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Kirsten Storms Back To Work At General Hospital!


General Hospital fan favorite Kristen Storms (Maxie) is back on the set of the ABC daytime drama series!

The actress, who took some necessary time off, has been confirmed by the series to be taping new episodes.

In a photo on the GH Instagram account alongside her on-screen love interest Ryan Paevey (Nathan) it said, “She’s baaaaaack!! We could not be more thrilled to have @kirstenstorms back in Port Charles.”

Storms also took to social media with a picture of herself inside her GH dressing room!

Look for Maxie to be back on-screen some time next month.

So, excited to hear Kirsten is back taping at GH? Comment below.

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Yeah, yeah, yeah, what about Tristan Rogers?

Hooray! Nurse Amy can leave Nathan alone!

I want to see Maxie kick Nurse Amy’s ample butt for going after her husband!

Amy would snap Maxie in half!

Yeah, Shay. All Amy has as arsenal is her wily maneuvers. She’s pretty, but I would not categorize her as “enticing”.
Nathan isn’t gullible, albeit he should be after Claudette. He’s just a nice, honorable, decent guy, ready to help a friend in need and then some.
I suspect Amy was probably envious of Maxie, back in their High School days…..
Maxie was the popular one and Amy the perpetual wall-flower. You know the type? I know her kind well. Unrequieted love, Shay? I hope this story evolves into something tangible……so far, this scenario is very realistic. ….been there.
Being despised because of one’s looks and popularity festers to the point of trying to do said someone harm. It is the classic obsession.
Perhaps there was a boy she really liked . But he only had eyes for Maxie. Is this payback?
Will Amy pull a “Nelle” on Nathan? She couldn’t get him otherwise.
Wouldn’t put it past her, Shay.
Or….it could be all in our collective heads? LOL.
I don’t know if Maxie will be able to “sniff” Amy’s schemes out……not until some paralyzing drama is in order.

Shaybelle, I was thinking that Nathan is not all that Amy wants. She’s after “some kind of something” that involves easy money…..she wants money and fame, needing Nathan’s help.
I think she’s embarking on a very dubious voyage …..and not “on the good ship Lollipop”.
She is going to land in hot water, dragging Nathan with her.

Well, CeeCeeGirl, maybe our own real-life experiences have colored our shared intuitions about Nurse Amy…(See below.) However, there does seem to be a concerted effort to play up this character as highly-creepy and shifty with malevolent intent and questionable motivations. I’m really not looking forward to seeing where this storyline could be headed….

@Timmm…True enough….but with a bit of luck, perhaps Maxie will have a trusty taser on her person when this well-nourished nutcase pounces….or at least some mace! LOL.

We shall see where this goes,Shaybelle….especially with Maxie’s return.
Forgive me, one and all, for saying this, but how safe would Nathan have been if Amy were a siren? A drop-dead, voluptuous bombshell? LOL. Hmmmm.
Perhaps, I don’t give men enough credit, as depicted on soaps? Look at Sonny. Look at Griffin…GRIFFIN!!!!!! A priest, no less….who capitulated into a sordid affair with Claudette. The same for Nathan; he fell pray to her as well—immigrant or not, Claudette used him.
So, my point….if Amy had been the “be still mine heart” type, she and Nathan would not be wasting time talking about her possibly ficticious sick brother?
Also, I understand Ms Storm needed to get her life together ( hope she’s conquered whatever issue she was battling),and it was necessary for TPTB to create a credible stortline for her.
But, Maxie could have easily succumbed to a new man while away from PC and her husband.
I loooove Maxie, but, I always perceived her to be very flighty….falling ‘in love’ with one guy after the other at the blink of an eye.
Is it possible Amy dug something up? If Maxie cheated and Amy knows about it; this would be her chance to pounce?
I don’t know, Shay….you know how my brain gallops. I try to see gray areas, but I’d rather concentrate on black and white. Easier to discern. LOL.
I am, at least, fortunate on the GH sites because you always follow my train of thought, and understand moi, perfectly. Yup!!

Hey, Shay,
Well, today Ms Bassey will make her first appearance. I am soooo excited about that.
Imagine her as Helena’s sister. Better yet, another one of her husband’s dame du jour…LOL… or, de la nuit. More a’ propos, n’est-ce-pas? Ha!
If she is to be Valentin’s mother, it would beg the question…..why didn’t Helena kill her as she did Alexis’ mother? The point would be so much more poignant and ironic if Jennifer’s character would be both Helena’s sister and her husband’s lover; who bore him another illegitimate child?
I would think full-blast steam would have streamed out of Helena’s ears.

W-h-a-t?! Did you just post “ample butt”?

So happy she’s back! I missed her but I know the time off was much needed for Kirsten. Hoping the writers don’t have too much turmoil in store for this couple. WELCOME BACK KIRSTEN!!

Awesome! Can’t wait to see her back on the screen!!

Happy to hear it; we need a jolt of personality on the show. Now, if only she and dull as dishwater Nathan break up, there might be some hope. Hopefully she will jump on the Creepy Amy situation.

You know, Soaphound? At first impression, when Amy visited Nathan at his apartment and “took” the picture, I thought the worst…that she was after him ( I’m not saying she isn’t, LOL), but, after her “lavish” story about her disabled brother; the death of her mother; struggling financially etc…..well, I felt pity for her and her situation.
But, when she draped her arms around Nathan’s body with that forced Gioconda-like smile, who looked more like the tabby who just licked all the cream from from her paws, then mischievously, rubbing them together, I am having second thought.
A very nastily ’embroidered’ stratagem, if true.
Perhaps, the folder with her brother’s records are fake; and, she knocked them over purposely for Nathan’s benefit.
Did she plan the whole thing? Even her phone call, intuitively figuring he would follow her outside, when she left in a pretend-huff?
Nather and Maxie better watch their backs!!! Yup!!!!

I’m on the same page as you, CeeCeeGirl….Nurse Amy’s elaborately-staged sob story is most probably purely fictitious or, at the very least, highly-embellished, to pack the most emotional punch and elicit sympathy from the all-too-gullible Nathan….I’m sensing a very sick puppy here with a totally “fatal attraction” vengeful vibe type of scenario. Hope the canny Maxie sniffs out this “unmerciful anti-angel’s” evil plot before it goes too far….

I actually didnt miss the character but im glad the actress is ok!!!

Jimh…I’m with you on both counts. Also feel the same about Lulu’s character, but hoping she has a happy, healthy baby.

She looks happy and healthy in the photos. It’s good to have her back.

Time to ship Amy way to the background. The retcon of legacy characters Maxie and Dillon’s backstory for a newbie doesn’t fly. After SORASing, there’s the large age difference in the characters. Plus, I find it hard to believe that Edward Quartermaine’s grandson would go to public high school.

I like Amy…much more now that they’ve actually given her a story. Not sure where it’ll go but I do believe she’s in trouble…either her story is true regarding her brother or something else is going on causing her distress. It would have been great if they made her the daughter, niece…some relative of Amy Vining. Not sure how they could have done that without changing history… I’m not sure how they wrote the original Amy out “back in the day”…but anything’s possible on soaps as we know.

I hope they keep her a good character…we need some with good intentions and sincerity. And, to be honest, they rarely give an overweight character any real airtime…male or female…another hurdle to be jumped in portraying the vast array of humanity.

OG Amy/Shell Kepler (despite being on contract for 20 years) only had a storyline of her own a couple of times. As mentioned on previous posts, she had one short-term boyfriend during that time and was never shown in a romantic light.

Amy Vining didn’t get an exit story. She just stopped appearing and wasn’t mentioned (like what’s happening with Alice these days). Amy’s only family connection was Laura, who was gone from the show at that time.

I agree that having diversity (including plus-size people) is important. OLTL had the great Kathy Brier as Marcie. And Patrika Darbo appears on both B&B and Days. On GH, we have Sonja Eddy (Piph). For new Amy, it’s not the actress that many commenters have issues with, it’s the character. Imagine a storyline if Risa were Serena Baldwin and Lucy coming to terms that beauty occurs in many forms. And I’m sure Risa would play great opposite Roger Howarth as her brother.

That would have been an interesting idea…Risa playing Serena. I would have liked it but I can assure you there’d be a few who’d protest because of her weight.

As for her as Amy, like I said I’m starting to like the character. I couldn’t figure out why they even created the part other than to try to recreate the original Amy vibe…which was disastrous. Might have been cute if many of us hadn’t known the original…and it’s not about the acting…I think Risa’s great (rather Broadway-esque) just that it seemed forced in terms of trying to capture the original. Then it was just annoying. But since they’re giving her more time and developing her backstory I like her enough to see where it goes. I have no doubt if it’s not working it’ll fade out like so many stories do…

On diverstiy…I’m still waiting for Jewish characters. I’ve said this before but it’s a pet peeve of mine. I’m not interested in hearing about the ONE family on a past soap or two… Soaps started diversifying with race. Needed more black characters which they’ve been working on…I think we need much more diversity than that…other ethnicities as well. If religion never came up I’d not think about it. But there’s the annual Christmas event, the Christmas season, the Catholic weddings, priests, hospital chapel, etc. And what GALLED me…LOL…they don’t have ONE Jewish character on GH and suddenly…Raymond Berlin, the big financial swindler…is JEWISH!!! Suddenly, out of the blue Hayden’s talking about Passover and how her “dad” celebrated it. TALK ABOUT STEREOTYPES. What was the purpose. Did it serve any to make a character we’ve never seen and isn’t that important to the canvas Jewish? And if, later on he does come on…why make him Jewish? Completely offensive. There are other ponzi schemeeees :/ who weren’t Jewish. To top it off, there’s nary a Jewish doctor! And yet, another irony, practically half the actors were or are Jewish…Stuart Damon, Jackie Zeman, Matt Cohen, Sean Kanan, James Franco, Rene Sofer, Don Diamant (Bill B&B),Vanessa Marcel, Nancy Grahan (half)…there’s so many and yet…nada! There. Rant done.


The last Jewish character on GH before Rachel/Hayden was Jake Meyer way back in the 80s. Jake & Rose Kelly’s romance was stressed by their different faiths. Too bad we don’t see anything like this today.

GH also needs to do a better job with Latino men. With the exception of the short-lived Joe Rivera, all others (Carlos, all Alcazars, Manny Ruiz) have been mobsters.

Hey Steve…I looked up Jake Myer…seems he married Bobby, too! (Oh, and I forgot another Jewish actor…Brandon Barash 😉 ) But I digress…yes, to the Latino men…basically shows should be more about all people that inhabit the planet…not just white people under the Christian umbrella. “We’ve come a long way”…and then took two steps back.

I like Amy.

Finally. Hopefully Maxie’s return will put an end to this mind-numbing “Ask Man Landers” nonsense.

It’s a ruse to get to Nathan. Never underestimate the machinations of a woman’s mind, Jimmy. LOL.

Well, we certainly don’t, eh, CeeCeeGirl???? Meanwhile, the dyspeptic whinging continues here ad nauseam and how has all that worked out? Millions of dollars down the toilet and Georgia has remained a peach! Gotta love it!!!!

Nothing against Kirsten , but I didn’t miss Maxie and I hardly know Maxie was gone.
I did like her stand in a few months back she was way more mature and not annoying, I’d like her back.

I would like to have Nathan free and dating..
Near ruined the character by marrying him off and chaining him in a BLAH relationship..


Yeah, nearly ruined him with that totally unbelievable s/l of being married–blah, blah, blah.

So glad to have Kirsten back!
She has been missed!!
A LOT!!!
I just wish TIIC had come up with a better reason for Maxi to be gone for so long. It made Ab.So.Lut.Ly no sense for her to take off, right after her wedding, and out-of-the-blue move to where her daughter was when she’s been living apart from her for years.
Um, NO!

So sooo miss my Maxie!

Glad Maxie’s back and hope Kirsten is doing well. Now, kill off Nathan and pair her up with Griffin.

“Kill off Nathan”?

I love Nathan.

Welcome home, Maxie.

I’m thrilled Maxi is back. Missed her.
I’m tired of having to FF through scenes of Ryan and his stalker.

I am very happy for this talented lady!! It was obvious during her last go round that she was very sick and something was very wrong! She looked gaunt and frail and skinny!! I sure wish the writers would let the character grow up and stop talking in such a self-referential annoying way. Kirsten is that rare young actress who can make you care, laugh, and break your heart!

Im no longer a fan. Since neither Felicia nor Mac have any more significance on the show (sad but true) i think they should retire the role of Maxie. A big send off for sure (heart failure maybe?) but nonetheless she needs to go. I prefer Nathan with Amy.

I’ve never been a fan of the character (Maxie). As much as I think Nathan has potential, I think he’s boring with Maxie. Good God, I wouldn’t wish Amy on anyone, LOL.

Thank you Kirsten! Have missed you so much!

Thank goodness! This bi-coastal-for-work-romance-story was wearing a little thin. Glad Kirsten is back! Hope she is well and now on with the show!

Yes I am thrilled KS will be back on my screen soon. Maxie is my favorite character, and a large reason why is the exuberance, charm and talent KS brings to the role. I am happy KS is feeling better. She looks absolutely radiant in the pic with RP.

Hope she’s able to stay for a while this time around.

I like Maxie…but she hasn’t been the same in ages. I’m talking about the character, not the actress. And, I’ve said this in past posts but maybe there was a correlation…Kristen was going through so much personal angst that perhaps it was difficult to play happy, carefree on a daily basis…Maxi (with Spinelli) was an adorable, quirky couple. Maxi with Nathan is more mature…as she should be since she’s older and grown emotionally. So, I’m anxious to see what they do with the more mature Maxi.

I have to say, though, I like Nathan and Amy! Sometimes the most unlikeliest of couples are the ones that turn into gold. They’re obviously making Amy more front and center and with that creating an emotional backdrop with Nathan her guardian angel it seems. Curious to see where that might go, too. (I also wonder if her brother is really wounded or if that’s just a “cover” for something she and her brother are hiding…)

Rebecca1…I’m not a big Maxie fan, except for her time at Crimson with Connie and Nina. And never thought she appreciated Nathan enough. Plus he would probably end up being too boring for her in the long run. Both she and Lulu have always seem to talk and act impulsively without thinking about consequences.

Like you I do like Nathan and Amy. They are building a friendship, even though Amy started off the wrong (or naive) way by using Nathan to be the face of her advice column. And I do admire her for being creative enough to come up with this column which has turned out to be successful. Hope this doesn’t turn into a payback story towards Maxie based on possible “mean girl” ancient history.

As far as her story about her brother being wounded, for now I will give her the benefit of the doubt since her pre-wounded story is the same as Nathan remembers it. But this is a soap after all, and I’m sure it won’t be that simple, but hope Amy stays in the picture even though Maxie is coming back.

Hi Rose…long time! Our shows are coming back soon…ugh…these long waiting times between seasons are hideous. Half the time I barely remember what happened in the season before. That’s why I’ve found binge-watching so fantastic! I have watched at least ten shows that I missed in previous years and get to watch them back-to-back for day, weeks, months…however long I feel with no interruption between weeks or seasons. The downfall is you get so involved in the characters that by the time you’ve finished all the seasons…if it’s renewed and you’re caught up you’re back to waiting…and if it’s cancelled well, it’d be like watching six years of a soap every day and then it’s just done. Or closing a great book. Oh, well, the price we pay for suspending our disbelief to such perfection!

I don’t suspect Amy is up to no good. What I meant was either the story she told about her brother is true…it seems to be since it’s been posted in papers on the web. Was just saying it’s a soap…so maybe she’s being duped or bribed as well. Who knows. However it turns out, I do believe she’s sincere. Sweet. Someone to root for. As I always say…we shall see….

Rebecca1…I know what you mean about waiting for our shows to come back. For the time being “Handmaids Tale” has been the only thing of note I’ve been watching. and Lucifer and re-runs of Downton Abbey. Looking forward to “Zoo” starting soon. You might laugh at this one…I stumbled on “Good Witch” on the womans network…good actors, soap like, where things are mostly happy and end right. Really need this right now in lieu of what’s happening in the Twilight Zone world we live in right now.

Ugh…it’s disgusting…the world we live in. I am so beyond saddened at the inhumane treatment and death of Otto Warmbier…just gut-wrenching. What a nightmare…what a waste…beyond tragic. Depressing. Truly.

I love “Lucifer.” It’s got everything…crime, romance, supernatural…and I think it’s hilarious. The delivery, the facial expressions…snark, everything. LOL. Love! I also watch “The Flash” as well as “The Originals.” Both excellent, too. Oh, I was just telling jamesj75 that “Homeland” is fantastic! Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend…excellent but brutal. So many good shows; many are as good as film.

Not familiar with “Good Witch.” Did you ever check out “Younger” on TVLand. It’s great, too.

Rebecca1…It’s as if Otto wouldn’t die until, he got home…So the soul of him was aware. What beasts those who did this to him have to be. And now South Korea want to see if they can set up talks with the Kim/North Korea to see if they can get along. Don’t think you can get along with Kim unless you are Dennis Rodman. And then I’m not so sure.

I watched “Arrow” since day one, but never caught on to “The Flash: when it came on as an off shoot of Arrow. Same with “The Originals.” Really liked the lead guy when he was in “Vampire Diaries” but didn’t like Originals so much. Plus I lost interest when Nina/Elena left Vampire Diaries. May binge watch “Homeland” but like you said a little brutal. I’m shying away from this kind of stuff. Another reason for a mood corrector like “Good Witch.” Thanks for reminding me about “Younger.”

Forgot to add other of my favorites…”Better Call Saul.” And “Into The Badlands” which is my contradiction for not liking violent. But the story is interesting.

Haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet. REALLY want to see this. I have a comic book collection from way back and she is part of it.

Recently saw Maurice/Sonny on Castle re-run acting as a mob boss.

Yep; heard it was good. I personally never followed Wonder Woman. I have to tell you…if you have the time and are looking for something to watch “The Flash” is great. So fun. If you do watch it from season 1…and try to separate it from Arrow. I only know a few of the Arrow characters who crossed over to “The Flash” for a few episodes so I know it’s difficult when you have an alliance with either show if you didn’t watch them both from the beginning. I think it’s worth it. As for “Homeland”…sooooo worth it! The acting is stupendous and Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend…just outstanding. But, LOL, I reiterate…some really heavy scenes that you need to WHIP AROUND for…hahahah…what’s a lil whiplash when you can see a fantastic show! And yep, watch “Younger” from the beginning, too, if you haven’t already. Excellent!

I love “The Originals”…although I loved TVD…I just adore the characters and fantastical elements of Orignals, too. Joseph Morgan is quite alluring…

I’m not a Maurice fan per se. Wouldn’t rush to see him on anything…if he was on it I wouldn’t shut it off but I wouldn’t check it out for him.

As for Otto…I feel so much sorrow for his suffering and death. Just heartbreaking…I don’t feel that way about other recent events. He was an innocent soul… As for the other…you would think when one of “your own” needs healthcare and you see how crucial it is to saving lives that some would take a more compassionate view on healthcare for all. Apparently didn’t make a dent. And yet they think its’ “rhetoric” that caused such an action…not that they could care less about the millions of other lives they’ll be putting in jeopardy. Clueless. Naaaaa…Heartless.


So glad your back GH would not be the same if you and Nathen didn’t get back to your lives together I wonder what will happen now that Maxie’s back.

I wonder what will happen now that Maxie is back ,Glad to see you back on GH.

Glad your back on GH ,Iwonder what’s going to happen now that Maxie is back.

It’s good she’s able to come back. I hope she is healthy and happy.

I’ve never been a fan of Maxie (although, it’s nothing against the actress). The character has always been Tuesday or Wednesday “filler,” in my opinion. I’m certainly not a fan of Amy. Good Gawd, make it stop. TPTB seem determined to make Amy a main character, now slowly introducing her family into her ridiculous storyline. She’s tied to Kristina, has a disabled brother, and has ties to the hospital where she works. All of this was done offline. The cast is bloated as it is and it’s time to clean house!

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Dante is Shot as Jason Reveals Himself

Just how was General Hospital going to reintroduce the character of Jason Morgan to the canvas with the highly-anticipated return of Steve Burton in the pivotal role? Well, why we don’t have all the answers, the show wasted no time, and Burton first appeared at the beginning of the Monday, March 4th episode.

In story, while Sonny (Maurice Benard), Selena (Lydia Look) and Ava (Maura West) are at the warehouse, they are facing off with the FBI and the PCPD when John (Adam J. Harrington), Anna (Finola Hughes), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Chase (Josh Swickard) et al show up.  Meanwhile on the roof, a man kneels over a skylight window who pipes up with, “it appears they are late to the party.” It’s then revealed just who the man is talking to, and it turns out it’s JASON!

Meanwhile, John and Anna are questioning Sonny and Selina on what they are doing in the warehouse. Selina says they are planning a poker game. Next, the man with Jason aims his gun at Sonny. However, Jason messes up his shot, but the shot rings out. Inside the warehouse everyone scatters about. They realize the show came from the skylight.

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Jason tells the other man they’ve been compromised and need to leave the location. Below, in the warehouse, Dante thinks that he and Chase can get onto the roof since the shooter didn’t see them. So, Dante takes off with Chase to find the culprit. In the meantime, John orders a CSI unit. Next, Chase returns and says the building is all clear and Dante is pursuing the suspects.

Now on the pier, Dante catches up with Jason (who’s back is to him) and the other man. Dante orders them to freeze. While the other man gets away, Jason stays put and Dante orders him to turn around slowly with his hands up. Dante is shocked to see its Jason. Confused, Dante says, “What the hell?” Next, the other man returns and fires two shots into Dante’s chest.

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As Dante goes down, Jason runs over to him. The other man calls Jason “Jacobs” and tell him to leave the cop to die. Jason tells the other man to go to the planned site and he will find another way out. Next, the man attempts to fire at Jason who is hovering over Dante, but Jason shoots at him first and takes him out.

Back at the warehouse, Ava sees a bullet hole in Sonny sleeve, as John says that it confirms that Sonny is the intended target. John and Sonny stare each other down due to their dark past.  It’s clear that Sonny doesn’t trust John and vice-versa.  Anna tells Sonny she is not out to get him and doesn’t want him to die. She adds that Sonny, “Must have had an angel on his shoulder because she doesn’t see how that sniper missed from this range.”

Chase returns to the warehouse having dropped everyone off at the PCPD, but says Dante hasn’t checked in with him. Sonny looks very concerned, as Jason is looking very concerned over Dante’s body.

So, what did you think of the first episode back for Steve Burton as Jason Morgan? Will it be revealed that he has been infiltrating this organization to save Sonny? Does Jason not know his true identify? What do you think is going on?  As for Dante, will he pass out from his injuries and not identify Jason was even there on the roof with him? Comment below.

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Steve Burton Confirms ‘General Hospital’ Head Writer Switch Changed Jason’s Comeback Storyline

General Hospital viewers will see today, Monday, March 4th, the beginnings of the return storyline for Steve Burton and his character of Jason Morgan.

Just how did the recent head writing regime change at GH alter the plans for story for Jason’s comeback? As had been rumored, seems plenty. Back on January 22nd, it was revealed that Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor had been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte. At that time, Burton had already signed-on to return to the daytime drama for the first time since being let go towards the end of 2021.

Speaking with Soap Opera Digest, Steve confirmed that what we will see on-air is from the new head writers and that the direction of the story changed, “So apparently there was a whole different story planned and then the head writer switch happened and then they kind of rebooted (the story arc). I know Patrick (Mulcahey, one of the new head writers) a little bit, but I really know Elizabeth Korte (who was promoted to co-head writer).”

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Burton added, “There’s no one in the building that loves that show, knows the history of the character, and is invested in it 100 percent than Elizabeth. There has never been a more deserved promotion, ever. Once I know that she was (one of the head writers), I was like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be good! I cannot wait.’ And it has been exactly that. Everything has been amazing.”‘

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In addition, during an Instagram live on Monday with his podcast and comedy show partner, GH star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Burton also commented on the upcoming story arc which brings Jason back to Port Charles. Steve expressed, “The story is not going to disappoint. The scenes are super deep. Frank (Valentini, EP, GH)  and the new head writers took some time to really think this out.”

Burton, being a longtime veteran of the soaps, said Jason’s return is not just isolated to be about him. “Great story on daytime should involve a myriad of people across the board and where it effects everybody,” he shared. The popular fan favorite feels that this story delivers on all levels.

So, what do you think about the head writer change and how it prompted the plans for Jason’s return? Comment below.


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Days Of Our Lives

Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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