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The New Yorker on GH's "Francophrenia"!

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The New Yorker’s, Dana Goodyear has a very interesting  read now available online on her take on James Franco’s, artist whose canvas is murder, “Franco’s,” art show. The art exhibit called, Francophrenia is the center piece for the upcoming art show/suspense scenes on General Hospital. Here are a few excerpts on Goodyear’s Francophrenia experience at Soap at MOCA exhibit in the Pacific Design’s Center’s Musuem of Contemporary Art, which served as the backdrop for these pivotal moments on GH!

New Yorker: “Franco—rather, “Franco”—has come to Los Angeles, according to the script, in the hope that the object of his fascination, a Mafia hit man whose murder skills he admires, will follow him. Pay attention to me! “Franco” is saying.  Franco” arranges a show called “Francophrenia” in a large outdoor plaza at the Pacific Design Center. In it, he re-creates, among other things, the scenes of his previous art installations: his gallery in Port Charles, the fictional New York town where “General Hospital” takes place; and his studio, where he once imprisoned a woman in a Lucite box and threatened to kill her in the name of art.  There was no one who was not confused. The suspiciously handsome men wearing tool belts and white gloves and T-shirts that said “Museum Staff” who were hanging abstract paintings on the Port Charles sets: actors. An onlooker explained that, two nights earlier, a show of performance and installation art by “James Franco, the human being” had opened at the Clocktower Gallery in New York.  Across the plaza, three “General Hospital” staffers walked by another installation—an old-timey gas station, with a robin’s-egg-blue Thunderbird parked out front—and asked, “Is this part of MOCA?” No, it wasn’t. It was a piece of “Franco” ’s art that “he” had made especially for the exhibition.”

So it all seems a bit confusing, but as told to On-Air On-Soaps in our recent interview with James, it is all in the name of art!

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Check In To GRAND HOTEL! Premiere Date Announced Featuring Bryan Craig, Richard Burgi, Denyse Tontz & Eva Longoria

2019 is bringing it with some major soapy dramas.  And this one has been much talked about, and looking quite alluring.  It features some former soap opera notables in key roles.

We’re talking about ABC’s Grand Hotel which has finally announced its premiere date, but fans will have to wait till the summer for its debut.  Circle Monday night, June 17th.  Grand Hotel will air immediately following  episodes of the new season of The Bachelorette.

General Hospital Daytime Emmy-winner, Bryan Craig (Ex-Morgan Corintjos) take on the role of  playboy Javi, his sister Paloma is played by former All My Children reboot actress, Denyse Tontz (Ex-Miranda Montgomery).  In addition, soap vet Richard Burgi (last seen as Paul Hornsby on GH) takes on the role of Michael Finn, a charming businessman who spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e for the Mendoza family, and series EP, Eva Longoria (Ex-Isabella, Y&R) also guest stars as Beatriz a former owner of the hotel.

The series loglines from ABC reveal: “Grand Hotel is a bold provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza (Demian Bichir) owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi (Roselyn Sanchez), and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior.”

In case you missed it, check out the first look trailer for the series first posted in May for the ABC upfronts.   Then let us know, are you excited to see Bryan in his new primetime series?  Do you think this premise has all the making of some juicy primetime soap viewing? Comment below.

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WATCH THE REPLAY: GH Facebook Live With Maurice Benard & Laura Wright

If you missed Wednesday’s GH Facebook Live event featuring Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Laura Wright (Carly) you can watch the replay below.

During the 35-minute broadcast, Michael Fairman chatted with the Daytime Emmy-winning duo about the latest storylines involving Sonny and Carly including: the Alzheimer’s storyline centering around Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail), what will happen with Margaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson) and Sonny’s relationship, and if Carly will figure out that Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) is stashed away at Ferncliff, and that his twin brother Ryan is masquerading as him while murdering people in Port Charles.

In addition, Maurice and Laura talk about memorable scenes and moments throughout their time on the ABC daytime drama series, and episodes that are included in the “Sonny and Carly Collection” streaming now at ABC.com and on the ABC app.  Laura did talk about taking over the pivotal role following in the shoes of fan favorites, Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun.

Maurice and Laura also talked about their upcoming projects.  Laura’s premieres tomorrow night on Lifetime when she is seen in Stalked by My Patient, while Maurice will soon be seen in Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter. 

Check it out below and let us know what was your favorite part of the Facebook live, and what you think will happen in the key storylines involving Sonny and Carly as we move into 2019 via the comment section.

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TODAY: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard and Laura Wright Chat It Up On Facebook Live

In a very special GH Facebook Live, Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Laura Wright (Carly) are set to talk about the relationship between Sonny and Carly, what’s happening in story for the duo at the moment, and the Sonny & Carly Collection featuring 20 episodes throughout the 20-year relationship of this torrid love affair available now via ABC.com and the ABC app.

The action begins at 10:30amPST/1:30pmpst via facebook.com/generalhospital.

Joining Maurice and Laura will be Michael Fairman who will be moderating the live event.

Make sure to send in your questions and they just may be asked on-air during the broadcast.

Now let us know what has been your favorite Carly and Sonny moment throughout the years? Share your thoughts or questions via the comment section below.

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