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Ingo Rademacher comments on status with General Hospital!

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So is the talented Aussie, Ingo Rademacher (Jax) still with GH on contract, recurring, or what else could be going on?  Soaps In Depth spoke with Ingo to get the low down since Jax has seen much less airtime.

Rademacher offered up these statements, “I’m not on recurring. I’m a contract player. If I was recurring, I would certainly say so if that was the case. There’s nothing to hide there. I cannot talk intelligently about where they’re going with my character because, if I’m there to stay or not, I really don’t know. I’m not holding my breath about this next storyline that I, apparently, have coming up in a little bit. I haven’t worked a frontburner storyline since last August, I think it was. To be honest, I’m just doing my thing up there right now. If I don’t work more, then the writing is on the wall.”

Fans were a little perplexed, as was Ingo, with his lack of scenes and airtime during the recent crisis with his on-screen daughter, Josslyn, whose life was spared via a kidney transplant from a brain-dead little Jake!  Only time will what the future holds for Jasper Jax!

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Jen
Jen

The entire Jake storyline has left me with a bitter taste. It was rushed, they didn’t show a memorial, Jason didn’t even go to the memorial, and the aftermath has focused on the wrong people. Jax should have been a major part of all of it, and to read this about Rademacher is upsetting. The show needs to focus on veteran characters like Jax, not put them on the sidelines. He’s a great character and should have been given a major POV in the story involving his daughter and Jake. He and Elizabeth are friends. I don’t get this show. Soaps are built on their history and their veteran characters.

Dan
Dan

I agree 100%. I couldn’t believe they didn’t show the memorial for Jake. I thought I missed an episode or something. They were all talking about it the one day, and then the next day, everyone was talking about it like it was over, and I was like “Wait, did I miss something?”

They spent weeks and months with the silly Balkan storyline, and the Jake storyline was over in a couple of days. Granted, Jonathan Jackson, Rebecca Herbst, Steve Burton, Tony Geary, and everyone involved in it did fantastic work. But they could have gotten so much more out of it.

I’ve been a GH viewer for over 20 years, and I’ve never been as frustrated with the show as I am now.

Amber
Amber

I agree, they should definetely keep Jax/Ingo and I can’t believe we didn’t see much of him during the whole Jake/Josellyn storyline made no sense. Anyhow, I use to love his character when he first came to town and still really enjoy watching him though the writers have really changed his character over the past years. Nevertheless, I really like Ingo and wish the writers would give him a good storyline. Though I’m not holding my breath about the Brenda and Jax storyline that we’ve been told about but I’m really hoping that it does happen because these two have amazing chemistry together!

Skyla
Skyla

I think the reason why there was no memorial was the stuff with RH being fired and then rehired. I think they really did a rush cut and paste job with the storyline. I truly believe it wasn’t the original story on how Elizabeth was exiting and so they had to rework some things and so that’s why it was fast because they would have had to get the whole cast together for a memorial where if they did it the way they did, it only involved getting a couple actors at a time so they could slip in scenes as well. Maybe Elizabeth was supposed to die originally or perhaps Jake wasn’t supposed to die at all and when they decided to kill him fairly last minute they threw in the Joss twist, which is why her sickness s/l was pretty quick as well and maybe why Jax wasn’t seen as much as you would expect. Personally I can’t stand the character of Jax but it was even odd to me he wasn’t there that much but then again, neither was Joss. They kept cutting into that same frame of the baby, lol.

I do doubt there will be any Brenda/Jax s/l since VM is coming closer to her exit date as she’s said in interviews. the way she made it sound it didn’t even seem like she was taping anymore but who knows. Personally I’d like to see Jax and Alexis give it another go. I think they would be great together and maybe Jax wouldn’t annoy me so much then.

Cathy
Cathy

Jax is one of GH’s great veteran characters just like Nikolas and Elizabeth …it appears that GH (Fron/Guza/Jill Farren Phelps) do not respect these talented and long loved characters. They do not treat the actors with the respect they deserve. Look at how they treated Rebecca Herbst …thanx for 13 yrs of great performances and two super couples …fired! Then the fans wouldn’t have it and they had to take her back. Apparently this decision was from Frons, Guza denies wanting RH fired …fans had to take a stand. Take a stand for Ingo fans …fans have loved Ingo for years and he is too talented and important to given the shaft. Why wasn’t Jax front and center on my screen during Joss’s illness, the organ transplant, the recovery …why do I see non-stop newbies ..and not Joss’s dad. Ingo’s Jax represents the VERY small population of good dads on this show. We are sick of all the bad dads ..Jax has yearned for a child for years. He should have been more involved with Liz as they lost the child she was giving to Courtney and Jax. They have a deep bond and Jax is given a quick head nod and two minutes in Liz’s house. Jax was the only person who seemed genuine with Liz ..everybody else was all about Lucky & Jason. Jax and Mac don’t get the airtime because being a good parent is not important on GH. If Jax started killing people, conning people out of money or screaming at everyone – he’d probably get more time on our screen. How sad is it that because Jax is a decent, loving husband and father …he isn’t considered to be great TV. Wow….postivie male role models are DESPERATELY needed on GH. Too bad it’s all sleaze and mob now ..Jax/Ingo ..start kidnapping babies/plotting to ruin peoples’ lives and have lot of kids and totally ignore them, leave them to be raised by nannies …or shoot them ..that’ll help. So wrong GH!

Avelina
Avelina

I agree. They need to get rid of the newbies and keep the VETS. I am sooooooo happy for Becky Herbst because she is one awesome lady. They are getting rid of the vets to accomodate the newbies and its not fair. I love Ingo and I would love for him to have more airtime. I love the chemistry with Jax and Sonny (Maurice Bernard).

CINDY
CINDY

I don’t care too much for Jax character right now, so I hope he gets a change of a woman soon. My alltime favorites are JASON AND SONNY– so they better never leave- they make that entire soap, and my fan husband agees 100% !!!

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episodes On ‘Flashback Fridays’ To Help Stretch Out Originals During COVID-19 Shutdown

With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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The Triumphant Return of Kelly Thiebaud As GH’s Dr. Britt Westbourne

When a shocked Nurse Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel) exclaimed “Dear lord, the Britch is back,” after seeing none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne with her lab coat hovering around the nurses station at “General Hospital”, you knew things were about to go down on the ABC daytime drama series.

Over the past few weeks, Kelly Thiebaud has been in action on-screen on General Hospital as the the trouble-making, complicated, Britt.   Since returning to the canvas, viewers learned that: Britt has been paroled from her previous crimes, seems to say she believes and actually likes her half-brother, Peter August (Wes Ramsey), has confronted her mutter in jail (Liesl Obrecht played by Kathleen Gati), whom Peter framed, and showed up at Brad’s (Parry Shen) hearing to be there for her bestie, who has been in hot water for the baby switch of Wiley.

But, there have been a lot more intriguing things than even that! Britt is now hitting the sheets with none-other than Julian (William deVry), and also let him know in no uncertain terms she knows his part in the whole Brad cover-up.   But what is her true motive?  We also learned in a run-in at GH, that Neil (Joe Flanigan) and Britt know each other from somewhere.  He is trying to put his finger on just where, but does Britt know? Probably!

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However, the best  and most entertaining moment on soaps last week was when Britt arrived in her lab coat to GH and revealed to both Felix and Liz (Rebecca Herbst) that she had worked hard enough to be able to get her medical license restored … and that Monica (Leslie Charleson) brought her on with a provisional acceptance as a temporary replacement for Dr. Kim Nero as an OBGYN for the hospital. Felix says give it two weeks and she will do something to mess things up.

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Just then, in our favorite scene of the week, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West) happen by, and when Britt, who is Nik’s ex, sees him she saunters over to him and slaps him hard across the face and spits out, “That’s for Spencer.”  She goes on to berate him for how he hurt his son; by letting him believe that his father was dead for three years!  Britt tells Nikolas it would serve him right if Spencer knew spoke to him again.

Next, Elizabeth chimes in and tells Britt to stop acting all high and mighty.  Britt fires back that she is not surprised that Liz, another one of Nik’s ex’s, would defend him.  Britt says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Scene after scene, Kelly Thiebaud has lit up the screen and put the “feisty” back onto the ABC soap opera.  As an actress, Kelly can go from the heavy drama, to the comedic, to the sexy, all with ease.

In the March 30th issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud said of her return:  “Frank Valentini reached out to me the beginning of the year and mentioned that the writers wanted to bring me back for a bit.  I said,’Of course, I will,  I would love nothing more than that!”‘ I just really connect with Britt and have a blast playing her.”

So let us know, have you been enjoying the return of Kelly as Dr. Britt Westbourne, thus far? What do you think Britt is up to? Comment below.

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