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TONIGHT: Kelly Kruger and Ryan Paevey In Hallmark Channel’s ‘From Friend to Fiancé’

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When Ted gets engaged to the high school mean girl and asks Jess, his childhood best friend, to plan their wedding, things get complicated. Her true feelings for Ted keep getting in the way … and that’s the set-up for tonight’s premiere of From Friend to Fiancé  which stars Jocelyn Hudon along with daytime drama favorites: Kelly Kruger (Mackenzie, Y&R) and Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan, General Hospital).

From Friend to Fiancé bows tonight on the Hallmark Channel beginning at 9PM ET and 8PM CT.  In the story, Paevey plays the man at the epicenter of all the attention, Ted, while Kruger takes on the role of Kimberly Kentwood.

This movie is part of Hallmark’s ‘Countdown to Summer’ promotion of stories that always centers around love and romance and how people come together, or break apart, and them come back together again.

The cable network sent this tweet out in anticipation of tonight’s premiere: “The wait is almost over! What will Jess do when she finds out her best friend Ted is marrying her sworn high school rival Kimberly ?”

Meanwhile, Kelly Kruger announced that she will be live-tweeting with fans at 9PM during the debut of the movie.

So, looking forward to seeing Ryan and Kelly together on-screen? Comment below.

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Sharon
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Ryan and ALL his co-stars have chemistry. This should be another hit for Hallmark. Just hope there can be more Darcy movies!!

Patrick
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I am recording ^^^ his movie just to see how he’s checking OUT. AT THIS POINT – in time – he’s so missed. because what is happening to Maxie.. alone… ??? and WITH Peter August… is a travesty. WAKE UP writers

pair her w/Peter – they are DEAD already

this is a STRIKE – I want Nathan more than we need Maxie and Peter

Patrick
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Patrick

“Ryan” is still holding his audience… PLUS by this time. who isn’t just as physically able ?!?!?! he’s doing it THEE PACING of ??? prime time ; movies ; hallmark are serving “him” NO MORE ARE we faced with the timing of the last shot before camera fades… which can be eon… HOLD HOLD HOLD – argh ! cut my head off CUT so… that’s a lot HEY ! even Max Gail shared with Michael Fairman in interview how it’s a “challenge” to keep that shot in continual motion I was so relaxed… by his physical attribute .. yeah, charge… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Patrick
Just saw your post, and sorry we don’t agree on this one.I don’t miss Ryan Paevey one bit, because of the hunky Chase, who makes up for him 100%. His twinkley, sparkling eyes alone,”dag! he’s a stunner” Was that statement for our Peter? Sorry, just yanking your leg a little here.

Patrick
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Patrick

Violet : “thank you” for the – hearty – laugh; i’m still chuckling

I had just sat down, with my first coffee of the day… first couple of sips… AND read your post

what a way to start the day… all that trigger unclogging my noggin

whatever catches your fancy, no?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Patrick Just cant help myself sometimes. I’m always afraid my humour will offend someone, but Celia says she has a crazy funny bone too, so I kind of feel I have her for backup. P.S glad you didn’t choke on your coffee!

Michael
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Michael

All these Hallmark are the same stories with different titles.

denisefan
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denisefan

yes. I like Ryan but the movie was cheesy with childish dialogue. Boring!

Tony
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Tony

For some reason, i don’t miss him on Gh. I think he has been perfectly replaced by Chase (sorry, I’m blanking on the actor’s name).

Violet Lemm
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Tony
Sorry to say, I’ve not missed Ryan Paevey one bit. Josh Swickard/Chase has taken over quite well. I don’t miss Dante either. Maybe it’s true, out of sight, out of mind.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Ryan is always charming, and Kelly was also–BUT they needed MUCH stronger writing. There were a lot of empty “fillers” in the movie. To bad–much potential in both actors, if they were only given stronger material. Why can’t they get stronger writers on the movies on Hallmark? A lot of the movies lack “teeth” and substance–but a lot of the other actors featured also have potential.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Nancy,
I think they just need to replace their old cookie cutter. Maybe the old one is wearing out. Ha!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Hey Violet! I think you are right! 🙂

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Oops! It’s not Kruger that Ryan had the chemistry with. It’s the other actress that played his best friend–Joclyn Hudonx–that he had the chemistry with. She a cutie–and was very good–AND has much potential, like Ryan, given a better script.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Now, if I can only get her name right: everyone actress deserves as much.
It’s “Jocelyn Hudon”–my apologies to her.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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For fans of General Hospital who have watched the series for decades, Kin also shares memories of working with his late TV parents, Peter Hansen (Lee), Susan Brown (Gail) and his friend and former GH castmate John Reilly (Sean), plus backstage stories with his longtime scene partner, Genie Francis.

Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Cameron Mathison Joins General Hospital

Big casting news! Daytime favorite, Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children) is heading to General Hospital.  

Mathison, who will finish up his run as co-host of Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family when its final season ends in August, will be joining the ABC soap opera.

No word yet on what role Cameron will play and when he will debut.  Deadline broke the news of the newest GH cast member,

Throughout his acting career, Mathison has earned two Daytime Emmy Supporting Actor nominations in 2002 and 2004 for his work on AMC.

In a statement on joining the legacy series, Cameron said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the General Hospital family!  Incredibly grateful to (Executive Producer) Frank Valentini and the writers at GH for including me in such an iconic show.  I feel like a kid at Christmas, as I’ll also be continuing making Hallmark movies and be part of that family as well.  So so excited… thank you!”

So excited that Cameron is coming to Port Charles? What role will he or should he play? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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