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Robert Palmer Watkins Let Go At General Hospital

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Another actor is exiting the canvas at General Hospital!  This time it’s Robert Palmer Watkins who has been let go in his role of Dillon Quartermaine.

On-Air On-Soaps can confirm the exit.  No final airdate has been revealed for Watkins. But with Robert’s exit, the Quartermaine family continues to shrink.

We understand the actor was completely taken by surprise by the decision made by the show.

Robert has been with GH since 2015, taking on the role of Dillon Q, first played by Scott Clifton (now B&B’s Liam).  Daytime Confidential leaked the news.

Watkins had been away from the ABC daytime drama series for the last month filming a role in the upcoming feature, Last Three Days. 

What are your thoughts on the news of Robert Palmer Watkins being pink-slipped from GH? Comment below.

 

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Jillie
Jillie

WTH!!!

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Really, like what is up with these ridiculous casting decisions? First Rebecca Budwig, a huge loss to let her go. Now Robert. I was really looking forward to seeing his role grow over time. What’s all this about – to raise funds for Steve Burton’s salary? I never thought he was that great. Always seemed pretty lifeless to me. This is all absurd.

Willy Garza ( PartyWill )
Willy Garza ( PartyWill )

I deeply saddened by the latest casting & firing at Gh ..
Thanks alot for letting go of our beloved characters & actors !
You just lost a loyal viewer !

Suzie rm
Suzie rm

Sad. Now the leading men are all Mobster, murderers or rapists. What happened to the show I loved?

Justin
Justin

Right! And, what happened to my favorite family, the Quartermaines.

Momtude
Momtude

Yes, why are they getting rid of the legacy characters!? This focus on mob is a ratings killer- this isn’t the Sopranos- it’s a daytime soap-opera! I’m so sick of Sonny being shot, Sam falling off the stairs into fake Jason’s arms, Julian courting Alexis, mob mob mob and their mob mamas make for tired storylines. When fans said “lets get back to the hospital based relationship drama- we didn’t mean shoot up the mob and their gal pals and put THEM into the hospital! The core families and their exgtended characters should be the focus- it’s what works on the other Soaps—NOT Sonny and not Sam. If Soapsters want gritty street guys and gals they woudn’t choose to watch daytime TV! The Qs ( Monica, Ned, Dillon +) , the Webbers ( Liz and Laura +), the Baldwins/Spencers ( Scotty+ Luke+ ) — were all connected to//with hospital figures. That is why the Spencers/Scorpios/Cassidines worked. The Cassidine clan minus Nicolas is now a collection of mobbed up, criminal types. Horrible direction that is ratings suicide ( as shown BY ratings!) Bringing Steve Burton in to prop the mob-moll isn’t going to help since the core characters involved are just not interesting or hospital based- Steve’s connection to the story was his connection to Q’s and Webbers. THAT is what connected/endeared him to the viewers- the root of the affection to him. The emotional push/pull he always experienced, and we felt, to his past ( Monica/Liz) and the relationship to Sonny. . Sonny as one mob figure — fine- especially the family connection, but mob only storylines and Sam front and center is a snore. She doesn’t have the acting chops, she’s a one-dimensional mob- moll. Fine when she’s an ancillary character having an affair with Sonny/Jax/Lucky/Patrick but not main character material. She’s not a family type person and that is what SoapOperas are good at…sticking her in the Davis clan and then making the Davis clan mob isn’t working. You turn into a soap to see characters you can relate to navigating family situations. Most viewers can’t related to a con woman trying to play salt of the earth but continuing to dress in widow black and stilettos falling off stairs and eating at Noodle Buhhda. It’s too much focus on someone who can’t carry the load and with no real relationship to the core of the show’s origins.

Maureen R Hoeler
Maureen R Hoeler

my favorite soap is doomed for extinction …all our faves are leaving 1 by 1…bad bad bad choices by TPTB.

Robert L
Robert L

Ridiculous!!

tony
tony

All these decisions lately are good. He was wooden and interesting. Bad recast to begin with. Couldn’t match the acting chops of the other Qs.

Tracy
Tracy

Talented actor, always hate to lose someone that good, but they have not been utilizing him much lately. What does this mean for Kiki and the Quartermaines?

Patrick
Patrick

shucks. I truly loved Dillon and Kiki…. I thought this was the perfect match for Kiki… when she finally made it out of the Corinthos orbit. this had all the making of true love. yeah, it was even a knight in shining armor . yes, I agree, what is so wrong with having a nice guy on the show ? even if he is a Q ? . nada , right?

I could always depend on RPW Dillon. when he’d show … it was with such a relaxed feel… that I’d never want to think I took advantage of his character and just assuming he’d always be with. argh!

ANYWAY: @Tracy .

Griffin is finally going to let loose ? when Ava asked him… do you ever feel temptation ? being so perfect ? etc… and Griffin responded , “who says I don’t? ”

that bee sting is more telling than we know. heat steam and then some just flew between Ava and Griff. It occurred to me that Griffin is going to get involved with the Jerome women…. this is, FINALLY a way for Matt Cohen, to break out.

FINALLY… there may be a lot of nay say… so be it.

i’ll take any thing.. just to see Ava out of the Sonny and Carly show.

i’m equally excited to see matt Cohen stretch his acting wing

hang on, Maura West is just starting it all up again.

rose
rose

Patrick…Agree about the sweet” relationship between Kiki and Dillion. Sorry to see him go. Would have liked it if they had also built more on his artistic side since he doesn’t seem to be the corporate type Q.

I can see the attraction between Griffin and Ava, even though I don’t want it to develop into a full fledged thing. I’m sure Griffin sees the good part of Ava’s soul, and wants to heal and nurture that. But I wonder if flawed humans can attract. And we know Griffin seems to feel continuing guilt over being priest or doctor, and having broken his celibacy. Matt did show he could breakout during his scenes with Olivia Jerome and Anna in GH underground basement. Would like to see more of that also.

And finally, I know you like Liz, but just don’t see her with Franco. Especially since his return from NYC. She always seems to have a history of picking the wrong guy. But Franco! And then exposing “her boys” to to these revolving door relationships.

Patrick
Patrick

@Rose.

hope you read this – i’m just not going to be jumping on the bandwagon with Franco and Liz this go round.

have I figured it out ? finally …

Roger Howarth does indeed have that it factor for smolder and take you in and off guard. yep i’d tango

HOWEVER: once he started right in with his own mumbo jumbo and his talkie talkie about chocolate brownies or what not ? and talking in the 3rd person… I just jumped off and decided who needs this ? certainly NOT Liz. I hope Franco gets lost in his art studio

SO…. TPTB can dispose of this … lauded pet. cya

time for Liz to return to her sophistication and dress her to the nines.. glammed up Liz needs to ready herself for a new man.

NOW… if he was like his premiere.. Todd + Roger Howarth .

otherwise… this is a lot of cache to WASTE

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

This is absolute B.S. to me. Robert Palmer Watkins stepped into the role of Dillon Quartermaine, and absolutely made the role his own. Connecting the character with those from his past and then mixing it up with those currently on the canvas was a great way to bring him back to the Port Charles canvas. The pairing with Hayley Erin’s Kiki was great and provided some really great potential for a long-term pairing, but it’s apparent TPTB at Disney ABC Television Group do not know what they’re doing.

First, they fire Rebecca Budig and now, they’ve gone and fired Watkins. He deserved better, the fans deserved better and the character deserves better than this right now. If people could get Rebecca Herbst rehired, when she didn’t even have a storyline, then we can definitely get both Budig and Watkins rehired. I do wish him the best and am ultimately believing he would be an excellent recast for Kyle Jenkins on The Young and the Restless; his familiar similarities to the Abbott family would be excellent, and he would bring a lot to the Genoa City canvas!

Kevin C
Kevin C

I agree with you Scott that Robert Palmer Watkins would be a great addition to Y&R…I really like RPW and his dismissal from GH is a great loss…I know better things will come along for Robert and hopefully he will be picked up by Y&R…

Kevin C
Kevin C

BTW, I liked Dillon and Kiki as a couple…I no longer watch GH full time and I only check in from time to time…

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea for RPW as the new Kyle on Y & R!! Trade Tessa in for him, heck I’ll even throw in a few more dullards FREE!!

Patrick
Patrick

RPW ; as a newbie

is a competent actor, and that’s saying alot in this day and age

he perfectly blended himself wholly in the cast and production

whats not to like?

@dmr.. he’d be a great Kyle

he would gell completely with Peter Bergman.

i’m getting heartsick about the Q and this show

I wish this man the BEST

Shelley and Frank : bitch slap

Mateo
Mateo

I hope the Steve Burton hiring is worth knocking off solid cast members. Rebecca Budig and now Mr. Watkins. Robert Palmer Watkins has grown substantially as an actor. I am actually equally bummed about it. It’s time to focus on keeping the quality. I am glad that Will DeVry is able to stay and glad to see Roger Howarth back on the screen but it bothers me that solid talent such as Robert’s is being set free. I wish him well in his future endeavors but I would like to see him stay on the show.

Jimmy
Jimmy

To me, Robert never connected with the role the way Scott Clifton did. I didn’t take to his pairing with Kiki, probably because of the disaster of a character Kiki had been when she was paired with Morgan and that tainted her for me. I hope Hayley Erin is on her way out too.

I too am happy Will is staying because Julian is an important character tied to many stories. Roger, on the other hand, is a very talented actor but Franco is probably one of the worst characters daytime TV ever created. I wish they had cast him in a different role because I still can’t stand Franco.

As for Rebecca, I’m torn. While she is a fantastic actress and made Hayden a somewhat likable character, the writing was always either terrible or boring. She didn’t really pop until the last few months when her stories became interesting. Thankfully the door was left open for a return, but Hayden was also a fringe character with no ties beyond Liz and Finn (another fringe character), so I’m not terribly sad to see her go. It just sucks having to lose Rebecca.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I agree, Mateo. And we all know why he and Rebecca Budig were let go. This “biblical” return of Steve Burton sure has caused a lot of bad blood already, whether it’s the actual cause of the other firings or not. The timing is just too suspect.

MB
MB

How much money does anyone think that Steve Burton makes? So let me get this straight, he gets Budig’s money, Watkins money, the money freed up from Tyler leaving, Jane Elliot’s, all that money that Geary made. Burton is one rich dude.

This Burton narrative is ridiculous. And yeah he gets paid, so does everyone else. Howarth bolts for three months and they chase him, why? Oh yeah, big star, huge fan base. Except last he was on during May sweeps, GH was averaging 2.3-2.4 million viewers and a demo in the 370-390 range. The ratings this summer during the “big star’s” absence? The exact same.And ratings should be lower in July, beginning of August than May sweeps. I wouldn’t just say Howarth has no impact, I’d say that since Summer ratings should be and always have been lower than May sweeps, the fact they are the same means ratings have improved without him.

But let’s pay Howarth instead of Tyler and other vets and get rid of legacy Quartermaine’s, and let’s keep DeVry and Stafford as well when they have no positive value on GH.

Rhonda
Rhonda

To be clear, Budig garners a steep price too but yeah, MB this totally sucks.
Bryan Craig is coming back (hopefully he doesn’t stay) and Steve Burton is coming back and that means more Sonny, Sonny, Sonny.
GH has become the Sonny station and I am sick to death of it.
I liked Kiki with Dylan and look how she is thriving without that albatross around her neck. In addition, we need more Qs, not less! I call foul on this one.

Charlene
Charlene

Howarth did not bolt, he was in contract negotiations and GH policy is to take the actor off the canvas during those situations. Howarth settled just before the summer break and returned to filming after the break.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Mateo, I was about to write that! Possibly to pay for Steve Burton’s salary, which I am sure is hefty!!

Momtude
Momtude

maybe that was their goal– bring back SB to spike ratings, dismiss actors to fire up the fans and when the SB storyline fizzles out ( he’s NOT the real Jason) and he goes fans won’t be too disappointed and will start to watch and appreciate the Billy/Kelly pairing. I don’t see their pairing helping the ratings at all- dismissing the past for Jason as Miller plays him/writers write him is keeping the ratings stagnant. Jason is a Q and his connection to mainstream characters and his personal respect for the past and his relationships are the core. It’s what pulled the heartstrings and kept us tuned in.

Patrick
Patrick

He fit right in with, the “Q’s”

that; is no easy feat

he has one of the BEST coupling for the younger set. Dillon and Kiki.

it’s fun right now watching him with Ned Quartermaine.

Robert Palmer Watkins fit like a glove… just an instant comfort level.. that will be missed.

as a newbie , he couldn’t have “cost” that much… when you mess with his place on the show… you mess with much more than the actor… it’s like the Q’s are now near complete dismantle

if this show , w/ Steve Burton is back for the Corinthos. wasteland

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Agree on all points.

Where are my Quartermaines?!!

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

agree too

Dave
Dave

It stinks. GH is moving the wrong way for sure!!!!!

Jimmy
Jimmy

To be honest, I never liked his portrayal of Dillon. He always felt very wooden, and seemed out of place with actors like Jane Elliot, Leslie Charleson and Wally Kurth. Plus, he hasn’t had story for months now, so this isn’t much of a surprise. It is sad to see the Q clan continue to dwindle though. Ned and Monica are is the only ones left now, and they aren’t seen often. Maybe they will recast Dillon in the near future, or find a way to bring Emily or A.J. back – both characters should still be alive.

Hopefully he will take Hayley Erin with him, and Kiki can go off to med school. I’ve never liked the character or Hayley’s portrayal, and she is another fringe character that can be easily cut.

Soaphound
Soaphound

I wasn’t a big fan of Robert, but he was pleasant enough and a competent actor. He’s also quite easy on the eyes. Maybe that’s part of Mr. Burton’s return contract terms….no younger actor who’s better looking than he is can stay. Of course, the big stars (Roger Howarth, Billy Miller, Maurice Benard) wouldn’t be affected, but maybe they want the younger guys picked off. I’m sure SB can get just about anything he wants.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

DAYS should cast him as Alex Kiriakis. He’d go from playing Wally Kurth’s brother on GH to his son on DAYS!

Ray
Ray

Love this idea.

su0000
su0000

OK—-
Robert is a talented young guy with other projects..
It’s good for him to get out and explore the many opportunities awaiting him…

And–
Dillion has been horribly written..
A handsome talented young actor/character has never had a story, he has been written as somebody to keep Kiki viable..

Dillon is a Quartermain and he should have had great Q stories and at the least bump Michael out and take over and be involved in Quartermain stuff.. But he was horribly written.

What a shame he was written into an awful boring blah relationship with Kiki.
Robert/Dillon could have rocked !

Shame on the writers, just shame they dismissed a Quartermain with their lazy writing and destroyed a young Quartermain by tuning him into a do nothing go nowhere no purpose Quartermain.. shameful indeed..

jaybird369
jaybird369

The firing of Robert Palmer Watkins…Y-E-T ANOTHER boneheaded move by TIIC at GH!!!!! Clueless imbeciles.

Dawn Hennessey
Dawn Hennessey

I have not words. I’m just so sad, and shocked….

Chaz
Chaz

Gotta free up cash for $teve Burton to be paid. Who i$ next?

Steve
Steve

Unless the role is immediately recast (which I wouldn’t rule out), with Watkins departure, this would be the first time since 1977 that a charcter with the last name Quartermaine was not under contract on GH.

I don’t want to hear FV say the family still has a strong presence in PC, unless Steve Burton’s character has the last name Quartermaine. Milquetoast Michael Corinthos doesn’t count. Monica, Ned and Olivia are all recurring (and why is LiLo still in the opening credit mix?)

I’ll hold out hope for a big name Dillon recast. RPW brought out the best in Haley Erin. If there’s no recast, then what is Kiki’s purpose? The “fast track” medical school farce they mentioned recently? Please — the character could barely hold down a waitress job at the MC.

Charday
Charday

Hi. Didn’t occur to me that this is first time since 1977 that a Q has not been on contract. That’s too bad. I thought the same thing about Kiki and med school–GH will have her a doctor in two months…saving Sonny’s life, of course.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Someone is out to downsize the cast. I bet there will be more to come.

Phyllis Sizemore
Phyllis Sizemore

It’s a dang shame. TPTB need to hear the fans. There are a few characters
we’d rather see go and believe me Dillion is not one of them.

aria
aria

this sucks he is so handsome and talented, wtf is going on w/ this show? seriously all this for steve Burton? believe me he is not worth it…

Jamie
Jamie

Stop getting rid of characters we love! Are you trying to do away with GH. We don’t want the new characters you’re bringing to the story if it costs us ones who belong. Is this the price we pay for having Steve Burton back?
Let’s see, Nik, Morgan, Hayden, Sean, Sabrina, and now Dillon? Why are you destroying the show? How do we even like the new characters when you do things like this?
How about bring Lucky back, instead of him being a dead beat dad.

Heidi
Heidi

I personally do not like this decision. I like Robert Palmer Watkins playing Dilon he is a fantastic actor.I really wish the people that do the hiring and firing would listen to the fans. We are the ones who give this show ratings u take away all the good actors and actress u are not going to have any body watching the show. Please leave him wherected he needs to be on GH

mike
mike

Dillon and Kiki are a great couple. Robert is great as Dillon,this is a mistake.The Q’s go farther downhill. More cost savings for Burton?

Pockets
Pockets

Why watch the show at all anymore. The actors are dropping like flies. Nothing left to watch.

Laura
Laura

Done watching after 40 yrs. Ruined the show. Haven’t watched since spring. Sick of main characters gone or w stupid storylines. Next soap gone will be gh

Jimh
Jimh

Mixed feelings here…He was a Q…i would had liked a fight between Micheal and Ned over running ELQ and had both Mike and Ned stunned and surprised when they find Dillion had secretly taken over without their knowledge…sure, he doesnt seem likely Dillion would run the business but you got to have these twists and turns!!!

Sissy
Sissy

I want less mob, more Q’s!!! 🙁

Justin
Justin

Me too!!! But, that’s all this show and some of it’s viewers want, mob, mob, mob.

robbie
robbie

Shame to lose another Q. They didn’t really give him much to do tho. May as well 86 Kiki while they’re at it.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I am sad to see another Q character leave the canvas– but the truth is with the only Q’s left being the nice ones, (Micheal, Monica, Ned) the character Dillion is redundant — without one troublemaker Q to stir the pot– the Q’s will be the soap equivalent the Brady Bunch– (if you are too young to get the reference- google it)

If he is on contract and has been on back burner status for a while, I understand why the suits would want to use the money they are paying him toward paying someone who is on front burner status– yet I don’t understand why they couldn’t just put him on recurring status– which means they only pay him per episode not weekly

The fact they didn’t seems to suggest the show is continuing the focus to be on the mob families and the Cassadiines who are just a classier version of the mob

Jake
Jake

Who would you fire or not re-sign to keep RPW, SB, WDV, RH? I liked the character of Dillon, but I’ll take more MAC and Felicia over that character. Hire a cheaper Dillon to keep the Q on screen.

Timmm
Timmm

Never a fan, good kid, wish him well. Looks like Frank is totally dismantling GH. Lets just shut it down, its disgusting! Kim Jong-Valenti!

JMER
JMER

Right. He’s completing dismantling it. I haven’t been watching for months because I saw it slipping deeper and deeper into the bad but this confirms that the Qs are not important or a priority on this show.

What next?

RPW was young, promising, cute and a good singer–they could’ve easily let him sing regularly on the show to attract a young audience and it’s something older viewers could enjoy too. But no, that’s way too much of a Classic GH/Classic DT Drama idea.

Charday
Charday

Sorry to see another Quartermaine go. He was a solid actor, but never given much of a storyline.

Rita
Rita

Watkins has grown and filled in nicely with the part he plays. But maybe this is just a chapter in his book of life. Maybe bigger and better things are coming for him. The writers seem to give him a second place person to play. I am excited that Burton is coming back but I hope it doesn’t push Bily Miller out of his position. I have come to like Miller and Sam together. Maybe Burton can hook up with Liz. I don’t really like Franco. I didn’t miss him one iota.

Elite Advisors
Elite Advisors

I too am shocked at this news… I thought the chemistry with Kiki was finally starting to click. Poor decision, and maybe it doesn’t have anything to do with the return of Steve Burton, but boy the way they are shaving good actors, there better be an extraordinary story line coming with a HUGE payoff.

The way they left the character of Hayden is absurd. Here she is pregnant with Finn’s baby and she is written off as an attempted embezzlement and running away … awful.

Rodd
Rodd

I am seriously outraged by this decision!!! There is no good reason to get rid of a very talented young actor who also happens to portray a Quartermain!

WTH is going on over there at GH behind the scenes? Are they being asked to deliberately sink the ship?

Of course, it’s only natural that many are going to blame these recent firings on SB’s return. It’s time for someone in authority to step up and speak up and let the fans know what’s happening. People will not remain loyal viewers when there’s a senseless bloodbath of very talented actors. Loyal viewers will become occasional viewers and then once-in-a-rare-while-viewers until they no longer watch at all.

This is such a shame!

JMER
JMER

They’ve chosen the niche audience they want to write for and I am not it. I thought it best to accept it and move on. I did that once before when I was younger with hardly any looking back at all–with age I have gotten sentimental but no more.

Stacy
Stacy

Horrible decision. Quality actor in a strong well-liked, popular couple on the show and a Q?? He and Wally have a great rapport – I don’t know what GH is thinking. First Rebecca Bud

Jennifer Mabry
Jennifer Mabry

Not happy that he is leaving. Robert is a great actor. This is a big mistake. The Quatermaine family is a staple of this show. Not a happy viewer one bit.

4ever DAYS
4ever DAYS

It seems he was let go playing a Dillon because of a return of someone who played a different Dillon…

Mister K
Mister K

This is quite a surprise, given the Q’s were just getting their family back w/ Ned and Olivia and Dillon and Kiki. Mr. Watkins has done a great job, although with very poor storytelling by GH. Also, I really love the actress who portrays Kiki now, she brings great depth to the role. If the GH team reads these comments, please reconsider your actions. This is a great actor and your fan base likes him.
If you don’t mind….a few more general thoughts on GH.
There are several great actors at GH who have the simplest story lines. Im thrilled Lexi Answorth is getting a good script and her complicated story with her professor will come up again. Hailey Poulos is underused. She’s a remarkable actress and she is such a beautiful young woman. I watched her in the Lifetime movie and wow..she was incredible. Give her a story line that is front and center…hook her up with an older actor, maybe a 2000’s much updated Luke & Laura story. Speaking of L&L, how about giving Laura some good material. Finally, the outdoor shots at the park. Maybe seeing the palm tree’s in the background are not seen by the editors?? Or maybe we’re supposed to keep imagining that this place is nice. It looks like shady place. I love outdoor shoots…but can you take the show to someplace different?? please!
Thanks all, I hope you have a great weekend!
-me

gh'er
gh'er

I have seen RPW on many interviews and he was always so proud talking about being a member of the GH family.

You don’t get rid of Quartermaines, for they are GH. (my opinion).

I don’t know what’s going on at GH, but they need to get it together, reel soon.

dmr
dmr

Why is a Quartermaine character being let go? Although, I didn’t care for Dillon’s reentry into Port Charles, and I could care about the Kiki character (UGH), I actually like RPW’s portrayal as Dillon Quartermaine. I think he has great comedic chemistry with Wally Kurth, and I think the character had potential. The only saving grace for me would be if Dillon took Kiki with him!

dmr
dmr

*could care less about the Kiki character*

dmr
dmr

I wish the insipid Lulu and her keystone cop/detective would be sent out of Port Charles-UGH, Michael and Nelle, too-boring! We were just starting to see a little more of the Quartermaine Family with Ned and Olivia just married…

Timmm
Timmm

Amen dmr. Dante is horrible and he ONLY rides one ass and thats Sonny’s! Why isnt he tough on any other criminal he arrests!

Maureen Lynch
Maureen Lynch

I honestly don’t understand this move. Very frustrated with GH right now. I would love to see an actual soap opera contract, why have one if you can be let go at anytime?

Andrea Hofer
Andrea Hofer

This is truly unbelieveable. I see no reason to let go a young, talented, hot actor in a working couple story. This is GHs dumbest move yet. It is like they wanna deliberately scare away the viewer. Worst decision yet.

Michael
Michael

Besides for the fact that I HATE that the Q’s will see their ranks thinned out further…I think GH has completely missed the boat on this choice. He’s a great actor. He came on extremely strong and somewhere along the line, the writers chose not to focus on him. They’re getting lazy again … focusing primarily on Sonny, Carly, Jason. Every other character and storyline no longer matters. There’s a lot they could have done with the actor/character.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Very disappointed. Loved this guy from the beginning. He and Kiki are great together (if she’s single again I predict they pair her with Griffin…who seems to be interested in Ava… who will probably be paired with Nicolas when he comes back…thus freeing up Kiki for Griffin. Until Morgan comes back. Ah, soaps.

Sigh. Hate losing Robert Palmer Watkins! Thought they were filling the Q house back up; not depleting it. Might as well give it to Spencer!

Patrick
Patrick

some one posted they haven’t been utilizing Dillon. and I hadn’t thought about that… and it’s true.. after the Nurses ball when he and Kiki nailed their number.
it was so sexy as they were walking back to the hospital as she had to get back to work.

then it was goodbye to Mom Tracy. then we see him hamming it up with Ned and Olivia .

be that as it may: I depended on him… what an upstart nice good guy. who was never given a story . so what.. that just proves how much he gelled with the cast as a whole. the writers wasted a golden opportunity.

it’s been NEAT watching Matt Cohen mix with the Jerome women. and totally off guard, no? much to Anna chagrin.

I thought.. oh no.. it’s happening… he’s falling for Ava.. it doesn’t even matter what she looks like… it’s all about her spirit and energy. which is always full throttle.

dang it tho.. if this is the time for Matt Cohen to break through… so be it

I truly hope they don’t go the mother daughter MIX like they did with Morgan. altho it crossed my mind. Kiki does not need to be duped again by her own mother.

if the recast Nick returns… ( I don’t get that yet .. let go that easy of Tyler Christopher? ) oy! oh well… from what I’ve seen of Ava and Griffin… hotted out

I didn’t see that with the temporary recast of Nick.

so… that being said.. i’d MUCH rather see how Griffin and Ava mix.

I do not want to see Morgan return… even if he must just to shut up Carly and Sonny. as it would put Ava and Kiki right back in to the dullard Corinthos’ orbit.

it’s a slap in the face to the LONG TIME VIEWERS. what is happening to the Quartermainia. all we asked for is the longevity of the one core family. I adore Monica… as I’ve posted… she never lets the audience down. with Tracy gone.. TPTB thought it that easy to FIRE one ? they are not writing for so many

i’d say the audience as a whole is “waiting” with ready arsenal.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Patrick..by the way. There’s a petition going around online to keep Robert. They have almost 3000 signatures! If you want to sign just google for the petition. Every sig helps!

Shay
Shay

By the way, for anyone thinking of signing this petition to help Robert? I happily did likewise for Michael Easton, and was pleased with the eventual results, but keep in mind that if you don’t like spam, putting your contact information on such a petition will most likely spur on a plethora of emails from all and sundry other signature seekers in your inbox!..Iin my case, it was primarily crazy cat causes that clogged up my spam list for quite awhile before these people got the message that I was sooo not interested! Hence whilst I truly wish Robert luck, there is no way I will put myself through such a “cat-astrophic” ordeal again!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

@Patrick, or anyone else interested in signing the petition to keep Robert Palmer. Fear not, as another posted above, about spam if you sign a petition. Change.org is a great online venue to let your voice be heard, as many of you probably already know. There have been some wonderful petitions on everything from healthcare, charitable organizations, animal rights, etc. Runs the gamut. Sometimes it makes a difference, sadly, other times, not. But it’s nice to have a voice and the opportunity to effect change.

I think there are simultaneous petitions to keep RWP, one in the U.S. one in Canada which started later. You can sign both, I believe. The one started in the U.S. is almost up to 4000 signatures.

Just an fyi, if anyone would like to sign.

Shay
Shay

For the record, when I obliquely referred to “all and sundry signature seekers,” I was speaking of practically every leftist organization one can imagine and then some….yes, the kittycat nonsense was the absolute worst, but there were enough others of the usual suspects pushing their liberal agendas wanting the public’s money and support….so, if that is your thing, then have at it. But if you don’t, then YES! Be forewarned….and cybertread very carefully, because these groups and their propaganda are a gross imposition once they get your web address!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

I forgot to add; thank you for posting

about Parker and Kristina… it is in the news for “underage”

this is more than a distraction.. these are two GOOD solid actors

I am looking forward to this . altho I was already completely put off.. by Alexis telling her college aged daughter she had to drop her class… or however it played out.

Ashley Jones and Lexie Ainsworth. the best

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi Patrick,

You’re welcome! I think people just see the teacher/student thing without realizing these are two consenting adults. Nothing inappropriate…other than the obvious which would be cheating on a spouse or influencing Krissy’s grades.

Howeva, dear one, 🙂 … we do part on liking this couple. I really don’t feel them. They just look like mother/daughter to me and their interaction still FEELS like mother/daugher or student/teacher. I think they’re completely mismatched and they don’t work for me at all. If they decide to keep this couple and develop their rapport, perhaps I’ll change my mind but right now I honestly cringe when I see them.

You know who I could see Krissy with??? Valerie! Ha! If Val was bi, I think they’d make a cute, fun, sexy/flirty couple!

kmayne
kmayne

I wonder how many more actors will be let go to compensate for the return of Steve Burton

Annalee
Annalee

Rob is such a kind person. He did justice to Dillon!! I don’t want to see him off the PC canvas
But….I think he is headed for more major career driven goals. I wish him everygood vibe out there!

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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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ABC Names William Burton As The New Head Of Daytime

Over the years there have been several changes to ABC Daytime, and now comes word over the last 24 hours that William Burton has been promoted to Senior VP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC.  Burton starts in his new role immediately.

Deadline first reported the executive level move by the network.  Burton had previously been overseeing the business operations of ABC Daytime since earlier this year as SVP Daytime following the departure of former Daytime head Rebecca Campbell.

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Those duties have now been formalized in Burton’s expansive new role,  In terms of General Hospital, the creative aspects from the network are still being handled by ABC head of current programming, Vicki Dummer.  Burton has been behind the business operations of ABC Daytime including the daytime drama.

In addition, Burton will oversee the creation and production of syndicated programming across ABC platforms including the upcoming daytime talk show from Tamron Hall that is in development for a potential debut in the fall of 2019.

So, share your thoughts on Burton being named the new head of Daytime for ABC via the comment section below.

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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