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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.

rb
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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

rb
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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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Daytime Emmys To Remain Virtual For Upcoming 2021 Ceremony

With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

In a statement, NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp expressed on the organization’s decision:“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall. However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, we have decided to remain “virtual” in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.

The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Port Charles Learns a Bomb Caused the Explosion as Lives are Forever Changed

This week’s General Hospital has reminded us all of why we love daytime drama and why GH possesses some of the finest performers in the genre.

Wednesday’s episode featured several emotionally-charged and gut-wrenching moments as loved ones find out the fate of several people in crisis, or have to deliver terrible news in the wake of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib, which already had taken the lives of Dev (Ashton Arbab) and Dustin (Mark Lawson).

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As we begin, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) has a passed-out Lulu (Emme Rylan) in his arms and brings her to Portia (Brook Kerr), who sends her for tests.  And in true soap opera fashion, just as Lulu was presumably going to tell Dane she still loved him and wanted him back (following Dustin’s death) … he never heard what she had to say.

 

Laura (Genie Francis) fills in Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) that Dev did not make it, and then Liz decides to tell her son, Cameron (William Lipton) the heartbreaking news while he is recovering from his injuries.  When she does, Cam is overcome and devastated as his mother holds him in her arms.  Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) is filling-in Trina (Sydney Mikayla) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) about Dev’s untimely death.

Later, with Laura present, Portia tells Lulu’s loved ones that she has a cerebral contusion, and that there is a a traumatic brain injury which has caused swelling on the brain.  Laura and Dante look on devastated.  Portia then says they have already rushed Lulu to urgent surgery.

Julian (William deVry) is with Ava (Maura West) at Wyndemere.  She is attempting to hide him there, while he figures out his next step after planting the bomb.  However, Jason (Steve Burton) shows up looking for Julian now that Sonny found out that a bomb caused the explosion that ravaged the Floating Rib.  From that point on calls are made to ensure Sonny’s family is protected as a mob war is about to go down. Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Jason believe all roads lead back to Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober).

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Jason leaves Wyndemere before spotting Julian; leaving a distraught Ava to come down hard on her brother … he has two choices…  leave Port Charles, which she will help him do, or stay, and if he stays, she will not help him or be a part of his life.  While they are discussing his next move, they learn Lulu is now in critical condition from the bomb.  Ava tells Julian in no uncertain terms that everything he has done has come with a cost.  Jason shows up at the Corinthos home where Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is not happy about any of this, finds out along with Carl,y that Jason believes he was the target at the Floating Rib.

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As Liz is struggling to hold it together with Franco (Roger Howath) having brain surgery, she speaks with Scott (Kin Shriner), who did not know of his son’s tumor.  She shares with Franco’s dad that Franco is worried he will wake up a very different person.  Liz is told Franco is out of surgery, and is in tears over his hospital bed.  She prays he will be alright and Franco wakes up!

Portia tells Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Laura, and Dante that Lulu is out of surgery but in a coma, which Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) points out is normal in these situations. Dante goes to sit by Lulu’s bedside and begs her to wake up.

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Then, in devastating news for Laura, Lucas (Matt Trudeau) gives her the real 411 on Lulu.  He tells Laura that Lulu’s brain started swelling the minute she hit her head at the Floating Rib, and that her injury got worse the longer she was not checked out.  Laura achingly realizes Lulu was so worried about Dustin that she never was immediately checked out for head trauma.  Lucas lets Laura know that Lulu’s recovery could take a very long time, if she recovers at all.

Heart-tugging performances throughout the stellar episode were given by: Dominic Zamprogna, Genie Francis, William Lipton, Rebecca Herbst, and Maura West in very intense and dramatic scenes.

So, what have you thought of this week’s episodes of GH? The fate of Lulu? The performances from yesterday’s airshow? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Ashton Arbab Says Farewell To General Hospital: “It Was Such An Honor To Have Worked Alongside Of Such Talented Actors”

Yesterday, viewers of General Hospitals witnessed that as a result of the bomb explosion at the Floating Rib; it meant the end of the road for a couple of characters.  One of those was Dev, and thus ends Ashton Arbab’s over two-year run in the role.

In key scenes, Dev dies in the ambulance ride to the hospital and thanks Sonny (Maurice Benard) for making him a part of the family and tells Sonny to tell Josslyn (Eden McCoy) that he is sorry.  Will Sonny recall what Dev said and pass that on to Joss? Will anyone figure out Dev’s duplicity in keeping Joss and Cameron (William Burton) apart? Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, Ashton took to Twitter on Tuesday and shared these words of praise and ‘thank you’ for his time on the ABC daytime drama series.

 

Arbab expressed: “I am forever grateful to Producer Frank Valentini and Mark Teschner (casting director, GH) for this amazing opportunity. It was such an honor to have worked along side of such talented actors and I’m beyond blessed for your friendship. Most of all thank you General Hospital fans.”

So, what did you think of Dev being killed-off? Will you miss Ashton? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.


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