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Is GH recasting Michael Corinthos? According to Chad Duell, he is not being replaced!

Photo Credit; Steven Bergman

Photo Credit; Steven Bergman

The internet has been abuzz over the last 24 hours over a casting call that went out from General Hospital that strongly resembles, in fact mirrors the fictional life of Port Charles’ Michael Corinthos, played by fan favorite, Chad Duell.

According to ABC Soaps In Depth, “The casting notice called for an 18-24 year old male of any ethnicity for a contract role, due to start taping in March or April. At the time, there was no available audition script.”

However, earlier this week, the network posted sides for a character named “Erik” — a character who wants to join the Mob and is covering self-doubt about the time he broke, the time he was a victim. Even more, the scene takes place with Jason — who is trying to mentor “Erik” — in the office of a Mob restaurant.”  Both soap opera spoiler gal  RavenBeauty, and ABC Soaps In Depth, were the first to post this info.

Now, while we agree this looks like an eerie sign that GH may be recasting the talented Duell,  it also good may be that they are using the scene for an actor for an unrelated role, which is often done, in particular when last night on Twitter it was asked of Duell, if he was leaving the series, and he replied, “I’m not.”

We will follow this developing story as it warrants, as you never know these days what is going to happen in the wacky world of daytime soaps!

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jess
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jess

How common is it for an actor to actually know he’s about to be booted and recast?

kara anderson
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kara anderson

He played as Chad Duell now

heidi
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heidi

I do not want Chad to go… but I am getting really tired of the storyline with him in angst about joining with Johnny. Someone needs to kick him out of it. Go back to ELQ where there are so many other opportunities to get into the many shades of business. Or else please Sonny send him to the island fo a long extended stay.

Smitty
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Smitty

Maybe they’ll fire him for not having the right look just like they did to Lexi Ainsworth and then continue to have him in the opening credits for months after the firing (just like they are doing with L.A.).

Wake up GH — why don’t you listen to your fans??

Jan
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Jan

wow four soaps left.

Jenna
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Jenna

If they are recasting the role, then Chad Duell will be the LAST to know. Just ask Eden Reigel.

david
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david

Actors are the last to know. Ask Catherine Hickland (Lindsey on OLTL); she read it on the cover of a soap magazine in a newsstand.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

BUT, remember Lexie A., they just up and let her go, coukd do the same for Chad.

lisa
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lisa

I like Chad Duell in the role of Michael Corinthos Jr.
It suits him.
Keep him.

ricardo
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ricardo

i hope they keep chad duell . he has grown to be a very good actor. wake up producers of general hospital you dont have long katie couric is getting your time slot. stop recasting characters michael corinthos played by chad duell is not the problem. get rid of scott reeves dont like his character. bring back heather webber now. gh will be gone by september if they continue the silly storylines.

Torrey
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Torrey

I would start watching again, if GH starts focusing more on the Quartermaine’s…..or hell, any story that doesn’t center around Sonny. I was watching some old clips of GH on Youtube today, and saw the scene when Bobbie found out that Carly was sleeping with her husband….Classic stuff!

gloria
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gloria

OMG-Those were the days! They have ruined the character of Michael. Doesn’t anyone realize he is a full blooded Quartermaine-son of AJ & Carly, grandson of Alan, Monica, Bobbie-the foundation of the show?? What great history, great family ties! But NOOOOO, let’s focus on the mobster ex-stepfather & brain damaged mobster uncle. Great role models. I was glad to see him go into the coma thinking good, a break from the Michael show but no, every day, every character seemed to have one line “Who shot Michael?” or “When is Michael gonna wake up?” The sickening things they have put… Read more »

Deb
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Deb

I refuse to believe Chad is leaving. Although, if memory reminds me, the last Michael was replaced around April. Perhaps Chad’s contract is up? And HE wants out??

I normally don’t believe everything I read until I read it here or daytime. Oh I hope your all wrong, I adore this Michael.

Stacy
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Stacy

I did not like when then replaced drew garrett with chad duall to begin with I could not get used to him so either way would not bother me.

Blake
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Blake

Famous last words! LOL

Dan
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Dan

Hopefully this isn’t a sign of what Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati have in mind for GH. Chad Duell is a great young actor, and in my opinion, he was robbed of an Emmy last year. Admittedly, I haven’t been too happy with the way the Michael Corinthos character has been written lately, but I could say the same thing about most of the characters on GH these days. That can be fixed with better writing, which I’m hoping Valentini, Carlivati, and company bring to the show. Getting rid of Chad would be a big mistake, and I hope that… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Do not recast Chad Duell. Instead, refocus the Michael character. How wonderful would it be to see a long-term story about a young man who is trying to escape his mob past and connections, making gains and doing well for homself and others, but always feeling the pull of family and loyalties to that other life. This has been fertile ground forever, and the Michael character could get years out of it even as GH divests of some its too-dark-to-watch-anymore mob-based storytelling.

Vicki
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Vicki

Their Not replacing Duell, heck, look at all the old timers their bringing back, and the only a reason soap EVER does that is when their going off the air, as they cant keep them all around for too long per their budget.

Isay
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Isay

Chad Lewis Duell: Is a remarkable actor for the soap opera General Hospital. If they recast him, i will stop watching General Hospital poo! He is romantic, seriously. He showes emotional and action potential in him. He has a young Quartermain look and he gets so in depth; when he plays the character of Micheal, of being AJ’s, Sonny and Carly’s son. “When it comes to juggling the three of them he is a heck of a star stunning guy! And i can see it now; he will act good with any actress to be his girlfriend, hey, so he… Read more »

Ty
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Ty

I would love to see Chad Duell playing in movies; I remember him playing in Disney channel shows such as Suit Life Of Zack And Cody And I think Suit Life On Deck too; but yeah I love to see him in movies too

regina
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regina

You need to put an end to this Jake doe and bring back Jason. I’m so sick of these soaps and the writers. Sam has the right to know her husband is still alive, hell put Elisabeth with Patrick. I hope no babies don’t come from this never should have happened relationship between Jake/Jason and Lizzie. Please put Sam and Jason back together.. This is the reason I stopped watching these soaps, because of the storylines..

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GH’s Chad Duell and Y&R’s Courtney Hope Tie the Knot in Steampunk Style Wedding in Front of Castmates and Loved Ones

Overnight, images began to circulate, as well as plenty of congratulations abound, for General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and The Young and the Restless’ Courtney Hope (Sally) as the two officially became husband and wife on Saturday night.

As we previously reported, the couple were set for their nuptials this weekend, and from what has been posted, Chad and Courtney had a steampunk-themed and styled wedding, and both wore red.

Many of their castmates and colleagues were in attendance including: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny,), Laura Wright (Carly), Wes Ramsey (Peter), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and series executive producer, Frank Valentini, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Annika Noelle (Hope), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Shirley) and Katrina Bowden (Flo), and The Young and the Restless’ Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Hunter King (Ex-Summer), and more.

The outdoor evening nuptials held in Malibu, California were shares on Courtney Hope’s Instagram story, and Laura Wright also posted several photos of the attendees on her IG.

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Pictured with Eden McCoy and Wes Ramsey, Wright enthused on the big night for her TV son, Chad Duell: “Tonight was an amazing night #TilDeath #GHBaby #Dope #Daytimefamily #steampunk”

In addition, Katherine Kelly Lang posted the first dance of newlyweds, Chad and Courtney, on her IG. 

Now, share your congratulations to Chad and Courtney via the comment section below.

 

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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