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Vinessa Antoine Debuts On General Hospital!

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On today’s episode of General Hospital, Vinessa Antoine made her debut in a scene with Sean Blakemore (Shawn Butler)! In fact, when On-Air On-Soaps recently chatted with Sean, he indicated that there was big story ahead for his character.  Could this be the beginning of it?

Yesterday, the actress took to her Twitter account to let everyone know something was up stating: “Ok. Something interesting happening on #GeneralHospital tomorrow!! #ABC”

In addition today, General Hospital’s executive producer Frank Valentini tweeted, “GIANT surprise today on @GeneralHospital #GH

Vinessa hails from Canada and best known in television as series regular in the role of Judith Winters in Being Erica! 

So, what do you think about Vinessa arrival’s on the Port Charles scene today on the ABC soap opera? Let us know!

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is she TJ mom? she’s beautifull.

“General Hospital” needs more new characters.

I am wondering the same thing because I do not understand why this is big news; granted I loved her on Being Erica I am little confuse as to how the bosses at G.H. decides what is consider big news.

Thats what i asked under the ratings topic…T.J.’s mom would make sense!!!

yes, very pretty..
I’m with you thinking it’s TJ’s mom and a big change on the way for Shawn , it would seem..
I like new characters they bring mystery and a new story and always play off the stars, so all have new stories and renewed screen time..

lets see if its not sean who will she become involved with?????

Giant surprise! Donna mills debuting on GH finally!!!

I really like Sean and think he has much more depth as an actor than Jason did as Sonny’s henchman.

agreed

Never mind. Brook Kerr played Whitney on Passions.

There are too many characters on gh they need to trim that cast not add new ones

A deadly virus will be released from the hospital, killing half the cast.

If they killed half the cast they’d just ask Super hero Doc…Robin Drake…to revive them…lol

She is a pretty lady, I hope she stays long term on Gh.

And the big story will end up being that Shaun is the father, Old story told again and again. But must agree with aria,,,,,she is beautiful.

Back on Dec.23 (?) i commented on how i thought Suan would turn out to be T.Js father…i thought T.J.was the one who would be shot during the warehouse shooting…and then it would be revealed Shaun was his father…also once thought he was the father of Felix as well but i doubt the Felix part will happen!!!

Beautiful woman!

hmmm I must have missed her… I don’t remember her and I watched the show today..

She appeared near the end of the show at Kellys where Shaun works and he asked her ‘what she was doing there’ and thats all they really showed of her!!!

Thanks for the update.. must have dvr’d thru that ..

Im not familiar with the actress but I agree she is beautiful. I hope this means some fresh story lines because some of the writing lately should have been rethought. Im really conflicted about my feelings on GH lately part of it is going good and the rest is a joke. So Im glad to see a different role for shawn than who can I kill its getting out of control and he’s to good of an actor. They definitely would make a sexy couple.

How are fans of GH keeping up with all these characters? My goodness, every day a new cast member.

If I was a fan, I’d be furious and fed up. But I’m just a fed up ex-fan.

This fan loves it! Don’t want to see the same people day after day, it becomes boring, predictable, and monotonous. Love the many surprises. If I wanted boring I’d go back to Y&R under the JFP regime.

She’s gotta be TJ’s mom. I hope Sean turns out to be his real dad too.

Vinessa might be Sean’s sister ..

Thats what i said too…and back in Dec. during the warehouse shooting i said something about Suan turning out to be T.J.s dad!!!

Maybe she’s Shawn’s brain, which has been missing a long, long time.
If she’s TJ’s mom, hopefully she’s in PC just to take that kid away. And if she takes Shawn with her, then that is an extra added bonus.

Though Sonny would be devastated losing his BFF Shawn, now that they’ve shared “feelings” on Friday’s show and have lined up a pedicure date for next week.

Nurse Sabrina can be Sonnys new “lets kill ’em” lovin’ sidekick and knock everyone off who comes into the hospital…lol

Sabrina should turn out to be Ric and Sonny’s little sister. She should be Ric’s sister and Sonny’s half sister from their mother. I have always stated that they should try and make this happen. It would be awesome to find out that Ric has known this all this time and hide it from Sonny. Courtney never worked out so why not try it with Sabrina. Plus with the whole Ric and Julian union, Sonny would definitely have issues with Sabrina being on Ric’s and Carols’ side. Sonny is all about family, how would he feel with Sabrina not wanting to be part of his world, but agrees to be in Ric’s life?

Was anyone annoyed with today’s episode (friday) with Morgan ?? Or should I say RC ? Morgan barely knew that both Michael and his dumb ass are related to Luke !! Yet he acted like Luke is some distant relative. Did RC forget that Luke is Morgan & micaels mom’s uncle and their grandma Bobbie brother??? In conversation with Kiki he said if Luke married Tracy then he would be related by marriage to Luke (wtf) RC prides himself in knowing GH history yet this piece of info he had completely wrong. It was so annoying to see how that scene with Kiki played out.

Michael is already related to Luke both he Morgan n their mom are Spencer’s from their maternal side of the family !!!!

They hardly show Bobbie…i’d like to see her reaction to Luke’s odd behavior!!!

Some of us consider that a real blessing, jimh….besides given “Luke’s” pointed observations these days, it would be remiss if he didn’t (have a rude reaction of his own and) make a crack about “Barbara Jean’s” over-reliance on fillers and plastic surgery…….we both know that won’t be happening anytime soon!!!!!! Having said that, they could never get away with this “switcheroo?” caper if Laura, Ethan, Lucky, Holly or Scorpio were anywhere around now….while Tracy and the Ben-obsessed Lulu are blissfully ignorant to Spencer’s bizarre peculiarities and inconsistencies, these other characters would never be….even “Slim” should be having a “lightbulb” moment here soon…she definitely needs to cross paths with “Luke” again in the near future.

If the character she’s playing turns out to be TJ’s mom that could be a good story for the Shawn and TJ in a lot of ways.I could see Shawn been protective of TJ and not wanting him to be hurt by his mom.However if she’s not TJ’s mom then i think she’s someone from Shawn and/or TJ’s past.

She is beautiful. Maybe its me but if she turns out to be TJ’s mom, How old was she when she had him.5 ? I have comethisclose to not bothering to watch this mess lately TJ could certainly use his mom. Sean for a father turned into a joke. he is a mob hit man. can’t say killer for hire because he can’t seem to hit the barn never mind the broadside. Exciting for an actress I have never heard of or a character I probably won’t care about. bring back Tristan Rogers ,Genie Francis etc .that would be someone to get excited about.

isn’t Sean Donnely a bit old to be TJ’s father? Does that make his and Tiffany’s red-headed daughter Anna Donnely the half sister of TJ and cousin of Lucas Jerome?

not sean Donnally, sean Sonnys goon. He is TJ’s foster father. Of course this killer for hire has almost cost TJ his life..I shouldn’t be surprised Sonny has almost killed each of his kids, .

Well, Sean needs a girl friend, but he’s boring as dishwater.
The cast is already bloated, so maybe they could get rid of Sabrina, Felix, Brad, Dr O and quit with the stunt casting

Everything YOU said! And dump Kiki, Silas and Franko too.

Ditto! No more newbie please.

IA. It’s not that we can’t use newbies, but believable and talented. Hint: I want Debbie Morgan on here to play Sean’s sister! We can do without Felix, Sabrina, Silas, Kiki, Michael, Carly, Morgan, Julian, Carlos, Ava, Sam -she has no purpose now. But we do need diversity with talent on here.

I’m with you, Harry…except for the part about “Dr. O.” She’s a real keeper! And hard as it is to believe, Brad doesn’t even bother me so much anymore….getting him away from Felix and into “Lucasland” has done wonders for the character! Still want to see his family brought on in the forms of “Yank and Jade” from Asian Quarter days.

Its great to see diversity on this show. Any thoughts on who should play Nina? My heart says Susan Haskell but i doubt it :(( My next choice would be Tamara Braun or Michelle Staford or Elizabeth H. ( soon to be ex-Chloe, Y&R)

Gina Tognoni, Beth Chamberlain and Rebecca Buding are others id consider…Susan Haskel would be nice but i think Tamara Braun would be perfect!!!

Also, if Nina’s father is introduced: David Selby, George Hamilton, or William Devane; maybe Ron Raines or Jerry ver Dorn.

Also, i wonder if theyll somehow be related to the Cassidines…Madeline couldve been married or had an affair with Victor(making him Nina’s daddy)…then they wouldnt have to add someone else to play Nina’s father like the actors i suggested!!!

I think we’ve already seen “Nina”. That’s who Shirley Jones is really playing.
Being married to Silas can really age a girl!

Maybe she can become Patrick’s new love interest. Just because she’s African-American, doesn’t mean she has to be paired with Shawn.

sorry babe but did you forget what happened when they paired Alexis up with Shaun. Not going to happen. Molly and TJ work because they are still young. Older interracial relationships don’t bode well with older viewers.

No need for another NEW character. Focus on the ones we rarely see! Shawn is a cool dude but we dont care about his back story.

Thank you.

Same goes for Donna Mills??? Oh wait, she’s off limits.

In the closing credits, she was tagged as playing Jordan Ashford, so she’s most likely TJ’s mother.

Beautiful woman, let’s hope they give her a story line worth watching.

Another character who will take away from the core, legacy characters. Too many residents in Port Charles, as it is. A very pretty woman, though.

hmmmm TJ is “Tommy Junior” but no relation to Tom and Simone Hardy?

these writers really need to dig deeper when they name these new charatcters:

– John Zachara vs John McBain
– Olivia Falconeri vs Olivia Jerome
– Shawn Bultler vs Sean Donnely
– Tom Ashford Jr vs Tom Hardy
– James (Jimmy) Reeves vs Jimmy Lee Holt

I know it’s been 50 yrs or so but if the writing team is going to honor legacy characters, how about making references easier on the viewer?

thanks,

Signed:

NOT Mr Spencer.

I think the actress used to play Whitney on the soap Passions.

Pretty soon Julian and AJ will be dead. There room for the newbies. Scummy wins again. My give a damns busted this show can not entice me to watch anymore .

wow! a black family on GH!! Bout tine!!

Would it be fabulous if Jordan has another reason for staying in town and that is she is the so-called missing Quartermaine heir? I mean…they have been danging that tidbit for some time and what if…she’s one of the Ward’s?! That would make her and TJ a member of the clan! PLUS since they are either about to kill off AJ OR put him in a comatose situation that requires him to be airvac’d to Switzerland where all soap characters go in exile the Q clan could use more family members popping out of the woodwork! Plus she seems like she could hold her own against Tracy.

TOTALLY unnecessary….next! (Since we know there is always another newbie waiting in the wings…….)

We are waiting for Nina to show up…lol

At least she will have a purpose….we’re now so deep into the Silas backstory that Nina’s arrival will have a rhyme and reason, and I am expecting a seasoned soap professional to portray her. Although the word “newbie” is used as an umbrella term for any debuting actor or character, I rather reserve it as a dismissive/derisive label for the endless parade of useless, annoying characters/largely boring unknowns that “Cartini” keeps throwing our way, hoping against hope that they will stick by force-feeding them on us…you know, like Sobby, Felix, Taylor, Car-LOS!, Cardboard Cop, etc. I certainly don’t put veterans like Donna Mills, the Llanview Three, Ilene Kristen, or even any of the returning legacy GH-ers in that category, even if they all are not personal favorites of mine. It’s the unimaginative characters who are the true time and space wasters that earn my wrath as “newbies.” Most have been complete duds over the last year or so….with the grand exceptions of Britt and Dr. O.!!!!!!

By the way, does anyone else think that Nina actually died and is being kept on ice for Robin to revive??? Seems a very strange coincidence that she was supposedly in the same facility as Victor’s cryo-peeps, but was not actually seen alive, albeit in a vege-state. Perhaps she succumbed long ago and Madeline kept it a secret so Silas would not inherit his wife’s estate….and could Nina be a Cassadine, as well???? There has to be some link between Ms. Reeves and Victor given that the clinic seems to be groundzero for so much upcoming action.

We havent seen much of ‘Sobby’ as you call her most likely due to her real life pregnancy so your in luck…for now!!! And im certain Taylor is gone for good but i hope she gave T.J. an STD to pass to Molly(i dont mind teen storylines but those two bore me)…some of those other characters you mention the show really dont need!!!

Yes…it has been an ALMOST blessedly Sappy-free zone…wish it would be permanent!!! Also agree with you about the “consequences” of the Taylor/TJ hookup…LOL. (And about the boring coupling with Molly,,,,really don’t like her, period! She is just too chipper and whiny….) As for Britta and her Mutter, now THAT’S how one does new additions right! Particularly with Dr. O….we were introduced to her in dribs and drabs with small glimpses into her “world” until that magnificent “aha moment” when her place in the scheme of things all came together…of course the mega-talented Kathleen Gati’s superb command of her character certainly didn’t hurt either!!!! But that is an excellent example of launching a successful and beloved persona to an existing cast….by making people want more, not imposing unpolished, amateurish interlopers down the audiences’ throat via a daily barrage of scene-crashing.

But Britt and Mutter can stay for good!!! 4got to add that!!!

Yes She is beautiful. I have to say that purple dress she wore on May 8th was amazing. I have been binge watching GH as I was gone all summer and I have about 80 episodes to watch. Anyway, my daughter was in the Miss California pageant and is in love with this dress. If Miss Vinessa Antoine would tell us where this dress is from it would be greatly appreciated. I’m sure it is way out our price range but it’s fun to dream with my daughter. Thank you for your time & attention.

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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