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The Robert S. Woods Interview – One Life to Live

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If there is a sentimental favorite at this year’s 39th Daytime Emmy Awards, look no further than Robert S. Woods!  “Woodsy” as those close to him call him, received a nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actor category in the final year of One Life to Live.  And who in soapland doesn’t know that the heart and soul of the show, and that salt of the earth character that you could trust above anyone else, was the beloved Bo Buchanan.

An understated performer who can break our hearts, or make us smile, Bob Woods has been giving performance after performance for over three decades on OLTL.  And it wouldn’t be such irony, that on Emmy night, it would be Bob’s turn to take home the gold for only the second time in his accomplished career.  When you think about his body of work, and in particular last year, he had enough to rival any one of his competitors. 

On-Air On-Soaps spoke with the popular Woods to get his thoughts on finding out he landed a nomination, and to find out how life is after One Life to Live.  And, we took this opportunity to discuss Bo’s last scenes in the series finale, and the shocking alternate ending that no one knew about!  We have to share with you that throughout our conversation, Bob had us beaming with pride, holding back the tears, and laughing and smiling.  It was emotional, heartfelt, and direct, exactly what you would expect from this daytime legend.  And as you will learn, Bob is just as devastated as all of you are that Llanview is no longer on the TV map.  So here we go with our special Emmy interview, and more with Robert S. Woods!

MICHAEL:

What fantastic news, Bob, that you were nominated (and deservingly so) for your work as Bo Buchanan in the Lead Actor category.  How did you find out the news that you received the nod?

ROBERT:

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I was out working in the backyard, and I heard my wife, Loyita, screaming, “You’re kidding?”   I think Billy Warlock and Julie Pinson called her and told her! (Laughs) I did not know the nominations were coming out that day.  I was talking with Leah Webber, one of our producers at One Life.  She was handling all of our submissions.  She was working on material with an echo in the room, because everyone was gone.  Leah is the one that pulled out some scenes for me, bless her heart!

MICHAEL:

All of your fans and colleagues are so thrilled for you that you got recognized for your work in the final full year of OLTL.  Did you speak with your OLTL co-nominees, Eddie Alderson (Matthew) and Erika Slezak (Viki)?

ROBERT:

I called Eddie right away.  I have watched that guys since he was very young.  Hillary B. Smith (Nora, OLTL, now Stacy B&B) says, we have watched him grow since he was three.  When Kristen Alderson (Starr, OLTL now GH) started on the show she was five or six, and so Eddie had grown up in the studio.  He was being a prop man.  He used to help the prop department and strike the sets!  I heard from Erika Slezak and she congratulated me, and so did Hillary.  Frank Valentini called, too, which was nice.  He has been working his butt off at GH!

MICHAEL:

You must have been thrilled!  This is coming at such a bittersweet moment with the beloved One Life to Live canceled, and now you receive this recognition!

ROBERT:

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If you had asked me, “How would you feel if you found out you were nominated?”  I would think, “Geez, I don’t know what I would feel.”  But I was grinning from ear to ear.  I think a lot of it is that it is so sentimental.  One Life to Live is gone.  I still can’t believe it.  I thought I would be gone some day, but I never thought One Life would be, nor that ABC would not have those three mainstay daytime dramas all together in their daytime lineup.

MICHAEL:

There is such a hole in people’s hearts who followed One Life to Live for decades, or even if they were new fans.  Many are having a hard time dealing with the fact that they can’t see Bo, Viki, Nora, and everyone in Llanview anymore on a daily basis.  I have to say, it does feel really odd.  A huge piece is missing and it feels like this big chunk was cut out of the ABC daytime lineup!

ROBERT:

I have days where I keep thinking, “I better look at my scripts.”  Then I go, “Wait. Oh no. I don’t have to go back.”  I went through that for a long time after we taped the final episodes.  We are looking back at November 18th of last year when we taped our last episode, and then the last airdate was January 13th of this year.  I just remember it was Friday, the 13th!  I miss talking to the camera guys, and Michael Easton (John, OLTL now GH).  We have been playing phone tag forever.  It’s just weird that you can’t go in and walk through the door and see people that you knew and have a kind of reunion.  That is what I always thought when I left the show years ago.  I thought I would be able to pop back in now and then.  And that it would always be there to go home to.

MICHAEL:

And fans are hoping that somehow the show will get another lease on life and be resurrected, but so many hopes have been dashed!

ROBERT:

People are always asking me, “Do you think OLTL will come back now that ABC realized they goofed?”  They ask that especially in light of The Revolution tanking, but people in the cast and the production have moved on in just six months.  It’s just a shame.  We were doing very well.  But if the network felt they had to do something they should have cut the show back to a half hour, as well as All My Children, and have two half hour shows and then GH!  Then some day when everything gets reinvented again, they go to an hour.

MICHAEL:

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I always said, “thank God” when ABC decided to cancel The Revolution. However, instead of airing the GMA Summer Series in its timeslot for the summer, they should have taken that nine weeks and brought back One Life to Live to wrap it up properly and give a semi-bone to the fans.  But now, since that’s a matter of getting the actors, the sets, and the costumes all again, that would prove difficult.  We will have to work on OLTL: The Movie!

ROBERT:

We have Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati over at General Hospital now, and so what are you going to do?  It’s a sad thing.  I never thought it would happen where we would not be on the air.

MICHAEL:

I will never forget the day you, Hillary B. Smith, and me taped that final video interview together at the last OLTL press junket back in November.  I so recall the three of us looking at each other with such disbelief and sad faces, that we were actually taping a farewell interview together after decades in the genre!

ROBERT:

That was a strange day.  It was sure not what I had in mind.  I said, when I came back to the show after I was gone for a couple of years,  “Either they will carry me out the door or throw me out the door, but I was going to stay.”  Then the minute I got older, I could see retirement a couple years down the line.  I will say the schedule was really tough towards the end. We were maybe doing three or four shows a day.  It was harder and harder to remember all the lines.

MICHAEL:

On a happier note, I think you had a great year last year.  In my mind, you had a lot of strong material to choose from. What did you end up submitting for the Emmys?  I heard you changed it up from the pre-noms to the final round.  Is that true?

ROBERT:

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Yes.  I changed it up.  In the pre-nomination, I went with the barn showdown scene with Clint.  Bo was going to shoot him and Asa’s hat was in it, and all of that.  Then in the second go round, and for the final round of judging, it was about when we had to make a decision about Matthew, when he was pretty much soap opera brain dead. (Laughs) It was about whether we were going to pull the plug on him, because his heart was a match for Clint.  Clint was going to die if he did not get a heart transplant.  So I submitted a scene with Erika Slezak, where Bo says, “How do you give up on a child?  But if something is not done, do I end up killing my brother by refusing to help him?”  It was one of those back and forth moments, and Nora comes in at the end of it.  I think the scenes start with Bo coming out of Matthew’s hospital room, and then he turns the corner and there is Viki.  It was kind of cool, because way back in 1979 I came in the door and sat down in a chair and said, “I am in love with you, Viki!”  You know my screen test for Bo was with Erika!

MICHAEL:

I know you can’t have a better scene partner than Erika Slezak!

ROBERT:

Oh, God!  And when you watch the scenes, Erika really went to bat for me!  She was good with everybody, but there was something a little different about it when you look at all the scenes from that day.  There was a lot of material also with Eddie Alderson as Matthew that I considered was strong, too.

MICHAEL:

Why did you make the decision to switch reels?

ROBERT:

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I did not think in a million years I would get nominated for anything, and with the show being gone.  I just thought, “It’s over, and no one is going to give us a second thought from One Life.”  So my favorite scene was with Erika.  But then I found Leah Webber initially submitted the barn scene.  She sent me stuff that I could watch via You Tube, and so I watched them at home.  I have to say the barn scenes with Jerry verDorn (Clint) were fun!

MICHAEL:

I really wish the Daytime Emmys were judged and gave recognition for a body of work through the eligibility year, instead of just scenes from one episode.  Then when comparing it against other actors, it can often times feel strange and then it makes the whole process more of a game, even though in the end, the Emmys are a game!

ROBERT:

The whole thing over the years, and how it evolved, became about campaigning with different shows.  There was the issue of block voting, too. That happened on CBS with Guiding Light and As the World Turns.  I don’t think we ever did that on One Life to Live.  Jill Farren Phelps, when she came to our show as executive producer, she was like. “Well, I know how to do this.  This is what we have to do to win.”   I will tell you how you get nominated?  You submit good work, and if they like it, you win.  But I guess Jill’s approach was about how to get nominated.  We never did that at One Life.  If you had something to show that was good, and something you are proud of, we would go for it.

MICHAEL:

Now if I recall, the year you won your Daytime Emmy was the year the Emmys weren’t televised!  Now I think there is something to this!  (Laughs) They might not make it to television again this year! 

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ROBERT:

Yeah!  And it’s so funny.  Somebody told me, “I will be watching!”  And I went, “Well, I don’t know what you’ll be watching.” (Laughs)  And usually the next year after you win, you get to present the honor in the Lead Actress category.  I was all excited because that year was Erika Slezak’s first Emmy nomination.  And Paul Rauch, our then executive producer, had us on location the night of the Emmys!  We were downtown in Greenwich Village and the character of Delilah was running away from some sailors who were chasing her.  I was there for when I won my Emmy and it’s just that it wasn’t televised.  I just remember, I thought it was cool being there and my first time being nominated, and I was just kicking back, because again, I had to work at the show late.  I did eventually get to the Emmys, but missed the dinner part with my date, and a buddy of mine, who went with me.  Paul was not a big fan of the Daytime Emmys.  I will never forget the expression on Robin Strasser’s (Dorian, OLTL) face.  She was presenting my category.  All of a sudden her eyes widened, and she took a deep breath with a big smile and I thought, “Oh, you have got to be kidding me?” (Laughs)

MICHAEL:

What do you think of your competition in the Outstanding Lead Actor category?

ROBERT:

It’s a good group.  It’s a veteran group with guys who have all been around for a long time.  I have met John McCook (Eric, B&B) before, but briefly.  The other three guys I have known forever.  I met Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH) when he was on All My Children.  Tony Geary (Luke, GH) and I go back a long time.

MICHAEL:

There was such disappointment that OLTL was not nominated for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series.  This show can never catch a break, even after it’s canceled!

ROBERT:

I know there were some good shows in their submissions.  Judging from our last fan club gathering, nobody could understand what happened and why we were canceled?  You know traditionally, we were that middle child.  The network was always worried about the lead-in and keeping it going.  Then, you have the strong finish with GH.  Everyone always talked about GH and AMC, and we were like, “Hello! Over here!”

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MICHAEL:

In January, the final episode aired.  There was no one more moving in the final episode than you.  Those scenes between Bo and Matthew, when Matthew names his baby boy Drew after Bo’s late son, was so touching!  But then, when Bo tells Nora he loves her, as he is about to walk out the front door, we all sobbed!  Did you watch the finale?

ROBERT:

I did watch the day it aired.  I had a lump in my throat, too.  Eddie and I were talking before we did it, and even when the script came out.  Eddie said, “I think we are going to have our moment.  We are going to have a moment!”   This is the last show and we were going to have our moment, and the same with Hillary.  It did feel like our goodbyes were very real, and especially walking out and being able to turn around, and just when you think it’s over and then Bo to say, “I love you, Red,” and that’s it.  The last words out of your mouth, and there was a lot of history there.   It was nice way to end.  We shot an alternate ending in case the show was going to the internet, and if I was not going to stay with the show.

MICHAEL:

Oh, my God!  What was the alternate ending for Bo?

ROBERT:

I went out the door and a guy was there with a gloved hand and dressed in black.  There is a hand over my face, and Bo is about to fight and then he realizes, “Oh, it’s you guys.” And then he gets taken away and out for some clandestine thing from the old days.  It would have kept it going, but the way it worked out it just ended with a moment of Bo and Nora looking at each other with nothing planned.  So much of what we did was like that.  It just came right out of the moment, listening to each other, and trusting, and our timing.  Hillary and I had that big ten-year gap.  I forgot how easy it was to work with her and how well we worked together.

MICHAEL:

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The final press junket also included a timeout when the cast gathered on the set to take the final cast photo of One Life to Live.  And I know they put Asa’s hat in the shot as a special memory of Phil Carey (Asa).  That must have been very emotional for you. 

ROBERT:

Yes, they put Asa’s hat there, and it was so tough looking over at it during the photo shoot and remembering Phil Carey.  There are so many things I remember.  I have posters and memorabilia that I had framed.  One day, Phil showed up with something and went, “Here Woodsy! You like this kind of shit.”   I looked at it and it was the front page of the Banner and it said, “Asa Buchanan is dead.”   I framed it and hung it on my wall, and right behind that the prop guys are saying, “Anybody seen that newspaper?”  (Laughs)  But Phil would walk off the set with things like that and have things framed! (Laughs)   I said to somebody, “You know, we all have been lucky to have worked with a guy like that. “  He is the last of a breed.

MICHAEL:

If Frank Valentini would find a way to work Bo into GH, would you even be interested in going?

ROBERT:

Oh, I don’t know if they ever could.  Michael Easton came up with an idea that if McBain ever got in a jam, he looks up and goes, “Thank God. Where you been?”  And I turn around and fans see its Bo!  Usually, it would be me in trouble, and John would come rescue me.  Michael Easton said, “Is it something you would do?”  And I said, “It sounds cool and if I was working with you, I would do it.”   But that was just us talking.  But honest to God, GH is GH.  They have enough people from One Life on there now.  It’s their show.  It’s got to be tough when you have invested in the show, and you have been an actor who has been there years and years and years, and then you have all these new faces. You can understand them pondering, “Well, why don’t you think about us?”

MICHAEL:

So right now are you done with acting?

ROBERT:

At this particular point right now, I really don’t want to act.  I like to watch people act and go see some plays and watch TV.  I love Mad Men, Castle and Smash.  Right now, I am happy with what I am doing.  Loyita and I are not at each other’s throat, where I need to go find something to do.  We are still a great team.  I was on One Life to Live 30 years over a 32-year period.  And I have had to memorize so many lines for so many years.  I said to a friend, “I have probably said more during my time at One Life than a lot of big movie stars have had to memorize in their whole life!”  It’s a lot of work and it’s so fast.

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MICHAEL:

In closing, I have to say, I don’t think there will be a dry eye in the house if you were to pick up the Daytime Emmy in June for Lead Actor.  You want to win, don’t you?  It would be such a terrific cap on your daytime career!

ROBERT:

You know what?  I would be grinning for the rest of my life if I was to win.  I can’t say, who cares?  There have been years in the past where I did not care if I was nominated because I have one already.  And then I watch friends of mine like Tony Geary and Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R) who are multiple winners, and especially Tony.  And then I thought, “Maybe it would be good to have another one.”   Tony must have them all over the place.  (Laughs) I would be very happy and proud if I won.  I would be so grateful.  I had the good sense to come back to the show after I left, and made the choice I did to stay as long as they would keep me.  One Life was very good to me, and it gave me one helluva life!

 

 

 

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Cindy
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Cindy

What a wonderful man he is. I miss him.

Mimi
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Mimi

And now we have him back! I am so grateful to Mr. Kwatinetz!

Dianne
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Dianne

Awesome interview Michael! I adore Bob Woods. I have to say that with all of these interviews, you can tell that the actors adore and trust you. It is easy for them to open up and share with the rest of us….and you always ask the questions that are on the fans’ minds. Thank you!!

Tina Gray
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Tina Gray

I love you, Bob. I miss you so much. I wish you all the best. No matter what, you are and always be a winner in my heart.

Ina
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Ina

Love Bob Wooods. Thanks for the interview.

Blue
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Blue

Omg, what a SAD, SAD interview!!! I want Woodsy to win so much more now!!!!!! I miss OLTL so much!

WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

I hope Robert wins. I loved the character of Bo, and how he interacted with all the other actors. Bo & John McBain, Bo & Nora, Bo & Viki, Bo & Matthew, Bo & Rex… he just seems to be the perfect guy to get paired up with in front of a camera. It was always such a joy to watch his scenes. Hopefully, his wonderful work will be recognized with an Emmy!

OLTL fan
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OLTL fan

Omg I LOVE & MISS you Woodsy SO much & HBS. There’s a HUGE hole in my heart everyday since the shows been off. I still cannot FATHOM, how & WHY this show was canceled!!!! Some *%#%!+ obviously had it in for you guys as well as AMC & it’s disgraceful. No disrespect to GH, but oltl’s storylines were so much better & so real!!! The actors brought there all to the table everyday. Not seeing Victoria Lord on my screen anymore is a hard pill to swallow & even more heartbreaking our beloved Bo & Nora (red) Now all… Read more »

Monica
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Monica

I knew something would have happened with Bo at the end, but honestly thought it would be a heart attack and he would die. But I’m glad that OLTL ended the way it did for Bo’s family. Bob Woods is a master at his craft, subtle yet powerful. His relationship with the cast, in particular Hillary Smith and Eddie Alderson, translated seemlessly on screen. You really felt they were a true family. I hope he wins that Emmy!

Rachel Elisabeth
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Rachel Elisabeth

I miss Bo so much, I love Robert S. Woods SO MUCH.

God this interview made me cry!

Terri
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Terri

Great interview. We all miss you Bo! We miss Llanview. We want you all back. I watched from day one and thought you all were 100% better that GH! I stopped watching them a long time ago but never missed a day of OLTL. Their transition to GH takes getting used to, but Ron and Frank have made the show so much better along with the OLTL actors!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Miss OLTL everyday. Another great interview.

Christy
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Christy

what a sweet sad interview. I hope he gets his grinning ear to ear 2nd win… Tony needs to share! 😀 As much as it hurts us OLTL fans to have lost our show, characters and actors, I feel so bad for the cast and crew to have lost their family and friends having had worked daily with each other for decades on ‘our show’. ABC-duh has hurt so very many people with their crappy decisions. Bob and OLTL need this win, and hopefully Erika will win as well. Thank you Bob for 30 years of being in my family… Read more »

Doe
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Doe

Well, MIchael. You did it! You now have topped yourself with this interview with my favorite soap actor af all time, Bob Woods. I have always felt he was effortless and as realistic as any actor could be, and so natural and believable. I would love to see him pop up on GH, and then they could get rid of of their overload of actors. He would be a real stable influence amidst all the craziness. I can only hope to see him acting again.Love this interview, and love Bob Woods.

ethel
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ethel

i ahve always loves bob since he was on the waltons years ago,,,,,,,,,,i really miss seeing him on a daily basis……….♥

barbara t
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barbara t

Ethel, The waltons? When? I don’t remember seeing him and I never missed a episode unless I forgot seeing him, I have watched one life to live since the day it started so many years ago. God am I getting old. I miss seeing him every day to and I hope he takes home the emmy.

ethel
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ethel

he was a doctor & maryellen was a nurse at the same hospital – as a matter of fact they had a thing going but she married kurt…………..lol

Kashi
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Kashi

Thank you, Robert Woods, “Woodsy” for all the years of Bo. Your acting was true to life. I miss the show more than I can say. Nothing can replace it. I don’t watch any daytime TV except for GH and sometimes Dr. Oz. But neither fills that spot in my life. I wish you all the happiness, good health, and luck in the world. Maybe sometime you can be lured out of retirement for a movie or guest shots on some great nighttime show. Castle??? (but not as a bad guy- never!)

heidi
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heidi

Great interview! Thanks Michael and Woodsy! I hope Nathan gets the powers to be at Castle to get Robert for Castle’s father! That would be so great! If he could win the Emmy with Erika and then do Castle for a few episodes and get nominated for a Castle episode… would be even better!!! Enjoy your time off Robert!

Tahine
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Tahine

I have loved Bob woods since I started watching oltl back in 97 and after 15 I love him even more . He’s such a class act I hope he takes home the Emmy it’s been my pleasure to watch him on my tv screen for all this time. I miss him,Hillary ,eddie and erika so much . Wish him all the best ill be rooting for him for sure.

barbara t
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barbara t

What a wonderful interview Michael. Robert S. Woods is a class act and I pray he wins. this interview gave me goose bumps reading it and hearing his answers to your questions Very interesting questions. Michael, I also liked your Idea about rapping up One life to live now that the revolution has been properly canceled we need a good ending. I would rather have it back, Myself I can’t give up on my favorite soap there is always hope. When Robert said he still feels like he still has scrips to read I feel the same way when the… Read more »

lisa
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lisa

Great interview Michael !!
Love Bob Woods and the character Bo – for years.
Really hope he gets that Emmy win.
Miss OLTL every day…still so sad. 🙁

Brian Greene
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Brian Greene

Go, Bob Woods, Go–Yay! 😀

Nancy M
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Nancy M

Thanks for the great interview. I really cannot believe that OLTL did not receive a nomination for best soap. As far as I am concerned, it deserves every emmy nomination. Miss OLTL so much. Love Bo thanks.

gloria
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gloria

WOW, I didn’t think I could feel any sadder about losing OLTL but reading this wonderful article broke my heart-again. Brings it all back-all the great story we’ll never see & all the dear, dear cast members we love & miss so much. Bob had some great ideas on saving the shows. Too bad nobody cared enough to listen then we would not all be in this awful boat. Bob was a mainstay character of the show and I love him so much. I wish him every happiness & most of all I wish for him & Erika to please,… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

I dont think we will ever not feel sad and get our hearts broken over and over again every time we hear about One life to live. The loss of that soap has sure hurt a lot of people.And to have lost it for that nauseating show the revolution that has been canceled makes me want to cry. I will never understand the logic of abc/disneys thinking in destroying their afternoon lineup of good programming for garbage talk and food waste of time programs that are just awful to watch.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

On OLTL alway’s liked Bo & Nora..Liked when Bo & Nora danced together on OLTL………..And the burgers and fries they liked eating………………..I wish Robert Woods the best at the daytime emmy’s………………I would like to see him WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

barbara t
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barbara t

That was so sweet, They use to do it all the time dancing and eating my favorite kind of junk food, then they broke them up, I was so sad and it was such a long time before they finally got back together again, Some couples should just be left alone and they are that couple. Just because they get married doesn’t mean they cant be on a roller coaster of adventures in their lives and stay happy, which they were. How I miss One life to live, will my heart ever stop aching for my favorite soap and characters… Read more »

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I miss OLTL a lot too…I miss landview , Landfair !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IAnd there aren’t to many shows that I feel this way…This soap definetly made an impression on me……Only one other show made me feel this wa and thet was Beauty and The Beast from 1987-1990……..I was heart-broken when the series was cancelled in 1990…………….At this time this was one of my favorites, including OLTL………………………………….I bought all 22 episodes of Beauty and The beast..Like watching them from time to time…I wish they would do the same for OLTL…It would be a lot of DVD’s to say the least………Yes I would… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

I also loved beauty and the beast another show that was cancelled that should have gone on but linda hamilton left, that messed up everything, Ron perlman couldn’t get the ratings up being alone everyone liked it being the beauty and the beast together. Yes another wonderful, well written. descent show.

kay killgore
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kay killgore

Unfortunately Linda Hamilton did want to leave my sister use to have a huge poster of Ron Perlman as the Beast and please don’t hit me but he was so sexy as The Beast!!!

Mary
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Mary

Such a lovely interview! Thanks Michael, even though it made me cry. Robert Woods sounds like a great guy and he played the role of Bo so beautifully! Words cannot express how much I miss OLTL and AMC. Bo and Nora are my favorite soap couple of all time. My emotions are split between mourning for our soaps and extreme anger at ABC/D for their stupid and greedy decision to cancel them. I wish Bob Woods nothing but good things in his future life. Thanks for the years of entertainment!

kay killgore
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kay killgore

My heart hopes Bob Woods wins because he really is a nice guy but sometimes I just think they check the box if they recognize the name and who does’t know Tony Geary but let’s share the wealth and give it to Woodsy.

Terri
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Terri

This interview made me cry I so miss OLTL ands especially Robert Woods who was and always will be a class act! I am so glad the Revolution tanked if only to show ABC how wrong they were to cancel such an awesome, iconic ,irreplacable, heartfelt show.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

Robert Woods has to win! He’s a great actor! I really miss OLTL! Nothing will ever take it’s place. All the actors seem to really miss it too. I never hear AMC actors talk the same way. A great interview! Thanks!

lew
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lew

He is a class act!! I miss OLTL & Mr. Woods.

Shirley Miller
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Shirley Miller

I love Bob Woods, as I think everyone from One Life to Live, Cast, Crew and Fans, do. This is a FAN-tastic interview you conducted with Bob/Bo, and as a big fan of his, I thank you so much – it is sooooo great!!! I would dearly love to see “Woodsy” take home the Emmy – it would in a way be an honor to all the cast and crew of OLTL – a final tribute to everyone associated with the Soap!!! Bring it Home – Bob/Bo!!!

Debi
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Debi

They don’t make actors or men like Bob Woods anymnore. GOD BLESS HIM and his family.

Debi
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Debi

GH would be lucky to have an actor like Bob Woods join the show. It is so sad we cannot have OLTL back,

Bobby
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Bobby

GH needs to go too!!! So lame.

diane
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diane

Please havea OLTL special to tie up all loose ends…love Bob Woods, favorite of all time. All the best to a great actor. Thanks for years of enjoymen!

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Randie Walton

LOVE Bob Woods and the entire cast of One Life. Unbelievable still that the show was Cancelled. The Powers-that-be Made A huge Mistake.

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(Linda Ronstadt) susan woomer

I met Robert Woods years ago at a make a wish dinner dance and he thought I was linda Ronstadt! I will always remember that and sometimes wonder if he does as well. I wish him all the happiness life can give! I wish I had a chance to talk to him more that night. It will always be a special night in my life to have met him and all the other stars there!

Interviews

B&B’s Scott Clifton and Don Diamont Talk on the Plight of Liam & Bill and Their Cover-Up of Vinny’s Death

If you are watching current episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful then you know that Scott Clifton (Liam) and his on-screen father, Don Diamont (Bill Spencer) have been spending plenty of time together in scenes in very dramatic and intense fashion.

In story, Liam is guilt-ridden over running down Vinny Carter (Joe LoCicero) by accident when he was driving Bill’s car.  Since the moment that Vinny was killed, Bill leapt into action, destroying any evidence tying the two to the scene of the crime and continually demanding that Liam let this go and move on with his life, or the implications for the both of them could certainly be a long jail sentence, or worse.

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Now as Liam is finally making headway in a reconciliation with Hope (remember his last secret – sleeping with Steffy – was quite the doozy), this new secret of what he has done, and hiding, could up the stakes even more and take him away from his family for good … or would Hope (Annika Noelle) after finding out what Liam did be the nail in his coffin that ends their relationship once and for all and kicks him to the curb?

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Both, Scott Clifton and Don Diamont chatted virtually with Michael Fairman exclusively for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel to offer up for viewers and fans of The Bold and the Beautiful: an inside look at what goes on when they tape their scenes, how they see their characters motivations, and they serve up a preview of what may lie ahead in this tangled web that Bill and Liam have unfortunately weaved.

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Check out the humorous, candid, and enlightening conversation with two of the leads and mainstays of this CBS Daytime drama series below.

Then let us know; how do you think Liam and Bill can get out of the mess they find themselves in? Will Liam crumble and spill the beans? Will everyone in town get on to them and figure out the secret they have been keeping? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section after taking a look at the virtual conversation.

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Days Of Our Lives

Kevin Spirtas Talks ‘After Forever’s’ Digital Special ‘Riley’s Unforgettable School Project’, The Loss of Michael Slade, and a Chance to Reprise DAYS Craig Wesley

The coronavirus pandemic has put to the test many content creators on just how they would keep their projects moving forward in ways they never dreamed of. However, out of that situation has come some of the most compelling, unique series, specials, and features currently streaming for viewers. One of which is Riley’s Unforgettable School Project, brought to you by the team from the six-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning series, After Forever.

Former Days of our Lives star, Kevin Spirtas (Ex-Craig Wesley) has starred in and created the first two seasons of what has become the most honored Emmy-awarded LGBTQ-themed drama series on any platform.  Along with his ‘After Forever’ writing/producing partner, the late Michael Slade (DAYS, OLTL, Passions, Another World), the two also conceptualized and delivered this latest documentary-style offering now on Amazon Prime Video.

What makes Riley’s Unforgettable School Project so noteworthy is not just how they were able to execute the series based on fictional 11-year-old Riley’s virtual school project and utilize its cast, which includes: Spirtas, Cady Huffman, Jamison Stern, Lenny Wolpe, Erin Cherry, Anita Gillette, Christopher J. Hanke, and Finn Douglas, but that it was made while Slade was succumbing to his battle with cancer, and that this special marks the final script from this talented writer.

 

Michael Fairman TV spoke with Spirtas about making the special during Covid-19, how the death of Michael Slade has made a lasting impact on his life, what After Forever has personally meant to him, and how an official third season is still in the works, and … if he would consider a return to Salem and Days of our Lives, should they come a-calling.  Here’s what Kevin had to say about it all.

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I think the entire story of this digital special has become even more meaningful with Michael Slade’s passing. What was the genesis of the concept? You wanted to continue the telling of the story of After Forever … but we are all in the middle of a pandemic?

KEVIN:  Yes and… when we filmed season 2, we had the scripts for season 3 already completed. It was our hope and desire to film them at the same time, back-to-back, so that we would have had all of our cast and crew together, and we could have gotten through it because we’ve always imagined this story being told in a trilogy so to speak – a beginning, middle, and end to Brian (Spirtas) and Jason, (Mitchell Anderson) and Brian’s healing or his steps towards healing through grief.  Schedules turned out that they couldn’t really work out for us to hold all the people and hold all of the sets for that amount of time.  So, we thought, “We’ve got the scripts for season 3 ready.  We’ll come back to it in the following year,” and that was always the intention, and then the pandemic hit.  So, it was shut down immediately that we weren’t going to do anything, but we wanted to stay current, and instead of going back in and telling the third installment of After Forever as a Covid-19 story as well, Michael and I sat down and looked at a way of staying relevant and current with a story within COVID, and there was born the idea to do this documentary style story/special about the characters of After Forever told through the lens of the character of Riley, the 11-year-old boy, who is now being homeschooled during the pandemic. He gets an assignment to do a project about the most unforgettable person he has ever met, and he, of course, chooses his best friend, the late Jason Adams, and he enlists all of Jason’s friends and family to join in.  Michael actually said, “What if we tell a story about Riley being homeschooled?” And, not only is Riley a technical genius at 11-years-old in the story, but Finn Douglas, who plays Riley, is a technical genius.

And didn’t Finn perform and write the song “Forever There” contained within the special?

KEVIN. Yes. He is this incredible musician.  Michael thought, “What would it be like if we asked to have the character of Finn sing a song for Jason?”  I said, “Well, what kind of song would we have him sing?”  Finn could play anything, I’m sure, because he’s self-taught, he plays by ear – guitar, piano, and drums.  Michael said, “What if we ask him to see if he could write a song?” and when we heard this song, we all called each other and we all got on Zoom and went, “Can you believe this song?  Can you believe this came out of this 11-year-old?”  It’s pretty incredible.  Michael did a gorgeous job of weaving the stories in and out and how they just sort of dove-tailed into each other, and then it was framed by Riley opening the project and ending the project.  During the Zoom reading we wanted to hear the song out loud.  We said to Finn, “Would you want to sing the song?”  We all just watched everybody on that Zoom call just fall apart.  It was just so beautiful. He’s an amazing talent.

Where is your character within this?

KEVIN:  I still stand in the center of the story of Jason because my character, Brian, was married to Jason, and it sort of connects us all, and through Riley’s understanding of how we all connect to Jason, is how we are all sort of spread out throughout the story.  Michael jokingly said, “You know, you’re not going to be the star of this special,” and I said, “I don’t think it’s about being the star.  It’s really about the storytelling.”  The beauty of Riley’s Unforgettable School Project is that we get to see moments of each person’s relationship with Jason, which Riley sets out to say, “Answer these three questions: What did you like most about Jason?  What did you like least about Jason? And what’s your favorite memory?”  Those three things, cut back and forth is where we all kind of fit in.  Nobody has more of a story than the next person, and it’s all telling honest portrayals of how they’re dealing with their loss of their good friend, or their child, or partner.

It’s a very inventive idea during Covid-19 to continue it in a way where you weren’t having to go shoot a full season of episodes.

KEVIN:  Well, we couldn’t. I have to say, Allison Vanore, who not only produced this special, but she also stepped up saying, “I’d love to direct this,” and I said, “Yes, please!”  She knows the characters.  She understands the story because she’s been a part of it for the last two seasons.  Allison also has this extraordinary amount of knowledge and expertise with the camera and what was needed for a remote shoot, and to also be able to organize filming 13 people in 2 different countries and 5 different cities… that’s just the technical side of it, but having that in our back pocket, knowing that it was a remote shoot, we had to send the camera, the computer, the ring light, and the microphone to each person’s house.  We had to location scout over Zoom.  We had to do wardrobe over Zoom.  It was all this big puzzle putting it together, and once you look at that board of storytelling and how we were going to do it, it kind of fell into place.  I feel blessed that a) we still had Michael with us, at that point, and b) Allison had the know-how to do this.  We all feel that at least this pandemic didn’t keep us from doing what we love.

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In terms of the contribution of Michael Slade in this special, was it the construction of the story, and how was he able to work and write this during his illness?

KEVIN:  Michael’s contribution to the special was no less than the contribution to season 1 and season 2, and the future of season 3, because the scripts are written.  We did everything on Zoom, and we worked around his schedule of treatment.  We scheduled 2 people per day, and we spread them out over two weeks.  He was very present, and when there would be a day where he would say, “I’m going to be an hour late, let’s just push that call time,” I would ask, “Is this too much right now?  We can shelve it; we can stop it.” He’d then say, “Absolutely not, otherwise cancer will win.”  He was determined to stay focused and to stay active because it took his mind off of what was happening to him.

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It would be lovely moment if you both were to win a Daytime Emmy for this project. 

KEVIN:  It’s our last collaboration together as a team, as I said, season 3 has been scripted, and it is on the calendar to get made.  We are just waiting for the COVID restrictions to lift a little bit and everyone to get vaccinated.  Michael was really hit hard with cancer – to stay healthy was so challenging for him.  Sadly, he didn’t make it to see the final edit of the special, and he died four days before we launched, but he had seen the cuts before that and was very approving of it, and had made some decisions, and offered some suggestions, and if God gives him an Emmy for this, it’s not because he died.  It’s because it’s great work.  It just happens to be that the work that was involved in this particular special was very tricky.  It brought up everything, like life itself to have to deal with.  Here we are dealing with the loss of a colleague, the loss of a friend, someone’s brother, someone’s son, this is life imitating art, imitating art imitating life. I can’t tell you the darkness that I went through just experiencing the need to stay focused on getting everything edited, and everything ready, and everything aligned for a release of this project that we had put into motion.  On top of it, our editor lost his mother just before Michael passed, and Allison’s mom was sick at the time, as well.  It took a lot of heavy deep breaths with Michael’s death, and the pandemic, and the loss has, for me, on a personal level, sent me back to really questioning my spiritual muscle and to help remind me that we have to come out of this better than we went into this.  I had many dark nights of the soul this last year, and December was probably the darkest.  I feel like I’m just kind of coming out of it now with the spring revealing itself.

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It must have been extraordinarily difficult for you to also go to New York during a pandemic and also knowing Michael did not have much time left.

KEVIN:  I will say this: I am grateful that I was able to stay in touch with my heart and my instinct and go out to New York to let that be my remote location.  Yes, maybe there was some risk involved.  I wore my mask; I was Covid-19 negative, and I was determined to be fine.  Once I got to New York, I would visit him very protectively with our masks and our gloves, and I’d sit across the room, and then I’d go back to the house I was at.  It was a gift that I was able to see him at that time.  We had some good talks then about how he was feeling, and I think he was still being optimistic, and then once we got the project in the can there was maybe this psychic letting go. That’s when everything really started to reveal itself as this could be the end.  I did go back to see him when he was in hospice.  I think I was there the last two days that he really was able to really stay coherent.  He would close his eyes and be at peace and quiet for a minute, and he would finish a conversation and sort of close his eyes, not to sleep and not to go away, but I remember watching him going, “Look how peaceful he is,” and then he’d open his eyes and he’d remember that he is in this body that has been given a time limit of life, and he’s on his way out.  I’d watch the fear go back in his eyes.  At one point, he did say, “I’m so scared,” and I just held his hand, and I said, “I’m scared too.  Let’s be scared through this together.”  I don’t know how to navigate grief like that.  We are all going to be in a position at some point where we are going to be on the other side of the hand holding.  The wonderful thing is that we were able to have honest communication about our feelings.  I thanked him for everything that he has done for me and how he believed in my talent and creativity and our partnership.  I will always take that with me.  I waved my finger at him, and I said, “Listen.  Now, we wrote a series about a man talking to his deceased husband.  You’d better talk to me!”  So, we laughed about that.

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You’ve done a lot of things in your career from Broadway to television, and of course, daytime fans know you best as Dr. Craig Wesley on DAYS.  How does the entire After Forever project stack up to you within all that you have done?

KEVIN:  Former DAYS casting director Fran Bascom, sought me out and offered me this 2-day role on Days of Our Lives, and those 2 days turned into 8 years, and unbeknownst to me at the time, the final 3 months of that contract of those 8 years, Michael Slade was brought in to write.  We didn’t cross paths at that point, but years later, when we did cross paths in New York, and then After Forever was born, that was that universal crossing point.  I am most proud of the fact that we were able create something fresh, and real, and personal to ourselves that we didn’t have to cater to any “powers that be” that had their vision and their tinkering, that they thought that it could be better in this way or that way.  Then for After Forever to gain such recognition, within the film festivals, and the Emmys, and then, just after Michael died, we won the GLAAD award for Special Recognition this year.  We don’t even fit into one of their categories!  They found a way to acknowledge this project.  If another Emmy happens again, that might be another one to put up on the shelf for After Forever that would be beautiful, and I couldn’t have done it without Michael.

For the Daytime Emmys this year, what category have you entered Riley’s Unforgettable School Project?

KEVIN:  We are not a series this year, we are a daytime fiction special, and the “Daytime Fiction Special” category is a special class.  It’s anything that’s digital in the construct of less than 40 minutes.  NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) is being bombarded with so much content, they’re trying to find ways to put categories together.

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So, now, when we last saw Days of Lives’ Dr. Craig Wesley, where was he? (Laughs)

KEVIN: (Laughs) He was in a flash from the past or something in the DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion series. I had a fun time working with Patrika Darbo (Nancy) and Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), once again.

So, if they were to want Craig to come back to DAYS, would you be all for it?

KEVIN:  Hell yes!

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Now, what story would you want to be told involving Craig? 

KEVIN:  When Craig was first on the canvas in Salem, there was a lot of mustache twirling and a lot of hand wringing.  He was always plotting; most of the time with Nancy.  It was kind of this high drama, evil villain storyline being told, but when the writers created an opportunity for us to be on after those first three months by bringing on Chloe without a father, there was something real about it.  It may have been told under the construct of soap opera storytelling, but there was a reality-based story about, “You have a daughter, and we are just now finding out about it?”  Then, finding a cure to her health was another realistic story, and finding out that Craig was her real father.  Anything that’s reality based is what I’m getting to.  I would welcome any job that brings me back and gives me an opportunity to dive into something real.

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Would you welcome the opportunity to play a gay character on daytime; in a medium where there are very few represented in storylines?

KEVIN:  I’d have no problem with that.  Do you know anybody who is starting that?  Let’s do it!  (Laughs) First of all, there’s nothing to hide anymore.  There’s nothing to pretend you’re not anymore.  I would think that bringing in a storyline that deals with anything outside the norm that we are used to seeing would be interesting.  How many times can you retell a story?  How many times can you set the same story up with another couple?  So, why not be diverse and have a stylized story being told through the lens of a gay person.

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In closing, so many go through life without acknowledging people who had an impact them.  We don’t give pats on the back, often enough, and especially in Hollywood, where people can be very self-involved.  You have already paid tribute to Michael Slade in our discussion, but what gift from him is your personal takeaway?

KEVIN:  The gift that Michael really gave to me is to remember to be kind to myself and to others, and to acknowledge and salute the person who is in front of us, because we don’t know when we will have, or if we will have, another moment to do that.

Now below, check out the trailer for Riley’s Unforgettable School Project.  Then let us know, what do you think of its concept? Kevin’s thoughts on the passing of his collaborator on the project, Michael Slade? And, do you hope DAYS brings back Dr. Craig Wesley? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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General Hospital

GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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