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Rick Hearst Returns to General Hospital as Ric Lansing!

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Another casting great blast from the past from General Hospital!  None other than very popular actor, and three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Rick Hearst is back filming at the ABC soap opera reprising his role as Ric Lansing, the brother of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard)!

According to Soap Opera Digest, Rick will first air on the upcoming February 24th episode! And when fans last saw Ric Lansing in 2009, he was headed out to Los Angeles, but left with these parting words:  “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be back.”

Hearst is also very familiar to soap audiences for his portrayal of Alan-Michael Spaulding on Guiding Light, Whip Jones on The Bold and the Beautiful, and Matt Clark on The Young and the Restless!

So what brings Ric back to Port Charles?  Does he become involved in the Jerome vs. Corinthos mob war? What do you think about the news that Rick Hearst is returning to GH?  Let us know!

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MBmomof3
MBmomof3

WOW! February sweeps should be amazing! Can’t wait.

GH50
GH50

And this is the issue. Ron and Frank know that Franco, Silas, Kiki, Sabrina etc, do not drive ratings, yet these characters and their story lines dominate. They then bring in some vets to get people to tune in, and as you so astutely point out, during sweeps.

Actors and characters who generate ratings should be on contract and have main story lines. Doesn’t it stand to reason that ratings would be consistently higher? I think it’s pretty obvious what the pattern is here.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

You have a valid point GH50.

ashenroth
ashenroth

I want rick back…hope he’s returning and that wasn’t just a tease…he’s one of my fav vets on the show great actor always has real chemistry on the show I want him back!!! But….I also want my boy steve Burton back to I’m so mad about that I could scream…want Robin back as well…I agree with previous posts concerning vets and newbies we need the vets with bigger story lines for sure…

Carole
Carole

I’ve been waiting for this! If only Faih Rosco wasn’t dead!

Cindy
Cindy

That has never stopped GH. How fun that would be.

Carole
Carole

I was teasinng Cynthia a while back that you never know! LOL!

SZima
SZima

Dead is NEVER dead!

Edward
Edward

awesome… i said it two weeks ago with Molly…that he was needed…now could be interested if he sides with Julian….

GH50
GH50

Rick is a great actor and the character of Ric Lansing has been missed. But I fear this is just more bait before the switch. Just more of the Ron/Frank shell game. The Newbies consistently dominate the show but then you get a vet returning to make sure people tune in. They’ll probably give in and meet Genie Francis’s demands and bring her back in the next few months as well, but not give Laura the proper story and respect she deserves.

They know the show can’t survive on the likes of Howarth, Castillo, Easton, Alderson etc, but instead of trimming their stories or cutting them entirely, they pull casting stunts with vets to get people to tune in, then when fans are just about disgusted and ready to tune out, they wave a treat in front of our faces so we come back.

I wish Ron and Frank would abandon their personal agenda and stop manipulating and then disappointing the fans. Why not just write and produce GH? Have the Vets and legacy characters have main story lines and include some newbies. I’m sure that formula would work and I bet ratings would be more consistent and higher.

And speaking of ratings, yes they were up during the polar vortex, the following week, Jan 13-17, ratings are down double digits. People tuned in and saw an entire week of Franco, Silas etc and didn’t rush to come back. Ratings will be up again this week Jan 20-24, but again, blizzard and freezing temps.

mfarris70
mfarris70

Every writer and producer has “an agenda,” or as I think of it, a vision for the show. Just because you don’t like what you see doesn’t mean there’s some evil plot happening behind the scenes at GH.

Cindy Allen
Cindy Allen

I think we are all upbeat and hope full about Genie Francis coming back I would hope with the Victor story that she would be back soon. All of her fans miss her a lot.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Not the same without Genie Francis–she adds class to GH. And, boy, is it ever in need of class, right now!

Sam
Sam

Yesss! Finally! He’s the one I’ve been waiting for, cannot wait to see him!

Li
Li

Me too! I’ve been waiting on his return. I hope it’ll be a good storyline!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

See…old favorites return, so just because Kim M. is leaving at the moment to do her thang, she can always come back again if she wants to and has the time…so whether you like them or not…much of Gh’s renewed success is because of Frank and Ron. Now i agree the show has some problems but if it werent for the current regime i sincerly doubt we’d be commenting on the show right now…it wouldve been gone two years ago!

Jay
Jay

I have been waiting for this for at least a year. So excited he’s coming back!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Always liked him. Hope it’s not just a short visit…lots of drams there…his history with Sam, Molly’s dad…Sonny’s brother…Alexis’ ex…will he be on the Corinthos side or lash out at his brother. Maybe a tryst with Ava? Hmmmm……

SZima
SZima

A tryst with Ava…not THAT would be interesting! She IS kinda like Faith Rosco!

rebecca1
rebecca1

haha! I had forgotten about Faith Rosco!

Rosanna
Rosanna

FABULOUS!!!!! his storyline did not end the way it was intended and lets hope his return has him on Sonny`s side!!!

Cookie
Cookie

Omggggg !!!!!!! Liz and Ric!!!!’

ethel
ethel

it’s about time!!

Sarah
Sarah

Love that he is coming back on GH!!! Can’t wait for all the drama!!! Alexis with all her baby daddies in town!!!

untilwemeetagain
untilwemeetagain

This is great news (even though I still want Spin back and won’t give up on it). I adored LiRic until the writers trashed them, so I’d love to see that rebuilt again. Plus, I think he’s a great actor and another one that can do anything. I just hope RC writes for him because RC is a lot of flash but not a lot of substance so far. I need something else to keep me tuned in on a regular basis.

vikkye
vikkye

i cant wait!!!! i love ric!!! welcome back!!!

su0000
su0000

I can only hope that Ric Lansing,/Sonny’s brother will be in Sonny’s 2 man mob to make Sony’s mob a 3 man mob!!
hahah haa ‘mob’ my hind end lol ..

It is two old gangsta’s trying to get even with each other from the past, long gone mob…

But!! their family situations are awesome!!
Love the “Jerome family they are so messed up lol..
Love the Corinthos family and all their problems..

It really is about the 2 families trying to take the other down, no actual mob involved..

Johnny
Johnny

I dont know why you keep saying there is no mob involved. Lol. Mob…mafia…organized crime…career criminals…murderers…whatever name you use it still means the same thing. Thats what they are….mobsters…and thats what they do….crime.

Bold
Bold

He is an awesome actor!!! Loved him as Matt Clark in y r. GH is taking all the best ones!! GH rocks!!

Charday
Charday

Oh, god, all we need is more of Sonny’s cronies. Blech.

Johnny
Johnny

Amen.

Rod
Rod

YAY!!! YAY!!! YAY!!!!!
This is sooooooo AWESOME!!!!

Tom
Tom

So glad he’s back in Soap Land. His role as Alan-Michael is one of my earliest soap memories.

clh
clh

Yes!! Love this guy and love the character. Can you say Ric/Alexis/Julian triangle?!

Suzanne
Suzanne

Love that he is coming back. Looking forward to seeing Molly & RIc’s reunion. Heck looking forward to Sonny & Ric, Liz & Ric, Alexis & Ric too!

Elhu
Elhu

Great news, love Rick Hearst and his GH character Ric Lansing.

Sly
Sly

Love him. I can’t wait to see him.

lll
lll

I know I’m in the minority but I like the Jerome/Corinthos Mob war. I’ve been saying that Sonny needs someone to lean on that isn’t Sean, Duke or Olivia but family. I wanted Ric Lansing to come back from the start and I’m so glad he’s coming back. I know they have too many people on the show but he is welcome. Hope he stays long term (and get rid of Nathan).

su0000
su0000

You are not in the ”minority”
There are millions who like the mob stuff, it is just that they are all happy about those stories and are not on the boars complaining and bitching about it, ‘cus we are a happy mob lovers, no complaints..
We are legion!! We are are many!! We are the silent happy fans!!

aria
aria

does this mean Liz will bet a story or airtime then hey welcome back, but we’ll see!

Sam
Sam

Now if only they could get Tamara Braun back as the REAL Carly and have Laura Wright’s character as a fake, that would be marvelous.

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

He was overused in the past. His rivalry with Sonny went stale years ago . Hopefully. A new angle and a short stay

toscanti
toscanti

Ric with Ava Jerome would really rock the house! Just sayin! For everyone complaining about Frank and Ron, Would you rather have that soap killing dictator Jill farren Phelps back? I will gladly let you take her as she is killing my favorite soap Y&R.

Shay
Shay

So “Ms. 3X3’s” trio of babydaddies will finally be complete, present and accounted for on the GH canvas….nice one, just what Port Charles needs: another creepy freak blast from the past…as if Scotty and his gross, sleazy, disgusting love scenes with Lucy aren’t stomach-churning enough…now we’ll have another twisted legacy predator to lurk in Port Charles! And yet, Noah Drake can’t return with all the upheaval in his son’s life? The Frisco-dissing continues so as to further tarnish his character’s reputation, making a return highly unlikely and the nearest Blackie will seemingly ever reach to making a reappearance in his hometown will be on those adorable yogurt spots that run between the show’s scenes.

liz
liz

Why are they bringing him back? To wreck his character just like they did to all the vets. Glad I stopped watching this show so I don’t have to watch them destroy more of the vets but sad I waited two years to years to stop. I have watch GH for 38 years but it should of been 36 years with all the crap they have written.

Rusty
Rusty

What do you mean, “wreck his character?” His character was a spineless POS to begin with! We are talking about the guy who chained a pregnant woman to a wall and kept her hidden while he was married to Liz! This is the man who tried to take Molly away from her mother who was fighting cancer! Who threatened to send Alexis to jail for smoking pot to relieve her pain if she didn’t give up custody of Molly. And this is the same man who is weak and impotent standing in the shadow of his half brother Sonny. I hate that he’s coming back. It just may be what keeps me from watching altogether. I would rather watch Robin and her self-righteous, judgmental, bossy attitude every day than see Rick come back. And make no mistake, he is NO vet. Please don’t ever put him the same category as Luke, Laura, Monica, and Tracy. THEY are vets.

Shay
Shay

Thank you, Rusty! I can totally understand people enjoying Hearst as an actor based upon his previous soap characters, but I’ll never get how one can derive pleasure from his portrayal of Ric. That is one very sick, slimy dude and I was thrilled when he left Port Charles the last time around…..the whole Sonny, Trevor, Ric storyline was disgusting, as was the Sam-Ric romp. I realize at the time KM’s role was that of a bad girl who detested her birth mother and was seeking revenge, but since then she has evolved into a much better person and a mother herself, so I hardly look forward to her being reminded of her darker days. Unnecessary, just plain unnecessary….

Michael S
Michael S

Outstanding news! GH just keeps getting better and better!

mfarris70
mfarris70

I have some well-intentioned advice to the GH fans who don’t like show right now. Write a letter explaining what you don’t like about the show and why. Send it to Frank Valentini and all of the executives at ABC. This would be a rational way to share your opinion with people who have the ability to change the show. Posting theories about how Valentini and Ron Carlivati are purposely shutting out veterans, have “an agenda” or are secretly working to get the show canceled and other wild conspiracy theories are not helping your cause or the actors you care so much about– and I know you do. These posts just make you seem loony and therefore not listened to.

k/kay
k/kay

I really think RH is a great talent but somehow they will screw this up unless it is a pet of RC or a newbie he just can’t write for them. Have not been impressed by one past actor he has brought back. Anna/FH started out fine now she is presented as a keystone cop.

Dan
Dan

Excellent news! Great actor, great character. GH continues to be on fire!

Linda
Linda

Glad Ric Lansing is back! We know Molly will be happy but what about Alexis and Liz?

bearzy
bearzy

OMG!! He is such a great actor.. Thank You, my prayers have been answered.. :0

andrea
andrea

why is everyone complaining about GH?? Yes its been slow lately but there is always the calm before the storm!! Don’t worry it will be must see TV soon enough!!!!!!

Jeff
Jeff

Sarah Brown and Laura Wright have been the best Carlies, not Tamara Braun.

Rodd
Rodd

Rick is brilliant! Am SO looking forward to seeing him on screen.

heidi
heidi

Glad to see Rick coming back!!!

Tim
Tim

I think Rick should be the Jerome family attorney.

Aria
Aria

Uncle rick will hook up with Ava n poor little Morgan will not like that yet another family member has stolen another gf..

Tim
Tim

How about Rick some how being the one that rescues Carly?

GHFan060
GHFan060

Yeah Dante needs to meet his uncle..hmm how will that work out I wonder.

Rose
Rose

Ohhhh I missed this notice. awesome!

rachie
rachie

It would be nice if he came back with family loyalty. Hes a great actor and nice on the eyes let him be arrogant in a good way. Please no more sleezy schemes like before

Robert
Robert

Ric is back because he is funding Baird Enterprises which funds Julian Jerome. Ric has always wanted to get revenge on Sonny and this is his revenge. He will reconnect with Molly. If Nicolas does not go back to Elizabeth, Ric will. This should set up an interesting dynamic and then there wil be play between Alexis and Ric. Ava will likely make a play but that will interfere with her plan to off her brother. No funding no family. Molly will have her father back. How will that play into the mix. Welcome back Ric. You always prove to be amazing.

rg
rg

Super excited!

gerri
gerri

thrilled he’s back !!!!!

Ingrid
Ingrid

Ric is so great on gh! Super excited to see where the relationship goes with Elizabeth this time. Hope Ric turns things around with everyone and can be portrayed as a good guy on the show and stick around for a very long time! Rick Hearst is so talented and attractive- he truly adds a lot to the show! He’s a Keeper!

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

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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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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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