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Robert Palmer Watkins Makes His GH Debut In Scenes With Tony Geary & Jane Elliot! What Were Your First Impressions?

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Talk about an entrance and quite the initiation! Robert Palmer Watkins made his highly anticipated debut as the recast Dillon Quartermaine in the final moments of Monday’s episode of General Hospital, just as Luke (Tony Geary) was trying to put a ring on Tracy’s  (Jane Elliot) finger!  However on Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama, Watkins shared dialog and scenes with GH icons: Tony Geary and his new on-screen mom, Jane Elliot!

As soap fans know, Robert Palmer Watkins steps into the role of Dillon last played by The Bold and the Beautiful’s Scott Clifton several years ago.  Today after getting a warm welcome on Twitter from his new executive producer, Frank Valentini, Watkins tweeted back to the head honcho:  “Thank you for the support GH “@valentinifrank

During Robert’s first on-screen scenes today, GH reminded us of the back-story of Luke and Dillon’s relationship, and how Dillon got Luke’s daughter Lulu (originally Julie Marie Berman, now Emme Rylan) pregnant, but also how Dillon was most often in Luke’s corner.  Additionally, Dillon shared his concern and watched out for his mother making sure she knew what she was doing if she accepted Luke’s proposal to be engaged in a trial run for 30 days.

In the end, it seems that Watkins has a very bright future on the soap scene with his charm, good looks, and ease of delivery even going toe-to-toe with two GH giants in Geary and Elliot.

So, what were your first impressions of Robert Palmer Watkins as Dillon Quartermaine? Share your thoughts below!

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su0000
su0000

Robert/Dillon Quartermaine is a treasure,,
He is handsome, and a very good actor and a Quartermaine!!
It doesn’t get any better than that..

A very confident man,, he walked right into the Q den and didn’t hesitate to mix it up with the great icon Tony/Luke and Tracy/Jane they fit like a fine pair of gloves..
( If the glove fits you can’t acquit!)

He is natural and great addition to GH !
(I’m in love 😉

Harry
Harry

You might as well face it you’re addicted to love but yes, Robert Palmer is simply irresistible.
I cannot get Robert Palmer the singer/musician out of my head when I hear of Robert Palmer the actor.
That said, I think he’s a terrific choice.

su0000
su0000

Hey Harry,
you’re “Addicted to Love” and I’m “Simply Irresistible” 🙂 heh

I’m ready for Dillon to cause some big trouble and take ELQ outta Michael’s hands!

Timmm
Timmm

He didnt miss a beat acting with Tony and Jane! Great choice!

Laurie
Laurie

Excuse me Timmm while I pick my jaw up off the floor!! You LIKE the recast??? I’m so used to you picking on my Nathan for his stiffness. I’m teasing of course.
As I said previously, I admire how he strolled right in & didn’t stumble over 1 line. It seems the actor has very little experience from what I see on IMDB. Very hard to find previous work of his or anything, like his age, but he’s very natural & very good-looking-looks like he was made to be on soaps. I saw on youtube a cover he did of Billionaire by Bruno Mars & he’s very good. Hope he sings on the show!!

Shay
Shay

Well, I already like him far better than Scott Clifton! Good start!

Harry
Harry

I agree, Shay.
Word has it that they are going to pair him up with Sparkle Pony.
(just kidding)

dmr
dmr

I have to ask, who is Sparkle Pony? Lulu? haha
I find (nu)Lulu extremely annoying-especially when she enters Wyndemere and announces to Nikolas, “your favorite little sister is here.” Ugh.

Harry
Harry

Oh DMR, you will be sorry you asked. Sparkle Pony is a nickname which rose from the ashes of the Patrick and Sabrina’s Disney on Ice Spectacle at the Nurse’s Ball. I did not coin the name and Shay claims she did not either. I ran across the nick name on Twitter. Shay calls Sabrina “Sappy” and she (Shay) suffers from a horrible case of Sappyphobia.
That said, yeah….Lulu is really annoying and she puts the P back in the word perky. I miss Julia.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hey Harry…

I’m not caught up so I haven’t even seen the new Dillon yet, but I was thinking they’d either pair him with Valerie (unless they’re really going for a Dante/Lulu split) or SABRINA. Might make an interesting conflict between Dillion and Michael.

su0000
su0000

I do not want Dillon paired with anyone..
there are very happy single man, all ages and types of single dating men.
I get so sick and tired of the need of stifling a character with a partner, let be free!!
A free man would be interesting and very cool ..!!

Shay
Shay

@Harry…..Thank you for the laugh. Although I wouldn’t exactly term my extreme aversion to all things “Sappycentric” as a “phobia,” it is definitely something which reliably surfaces whenever I’m subjected to that insufferable creature you so fondly refer to as “Sparkle Pony.” Just the sight and sound of her makes me want to lose my lunch. And speaking of, how is it that Avery’s poor excuse for a babysitter gets to simply dump her responsibility into Dillon’s lap when it suits her to take a break for her noontime meal? One would think the child’s needs—not to mention the wishes of the employer’s family—would come first, but then again, this clueless chick obviously has no concept of the upstairs/downstairs dynamic with the way she’s always walking around like she owns the place. As for pairing her with Dillon, oh God, NO! That would turn him into “Dullen” very quickly, and this character has promise…don’t let the “Sapster” ruin yet another Port Charles’ male with her banal, lackluster presence!!! (And ditto for the voracious-looking “Val-Chops!” She’s already set to sink her teeth into Dante, anyway.)

Laurie
Laurie

Rebecca, when you see him notice how he made strong eye contact with Sabrina when they met-If you watch that scene. LOL. He also had strong chemistry with Lulu, even though some don’t like the Lulu recast. I like her just fine. I like her fire, especially when she was going after Luke & the truth. I hate, hate, hate that her character aborted Dillon’s baby-always disliked JMB after that, knowing it’s not the actress’s fault that Guza wrote that crap!! But it’s going to be very interesting to see how that affects him now. He was holding baby Avery when Lulu walked in & saw him for the 1st time!! Then she mentioned her son, Rocco. You can bet they’re going to discuss the “what if’s”-or they better RC.
Su0000, bless your heart-never wanting the guys paired with anyone! I understand what you’re saying-he just walked in the door. But you can put $$ on it that he was brought back to cause angst in some current relationships- Lante for sure and maybe Michael & Sabrina’s, too-let it begin!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Hi Laurie…

It’s days since this post but I’m been off the site for a while…but yes, I noticed. Agree with your other points as well…

Daisy
Daisy

Not impressed, so far.

Robert
Robert

I feel his potential to be a wonderful addition to the show is strong. I fear that Dillon is back to potentially breakup LuLu’s marriage to Dante. It’s funny I never cared for Dante’s philosophy of everything is black and white when it comes to the law but I see now with certain family members he is willing to bend the laws or even break them but in his eyes Sonny is a bad guy, I am confused.

Yvonne
Yvonne

I thought he was dull and flat. Not the Dillon personality that Scott Clifton created. Why didnt they get John Paul Lavossier…he can give that character the dimension and wit that Dillon had. They’ve again killed off the great actors that played Duke and Carlos and given us dull and boring like Kiki and Nathan. I love GH but they’re messing up on so many levels lately.

Harry
Harry

There was talk that John Paul was slated to play Dillon but Frank Valentini and he do not get along.
He would have been a natural as Dillon.
You know who else would have been great? Billy Miller. He would have made a perfect Dillon. Love Miller and think he’s talented but think he was woefully miscast as Jason Quartmaine.

Yvonne
Yvonne

Harry…that’s too bad about John Paul and Frank…and you’re right Billy Miller would have been a spectacular Dillon….but I’ll take him as Jason, hes just sucha a great actor. Hopefully they’ll give him some dialogue that will allow him to use his chops.

Timmm
Timmm

Yes Harry, when ABC announced Billy Miller was coming to GH I had hoped it was as Dillion. He has charm and a good sense of humor which is all Dillion and his movie career personality. Jason is stone cold or should be portrayed that way.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Too bad for the fans if that is true about FV & JPL. I agree that Billy Miller would have been much better suited as Dillon than Jakeson. His charisma is really too good for the “stone cold” (or dead wood) of Jakeson. Billy Miller even had charm galore when he was the reprehensible Richie on AMC. What a waste.

Anne
Anne

I loved him! I didn’t watch General Hospital before other soaps got cancelled, so I don’t know anything about the character, but his acting and persona were strong.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Excellent job! Welcome

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

Dilu(Dillion&Lulu) + Vante(Dante&Valerie)=AFFAIRS…lol

Laurie
Laurie

I like him a lot. He is very natural. According to his IMDB resume he seems to be quite new to acting so I’m sure he’ll get better. I liked his chemistry w/Lulu. He looks like Thad Luckinbill who played JT on Y&R IMO. He’s in that age group where he could be paired w/several characters:

Sabrina
Lulu (of course)
Valerie
Rosalie
Maxie (though he was married to her sis)
Kiki
Kristina if she ever returns
Serena maybe is they ever bring that character back

In the meantime, looks like it’s Dante’s turn to be jealous. I have a feeling Lulu will do what Lulu does: her own thing. She hangs with whoever she feels like & the tables are about to be turned I predict.

I saw a cover of Billionaire he did on youtube w/a few friends-he sings well, too. Hope he gets to on the show. I’m sure RC will have him answering a door in a towel any day now, too.

Pam
Pam

I don’t like the new Dillion at all

Michaelfan
Michaelfan

I thought he was great. He held his own with the veterans and looked good doing it.

Rodd
Rodd

I liked him in his first scenes. I thought he held his own against two super stars of daytime. That speaks volumes to me. Hopefully, he will stick around GH for a long time.

vicki
vicki

I think he’s a keeper. He walked in w confidence. Toe to toe w Miss Tracy and Luke. Looking forward to seeing what they have in store for him. Dillon has been gone so long that a recast was not a big deal to me and his presence on screen came natural. Good to see them re opening the canvas with some new blood for old parts.

Laurie
Laurie

Agreed Vicki!! You sure can’t tell he’s new to acting-or so it seems from his IMDB resume. I also admire GH for going with a new name.

I understand what some are saying about Billy Miller playing Dillon, but I understand why he was cast as Jason. There was a huge, huge demand for his return. Steve Burton cannot & was not interested in returning. Billy Miller was & still is the hottest thing going & was amazingly available. Jason is connected to almost everyone on canvas. Even though he was a hitman, he still was that white night guy who came to so many’s rescue-I was sick of Jason but I get why they signed Billy to play him. Billy has played many layered characters & is very, very animated in interviews. It is quite a feat for him to take it down as much as he does to play Jakeson. I expect him to take it up several notches when he transitions into Jason but time will tell!

Timmm
Timmm

I had a tear in my eye! Scott Clifton was good but this kid is better. He could pass for Scott’s older brother BUT more handsome! And I will tell you this, he delivered ONE line from his script and he did a better job acting than a certain detective NOT named East, North or South! Welcome aboard Robert!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

More handsome, less twitchy than Clifton. I like SC but he was exhausting to watch on OLTL at times. I am mixed on his B&B persona but mostly due to the writing not his performance per se.

Aden
Aden

He looks Iike a young Frank Valentini. That’s trippy! I have no opinion yet other than that it oops like yet another legacy character is going to suffer from a drastic personality switch. No doubt Dillon killed someone during his time in L.A. Or Wil kill someone very soon. Everyone on this show has to be a murderer, it’s like Coming of Age, Cartini style.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Meh…I would’ve liked JPL in this role. I’ll give this newbie a chance because I love all things Quartermaine!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I agree with the above posters that he seemed confident and held his own in his first scene with two heavily-seasoned professionals. That is impressive in itself. Fingers crossed that he’s a keeper.

Geena
Geena

I had very low expectations. I was ready for him to suck but was pleasantly surprised. He had to do a lot in his first scenes and held his own pretty well.

dmr
dmr

I’m sort of already tired of nuDillon and nuLulu’s scenes together (yes, I know nuLulu isn’t really new…) The actress-I think portrays Lulu as an annoying little sister rather than a mature, young woman. In my opinion, she doesn’t seem to have much chemistry with anyone on the show. I also think the writers are gearing up for a (somewhat) Dillon, Sabrina, Michael triangle down the road-which I could not think of anything more boring. I can’t think of anything that I am excited about for this summer’s storylines. I am a fan of Jonathan Jackson’s-but I hate what the writer’s did with his character-having Lucky abandon his family. I’m almost two weeks behind on the show and I have no desire to even try to catch-up. Sam-worst investigator ever. *Sigh*

Johnny
Johnny

Wow I love the new Dillon Quartermaine, He really surprised me. A wonderful actor and handsome too. Very hot man .

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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Kimberly McCullough Directs Episode Of ‘The Conners’; Shares Pics From Show Night

As fans of director and actress Kimberly McCullough know, earlier this week she announced that she would be directing an episode of the the re=branded and renamed ‘Rosanne-less’ series, The Conners.  She originally shared the news of getting the nod to direct the hit comedy sitcom with a photo of the famous Conner kitchen with the words “Yup”.

However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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