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Kristina Wagner Shares She’s Back On Contract at General Hospital

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This past week, General Hospital fans were thrilled with the news that longtime fan favorite, Kristina Wagner (Felicia) was on her way back to the soap opera to tape new episodes.  However on Saturday, the actress shared even bigger news.  She is back on contract at the ABC daytime drama series.

Kristina revealed via her Instagram: “I’m pleased to announce I just finished my first work week on contract with General Hospital. The good people there have made it a well oiled machine. I’m so impressed with the way they navigate the Covid protocols. It’s not easy but we’ll worth it. We’ve got some fun storylines coming up. I’ve been thrown in the middle of a current storyline and I think Felicia’s part in it gives it some color. Stay tuned!”

Earlier in the week on Tuesday via Twitter, Kristina expressed: “Tomorrow I head back to work on General Hospital! Lucky me. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of that family once again. Here we go. More to come. Felicia Scorpio rides again.”

Wagner began her GH role as Felicia Cummings, the Aztec princess back in 1984 and has appeared on and off the show since then.

So what storyline do you think Felicia will get thrown into? Will she return to Port Charles to help Maxie (Kirsten Storms)?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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Yea!!! Kristina is back. And hopefully more Genie as Laura.

Amazing news!

Maybe we’ll finally get Felicia’s reaction to losing her bar to Julian’s bomb.

Maxie gets her mother’s ear. And, what if Felicia possibly has a connection with Esme?

The show has a powerful group of actresses over 50 now on contract. Alexis, Anna, Carly, Felicia, Harmony and Laura. Throw in frequently used recurring Liesl and Olivia with Monica shining from time-to-time. What an awesome troupe of vibrant mature women.

I don’t know if Felicia herself would be “connected” to Esme. But she might very well be the first one to notice that Esme seems a little bit like Ryan Chamberlin…. because she’s probably his daughter.

Obviously Felicia has history with Ryan, but that doesn’t mean she was keeping track of his whereabouts in the years he was gone from Port Charles. Like everybody else, she probably assumed he burned to death in the carnival fire back in the 1990s. Of course in her recent unexplained extended absence to Texas (or where ever she supposedly has been) she might have had time to do her own research into Ryan’s missing years. Might be interesting to see her reaction when she meets Harmony (who might be Esme’s mother)

My big question is how does Esme know of Ryan and the fact that he may be her father. Does she know the mother who gave her birth,etc,etc??

Nearly every longtime female character on GH eventually has a never before mentioned child. Monica (Dawn), Bobbie (Carly), Alexis (Sam), Laura (Nikolas),Liesl (not as long term, but Nathan still). They tried with Anna, but fan backlash and a poorly conceived storyline forced them to undo that. Felicia may soon join that club.

Totally agreed! Also the great Jackie Zeman should be included on the list.

this is great news, Felicia is a character w/ such rich history, daughter Maxie has nothing on mom w/ the villains she’s fought and the adventures she’s been on. So happy for Kristina Wagner, and for us fans this is great news.

ya, I always like Frisco and Felicia I had read she was supposed to be back in 121/1/21?

Wonder if this means contracts for other vets? Because honestly if someone told me “Guess which vet is back on contract?” KW would’ve been low on my list because she’s been absent for so long.

Putting KW on contract seems to indicate there’s a major story coming up that they want to make sure she’s available.

Back in the early 2000’s when Kirsten Storms joined GH one of her first stories had them revisiting Maxie’s heart issues. JFP refused to give KW a contract resulting in the quick recast of Sandra Ferguson as Felicia. The storyline fell flat with 2 new recasts and the inability to use any flashbacks.

Makes sense. Just because she’s on contract doesn’t mean she’ll be on contract long term. Can be a 6 month contract for all we know.

Plus, contracts don’t mean the same number of appearances that they use to. The performers who play Shawn, Victor and Harmony are on contract but have been seen less on screen than recurring characters such as Valentin, Ned and Liesl.

This is great news… and makes me feel GH isn’t going to end any time soon as some predict with the departure of Jason…

Aka after the 60th anniversary.

“Hi, Felicia!”
So glad to see her back in the mix, awol far too long to make sense in several storylines. Please treat her well!

Absolutely in agreement, Kevin! On all counts!

What about bringing back Mac?

So glad she’s coming back and am delighted she’s now on contract!
Does that mean John J. York’s “Mac” isn’t too far behind???? One can hope!

York is still recurring.

Nice news. BUT, for years, Genie would come and go and they didnt know what to do with her. They finally hit pay dirt with her being Mayor and having two long lost brothers. I hope they have a story for Kristina. One of her problems is Mac. He and her have no drama and not nearly the chemistry as she and Frisco. Jack probably doesnt want to ever return so why not breakup Mac and Felicia and let her find someone new that she can get involved in other stories on GH and let her have some excitement!

hmm. could she be Esme’s mom?

there’s a scarry thought

Very!

I guess it looks like I’m the ONLY one who is not thrilled to see her return to GH? I am not trying to be mean, and it’s not that I dislike the idea of her character or anything like that? I just really think her acting skills are very much lacking anymore… Sorry.
That voice is like ‘finger nails scratching down a chalk board’ just so baby like irritating. I can’t be the only person who that drives nuts?

No, I agree.

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Defends Sonny Going Postal, “It Could Definitely Happen”

Last Friday’s May 17th cliffhanger of General Hospital saw Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) beating up Dex (Evan Hofer) and threatening to shoot and kill both Dex and Jason (Steve Burton), who is restraining him outside the ballroom at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase (Josh Swickard).

For months, Sonny has been taking less than his prescribed dosage of medication to control his bipolar disorder.  The mobster has no idea that he has been duped by Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), who is the one that set this dangerous situation in motion, in an effort to eliminate Sonny and eventually Jason from interfering in Pikeman taking over the territory.

One fan questioned the validity of Sonny’s reaction to Dex and Jason after the pei, when he took to X and expressed, “People off their medications don’t necessarily go around hitting people and being out of control. This was the WRONG message to send. I don’t expect anything from Frank Valentini and General Hospital anymore, but you could’ve (and should’ve) stopped it cold.”

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Maurice Benard replied back to that comment and defended the actions of Sonny given the circumstances. The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner shared, “This is true but when you have a character like Sonny who’s volatile and is drinking and is manic and his thoughts are taken him over it could definitely happen like I said, ‘bipolar ain’t pretty.”‘

GH has portrayed Sonny’s battle with mental illness and the importance of keeping on your meds, plus the issues surrounding it for years. However, some fans have not been pleased by this latest plot point.

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The pick-up of the story begins tomorrow on Monday, May 20th where teasers for the episode share: Sonny is horrified. Blaze consoles Kristina (who walked in on her dad threatening Jason and Dex) and Jason summons Carly.

So, what did you think of the plot point of Sonny threatening to kill Dex and Jason, after beating up Dex, given his growing paranoia? Comment below.

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Giovanni Mazza On Contract at General Hospital: What Are Your First Impressions?

This week, General Hospital introduced newcomer Giovanni Mazza in the role of Giovanni Palmieri, who apparently is Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) second cousin, one removed or so the story goes.

The character of Gio showed up at Brook Lynn’s wedding to Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard) and played the violin at the ceremony. As has been previously reported, Mazza in real-life is a professional violinist and actor.

Upon making his first appearance on the ABC daytime drama series back on May 15th, fans wondered if Gio will be sticking around and that was confirmed by the closing credits of the May 17th episode where Mazza’s name is included along with other contract players.

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When the news of Mazza’s casting was announced, the talent young man took to his Instagram and shared the good news, expressing, “I am so honored, grateful, and ecstatic to announce the big news! The biggest thank you to General Hospital for bringing me.” He closed his sentiments with “So much love and joy to my new fam! YAY!!! ”

Commenting on his post included new castmates Evan Hofer (Dex) saying, “Happy to have you brother,” plus Tabyana Ali (Trina), Eden McCoy (Joss) and ABC executive Nathan Varni who said, “Congratulations! Welcome to GH!

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During the May 17th episode, Gio had an exchange with Dex, where he mentioned that his father was in the military back in early 2000’s.  Previously, Gio revealed to Chase that his father died in the military when he was young. So this begs the question, who is Gio’s dad?

What were you first impressions of Giovanni Mazza in the role of Gio? Who do you think he might be romantically involved with and might be also related to other than the Cerullos? Comment below.

 

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Michael Easton Shares on the Loss of Kamar de los Reyes, “I Was Holding His Hand When He Passed”

For the first time publicly, General Hospital’s Michael Easton (Finn) opened up about losing his best friend, the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, OLTL) to cancer.

The former One Life to Live and All American star lost his battle to cancer back on December 24, 2023 at the age of 56. De los Reyes leaves behind his wife, actress Sherri Saum (ex-Sunset Beach, OLTL) and their twin boys, Michael and John, and his eldest son, Caylen from a previous relationship.

Easton along with Y&R’s Trevor St. John (Tucker) were both castmates with Kamar during their time on One Life to Live. The two shared their remembrances this past Thursday night during’s live virtual event, Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

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In tribute, Michael expressed, “It was a 30-year friendship with Kamar. We did our first movie together in 1990. I was scared and I was quiet and I was instantly drawn to his bravado and his sense of himself. Kamar was larger than life. He was the best man at my wedding, and I am the godfather to his son, Michael. His loss was profound on all of us.”

He added, “There hasn’t been a day gone by that I haven’t thought of him, and his family and what he brought to this world, and the contributions he made, not only to this acting community. He loved being an actor and he was a great actor. I always like to say Kamar was such a good actor that they cast him as a priest, not just once, not twice, like seven times. I mean, he was often shirtless. But, if you needed a shirtless priest, Kamar was your guy.”

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When discussion turned to the end of Kamar’s life, Michael shared, “I was holding his hand when he passed, and he was surrounded by family and, and friends. There was so much love around him. I mean, he touched so many lives. I mean, Trevor knows that at his memorial, it was the biggest, at Forrest Lawn. They couldn’t even fit everybody in. There was people stretched out all the way to outside. People showed that hadn’t seen him in 20 years. That was the effect. So many of the One Life cast members came and cast from All American.”

Michael also spoke to Kamar’s determination till the end and his incredible work ethic, “Extraordinarily enough, he went to work two weeks before he passed at All American.  He was fierce to the end. He never talked about being sick. Even though the odds were stacked from the very beginning, and it’s still really hard for me to talk about, but I was in awe of his strength and his resolve. I would’ve shut down long before he did.”

If you haven’t done so watch below 46:47 mark for Michael and Trevor’s emotional appearances on Daytime Stands Up as they share their memories on Kamar.

Then let us know, what you thought of Michael’s candid tribute to his best friend via the comment section below.

 

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