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Say What? Dr. Liesl Obrecht Named Chief Of Staff At General Hospital!



How on earth will the GH writing team explain how the treacherous Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati), a renowed criminal, who in fact kept Dr.  Robin Scorpio Drake (Kimberly McCullough) captive for two years and tortured the poor woman has been named the Chief of Staff at General Hospital?

On yesterday’s episode, as Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Robin, Silas (Michael Easton), Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) and Monica (Leslie Charleson) all were present to hear the hospital board’s decision, one by one each was told they were not given the post.

Since everyone was told they did not get the job, Britt was the last one who hadn’t been told she did not get it, either.  So, as she started to get excited that the board chose her in walked her mother, Liesl Obrecht, who announced to the doctors and her daughter, that she was the new Chief of Staff!

OK, so what is going on here?  Is this Liesl a doppelganger?  Did Liesl threaten the hospital with some kind of lawsuit or give them a big wad of cash to get the job?  Or, will we find out in upcoming episodes that she really isn’t the Chief of Staff? Or, if she is the Chief of Staff it would certainly up open lots of drama for the resident doctors!

So the question we posed to you is, what did you think when Liesl announced she was the new Chief of Staff? What do you want to happen next? Comment below!

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I’ve watched for 25 plus years, this will be the end for me, Kimberly is smart for leaving

Agree – How Stupid!

beyond ridiculous make the soap a little more convincing please. Between heather and lisa my family is about to stop watching. people complained about mob wars how about these unrealistic plots. the kids are more fun to watch than that ignorance.

I think she was willing to stay but she was not asked. We watched Robin grow from an adorable little girl into an independent, intelligent young lady. We watched her grieve her parents’ death, grief her fist love’s death, deal with her HIV status and fight to get back her family. Now Ron and Frank are ready to tear her down in order to prop up their own Disney monster– The Super Sparkle Pony from Hell. I quit watching GH after watching Robin’s very disappointing return with nary a look back. It’s not only not entertaining to me, it’s painful to watch and after awhile of banging my head against the wall, at some point I just have to just stop.

I know how you feel. I’m not ready to give it up, but I don’t know how many more legacy characters must be sacrificed at the alter of “Cartini”

Since just finding out that Robin’s return was only for a limited time, I am not surprise Ron and Frank did not give her a good return storyline. I’ve concluded her sole purpose back was to prop other storylines and bring back viewers like myself. No wonder KMc did not disclose her contract terms when she was interviewed by various media outlets upon her return.

Your sparkle pony comment gave me a good chuckle. The character of Sabrina is one dimensional and dead weight. Scenes with her are not engaging because she has no chemistry with anyone on the show.

errrrr…wrong Harry. Where have you been for the last few years. Kimberly has said on her own personal Twitter account, as well as in interviews (including one here too I believe) that she wanted to leave to pursue directing. The powers that be chose NOT to kill her off and leave the door open for her to return…she’s decided to leave again…in two more weeks…but according to her she’ll be back. It’s going to be on and off with her it seems. Nothing to do with Ron/Frank or boistering any other actors/story lines.

I am still watching GH..I find GH entertaining and it keeps my attention every day…I will always support this soap..Can’t wait to see it tomorrow..

Rebecca: Kimberly was open to negotiate but Frank, as he did with Tristan Rogers, failed to negotiate. You have to learn to read between the lines.
We know we lost Scorpio because Frank dropped the ball and he did so again here. And now they’re going to write an F U Robin storyline to prop up that insipid Disney princess while making Robin suddenly look bad.

“Disney monster– The Super Sparkle Pony from Hell” … I can’t stop laughing!! Thanks Harry!! Every time she is on the screen, I want to fast forward to a better scene …

So well stated. I was excited as the vets came back! But every time from JW to KM these talented actors were made into carnival side shows. I think Dr.O character was well played by the actress but I’m sorry the way to keep this character on if tptb wanted to was not such a far fetched plot. There have just been too many of these scenarios yes it’s a soap but I miss the romance and the integral relationships being played out.

I’m a little late to the party Harry. Who is the sparkle Disney princess?

I know how you feel. 🙁

Kimberly is going next door to shadow the directors of Grey’s then producing movie in May. Its her choice. She wants to pursue a career in directing. Not Ron and Frank’s fought. They are the one who don’t want to kill her off hoping for her to return. I’m loving the shock and awe of GH. Never a dull moment.

Agreed. The GH target audience clearly is viewers with single-digit IQs. Can’t remember when a show has ever so badly insulted my intelligence and sunk so low so quickly. Goodbye to the stinking, putrid corpse of GH.

I don’t think there are any lines to read between Harry. If you read Kimberly’s interview with Michael, or any of her tweets…she is the one that wanted out from the beginning….and agreed to come back as it fits her schedule.

And B2S…if you don’t like the writing of GH…don’t watch. But don’t insult the intelligence of ANYONE you don’t know. It’s kinda STUPID on your part. Just sayin’.

Totally insane but should be lots of fun.

I am going to laugh, scratch my head, grin, snicker, smile and enjoy this !!!!

definately, “insane”

be that as it may…. with the current regime… and the realm of serial, in this day and age….
i’ll take this… and channel my imagination… with Ms. Gatti

i’m with you… going to laugh, LOL… scratch ??? , grin, smile, and RIDE!

OMG! Can’t wait to see this play out.

With all the commotion with the chief of staff. I don’t think it was Dr Obrecht. She wants to get even with some of the nominees up for chief f staff.

All I can say is smart move. This should be hilarious! lol.

I agree smart move. I love dr.o. Let the games begin lol. I want dr. o, to sing again. she has a sexy voice. lol.

Smart? No smart person would ever buy this – much less enjoy being treated like a moron as the writers have done to every viewer. I expect even my soaps to make an attempt not to offend and insult me. GH has obviously shifted its target audience and left out me and every other viewer with at least the IQ of a sea sponge. Enjoy!

I am so looking forward to the fun times ahead! One thing about GH…it’s not boring!!

I agree!

Monica gets axed because her son committed crimes, but yet Liesl gets the job when she herself has committed crimes. So either she has been found not guilty which is impossible since Robin is clearly proof, insane which certainly doesn’t make her a good chief of staff or the writers have just gone nuts. I’m waiting to see their explanation, but so far, I’m not liking it.

Totally agree. How can they possibly explain this? Has potential, but Monica should be CoS. Love the Q’s!

I’m losing internet and tv for a week, and with this news it feels like a blessing.

I wish Ron C. would realize that there is more to GH -and soaps in general – than camp. Things like actual human feelings…..and characters with heart.

Bye, GH!

I will continue enjoying GH…

I know and he writes as if this was an adaptation of a comic book. This isn’t even a movie adaptation of Batman, it’s more like the TV adaptation–ridiculous and campy. I fully expect Sonny and Julian to start dancing the Bat dance together.

really crazy. Just out of nowhere. Thats the soaps .

I think they totally jump the shark if this is the case and I am a loyal fan for 35 years !

An identical twin…good way to keep her around?(i did once suggest a twin) I’d be happy with two of them! Meanwhile, i thought Carly would be buried alive in the grave that Franco buried Heather in that originally was meant for Carlos, and thats what Shirley Jones tells Dante about but he probably doesnt believe her? Or will it be Luke? Maybe im totally wrong?

Would love to see her and Epiphany go at each other…lol


I liked your idea, better.. that she and Anna, are some how… related… sisters

I’d love to see Britta… as Anna niece… and a cousin to robin


Yeah, i did like that idea better…hey, it still could happen!!!

What difference does it really make who or what she is???? That divine diva of darkness, our fantastically ferocious frau, Miss Kathleen Gati is baaaaaack and looks to be as deliciously devious as ever! Me thinks she must be linked with Victor Cassadine, which makes it all the better!!! Best line of yesterday was when she surreptitiously slithered up on “Febrina” and make a thinly veiled threat about making people “disappear!” Yes, yes, yes!!!!! If anyone can (permanently) downsize that overcrowded nurses station, it is the “Queen Bee of Evil” herself!!!! Please dear mutter, do it, just do it NOW!!!!!

Not liking this turn of events. I am all for the fun and insanity of daytime drama but I like some realism, too,. Enjoyed the festive 50th but hoped for some more human and reality-based stories as the glitter settled. This actress and character have been interesting but really, now she is chief of staff?


Can’t you see the absurdity of all of this? The farce?…I love it!

Seriously stupid.

When you have an actor who is as talented as this, you find a way to make it work and be believable. Same with Robin Mattison, Heather needs to be on the show so you ask fans to go with the flow. I would much rather have these two women on than watching stiffs like Molly, Rafe, TJ, Kiki, and BOREgan!

When you have an actor as talented as these you drive them into the ground with such absurd twists that people are perplexed and insulted for being treated like brainless morons? There you go, every actor’s dream I’m sure.

Funny you should say that, Elizabeth. My husband does not understand why I love soaps so much. I tell him I don’t get what the fuss with football is all about. He laughs, but once in a while he sits with me and watches my soaps with me. He finds it humorous and unrealistic how the men are sometimes portrayed as really stupid….that they can’t see the forest for the trees. These are some great actors, but TPTB hardly ever gives them the opportunity to show their true talent; to show their true colours and shine. Pathetic, isn’t it ?

didn’t see yesterday’s episode yet…could it be she has a twin? is she the REAL Obrecht..and the evil one her sister who stole her identity?

okay…let me try that second part in English… LOL…maybe the Obrecht we know…is actually the evil twin….

I’m with you.

haha My Sherona…you’ve been with me all day today! And while I’m glad to have the company…the posts are a few weeks back! We now know that she’s not an evil twin…but instead got a pass from the WSB when she traded info on Helena and Stavros to what’s-his-face Cassadine.

I stand corrected. I have missed a few episodes….my daughter had a healthy baby girl.

no worries! Congratulations!!!!

Ron lives in a comic book world which is not applicable to the soap opera genre. I like Dr, O in small does, but too much of her is not a good thing. She reminds me of a character Mel Brooks dreamed up and I fully expect to hear horses neighing hysterically when her name is mentioned. What’s next? Heather will be elected the mayor of Port Charles? Oh, and let Franco take Anna’s place as police commissioner. Oh, and Ron can bring Faison back from the dead and have him elected as the state governor and then he can order the Port Charles bridge to be closed down. Wait, something tells me that has been done.


It will hard to explain it, but probably it will turn out that she is her long lost twin sister, who is just as deliciously insane, LOL.

I was feeling bad about taking GH off my DVR schedule and also after being a fan for 50 years but now I am happy not to be watching as this debacle continues. I guess ABC/Disney really wants to be out of the soap business altogether. They have done everything possible to ruin GH, errode the fan base and make a mockery of GH. GH will soon join the pile along with All My Children, One Life to Live and Soapnet.

How is ABC Disney doing that when GH has been seeing its biggest ratings in over 7 years. THey are behind the show and some people will just never be happy. Love this move keeps the talented actress that plays Dr Obrecht around. Cant wait to see how this plays out

Wrong. I was happy when Garin Wolf was at the helm. I was happy for at least half of Guza’s tenure. I have given GH the benefit of the doubt all year. Finally lost it at the Heather/Cranco crap. And am grateful that I’m not wasting my early afternoon hour on the show now that I have read about the Chief of staff dreck. I’ll keep a distant tab on the show to see what transpires with Victor Cassadine but if it starts off in this stupid direction I won’t look back.

What???????? still trying to figure that one out – has to be either a twin or Obrecht was an under cover agent – either way it’s nuts – but they sure got me tuning in again today to find out.

Although I would’ve liked it to be Monica or Robin, Obrecht as COS should be tons of fun! I love this actress.

A total Tootsie Moment. Classic soap fun. in the words of Bill Murry “thats one nutty hospital”

I thought “WTH” is happening now? The evil Dr. O can’t be the new Chief of Staff. What does she have on someone on the Board??? Or is it a mean joke RC is playing on us GH fans. How could Anna, Commissioner, let this happen? Has Anna or someone at FBI Headquarters struck a deal with Dr. O, and if so, what are the terms of such deal. This is really a freakin’ GH nightmare……from which I hope to awaken soon!!!!!!!

I was wondering what happened to Obrecht. I absolutely love the actress and the character! I am looking forward to more air-time for Obrecht!

This show has really jumped the shark with that one.

Love GH, but with that said its a double edge sword, if there’s one thing I hate is when the show turns cartoonish with plots like this one or the other like half the cast has come back from the dead ect , sooner or later these type of plots wear out and we can’t stay in the honeymoon phase forever with RC & FV. If they ever expect to win an Emmy for GH UNDER their regime they gotta drop the cheap cartoonish plots…

I don’t see anything cartoonish plots…Any thing is possible with the soaps..

I love the actress so I’m looking forward to this. Should be very entertaining even though it makes no sense whatsoever.

Now I know the writers have lost their grip and mind.. I did NOT like Patrick chose Robin, and that Sabrina lied about her pregnancy…now this? I will not be watching GH. This is how soaps go off the air………..poor writing!

I think it’s great and it will create drama for everyone involved. The writers will explain it to us in the next couple episodes.

Sadly, GH is jumping the shark again – lst w/ RH coming back as Franco, making him, and now Carly, fastforward material… And now this, making the hospital fastforward material. What a shame… I am please Lucas is back and do like the Jeromes, tho.

You are in the miniority as the episodes with Franco and Carly lately have been some of the highest rated ones. So the numbers speak for themselves

What are you talking about? The day of the polar vortex? Don’t you find it peculiar that NO data for the remainder of that week has been made public? When it usually is for every day of every week? I bet the numbers dropped hugely when the weather normalized and the show became all about Cranco and Heather.

Totally terrible story line. I’m done. Same with Heather. Boring.

Dr. Steve Hardy is turning over in his grave (as is John Beradino)!

I finally have concluded that FV and RC were hired to destroy any and every longtime GH fan’s love for the show so that when the end was announced no one would care anymore. That is the only explanation for this abomination. When nothing matters but the shtick then it isn’t worth the time of day. Glad I found Downton Abbey for my soap fix. Maybe I’ll follow Tristan Rogers to Y&R.

And yeah, I know, the only thing that TPTB have to say is goodbye and good riddance.

Elizabeth, I could not have said it better myself. DA is my new soap opera fix as well.

I left Y&R to come to GH. Believe me as a viewer from almost the start of Y&R it has gotten really bad. They have lost some of their best actors and the writing is horrible. When you find yourself FF because the stories don’t hold your interest it was time to leave. Maybe all the soaps have suffered the same fate. Right now the only one I can say I really enjoy is DOOL. I have only watched GH about a year, but for me I like it better then Y&R. jmho

Agree with your comment on DOOL.

I am loyal to the show, will always go on the ride with my GH family. Crazy, drawn out, nutty, funny, heart wrenching, punch you in the gut, smack you over the head story lines…for it all, I will be there.

Watching todays (Tues) now and curious what info she shared w the WSB that they dropped her charges. This story line should bring the HOSPITAL back front and center to the show!

Been watching 38 years, will be here another 38!

Me too!

Me too!




is all I can muster up…. right now

this is – what the fans – have wanted… more air time… and stunning reel from Kathleen Gatti



Precisely, Patrick!!!!! Our beloved high priestess of horror and hilarity, “Dr. O,.” is back for more hysterically heinous hijinks…and not a moment too soon. Now if she could just rid the GH premises of that annoying Sobby and Felix infestation…..

Why can you not ever call the character Sabrina by her name? What is wrong with you? You need to be psychoanalyzed…she is a human being, for Pete sakes.

Actually, no…she is a FICTIONAL character, and a deplorably defined and acted one at that! In other words, she doesn’t really exist! Hence, I am not the one in the need of psychoanalysis…I totally recognize the difference between fantasy and reality, no matter how I choose to label “her!!!!!”

There has to be some more to the story because it makes no sense. They fired Monica because of her association with AJ who was up on murder charges, but they would hired an international criminal who had her medical license revoked years ago for performing unethical experiments? Don’t get me wrong, I love Dr. O and would love to see her stay on the show in some capacity, but I can’t wait to watch later today and see how they explain this one.

Maybe they are trying to redeem her? It looks like she has acquired many fans and TPTB realize that she is an asset to the soap. One never knows…..I do hope Dr. O will stay. We may hope for a positive transformation on her part, but then she would not be the same crazed Dr. O I so enjoy watching.

Love Dr. O. Love Kathleen Gati. This makes no sense. I hope it will as time goes one…

I love her as well, but Dr O is like red pepper flakes, a little bit goes a long way, too much and you become burned out

Makes no sense my patience is wearing thin

We have no idea what and how RC and team will do this, I can’t wait to see it develop!!

Nobody should ever take make-believe soap writing as serious, soaps should also be fun, at times ! ..

Dr. O. is a loved and prized character!!
However she can be kept, I’m for it !!

Dr. obrecht is a breath of fresh air to this legend of a soap

ahaha haa!1 love it !!

to have Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) on my screen will be awesome!!!!

RC and writing team once again have given us a huge surprise!!

I am so ready to shee how RC and team have worked this !!!

Never a dull moment on GH and …. a lot of fun ..!!!

GH has has great variety !!
from the deepest drama, to a WTF !!! ..! love it !!

You’d have to be insane to love this, er, wait…um…sorry.

Apparently, there are a bunch of us I that state of insanity….go Dr. O


Hated the Dr. O scenes. Mad at the miss use of Robin and Robert. I thought the kids today were annoying. I guess I’m close to giving up my 30-year 2:00 habit.

oh, don’t give up GH so “soon”! 😀 te he he

I’ve been watching all time they’ve been on and there will be times when you’re not loving it, but you’ll be glad you stuck with it.

You don’t want to miss Donna Mills and Shirley Jones… and everything else they have in store for us down the road!

I watched AMC for years, but then after months of ridiculous stories I just quit. How I feel about GH is like that. Waste of time, not interesting, stupid, feeling like the writers are flipping off the characters and actors I love. I might follow Tristan to Y&R.

Margie, the kids reminded me of when Hanna/Barbera thought it was a good idea to give Pebbles and Bam Bam their own show. I never understood a word those two said to each other. How many times can Bam Bam say, Bam! Bam”?

You never fail to draw a chuckle from me…encore, s’il -vous-plait.

I am not about to stop watching GH at all. I like my stories and not about to stop watching!

Wasting Scorpio’s waning days on the GH canvas as a babysitter pondering his pint-sized granddaughter’s “love life” was beyond ludicrous! Despite a few good soapy developments, between the ridiculous “playdate” scenes and Sappy the Unwed Babymama squeaking out her lines with the omnipresent appendage otherwise known as Nurse DuBois, today was simply another installment of “Absurdity in the Afternoon.”.

Did I miss something? the last I saw of her was her sitting in a jail cell singing o christmas tree (which was odd ) so how can they hire a known kidnapper (of own of their own no less) and someone who worked with faiso and Jerry Jacks, who caused all the deaths in town??? she must be blackmailing the board!

but how did she get out of jail time?

I believe it was through the machinations of one Victor Cassadine. He wants something from her…something not so noble. Keep watching Christy, you will see this storyline unfold clearly. I do not want to give it away, but, by the same token , I don’t know if I like the direction it is taking. I am, however, glad Dr. O is in the picture. She’s a great actress.

Love the actress, love the character…in small doses. Watchful waiting on this turn of events before I chime in.

My biggest concern is that I wanted Monica Q firmly in the CoS position. Sorry, but I can’t stand that the Q’s are on the backburner again. Don’t mind new characters. Many have been great additions (including Dr. O). But there needs to be a better balance in the writing of vets v. newbies. JMO.

Overall, GH is pretty enjoyable to me for the most part.

I agree

R u kidding me! Someone is smoking crack to come up with this major Bs. This woman is a known criminal and now she is chief ? So glad my ff button works on my remote. I can usually get a good 5 minutes out of this show. All I can say I P U

I have been watching consistenley this year…..But I didn’t watch it today…I watched it
Yesterday….and when I saw the Britch and her wantbee Cabaret singing Mom, I looked at videos….

I don’t care for Robin (she’s leavin)….But I swore Silas was getting the job, or Patrick
why are they giving her all this power. Is she trying to get an Emmy????

I got it….S&M for somebody!!!!!

I admit I was shocked when I watched and have no idea how they will explain this, but I do like the actress Kathleen Gati.

I find it interesting how people who have watched GH a long time are leaving. I have only watched about a year, but had to get away from the Y&R because it had gotten so bad. There were only a few actors left that kept me watching, but even for them the writing was horrid. It became a case of FF through the episodes. Since I had watched from almost the start I stuck with it hoping it would get better, but it never did. The s/l’s were so boring and it was not the soap it once was. Now the actors that I stayed for are gone as well. It seems like a lot of Y&R fans are coming to GH while a lot of GH fans are going to Y&R. For me DOOL is the best soap right now. That may change as well. Seems like soaps are not what they once were. jmho

I think Dr O is working with someone that has a lot of juice. I think that Dr O and the person that she is working for knows something and they are going after Anna and Robert. Remember they killed Cesar faison on the cassadine. island. Rumor has it one of the Cassdine’s is coming back. Also think about Jerry Jax. He also needs a cure now that Luke took it. Maybe that is the reason heather webber took luke. Remember she had two guys with her. Maybe they work for Jerry Jax.

Hate Dr. O as new chief of staff. I too will be leaving…only so many times criminals can get a pass….do not dislike the actress and wish her well…just not on GH.

Um, what about Sonny? He’s a criminal and the focus of the show for over a decade. A very long and boring decade…

I have to agree with you about Sonny and there have been times that the ‘Sonny Show’ has been annoying…I just really dislike Dr. O.

To all the people who say this is the last straw– if one plot point has made you decide to no longer watch, it’s your loss. I don’t think GH is perfect, no show is. But I enjoy most of it and will keep watching to find out how Dr. O got the job. Turning your GH fan card in before the story even plays out is just plain silly.


You missed the point. The show has been on a downward spiral for months. Ron Carlavati promised that Robert would be given a great story. He wasn’t. Robin – ditto. Characters and stories are presented and then backburnered. We get Sabrina 5 days a week. It’s just no longer fun or interesting.

I understood your point perfectly. You not liking the plots isn’t the same as the show being on a downward spiral, in fact the ratings have been going up. I and a couple million other people think the show is fun and interesting.

Agree Margie —

The deletion of GH from my DVR after years of faithful watching has been a long time coming. Heather returning again and again, Dr O has chief of staff, Faison, stupid storylines for the veteran characters, Jason leaving…. We could write a book about the downward spiral. Sadly, GH is no longer on my “must watch” list.

It’s a krazy twist, but I’m lovin’ it. Dr. O is a hoot! Also, good to see Monica Q back on the show.

I thought she was in jail? Not sure what is going on here… but Kathleen is great!

LOL, my God why all the vitriol?? I thought it was great:) Now we can look forward to more great and hysterical acting from Katherine Gatti! It is a soap so you can’t expect it to be like real life after all!!

Gavel this

Ms. Gatti is in the house…. hey!

General Hospital

John J. York Shares His Emotional Journey from Cancer Back to ‘General Hospital’ with ‘Good Morning America’

General Hospital fans are counting the hours till tomorrow, and the June 19th episode of the ABC daytime drama series, where they will see the highly-anticipated return of longtime veteran, John J. York (Mac Scorpio).

York has been through a physical and emotional rollercoaster fighting two blood cancers, myelodysplastic syndromes and multiple smoldering myeloma, and receiving a lifesaving blood stem cell transplant after months of trying to locate a match donor.

Now, on the other side of it, York sat down with Good Morning America this week ahead of his first episode back on GH, where not only do we see the moment he steps through the door at Maxie’s (Kirsten Storms) and is welcomed by her, Georgie, Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) and he will also meet the new young children playing the role of Bailey James, twins Riley and Miley Polonki.


Speaking with tears in his eye on coming back to work at the set of GH, York expressed, “Everybody has been very welcoming. Very welcoming, and here I go right off the bat (begins to tear up). I can’t tell you how nice it’s been to get the support that I have gotten.”

When asked by GMA’s Zohreen Shah, what he missed the most about being away from GH, while undergoing treatment, York shared, “I just felt so attached that I didn’t feel I missed anything. I just took a little break and a little vacation, I guess, and had to go through something, and now we’re here kind of on the other side of it.”

Photo: Disney/ABC

The story for Mac heats up on today’s June 18th episode of GH, when in a preview for the show, Cody (Josh Kelly) talks to Sasha (Sofia Mattsson) and finally admits he is having regrets about the time he wasted with Mac, after seeing how Chase (Josh Swickard) has been grieving the loss of his father, Gregory.  Will he fess up when Mac steps back into action and tell him that he is his biological son? Stay tuned.

Check out John’s emotional appearance on Good Morning America below. Are you looking forward to seeing Mac back in action on GH starting tomorrow? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

‘Santa Barbara’ Legends and Daytime Emmy Gold Circle Honorees, A Martinez and Jerome Dobson, to Chat Live on Michael Fairman Channel

Two of the men responsible for the success of the beloved soap opera, Santa Barbara, A Martinez (ex-Cruz Castillo) and Jerome Dobson (Co-creator and co-head writer) visit You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel for a live conversation on Friday night, June 21st beginning at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.

Recently, A and Jerry were honored at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards as they were selected to be Gold Circle inductees in which they received a medal as admired individuals who have made enduring contributions to daytime television and have performed distinguished service within the television industry, setting standards for achievement, mentoring, leadership and professional accolades for 50 years.

Currently, A can be seen The Bay as Nardo Ramos, a role in which he received a Daytime Emmy nomination for his work this year. Martinez is also remembered for his roles on General Hospital as Roy DeLuca, One Life to Live as Ray Montez and Days of our Lives as Eduardo Hernandez; among other TV and motion picture roles. However, A’s most memorable role in soaps, and the one that won him a Daytime Emmy, was that of Cruz on Santa Barbara, for which he took home the gold for his work in 1990.

Photo: NBC

Jerry Dobson created Santa Barbara with his wife, the late Bridget Dobson, and the couple became soap-famous for not only their work on SB (1984-1986, 1991-1992), but their time head-writing for General Hospital (1973-1975), Guiding Light (1975-1980) and As the World Turns (1980-1983).

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Santa Barbara aired on NBC for 9 years from July 30, 1984, to January 15, 1993 and featured some of the all-time greats in soap opera as part of the cast including :Marcy Walker, Nancy Lee Grahn, Jed Allan, Dame Judith Anderson, Judith McConnell, Justin Deas, Robin Mattson, Lane Davies, Eileen Davidson, Robin Wright, Jack Wagner, Sydney Penny, Kim Zimmer, Roscoe Born, Nicolas Coster and more.

Watch below, when A Martinez was named Outstanding Lead Actor at the 17th annual Daytime Emmys.

If you can’t be with us live for A and Jerry’s livestream chat, but have a question you would like posed to one or both of them, please leave it in the comment section below.


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General Hospital

John J. York Returns as General Hospital’s Mac Scorpio and Shares, “Expect The You-Know-What to Hit the Fan”

General Hospital fans were overjoyed when John J. York (Mac Scorpio) revealed he was back on set and taping all-new episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.

The beloved GH star was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and multiple smoldering myeloma, two blood and bone marrow disorders, back in 2022.  Later, he underwent treatment for the cancer in September of 2023, which took him off the show while he went through a blood stem cell transplant and the recovery.

Now, those who have waited for Mac to finally get to the truth – that Cody Bell (Josh Kelly) is his biological son – may finally get their wish!  Speaking with TV Insider on his imminent return (he is back on-screen this coming Wednesday, June 19th), York shared on what’s about to go down, “Expect the you-know-what to hit the fan and let the dust come down and settle where it will, so get ready.”

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York also prepped viewers that he will look a little different when he first seen back in Port Charles, due to his cancer treatments, “My hair grew back nice. I was not sure how my hair would look because I was bald. Now it’s short, like a military cut.”

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Speaking on his own health and life, John shared, “With the MDS, if everything goes well with the bone marrow transplant, that should be handled. With the multiple smoldering myeloma, smoldering being the key word, it just kind of stays there in my system. There is a small chance that it could turn into full-blown leukemia at some point, but the goal is for me to die of old age before I die of any kind of blood cancer. I feel fantastic and all the blood tests that I take once a month have all pointed in the direction that things are all going in the right direction, which is really good.”

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Are you looking forward to the moment that Mac realizes Cody is his son? What do you think his reaction will be as he has been duped all this time? Happy, as we are, that John is back on-screen on GH? Comment below.

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