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Sonny in the Slammer? GH's Maurice Benard on his hot story!

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TV Guide Magazine spoke with the elusive, and mega-talented soap superstar, Maurice Benard.  And as we all know, on tomorrow ‘s General Hospital, Sonny finds out that Dominic is indeed his biological son, Dante…after shooting him! Now with that on his rap sheet, and taking the rap for his other son, Michael killing Claudia, its looks like Sonny behind bars is just around the corner.  Maurice weighs in on some of these subjects and more in this quick, but revealing interview.  Here are some excerpts below!

Maurice on how GH built the Dante and Sonny story over a long period of time : “It’s been nice to have that slow build. Usually, they do a story in two weeks. Of course, you can’t build on something if it’s not that good to begin with. Also, we really needed time so that Sonny didn’t come off like a moron. He couldn’t come to trust Dante after just a month. He needed to slowly start liking the guy, a little here, a little more there. Otherwise, the audience would be going, “This is stupid. Why would Sonny ever trust this guy?” Now we’re at the point where Sonny has really come to care about Dante in a weird way—it’s like on some level he already knows he’s his son before he finds out for sure. The whole thing plays kind of eerie. It’s cool stuff, man.”

Maurice on if Sonny will go to prison and ultimately on trial ( well,we know that’s coming): “I think that’s how they’re writing it so I’m playing it to the hilt. I truly believe Sonny’s done this time. He wants his son to be safe and he sees no other way out. And Sonny wants Dante to feel like he’s the one responsible for sending him to prison. He doesn’t think he can get away with it this time—at least that’s the way I’m playing it in the scenes we’re shooting now. I’m going to play it from here to whenever that this is the last time Sonny will see his kids, the last time he’ll see anyone he cares about. I’m not going to be all mushy-mushy about it. [Laughs] That’s not me. I’ll be a tough son of a bitch but, yeah, this could be it for him. I certainly want the audience to think that.”

Maurice on Jonathan Jackson’s powerhouse performance this week and working with Dominic Zamprogna: “The other day I tuned in to see Jonathan Jackson’s big scenes—where Lucky tears into Elizabeth and Nikolas for having an affair—and he was phenomenal! There’s a lot of damn good actors on the show right now. It’s good to watch them work—especially the young ones. I love Drew who plays Michael. I have a rapport with him that’s cool as heck. And Dominic I clicked with from the get. When I auditioned with him, we had this confrontation scene and he was the only one of the Dantes who I felt was really gonna punch me out. There was this animal thing there. Damn he was great.”

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The best would be for Sonny to serve time, it’s fairy tale to think this should not happen, it’s time for GH to come back to it’s root’s good story telling, family, and now and then the mob, but the mob should not be the focal point, also, about time to admit that the Sonny & Olivia f;ing is not working, the actress has no chemistry with Maurice, what they need is Kate back and not so quick to return to the mob boss. Sam need’s to be her own self not just a after thought of Jason, and about… Read more »

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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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