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Tristan Rogers talks Reality Bytes, GH, and state of web soaps!

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Tristan Rogers, (Robert, General Hospital) is getting set to tape and then launch his much talked about new web series, Reality Bytes which also co-stars some notable names from daytime soaps,  Drake and Ben Hogestyn, and Tonya Walker.   In this brand new interview feature out today from TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco, Tristan discusses the issues facing web and daytime soaps, his time at GH, and much more !  Here are just a few excerpts from this must-read feature!

Tristan on the premise of Reality Bytes being a soap-within-a soap, and if it’s a tell-all on behind the scenes at GH: ” I have heard from people at GH. The show will definitely be political and act as a mirror to events that have actually taken place on GH. Some people will like it and some people won’t. The idea of showing the behind-the-scenes production of a soap has been circulating in my mind for a long time. In Reality Bytes, the soap-within-the-soap is called “Beyond Reason,” which is being written entirely by the public. We’ve got about 60 scripts in already. And whatever scripts we use on-air, the writer will get a credit. You’d be surprised with the high standards these scripts exhibit. The fans really understand how these shows are put together.”

Tristan on his disappointment that GH: Night Shift in which he starred last season was not picked up for a third season: “Yes. I think we just hit the tip of the iceberg. It took a couple of episodes for viewers to adjust, but once they got it, they got it! They lapped it up. We shot it like a movie in HD and it could have gone so much further — and our producer and the director thought so, too. Little did we know that there wasn’t much support for Night Shift at a corporate level. Certainly, Night Shift was an indication of where soap operas could be headed in the future. Without spending any more money, you could’ve taken it three or four levels higher. Night Shift had real potential. In fact, NS was a significant evolution in soap opera.”

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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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