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Leslie Charleson taken off contract at GH!

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ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting today that General Hospital’s Leslie Charleson (Monica Quartermaine), who has been nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards, but who has been relegated to back burner for the last several years has been taken off contract.  This means, however, that Charleson has been bumped to recurring status by the series.  An ABC rep could not comment on the contract status as that is their policy.

Charleson has been on the ABC sudser for over three decades.  Monica’s on-screen husband, Alan Quartermaine, played by Stuart Damon, was killed off the series back in 2007, and since then her air time has dwindled.

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RJ
RJ

They should be ashamed of themselves. There is so much potential with Monica. There is a REASON she was front burner on GH for over 20 years…FANS love her.

Guza needs to get over himself, and he needs to realize that fans WANT to see veterans, and that we are over stupid Sonny and Jason. I hope Leslie Charleson doesn’t take this bullshit, and walks out with her head held high.

I think DAYs should cast her as NuLaura Horton, or maybe she could go to Y&R and interact with Jill and Kathering. Maybe she could be Katherine’s REAL long lost daughter, because let’s face it, Tucker McCall is NOT working as Katherine’s child.

Someone snatch this gem up. She is far too talented to not be working.

Haayhowu
Haayhowu

Oh pleezzz let Catherine Chancellor’s long lost daughter be Crystal Chappell. She would be a great antagonist for Jill or love interest for Jack. I agree that Tucker McCall has not made a significant impact. Crystal Chappell was born to make trouble on soap operas or primetime.

Terry Richard
Terry Richard

The greatest actress to ever grace “General Hospital” is now off contract. Way to go you idiots at ABC. I am so sick of this serial being the “Sonny Corinthos” show. Haven’t watched it in several years, and to know Monica has been reduced to recurring status is another reason I will not watch this mob trash ever again. This is yet another nail in the demise of this once great serial. A sad day.

Kathy Hedrick
Kathy Hedrick

Are they crazy? What a complete and utter shame this is. I agree with RJ that these is so much potential for Monica. However, there will never be enough of Jason for me and with them being mother and son there is so much potential for them as well, especially since Jason and Sam are back together and Monica always liked Sam with Jason. This could be a great way to bring Monica and Jason much closer. I sure hope she stays at GH and they see that this was a big mistake.

Cathy
Cathy

Wow i can’t believe this Quartermaine’s family have been ruined with lose of Alan by killing him off ,And now dropping Leslie aka Monica thats horrible news i can’t believe it.This show is sucking more and more.All they care about is sonny and the new young talent.They don’t care about the vets on this show.

Brian
Brian

I stopped watching GH when they first took off Denise Alexander, tuned back in briefly when she was brought back. All of the “orginals” are all most gone now. It’s been “One Life To Live” all the way ever since for me. It is the only one I have watched for about the last 15 years.
Maybe ABC should have Leslie appear on OLTO. The hospital still play a big role over there.

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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