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New Secrets, New Rivals, New Threats – The Dawn of a New Day on GH! – Watch the Promo!

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This week, General Hospital’s new head writer, Ron Carlivati’s first scripts begin to air, and with it what looks to be some exciting new twists, new rivalries and  new threats in this new promo from ABC,  featuring many of your favorite notables from Port Charles including Sonny Corinthos, who somehow must have done something to rile up Llanview’s Todd Manning and John McBain! Could it have something to do with Starr?

Then, seeing the fantastic faces of returning soap superstars, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) and Emma Samms (Holly) added to the already back Finola Hughes (Anna), and the fallout from Robin’s death as a decision must be made whether to keep Jason in the dark of the fate of his dear friend and doctor fearing he might stroke out and die!

But with nut-job Anthony Zacchara out to “strike back” and behind the wheel of a car, as are some other citizens, people’s lives will never be the same! And who doesn’t love the end of this promo where Blair Cramer and Carly Corinthos Jax clink champagne glasses! Oh, it all too delicious!  And what is up with Kate and that wedding dress?

Catch it all when you watch the preview after the jump and then let us know your thoughts!

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EG
EG

Can’t wait! Looks great!!!

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

I’m not kool hearing Todd say, he is going to make Sonny pay. I don’t like that Todd is ‘ all up in the mix ‘ meaning Sonny’s business. Wasn’t feeling that. I want to see Trevor St. John, the REAL and BEST Todd up in the mix. Anyway, I hope whatever they are doing well work. Let’s all RAISE a toast to General Hospital…. And Barbara gets her OLTL people. Hurry!

barbara t
barbara t

ok ,heres what I think,Star is todds daughter,he loves her very much,maybe she will get involved with michael,and thats why todd is pissed off at sonny ,because he found out hes a mobster,hey,no one wants there daughter to bring home a guy and find out the guy is the son to the big kingpin to all the crime that goes on in port charles ,that john mcbain will clean up,I know I wouldnt be very happy.I miss one life to live,I am so lost at 2 oclock monday thru friday ,I just want a little piece of landview in port charles ,maybe victor will pop up,wouldnt you like that?this is just the beginning of ron and franks stories we have to give them a chance and the promo is just a tease to get people to watch,and remember its a soap,just because you saw it ,doesnt mean its going to happen,Im just glad that gh is in new hands and maybe all the recycled stories of the mob will finally come to a quick end ,and general hospital gets saved ,thats what really matters ,if abc kills general hospital,that will be bad.that means more soap bars .so let the ron and frank stories begin.Im looking forward to all the new changes in port charles.

Curtis
Curtis

Roger Howarth IS the real Todd and without his portrayal of Todd, Todd wouldn’t exist. PERIOD!

barbara t
barbara t

agree. but I also like victor and would love to see him in port charles ,let the story of 2 todds continue,I thought it was a brilliant . and let tia find clues that victor is alive and let her also come to general hospital,the story of 2 todds is better then anything going on a gh right now .the one bright spot on general hospital was patrick and robin and now shes gone,Hopefully not dead.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Hey Curtis: Well you are correct about who the REAL Todd is, and of course he originated the role, BUT get ready for this, ANYONE with a brain knows that Trevor St. John is the BEST Todd, and for most we feel protrays the REAL Todd… LOL! I had to say it, BUT I’m just kidding with you, LOL. Because you are correct! Just was having some fun because sometimes at night when I get home (over a glass of wine) I LMAO from some of the comments people say on here to one another, and they’re serious too LOL, unlike me.
Footnote: But who knows, the writer’s could have come up with the role of Todd later, just in time for Trevore St. John. LOL They have been known to develop a character and not move forward on it immediately, sometimes for year’s. Naturally what I say about Trevor is subjective, bc I prefer him. The critic’s and concensus is that Trevor protrayed Todd BEST. I happen to agree. Have a Great day.

Curtis
Curtis

I have a couple reasons why I prefer RH over TSJ. One of which is the fact I am related to him. Never met the guy, never talked to the guy, but we are distant cousins. So I will side with family! LOL! Even though we are liked 3 rd cousins twice removed and wouldn’t know me from a hole in the wall. The other is that after I found out about him being on OLTL in 93 I believe, curiousity more or less got me to tune in. After I saw him play Todd, a character that morphed from what was supposed to be a temporary character to a “beloved yet reviled” character is all RH and his talents doing. TSJ, I must admit did a great job and I got used to him after awhile, but RH without a doubt gives Todd a more intense, complex, persona. I really wish they had kept Victor on and had them be like a more homicidal, whacked out, more devious version of the Ewings on Dallas. I think they both played well off each other. As far as the true Todd though, I’m gonna have to go with the man who made him who he is…Roger Howarth. Roger, If ur reading this…throw a distant cousin a bone amd hook me up with Bree Williamson. : )

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Your the Greatest Curt. Honest about your opinion and WHY you prefer one over the other. And you know how to take a joke! Cause some folk on here ain’t joking at all…! I dont agree that RH plays him more intense and complex, BUT your know what? That’s depends on whose judging. I thought TSJ was as complex as it gets, BUT I like the idea you suggested with the two of them “homicidal, whacked out, mere versions of the Ewings on Dallas “. Thanks again.

sally
sally

I never liked GH. but this looks good as long as the old favs stay this time as well as the oltl cast. They do need Trevor St. John. O

Heather
Heather

“featuring many of your favorite notables from Port Charles including Sonny Corinthos,”

Are you kidding me?. He’s one of the reasons why General Hospital has lost so many viewers.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Everyone loved Sonny…. not so long ago. He is not the sole reason for the lost of viewerhip, it’s because of ‘everything the Mob ‘ reather it involves Sonny or not.

barbara t
barbara t

just this morning ,I think it was at, t v line,theres something about general hospital ,they show the promo,anyway I thought that I disliked sonny ,someone said in there post that someone should put the fatal bullet in sonnys head and when that happens they will watch g h again, they lost alot of fans with those dragged out crime garbage stories,I know ,I had plenty of long naps when its on.I get pissed off at sonny, but I have never said that,but I got a good laugh out of it.

barbara t
barbara t

it was a good letter to wendy williams ,I knew you would like it,and I do love your posts ,we can agree to disagree and still respect the others view, and I like that.wasnt that letter good?before I even read the whole thing I said1loveabcsoaps has to read this.the writer was pissed off at her,and I dont blame her,I never pay attention to talk show people ,but you were spot on about her.

paul
paul

i have always look forward to see-ing what the ratings are, and like sonny or not,historically when they put him on the back burner the ratings go down,in the summer of 2005 when they put him on the backburner for the story of maxie and her late sister in the hospital,I forget what they were in there for,it was planned as a long term story,the ratings went down from the low 3’s to a 2.6 and the story was quickly aborted

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Meaning Carly, Jason. Johnny, his and his crazy father.
But you got to love him, he brings some humor to the game. I was reading on another post, how there’s no humor anymore.

barbara t
barbara t

I hate the mob stories,but I love johnnys father ,as I have said before,he has a way with words.And I do hope he is married to tracey ,I like them going back and forth with there nasty remarks to each other and throwing luke in the mix is fun to,its funny,and I like a good laugh in a soap opera.thats what I liked about ,yes I will say it ,one life to live.and I have to agree with heather, about sonny,all the dam stories hopefully will not all lead to him,the mob has to go ,not all of it,but 99% of it ,and john mcbain is the man to do it,he will get those bad guys and lock them up in jail,where they will stay ,sorry diane I really love you, but no more getting all the bad asses out of jail,sonny,jason,anthony,johnny,they have to change the way they make a living sonny can open a diner and hire roxie,johnny can continue to fix cars ,jason can go to med school and finish what he started so many years ago ,and anthony ,he can open up a port charles flower store,he has nice roses,hey 1loveabcsoaps,glad your back .

paul
paul

i am not crazy about him either,but the ratings always went down when jill faren phillips put him on the back burner,and we all know jill liked the men,the way she treated genie francis was horrible……

paul
paul

i have a lot of faith in the new E.P. he knows soap opera, and these networks are that desperate for ad revenue we soap fans have lived with squezzed credits,bring back the end theme music,it heigtins the drama…..

barbara t
barbara t

not any more, the mob/crime stories are a turn off for alot of fans,general hospital has lost alot of viewers because of the writers obsession with sonny and jason.I never left gh, I stuck with it ,but I was not happy with the stories ,every character was tied to sonny one way or the other.every day it was sonny this and jason that,boring.agree with you about genie francis ,she should never have been let go ,I feel when she was written off the stories ,for me ,were never the same ,she had a rich history in port charles and I cant understand why she was let go and the 2 times she did come back ,her stories were dumb,I say bring her back ,shes a treasure , and we have new writers now,hey you never know .

Dawn D
Dawn D

Well I’m hopeful for lots of changes to existing s/l’s. Major fail is the whole Jasam pairing. It’s been torture for me to watch to support may fav soap/actors. What Frons agenda has been awful and not done any good to help keep this show on. I want GH to SUCCEED. After 45 yrs of watching I want nothing less than Jake back and Liason to be happy that they should of have!! There was zero reason not to have a core couple.

sally
sally

they should have tea from oltl too.

gloria
gloria

While I am excited about the “new” GH coming up, seeing my dear OLTL people makes me so sad-miss them & that show so much. I hated Robin dying today on GH-unnecessary.

david
david

Yes, I felt the same. It seems none of the OLTL characters will stay in Port Charles very long except for Starr and John McBain, which isn’t very encouraging, but I am willing to give it a chance.

Yes, Robin’s death was unnecessary. Why couldn’t the character have left some other way? GH seems dark and depressing. Now all the characters will have to grieve for Robin. Are Cole and Hope next to die? I miss the humor and fun of OLTL. I hope FV and RC can bring some to GH.

Teresa
Teresa

Can’t wait to see the new episodes. The only way Robin would leave her husband and daughter is by death. I completely understand it and am glad she didn’t die from complications of her HIV status.

Who knows, maybe she will return later and this will have all been a set up involving her parents and Holly.

barbara t
barbara t

I agree with you david,but I heard ,keep in mind a rumor, at ghh and facebook ,blair and todd may be back ,so dont count out our beloved manning family yet.general hospital has to change for the better,and ron and frank will do that ,just stay tuned.and I hope that robin walked off with a memory loss,they cant kill robin.the firefighter said the fire was so hot,thats my little spark of hope that she is still with us.

Duana
Duana

I think the reason why Todd and Sonny is going to fight is because Stars baby Hope dies when the car flips and her boyfriend. star will end up with Sonny’s son Michael too which Todd wont like at all. It is sad that Robin died but the way she died in a explosing will lead later on down the road for her return cause she might of excaped. I think Patrick will get with Elizabeth now and later on Robin will come back.

Torrey
Torrey

I hope that Ron doesn’t spend too much time focusing on Sonny….that’s been the problem for quite some time. I think it’s time to focus on the Quartermaine’s. I saw this old clip the other day on Youtube where Tracy withheld pills from her father as he was having a heart attack. She was absolutely spectacular in this scene! Those are the moments that we need to have. I’m so done with the whole mob thing….and if there is not a significant change, I will not watch. I am a die hard OLTL fan, and can’t wait to see my faves on there, but I’ve been giving GH a chance. I’ve watched it on and off, over the years, but have grown extremely tired of the Sonny show….show I’m trying to be really hopeful for a change. A former GH character, can’t remember his name right now, but he had an article on here about how soaps used to tell character driven stories….and how drastically that has changed over the years. Let’s see the Spencer’s, The Quatermaine’s and any other family that doesn’t have to do with the Corinthos family……just a thought.

gloria
gloria

Agree completely. The Quartermaines should be the Buchanans of Port Charles. Instead, they are pushed to the back burner all the time for the mob stories. One of the reasons OLTL was so great was the balance they had & the show had a strong core-being Viki & Llanfair. Everyone was connected to Viki in some way & every storyline pretty much led to or from her. And wasn’t that great? Who is the real foundation of GH? Sonny? It should be Monica & Alan but of course they killed Alan-one of the worst mistakes ever. They have killed off a lot of Quartermaines but there are still plenty out there. Anyone remember Celia & Jimmy Lee? Get Dillon back on there, bring Ned home. Get Bobbie Spencer & her family back to the brownstone. Let’s see the Q’s, Spencers, Webbers. There is so much potential for this show.

Torrey
Torrey

So much potential, but unfortunately no one has utilized that potential. I hope it changes soon, for the better. Sonny needs to go on a much needed vacation. I could go a good 3 to 6 months without seeing, hearing or thinking about Sonny Corinthos….LOL

Emma
Emma

I’m excited. I loved OLTL. Stopped watching GH when it became too mob driven. Then they kept hiring new Carlys and she became a screaming banshee, threatening everyone and obsessive toward both Sonny and Jason’s lives. Now that Valentini and Carlivati are at the helm, I’ve started watching GH again (love that Kate’s becoming unhinged!) and look forward to new twists in turns in Port Charles!

Alley
Alley

Seeing this promo makes me realize just how much I miss OLTL. I’m thrilled we’ll get to see Todd, Blair, Starr and John again. I just wish TnB were staying longer. I think Roger and Kassie would be a great addition to GH. (And they would certainly keep me tuned to the show past March).

Also, I can’t wait for Robert and Holly to arrive and I would love for Holly to reveal that Ethan is really Robert’s son.

Looking forward to the next several weeks of GH.

Shirley
Shirley

I hate to see Robin go but I wish her the best in her job.

Scott
Scott

THE PROMO:
It has it’s good points and bad points. I think involving Todd immediately into the Sonny/Carly business is stupid. They’re going to do a Carly/Sonny/Todd triangle and I hate it already. We know Blair isn’t staying long, so that’s good. I don’t like her character.

TODAY’S EPISODE:
Sorry, but over-all I’m disappointed. I already see traces of OLTL and I hate it. I’m trying to keep as much of an open-mind as I can, and after two weeks I’ll decide if the show is worth keeping in my schedule. But over-all, not impressed with how Ron is already handling the characters and have told him such already through Twitter.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Hi Scott: I like your post, I don’t know what my pal on here Barbara t. is going to think of this, BUT the thing with Barbara t., she has such a adorable sense of humor about things even when she disagrees, and she is good to have an open mind about it while sticking to her guns. With that said: If you notice above, I was the 2nd post. I firmly stated, ” I do not like Todd being ‘ all up in the mix ‘ meaning Sonny’s business. Wasn’t feeling that. ” It is too immediate as you said, and for me Todd is minor league when it comes to Sonny. Now Trevor/ Victor on the other hand is on the actor’s Sonny’s level, and is as dangerous a character as Sonny. I like Blair but for OLTL. I simple don’t want to see her in Port Charles. So far, I’m disappointed with the promo I saw, and couldn’t watch it twice. I don’t like Todd talking about he is going to get Sonny back. I thought they were freeing us from a little Sonny anyway, but to bring a central character of OLTL and he getting all up in the Sonny mix ain’t kool. Sonny has enough problems’ they don’t do anything but pile more problems on the man, which is why Johnathan Jackson left as role as Lucky. I would like to see Sonny just run his business with minor mob like problems. Please twitter Rob and tell him, no Todd Manning mix up in Sonny biz. Come to town on his own merits of soughs. Please send me that twitter address of Rob’s.

barbara t
barbara t

first of all ,I would love to twitter ron ,I have several stories to tell him to use on general hospital.and I also would tell him that I am glad he is with general hospital ,but would much rather have one life to live back,but thats not going to happen,so here we go ,we are not evacuating the city of landview and moving every one to port charles,not going to happen at this time or ever, we only have todd ,blair,star ,and john heading to the big hospital,how does that hurt anyone? new families move to the soaps all the time,the mannings will be a new family.general hospital is sinking in the ratings ,the one life to live fans will head over to g h,hopefully,thats a good thing.now to robin ,I still believe she is not dead,but the explosion caused her to loose her mind and she walks off into the sunset,robin is such an important character on general hospital ,its wrong to kill her,I told you victor is alive ,well so is robin,I could be wrong but like you said ,if she wants to come back like emily did, and that did not work out ,we do not want a twin ,I dont care what anyone says ,a woman knows what going on and they are not going to sneak a kid out of you and you dont know about it ,when patrick left for that split second robin could have left ,and remember what the firefighter said the fire was to hot for anything to be left standing,it could have melted,that yellow cover means nothing,anyway,thats the way I would have wrote it ,no way would I kill robin off shes a loved, and very important character,Im keeping my fingers crossed shes not dead.also before I finish,where the hell was all the security,when that alarm went off? are you kidding me ,the national guard should have showed up along with several people working at the hospital,just a thought,maybe its because of robin,gave her time to sneak away,to hopefully come back in the near future.she will be missed.

Scott
Scott

I Twittered Ron I did not want OLTL 2.0, anything OLTL I don’t want.

Debi
Debi

Scott..ditto. Very unimpressed with what I have seen this week.
The writing of Robin’s death is embarrassing imo.
Let’s see what the next 2 weeks bring. If anything.

Scott
Scott

The way the death was written was very off to me. Nothing about it seemed right. you’d think in a hospital explosion, everyone would be in chaos, not calmly walking around.

david
david

Only one or two episodes and you see traces of OLTL? You are seeing something the rest of us who watched OLTL can’t see. And you hate it? How do you think Ron is handling the characters differently? How should they have been? Help those of us from OLTL understand.

Torrey
Torrey

I didn’t think Ron wrote the Robin death stories…..I thought that was done before his stories kicked in, but who knows, I’m not for sure. As far as the whole Robin death story though…..I didn’t really care for it. It seemed very unrealistic….An explosion occurs in the hospital, and all the hospital staff seem to be walking around as if nothing has happened. Security, firefighters and policemen would have been there as soon as the alarms sounded off. I am a OLTL fan, so I’m tuning in to watch…..have never been a strong GH fan, but I will try and support it, and see what happens.

barbara t
barbara t

agree with you david.theres no way you can tell anything from that promo,looked good to me ,and no one was favored from one life to live .4 people coming to port charles ,and that bothers a few.I dont get it.Ive watched all 3 abc soaps,watched gh since the beginning,you would think they would want to see general hospital saved ,I know thats what I want,general hospital has been unwatchable for so many years ,it needs a change and how 4 people from landview that can ruin everything in port charles I just dont get it.I also need help in trying to understand ,what the problem is?and being able to see that in 2 episodes ,I didnt see anything that says one life to live ,at least not yet.general hospital will never be one life to life,it should have never been canceled ,if it was the soap that was spared,we would all be singing a different tune here.

Scott
Scott

It’s sloppy writing, I hated OLTL it was slow and sloppy. And now Ron is bringing the same to GH to send it off.

lew
lew

I wonder about Robin – they didn’t show the body and it is GH. I can’t wait to see what FV and. RC have in store.

Debi
Debi

Exactly Lew. Will we see a body? This is soaps. She will be back. Most certainly if Ron writes the show off…he did it with OLTL. He brought back the dead.
Something tells me, we don’t see a body. jmo

Debi
Debi

IMO Fiason got to Robin. She is very much alive. That is typical Ron writing. Leaving the door open………and it will be opened, if not thru the end of GH then if JT decides to leave. She will be back.

david
david

Let me guess–Kate has dissociative identity disorder (DID) and multiple personalities will be revealed. Where have we seen this before;-? I am willing to give this and anything else a chance because GH can only get better.

barbara t
barbara t

maybe vicki and jessica can move to port charles and help kate deal with all of her personalities ,they can all go into therapy together.and afterwards go to the spencers diner and roxy can give them a cup of coffee,a piece of pie, and some advice. I agree, general hospital will get better.

Debi
Debi

I would LOVE a visit from Vicki!!!!! 🙂

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

barbara t replied February 22nd, 2012 at 7:05 am

first of all ,I would love to twitter ron ,I have several stories to tell him to use on general hospital.and I also would tell him that I am glad he is with general hospital

THEN WHY DON’T YOU TWITTER RON…. DO IT BARB!

ethel
ethel

omg!! awesome!!

Elhu
Elhu

I enjoyed the promo and am looking forward to much better days ahead for GH! I am also looking forward to John McBain, Starr and hopefully other OLTL cast members being meshed into the storyline permenantly. I have loved all ABC soaps for many, many years and am sad to see AMC and OLTL gone, but I have no doubt that Frank and Ron will integrate the characters in a way that will ultimately make everyone happy. Let’s not forget that they will first have to tie up the loose ends on the pre-existing storylines that they walked in on. Some of which are okay, but others involving rather new characters have to go. Good luck to all and here’s hoping we will have many more years of GH on ABC!!!!

heidi
heidi

Love it! Can’t wait!

Teresa
Teresa

I love all the characters of GH and OLTL. I’m very happy we’re getting to see some return from OLTL even if only for a short run. Sonny and Jason’s characters are phenomenal but, I agree, we need to get back to more love and drama in the afternoon and a little less MOB.

cathy trinque
cathy trinque

I am new to GH. I am watching so I can OLTL characters. But unfortunately, I don’t think it matters what the ratings say or the fans think. I feel that ABC has already made the decision to cancel GH. This is the only show that I watch on ABC. I don’t even watch the local news. I hate ABC but will take what I can get for the little time that I have it!!!

Diane
Diane

cant wait all the oltl people and writer will liven it up.

kay killgore
kay killgore

I am very confused ? How does the Mannings and John fit into this are we saying what happened to the two Todd’s is mob related? I am pretty sure Kate has alters with them coming in they like that storyline it is better then another long lost kid.

barbara t
barbara t

or he got another woman pregnant.I wonder if sonny has ever thought about birth control ,condoms .just to be on the safe side ,from having babies and nasty diseases.he hated claudia why would he have unprotected sex with someone he hates?stupid.as far as todd and john going after sonny ,I have no clue why.maybe it is star thats my guess,and wont it be wonderful to see john mcbain again?I am so looking forward to my favorite family and my favorite cop to show up in port charles.and what I seen in the promo ,all looks good to me .for 2 days now Im enjoying general hospital,its been a very long time since Ive said ,I cant wait to see whats going to happen in port charles.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Did you read what I said about you to Scott above at 11:25pm, and here U go again…. ” sonny can open a diner and hire roxie,johnny can continue to fix cars ,jason can go to med school and finish what he started so many years ago ,and anthony ,he can open up a port charles flower store,he has nice roses, ”

LoL. Funny! I did post yes’d that Sonny could do something else, other than the mob. We got to have some mob, because that’s Sonny’s persona, and what particially made him popular other than these gorgeous dimples and handsome dark looks. The Mob and it’s activity has brought G.H allot of male viewership, but the writer’s RUINED it with over kill. I wish they RE-VISIT the Brenda Sonny love story. She needs to come back and do justice to that story, EVEN if she can’t tape but TWICE a week for a 2 year run, OR tape her segments 3 weeks in advance just like they do when they are on haitius/ vacationing, BUT we don’t know bc the character is still being aired. Venessa can work something out. Hell, working like that, she can stay on for 3 years if GH last that long. But again, that would give Sonny alittle normalcy YET happiness with her True Love and give us the viewers what we what too. And HEY, if Venesa Marcil had to be away for awhile making a movie (although she ain’t that busy) they could always substitute her with Johnathan Jackson’s REAL LIFE wife, who played Hannah Scott, and show her in segments interacting with Sonny (in bed) and far away until Venessa returned from wherever. Therefore that keeps the audience Happy and Venesa wouldn’t be missed for her short term comittments. That woman looks enough like Venessa to get that off.

kay killgore
kay killgore

Ok I think I get it after watching it several times it must have something to do with Starr that is how they get her on the canvas and she just might lose Cole and her baby? HELP! I will sit and watch this just seeing John McBain get in Sonny’s face is worth it.

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

woof. bring it.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Hey Robert in Jersey City!

barbara t
barbara t

Its to late to twitter ron as far as robin goes,still I am hoping she is not dead.maybe ron came here and read my pleas ,dont kill robin.bring victor to complete the todd story ,I know I want to see it end or begin,and bring tia to port charles to.Im reading all these different sights that alot of one life to live fans are following the mannings and john to port charles,no ,I dont watch martha stewart,but thats a good thing, we need to raise the ratings.from what I hear abc is making a decision about gh in the next few weeks.hey did you go to daytime confidentcial ,the letter she wrote to wendy williams ,Its a real good read.janet hubert lets wendy have it about whitney houston .she saying everything you said,I fell asleep early ,I put my house tape on and thats it for me ,Im so pissed off that house will end in may,I love that show.and him.

Debi
Debi

These past 2 days have been very disapointing to me. As an administrator in a hospital setting, none of what played out with the lab crap is possible in the real world.
I hate when GH writes for dummies. I was hoping we were past that. Especially with Robin’s exit story. How wrong was I.

Moving forward, Starr is driving more than likely with Cole with Papa hits them. Why is Starr in Pt Chuckles? That is what brings Blair & Todd. Which is good. What happens when they leave in a few short weeks?

John McBain. The HERO of Landview. Coming to town like a Sherriff to take Sonny down. I wonder if he will walk around with his hands in his pockets chewing gum??
Personally, instead of writing Kate as NUTZO, I would have rather seen her bring Sonny down.

I can’t lose the bitter taste the show has left me these past 2 days. I hope it goes away. 🙁

david
david

It isn’t that GH writes for dummies. It’s that writers are dummies when it comes to science, medicine, laboratories, computers, etc. and the show isn’t about to pay a dime for technical assistance.

Debi
Debi

No the writers are lazy with research, and think they can ‘sell’ to us whatever they put out. How disrespectful!

barbara t
barbara t

I watch general hospital and Im not a dummy ,Im well aware of what stupid is.and I hope that john mcbain has a shit load of bubble gum.also ron and frank have to correct the writing that the mob related writers that were let go did to everyone in port charles and that includes robins story.still have not see any piece of landview.please correct me if Im wrong .all I seen in the promo were flashes of star,blair,todd,and john,have no idea what the stories are going to be .and the last I checked its a soap opera people,anything can happen.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Hold your horses, those faces will show up from Landview. BUT don’t expect their storylines take off immediately. 1love.

Debi
Debi

In the event you are living in a cave, this show is hanging by a thread.
With the writing thus far this week, I see no change. Ron had his hand dipped in the ink months ago. Robin’s storyline should not have played out like it did.
I wasn’t calling you a dummy, I stated it was ‘written’ for dummies.
Take it how you may.

Debi
Debi

No of course you aren’t a dummy. That is why it bothers me when the writing staff shows no respect and throws out a mess. I personally don’t believe that Ron had no say so in the hospital setting scenes. He has been around. His advise had to be given!
That said, you are correct. I do have to give Ron time to put GH back together again.

I also don’t believe Robin is dead.

barbara t
barbara t

living in a cave,no,but Im watching the same robin story as you are and rons writing has only begun , the writers that were let go had plenty of time to write a good story for robins exit.so ron has to do what was left over ,why not try and give him a chance to put things in place ,today is only day 3.how can anyone know what the future holds for the new writers.and as far as the name calling ,you said you hate when gh writes for dummies ,ok I get that ,we have new writers now ,how can you tell this early they will continue to as you say, write for dummies.all I am saying is give the new writers a chance.on a brighter and happier note ,I cant wait to see john mcbain ,do whatever he does ,when he moves to port charles.

barbara t
barbara t

And i hope that we get to see that she is alive,robin would never leave her baby and patrick so i think she took a hit to the head and takes off not knowing who she is,I have to say that I wish that when robin told patrick to leave, that there was more time before he came back,so that gives robin time to take the rings off and get out before it blew up,however like you said,Where was security ,the staff,where was the help when you needed it? you also said it wont happen in a real time hospital there would be alarms all over the place,it was to calm.hopefully we find out more today,and I think star shows up ,things could get interesting,I hope so ,general hospital has to be saved.

Brian
Brian

Can’t wait! I have been trying to watch GH since we lost OLTL… but find it so boring ! Hopefully things pick up this week… it is the only reason why I have tuned back in.. the arrival of the OLTL citizens.

barbara t
barbara t

I feel the same as you, except I havent stopped watching general hospital and I am looking forward to todd,blair,star and john.let the cleaning up of general hospital begin.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Ohhh Stop the todd, blair stuff. LOL
Where U been? I looked for you on line last night while I watched the NIGHTMARE of what I call the “Bachelor” .

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Barb wrote: “did you go to daytime confidentcial ,the letter she wrote to wendy williams ,Its a real good read.janet hubert lets wendy have it about whitney houston .she saying everything you said”

One thing about me Barbara (and I’m glad you see this), when I speak about something, I have my FACTS in order. I could care less about winning the discussion. It’s more important that I’m speaking the TRUTH, based on the Facts. If I’m talking about something I Believe, or Feel, I will state “In my opinion’, so and so. Thank You for pointing out my being correct about Wendy Williams, and keeping an open mind about whatever the discussion, just like I told Scott that you do. : )

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

No I haven’t diappeared. I wasn’t on last night. I posted below I didn’t like how they handled Robin’s demise, and I listed 6 reasons why I didn’t like it. I dont know about anyone living in a cave, it’s hard to do that THESE days with texing, faxing, computer’s and Youtube. One thing about U, you take comments with a grain of salt. That’s what makes your post so pleasurable (dispite typo’s and your many coma’s) LOL because your personality shines through. I think Debi was saying that the writer’s took our judgement for granted concerning saving Robin. I dont know WHO wrote those shows, but WHOEVER did, it was a fiasco! I started reading the news on line while it played out to conter my fustration.

Kristen Howe
Kristen Howe

Looks good to me. Let’s hope it helps saves GH from ABCD’s hands. To those who’ve commented her, Kris Alderson has signed a deal with GH for three years. Kassie and Roger is only a few episodes, but they could come back for more. As for Michael, he won’t be on until March. As for Robin’s death, Kim McCullough wanted to leave to pursue full-time directing. They “killed” her off, like they killed “Victor Jr.” on OLTL last year. That’s what I’ve been hearing. So it was necessary to facilitate her exit from GH that way. Sorry folks.

david
david

The character of Robin didn’t have to be killed. She gets burned, has plastic surgery, and returns with the face of a new actress.

barbara t
barbara t

or when patrick wasnt looking, and he left for a split second,she got up not knowing who she is and walks off ,to return sometime in the future.the fireman said that the fire was to hot ,that was my clue she is alive .maybe friday we will see her get on a greyhound bus ,as we watch it drive out of port charles.hey anything is possible.

Debi
Debi

I just finished up todays episode and I am so mad!

”I am having a HUGE problem with the lack of emergency people at GH…something BLEW UP and no other floors are even hectic? It’s so strange. AND SONNY stood in the hall forever with blood all over his shirt just talking to Dante”
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I agree 100%. Not even personel to walk over to Sonny to address him. How does an emplosion happen and nobody is around?? No chaos.
Where was nosy Liz?? She is usually everywhere. Very disapointed with this week. Such a huge storyline, shouldn’t have to be shared with Maxie & Spinelli.
Kate or Olivia. John & Carly.
The focus should have been on Robin. And only Robin. Its OK, at this horrible rate, GH is over. Since their was no body to ID, we know Ron will be bringing Robin back for the ending of GH. He does that so well.

The GOOD: JT acting.
The BAD: Too many scenes with different people
The UGLY: Lack of chaos, Where is the drama to the death of Robin??
Why isn’t the hospital personnel freaking out?

SHAME on you GH!I was expecting better.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

I was horrified myself about it. I read your post yes’d too regarding it. And theing

barbara t
barbara t

just call me cave girl ,according to debi ,Im living in a cave ,because I dont think Im a gh dummy or ill be honest ,or agree with her on the writers writing for the dummies ,at least not yet.whats tonight ? am i missing something here.or maybe ive been living in a cave for so long .I have no idea what anyone is talking about.what I do know is rons writing just started ,we have to see where the robin story goes ,to bad it seems to be leading to jason,sam,and Im sure sonny is right around the corner. patrick will give in , he has to save jasons life ,robin loved jason,and she would want him to save him ,tomorrow is friday,maybe robin will get on that greyhound bus and leave town.Im keeping my fingers crossed , and so are fred and barney.

barbara t
barbara t

hey ,is it time for your disappearing act again ? I hope not ,its friday and there will be alot to post about at the end of general hospital today ,hopefully we will all be in shock to see that our robin is very much alive or maybe not find out for a few weeks that she is ok.anyway there will be alot to say at the end of this day.

gloria
gloria

I could not figure that out! The damn hospital was deserted. A huge explosion felt by Sam & Jason in his room-but quiet as a mouse. Nobody running for help-just a couple of fireman outside the lab, there should has been total chaos all over the hospital & word should have been spreading around that town! I kept waiting for Monica to call home & tell Edward or for Sam to call Spinelli so he could tell Maxie-WHERE was the DRAMA? Monica went to see Jason & saw Sam on the way & did NOT act at all concerned, I don’t rem. if she even mentioned the explosion. Where was Ephipany? I hated how they kept cutting to unrelated uninteresting things when ROBIN JUST DIED!!! Today’s was no better. Still everyone silent, nobody connected. Weird. Mac’s tirade at Sonny seemed forced. And why on earth have any scenes today at Wyndemere with that “mystery” girl & Euwen or whoever he is. I hate that stupid name. I could have written this week’s GH in my sleep better than this. God I miss OLTL.

barbara t
barbara t

me to ,gloria ,me to ,now things should change ,ron is now in charge of the paper and pencils in the writing room .general hospital has to be saved .and it has my support.

Brenda
Brenda

I thought that was pretty unrealistic myself how no one showed up when there was a explosion. I heard the new writers tweeked Robin’s death story. Whoever wrote it I was not impressed.

Debi
Debi

OK I will call you Cave girl if you would like!!!!!!! 🙂

barbara t
barbara t

hey I like barney and fred.

Debi
Debi

Barney & Fred? Cute. 🙂

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Debi: I have to agree with you. I was pissed off with how Robin’s demise played out. No one was on that hospital floor, not a soul. 1. The door that stood between he and Robin was particially glass, and to save his wife, 2. he didn’t grab the fire extinguisher (tell Robin to stand back) and break the glass. 3. People in the hospital heard an explosion (Anna said it a few times) and didn’t come to that floor. 4. Anna even said causually, “I heard it was upstairs in the lab where Robin is” yet she didn’t come to find out OR call anyone. 5. Patrick kept talking to Robin rather than RUN (in the very begining out to the main hallway and YELL like hell) 6. there seemed to be something wrong with the hospital telephone. And the beat goes on. I was pissed. That story was handled like a DISASTER. I have no opinion on Ron and Frank, BUT if they wrote this, what a disaster. Whoever I stress that wrote it! They didn’t show up one day and just start writing. They had to do some study and back and forth brainstorming of what maks sense and don’t. I got on line and read the days news to counter my fustration the first two days of the Robin fiasco, while it was playing out out.

Debi
Debi

I would like to know in what hospital are there emergency warnings that the doors will be locked?? In a lab?

I would like to know in what hospital when emergency alarms go off, personnell don’t automatically go to the area.

I would also like to know why we went from a catastrophe to having to watch Spinelli & Maxie. Or LIW with Ethan & Ewan. Shawn shows up at another man’s house with Carly in her robe and wet hair to confess his feelings to her? WTF were these writers thinking. Even Guza would have done better.

I emailed Mr Lee from GH. He is the force who wants GH to stay on the air.
He can forward my email to the appropriate people. I agree, Ron didn’t just show up for work one day. He had a say on how this disasterous of a story played out.

Very saddened and disapointed by this weeks show.

Pumpkinoodles
Pumpkinoodles

I started watching GH again when nuCarly joined. I LOVE her character. She’s very consistent in her stubborn craziness. I even enjoy the mob stories. What I don’t enjoy is a lack of balance, and having the show only focusing on Carly, Michael, Jason & Sonny is tiresome. Soap fans watch because the shows are ensembles. OLTL was great at the ensemble, and I have no doubt that GH will become what we want. The promos already show several storylines, and we will appreciate Sonny and Carly in a new way.

kay killgore
kay killgore

I just watched today and I got sick to my stomach, the character Sam is weak and shallow and I hope she stays with Jason I have never seen two more self absorbed people in the world. And Monica is a big joke always was she favored Jason over her own son AJ . Jakes death was all about Jason now Robin’s death is all about Jason! It is sickening! Robert please come back and bitch slap these characters!!!!

barbara t
barbara t

I hope he bitch slaps them to,I agree with you.there all self centered and cold.and hopefully robin isnt dead ,That yellow cover means nothing.

1loveabcsoaps
1loveabcsoaps

Barb: Get tonight. OK

david
david

Kay, your comments are so funny. Is this what people who don’t usually watch soaps see? It makes me wonder why any of us watch. Yes, these characters are unattractively self-absorbed. At the same time, I can think of real people who are just as bad. One of the things I loved about OLTL was there were always some characters you could like. Robin was like that on GH but now she’s toast. And for what? To hurry the return of old characters? I hope somebody slaps them all (and maybe the writers too).

Debi
Debi

If this week is an example of what is to come for GH, we are in trouble. The show will be cancelled and it won’t get good until the 11th hour.

Julie
Julie

I have been a long time abc soap fan. I taped and watched all 3 religously since the beginning. General Hospital has been stale for a while. The story lines have just gone on and on. It was my all time favorite during the Luke & Laura years. I hope adding the new influx of characters from OLTL will bring a lot of new viewers over. If the numbers don’t come up for GH, we won’t have any show to watch. I really love Starr and I think Michael needs someone like her in his life. He needs something good in his life. I would love to see Blair and Todd stay. John will also be a good addition. They need someone new at the police station. I also hope Natalie will come to GH in the future. Don’t worry GH fans, they are not trying to take over but save the show with new viewers. Give it a chance!!

Debi
Debi

I do have a ??. Are we all on the same page that Robin is NOT dead??
Because she got out. Either on her own, or someone (Fiason) grabbed her.

Debi
Debi

Also…reading a few of these posts, do people really tweet Ron and tell him his job?
My suggestion is to write (email) or call hotline, let GH know what is good, what is working, and what isn’t. Ron isn’t reading his tweets.

Mr. Lee is behind GH staying on. When we see a great episode, I point out all the right things. Wednesday I was so upset with GH I pointed out all the bad.
But the writing, that they can do themselves, they need to know what they do right so they keep doing it. And what they did wrong so it doesn’t happen again.
And did I lay into Mr Lee about that fake explosion and the emptiness of the hospital!!!!!!!

Sally
Sally

OMG I got chills watching this, I love love love GH and I loved OLTL, I am sooooo damn glad to see Blair, John, Todd, and Starr again. I cannot wait. I hope these new writers don’t let us fans down. I have a full life, but have always (for 30 yrs) made time to watch my soaps.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I am actually enjoying GH. Glad I can say that again!

Sally
Sally

It is a bit dull some days, but in the past month or more, it’s been really really good, and from that promo it’s gonna get better and better. Can’t wait.

david
david

I saw GH today and Cole is driving and talking to Starr for a couple of minutes before a head on collision. Let me guess–Cole and Hope die. Starr is hospitalized. Blair and Todd show up briefly in Port Charles. I think it is safe to say GH is not in danger of turning into OLTL. Much ado about nothing. I feel like OLTL fans have been jerked around again.

Christy
Christy

i think cole does, but don’t know about the little girl. In theory, she’d be more protected in a car seat and being in back, but looks like Anthony’s car is out of control good for a headon with their car… I bet Sonny pulled the brake fluid line after he left the Quartermaines… that would be a good reason for Todd to go after him. I wish Trevor St. John would show up in Port Chuck. I think he’s more of the GH kind of actor. Fits in well either place. Too bad they can’t get our comedy relief, David, to show up, but that would be odd in that Tuc Watkins was on GH before OLTL and he was not the happy, comedy relief on GH as he was on OLTL.

Duana
Duana

I agree with u Christie I think Cole dies cause it said 4 onelife to live charcaters our heading to portcharles not five, I think Hope will die too that is why Todd is going after Sonny. Todd isn’t going 2 care if Cole just dies by himself. As 4 Star she will probably get with Michael later on and Todd wont like that. As for Robin it is sad she leaving but the way she died I think she will return later on because of the explosing, after patrick gets with someone else probably Elizabeth. Long time ago Robert and Anna was supose to die in a explosing and they didn’t they returned.I think Robert and Anna set that up it probably has something 2 do with Faison. I will be glued 2 GH now 4 awhile.

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GH’s Coby Ryan McLaughlin Talks: Shiloh’s ‘Dawn Of Day’ Followers, Playing A Cult Leader, And His Co-Stars

Ever since the arrival in Port Charles of the mysterious “David Henry Archer” (Hank) now better known now as “Shiloh” (Coby Ryan McLaughlin), the minds of several members of the community have been revealed to, or have fallen under his spell.

For Shiloh is the cult leader of the group “Dawn of Day”.  He wields his manipulative skills to entrap unsuspecting people in his quest for power and control.   And make no mistake about it … he certainly has a target for Sam (Kelly Monaco), and an ax to grind with her.   For in her past, “the con-artist” Sam apparently swindled Shiloh’s father leaving him with next to nothing.  In addition to that, it has been noted, that Shiloh shared combat time in Afghanistan with Drew Cain (Billy Miller), before changing his name and coming to the town, where says he owes Drew for saving his life.

In story, one of his most loyal followers, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) was to be initiated in the inner-circle of the cult, and after drinking from the cup as part of the ritual which drugged her, she was saved by Jason (Steve Burton ) who got her out of the “Dawn of Day” house and to a secret location, leaving Shiloh infuriated and needing to cover his tracks.  As the story has played out, we learn that Brad (Parry Shen) has also been bitten by the “Dawn of Day” bug and believes in Shiloh’s musing.  So much so that he wiped the evidence from the cup Krisina drank out of that Jason provided to Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) for testing in the hospital.  The GH audience has also learned that Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) was one of Shiloh’s favorite former members of the cult.  She has revealed she had a child with the guy (the baby she thinks is being raised by Brad) and needs to make sure he never finds out.  But, does Shiloh secretly know?

When we last saw Shiloh on Thursday’s episode of GH, he went into the files of the “Dawn of Day” followers and found Kristina’s.  He opened it, and we finally learn her “pledge” – a deep rooted secret from her past that one must share as part of the journey with the cult.  It revealed, that Shiloh knows that Kristina was abused by her former boyfriend Kiefer and that her mother, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) ran him down and killed him with her car.  Kristina knows about it first-hand, because she saw it happen as she was in the car with Alexis.  What will Shiloh eventually do with this Intel?

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Coby Ryan McLaughlin, who has been the catalyst for much of the latest trouble brewing on-screen on GH about: the complexities of playing such a dynamic, and yet terrifying character, what has it been like mixing it up with the stellar cast of the ABC daytime drama series, and what he thinks Shiloh’s next move might be.  Here’s what Coby had to say about all and more!

What do you think about the reaction of the GH audience to Shiloh?  Is it what you expected?

COBY:  I’ve never really played a bad guy like this.  It’s interesting playing a villain because they love to hate you.  I’ll go on Instagram every now and then and throw elbows at the fans.  It’s really a trip.  The thing I like about this guy is that he’s not completely diabolical.  There are other things going on with this guy; he has other agendas as well.  It’s interesting seeing people react to what it is that I am doing while I have a storyline that is playing out.

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It’s is a bit of a trip as you say; because you have to, in many ways, be subtle in the manipulation as a cult leader would do.  Did you do any research on cult leaders before stepping into Shiloh’s shoes?

COBY:  I didn’t do much when I initially got the part, because I actually know some people like this.  I think as actors, one of the most interesting parts of our jobs is that we just get to sit back and observe things about people’s behaviors.  There are certain people who I have come across where my “Spidey senses” start tingling, and you think, “Well, I’m not going to get involved with this person, but what a fascinating individual.  This behavior is so fascinating.”  However, once I started this gig, yes, I did do research.   I’ll tell you, the one thing that a lot of these guys have in common is that they are extraordinarily exuberant.  They have just this energy about them, and they are seemingly humble.  They have these grandiose visions and these delusions of grandeur, but they do it in a way where you’re like, “Huh.  That almost seems kind of normal.”  In order to get a large number of people to follow you, you’ve got to be charismatic, you’ve got to be saying something that people really tap into and want to hear.  The behavior and psychology behind it are really interesting.  I watched this one documentary and these people literally had no idea … until they did.  They literally had no idea that they were in a cult until they woke up, and they were like, “Holy s**t.  This isn’t right.  This doesn’t feel right.”   Shiloh is an interesting role to play, and it’s written so straight down the line that I really don’t have to push anything, because the guy is written as what he is.   It’s really cool to be able to find all of the little things in that character, so I try to make him a whole bunch of different things to different people.

Did you know from the beginning that Shiloh would turn out to be this cult leader in the “Dawn of Day” storyline?  Who did you screen-test with that landed you the part?

COBY:  No, I didn’t know what he was going to be in the beginning.  I knew that he had an agenda, and when Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) told me that he was going to be a cult leader, I was like, “Oh, okay.  I know what I want to do.”   I have always had the opinion that cult leaders don’t come off bad… they’ve got to be likable.  You have to be able to relate to them in a way.  You have to be able to look at them and be like, “Ah well, maybe in certain circumstances what this guy is doing is okay.”  You have to be able to almost justify some of the behavior until you can’t anymore.  I screen tested with Laura Wright (Carly), and she is really fantastic.  We sit in the makeup chair and shoot the breeze all the time.

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So, is Shiloh infatuated with Sam?   What does he ultimately want from her?

COBY:  Yes, but he wants a lot. (Laughs) There’s a lot of backstory to him and what really brought him to Port Charles.  Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and I have conversations all of the time about what this guy really is, and what his ultimate goals are, and that may change.  I think that Shiloh is a guy who has come to find his power, and the more powerful he gets, the more he wants.   You know, I’ve become a fan of General Hospital now.  I never watched the show before I got this gig.  I was a Days of our Lives guy years ago.  Don’t tell anybody. (Laughs).

Okay… we will not tell. (Laughs) Ah, sorry!  That’s got to be in the interview! (Laughs)

COBY:  All of  sudden, I will get a message from HR saying, “You’ve been great, but…” (Laughs)   But as to what Shiloh wants with Sam, you know I will read the scripts in advance, and I’ll start creating certain these things for myself in my own mind, such as: “What if he wanted to screw over Sam because of what she did to his father?”  What if it started like that, but all of the sudden he’s coming into some prominence and he wants to go after Sonny’s empire, and what if he wants to run the whole town and screw everybody…?”  I go through this whole thing.  It could literally go anywhere at any time, which is so cool about the soap world.

Without revealing what it is, do you have an idea of what the endgame is for Shiloh, or do you not?

COBY:  No, I don’t.  I think that it changes.  This is a really malleable medium, I’m coming to discover.  I think that nothing is set in stone.  I ultimately know what I want… just because I ultimately think that the foundation of the whole thing is rooted deep within this individual’s character: his emotional makeup, and how he was treated.  There is a lot of revenge going on with this guy, but there is a lot more than that.  He’s not just motivated by revenge.

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Something had to have happened to him, of course, because you know how it works in soap operas!?  If you’re completely evil or bad, and even if you do horrendous things, and they want to keep you on the show, they have to find a way to humanize the character.  Otherwise, you’re there to cause trouble for a time, and you’re killed-off.  Shiloh’s tentacles seem more far-reaching then viewers first suspected.  He has this thing for Willow, who used to be in the cult, and now he’s got Brad under this thumb. What did you think about how much Shiloh is intertwined with and affecting the Port Charles canvas right now?

COBY:  I think that he is an apex predator.  I think that he sees certain people, and he knows how to utilize them for what he wants.  It’s kind of like a chess game.  He knows where Brad is.  He’s always wanted Willow, because it’s the one that got away, so there are certain things he uses as a means to an end, and there are certain things that I think he wants just for himself.  I think the relationships that he creates with this “higher-ups” in the town are because he knows he can utilize them, and there are some personal relationships that he keeps personal.  Shiloh has his own reasons for doing what he does, especially with Willow.  I think he was grooming her to be something.  Just the fact that she left him … really bothers him.

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He doesn’t know that Willow had his child, or does he … hmmm? 

COBY:  No, not as far as we know.

If he was to know, what do you think he would do?

COBY:  Well …  you’re just going to have to watch and find out.

So, when you found out that there was this major initiation going on which included: the drugging of Kristina, the huge payment she made to be in Shiloh’s inner-circle, and how he was preying on her vulnerability, were you like, “Oh my, God! They’re really going all the way with this cult thing?”

COBY:  No.  We kind of alluded to it, and it has to go all the way.   I wasn’t surprised when I read that in the script.  This is this guy’s MO.  He gets what he wants.

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Shiloh’s s really upset that Kristina is missing and has figured that Jason kidnapped her.  He wants her back in the fold, correct?

COBY:  He does want her back, but he wants her back for a variety of reasons … and not just the fact that she reminds him of Willow.  That’s part of it, but I personally believe that he wants her back, because as I mentioned earlier it’s all about chess pieces for him.  He sets up the prominent people in his organization, so he can set them up to expand his means and to expand his agenda … to motivate his agenda, because there is a bigger picture to all of this.  Kristina is a Corinthos and she is part of the most powerful family in Port Charles, so there is that as well.  He wants to be able to have that power hold over that towns that he is in.

Many in the audience are wondering if Shiloh having sex with Kristina was a key part of his plan.  Is that part of his ritual?  Having sex with women upon initiation into his “inner circle”… or is that a grey area?

COBY:  Here is the thing, everything is consensual with him … that’s where his charm comes into play, that’s where sense of power comes into play.  So, with these women, nothing is forced.  There is not coercion …  at all!   So, yes, its alluded that he sleeps with them, but we don’t necessarily know if that is true for all of them … or…. if it is just for the ones that he takes a liking to.   The other thing we know; is that this guy is also a megalomaniac, so it’s also an exertion of power as well.  What I tried to do with it was not make it so completely overt.   He is a bit of a jerk, but I don’t want it to overstep that boundary of being tasteless.  I think you can go too far with it, so that is one of the reasons that we alluded to the fact that it was always consensual, and people what to be with him for one reason, or another.

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That’s why there was an important conversation written into the script with Jason, Sam, and Michael (Chad Duell) about how there is no way to nail Shiloh for a crime because he is so cagey with every move he makes.

COBY:  Yeah, you could say cagey, I say smart.

Now, Jason is his target.  Would you say there are even more underlying reasons that the obvious of why he dislikes Jason so much? Does he really have an axe to grind with him?

COBY:  I think he likes messing with people, and I think if he is unable to exert his power, or his will, or his control, over somebody, it really annoys him.  The stuff with Steve Burton is rather fun!  Shiloh can’t manipulate Jason like he can manipulate these girls, or the way he manipulates Brad, because Jason just operates on a whole different level.  I think that Shiloh finds it fascinating that he can’t get to him.   Shiloh also wants to get him out of the way, because he can’t out-muscle him.  Even if I could, the writers wouldn’t allow it. (Laughs) So, that’s never going to happen.  As Shiloh, I have to out-think him, because I want him out of the picture.   Shiloh sees Jason as an obstacle and he wants him out of the way, and he will do it by any means necessary, via him or with his kids… anyway that he can, because he can’t get at him on his level, because the playing field isn’t equal.

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What about Shiloh’s relationship with Drew (Billy Miller)?  What does he truly feel about him? 

COBY:  I have this conversation with Frank Valentini all the time.  I think the relationship I have with Drew might be the only true relationship I have with anybody.  I think that Drew really did what Shiloh said that he did.  I think Drew really saved his life, and he does really want to pay that debt back.  I think therein really lies the contradiction with this guy.  It makes it difficult for him to operate.  I think he is conflicted on some levels because he is one guy to Drew, and he is a different guy to everybody else.  I think the way Shiloh is with Drew is real.  In his past, I think that Shiloh was completely fatalistic and reckless and didn’t care if he lived or died, and Drew did save his life, and he gave him a purpose.  However, I also think that he is such a damaged individual.  He needs that feeling of safety by exuding his power and control over others.  The writers have alluded to the fact that he has this other life, and that he was a broken individual, and turned his life around and came back from the brink of dying, of killing myself, of not caring.  So, with Drew, I don’t want to manipulate him.  I don’t want to use him.  I am truly just grateful for the fact that he allowed me another chance at life.  I love working with Billy, because that’s when I get to be human.  I’m not trying to gaslight him.  I’m not trying to get something from him – well, I’ll take that back, because I am trying to get something from him.  I’m just not trying to do it in a way that I go about it with the other characters.  There is a huge amount of respect between the two of us.

Unfortunately, Drew doesn’t remember anything about their past, which puts “pause” in believing Shiloh’s war stories.

COBY:  Yet.  (Laughs). Well, we’ve been alluding to the fact of, “What if he did this? What if he went back into his memories?  What if he were able to remember?  There are a lot of “What if’s …”  So, they keep a lot of balls in the air with this relationship.

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What has it been like working with Lexi Ainsworth in this story, because she has been the main character so far drawn into the cult? 

COBY:  She’s great.  I love Lexi.  She is so easy, fun, and safe, and just a really nice person.  We sit and chat all of the time and talk about what it is that we want from each other in the scene and how it’s going to work.   Everyone is great.   Kaetlyn MacMullan is so much fun as well as Willow.  As an actor, it’s really fun when you get people who really want to play and want to go.

And, what are your thoughts on working with GH favorite, Kelly Monaco, who is key in your storyline?

COBY:  Kelly is rad.  We talk about being able to “play jazz” all of the time, which means being able to go into a scene and just riff and have a good time, because there is so much dialog that you have to learn.  I mean, that dialogue is nuts, and sometimes you forget halfway through a page-long monologue when you are at 27 pages in.  That’s when it’s wonderful to have a really good dance partner who can pick you up.  There are times where I get so off script, and I’m like, “Holy s**t!  Where am I going with this?” (Laughs) I have got really good people like Lexi, Katelyn, or Kelly who have my back and that just makes it fun.

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Some actors like to watch back their work, while others don’t.  Do you check out your performances on GH?

COBY:  Yeah.  Somebody on Instagram, this wonderful fan, will take all of the Shiloh’s scenes and post them!  Shockingly, I don’t own a television, so I don’t watch the show that way.

Do you make changes or adjustments once you see your work?

COBY:  Not really.  I made a decision to keep it real low-key with this, and just try to play everything real.   The other thing is I had never done anything like this before in my career.  I was so intimated by this whole thing, that it was like, “Alright man.  Just get in and listen.  Listen to what your scene partners are saying to you.”  In my approach, I am trying to be as still as I can possibly be and let whatever that person is saying motivate my responses and my actions.  If I watch my work, I’m like, “Yeah, that makes sense to me; I like that.  That’s something that this individual would do.”  Shiloh controls every situation that he is in, and even when he is introduced to new characters, he doesn’t wait to be introduced, he’ll just walk up and say, “Hi, I’m Shiloh!  What’s new with you?  How’s it going?” (Laughs) He kind of disarms them in every scene he is in.

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Soap fans first saw you on The Young and the Restless in your stint as Andrew working alongside Eileen Davidson (Ashley).  How was that experience for you?

COBY:  Eileen was unreal.  She was really cool, because none of this phased her.  She had been doing daytime so long that it was just a thing to her.  I’d sit there and read my scripts over and over and over again, but she just knew how to do it.  It was so easy for her, that it made it easy for me.

In a broad stroke, what would you tells the fans to look forward to with Shiloh?

COBY:  Well, Shiloh is going to continue his agenda.  He is going to have to go about it in a different way.  There are things going down right now (and I won’t spoil it) that are going to change the way he operates, and he is going to have to get what he wants in a different way.  Some of the people who you would have thought that he trusted, have turned against him.  It just all makes it more fun for him because this is a huge game.  Even the stuff with Sam, you may think that you know where it is going, but it may not be.  So, as much as he is enamored by Sam, he has an agenda with her.

So, what do you think will be Shiloh’s next move?  Will he blackmail Alexis to get Kristina back at “Dawn of Day”? What is his plan for Sam? Is Shiloh connected to a key family in Port Charles, but it has yet to be revealed? Who else do you think might wind up in the cult? Finally, are you enjoying Coby’s performance on GH? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below!

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Cynthia Watros Replaces Michelle Stafford As GH’s Nina Reeves

Another big name is headed to the cast of General Hospital on the heels of the upcoming departure of Michelle Stafford.  Daytime Emmy winner, Cynthia Watros had been cast as the the new Nina Reeves.  Fans of Guiding Light remember her star turn as Annie Dutton, and she was last see on on daytime in the role of Kelly Andrews on The Young and the Restless (2013-2014).

As previously reported, Daytime Emmy winner, Michelle Stafford is headed back to her old stomping grounds of The Young and the Restless to play her signature soap role of Phyllis Summer.  She will replace her own recast, Daytime Emmy winner, Gina Tognoni.  Both actresses are said to be finishing taping their current runs on their respective shows in May. Watros will begin her GH run in Port Charles in June,

GH’s EP Frank Valentini tweeted on today’s casting news: “It’s a bittersweet day. I love @TheRealStafford and wish her all the best. I’m also really excited about @watroswatros joining the #GH family and continuing Nina’s legacy.”

PEOPLE.com broke the casting change.  Stafford has been with GH since 2014.  As for Watros, she opted to leave her role on Y&R to join the cast of MTV’s Finding Carter.  She is also known for her run on the hit ABC drama, Lost and other notable primetime series and films.

Michelle Stafford’s on-screen GH love interest, James Patrick Stuart, tweeted on the news: “Cynthia Watros … Big fan.”

So, what do you think of the casting of Cynthia Watros as the new Nina Reeves? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Short Film ‘She & Her’ Starring GH’s Carolyn Hennesy Has Premiere Screening With Support Of Daytime Community

A very topical short film in the post-Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement made its debut recently.  The film, She & Her directed by General Hospital production associate Nate Hapke, and written and co-produced by Y&R script and story coordinator, Rosie Grace, explores the complicated friendship between three women as they attempt to find their voice and tell their own stories in Hollywood.

The short stars the one and only Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller, GH) in the role of Poppy Sinclaire, a jaded ex-actress whose past comes back to haunt her when a young up and comer encourages her to publicly share her story of Hollywood abuse.

Hennesy’s co-stars include: Gwen Hillier who now is in front of the camera after working as a casting associate at GH.  Gwen has appeared on Transparent and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and the other part of this trio is Mackenzie Breeden.

During its world premiere of She & Her (March 30th at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Hollywood) The Young and the Restless’ Brytni Sarpy (Elena) and Kate Linder (Esther) were on hand to lend their support; as was former GH star, Chloe Lanier (Ex-Nelle).  (Hapke is pictured below flanked by Lanier and Sarpy).

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Following the film’s screening, the cast and crew took to the stage for a Q&A.  The cast was engaged through a lively discussion about the making of  the film, and the ways in which the filmmakers tackled topics such as  sexual assault, without exploiting the sensitive issue..

Following this LA premiere, She & Her will be embarking on its festival run, screening at venues all over the world.

Screenings will be announced on the official She & Her Facebook and  Twitter pages.

The film is the work of P 1 2 3 Productions and Soza Productions.

It’s always refreshing to see those behind the scenes of the soaps, and those in front of the camera, coming together for an artistic project.

So, are you intrigued to see Carolyn and her co-stars in She & Her? Check out the trailer, and let us know via the comment section below.

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