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OLTL Favorite Susan Batten to Guest-Star on General Hospital

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A very familiar face to the town of Llanview and the beloved One Life to Live, will be appearing on your screens this week on General Hospital.

Susan Batten (Ex-Luna Moody, OLTL) will make a few guest appearances in scenes with Sasha played by Sofia Mattsson.

According to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstand now, Batten will play the role of home shopping-star Flora Gardens!

Batten former boss, Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) called Susan and said about the role: , “Okay, there’s this character named Flora Gardens.”  To which Susan responded, “Does she have teeth?”   After the two shared a laugh, Susan said “yes’ to the role.

OLTL fans will remember Luna’s torrid relationship with Max Holden (James DePaiva).

The actress/writer/producer reported that she was a ‘still very nervous’ acting on soap again (she last appeared on One Life in 2012), but said once she got into the rhythm of the shooting and delivering the lines it was all good.

So, looking forward to seeing Susan on GH? Comment below. But first, take a moment to stroll down memory lane in this clip from OLTL, when Max proposes to Luna.

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most definitely looking for to seeing Susan ! Luna Moody was a very enjoyable character.

still hoping ABC gives us OLTL V3 !

To see Batten and Morgan Fairchild in scenes with Lynn Herring should be a hoot. Temporary and fun.

The Deception storyline is a good way to bring together a disjointed group of likable female characters. Been good to see Lucy used smartly on a regular basis. Gets BLQ out of the Q orbit, gives Gladys something to do other than hover on Brando and takes Maxie out of motherhood mode.

Susan Batten created the unforgettable Luna Moody on One Life to Live. I”m sure she’ll do a great job on GH. Thank you for posting the video of Max proposing to Luna. I loved seeing Susan with James DePaiva and the late, great Patricia Elliot as Renee.

I am thrilled! She is a great actress!

All I remember of her was when she became the new Connor on ATWT and was paired with Mark! So bad! I’m sure she was popular on OLTL, and shesa fine actress ,but damn that was a very bad descision the ptb made. Totally ruined that hot Mark/ Connor/ Cal story! I was so mad about that.
Reminds of certain bad recasts like Heather on y n r, Eden Reigel. Geez. Brutal miscast. The first was best than kept getting worse. Colleen too.

Can’t blame Susan Batten for the Connor fiasco; she was completely miscast, and Felicia Minei Behr and Mary-Alice Dwyer Dobbin would have realized that if they’d bothered to get to know ATWT before making big decisions like the recast. You don’t hire an actress with Susan’s warmth (not to mention her southern accent) to play a cool, sophisticated New York WASP type. It was a huge, honking disaster, but SB gave it the best try she could. I felt bad for her; she was doing what her bosses wanted (or said they wanted), but unfortunately, it wasn’t what long-time ATWT viewers wanted to see, especially once they decided to turn the character into something completely7 different. (Ironically, there were other roles she could have played and been a wonderful addition–somebody online at the time suggested a recast Iva Snyder, which I thought was brilliant–but FMB and MADD were too dumb, or too arrogant [take your pick], to learn enough about the show to cast her properly.)

Anyway, I’m glad the experience didn’t sour her on soaps entirely, and I’m sure she’ll be great fun on GH.

I wasn’t watching OLTL at the time. So loved this clip of Susan/Luna with Max. Plus her nice smile in the photo above. If she plays Flora Garden anything like Luna just what Sasha/Sophia needs. And not just a guest appearance, but more long term.

Honestly, I would have preferred she was Luna…I miss the GH/OLTL connection the show tried to do when OLTL was cancelled and those few stars from that show were taken over to GH before Prospect park caused all the trouble they did. It’s time for GH to let those actors go back to their OLTL characters!!

Hi James
You got me thinking about all the OLTL actors who’ve played new roles on GH…

First, since Luna was a ghost her last appearances on OLTL, it would be rather difficult to bring her back to life on GH without anyone who knew her. A short visit by Susan Batten sounds pretty fun.

As for the other OLTL transfers:
When the edict was issued to kill off Franco, the story going around is that the network put the kibosh on Howarth playing Todd again – not because of OLTL, but because of the rapist past. They really should reconsider as Austin has shown little potential as a character.

The character of Hamilton Finn is as dull as dishwater. The only time Michael Easton seems involved these days are in scenes with Violet, Chase or Gregory. John McBain was a much more vibrant character, both in Llanview and Port Charles.

Amanda Setton was perfectly cast as BLQ. While Kimberly Andrews was an interesting character, so far she’s the one OLTL performer to play a better character on GH.

Josh Kelly is too new in the Cody role to determine if he should’ve been Cutter. Now, once we find out what legacy character he might be connected with could influence the thinking here.

Kristen Alderson (Kiki 1), Bree Williamson (Claudette) Mark Lawson (Dustin) barely made blips in their time in PC. And, we get the once a year appearance of the kid who played Sam as a pioneer scout.

Without Todd, it doesn’t make sense for Blair, Tea or Starr to pop back up in PC. Was nice to occasionally see Nora, but we’ve already got 3 lawyers in PC. And Tonja Walker was Olivia Jerome years before she became Alex Olanov.

As always, thanks for getting me thinking!

I was just watching today’s episode of GH – awesome to see Susan Batten! It was also great fun to hear Maxie and Lucy on yesterday’s episode referencing Enchantment Cosmetics and excitedly wondering if they’d get to see Erica Kane while they were on the set of “Home & Heart.” What a treat, when soaps mine the rich history available to them!

Batten did a fine job with what was given her. Similar to Luna, Flora was the right combination of kooky and caring.

Morgan Fairchild was good casting.

Everyone, however, took a backseat to Lydia Look as Selina who swooped in and ate both Haven and Lucy’s lunches. Kudos to Look who holds her own with soap vets like Fairchild, Herring and Benard.

Agree 100%! Lydia Look has been a great addition to GH, and it seems we’re seeing more and more of Selina on the canvas.

Better she be a friend than a foe, huh?

Susan sat behind me in in Whit Shearins “Salesmanship” class in 1981 at Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C. She was such a beautiful lady and always dressed a little preppy! It was a pleasure to talk to here in class as she was so warm and kind. What a beautiful life as an actress you’ve had my dear Susan! Congratulations from the skinny blue eyed dirty blonde headed guy that sat in front of you in Whit Shearins class “salesmanship, in the old auditorium building on Louisburg College campus in 1981. It was a pleasure!!!!

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General Hospital Preemptions This Week for MLB Wild Card Playoff Games

This week, General Hospital will be preempted on Tuesday, October 4 and Wednesday, October 5, and potentially again on Thursday October 6, due to Major League Baseball’s wild card playoff games airing on ABC.

In the best of 3 games, the Texas Rangers face the Tampa Bay Rays in an American League wild card series, starting on Tuesday with a 3:08PM EST start time. If the series goes a full three games, then Thursday’s GH will also be preempted.

Encore episodes of GH will be seen on the east coast on Tuesday and Wednesday, while all other time zones will be preempted for the game.

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In addition, GH will not be streaming the episodes on Hulu or as is it a nationwide preemption.  That way, everyone will begin to see the all-new episodes on the same day when they resume.

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Hopefully, Thursday, GH will resume with an episode that teases: Spencer and Trina affirm their feelings, Tracy has a slip of the tongue, Valentin surprises Anna, and Sasha is in danger.

So, going to miss GH for the next few days? Comment below.

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Gregory Harrison Talks His General Hospital ALS Storyline, Battling Addiction, ‘Falcon Crest’ on Maurice Benard’s ‘State of Mind’

Film and TV star,  Gregory Harrison is currently appearing on ABC’s General Hospital in the role of Gregory Chase.  In story, Gregory is trying to come to the terms with the fact he has ALS and is now displaying symptoms of the disease that will ultimately claim his life.

On the latest episode of Maurice Benard’s (Sonny, General Hospital) You Tube series State of Mind, the actor opens up about the challenges of playing a character with ALS, how he has battled addiction, his prime role on Trapper John M.D and Falcon Crest and much more.

In fact, it’s actually the the 40th anniversary of Harrison’s solo TV Guide cover as Dr. George Alonzo “Gonzo” Gates on Trapper John, M.D.

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Speaking on his General Hospital storyline, and Gregory Chase’s battle with ALS, Harrison detailed: “He’s a complicated character any way, but we’ve added now ALS into the equation and that’s a really fun technical calibration for me. It’s a relatively quick demise – three to five years, generally for ALS, and it moves along pretty quickly. The body deteriorates pretty quickly and things happen, and there is an emotional kind of reaction to those that my character has. My character reacts to the loss of things and that’s what I am starting to be able to play.”

Harrison added, on how he is playing the nuances of ALS in the scripts he is given, “Where am I going to put in that slip and fall? Where am I going to put in that tremor in my hand? Where I am going to put in  the stumble, or the slur of this word or that word? That’s real technical stuff, but I have to layer that on top of emotional honesty of what’s going on. So, for me, it’s a buffet and I love that.”

Benard and Harrison also delved into the fact that Gregory he has been sober for 36 years. Harrison opened about how addiction changed his personality at a time when his career was riding high: “If I was the kind of person who would be regretful, then I would say that during my prime, I was busy using all my acting skills to disguise my addiction instead of building my career. ”

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As his fame rose, Harrison also started his own production company. He admitted to Benard, that at the time, he was barely getting through jobs and projects: “I could act, but I wasn’t doing as good as I should have been doing. I was just persevering … pouring massive amounts of energy into enduring my addiction … not into the creative artist that I was inspired to be. And then I found my way back.” At one point, Harrison sought help at the renowned Betty Ford Center. Gregory shared that he had to hit rock bottom, in order to build himself back up again.

At the conclusion of the episode, Maurice asked Gregory how he enjoyed being part of the cast of the defunct CBS primetime soap, Falcon Crest, to which Harrison said he loved playing the role of Michael Sharp back in 1990. He compared that character to the likes of Port Charles’ Sonny Corinthos.

Check out Maurice and Gregory’s conversation below.

Let us know, are you emotional invested and enjoying Gregory Harrison’s portrayal of the ALS storyline on General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Kelly Monaco Celebrates 20 Years on GH and Sam’s Evolution: “All the Pieces Don’t Fit Perfectly Yet, But It’s Certainly Not Broken Anymore!”

Sunday, October 1st will mark the 20th anniversary of Kelly Monaco’s debut on General Hospital as Sam McCall.  And as the story goes, when Kelly finished her run on Port Charles as Livvie Locke (2000-2003), and the show had been canceled, the three major networks were all interested in her to join their soaps.

In the end, GH won out and fans of the ABC daytime drama series have been the lucky ones to have Monaco join the A-list cast of the iconic soap. Throughout Sam’s journey in Port Charles, viewers have seen quite the character growth. Sam started on the show as a con and hustler, and bloomed into a bonafide heroine and a private investigator.

Kelly shared with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue, how she viewed the Sam of old, to the Sam of today: “Sam came on to the canvas only having herself and her brother, always taking care of someone, and never being taken care of.  I think the biggest evolution for her is starting from being a really lonely, scared woman and becoming a woman who is still really independent, but is protected by family and friends and love and relationships and loyalty, and she never had that before.”

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In a very poetic way, Monaco added on her character’s development: “She came in bent and broken, and I feel like there’s a lot of her that’s still broken, but she’s constantly sort of putting the Rubik’s Cube together. All the pieces don’t fit perfectly, yet, but it’s certainly not broken anymore.”

Throughout Sam’s two decades in Port Charles she has been in love, suffered terrible lost, found family members, had children, and has been involved in some of the most dangerous and criminal cases involving many a villain as she tried to help bring them to justice.

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Currently, Sam is involved in a romance with Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna).  Viewers wonder if Lulu ever wakes up out of her coma, would that spell trouble for their relationship, and in turn, give Kelly some great meaty story to work with?

Now, in the comment section below, share your congrats to Kelly for her 20-year-run on GH. Then let us know, what has been your favorite Sam story over the years?

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