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WATCH: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Nominee Reels! Will It Be Geary, LeBlanc, Miller, Or Thompson Who Takes The Gold?



Four of the finest actors in the soap opera genre will duke it out for one of this year’s biggest awards at the upcoming 42nd Annual Daytime Emmys to be broadcast live on Pop on Sunday night, April 26th starting at 8PMET/5PMPT.

General Hospital’s Anthony Geary (Luke) and Jason Thompson (Patrick) will vie for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series prize against The Young and the Restless nominees Christian LeBlanc (Michael) and former Y&R cast member (now on GH), and the defending champ in this category, Billy Miller. (Ex-Billy Abbott)

Geary has won seven times previously, which is a Daytime Emmy performer record! Christian LeBlanc and Billy Miller have each won three times, while Jason Thompson had never been awarded top honors.  Could this be his year? Or, will it be the one of the other gents turn to give an acceptance speech?

After the jump, watch the incredible nominated work of these four talented actors via the reels they submitted for Emmy contention. Then weigh-in: Who do you think deserves to win on Emmy night based on the reels? Who would you most like to see take home the gold? Let us know!

Anthony Geary – Daytime Emmys
Christian Le Blanc – Daytime Emmys

Billy Miller – Daytime Emmys
Jason Thompson – Daytime Emmys

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Tony Geary’s clip (while this has nothing to do with his acting ability) shows how ridiculous is it to believe this dissociative identity disorder storyline. It was 2 different people. But his acting was terrific. This can not be a different identity. That’s not how it would have gone down with an alternate personalty.

I forgot, we have no reason still to understand what Luke’s alter ego would have against Sonny. Nonsensicle. The acting is brilliant. But makes no sense that the Fluke is Luke.

Does his alter really need a reason to hate Sonny…as Luke he had no reason to hate Sonny who is a friend but as the darker Fluke he hated everyone his good side Luke liked and cared for-his family, Tracy, and Sonny—thats his dark side thinking—when you have any sort of mental illness you dont think rationally…your thought are different and you dont act like you normally do…he had no reason to hate his family and Tracy but because of his mental condition as Fluke he simply thought he hated them…same for Sonny and everbody else he liked!!!

Yes, it was two separate people, Fluke was not Luke’s alter at the time that was shot. We know that now, we knew it then. The scenes were intended to clearly indicate that Fluke was a separate person. And TG did a masterful job in his portrayal, signaling to the audience exactly what he was supposed to convey, that Fluke was a different person; an imposter who assumed Luke’s identity.

Fluke physically left Port Charles that day. He obviously stopped off at Miscavige to pay a visit. And there he found Luke, drugged up. If it was all in his head, where did this confrontation take place? Did he actually, physically go to Miscavige to confront himself? Why would he have free reign of the place, to be able to use an empty room to do this? What would be Fluke’s/Luke’s relationship with Miscavige if it was all in his head? If he was a different person and assumed Luke’s identity, making a switch there a year ago, then he would have a relationship with the place. (Although that would be hard to explain. How would he have been involved with Heather and her kidnapping Luke? But of course that just shows there were still huge problems with the story the other way, if Fluke was Bill E or someone else).

So now, was all this in his head? Then where was he physically when this confrontation took place? Looking back, would the audience ever be able to look at this as playing out in his head, given how it was presented, shot, directed, written, acted?

Yes acted. Which goes back to TG. A masterful performance, he showed us two separate people, Luke and his double. Give him the Emmy.

It is not DID. The writer said it was a Psychotic Break!! TG was great !! I was GH but after watching ALL 4 clips I think Christian deserves the win!!

Lin, you are so right..Good acting but since the reveal that Luke is actually “Fluke” with a spit personality, this reel seems so outdated and pointless..Jason should win this year or Christian.

You bet, Lin. Geary’s acting was extraordinary. He did what he had to do….the end product, superb, considering I could not, for the life of me, put the puzzle together. I still can’t. As I have already stated, we all went on a scary, nonsensical (indeed, Lin, as you say) , stupid , long and most audacious ride ( actually an insult to our intellect) .
However, since it is the acting that’s in question and not the story, then TG should win.
I, personally, do not understand why J. Thompson was even nominated…HUH? I just don’t see it. He is as boring as Sam. They’re actually a good match. I see nothing special about his acting.
I love Billy Miller, but, he has yet to impress me as Jake….too sedate…..going overboard there, writers!!
C. Leblanc is a class act. His struggles and fears are potently displayed. I just wish TPTB made him appear like a cancer patient….he looks toooo well to be sick when compared to , let’s say, Maura West.
So, if not Geary, then Leblanc should win.

(Full disclosure…I religiously watch General Hospital & Days of Our Lives.)

After viewing the reels submitted for Lead Actor, my predictions are:

Winner: Jason Thompson (Patrick, General Hospital)

JT cries more beautifully than any of the other actors on GH. That even includes Sonny and Michael Easton, whose had some good crying scenes with Maura West lately.

Tony Geary…again!!!

Anthony Geary for the win! No matter what you thing of GH, Geary, the Fluke storyline, or the price of tea in China, there is no denying that none of those other reels comes CLOSE to touching his reel. Give the man the award now!


Seeing Anthony Geary delivering that scene once again gave me shivers!
—— He is more than brilliant !!
Anthony Geary’s double performances were phenomenal and will never be forgotten !

(Anthony Geary without a doubt will bring home his last emmy !

(everyone nominated were captivating, very good indeed ..
All brought greatness to the screen!

All of the reels were very good but the range of emotion the highs and lows that Jason Thompson exhibited with the subtle yet forceful performance is what is going to bring the emmy to him this year. He and Kimberly play off of each other so well he is and always will be golden in my book and in my humble opinion was robbed of several emmys in past years, here is hoping the voters see past favoritism and present the award to a a truly deserving actor. Good Luck Jason!

@ natalie – definitely feeling and think the same as you! Go JT!

I would not be disappointed if JT won, even if I think TG deserves it. TG is the Meryl Streep of daytime tv. He will never phone in a performance. It’s not in his nature. He will always give 110%, & his talent is so huge, just the fact that he’s won before is not a reason to omit him if his work is of such high caliber. But, JT has also been consistently excellent for the past 3 years.

i thought all 3 were good but if i had tovote tony geary would get my vote

With all due respect to the other actors in the category, and I’m a huge fan of Jason Thompson, and hope he gets the recognition he deserves one of these years, but this year, there’s Tony Geary and then there’s everyone else. Regardless of what you think of the Fluke storyline, this is about the acting, and his performance is far and above everyone else.

He’s gonna need a separate room in his home to display all of his Emmys, and #8 should be coming home this year.

Just when you think Geary can’t get better, he raises the bar another notch….and he’s all by himself! Do people know how hard it is to act opposite thin air? There is no one to make eye contact with, listen to, respond to. You have to do the dialogue beats in your head and make the few takes allowed count so it looks completely natural. It isn’t even an action scene with a green screen. It’s an intimate conversation. Brilliant stuff!

Best Actor Michael Muhney hands down and if anybody had any guts instead of bull he would have been nominated and won! He owned that episode Billy Miller waving a gun and grinding his teeth! Muhney owned that scene!

The actoes submitt themselves for pre nomination. This is the second year in a row MM CHOSE not to submit himself. Who therefore has no guts?

@ The Substitute – I don’t watch Y&R, but I did see see a few scenes between Michael Muhney and Billy Miller from January 2014, and boy would it be a race to the races IF Michael Muhney was able to submit his material along with Billy Miller. With only four slots, the missing name/slot is definitely Michael Muhney. If that were the case, the Lead Actor category would be on fire!

After what (seven?!) wins in the catagory, it’s time Geary spread the wealth and withdraw himself from competition (or at the very least, not submit every damn year!) Sure, Geary has AMAZING talent … but Oprah also had an amazing formula with her talk show (as does Ellen) … but after being blessed with a boatload of Emmys, they withdrew from consideration and let others have their day-in-the-sun. (Who would’ve wanted to see her win 25 yrs in a row?!) The same is now happening with Geary; let other equally-deserving actors get a chance … my pick, make it a four-peat for Miller, who is amazing as GH’s Jason, but really OWNED Y&R’s Billy (the role he’s nommed for!)

Tony doesn’t submit his name every year. He didn’t submit it in 2010, 2011, 2013 or 2014. He last won in 2012, which he more than deserved for the storyline where he killed Jake, and the heartbreaking scenes were Lucky confronted him about it, and they did the intervention on him.

So other actors have had plenty of opportunities to win during those years.

This isn’t an Oprah situation where she won every year for 5 years straight at one point. Tony isn’t one of those glory hounds that submits his name every year whether he’s done Emmy quality work or not. And to me, if an actor or actress does award worthy work, which he most definitely has on GH over the past year, then it doesn’t matter if they’ve won zero Emmys or 20 Emmys, quality work deserves to be recognized.

Tony is mega talented and he did so well with those scenes. Which by the way I did not like. He was incredible. However so was Jason and I hope that Jason will win. I know Tony will… but I hope Jason does!

Agree that Michael Muhney was incredible in those scenes and wish he could have gotten some recognition for his phenomenal talent!

Geary by a mile; just riveting! Jason Thompson and Billy Miller were amazing also.

I am a diehard GH fan but follow Y&R to a certain extent. Tony Geary was exceptional as was Jason Thompson and we all know Billy Miller is great. But Christian LeBlanc reel is the video that brought me to tears. Very well done and on point with what’s real in life.

Anthony Geary does it again! He’s the winner. Jason Thompson would be the winner if Tony wasn’t nominated. GH has this category in the bag.

Tony Geary !!! none of the others can touch him!

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Johnny Wactor’s Co-Worker, Anita Joy, Speaks Out For First Time Since His Fatal Shooting and Saving Her Life

Those who knew Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin, GH) were well aware of what an upstanding man he was. As tributes poured in when news that the General Hospital alum was shot and killed by one of three car thieves, they all spoke to his qualities as a human being.

Over the first 24 hours since his passing, the public learned Wactor lost his life putting himself in front of a female co-worker when confronted by his assailants, following their shift at a downtown LA bar. The thieves were attempting to steal his catalytic converter from his vehicle.

Now. Wactor’s former co-work, Anita Joy, has spoken out for the first time via her Instagram account of what happened on that fateful morning and her remembrances accompanied by photos and videos with Johnny.  As many now know, Johnny died a hero.

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Anita began, “I’ve needed to take some time to collect myself and my thoughts. I was with Johnny in his last moments and I’m here to be his voice after such unimaginable events. His story is in this post as it happened, please swipe through the top photos and read it. Early Saturday morning (May 25) after our bartending shift Friday night at Level 8 in DTLA.”

“He was killed senselessly by a coward who reacted without care of the gorgeous life he was taking,” Joy shared.  So, I’m angry, I’m sad and I’m all of the feelings and once … but above all, I am here for Johnny’s justice. My friend of 8 years went from laughing together, working side by side, leaving our bartending shift and walking to our cars, to him dying in my arms in the street of DTLA in the dark hours of 3am.”

She went on to say, “Everything happened in an instant. I’ve come to describe it as a glass of water that gets tipped over and you’re scrambling to grab it and save it from spilling out completely but it just runs through your fingertips and is gone.” Joy said that she and Wactor, “cautiously approached the men questioning what they were doing, at first thinking the car was being towed.”

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“We were no threat and Johnny kept his cool as he always did, simply stating that it was his car and for them to leave. Hands open to his sides in peace, Joy recounted. “Johnny was between me and the man who shot him – as I heard the shot ring into the night, he forcefully tumbled back into my arms as I grabbed for him I shouted, ‘Hunny, you OK?’ And he only responded, ‘Nope! Shot!’ Joy went on to say that she and Johnny “toppled onto the street” where she was trying to hold his body up as she was screaming for help and screaming at Johnny to “stay with me.”

Next, Joy details that a security guard named Bryan ran into the street and phoned 911. Anita wrote, “I’m so thankful for Bryan showing up, trying with all his might to save Johnny. My only peace is that I was him and this didn’t happen to him alone. My other peace will be seeing these awful men brought to justice.”

Speaking on Wactor’s character, Joy added, “Johnny had this incredible ability that was truly just his genuine nature – to make anyone and everyone feel so special in his eyes. No matter how well you knew him, he treated everyone like he truly cared about you. He lit up any room – you couldn’t not smile around him. His energy was magnetic and pulled you in so effortlessly – you were safe with him. He treated everyone with love, respect, compassion and he really ‘saw’ you.”

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“He was beautiful, goofy as hell, full of work ethic and values, he never put people down, even when joking, he never made you feel unsure of yourself – he knew how to be hilarious in such a positive way and it just made him that much more lovable. It just filled your heart to be around him,” she recalled.  Johnny made you love him instantly,” Joy added. “Absolutely one of the best men I’ve ever known. I’m so grateful to have been a part of his world and him, mine. My heart is shattered with his loss but I believe l have gained the best guardian Angel out there.  I love you Johnny Wacky.”

Anita then addressed the crime that took Johnny’s life and how Level 8 did not provide parking for its late night shift workers.  Joy explained, “These criminals need to be caught – Level 8 needs to provide parking for their late hour staff as they originally promised- This cannot be something that isn’t responded to with action, it needs to be addressed in a manner to prevent anything like this ever happening again to the best of their ability – Level 8 needs to contribute to Johnny’s family to honor and respect him for all the hard work and effort he did for them.”

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Speaking on GoFundMe page that has been set for Wactor, Anita spoke about Johnny’s family, expressing, “They are on the other side of the country and it’s going to be a lot on them emotionally and financially to get Johnny home to them.”

What do you think about Anita’s account of Johnny dying in her arms after shielding her from the thieves who were trying to steal his catalytic converter in his car? Her remembrances of the man she became friends and co-workers with? Comment below.

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Elizabeth MacRae, ‘General Hospital’s’ Meg Baldwin, Passes Away at 88

Veteran actress, Elizabeth MacRae best-known as the third Meg Baldwin on General Hospital and as Gomer Pyle’s girlfriend, Lou-An Ann Poovie, in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C has died at the age of 88. MacRae passed away in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she grew up.

On General Hospital, Elizabeth played Meg Baldwin who had a young son, Scott (Kin Shriner) from a previous relationship and who married Lee Baldwin (Peter Hansen). The role was originated by Patricia Breslin from 1965-1969. Breslin was temporarily replaced by Jan Shepherd for three weeks in the summer of 1967. MacRae took over the part from Breslin full time from 1969-70 and again from 1972-73.

In story, the character of Meg suffered a nervous breakdown and Lee had her committed to an institution. In 1971, Meg was released and came home, but suffered from severe hypertension. In 1973, Dr Lesley Webber was assigned to her case. Meg became jealous of Lesley and began to think that she was trying to get to have sex with Lee. During an argument with Lee, Meg died of a stroke and soon after Lee adopted Scott.

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MacRae also appeared on other notable soaps, having roles on Another WorldDays of Our LivesGuiding Light, and Search for Tomorrow.  Elizabeth’s career spanned over two and half decades having also appeared in classic TV shows and countless movies such as: Route 66Surfside 6RendezvousThe FugitiveJudd for the DefenseGunsmokeBonanzaI Dream of Jeannie, and The Andy Griffith Show.

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She is survived by five stepchildren, Terry Halsey, Peter Halsey, Hugh Halsey, Cate Halsey, and Alex Halsey Topper.

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LAPD Continue to Seek Johnny Wactor’s Killers Who Remain At Large; Asks Public for Tips and Leads

The Los Angeles police department is ramping up its search for to the whereabouts of the three thieves, who got away after one fatally shot former General Hospital cast member, Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando Corbin) in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 26th in downtown Los Angeles.

Law enforcement sources told the LA Times that police are trying to pull fingerprints from Wactor’s vehicle and are looking for video from the area. They also are checking to see whether there are any connections to other nearby catalytic converter thefts.

The thieves were attempting to steal the catalytic converter from Wactor’s car at the time of his death. Sadly, the LAPD investigators shared they have seen an uptick in violence when these types of thieves are confronted.

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Catalytic converters contain precious metals in which thieves can make hundreds of dollars selling them to auto parts suppliers or scrap yards, where they can be melted down and the valuable metals extracted.

In addition, on Tuesday May 28th, the LAPD shared more on the incident that took Wactor’s life, stating, “Without provocation, the victim was shot by one of the individuals. The three suspects involved were wearing all dark clothing and driving a dark-colored sedan. The suspects fled northbound on Hope Street. Central Bureau Homicide is investigating this case and is requesting the public’s help.”

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If you have tip: y0u are urged to call LAPD Detectives Gonzales or Martinez at Central Bureau Homicide, at (213) 996-4142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

In addition, Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to

Wactor played General Hospital’s Brando Corbin from 2020 to 2022. According to the LA Times, “Wactor recently had been exploring opportunities in screenwriting while working as a bartender.”

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