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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
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
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
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
Candy Coder

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

Patrick
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
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
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
Eileen Hargis

Great actor.

Shay
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 more legacy characters for whom they actually care. Additionally, as much as I like Michael Easton and his Finn, why is it necessary to introduce his family? I’m already not enamored of his brother, whose only apparent value is as the beefcake replacement for Nathan, so I have no real interest in their father and his backstory either. I would have preferred that Read had been a recast for one of the many former characters that we have been clamoring to return to Port Charles. With over fifty years of history from which to choose, surely there could have been some past peresona that would fit into the current landscape without having to create yet another new one whose presence is yet one more step away from GH’s origins??? Between this and Drew’s “harem” of women from his former life, I’ve about had enough of all the meaningless and unnecessary additions to the Port Charles canvas. If this fourth-place show is going to survive, then it needs to go back to the formula which made it great, and introducing an endless parade of newbie soap gets is not the cure for what ails it.

Reed
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
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
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
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 doesn;t seem to be in the cards with this current regime…still, I can’t go the recast route. Jack will always be the only Frisco for me!!!!!

Bren
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
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
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
Barb Mast

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

Barb Mast
Barb Mast

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

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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
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)
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
S Racine

I’m waiting for Genies return.

Satan
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
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
nancy dillingham

Yes!

Bonnie Jean
Bonnie Jean

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

Satan
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
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
Christy

Loved him on north and south yes going back a bit

maureen
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
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
Shay

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

Soaphound
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
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
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 to utilize our suspension of disbelief while watching soaps, but it seemed like they didn’t even try. People are able to roam in and out of the jails with nary a guard in sight. Moreover, the jail cells aren’t even locked. Valentin was able to switch places with Peter and the latter party was able to saunter out without a guard or policeman spotting him? Ridiculous.

rebecca1
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 tricks. And then, we’ve been told Spinelli already tricked the cameras for Sam and Jason who were GOING to break Peter, sigh, (okay, that “sigh” was just to emphasize my Peter love, errr…again…) out.

So now you must be thrilled. Two of your least favorites alone in a room together. Bet you’re hoping they kill each other off. Tsk tsk. Stop that! 😉

Soaphound
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
mike

Was great on Days, very good actor.

K/kay
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
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
dmr

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

K/kay
K/kay

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

Shay
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? The thought also occurred to me! Why not??? It would be great to have him back in town…especially if he were able to cross paths with his two ex-wives Monica and the deliciously daffy Heather!! In terms of Dominic Zamprogna’s Dante leaving Port Charles? He really hasn’t has much to do since that prospective homewrecker Val enticed him into an affair…I could understand why the actor would want to take a hike..maybe on to a different soap? Too bad he couldn’t take Papa Sonny with him….

Bren
Bren

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

K/kay
K/kay

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

Harry
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
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
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
jaybird369

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

John
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
sam vanderclock

stretching for ratings. too many players….

sam vanderclock
sam vanderclock

stretching stories for ratings. too many players!

Celia
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
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
Timmm

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

Sassy Duck
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
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
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
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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