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Jonathan Jackson On His GH Return This Week: "It Was Really Exciting To Get To Do Those Scenes With Tony. It Was Really Special For Me."

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This week, five-time Daytime Emmy winner Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) returns to General Hospital for his whirlwind guest stint, as the story picks up with Luke and Laura at the mercy of their old adversary Frank Smith!

Jackson, who is currently on tour this summer with his band Enation, and will start shooting season four of the primetime ABC series Nashville this month, discussed his brief, but emotional return to the soap that got him his start.

While Jonathan would not give away any story points in his interview with TV Line, he says he was so excited to work one last time with Anthony Geary (Luke), and being able to fit his short arc into his busy summer schedule.

Jonathan commented: “I did what was probably a week’s worth of work in two days. It was a whirlwind. But it was so fun to see everyone. It was really exciting to get to do those scenes with Tony. It was really special for me.”  As to Lucky being in peril, Jackson hinted:  “Yeah. But we were able to find some moments to have some more heartfelt scenes which was something that (I was really) looking forward to. I was excited about that.”

And as for also being reunited with his TV mother Genie Francis (Laura), Jackson didn’t even know she was going to be part of the storyline until just before he arrived to GH: “I hadn’t been following the show, so I didn’t know Genie was going to be there until maybe a week or so before I flew to L.A. I was so excited to see Genie and to get to work with her again.”

So, will you be tuning in this week to see Jonathan, Tony, and Genie together?  Will Lucky save Luke and Laura?  What kind of heartfelt scenes are about to be served up:  Jackson and Geary always made their scenes top notch!

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Wish i could feel as excited but with GHs convulted mess im not so LUCKY…lol

GH does its version of Dynastys Moldavian shooting(ok, scaled back version) and Luke and Laura get Lucky(in a small room and with FS goons close with guns) and survive without even breaking a nail or one hair out of place…Bravo GH—you are number1 with cartoony camp!!!

Laura a gun packing Gun Moll ahh-haa! hadda laff ..(so lame lol
Truly campy comedy ..

Anytime I can have a good laugh, that is good thing 🙂

Suoo, your hatred of Laura is baffling to just about everyone.

Aww. Sweet. Everyone loves Genie. I’m really looking forward to these scenes. JJ, Genie and Tony played the quintessential little family back in the day. It’s been a real pleasure watching him grow up.

The first few seconds of the aforementioned threes’ reunion was powerful.
The way Lucky exchanged looks with Laura, then Luke conveyed such an intense emotional punch which was accented by these three actors’ long history.
It really felt like parents were reuniting with their grown son.
The Spencers really are special.
I just wish the writing were up to par but Genie, Tony and JJ are rising above it making it work.

I also was touched by how genuine & emotional those first few
moments were between Lucky, Laura & Luke it felt like days of
yore. I can only hope there’s more to come….

“Everyone loves Genie”……except, of course, for su!!!!!

@Shay..What’s not to Love!

Jonathan is top notch, him and Tony were pure magic together and I cannot wait to see them on screen again! It was cool for Johnathan to appear on GH now since he has so many other irons in the fire. Just goes to show you he is grateful where he came from and how much respect he has for Anthony Geary.

Jonathan is beautiful…love the hair…looks good on him, not on Carlos.
In a round-about-way, I sort of guessed that Lucky was in on this scheme; but, only as a hoax. Frank Smith has had Jake all this time? ….guess so! Smith must have blackmailed Lucky , in that, unless Lucky brought Luke, Laura and Holly to him, then, no Jake….bartering.
I can feel the vibe between Luke and Lucky, Timmm….now, I get it!!!! You are soooo right…I see, I see…LOL.

Come into the light!

Couldn’t agree with you more Timm… Jonathan is a breath of fresh air.
Unexpected twist in the storyline today, involving little Jake..
Could he really be alive???? Where’s Helena, she has to be
party to this.

And thats why people shouldnt write off the Luke, “Goodbye” story as a bust, YET! Give them some time people.

Yeah, Fanny. Shay and I were just discussing that very fact, on the other “Lucky” site. No Cassadines? None? I would have thought Helena’ would have her dream come true, no? The opportunity to obliterate the Spencers!!

Hi, CeeCee & Shay…This is so up her alley, she’s probably
salivating over the eventual face-off with Luke…
A Cassadine/Spencer Grand Finale is just what the DR.

@Fanny and CeeCee……Oh, there’s definitely a Cassadine or two to be had in the end mix….but which mad miscreants(s) will they be???? Helena seems a most obvious choice, but what if Nik is a part of this dubious and dastardly doing? Or, perhaps there is yet another “resurrection” of presumed dead family members to be announced???? I’m still waiting for something big, REALLY big! As for your query above, Fanny….”What’s not to love about Laura????” Beats me….you’d have to consult with su on that one, as she seems to be the solitary voice of dissent on the subject of fandom for Luke’s “Angel!” LOL.

@Shay & CeeCee… Definitely several delusional, demented, Cassadine’s
will livin the end game. Nik must be privy to some part of the goings on, it
would explain the about face… I’m also waiting for this Exemplary storyline
to WOW me…and waiting..and waiting…..
Last but certainly not least Laura is…. Lovely, Loyal, Sincere, Kind…. I
guess she’s an acquired taste….

It looks like he’ll also be sharing scenes with Rebecca Herbts, that will be great, it got me thinking though for the the most part the women on this show have been shown the short end of the stick when it comes to respect or recognition, especially genie Francis and Rebecca Herbst. I mentioned both of them because in both their cases their long time screen partners have been rewarded over and over agian, and I found it interesting that genie only has 1emmy to tony 8 and Rebecca only has 1 nomination to Jonathan’s 5 Emmy wins .. Isn’t that interesting ? How come the guys were recognize and rewarded over and over agian yet their equally talented female counterparts have barely anything to show.? Just wondering!!

Good point about the Emmys, Aria! My feeling is that the Emmys are, for the most part, a popularity contest. Talent is only sometimes rewarded. You are correct: the actresses you mention are just as talented as their much-heralded male counterparts.

Mostly because other women from other shows are more deserving. Also, there have not been a lot of strong women on GH. Anna only came to mind.

Sooooooo excited to see Lucky/Tony/Genie. OH! Can’t wait!

I couldn’t wait either, Rose. But I blinked and it appears to be over.
Frank Smith uttered about five words and was shot about 100 times.
What was that?

I was surprised that the next two episodes took us back to Port Charles, but it can’t be over already, can it? I am holding out hope that there is more with Lucky. I feel like his last scene was a tag, so they have to go back. (I HOPE!)

Plus I can see lots of possibilities for Lucky to tie into an exit. So hopefully we just broke away to explore the Lulu/Dante stuff and then we will be back to Tony/Genie/Lucky. Fingers Crossed!!!!!

The exit story has been moving really fast since Laura and Holly and Lucky and what’s his name entered the story cus there was no time left to go into a longer story. The exit story has only 15 more days to go.(that is if it is on every day)

Luke still needs to get back to Tracy, I am really looking forward to the last Tracy and Tony moments , that’s when the heartache will begin 🙁

I found the shootings (particularly Luke shooting Frank Smith multiple times) rather disturbing.

Shot Frank like a dog but I guess Smith pushed his buttons all these years and Luke was pissed!

Goodness…all this whining about the writing….I could open my own winery! If it’s truly such a chore to sit through….move on. What kind of life is it to be so miserable. Little Jake being ‘killed off’ was like 100 Duke Lavery’s in terms of outrage. You should all be so happy. Instead of being so thankful Tony, Genie, & Jonathan are together one last time….you go about the writing….again. If you Dickens…GH ain’t it..sorry! Everyone seems to raving about Brad Bell being the Third Coming….watch that…and Darla’s floating head. No outrage about that. I love GH. I enjoy GH. I watch GH.

Part of the fun of watching soaps is critiquing it. What’s not cool or original or interesting is whining about other posters posts.

Hi, Margie,
You go, Girl…!!!!
Exactly the point for these sites.

Hello Robbyrob !
I think I love you…………. lol

I’m a GH fan !! I Love GH !!
Long Live GH !!
It is the #1 soap for me !!

Ok, Su…LOL.
F rom here-on-in, any negative remark you make about Y&R and/or Sharon, I will call you on it. How about that? Double LOL.

hey CeeCee ,
There is huge difference when people use a sentence or two voice ”dislike/irration” of whatever or whomever..
It is the constant habitual complainers, whiners, suffering from soap burnout that write 5 pages of hate this and hate all of that ranting crap..
that is crazy stuff!

and- just for you 🙂
Sharon is a worse irritation than a bad ass rash <- simply said ah-ha! 🙂
Summer is a whine machine with a squished up face that looks like constipation and nothing's moving ah-ha! <– simply said..
Nieter comment needed paragraphs of ranting 🙂
The double Jacks is stupid story and it makes me laugh, and that is good thing lol

Luv Pratt, I like what he's done with Y&R .. looking good!
I like looking at Joe 😉
ooohhhh!! Dylan is a wimpy boy – I keep recalling SB as strong Stone Cold Jason –
It's like ''what in hell happened to you, Jason!!!'' lol I get a kick outta that ..

Even what I do not care for I have fun with it, fun watching..
like– just how bad can this get before I get a headache LOL
Soaps are not a do or die serious thing with me ..
Y&R, is much better..
General Hospital is my joy !! luvs it !!

Keep your eye on Robbyrob… I'm putting him on my Christmas gift list .
)a meeting of minds thing going on lol).

Robbyrob… Do I get a little cheese with my Wine….

Robby–Suoo sees her kindred spirit in you.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Dear Harry,,
have no doubts, you will always be my #1 banter buddy 🙂
IF I were to make a comment about your love the renaissance gun moll Laura, I will try to remember to give you fair warning 🙂
rave on !!

Thank Goodness for the smile icons.
Otherwise, Su00’s comments might be offensive to some of us.

Yes, it was nice to see the Spencers together. When you add Tony Geary, Genie Francis and Jonathan Jackson with Julie Marie Berman, they really did a great job of casting the original Spencer family. They all looked and felt like a real family. GH needs to replace them somehow on the canvas. As for raising a dead character after 20 years, only to kill him off 3 days later, once again shows the fantastically short-sighted writing. It cheapens any death that happens on screen. Imagine all those gut-wrenching scenes with Tony, Felicia, Bobby and Frisco when little BJ died and Maxie got her heart. At this rate, I’m half expecting BJ’s return. Somehow the little girl had a spare heart!

downtownla, since you live nearby, why don’t you march over to the Prospect studios and give the GH braintrust your feedback in person! I totally agree with you!

GH has brought countless characters back from the dead, including many who are currently on screen. Bringing back Frank Smith was ridiculous (again, with a different actor, and killing off the character in 3 days), similar to a new Jennifer Smith (on for 2 or 3 days).

Most regard the B.J. storyline you mentioned as the creative peak of GH. Indeed, quite moving. Will the viewer ever see such heights again? …

Frank Smith should have been brought back months ago before he was killed off! Lazy and inpatient.

I posted this comment in another thread, but it’s like all these revived characters are an apt metaphor for the show – Ron is trying to raise the dead. Problem is – whether it’s AJ, Duke or Frank Smith, Ron has no idea what to do with them when they’re alive. It’s like he can go for the spectacular moment, but he can’t sustain it.

downtownla: You’re right on point about any “death” on GH – there’s no longer any impact. When a character “disappears” off camera and is declared dead then there is the possibility that they are not dead and can reappear down the line in a believable storyline. GH writers have bad a mockery of our intelligence. Nowadays characters get shot in the heart, flat-line on the operating table, blow up in explosions – are declared dead at the scene – and then they all appear alive and well years later with some crazy revenge plan. I am not a novice soap fan, I’ve been watching since I was a kid and I know we must allow a certain amount of reality-stretching for dramatic purposes, but come on now. And I appreciate your BJ reference – that was a magnificent storyline told beautifully. Now Jake may be alive? It’s times like this that I wish I weren’t a soap fan…

Yes, it’s all about balance. I can go for crazy, wild and fun. I just need to have development and emotional, too. I don’t want to come off as someone living in the past (Youtube makes it far too easy!), but I would like it to guide the future. I want to watch stories that have heart and emotion, while still challenging me. I want to feel for the characters and their struggles. That’s what will bring me back as a full-time viewer.

General Hospital is not for everybody..
I suggest you quickly tune out and find a soap that is for you..
Then ya’ll will be happy campers 🙂

I came back to see the Spencers. They did very well on screen. JJ , Genie and even Tony showed up The real Luke not the idiot that had been there. I like Emme so that was fine with me. Julie wanted to leave so get over it ! Oh goodness I even like Nathan Parsons’s Ethan. Good actor and He was fine also . As for Frank S at least they killed him. How original on GH the good guys won and the bad guys lost ??? The two young Actors came back to a show that gave them a start, good for them.I want Genie to stay .She does deserve as much as Tony. Who would have even rooted for the rapist if it wasn’t for Laura.Yopu know me, I never have anything nice to say about the show any more but except for the Dante garbage I enjoyed it. Had to FF a LOT between the Spencer scenes.

I’m very happy to see Lucky, Eathan and Laura back on the show. I’m puzzled as to how little Jake could be alive. If he is alive whose kidney did Josscelyn get? The only Jake in the story is Jake Doe. Could this be the Jake Frank Smith was referring to?

Tony Geary just lights up when he is in scenes with Jonathan Jackson.
It’s like watching poetry come to life.
Those two are just magic together.

It’s been such a gift watching them through the years because that history enriches and enhances their performances. I can remember watching them and thinking how they shared something really special.
Just two genuine and gifted actors feeding and learning off one another.

Agreed, 100%. Those two must have so much respect for each other. Their scenes feel completely honest, always. Like these two actors really love each other. It’s always incredible work.

I always got teary eyed when Luke called Lucky “Cowboy”.

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General Hospital’s Rena Sofer Remarries Sanford Bookstaver

Congratulations are in order for Rena Sofer (Lois Cerullo, General Hospital) and her longtime love, TV director and producer, Sanford Bookstaver. The couple re-tied the knot over this past weekend in a wedding ceremony.

In a post on her Instagram, Sofer shared the details, expressing, “This weekend on what would have been our 21st wedding anniversary I got to Re-Marry my best friend Sanford Booksaver once again!”

The GH star and Daytime Emmy-winner added,”The journey we are about to begin is the most exciting adventure, in a new state and town, but most thrilling is that we get to do it together as husband and wife!”

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Alluding to their time apart, Rena noted, “The three years we spent apart were humbling and heartbreaking but vital to us finding each other again. The love I have for you now is the foundation of my life. I can’t imagine another moment NOT walking through life with you hand in hand and our hearts entwined. You are the love of my life, and it’s not ‘oops we did it again, but I’m so grateful we did it again!❤️❤️❤️”

Previously, Sofer was married to GH and Days star, Wally Kurth (Ned and Justin, respectively) from 1995-1997, and the two share a daughter together, Rosabel Rosalind Kurth. Rena and Sanford were previously married from 2005 to 2017 and share a daughter together, Avalon Leone.

Share your well-wishes to Rena and Sanford as they embark on the next chapter of their lives together as a married couple via the comment section below.


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GENERAL HOSPITAL Preview: Alexis , Finn, and Kristina Face Life-Altering Moments

This week on ABC’s General Hospital could bring a shift in the lives of several lives in Port Charles. In the latest promo for the daytime drama series, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is seen in court facing her accuser, the brother of her former lover, the late Neil Byrne, in the form of Lane Davies as Fergus Byrne.

Will Alexis finally be reinstated as a lawyer? Will Fergus and Alexis actually hit it off since Lane and Nancy Lee Grahn played the beloved Mason and Julia Capwell on Santa Barbara, and Davies was previously on GH as Dr. Cameron Lewis?

Meanwhile, a pregnant Kristina (Kate Mansi) is reeling after seeing her father, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) lose his grip and threatening to kill Jason (Steve Burton) and Dex (Evan Hofer). Will her unborn baby be in danger?

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Finally, Finn’s (Michael Easton) sobriety is really tested and it all seems to be inadvertently caused by the Cerullos. First, at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn and Chase, Carmine hands Finn a glass of champagne after his daughter Violet’s performance. Not paying attention, he takes a sip of champagne during a toast.

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Now, Carmine and Gloria send a bottle of bourbon to Finn with their “warmest regards.” However, Finn can’t stop himself from pouring himself a drink.  Will Finn finally give in, and we are off to the races with another addiction storyline for the good doctor? Stay tuned.

Check out the latest GH preview below.

Now, let us know. What do you think will happen with Finn, Alexis and Kristina on this week’s GH? Share your theories in the comment section.

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Defends Sonny Going Postal, “It Could Definitely Happen”

Last Friday’s May 17th cliffhanger of General Hospital saw Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) beating up Dex (Evan Hofer) and threatening to shoot and kill both Dex and Jason (Steve Burton), who is restraining him outside the ballroom at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase (Josh Swickard).

For months, Sonny has been taking less than his prescribed dosage of medication to control his bipolar disorder.  The mobster has no idea that he has been duped by Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), who is the one that set this dangerous situation in motion, in an effort to eliminate Sonny and eventually Jason from interfering in Pikeman taking over the territory.

One fan questioned the validity of Sonny’s reaction to Dex and Jason after the pei, when he took to X and expressed, “People off their medications don’t necessarily go around hitting people and being out of control. This was the WRONG message to send. I don’t expect anything from Frank Valentini and General Hospital anymore, but you could’ve (and should’ve) stopped it cold.”

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Maurice Benard replied back to that comment and defended the actions of Sonny given the circumstances. The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner shared, “This is true but when you have a character like Sonny who’s volatile and is drinking and is manic and his thoughts are taken him over it could definitely happen like I said, ‘bipolar ain’t pretty.”‘

GH has portrayed Sonny’s battle with mental illness and the importance of keeping on your meds, plus the issues surrounding it for years. However, some fans have not been pleased by this latest plot point.


The pick-up of the story begins tomorrow on Monday, May 20th where teasers for the episode share: Sonny is horrified. Blaze consoles Kristina (who walked in on her dad threatening Jason and Dex) and Jason summons Carly.

So, what did you think of the plot point of Sonny threatening to kill Dex and Jason, after beating up Dex, given his growing paranoia? Comment below.

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