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Steve Burton Talks On: Coming Home To General Hospital, The ‘Jasoning’ Of Drew, JaSam’s New Year’s Eve Kiss & Reuniting With His Longtime Co-Stars!

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If you caught Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, Jason Morgan

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(Steve Burton) finally had the opportunity to have a little heart-to-heart with the evil and nefarious Cesar Faison (Anders Hove), and viewers began to be filled-in on the back-story of what happened to twins, Jason and Drew (Billy Miller), that caused Drew to have Jason’s memories, and took Jason away from his loved ones for five years.

For Steve Burton, his five years away as Jason and General Hospital, the place he called home for more than two decades, was a time of tough choices, individual growth, and new opportunities.  But as many have said, “You can take the boy out of Port Charles, but you can’t take Port Charles out of the boy.”  Last fall, the big news for GH fans was that Steve signed on to reprise his role of Sonny’s hit man with a heart of gold, and with that brought an edge-of-your-seat storyline, and fantastic performances from all involved.

On-Air On-Soaps caught up with Steve at the recent ABC TCA Cocktail Reception to get his thoughts on: his emotional return on-screen and off, the social media battle between fan factions who are rooting for Sam (Kelly Monaco) to be with Jason, or Sam to stay with Drew, what his relationship is like with Billy Miller, who had taken on the role of Jason for the last few years, plus reuniting with his long-time co-stars, Maurice Benard, (Sonny) Laura Wright (Carly), Monaco, and more.

Who says you can never go home again?  Steve’s triumphant return proves that sometimes things can be better the second time around.  Here’s what he had to say about it all during this candid and heartfelt conversation.

The journey back to your old stomping grounds at GH certainly came with its share of agonizing moments, uncertainty, and major successes along the way.  How do you feel now looking back at what it took to get you to the place you are at today?

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STEVE:  Leaving GH was one of the hardest things I ever did, and one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make.  Psychologically, it felt like I left my family.  It was difficult, and people don’t realize that stuff looking at it from the outside.  It took a long time for me to just be OK with it, and where I would say, “I’m not there anymore … now I got to do this.”  But then it became a rebirth for me of doing something else, and I went to Y&R.  Then to have some free time, and work on myself, personally, and have a hiatus, and then coming back after leaving Y&R with such a great story was amazing.  Now coming back to GH, I just have a whole new perspective.  I am re-energized.

Your performances since your return as Jason have been very emotional and filled with lots of welling up of tears in the eyes, and more.  The once always stoic “Stone Cold” is showing some deep hurt, and pain these days.  What have you thought of your work since coming back to Port Charles?

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STEVE:  Honestly, I don’t know.  It might have been too many tears!  I didn’t know what to do when I got back.  First, I did not know the story, and I was so used to playing Dylan on Y&R, where it’s playing someone more like myself.  I still had times on that show where I could go deep with story, but going back to GH, I wasn’t sure what I did before.  So, I went back and watched You Tube to see what I was doing, or not doing. I was still showing emotion through my eyes, but I was not doing much expression, so I had to figure how to get back to that, or what I was going to do.  However, it was easy once I put the leather jacket on, and was back working with Maurice (Maurice Benard) and Laura Wright (Carly).  I just fell back into it.  And let me just say, I am not one to go on You Tube and watch soap operas. (Laughs)

The storyline of the two Jasons, and how that played out was riveting soap opera, and really one of the best storylines of 2017 in daytime. Were you at all concerned the story could have fallen flat?

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STEVE:  It could have been a disaster, and they hit a freakin’ home run.  They did!  Everybody was worried, including me.  When you are part of a twin storyline you’re thinking, “How are they going to make this work?”  I will tell you I told Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) that I didn’t want to know the story before I came back.  But that kind of makes the whole thing even better, right?   I got my first script, and I am in a mask, and a hoodie, and Maura West (Ava) is acting her heart out.  It was cool.  I thought how they brought me back was fun.

You made a public statement via social media after waring fan bases where attacking you, Billy Miller, and Kelly Monaco.  I was glad you came forward and said something about the situation.  Some fans were quite upset when you came back and reclaimed your role as Jason, feeling it was a slight to Billy.  However, as viewers have now witnessed, Billy gets to play an entirely new and different role as Drew Cain.

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STEVE:  First, I probably did not make a big enough statement.  There is just no room for hate.  It’s just such a waste of time.  Billy is in a great position, because he gets to reboot.  Listen, here is the thing: if you are looking at it from an actor’s standpoint he gets to now go create a whole new character.  I would be excited about that as an actor, quite honestly.   We are now brothers on the show, which is cool.  Nobody wants to ever step into someone else’s shoes, and try to play somebody, or not try to play somebody.  That is the worst job in daytime being a recast.  Nobody really wants to do it, and usually the fans don’t want to see it, and it’s really a difficult position to be in.  So, the fact that Billy gets to start over is pretty cool.

Fans also seem to think there must be a contentious relationship between you and Billy when you are working together in scenes, or behind the scenes.

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STEVE:  First of all, we have had the same managers for years, we had worked together on the show for a year, we were friends on Y&R, and half the time what we are talking about on set is the restaurant business, because Billy owns restaurants, and I have restaurants.  Everyone wants World War III, and there is no World War III!  It’s acting … it’s our job.

It has been so touching watching you as Jason reconnect with the other characters on the canvas.  What have you thought about all of those key moments?

STEVE:  There are so many rich moments that were built-in.  The writers wrote what they wrote, but because the history was there that’s what I think made people respond to me coming back.  Obviously, I had been on the show for twenty years and more, but it’s really about the relationships; that’s what soap fans watch for.  Having those first scenes back with Maurice, and then with Laura, and then with Kelly.  Then I had stuff with Becky Herbst (Elizabeth) in the jail, and then with Carolyn Hennesy (Diane) in our little stuff, and even with Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) when we had some scenes together on the docks.  It was so great to work with everybody again, because it is so built-in to the history of our characters, and you don’t have to act, because it’s so emotional what we are playing and living.

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Because it is so emotional for you coming back to GH; we are seeing that projected on-screen where almost real-life meets soap-life in your scenes.  Would you agree with that?

STEVE:  100%, it’s true.  That was what was happening.  You are coming home after five years away to your family, and that is what viewers saw on-camera.

Let’s talk about that kiss on New Year’s Eve between Jason and Sam! What did you think about that plot point happening at that moment? That certainly made a segment of the fans very happy, while making others very angry.  At least, people had a reaction to that lip-lock one way, or the other. (Laughs) 

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STEVE:  Did everyone go crazy over that? (Laughs)  Look, I did not know it was happening until I read the script.  I found out a day ahead!  Now, when I first came back to GH for the first month, and I did not have a lot of dialog I was reading ahead going, “I can do this!” (Laughs)  But then I started talking more than Jason has ever talked in his life!  I texted some people and said, “Ah, just to refresh your historical perspective, Jason never talked this much!” (Laughs) Now I have to just read one day ahead, as I cannot read that far ahead anymore.

It must be a conundrum and a challenge for Kelly Monaco to play, as to how far does she go in her portrayal over this man who she loved and who she believed died five years ago, and the man she moved on with, and whom she also loves with all of her heart.

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STEVE:  It’s tough.  You got to do your job, and the character is torn between two guys.  This is after all a soap opera, and what happens in it. That’s the perfect triangle!  It’s a great triangle, because the situation that went down happened to both Drew and Jason.  He’s not pissed off, and my character is not pissed off at necessarily each other.  We are pissed off about the situation.  Add to that, you have a girl in the middle who is going, “Well, that is my husband who I thought died, and this is the guy I am also in love with. So, what do I do?”  It’s actually great story!  You can’t build the story any better than that!

Looks like we are getting very close to knowing exactly what happened to Jason after Faison “killed him” and who was behind the whole scheme that ended up brain-mapping Drew with Jason’s memories, and kept Jason away from his family for five years.   When it is revealed, do you think it is plausible and will go over with the audience, who are now invested in knowing what happened to these two beloved guys?

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STEVE:  It could have been really bad when they do these types of story, but they did a fantastic job. When the fans find out why this all happened to Jason and Drew, I think it is all justified where the fans can go, “OK, I believe it.  Moving on.  What’s next?” (Laughs)  Now, it has to shift back to: What is Sam going to do? What is Jason’s relationships like with Michael (Chad Duell)?  Is Jason going to get in the middle of things with Elizabeth and Franco (Roger Howarth)?  There are all these other dynamics we can start playing, and that is what I would anticipate the writers would do.

You submitted yourself for Daytime Emmy contention.  How did you decide what to ultimately submit yourself for being that you had great exit story as Dylan on Y&R, and what you had up to the submission deadline coming back to GH as Jason? (Steve received a Pre-Nom in the Supporting Actor category for his work on GH)

STEVE:  I had such great exit story on Y&R, but this past year coming back to GH was a big deal for me, and it was a big deal for fans.  Listen, I am an actor.  I would love another Emmy, but it just felt weird to me to be representing another show at the Emmys, when I am now on GH.  It’s not about winning Emmys for me.  I am not an ego-maniac.  I was there, and now I am here.  That’s all there is to it in my decision as to what show to submit my work from.

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What can you say in a broad stroke for viewers to look forward to with Jason’s story?

STEVE:  I think the writers have a year and half mapped out of story.  I have no idea what it is, but I can tell you the team now at GH is on top of it.  Chris Van Etten and Shelly Altman (Co head-writers, GH) together are amazing.  We have other key people behind the scenes like Elizabeth Korte (writer, GH), who is like the rock, still.  She is like the Wikipedia of GH that people check in with and go to about everything General Hospital.

Has your wife, Sheree checked you out on GH since your return? 

STEVE:  No, she has watched only a few times.  But we have three kids to take care of, and so between that and everything else she is involved in, she is very busy.

Your little girl, Brooklyn is quite the little starlet! She is so cute in all of your photos and Instagram posts!

STEVE:  I have worked with a lot of kids before, obviously.  But, if I would guess which of my kids would become an actor, it would be her!  She definitely puts on a show like nobody’s business.  She is amazing.

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You are currently still residing in Nashville with your wife and three children. Would you consider a permanent move back to Los Angeles?

STEVE:  I am in Nashville right now. I do plan to stay on GH until it’s done whenever that may be.  Hopefully, it will be around for the next foreseeable future.  I do not see it being canceled.  I know a lot of people say that about the remaining soaps, but I think GH is such an iconic brand still to this day.  But as to where I would live … for now Nashville is good.  The kids love it there, but who knows things always change.  I just roll with things, man. 

Has this whole experience of returning to GH been everything than you had hoped for, and more?

STEVE:  It has been more than I could ever hope for.  Everything has been more for me.  I am just grateful for the opportunity to be able to come back.  You don’t get that opportunity often in life.  You know as an actor that once you leave that the door is shut, and you may not get the chance to go home.  That’s why it was so hard to leave five years ago. 

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I remember when you left GH five years ago, and we had chatted about it during your final days on the set!

STEVE:  It was tough.  It was horrible … it was horribly emotional.  I had dreams about it for years, “General Hospital” dreams.  I grew up here.  To be able to do it again, and have the kind of welcome I had with the fans, and the cast and the crew, I feel like I have not missed a step.  Maurice Benard is always joking with me and he goes, “I’m leaving in two years!”  I go, “Dude! You are staying here.  You might as well shut up!”Maurice goes, “Oh no, man.  You are staying!”  I go, “I will be the crypt keeper in a leather jacket at this point, and that’s it!I will be a skeleton with a leather jacket on.  That is how long I will be here!” (Laughs)

So, what are your thoughts on Steve Burton’s return to GH thus far? What did you think of the explanation of what happened to Drew and Jason that caused Drew to be brain-mapped with Jason’s memories? Are you rooting for JaSam to be together in the end, or that Sam and Drew stay together when all is said and done? Share your thoughts on the chat in the comment section below! 

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Max
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Does he realize he is a recast as well? Anyways this story to me has fallen flat because they are changing and ignoring the past three years. Today Faison said he took Drew because of brain damage Jason acquired but in 2015 Patrick found identical brain surgery and trauma in Drew when he was Jake Doe. He didn’t get the trauma from Helena brainwashing but from past accidents. Another thing the just changed is Helena wiping the fingerprints of Jake Doe before police realized it was Jason. I get Burton can’t make a new character because two characters is too… Read more »

K/kay
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K/kay

Yes you are correct I lost respect when he won his Emmy last year and did not have the class to think Sharon Case for helping him he is truly no a gentlemen unless it suits him

K/kay
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K/kay

Yes I am a Case fan but she was his biggest cheerleader! As usual he has his nose up mb backside so what the hell

SpixieFan
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SpixieFan

My feeling on Drew’s brain problems.. they looked identical to Jason’s. I am thinking Helena (or someone) switched brain photos.. or whatever that is called. Lol But they are always switching paternity tests, so why not? Lol That is all that makes sense to me. I’m sure Drew would not have the exact same brain problems as Jason, so it had to be some kind of scan switch.

Max
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Max

He did have the same brain scan and it was talked about in and with Patrick talking about it when he n=saw the device Helena put in him. Also the first time was when Jake Doe went to talk to Patrick about his memory loss and Patrick mentioned that he had brain damage. After Jake was revealed to be Jason, the brain scans made sense. There is also the problem of the fingerprints that Helena deleted from the PCPD database. Helena had no reason to suspect anyone thinking Jake doe was really Jason so why delete the proof? If Jake… Read more »

Aria
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Aria

I know for JASON it’s been like five or six months so it makes sense for him to still feel this strong love for Sam but I hope he reconnects with Liz and shows his puppy eyes when he sees her.

Peggy Anteau
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Peggy Anteau

It’s forever

Laurie McRae
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Laurie McRae

Thank you, Michael Fairman, for yet another AWESOME interview with Steve Burton! You get THE BEST interviews out of him! All is right with the GH world, having Steve Burton back on the show!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Two things SB said in the interview that struck me–one negative, one positive: First, the negative: He said, ” I am not one to go on Youtube and watch soap operas.” Sounds like he is doing what so many other soap actors do–putting down his own profession and putting down soap fans. “Not cool, ” to use his own expression. Second, the positive: “. . . what soap fans watch are relationships”–that’s right–and a bit ironic since GH has gone the gonzo route and thrown in so much violence and played on that and has sacrificed iconic relationships and characters… Read more »

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
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Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

I don’t see how you live across the country and commute. Is travel and housing tax-deductible in this case? Seems exhausting to me. I was not thrilled to hear of his return-but was when he did. I have enjoyed watching him on the show.

Patrick
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Patrick

when was this interview done ? or is this the 2nd coming of Christ… arms wide open asking the world for “peace”

accept me and Frank Valentini or else

let the chips fall where they may

cooks7570
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cooks7570

The show should put Steve and Maura together. Then we can see Sonny and Carly’s head explode.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

LOL…love that idea! Ohhhh, to see Carly’s head explode! 🙂

su0000
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su0000

I do not like Steve Burton , no longer.
He walks out of GH and then comes back as if he’s King Poop.
I don’t play that.
Also–
He is totally AI, he is Android, he is a mechanical actor…
Jason never changes.
He is doing the exact same thing he did in his late 20’s and now pushing 50 and there are absolutely no changes in his character.
Jason is nothing more than a never-ending rerun…

He’s Robot Man running on the same software/programming for decades.
hahaaa haa! I really do not care for him..

MB
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MB

If I came back to a show that was hitting record low ratings, increased viewership by about half a million and moved it to a solid number two in the demo, I might think I’m King Poop too. And I’d be right.

su0000
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su0000

MB,
That is not factual.

During Oct & Nov, GH had a boot in ratings but not so as of now..

Fans that had tuned out tuned in for a look-see.

Curiosity will bring in viewers the problem is keeping them.

GH ratings are much the same as regular and no ”’ increased viewership by about half a million ”’lol as you believe there was.

su0000
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su0000

Note;
”’General Hospital, they lost the most total viewers for the week with -75,000. and were down in key demos”’
Check the recent ratings..

dmr
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dmr

Unfortunately, with the #GenieisGH boycott, I think the ratings will be going down significantly.

MB
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MB

Su0000-

You’re absolutely wrong about the ratings.

First, most recent week reported, the one you are referring to, yes GH was down 75,000, however the show is up 162,000 from the same week the previous year.

Second, just before Steve returned, GH was at a record low in the demo, 347,000, it is now at 450,000, up 30%. That same time, total viewers were 2,300,000, now GH is over 2,800,000, up 500,000. So, lol! back at you.

Max
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Max

Where did you get the 2.3 million viewers? 3. Almost a ago the ratings were at GH 2,719,000 (+83,000/-266,000) for the week of January 30, 2017 – February 3, 2017. The viewership hasn’t gone up 500,000 thousand and current viewership is at 3. GH 2,815,000 (-74,000/+162,000) now ratings aren’t current but I doubt it’s all because Burton came back. Now with two leads gone, I wonder how that will affect ratings.

angie
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angie

I am looking forward to this storyline ending. I am so over it.

Lucky
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Lucky

Steve Burton’s return is the best thing to happen to GH in years. The last time I was this riveted with the show was during Dante’s introduction story (I with the show would use DZ more). I like that there are no bad guys among Jason, Sam and Drew, and each characters is trying to do what they think is right.

Shanda
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Shanda

Looking forward to Jason and Sam finding their way back to each other. great interview!

SpixieFan
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SpixieFan

Great interview, thank you Michael! And thank you Steve for coming back!! Sooooo hoping for Sam and Jason to get back together.. the reason I started watching again. If I can’t have Spixie… then JaSam please please GH!!! :'( </3

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Your performances since your return as Jason have been very emotional and filled with lots of welling up of tears in the eyes ” don’t let his blue eyes go “…However, it was easy once I put the leather jacket on ” of course… can you be serious he’s sure showing a lot of growth and meaning… as he gives his Y&R stint so much leverage. He did not deserve that emmy win… over John Anniston and James Reynolds. another marquee : “…The journey back to your old stomping grounds at GH certainly came with its share of agonizing moments,… Read more »

Sophie
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Sophie

GH promised a triangle of Jason/Sam/Drew but have failed to deliver. What started out as must see TV is now just a boring retread of Jason/Carly/Sonny eating the show alive with Sam/Drew. Everyone else gets crumbs w/o airtime or focus. As far as the triangle goes it’s nonexistent with all 3 totally unlikable. Jason refuses to fight for the woman is loves or change for his kids but has his head buried up CarSon’s asses. Sam’s being a stone cold bitch to Jason & Drew vacillating between a rage-oholic & and baby that needs constant reassurance yet does nothing to… Read more »

Max
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Max

It seems like Jason will always choose that lifestyle because the writers show he just can’t change. I liked how Jake Doe was changing because of Elizabeth. When Jake found out he was Jason he decided to change his life and distance himself from most of his past lifestyle. What happened next was Burton came back and it was all just a lie that Jason could change. I disagree that he needs constant assurance that Sam will be with him as he told her she can leave this relationship if she still loves Jason. He has told her twice and… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

“… This is after all a soap opera, and what happens in it. That’s the perfect triangle! ” NO IT ISN”T… this has flatlined… because THEY DID NOT FIGHT EACH OTHER AND FOR you put all your eggs in one basket… hoping for Kelly Monaco to act her ass off… she never could so … whether you go back… and actually have them duke it out.. has lost impact no one cares… so now it’s all up to how the WRITERS develop Drew. with his new character and since Jason is so one note. he posed and postured for the… Read more »

Bee
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Bee

It’s unbelievable the judgemental some of you have posted here. If you don’t like General Hospital, stop watching. To make personal comments about Steve Burton is downright ugly and shows your soul. Unless you were working on the set of Young and Restless, how can speak on what Steve coulda, shoulda done! General Hospital rating was low and has improved since the return of Jason Morgan played by Steve Burton. Like it or not you don’t speak for the majority of General Hospital fans. Capiche to all you UNCOUTH negative posters

Timmm
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Timmm

Thank you Bee. People have a right to their opinion BUT to bad mouth someone who genuinely is a good guy, lifting the soap back to more respectable ratings and committing himself to the daytime format, God bless him! Like you say, if you the fans have this much anger over an actor, TURN THE CHANNEL!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I understand what Steve was saying about “coming home.” When you’ve worked at a place for so long it’s like a second family. The people, the familiar surroundings…just a part of your life. I think it took courage to up and leave such job security and comfort zone. He challenged himself and did well. Coming back, no matter how successful he was before he left must have been nerve-wracking as well. Stepping back into a character he was away from for so long, switching gears again. But I can see from an actor’s standpoint what a great experience that is…to… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Exactly, the writers have selective memory when it suits their agenda, not bringing up who killed Jason’s brother, AJ. I loved when AJ (Sean Kanan, NOT Billy Warlock) returned. Unfortunately, Sean’s talents were not used wisely.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi dmr…

It took some getting used to for me to see Billy Warlock as AJ…it’s not that he was bad in the role..it’s just that I was used to Sean Kanan (whom I loved) and, LOL, could they have hired anyone who looked MORE different than Steve AND Sean? The casting director apparently wasn’t trying for any continuity in looks!

But, I was thrilled when Sean came back. Then, completely angry/disappointed with how they dropped him. And the fact Jason never mentions him…neither Burton or Miller…nor Michael…is an insult to the character/the actors who played him and the audience/fans.

Reed
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Reed

Rebecca, well said. It was nice of Steve to acknowledge Elizabeth Korte, she’s been around since 1995 in one capacity or another. I totally get “GH as family.” In fact, I think I spend more time with this family than my own because at least this one I can choose. Great effort in front of and behind by all–Frank’s blunder notwithstanding—keep it up!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi Reed…

Thanks! At last we meet! LOL! (you know what I’m talking about, yes?)

LOL and yet…awwww… about spending more time with the GH family than your own because the latter you can choose. It IS nice to escape into fictional worlds, isn’t it? Total release from sometimes difficult/trying realities….

Reed
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Reed

Rebecca, yes, the clique mentality on this site can be rather unpleasant, so try to remain above the fray. Know that you provide an interesting take and that your enthusiasm and contributions are appreciated. And like any family, can’t we all just get along? Um, no!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Thank you, Reed. I honestly don’t think we’ve ever exchanged messages before; forgive me if I don’t recall. I’m familiar with the poster I exchange messages with frequently but you and I…that’s why it was completely insane when a certain poster thought we were one and the same!

For what it’s worth, I find you quite amiable! (hmmm; not sure I ever used that word before but it sorta fit! 😉 )

Thanks and yes, “rather unpleasant” is an understatement.

I look forward to seeing more of your posts!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

familiar with the regular posters I exchange…

Reed
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Reed

Well then, Rebecca, my work is done, as I strive for “amiable.” Unflappable too, but even I’ve run afoul of Frick and Frack (not sure which one), albeit unintentionally. Don’t allow anyone to lessen your enjoyment of our show or your desire to share your thoughts about it here. This being my only social media outlet, I tend to be selective in what I contribute, but I’ll always lead with levity because after all, this should be a fun release. That it degenerates into something less though should be of no surprise to anyone in this day and age of… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Another sea of irony in his comments about coming home: How does he think Genie Francis thought about coming home–then getting kicked unceremoniously out of her home? And a part of the reason may well have been to guarantee his salary “forever,” as he says he plans to stay with GH “until it is over.” Must be nice to have been given that reassurance. Poor Genie obviously wasn’t. Growing up there, he says? Who really grew up there? Genie Francis, that’s who! Sometimes people just can’t seem to see the obvious.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Except the interview was about Steve Burton and HIS experience. And we have no way of knowing if his return coincided with her departure. Personally, I’m enjoying Jason’s story more than Laura’s. Perhaps that would have changed if they’d have FINALLY gone ahead with making her interesting again. Warm and fuzzy; yes. But for me, her story lines while warm and fuzzy haven’t been must-see TV. If they bring her back they need to follow through on something more than everyone’s shoulder to lean on. Unless they planned on making her the next Lila Q.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

And, just to be fair, nancy, Steve Burton started on GH at 20 years old and stayed on without break for the next 21 years. I’d say that was a growing up of sorts. Genie started just a few years younger and wasn’t consistently on GH …moving on to other long-term roles in other soaps. So, I get what Steve is saying. Twenty unbroken years and then coming back to a show he was on from the age of 21 to 42 with no gap in years on the show? I think what’s obvious are Steve’s feelings about his return.

Patrick
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Patrick

BOTTOM LINE – in order, to give… Steve burton and Jason Morgan… YES – BOTH

he needs emotional depth. something to trigger and ground him

that’s Rebecca Herbst… Liz

Reed
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Reed

Patrick, how about Maxie? Bond over loss, a chance to parent, allow fun, whimsy, and exasperation to penetrate the rigid one, and above all, pose conflict and consternation to those in Maxie’s orbit? Although I did enjoy the pool table scene with Tamara Braun, and that could propel story, plus, she’s such a powerhouse that she’d elevate the game of others, much like Jane Elliot and Genie did. Please, no new characters—mix and match and play off of your rich history. Give us something unexpected.

Jackie
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Jackie

I have lost interest in GH, Steve Burton is a one trick pony in his acting ability. I do not care for his character at all. He has not changed at all, it feels like the show has went backwards instead of forward. GH made a big mistake bringing Steve back as Jason in my opinion. I think Sam needs to keep moving on and stay with Drew, they have so much more chemistry then she has with Jason. Plus….Jason does not love her, if he really loved her he would walk away from the mob without hesitation. Jason is… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I would like to see Jason with someone new too. I was never a “Jasam” fan.

Timmm
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Timmm

Sick of CARSON, what do you want to watch, Michael and Nelle? UGGG!

LORi
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LORi

SB walked out of GH because after 20+yrs he finally made a decision about what was best for HIS FAMILY at the time. & of course after all these years his character JM would still be a “robot”. He’s a damn good “robot” though. Simply because SB IS Jason Morgan!! He built that character & formed JM into who he will forever be known as…STONE COLD! If anything, those distinctive blue eyes gave off some of the BEST emotions you’ll ever see on GH (just by looking at him). Billy Miller was brought on to try to revive the character… Read more »

christy
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christy

It is so great to see Steve back on my screen again!! He was so missed! Great job GH for bringing GH’s golden boy home, where he belongs!! Now let’s have a JaSam reunion and all will be well in Port Charles.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

You CAN “go home again,” particularly when the producer and brain trust are willing to move heaven and earth to bring you there: rewriting storylines; providing contrived, contortionistic on-screen drama; insulting/discounting great work done by another actor who took over your character’s role for 2 years; keeping the show’s unyielding focus on Sonny, Carly, and mob storylines where you can be reinserted; and kicking to the curb a beloved veteran and other fan favorites to budget said return.

Judith Keys
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Judith Keys

The network, not the EP, brought Steve Burton back because of low ratings. Billy Miller was Frank Valentini’s choice as a recast for Jason Morgan. It did not work; so now we are dealing with a twin story to appease Billy Miller who is only using GH as a stepping stone to a prime time career. I for one am hoping that Billy gets the career he really wants and GH gets actors who want to be there.

Max
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Max

He has already been in prime time starring on the CW. He has also had cable roles in a few shows and has been the lead in two movies along with a guest role in American Sniper. As an actor I think it’s great to get a diverse set of roles to play. I got to say though that’s not true with Burton who seems to be stuck at soap operas. I don’t see much of acting credits in his 25 years of acting. Also he is still there and I haven’t heard of any new projects so he does… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

If Billy didn’t want to be there, he wouldn’t have renewed his contract when Burton returned. Switching to Drew is probably the best thing for him on this show.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi James…just wanted you to know I sent you a message regarding the messages you sent me on the other thread…

big hug! 😉

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thank you, Rebecca! Hugs backatcha!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

PS: I did see your message in the other thread (Wordsworth, etc.)… Thanks for the alert!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

groovy! 🙂

Nancie Murdock
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Nancie Murdock

soooooooo glad your back to stay

dmr
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dmr

I love Steve Burton; however, I would have liked for him to return as Jason QUARTERMAINE-his roots. I know a lot of people have an issue with Steve returning, probably receiving a big paycheck, while our veterans are shown the door and put on recurring status. My issue is with hiring the boyfriend of a lead actress in the studio parking lot, making room for his salary, giving him a front burner story, while showing our veterans the door-mind you, he can’t act very well. The boyfriend can’t get an acting gig on his own? #nepotism

Linda Ocasio
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Linda Ocasio

Glad your back Steve, I believe the plots will thicken, with paul & what he’s up to with Jason & Drew. & who is Paul working for. I believe it will be awhile before it comes to a head. Sorry th see Nathan leave, Teary eyeed watching Maxie, Obrect, Nina & Amy in their grief. I see more interesting storylines in the future. Charles St, Alexiis as Mayor. Nell & Michael (even if I dont like her)

Jod
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Jod

There is no reason to really be bashing the actors or the actresses that are only doin there job and goin by way their scripts show and tell them to do.. I am so glad Steve came back.. I stopped watching wen he went off and they ruined Liason.. I am and Always have been a Jason and Liz fan from the time they connected eyes.. They just have so much Chemistry.. The True Love they have for each other is Beautiful especially wen their eyes can talk for them.. I have never been a Jasam fan but I do… Read more »

Li
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Li

I love that he is back! It is like Sonny and Carly were lost without him and GH has been so boring and with several ridiculous story lines for the last 5 years or so. I love Drew and how he’s a Navy Seal. That is such a great profession and so honorable. I look forward to seeing how Sam and Jason co parent and how they deny this natural connection. Faison is so crazy. I think it is nuts how all things are connecting to Valentin too. Ive been loving GH the last few months and have really looked… Read more »

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NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

Photos: ABC, CBS, NBC, JPI

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

Photo: ABC

It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

Photo: JPI

Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

Photo: JPI

I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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