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Tony Geary speaks on GH game-changing reveal… the driver who killed Jake!

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Today’s episode of General Hospital had a huge Friday cliffhanger, when it was revealed which character ran down and killed Little Jake!  When the dust settles, it turns out that it’s none other than Luke Spencer! You can just imagine the drama that unfolds on next week’s episodes of GH when all of PC learns that Luke was drinking at the time of the accident and did the deed.

TV Guide has an absolutely sensational and revealing interview out today with Anthony Geary (Luke) about what he calls, “his greatest acting challenge” and something Geary is excited to see play out.    Here are a just a few juicy excerpts!

Geary on how would Luke ever get over the fact he killed a 4-year-old child: “He doesn’t. I think this ghost will haunt him forever. For the first time, I cannot even guess where my character will be in six months. This is a real life changer for Luke, and I’m thrilled. People have asked me, “Why would you want to be the guy who killed a child?” Hello, we’re acting. This is drama. I’m not trying to save anybody’s reputation here. I’m looking for the strongest material I can get my hands on. And this is pretty darn strong stuff. I’m not here to be popular or to create a character that’s loved by millions. If that happens, fine, but the opportunity to embrace this material is something I would never, ever walk away from.”

Geary on how Lucky reacts to the news that Luke is the perp! “Lucky blames the alcohol but Luke sees this as Lucky’s deep need to hate the alcohol so that he doesn’t hate Luke. Again, Luke doesn’t want to blame the booze. He wants to take full responsibility for what he’s done, which is a really warped kind of nobility. He’s a perverse man. He’s real damaged goods, and you’ll see a lot of that damage in the way he handles this crisis. I think this will be the closest Luke has ever come to suicide. [Laughs] I become instantly unpopular whenever people ask me, “How would you like to see Luke to leave the show?” And I say, “I’d like him to kill himself.” It seems the only appropriate way for a superman to go.”

Geary on his initial thought he was told Luke would be the guy who ran down little Jake: GH head writer, Bob Guza pitched the idea to me because he wanted to make sure I was OK with it, and of course I was all for it. In all my years on GH, I don’t think Luke has ever had anything so important happen in his life.”

What do you think of the decision to make Luke the PC resident who hit little Jake? Let us know.

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Kim
Kim

Tony can handle just about anything.

Keia
Keia

I love Tony Geary, and have complete faith that he will knock this storyline out of the park as only HE can!

This fan will make sure that she doesn’t miss a moment of his performance and this storyline!

Chris
Chris

I called it the other day on Twitter. I am confident it will be very compelling.

It is a very difficult thing, and it will be something that Luke will never truly be forgiven for.

Sondra
Sondra

Now would be the time to bring Laura back, healthy and a strong woman to support Luke.

Sue
Sue

I agree, now is the time to bring Laura back!!

sus
sus

AMEN to THAT Sondra!!! Luke has been in a place where desperation, alcohol and the ghosts of his past has made him do the unforgiveable… but with the help of one of our favorite female characters, who wanted to understand not judge.. some of us were lucky enough to go on the ride of a life time.. an amazing tale of miscommunicaiton, understanding, forgiveness, adventure and love.. the likes daytime had never seen before… might we get excited in GH.. and think we may be going down that path again??? I sure hope so. Mr. Geary is an amazing actor, just brilliant.. but paired with Jonathan Jackson and Genie Francis.. well their ain’t nothing like our Golden Trio. … to think the Spencer family may ride again …well just the thought of it makes me want to turn on ABC daytime and never turn it off.

kay killgore
kay killgore

Is this his swan song ? If it is let Genie Francis play this out with him no matter what their personal differences are off camera. Contrary to what they have written in the last few years she was his moral compass! The decade of Luke & Laura fans deserve that! These are two actors who plyed off well with each other! Guza throw us a bone for old times sake!

Belinda Hercule
Belinda Hercule

I wish it had been Lisa Niles so Johnny could see what his playing around caused but I know Tony G will play this storyline well. I figured it would be him and this is a good way to bring in a drunk driver storyline but how does he tell his wife he killed a Q heir?

andrea R.
andrea R.

This whole storyline makes me angry.

eiwcakeff
eiwcakeff

Must be time for a visit to Amsterdam he was pretty straightforward but it would have resonated more if it actually had been carly–then jm would have to make a real decision other that which black tshirt to where. he could have gone to EW and explained and she would have taken the blame for that also.
Nothing will happen to him so what is the big deal-jake is just dead and the only person who will suffer long term is EW which was the point of this f**ked up s/l to make her crazy so they could get rid of her but surprised she’s still there so we have to make her the fall gal.

Doe
Doe

I did suspect before the reveal that it might be Luke because you saw him being very noble towards Lucky and Elizabeth and being in a lot more scenes than we have seen him. I think we will be seeing Tony Geary at his best, which we know there is nobody better. I am happy that Bob Guza is giving him this story……

Robin
Robin

I thought it might be Luke because he ran around telling people it might be Carly. Funny how he forgot to tell those same people he was on the list. Only Tony could handle this story line. Since it started, there hasn’t been a day that I haven’t cried, really cried. I haven’t fast forwarded through anyone either.

Kim
Kim

I don’t believe it. I think we will eventually find out that Franco is responsible.

rp
rp

This is the end of LnL at last. They couldn’t bring themselves to kill the characters, so they’ll just make us wish they had. Luke was pathetic before, now he’s disgusting and repulsive. If they must play out this little “drama” I hope Luke is shunned by everyone on the east coast (and France) and is denied his blaze of glory exit in favor of a long boring exit into a prison for way past the life of this show. Glad TG is so happy with his acting challenge. Maybe this will be his next emmy. I don’t think I’ll care or watch.

Sondra
Sondra

Well, Tony’s fans don’t care, if you care or watch. Just turn off your television and save yourself the agony of watching Mr. Geary perform some of his best work.

ethel
ethel

omg!!! i was just speechless…………….however luke will absolutely awesome in this storyline!!

tamara
tamara

They should bring back Genie Francis. She has a huge fanbase wanting her to return. This would make for great storytelling for Laura to come and save Luke from himself. Guza probably wont’ do it but it would be great for ratings.

Ann
Ann

I agree, it is the perfect time to bring Laura back! She is the only one that will be able to help Luke! Tony Geary is an amazing actor, and I no doubt he will knock this out of the park. My only concern is the writing. Given GH’s recent history-I hope this storyline is developed the way it should be.

Robin
Robin

Forget saving Luke, she needs to be there for Lucky!! Was shocked to see Bobbie wasn’t used here. Her child needed her, as did her grandchild.

Heidi
Heidi

First… so glad it wasn’t Carly! I love the Carly / Jason relationship! So wishing it could have been Lisa and we could send her on her way. I agree Tony Geary will do the acting and story justice… as he is a very talented actor. However… this is storyline is just too emotional and dark and will have long range impact. Yes… I also agree it would be great to get Genie back as Laura and she could help Luke if the story is done right. I am not liking this storyline much and will be glad to see it end… but it really will never end for some of them. When GH has baddies like the Balkan or Franco or others it is nice when they end and the baddies are gone… and some good prevails, there is resolve and finality and generally not long lasting gut wrenching emotional trauma after… but not this time. This is good people, families torn and damaged and that has lasting repercussions.

Susan
Susan

This storyline stinks to high heaven. No doubt this storyline is right up TG’s alley and he will bring it full force into his acting, but I really hope ultimately it turns out to be someone other than Luke in the end. Psycho crazy Lisa Niles maybe. Sounds like something she’d do without a second thought. I guess what really bothers is that it sounds like Guza is systematicly trying to rid himself vets he deems unnecessary for future storylines. My question to you Michael is this: Is Guza trying to rid himself of older viewers as well? or Is Guza’s ultimate goal CANCELLATION?

Tricia
Tricia

Susan ICAM, every website I visit regarding GH has viewers complaining of the destruction of this once great soap, and in every case its on the writers. Story line and out of character writing, too many new characters, not enough Vet’s . The biggest complaint aside from the killing of Jake, is where the hell were Monica and Bobby. How did Robin know Jake was Jasons, why was Jason able to watch the surgery, but Liz a nurse who worked there not allowed to seen him? and I seriously have been saying this for awhile, but I truly believe they are purposing trying to get it cancelled, NOTHING ELSE MAKES SENSE.

Susan
Susan

I find it odd that Guza think a kidney transplant is the “cure all” for Wilms tumor. All the tests and lab work can be done in a day. The viewers are not that stupid. I know what you are going to say Michael. “When watching a soap opera, you’re suppose a certain amount of suspension in what you believe.” I agree on that point, but in turn can the writers please not insult the intelligence of the soap opera. They drag on meaningless strories for years and years. But a powerful medical story is finished in two or threl days. Then forgotten. No one (characters) will remember Jake when this storyline has ended. I loved it when Liz told Jason: “you can’t usr my son for body parts. A certain amount of suspension of belief is fine. Question is for how long?

Robin Scorpio
Robin Scorpio

I am one of GH’s biggest fans. I record it everyday so that way i can watch it when i get home from work. Its so sad that Jake had to be taken off the show.

DaisyADay
DaisyADay

GH is the show that I have to keep up with. I DVR all my shows and GH is the first soap I watch. I have never been a fan of Luke and Laura – can’t get past the fact that he raped Laura and she ended up marrying him. The best relationship that Luke has has had is Tracy Q. – I think there is a redeeming quality to Tracy’s love for Luke. If anyone can redeem this man’s soul is her. It would be a great mistake to bring Laura back now. BTW, I think Guza is an amazing storyteller – doesn’t pander to his critics and goes ahead and drives the characters and story in the direction they need to go. BUT – his biggest mistake was bringing Brenda back….the chemistry with Sonny is gone. Sonny’s chemistry with Carly is off the charts – you can see it in every scene thay are together in. I hope they do find their way back to each other. I love the fact that Guza has put Maxie and Matt together – now he needs to give them a dramatic and adventurous story. They are fantastic together. As for Sam and Jason – I think they’ve earned the right to be happy and have a child together.

squeak
squeak

Ok. It is a good story line. driving while drunk, killing someone, even it is a soap opera, happens in real life all the time. Maybe GH is trying to bring awareness to the problem. I dont know. But anyway awesome acting keeps making me cry growls lol. I had to walk away from the tv it got to me that bad. I just hope this story line they are going to slowly make geary leave gh:(

audrey
audrey

I hate it that Luke was revealed as the person who killed Jake.I am hoping down the line that Franco is revealed as the one that did it and planted the dna material to make it look like Luke did it.Love Tony’s acting as well as all of Gh cast.To bad they killed off Theo he could have made a lot of peoples lives a living hell on gh.

Lizbeth
Lizbeth

Genie is not worth what GH has become, although Laura’s character might give it some new depth and life… Luke’s character has become two dimensional, and even he couldn’t save this tired story line. I used to have great respect for Tony and his acting craft, but he seems too self-absorbed these days to make his material work. (Although I can;t say the writing isn’t mostly to blame.)

MartinaK.
MartinaK.

I’m so sad for what GH has become meanwhile. There are so few real love stories with happy ending these days in real lifes so why couldn’t they let that supercouple LnL stay happy til the end??? Whould have been a such help in a world of cold emotions and break off families. LnL have been an idol love storie for Millions of People – so bad they spoiled it and took all those love and hope and joy away for us now!!
I got shocked about the last talking scene between Luke and Lucky. They made a caracter of Luke that has nothing to do with his former one anymore. It’s such a pity!! Shame on it!!!!!

Tidus
Tidus

I’m glad they made Luke the one who killed Jake. I have dispised Luke for a long time. Now they need to make him pay for it.

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Intriguing casting news out of Port Charles on Sunday. The ABC daytime drama series has tapped former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Janet Hubert to play the character of  Yvonne,who is said to be a love interest for Mike (Max Gail) at the nursing home he is now in.

According to EW.com, Yvonne will end up having a connection to someone or someones on the canvas.

Hubert’s first episode is slated to air on December 7th.   Sitcom fans remember Janet from “Fresh Prince’ in scenes with Will Smith in the series in the role of Vivian Banks.

GH is not Janet’s first soap, either.  She appeared on One Life to Live as Evangeline Williamson’s (Renee Elise Goldsberry) and Layla Williamsom’s (Tika Sumpter) mother, Lisa.  The actress also appeared on All My Children as Alice Dawson.

In another twist, Hubert will reunite with Vernee Watson (Stella)om GH.  The two appeared together on “Fresh Prince”, where Watson played Will’s mother.

So does this mean that Yvonne and Stella are both going to be romantically interested in Mike Corbin?

What do you think of the casting news?  Interested to see this next leg of Mike’s story as he declines from Alzheimer’s, but may find love?  Comment below.

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live November 2018 Episode” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday’s night’s Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, you can hear the replay of the broadcast right here in the audio player above.

The November episode of the monthly podcast featured special guests: Soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia, AW, Gretel, (OLTL, GH, Port Charles, AMC), and Cynthia, ATWT), General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless’ Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and listeners were in for a surprise when GH’s Maura West (Ava Jerome) called-in as well during the show.

During this fun night of chat, Linda Dano kicked-off the show as she and Michael reminisced about the night she won the Daytime Emmy in 1993 for her role as Felicia Gallant on Another World.  Then, the duo talked about: her soap career as Gretel “Rae” Cummings on the ABC Daytime line-up, her incomparable fashion sense, and how fans can see her first acting project in 12 years when The Chronicle Mysteries debuts with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in March of 2019 on the Hallmark Channel.

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Beth Maitland came on to Soap Nation Live! next, and she discussed finally having the opportunity after 36 years to explore Traci’s relationship with her siblings, Jack and Ashley, that came about in Eileen Davidson’s exit storyline.  The Daytime Emmy-winning actress also revealed her favorite Y&R storyline over the years. Maitland has received critical-acclaim for her recent work on the CBS Daytime drama series.

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Last, during our Game Show segment, a lucky caller eventually wins the Sonny Kiriakis-centric trivia game and will receive a Days of our Lives swag/goodie bag and an autographed personalized photo of Freddie Smith.

To hear archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

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Then, following an internal investigation by NATAS by the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington, DC, the results which were released on November 8th, and being in receipt of their findings, the soaps decided to move forward while still having concerns they want addressed.

In a statement from the group, a spokesperson related to Deadline, who broke the story late Friday: “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached.  However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”

On Saturday, someone close to the situation said to Michael Fairman TV: “Our participation doesn’t mean we accept their proposal moving forward, we still have major issues that we will be discussing with the Chair and President (of NATAS), but as a collective whole, we don’t want to penalize our actors for NATAS’ mis-management.”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy submissions began earlier this week on November 12th, with the Daytime Emmys slated to be handed out in early May of 2019.

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