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Tonja Walker Shares The Moment She Pulled Up To GH For The First Time In 26 Years!

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Those that are over the moon that Tonja Walker is returning to General Hospital got to witness the first leg of her journey home to the daytime drama series this afternoon. Walker shared via a facebook video the moment she pulled into the ABC Prospect Lot where GH is filmed.  She told those who were watching her video how excited she was to be there again and related it was the first time in 26 years!

GH fans have been abuzz as to exactly what role Walker will be playing when she debuts, although their is high speculation she may be returning as the “dead” Olivia Jerome.

She told her fans in the video that she wanted to thank them for all of the years, and years, of writing and calling to get her back on GH. Walker related that whatever God wants to have happen, will happen.  Whether she is supposed to stay at GH,  or even if she is not suppose to stay at GH, that is OK, too.  As Walker says, she views her return as “A great opportunity”.

Tonja was at GH for a wardrobe fitting, which means taping new episodes is not far behind!  Watch Tonja’s video after the jump. Then let us know what you thought of it, and from On-Air On-Soaps, WELCOME BACK TO TONJA!

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Omar
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Omar

Love her!!

She was good over at GH and she was awesome over at OLTL..Surprise she did not get an Emmy while @ both shows..Welcome back!! Hope is for a a long run..I am salivating possible scenes with Ava, Anna, Carly and Sonny!!!!

Dylan
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Dylan

I think this actress is awesome. Her return has thst buzz factor that soaps lack right now. However…she was redeemed back in 1900. I HATE when soaps bring back “good” characters as dark or evil, and GH is the worst offender at bringing back beloved fan faves as mere shadows of themselves. I will give this one a pass because the man whose love changed Olivia…..Felicia’s cousin Colton…is long gone. And as a manipulative mob momma…she could have been faking her short period of goodness. Or…even if she redeemed at one point 26 years is enough to re harden everyone.… Read more »

Dylan
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Dylan

I meant she was redeemed back in 1990! Not 1900!! Lol…sorry Tonja!

Kevin C
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Kevin C

I remember Tonya being on Capital…I am impressed with her just from this post on Facebook. Tonya, you seem to be a kind person and I love your comments on your Facebook video…wishing you the best and GOD bless.

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

Julians return from the dead sister who is back to take down Julian and maybe she is responsible for the bomb in Julians car…

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Balls of fire—could Olivia really be alive? I would be excited to find out she is but it would also make me wonder if duke is really still alive too since she was obsessed with him all those years ago. If Olivia is still around, she has to be beyond angry at Julian if he really killed the man sh loved. This could bring some good story!!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I mentioned this before…but maybe she’s been in hiding and has been living with her son…Griffin! (And then she “died” again…oar so she made Griffin think)…and he’ll soon find out his mother’s criminal ways…she could be out to avenge Duke. Okay…far fetched? On GH…maybe not. 🙂

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

Either way, I am happy Tonja Walker is back with us. Loved her the first time around on GH and thought she was great as Alex on OLTL. It would be so cool if tey were able to have her be Olivia and Alex doing a dual role. I’d tune in to see that!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I never saw her as Olivia Jerome but didn’t Julian supposedly kill her? Should be interesting…from what I’ve read she was obsessed with Duke…if they slept together who knows…maybe she’s Dr/Father Griffin Monroe’s son with Duke. I did love her as Alex on OLTL. Either way, I agree…should be interesting! Oh…Happy New Year James… 😉

Tomas Torquemada
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Tomas Torquemada

Can’t wait. Let the games begin!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yes–with some strong writing! She can be a bit over the top–but doesn’t that characterize GH of late? LOL!

Joe
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Joe

I’m so glad she’s back. I met Tonja years ago at a GH weekend event. Love her! Hope she’s playing Olivia Jerome again.

David Isner
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David Isner

Can’t wait to see who she plays but I have a hunch she will be Olivia Jerome

aria
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aria

i can’t wait to see her on air. its going to be fun!!

Patrick
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Patrick

(1988–90): General Hospital as Olivia St. John (1990 – 10’s): One Life to Live as Alex Olanov (Role: 1990–97; 2001–02; 2007; 2009; 2011) I; do not know… her, career what I do know… is how beloved… Tonja Walker is with fans… her peers dang ! she looks good whatever it takes… to detract from the Sonny and Carly show have at it whatever it takes… to flesh out the Jerome family…. as fans have , given rise scenes between Julian, Ava, and Olivia. let the reign begin OR the January 3rd ep – Valentin and Nina get married and consummate… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

OK… I digress : January 4, ep

SAW va va voom Seth Baker swag @ General Hospital…. Kevin Spacey ; no ?

dang

followed by; Valentin and Nina… all afterglow

then the show as a whole… spiraled

Sonny and Carly and Michael and Nelle… buzz kill

not to mention … Finn and Hayden…. LOL…. why ? GH; WHY ?

Patrick
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Patrick

ya know

Anna getting all hypnotic and all…. IS fearful about some thing

????

I suppose even back then… Valentin found Anna enchanting and such… but… he certainly isn’t acting out for fearing for his life…. nor is he scrambling to “hide” any thing.

so who knows what this bright light is shielding…. a dropped watch

OK Anna… you’ve been warned… no harm shall come to Valentin

or GH loses what little they have on the canvas to appeal to

Patrick
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Patrick

I”ve had it with Ms. centerfold and entitled I was SO LIVID with Sam… as she just had to know if Alexis is OK. LOL… Alexis , not wanting to be bothered… is any one bleeding or dying ? Sam … what an abysmal waste… acts so entitled and barges her way through… with both her parents…. well – F – that… no parent puts up with that piss off Jason and Sam… you can move any time now with two pivotal characters that the audience does not root for or find value Jason and Sam definitely NEED TO MOVE… Read more »

Grant Putnam
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Grant Putnam

So those were n TW’ hands we saw wearing Victor Jerome’s ring in yesterday’s final scene…..hmmmmm

robbie
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robbie

Wasn’t able to view the video, but I am so excited for her return! What’s one more back-from-the-dead character. LOL I love the crazy gals of Port Chuck, namely Heather and Olivia J!

mike
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mike

Should be a fun run.

JMER
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JMER

If this is a return to some of the best flavors of Classic GH and putting the Jeromes, Cassadines, and Corinthoses back in their proper place in history pre-Guza then I am all for it. It would be great for this story to be about Anna and Duke, which is who Olivia interacted with most. Seriously tired of FV and the execs at GH making the show all about the baddies and driving fans away. It’s OUR show. We are the audience. We love the characters. All they have to do is let them be written for. I’m expecting this… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I’m glad she mainly credited God for returning to ABC over Frank Valentini. Some actors get the two confused!

JMER
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JMER

Haha, no doubt and it took an act of God for them to hire her, as a Classic character, so she got it right.

Angel
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Angel

She’s probably going to play Olivia but by another name this time. I can’t honestly see there being two Olivia’s (or any name) on one show. We do remember Olivia Falconeri who is still currently on contract with the show, no!?…it just ain’t right. I’m still excited about Tonjas return tho

Ghlover
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Ghlover

The other Olivia has no purpose. If there is a choice to make, lets all hope it will be Olivia Jerome

blake
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blake

Great news, I hope she’s back at Gh for good. I’ve always liked her at OLTL and was glad when they brought her back towards the end.

Robert L
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Robert L

So excited for what’s coming up with her!

Dan
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Dan

I starting watching GH in 1993, so she was a little bit before my time. But everyone I know that was watching when she was on as Olivia is very excited. A friend that has been watching a long time told me, just wait until she has scenes with Maura West, it will be like two forces of nature colliding, lol. She has an established history with the show, not just another pointless new character with no ties, which I like. Definitely very interested to see what happens next. A lot of intriguing reveals should be coming in the next… Read more »

Jay Trotter
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Jay Trotter

I am so excited about the return of Tonja as Olivia.

Can’t wait for the scenes with Julian, Ava, Anna, Lucy, Griffin.

Breaking News

DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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