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



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.”


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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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.


Great column. Jonathan has been taking my breath away.


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!


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!


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 explosively angry, but he was also clearly gutted and reeling from the truth. He didn’t feel just one thing. He felt EVERYTHING and Jonathan did a superb job of portraying that. I will never be able to adequately express how happy I am that he returned. I’m enjoying Lucky Spencer again for the first time in 10 years and that is largely because of him and I’m not the only one who feels that way. Please let him know that.


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!

Dancing with the Stars Juniors

LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: Y&R’s Joshua Morrow, DWTS: Juniors & GH’s Hudson West & B&B’s Joe Lando

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live! October 2018” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman you can now listen to the replay right here in audio player above!

This episode was given to the gents in soaps as Michael welcomed his very special guests: The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman), Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and General Hospital’s Hudson West (Jake), and The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman favorite, Joe Lando (Judge Craig McMullen).

During this fun night of chat, Joshua weighed-in on the Shick wedding that went bust, when Sharon told Nick at the altar that she knows he had sex with Phyllis.  Morrow, who will celebrate his 25th year as Nick Newman in early 2019 chimed in what the future for the stat-crossed couple may hold, and how he has enjoyed showing Nick’s dark side of late, plus he revealed one scene he felt uncomfortable with that he would not play, the ladies over the years in Nick’s life, and when asked by a listener of his memories of the late, great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Joshua shared some fun and poignant remembrances. He also addressed the status of Doug Davidson at the CBS daytime drama, and hopes that the writers will find a way to utilize the Y&R vet in the future.

Next, Hudson West’s joined the podcast where he gave listeners the inside scoop on what it has been like to be one of the 12 celebrity kids competing in the first-ever Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, which debuts Sunday at 8PMEST in a two-hour season premiere on ABC.  Hudson talked on how he has been learning the dance moves with his young pro dance partner and Dancing with the Stars pro mentor, how he deals with nerves before performing his dance routines and more.  General Hospital fans who know of Hudson’s Daytime Emmy-nominated performance of Jake Webber, Elizabeth and Jason’s son, got some interesting tidbits when he talked about working with Rebecca Herbst, Steve Burton and more, and how much he loves being on the show.

The final guest of the night was Joe Lando.  Prior to bringing Joe on the air, Michael played a classic clip from Megan’s death on One Life to Live from the 90’s, where Joe as Jake Harrison performed one of the saddest and most memorable scenes in soaps with his then acting partner, Jessica Tuck.  Joe then revealed when he was on Soap Nation Live that it has been over 20 years since he had heard the scene, and was still moved by it.  Lando who is now appearing as Judge McMullen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful teased there could be a love interest around the corner for the judge, as well as some retribution for his ruling in the custody case of Will Spencer, because of a favor called in by Ridge.  Lando also talks about his time on the hit primetime series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as Byron Sully, and shared more about his time on One Life to Live working with the likes of: Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, and Tuck.

Last, during out Game Show segment, a lucky caller won two VIP tickets to the Star Struck Fan Event Fall Festival in Alexandria, Virginia featuring members of the cast of Days of our Lives, as well as a Y&R goodie bag; which includes a personalizes autographed picture of Joshua Morrow, after answering correctly some Nick Newman trivia!

For archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Joshua, Hudson, and Joe above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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General Hospital Honored With Sentinel Award For Alzheimer’s Storyline

This week, ABC’s General Hospital was one of the recipients and honorees at the 2018 Sentinel Awards.

The awards honor storylines that inform, educate, and motivate audiences to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

Now in their 19th year, the 2018 Sentinel Awards were presented by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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The 12 outstanding Sentinel Awards honorees for 2018 spotlighted topics that included: nuclear safety, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, autism, sexual assault, mental health and disabilities.

One of those programs to receive the award was ABC’s General Hospital for “Sonny’s Dad storyline” which as viewers know shed a light on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease for those afflicted and their loved ones.   The story is beautifully played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).  Accepting  the award on behalf of the series was EP, Frank Valentini.

Other series, notably Empire was recognized for their abortion storyline, and Grey’s Anatomy for their Hemorrhage cart storyline representing Maternal health were two other popular shows that also received recognition for their work. among others.

So, proud of GH for receiving this honor for the work they are doing in telling the emotional tale of Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s and how it affects Sonny and his family? Comment below.

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Chloe Lanier Making A Return To General Hospital

Look for naughty Nelle to be back on all-new episodes of GH, and that means fans will get to see more of Daytime Emmy-winner, Chloe Lanier!

According to Soap Opera Digest, Lanier will be back on-screen after leaving the show In August after two years with the daytime drama series.

When Chloe left the series, Nelle was carted off to prison for her deceptions and crimes, but according to her chat with SOD, she is back because she ‘has some unfinished business with some people.”  Lanier’s return stint starts next week.

So how will Nelle’s re-emergence impact Lucas and Brad who are raising Nelle and Michael’s son?  Will she seek more retribution on Carly?  Stay tuned.  After all, Nelle gave her baby to Brad in the now notorious baby switch, which we have since learned that baby “Wiley” has a heart condition that can be traced back to Michael’s side of the family,

Glad there will be more Nelle coming up on GH? Comment below!

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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