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WATCH: Outstanding Lead Actor Daytime Emmy Nominee Reels! Who Should Win?

In one of the hotly contested races in this year’s upcoming 41st annual Daytime Emmy awards, five actors vie for the gold in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category!

Four of the men are nominated for their work on The Young and the Restless.  They are: Billy Miller (Ex-Billy), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Doug Davidson (Paul),  and Peter Bergman Jack), and representing General Hospital is Jason Thompson (Patrick)!

Below are the official Daytime Emmy synopsis  from NATAS of their nominated performances, followed by the video playlist of their performances, where you can watch the actors work back-to-back. After reviewing the reels, let us know who you think should win the Daytime Emmy when the trophies are handed out in ceremonies on Sunday night, June 22nd!

Jason Thompson  – General Hospital

Dr. Patrick Drake had made real progress in moving on since the death of his wife, Dr, Robin Scorpio Drake.  Patrick started dating Sabrina Santiago after the 2013 Nurses Ball. Patrick asked Sabrina to marry him and as they were about to say I do, Robin returned. Her death had been staged and she had been held hostage for the past 2 years. Patrick was thrilled to see the mother of his daughter and yet had fallen for the person that pulled him from the brink of depression. It was time for Patrick to make a decision when it came to who he wanted to be with: his wife Robin or his fiancée Sabrina.

Peter Bergman  – The Young and the Restless

Newly recovered from his addiction to pain medication, Jack is now focused on repairing his relationship with his ex-wife, Phyllis. As they endeavor to rebuild what they lost 18 years ago, he keeps running into roadblocks—odd behavior from Phyllis that he doesn’t fully understand. In his effort to make sense of these strange moments, he starts asking questions.  The answers prove to be more than Jack can handle.

Christian LeBlanc –  The Young and the Restless

Michael and Lauren’s longtime happy marriage turns rocky when their teenage son is accused of a crime and only Lauren believes his claim of innocence.  Upset with Michael’s inability to see things her way, Lauren turns to another man for comfort.  When Michael is faced with mounting evidence of the affair he confronts his wife, who refuses to admit her infidelity.

Billy Miller  – The Young and the Restless

Billy’s seven-year-old daughter Delia has just dazzled the audience at her school play, and the two head home to celebrate with Billy’s wife, Victoria, who wasn’t able to make the performance. Billy stops for ice cream at Victoria’s suggestion. Gone only moments, he returns to find that Delia has gotten out of the car to chase her dog and is now lying by the side of the road, the victim of a hit-and-run-driver. She is rushed to the hospital but doesn’t survive. Victoria tries to comfort Billy but all he can do is watch the video of Delia’s big night over and over. At the park, he finds brother-in-law Adam, with whom he is not on the best of terms. Billy lashes out at Adam when he pretends to understand what Billy is going through. Billy is adamant with Adam that what happened to Delia was not an accident, and he’ll make sure the driver is punished. When Billy returns home he is upset that Victoria has removed the party decorations and put Delia’s belongings away, but eventually realizes how much he needs to lean on his wife.

Doug Davidson  – The Young and the Restless

When Police Chief Paul Williams finds teenager Jamie Vernon, a victim of online bullying, poised to jump off a rooftop ledge to his death, he responds both as a law enforcement officer and as a father still mourning the loss of his own son. Determined to save this boy even though he was unable to save his own, Paul makes a heartfelt appeal to Jamie, sharing his own experiences and convincing Jamie that he has value.  After Jamie comes down from the ledge, Paul gives in to his anger at the near loss of a precious life. He confronts the mother of the girl who bullied Jamie and finds his own parenting skills called into question.

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andrew hass
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andrew hass

I think the chances are good that the winner will come from Y&R because 4 of the 5 nominees are from the show.However i think Billy Miller will win and if not him maybe Jason Thompson.

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

Peter Bergman is the man!!!!

Mama
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Mama

#justiceforsharoncase

LMFAO

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

You want justice for Sharon Case mama? I You must be her biggest fan. That’s nice for you

Linda Tatum
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Linda Tatum

Should be Darnell Williams, AMC.

I am for Peter Bergman. Experience and Excellence.

Harry
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Harry

Darnell Williams was fabulous, you’re right.

Linda Tatum
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Linda Tatum

Sex Trafficking storyline was the biggest storyline of the failed short-lived reboot effort from PP. Darnell carried the show for the most part. From beginning to the unfortunate end Darnell Williams was front and center of the storyline with Debbi Morgan coming on later. Darnell and Sal Stowers really made the reboot so worth the time to watch with Debbi too. All 3 of them should be on the final ballot with all 3 of them walking up to the podium to accept their deserved Emmy, ALL 3 of them. Darnell really started great with playing Sarge on Y&R. He… Read more »

mollie
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mollie

I could watch Peter Bergman forever! What a great submission for the Emmy. So nuanced and authentic. Love to watch him and get wrapped up in his storyline.

My second nod goes to Michael LeBlanc …also, fantastic. Love that his reel was one scene (except for his 10 seconds at the end with Carmine). These two have amazing skills.

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Maybe it should be Darnell Williams. Y&R just had to be the hog of this category! Do you know what happens to hogs when they get too fat and old?

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Credit of the last sentence should go to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt” Starring Joseph Cotton and Teresa Wright and co-starring Macdonald Carey.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Based on the reels I think it will Peter B. Highly dramatic scenes with a range of emotions being displayed, plus he cried the best out of the lot.

mollie
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mollie

Peter Bergman is my choice for winner, too. Wow. What an Emmy reel!

Nikki
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Nikki

I love Billy Miller, I think he is superb actor and he has a strong reel, but I really am pulling for Jason Thompson. He has come SO far in his acting abilities since he first started on GH. And the episode he submitted for his reel was his BEST yet. It was poignant, emotional, solemn, he played everything, in what seems like such a short amount of time.

I know Billy will probably come out victorious and I won’t be upset if he does, but I fully believe Jason’s performance is just as worthy, if not more.

Karen
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Karen

I think it is really hard to choose between Doug & Billy! I Can’t! But wait Christian! See as long as it’s one of them I’m fine!

Johnny
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Johnny

I’d say Billy Miller. Peter, Doug, and Christian were good and solid as always but reliable doesn’t often get rewarded. And all of them are past winners…some would say enough is enough. And Jason was involved in a story that became universally panned due to the writing so through no fault of his own, there could be backlash. Billy played the story of his soap career so I think it will be rewarded.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

Whether Jason Thompson wins or loses it the decision by the judges should solely be based on his acting in the scenes he submitted.The decision shouldn’t be based on the story he was in or the kind of writing he got.Jason did the best he could with the material he was given and that’s all he should be judged on.Plus Jason is judged by the story or the writing and not by his acting then so should every other nominee.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Jason Thompson or Billy Miller…

k/kay
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k/kay

Funny but once again this year and this is only MY opinion Davidson & Thompson had the best reels. It was tough watching BM’s reel all I could think about was boy do I miss Michael Muhney sad situation for the show.

Jeff
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Jeff

Billy Miller by a hair over Jason Thompson.

Calvin
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Calvin

Billy Miller – The Young and the Restless! He is a wonderful actor!

su0000
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su0000

How on earth did Christian LeBlanc/Michael even qualify .. he is not at all a good actor, ohh well.. lol

It will be, or should be;

Either—— Billy Miller or Jason Thompson.

andrew hass
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andrew hass

What is that old saying:If you have nothing good to say about someone don’t say anything at all.

Mama
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Mama

The Emmy panel enjoys Christian J. LeBlanc’s acceptance speeches … they always shed a lot of light on his life 🙂

Harry
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Harry

I am going to shock you, SUOO, I agree. Although I think Christian is a really good actor, however, he hasn’t had a decent storyline in ages and keeps getting nominated anyway.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Good storylines aside even the nominating committee knows when an actor makes good with what he’s given. And I’m loathe to say they may embrace the “make do with ya got” genre of riveting actors even more so

k/kay
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k/kay

How did CLB get a nomination? Answer he lobbies every year like a politician that is how. I hope JT from GH takes it home all the other guys have one or more and I am fatigued of the same old same old. I refuse to think Tony Geary is the only guy from GH who can bring home an emmy in lead actor.

bunting
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bunting

He got nominated because he was heartbreaking as a man on the brink when realizing his beloved wife has cheated on him. The Baldwin marriage crisis story was one of the best stories in Daytime last year.

Mo
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Mo

Billy!

su0000
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su0000

Ohhh my gawd! Seeing–

Michael Muhney/Adam and and Billy Miller/ Billy Abbott , made me realize-
The two were a huge part of what was good about the Young and Restless..
Y&R is empty, flat and fading away without them..

Seeing the two together in their scenes was magic ..

Avelina from Santorini Greece
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Avelina from Santorini Greece

Billy miller will win for sure. Awesome actor

Omar
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Omar

Peter Bergman should and will win! What a wonderful performance,

Michael was good too, but a bit choppy.

Billy Miller, should had NOT been nominated..Not the best actor in the lot..Sorry!!

Both Jason and Doug were solid but just not equal to Peter tour de force reel!!

Dan
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Dan

What a sham that Y&R got 4 nominations in this category. I don’t know how that happens. Something smells rotten about the whole nominating process when you see things like that. But either way, go Jason Thompson!

su0000
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su0000

What really smells rotten is;
How a soap opera can be #1 for 25 years without fail ..
When all the soaps were active, some had better years than Y&R even if just for one year out of the 25 years..
It is not probable for one soap out of all the soaps, to not have one year down during 25 years..
There are not even any odds of that happening,,

there is something very wrong with that happening..
Seems CBS has its hand in someones pants.. lol

Alan
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Alan

I think the show’s number one status is due in large part to the fact it has always aired during people’s lunch hours without any real competition. People got addicted when the show was good and now watch out of habit because there is no soap alternative in that time slot.

Susan
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Susan

Unfortunately, the best daytime lead actor is Michael Muhney…no one else is close except Billy!

Izabel
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Izabel

I agree!

Izabel
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Izabel

MM would have stole it without question.. Best actor in daytime 🙁 . Happy though, that y&r has all kinds of chances! It needs to be BILLY MILLER.

Joel
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Joel

1. Billy Miller
2. Jason Thompson
3. Peter Bergman
4. Christian LeBlanc
5. Doug Davidson

mollie
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mollie

Just my two cents 🙂

1. Peter Bergman
2. Doug Davidson
3. Christian LeBlanc
4. Billy Miller
5. Jason Thompson

Could place Jason Tompson higher…not sure…because his low ranking (IMO) might be my Y&R prejudice!

Patrick
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Patrick

this is clearly so embarrassing…. : 4 nominees from one show…. Billy Miller aside, he deserves this accolade. BUT, Peter Bergman, Christian LeBlanc, and Doug Davidson ? unbelievable! confounded… at the emmy process… Jason Thompson… without a doubt… should be recognized for his body of work…. for what he brings to this genre. year in and year out…. his own make-up resonates huge with the audience. Billy Miller : is in a class all his own…. just like Michael Muhney… so.. I DO give prop to Y&R … for these TWO MEN. so yes… there were so many other actors… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

I had to laugh over Christian LeBlanc/Michael Y&R even getting a mention yet he was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor ? WTH?? ridiculous ,,

This years emmies are so tainted, I will not watch..

(can always read on the bards who won..

Derrick
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Derrick

CL has good material to submit!

su0000
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su0000

No, CL is not all that good..
there are 3 other soaps that have much stronger talented actors than the Y&R men.
I feel the awards are sponsor orientated and why people even watch them is beyond me.. This year is truly tainted ..

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Doug Davidson in the running??? Are you kidding me??? No No No No No.

Bottom Line here: I want EITHER Peter Bergman or Billy Miller to win.

Case closed.

Selena.C.
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Selena.C.

GO BILLY MILLER, you got this! I’ll be honest and say that even though I’m a ynr fan, how could they nominate doug davidson & michael leblanc.. Total respect for these vets & their acting actually makes me laugh sometimes BUT.. I just can’t take their storylines seriously.
Peter Bergman’s fine.. Just know that Millers’ gonna kill this category.

Derrick
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Derrick

Billy Miller!

Tony
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Tony

First, Doug needed to be nominated last year for Ricky scenes. He shouldn’t be in this category this year. Second, the others are all equal contenders but the material wasn’t there for some. Jason Thomson should win just based on his performance the last year in a very difficult role; he always delivers such nuanced performances. But the chosen scenes don’t quite show him at his best. Christian LeBlanc’s performance are always solid but those clips don’t rise to the emmy occasion. Billy Miller is the runner up but he didn’t quite cut it in the final scenes when his… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Tony, you said it all for me. I agree with your every point.

Selena.C.
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Selena.C.

MILLER* or BERGMAN all tthe way!!!

JT
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JT

it is kind of silly to have awards when there are so few soaps airing and thus without real competition why should an award be worth anything!

For years these awards were seemingly devised to prop those whom producers approve of or befriended. Superior actors have been eliminated for years.

Shame on the soap press for rarely being honest about fine acting.

Amongst this group of Course Miller is the only valuable player.

but frankly due to past exclusions and past winners I have little respect for this Award

Patrick
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Patrick

I know, right ?

“…there are so few soaps airing and thus without real competition why should an award be worth anything! ”

I can agree with that

even still… it’s still a fan crapshoot…. always wondering for that favorite actor the best

I’d love to see some past nominees, when their were 12+ shows… and actors to choose from

carinamia
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carinamia

LOVE U BILLY!!! Go get that award!

KMB
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KMB

Yes! Go Billy! How I miss him on Y&R! Pleeeaase, all other soaps out there, grab Billy Miller, give him what he wants, but grab him!

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

And the winner is…JASON THOMPSON! #2. Peter Bergman #3. Billy Miller #4. Christian LeBlanc #5. Doug Davidson All soaps need their names thrown about for publicity. If all the soaps are honored in every category, maybe the genre would have a better chance of survival. Potential viewers already know Y&R is the number 1 rated soap. They tune in during this crappy time and think all the soaps are crappy. Now, with the nominees being what they are, solidify what non soap viewers already think: If the number 1 rated soap that has all these nominees for the emmys is… Read more »

davlestev1
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davlestev1

@4everDAYS…The older generation of us has tuned into COUNTLESS crappy soaps because there was ALWAYS something about the genre that we craved and loved. Like Chocolate covered Turtles and Peanut Brittle..don’t know why I love all this sugar and nuts with a hint of salt…but mmmmm..mmmm!! The true thing is something even diehard fans needs to realize..we were ALL new viewers at one point in our lives. Thank goodness Network brass realizes that PrimeTime would never have had a chance if it weren’t for continuing characters and drawn out stories in Primetime. Soaps are the very reason Television drama’s continue… Read more »

andrew hass
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andrew hass

Maybe in the Best Show,Best Writing and Best Directing categories all soaps should be nominated.However in the acting categories it might be hard to have a nominee from every soap.However there could be a limit of how many nominees in a acting category one soap can get.So that could make it more fair to all the soaps.Plus the fans may know the Emmys and how many nominees a soap gets or don’t get isn’t a fair way to judge how a soap is doing.Plus each year’s Emmys ceremony is a recognition of the work done the previous year and not… Read more »

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Hard to find a nominee from every soap? It’s quite simple: Each soap should nominate their own top three in each acting category. A separate group of judges declares the winner. The winners from each soap are then in the race for the emmy. It’s pretty easy looking to me!!!

andrew hass
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andrew hass

However it still should be up to the actors if they want to be nominated or not and in which category they want to be in and not the show.

Becky
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Becky

I didn’t watch Y&R at all for a while after I saw that storyline coming, so I hadn’t seen Billy Miller’s acting. WOW! And Jason Thompson was great too. Peter Bergman’s scenes are good but a while back he had a day where he read his lines very monotonously, could even call it acting; glad to see he’s still got it most of the time!

Rodd
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Rodd

Jason Thompson for the win. He always delivers. You cannot watch any scene he’s in and not be mesmerized…unless your brain and heart are on Novocain. ;0p

abruzzfan
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abruzzfan

I don’t pay attention to the Daytime Emmy awards anymore because they appear to be rigged and are a joke. It looks like CBS produces them, and then they give all the awards to CBS. This was pretty obvious last year when GH writing was snubbed. The majority of the awards went to B&B which is a simple 30-minute soap. The Emmy Award show was sooo bad last year. The Nurses Ball was 1000 times better. They should stop this embarrassment for Soaps. It is giving Soaps a bad name.

Cathy Borruso
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Cathy Borruso

Jason Thompson should have won last year not sure he’ll win over Billy Miller but still hoping the Y&R guys will x each other out….win or lose Jason is still a winner 2 me & I am pulling for him★★★

Kidders Robinson
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Kidders Robinson

Doug is multi layered and always deeply honest so my vote is for him. Peter does the same thing over and over again and although sincere could be richer. Jason is solid and a very good actor, but tears alone don’t make it deep. Billy Miller had the storyline of the century but am I the only one who thinks that stoic and moping is not enough? I felt it was clear he does not have kids and had trouble relating and was waiting for that one great scene. I love him as an actor in the gambling cheating scenes… Read more »

Robert
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Robert

You don’t know what you’re talking about. He is totally believable every step of the way.

Robert
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Robert

I LOVE Billy Miller. I think he is an excellent actor and even better than many big screen stars. He deserves to win. However, Michael Muhney was also excellent this year and deserved to be nominated. The other 2 actors on Y & R always give great performances, but Michael Muhney was robbed. If the Emmy had not gone to Miller, Muhney should have won. Unfortunately, he was not even nominated. That is a major injustice.

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Kristina Wagner Shares She’s Back On Contract at General Hospital

This past week, General Hospital fans were thrilled with the news that longtime fan favorite, Kristina Wagner (Felicia) was on her way back to the soap opera to tape new episodes.  However on Saturday, the actress shared even bigger news.  She is back on contract at the ABC daytime drama series.

Kristina revealed via her Instagram: “I’m pleased to announce I just finished my first work week on contract with General Hospital. The good people there have made it a well oiled machine. I’m so impressed with the way they navigate the Covid protocols. It’s not easy but we’ll worth it. We’ve got some fun storylines coming up. I’ve been thrown in the middle of a current storyline and I think Felicia’s part in it gives it some color. Stay tuned!”

Earlier in the week on Tuesday via Twitter, Kristina expressed: “Tomorrow I head back to work on General Hospital! Lucky me. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of that family once again. Here we go. More to come. Felicia Scorpio rides again.”

Wagner began her GH role as Felicia Cummings, the Aztec princess back in 1984 and has appeared on and off the show since then.

So what storyline do you think Felicia will get thrown into? Will she return to Port Charles to help Maxie (Kirsten Storms)?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud Deliver One-Two Punch as Britt & Carly Grieve the Loss of Jason

When General Hospital goes for the emotional jugular, it is very often top-notch daytime drama, and that was on full display through Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series in key scenes as the news of Jason’s ‘death’ hit Port Charles.

In the wake of Steve Burton’s (Ex-Jason) dismissal from the show for not adhering to the vaccine mandate, it did open up the story and provide for a huge fallout for those who loved the mob hitman.

In the end, it was Carly (Laura Wright) and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), who seemingly felt the loss the hardest.  Initially, upon learning how Jason ‘died’ helping Britt locate her mother, Liesl (Kathleen Gati), a defiant Carly blamed Britt for Jason never coming home.

In Wednesday’s episode, we saw how Carly and Britt tried to cope with the knowledge that Jason was buried under a rubble in a cave, with no sign of life, or his body found.

Overwhelmed with grief, Carly heads to the footbridge to be close to the spirit of Jason and to mourn him as tears flow.  She is stunned to see Britt show up there, too.  Carly is surprised that Britt even knew about the bridge that Jason had rebuilt thank to a generous donation from him.  Britt tells Carly that she and Jason had a lot of time to talk while they were on the run.  After Carly explains that Jason was her person and had been her other half, Britt offers to leave. S he expresses that she thought coming to the bridge would make her feel closer to Jason.

Then, in a heartbreaking moment, Britt assures Carly that she blames herself for what happened to Jason and hates herself.  Then, Carly has a moment of clarity that Jason would want her to forgive Britt.  Generous thoughts never come naturally to Carly, but Jason always set her straight on how to handle life’s most difficult situations.

In the final moments of the episode, with both women in tears, Britt moves to the center of the bridge with her arm around Carly, after Carly tells her she doesn’t want her to go.  The two stand together bonded over the man they both loved.

These scenes were masterfully played by Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud. They were gut-wrenching, powerful, and sad all at the same time.  We think many viewers needed several hankies during these scenes.

So, what did you think of the Carly and Britt bridge scenes …. and the work of Laura and Kelly? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Has No Immediate Plans to Recast the Role of Jason Morgan Following Steve Burton’s Departure

According to a report from Variety, ABC’s General Hospital is not planning on recasting the role of Jason Morgan at this time, following the exit of Steve Burton.

The two-time Daytime Emmy winning star was let-go from the soap after not adhering to their Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

The mandate went into effect on November 1st and in story, the series wrote Burton out, but still left wiggle room for the character to return.

Jason was buried under a rubble when a cave collapsed on top of him, while he was trying to apprehend arch-villain, Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his exit announcement on Instagram, Burton did express: “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan.”  Steve had played the role of Jason since 1991, but with a four-year break at Y&R, before returning to the role in 2017.

Now whether down the line, GH does eventually recast Jason remains to be seen.

So, it looks like Jason will be off the canvas for awhile, and Port Charles will continue to grieve for him.

So, what are your thoughts? Should GH leave Jason off the canvas? Should they recast down the line?  Comment below.

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