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Will Genie Francis come back to GH this summer?

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We hear from Soap Opera Digest that GH’s Bob Guza is interested again in bringing back Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) back to the canvas hopefully sometime this summer! The head scribe stated, “We’ve said before: If ever there were a need for Laura on this canvas, it is now. It is very much a part of our thinking now. We are not currently in negotiations, but I can easily see that from a story standpoint. I am not confirming this. I don’t know this, but I would not be at all surprised if we brought her back this summer, assuming we can work it out with Genie’s very busy schedule.”

Many feel Francis should have already been back to help a betrayed Lucky when he found  out the lovely Liz slept with Laura’s son and his half-bro, Nikolas!   Stay tuned, looks like this summer in Port Charles could wind up hotter than July!

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Tom
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Tom

It would be about time, she is the show. Whoever is in charge of this disaster of a show should have woke up a long time ago and got Genie Francis back however they needed to do it. I have no faith in the producer and writer of this show and worry about how bad they will screw Laura up if she does indeed return.

Debbie
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Debbie

I completely agree. Luke isn’t Luke without her, and the show just doesn’t have it any more. Stopped watching when she left, only tune in when she is back. When they had her back in 2008 the story and their parting (Luke and Laura) was so depressing I doubt she will be back. Seems they pretty much closed their relationship, he had moved on and she was going to do the same. VERY sad!

shameeza
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shameeza

it’s a shame how they’ve totally ignored her character! Luke’s behaviour towards tracy’s is like he’s never been in love before! She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to him! IT’s very insulting to us fans, who have been watching GH since the 70’s. I’m sure Tony Geary is not happy with the writing.

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rb

I would love to see Laura return with a new independence and confidence and maybe a new love interest and maybe a lot of money. Then I’d like to see her give Tracy a hard time and slap some sense into Luke. This mental illness thing should be resolved as some evil plot, the real circumstances of Rick’s death revealed and Luke should admit to himself, Tracy and Laura the truth..that Laura is the love of his life and he obviously can’t live without her. Luke should clean up his act and resolve to “earn” Laura back. Now that is… Read more »

lisa
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lisa

lies, lies, and more lies!!!!! why hasnt genie francis been asked back long before now??? this soap is doomed to fail.. I wish genie would go back to days or even y&r.. somewhere they appreciate the amazing talent of this gifted actress!!! R.I.P GH!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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rb

I can see a completely logical, realistic explanation for the Luke/Tracey stuff. Let’s face it, like can knock people around, alot! Luke’s been through the mill and he isn’t getting any younger. Old guys get grumpy. It’s a fact of life. So he got grumpy and depressed and didn’t want to try anymore. With Laura he would have to work for it. She hasn’t been exactly reliable of late, and Tracey has all that lovely money and status. Luke lately reminds me of my own husband…and who wants to watch that?!! They need to bring Genie back in a front… Read more »

Marianna
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Marianna

I wished they had brought Genie back instead of Brenda! Genie/ Laura was much more beloved for a lot longer.

lisa
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lisa

why not have genie cross over to oltl like anna did on amc? its obvious that guza and company dont know how to write a s/l for this amazing actress.. how are those HUGE brenda ratings working out for ya bob??? PLEASE!!

Sophie
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Sophie

Who cares about spoiled brat Brenda bring back Laura Spencer

Sophie
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Sophie

Also why is it that GH surprises take a long long time before they come out ? You almost lose interest. Yet OLTL the most you wait is a month ?

joannie Nixon
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joannie Nixon

I wnat Laura back……. I really do. I have been watching
gh for 30 some years and I miss her. She was wonderful in the Note I love to watch
it every Christmas and now I want to see Laura on GH Lets keep writting til they bring her back!!!!!

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Laura fan

I have only recently tuned in into watching GH, and then i came across the legacy of Luke and Laura, i saw their videos in youtube and now i am a HUGE fan of Genie. I like Tony too, i mean the former version of him, the new luke(tony) is not even the fraction of what he use to be. I mean Tracy and Luke are so boring… they both seem old and tired , I saw the clip where Laura came back in 2008 , suddenly Luked seemed to look handsome and the whole show made sense to me.… Read more »

cindi
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cindi

I will only watch if they bring Laura back. She is the soul of this show, and if they don’t realize that yet than the produers are just blind. Bring her back!!!

Debbie
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Debbie

I agree, Luke is no good without Laura. Actually, Tony said that many years ago, in the 80s, that he wouldn’t bring back Luke without Laura, so he became Bill. I agree, Luke is not Luke without Laura. She saves him, she is his humanity, and the love story is the greatest of any other in soaps. Luke and the fans need Laura. I only watch when Genie is on, and the way it ended in 08 was heart breaking.

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GH’s Michael E. Knight Chats On: Taking on the Role of Martin Grey, Friendship with James Patrick Stuart, and All My Children’s Tad

Last Thursday night during a livestream interview, General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight chatted with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel about returning to daytime in the role of legal eagle Martin Grey, and mixing it up with some of the most famous notables and actors that currently and historically have graced the screens on the ABC daytime drama series.

In case you missed it, the replay of the conversation with three-time Daytime Emmy winner is now available.  During the chat, Knight reveals what is has been like to play the on-screen half-brother of Genie Francis (Laura), if he enjoys the courtroom scenes in which Martin had to defend some of the most notorious in town including Nelle Benson (Chloe Lanier), and more.

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Fans of GH are also enjoying the romantic pairing of Lucy Coe and Martin, pairing Knight with another soap vet, Lynn Herring.  Michael shares that it’s nice to see, and appreciates, the writers creating a fun relationship for a couple that is middle-aged instead of always seeing the younger sets escapades all of the time on daytime TV.

All My Children fans, of course, recall Michael’s memorable performances through the years as Tad Martin, where he became synonymous with Pine Valley.  After AMC came to its conclusion in 2011 on ABC and 2013 with Prospect Park, Knight finally returned to soaps in 2015 in the recurring role of Dr. Simon Neville on The Young and the Restless before joining the cast of GH in 2019.

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During the interview, Michael shares behind the scenes stories of working with his on-screen parents, Mary Fickett (Ruth) and Ray MacDonnell (Joe), his enduring on-screen love story with Dixie (Cady McClain), and the heyday of AMC in story, with his on-screen sister, Jenny played by Kim Delaney. When Michael came to GH, viewers recall he actually got to share an inside moment with Kim and the fans, when Martin met Jackie Templeton, then played by Delaney.

During the livestream, Michael recalled several of Tad’s wives, and when one fan asked if Cady McClain might come to GH as Dixie, and that maybe she could be a woman from Martin’s past, Knight shared that it could be interesting.

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In a surprise appearance later in the livestream, James Patrick Stuart (Valentin, GH), who has an enduring friendship with Michael, and happened to be at Knight’s house, shared some memories of his time as Will Cortlandt on All My Children. Now decades later, things have come full-circle for the good friends as they share screen-time on General Hospital as Valentin and Martin.

Stuart is a Daytime Emmy nominee this year for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category at the upcoming 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and we took a moment to congratulate him on being acknowledged by his peers for the second year in a row.  Currently, James is pulling double duty shooting his Disney+ show, Villains of Valley View, while also taping GH.

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Watch the replay of the livestream with Michael E. Knight below.

Then let us know, are you enjoying Martin and Lucy together? What do you think of the idea of Cady McClain coming to GH? Do you want to see more Valentin and Martin scenes? And, what are your favorite memories of Michael’s time as Tad on All My Children? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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General Hospital Tapes 15,000th Episode; Featuring Genie Francis with Almost Every Single Cast Member Appearing in It

On Thursday, ABC’s General Hospital reached yet another milestone in its illustrious history. The daytime drama taped its 15,000 episode.

During the tape day, the cast, crew and creatives posed for a photo on set to mark the occasion with cake.

GH’s 15,000 episode will air next month on June 17th.

ABC 7’s entertainment guru, George Pennacchio was on set with a first-hand report, interviewing the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

From the sounds of it, the 15K episode will center around the character of Laura, and according to Valentini, “It will be happy, it will be sad, it will be dark, it will be scary, it will be fun, it will be thrilling and it will be exciting, but most importantly it will have almost every single cast member in it.”

Check out the segment and on set report from Pennacchio below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to see the 15K episode of GH via the comment below and congratulate the long-running soap for another historic milestone.

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TONIGHT: General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight Live! – 8 PM ET/5 PM PST

General Hospital’s Michael E. Knight stops by to chat with Michael Fairman for a very special conversation on The Michael Fairman Channel streaming live beginning at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT.

The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and beloved daytime veteran will talk on his role of Martin Grey on the ABC daytime drama series, working with the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Chloe Lanier (Nelle), Jeff Kober (Cyrus), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin), Lynn Herring (Lucy), and more.

In addition, Knight will discuss his time as Pine Valley’s Tad Martin on All My Children.  A role that started his career, and that he played for decades, that made him a household name in daytime.  Michael will share inside stories of working with some of his favorite co-stars on the former daytime drama and much more.

To watch the livestream check out the video below, or head on over to You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel and make sure to ‘subscribe’.

If you have any questions for Michael, you can post them here, or join us in the live chat and comment there.  We look forward to tonight’s conversation with Michael.

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