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OLTL Favorite James DePaiva Coming To General Hospital!

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GH executive producer, Frank Valentini, had a very special surprise in store for fans of General Hospital and One Life to Live at the end of the day on Tuesday.

In a video post on the General Hospital social media accounts, Valentini is seen walking through the halls of the General Hospital set, where he says, “Hey GH fans … just when you thought it was safe to go back to the hospital …”

Next shot is of James DePaiva (Ex-Max Holden, OLTL) with his devilish smile at the nurses’ station desk.   In their tweet, GH relates accompanying the video, “Is that Jimmy DePaiva?!? Watch GH daily and you might figure out what his TOP SECRET role will be.”

So that begs the questions … is James reprising the role of Max but in Port Charles, now that OLTL and AMC characters are the property of ABC and that would follow on the heels of Nora Buchanan (Hillary B. Smith) and Alexandra Devane (Finola Hughes)popping up?  Could James be playing the role of Jeff Webber, originally played by Richard Dean Anderson?  Could it be an entirely new mystery character coming to the canvas?

Weigh-in via the comment section below! Happy to see James joining GH?  What role do you think he will play? Let us know.

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Steve
Steve

A good Jeff Webber recast

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

I agree…

Shay
Shay

I’m all for the return of Jeff Webber, if such is the case….but not in the form of another FOF/OLTL leftover. Really….this pattern is getting so old…there were how many soaps back in the day with fabulous leading men who would be age-appropriate (mid-late 60’s upward….) for playing the good doctor and all we can come up with is a recent ex-employee from the current GH showrunner’s former soap? There is such a pool of talented males out there from which to choose, a more unexpected choice would have been much more inspired, such as Richard Burgi was when he stepped step into the role of Paul Hornsby. (And is STILL missed, by the way!)

Patrick White
Patrick White

Now that James is on set, they need Kassie (his wife) back as well!!

elm1951
elm1951

his wife kassie will be on days of our lives……………….

Linda
Linda

Never thought of him being Jeff. Great idea!

Karen R
Karen R

I also think it is a great idea. He would do well as Jeff Wber.
Max Holden was a terrific character.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

I think he’s a little too young for Jeff Webber. I mean, Jeff was Laura’s adult uncle when she was a teenager. Jeff was a contemporary of Monica’s & Alan’s. If the term “TOP SECRET” is a hint about his role, maybe they will recast Robert Scorpio since Tristan Rogers refuses to play the role any longer.

Steve
Steve

Jeff was supposed to be a bit younger than Monica. It’s stretching it, but I think JdP would pass the test.

I imagine seeing people with flaming pitchforks at Prospect Studios if they ever tried to recast Robert Scorpio. I’m sure there are others, but here are ten characters (not counting actors who died & Scorpio) that could never be recast:
1. Luke
2. Sonny
3. Laura
4. Tracy
5. Audrey
6. Scotty
7. Monica
8. Alan
9. Bobbie
10. Robin

Shay
Shay

Absolutely, KansasGuest!….To utilize this actor as Jeff would be as ridiculous a proposition as the recast Julian role proved to be, which paired William de Vry with NLG’s much older Alexis….it has NEVER worked for me. This example sounds equally as absurd if De Paiva were to be palmed off as the ex-husband of Monica and Heather!!!! As for somebody—anybody—else portraying Robert Scorpio???? No, no, a thousand times no! There are certain iconic GH characters—mainly from the ’80’s—that never should be portrayed by replacement players, and that super agent is definitely one of them!!!! As far as I’m concerned, it’s Tristan Rogers or no one!!!! (And by the way, if what you say is true about him “refusing” to reprise his role, well, who can really blame him? The last time back in Port Charles all Scorpio pretty much did was fold chairs at Robin’s wedding….)

dmr
dmr

Robert Scorpio can never be recast. Only Tristan Rogers can play Robert, in my opinion. I don’t recall why he has chosen to not comeback to Port Charles. Was there a falling out with TPTB?

Steve
Steve

@dmr

TR has complained about the writing for Robert on his last few visits. Perhaps if there’s a new co-head writer who appreciates the history of his character (and some humble begging by Frank), he’ll return somewhere down the road.

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Really hard to take any of these “teaser” stories seriously considering they’ve brought some good actors on for such short periods of time. Such as with Hilary B. Smith playing Nora Buchanan. Such has such energy, I love her role. But, what a bummer to see her on the show for only a few days. I think GH just releases these announcements to get ratings up. It works briefly, but when viewers end up disappointed…

su0000
su0000

I have never heard of or seen a Jimmy DePaiva ..
He will be a newbie to me ..

I can only hope he will be dark guy a real villain..
GH desperately needs a badass, bad to the bone character..

(with Jean and Shelly writing this Jimmy guy most likely will be the understudy of the pope)

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You didn’t watch James DePaiva on OLTL as Max Holden? He is a warm and expansive actor. But who knows about him on GH?

MB
MB

Yup, who knows about him on GH? Frank trots out these actors from his old soap and other soaps like they mean something to the audience he should be producing for, GH fans.

The title of this article says it all, “OLTL Favorite JAMES DePaiva coming to General Hospital.”

Think of how ridiculous that sounds in the context of the current state of GH where the majority of the male cast have come to GH on Frank’s watch while the veteran male actors have been purged or given only cameos.

Instead of OLTL favorite coming to GH, how about GH favorite coming to GH?

Steve
Steve

@MB

More GH vets would be ideal. If DePaiva is playing Jeff Webber, we are getting a long-lost legacy character whose original portrayer, Richard Dean Anderson would not return. Jeff should have returned numerous times after terrible things happened to Elizabeth or Steven Lars.

If he’s playing Max Holden or a non-legacy character (i.e. Raymond Berlin or Frank Benson) then we can add this to FV’s casting carousel.

Timmm
Timmm

we need a bad ass since Valentin turned out to be a pussy! [cat]

su0000
su0000

hi Timmm !
haven’t you noticed that J&S can not write bad guys or bad anything.
GH has never been nor should be sunday school for villains.
They turned the hard interesting intriguing characters into a shell of what they once were.
Now, GH is being written for timid people that like loveins..

I want my GH back, I want thrilling villains!!

hey my neighbor granny that come to talk soaps ets, she likes that, told me if a Ray Gardner ..
I went to youtube and searched AMC Ray Gardner..
wow and WOW! that guy was mean to the bone a true dark demented villain, that Ray character was the real deal.. he made my skin crawl and I wanted to see him destroyed, but I didn’t 🙁
there was another guy too a pimp hillbilly he was a mean one, diabolical from youtube scenes of him.
wish I had been around for his stories!!!

I wish GH had a writer like whoever created those decades past villains!!!

Rhonda
Rhonda

and Timm, I’d like to grab that Pussy!

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL, su0000…you’re always begging for new YOUNG writers! But now…you’re admiring the writing from the old days…with stories and villains from the OLD days! And you wish “you had been around for his stories…”

See? A good story is a good story… gotcha!

😉

Omar
Omar

Wow..You really never heard of James DePaiva? Just how old are you ,12, lol!! He was so huge in the 80’s and 90’s and even in the 2ks”…A sex symbol icon with some decent acting skills!!

Agree about Jean and Shelly’s writing, It has just been pussy whip and lame…The character of Valentin has been castrated and Anna has been stripped of all her strong core and respectability..Lulu and NIna are just poor little flowers, dropping their pedals and folding their tents!!

GH sucks!!! I will stop watching until a new writing team comes to the rescue!! Will tune in for Jimmy though, in what ever role he will play!! Been watching since 1981!!

Timmm
Timmm

JELLY cannot write adventure if their jobs depended on it!

Shells
Shells

So happy! I love James DePaiva…

Melinda
Melinda

He’d be a great Jeff Webber recast!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I would love for him to be Max but if he was Jeff Webber, it would give Leslie Charleson alot more airtime I hope. After all, I have said how Monica is my favorite character on GH and I don’t want to see the character disappear again now that Jane Elliot’s Tracy is gone.

Steve
Steve

The interaction between Jeff and Monica would be fun to see. And imagine Depaiva sharing scenes with Robin Mattson (Heather, Jeff’s other ex)

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Balls of fire!!! I didn’t think about that one!!! This would be the way to get Robin Mattson on the show on a more regular basis. Give us alot more Heather too!!!

Celia
Celia

Yes, James. I do not know Jeff Webber, but I am very familiar with Kassie’s husband James.
A few days ago, I mentioned how great it would be for me to finally meet the infamous Dr. Webber, whom has been mentioned on these boards more than a few times.
He has never met his daughter Hayden, so there,definitely,is a suspenseful storyline here, if James plays that role.
I researched most past-GH characters, so I do know the backstory of Monica and her past loves. LOL.
So, yes, I agree with you; as I love Monica , too.

Timmm
Timmm

Good post James.

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

MORE HEATHER, MORE HEATHER, MORE HEATHER.

LOL

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I really liked him on OLTL. Was an appealing and warm actor. All bets are off as far as I am concerned re GH.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I am thrill to hear that James will be back in front of the camera again. He was wonderful as Max Holden and I missed him so much after he left One Life to Live. Maybe it’s time for him to come back from Argentina and land in Port Charles.

James would make a great Jeff Webber too. Whatever the role, the viewer are in for a treat.

Congratulations Jimmy!!!!!!!!!

Suzie rm
Suzie rm

Don’t care, sorry. As it is some characters go weeks of months at a time without being on screen. The show needs to write for the characters they have. If this is a character that will be on for a few episodes, fine

dmr
dmr

I wrote something similar below.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Loved him as Max on OLTL and haven’t seen him on a soap since! Strong actor…really looking forward to his arrival in Port Charles. He has great range…funny, sexy, snarky, shady, sincere…he displayed it all on OLTL. I can see him in just about any role. If he’s on for the long term he’s a great romantic lead depending on which of our GH ladies are available and looking. Just NOT Carly…please.

Tamara
Tamara

James would be great as Jeff Webber, alittle too young, but ok with this fan from 1969. Not Max

Steve
Steve

The age difference fits Frank (& Mark Trescher’s) pattern of hiring actors 7-10 years too young for their role. William deVry and James Patrick Stuart are both much younger than Julian and Valentin should be.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Not really, Steve. William DeVry is almost 50 in real life and the original actor who played Julian is 56. Not much of a difference. Valentin Cassadine was first mentioned in 2009 and never appeared before James Patrick Stuart. He’s 48 in real life. He mentioned the other day (in character) to Anna that their history goes back 30 years…I think that’s the number he gave. That would make them both close to 50 in the show. Also makes sense. I don’t see anyone being hired who is “too young” for these roles.

@Tamara: As for James DePaiva…he’ll be 60 in a few months; Leslie Charleson is 72. I see no problem with the woman 12 years younger…particularly when they originally married and were both obviously much younger. But I don’t see a new romance for Jeff and Monica if that’s who he’s playing. But ya never know…

Steve
Steve

@rebecca1

Julian was supposed to be in his college years while Alexis was still in her teens. WdV is 12 years younger than NLG. That’s a stretch, but they have chemistry, so that works.

They hinted that Anna and Valentin were contemporaries at the WSB academy. Show history never implied the age difference between FH and TR (Anna’s first love). JPS and FH are 9 years apart. Again, chemistry helps.

What I’m getting to is that the 10+ years between JdP and LC would not be an issue. However, Jeff and Monica were never a true love story. She was all about his brother, which kind of led him to Heather (btw, RM and JdP are close in age range).

rebecca1
rebecca1

correction: I meant I don’t see any problem with the woman 12 years older than a man…

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Steve…I think we’re for the most part on the same page. I don’t see a problem with age difference between consulting adults in real life or in fiction. And, for the most part, I don’t even notice it…ie…Alexis and Julian…they just look good together and it wouldn’t even dawn on me she was older had I not looked it up. Obviously, Ava and Morgan were more obvious!!! As usual, many seem to notice when the woman is older than the man because we’ve been so conditioned to see older men/younger women. Thankfully, that too is changing/has changed in the last few years…in real life and fictioin.

But my point with GH is that, for instance, Alexis was 16 when she met Julian, 20; he’s supposed to be four years older than her. Don’t know…if “Alexis” dressed more youthfully I’m not sure I would question it. She has a young face; he’s incredibly good-looking but has somewhat of a worn face. So, to me…never noticed the difference.. (They’re exactly ten years apart in real life. She just turned 59; he just turned 49.) And, yes, they’ve got great chemistry!

I can’t see James DePaiva and Leslie Charleson as a couple. Not a moral problem…not a condescending one…at all. I really do feel like if you’re lucky enough to find love, lust, happiness…for the moment or for a lifetime it’s no one’s business. But, still, unless there was some REALLY superlative acting involved, I just don’t see JDP and LC. I don’t see Monica in a romantic light. Now if it was JDP and Susan Lucci (Erica)…basically same age as Monica…I could see it. I guess it’s a visual thing…

I don’t think he’s going to be involved with Monica. If they did go that route, I’d be interested to see if they could sell it. I’d be open to it, even if resistant, to see if they could sell me on it. Kudos if they could. (Monica needs to be reawakened!)

Steve
Steve

Rebecca

One thing we didn’t bring up is that both Julian and Valentin were noted as having facial plastic surgery, presumably a by-product which would make them appear younger.

And you’re right about tradition of accepting the older man/younger woman. No one ever brought up the age difference between Stuart Damon and Leslie Charleson nor Tristan Rogers and Finola Hughes.

Btw, NLG just turned an amazing 61. We accept a lot as soap viewers, but I almost threw stuff at the screen last year when they insinuated Alexis could be pregnant.

I’d JdP is indeed Jeff, I don’t think he’d necessarily be a romantic interest for Monica. If WdV does not renew his contract, the idea of Sam’s mother and Elizabeth’s father as a couple does sound intriguing.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey again, Steve…

You’re right! Valentin had surgery so that could work…but I honestly don’t notice an age difference when looking at them anyway. I don’t remember them saying Julian had plastic surgery.

Not sure where you got Nancy being 61. She just turned 59.

I really love WdV so I’m hoping he stays with the show and I’d actually love them to get back together. I know we keep harking back to Sonny and Carly but if they can remain a couple…and Sonny DID threaten to kill her when she shot Olivia F…then the powers that be should write it well enough for Alexis and the viewers to forgive Julian. I already have… But I agree…IF he doesn’t stay with the show Alexis and James DePaiva…whoever he is on the show…would make a great couple. He might do well with Anna, too.

Patrick
Patrick

the first thing I thought, with

he has GREAT potential for a romantic lead

with much to spare

extra charge on daytime

Patrick
Patrick

this had better – not – be

one of those cases… of guest stars who come and go in a blink of an eye

GH NEEDS… period

lasting appeal. Valentin can’t do it all

Dante has it
Mac and Kevin and even Scotty still

argh!

I wish Robin Christopher was returning… imagine that him us sizzling

Steve
Steve

If Skye were around, it would make since for JdP to be Max Holden, as they have history. Robin Christopher also played romantically opposite JPS when he was Will Cortlandt.

Patrick
Patrick

Steve

i’d get turned on by this stuff

Robin / James / Patrick

lets act

Patrick
Patrick

Steve

fans can’t imagine how turned on I feel with ; the truth

sizzle some meat, tenderize the greet.. happy to hop on you, right

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Hi Rebecca,
I agree with all those adjectives you use to describe him. Does have great range. But who knows what TPTB will do to him on GH? 🙂

dmr
dmr

Good GAWD, not Carly. The LAST think a lot of us want/need is more Carly air-time!

Rose
Rose

I’m happy he’s coming to GH, don’t want him to be Jeff though. Jeff was married to Monica and is Laura’s Uncle. I’d like him to be competition for Kevin Collins. I think he’d make a great partner for Laura/Genie Francis.

Timmm
Timmm

Rose, for some reason they chose to put Genie in the background AGAIN!

Rhonda
Rhonda

Right, Timm?
Laura had a brief scene the other day but it was a great moment.
Hayden let Cam and Spencer have sweet coffee drinks with tons of whip cream. Loaded up with caffeine and sugar, the boys were out of control and Hayden was over whelmed. Laura arrives on the scene and snaps those unruly boys to attention using her stern Mommy voice.
I seldom LOL while watching soaps, but I was laughing so hard at that scene. GH needs more scenes like that. It was a funny scene and one which most can relate to.

Jk
Jk

Loved him as Max. Actually loved his wife, Kassie, on OLTL, too, they could have her koin him. They gave the most powerful lovemaking scene I have ever witnessed on tv while in OLTL. Maybe because in their own lives they had fallen in love. Although what I loved about him as the character there was his smile, his clever, sassy, energetic attitude.

GemmaG
GemmaG

Oh Max Max Max Max Max! Can’t wait! Another character is fine too. But for those who don’t know Max, he was married to Blair (KP, his real life wife), then not and she shot him in the back. Todd helped her cover it up. For a while, Max claimed to be Asa’s son (Blair was also married to Asa for a short time, but just for money). Max was sort of a con man, but he and Asa came to care for each other for real.

Patricio
Patricio

What a great memory Gemma! Don’t you miss those greT OLTL stories?

Justin
Justin

He would be perfect as Jeff Webber!

Patricio
Patricio

Not a bad idea!

Margie cory
Margie cory

When is James DePiva coming to GH

karen karroll
karen karroll

I am very happy He is coming to general.I loved him On OLTL

robbie
robbie

Can’t imagine Max coming to PC, no ties to anyone on the canvas. Could be a good Jeff, tho

Jan
Jan

I hope Max will be the character..

shelglass
shelglass

Any time a OLTL comes back is great news. I think Weber is a great recast, good to see him coming back.

Lynne Sheridan
Lynne Sheridan

That would be wonderful if Max, was on General Hospital, because I loved him on One Life to Live as Max Holden. It’s been to long since I last saw him on a soap opera. Looking forward to seening him once again. I was and still am a big fan of his!

dmr
dmr

Oh, I love “Max Holden!” I just hope that by adding ANOTHER new character on the canvas, that Jimmy will not be put on the back burner, like so many of our beloved veterans. We see a character one day, and do not see them for weeks, and then storylines are dropped.

Celia
Celia

Yes, dmr. Perfect example: Bree Williamson…..and so many others on Y&R ( Michael Knight) and Days ( Melissa Archer), to name a couple. Depressing!

Alan
Alan

Bree Williamson should’ve been a Lulu recast (or better yet an Abby recast on Y&R).

Suzanne
Suzanne

NO! I love Emmy Rylan. She is the best Lulu. I cannot stand BW…..she is fine making movies for Lifetime. I never liked Lulu until Emme took over the role.

Celia
Celia

Your opinion, Suzanne. I don’t mind Emme as Lulu. I liked her better as Abby Carlton/Newman. But, I must agree with Alan, Bree would have been a better choice for either role.
To each his/her own.

dmr
dmr

Emme plays the role as an annoying little sister, IMO. Helena was right when she called Lulu insipid. Dante and Lulu have zero chemistry, IMO, since Lulu was recast. I just don’t see any chemistry or spark with any actors/characters that Emme interacts with..

Rhonda
Rhonda

Bree would have great as Lulu. I like Emmy alright but she was never Lulu to me. I still miss Julie’s Lulu.
You know who would have been a great Maxie recast? The actress who plays Amy. Yeah, I know she’s not the right body type but she has that frantic Maxie essence going for her.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I can see your point on the one hand, Rhonda. The actress who plays Amy is actually very pretty and has Maxie’s old persona. Hate to say it but if she lost weight…she’d probably be a knockout and could fill Maxie’s shoes if need be. But on the other hand I think they’ve matured Maxie. Perhaps it coincided with Kristen’s personal troubles but the old one is long gone. She’s older now so I’m not sure if that “frantic essence” would suit her now. Fun, yes. Frantic…the only character that’s held that role for so long is Lucy. 😉

Steve
Steve

@Rhonda and @Rebecca1

Yes, Amy does have many of Maxie’s former qualities. However, watching Amy shows how far Maxie and KS have grown through the years. Long time viewers will recall it took a while to accept KS as Maxie, since Robyn Richards had the role since childhood. The character has truly grown through the years. I’m glad they didn’t do a temporary recast this time.

If this show is to continue into another generation, the three key legacy characters are Michael, Lulu and Maxie. Robin will pop in from time to time, and perhaps we’ll see another Lucky someday, but Michael, Lulu and Maxie should be the foundation.

mike
mike

The return of Max Holden? Hope so he was a fun character with multiple layers expertly played by James.

Steve
Steve

Yes, the GH canvas is quite full of characters over 50, but if JdP is indeed Jeff, may Elizabeth’s never before seen mother please be played by Fiona Hutchinson!

Suzanne
Suzanne

I love Fiona Hutchinson. I quit watching OLTL when she left.

Steve
Steve

When she returned to marry Asa, with her first appearance under the bridal veil, that was a great soap moment!

I don’t remember who was head writer at the time of Gabrielle’s murder, but she should never have been killed off. That Music Box Serial Killer storyline drained so much energy from the show. On soaps, nothing good comes from music boxes!

Tamara
Tamara

Liz’s mom, yeah we need to see her mother, Beth Chamberlin, Kimberlin Brown, are my choices!

Steve
Steve

I chose Hutchinson since she has proven chemistry with JdP. Chamberlin is good, but maybe a bit young. Frank would never hire Brown.

Jimmy
Jimmy

This is exciting news! I am unfamiliar with his work on OLTL so I’m not sure where or how Max Holden would fit in on GH, but I’ve heard good things about this actor so I’m willing to give him a shot. I hope he’ll play an already established character, like Jeff Webber, or maybe another Cassadine? I could see him as a recast Stefan, back from the dead.

But what I’m really hoping for is GH to scoop up Vincent Irizzary and bring David Hayward to Port Charles! There are so many story possibilities for him, like starting up the Orpheus Project again, and reconnecting with Anna. He certainly has his fair share of misdeeds, and would be a great new villain. Plus, Vincent is a fantastic actor and has just became available after being let go from DAYS. His tenure there was awful because of the writing, and IMO his best daytime character is David Hayward, so hopefully he’ll have a better chance at GH, especially with JP’s retirement coming up.

Patricio
Patricio

What a treat! People forget that for years he was the center of OLTL! A gifted actor, mixing comedy with heartbreak. Always wondered why he was never put back on the canvas. Remember Argentina and the falls! Angel square!

JoAnn
JoAnn

Love it. Miss him from OLTL. Can’t wait for Max or whatever character he will plsy. Great actor.

Marc
Marc

Max was not my favorite but if there is Llanview blood on the set . I will watch GH

Alan
Alan

James DePaiva is a great actor and was part of some classic OLTL storylines with Tina Lord and Gabrielle Medina when Peggy O’Shea was writing that show.

Unfortunately Jean and Shelly are writing GH so I have little hope that his stay will be a long one which is a shame because the show could use a sexy mature man (with no mob ties) to sweep Ava off her feet.

Chris Cassidy
Chris Cassidy

I really don’t care what role he plays, only that he will be returning to soaps. I simply LOVE James. I hope you give him a LONG role that will keep him in Port Charles. Yayeeeee!

Lisa Z
Lisa Z

When did he last appear on OLTL? Maybe it was 10 or 15 years before it was cancelled. I know he was popular in the 80s, but I don’t remember him being on the show too much after that. I don’t think this would get many OLTL viewers to tune in.

Steve
Steve

I remember reading that JdP was disappointed not to be asked back for the final few months of OLTL. With Al, Gabrielle and Luna all killed off, Max’s ties to the canvas were limited.

Alan
Alan

Max last appeared when he came back for Asa’s funeral in 2007 and tried to convince Blair to go back to Argentina with him where he was raising the twins he had with Luna.

fginaspy
fginaspy

The GH daily post introducing James DePaiva had no audio . I clicked on other daily videos and heard audio.

I’d rather see Robert Newman as Jeff Webber than James DePaiva. However, I’ll keep an open mind.

fginaspy
fginaspy

Here’s a good laugh. I do not have my hearing aids in. No wonder why I can’t hear Frank V. talking. I’ll check back when I have my HAs on.

Deborah L Estes
Deborah L Estes

I know right! Yes. Now how would leave Todd? Franko.?????

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

He was great as Max Holden and ive missed seeing him. I thought he should have brought in during the last stretch of Oltl. Putting Max in story with Tina and Cord

Timmm
Timmm

One question, I see a lot of excitement over this ex-OLTL star, its happened before with other ex-soap stars. Why hasnt the ratings been through the roof? It doesnt work. This is GH. Leave it be GH!

Patrick
Patrick

“thank you” Timmmm

because…

I really

want, to

examine

Roger Howarth
Michael Easton
Billy Miller

these guys are dead; lay waste ; dead

come on

move it

recasts or vets or brand name still work

let’s get it worked cause meat SEX most ; worked

Patrick
Patrick

Roger Howarth, ex OLTL… famous brand name
Michael Easton, ex OLTL.. famous brand name
Billy Miller, ex Y&R … famous brand name

these men do not generate much sex appeal

Franco is dud… after so many opportunities to appeal to the audience… will never work. I truly could see Todd coming back.. that’s all he has left. I like that fans like Franco and Liz… and that’s because I LOVE Rebecca Buddig.. she works everything.

Michael Easton – the writers cannot salvage Finn and Hayden… who cares that she’s preggers… who can she share that with… that any one will care? is Liz supposed to be the apparatus that will spring Hayden any longevity ??? Curtis ???? that’s where Hayden should be… if Frank VAlentini is still adamant that Hayden is important enough?

Dr. Finn has nothing to hang on to ? he hasn’t even struck up any camaraderie.. at the hospital ! save for Tracy .. and now Dr. O may be let go. this isolated couple are DOA. i’m happy about this. I will be pissed should Dr. O and / or Brad characters be left by the wayside.. at the expense of two characters who have no meaning… and no connection

Billy Miller.. is cashing in

Billy Miller must no longer care about “his” craft. I’ve never seen such lack of care and lifeless eyes… when he’s in any scenes … with Sonny, Carly, and Sam.

just a waste of airtime. REPEAT… Amelia Heinle made him.

i’d add in Sonny and Michael.

just no sex appeal whatsoever

and it has everything to do with imagination and TPTB working together

Alan
Alan

I think the explanation for the ratings not going through the roof when stars from other shows join GH is because viewers tune in hoping to see their favorites actually being featured in well written stories and instead get The Saint Sonny Hour and tune back out.

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Dave

Please let it be max. He was sooooo good in that role

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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