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Megan Wards’s Surprise Appearance As GH’s Connie Falconeri!

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For those who caught Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital centering around the character of Ava Jerome (Maura West), they were in a for a big surprise, when during Ava’s anesthesia nightmare none other than a bloodied dress Connie Falconeri AKA Kate Howard appeared in the art gallery scenes to confront the woman who shot and killed her.

However, it was the original Connie who took on the role for this special standalone episode, Megan Ward! The last actress to play the role was, of course, Kelly Sullivan from 2011-2014, with Ward playing her from 2007-2010.

Once yesterday’s episode aired, Megan took to her Twitter account to share her gratitude for the fun return: “I have @valentinifrank 2 thank 4 the best holiday present! Appreciated every moment of my trip down memory lane but especially grateful 4 the chance 2 work w/ @MauraWest. #gh

So, what did you think of the surprise appearance by Megan Ward as Connie Falconeri from Bensonhurst? Comment below!

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brian
brian

Would have rather seen Kelly as Connie. I was not watching when Megan played the role, but did enjoy the show none the less.

Beverly Fyfe
Beverly Fyfe

I thought she was the better Connie – at least more believable to me as that character. She is such a beautiful actress. I really wish they had kept her and sent her cousin’s character (Olivia) back to Bensonhurst.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I like Megan Ward, but I honestly would have loved and preferred to have seen Kelly Sullivan in the role again. It’d allow for more complex flashbacks and use of history between actresses. Megan seemed disconnected to the story.

Jimh
Jimh

I only know Kelly S in the role but i guess the original is better than nothing!!!

Mister Media
Mister Media

I’m very surprised. Until reading this I had no idea it was her!

rocinet
rocinet

more surprise to see Morgan!

rocinet
rocinet

Didn’t remember the first Connie

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

The whole episode was great. I knew Maura would be able to pull off a stand-alone episode. Seeing the characters from the past was awesome!!!

Carol
Carol

Wasn’t watching when Megan played Kate. Love Kelly Sullivan so would have preferred to see her instead.

Fanny
Fanny

Kelly S would’ve been sensational. Megan’s voice grated on my nerves.

Steve
Steve

It’s like they are two separate characters. Megan was a good Kate Howard, a sophisticated fashion editor. Kelly fit the bill as crazy Connie Falconeri. Never really bought that she was a teenager the same time as Sonny due to the obvious age difference.

Wednesday was the first time Megan played the integrated Connie, which was not her strongpoint. Nice to see her nevertheless.

Shay
Shay

Exactly, Steve! Megan’s high and haughty, polished New Yorker,“Kate,” was perfectly executed, even though I could never understand how a deeply-disciplined woman of taste who so laboriously clawed her way to the top of the brutally-competitive fashion press heap would deign to publicly cavort with the despicablely coarse Sonny—-past or no past with “Dimples.” It’s something I simply couldn’t ever reconcile about Ward’s cool sophisticate and that particular romantic facet of her existence. However, the more overtly sexy, spontaneous Kelly Sullivan and all of her crazy “Connie’s” assorted mental issues gelled magnificently with her recasting as Sonny’s Bensonhurst ex-squeeze, since the backstory attached to the long-buried Falconeri aspect of this character worked in a manner that I would not have imagined had the original actress remained in that role. Hence even though I consider both actresses successful in their given portrayals as Kate/Connie, I have to say that the notion of Ward as the integrated Connie really doesn’t seem at all plausible to me.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I was not watching when this actress played Connie, but grateful for the surprise. Wish Morgan’s return had been a surprise. Too much information is revealed before the shows air. Takes away the suspense. May be why some people stop watching. What’s the point when you know what’s happening before it happens?

JLH
JLH

I thought she looked familiar but didn’t recognize her. Loved Megan’s Kate. What a great treat to have her return for this episode.

Dinahleigh
Dinahleigh

Love seeing Megan back, she my Kate & Connie

Charday
Charday

I didn’t watch GH during the Megan Ward/Connie era, so to me I just figured the original actress (Sullivan) was not available and they got a fill-in actress. I had no idea it was the original Connie until I read this article. This entire episode didn’t do much for me.

janet
janet

The episode was good. I don’t care who played Connie, never did. Loved the Bad Ava. yea she is so much more evil than Sonny. Give me a break. I do like her with the ex priest. They have chemistry. I want Ava to deck Carly. She has no right to Avas kid. All her and Sonny are good for is to take children from their parents. Who’s next ?Jake.. Today was a little better. Not all the mob.

Tabitha
Tabitha

I loved seeing Megan in this role again! she’s such a talented actress and made Kate Howard what she was!

cooks7570
cooks7570

Megan Ward and Maurice had the better chemistry. Maurice and Kelly didn’t have any chemistry together. I liked Megan’s Kate Howard better. I hated that they gave Kate D.I.D.

dmr
dmr

That was just another way to integrate OLTL into GH…

Angel
Angel

I loved it….to me MW played Kate Howard the Miranda of crimson. KS played Connie ( I know y’all understand lol) the woman Ava murdered. I loved Megan as Kate but I looooooooved Kelly as Connie it was a awesome little nod to the fans either way

Remy
Remy

Yassssssssss THIS IS THE SURPRISE THAT GOT ME UP!

Kelly Sullivan’s portrayal will always be respected. The water she was handed, she made hella lemons out of that portrayal and MORE! Kudos!!!!!

But to see the original, Megan Ward play with Maura West was the ultimate treat to an all Ava episode.

GH RIGHT THAT WRONG NOW AND BRING MEGAN BACK AS KATE NOWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I wouldn’t want the character of Kate to return; she was destroyed to shreds. The DID storyline could’ve been played beautifully, but, instead, it was mishandled. Plus, Kelly Sullivan deserves a rightful return to the role if they did bring her back. But, I don’t see Kate being brought back.

Remy
Remy

Kelly deserves it and yes the story towards the end turned into something that was half baked, but Megan wasn’t given a chance either. They bumped her to recurring to dismissal in a matter of seconds.

The, to reintroduce the character with another actress while the character had familiarity and popularity with Megan was kind of slap to the viewers face.

Did it reboot Kate, yes, but it also killed a future legacy character that had roots within the canvas.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

In no offense, but the character of Kate has fizzled by the time Megan Ward was dropped to recurring, so I understood the decision. And then writing her out also made sense; there wasn’t much story beyond Crimson at that point. When the character returned, it was meant as a reboot to bring more depth and understanding to how Connie Falconeri became Kate Howard, and I do believe Kelly Sullivan was the only character to handle that transition.

My issue with the DID storyline was the way it was written; it became this mockery of DID, and it was mishandled completely. And the character became a broken shell of itself, and that’s what bothered me. It was the writing, not the portrayal that failed the character.

Jason Schumacher
Jason Schumacher

They need to find a way to bring Megan back as Kate Howard permanently she played the role passionately and her vs Carly was always worth watching

K/kay
K/kay

Megan Ward created the character of Kate that was before they decided to recast and do the dual personality because KS version was the one that got shot they should have brought her back to me it must have been confusing for viewers.

Jazz
Jazz

I love Megan Ward and wish they would have kept her and the role of Kate Howard more than “Connie”

NY SoapFan
NY SoapFan

Since GH is quite adept at bringing characters back from the dead…
How about bringing Kate Howard back from the dead?
I loved Megan Ward she was the best!!
Maybe she took the opportunity to fake her own death because she never liked being Connie Falconari, and wanted to return to a more Kate Howard like persona?

elm1951
elm1951

i was so disappointed when megan ward left the role so i for one was thrilled to see her again on gh and this is not any type of disrespect to kelly s……………….

Timmm
Timmm

I love both Megan and Kelly. Megan was a shocker and was great! I wish they would have her bring back Morgan too Sonny ad explain that the whole charade was Olivia Jerome, working for Faison. Connie in, Carly out!

su0000
su0000

Megan had no business being falsely connected to Ava’s story..
She was not involved with anything Ava Kelly Sullivan was Kate/Connie at that time..
Kelly needed to return, that Megan should have never been brought in..
I had no idea who in heck Megan was nor why she was in Ava’s dream, she did not belong.

Mateo
Mateo

No Kelly Sullivan for sure! Ava deserved this episode but the story points were a little weak. The Morgan return was good. I love Bryan Craig. I just think that they could have done a better job with it. But I’m grateful because Maura West can light up my screen any day of the week.

dmr
dmr

I always liked Kelly Sullivan in the role. I thought she did an outstanding (and comical) job with the CONKATE storyline. It was nice to see Megan Ward back.

Jay
Jay

I did not realize it was the actress who originated the role of Connie Falconeri playing her in this episode but I honestly thought she was terrible. It made me miss Kelly Sullivan even more.

Beverly
Beverly

I was very disappointed that they didn’t bring back Kelly Sullivan to play the role of Connie Falconeri on the stand alone episode with Ava Jerome. It was Kelly who got shot by Ava, not Megan Ward. Why bring back to real Morgan, and not the real Connie? Kelly Sullivan’s other show after leaving her role of Sage on the Y&R in 2016, Too Close To Home was cancelled recently, so I really can’t understand why she wasn’t on the Ava Jerome episode. She only appears on a very few episodes of Henry Danger as Henry Hart’s mom Siren, so unless she’s very busy working on some other projects, she should have been brought back as Connie Falconeri in that stand alone episode recently.

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Sean Blakemore and Gilles Marini To Appear in Season Five of THE BAY

Two more stars very familiar to daytime audiences have been added to the continual growing cast of the digital drama series, The Bay. 

Now comes word that Daytime Emmy-winner, Sean Blakemore (Ex-Shawn Butler, General Hospital) who can currently be seen in the motion picture Ad Astra with Brad Pitt is coming to Bay City.  Sean will take on the role of Tony Foster, a character who makes a visit in an effort to “save the day”.

In addition to that casting announcement, former Days of our Lives star, Gilles Marini (Ex-Ted Laurent) will also be showing up.  Marini is also known for his work on Sex and the City, Devious Maids and Brothers & Sisters. 

Look for Gilles to take on the role of Judge Nazar Zekarain, a character who will also crossover to The Bay’s s spinoff series yA –  a drama focusing on Bay City’s elite and often troubled teens.

The Bay’s creator. Gregori J Martin expressed his excitement on the casting news sharing: “Sean and Gilles are absolute pros! Such a true honor to work with both gentlemen and have them a part of The Bay family!”

Currently, the first half of season 4 of the series is available via Amazon’s Prime Video, with the second half of season to be released later this fall.  No release date has been confirmed at this time.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Memoir Available Now For Pre-Order

One of the most highly-anticipated autobiography’s, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, GH) Nothing General About It, is set for release on April 7th of 2020.  But now according to the book publisher, HarperCollins, you can pre-order your copy of the riveting real-life story of Benard now by heading on over to Amazon  to make your purchase.

According to the log lines and publisher notes: “In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 

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Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.”

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Look for Nothing General About It to feature a 16-page insert featuring nearly 50 photographs.

So, will you be pre-ordering Maurice’s memoir? Excited to read what he shared? Comment below.

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When daytime favorite Michael E. Knight debuts on General Hospital on September 30th, he will not be coming to Port Charles as his former All My Children alter-ego Tad Martin; but instead will be playing a different character.

EW.com has first look photo of Knight in his new role and spoke directly to General Hospital co-head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor for the scoop on the ever-popular Knight’s return to ABC.  On GH. Michael will indeed play a new role.

According to the scribes: “There are a number of people in Port Charles who are in trouble and his character will have an impact on how their stories are solved or further complicated.”

Both Van Etten and O’Connor shared: “As we were writing his character, we found out that oh, we have even more use for him! It’s helpful to know who the actors are in this situation. We have lots of ideas on how we can expand his character and cross-pollinate his character.”

As to how long Knight will be sticking around Port Charles, that was not offered-up, but what was is that Michael’s new character will mix it up with Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) with whom Knight worked with on All My Children when James played Will Cortlandt.

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Because ABC now has the rights back in their possession to use the characters from One Life to Live and All My Children, Van Etten expressed: “We have conversations when we have these actors come back about whether it’s more useful or not to resurrect their characters. “=We’ll continue to have these as the opportunity arises.”

So, what do you think Michael E. Knight’s role will be based on these tidbits from the GH scribe? Share your theories via the comment section below.

 

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