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MONDAY: GH Favorite Vanessa Marcil To Co-Host On THE TALK!

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On the upcoming Monday edition of CBS Daytime’s afternoon series, The Talk, look for lGeneral Hospital favorite, Vanessa Marcil (Brenda Barrett) to mix things up with the ladies on the panel as they welcome guests that include: Actor Mark Feuerstein (CBS’ 9JKL); and for their “Top Talker” segment, television host Natalie Morales.

Marcil who will co-host the hour, tweeted her excitement stating: “Uh oh!!!!! I love me some @CBSDaytime See you Monday!!!!”

Next, Vanessa’s pal, and longtime screen partner, Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) added, “Can’t wait!”  Later, Vanessa added a humorous Instagram pic of her man, MC with Marilyn Monroe, stating: “I will be talking about MC cheating on me w this blonde on @cbsthetalk starting Monday”

In addition, on Saturday, Vanessa tweeted to Michael Fairman that she will also be co-hosting on Tuesday’s episode of The Talk as well.

Marcil is no stranger to co-hosting either, having been a very special guest co-host on Soap Nation Live’s Daytime Emmy Nomination Special back in 2015.  You can listen to the broadcast here.

Will you be checking out Vanessa on Mondays broadcast of The Talk? Would she make a great permanent co-host? Comment below!

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Melissa
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Melissa

I was the biggest Brenda fan! Hated the way the writers
Ruined her big return..I loved her with Sonny back in
The good ole day’s..Now a Carson fan..
Vanessa is lovely and was fortunate to see her
At Disney during SSW’s..Too bad she’s not still
Part of GH..

dmr
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dmr

Melissa, I was a die-hard fan of Sonny and Brenda in the 90’s! I would tape the show everyday (on VHS) and then rewind their scenes over and over again. I agree, her return (in 2010) was written very poorly. Unfortunately, I am not a “Carson” fan.

Shay
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Shay

Her “Battle of the Breadrolls” with Carly was pretty lame, not to mention, petty and immature!

Ray
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Ray

I still think Vanessa is one of the most beautiful women that has ever been on daytime. I would love to see her come back. I do not watch “GH” frequently, but think she would be a cast addition to “B&B” or “DOOL.”

Jovin
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Jovin

I always comfort myself with the thought that Brenda and Jax are on some tropical island, loving each other, free from the stains of Carly and Sonny!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Nice sentiments, Jovin! Now, if only the viewers were “free from the stains of Carly and Sonny!”

JK
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JK

I HOPE THE WOMEN OF THE TALK LET HER HAVE TWO MINUTES…CANNOT WATCH THIS SHOW!!!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

JK, I echo your sentiments exactly! I had initially left a short negative comment that was not published. And I actually agree with those who chose not to publish it because I was completely snarky. But my disgust lies mainly with the hosts of “The Talk” for the reason you mention… This is an unwatchable show for me as well.

Maca
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Maca

It’s a million times better than the view! I’d rather be trapped in a termite nest wearing wooden underpants than watch the view!!

JK
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JK

OMG…YOU ARE SO FUNNY AND 100% CORRECT!!!! YOU JUST GAVE ME THE LAUGH I NEEDED TODAY…….THE TALK BAD–THE VIEW ABSOLUTELY UNWATCHABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Aw, this is where Vanessa’s career jumps the shark! “The Talk” should be called “The Talking Over One Another!” It is so annoying and every time Underwood appears on my TV I want to shoot out my screen!

dmr
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dmr

My comment is not meant to offend, but, Underwood looks and acts like a drag queen. I can’t stand the show or any of the co-hosts myself.

Rhonda
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Rhonda

DMR, that’s how I feel about Wendy Williams

dmr
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dmr

Rhonda, YES, and both Wendy and The Talk (and The View) co-hosts constantly interrupt their guests while interviewing them.

penny
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penny

I could never connect with her character Brenda, she seemed so immature and annoying most of the time. I do like Vanessa tho, good luck with the hosting gig.

Michelle
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Michelle

Saw her on The Talk today. Had to change the channel–too many cringe-worthy comments made by Vanessa Marcil. She came across as insensitive, uninformed, and a little inappropriate at times.

dmr
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dmr

I feel like something has happened to her-she has seemed a bit “off” since her return to General Hospital in 2010. Her social media posts/comments are odd and it’s a bit of a turn-off. I felt that way when she returned to General Hospital in 2010, and I was a die-hard fan of Sonny and Brenda in the 90’s. Her acting was way off key.

Harry
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Harry

I agree. I saw a few snippets of The Talk and Vanessa did seem a bit off. I was never quite sure what point she was trying to make.
And like you, DMR, I was an enthusiastic fan of Brenda’s back when she was on GH the first time.
Maybe being married to Corey Feldman during his Michael Jackson moonwalking days traumatized her.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

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

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Cameron Mathison Joins General Hospital

Big casting news! Daytime favorite, Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children) is heading to General Hospital.  

Mathison, who will finish up his run as co-host of Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family when its final season ends in August, will be joining the ABC soap opera.

No word yet on what role Cameron will play and when he will debut.  Deadline broke the news of the newest GH cast member,

Throughout his acting career, Mathison has earned two Daytime Emmy Supporting Actor nominations in 2002 and 2004 for his work on AMC.

In a statement on joining the legacy series, Cameron said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the General Hospital family!  Incredibly grateful to (Executive Producer) Frank Valentini and the writers at GH for including me in such an iconic show.  I feel like a kid at Christmas, as I’ll also be continuing making Hallmark movies and be part of that family as well.  So so excited… thank you!”

So excited that Cameron is coming to Port Charles? What role will he or should he play? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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