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Patty McCormack Steps In As Temporary Recast As GH’s Monica!

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There will be a new Monica Quartermaine on General Hospital for a bit.  That is because beloved portrayer, Leslie Charleson injured her leg, and the character of Monica was scheduled to appear in some upcoming episodes of the ABC daytime drama Series.

Thus, none other than Patty McCormack (The Bad Seed, 1956) has been tapped as Charleson’s temporary replacement.

The official GH Twitter account announced the news by stating: “Leslie Charleson beloved dog, Riley Rose, was a little too eager for her morning walk and tripped Leslie – injuring her leg. Unfortunately, she will need to be replaced in shows already written. She sends all her love and will be back as soon as she recovers. We wish her a speedy recovery and all the best.”

Look for McCormack to appear in episodes come mid-May.

So, what do you think of Patty as temporary Monica Q? Comment below.

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This should be very, very interesting……….

Much love to Leslie, hoping for a speedy recovery. When I heard she had injured herself and would be replaced in some episodes, I thought maybe Luke or Tracy would step in for her. I recognized Patty’s name-but was not sure for what- then Google came up with all those lovely pics of the evil pigtailed blonde girl-they are delightful. All eyes will be on Patty, so I wish her the very best-hard for an actor to step into such an established and beloved character’s shoes, I am sure she will do a fine job and appreciate her stepping in while Leslie heals.

And I meant step into her role.

Patty also appeared in a short lived daytime soap back in the 60s but i forget the title at the moment!!!…i wonder if they will find a stolen medal on her-lol

Patty McCormack is a wonderful actress with an Academy Award nomination to her credit. More recently, she delivered a memorable turn as Patricia Nixon in the modern classic FROST/NIXON. I look forward to seeing her temporarily replacing the divine Leslie Charleson and wish Leslie a speedy recovery. Love her scenes with Drew; she and Billy Miller have a great rapport and I love that Monica is the only person besides Curtis who didn’t turn on Drew when the JaDrew drama was revealed.

OMG! “Rhoda, what have you done!!!?”

Little Rhoda from the “Bad Seed.”

Over-the-top sweet little angel who, in reality is a serial killer.

Speaking of the “Bad Seed,” someone at Y&R needs to “rip off” that movie and write a plot where the “oh so mature but still darling” Faith Newman kills off some of the unsuspecting folks. (I’d let her take out Cane, followed by Tessa, maybe Phyllis could wind up in a coma).

The movie is being remade. The girl who has played Faith, not Alyvia, is playing Rhoda. I think she will do a good job.

Vicious Barbara from Atlanta! Delicious! Remember Bloody Babs- portrayed by Susan Hayward in “I want to Live”? Darling Rhoda/Faith? I am up for it, though I have enjoyed Troubled Tessa’s Tunes. I want Kelly to return with her mom and brother and his evil spawn-that kid was flawless as the bad seed. Love to see that twisted family return to plot evil deeds in Genoa City.

Phyllis, a girl after my own heart. “I Want to Live!” is a movie I saw on the telly when I was a very young tot being cared for by a very mean babysitter. This babysitter also forced me to watch,”Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” Somehow, the two aforementioned factors kind of merged in my mind.
Now, Soaphound, yes, Kyle is Vile. Let’s call him Vile from now on. However, that actor is growing on me. He’s quite funny and kind of charming. The other day when Dina once again mistook Ashely as the maid and started complaining about her, Kyle smiled and said,”You know, you just can’t find good help now days.” I think Vile could turn out to be fun. And it occurred to me that back in the day, ole smiling Jack also had a sense of entitlement and he lacked a moral compass. Jack evolved in time but could it be that Vile is a young Jack?

I’m with you, Barbara, but my candidate is that repulsive, whining, conniving Kyle. Maybe it takes courage for a young actor to take on such a repulsive character, but it can be a double-edged sword if he or she is TOO convincing. I’m afraid Michael Mealor may be prematurely typecast.

Barbara—I have thought the same thing! Great minds think alike and all that jazz. Faith would make an excellent Bad Seed.
About a year and a half ago there was one of those family scenes at the Newman Ranch. Victor was there in all his glory surrounded by his wife, his children and grandchildren. One of Victoria’s darling toddlers was sitting on his adoring Grampapa’s knee. I caught Faith just glaring squint eyed at that small and innocent boy. It was her Rhoda moment.

Love those older movies, Harry!

Get well soon, Leslie—you’ll always be Monica to me!!! I am sure the temp recast will do very well but you’ll still be missed all the same!!!

That will be different, and fun..
McCormack stepping in is Temporary.
I like something different it kills the monotony.

Sure hope GH picks up the pace-sweeps is coming and the Nurses Ball. Y&R has been most entertaining every day for me. Happy 4/20 day!

I am sooo lost, her, Phyllis, LOL. The only familiar name to me is Susan Hayward in the 1958 movie, I WANT TO LIVE. My grandparents have an infinite amount of the old, classic movies.
I do think I have watched all of them since I was a little girl.
My best to Leslie….speedy recovery….come back soon.

I agree, su000. If the actor does well, it could lead to a longer role on this or another show. Or, if we don’t care for them, we appreciate our regular actor more. It’s a win/win for the viewer.

I don’t mind any temporary recast, but please get well Leslie Charleson. GH needs The Real Monica Quartermaine!

Absolutely love Ms. McCormack from way back. I know she will fill L.C shoes very well. It will be so nice to see P.M again. Wish I could say the same for another newcomer to arrive on GH. Can’t stand this obnoxious person, but thank God for DVRs and FF.

Love it! She’s a brilliant actress!

She was great in The Bad Seed. She was also in The Ropers.

I think that the biggest surprise is that the show is actually going to use the character enough the part had to be recast.

Thanks, Justin. You gave me a good chuckle. How right you are!

Sorry to hear about Leslie’s misstep, and hoping she gets well soon. I’m sure Leslie had a nice little talk with Riley Rose.

Based on Patty’s role in The Bad Seed, Nelle might even get some tips from her. :))

Nelle needs pigtails!!

Nelle’s baby is Rosemary???

Yes, Rose. Who knows, maybe lightning will strike twice?

the one thing that is SOOO FUNNNY – THANK YOU NELLE ! YES !

watching “Carly” scared…

when does that happen ? and she’s so bad it’s laugh out loud

I hope this at least continues …. or is the joke on us.. to help her save face.. as Sonny asks her to see a neurosurgeon… so she goes to see Dr. Griffin

nevertheless… for those wanting to see Laura Wright act

MORE PLEASE

bring it Nelle

poor leslie, hope she recovers quickly, as for the actress replacing her, i don’t know anything about her, hope she does a good job, its good that monica is being written for its always good to have the vets appearing regularly.

Just happened to my mother in law. Not bueno!

Get better soon Ms. Leslie!

They should have checked in with Patsy Rahn…

That would admittedly have been a hoot, James!

Thanks, Michael! I generally like the hoot factor! 🙂

@Patrick.
Hi, Patrick,
Yes!!!!! I derive so much joy and mirth by Carly’s desperarate attempt of trying to convince everyone she’s not crazy. She is sooo crestfallen when she realizes Sonny looks at her weird. Even he is patronizing her.
Serendipity, in a very twisted, macabre way, my Patrick!! Can’t help myself. LOL. Put this in poetry-mode.
Poor Carly is fraught with fright. Ha!!
Nonetheless, Nelle better not push her luck too far near the edge…..the view may be beautifully awe-inspring, yet the precipice is not a friend.

You have the most lovely way with words. Seriously. Love reading your posts-most especially when they are to me!

Thank you, Phyllis….so sweet. You’re not so shabby yourself!! LOL.
…..aren’t you getting a kick out of Nelle? I just want her to stop, though….I’m afraid she’ll get in soooo deep, she’ll be found out and carted off to jail and off the show.
Then, guess what?? Another baby gone to Carly. I could scream and pull my hair out simultaneously…..
I would die if my little girl called another woman, ‘Mommy’…. I don’t care how evil or good Ava is, she loves Avery, her baby; not Carly’s.
And, it’s not as if Carly is an exemplar mother….or Mother of the Year.
It is sickening to watch how the writers are sooooo using Mike’s illness to bolster THE redemption-cause to elicit some Sonny-pity……I still do not feel sorry for him. Furthermore, Griffin tries to justify the unholy alliance between these sewer rats ( Sonny and Carly—-no Mickey and Minnie, they) as he admonishes Ava. Admonishes her!!!!!!
Ok….now for the baguette pizza. My mother-in-law makes Italian bread your way, LOL. I have had the baguette cut up into chunks as bruschetta ( pronounced brusketta).
I love it best with anchovies. Any kind of seafood is a feast for me. I know, I know, Phyllis….most do not find this appetizing—-can’t understand why…really!!

Sonny has not impregnated anyone for several years now and is past due. Today was pretty good-I really like Nina and Val, am wanting the Nelle story to some to some sort of-something-and the Kiki and Dr. Bensch story to move along-not really interested in a lot of the other goings on right now and am rather blah about the Nurses Ball. I need to step away from the tv and get on with my own life. Though I did watch The Resident again and it was excellent-lots of scheming hospital drama.
Love bruschetta, with fresh tomatoes and fresh basil and garlic. Love taking elephant garlic, bake the whole bulb with a little olive oil and then the cloves pull right out of the skin and spread delightfully on bread. Smashed many an anchovy making Caesar salads-they are full of flavor, but I don’t really care for them if I can see them. If they are invisible, ok. What about curry? Love curry. Make a great vegetable one.

How about Bagna Cauda, Celia? Had it once, decades ago and your mention of anchovies reminded me. The version I had of “the hot bath” was a creamy one-made with added cream and parmesan-it was luxurious and so good on vegetables. I’ve looked up recipes for both tradtional and creamy but have not seen one with added cheese. They all sound good though. I think there is anchovy in puttanesca-which is also one of my favorites. Ok no more food talk.

I remember Patty filling in for Kathryn Hays on As the World Turns in late 1975-1976. She did an admirable job, considering all that was going on: Kim’s sister Jennifer had just died and Kim still had amnesia from a blow to the head during a tornado, forgetting her love for Dan Stewart (then John Reilly) and resuming her marriage to John Dixon, from whom she had been estranged before the tornado/amnesia storyline. Kim and Dan were never the same after Hays returned, however. Shortly thereafter, John Colenback resumed playing Dan (he didn’t have the same chemistry with Hays as Reilly had), and somewhere in between Susan Stewart kept the two apart by intercepting a phone answering machine message Kim left for Dan after she regained her memory. Ahhhh… those were the days!

I don’t think she is right for the role. She lacks the empathy that Leslie always let show through Monica. I don’t find her to be credible in the part.

It’s strange to me that the character of Monica is receiving much more air-time, now that a temporary recast is filling in. Why now? Before, any update to Monica’s “story” was done off-air. As usual, makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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THIS WEEK on GENERAL HOSPITAL: “He’s Back” as Jason Returns; Sonny Sets His Trap for the Shooter

Monday, March 4th is the highly-anticipated return of Steve Burton as Jason Morgan on ABC’s General Hospital. In the newly-released weekly promo for the series, in the final moments of it, you see a man with his hands-up about to turn around which looks like it will be revealed to be Sonny’s former hitman.

In the promo, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Anna (Finola Hughes), Spinell (Bradford Anderon) and others are intercut looking shocked at who they find on the pier with voice-overs of characters saying, “It can’t be”, “It’s him,” etc.

The story has been building as to who has been behind the shootings seemingly targeting Sonny (Maurice Benard), Selina (Lydia Look) and others related to the mob. When they locate Jason … is he the Jason we knew prior to the tunnel collapsing him towards the end of 2021, where he was believed to have perished? How is this all connected to the intel that Olivia Jerome was apparently killed in prison?

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Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) and Drew’s (Cameron Mathison) relationship has shown its cracks. When Carly eventually sees Jason, will it eventually pit brother against brother for the love of Carly? And in this case, is Drew going to be portrayed as the bad guy due to his issues since his time at Pentonville which has shown he has become more obsessed with revenge on Nina (Cynthia Watros)?

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Here’s a look at the rest of this week’s the teasers for the action in Port Charles below.

MONDAY, MARCH 4

Jason returns to Port Charles.  Selina and Sonny’s negotiation is abruptly interrupted.  Laura confronts Cyrus. Brook Lynn confides in Tracy. Heather attempts an escape.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

Josslyn and Dex are in a frantic situation. Sonny hits a sore spot with John. Anna learns some tragic news. Marshall tells Curtis about his misdiagnosis. Laura acts fast in a crisis.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

Anna questions Josslyn and Dex. Olivia and Sonny reconnect. Alexis is apprehensive. Cody and Sasha each make a confession. Spinelli and Ava are in for a shock.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

Sonny and Ava share a loaded moment. Drew and Carly have their hands full. Maxie is stunned. Laura offers comfort. Brook Lynn opens up to Jordan.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2024

Carly is taken aback. Nina corners Ava. Sonny gets an update on John’s investigation. Michael tries to convince Dex to stay. Alexis vents to Diane.

Now, check out this week’s promo for GH below. Then let us know, what state of mind do you think Jason will be in when he has revealed himself?  Share your thoughts in the comment secti

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Haley Pullos Attempts to Strike Deal with Prosecutors and Change Plea to “Guilty” for Lower Sentence in DUI Crash Case

At a hearing this week, the attorney’s for General Hospital actress Haley Pullos (ex-Molly) and the LA District attorney met with a judge in Pasadena, California who was informed the parties were working out a “potential settlement.” Pullos did not attend the hearing.

Haley is allegedly attempting to negotiate a deal with prosecutors, that if she changes her plea to “guilty,” that she would receive a lesser sentence which could result in limited or no jail time. Another part of the negotiation could potentially give Pullos a suspended sentence or house arrest.

Currently, Pullos is facing up to three years in prison after she pleaded ‘not guilty’ to a DUI and a second charge for a hit-and-run. Pullos was in a near-fatal car crash back in June of 2023, when she drove the wrong way on a Pasadena freeway while she was under the influence. and crashed into a another car.

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The other driver, Courtney Wilder, was rushed in critical condition to a local hospital to undergo emergency surgery, and is now suing the GH actress in civil court, plus seeking damages for negligence. Last month, Wilder allegedly added Pasadena’s No Comment Lounge to his lawsuit, where reportedly Pullos was working as a hostess the night of the accident. Wilder is accusing the nightspot of plying Pullos with liquor, and then allowing her to drive home in her car, which later caused his injuries.

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After the Wednesday February 28th hearing, the judge has now scheduled yet another hearing on April 8 which he said ‘should be the final’ one.

According to the Daily Mail, “Deputy District Attorney Melany Avanessians told Judge Smerling that if no plea agreement is in place by April 8, ‘we will send her to a preliminary hearing’ meaning Pullos would be on her way to a full trial.”

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Since Pullos’ legal troubles, GH has recast her role of Molly Lansing-Davis three different times. First with Holiday Mia Kriegel, and she was followed by Brooke Anne Smith. The latest Molly, Kristen Vaganos, seems to be a keeper at the moment during the Molly, TJ (Tajh Bell0w) and Kristina (Kate Mansi) surrogacy storyline.

Pullos joined GH as Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Ric Lansing’s (Rick Hearst) daughter back in 2009 and was with the show till the  summer of 2023 prior to the car collision.

What are your thoughts on Haley trying to change her plea to ‘guilty’ to receive a lesser sentence? Let us know in the comment section below.

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