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This May On General Hospital: The Nurses Ball, A Murder Mystery, and The Live Shows!

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May is upon us and General Hospital is bringing to its audience several major events, and it all kicks off this Friday with the 2015 Nurses Ball.  Who will perform?  What will happen? The two day events airs on May 1st, and the second episode is on Monday, May 4th.

Then, a murder mystery begins! Is this the end of Duke Lavery since it has been reported that Ian Buchanan is out at GH?  Or, someone else? If so, who do you think will be the prime suspects?

Next, in a few weeks its the two day live shows where GH is broadcasting live from their studios in Los Angeles. Will GH May blow you away?

Watch the latest promos from ABC promoting the not-to-be-missed upcoming episodes of the daytime drama series, and then let us know what you are looking forward to seeing the most?

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su0000
su0000

It is not Duke in the body bag..
The person on the body bag has black hair..

The nurses ball will be fun…
I like watching the actors strut their talents (dancing, singing)

The ball is a GH tradition and luv that FV and RC revived it, its fun, good time entertainment 🙂

((wonder who is in the body bag / better not be Carlos… oh I think Ric is going to kill the fake Billy, the blackmailer))

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

Or Jordan

dmr
dmr

I love the Nurses Ball, too-I always have. I remember watching it in the 90’s every year!

Timmm
Timmm

People think its Duke but Anna will cover so he can go into hiding.

Helen Conboy
Helen Conboy

Ric’s blackmailer Creepy Guy Pete has blonde hair. Not him! It might be Carlos or Duke.

Helen Conboy
Helen Conboy

Not Ric’s blackmailer like I said he has blonde hair but maybe Duke or Carlos. It was so fast it almost looked like Jordan but think it’s Duke. Emma wouldn’t be at Jordan’s service.

Jeremy
Jeremy

yeah if u pause it, it is Duke’s body guard guy.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I think you may be right, Jeremy. It’s probably someone who is superfluous to the plot….as fake Jake or the bodyguard.

Helen Conboy
Helen Conboy

His name is Pete and his hair is blonde not black also Rick has no reason to kill him since the jig is out and he doesn’t have to pay him anymore money. It’s probably Duke. The scenes for the live shows have Emma at the funeral and Sam and Patrick are there so has to be Duke.

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

Duke’s killer is Ron Carlivati…lol

Timmm
Timmm

I like Ron but your right, Duke never really got a story after he was he was unmasked, kind of.

Michael
Michael

The man can’t seem to get a break from the people that post on this page. I’m sure it is not an easy job writing for a large cast of characters and being able to satisfy everyone.

Fanny
Fanny

Jimh, Can’t believe U pegged it with Michael & Saabrinnnna….
Please don’t look into UR crystal ball and tell us they R the next
couple to tie the knot. 4 a while there I thought she’d take her
leave with Carlos, Wishful thinking I guess.

Shay
Shay

Beyond wishful, Fanny!!!! It has been my greatest desire to be rid of this insipid character since the first day Sappy darkened Port Charles’ doorstep! She is definitely at the top of my “must go” list….along with Phyllina, BrazenHayden, ValChops, Grossalie, Jordan, Alexis, Carlos, TJ and Ric! A spring housecleaning is definitely in order, and a Nurses’ Ball massacre would do the trick quite nicely!

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

Im getting rid of that crystal ball…its scarey…now with my latest correct prediction i believe that thing is the tool of the Devil…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

That’s a good guess too, jimh. I thought I saw Ron ‘flash’ through the milieu. LOL.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Shay.
I will play the mischievous imp…LOL. I watched the latest episode of CRIMINAL MINDS the other night. Guess who was the guest-star? Your favorite, Rosalie.!!!!!
Linda Elena Tovar was actually excellent. ……credible, emotional, perfect facial expressions…I was impressed. Really !!!!!!

Melissa
Melissa

I’m not interested in any of this since I don’t understand why they are sidelining their Outstanding Lead Actress this way during Sweeps yet again. She’s so criminally under-used, hah pun not intended.

But I just can’t get excited about GH until Ava comes back. It’s just not as interesting or compelling a show to me without her.

su0000
su0000

Maura is busy with another project, her choice..
She will return..

Melissa
Melissa

And you know this, how? That’s just rumors and spec. There’s been nothing reported to say this is true from an official source.

su0000
su0000

read tweets, Melissa.. all is let loose in tweeter.. lol

dmr
dmr

I just assumed it was part of her current storyline, being in hiding-didn’t realize that she was working on another project! Come back, Maura! I love her too!

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I hope it’s that money grubbing sex crazed Hayden that get killed. There are plenty of people on the list as suspects.

dmr
dmr

I know; I don’t like the character and I’ve never really cared for the actress-while on AMC.

Timmm
Timmm

I like Hayden. I would rather see Snorbrina in that body bag!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I can’t stand Hayden either. Not thrilled with the actress. Cannot stand the character.

jeremy
jeremy

Genie Francis back to GH :):):):):):):):):):)

Timmm
Timmm

Eddie Maine is back!

Timmm
Timmm

Breaking news from TV Guide off Twitter, Genie Francis is returning to GH! Could it be during May sweeps?

Lawrence
Lawrence

The first week is just a ratings ploy. Then back to the usual bs until the live episodes. Then back toboring stories as usual for the summer

su0000
su0000

Don’t punish yourself by watching GH, it is not for you.. (its for us cool peoples)
Books are still popular .. Perhaps a good book is where you will find your joy 🙂

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

How many books do you read when Y&R are on and tv guide doesnt count…lol…you know i wuv to tease ya’…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

Lol, Su. Some of us do both.

Timmm
Timmm

You were probably the kid who wanted to leave the circus after the clowns were done!

Christy
Christy

Wally Kurth (NED) is leaving for Days in May…. I hope they aren’t killing New off! It needs to be someone that doesn’t need to come back… Ned needs to show up now and then (the longer the better), but to kill off yet another Quartermaine, that would terrible!

Christy
Christy

that should have read “I hope they aren’t killing Ned off!”

CeeCee
CeeCee

No, not Ned! I love Ned…I love Justin, too….albeit he’s been a bad boy. LOL.
Do you think he’ll go back to Days for good?
I do hope, as yourself, Christy, that he will keep doing both shows, as usual.

CeeCee
CeeCee

I think it’s either fake Jake (as Su says), or Rick. It’s over for him now, isn’t it? I mean, Carly is already on to Rick….all she needs is verification from the patsy he hired.
There will be a showdown….at noon…LOL.
Seriously, there are so many who are targeted….Jordan, Duke, fake Jake, Rick; even Hayden, which I doubt. Someone could even, inadvertently, get caught in the maelstrom.

Fanny
Fanny

It could even be Valerie… Who gets caught in the crossfire.
Lulu would be pained for all of five minutes and then feel relief,
guilt and relief again. Unlike Dante who would truly be saddened.

CeeCee
CeeCee

@Fanny.
Yeah, I suppose it could be Valerie. But, I think the fact that she moved to Wyndemere Is very telling. You know what I mean, Fanny? Why go through all that trouble if she was going to be killed off. I could go a step further and propose that Valerie was specifically ‘placed’ at the mansion as Nik’s new love interest. Hayden is a passing fancy….I doubt anything serious will come out of it, albeit they are hot together.
Speaking of Hayden, what a mess! It will soon be known that she is not Rosalie…’gotta’ see this! How will Nik explain himself? LOL.

I’m in Lulu’s corner, as far as Valerie is concerned. Imagine crashing in your relative’s one-room apartment!….Especially with a stranger….cousin or not, they are basically strangers….very awkward and uncomfortable.

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

No Valerie and Nikolous…Vikolous would be ridicolous…lol

CeeCee
CeeCee

@jimh.
Lol. You’re right, Jimh…Vikolous sounds like a disease…!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I think there could very well be a Valerie and Nicholas; I thought that from the beginning.

Christy, I didn’t know Wally Kurth’s was leaving! HVe to read up on that. Love the actors and Ned’s one of my favorites. Hopefully he’ll be back soon…

su0000
su0000

Nik and Valerie will never be couple..
She is going to be bad one.. A shedevil for sure, wait for it 😉
Valerie = trouble..

her and Nik will never fit, she will most likely blackmail Nic after she finds out what he’s up to, that is why she was sent to the castle..

ohh I love love bad boy Nik.. hot and sexy too!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@su. I don’t know, Su. Nik came clean. As we saw in the pre-view, he told Liz Jake is Jason. So, Valerie can’t hold that over his head. I do not think Valerie is a baddie.
As far as gaining control of ELQ, I still believe he has something up his sleeve wit Sloane, yes…..but, for the greater good. JMO.

Helen Conboy
Helen Conboy

I’m sorry but it’s Duke. Fake has blonde hair. Like I said before there is a funeral o the live shows. A picture was shown of Emma Patrick Sam Dante and Lulu.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Hi, Helen.
You are so right. I overlooked the hair color. It must be Duke. We’re there not rumors of his leaving a while back?

finolafan
finolafan

It was great to see ABC running this promo during prime time while DWTS was on. I hope that Anna gets more screen time in May.

I miss Ava as well but she is no GHs only Leading lady that can act.

I love what Frank and Ron have done with the show they have to give Finola some screen time and material, she is being wasted in a supporting role.

finolafan
finolafan

Fixing my terrible grammar…

It was great to see ABC running this promo during prime time while DWTS was on. I hope that Anna gets more screen time in May.

I miss Ava as well but she is not GH’s only Leading lady that can act.

I love what Frank and Ron have done with the show but they have to give Finola some screen time and material, she is being wasted in a supporting role.

Tiffany
Tiffany

I cant wait for the nurses ball!! I quit watching GH for a few years but I don’t fee like I have missed a thing. I grew up watching all the daytime soaps and my favorite s been GH. I have always loved Carly’s role in the show and her relationship with Jason and Sonny. I can’t wait for Jakes real identity to be revealed and I can’t wait for Hayden and Rick to be exposed I’m not really crazy about Jake being with Elizabeth but anyone is better than Hayden.

Alan
Alan

I think it is Pete the Jake Doe impersonator in the body bag and the suspects will be Ric, Hayden, Carly, Jake, and Nikolas.

Andrew
Andrew

It seems as though the FakeJake (Pete) is the guy in the body bag –

su0000
su0000

nope.. look again..
person being zipped up in the body bag had black hair..(or dk brown)

CeeCee
CeeCee

Then, I hope it’s Rick…he has dark hair.

Lucy D.
Lucy D.

I think Duke is going to get killed, but you wouldn’t think that’d be a murder mystery, right? More like Mob fallout.

Sure Fake Jake could die, but he’s in NYC right now–why would he come back to PC? I don’t think they’d kill Hayden so soon, do you?

Brad?

jeremy
jeremy

On GH soapZone Hayden aka Rebecca Budig leaving GH!!!

Timmm
Timmm

I liked her and Nick together. Her and Carly were great, as well. Why not trim the fat elsewhere! Michelle Stafford was a bust. Rebecca was hot!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I like both actresses…Michelle, much more. But, Rebecca IS hot. It just annoys me to no end how these great actresses are fucilated, flagellated and pulverized by these below-their-standards roles.
How does one pick them up, in one piece, after that? Case in point…Cady McClain in the role of Kelly.

Timmm
Timmm

Just goes to show you how important writers are. Michelle, who I love was great on Y&R and terrible on GH. She didnt forget how to act she just got handed a terrible character to play. Even she and Franco, which I hate as well, not Roger, just the character, had a thing brewing and its lost its momentum!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

I hope that’s true, Jeremy. Couldn’t stand her at hello…

Patrick
Patrick

“Ellie” from Spinelli / Portland is so refreshing.. and a natural in front of the camera… it’s good to see her back ! what if a coulda woulda shoulda should happen with Nathan ! ? LOL… I could just see Ellie and Spinelli’ verbage about Nathan’ bod… and their outright exclamation and befuddle… loss of words I wish she would return full time… and, as intimated in the past… that she’s Tracy’ long lost daughter… wouldn’t this be an opportune time… for Jane Elliott.. to act with a natural actor… since it would seem AG is on his way “out” for awhile… hopefully long while I saw some spark of ole… in manned up Billy Miller…. w/Sloane…. had me scared and nervosa… LOL… as Sloane was riding Jake Doe to come up with the goods on Julian the one thing is how irksome LW’ Carly is BFF’ing it with “Jake” : when did all this chummy get to know each other laugh out loud trusting energy happen? I so hope… that GF’ Laura is not returning to “right” Nikolas Cassadine…. he’s near perfect with Hayden… let’s see some dark turns and intrigue with these two… this pairing happened so quickly and, for ,”all” the RIGHT reason…. fans alike must be salivating Tyler Christopher is the best thing thats happening in GH I was SO hoping… Ned was going to get ELQ back from Michael…. AND… that the switch of Michael allergy medication was found out so quickly… ( yes, i know… fans… are not in tune with this serious turn) it was laugh out loud stuff … hide his emmy so he’s kissing Sabrina… I like these two together… but not at Carlos expense… I watched Carlos scenes with Hayden and Jake… and it was all so easy for these actors to assimilate with and for the good of the show… nothing stilted or lacking… by any means… when you’re in a scene… WITH Carlos… I have liked him from the get Franco and Nina : GH writers should get Franco back to owning the magazine or newspaper… and Nina.. should get her inheritance back (they co-own)… and these two… with jobs… would be funny and in your face Port Charles… no stone unturned for these two “hated” citizens of … to smolder their winsome personality all over GH… everyone hates them right? report everyone… keep every one guarded… god… I love RH…. hmmmm : I really do like that Ned is taken with Olivia… it was romantic… dang! he’s a keeper… husband material… a couple to root for…. I dont’ care about Alexis and Julian… and that’s due to the writing of frigidaire Alexis keep Sam with Patrick… it didn’t cut any thing more… for any thing to progress with Jake and Sam… the magic is just not their… KM’ Sam is not the right person for Jake Ric Lansing… unfortunately… will be found out… Ric and Liz are electric… perhaps it’s Ric himself… I keep pushing for his… Read more »

Patrick
Patrick

*keep Sam with Patrick…

ie: was talking about Sam finding Jason ring at Patrick’ : under the sofa

there was no spark…. even with Jake and Patrick standing right there

dmr
dmr

I like Jake with Elizabeth; although, I like her with Ric too-but, he hasn’t changed and is still so underhanded.

Patrick
Patrick

PS : Where’s Mylo

I demand to know

CeeCee
CeeCee

Really? LOL. Why, Patrick? Milo reminds me of Baby Huey (the cartoon)…..

Timmm
Timmm

lubing up his pecs for his dance number!

jeremy
jeremy

Its that time of the year again, When all my friends get together to watch this Annual Event. OMG, i cannot Wait. :):):):)

Walter
Walter

It looks like Duke’s bodyguard Bruce in the body bag.

Timmm
Timmm

Good guess Walter.

Jerry
Jerry

I honestly believe that the body being secured is that of Julian Jerome. Whether or not he will actually be dead however remains to be seen. This is unrelated but I need to put it out there — characters on GH who are either underused or simply useless. Nina Clay has great potential but has been reduced to playing Franco’s footnote

Jerry
Jerry

As I was saying before technology prematurely posted my comment, Nina is incessantly displayed as a woman functioning at a level no higher than a preteen. Regardless of her twenty year lack of adult development it’s time for her full utilization. It’s Michelle Stafford for goodness sake. Frank Valentini is daytime perfection, approving great storylines, properly applying show history and nostalgia, and maintaining a can’t miss conviction in audiences, but Lucas and Brad? An utterly boring couple. I realize that neither of the actors is under contract and both are rarely seen but here’s an opportunity to expose gay men as an equally feeling part of humanity and explore the complexities of an “unconventional” relationship. Take a beat from ‘DOOL’ — they’ve got a gay love triangle with more extensions than a Real Housewife. And finally, although further unrelated, Sam and Patrick just don’t seem lovable as a couple. ~

Timmm
Timmm

Frank fumbled the ball with Michelle. I dont know how you revive her? Maybe get her away from Franco, get here money back and oh I just dont know!

CeeCee
CeeCee

I think I love you, Jerry. Finally…YEEESSSS!! Give Michelle Stafford the superlative storyline she soooo deserves. You said it, baby….”It’s Michelle Stafford, for goodness sake”. Those words are music to my ears.

Timmm
Timmm

It amazes me how competent Carly is to go to NY and track down “Fake Jake” and Dante cannot even write a traffic ticket! Secondly, why doesnt Ric go to Sonny and have Hayden and Pete removed?

su0000
su0000

Ric could easily ”remove” Hayden and Pete all by himself, he is not beneath doing that..
hey! Carly is a bloodhound, she sniffs ’em all out, it’s her talent aha!

I like Hayden and Pete! they are chaos makers .. heh 🙂

Timmm
Timmm

Speaking of Pete, I think its funny that GH finds a ringer for Billy Miller who also can act but Y&R could only find Burgess Jenkins to take Billy’s place. Someone in casting at Y&R should be fired!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Su, girl…I think you would really enjoy some episodes of GET SMART (60’s sitcom)……LOL.

Ann
Ann

All well and good. But, I want to know when we will be seeing Michael Easton in May. His lack of air time recently has been ridiculous and unacceptable. He needs to be on the show more.

Anthony
Anthony

I haven’t read all the comments but I hope it is Sonny or Carly or Morgan in the body bag – hate those characters. Their mean, vile doings never get punished. And when they do, someone gets a pardon….what B.S. Hated the mob stuff from the beginning (1990s).

CeeCee
CeeCee

Anthony? Where have you been all my life?

Timmm
Timmm

CeeCee if Maurice Bernard were standing in front of you with those dimples you would MELT!

su0000
su0000

Anthony,
just like Victor Newman.. He has never paid for his dirty deeds/ ”vile doings”,,
Sonny went to prison, actually …. and he got beat up there lol 🙂

Sonny is a sweet gangsta, and I luvs him!
Victor is just a businessman, and I luvs Victor!

PGP
PGP

Still wish they would recast Kiki Jerome with Molly Burnett!

CeeCee
CeeCee

Good call PGP. Unfortunately, Molly is too old. I guess we have to wait until Faith (Y&R) grows up….which will only be a few months from now, on the planet of the soaps.

PGP
PGP

I don’t watch Y&R! Molly is only 4 years older than Kristen Alderson! I just know this Kiki needs to go now!

CeeCee
CeeCee

@PGP
Absolutely agree. NuKiki has no redeeming quality.

General Hospital

GH’s James Patrick Stuart Talks on Valentin’s Downfall and Potential Rise to Power

After all his bravado, machinations and lies to keep the woman he loves, and believing he was the rightful heir to the Cassadine fortune, suddenly it all came crashing down for Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) on recent episodes of General Hospital.

Payback can be a bitch, but for Valentin; who’s past has been fraught with numerous physical and emotional tribulations since his childhood, he now finds himself at the lowest point in his life; losing Nina (Cynthia Watros) who’s now taken up with Jax (Ingo Rademacher), realizing he is the biological son of the evil Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), and not Mikkos, and having all his best laid plans and misdeeds backfire.  (Remember, he shot and “killed” Nikolas, and set up the ruse that led Sasha to pretend she was Nina’s bio-daughter.)  Now, enter Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), who could very well hold the ticket, to Valentin’s rise to wealth and power all over again.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with James Patrick Stuart to get the lowdown on: those heavy and emotional scenes opposite Constance Towers, working with Cynthia Watros as his newest Nina, if Valentin might really kill Jax the next time he thinks about it, and what about a potential relationship between Anna (Finola Hughes) and Valentin?

Not many can play bad as good as James in this industry.  He does it so effortlessly and still brings out the humanity in the guy that has t-r-o-u-b-l-e written all over him.  Here’s what James had to share about all of Valentin’s recent dramatic moments, a tease of what’s to come, and much more.

Photo: JPI

Valentin’s world has imploded at the moment.  When did you initially find out that he was going to turn out to not be a true Cassadine heir?

JAMES:  Well, there were some clues dropped by Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) back when we did the gallery auction where Helena’s portrait went up in flames.  Frank looked at me and goes, “Hey, Jack Nicholson it up.  Have some fun!  You’re not going to be feeling pretty good for a while.”  (Laughs)  I’m like, “Oh … what are the plans?”  He pulled me aside and goes, “Yeah, you’re going to lose Nina, but you’re going to try to take over ELQ.  That’s when I started to go, “Wait a minute!  That sounds to me like Valentin’s losing his money.”  (Laughs)  With the character of Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) coming back; it’s pretty great.  I think the writing was on the wall there.  I put it out on twitter the other day.  I said, “Look what they’ve done to my boy.”  Somebody chimed in, “They gave him a storyline!” (Laughs)

Who doesn’t love to see you, James Patrick Stuart, play tortured soul?  They audience loves to see you get the opportunity to go to those depths in your performances.

JAMES:  It’s been really interesting for me.  I’ve had a lifetime of playing bad guys because the line was always shorter. (Laughs)  Everybody wants to be Tom Cruise, but the Alan Rickman’s of it all, to me, were what was so interesting.  Early on, you play one dimensional kind of twisting of the mustache, tying a woman to the train tracks.  After a while, you start to watch the truly great actors.  They start to take you on a ride.  If you’re paying attention, you start to feel what it would be like to be that damaged, and that’s why you do it.  Then you start to see the vulnerability. To me, I thought, “This is a great time in my life because I’m ready to do that.” A lot of people say, “I don’t understand.  I feel like that makes no sense. because why would I root for a person who behaves like this?” and that to me, I feel is the greatest compliment of all.

So much happened recently to Valentin in one fell swoop; he overhears Nina telling Ava (Maura West) she kissed Jax, then he envisions shooting Jax and then he is drinking himself into oblivion and he gets a “visit” from Helena!  But … the scenes between Valentin and Helena really summed up the bitter truth for him, wouldn’t you say?

JAMES:  Yes.  In the “Helena” scenes, it all basically is revealed.  It all comes down in a moment where he “sees” her.  I think he realizes with the DNA test; he’s not the person he thought he was, but he certainly had no idea that he had her blood in his veins.  The truly tragic moment of the evening is when it dawns on him that he has a daughter with Helena’s blood in her veins.  Now, he would kill her a thousand times over in that moment.  He can’t do it.  He’s fighting phantoms.  That’s the bottom below the bottom, and things got worse than he ever thought they would get.

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Does Valentin have any idea then, who his biological father could be?

JAMES:  I don’t think so.  I don’t believe so.  I know I don’t.  I think once he realizes that Helena is in fact the mother, I think he’d rather just go into oblivion.  I think at that point, he’s out of answers.  Enter Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) …which is wonderful because I think the world of Nancy, and she saves the day.   Alexis basically talks him out of hurting himself, telling him to count his blessings that he is not a Cassadine, etc, which was a really sweet moment.

I assume, when you have this kind of material to play, it must be exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time?

JAMES:  I think that’s exactly right.  As an actor, I think you want to do this stuff.  Maura West and I compare notes all the time.  I think it can be kind of emotionally draining.  You do feel it, and I felt it when I had spent a lot of time with Nina and Valentin, and when the actresses changed, and we brought Cynthia Watros in.  I worked twice as hard to make sure that Cynthia’s landing was as easy as possible, and I really grew attached to the Nina and Valentin connection.  So, when Jax steps in, Cynthia’s love life means nothing to me, I don’t care about that, but Nina’s love life means a lot to me!  And it bums me out, and I don’t know that I’ll actually be watching any future love scenes between them as much as I love them both!  I have a deep attachment to the Valentin connection to Nina.  So, the lines get burred because we just play these characters so long.

Photo: JPI

What was it like sharing those tough scenes with Constance? No one can play icy, evil villainess like her … and yet in real life, she is such a gracious and kind-hearted woman.

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JAMES:  In real life, Constance is such a sweetheart, and she’s so grateful to be there.  She was so ready to work, and rehearse, and play, and find the stuff, and she was great.  I’d been in scenes with her before.  Last time, we didn’t really talk to each other.  I was with the hump.  I was being Valentin pre-surgery.  It was some sort of moment in a graveyard, but this time we actually got to interact with each other.

You look at Valentin, and he’s not had the greatest life.  Do you bring his entire back-story into your performance; such as when he was deformed with the hump and how he had to literally reconstruct his life both in the physical and in emotional ways for many years?

JAMES:  Absolutely.  It’s the brokenness that he’s making choices from.  He was never truly and authentic person to begin with which is why his love fell apart.  He’s always been faking.  He’s always been putting on a show.  That’s not sustainable in matters of the heart.  It was unbelievably easy for Jax to swoop in, because it was inevitable that things were going to fall apart.  Of course, that anger and that brokenness were what lead him to want to kill Jax.  There’s no question.  He was prepared to do that.  If you look in the eyes in the fantasy sequence in the shooting, he just wanted to watch him die.  He wanted to watch the light go out in Jax’s eyes.  He was so furious … and even more tragic is … that was all he could think of, and somehow, he realized in that moment that wouldn’t work, because he’d lose his daughter.

Photo: JPI

Anna and Finn (Michael Easton) just kind of busted up.  Do you think Anna and Valentin will hookup? There is a connection and a history between the two of them whenever they seem to be in proximity of one another.

JAMES:  Personally, I’m waiting for that.  I hope so!  There is a finesse and elegance to that woman, and not only that, there is an effortless to the connection between Valentin and Anna, if one can say that about one’s own coupling.  I love to look at it!  I think we go together like a wink and a smile.  I just find that chemistry really great.  I think that’s mostly Finola, though.  She can probably have chemistry with most anything.

Valentin was going to leave Port Charles with Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), after Nikolas revealed all and the fallout began.  Interestingly enough, it was Anna who came to Valentin’s side and tried to talk him down from fleeing with his daughter and showed such compassion for him!

JAMES:  Wasn’t that great?  She was the one who got him.  She was the one who was able to calm the beast.  There was no one else he would have listened to.  In the moment in the police station, after Charlotte had been kidnapped, and there is that moment where Anna has that bruise, I thought it was such a tender moment.  I just said, “If I kiss my finger and touch your wound?” and she’s like, “Do it.”  It was just this moment where we had been bitter rivals and enemies for so long, but he just adores her so much it’s undeniable that he sees her wounded and wants to make it better.  It’s floating out there waiting to be done.  I know that everybody knows it.  It’s just a matter of what the right away to go about in the writing would be.

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So, you’ve worked opposite two acting dynamos in the role of Nina – Michelle Stafford and now, Cynthia Watros.  Was the transition difficult for you when Cynthia came to GH?

JAMES:  It wasn’t.  It was scary because Michelle Stafford wasn’t just one in a million, I mean, she is one of a kind.  The last thing in the world that I would ever want to consider doing myself was recast that actress.  So, my deal was (and I’ve said this to Cynthia) I said, “I have no control over this.  All I can do is make the landing as easy as possible for Cynthia.”  We did a lot of photoshoots together, and I had flowers waiting for her, and I did everything possible to make sure that she knew that she had a friend and that she had somebody that was going to make it as easy as possible.  It was rough because a lot of the trolls on social media were just awful to her… just brutal, and she goes, “I have thick skin.  I can take it,” and then a week later, she goes, “I’ve closed all my social media accounts!”  (Laughs)  It’s been fun to watch those guys turn around and go, “You have a really special person.”  That wedding stuff was just incredible!  She came so prepared and she knocked it out of the park.  Cynthia has been wonderful.  I love them both.  I love her the reddest, and I love Michelle the bluest, and together I love them the purplest.  (Laughs)

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It’s interesting that all the women in his life such as Anna and Nina, all have a soft-spot for Valentin; even though they don’t necessarily want to be with him.  These ladies are just drawn to this dysfunctional guy.

JAMES:  Don’t you think?  Is it that you want to help him, you want to fix him, you see the potential, you want to help him despite himself?  I think that’s what it is.

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Do you think Valentin’s still going to try to win Nina back, or is that done? 

JAMES:  I don’t know.  I do know that the Valentin I know will never shake Nina, and when he loves, he loves forever.  He can be simultaneously in love with Anna whenever she’s near.  I don’t believe he ever truly got over Nina hearing his story and his brokenness and still loving him twice as hard.  Years ago, there was a moment where he said to her the stuff that he’s never said, and Michelle beautifully kissed my tears away and said, “You’re beautiful” to me.   I think in that moment his fate was sealed.  I think he knew that this was his woman forever.  So, I just don’t think that that goes away.  I think he will always carry a torch for Nina, for sure.

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Do you see Valentin becoming darker and darker now that he had found out he is Helena’s offspring?

JAMES:  Well, yes and no.  I remember watching these scenes and we’ve done a lot of this stuff, and you know how easy it is to sort of go, “Let’s go dark, let’s go dark, let’s go more dark,” and after a while, I go, “You know, maybe he does learn something.  Maybe there’s hope for this guy after all.”  Of course, more bad stuff will happen to him, and he will do more bad stuff, because that’s just who he is.  A leopard can’t change his spots, and those are his survival instincts, but there are some new colors, and it’s all a direct result of all of just these horrible things that have happened to him… mostly learning that he is part Helena and he can’t undo that.

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We saw that Nelle (Chloe Lanier) called and then goes to see Valentin, because she wants to sell her shares of ELQ.  So, obviously he has the potential to become really rich here which is what would give him his power back.  How do you think that will go over with the rest of the Quartermaines? (Laughs)

JAMES:  (Laughs) A lot of the Quartermaine actors have been asking me that in the hallways of General Hospital!  Isn’t that interesting how he’ll just sort of switch families? (Laughs)

Of all the people, just as Valentin’s life is in the gutter and he is at his lowest, who should show up with a sort of lifeline, Nelle! How will he go about attempting to gain control of ELQ?

JAMES:  Valentin knows he has to get the majority shares to gain a control of the company, and he has to do it fast before people see that he’s doing it.  So, that’s where Michael E. Knight (Martin Gray) has been.  He’s gallivanting the states rapidly accumulating shares.  (Laughs)

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It’s been so fun seeing you and Michael Knight on-screen and on a daytime soap together again, as so many remember you as Tad Martin and Will Cortlandt on All My Children.  How has it been getting the chance to work with Michael?

JAMES:  My God, are you kidding me?  He taught me!  He’s the guy who taught me.  I didn’t know how to do this.  Nobody instinctively knows… this is a very unique art form.  It’s more Jazz than anything else, and he showed me how to do it!  Walt Willey (Ex-Jack, AMC) showed me how to do my hair, and Michael Knight taught me how to break down a script!  And, what’s so funny is he is still doing it.  In a scene on GH, when he threw in that line, “From now on, you pay in advance,” I just about fell on the floor!  I thought, “There he is!  That’s the Michael I’ve always known and loved.”

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Who would have thought that you guys would get to share scenes like that again on soaps?  You just never know in this life who may be wind up back in your orbit.

JAMES:  It’s incredible.  That’s what we say all of the time… “Who would have thought?”  You could never plan something like this and that we’d still be doing it at this point.

Now with Lulu (Emme Rylan) learning that Valentin is not a Cassadine, and Nina apparently moving on to a relationship with Jax, what do you think it will mean for their relationship in raising their daughter, Charlotte?

JAMES:  I think in the short-term, Valentin’s shelved any ideas of getting her out of Charlotte’s life.  He’s sort of putting out the fires in his own personal life.  Charlotte needs a mother in her life, and he’s quite willing to share custody as they always have been.  She seems to be looking at this as an opportunity to paint him as an unfit father, and she wants full-time custody.  So, we’re back to that again.  It looks to me like Lulu is kicking Valentin while he’s down.

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It was so nice to see you, and some of your GH co-stars such as: Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) show up for Y&R’s Eric Braeden’s (Victor Newman) 40th anniversary on set celebration at CBS.  It was quite the event; speakers galore, and so many from our industry and beyond in attendance.

JAMES:  It was pretty profound.  Eric has always been kind to me.  I only worked with him on one movie, a western, called The Man Who Came Back, and that was probably 12 years ago.  He has been so complimentary of me in interviews and in his book.  So, if he does that with me, I can only imagine how many dear, dear friendships he has.  So, the fact that everybody showed up like that from the president of CBS Entertainment to local councilmen, and that they were willing to do be there for 2 hours was really proof of how much they love him.  Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), who I don’t even think was working that day, came in for it and spoke at the event. There was so much respect shown for Eric and what he has meant to this medium.

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Your album The Apple Tree was so well-received, and everyone always loves seeing you get the opportunity to sing on General Hospital as well.  Will you continue to put out more music in 2020?

JAMES:  Yeah, that’s the plan.  I have another one that I’m working on.  I have a bunch of songs.  I’m in no rush to get it out.  Unfortunately, I lost Glen Roven, who wrote the cello part for Book of Love, passed away right after the Nurses’ Ball where I played Book of Love, which is really heartbreaking, and then, Michael Sherwood, who helped me with a number of songs on the record passed away right after The Apple Tree came out.  So, I’m a little gun-shy.  But, I’m planning on having something out by December for Christmas.

In closing, what would you say the fans should look forward to in the weeks ahead from Valentin?

JAMES: Look forward to that moment where Valentin is so low that there’s nowhere to go but up!  The comeback is going to be one for the books.

So, what do you think of how Valentin’s life hit rock bottom?  Do you think he will ever win Nina back? Do you think he will takeover ELQ? Share your thoughts on James’ recent performances and his thoughts contained in this interview via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Delivers Super-Sized Promo: The Truth About Wiley To Be Revealed

This week, General Hospital is going full-tilt set to deliver the moment that fans of the show have been waiting for since back in September 2018, when on one fateful night  …

(Cliff Notes version here) Brad and Lucas’s adopted child dies, Nelle gives birth in the woods with an assist from Liesl. Brad and Nelle comes face to face on the road; the two switch babies and keep the long-held secret that Brad and Lucas are actually raising Nelle and Michael’s bio-son. Meanwhile, Willow thinks she is Wiley’s birth mother, having no idea, that her baby died with Brad.

Julian has been in on the secret, and when Brad finally revealed to Lucas the truth about Wiley, it caused their car to crash (Remember: Kendra who in the other car, who was trying to kill Alexis) which has left Lucas with only fragmented memories of that night.

Realizing everything is getting too close for comfort for the truth to come out; Brad accepts a job in Portland and is moving with Lucas and Wiley, while Nelle is selling her shares of ELQ to Valentin to get out of dodge too, so she can follow them, we think.

But in one of the best promo’s we have ever seen for a daytime drama series, as you see below; will Lucas remember and reveal the truth to Michael?

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From the cast credits at the end of the promo, to the setting up of the tale, this is one promo not to be missed.  Check it out below.

Now, let us know, how you think the truth will come to light that Michael will find out he is Wiley (AKA Jonah) biological father and that their was a baby switch? Will it be as teased in the promo, or some other way? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Valentin’s World Crumbles; Anna & Finn Put On The Brakes

Yesterday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital featured emotional performances by James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Michael Easton (Finn) as it looks like a significant shift may be coming for their characters on the Port Charles canvas, or is it?

Valentin has overheard Nina (Cynthia Watros) telling Ava (Maura West) that she kissed Jax (Ingo Rademacher), which further sends him into a tailspin.  He is still reeling from the fact that the DNA results, that he had run, proved that he is not a Cassadine, as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) had claimed and revealed.

When Valentin enters Ava’s art gallery, he gets a moment alone with Nina where he tells her he doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Nina tells him he is free now to start over and concentrate on his daughter, Scarlett, but that she will no longer be a part of his life.

You can tell Nina still has feelings for Valentin and cares about him, but is it more? Or, is she now going to move on with Jax? Well, after a pep talk, of sorts, from Ava, looks like she may just go after Jax and see where things may lead with him.

Later, Valentin is drinking and gets his gun and is ready to kill Jax, or so it seems.  He heads out to go confront Jax in his office.  Next, we see Valentin shoot Jax with Josslyn (Eden McCoy) and Dustin (Mark Lawson) looking on.  However, we soon learn that this scenario was all in Valentin’s mind, as we come back to present time and Jax, Dustin, and Josslyn are all talking and wondering what Valentin wants.  He covers and tells Jax he just came to tell him he wasn’t a Cassadine.  Still later, Lulu is filled in about Valentin.

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Meanwhile, Brad (Parry Shen) meets up with Nelle (Chloe Lanier) and tells her that he and Lucas (Ryan Carnes) are moving away from Port Charles.  He admits to her that he told Lucas before the accident, about baby Wiley being Michael and Nelle’s bio-son.  She is pissed.  Nelle realizes he wants to move Lucas and Wiley away to keep from triggering Lucas’ memory of the car crash.  Later, that prompts Nelle to leave Valentin a message that she is ready to sell her ELQ shares to him as she needs to leave town ASAP.

However, when Nelle places her call, Vakentin does not pick up; instead he is on the floor drunk, and opens a box with the Cassadine ring in it, and lo and behold, we see a woman appear, who by all accounts will be Helena (Constance Towers) since we know Towers is making a visit during February sweeps.  Will Valentin be talking to a dead Helena about the lies perpetrated on him … or is something else going on? Stay tuned for today’s episode.

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Elsewhere, Anna is angry that Finn betrayed her with confirming information to Jason (Steve Burton) and his stance on her son Peter’s dirty deeds.. Finn says she’s just so blind to the truth about Peter and he is a dangerous man; after all, Peter kept Jason locked up for years.  Anna says Jason will now retaliate and try to kill Peter.  She is overcome with terror and upset that no one will give Peter the benefit of a doubt.

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It’s clear she wants a second chance at being Peter’s mother and can’t see past that. With that, the duo is at a crossroads. Finn goes to get his daughter, Violet and packs a bag and moves of their place and heads to the Metro Court for the night.  He tells Anna he has to protect his daughter.  Of course, when they get to the Metro Court, they run into Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms).  Finn is not happy.   Will Anna and Finn reconcile? Will Peter finally, finally get his comeuppance?

Share your thoughts on what you would like to see happen for Valentin, Nina, Jax, Anna, Finn, and Peter via the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes between Finn and Anna.

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