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Holy Julexis! GH's Julian Contemplates Murdering His Wife!

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Carrrrlos is back (Jeffrey Vincent Parise)! This time the deceased criminal is torturing the mind of Julian Jerome (William deVry), and that is not a good thing for Julian’s wife, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).

After being arrested for Carlos’ murder, Alexis spends a night in jail, but after posting bail she comes home.  Her husband, the guilty party, did not step forward, but instead let his wife still take the rap.  As Julian has visions of Carlos, who is egging him on to protect himself, Carlos implores Julian to take out his wife!  No, not out to a restaurant, to take her out as in kill her.  That way, there is no one that can pin Carlos’ murder on Julian.  Kudos to William deVry for making Julian’s plight intriguing.

But will Julian actually go through it and try to end his wife’s life? If he doesn’t, how on earth will he get out of the mess he is in?  Will he just let Alexis go to prison for a crime she didn’t commit?

After the jump, watch a preview of Monday’s GH and then weigh-in on what you thnk will happen next! (Note:  fans have already seen in thelatest GH summer promo that Alexis is in a bathtub and Julian looks rather angry behind her!)

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Sondra
Sondra

Ugh!!! I hate this!

Although I have a feeling he’s gonna call the hit but then save her (he’s supposed to be in the hospital coming up)

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Re Mon.’s show: WHY would Alexis drink the tea Julian fixed (well, she did drink the KOOL-AID, so to speak, didn’t she? She “swallowed” his act!)

Celia
Celia

Maybe something in the tea caused her almost 60-year-old womb to re-juvinate itself. Are the writers for real? I don’t care if it’s a soap. It is absolutely ridiculous. If Nina’s wanting a baby isn’t out-of-this-world- enough. MAMMA MIA!!!!!!!
How many of us suspected Alexis was pregnant yestersay when she was sick? I bet many of us did. My sister and zi looked at each other, thinking the same thing.
I feel like SCREAMING. GIMME A BREAK!!!! Now I’ve heard everything. Did she conceive by devine intervention? With the help of the Holy Ghost!!!! Oh, Lordy Lord, help us!!

Celia
Celia

That should read: my sister and I.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

And now Alexis is PREGNANT? GMAB! Now they’ve REALLY, REALLY JUMPED THE SHARK! Next in line: I suppose Monica and Tracy will discover they are also pregnant!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

And “Grandma” Leslie will call Laura and tell her not to grieve over Nikolas’ disappearance–that she’s having a baby–a little sister for Laura–LOL!

Rissa
Rissa

Hate this! I don’t understand why GH would ruin one of their best couples with such an ugly, violent story. The sudden 180 they did with Julian the last few months (with no explanation for his change) is bad enough. But now this? The worst. I loved Julian & Alexis. Watching the writers toss away their romance, family (why I watch soaps) to showcase violence proves the writers are totally out of tune with what I want to see.

Sam
Sam

This!!!

Soaphound
Soaphound

I agree, Rissa. God forbid we can have a mature, happy couple on the show. It seems Julian (suddenly) not only puts himself ahead of Alexis, but Ava and the Mob rate higher also. Stupid man and stupid writers!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Mature? Happy?
All they did was have sex a few times. Then get married.
Honestly, even with the best results of this writing team it just falls SO short of its potential. No matter the character, the plot, the gimmick. I think my expectations based on what this show once was are finally starting to wear me out.

Celia
Celia

……ahh, Rissa!! This is done to make Sonny look the hero. Not that I am a fan of of this couple (Alexis and Julian)….never was! But, I detest Sonny even more.
TPTB are trying to erase Sonny’s murderous image from our minds…..’tis a trick. ‘Ain’t gonna’ work for me…..a vulture is a vulture is a vulture.

Jenny Brooks
Jenny Brooks

Well said Rissa! This is what the current writing team is giving us! Ugh!

Ghlover
Ghlover

I will NEVER forget the sleeze that is Sonny. I will always remember that before anything he was a pimp who manipulated Karen Wexler Cates.

Celia
Celia

@Ghlover.
If today’s episode was any indication, my friend, somehow; someway, Sonny will save Alexis and the day. No surprise if it goes down that way.
But, as much as I abhor Julian, I am not so sure he will go through with it. On the other hand, desperate situations call for desperate measures.
Needless to say, if TPTB are inclined to having Julian try to kill Alexis, it is done for the expressed reason of making Sonny the hero.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

I agree. I’m sooooo done with the mob stuff.

They could have pivoted to anything other than the mob stuff but noooooo it’s mob mob mob. I agree with Celia, this is about making the always insufferable Sonny a gold plated hero.

These storylines just draaag ooooonnnnn. It’s been a year of bipolar Morgan. Makes me remember with great unhappiness the year plus Jason wandered around not knowing he was Jason. If you’re going to bore the audience with Captain Obvious stories, can we be quick about it?

su0000
su0000

There is NO mob..
There has not been an actual mob since Guzza..
We have two men, in a feud, to take each other down..
It is between the two… no mob anywhere just the two men.
Sonny and Julian’s war is between the 2, no mob involved.

where people see a mob or mob stuff would be they are still stuck in the 80-90’s because there is no stuff mob, just two old farts wanting to take each other out, no big deal.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I think we have to remember this is a soap…soapy DRAMA that used to take forever to play out. Soaps used to be soooooooo drawn out that you could miss six months in a row and catch up in an episode! Morgan’s story, Jadon’s story, Nina’s story..as much as soaps are exaggerated and “out there”, it wouldn’t be realistic to rush, bi-polar, amnesia, a woman returning to society after a a 20-year coma…I think the slower pace for these stories are needed and make them more credible. It’s not as if we watch these characters stories every day; while the aforementioned three were missing for a day other two or even a week, the show centers around other characters and THEIR stories. they’re not devised to wrap up in a few days or weeks. Before soaps were an endangered species, as I mentioned stories used to drag out much longer. I think the pacing and the focus on different characters moves and transitions rather smoothly.

Harry
Harry

Suoo, I do not know why you persist in maintaining that there are no mobs on GH. You’re just plainwrong. Sure, each head writer has a different take on the life of a mobster but none of the head writers subsequent to Guza have taken the mob storyline off the canvas.
Do you not remember Sonny killing off his mobster rival in his restaurant during a meeting of the heads of various families? That was about six months ago. Just please stop stating that there are no mobsters on GH because it’s simply not true and everyone knows it.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Wow, if that is the “best ” couple, I’d like to see the worst!

Theresa
Theresa

The character of Julian has never felt right to me.
He has always been out for himself, and I never bought
into this great love affair with Alexis. I hope he gets what’s coming
to him.

Karen Shelinsky
Karen Shelinsky

Me too. I think he’s scum!

Sophia
Sophia

I agree with you both!

Celia
Celia

Thank you, ladies. Julian’s outward demeanor with Alexis was a facade. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. …just like Sonny, who, by the by, is on vacation from raising havoc, for now. When will he strike again?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Obviously, from this interview, not if these writers have anything to do with it! Sadly.

su0000
su0000

Whatever, both will come out alive and well.
Neither are leaving GH, so Alexis will not be killed and Julian will not go to prison .

The only good part is Carlos/(Jeffrey Vincent Parise. He is great!

GH has become very predictable and lame ..
It is terribly anticlimactic and drama free ..

cooks7570
cooks7570

Your preaching to the choir As I have said these writers suck. Someone said they are going back to watching the old soaps for their drama fix.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Yes, how great was it when Carlos reappeared to haunt Julian! A perfect reminder of the loss of (another) terrific actor so we can bring on more blonde bombshells for more love triangles. Maybe Carlos has a twin so that J.V.P. can return, ala Michael Easton.

Celia
Celia

Ain’t that the truth, SuzieQ.

tatiana
tatiana

Yes Yes…please more Carlos! Or just more from this actor. He is amazing and its unfortunate his character was such a sleaze because this actor has more charisma in his little finger than all the actors on this show put together. Except for maybe Roger Howarth.

Celia
Celia

@tatiana.
Well, tatiana, Vincent would have to return as another character. He has run his course, in my opinion.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Still agree with you re Vincent Parisi–now THERE’s a character that could play Shapespeare!

Celia
Celia

Iago.

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

Julian-who looks like he has been to the greasy-hair-club for mobsters….is angry when he finds Alexis making out in the bathtub with the tidy bowl man-lol

Celia
Celia

That’s not his hair. Ha, Jimmy!

Sam
Sam

This is getting bad and DARK.

But, honestly, I love julexis still lol still rooting for them. He won’t really hurt her IMO

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

But, the pairing of the two is hurting me! LOL!

tatiana
tatiana

No he won’t hurt her but the writing of Julian over the last few months is little more than character assassination. There is nothing to root for.

Celia
Celia

Lol, Sam. It’s about the mob…..dark, dark, and more dark.

NancyH
NancyH

I never cared for Julian, mob or not. Alexis can do so much better. GH needs Jeffrey Vincent Parise, as indicated in his several post death appearances. Whether his departure was his choice or GH’s…it was the wrong choice. Actually he’d be better with Alexis than Julian. That would be a crazy, hot and funny relationship for sure!

Melissa
Melissa

I loved having Carlos back but am hating this story. I was never a big Julexis fan but the complete turnaround they’ve done with the character is jolting. The writing and plotting is soooo heavy handed. We can handle nuance. You don’t have to hit us over the head with Julian’s return to the dark side — in fact in some ways a much darker side than he had during his original run.

Btw, with this episode, when Carly hypocritically criticized Sabrina for getting Michael to take care of her child, I officially started fast forwarding through any scene with Carly and Sonny. I will make an exception for when Ajax comes back, but otherwise I am done with this couple.

Melissa
Melissa

Darn autocorrect! Jax. Not Ajax!

Celia
Celia

That’s okay, Melissa. Ajax is a Greek hero….And, he’s stronger than dirt. LOL.
Yeah, Carly and Sonny, the all American Mom and Dad, are nauseating.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

I want to stuff morally superior Carly into a vast of anything and lock down a lid. She really has zero room to talk. Other than Elizabeth, who else tells her to tuck it in? Even Alexis… now written as the dumbest of doormats doesn’t challenge the insufferable Carly.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“Insufferable”–I like that adjective–very descriptive of Carly and S0 many other characters on the show. Aren’t we supposed to like SOME of the characters? Isn’t that what good drama is all about. Audience identification with SOME of the characters.

Shay
Shay

@Melissa….Yep, Carly is the ultimate hypocrite and an insufferable one to boot, but I have to say it was an absolute delight for someone, anyone, to finally give “St. Sabs” the business…..this coddled character is one of the most utterly useless creatures to ever hit Port Charles, and every time there is a perfect out to get rid of her, the showrunners bring her back like a bad penny. The writers have bent over backwards to contrive a place and purpose for this weepy, annoying, insipid parasite, and no matter what she does, everyone acts like she’s the berries. This is a character who slept with a cold-blooded killer, then tried to pass off his child as another man’s for her own comfort and convenience….it was beyond the pale. Then she had the nerve to dump said infant on the doorstep of the wealthiest family in Port Charles…..her unmitigated gall has no limits. For once, I agree with both Carly and Sonny….there is no way that Sabs is good enough for their Mikey, and neither is her Carrrrrrr-LOS!-issued spawn….they both need to leave town for good, and the sooner, the better!!!!!

Becky
Becky

Looks like I’ll be in the minority again. I find this riveting, especially since I can’t remember a mob guy potentially letting his wife take the rap for murder on the soaps and even contemplating killing her to remove anyone who can testify against him. Can’t wait to see how it plays out, although I do understand people liking Alexis and Julian together.

Markay
Markay

The story is one of the better efforts of our illustrious writers. I do not want Alexis to stay with Julian. She can do better even if it means no man in her life. Run, Alexis!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Ditto to that!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Up until today I have found it riveting. Alexis toting her phone around and putting it on record – with an icon of a big mike encompassing the screen as she leaves it in full sight of Julian during any and every potential conversation is just so ridiculous and lame that it has honestly detracted from the enjoyment I was having with the story.

Ruth
Ruth

Always knew Julian was evil. Good to see him back to his old self. Alexis needs to dump him. Can’t stand them together.

Celia
Celia

I guess my suspicion was right….I wrote as much yesterday, on the June 19th board. I just knew where the weasel’s evil, twisted thoughts were going. I won’t bore you guys by repeating myself….but, yeah…..this is proof of Julian’s true love. He knows not the meaning…..a coward, an egotist and and the worst kind of fiend…..”et tu, Brute?”; JULIUS CAESAR.

Aria
Aria

Julian is a weasel hope Anna kills him!

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

Nancy is a great actress. Although I liked Alexis and Julian as a couple, it really was out of character for Julian.

Mister Media
Mister Media

General Hospital twists itself into a pretzel when it tries to portray its mob members as multi-dimensional characters. It never seems to learn that this is a fruitless and pointless exercise because being involved in organized crime by definition makes you a BAD person. Despite the desperate attempts by the writers to portray Julian, Sonny, et al as multi-layered, conflicted characters who you love to hate, they are constantly tripping over the basic premise that these characters are ultimately defined by their choice to make their livelihood on the very wrong side of the law. This basic and blatant fact undermines all story attempts to present them in situations of moral conflict. At least we know where the character of Sonny is rooted. Julian, not so much and Paul, after all this time, not at all. The actor is great but the show has told so many conflicting stories about him that I don’t know what the essence of the character is meant to be. Therefore, I never know what his true motivations are and I lose interest as a result. Much the same can be said of the Franco character, although he has been written in a more nuanced fashion and has the advantage of being portrayed by the masterful Roger Howarth. Thinking about it a bit, Nikolas has been put into this same leaky boat. These characters have no defined moral baseline. They meander and mutate for no discernible reasons. This does not represent complexity and make them compelling. It makes them inconsistent and confusing and represents only poor writing.

Sophia
Sophia

I like Richard Burgi (Paul) but I agree with your general assessment.

Mister Media
Mister Media

I like him too. He, like most of the great actors on GH, makes the most of the material he’s given.

Carol
Carol

@ Mister Media
Perfectly said!!!!!!
I sooo agree!!!

Celia
Celia

How wonderful are you, Mister Media?
Not as logically and structurally delineated as you have depicted these guys; I did try, in my own haphazard way, to impart the same thing, many times. This ‘uplifting’ of Sonny’s (the criminally inclined Nabob), code of moral ethics , is laughable.
As I keep repeating ad nauseam, it does not work for me. I am pretty focused when it comes to defining Sonny, Julian, Ava and their ilk.
I could not have described Paul Hornsby’s ‘nature’, if you will, as you have. This character is an enigma. I cannot dislike him or like him. I cannot dismiss him, in any way. He is a man of many colors; a clown and a turncoat.
Nonetheless, I had a good laugh yesterday when he was lecturing Anna about her date, Dr. Sawyer.
I found the writing extremely witty, and Richard delivered the line flawlessly…..”……About this Huckleberry guy you’re seeing…..”. Then Anna said, ” Sawyer, it’s Sawyer”. …..or something to that effect. This is a time when I can honestly say, (not my usual choice of expression) LMAO!!!!!
Once in a while, Mister Media, all seriousness aside…..I do get a kick out of this character. Then again, I have a quirky sense of humor.

Mister Media
Mister Media

I really like Richard Burgi and I enjoy his character, despite the fact that he is, as you say, an enigma. GH has the best cast in daytime. I only ever criticize it because I want it to thrive and persevere in excellence. As many have said, it needs to cut the bloated cast and focus on telling a few well thought out stories at a time. Long live GH!!

Melissa
Melissa

Well said!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Great and accurate analysis–beautiful said! Kudos!

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

YES! What he said. 🙂 100% agree.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

The writers and FV need to get a clue as to how their “fast paced” style is truly ruining what used to be compelling about GH. There is just no way to develop a character of any sort when they can’t use detail or nuance for anything.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Because they try to substitute with shock and contradiction. And it just muddies everything up because the layers haven’t been built.

Celia
Celia

In complete agreement with you, Elizabeth. The ‘shock’ treatment is passé. …..which only makes me passive not jolted with interest. ‘Tis a new world, and these old gimmicks do not work in the 21st Century.
So, ‘they’ resort to the absurd which begs derision and mockery.
There could have been so many other ways of making Julian cave. I feel badly for Alexis because all these shenanigans make her look like a dunce.
Alexis knows he went to CRIMSON. Why not interrogate Nina? As an astute and experienced attorney/people person, she must suspect something.
Not that my word means anything, but Alexis should be given the opportunity and respect to pair her ( in time) with someone who is her equal in integrity, intelligence and honesty.

su0000
su0000

—- Dark Shadow Fans —
Monday June 27th—
( the Decades Network)
Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary
Decades celebrates the 50th anniversary of gothic soap opera Dark Shadows.
On Monday, June 27, Decades will feature a special anniversary event marking the premiere of the soap opera Dark Shadows. This anniversary tribute comes to Decades 50 years to the day of the first broadcast of Dark Shadows in 1966.
Twelve of the series’ most well known shows will be featured, including the debut episodes of vampire Barnabas Collins.

Dark Shadows transported audiences to the mysterious town of Collinsport, Maine, and they never looked back. Decades remembers the premiere of this cult favorite with the 12 episodes that marked the beginning of the Barnabas storyline, one that propelled the daytime series to new heights.
An episode will also feature interviews with cast members Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans) and Lara Parker (Angelique).

Decades has run Dark Shadows marathons, 3 days 24/7 of the series, this is just celebration of Dark Shadows 50th !!
and– Decades will once again run the 3 day marathon, soon.

Tivette
Tivette

Thank you!!! I hope to find the channel!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

We KNEW who those characters were! 🙂

Mary SF
Mary SF

The trouble with the character Julian was he was brought on the show to be this ruthless criminal hell bent on getting his revenge on Sonny. Then the actor became somewhat popular and so in order to keep him around they soften up the character. He wasn’t the man behind Sonny’s down fall- Fluke was. He was given a past with Alexis, was made Sam’s and Lucas’s father- gave bone marrow to save Danny– every once in while they threw in some evil deed otherwise why else would Sonny and Anna hate him so much. It was this treatment of Julian that makes him a weak character..

Past writers killed Julian off for a reason and as much as I like the actor, I think it is time for the character to go bye bye again and this time stay dead. I rather see the show create a strong Eliot Ness type of character who tries to bring Sonny down.

So don’t waste my time having Julian think about killing Alexis, if he is ruthless and cowardly enough to kill her, it is time for his character to end. If he is a misunderstood man trying to break free of the mob then let him be that, this back and forth is pointless and annoying.

Celia
Celia

Great comment, Mary. Right on!!
Furthermore, if I may…..and, I am aware I will be kicked in the arse for saying it…..But, what’s up with Anna? She is so consumed by her ideologically misplaced fealty to Duke. As she is, Anna’s actions hold no fascination for me. I would have found a storyline centered upon AJ as a much more justified act of revenge by Monica.
But, Anna is just so drunk with anything Julian that she is blind to what Sonny is and represents…..Do not buy her mettle to nab the guy who put a hit on Duke. For what?….for a lost, subliminal love? Anna is infatuated with a notion.
This ridiculousness has gone over the wall and bounced off a million and one times. So booooring!!
She would swim the seven seas, trample through the Badlands and cross the Sahara to avenge her criminal boyfriend’s death?
Anna is now rubbing shoulders with Sonny, the worst criminal of all, who is now her pal. What hypocrisy. Bah!!
Hey, I get it….Sonny must be exalted. He’s the good guy…NOT!!!!

Melissa
Melissa

Couldn’t agree more with your sentiments and those of others who talk about how GH has whiplashed characters back and forth between bad and good. Julian, Nicholas, Paul. Who are they and what do they stand for? Their moral compasses keep shifting. They’ve turned Julian so hard to the dark side that it’s hard to see him coming back from this. If I were WdV I’d start looking for another job. He’s a good actor so I hope he lands somewhere.

Celia
Celia

It is like watching caricatures, Melissa; not characters. Sometimes good; sometimes bad, as you say. I am getting whiplash watching them, back and forth…..like a pendulum. Either get whiplash or fall asleep from the swaying.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

My sentiments also–Bye, bye, Julian–NOT glad I “knew” you!

Rodd
Rodd

I’m fearful of what the writers are going to try to do with Julian. As many have said before, this turn-about has been too swift. It’s jarring. And now he’s having thoughts about killing Alexis? What?! I fear that TPTB may try to force us to swallow some lame twin or impostor or brain tumor reasoning for this garbage.

It’s difficult to root for anyone when each character is presented as so horribly flawed. The GH writers need to clean up their character descriptions. People are always flawed but not to the extent where they’re killing other people, kidnapping, stealing babies, or constantly forgetting their sins as they act all self-righteous. This story with Julian seems to be just another example of the writers manipulating the characters to fit into their story lines instead of having the s/l’s organically grow from character descriptions. It needs to stop.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Rodd, well stated: “Another example of the writers manipulating the characters to fit into their story lines instead of having the s/ls organically grown from character descriptions.” Still think the writers could benefit from that 001 writing class on character development and dramatic structure. NO, NO, NO–not ready for Shakespeare classes yet!

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Am I truly supposed to care about this? Truly?

OK, I like Alexis, always have. After all she’s been through with Helena, etc., she certainly doesn’t deserve to die.

But, excuse me, she married a mobster. She knew he was a mobster when she married him. Mobsters kill people. It’s what they do. (Hey, I see a Geico commercial here!)

Nobody deserves to die at the hands of Julian or Sonny or any other mobster (and I doubt Alexis will–especially given that having her go on trial for the murder opens up so much dramatic potential; she can’t die, not this early on, anyway), but if he did kill Alexis, she couldn’t really blame anybody but herself. How much sympathy am I really expected to drum up for that, and how much interest am I expected to have in any of it? I suppose it’s all “very dramatic” etc., but when the premise is tainted to begin with, and I can’t muster up much sympathy, I think it falls flat. I also suppose it was possible to have written this storyline in a way that might have sustained interest, but that hasn’t happened.

What various writing/producing teams have done to Alexis through the years is pretty criminal. (It started, as far as I’m concerned, when she slept with Sonny.) I hate the message that smart women (she’s a top-notch lawyer, so she’s no dummy) totally abandon their brains when a handsome man makes them swoon—can’t they swoon but still retain their brain cells? It strikes me as insulting to believe they can’t. (I accept, at some level, that it’s the flip-side of “otherwise-smart men who can’t keep it in their pants around beautiful, manipulative women,” but that’s never been a favorite theme of mine, either.) The only thing that has continued to make Alexis work as a character is NLG; I hope TPTB appreciate what a talent it takes to do that, given how ridiculously the character is written.

I keep hearing about how these writers “write stories of the heart”; I guess for them, heart and brain are mutually exclusive. Well, I disagree–vehemently. (Don’t even get me started on whatever it is that’s supposed to be going on between Liz and Franco. I can’t even bear to think of it.)

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agreed, “pretty criminal” what the writers have done to the character of Alexis.
Re Liz and Franco–get me a barf bag, ASAP!

Celia
Celia

Oh, I hear ‘ya’, nancy. I could feel my stomach heave when Franco kissed Liz….and, she let him. My insides rebelled the same way when Victor Newman and Meredith kiss. They keep doing it….I turned away…yet, I caught a glimpse.
As my toddler would say, YUCKY!

Rose
Rose

Originally Alexis was a smart, fun character who had the misfortune of being on Helena’s revenge radar. I can live with the Sonny mis-step, if she had learned something from it. But what really gets me upset is why writers of all soaps seem to like to destroy stronger women ( like Anna, or “bi**h them up, or steal someone else’s love interest and leave us with wimpy guys) and then put the likes of Sonny and Victor as their main characters. What’s wrong with having at least some stories with a moral center? And with GH, when I see it’s women writers, it makes me even more upset. It’s not like some men having to compensate for whatevers. And most certainly not the wonderful guys who comment on MF.

Mister Media
Mister Media

I was just reading the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest which has comments from GH writers Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante. A few things jumped out at me. Altman talked about the scenes in which Julian was confronted by Carlos’ apparition and explained that Carlos is really “Julian’s conscience”. I feel compelled to explain that one’s conscience is not that which goads you into committing murder. It is, in fact, just the opposite. Passanante then says of the story, “It’s like Hamlet”. It takes a special sort of delusional self-aggrandizing to compare this to Shakespeare! Ultimately Altman says that Julexis fans should “absolutely not” give up hope, adding that, “we see their relationship as a long story” and that their road “may have many bumps along the way”. In other words, what we are now seeing will ultimately be of no consequence whatsoever. This is just filing up time. This is not a plot twist, it’s a plot contrivance and it will not matter in the long run. In other words, it will mirror exactly Carly and Sonny’s relationship in that both women involved will eventually overlook and indeed forgive the atrocities they once found unacceptable. The story where Carly had what seemed to be a sincere crisis of conscience and change of heart about Sonny and married good guy Jax was tremendous. She even sent Morgan away to protect him from Sonny’s world after Michael was shot. Her character had a metamorphosis that was compelling and believable. That was dismantled of course and she now has occasional twinges of mild discomfort but is totally devoted to her husband like never before. These story lines do not portray romance; they portray dysfunction and speak to the profound underlying emotional and psychological histories of the women involved. Exploring THAT would make for great storytelling.

janet Byrnes
janet Byrnes

I agree. Carly talked Jax into keeping Nicks baby. She is no better then Sonny, or coerced filing papers Alexis. The women mentioned are as disgusting as the men. They each run around on a high horse.
The show now has no good guys .or gals. Even Anna has no right to talk.
TIIC are all full of themselves ,and they have no idea what they are doing. Having Sonny call anyone out for the exact same things he has done. Killing in cold blood ? I guess if I watched , it would be good for a laugh. You can’t take any of them seriously .

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“Many bumps in the road,” eh? 100 to zero in a nanseceond–“love” to contemplating murder, eh? So THAT’S what defines a “relationship”? “Julexis fans should not give up hope,” eh?
This “NOT” fan is not giving up hope for the end of this so-called relationship! And I’m wondering who could be a fan of this twisted, masochistic, sick “relationship”??

“Shakespeare,” eh? They couldn’t hold his cape–not even stand in the “pit” with the groundlings! And getting on stage–HAH–I wouldn’t try it! Tomatoes and other vegetables coming their way–LOL!
“Like Hamlet,” eh? If they think Hamlet was indecisive–they should look in the mirror! Maybe the writers need to go back and take “Shakespearean Drama 001,” you think? And maybe they could study character development and the classic 5-act structure while they’re at it. Hey, couldn’t hurt!

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

“It’s like Hamlet”–well, minus the plausibility, the complex and compelling psychological explication, the well-defined characters, the dramatic tension, and the beauty of the words and the language.

Other than that, yeah, sure, it’s JUST like Hamlet, Jean. I TOTALLY see the comparison. Totally.

So the current headwriters see (another) marriage to a mobster as being “for the long run.” Carly and Sonny weren’t enough; we have to have Julian and Alexis as well. Because, absolutely, marriages to mobsters are, like, TOTALLY viable over the long run. Amiright? It’s just another occupation your husband can have. Some people marry doctors, some people marry auto mechanics, Alexis and Carly marry mobsters. Sure, they’ll have their problems just like any other married couple–their husbands will murder people, their husbands will let them take the blame for the murders, their husbands will try to kill them–but hey, that’s married life, right? Til death (and death, and death, and death, and death, and death) do us part!

Is it any wonder this show is as far off track as it seems to be lately?

k/kay
k/kay

First of all what little I have seen of this pairing it is not romance just slamming each other against the wall reminds me of animals mating. Second real tired of the lets make Sonny perfect old news ! Does anyone believe MB as a mobster I think he is a abusive to women short man syndrome character!

Celia
Celia

Hmmmm. Short-man-syndrome. I wonder if Sonny drives a big-arsed car, Kay.

Shay
Shay

@k/kay….My oft-used description of Alexis and Julian’s constant “activities” was “like pigs in heat!” Seems soooo very appropriate, and since you are by your own admission familiar with farm life, I needn’t expound upon that notion, eh, k/kay???? By the way, congratulations on your new equine pal….it’s wonderful to hear of nice people enjoying the good things in life. I’ve been taking a little break from posting here, but have continued to read others’ musings, and yours are consistently interesting and entertaining….keep it up, “Girl!”

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t think 46 year old William Devry is an “old fart.” If u want to watch a show where onlt people under 30 have a life, you’re watching the wrong genre. For that matter, ir’s simply amazing that “old fart” Tony Soprano and his associates managed to garner ratings. I

Whitney
Whitney

LOL ikr? I love Alexis and Julian together

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

And thankfully, TPTB don’t seem to think that love/romance/sex stops at 30; we have numerous characters on GH who are well past that age and still have love lives (and lives in general, even if far too many of those lives involve the mob for my taste).

I suspect there’s marketing research—because they don’t do anything without that—that tells them that most younger viewers (the ones TPTB actually care about) aren’t all that interested in a show that involves only teens and twenty-somethings. (Anecdotally, I can remember that when I was a teen/twenty-something watching soaps, I didn’t care all that much about the younger characters; I could see those stories playing out among my peers. The older characters offered me a chance to see what kinds of things life throws at you when you get older and start thinking about what kind of adult I wanted to be, and that was, for me at least, fascinating. Today’s young people are certainly different in many ways from those of us who grew up a while ago, but I have to believe that fundamentally they’re the same.)

rebecca1
rebecca1

unfortunately Michael (not Fairman) the opposite is true, at least on this site. I was the lone ranger out here for over a year defending sex in mid life…there were consistant views by some younger viewers that it wasn’t realistic for Alexis to be do sexual at “her age”. And I’m not talking about viewers who felt Julian and Alexis had a relationship just based on sex snd their attraction, but viewers who repeatedly scoffed and proclaimed that women Alexis’s age don’t want sex, or at least to that degree and passion. I argued constantly, trying to explain passion, lust, sex doesn’t die at 40, 50 and beyond…it became my “crusade”…to no avail…You can see by comments such as the one several up about “two old farts” that views on characters ovsr 40 are seen as “old” by people not of that age yet. I suspect fheir views will change when they are.
As for giving Alexis such a realistic sex life with Julian, I think it was a conscious effort to bring soaps out of the dark ages and start realistically portraying women over a cerfain age as attractive, sexual people, as opposed to only focusing on sex in younger years and older couples just hugging with an affectionate peck thrown in for good measure, lol. Hopefully daytime will catch up to real life…

Katzie
Katzie

If he actually tries to hurt her, that would be unforgivable and I’d want his character gone. I don’t think they could redeem him. I would miss Julexis, tho – I liked them!

penny
penny

If only.

janet Byrnes
janet Byrnes

SOUNDS good to me !!!! I haven’t liked Alexis since she filed bogus papers to take Michael from his father, and give him to Scummy. Then turnaround and tell Scummy he is NOT the father of Kristina. hypocrite much ?

General Hospital

GH Poll: Who Will Be Ryan’s Next Victim?

On ABC’s General Hospital, Ryan (Kevin Lindstrom) had begun his killing spree murdering Nurse Mary Pat on Halloween.  Now, who could be the next victim of a heinous crime by this serial killer on the loose?

With his long-standing obsession with Felicia (Kristina Wagner), his burgeoning feelings for Ava (Maura West), (although he just gave her some sample drug to take to help her sleep which is troubling), Kiki (Hayley Erin) fueling the ire of Ava and Ryan knows it from their therapy sessions together, his twin brother Kevin locked up in Ferncliff who knows the truth of the switcheroo, it’s possible that any one of these people could be next.

However, maybe no one will get killed, and Ryan will be caught … or, maybe none of the options listed on our poll are the potential victim. or victims.

Vote now in our latest GH Poll below, and let us know who you think will be the killer’s next victim.

Then in the comment section below, let us know why you voted that way and why.

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General Hospital Casts ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Alum Janet Hubert As Mike’s New Love Interest

Intriguing casting news out of Port Charles on Sunday. The ABC daytime drama series has tapped former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Janet Hubert to play the character of  Yvonne,who is said to be a love interest for Mike (Max Gail) at the nursing home he is now in.

According to EW.com, Yvonne will end up having a connection to someone or someones on the canvas.

Hubert’s first episode is slated to air on December 7th.   Sitcom fans remember Janet from “Fresh Prince’ in scenes with Will Smith in the series in the role of Vivian Banks.

GH is not Janet’s first soap, either.  She appeared on One Life to Live as Evangeline Williamson’s (Renee Elise Goldsberry) and Layla Williamsom’s (Tika Sumpter) mother, Lisa.  The actress also appeared on All My Children as Alice Dawson.

In another twist, Hubert will reunite with Vernee Watson (Stella)om GH.  The two appeared together on “Fresh Prince”, where Watson played Will’s mother.

So does this mean that Yvonne and Stella are both going to be romantically interested in Mike Corbin?

What do you think of the casting news?  Interested to see this next leg of Mike’s story as he declines from Alzheimer’s, but may find love?  Comment below.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! with Jon Lindstrom, Beth Maitland, Freddie Smith, Linda Dano & Maura West

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live November 2018 Episode” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday’s night’s Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, you can hear the replay of the broadcast right here in the audio player above.

The November episode of the monthly podcast featured special guests: Soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia, AW, Gretel, (OLTL, GH, Port Charles, AMC), and Cynthia, ATWT), General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless’ Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and listeners were in for a surprise when GH’s Maura West (Ava Jerome) called-in as well during the show.

During this fun night of chat, Linda Dano kicked-off the show as she and Michael reminisced about the night she won the Daytime Emmy in 1993 for her role as Felicia Gallant on Another World.  Then, the duo talked about: her soap career as Gretel “Rae” Cummings on the ABC Daytime line-up, her incomparable fashion sense, and how fans can see her first acting project in 12 years when The Chronicle Mysteries debuts with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in March of 2019 on the Hallmark Channel.

Next, General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom discussed taking on and revisiting playing the dual roles of Kevin Collins, and his serial killer twin brother, Ryan Chamberlain.  In addition, Jon talked about his leading ladies, Genie Francis and the #KevLaur hash tag, and Ryan’s interest in Ava Jerome.  Then, after answering some questions from listeners, Maura West surprised her scene partner and called-in to chat with him.

Beth Maitland came on to Soap Nation Live! next, and she discussed finally having the opportunity after 36 years to explore Traci’s relationship with her siblings, Jack and Ashley, that came about in Eileen Davidson’s exit storyline.  The Daytime Emmy-winning actress also revealed her favorite Y&R storyline over the years. Maitland has received critical-acclaim for her recent work on the CBS Daytime drama series.

The final guest of the night was Freddie Smith.  The popular DAYS star talked on the latest developments of Sonny and Will, where now the two can be together since Paul and Will broke up, but will their happiness last long?  Freddie gives the listeners a preview of what’s to come.  Then, a listener calls in revealing how through watching Days of our Lives and the Sonny and Will story and romance, how it helped him come out and to have a family.

Last, during our Game Show segment, a lucky caller eventually wins the Sonny Kiriakis-centric trivia game and will receive a Days of our Lives swag/goodie bag and an autographed personalized photo of Freddie Smith.

To hear archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Linda, Jon, Beth, Freddie and Maura, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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