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Risa Dorken Cast As GH's New Nurse Named … Amy!

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“Amy ___  to the seventh floor nurses station!”  That may be the call when actress  Risa Dorken makes her GH debut on May 4th!

According to Soap Opera Digest, Dorken has been cast as GH’s neweest nurse, but there is a key twist!

Apparently, her personality and the character description pretty much matches that of Amy Vining, the long-running blabbermouth nurse played by the late Shell Kepler (who passed away in 2008), and sister to Laura.  (Genie Francis).

The role in the casting breakdown described the new Amy as “a spunky new nurse who just can’t help herself from gossiping and putting her nose in other’s business.”

So, will Risa Dorken be Amy Vining’s daugther or relative, or is this a coinci-dink? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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

I hope she is related to Amy…sounds like she would be with that description…and she is very cute…at first i thought she was going to be Charlotte-Nathans ex-maybe she is and Amy’s kid too-this is a newbie i actually look forward to for a change-Please be Amy’s daughter and Nathans ex!!!

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

or will she be Nina’s thought-dead child?…i prefer Amy’s daughter and Nathan’s ex

Harry
Harry

Why the hell does her name have to be Amy? This is over kill.
Having her act like the classic Amy Vinning is good enough–no need to name her Amy.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I thought Nathan’s ex was named Claudette?

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

That was an error-i meant Claudette…

aria
aria

this is awesome, its brilliant, we need a busybody nurse, so i like it as to weather she’s related to the late amy vining, i welcome it if it is, if it isn’t then thats ok too, but great idea from the writers.

KansasGuest
KansasGuest

IMO it’s a nice homage to the character of Amy Vining. The character was never a pivotal one. But, it’s nice that GH never recast her, which they could have easily done. Having a nurse named Amy is a sweet sign that while she may be gone, she hasn’t been forgotten.

robbie
robbie

Enough with the new characters! Felix could easily be the gossip at the hub

Marilyn
Marilyn

We NEED some new people on the show. I.would prefer they bring back some oldies, but definitely need to keep mixing it up. I also think it would be cool if they gave some parts to some OLTL people. Oh I miss them!!

Madeline
Madeline

Hell yes starting with Melissa Archer!

Ces
Ces

We dont need more characters. Cast is beyond full & please no more OLTL actors.

Harry
Harry

Marilyn? Are you kidding? We need more people on GH like Donald Trump needs more holes in his head.

Judy
Judy

I so agree that we it would be nice to have some of the OLTL characters on the show. I like having Roger on the show. I liked him as Todd, but it got weird with him coming back at Todd for Starr who became Kiki than Roger comes back to become Franco. Just like Slyus who also played his dead brother for a while and now coming back as Fin. Why can’t they bring other people in so it doesn’t get confusing with crossovers.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Could she be Amy’s daughter? If so, who’s the daddy?

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

Maybe Finn?

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

Okay I’ll buy it until proven otherwise. lol

JustSaying
JustSaying

Last I remember Amy Vining died and I don’t remember Laura saying she had a niece. So I’m guessing “coinci-dink”.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I don’t know why but I don’t remember Amy dying. I hope this is a relative for Laura though. Could be something for Laura to have to deal with.

Brian
Brian

The actress past away in real life but Amy has not passed away on screen. So she could have just moved away and finally had a child and this could totally be her daughter!

Bonnie
Bonnie

would Amy really name her daughter after her?

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

Lucille Ball named her daughter after her so its possible…or she is using her middle name-maybe she is Claudette Amy Vining West?

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, Wow, Wow, Jimmy!! Good one!! I did say that Claudette would show up sooner or later. Maybe, she wants her gloves back.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Claudette needed her Visa. I believe Nathan said she was Canadian ( Quebecoise). Perhaps, Amy, the mother, had her with a French-Canadian. But, she would not need to marry Nathan if that were the case because Amy Vining was American. Hmmmmm. Good theory, though, right?

Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)
Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)

So, if this is the case… we know who Nathan has the hots for…

#TheBlondies lol

Mo
Mo

Sounds fun. All shows need a character like this.

Days-where’s Maxine!

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

I liked Maxine…with the return of Valerie Grant they could have been cousins like i suggested in a letter to Corday sometime ago,,,

Jennifer
Jennifer

The cast is bloated as it is! They tried to cry poor with Becky Herbst, but they keep adding new people like they have all the money in the world. Let me guess: Becky will be on her hiatus when “Amy” debuts.

Timmm
Timmm

She looks like a cross between Tracy Abbott and Tanya Tucker! Not bad. I dont think she is related to Amy. Who would name their daughter after ones self? UNLESS, Amy is her middle name? BUT, I dont remember Amy even dating much. Who could the father be? SCOTT BALDWIN! Welcome Risa.

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

Maybe Finn is her daddy…thought she could be Claudette Amy Vining Finn West-ties her to Laura, Dr.Finn and Nathan-his ex wife…thats the way the writers should have written the character instead of writing in a whole new family-still hope she is tied to someone in PC!!!

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

Lucie Arnez is sort of named after mom Lucille Ball so its possible…im named after my dad so why cant moms name their daughters after theirself?…i have heard of daughters named after their moms-not many do that but some have.

Timmm
Timmm

And while we are at it, Tim is Timothy. Why isnt Jim Jimothy?

doribones
doribones

My Aunt named her daughter, Joyce after herself.
I loved to hate Amy Vining, and am looking forward to the “character renewal”.

Susan
Susan

Or Tim Tames.

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

Or she could be yet another daughter for Laura while in the sanitarium who turns out to be a Cassidine thanks to Helene and one of her sons-Stravos, Valentin…

CeeCee
CeeCee

So pretty!

Fanny
Fanny

Really pretty ! Pleased to see the Hospital on an IV drip.

Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)
Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)

Maybe “Amy” could turn out to be a long-lost daughter somehow of Scotty Baldwin AND Laura Spencer. Lest us no forget, that when Laura and Lulu found that old (?album was it?) in the creepy and eerily Wyndermere… The album had to do with the older days with Laura and Scotty (with some ties into and mentions of Luke Spencer as well). Could see “Amy” being part of this key ticket that Helena Cassadine left behind for Laura in her will.

Timmm
Timmm

ANYTHING that involves Scotty, I’m in! The problem with your theory is I cannot see Laura walking away from a child?

Melissa
Melissa

Amy was Laura’s younger sister. Can’t tell from the photo how old this actress is, but I wonder if she can pass as Laura’s younger sister and be a recast of Amy Vining herself!

Melissa
Melissa

Oh forget it. I just IMDB’d her and she is only in her early 20s. Would be nice for Laura to have a niece around.

Iakovos
Iakovos

I loved Shell Kepler as Amy Vining, and when things turned dark in Port Charles, I lamented she was given so little to do. There is much to be said for the continuity characters who may not have constant front-burner stories, but “pour the coffee” and give audiences the sense of comfort and home. Kudos to the writers for what perhaps creates that again. Yes, the cast is bloated and eventually we need to winnow the rolls.

Rose
Rose

Worry about adding new characters, but Risa/Amy seems like a good addition based on the history of Amy Vining. Just wonder how she got passed an interview with Dr. O?

MT
MT

I’m kinda excited i’m not gonna lie, this could be good

dmr
dmr

Speaking of Laura, what happened to her and her quest for figuring out what Helena’s “gift” to her meant-another forgotten storyline?

Hayjay
Hayjay

Sounds fun!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Not unless she’s French jimh. I believe Nathan said he married her to keep her from being deported. And Amy sounds like she’s going to be the good-natured hub of all things gossip, like her predecessor. But who knows…she is joining the cast as Claudette is being talked about. I don’t think so, but you never know…

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

She dropped her accent like Madlyn had done?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hmmmm…

Joe
Joe

Just what we need, another new character!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I have no idea who Amy Vining is. I shall educate myself.

Joe
Joe

Amy Vining was classic. Played by Shell Kepler. She was Laura’s (adopted) sister. You may have heard the name Laura Vining. Amy was the hospital gossip. She was funny! Sadly, the actress passed away a few years ago. Not sure why a new “Amy” is being introduced. Hope whatever they are trying to pull works. The new actress has some big shoes to fill.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I know, Joe. But, I was sort of prepared, and braced myself as soon as the name Claudette came up.
I can’t say for sure, of course. But, why throw the name around if she were not to materialize?

Shay
Shay

Hey, CeeCee….Just think how long we heard about Nina before she turned up…..and ever since she did, I’ve been wishing she hadn’t! How I hope we won’t have a repeat situation with Claudette.

Harry
Harry

Shay, Hearing Silas wax poetic about his invisible friend brought back childhood memories of Big Bird waxing poetics about his invisible friend, the Snuffallagus (I have no idea how to spell that).
But damn, while I was expecting some mystical phantom animal to appear, I was instead stuck with Michelle Stafford snoring and hamming it up like the scene chewer she is.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay/Harry:
Just for interest sake…Mr. Snuffleupagus turned out to be real afterall. ‘Srsly’! Lol.

doribones
doribones

I think Griffin was the guy Claudette was with while she was married to Nathan-maybe he shot Griffin, the secret he’s hiding from Maxie!

Beach Dreamer
Beach Dreamer

It’s rude & disrespectful is what it is. I expect nothing less from GH these days though. Jelly & Co. spit on pretty much everything I ever loved about GH. Not sure what “demo” they’re going for with this one but it will fail like all the other stunts trotted out over the past 4 years. This isn’t a “nod”. This is erasing the past which is exactly what the past 2 regimes have tried endlessly to do. Too bad those of us who actually watched pre-2000 aren’t falling for it.

Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)
Ashland Cripton (a.k.a. Connor)

Can you really blame some writers though, wanting and or at least trying to look past the past?

Dylan
Dylan

Please make her Amy’s daughter!! Pretty please?!

mrsnoahdrake
mrsnoahdrake

Did they ever mention onscreen that Amy Vining died? I don’t recall any mention of it.
I hope she is an Amy relative otherwise it would be be disrespectful to Shell’s memory.
Maybe she could be a child that Amy had with that boxer Johnny (that was in the early 80s), which of course would be older than this actress is.
But it would be a nod to history.
As many others posted, the cast is already so bloated. I’d love to see more of Mac, Felicia, Robert, Kevin, Lucy, Epiphany, Diane, Milo, Max, TJ, Cam, Spencer, Laura, Scotty, and see Duke back.

Queen Bee
Queen Bee

She was murdered, but WE never saw a body. At least, that’s what my 9 yr old brain remembers.

mrsnoahdrake
mrsnoahdrake

I don’t remember her being murdered but I was not much older than you!

Lillian
Lillian

A nurse named Amy! The many scenes between Shell Kelper and Jane Elliott at the nurses station brings back fond memories.

Lillian
Lillian

JUST A SIDE NOTE: Kepler was a smart businesswoman. Way ahead of her time! She just maybe the first soap actor to have a product on the likes of HSN or QVC.

Jane
Jane

Cast is a bit full now as it is. So I agree with another’s comment.

Pat kocher
Pat kocher

I loved the old Amy she was so bubbley most of the time , that is when she wasn’t spelling guts out about things she would hear others talking about. I think her an the nurse who helped Sunny walk again would but heads . Would be funny it will be great to bring Amy in to shake up the 7th floor stiff necks , an some of the nurses, it will be great an funny for her to come back to put a different kind of spark of being a busy body who never keeps anything to her self, luv it. I also loved Jessie, an. Lucy nurses ba k when go was on l y on for 30 minutes, an 15 of the 30 was advertising.

frances scialla
frances scialla

would have been nice to have a different name and not Amy.Sure hope its not AMYVinnysdaughter. Would be great to have it be Claudette. Having watching this show from day one when it was only on for 15 mins cant wait to see what this new character will bring to the show.

rebecca1
rebecca1

The writers said they wanted to center alot of the characters and stories back to the hospital thus we have three new doctors and now “Amy.” I don’t know what to think of their name choice yet. Either they’re trying to recreate something lost while introducing a “new” character to viewers who never knew the original, or it’s a nod to the original actress-character by creating a similar one who coincidentally has the same name…like the coincidence of the many same faces of Michael Easton or the nid to Roxy. Curious to see how it plays out. She could add an element if good-natured fun like the original…perhaps she’s part of something Laura lost!

penny
penny

She has a couple of videos on youtube. She was definitely cast to play a relative of the other nurse Amy, same voice.

SoapPoop
SoapPoop

I just saw her today and instantly ran to google, because after watching her with Kirsten Storms…I was convinced they were related. Obviously I am wrong, but they really do look like THEY could be family.

sandy
sandy

Has anyone noticed that the new nurse Amy looks just like maxie. Are they sister’s in real life????

Judy
Judy

If this new addition to gh is a throw back to charcter amy vinning them she is a welcomed site she can certainlty hold her own with dr. monica rhat’s for sure, espically after today’s run on description of how Jason came to be a quartermaine.

Krista Tonn
Krista Tonn

I think Amy will be Amys daughter.

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Genie Francis (Laura) is coming back to the show, after all the uproar and demand for her to return.   You said there will be major story for her when she is back.  Is that true?

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FRANK:  Yes, and we are very excited that she is coming back.  And yes, we have actually two big stories for Genie, and there is a little bit of overlap in them. When she comes back she jumps right into the big story, and the audience will know what the story is when they see her return. 

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FRANK:  We all knew that it was for a limited time. Nelle has sort of wreaked havoc on anyone she possibly could, and left in a big way and helped kick-off another big story with some other fan favorites including: Michael (Chad), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen), and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright), and the Corinthos family.  So, that’s another fun thing to look forward to.  Chloe is just a tremendous young actress.  We all remember her from the 52nd anniversary episode, which was the Luke (Tony Geary) episode, which revealed the origin story. Chloe just really stood out to us, and we brought her back.  Everyone loved working with her and she is a great friend. 

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Did you have any trepidation about doing another baby switch storyline?

FRANK:  Never, never!   This one has a twist on a double twist.  It’s a triple-axel! It will be gut-wrenching, for sure.

Then, Dominic Zamprogna (Ex-Dante) left GH.  How do you feel about him deciding to leave the show?

FRANK:  I love Dominic.  In fact, we just had dinner together a few weeks ago.  He is a great actor, but he wanted to try some other stuff.   We wish him all the best.  And you never know … the door is always open. 

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Fans on social media have been commenting how the Drew/Sam/Jason triangle featuring: Billy Miller, Kelly Monaco ,and Steve Burton had started, and then was just kind of dropped and has not been playing out on-air.  Have you made the decision to not play that triangle?

FRANK:  No, we are definitely playing it.  There are many iterations:  Drew and Sam are connected through their children, and their love, and the history that they have.  And as well, Jason and Drew being brothers, and that Jason and Sam have their own history, as well.  There’s way more to come! 

Fans have commented, “What happened to this story?”

FRANK:   It’s a big show with a big cast.  Everyone takes a turn stepping forward, and then stepping back.

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You brought on Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux) as a potential love interest for Drew?

FRANK:  Yes, and I knew her work from All My Children and The Young and the Restless, and she is a phenomenal actress and we are really lucky to have her.  Margaux has got the flash drive with Drew’s memories on it and that is an important piece of information to have.

Peter August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey) is still on the canvas.  Is your plan to have Peter create more havoc in Port Charles?

FRANK:  Wes Ramsey is a phenomenal actor.  I think he did a phenomenal job when Peter was kidnapped and tied-up.  It’s not easy to be in scenes where you are tied-up for almost four weeks, and to act, and to stay present in the stage of being a hostage.  I just though he knocked it out of the park  He is Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) brother, he is Anna’s (Finola Hughes) son and with whatever is going to happen with Maxie, they are connected.  He is Maxie’s brother-in-law and baby James’ uncle.  There is a lot of story there.

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Finola Hughes is back after taking some time-off.  Now, Anna and Finn’s (Michael Easton) relationship will be further explored as they now fight a common enemy.  What can you share about this duo?

FRANK:  Finola had a mini-vacation. She is incredibly hard-working, and we try to make sure actors’ have enough time in their personal life to have fun, and go on vacations, and be with their family. This was something we were able to work out story-wise.  But also, Hamilton will be involved with his family and there is some story there and also as you see, when Finola came back we launched into a big story with them.  There is so much to explore in their relationship. For Anna, she has only had two great loves in her life, Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Robert (Tristan Rogers).  So for her to open up her heart to someone else is a big deal, and we will explore that as well, and what that means.

Michelle Stafford (Nina) has been delivering in scene after scene as the grieving sister, following the death of her brother, detective Nathan West.  What is in store for her Nina and her relationship, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart)?

FRANK:  Valentin and Nina are separated right now, and that is never going to sit well with Valentin.  He is going to do everything in his power to try and win her back.  That will not only be fun to watch, but it will be interesting and full of twists, as well.

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Chase (Josh Swickard) and Maxie seems like they could make for an interesting pairing. Will you explore that at this point?

FRANK:  There is a lot of potential with Maxie, but I don’t think Maxie is ready to be in a relationship.  She has tons of story with Lulu (Emme Rylan), and as well with her parents, and there will be lots of other fun things going on with her, but I don’t see a romance right now being front and center in her life.

Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Krstina) is coming back to GH.  Fans had been calling for her return.  Why the decision now to bring her on to the canvas?

FRANK:  We love Lexi!  Her parents are two of the most important people on the show, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  It just seemed like a no-brainer, and she was available. We have a really fun story for her, as well.

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So, there is no Parker (Ashley Jones) in Kristina’s life, right now?

FRANK:  We will see as we go along, and we will uncover the truth about that relationship, as well. 

You brought one of the finest actresses in Tamara Braun back to GH.   Do you plan on utilizing her more … and will Kim be driving story?

FRANK:  Kim is going to have a very big story this fall.

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What can you share on the future of Julian (William deVry) and Alexis?

FRANK:  They will be part of the Kim story as well, and their own story.  Alexis is going to be involved in different stories that will culminate in a story of her own, as well

Patricia Bethune was great as Nurse Mary Pat as Carly’s nemesis at Ferncliff.   She is an amazing character actress.  Did you plan on keeping her around as long as you have?

FRANK:  She is just a great actress and we really lucked out.  She played the balance of very deadly serious and dangerous, and also with a sardonic and sarcastic sort of comedic bent to it.

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Let’s talk Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco (Roger Howarth).  Is there a wedding? And if so, will it go off without a hitch?

FRANK:   There is a wedding coming in the fall.  And how could a wedding between Liz and Franco be anything but explosive and hilarious?  How funny was Roger Howarth in the remote scenes where they save Carly at Ferncliff, and he is sitting in the car and he says, “You knocked over my art supplies.”  I mean, that is pretty great stuff. 

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You recently had OLTL fan favorite Patrick J. Gibbons (Ex-Sam Manning) on GH, in role of Wyatt … the scout who tripped upon Peter being held hostage in the cabin.   How was it working with him again after your time together in Llanview?

FRANK:  Patrick and his family are very good friends of mine, who I have always had a connection with. When the writers came up with the part of Wyatt, I thought Patrick would be perfect for it.  He was wonderful.   Patrick has the right amount of innocence. He has grown so much as an actor, and he is still only 11.  I thought he was phenomenal. He played the wonder and the dedication to the scouts and trying to figure it out in fear of Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).   I thought he did such a nice job,   He is a lovely kid.  I was so happy to reconnect with him.

You have recast Vinessa Antoine’s role of Jordan Ashford with Briana Nicole Henry. Vinessa has gone on to be the series lead in the upcoming Canadian TV drama, Diggstown.  Isn’t it always hard to recast a role?

FRANK:  It’s always hard to recast and we never take it lightly.  We always want to make sure we bring in somebody good.  Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan are in a position in their story where it’s important to keep them on the canvas, and write –off the character of Jordan for a frivolous reason. We would not want to do that to the audience.

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The Alzheimer’s storyline is one of the important social and medical issues of our time to shed a light on.  Through Max Gail’s (Mike) performances, it has resonated so much to the audience.  Do you plan on continuing taking the viewers through the most difficult and tragic moments in the journey of someone who cannot escape this illness, and the toll it takes on its loved ones?

FRANK:  I think that Max Gail, like Vernee Watson (Stella), took us by surprise at how amazing they are. The Alzheimer’s story is very near and dear to all of our hearts.  We want to tell it in a way that is very realistic, but to also emphasis the hope and the family connection, and the love that is that family. Sometimes in the face of tragedy, it brings out the best in human beings.  There is something very uplifting about that, even though we are telling a very sad story.  Mike realizes that this family loves him, even though he has made mistakes. There is a tremendous amount of forgiveness and a tremendous amount of empathy and sympathy, and reconciliation in moving forward.  I think the relationship between Max and Sonny is played beautifully by Max and Maurice Benard.

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What is ahead for Ava Jerome (Maura West), now that the secret is out that the man she thought she could trust and who loved her, Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen) slept with her daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin)?

FRANK:  Ava explodes over the next couple of weeks and has a major, major story. Maura West has never been better!

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What is ahead now for Carly?  She holds the clue that there has been a switcheroo at Ferncliff involving her “therapist” Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom).  Will she be the one to figure it out? 

FRANK:  Carly will definitely be dealing with the repercussions from Ferncliff, and also some family situations, and also something big coming up with Sonny. She will also be helping Michael through his difficult time, because she is a good mother.

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So, what story are you looking forward to seeing play out?  Are you excited for the return of Genie Francis? What did you think about the EP’s thoughts on the departures, the returns, and the plans for the characters in Port Charles this fall? Comment below.

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