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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
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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
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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
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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
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Timmm

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

Laurie
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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… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

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

Harry
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Harry

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

dmr
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Laurie
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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… Read more »

rebecca1
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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
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Daisy

Not impressed, so far.

Robert
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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
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Rhonda

Excellent job! Welcome

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

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

Laurie
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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… Read more »

Pam
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Pam

I don’t like the new Dillion at all

Michaelfan
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Michaelfan

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

Rodd
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Timmm
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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
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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
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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
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MBmomof3

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

MBmomof3
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Johnny
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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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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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