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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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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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