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The Return Of Jonathan Jackson In New General Hospital Summer Promo!

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In a brand new General Hospital promo released today, multiple Daytime Emmy winner and a current star on ABC’s Nashville, Jonathan Jackson makes his heralded return to the soap opera that gave him his start this summer.

As previously announced, Jackson is returning this summer for a short story arc along with his on-screen half brother Nathan Parsons (Ethan) as the duo are in story that ties up Luke Spencer’s last storyline before the iconic Anthony Geary (Luke) departs the series for the final time.

The ABC summer promo features many of your favorites from Port Charles, and if you look closely there is a major reunion moment when Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) opens her front door and Lucky is standing there! Could Lucky get through to Liz to make her stop her deceitful ways on keeping Jake’s (Billy Miller) true identity a secret? Will he even know what she has been doing?  Will the two have heart-tugging scenes about how their relationship fell apart even though they deep down love each other?  Stay tuned!

Watch the return of Jonathan Jackson and some sizzling summer heat moments after the jump! Then weigh-in on what you hope happens when Lucky and Elizabeth see each other again!

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CeeCee
CeeCee

All I want to say is…..Jonathan Jackson is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Yeah, pretty shallow of me, I know. But, WOW!!!!

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee… Ditto.. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing JJ in the
role of Lucky, UR in for a treat.. He lights up the screen❗️

Jeremy
Jeremy

gosh, Jonathan looks so good. I’m so happy he’s coming back for a brief stint, as much as I loved Liz & Lucky back in the day, I’m excited to see them reunited. I’m a Liz & Jason fan, now, but how cool is it that Liz & Lucky will have scenes, too. I hope we see some flashbacks from their days past. Jonathan is super great on Nashville, and I’m grateful the beloved star is making his way back to Port Charles. So classy. Welcome, Jonathan!

su0000
su0000

On Tony’s tweeter..
A YouTube was posted of the two..
It was very good..
go to YouTube and in search put in; Lucky & Liz 4-16-99

Laurie
Laurie

Tony has a twitter? I know he did but I thought he dumped it. Trying to pull up youtube but something’s up with my computer. I’ll catch it shortly-I saw all of GH at this time-was addicted big time.

As sick as this sounds, my fav scenes from GH were when Liz was raped (you absolutely did not see it coming) & Lucky finding her in the weeds after. You had so many things going on there-esp since Lucky did not know of his dad, aka his best friend, raping his mom. It was the beginning of Lucky & Liz’s love story, which I get that you aren’t big on soap romance. I’m not big on all of the hookups w/no feeling myself. If the writers did it right like Lucky & Liz back in the 90’s I’d be more on board. Anyway, just great writing back then.
Also great was when Lucky confronts Luke later after then “prick” Nik spilled the beans to him about the rape. Back when Nik hated Lucky & Luke. Some folks have forgotten that Nik started off as a jerk. The switch in him lately isn’t so shocking to me as it is others.

Back to JJ & Lucky-my fav GH character of all time BEFORE Guza backed over him repeatedly with the big bus. 1 of my fav actors still. Very excited for those who didn’t watch GH when he was on & aren’t familiar with him now through his music, on the tv show Nashville or the others shows & movie’s he has done. You either have it or you don’t & he has it in spades!!

su0000
su0000

No, Tony doesn’t have a twitter..
I meant it to be #Tony..
No correct, so……

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I hope i get ‘LUCKY’ and he takes Liz away…used to like her but she just irritates now…NoNo Clay, Stanco, (K)icki, Stale Val, Jorden and TJ cause me Boredom can leave as well as Sappy Santiago and Grossalee…Val might have been more interesting had Momma Pat been around and we learned more about their lives and relationship…now Val seems like she is just there to split Dante and Lulu….all characters ive mentioned just feel like pointless filler moments with barely any connections to the show…Sap and Tracy as bffs…is that a joke???

Shay
Shay

“Pointless filler moments,” indeed, jimh!!!! It’s been especially noticeable this week with the way Luke and Laura’s story was just wedged in between all these needless characters! It’s like a tale of two soaps…..one, the GH we know and love, and this other, an alien group of interlopers with no palpable links to the heart and history of the show. This “split personality” approach simply doesn’t work. As for new “besties” Tracy and Sappy, the concept is so utterly ridiculous, I can’t fathom it! If the show runners had wanted to go with an upstairs/downstairs” friendship like Anna and Lady Mary of “Downton Abbey,’ then a far more suitable BFF candidate would have been the beloved Alice….she has been on the scene for years and is just as devastated by this Fluke mess as Tracy! They could truly relate their shared sorrow over the loss of “Mr. Luke.” Or how about another actually credible scenario, like Monica making an appearance in her OWN HOME and bonding with her sister-in-law? They’ve both been through so much together and separately…such a rapprochement would not go amiss. Or better yet, have Tracy go out on the town to tie one on and run into other “smart ladies who make dumb choices” and they commiserate? Can you just imagine Dr. O.—along with her sis, Magda—-waxing sentimental about her beloved “Demented Dane,” Faison? And not that they would necessarily appeal to me, but even Lucy, Bobbie, Den-Ava,, or God forbid, the extremely wanton Alexis, could provide more stories of women of a certain age who should know better….but don’t! (And toss in the always fabulous Diane Miller, too….she may not be on the outs with Max, but she always delivers such wonderful lines, we need more of her!) Lastly, crank up the karaoke and let Liesl go to town with the torchsongs! (I’m still waiting for “What I Did For Love!”) Now THAT would make one heck of a hen/pity party!

Fanny
Fanny

@Shay… That scenario would truly be delicious, exactly what Tracy needs.
Women like Dr.O, Magda, Diane & Alexis they can relate, drown their
sorrows and play a little pool…

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I so agree with all you said…it should have been Monica and not that interloper who had overstayed her welcome months ago…it wouldve been nice seeing Monica and Tracy bonding after all these years and having a girls night out!!!

Shay
Shay

@Fanny…..Yep, a “Girls’ Night Out” would be too much fun….although I’m not sure if I could envision the soigne’ Magda getting down n’ dirty playing pool! More likely she’d be sitting in the corner with her champers making prickly pronouncements about the rest of the lot! LOL….

Shay
Shay

Oh, and toss Delia in the mix, too! She would add her own sort of insanity to the party!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Shay, hi, there.
You know? Sometimes I read back through past threads to see if I missed anything. Guess what I realized? I thought I had a little respite for the past couple of weeks….shucks! No such luck!! ….have you noticed that two certain posters disappeared for days and then came back at the same time? Get my drift? Two names, one person. I need to mind what I write about Alexis, again!
Also, I forgot to mention on my last reply about Franco and Dr.O. I had been thinking what you wrote for a while now. I am glad I am not the only one to think of pairing Franco with Dr. O. I think they would turn the world upside-down together. In or out of bed. Imagine that! She would break into song at the peak of ecstasy….just like Madeline Kahn, after her electric encounter with Young Frankenstein…Or, actually have Franco break into song….hilarious. That would be a memorable moment, no? Later.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Jimh, you had me all the way until Sabrina! And even with that character, I see where you’re coming from. I’m actually hooked on the instant friendship between Tracy and Sabrina. It’s daunting, yet refreshing, for Tracy to have an actual friend. I’d get rid of a few other main characters, too, but I won’t go there today… 🙂

The Substitute
The Substitute

@Shay I have decided that maybe Leslie Charleson is ill and can’t work right now why else have we not seen her since last year. She was every bit as good of an actress as anyone on that show now her scenes with Stuart Damon etc and the breast cancer storyline wonderful acting. I miss her I really do.

Jeremy
Jeremy

I don’t think this instant “I’ll be your friend, Tracy” thing works for me. For me, a friendship between Sabrina and Tracy feels forced and awkward, same with the Michael & Sabrina pairing. I would prefer to see Tracy remain with her original givens, it’s very much her character to be strong enough to live life friendless, she’s consistently been family oriented, sure she had issues with Edward.
Anyways, if Sabrina is going to be nanny for the months to come, she should be just that, nanny to AJ, nothing more to Michael and to Tracy. I would love to see Sabrina paired with Ethan (upon his return). She needs some Spencer adventure to life. She had a rough year last year, losing Gabriel, ending her relationship with Patrick and, now Carlos is “gone”. She needs a lively character to elevate her greatness.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

James i kind of agree…it would be refreshing seeing Tracy with a female friend but it shouldv’e been with her sister-in-law Monica…they have never really been close and often at each others throats over the years…it wouldv’e been truly refreshing to see Monica and Tracy as bffs and bonding after all these years…its Monica’s house and we never see her…her son Jason is alive with a front-and-center storyline and all we see is Monica’s picture?…Monica should be in these stories…it wouldv’e made more sense with her and Tracy…and we should be seeing her in occasional scenes with Jake too…she’d get these odd unexplainable feelings around him…she starts seeing him act more and more like Jason ect.,…it would make that story more exciting!!!

Shay
Shay

@jimh….Oh yes, we are of one mind when it comes to all the “Sappy-centric” tosh…we don’t need it….we don’t like it….we don’t want it!!!!!!….Got it????? I’ve already skipped numerous episodes these past few weeks because I simply cannot suffer through that upstart’s increasingly unwarranted, contrived presence and gross imposition into the most unlikely GH characters’ lives and scenarios. I swear, the “Sapster” has practically become the “Forrest Gump” of Port Charles!

Timmm
Timmm

Sappy is taking over the show like Summer on Y&R! I cannot stand either one of them. Jane Elliot probably wishes she would have announced HER retirement after seeing that she has to chew scenes with “Scene Slicer Sappy!”

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I havent watched much myself…im tired of Ninny SAINTiago!!!

Shay
Shay

@Timmm….After seeing the incomparable JE reduced to the indignity of those repeated scenes with Sappy, I wish she had retired!!!! I just don’t get why all the long-time greats of GH have been forced to share the spotlight with this inane nobody….Anna, Tracy, Sam, Patrick, even Sonny and Carly. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason for this mediocre miss being accorded so much exposure on the Port Charles canvas, and yet, many, many far more talented individuals and favorite characters have been relocated to the backburner whilst she continues to be shoved down the viewers’ throats. Why not just rename it “The Sappy Soppy Hour” and be done with it?????

CeeCee
CeeCee

Oh, I agree with everything you stated, Jimh, except for Sabrina. I have a weak spot for her. LOL. I do not even recognize Liz anymore. ….or, was she always a double-crosser? I have lost all respect for her. Valerie…hmmmm. I need more time to see where her head is.. Her mouth gets on my nerves, too, though. LOL… Now that she has a paying job (literally, lol) she could get invisalign braces.
Oh, and I find Tracy’s off-the-wall-friendship with Tracy a bit out of place, myself. What do they have in common? Hmmmm.
Also, I hope Ava keeps her knees together…but, her pull toward Morgan is still strong. Morgan will be Ava’s folly. If anyone can screw-up her anonymity, it will be her own wanton self. It is a shame, though, don’t you think, Jim? I got the feeling that Silas would be a willing ‘lover’, if you will, if he did not feel that Ava’s sexual urges toward Morgan were out of her system. The woman better snap out of it and weigh her circumstances and priorities, before her foolishness (Morgan) gets the best of her.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I tried to like Ninny SAINTiago…i honestly tried…but her character just doesnt fit in…her and Tracy do not work as bffs…Tracy and Monica never got along since day one and it wouldv’e been a nice and unexpected twist to finally see the sister-in-laws bond after all these years…Liz i was fine with but i grew to dislike but as for Nik i like him better as a villian…he was too bland as a nice guy…as for Ava i would like to see a shocking twist…Ava really did have a twin named Denise(also played by MW) who shows up in PC and confronts Ava/Denise!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I wish they had kept Pat alive and we learn more about her side of the Spencer family and stories about her and Valerie…now Val seems to only there to break up Dante and Lulu…too predictable and just another pointless filler character!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@jimh.
You’re right about keeping Pat alive. So many questions would have been answered. But, yes, that would have been too easy.
I do wonder, though, why Valerie has her mother’s surname, Spencer. Was she born out of wedlock? Was Pat raped? Did her father abandon both her and her mother? Was Pat purposely keeping her child’s paternity a secret? If so, why? I think Valerie is here to stay because of all these ‘mysteries’. We shall see!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@jimh
Wow, good one, Jim! Can you imagine? The real Denise shows up. That’s hilarious….

Shay
Shay

Well, so much for DenAva’s “knees-together” notion, CeeCee!!!! Ain’t gonna happen…LOL! It shall really be interesting to see where Ms. Jerome’s insatiable libido leads her…she’s wantonly wading into Alexis territory, where she’s just “gotta have it,” come h#ll or high water! Speaking of the “bust-baring one,” has it gone unnoticed that despite Denise’s totally trashy tartwear, she’s still showing off far less cleavage than the uppity Alexis? Just had to ask….if anyone else has noticed this other than me, it would be YOU!!!! As for the Sapster, I’ll never understand your “soft spot” for her….we see eye-to-eye on so many other issues, but on this we are simply destined to remain diametrically opposed. Just the mere presence of that vapid creature roils my disdain to no end.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
Hi, Shay, Shay.
Yeah! You’re probably right…”tis quite a challenge for Ava to keep her sexual urges at bay, I guess. She is in her forties, AFTERALL, right? Isn’t that the age a woman reaches her sexual peak? LOL.
But, even with all this insatiable sex drive, there is no comparison to passed-her-prime-Alexis.
And, yes, Shay, I did notice that Ava , regardless her less-than-savory conduct and forced, ditsy demeanor, she has class. That’s what separates her from from low-rated Alexis. Ava is not an exhibitionist. She needs not display her wares….we all know they’re there!!! LOL, still at attention.

Now, Sabrina…yes, I can’t really explain why I am so accepting of the girl. I think it is the fact that we were enceinte at the same time. Our babies are exactly the same age.
I think Sabrina has a few fans other than myself. I do agree that her presence leaves much to be desired, as there are plenty of other characters who could do what she’s doing….that is, get to the bottom of the presumed ELQ takeover. I suppose you feel for Sabrina what I feel for Kiki and Morgan. I cannot stand the sight of them. And, not because they’re together. I never liked Morgan. Just as I cannot explain my simpatia for Sabrina, I cannot explain my antipatia for Kiki and Morgan. Go figure!!!!
(Aside)……didn’t Maxie look so prettily inspiring today? Loved her little summer dress…loved her bag. I have a similar sun-dress, only with no straps…..later.

Shay
Shay

Much fashion food for thought there, CeeCeeGirl! I also admired Maxie’s summery floral frock as I watched her on Friday afternoon….the soft pastel colors were perfect with her breezy blonde beauty, just as I’m sure your sun-dress complements yours!!!! Having said that, as long as neither of us emulates Denise or Alexis in the respective attire to which they currently adhere, we should remain in good seasonal style stead….LOL! (Here’s a thought….If Alexis walks about half-exposed in the winter, what God awful creations will she be donning when Port Charles experiences this year’s first heat wave? Oh, the horror!) But I digress….back to speaking of Ms. DeNuccio….Maura West really is playing up the “trash factor” in fabulous form as the gum-popping, junk-in-the-trunk strutting, Denise! Yet, because we know that it’s all faux, it’s absolutely hilarious!!! I’m not sure how much longer Ava can get away with her “hiding in plain sight” masquerade, however, it’s been a real kick! I just want her to assume custody of that precious poppet and go on from there!!! As for the Sapster, I can understand your relating and empathizing with her maternal storyline, but Geez Louise, that tragic tale came and went over a year ago….I’ve seen no relevant place on the GH canvas for this problematic character since Patrick gave her the romantic heave-ho and they lost Gabe the Babe. She really should have just departed after that development and not returned…it would have made sense and been the appropriate closure for this polarizing parvenu-in-waiting! Lastly, I can appreciate your disdain for Kiki and Morgan…they are such layabouts and not even in a glamorous, “Gossip Girl” sort of way….they look like lazy slobs and just while away their days hanging out, snarking and behaving badly. At least when KA was still portraying Kiki, there was some common sense and goodness in the character, especially when she moved in to assist Morgan with the brownstone renovation. Since then, neither has shown much inclination for any kind of positive existence……’tis a shame they didn’t get to care for Avery, because I do believe that child could have been the making of both of them. Of course, I fully expect Morgan to be revealed as the true baby daddy of said crumpet, so that will perhaps herald in a more mature Corinthos…particularly if he ends up reunited with Ava. (Which would leave Kiki……in a romantic redux with Mikey? Works for me!)

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
I always have a smile on my face when I read your posts, Shay.
Now, if The Kiki character was reprised by Kristen…then, yes. Give the baby to her ….she’d be great. But, no way does Hayley(sp) look or act mature enough to be a substitute mother or an ‘au pair’. But, you know, Shay? Basically, Kiki just gets on my nerves. She’s not fun. That’s it…she’s dull.
Morgan probably is Avery’s Daddy…I agree with you. I think he would be okay as a father. I could see him tending to the baby.
I also agree about Sabrina. She basically has no function, at this point. This is why my belief that she is Sonny’s daughter is reinforced. Why else are TPTB coddling her? I do like the character, but I see her uselessness. She is of no value to anything or anyone. Michael can get any girl he wants….as limited as the number is…LOL. PC has a shortage of both young men and women. I am surprised there are no in-bred births. It is a wonder, considering the strength of Sonny’s little, big swimmers, there aren’t more Corinthos progeny running around PC.
Okay, let’s discuss Ava. Obviously she cannot continue living her life in such close quarters with family and others, in the guise of one Denise Di Muccio. I think she will remove the wig and in her best imitation of a New Yorker’s accent, she will explain she needed a change….you know, a change of geography called for a change of hair. Denise will re-morph into Ava…no sweat. Little by little, she will be her old self and no one will be the wiser. Maura amazes me over and over…she is so into this role….she is a testament to her craft!!!!
Then, of course, there goes Silas. I have gotten that certain feeling, you know, that twinge where he really has a stirring for Ava. If it were not for her wandering eye straying, focusing, and settling on Morgan, it could work between them. But, it is hard to squelch those Jezebel-hot desires. There’s a lot of unquenched passion between Ava and Morgan. He must have really stroked her core…LOL. Any relationship between Morgan and Denise is not realistic. Their attraction overwhelms them…but, it won’t last. Too many years separate them…too many issues….too many lies. Only Silas fits into this equation.
As far as Alexis is concerned? All she needs to do is not show so much cleavage….not a pretty sight!!!! It runs from her chest up to her neck. That cannot be helped because they are real. But, she could cover them up some. It’s okay in youth when Mother Nature makes sure the plum tree is young and bears firm and supple fruit.
Buuuut….well, you know. As you said a few posts ago; soon enough Alexis will look like Julian’s mother. I can picture it…LOL.

Shay
Shay

Well, you’re no slouch in the sunshine department either, CeeCeeGirl! It’s always a treat to read your saucy posts! Especially when Sonny is one of the topics!!! Is it just me, or did he look like he dipped his scalp in an entire tin of black shoe polish during his most recent onscreen appearance???? His hair was so dark and shiny, it resembled patent leather! So much for GH’s small screen version of Valentino…LOL. I know you love to speculate on this “Dandy Don’s” prodigious paternity possibilities, but c’mon, he’s hardly “The Father of Port Charles,” despite his current 5×5 status…there’s simply no way he can be responsible for siring every under-40 person of questionable lineage currently inhabiting the town…in that case, there would be no musical couplings upon which to ruminate! (And I am sooo ready to play shuffleboard with the status quo pairings….too many simply don’t work!) First of all, Kiki and Morgan need to be dunzo….the two of them put together don’t equal even half a wit. It’s bad enough that the “Corinthos Kid” has never been the sharpest tool in the shed, but putting him back with nuKiki has created negative brain energy…they both require adult supervision! Fortunately, Morgan will have DenAva to fulfill that role, even if her own maturity truly should be called into question with her latest pursuit of her former boy toy….can she really trust that dullard with her secret identity? I mean, if they get back to the same old, same old, isn’t he going to recognize the “same old, same old?” (Unless the crafty Ava has added some “new moves,” not to mention various sorts of nifty décor, motif or ornamentation “down there,” as well! You can’t put it past her….) Still, I simply cannot fathom either of them putting the brakes on their explosive passion….particularly Ava….she’s gone without for so long now…what with all of that gesticulation, incarceration, and recuperation she’s endured! And if not Morgan to scratch that itch, than which mister? Silas is just too smart to allow his old feelings to get the better of him, and with a convicted, on the lam felon, no less???? I can’t see it, so my suspicions remain with Morgan as the main man, although I did see a spoiler that suggests Franco may fill that void! (Personally, I’d prefer Dr. O. would unleash her inner cougar and have a fling with this alternately morose and mirthful man-child. She seems to have a soft spot for those mercurial “got a screw-loose” types, so he’d be a perfect fit for her!) Anyway, that’s leaves Kiki as the odd girl out, and since I cannot envision anyone else putting up with her huffy stuff, I have to reunite her with Mikey. Maybe if they get close again, and she can usurp Sappy in every possible capacity, including caring for Avery, it will miraculously make her less obnoxious and unappealing….just a thought, since I can see no other function for this horrendous recast….really,… Read more »

Shay
Shay

Rather hard to overlook, isn’t it, CeeCee? And such a shame, too….what a pleasure it had been to not be bombarded with that utter nuisance in our inboxes….oh well, all good things must end, eh? (In reference to your query, I checked back to the beginning of June….should I have gone to May????) Notice nobody else seems to have missed that complete nonsense either….we surely haven’t! Guess we did as you previously predicted: “rattled the cage” a bit too much…LOL! We should have realized that pathological, overbearing need to defend and glorify certain causes and characters wasn’t ever going to abate!!!! Whatever….we simply won’t allow it to interfere with our fun!!!! Now then, for Franco and his “love life!” Looks like Dr. O. is out of luck (again) as DenAva moves in for some “core-honing” activity with the artistic madman…..drats! I think Liesl and Franco could have made beautiful music together, so to speak….and yes, I can truly imagine her breaking out in ecstatic song as they plot to take over Port Charles! (Especially now that big sis Magda has released her inner cougar and gone in for the kill with son-in-law, Ric! Oh my!!!! I had hoped Maddie would have displayed better taste in her choice of bed partner, but then again, desperate times call for desperate measures! Those two still don’t look as ridiculous and mismatched as Alexis and Julian…or Luke and Jennifer! Hah!) At any rate, I had weather-related internet problems overnight, which is why it took me so long to respond to you…drove me up the wall, as I like to write in the wee hours from dusk to dawn…I am a nocturnal creature by habit!!!!! However, I made sure to make this my first post as soon as I was able to resume my normal routine…hope you receive it!!!! Later, Girl!!!!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
I consider myself nocturnal as well; simply because I cannot sleep. My brain never stops…always going….LOL.
to be honest with you, Shay. I feel traumatized by MadMaddie and Rick the D!@k. How low can they go? Soapy, soapy, soapy…LOL.
Furthermore, I am so tired of all the shenanigans. Is anything going to be resolved? This Jake thing is starting to take a nonsensical turn….it will take forever…. Fluke, anyone?
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You know how much I love Michelle, Maura and Howard. Thus, it breaks my heart what the writers are doing to these stalwart actors. Yes, I do enjoy the comedic stints by Franco and Maura. Franco’s chewing gum, completely parroting ‘Denise’ was buffoonish….funny, yes. But, Roger is not a clown. It does show how talented he is, however, how can one take him seriously? Enough, now. Yes? I think it’s time to cut the cord. Also, it was fun to watch at first; now, it is stale. Ava as Denise; Franco as the looney comedian.
Then comes Nina. I said, since she emerged from her coma, that every misfortune that befell Nina was her mother’s fault. All because of money. Regardless how she excuses it….that Nina has always had a bizarre streak, if you will,…..a mother always has her child’s best interest at heart. MadMaddie is driven by money….and, we all are aware that Rick is sniffing her skirts for that reason only.
I am not too happy with Nina. Is she more astute than we presume? I say this because in the midst of acting like a mindless child, I see a flair of intelligence glowing….an astuteness which belies her actions. I see that as some superlative acting. She can change disguises on cue…a Child-like Nina, adult Nina, loving Nina, angry Nina, betrayed Nina, frightened Nina….what a chameleon. Nina has been aching for someone to love her all her life. That is her mother’s fault. I think Dr. O, who is supposedly the weird, evil one, is proving to be a fit, loving mother….later, Girl!

Shay
Shay

Yes, CeeCee, Ric and Maddie are, for lack of a better word, “icky!” Of course, he is so reptilian, I cannot understand any woman going for him, most particularly the lovely Liz! But I agree that all Magda is seeing are dollar signs when she’s shagging her poor excuse for a son-in-law. I guess they deserve each other—like two slithering snakes in the grass—yet, I wish that Madeline had found a more appropriate “mark” for her money-making efforts. (Of course, GH lacks that old soap staple, the attractive, successful silver-fox mogul….they definitely need to add a few so the women of Port Charles will have someone for whom to compete!) I have also pretty much had it with DenAva’s screwball antics….they were fun at first-now she’s becoming a bit too sleazy for my druthers….Lord only knows what she will get up to with Franco. Somehow, Real Ava must be brought back into the fold, because I cannot fathom Denise being able to hang around much past summer! As for the CrayClay…..how do you solve a problem like your Nina???? From my perspective, nothing works….she’s just one big mess! Nobody seems to know what to do with her or how to write for her, and those ridiculous outfits make her look completely inane….. garbed in those teeny-tiny-teenager-approved mini dresses, it makes one wonder if she’s even aware of the year or her own age! It’s really quite disconcerting to watch! We also need to explore Nina’s true backstory with Maddie. Providing character histories is certainly not a strong suit of this regime, but I still feel there is a very compelling tale to tell there, and Dr. O. is a big part of it. I wish that there were more emphasis on the “Swiss Sisses” and their lives. Other than Laura’s return and Jake’s journey toward discovering his identity, they truly are the only other characters with plotlines that currently hold my interest. Alas, I do believe it is going to be a long few months ahead…..I’m STILL waiting for that big L&L adventure!!!! At any rate, I haven’t had much time to post these past few days, but I’ve read many of your comments, so thank you for the kind mentions! Right back at ya, Girl!!!! Oh, by the way, I’m nocturnal by choice….no sleeping problems for me, I simply love the night, the dark, the peace, the quiet…they stoke my creativity, especially during these long summer months…..too much daytime and sunlight overstimulate me and make me cranky, plus I hate the heat and particularly, the humidity!!!! They’re not for me….I’m a sweater girl and I love the fall and winter seasons!!! But I do hear you about not being able to turn off the thought process…I can’t either. As a matter of fact, funny story I’ve been meaning to tell you for an age: I was chatting with a good friend about current events, politics, etc. and I mentioned that I couldn’t stop thinking about things, and she suggested… Read more »

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
Hi, Shay.
Yes, I did enjoy the exchange you had with your friend…..we should both pick up knitting as a hobby. (Inside joke…try to explain that).
I actually responded to you with a lengthy post, which, may I add, some would regard as winded….never made it, Shay…completely pulverized. So, I will try to re-write a shorter version.
To make a long story short…I am just not impressed by this sordid, sort-of-affair between MadMaddie snd Rick. This is a mother who is basically selling her daughter out.
I hurt for Nina…she is a tortured soul, looking for love anywhere she can get it. All because her mother denied her the nurturing every child needs and deserves.
Why, oh, why is Michelle portrayed this way? It’s a joke. She was impressive on Y&R….her clothes out-of-this-world ….haute couture envoye’ de Paris. She wore every stitch with flair and flourish. I really do not ken why she wears tubes in lieu of dresses, now.
Dr. O is definitely an integral part with whatever transpired in Nina’s young life. She did divulge to Nina that she knew a secret concerning her past. The only logical conclusion I can come to, is that Kiki is Nina’s daughter, as I keep harping, at nauseam.
I just want this to stop, Shay. Decide what to do with Nina once and for all. She should divorce Rick, reclaim her money and grow up. Do you think she’s fooling everyone? Maybe I’m underestimating her. Oh, how I would love to see Nina stick it to both her mother and Rick….Lol…G’nite.

Shay
Shay

Naaahhh, CeeCeeGirl…I’m nowhere near ready to hit the knitting needles, nor are you…LOL! (I still cannot believe that ANYONE would have taken so seriously your little quip about that notion….but it’s just par for the course. And as you have previously observed, the inane sniping continues!) At any rate, such a shame your previous post was obliterated….I’m sure it was riveting. Anyway, I’m not at all impressed with the Maddie/Ric tryst either. Now mind you, Donna Mills as femme fatale—I’m all for…just not with her slug-in-law! I love the job she’s doing as Magda, and I want her to stick around Port Charles, so to make her a one-dimensional mommy dearest on wheels simply doesn’t work for me. I know that you are sympathetic to Nina and her plight, but I just cannot go there….there has to be something more than simple greed propelling Maddie and her massive acrimony with her daughter….it goes far beyond the inheritance issue! What if the “big secret” is not about Kiki being Nina’s daughter, but Nina NOT being Magda’s bio-child???? Maybe she was barren, and needed an instant child to snag her mega-bucks hubby…enter Dr. O.? That could explain Nina’s mental shortcomings….perhaps she was somebody else’s bad seed reject or even born to an addict…that would definitely scramble her brain and provide a good reason for Maddie’s failure to bond with her problem child….she did once mention how obstinate she was ! Or maybe Nina is her father’s offspring to another woman, which would certainly excuse the animosity Madeline feels for her. There is much, much more to this story than meets the eye, that’s for sure! But we do agree that something concrete needs to materialize in this forever going nowhere saga….it is making MS appear utterly foolish. That little get-up they had her in the other day made her look like mutton dressed as lamb! And while you are hoping this is part of a “crazy like a fox act” on the CrayClay’s part, I just can’t see it….she’s too much of a loose cannon, a really under-developed, unformed persona for this to be part of some grand strategy. Me thinks Nina is as clueless as the writers who created her. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again….the kindest thing that could happen would be for Stafford to get a killer (no pun intended….) death scene….let her go out in a blaze of glory and call it quits on this failed experiment of charmless character. Enough with the spinning of the wheels….let this train finally run off its tracks and crash! But keep Maddie…definitely, keep the Donna Mills character. She’s priceless!

Aria
Aria

I wish GH would moved forward once an for all and leave lucky in good standing with Liz, I’m sure the show is hoping he’ll come back for good( so am I) but why leave the character in such bad standing? We all know jj is ion Nashville and also has a band so knowing that why can’t lucky still at least be a good parent and see his kid offscreen? Lucky & Liz could be friends considering everything they’ve been through. Same goes with Robin where the hell is she? why doesn’t Anna or Emma ask bout her? Does Helena still have her hold up somewhere?? Jax lives offscreen and gets to see joslyn just wish the same for robin & lucky instead we never hear from them so how do we know what the status currently is, hopefully when lucky appears we will hear that he & Liz mended fences and that the kids visit him or will start to, for me that’s more normal and plays better then lucky being a absent father to his kids and same for robin we need to know what’s happening with her ASAP …

Aden
Aden

Out of sight…out of Cartini’s mind. Terrible terrible writing.

richard
richard

Lucky and Liz forever!!!! I hope they dust off Aiden and show them having scenes together as a family!!!!

Iakovos
Iakovos

Jonathan Jackson IS Lucky Spencer. Thank goodness he is able to reprise the role for this Spencer family story line. I hope loose ends can be tied in somewhat of a neat bow. We never know if the Spencers will be mainstays again.

Shirley Miller
Shirley Miller

I can’t wait for Jonathan Jackson to return to GH even though it’s only for a few episodes. I think he is marvelous on Nashville and am so happy he has a good role. I miss him on GH but sure do like him on Nashville….keep up the good work, Jonathan!!!!

Erick
Erick

Um, you noticed Nathan Parsons (Ethan) in the ad too, right? Blink and you’ll miss him. Both Entertainment Weekly and Michael did!

Rose
Rose

It probably also helps that Nashville is part of ABC in getting Jonathan/Lucky back on GH. Wish CBS would “loan out” Tristen/Robert. Would like to see Lucky and Liz back together. Obviously can’t happen.

Li
Li

I love how they are bringing back all these people to send Luke off. I just hope the storyline is entertaining and realistic not absurd and ridiculous. I love this show but sometimes I am disappointed with what is going on and how long it takes to get to the “good stuff!!”

Timmm
Timmm

Jonathan and Tony are gold on screen! Tony has said how much he loves working with Jonathan and Jonathan is so grateful having Tony beside him as a young actor back in the day. [The “Cowboy” rides again!]

su0000
su0000

Hi Timmm..
didja go to YouTube and in search put in; Lucky & Liz 4-16-99
It was AWESOME!!
Luke and Tony had some really intense scenes ..

Timmm
Timmm

I did su0000 AND I am “Old” enough to have admitted watching them when they first aired! You just knew then Jonathan was going to be a star. I see the same for the young man who plays Spencer. He will be in the spotlight one day.

Nick D.
Nick D.

Now that’s what I call a PROMO! Looks like a great summer where GH gets back to basics. Good stuff.

Vicki
Vicki

SO glad to see him even for a short while. If Nashville ever gets cancelled they should try to get him to come back. Do a deal like Y and R did for Steve Burton so he can go back and forth.

Aden
Aden

Not at all trusting that this regime will write ANYTHING worthy of these legacy characters and actors. What a shame!!

janet
janet

I hope Re-Ron does not destroy Lucky because he went to Nashville. The guy is very mean when he gets his own way S.K , comes to mind. I will come back to see Lucky , Laura and even Nathan P. I watch JJ on Nashville because he is on the show, Tony was great on screen with JJ but killing Jake without caring I don’t know.
I will watch ,but when JJ goes who cares about the show. Genie who knows, will TIIC better wake up. Genie needs to stay here . Dump to much mobs for me. Franco and Nina turn my stomach , not my idea of soaps. There is sooo much evil on this soap . I have turned off the show and TG is disgusting to me .I don’t think genie and Lucky can even bring back the fans for just the time they are on.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Ah, Janet…I get what you’re saying. I love Jackson….he is too gorgeous to be real. And, I also, watch NASHVILLE because of him and Panettiere.
As far as GH housing too much evil? Well, tune in Y&R. The evil that goes on there will make your head spin…spinning so far out, I thought I saw Linda Blair!!!!

janet
janet

Tooo Much Kill farren Phelps on Y&R for me. Will watch the return of the real actors to GH and just hope for the best. As long as my stomach can stand to watch T G.

The Substitute
The Substitute

The first thing Liz needs to ask is where is four years of back child support for our invisible child named Aiden.

The Substitute
The Substitute

The more I look at that shot of Liz and Lucky isn’t that an old clip from 2009? My understanding is JJ only has one on one scenes with Geary .

Jeremy
Jeremy

Yeah, where is Aiden??? As much as I adore the actor playing Spencer, we get so much of Spencer. We see Rocco, Danny, occasionally we see little Georgie… yeah, why hasn’t Aiden been aged, so we can see some interaction with Cameron?

Shay
Shay

@The Substitute….In reference to your speculation regarding why Monica, aka Leslie Charleson, has disappeared from the GH canvas: you very well may be correct, although I certainly hope to the contrary! This legacy character is a vital, important one to Port Charles’ past and future, and she needs to be seen and heard! Here’s wishing for an upcoming return of both Monica—and LC!—in fine fettle!

Fanny
Fanny

@Shay… What a sad summer this will be..if all we get to see is Sappy,Val-Chops,Lulu,
Kiki, and Grossalie as the new fab five, honestly…is that the best TPTB can do for the
fans…they must not like us very much. With the sort of TALENT they have at their
disposal, they R ramming the Mealy Mouthed and the Harpies down our throats instead.

Fanny
Fanny

@Shay.. UR right, Magda would be put off by such an unsavory establishment.
“Girls Night” should take place at Tracy’s aka Monica’s house. The invitation
Manicures, Pedicures, Cocktails & Dishhhhhhh at 8 Don’t be late…

Shay
Shay

Truly, Fanny! I’ve been appalled at the lackluster storylines and the worthless characters at the forefront of the summer season. I guess it’s my own fault for expecting something special with Luke’s last hurrah, and Laura’s arrival, but mercy, the past few weeks have been insufferable! I barely watched an entire episode in that time, save for yesterday. What a slice of heaven that far-too-brief moment of nostalgia with L&L@The Triple L was! It was so simple, yet very heartfelt and effective….which is what you get with the right actors and scripts. I shall hang in until AG’s swansong is a fete accompli, then see what is in store for GF, but if the future looks anything like recent days, then I shall be spending much less time in Port Charles. It is simply too huge an investment to waste on the likes of Sappy, Val-Chops, nuKiki, Jordan, TJ, Grossie, and Nina. By the way, I was just asked to participate in Nielsen ratings and I declined, although I would have definitely relished NOT watching GH every time the Sapster hogged the show. Then again, I’m sure my viewing patterns would have been lost on the showrunners, as they seem to think that the audience is totally enraptured with the banal, contrived goings-on of this moronic miss. As for your suggestion for “Ladies’ Night” at ChezQuartermaine, now that could be fun! Maybe a fundraiser for the hospital? And how about Magda as Tracy’s new BFF? As least they share a certain social cache’….not to mention many unsavory chapters from their respective pasts. I think they could definitely relate to one another, and it would be so nice for Tracy to have someone in her own age range with whom to kvetch…and plot!!!!! I like it!!!!

Fanny
Fanny

@Shay… SORRY, I responded below CeeCee’s.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Well, Fanny…it seems Rosalie is cooked. But, what will happen with Nik? Will Michael forego pressing charges if Nik returns all the illegally gotten shares? The ball is in the Q’s corner….but, can they prove it?
As long as the above women are not given too much air time, I won’t mind so much. Summer is ultra busy for me….hardly ever home. Unfortunately, I will probably will not be able to catch all the episodes, even the DVRed ones.
Let’s hope and pray that by the fall, Kiki will be replaced and Valerie will relocate and join the FLASHPOINT team in Toronto.
Also, I think Shay should be appointed to cast every new female on GH, from now on…..right, Shay, Girl? If she and I were given that privilege, we would have a fashion show every day from the best couturiers in the world. HaHa!!

Fanny
Fanny

@CeeCee
I’m sure Nik has a plan B, up his devious sleeve. What if he
teams up with Franco …. Together they can cause a lot of
damage. If Sabrina is Sonny’s daughter with his late wife
Lilly…(Like U Mentioned) then it should come out before
Michael makes a move… Awkward, too close for comfort.

SHAY, should definitely be CASTING all female leads‼️

Shay
Shay

Thanks for the vote of confidence, ladies! However, if CeeCee and I were to be in charge of female (and why not the male, too?) casting, would anyone ever pass muster with our super high standards? Hmmmm….Having said that, we would be some kind of devoted and demanding stylists, but the real question that begs to be asked is could either of us get Alexis to cover herself up in any garb vaguely resembling respectable attire? That’s the $64,000 question! LOL!

Fanny
Fanny

@Shay
I was touched by the sincerely behind Luke’s words to Laura on Friday’s
show. A little goes a long way in mending someone’s feelings….. Like
you, I believe Tracy and Magda would make very interesting BFF’s
think of them at the helm of ELQ… Talk about Fuuuuuuuunny!!

Shay
Shay

No biggie, Fanny, we’re all friends…CeeCee, you and me!….I found YOU! LOL….Yes, I was also very taken with those brief, heartfelt moments between Luke and Laura…it almost made up for having to ff through all the other moronic, worthless stuff to which we’ve recently been subjected!!! As for Magda, I would love to see her make her permanent home in Port Charles…Donna Mills adds an element of old-fashioned glamour that has been sorely missing from the GH canvas. And in terms of Tracy? Not only should she befriend Maddie, but how about becoming the next mayoress???? That mess at City Hall needs to be addressed, and soon…..Ms. Quartermaine has just the organizational skills required to get the job done, and with Luke out of her life, she should be up for a new challenge. (Also, it’s about time that Frisco Jones came back to town to clean things up as Police Commissioner!)

Fanny
Fanny

Shay, how kind of you to say….Thank you, I feel the same.

Shay
Shay

You’re most welcome, Fanny. Just speaking the truth! There are certain posters here with whom one just feels an instant affinity, and you definitely fit that description, along with CeeCee, and a few other wonderful regulars! I always try to make it a point to read all of your remarks online—even if I don’t have time to comment—so should the messages fail to make it to my inbox, I usually (operative word there….) see them! At any rate, you have been such a great addition to this website….such fun!!!! I say the more the merrier…that’s my motto!!!!!!

General Hospital

Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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The General Hospital 16-Episode Collection: ‘All Sonny’s Children’ Debuts

General Hospital fans know that Sonny Corinthos  (Maurice Benard) has fathered a lot of children in Port Charles and then some, and there is even another Corinthos baby on the way.

Now, available on ABC.com and the ABC app (no sign in required) comes a new collection of past GH episodes entitled, ‘All Sonny’s Children’ featuring life-changing moments in the mobster’s life.  The collection is available for viewing today September 9th through December 1st.

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Included in the the 16-episode collection is: Sonny learning the truth about Dante, Michael’s devastating confession, Morgan’s heartbreaking struggles with mental health, Sonny’s unconditional love and support of daughter Kristina, as well as the hesitation and joy that comes with knowing a new baby is on the way.

So, check out the collection and let us know which episodes are your favorites? And, who is your favorite kid of Sonny’s of all-time? Weigh-in below.  But first watch the just released promo for the collection.

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GH’s Michael Easton Talks On Finn’s Hayden-Less Story, Finola Hughes & Favorite Soap Roles

It was a pretty wonky summer for General Hospital’s Dr. Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), especially concerning the women in his life.  After proposing to Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) she exits to go deal with her twin sister, Alex, thus facilitating Hughes’ summer break from the series.

Meanwhile, another great love of Finn’s life, Hayden (Rebecca Budig) re-emerges on the canvas during Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco’s (Roger Howarth) wedding reception, and is now clearly involved in some story with Jasper Jacks (Ingo Rademacher).  But what about the unresolved feelings and story with Hayden and Finn? After all, she left him and Port Charles and had his child (who is apparently alive) but is not letting her ex know that little fact.

Meanwhile as a doctor, Finn has had to deal with numerous medical infectious disease crisis’, with the latest being what happened to Sasha (Sofia Matteson) at the hands of the evil Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck), who Finn would love to put behind bars for all of her nefarious drug-related crimes and for what she previously perpetrated on him.

Michael Fairman TV recently caught up with one of our favorite gents in daytime, Michael Easton, to get his thoughts on the on-screen developments in Port Charles, what he hopes is ahead this fall, a look back at some of his favorite soap roles (from One Life’s John McBain to Port Charles’ Caleb Morley), why One Life to Live was such a gem of a soap and a special time for him and his enduring soap career, and much more.  So, here’s what Michael shared in our irreverent entertaining, and candid chat.

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Hayden has been back.  But you and Rebecca Budig have not thus far shared many scenes together.  Do you think we will eventually circle back to their story?

MICHAEL:  First of all, it is amazing having Rebecca back.  I’d like to say that I had forgotten how beautiful and talented she is, but I didn’t.  She stays with you, and her performances resonate.  So, coming back to work with her is like falling back into it.  For selfish reasons, I am somewhat disappointed that I thought when Hayden came back; she would completely turn Finn’s life upside down.  So, to be honest with you, I don’t know much more than what you are seeing is going on.

I don’t understand why the show is keeping that apart.  That’s what people wanted to see when Hayden came back, because many fans loved them together.

MICHAEL:  I’ve taken a hit anytime I’ve run into fans because I think (any fans that follow that couple), when they left, are a little disappointed in what they are seeing in that the girl who left is not the girl who has come back.  I think that has been the difficult thing for Finn.  It’s almost like she has reverted back to a character she was a few years prior to that.  In terms of having his life upturned, it hasn’t been upturned because she has been rather cold to him.  So, it probably isn’t the way I would have told the story, but maybe they have some great stuff up their sleeve.  I think the stuff that we have had together has shown promise.  Hopefully there will be more, because I enjoy working with her so much.

So, there’s a baby.  Does Finn ever think the baby Hayden said died, could be alive?

MICHAEL:  I don’t think he does.  I think he (just from Finn’s nature) would believe that she would never to that to him.  I imagine his thought would be, “What did I ever do to you?  You would do this to me,” because he was clearly in love with her, and she broke his heart.  I don’t think he ever sees that coming.  I know it’s hard because the audience all knows that, and it’s hard to play the person who is not in the loop when everybody else knows the truth, but you have to play that.  You have to play that you don’t watch the show.  I think Finn has to come from that place that she would never do that, and I think that will probably take it to a place (if that is the case) that will just make the fall that much grander, but again it is incredible having Rebecca back.

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Has Rebecca said anything to you like, “What’s going on?  I’m barely talking to you on the show?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:  Yes.  I don’t want to speak for her, but I think she probably thought it was going to be more the character that left who was coming back.  I think we’ve all been a little surprised, but maybe the writers have some great surprises up their sleeves, and this will play out.  It’s just different than I thought it would play out.

Finola Hughes had gone off on her summer vacation for awhile which put a pause in what’s next for the Anna and Finn romance, as well.

MICHAEL:  Well, you work with me long enough, and then you need some time off, right?  It’s like PTSD, right?  You need a three-month treatment plan to make it back.  So, I don’t blame her for taking some time off. (Laughs)

Finn proposed to Anna with this impromptu-at-her feet-moment at the Nurses’ Ball.  Did you like the proposal?

MICHAEL:  The only thing that I would have done differently is that I originally thought she said no, just because I love playing uncomfortable, embarrassing moments.  I would have had a lot of fun with that because being embarrassed in front of groups of people is something that I would like to play.  I do that quite often in my own life. (Laughs)  I didn’t watch it back, but in the moment, it felt really nice.  She’s lovely.  Who wouldn’t propose to her?  So, there wasn’t a great deal of difficulty in doing that.

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Do you sense the on-screen magic between Finn and Anna?  

MICHAEL:  I hope we both bring each other out of our comfort zones a little bit.   I think Finola embraces that, and I embrace that.  I think we both sort of pull each other a little bit.  When the writers write it that way, especially early on, there was a lot of great dialogue and banter, it was like a very adult-type of movie for a while, and I really enjoy that.  It is like Sullivan’s Travels or something like that.  That’s a really dated reference.  Who else do you know that is going to pull out a reference to Preston Sturges movies?  (Laughs) How about Moonlighting?  Even that might be dated now, but it’s closer.  (Laughs)  I think that’s it.  She’ll go with it.  Sometimes just in the flow of it, stuff comes out, and nothing goes by Finola.  There is no ad-lib or gesture that you can make where she won’t go with you on it.  She’s such a pro, and she is so good at that.

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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MICHAEL:  She’s smart.  She’s really smart.   She’s extra smart, and I’m a little bit under, (laughs) and she balances us out.

Do you think Finn will finally help apprehend Cassandra?  How is it when you get to work with Jessica Tuck?

MICHAEL:  Yeah.  I would imagine.  I love Jessica.  I think she is fantastic, and I always like when the “bad guy” doesn’t know they’re the bad guy.  I know when I played Caleb on Port Charles; one of the things I liked about him was that he never thought he was the bad guy.  I think that is always the right way to play a bad guy, and Jessica certainly doesn’t play it that way.  She plays it like she is just really devious.  She is lovely. I sort of look at it like a team, and anytime you lose good players, your team is not as good.  So, anytime someone says something about someone coming back who is a really good actor, it’s great when they come back.

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How does Finn feel now about his brother, Chase (Josh Swickard)?  He just can’t seem to get himself to show his affection towards his younger brother.

MICHAEL:  He does love him, and that’s right.  That’s the conflict, but it’s hard to be mad at Josh because he is the sweetest kid.  He looks at you with those big brown eyes, and you go, “Why am I being such a jerk to this guy?  He’s just too nice, but it’s good.  I think we’ve slowly developed a rapport, and it’s just one of those things that I think every so often, daytime gets right where you can almost tell something in real time.  It wasn’t rushed.  It’s taken a year, and they are sort of coming around to one another, but there are still a lot of secrets.  That’s coming up.

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Where would you rate Finn in the scope of your characters?  I mean, for me, McBain will always be #1.

MICHAEL:  Is McBain 1?  (Laughs)  You and Steve Burton (Jason, GH).  I’ve never sat and ranked them. Obviously, I played McBain the longest, and it was probably the character who was the most like me I did ride-alongs with cops in New York City for like a month.  So, I was able to ground him in some reality for myself, and I was able to stick to that.  We had a great adviser on the show for over a year who was a former New York City detective, gold shield guy.  Someone once asked why the police department was so good at One Life, and that was it.  They really embraced it.  We didn’t have people sneaking out of the jail-cell with a bobby pin picking the lock. (Laughs)

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

MICHAEL:  I enjoyed that.  McBain not saying “I love you” for 10 years, being on daytime and being able to do that – now that is quite the accomplishment!

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I remember when McBain FINALLY told Natalie (Melissa Archer) “I love you.” I lost it, but then again, I am sucker for soapy goodness like that. It was a big moment.

MICHAEL:  It was.  Then, he had to kind of retract it and said, “I was drugged.”

Yeah right, he had that “What did I do?” moment.

MICHAEL:  “What did I do?”  That’s right.  So, that was a challenge, and that was really interesting.  Port Charles’ Caleb was probably the most fun to play because that was just an incredible amount of freedom.  There was no grounding it in anything.  It was the biggest sandbox I’d ever played in.  If you wanted to walk over to the couch, you walked over to the couch.  You did whatever you wanted to, and obviously, getting to work with the lovely Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, Port Charles, now Sam, GH) every day… it was just nice.  Caleb only had one intention.  He was in love with this girl, and he just wanted to be with her, and anytime you get one specific need as an actor, it makes it so easy. You’ll stop at nothing to be with this girl, and that’s so fun to play.

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Right, and Kelly Monaco and you have amazing chemistry when you have been paired romantically together in story.

MICHAEL:  Yeah, I think those things exist in a special place, and they probably belong in that special place.  Although, I thought it was an interesting dynamic for a period of time, it would have been interesting to see where that would have gone on GH with McBain, and Jason, and Sam, because there was something there that they could have built on very slowly.  I don’t know what would have happened, but I think that dynamic was the only dynamic that could have worked for a period of time.   I don’t think Fin would work, but that one dynamic would have been interesting when you have the cop, the outlaw, and the girl who comes between them.

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One Life to Live recently would have celebrated its 51st anniversary if it was still on the air.  Back in July, I posted these photos of major characters through the years.  I received so many “likes” and so many comments on social media such as, “I miss it so much. Bring it back!”  What can you say about those enduring One Life fans and being part of that one-of-a-kind show?

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MICHAEL:  They’re the most beautiful fans.  All of the daytime fans are beautiful, but I think it was a really nice connection with the One Life to Live fans, and we got to know so many of them working in New York on the streets, you came out of the studio, and people were right there.  So, you really got to know them.  You got to engage with people.  I love that show, and I miss it.  Otherwise, I still stay in touch with a lot of them.  I think that speaks to it.  I have lifelong friends who I met on that show, which never happens.  Usually, you walk out of a show on your last day, and you’ll never see anybody again.  You’ll all say, “Yeah, let’s exchange numbers.”  I walk out of there and I go, “Thank you, and I’ll never see you again.”  I don’t even lie to people.  Like, I know I’ll never see you again, and I never have except for that show, and I am still in touch with so many of those people.  So, I think that spoke to how close we were.

Photo: JPI

Were you and Roger Howarth (Franco/Drew) always close on One Life, or are you closer now because you do all of the personal appearance events you do together?

MICHAEL:  Well, Roger and I have known each other; it must be going on… 25-30 years now.  So, it was pre-One Life.  I think at some point we both had long hair, and both had done daytime, so we were pretty interchangeable.  I think one time they called him about a part I did, and one time, they called me about a part when he left.  I actually know Roger because I did a series called 413 Hope St., and Jesse Martin was the lead in it.  It was a Damon Wayans series for Fox.  So, I had known of Roger, but I really got to know him at a New Year’s Eve party in like 1995/96.  Obviously, I’ve become really close to him now because we never did appearances or that sort of thing, but I think we have both sort of gotten over ourselves a little bit now. (Laughs)

Because you weren’t very visible before.  That goes for both of you!

MICHAEL:  No, and that’s by default.  I don’t think we ever discussed it.

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

MICHAEL:  No, I just thought (especially when I came back to daytime to do Caleb) it was just more interesting if people didn’t know a lot about me because the character was that.  So, it took me a while to ease into it, and also, I just had to get over myself.  I had a fear of engaging with large groups of people for a while.  In a strange way, Roger and I have kind of gravitated to each other.  I think we are both similar types.  Between the two of us, we make up one real man, you know?  Each of us is like half a man. (Laughs)

Together you can conquer.

MICHAEL:  We are a good crutch for each other!  He picks up my half, I pick up his.  That’s the solution.

So what do you think GH viewers can look forward to coming up with Finn?

MICHAEL:  I’m assuming at some point he is going to get his world turned upside down when he finds out about Hayden and the baby, and how he is going to react to that will probably be interesting.  I hope that’s going to happen.

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If he became an addict again, how would you feel about that?

MICHAEL:  I think him struggling and getting over that would be interesting.  I would hope that wouldn’t be his reaction, but I guess that always hangs over your head.  Certainly, him falling apart would be interesting.  I think your faith in the universe would be crushed in that moment.  I don’t know how he would react.  I’m just really curious to see how that would shake out and to play that.  I think it would be a challenge.  I think you’re always looking for some way to turn everything … and I invite that.  I always think that sometimes in daytime we play the gimmick, but you should always play to the heart of the story.  What’s going to make you feel something?  If you feel something as the character, as the actor, I think the audience will feel something with you.  I think it is maybe one of the things that we have gotten away from a little bit is that emotional attachment.  When I watch shows that really move me, it’s still that emotional attachment between two people, and at the end of the day it should still be a love story … no matter what it is.   I think that is the heart of what we should be doing.  I think every poem should be a love poem of some sort.  I know they have to weave the other stuff, the science fiction, and the memories, and the missing babies, and the twins, but at the heart of it, it should really be about two people finding themselves in love.

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

MICHAEL:  I’m always doing something, Michael.  It keeps me balanced, and it keeps me from losing my mind.

Photo: JPI

Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

MICHAEL: Trevor St. John (Ex-Todd/Victor Lord Jr. OLTL) and I are always talking about doing a short film.  Every time we drink too much beer, next thing you know, we are going to be doing a movie.  We have many beers, and then we shoot a film.  Then, we call our friends like Kamar de los Reyes (Ex-Antonio, OLTL), and Sherri Saum (Ex-Keri, OLTL), and Dan Gauthier (Ex-Kevin OLTL), and we go, “Now you guys, drink many beers, and you will join us on this film.”

See, now I get how movies are made!  

So, are you hoping that GH tells more of the story between Finn and Hayden?  Are you hoping that Anna and Finn make it to their “I do’s? What would you like to see happen to Finn? And finally, of all Michael’s soap roles which has been your favorite? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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