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Jack Wagner Back To General Hospital And Already Taping Scenes!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

On-Air On-Soaps was dissecting pieces of a puzzle that started back on January 1oth when soap favorite, Jack Wagner tweeted a few statements that consisted of:   “Going 2 bed early…Big Day 2moro.”  Then on Friday he tweeted,  “Caught up with an Old Friend of Ours 2day”   Later, he was tweeting about former wife and on-screen co-star Kristina Wagner’s new documentary project.   A source was telling us that they think Jack Wagner was already back at GH secretly taping some scenes for perhaps a handful of episodes.

Now comes word today via TV Guide that it looks to be true! The outlet is reporting that,”Wagner had already struck a deal and he’s already on the set secretly shooting.”  Wagner, who played GH cop turned spy Frisco Jones, during the ’80s and ’90s, heyday of GH, and was last seen in 1995.

TVG also mentions that Antonio Sabato Jr had taken a meeting with GH, and that so many of the big names of GH are coming back back that John Stamos, Demi Moore, and Richard Dean Anderson are three enticing holdouts. Wonder if those three would even consider a return?

So soapers, what do you think of Jack’s secret return?   Who else do you think should absolutely be part of the returns for the big-50? Let us know!

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mo
mo

Miss him on B&B. Glad to see others appreciate him.

heidi
heidi

It’s Great!!! Love to see Frisco again and have Maxie have both of her parents there!!! Soon they will be grandparentsand hopefully it will be SPIXIE time!

Patrick
Patrick

I didn’t know Frisco was Maxies’ father.

ie: the Spixie storyline….. SpinELLIE/ellie/Maxie. i have to agree.. with a post i read… that when you can’t agree with whom He should be in… ie: true TRIANGLE …… spinelli and maxie…. or spinelli and Ellie….

this has been spot on…. LOVE…. and he’s doing such a good job… with both of his gals/Ladies…. it’s endearing…. touching… and both of them…. Maxie and Ellie deserve LOVE.

for a newbie… I have to give props to Ellie…. she’s caught on… at least with me, anyway. it’s a treat and fun to watch Spinelli have something all his own…. you know… no family…. or siblings… now he’s got two of them….

aside from… and I WILL WAIT… for KM… Robin to come back and re-unite with Patrick…. the greatest and best love story….

watching Maxie and Spinelli, w/ellie…. comes pretty close to ….

Wendelyn Sullivan
Wendelyn Sullivan

I am looking forward to Frisco Jones coming home to Port Charles and reuniting with his daughter, Maxie. I want to see some Father/Daughter scenes where Maxie gets into his face for being an absentee Dad. Also seeing Felecia’s face when he shows up in Port Charles.

skp53
skp53

John Stamos would be a dream come true!

Christy
Christy

and I’d love to see Richard Dean Anderson! I watched him for years on Stargate SG1 and Atlantis, but always saw him and thought – of General Hospital and his crazy wife Heather!

he was funny on abc’s Young Doctor’s in Love movie too.

Terry
Terry

It great that Frisco is back. We will have to see how Maxi reacts to his arrival.

Jules
Jules

I’ve made my thoughts on all this casting nonsense…..I mean, news…..clear. Bait, hook and catch. After April 1st, where will they all go and what will it all mean? You want to have faith and be optimistic? Gesundheit. Me, I subscribe to the philosophy that sometimes too much is not a good thing. And I am not confident each of these returns will be met with satisfaction, or the ignoring of other characters will appeal to fans either. Just do good work with what you have, and then bring on the big names. Don’t use familiar and beloved faces to cover up mediocre work.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I’m thinking most of them will just be around for the Nurse’s Ball (50th anniversary)…

heidi
heidi

Agreed… I am certain they are bringing back as many of the character from the past to celebrate the 50th anniversary. That’s a smart thing to do to celebrate the show and all of it’s years and all of it’s great characters and talented actors and actreses. Yes… it’s too bad we can’t have them stay longer but we get them back for some time that we wouldn’t have gotten before. The talent gets to work and in this economy and with what is happening to the genre… a very good thing! I am loving it! Writing for short stints and massively complex storylines is hard to do and I think they are doing a fabulous job with it!

Christy
Christy

I don’t think of it as casting mumbo jumbo… I know their 50th anniversary is coming up and they’re building up to the Nurses Ball as well, so I love they’re trying to get as many old faces to come back! How long have we wanted those people to come back… and now it’s just so fun that hey, they’re doing what they can to make this a special year for longtime fans and for General Hospital!

now if only Richard Simmons could get an exercise class going for the GH staff to get in shape for their Nurses Ball performances! 😀

Melissa
Melissa

Now that would be perfect to see Richard Simmons

Brian Tripp
Brian Tripp

OMG! I’m loving this so much. Please keep the good news coming.

Don
Don

Sound like good news to me!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Exciting! Brings back the “good old days”. Weeeee!

Decker Moss
Decker Moss

Yes…..Jagger Cates…….please!

Christy
Christy

….. ooooh Decker Moss! I remember him too! 😀

Christy
Christy

Well speaking of Jagger Cates… this weekend was cold and pouring rain, so I dug out some old VHS tapes – unlabeled of course – to see what was on them. Watched a lot of old StarTrek TNG and then oh, surprise, surprise! An old episode of GH…. from 19 years ago!

It was Karen and Jagger’s impromptu wedding at Kelly’s – in attendance were Monica, Alan and Jason Quartermaine (long before his accident), Tony & Bobbi and Bobbi’s Aunt Ruby, Sean and Tiffany, Lois and Brenda and Miguel, Jagger’s siblings – Stone and Gia, Mac and Felicia and Robin, and Audrey and Steve Hardy.. little Maxie was in the hospital and Kevin (or was it Ryan) was watching her while Felicia was at the wedding. wow, that was fun to see!

Salimah
Salimah

it’s absolutely tremendous news that Frisco and Felicia fans have waited for for 18 years. Just to see them interact on screen together again will have been worth the wait. About time!

MissyLady
MissyLady

RDA? Heck, yes! I would love to see Liz/RH have scenes with her onscreen Daddy as played decades ago by Richard Dean Anderson. It is time for Dr. Jeff Webber to come home, even for just a few short scenes with his youngest daughter.

Ces
Ces

Well, if he’s back, hope it’s a longer stint and gets some airtime, not just sitting in the background like Tristan Rogers & Kristina Malandro. Even Ian Buchanan seems to be bumbling around. I was also excited when Rick Springfield came back but then he was gone. So, not a huge fan of bringing fan favorites back for a minute….. leave them gone if they’re not going to be utilized properly. Bloated cast.

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

Oh Ces, live a little. BTW, Kristina has done away with Malandro about 20 years ago! What if most of the returnee’s don’t want a contract? Isn’t it nice that the show is paying tribute to it’s legacy characters and showcasing them? Sharing scenes again? Wouldn’t that be FUN? For once? GH had been so dark the past decade that most of its legacy characters were killed off or so horribly written, they should have been bumped off. Rick Springfield is more into his music anyway so he couldn’t devote more time even if GH wanted him to. At least GH keeps his character in Patricks life. Well, your not going to enjoy GH now, then move over because judging by the ratings, we are coming back in droves.

Ces
Ces

I didn’t say I wasn’t enjoying the show. I love the show actually!! I just don’t think these short stints are necessary for ratings. I do love seeing these actors return, but not if they don’t plan on sticking around. Take for instance Kimberly McCullough, she can’t commit to the show and yet Patrick is still idle. Even if he’s moving on, he really can’t, because fans now know that Robin is alive. Sometimes the past is best left in the past. The show has a lot going for it right now regardless!

MK
MK

Anna being back full time has been the Best we have seen her since 1991! She has returned many times but as cartoon. I am sure some will end up being a contract down the line

Ces
Ces

Yes, I agree with that! Love Finola Hughes and I’m glad she IS back full-time! 🙂 Wish Tristan Rogers would get a contract!

heidi
heidi

Agreed!!! We can only hope that Anna/Finola is there for a long time! She’s AWESOME!

Wendelyn Sullivan
Wendelyn Sullivan

I love Anna. I hope we get to see her interact with Frisco. Maybe they can team up and rescue Robin, since Robert is in a coma, and isn’t able to tell anyone that Robin is alive..

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

OH MY Goodness!!!!!!!!! I’m about to pass out! Frank Valentini is THE MAN! How anyone could think he and Ron don’t appreciate GH history is beyond me. Every actor/actress who meets with him are so impressed by both his excitement for the show and his story ideas….well…except for Steve…um…er….whatshisname. In any event, we will have Frisco & Felicia back and sharing scenes with Duke & Anna and maybe an awake Robert. Also add in Luke & Laura! Scotty & Lucy & Kevin! Now Jagger is a possibility….I’m seriously having heart palpitations. I’ve heard nothing from Vanessa Marcil and she LOVES GH so it should be interesting if she is back. Since Kin Shriner is back, he’s best buds with John Stamos so that may work out. Demi Moore and RDA, I don’t know. Thank you Frank and Ron for caring so much. Either ABC gave them more money or Frank is one heck of budgeter!

KA
KA

Blackie needs to get out of jail and visit Port Charles! That would be awesome.

Justin
Justin

Bring back Bobbie and Audra Hardy (is the actress still alive?) I know Jackie has new lips like Leslie does, but what the hey! Luke needs his sister. How about Scotty’s mother. Just bring back some of the faces from the Glory (or is it Gloria (Monty) Days!

Violet
Violet

Yes! Bobbie and Audry Hardy!

Bette
Bette

Sean Donnelly and Tiffany Hill

Violet
Violet

Yes! And Bobbie and Audry.

Christy
Christy

oooh yeah – Sean and Tif!

Lynette
Lynette

How about Tiffany?

Barbara Atchue
Barbara Atchue

Bring Robbin back and Nicholas and Lukes bartender son, can’t think of his name, and of course Lucky , all the oldies except Heather,( enough of her antics ). Make Maxi tell the truth.

Barbara
Barbara

I’m so looking forward to the return of the GH alumni. Since the original family was the Hardy’s, I truly think members of that family should be seen. That would mean the return (even if only for a guest appearances) of Rachel Ames (Audrey Hardy), Matthew Ashford (Tom Hardy), Richard Dean Anderson (Jeff Webber) and Scott Reeves (Steve Webber).

Genie Francis is returning. It would be so nice to see other members of the Spenser family. Luke and Laura’s sons: Tyler Christopher (Nikolas), Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) and Nathan Parsons (Ethan), Denise Alexander (Leslie Webber, Laura’s mom) and Jackie Zeman (Luke’s sister Bobbi).

The Nurse’s Ball is returning because of the efforts of Sabrina Santiago among others. Sabrina’s cousin is Juan Santiago (Michael Saucedo). Juan’s biological father was L&B artist, Miguel Morez (Ricky Martin). Wouldn’t it be cool to Michael and Ricky return for a guest appearance? The Ball will need entertainment, Ricky Martin could perhaps perform. Also to perform could be other alumni, such as L&B artist Eddie Mann/Ned Ashton (Wally Kurth), his on-screen daughter Brook Lynn (Adrianne Leon). Eli Love/Noah Drake (Rick Springfield), Haunted Star headliner Starr Manning (Kirsten Alderson), her on-screen mother Blair Cramer (Kassie DePaiva), the should be out-of-jail by now Blackie Parrish (John Stamos) and his friend the former singer at The Outback, Dusty Walker (Shaun Cassidy).

Kin Shriner, Antonio Sabato Jr and Demi Moore are being mentioned as possiby returning, What about Sean and Tiffany Donely (John Reilly and Sharon Wyatt) perhaps Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst), or back from the dead Stefan Cassadine (Stephen Nichols)?

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I LOVE your imagination! 🙂

MK
MK

Dusty never played the Outback. The OUTback did not open until 1991. Dusty and Teri played at Duke’s in 1987. Must be thinking of Sean’s Son (Christian) that played the outback.

Barbara
Barbara

Sorry MK, it might have been Duke’s. Forgive me, it WAS a long time ago. lol Not sure I remember Christian.

heidi
heidi

Love it Barbara!!! All great suggestions! Frank and Ron… listen to Barbara!!! Please! It would be so much fun even if they were there for only a few shows!!!

mamabear
mamabear

I would like to remember them when they were young although Anna looks great and Luke is always hot. What are we going to do with all these people?

Ces
Ces

Exactly!

mj
mj

I would really love to see Jason back in General Hospital this show is not the same without him. He and sonny are the best part of General Hospital pleaseeeeeeeeeee bring back Jason back!!!!!!

heidi
heidi

Agreed MJ… I would love to have SB back as Jason… but this time have him come back as Jason Quartermaine and the storylines are unlimited. Also a great opportunity to bring some characters from the past back.

Helen
Helen

Please bring Jason back-he and Sam deserve alittle hapiness.

Bobbie Lynne
Bobbie Lynne

Jack Wagoner and John Stamos back now that will make fans like me smile. I have watched GH for the past 30 years.

MK
MK

They can perform Sneak Attack! 😉

Laura Brodie
Laura Brodie

I am a die-hard GH fan and I always loved Frisco. Now it seems like anyone who was ever on the show is coming back for a final swan song before they cancel the show. Too bad.

MK
MK

It is for the 5Oth, not a swan song

heidi
heidi

Laura… think for the 50th Anniversary and not the other!!!

donna
donna

LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVE IT:)

jess
jess

Rick Springfield!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I am looking forward to all the returns! I believe most will be coming in for the Nurse’s Ball (in honor of the 50th anniversary) and not staying long.

I agree with most everyone else here, but would like to add that Felix’s last name is Dubois – and I for one would LOVE to see Billy Dee Williams return as Toussaint Dubois. Relation to Felix?: uncle, cousin, father, whatever! 🙂 Liked him and Epiphany…

Violet
Violet

Ooh!! Good catch on the Dubois name. Billy Dee would be great for a few episodes to make that connection.

Barbara
Barbara

Agree with Violet. CTwildheart, I didn’t catch the name similarity, so glad you did. Hope they are related and Billy Dee can join the cast for the 50th Anniversary, maybe get a little something going again with Epithamy and stick around.

lucille
lucille

great news, hope they write a worthwhile story line and not unbelieveable story.

bc
bc

demi moore is talking abt a gh return? that would generate a lot of press for gh and daytime soaps and even primetime soaps but how does this benefit moore? she already is attacked by the hollywood entertainment press as it is. wouldn’t guesting on a soap make them mock her some more though? it is mysoginist how hollywood and the entertainment media chastise moore for her youth obsession. hello? that’s every hollywood actor and actress! moore obviously has issues w/ aging. but that’s exactly how it is w/ george clooney! moore is made fun of for her penchant for being w/ younger men. but clooney is praised for his revolving door of much younger gfs. he’s proclaimed as a “bachelor” and a “prize” and there’s speculation abt w/c gf is going to be the woman who marries him while moore is the pathetic woman clinging to her looks! clooney’s never mocked for how ridiculous he looks as this old lothario w/ 1 new gf after the next but moore is mocked for being an older woman w/ a younger man. typical hollywood patriarchy bec older men who are white like clooney must be preserved as the “ideal”. clooney looks stupid and he’s compensating for being old way too much whenever he shows up on the red carpet w/ a new gf.

TAMI
TAMI

well said.

Patrick
Patrick

OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH ! For the LOVE of God…. Bobbie Spencer… ALREADY!

Seriously? Just Saying….

All the Hoopla about GHs’ – 50…. wouldn’t be a complete Tribute…. w/out Jackie Zeman.

MK
MK

Forget James Franco! The star they should have been getting has always been Richard Dean Anderson as Jeff Webber. I would like to see Heather, Monica and Lesley all fighting over him. He is also perfect to take on the Steve Hardy Legacy. Antonio, Yes Please, but only when Robin or Brenda return.

cindy
cindy

I would love him to be back I miss all the old actors been watching for years

marlene
marlene

sounds like these actors don’t have any other type of rules anywhere else. Sad, the economy hit the performing arts also

Claire
Claire

Looking forward to see Blackie. Audrey should come back. Who is Scotty’s Mom?
I will have my 50th anniversay also with the show. Started to watch it after my daughter was born. (1963)

Laura
Laura

Would love for Tiffany and Sean, Blackie,Laura, Scotty, Bobbie, Louise, and Ned come back. Iam a huge Jack Wagner fan so happy he is coming back ! Want the show to bring back Jason and Robin and Robert

Linda
Linda

Ned was back, today, 1/24/2013.

Rosemary Pfeiffer
Rosemary Pfeiffer

sure would be nice if Sean and Tiffany could bring Robert back to PC !

Angela
Angela

I actually loved when brenda was originally on & with sonny. when they brought her back the writers gave her a HORRIBLE storyline that made her look whiny & annoying, & didnt keep her & sonny happy together for more than 2 minutes!!! but i would love her back together with sonny raising her son!!!

Sandy
Sandy

I think they should bring back Sean and Tiffany, Frisco, and where has Bobby been, Carly needs her?

Cassie Carneley
Cassie Carneley

I LoVE YOU I just wish you would sing

NG
NG

How many more people can they add? There are way too many people on already. They need to stick with the core characters and just build good story lines for them.

Karen
Karen

I think it’s wonderful seeing these old faces and characters! I’d like to see Jacki Zeiman come back to the group!

TAMI
TAMI

i was a bit upset with all these characters showing up thinking they were spreading the storylines too thin, until someone said they are primarily back for the 50 years anniversary. And i think the writers have bone a great job incorporating them into existing stories or creating short new ones for them. Kudos to the writing teams, at least so far.

Jill Blackwelder
Jill Blackwelder

WONDERFUL NEWS!

Donna McCusker
Donna McCusker

I hope Jack Wagner is back. He and Christina were such a hot couple. My daughter will go wild.
I don’t understand why they are going through all these people?

Kirsten
Kirsten

Bring Back JASON

heidi
heidi

Agreed… but I want it to be SB!

Kirsten
Kirsten

me 2

Anita
Anita

I don’t care to see Demi Moore back. Her story line wasn’t much, and she wasn’t there for very long. She has no history with anyone. IE: she isn’t anyone’s parent,etc. Richard Dean Anderson would be awesome, as he is Elizabeth’s father, and also a doctor. Pairing him with Monica? Can you imagine. She needs a man! Also, I hate the way they just forgetting that Robert has another child besides Robin. He is Bobby’s son, Lucas’ father. (Robert and Cheryl, Tiffany’s sister, had a baby together and Bobby adopted him!) It bugged me that Luke had to make up a son to give him, when he should have mentioned Lucas. I wouldn’t mind seeing John Stamos, but only if he is just going to walk on and off..there is no need to build a big storyline for him. Jagger…eh…I would not want to see him with Brenda, so what would be the point? Now…if only Brenda would come back and REALLY be with Sonny….I’d LOVE that. But only if she plans to stick around, and only if they write her with some sense and give her a believable career. I also hate the way they are writing Lucy. I’d have like to see her come back with a successful business competing with Connie/Kate. Not STILL trying to swindle her way into everyone’s life. With all that being said…I’m loving GH!! Love the writers! And glad Steve Burton is gone. Y&R can keep him.

TilDawn
TilDawn

Cheryl eventually set the record straight..Robert was not Lucas’s father. His biological dad was Julian Jerome. So Robin is Robert’s only child (that we know of)

~Teagan
~Teagan

I have waited many years to hear that he was coming back, many prayers. Now if we could just get Shawn and Tiffany, and get Robert ‘healthy’ and back on the screen. I think it would be awesome to see Robert & Anna, Shawn & Tiffany, Frisco & Felicia, Luke & Laura all together on the canvas. Some of my favorite parts of GH were when I was young and all these couples were there and together and all the spy work…just no Faison stories, please. Oh, and I think it’s about time Blackie Parrish was released from prison. This is a soap after all, they would never keep him imprisoned for life!

One more thing while I’m at it…PLEASE switch Lucy’s crazy button to off. That vampire story was really boring and ridiculous when it was originally written and aired on the GH spinoff (the show name escapes me now), but for Lucy to relive it and go crazy calling Sam, Livvie and John, Caleb and worse yet stabbing him with a stake (broken chair leg), well, it’s the stupidest thing I have ever seen on GH and I have NEVER complained about storylines, EVER!! Just my humble opinion…..

Candy
Candy

I would like to see him make a play for Felicia and have her tell him where to get off.

Sandie
Sandie

Oh yeah!!

debbie hillman
debbie hillman

You really need to bring Jason back. It was the worst story line and he needs to come back as Jason. He doesn’t need to be on the young and restless get him back plz.

wendy
wendy

it’s pretty obvious…robin’s rescue, stones brother would be a great hero….friso there to help her save robert….and help maxie do the right thing since she’s pregnant by the love of her life..and when they all have happy endings they old crew can go after jerry and faison…of course with their base of operations in the penthouse with the secret room..luke,laura,robert,holly,anna,duke,mac,friso,felicia,jagger,sonny..all now protecting their little grandkids instead of their kids…sorry for rambling but i havent missed more than a handful of episodes since 1982!!! that’s my ideal senario

Christy
Christy

you know, I would even like to see clips of favorites that can’t stop by for a scene anymore because their portrayers have died along with their characters

Steve Hardy
Nurse Jessie Brewer
Ruby Anderson (Luke & Bobbi’s aunt that ran Kelly’s)
Lila & Edward Quartermaine

Pam
Pam

I agree. And what ever happened To Bobbie, I haven’t seen her on there in a very long time.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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