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Kimberly McCullough Chosen For DGA TV Director Mentorship Program!

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When she is not busy popping into General Hospital to reprise her role as the beloved Robin Scorpio Drake (look for her soon at the upcoming Nurses’ Ball episodes), Kimberly McCullough is busy pursuing her directing career behind the camera.

The expectant mom, just got received another feather in her cap, when she was among the inaugural directors picked to participate in the DGA (Director’s Guild of America) TV Director Mentorship Program.  As part of the mentorship experience, early-career directors (Protégés) are paired with veteran TV directors (Mentors) who will serve as their professional guides to the working world of episodic television throughout the 2017-18 season. Participants in the structured, intensive career development program are matched based on their work experience, interpersonal chemistry and mutual craft interests to ensure a fulfilling experience.

“With television directing jobs on the rise and more industry employers heeding the call for director diversity – our members have told us that they are seeking career development resources to help set them up for success,” said DGA president Paris Barclay. “And the DGA has the best resources in the world – a deep well of talent made up of seasoned TV directors who are dedicated and eager to give back to their Guild and share their years of expert experience with the next generation. That was the driving force behind this new mentorship program and initiatives which are designed to equip early-career directors and members transitioning to episodic television directing with the tools necessary to turn those first few jobs into lifelong careers.”

Congrats to Kimberly on being part of this excited new program! Share your thoughts on Kimberly’s selection into the program in the comment section below!

 

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This young lady is gung-ho on being a director. I knew she did some kind of internship at “Grey’s Anatomy” and a few other things behind the camera. Still miss seeing her as Robin on a daily basis but glad to see that she has that determination to succeed in anything she does.

Patty
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Congrats all the happinesss !! You are and will be amazing

Mo
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Mo

Good for her. Good luck!

Timmm
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Timmm

This is great news for Kim. What a winner! Now onto business, Robin must be recasted! Anna is front an center and the perfect recast is available. Elizabeth Hendrickson. AND, Jason Thompson is never leaving Y&R so you might as well recast Patrick and the perfect recast is available for him, as well. Greg Rikaart. MEGA CHEMISTRY between both actors!

Dan
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Dan

Recasting Robin? No way! Kimberly has played Robin since she was 7 years old. Fans watched her grow up on the show. She is and always will be the only Robin, there is no one else the fans would accept in the role.

Timmm
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Timmm

I love Kim and you are right, there is only one BUT I see how this hurts a show time and time again. Look at Jeanne Cooper, she died and they didnt recast and now the Chancelor name is buried with her. Lets say this, what if Kim gave ABC her blessing?

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Tomas Torquemada

Oh thank GOD. I’ve been saying this for years.

Kimberly chose directing. I wish her GREAT success. But the character is needed, if only for the next head trauma Jason gets. (One every two years, right?)

It’s painful for fans… she’s had a truly inspired run and truly is a legacy character.

A recast for her and Patrick with Emma and a new kiddo in tow would make me happy.

Now, can Jason put away the black tees, guns, and all mob stuff and settle down as a Quatermain. Pretty please?

Timmm
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Timmm

Jason Q, AMEN!

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Llanviewer717

Congratulations to Kimberly.

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fginaspy

This is exciting news for KM. I wonder who her mentor will be. Best of luck to KM on her newest directing venture.

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nancy dillingham

Way to go, Kimbo!

Libby
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Libby

Good to hear all the wonderful news for Kimberly. Well deserved time of joy in all aspects of her life.

JE
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JE

Great news! She was in an ABC/Disney program of some sort so this is another big step in the right direction. And of course, I’m glad to see her more regularly on GH. She’s probably one of the few former contract actors that can pop in so easily and blend into story/situations without much work required from other actors, directors, and writers at GH. So easy! And Brooklyn will be back soon too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Port Charles Learns a Bomb Caused the Explosion as Lives are Forever Changed

This week’s General Hospital has reminded us all of why we love daytime drama and why GH possesses some of the finest performers in the genre.

Wednesday’s episode featured several emotionally-charged and gut-wrenching moments as loved ones find out the fate of several people in crisis, or have to deliver terrible news in the wake of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib, which already had taken the lives of Dev (Ashton Arbab) and Dustin (Mark Lawson).

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As we begin, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) has a passed-out Lulu (Emme Rylan) in his arms and brings her to Portia (Brook Kerr), who sends her for tests.  And in true soap opera fashion, just as Lulu was presumably going to tell Dane she still loved him and wanted him back (following Dustin’s death) … he never heard what she had to say.

 

Laura (Genie Francis) fills in Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) that Dev did not make it, and then Liz decides to tell her son, Cameron (William Lipton) the heartbreaking news while he is recovering from his injuries.  When she does, Cam is overcome and devastated as his mother holds him in her arms.  Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) is filling-in Trina (Sydney Mikayla) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) about Dev’s untimely death.

Later, with Laura present, Portia tells Lulu’s loved ones that she has a cerebral contusion, and that there is a a traumatic brain injury which has caused swelling on the brain.  Laura and Dante look on devastated.  Portia then says they have already rushed Lulu to urgent surgery.

Julian (William deVry) is with Ava (Maura West) at Wyndemere.  She is attempting to hide him there, while he figures out his next step after planting the bomb.  However, Jason (Steve Burton) shows up looking for Julian now that Sonny found out that a bomb caused the explosion that ravaged the Floating Rib.  From that point on calls are made to ensure Sonny’s family is protected as a mob war is about to go down. Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jason believe all roads lead back to Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober).

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Jason leaves Wyndemere before spotting Julian; leaving a distraught Ava to come down hard on her brother … he has two choices…  leave Port Charles, which she will help him do, or stay, and if he stays, she will not help him or be a part of his life.  While they are discussing his next move, they learn Lulu is now in critical condition from the bomb.  Ava tells Julian in no uncertain terms that everything he has done has come with a cost.  Jason shows up at the Corinthos home where Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is not happy about any of this, finds out along with Carl,y that Jason believes he was the target at the Floating Rib.

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As Liz is struggling to hold it together with Franco (Roger Howath) having brain surgery, she speaks with Scott (Kin Shriner), who did not know of his son’s tumor.  She shares with Franco’s dad that Franco is worried he will wake up a very different person.  Liz is told Franco is out of surgery, and is in tears over his hospital bed.  She prays he will be alright and Franco wakes up!

Portia tells Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Laura, and Dante that Lulu is out of surgery but in a coma, which Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) points out is normal in these situations. Dante goes to sit by Lulu’s bedside and begs her to wake up.

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Then, in devastating news for Laura, Lucas (Matt Trudeau) gives her the real 411 on Lulu.  He tells Laura that Lulu’s brain started swelling the minute she hit her head at the Floating Rib, and that her injury got worse the longer she was not checked out.  Laura achingly realizes Lulu was so worried about Dustin that she never was immediately checked out for head trauma.  Lucas lets Laura know that Lulu’s recovery could take a very long time, if she recovers at all.

Heart-tugging performances throughout the stellar episode were given by: Dominic Zamprogna, Genie Francis, William Lipton, Rebecca Herbst, and Maura West in very intense and dramatic scenes.

So, what have you thought of this week’s episodes of GH? The fate of Lulu? The performances from yesterday’s airshow? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Ashton Arbab Says Farewell To General Hospital: “It Was Such An Honor To Have Worked Alongside Of Such Talented Actors”

Yesterday, viewers of General Hospitals witnessed that as a result of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib; it meant the end of the road for a couple of characters.  One of those was Dev, and thus ends Ashton Arbab’s over two-year run in the role.

In key scenes, Dev dies in the ambulance ride to the hospital and thanks Sonny (Maurice Benard) for making him a part of the family and tells Sonny to tell Josslyn (Eden McCoy) that he is sorry.  Will Sonny recall what Dev said and pass that on to Joss? Will anyone figure out Dev’s duplicity in keeping Joss and Cameron (William Burton) apart? Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Ashton took to Twitter on Tuesday and shared these words of praise and ‘thank you’ for his time on the ABC daytime drama series.

 

Arbab expressed: “I am forever grateful to Producer Frank Valentini and Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) for this amazing opportunity. It was such an honor to have worked along side of such talented actors and I’m beyond blessed for your friendship. Most of all thank you General Hospital fans.”

So, what did you think of Dev being killed-off? Will you miss Ashton? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.


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Mark Lawson Shares Heartfelt Sentiments As He Exits General Hospital

General Hospital fans knew Monday’s episode would bring with it who might have survived the explosion at the Floating Rib, and who might still be in peril or who did not make out.

This afternoon as viewers were learning the fate of several characters including Dustin, who was proposing to Lulu (Emme Rylan) as the bomb went off, his portrayer, Mark Lawson took to his Instagram to announce his exit from the series.

Mark expressed: “Actors know this moment is bittersweet.  Job well done, but leaving a set full of like-minded, inspired people. Playing Dustin was a joy. Every day on set was a gift, as were: Emme Rylan, Kirsten Storms, Brian Lane, Dominic Zamprogna, Lisa LoCicero, Maurice Benard, Bradford Anderson (And others that don’t have social media!) Thank you General Hospital. Honored to be part of television history not only on this show, but to be among the first actors back to work in town post-Covid. The set always felt safe, and I was proud to be in front of the camera in such a strange time  Thank you for everything.  Stay soapy.”

Check out Mark’s post below.

So, are you sad that Dustin is no longer on the canvas in Port Charles? Will you miss Mark in the role? Comment below.

 

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