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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
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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… Read more »

Haayhowu
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Rebecca Herbst Thanks Fans for the Birthday Love

She is not often on social media, but when she does show up, it delights so many of her enduring fans. General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), who yesterday celebrated her birthday on May 12th, took to Twitter to share warm ‘thank you’s’ to a few fan factions who sent her some lovely gifts in honor and support of their favorite soap star.

Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Touches on Racial Profiling, Social Injustice and Bias In Key Scenes with Portia and Jordan

This week ABC’s General Hospital took the opportunity to write in to their scripts and story, the issue that has been so prevalent in our country now and for decades that of racial profiling, injustice, bias, gender equality and more rolled into scenes featuring: Brook Kerr (Portia), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan), Sydney Mikala (Trina) and William Lipton (Cameron).

When Portia comes to the boxing gym for a workout and comes upon Jordan hitting the boxing bag hard over the the incident with Cameron in the hospital garage, it spurs a greater conversation.

Jordan tells Portia about the situation that arose with Cameron and a gun, and Portia says she heard about it.  Jordan knows if Cameron’s skin was a different color, she may not have been able to de-escalate the situation and talk her officers down, if she had not arrived on the scene in the nick of time.

This launches the two women into an important conversation on racial profiling, social injustice, white privilege and gender bias that they have found themselves dealing with in their professions (Portia is a doctor and Jordan the police commissioner) and their children’s lives.

Later in another scene, Trina reminds Cameron how they, along with Joss (Eden McCoy) were pulled over by a cop last summer when they were driving around the backroads.  She goes on to say when Cameron questioned why they were being stopped, it scared her.  She feels if Joss and Cam were not there, she would have likely been pulled out of the car and pinned to the ground by the cop.  Trina notes she put aside her fear and never said anything to them, because they would never understand.  Trina tells Cam he needs to realize how lucky he was the other night when nothing happened to him after his run in with police.

You can watch the conversation below in scenes with Briana Nicole Henry and Brooke Kerr.

Then let us know, did you like how GH wove this social message into the story?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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