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New GH head writer, Garin Wolf reveals plans for characters on the canvas!

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The new head writer of General Hospital, Garin Wolf has officially spoken! The man who is taking over from long time head scribe, Bob Guza, talked exclusively with TV Guide, about how he plans to reposition elements of the series, and teases what he plans for several key characters and storylines.  Here are just a few excerpts below, but it is worth the whole read to try to decipher between-the-lines.

Wolf on the balance of the series moving forward, and if Jax and Nikolas might be back, too! “The mob will still be there but it will become a background for the emotions of the characters. The Spencer family, the mob, the hospital, will all have equal weight. I probably shouldn’t say this, but so will Wyndemere. Everyone has a story, no matter who they are. Everyone can make you laugh and cry. The theme for the summer is “Sometimes they come back.” And you can take that how you will. I want to position characters and point them in new directions. I don’t want to ignore their pasts. I want to use their pasts, but I don’t want to derail the potential for trying something different.”

Wolf on if Jason will remain Sonny’s right hand man and what is next for Carly: ” When fall comes, Carly, Sonny and Jason will all have their own individual directions but it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re in different stories. I love Carly with a passion. She’s going to have one hell of a new challenge. Jason and Sam’s plans for something more permanent are going to lead to a real test of who they are and it will open a door to a new mystery. Michael still has to learn some very serious lessons. The situation he’s in demands a maturity beyond what someone his age is capable of, and that’s going to lead to a big clash. Kristina is going to go through her own little trial, and I don’t mean a murder trial.”

Wolf on how to redeem Luke Spencer who mowed down Jake and refused to be treated for his addiction to booze: “The denial of the alcoholism is very real to me and has happened with many people in my life. It’s painfully real. There’s a fine line to walk here. Luke’s family wants him to be sober and become something he’s not. Most of us don’t know mobsters, but we do know alcoholics. I know where I’m going with this. I love a good, long story arc, and that’s what this will be.”

Wolf also says he will be giving uber-talented fan favorite Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) some great story!  So all in all, are you encouraged by Wolf’s comments that he can effectively get GH on track? Let us know.

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Chris
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Chris

I hope Garin keeps Ingo & brings back Tyler…would love to see some 1990’s GH back!When we would gather around and talk about whats going on with GH!!

Ellen
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Ellen

Sounds very promising, and I am certainly looking forward to seeing the new storylines unvail. My curiosity is certaily peaked, as far as Wyndemere goes. I hope it means Nikolaus returning or staying on the canvas, as opposed to a big storyline for Helena, who is a good actress, but I can only take so much of her. I am also curious to see if Jason and Sam will move away from the mob scene and go another route. I am looking forward to everything, and I love summer’s theme of “Sometimes they come back”!!!!

twinks
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twinks

I hope wolf has a big story for the character of Elizabeth, and use the GREAT actress Becky Herbst as she should be used as Elizabeth, front and center!!!

sus
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sus

Hmm not sure.. so glad about the Spencer family and the hospital getting equal weight.. but still too much talk about the characters we have had been overdosed on for way too long!

Webbie
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Webbie

If I was a betting gal, I’d bet the house on GW. After reading that his mentor was Doug Marland, I knew we were in the hands of someone how really GETS soaps. I hope TPTB give him the freedom to tweak the things that need tweaking. Good luck, Garin!

Shelley
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Shelley

This sounds great. Guza was too violent. Glad to hear things will be happening at the Hospital too ! It is called General Hospital!!! Maybe Sonia Eddy will get more screen time and Nicholas is a main character. Jax has been ruined but would like to see him fixed.

Ina Kozler
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Ina Kozler

Love Nancy Grahn, she is great with Caroline Hennesey, and all the cast!

david
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david

Too late. Not willing to become further emotionally invested with cancellation immanent. Tamara returning might change my mind.

wednesday
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wednesday

Kudos for Nancy, love her and Caroline. Can’t wait to see what’s ahead, I just hope everyone get’s equal billing, focusing on one story line too long becomes fustrating and boring. I hope Jax & Nicholas are staying.

ethel
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ethel

his ideas sound awesome – i just hope we see them play out on screen……

cathy
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cathy

I am in wait and see mode. I need him to get back to LOVE & ROMANCE with Robin & Patrick. Tired of the psycho getting more airtime and story when it is about ROBIN & PATRICK not a psycho who should be dead by now and nothing less.

BRYAN SALTON
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BRYAN SALTON

CAN YOU CHANGE GENERAL HOSPITAL CAST WITH NEW FACES TO JOIN THE CAST AND ON CONTRACTS WITH THE SHOW CAN YOU PUT JACOB YOUNG AS THE ROLE OF MICHAEL AND DAVID FUMERO AS A NEW ROLE AND NEW LOVE FOR LULU AND TREVOR ST JOHN AS LUCKY ITS TIME FOR ANOTHER LUCKY RECAST AND CAN YOU PUT AIDEN TURNER AS THE ROLE OF NICHOLAS CAN YOU PUT THEM ON CONTRACTS AND ON THE GH OPENING I WANT MATT AND LIZ AS COUPLE DANTE AND MAXIE AS A COUPLE. THEY ARE PERFECT AND JOHNNY AND ETHAN AS A COUPLE AND CAN… Read more »

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The Cast of General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Storyline – Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

General Hospital’s depiction of the battle of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the dying, and the loved ones they leave behind, came to its heartbreaking conclusion this past week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered which made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their riveting work.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take care of Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly a word.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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Holly’s Alive as Emma Samms Makes a Return to General Hospital

Friday’s cliffhanger ending of General Hospital revealed that Holly is indeed alive and being held captive, but by whom?  Who ever is behind this has her locked away and being watched on a surveillance system.

Viewers saw a hand of someone that is behind the kidnapping, and that Emma Samms made a return to GH in her signature role of Holly Sutton.

Samms, debuted on GH back in 1982, and has come and gone, and come back again to the ABC daytime drama series.  She last appeared back on it in 2015.

Nighttime soap fans remember her fondly as Fallon on ABC’s Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys.

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Once the secret was out on her appearance at the end of Friday’s episode,  Samms shared on Twitter: “She’s alive…!”

So what do you think of the twist? That Holly is alive and that Samms was on-screen? Who do you think has Holly? Share your theories below.

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Michael Easton and Rebecca Budig’s Short Film “About a Girl” Receives ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Honor

While you loved them together on-screen on General Hospital as Hayden and Finn, off-screen. Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton came together for a stirring collaboration that just won them accolades at this year’s Best Shorts competition.

Best Shorts is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media.  This film festival receives thousands of submissions from around the world.

About a Girl is directed by Easton while Budig wrote and starred in the short film. lt was honored with the Outstanding Achievement award, which is one of the top two most prestigious given out in the competition.

The story features Budig as a woman struggling with post-partum depression.  The festival said in a review of About A Girl:Deft direction, beautiful craft, achingly authentic performance by Budig.”

Rebecca shared on Twitter after receiving the accolade: “I am so humbled and honored to be included and awarded by @bestshortsand thank everyone involved.”

Two of Easton’s former OLTL co-stars, who have appeared his other short films, Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd later Victor Lord Jr.) and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri) also appear in About a Girl.

Congratulations to Michael and Rebecca on their winning short  film! Share your kudos via the comment below.

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