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Tyler Christopher on being let-go by GH, "I haven't even had time to absorb it!"

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The talented Tyler Christopher who has been sadly given his walking papers by the powers-the-be at General Hospital spoke with Soap Opera Digest about his impending exit from the series, after learning he was pink slipped this past Friday.  Tyler admitted, “I haven’t even had time to absorb it.  It was pretty unexpected.  I didn’t really see it coming.”  Then Tyler expressed to SOD that he had no idea when his last airdate would be stating, “I think I’m done. To be honest, I have no idea. No one’s told me anything but for me, I think I need to move on, so this is it.”

Tyler had played Nikolas Cassadine from 1996-1999, and then again this longer stint from 2003 – till present.  So again we ask, is this the character and performer you think should have been cut from the series? Or, should someone else been let-go? Let us know.

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Rene @Riverside Soap Opera Examiner
Rene @Riverside Soap Opera Examiner

Well where do I start? There should always be a Cassadine on the canvas as opposed to new characters. So many wasted stories and characters hogging up airtime. They need to do some housecleaning – and more BEHIND the scenes than on camera!

Chris
Chris

GH needs someone to shake them …with all this talk about soaps being canceled they are ignoring the fans, the fans are what keep the soaps on! Get rid of Terrel, Sioban & Matt..that should cover Tyler’s paycheck! The character still had so much potential..but then again so does Nancy Lee Grahn & Ingo…but we hardly ever see them. GH has the most talented cast but they waste it!

eiwcakeff
eiwcakeff

shake. slap hey get becky to slap them she did a great job of jacking up SBu

kay killgore
kay killgore

Why do I get the feeling RH only got a reprieve and they will be writing her out by summer!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

I will admit I am not a Nik Cassadine Fan but I do enjoy watching Tyler Christopher portray his character. I agree there should always be a Cassadine on the Show. For many years GH has been known to have some of the most talented Actors/Actresses on their Canvas. So why are all the vets being let go or being put on recurring. Is Frons/Guza trying to turn a Daytime soap into a teenage fad show thinking they are pulling in teenagers. I just dont understand how they can explain letting another veteran actor go instead of using these actors to bring up ratings.
Frons is only looking out for one of his pets and is doing everything in his power to keep this actress happy and yet if her onscreen relationship was gone she would be just like the furniture on the set just waste of space. Nik should have been giving a chance with finding a new romance that didn’t involve any of Emily’s family or best friend. But yet he is another character they have ruined as well..

AALuke
AALuke

GAH. Once again GH does the wrong thing 🙁 Just please don’t tell me that Nikolas and Brook are going to take off to Greece with Spencer once it comes out that Lucky is Aidan’s father 🙁

Louise Zontek
Louise Zontek

Tyler Christopher is a talented actor, and I don’t know why ABC cannot see that. Nikolas Cassadine, and Cassadine family, have been an integral part of GH for years. Liz Taylor was Helena for a while, for heaven’s sake. Tyler has been giving us great performances, earned Emmy nominations and yet with no warning to Tyler (and not to mention his fans) he’s let go. Keep the talent that’s under your nose ABC/GH writers and think about your viewers and what keeps them watching.

mundisue
mundisue

What is wrong with TPTB at GH? Why do they insist on getting rid of great actors whose characters have strong ties to major families and serious history on the show, in favor of annoying newbies? As someone above said Terrel, Sioban & Matt should be sent packing instead!!

LIBBY
LIBBY

Too true. I still haven’t gotten over them getting rid of Stuart Damon (Alan Quartermaine). There are barely and Quartermaine’s left and to think that family was the backbone of the show once.

LIBBY
LIBBY

No way. First Becky now Tyler. Why are they getting rid of our beloved regulars? IMHO the one who should be going is Siobhan. Olivia is another one of those characters that I’m sure many GHers could live without. Finally they should probably ask Tony Geary to take a pay cut since he isn’t around for about 3 months of the year. Matt is also another character that is not involved in any major storyline and isn’t needed to advance any other character’s story. Since they brought back Victor and Franco is ont he horizon do we really need a third villain in Lisa? There is plenty of fat to be trimmed on GH. We want more of Alexis and Jax not to mention Spinelli and Diane. Maybe if TPTB just did more with the actors they already have they wouldn’t need to keep bringing in new ones all the time.

Gina
Gina

Was totally disgusted when I first heard the news. GH is run by a bunch of idiots and morons. Nikolas is a beloved character right up there with Stuart Damon. Why not get rid of Olivia or Johnny? What real connection do they have to GH? Why not ask the mob central characters to take a bit of a pay cut so they can keep some long time vets. SHAME ON YOU GH, SHAME ON YOU GUZA!!!!!!!!!! Good luck to you Tyler your too good for this 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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Kimberly McCullough Directs Episode Of ‘The Conners’; Shares Pics From Show Night

As fans of director and actress Kimberly McCullough know, earlier this week she announced that she would be directing an episode of the the re=branded and renamed ‘Rosanne-less’ series, The Conners.  She originally shared the news of getting the nod to direct the hit comedy sitcom with a photo of the famous Conner kitchen with the words “Yup”.

However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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