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Max Gail To General Hospital As The New Mike Corbin!

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In a major storyline beginning on the February 5th episode of General Hospital, Sonny Corinthos’ (Maurice Benard) father, Mike Corbin is back in Port Charles.

But this time, he will look different since former Barney Miller favorite, Max Gail is taking over the role from Ron Hale, who played the part from 1995 to 2010.  Hale had retired, and Mike checked into rehab in story, and as fans know Corbin had a gambling addiction.

According to TV Line who broke the news, Gail will appear on the ABC daytime drama series for what it being called an “extended arc”.

So, what does Mike’s return mean for Sonny? Share your thoughts on this casting news in the comment section below.

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Patrick
Patrick

OOH LA LA – only the hottest man during my formative years ! being honest

check him out on you tube. when he was on Barney Miller

HEY – whatabout our Lady Q : “Monica”

su0000
su0000

hi Patrick ,,
I never heard of a Barney Miller..
I did YouTube him, it was a tv show.
That show was 1974- 4.3 decades ago..
That is 43 years ago, I wasn’t yet born !!

There must be other not yet born, also..
Anyways I checked one episode and I’m not sure which one that man was ..

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

I could really care less about Sonny’s dad and more Sonny Sonny Sonny. I mean it. They have propped him up as the big star of GH and involved in every nuance in one way or another. Too much of a good thing. Or a bad thing. But too much, either way. I loved Ron Hale on Ryan’s Hope. Hope he is enjoying his retirement. Max Gail-have not seen him since Barney Miller.

Shay
Shay

Oh yes, Phyllis! Ron Hale as RH’s Roger Coleridge….I loved him, too! Especially with Ilene Kristen’s daffy Delia by his side. Always hoped for a GH reunion between these two soap vets…would have been hilarious to see scatterbrained Dee’s reaction to encountering her hubby’s doppelganger at Kelly’s! Just wasn’t the same when she only had a framed photo at Sonny’s house as a reference point to observe their striking resemblance.

Fanny
Fanny

Ron Hale was at his best on Ryan’s Hope as Roger….good actor,
handsome, those eyes….He deserved better than to be the alcoholic
gambling father of Mob boss Sonny C…

Patrick
Patrick

CRUSH

Rodd
Rodd

Sorry, it involves Sonny; don’t really care. Sigh.

curacaoman
curacaoman

Word!

Steve
Steve

First we get Stella (Welcome Back Kotter), then Jim (BJ & the Bear) and now Mike (Barney Miller). Why doesn’t Frank realize fans want GH 70’s history (Laura, Monica and Bobbie) over 70’s sitcom actors?

This is why we can’t have nice things!

Amcknots
Amcknots

That is so spot on!!!! Good one! Could not agree more!

Shay
Shay

“This is why we can’t have nice things….” How perfectly put, Steve!

Shay
Shay

Perhaps Charo is available to play another of Sonny’s long-lost relatives!

Chrystie_Delancey
Chrystie_Delancey

HaHa!

Coochie Coochie!

boes
boes

Let Charo be Sonny’s long lost daughter.
He deserves it.

Harry
Harry

Why couldn’t they recast Sonny’s father with the actor who played Nick Tortelli from Cheers?

Timmm
Timmm

Butch Patrick, where are you?

Shay
Shay

@Harry….Too obvious???? Louie de Palma would have also worked well…or Reverend Jim!

curacaoman
curacaoman

Perfect comment!

Shay
Shay

GH is becoming ABC’s modern day version of “The Love Boat” with its galaxy of “guest stars” dating back to the “Disco Era!”

Harry
Harry

Bah ha ha! Shay, The Love Boat!!! Maybe a little bit like Fantasy Island too.
There’s Sonny, standing on the pier wearing a three piece white suit and while pointing at the sky screams,”The plane! The plane!”
Then after the plane lands an assortment of 70’s characters get off the plane and infiltrate Port Charles.

Timmm
Timmm

Maybe KC and the Sunshine Band will play on the Haunted Star? By the way, how in the hell does that business make any money?

Shay
Shay

That’s the best one yet, Harry! Can you just imagine the cavalcade of characters from the decade that taste forgot deplaning at Pier 52????….Potsie Weber and Ralph Malph, Chrissy Snow, Marcia Brady, Danny Partridge, Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap, and let’s not forget, JJ Evans and Thelma….DYNOMITE!!!! Too bad “Aunt Esther” has gone to the great beyond….she and Stella would have really hit it off!

Shay
Shay

@Timmm….”Do a little dance….” As for how the “Haunted Star” makes a profit? Two words: “Cooked books!” (Hey, this was once Luke’s business!)

JK
JK

YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD…..THIS SHOW IS GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Bringing back Mike Corbin? Good grief. I’d be more interested in seeing Fran Dreshler play a sister Sonny didn’t know he had.

Shay
Shay

@Max Daddee….I think she’d be better suited as Olivia’s Bensonhurst cousin, Fran Fine Falconeri Fishbein!

Satan
Satan

Have to say I have mixed feelings about this one….

Mike Corbin (aka Michael Corinthos Sr.) has long been missed on this show, and the idea of sending him to “rehab” for a gambling addiction was ridiculous (does that even exist??)

Will it be the same without Ron Hale though? He worked great with Sonny, and with Michael, Jason, etc.

Max Gail is a great actor, but time will tell if he’s a good fit for this role. At least we can thank all that’s unholy that they didn’t take the recast from the OLTL pool of unemployed actors.

James
James

One of the early episodes of Intervention covered the issue of gambling addiction and the subject of that episode was given the option of going to rehab to address his problem.

Satan
Satan

What would you do all day at a gambling rehab facility? Obviously, card games would be out. Presumably, no internet access allowed, to keep you away from online casinos.

Would they restrict TV access so you couldn’t bet on sports??

rebecca1
rebecca1

They’d drink.

Harry
Harry

Right, Satan. I mean, you couldn’t even play Suoo’s favorite game. BINGO!

Timmm
Timmm

Thats true, I am sick of Frank bringing in his buddies!

Jimh
Jimh

It means more airtime for Sonny and i dont mean that in a good way!….Barney Miller’s Wojo…Mojo…Bojo…watshisname???lol

Jimh
Jimh

Maybe he will get involved with Ava and marry her-making Ava Sonny’s stepmobma-lol

Satan
Satan

Ava would probably get some sick pleasure out of banging three generations of the Corinthos family, so I wouldn’t put it past her.

I doubt Mike would be interested in her though. Especially when he finds out what she did to his grandson.

Shay
Shay

If only Harris, Fish and Yamana were still alive, they could’ve come along for the ride…with the PCPD down a man, that clueless copshop could have certainly used their skill and expertise!

Jimh
Jimh

They could had played his poker buddies…

Timmm
Timmm

Hal Linden is still alive.

Harry
Harry

There is a little bit of six degrees of Kevin Bacon going on here as far as Barney Miller is concerned, Wojo is now on GH and Tony Geary was, ahem, well, extremely close to Ron Glass who I think played Harris on Barney Miller.

Shay
Shay

OMG, Harry!!! I forget about that particular….um….storied connection! Jackpot!

Suzie rm
Suzie rm

Why why why why…..so tired of the Sonny show and after the dismissal of Genie Francis I’m done

curacaoman
curacaoman

Me too. Sorry to have not witnessed the great acting by Nathan’s loved ones

Ric
Ric

Who cares, I’m sick of the Sonny!

Alan
Alan

An “extended arc” for Mike means lots and lots and lots of more screen time for Sonny.

Smart move, GH — great news like this will have viewers forgetting in no time that you have screen time for just about anyone but Genie Francis…

Roberta G
Roberta G

Instead of bringing in new players or old characters with someone new playing the part how about just putting Genie Back on contract. Been watching since day one but am not liking the new producers or writers past couple years.

Timmm
Timmm

Excellent!

Charday
Charday

Hopefully, back for Sonny’s quick and permanent death scene and funeral.

Satan
Satan

That would mean the quick and permanent death of General Hospital.
Without Steve Hardy, Luke Spencer, or Sonny Corinthos, this show goes straight to Hell (and not in a good way)

Steve can’t come back, and it’s not likely that Luke will either. Sonny ain’t going nowhere. Nobody’s going to watch the Frodd “Baldwin” show.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

I would suggest that by linking the iconic character of Steve Hardy to Sonny, you are committing blasphemy. But I guess that’s what a Satan would do…
🙂

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Great one, Charday!

Sue M.
Sue M.

Wojo. Barney Miller. Saw him on an airplane flight on was on, years ago..

Fanny
Fanny

Max Gail is good at his craft… could possibly be interesting repartee
between Sonny and Mike, if the writer’s don’t over do Mike’s past vices…
Otherwise father & son will go round in circles (yet again) & get nowhere
fast.

mike
mike

Good actor, should be interesting.

su0000
su0000

0oooh no!
Sonny has a father!
Sonny has always been my favourite enigma.

aww I’m not into Sonny and daddy issues..

I do not see the importance of bringing daddy in..
Nonetheless, it might be ingesting, it had best be, and there will be hell to pay if the plan is to pansy Sonny into a full-blown eunuch…

Stop messing with my Sonny.. enough is enough !!

Eileen Rogers Souza
Eileen Rogers Souza

You let 2 great favorites go and bring on a other one i have been watching for 50 yrs and now i am getting disgusted with Genie and not ggiving Ryan a month , I truly see why your Days is catching up to you on the ratings. Better get with it before your CANCELLED

su0000
su0000

ahhh I never heard of a Barney Miller ..
so, no whoopie for me.. just a HUH?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi su0000

Mike Corbin (Sonny’s father) was a very important part of GH and in Sonny’s life. Troubled relationship but underneath it all a lot of love. I know you like Sonny, so you might be interested in googling the history of Sonny and Mike…This was not just a father/dad warm and fuzzy thing…

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…meant father/son

dan
dan

Actually, Sonny is tolerable with certain characters – His dad being one of them. I’ll miss Ron Hale, but the character is needed and a good one. And it’s great to have more actors over a certain age getting jobs and characters getting story! And anytime family is built up on a soap it’s a good thing!

Dan
Dan

How lovely, they have room for yet another character on the canvas and room for another actor in the budget, but no room for Genie Francis. And after a few weeks have gone by, absolutely zero from Valentini, Varni, anyone at ABC with an explanation for why they did what they did. They clearly have no care at all for what the fans think. Until they do, I have no care to watch.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Exactly, Dan! Unfortunately, you are correct when you say: “They clearly have no care at all for what the fans think.”

Patrick
Patrick

I – TOO – am – SICK – of Sonny

su0000
su0000

Patrick!
He’s my Sonny! Be nice to him LOL ..

I – am – SICK – of Jason.

IF I were the writer I’d have Sonny shot Jason dead, then Sonny would be my personal hero !..

Harry
Harry

Look on the bright side, at least Sonny can stop piggy backing on the back Anna’s stories and get one of his own.
Anna has chemistry with just about everyone. She would have chemistry with a Chia pet. But when she and Sonny are in a scene together? The scene flat lines but I cannot fast forward through it because Anna is in it.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

l certainly like Max Gail and fondly remember his work on Barney Miller. I channel the feelings of @Patrick in that regard.

However, what is the thinking?!?! Maurice Benard doesn’t have enough airtime as it is?!?!

Oh, I know. Maybe the thinking is this: “if we put Sonny in scenes with a sympathetic and comic father, perhaps Sonny will become more palatable to the audience.”

How many more years is GH going to continue this bombardment of Sonny and the mob onto the viewers? How many more years are they going to cater to this despicable character? How many more years will they continue to tarnish the legacy of a once great show by their misguided priorities?

This is ludicrous!

Patrick
Patrick

I was so taken, no ? rushed to express, then had to read other posts

yes, it’s ludicrous and infuriating

it seems.. now that Frank Valentini agenda, is out of the bag… as it were… he’s gone all Trumpette

no regard for any thing other than… heck perhaps it’s true that the writers themselves had no idea.. reason for Laura 180 degree turnaround. exit

it seems to me that Wes Ramsey is going to get bubblegummed out with Lulu and Maxie. I am sooooo glad that other posts see his blank acting . soooo glad

ie: MORE actors to fill and overload the Corinthos nest. it’s getting sketchy… whatever is going on behind the scenes with Frank Valentini. it’s ruptured and theres no way to get out of this.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks for your reply, Patrick! You certainly add more backup and texture to my points. Thank you for that. I so often feel that my negative, repetitive commentary on Sonny et al. is tiresome for others here. Yet it is the force that beckons me to this site: to give this constant drumbeat of resentment for the misdirection this show has taken for 2+ decades. It invigorates and satisfies me to see so many like-minded viewers here.

Again, I ALWAYS enjoy reading your posts. Your insights and poetry are much appreciated, Friend!

Justin
Justin

Different producers have sacrificed so many great characters for this on character…..Sonny! I’ve never understood it. They have completely alienated long time viewers, especially with Genie’s dismissal. I miss the show that I grew up on and those characters that made me want to tune in everyday. Yes, some of those characters are there still, but like Anna for example, have thrown away their characters principals, for SONNY! When will it ever end.

James J Peters
James J Peters

Thank you, Justin! You are absolutely right! And, yes, it’s not just the current producer but also his predecessors. It really makes no sense. Glad you feel the same way. Take care, Friend!

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…HELL YEAH this is ludicrous!!!!! I (also) fondly remember Max Gail from the Barney Miller days. But…I am NOT FOOLED HERE!!!!! I mean…this is just an excuse (or whatever) for GH to give that scummy Sonny yet more airtime!!!!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!

Later, Brother.

Carla
Carla

You’ve got to be kidding me. This is ridiculous, your adding another member to sonny’s family BUT we lost Genie Francis. Come on GH fans STOP watching and let ABC know we are not happy and we mean business. No explanation from Frank Valentini and top brass at ABC about Genie yet…this is pathetic!!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Excellent points, Carla!

Debra m
Debra m

Remember him well from Barney Miller. Will be interesting to see how he works with Maurice.

dmr
dmr

I liked Ron Hale as Sonny’s father. I believe that he has retired from acting. This will just give “The Dimpled Don” more air-time. The Faison storyline has somehow become all about Sonny and Jason (oh, and Laura Wright’s boyfriend). As much as I like Sonny, I always have, it’s just a bit too much. Nothing seems to change, however.
I wonder if this guy was hired in a parking lot too?

boes
boes

I love Max Gail, but to echo many other comments, this means even more Sonny and that’s bad.
Very bad.

Shay
Shay

Max Gail is best known for his comedic work and rightly so….Thus, are we supposed to believe that Mike Corbin has suddenly become a laugh riot??? I really cannot reconcile soap vet Ron Hale’s serious portrayal of this character with that of an actor otherwise regarded as Wojo, and that is no slam to the talented and highly-amusing Mr. Gail, but since Hale is apparently unavailable to reprise his role, then why is it even deemed necessary to bring Mike Corbin back at all??? Seems like just another lame excuse to spotlight Sonny….for the thousandth or so time!

James J Peters
James J Peters

Amen, Shay!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Exactly, boes!

Hospi-tale
Hospi-tale

Cool, then bring on “The Fonz” as Sonny’s long-lost cousin and Mrs. Cunningham as his grandma….Chachi…not so much.

Shay
Shay

Or “Boom Boom Washington” for Aunt Stella….

Harry
Harry

Ha ha! I remember when the actress who plays Stella used to deliver her lines without SCREAMING!!!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Hey Shay…GOOD ONE…HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I like Max Gail
I miss Ron Hale
Just cool your angst
And watch the tale!

boes
boes

But a story with Sonny
Can’t help but be scummy
Even with his Dad
You know it’ll be bad.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Haha my dear Boes
I hear what you say
If we could we would
Push the Son far away

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Good advice, my Friend, and indeed quite funny
But no one could ever pay me enough money
To watch with disdain and suffer the pain
Of even more screen time for Sonny! 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

I hear you my friend, I do feel your pain
What good does it do, To be filled with disdain
Let’s watch and first see, Let’s give it a whirl
Perhaps there’s no need for dismay to unfurl
The writing so clever
The story so rich
Lamenting not needed
No reason to switch…

The channel!

😉

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

This has been fun, Rebecca! 🙂 Take care.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

ahhhh…gave up so soon!!!! you’re quite the rhymin’ simon! 😉

Timmm
Timmm

Does anyone have any solid proof ABC put Laura on recurring because of the budget? NO! She would have still been on the show occasionally but she decided against it. Quit blaming every actor on the show or a new guest actor just because you are bitter that the show had no long term plans for the character of Laura.

Steve
Steve

There was a long term plan for Laura. She was set to become mayor after a campaign against another beloved legacy character. The writers had to suddenly change the storyline.

Fans are not blaming the actors, but they are holding the EP accountable for casting ang budget decisions.

If Frank hires some dude in the parking lot and instructs his writers to create story for him, then yes, fans can speak up.

Timmm
Timmm

So Steve, Laura wins the election, then what? There is no drama in that. Who the hell tunes in and wants to know what is going on in the mayor’s office today! I suggest watching “Spin City.”

Reed
Reed

Steve, great insight, I hadn’t heard that anywhere before. I thought Genie was at the end of the 3-year deal she signed in 2015. That makes it even more egregious, in a very public and jarring way to the viewer, the EP scuttled two stories midstream, if you count Rebecca’s hasty exit, forcing the writers to piecemeal something together on the fly.

Physicians have their Hippocratic Oath of “first, do no harm” and I have to believe there are a set of precepts guiding executives and managers in their roles—even a crass “try not to f*%$ it up” would do—but I should not even know Frank’s name, if he’s doing his job right. Not impressed. Barbara Bloom, bide your time and you’ll get a crack at this soon enough. All we ask is that you observe the above advice (that Frank can’t seem to heed) and not pull a “CBS” on us…we’re kind of used to having our show around.

Reed
Reed

Timmm, appreciating your candor, as always. We’ll never get the whole story. A 1/27 EW.com story cites unnamed network executives about how contract renewals can go down and how the backlash by fans will likely yield nothing. Totally get the business side—planning, budgeting, projecting the story lines many months out—however, neither Genie’s impending story, nor contract status were sneaking up on anyone, so this still has all the earmarks of a major blunder by TPTB. With scenes taped generally six weeks in advance of airing, to allow the story to progress without having Genie locked in is squarely on management and was terribly disruptive to the entire production and ultimately the audience.

Conversely, without knowing the details of Genie’s on-again, off-again relationship with the show, it seems to have worked for her to come and go over the years, knowing that she always had a place to call home. It’s great to know you can “go home again” and nowhere is that more possible than in daytime. It’s just too bad that this time around the terms were going to be less favorable to the actress. It takes two to make a s-storm, and in no way did Frank help himself, but to be blunt, we weren’t renewing Susan Lucci or Erika Slezak, the heart and soul of their respective former shows. Beloved, iconic, a wonderful actress and human being, yes, Genie is all of those things, but her character had been neglected for too long and relegated to middling story at best. That things should pick up for her at contract time was fortuitous for her and a problem of their own making for management. Good for Genie for playing hardball but did it need to end that way? What kind of negotiation was this? It nearly degenerated into a Tyler Christopher fiasco where you had to recast to wrap the story. Still finding it difficult to believe it couldn’t have been handled better by both sides. And it’s never a good thing when the most compelling drama is going on behind the scenes.

Timmm
Timmm

Reed, thank god someone gets me! I love Genie. I want Genie on GH. BUT, what will she do? Okay, she wins the election. Then what? Her and Kevin are great together but where is the drama in that relationship? Lucky is not there. Nicholas is not there. Lulu is a train wreck! What do you do with Genie? Yes, she is daytime royalty BUT she doesnt anchor the show. She hasnt for 28 some years! Like you said, she isnt Lucci or Slezak. That is a fact. Take care.

Steve
Steve

It wasn’t even contract renewal time for Genie. Frank told her they were using an out window (i.e. network option) in her contract. Soap actors traditionally sign contracts that bind them to the show for a set number of years. The producer/network usually has 13 or 26 (veterans) week windows to cancel a contract at their whim. Genie didn’t have a choice to negotiate.

The same option period cancellation happened with Rebecca Budig and Robert Palmer Watkins.

Dean Morgan
Dean Morgan

I know I am going to come across crabby, but I never understand, in a time when there are only 4 soaps on the air, casting directors not seeking out soap alum for roles. Ron Hale was great as Mike. He also played on Ryan’s Hope for its entire run before GH, which I would say only helped him. I can think of so many actors- Kale Browne, Justin Deas, Jerry ver Dorn, and Dennis Parlato to name a few- who would have the acting chops to share scenes with Maurice and Laura, as well as daytime experience that could (and most likely would) bring in some former soap viewers. I am sure Max Gail is a talented actor. I just think GH would have served itself better to have a soap actor in the role.

Steve
Steve

While I agree that soap vets are usually better casting choices, the great actors you mentioned would steal the scenes from Maurice. Ron Hale started as Mike before Sonny/Maurice became the omnipresent character that he is today. Brown and VerDorn would drink MB’s milkshake.

dmr
dmr

I liked Ron Hale, from the ’90’s. I think he did a great job in the role.

dmr
dmr

Ron Hale retired from acting, I believe-unfortunately. He was great in the role.

Steve
Steve

Yes, that’s why he left the role in 2010. Frank (and the writers) knew this and they still went ahead with this storyline. It will lack the heartwarming effect that would’ve been there if Hale was still in the role, or if Gail had been on the show for a year or two.

The same thing happened last year with the recast Larry Ashton. Having a newbie in the role during Tracy’s departure took away from the story.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Just noticed your post, Steve, stating that Max Gail’s role as Mike will “lack the heartwarming effect”…he couldn’t BE more heartwarming! He is completely, totally endearing in this role and he melts me each time I see his worn, weathered, worried face. He’s really stepped into the role and made it his own.

Judy M Young
Judy M Young

I really like seeing General Hospital day in and day out. My biggest beef with seeing the show is when channel 7 chooses to interrupt the show for the dumbest reasons, short of world war three. Now to Max Gail taking the role of Sonny’s father that’s great and I watched most of Barney Miller so I know Max Gail can carry the role of Mike Sonny’s father. I believe this role gives the two actors Mr. Bernard and Mr. Gail a wonder chance to soar with their acting abilities. And I saw the show on 02/06/2018, I think this particular show could be one where Sonny not only finds the money he thinks Mike stole, but I think this could lead to Mike going through the beginnings of dementia. If this is something the writers could think about and use that would be wonderful. Of course there are other themes they could send Mike and Sonny through. I hope the dementia idea could be a consideration, anyway just a thought.
Judy

dmr
dmr

It seems as though the show will be touching upon Alzheimer’s/Dementia. The Young and the Restless did an amazing job tackling this medical issue. Unfortunately, I don’t have the same confidence in the writers at General Hospital. The writers constantly introduce new characters, then drop them, create storylines based on important social issues, then drop them (gay marriage/adoption, drug addiction, wounded heroes, etc.). Although, this storyline will include The Dimpled Don, so it will probably be given full attention. Somehow, it will revolve around Morgan’s death, like every other scene does-UGH.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I didn’t know that they might be doing a dementia story with Sonny’s father. That makes me sad. Mike was always such a great character and if they go this route it means the eventual loss of the character and many emotionally heavy scenarios which I’d rather not see. I LIKE escaping into the relationshiips on GH as well as the madness…but I don’t want to feel depressed. (although Nathan’s death certainly did the trick and gave me a good cathartic cry!)

Max Gail is fitting beautifully into this role. He’s not the Mike we’re used to, but when I saw his warm, friendly face smile at Sonny he melted my heart. I’d rather see them get closer…not because of illness but just because Mike has recovered from his addiction and can be more actively involved with his famil.

But now it all makes sense. Calling Carly Courtney. Probably never delivered the money but thought he did? Ugh. I’m already depressed thinking about the direction this is going…

Patrick
Patrick

“…I saw his warm, friendly face smile at Sonny he melted my heart ”

ditto

I thought the same … and yes… it validated my admiration of his acting and presence.

i’m glad the “girlfriend” is staying back. I didn’t get the chemistry thing.. but they had to present him somehow.

I was a little off put that Sonny…. after 5 years … would be “so , angry” after all this time. REALLY? have to power punch your worth, already ?

I – certainly – was not… put off from this new brand father and son.

Max Gail is charismatic enough to see this out.

hope he’s liking his new gig. like you… I hope he makes his way throughout ALL of Port Charles. let this man roam and randy about

as long as it’s not about Sonny – calling – all the shots

shoot.. I hope your last para isn’t happening that quickly. we need more moments and time of lucidity. I don’t’ know… more time to actually see Sonny in tender scenes… Carly sure can’t act that. here’s hoping … @Maurice Benard does with this opportunity.

I just don’t get how fans can truly see any real moments of sincere emotion out of either Sonny – or – Carly. where’s the fun and serial in these two.

let’s see Sonny open

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t know how long they’re going to run this story Patrick but I’m not a fan of it. Too depressing. I don’t mind if they show illness in a hospital story if the person eventually recovers; Anna comes to mind. Not that I like that they gave her an illness at all. I don’t. They also gave Alexis cancer. Thankfully both recovered and it’s barely mentioned. I don’t think escapism needs fatal illness. HATE IT!

So. I think this is going to be another tearjerker. Mike will come and stay with Sonny, they’ll get closer, there’ll be tender moments and gradually both Sonny and Carly will realize something’s not right. Then they’ll get the diagnosis and ugh…did I say…HATE IT!

With that said, and AS said, Max has already captured my heart…which will make it that much tougher to watch.

Ding! Ding! Ding! Is it too late? Can they say that Mike was slipped some hallucinogens…that one of Sonny’s enemies planted Mike’s girlfriend there and she is tampering with his mind??? And, then, in a true fairy tale ending all is right with the world????

Doubt it. 🙁

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GH’s Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford Deliver The Power Performance of The Week!

A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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On Thursday’s episode, Nina is trying to talk down Liesl from torching the place, but Liesl is becoming more unhinged and more grief-stricken.  She says to Nina, “I lost my son.  I gave Nathan up to protect him.  I spent my life not even daring to gaze in his direction for fear that Cesar would take him.  I never wanted my son to be like him, and now my beautiful boy is buried in the ground, while the other son is still breathing!  So, I must finish this my way, Nina  …  with or without you!”

Pleading, an emotional Nina responds: “Aunt Liesl, you are not the only one who lost time with Nathan.  I did, too.  I missed him growing up.  I missed his childhood, and seeing the incredible man he turned into.  I feel his absence and I feel the loss every second of every day.  I hate Faison, and I will for the rest of my life, and I hate Anna (Finola Hughes) just like you did, but that does not justify what I have done… being an accomplice in this crazy revenge.  None of that is going to bring my brother back.”   Nina goes on to say:  “I knew J would not want his mother grieving alone. This isn’t grief anymore … this is madness.”

Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

Earlier in the week, we saw how Kathleen Gati navigated the comedic yet dramatic moments as she had to knock Franco (Roger Howarth) out, while she was trying to get back to Spoon Island, as he realized Obrecht was the guilty party who took Peter.

Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

So, even through some of the absurdity of the circumstances, and as they were portraying two women trying to figure their way out of the mess they created,  Gati and Stafford never faltered as they committed to the material, and delivered this week’s Power Performance of the Week.

Share your thoughts on the performances of Kathleen and Michelle and what stood out to you via the comment section below.

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GH’s Billy Miller Lands Role In Apple’s Upcoming Thriller Series, ARE YOU SLEEPING

Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Does GH’s Margaux Have A Connection To Someone In Port Charles? If So, Who?

This week, General Hospital viewers saw that the ABC daytime drama series is teasing a potential pairing of Drew (Billy Miller) and the new district attorney in town, Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), after the two characters run into each other at a concession stand at the cancelled baseball game.

As fans of the soap genre know, Miller and Hendrickson also played former love interests on The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott and Chloe Mitchell.

During Hendrickson’s first #AskGH live Twitter Q&A when asked: “Is your character connected to someone on the show?”  Elizabeth responded: “As of now Margaux is new to town … but you never know, there may be some connection that has not be revealed yet :)”

That tweet has left fans speculating if perhaps Margaux, has an ex in Port Charles, is tied to a major family in someway, or perhaps has some legal trouble past?

Recently on GH. when Chase (Josh Swickard) arrived on the scene as the new cop (following Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) untimely death), it was later revealed that he was actually the half-brother to Finn (Michael Easton).  And as we know in the soaps, connections are usually the key to more long term success in a role, rather than being just a standalone character, but there have been exceptions.

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So, who would you like to see Margaux have a connection to on GH?  What do you think will happen with her character? Comment below.

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