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There's A Doctor In The House: Matt Cohen Joins The Cast of General Hospital!

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Filling the void left by the departure of Jason Thompson as Dr. Patrick Drake on General Hospital will not be an easy task for the long-running ABC soap opera.  In addition to losing Thompson, there was one less doctor in the house taking care of the patients at the hospital itself.

Well, now comes word via ABC Soaps In Depth that there is a new doctor on the scene!  GH has cast South of Nowhere star, Matt Cohen in the new role of Dr. Griffin Munro!

Cohen started shooting his first episodes this week, and will first air the first week of February.

As for Cohen;s other credits, he has guest-starred on How to Get Away with Murder, 902010, and Supernatural! No further details were made available as to the backstory of this new doctor!

So, what do you think about the casting news of Matt Cohen as GH’s latest doc? Comment below!

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CMD
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CMD

Please, pair him with Liz! Get her out of Jason Hell once and for all.

elm51
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elm51

why can’t tptb/writers use lucas more???

Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)
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Patricia Nolan-Hall (Caftan Woman)

Hear, hear.

CMD
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CMD

Cause Lucas is gay on a soap, which means he just drops by now and then to support the straight people.

elm51
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elm51

i hear what you are saying but gay or straight he is a doctor & was raised by bobbie spencer & tony jones who are two legacy gh characters – tptb/writers need to utilize the characters they have instead of bringing on newbies that are not connected to anybody………………..jmo

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

Why can’t these new head writers bring on some FEMALE doctors? All we’re seeing is men being added to the staff. In the 70’s, GH was very progressive in that half of the top medical staff & hospital administration was female. Lesley Webber was a family practitioner, & Monica Q. was a heart surgeon. Liz’s sister, Sarah, is supposedly a doctor. And, what about Serena, Scott & Dominique’s daughter? It’s embarrassing how backward GH has become compared to where they were 40 years ago.

Keriannb
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Keriannb

Excellent point!!!!!! Unless they are psychotic like Lisa Niles!,, it was nice to see Dr. Kelly Wu on our screens!

Reagan
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Reagan

I’m not familiar w/ his work, but he looks cute! I was hoping that they would bring back Patrick’s brother Matt (Jason Cook) or bring back the character of Steve Webber. Elizabeth could use some family right now!

Brian
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Brian

Yes I was saying for sure to bring back Steve Webber and recast him with Chris McKenna who was most recently on Y&R as Det Harding.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Brian…YES YES YES!!!!! Chris McKenna would be AN AWESOME ADDITION to the GH cast…HELL TO THE YEAH!!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Good idea. These soaps flip flop with actors. Y&R got Jason Thompson so GH should get Chris. He is awesome! He doesnt cross me as a Hardy, though. BUT we do need doctors!

Reagan
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Reagan

I like that idea! There’s so many good choices out there & he’s one of them!

su0000
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su0000

Well-
he is young and hot … nothing for the older ladies lol

Probably a hookup for Liz, but no sane man would want to deal with a woman who has 3 kids and by criminal/killers dangerous father’s..

MissySnow
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MissySnow

Carly and Alexis each have three children with thugs (okay, Jax isn’t really a thug but he did steal Spencer with Carly’s help away from Nik), Olivia has two children with thugs, Sam had two children with thugs, Nik has a kid with a stripper, Maxie has a kid with a hacker/thugs, Lulu has a kid with the man whose father is king of the thugs, etc..

RichInIowa
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RichInIowa

MissySnow: You summed up GH perfectly and why it’s not must-see TV

madluv4u
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madluv4u

Checkmate!

Patrick
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Patrick

from afar … I thought it was Nathan twin

Gerry
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Gerry

I noticed the resemblance as well. I wonder if they’ll turn out to be brothers.

Anne
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Anne

Julian’s little brother?

Gerry
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Gerry

I think Matt may be Nathan’s brother just based on their similar looks.

Timmm
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Timmm

Well the good news is they are restaffing GH with a doctor but it is obvious they cast this dude to be a Patrick Drake lookalike! Handsome guy, not familiar with him or his work. I just always hope anytime there is a new character they can at least act! Maybe this guy will be contented to Hayden?

Jeremy
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Jeremy

There’s lots of doctors that could be utilized, like LUCAS for example, GH could’ve moved Ryan Carnes (Lucas) from recurring to Contract. That would opened up more story for him & Brad. And, GH could also utilize Brad, too. Bring back, the BRITCH!!! Where’s Monica, Kevin Collins (he could have hospital scenes, again, too), where’s Epiphany… sadly, missed her at Patrick and Robin’s wedding, Patrick and Epiphany always had fabulous scenes together. Bring Felix & Sabrina back to the hospital. Point is, there’s so much opportunity for established characters who we rarely see, Mr. Matt Cohen is very handsome, but… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

Hi Jeremy ..
Bing a doctor on GH is no big deal..
Patrick was doctor standing at the nurses station.
Dr O is doctor sitting at a desk ordering people around
Lucas is a doctor seen at the nurses station every once in a great while
doctors in white coats are props to let us know there is still a hospital ..LOL

Just what in heck is a doctor supposed to do that makes him differently special with the exception he is used less

Rose
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Rose

Su… You are so right about the doctors on GH. There actually seems to be more doctor/hospital action on Y&R. Liking Dr. Neville, but wish they brought in someone to GH like Vincent Iziirarey/David Hayward. Even I wouldn’t mind keeping my appointment with Dr. H. And what interesting stories you could write around him.

Shay
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Shay

Oooooh, Jeremy….You had me almost to the very end…. until you mentioned Felix and Sappy! I could do without them like….forever! But “The Britch” is another story entirely….I still miss that girl! Along with her magnificent “Mutter,” she was one of the very few newbies to have actually made her mark and earned her place on the GH canvas. Her special sort of foxy, fabulous fun has been sorely missed! “Bring back the Britch,” indeed!

Donna
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Donna

I agree! Why they ever let her go and then bring in the Hayden character is beyond me. She brought a lot more to the story-line of GH. Miss her.

Fanny
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Fanny

I think he would be far better suited for Lucas.

Shay
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Shay

No doubt Lucas would agree, Fanny!!!! (But not Brad….you remember Brad?)

mike
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mike

great casting

Scoma60
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Scoma60

Thrilled that GH hired a new doctor. They need to put Lucas on contract as well.I’m disappointed this new doc isn’t tied to GH’s history. They need to bring back Drs Sarah Webber, Tommy Hardy,jr and Jeff Webber as Chief of Staff. If I was running GH Dr.Andre would have been Tommy Hardy,jr and Curtis would have been a Ward.GH has great history yet TPTB ignore it. I’m so fed up with Mobster Central. Get rid of the Mob or at the very least quit trying to sell Sonny/Jason/Julian as good , heroic and honorable men. They’re murderers. Plus, making… Read more »

JanieP
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JanieP

I agree with some of your points and respectfully disagree with others. Paul Hornsby could have been a corporate shark and Lucas needs more airtime. However, some of the characters you mentioned have not been on the GH canvas for years (I remember when Jeff Webber left in 1981! and Sarah left GH over 15 years ago). New characters need to be able to be introduced without having DNA ties to characters pre 2000.

Shay
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Shay

@JanieP….I take your point about Dr. Jeff, and I certainly wouldn’t care to see Richard Dean Anderson reprising his pre-McGyver role, but the show could use a patriarchal figure like Drs. Hardy and Quartermaine once were. A distinguished recast—as long as he’s also drop-dead handsome—would fill that bill, and don’t forget, Jeff still has two ex-wives hanging around Port Charles…Monica and the incarcerated(?) Heather…..interacting with them could be fun! As for Paul Hornsby, I agree….he should have been more of an upper crust, white collar criminal and less of a secret mobster….his trashy antics, especially with Ava, have just killed… Read more »

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

He reminds me of RP-Nathan in this picture-great for CeeCee-lol…hope his acting is better…but here we go again with a newbie-if he has a vet connection fine but lets stop going this way and that way…i feel like im pulled in two directions with the shows cast…legacy characters make me feel like im watching GH and then there is other characters who dont feel connected to the other characters that make me feel like im watching a different show…by the way there is Lucas-bring him on more-he is a doctor.

Lorenzo
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Lorenzo

Yum yum, he is very cute. I want to play doctor with him LOL.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Me, too…WICKED LOL!!!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Now boys!

clh
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clh

I don’t know what void he’s filling, they rarely wrote a decent story for Jason, so why would we expect any more for a new actor. They don’t write for the Doctors they have now. Monica, Brad, Lucas, Kevin, Matt Hunter, any of these would have been great o have actual stories for. Not excited

kaffen
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kaffen

He’s very handsome. .
He has,very pretty eyes..
Watch out Jason…

aria
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aria

ghhe’s so hot, i’ve seen his work, glad he’s on GH.

Fanny
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Fanny

@aria.. Since you’ve seen his work, can he act???????

aria
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aria

yeah, he’s not bad, he’s been in how to get away with murder and other primetime shows so he’s got experience and he’s really good looking hot body too.

Rodd
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Rodd

I saw him on HTGAWM and he’s someone to watch. Good catch for GH. Hope he’s introduced slowly, as there are already too many new characters on the scene. I want to like his character…or at least like to hate him. :0)

Melissa
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Melissa

He was great on Supernatural. And he’s totally dreamy! I have high hopes

Jules
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Jules

He should have been a recast for Dr. Matt Hunter- an already established character with ties to the cast and canvas, and left with unresolved story to tell. He has the resemblance. Wishful casting to beef up the med scene would also be a SORASed Lila Rae- a sort of Quartermaine who fits the young crowd, but unlike most of them, also has ties to the show. She could be a med school student. And Skye could return or at least make appearances. Steve Webber needs to come back too, as a support for Liz and an established Doctor, and… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

But, but, Jules, aka “My Favorite Canadienne!”….your suggestions make far too much sense! Rather than introducing recasts in roles we already know and love and that have historical ties to the canvas, apparently what GH really requires is even more ill-defined, newbie misfit characters to join the swollen ranks of those other smashing successes better known as Sappy, Val-Chops, Carrrrr-LOS!, Nina, Jordan, Hayden and……well, you get the idea!

Jules
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Jules

Shay, you never change, you little devil! Hope you had a marvelous new year!

Timmm
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Timmm

I think it was su0000 who once said that if a writer or EP creates a new character they get paid more or get a bonus? I dont know. Maybe thats why we dont see more connections with these newbies to the oldbies?

Jules
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Jules

Tim, that’s a myth that’s been refuted by nearly every EP and writer. It gets said a lot but has never been proven true.

Jules
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Jules

Though, it would be a decent explanation. I wish there were a real reason.

Rose9
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Rose9

I like your idea of a Matt recast, but I”m ready to give him a try for whoever he is.

But I wonder if they tossed the idea of bringing Matt (Jason Cooks version) back? Jason Cook just did a quick few scenes on Days but didn’t want to be locked into a contract. I hear GH is really good at being flexible with their people. Sounds like a great fit, a good actor, someone already mixed into the canvas, good chemistry with people already there, and a doctor.

Trudy
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Trudy

I’d like to see Jason Cook back, too.

Timmm
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Timmm

Patrick is gone so a Matt Hunter recast would be a waste!

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, Jules! Same to you! I only wish I could change my tune, but until GH sees the light and makes the appropriate revisions that are necessary to better the show, well, then, I’m just going to keep on singing!

Jules
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Jules

Never stop singing! You have perfect pitch!

Shay
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Shay

Hey Jules! Thanks…..I’ll keep on “singing,” as long as I have my fellow “Supremes” to join in….like CeeCee, Fanny and of course, YOU!!!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think “Nathan” is going to have to share the title Sexy Pants!

maggie bruno
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maggie bruno

wow, he could have easily been the drake recast! interested in seeing how they weave him into the mix.

Dan
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Dan

At least they didn’t bring in someone new as a recast of Patrick Drake, that’s what I was afraid of. I’m fine with him being a new character. Give him a fresh slate to create a new character, rather than trying to fill Jason Thompson’s shoes, or anyone else’s shoes. Unlike some commenters here that are already passing judgment, I’m gonna wait until I actually see the new Dr. Griffin Munro on screen and give him a few months to settle into the role, before I make a judgment. He definitely passes the looks test, now let’s hope he can… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

IF Robin and Emma were to stay I would be open to this guy as a Patrick recast but Patrick has no reason to be on canvas now. Hell, they barely gave JT anything to do in 2015! BTW, Griffin Munro sounsd like a distant cousin to Jethro Bodine!

su0000
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su0000

I do not get the excitement over a Doctor..
So what??
All a Doctor will be doing is standing around the nurses station doing nothing
Or, if we ever get some drama he can remove a bullet..

It’s no big deal the character is a Doctor, it does not advance him in anyway except he gets to wear a stethoscope and stand at the nurses station.

and for godsake STOP pairing every off, GH needs some awesome bachelors living the good life, as a bachelor. Many are Doctors lol
The world is full of desirable hot bachelors and it’s about time GH had some.

Harry
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Harry

Speaking of doctors, paging Doctor Freud, please come right away.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

For what reason? To stand around with their shirts off????

Jonathan (@4EverJohnnyBoy)
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Jonathan (@4EverJohnnyBoy)

Based on this past week’s episodes of GH, I’d say we could assume this new doctor character is linked to Lucas given the phone call he made on Sonny’s behalf to find him a new specialist after that rude doctor showed his nasty attitude. Seems a bit young yes but given how GH has dropped the ball on all the gay-oriented character stories this could be a way to freshen things up. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out once he hits Port Charles next month.

Laurie
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Laurie

He looks great & I hear he acts great. I’m all for staffing up GH, but PLEASE use Lucas more. He is so handsome and such a good actor. He’s a good guy like Patrick was and the audience knows/trusts him. Use BOTH of them.

Willy " PartyWill " Garza
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Willy " PartyWill " Garza

Matt Cohen is not only sexxy , but he’s very talented !
He was AWESOME in
” How To Get Away With Murder ”
On Abc
Thanks to Writers, Casting
for hiring him on
” General Hospital ”
Feb Sweeps is off to a sizzling start .

Hope he flirts with Carly if he’s Gay there’s Felix or Lucas since Brad’s hardly on !

Shay
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Shay

Oh, joy…..another newbie!

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

It’ll get worse…Sappy will eventually return but Carlos taking her away even for a brief time made me kind of like his character.lol

Shay
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Shay

This is true, jimh….Carrrrr-LOS! may be a mangy, blood-thirsty killer, but at least this time around he performed a public service to the community of Port Charles! Now, if he could only make it permanent, I’d erect a statue of him down at the docks! (But not in the park, because it would scare the children….LOL.)

Fanny
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Fanny

Now that’s funny….

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, Fanny!

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

That statue would scare me too…lol

DYLAN
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DYLAN

He looks like Joey from Friends. It sure would be nice if soap writers had the memory and attention span of the viewers. Instead of flooding the canvas with newbies, as GH has been doing for years, they could have solidly enriched the families they already have on the show. When will a regime, ANY regime, remember Jimmy Lee Holt…Edward Quartermaine’s son? He could have any number of children in their 20’s and 30’s who could all be brought on to enliven and repopulate the Q mansion. There are Webber’s and Hardy’s out there that haven’t even been seen yet.… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Dylan, are you saying this doctor might be Dr Jake Amore’?
I hope he takes the stairs and stays away from the elevator.
But I agree entirely with your post. I welcome a new addition as long as he is connected to core characters, he is well written and he can act.

Timmm
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Timmm

I was hoping Hayden would be JLH and Celia’s daughter.

Celia Quartermaine
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Celia Quartermaine

Ummm. No.

Justin
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Justin

You’re so right, Dylan. This show has so much history and so many possibilities of new characters from legacy characters. Instead, we get endless newbies with zero connection to anyone from the past.

Shay
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Shay

Thank you, Celia! That tacky guttersnipe could never be YOUR daughter! LOL….

Shay
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Shay

I’ve also suggested some mass disaster is in order to clear the GH canvas of all the extraneous deadweight amassed during the Cartini regime, Dylan. Alas, the stubborn insistence upon keeping all of these awful, unimaginative characters that are dragging down the show defies any sort of logic whatsoever…..

liz
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liz

A new man for Lulu!!

LenTonio
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LenTonio

Looks like Nathan, there your back story!

Shay
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Shay

Maybe “Dr. O.” had twins…..then again, with this show’s propensity for casting this particular type of “cookie cutter” male, it could very well be triplets or quads by the time the newbie parade winds down….if it ever does! How about a drop-dead gorgeous blond guy for a change…maybe even in the form of a sexy Brit or Aussie dude, like back in the GH glory days?

Timmm
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Timmm

CeeCee was be secretly working in the casting department!

Timmm
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Timmm

Ah, I screwed that up! CeeCee MUST be secretly working in the casting department!

Brian
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Brian

Yes I was gonna say he looks a lot like Ryan Paevey who plays Nathan. It’s cool though since they are both smoking hot!

Timmm
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Timmm

I pray he can ACT better than Ryan!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I would love a new focus on the hospital. A story that allows us to re-engage with the “title character.” Let’s give some shine on everyone out who matters, clean out those characters who do not, and promote those who could make a difference (yes to Lucas). Consider history, legacy, and future. I miss the hospital and those everyday goings-on that linked the scenes and plots (those days of Lucille, Jessie, Amy).

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Okay are we starting a pool to find out how long it will be before the show has him shirtless? His first scene? His second? Someone put me down for his episode, fourth scene—- and it will either be Sam or Liz who walks in on him half naked– LOL

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

First scene: Lucas is in the locker room and sees the guy coming out of the shower…oops, my bad-Ron C. is no longer writing this show…lol

Lew S.
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Lew S.

HA!! Good One!!

Brian
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Brian

I miss those Ron C. locker room scenes!

miketom765
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miketom765

He can act. He’s probably expensive since he’s semi well known.
I’m glad there’s another doctor

Lanie
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Lanie

He’s already been tested with and chosen to be Liz’s new love interest. Some of us have known he was coming for awhile. He’s already ruined if they put him with Liz imo. The funny thing is the first time I saw him, I thought he reminded me of Scott Reeves who played Liz’s brother Steve Webber. Oh well, I guess time will tell. I moved over to YR when JT left. Enjoy the new eye candy though.

Harry
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Harry

I get being mad at Miss Lizzy–truly I do. But the actress is so ethereally lovely and so good at what she does I find myself instantly forgiving her.

Fanny
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Fanny

You softy, you…truth be told, she is picture perfect.

Destiny
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Destiny

Kristina needs a hunky guy

Trophy Lady
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Trophy Lady

He’s SUPER GORGEOUS! He should be paired with Jordan or Valerie!

One of those BEAUTIFUL women should be paired with this gorgeous man! Please don’t waste him on anyone else.

Timmm
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Timmm

Half right. Val is hot!

Trophy Lady
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Trophy Lady

What??? Jordan is just as beautiful as Valerie!

Harry
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Harry

Val and Jordan are both beautiful but they’re played by terrible actresses who come off as vapid and stupid.

Terri
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Terri

I miss Dr Sexy ….Silas Clay….sigh…..

Trophy Lady
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Trophy Lady

I do, too! You are not alone. I wish they’d bring Michael Easton back, pronto.

Shay
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Shay

Yes, GH is a much lesser place without Michael Easton. And speaking of Silas, this newbie could pass as a “Son of Silas.” (Or even the progeny of the long-lost Blackie Parrish!)

MissySnow
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MissySnow

Welcome, Matt!

Jen
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Jen

He’s a very good actor. I’ve seen him on Supernatural. I agree that veteran characters who are doctors should be brought back, but since this actor is good I’m interested to see how his character will be written. I’m always hoping for more hospital centered stories.

Lil' Angel
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Lil' Angel

I hope Michael doesn’t try to steal him for his new clinic… Oh, wait, they dropped that storyline…

AJ
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AJ

While I would also like to see Lucas (Ryan Carnes) go on contract, new writers are always going to want to create their own characters/legacies. It’s not only ego driven, but financially driven.

Blackcurry
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Blackcurry

He’s no Jason Thompson. They need somebody who is totally different from the dark haired bad boy image. Why can’t they get a female doctor? They were perfectly willing to have Robin on staff.

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly passed away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

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