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OLTL's EP Jennnifer Pepperman On Roger Howarth's & Todd's Departure! Listen To The Broadcast – TOLN Soaps Live with Michael Fairman!

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On last night’s edition of the Blog Talk Radio series, TOLN Soaps Live with Michael Fairman, One Life to Live’s executive producer, Jennifer Pepperman was the very special guest, who first took part in a candid interview and then fielded calls from listeners and fans of the series.

Jennifer discussed a myriad of topics including:  if the loss of Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson and Michael Easton to ABC’s General Hospital, severely hurt the revival of One Life out of the gate, what she thinks of the “seasons’ format for the ongoing success and future for the series,  how it was working with Trevor St. John as Victor Jr., what she thought of the new writing regime changes, what to look forward to as season one wraps up in three weeks, and much more!

One of the more emotional highlights of the evening was when Jennifer discussed next week’s on-screen goodbye of Roger Howarth in the beloved role of Todd Manning, and how it was on set to have Roger film, (although hopefully not the last time) his final scenes before he headed off back to work on General Hospital. 

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Jennifer expressed: “Kassie DePaiva (Blair) and Roger did a lot of scenes, and a big chunk of their story was taped on Roger’s final day in the studio. It was unbelievable. They both take my breath away.  I have to tell you in all honesty, as crazy as this sounds, as we are editing Roger as Todd’s last episode … first we edit on Avid and there are no sound effects or music, just the picture and dialog. As we finished editing it and watching it back, I literally cried.  It broke my heart. When I watched it again mixed in with the music, I literally cried all over again.  What can you say about Todd and Blair? They are unbelievable.  They are our supercouple. I know there are a lot of Todd and Blair fans out there.  I really want to think that this is just the beginning of Todd and Blair’s journey and not the end of their journey. That is where my head is.  Roger was amazing.  He is so good on the show. The nuances he brings … you cannot take your eyes off him.  I think he was sad too, but it was bittersweet.  But when we were all in the studio it did not feel like the end, at least it didn’t feel like it to me. I am thinking in my mind, how they come back together.  It was such a great day, and they did so much great work, and it really didn’t feel like an end to me, it really didn’t.”

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In addition, Jennifer talked about how she felt the loss of the characters of John (Michael Easton) , Starr (Kristen Alderson) and Todd (Howarth) really impacted One Life from the onset:  “Absolutely, it did hinder us. ABC really hurt us.  Those three actors and character are amazing and so talented.  They were really deeply ingrained on OLTL and to this day it hurts, and it saddens me.   It was a big issue, and we had a lot of challenges going forward , and to get the show up and running, and you have continue to have a point of view, and you continue to have a vision, and continue to put one step in front of the other. However, if we had those three characters, the show would have been a different show.  I admire the actors.  They are amazing and I cannot stay enough good things about them, but it really hurt us not having them.  I would love to have Kristen Alderson back on One Life to Live for a day, for a week, for a year!”

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When discussing if she should have the opportunity to bring back the characters of Starr’s beau, Cole and their child, Hope who were killed-off GH, the EP said,  “I was really shocked as a viewer when Cole and Hope were killed and I know on soap operas people say you can bring people back from the dead, but that is something that I feel strongly, and Prospect Park feels strongly about, and that is not bringing people back from the dead.  That is one of the things that never really feels right, but I am afraid that ABC killed Cole and Hope, and also Victor Jr. III (Tea and Victor Jr. son) and those are real losses for the show. ”

Listen to last night’s broadcast below, and let us know what you thought of Jennifer’s comments? How do you feel about Roger Howarth’s final scenes for now as Todd, coming up next week on One Life to Live?  Do you think it was wrong for GH to kill off Cole and Hope?  Do you think One Life was hurt by not having the characters of John, Todd and Starr when the show re-launched?  What did you think of last night’s episode of TOLN Soaps Live with Michael Fairman?  Did you agree with Michael’s picks for the Power Moment of the Week for All My Children and One Life?  Comment below!

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Beacon
Beacon

ABC really hurt US? Now, PP hurt ABC. You did this and you had better take responsibility for your actions. Because of PP’s selfishness, three actors had their livelihoods at stake.

Margie
Margie

Whaa-aaT? ABC canceled OLTL. ABC lied, cheated and stole. Who are you really, Brian Frons?

Jill
Jill

What are you talking about? It is a simple state of fact that ABC did in fact, hurt OLTL’s re launch on Prospect. Arguing with this point is like arguing that the earth is not round.

Rosanna
Rosanna

finally someone who understand PP is trying to hurt ABC with his idiotic lawsuit. The 3 actors are better served on GH NOT OLTl

Jewell
Jewell

That’s not the point, PP has every right to sue, they owned the characters they killed off, ABC canceled AMC and OLTL and nobody should be on their side at all.

Jill
Jill

Jewell is right. Little Prospect Park is not trying to hurt Giant ABC/Disney. Rather, they have been defending themselves. This lawsuit is NOT idiotic, but all of Ron’s overly defensive and shrill Tweets are.

Margie
Margie

ABC fired all of these people. Hundreds. ABC then tried to woo the fans back that they trampled. It’s some kind of masochistic disease to want ABC to ruin PP and OLTL!

moshane58
moshane58

I hate ABc as much as anybody but didn’t PP say they weren’t doing the soaps?Didn’t people have to find jobs somewhere else?didn’t we loose a hell alot of characters on AMC to.I think they both are at blame.Instead of shelving them and holding on to the rights PP should have done what they said.Keep them going.The lost suit against ABC is just hurting the reboot.Money on lawyers they don’t have and won’t win.They should be spending it on the reboot.sorry people Pp needs to take blame for this mess to.Kristan even said in an interview she has never even been written a part to appear on OLTL.Easten said he is so tired of moving his family around.They just want to stay in one place.I really think PP and ABC both at fault.

gin9rrsnap
Lawrence
Lawrence

Folks get your head out of the gutter. It was the actors choice to stay with Gh. okay. How could Jennifer Pepperman be so selfish when Gh cant even mention the characters names and prospect is suing.

Christy
Christy

I think they’re equally at fault for things not going smoothly, at this point. And PP could have re-cast.

I didn’t see any bodies… so Cole & Hope could be somewhere else… but the actors that had various roles that couldn’t continue, either due to other engagements or other contracts, they could have been recast and still can be.

And why do they never talk about Jessica? it’s like she never existing.

Georgia
Georgia

I loved Roger but I don’t get all the hype. Actually once Tea came on the scene I was all for Todd/Tea. I thought they were so much better together. I am glad to hear he isn’t going to be playing 2 parts on different soaps. I am sure Blair will move on to someone else, this is part of dealing with soaps, actors move on all the time. Kassie has chemistry with just about everyone she comes in contact with.

Margie
Margie

To each their own, but Todd and Tea were never much more than a lawyer/client sparring duo. It was never love, sex or romance.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Todd and Tea were great together, and so was Todd and Blair. Franco and Carly will also be hot together!!!

Christy
Christy

oh yeah there was! first it was the fake marriage, and then it lead to real caring.

MEG
MEG

TEAS AND VICTOR ARE WAY BETTER THEN TODD N BLAIR, THEY WERE ON FIRE THE MIN TEA CAME TO SEE HIM IN HIS CELL.

su0000
su0000

Blair proclaimed her love for Tomas and was going to marry him..
at that time she chose Tomas, not Todd..
Blair will do well, she fell in love with Tomas to marry him ..

I love RH in GH, he an excellent actor and has brought so much to GH!
I strongly believe Roger Howarth making his choice to go on with
ABC/GH was a very wise decision..
He is an actor, above all, and needs to go where it is best for him and what he wants.
So, looking forward to watching RC and Roger Howarth’s Franco develope. 🙂

Margie
Margie

Enjoy your TANKO. While you can.

Jill
Jill

But he’s horrible as Tanko on GH. Not Roger’s fault, the writers should have written him a new role instead of forcing him into James Franco’s Halloween’s costume. Todd and Blair had that intangible inexplicable chemistry which is hard to find,. Roger enjoys zero chemistry with Laura Wright, despite all her desperate Tweets which indicate otherwise.

Patricia
Patricia

I TOTALLY AGREE with everything you said especially having ZIP ZERO NADA chemistry with Laura Wright. Her tweets are a desperate attempt to secure a supercouple status with RH which will never happen when there is NO CHEMISTRY.

rebecca1
rebecca1

And I totally disagree with Jill and Patricia. I love Roger with Laura. I thought they were great as Todd and Carly and I see great potential for Franco and Carly.

Was he/is he great with Kassie/Blari? Yes. But that’s OLTL and this is GH. I think, since it seems that’s’ where they’re going…that they’re going to be amazing together.

Jill
Jill

I love Margie and Patricia because, well, they’re right. Todd and Carly were so damned forced and was Ron’s attempt at making instant soup. It fell flat, it didn’t work, will not work. You can’t force the ingredients to blend, you cannot force chemistry no matter how hard you Tweet about it.

Georgia
Georgia

I do agree that RH/LW do not have great chemistry. I am willing to give him a chance on a new personality after he wakes up. I am looking forward to this story. I am very forgiving when it comes to soaps.

Christy
Christy

it will get better… i’m sure we’re in for some new things now that he’s coming out of his surgery and I saw that he softly touched her arm when he woke up.

mary
mary

I always like Todd and Tea better. I Love RH as Todd, and hope one day, he can go back as Todd.

MEG
MEG

TEA BELONGS TO VICTOR, NOT THAT BUFFOON TODD

su0000
su0000

Time moves on and people move on, especially actors..
Roger Howarth left OLTL for 8 years….
He returned, it was was a job , income..
Actors go where they get a good contract, pay, and benefits, and mostly where they want to be/work.. it is what they do.

When Roger Howarth was asked to go on with OLTL he said no, not interested and he did not sign on with PP/OLTL.

When ABC and PP made an arrangement for Roger Howarth to do 4 weeks to help start off OLTL the agreement was honored, and RH did his 4 weeks, it was not a permanent stay..

Roger seems content and happy with GH for many reason like a great contract and pay, and even though he has sentiments for OLTL he has walked out before and he seems to be a man that is adventurous and goes where he wants to be.
He chose GH … That was his choice. He did not want to go on with PP/OLTL.

People have to get over it… and let Roger live his life the way it makes him happy and the way he wants to live it.
Nobody has the right to dictate to Roger Howarth what he should or should not do with his life.

Margie
Margie

Roger said No? What interview or conversation with him have you read? RH had a contract at GH. He never signs anywhere for more than a year though, so we will see where he goes next year. I’m hoping more prime time split with OLTL, because Franco sucks.

Rosanna
Rosanna

I agree people need to let it go and stop blaming ABC for PP`s problems, its a stupid company that will never survive, GH is ten times the show OLTL is, and those who keep saying it will tank are just jealus their show sucks and want it to be on tv. You can spin it anyway you want but GH is wayy better then OLTL, so enjoy your net show thats only on 2 days a week…*snickers*

Derek
Derek

When GH is cancelled (and it will be eventually) ill be the one who is snickering. Because believe me, it won’t rise from the ashes like AMC and oltl did.

Jill
Jill

No offense, Rosanna, but you are ignorant. Have you even watched OLTL? Because I watch both GH and OLTL. In fact, my loyalty has always been with GH as it has been my favorite soap for so many years. However, GH has become unwatchable due piss poor writing, choppy and unfinished storylines and terrible character development. Saying Prospect is just jealous just makes you look like some stupid middle school chick.

susan M.
susan M.

Why don’t we stop saying one soap is better tah this one for example GH & OLTL! Let’s enjoy watching the both of them… I like watching GH a lot but my loyalty will alway’s belong to OLTL ! This is for Rosanna!!!!!

MEG
MEG

I ONLY WATCHED GH IN HOPES TSJ WOULD COME ON.BUT NOW THAT OLTL IS BACK I OFTEN FORGET TO WATCH GH

Amanda
Amanda

Thank you Susan M! I’m so tired of this childish soap bashing to make your favorite soap look good. It’s not a contest. I enjoy both OLTL and GH, and support both (and AMC). I’m a lifelong OLTL fan, so my loyalty will also always be there first, but I do my best to support all three shows and enjoy them.

PP is moving into uncharted territory, so of course there will be hiccups. I also embrace the three former OLTL on GH if that is where they are happiest. I don’t understand why that’s so hard for people to do.

Christy
Christy

here, here! I agree! 😀 I love ’em both too! i still look at Olivia and think of her OLTL role… of course I look at Dante and think of his Stargate role too! ha!

mary
mary

Well said

BTripp
BTripp

I have not listened to it yet but I think Jennifer is awesome. The one thing that I think the new OLTL missed out on was using what GH did and creating story with it. The only one they did was with Natalie and John and how he left her or kissed another woman. They never talk about Starr much at all and if they want the character so bad then just recast her. They recast Matthew and Destiny on this new version. Jessica, Joey, and Kevin have all been played by many different actors too. I know everyone loves Kristen Alderson (and I do too). Now Todd on the other hand should not be recast again because Trevor St John did a great job but when they made him his twin Victor then you can’t go there with a recast again IMO.

Trapper
Trapper

Actually, Roger Howarth said that he would go with PP, but he wanted that 3 months off that was negotiated into the previous OLTL contract. I for one, think that ABC did PP a tremendous disservice when they killed Cole and Hope and took over the characters of Starr, John and Todd, as well as the actors. I hope that PP will, in the end, prevail, and that Michael Easton and Roger Howarth will be back on OLTL. And I’d love to see Kristen Alderson show up from time to time, but I know that she had made the decision to move to the west coast, so I don’t expect it.

MEG
MEG

KA SAID SHE’D LOVE TO DO OLTL AGAIN.

Susie
Susie

I think ABC, especially Frank and Ron hurt OLTL. The show is better with out them. Which it the big gift in a bad situation. I believe Roger Howarth will be back as Todd on One Life to Live. I will keep watching my favorite show and all the characters of Llanview. Knowing some day, hopefully soon Todd can come home for good to Llanview.

Patricia
Patricia

YES Susie i agree on every point. I HATE the way frank and ron write. they have made GH very cartoonish and oltl IS better without them. I am sure roger howarth will be back as todd on oltl in the meantime i will keep watching oltl hopefully Roger/todd will come home soon for good

KatieK
KatieK

OLTL wrote Cole into the corner, & ruined his character, he was in prison when the show ended. So, all of a sudden they care about Cole? GH killing off his character was the most exciting thing about Cole. I was NEVER a fan of Star on OLTL, couldn’t stand her, but once she got to GH, I loved her! I think OLTL needs to stop blaming GH for the fact that the 3 characters were more popular on GH.

Margie
Margie

Hello…..Todd was in prison. Characters get out of jams like that all of the time and prosper. And don’t forget who put Cole into the corner….RON CARLIVARTI. Cole was a legacy character, Marty and Patrick’s son. It’s just not right that ABC let GH and Ron kill him. He lad plenty of life to live.

OLTLfan
OLTLfan

As a lifelong viewer, I can honestly say that “Todd” has been my number one reason for tuning in to OLTL since 1993. Every time Roger Howarth left the show, I cried like it was the end of the world. And every time he came back, I was ecstatic. He’s an amazing actor, and he made us fall in love with Todd despite everything bad he ever did. Todd and Blair as a couple are my second reason for watching. They blow me away, and are still super hot even after 20 years. That being said, I’m extremely upset at this massive loss to the show. I’m optimistically telling myself he’ll be back (I waited 8 years and it happened!). But I fear this will cost OLTL more than great story lines…it will lose them ratings. Because, I’m not the only one who feels this way. I’m just so mad at the whole situation, and wish it hadn’t turned out this way. I miss Starr and John too, and seeing their portrayers on GH every day just makes me bitter. I feel like ABC robbed us…yet again.

Jan
Jan

I agree and I think OLTL will drowned over the absence of Howarth.

Margie
Margie

Drowned?

Christy
Christy

they’ll be fine… he’s left several times before and an especially long time there (what was it like 8 years?) and they did just fine.

Gailer
Gailer

@OLTLfan You never know with Roger if he will return. In the meantime, these OLTL writers have got to get their sh*t together and write great stories.

Nancy
Nancy

Yes, the show was hurt without Todd, Starr and John. WE SHOULD TRY TO GET THEM BACK, EVEN IF IT IS FOR LIMITED CROSSOVERS! THE FANS WILL SO APPRECIATE IT. MICHAEL EASTON HAS STATED HE WOULD BE OPEN TO COMING BACK AND SO,HAS KRISTEN. COME ON PP RESPECTFULLY ASKING YOU MAKE THIS WORK. THE JOLIE FANS WERE ROBBED BY FV/RC.
NO JOHN RECAST, WE NEED MELISSA AND MICHAEL TOGETHER AGAIN. I KNOW THEIR PERFORMANCE WOULD ROCK JUST LIKE ROGER AND KASSIE. READ PHYLLIS THOMAS INTERVIEW FROM YESTERDAY. EASTON MISSES McBAIN, ACTING WITH HIS FRIENDS, AND OPEN TO RETURNING TO HELP. LET’S MAKEIT HAPPEN.

OLTLlover
OLTLlover

You must have missed the interview with Michael Easton where he said he intially would go to PP until they called off the reboot at Thanksgiving. He then moved his family to California to do GH and turned down OLTL in Jan. because he said he has never spent a night away from his family and it would be too inconvenient to travel cross country.

Nancy
Nancy

Oltl lover,
The interview was published yesterday 8-1-13 and is a new one.

Caroline
Caroline

I really hope Roger returns. He and Blair are magic together.

Carly
Carly

I hope Victor comes back to OLTL. It is unclear to me if that is in the plan. Can anyone shed light on that? I’m mad about him!

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I completely agree. I love Trevor St. John. I remember when Todd had to deal with Tea’s “death” and learn to be a father to Dani. Those scenes broke my heart. I so want him back. Victor and Tea are amazing together. The season finale teaser says a fan favorite will show up. I hope it’s Victor.

Jewell
Jewell

Prospect Park, doesn’t believe in bringing back characters from the dead? Then explain Billy Clyde Tuggle.

Jill
Jill

Well, Billy Clyde is special–and he’s been damn good for ratings. Besides, Billy’s body was never recovered . He fell off the bridge with Tadd Martin and Martin came back from the grave over a decade ago. These circumstances afforded the writers with the opportunity to bring back that frightening villain, that Southern Charmer back from the dead. I am glad they did as he cracks me up.

Derek
Derek

But notice they really haven’t made a big deal out of him coming back from the dead. He just showed up, and the story went on. I think they’re referring to actual ” back from the dead” stories.

Jill
Jill

exactly Derek–Billy Clyde didn’t really come back from the dead.
Besides, we know the Devil and the hot rod Lincoln is always with us.

BBAnnie
BBAnnie

Explain Victor Jr as well…

MEG
MEG

HE WAS BROUGHT BACK ON ABC.

Anonymous
Anonymous

OMG, is she posturing & rehearsing for her testimony in the OLTL v ABC lawsuit? For god sakes, how many times does this have to be said: You have the damn characters, use them. Be honest, what you really wanted was for ABC/GH to FORCE the actors to return to their roles from 18+months before, when they had already found other employment. Ludicrous! The scheme / plan that PP had to rush the launch to capitalize on the success of the actors and the OLTL characters on GH was evident from the start. This was a company that walked away from the initial deal to re-launch the shows (with some of the actors who had signed a contract), without even informing them that the initial launch was abandoned. The only problem PP has ever had, was that their lame “business plan” was built on underhanded tricks and they resorted to strong-arming ABC/GH, which backfired on them. The producers and show runners are still trying to blame the actors, ABC, GH and anyone else for their mismanagement of the shows and launches. Pathetic….

Jill
Jill

Pathetic? Funny, that is the same word Ron keeps Tweeting over and over when speaking of Prospect’s lawsuit.

Margie
Margie

Who blamed the actors? I think you’re confused about the facts.

Rosanna
Rosanna

I agree PP is just trying to bully ABC, they never had any intenion of working with them, they made the mistake of loaning the character which is unheard of, crossovers tv shows do but a loan of a character??? It just shows you PP is run by amatures who know nothing, the lawsuit they have will be dismissed and they will lose more money and oh be on even less then it is now..so enjoy it while you ummm can haha

Mirror
Mirror

you’re a bully, too. taunting people and “haha” like a child does? stop it. i hate OLTL but you’re making us GH fans look like petty, childish idiots.

Jill
Jill

Prospect is bullying the giant ABC? Why, that would be like Bambi bullying Godzilla…..or Sabrina bullying Helena Cassadine.

Derek
Derek

I’m confused as to why you think GH.is so safe. ABC cancelled oltl what makes you think they won’t do the same to GH? Oltl had higher ratings than GH.

BBAnnie
BBAnnie

They loaned the characters with the understanding that PP would have input on what story these characters had. So, sorry, it wasn’t okay for them to kill off three of them.

OLTLer
OLTLer

I did not see Jen blame the actors at all, especially not for getting employment at ABC. I’d like to point out, ABC may have gotten the characters for a year, but they sure acted like their ownership was written in stone.

Amanda
Amanda

Agreed, OLTLer. Also, you can not force an actor to go onto a show. They wanted the characters. PP might be hoping something can be negotiated later with the originators of the role so perhaps they are just waiting to see if that can happen.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Whats with the obsession oF the three actors who played Todd, Starr, and John…both tptb at gh and oltl act as if these are the only actors in the world who can save their soap. I like all three and the characters they play on both shows but its up to the actors where they choose to live and work. If all three want to stay at gh they should stay there. oltl has plenty of great actors on their show to concentrate on…if they need John, Starr, and Todd and can get the actors to return in these roles during their time off from gh that would be wonderful but if not either recast or just write around the character(not shown;but could be talked about as if they were there) or dont mention him or her at all. Maybe one day all three will be off gh and then oltl can have all 3 but in the end its still the actors choice if the want to or not.

RH Fan
RH Fan

I Agree

I'mSmartYou'reNot
I'mSmartYou'reNot

This comment of Anonymous’s above is so nonsensical and out of touch with reality that I hope they don’t have children in their care. Not a single sentence of that is true. Not a single word. The only thing pathetic is the lies being spread.

Jill
Jill

You are smart–but so am I!

su0000
su0000

PP has the 3 characters and can recast them ..

Ther 3 did say they would be open to a guest appearance, but not one said they would return to PP/OLTL..
The 3 are doing very well with GH ..

I am fan of both OLTL and GH and watch both for many decades, and I prefer the 3 on GH..
As actors need to grow.. nobody should expect the 3 to limit their lives to OLTL and die at 80 as Starr, McBain and Todd. sheeshus….

KA/ is doing very well as Kiki, she has grown and become much better.
ME has grown with parts on Gh, and silas has given ME a great character make his own.
RH, has done wonders on GH and his Franco will grow and give RH a new character to be his..
the 3 are actors working and expanding their careers..

PP can offer them 2 half shows a week, only..
and ABC/GH has/is giving them so very much more.

Margie
Margie

Sheeshus. Perfect name forTanko;s brain tumor. Thankfully, RG is off to Californication. What will they do with that hair?
Kiki and the kissing cousins….. The best thing I can say is that I like Kristin’s hair. She’s never looked better.
Even Ron admitted that he scrambled to write this crap. I’d feel for him if he wasn’t being so nasty.

krktoday
krktoday

After the way PP has acted shortening the show to twice a week then doing a season wrap I am really glad those 3 actors escaped. They could be highly talented people without a job today like the rest of the cast. PP has been a huge flop from storyline to the way they treated their cast right from the start. This show has never been on solid ground. I don’t think the 3 actors can be blamed for PP’s bad direction. I love them on GH but I also watched them everyday on OLTL. At least now I can continue to watch them all summer unlike if they had joined PP

Margie
Margie

No one is blaming the actors! Sheeshus, the tumor is catchy.
OLTL is far from a flop. #1 hulu, top ten iTunes, Oprah loves them.
GH—–The Loo is right around the corner.

Rosanna
Rosanna

Yea Oprah is now riding the wave after telling you 2 years ago that it was doomed!! Give me a break Oprah is ONLY helping herself and the reruns are the first 40 episodes , it will not be a perm thing on OWN so the sinking ship now has a huge crator with it….so PP is the Titanic and OPRAH is the iceberg…..CRASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I doubt Oprah loves them; she smells a built-in sizeable audience for her flailing network.

Shay
Shay

Right on, Rosanna! Oprah only loves ONE thing, and that is OPRAH!!!!! Oh, and maybe that “guy” she launched into the WH…..

BBAnnie
BBAnnie

Funny because I have seen multiple interviews from the actors saying they were never treated as well as they are now when the show was on ABC.

Michael
Michael

I have been watching RH on both GH (asFranco-yuck) and on One Life. He is much, much, much better on One Life. He was also great as Todd on GH- fantastic chemistry with Laura Wright. I really can’t stand him as Franco- the character has always sucked, and he looks terrible with blonde hair.

su0000
su0000

You do realize that Franco is just being created for RH..
Now, after the surgery he will be sane and and a Q..
RH in the new version of Franco will be fantastic!
It has only just begun..

Why not wait and see what Franco will be like sane, a whole new and different Franco, a power Q !!

Christi
Christi

See, I resent the fact that they brought him on as Franco and are trying to redeem/whitewash Franco…. JUST so they can have Roger H. Why go to all this trouble for RH and the others, but the wouldn’t work with Steve Burton, for just one example. I also hate how they are trying to push Micheal/Kiki together, Sam/Silas together, and Franco/Carly together.. all because it was Micheal/Starr, Sam/McBain, Carly/Todd. Also I hate that they are totally rewriting history on Franco… he has been killing people ever since he got out of jail, about 20 years ago…a tumor wouldn’t do that. I can suspend belief on things like hair after brain surgery… but thy are asking too much of this, ALL so they can keep RH. Why don’t they bing back Ric or Claudia or Robert Scorpio instead.

Gailer
Gailer

@ Michael I love his hair, he looks younger

currygirl
currygirl

PP should have never, ever loaned out those characters to GH when OLTL was canceled. Those three actors should have been new characters from the very beginning and none of this would have ever happened. I pretty sure PP regrets loaning those characters to GH. If GH wants them, they can have them. OLTL will survive without them and so would GH if they ever leave.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

I realize Jen was/is playing to the OLTL fanbase here-and I love OLTL-but for God’s sake, would you PLEASE recast the Mannings/McBain so this ridiculous situation can have some closure? There are no excuses anymore, just do it

Fran
Fran

So much hate here If u don’t like GH/ ABC don’t watch . If u don’t like AMC/ OLTL don’t watch It’s the USA nobody is forcing anyone to watch anything they don’t want to . the world has enough hate in it so come people . It for ABC & PP and their lawers to hash out . enjoy the show of CHOICE . STOP being so hateful All the Actors and cast work really hard it day/ night to bring us thiese shows say THANK YOU . We have no control over this so uyall are wasting ur time and energy on all this anger and hate We have enough of that on news . Pick ur battles in life this not yours . peace everyone it a show after all Count to 3 take a deep breath

Dan
Dan

Thank you! The best post in this entire thread. I agree 100%. The sniping back and forth between the GH fans and OLTL fans in this thread is really embarrassing. Wishing for OLTL to tank? Hoping for GH to get canceled? Give me a break! It’s like people have this mistaken idea that if you like one show, you have to automatically hate the other. That’s childish and silly. Watch and enjoy whichever shows you like, and be thankful that we still have them to watch!

Margie
Margie

Frannnie, go shopping or something. Move along.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

GH will be cancelled…OLTL and AMC will not return because PP is the bad guy and dont know what they are doing…i see this often in fans comments…its like from little children who say’My bike is better than your bike’…you know what im saying? Ive watched soaps for 50 years and read lots of letters in soap mags since the 1960s and never have i read so many childish comments from people who seem to wish a soap cancelled just to prove a point. In my day people were more supportive of their soaps and we mourn the loss when one got cancelled. I wont blame abc if gh does get cancelled or pp if they ever discontinue amc & oltl…i blame the negative, unsupportive fans who are the real reason behind the death of the genre…

carla
carla

So true. Enjoy the soaps we have left. Its impossible for the writers to please everyone. Look for towards being positive instead of complaining.

Gailer
Gailer

@jimh Love love love what you say. I like both shows, always did.

Carol Bryan
Carol Bryan

I believe that OLTL’s fans have suffered due to ABC’s screwing with character’s lives of the show. Why kill off perfectly great characters with story lines that could have gone on forever. ABC taints everything they put their finger in.

Annalee
Annalee

From what I remember, this whole shabang started due to legalities surrounding three actors who are, in fact, so good at their craft; that PP suddenly made a legal move to strong arm them into returning to the characters they nurtured over the years. There had been a year of “are we in or are we out” with the creation of online programming. PP got a great team of lawyers together and fought rights to these characters only after ABC/GH used the characters in a successful way. These are actors. People who like most other adults in this world need to make a living. They act. They work hard at it. They are so good that viewers are believing in Kiki, Silas & wait for it, Franco. They are the ones who handled this debacle with grace, great writing and a skilled supporting cast. Howarth is a class act. He can handle doing lots of character work. As a viewer, I say stay the hell out of it. If you love Viki, Doeian, Clint, Blair & Tea then continue watching & supporting OLTL. If you love GH & all that is GH keep watching that too!
One thing I will opine on is Oprah didn’t follow her heart offering OWN in the first place. She listened to the lawyers.
Bottom line…..if we don’t watch it all goes “poof”!!!!
Get it?

MikeT
MikeT

I hope RH returns to OLTL as Todd when shooting begins !!

Al
Al

Scene 1: Blair opens the door and sees Todd.

Blair (looking puzzled): Todd, what happened to your hair?!

Todd: You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.

BBAnnie
BBAnnie

Love it! Too funny. We needed a little humor among all the sniping!

krktoday
krktoday

Oprah just cancelled half her soap shows after they only brought her 124,000 viewers. They won’t be back after their current agreement. I love OLTL. I think PP ruined it

BBAnnie
BBAnnie

Cancelled. OWN is still showing a new episode each day. They just quit showing the repeats which I think confused people.

Christi
Christi

I believe strongly that not having McBain and Starr on OLTL hurt OLTL. On the other hand, it was the actors choice.. on the OTHER hand, the characters were only on LOAN to ABC/GH… and it is/was R I D C U L O U S !!!!!!! to bring these three actors back in new roles…. and not only that but SO QUICKLY.. AND.. ALL AT THE SAME TIME!!! UTTERLY RIDICULOUS!!!! So…. it seems to me that if ABC had done the logical thing.. (not to mention the thing best for GENERAL HOSPITAL!!! ) … and let the three actors go, at least for the time being… they just may have been inclined to join OLTL.

Enrique
Enrique

I wonder how many of you “cult members” actually listened to the interview, Pepperman didn’t say anything outrageous or aggressive. She was very candid in response to a question – they’d wanted to use John and Starr in some capacity and couldn’t, ABC hindered them, and they had to change plans. That’s all she said. She didn’t say “we can’t do a show without them,” she didn’t say “ABC/GH is the devil” or full of assholes, she didn’t say anything but the plain facts. She didn’t get into details or say PP was blameless. And yet over on Twitter, Facebook and here are a handful of frothing fangirls and a slew of vapid fanboys maybe three personality types between them taking this as a declaration of all-out war on OLTL and calling the poor woman “Jon”.

hat is a perfect description of what Im seeing on Twitter. Even before this there seemed to be an insane amount of venom toward PP OLTL from the Ron followers- they keep calling it the “dudebrosoap” and saying it only appeals to straight frat boys (what???). I’m not saying it has no flaws but that description I don’t understand at all. And I don’t get it- if you can’t stomach OLTL without Cartini, just watch GH and stop wasting your energy on OLTL. Unfortunately by Ron getting involved, the crazy ante has been upped times a million and some of the things that are being said about Jen are just vile. And he had to know this would happen because I get the sense he’s monitors twitter pretty fanatically and I don’t think he’s a stupid man at all. I think I’m with you on wishing we could eradicate soap Twitter which is a shame because I think it can be a fun way to chat with the other fans and there are some really funny people tweeting about soaps. Unfortunately, the insane fans seem to vastly outnumber the ones who talk soaps with reason and humor. And with Ron as their fearless tactless leader, its really out of control.

Enrique
Enrique

when I mean by soap twitter I mean the total massive helping of entitlement from soap fans, writers, some actors, even some of the media. This is why I’d like to eradicate soap Twitter from the face of the earth. It surely doesn’t help the personnel or their mentality, and it only makes the fans crazier

BBAnnie
BBAnnie

Let’s just eradicate Twitter. It makes people feel important because they think they “know” celebrities.

Gailer
Gailer

I enjoy both shows. I support both and I support an actor’s right to work anywhere they want. PP doesn’t have it totally together at this point ,which is natural. They really can’t blame ABC for the poor writing on OLTL. My only hope is the new writers will be better.

Brett
Brett

I haven’t listened yetm will do later. Do we have a date for ‘Season 2’ to begin?

JT
JT

Sorry but I believe PP purchased the rights for a certain period of time. ABC pounced and did injure PP’s rights.

As for Howarth, he is great as Todd on OLTL.

Im not that found of ME on GH and could well do without him and instead true GH characters, the return of the Cassadines. Nik alone is hardly a Cassadine storyline!!!! He is the weakest of Cassadines. Im also not that found of cartoons on the soaps. But anything to reduce the Sonny air time is a plus. Enough already of the dreary me itis that is Sonny and his penchant for holding a gun YET insisting others pay when he never does.

Andrew
Andrew

I’m really enjoying GH, AMC and OLTL. They feel right to me and I am watching all of them regularly. Sure, I wish they’d play nice, and that neither show would have to twist and turn to fit actors/characters in and work around missing characters/actors…. but I think it’s smart that they didn’t kill off Todd, John and Starr. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from 40+ years of soap watching is that everyone eventually comes back and every regime eventually leaves, mends fences. Hell, Oprah went online and made a specific video saying that soaps were dead .. and now she’s running the online versions on her network. Seriously, PP and ABC are at each others’ throat now but give it a few months. Good grief the behind the scenes goings on are as (or more) entertaining than what’s on our screen. 🙂

For those of you mad about Cole/Hope, didn’t we see (on GH) someone visit the place where Cole and Hope went over the edge in their car on the year anniversary of their death? Ron left the door wide open for Cole and Hope to return – how do we know that Starr didn’t rush back to LA because Cole had shown up? And they are, together, looking for Hope? If we saw Robin die in a lab fire — and there was a body – but she’s alive… surely we can get Cole and Hope out of a car that’s gone over the edge having found no bodies. Easy to write around.

Speaking of which, I’m VERY glad that they wrote around Natalie’s supposed restraining order (I always figured it was a Clint-move anyway). (I’ve been catching up on OWN so am a few weeks behind most die hard OLTL and AMC fans)

Im actually warming up to Kiki, Silas and nuFranco and think that the roles are bringing a good deal of value to the canvas.

🙂

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Michael Blasts Brad As The Truth About Wiley Comes Out

FINALLY! On Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Lucas (Ryan Carnes) memory is jogged just enough that he clearly remembers Brad’s (Parry Shen) shocking words before their car crash; where Brad confessed that Wiley was Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and Michael’s (Chad Duell) biological son.

At the Corinthos home, Lucas stands up and announces to Michael that Wiley is actually his believed to be dead son, Jonah. Carly’s (Laura Wright) mouth drops and then she takes over getting to the root of the truth of the baby switch.

Brad is cornered and left with no choice but to fess up. He explains how Wiley died when he was no longer breathing, and how he was driving with him, when he ended up on the route where Nelle left Michael to die in the car he was driving (Michael recalls this bit of Intel in a flashback).

Then, Brad explains how Nelle appeared with her newborn baby and claimed the whole thing was engineered by Nelle …  and how he was so upset and panicked, that he went along with her plan.

Michael lets Brad have it for all of his lies and machinations, and the pain it has inflicted on so many people for over a year and half.  How on earth could he do that? Carly also lays into him.

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Meanwhile, Sasha (Sofia Matteson) has urgently called Chase (Josh Swickard), who leaves “Wiley” and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) behind, and heads to the Corinthos’ where he hears the whole sad truth about the baby switch.

With Chase gone, Nelle goes looking for “Wiley” who is with Willow, and the two get into a major throwdown catfight.  Nelle comes out the victor and goes to get her baby ready to leave town with her son.

So, what did you think of how the truth finally came out?  What did you think of Michael’s tirade on Brad? What do you think will happen next? Comment below.

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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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