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Meredith Viera On Her Return To General Hospital As Ex-Madam Bree Flanders!

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Where else but on General Hospital can a game show host turn out to be an ex-Madam’ turned Cosmetic mogul?  Of course, we took some license with that, but this Friday marks the return of Who Wants To Be A Millonaire’s, Meredith Viera to GH ten years after her last visit.

Viera’s guest stint is part of planned crossover that GH fans will have to wait till this coming April – when Jason Thompson, Finola Hughes, Ian Buchanan and head writer, Ron Carlivati appear on an episode of the hit syndicated game show just in time for GH’s upcoming 50th Anniversary!

In the meantime, Viera returns to Port Charles this week as ex-call girl Madam Bree Flanders who seems to have moved up in the world aligning herself with the returning Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring)!  In an exclusive interview with TV Guide, Viera fills on in on her return and more!   Here are a few fun excerpts below!

Viera on what’s become of her GH alter-ego Bree: “Well, she’s no longer providing comfort to men! Lynn Herring returns to the show as Lucy Coe and it turns out Bree is her senior VP of marketing at CoeCoe Cosmetics. Sabrina and Felix are desperately trying to get a meeting with Lucy but first they have to go through me. [Laughs] But, really, not much has changed for Bree. Prostitution. Makeup. Hey, it’s all sales.”

Viera on the upcoming reveal that Bree used to work for Renee Divine (Patricia Elliot) when she was a Madam in Vegas utilizing some crossover tidbit from OLTL:  Really? Yeah, before Bree became a madam in her own right she used to work for a madam named Renee at a whorehouse in Reno, Nevada, but nobody told me Renee was a character the audience would know! That’s so cool! They probably didn’t want to load me down with too much information. They were probably thinking, “Let’s hope the poor thing can get through this!” These soaps move so fast, you know. So much faster than 10 years ago!”

Viera on the GH peeps who fans will see in the crossover – as they play “Millionaire” come April!:  “Yes, we have Finola Hughes (Anna), Jason Thompson (Patrick), Ian Buchanan (Duke) and (head writer) Ron Carlivati coming on Millionaire. It’ll air around GH‘s 50th anniversary in April. Such terrific people! I’ve had some wonderful opportunities thanks to these crazy jobs of mine, particularly Millionaire and The View and Today. I played a party planner on All My Children and someone threw a pot at me. I even got to dance with the Rockettes on opening night of their Christmas show at Radio City, which I took very seriously. That’s sacred stuff and they normally don’t allow it. Of course, I stood out like a sore thumb because they’re all ridiculously tall compared to me.”

So what do you think of the idea of Meredith’s Bree working with Herring’s Lucy Coe?  And, what do you think of the powerhouse GH foursome that was chosen to play “Millionaire”?  Good team?  Let us know!

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SMART, SMART, SMART Ron Carlivati!

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Love it! Looking forward to seeing both shows.

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LOVE IT… LOVE IT…. LOVE IT…. CAN’T WAIT EVERY DAY TO WATCH THIS SHOW… IT IS FANTASTIC. LOVE THAT THEY’VE INCORPORATED SOME OF THE ONE LIFE TO LIVE CHARACTERS AND STORIES. GENIOUS!!! 🙂 KEEP IT UP.

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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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