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James Franco hopes GH doesn't get canceled before he returns with big plans for the soap!

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James Franco is making the news again! And this time he clarifies his recent statements to Access Hollywood, about not knowing what GH is talking about surrounding his return to the ABC soap in September.  James broke it down for USA Today while also discussing and promoting his new live action blockbuster, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (out Friday).  It sounds like James has something very big in mind to create with General Hospital as part of his next story arc, but scheduling it is huge dilemma.

Franco revealed to USA Today, “I have a really big project planned for that show, it’s just I don’t have time to pull that part of it off yet.  The actor went on to say, that the GH return would involve bringing together “three worlds” instead of two. “I’m just crossing my fingers. I just hope it doesn’t get canceled before we can pull this off because it’s going to be awesome.”

But he’s currently committed to his role as the wizard in Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful, which is shooting in Detroit through the fall. “I’m in every single scene,” he said, which is why the GH producers’ announcement that he’d be back so soon took him by surprise. “It was this huge announcement by ABC and I was like, “Ahh, all right I’ll try to get out there? Maybe they can come to Detroit?”

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Jan
Jan

hahaha, he’s afraid the show’ll get cancelled. bernard dared abc to do it talk to him.

Avelina
Avelina

He should just stick to movies.

Bella
Bella

You know, I love Franco for the spotlight he is willing to shine on soaps! Real soap fans should ask themselves when the last time was that GH was mentioned in the same sentence with a major film, and by the star of the movie! Sure, the writing during his last stint may have been less than stellar, but I thank Franco for sharing the love with my favorite soap once again! I truly appreciate his efforts!

Liz
Liz

I agree 100% with you, Bella.

Thanks, James Franco. You give GH publicity. That’s always good. I make a point to watch when I know your going to be on too:)

Don’t listen to the haters. You are appreciated.

kay killgore
kay killgore

Mr. Franco in case you have not heard Guza is out and hopefully so are you! So GH can get back to storytelling that we care about instead of Daytimes version of the Sopranos!!!

Suzanne
Suzanne

Franco, an oscar nominated actor, is awesome!!! Brings prime time drama to daytime! GO FRANCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Takeitish
Takeitish

Sorry, I find his GH character to be over the top, over acted and cartoonish at best. . I would much rather have Helena Cassidine, Stavros Cassidine or Jerry Jax back they are far more interesting.

Avelina
Avelina

TRUE!

ethel
ethel

i have nothing against james franco but the character he plays on gh is just not needed!

Messalinna
Messalinna

HE has plans for the show? This guy is such a conceited, pompous asshole! He thinks he’s the creative force behind the soap himself, which is a huge insult to the talented actors on it. Guess what Franco – the fans DON’T want you back. You’re a pretentious, narcissistic, GO AWAY.

Messalinna
Messalinna

I’m so sorry for my hateful outburst on James Franco. I’m sure there are many wonderful sides to him and its unfair and immature of me to call him degrading names. It just really upsets me to think of the GH people slogging away all year round to give their fans some joy in this dying medium and then this ‘big-shot movie star’ (or whatever he’s supposed to be) thinks he can come in as he pleases and have the show can work around him, changing storylines to fit his own agenda! It’s so profoundly unfair on the other actors, James. The creativity of the new headwriter is what matters for this show, not Franco’s. If Franco is so fascinated with the medium, surely he can pool his own resources to create his OWN soap opera… maybe even online? He needs to stop being a parasite on the show and, if he’s truly invested in GH, he needs to figure out a way of helping the ensemble of talented actors and writers turn in the best show they possibly can… because in daytime, there are no stars. The show is the star.

S Hunt
S Hunt

Wow….Some of you people are such losers. You hate James Franco, when all he has done is give GH positive buzz and nothing but positive publicity.

Has it occurred to any of you (in the delusional little world that you live in), that James Franco is probably the reason why GH didn’t get cancelled recently along with AMC and OLTL??? (And don’t kid yourselves, because if GH makes it past September 2012, it will be because despite the fact that Katie Couric has been around forever—and ever and ever and ever—James Franco, right now, has more clout than she does.) So, please, keep your psychotic and irrational hatred to yourselves and stop your obnoxious whining. James Franco is the best thing to happen to GH since Luke, Laura, and Gloria Monty.

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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