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Jonathan Jackson's Video Message Congratulating General Hospital on 50 Years!

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Five-time Daytime Emmy winner, Jonathan Jackson has been sorely missed for General Hospital’s 50th anniversary celebration, since Lucky Spencer did not make an reappearance in Port Charles.  Jackson,who  is currently starring on ABC”s primetime musical drama Nashville as Avery Barkley, told On-Air On-Soaps recently about attempting a return for the golden anniversary of the soap opera, “We tried, even up to this point for the actual airing of the 50th anniversary, but we weren’t able to make it work.”

However yesterday, Jonathan posted his very own heartfelt congratulatory message for General Hospital on his band Enation’s You Tube page, where he discusses his humble beginnings on the show playing Tony Geary (Luke) and Genie Francis (Laura) son, and the journey he has taken because of GH.  Here is an excerpt of his video message below:

Jonathan Jackson:  “I was 11 years old when I started in 1993.  Being placed with Tony and Genie, it was just incredible. It was such a gift for me. I’ll carry their influence over me for the rest of my life. To the crew, to all the directors, and producers, and writers, hair and makeup and wardrobe…over the years,  General Hospital has been like a family to me and I’m so excited for everybody there to get to celebrate this incredible, incredible milestone.  And I want to send all my love to everybody there, and to all the fans who have watched over the years, thank you very much for being part of this incredible journey. I am just very humbled and grateful to be a part of it. So here’s to 50 more!”

Watch Jonathan congratulate GH with his own video message after the jump! Then let us know what you thought of it? And, if you wish Jonathan were back as Lucky for the celebration?

 

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Jeanne
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Jeanne

You will be missed at the celebration at the GH Nurse’s Ball. You deserve to be there and at all the talk shows celebrating the 50 years. Best of luck on Nashville, but we miss you as “Lucky” and want you back.

heidi
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heidi

Thanks Michael! He is such a sweet guy and seems very grateful for all opportunities. I was so hoping that he might have been one of Frank’s surprises and showed up with the Luke/Laura/Lulu/Ethan scenes. Maybe he still will…

ces
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ces

was so hoping he was under that sack and not Ethan. Now, that would have been a surprise!

jimh
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jimh

JJ may not have made it for GHs 50th but id still welcome him or any vet back for future visits to Port Charles, anniversary or not!

Emily
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Emily

As I’m reading this message from JJ, I’m watching him on the GH marathon and the Liz rape s/l. What a coincedence, fitting and appropriate. They say soaps is a great training ground for actors, like going to school, College for it. Well, if that’s so, then this storyline was the midterm and finals for it. JJ crying as he’s telling Luke what happened to Lucky and RH expressing her shock and disbelief. They were babies and yet showing such depth and range. Not to mention TG’s and JZ’s performances. Never gets old, watching those scenes…wow! Love Jonathan Jackson–talent galore,… Read more »

Emily
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Emily

I mean what happened to Liz.

Joan Faist
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Joan Faist

Love Jonathan Jackson as Lucky. There has been no better acting team on Daytime TV than Anthony Geary and Jonathan Jackson. When these two were in a scene together it was pure magic to watch. Both of them wear their emotions on their face and speak volumes with their eyes. May GH be with us for many years to come. CONGRATS

janet
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janet

Of course we miss Lucky. he was one of the few characters I didn’t end up disliking. him . He did get a drug problem, but he was always Lucky. Sorry to see you couldn’t return but I am very happy he has a role on prime time. The only reason I even watch Nashville was because he is on it.

ces
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ces

such a talent!!! This guy should be on the big screen.

Robbyrob
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Robbyrob

What a great message! We all knew JJ has such fond memories of GH and quite the connection to Genie & Tony…which always brings so much more to their scenes. I hope when Nashville is on hiatus, JJ could come back for a few weeks to touch base as Lucky with Luke and the much missed Laura. I read that Frank Valentini wanted to create an environment that the actors would WANT to come back, even if it’s for just one day, a few weeks, or a new contract (paging Lynn Herring!). I think he has largely succeeded. During the… Read more »

Jan
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Jan

That was nice.

ohyeahohyeah
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ohyeahohyeah

I love Jonathan….. I just wished that he would somehow make time in his schedule to VISIT GH on occasion, especially with Tyler Christopher (Nickolas) back, and Ethan. I would have JUST LOVED to see that family show with Lucky, Nickolas, Lulu, and Ethan with FINALLY, Luke and Laura…… What a treasure of a photo that would be. I was also hoping to Jonathan would ” Pop Up ” for the Nurses Ball. I can’t believe he couldn’t find it in his schedule to slip away for a day or so. Please SHOW UP ON GENERAL HOPSITAL while the family… Read more »

mary stevens
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mary stevens

I miss Lucky so much,but am starting to warm up to Avery,if only he can behave!!!Love JJ!!!

liz jones
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liz jones

jj you will be missed on general hospital.. ever since you left I have not watched gh. please come back

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GH’s Michael Easton and Finola Hughes Deliver the ‘Power Performances of the Week’

It was an emotional week of episodes on General Hospital as the double-wedding of Finn (Michael Easton) and Anna (Finola Hughes), and Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) took a double nose-dive.

Each installment left us wondering if either couple would actually get hitched, but when Finn and Anna were the first to combust and not Peter and Maxie, it set the stage for two beloved soap veterans to once again, remind us all, why they are always at the top of the game when required to play high drama that tugs at the heartstrings.

In story, Finn is gut-punched, (and no one can play that better than Michael Easton), when Anna reveals that she knew that Peter was not her biological son and had done all the horrific deeds he has been hiding, in an effort to stop Maxie from marrying Peter.  When Finn realizes Anna confided in Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and they were working together to bring Peter down it was too much for him to take.

Finn walks out on their wedding.  Alone and with tears welling up in his eyes, Finn feels his chance at love is dashed again.  Add to the fact, he has DNA results to prove if he is Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father and not his brother, or not, and the guy has been through the wringer of late.

As for Anna, she has literally imploded her own life, while trying to save others, after realizing the error of her ways; constantly putting her faith in Peter.  When she comes to visit Finn, she knows no matter what she says to Finn it looks bad.  She sees how she has hurt him, and hopes they can still repair their now fractured relationship, but she has to stop Peter and help her God-daughter, Maxie from making the biggest mistake of her life, so she leaves him to go back to the scene of the double-wedding.

Later in the week, Anna shares a heartfelt scene with her ex Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers), whom she knows she can have an honest conversation knowing her life of espionage and their shared history.  Meanwhile, Jackie (Kim Delaney) and Finn’s pull is there as well, as it appears Jackie’s attraction to Finn still remains all these years later when he visits her shortly after being blindsided by Anna at the nuptials.

Throughout the week, Easton and Hughes played all the nuances of their character’s emotional life, as the audience witnessed which just might be the end of the line for Finn and Anna.

For all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV names Michael and Finola’s work, The Power Performances of the Week.

So, let us know, what did you think of what happened to Finn and Anna? The double-wedding fiasco? Did you enjoy Michael and Finola’s scenes? Comment below.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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WATCH: Maurice Benard & Friends In ‘The Birthday Bash’ – The Movie

Now here’s a way to celebrate your birthday! Having lots of fun with your friends filming a project and making your directorial debut! That’s just what two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) has done.

On his “State of Mind” You Tube Channel, Benard dropped the birthday video which includes many of his friends and family members.

Benard shared: “You’ve probably heard me say that this year I wanted to do something for the fans on my birthday. Well now the time has come to reveal my special project. It was fun to see a lot of my friends acting outside of the box and I want to thank each of them for being so willing to join me in this adventure no questions asked.”

Look for: Maurice Benard, Carlos Avila, Victoria Gotti, Ian Buchanan, Réal Andrews, Steve Burton, Majid Raees, Dominic Zamprogna, Kin Shriner, Joshua Benard, Paula Benard, Jeff Kober, Bryan Craig, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Jim Warren and Buddy the Goat to all make appearances.

Watch Maurice Benard & Friends in “The Birthday Bash” below.  Then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section.

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