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Michael Easton Returning To General Hospital!

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Courtesy/ABC

The big announcement promised today from General Hospital’s executive producer Frank Valentini was revealed late Tuesday morning via his Twitter account! And through a short video clip GH fans learned that Michael Easton, who was killed off as Dr. Silas Clay last year, is returning to the ABC daytime drama series!

In the video clip, we see Valentini in a supermarket with Michael Easton in the same aisle.  Frank asks Michael if he would like to come back to General Hospital.   Easton responds, “Do you have something good?” Valentini tells Michael he has something great, and then Easton says he will see Frank in a few weeks!

Now at the moment, General Hospital is keeping mum as to what role Easton will play. However, it will be a new role for the fan favorite.  According to a tweet and facebook post from ABC’s GH executive Nathan Varni, Easton is returning to the series in an exciting new role with more details to be released later this month.

Michael took to his official facebook page immediately following the announcement to share: “IT’S TRUE… It was your kindness and support that made this happen. I am humbled by your faith. With gratitude and love, now and always, Michael.”

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So, who do you think Michael will play this time in his brand new role?  Share your thoughts below! Let us know if you are impressed and excited about the big announcement?  But before you do, and in case you missed it, watch the exchange between Frank and Michael after the jump which held the intel!

announcement from Frank Valentini on Vimeo.

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I would’ve preferred a more historic return for General Hospital, as I am not only not a fan of Michael’s acting but, I am also not a fan of any of the characters he portrayed during his stints on the soap. So, let’s hope this is temporary and that better returns are on the horizon!

AJQ
AJQ

GH will never be about GH as long as Frank is here. He can’t get past OLTL’s cancellation. How is it logical to think that the way to attract GH fans is with actors from other shows or specifically OLTL?

This is GH. GH fans would tune in for GH characters and actors. But Frank is obsessed with his OLTL pals and really has the nerve to hype it as big news for “General Hospital Fans.” It’s really insulting. Nothing changes and it won’t.

A few fans start a petition and we’re supposed to believe it meant something and had significance? Was it 10,000 people, I can’t remember? How many thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands tuned out prior because Easton and all the other newbies invaded the show to begin with.

This is really a sad state of events and really sad that Frank billed it the way he did. All the chatter and speculation was Frisco’s back, Tristan got a contract, you know things that would appeal to GH fans and be big news. Nothing changes.

The ratings are up from RC and because it’s winter, the show isn’t going anywhere because ABC daytime can’t figure out anything else, and the show will never achieve the success it can because the EP laments away for OLTL and is determined to take GH away from its fans. Good Luck.

Tristan
Tristan

AJQ, I honestly expected it to be the announcement that TR had, indeed, been signed to a contract, what with all the soap boards buzzing with joy about his latest return and interactions with Anna.

I like Easton, myself. But my pleasure has been muted by “rumors” that he will be playing a mob boss, meaning yet another story for Sonny, rather than playing Silas, or another addition to the hospital staff. I just cannot take this mob nonsense.

Dee
Dee

AJQ I completely agree with you!

AJQ
AJQ

I didn’t hear that about a new mob boss, just another reason not to like this.

It is nothing against ME, he seems like a very decent guy and really professional. But today’s announcement just highlights so many problems with TPTB at GH and how nothing has changed.

For Frank to bill this as a big surprise for GH fans is either completely tone deaf or just tauntingly disrespectful. It’s just more of the same. Actors from other soaps take precedence over GH veteran actors, even to the point of giving them a fourth character in as many years.

Why are our veteran actors chopped liver? They were all on a soap that was rated higher than OLTL with a more well known brand. Yet they take a back seat or aren’t even on the bus.

And how disrespectful to Kristina Wagner today. They had her live tweeting, which raised speculation that the announcement had something to with Jack Wagner or Tristan, and Frank makes an announcement about his OLTL actor coming back, knowing there would be a lot of chatter and it had nothing to do with her appearance and really overshadowed it. It’s just typical and it’s enough already.

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

The casting surprise is a huge letdown for this viewer. No offense to any fans of Michael Easton cause he is a class act and a fine actor but once Silas Clay was killed off that should’ve been the end of it. I beleive that the first priority should’ve been Wally Kurth and Tristian Rogers. GH is being very foolish right now to not get these two men back on long term contracts and having Ned and Robert back as full time characters. Ned and Robert are needed more than ME’s fourth different GH character since 2012. He played McBain, Steven, Silas, and now a new character. It’s just too much. The lawsuit between ABC and Prospect Park prevents GH from bringing back McBain so I am not happy about this.

Ned’s return from 2013-2015 was a major success. He had taken his place as the Q’s new patriarch. He was a mentor to Michael at ELQ. He gave Tracy tough love as her son. He gave Olivia an enjoyable romance. He was a good sparring partner for Julian. He would now be able to interact with his brother, Dillon, who’s finally back in town. Robert could reunite with Anna to give her a pairing while they fight crime together. He could play a veteran mentor at the station for Jordan, Dante and Nathan. They could always bring Ethan back and make him Robert’s son with Holly. This just leaves the door open for DAYS/Y&R to put Wally and Tristian back on contract which means no more GH appearances for Ned and Robert.

Matt
Matt

AJQ if you hate hte show so much stop watching, all you do is whine whine whine about the show yet stillw atch every day. Get over it is not the 1980’s its the 2000s. If you hate GH so much as all you do is complain change the freakin channel, oh but if you did that what would you do with all you free time spent complaining on the internet. You must have a sad life!

Justin
Justin

Well said AJQ and I couldn’t agree more. Nothing against ME, in fact, I liked his John McCain on GH, but if it’s true that he’ll be a Mobster it’s another entry on a long list of reasons not to watch this show.

Jumps
Jumps

Wow. Well, as a someone who started watching GH again only because of the OLTL characters coming on, I must heartily disagree. I just might start watching again on a regular basis now. BM is another reason I watch.

AJQ
AJQ

Well Matt, Lol! you spend time on the internet calling out people you don’t even know, accusing them and commenting on their actions and lives.

Again, instead of spending your free time anonymously calling people out for what they like or don’t like or what they do or don’t do, using words like whine and hate, why don’t you stick to the subject and try and make an intelligent point?

It’s not the 1980’s because Michael Easton is brought back to play a fourth character in four years? OK.

But what is it? This need to hire and now rehire actors from other soaps, from OLTL, to play new characters? And why is Easton important? This so called fan revolt for this “popular” actor resulted in what? The ratings have been higher the last five months with him gone, so what measureable impact has his departure had on GH?

And btw Matt, since you know me so well, I don’t watch everyday. Like today, I won’t be watching today to see Howarth & Stafford on chew it up for an hour.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Valentini needs to be fired. The man can’t execute a vision to save his sole.

Lisha
Lisha

MIchael Easton was on Port Charles before he was ever on One Life to Live.

ABC Suds Vet from the Get
ABC Suds Vet from the Get

I honestly don’t understand why any GH fan would have a problem with an actor coming over from a defunct ABC soap unless they think little or nothing of said actor’s chops.
Imo it’s all in the ABC soap actors family and I welcome them. I do however feel differently about actors from other network soaps coming to GH.
It’s just odd to me why so many prior OLTL AMC,PC or RH fans(I won’t mention one or two that pre-dated RH) take umbrage, laced with a competitive fervor,and see as an interloping intrusion, old familiar faces from the aforementioned soaps becoming part of the GH family.
I am devoted fan of ME since Port Charles and am very happy to welcome him back. That being said let’s petition for TR to stay on long-term. I love seeing him intereact with Anna and Mac and everyone else.He’s brought well-needed class, eady grace,talent, charisma, style and a touch of old school GH back. Imo we need more getting back to hospital roots as the show’s base of operation (no pun intended),rather than Crime (Caricature of) Inc. Give us a core Chief Of Staff who has and upholds great values and the hipocratic oath, a dedicated Head Nurse without attitude that would normally get her fired , staff who love their jobs et al .to drive story.Give us more core families -upstanding PC denizens to balance out what we have now.
Can’t wait for Michael’s return.

Timmm
Timmm

Tristan full time, Jack Wagner or Wally Kurth back yes BUT Scott, give Michael a chance, he might just be casted in the right part this time.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Right part or not, I’ve not been a fan of his acting for a long time. He’s a very dry actor, and does not emote in his delivery of any kind of material.

Moviegal
Moviegal

I couldn’t disagree with you more, Scott. ME has mastered the very, very difficult role of being able to play to the camera. This is SO much harder than screaming and shouting and flailing around. Internally driven characters are the toughest to play. He’s the kind of actor, like Thorsten Kaye, that raises the level of those who work with him.

davlestev1
davlestev1

And I agree he’s just as mumbly mouth boring as Kelly Monaco is. .just ugggghhh

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

ALSO couldn’t disagree more. I like Michael Easton, I liked the character of McBain. It was ridiculous to kill off Silas just when they were developing major story with Ava, with whom Silas had history and chemistry. Now he is going to become the UMPTEENTH, secret mobster boss. Why is this so difficult for the producers of this show to put out a coherent and consistent episode from one day to the next?

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Scott.
That is Michael E’s aura, Scott. He is a turn-on. This from a woman’s point of view….and, not necessarily sexual. His indifferent, detached attitude is very magnetic. What can I say. He is fiiine; including his acting.

Dee
Dee

Well said ABC Suds Vet from the Get

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agreed!

KM
KM

MiE seems like a good guy and I’m happy for him and his fans since I think he got kind of a raw deal from GH the last time. But like you, Scott, I was hoping for more returns of classic GH characters, it being GH Fan February and all.

I wonder if Frank Valentini might have been better off holding off on this for a week or so until GH’s own character returns (hopefully there will be at least a few of them) were announced?

I’m a little skeptical on yet another new character for MiE as well. It better be really good to pull this off. In any case, I think any GH returns should have been front and center first before FV added MiE as the icing on the cake so to speak.

Matthew
Matthew

I agree with Scott as well. I’m just not a fan of his acting at all. I was crossing my fingers that if anyone was coming back, especially in a 3rd role it would be the versitile Sarah Brown. I couldn’t tell the difference between Easton’s previous two parts on the show. It was like the same character played by the same bad actor. ; (

Harry (the real Harry)
Harry (the real Harry)

I do agree with AJQ but I adore Michael Easton.
Here’s what I wish– I wish that Frank would finally get over OLTL’s cancellation and work on making GH great again–in its own righ!
Right now we have Tanko (Todd meets Franco) foundering around looking foolish and he has become painful to watch. The same can be said of his female counterpart, Michelle Stafford.
Meanwhile, really talented actors such as Ric Hearst, John York and Tristan Rogers wandering around without a contract and a front burner storyline.

Shay
Shay

@Harry….Thank you for your sentiments….they are spot on! Having been a Michael Easton fan for a few decades from his primetime work and then on Port Charles, I am delighted that he’s returning to GH in whatever role it will be…he’s versatile enough to handle something totally different from Silas or even the OLTL fanbase’s sainted John McBain. And speaking of that particular show, I totally agree with you that it’s time that Frank got over that program’s cancellation, however, the same must be said for all those viewers who just won’t let it go…..like it or not, GH is GH, not OLTL 2.0…that experiment tried and failed….at the beginning I was gracious in the notion that we got Mc Bain, Todd, and Starr, landing in Port Charles since they were acceptable enough characters…I especially loved having Easton there as John….he fit in the best of the three. However, when we started getting Blair, then Tea, crashing into town, it was clear that a hybrid soap was the intended end result. Thankfully, Prospect Park put an end to that plot…of course, that fact hasn’t stopped many posters here from constantly bemoaning their precious show is over and insisting we need to get this actress and that actor from that soap to come to Port Charles. The reality is that OLTL is over and done….just accept it and move on like all of us who watched other past daytime dramas have had to do….GH has already absorbed far too many “refugees” from there and other shows, and by and large, this has not met with success, as Harry has so rightfully pointed out. Lastly, before anyone gets insulted by my remarks, let me ask you this, had the shoe been on the other foot, and GH instead had been cancelled, how would you have liked Luke, Sonny, Carly, Maxie, Lulu, Dante, et al, invading Llanview, then having us GH fans clamoring non-stop for more and more of our beloved characters to take over that town? I already know the answer….you wouldn’t have liked it and I certainly couldn’t have blamed you. Just trying to put this undoubtedly touchy subject into perspective. At any rate, welcome back, Michael Easton….you’ve been missed!

Dee
Dee

Lisha
Yes ,he was on PC before OLTL and GH spinoff funny how people ignore that makes him a GH vet. Father Micheal and Caleb Morley aka Stephen Clay are GH characters.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I know I was reaching at straws but I had high hopes he was coming back as John Mcbain—I guess that wouldn’t have happened because I think the lawsuit between Prospect Park and ABC is still going on. Hopefully this will be something exciting for us and for Michael. I always liked watching him when he played his other characters on other shows.

Barbara Scarnechia
Barbara Scarnechia

Barbara (fan of GH & OLTL)

I think it is great and am excited to see what role Michael will play. Loved him in all the roles that he has played in the past. Welcome back Michael!

Trisha
Trisha

I think Michael is a great actor and I’m glad to have him back. I just don’t understand why they killed him off just to bring him back as someone else.

Melissa
Melissa

Boggles the mind what this could be! (Please don’t make it a preposterous Silas Clay back from the dead return.) Maybe there were identical triplets? (Is there such a thing?)

Timmm
Timmm

Oh Melissa, Silas sucked! Its a new role, thank god! I wonder if Kiki will freak out when she spots him?

Melissa
Melissa

Well they’ve got to acknowledge the resemblance somehow…

Guest
Guest

Why?! No one said, WOW … I do not remember Franco looking like Todd Manning?! That is odd!! hmm….

dmr
dmr

I think this is really great. Although, I was not a fan of Silas Clay, I thought that the approach that Michael took after being let go from the show was really classy. He took the high road and it seems to be paying off. Way to go. I hope that he is treated better this time; he is a talented actor.

Timmm
Timmm

He is a class act and a smart person should NEVER burn bridges!

Trudy
Trudy

I like Michael Easton as an actor, but this is the return of a OLTL actor to GH, instead of the return of a GH actor or a GH legacy character. I’d rather have Lucky back, or more of the Webber family, or ….

That said, maybe he is coming back as a GH legacy character. hello Lucky? or Stephan Lars? or Matt Hunter?

Erick
Erick

Greg Vaughan as Lucky…. He’s suddenly available….

Dee
Dee

I just wish people would acknowledge he was on that GH spinoff called Port Charles before OLTL so he was part of the GH family before OLTL. He is the only actor associated with OLTL that came to GH that had a poorly developed character Silas ,and then was fired due to no fault of his own I am glad he is back.

GH fans are the only soap fans that whine about characters coming from other soaps. Y&R fans for example have taken to Jason Thompson no whining about him being a GH actor.

Shay
Shay

Exactly, Dee! It’s actually very possible to be a huge Michael Easton fan and have never watched him on OLTL as John McBain. My only exposure to that character was when he came to GH, but having said that, I’ve seen this talented actor play many various roles throughout his career, and he has displayed the capabilities to portray an entire range of different types…be they good or evil, comedic or dramatic, human or well, otherwise…you get the picture! As the vampire Caleb, et al, on “Port Charles,” Easton was utterly superb and totally believable…..hence I am looking forward to seeing yet another facet to this extremely gifted performer in his newest GH role!

Trudy
Trudy

Dee

I didn’t watch Port Charles, because the vampire stuff made it feel pretty disconnected from GH to me. So I don’t think of Michael Easton as coming from GH.

I liked Easton’s Silas character on GH, but like all of the OLTL actors’ characters after the Prospect Park lawsuit, Silas was poorly developed and had little in the way of good story lines.

My comment on Easton goes more to the fact that Guza decimated the non-mob families in Port Charles and I would like to see more of them back on the canvas to balance the mob stories. I’m thrilled with the Anna and Robert story right now, so I would love GH to put Tristan on contract to keep Robert around. I really want Wally Kurth as Ned back and on contract to beef up the Q family. I also want Lucky back to beef up the Spencer/Webber families.

Rather than adding new characters, which I think Frank Valenti does too often, my preference would be to rebuild the non-mob families by bringing back characters that I loved,preferably with the original actors.

That said, I like Michael Easton, as I said in my original comment. I am hoping that he is coming back as a character with a connection to a non-mob family.

Finally, I think characterizing my original comment as whining is inaccurate and rude. Surely we can have different points of view without slamming one another.

Guest
Guest

They already said he is a NEW character

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yup; not only classy and respectful, but diplomatic. It’s possible that many GH fans also watched OLTL, and are grateful for his return. yes? But, of course there will be a handful who will wah, wah, wah.
Michael E is one of the best there is. And, as you and Timmm intimate, dmr; a real gentleman. Good show!!

Penny
Penny

Totally agree, CeeCee! I am a longtime viewer of both shows and appreciate his return!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Absolutely true that ME is a total class act. He deserves the loyalties of his fans.

Dee
Dee

Trudy,I was not talking specifically about you ,but fans in general that complain about OLTL actors. I love Tristan too I hate RC made Luke the love of Holly life when it was Robert would love to see that fixed.
With that being said Tristan, Ian and other vets should be a permanent part of GH. MichealEaston fans fought for him to come back I was one of them.
Let tptb know 14Kplus Easton fans are proof that they listen.

Dee
Dee

@shay well said totally agree with you. I look forward to his new character too.

Jason
Jason

Fantastic news! Fingers crossed that the Prospect Park mess has been resolved and he’s returning as John McBain. That character fit in so well with GH. Maybe he’ll return to help his mentor, Anna, and Robert to find Carlos.

Elise Kiefer
Elise Kiefer

That would be awesome!

Chrissy
Chrissy

That would be awesome if he returned as John Mcbain!

PABWECG
PABWECG

That would make me smile. I loved the character John McBain!

Harry
Harry

That would be GREAT if they got all the BS cleared up with Prospect Park and could at least bring back John McBain. He was written out as having been recalled by the FBI for a mission…what better way to bring him back than to have Anna reach out to him in this Carlos/Sabrina case…

lorraine deangelo
lorraine deangelo

i agree with harry, iv’e been saying for along time that he should come back as John McBAIN, Anna would make a great partner for him…….

clh
clh

I wish, but not the case. The judge will not look at the case until PP’s bankruptcy case has been resolved. They won’t even meet about it again until May. It has been postponed 3 times now because of the Bankruptcy case.

Fanny
Fanny

@Harry, my thoughts exactly… Wrote it in a post last week.
Finally some good news… Thank you, Frank!!!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Exactly. Not to mention, the story wouldn’t be extending itself ridiculously to kingdom come to make the audience forgive Franco if there were any chance RoHo could return to being Todd Manning.

blake
blake

I hope so too, I miss John McBain.

Harry
Harry

Okay, that is another Harry–not me. Let us call this new Harry, Harry ll.

tali3180
tali3180

Would love him back as John McBain, he was simply the best, but DANG just don’t think that’s going to happen!

Harry D.
Harry D.

Hmmm.. I feel real enough, go figure..I’ll just add the 1st initial of my last name when I post from now on. Wouldn’t want the “real” Harry to get in a huff. Excuse me for joining a message board without clearing it with you first.. GEEZ..

Harry (the real Harry)
Harry (the real Harry)

Well, Harry the Second or Harry D–I was not in a huff. Albeit, I am well conditioned to be in a huff as I am in one quite often–muscle memory and all that. But not this time. I do not own the copyright to the name of Harry so of course I cannot ask you to refrain from using the common name of Harry.
I just didn’t quite agree with your statement and many folks who did agree with you were giving me the credit for it.
I agree with you with your expression of love of Michael E and also your expression of appreciation for John McBain. However, where we part ways is that I have finally come to realize that OLTL cannot be relived on GH. Prospect Park or not, it’s just not working. I do not feel soap opera cross over stories and characters work although it’s pretty to think so.
I just wish OLTL could come back on its own.

ConnieMac
ConnieMac

I love Michael Easton. I don’t care what or who he returns as, just so he returns.

Rose
Rose

ConnieMac…just so Michael E doesn’t come back as a vampire again, or twin of serial killer Stephen.

Terri
Terri

I completely agree I am over the moon that ME is returning!!!!

Jamie
Jamie

YAY!!! I love Michael Easton. I hope its better character than Silas though…maybe like John McBain!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Easton is a popular player so good news for fans. If he comes back, the character hopefully will be wildly different. I would prefer just to welcome the actor back in that new and different role and not have it associated with McBain or Silas.

Guest
Guest

ABC and PP are still involved in the lawsuit.. McBain is not happening

Mike Pizzi
Mike Pizzi

Maybe he will copme back as Caleb Be patient and see what they come up with it Damn

Timmm
Timmm

NEVER. Maybe if Ron were still around but these new writers dont write camp.

Mike Pizzi
Mike Pizzi

Its a soap chill Just sayin wait and see how they right ne patient I am

Timmm
Timmm

Okay Mike, I’m good. No, I’m not opposed to Caleb but I just dont see these two ladies writing this story. Its okay if they do but the article said it was a new character.

jacque
jacque

wonderful news… Hope its John McBain….

Timmm
Timmm

You didnt read the article, its a NEW character.

Rose
Rose

Just hope he’s not the big boss behind the gunrunning story, or another mobster coming into Port Charles.

Fanny
Fanny

You know what they say “Third times a charm”.

Harry 1
Harry 1

Wonderful news, hope it’s John McBain
(kidding)

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

Love Michael Easton nope please also bring back Tristan Rogers as he one and only Robert Scorpio! He would add a nice touch to the cast.

Tali3180
Tali3180

Love Michael Easton – now Frank bring Melissa Archer on for him!!

Annie
Annie

HELL YES IT IS LONG OVERDUE, BRING MELISSA ARCHER TO GH ,

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

At this point I have stopped watching, I keep tabs on the weekly recaps. If they’re going to bring on YET more OLTL actors I will stop everything and never look back.

kathryn63
kathryn63

AMEN, TO THAT PLEASE, PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE, IT IS MEANT TO HAPPEN & IS GOING TO HAPPEN WE ALL HAVE TO BE PATIENT THEY ARE ABSOLUTE GOLDEN TOGETHER UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE CENTURY!!!!!! I WILL NOT CANNOT & STOMACH THE THOUGHT OF HIM BEING PAIRED WITH ANY OF THOSE ACTRESSES ON GH NOW THEY ARE FAR FROM BEING GOOD ENOUGH FOR HIM!!!!! MELISSA ALL THE WAY FOR HIM THEY SOOOOOOO ROCK!!!!!! THIS FROM A DIE-HARD ME/MA/JOLIE FAN!!!!!!! SHE WOULD BE GREAT AS CLAUDETTE OR SARAH OR ANYONE! FRANK KNOWS HER VERRRRY WELL & IS HIS PET JUST LIKE ME IS. AND TO CLARIFY WHEN I SAY THEY ROCK I MEAN CHEMISTRY WISE & THEIR LOVE SCENES WOW,WOW,WOW,WOW,WOW!!!!! FV BRING MELISSA ON TO GH ASAP!! HOW BOUT A PETITION LIKE WAS DONE FOR ME ANYONE KNOW HOW WE CAN START ONE?

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

ITA, I’m sick of seeing him with Kelly Monaco. They’ve tried to recapture the “magic” over and over again and it didn’t work. Time to give Melissa a try!

Marianne
Marianne

From your mouth to the soapgods’ ears. I too would love to see Archer and Easton together again. Have been waiting and hoping for sooo long…

Soapluv2010
Soapluv2010

He has choices already at GH like Nina or, Ava or, Olivia or, Anna or, Liz – she’s alone. If they absolutely must bring another OLTL missing/wounded, make it Kassie dePaiva. Melissa is a big No-No. At this point, she would only underscore how slim Michael is.

Beth
Beth

Melissa is a great actress that has very diverse interests and talents. The truth is Easton lights up with Melissa and they sizzle. Michael even admitted to their great partnership.

Demi
Demi

Agree with Beth. If you want him successful he has to be in a successful story and pairing. Michael and Melissa are ratings gold and multifaceted. They can argue, they can work together , be humorous and most definitely bring the heat. Miss them..

Steph
Steph

MA and ME have no problem heating up the screen. They are awesome☺️

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, yes, Beth! I suppose these ‘fans’ have never witnessed Melissa and Michael in action together.

Amy
Amy

Have them watch John and Natalie’s YouTube video, “Dirty” . These two are wonderful and clearly so missed.

Joe
Joe

A new role? Really? Bring back John McBain or Silas’ vampire brother Steven Clay. Don’t need a fourth character played by this great actor. Too unbelievable.

Tristan
Tristan

I like Michael Easton, and welcome him back to GH. Not only a very talented man, but a very classy man.

However…really…a lot of GH fans were hoping the so-called “big big news” was to be a contract offered to Tristan Rogers or, because Kristina Wagner was “tweeting” today, perhaps news that Jack Wagner was returning. The Tristan Rogers thing really irks me and confuses me. The man literally lights up the screen and everyone around him. Fan response to his latest return is consistently enthusiastic on every soap site I have been to. Does anyone have any real understanding of why an obvious permanent “get” for the show is not being “got”? Inquiring minds want to know!

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I thought Rogers had a contract with Y&R.

Tristan
Tristan

No he does not, TR was dropped to “recurring” status on Y&R months ago. That is why he is able to appear on both GH and Y&R. In fact today I hear he appeared on both shows!

I like Easton, don’t get me wrong. But I do not understand — truly do not — why this beloved GH star, TR, is not part of the TPTB’s equation for what can help GH regain more of its luster.

And the fact that Easton is reputedly coming on as a mobster? Horrifying, as I am soooooo sick of the mob on GH. This would be his fourth character on GH (McBain, Caleb, Silas, drug lord), when we have actors that are never being given any kind of chance at all: John J. York (Mac), Kristina Wagner (Felicia), and most exasperatingly, Tristan Rogers as Robert Scorpio.

Fanny
Fanny

TR is still on contract w/ Y&R.

Tristan
Tristan

TR was dropped to recurring months ago. He is NOT on contract with Y&R. All you have to do is google it, for heaven’s sake. It was pretty big soap news when he was dropped to recurring.

Harry 1
Harry 1

Tristan is right–TR is on reoccurring status on Y&R and it’s a travesty of justic.
He also has made it clear that he would like to return to GH.
I would like to see Robert and Laura in a scene together.
They’re old friends. I will never forget the day Laura bumped into Robert Scorpio on a foggy pier. Scorpio was wearing a London Fog rain coat and may have been the most handsome man ever to erupt out a fog bank. And then he spoke and he had fans at hello with that Aussie accent. He and Laura flirted harmlessly with one another and enjoyed a very nice and natural chemistry. Why can’t we watch these two old friends play a game of catch up?
I guess so we can watch Paul and Ava make disgusting love, Nina and Franco play isolated house with each other and watch Alexis and Jillian compete for mirror time. Why is it so hard to get the most simple wishes granted these days? Why do TPTB seem bound and determined to give fans what they DON’T want?

Trudy
Trudy

Agree.

Shay
Shay

Normally I’m totally on board with your very well-put grievances, Tristan, but it matters none to me the fact that Michael Easton is coming back to GH as a fourth different character….I’m just so pleased for his return. Besides, it’s kinda cool to witness this bit of soap opera history….surely there has not been another actor to play this many roles on a single daytime drama? We’ve surely had dual-roles and soap-jumping characters, but I should think this has to be some sort of record? Jimh? Mr. Fairman?

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

It’s said that everyone has an unrelated doppleganger somewhere in the world. Silas has a murderous twin. So, whose to say McBain doesn’t have his own doppleganger? I say, bring on Easton 4.0! As for Tristan Rogers, *loved* Scorpio. But, his presence, much like Duke’s would not increase the 18-49 audience one bit. Just stating fact. GH needs to have younger characters that can attract new viewers. Much like a dying rural town or church, it won’t survive if the only ones around are the old folks.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@kansaGuest.
Yes, yes, and yes. Surprising how no one called you ageist, Kansas..

Melissa
Melissa

Oh you guys made my day!!!! Slowly all of my OLTL babies are coming back. I wish the’re were more story lines for them, but just seeing them is enough for me!! Thank you the powers that be for bring him back!

kathryn63
kathryn63

YES,YES YES, NOW JUST BRING MELISSA OUR MELISSA(ARCHER) ON BOARD TO GH SOOOOO SHE CAN BE WITH HER MICHAEL PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE ,PLEASE, FV!!!!!

Rose
Rose

Never know who your going to see in the grocery store. Wonder if Weetabix or Raisin Bran are clues? The lady customer seriously has to get a soap life not to have at least recognized Michael as someone who looked familiar.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Wow, Rose! What an imagination. Good stuff, that! CEREAL.
I think the customer (woman) is a prop, Rose. She was strategically placed there. Not real!! She asked where the meatballs were? Gee, maybe Michael will play the part of an Italian restauranteur?

I love gh
I love gh

Cereal – is it a play on serial – as in serial drama?

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee, Sweetheart… So pleased a WRONG was made RIGHT…
Now if the cereal is any clue to his NEW characters personality,
then we’re looking at a good dose of strength and sweetness.
Always a good combination.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Fanny.
Yeahyyyy. Sweet!! Just like yourself. Sugar and spice and everything nice. Love you!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@ I love gh.
Good one…a true pun…play-on-word.
Look what Rose started. Lol. I like Fanny’s version, as well. SWEET!!

Timmm
Timmm

A CEREAL killer!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Good one Timmm. A CEREAL killer. That’s a BIG hint. Ya think? Good guess!

Shay
Shay

@Timmm….Great minds think alike! And let’s face it, Port Charles could certainly use a serial killer to thin the herd!

Walter
Walter

“Daytime cereal” hahaha

Shay
Shay

Or else, a “cereal,” I mean, “serial,” killer, but OMG, I certainly hope not!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Maybe Michael is a farmer. He grows rows and rows of oats and grains. Or he’s a miller. No joke! Ha!

Harry (the real Harry)
Harry (the real Harry)

Rumor has it that Michael’s character will be paired up with Laura–and I love this idea.

Anthony
Anthony

Dear God – I hope whatever the character is, that it is someone with a funny disposition and a gregarious personality. Never saw Easton as Caleb, but both John McBain and Silas Clay were very dry, uninteresting characters. What any of his leading ladies saw in him is beyond me. His return needs to pop! I think Valentini should also get Trevor St John to join the GH cast.

clh
clh

I just hope they keep him away from Sam, that ship has sailed.

Annie
Annie

So true !

CeeCee
CeeCee

How many ships has Sam sailed?

dtriggs
dtriggs

I hope he return as John McBain! NO CALEB OR SILAS CLAY

Ghlover
Ghlover

Well he could finaly be a Cassadine now! He will set his eyes on Rachel(Hayden) !!

Fanny
Fanny

That is good! Giving him solid ground to stand on, being
a Cassadine would root him to the show.

Rose
Rose

If he’s going to be a bad guy love him to be a Cassadine and not a mobster.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

If not as John, maybe a Cassidine or the son of Jimmy Lee…+add Melissa Archer=soap gold!!! He was one of my first guesses…the return of the vampire and slayer Lucy?…lol-kidding!!!!

Maxie
Maxie

Glad for ME but so wanting Melissa to join as well. That truly would be soap gold. Love ME and MA together.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Imagine that. All would be well with the world if Melissa and Michael were reunited, Maxie.

Marianne
Marianne

CeeCee, you brought tears to my eyes…we can only hope. I miss them so.

Steph
Steph

It has been way too long . They both deserve good roles where they can shine. Hope we get to see them together again. Michael and Melissa rock and they would definitely bring the passion and intensity to scenes.

Amy
Amy

Damn, would love to see a reunited Archer and Easton. What a fiery couple in so many ways! MISS THEM

Justin
Justin

Let’s hope that he’ll have ties to General Hospital and legacy characters or families.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Is the woman in the video one of the head writers ?

Timmm
Timmm

No she is the produce manager!

Harry 1
Harry 1

Yes, she is stalking Michael, as in celery stalking.

Timmm
Timmm

This is great news! I never took to Silas BUT I was a fan of John McBain. I am happier for all the Michael Easton fans who were crushed when he was killed off. NOW, what part will he play? GH needs a new Neurosurgeon BUT Michael has already done the doctor thing. Police, no, done that to! I think my friend CeeCee is on to something with him possibly being casted as Valentin Cassadine. This character was supposed to debut two years ago. Michael would be great as a Cassadine. Rumor has it that Helena’s Will will be read soon and this would be a good time for a new Cassadine to surface. This is HUGE news, thank you Frank!

Mike
Mike

I feel like one of the few who was thrilled with the OLTL characters coming to GH. They shook up the canvas at the time, providing Sonny with a real substantive foil in Todd, giving Michael a girlfriend in Starr who could could relate to his daddy issues, and also presenting real romantic lead competition for Jason in the form of John Mccain (and for the first time in – EVER? – Jason was wrong about things and McBain was right). Having McBain back adds to the police force, makes Sam’s relationship with Jason complicated, and brings Easton back in his most popular role.

But making him a fourth character on GH? Stretching it WAY too far.

Patrick
Patrick

I remember being in a glum mood…. that this actor was killed off

this isn’t what I’d call a BIG move… but so be it…

1. I’m happy for the fans of
2. he has a family to support
3. I really like his sharing insight; the genre; the actors ; the behind the scenes

he carries himself well…I like hearing about his experiences

hummmmm ???? as a new character

I wonder if this is someone new for Sam
I wonder if this is someone new for Ava

would he work with Parker ?

one thing I’ve missed with Silas… is how much Kiki misses her father

PS: no more thank tops… love it when you wear blues…

Denise
Denise

I’m over the moon, but if they pair him with Ava I quit watching.

Timmm
Timmm

What a fan!

j9
j9

Yay!! This makes my day!

Michael S.
Michael S.

No vampires please!

Aria
Aria

I’m happy about the Michael Easton return I hope they give him a better charater to play , he’s more suited for a cop type charater and if it’s John Mcbain then even better. But I was hoping the big news would be that Tristan Rogers was on contract which could still happen so crossing my finger .

Fanny
Fanny

Hopefully this the first of many great announcements.

Timmm
Timmm

I like your positive attitude Fanny!

Fanny
Fanny

@Timmm…I think your hysterically funny…I’m a fan of yours.

Joe
Joe

Doesn’t anyone over at GH think its time to create a role for Erika Slezak AND/OR Robin Strasser??? Stop going back to the same tired well and start creating some NEW roles for WOMEN! I like Easton but come on….start thinking outside the box Frank Valentini.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

Er, no. GH is not OLTL 3.0. Stop trying to make it so. They have made plenty of new roles for women in the past 2 years – Ava, Nina, Madeline, Dr. O. GH also brought back Anna, Laura & Tracy from years of being ignored. I think the area GH needs to improve upon are its 30ish male characters. There are no young male professionals of any significance other than Lucas. Michael is completely uneducated. Nathan & Dante are cops. And…that’s it! Where is the next generation of doctors, lawyers, & businessmen in PC? Nikolas is pushing 40 & he inherited everything. It’s pathetic. The women actually run the town with female mayors, doctors, lawyers, magazine editors, hoteliers, event planners, etc. everywhere.

Fanny
Fanny

@KansasGuest…Great post.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I am glad you said it, KansasGuest. Whenever su and I even touch on the subject of bringing in a younger cast of professionals, or otherwise….we are summarily cut down at the knee.
I am not saying to get rid of the ‘older’ cast, but who will pick up where they have left off. Tyler Christopher is 43. Still relatively young but borderline middle aged. You are so right. Where is the next generation of any profession, period. It seems that a select few want things to remain status quo. There is no young romance….instead of youth preparing and planning for a wedding, we have grandmas looking at churches and wedding dresses. I have been waiting for Maxie and Nathan to get all cozy in wedded bliss. But, soon enough that relationship will go down the toilet and out to sea. Bah, caramba!!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

GH brought back Laura? Laura Spencer? One would never know given the limited screen time and complete lack of story!

Donny
Donny

Cast Erika Slezak as the new Audry Hardy, that would be wonderful. Also cast Robin Strasser as a new character on GH.

Tristan
Tristan

Just no Donny. Rachel Ames is available to play Audrey, and does when written into the scripts. It is HER role, and as long as she is available REAL GH fans will never accept anyone else in the role, not matter how esteemed. Fact. TPTB just choose not to utilize the character. Love Erika, but this is GH. The OLTL ship has sailed and GH needs to stop being a “retirement home” for out-of-work stars from cancelled shows.

Tristan
Tristan

I mean: no matter how esteemed.

davidevansmith
davidevansmith

Tristan, I recall reading years ago that Rachel Ames retired, and she’s only really returned for the 50th Anniversary episodes and that one shot where she was at a desk writing letter to Elizabeth for her wedding explaining why she couldn’t attend. Sounds like favors to me, her being willing to come out of retirement for the integrity of the character of Audrey to be protected for the fans.

And Donny, that sounds nice and all, and I love Erika Slezak, but with Slezak living on the east coast, it’s likely not worth it to give her a role like Audrey, which is older than Slezak is, and completely marginalized. Hardly worth Slezak’s flyer miles to fly to L.A. to pop up for a wedding or a conversation over a cup of coffee with Liz. A character like Audrey is not likely to be driving major story ever again, regardless of who plays her.

su0000
su0000

aha! I said Easton would return, the big secret..
I like him, doubt he be a FF for me.. I hope not cus as of now I watch about 10 mins of GH..
god forbid he is thrown into the breastfeeding story, it’s the stupidest lamest thing ever..

su0000
su0000

ohh and– I’d like to see him back in police work, to be put into the police dept and above Dante ..

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, I’m all for that.
Good call, su. Maybe he will take the role of a police officer. Port Charles surely needs a good copper.

Timmm
Timmm

Dump Jordan and hire ME as new commissioner! Assign Dante to the K-9 unit so he can hang with the other DOGS!

Shay
Shay

Hey, su0000….Thank you for that little Windows 10 tip to CeeCee….I had already changed my settings to allow only those updates I chose before downloading because I don’t want to give up Windows 7. I just switched to the “never check for updates” category….is that what you meant? And will it still allow me to push individually for those important security updates if I do so manually? I don’t want to go without those, just everything else….

Patrick
Patrick

… IT”s

GOOD ; for Nina / Crimson / Maxie / Dillan vs. Julian

with humor thrown in… good acting … likeable characters… this part of GH is turning

LOL…. hummm ? Mayor Lomax…. that blond hair… took me…she looks like a feminist … so why was she the one to get all hot under the collar ? ! ? !

way to debut an actor’ new character, I guess

hummmm??? I hope it doesn’t drag out that far… that we need the ultra gets on my nerves Ms. Feminist Alexis

get on the stick for the menfolk…. enough of the “black” underwear… form fitted

tim S
tim S

mmm I am not too impressed with him coming back as another new character.. he has been 3 different characters on the show already.. enough.. GH can’t get it right with the writing for him and i KNOW it is a new writing team,…. but sounds VERY DESPERATE of GH to get ratings and not going to win me over anymore to watch it.. FF it this week and about 15 mins

Timmm
Timmm

Well, if they can rewrite Michael again rewrite the awful character of Franco!

Phil
Phil

Wish he were returning as John McBain, but not likely. I know I am in the minority here, but really liked Silas also. I liked his interactions with Kiki. I also liked Silas and Ava together. Far more interesting than Ava and Paul.

Lisa Cotterman
Lisa Cotterman

I loved silas and ava i wanted them and i think they will be paied cause we were robbed i herd a rumor

CeeCee
CeeCee

WHAT??

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, my gosh! How many of us said (I know I did) that Easton would be back. Either he wasn’t really dead, and would come back as Silas; or he would come back as his brother, Stephen.
But, apparently he is returning as a completely different character, in a different role and storyline. How will the the resemblance be explained? A lost twin? A clone? Wow!! I am so thankful! Make it work this time, soap gods.
And, here I thought it was Helena being resurrected. I’m still not giving up on the lady.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Or Caleb, the vampire. I remember that when Caleb disappeared from the hospital, in walks Silas. I thought that was so eerie, leaving me with the sense of seeing again in the future. Again, this could be my fertile, wild imagination at work.

Tristan
Tristan

Don’t let your imagination get too fertile or wild, CeeCee. Rumour is that he is playing the new mob boss. I like Easton a lot. But this???? And, I was really hoping the news was the contract signing of Tristan Rogers: our beloved Robert Scorpio.

su0000
su0000

hi CeeCee..
Easton has written some macabre dark stories, he has that darkness in his writings which would make him an awesome dark character, he just has it in him to play dark it’s a natural for him to portray..
I can only hope they use that special talent he possesses..

CeeCee
CeeCee

@su.
Yeah, I am sure Michael is very adept at playing dark, my girlfriend….I don’t know if I want any vampires come to visit, though. I think Rose is on to something. That ‘accidental’ meeting at the market, may be very telling? Or what Tristan just wrote. Another mob boss. Would GH really do that? I want to keep my respect for Michael E intact.

Timmm
Timmm

My petite sweet, further down the chat we were discussing football. Male ego? Let me tell you something honey, I would MUCH rather be hanging with all the girls and gossiping BEFORE I would ever chose to be rubbing shoulders with the men and watching a violent, barbaric act of greed and malicious hate for another human that the NFL defines as “Football!” I cannot stand all the thuggery and female abuse that these players get a slap on the wrist for! Yes, if I were to turn my TV on at MY house on Sunday around 630 it would be to watch “The Wizard of Oz” or “Gone with the Wind!,” Sweetie! Girl talk rules!

Coco
Coco

I hope it will be a new character and not Caleb. No more unrealistic supernatural stuck on stupid storylines.
This is 2016 stay in the current time with real stories like sex trafficking, domestic violence, marital problems, hateful neighbors, magazines battles, the rich stuck up families or the poorest please take your pick of stories just no more vampires!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I hope you’re right, Coco. I’m not into vampires either. But, that story was never finished. As you say…let’s leave it in the past. I also hope he will not be involved with the mob either, as someone suggested.

Rose
Rose

I don’t want another vampire, even though they don’t really “die.” But the spooky Cassadine’s aren’t too far off from being immortal . How about Michael playing one of these dark, long lost family members..charming and good looking? Just can’t see him as a doctor, lawyer or on the PCPD. Rather have Tristan with Anna going after Carlos and Paul. And definitely not a mobster.

Jonathan
Jonathan

The last 5 years of ABC Daytime has been its own soap opera more unbelievable than a scripted one…

Manuel
Manuel

This is really great news !!!

Brett
Brett

Another new role for Michael??? This is getting ridiculous.

Alexis
Alexis

Yes it is, Frank Valentini needs to get fired now. Can we say, teachers pet?

Dee
Dee

Teachers pets do not get fired. He is back because 14,408 fans signed a petition to get him back that a lot of fans to ignore.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

They need to stop killing every character who for one reason or another needs to get off the canvas! WHY can’t the production team be serious about the fact that a daytime soap is supposed to be a CONTINUING drama that OCCURS in the realm of the human being? At least that USED to be the case…

I get that Michael was treated poorly by RC and written abominably. But there are SO many other characters that could have been invited back as others here have stated. I just wish Valentini didn’t give his actions so little consideration from one day to the next.

Elhu
Elhu

Great news, and worth the build up! Michael Easton is an excellent actor, so I am thrilled to see him in whatever role he plays! Cannot wait! Wishing him much good luck in his new role!

Dee
Dee

We ask for beautiful Greg Vaughan and this is what we get?! The execs at ABC Are clueless about what the viewers want.

robbie
robbie

PREACH ! Vaughn back as Lucky would be fantastic!

blake
blake

I hope he comes back as John McBain. It would be great if they could bring the OLTL characters back on there, I would watch GH again if they did.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Love Michael. If he’s a completely new character they may not acknowledge his resemblace to McBain or Silas. May just choose to introduce him…just like they would when another actor takes over a role. Regardless, I’m so happy he’s back.

acindy31
acindy31

I am so excited that Michael is returning to GH! I am one of the many that continued to campaign for his return after his dismissal. He is a total class act and charismatic actor. I’m excited to see what he does with his new character. I’m guessing this time that he will be front and center in storyline and not relegated to the back burner. If they pair him with Kelly again, that would be great, but if not, that’s okay too. I’m just glad to have him back on our TV screens again! Bravo to GH for listening to the fans on this one!

Dee
Dee

I am also one of those that fought for him to come back . I agree I hope this new role does put him front and center ,and hope it’s a well rounded character.

Timmm
Timmm

I am happy for you.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Bewildered, Dee. Your above quote is contradictory to this quote. I thought you were upset that you didn’t get Greg; yet you advocate Michael in the same breath? I thought you said the execs are clueless since the demand was for Vaughn, but we got Easton instead. Did I read your comments wrong?
I love Greg; but, not ad much as Michael. I’m very happy. And, by all the positive comments, so do most others. Later.

Suzanne
Suzanne

Maybe he’ll be a new love interest for Laura!

Coco
Coco

You may be on to something. Laura needs a man since Luke is gone and Scotty is too hyper for any women. Maybe he can get involved with Lulu and Laura (ha ha)…

CeeCee
CeeCee

Or Nina, Suzanne. I may sound like a broken record her, but my feelers tell me that Franco and Nina are drifting apart. I hope I am wrong.
I can’t see Laura and mystery guy/ Michael together. But, TPTB will do whatever they want.

Patrick
Patrick

I’m with your feelers’

every since… New Years Eve’ : after their consummation; we haven’t seen any scenes

I’d be ecstatic if they paired Franco and Liz ????

I feel the same way about … eventually… Paul Hornsby and Ava ???

and… depending on how he’s written… could be a love interest for Sam down the road ???

argh!

I really want Franco to amount to something…. He’s an interesting person to watch

Liz ?!?! you are thee ” IT ” girl.. and worth gold ! I see the sparks with Franco

su0000
su0000

hin CeeCee..
I will save you great problems..
If you are not running windows 10 and don’t want it..
turn off automatic updates even the let me chose updates..
Microsoft is updating all windows 7 and 8s automatically to windows 10..
bewarse! or you will wake up to win 10 and your photos gone lol

Maxie
Maxie

Ugh!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Why do people huff and puff about Michelle Stafford’s Nina? She is beautiful….with a body women all over the world would kill to have. Is it envy and jealousy?? Nina doesn’t bulge anywhere…everything is contained within decent confines….no hanging out, as some others. I can only hope I will be able to still strut my stuff at that age, as she. Please. !!!!!!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@su.
Thanks, su.

Timmm
Timmm

Would Nina want to get into a relationship with a guy who looks like Silas? I could see Laura maybe hooking up with the new guy especially if he turns out to be a Cassadine.

Timmm
Timmm

Michelle Stafford is amazing! I miss her as Phyllis because Gina has no spark in her portrayal as Phyllis. Now, Nina, I love her but not with Franco. I dont think they spark. I want Franco with Liz. It would be interesting and it would pizz Jason off! Well, if he is awake! BTW, a Monica sighting AND a Felicia sighting in the SAME episode? Crazy!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Timmm.
Yeah, I guess if Nina and Franco are to go bye-bye….I wouldn’t mind Franco with Liz. He’s so big; tall. She’s so little; short…she can’t be more than 100 pounds. He must be a foot or so taller than she. I guess it could work. Tee hee…..bye, love.

Patrick
Patrick

woah

Laura looks a little older than ME

just saying

I am anxiously waiting to see Laura in the dating pool

PS: CeeCee

Michelle Stafford is incomparable… in a league of her own! she owns HOT
when she’s gussied up… over 10

plus… I’m so enjoying her new character levitation… her fighting for and getting good story…. not only for herself and for Crimson…. which seems like a ploy..

so be it ! this is what it takes to enjoy topical current debate ! lets go… Nina’ IN

Patrick
Patrick

IE: by @ploy… the breastfeeding debate

I wonder what next months issue entails

this could be fun good stuff for the writers / cast / audience

surprises

CeeCee
CeeCee

I have a visual for the next issue in my head, Patrick. Too raunchy to mention? Maybe. The stupid joke I made? Switch the baby with Julian as Leo feeds. Imagine the sales!!!!

Harry 1
Harry 1

Genie is only a couple years older than Michael, Patrick–she is in his age range.
Now I don’t want to start something here, but need to point out that NLG (Alexis) is a decade older than William DeVry and no one seems to care.
I just do not want Laura paired up with Scotty–please Lord, no.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Lol…Harry…seriously? No one? You’ve had a front seat to a few “tiffs” re that.

I actually agree with Patrick in this only because Michael E. always gives off a cool, hip vibe and Laura to date not so much. The actual years don’t matter but as much as the match. Kassie DePaiva is almost ten years older than Roger but they fit perfectly on OLTL.

Richard Burg (Paul) os only 57…Jane Elliott is 68. I could see him with Laura…vibe-wise…but not as the evil incarnate he is.

Carlos is almost a decade older than Sabrina…well…the actor is in real life and they supposedly go way back. Haven’t seen too much mentioned on that disparity…

Stacey
Stacey

Thrilled! As a long time GHer, I can still appreciate a talented and handsome actor.. and he technically is not a “OLTL” actor.. he started on Days, was a core character on Port Charles, OLTL, then GH.. he is a talented SOAP actor and GH is lucky to have him! While GH has always been and remains my favorite soap, I love many of the actors from AMC & OLTL & PC.. they are ABC actors and would love to see some more appearences on GH… I don’t care what show they were on before, its all about the role, the storyline, the chemistry.. why not bring in an established actor with a fan base? He is a very popular actor and I know I’m not the only fan thrilled with this news! I sure wouldn’t mind seeing Melissa Archer again too.. just because my first loyalties are to GH, does not mean I don’t want to see talented actors from other shows appear on GH… lord knows we have lost enough GHers to Y&R.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Perfectly stated, Stacey…… Particularly because you listed my favorite soaps.

Steph
Steph

Well stated Stacey. It would be great to see Melissa Archer again as well.

Kathryndenise63@gmail.com
Kathryndenise63@gmail.com

PERFECTLY STATED MELISSA(ARCHER) NEEDS TO COME TO GH ASAP AS SARAH WEBBER OF COURSE OR DAPHNE OR THE LADY DOC MELISSA OR NOW AS FINNS POSSIBLY DEAD WIFE WHO ISN’T REALLY DEAD MA WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY PERFECT FOR THAT ROLE& Q WE WOULD FINALLY HAVE OUR MA&ME RE-UNION!!!!!!!!! ALSO SINCE WE DID NOT HAVE OUR JOLIE WEDDING WE WERE SOOOOOOO UNJUSTLY & CRUELLY ROBBED OF!!!!!!!

Liam
Liam

I have liked Michael Easton’s work (specifically Caleb on PC); however, why is GH suddenly turning into American Horror Story with actors playing multiple characters? I’ll have to admit that I’m pretty disappointed in Frank Valentini specifically because he made out this announcement to be bigger than I believe it was. I, too, was expecting a TRUE GH veteran return or veteran signed to a contract, but it appears that Mr. V is more determined to satisfied a smaller camp of GH fans along with his own appetite for revisiting OLTL characters in new GH roles instead of focusing on the RICH history that this show offers and the persistent veteran fans who have stayed with the show through good and bad (mostly bad for the past almost 15 years). So, of course it should come as no surprise when viewership drops…that’s the veteran viewers dwindling away.

Li
Li

I hope it is worth it for him..
I like that he will be someone new. It worked when they brought back the original Carly years ago to play Claudia Zaccara, but women can change hair color, body shape, etc.

Let see where this takes us, maybe a love interest for Elizabeth? Or a connection to Hayden? Maybe her ex??? Maybe a Bensenherst person for Olivia??

In my opinion he better not be a doctor or cop…

mike
mike

Hope his new character works a lot with Howarth, the two of them together are gold.

su0000
su0000

Hallelujah! !! HELLELUJAH!

Michael Easton’s New Role Revealed – Dixon, The Big Bad Mob Boss…
Cratel actually, Paul’s boss ..

Rose
Rose

Damn!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Seriously? Please no!! Say it ain’t so!!! If what you say is fact, su; then, shame on TPTB and shame on Michael for adding another lowlife mobster to PC.

Timmm
Timmm

Maybe he is a mobster with a heart!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Timmm.
Hi-ya;
I know you’re being facetious, my Timmm. We already have a mobster with such a ‘uge, uge ‘ heart= Sonny!!
How about this: Michael’s new character is indeed a mobster…a big baddie. Buuut, he is really a copper/agent working undercover. Yeah, that’s it. I feel better now. Awright, awright, awright! Luv-ya.

Tristan
Tristan

ABC Soaps in Depth have clarified that ME will not be playing this mobster boss of Paul’s!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Tristan.
Well, thank goodness for that, Tristan. Those deep, piercing blues are too direct and clear to hold anything else but integrity. Then again, such a seasoned, well-rounded actor could assume any role and convince the boots out of me.
My interest is definitely piqued and my excitement abounding; I must say. It’s about time I felt this way over a soap again.

Miriam
Miriam

Although it’s been rumoured that he’ll be a mob boss, I think he’ll be Valentin Cassadine. This would tie him to a GH family, and lead to more character-driven stories for him, which is what the new head writers are famous for writing. Just because Paul mentioned ‘Dixon’ in a recent episode, it doesn’t mean it’s Michael’s new role. It would be interesting if ‘Dixon’ turned out to be Julian, who can’t give up the mob after all 🙂

Shay
Shay

I hope you are right, Miriam! I’ve previously suggested just that role for Mr. Easton….he would be fabulous. Perhaps he will first surface as this “Dixon” dude, but perhaps that is just an alias for another character, such as that aforementioned Cassadine! ‘Twould be the best of both worlds!

Fanny
Fanny

@Su0000…I can understand TPTB wanting to place him front & center
this time around… Playing with power houses like Richard/Paul, Maurice/
Sonny, Maura/Ava, EXPLOSIVE!!! Let’s not forget…this will also put him
in Anna’s orbit…they had great chemistry, when playing coppers. Now on
opposing sides of the law it could be very interesting, exciting, intriguing.
If Tristan/Robert stays beyond this burp… Romantically speaking Laura
would be a lovely fit for him, as he continues to work w/ Anna & Mac.
Let’s mix it up a bit..
P.S. Was this the “story idea” Maurice eluded to when he spoke w/
Michael Fairman last week???

Tristan
Tristan

You mean MB suggesting yet another mob foil for himself to increase his storyline beyond what it already is? No, in all honesty I am wondering if it is the Kristina story that he suggested. Any mob story we would automatically assume was his idea, but the Kristina story is not “Sonny-style,” so it would be interesting if it is the one MB suggested.

Timmm
Timmm

I for one, well I guess two because of su are happy BECAUSE it gives ME a chance to flex his abilities! Silas was a snore and I know Michael is way more talented than THAT former character!

Fanny
Fanny

He truly is talented…. Cassadine, Mob Boss, or Deep undercover
agent..whatever keeps him on GH, it’s all good.

Alan
Alan

Whatever his role, it’s safe to assume it will be connected to Sonny Corinthos.

*groan*

su0000
su0000

He is to be Paul’s boss/ cartel..
however-
Dixon may also be WSB and undercover in the Cartel l…

Tristan
Tristan

ABC Soaps in Depth clarified tonight that ME will NOT be playing the mob boss Paul answers to. He is NOT Dixon.

Justin
Justin

My sentiments exactly. Why did FV think it’s smart to alienate real GH viewers with making a big announcement about a OLTL actor and to add salt to the wounds revolve that character around Sonny, a polarizing character.

Tristan
Tristan

Agreed, Justin. I though the big big news was going to be the signing of Tristan Rogers to a contract. I like Mr. Easton, actually, but I am disappointed in the announcement, and saddened if he really is Dixon, the mobster. As if we need someone else who will lose to St. Sonny, or just be another bad guy, when GH needs more GOOD GUYS!!!

Timmm
Timmm

At least Sonny is a legacy character.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I am groaning with you, Alan. However, if Easton’s role is, as I suggested, an undercover lawman, then, have at it…..he can connect with Sonny as much as he wants. Thing is, Sonny is like Victor Newman. He never gets caught. Nine lives? No. These guys have infinite lives.

Belle
Belle

I was hoping Frank was bringing back A.J.

Deborah
Deborah

I am thrilled! This news couldn’t have been any better! Michael got a raw deal . I am just really glad GH realized their mistake and lured him back!

Lisa Cotterman
Lisa Cotterman

I hp[e they pair him with Maura West there scens we supurb

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Maura West is just another character written into a corner–no where to go with her but OFF the show.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lucas Gives Wiley To Michael; While Willow Learns the Devastating Truth

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, brought the highly-emotional moments viewers had been waiting for all-week long; following the year and a half reveal that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Brad (Parry Shen) engineered a baby switch with Willow’s (Katelyn MacMullen) dead baby, Wiley being passed off as Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s newborn, Jonah, and Jonah being raised by Brad and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) as Wiley.  Now with the truth out, it was time for two of the heaviest beats of the story to be played out.

When Willow comes to at the hospital with Chase (Josh Swickard) by her side, needless to say she is dazed and freaking out that Nelle took Wiley.  Chase tells her he has some things to tell her and it’s not going to be easy to hear. Willow braces herself and then Chase tells her the story of the baby switch and how her baby died a SIDS death while at Brad and Lucas’ and then how the babies were switched.

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In a heartbreaking and powerful performance from Katelyn MacMullen (yes, she is our pick for “Power Performance of the Week”), Willow struggles to come to grips with the truth and starts to realize all of Brad’s machinations, as she thinks back to herself how could she do that to her son … to trust him with Brad, only to have the little infant die.  The devastation played by MacMullen, whose Willow, now must realize her baby never lived the full and happy young life she thought, was gut-wrenching.

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Meanwhile, in yet another top-notch performance, William deVry (Julian) showed the pain and the need to unburden himself as Julian talks to his sister. Ava (Maura West) and spills what happened.   He goes so far to admit to Ava that he knew what Brad had done. Ava cannot believe he did not go to Sonny (Maurice Benard) right away with this Intel, but Julian just could not do this to his son, Lucas and rip the baby from his arms.  Julian says he will face-off with Sonny and not leave town, if it comes to that.   Ava says they have to come up with a way to silence Brad … before Brad gives up Julian’s part in the whole baby cover-up.

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And in yet another masterful performance, we have to give it up to Chloe Lanier.  Who can play Nelle and spin stories and the tears so well, that if you did not know this pathological liar you would think she is telling the truth. When in opposing holding cells at the PCPD, Nelle lays it on about Brad so that the guard can hear them. She blames Brad for being the instigator in the baby switch and taking advantage of her – a distraught new mother, confused and dazed on the route where the baby switch happened.  It works! Brad is moved to a different cell and thinks look very grim for him.  Nelle smiles through her crocodile tears!

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Then, in what we all knew had to happen, and even so, was still as heartbreaking as ever; Lucas spends his final moments with Wiley as his father in the kitchen at the Corinthos’ along with Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright).  Lucas starts to tell his mother and sister, all the things Wiley needs and likes, such as having a story read to him.  All of this brings the tears as they know Lucas has to give the child back to Michael; who has been robbed of a year and half as the baby’s rightful father.

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Michael tells Lucas they will work this out, so Lucas remains a constant in Wiley’s life. He also tells Sonny and Sasha (Sofia Matteson) he feels so badly for Lucas, but they tell him to be happy for this chance to have the son he grieved for.   In the end, a tear-filled Lucas hands Wiley to Michael as everyone watches on in sadness for one father … and joy for the other.  Ryan Carnes was poignant in the scenes; as was Chad Duell.

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So, what did you think of the performances from Friday’s GH featuring Katelyn, Ryan, Chad, William, Chloe and Parry? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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