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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
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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 »

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Luke Spencer’s Family and Friends Gather To Say Goodbye On General Hospital

On this Friday’s, January 21st episode of ABC’s General Hospital, look for Port Charles to bid farewell to the iconic character of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

In story, after his sudden passing, Luke’s loved ones gather – along with some surprise guests – to memorialize him at the Haunted Star, where things don’t go entirely as planned.  As the town says goodbye to Luke, an exciting new mystery unfolds.  Meanwhile, life continues to unravel for the rest of Port Charles as a beloved couple comes to a fork in the road of their relationship.

ABC released this new photo of those gathered to pay their respects to Luke including cast members: Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Finola Hughes (Anna), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Genie Francis (Laura) and Jane Elliot (Tracy).

 

Looking forward to this emotional episode of General Hospital? Share your thoughts on what you think will happen via the comment section below.

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