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Tyler Christopher Clarifies While Not Official Yet, He Thinks His GH Return Will Be September!

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This afternoon at the GHFCW weekend event with Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and Rebecca Budig (Hayden), the reigning Daytime Emmy-winning actor for Outstanding Lead Actor informed the crowd that he will be returning to General Hospital.

While other soap opera outlets including On-Air On-Soaps first received reports coming out of the event that Tyler would return in September, the actor sent out a follow up tweet to clarify what he said during the fan event and to make sure the media and his passionate fans were all on the same page with him. Tyler related via a tweet:  “Slow down every1 I said I THINK Sept. will b my return 2 #GH. Nothing official yet. Thanks for all the love 2day though.”

The popular star left GH back in June citing “personal reasons”, and was temporily replaced by Nick Stabile since Nikolas’ storyline was front burner. Stabile held down the fort, and then in a recent episodes Nikolas was shot, crashed through a glass window and fell off a balcony on Cassadine Island, thanks to Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart).  That signaled the end of Stabile’s run as the dark prince.
So, happy about the news of an imminent return by Tyler Christopher?  Glad he clarified the situation for all? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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Missed Tyler so much! I hope he comes back asap.

Would like to have had more clarification as to just why he left/was absent. If it’s “contract troubles,” why not just say so? If the “personal reason” is illness (his or a family member) why not just say so. This nebulous reason just leave us wondering, speculating, etc.

Why is it anybody’s business? Just because they have a job as an actor doesn’t mean they have no right to privacy.

I know from looking at his Facebook account page that his mother died a few months ago. That could certainly qualify for wanting/needing time off.

I certainly wouldn’t feel compelled to tell a stranger the intimate details of my life. It’s not our business. His job is to entertain as he’s done wonderfully for many years. Beyond that, no explanation is needed.

I am afraid of the kind of story that will explain his long absence. I do not trust the current regime. They have the Reverse Midas Touch, everything they touch turns to kaka!

That’s what I was thinking-not that I don’t believe the actor is entitled to his privacy (as intimated by Clh’s rely to my post). I just think it is ominous when TBTB are less than transparent about THEIR comments. Why the secrecy? I’m with you–long story short–“I do not trust the curent regime.”

yeah know..
I like Nick Stabile as Nikolas, I really do..
I will miss him..
However;
I am happy Tyler is returning, it’s rightful…
A bit of bitter sweet …

((I really really like the Maxie substitute, too .. much better, actually)

Su, I actually agree with you!! Who knew!! Well, at least 95 % anyway. I thought Nick did a great job; however, nobody can replace Tyler Christopher. And as for Molly Burnett, I absolutely love her in this role. If Kirsten Storms had never played it, I would say Molly owns it. But in my heart, there can only be one Maxie Jones and nobody does it better than Kirsten Storms.

I am glad they were able to come up with two great replacements. Makes the absence a lot easier to tolerate.

I like her too…but she’s so different in demeanor that it’s like watching a different character. She actually looks very good with Nathan and Griffin. But I like Kirsten so much….problem is some understudies take so long to get used to or we never do…but Nick and Molly caught on quickly. They should find a place for them all!

“if” any – one – should be eating crow… and foot

come forward

in my defense… ie: Molly Burnett

she has been on “DAYS” three times

her original debut… which… I did not mind at all… she came she rang she did

she made two returns after her original debut

I could not stand her last two returns

in my defense… I’m certain all three times.. she’s been @DAYS… have been with THREE differing writing “teams”

so their you have it

I am stunned by her rebirth … @GH

if GH wanted to take “Maxie” in a whole nother arena… and take her places

Molly Burnett is capable

good for her

it’s painful isn’t it to root for characters and voice them

nevertheless… we do… and I’ve said my piece

“congratulations” Ms. Burnett

It’s about time!!!

Ecstatic! The sooner the better!

I would rather Nick Stabile assume the role of Nikolas Cassadine, permanently. He suited the role much more and has a better chemistry as the character than Tyler has.

Totally disagree. Tyler is Nikolas and always will be. Yes Nick has great chemistry with Ava but she doesn’t belong in this story at all it would make zero sense that her and Nikolas would pair up for any reason.

He never seemed like Nikolas to me at all and just seemed like a new character in a story with Ava. If they brought him on as an interest for Ava that would be great, but he’s not Nikolas and definitely not a Cassadine

Nick should be added to the canus,as he is a better actor than some regulars.

I should lear to spell canvas.

I couldn’t disagree more. Nick Stabile did an admirable job, but I never bought him in the role. It never clicked for me. It was too forced. Maybe they’ll find another role for him on the show. Tyler is the best and only Nikolas Cassadine, and has owned the character for almost 20 years. He and Maura West had undeniable chemistry in the few scenes they shared together, before he left the show, so I look forward to them hopefully picking up with that.

this “forced” relationship with Hayden is a bust

it had all the steam required.. “when” they first met… pent up desires

the writers did way too much “war of the roses” over money

bye bye Hayden… the romance has dulled

it’s now Nicholas and Ava turn

it would be a magnanimous decision to let the characters of Ava and Nicholas be.

and, YES, the bigger reason is it gets Maura West OUT of anything Carly and Sonny.

imagine how high brow and elevated these two would reign supreme

Nicholas / Ava / Spencer / Kiki / Avery

IT

Agreed, Scott! Tyler well-served the role of Prince Nicky for many years, but over the last 12 months or so, I just wasn’t feeling him as the formerly good Cassadine gone bad. Nick Stabile captured that essence far better, and given he successfully settled into the character fairly quickly, it wouldn’t have gone amiss to keep him.

Say it again, Shaybelle. I know everyone will resent me for saying it, but Nick Stabile conquered that ” princely”, unassuming demeanor and hauteur so intrinsically aristocratic like sweet, sweet creme on a crepe. Was he born to the role?
Nick Stabile has a refined aura about him. I am not into barrel-chested, oafish men…..I will definitely miss that quiet charm of his.

I hear you, CeeCeeGirl!!! I like that sort of silent mystique/cool aloofness in my aristos, too!!! Don’t get me wrong, even though TC was never personally my “cup of tea”—-Shades of Helena there…..no pun intended!—he portrayed his character in an oh-so-polite/good prince manner through the years, and I appreciated his efforts. But once he surrendered to the darkness in his bloodline and began behaving like a real Cassadine, I just didn’t find his Nik either palatable or believable….he suddenly became an inelegant slob! Not so with Stabile…..he nailed that insouciant royal aura with skilled subtlety and an innate sense of class, as if he were to the palace born! Exactly right, Celia!

Completely agree! Nick nailed it

Really miss Tyler on GH. I was hoping he would soon be found wandering around the island or hidden on the plane that Jason incredibly could fly. Come back soon Tyler.

Happy he should be back . Falling out of a window so high up twice on 2 different continents will be a mighty hard act to pull off!

This time with a BULLET… so Valentin must have him healing in one of their deep freeze cryo chambers. .otherwise he’s stiff as a board in some very thick hedges. .or they’ll find an outline of his body and a deep hole in the earth like loony toons ..I swear they should put a diving board over a cliff for characters to practice how to survive a fall from great heights. ..I bet there’s a hidden one on Cassidine island. ..YEESH!!!

Still have to wait another month.

it reads to me… he starts shooting on the set , in September

so ??? would his scenes show up… on our telees ? mid October, 2016

Can’t wait to see him back on GH. Wonder if they’re give him a new outfit to wear? He always wears those grey pants and dark purple shirt.

LOL

what about Sonny “Saturday night fever” suits

Glad to know when you’re returning Tyler…. I love you and dislike you at times, but no one can play Nicholas like Tyler Christopher… I just wish that you would leave Jasam alone so they can get on with their lives, I’m sure there are other problems are ahead for them, because that’s how soaps work, so on that note Welcome Home where you belong.

Let’s just hope that Nikolas being back on canvas will mean that idiot Jordan can drop her weekly arrest warrant on Jason. ..or maybe not since did leave her “jurisdiction”. Ha! Her jurisdiction shouldn’t go any further than the local nail salon. Now I guess it’ll be Franco’s turn for every OTHER crime in town. I don’t see the Tyler/Maura chemistry myself yet, but I’m willing to give it a bit more time.

Jordan couldn’t be a mall cop!

Oh, Timmm, that was a good one!

Both are good actors but I am used to Tyler and hope he returns asap.

Great news, love Tyler! Hope he signed a new contract or whatever the hold up was, and we’ll be seeing him on GH for years to come. He’s the only Nikolas Cassadine, anyone else is just trying to fill his shoes.

Doggone it! I really liked Nick S. when he was on our screens! I would love for them to find a role for this guy with so much to offer!

Trim the fat and bring Stabile back as AJ Q.!

I’m very excited for Tyer’s return! NS did a great job filling in and I agree he would be awesome as AJ!

Really missed Tyler as Nik. Couldn’t get into the Cassadine story without Tyler in the role.

When I saw Tyler in April @ the Atlanta Soap Opera fantasy weekend,He stated that nobody would be leaving GH. I guess this really was not planned. I am glad u are returning. You are Nikolas. I thank Nick for holding down the fiort. Hope too se u soon

The actor who replaced him is owed a debt of gratitude–he was so good at keeping the story going while fleshing out this character as his own. He was really good ,and I think we should all applaud him loudly.
That said, yes, of course Tyler is greatly missed. I am happy to know that he may not return to the screen until September comes (as Green Day sings, “Wake me up when September comes”). Because every time there is crack in the background and the characters wonder who it is, I will know that it’s always going to be the Lenny and Squiggy of daytime, dressed in monochromatic his and her black. Damn, who would have thunk Jason and Sam could turn out to be so DAMN BORING!

Agree all around Harry in everything you posted, especially how BORRRINGGG Jason and Sam are.

Sam was always one of my favorite female character but ever since she was paired with Jason, it has just been snoozefest galore..There is no acting chemistry between the two actors..When Billy’s Jason was with Rebecca’s Elizabeth, chemistry was oozing even with a dull storyline

Sam needs a Jasonless storyline and maybe Jason and Elizabeth can be pair up with a reborn psycho Franco as a love triangle.

I never get the actor is “owed a debt of gratitude” thing. He or she isn’t doing anyone a favor…they’re thrilled that they’re getting paid to do a craft the love! They’re actors…and I bet when they get the call they’re thrilled.

With that said, Nick Stabile is quite the looker/charmer and I enjoyed his more playful Nicolas…though that’s not who Nicloas is at the present time. That’s another thing that’s strange to me.nehen an actor takes on a role…he or she is taking on a character…a fictional person whom the writer has created. So, unless the writer wants to make the character darker, moodier, happier, lighter…I don’t get it. Billy’s Jadon is not Jadon. I like Billy and I like the character he’s playing who goes by the name of Jason, but his personality is not Jason’s.

Same with Molly’s Maxie. I loved Molly…I loved the mellow, almost seductive, calmer version…whilst cute at the same time. But I didn’t see Maxie, just a new character who I really liked. Kirsten’s Maxie, (though with a heart of gold and a very sensitive, sentimental side) has a tougher, More spirited demeanor.

when, not nehen…Jason, not Jadon…

Tyler will be back in the FAll. That exotic sweetie who assisted Kevin with antibiotic s will nurse Nick back to health and be his new love!

So glad Tyler will be returning, and fairly soon. He was sorely missed!

Tyler Christopher also known as Nicholas you must come back to GH you are the reason I watch GH. You are awesome one of my favorite actors on all my Soaps . Spencer and Laura needs you back as well.

I told you all he was coming back and you told me I was wrong! I guess you believe me Now!

Check the dates, Kitty. This article is from 2016.

Though everything in the recent GH storyline certainly suggests a Nikolas comeback, there has been no official confirmation from TC or anybody else…. YET.

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The Young and the Restless and General Hospital Actress and Writer, Meg Bennett, Passes Away at 75

Meg Bennett, who had played Julia Newman and later became a writer for the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless has died at the age of 75.  The news comes from her family who shared that she lost her battle to cancer back on April 11th.

Daytime fans remember fondly, Meg’s portrayal of Victor’s (Eric Braeden)first wife. Bennett joined the show in 1980, after her first soap stint for two years in the role of Liza Walton on Search for Tomorrow.

Impressed by her story notes, the late Bill Bell, then head writer of Y&R, had Meg doing double duty acting and writing on the show from 1983-1987. When he decided to write off the character of Julia, he also wanted Meg to stick around as a writer.  Not only did this begin a whole other daytime career for Bennett, but she was not done playing Julia either. Throughout the decades, Julia would still come back to Genoa City for a visit. Most recently, Y&R fans saw Julia in 2018, and again in 2020.

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Bennett also appeared on Santa Barbara and was a writer on that show as well from 1991-1993. She played the role of Megan Richardson. It was next that Meg had her longest writing stint coming to ABC’s General Hospital. Meg wrote for GH from 1993-2011.

In 1995, Bennett won her first Daytime Emmy for writing and her personal life changed after falling in love with nine-time Daytime Emmy winner, former GH head writer, Bob Guza Jr. In addition, GH also utilized Bennett for her acting skill when she was cast as the villainess Allegra Montenegro.  Meg and Bog Guza were officially married in 2004 and purchased a home once owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck.

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Additionally, Meg wrote for The Bold and the Beautiful 1987-1989 and later served as a executive story consultant to Brad Bell from 2002-2004.  She also wrote for Sunset Beach, Generations and GH: Night Shift throughout her writing career. She went on to win five WGA Awards for GH and Santa Barbara.

Meg is survived by her husband of 19 years, Robert Guza Jr., two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

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GH’s Finola Hughes Chats on Her Lead Actress Daytime Emmy Nomination, New Directions for Characters in Port Charles, and Anna’s Love Life

In four out of the last five years, General Hospital favorite, Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), has almost become a perennial nominee having once again scored a Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress for the upcoming 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Hard to believe, but Hughes won her one and only Daytime Emmy back in 1991, and has amassed a total of 11 Emmy nominations during her enduring daytime drama career. As those who have watched GH know, throughout any calendar year, you can find numerous stellar performances by Finola that could be tops on any Emmy reel.

Michael Fairman TV chatted with Finola during the 10th annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Special to get her reaction to landing in the field of six fantastic women vying for gold, what scenes went on her now Emmy-nominated reel, what she thinks of how GH is shaking things up under new head writers, Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte, and the future of Anna’s love life. Here’s what she shared below.

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What scenes did you wind up submitting that landed you in the running for the Daytime Emmy in this year’s Lead Actress category?

FINOLA: The whole Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) shooting and the accident and that whole thing. Then, talking about that with Sonny (Maurice Benard), and then a bit of the breakup with Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and then finding out that Valentin had lied.

Who helped you put the reel together?

FINOLA: One of our producers at GH, Michelle Henry. We have these amazing producers. They’re sort of the unsung heroes. They’re in the booth all day when we’re shooting. They do this wonderful thing where they earmark something, if they think that it’s been a good performance. So, they just have this sort of little list (that helps come Emmy time). So, that’s how that worked with Michelle.

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Now you’ve had a string of recent Daytime Emmy nominations. Do you think GH is  writing more for your strengths in the last several years?

FINOLA:  Yes, and I think it’s become stronger recently. I think writers really take the lead sometimes from an actress or an actor who’s going through something or moving through something in their life. Maybe, that’s they were just seeing, you know, different layers and colors and so they started to write to that.  I’m not sure. It certainly felt like I’ve had some things (material) that resonated with me.

What I have loved about Anna is that she is very complex. She often wrestles with herself over her past as a double agent, or certain guilt that she carries around. It’s interesting when the lines are blurred for her and things get messy.

FINOLA:  I do well with complex and I like messy.

So, what do you think about the nominees in the Lead Actress category with you?

FINOLA:  They are great. I don’t know Annika Noelle (Hope, B&B) very well, but I hear she did wonderful work and she sent me a lovely message. Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B) I obviously reached out to, Tamara Braun (Ava, DAYS) reached out to me, and Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R) and I just got on the phone last night and congratulated each other on our nominations, and of course, Cynthia (Watros) is here with me at GH.

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You do like do like the fashion of it all for Emmy night, correct?

FINOLA: God, I I live for it. I’m as shallow as that. I might play some complex on television, but I’m that shallow in real life.

So, do you go by the trends of what to pick out to wear for a red carpet, or you just kind of go off what you think looks good on you?

FINOLA: I do like the trends. I really like the fact that the sleeve is having a big moment right now since the film Poor Things. It sent it into the stratosphere.

It’s been 33 years since you won your last Emmy. Do you think you’re a better actress now than when you were even 10 years ago?

FINOLA: I have no idea. It feels like a game of golf always for me, because get on set, like today, I was doing some work this morning and I just doubt myself.  I’m like, “Did I really bring it?” I do think I’m harder on myself now than I was when I was younger, because I really didn’t know what I was doing at all.  It’s a very hard question to answer. I feel like it’s different, but I’m constantly in battle with myself as to whether something works or not.

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What are your thoughts then on being Emmy-nominated, at times, for more than three decades?

FINOLA: At this point in my life, I just find the whole thing encouraging and extraordinarily sort of affirming, and sweet and lovely. It’s extraordinary to even be acknowledged. That’s the truth.

Currently, on-air, Anna is taking a harder line with Sonny. There’s been a shift.

FINOLA:  Yes. That’s been really interesting. I was talking about this with Steve Burton (Jason), and we actually were working together today. We found like this level between the two of us when it comes to Sonny. It was just really like another whole level as to what I’m doing. I think what’s happened is people’s roles in Port Charles are becoming delineated, you know, where there’s less gray. It’s like we’re sort of moving into areas, right? All of us. That’s kind of great because then you’ve got the hospital, you’ve got the police station, you’ve got the mob, you’ve got the Quartermaines you’ve got Curtis’ nightclub, and so there’s these different areas. Then, your character becomes very specific.  I had those scenes with Genie Francis (Laura) that aired the other day, and it makes sense that we are sort of waking up because unfortunately Sonny’s going through something which we don’t know about, but he’s not behaving well. So, therefore we are like, “If he would do that, then we need to wake up to that Sonny has always been like that.” But, it’s not true. Sonny hasn’t always been like that. We still deal in the gray, because we are searching for the gray in ourselves, which is interesting. And then we have to make a decision, such as, “Where do you stand? Who are you actually?” I think posing those questions to the actual characters is kind of interesting.

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Now, who’s going to be the man in Anna’s life?

FINOLA:  Well, I want to do some more stuff with James. Obviously, James and I text all the time about how we’re not working together. We all know what Valentin’s up to. However,  Anna doesn’t quite know.

I was originally thinking they might put John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) in a romance with Anna?

FINOLA: Oh, I know. I love Adam. He’s so wonderful, and so is Charles Mesure (Brennan). Obviously, Laura Wright (Carly) has been working with the two of them as well. They’re both looking like they are in love with Carly, so what can I do?  I’ll just take the leftovers. However, I’m hoping that I get to play Valentin. The thing that’s interesting is that he’s a Cassadine. His father has now passed on, so he’s now at the front of the wagon of the Cassadines. It’s in his blood. So, I don’t know what they’ll do.

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What was our family’s reaction when you told you are an Emmy nominee? 

FINOLA: We had just taped three days of a very big event on the show. I was really tired yesterday and I was sort of laying down pretending to take a nap, as I never can nap in the middle of a day. Then, Frank Valentini (EP, General Hospital) called me to say that, Cynthia Watros and myself, had been nominated for Lead Actress. So, I actually got up and I walked outside and my three kids were sort of wandering around doing kid teenage stuff. I sort of told each of them individually. I was like, “I got nominated.”  They actually said, “Congratulations!” So, I think it actually resonated through the haze of online extravaganzas that teens are looking at it.

Make sure to check out the 2024 Daytime Emmy Nominations Special from this past Friday night below, where several of this year’s Daytime Emmy nominees stopped by the Michael Fairman Channel to share their reactions and more on going for gold come June 7th.

Now let us know, are you happy Finola was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Series? Who do you hope Anna winds up with romantically down the line on GH under new head writers, Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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‘Knots Landing’s’ Donna Mills and Joan Van Ark Reunite for Los Angeles Ballet Season 18 Gala

The women from the the cul-de-sac at Seaview Circle, stepped out last week as the Los Angeles Ballet celebrated its season 18 gala with ceremonies at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The evening was hosted by LAB staunch supporter, Donna Mills (ex-Abby, Knots Landing, ex-Madeline, General Hospital).  The Emmy Award-winning actress met up with her dear friend and former on-screen rival and co-star, Joan Van Ark (ex-Val, Knots Landing, ex-Gloria, The Young and the Restless) as well as her daughter, Chloe Mills, on the red carpet prior to the start of the evening.

This year’s LAB gala honorees included: Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Emmy, and Grammy nominated composer and pianist Kris Bowers, plus accomplished attorney and Los Angeles Ballet Board Chair, Jennifer Bellah Maguire. The honorees each received Angel Awards for the extraordinary contributions they have made to the arts, LAB and the city of Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Ballet is known for classical, contemporary, romantic and neoclassical ballets, for pioneering new works and for presenting relevant works by many of today’s most innovative dance-makers. LAB’s original production of The Nutcracker is an annual holiday favorite for Los Angeles residents and regional, national and international visitors.

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Led by Artistic Director Melissa Barak, LAB performs in multiple theater venues across LA County including The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Royce Hall at UCLA, Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. As part of its mission, LAB wants to expand people’s knowledge of and nurture a love for ballet.

Longtime fans of Donna Mills also know that when early in her career she was a dancer. In fact, when she got her first soap opera gig as a nightclub singer named “Rocket” on Secret Storm, Mills was shocked.

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In a 2015 interview with Smashing Interviews Magazine Donna recounted, “I’m not a singer. I was a dancer. Why they chose me to be a nightclub singer, I have no idea, and I actually sang on the show.”

So, glad to see Donna and Joan stepping out together in support of the Los Angeles Ballet? Miss Knots Landing’s Abby and Val? Let us know via the comment section below.

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