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William deVry and GH Have Reached A New Deal!

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Fantastic news to start the weekend!  After drawn out contract negotiations, William deVry (Julian Jerome) and General Hospital have reached a new deal that will ensure that Julian Jerome is staying on the canvas.

GH’s executive producer, Frank Valentini made the announcement via social media tweeting: “Great news-just in time for the weekend!! Will DeVry is staying in Port Charles. Deets to follow  

On-Air On-Soaps reached out to deVry on Friday night, who also confirmed that the deal was done.

Throughout this week, On-Air On-Soaps shared deVry’s interview, Valentini thoughts on the situation, as well as deVry’s co-star Nancy Lee Grahn’s (Alexis), and now things have taken a very exciting turn!

So, happy to hear that deVry is staying in Port Charles? Looks like the fans voice were heard! Comment below.

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Grant Putnam
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Grant Putnam

I guess he could play into the olJason storyline. Keep him!

dmr
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dmr

I think the entire show will soon revolve around Steve Burton, his return, and old/new Jason…

Jimh
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Jimh

I wanted him on Days as Peter Blake…anyway, im not really a Julian fan but he is a good actor!!

Satan
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Satan

Peter Blake was portrayed by Jason Brooks, who doesn’t resemble William DeVry in the slightest.

Don’t see that as a possible recast. Jason Brooks will never return (which is more due to the off-screen drama than anything that happened on the show) so if they ever went with a recast there, I’d be more likely to go with Sean Kanan. Though he doesn’t get along with ReRon (thanks to how he was treated the last time around on GH) so he’s probably not a good fit for Days right now

aria
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aria

wow, male stars are more valued then female counterparts, how sad, i would rather they kept Rebecca Budig, over William Devry and Steve Burton.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

not really; they let go of Tyler (Nicolas), didn’t sign up Tristan Rogers, Jack Wagner (both of which I believe would have come back)… didn’t sign Wally Kurth to a contract so he went over to (Days?) though I’m thankful we have him back to some degree on GH; got rid of Michael Easton without warning and only brought him back after a huge petition, etc. I do agree though that something seems up the way they “disposed” of Hayden after hearing the actress signed a four year deal. Not fair to her and ridiculous to cut her right in… Read more »

Max Daddee
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Max Daddee

Glad DeVry’s negotiations worked out, he’s a great actor. Not happy at all about Rebecca Buddig leaving. Have no desire to see Steve Burton come back and if letting Buddig go was part of a fundraising plan to pay for Burton’s comeback…

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Hi Rebecca. Something’s fishy there, alright. And I believe it all traces back to the return of Steve “name your price” Burton. But I digress.. And is it just accidental that Rebecca Budig is giving the performance of her life lately as Hayden is being backed into a corner by that slimy ex. Looks like we’re also the losers in this great actress’ early release.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi Soaphound…

Agree. Would be pathetically funny if Burton was only returning for a short stint. Seems like GH likes to publicize “returns” that last about five minutes.

I hope Budig finds work. Steve “name your price” Burton. LOL!

jeanine girard
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jeanine girard

((Huge sigh of relief))!!! Thank goodness WDV will be back on the show. Would have been a huge void had he left, especially with you-know-who coming back.

rose
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rose

“Yes,” I’m happy that deVry/Julian is staying in Port Charles. I think there is the possibility of an interesting story as he and Alexis try to find themselves, and maybe even a way back to each other.

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

Took a landskide of unrelenting tweets but it got WDV a new contract!

Abruzzfan
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Abruzzfan

Hey Eileen! Good job!!! I am so happy to hear the news.

su0000
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su0000

That is good news….. 🙂

MB
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MB

So DeVry reaches an agreement. Howarth reaches an agreement. Easton is on his 100th character. But Tyler is on Days, Vets like Hearst, Ingo, York, Tristan etc are nowhere or get cameos. Ian’s Duke was killed for no reason. Kanan & Thompson were marginalized and left. And Burton is back because ABC stepped in, clearly not Frank’s idea. But it’s too late. Too many fans are gone and not enough will come back to see Burton when most of GH remains so unrecognizable. Until GH has an EP that will produce GH for a larger GH audience, not a roomful… Read more »

Suzie rm
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Suzie rm

Well stated

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I like how you wrote your thoughts. Well stated, MB. I do not enjoy GH as much as I used to ‘back in the day.’ Seems characters and caricatures and the plots (outlandish as they are) are more important that history and humanity.

Suzie rm
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Suzie rm

Really could care. The moral center of the show is wrong. This is no longer my GH. the

Patrick
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Patrick

“…Looks like the fans voice were heard! ”

if only

we’d have much less Carly and Sonny, Jason and Sam, Michael and Nelle, Franco, Finn

Patrick
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Patrick

after “ALL” is said and done. of course i’m happy that the man is back. he packs so much wallop.. and yeah,,,,if he reads this… he’s admired for a lot of things. most specifically : he can act. everything thereafter just falls in to place. SO NICE i’m more happy that the brother sister team of WD and Maura West is back on track. didn’t Kiki look the best in her shorter haircut. adore adore adore is putting it mildly. say what one will… the Jerome family… is top notch… Hi Avery if Alexis and Julian reunite… c’est la vie… Read more »

GaysOfOurLives_5683
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GaysOfOurLives_5683

Hey Patrick, I agree with you wholeheartedly about Robin Christopher. Herself and William DeVry I can just picture would have HOT HOT HOT on-screen chemistry.

dmr
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dmr

Thanks, Patrick! Agreed, Mr. deVry can certainly act. I like Ava and Julian’s sibling relationship, too (although, I have never been a fan of Kiki), and don’t even get me started on “Monotone Sam!”-UGH! Just send Sam off to an asylum for the unforeseeable future, never to be heard from again! The Quartermaine’s are always, always welcome on-air, love them!

Francesca Bruno
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Francesca Bruno

It is a good relationship between Ava and Julian, dmr. Better than most.

Griffin and Ava. Is love in the air?

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hey Patrick…

I love Robin Christopher too! It’d be great to have her back…the Qs need to make a comeback in some way. But…both AJ who she was close to (loved her for being so loyal to him when all others in his family were so cold to him) and Tracy, who constantly reminded her she wasn’t a “real” Quartermaine…are gone. Still, would really welcome her return.

LOL. I don’t know why you don’t like Sam. I think she’s so down to earth, although I despise how she rejects Julian but embraces Sonny.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Patrick…a Julian/Skye pairing…AW, HELL Y-E-A-H!!!!! Dude…I’M INTRIGUED ALREADY!!!!!

Shay
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Shay

Yes, Patrick, yes! I can easily picture a Skye and Julian pairing….it would be quite reminiscent of her sexy dalliance with Lorenzo Alcazar….

Curacaoman
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Curacaoman

Yes, as long as he stops being every mobster’s doormat

Sara
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Sara

I and my Soap Friends called the GH Comment Line begging not to let him go! #JULEXIS

Phil
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Phil

Excellent news! Wish they would keep Rebecca Budig as well!

Rodd
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Rodd

Good news!

Karen Clark
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Karen Clark

NO

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Congratulations to William deVry. I very much enjoy his portrayal of the multi-faceted Julian Jerome, and I look forward to seeing what’s to come for him on General Hospital. I hope these kind of negotiations—which has plagued Rebecca Herbst, Roger Howarth and now William deVry—stop happening. I feel like we do not see this happen with other soap operas, and I do believe it is because Disney ABC Television Group are directly involved with negotiations, like CBS and NBC, whom have other channels to move through. All that matters is that he’s staying put, though, I liked the idea of… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I really liked someone’s post about him going to Y&R as a love interest for Ashley. I would be very keen on Rick Hearst returning to GH to break up Carly and Sonny. Ric Lansing is the only character with personality temperament and sexuality to even keel Carly. He’s Alive If we must keep Sonny. Its Dahlia Salem . I loved her on Another World. For the love of god split these two up. They stink Remember her as Claire Walsh? I too can only hope that the writing has enough imagination to trigger. Otherwise its this site with all… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Great news…congrats to DeVry and those of us who love Julian!

Jimh
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Jimh

Now i hope they Make Julian the real Jason…forget Steve and Billy…Sonny’s worse enemy besides Sonny-Julian-is Really Jason Morgon-(aged some)-lol

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

LOL! Now THAT’s a great idea, Jimh! 🙂

jaybird369
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jaybird369

William deVry is staying put at GH…AWESOME NEWS!!!!!

JK
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JK

GLAD TO HEAR THIS NEWS…NOW I HOPE HE GETS AN INTERESTING LOVE INTEREST AND WE SEE A NEW AND IMPROVED JULIAN!

Rissa
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Rissa

Best GH news in forever! I’m so happy Wil is staying! I can’t wait to see what’s next for Julian and Alexis.

Kevin C
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Kevin C

Good news for William who I really like but I wish he was on Y&R as a love interest for Ashley….William could do double duty GH & Y&R like Eileen is on Y&R and DOOL.

Celia
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Celia

@Michael Fairman.
Hey, Michael,
Love, love, love your new vid……great music; fantastic voice. I’m impressed. Hot guy!!
Wish you luck!!!!
Regards,
CA.

Shay
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Shay

@Phyllis Fontaine Demarco….Hey there, “Sassy Lady!” Where have you been? The scuttlebutt, the scuttlebutt, please! Your sparkling presence and sage commentary have been sorely missed, not to mention, very much required during our latest “discussions” of the always controversial topic of Alexis and her ruinous, out-of-control sexual yens….with Julian and his part in this ongoing carnal debacle also a hot topic. Only you can provide the suitably snappy retorts that this subject matter truly deserves….so whilst you’re blissfully tapping along in your stiletto-clad toes to Mr. Fairman’s latest tasty musical offering, could you also deign to opine on this most… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi Max…yep…I wonder how much letting Rebecca go has to do with Burton’s return. If it does, I guess the ratings will show one way or another if their “play” paid off. Not fair to the actress or her fans but unfortunately we’ve all been victims of the ratings…cancelled shows and comings and goings of actors. Primetime, too. Sucks.

dmr
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dmr

Rebecca1, besides “This is Us, I can’t remember the last time I “got into” a primetime series. Such a shame.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi dmr… I think I might have confused you…I didn’t mean I thought prime time shows were disappointing, rather that so many that I really like get canceled after one or two seasons! Or, likd in the case of “Nashville” (which I’m thrilled was picked up by CMT) a couple of actors were let go to make room for new characters. Similar to daytime. There are actually quite a few primetime series I enjoy…Younger, Ray Donovan, Outlanders, Poldark, Game of Thrones, Lucifer, Billions, Homeland, Queen Sugar, and, as u mentioned, This Is Us. LOL…there’s probably more that I haven’t mentioned!… Read more »

al
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al

They keep Julian and get rid of Hayden ?? This poor suffering Julian and Alexis is really getting old. It has gotten to be a really boring storyline. I hope it improves soon.

Allen Saint James
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Allen Saint James

days of our lives is full of iconic characters running around town and Gh should have it the same way. There is no real reason why Nancy Lee as remained in the show under contract since 1996, her character has been a nothing for decades. Frisco And Felicia, Laura, Anna and Robert, Lucy and Scott etc etc and their offspring should be the center pieces of the show.

dmr
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dmr

NLG did not have a storyline for a very long time, you are right. She had an on-going flirtation with Mac, that was seen every so often, but that was about it. She was Tuesday/Wednesday “filler” for quite some time. I, myself, would love to see Frisco and Felicia. They were the first super couple that I fell in love with, I still remember watching their first wedding and being so excited as a little girl.

Steve
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Steve

Allen & dmr Yes, Alexis was filler for many years. The writers were probably surprised to see how well “Julexis” were received and increased her prominence. With deVry coming back, how much story is there left to tell? Due to the prolonged contract negotiations, I doubt we’ll see him on screens (after this week) until October. Frisco has been written as the ultimate deadbeat dad going back to before JFP. They tried redeeming him with the 50th anniversary episodes. Even then, his animosity towards Mac was a big turnoff. Mac Scorpio is the father of the century in Port Charles.… Read more »

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Kin Shriner Talks on Franco’s Demise, Scott’s Budding Romance with Obrecht, and His Enduring On-Screen Partnership with Genie Francis

One of the most beloved actors in the history of General Hospital, Kin Shriner, currently finds his alter-ego, Scott Baldwin, in a new budding on-screen romance with none other than Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).

This comes on the heels of Scott learning the devastating news that his son, Franco Baldwin was shot and killed, thus writing-off the ABC daytime drama series, for now, popular actor, Roger Howarth.

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Throughout his now almost 44-year-run on the ABC daytime drama series, Kin Shriner has brought his unique acting chops that helped mold the character of legal eagle Scott Baldwin into the humorous, at times cutthroat, endearing and many times heartbreaking character we have all come to love.’

 

In a brand new exclusive virtual sit-down interview with Michael Fairman on You Tube’s The Michael Fairman Channel, Shriner opens up about his history with GH and the times he stepped away to take on roles on Texas and As the World Turns, and then back again to the town of Port Charles and GH.

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As well, Kin reveals his reaction to learning the news that Roger Howarth would be exiting the show as his TV son and how he shot the key emotional scene where Laura (Genie Francis) tells Scott that Franco had died.  Shriner shares that he does not see how when Howarth returns to the show in as a yet-to-be-revealed character, that it would be a stretch if the two were some how related, but that he will miss working with the talented Howarth as a scene-partner.

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As to the women in Scott’s life, Kin addresses each of them from: Lucy (Lynn Herring), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Dominque (Shell Danielson), Laura (Francis), Ava (Maura West) – to which the character could never get that close to – and now Liesl (Gati), and working opposite all the powerhouse actresses who portray them.

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Watch the entire conversation with Kin below.

Now let us know, are you all for the Scott and Liesl romance? Will you miss scenes between Scott and Franco?  Would you ever want to see Scott and Laura reunite romantically? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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