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Tyler Christopher confirmed OUT at GH!

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The reports over the weekend were indeed true. General Hospital has let-go of Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine).

The pink slip to Tyler is not a total surprise. First, cost cutting measures at GH, and secondly, he has a recurring role in the new ABC Family primetime series set to debut on August 15th, The Lying Game, helmed by Chuck Pratt.  Christopher told ABC Soaps In DepthYes, it’s true,” about his being let-go on Friday. No final airdate for Tyler as Nikolas has been announced, but he said to be expected to leave the series within the next few weeks.

According to SID, “The actor’s contract was up in June, and Friday would have marked the beginning of the last 13-week cycle period in his current deal — and the time at which ABC would have had to notify him if they would be offering a new contract or not.  The actor also told In Depth just last month that he was on the fence about renewing his GH contract, but was even open to doing both series. ”

We wish Tyler all the best! So how do you think GH should write out the character Nikolas Cassadine? Let us know!

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Brian T
Brian T

This is fine because he already has another show lined up. He will do just great in primetime. Good luck Tyler!

Debbie
Debbie

Brian, according to Tyler he has no idea how he’ll be involved so he doesn’t really have a show lined up. I hope it turns out great for him because he’s now off a sinking ship and sadly TPTB are the ones sinking it — not the fans.

At least I now can remove GH from my DVR. Maybe I’ll video tape it and send it to Frons LOL

Denise Robinson
Denise Robinson

Good luck to him on his new role in a primetime show.

kay killgore
kay killgore

Good Luck! Get out of that place while the getting is good, I predict GH will go down in flames before too long! After this week I have dropped it from my DVR!

Debbie
Debbie

I did to Kay. This was the last straw for this viewer.

mrsbeeswax
mrsbeeswax

RECAST… Nicholas is a great character , if Tyler is moving on to bigger and better things then give us another hottie to look at !!!

Debbie
Debbie

I know GH isn’t ran by the brightest. But you don’t fire a beloved Vet who wanted to stay and then recast him with a low budget version. Then again I’m no longer watching.

Chris
Chris

I think Tyler should a scene like the one in “Tootsie” where he is supposed to do a script but then goes off on his own thing and yells “Your Fired” to whoever does the firing over at GH! I am so sick of seeing characters we love & that have potential go..meanwhile newbies that we could care less about get contracts!I wish Tyler all the best & hope that my favorite show has the sense to watch old episodes & see what has gone & is missing!!

ROYAL REED
ROYAL REED

I think they should let him leave town with Brooklyn or recast the role. I love him with Brooklyn

janet
janet

wishing him the best….so sorry to see TPTB seem to have to bring in all new characters and write out our faves to cut costs….I for one have stopped watching GH as the storylines for my faves have gotten to where I don’t care anymore.

Debbie
Debbie

Janet,

I agree. You need to introduce new characters now and then but not so many at once and then fire loved vets. Now we have no Cassadines. The show is nothing more than a low rent version of the Sopranos. They wouldn’t have budget concerns if they didn’t waste millions on Vanessa returning and promoting her. It was a flop.

janet
janet

I agree about wasting the $$$ on Vanessa…storyline is horrible….almost said same dialogue each day and it was boring….did not believe that watching Sonny and Brenda would be painful to watch.
A character on any show should be able to interact with many other characters for good story lines but there has been very few people to work with Brenda and as I said before….nothing interesting.

Debbie
Debbie

NOOOO it can’t be true. I heard he wanted to stay and the Lying Game had nothing to do with GH firing him. So we lose another long time vet. I’m tired of the show focusing on the same 5 characters. Do we really need to see Dante 5 days a week. I’m tired of so many new characters on the show at once. We want BALANCE and good storytelling. oh wait Guza doesn’t know how to do that.

The only good think about firing Tyler Christopher is that I don’t have to watch the show. I took it off my DVR. I sick of how they disrepect long time fans of the show.

kitty33
kitty33

saveing abc three soaps is not about buget cuts on cast pay check or fireing magor cast to save money to save the soaps from cancelation, IT”S BRIAN FRONS’. ABC
HAS TO FIRE FRONS IF THEY WANT TO SAVE AMC, FROM CANCELATION, OLTL FROM SINKING ANY FURTHER AND GH. ABC HAS NO OTHER CHOICE. ABC HAS TO SEND GUZA OUT WITH FRONS TO ALSO SAVE GH. frons is the whole picture here and problem and unless abc fires frons, all three abc soaps amc,oltl and gh will wind up being canceld. ken corday owner of nbc days canned frons after almost running days in to the ground. when is abc ever going to wake up and see it’s frons? more likely
NEVER. it’s sad and a real shame that abc network cant open there eyes to realize that frons is there real AND WHOLE PICTURE to the networks problom of rateings on amc sunk in to the ground with oltl and gh next.

Rosana
Rosana

All good things come to an end. I will miss him.

Louise Zontek
Louise Zontek

ABC/GH are you reading what viewers, or maybe I should say former viewers, are saying about Tyler Christopher? Keep this talented actor on GH and do some weeding out in other areas. As a fellow poster said, that should cover Tyler’s paycheck if that’s your reason for firing him!! He’s a loved character – well maybe you love Nikolas or hate him – in either case people want the character to stay. LISTEN and WAKE UP to what your viewers want.

Louise Zontek
Louise Zontek

Watching Nikolas Cassadine yesterday (yes,he was actually on for more than a minute) just confirms how much his character needs to stay on GH. Tyler Christopher is so underused these days and it’s an insult to his talent. ABC/GH do what you have to do to keep him.

Candijrose
Candijrose

General Hospital needs to start looking at the poor quality of writing and stop letting go extremely talented actors like Tyler Christopher. Not having a Cassadine on the show is rediculous , its a family that General Hospital is based upon. They have already gotten rid of all the Quartermaines. I have been watching the show since the Luke and Laura days. If things continue like this there will be one less show for me to TIVO in my house. You heard the fans and saved Rebecca Herbst, now step up and save Tyler. Save money and get rid of some of the writers!!!!

Connie Ramos
Connie Ramos

I’ve watched GH for 46 years. The writers have a bad habit of trying to play to the younger people and they forget that it’s the rest of the age groups that have the staying power. Tyler Christopher is a valued part of the GH cast. The Lisa’s and the Quartermaine granddaughter and some of the other newer cast members don’t really have any kind of a lasting story to tell. Give Tracy, Mac, Alexas, Mr. Quartermaine and some of the other original cast members more air time. This nonsense with Lisa is a waste of time. The story with Lucky, Elizabeth and Jason is wonderful. Sonny and Brenda have become so boring it’s mind-numbing. Sonny is no more a mob boss than my cat! He whines and pouts and moons over Brenda and shows no backbone. Jason is more of a mob boss than Sonny. Brenda hasn’t brought anything substantial to the screen other than talking over everybody that she doesn’t want to listen to. Please keep Tyler Christopher. The writers need to start using their imagination. There’s lots of story out there for Niclolas, they just need to start using their heads!

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THURSDAY NIGHT: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom, Y&R’s Beth Maitland, DAYS’ Freddie Smith & Soap Favorite, Linda Dano

On Thursday night, November 15th, Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman returns with a brand new episode beginning at 7PMPST/10PMEST.

Join Michael and his very special guests: General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and beloved soap vet, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia Gallant, AW, Ex-Gretel Rae Cummings, OLTL, GH, Port Charles, and AMC) who will be appearing with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in Hallmark’s The Chronicle Mysteries next year, for this entertaining 90-minute broadcast.

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a very soapy prize, a Days of our Lives swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture of Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.

The November edition of Soap Nation Live! will be streamed live right here at Michael Fairman TV.   Come back prior to showtime Thursday night, and just look for the post for our broadcast and listen-in.

You can also listen to all past broadcasts and the new live-stream of Soap Nation Live! via Spreaker’s Soap Nation Live page

Portions of Thursday’s all-new episode can also be viewed at Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/michaelfairmanTV

If you have a question for any one of our guests that you would like potentially posed to them during the live broadcast; you can post them via the comment section below, and we just might ask your question on the air!  We hope you are looking forward to the show.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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