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Major Clue To James DePaiva’s GH Role In New Promo!

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As the mystery to what is causing Sam’s (Kelly Monaco) hallucinations, delusions, and seeming paranoia is well underway, from the looks of this week’s ABC promo for General Hospital, things are quickly going downhill for her.

The promo reveals James DePaiva (Ex-Max Holden, One Life to Live) who has been already announced coming to General Hospital in an upcoming role, speaking to Sam as a doctor!

Could it be that James will turn out to be as many suspected a recast Dr. Jeff Webber, or could he be a brand new doctor in town helping Sam through psychological or physical trauma, or a mysterious brain injury or disease?

Watch this week’s GH promo after the jump featuring Kelly Monaco and DePaiva. Then weigh-in: Who do you think now James’ is playing? Any more thoughts on to what is happening to Sam? Comment below.

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This, to me, further gives weight that he just might be taking over the role of Jeff Webber!

Timmm
Timmm

Which is fine, we were teased of Jeff last year. RDA is not available or wasnt considered so James will be great. The only twist now is his daughters seem to be getting along fine without daddy!

dmr
dmr

Well, many of my fellow bloggers have already commented that they think James will be portraying Jeff Webber. I was too young to know Jeff. I know some of the character’ s history. Either way, why did they have to pair him with Monotone Sam? Talk about boring someone down. Ugh. Also, if he is Jeff Webber, that means I will also be bored to tears with more Elizabeth scenes, and Good God, more cringe-filled Hayden scenes. Regardless, I do like James and wish him well. Hopefully, TPTB will pair him with someone (romantically) who won’t bore me to tears!

Connie
Connie

My god you don’t like anyone on GH. These are all seasons actors, and I think very good.

Timmm
Timmm

dmr mentioned THREE characters he didnt like, NOT 33! Give it a break!

penny
penny

So true dmr.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree, Liz can be nails on a chalkboard! Hayden is fine as long as she isnt with FINN!

dmr
dmr

& thank you, Timmm! I absolutely adore the Quartermaine Family and flashback scenes and references to old family feuds between the beloved “Q’s.” I miss the Quartermaine Family, and I have to admit, I was a little upset when Hayden was accepting visitors at the mansion…
I also love Ava. I think Maura West is an incredible actress. I love Julian; although, unfortunately, the writers have written him into a corner with Alexis. I love the friendship between Alexis and Diane. I actually like Sonny (the Dimpled Don) and Carly. I have just grown very tired of their relationship and his business. I would like to see more growth in some of the new characters who I think have potential (Griffin). I think it would be interesting to see Carly date a younger man. I like Nathan, just not with Maxie, and definitely not with Amy. I really enjoyed Valentin and I liked the chemistry he had with Nina. They played off each other’s sensitivity and vulnerability really well-IMO.

Steve
Steve

With the disappointment of Jennifer Bassey’s character and lack of any anvils on a Jeff Webber appearance, it looks like JdP has been cast in a day player role.

Many say the cast is bloated. However, if they’re going to bring on new characters, make them them legacy ones the audience has been waiting for — Jeff, Serena, Brooklyn, etc.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Maybe you can wait and see? As for Jennifer Bassey (never knew of her) but you and others might be jumping the gun, which happens a lot. Perhaps she’ll have a larger role. You can’t tell from that one episode (unless you read she was only making a day appearance). As for James DP…again…wait and see. Can’t tell a thing from this. And, as for legacy characters, I’m not so sure “the audience” has been waiting. There are people who’ve followed GH for decades and those who are new and aren’t invested. Me? I just want good stories. If James’ role is a good one, I’m in.

Steve
Steve

You might want to practice what you preach 🙂 I seem to recall you made your dislike of Aunt Stella after only 2 days.

Would love to hear from other viewers what non-dead legacy characters they’d most like to see again.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Ah, my dear, Steve…LOL…you didn’t say you “disliked” Jennifer Bassey or were upset James DP was making an appearance; you expressed that you thought her role was a “disappoinment.” I was just saying that perhaps her role will pick up…that we might not have seen the last of her. Why don’t you wait and see how the Amy/Nathan story plays out and if she’s part of it. That’s why I said “wait and see…”

“Aunt Stella” wasn’t someone I knew was even making an appearance. So my disapproval was more like…why do we need this character when we could have, let’s say, Mac? And, if they want to expand the Curtis/Jordan story I’d rather see Sean back then bring in Aunt Stella. I’d also like to see more of TJ and Molly instead of Auntie Stella.

I do think we’re on the same page with legacy characters…I just resist saying
the audience” all wants, etc. realizing that there are different generations watching and some aren’t as eager to see characters from the past they’ve never heard of. Let’s face it; due to budget cuts we’re getting a paired down GH. It’s never going to be what it was….

Always nice posting with you/to you, though!

Timmm
Timmm

Thats just it, I dont mind ex soap stars working on GH as long as its not a new character while we sit and wait for Jeff or Jimmy Lee. I dont want to have to motor through the sludge of another FrankenPET!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I just want to add, Steve, that I’m one of the audience who has been clamoring for more legacy characters…I’d love Lucky, Nic, Mac, Alcazar, Skye…even Alice…to return! I will always bitch and moan about the treatment and demise of AJ. Ugh…don’t get me started! LOL. But, I do look forward to some of the OLTL actors they’re bringing on, whether or not they’re playing any legacy roles. As long as the character holds my interest and the story is good, which always remains to be seen.

In the words of Marlon Brando…”STELLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” No. :/ (but oh how I loved that movie…).

Steve
Steve

Rebecca

I understand where you’re coming from, and we are both charter members of the “justice for AJ” more “more Mac” clubs.

The reason I like Stella is she stirred things up and we got to see TJ because of it. I can see how you don’t like the character. And I know you can understand my dislike of Amy.

dmr
dmr

Oh, Alice. I loved Alice. Why wasn’t Alice a part of Tracy’s farewell? The part could not have been recast. Only one woman could play Alice. Loved her. I’m not interested in Aunt Stella, either. I don’t care if a woman that I never heard of, who is related to a character that I don’t care about, knew who another character’s biological father was or not. I don’t care about the backstory that I never witnessed on-screen. Mind you, I think it was Friday’s episode that was spent on Aunt Stella coming to terms with “the news” while talking to TJ at Kelly’s. Waste of time on what used to be “Cliff-Hanger” Friday. Aunt Stella is Tuesday “filler”-IMO. Why not focus on the cast that is contract, or the veteran actors who we only see during the Nurse’s Ball?

Steve
Steve

@dmr

Due to preemptions, GH is currently one day behind so shows that were planned to air on Thursday will appear on Friday for the next month.

Let’s send good thoughts and best wishes to Bergen Williams (Alice). She hasn’t posted to social media in quite a while. Unfortunately, Alice has become one of those characters that disappear without notice. The Q’s don’t mention her anymore and only refer to a generic housekeeper when needed.

Speaking of the Q’s, how is Hayden still living in the mansion? And I know the den set is cheaper to use than the front living room/foyer, but how do Curtis (and others) walk through the house without being announced?

rebecca1
rebecca1

He dmr…agreed.

Steve…we were doing so well…until Amy! ahahhahahah…I LIKE Amy! I do. She’s cute, bubbly and refreshing in the midst of the dark, angst, etc. of a lot of the characters. And, though I found her insufferable…grating…when she just popped up on our screen with her inconsequential attempted recreation of Amy Vining’s persona…I think she’s quite likeable now. Not sure what the “stats’ are on her…I think I’m in the minority on this site regarding her.

Unless you were being facetious. Like, “Rebecca, I know you like Amy but since I’m cutting you slack on Aunt Stella I KNOW you’ll allow me the same.”

🙂

Shay
Shay

@Steve….Amen to your thoughts and best wishes to Bergen Williams! Her “Alice” is a truly beloved and much missed member of the GH family, and the fact that her obvious absence from the Q family manse is so keenly felt and repeatedly commented upon here at MFSoaps is a real testament to the skills of this talented actress and her hugely cheerful, inimitable presence.

Celia
Celia

HaHa, Shay. As I have mentioned a couple of times, I assimilate Helena, not only with Succubus….pardon the ‘incidental’ pun….( she can suck anyone’s life, blood and brains at will), LOL, but also with the Angel of Death navigating a ghost ship ( possibly a frigate, LOL) on the river Styx.
Soooo, whether she’s dead or alive is debatable.
It seems there’s no need for her to be ‘earthly’ to devastate PC. She manages quite well from the netherworld. I think that guy Costa, Helena’s minion did all the damage he needed to do, for a time….that includes Sam.

Celia
Celia

Oh, yeah, Shay. Picture this; ….. The Queen of Darkness, sitting at the head of a sumptuously-set table, surrounded by her spawn…all the Cassadine clan …..ALIVE…..wine glasses ( or tankards) a’clinking, laughing at our expense? LOL…Silly CeeCee.

Michael
Michael

This 30 second tease gives no clues at all.

Celia
Celia

I guess, Michael…the snippet doesn’t reveal anything. Imagination is what we need, LOL.
The only plausible interpretaion would be : psychiatrist, more so than psychologist. Perhaps Sam has (as su suggested), a tumor. So, dePaiva could be a neurologist/ brain surgeon.
What are the chances that Sam is experiencing premonitions and not hallucinations? Does she have ESP?
I think she is going to hurt someone. Namely, Sonny. She probably considers him a direct threat to Jason, herself, her family.

Shay
Shay

Hey, CeeCeeGirl! If Sam were to hurt Sonny, she would deserve a medal…about time some karma came back to bite him on his unblessed behind! But having said that, I hope this obvious “doctor” is just another one of those convenient drive-by characters solely designed to accommodate the temporary stunt casting of yet another FOF/”soap vet get” and that he is NOT Dr. Jeff Webber!!!! His is an important legacy character with a real history on the GH canvas and that needs to honored and respected with a truly fitting actor to step into the shoes of the original portrayer, Richard Dean Anderson…I simply don’t envision DePaiva as suitable candidate for that particular role.

Timmm
Timmm

Sonny and Carly should disappear on his island, take the summer off and come back finding Morgan in September. [A recast PLEASE!]

Celia
Celia

@Shay.
Hiyaah, Shaybelle,
LOL…one can only hope. We will know soon enough what is going on with Sam. I stand behind my original comment that Helena’s evil hand has dipped into Sam’s brain.
I truly was awaiting to meet Dr. Webber, after his name was bandied around on noth these boards and GH, itself.

Shay
Shay

Oh yes, CeeCee, I am certain that Sam’s “mystery malady” is not one attributable to a spontaneous occurrence…Helena no doubt has once again reared her glamorously-coiffed head in the direction of Port Charles for yet more evil-doing! The only question which remains is if she is doing it from the afteerlife or from a more cozy and clandestine location on this mortal coil????

Shay
Shay

@CeeCeeGirl…It seems that the big question regarding Helena (Is she or isn’t she…well and truly gone from the face of the GH planet?) will not be definitively answered anytime soon…..As you have observed, the Ice Queen is equally effective alive or dead, but I still hope that she lives on so we can see her in her gloriously glam gets-ups for yet another frightful in-the-flesh foray in Port Charles…Besides there are too many M.I.A. Cassadines yet unaccounted for….it’s too implausible that both Nik and Helena are gone for good.

su0000
su0000

I really don’t care about Sam’s dumbass brain ..
C’mon, that is best drama J&S can come up with, a sick brain lol
GH has become overly lame.

Honestly, the Sam’s brain story holds little interest and no intruge.

((my only hope for the story is Sam dies dead and is gone))

I’m waiting for Valentin return..

note; Morgan died in Oct.
every single Carly scene she has been mourning and out of control over Morgan..Again- since Oct , Carly has been talking Mrgan none stop in every , every, scene since Oct !!!
Not one, not one Carly scene since Oct has been Morgan free.

I mentioned that fact to show Oct to July (8 months) the writing for Carly has been Morgan, every scene she speaks of Morgan.

su0000
su0000

correction;
I meant episode, not scene.
Every episode..

But– every scene is quite close LOL Carly for 8 months has not gone a day without her bringing Morgan up.

Jenny
Jenny

Actually you are extremely wrong. Carly has had a whole storyline where she rarely has discussed Morgan! I know youre not a father, Su….but parents do grieve theor children. And ee all know Morgan is not really dead…it wasnt written that way. Carly changed Avery’s paternity tests back in the day to indicate Sonny was the father, not Morgan. Those are stories that still need to play out.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

i dont recall sam ever having a brain-smart or dumb-lol

rose
rose

You may not like the Sam story, but I don’t like your sentiments for her. Not nice. Agree about Carly. Add Sonny to the Morgan ad nauseum.

Celia
Celia

I don’t see the difference between dmr’s sentiments ( she’s right, my opinion) and your sentiments concerning Carly and Sonny, Rose.
Ad nauseam means they turn your stomach. ( nausea).
So, we cannot pick and choose. And, none of us should cast stones. We refer to the characters.
I am sure Kelly is a wonderful, lively person.

su0000
su0000

Hi Rose//
Sam is Not Real, Sam is a character, not real..
I do like her and I can do all kinds of things to her because she is not real lol ..

As for whomever the Sam actress is she looks ridiculous wearing 6” heels 24/7 and she should refuse to wear those dumb things to bed.
She is short and she should own it as Sam..
nothing wrong with being short except when trying to be 6” taller wearing 6” heels.
outside of the heels I know nothing of the actress.
🙂

rose
rose

Celia…Guess how I use ad nauseum is different than you in my my comment to su. Not sure how dmr’s got included. But my ad nauseum re: Carly and Sonny is more that ‘something has been done or repeated so often that it has become annoying or tiresome.’ And I’m sure I’m not alone here. Plus, I don’t mind Sam as some others do.

Vicki
Vicki

So tired of Sam and her whining. The character (I know some like her) is overworked and boring. This show really needs to look at its cast and cut the fat or else it could be in jeopardy.

dmr
dmr

Vicki, I agree; although, I’ve never thought to describe Sam as whiny. I have always described her as “Monotone Sam.” & to Su0000 above, I have commented before on the 6 inch black winter boots that Sam wears, with the black leggings, white or black tees, and black leather jacket. It’s a shame, because KM is a pretty actress, and when dressed in color, it livens the actress up! Her wardrobe could be and should be spruced up!

Karen R
Karen R

I’m with you love Valentin wish he was on everyday. He is great.
Put him back with Nina they are like Romeo and Juliet.

dmr
dmr

Karen R, I commented above, that I love how Valentin and Nina bring out each other’s vulnerabilities. Valentin, once disabled, turned evil, allowed himself to be loved by Charlotte and Nina. Nina, once entitled, then heartbroken and left comatose, allowed herself to lower her guard and be loved by Valentin. Yes, she’s insecure and at times, socially awkward, but she changes when she is around him and I like them together.

Celia
Celia

Not to worry, Karen. I think Valentin is only around the corner. He will be back.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I love Valentin too but I’m not sure how soon they’re bringing him back. Just read an interview with James Patrick Stuart who said if they brought him back he’d love to reprise the role…but he indicated for the present there are no plans. So, either he was trying to throw the reader off so we’d be pleasantly surprised…or we’re going to have to wait awhile before/if he returns. They obviously left the door open by having Alex visit him in lockup and offer him his freedom…so it seems he will at some point reappear.

rose
rose

Karen…At least I was lucky to see James Patrick Stuart/ on a Castle re-run the other day. He was a federal agent with a clean-cut look. Prefer GH version, but while we wait until he gets his get-out-of-jail card (I hope)…it was good to see him again.

dmr
dmr

I agree with you, su000. & thank you, Celia. Many of us seem to agree with each other’s sentiments about Monotone Sam and the Moron (and his parents); however, we continue to watch either daily or have the show in the background (me). Also, many of us agree that TPTB should work and write for the bloated cast that exists, or clean house and work with the legacy characters (again, my preference). I also read another blog and its comments and many have similar opinions that are posted on here. I’m hoping the show will improve. I’ve watched since 1984.

Celia
Celia

Thanks for the GH synopsis, dmr. You know your stuff. I’ve been lucky to have many GH fans, such as yourself, Shay, Timmm, Steve, Ala, Jimh etc., who are such good storytellers, I have learned much.
I did not know any of the characters, but, you know how it goes….we form attachments to a handful of characters/actors and develop antipathy for others. It’s the nature of the human beast, LOL.
I took to AJ instantly…I can’t explain it; I just did. Perhaps, it was because he appeared vulnerable—the underdog??
I find it disgusting that Michael turned his back on him while opening his arms to “Dada” Sonny.
It just makes no sense, which fortifies my adverse reaction towards TPTB. I ask why?
Rhetorical question, LOL. We know why—to catapult St. Sonny through the heavens, sitting shotgun to whom?

Suzie rm
Suzie rm

Write for existing characters! If this is a few day gig, okay

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

maybe jeff but at the moment i really dont care

Connie
Connie

I like the idea of Doc Weber coming on, giving Sam, Elizebeth and Hayden more content to play against. Great idea. Also, of course Carly still is talking about Morgan, she should for at least a year, Mothers never get over the loss of a child. But additionally there is rumor they are bring Morgan back, (never found a body) in which case keeping his story going is important to his return. I love GH. Have watched it since 1970’s and it doesn’t let me down. Sure there are story lines that maybe I would write differently now and then, but most the time, I love it. Thanks Writers, welcome new writer.

Celia
Celia

Connie, you are absolutely right. A mother/parent, never forgets her deceased child….that child lives inside said parents, every day of their lives.
By the same token, I do get what su, and others, are saying.
This is a soap, we watch, mainly, for entertainment and because we love our storie, and most characters, whether we agree or disagree.
I think the Morgan thing is over the top, for a soap. No one talks about Nikolas Cassadine……and, AJ was never mentioned after he died. Why?
We all know both Nik and Morgan will eventually return.
I think it would be so much more effective if the writing would give the Morgan entity a wide berth, so that when he does come back, his resurrection will have a greater impact.
Personally, he can stay gone…lost somewhere with amnesia.
It’s a soap, and Morgan was not tops on many a list.

Connie
Connie

My hope is that Morgan will come back with a bigger more interesting story line. A change up. I understand that it is a soap opera and you want the story to move on, but didn’t you think it odd that there was no funeral for Nicolas, Laura grieved very little, and the son was just sent away? That felt very wrong to me. Nicolas was loved by many. So maybe there is a place in between the two extremes that writers can write too. Not too long on a story emotion, but not to eliminate the emotion completely. Thanks for your reply.

Shay
Shay

Amen, CeeCee! Whether Morgan walks amongst the dead or undead is of no interest for me, as long as he stays the heck out of Port Charles! Too much time and effort has already been wasted on this mediocrity of a character—who wasn’t worth a fraction of AJ or even Nik!—-And that includes all the endless moping by “Mother of the Year,” Carly!

Timmm
Timmm

Great point Cee, Nick was beloved! They finally gave Spencer a mourning scene for his dad! OR, was it an act from young HAMMY?

dmr
dmr

Celia, a while back, not sure if it was during when Guza wrote for the show, the character of AJ Quartermaine was completely decimated. Actually, the entire Quartermaine Family was completely decimated, to make way for the Dimpled Don and his Mob Empire to rule the show. (Mind you, I was a die hard fan of Sonny Corinthos when he first entered Port Charles). The beloved Quartermaine Family were abolished and imagine my shock yesterday, when I saw Hayden accepting visitors at the Quartermaine Estate! I loved Sean Kanan as AJ and I was excited to see him return a few years back. Unfortunately, the Dimpled Don put an end to AJ (once again) and all was forgiven by Michael. AJ is barely mentioned, Michael’s foundation in AJ’s name has been forgotten about, and he still refers to Sonny as his dad.
Morgan, in my opinion, was a disaster from day one. The actor was paired with Kristen Alderson, and the pairing had zero chemistry. That, and the gambling storyline was badly written and played out. Both characters (Morgan and Kiki) were unlikeable and a lot of screen time was given to these “filler” characters with a boring, badly driven plot. A lot of screen time was given to Morgan over the years, trying to boost the character and family element, and I always thought the scenes were overly acted. Morgan was very unlikeable, petulant, and spoiled. Because I never liked him, and I thought he had no redeemable qualities while on-screen, I can’t stand to hear of him being painted as a Saint, off-screen.

Steve
Steve

How Leslie Charleson could have read the lines about Jason and Sonny last week without throwing up baffles me. Monica could have thrown in a “after what Sonny did to AJ” to be authentic to character.

After losing 3 children to violence, Monica should be the poster child for anti-violence.

Celia
Celia

@Connie.
No worries, Connie…and, you are welcomed.
I did not want to appear callous when speaking of Morgan. I have lost a child; therefore, I know first hand what that kind of pain is like. It never goes away. It’s always there, beneath the surface.
But, this is a soap and the viewer gets easily bored when a storyline stands still.
Take care.

Celia
Celia

@Timmm.
Hey, T,
You know, I feel the same way. Specer is hamming it up; and, very good at it.
I always suspected he knows his father is alive. We shall see.
Good to know we can still follow the same train of thought. LOL.

rebecca1
rebecca1

hey dmr…

you and I are completely on the same page on AJ! (and Sean Kanan!) I was beyond thrilled when I heard that AJ was coming back and that Sean was reprising the role…I LOVED that Micahel was FINALLY getting to know his father instead of being kept from him and poisoned against him his whole life. UGGGGG!!!! Always infuriated me! They seemed to be on a great track and then bam!!! The writers screwed AJ again in every way possible (even by Liz who he WAS literally scr…ummmm…dating/sleeping with!) 😉

We do disagree with Morgan, though. I loved Morgan. First, I thought Bryan Craig was outstanding in the role. He brought such passion, his mania, his sorrow, his lust, his hurt…just thought he knocked it out of the park each time.

I also liked the character development and never saw him as a brat or spoiled. As I’ve always said, between his insecurities at being sent away at a young age while Micheal seemed to bask in Sonny’s glow…then being diagnosed with BP…I can’t attribute any of his behavior to spoiled, bratty, etc. I think his was a deep character, rich and someone I cared about. I also think he and Haley Erin as Kiki had great chemistry (though I love her with Dillon.)

LOL. I know you disagree, strongly, about Morgan and I think Bryan, too. That’s okay. But it’s always strange to see how characters can effect us all so differently. Like people in real life. We click with some, not with others.

Shay
Shay

@dmr….You have just perfectly encapsulated the way I regard the aforementioned characters…well, all except for Sonny, who was NEVER my cup of tea!!! LOL…. But we are definitely on the same page as it relates to AJ (and Morgan, too! The lesser said, the better, about that last one…) The Quartermaine “crown prince” forever lacked fair treatment from any of the GH showrunners….his initial stint left much to be desired at best, and his later return and subsequent inglorious ending was an absolute travesty…one that seemed to be more predicated by an overwhelming impulse to wreak revenge upon the actor who played the role than any real need to create a dramatic exit for Sean Kanan’s character’s departure. Any soap writer with a basic sense of foresight would have provided a more clever and less permanent manner for such a beloved legacy player to leave the canvas if they had only kept in mind the fact that there was a large audience who was still hoping to see AJ (eventually) live another day in Port Charles. Quite obviously, the animosity harbored for Kanan was the overriding motivating factor when it came to deciding how the Q heir would be conveniently banished from not just the current happenings of Port Charles, but any future GH involvement down the line, and that’s what continues to irk many of his fans, especially since one cannot help but think this “method to the madness” was not so much due to a simple clash of egos and professional differences surrounding the direction of a soap character, but a much more personal vendetta aimed squarely at a bright, involved individual who is clearly well-informed and deeply-engaged in the world at large….not to mention, very apparently his own man when it comes to stating his outspoken opinions on a variety of subjects outside of the soap bubble!

Linda
Linda

I dont know who this doctor will be but Sam needs help. did somebody slip her some lsd or some funny mushrooms?

Celia
Celia

Well, Linda, I did say Sam was “trippin’ “, but, it didn’t post. LOL.

Timmm
Timmm

Heather is her secret nanny!

Shay
Shay

Has Sam been drinking any special iced tea lately???

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

Sam wears me out. That’s all. 🙂

Alan
Alan

At this point I fast forward through everything that doesn’t involve Ava, Brad, Laura, or Nina so I doubt I’ll learn — or lose much sleep over — what is going on with Sam. Whatever it is, I’m sure it will require endless scenes of her processing it…

Timmm
Timmm

GH is the king of rehashing! They will hold a gun on a character at the beginning of the show and pull the trigger at the end for tomorrow’s cliffhanger! They do this in hospital scenes to where they have a bad ass threatening to pull a plug or suffocate a patient for FIFTY NINE MINUTES!

Celia
Celia

Love my Nina….and with Valentin? Smoldering!!

Shay
Shay

Brad is comedic gold, especially when he’s with Britt!!! Bring her back….

Alan
Alan

I loved Britt and Brad.

Their friendship (and snarky comments when they watched the Nurses Ball) are sorely missed.

Shay
Shay

Absolutely, Alan…I found them not only highly amusing, but very relatable. Most of us gals have had a “Brad” or two…or three….at various points in our lives and the friendship he had with Britt was quite authentic! I think both characters were at their ultimate best when they were playing off each other!!!!

Steve
Steve

JdP as Sam’s doctor may spill into the larger story. So, apparently Steve Burton is coming back. Billy Miller is on contract through October. The long-speculated Tale of Two Jasons. Sam’s mysterious illness is probably related.

Maybe Heather was kind of telling the truth. Did Susan have twins? How far back does this go? Could a switch occurred right after the AJ/Jason car accident and SB returns as a long lost Jason Q? Lots of possibilities. At first blush, this sounds more like a Ron story than Shelly. Whatever, this could be the major shakeup the show needs.

Celia
Celia

Very interesting, Steve.
I had no idea Burton was coming back. Hmmmmm. Looking forward to whatever story his return will potentally ensue.

Steve
Steve

It hasn’t been announced yet, but soap Twitter is off the hook with the topic

Celia
Celia

I am not on Twitter….never will be. It takes courage to be masochistic. I guess I’m a coward? LOL.
Not on Facebook, either. I try to stay away from danger. I’ve never parachuted either….same thing to me.
I am fine without social media in my life.

Celia
Celia

Oops, pressed submit too soon.
Seriously, though….I think the idea that there are two Jasons is sooo soapy and intriguing. I like it…..I know, the overly used lost twin concept.
Who you gonna blame? Helena. She has had the real Jason all along?
Well, if things develop this way, will the ambiance change? Serendipity is in order, yes?
Or will there be this neverending pall over PC?….gloomiest place to live.
I only know Burton as Dylan MacAvoy(sp)….. the robo cop. I did, however, appreciate his acting at the end of his tenure on Y&R.
My point? Will I like him as Jason Morgan?

Shay
Shay

You and me, both, CeeCeeGirl! But, of course, Helena will be at the root of these “Dueling Jasons” should this tantalizing storyline actually come to fruition…isn’t she always? As for your unfamiliarity with Steve Burton in his original role, all I can tell you is just keep in mind the term “Stone Cold” was coined in his honor…that pretty much says it all!!!! Soooo…not much difference than “Dylan the Robo Cop,” I guess….

Steve
Steve

Celia & Shay
Steve Burton did create a unique soap persona with “stone cold” Jason Morgan. However, go back to the early 90’s and Burton was quite lively and liked as Jason Quartermaine. If he’s truly up for an acting challenge, coming back as JQ (while Miller remains JM) would be it.

Celia
Celia

Thank you, Shay and Steve.
You guys always indulge me with backstories. I appreciate it.
I did understand that Jason Quartermaine was a completely different person …….faaaar from Jason Morgan.
As I said, it will be a compelling feat to see how this is acted out.
Also, if Burton is able to switch personalities so adroitly—-back and forth between the two Jasons, then kudos to him for his skill—true thespian.
I do like your suggestion that BM remain to be JQ, Steve.
How Sam fits into this equation remains to be seen. Veee-ry inte-resting!!

Steve
Steve

Celia (and other newer viewers)

Just to clarify, as far as we know, Jason Quartermaine and Jason Morgan are the same person. When he awoke from the car accident with AJ, Jason’s memories were wiped away and his personality completely changed. Agitated with the Quartermaines (except Lila), he changed his name and began his bond with Sonny.

What I’m suggesting is that sometime around the accident, JQ was taken and replaced with his never before seen twin. It would explain JM not remembering his Q years. To bring Steve Burton back, he would play the original (perhaps held in captivity) Quartermaine with all the memories of his younger years. Billy Miller would continue to play “Jason” Morgan character who would be the father of Sam’s two kids.

A lot to digest, I know. But it gets us back an authentic Quartermaine.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….In their original incarnations, AJ and Jason were akin to Highlight’s childhood mainstays, “Goofus and Gallant”…remember them? That’s the simplest way to illustrate the initial differences between these “Brothers Q.” After their car accident, Jason morphed into a Morgan, but AJ forever remained in the same familiar messed-up mold…right up until his untimely death. As for Sam, I shudder to think how this development could affect her, particularly in light of her currently precarious condition! These “Two Jasons” could really push her over the proverbial edge, or at the very least, send her into permanent “processing” mode!!!!

Celia
Celia

Thank you, Steve. I knew that JQ and JM are the same person whose personality “split” after JQ had his accident.
And, I agree with what you are describing.
Trust me, you write very clearly, and intelligibly. I understood what you meant. What you say makes sense. The real Jason was replaced with this new Jason (BM) , while the original was kept in captivity. The twin story always works.
As I said….I love your theory. It is sound; as far as soaps go. LOL.

Shay
Shay

I hear you on the saddle shoes, CeeCee! Had to wear them for cheerleading and hated every minute of them! They were ugly and uncomfortable…but then again, I generally reject any shoes/boots that don’t have at least a four-inch heel….hah! (Shades of Sam…..) As for those old tv shows….yeah, life sure did seem far more simple way back when…people dressed with greater pride and flair, behaved with far better manners and the rules of life were clearly spelled out…..break them at your own peril! Love me those old commercials, too….even though most of them would never be allowed on the air today because somebody would surely find something “un-pc” in them about which to gripe. Such is the world today….

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think it’s a great theory, Steve…it’s been floating around. And, actually, this could be the CHIMERA theory…Jason could be the Chimera twins…so to speak!

With that said, as much as I’d love it (as long as Billy was staying because I’ve “grown accustomed to his face” 😉 I find it hard to believe that Burton wants back on a soap full time. He’s got his restaurant, his nutrition line…why not just go back to Y&R which is supposedly why he left.

I’m thinking this is a short stint, whatever it is. Twin or flashback in Sam’s mind….

Shay
Shay

I really like your train of thought regarding the “switched” Jason theory, Steve! It would be the GH version of the “Doublemint Twins”…two, two, two Q’s in one!!(Okay, I know that was really Certs, but still…the slogan works so well in this instance, too!) That way we can continue having our Billy Miller cake and original recipe Jason whipped up in one logically-delicious treat! Works for me!

Celia
Celia

Aha! Doublemint Twins, indeed. Love those 50’s commercials ( or was it the 60’s?). Once in a while these classic commercials are on TV……and, a slew of them on the internet.
And the outfits….my grandmother has a chest in the attic filled with irreplaceable treasure….the poodle skirts are my favorite. My least favorite; saddle shoes. What were they thinking?? HaHa.
And, all those sit-coms—life seems to have been so simple….only three channels ( networks). WOW!! Archie Bunker beats them all.

Anyway, I have always loved Billy Miller, since his bad-boy, Richie days (AMC). I have not connected with his Jason….same applies to Jason Thompson’s Billy.
Having the best of both worlds would be grand, Shay……but, if Burton’s role is a fixation in Sam’s mind, we lose.

I must comment, out of context, on Ava’s performance, today. She always has me transfixed….never fails. This lady is outrageously talented—never misses a beat.

arleneparenti
arleneparenti

she’s very important —this is all wrong !!!

Patricio
Patricio

Bring back Jeff Webber and Heather Webber and Diana Taylor and Annie! GLORY DAYS!

Steve
Steve

If you’re gonna bring back Diana Taylor, you’ve gotta bring back Susan Moore! Maybe she’d remember if she had twins.

Alan
Alan

Diana Taylor is dead — Heather’s mother Alice Grant killed her.

I wouldn’t mind seeing Anne Logan return to Port Charles (her adopted son Jeremy could come back too). Joe Kelly is another character I’d like to see come back.

Shay
Shay

Susan Moore died, too! Didn’t she drive into a brick wall under the influence and succumb to her massive injuries???? That’s why Jason came to live with the Q’s in the first place, right???? Last we heard Anne was canoodling with dishy Dr. Noah Drake on the West Coast….update??? Joe Kelly was at his best when he was dealing with the diabolically daffy Heather….even though he was such a straight-shooter he hadn’t the wherewithal to deal with her special sort of crazy!

Steve
Steve

Shay

Susan was killed by Crane Tolliver, Lila’s first husband whose divorce was invalid. Some of Leslie Charleson’s best scenes were of her accepting baby Jason into the mansion.

Prior to her affair with Alan, Susan had an affair with Tracy’s second husband, Mitch Williams.

There was a throwaway line from Bobbie (to explain her return) saying Noah & Anne were together.

Prior to hooking up with Heather, didn’t Joe fool around with Rose, behind his father’s back? Rose needed bacon for those BLTs lol

Shay
Shay

Thanks for the correction, Steve! I recall seeing Susan have that awful accident during my Christmas school break and then she died soon after, but, yes, it was at the hands of Crane Tolliver…I actually missed seeing that part, so I only remembered her car crash and that she was soon dead after that fact, leading to Jason eventually being brought up by the Q’s. As for Joe, he pined for Anne in an unrequited fashion, dallied with both Bobbie and Heather, but in terms of Rose, weren’t they really quite in love with each other for many years but fought to deny those feelings out of respect for Paddy??? I know that she married him very young, and so she was stuck in a real May-December situation there until his death…I honestly am unaware if they ever actually canoodled upstairs at Kelly’s because I didn’t watch the show every single day back then, but I do believe they ultimately ended up together when both characters departed the GH canvas??? Oh, and she had a fling with Jake Meyer, too, right?

Steve
Steve

Shay, I’m a bit hazy on those characters too, but I seem to recall Rose leaving a few years after Joe (probably after her breakup with Jake). She might have went to rendezvous with Joe, but I’m not sure.

The Kelly’s diner set is the longest set in continuous use on the show. The hospital hub was rebuilt from the ground up as the show made the switch to HD. The Q living room/foyer/stairs were significantly changed in the early 90’s (around the same time they introduced the Q den set).

rebecca1
rebecca1

Steve…I just read your comment about Kelly’s diner and the Q living room. How do you KNOW these things!!!???? I find it amazing; truly. I would never be able to keep track of that stuff…particularly the Q living room and den set! You should be an archiver!

Steve
Steve

@rebecca1
GH archiver would be a dream job! I’ve watched the show off/on since 77, I’d guess. My mom always had it on when I came home from school. I got control of the tv at 4:00 lol.

I’ve always had a keen interest in the backgrounds and some of the sets. I loved the giant numbers on the elevator doors of the hospital hub set. Nowadays, they seem to be lazy and do close to every thing on the 10th floor. Traditionally, the highest floor in GH, one wonders where those stairs lead to, since the roof is accessible elsewhere. In the early days of the show (well before I watched) most of the action took place on the 7th floor. Other than 10, these days we occasionally see the lobby/emergency entrance, 4 (pediatrics) and 8 (psychiatric).

Once in a blue moon, I’ll watch some old scenes on YouTube and that will jar my memory about sets. In all the years, I don’t think we’ve ever seen the Q kitchen, which explains why Cook and Cook II have never been seen.

I notice when they reuse old sets. Elizabeth’s current house uses pieces of the old Webber/Jones/Scorpio house. The Perks set is a modified version of the dock set used before they introduced Pier 52.

They’ve occasionally repurposed some All My Children sets. Anna’s house is an example.

Budgets are so tight these days, and that’s apparent when characters meet in questionable surroundings — i.e. It seems half the town has access to the Q den (and never get announced).

Steve
Steve

@rebecca1

Having watched the show off/on for 40 years helps. Also, once in a blue moon, I’ll watch old scenes on YouTube and am intrigued by the background and set.

GH archiver would be a dream job. If anyone has questions about any sets, I’m sure I could provide details.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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