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James Read To GH As Finn and Chase’s Dad

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According to multiple reports, intriguing casting news for General Hospital fans! Word is, former Days of Our Lives star James Read, (Ex-Clyde Weston), is set to debut on the June 6th episode of the ABC daytime drama series as Gregory.  Who is Gregory? He is the father of Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton) and Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard). Will we finally be clued in to why Finn has an issue with his half-brother Chase?

As soap fans know, Read’s portrayal of criminal Clyde Weston on Days, was very memorable. And let’s not forget, Clyde was also an abusive husband and father.  Speaking of being a father, in fact, Rob Scott Wilson, who played Clyde’s son, Ben, returns this week on Days of Our Lives.

So, what do you think is going to go down when Gregory comes to Port Charles?  What do you think about the casting of James Read as Michael Easton and Josh Swickard’s on-screen father?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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sharon townsend
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sharon townsend

Great actor. bad man on DOOL vs good man on CHARMED. I kind of remember him on Remington Steele. Dating myself. So it will be interesting to see which side of the fence he is on, since he can play both good and evil so well!!

Patrick
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Patrick

you brought up a REAL good point… James Read… if WRITTEN.. can be oh so dastardly devil may care and get you. he’s sly … has that wicked manner… this is an opportune time to bring in someone who power plays.. I’m not looking forward to any scenes with Michael Easton… yet with this new kid on the block Harrison Chase… who is quality stuff.. well w/James begets that REEL TIME on it’s way. enticing

Christine
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Christine

Don’t feel bad….I can remember him from “North and South”!!! He can be both charming and insidious…let’s see which!!

Candy Coder
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Candy Coder

Sharon, I remember him on Remington Steele too. He was also in Legally Blonde if I remembervcorrectly.

Patrick
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Patrick

WOAH – get it ; and, be still my heart

can you love, Anna

this is going to be wild stuff… for those who appreciated and lauded the man @DAYS

GOOD STUFF all around

all these posts … I applaud us

I pray and hope for the writers to up the ante.. somewhere

Jimh
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Jimh

I heard that Gregory is going to be a chef who appears on The Chew using Finn’s Roxie The Lizard as a secret ingredient-lol…why does Finn have a problem with Chase…we will learn that Chase is actually Finn’s son and not his half brother!!!!

su000
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su000

Ahh papa Gregory will have a story to tell.
Most assuredly, it will bring Finn and Chase together.
It looks like it could be an exciting journey (well, hope it will be lol)

I like Chase, he is a bit of mystery.
Finn is now a dumb$#*% for hooking up with Anna, but he will learn not to get involved with mentally unstable women haaa!
I really, really liked Finn and Alexis, they fit and are hot.

Looking forward to Gregory …
anyone know how long he is set to be with GH ??

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Great actor.

Shay
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Shay

Quite frankly, I have very mixed feelings on this latest piece of casting news…..I’ve always enjoyed James Read dating back to his role on the epic miniseries “North and South!” Although I’ve only seen him portray a charming, upstanding sort of guy, and not a villain like on DOOL, I think he would be up to the task of any acting challenge, so I’m all for him on that account….However, once again, GH is adding too many newbies…it’s like a rampant disease spreading at breakneck pace at that soap, and it’s beyond tiring for longtime fans who want to see… Read more »

Reed
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Reed

Shay, emerging from self-imposed exile long enough to agree wholeheartedly. I’ll be bingeing from April to current and be able to know whereof I speak…even if those opinions haven’t necessarily been missed since I last stepped in it.

Shay
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Shay

@Reed….Come on in, the water’s fine!!! I can understand it’s a long haul trying to play catch-up….I generally tend to go weeks at a time myself with just online recaps to keep me apprised…In fact, the only thing that lured me back to the present was Robert Scorpio’s arrival…I really enjoyed his storyline with Anna, even though it certainly put her character through the emotional ringer! Here’s hoping he sticks around for awhile….and you, too, Reed! Keep those opinions coming…

Timmm
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Timmm

I feel you! GH is turning into FV! Chase is Nathan Lite! Finn is a horrible character! Anna needs to go back with Robert! Maxie had a baby and no Frisco? F Jack Wagner! Recast the character! [John Goodman is available!] I like Liz but she should have been Sarah Weber. NOPE, another Valenti character! I guess the way ABC runs their whole network, we should be thankful that GH is even on anymore.

Shay
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Shay

@Timmm….The absence of Frisco has never been more keenly felt than during Maxie’s latest life crisis and pregnancy. No matter how involved he may be with the WSB, there’s no way that he wouldn’t have come to town to save his daughter and her unborn child when they were in mortal danger. I get so sick of the ongoing efforts to make this character appear to be the most deadbeat and disinterested dad ever to leave behind his progeny in Port Charles….if Jack Wagner were offered a decent guest gig, he would be there for his fans! But that just… Read more »

Bren
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Bren

I agree but no one will listen to us the writers are pushing out the originals on purpose so when they turn this show over to Finn and Franco I will stop watching for sure.

fginaspy
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fginaspy

A very interesting casting choice. I’m still not watching though. I haven’t since Genie left. Who is leaving to support new characters in this too large of cast?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Nor I–also haven’t watched since they fired Genie–so sad–would be so great to see her play against James Read. I, too, remember North and South where they worked together. Two professional actors!

Barb Mast
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Barb Mast

He was good on Days and so think he,ll be an asset to GH.

Barb Mast
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Barb Mast

He was really good on Days. I am sure he,ll be an asset to GH.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I am hoping he’s less like his Days of Our Lives character, because I loved him on Charmed as Victor, but hated him as Clyde. Is it wrong that I could’ve seen him as Jeff Webber, too? And then bring on Chrishell Stause as Sarah Webber?

Satan
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Satan

He would be all wrong for Jeff Webber. As a matter of fact, there’s no point in bringing Jeff Webber back at all unless Richard Dean Anderson is available.

And definitely NOT to prop the Frodd trainwreck.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I don’t see him as “wrong” for the role and, unfortunately, I do have a feeling that if Dr. Jeff Webber did return, and that has been speculated for quite some time, that Richard D. Anderson would not reprise the role.

S Racine
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S Racine

I’m waiting for Genies return.

Satan
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Satan

Genie was also on North & South, so that would be sort of ironic if she came back right around the same time.

Sassy Duck
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Sassy Duck

I too, remember James from North and South, as well as from Remington Steele. Loved him in both.

And, it was also on North and South where Genie met her husband, Jonathan Frakes (formerly Number One on Star Trek the Next Generation).

It would be fun seeing Genie and James working together, again. So, please create a good storyline and BRING HER BACK!

I would love to see James play a diabolical character. With the demise of Helena and Faison, he could fill that gap. Originally I thought Valentin would be that person, but alas, no – big disappointment.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes!

Bonnie Jean
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Bonnie Jean

What ?!!!!!!
Wow !!!
Very interesting!

Satan
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Satan

Well, he does a good job as an evil son of a bitch, so he should be entertaining to watch. But he’s probably really needed more in Salem than Port Charles right about now.

Timmm
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Timmm

I dont like Finn or Chase but this guy comes with a resume and he looks the part. I hope he is the next evil bastard. Valentin is a joke!

Christy
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Christy

Loved him on north and south yes going back a bit

maureen
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maureen

I;ve said it before and I will say it again. Stop bringing in new characters and start concentrating on the talented ensemble cast you have. That is not going to fix their ratings.

Harry
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Harry

I agree, Maureen. Every single, friggen day we are subjected to Peter. Now even if I liked this actor (which I do not) this would be too much. And Peter’s story seems never ending. Moreover, we have to hear his story retold every damn day–it’s as if the writers are trying to jam a square peg through a round hole.
I am tired of it.

Shay
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Shay

Peter is the “Sparkle Pony” of his time…….

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Harry,the arrogance of this Peter creep. “I can help you…you’d better get me outa here..” And, natch, that idiot Sam Spade-less takes the bait. “Oooh, Jason, let’s go commit more capital crimes. I’m trying to find myself.” Yeah, right. Drew is well rid of that danger junkie.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I thought you’d be happy with Sam, soaphound. She wanted to break Peter out to help Drew. No matter if she goes back with Jason p, she’ll always care deeply for Drew, as well. I thought it was great that she’d risk so much to for Drew, with or without Jason’s help.

And, once again, loving Peter!

Harry
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Harry

Well, I don’t love Peter the way you do, Rebecca, but perhaps he will grow on me. So far, I am not getting the Peter love. However, right now, I am not hating on your other favorites such as Nina, Alexis, Franco and Drew so there’s that. In fact, I am really liking the last three characters I just mentioned. And if Nina kills Peter she will be redeemed in my eyes. And speaking of the jail, that was the most ridiculous, implausible jail break out scene ever to witnessed on the small screen. Yes, I know we are supposed… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

You’ll learn to love him, Harry. After he gets out of his James Caan/Kathy Bates “Misery” predicament. Don’t remember if you watched OLTL but if you remember the end we saw Trevor St. John’s Todd Manning/Victor Lord, Jr. tied to the bedpost, too. LOL; there’s a lot of “kink” that’s left out of these scenes. 😉 So glad you’ve come around to three of the five. I’ll patiently wait for your other eye to open. As for getting in and out of jail, let’s just suspend our disbelief a bit more and assume Valentin the agent also knows a few… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, yes, I like it. Read is a proven actor and if this translates to more time “CHASING” the truth of why Finn is so bloody rude to his sweet brother, I’m in. More Josh anytime, anywhere, any uniform.

mike
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mike

Was great on Days, very good actor.

K/kay
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K/kay

Just out of curiosity since I gave up on Frank but why could this actor not have been a replacement for Dr Jeff Webber ? They must really dislike RH/Liz I guess her purpose is to prop RH /Franco.

K/kay
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K/kay

Shay if you are out there this new system throws me off I know you still love this show reliable source DZ/Dante is leaving the show. I do not blame him s bit !

dmr
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dmr

I heard this, but haven’t seen any real confirmation. Where did you see this?

K/kay
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K/kay

All over twitter for a month that does not mean it’s true ! But have they used him really?

Shay
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Shay

Hello, k/kay! I’m trying to still love this show, but it’s getting increasingly difficult, just like I’m trying to love this new website! It is a true puzzlement, indeed!…So, are we no longer going to get notifications of replies in our inboxes and instead go on a great search each and everyday to find them? Or am I just not getting the messages? I mostly have received the Fairman seal of approval on the majority of my contributions, so I know that the website has the ability to get through to my email address. As for Read playing Jeff Webber?… Read more »

Bren
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Bren

Really that last comment if he take Sonny with him it’s over.

K/kay
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K/kay

Gosh almighty I apologize she has faith in the show I do not

Harry
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Harry

I also heard DZ is leaving. I always thought the actor was incredibly unique and talented. But yes, he was underused and under appreciated. I recall his first date with Lulu (then played by Julie Berman). He surprised her by taking her to the Opera. I thought they were a lovely couple–a perfect match. Alas, he is given no story despite his talent–too many new folks and the over saturation is costing us valuable players who have proven themselves over and over.

Steve
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Steve

With Nathan’s death still a fresh storyline, it’s highly unlikely they’d kill off Dante. It appears ER is staying, so a recast with a recurring actor (since they won’t write for the character) is probable.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I heard the rumor that he was leaving, too. Then I heard that’s all it was; a rumor. He’s not leaving. At least that’s the last update I heard. Hope he’s not. He’s a great actor and very underused. If he IS staying I hope he gets more of a story rather than a filler.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

YES!!!!! This is gonna be very, very interesting……….

John
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John

I was hoping he was going to play Jeff Webber, but of course who cares about GH history. FV just want to
focus on the shiny new actors than the vets.

sam vanderclock
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sam vanderclock

stretching for ratings. too many players….

sam vanderclock
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sam vanderclock

stretching stories for ratings. too many players!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, WOW!!!! That’s a huge surprise….I mean, James is an amazing actor; one of the best…..I only hope and wish he will be a good guy!!
I think the presence of a father for Finn and Chase will make them more real, as brothers; at least for me…..a backstory is what they need–explaining so much.
Do not disappoint, writers….

dmr
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dmr

Not that we need anymore recurring characters…although James Read has talent. He was great on DOOL. I’m guessing Frank didn’t hire him in a parking lot? Mr. Read can actually act.

Timmm
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Timmm

Mr. Fairman, great new site, congrats! Can we get notices when someone replies to our comments?

Sassy Duck
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Sassy Duck

I agree, Timmm!

I love the new website, Michael. It’s so much more dynamic. Thank you for all of the effort you put into updating it!

soaplover2948
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soaplover2948

Love this casting! I hope he has scenes with Finola Hughes!

He played her ex-husband on Charmed and they were funny together.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

What is going to go down when JR appears on GH is some terrific performances if his appearances on Days are any indicator.
Wish he and Genie Francis could have appeared together on GH. Would have been great fireworks, I’m sure. Oh, well. So much for wishes–and a great chance missed by GH–as usual.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I wonder how James felt being a father to a man, only a few years younger than himself. Hope we see more of him.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (the late Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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