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Next Week Jon Lindstrom Returns To GH! How Will Kevin React When He Sees The Peeps From "Port Charles"?

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Photo Credit: Debra Young

And as the big returns keep coming to General Hospital, looks like there is more in store paying homage and somehow connecting the stories of the characters and actors currently on the GH canvas that were once part of the vampire saga of its spin-off Port Charles!  Next week Jon Lindstrom makes his return to the ABC soap as Kevin Collins to help his troubled estranged wife Lucy Coe! And according to this week’s issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Lindstrom relates that they are going to address the history that he and Kelly Monaco’s Sam (who was Kevin’s daughter Livvie  on PC) have and Michael Easton, presently John (who was Caleb the Vampire on PC) have somehow!

Lindstrom stated, “We can”t say that General Hospital and Port Charles become overwhelmed with vampires, because they don’t.  But there is some real concern and some questions and confusion and mistaken identity and all those things make for good plotting.  It’s really how does the story fit that story and all the baggage that comes back with people like Lynn Herring (Lucy) and me and Michael Easton and Kelly?”

In addition, Jimmy Deshler is coming to General Hospital on January 30th in the new role of Rafe who is rumored to wind up being revealed as the son of PC’s Alison Barrington and Caleb Morley!  However, the character of Rafe could be a spoiler in the romance of Molly (Haley Pullos) and TJ (Tequan Richmond), according to SOD!

So soapers, what do you think should be done with the characters of Lucy, Kevin, Sam and John in regards to their real and mistaken identities? If Michael Easton could no longer play John McBain, because McBain belongs to One Life to Live, would GH dare make him Caleb?  And what do you think about the edition of Deshler to the mix? Weigh-in!

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paula
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paula

please no more vampire stuff on daytime, please keep it with vampire diaries and the movies

lisa
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lisa

I agree Paula.
I only watched Port Charles a handful of times – I just couldn’t get into the whole vampire storyline.
I can buy John and Sam feeling a certain “comfortable familiarity” with each other – but lets not revisit the vampire years of PC.
Personally I think it would be a ratings disaster.

Alan
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Alan

There were vampires in Port Charles. Its a fact. Lucy isn’t crazy. She is a vampire slayer, like her cousin Rafe Covich who also died and came back as an angel. Kevin knows this. Sam looks like Livvie, John looks like Caleb and Duke looks like Joshua Temple (and Greg Madden). Kevin can come back to Port Charles and convince Lucy that its a case of mistaken identity but he can’t deny what actually happened and i hope that’s not what’s going to happen. My understanding is that ABC is trying to work out a deal where Todd, Starr and… Read more »

Dannett Scappaticci
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Dannett Scappaticci

Do you know how silly that sounds. Permanently Cure him of Vampire ism????? Correct me if I am wrong but the only “cure” is a stake thru the heart…..There is an article out about ME and the others are going back to OLTL as their characters, PP does not have to work with ABC and let them characters go back, and i hope they don’t! Let’s go with your theory, Caleb masqueraded as John, so what then Natalie fell in love with a Vampire? How did John and Natalie have Little Liam then? He is a Vampire but for years… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

OK clearly you never watched Port Charles or you wouldn’t have posted this reply to me. Caleb was CURED OF VAMPIRISM at one point. There was a hot spring under the city that cured not only caleb but some other vampires as well. So according to Port Charles Vampire Lore, yes Caleb can be cured and become human again. and no I’m not saying that John McBain on One Life to Live was Caleb, I’m saying that if Michael Easton wants to stay on GH and Prospect Park won’t let him be McBain there anymore, then they could say he… Read more »

Dannett Scappaticci
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Dannett Scappaticci

First of all, yes soaps are not real but come on now at least be some what accurate in your writing! A Vampire can not be “cured with a dip in a hot spring under the city”. Let’s go with your theory, Where has John McBain been all this time then? Starr was John’s step daughter I am sure she would know that John was not himself, since to impersonate someone you have to know that person, But let me guess they can say that the hot spring that “cured” him gave him powers of being able to masquerade as… Read more »

Shebasmudder
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Shebasmudder

It doesn’t matter how it sounds to you – Alan is right – this is how the storyline was written on PC and since you didn’t watch the show, it doesn’t make sense that you would say someone who watched it is in accurate. PC has been off the air for at least 10 years. If Caleb was cured, then he moved to Llanview to become John McBain which is when the actor first went to OLTL. Very simple. As far as vampires not having kids, well Caleb made one with Allison so he could definitely have one with Natalie.… Read more »

Alan
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Alan

also I am VERY happy to see the show list on the right and next to AMC and OLTL it doesn’t say RIP anymore 🙂 I’m not a Guiding Light or As the World Turns fan myself but for those who are i hope Prospect Park revives them too in time if everything works out. lol i wouldn’t mind seeing Loving, Ryan’s Hope or Dark Shadows come back as well!! or Port Charles with ALL of the vampires very very real!!!!

paula thomas
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paula thomas

love it. i reallly hope mcbain, todd and starr are a permanent part of GH. the story lines have really been good. especially Todd…love his sick-o sweetness..sorta. kinda like the vampire angle, to. you can never have too many vampires, well, yes you can, but it’s all good.

Dannett Scappaticci
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Dannett Scappaticci

PP has already taken back them characters. They are owned by PP….

aria
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aria

welcome back Kevin, can’t wait for Laura, Scott and Frisco to hit town, its going to be Awesome.

paula m.
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paula m.

Don’t mess up Lucys identity..Keep her AS LUCY COE.
LYNN HERRING IS PHENOMENAL.AS LUCY COE!!!

johanna
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johanna

All i know is i stopped watching PC when it started all the sci fi stuff and i was not a fan of calivie. I hate that we only got happy jolie 3days b4 the end now that we have oltl back we need to get more time w/the couple

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

I agree with johanna! I want my Jolie back, hate the fact that ME is contracted to ABC but looks like John McBain will go back to Llanview to Natalie. I never watched Port Charles except on you tube to see why everyone liked ME and KM together-NOT IMPRESSED! I’m probably just to use to ME & MA as my favorite soap couple (John/Natalie) since 2003. Lots of history there. Will miss him on OLTL, but GH has nothing for me now so looking forward to PP version. Wouldn’t watch GH for sure if they went back to vampires!

terri
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terri

I too want my Jolie back maybe ME can do double duty/bicoastal work…John on the East coast and Caleb on the West. Never liked him wiith KM but at least we woud have our Jolie back.

Dannett Scappaticci
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Dannett Scappaticci

I’m with the both of you’s! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE MY JOLIE! I read an article that ME & KA are going back to OLTL as John and Starr and that RH is the hold out because he wants to come back but for a shorter time than planned, and since Todd is owned by PP he will not be leaving OLTL as Todd. I can not wait to see my ALL TIME FAV Soap couple Jolie!!!!

MK
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MK

Oh God I hope the vampire story was all a dream and a psychic experience of Lucys

heidi
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heidi

I am not a vampire fan… but nods back to PC and deja vue type moments are great… if handled well. See the opportunity around John Mcabain if Eason’s McBain character has to be OLTL exclusively.

Dawn
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Dawn

I loved this storyline back when it was on PC. However, I am quite upset to hear they are having another actor come in to play Rafe. Why not have Brian Gaskill, the original Rafe?

Alan
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Alan

i think this is Rafe Jr. Allison Barrington’s son that they are bringing to GH.

Lia
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Lia

I have no problem with Michael staying on as Caleb, because I loved the vampire story on PC. I’ve wanted Allison Barrington on the show for awhile too, so having her son on will hopeful bring her to town…And I sort of like the idea of Molly having choices.

Christina
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Christina

Please, no vampire stories.

JAISAM/MCBAMFANS
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JAISAM/MCBAMFANS

I LOVE JON!!!!!

IS HE GOING TO PLAY KELLY MONACO (SAM MCALL FATHER)?

BRING ON THE VAMPIRE STORY!!!!!

JASON WHO?

NG
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NG

I love GH, but if this vampire storyline keeps going, I’m done watching it. I hated Port Charles because of that storyline. We’re adults (most of us), not preteens – we don’t need vampire stories.

Rebecca
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Rebecca

I really hope they do not start with all the vampire stories.GH is my favorite but I cannot stand this vampire thing now.So please stop already.Only adult story lines please!

Lili
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Lili

I never watched GH regularly. However I watched Port Charles religiously. I’m extremely happy that PC characters are coming to GH. I’ve been watching GH purely for the Caleb/vampire storyline. Thank you Cartini for partly reviving one of my favorite soap.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL 15000th Episode: Laura Faces Being Ousted as Mayor as Port Charles Bands Together in Support of Her

Finally, after many preemptions, General Hospital’s 15,000the episode aired on Wednesday. In it and front and center in the standalone episode was GH icon, Genie Francis (Laura).

In story, after a scathing op-ed is run in The Invader from a group of citizens called “The Friend of Port Charles”, they take aim at Mayor Laura Collins and want a recall to replace her. When trying to figure out who was behind the story, Laura’s friends and the citizens of the town, band together to keep her from being ousted and to figure out who would attack her in the press like this.

That sets up a few sentimental flashback clips featuring the three current longest-running members of the cast, Genie, Kin Shriner (Scott) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie).  Viewers get a glimpse of Scotty and Laura’s wedding, and then Bobbie’s contentious and duplicitous side when she fought for the love of Scotty against a teenaged Laura.

As Laura tries to determine who is behind the op-ed, Curtis (Donnell Turner) gets a lead from Ms. Wu (Lydia Look) that Laura’s half-brother, Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) is behind it.  Laura then heads to Pentonville to confront Cyrus.  She asks if he’s the brains behind “The Friends of Port Charles”.

Cyrus insists he is only an advisor. He goes on to say that this is a group of people who are disillusioned by the way she is running the town.  Cyrus gets angry and vengeful, and emotional, when saying the police department is corrupt and how ELQ and Cassadine Industries gets tax breaks at the expense of less fortunate people, etc.  Laura can’t figure out if these people in the ‘friends’ group have such high moral value why would they hire a criminal, like him, as an advisor?

Renault goes on to say that it’s up to God and preaches she needs to be less self-righteous.  Laura throws back to Cyrus that where was God in that scathing op-ed, that he did filled with such hate?  Laura then forgives him and walks out, which stuns Cyrus.

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Later, Scotty in front of Laura, Bobbie, Anna (Finola Hughes), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Lucy (Lynn Herring), proposes to Liesl (Kathleen Gati), but she turns down his marriage proposal.  Liesl feels they have a good thing going , so why mess it up with a marriage at this point. The two kiss.

In addition, Laura meets up with Maxie (Kirsten Storms), who are visiting an institutionalized Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).  Maxie brings her some cosmetics from Deception because of the bad lighting in the facility.

The softball game was the throughline of the episode, and at the end, we saw the payoff, when all the characters converged on Charlie’s giving their support to Laura, who says she is ready to write her rebuttal.

Then in a voice-over from Laura, she speaks to the essence of Port Charles and its residents which included: that they have a strong community that she is proud to be a part of it and she speaks to her legacy over generations.  Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) proposes a toast to Laura, as she notes that if she loses the recall then so be it, adding that if the person who replaces her is a Port Charles lifer, like she is, then the town will continue to prosper.

So, what did you think of the 15,000 episode milestone episode? Did you enjoy the performance of Genie Francis? Did you like the way much of the cast was utilized, or did you feel otherwise? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GH’s Finola Hughes, Marcus Coloma & Josh Swickard Talk On 15,000th Episode Milestone

The juggernaut that is ABC’s General Hospital, is marking yet another accomplishment in its storied 59-year-history.  The iconic soap opera is set to air on Wednesday, June 22nd (unless preempted), its 15,000th episode.

As part of the celebration, General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas Cassadine) and Josh Swickard (Chase), who all appear in the standalone episode, chat with Michael Fairman to mark the occasion.

During the conversation now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Finola and Marcus, and later Josh, who logged on later while at Disneyland, discuss: their beginnings on GH from landing their respective roles, who in the cast perhaps most intimated them, at first, and what it has meant to be part of the legacy of General Hospital.  In addition, Finola, Marcus, and Josh reveal some of their more challenging storylines, and more.

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Later, the trio each gives us a tease of what’s to come now that Nikolas has slept with Esme (Avery Pohl), what lies ahead for Anna and her love-interest Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and Josh talks on working with his on-screen love-interest, Amanda Setton (Brook Lynn Quartermaine).

Watch for a special appearance by GH’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) within the interview, as we do a deep-dive of being part of the ensemble cast.

We also take a moment to send out our condolences to Kristina (Felicia) and Jack Wagner (Ex-Frisco) on the passing of their son, Harrison, and how you can donate to the scholarship fund in his honor.

Check out our GH 15K interview with Finola, Marcus, and Josh below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more upcoming features, interviews, and upcoming Daytime Emmy red carpet coverage.

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Days Of Our Lives

NATAS President and CEO, Adam Sharp, Shares Insight Into 49th Annual Daytime Emmys Telecast

The Daytime Emmys are just three days away when the gold statuettes are handed out on the 49th Annual Awards Show telecast on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th (9pm EST).

Ahead of the ceremonies, NATAS President and CEO, Adam Sharp, spoke to Variety to give some details of what viewers may be on the lookout for when the broadcast returns, with an all-live presentation for the first time since 2019, and through the Covid-19 pandemic, which caused it to pivot to virtual ceremonies for the last two years.

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Now, Sharp shares that with the previously announced realignment that will see Children’s & Family programming having its own Emmy that, “The telecast will be very squarely focused on the dramas, talk shows and game shows.”  He also adds: “It will be a bit more focused.”

With an audience present this year, Sharp is counting on the live element to heighten the awards night fun and drama. expressing, “Hopefully that  excitement conveys to the viewers.  I think you’ll see us try to put a lot of that interaction on display.”

This year’s Daytime Emmys will feature 14 categories which Sharp hopes streamlines the broadcast and keeps it to a tight two-hour celebration of daytime.

Previously, NATAS and the TV Academy (which administers the Primetime Emmys), decided to move away from day part distinctions and focus more on genre. In addition, streaming series featuring soap notables, such as Studio City and The Bay, will be competing for nomination slots in September’s Primetime Emmys.

So, looking forward to this year’s Daytime Emmy telecast? Comment below.

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