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Michelle Stafford Joins The Cast Of General Hospital!

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If you have seen today’s episode of General Hospital, there is a big reveal at the end of it! And for those that haven’t, the news has broken by now!

None other than Daytime Emmy winner Michelle Stafford (Ex-Phyllis, Y&R) has indeed joined the cast of the ABC soap opera as had been rumored for months.  She is playing the role of Nina Clay, the “presumed” dead wife of Silas Clay (Michael Easton)!

Daytime Confidential spoke with GH head writer, Ron Carlivati about the secret scene that was filmed to usher in Stafford’s new role!  “GH has been on hiatus for the past two weeks and Michelle doesn’t really start taping until we resume. But we realized that as soon as she did, the news would be out there long before her episodes began airing. It was actually Frank’s idea to try to slip her into an earlier show that had already been written and shot, so we could take everyone by surprise.  So he snuck her into the studio recently, at the end of the day, to tape the one scene you just saw. That was inserted after the fact. We’ve been sweating it out ever since that it would stay under wraps!”

So, what do you think of Michelle Stafford finally coming to GH as Nina?  Let us know your thoughts as this surely will cause trouble for the Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Silas relationship and more!

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Mark
Mark

Fabulous!!

chuck
chuck

I’m not big fan of GH but I do love michelle stafford. I think this is just another big rumor which has happened more than once with Michelle and GH. Back in February there was rumor Michael Munhey was going to GH.

Cassie Edwards
Cassie Edwards

she’s on GH as Nina. The previewed showed her waking up…Shocker. I had hoped she would be on Y & R but with “Ava” and now “Nina” they will be my favorites. Now if they could only get Michael I’d be over the top. All three are great actors…

harry
harry

Chuck, it’s not just another big rumor. Stafford was on yesterday/

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I really try to avoid spoilers, and I was shocked to see Stafford. Well done, GH! To all those criticizing Carlivati for creating new characters, hey – at one time there was just Robert Scorpio all by himself. For years. Now, evidently, Robin is considered a “legacy” character. Then, Sonny & his crime family were the interlopers. Now, they are considered GH history. Every soap needs new blood to mix w/other families or else it gets old fast. Faison has been part of GH history for a while. I think its ingenious the way they’re mixing his daughter, Britta, to have connections w/Silas’ situation. Connecting everyone is what soaps have done for decades.

GH50
GH50

Fabulous for who? No one cares about Nina and this whole new concocted family that has been forced on to the canvas. And why would General Hospital fans care about an actress from Y&R?

On a day that TIIC totally destroy the beloved 30 yr legacy character of Robin Scorpio in service of the laughable Sabrina and their agenda to kill all that GH was, we get yet another newbie and it’s supposed to be a big deal. Why?

How about a story for Kristina Wagner? 30 year GH Vet, Stunningly beautiful Aztec Princess, married to a Scorpio with ties across the entire canvas and the mother of the very popular Maxie Jones? Nothing there, huh guys?

Let’s just keep overrunning the town with newbies and actors from other shows as we decimate GH core families and destroy veteran characters and their legacies.

Maybe some of those Emmy voters, in addition to being able to recognize quality or lack of it, are long time fans who don’t like watching their show being destroyed either.

Mark
Mark

Fabulous for gh since michelle is an intense talented actress and will squeeze every ounce of life out of this character. I am thrilled she is on gh and they are lucky to have her!

Mark
Mark

Lol Kristina Wagner is sweet she should have more story. I agree!

Trisha
Trisha

ITA…What kind of person takes a show that has lived with legacy and history for up to 50 yrs and pushes out all those families so that they can start NEW families? I don’t get it. I’ve watched GH for 50 yrs FOR those iconic families and characters. GH doesn’t need more new families and it certainly shouldn’t be NOT writing for GH characters that have been there a long time. It’s like watching the Empire State Building being torn down to build a HIGH RISE. It just shouldn’t happen..period. Someone allowed this nightmare and is continuing to allow it. Obviously, it isn’t someone who watched GH, knew GH or understood GH and it’s true fans.

Justin
Justin

Well said GH50! As a 35-year viewer I couldn’t agree more. I had such high hopes for Frank and Ron. There’s so little on GH that I care about right now.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I TOTALLY agree. GH seems more interested in attracting new viewers than keeping their old ones.

dmr
dmr

GH50, I can’t say that I disagree with you regarding Silas Clay, his wife, and the prolonged mystery. I do like the addition of Donna Mills. I’ve always been a fan of hers, love Madeline’s scenes with Obrecht.

harry
harry

GH50–all I can say is, damn you’re good.

Ces
Ces

If I wanted to watch Michelle Stafford I would have turned on Y&R. I’m SO not interested in this story, NINA, Donna Mills 80’s style acting and bad pronunciation of words and more newbies hogging up the show. We have Kin Shriner, Kristina Wagner, Lynn Herring, Ian Buchanan; all these actors are on for a minute and have a much richer history with the show that I’d rather be watching!
Sam being so involved in Silas’ ex-wife is damn creepy anyway ….. be careful how involved you get Samantha because She’s Alive and you’re going to be left in the dust!!!
BTW: I think Sam & Patrick should hook up 😉

Patrick
Patrick

I’ve posted as such….

Madeline & Dr. O = sisters
Nina
Nathan
Britt

connected to Silas… and Nina may hava a child… : please don’t let it be kiki
Rafe

this is a huge family

I really think it was GH intent all along…(just, like, Y&R)… like whole new casts
GH went the bait and hook and recall glory days with a few vets sprinkled here and their… and wallah… we should all have been enamored by now… all these new characters… with ties and connections

they are good actors… sans Nathan… at times

I wonder if he has naturally curly hair… wouldn’t that be a treat… he’s too perfect… his hair is too done up….. it would make his character relax… he is acting, in and around some fierce women

Dr. O, Madeline, Nina, Britt… that’s a lot of Women

Mitchell1660
Mitchell1660

If you’ve really been watching GH for 30-some odd years, it should come as no surprise that they, like other soaps in the past, introduce new families and new storylines that intertwine them with other long time actors on the show. I just recently started watching GH following the characters I loved on OLTL (who have since been rebooted as other characters) and I love the way the writers are creating interesting stories that are keeping me hooked in. Not being a long-time viewer, I’ve had to do some catching up, but what’s happening is nothing new. Soaps do it all the time. I think this will be for the better of GH if you hang in there and watch.

T
T

MS looks related to Lynn Herring. They could play sisters. Well, GH didn’t need to add MS to their cast. You’re right–why not better use who they have had. I imagine MS is acting very sweet right now about being welcomed there, but in time she’ll take over and jokes will be made about the hands-flapping over-the-top look-at-me macho Phyllis II taking over GH just like Phyllis did Y&R. She’s always Phyllis. In her online show she is just more Phyllis. Let her try playing the part of someone sweet–I don’t see it lasting.

gennie hughes
gennie hughes

I thought Michelle Stafford went off Y&R to do her own thing..I love Michelle Stafford, but I am just wondering why..if she was coming back to the soaps, why she didn’t return as Phyllis on Y&R..?????? That is what I was hoping for!!!

Anirbez
Anirbez

Yes, I thought the same thing, if she really wanted to stay on with soaps, why not return to the Y&R ? I loved the stafford project but miss her terribly on the Y&R along with Adam and Billy 🙁

chuck
chuck

My bad. Soon after I commented on that it was a rumor I found our she was actually on GH. Great for GH and it’s fans. I’ve been in out viewer of the show. I am huge fan of Michelle. I’ve starting recording the show and hope I can get back with it.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

No, not so great for GH fans… nothing against Michelle Stafford but I am sick to death of new characters coming on to GH. I am believing that Tony Geary is right, the writers DO get residuals for the characters they create for as long as the character is appearing in the show. Combined with the fact it is much easier for a writer to write a character from scratch than from history, it allows the writers to make a good living while ABC can cut even more costs out of the GH production budget. They certainly don’t care they’re ruining an iconic legacy.

k/kay
k/kay

I called this more then 6 months ago Phyllis went into a coma on Y&R and was going to wake up on GH as Nina!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

So ironic isnt it…She’s leaves Y&R in a coma and wakes up from a coma on GH…lol

Mary SF
Mary SF

It made be ironic, but I suspect it was planned. All the rumors of her joining GH began just before her exit on Y&R must have been based in some reality and RC knew they had put Phyllis in a coma, so he wrote Nina being in coma to wake her up— a finger gesture to Y&R if you catch my drift. It could have been a coincidence, but it seems too perfect to be that– knowing RC he could have Nina say something like I had the strangest dream that I was fighting with some blonde lady and fell down some stairs– and then I woke up.

k/kay
k/kay

Bottom line MS was unhappy at Y&R she was not getting to dictate story so she walked! Steve Burton was no longer getting to dictate story over at GH he walked! Now hopefully they are working where they can call the shots neither one would be working for me if I was EP I call the shots actors read the lines that are written for them. Neither show as I can tell is suffering because they both chose to leave so good luck to them. Word to JFP leave Phyllis in the coma and move on! Sharon Case & Kristoff St. John have had horrible storylines for years and they took their lumps and went on and they get nothing but hate mail it is just a job no more no less! Rant over!

j
j

LOVE That Michelle is at GH!!! so happy 🙂

Beth
Beth

Love love love this addition………..It speaks volumns.

Sue
Sue

I knew she would not go back to Y&R, way too much drama behind scenes. IMO she did not like JFP! Now if Michael M would go to GH, I would try & watch.. never have watched GH..
I was under the impression she was done with soaps, guess not!! Glad she is gone from Y&R never liked her anyway. Way too much arm waving and repeating lines over & over..

Mary SF
Mary SF

Usually when a soap actor leaves a show to “pursue other career paths” or ” wants more time with their family” that is just code for ” I don’t like my boss- story line– hours–or wage” pick one, or all of those truths as the actual reason for the departure. However they cannot give the real reason because you don’t want to be labelled as difficult to work with or burn any bridges or create new obstacles for themselves. So I suspect your opinion is correct, she was finished with JFP not the soaps.

Sue
Sue

Well said Mary!

gennie hughes
gennie hughes

Mary you are so Right about that!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Had to reply here, Mary…you could be right about Phylis/Nina comas being more than a coincidence…and have Nina say she had a strange dream about some blonde woman pushing her(Sharon, Y&R) down a flight of stairs? That could be possible and Silas and others would think she was talking about Ava!!!

dmr
dmr

General Hospital has the same issue; I feel as though I watch the same scene over and over again, with Ava, Sonny, Carly, and Franco about AJ’s death and Sonny really being the one who murdered him, etc., etc., etc. Too many recurring characters, characters and storylines being dropped for weeks on end. It’s just too bad. It’s a hot mess right now with way too many new faces with no real connection to Port Charles.

Nate
Nate

As much as I love Michelle, and wish her the best, her exit once again proves the show does go on. Not one actor makes a show. Y&R has been on FIRE lately, yes I wish Michelle would have returned to Genoa City, but she is not missed. General Hospital hopefully will give her good material. Look at what happened to the return of Ryan Carnes. Creatively, Ryan must be bored out of his mind, and re-thinking his decision.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Same. While I would’ve loved her to return to Y&R, which is on fire, she obviously felt she wanted to spread her wings elsewhere. Guess that means that a recast on Phyllis can finally happen in the future. And Ron’s writing is inconsistent and wishy-washy at best, hence their failure to secure a nomination as a show.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

No kidding. No disrespect to Michelle Stafford, but the LAST thing GH needs is another soap’s star to join the already bloated cast. RC and FV are so desperate to try anything to get more viewers for GH (thus the never-ending effort to bring in big names from other soaps) yet the writing is all over the map and never encompasses any depth, or character development, or reality. And why is it that they have all sorts of money for new actors but they can’t seem to strike a deal to bring back Genie Francis?

Annie
Annie

I’m a longtime Y&R fan and also watch GH, but have to admit that I am somewhat relieved that she will be on GH and not Y&R. I think Y&R is much more balanced now, whereas when MS was on, Phyllis was involved in almost every storyline. Hopefully Nina won’t consume GH in the same way.

Patrick
Patrick

“why, couldn’t it have been Days of OUR Lives”

What a powerhouse

move over Laura Wright

I hope Michelle Stafford and Roger Howarth STEAM – bubble – entice

if not , Franco…. Julian would rise to the occasion

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Wouldve loved her in the Q mansion with A.J.,…she’ll probably end up with Sonny or Julian…maybe!!!

I love gh
I love gh

She will be great with…. Julian, Silas, Sonny, Patrick, Nicholas, even Morgan – she is a great addition!!!

Mika
Mika

Sweet! Take that Y&R!!!

Daisy
Daisy

She’s a great actress. Let’s hope she doesn’t only have scenes with that over the hill scarecrow Silas!

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Hahaha I always thought of him as a pirate for some reason. Scarecrow works though!

dmr
dmr

Silas and Sam are very boring. Sam-lose the monotone, black jeans, white t-shirt, and black boots. I don’t find anything about the couple appealing. Very boring.

Mary SF
Mary SF

This is good news–bad news— It is great she’s is back on daytime and has what promises to be an interesting role. The bad news is the cast is so large already that many deserving actors are not getting the air time and attention they deserve, so another new character is not going to help that. Looking forward to see her play someone other than Phyllis, but not sure long time viewers will find all these new faces a welcome sight, no matter how talented they may be.

chrissy tassone
chrissy tassone

I find them welcoming; however, you are correct. Too bad GH couldn’t do a two part mini-series to catch up on all the s/l’s that we’ve all been waiting on, and get a jump on new s/l’s! I think that would be so, so, cool

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

So true…

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

They could get rid of many recurring players that are underused or mis-used. People like TJ and Shawn could be written out, and several other places could be taken out. Ron has “new character syndrome”. When he gets bored with what he has, he makes someone new.

Reagan
Reagan

He wants royalty credit for new characters. 🙁

Ruby C
Ruby C

I could do without her. Would just as soon they had left her dead but since she’s coming back would rather it not be MS. Have never liked her that much.

Tali
Tali

Was hoping for Melissa Archer to play Nina Clay and then I’d be interested enough to watch GH again. Still missing John & Natalie from OLTL. This triangle does NOT do anything for me.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

same here

Colette
Colette

I was hoping that they get Melissa Archer to play the role of Nina I would loved to have seen a Natalie and John reunion.Not a big fan of Michelle Stafford I think they could of did better.

Sue
Sue

Not a fan either Ruby!

Andrea
Andrea

Tali, I feel your pain. I also was hoping for Melissa Archer to join. Missing John and Natalie incredibly.

harry
harry

Me too, Tali. And Melissa Archer fit Silas’s description of Nina. As Silas waxed poetic about Nina, with tears brimming in his eyes, he never once described Nina as being reptilian.

Stacey
Stacey

I would have much preferred Melissa Archer in this role not Michelle Stafford.

Kathy
Kathy

The music played during the Scene where Silas was reminiscing about Nina was the same as when John and Natalie recited their vows at their wedding interrupted by Marty. In agreement was hoping for MA.

Mo
Mo

Surprise surprise I say sarcastically.

Patrick
Patrick

I don’t see her coming between Sam and Silas… as they are connected

it’s with the other menfolk… that id like to see her co-mingle

Franco
Julian
Ric

have an affair with Dante

she’s such a big presence…
man… I loved when Jack, (who’s comparable) would call her “Red”

Y&R has lost so much

Michelle Stafford is a bull dozer – a train – a rocket (C’mon AT ya)

Sue
Sue

Y&R hasn’t lost much! IMO

Dee
Dee

Hasn’t lost much?? are you for real?Lets see where do I start?
Kathrine chanclor, De De,Billy ,Michael , Phyliss, That is a lot to lose,as a fan of Y&R for over 35 yrs I can’t stomach the loss of soo many great actors that are gone now, So I decided I would not watch anymore As it has changed way to much to keep my interest. I haven’t missed it one bit.

Timmm
Timmm

I know Sonny gets all the chicks but Ava is eventually going to pay and Maurice Bernard and Michelle Stafford would act their asses off together!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

This better be good…i wont hold my breath because GH is an up and down soap for me…it had a few good episodes then some boring ones…and im sick of waiting for sweeps months…back in the 60s and 70s you didnt have to wait for something good to happen…soaps had you always tune in the next day or youd miss something…they should still be that way…Days kind of still that way but not always…GH has good ideas but messes up too often!!! Im looking forward to M.S. as Nina…You got a great actress GH…dont screw up!!!

davlestev1
davlestev1

I agree and such great villians who didn’t run in PACKS!!!..Remember when Meredith Wolek went out on that snowy balcony..when Talbot and Karen ran down pat’s son..when Sadie Grey clocked Carla’s game..when Olympia descended the Buchanan grand staircase..when Barbara Rodell was fabuloso as Joyce Coleman and that darkened shooting of the Hughes brother..Olive Gordon causing John’s death running around in a to this day classic location shoot with those gas cans…”hee hee..goodbye ALICE”…remember Alma and that big raggedy ann/clown..cecille..charlene…and on and on…ahhh the true GOLDEN DAYS…Roger was simply bad news along with Diane like heather used to be when she burned her hands in a pan of hot oil…climbed down that pier pregnant and miscarried…wow wow wow

davlestev1
davlestev1

And don’t forget when poor old Mary Kennicott was being a good samaratin..or when doug snatched frannie and kim..and lily was floored to learn who her parents were..and meg meg meg either one..love of life or the first on as the world turns..I LOVED ME SOME MEG SNYDER…and John and Susan..who could stand toe to toe with the best of them.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I remember…especially Another World with Olive, John, Alice and Larry, Clarice, Alma, Blaine,…no soap today will ever be as great as AW and those other classic moments you mentioned!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thats when soaps were at their best…

Rob
Rob

If I cant have her as Phyllis on Y&R, Ill take he as Nina….Awesome!!

Kaffe
Kaffe

Annoying just Annoying…….I never cared for her….she should have went back to YR….I got a feeling that she ‘s gonna eat up the show, and be a thorn in Sam and Silas..who is my favorite couple…Put her with new Jason or somebody else

I wanted Sam and Silas to have a baby….but what are the gonna to write…..Some people are happy she’s commiing some people are littlebit peeved…Keep her in
Carly orbit and let the 2 yentis argue…But keep her away from Sam

Maria
Maria

Why should Sam and Silas have a baby? Sam is never seen with her son and Silas rarely interacts with his daughter.

Stacey
Stacey

Agreed so ridiculous. Give them a baby and then what?

toscanti
toscanti

LOVE HER and so excited for GH! Y&R WHO? Take that Jill Farren Phelps.

Mama23
Mama23

Take that Y&R!!!

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Seriously, huh?? That seems like a serious shot at Y&R. I wonder what was happening behind the scenes.

Timmm
Timmm

All the big names are jumping the Y&R ship! You have to look at JFP.

Cathy
Cathy

Who cares? Where is GH getting money for her? I remember FV stating when Kimberly first came back as long as they have the money. So a GH vet can’t come back unless GH Has money but they have money for MS. Story don’t believe FV and his lies or TIIC with their favorites. They don’t car about GH viewers who want their GH characters they grew up with. . No reason FV couldn’t make KMc recurring and they DONT need to constantly try and throw Robin under the bus for Patrick to move on or for their newbie pet Ms Perfect Nurse. Patrick can just understand for a change and did her really expect her to drop everything for the MsPerfect Nurse baby. Just maybe Robin can’t and Victor isn’t telling the truth, they are ruining characters and don’t care about GH fans who watched and know the characters better than they do. Glad GH didn’t get many nominations for show, writing, directing etc, they didn’t deserve them.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I’m sure if KMC wanted to be back on GH full time and on contract GH would find the money but that’s not what she wants.So GH has to move on without her because they can write stories depending on one actor’s availibility.

Timmm
Timmm

Your right. Kim wanted to leave the show to direct.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Agreed, I am thoroughly bored with GH right now because they ignore the characters I love and give front-burner storylines to newbies from other shows.

I love gh
I love gh

KMc wants to direct & went to directing school…. It was not about the money.

harry
harry

Oh great–another scene chewer. Her and Maura West are going to be the mouths which ate Port Charles. Maybe they’ll cannibalize each other.

Mema
Mema

Two of the best actresses on television.

Timmm
Timmm

BINGO!

Moviegal
Moviegal

Absolutely!

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Ugh. Y&R doesn’t know the good when they have it and then they waste the actors.. Maura West, Michelle Stafford, Michael Muhney, the famous couple from AMC who played Sarge and Devon’s mom, Emme Rylan.. and we get stuck with Steve Burton who was much more amazing on GH.

Sherwood
Sherwood

Honey, Maura West and Michelle Stafford will eat Y&R alive, not GH. They’ll make GH the MUST WATCH soap going forward. Talk about dynamite in the afternoon! These two will make GH explode!

What fun this is going to be!

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

I totally agree! GH doesn’t seem to waste the talent they have. They let the actors do what they are best at, aside from maybe the guy who played AJ that was upset that his character’s main focus was swindling Tracy out of the relish recipe. Lol. But they’ve made enough room for Carly’s big personality, Ava’s, and hopefully Nina’s now. I wouldn’t want to see MS playing some “shrinking violet”. Ugh. I’m so disgusted with Y&R right now. It’s my soap, but TPTB totally deserve this. Unfortunately the fans don’t. GH’s gain though.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

depends on why you watch soaps. I watch for Love, Romance, Relationships, Core Famiies. NOT mob drama, or to watch divas chewing the scenery. GH was at its best last year when it was bringing back characters we loved like Robert and Robin Scorpio and Frisco Jones. When I turn GH on (occasionally now) I don’t even recognize anybody.

Tristan
Tristan

And every other actress in their age range will be collateral damage. If we didn’t have so many new characters I would applaud this hire. But for this viewer: more newbie overload. I am kind of past the point of caring about GH anymore, so I don’t even know why I bothered to post.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

wish there was a “like” button 🙂

Elhu
Elhu

Kudos in pulling off this major surprise!!! I actually find Michelle Stafford, Maura West and Laura Wright to all be very similar in character (strong, powerful women, who want everything their way or no way), and it will be interesting to watch them all “duke it out” on GH !!!! Great show, great storylines, and a very strong cast indeed!!!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Yawn .. I want some LOVE stories!

Shay
Shay

As long as they don’t put Stafford’s Nina in the same frame as the hyperkinetic Lucy Coe….with their similarly wild gesticulations, someone could get really hurt in that battle of elocutions!

Dee
Dee

Why? Why is GH and Y&R trading places, She wasn’t that great on Y&R

Angelo
Angelo

Dee are you deaf or off your meds, Michelle Stafford is a wonderful actress.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

At least she wasn’t the snore fest that is Avery constantly baking and making out with Dillon. Yaaaaaaawn.

Peggy
Peggy

Unfortunately I have to agree. I didn’t like the way she played her role on Y&R and I have serious doubts that she will be able to play any role that is not written exactly as the role she played there. If GH makes this a remake of the Phyllis character I for one will not like it and I have serious doubts that Michelle Stafford would be able to play any other type role. I have really been enjoying GH for the past year and I am very apprehensive about this move being a good one for the show.

Alan
Alan

Michelle Stafford was the sole reason to watch Y&R for the last decade.

k/kay
k/kay

No one actor or actress makes a soap Y&R is still #1 it has and always will be an ensemble act when you start thinking otherwise is when you get into trouble.

Alan
Alan

I stand by my statement. That show has been a mess for over a decade and Stafford’s performances were the only reason I kept tuning in (’cause heaven knows it wasn’t the story).

Timmm
Timmm

Michelle has been off the show for months and her character is still on the front burner.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Ugh, which means we’re going to get stuck with a fake Phyllis that will ruin the show just as much as losing and replacing Billy Miller :*( and soon to be Adam. Ohhhhh why am I even watching anymore? *sob*

mfarris70
mfarris70

SO AWESOME! Michelle will be an incredible asset to GH, no matter how big the cast is. I had her pegged as Nina months ago, so glad to see that it really happened! *goosebumps*

chrissy tassone
chrissy tassone

I think it’s going to be interesting, and now they need to find someone to play Jason to really put a spin in the mix!

Timmm
Timmm

Michael Muhney. He and Michelle schemed on Y&R together and had mad chemistry!

Michael S.
Michael S.

Awesome news! Now hire Billy Miller or Michael Muhney and GH will have a powerhouse cast!

Dee
Dee

Yes!! that would bury whats left of Y&R. It would also put GH in the 1st place rankings. Hire Michael & Billy !!!!!

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

I’m not joking, if they did, I’d totally fully ditch Y&R. The only reasons left to watch would be EB and MTS.

Rob
Rob

There wouldnt be GH today if things like this arent done to keep the show intersting as well as bring in new viewers.
Michelle Stafford is one of the most popular soap stars ever. She could be a huge draw.

Love them or hate them, Frank Valentini, Ron Carlivati and the OLTL cast re-invigorated this show and gave it what it needed to continue and thrive.

They play this right, GH will be the top soap.

GH50
GH50

No bringing back vets is what brought people back. Now that we see it was bait and switch, we’re leaving. Good luck and congrats on all the Emmy snubs. The show is horrible. Fans know it and people in the industry know it’s a joke. Here’s just another stunt. How about trying to write and produce a quality show and draw viewers with that, not trying to bring in some unwitting fools who might follow an actress and then realize when they get here what mess they’ve gotten themselves into.

Watch the ratings continue to drop in the months ahead. For every person they might bring in with stunts, they will lose just as many who are fed up.

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

Kudos GH50

Timmm
Timmm

Kudos Rob.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

MS is an amazing actress….Y&R lost a true talent…never mind the character of Phyllis…. good luck with replacing her as well.

I can’t imagine we would have her long term as she also has her own show, so this may be just a temporary role as well. Either way I welcome the talent….

Hope the TPTB take a serious note on the DISS today on Daytime Nominations! GH was not even in the running…that says something considering a terrible show like the B&B has been, was nominated…. time to wake up GH or you will find yourself yet again on the chopping block!

Hats off to Patrick Thompson who deserves the nomination…it will be a challenge however as Billy Miller was nominated as well. Too bad Michael Muhney had no hat in the ring. No matter what happened and how it happened, he was/ is a wonderful actor who may need to work on himself for a while and hopefully come back with a roar!

T
T

I’m thrilled it’s definite that she won’t be back at Y&R. I’ve always found her to be plastic and over-the-top and too old-looking for the men she’s involved with (including Michael Easton if her new character should get back together with him) and could never see how we were to turn a blind eye (it wasn’t like watching an older opera singer from a distance as she played the role of someone younger). All that stuff (still said over and over again by her fans at the YR forum) about how she had so many more important things to do with her life sure didn’t last–of course she wanted and needed a real job again, and here she is back to the soap life where she could one. I pray it’s not true that Michael Muhney is going to GH. I was all set to start watching if he did head there, but I’d forgo so as to avoid having to put up with the flappy pink banshee again.

richard
richard

The GH cast is so big already, I am glad an actress of her caliber on there. I hope her and Ava share scenes, let the fireworks begin!! I wish they would used this opportunity to cast her as Skye Quartermaine instead and rejuvenated that family. Uggh! Now that she def isn’t returning to Genoa City, time to cast Jamie Luner( ex-Liza, AMC, ex-Lexi, MP) as Phyllis, she would be dynamite!!!!!!

Max
Max

So Happy need Donna Mills to stay so I can see them working together as Mother and Daughter!!

Mema
Mema

Brilliant!!!

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!! How did I miss this rumor? Shame on you, Ashleigh, you’re always so up on your soap casting spoilers! Well, they certainly got me. One more nail in my Y&R coffin. What creepy redhead is JFP going to shove down our throats on Y&R? Any guesses guys?

Deb
Deb

I can’t stand watching Silas!!! This just means he will get more airtime!

Andrea
Andrea

Silas cannot hold a candle to the rawness of McBain! At least as McBain he was working and fit in his police role. This oncologist role is stupid.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t think the role is stupid; I buy him as Silas. But physically he looks as if he’s lost a lot of weight. I love thin, sinewy bodies but he is looking way too thin and scraggly these days. Don’t get me wrong…I’m a big fan of Michael Easton and I get the impression he’s a great guy. I just can’t help but notice the change in his appearance.

Stephanie
Stephanie

I agree with Andrea,. Easton was made for the role of McBain. AlI I see him do now is walk around GH in his street clothes. When remembered and convenient he is an oncologist. Sorry not working for me and I really enjoy the actor. I agree his appearance has changed as well.

Alexa
Alexa

Was hoping she would go back to Y&R – can’t believe she took GM over YR. She was perfect for the part on YR and I really enjoyed her character – she has disappointed a lot of fans. Don’t care what she does now.

Dee
Dee

JFP has disappointed way more fans than any other single person could ever do.By letting MS,BM,MM and little De De go has destroyed the Y&R I had loved for so many years.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Dee…I agree. Also…that VERY HORRIBLE Jill Farren Phelps will CONTINUE to destroy Y&R…unless one of those spineless and clueless CBS suits (aka the bosses) grows some B-A-L-L-S and FINALLY FIRES that FIRE-BREATHING W-I-T-C-H. Hopefully. that’ll happen one day soon. I mean…NEVER SAY NEVER!!!!!

PatF
PatF

Take what YR?

Just look at the Emmy noms this morning.

I LOVE Stafford and have since she came to YR. But I won’t be watching her on GH.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

Eileen Davidson going to DAYS + Michelle Stafford going to GH = Y&R going down.

If Patrika Darbo shows up at Y&R, look out!!!

jaybird369
jaybird369

As far as I’m concerned, the VERY AWESOME Patrika Darbo would NEVER EVER allow herself to get mixed up in any of the current Y&R craziness (behind-the-scenes and all). But…I get what you’re saying. Yes. And, yep…Y&R CONTINUES to go down…FASTER AND FASTER…LOL!!!!! Beyond sad.

PatF
PatF

I think those 26 Emmy noms beg to differ, and the show is coming up on 26 years at #1.

Certainly no coincidence!

andrew hass
andrew hass

I kind of knew Michelle Stafford was eventually going to be on GH but i wasn’t expecting her to be on today.So that was a good job by everyone keeping it quiet.

Sherwood
Sherwood

What a wonderful surprise! I’d love to be a fly on the wall in the executive offices at CBS. If Phelps wasn’t already in trouble over Y&R’s falling ratings numbers, this is just another nail in her coffin. Stafford sends a big FU message to JFP and her lousy show.

Congrats ABC, GH and Ms. Stafford! Move well played!

Dee
Dee

My thoughts exactly!! So yes Take that Y&R and JFP

Kian
Kian

Great! Now can Y&R hire Jumie Luner (ex-Liza, AMC) as the new “Phyllis” already?

su0000
su0000

ayyyyyh!

Love Michelle Stafford, a great actress! ..
I hope Michelle Stafford is under contract !!!

Also– I text FV to bring on Michael M , a great talented actor!!

Stephanie
Stephanie

With all the legal issues ABC is dealing with now you really think ABC would do that?

Moviegal
Moviegal

Michelle Stafford is an “A” level actress, and to add her into the cast with all of these other “A” level actresses, like Maura West and Laura Wright, just to name a couple, can never hurt the show!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Not so surprised by this, it was rumoured for the past year. And while I would’ve loved to have seen Michelle come back to Y&R as Phyllis, she obviously felt the need to spread her wings and portray another character. I hope Nina is written strong and confident, Ron’s writing is known for being wishy-washy. But we knew this one was coming. So I’m hoping for the best and expecting the worst.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Don’t know her work…was hoping for another OLTL actress to make her way over…I’ll hold judgment til I see her.

So, it seems Detective West is Cassadine’s son with Dr. O…which would make him Nic and Alexis’ cousin…which is why she probably gave him up; because he wasn’t Faison’s. Although…are Brit and Nathan supposed to be fraternal twins? Maybe Brit is a Cassadine too…which would make HER Nicolas’s cousin as well! Greek tragedy still possibly on the horizon…

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

I would have rather seen them hire Melissa Archer as Silas’ ex-wife, she and Michael Easton already have established chemistry from OLTL! When he said Nina was a redhead, I was hoping it would be MA. That would have definitely made me tune in. As it is, there is not one storyline or couple that interests me on GH right now (unless you count Patrick and “phone Robin”)

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Casting Melissa would’ve been highly controversial and really bad.

Andrea
Andrea

Agreed maddie. I hope we get to see Archer and Easton again at some point. Damn, missing them!

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

IKR? RC and FV had a perfect opportunity to recreate the magical chemistry of MA and ME, and they wasted it! I give up on those two fools!

Marianne
Marianne

WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE SEEN MA AND ME AGAIN. THOSE TWO DEFINITELY HAVE UNFINISHED BUSINESS TOGETHER,

Stacey
Stacey

Hell yes! When Silas was describing Nina he was describing MA perfectly.

Andrea
Andrea

Can we send these tweets to Cartini?

mike
mike

Now we need to find out that Nina’s child is alive and that he looks a lot like Chandler Massey

Johnny
Johnny

Yawn. Another newbie with only ties to other newbies. Stafford is a good actress, but this is not earth shattering to me. It is just another example of beloved vets being ditched and replaced and supplanted on GH. This is hardly an example of reinvigorating the show with a few new key roles…this is a wholesale reinvention with a bunch of evil new characters and the people they torment. To hear Carlivati talk, he thinks viewers are positively salivating about the arrival of Nina…and waiting with bated breath for the ultimate bitchfest between Ava and Nina. As I said before…yawn!!! We have seen Ava bitchfest with just about every female on the show already. As Shanna Twain would say..”That don’t impress me much.”

maddiehayes
maddiehayes

agreed

Faith
Faith

Well said!

Johnny
Johnny

Shania

Kaleesi
Kaleesi

It’ll be very interesting to see her play a new character. I hope Nina is not a carbon copy of Phyllis. We already have several women in that age group who are in your face types.

Johnny
Johnny

Ron acts like a new “core family” just kind of sprang up willy nilly, not by intention or design???? I think the tequila he mentions has wreaked havoc on him. If he had any plan on fulfilling his origin promise to rebuild the Q’s he had a prime opportunity in hiring Stafford as a recast Skye, and having her and AJ take over ELQ. That would have been something more approaching epic.

Rose
Rose

Too late now, but a good idea.

su0000
su0000

,
RCV/FV wanted to rebuild the original Q’s by bring them back..
He tried but they had no interest or moved on..
There are no Q’s.. they left GH, moved on or out..
FV can not rebuild a cornerstone family with new actors and have the Q’s still be the Q’s..
All good things come to an end..

AMC lost the core family the Chandlers, leaving one or two behind..
The Chancellors Y&R are all but gone too..
Soap families die off 🙁 and writers/producers let them go..

but– yes.. it would have be nice to have the Q’s back 🙂

Johnny
Johnny

With all due respect Su… That is the biggest load I’ve heard…well…since I read Ron’s interview this afternoon. They had Tracy, Monica, and a dynamically returned AJ along with his son Michael. Ned popped in for visits. There were no attempts made to recast Dylan or Brook Lynn. Jimmy Lee Holt is out there at large and could have any number of fun children or grand children kicking around. There are no excuses other than Ron thinks his new grotesque creations are better. And about the Chandler’s, there were never only one or two on screen at any time, even during the rebolt, and they were not systematically and gruesomely murdered one by one. The ones who left left town but usually still returned for visits. And the Chancellor’s were never what one would call a core family, as it consisted mainly of Katherine. The actress passed away. So no….what started as a bloodbath under the Phelps Guza regime has continued ad nauseam under Cartini. I don’t know which soap families you are referring to that just happen to die off. Name one other family (popular core family) in soap history who in the span of ten years had so many characters be killed off…NOT by the actors choice. And name one other long running soap character who has been treated so cruelly and viciously by the writers as Monica Q. To have a woman lose all four of his children to brutal murders…three which are directly traceable to Sonny Corinthos…is just sick, twisted, and disgusting.

4everDAYS
4everDAYS

DAYS’ Horton family is still going strong after 48 1/2 years!!! The DiMera and Brady families-34 years!! The Johnson and Kiriakis families-29 years!

Days of our Lives – Not just great soap opera but also great family drama!!!!!

andrew hass
andrew hass

The character of Skye was created on AMC.So there might be a question of whether GH can use the character or not.As for RC maybe he did have plans to rebuild the Quartermaines but things changed.I love the Qs too but they may have taken over from another family when they first appeared and now it’s happening to them in a way.

Jennifer
Jennifer

I’d rather have her as Phyllis on Y&R!

Robert
Robert

Yes, Yes, Yes!!! GH is going to rock this year with Michelle on the show!!

Kome
Kome

Old NEWS we over in NYC knew this for Hours. Why didn’t know this Yesterday Michael?
LOL

k/kay
k/kay

Maybe he did not want to ruin it for the west coast the HW had to post it on twitter what a child!!!

General Hospital

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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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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