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Jason Or Not, Here He Comes: Steve Burton Teases His General Hospital Return!

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Daytime audiences are waiting to see just how Steve Burton will be integrated back into the General Hospital canvas, and just who he will end up playing.

Will he be the original Jason, we all came to know and love, or will he be a different character, or will Port Charles have two different Jason’s as residents?

Burton took to Instagram to share one of his all-time favorite pics of Jason in action while posting this message as a tease to his followers and fans: “One of my favorite shots from the @generalhospitalabc set years ago! Will I play this guy again???? Tune in to see #gh #jasonornot #boom #mustsee

Meanwhile in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on sale this week, GH head writers, Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante confirm that Billy Miller is on the canvas and in this upcoming big storyline along with Burton.

Passanante noted: “It’s sort of a great puzzle that requires figuring out. We certainly want to get the most out of it! We know hoe important Steve is to the viewers and to us, and it’s a challenge to figure out how to get the most out of (his return) that we possibly can.

Burton’s first Gh airdate is yet to be revealed.  Stay tuned.

So, Jason or Not? Who will Steve Burton ultimately play when he returns on-air at GH! Share your latest thoughts on the subject in the comment section below!

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Soaphound
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Soaphound

Enough about this soaphopper! They act like this is like a Biblical resurrection. To me, he’s a second tier actor who’s been way overhyped. I don’t dislike him, but he gets too much attention. But as long as they keep Billy Miller also, I’ll keep watching.

SZima
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SZima

Amen! I was never a fan of Stone Cold Jason and thought he was overhyped, as you said.
Not that I “like” Billy as Jason, but I think that has more to do with his pairing with Kelly/Sam. I don’t care for the couple at all!
I always thought they should have brought Billy on as a new character rather than resurrect Jason. That character wasn’t needed IMHO.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

I agree, do not see chemistry between Billy and Kelly. The other two were steamy…their Chinese wedding was my all time favorite.

Billy is fine but…I am ok with Steve being Nickolas. That would be fun, but based on the tweet. It has to be a lame twin thing

Scoma60
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Scoma60

Soap Hopper ? LOL You do realize Billy hopped from AMC to YR to GH. Kelly hopped from PC to GH. Laura hopped from Loving to The City to GL to GH. Mo from AMC to GH.

LMAO!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, Scola, I do realize that and there’s nothing wrong with it. But Billy and many others were honest about pursuing other acting jobs, which their contracts don’t always allow enough time for (though some seem more flexible than others). Mr. Burton’s reasons always carry this noble air of spending time with family or pursuing non-acting jobs. I think that’s what annoys me. That, and all the hype. But, I’m sure he’s a nice guy and let’s hope this all leads to a good story for Steve AND Billy fans.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Sorry for the mistyped salutation, Scoma60!

Annalee
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Annalee

Ditto!!✊

Max Daddee
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Max Daddee

Burton is indeed a soaphopper, very well put, Soaphound! I’m uninterested in what role he plays on the show as long as he isn’t brought in to squeeze out Billy. Jason’s character is much more human and likeable with Billy playing it. Maybe he’ll play Screwball Amy’s brother we’ve been hearing about. That storyline element to the Ask Man Landers plot needs to either move or be buried. Or maybe Steve will play someone whose advice from Man Landers didn’t work out and he’s come to seek revenge. Anything’s possible on this show…

Lin Herz
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Lin Herz

I totally agree with Max Daddy. I like the new character of Jason better, and liked him even better before he remembered his previous life. I don’t like Ask Man landers either. It would not be allowed to have that name and too chancey for a police officer. I hope Steve Burton is not Jason.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Soaphound…VERY, VERY WELL PUT!!!!! To me, watching that Steve Burton dude act is like watching paint dry…BEYOND BORING!!!!!

Later.

Melissa
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Melissa

I agree with you. I’m a little tired of SB constantly baiting and switching. This whole — I want to spend time with my family and do other projects – crap. Just say I’m moving on to explore other acting options and leave it at that. Was relieved when he left the show. Was disappointed they decided they had to resurrect Jason in the form of Billy. Am really sad SB is returning.

Melissa
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Melissa

And worst of all this probably means twitchy Spenelli is going to be brought back to express awe and thrill that Jason is back.

Alexis Gouzoules
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Alexis Gouzoules

Please, please PLEASE be my Stone cold! U have been sorrowfully missed. I need my fix!! Been waiting toooooo long!

Amy
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Amy

Me too!

Silvana De Nardis
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Silvana De Nardis

Me second !

Lynn
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Lynn

Me Too!!!! I think Steve and Billy working together would be Fanominal !! But I Have Been Waiting For Him To Come Back Forever! I prefer Steve to be our Jason . 22 years he thrilled us with his acting. We should be Greatful he stayed that long. Now He Is Back. The possibilities are endless!!!

Steve
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Steve

Before people start complaining that Billy Miller is being treated unfair, multiple sources are saying he signed a contract extension. So apparently, all are on board.

Amy
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Amy

Exactly! Also, I must say I’m quite disappointed in fans for being so cruel. Steve burton created Jason Morgan which in turn gave us 2 decades of fantastic storylines and action! That was my favorite part of GH. Without Steve perfecting this role there would be no billy miller. There would be no jasam, or sason or jarly etc. billy miller was an excellent choice for a Jason Morgan fill in. I love billy miller as well but I don’t know if I can watch Steve play anyone else but Jason.to me he will always be Jason Morgan. I’m hoping… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Amy, you said it it better than I could. My suspicions get aroused lately because of Y&R’s recent release of the great Greg Rikaart. It seems no one is immune to the whims of the often out-of-touch writers/producers. As long as Billy is staying too, let’s give it a chance. Who knows, it might be fun.

Lynn
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Lynn

Me too! Absolutely! I was getting really Angry!! He is and always will be Jason. They better not get us all hopped up and then him not be Jason. I have been watching since I was 14 with my Grandmother and I will for the 1st time consider tuning out!

amyfoullois
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amyfoullois

Jason Morgan is Steve Burton!! Billy Miller is good but not Jason

Chrystie_Delancey
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Chrystie_Delancey

I am not surprised. It seems like he has “settled.” It is a shame because he was on fire as Billy Abbott. 🙁

Patrick
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Patrick

“thank you” @Chrystie I love the man…. Billy Miller and Michael Muhney “were” royalty… the crème de la crème of geez! it seemed like it was all in the cards for the torch and reign to be passed from Victor and Jack to : drum roll… god this was the best thing near ever ! in this day and age of serial. for Billy and Adam to take over and their first ladies respectively: Sharon and Victoria. this was Heaven. the eyes don’t lie, NO ? you can see it all in his eyes, his body language, his demeanor. heck…… Read more »

Jada
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Jada

The Gh writers have turned Jason into a pathetic sap tjats uses
Words like PREGGERS. Turned
Him into Jelly in more ways than one . Bring back Steve ! Ride or die aspect !

Jada
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Jada

“That”

Amy
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Amy

I agree! I was happy to have JM back and billy miller is a fine replacement but these writers have turned all the badass characters into wimps! I’m more than happy to have Steve back and I hope he plays Jason and that they don’t mess with jasam again

Chuck
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Chuck

You said it all…the ride or die Jason is who we need. Give Billy back the Jake Doe persona and let him figure out who he really is. There’s only one Jason Morgan and that Steve Burton!

Patrick
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Patrick

I truly want Billy Miller – OUT – of the Corinthos’ Orbit. so let Steve Burton be Jason. how stone cold ? old sexy blue eyes with stamina left to hold his gun yah yah. thereby Kelly Monaco’ Sam can go back to hiding behind her savior. Billy Miller and Rebecca Herbst ( Jake Doe and Liz ) can get reacquainted… let that romance start again. Put the Quartermainia on notice…. Jason Quartermaine is coming home. he’s the doctor son… Monica dreamed for her and Alan.. and dear old dad Edward… Lila… on and on.. I can cry Happy ending…… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Regardless of who he plays, I hope the story will be gripping and exciting because up until recently, GH has been pretty bland. Sam shooting Sonny, Spencer’s kidnapping and Valentin’s return have shaken things up, so hopefully the momentum continues with this story. I also hope they find a way to keep both Miller and Burton on the show long-term.

Also, I was wondering, since Jean P was mentioned in the article does that mean she is still writing at GH? When does she wrap up her role, and when do the shows she’s credited on stop airing?

Patrick
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Patrick

I readily agree.. that things get shaken up … and one can hope for momentum.

hopes are dashed so fast and so quickly. Spencer returned in the blink of an eye.

all the hype is once again on the floundering he man Corinthos’ . can you believe it , it’s now time AGAIN for Carly to go all banshee.

well f this.

I was looking forward to fan posts who have ready stories … thank this.

Fairman County. are you their

Sherri Shultz
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Sherri Shultz

I think he’s going to start out playing one of Garvey’s men and who knows where it will go from there.

Ces
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Ces

As long as they keep giving Billy Miller respect & not treat him like a 2nd rate citizen to Burton I’ll see where this goes …. Hope it’s a dream or something in Sam’s mind though. Do we know how long Burton is staying on for?

Connieonnietreanor@gmail.com
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Connieonnietreanor@gmail.com

He says a while

Angelface79
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Angelface79

I so agree, while Billy Miller has been playing Jason 2.0 as Jason Light. I love him and he has done an awesome job. We know Steve left Y&R because JiFP was let go, so he decided to come home to GH. What ever the plans are for Steve Burton’s return , I am hoping that its a great story, I actually miss ” Stone Cold” because, Sonny needs him , but Steve could certainly come back as that long lost twin, that was being introduced when Roger ( Franco ) first came. Keep in mind It was Heather Webber… Read more »

Carrie Nauseda
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Carrie Nauseda

Love Steve! Oh how I missed Jason Morgan! Love Stone Cold!

Becca
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Becca

Billy is playing Jason the way they want him to. But I’m glad he gets a new character. I’m sure he will totally rock it as long as they don’t put him with Liz.

Jackie Swick
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Jackie Swick

If you look at that picture of Steve, his eyes are brown. I think Steve will come back as a new character. Either one of many of Sonny’s enemies or a new mob boss. Which would make me very happy. Billy needs to keep being Jason Morgan, him and Kelly’s chemistry is off the charts. We only need one Jason and that is Billy. Steve left the role as Jason and I do not feel he should be able to walk right back into that role

Brenda
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Brenda

No way Steve needs to be Jason not Sonnys enemy what a joke .. Billy should play his twin …

Brenda
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Brenda

Omg everybody leave their roles and come back all the soaps , Steve is Jason that’s my man., only one real Jason SB

Becca
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Becca

I just want to see Billy get a role worthy of him. He deserves it. Too good to be wasted on this role.

Roxanne
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Roxanne

Thank u Jackie! I soo agree. Everyone seems to have forgotten that Steve made his decision a few years ago to leave GH to be with his family. That was pretty devastating to most of his fans. We got through it and wished him well. Then to our surprise he goes to Y&R!! Now he’s coming back and we should all now down and be thankful!!! I say NO.

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Two dudes + matching black tee shirts = tedium

Anything but the Tale of Two Jasons.

Kevin O.
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Kevin O.

TOTALLY agree! Zzzzzz…

Maureen
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Maureen

I am too busy still trying to figure out who is whom on these pages to worry who Steve will be portraying. Some are MIA but are they really or are they a twin or doppleganger or entirely new character. Very fond of Rebecca Budig and Kathleen Gati- both of whom I fear are about to bite the dust. No matter what befalls Sonny, no matter how many times he and Carly break up- we all know it will be ok within a matter of weeks. Huge fan bases of Carson, Julexis, Friz, JaSam, – I don’t know all the… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Do you mean James DePaiva has come and gone already? Who did he play?

Maureen
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Maureen

He was a doctor at GH who spoke with Sam about her condition-I believe it was less than five minutes, and only one appearance and gone.

Harry
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Harry

Wait, is that it for James DePaiva? I was really hoping he’d play Jeff Webber.
Wow, his tenure was shorter than Anthony Scaramucci’s.

“Though we Had a Minute, Eternity was in it.”

William Shakespeare.

Brenda
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Brenda

I hope he comes back as the real stonecold Jason ”
He plays that role to the T …. I like Billy it I think he should play Jason’s brother…..

Remy
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Remy

The REAL Jason Campaign begins

Billy Miller was really never Jason, sorry.

Joanne
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Joanne

I seem o Romberg Steve and Billy were friends when on Y&R together and Steve had indicated Billy would be a good replacement so I would imagine they as actors ar looking forward to playing that is he or isn’t he dynamic, I am looking forward to it.

Denise pettit
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Denise pettit

I Think Steve Burton will Be Sonny Replacement I mean he will Take over sonny Buisness

Lia
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Lia

They should not have resigned Miller, if they knew there was a chance of getting Burton back. He IS Jason Quartermaine, and not Miller. He never was and never will be for me. I’ve heard a rumor that SB will be Jason’s twin. My answer to that is BULL… Susan Moore did not give birth to twins. I watched her carry the baby, and give birth. There was no second child, so if the current writing team change history, I more than likely will not watch on the days that storyline is running. It will be ugly, and I won’t… Read more »

Erin
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Erin

No thanks. The Jason role is already filled. Steve decided to leave, his role is not available anymore. We have a Jason already, we don’t need another one. Didn’t the 2 todds bullshit get OLTL cancelled? Stop with the stunt casting and tighten up the ship you already have.

Reed
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Reed

Erin, too funny, loved the post! Although Jason 2.0, or “mumbles” as some have suggested (sorry, don’t usually go there, but also can’t disagree), doesn’t do it for me. While 2.0 has been a very capable, proficient portrayal, I’d still rather have SB in the role. TPTB have a lot riding on this, so it will be interesting to see what they do with it.

Erin
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Erin

Thank you for stating your opinion in a respectful way, people have been REALLY nasty lately. I definitely don’t begrudge anyone that prefers Steve. Heck, I was a rabid old school JaSam fan from the start. But for me, Steve chose to leave. I embraced Billy and have been invested in his portrayal for 3 years now. Saying he was never Jason does a ton of harm to the history of JaSam in my eyes, and I am not ok with that. But again, I respect the people that want Steve back as Jason. I just don’t agree. Have a… Read more »

Becca
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Becca

Billy’s voice is deep. I so hate when people talk about the actors personaly. Love Billy Miller and he is a awesome actor.

Reed
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Reed

Erin, yes, the GH “Women on the Edge” thread of 7/24 was not the finest moment for a number of us—very bad form! I’ll even retract my “mumbles” comment of earlier because that wasn’t fair. I suspect if I just watched my show without consulting this site, I wouldn’t have these opinions and wouldn’t be viewing with a critical eye to validate the opinions of others. And maybe I should get watching, since I’m still on April episodes! Just watched Sonny call Carly a slut and suggest that she spreads her legs too easily. Not bad, a little crass for… Read more »

gail mattei
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gail mattei

i can care less about this right now. Want to know about #Julexis right now!!

Patrick
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Patrick

MOST definitely – WIlliam DeVry and Nancy Lee Grahn for the WIN.

Shelley and Frank ! “think outside the box ” let sonny die in that sinkhole of a lesser man

Maggie
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Maggie

Nikolas Cassadine’s body has never been found, thus in the soap world he is only presumed dead. Perhaps Steve Burton is going to now play Nikolas? If so then Sam could have delusions that he is really Jason Morgan (while all others ignore that is the character he used to portray). We have been led to believe that Sam is ill from a so far unknown cause. Her delusions could be combination of a physical ailment (her high fever), mental (her Aunt Olivia Jerome was nuts), and heredity (she is a Cassadine descendant).

K/kay
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K/kay

I wish he would walk into General Hospital as a new doctor not realizing he is a adopted twin and blow the towns minds now that would be a story worth telling !

Patrick
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Patrick

Nice Marquee : you made me laugh and smile at the same time.

all the brouhaha over more mob activity

way to nip it in the bud… can you imagine what Monica would be ?

Patrick
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Patrick

argh! I was so impressed with your post.

Marquee this stuff , gavel , spotlight: etc…

“I wish he would walk into General Hospital as a new doctor not realizing he is an adopted twin and blow the towns minds”

this would answer every thing

and we can all relax

if it would mean less interaction with Sonny and Carly. absolutely this^

Cheers

robbie
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robbie

Go Fluke yourself, Burton. That is, I smell another disaster of Fluke proportions

Harry
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Harry

Ha! Robbie, well said!

JMER
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JMER

Boring. It’s not going to bring me back as a viewer.

Timmm
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Timmm

Good!

Jimh
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Jimh

Im all for more Qs but i was never a Jason fan…when Robin was with Billy Miller’s Jason he obviously looked like Jason until he got run down by that car and turned into NuJason…this is going to be a lot like the two Todds/Victor story on OLTL…imo!!!

Courtney
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Courtney

Steve Burton will be Jason Morgan in eyes. I don’t expect anything that that Billy has done as Jason Morgan because of the writers haven’t been writing Jason Morgan since he took the Role. It had nothing to do with Billy acting talent. He just playing Jason. I’m very disappointed in fans that are showing blatant disrespect for Steve Burton who has played the Jason Morgan roll for 21 years. Billy Miller wouldn’t have the chance to play Jason Morgan if Steve didn’t play Jason Morgan. You cannot erase 21 years of history that Jason a.k.a. Stone call was played… Read more »

Silvana De Nardis
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Silvana De Nardis

Well written post !

Timmm
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Timmm

Amen sister!

Becca
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Becca

That’s your opinion. That was the role they gave Billy. He is very talented. You can only play what they give him. Now one has to carry him. He has three Emmy’s to prove it. GH fault. As far as their chemistry. They are hot together.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

To be honest, I just can’t see Steve Burton playing anyone but Jason if they plan to keep him around long-term. I will have a very hard time accepting him as anyone else because he played Jason for SO long, and it’s only been a few years since his exit. I have a feeling Burton will turn out to be the real Jason who has been kept as a hostage by the Cassadine’s all the time, and Billy Miller will be a brainwashed A.J. who was also kidnapped by the Cassadine’s following his “death,” made to believe he was Jason,… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I like what you say. Have the two brothers rally against Sonny and run PC!

Shay
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Shay

Or better yet, Timmmbo, have the QBros rally against Sonny and run him OUT of Port Charles!

Becca
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Becca

Heck no. Billy doesn’t need to have that crappy role. I rather him be a little brother that Jason didn’t know he had. As many have pointed out Billy looks a lot younger than Steve. Which he is. 9 years younger.

mike
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mike

Billy Miller is 10 times the actor Steve Burton is.

Timmm
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Timmm

-10 times!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

EXACTLY!!!!!

Dawn D
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Dawn D

I’m looking forward to anything they have planned for SB. I miss him on screen! I want a good s/l and he interact’s with BH more then a second or minutes. They are great together on screen.

Aizlyn
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Aizlyn

I’m glad Steve is back. I want him to be Jason and for him to have an awesome storyline.

Timmm
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Timmm

Well, Jean and Shelly had an AMAZING puzzle of a story on Y&R, “The Music Box” and it went down as one of the worst story-lines EVER! Newly hired head writer Sally Sussman cleaned that crap of a story up in ONE day!

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Me thinks Griffen will find Jason the priest

Linda
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Linda

I prefer Miller as Jason as he is a better actor. Will they resurrect the old OLTL storyline of the two Todds?

Becca
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Becca

I love Billy Miller. You can tell he’s younger than Steve. Just treat Billy good. He is friends with Kelly and they love love working together. They hang out off screen.

Donna
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Donna

I think that Steve Burton is going to play a doctor of some sort. (This is something I can live with). Perhaps he’ll play Sam’s doctor. I sure hope that he can help Sam get out of this funk that she’s in because her character is very hard to watch recently. And I really want Billy Miller to stay and continue being Jason because he’s doing a great job in that role.

dmr
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dmr

I always wanted Jason to remember his Quartermaine roots and become a doctor (originally, he was going to medical school). The hospital needs more doctors. However, I’ll take less Monotone Sam..

Becca
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Becca

He’s awesome actor. He needs the chance to shine

Dee
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Dee

Enough with Steve Burton! I didn’t miss him when he left, Billy Miller has been a welcome change. Don’t know why the Producers have an obsession with him?

General Hospital

GH Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

Photo: ABC

What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

Photo: IG

Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

Photo: JPI

Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

Photo: ABC

Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

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What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Michael E. Knight Chats On: Taking on the Role of Martin Grey, Friendship with James Patrick Stuart, and All My Children’s Tad

Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

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During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

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In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

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Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital Tapes 15,000th Episode; Featuring Genie Francis with Almost Every Single Cast Member Appearing in It

On Thursday, ABC’s General Hospital reached yet another milestone in its illustrious history. The daytime drama taped its 15,000 episode.

During the tape day, the cast, crew and creatives posed for a photo on set to mark the occasion with cake.

GH’s 15,000 episode will air next month on June 17th.

ABC 7’s entertainment guru, George Pennacchio was on set with a first-hand report, interviewing the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

From the sounds of it, the 15K episode will center around the character of Laura, and according to Valentini, “It will be happy, it will be sad, it will be dark, it will be scary, it will be fun, it will be thrilling and it will be exciting, but most importantly it will have almost every single cast member in it.”

Check out the segment and on set report from Pennacchio below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to see the 15K episode of GH via the comment below and congratulate the long-running soap for another historic milestone.

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