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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode # 9

Soap expert Michael Fairman, General Hospital and Cougar Town’s Carolyn Hennesy, and Being Erica’s and MVP’s, Dillon Casey are back together again anchoring the latest edition of the On-Air On-Soaps Podcast. What do these three have in common? Maybe nothing or maybe everything! Find out when these three co-host the first episode of 2011 in our very special February Sweeps episode!

You will hear: soap celebrity exclusive podcast interviews, behind-the-scenes scoops, discussion of soaps hottest topics, the power performance of the week, and more of what matters to you the soapers most – as we go 360 degrees inside, outside, and around the wide world of soaps!

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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #9

Welcome to the latest edition of the On-Air On-Soap Podcast, hosted by Michael Fairman with co-hosts; Carolyn Hennesy and Dillon Casey. This month the threesome welcome special guests: The Bold and the Beautiful and former Santa Barbara star, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Melissa Archer, and General Hospital’s Chad Duell for some entertaining and revealing interviews, and a look into February Sweeps hottest storylines. Plus, our hosts discuss: soap’s hottest topics and news, battle it out in our soap trivia game show segment, name the power performance of the week, and much more. It’s all
in a jam-packed hour and a half of fun on our fun, fabulous, February episode!





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On-Air On-Soaps Podcast Episode #9 features the following segments:

  • A Martinez Interview – Our special podcast soap star call-in guest, daytime favorite A Martinez chats about his new role on The Bold and the Beautiful as Dr. Ramon Montgomery, his most memorable soap role as Cruz Castillo on Santa Barbara, hoping to reunite on-screen with Marcy Walker some day, and the night he won his Daytime Emmy! Starts @ 19:11
  • News & Views – Soap Opera’s shocking exits are discussed including, Rebecca Herbst’s dismissal from GH, CBS Daytime Programming Executive, Barbara Bloom stepping down from her post, or did she? AMC’s Melissa Claire Egan’s decision to leave her role as Annie, Austin Peck’s return to daytime in a new role on OLTL, and the five actors who left DAYS for various reasons; Mark Hapka, Shelley Hennig, Jay Kenneth Johnson, Ty Treadway and Robin Mattson. Starts @ 30:13
  • Melissa Archer Interview –Our next podcast soap star call-in guest One Life to Live’s, Melissa Archer, discusses the perils of her character, Natalie Buchanan, whose life is about to become unraveled during February Sweeps! Melissa previews the double wedding of Natalie and Jessica and the sizzling fall-out!  Starts @ 44:59
  • Power Performance of the Week- The Young and the Restless, Daniel Goddard as Cane Ashby tops our list and you will hear and know why! Starts @ 57:31
  • Chad Duell Interview – Our final call-in guest of the podcast, Chad Duell of General Hospital reveals what it was like to play the emotionally heavy and key scenes that air in early February where his character, Michael Corinthos, admits he was raped in prison to members of his family. Duell also discusses how GH tackled this important social topic of sexual abuse. Starts @ 1:02:07
  • Stump the Soapers – Our podcast co-host, Dillon Casey, tries to trip up Carolyn and Michael with current trivia questions on soaps favorite couples in our Valentine’s Day edition of our podcast game show. Will Fairman win the game as per usual, or will Hennesy become victorious for the first time in Stump the Soaper history? Find out. Starts @ 1:15:15

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If you have a question on the soaps that you want answered for the upcoming taping of the March 2011 episode, call our On-Air On-Soaps Podcast call-in line at 1-213-973-SOAP.

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Wow..thanks Carolyn for your take on R.Herbsts dismissal…it cleared alot up…I respect Becky as an actress and no I will NOT stop watching GH…this is my favorite show and has been since 1988!!

I wanted to comment on Becky Herbst- I am very angry as a fan that they let her go, and I also tune in for her and probably won’t be tuning back in, as far as the other 40 actors, some I do like some I do not, for me it is the stories. I am just not interested anymore, Becky/ Liz was like the last thread holding me on. So in essence you are right something is wrong and it is with the writing and whoever is making these bad decisions. If they want this show to succeed, they need to make changes but not by taking away the people we tune in for and replacing them with characters and actors we don’t care about. I would also say I am sure there is other character who could go that make more money then Becky and would not be missed and I especially can think of a bunch of new characters that can go. ABC need to rehire becky Herbst.

I got to tell you…I love Melissa Archer! She is such a sweetheart and a wonderful actress. I know Susan Haskell is a great actress too but I really think that Melissa deserves to get an emmy consideration this year. She has done fabulous work this past year, especially in her scenes with Susan and Michael.

love melissa archer!!!!

Another fun podcast! Thanks Michael, Carolyn and Dillion! Loved the interviews with Melissa and Chad the most. It is always great to hear about the news and from your perspectives. GH is my favorite soap and yes… I am terribly saddened about Becky Herbst leaving, and there are issues with them writing out the core characters and older characters. However there are so many talented people on that show whith some stellar performances that I agree with Carolyn’s perspective. Becky will get on another show and will make that show very successful. Chad’s performances this week have been so fabulous along with Steve Burton and Laura Wright! Can’t wait for the next podcast!

Another great podcast, Michael! I love Carolyn as a co-host, she is so funny and classy! And Dillion Casey is pretty cool too. You all are just so funny together and I love listening to what you all have to say.

Hey, Michael. This was another fun pod cast. I can always count on Carolyn to drop her subtle remarks and she is so sharp, plus talented in so many ways…her writing,etc. a very creative person. I thought your guests this month were just perfect. It was especially great to hear from A.Martinez,and to hear he will be back on B&B and as a doctor. I’m thinking maybe the Nick and Stephanie lung cancer story. Whatever it is he is welcome addition. Melissa is such a pretty girl and a terrific actress and I hope she gets an Emmy one day, also. It was fun to hear her laugh and fit in so well in the pod cast. But, my favorite actor was Chad. He was so forthcoming and charming. It was nice to listen to his take on the reveal of what happened in prison and the strength he showed in coping and now on his way to healing. He is a fine young actor and he has the sensitive ability of making you want to cry for him. So, Michael, once again you have give us a very entertaining pod cast.

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Defends Sonny Going Postal, “It Could Definitely Happen”

Last Friday’s May 17th cliffhanger of General Hospital saw Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) beating up Dex (Evan Hofer) and threatening to shoot and kill both Dex and Jason (Steve Burton), who is restraining him outside the ballroom at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase (Josh Swickard).

For months, Sonny has been taking less than his prescribed dosage of medication to control his bipolar disorder.  The mobster has no idea that he has been duped by Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), who is the one that set this dangerous situation in motion, in an effort to eliminate Sonny and eventually Jason from interfering in Pikeman taking over the territory.

One fan questioned the validity of Sonny’s reaction to Dex and Jason after the pei, when he took to X and expressed, “People off their medications don’t necessarily go around hitting people and being out of control. This was the WRONG message to send. I don’t expect anything from Frank Valentini and General Hospital anymore, but you could’ve (and should’ve) stopped it cold.”

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Maurice Benard replied back to that comment and defended the actions of Sonny given the circumstances. The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner shared, “This is true but when you have a character like Sonny who’s volatile and is drinking and is manic and his thoughts are taken him over it could definitely happen like I said, ‘bipolar ain’t pretty.”‘

GH has portrayed Sonny’s battle with mental illness and the importance of keeping on your meds, plus the issues surrounding it for years. However, some fans have not been pleased by this latest plot point.

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The pick-up of the story begins tomorrow on Monday, May 20th where teasers for the episode share: Sonny is horrified. Blaze consoles Kristina (who walked in on her dad threatening Jason and Dex) and Jason summons Carly.

So, what did you think of the plot point of Sonny threatening to kill Dex and Jason, after beating up Dex, given his growing paranoia? Comment below.

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Giovanni Mazza On Contract at General Hospital: What Are Your First Impressions?

This week, General Hospital introduced newcomer Giovanni Mazza in the role of Giovanni Palmieri, who apparently is Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) second cousin, one removed or so the story goes.

The character of Gio showed up at Brook Lynn’s wedding to Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard) and played the violin at the ceremony. As has been previously reported, Mazza in real-life is a professional violinist and actor.

Upon making his first appearance on the ABC daytime drama series back on May 15th, fans wondered if Gio will be sticking around and that was confirmed by the closing credits of the May 17th episode where Mazza’s name is included along with other contract players.

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When the news of Mazza’s casting was announced, the talent young man took to his Instagram and shared the good news, expressing, “I am so honored, grateful, and ecstatic to announce the big news! The biggest thank you to General Hospital for bringing me.” He closed his sentiments with “So much love and joy to my new fam! YAY!!! ”

Commenting on his post included new castmates Evan Hofer (Dex) saying, “Happy to have you brother,” plus Tabyana Ali (Trina), Eden McCoy (Joss) and ABC executive Nathan Varni who said, “Congratulations! Welcome to GH!

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During the May 17th episode, Gio had an exchange with Dex, where he mentioned that his father was in the military back in early 2000’s.  Previously, Gio revealed to Chase that his father died in the military when he was young. So this begs the question, who is Gio’s dad?

What were you first impressions of Giovanni Mazza in the role of Gio? Who do you think he might be romantically involved with and might be also related to other than the Cerullos? Comment below.

 

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Michael Easton Shares on the Loss of Kamar de los Reyes, “I Was Holding His Hand When He Passed”

For the first time publicly, General Hospital’s Michael Easton (Finn) opened up about losing his best friend, the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, OLTL) to cancer.

The former One Life to Live and All American star lost his battle to cancer back on December 24, 2023 at the age of 56. De los Reyes leaves behind his wife, actress Sherri Saum (ex-Sunset Beach, OLTL) and their twin boys, Michael and John, and his eldest son, Caylen from a previous relationship.

Easton along with Y&R’s Trevor St. John (Tucker) were both castmates with Kamar during their time on One Life to Live. The two shared their remembrances this past Thursday night during’s live virtual event, Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

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In tribute, Michael expressed, “It was a 30-year friendship with Kamar. We did our first movie together in 1990. I was scared and I was quiet and I was instantly drawn to his bravado and his sense of himself. Kamar was larger than life. He was the best man at my wedding, and I am the godfather to his son, Michael. His loss was profound on all of us.”

He added, “There hasn’t been a day gone by that I haven’t thought of him, and his family and what he brought to this world, and the contributions he made, not only to this acting community. He loved being an actor and he was a great actor. I always like to say Kamar was such a good actor that they cast him as a priest, not just once, not twice, like seven times. I mean, he was often shirtless. But, if you needed a shirtless priest, Kamar was your guy.”

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When discussion turned to the end of Kamar’s life, Michael shared, “I was holding his hand when he passed, and he was surrounded by family and, and friends. There was so much love around him. I mean, he touched so many lives. I mean, Trevor knows that at his memorial, it was the biggest, at Forrest Lawn. They couldn’t even fit everybody in. There was people stretched out all the way to outside. People showed that hadn’t seen him in 20 years. That was the effect. So many of the One Life cast members came and cast from All American.”

Michael also spoke to Kamar’s determination till the end and his incredible work ethic, “Extraordinarily enough, he went to work two weeks before he passed at All American.  He was fierce to the end. He never talked about being sick. Even though the odds were stacked from the very beginning, and it’s still really hard for me to talk about, but I was in awe of his strength and his resolve. I would’ve shut down long before he did.”

If you haven’t done so watch below 46:47 mark for Michael and Trevor’s emotional appearances on Daytime Stands Up as they share their memories on Kamar.

Then let us know, what you thought of Michael’s candid tribute to his best friend via the comment section below.

 

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