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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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The Cast of General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Storyline – Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

General Hospital’s depiction of the battle of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the dying, and the loved ones they leave behind, came to its heartbreaking conclusion this past week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered that made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their work as an ensemble.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly any words.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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Holly’s Alive as Emma Samms Makes a Return to General Hospital

Friday’s cliffhanger ending of General Hospital revealed that Holly is indeed alive and being held captive, but by whom?  Who ever is behind this has her locked away and being watched on a surveillance system.

Viewers saw a hand of someone that is behind the kidnapping, and that Emma Samms made a return to GH in her signature role of Holly Sutton.

Samms, debuted on GH back in 1982, and has come and gone, and come back again to the ABC daytime drama series.  She last appeared back on it in 2015.

Nighttime soap fans remember her fondly as Fallon on ABC’s Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys.

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Once the secret was out on her appearance at the end of Friday’s episode,  Samms shared on Twitter: “She’s alive…!”

So what do you think of the twist? That Holly is alive and that Samms was on-screen? Who do you think has Holly? Share your theories below.

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Michael Easton and Rebecca Budig’s Short Film “About a Girl” Receives ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Honor

While you loved them together on-screen on General Hospital as Hayden and Finn, off-screen. Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton came together for a stirring collaboration that just won them accolades at this year’s Best Shorts competition.

Best Shorts is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media.  This film festival receives thousands of submissions from around the world.

About a Girl is directed by Easton while Budig wrote and starred in the short film. lt was honored with the Outstanding Achievement award, which is one of the top two most prestigious given out in the competition.

The story features Budig as a woman struggling with post-partum depression.  The festival said in a review of About A Girl:Deft direction, beautiful craft, achingly authentic performance by Budig.”

Rebecca shared on Twitter after receiving the accolade: “I am so humbled and honored to be included and awarded by @bestshortsand thank everyone involved.”

Two of Easton’s former OLTL co-stars, who have appeared his other short films, Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd later Victor Lord Jr.) and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri) also appear in About a Girl.

Congratulations to Michael and Rebecca on their winning short  film! Share your kudos via the comment below.

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