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

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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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The Cast of General Hospital: The Alzheimer’s Storyline – Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

General Hospital’s depiction of the battle of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects the dying, and the loved ones they leave behind, came to its heartbreaking conclusion this past week on the ABC daytime drama series.

Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered which made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their riveting work.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take care of Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly a word.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

So, what do you think of our choice of the cast of General Hospital for this week’s Power Performance of the Week?  Share your comments below.

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Holly’s Alive as Emma Samms Makes a Return to General Hospital

Friday’s cliffhanger ending of General Hospital revealed that Holly is indeed alive and being held captive, but by whom?  Who ever is behind this has her locked away and being watched on a surveillance system.

Viewers saw a hand of someone that is behind the kidnapping, and that Emma Samms made a return to GH in her signature role of Holly Sutton.

Samms, debuted on GH back in 1982, and has come and gone, and come back again to the ABC daytime drama series.  She last appeared back on it in 2015.

Nighttime soap fans remember her fondly as Fallon on ABC’s Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys.

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Once the secret was out on her appearance at the end of Friday’s episode,  Samms shared on Twitter: “She’s alive…!”

So what do you think of the twist? That Holly is alive and that Samms was on-screen? Who do you think has Holly? Share your theories below.

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Michael Easton and Rebecca Budig’s Short Film “About a Girl” Receives ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Honor

While you loved them together on-screen on General Hospital as Hayden and Finn, off-screen. Rebecca Budig and Michael Easton came together for a stirring collaboration that just won them accolades at this year’s Best Shorts competition.

Best Shorts is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media.  This film festival receives thousands of submissions from around the world.

About a Girl is directed by Easton while Budig wrote and starred in the short film. lt was honored with the Outstanding Achievement award, which is one of the top two most prestigious given out in the competition.

The story features Budig as a woman struggling with post-partum depression.  The festival said in a review of About A Girl:Deft direction, beautiful craft, achingly authentic performance by Budig.”

Rebecca shared on Twitter after receiving the accolade: “I am so humbled and honored to be included and awarded by @bestshortsand thank everyone involved.”

Two of Easton’s former OLTL co-stars, who have appeared his other short films, Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd later Victor Lord Jr.) and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri) also appear in About a Girl.

Congratulations to Michael and Rebecca on their winning short  film! Share your kudos via the comment below.

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