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RATINGS: GH Hits New Lows with "The Revolution" as its lead-in!

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So just how was the first week post-One Life to Live for the four remaining soaps? Well three of the soaps went up and one drastically went down! And the one that went way down was General Hospital! Looks like with a big assist from OLTL’s tanking replacement The Revolution now being the lead-in series before GH, people were tuning out! Couple that, with fans dislike of most of the current stories on the GH canvas, and the once mighty soap of the ABC Daytime line-up lost -348,000 viewers with total household average of only 2,209,000 for the ratings week of January 16-20, 2012.

The Young and the Restless however boosted its overall eyeballs to over 5,061,000 and was up +274,000 viewers expanding its top spot in daytime programming.   Could the “Who killed Diane?” conclusion ( Nikki did it) finally have made fans tune-in for the resolution, along with Sharon voting Victor’s proxy?

The Bold and the Beautiful also had another good week!  The show was up +137,000 as Liam,  Steffy, Katie and Bill Spencer drama picked up!   Days of our Lives was also in the positive after losing viewers the following week.

ABC really needs Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini’s new episodes to hit the airs, STAT to help GH, if the the network is going to continue with The Revolution, and to reconfigure some of the storytelling in Port Charles.   As for the other soaps, they probably partially benefited from OLTL being gone from the day-part.  Only time will tell, if One Life’s soap fans, will stick (or turn) to other soaps in its place, or just not watch any of the other shows, altogether.     Of course, it would be best for the genre as a whole, if fans tuned in so there is a future!

You can view the entire ratings via Soap Opera Network here.

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Debi
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Debi

Let’s be fair………..GH got good this week! Give the ratings a chance!

david
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david

Ratings depend on viewers, and these ratings are evidence GH was boosted by the lead in of OLTL and its viewers. Without OLTL the situation for GH is even more precarious. GH needs OLTL viewers–and hence some OLTL characters–if it hopes to survive. But given the planned, brief appearances of some OLTL characters and the absence of others, it’s a strategy with the potential to backfire. OLTL viewers will be alienated by their characters treated as temporary bait to lure them to GH, and GH viewers resent the importation of OLTL characters–both of which have the potential to drive GH… Read more »

R.E. Cochran
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R.E. Cochran

There is one thing that the ratings book fail to include, the people who stoped recording the time slot of OLTL. I relate this to personal experience, where my wife has stopped the time slot of OLTL, but continues to record GH to watch at night when she gets home from work. I, however, wonder if that because that the recording starts 3 minutes early for GH and starts at the very end of the Revolution if actually ads to the viewer numbers? Also, they may seeking a general demographic of Women, there are a lot of men who also… Read more »

Cody Racheal
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Cody Racheal

I think abc is just trying to end the soaps all together. I hate ABC anyways sences they ended one life to live. Down with ABC’

Judy
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Judy

We just want OLTL BACK!! If any soap was going to be kept on the air on ABC, it should have been OLTL. GH’s mob stories are SO overdone and Uninteresting. GH is just not as good as OL was. Maybe Ron and Frank can save it but nothing will be the same with OLTL gone.

Karen Severino
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Karen Severino

I totally agree…bring OLTL back! Nothing else matters but my show!!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Get tired of Sonny & his mob connections!!!!!!!John McBain to the rescue!!! Need to do something frsh & new!!! GH neeeds to change it’s story line because it is in a rut!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes somthing fresh , starting with the OLTL crew joining GH in Feb…… Get away from Sonny’s mob connections.. Maybe he should go straight once and for all.. This has been going on too long!!1 Time for a change in the stories for GH………….

Johanna
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Johanna

I agree OLTL needs to live on! If ratings were the true way they decided to cancel shows OL should still be om air. Thru no fault of Cast/Crew GH has slowly become the worst what a waste of talent on all three shows!

wandatidwell
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wandatidwell

COME ON PEOPLE WE HAVE TO SAVE GH TO ITS NOT FAIR TO TRY TO SAVE 2 BUT NOT THE OTHER ONE COME ON JUST BCAUSE THEY CHANGED THE SCRIPT IT DOESNT MEAN ANYTHING ITS STILL OUR SOAPS SO FIGHT FOR IT

Karen
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Karen

I can’t see myself starting to watch GH at night, when, more than likely, it will be cancelled because ABCD only want’s cheap programming. It will be very hard to start watching GH….haven’t watched it in 15 years, when it revolved mostly around the hospital. I wish all GH fans luck in keeping it on the air. You all don’t want to feel so devastated like us OLTL & AMC fans feel.

Christopher John
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Christopher John

I have come across comments like this on all social media. The SOS movement was to save the genre of soaps, not just AMC and OLTL. Therefore, all the work that has been done has included support of GH. However, in all fairness, taking into consideration ratings, production cost, quality of writing, and quality of acting, the GH of today cannot hold a candle to the past year of OLTL. AMC and OLTL appear to both be “gone”. To work for nine months on “saving a genre” only to have the weakest link still standing is difficult to accept and… Read more »

david
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david

Very nice summary of how many OLTL fans feel and the dilemma for GH. It doesn’t look good, and given the pattern of corporate behavior by ABC, it’s not likely to have a positive outcome. It’s unclear if the potential cancellation of The Revolution will help GH or if the death spiral of The Revolution will drag down GH with it. Either outcome is of little solace to OLTL fans. The best hope for both OLTL and GH viewers is the incorporation of some OLTL characters into GH, and that means each group has to tolerate the other or we… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

I knew it ,because we have abc off when the revolution is on ,general hospital is paying the price .thats why I do not believe the way they do the ratings system,and 1loveabcsoaps and heather will get mad at me but Im saying it again,the wrong soap was cancelled,brain frons was fired because he did not do his homework,he didnt check the 49 and over people the people who tapped it and soapnet.I watched it at 3 every day I started at noon on abc with the local news and stayed till the end of general hospital,so that counts ,ok… Read more »

Dede Plott
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Dede Plott

Have stopped watching any shows on ABC during the afternoon hours. This I will continue and no matter how long it takes, I will not be trained to ever watch replacement shows… There are many other options than ABC… If Ratings mean anything to ABC… OLTL should be brought back!!!!

Karen
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Karen

So very correct, Dede, OLTL was the highest rated ABCD soap. GH should have been cancelled instead. NO ABCD on my TV anytime, except for DH and that is ending soon. ABCD will soon be a “formally” watched channel for millions!!

Tammy Grzenia
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Tammy Grzenia

I never thought in my wild dreams that i will ever watch any other soap other than amc&oltl , they.have been part of my life for 32 years.i for one thought to my self i need to support these other stories .so those other shows & fans will never have to experience the pain that i feel. .i started watching nbc &cbs since may .i do like the shows but my favorites will always be amc&oltl .

donna
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donna

For me… ABC is out. off my TV. I’m angry and feel with the shows i do watch on ABC (Revenge) showing repeats does not help at all. ABC GO FLY A KITE!

susan goodman
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susan goodman

People are probably tuning out of GH because why watch something that might be leaving like screw the chew&revolt the revolution

MRM-H
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MRM-H

Sorry, but I do not know how the ratings work. If I tune in at 9:00 p.m. to the SoapNet to watch GH, I’m assuming that I am not included in the daily ratings. Then also what about those that DVR the show to watch later? Are either of these included in the daily ratings?

Karen
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Karen

MRM-H, the ratings are only counted if you have a nielsen box in your house. If you do, and you are over 49 years old, your watching doesn’t count, which is ridiclous. The only consider what 18-49 year olds watch, which hurts the soaps. Also, anyone who records the shows are not counted. People who work and then watch the shows later are not counted as viewers, unfortunately.

Heather
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Heather

People are boycotting General Hospital because they find the stories boring and when ABC decide to cancel GH, that ‘s when everybody will go back watching it, thinking this will undo the cancellation. That’s exactly what happened to One Life to Live. I think this is big mistake from soap fans to walk away from GH. They should learned at what happened to OLTL and not repeat the same mistake on GH. As bad as GH may be at times, it still has a lot of good points. People should continue to support GH no matter what. GH will come… Read more »

debbie Bha
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debbie Bha

Why should I start watching GH when I have never been a fan of the show in the last 3 years? I will tune in to see Todd and Blair and then tune out when they leave. Clearly the wrong soap was let go and now to have some fans of the GH show be angry that our faves are coming to their show makes me mad. Well it is the only way I will tune in to see my characters. Then hell with them.

Torrey
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Torrey

I would love to be informed of The Revolution’s numbers…. Please let us know how much it’s tanking. It’s the only bright spot in all of this mess.

Dan E.
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Dan E.

What no one seems to mention is that soap viewers aren’t the type who just switch to another soap after theirs is cancelled. I watched OLTL for over 40 years and lived thru all the back story. I have no desire to switch over to any other soap where I have no idea who any of the characters are nor their backstory. It just isn’t of interest to me. So no, I won’t be switching to any other soap. I am now someone who has no particular interest in any daytime programming. The mediocre offerings supplied by ABC Daytime can… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

ok just got back from soaps in depth ,the newbes at general house got there walking papers that girl at windemeir gone,how boring was that story?that is the first thing I said to do and it looks like it is happening,see ,theres room for a few landview people ,anyway things are happening in port charles ron and frank are cleaning house I cant wait to see what will happen.Im so looking forward to this.its not one life to live ,I want that most of all ,but I love general hospital to and I want it saved.

Jan
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Jan

ABC is slick. I dont like alot of GH characters , Gangster thing is okay but i’ve always watched OLTL more.

Sean
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Sean

You MUST Watch GH Live on ABC or DVR THAT Airing & WATCH that same day. Please get everyone you know to Watch GH! We need Ratings..

angela
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angela

This is no joke. We can not loose yet another show. Yes abc screwed up BIG TIME, no doubt about it. But we have to help save GH. Do I think a decision has already been made? Probably. But I will do my best to help keep the last of my shows on the air. I know alot of people are turned off by the mob stories on GH and thought that Garin W. would work some magic. Well we know now he didn’t. But there is a new crew in charge and we are all aware of the quality… Read more »

terri
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terri

OLTL was the lighter funnier more classic romantic soap and GH has been very dark and depressing this past year or more. That is why the ratings were up. The destruction of the Luke and Laura romance turned me off as well. OLTL kept true to their romantic couples such as John and Natalie, Bo and Nora, Clint and Vicki, Gigi and Rex, Tea and Victor , Tea and Todd and I was looking forward to Neela and Jack, and Vimal and Rama. Notice how many couples???? GH is plot driven (mob driven) and OLTL was character driven and I… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

I could not agree more Terri. OLTL had the best couples! It such a good, balanced show. Just about every day you had laughter & tears! I love John & Natalie, I have ALWAYS been a huge Natalie fan. I am watching (forcing myself most days) GH, trying to be supportive of it & hoping it will improve soon. But I am afraid it will get really good then we’ll lose it too. I miss OLTL more than I can say-every day at 1:00 I feel so sad & empty.

Jared
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Jared

Maybe the boycott is working. Down with abc, and long live ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

Dan
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Dan

I think it’s disgusting the way some OLTL fans are practically gloating over the fact that GH isn’t doing well. Did we GH fans gloat when your show got canceled? Absolutely not. I totally understand you’re upset that ABC canceled your show. I would be upset too. But be mad at ABC, don’t take it out on GH and its fans. We didn’t cancel your show.

Angela Vogl
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Angela Vogl

I have watched AMC, OLTL, & GH for many years. Since AMC & OLTL are gone The only show, and I do mean ONLY, that I watch on ABC is GH. All Soap Fans have to keep sticking together NOW MORE THAN EVER! Yes, the mob stories on GH have become very predictable and uninteresting. But what about Robin & Patrick and all that’s going to be happening with her leaving the show? I’m so happy to hear that Tristan Rogers (always loved him) Finoula Hughes and Emma Samms are returning! The multitude of story lines with them on the… Read more »

Norasusan
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Norasusan

I used to record OLTL, then watch it in the evening. My DVR is empty now. I am trying to boycott the companies who sponsored the ABC soaps. I no longer shop at Penneys, buy Maybelline cosmetics, etc. I know there isn’t a genre fan general boycott of these sponsors, but there should be.

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

ABC made a big mistake!! The other networks will laugh at them during Feb Sweeps.
Wake up ABC and give the soaps back to Agnes Nixon. If you want out of the soap business so be it but don’t expect us soapers to watch the replacement shows.
The Spew will get lower ratings too.

heidi
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heidi

Please waych GH!!! We want to keep GH on the air for as long as we can!

Don’t watch the Chew and Revulsion… but tune in to GH!

Rob
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Rob

Ive been trying to watch GH ever since I heard about the Mannings from OLTL joining the show. It isnt the Revolution thats the problem, its the dreadful writing and stories on this show. People may complain but having the producer and writer from OLTL is going to be the test as to wether or not GH will survive.

Debsafan
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Debsafan

If you think ABC cares what soap fans think one way are the other. Then you people live in a dream world. They spit in our face while they were laughing at us. I watch GH, but I don’t care for the story line. I mostly listen to it. But hardly watch it any more. I miss AMC and OLTL. Dirty shame they are gone.

Collin
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Collin

It is hysterical that ABC is getting out of the soap opera buisness to put on shows that the fans want… and the shows are flopping. ABC if you have eyes and ears you would know the fans want their long running and loved soaps back ASAP. The people in charge are making big money for such poor decision making. Recycling Bachelorettes that accepted a proposal on national television, having no names helping us cook, having a construction guy help you lose weight and someone who doesn’t have sex help you dress sexy. Really???? Do you think people are dumb.… Read more »

Christina
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Christina

Michael GH as a whole STINKS right now. Their ratings were in the toilet long before the Revulsion took over OLTL’s spot. It’s a shame. I can say that as much as I want to watch GH when OLTL characters come over, I will only watch if Melissa Archer is brought in as Natalie. I just can’t bear to know what RC has planned for my fave couple Jolie when Michael Easton joins the canvas. Let’s face it, GH needs OLTL. Otherwise the next step is cancellation. What a sad shame that ABC cancelled their highest rated soap for this… Read more »

Ali
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Ali

In my stomach I had this gut, feeling all along that the soaps. Would be done on every channel, because of the ratings and, how the crew was writing. I knew that All my children would have been cancelled anyways. Because of how they wrote the stories, and moving it out west. I NEVER WOULD THOUGHT, THEY WOULD EVER IN THE WORLD. TO CANCEL. ONE LIFE TO LIVE. That was BEST BEST BEST BEST, SOAP EVER. It was the classic tale, of a family that we could relate to. And General Hospital is the same, but it was a dark… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

In all fairness to The Revolution, it is not responsible for the decline of General Hospital. General Hospital has aired for almost 50 years on ABC at 3:00pm. If people really wanted to watch General Hospital, they would skip The Revolution and tune in to ABC at 3:00pm. But how can they when Sonny takes 50% of the airwaves for himself and the other 50% goes to the rest of the actors?

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WATCH: The Cast of ‘Studio City’ Talk On the Latest Five Episodes & The Making of the Critically-Acclaimed Digital Drama

It’s one of the most talked about digital dramas out there, with a look and feel all its own, containing smart, witty, and dramatic plots and dialogue, and stellar performances abound.

In Amazon Prime’s Studio City, the story about life on a soap in front of the camera juxtaposed with the often harsh reality of life behind the scenes, will have any fan of the genre getting a kick out of some of the very familiar soap tropes contained within balanced with the five-hankie moments throughout  And now, Studio City has dropped their latest five episodes picking the story back up from where it left off.

Michael Fairman chatted with the cast of Studio City in his latest interview for The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube. Those taking part in this virtual conversation included: Sean Kanan (Sam), Sarah Joy Brown (Laurie), Tristan Rogers (Doc), Carolyn Hennesy (Gloria), Scott Turner Schofield (Max), Anna Maria Horsford (Jolene), and Justin Torkildesn (Jacob).  Ronn Moss, who also appears in the series playing a version of himself, was filming a movie during the scheduling of this chat, but his presence is felt when some hilarious moments featuring him and Sean Kanan were discussed.

Soap fans know these actors very well.  Kanan, Brown, Hennesy and Rogers have all, or are presently appearing, on General Hospital.  B&B fans recognize Torkilden, Horsford, Moss, and Schofield along with Kanan from their work on the CBS Daytime drama.

Getting a show up and running and then taped during the Covid-19 pandemic is no easy task as Kanan shared in the group interview.  As well, Anna Maria Horsford and Sarah Joy Brown share how they came to their parts and the rapid-fire pace in which their scenes were shot.  Tristan Rogers, who won a Daytime Emmy last year for his performance as Doc, gives another heartbreaking turn, and reveals his thoughts on the work he did, plus shares his remembrances of his late friend and GH co-star, John Reilly.

Scott Turner Schofield talks about how Sean and his wife Michele Kanan, two of the creators of the show, have given him and the transgender community a space with Max’s storyline in Studio City.  GH favorite, Carolyn Hennesy shares how she crafted her role of Gloria, the executive producer, after Jill Farren Phelps, and Daytime Emmy winner Justin Torkildsen shares how he wound up with a part in the digital drama and the scenes he shares with Hennesy.

You can check out the full Studio City cast interview below.  Then let us know, have you checked out the series? What have been your favorite moments and performances in it? Let us know in the comment section.

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

This week on General Hospital the truth came out on all fronts; as Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) put two and two together and realized Ned (Wally Kurth) cheated on her with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  Meanwhile, Alexis figured out Tracy (Jane Elliot) framed her to make it look like she passed out drunk behind the wheel.

Throughout, there were great performances from Wally Kurth, Jane Elliot and Nancy Lee Grahn, but it was soap vet, Lisa LoCicero, who for us was given the material and stole the show with her heartbreaking performances as a woman scorned.

LoCicero plays Olivia Falconeri from Bensonhurst, so believably, that viewers understand her every woman, who married into the well-to-do Quatermaines, and who has a much higher moral and ethical standard then the Q’s.

In key scenes at the Quartermaine mansion, Olivia confronts Ned about the night he never came home, and she wants the truth.  She also rightly accuses Tracy on being part of the cover-up.  A caught Ned confesses.  He tells Olivia he was in a terrible place, and jumped to the wrong conclusion about her and Robert (Tristan Rogers), and began drinking, which Sam (Kelly Monaco) overhears and can’t believe he was drinking with an alcoholic. Olivia says that Ned is incapable of being trustworthy after spending his entire life amongst a house full of liars and cheats.  Meanwhile, Alexis shows up in the middle of all this to confront Tracy on her machinations setting the stage for a showdown between Olivia and Alexis.

When Alexis and Olivia talk in private, the former legal eagle apologizes to her friend for sleeping with her husband; saying they both knew it was wrong right after it happened, but Olivia quickly points out that they didn’t seem to stop themselves or think it was wrong, while he was unbuttoning his pants or she was taking off her blouse!

Olivia stands her ground through her devastation and is appalled that Alexis calls her a “friend” and how she is only showing remorse because she has been caught!

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When Ned tries to talk to Olivia and professes how much he loves her and how sorry he is for having sex in a drunken stupor with Alexis, Olivia is gut-punched.  Ned continually says he thought Olivia and Robert hooked-up thanks to Brook Lynn deleting messages meant for Ned.  The fact that he would assume the worst of her, only made things worse for Ned, and then to go as far as having revenge sex with Alexis, made Olivia feel her husband had sunk to new lows.

It is then Olivia has a moment of reckoning; wondering what is her role in the Quartermaine family anyway, and how she doesn’t really fit in.  Ned promises to wait for her and begs her not to give up on them.  When he leaves, Liv breaks down … her marriage in pieces and betrayed by all those she thought she could trust.

Each of the aforementioned moments were played to perfection by LoCicero, leaving the audience wondering just what will Olivia do next and how will she bounce back from this betrayal.  That is why Michael Fairman TV names Lisa our pick for The Power Performance of the Week.  And, if it’s one thing we know about Olivia, she is a scrappy fighter, a survivor, and in the capable hands of this actress, we will be rooting for her all along the way.

So, what did you think of the performance of Lisa LoCicero?  Do you hope Olivia and Ned work things out and they stay together, or do you want to see if she and Robert Scorpio might have a new romance? Comment below.

 

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Lexi Ainsworth Teases Her Return to General Hospital

With her father Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) presumed dead (although viewers know he is very much alive with amnesia), it looks like Kristina is on her way back to Port Charles – which would be a welcome return to the role for Daytime Emmy winner Lexi Ainsworth.

Rumors began circulating on Inauguration day Wednesday, when Ainsworth shared a pic on her Instagram Story of her watching the ceremonies from a dressing room at Prospect Studios in Los Angeles, where GH is taped.

Later, after reports had surfaced on social media that Ainsworth might be returning to her signature role, the actress shared some of those on her Instagram Story as well, which was seen as her way of confirming she is back on the show.

Lexi has been recurring on General Hospital for the last several years, so there is no telling how long she will be on-screen this time.

While there has been no official confirmation from GH, chances are that if there is a funeral ahead for Sonny, Kristina of course would be there to mourn her father. Stay tuned.

So, excited that Lexi will be back on-air on GH? Comment below.

 

 

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