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Leslie Charleson Returning To General Hospital

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Great news GH longtime fans! Leslie Charleson (Monica Quartermaine) announced on her Twitter account on Saturday that she is returning back to the show after temporarily being replaced by Patty McCormack.

Back in April, Charleson revealed she had injured her leg,  McCormack stepped in to keep Monica’s story going which has seen the head of the Q household being part of Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) storyline, as well as Kiki’s (Hayley Erin) hospital harassment suit against Dr. Bensch (James DePaiva).

Look for Charleson to begin taping the week of July 23rd; meaning she should be back on-air as Monica by mid-August.

Leslie has now been with General Hospital for over 40 years since her debut back in 1977.

Glad to hear this veteran favorite is on her way back to the screen? Comment below.

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So happy to have Leslie back & that she’s healed. I liked her replacement but thought she would make a better Audrey than Monica.

yes,,,nice to see her back…but im not watching after Nelle’s story wraps…Patty McCormack seemed more suited playing Helene Cassidine or her sister…

Ooh! Good suggestion, jimh!

Alex’s mom maybe????

How about as Monica’s long-lost evil sister ala shades of. “Rhoda?”

I will take that…her first job is to work as the Corinthos housekeeper who poisons the entire family…as she makes her escape she runs down Peter and a few others useless boring characters!!!

Works for me, Jimh! Paging Patty McCormack…..Port Charles once again requires your presence!!!

Yay! Love Leslie and glad she’s back. I love her interaction with Drew. She was so kind to him when Sonny, Carly, Spinelli, Robin, all turned their backs on him. She’s gonna get a wakeup call regarding Nelle, but that’ll be fun, too. Not to mention the infamous Dr. Bensch situation.

I like Leslie Charleson (Monica Quartermaine) but- I like Patty McCormack’s Monica much more.
Same as I like Maxies stand in better.

One would have thought you’d learned from your criticism of Laura/Genie Francis 🙂

Although she wasn’t the first to play her, Leslie Charleson IS Monica. 40 years.

It’s her part (Gloria gave it to her) just like it’s her house (Alan gave it her).

Welcome back LC.

hi Steve,
I never once ”criticized” Genie, I don’t do that.
I have never cared for Laura she irks me and I have said as much lol ..

I haven’t watched GH for four decades to be attached to Leslie Charleson’s Monica and I said I do like her.
However, I liked Patty McCormack’s Monica better.

You have every right to like who you like, Su. We all prefer different characters and actors. It’s just that many get used to an actor in a role if that actors been playing him/her for years, and we, the viewer, identify with that actor AS the character.

Again, an example would be Tom Ellis as Lucifer. Imagine if he left and someone else stepped in to play him. (Though it does and has happened even with prime time shows dating way back.)

By the way, I liked Molly as Maxi, too. If she took over because Kristen decided to leave I’d miss Kristen but I think I’d be happy with Molly. But then Kristen came back and it felt like home. LOL; what I mean by that is because I have been watching quite the while that familiarity I mentioned before kicked in and she just IS Maxi.

Makes sense what you said though; if you’re not a long time viewer you don’t have the same history with the character. People are all excited over at Days that Kate Mansi is coming back as Abby. I’m disappointed because as a newer viewer, I never saw her in the role and I LOVE Marci Miller and to ME, SHE is Abby!

No worries… 😉

I am happy that Leslie has recovered from her injury, and is back at GH. Now please bring back our GH queen Genie/Laura,and be great if you guys could get Tyler to return as well.Miss him,and miss Prince Nikolas Cassadine..Having some good storylines for both Nikolas C ,and Laura Collins is what we need ,and all our beautiful GH regular actors instead of all the new people brought on board and some given contracts..I have watched the show for many years and support our wonderful and outstanding actors that have been a part of our show for so years and have been dedicated to the show,and hung in there.Also looking to hopefully see more from our once beautiful couple Kelly/Sam,and Billy/Drew.They are outstanding,and miss them together.

IF Genie ever comes back to GH, then I’ll watch again.

Nancy please give it up this is Franks Gh and yes it will die but Genie is not coming back ! Back to what??? I have not watched in three months I have read weekly reports it is nonsense ! She was a very lively memory in the 80 and 90 but time moves on she is better off

Oh thank heaven! I used to love Patty McCormack back in the day. I remember when she was a very little girl in The Miracle Worker, as Hellen Keller on the old Playhouse 90 and a teen on I remember Mama, with Peggy Wood and many other greats. BUT, she is not Monica, and I would wince seeing her in that role.I am sure she was not give much notice, in stepping in like that, and know she did her best. Would love to see more of her. Welcome back to Leslie Charleson!

Come on you guys.There has to be some old broad out there, close to my age, who remembers Mama!

Oh Violet, I do “remember Mama” and “The Bad Seed”, Patty’s Oscar-nominated role. And I’ve been begging for the old “Playhouse 90” CLASSICS to get a DVD release. Those TV milestones need to be remembered, preserved, and treasured. “Twelve Angry Men”, “Days of Wine and Roses”, etcetera, weren’t just movies. They were often classic television plays FIRST. And most were done LIVE, so they had to get it right the first time! But, those were days when actors learned their craft and respected it, much like daytime actors. No “instant stars” like the “legends” who’ve been here less than 5 years. And why did George Clooney receive the AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at age 56? Because he’s a nice guy? Give me a break!

Soaphound, You sure made my day today! So surprised to hear of someone remembering all you spoke of.Ronald Reagan’s G.E Theater was pretty good too. I will really have to forgive you now, for not caring for Wes/Peter.Ha! Have a good day.

Welcome back, Leslie……all fixed and brand new. LOL…..cheers!! To your health!!
I wasn’t feeling it with the temporary replacement. Soooo happy to finally get you back!!

I join you in welcoming back Leslie to the GH canvas, CeeCee, but I have to say that I thought Patty Mc Cormack did a superb job as Monica in the interim. I didn’t find her presence to be jolting whatsoever, and she picked right up where the character left off before Leslie’s departure. A total pro! Hope she gets another soap role as a reward for stepping in so skillfully at a moment’s notice.

Hey, Shaybelle,
I had never heard of Patty McCormack before now……she was just the opposite of Monica…. too smiley and cheerful; almost not into the role….just my feeling. The ‘interim’ was too long. LOL. Nonetheless, Leslie needed to heal fully and completely.
Take it from me, every time the weather turns —becomes inclement, that is, Leslie will feel pain, unfortunately.
I can’t even kneel on my knee, any longer….it’s that bad!!

@CeeCee….I.previously knew of Patty from, of course, “The Bad Seed,” plus, she did a lot of episodic tv work during the late ‘70’s and ‘80’s…heck she even co-starred in that dreadful “Three’s Company” spin-off, “The Ropers” which I believe is currently running on retro tv? But, yes, she is generally a genial spirit in her roles, so that makes her quite likable, not to mention, I think, very youthful! I do wish that she had been given an opportunity on GH to share a momentary glimpse of what an adut “Rhoda” could have been….what a kick! As for your ongoing painful injury aftermath, I can only imagine what an ordeal church is for you these days….all that kneeling and up and down business. Ouch!

HaHaHaHaHa….all that Church kneeling?!?! You’re right….Mass is excrutiating. I hope the Heavens do not punish me for laughing.
I just do not kneel any more…..tying my daughter’s little sneakers, when she goes to the park with Daddy, is a chore…..I just squat or sit on the floor. LOL. And, Daddy has a long way to go….to reach the floor. HaHa. My son ties his sister’s shoes when he’s around…or Nanny.
Next time I watch “The Ropers”, I will make sure to catch Patty. She just has such a happy face, even when not smiling.
It’s not that I didn’t like her, Shay… I said, one becomes so used to the original portrayer that anyone else is looked upon as an intruder. I know it’s not a rational way of thinking, but, hey…..can’t stop the mind from thinking what it wants to think.
I won’t correspond for a few days, mia bell’amica…..soooo, Happy Independence Day. Happy celebration to you and yours. To your health, Salute; Salut, Til din helse ……

Thank you, CeeCeeGirl! Same to you, yours and all of the nice people here at MFtv!!! And of course, Happy Birthday, America!!! I hear you about the mass thing…I haven’t been for quite awhile, but I have bony kneecaps and it really did hurt to kneel, no matter how well padded the kneelers in question happened to be! I really do not miss that at all! But yes, do look out for Patty on “The Ropers.” She was their next door neighbor/wife of Jeffrey Tambor’s character and they had an adorable little boy. Quite frankly, the show was pretty awful, but Patty was a bright spot in the otherwise dismal series. Having said that, I can fully understand your preference for LC’s Monica…even though you’ve only known her for a few years, I’ve been accustomed to her my entire GH viewlng life, so for anyone else to portray this character was indeed jarring. I simply appreciated Patty’s very professional and capable job that she performed at a moment’s notice. I hope she gets more soap work out of this experience! Anyway, I still owe you a lengthy response from a few days back, so I will get on it as soon as the opportunity presents itself…so sorry for the delay! In the meantime, enjoy your holiday….may it be a happy and safe one! Later, mia amica!

Patty was good but you can never watch a replacement and not wonder how the original actor would have done things differently and often times better.

Yay!!! I get my Monica back. I missed you, Leslie. Patty McCormack did a very good job filling in for you but you’ve always been my favorite on the show.

Very glad to hear she’s returning to the fold and in better health! Can’t wait to see her scenes air!

This is great news. Leslie Charleson’s Monica has been missed, although the temp replacement did a good job.

Patty did an admiral job BUT Leslie IS Monica! Glad she is okay and I hope she brings Jimmy Lee and Celia with her!

Yay! Glad to hear you are doing well. Miss seeing you and spending time in the water with you and all the others. Good luck and may you spend many more years doing what you love.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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David Gail, who played Dr. Joe Scanlon on Port Charles (1999-2000), and who also appeared on Beverly Hills 90210, cause of death has been revealed. The actor passed away on January 16th at the age of 58.

According to the toxicology report, Gail died of anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, which is a brain injury caused by a a lack of blood flow, following resuscitation from cardio pulmonary arrest due to the drug intoxication. The report also revealed that drug intoxication with amphetamines, cocaine, ethanol and fentanyl, were also involved.

Gail’s mother, Mary Painter, spoke to Deadline on the findings and opened up to what led to David’s ultimate passing. Gail was found unresponsive by emergency personnel who attempted to save his life. Eventually, he was put on life support where he remained for several days till his death.

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In her statement, Painter shared, “It breaks my heart to learn that my son died this way. David became reliant on medicine many years ago, after multiple surgeries on his hands and wrists. He lived in enough pain to prevent him from working for almost a decade, with relief only achieved through full disability, physical therapy and pain medicine.”

She then added, “He struggled to stop taking pharmaceuticals and did before turning toward a more Eastern pain management including acupuncture and natural medicines. I can only assume that his former opioid dependence played a part in self-medicating from uncontrolled sources.”

David’s mother expressed a very important social message for our time about addiction that she hopes other parents remain aware of: “David’s death shines a light on the countless innocent victims of pharmaceutical addiction and the fentanyl epidemic that has taken so many of our sons and daughters. Please keep David and others battling pain or dependence, in your thoughts and prayers.”

Gail’s other TV credits included parts on: Savannah, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Perfect Opposites.

What do you think about the poignant statement offered up by the late David Gail’s mother, Mary Painter? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive 2024 WGA Award Nominations For a Daytime Drama

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday, February 21st, for the 2024 Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards in the categories of motion pictures, television & new media.

This year, the WGA Award ceremonies will be held after the Academy Awards. The Oscars are set for March 10th, while the Writer’s Guild presentation will be on April 14th.

In the field of writing for a ‘Daytime Drama’, two soap operas are once again vying fo the prize … Days of our Lives and General Hospital.  Last year, the award went to Ron Carlivati (head writer, DAYS) and his writing team as they were the only nominee in the category. Overall, DAYS has won the award now three years in a row.

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The nominated writing team members for 2024 are as below:

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan WritersSonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock; Peacock

General Hospital, Head Writers Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

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As previously reported, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor are no longer the head writers at General Hospital having been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and longtime GH writing team member, Elizabeth Korte.  In addition, both Van Etten and O’Connor worked under Ron Carlivati when they were all part of the One Life to Live writing team.

According to a DAYS spokesperson, the nominated episodes this year for Days of our Lives are #14663, #14678 & #14679, which revolve around Victor’s death/funeral, and part of Dick Van Dyke’s storyline as Timothy Robicheaux. We will update this story on what General Hospital chose for the writing competition as soon as it becomes available.

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No official word yet on if The Bold and the Beautiful or The Young and the Restless submitted for competition, or decided to sit this one out. The previous two years, it was only DAYS and GH in the running for the award as well.

The complete list of WGA nominations appears here.

So, what do you think about Days of our Lives and General Hospital scoring WGA Award nominations for a Daytime Drama Series? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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