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RATINGS: General Hospital and The Bold and the Beautiful Show Gains!

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The ratings are in for the week of April 16-20th, and General Hospital is in the plus column gaining the most viewers for the week of all four soaps adding + 11,000, and also gaining eyeballs in the key 18-49 female demo.   Over at The Bold and the Beautiful, the number two soap remained firmly in its spot and gained +4,000.

Both The Young and the Restless and Days of our Lives suffered only small viewer setbacks, and all and all it was a decent week for soaps.  Y&R only lost -5,000, while DAYS was only -7,000 viewers.  Of course, we want to see all the ratings on the positive side, but its been a very rocky road lately in the ratings … period!

But let us know, do you think viewers are finally catching on to the revitalization of General Hospital, even though its horrendous lead-in The Revolution continues to air?  Do you think The Bold and the Beautiful’s pill-popping Hope has got some viewers tuned-in?  And, what parts of Y&R and DAYS are still turning you off?   Weigh in!  To view the entire ratings courtesy of Soap Opera Network click here!

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toscanti
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toscanti

ON Y&R Daisey is the worst character and actress on TV. I literally FF through her scenes and there is no one able to write well enough to turn the character around as long as the current actress plays this role. HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!

barbara t
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barbara t

This is good news ,we need to get those ratings up even higher and general hospital has to be the number one soap,I do believe a lot of one life to live fans are tuning in so the cross overs are helping to bring in more viewers.That’s a good thing ,I also feel that the mob stories are being put on the back burner ,heck I’m starting to like Sonny again and its been a while since I’ve said that,At the moment I am pissed off at jason ,the way he is treating Sam ,she lied to protect him and… Read more »

Melissa
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Melissa

I don’t watch Y&R but lately these last two weeks I have not been feeling General Hospital ,Im turned off by the Kate/Connie storyline,The Murder trial bored the heck out of me last week.

Im still loving Days more and more each day.I don’t watch B*B either.

David
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David

I stopped watching yr cause they dragged out that who killed Diane too long most boring soap in my opinion GH the best it was AMC but :'(

Rob
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Rob

The best soap is GH now that OLTL veterans are now on the canvas. I agree the Diane murder storyline is what caused me to give up on Y&R.

TommyBoy
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TommyBoy

Y&R has too many characters that I just don’t care about. Cane & Lily are so boring, no one wants to see Devon, Roxanne, Tucker, Ashley, Neil, and Harmony slow dancing in Devon’s studio. Give me more Adam, Chelsea, Nikki, Jack, Phyllis, Nick, Jill, Katherine, and Sharon. And let Tricia Dennison out of jail or wherever she is, we need some good crazy to stir things up in Genoa City, not mopey Daisy.

me
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me

“Revitalization” of GH? As in, non-stop Sonny/Carly/Jason/Kate for over a week and a half? Just as it has been for the past 20 years? As in, a possible rape victim being expected to apologize to her husband for how it affects HIM? As in, a man having sex with a mentally ill woman being used as a plot device for “entertainment”? As in, reducing talented actors such as Jane Elliot and Nancy Lee Grahn to 2-bit day players? Sucking up to this new regime that doesn’t deserve it is ridiculous. The show is bad, and the ratings bear that out.

barbara t
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barbara t

Me, that sounds like all the daytime plots that make a good soap opera,Im pissed at jason ,sam should come first and johnny knows kate is nuts and should have backed off her connie advances,That makes me want to tune in ,its going to be a very long weekend can’t wait till monday afternoon and I tune in to see the new and very much improved general hospital.

Cindy
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Cindy

Me, I totally disagree. GH has turned around 100% since Frank and Ron came onboard. It’s actually watchable now!

barbara t
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barbara t

I agree with you Cindy.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Still have to have less mobster/gangster stories…But overall a definite improvement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ann bonari
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ann bonari

You’re right cindy, I completely agree….I was bored the last couple of years with all the sonny drama. I was always devoted to watching One life to live,, but now that they brought in a writer and some of our characters it is so much better…Winning ABC, your never going to get ratings on another replacement show…Admit it Anne sweeny, your taste is BAD TASTE!!!

Rob
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Rob

Wait until Tea Delgado and Todd Manning show up tomorrow (05/09/12) YES.

Cindy
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Cindy

What is wrong with DOOL? How much time do you have? LOL I started watching DOOL 40 years ago and have been as faithful as possible throughout the years. The glory days are definitely distant memories. I really think, bottom line, the problem is NBC and Ken Corday. He just doesn’t have that magic touch that his parents had and refuses to relinquish control to those more talented. Also, NBC interferes way to much with the storylines. The best thing going now is Will’s story, and word is, they are dropping it. That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

Patrick
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Patrick

The funniest thing for me on DOOL… Is: Ms. Femme Fetale Hot about Town Abby Deveraux…. even her name reeks all that… she’s Miss Temptress 2012…. LOL… her story line with Austin was a hoot….. Austin makes me laugh… his mannerisms.. were hilarious… and to laugh out loud… is a good thing…. Ms do right Jennifer is Ms Frigid… since she bumped back in to town. Abby’s new gig with Lexie’s brother is too much information HOT! cat’s meow! hearing that carrie and austin are leaving…. again… and they’re from prominent families in salem… is a real bummer… they’re older,… Read more »

Avelina
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Avelina

I agree 100% with your comment

barbara t
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barbara t

Sometimes I think that who ever owns the soaps should hire the fans to write all the stories,we know what we want and how to present it ,who should fall in love and who should not ,who should stay who should go,who is good and who is the bad guy.I like Will’s story to ,Why they would drop it makes no sense ,where did you hear that?What a shame and all the characters they are getting rid of makes no sense and lexi dying is sad.

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RJ4

It is concerning that Days ratings are considerably down from last year. Actually, I do think it is better than last year, and recently it has improved from a few weeks ago with some of the storylines, scenes, and character interactions. I am sorry that they dropped some story lines, there are long gaps between story lines, etc. but this last week it seemed to be better. That concern is that with the low ratings and the decrease from last year the network will get tired of this, and pull the plug even if Days keeps trying to improve. Anyway,… Read more »

Elhu
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Elhu

I am a GH fan, but I am happy to see all of the soaps ratings getting better, or hanging in there. As I have said on this site many times before, whatever your favorite soaps are, please tune in and support them. As for the news on GH’s ratings, I am happy that they have gone up. I am enjoying the storylines, and I also think that people are willing to invest in GH once again, now that it has been renewed for at least a year.

Cindy
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Cindy

I adore GH. It has really been kicking it lately. Frank and Ron have really turned it around. Michael Easton (John McBain) has been a huge success, too. Even Luke has been great lately. And I am definitely Team Connie. I hope Connie is the real deal and that Kate is the alter. Connie is a hoot!

barbara t
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barbara t

Connie is fun, isnt she?It is so nice that general hospital is watchable again.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Love watching John Mcbain on GH…Still into wearing his black clothes…But the other day he had on a blue shirt….Hmmmmm!!!

kalamaty
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kalamaty

I’m just waiting for the shiz to hit the fan when the old Phyllis story line rears its head in the next few weeks!! Good times abound for our favorite Genoa City denizens as we approach May Sweeps! Hang tight, people! Can’t wait for the fall out!!! 🙂

stephanie
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stephanie

What is not working on Days? News that still hurts is the firing of Matt Ashford, Christie Clark, Patrick Muldoon, and Sarah Brown, while bringing on a never-known sibling for a character that’s dying! Also, the un-balanced airing of certain characters, we see EJ every day, but haven’t seen Marlena and John more then one or twice a week, and where’s Jack and Jen? And a longterm character like Kayla is lately relegated to not much more than being a waitress. Do we care enough about Gabi that we are invested in her obsession with Chad? “YAWN”.

Kathy N
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Kathy N

I know, I hope Lucas isn’t next. They brought all these characters back to boost ratings. Now they have new writers…. I am hoping that they do justice. I only recently started watching regularly (watched on SoapNet once in a while and read SOD enough to keep up). I want Sami and Lucas back together. EJ and Nicole work well and Rafe can either leave with Carrie and take his horrible sister with him or maybe bring on a veteran new character for him. There isn’t anyone else to pair him with.

lisa
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lisa

I don’t watch B&B or DOOL. Some things on Y&R irk me to no end – SORAS ,I hate NuKyle . Tired of the whole Niki/Victor rehash,the Daisy storyline..I don’t like Ricky he’s such a jerk, not crazy about putting Harmony with Neil (even tho there’s no chemistry with Sofia). I would like to see Adam and Chelsea together…I really like them as a couple. Pair Sharon with someone other than a Newman. I would love to have Ronan come back too. GH – Bring on Todd (Holy crap where is he ? give us an air date). Wrap this… Read more »

Kathy N
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Kathy N

I agree with you totally. I just don’t want Anna with John because he is with Natalie… They need to bring her to PC. Tea is set to come to PC I believe this coming week. Todd isn’t far behind. But, how can he come back unless we reveal that Victor is alive….

Shelly
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Shelly

Whats working/ Whats Not (Only My Opinion!!): DAYS: Working- Will’s storyline and his protrayer; Chandler Massey (Do not drop this!!). Lexie’s brain tumor (this is powerful stuff that affects so many characters. so sorry to lose Renee Jones). EJ and Sami together. Carrie being tormented (she’s been perfect way too long), having the hots for Rafe. Adrienne Zuker’s needy, sad, lonely, perpetually kicked- to- the- face Nicole. She does it so well. (Kudos to Days for portraying morning sickness realistically; we all throw up the first few months, not just faint). What’s Not: The whole Bo/Hope/Marlena/John & Stefano mess. It’s… Read more »

Brandy
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Brandy

You hit it all bang on, I agree with both what is and isnt working. I do however think its very normal that the potray someone uncomfortable with Will coming out and hope they show him have a change of heart later on. Its sadly very realistic to life as its not smooth sailing when they do.

Shelly
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Shelly

I agree Brandy. I guess I wasn’t real clear about the Roman thing. I pointed that out because I thought it would be an interesting part of an already terrific story that needs to be explored. It’s right there in front of them and they should take advantage of it. I should also mention although I’m loving Lexie’s storyline, I hate the idea out-of-nowhere new brother. What? And I’ll say it again. It was just totally unreal that at least Caroline wasn’t by her son’s side when he was waking from the coma. It’s dumb stuff like that is what’s… Read more »

Kathy N
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Kathy N

I have started watching Days regularly now that I don’t have All My Children and One Life to Live. I still watch Y&R some but its been rather dull lately that I found myself switching to Lifetime to watch a movie instead. General Hospital is the best its been in years. Yes the Llanview have helped but the regular cast Carly, Sonny, Kate and Johnny are must see. Keep up the good work GH

Brandy
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Brandy

so true Kathy I started watvhing Day and I still and always will watch GH loving it right now, a def must see!!! I totally agree about Y&R its boring I no longer watch it I listen to it while doing other things and will soon be ff or turning it right off when they pair Victor with Sharon. I think someone has it out for Sharon Case as this turn of events will destroy her character and there is no coming back from that. He has been potrayed as a father figure and her as a daughter so they… Read more »

Bart
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Bart

What’s not working on “Y & R”? Three words – Maria Arena Bell!! How do you solve a problem like Maria??? GET RID OF HER AND HER CO-HACKS HOGAN SHEFFER & SCOTT “My Name is NOT Earl” HAMNER! The show is over-bloated with new characters that nobody gives a damn about – they were created to push the plot-driven offal MAB has been shoveling at us for over 3 years! Get rid of Genevieve, Tucker, Sofia, Daisy, Avery, Ricky, Chelsea and all the other go-nowhere characters this current regime has created. Why? BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT WORKING!! Stop telling stupid… Read more »

Shelly
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Shelly

Agreed. I enjoyed the Abbott baby drama this week and I actually watched a little more than usual. It was also great to see a vet (Lauren) get some much needed screen time even if it meant suffering through Daisy & Ricky. They have to get back to the core families. Funny how Kyle left at Christmas as an 8 year old, and he’s back 5 months later as an 18 year old (In another 6 months, he’ll be CEO of something and ordering martinis at the Genoa City Athletic Club). Yes, they’ve ruined the character of Jill and now… Read more »

Brandy
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Brandy

HShe is also breaking up lauren and Michael and I thinkg she has something against Sharon Case because she is going to totally destroy her character when she pairs her with Victor a father figure its absolutely disgusting and an assassination of this long time character. I will not watch it just the thought makes me sick. I wont talk about age but the fahter/daughter relationship they have always had are you friggin kidding me who the heck would want to sleep with someone that they look up to as a father or someone that they think of as a… Read more »

Brandy
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Brandy

I know more veiwers are going to turn the station or hit the FF button when the idiots at Y&R pair Victor with Sharon romantically. It is ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!!! I am not going to jusdge age facter but I will judge the fact htat he has been a father figure to her and she is like a daughter. I honeslty have to agree with other posts I read that someone on te team has it out for Sharon Case. The character will never live this down and it total assassination of a character that has been on for years. I… Read more »

k. ward
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k. ward

I’m glad to see the slight improvement of General Hospital, especially since its ratings were no better than the other soaps of ‘All my Children, Days of Our Lives and One life to Live.’ Why A.B.C. kept that soap….(remember when GH was the only soap on A.B.C. T.V., well it’s reverted back to that time again.)…. and cancelled the other two is beyond my understanding, when it should have been the other way around. Keep AMC and OLTL, cancel GH, but that’s only my opinion. Since GH is saved for now and have brought on board some of the characters… Read more »

Shelly
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Shelly

I hate to say this. If I see Victor and Sharon rolling in the sack, I’m changing the channel. What is WRONG with those writers? He is (or should be) a father figure for her. He is her children’s grandfather for God’s sake!

Alley
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Alley

I”ll be tuning back into GH when Todd arrives. However, if Blair doesn’t show up soon after then I’ll be tuning out again. In March, Todd vowed to never stop trying to ‘put them back together’. That’s what I want to see – Todd reclaiming his One True Babe. If that doesn’t happen, I’m sure I won’t be the only TnB fan who feels cheated, and I won’t be the only one NOT watching GH.

barbara t
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barbara t

How do you guys do that?How do you get mad at something on the show your watching then pick up and leave ?I cant do that ,I turned on general hospital 49 years ago and through those years including the mob stories that I didnt like tuned in the next day,I just cant give up watching because I dont like a story, or a soap star left. or isnt going to be on.If I did that I would not be able to watch anything.The only thing I have done as far as viewing shows is I gave up on watching… Read more »

Alley
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Alley

I stopped watching GH a long time ago. The mob centric story was just too much for me, and IMHO the show was a shadow of its former greatness. As an avid watcher of OLTL and a fan of TnB I decided to watch GH again when they arrived in March. I hope TPTB come to their senses and realize that Todd doesn’t make sense with anyone except Blair. I’ve watched Todd when he wasn’t with Blair, and it’s not pretty.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

I agree with Alley. For me personally, I don’t see how breaking up OLTL’s popular and beloved couples is going to attract OLTL fans, who are new to GH or those who haven’t watched GH in many years. I’m a TnB fan and a Blair fan in general. I’m waiting to see if Blair comes back before getting invested in GH.

Alley
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Alley

I’m with you, Jennifer. I won’t get too invested either.

barbara t
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barbara t

I agree alley,Todd should be with blair,I heard from a few posts here that kassie doesnt want to move to california so that could be the reason,I hope that isnt true .If you didnt watch general hospital I can understand not watching it, I watched all the abc soaps one life to live was my favorite and that soap will remain my favorite .General hospital is getting good again after years of mob abuse.Ron is doing his best to make the oltl fans happy,So we are off to a good start.we have todd, tea, starr, john, General hospital has history… Read more »

Alley
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Alley

Actually, Kassie said she’d be open to a return to GH. There was a big dust-up over a story in SID where they said she didn’t to work at GH. They’ve since retracted the story and had an interview with Kassie setting the record straight. IMO, Kassie is a class act and a great actress. They’re stupid not to bring her to GH. TnB are a supercouple – not having them together is a disservice to their characters and the fans who love them.

barbara t
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barbara t

I remember I read it,I hope she is one of the crossovers and they give her a contract soon so we don’t loose her to some other project,Kassie is a class act she was one of my favorites in landview ,maybe they are bringing her over just not right now, they have to give todd, starr, tea, and john time to fit in which I think they are doing a good job getting it done .Im looking at it like this, todd and blair were always on again off again then back together again,she is mad at todd and she… Read more »

Shirley Broome
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Shirley Broome

Way to go GH and B&B! The Young and the Restless and Bold and Beautiful may not be my cup of tea; but, I watch to support the CBS soap fans. Besides, they are daytime soaps, and any soap is better then…”NO SOAP!”

Gloria E
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Gloria E

Shirley, ITA with you, except B&B is awful though..what a bunch of horrible weak female characters.(Steffy & Hope & their moms are just as bad you would think they would be old enuff to know better).all fighting over men & the men participating in that. Bill is disgusting (as is Liam make up your damn mind fool!!)…..I started watching B&B, DOOL & Y&R when AMC & OLTL were cancelled..out of the three I like Y&R & I really like Adam & Chelsea…Nikki, Lilly, Daisy, Sofia are boring..The writing for Jack does leave something to be desired..DOOL I think Carrie, Hope,… Read more »

Gloria E
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Gloria E

Oh & I meant John McBain from OLTL is there too & he is soo good…his scenes with Tony Geary Traci & Finola are great!!! I love the saracastic yet funny remarks he makes with all the characters(Sonny Max etc)…great writing from OLTL guys..It would be great to see Natalie there duke it out with some of the female characters in GH….I just miss OLTL & AMC..Sooooooooo much..

Joe
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Joe

LOVING Anna, Heather Webber, Luke, Tracey, Carly, Johnny and Kate/Connie. Seeing Kate reading the book “Yes She D.I.D.” with Viki/Niki & jess/Tess on the cover was genius! LOVE

Doug
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Doug

I went back to Days after many years to see how they would handle the Will story. The writing in that area is excellent, but there are too many boring characters and stupid plots. Characters such as Kate are ruined (did she really think she could hide anything from Steffeno?). Cut the stupid stories and boring characters. Use Kate, Marlena, Hope, John and Bo in real stories that have a bit of depth and make the characters look intelligent. Just reading the synopsis of Y&R in SOD makes me yawn. Again, too many newer characters who are a snooze and… Read more »

JewelH
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JewelH

Sure fire way to kill GH. Bring on the characters from a dead soap that some fans never watched because they never liked that soap or characters in the first place. Fast-forwarded through the beginning scenes with the OLTL characters, watched happily when they seemed to disappear, and now ff again as the OLTL characters are back with a vengeance. I’d like to watch GH to keep it alive but it is appearing that the writers are set on killing off the GH storyline already. Really, I only watch bits and pieces right now with the emphasis being given to… Read more »

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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GH Alum Sydney Mikayla Talks On Her Daytime Emmy Nomination, Decision To Exit & Her Former Co-Stars

It’s been quite the banner year for Sydney Mikayla (Ex-Trina Robinson, GH) thus far, and she topped it off with her second Daytime Emmy nomination, when a few weeks ago she landed in the Younger Performer in a Drama Series category.  That means, Mikayla will be vying for the gold statuette, but also against some of her dear friends and former co-stars from General Hospital.

Back in March, Mikayla revealed she was leaving the ABC daytime drama series to focus on college full-time where she is a freshman at UCLA. With Sydney’s departure came recasting the role of Trina and the part went in to the capable hands of Tabyana Ali, who is currently appearing on the soap and carrying on the Trina Robinson torch.

As the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are just around the corner (they air live next month on June 24th on CBS), Michael Fairman TV caught up with the very busy Mikayla, to get her take on all things Emmy including: the scenes she chose for her nominated reel, working alongside with Nicholas Alexander Chavez and creating what would become the popular “Sprina”, the factors that led to her departure and more. Here’s what Sydney shared below.

 

Your former co-stars and fellow ‘Younger Actor’ nominees, William Lipton (Cameron) and Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer) appeared on my Daytime Emmy Nominations livestream special, and both share how thrilled they were that that you got nominated.  I know you’re friends with them, but they just could not have spoken more highly of you.

SYDNEY:  That’s so sweet!  I’ve loved working with them for so long.  It just feels so great to know that they said that.

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What was on your Emmy reel submission that landed you the nomination?

SYDNEY:  I was a little bit nervous this year, more than last year, because last year was the first time that I ever had a storyline.  So, for this year, I was definitely like, “I’m not really sure how this is going to go,” because there’s just so many new elements that were happening with everything that was going on, for example: Trina getting a more acclimated relationship with her mom, and then we had Cyrus (Jeff Kober) come in for a little bit.  I chose the best moments that really showcased my acting, even though it wasn’t a cohesive storyline from start to finish on my reel.  I’m really glad it worked!  I was a little more on pins and needles for this one, and ultimately, it turned out great.

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Was Nicholas Alexander Chavez in any of the scenes you submitted?

SYDNEY:  He was! I got to show that soft side of Trina, which I really didn’t think we got to see, especially in my first Emmy reel, and her being vulnerable.  We never see Trina really make a mistake, so that was really fun.  Not that her relationship was a mistake, but more that we never get to see her slip up or say the wrong thing, or just put herself out there, and put her heart on the line. I enjoyed being able to play that and then being able to put it in my reel.  Nicholas just made it so easy … what an amazing co-star.  He just made me feel so comfortable.  It was just really fun to do and to include.  I also had scenes with the teen scene …there’s five of us! Of course, I had to include Trina’s standoff with Esme (Avery Pohl).  I think, it was actually the last clip I put in on my reel.

Which was a great scene!

SYDNEY:  Yes, and Avery is so sweet, but she plays evil so well.  So, that was also so incredible to do, just that standoff of: ‘Who’s going to win!?  Trina?  Esme?  What’s going to happen?  What’s going to go down?’  No one knew, so that was really fun, too.

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Did you include scenes between you and Eden McCoy (Joss) as bff’s Trina and Joss on your Emmy reel?

SYDNEY:  Oh, of course, of course! It was some of those heartfelt bestie moments of her just kind of consoling me, and making sure everything was okay between Trina and Esme. I like those heartfelt moments that Trina had with one of her closest friends on the show, and a great friend in real life, as well.

When you found out you were nominated, who was the first person you called … or was your phone blowing up and you were receiving lots of congrats?

SYDNEY:  This year, with being on a college campus and being in person for the first time, it’s really easy to get sick.  So, I was not feeling too great. I was sleeping in my dorm when the nominations came out.  I still keep in contact with my makeup artist from the show, Ali, and she’s so sweet.  We were texting, and she was like, “By the way, congrats”, and kind of kept texting me, and I’m like, “Congrats for what?” I looked, and I was like, “Oh my gosh!  I got nominated!”  So that was pretty funny, and I screamed through my whole dorm!  I posted a video on Instagram because I wanted to keep everyone in the loop, and I really do feel so grateful.  I feel all of the support from my friends, and family, and the fans of the show. I always try to make a video every year to try to just be grateful, or say ‘thank you’ because I really want to key everyone into this journey.  It was a little bit of a shock, but definitely in the midst of not feeling too well, it was the highlight of my day, for sure!  Now, I am feeling that heat of finals at school, but I am so excited. The Emmy definitely breaks up the stress a little bit, so I’m very grateful.

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Was there somebody you called to let them know you were nominated, though?

SYDNEY:  I actually called Nicholas and William, first, to say congratulations.  William had called me before I had woken up, and then I called him back, and then of course, I called my mom and dad.  It was also a surprise to them.  I think it was just because I had been so laser-focused on school that looking at the Emmy nominations really wasn’t the priority this year.

Could you believe how popular ‘Sprina’ became so quickly?  They weren’t even a bonafide duo yet!

SYDNEY:  I could not!  I was really shocked, but I was excited to see how much the fans loved it, and how much the fans kind of lived through it. That in turn, gave us more of that ammo to really build that story and build that tension, and to always kind of play those moments in between.  Nicholas did a really great job of that, and of challenging me to always have that subtext, under the lines.  I was really shocked to see how quickly the popularity of Sprina blew up, but I’m grateful that the fans loved it for as long as they.  I hope that they continue to love it with Tabyana Ali playing the part.  She is such an incredible actress and powerhouse.

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You were so popular in the role of Trina, and now Tabyana is bringing her take on the role.  Do you check in on GH? 

SYDNEY:  Don’t cancel me, but no! (Laughs) I don’t have time to watch TV!  I’m very serious.  I’ve just had so much going on here.  I’m also part of clubs, and leadership is also something that’s very important to me.  I love planning things, and when you’re planning things, that also takes up your time.  So, doing that along with school and just trying to keep my GPA up, I just don’t have the time to check in on it.  I think that was kind of part of it for me too.  On a spiritual level, I always believe that you can’t receive other things in your life, great things, acting or otherwise, until you are able to let things go, and so for me, I knew when I was leaving, I really would have to leave mentally and physically. As much as I love General Hospital (and I really cannot wait to see everyone in person, I really can’t wait to have that big reunion!), I really don’t feel like any part of me is still clinging on to General Hospital. I’m so grateful that the audience has also received Tabyana so well, because that’s exactly what I’ve always wanted.  So, I’m really happy for her, and I’m really happy for both of us.  I think we are both in a great place.

Was making the decision to leave GH a difficult one for you?

SYDNEY:  Honestly, no.  I always kind of knew in the back of my mind that it would have to come at some point because as much as I love General Hospital, I’d really been working for college for all of my life.  I wish someone had told me that colleges really don’t look at anything past high school because I was working really hard in elementary and middle school too!  But that’s my point, I’ve always had this dream of, “I’m going to go to college.  I’m going to get that second education.  I’m going to do really well.  I need to get my degree, and possibly even get my doctorate.”  We’ll see if I even want to go that far, but I know for sure that going to college and getting that bachelor’s was really important for me.  So, I knew that took precedence over anything else in my life.

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What are you studying?

SYDNEY:  Right now, I’m studying sociology.  That might change.  Honestly, as a freshman it’s just been really general classes, still kind of general science, general math.  We’ll see as time goes on if I still want to stick with sociology. So, that’s also been really fun, and just meeting people, and experiencing the college life.

You’re in a gender-neutral acting category at the Daytime Emmys …   Outstanding Younger Performer. How do you feel about that because you’re actually competing against your former castmates, Nicholas and William, in the same category?

SYDNEY:  Coming to college, you meet a lot of people who are non-binary. I’ve always wondered how that would work when we are going to have more actors who identify as non-binary as our generation starts to get older and as we start getting cast in these movies. I actually think we are kind of moving towards the future and in the future, it will all be smooshed together for all of the categories.  We are going to eventually do away with the Best Actor and Actress because a lot of people don’t identify as either.  I think either way, whoever wins is going to win.  I’m just really glad to be nominated, and it works for me!

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If a role came up in a movie or project that interested you, would you do it, or are you just only concentrating on your studies?

SYDNEY:  We’ll see kind of where life takes me.  It would definitely depend on so many things, of course, but if an opportunity were to present itself, it would definitely just be by a case-by-case basis.  Of course, I’m definitely open to doing things in summer too. During the school year, like I mentioned, it’s really important for me to get this degree.

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Is there any favorite moment you had from your time on General Hospital as Trina that you wish you could have included in your Emmy reel, but didn’t?

SYDNEY:  There were so many good moments!  If I could include any moment, I would include one of the blood scenes.  I had never worked with fake blood, and it was sticky, but ultimately a good experience.  I was acting, but there wasn’t much of me talking.  It was more everyone being concerned for me, like, “Why is she covered in blood?  What’s going on?”  So, I don’t think I included that as much, but if they just wanted me to include amazing makeup, then I could have put it in there!  So, it’ll always be in my heart.  It’ll always be in my personal reel, and I hope that counts for something!

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I’m assuming you like picking out a dress, and then walking the red carpet?

SYDNEY:  I do!  It’s actually funny because I don’t usually enjoy hair and makeup on a day-to-day basis, but I do think I enjoy the creativity of doing my own look for the Emmys.  I get to be somewhat a little different, like a super awesome version of myself.  I wonder, for celebrities who have to go to red carpets every week if they really like it, but for me to do it a few times a year, I really love it.  I love choosing the aesthetic that I’m going for.  This year, I’m definitely trying to do something classy and stylish.  I’m super excited for you guys to see because I’m beaming even as I talk about it now!

The Daytime Emmys are back to being in-person, after two years of being virtual.  Didn’t you have to tape an acceptance speech last year when you were nominated, in case your name was called?

SYDNEY:  Yes!  It was so funny, one of our producers, Nneka Garland, called me, and she was like, “Oh, it’s going to be in person,” and it just like, snapped for me: “Oh, this is going to be live!” I’m looking forward to that this year.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, giving everyone real, in-person hugs!  I can’t wait!

So, are you rooting for Sydney to take home the gold in the Outstanding Younger Performer category at this year’s Daytime Emmys? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH’s Michael E. Knight Chats On: Taking on the Role of Martin Grey, Friendship with James Patrick Stuart, and All My Children’s Tad

Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

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During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

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In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

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Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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