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Power Performance of the Week: The cast of General Hospital!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

While there is no doubt that the umbrella performance of last week’s episodes of General Hospital was the Emmy-worthy and stunningly riveting performances of Chad Duell (Michael) in which Michael finally remembers and then reveals he was raped in prison, (make sure to hear what Chad had to say about the playing those big emotional moments in his interview on the new On-Air On-Soaps Podcast) there were also many other performances that stood out, made us grab for the hankies, and reminded us why the cast of GH is highly acclaimed.  Let’s take look at the rest below.

From Steve Burton (Jason) playing the pure devastation and helplessness at learning the boy he first raised was sexually violated, the actor showed us with little words and through his tears how Jason Morgan tries to come to grips with his part in this disaster, and his feeling of failure of not being able to protect Michael.

Then, once again, Laura Wright (Carly) showed viewers why this actress is at the top of the game.  From playing mama bear upon learning Michael was raped, to pulling a gun on Dante and reaming and laying guilt onto the cop for putting Michael in prison in the first place, to the scenes of her dissolution of her marriage to Jax (once finding out about his lie to help protect her arch-nemesis, Brenda), Wright was pure perfection.

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Three other men turned in moments worth noting.  First, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) broke our hearts as he tries to just get a moment with Lulu after the harrowing night of Abby’s near rape, his run-in with Brenda, and the revelation that Michael was raped.  But, she isn’t having it, sort of.   Julie Marie Berman playing Lulu’s conflicting emotions of can she trust her man, is also an example of why Berman has won Daytime Emmys.  In addition,  Zamprogna’s guilt-ridden Dante, in the Carly/Dante showdown scenes, almost begged Carly to shoot him!  Dante could barely look at Michael, and then later decides to turn in his police badge.  All powerful moments from Dom Z.  Next, Ingo Rademacher (Jax).  Truly this stalwart leading man does not often get the credit he deserves, but his scenes with both Laura Wright and Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda) were subtlety well-played.  Jax does the best he can as the “white knight” to the women he cares about and can never get a break, or do the right thing.  Later, when he tells a young Morgan that he and his mother have broken up, both Ingo and talented young actor, Aaron Sanders (Morgan) with tears streaming down his face, delivered a very real and emotional moment.

And in the middle of this, you can’t forget about the outstanding performances of Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) who starts the week feeling betrayed by the woman he is coming to love, Siobhan, only to realize she is being blackmailed by The Balkan over her kidnapped sister.  Then later in the week, Lucky is setting out to arrest her!  Betrayal is like a raw nerve to Lucky after Elizabeth’s affair with Nikolas was revealed, and to see his viewpoint of  betrayal, yet again, from someone he has come to care about showed us  the depth and layers of Jackson’s performances.  This week, JJ was ably well-supported in performances by newcomer Erin Chambers (Siobhan) who in twist and turns conveyed high emotional stakes for Jackson to play off of.

And finally, while we learn that Michael agreed to work through his sexual abuse through counseling, he has found a soul-mate and possible romantic interest in Abby, portrayed by the very talented Andrea Bogart.  Bogart also knocked-it out-of-the-park this week from her character’s near rape, to supporting Michael through his not-so-shocking revelation.  So with all of that and many other numerous moments and performances throughout the week, On-Air On-Soaps names the cast of General Hospital, this week’s Power Performance of the Week!

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mary
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mary

I’m sorry it was good but NOT as good as Y&R Canes’ death.

BJ
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BJ

It was good but Tristian Rogers kicked ass on Y&R

Natalie
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Natalie

I think you should have added Vanessa from GH, she did a wonderful job while recanting to Dante about what happened to her baby. I also agree everyone involved in Y&R Cane death did a wonderful job acting. I also thought Maurice should have been added too.

dominicsmythe
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dominicsmythe

AGREE. Michael, what do you have against Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo? She’s been knocking it out of the park since her Wire Scene in 1996. She justly deserved her Daytime Emmy nominations in 1997 and 1998, as well as her win in 2003. Her scene recanting what happened during her miscarriage was raw and powerful. Why you left her out of a mention of GH’s powerful cast is beyond me! Also, you gave Maurice Benard credit for their wedding scene, but not Vanessa! Brenda had few words in those scenes but she portrayed her strong, conflicting emotions beautifully in every scene,… Read more »

amy W.
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amy W.

I agree with everything except for the Carly thing. She has yet to accept the fact that she is the one along with Sonny and Jason that put Michael in prison and that they are responsible for his rape. Dante did his duty and did right by telling the court that Michael killed Claudia and not Sonny. We have yet and probably never, see Carly, Sonny and Jason being held responsible for their actions during the trial. Sonny and Carly(twice) both prejuryed themselves. They could at any time ask Diane to set up a meeting with Claire to tell her… Read more »

Patricia
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Patricia

No soap deserves it more than GH, Y&R included. The rape reveal done by Chad Duell is so Emmy-worthy. I am still affected, one week later, by the events of last week. It was that good.

RedCanuck/Shortcanuck
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RedCanuck/Shortcanuck

Excellent analysis of a great week in soaps – probably the best we have seen on any show in a very long time. My only quibble is when you said Michael remembered about being raped. I dont think he ever forgot – not for a second – which is one of the ways that Chad Duell has been doing excellent work almost since the day he started. I think he could be considered for an Emmy for 2010 ( the confession was very good, as were many of the scenes in prison and after his release. I suspect however its… Read more »

lovingit
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lovingit

GH blew me away with Michael’s sl very well done. And all the actors involved in the reveal had me in tears especially Michael, Abbey and Dante. Everything GH delivered this week was top notch.

mememe
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mememe

GH moved me to tears. This reveal was pitch perfect and reinforced to me why GH, even with its faults, is my favorite soap opera. The actors have so much heart and should and they really bring their scenes to life and make me feel something. I only wish that the writing would always be as carefully crafted as this reveal was. But I did think the episodes for this week were all top notch. I’m always hoping for the best for this show because the actors give so much to those of us lucky to witness their brilliant work.

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GH’s Rebecca Herbst Thanks Fans for the Birthday Love

She is not often on social media, but when she does show up, it delights so many of her enduring fans. General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), who yesterday celebrated her birthday on May 12th, took to Twitter to share warm ‘thank you’s’ to a few fan factions who sent her some lovely gifts in honor and support of their favorite soap star.

Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Touches on Racial Profiling, Social Injustice and Bias In Key Scenes with Portia and Jordan

This week ABC’s General Hospital took the opportunity to write in to their scripts and story, the issue that has been so prevalent in our country now and for decades that of racial profiling, injustice, bias, gender equality and more rolled into scenes featuring: Brook Kerr (Portia), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan), Sydney Mikala (Trina) and William Lipton (Cameron).

When Portia comes to the boxing gym for a workout and comes upon Jordan hitting the boxing bag hard over the the incident with Cameron in the hospital garage, it spurs a greater conversation.

Jordan tells Portia about the situation that arose with Cameron and a gun, and Portia says she heard about it.  Jordan knows if Cameron’s skin was a different color, she may not have been able to de-escalate the situation and talk her officers down, if she had not arrived on the scene in the nick of time.

This launches the two women into an important conversation on racial profiling, social injustice, white privilege and gender bias that they have found themselves dealing with in their professions (Portia is a doctor and Jordan the police commissioner) and their children’s lives.

Later in another scene, Trina reminds Cameron how they, along with Joss (Eden McCoy) were pulled over by a cop last summer when they were driving around the backroads.  She goes on to say when Cameron questioned why they were being stopped, it scared her.  She feels if Joss and Cam were not there, she would have likely been pulled out of the car and pinned to the ground by the cop.  Trina notes she put aside her fear and never said anything to them, because they would never understand.  Trina tells Cam he needs to realize how lucky he was the other night when nothing happened to him after his run in with police.

You can watch the conversation below in scenes with Briana Nicole Henry and Brooke Kerr.

Then let us know, did you like how GH wove this social message into the story?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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