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Michael E. Knight Joins General Hospital

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Suffice to say, this is one piece of casting news that made us very happy to hear! General Hospital has cast multi-Daytime Emmy winner, and beloved All My Children favorite, Michael E. Knight in a mystery role on the ABC soap.

Knight, who played Pine Valley’s Tad Martin on and off from 1982 to 2011 on ABC’s All My Children, will begin taping scenes soon when GH returns from its mid-summer production break.

As to who will Michael play? That is being kept under-wraps.  But Knight’s new GH castmate and his former AMC castmate, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) enthused on the announcement: “I am thrilled, are you kidding me? I love that guy. He’s excited, too; it’s been a while for him. It’s going to be really fun to have him on my turf. I would love to share scenes with him.”

Soap viewers last saw Knight in his role as Dr Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless back in 2015.

So who do you think Michael will play on the GH canvas?  Could he reprise Tad but in Port Charles, since ABC has the rights now to the characters from AMC and OLTL? Stay tuned.

Excited by the news of Michael to GH? Comment below.

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Kay
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Kay

I know he won’t be but man I wish he was going to be Jeff Webbe a great actor he could pull it off but I know he won’t be

Kay
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Kay

Please stop with the politics can we just enjoy a show ????

Carrie
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Carrie

Kay that is a good idea.

Jill Marie
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Jill Marie

UMMM????No one was talking politics here. What are you talking about?

Satan
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Satan

Despite the gray hair, he looks nowhere near old enough to be Jeff Webber. Unless Richard Dean Anderson is bored and needs the work, I don’t see any reason for Jeff to come back. A recast of a character who has been gone almost 40 years would be pointless. As I wasn’t a regular AMC watcher, I don’t know much about this guy (other than a lot of people confusing him with David Hasselhoff’s 80’s character with the talking car) but I remember hearing the name “Tad the Cad” used a lot back in the day, so presumably he likes… Read more »

Kay
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Kay

“Tad the Cad”, had a girlfriend, slept with her and her mother, among other things.

Shay
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Shay

@Kay….Seems I’m the only one who thinks that “Tad the Cad” was one of the most overrated characters in soap opera history! I could stand neither him—-nor his saccharin sis, the boring Jenny—from the moment “they” arrived in Pine Valley. (But at least she died young instead of lingering on AMC way past her sell-by date like Tad did..) Needless to add, I’m less than thrilled that yet another defunct ABC soap city denizen is landing in Port Charles….it’s just all so predictable! As for whom he shall be portraying? Hopefully, not Jeff Webber….Knight is wrong for that role on… Read more »

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Steve

I, too, thought originally about Jeff. MEK is about 10 years younger than RDA, but you’re right, could pull it off. Although, Knight excels in comical roles, and Jeff is definitely on the serious side. To see him play Rebecca Budig’s dad would be interesting.

Knight would make a good Jimmy Lee Holt, but with Alan and Tracy gone, it’s highly unlikely that character would ever return.

Likely to be a new character.

Ronni
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Ronni

Indeed. I love when he’s funny. He was always so relaxed. I hope his wonderful personality and the twinkle in his eye can come shining through!

Everett Fulton
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Everett Fulton

I am wishing for him to be Jeff Webber as well!

Kay
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Kay

No it won’t be that’s ok at least she has Hayden back and they have great chemistry as sisters ! I hate the ending of billy miller storyline but whatever reason it is ! Whatever not going to bash other actors it’s a business and sometimes they make decisions we can’t understand

Ronni
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Ronni

That’s a cool idea!

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Oh please don’t let him be Helena’s partner in crime, as they showed the other day standing next to her after Shiloh left.

Timmm
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Timmm

Helena’s partner in crime is Heinrich.

dzzdee
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dzzdee

He is too sweet of a guy to be evil.

carla carter
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carla carter

great

Jane
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Jane

I hope he is still Tad the Cad, only a grown up version. Hmmmm…. Talexis maybe? #Talexis

brian
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brian

Hey ABC…. bring back ONE LIFE TO LIVE !

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I couldn’t agree more brian.

Congratulations to Michael E. Knight. I hope they put him to better use than Y&R did.

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Llanviewer717
Yes, M.E.K was so wasted on Y&R. They could never have found a better partner for Ashley, and apparently still haven’t.
I liked Ravi too. Why haven’t we seen him somewhere else?

Daja
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Daja

Totally agree… OLTL had some of the best caters playing great characters with storylines to boot, the fact that so many fell at the waist side of other soaps with poor to mediocre story lines really suck…. They need a home if they’re own. These daytime talk shows are a bore….

Satan
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Satan

Doubt it will happen, but I’m all for the idea, as long as Frank & ReRon and all their pets go back, and keep their stench off of Days & GH.

Rodd
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Rodd

A little scared to see what they do with him. Really, I just hope he pulls in more viewers.

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Maybe they will cast him as the new Dante. Just being silly here, but can you picture him with Lulu hoop?

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

I was just wondering if there is a possibility he could be Cameron’s father. Would be a good time to add more angst to the family. Or was that guy killed?

Satan
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Satan

Cameron’s bio-father was Zander Smith, who died in an infamous “suicide by cop” incident. And he’s still very much dead & in Hell.

Other articles I’ve seen on the subject describe Knight’s character as a “new role” so hopefully that means NOT a recast. I’m also hoping it also means it’s a short term role, because the last thing GH really needs right now is another contract player.

Nothing against the guy. I would simply prefer the long time GH “vets” to get more storylines.

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Satan
Thanks for the information. I did not know much of Cam’s dad.
Speaking of a short term role, I just read that someone called Manila Luzon, described as a drag queen will be visiting P.C. I wonder in what capacity?

Timmm
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Timmm

They wasted him on Y&R so maybe GH will use him properly. Clean shaven: Jeff Weber. Beard: Stephan Cassadine.

Lena Giordano
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Lena Giordano

Love Michael but my fear is he will be the mystery man (in the flash-back scene) who is in cahoots with Helena Cassidine. I don’t want him to be a villan as I’d rather he become a long time part of the canvas playing a good guy.

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Lena, glad we were wrong about that.

dzzdee
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dzzdee

So love Tad on AMC, he will be a good choice for GH.

DMRR
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DMRR

Love “Tad the Cad.”
Hope he won’t be saddled down by Parking Lot Peter, like everyone else on the show.

aria
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aria

w/ Elisabeth new crisis and Hayden back in town and the webber boys, GH would be foolish not to take advantage of this casting and have him play a legacy character. Its perfect time for Jeff Webber to come back to town. here’s an idea, he comes back to town to see his girls, and grandkids, he’s new separated from liz mom, (she could show up later.). and maybe he starts dating like lets say Alexis, can you just imagine sam and liz parents dating, lol, there’s a lot from that alone. Come on GH, play this to your advantage… Read more »

Melissa Darling
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Melissa Darling

What a fantastic idea, aria ! So often we gripe a lot about what’s NOT working, seldom do we read what we’d LIKE to see.

Celia
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Celia

I have missed you so, Michael!!!!!!—I will readily take you with open arms, in any way, shape or form—-kisses and hugs!!

Caleb
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Caleb

I sure they won’t go there but yes, Tad Martin, please.

Mister K
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Mister K

I think it would be cool if Tad were to come to PC. Seriously, it would be fun. Now, if only they evolve Franco into Todd, Bring in Erica Kane…and it’s an ABC Daytime reunion. Yes, I know, I’m a dork..but I think it would be fun! =)

Sue B
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Sue B

This was my hope as well….
Or, at least getting him on the ABC payroll while getting a AMC/OLTL reboot going….

Sherry
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Sherry

I am so excited and can’t wait for Michael Knight to join General Hospital! He is amazing!!!

Ronni
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Ronni

I’m thrilled!I’d LOVE to have Tad back! His family too, in time.
Whatever the role, I hope it’s long term and worthy!

Jill Marie
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Jill Marie

I love, love, love him!!!! The white hair looks beautiful on him and yet he still has that baby face. Plus, he’s a gifted actor. I hope GH serves him better than they served Billy Miller.

JKJ
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JKJ

So good to see Michael get another show at daytime TV. Don’t watch GH, but sure enjoyed him on Y&R….and still miss his character there.

Matthew Clark
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Matthew Clark

My guess a two day stint, not staying around. Like Gordon Thompson “joining” Y and R… more like a guest cameo.

Momo
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Momo

Wish he’d come back to Y&R.

Rose
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Rose

I may have to start watching GH. I love this guy.

Karen
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Karen

I am so glad to see him on General Hospital. He is such a good actor . All I can say is awesome !!! Thank you GH

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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