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Jeffrey Vincent Parise Returns To General Hospital As Dr. Joe Rivera!

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On-Air On-Soaps along with many General Hospital fans were hoping that the powers-that-be at the ABC daytime drama series would find a way to keep fan favorite Jeffrey Vincent Parise alive and kicking on our screens after finally killing-off his alter-ego, Carlos Rivera.

First, we had Carlos back in visions taunting Anna (Finola Hughes) and Julian (William deVry), but this week fans learned the ultimate plan.  Pull out the old twin plot device and bring Parise back as Carlos’ brother, and that is what they did!

Viewers were introduced to Parise’s new incarnation as Dr. Joe Rivera as he comes to the door at the Quartermaines and reconnects with Sabrina (Teresa Santiago).  It is clear from Sabrina’s introduction of him to a leery Michael (Chad Duell) that she knew Joe way back when  confirming the twin story is true.   She also dated the guy.  And to boot, what is Joe by profession? A pediatric surgeon!  He could definitely help in the care of baby Teddy.  Thus, throwing a wrench in the burgeoning romance of Michael and Sabrina.

Upon his re-emergence on to the Port Charles canvas, Parise was flooded by GH fans thrilled to have him back via social media.  Jeffrey sent out this tweet in acknowledgement:  “Once again I’m blown away by the kindness of @GeneralHospital fans. Thank U 4 the warm welcome back! Gonna B a fun ride!

So, what do you think about GH playing the twin card and bringing Parise back to the show? Are you hoping Joe sways Sabrina away from Michael?  Are you excited to have the actor back on the show in a new role?  Are you perhaps a naysayer, who thinks that somehow down the line this could all be a twist, and Joe is really Carlos? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Becca
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Becca

I’m thrilled to have Jeffrey back as a new character. He is a stellar actor and brings a great energy to the show whenever he is on. Welcome back, JVP!

Jamie
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Jamie

OMG, I didn’t know he was coming back until I saw the episode. I wasn’t a huge Carlos fan, but I LOVE me some Jeffrey. Is he like, the best looking guy ever or is it just me? I’m excited to see him back on screen!!

LeRoy Davidson
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LeRoy Davidson

We’ve had so many “long-lost twins” in the past, some good, others not. Any way we can keep an outstanding actor like Jeffrey is just fine with me. Welcome back, JVP, glad you are (hopefully) here to stay for a very long time to come.

NancyH
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NancyH

Sometimes TPTB do listen! Thank you GH!!

elm1951
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elm1951

i am thrilled that tptb/writers found a place for jvp – he is such a great actor……………..

Patrick
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Patrick

I could cry…. I fall in love on these shows

tearful giddy salute

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Oh Patrick…what you just wrote is so sweet…cute!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I wonder if he is really Carlos-you know…the twin switch, and maybe Carlos did have some medical training no one is aware of and its his brother Joe who is really dead!!!

Shay
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Shay

You mean like when OLTL’s supposedly murdered pimp Marco Dane switched identities with his priestly bro? Now that was a clever, creative and ultimately, shocking, storyline….this one, however? Not so much….yawn!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yeah…i agree…no real shocker here…i also seen twin switches on Dark Shadows, Return To Peyton Place, and Days Of Our Lives-all those shows were better at it!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

That’s what I said on another post Jim…it would be too ridiculous, and it wouldn’t get Julian out of a murder charge. I had hoped that Sabrina and Michael would have a shot…which we now know WON’T be happening since enter “the twin” just as Sabrina says she’s “finally getting her happy ending.” “Joe’s presence should send Julian straight to the psych ward…lol, that’ll get him out of jail! Maybe he’ll have an affair with Heather! I see BLT’s in his future…

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

and there is never ever really any soap happy endings!!!

Celia
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Celia

Yes, Jimmy. Deirdre’s ( Marlena) real-life identical twin, Andrea on DOODL? Yeah. Too easy and too old a tactic.

Phil
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Phil

Please keep him away from Sabrina and Michael! I like Sabichael!

Timmm
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Timmm

I like those two together, as well, six feet under!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Not far enough!!!-lol

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I like them too Phil. Michael deserves to be happy…which is how I felt toward Sabrina too after being ditched by Patrick and losing her baby. I was surprised though when, upon her return, she made it seem like she went with Carlos because she loved him. My recollection was she went under duress…not threat of physical harm…but felt pressured. Also seemed like she loved Michael and didn’t want to leave him. There was no mention of this when she returned, which would have made their “live story” stronger. Seems now like Michael’s feelings are stronger for her than hers… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Love, not live, story

Patrick
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Patrick

really, “strong” post I will reiterate…. I have grown to adore Sabrina first and foremost… I will always want more people of color 2ndly… I wanted a relationship with Michael… if this solidified her belong I’ve made no bones about how uninterested I think the character Michael lightning struck… not as strong as heat induced or come hither but a chord of semblance… a chemistry WITH two characters so yes… for all it’s worth… I like these two characters together… where else could either of these two go ? it would seem… and I’m still interested that she and Dr.… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Thanks Patrick. i always liked Sabrina. She was sort of like Emily. Sincerely sweet; no ulterior motive which some had accused her of when she was with Patrick. She was supposed to be a stark contrast to Britt who was the gorgeous bitch…Sabrina the mousey nurse with a heart of gold. The problem is even though I like her they STILL haven’t evolved her into someone I feel connected to or look forward to seeing in an episode. On the other hand the show needs balance and it has very few truly good people. Michael and Sabrina, IF allowed to… Read more »

Pam Roth
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Pam Roth

I am thinking that he is Carlos. Kevin Collins, Grant (can’t remember his name), were twins posing as each other in the past on GH. No one stats dead on GH!

Patrick
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Patrick

I am stunned at this turn

a revelation of cast aplomb and let the show begin

he’s so much FUN
he’s so intriguing
he’s so dashing
he’s so sense of humor

he will go wherever he should

he melds that well with the whole cast

what a dream

Patrick
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Patrick

Thank “you” General Hospital / ABC / Disney

Sincerely

this man is a KEEPER

I love gh
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I love gh

He is a keeper! He’s a fabulous actor. He could be paired with anyone on the show & make the scene better. That’s a rare quality for any actor, so kudos to GH for figuring out what a loss they had with Carrrrrrrlos’s demise.

Patrick
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Patrick

for a long…. long while… every other post of mine included JVP Talent

Mr. Carlos – NOW – Dr. John Rivera

let the dance begin with his charisma

he’s “fine”

Rose
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Rose

Patrick…Love having Jeffrey back. Yea! As a paediatric doctor maybe he can also help Carly on her search for Joss’s donor. BUT…I couldn’t help sense an undercurrent about him. We don’t want “John” to be too squeaky clean , do we?

Patrick
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Patrick

LOL

absolutely

there has to be some menace to machismo his MOVE

i’m giddy reading all the posts

whenever I’ve read his stuff in SOD… or whathaveyou

it’s really endearing to read how .. he genuinely cares about this craft as an art form

I’m happy he’s happy to be in this genre

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Rose. You’re such a nice person. I really don’t care about the Joss kidney story. Proverbial needle in a haystack? The only way this story would turn my head would have to be something astronomically out of this hemisphere. Who is the donor….someone we could never have imagined? Let’s see; Sonny? Another gold medal to add to his lapel and more fodder for his already swelled head. As far as Joe, I agree. He has that aura of mystery which is so typical and ‘familiar’ to soaps. I think he is still in love with Sabrina. Carlos ‘stole’ her… Read more »

rose
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rose

Celia I see merit in Jimh’s suggestion as well. Maybe thats why I sensed something under that calm demeanor. No one can account for all of Carlos time, where he’s been, and who he saw. So a real cameleon?

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I’m back to take credit again…hey, we all do it! 🙂 I said on a previous post Joe might be Carlos! Not sure what I believe which is half the fun, but the thought immediately came to mind. Either way he’s probably trouble.

Celia
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Celia

I know you always make sense, Rose. And, if truth be known, I felt the same undercurrent. But, not in a bad way…only that he wants Sabrina.
Then, again….the possibility that Joe and Carlos are one and the same, is the elephant in the room. There is that!!!

And, Rebecca. I see nothing wrong in taking credit. You did say this first. It is what it is.
Just as I will, eventually, take credit if Naomi is, indeed, Liz’s mother. I said it first. LOL.

Rose
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Rose

Celia, Rebecca, & others…Isn’t it nice when we can all have a chance to be brilliant once in a while?!?

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Yes Rose, it is! We’re actually brilliant all of the time. We just proclaim it every now and then. 🙂

Thanks CeeCee, but if it doesn’t turn out that way, I’m going straight to denying I ever even thought it! 🙂

Celia
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Celia

What do you mean, once in a while? I am always brilliant! HaHa!!!!
I need your feedback, Rose. I am just joshin’, Rose. The camaraderie on these boards is the best thing, guys!!

k/kay
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k/kay

He has more lives then a cat!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Sorry but, this was pointless. Especially since Dr. Joe just doesn’t make any sense. There was never any kind of mention of him existing, and it doesn’t paint Sabrina is a good light. And if you’re going to create secondary characters for people like JVP or third/fourth ones for ME, then how about other former cast members who fans loved? Why aren’t they being offered new roles?

Shay
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Shay

It was one thing to do it for ME….people clamored for his return from an abrupt, unjust dismissal and the actor was already known for his chameleon-like array of characters from Port Charles past. But this instance is just gratuitous….more about the showrunner’s desire to bring back a favored actor than for the purpose of a justifiable storyline. Given GH’s propensity for look-alikes, perhaps it should be redubbed “Doppelganger Hospital!”

Celia
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Celia

Very well phrased, Shaybelle. I like what you say about the probable reason for bringing Parise back. Not because he fits in a pertaining storyline, but because he is a fan-fave.
I wish it could always be thus….what fans want, fans get.

Jason Loves GH
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Jason Loves GH

I wasn’t particularly fond of Carlos but I have to say that I very much like this insanely handsome man being back on the show. If our first glance at him in his new role is an indicator of things to come…keep it coming, Mr. Valentini. Bravo! Welcome back to the show, Mr. Parise!

JK
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JK

SO HAPPY TO SEE THIS GREAT ACTOR BACK ON GH…..NICE SURPRISE!!! HOPE HE HAS A GOOD STORYLINE….

Jimmy
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Jimmy

There are 3 reasons why I can immediately get behind this new character. First, Jeffrey is back! He’s a fantastic actor and the show made a real blunder when they killed him off – twice. The only other alternative for Carlos was prison, since the writers seemed so intent on painting him into a corner time and time again, so he would have been off screen anyway. Second, he’s not a total newbie because he has ties to the canvas, and a history with Sabrina, meaning he’s not some never before heard of long-lost relative. Even though GH used the… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

As much as I hate the tired twin trope, I too am glad JVP is back! I’m willing it go for the ride on this one n

su0000
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su0000

Awwwww this is good, very good..
luvs Jeffrey Vincent Parise !!!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I do miss all of Carlos’ wild hair, but this guy is the real deal as an actor, so I’m thrilled anyway. NOW can we get rid of Aaron, Andre, Jordan, Naomi, T. J., Parker and her undoubtedly on-the-horizon wife, and especially Claudette? Pretty please.

Timmm
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Timmm

I support all of your dismissals!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

That list should include Hate-den-lol

Shay
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Shay

Me three, Timmm!!!!….Plus Sabs, Teduardo, Nina, Alexis and Hayden!

Celia
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Celia

Yes, yes, and more yes, Soaphound. But, can we wait and see what happens with the Hayden-Lizzie ‘intrigue’ first, before getting rid of Naomi? She’s smack in the middle of this ‘smelly’ storyline.

Shay
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Shay

The only question is just how did she land in the middle???? Did she buy “Baby Rachel” from the almost supernaturally fertile Heather, unbeknowst to Papa Jeff????? (Meaning did Ms. Webber have another child or children under the radar just like with Franco? She supposedly suffered a miscarriage during her second pregnancy with Jeff.) It would seem that twins with Liz being the other child isn’t the answer, or this nuttier than fruitcake character would have been raising the red flag when her son expressed a romantic interest in Elizabeth…..so maybe there is only a half-sisterly link between Hayden and… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

@Shay. Hey, babes…., Well, now; this ‘Jeff-business’, as you know, is virgin territory for me. I am assuming Jeff is Lizzie’s Daddy? LOL, Shay, as soon as Heather entered the ‘equation’, a few thoughts entered my mind….not as sophisticated as yours due to the fact of my limited knowledge……I find myself quite handicapped when many of you get nostalgic and take a trip down memory lane…… yet, I wondered. If Nutty Hetty did not react to the news that her son is interested in Lizzie is perhaps for the simple reason she had not borne Hayden or Liz. Just speculating… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

We should wait a minute because you are correct sweetie, Hayden is FINALLY getting interesting courtesy of Liz’s suggested mother. Hayden and Liz can scratch their eyes out and then Sarah Webber rolls into town to put BOTH of them in their places and THEN Richard Dean Anderson reprises his role as Jeff Webber AND HE is connected to Laura. GH is back!!!

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee…..Well, one can never underestimate Heather’s powers of duplicity….she is a seasoned pro nonpareil! You know, I had another thought about her lack of concern for a Liz and Franco physical pairing….just suppose she really isn’t the Franckenbirth mama after all….since she’s lied about nearly everything else when it suits her purpose, why not the truth regarding this mad artiste’s real origins??? That would clear the way for her to have produced baby Liz (and/or Hayden)…..just a notion! (I’m hoping against that first suggestion….I mean the lovely Liz as Heather’s daughter???? Ohhhh nooooo! Now Hayden, I would believe as this… Read more »

Becky
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Becky

I guess they thought it would be too soon to bring him back from the dead a second time. So they used the tired twin storyline. Too much! This show is getting ludicrous and I wanted to throw something at the tv when he walked in. Love the actor but enough is enough already. I may have to move on.

Alan
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Alan

How inspired to make him a pediatric surgeon since all the kids on this show are either SORAS-ed or rarely (if ever) shown.

At this point I just hope the show will just keeps adding more and more new characters every week until the credits take up the entire hour (that would be more entertaining than anything Jean and Shelly have on screen these days).

robbie
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robbie

Hilarious!

jeremy
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jeremy

Awesome News…. loving this new Character and he is looking good 🙂

Jo
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Jo

This actor can say more with his eyes than many can say with pages of lines. He proved that yet again when he stepped thru the door as Joe. Was a huge fan of Carlos and his rolling r’s so I am excited to see how he makes this polished character his own. Glad to hear the higher ups listened to the fans!

Patty
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Patty

Love him and happy he us back.in this awesome new role, I just do not want Sabrina and Mike break up I love them 2 together.

Trish
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Trish

Thank you, FV! I am so happy that Jeffrey is back. He is a superb actor and will be a great addition to the GH family as a character who has a chance of actually sticking around! Jeffrey, could you and Teresa make up a new song about Dr. Joe? I loved the old one about Carlos! Welcome back!

aria
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aria

i hate carlos, so please don’t let this be a plot twist down the line where its reveal that he’s indeed carlos, i’m like joe or better yet, DR. Joe, so lets not turn this into a cheesy plot twist on top of and old twist,( twin thing) so far everything is playing out great let him be a doctor, and now we can have him budding heads w/ the other doctors, griffin and Finn, we need female doctors by the way.

lou piikes
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lou piikes

I love a greaseless cleaned up Carlos. He looks like a shiny new penny. Lol

Patrick
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Patrick

I laughed the first time… your post.. and I continue to

from the very start… their were posts that …. were under duress that Carlos needed a bath a shave a mobbed up henchman that just would not do

LOL

lets go that 180

come full circle

Jeffrey Vincent Parise with full scrutiny REELED in spotlight

with the cast on his own shared the screen

and yes… character actors are that much better brighter and “shiny”

love him don’t you

lou piikes
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lou piikes

Joe Rivera alright for now. Maybe he’ll give Michael and Sabrina something to do.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I don’t care if they used an old staple—I’m just glad the actor is back because he really is good. Always fun to watch.

pooki
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pooki

Love having J back. Hope Michael finds someone more his age to love. Think Sabrina would be better with J.

Timmm
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Timmm

Sabrina would be better with a pair of cement crocs!

Shay
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Shay

@Timmm….I second that motion!

Celia
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Celia

Yes, pooki. I agree. As, I am sure, so will Shay. She abhors Sabrina’s interloping and mingling with the mightily colossal, aristo-cats, THE Quartermaines. LOL.
Did you used to watch PASSIONS, pooki? I do think that was Rebecca’s ( Andre Evans) pet name for Julian (Ben Masters).
As crazy and ridiculous that soap was, I truly loved it!!

SoftJohn
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SoftJohn

I have a funny feeling they’re just recycling the Ava/Denise storyline from last year. I feel Carlos somehow paid one of doctors to make it look like he was dead, and then said he came back as his “twin brother” so he can get the upper hand on Julian.

Timmm
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Timmm

I hope Joe kills Sonny and Julian but it won’t happen and I don’t think Joe is Carloooooooos!

Shari
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Shari

Enough of this guy already! There are so many underused characters now and this one keeps coming back over and over. Somebody listen and bring back Ian Buchanan!

Timmm
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Timmm

No, FV has HIS favorites and that’s who we are stuck with!

Linda
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Linda

I dont know if he is really Carlos but Parise is an outstanding actor!

Ghlover
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Ghlover

So many things can be done here. Number 1: reveal that Carlos and Jienare lily’s Rivera’s brothers and let Sonny feel terrible about how he treated Carlos.
Number 2: have Joe ask Sonny to seek revenge on Julian. Sonny agrees due to guilt even though he knows this will anger Micheal.
Number3: John and Alexis. I know seems off, but i dunno i think it could work. If not Alexis, have him paired with Claudette!!
Any other ideas out there?

Timmm
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Timmm

Love that Jeffrey is back BUT that means more Snorebrina!

Shay
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Shay

With a bit of luck, maybe Dr. Joe will “surgically remove” Sabs and son by taking them all back from whence they came…..she always wanted to snag a doctor, so now here’s her chance!

Timmm
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Timmm

Edwardo, what a freakin joke! Edward is spinning and spinning! He is NOT Michael’s kid! Edward hated Sonny and would NEVER accept this thug as a grandson!

j9
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j9

Best news of the week! Handsome, excellent acting skills, charisma galore! What a treat to see him when he was at the door!
Really don’t care what plot device would have been used to bring him back, just glad they had the sense to not let this talented guy get away!
Would be neat to see if he has a little bit (just a teeny bit) of a darkside to contend with.
Bravo GH executives!!

Patrick
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Patrick

“… What a treat to see him when he was at the door! ”

I was floored

RIGHT ON post

Mister K
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Mister K

I would really like to see the characters that are on the canvas develop. I was never a big Carlos fan and really don’t think Michael fits in with this story very well. Just my opinion. =) Have a great day friends.

GRANTLOVER!!
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GRANTLOVER!!

I am so sick of the bring back the dead with a twin that I been throwing up ever since I saw Joe!!!!!!!!!!! KILL HIM OFF TO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, “Grantlover!” By the way, are you referring to “Grant Putnam/Andrews?”

Jane
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Jane

Oh come on. That’s all I have to say.

SuzE
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SuzE

I am so glad GH found a way to bring Jeffrey Vincent Parise back. I think he’s an awesome actor and he’s quite good-looking, as well. I’m not bothered by the ‘unknown twin’ storyline – it’s no more unbelievable than a lot of other storylines on all the daytime ‘dramas’. I loved the character of Carlos with Sabrina, so I’m hoping that chemistry continues with Joe and Sabrina. I find Sabrina to be a bit boring, but she came to life when she was with Carlos. I’m not a fan of her and Michael together, so bring on Sabrina and… Read more »

edith
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edith

I am THRILLED to have Jeffrey Vincent Parise back! I screamed out loud when Joe came to Sabrina’s door! I really had to do a double take when he came on to see if it was the same actor! His whole aura had changed! But where did he go? What a tease!

Christy
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Christy

I was pleasantly surprised. It was a surprise when Carlos’ ghost popped up in Julians room, and then to see jefferey again when sabrina opened the door. Great they brought him back, and loved they voice, look change too.

Never been in love with Michael and Sabrina tho… not even a like.

Days Of Our Lives

Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

Photo: ABC, NBC, CBS

Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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All My Children

‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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General Hospital

ESPN and GH’s Stephen A. Smith Welcomes Maurice Benard & Eric Braeden to His New Show, ‘Stephen A’s World’

This week, famed sports personality and icon, and recurring General Hospital star, Stephen A. Smith (Brick), has launched his new series on ESPN+ streaming service entitled Stephen A’s World  Smith also serves as the series executive producer through his production company SAS Productions.

On Thursday, January 14th, be on the lookout for two other icons to join Smith! That is when his two daytime favorites and friends; Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) and Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R) will be his special guesst.  As soap fans know, Smith spoke at Braeden’s 40th anniversary milestone with Y&R and frequently shares scenes with Benard on GH.

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The weeknight series goes beyond the sports headlines to give the audience an authentic and unique understanding of the stories that matter with Smith’s style and entertainment perspective, including deep expertise and unparalleled relationships with some of the most influential figures in sports, entertainment, and more.  The 30-minute episodes will be available every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday night and available anytime on demand.

Smith said about Stephen A’s World: “This is definitely something new. Sure, it’ll be sports-related. I’ll never depart from that. But this is also a look inside MY world, beyond what you customarily see from me across all the other ESPN platforms. From talking to A-List guests, to bringing ‘Baby Stephen A’ into the mix, to asking the ‘Love Doctor’ to save a few relationships sports are actually compromising, you just never know what you’ll get from me day-to-day. It all depends on my mood. That’s Stephen A’s World in a nutshell. Putting the PLUS in ESPN+. And I can’t wait.”

Make sure to check out the conversations between Stephen, Maurice, and Eric tomorrow night and check out Stephen’s new show.  Let us know if you will be watching via the comment section below.

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