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Richard Burgi Debuts As General Hospital's New Paul Hornsby!

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Starting on Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, Richard Burgi has stepped into the role of Tracy Quartermaine’s ex-husband Paul Hornsby!  When viewers last saw Paul he was played by Paul Satterfield from 1991 to 1994.

Burgi is no stranger to soap operas having appeared on Another World, Days of our Lives, One Life to Live and As the World Turns.  The talented actor who has made a name for himself in primetime roles including on Desperate Housewives.  Paul re-enters onto GH at a key point in Tracy’s story with the upcoming on-screen departure of the love of her life, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

Richard related to Soap Opera Digest about his conversation with General Hospital EP Frank Valentini that helped him decide to come back to soapland: “He liked the idea of me bringing what I can to the part and working with him and the writers to bring out who this fellow might be.”

What do you think of Richard Burgi coming to GH as the new Paul Hornsby? Exciting new story for Tracy ahead? Comment below!

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Love this man ! Perfect for the role. And damn sexy, too!

PERFECT!

Mr. Burgi will need to be shirtless. Just saying. Seriously, great news for GH and daytime. And a good pairing for Jane Elliot. Please give this pair some top-drawer story!?! Loved him on ATWT back in the day.

I agree. Burgi is hot. More importantly, he and Tracy connect. I truly enjoyed their banter. Great match. He is a keeper.

He is SOOOOO handsome and HOT !! I wonder if he is SINGLE ?? : )
He would be the type of man I would approach & try to find out more about him… my type , age appropriate & handsome……… sure he has plenty of depth too!!

Go for it, Kristalle….better yet, go get him !!!! LOL. That’s what I call a man….other than my husband, of course…

Sorry to disappoint ladies but you know what they say… “All the great guys are either married or gay”… (lol) Richard IS married to the lovely Liliana… He also has 2 teen-age sons from his 1st marriage & a 7 yr. old stepson from his current marriage. *sighs* I feel your pain… (lol)

So hot! But he is also a good actor . He first came to my attention as Chad the ipimp with the heart of gold on the now defunct “Another World”. Man he just keeps on looking better the older he gets. Before he was on “Desperate Housewives”, he was on the wickedly, funny show that starred.Jay Mohr-trust me, you would have to see the episode to believe it. I am truly shocked that episode got by the powers that be.

It is more than obviou that FV is at work bring back or up the Quartermaines..
Only so much can be done, now..
Tracy has a friend Sabrina..
They are getting stories for the Q’s, that means anything Q wise could happen..
There is Dillon and now Tracy’s ex and Nikolas takeover to bring the Q’s upfront..

Welcome back character Paul Hornsby!

It’s going to be great fall !!! 🙂

su0000, I really hope you’re right and the Q’s are being built back up (again, like last year). But my question is: Where the heck is Leslie as Monica during all this Q family story? Seriously, why isn’t she even on once in a while? I can’t remember the last time we saw her. Anyone have any facts to share?

I know right! She is a vital part (in my opinion) to the Q’s and I miss her so much. I think I read somewhere that she returns the 13th. Hope they give her a good story. She should be Chief Of Staff, Not Dr.O…

Maybe Monica/Leslie has something going on in her life. May be SHE wants a break. She could be fighting an illness (I hope not), or maybe she wants to 0enjoy her life away from the camera. There always different sides to a story, that we-as fans- are not always privy to. Ijs.

Well, at least we finally can celebrate the reappearance of the mysteriously-missing Monica! Looks like LC is back for the lead-up to Jakeson discovering his true identity. By the way, was it just me, or did the returning Quartermaine matriarch bear somewhat of a resemblance to Miss Dinah Shore? I couldn’t help but notice….

So…you have no emotional connection to Laura, who has been the emotional epicenter of the show for 4 decades…yet youre over the moon for a recast Paul Hornsby, last seen on the show 21 years ago. I thought Laura was before your time!

Lol. Love it!

I didn’t realize this actor had previously appeared on a daytime soap. However, I recognize him from various nighttime shows.

Too bad that he is going to GH. I really could see him playing an age-appropriate new love for Ashley Abbott on Y&R. Ashley really could use a stable romantic relationship. I definitely do NOT ever want to see her pining for Victor again. I can’t remember Ashley have a “good” romantic partner since she was married to Steven Lassiter over 25 years ago!!

I’m not even going to mention her present infatuation with Stitch. It doesn’t work.

He looks like Chuck Woolery-original Wheel Of Fortune game show host-in that photo…i rarely watched GH in those years so i dont recall the other actor in the role…did not care for his AW character-think he was Chad on there but i didnt care too much for AW in those days…ok enough of the flashback…will he and Tracy have a lasting storyline or will he be with a newbie instead-i know, he and Tracy will reunite and then he has an affair with her new best bud Saperella Santiago…lol

GONG!

GONG!…that would be perfect had i said Chuck Barris…lol

@jimh….While I would have loved to see the gorgeous Paul Satterfield reprise his role, RB is a fine choice of replacement. He plays the roguish lout very well! This is finally a positive direction for GH….adding some former characters of the right age to inhabit Port Charles. (Although, there has been an overabundance of recasts as of late….4 in just the past month! Toooo many!…Certainly there were enough former original cast members willing to return as the other characters for whom we have been clamoring?)

A lot of cooks in the kitchen BUT him and Rebecca are two welcomed newbies I could get used to for years to come!

Well, Timmm…I’m with you halfway on that. Love Richard Burgi as newPaul, but I could do without any further antics from RB’s Hayden….she’s just too smug and smutty for my taste!

I just hope the writing turns around soon…i rarely watch lately…just glad the actor is part of the Qs storyline…just hope Paul doesnt fall for Sap or turns out to be her father…what if Paul is Sabrinas dad???

@jimh….Thankfully, it would seem that Paul’s “activities” outside of his marriage to Tracy have produced another….son? I just read a spoiler which indicates he tells Dillon he may have a bro in Port Charles….but who could it be???? The only other dude of appropriate age would be Nathan…..could Mr. Hornsby be the aforementioned ex of Liesl’s??? It’s hard to think of him as being more frightful than a Cassadine as a prospective babydaddy, but stranger things have happened….especially with the way the showrunners love to retcon practically every storyline these days. As for the Sapster, could we please just leave her once-and-for-all as an odd-woman-out orphan? People have been trying to assign paternity to this chick forever to make her stick to the canvas in some meaningful way, and it just ain’t gonna work, no way, no how. Sappy is an interloper….plain and simple!

I think it’s awesome that Richard Burgi is now on #GH! I always enjoyed his acting, he’s an excellent performer & can play all type of characters…..nice to look at too! Welcome back to daytime, Richard!!!

The problem is he plays all characters the same way. Not a big stretch in acting. Would have loved to see Paul back. But then again I still love Luke , Laura, Robert, Holly and all the Quartermaines. Ha miss all the good storylines too. The writers can’t seem to bring it like the old team.

Ah, okay. I really liked Paul Satterfield in the role back in the day. Recently, he was on a few episodes of The Bay, and I was hoping Paul would return. I enjoy Richard Burgi and remember him as Chad on Another World? Was he involved with Marley? or Vicki, or both?
Anyways, great that GH is bringing back an ex-husband for Tracey.
Will Jenny follow?

P.S. hey Su0000, Paul is a new character to you! Right? 😛

Hey Jeremy !
Yes, Paul is a brand spankin new but-
I have seen and liked Richard Burgi in other shows (not soaps)..
I like looking at the handsome devil, so that is a huge factor in the thumbs up 🙂
………. No cellar for Richard !

I hate sound pessimistic, but I would’ve loved to have seen the original Paul. But, I’m always grateful when they decide to revisit characters from better times.

Its been so long it doesnt matter much, He is a great actor so Richard will kick butt and he will be acting next to Jane! Its a win win,.

Hopefully, he will be matched with Genie Francis, not Jane Elliot.

Interesting idea.

Why? He and Jane sizzle with chemistry. You don’t think so? Well, we never know. I guess it could happen, albeit Tracy deserves a little happiness.

That’s EXACTLY why it should happen, CeeCee! Paul with Tracy AND Laura would be a great love triangle….Ms. Quartermaine already has a history of animus for Luke’s “Angel,” can you just imagine if once again she has to fight with her for a man’s affections???? Good drama! (Plus, GF deserves a handsome one this time around after having had the likes of Luke and Scotty in recent years….LOL.)

@Shay,
Poor Laura. Seriously. Look at what she had to contend all her life…HaHa.
Regardless; I would have to see how Laura and Paul mesh. I liked what I saw between him and Tracy. I always thought her scenes with Luke were stilted….however, I have no idea how he and Tracy , or with Laura, also, interacted. Was there chemistry? There must have been with Laura, considering the magnificence of their love? That’s all I hear. WOW, did the set light up when they entered the stage?
Scotty? Oh, I always forget about him. He is a big teddy-bear, and he makes me smile. I like him. He’s probably just the right guy with whom to cuddle…….LOL. you know? On snowy nights?

Oh, CeeCee….Back in the day, the chemistry was totally there for Luke and Laura….however, basically what you have seen in the past few weeks has been a one-way effort on GF’s part….she continued to radiate her trademark luminance, and TG simply refused to bask in it by putting in the most perfunctory of performances….at least before Friday. At last, he finally looked his ex-beloved in the eye and surrendered for a moment to their incredible history. While it was brief, it did actually happen. Perhaps that is as good as it will get….I hope to the contrary, but I’m taking a wait and see attitude until Luke strides into the sunset. As for any perceived heat between Luke and Tracy? I never saw it…..to me, it was more a meeting of two very talented, proficient acting professionals who immensely enjoyed an off-screen friendship that translated into an onscreen working relationship that made their characters’ “coming together” look effortless, yet that is not necessarily the ingredients that create a true “supercouple.” That’s my take on the situation. At any rate, I think GF could do very well with RB as her next leading man…and it would be a hoot to see her mixing it up with JE’s Tracy over someone other than the legendary Luke!!!! As for Scotty…..he’s no teddy-bear, he’s a “Monchichi!”…..remember???? LOL!

@Shay.
Ah, my friend….what writing eloquence! Sometimes I forget to praise the proficiency of your writing, and how easily words come to you. The hard part is putting the words together…you’ve got it, babe. Your writing is like eating apple pie with my Bailey-laced coffee. LOL….. Now, how do you like that comparative analogy and eloquence!!??LOL. I wish there were a segment where I could expound on my Astro-Physical skills!!!! Double and triple LOL.
You know, I did get a feel of what once was between Luke and Laura AND Lucky. Those must have been an experience for the fans. It is no wonder, many hold those incomparable and unconquerable memories to heart and mind. Then, again, I am a romantic with an adventurous side, at heart. When I was little, I wanted to travel through space, just to touch the stars.LOL…I thought I could…I would tell myself, “When I grow up….”.
Fortunately, I have my shining stars right here, on planet earth….
Yes, I could already see, taste and feel the fireworks if these three amazing actors and the roles they play (Laura, Tracy and Paul) were to be entangled in a romantic triangle. After reading your take on it, I can’t wait!!!!!
Hey, Shay….your memory is better than mine. I should have remembered Monchichi; considering I had brought it up….Later.

I’ll NEVER forget the “monchichi” label, CeeCee!!! Given it was such an apt description of the spiky-haired, over-stuffed Scotty, it is emblazoned upon my mind….haha! As are your lovely and gracious sentiments….a sincere thanks for them! There are times when the words just come together and flow with utter ease and very little forethought…especially when one is waxing nostalgic on GH’s days of yore….they were truly something to behold, my friend! I so wish you could have been there! However, you mustn’t sell yourself short on the creative front either….you also express yourself with great skill and passion that reveal that romantic and adventurous soul to which you refer….I recognized it from the start! As for your “pie and coffee” analogy….LOL! I shall take that as the highest compliment since I know how dearly-held your caffe’ ritual is for you. (I’ve never been one for the java…tea, mainly of the white, green and matcha varieties, are my favorite cuppas….but hey, on that subject, have you tried the new cold-brewed coffee craze…the carbonated version? I read about it and thought of you…seems all good things derive from the East Coast these days…for example, I’m a complete “brodo” devotee, another superb culinary trend to recently emanate from the NY market!!!!) But I digress….yes, I do believe my proposed romantic triangle would prove to be an explosive and exciting one…although before that occurs, we must witness Luke’s waning days in Port Charles….I am hoping for more of that briefly-acknowledged—albeit bittersweet—affection he ultimately revealed for his lady love, Laura, and the family they created so long ago. To be treated to anything less would be unthinkable for those of us who saw its magnificence firsthand….with some luck, perhaps we shall be treated to one last montage of those priceless moments as Mr. Spencer bids to us his final farewell.

Well Tracy needs a strong partner to banter off with now that Luke is going bye bye– so digging up another one of her ex’s to fit the bill makes sense, now that Dillon is back too.

anything that puts jane elliot front an center gets my support, so i’m all for it Richard Burgi is a hottie, he looks great with jane so i’m excited.

They instantly meshed! He’s a seasoned pro! Sexy in a suit-a hot mess-bring it on!! Even though he’s a replacement, I bought they knew each other forever!! Great choice.

This is true, Laurie! I’m so sick of the endless parade of hipster boys with the same hairdos/facial stubble/beards in their always “Casual Friday” mode of dress. It’s nice to see an immaculately groomed adult male in proper attire, with the savoir faire to match! At last, GH has a true leading man type!

Story? Who Cares…YUM!!!! He can act and he’s Eye Candy. Welcome to GH!!

That sounds like Cartini’s motto. Only usually they are not so concerned about acting ability.

Wonderful news, I love Richard Burgi he is a wonderful actor. Welcome back to DayTime.

Wow Richard Burgi is 56 years old, still a sexy man lol.

Did you see his twitter pic? Excellent! Now that’s a profile pic. Black & white, casual, side view, smile-content & happy man-sexy as hell. A larger pic of probably his family on the beach. Great bio-very eclectic man, seasoned actor, gorgeous family, happy family pics, musical family-he’s the real deal! Very impressive! He’ll nail this. Thrilled GH has him!!

Bring on the Q’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

……Goes to show you, Ricardo that age does not matter if one is as strikingly hot as Burgi. I thought Shay and I were the only ones hung up on age….NOT!! LOL…..some people are just ugly inside and it surely shows on the outside….not this guy.
I wonder if he or a female actress, for instance, were yucky and homely looking, would we be commenting on his/her lack of good looks? Knowing myself, I would be biting my tongue….dying to say how ugly/unappealing his/her looks may be. But, I limit myself, for obvious reasons….LOL. I am not allowed to have freedom of speech here. May wake up the hound. But, Ricardo, if we can praise beauty, why can we not, at least, speak truthfully about the opposite. Sort of hypocritical, I say.
Seriously, though. I must agree with Shay. This guy’s good looks is not just what gives him this aura of presence. It is the entire self; his being; his persona; his essence. He exudes/emanates a self-assured nonchalance which sets him apart from a lesser man. He is soooo cool, man!! LOL.
I don’t know how to express it….I need Shay for this….but, he radiates that intangible ‘thing’ that only a few innately possess.

Very handsome guy an a good actor!

I’m not familiar with the original story or actor but from what I read he was older than Tracy. This actor is ten years younger…though he seems older to me than 56. Haven’t seen their interaction yet…not caught up…but they seem to play off each other well. Good looking guy…

Rebecca, the original actor who played Paul Hornsby was a bit younger than Tracy. I recall them mentioning it at the time.
He fell in love with Jenny Eckert (Bill Eckert’s little sister and Ned’s wife).

Thanks, Harry. I remember now that during the Fluke story they said Ned was married to an Eckert. I don’t remember him with anyone other than Lois and Alexis…and the affair with Monica.

Guess what? Stop the presses. I actually liked him! Yes me, the cantankerous, old grouch who is always complaining that the coffee is cold. And he and Tracy bantered so well together–they were pitch perfect and seamless with their transitions.
Like him–he works.
Let’s keep him.

I’m right there with you Harry… I appreciate they thought this
HIRING through, good pairing for Jane/Tracy… Richard can
ACT imagine that… Now if they would only get rid of or replace
Lulu, Val-Trollop, “MiIND YOUR OWN BEES WAX” Sappy…
They may be on to something.

“…NEW story for Tracy ”

LOL

and right out of the gates… no less

i’m with many…. of course theirs va va voom , he ACTS as well… what a plus

Dillan really does look like “his” parents

“WE” get more Jane Elliott : WOW

Ah, Fanny. Even your ‘sort-of’ negatively expressed opinions of characters is done mindfully and with class. You sound like the kind of person whose last thought is to hurt someone, verbally or physically. You are one conscientiously sweet lady. Vous etes une femme tres deuce et charmante.
I do not mind Sabrina, so much. She just emanates naïveté and goodness to me. But, Valkyrie-Val? I walk with you, Fanny. Too much credit is given to this insignificant, disreputable character. She had her sights set on Dante as soon as she laid eyes on him. Thus, when one, consciously knows what she is doing is wrong, regardless of the circumstances; that is, disrespect the fact that Dante is a married man, and, to her own cousin, no less; well?, she is a Ho, Ho, Ho!!!! I agree with Timmm. Valerie took advantage of Dante’s situation and his hurt state of mind/ bruised ego. She pounced…was it rape? Lol.
Yeah, I know, it’s a soap. Sometimes I ask my husband to smack me upside the head and bring me back to reality…LOL.
Thank you for your sweet sentiments. ….you enjoy your Sunday, as well.

No way are you cantankerous, Harry. Do you have any Havanas in that humidor? LOL….enjoy a couple; they will keep you centered…( Granda says that to Gran all the time when she tells him to stop…LOL).
I do agree with you, Harry. TPTB found the perfect match for Tracy in Burgi.

I enjoyed Paul Satterfield in the role previously. I know they’ve worked w/him on OLTL after that for a long while. Maybe he wasn’t available.

Spectacular choice! He instantly sizzles w/Jane Elliot! This man is classy, professional, a great actor, a seasoned actor, smooth as butter, completely into his scenes. He’s a sexy as hell, old enough to be my daddy-I’d love to call him DADDY!

Excellent choice although PS, the previous Paul looks like Dillon. RB does not, but EXCELLENT choice nonetheless. This man was meant to be on our screens. He’s in his element. WELCOME!!!

RC said Satterfield had retired from acting I have no idea if that is true.

My initial thought was, Jane Elliot is SO good that she can even make Sabrina tolerable. However, Richard Burgi doesnt need Jane;s magic because of how good HE is but together they are daytime gold! I cannot wait for more scenes! I really think Paul and Laura might connect and Tracey will become jealous and go after him. A new love triangle? Lets hope! The ladies deserve the story and we deserve Richard!

Nice press plus

what if Laura and Paul get close…. assuming Traci still goes out of town.. to LA
and comes home to this trio

couldn’t be better stuff

He is handsome. Thought I recognized him but didn’t remember from where, it was Desperate Housewives as Susan’s ex-husband.

I’m glad that they are putting a lot of people around Tracy to set her up for lots of story. Jane Elliot is amazing, and I’m happy to see her on screen as much as possible.

I see a triangle!

While it is a bit random to bring Paul Hornsby back, I would have much preferred Paul Satterfield to reprise the role. Richard Burgi kind of irks me as an actor, so I’m not too keen on this recast right now.

Yay. Someone agrees. He seems nice enough and was really handsome during the Sentinel show era. Now he is showing his age and has always been a lackluster actor. Not sincere I think. Sorry people.

Paul Hornsby is not only back just for Tracy, he is also Dillon’s father.
I see great scenes between Paul and Dillon, too..
This is going to be good!
Paul, Tracy, Dillon and a scene or two with Luke ..
Looking forward to see this story develop..

((I wonder how long Richard Burgi will be with GH,,,,

I’m just going to come out and say it…I’m so glad that Tony is leaving so that GH’s real powerhouse vet Jane Elliot can get a hot leading man and story line worthy of her character’s intelligence.

PREACH.

It’s obvious that he will hook up with Laura and continue to spar with Tracy. He’s instantly breathed new life into the Quartermaine family and I love it. Looking forward to the arguments between Tracy and Laura. They have so much material to work with.

No way..
I hope they don’t waste that handsome bad boy on renaissance gun moll Laura..
Jane Elliot is a much better actress than Genie..
Tracy and Paul will rock!!!

I hope Laura finds out she is a lesbian and is hooked-up with Valerie ..

I can’t wait for Tracy and Paul to get it going 😉

It’s sad. I think you actually believe the words you typed. I’ll be back when this triangle is in full swing. I’ll bring popcorn for the group, and tissues for you.

I’m 100 percent with you on Paul and Tracy. As far as the Laura and Val comment, I just vomited in my mouth!

But, suuuu. How do you know Jane is a better actress than Genie? You said you are not familiar with Genie or her acting. I loved Laura as Genevieve on Y&R. And, from the few weeks she’s been on GH, I fell in love all over again. She is so sweet, and a natural.
Actually, I love both actresses. Each offers something different, engaging and charming in her own way. We need not compare them.
C’mon, Su. It’s time you look at Laura with a more benevolent eye, yes? Okay, then….

PS.
Don’t get me wrong, Su. I much prefer Tracy and Paul together as well. But, one thing has nothing to do with the other. That is, we can’t compare these two wonderful actresses. I just have a feeling Genie’s sojourn will be a short-short one.
Laura and Valerie? What Timmm said.

ABC, LISTEN UP, two lifetime contracts to Richard Burgi and Rebecca Budig, PLEASE!

YES,YES,YES, professional actors such as these should be on contract.

I could easily come up with five contracts to eliminate if money is the issue!

You slay me Timmm….but when UR right…

Five at the very least, Timmm! (Need we name names? I think not…) I was absolutely astounded when I discovered some of the EXTREMELY dispensible GH cast members that were on contract. Such a huge waste of rare resources!

LOVE Richard Burgi… Have loved him since The Sentinel TV series. It will be great to see that gorgeous face & hear that sexy voice again on a regular basis. I think he is perfect for the role & it will hopefully showcase his wicked sense of humor too!
Oh & btw someone tell Kristalle he IS married to the lovely Liliana. Sorry girl! (lol)

AWESOME CHOICE—THEY NEED A CHARISMATIC ACTOR LIKE HIM TO PLAY TRACEY’S NEW LOVE INTEREST

General Hospital

GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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