Connect with us

General Hospital

This Week On General Hospital: "I'm Lucas Jones. I'm Your Son!" Ryan Carnes Returns!

Courtesy/ABC

Courtesy/ABC

This week on ABC’s General Hospital will make his highly anticipated return of Ryan Carnes in the role of Lucas Jones!

As fans of the series know, Bobbie Spencer (Jackie Zeman) is Lucas’ adopted mother, while the very much alive Julian Jerome (William deVry) is actually his biological father! What will happen when Julian meets the son he never knew?  Will he cause more trouble for Bobbie?  And, will Julian accept that his son is gay?  Many unanswered questions that fans of the series are waiting to see play out!

Elsewhere, Morgan (Bryan Craig) is worried about his MIA missing mom, Carly (Laura Wright) and goes after Julian!  Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) gives Sabrina (Teresa Castill0) a talking to reminding her she is trying to pass off Patrick’s (Jason Thompson) child as someone else’s, while Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) seems to stumble upon them, and Kiki (Kristen Alderson) is on to her mother Ava (Maura West) for a secret she is hiding!

Watch this week’s preview of GH after the jump, and let us know what you think will happen between Julian and Lucas when Lucas returns to Port Charles?

Click to comment
Advertisement

Leave a Reply

avatar
su0000
su0000

WOW & WOW !!!
This going to be awesome!!
,, excited !!!!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Why isnt the mental hospital looking for Heather?(she gets help to sneak out from security guards but the rest of the staff shouldve noticed by now she isnt there) Olivia confronts Franco and reminds him he is a killer…who is Olivia dating…Sonny, a mobster known for murder! Sonny calls A.J. a killer for murdering Connie…what a hypocrite…how many deaths is Sonny responsible for…countless!!! Meanwhile, i dont think Julian and Lucas will bond anytime soon…maybe Lucas and Felix will know each other?

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

There will be a chance Carlos is the father of Sabrinas baby…

su0000
su0000

Carlos knows they did not have sex..
If he did have sex with he would tell Sabrina it could be his baby, not Patrick’s but his baby, he can not do that because they did not do the deed..

Harry
Harry

Sonny will probably end up killing Carlos, Carlos will finger point the initials SC in his own blood and AJ will still get the blame!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

suOOOO, your most likely right…

Becky
Becky

Olivia going to Franco’s room and being all bad ass was very random. And why is it that Heather can reach up and remove Carly’s gag, but Carly can’t use her own hands to do the same? Ha, ha, ha. One of the reasons we love of soaps is so we can pick it apart!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

i enjoy picking them apart…thats part of the fun watching!

gloria
gloria

I was going crazy! Her hands are tied in FRONT of her, no reason she cannot ungag herself & with those stiletto shoes she could have kicked the hell out of the boathouse floor when Monica & AJ were out there, right? I, for one, am sick to death of Heather-she was actually kind of amusing way back when but this is over the top, even for a soap. Quit dragging her back out-we have too many storylines on this show & do not need anymore Heather, Scotty, Lucy or Kevin. Take Rafe, Molly & TJ too. All of these characters are a waste of screen time.

Johnny
Johnny

And why could Carly groan and screech and moan when Heather was in the room…yet she couldnt utter a sound when Monica and AJ were outside? I will accept all the latex masks and back from the deads and other soapy conventions…but when they do flat out stupid things like that…it totally takes you out of the moment. There is no gag that prevents a person from making a sound. If there was that big of a raccoon problem on the Quartermaine grounds….Monica sure has a lot to deal with. Carlivati is veering dangerously close to the dreaded James E. Reilly territory with some of his ridiculous non plot points. Thats not a good thing.

Tim
Tim

I think we tend to not question Heather and her Houdini like abilities because she is such an over the top cartoonish character we all love and put common sense a side?

su0000
su0000

Heather is not ‘ cartoonish” where do people come up with such nonsense…
… Heather is true ”soap campy” …

Daniel Lewis
Daniel Lewis

Can’t wait to see how Julian reacts to not only having a son and that he’s gay as well. I wonder how Julian finds out Lucas is his son.

Chaz
Chaz

Carnes looks amazing….gone is that cookie-cutter surfer dude look. Maybe time to record GH again since & will have room without Y&R.

Stylish
Stylish

Lucas is all grown up and so much hotter than before. They can’t possibly be planning to waste this hot man on the likes of Felix or Brad. I’m all for Lucas being a gay man, but not with either of those two clowns.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I actually like those “two clowns.” Felix is hilarious, bright and completely loyal…and Brad is has gone from evil to sorta endearing as he tries to do the right thing to win Felix.

gloria
gloria

Agree. Felix is precious & I have come around to Brad (can’t believe I said that, ha!)

rebecca1
rebecca1

LOL…I know (regarding Brad), right?

Stylish
Stylish

Those two clowns can do whatever they want as long as they stay away from Lucas. They are both out of his league.

rebecca1
rebecca1

oh Stylish…we don’t even know how Lucas will be portrayed yet…personality-wise. If you’re just talking looks…well, by all means, be superficial. Felix is an educated person, a nurse, a loyal friend, a compassionate human being. As a fictional character…I think anyone they pair him up with should consider themselves lucky.

Shay
Shay

Not to make this a “Revenge” thread, but it is awfully difficult to keep a scorecard as to whom is good or bad on that show! Everyone is pretty suspect, although I do consider Nolan to be a sweetheart (albeit a devious one!) and the jury is still out on Patrick….I think there is much more to him than meets the eye, and who he is really playing has yet to be determined. That being said, I do believe that there is a sincere bond between those two, but their various loyalties tend to keep both on their toes, clever boys that they are!!!! All I was implying was that I find them to be quite an attractive, intelligent and intriguing duo…not the usual stereotypes, which makes for an interesting and enjoyable viewing experience. As for the GHers, well, they have been played for laughs…and displayed some truly deplorable behavior, too. Brad was a sleazy creep from Day One, and Felix is most annoying and often downright rude in his non-stop worship and defense of the babymama, not to mention his less than compassionate attitude toward Robin, which is totally disgusting. Many of us find neither Mr. Cooper nor Mr. DuBois to be very endearing, and that is not based simply upon their less than stunning appearances, but their really rotten actions. Warm and fuzzy they are not, so let’s stop pretending that they are really great guys!!!!! I wouldn’t wish either one of them on Lucas, no matter how he is portrayed!!!!

Shay
Shay

Well, rebecca1, at least we can heartily agree about AJ….he has gotten a bad rap and been seriously underutilized for the past six months or more, and he deserves so much better….but I guess that is the extent to where we have any sort of simpatico. You seem to be fixating on the physical attractiveness of my “Revengers” and yes, they are extremely fine on the eyes, but perhaps the word I would use to really capture their essence is “sophistication.” It’s what I was grasping to express about why Nolan and Patrick impress me and the GH pair, not SO much!!!! There are many people in this world who are not physically blessed, but they have a certain je ne sais quoi about themselves, whether they are good or bad characters is not the issue, they just possess that special factor, and that is what I was saying that I hope Lucas emulates. I want him to be a well-rounded, interesting, worldly individual with multi-layers…not just another stereotypical buffoon as I view Felix and Brad as representing. Of course, the fact that Mr. DuBois is so wholly attached to that “Cinderbrina” debacle is just another reason for my great derision regarding him. As you are quite aware, I despise that entire storyline with the now-unwed babymama who was just “champing at the bit” (tip of the hat to Harry, there….) to be the next princess of Port Charles, so yes, my “Sappy animosity” does extend to Felix, since they are joined at the hip. (Should be getting pretty crowded there, what with Carlos, Brad, and said bambino, but I have yet to see any indication that anyone is vacating that limited space….) At any rate, my intention was not to debate who has or has not a virtuous persona, per se, that could be done for days on end…although I have certainly been less than impressed with the motives and methods of the “two clowns”…..it was simply to agree with “Stylish” and his assessment about possible partners for Lucas. Actually, I am hoping with all the dramatic plots facing Mr. Jones that romance will be the last thing on his mind for at least awhile…yet I have no doubt that your beloved duo will trip over themselves in one foolish attempt after another to grab the attention of the “new guy!!!!!”

Shay
Shay

@rebecca1….Who can really say why one viewer takes to a character and another finds them instantly insufferable? It’s certainly not as simplistic as saying you like someone based upon whether they are good or bad in nature. There are “good” characters that I adore and cheer (Anna and Mrs. Hughes on “Downton Abbey,” the late Lila Quartermaine, Alice and Spinelli on GH, plus other examples too numerous to mention) and there are bad characters in which I revel and love (such as Port Charles’ Dr. O. and Heather, plus “Revenge’s” Victoria, etc.) All I know is that this “Sobby” situation is one that has truly ignited very vociferous responses on both the pro and con sides. I have never loathed a role/storyline on a soap as much as hers….and that does extend to others in her orbit, so yes, that also offers a clue as to some of my antipathy toward Felix. Both annoy me to no end, and not until I started reading a lot of other soap comment sites did I realize that I was in such crowded company!!!! I have tried (apparently in vain….) many times to verbalize the hows and whys of my objections to diehard fans of this actress, character, plot, et al…all I can say is that some seemed to have truly bought into this highly improbable and from my viewpoint, ridiculous fairytale, and are enchanted by the whole idea of this silly girl who would be more at home on a Disney sitcom than an adult soap opera. I’ve never witnessed a more immature, out-of-place and predictable year of pablum in my life than where the “Putrina” pairing was concerned, and after finally achieving the much-desired Scorpio-Drake reunion, to arbitrarily throw in a completely unnecessary, insulting and ludicrous pregnancy just took the cake for a lot of us….to even have to witness this latest travesty is enough to make me want to hurl or at the very least, shut off the show! (I’ve skipped it twice in the past week because of this absurd content….) So, yeah, maybe it is inexplicable to those such as yourself who passionately defend this particular part of the GH saga which has sent normally mild-mannered people into such a sarcastic and snarky snit, but it just is what it is….a visceral, honest and at least for me, isolated but perfectly reasonable reaction!!! As for the original premise of pinning the “clown” label on Felix and Brad, I again say it is more a matter of their actions and attitudes, not appearance or level of attractiveness, but for those who do find these two goofy guys to be endearing, I suppose that elucidation will not suffice. All I can add is that I just hope that the return of Lucas shows a different facet of the subculture to which he belongs…one more dignified, gracious, professional and serious, that’s all. Having said that, it has been an enjoyable experience debating with you, since we seem to have quite a… Read more »

Shay
Shay

Totally agree, “Stylish!” (Your name says it ALL!) I much prefer Nolan and Patrick on “Revenge” as a couple. They are sooo easy on the eyes, classy, intelligent and urbane, plus no one can beat Mr. Ross’s sartorial and verbal eloquence! Here’s hoping that Lucas follows in their footsteps and avoids the laughable behavior of “those two clowns.” (Although I did like Brad’s taking to task Felix’s nosy, obsessive behavior regarding other people’s business!) P.S. Is it just me, or does Mr. DuBois remind anyone else of “In Living Color’s” Antoine Merriwether???? Two snaps up!!!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Haha! I love how the definition of who’s a “clown” and who’s “worthy” comes down to looks. Shay, if you’re using Patrick as a standup example of who’s worthy I think you need to take another look at the show.

Yes, I LOVE LOOKING at him; he’s gorgeous! And I LOVE Nolan…in every regard. The two of them together are quite the eye candy. But “classy?” Patrick is a murderer who’s betrayed Nolan more than once. So, yes, while I need my fix…and I love seeing what’s going to happen next…and also secretly hope that Patrick turns out to be a good guy…at this point I’d find it a tad of a stretch to put any accolades on him other than beautiful.

“Mr. DuBois” is Sabrina’s Nolan…and while he’s not the “looker” (in my opinion) that Nolan is…he’s no clown. He’s less slick on the outside (although he’d beg to differ!) but he’s a quality “character.”

Truth be told? I wouldn’t mind seeing some new “hottie” come to town to pair up with Lucas…who doesn’t want to see gorgeousness multiplied? But I resent the clown reference to these two other characters…yeah, they’re fun and silly…but they’ve got depth, heart and quite a bit of intelligence.

But then again I like Sabrina. And some others don’t…

rebecca1
rebecca1

By the way for those who don’t watch REVENGE, the Patrick we’re referring to here is from REVENGE, not the Patrick of GH.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I always find it funny when someone categorizes one character as bad, evil, unscrupulous, or as you put it Shay…having “rotten actions.” How many times on GH has Tracy, Carly, Sonny judged AJ? A manipulatiavve bitch, a woman who slept with her mother’s husband, and a murderer…judge AJ…and there are fans who agree with them!

In the same vein…back to REVENGE…almost all the characters, with the exception of Jack and his new girlfriend…ar devious. I LOVE Nolan…I think he’s the best! But Patrick? He killed a man for him mom…and just bashed Nolan in the head for her. So…yeah, he’s gorgeous…talented…more than great to look at…but in terms of character I’d still say Felix on GH is a “better man.”

Yes, Felix has been played to some degree for comic effect…but I think he’s evolved. When they first introduced him he was so “back-in-the-day” stereotypical…but he’s shown how caring he is…toward Sabrina and his sister…I don’t find him to be intrusive…I find him to be Sabrina’s rock. Even his attitude toward Brad…he loathed him for his “dastardly deeds” but had empathy when he realized there was more to the guy.

So, let’s call it what it is. Those who want to see Lucas with someone else are talking strictly about looks. And that’s fine. Just own it.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Well of course Nolan and Patrick are sophisticated…the entire show centers around the extremely wealthy, /Hampton crowd…all are beautiful, polished…that’s the vibe of the show.

What we’re talking about “here” is GH! That’s peanut butter to caviar (though I MUCH prefer peanut butter!)

When/if GH runs a gay character ala Patrick and Nolan, then yes…it would seem that a comparable partner would be logical. I just took note that at the start of this thread these two guys were referred to as clowns. Brad? Ya…until his recent revelation and attempt to become a better man. But I really wonder if Felix and Brad looked like Nolan and Patrick if they’d be called the same. And I also wonder why such bitterness towards Felix, who again, is a good person, caring friend, brother etc…He’s lovable if nothing else…but so much more.

Spinelli was the same. Goofy but a wonderul character. Sabrina? I’ll never get the venom toward this character. All you’ve said Shay is that she is trying to replace Robin, move in on Patrick…just said she’s “chomping on the bit to be the next princess…” How? She’s is SO good…that she didn’t even use the baby to break up Patrick and Robin!

I fail to understand you. You write beautifully…you express yourself wonderfully…but your understanding of character is what I find baffling.

rebecca1
rebecca1

@Shay….Believe it or not I do understand some of your feelings regarding the Sabrina storyline…I never saw her as manipulative…ever. And I truly don’t think she was written that way, nor do I think there’s an iota of manipulation in her. THAT’s where I have a problem understanding your “wrath” toward the character.

Initially written young/wide-eyed innocent? Yes. Perhaps portrayed as a young girl with a crush on an older, out-of-her-league doctor? Perhaps. But…I still feel they matured her emotionally…and I do feel she’s a very empathetic worthy character. But I certainly don’t feel everyone has to like her…as nor does everyone like everyone in “real” life.

Felix and Brad? We’ve exhausted that topic…and each other (LOL) on that topic.

I too appreciate your intelligence and well thought out responses. I simultaneously find it amusing that we’re debating “soap” people! It really is amusing…

Ahhh…those wicked, silly guilty pleasures….soaps.

😉

Shay
Shay

So, in essence, we will just agree to disagree on the Sobby/Felix/Brad thing and call it a day! After viewing your other postings on different programs it would seem we can find much more in common than debating a few daytime characters! It is a hoot that we can be so passionate about “people” that don’t really exist, but then that’s what the soaps are all about (day or night)…drawing us in, and they have! At any rate, did you find it odd that nobody else much commented on this ongoing conversation? I thought it would have actually garnered a lot of other opinions…especially from some of our favorite regulars, but I guess they decided to just sit back, relax and let the two crazy chicks keep at it…LOL! Oh well….until next time, and I’m sure there WILL be a next time!!!! ; )

rebecca1
rebecca1

yep…I expected a tad more hostility and venom. quel disappointment!

😉

k/kay
k/kay

Off subject but I am throwing it out there but now that Silas has a wife in a coma I read on line. Is this Michelle Stafford waking up? Just thought it would be funny if Phyllis went into a coma on Y&R but woke up on GH. Lol!

Engrady Pind
Engrady Pind

I love it!

rachie
rachie

Its getting interesting again! The problem I have is how does heather look so good and miraculously heal from being stabbed and buried maybe shes one of lucys vampires haha. There has never been a convincing story for heather even jerry jax suffers a little before he comes back heather never does. I hope lucus comes on and gives julian hell it would be fun to watch someone not cower down to him for once.

gloria
gloria

Is he the same guy who last played Lucas? He doesn’t look familiar to me.

Chaz
Chaz

Carnes originated the role. Then Drake Hogestyn’s step-son, Ben, played the role.

Avatar610
Avatar610

Ryan played Lucas circa 2005, and then Drake Hogestyn’s son took over the role for a while before it was written out.

aria
aria

new year and same people in the forefront, its sad they couldn’t start the new year by putting someone like Rebeca Herbts front and center. i’m tired of sam, carly and sabrina as the female leads they are so whiny and on way too much..

Rodd
Rodd

I’m excited for what’s coming.

But one thing that bothers me is that I keep seeing these 15-16 second commercials on this site but don’t see them on TV; that’s where they belong. Is ABC running these ads??? I sure hope I’m just missing them and other people are seeing how wonder this show is.

Rodd
Rodd

“wonderful”

ricardo
ricardo

I want lucas and felix, to have a romantic relationship. Also make julian jerome gay too, that would be a huge twist. julian is one hot man. lol. william devry is hot and masculine, i love that, about him. my boyfriend is hot good looking and masculine too lol. William is a wonderful actor, Also i love ava jerome, maura west, what can you say, brillant actress. thats why, she has 2 emmys.

Tim
Tim

I enjoyed the actor who played Lucas in the past and it is nice to see this guy reprise his role. He can act, he looks like Julian, and he is gay. I am not but coming out is so common now, it is part of society and should be recognized in soaps.

I tip my hat to Carlos. He was one dimensional. Now, suggesting they run off and raise Patrick’s baby shows how much he loves Sabrina. Having said that, it is not in Sabrina’s character to lie, especially to Patrick. Another “Whose the daddy” story line? PLEASE NO!

Nice to see AJ around town. Him and Robin? YES!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I’m really not liking Ryan back as Lucas already. Ben would’ve been a nicer choice. But I’m excited for his return anyway. Hope he’s paired with someone new.

And yes for Ava! I love her. She’s going to destroy Port Charles and rule it as her own. #TeamJerome

Avatar610
Avatar610

I just want the writers to FINALLY give A.J. much-needed happiness!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Yes! Agree!

Shay
Shay

Or at least a much-needed storyline! And I don’t mean another trip to rehab!!!!

Cindy
Cindy

There goes Felix again sticking his nose in Sabrina’s business! I think she is wrong because Patrick (or anyone for that matter) deserves to know they are a daddy, as does the child, but it is none of Felix’s concern what Sabrina does. Some people think he is her great friend but he is just a buttinsky as Brad told him; plus he promised he would not tell Patrick and he opened his big mouth. Does anyone else think that Lucas and Julian look alike??

janey
janey

I’d like to see Ava leave the show. I enjoy entertainment in the afternoon. I see a fine line between evil and entertainment. Ava is on the wrong side of that line. Brad did terrible things and Felix wanted him to fix some of it, to be a better man. Before he actually hits the better man line he starts sleeping with Lucas. Brad may be improving, but not enough to catch Felix. Sabrina has been nothing but sweet through the show. So I have no idea where all of your nasty remarks and ideas are coming from. Suffice it to say, I hope none of you have children of your own.

General Hospital

GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

Continue Reading

Breaking News

GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

Continue Reading

General Hospital

Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

Photo: ABC

When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

Courtesy/ABC

Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

Courtesy/ABC

What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

Courtesy/ABC

Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

Courtesy/ABC

Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

Courtesy/ABC

Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Video du Jour

This week, a shocking move leaves Victor stunned! What will happen when the mystery around J.T. is revealed, and the fallout from it begins? Check out this explosive promo from Y&R. Leave A Comment

The Michael Channel

Recent Comments

  • Alan: “My favorite Cricket storylines were when she fell for Phillip and then took the rap for him when he got…
  • Soaphound: “For our sake, Betty, I hope not. That fool, sorry, ACE REPORTER has more lives to destroy. Plus, I…
  • Jimh: “i did mean Oscar-lol
  • Jimh: “I dont go to movies anymore but i will for this one...
  • Soaphound: “Pleeeease¡! Ashley and Neil? There's more chemistry in a can of tuna. And certainly more taste.…
Advertisement

Power Performance

Rob Scott Wilson as Ben

Days of our Lives

Airdate: 7-5/6-2018

Advertisement

Popular