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Kassie DePaiva posts statement to clarify reprising OLTL's Blair on General Hospital!

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Kassie DePaiva took to her website to let fans what she knows about her upcoming appearances on  General Hospital in February to reprise the role of Blair Cramer.  From what Kassie shared, it seems that DePaiva may be on for just a short stint, when the Mannings head to Port Charles, but there could be more  in store for her in the future.

Kassie stated, “Now…on the General Hospital…Yippie. I must say the ads and press release by ABC is a little misleading and I feel I need to clarify to all my friends, family and fans that are emailing and calling wondering when I’m moving to Los Angeles. Frank Valentini, GH’s EP, asked me to come out for a couple of shows in February and I’m thrilled. Not only will I get to work with a fantastic cast…but a little piece of OLTL will live on. That makes me very happy. And who knows where it will lead. Once the Mannings come to town anything is possible.”  I wish everyone at GH the best. No one loves daytime more than Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati and no one works harder than these two men. GH is in good hands and hopefully ABC will let GH live on!!!!! See ya’ll soon in Port Charles!!!!!! – Kassie”

So,  what do you think will happen when the Manning clan hits Port Chuck? How would you feel if Kassie is only coming to GH for a short-arc run? Let us know!

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diana
diana

i think its great she will show a guest appearence but in all reality i much rather have OLTL than GH . Yes i like both but OLTL has a certian spirit about it that keeps all loyal dedicated viewers

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

So true! OLTL was the best soap on T.V.! I really miss it!

Gloria
Gloria

You are so right. OLTL is a show like no other & I am getting very depressed right now because normally at this time of day I start getting excited thinking about it fixing to come on in just a little while but not today . . . .

leah
leah

the wrong soap got cancelled.. Love em both but OLTL is/was heads and tails above the rest.

Brandy
Brandy

how could a soap lover say any soap should of been cancelled, neither AMC or OLTL should of been cancelled nor should GH.

Bev
Bev

I agree with you, Brandy. They should leave our soaps on the air.

Carol
Carol

Well, as Todd would say, this sucks! If Kassie is going to be on GH for only a short time, I’d assume the same woud be true for Roger Howarth. If they’re only going to be there to bring Starr and McBain into the story, I’m afraid I won’t be sticking around after they leave. Starr only seems to have spunk when her father’s around to cause trouble and McBain is such a monotone character in his eternal black, that I don’t see HIM being a ray of light for the already too dark GH. And If they’re only coming for a “couple of shows,” shame on ABC for publicizing it look like they’re to be major players in a storyline, using them to get people excited about the possibility, and once again deceiving the viewers.

Heather
Heather

I’ve heard that John is permanent. It’s only the Mannings that are temp.

Carol
Carol

Exactly, It’s McBain the boring and Starr who will be permanent.. and I won’t. I’d stick around for Todd and Blair, but not for John and Starr. I know there those who think MxBain’s great, but I’m not one of them. And no, I’m not threatening to “quit watching” the show – I haven’t watched in years, since the mob took over.

Rob
Rob

Im thinking its to test the ratings, it would be foolish to let 2 million fans go without trying to attract some of One Life to Lives audience. Im not a fan of GH at all but I fully intend to see what Ron and Frank have in store for OLTL fans.

Deb
Deb

I agree Rob!! 🙂

Deb
Deb

Here we go again. People ‘threatening’ to stop watching if they don’t get their own way. Then STOP!

How can Ron sign any of these characters on long term with the uncertainty of GH future?? IMO he is being causious but hopefull.
Causious not to sign on to many, hopeful this will be a success and GH will draw in viewers. Thus no end to GH. However nobody can make such promises at this time.
Glad to see Kassie clear that up. I read on some site that NLG sent Blair a list of schools for her son. Obviously, there was no truth to that.

Gloria
Gloria

Didn’t Cassie look fantastic on The View Friday?

Deb
Deb

She did!

Jamie
Jamie

Seriously gorgeous. I don’t think she’s human.

Betty
Betty

What is John McBain without Natalie and his son? I would love to see the Manning’s join GH what a hoot that would be, but please for heavens sake please bring us back the original Cole, sorry I did not like the one you tried to pass off on us, sorry no chemistry there between him and Starr. Don’t get me wrong I love my people on GH but we are losing some of them. I also want Kirsten Storms to return and soon, boy do I miss her, hopefully they are not replacing her with that new girl, although she has done an okay job there is no one like Kirsten Storms.

Amber
Amber

Right there with you. John just got Liam & Natalie back, why would he leave them? How is GH going to make this work and with Sole? I was so happy to see them have the happy ending. I will only really watch & stick around if they have Brandon Buddy, the orginial Cole come to Port Charles with Starr. Again, how is GH going to make this work? Starr just comes to Port Charles for her father & leaves Hope in LA with Cole? I can’t see Starr coming to Port Charles without her “bodyguard” or Hope. I will only really watch GH if Cole is there with Starr, especially if it Brandon playing Cole again. Van was great and all but you’re right about the chemistry. The chemistry is much stronger with Kristen & Brandon across the screen. It was weird to watch and not the same with Van as Cole.

I’m very curious to see how this will all play out but I realllllllly hope Brandon comes back as Cole, if the writers have Cole come to PC anyway. Also, I agree with you about Kristen Stroms. Hopefully she’ll come back. Big fan of hers too, GH isn’t the same without her either.

Charann
Charann

Your right Amber..Bring Back the orginial Cole…And Please GH Bring Back Kristen Storm!!!!

Lori
Lori

It is not that I am threatening to quit watching if I don’t get my way, I never have watched GH and was thinking of trying it since some of my favorite actors and actresses are heading over there. If they want to save the show incorporating some of OLTL’s popular characters is a good start. I hope more head over to GH!

Cindy
Cindy

It did seem like you were , i tried OLTL for a month i couldnt stand it, i have watched GH for 20 years it is by far the better soap , i watch/ watched other soaps, AMC, Y&R DOOL but really couldnt stand OLTL GH beats them all, just ant to clear that up for the 5 people that said they never watched GH, its by far the best out of the to that are gone on ABC it is VERY fast paced – you should like it alot, I am very happy these amazing actors are joining the show, i really liked the what IFs they did, I am worried about my favorite couple Ja son and sam though becau se the one that play JOhn was her love interest on Port Chuck i dont want that pairing on GH

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

I don’t know what you’ve been smoking, but OLTL is by far a superior soap to the others on ABC. Even AMC (which I loved) had slipped to mediocre in the last five years but I stuck with it out of loyalty. I TRIED to watch GH when Luke and Laura were hot to see what the hoopla was all about. But freezing Port Charles, searching for the Ice Princess…?! Really? Couldn’t get into it. And, now GH has glamorized the mafioso with Sonny and his gang of thieves and murderers. No thanks. People should like what they like, but GH, although it has pulled away from a lot of the silliness of the 80s, it’s veering too much into the darkness. I’d rather watch “The Godfather”.

aria
aria

LOL, michell1660 what are you smoking, first of,all these show have been on for a long time and if you look at their history they’ve all done storylines that have been over the top and silly. and for you to make it sound like oltl has been master piece theater is laughable. OLTL certainly has been by far more campier then GH especially these past few years. And theres nothing wrong w/ being campy. So lets all be real.

Sharon
Sharon

I’m VERY disappointed that Kassie is only going to GH for a few shows. I was hoping for a OLTL/GH merge so that our favorite characters could live on. I’ve never watched GH but would have started watching if enough OLTL characters would make the move.

So, I have a question…..Is John McBain just going to leave Natalie and Liam and move to Port Charles right after finding out Liam is his son and confessing his love to Natalie???

aria
aria

Thats why you have to tune in to find out, everyone is trying to figure out whats going to happen before it happens, but obviously it will most likely be that the character will go there on a work related case, and not with the intent to move there. Then if things work out better, i.e, the storyline, then maybe down the line if the character decides to move there then he would be joined by natalie and liam, but if what brings the character to town is work related, so why would the character show up w/ his family? get my point?

Sharon
Sharon

Thanks for your response Aria. I thought that Michael Easton (unlike Kassie DePaiva) had signed to “join the cast” of GH—with a permanent possition. Am I wrong on that assumption?

Cindy
Cindy

I think it is only because they dont know the future of the how they dont want to be handing out contracts the fans of OLTL seem happy high ratings mean she stays, GH already has a Blair though Carly

Sharon
Sharon

Thanks Cindy—-but I’m still wondering—-Did Michael Easton “sign” with GH??? That’s what I read…

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Apparently, ABC will do anything to get people to watch GH, even stunt casting with members from OLTL.

aria
aria

Hey Sharon, I’m not sure if any of the contract status of anyone who is returning has been revealed, also other actors are returning for other storyliines, like Holly, Robert and Anna, and some have been describe as open ended, so they could be on for a short appearence or longer. So who knows, I guess it depends on what the Actors are offered and what they agree to, so far only Kassie Depaiva has revealed that she’s been ask for (now) a brief appearence.

Sharon
Sharon

Thanks Aria!!

Doreen
Doreen

I’m still holding out for the revolution to bomb and they find a way to bring OLTL back to daytime tv or cable or internet.

In the meantime, I have change my dvr to record GH, but I have not watched since Luke & Laura / Robert and Anna stories.

Thanks for keeping us fans in the loop!~

Kim
Kim

I wont watch it Sorry , Since I’ve boycotted abc totally. as have many others.

Cindy
Cindy

THAT WONT HELP GET OLTL BACK

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

OLTL is not coming back. Wake up.

Tamara
Tamara

I’m a long time OLTL fan since the early 80’s and GH is a great show that I’ve also been watching since then it bad enough we lost one show ! We have to come together as fans an watch GH now more than ever!! It can only get better with the addition of the OLTL characters!! So to all u septics just watch !!

Soapgirl21
Soapgirl21

I have tried to get into GH for years. I watched AMC and OLTL & watched GH w/my mom when I was little, but no can do… w/the addition of anyone from OLTL, I can watch and maybe even start to love the show, IDK. If it is a short term stint, I will stay while my favs are on.. when some from AW moved to ATWT in 99, I watched for 3 years & I did fall in love w/a lot of the characters. When my favorite AW character was killed off, I stopped watching out of love and respect for the character, actor and history of AW. I will do the same in this case.

Heather
Heather

Some of use prefer One Life to Live, others prefer of General Hospital. Some of us prefer ABC soaps, other prefer CBS soaps. But in the long run, we are all a big soap opera family. So please, let’s us stop these OLTL vs GH childish fights. One of the reason why the whole genre is dying is because of this division within the soap opera community. So as of today, everybody should respect everybody regardless of tastes and preferences.

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

IMO ABC is just trying to quiet the fans by bringing us a little bit of OLTL. They want to keep us at bay and then ABC will announce the cancellation of GH. IMO ABC
doesn’t care about rating in Daytime. They just care about the $$$$. ABC doesn’t care what viewers think. CBS and NBC is laughing about this and enjoying the fans coming over. The replacement shows are garbage and after GH goes I will never, never watch ABC again. ABC misleads and lies to fans.

ABC/Disney wants out of the soap business!

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

Exactly.

david
david

Only a couple of shows?! DePaiva is right about the misleading appearance of ABC’s promotions. The people at ABC never tire at teasing and jerking the fans around.

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

Bring ’em on! GH needs a major overhaul. It’s like on pause right now…

Also, these four had a solid commitment from PP, so who knows what the plans are……

Heather
Heather

Actually, only two actors had signed with PP: Blair and John.

Todd never gave any answer to PP, and Star openly declined to go to the online version.

CINDY BISCORNER
CINDY BISCORNER

I hope it turns out to be a long term gig for all of you!!! ((hugs))

Sarah
Sarah

I’ve watched GH a few times but never liked it. Hearing that Kassie would be on the show as Blair, I was so excited! But only for a few shows? Bummer. I would keep on watching if Kassie was full time. Once she goes, I do too.

Lauren Esposito
Lauren Esposito

I’m glad to see 4 actors from OLTL coming to GH, because as many have said, the mob-based storylines are dominating the show, much to many peoples’ disappointment. I am disappointed that Kassie DePaiva’s role is being described as short term, because she’s a multi talented actress that I feel would be a huge asset to the show. I’m hoping that Mr. Valentini and Mr. Carlivati will change their minds, and make Kassie’s role long term.

The mob-based storyline is the reason I am not watching GH regularly. However, that will change as long as Kassie DePaiva is part of the GH cast, I will watch GH.

sierra24
sierra24

God bless, Kassie! It’s not enough that they cancelled THE BEST SOAP on air , it’s not enough they played us with the prospect park deal, now they want to mislead us by promoting Kassie and Roger as permanent players on GH (the soap that SHOULD have been cancelled in the first place)? Well , two days or one week of T&B on GH won’t help them if they want to raise the ratings and bring OLTL viewers over that depressing, gloomy, really bad show… Most of us will be watching as long as Kassie is on GH…We’d have enough of the ABC stunts and lies…

Breezy B
Breezy B

I’ll watch as long as she’s there! I’m definitely hoping it turns out to be more long term, but I’ll tune into GH for as long as Blair is on screen.

Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Bless You, Kassie. We Love You! 😀

SJF
SJF

Can’t wait to see Cassie on GH. I feel no connection to the show at this time and need my peeps from OLTL to keep me watching.

Joyce
Joyce

Personally, I would love to see Victor Lord, Jr. escape and show up at General Hospital delirious and asking for Blair. Not remembering anything after they were married. I’d like to see John show up in Port Charles chasing Allison and the secret that Steven Webber and his ex-girlfriend from the previous hospital had something to do with a collaboration with Dr. David Hayward from AMC.

I say call it All My Life to Live in Port Charles!

Sonny
Sonny

I have loved watching One Life To Live for many years since I was a boy.I really miss it.Shame on ABC and Disney.I hope One Life To Live will return on another network.

Darcy Mcgee
Darcy Mcgee

I am upset, I thought Blair was going to GH permantly!!! This was very misleading, to now hear she isn’t. I feel I should give up on the soaps. OLTl was my favorite and it’s gone. I had some hope when I heard the Mannings were going to GH and now I have heard no Blair. Todd and Blair need to reunite, I guess that will never happen. Todd on GH is not the same without Blair. : (

mike jasek
mike jasek

Please get Blair on GH permanently. She is fantastic with todd and starr. WE need her on gh. Your GH ratings will shoot thru the roof with her on with todd.
Thanks
Mike

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Intriguing casting news out of Port Charles on Sunday. The ABC daytime drama series has tapped former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Janet Hubert to play the character of  Yvonne,who is said to be a love interest for Mike (Max Gail) at the nursing home he is now in.

According to EW.com, Yvonne will end up having a connection to someone or someones on the canvas.

Hubert’s first episode is slated to air on December 7th.   Sitcom fans remember Janet from “Fresh Prince’ in scenes with Will Smith in the series in the role of Vivian Banks.

GH is not Janet’s first soap, either.  She appeared on One Life to Live as Evangeline Williamson’s (Renee Elise Goldsberry) and Layla Williamsom’s (Tika Sumpter) mother, Lisa.  The actress also appeared on All My Children as Alice Dawson.

In another twist, Hubert will reunite with Vernee Watson (Stella)om GH.  The two appeared together on “Fresh Prince”, where Watson played Will’s mother.

So does this mean that Yvonne and Stella are both going to be romantically interested in Mike Corbin?

What do you think of the casting news?  Interested to see this next leg of Mike’s story as he declines from Alzheimer’s, but may find love?  Comment below.

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live November 2018 Episode” on Spreaker.

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

The November episode of the monthly podcast featured special guests: Soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia, AW, Gretel, (OLTL, GH, Port Charles, AMC), and Cynthia, ATWT), General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless’ Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and listeners were in for a surprise when GH’s Maura West (Ava Jerome) called-in as well during the show.

During this fun night of chat, Linda Dano kicked-off the show as she and Michael reminisced about the night she won the Daytime Emmy in 1993 for her role as Felicia Gallant on Another World.  Then, the duo talked about: her soap career as Gretel “Rae” Cummings on the ABC Daytime line-up, her incomparable fashion sense, and how fans can see her first acting project in 12 years when The Chronicle Mysteries debuts with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in March of 2019 on the Hallmark Channel.

Next, General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom discussed taking on and revisiting playing the dual roles of Kevin Collins, and his serial killer twin brother, Ryan Chamberlain.  In addition, Jon talked about his leading ladies, Genie Francis and the #KevLaur hash tag, and Ryan’s interest in Ava Jerome.  Then, after answering some questions from listeners, Maura West surprised her scene partner and called-in to chat with him.

Beth Maitland came on to Soap Nation Live! next, and she discussed finally having the opportunity after 36 years to explore Traci’s relationship with her siblings, Jack and Ashley, that came about in Eileen Davidson’s exit storyline.  The Daytime Emmy-winning actress also revealed her favorite Y&R storyline over the years. Maitland has received critical-acclaim for her recent work on the CBS Daytime drama series.

The final guest of the night was Freddie Smith.  The popular DAYS star talked on the latest developments of Sonny and Will, where now the two can be together since Paul and Will broke up, but will their happiness last long?  Freddie gives the listeners a preview of what’s to come.  Then, a listener calls in revealing how through watching Days of our Lives and the Sonny and Will story and romance, how it helped him come out and to have a family.

Last, during our Game Show segment, a lucky caller eventually wins the Sonny Kiriakis-centric trivia game and will receive a Days of our Lives swag/goodie bag and an autographed personalized photo of Freddie Smith.

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

Now, listen to the broadcast with Linda, Jon, Beth, Freddie and Maura, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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In a key move to allow those performers in front of the camera and behind the scenes crew and creatives to be acknowledged for their accomplishments this calendar year, the four daytime dramas collectively have decided to lift their threatened boycott and participate in the upcoming 46th annual Daytime Emmy competition.

This comes after the four network soaps (Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless) banded together after being unsatisfied with snafu’s coming out of the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards earlier this year in April, and a list of grievances and concerns they asked to be addressed by the organization that administers the Emmy contest.

Then, following an internal investigation by NATAS by the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington, DC, the results which were released on November 8th, and being in receipt of their findings, the soaps decided to move forward while still having concerns they want addressed.

In a statement from the group, a spokesperson related to Deadline, who broke the story late Friday: “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached.  However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”

On Saturday, someone close to the situation said to Michael Fairman TV: “Our participation doesn’t mean we accept their proposal moving forward, we still have major issues that we will be discussing with the Chair and President (of NATAS), but as a collective whole, we don’t want to penalize our actors for NATAS’ mis-management.”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy submissions began earlier this week on November 12th, with the Daytime Emmys slated to be handed out in early May of 2019.

So, are you glad that the network soaps have lifted their threatened boycott so that your favorite performers, whose performances you have loved over the last 11 months can be acknowledged for their talents and hard work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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