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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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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!!

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”!!!!

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!!!

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!

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!

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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 YOU PUT DAVID GREGORY AS THE NEW ROLE OF MORGAN ALL GROWN UP JUST LIKE MICHAEL AND ON CONTRACT AND ON THE OPENING.

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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