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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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Fight Night will definitely have an impact on the lives of the citizens of Port Charles, on the upcoming Thursday, October 29th episode of the ABC daytime drama series.

Announced by ABC today, along with primetime’s Dancing with the Stars, The Conners, Supermarket Sweep, and America’s Funniest Home Videos, GH is having some ghoulish goings-on for the trick or treat holiday.

According to the GH preview: “As an impending storm approaches Port Charles, Trina and Joss decide to meet up with Cameron and Dev at Charlies before heading off to a Halloween party for the night. Unbeknownst to them, Julian notices the kids are being watched a little too closely by a masked individual. Uneasy and unable to shake the feeling that something is off, Julian confronts the man. Meanwhile, Carly is stunned when Cyrus brings a familiar acquaintance to dinner at the Metro Court. And elsewhere, Finn and Anna’s plans to take Violet trick-or-treating are hampered when Finn is called back to GH, leaving Anna alone, unaware that a particularly evil threat awaits her.”

So, excited to see what goes down on Halloween on GH? Comment below.

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GH’s Ingo Rademacher Shares Insight With His Son On Parenting & Anger On Maurice Benard’s “State of Mind”

Maurice Benard has brought his State of Mind  to You Tube, and his guest for this week is none other than Sonny Corinthos’ longtime nemesis Jasper Jacks, Ingo Rademacher.

Rademacher decided to appear on State of Mind along with his son, Peanut, to talk about the incidents of parenting and anger when raising his children, and the effects discipline can have on the kids.

There are some very emotional moments within the segment, as Peanut opens up about his feelings when his dad was upset with him and how he dealt with  it

Ingo also shares how over the past few years his relationship with his son has approved, while Maurice offers key moments from his past with his father and his own son.

Per Maurice on the concept behind the show and his ongoing website: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

Watch Ingo, Maurice and Peanut below and then let us know what you thought about this heartfelt conversation via the comment section below.

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Gregory Harrison Is The New Gregory Chase On General Hospital

General Hospital just got hotter as it beef’s up its storyline featuring Kim Delaney as Jackie Templeton.  Now comes word that TV veteran, Gregory Harrison has come to the ABC daytime drama series as the recast Gregory Chase.

The character of Gregory Chase was previously played by DAYS James Read, who plays the treacherous Clyde Weston now and then on the NBC soap.

With Harrison taking on the role of Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father, that makes things a little juicier in the romantic department.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news, Harrison begins taping today Wednesday at the ABC studios for General Hospital and fans can look forward to his debut on-screen in a few weeks.

As to the storyline: “Fireworks could be on the horizon for Harrison’s character.”

TV fans remember Gregory from the hit series Trapper John M.D., then later on Falcon Crest, Judging Amy, One Tree Hill and more.  He also has frequently appeared in Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies most recently.

So, what do you think about the Gregory Chase recast with Gregory Harrison? Intrigued? Comment below.

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