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Jonathan Jackson's Performance – Lucky lets Liz and Nik have it!

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Every once in a while in soaps there is a performance that completely resonates with the audience…one that we want to see over and over, because the impact of that performance takes us on an emotional journey with the character.  And every once in a while there are legendary performances that will be remembered in the annals of daytime television. We have seen it with Judith Light as Karen melting down on the witness stand on One Life to Live. We have seen it with Guiding Light’s Kim Zimmer’s, Reva.  Who can ever forget her gut-wrenching Slut of Springfield fountain scene?  Well in 2010, you can add Jonathan Jackson to that short list for his performance on General Hospital. Last week, we named Jonathan, the Power Performance of the Week. And without question, he has earned that honor again, and the week is only half over!  That is because nothing can top the raw and emotional scenes where a drunken Lucky Spencer confronts Elizabeth and Nikolas for their betrayal and their affair.

I have heard from many of you today that his performance burns in your mind, and you want to see it again and again.  Well, look no further, because after you read my blog, we have provided the clips for you to see just what I am talking about.  Jackson’s performance was matched by some compelling writing from the GH team. Check out some of these goodies; “When your fiancée is nailing your brother that goes way past wrong” Or, when Lucky spews at Elizabeth, “What is it about cheating that turns you on so much?” Or, “Do you like screwing on any surface you can? I can smell any lie that comes out of your mouth!” Here was another zinger – “You cheated, you lied, and you handed yourself out like candy.”

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It looks like we will have to wait till 2011 for Jonathan to pick up his Daytime Emmy for this performance, but in my mind (and I speak for many) we just saw the moment of the year, and then some.  And as Elizabeth and Nikolas cried and looked motionless, and took all of Lucky’s  hurt, frustration, and devastation from their betrayal, it rocked him to the bottom of his core.  I could not help but get so choked up at the very end.  It was that moment when he looked at Elizabeth broken, trembling, betrayed, and said, “What happened to that little girl lost in the snow?  I will always love her.” Hankies! Double Hankies! Kudos Jonathan, it was a picture perfect performance, and we are so proud to have you on daytime, and showing the world that daytime is capable of delivering powerful and moving performances that at times, can go right alongside Oscars best.

Video: Jonathan Jackson – Lucky rips into Liz and Nik Part One

Video: Jonathan Jackson – Lucky rips into Liz and Nik Part Two

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Doe
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Doe

This is my second comment today on Jonathan Jackson’s fabulous performance on Monday. Thank you Michael for saving those scenes. I could watch them over and over again because of Jonathan’s acting range and the highs and lows that take you right along with him. A commanding performance, and yes he should win all the awards for this beautiful and artful and emotional journey that just grabs at your heart. I’ll be waiting for the next beat.

Sarah
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Sarah

Great column. Jonathan has been taking my breath away.

Shelley
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Shelley

I was so excited when I heard Jonathan was returning. He has exceeded my expectations! He is fabulous! The real Lucky and no other actor ever came close!

Bridget
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Bridget

Congratulations to Jonathan! This is some of the best acting I’ve seen in a long time. No disrespect to the other actors but Jonathan will always be Lucky. I hope word has gotton back to him about how much the fans enjoyed these scenes; if not, Micheal please pass the message along..thanks!

Dee
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Dee

Michael, may I please echo Bridget. If Jonathan is unaware of how immensely proud we were of him on Monday, please, please pass that along to him! He blew me away on Monday. I honestly didn’t know if he could top himself and he did. Heck, I was just thinking that the preceding week in the last scene when he took that drink and he proved me wrong. I’m floored. On Monday, he took us on a rollercoaster ride with Lucky’s emotions. I rode the highs and lows right along with him. It was an incredibly layered performance. Lucky was… Read more »

Patty
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Patty

Been a fan of GH’s for years….finally, a great storyline for Lucky! Hope he is the one hooking up with the Q’s great granddaughter. Wondered where all the african american actors are on the soaps! Good for you GH!

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OLTL Alum Christopher Cousins Appears on General Hospital as Dante’s Doctor

On Thursday, the very shrewd fans of daytime drama, noticed a very familiar face on General Hospital in scenes with Dominic Zamprogna in Dante’s return storyline.

Playing Dante’s Doctor turned out to be Christopher Cousins, most soap-famous for his role as Cain Rogan on One Life to Live from 1991 to 1994 and later reprising the role of the conman back in 2008.  Cain was romantically involved with Tina Lord (Andrea Evans) while in story in Llanview.

Cousins also made appearance on two other daytime drama: as Greg Houston on Another World in 1986 and as Colin Crowley on As the World Turns in 1990.  More recently Christopher has been appearing in numerous primetime TV shows and films.

So, do you hope Christopher sticks around on General Hospital?  Do you think it’s just a guest stint for him to serve Dante’s story? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Briana Lane Fills-In For Amanda Setton As General Hospital’s Brook Lynn

Since Amanda Setton has taken maternity leave from General Hospital, so Brooke Lynn will looks a little different starting with today’s all-new episode of the ABC daytime drama series. Briana Lane will take over the role temporarily while Setton is on her leave.

Amanda opened up about expecting her third child and her decision to be safe during this time to Soap Opera Digest, stating:  “Despite being really excited and eager to jump back into GH, due to the many unknowns with Covid and expectant mothers, it was advised for us to wait it out.”

Amanda went to say on her temporary exit from playing Brook Lynn: “I will miss her, but only temporarily! Looking forward to stepping back into her shoes soon enough!”

Setton had nothing but good things to say about her replacement: “I can’t wait to see what Briana brings to the character! I’m sure she will do an incredible job and will bring her own interpretations to this fun and complex character! I’ll be watching and rooting for her all the way!”

Meanwhile, Lane took to her Twitter account to express: “Honored to fill some big, wildly talented shoes and step in as the fierce and loving Brook Lynn Quartermaine. Working alongside such gifted actors and a kind=-hearted crew on such a legendary show has been a career milestone… So happy to be on board!!

Lane has appeared in American Horror Story, NCIS, All American, and 9-1-1 to name a few.

So ready to give Briana a chance at her take on Brook Lynn, while we wish Amanda all the best during her maternity leave? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Makes The Heartbreaking Decision About Mike In Episode With Touching Performances

For anyone who has gone through losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s Disease, Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital would bring them right back to the place they found themselves in when faced with the difficult decision of what to do when there is no more hope, when the disease has progressed to its most advance stages, and wanting the person they love to die with what dignity they have left.

Through Sonny’s journey played beautifully by Maurice Benard, we see a son who wants to do what he can to prolong his father’s life, holding on to the moments where there seemed to be some signs of life within his dad, and not wanting the guilt of being the person to make the ultimate decision – in this case to put Mike (Max Gail) on a feeding tube, when he no longer has the desire to eat.

Wanting to move forward with the procedure to have a feeding tube put into Mike, Sonny runs into Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) who tells him about Yvonne, and how she is at GH on a feeding tube and a ventilator and strapped to a bed.

When Sonny sees how Yvonne is hooked to machines, it is a real awakening for him,  That, coupled with one of the most important talks and moments in the Alzheimer’s storyline when Sonny speaks to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst)  – who tells him how she sees Mike, who is now a shell of himself, who doesn’t smile, doesn’t eat, and so forth – Sonny is aware of what he truly needs to do.  These scenes they were played to perfection by Rebecca Herbst and Maurice Benard, and couple that with Laura Wright and Steve Burton as a concerned and emotional Carly and Jason; seeing how this situation is ripping Sonny apart, and also facing that Mike will die, they too are devastated and delivered hankie-filled moments in their scenes.

The final minutes of the episode featured father and son in a simple, quiet, and powerful scene where Sonny tells his dad, he is not going to have a procedure, and that it’s OK for him to go.   Mike, in tears, hears what Sonny is saying and is relieved.  Sonny has set him free to die, and now Sonny must face his decision – a selfless one that any of us who have been in this position know has to be done for their loved one; so there will be no more suffering and no more pain.  Kudos to GH for today’s scenes in this storyline.

Watch the scene between Sonny and Elizabeth below.

Now let us know via the comment section, how do you think GH handled this major moment in the telling of the Alzheimer’s storyline? What did you think of the performances? 

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