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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

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 Chad Duell and Y&R’s Courtney Hope Tie the Knot in Steampunk Style Wedding in Front of Castmates and Loved Ones

Overnight, images began to circulate, as well as plenty of congratulations abound, for General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and The Young and the Restless’ Courtney Hope (Sally) as the two officially became husband and wife on Saturday night.

As we previously reported, the couple were set for their nuptials this weekend, and from what has been posted, Chad and Courtney had a steampunk-themed and styled wedding, and both wore red.

Many of their castmates and colleagues were in attendance including: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny,), Laura Wright (Carly), Wes Ramsey (Peter), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and series executive producer, Frank Valentini, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Annika Noelle (Hope), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Shirley) and Katrina Bowden (Flo), and The Young and the Restless’ Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Hunter King (Ex-Summer), and more.

The outdoor evening nuptials held in Malibu, California were shares on Courtney Hope’s Instagram story, and Laura Wright also posted several photos of the attendees on her IG.

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Pictured with Eden McCoy and Wes Ramsey, Wright enthused on the big night for her TV son, Chad Duell: “Tonight was an amazing night #TilDeath #GHBaby #Dope #Daytimefamily #steampunk”

In addition, Katherine Kelly Lang posted the first dance of newlyweds, Chad and Courtney, on her IG. 

Now, share your congratulations to Chad and Courtney via the comment section below.

 

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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