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THIS WEEK on General Hospital: Kiki Not a Q! Connie Choked Out By AJ? Michael to the Rescue?

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In this week’s newly released promo for General Hospital from ABC/SOAPnet, it looks like Michael (Chad Duell) may have made it in time to break up Kiki (Kristen Alderson) and Morgan’s (Bryan Craig) “I do’s”, or did he?

Connie’s story and revelation that Kiki is not really a Quartermaine rocks Port Charles and turns it on its ears, and sest up what looks like people being pretty angry with Ms. Falconeri!

Now, since Kelly Sullivan is departing the show as Connie in the coming weeks, will the character meet her maker at the hands of someone in Port  Charles? Well, in this new clip, AJ (Sean Kanan) seems not to happy and chokes out Connie, and Sonny (Maurice Benard) happens upon the scene with a gun!

Do you think someone will be responsible for Connie’s final exit in Port Charles? Do you want Michael to get his Kiki?  Share your thoughts after you watch this week’s General Hospital promo!

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

I hope this isnt going to be a ‘Who killed Connie?’ unless Morgan does it and is sent to prison…i really want Connie to leave alive in case KS can return in the future. However, i dont feel she will be unemployed for long. Maybe she could play Kristen on Days?

Lin
Lin

I can not stand Morgan, but don’t want him to be a killer, it would be too much. But he needs to get treatment for his gam ling addiction at a live in facility and come back with a more appealing personality and different actor

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

But if Morgan does go to prison…some inmate could attempt to beat him, and its Johnny(if Brandon B. comes back for brief story arc) who comes to Morgans rescue and protects him, winning Sonnys approval but can Sonny trust him…maybe, maybe not.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

People said similar things about Chad Duell when he took over the role of Michael.

Lin
Lin

But, the difference was that people liked the character of Michael, and I can’t stand the current character of morgan. there are no positive attributes that I can see. There i s nothing to engratiate him to viewers.

Shay
Shay

Morgan really has become a whiny little puke….about the only positive thing he has on the show is his relationship with Alice……they have displayed such a cute rapport, especially during yesterday’s show. Love how she championed “Mr. Morgan,” plus “AJ,” too. Who needs a guardian angel when you have “The Dominator” on your side???? One scene I am soooo looking forward to is when Monica/Tracy finally bounce Ava’s sorry butt to the curb and Alice is the one doing the deed….hope that happens VERY soon!!!! She needs to leave the Quartermaine mansion NOW! It ain’t some cheap hotel that befits her kind…..

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

Alice is fun to watch…Tracy fired her but Monica will keep her around.

michele
michele

Connie is a great actress . It is a shame they didn’t just let her move to europe where she could of came back. I’m sure AJ is going to get blamed it will probably go on forever. Please bring Robin and Jason back. Recast Jason if u need to.

Shay
Shay

But who would be a good recast for Jason??? Especially given that he and SeanK always had such a great resemblance as half-bros? Would have been cool if SK had initially returned to PC as “Jason,” although I really like him as “AJ,” too. Plus, I am loving Sam with Silas…..just cannot see a place for Jason right now. Maybe a year or so down the road….after Sam (and Liz!) are firmly ensconced in committed relationships. By then, “Stone Cold’s” reappearance could seriously compromise both ladies’ new loves, and SB will most certainly have worn out his welcome in Genoa City….he doesn’t seem to be that big a hit there from what I have read.

Li
Li

I agree I really still miss Robin and Jason- their presence on GH was special. It is definitely different without them. I DO NOT like Patrick with Sabrina – they lack chemistry!

Shay
Shay

Totally agree with you on that last part…..simply cannot understand how the ptb’s ever thought that someone as lame, immature and irritating as Sabrina would be a character that viewers would take to….particularly with Patrick! It’s not as if there weren’t enough other more eligible and appropriate ladies with whom he could commiserate. This is one HUGE mistake that I truly wish they would just admit to and correct asap….I still think Dr. O. should eliminate her!

Patrick
Patrick

I think Dr. O is Sabrina’ mother…. ? yeah? No? the way she looked at Sabrina and perused her…. what was it… she said…. simple pretty.

too bad to see Britt being slapped by her own mother…

but… you can see the angst in Britt… and that she’ll be reformed… and could pave the way for Britt and Nicholas.

it’s sad to watch Patrick and Sabrina… he’s no longer the reason I watch GH.

as britt said to Dr. O…. it’s clearly not Patrick’ child… so… must be Dante and Lulu’.

anyway… back to Patrick…. he looks like he’s in pain… and or phoning in his scripts… there’s no excitement. Mother Theresa Sabrina… doesnt have all the answers.

Shay
Shay

Re: “Patrick”-I think Dr. O was just perusing Sabrina to see what on earth could be attractive about her to Drake Jr….the “simple” “pretty” comment was almost a putdown…obviously Britt is much more beautiful in the conventional, model-like sense…her eyes are very intriguing!!! And I also think it was a backhanded slap to her daughter that such a lesser creature was able to wrest Patrick’s affections from her…”Mutter” is always sizing up the situation and plotting her next move: God in heaven, I hope it is to remove Sabrina from the equation…by whatever means necessary!!!! Been praying for her removal since Day One……

Lin
Lin

I totally agree about Kelly Sullivan bei g great and much as I’m not a AJ. Fan I hate. Trials and the wrong person being blamed. They should not kill Connie . She should just leave town because so many are mad at her. So she can come back

Dawn D
Dawn D

Hope AJ doesn’t kill Connie. We know Sonny would kill AJ then. So happy Kiki is outted as not a Q and hope Michael stops the wedding. Then gets to talk to Kiki about the truth. But Michael doesn’t know that his bro knows that already. So I’m guessing Kiki will still marry Morgan (the disaster). Loving Alexis and Julian together.

Mary SF
Mary SF

I had a strange vibe that Connie was a goner the minute it was revealed that Derek was Julian Jerome. She has to be murdered—- there are too many suspects for her not to be. AJ, Morgan, Ava, Julian to hurt Sonny– even Sonny, I mean she betrayed him right? I guess even poor old Olivia could be suspected– jealousy over Sonny. I would even say Franco if he wasn’t so laid up. So yeah I think poor Connie’s goose is cooked.

Dale
Dale

I’m sooooo loving GH!!!! I THINK A WHO KILLED CONNIE WOULD B GREAT!!! THIS IS MY FAVORITE
SOAP!!!!!

randy
randy

this show is just to good 4 words,,,the people at young and restless should sign up for classes,,,,,how to keep a soap opera interesting..

Jenny
Jenny

jmh, well its rumored that connie gets murdered dies in sonny’s arms. of course sonny going blame aj for her death. i bet julian murders connie. cant wait for showdown between julian and sonny. that will be emmy worthy. love connie and derek scenes. go elizabeth slapped tracy 4 betraying your man.

Yvonne
Yvonne

Only Sonny has the right to be upset with Connie. I believe she did the right thing. Carly and Sonny are wrong to stay quiet so Baby Boy Morgan feel better. They have no passion or concern over the fact that Kiki is marry to the man she doesn’t love. What a loveless marriage that will be. I will be missing Connie. I hope they don’t killed her off. But I do want Sonny with her cousin Olivia.

v
v

GH IS ON FIRE THIS WEEK!!:) CANT WAIT TIL TOMORROW

Li
Li

I think it is a shame that Connie is being written off the show, she is a fantastic actress and I would have liked to see her and Sonny actually have a real relationship. I hope they do not “kill her off!” So she can come back in the future.

Mary SF
Mary SF

This is soap land and if and when her character is needed again in the future they will find some way to bring her back to the land of the living, if they do kill her off– I mean how many supposedly dead people are wandering around PC right now? Franco, Julian–for example. I never believe anyone is actually dead on a soap anymore. LOL.

aria
aria

although gh has been rocking lately, this is not a storyline i’m looking foward to, i’m so upset gh chose to get rid of Kelly sullivan, its a big mistake!

Carly
Carly

I hope they don’t kill her so Connie can come back some day. She is a great actress and has great chemistry with many of the actors. She would make a great Phyliss on Y&R!

Tori
Tori

I am afraid you may be disappointed.( Possible Spoiler alert!!!!!!) there are several websites that are claiming Connie will be killed and it will be a who done it storyline.

Kyle
Kyle

They can “kill” Connie off, just as they killed off AJ, and how many other characters on how many other soaps? The ultimate shot at Sonny by the Jerome’s would be to make him think Connie is dead only to hold her captive. They can bring her back anytime!!!!!

C’mon Liz, give it to Tracy, that bitch needs a beating!!!! I miss the real hell cat Liz!!!!

Patrick
Patrick

LOL.

love YOUR quip about Tracy….

LOL! “…that bitch needs a beating”.

as good as she is…. Jane Elliott.

and she is the backbone…. comedic timing… and she’s all that…

ponder’ing… what if she did something else? quipping her hilarious read of scripts is one thing… but… when was the last time she had some meaty substance… ie: other emotional context… outside of ELQ and Luke?

it was what I was hoping for, when she was paired with Joe, Scully Jr.

i’d like to see her reach in to her self…. insecurity… loveless… loose her steely resolve…. something… she’s that talented…. not waiting in the wings with Luke… whilst he’s emmy realed.

Shay
Shay

Tracy is as Tracy does, she simply cannot help herself!!! She has her brief moments of introspection, then bounces right back to her default setting of mirthful malevolence….hey,.if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!!!!! Still, I have to admit it was oh so satisfying to see little Nurse Liz gather her gumption against La Quartermaine during the b-slap showdown. That being said, I was equally ecstatic over Ava’s epic expletive-laden (and most unladylike!) meltdown on yesterday’s ep. It really was quite gratifying to see her finally getting her long-awaited comeuppance after all that pathetic scheming, although it does make one question whether a ride on the cray-cray train to “Heatherville” is booked for Ms. Jerome’s near future…then again, perhaps she has already been, and is a previous acquaintance of the “BLT Queen” herself…she did recently mention that she had heard about Kellys’ most famous and beloved sandwich!!!! Hmmm….on another subject, love your usage of the word “whilst!” So veddy British and erudite….

Mary SF
Mary SF

My guess is if they kill her off– if she does return in the future they will say that they faked her death in order to put her into protective custody somewhere so Ava wouldn’t kill her for real for revealing Kiki is not a Q. Lots of way to die and come back on a soap. LOL

Wendy
Wendy

Actually Mary, on GH there is a saying ….. NO ONE IN PORT CHARLES EVER DIES… MAAA HAAAAA HAAAAAAA .

Loving
Loving

Dont think she will die….she will survive and leave town…

Marisa
Marisa

GH is ROCKING! The show today was great.

heidi
heidi

Looks great!!! Looks like Connie may go out with a flame rather tha a flicker! GH is the best and can get past some of these annoying characters when we get some real story and drama and emotion. Let’s keep Franco quiet in his hospital bed for a few more weeks and Taylor and Brad and Brit can be wherever and let the games begin!

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

There is no need to kill Connie. Except for a who-done-it story line. Booooo.

Patrick
Patrick

GH.

#1. What happens to Daniel Edward… is still, thus far… my only reason to watch GH.
#2. What TPTB do with the talented Kelly Sullivan. “Please don’t kill her off”. SHE makes everyone around her look good. intelligent, charismatic… sensual… a keeper. if this is for a ratings ploy – that bait and hook. at the expense of not having connie and or Kate in the future… I’ll be so dissapointed in the production of GH. DAYs are you interested?
#3. Julian Jerome. his presence is giving Port Charles a much needed adrenaline. va va voom – smoking hot. if they play this right… it would make Ava more bearable? likeable. reason to stick around… now that she has no more stake in the Quartermaines… altho… I thought she had potential with Franco. I certainly hope Julian doesn’t fall for Carly like every man does. I do agree with Shay – that Alexis may now find her MAN in Julian… dang he’s mine.

Alice is a dream…. her mother hen’ing AJ and Morgan.

Olivia – finally… you’re looking hot… no more wash and wear…. loved your hair and that green dress.

Sonny. Oh! this smarts… very atypical, of what happens to the women on soaps… so reminds me of Y&R… ie: bland so over Victor and even just jack. Sonny, declares… it’s for my kids and family comes first… he’ll justify… and we’re to accept that at the expense of Connie… she clearly told him the facts… and it’ll still be our loss.

Shay
Shay

Patrick….Dare I ask, but does it seem that the most glowing reactions to “Derek/Julian” seem to be coming from a certain segment of the male population???? As a female, he simply doesn’t do anything for me, but he appears to be quite a hit with the boys!!!! Hope you don’t mind the question. P.S. He’s ALL yours! ; )

Shay
Shay

I cannot think of anything that would make Ava more bearable, except her assuming room temperature. That being said, she did have a smashing dress today…great color, style, etc. And it was nice that she finally covered her arms…for once!

Patrick
Patrick

It was just as I thought… after seeing yesturdays epi….

“Sonny”….. the man…. reeling at Connie…. for putting the magazine first…. and telling her… you don’t have kids…. blah, blah, blah…. it was so obvious… and just made this so dumb for Kelly Sullivan….

she told him the truth from the get go…. and i have to even add Carly said the same as well.

this isn’t how you raise your kids… pit one over the other…. Sonny’s poor excuse… Michael is capable of handling this…. Morgan’s losing it… blah, blah, blah…

it was agonizing to watch…. and of course,,,,,AJ showing up at the door…. it was Tracy who told Connie to print the truth.

carla
carla

I love a good murder mystery. Just dont drag it into 2014 then it tends to become boring.

Ali W
Ali W

General Hospital – Is now one those shows, that you love or Hate. THE NUMBER 1 THING THAT I HATE MOST OF ALL: FRANCO, AND BRAD. If they can find a new character, for Roger Hwarth to play in the Quatermaine Family. I don’t find it interesting. The show has gotten better, but it’s sloppy when it comes FRANCO. The character. I mean. If they could loose FRANCO, some way within the show. Instead of killing off Connie, and keep Kelly Sullivan her acting is superb, excellent, amazing. I would let Connie stay on and kill off Franco, FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL. Then we could do a WHO DUNNIT. MYSTERY STORY. AND WHAT I LOVE THE MOST: is the the New Couples, with 1.) Nikolas and Britt, 2.) Patrick and Sabrina, 3.) Silas and Sam, 4.) Sonny and Olivia, and a possibility 5.) Alexis and Julion again. I think he might be the guy, that could pull Alexis out of her funk with her bad luck with guys. IM HOPING FOR:
1.) Lucy and Scotty 2.) Luke and Tracey or 2.) Luke and Laura. I wouldn’t mind either one, with Luke. And if it means a recasting of Jason: The show needs Jason back ASAP. I had the biggest crush, on Jason more than any other character. On the show. I wouldn’t mind a recast, just as long we have a Jason. And ROBIN NEEDS TO COME BACK ON, JUST AS MUCH AS JASON NEEDS TO BE ON THE SHOW. ROBIN can finally be with her family. What if the male character, that’s being held hostage by the same people is Jason, that have had Robin all along. Then these 2 can come back together.

Wendy
Wendy

Omg !!! I totally agree. I hate Franco . Didn’t like him when James Franco was playing him, I can’t stand him now that roger Howarth , a great actor, is stuck playing this ridiculous character. Kill off Franco, bring back Jason and robin. I do like that they are making Britt more likeable. I love her with nikolas . I wish Kelly Sullivan was staying !

gloria
gloria

REALLY! I totally cannot stand Franco-never have been able to. Awful character from the beginning. I speed thru his scenes-I don’t care who plays the part. Get rid of him. Bring Todd back to GH for Carly. I am loving Julian! Didn’t he play Storm on B&B? He seems so much sexier now! I would LOVE for him & Alexis to figure it all out & get together.

Wendy
Wendy

I have always liked Julian Jerome… The one sane member of the Jerome family… He was originally played by Jason culp . And yes he did play storm Logan on B&B. I REALLY wish they would get rid of Franco and Morgan .

Carol Bryan
Carol Bryan

Michael has already lost two loves, please let him win this one. Morgan is a spoiled brat, send him packing!

Wendy
Wendy

Totally agree. Can’t stand Morgan. Send him packing and please bring back Nathan parsons as Ethan , or Jason, and Kristina. I find Morgan a whiner, very unlikeable .

Patrick
Patrick

it just doesn’t make sense….

#1. Morgan asking his dad… Sonny… to let him keep the secret..

Connie and Carly… both…. spoke up to Sonny… and now the fallout is losing connie…

however, that happens.

to pit one son over the other… ok it’s a soap.

I hope this hangs over Sonny forever.

ie: this doesn’t bode well… for Sonny and Olivia as well…. too much baggage.

Shay
Shay

Actually think of Michael and Morgan as the “Dumb and Dumber” brothers. Neither one sets the world on fire, and Morgan has become a major, major annoyance…his thing with Kiki is bordering on obsession, and I have a feeling it won’t be pretty if/when his scheme for the quickie marriage doesn’t come to fruition. As for Michael, I have always found Duell’s single expression to be one of “frozen stupidity,” so I try not to pay too much attention to him, and I truly believe that if it were not for his real life relationship with KA then we wouldn’t even have to consider their current characters as potential partners…the whole thing was just pre-fabricated from the beginning to please the actors who obviously want to work together in a very bad way…the best idea would to be to free “Kiki” from her present persona/storyline and give her an entirely new direction based upon the discovery of her real identity. Let her go back to blonde and find someone new for her….maybe a returning “Ethan” if he sticks around awhile or who knows??? Just a thought…..

gloria
gloria

Good thoughts. I agree. Laughed out loud over the “frozen stupidity” comment but OMG IT IS SO TRUE! Ha! Michael pretty much has that same expression no matter who is talking to or what they are talking about. Seriously. I would love to see Ethan come back. I love Alice & Tracy-anything to do with the Q’s & the happenings at “Monica’s house”

Wendy
Wendy

I hope michael gets to his Kiki in time !!! But seriously, can we please call her Lauren ? I find the Kiki name annoying.

I think Connie might be killed off. So many of the characters are angry at her ; a.j, Morgan, sonny , Ava , Olivia, and lets not forget about her alter………..

Jacqueline
Jacqueline

I dont wont Connie to leave at all 🙁 Mabey Morgan could leave he so annoying, kid this kid get a job, I am however enjoying GH it’s been so great and was excited to see Sean Donley and Holly on the same day, i cant wait to see what is going to happen next.

ConnieMac
ConnieMac

ok, this isn’t going to win any praise from most, but as a mother of 4, I have to wonder if there is a more pathetic parent ANYWHERE besides Sonny Corinthos???? Really? your son needs to know you love him so you give in to his ridiculous plan to marry Kiki??? Wow. What parent hasn’t had a sibling say at one time or another, you always liked my brother/sister best??? Never fear, Sonny. You can always give that brat an unlimited line of credit at his online casino of choice — he would definitely love you then. And give your blessing to a nineteen year old kid who hasn’t made a responsible decision in his life, is living in his fiancee’s home, no source of income WHATSOEVER.

Just add that judgement call along with Sonny’s cowardice (always needs someone else to do his dirty work, unless he can shoot them while they are unarmed), and the fine example he sets for all his children (by the way, has he ever visited one of them EVER without some sort of agenda?), make him one of daytime’s poor excuse for a character.
Just my opinion.

gloria
gloria

You are not wrong!

Shay
Shay

Glad you enjoyed the “stuck on stupid” reference regarding Michael’s omnipresent facial expression….I have been carrying that observation around with me for ever so long and really needed to unleash!!!!! You know how that is…..!

gloria
gloria

I watched extra carefully yesterday’s GH, haven’t seen today’s yet but OMG Michael had THAT SAME DAMN FACE thru the whole show!

Shay
Shay

Let’s just say you won’t be surprised when you check out CD’s face in the latest episode….I have NEVER seen a whit of difference, and I’ve been watching pretty carefully since he joined the show….it was something that I picked up on right away, and in all this time I have yet to see any change of expression whatsoever!!!! It’s actually quite amazing….LOL!!!!

Christy
Christy

sonny fires at AJ and hits Connie instead…. that’s my guess. He’s perfecting his ‘aim at the bad guy, hit my gal instead’!

did the same for aiming at who, was it Alcazar?, and hit Carly, while she was giving birth

he needs one of those guns with the red dot, so he can actually hit the one he thinks he’s aiming for. te he he

gloria
gloria

You know, that was one of the creepiest scenes in daytime & that is saying a whole lot-the scene when Carly was giving birth on the floor of some mansion & got shot in the damn head! Yuck. Thanks (I guess, ha) for reminding me!

joni morlin
joni morlin

On direct tv I am not going to watch Disney Jr I amnot watch ing it all I care is my past and present soap operas I am not going to lose them ever again leave them alone o the woman’s entertainment channel is 260 I sure miss them a whole lot some people don’t care but the rest of us ladies do want soap net so we can catch up with them

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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.

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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.

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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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