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Nicholas Alexander Chavez Takes Over the Role of GH’s Spencer Cassadine

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If you watched the end of last week’s episodes of General Hospital, you know that the role of Spencer Cassadine has been SORAS’d and is lurking around Port Charles.

The role of Spencer was previously played by fan favorite Nicolas Bechtel since 2013. Now, General Hospital viewers can welcome actor Nicholas Alexander Chavez who takes over the role.

In story, Ava (Maura West) and Nikolas’ (Marcus Coloma) lives together have come a part at the seams from a stalker, who they do not suspect is Nik’s son.

 

So, in order for Ava to protect her daughter Avery, she left Nikolas and wants a divorce and is doing everything to keep him away from her.  Then on Friday’s episode, a masked Spencer was stalking around Ava’s art gallery only to find Trina (Sydney Mikala) there, and later Trina shows up at Curtis’ (Donnell Turner) club opening a seemingly bloody mess.

On Chavez’ IMDb page, it lists and confirms that he is playing Spencer on the ABC daytime drama series.

Please welcome Nicholas as the nuSpencer and let us know if you are looking forward to seeing how the story will play out via the comment section below.

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brian
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brian

Is he now the same age as Trina, Cam, and Jocelyn ?

He had just better not be older than those 3 !

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Brian
Sorry, but he happens to be 21 and Joss just turned 18, not sure about the others.Its crazy that Spencer was a couple years younger than the others growing up and now he’s older? I actually thought he might be even older than 21.

brian
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brian

I also found it odd a few days later when Phyllis offers Mike her car keys to drive to Port Charles. When and how did Mike get a driver’s license? For a moment I thought “Mike” was going to say he didn’t have a driver’s license.. but didn’t! Sort of is an invinsible “hole”

Satan
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Satan

Hadn’t even crossed my mind, but you’re right about that. How would Phyllis know if “Mike” even knew how to drive at all? Not sure how amnesia affects driving skills, but obviously “Mike” doesn’t have a license. And is unlikely to get one without a last name or any other documentation of his identity. Perhaps Phyllis is trusting enough to believe that “Mike” could make it to Port Charles and back without getting pulled over by the cops. Obviously she doesn’t always stick to the letter of the law herself, as we already know she’s been involved in at least… Read more »

brian
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brian

And then today’s show…aleix and Sean are being abused..but did Nicolas buy and privatize the prison? What gives ?

Celia
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Celia

There are a bunch of inconsistensies everywhere, brian.
Also, Laura calls Spenser’s feelings for Ava an “antipathy”— a mild word, really; compared to what’s in this man-child’s cold heart.—
what Spenser feels, seeded deep inside, is pure hatred—a hatred so powerful, he will use any means to kick her out of orbit.

Satan
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Satan

Laura probably doesn’t want to think that her grandson could be capable of doing anything truly evil… even though she knows as well as anyone what Cassadine DNA can do to somebody. And of course Spencer’s also got Corinthos DNA from Courtney. So that’s a serious combination… even if you have Laura’s own DNA in there to balance him out.

Celia
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Celia

That’s so true. None of us wants to believe the worst of someone we love—-especially our children or grandchildren.
Nonetheless, as you so eloquently point out, , Spencer is a Cassadine and a Corinthos—double dose of baddie.

Emma Jones
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Emma Jones

They were the same age when they went to Lila’s Kids day camp, and then they just aged Cam and Joss! I always thought that was so weird

Steve
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Steve

He was also on the contract section of the cast credits on Friday’s episode. (So still is Wes Ramsey but I’ll stay focused).

Have to keep those spellings straight…
Nikolas: character played by Mary’s Coloma
Nicolas: Bechtel – thanks for many enjoyable years
Nicholas: Chavez – welcome & time to jump start the stale teen set.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Congratulations to Nicholas Alexander Chavez on achieving the role of Spencer Cassadine. I am sure he will be wonderful in the role!

Rodd
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Rodd

I’m glad Spencer is back on the scene but not sure about “how” he’s back. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out it was him doing all these dastardly deeds to split up his father and Ava though.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

It’s about time! With all the other kids aged up to being teenagers, I was wondering when Spencer would join the ranks. And given the GH casting department’s talent for finding phenomenal young actors, I have high hopes for NuSpencer.

Now if only they could bring back Tyler Christopher as Nikolas, that would be wonderful. Marcus Coloma is still not cutting it for me as Nik, I’m not sure what it is about him but he just doesn’t suit the role.

Dennis
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Dennis

Bechtel actually is a teenager – He’s 16, I think. He looks younger though. Agree about Nikolas, but I think the ship has sailed for Tyler 🙁

Cook
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Cook

I agree Marcus C. is not a good fit for the Nicholas role.

Carrie
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Carrie

Maybe because Marcus looks so young compared to Tyler Christopher. Now they s.o.r.a.s. Spencer and they’re going to look like siblings rather than father and son.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Carrie
You make a very valid point here.Hard to see them as father and son, and what does he have against Ava, as she and his dad resolved things and fell in love, why are his jockeys in such a twist?

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Violet, as I recall, Spencer turned on Ava when she accepted plastic surgery for her burns in exchange for not testifying who “killed” Nikolas. So, if he can forgive his father (has he?), why not forgive Ava as well? Unless I’m missing something.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
I had forgotten all about that. Thanks for the reminder. You are right again.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Jimmy
I also miss Tyler and although I like Marcus, he does look the almost 10 years between he and Ava.

aria
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aria

can we get Emma back too, she’s college age and it would make sense for her to move away from home and go to school in port Charles. she has grandma Anna, grandpa Robert and Uncle Mac all in the east coast.

Bethany Wiley
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Bethany Wiley

I really like the new Spencer

Lisa
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Lisa

The new Spencer is a great addition to the cast. He really looks like Cassadine royalty!! I look forward to seeing him in scenes with his father and Ava.

Emma Jones
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Emma Jones

While I will always love the old Spencer, wasn’t the same age as Joss way back when? Didn’t they go to Lila’s day camp together?? I’m really liking the new Spenser and looking forward to all the fun summer scenes! Gotta say really want to see Jason and Britt together again… great chemistry! Nice to see Sam and Liz bonding!

Timmm
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Timmm

Its okay, this kid looks more like he could be Marcus Coloma’s son than Tyler Christophers. I’m sure Bechtel has many other opportunities. If Chavez sucks it will go hand in hand with the recast of Nicholas with the hiring of Coloma. Tyler Christopher isnt hirable. I STILL dont know why they couldnt bring back Nick Stabile. He was actually better than Tyler. But, we the viewers dont have a say, like it or not! Lets give Mr. Chavez a chance and see what he’s got.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Timmm
I actually liked Nick Stabile, especially when he and Ava met on the plane to Valentine’s island, when Nickolas was supposedly killed. I thought they made a much better looking couple than Ava and Marcas Coloma. I remember a lot of the fans didn’t care for Stabile, go figure!

Steve
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Steve

Violet
The issue with Stabile likely had more to do with the age difference with Genie than chemistry with Ava. Although there’s only an 18 month age difference between Stabile and Tyler Christopher, Stabile appeared even older.

Genie Francis (along with Lynn Herring and Kristina Wagner) is aging like fine wine. Marcus Coloma is actually the right age for Nikolas, but arguably looks even younger.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Steve
Fortunate for those two ladies you mentioned. I’ve always said it’s the men that age like fine wine, but the ladies age like old cheese! Every time I pass a mirror, I go, omg, who’s that old hag there?

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D.Banks1215@aol.com

GH, I have been watching for decades, I do not like that look of Jason and Carley getting married we understand the reason but it is time for Sonny to come home!!! Let him fall hit his head and let his memories come back something. Let Jason and Brit get back together and she finds out she pregnant with Jason baby. Find someone new for Jax other than Nina. No, no, no marriage for Jason and Carley doesn’t look right Nooooooooo!!!!!!

Char cooper
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Char cooper

He could have smiled,very handsome btw.

Barbara Henry
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Barbara Henry

Nu Spencer should at least wear glasses to look a little like previous Spencer. It would make the re-casting of actor easier to accept.

Perry B
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Perry B

Changing Spencer was a HUGE error. No one can act or steel a simple scene like Nicolas Bechtel. He’s 16 and could absolutely play an 18 year old if needed. He has grown quite a bit and his looks have totally matured. Nicholas Chavez is no Spencer. He is most likely a new actor. It certainly comes across as if he’s learning to act. That would be fine for a new character, but it’s absolutely impossible for him to be Spencer. Definitely no longer interested in his storyline. I’ll just fast forward my DVR through those parts until I see… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Worst thing so far about this SORASing/recast?

Everybody in town (except Trina & her mom, apparently) knows Spencer. Most of them are related to him, by one means or another. And yet he’s all over town… in a crowded nightclub, at the pier, at the cemetery, in a public park, and nobody’s recognized him yet??

The odds of that happening are about the same as a blizzard here in Hell within the next week.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

After today’s show and his treatment of Ava, I am so glad we have a new Spencer. I could never see the “real” Spencer act in such a dispicable way, especially claiming to love his father and then going so far out to make him so miserable and unhappy. I think Ava is not buying his act, but has not thought he’d go so far.

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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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