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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: ABC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You’re both smart actors, in a way.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was a bit grittier on One Life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It wasn’t a conscious decision?

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

Together you can conquer.

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

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

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

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

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

Are you working on graphic novels, movies?

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

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Will you be producing and directing any new short films?

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

See, now I get how movies are made!  

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

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