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Matt Trudeau Takes Over The Role Of General Hospital’s Lucas Jones

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Viewers were in a for a bit of a shock when they tuned into Monday’s episode of General Hospital, when during some hospital scenes another actor was playing the role of Dr. Lucas Jones, previously played by Ryan Carnes.

With no official announcement from the show itself, or on-air, at the time of the episode, it was unclear if there had been a temporary or permanent casting switch.  Carnes had played the role for two runs and was last on a recurring status with the seriesl from  2004-2005 and then from 2014 till now.

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As seen, Lucas is now being played by former Chicago Fire. star, Matt Trudeau.   Fans first saw Trudeau on-screen in his scenes with his on-screen father, William deVry (Julian Jerome), as well as Kelly Monaco (Sam) and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero).

Last night, Daytime Confidential reported that they heard that this is not a temporary recast situation, either.

Trudeau took to his Instagram Story last night as well, with a link to a news story that announces he is the new Lucas Jones.

No word yet from Ryan Carnes publicly as this time, either, but we will keep you posted on this developing story.

So, what are your thoughts on Matt taking over the role of Lucas? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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I was shocked to see nü Lucas on yesterday’s episode, especially given Ryan Carnes worked so well in the role, however, maybe it was Carnes’ decision to not be as active on General Hospital as maybe the writing team wanted him to be. Being said, Matt Trudeau hit the ground running on day one, and I do enjoy seeing him act on the hospital, and maybe it will make for some interesting drama at General Hospital.

Timmm
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Well look, Lucas is on for about FIVE minutes a year so it doesnt matter at this point! But, the new guy is handsome, can act and him and Sam do look like brothers and sisters.

Rodd
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Rodd

I really took to Ryan as Lucas, but I must say that Matt really impressed me on his first day. I’m sure I’m going to like him. Hope this means some good story for Lucas. I have felt it was criminal that they haven’t shown how Lucas is facing/coping with Wylie going to Michael. There’s sooo much more to be played with the other side of that story. What about Brad? Does Lucas ever think about him? Is Britt doing anything to get Cyrus to get him released? (That would send Sonny off his rocker!) And then with Cyrus firing… Read more »

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Wonder if we’ll ever know the true reason Carnes is no longer in the role.

As soon as the Wiley secret was revealed, Lucas was put so far on the back burner that the pilot light went out.

A legacy character (and doctor) that the audience cares about. With whatever’s going to happen with Julian, TPTB probably determined it was time to bring Lucas back.

Let’s actually give the character story and not make him a “glorified extra” like Kristina or Valerie.

Shari
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Shari

He’s gorgeous!!

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Shari
He sure is a cutie, I just hope they don’t bring that awful Brad back. I could not stand seeing them together

Satan
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Satan

Well… bad news is… they brought Brad back. But it doesn’t look like he will be sticking around very long. I’m expecting him here in Hell by the end of the week.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satan
From your lips, ooh, my bad! Anyway, his old buddy Britt is wanting Jason to help her hide him, so I suppose he’ll more than likely take him to one of Sonny’s safe houses.

Su000
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Su000

Matt Trudeau.WOW!! luvin looking at him..
Lucas was walking the green mile.
Perhaps Matt will revive the character.

Mike
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Mike

Sadly typical and not surprising. Ryan Carnes leaving was treated with the same respect and attention the character of Lucas Jones gets – basically, none.

Michael
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Michael

I’d rather see Lucas than Cyrus Renault being shoved down my throat every five minutes.

mike
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mike

not happy about this, Ryan Carnes was a favorite, he was very much underused. I had been wishing for story for Lucas. Don’t like the recast

Sharon
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Sharon

I think he and Sam looks like Brother and sister good caring

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ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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Emme Rylan On Her Final GH Scenes: “Laying There Emotionless While My Amazing Costars Cried Over My Comatose Body Was One of the Hardest Acting Challenges EVER!”

If you watched Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, you witnessed an emotional and heartbreaking episode where friends, family, and loved ones had to say their goodbyes to Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan) before she is transferred to a long-term care facility to be looked after following her brain injuries and surgery which left her in a coma.

This was to mark the last scenes of Emme Rylan who has exited the series after being let-go.  In story, viewers watched as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Tracy (Jane Elliot) and a grief-stricken Laura (Genie Francis) sat by Lulu’s hospital bedside telling her they will be waiting for her to wake up, as the agonize over the gravity of the situation.

On Wednesday, Rylan took to social media to tell her fans how difficult it was for her to tape those scenes, when she expressed: “Laying there emotionless while my amazing costars cried over my comatose body was one of the hardest acting challenges EVER! They don’t exactly have you practice that in acting school (Thank u to everyone that noticed).”

In response former GH star Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) who also went through a similar on-screen situation when his character was killed-off tweeted back to Em: “I 100% agree and understand, haha.”

The episode gave  Genie Francis a fantastic palette to play and reminded everyone why she is one of the greatest icons of the genre.

So, what did you think of Emme’s statement on trying to get through those difficult scenes as played by her co-stars?  Share your thoughts below.

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Daytime Emmys To Remain Virtual For Upcoming 2021 Ceremony

With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

In a statement, NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp expressed on the organization’s decision:“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall. However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, we have decided to remain “virtual” in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.

The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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