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Thaao Penghlis Taping Again At General Hospital!

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Thaao Penghlis apparently isn’t done at General Hospital!  The actor who recently reprised his role of Victor Cassadine and helped usher out of  story, Kimberly McCullough’s Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake, tweeted there is so more Vic to come!

According to Penghlis, he will be taping again on March 31st and the actor offered up a little tease too!

Thaao tweeted, “I just was asked back on GH on the 31st.  So happy to announce. Oh what disturbances & romance will be taking place. Hullo Spencer!”

So is Spencer Cassadine (Nicholas Brenchel) going to enlist Victor to help him win Emma’s (Brooklyn Rae Silzer) heart once and for all?  Is Victor going to try to rekindle his former romance with Dr. O (Kathleen Gati)? Is he coming back to do work with some other nefarious criminals in Port Chuck?  Is he going to pay Patrick (Jason Thompson) a visit and update him on Robin?  Let us know what will bring Victor back to GH?

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brian
brian

Just so happy he is coming back… and if Sharon Wyatt is also missed, and I wish her all the best, and hope she will act again.

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

Victor is wealthy and could be behind the Jeromes…maybe its Victor and not Jerry posing as Luke?(or was Vic on at the same time as weird Luke)…Luke acts more like Victor than Jerry…i would love a Victor and Dr.O pairing, and i still think Victor is Nathans real father…perhaps Victor will run into Madeline?

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

Characters on this show disappear for weeks…Mac and Felicia for example(hope Maxis return changes that)…so i just assume Victor was still part of the show anyway!!!

dmr
dmr

There are too many recurring characters, the core, legacy characters and families get lost in the shuffle. Instead of bringing on even more recurring, useless characters, the writers should focus on the history of the show. I love having the Cassadines back. Love Victor and his scenes with Dr. Obrecht sp). Characters I could do without-Kiki, Brad, Carlos, to name a few.

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

dmr…i agree with most you said…however, Lauren(hate Kiki) was a little interesting with fake Luke hitting on her!!!

Shay
Shay

Don’t see how “Luke” is acting like Victor in any way, shape or form. Mr. Cassadine is refined, erudite and a total class act, despite being a dangerous villain!!!! Whoever is portraying Spencer is such a reprobate that he cannot contain his own vile impulses to even protect his ruse….it’s almost as if he doesn’t want to be convincing as the real Luke, unless he also intends to destroy Spencer’s reputation once and for all, in addition to vanquishing Sonny. For supposedly spending 20 some years on this revenge project, faux Luke has done precious little homework when it comes to personal details like nicknames he uses (a BIG redflag or at least it should be to “Spanky” and maybe “Slim” in the future….) and who’s who in town since the ’90’s. I know the massive drug dosages at Miscavage are being used as the excuse for Luke’s latest eccentricities and personality gaps, but these obvious oversights are just plain sloppy.

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

I actually hope Luke is really Luke…just a brainwashed puppet being used by whoever is really funding the Jeromes…the Cassidines…imo…or no better than the mob so maybe Victor is using mind control and behind the funding or even Jerry!!!

Shay
Shay

But if Luke has been programmed for evil doing, why is he so out of character when it comes to personal info, like details of loved ones and recognition of Port Charles citizens that he already knows? Even taking into account that drugs or whatever messed up his mind, there is still something missing…his basic essence, or “Lukeness.” This guy is just plain mean and nasty….there is no levity, devil may care attitude or roguish charm….hypnosis shouldn’t take away his true personality….and I don’t see the endgame with brainwashing…if he is to do a successful scam, he needs to be convincing in his cover. I still think this is an imposter. As for the Cassadines, yeah, they are baaaad, but they do it with such style!!!! The Jeromes are just so tacky and lowrent….and Ava is really beginning to wear out her welcome! I’ll take Dr. O. and her cohorts anyday!!!!!

Charday
Charday

Awesome!!

su0000
su0000

yaaahhhhh!
Thaao Penghlis / Victor !!
luv luv luv him!!! nuff said 🙂

Tim
Tim

Thank God! Great actor! So much story that could be told with Victor. I only wish Tristan didnt run off to Y&R. He is being wasted over there was a stupid story line! Hopefully Victor will bring news, or better yet, Stephan with him!

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

Tristian is boring on Y&R…i thought he’d make the show more interesting but he was better on GH even if recurring!!!

the brother
the brother

so Alexis has an Uncle named “Victor” and Derek (Julian J) has a papi named “Victor”….interesting.

Can someone confirm if Tom Jr (TJ Ashford) is related to Dr Tom Hardy?

Christy
Christy

No, different parents altogether.

T.J., or Tom Jr., is the son of Thomas “Tommy” Ashford (hence the Tom Jr. name) His father was killed by Shawn.

Dr. Thomas “Tom” Hardy Sr. is Audrey’s son with Tom Baldwin (adopted by Steve Hardy)

Dr. Tom had a son, Tom Hardy Jr., with Simone Ravelle. He’s older than T.J. as he was born in 1989 and soaps always will age a kid to be older, not younger…. Last known as Dr. Thomas Steven “Tommy” Hardy, Jr., MD, , he left town with his mother in 1997.

Dr. Tom Hardy Sr. has been portrayed by several actors, including Matthew Ashford, and that is where the last name is the same as the character TJ’s… but obviously the actor and a character are not related.

Shay
Shay

Welcome back, Victor! Was disappointed that his initial stint was so brief….think that this Cassadine has a lot more secrets that are yet to be discovered….not so much with the Jerome family muddle (which really does not get more interesting, although the “Luke-a-Like” reveal has been fun….just sick of all the mob stuff….) but with more links to Dr. O., Jerry Jacks, Faison, etc….and of course, Madeline! I believe his story about getting Robin to restore Helena and Stavros to their former existence is but a smokescreen and that Dr. Scorpio-Drake’s real mission will be to first and foremost bring Nina back to life, as she died long ago and her mother concealed this fact in order to prevent Silas from his rightful inheritance…that is why her husband was prevented from seeing her. Not sure if Nina is perhaps Victor’s daughter or a Cassadine in another respect, but there must be a familial tie there somewhere. Agree with the above poster who would like to see the return of Stefan, as well….have had enough of Helena and especially, Stavros…the maniac is a walking timebomb of madness! Why on earth would anyone want him back to roam the earth and cause more trouble, save for his mother? And even Helena is no longer required….Victor is now running the dynasty, and if there is a need for another “Empress of Darkness,” there is always “Queen Liesl!” Still would love to see Dr. O. succumb to Victor’s charms and abandon her crazy obsession with Caesar. She deserves so much better….P.S. Still missing Scorpio, too…this storyline would have been tailormade for his talents given his history with the Ice Princess, et al.

Kaffe
Kaffe

I wonder is Stephen Nicholas is going to come over to GH TOO.

Sarah Martin
Sarah Martin

Bring back Steve Burton as Jason no matter what it takes…….the show is not the same without him……

Paul
Paul

He doesn’t want to come back; hence renewing his contract at Y&R.

andrew hass
andrew hass

I’m happy Thaao is coming back to GH and there could be a lot of reasons for Victor returning.He could give Patrick an update about Robin and for other reasons.Plus i hope this time Victor interacts with Luke and Anna.

jennifer
jennifer

Wow I am so happy Thaao is coming back to General Hospital, as Victor Cassadine. He is a terrific actor. Wow Thaao is 68 years old, I just googled him. Still a sexy man, for his age. Too bad, I am married he is a chaming sexy sexy sexy man. LOL.

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episodes On ‘Flashback Fridays’ To Help Stretch Out Originals During COVID-19 Shutdown

With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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The Triumphant Return of Kelly Thiebaud As GH’s Dr. Britt Westbourne

When a shocked Nurse Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel) exclaimed “Dear lord, the Britch is back,” after seeing none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne with her lab coat hovering around the nurses station at “General Hospital”, you knew things were about to go down on the ABC daytime drama series.

Over the past few weeks, Kelly Thiebaud has been in action on-screen on General Hospital as the the trouble-making, complicated, Britt.   Since returning to the canvas, viewers learned that: Britt has been paroled from her previous crimes, seems to say she believes and actually likes her half-brother, Peter August (Wes Ramsey), has confronted her mutter in jail (Liesl Obrecht played by Kathleen Gati), whom Peter framed, and showed up at Brad’s (Parry Shen) hearing to be there for her bestie, who has been in hot water for the baby switch of Wiley.

But, there have been a lot more intriguing things than even that! Britt is now hitting the sheets with none-other than Julian (William deVry), and also let him know in no uncertain terms she knows his part in the whole Brad cover-up.   But what is her true motive?  We also learned in a run-in at GH, that Neil (Joe Flanigan) and Britt know each other from somewhere.  He is trying to put his finger on just where, but does Britt know? Probably!

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However, the best  and most entertaining moment on soaps last week was when Britt arrived in her lab coat to GH and revealed to both Felix and Liz (Rebecca Herbst) that she had worked hard enough to be able to get her medical license restored … and that Monica (Leslie Charleson) brought her on with a provisional acceptance as a temporary replacement for Dr. Kim Nero as an OBGYN for the hospital. Felix says give it two weeks and she will do something to mess things up.

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Just then, in our favorite scene of the week, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West) happen by, and when Britt, who is Nik’s ex, sees him she saunters over to him and slaps him hard across the face and spits out, “That’s for Spencer.”  She goes on to berate him for how he hurt his son; by letting him believe that his father was dead for three years!  Britt tells Nikolas it would serve him right if Spencer knew spoke to him again.

Next, Elizabeth chimes in and tells Britt to stop acting all high and mighty.  Britt fires back that she is not surprised that Liz, another one of Nik’s ex’s, would defend him.  Britt says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Scene after scene, Kelly Thiebaud has lit up the screen and put the “feisty” back onto the ABC soap opera.  As an actress, Kelly can go from the heavy drama, to the comedic, to the sexy, all with ease.

In the March 30th issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud said of her return:  “Frank Valentini reached out to me the beginning of the year and mentioned that the writers wanted to bring me back for a bit.  I said,’Of course, I will,  I would love nothing more than that!”‘ I just really connect with Britt and have a blast playing her.”

So let us know, have you been enjoying the return of Kelly as Dr. Britt Westbourne, thus far? What do you think Britt is up to? Comment below.

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