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Regularly Scheduled Episode Of General Hospital Pre-Empted In All Markets Today!

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Due to President Obama’s White House press conference, ABC executive Nathan Varni and the network have decided to do a full pre-empt in all markets airing today’s key episode of General Hospital.  The episode scheduled for today will air on Monday instead.

Viewers watching the show today, not impacted by the presdential press conference will see an encore episode of The Thanksgiving episode instead.  That encore was originally slated for 12/24.

Moving forward, in an effort to stay on schedule storywise in the New Year, the encore slated for 12/24 will now be an original episode, the Christmas Eve episode.

May sound a little confusing, but we will elaborate further if need be down the line!  Disappointed you will have to wait till Monday for Friday’s cliffhanger episode?  Not happy with your favorite soap operas being interuppted by long news conferences?  Sound-off in the comment section below!

 

 

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AJ
AJ

At least we’ll only have to wait one day for the Friday cliffhanger reveal 🙂

Fanny
Fanny

Exactly

mary kukura
mary kukura

This continuous interruption of General Hospital is ridiculous.! None of this news is so important that it cannot wait. Tired of coming home after work to see that I have taped more Trump nonsense!!!

Jeremy
Jeremy

Glad we’ll get an actual Xmas eve episode on Xmas eve!!

jeremy
jeremy

Thank Goodness!! :@)

Deborah
Deborah

I wish that they would either preempt an hour earlier during the chew or an hour later during Hot bench. Seems that when GH was on at 3 they still preempt. I swear that have in in for us faithful viewers. Lol
Thanks for the rescheduling for Monday. ABC won’t unlock anything for a week after airing.

Lisa
Lisa

Thank you for airing this episode on Monday. Yes, they always seem to choose 2:00p.m. eastern for news conference’s. Maybe they should interrupt Dr Oz. Lol. Thanks again. Very happy.

karen
karen

So sick of soaps getting bumped. Whether it’s something national like the President speaking, or locally they will interrupt for the slightest weather issues, hate it. Unless it is something people need to see immediately, the networks should wait to cover it in the news.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

News conferences should be on news channels…i dont mind interuptions when its a tragedy, a tornado warning or a missing child alert ect. but when its just a talk i prefer they wait for the news…GH isnt great but it still has its good moments and i need my daily afternoon escape from the real world!!!

Colleen
Colleen

Well said , I totally agree! !

Joe
Joe

As frustrating as it is to miss my shows, real life politics are always more important than soap operas. I especially believe that now having lived in San Bernardino, and still living relatively close to Inland Regional Center and all the issues surrounding that dreadful day.

Harry
Harry

JOE!
How dare you come in here and make perfect sense?
The nerve.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Not quite. I can still remember (vividly) in the early 80s when Dan Rather interrupted Guiding Light for 25 minutes to report that there was nothing new to report (about the situation at the embassy in Iran, if I remember correctly).

News organizations at the networks have always been allowed to get away with egregious overreaching where soap interruptions are concerned. Nobody’s going to argue (I hope) that interrupting a soap isn’t justified in the case of something like the San Bernardino shootings; there are clearly certain things of immediate and pressing concern that justify breaking into programming for live coverage. There are also countless instances in which it’s not justified, but the networks and local affiliates do it anyway—and it usually comes down to big egos in the news department and real disrespect for soaps and soap viewers.

I’ve learned to ask myself this question: Would they have interrupted “American Idol” (or substitute whatever the number 1 nighttime program is at the time) for this particular news report? The answer is almost always no. So it doesn’t have to do with how newsworthy a particular event is—that may be a factor, but it’s clearly not the determining factor.

I think you’d be correct to say that SOME real-life events always trump regular programming. But I think it has to be acknowledged that the decision makers don’t always use the best judgment regarding which real-life events should be accorded that status.

Timmm
Timmm

Joe, politics are NOT important! Have you watched any of the debates? They are all rich azzholes who have no relation to the everyday taxpayer struggling to make it! Dont get me wrong, if there are world issues and safety issues, hell yes, interrupt the soaps but for him to get on there and blah blah blah is stupid! If anyone was curious what the president said they can certainly check their cell phones or watch the nightly news!

Timmm
Timmm

I stand by my prior post but you did say “Real life politics” and that is different than just plain old politics.

Ces
Ces

Nothing he says is relevant. Thanks for ruining something we look forward too!

knitter 1
knitter 1

I so agree with you!

Cesca
Cesca

Amen!

Matthew
Matthew

Haters gonna hate, but he is still the President and y’all still mad.

Timmm
Timmm

I know, try EIGHT years!

Harry
Harry

Mathew, right and before President Obama we has President Bush and before him, President Clinton and so forth. They all interrupted the soaps with their state of the nation address so getting mad at this president like he is the only one who has done this is just plain silly.

su0000
su0000

0oohh OK..
I just want to see Tristin in action 🙂
I really don’t care about Robin
although she did give me a laugh..
Robin was seconds away from her dear, no emotion shown, no panic, no tears, no nothing.
I saw her expression as she would look shopping for underwear at Kmart .. ahhaa!

Looking forward to Tristan! I hope he will be written well to show off his manly magic to take down the bad guys and take no prisoners..
You go Scorpio !!!! whoot whoot!!

Tristan
Tristan

Your wish is my command!

Gina
Gina

I am thrilled general hospital will be played on Monday. It seems every time there is an interruption during the day….it is ALWAYS during general hospital. In order to watch online you need to wait a week for it to air..,at that time it’s too late. I thoroughly enjoy watching GH when I get home from work. Thank you for letting viewer know of ABC’s intentions

Michele
Michele

ABC does a terrible job every time they break in with a Breaking news report. GH Losing viewers because of the same breaking all the time. Plus the horrible never ending Jason story line. And bringing dinosaurs back from the dead. New writers continue to be boring.

Kat
Kat

Not upset about the press conference (I get that real life sometimes has to intrude!) just glad I will get to see the episode! I remember in the old days of soap watching, if news broke in, you were just SOL.

Timmm
Timmm

What would you consider “Real life” that Obama discussed in his conference? Your opinion, I disagree, he wasted precious time in my opinion!

Kat
Kat

Oh please. My point was that I’m glad that there is a way for viewers to see the episode when news preempts. Feel free to try and get someone else to engage in a pointless political argument with you, I’m not interested.

Timmm
Timmm

I NEVER mentioned politics KAT! I mentioned Obama because he is the president! If it were Bush I would say Bush! It doesnt matter and it probably isnt even the presidents fault! I blame the network for cutting in. This is a soap site, dont start trouble! We voice opinions here we dont sling political mud!

Harry
Harry

The president really ought to get his priorities straight. Has he not been briefed that Robin is about to be killed unless Patrick and the amazing Scorpios can rescue her on time?
Is he not aware that the night is about to get bumpy between Jason, Sam, Lizzy and Laura and hence, everyone needs to fasten their seat belts?
I was fine missing Nina trying to be a poor man’s Lucy Co, however.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Now, you stop that, Harry. Leave Nina alone, or I will find you and hog-tie you!

Shay
Shay

Here, here, Harry!!!! Someone truly should get BHO up to speed on the intricacies of GH! Finally—and I do mean, FINALLY!—-there was something truly worth anticipating on the show (The return of Robert….freaking….Scorpio!) and we were left bereft….and on a Friday, no less!!!! That’s simply unacceptable! (And just as a glammed-to-the-max Dr. O. was also seizing the spotlight in her own rapturous moment….by the way, am I the only one who thinks Progressive’s “Flo” could play Liesl’s doppelganger or baby sis? Couldn’t help but notice the uncanny resemblance between them during those recent commercial runs….but I digress!) I’m totally with you on not missing all that excessive, overbearing Nina propping….her too-sudden switch from shunned social “pariah-to-butterfly-of-the- ball” beggars belief, to say the least! However, I’m not sure I would characterize her overly-obvious efforts as attempting to emulate those of the hyperkinetic, self-appointed bossy boots-in charge, Floosy Coe…..I should hope even the nausea-inducing Nina would be aiming far higher than the dubious doings of that ditzy, dress-dropping diva!

Harry
Harry

Cee Cee, for your sake, I want to like Nina–truly I do. But alas, I cannot. I have come to the realization that I am allergic to the sight of Michelle Stafford.
Shay, I have managed to see most of Monday’s show courtesy of Canada and I can tell you that you’re going to love her scenes.
I will give you a snippet of one little scene to which you can look forward: Franco, Lizzy and Dr O arrive at the Nutcracker ball and the photographers take their pictures. Maxie says to Dillon, “Now there’s a good example of what’s wrong with that picture.” Dr O then snaps at Lizzy to stop hogging the spotlight and Lizzy flounces off. Priceless!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Bravo, Harry! Bravo! Thank you for that!

Now, onto another matter. Because I couldn’t reply to you directly in the SNL thread, I will do so here. I liked your reply: “Isn’t that special!” Also from that same era, I used to love the skits Jon Lovitz did with Tom Hanks when Tom hosted the show. They played a couple of losers who would stand on a street corner and watch the ladies go by, to which they would comment, “Helllo!” “A real beauty!” “Not even a second look!” Etc…. To this day, when I am walking and see an attractive (we’ll say) “person” go by, I always say (to myself or whomever is with me) “Hello!” ” Not even a second look…” These things stay with me … for better or worse…

Happy Holidays!

Shay
Shay

@Harry…..How right you were about Dr. O.! She was indeed priceless, and way too sublime in her otherworldly, Cruella de Ville-styled evening get-up! One thing you can say about Liesl is she certainly isn’t on the same plane of existence as most of those other mere mortals who inhabit Port Charles! Her most healthy sense of self and completely oblivious nature to the rest of the world’s reaction to her is really quite something…not to mention, hilarious! Ms. Gati has promised a special surprise for GH viewers on her Twitter page, so I am hoping today’s episode was simply the appetizer of a full banquet of Obrecht delights….including at least one spine-tingling selection from this sinister songbird’s repertoire of holiday favorites. As for your notions of Nina and your personal reaction to her, I totally get it, Harry. She makes me cringe whenever the camera pans to her, too. The character is just too much of a fish out of water on the GH canvas, and the more machinations that are employed to make her palatable and mainstream, the more annoying she becomes. Let’s face it, just ain’t gonna happen…..

tim S
tim S

Glad to hear that there will be a new episode on Christmas Eve.. Thanks!!!

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

I was really looking forward to this episode. Will have to wait for Monday now.

Jane
Jane

It sucks, but at least they showed something.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Yeah. They showed something all right. As soon as I saw Valerie show up at Dante’s door, I turned TV off and did some yoga….just to relieve the stress her image causes me.

WES
WES

I thought I was the only one who felt that way. Thanks for speaking up CeeCee.

su0000
su0000

ABC has to air the president, it is the way it is…No choice.
It was his last speech of 2015, year end thing.
the soap fans are minuscule in comparison to the rest of the USA population who want to hear him..
Being busy with christmas stuff to get done, Monday will come quick..

Timmm
Timmm

Who would care what he said at 2pm? People work! They can see it on Twitter, Facebook or TMZ!

Matthew
Matthew

Exactly, su0000! A few of these haters commenting may not support the president, but they should respect the office that he holds. This was the final presidential press conference for the year and important issues that the American people care about were being discussed.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I agree, su. The President interruptions only irritates me marginally. It is what it is. There are worse things….like Seeing Valerie and Sonny (oops, you love him, sorry), or watching Ashley pant after her future son-in-law….hmmmm, let’s see, what else? Oh, watching Andre brainwash Chad…..plaeeeze!! Lol.
I just can’t stand when posters equate/translate disgruntled comments as hate. What is it with this word? It must be the 21st Cenuring word of the millennium. I wish fans would stop using the word.
What bothers me even more, SuzieQ, is the grammatically incorrect expression…”hating on me”. Those words drive me up every wall in my house. And, I have walked them all…LOL. Happy Sunday!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Century….WOW!

edie bailey
edie bailey

So grateful to Nathan Varni and ABC for deciding in the interest of GH’s audience–finally!! It seems like an eternity since the network seemed to care enough to postpone an episode that was either partially or entirely preempted. For a long time, the attitude towards viewers was “Oh, well, they can watch on demand, hulu, etc.” Calls to my local affiliate simply fell on deaf ears, saying it was pretty much out of their control to perhaps even air the missed episode overnight. Other viewing alternatives do nothing to help the show’s fragile ratings and pose inconvenience to those who set aside time to tune in. Therefore, it is sincerely a welcome move to afford GH fans the opportunity to watch this particular episode on TV in the manner it should be presented. Thanks again!!

Lin
Lin

I believe when the President has a news conference it should be televised. By why not have it during the Chew or during that show after GH? Why always during the GH time? Or wait til after GH to cover, unless it is totally an emergency. My guess is the president and his people are too busy to watch daytime TV. Perhaps someone could tell them to perhaps have the conferences before or after that time. Also, why doesn’t ABC preempt that ridiculous drivel after GH and run GH at 3:00 ?

Dan
Dan

Glad to see the comments here are a lot more level headed than the people on the GH Facebook page that were freaking out like the world was gonna end, and calling the President every name in the book, because their television show was interrupted. Some people need to get a grip and get their priorities in order.

Glad that ABC is doing their best to fix the situation, making sure everyone sees Friday’s episode in its entirety on Monday, and then airing the Christmas Eve show on the 24th. Problem solved, nothing to worry about.

Timmm
Timmm

Well Dan, I wasnt “Freaking Out” when Obama stepped on GH but I wasnt happy. NOTHING he said mattered at 2pm on a Friday! Also, suggesting people get a grip and get their priorities in order is weak. Your priorities are different than mine. You worry about yours, I’ll worry about mine. I certainly can make a rational choice without someone telling me. People invest five hours a week watching GH. They were disappointed. The world didnt end and we will see Robert Scorpio and Co. on Monday.

CeeCee
CeeCee

That’s my Ti-immm!!

Matthew
Matthew

Those hatriots are just heated because GH has had a lot of progressive storylines including the recent scenes between Tracy, Monica, and Paul concerning gun violence. If they don’t like it, they can spare themselves the one hour a day they switch over from FOX “News” for GH and just leave the TV on that mind numbing station 24/7.

Tristan
Tristan

Matthew, on another soap site there are quite a few getting their knickers in a twist about the gun buyback, saying they resent ABC using GH as an anti-gun platform. GH anti-gun??????? A show that glorifies mobsters and gun violence is anti-gun? This is all just to get more guns into Paul’s hands. Although I personally would not mind an anti-gun perspective after all GH’s glorification of violence, I do not pretend to speak for anyone but myself.

Timmm
Timmm

EVERY freakin time that president blinks ABC has to carry him live! Like I’ve said in the past, 911 part II, god forbid, yes, cut in BUT for Obama to wrap up the year and say goodbye before he goes on Christmas break, REALLY! I wont even make it about HIM, this is on ABC! Why are you cutting in on GH when this guy had nothing to say and there are 24 freakin hour news channels that can and did carry this blah, blah, blah! Another swift kick in the azz of soap fans!

rose
rose

Dear President Obama,

I know Special Reports are important, but you have given two in the last couple of weeks that have interrupted General Hospital…and today was the The Nutcracker Gala fans had been waiting for. Maybe the Gala isn’t as important as some of the world affairs you are dealing with, but for many of us soap fans they are a time out from more serious news.

So suggestion…why not time your afternoon Special Reports to 3pm est. This way no frustrated General Hospital fans wondering about Jason/Liz/Sam, they are not interrupting one of ABC’s good afternoon shows (the others leave much to be desired), and there’s still plenty of time to have your highlights hit the evening news programs.

Thank you Mr. President, and may you and your family have a lovely Christmas.

Rose

elm51
elm51

just so you know gh is aired at different times depending on the market area – i live in the philadelphia area and it is aired at 3pm so if he came on at 3pm there will still be frustrated gh fans……………………

Harry
Harry

Rose, I understand. However, this letter should go to network heads. It’s not like the president woke up that fateful day and decided he would interrupt our soaps.This has been going on since FDR interrupted the “stories” on the radio.

Tristan
Tristan

Harry, I replied to a post of yours in the “Scorpio” thread. Wondering if you remember something I posted about.

Rose
Rose

Harry…It was meant to be a bit facetious. Guess I didn’t “fun” it up enough, even though I admit I still meant the spirit of it…and certainly the well wishes. Have a good holiday. 🙂

Elaine Knauss
Elaine Knauss

No matter, who is President, why is GH always interrupted for a news conference? Why can’t it be captioned, on the corner of the TV, as accidents are. I thought this is one reason why cable news was invented. The scheduled news comes on right after GH, anyway. This Friday’s, news conference, was so Star Wars, at the White House, could be on schedule! Interrupt all these “talk shows”, for a change. There is no “story line” to be interrupted.

Rodd
Rodd

NEVER happy with a bazillion news channels when my soap is pre-empted. However, I’m glad it will be shown on Monday so I won’t miss it.

jlh
jlh

I’ve missed SOOOOO many episodes because GH was pre-empted locally but not nationally, so I’m really happy to hear I won’t be missing an ep plus get a new one on X-mas Eve. I can’t recall the episode/storyline, but years and years ago (ok…decades!) I missed out on the reveal of a murderer because of pre-emption. Of course, we have online viewing options now but my TV’s not set up for that and I’d rather not watch TV on my laptop.

Gert
Gert

I was an avid All My Children viewer. I recall many special news reports airing at 1:00 in the AMC timeslot. Now it’s during General Hospital. WTH…glad it will be on Monday. News has its time and place…any time but during soap hour.

robbie
robbie

Good call! Mr. Varni got something right.

Mister Media
Mister Media

With the proliferation of options available today the network should run a crawl advising interested viewers of the upcoming news event and referring them to an online source or related news network. After all, it is the network’s most regular viewers who are being given the short end of the stick. This would not be recommended for breaking news stories but for scheduled events like press conferences it would be ideal.

su0000
su0000

The numbers of people who watch soaps is a drop in the bucket of the population.
Many want to hear the President, they do not care about soaps.
It was the President’s last round up speech of 2015, and even soap fans should listen, be informed as to our nation..

Harry
Harry

Oh my God, Su00. I totally agree with you.
You are making far too much sense here and it worieds me.

Timmm
Timmm

Best post here!

carol
carol

I would think that a speech and/or press conference would get more attention during prime time than in the middle of the afternoon. The majority of people are working during the day. I guess they don’t want to interrupt the primetime shows.

Linda
Linda

I wish that my local ABC network would air GH on their alternate local channel when they interrupt. They constantly interrupt for local stories such as store holdups, police chases, etc. I have called when they do this but you get a general voice mail box if you want to talk to them. I used to be able to watch GH on youtube but it is taken down if anybody loads it daily.

su0000
su0000

ok folks..
Going bonkers over missing one episode, to be run later, give some thought to never having another episode..
Ask the OLTL & AMC fans how that feels..
I suggest everybody highly support GH, get rid of J&S, and bring GH back to what it is and what it is meant to be before it’s too late..

linda
linda

as long as we get to see it, that’s ok.

Catherine Schultz
Catherine Schultz

Its getting ridiculous with the president and the abc breaking news interrupting General hospital, its a show I totally look forward to watching, love, love the show, I feel like Im part of the family. The president needs his own channel along with the breaking news. since they are always intertrupting my favorite show of all time.

Jeffrey
Jeffrey

I saw the Dec., 18th show on the Canadian website. I live in Canada.

Newmanwins
Newmanwins

I can’t remember another three year period (13-15) when GH has been interuppted this much. The problem is that Obama always does his planned press conferences after the lunch hour instead of before the lunch hour. GH gets hit the hardest by this cause they air after lunch while the other three soaps all air during the lunch hour. Y&R, B&B, and DOOL may take one hit in the pacific time zone but GH takes two big hits in the east/central time zones. I am just glad this is Obama’s last year and hope Hillary does her planned press conferences earlier in the day so GH won’t have put up with this anymore. There is no reason why they can’t run a ticker at the bottom of the screen or recap what Obama is saying during the commercials.

Kelly
Kelly

I am so done with the news and press conferences interrupting General Hospital as if fans of this show does not matter. With today’s Picture in Picture technology and smart programming you would think they would have the respect to utilize technology in a way that gives us a choice choose to continue to watch the episode of General Hospital or watch the news conference by selecting an option with our remote that would take us to a news channel to see the interrupting conference.
UGGG. It is so frustrating. 99.9999% of the time the interrupting subject is one that can wait until the news airs.

Jane
Jane

I too, get very frustrated when soaps are interrupted for the least little thing. ABC is the worst with George Stephanopolis(sp) hogging air time every chance he can get. Its so disrespectful to the shows and fans.

Loretta
Loretta

I am tired of GH being interrupted on Memphis , Tn channel 24 every time they sign a new coach , player, and stuff that could wait for the local evening news. If it were an emergency I could understand , but it is ridiculus. The worse thing is they don’t let you know at the front end if they will air it later and you can’t watch today’s episode inline until at leas tomorrow. As I said today it was interrupted to announce a new coach again!!! Please notify that these are not emergencies and should not interrupt network shows. Have you ever noticed that sports never get interrupted for this kind of ignorance!!

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

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Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

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Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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