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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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brian
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brian

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

still hoping ABC gives us OLTL V3 !

Steve
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Steve

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.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

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.

Valerie
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Valerie

I am thrilled! She is a great actress!

Damien
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Damien

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.

Michael (not Fairman)
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Michael (not Fairman)

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… Read more »

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rose

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.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

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!!

Steve
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Steve

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… Read more »

Ginger
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Ginger

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!

Steve
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Steve

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.

Ginger
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Ginger

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.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Ginger
Better she be a friend than a foe, huh?

Chuck Evans
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Chuck Evans

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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GH’s Brook Kerr and Tabyana Ali Talk On: Trina’s Trial, Spencer and Rory, And Their On-Screen Mother/Daughter Relationship

Currently, General Hospital fans are awaiting the verdict in Trina’s trial and just what lengths her mother will go to in order to secure her freedom! With the story playing out on-air, Michael Farman chatted in a new virtual interview with the two women central to the story; Brook Kerr (Portia) and Tabyana Ali (Trina).

As viewers know, Trina was set-up by Esme Prince (Avery Pohl), to make it appear that she taped her best friends, Cameron (William Lipton) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) having sex, and then posted the video from her phone, so it went viral.

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During the conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Tabyana and Brook weigh-in on what’s gone down at the trial including; how Spencer Cassadine came forward with an alibi for Trina, plus how Portia may put her medical career at risk if she brings Esme’s partner in crime, Oz, out of his coma to get the evidence they need to point the finger on Esme.

 

In addition, Tabyana and Brook share their thoughts on the men in Trina’s life: Spencer Cassadine (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) and Rory Cabrera (Michael Blake Kruse), and how the #Sprina has a life of its own on social media.

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Brook also shares dishes on Portia’s romantic relationship with Curtis (Donnell Turner), plus the recent noteworthy scenes between Portia and Stella (Vernee Watson), where GH shed light on a mother’s concern; that racial injustice could factor in to the jury’s decision in Trina’s case.

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Tabyana also discusses working alongside GH co-stars, Maura West (Ava) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), and what it was like taking over the role of Trina from popular fan favorite, Sydney Mikayla.

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Check out the full chat with Brook and Tabyana below.

Do you want Trina to end up with Spencer or Rory? Will the jury exonerate Trina? What was your favorite part of the conversation with Brook and Tabyana? Let us know in the comment section.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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