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On World AIDS Day, Kimberly McCullough Shares Heartfelt Message On The Powerful Story Of GH's Robin & Stone

With the recent passing of soap opera scribe, Claire Labine, who created the love story of Robin and Stone on General Hospital back in 1995, this heartbreaking storyline was once again brought to the forefront of soap opera viewers minds.

But today on World Aids Day, December 1st, 2016, it was none other than Robin’s portrayer, Kimberly McCullough, who touched so many people via social media with her heartfelt message on the importance of this day, and to those who lost their fight to AIDS and those living with HIV.  Making it all the more powerful is that Kimberly has played Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake, a doctor living with HIV for decades with such dignity that her series of tweets were all the more impactful.

On this important day McCullough shared: “In 1995 I had the privilege of playing out a storyline on GH revolving around a young man who died of AIDS. Today I am proud to still be playing a character who is living with HIV, has a healthy daughter and a career as a doctor. The story of Robin and Stone enlightened and educated many through an emotional plot line. Let’s not forget the love and Acceptance those two characters showed us through how they loved each other. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost someone from this disease. Love and progress always #WorldAIDSDay”

Watch below the key scenes in which Stone loses his battle with HIV, with Robin there to comfort him and as those who love him find out the news of his passing.  Then share your thoughts, remembrances for this story, and those we have lost in the comment to AIDS in the comment section below.

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k/kay
k/kay

Best soap opera telling in forever KM shined so did the actor who played Stone our state up 7,000 in aids/HIV positive and yet we ignore and make sex just a passing thing wake up America lease!!!!

Tom
Tom

This story continues to grab me by my heart and my eyes cannot stop crying.

su0000
su0000

Hollymooly !
That sexy handsome young guy was Sonny! I could tell by his voice.. Whoooa I had to take a double look at him.
That goes for Luke and Carly, too.

HIV a serious subject, it has broken hearts of millions. A cure will come.
My heart goes to all that suffered from HIV .. Not only the victim of it but the friends, families, loved ones that suffered . Heartbreaking.
thankful that we’re all more informed and understanding of AIDS.

But– the scene was pure heavy campy campy sappy soap drama..
Old days campy soap (I like Ron’s campy much better)
laying with a dead person gave me the creeps, but good sappy campy stuff.

Celia
Celia

That’s what I said to Timmm on the other thread. I could not believe that’s Sonny. W O W…..H O T !!!!!!

su0000
su0000

heeeey CC
yes! Maurice was a hunk of everything sexy hot!!
He still is awesome.. a very handsome man in great shape too.

000hh lordy, I never want to age, physically !!

Celia
Celia

I admit it, su; Sonny was a looker!! We all age….unfortunately. When will someone discover the real fountain of youth? I hope I will be able to age gracefully, and not resort to plastic surgery. But, who knows??
Do you stand in front of the mirror and look for wrinkles yet? I do!!!!! I am afraid of crow’s feet. LOL.

Lisa
Lisa

I’m sitting here just bawling my eyes out – I had forgotten how powerful that storyline was.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I remember watching these scenes and breaking down. Still chokes me up to see this all over again. It really was a wonderful story that hit all the right notes.

Timmm
Timmm

These writers today couldnt touch this story with a ten foot pole!

Kelly Publicover
Kelly Publicover

21 years later this storyline still makes me cry. Beautifully done by Kimberley and Michael Sutton.No other story has even touched this kind of heart strings.THANK YOU KIMBERLEY & MICHAEL!

Ghlover
Ghlover

What an amazing story it would be if it were to be revealed that the girl that slept with Stone actually wound up pregnant and never told anyone. I dont remember if the show adressed what happened to that particular escort (at least i think she was an escort)…. Stone’s child could now come back and he too could be living with HIV (he may have gotten the disease at birth). He could become a realy strong character for the show, especially if Robin would be back. Plus, with the recent death of Morgan, this character could bond even more with Sonny.

Jenny
Jenny

I remember Stone told Robin the girl he slept with was a drug addict who swapped needles and she eventually died of a drug overdose.

Addison
Addison

Why is this scene incredibly sad without being depressing? Yes. there is a difference, abject sadness has a resolution and sense of motion which depressing scenes leave the viewers feeling bored and unsatisfied as in the case of the endless, badly paced Mourning Morgan story.
The reason this scene is so sad and so well done is that it incorporates beauty, dignity and integrity into it. In addition, you see that Stone’s death had a ricocheted within the Port Charles community leaving a lasting impact on the characters’ lives. The acting was stellar and the writing was poignant, respectful and realistic.
It reminds me of why I fell in love with Sonny in the first place and why Robin remains so dear to me.
Let us hope and pray that AIDS funding will not be stopped with the incoming administration, There’s no cure for AIDS yet.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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Kimberly McCullough Directs Episode Of ‘The Conners’; Shares Pics From Show Night

As fans of director and actress Kimberly McCullough know, earlier this week she announced that she would be directing an episode of the the re=branded and renamed ‘Rosanne-less’ series, The Conners.  She originally shared the news of getting the nod to direct the hit comedy sitcom with a photo of the famous Conner kitchen with the words “Yup”.

However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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