline. And created some tension/conflict badly needed between the two–anything but TG/Luke’s apathy.
I, too, loved the “sticky door era.” What fun, what humor, what passion–and how whiz-bang entertaining for us fans of the breathless Luke and Laura storyline.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Not surprised to see Jennifer, to answer the header question. At this point, nothing is surprising–and nothing is uplifting.
SAD, SAD, SAD, SAD.

Jane
Jane

Saw todays show, she kidnapped Lucky just to get Luke in bed????? Stupid. Or did I miss something???

su0000
su0000

Ohh dear lord!
Is Luke gonna do the nasty with whatshername ..
Now, that would be interesting..
Luke being forced into sex to save his son… aha!

(Luke not having sex is one of the reasons I luv him and Tracy together..
((( eventho Tracy got it on with Fluke … ohh crazy stuff !

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I’m still shaking my head in disbelief after having read Genie Francis’ interview where she said she had to ask if Tony Geary wanted her to come back to see him through his last appearances. GENIE FRANCIS ASKING TONY GEARY’S PERMISSION TO COME BACK TO GH AND PLAY OFF HIM??????? How disgusting is that! Genie was there before TG, and she had already established herself as a memorable actress at the tender ages of 14-16.

And I have also been digesting TG’s cold persona in his scenes with Genie. It’s like he doesn’t want to look at her or touch her. And he is not invested in the scenes at all. The TG of yore would have taken on a tender persona each time he gazed into Genie’s eyes, and the magic of Luke and Laura would be there instantly. But not anymore. TG just look non-committal and tired. No light in his eyes, no spark in his demeanor. Just going through the motions, walking through the scenes. He’s not being generous or giving Genie anything to play off of. SAD.

Justin
Justin

I’ve picked up on that as well Nancy. It’s so sad to me.

Patty
Patty

Thank u for saying exactly what I also think! I noticed TG dead fish stares and am not enjoying this lame storyline, hopefully it will get better:)

John Paul Murphy
John Paul Murphy

I think you’re reading too much into this. She didn’t need his permission, she just wanted to know if he was interested in her returning for his exit. It’s HIS exit storyline, and she was willing to be a part of it if he wanted her to be, and not otherwise. And they are playing the storyline the way it is written for them. The characters aren’t in love anymore, and they are in a forced situation. There is nostalgia, but their focus is on Lucky.

su0000
su0000

nancy.
You are wrongly informed..
Genie never asked Tony for permission, never..

She was called to come back and she asked if Tony wanted her back too- and she was told, yes absolutely he does..
If Tony did not want her back she would not be back, not until after he left..
Genie is back and all is well..

also- Luke and Laura are not a couple nor are they meant to be couple this time around..
There will be no 2 decades past romance and love between them, don’t look for it don’t expect it 🙂
They are simply working together to save their son, nothing more..

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Methinks you doth protest too much. I believe Genie Francis. If it wasn’t an issue, she wouldn’t have had to answer the question tactfully yet honestly. Genie is classy and seems considerate of everyone. And, she is respecful of her long-time fan base. Kudos to Genie.

Ces
Ces

Tell me this story isnt tony’s send off?? Holly looks great and loved her on Days as Ivy. Not loving this story otherwise but we’ll see.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I remember her as Ivy on Days of our Lives. I kept looking at the actress and saying to myself that she looked very familiar. Now I know why.

Lori Ann Facas
Lori Ann Facas

I was very surprised, stunned, and totally speechless, (the 3 S ‘s) But I am a total fan of Holly Gagnier, I’ve watched her on Days as Ivy Jannings, and on One Life to Live as a recast Cassie Callison, Dorian and Herb Callison’s daughter. I’m amazed at how well she can play Jennifer Smith, she does the part very well, and is a great actress. Welcome Aboard G.H. Holly.

clh
clh

Doesn’t matter it’s a short term story anyway, and so far Luke’s “last adventure” is pretty lame.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

I’m sure there is more to this story than jennifer smith

k/kay
k/kay

This post is for the oldies that loved L&L still live in the past that means none of you young whipper snappers are invited. We shall all meet at the Triple L Diner have some shots of Tequila some homemade brew scarf down some chicken wings and salute to L&L. Oh and by the way all wheel chairs, canes, walkers & scooters must be legally parked out front. See you all there!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Love it, Kay!

dmr
dmr

I think Holly did a great job! She is a beautiful and talented actress-however, I would have liked to have seen Roseanne Barr or Sally Struthers again-for comedic and history sake(s). The storyline is somewhat lackluster-someone cares THAT much about having everyone believe that Luke and Laura are back together? Just seems dumb. Lulu is just annoying-she is not a mature wife and mother. Does she work? Where is Rocco when she is at the Quartermaine’s and calling her husband-lying about suddenly going to visit her grandmother who is in need of medical help (which, by the way was not a medical emergency). I do enjoy the history of Luke and Laura; although, I am not enjoying the storyline-as much.
On another note, why is it that when Michael throws a hissy fit and starts in on “my father” (AJ)-all I hear is the voice of a petulant, spoiled child-not a grown man who is a CEO of a global company. Lucy was right-he does have some growing-up and learning to do.

Mamalee
Mamalee

Love seeing Holly Gagnier on GH as Jennifer Smith! She is so talented, beautiful and fits right in with the cast! Does she ever age?!! Love to see more of Jennifer Smith/Holly Gagnier

Elizabeth Cheshire
Elizabeth Cheshire

Love her! Hope you keep holly on as a regular cast member. She is beautiful, talented and makes a wonderful Jennifer! Please keep her

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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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The General Hospital 16-Episode Collection: ‘All Sonny’s Children’ Debuts

General Hospital fans know that Sonny Corinthos  (Maurice Benard) has fathered a lot of children in Port Charles and then some, and there is even another Corinthos baby on the way.

Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Included in the the 16-episode collection is: Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina, as well as the hesitation and joy that comes with knowing a new baby is on the way.

So, check out the collection and let us know which episodes are your favorites? And, who is your favorite kid of Sonny’s of all-time? Weigh-in below.  But first watch the just released promo for the collection.

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

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Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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