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Tyler Christopher confirmed OUT at GH!

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Courtesy/ABC

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
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Brian T

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

Debbie
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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
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Denise Robinson

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

kay killgore
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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
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Debbie

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

mrsbeeswax
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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
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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
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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
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ROYAL REED

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

janet
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

kitty33
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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… Read more »

Rosana
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Rosana

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

Louise Zontek
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Connie Ramos
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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… Read more »

Breaking News

Soaps Get Mainstream Media Covers With Being Back to Work During COVID-19 & Returning With All-New Episodes

It’s so rare, but so welcome, to find the hardest working people and the hardest working genre getting some love from the mainstream press.  Now, next week’s upcoming double issue of TV Guide Magazine will feature all four daytime dramas and some of their current iconic couples on the cover!

The covers are a special edition and four different versions went to print.  Inside the magazine details some previews from the head writers and EP’s of the series as well of what’s to come in Genoa City, Port Charles, Los Angeles, and Salem.  Look for the edition to hit newsstands tomorrow on Thursday, August 12th.

The Bold and the Beautiful cover features Thorsten Kaye and Denise Richards as Ridge and Shauna.  Days of our Lives is represented by John and Marlena, played by Drake Hogesytn and Deidre Hall.

Meanwhile, The Young and the Restless has Victor and Nikki, played by Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott, and General Hospital has Maurice Benard and Laura Wright as Sonny and Carly,

The TV Guide Magazine double issue dates are August 17th-30th.

As fans of the soaps know, Y&R returned with new-episodes this Monday, B&B starred airing new ones a few backs, GH was back last week, and DAYS had new episodes in the bank till mid-October and is set to return to taping September 1.

In addition, it should be noted that The Bold and the Beautiful was the first American broadcast television show that went back into production during the coronavirus pandemic.

So, glad to see the soaps getting these collectible covers? Comment below.

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GH Faves Finola Hughes, Ian Buchanan, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Marc Anthony Samuel In New IGTV Series, ‘Enter Exit’

This week, General Hospital’s Finola Hughes (Anna) and some very good friends and acting partners debuted in a new IGTV series, directed by Hughes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s a thriller! What else would we expect from the woman who plays super spy Anna Devane on the ABC daytime drama series.

The IGTV (Instagam’s longer video application) series is called, Enter Exit, and there are 11 episodes, and the first one dropped on Monday.  It is  written by TV scribe Matt Boren, and also stars some of Port Charles’ longtime favorites that include: Ian Buchanan (Ex-Duke), Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma) and Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix).

Hughes told SOD how she was inspired to come up with the concept for the show:  “I started to think about, if you’re in lockdown, what would be a narrative where you could act in a vacuum, basically? I first started thinking about what my character would be — a retired (government) agent. And then there’s some reason that I’m retired. And I started to think about stationary shots and walking into your closeup and all those kinds of things. I left (the rest) with Matt; it was basically, ‘Whatever he writes, we’ll do.’ And I just sort of concentrated on how, feasibly, we could do it.”’

Boren, who has been an ardent viewer of GH from its hey day, shared on working off Hughes seeds of an idea to what Enter Exit is about: “In a sense, it’s a local detective thriller that starts out small — and understandably so as season one takes place during the pandemic. However, what we seed throughout these first 11 mini-episodes hints at a show that longs to be on a much larger, more global scale. We were absolutely inspired by ’80s GH — the WSB, the espionage and larger than life stories that were so thrilling, and through Devane/Scorpio/Lavery/Donnelly/Jones, so grounded. Throw that in with some Killing Eve, X-Files and (this will make sense down the line) Stranger Things, and you have a recipe that might be pages away in our cookbook.”

Now check out episode 1 below featuring Hughes and Silzer and make sure to follow Finola’s IG account for all-new installments of Enter Exit.

So, what do you think about the concept of the series? Excited to see more? Let us know via the comment section.

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GH’s Maurice Benard and DAYS Kassie DePaiva Named “Power Performances of the Week”

Two daytime vets in two very opposing types of storylines delivered emotional and riveting work during their scenes.  First on General Hospital, Maurice Benard (Sonny) in yet another stellar knockout performance in the Alzheimer’s storyline; showed the anguish and pain of a son trying to come to terms with his father’s ultimate fate.

This week saw Sonny originally deciding to try to prolong Mike’s (Max Gail) life by having him placed on a feeding tube, but soon after seeing the fate of Yvonne, another Alzheimer’s patient, and a talk with Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst), Sonny changed course, and did what’s best for Mike, not for himself, and decided to let his father die with dignity and with as least suffering as possible.

We don’t think there could have been a dry eye in the house when Sonny visited Mike’s hospital bedside, and told him that it’s OK for his dad to let go, and not have to stick around for him.  Max Gail, as per usual, was also so touching in these scenes.

Benard did not overplay a beat, and for anyone who has had a parent die of this dreadful disease, you could relate to what Sonny went through in the more than capable hands of this two-time Daytime Emmy winner.

Over on Days of our Lives, what a return for Kassie DePaiva in her role as Eve Donovan! This time, she has come back unhinged and at an emotional rock bottom, so much so that she had abducted Ben Weston (Rob Scott Wilson), had him taken to an abandoned warehouse, strapped him up, tortured him with an assist from Dr. Rolf’s protege, Vincent (Michael Teh), and came up with this twisted plot to have Ben turn back into the “necktie serial killer” and kill his bride, Ciara (Victoria Konefal).

Why, you say? Well, because Eve’s daughter, Paige was one of Ben’s victims and it has been eating Eve alive this whole time. She is a mama grieving for her daughter so deeply that she can’t understand why Paige is dead and he is left on earth to roam around free and find love and happiness… and we find out she was gutted when Ben got a last-minute reprieve when he was recently sentenced to death by lethal injection.

DePaiva played this arc of Eve’s story as a soapalicious villain, but when you really deconstruct it, Eve is just in so much pain… and all of that came through even in the darkest of scenes.  And … there is yet more to come!

Kudos to Maurice and Kassie for being named Michael Fairman TV’s “Power Performances of the Week”.

So, do you agree with our picks for Maurice and Kassie? What did you think of their work? Comment below.

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