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Thaao Penghlis as Victor Cassadine Returns to General Hospital! What Were Your First Impressions?

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On Friday’s episode of General Hospital, Thaao Penghlis returned to his role of Victor Cassadine on the ABC soap opera after decades!

Victor’s return coincides with Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) exit storyline! And as we learned on Friday, it seems that Victor wants Robin to thaw out Helena and Stavros Cassadine and bring them back to life, especially since she did such a great job finding the cure for polonium poisoning!

We also learned that Victor is somehow in charge of the WSB! And it was he who pardoned Dr. Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) of all charges which allowed her to become the Chief of Staff at GH!  Oh, the villains tangled web they weave!

What were your first impressions of Thaao’s return as Victor C.? Did you enjoy seeing him again? What do you think about how GH has thus far began to set up the storyline for why Robin would leave Port Charles, with more Intel to come in upcoming episodes?  Weigh-in!

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Jake NJ
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Jake NJ

Story seems a bit lame for robin to exit the canvas

Max
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Max

Lame’s a good word for it. And where did this Cassadine crawl out from? I actually thought the actor playing this clown was Tristin Rogers. Take the glasses off him, lighten the hair… hmm, I thought it was Tristin playing this role for a laugh. Disappointing that Kimberly’s return to GH is this short. I appreciate the storylines moving faster on GH, but the reunion with her family being this short is a bummer.

My Sherona
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My Sherona

How could you possibly mistake Thaao Penghlis for Tristan Rogers? Go figure. Thaao is one of the best actors that has ever graced the land of suds, thus our TV screen. He will be just as extraordinary as Victor Cassadine on GH as he was Tony DiMera on DOOL for years.

Erika
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Erika

I was sure it was Tristan Rogers also, Max. I’m not impressed, so far, My Sherona, whether Tristan or Thaao – I thought it was somewhat hokey and humerous, if it was Tristan in disguise, but to find out it isn’t just makes me wonder why bother??? Lame, I agree, Max. And why even bring Robin back at this point if she’s not staying? What’s up, GH writers?

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Getting comical and cartoonish…a bit much for me at the moment.

Omar
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Omar

As much as Ron writing can be great and awesomely entertaining, It can get extremely cartoonish just like it did over at OLTL..I agree with you..Its getting tiresome these ridiculous over the top stories.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Thanks @Omar. And on that note all I can say is R.I.P. James E. Reilly. You came up with some wicked stuff and brought us Passions because that is the true vision he had for his type of show. RC please stop channeling Mr.Reilly and get on with the business of telling more grounded stories with a VERY occasional where’d that come from arc. You cannot ask viewers to suspend their imagination..then construct a suspension bridge in their mind that carries on to infinity.

KMB
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KMB

I would love to see Stefan Cassadine played by Stephen Nichols come back for sure. The original Stefan was fantastic, a combo of the good and bad side of the Cassadines.

FAS
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FAS

You bet

Carrie
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Carrie

Love it! Thaao should have been back on daytime a lot sooner than this. Days’ loss is GH’s gain.

Robert
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Robert

I love that Victor is back but I wish they gave him a storyline that did not involve bringing back Helena and Stavros. I enjoyed the work of the actors who played those two powerful villains but I think GH need to show the Casadines can be killed. I keep hearing rumors of a young Casadine heiress to be added to the show but no official word.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

It’s great! Now all we need is for them to unfreeze his brother, Tony! He was one of my faves! Is Andre Landzaat, who played him, available?

Daisy
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Daisy

First impression was why did he dye his hair with shoe polish?

Rodd
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Rodd

OMG, Daisy! I thought the same thing. I also thought that about Richard Simmons. I don’t want to be men about this, but Thaao is a great actor. The bad hair dye is a distraction. He is fabulous enough to be totally gray or bald and pull off whatever he does. The dye-job is just not appealing and I wish he/they had made a different decision.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

my first impression– dude did you forget your comb in your other suit pocket?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I doubt Robins exit means Patrick will go back to Sabrina…this time he knows Robin is alive but he will be noble and be there for the baby! Is Thao just making guest appearances! Whats with the sci fi storyline…RC thinks this is Dr. Who? lol

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I wish– Dr Who is a wonderfully written science fiction show that doesn’t insult the viewer’s intelligence; RC’s sci fi is just hokey and ask viewers to shallow a lot of BS. I know sometimes in order to make a premise work a writer might ask viewers to stretch their imagination — but with this story line, starting with Dr. O being made head of GH and Victor going from master criminal to the head of the WSB, to Robin being forced to figure out how to raise the dead from a frozen state to her lucky frog charm, which… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I always said RC is the best thing to happen to GH but some of his farfetched storylines for a show that is supposed to be about a hospital is getting to be a bit too much! He needs to get the show at least a little more grounded!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Next Ron C will probably turn Nikolaus into a comic book superhero who’ll fight against the shows evil villains…he has the mansion and a trusting butler named Alfred…so im guessing Nik will turn into BATMAN!!! And i bet Felix would love to be his Robin and live at the mansion with him…lol

Phillip Brooks
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Phillip Brooks

Nikolaus can’t be BATMAN! He has to be whatever the Marvel comics version is since Disney OWNS Marvel comics…IRON MAN??

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Dr.O and Victor were former lovers(makes sense 4 why he’d want her head of the hospital) and maybe Britt is really a Cassidine…Niks her cousin? They will break up and Nik and Liz will become a couple?(especially if she tells him Ben is Lulus and Dantes) When Robin disappears Patrick will think Robin left him because Sabrina is pregnant with his child? Thats just a guess from watching todays episode!!!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I had the same thought when I saw those scenes that maybe Britt is a Cassidine — but she wouldn’t be first cousins with Nik. She would be first cousins with Nik’s father- because Nik’s grandfather and Victor were brothers. I think second cousins are allowed —- want Britt and Nik together– would rather see Patrick and Liz hook up after Robin leaves– I think Sabrina lying about the baby has tarnish her image with him– Liz seems like a good fit for him. It seems like a plausible reason for Robin to ‘take off’ Not sure how they will… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Yeah, i too believe Liz and Patrick would make a good pairing…just wish RC would read these sites and write the show the way some of us fans would like it to be…guess thats just wishful thinking. Thanks 4 reply!!!

Shay
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Shay

And here is another vote for Patrick and Liz….not that our opinions seem to matter!!!!! By the looks of things, “Cartini” seem hellbent on once again forcing the “Putrina” pairing with that pathetic pregnancy, no matter how much we doth protest. The past few days were unbearable with Sobby’s weeping, whining and whinging…her ongoing melodrama is ruining an otherwise fun February. And if her histrionics weren’t bad enough, she once again also had her lapdog Felix at her beck and call, as always to the detriment of his own personal life. I so hope Lucas finally lands Brad for his… Read more »

Laurie Baker
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Laurie Baker

Loving seeing Thaao back on daytime where he belongs!!! It has been too long since DAYS OF OUR LIVES; and I’m looking forward to seeing how Victor Cassadine will shake up Port Charles!

su0000
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su0000

Fantastic!!

Thaao Penghlis/Victor Cassadine — awesome!
I can hardly wait for his story..
I really hope he will be on contract and a long stay ..

su0000
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su0000

I am excited!! this will be sooo great!

Linda
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Linda

I enjoyed Thaao’s return as Victor Cassadine. Being in charge of the WSB brings a new spin to the Cassadines. And the entrance of Victor, , scenes with Robin were the highlight’s of Friday’s episode of GH

wendy
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wendy

I was overjoyed to see Thaao back on my screen. I’ve hoped for years to see him again. I can even put up with “soap logic” for the story. Pardoning Liesl is ludicrous of course, but Kathleen Gati is so fun as Liesl and disturbing the hospital’s doctors makes the hospital scenes more fun. I didn’t watch for 10 years or so when the mob was front and center. I have been back for the 50th anniversary viewing and I will be staying. It’s pure escape and fun for the most part. I still roll my eyes at some things… Read more »

Sharon
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Sharon

I agree, like you, I didn’t watch for several years but tuned in to see the 50th anniversary episodes . That is how long I’ve been a fan of GH.

anne
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anne

I am really liking Thaao Penghlis back as Victor Cassidine . it is GH’s gain to have him back on theshow once again

Aria
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Aria

Is this the part where we as “soap” fans must suspend with some reality an take in the unrealistic crap they are feeding us? Orbecht head of GH n victor cassadine head if the wsb, why not make sonny or Julian the head of the police department ? Something’s just don’t fly yet with RC we have to go for this unfortunate tale and it’s not always the joy ride he thinks it is. Now we got to take the tale of thawing the dead. 2014 must be the year of the of the unrealistic storytelling .. Ps How much… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

So, so, so, so happy to see Thaao back on GH!!!! Love him!!! Dashing always!! Hope he’s on for awhile ….. and btw, can we get RKK back as Stavros again????

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Not certain how a convicted criminal ends up as the head of the WSB— I suppose the WSB could use less than legal means to their end of world security, but this is stretching it a bit thin— I like the actor, glad to see him back on daytime— but I could see how some might find this character and his desire to raise dead but not dead relatives back life a bit absurd.

Goldbreeze
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Goldbreeze

Thaao was pitch perfect in his portrayal of Victor Cassadine . He played the smooth criminal with aplomb. He slipped back into the character effortlessly. The man turned on the switch and was back at work in his office. He owned that character and owned that scene!! Bravo Mr. Penghlis!!!

Tim
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Tim

Homerun! Its a shame that Laura, Robert, Holly are not around. Luke will have his hands full.

Patrick
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Patrick

Thao…. Nice to see you!

I hope days utilizes your belonging in the near future!

crossed my mind…..
if Victor , is the new head of WSB…. has he been conversing with Dr. O ????

HMMMM…. this will explain why…. Monica wasn’t re-instated

I think Dr. O’ nu chief of staff is a temporary thing…. at least from the hospital… but not from us fans who want her

Shay
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Shay

Sorry Patrick, but Days cannot have this particular DiMera back….we need to keep Victor right in Port Charles….his grand re-entrance on the GH canvas has been a magnificent treat, as well as his obvious enchantment and history with our beloved Dr. O. What a pair these two will make….their coupling should be the highlight of things to come. Such a palpable chemistry between them…..

Sharonda
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Sharonda

He is Tony Dimera, and he belongs to DAYS now. He should go back there when Kristen returns.

Mei
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Mei

It was like he never left! Fit right back in….the show needs his energy and charm….and he commands the scenes he is in. Maybe the new kids can learn from him as well. Keep him on or you’ll make a lot of fans upset

boes
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boes

Mostly, all I could think was that he’d cornered the market in Black hair dye #5.

Ronni
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Ronni

Can these stories get any more ridiculous. This show has gone down the crapper for me. The stories are so non believable any more I just FF through the whole show. So dissapointed.

su0000
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su0000

You don’t know what the story will be..
One thing it is— FICTION / / MAKEBELIEVE ..

I enjoy the fiction/make believe and I never take any soap seriously 🙂 watching a soap should be somewhat fun and entertaining..

Perhaps a documentary would be the best for people who do not like fantasy, fiction.. 🙂

davlestev1
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davlestev1

I enjoy soaps 100 percent and up to the advent of the PC Freezing and Lasa Fever which was in it’s own right a good story(Poor Jeremy)-soaps were always based in reality and the things people would do as their characters to get the things or person they wanted. That still holds true today for the British soaps and we’ve all watched EastEnders in the U.S. unless you lived under a rock. When a soap ventures into the land of scientific weird and unreal I wish it was like this reality…It needs to STAY THERE…and tell stories from that point… Read more »

Susan Castruita
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Susan Castruita

Think it is a great story line… Love the Cassadine storyline over the over used mob story lines. Don’t get me wrong Ice Princess far fetched but other stories been great. Thaao great actor with Dark Good Looks can’t believe he is in late 60s DANG

Susan Castruita
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Susan Castruita

Love that the Cassadines are back – I so enjoy these story lines over the over used mob arcs. Don’t get me wrong Ice Princess one a little far fetch. Thaao is an awesome actor and his dark feature good looks is just a great bonus….Can’t believe he is in his late 60’s.

heidi
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heidi

Loved Theo back as Victor!!! Can’t wait to see how this is going to unravel! Looking forward to Feb sweeps!!! However… I have to say that I loved the scenes with Robert/Tristan saying good bye to Anna and Robin and Patrick and Emma!!! I sooooooo wish Tristan were not leaving… The Scorpios are sheer gold!!! Anna/Finola and Robert/Tristan still have such great chemistry and I so want the end game to be for them to be together again. Such a missed opportunity to have Robert there with Anna to fight Victor and his plans for the WSB and Port Charles!!!… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

So true, Heidi! To not have Scorpio as part of this storyline just seems so wrong…his absence is already striking and sad. Really hated to see him go! As for Thaao, welcome back Victor Cassadine! His newfound-presence in Port Charles has added a sorely-needed shot of sophistication and gravitas to the show, and the foreshadowed rekindled relationship with Liesl will give a new meaning to the term “supercouple!” Speaking of Dr. O., she looked smashing during her visit to Wyndemere…quite fetching! Her wardrobe and style have really been stepped up as of late…so glad for Kathleen Gati to be given… Read more »

FAS
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FAS

Not a bad idea at all, Shay. Do you think Frisco will show up in a Robert mask?

Shay
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Shay

Probably no mask required….I think we’ve had enough of those, don’t you? Besides, I want to see Frisco!!!! LOL…(And Noah and Blackie, too!)

Shay
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Shay

Noo…I think we’ve had enough of the masks! Besides, I would want to see Frisco as is!!!! (Probably just a pipe dream, though….along with more Noah and the return of Blackie, too…..)

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I love the rollicking storylines but then I want them to settle down, not to cross the line into “just plain weird.” Freezing people and thawing them and having goes one is “just plain weird.”

I am disappointed that we finally got a reunion for Robin and her family and now have no opportunity to enjoy it long term, even months.

I hope the hijinks will begin to slow down soon but it does not seem they will.

Matthew
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Matthew

Could there even be a better exit than discovering that Jason (Steve Burton) is alive?!

Rose
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Rose

I think there is some nice symmetry if this is prepping an exit story. She risked her life to save Jason last time, so if she was going to do it again for anyone other than her family, Jason is a good choice.

Ginnie Bey
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Ginnie Bey

I love having Thaao back, and he is the head of the WSB, LOL cant wait to see how this unfolds. love his smile and having him back is wonderful. Wait until Anna and Luke see him. And Alexis will be shocked to say the least.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I LOVED Thaao Penghlis on Friday’s show, he can play evil so well. He was great as Tony and Andre on DAYS and I think GH’s move to bring Victor back was brilliant, it sets up Robin’s exit well and gives reason to why the psychotic but hilarious Dr. O is Chief of staff at the hospital. Love it! February Sweeps should be awesome!

su0000
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su0000

I love the bad guys !!!….
Most the time they are the best part of the story and soap..

Jason
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Jason

Thaao has done an excellent job thus far. I don’t know why it took so many GH regimes to get him back after almost 33 years but I’m glad they did. He’s added a certain gravitas to GH that was sorely lacking. I must say that his portrayal of Victor is far more nuanced than his original portrayal back in 1981. So far he seems to be playing Victor Cassadine again not Tony or Andre’ DiMera.

GRANTLOVER!!
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GRANTLOVER!!

I was very excited to see Victor after so many yrs but is there going to be an explanation on why he isn’t dead along with his brothers Mikos & Tony. Are they going to be the next Cassadines coming back from the dead as well. GH has to many stories on the canvas and nothing getting resolved. Lets try to end something. I feel Victors return is going to be a big disappointment like others that have come and gone way to fast.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Victor was never dead— just in prison– and now he is the head of the WSB– kinda gives super villains all over the soap world something to strive for LOL.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

First, the man has to tone down those pearly whites! Hahaha…Blinded me with science…but I digress…. I love it! Yeah, it’s sort of recycling days of GH yore but I think it’s great! Just has nostalgic vibe from days gone by. Not sure why Kimberly said that the fans would hate her reason for leaving…seems thus far (well, as far as Friday’s episode; haven’t seen today’s yet) that she’s being kidnapped once again. Since she’s leaving…there really was no way to rationalize why she would leave of her own accord so I thinki it’s a brilliant way to bring back… Read more »

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Such a shame they are putting him in the lamest of stories. From a 30 year prison sentence to head of the pre-eminent WSB. What crap. BTW, how in this world would there be a Cassadine alive with the name of Kailey……

rachie
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rachie

Well you can never trust secret agents. Im glad theres new things coming if they would close some of the other story lines that would be great. Definitely fed up with the baby thing no one ever knows whos baby belongs to whom until the kids a year old or more thats so old GH has more mix ups than any other soap in history. Cassidines are always good for intrigue but really stavros has been resurrected more times than dracula get over it. Hope Jason does come back but only if its steve burton. Thaao is an excellent actor… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

I want the Soap Star Health Plan. Seriously, that guy looks the name now as he did when I was watching him on DAYS, um, twenty years ago.

su0000
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su0000

It’s great he kept his look up !! A very lucky guy!!
Most soap stars do not age..
example; Susan Lucci .. 🙂

Kelley
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Kelley

Thaao is the VERY reason I STARTED watching a soap again. #GH He as an actor is AMAZING! Just when you think you have something figured out , HE takes it to a WHOLE new level. He is DELICIOUSLY wicked- and makes you DESIRE more! Also As an actor- he gives back to his fans- I know this because he did for me- and helped my community in #MAINE for #breastcancer. He is just a GEM. A talent- who remains TRUE to his fans-Bless you, Thaao!! XO

Debra Gallagher
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Debra Gallagher

I was watching Thaao on GH when my son, who hadn’t been home in awhile and had returned from the military, and he was passing by while I was watching and he squeeled with delight ‘Tony! He’s back?’…I never ever watched GH, only Days so I giggled when he said that. Anyway, Im not a GH viewer, but I did tune in to see Thaao…and he was delightful! I loved seeing him on the screen again. His absence from tv has been painful, he is a very talented actor and I have missed him dearly. I would def continue to… Read more »

Vail
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Vail

OMG, I need to catch up now …

janet
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janet

I like him. The actor not the character. But the show is becoming a bunch of bull****.I can’ t even make myself stay home in the afternoon to watch. What they are doing to the fans who returned for the Scorpio reunion,?. I have a feeling when Robin goes I will also. The ro ho show doesn’t do a thing for me. I keep hoping Heather kills carley. I just read fc wants Franco to come back. Must be because no one accepts RoHo as Franco,two mobs and Jason is on ice.??? Back to the gym at 2 pm for… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

you should thank RC and crew.. you will be at the gym getting toned and healthy, now.. that is good thing..

I will remain on the edge of my seat watching this exciting stuff roll out..
this is going to be soooo good!!

David
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David

You do realize that the show had to write Robin out again since the actress Kimberly Mccullough is choosing to leave again. Would you have rather they not bring her back at all?

janet
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janet

I know Kim was only there for a while,but so did they. There was a lot ,more time for her to be put with her family instead we get Tristan let go, Robin leaving to save the killer for hire, leaving her daughtrer who she was just returned to. It seemed no one wanted to know what she went through.All FrankenRon did was the bait and switch for the ratings. RC actually said on line she had three squares and a cot? Didn’t mention the lobotomy. Think he had one at the same time if he thinks turning Robin into… Read more »

Charday
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Charday

Victor Cassadine’s return last Friday didn’t blow me away or anything, but I’d rather watch him than Sonny and his thugs.

Marianne Roesch
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Marianne Roesch

It was so exciting to see Thaao Penghlis return to daytime and Genetal Hospital. And what a return it was! His entrance was perfection. The sound of that voice made you go yes it’s him before even seeing him. Thaao always commands a presence and owns every scene he is in. I am hoping Victor and Dr Obrecht can get together for some deliciously evil fun. Let’s hope Victor can stay around for awhile. Thaao brings that extra level of excitement to the show.

MK
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MK

I was hoping Robin would go out of town for a job related to her research and call in occasionally. For Victor, I was hoping Robert to be involved. This was the Big story RC had planned for TR. Now, the only ones that know who Victor is Luke. (Where is Laura?) Anna is too busy with Julian.

Aria
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Aria

Can someone tell RC we don’t want GH turned into a sci fi show! This is a ridiculous plot reviving the dead . Victor as the head of the wsb is a joke , Dr. O as chief of staff is a joke, heather running around loose is a joke and turning Anna into an incompetent cop that can’t catch a criminal or solve a crime is beyond insulting. I hope RC doesn’t think of us as idiots with these unbalanced storyline. I’m all for a little camp here n there as long as it’s done intelligently but this stuff… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Do not speak for ”we”
I love it as do others..

It is not si-fi it really is done.. Keep up on technology ..
It is not legally done, but done..
This is going to be an intense, spellbinding drama and played by great actors!!
I can not wait for this story to begin ..!!

aria
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aria

i’m not speaking for 100% of the audience su0000, i know everyone has different taste, but what ever percentage its out there i’m sure not everyone loves the fiction aspect of it. i know its a soap and i’m glad alot of the characters have been brought back from the dead but theres already enough characters back from the dead. in my book, real drama trumps cartoon drama any day of the week.

boes
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boes

Sorry, there is no successful technology for reviving the dead. Cryogenics doesn’t work. Freezing the body causes ice crystals to form which burst open the cells causing immediate death. It’s still a pipe dream, as much a pipe dream as harvesting Erica’s embryo on AMC was. But you’re right, too, if done well it doesn’t have to be realistic, since the shows aren’t docudramas. For example, David Hayward’s “revivals” on AMC at the end of the show were mostly accepted. Just as these may be. My problem with GH isn’t these sorts of things. It’s that, for me – and… Read more »

emma
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emma

I am excited!!!
GH is sooooo good!!!!

Rose
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Rose

I really enjoyed seeing him on my screen again. I think this will be interesting, can’t wait to see what happens.

Andrew
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Andrew

The Victor reveal was high camp -and I was screaming ‘NO, they WOULDN’T” when we got the Luke reveal — it’s the kind of thing that I used to love when I first watched soaps as a kid. But I was always more a “Soap” fan than a “Dynasty” fan. I want Laura to big revealed to be a big bad wrecking revenge on both her former husbands. 🙂

William
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William

Hahaha! I would love that! I was wondering what could make Robin leave? ? As soon as he revealed Jason’s picture, I said, hell yeah! Nicely done.

Carly
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Carly

I LOVED Thaao Penghlis onto days show!! Can’t wait for more Cassadines …

Heather P.
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Heather P.

I haven’t watched GH in years, but with Thaao Penghlis’ return, I was sure not to miss it. I have missed watching Thaao on my TV screen since he left Days, and am so happy to see him return to daytime! He is such an amazing actor, as well as an amazing human being, and I loved watching him command his scenes! As long as Thaao remains on GH, I will be sure to watch!

kaffe
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kaffe

It’s good, The Cassadines are coming back!!!!!

dmr
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dmr

As much as I love the history of the Cassadines’s being back on canvas-I think the storyline is ridiculous-bringing back more people from the dead. if that were the case, why wouldn’t Robin be able to bring back Stone??? It’s ludicrous. The only characters I am really enjoying are the Jeromes-Ava and Julian. Anna’s scenes with both Duke and Robert recently rocked, too! Going to miss Robert.

Joannie B
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Joannie B

These story lines are getting ridiculous — always bringing Helena back and Starvos -need some new material —– not happy that ‘Robin is leaving again and get rid of Heather already that story line has been played out…

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Brad Schmidt Steps in Temporarily for Johnny Wactor on General Hospital

Temporary recasts have been a common occurrence on ABC’s General Hospital, of late, but they have kept the characters and actions going when the actors have to step out of their role for a short term due to a myriad of reasons.

Now comes word that actor Brad Schmidt temporarily is filling-in for Johnny Wactor in the role of Brando Corbin.

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Soap Opera Digest revealed the fill-in casting news in their latest issue on newsstands now.

No intel on what GH airdates Schmidt will be replacing Wactor in, but they should be coming up very shortly.

In his career, Schmidt actually appeared on As the World Turns and Guiding Light back in 2002, and has been seen in numerous primetime series including: Summerland, House of Lies and Yellowstone. 

Wactor started his run as Brando back in 2020 on GH.

Interestingly enough, Wactor’s on-screen lady love, Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) was recently replaced on-screen by her own sister, Helena Mattsson for a few episodes, and now it looks like the tables will be turned for Sofia acting with Wactor’s fill-in.

So, check out Brad on upcoming episodes of GH, and then let us know what you thought of him.  Comment below.

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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+.

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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

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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.

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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!”

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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.

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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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