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Just What Brings Kassie DePaiva and One Life to Live’s Blair Cramer to General Hospital Revealed

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When daytime fan favorite, Kassie DePaiva, drops into Port Charles and General Hospital, she will be reprising her One Life to Live role as Blair Cramer.

Circle this Friday, September 15th for the start of Kassie’s stint.

According to TV Line, in story, it will be revealed that Blair is the ‘mysterious’ third wife of Martin Grey (Michael E. Knight).  Look for DePaiva to share scenes not only with Knight, but the one and only Jane Elliot (Tracy Quartermaine).

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This is not Blair’s first trip to Port Charles. DePaiva brought her Llanview alter-ego to GH back in March of 2012, just two months after One Life to Live went off the air on ABC.

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At that time, Blair was part of a story arc on GH that lasted several months, along with Roger Howarth, who was then playing Todd Manning.  Howarth is still on the show today in his third incarnation as Austin Gatlin-Holt.

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Fans may remember the “What If'” ABC Daytime short-form stories and promos.  One of which featured Knight as AMC’s Tad Martin meeting DePaiva’s Blair Cramer on an airplane flight. You can check that out below.

So, what do you think about Blair being liked up with Martin on GH? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Thank you for the heads up. I can’t wait to see the one and only Blair Cramer again. I love Kassie DePaiva and pairing her with Michael E. Knight is brilliant. I also can’t wait to see Blair trade punches with Tracy Quartermaine. Good thing this show is about a hospital.

Kassie wasn’t “the only” Blair Cramer as another actress of a whole different ethnicity played Blair when the character debuted and married Asa. Although, technically at that time she was going by Blair Dahmler.

I most definitely do remember Mia Korf as the original Blair. Blair came on the scene was quite a pistol: doing the horizontal mambo (I got that euphemism from RJ Gannon) with Max on top of the gown she was going to wear to marry Asa.

Oh how I miss One Life to Live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At Asa’s fake funeral, when each of the ex-wives flashback to their wedding day is classic. After showing Mia’s Blair at the altar, Kassie checks her compact mirror. Exceptionally clever!

Yes, I remember. Another of the many reasons the I love OLTL. They weren’t afraid to poke fun at themselves. Asa’s fake funeral was a hoot.

Ugh…

There was no reason to bring her back to GH, except for picking up the “ball” that was dropped in 2012, and that was the “mystery” of whether that “Tomas” dude from OLTL was actually Lorenzo Alcazar, a person who most of Port Charles believed to be dead, but who was never actually in Hell (and he damned sure would not have been in Heaven!)

The story was dropped of course, because of the Prospect Park legal hassles and never mentioned again. But it’s a relevant issue now, because Alcazar is the most likely suspect to be the guy behind the shadowy “Pikeman” mercenary arms smuggling group that gave Sonny the “offer he couldn’t refuse”. Alcazar, under his own name, previously tried to move weapons through Sonny’s territory and was told that would never happen.

There’s nothing interesting at all about her being Marty’s ex wife. In fact, I was hoping his ex wife would be Faith Roscoe, who is known to have escaped from Hell (sorry about that) and her being married to Marty would explain how Cyrus got involved with the “Pawtuck Mafia”

Kassie DePaiva’s return to GH is casting genius. GH has the best actresses in daytime. You remember her on OLTL but I loved her as Chelsea Reardon on the historic Guiding Light. Now if we could get Kim Zimmer to sign on at GH, that hospital would be rocking!

Kim said a few things in interviews with Michael Logan about her OLTL return as Echo that rubbed Frank the wrong way. Highly unlikely we’ll see her in PC.

Now I don’t want to offend the Dark Lord.. but I hope Blair becomes a long term character. I hope ABC show bring back OLTL in some form and use this a it’s lead spin off… I still have a small percentage of hope for this.

I agree with you. I want Blair to be a regular cast member. I would much rather have her on OLTL, but I love seeing old familiar characters return, that I have missed for so long. Fans want All My Children and OLTL back, even a 30 minute format will do!!!

Not going to happen, ABC is owned by Disney for now..

I don’t believe in Hell or Satan so I’m loving the fact that Blair is back.

Too much fun! What mess will Blair make messier? Can’t wait to see.

Kassie is a great add to the show, now we need Kim Zimmer to be Austin’s mother

See reply above as why that’s unlikely. Although the character isn’t necessary, Jill Larson would make a great Charity Gatlin.

Kim is happily retired, and GH could not afford her anyway.

Bad girl—Good girl……Always a pleasure to see Kassie..

Couldn’t stand her on Days, but she pairs up well with Tracy, the other witch.

Hey, Violet—loved Kassie as Blair on OLTL—hope she hangs around for a long, long while. Imagine if she and Austin hooked up??

Celia, sorry this time I can’t agree with you. I can’t stand this actress . Guess her role on Days just ruined it for me. She was a real bitch in plain English.. I like Austin and until proven otherwise I have to give him the benefit of the doubt. I haven’t seen anyone yet that I like for him. Even Ava is too harsh for him as far as I’m concerned.

Running to watch it right now! Great idea for GH. Hopefully it’ll be well received and it’ll lead to more. And with Kassie Depaiva it’ll most likely be good!

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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