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Michael Easton's New GH Character Name Is …. Hamilton Finn!

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Savvy General Hospital viewers got a bit of unexpected intel during Friday’s credits of the ABC daytime drama series.

As the show rolled the credits of the cast in the lower-third of viewers TV or computer screens, Michael Easton was credited as appearing in the episode as “Hamilton Finn”, even though he was not in it.

Thus, viewers learned an episode early that Hamilton Finn is the name of Easton’s highly-anticipated character.   The popular actor, who is returning in a new incarnation following being killed off as Dr. Silas Clay, will make his official return on Monday’s March 21st installment of GH.  It had been previously reported that Easton will play another doctor.  Fans should find out soon just what type of doctor Hamilton Finn is!

Speculation making the rounds is that because all GH episodes got pushed back one today from their original airdate, starting with the March 11th episode due to ABC’s preemption for the funeral of former first lady Nancy Reagan, that perhaps the credits did not get switched to match it.

Meanwhile, as soon as social media got wind that Easton’s new character would be named “Hamilton Finn”, even a new Twitter page for the character went up under the handle @DrFinnGH

On Michael Easton’s official facebook page it reveals the the fan favorite’s first three episodes back to the General Hospital will air March 21, 22, and 23.

So, what do you think of Easton’s new GH character name?  How do you Hamilton Finn will enter into the story on Monday’s episode?  Excited to see Michael’s new alter-ego now that you know his name?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Cat
Cat

I really don’t care what his characters name is I’m just so happy Michael Easton is back. Although the name is really cool. Welcome back Michael!!!

Mary
Mary

Yes!!

Terri
Terri

Love that ME is back! Wished he was a Cassidine but I am overjoyed to have one of my all time favorites back on my screen!

Miriam Fitzgerald
Miriam Fitzgerald

He could still be a Cassadine 🙂

su0000
su0000

I really wanted his name to be Cassidine !
But– Hamilton Finn is cool, I only hope the character will be too.
He best be a bad boy, an exciting guy, a dark mysterious man…the kind I wanna hate&love and tame! 😉
I really wish that easton can bring new viewers, and take care of this;

MAR 12, 2016 ..
ABC Daytime’s General Hospital shed 30,000 total viewers over the previous week and was down 304,000 compared with last year.
GH averaged a 2.17 in households.

I’m counting on Easton/Hamilton to give GH a very badly needed boost of intrigue and suspense ..
Looking forward to checking out the new Doctor..

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

Maybe his name isnt really Hamilton Finn…maybe its really Huckleberry Finn Cassidine and he and best friend Tom Sawyer Hardy will go on many adventures together…lol

Liam
Liam

lol

Lisa Carol Wade
Lisa Carol Wade

I can live with the name. I’m just glad Michael Easton is back!

Mary
Mary

Or he could actually be that Valentine Cassidine that Helena was so afraid of.

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

That’s what several of us said who we wanted him to be under a previous posting…still could happen?

Jake R
Jake R

With all due respect, that Valentin Cassadine thing everyone brings up whenever a new male character/new actor enters the scene was from like five head writers ago. Its not happening that storyline.

Its like Julian Jerome meeting a guy in a van during a witness protection
program transfer who looked just like Luke. Clearly that was Bill Eckert, but then when fans online guessed that, Carlivati switched gears and made Luke have a split personality instead.

Or its like the time Helena slit open the lining on the back of an old painting and found an envelope. There was supposed to be some great mystery in the envelope the painting contained. It was never followed up on.

Or how about when Stefan Cassadine thought he knew Jax’s first wife Miranda from somewhere. But then that actress left the show and that storyline was never again mentioned.

Or early in Alexis’ entree into the series where she was writing a letter to a mystery person she called “my love.” That storyline was never followed up on, either. I always chalked that one up to her writing the daughter she long ago gave up for adoption, but we were years from knowing that Sam was that child or that Alexis had given up a baby upon birth. If I recall correctly, we didn’t even know yet Alexis was Mikkos’s illegitimate child; we were told she was a cousin whose parents had died.

Or course nothing compares to the fact that Stavros was originally Mikkos’s cousin. Then years later they made him Stefan’s brother and both became Mikkos and Helena’s sons. But that’s not so much a never pursued storyline as a show history rewrite. Like Holly saying she never knew Bill Eckert 🙂

Joe
Joe

And I thought Silas Clay was a stupid name. This one is even worse.

davlestev1
davlestev1

AMEN.. NOW CALLING HANOVER FISK…

Anthony
Anthony

Joe – I agree 100%…dumb name. However it makes me think that he has a “real name” which will serve as a reveal somewhere down the line. After all, GH needs to tie him in to a legacy family, not the Finn family. Above all else, I hope they give this character a sense of humor! Easton characters – on all shows – have all been so sour.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Because his acting is there was no reason for either side to agree to this incarnation nonsense yet again

Melissa
Melissa

Agreed! Maybe the writers really dig the new Broadway play! What will they call him for short? Ham?!

Bren
Bren

Hoping there is something that makes this character different than the last 4, or was it 5, characters he played on GH. Each of those characters were paired with Sam, those just didn’t work for me. I’d like to see him paired with Ava or Nina, he had chemistry with them. Perhaps maybe Liz. Liz’s character could sure do with a change, something better than obsessing over Jason, who seems to have definitely moved on with Sam. I just can’t get too excited about seeing the same actor keep playing character, after character on the same show.

SZima
SZima

I’m with you Bren…it’s ridiculous that this actor is playing his FOURTH character on the same fricking show! Two different characters is pushing it, but FOUR?
I guess I’m OK with Easton coming back, even though I’ve not been a big fan of him or ANY of his romantic relationships…except for John & Evangeline on OLTL,
I hope they can find the right woman for him this time around. I agree that Sam is NOT the right one for him anymore, and please keep him away from Elizabeth! She is poison for just about every man she gets involved with. Forget Ava too; she’s a murderer and also poison. Nina will need someone when Franco refuses to give her a baby.

tim S
tim S

I agree… I am not excited at all. He is a great character but enough.. after four tries on the show to make it work with him…. give up!!! This says a lot about the writers and their concern for the fans that watch the show.. How can you expect the fans to keep embracing a character over and over due to bad writing and wanting to keep a character on the show and keep bringing him back. I can understand once, but enough..

Matilda
Matilda

They were all different characters. The problem is Easton is what he is. He doesn’t have the range or ability to portray characters that are different and unique in their characteristics and mannerisms.

Patrick
Patrick

I have to agree with you.

although… I was so taken with his last days… when he was taking care of an ailing Ava… that I honestly, thought… this is IT … this is where he belongs… with Ava

but

as most folks have said… he’s that brooding cop…

so… i’m not sure if he’s taking the risk to act outside the box

OK

I have to agree… I think it was @Alan… someone posted… they could think of 10 plus more actors that could have been recast or brought back

He’s going to have to fire right outa the gate? to make an impact, before we become indifferenct

Mary
Mary

I am hoping that he is really Valentine Cassidine the man that Helena told Luke about. She was so afraid of Valentine. Think of the havoc and chaos the man that terrified Helena could bring down on Port Charles.

Shay
Shay

That was the great hope for many of us, Mary!…..CeeCee and I speculated upon this possibility on numerous occasions. Guess we shall just have to wait and see if our collective wish is eventually granted…..

JustSaying
JustSaying

I was hoping he wouldn’t play the role of another doctor but Oh Well…
I guess he couldn’t be a corporate raider like Jax. Or anyone different.

Melita Pitts
Melita Pitts

I think he’s Nina’s Dr.that she sees for her fertility

brian
brian

totally agree after reading your comment ! guess we’ll find out Monday.

ck
ck

Really hoping Mr. Easton will get his due this time around.

A terrific actor, hopefully they will steer away from the Kelly Monaco effect, that train has long left the building. I’m hoping that this character is more of an impact instead of a filler void.

Can’t wait to see what happens, but hopefully, Mr. Easton will have juicy material that we can eat for lunch and dinner.

Liam
Liam

I like ME, but I think he has gotten his due plenty of times. There are plenty of actors who can turn sh*t into sugar with just one role.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

First of all since the name is not what was spoiled how do we know he’s a doctor? In the credits the characters who are doctors have Dr. next to their names. Of course GH could be playing us.

Also Nina said she had a doctor’s appt with a specialist–so that could be him. And could he also be Hayden’s ex?

Melissa
Melissa

We’re already reading something into the absence of Dr. In front of his name and it could be that the person who does the credits simply forgot!

curacaoman
curacaoman

So we get three days of Dr. Finn, but no Dr. SexyPecs? Yawn

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

I was hoping his name would be either Arnold Ziffle or Chewbacca…oh,well…lol

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

or Barnabas Collins-VAMPIRE!…lol

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I bet Hamilton Finn is a bad guy just to throw us for a loop although since TPTB know we all love Michael Easton, the character will have redeemable points to make us forgive him from time to time. It’s only my guess though. I don’t have a clue what this new doctor is going to be about.

Chris
Chris

I like Michael a lot as an actor, but it’s downright ridiculous that he gets to play yet ANOTHER newly created role on this show, hogging airtime at the expense of GH veterans. This has reached the point of zero believability. If TPTB really think that this will help attract new younger viewers to this show or lure back casual lapsed fans, I think they’re sorely mistaken. It just further illustrates how out of touch Frank Valentini is as the executive producer and what a massive ego he has. Too much loyalty to one of his former OLTL boys.

Plus, Hamilton Finn is a ridiculous name. Seriously, who thinks up the character names for this show? LOL. Get with the times. And I thought Silas Clay was absurd.

Lisa
Lisa

I love the name…Hamilton is now on Broadway starring Renee Elise Goldsberry who, I think, was his greatest love Evangeline on OLTL. So they stay connected by the name. Finn is just a cool name. Does anyone know if this is a contract role? I hope there is a back story that ties him to Port Charles and is written to showcase Michael’s incredible talent. I love him…I just didn’t think that Silas was a well developed character. I remember around the holidays of 2014 he was hardly on GH and he came back looking very thin. I was hoping he wasn’t sick. Now he looks better than ever, and I can’t wait to see him back on GH again.

Sara
Sara

Lisa,
Yes his character did have a relationship with Evangeline, however his greatest love on OLTL was Natalie played by Melissa Archer.

Terri
Terri

Completely agree Natalie was his one true love.

Lisa
Lisa

Thank you Sara…I know in the show that Natalie was supposed to be his great love, but I saw more chemistry and sexual tension with Evangeline. I didn’t see it with Natalie…but that is just my opinion.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

ITA Sara, but Lisa did say “I think” Evangeline was his greatest love .. that was her personal favorite! I wasn’t watching when she was on, but from what I gather, it was a raging fan war and Evangeline was thrown under the bus for Jolie. As much as I loved Jolie, I sympathize with Lisa.

Pam Little
Pam Little

LOVE LOVE LOVE Michael is returning to GH, Name is Lame, don’t need another Doctor, wish they would get rid of that Hateful gray haired doc don’t like him at all !!! Was hoping he would return as Silas Clay back from the dead and be KIKI’s Dad again..or a Casadine, but REALLY would prefer him play the GOOD COP he was, & Bring Natalie on GH where that would REALLY BE CHEMISTRY, Let Liz move away & have our “John & Natalie ” back together again…. HOPE HE PLAYS A GOOD GUY, NOT A BAD ONE!!!! Really been HAPPY for him to play a Cop with Natalie at the PCPD too…. But IM JUST HAPPY HE IS BACK & HOPE THEY GIVE HIM A LOT OF AIRTIME….

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah, Sara….everytime i think of John and Natalie, I get all chocked-up….sparks always flying when they were together in any scene. Ahhhh, those days!

Pam
Pam

Still hoping we get to see ME and MA work their magic again…

Stephanie
Stephanie

You people are getting me so nostalgic. I agree Michael and Melissa need to be reunited. They rocked it! Love them both

Olivia
Olivia

I like the first name Hamilton , but Finn not so much. Maybe Renee Goldsberry can’t do a guest appearance, as a former love interest. I also think she was Michael’s best acting partner, two really talented actors.

Olivia
Olivia

I totally agree with you Lisa Evangeline and John were the best. Michael’s character Hamilton could be paired with Jordan, I think they would have good chemistry together.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I liked Evangeljne too. Thought they were great together.

Olivia
Olivia

There’s been chatter on the Soap Central board suggesting that Finn be paired with Jordan. I must say I agree with those who are pushng the pairing because I think the Two could create a spark.

Ellen Lavoue
Ellen Lavoue

I think he’s going to be the fertility doc that’s been discussed or an on/gyn since Sabrina confirmed her back with her new baby playing the part!

Tim
Tim

I know that a lot of people will disagree with me,but I don’t want to see another attempt at an Easton/Monaco pairing,it worked once over 15 years ago when they played Caleb and Livvie,but it didn’t work with Sam and John or Sam and Silas.

Melissa
Melissa

Totally agree.

Sara
Sara

Got that right

Eileen
Eileen

I HATE it when they bring back the same actors for different characters on the same show! With all the actors in the world, they could pick someone else. That said, I DO REALLY like Michael Easton. However, he will always be a vampire to me….:)

Mary
Mary

This is response to the anger GH generated from the legion of Michael Easton fans for killing Silas.

kimberly
kimberly

It’s odd that the other two characters have Dr. before their names. Why not Hamilton Finn if, in fact, the character is a doctor? maybe not a doctor…

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

So, what, are they gonna call him “Hammy”? Ugh .. I love Michael Easton, but bringing him back to play one character after another is getting comical.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I am still wondering if they are going to address the fact the new doctor looks just like Silas Clay or are we just going to pretend there is no resemblance?

I can only imagine the conversation at Easter when relatives who normally don’t watch GH watch with relatives that do. Relative One who has never watched- Who’s that guy? Relative Two that’s John McCain; Relative Three –no they had to get rid of the character so that is Silas Clay, Relative Four- Nope they killed Silas, he is now Hamilton Finn, Relative Four- I thought he was some vampire dude; Relative One– Wait, who’s that guy again? LOL

su0000
su0000

Easton; GH–
John McBain (short lived Prospect Park lawsuit..
then–
Caleb alter ego of Michael Morley (alternate identity)
Stephen Clay (alternate identity)
All ^^^^ the same guy
Then Silas ..

(now Hamilton)

jaybird369
jaybird369

Hamilton Finn…I like it. Hey…I’ve heard WORSE…W-A-Y WORSE!!!!! Just saying……….

j9
j9

Maybe he will go by “Finn”. If so, that is cool. I just hope they let ME’s charisma shine through. When you see him in interviews or even just the recent “Back to the Party” promos, he is so charming and oodles of charisma! The writers need to tap into that version of ME.

Lisa
Lisa

Yes yes yes…I agree!!! Michael is so charming and charismatic but it didn’t show as Silas. I do hope they tap into that with his next character.

Jason
Jason

Just a hunch – Hamilton Finn will ultimately go by Finn Cassadine (or Spencer, Quartermaine, Baldwin, etc.).

Robert Williams
Robert Williams

Since GH changed name from what we were told – Marcus Byrne – do you think he also may NOT be a doc? In the credits, the other guys were listed as Dr Andre, Dr Griffin, etc but he was just “Hamilton Finn” no Dr…

Melissa
Melissa

Actually I like Marcus Byrne better.

Timmm
Timmm

Hamilton Finn? Sounds like a whiskey!

Shay
Shay

Or a brokerage firm.

Rose
Rose

Timmm…Just had a thought….maybe Michael will be a doctor with a bit of a sense of humour. What a change for GH, and Michael who is usually way more serious.

Timmm
Timmm

Rose, I think they are going dark this time with ME.

Rose
Rose

Timmm…you’re probably right about Michael going dark, or at least serious. That’s been his MO as an actor forever. Figure when tptb got together with him about coming back, and pitched a scenario it would have to be something he felt he could do something with. Just hope he smiles once in a while.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Timmmy.
Lol. Finn is Scottish/Irish. It means white, fair and hero…of the people(Finn Mac Cumhail). The name Fiona, “white flower” is a derivative of it.
I bet Finn is directly linked to Griffin…..too many coincidences. And, as i said weeks ago; does Hayden fit into this? Her ex? Am i fantacizing? MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING?
Happy Palm Sunday, Timmm.

Timmm
Timmm

God bless you to! I hope you and your family enjoy PS and Easter! Spring is here!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Timmm.
Thank you.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….There is definitely some tie-in to a legacy character for Hamilton Finn at hand here, but which one? It’s been said that he is seeking vengeance upon a Port Charles resident, but who? I’ve been ruminating over his name….first I thought perhaps it was a word anagram? But I couldn’t come up with anything that made sense in relation to GH history. The only remote connotation that rings a bell is that a teenaged Laura accidentally killed a man named David Hamilton. Hmmmm……As for a Hayden link? I certainly hope not….but in terms of Duke or Griffin? A definite maybe, although I should still like the mysterious Finn to have a Cassadine connection.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Timmm.
Oh, Timmm. Dr Finn is probably the infectious disease specialist.
Also, su0000 and I ( as per my husband) called it !!.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
Hey, Shay,
I do agree with you…..Cassadine all the way. I hold the same hope.
Did you notice the malevolent glimmer in Hamilton’s eyes, today, as he was on the phone with Monica? Petting his pet lizard? LOL.
Oh, yeah!! This guy has ruination and mayhem on the brain. Timmm did say he would walk in as a dark character.
I hope not too ” Lucifery “, though.
Your Laura theory is very interesting. Hmmmm, a mask, maybe. Is Faison back? I miss his scenes with Liesl. LOL. Buonanotte.

GemmaG
GemmaG

Very Exciting! Calling Dr. Finn. Emergency – I have to catch up on GH w their hot new Drs.!!!! Luv ME, (Michael Easton) – its like he dies and is reborn, almost vampirish.

Sharon
Sharon

Sounds Scottish to me as in Duke Lavery/ Griffin Monroe tie-in?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yup, Sharon…that’s what I said, as well.

Becca
Becca

I’m sooooo happy Michael is back! I love the name and I hope he goes by Finn. Its going to be a great week for a party!!!

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

Wonder how long it will be before he climbs into bed with Tits and Tears Sam McCall?

Timmm
Timmm

I pray they dont pair him with Sam again!

Pam
Pam

Certainly hope not. Been there, done that and FAILED!

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

Hope Easton’s new character is going to be a good guy, a white knight with no ties to the mob, anyone who has ever been in the mob, or dubious law enforcement. I really wouldn’t mind if he were a Cassadine. At least the Cassadines are upfront about who they are.

Brian B.
Brian B.

Dr. Hamilton Finn. Dr. Ham Finn. Dr. Surf N. Turf. I just glad Mr. Easton is back!

Lora B.
Lora B.

Does not matter to me WHO he plays or what his name is. I am just SO thrilled to have him back on GH!!! 😀

Debbie
Debbie

I’m so excited that Michael is back! I can’t wait to meet Hamilton Finn! I am sure Michael will be fabulous!

Lois Ann
Lois Ann

I embrace Michael Easton back with open arms! I am excited to make tge acquaintance of Dr Hamilton Finn!

Letemeatc8ke
Letemeatc8ke

ME actually does have range and has shown a sense of humor, but the actors don’t write their own lines. They can only work with what they’ve been given. Initially I thought he should’ve been Franco and Roger should have played Silas, but that’s just “too out of the box ” thinking. Maybe he should split his time between writing and acting.

Melissa
Melissa

He premieres today! He is both more stylish and…evil! I am
Intrigued!

Thad Bosley
Thad Bosley

He’s back again? This really stretches credibility to its limits. As for Mr. Easton, he is a one-trick pony with no range whatsoever. Why they keep resurrecting him — after one failed GH role after another — is beyond me.

Kathy Gillman
Kathy Gillman

Is his lizard’s name, Roxy, in reference to Roxie on OLTL? I’m glad he’s back with any name! He’s fun to watch in this character. Shows his versatility ☺

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Genie Francis (Laura) is coming back to the show, after all the uproar and demand for her to return.   You said there will be major story for her when she is back.  Is that true?

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FRANK:  Yes, and we are very excited that she is coming back.  And yes, we have actually two big stories for Genie, and there is a little bit of overlap in them. When she comes back she jumps right into the big story, and the audience will know what the story is when they see her return. 

Chloe Lanier (Chloe) just wrapped up an incredible run on the show.  How do you feel about her departure from GH?  Did you know she was only planning on staying for a few years? 

FRANK:  We all knew that it was for a limited time. Nelle has sort of wreaked havoc on anyone she possibly could, and left in a big way and helped kick-off another big story with some other fan favorites including: Michael (Chad), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen), and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright), and the Corinthos family.  So, that’s another fun thing to look forward to.  Chloe is just a tremendous young actress.  We all remember her from the 52nd anniversary episode, which was the Luke (Tony Geary) episode, which revealed the origin story. Chloe just really stood out to us, and we brought her back.  Everyone loved working with her and she is a great friend. 

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Did you have any trepidation about doing another baby switch storyline?

FRANK:  Never, never!   This one has a twist on a double twist.  It’s a triple-axel! It will be gut-wrenching, for sure.

Then, Dominic Zamprogna (Ex-Dante) left GH.  How do you feel about him deciding to leave the show?

FRANK:  I love Dominic.  In fact, we just had dinner together a few weeks ago.  He is a great actor, but he wanted to try some other stuff.   We wish him all the best.  And you never know … the door is always open. 

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Fans on social media have been commenting how the Drew/Sam/Jason triangle featuring: Billy Miller, Kelly Monaco ,and Steve Burton had started, and then was just kind of dropped and has not been playing out on-air.  Have you made the decision to not play that triangle?

FRANK:  No, we are definitely playing it.  There are many iterations:  Drew and Sam are connected through their children, and their love, and the history that they have.  And as well, Jason and Drew being brothers, and that Jason and Sam have their own history, as well.  There’s way more to come! 

Fans have commented, “What happened to this story?”

FRANK:   It’s a big show with a big cast.  Everyone takes a turn stepping forward, and then stepping back.

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You brought on Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux) as a potential love interest for Drew?

FRANK:  Yes, and I knew her work from All My Children and The Young and the Restless, and she is a phenomenal actress and we are really lucky to have her.  Margaux has got the flash drive with Drew’s memories on it and that is an important piece of information to have.

Peter August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey) is still on the canvas.  Is your plan to have Peter create more havoc in Port Charles?

FRANK:  Wes Ramsey is a phenomenal actor.  I think he did a phenomenal job when Peter was kidnapped and tied-up.  It’s not easy to be in scenes where you are tied-up for almost four weeks, and to act, and to stay present in the stage of being a hostage.  I just though he knocked it out of the park  He is Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) brother, he is Anna’s (Finola Hughes) son and with whatever is going to happen with Maxie, they are connected.  He is Maxie’s brother-in-law and baby James’ uncle.  There is a lot of story there.

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Finola Hughes is back after taking some time-off.  Now, Anna and Finn’s (Michael Easton) relationship will be further explored as they now fight a common enemy.  What can you share about this duo?

FRANK:  Finola had a mini-vacation. She is incredibly hard-working, and we try to make sure actors’ have enough time in their personal life to have fun, and go on vacations, and be with their family. This was something we were able to work out story-wise.  But also, Hamilton will be involved with his family and there is some story there and also as you see, when Finola came back we launched into a big story with them.  There is so much to explore in their relationship. For Anna, she has only had two great loves in her life, Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Robert (Tristan Rogers).  So for her to open up her heart to someone else is a big deal, and we will explore that as well, and what that means.

Michelle Stafford (Nina) has been delivering in scene after scene as the grieving sister, following the death of her brother, detective Nathan West.  What is in store for her Nina and her relationship, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart)?

FRANK:  Valentin and Nina are separated right now, and that is never going to sit well with Valentin.  He is going to do everything in his power to try and win her back.  That will not only be fun to watch, but it will be interesting and full of twists, as well.

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Chase (Josh Swickard) and Maxie seems like they could make for an interesting pairing. Will you explore that at this point?

FRANK:  There is a lot of potential with Maxie, but I don’t think Maxie is ready to be in a relationship.  She has tons of story with Lulu (Emme Rylan), and as well with her parents, and there will be lots of other fun things going on with her, but I don’t see a romance right now being front and center in her life.

Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Krstina) is coming back to GH.  Fans had been calling for her return.  Why the decision now to bring her on to the canvas?

FRANK:  We love Lexi!  Her parents are two of the most important people on the show, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  It just seemed like a no-brainer, and she was available. We have a really fun story for her, as well.

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So, there is no Parker (Ashley Jones) in Kristina’s life, right now?

FRANK:  We will see as we go along, and we will uncover the truth about that relationship, as well. 

You brought one of the finest actresses in Tamara Braun back to GH.   Do you plan on utilizing her more … and will Kim be driving story?

FRANK:  Kim is going to have a very big story this fall.

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What can you share on the future of Julian (William deVry) and Alexis?

FRANK:  They will be part of the Kim story as well, and their own story.  Alexis is going to be involved in different stories that will culminate in a story of her own, as well

Patricia Bethune was great as Nurse Mary Pat as Carly’s nemesis at Ferncliff.   She is an amazing character actress.  Did you plan on keeping her around as long as you have?

FRANK:  She is just a great actress and we really lucked out.  She played the balance of very deadly serious and dangerous, and also with a sardonic and sarcastic sort of comedic bent to it.

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Let’s talk Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco (Roger Howarth).  Is there a wedding? And if so, will it go off without a hitch?

FRANK:   There is a wedding coming in the fall.  And how could a wedding between Liz and Franco be anything but explosive and hilarious?  How funny was Roger Howarth in the remote scenes where they save Carly at Ferncliff, and he is sitting in the car and he says, “You knocked over my art supplies.”  I mean, that is pretty great stuff. 

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You recently had OLTL fan favorite Patrick J. Gibbons (Ex-Sam Manning) on GH, in role of Wyatt … the scout who tripped upon Peter being held hostage in the cabin.   How was it working with him again after your time together in Llanview?

FRANK:  Patrick and his family are very good friends of mine, who I have always had a connection with. When the writers came up with the part of Wyatt, I thought Patrick would be perfect for it.  He was wonderful.   Patrick has the right amount of innocence. He has grown so much as an actor, and he is still only 11.  I thought he was phenomenal. He played the wonder and the dedication to the scouts and trying to figure it out in fear of Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).   I thought he did such a nice job,   He is a lovely kid.  I was so happy to reconnect with him.

You have recast Vinessa Antoine’s role of Jordan Ashford with Briana Nicole Henry. Vinessa has gone on to be the series lead in the upcoming Canadian TV drama, Diggstown.  Isn’t it always hard to recast a role?

FRANK:  It’s always hard to recast and we never take it lightly.  We always want to make sure we bring in somebody good.  Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan are in a position in their story where it’s important to keep them on the canvas, and write –off the character of Jordan for a frivolous reason. We would not want to do that to the audience.

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The Alzheimer’s storyline is one of the important social and medical issues of our time to shed a light on.  Through Max Gail’s (Mike) performances, it has resonated so much to the audience.  Do you plan on continuing taking the viewers through the most difficult and tragic moments in the journey of someone who cannot escape this illness, and the toll it takes on its loved ones?

FRANK:  I think that Max Gail, like Vernee Watson (Stella), took us by surprise at how amazing they are. The Alzheimer’s story is very near and dear to all of our hearts.  We want to tell it in a way that is very realistic, but to also emphasis the hope and the family connection, and the love that is that family. Sometimes in the face of tragedy, it brings out the best in human beings.  There is something very uplifting about that, even though we are telling a very sad story.  Mike realizes that this family loves him, even though he has made mistakes. There is a tremendous amount of forgiveness and a tremendous amount of empathy and sympathy, and reconciliation in moving forward.  I think the relationship between Max and Sonny is played beautifully by Max and Maurice Benard.

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What is ahead for Ava Jerome (Maura West), now that the secret is out that the man she thought she could trust and who loved her, Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen) slept with her daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin)?

FRANK:  Ava explodes over the next couple of weeks and has a major, major story. Maura West has never been better!

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What is ahead now for Carly?  She holds the clue that there has been a switcheroo at Ferncliff involving her “therapist” Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom).  Will she be the one to figure it out? 

FRANK:  Carly will definitely be dealing with the repercussions from Ferncliff, and also some family situations, and also something big coming up with Sonny. She will also be helping Michael through his difficult time, because she is a good mother.

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So, what story are you looking forward to seeing play out?  Are you excited for the return of Genie Francis? What did you think about the EP’s thoughts on the departures, the returns, and the plans for the characters in Port Charles this fall? Comment below.

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