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James Ryan Takes Over the Role of General Hospital’s Ethan Lovett


Monday’s April 17th episode of General Hospital brought the reveal that there’s a new actor in the house playing the role of Luke and Holly’s son, Ethan Lovett.  Welcome actor, James Ryan.

In story, Holly (the returning Emma Samms) is hiding out in Venezuela to escape the clutches of Victor Cassadine (Charles Shaughnessy) and to locate her son. However, Felicia (Kristina Wagner) is now in the country and connected with her friend, while Holly was posing as a maid.  The two work in tandem to find Ethan. Then, in the cliffhanger, it is revealed that Ethan is being auctioned off to the highest bidder as Holly and Felicia are gobsmacked!


GH fans know Nathan Parsons previously played the role of Ethan since 2009 and stayed with the ABC daytime drama series through the spring of 2012.  Parsons returned several times, including for appearances in 2013, 2015, and last in 2020.

ABC confirmed to Soaps In Depth that Ryan has indeed taken over the role of Holly’s MIA son.  The question is, how long will Ethan be on the canvas? Just to wrap this story arc with his mom, Holly, or might he be in for a stay in Port Charles? Stay tuned.


What did you think about the Ethan ‘switcheroo’, where now the character is a blonde, when previously he was dark-haired? Many are just happy that the character is finally back on the show and has blonde hair like his father, Luke!  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Since Holly’s return is temporary, it’s doubtful that Ethan will stick around longer. We’ll have some idea when the cast credits run on Friday.

I don’t see the point in recasting the character if they weren’t planning to keep him around for a little while, since the original Ethan has been more than willing to return for short appearances.. and that’s when he actually had full time contract gigs… which were all for a network (CW) which no longer exists, for all practical purposes. If he’s landed another gig since CW imploded, I haven’t heard about it.

As for the drastic change in appearance… Hell only knows. Maybe Frank V & the other folks in the head office were tired of getting “hate mail” that commented on how Ethan looked nothing like Luke, so they found somebody who at least has a slight resemblance to his alleged father.

EZ PZ…I HATE IT. Nothing against the actor but I will definitely miss Nathan Parsons.


I like Ethan returning. I liked Nathan Parsons as Ethan but I’m willing to give the new actor a try. I just want his paternity changed to Robert!

Since the new guy has blonde curly hair, that wish is most likely not happening. Parsons could definitely pass for Tristan’s son – new guy far from it.

This is disappointing. Really wanted Nathan Parsons to come back.

WTH ….. Nathan parsons was a perfect “look” for the character of Ethan…accent and all
Not sure about the “blonde”…

Nathan Parson’s accent is fake, though.

Surprised they didn’t let him drop the accent like John York did in the 90s. All of a sudden Mac became fully Americanized.

Hate it. No shade meant toward the new actor whatsoever. Absolutely loved Nathan Parsons in the part. If they weren’t going to bring Nathan back, they should’ve just left Ethan gone. resembles Holly with the dark hair she used to have. He doesn’t have to resemble his dad. And if this was a political decision because of the BLM stuff I read about that occurred on Twitter then get rid of NLG as well. And grow a brain while you’re at it since that should have nothing to do with employment.

WTF are you rambling on about? My goodness.

No offense to the new actor. However, I really dislike when favorite characters are changed, especially when the originals are available. I was looking forward to seeing Nathan Parsons again in this role. In general, I also dislike when new characters are introduced into a family and they look nothing alike. Rule of thumb for the director should be: Choose actors that resemble what the children of the soap family would have in real life. Some of the pairings are perfect. A few are off.

This actor has a whole lot going for him….definitely on board!

it is a good thing Holly called out “Ethan” when the hood came off… otherwise we all would have been “who’s this?”

Should have brought original Nathan Parsons back. Was looking forward to seeing him again.

I’m not surprised they recast given Nathan Parsons’ continued success in primetime, especially if Ethan is sticking around the canvas. My main problem is the bad dye job they gave to him, when his natural blonde hair would be better served. As for talent, I have no judgment as we’ve barely seen him act. I will say he visually looks younger than Parsons, so it makes me wonder about the potential on the canvas in the long-term.

Ethan suddenly being blonde is much more believable than Maxie’s new jet black hair. Granted, Kirsten’s roots may have been rather prominent for years, but Maxie has been blonde since birth. It tied her to Felicia (KW has some of the best hair in daytime).

Liesl’s switch to lighter hair matched KG’s return to her original natural color. At least, over the last 10 years Kathleen has had different shades of brown so the switch was not as jarring.

I hate that they changed him to a curly and blond from the original. At least u should make them look something alike. I hate when this is done. Nothing against hime but let’s try to be some kind of real!

Bad idea! They should’ve kept looking or done a better job of enticing Nathan back!

I havent seen him act to judge him yet. I dont know why they bleached his hair blonde. Hopefully it was a disguise? Good luck James.

Some may think Lovett’s blonde locks may resemble Luke, but I think its to throw his enemy’s off the scent. James is doing a fair job of it. He needs to loose the surfer dude tude! Nathan was much more serious not an Aussie yokel.

The point is moot. Ethan was for 3 episodes and was shuffled back off to Australia. Most anyone from central casting would’ve worked for the amount of dialogue he had in those days. While it would’ve been nice to see Lovett again, he might’ve wisely turned GH down based on the minuscule impact of the character this return.

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General Hospital Alum Richard Simmons ‘Not Interested’ In Biopic with Pauly Shore Portraying Him

Former General Hospital guest star and fitness guru, the reclusive Richard Simmons, has come forward and addressed actor and comedian, Pauly Shore’s wish to play the 70’s and 80’s pop culture icon in a biopic about his life.

Shore previously took to social media and on X shared a side-by-side of him and Simmons. Accompanying the post, Pauly expressed: I’ve noticed the reactions to me playing #RichardSimmons in a biopic. I heard he’s living in Big Bear. We’ve been playing phone tag (yes, he has a phone). I’m trying to make it happen, you guys. In the meantime, hit up all the big producers. I’ll see you at @TheAcademy 2025!”

However, TMZ’s sources are reporting on Saturday that Simmons is not in favor of Shore playing him in a film or anyone else, or any biopic on his life.

The outlet shared that Richard’s reaction was that he was aware of the effort behind a biopic, mostly spear-headed by Pauly. but that he just doesn’t want to be involved. Simmons also added that he likes Pauly a lot, but he’s not biting, despite the public’s urging on social media about the idea of a movie on his life.

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Born Milton Teagle “Richard” Simmons, he became part of the public conscious back in the 70’s and 80’s with exercise studios and the ability to have his clients lose weight. any of them were celebrities. Simmons himself admitted to at one time being overweight, and getting into fitness helped him maintain a healthy living style and he wanted to help others.

Later, he began a four-year recurring run on General Hospital playing himself from 1979-1983.  Simmons returned to the show in 2013 for the Nurses’ Ball to taunt Lucy (Lynn Herring). He also was host of the Emmy-award winning, The Richard Simmons Show, which focused on personal health, fitness, exercise, and healthy cooking.  Over the last several years, Simmons has withdrawn from public life.

What would you think of a Richard Simmons biopic and if it included some moments in front of the camera and behind the scenes of what went down when he appeared on GH? Do you think it will ever happen given Simmons current position on the matter? Let us know in the comment section.


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General Hospital’s John J. York Reveals Potential Transplant Donor: “I Believe They Found a Match”

Promising news for General Hospital’s John J. York (Mac Scorpio). The actor who went public with his health battle shared Friday on Good Morning America that a life-saving blood stem cell transplant donor may have been located.

An emotional York told GMA, “I believe they found a match, perfect match, which will make me cry.  So we’re going to start our testing and do all that kind of stuff coming up here in about a week, and then I believe the transplant will happen, fingers crossed, in November.”

Through his association with the Be The Match organization, York located the now potential donor to help in his fight against myelodysplastic syndrome and multiple smoldering myeloma, two blood and bone marrow disorders. “

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York went on to explain the difficulties he faced in trying to find a match: “Many of my family members were tested and most of them were 6 out of 12; apparently there’s markers that have to be reached. So they were on standby.”

When asked just what the GH fan favorite would want to say if given the opportunity to speak to the donor that appears to be a match, in tears, John expressed: “Thank you for saving my life. For letting me spend more time with my wife and my daughter and my son-in-law and my grandchildren and seeing this beautiful blue sky.”

John has played Mac Scorpio for 32 years and until recently had kept his battle with these two blood cancers private, but came forward to clarify why he is taking time away from GH, and how he is been trying to find a life-saving donor match.

Watch York’s segment from GMA below.

Now, share your thoughts and well-wishes as John awaits the test results from his potential donor, to hopefully undergo this life-saving transplant in November via the comment section.

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Jacqueline Grace Lopez Returns to General Hospital

Never count out Brook Lynn Quartermaine (Amanda Setton)! After her termination at Deception, and following her grandmother Tracy Quartermaine’s (Jane Elliot) blackmailing scheme, BLQ is set to bounce back.

How will she do it? Now comes word from Soap Opera Digest that Brook Lynn will once again go back into the music business when Blaze hires her to be her manager.  This will bring actress and singer, Jacqueline Grace Lopez back to General Hospital to reprise her role as Blaze.

The last time viewers saw Blaze was back on the April 17th episode of GH, when Blaze surprised Chase (Josh Swickard) by turning up to speak on his behalf in front of the PCPD review committee.  Throughout her initial run as the character, Blaze was tormented by that creep of a manager, Linc.  She also became good friends with Chase when they sang together on multiple occasions, and revealed her real name was actually, Allison.

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This will mark Lopez’s third time on GH, the first in a brief role as a babysitter in 2015/2016, her last run as Blaze, and now her return.

Lopez shared her excitement on her return with SOD, and that her first scenes back are with Kate Mansi (Kristina) and Amanda Setton Lopez expressed, “I’m really looking forward to working with them more and getting to learn more about Blaze.”

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Just how long Jacqueline’s stay on GH will be this time remains to be seen, but the show is looking at exploring more about the character of Blaze.

Looking forward to having Jacqueline back on the canvas and on your screens as Blaze? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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