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Tabyana Ali Makes Her Debut As General Hospital’s New Trina

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Friday’s, March 25th episode of General Hospital, brought with it the on-screen debut of Tabyana Ali as Trina Robinson.  As viewers know, Ali replaced popular actress Sydney Mikayla in the role.

Mikayla had decided to leave the ABC daytime drama series to go to college full-time.  With that, GH auditioned her replacement and Tabyana won the part.

In her debut episode, Ali was thrown into the mix with key characters and actors in Trina’s storyline including parents, Portia (Brook Kerr) and Marcus Taggert (Réal Andrews).

Additionally, Tabyana appeared opposite, Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), where Trina gave the guy a giant brush-off, and later had a run-in with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Cameron (William Lipton) over everyone believing Trina is responsible for the video showing Joss and Cam making love going viral and in the their classroom.  Of course, the audience knows Esme (Avery Pohl) is framing Trina for it.

So, what were your first impressions of Tabyana as NuTrina? Let us know in the comment section, but first check out Ali in scenes with Eden McCoy below.

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Soaphound
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Soaphound

These are TOUGH shoes to fill. I thought she did well the first day, though a little soft for Trina. I think she’ll do okay if the writers don’t dumb her down. But I’ll really miss Sydney M. regardless.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound
I agree, but her little baby voice kind of gets on my nerves. Also, again am still not liking nuJordan, too haughty. Maybe she’ll soften some.

Patrick
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Patrick

I – finally – had my take, last Friday episode 3/18… when the whole show focused on two upchuck “story” 1. Esme , why do they show characters, so desperate, especially, since these were words, you’d never hear ???? she hit rock bottom, with that episode w/Spencer… Another , can you shut her up? she’s neither emoting… a desperation, or pathetic… it’s just not cylinder… showing barely any facial expression.. so not worthy .shooting blanks nonstop 2ndly . Jeepers… watching Laura Wright w/Drew on the bridge !!! as they attempted a “playful attempt” at come hithers…. “you’d do that for… Read more »

Ma’Lyn
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Ma’Lyn

I agree

bob
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bob

She stepped right in, strong self assured Trina wasn’t coming through yet. IMO she will be fine. and did well. But she is gonna need that intelligent and tough edge to get past Esme. I just wish she could realize she was drugged by Esme that night.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

bob
I was thinking the same thing. I bet you when Esme is found out, and she will be, she will spill her guts and be more than willing to brag about everything she’s done. I am just wondering who she’ll blame as to why she did all this or will she proudly say it was her dear old dad.

Abc
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Abc

She going to put it on daddy dear

Ma’Lyn
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Ma’Lyn

With her mom being a doctor, you would think it would cause a red flag to black out after one drink. Plus her dad was an undercover cop…. Also I can’t wait until they reveal that her dad is actually Curtis.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

It’s really tough to replace an actress who was so well-liked, be thrown right in the middle of a major storyline, AND interact with so many different characters on your debut. But I thought Tabyana did a fantastic job right from the jump, and seems to have chemistry with all the other characters. It seems like the GH casting department has done it again!

Margherita
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Margherita

Tabyana did a great introductory episode, and definitely will miss Sydney, but so excited for her future. GH has definitely got a great young cast with lots of options for stories to be explored. I hope that Y and R can figure it out (aka Faith and Moses, etc.) for it is called YOUNG and the RESTLESS for a reason. And B and B does not even have any kids around to even SORAS unless Douglas (who is fantastic) and Kelly and Beth…

mike
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mike

She is no Sydney(who was incredible in the role) but she’s better than the new Jordan. I hope Sydney changes her my and comes back, she and Nicholas Chavez were great together.

Patrick
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Patrick

she, also, clearly, had chemistry with Cameron… before the writers , balked, and took that away, from Trina… and all of a sudden, it was back to Joss and Cameron… WTF ??? NEW Jordan is already setting fire !!!! Shawn, was in to her… so weren’t we

aria
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aria

okay did I miss her interacting w/ Spencer? what? I saw her debut acting opposite her parents, then Joslyn and cam then it finished w/ Jordan coming to question her, where and when did she have scenes with Spencer ?

aria
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aria

Michael your smoking something or your getting extended scenes from GH that the rest of us are not, I went back to rewatch the episode and no flashbacks or scenes w/ nutrina w/ Spencer, he just got out of lock up so I’m not crazy,.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

aria
I noticed it was shown in bits and pieces, really odd, but she went to see Spencer for about five minutes, than to school and than PCPD, wierd.

Rodd
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Rodd

I think she did a great job capturing the spirit of Trina and putting her own stamp on her, as well. Great job!

brian
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brian

She is a lovely young lady, hopefully the “powerfull Trina” emerges more in the weeks to come. The arrest outrage was a little weak on the episode when she was arrested.

richard w griffin
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richard w griffin

I am pleasantly surprised by how much I like her right away! I absolutely ADORE Sydney Mikayla and am disappointed she has left the show but I understand her reasons. Tabyana Ali is a bit softer than Sydney in the role – Sydney has a fierceness about her, a no nonsense sensibility. But I found Trina and Joss’s scene quite effective on Friday and her scenes with Jordan, Portia, Curtis, and Taggert were all very good. I want to see what her chemistry is like with Chavez’s Spencer – sometimes the chemistry is there with a recast and other times… Read more »

Ginny H
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Ginny H

She’s feeling out the role doing okay but would like to see some of the stronger Trina attitude back defending herself.The emotion is missing.

On another note: the new Jordan HAS got to loosen up those skinny legged pants. Not what I’d want to see on the PC of PCPD to the point of inappropriate?!

Evette
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Evette

I don’t like the new Jordan. Esme character is just to unreal. Time for the truth to come out.

Gale Crews
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Gale Crews

Don’t like the new Trina. Need a recast.

Satan
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Satan

Now that Sonny has Spinelli looking into the “sex tape” thing, NuTrina won’t have to be worried for long. And with any luck, Spinelli might also stumble on to an electronic paper trail which discloses who Esme’s actual parents are. We already know Ryan is her father. Still say Harmony is her mother, since we now know she’s also a confirmed psycho killer. Great genetics there, huh?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satan
Her actual parents and her adoptive parents, and what she may/probably have done to them. We know that Harmony is not Willows mother and I don’t really think she is Esme’s. Also, I’m wondering if she was forced somehow to kill Neil? Did she have a motive of her own, or was she being used?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Between Curtis’s father and Auntie Stella the new house party was a bust.Good thing there are two doctors there for Stella. Iam confused, I thought when Sonny saw
Marshall’s medicine bottle at the hospital he recognised it as being what he takes himself for his Bi-Poler disorder but today he told Stella it was his heart meds ??

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Spencer and Trina at the gallery should be pretty exciting. It will be explosive when these two finally ” get together” and we know it’s only a matter of time. It will not only be monumental for them but Esme will explode into a million pieces when she finds out. I also think she will try seducing Nickolas if she can.

Julia
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Julia

I miss Sydney a lot. She owns that role and plays it to a “T” and the new Jordan just doesn’t work for me either. Maybe in time I will feel different about them, but right now they both stink.

Julia
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Julia

When is Esme going to get her just desert? This story line is dragging on too long. It’s time all the dirt comes out about what she did, who her father is and what she’s up to so that Trina and Spencer can get together and Esme can join her father.

Ma’Lyn Carrisoza
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Ma’Lyn Carrisoza

I don’t like the new Trina. Trina was strong and confident. The new Trina is timid and seems insecure. She needs to step up her game or find someone else.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Our new Trina looks small and lost with her friends and seems to be not getting her friend Joss at all. Today, she just looms over Trina and is it that time of the month or has she always been this overpowering and bitchy? Another Carly in the making?

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Oh Violet, I felt sadly the same yesterday. Finally a good dramatic scene was underway with Joss confronting Spencer with Cam about to intervene…and Trina looked adrift. Her expression and body language didn’t match the others or even the events. For the second time since her debut, I’m starting to worry about losing interest in what could still be a compelling character. Not sure what should be done…But something needs to change. Now.

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GH’s Michael E. Knight Chats On: Taking on the Role of Martin Grey, Friendship with James Patrick Stuart, and All My Children’s Tad

Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

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During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

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In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

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Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital Tapes 15,000th Episode; Featuring Genie Francis with Almost Every Single Cast Member Appearing in It

On Thursday, ABC’s General Hospital reached yet another milestone in its illustrious history. The daytime drama taped its 15,000 episode.

During the tape day, the cast, crew and creatives posed for a photo on set to mark the occasion with cake.

GH’s 15,000 episode will air next month on June 17th.

ABC 7’s entertainment guru, George Pennacchio was on set with a first-hand report, interviewing the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

From the sounds of it, the 15K episode will center around the character of Laura, and according to Valentini, “It will be happy, it will be sad, it will be dark, it will be scary, it will be fun, it will be thrilling and it will be exciting, but most importantly it will have almost every single cast member in it.”

Check out the segment and on set report from Pennacchio below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to see the 15K episode of GH via the comment below and congratulate the long-running soap for another historic milestone.

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TONIGHT: General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight Live! – 8 PM ET/5 PM PST

General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight stops by to chat with Michael Fairman for a very special conversation on The Michael Fairman Channel streaming live beginning at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT.

The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and beloved daytime veteran will talk on his role of Martin Grey on the ABC daytime drama series, working with the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Chloe Lanier (Nelle), Jeff Kober (Cyrus), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Lynn Herring (Lucy), and more.

In addition, Knight will discuss his time as Pine Valley’s Tad Martin on All My Children.  A role that started his career, and that he played for decades, that made him a household name in daytime.  Michael will share inside stories of working with some of his favorite co-stars on the former daytime drama and much more.

To watch the livestream check out the video below, or head on over to You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel and make sure to ‘subscribe’.

If you have any questions for Michael, you can post them here, or join us in the live chat and comment there.  We look forward to tonight’s conversation with Michael.

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