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Nick Stabile Makes His Debut As Temporary Nikolas On General Hospital!

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On Friday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, Nick Stabile (Sunset Beach, Days of our Lives, Dawson’s Creek, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) made his on-screen debut as Nikolas Cassadine.

As fans of the daytime drama series know, Stabile was brought in as a temporary replacement for Daytime Emmy winner Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) who has left the series for a bit for personal reasons.

Stabile takes over at a key point in Nikolas’ disappearance storyline, where it was revealed that Nik, and none other than Ava Jerome (Maura West), where on the same flight out heading to London, but have now appeared to be kidnapped by Huxley played by the ATWT alum trent Dawson, who also debuted this week on the sudser.  This sets the stage for more scenes between Stabile, West, and Dawson.

Meanwhile, viewers learned that Spencer (Nicolas Bechtel) has been in on his father’s “death” all along after he places a phone call to Nikolas where he says: “Trust me, I’ve got your back father.  I should win an Emmy for this, no an Oscar! Call me back.”  Only after he receives the call, Nikolas has no cell reception in the place where Huxley has taken the dark prince and Ava.  We come to find out by the end of the episode it’s not Nikolas who Huxley has a major interest in, but Ava Jerome!

So, what were your first impressions of Stabile as Nikolas?  What have you thought about how Maura West’s Ava Jerome is mixed in to the story?  Did you guess all along that Spencer was in on his father’s plot to some extent?  Have you enjoyed seeing Trent Dawson as Huxley? What on earth does Huxley want with Ava?  Share your thoughts on all of these questions in the comment section below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Real Nik needed a shave…fake Nik is clean shaven-lol…Huxley-hate the cartoonish accent…maybe Huxley is interested in Ava because Connie is still alive, and Huxley has her in a plot against the Jeromes and mostly against Sonny!!!…just kidding…lol

Celia
Celia

Hey, Jimmy, I like it. Kelly Sullivan may be available, now that she’s off Y&R.
It’s very possible Huxley’s plot includes Connie. If she’s alive, Sonny and Carly have nothing to hold over Ava’s head.
And, imagine the cat fights between The two CC’s. Ha!! Get my drift?
I love, love, love Nick Stabile much more than chubby cheeks. I wish he would play the fallen-from-grace-prince Valiant permanently.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I know…watched her ghostly appearance to Sharon who im surprised hasnt gone wacky doodle Heather Webber style by now…lol….i watched Nick on Sunset Beach many moons ago…they can always bring him back as Valentin Cassidine…Micheal E. has played 4 roles so why cant this guy play another character…my problem with Mr. Chubby Cheeks is he always act as if he is bored and wishes he were someplace else…Nick Stable would make a good Peter Blake on Days!!!

Jennifer
Jennifer

I would love to see Nick Stabile permanently on GH..He has been doing a great job as Nikolas..he fits the part and is much better to look at than tyler christopher i think…really would like to see him stick around!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I noticed the clean-shaven face too. Thought I missed a scene…

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

They should had explained Nick took a bath and shaved but i thought the beard thing was so he could travel incognito…

Melissa
Melissa

Yeah, clean shaven vs fully bearded! So much for continuity. Not digging Huxley. More mystery that will go nowhere?

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

They should have said he shaved…i thought the beard was to disguise himself…Huxley so far isnt as good as i thought he would be…he is a little too cartoonish!!!

Celia
Celia

Not digging Huxley, either.
No looks to speak of or personality. Do not like his forced acting….and, why does he keep calling Nik “Mr. Carradine”? I noticed it yesterday, too.
Also, please PTB, spare me Morgan’s oh, so joyful homecoming. How long until the Corinthoses will be at each other’s throats again?
I surely hope Kiki and Dillon will become an item. And, Morgan finds them in the act. He did plenty of that to Kiki.

Celia
Celia

Duh, Melissa. I blundered again. I forgot Nik’s using a fake name. Nonetheless, he is an internationally known prince?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Not impressed–with either.

Celia
Celia

Right, Jimmy. Not only travel incognito, which is so dumb, anyway……he is a Prince; recognizable with or without a beard; with or without shades.
Besides, where did Nik find the place or time to shower and shave? Did I miss something from the time he landed to where he is now with Ava at Huxley’s oh-so-opulent fortress?
The creators of this debacle do not give ‘scripts’ the time of day; thus, the inconsistencies.
It rather sticks in the craw to think that the soaps’s omnipotent ‘yay gods’ assume we are that ‘accepting’ of stupid scenarios, eh, Jimmy?

Celia
Celia

Happy Daddy’s Day EVERYONE!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Too bad Carlos didnt clean up that way-lol

victoria wix
victoria wix

How stupid do they think we are and yet expect us to accept this change in actors. Frankly I think it is an insult to our intelligence shame on them.

Patrick
Patrick

well… one… I’m really – really – glad , Nicholas told his son

just as Ava – shared – on the plane… did she ever… learn her lesson… when it comes to their’ “children”

is this all worth it at the expense of their child?

whew!

dang it! I hope… Tyler Christopher and Maura West … get to reconnect

this is spotlight time… Trent Dawson is

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I’m not familiar with this actor but I thought he was great. Looks a bit like Sean Kanan. I like that they’re pairing characters together that haven’t had scenes together before; kinda keeps it fresh. However, it was kind of ridiculous that Nicolas tried to hide his identity from Ava when he said she might have him mixed up with someone else. Really? His cousin Alexis is married to her brother…lol…the writers write ridiculous things like this all the time.
In spite of bloopers like that, I think GH has been great lately. It’s going at a good pace and I think they’re mixing several mysteries involving many of the characters…vets and relative newbies alike. AND, they’re managing to do that while still incorporating romance. Never heard or saw the actor playing Huxley, but he’s very good. I think the stories are going to be fun.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

It has improved somewhat…and i agree about that silly blooper part…i liked the actor who plays Huxley better when he was on ATWTs but so far he is not winning me here but that could change in time…i did not like Britt at first but she grew on me and i miss that character…i thought that Huxley would be new Amy’s big brother and the two of them would be responsible for those hospital deaths and framing Finn for them for some reason!!!

Harry
Harry

I thought he did great too and it cannot be easy grabbing the baton from a veteran character and a core character in the middle of a climatic storyline.
He did so seamlessly–bravo!

ryan
ryan

I don’t watch GH but this new Nikolas is hot.

Mary SF
Mary SF

Most likely Hux wants that artifact that Ava was going to show privately would be my guess. I do hope the character is faking an English accent and will drop it soon.As for the new Nik– the jury is still out– did they explain why he didn’t have a bread, if not they should had glued a fake one on him—– And didn’t we all guess weeks ago that Spencer was in on it.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Story line poorly constructed for sure.
Re Nickolas–really unbelievable that Nickolas would make his son part of a “pretend” death–and make Laura his mother suffer.

Celia
Celia

True, nancy. This is why I questioned Laura’s nonchalance over her son’s disappearance and possible death. Really? I would be tearing my hair out.
Does she or does she not know? If she knows; is she aware Spencer also knows? I repeat….such a dumb premise and not a well-thought-out script.

Timmm
Timmm

Boy if that were Lucky she would care!

su0000
su0000

I knew, from day one, without doubt, that Spenser was in on it , he knew.
No WOW moment..

It will be fun to have a stand-in Nikolas; something different (which is badly needed)

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

But su0000, don’t you agree that it’s a bit sick of Nickolas to bring his son in on the deception about his death? And to keep it from his mother Laura? Nickolas is really proving that he is as cruel as his father.

Omar
Omar

Hi Nancy…

A cruel Nickolas is so much better for entertainment that the normal good guy Prince Nickolas of old..The show needs that kind of change for him..He can become the new “Adam Chandler” or the new “Dorian Lord”

Cruel, scheming, making the wrong choices always but at the end of the day, really passionate about those they loves, even if their intentions are selfish and wrong!!

Just saying!

Celia
Celia

I agree. Nik is being written right into a sink-hole. Unless he is proven to be an imposter, Nik will be a lost cause.
PC has enough baddies; we do not need more.
Even the worst fathers would not put their child through this…on Father’s Day of all days….LOL and HaHHa!!
All sign point to the fact Nik told Spencer what he was about….staging his death, or whatever. Admittedly, Spencer is an extremely precocious child, yes; yet, he’s a child nonetheless. I don’t know how much longer he could carry this load, if he knows the truth. Are we sure?
I think Laura knows the truth….she’s just too calm….nary a hair out of place.
There is not entertainment here, at least, not for me. To each his/her own, I guess.
I like the new Nik…..sooo much more. However, I will not delude myself in thinking Tyler won’t return. Ugh!!

Ces
Ces

Bummed Tyler wasnt in today’s scenes just when I was getting into Ava & Nic! Nick Stabile didn’t do a bad job though but I miss Tyler already. Loved Spencer today and yes, I figured Nic wouldn’t let his son think he’s dead. Nicolas Betchel is the cutest!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

If not somewhat tiresome and totally unbelievable.

Dee
Dee

Thought they could have at least dyed his hair black. But I liked his delivery.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I thought it sounded like he was just reading his lines. Not good at all.

I thought Jen Lilly did a great job as a temporary Maxie a few years back until Kristen Storms could return. I also thought Martha Madison did really well stepping into the role of Liz Webber, in the middle of an intense story line several years back.

This one I am not feeling. At all.

Timmm
Timmm

I think TEMP Nick will get better. He has to get into Tyler’s groove.

Jen Lilley should have been Maxie’s replacement but she was still with DAYS when Kristen took time off.

Celia
Celia

Every time I hear the name Jen Lilley, I get a lump in my throat. I will miss her soooo much. That expressive face tells a million stories.
I adore her, nothing against Bree Williamson, I like her, but Jen? She should have been brought in…..actually, it would be great if she took the place of Nurse Amy….better yet, another female cop. Not enough women on PCPD.

Lynne
Lynne

I wish that Tyler was involved more at this point. But if he needed time off, I’m ok with a filler, since I know it’s not permanent.

Mateo
Mateo

I love Trent Dawson. The character is somewhat one dimensional but still fun. He has always played odd ball characters previously and done so quite well. The new temporary Nikolas is …ummm….well he IS…he’s no where near as fine as Tyler Christopher nor is he as detailed in his performance. I hope Tyler returns quickly. I could watch Ava in any scene and enjoy her cause — I LOVE MAURA WEST — Rock on GH, I am with you for the ride.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I can do without the character of Ave–and can do without her being a part of the Nickolas “disappearance.” WHY?

Rose
Rose

All I know is that GH is getting more and more un-recognizable, and it isn’t just the change in actors, even if temporary. Spencer knowing doesn’t surprise me, but for some reason he doesn’t seem as “cute” to me anymore. As for Ava and a Huxley connection, I’m reaching the point were I just don’t care.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agreed!

karen
karen

I have watched General Hospital for 20 years. The story lines are finally improving, which I am happy to see, I almost stopped watching. However, I am not liking the new Nikolas, its nothing personal, he just seems a bit flat. Tyler Christopher is a great actor and I hope he returns.

nme
nme

You missed the best years in the 80’s when Lucy Coe played a librarian by day and was totally opposite by night. The show was awesome back then.

louisa
louisa

Tough shoes to fill. And they have changed the character of Nikolas so much he is hard to like unless played by Tyler Christopher.

As for Ava, I usually FF through all her scenes. I’m watching her now that she is with Nikolas.

Softjohnmcbain
Softjohnmcbain

He looks more like AJ than Nik. Kind of wish GH got him when Sean Kanan left the show.

Kevin O.
Kevin O.

I hadn’t thought of that, but… damn, he does look a lot like AJ!

nme
nme

I FF when Carly is on…she yells too much.

Rodd
Rodd

I think he did a fine job of hitting the essence of Nikolas. I’ve always liked Nick Stabile, so it was good to see him on screen again. But, of course, I look forward to Tyler’s return to the role.

Nikolas would never hurt his son by faking his death and not letting Spencer know. However, this story is a stretch of the imagination. I’ll play along just because the story is moving along faster than some other snail’s-paced-stories and has me intrigued.

I love Trent, but that accent is SO annoying and his dialogue is dreadful. Still, I was surprised to find out it is Ava he’s interested in. Wonder where this is going? My suspicions are that S&J are going to come to their rescue. *Yawn* Hope I’m wrong and it’s someone else. I also hope that this story leads to other layers in their relationships once they’re back in PC and not a self-contained s/l.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Rodd, I agree, especially about the JaSam rescue coming later. Don’t care for the Trent Dawson role, which is too bad, as I loved him on ATWT. I think Nick Stabile is good but seems too old for the role (though he probably isn’t). Then again, I’m not a fan of premature gray on anyone.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Soaphound…I think Tyler is 43, Nick Stabile 45. Can’t believe how much he looks like Sean Kanan!

Celia
Celia

Right, Rodd? I think we were all mouth-agape when he showed interest in Ava.
Maybe, just maybe, Huxley may know something about Connie’s death.
Jimh did predict that Connie could be alive.

Celia
Celia

“Mouth-agaping”

fginaspy
fginaspy

I look forward to watching this episode today. I’m sure Sonny has a hand in this. Ava is a murderer and belongs in jail. The actress is daytime royalty thus we must suspend disbelief. MW is a wonderful actress. Though, I have never liked any character she has played.

aria
aria

i wish if the actor is not available to play the role then they wouldn’t be replaced, i’m sure as far as money/budget goes its probably easier, but if the actor contractually playing the role needs to go on a emergency leave, their stories needs to be re written,modify or something because having a new actor playing the role completely ruins the storyline, with kirsten storm taking a leave next its already ruined especially if claudette is introduced and interacts w/ substitute maxie.

fginaspy
fginaspy

Interesting news: I just read on Nick’s IMDB the following: Before Sunset Beach, Stabile also tested for the role of Nikolas Cassadine on General Hospital (which went to Tyler Christopher).

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Mmmmm.

Phil
Phil

Would love for Connie to be alive, but not for a Sonny and Connie redux! Despite what others think, I like Carly and Sonny! Not a fan of the Nic character but Tyler is a good actor… not sure I like this one!

Mary K.
Mary K.

Mr. Stabile is a dead ringer for Sean Kanan from a distance. Too bad we could not have kept AJ with his replacement. But water under the bridge.

Nicholas Betchel still makes the show worth watching any day.

I was thrown by the Hux being after Ava. Not easy to do after 53 years of soap watching GH. My guess is that Ava has a piece of Art work that Hux either wants or owns. Ava is such a delightful floosie.

Harry
Harry

Damn, Mary K, was thinking the exact same thing.
He could have made a great AJ recast. That said, he could have made a great Jason recast given his resemblance to Steve Burton.

Timmm
Timmm

He would have been better than Sleepy Miller!

carol
carol

Hope he’s just on for a short time. Nobody does Nik like TC.

Alan
Alan

Liked Trent Dawson as Henry on ATWT but not digging his faux British accent. I’m all for Ava being moved into the orbits of other characters not tied to the mob and think Nikolas was a good choice but this story already feels like a miss — instead of throwing these two into a steamy affair we’re going to be saddled with some lame “adventure.” Ugh.

I am guessing that Ava scammed Huxley out of some artwork and now he is going to take his revenge. Maybe it’s the set decor, but for some reason I’m getting a “Most Dangerous Game” vibe as the direction this story is headed (and if I’m right, please don’t let it include a location shoot in that thing passing for Port Charles park these days…)

Susan
Susan

This replacement Nik, is terrible. He’s suppose to be a dark Prince, and there’s nothing dark, Prince about him. Nor does he look anything like gorgeous Nicholas Cassendine. I did not like his acting either. I was very Dissapointed. As far as Huxley goes, I love him, chubby cheeks and all. He is a very interesting actor, and is a great actor. I look forward to seeing more of him, and what he has in store for Ava. Hope Tyler Christopher comes back soon, because he has great chemistry with Ava, and Hayden has great chemistry with Dr. Finn.

Harry
Harry

Oh come on–give the guy a break. He comes in the middle of a climatic story arc and takes the baton from Tyler without blinking and he was great in that he did not get in the way of the story.
It cannot be easy. And as you know, he is just temporary.
Can we please cop our temporary actors a break? They are not strike breakers for God’s sake! They are not trying to take anyone’s job. No, they are merely just filling in for an actor who needs some time off. And this comes from me–one of the most critical commentators here.

Omar
Omar

Well said Harry!!

Timmm
Timmm

I agree Harry. The guy is good but he is NOT Tyler so people bitch! I wish GH would hire him to play a different role when Tyler returns.

nme
nme

Thank you!! I happen to like nick Stabile. I have seen him in other shows. We’re all just use to Tyler. I’m only watching because of the OLTL actors.

Celia
Celia

Golly gee, Susan….different taste in men, I suppose. I find nothing attractive about Tyler. Cupid lips, and chubby cheeks!!
Nicholas Stabile is a hot hunk, in my opinion. Perfect masculine features. His name STABILE (Stable, as in; grounded, firm, in Italian) speaks for itself. Too bad he’s a temp.
Good show, darling Harry…thank you, you said it.

Susan
Susan

That’s your opinion about the temporary Nik, certainly not mine. I don’t think he’s a hunk at all. I think the opposite of him. As far as my not writing his last name, correctly, who cares. I still think he’s boring, and his acting is not good for the dark Prince. He had no chemistry with Ava, as Tyler Christopher, had on the plane. He was just reading his lines, and that’s it. I was very dissapointened in him, and GH should have used the Nik, that they had for 6 years, when Tyler left the show, many years ago. He looked similar to Tyler Christopher, and was a great actor. Don’t remember his name though. GH could have done better with the temporary Nik, then they did with this guy. I did love the Trent Dawson though. He came on like he was doing Huxley for years, and although, it’s just for the storyline, I wish we could keep him. My son says the same thing about temp Nik, and Huxley. We all have the rights to our opinions, and just because you think my opinion is wrong, does not mean you are right. I love GH, and prey that Tyler Christopher, comes back soon. So you enjoy, this Nik, and think he is a hunk, but I will not, nor will I enjoy his acting. There’s nothing you can say, to make me think different. I will still watch GH though, and if this Nik gets better at acting, then maybe I will change my mind, but for his first day, he was terrible in my eyes. As far as him being a hunk goes, even if he gets better at acting, In my eyes, I don’t think he’s a hunk. That will not change, but if he acts like the dark Prince, I will enjoy him better.

Celia
Celia

@Susan.
Oh, Susan, the last thing I wanted to do was offend you. We have a difference of opinion, that’s all. This is good. It generates conversation. I sincerely respect your opinion…..everyone’s opinion.
I never said you did not spell his name correctly. Good heavens!!!! I make so many typos, I would be the last to talk.
I suppose I did not communicate what I was trying to express. I was merely saying that his surname describes his person. Stabile means ‘stable’ in Italian….not as ‘barn’ but, as in steady; sane.
Again, I apologize if I gave the wrong message. I would never do that, Susan, honest!! Peace.

nme
nme

Susan, I bet IF Tyler comes back his personality won’t be dark.

j9
j9

This is the one story line I am enjoying even though it is still early. Love that Nicholas and Ava are sharing a story line! I thought the replacement gentleman did quite well for Day One. Happy to know many others thought ‘Sean Kanan’ right away because I sure did, LOL! If B&B ever needs to cast a brother for Deacon…
Of course, I have a soft spot for Trent Dawson. I was so hoping when he was starting to reveal a motive that he would drop the accent! Would have been cool and Trent could pull it off well.

Ghlover
Ghlover

I dint like the constant glares at Ava… The actor seemed a bit intimitated…. I will give him a week or two and then judge.. How long is he going to be on? As for who is framing Finn… Of course i think Amy, who could be related to Finn’s dead wife, but what if it’s Franco???? Could he be the mercy killer? It’s seems the targets are older parients near death (lucas was not part of the killer’s plan)… This could get interesting if the show moves towards a real mercy killing storyline again! Remember Mellisa ? Jensen Buchannan played her and she killed suffering patients. Death assistance is a very hot topic right now (in Canada anyway) so maybe the killer is actually Finn who wants to ease the pain of patients that he know will die a suffering death??? Maybe he has a suffering disease and wants to avoid the pain.

Celia
Celia

Yes, very interesting points, you make, Ghlover. You stir up many possibilities, which make so much sense. Never even gave this Amy person a second thought. But, now, yeah…..she could be very instrumental in setting up Finn.

Dan
Dan

I hope Tyler comes back ASAP. I was really into the chemistry he had with Maura West right off the bat, and his incognito look with the beard and glasses. Took me out of the story with this new actor showing up, freshly shaven, with grayish hair, and my first impression is I wasn’t impressed. He came across very wooden, like someone trying very hard to remember his lines. But Tyler left big shoes to fill, so I’m certainly willing to give him a chance, and hope he grows into the role, for as long as he’s gonna be on the show.

I think Huxley is an interesting character. Weird and quirky, but you know he’s really up to no good. They haven’t had a new, interesting villain in quite a while. I’m intrigued by him and what he wants with Ava. It helps that Maura can do a scene with a lamp shade and make it look good.

I really enjoyed this past week’s episodes. Nikolas and Ava on their adventure, Sam and Jason on their adventure, the wedding of Lucas and Brad finally taking place, the drama with Alexis and Julian, love Alexis finally showing some back bone and Julian reverting back to his evil side, plus some good scenes for the vets with Monica dealing with the Finn situation at the hospital, Felicia’s cute conversation with Emma, and Laura and Kevin meeting about Spencer. They gave a little something for everyone this week.

Patrick
Patrick

I”M I so glad posts are recognizing …

“:…I was really into the chemistry he had with Maura West right off the bat, ”

it was palpable enticing and ahem LOVING it

GH… there could be so much feast… if they’d just write mix and use ALL your talent

i’ll take Ava , Nicholas, and Huxley … for the win… however this spins

Timmm
Timmm

Tyler who?

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

Mixing Ava into a cassadine story intrigues me. It’s nice to see characters step out of from under their usual scene mates. See g the same people together makes it all seem very repetious. Some fans are noticeably awfully petty about the beard deal. Why waste story time explaining why one cut their beard? We all knew a new actor was stepping in. Petty petty petty. Xoxo

Celia
Celia

Yes, yes, and more yesses, Allen. Perfettamente.

nme
nme

Week said!

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

I’m glad you can relate

ELIZABETH
ELIZABETH

I miss Tyler already!!! I was really into the Ava and Nik thing when it was Tyler and Maura. This new guy doesn’t do it. While he is cute, hes not Tyler:(.

Ricky nihan
Ricky nihan

Laura does not know its crazy to think outherwise

GRANTLOVER!!
GRANTLOVER!!

Not impressed at all with new cassadine, get Tylor back and QUICK!

weathergal
weathergal

I miss Tyler Christopher in the part of Nicolas. The new one is ok, but not the same.
I have a feeling that another actor Michael Easton is leaving again?

Shenna
Shenna

Don’t like the replacement. Someone dark an more senister has to play Nicholas! !!!

Lori
Lori

I like the old nikolas alot, but the new one is alright. Although, the new nikolas seems to lack depth and somewhat void of outward emotion. But, in his defence, he’s new at playing nikolas and I will definitely keep the door open for him to adjust to his new role.
I hope the old nikolas is doing alright and look forward to his return.

Nick Stabile
Nick Stabile

I love reading all of your comments. I totally understand how di-hard fans fight for their favorite characters and can’t blame them AT ALL.

I also really appreciate those of you who have said give him a chance. I got the role on Wednesday night and shot 40 pages Thursday morning. It was a little intimidating. Anyway. Thank you all for watching and I sincerely appreciate what EVERYONE has to say. This is a business of thick skin. I certainly have gotten that in 20 + years acting in Los Angeles. Best Nick

nme
nme

I loved you in Nick Jr. Fun movie.

Celia
Celia

Come back, Nick. “Mi manchi tanto”. ( I miss you).
I hope to see you on any soap, in any capacity. It could not have been an easy task to step into another actor’s role; considering how Tyler is loved by many.
But, you fit into his shoes with remarkable ease and walked the mile with finesse. Loved your performance. A true thespian. Be proud!!
You and Maura West are a match made in soapland.
“Buona fortuna”. Ciao.

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There won’t be any “And the Enmy goes to _” come this June, where NATAS had originally scheduled three nights of award presentations honoring the best in daytime programming at the 47th Annual Daytime Emmys.   The three-day event was slated for June 12-14th, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena. California.  Deadline broke the story of the decision to postpone daytime’s biggest night, for now.

NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said of today’s decision: “These were extremely difficult decisions to make, but at the end of the day the health and safety of our event attendees and staff must remain our paramount concern,” NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp said of today’s decision. “We are closely monitoring public heath authorities’ guidance, seeking feedback from our awards communities, and evaluating the flexibility of our venue and production partners as we plan for the future in this unprecedented context.”

 NATAS chairman Terry O’Reilly said on the change” “Given our concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that we will not be staging the 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena this coming June.  As there are so many unknowns right now with the flow of information changing on a daily, almost hourly, basis, it would simply be irresponsible to move forward with our annual celebration of excellence in daytime television at this time.”

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Daytime Emmy Awards executive director Brent Stanton, who is involved in the judging of the competition that was well-under way before the cancellation, shared “Judging continues, and we look forward to announcing our incredibly talented nominees later this spring. We are working on some interesting alternative ideas for how to best recognize the honorees later this year and will share more details in the weeks ahead.”

So, what do you think of the cancellation of the Daytime Emmys? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Johnny Wactor Talks ‘Being Brando Corbin’

This week on General Hospital, viewers saw that Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) has set Port Charles newcomer Brando Corbin (Johnny Wactor) up with a mechanics garage for a place of business, that has left Brando concerned, but also thankful.

Brando came onto the scene when he saved Carly (Laura Wright) from gunfire. The once believed-to-be-dead son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs), has a checkered past, but has been trying to remain on the straight and narrow.  Sonny had previously put into motion protection for teenaged Dev (Ashton Arbab), that he will continue to be passed off as the biological son of Brando to keep him safe.  That, along with a back-story that includes: the Iraqi War, prison time, drug use, PTSD, familial issues, mob wars, and more, has loaded the deck for actor Johnny Wactor to show his acting chops and more within the daytime drama arena.

Since making his debut in the recurring role of Brando back in January of this year, in a short amount of time, Wactor has already displayed that he has solid leading man, and soap anti-hero potential, something that always serves one well amidst the romance, intrigue, and suspense of the genre’s storytelling.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Johnny to get his thoughts on becoming part of the iconic GH and where he hopes Brando’s journey goes from here.  Check out what he had to say below.

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What do you think about your character’s name being “Brando”? Did GH tell you where the idea for the name came from?

JOHNNY:  Oh, I love it.   No, they didn’t tell me why, but I assume it was in some relation to Marlon Brando; when back in the day he was in a leather jacket … because I come onto the scene wearing a leather jacket as a badass!

What’s your experience been like coming onto a show like GH?  Previously, I know you’ve done a lot of primetime roles and series.  Were you shocked at the pace of shooting a daytime drama?

JOHNNY:  Oh, yeah.  I was made aware of the pace beforehand by my manager, as well as my buddy, Mark Grossman (Adam Newman) who works on The Young and the Restless.  He’s kicking ass over there.  In this genre, you get one rehearsal and one take pretty much, and then, they move on.  It’s definitely been a learning curve, and I’m still getting used to that at times where I’m just like, “Ah, I want one more take!”  I can get a bit obsessive and I’m a perfectionist.  It definitely has been challenging, but I enjoy it.  It’s fun to work at a fast pace.  It’s a lot like working in the theatre.

In story, Johnny is pretending to be Dev’s father.  Did you know that would be part of Brando’s story when you took on this gig?

JOHNNY:  I did not.   I didn’t know that until I read the first script that they sent me.  I’m like, “I also have a son?”   It was a lot to take in, but that’s where the imagination comes in.

What’s great for you, I would think, is that you’re getting to play in scenes with Maurice Benard and Laura Wright and major players who are a part of that core group.  What’s it been like working with them?

JOHNNY:  It’s been a Godsend, really.  Being my first time on a daytime show, for one, anytime you come onto a new project and one that’s been going on for some time, and you’re a newcomer, there’s always that concern like, “What will this set be like?  Is it like a familial atmosphere?  Am I going to be welcomed?”  They’ve made it super easy.  I’m just so lucky that I have people who have so much experience on this show and just daytime shows in general, where they’ve kind of taken me under their wings and are super helpful.  Anytime I have questions, they’re patient.  I’m sure I annoy them sometimes, but they don’t let on to it.   I’m grateful that they’ve sort of “teamed” me up with them to kind of ease me onto the show.

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The fans are seeing a spark between Brando and Carly.  Is Brando into Carly?

JOHNNY:  I’d like to say that he rescued her because she was a beautiful blonde, but that’s not what that was and why he did it … even though I’m not denying that she’s a beautiful blonde.  I think there’s something there, but how far Brando pursues that, I don’t know!  Sonny sets Brando up with the garage and a pretty sweet deal at that.  So, does Brando want to screw this up?  However, not everyone makes logical, levelheaded decisions.  We’ll see.  I’m not ruling it out as something that could possibly happen.

How are you playing Brando right now? Is he a good guy … or, are there secret ulterior motives going down that the audience may not know about, yet?

JOHNNY:  In my opinion, he is a guy who has got a good heart.  I don’t think he is infallible.  I think he is someone who is determined to be on the mend and make up for his decisions and his past, because he is someone who has made poor decisions.  I don’t think you can rule him as a good person who will never make a mistake, or won’t get into trouble, or won’t make some bad decisions.  “Does he have ulterior motives?”  Maybe, but I think that if he does, they might be a little unconscious.  I think he is a genuine good guy.

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Are the fans swooning over you on social media now that you’ve made your GH debut?  When you get the, “Oh, he’s hot,” do you take those compliments well, or, is it uncomfortable for you, and you deflect that?

JOHNNY:  It’s always flattering to get those compliments.  I think when I was younger, like 22, first getting into this business; I was definitely pining for those compliments and put more weight into it.  I will say; it’s always good to have someone say something positive about you.  I will take, “Hey, he’s good-looking.”  I love the comments.  It’s great.

So, what would you love to see happen with Brando?  Is there anything that you’re seeing with your character that you wish you could do …or get to have the opportunity to be able to drive the direction in which he goes in?

JOHNNY:  That’s a great question.  I love when the writers put Brando on the scene and planted some seeds early on when he was revealing a little of his background to Carly.  He reveals he has PTSD and spent time in prison.  Brando also has got issues with drug addiction.  I would love for those to kind of resurface somehow.  Maybe Brando has a relapse and gets back on the sauce, or drugs, or maybe has some kind of other issues with PTSD, because those are the real things in the world that people deal.

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What’s great about it is that they kind of loaded you up with a back-story that they can fill in, so that as a viewer, you ultimately root for the guy

JOHNNY:  Absolutely.  Yeah, nobody wants to root for the guy who has everything and just has the perfect life.  We’ve all made mistakes.  So, alright, he’s trying to get back on the horse and make a good life for himself.

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Did you get any pointers from GH vet Steve Burton (Jason), who you have also shared several scenes with since coming to GH?

JOHNNY:  The most pointers I’ve gotten from Steve are about preparation for the scenes.  Every time we have scenes together, he’s just always willing to work with you, and make sure that you’re prepared, and he’s prepared, and the scene is going to be the best that it can be.  Also, he’s been really invaluable with giving me more of a crash course on the background of these characters.  This show has been on for decades and it’s tough to get caught up in the short amount of time between when you find out you have the job, and you start filming, to really know who everybody is.  So, he explained to me who Jason is on the show and who the Corinthos family is and what they represent … these are dangerous guys!

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Take me through what happened when you learned you got the part of Brando, and were joining the cast of General Hospital?

JOHNNY:  I was at my apartment.  I think it was probably two days after I went in for the producer’s session.  They brought in 4 or 5 guys to read in front of the producers, (at least that I saw) and I felt strong about my reading.  Then, I just kind of tried to forget about it after I left so I wouldn’t get all into my head about whether I got the part, or not.  Then the next day, I didn’t get a phone call.  So, I’m like, “Man, really?  I thought that might have been it.”   But the next day, I was with my girlfriend at the time and my agency was calling.  My manager was on the phone as well, and they shared with me that I got the part, and it was exciting.  It was a relief and an affirmation.  It’s always exciting when you book a job and then to book a major recurring role on a show with a character whose name is “Brando Corbin”, needless to say, was really cool.

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I think it’s very apparent that you have the “It” factor.  You already have a shown a strong presence on the show and have a very bright future ahead of you.   I have seen a lot of actors come and go, and who launch their careers on daytime over the years, and I think you are going to be one to watch for quite some time to come.

JOHNNY:  First of all, thank you so much for saying that.  That’s really kind of you.  It’s really high praise.  Coming from someone who knows that show and who is a fan of it that means I passed the test!  Thank you, Michael!  I really appreciate that affirmation.  It’s good to get validation from someone whose opinion really matters.

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Could you see a love interest for Brando coming up in the future?

JOHNNY:  I could definitely see a love interest for him coming up.  Maybe multiple love interests!  Who knows?

I think there are a lot of single ladies in Port Charles.

JOHNNY:  Yeah!  But, why do they have to be single?

Right! Or, they could be married!

JOHNNY:  It’s Port Charles!

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So, have you been enjoying Johnny’s performances as Brando Corbin thus far?  Who do you hope he becomes involved with romantically on GH? Do you want to know more about his back-story and see what happens next now that Sonny has set him up with a garage? Comment below.

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