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Saturday: Former GH Favorite Vanessa Marcil Stars In Hallmark Channel's TV Movie, The Convenient Groom!

Photo: Hallmark Channel

Photo: Hallmark Channel

Missing some Vanessa Marcil in your life? Well, look no further than Saturday night, when the former Brenda Barrett of General Hospital takes on her latest role in the Hallmark Channel TV Movie, The Convenient Groom (9pmET/8PMCT).

In story, Dr. Kate Lawrence, a celebrity relationship coach (Marcil) faces public humiliation when her fiance (Aaron Craven) breaks up with her and calls off their wedding just as she is about to go public with their nuptials.

Fortunately, a childhood friend (David Sutcliffe) steps up and pretends he’s her groom-to-be to help her save face in this new romantic comedy.

Marcil tweeted a photo from the movie today stating: “My dream job Dr Kate Lawrence PH.D. Doc of love convenient groom”

Marcil also spoke with TV Line on her new TV movie, but they also asked the actress is she has a standing invitation to return to reprise her role of Brenda on GH at anytime, to which Vanessa replied:  “Yes. They’ve always made me feel super welcome and like it’s my home. I mean, they’re awesome.”

Watch a promo for The Convenient Groom after the jump and let us know if you will be tuning in to see Vanessa, and if you wish GH would bring back Brenda for some intriguing story in the future!

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Darren
Darren

I love Vanessa Marcil, she still looks terrific. Those glasses make her look sexy. Lol. I want Vanessa Marcil to come back to GH. I miss Brenda Barrett so much. Vanessa is a wonderful actress.

su0000
su0000

I haven’t a clue as to who she is.
I do like the glasses.. If my eyesight would ever fail and I’d need glasses, I would like those glasses..

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

No clue, Su? Haven’t see the old intro with Sonny taking her hand on the sand? Making whoopee on the beach to beat the band? Haven’t even seen the (in)famous scene (on youtube perhaps) where Sonny pulls her across the floor after she betrays him by wearing a wire (not glasses–lol!)
Well, my dear, step right up and take a gander–those were the days when Sonny was gray (not black) and GH was hot–got it?

PS Don’t “sue)” me, ok? Just want you to know “those were the days,” ok?

mark
mark

I love her so much she needs to come back to GH!!!

Charday
Charday

Whatever happened to that stupid “reality” show she was on and helped create, Queens of Drama?

Soaphound
Soaphound

I know I’m a lone voice in the wilderness here, but I’m not a fan of Vanessa Marcil or the Brenda character. I don’t think her acting is on level with Laura Wright, Maura West, Jane Elliott, or even the younger ladies like Emme Rylan. She did a guest spot on HAWAII FIVE-O a few years back and she did okay because she wasn’t the whole show, just a secondary character. But…WE all have our faves and it’s fun to see them in other projects, so I’m sure her fans will enjoy the new movie.

mark
mark

She is fabulous and won and Emmy and every time she comes back to GH its an event. I doubt that would happen with any of those actresses and by the way emme is almost the same age as Vanessa.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Mark, just to clarify…Vanessa is 47, Emme is just 35. I’d say that places her closer to Laura Wright & Maura West. And she has only won ONE Daytime Emmy. But I know how u feel. Whenever Billy Miller shows up somewhere else, I find myself getting all verklempt! If you didn’t see that HAWAII FIVE-O with VM, try to find it. She was quite good sparring with sexy Alex O’Loughlin.

k/kay
k/kay

Vanessa Marcil is 47 Emme Rylan is 35

Rude
Rude

Is there any reason you feel the need to come into a Vanessa article just to whine about not liking her and call her a bad actress? Could you not find something more worthy to do with your time?

Soaphound
Soaphound

Sorry to offend you. I thought this was a forum for expressing opinions politely. Apparently you don’t agree.

Timmm
Timmm

She looks dreamy!!!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

Love Vanessa but this wasn’t one of her best projects.

Somehow it seems to me when actors start to take time off from their craft they lose their skills to some extent. Has happened with V, I also think it has happened with Genie Francis as well. I think it becomes harder to lose oneself in an alternate persona.

As Brenda, she was much more dynamic and enveloped in the character in the 1990’s than when she started coming and going (really started checking out of the character I would say in 2008). Same thing for Genie F as Laura, she held it together really well until she came back to GH in 2013 when she was really stilted, diffident and ackward. (May have been the circumstances, since Geary didn’t want her there and she had just been fired by the evil JFP at Y&R.)

Anyway, seemed to me that VM was practically pretend acting in this one. Juxtaposed against some of her greatest work on GH (97-98) it almost didn’t seem like the same actor.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Astute comments–and, yes, I agree with you that TG’s not wanting Genie on the set made her appear tense–but, thankfully, now that TG is out of the show, Genie seems to have relaxed a lot, and this is particularly evident in her scenes with Jon Lindstrom where I see glimmerings of the fiery and passionate, as well as playful, Genie/Laura. She smiles with her eyes and her mouth–and even emits that famous giggle of hers once in a while–and the raised eyebrow. Go, Genie! Looks like a weight has been lifted off her shoulders. Must have been very hard for her.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Lulu Is Served Divorce Papers From Dante

On Friday’s episode of General Hospital. Lulu (Emme Rylan) was in for a shocker when she was served divorce papers while hanging out at Aiden’s birthday party.  Prior to receiving the divorce papers, Lulu and daughter, Charlotte had been lamenting about Dante.

Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) asked Lulu when Dante is coming back?  She says she misses him and being a family together, and Lulu sadly agreed she missed him too.  When a stunned Lulu is served the papers, she tells her mother, Laura (Genie Francis) what they are.

So, what is going on here? We know that Peter (Wes Ramsey) got shot in the shoulder by Dante on his visit with Maxie (Kirsten Storms) to Ithaca to see him to hopefully bring him home to Lulu which backfired.

Since Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) is not on the canvas as a series regular at this point, it would appear that GH is looking for a way to free up the character of Lulu for  now. But as we know on GH things may not be as they appear.  Did Dante really have those papers drawn up, or is this some manipulation from someone else?

When viewers last saw Dante he was leaving Port Charles to be deprogrammed after suffering severe PTSD from his time in Turkey.  In addition, viewers recently saw a potential new man in Lulu’s life arrive on the scene when former OLTL alum, Mark Lawson appeared as Dustin Phillips.

After yesterday’s episode aired, Zamprogna tweeted in response to the storyline twist, while having some fun about his former co-star Emme Rylan: “She’s gonna be damn heart broken! For at least 5 mins! Then she’s gonna knit something. Hopefully some underwear for Dante.”

So, are you upset that Lulu was served with divorce papers . … or are you glad and want the character to move on in her romantic life? Comment below.

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With Talk Of Nikolas On GH, Tyler Christopher Says: “I’ve Always Said I Would Never Close That Door From My Side”

On recent episodes of ABC’s General Hospital, a few of the key characters in the life of the “late” Nikolas Cassadine spoke about him including: his on-screen mother, Laura (Genie Francis), his ex, Hayden Barnes (Rebecca Budig), and a woman who would have been poised to be a new love interest, Ava (Maura West).

So with the name-drops and mentions in recent weeks, could the character who was shot by Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and fell out a glass window on a balcony, be making a return soon and be very much alive?

Soap fans tweeted at the actor most known for his role as Nikolas Cassadine (in which he won a Daytime Emmy for his performance), and former Days of our Lives star, Tyler Christopher, to see what his thoughts were on what could be happening on General Hospital with the character.

Tyler made this statement to his Twitter followers: “You are all very sweet to be so loyaI as you always are. I know they are talking about Nikolas as of late. I’ve always said I would never close that door from my side. I just want to thank you all for always rooting for me and the character. I grew up with him as many of u have.”

For over 20 years, Christopher had played the role of the dark prince of the Cassadines.  When he went on leave from the series in 2016, he was replaced by Nick Stabile, who was Nikolas at the time of the character’s supposed death.

Later, Tyler debut on Days of our Lives and took on the role of the newly created character of Stefan O DiMera.  He was also nominated earlier this year for a Daytime Emmy for Lead Actor for his performance in that role.

Longtime fans of GH have also been active on social media hoping that somehow GH could find a way to bring back both Tyler, as well as his on-screen TV brother, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky) so Laura could also have her sons back on the canvas.

So, do you think GH is about to bring Nikolas back?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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OLTL Favorite Mark Lawson Appears On General Hospital

Viewers of ABC daytime were in a for a surprise (although rumors had been circulating), when former One Life to Live alum, Mark Lawson showed up on Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital.   In it, Mark came on to the Port Charles scene as Dustin Phillips, a man Lulu (Emme Rylan) was meeting with at the Metro Court for her “story” on online dating, and a potential suspect in the home burglaries tied to a dating app.

Meanwhile, while Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) is away originally being deprogrammed from his nightmare in Turkey, Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) got news from Mac (John J. York) that there may be a lead to his whereabouts in Ithaca, New York,

Maxie is taking it upon herself to locate Dante and bring him back to Lulu.  In addition, when she noticed Lulu enjoying the company of Dustin a bit too much, she was somewhat alarmed that her bff would be having a good time with another man.

It’s been a minute since daytime fans have seen Lawson, who played Navy Seal, Brody Lovett on One Life.  His character was involved with Jessica (Bree Williamson) and all of her alters: Tess, Bess, Wes, et,c and also Jessica’s sister, Natalie (Melissa Archer).

Once fans got wind of his GH appearance, Lawson posted on Instagram along with his workout videos: “Well .. cat’s out of the bag, Stay soapy, my friends.”

So, will Mark continue on GH as a new love interest for Lulu?  Could Dustin be tied to the crimes Lulu is investigating? Would you like to see Lulu move on with her life if Dante is off the canvas for a long time, or do you hope Dominic Zamprogna returns, and there becomes a triangle, or none of the above? Let us know what should happen for Luly in the romance department via the comment section below.

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