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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
Grant Putnam

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

dmr
dmr

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

Jimh
Jimh

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

Satan
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
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
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 the middle of her story….

Max Daddee
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
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
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
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
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
Eileen Hargis

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

Abruzzfan
Abruzzfan

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

su0000
su0000

That is good news….. 🙂

MB
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 of people who pay for fan events, ratings won’t change. And that audience would not just be long time GH fans, but adults for who story is primary, not shippers who just want to go squee for a particular couple.

Suzie rm
Suzie rm

Well stated

Iakovos
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
Suzie rm

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

Patrick
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
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

ugh! for the love of God… keep Sam as far out of their orbit as possible.

I don’t know… I have to agree with @dmr. that GH may not have any recourse but to ties that bind Julian and Alexis. sigh! so much for my idea of bringing a quartermaine back in the fold in Robin Christopher as Skye. that would have been a lot of STEAM .

bottom line… when you need male leads and/or supporting… he’s just all over the canvas . gets so much more done than most of the other Male characters – far and away generates much more than :

Sonny / Jason / Finn /Franco / Michael

boffo

GaysOfOurLives_5683
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
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
Francesca Bruno

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

Griffin and Ava. Is love in the air?

Rebecca1
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
jaybird369

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

Shay
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
Curacaoman

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

Sara
Sara

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

Phil
Phil

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

Rodd
Rodd

Good news!

Karen Clark
Karen Clark

NO

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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 him going to Days of Our Lives as Peter Blake.

Patrick
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 the posts that keep my hopes for GH alive

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

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

Jimh
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
Rebecca1

LOL! Now THAT’s a great idea, Jimh! 🙂

jaybird369
jaybird369

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

JK
JK

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

Rissa
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
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
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
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 urgent topic at hand? Thank you…and just so you know, I did send replies to your many previous hilarious riposts…alas, the “vortex” devoured them. Honestly….

Rebecca1
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
dmr

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

Rebecca1
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! But I binge watch shows I haven’t seen before or those I didn’t have time to watch on a weekly basis.

Hats off to the DVR!

al
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
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
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
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. The flirtatious rapport between Mac & Alexis was cute, but not really exciting for either character.

Thank goodness Anna still figures prominently in story. Laura should be more key. Putting Jon Lindstrom on contract would show they’re serious about her. Frank has some fence mending to do with Tristan Rogers. If he went to him with a storyline showing Robert as a strong character, he’d probably return. And in her brief visit last month, Serena reminded us of her legacy and potential.

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Join Michael and his in-studio special guest co-host General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos) for this 90-minute live podcast series kick-off.  Soap Nation Live! will stream live once a month with all-new episodes.

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Executive Producer Frank Valentini Talks Returns, Exits, And Previews The Drama This Fall On General Hospital

Surprise returns, a wedding, a heartbreaking social issue storyline, romance, and heavy drama are all ahead this fall on General Hospital.

Executive Producer Frank Valentini sat down with Michael Fairman TV during the ABC TCA 2018 Summer Press Tour All-Star Reception to answer our rapid fire questions throughout the bustle of the industry event.

Valentini previewed what’s ahead in and around Port Charles for several characters and duos as the summer comes to a close, and a new season marks new beginnings.  He also addressed the recent cast exits that have seen fan favorites departing the ABC daytime drama series.

Now, as viewers will witness this week, there is some major distress ahead for several key characters that will play out over the next few months.

Here’s what the showrunner had to say about some hot topics that fans have been buzzing about, and more below.

Genie Francis (Laura) is coming back to the show, after all the uproar and demand for her to return.   You said there will be major story for her when she is back.  Is that true?

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FRANK:  Yes, and we are very excited that she is coming back.  And yes, we have actually two big stories for Genie, and there is a little bit of overlap in them. When she comes back she jumps right into the big story, and the audience will know what the story is when they see her return. 

Chloe Lanier (Chloe) just wrapped up an incredible run on the show.  How do you feel about her departure from GH?  Did you know she was only planning on staying for a few years? 

FRANK:  We all knew that it was for a limited time. Nelle has sort of wreaked havoc on anyone she possibly could, and left in a big way and helped kick-off another big story with some other fan favorites including: Michael (Chad), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen), and Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) and Carly (Laura Wright), and the Corinthos family.  So, that’s another fun thing to look forward to.  Chloe is just a tremendous young actress.  We all remember her from the 52nd anniversary episode, which was the Luke (Tony Geary) episode, which revealed the origin story. Chloe just really stood out to us, and we brought her back.  Everyone loved working with her and she is a great friend. 

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Did you have any trepidation about doing another baby switch storyline?

FRANK:  Never, never!   This one has a twist on a double twist.  It’s a triple-axel! It will be gut-wrenching, for sure.

Then, Dominic Zamprogna (Ex-Dante) left GH.  How do you feel about him deciding to leave the show?

FRANK:  I love Dominic.  In fact, we just had dinner together a few weeks ago.  He is a great actor, but he wanted to try some other stuff.   We wish him all the best.  And you never know … the door is always open. 

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Fans on social media have been commenting how the Drew/Sam/Jason triangle featuring: Billy Miller, Kelly Monaco ,and Steve Burton had started, and then was just kind of dropped and has not been playing out on-air.  Have you made the decision to not play that triangle?

FRANK:  No, we are definitely playing it.  There are many iterations:  Drew and Sam are connected through their children, and their love, and the history that they have.  And as well, Jason and Drew being brothers, and that Jason and Sam have their own history, as well.  There’s way more to come! 

Fans have commented, “What happened to this story?”

FRANK:   It’s a big show with a big cast.  Everyone takes a turn stepping forward, and then stepping back.

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You brought on Elizabeth Hendrickson (Margaux) as a potential love interest for Drew?

FRANK:  Yes, and I knew her work from All My Children and The Young and the Restless, and she is a phenomenal actress and we are really lucky to have her.  Margaux has got the flash drive with Drew’s memories on it and that is an important piece of information to have.

Peter August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey) is still on the canvas.  Is your plan to have Peter create more havoc in Port Charles?

FRANK:  Wes Ramsey is a phenomenal actor.  I think he did a phenomenal job when Peter was kidnapped and tied-up.  It’s not easy to be in scenes where you are tied-up for almost four weeks, and to act, and to stay present in the stage of being a hostage.  I just though he knocked it out of the park  He is Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) brother, he is Anna’s (Finola Hughes) son and with whatever is going to happen with Maxie, they are connected.  He is Maxie’s brother-in-law and baby James’ uncle.  There is a lot of story there.

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Finola Hughes is back after taking some time-off.  Now, Anna and Finn’s (Michael Easton) relationship will be further explored as they now fight a common enemy.  What can you share about this duo?

FRANK:  Finola had a mini-vacation. She is incredibly hard-working, and we try to make sure actors’ have enough time in their personal life to have fun, and go on vacations, and be with their family. This was something we were able to work out story-wise.  But also, Hamilton will be involved with his family and there is some story there and also as you see, when Finola came back we launched into a big story with them.  There is so much to explore in their relationship. For Anna, she has only had two great loves in her life, Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Robert (Tristan Rogers).  So for her to open up her heart to someone else is a big deal, and we will explore that as well, and what that means.

Michelle Stafford (Nina) has been delivering in scene after scene as the grieving sister, following the death of her brother, detective Nathan West.  What is in store for her Nina and her relationship, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart)?

FRANK:  Valentin and Nina are separated right now, and that is never going to sit well with Valentin.  He is going to do everything in his power to try and win her back.  That will not only be fun to watch, but it will be interesting and full of twists, as well.

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Chase (Josh Swickard) and Maxie seems like they could make for an interesting pairing. Will you explore that at this point?

FRANK:  There is a lot of potential with Maxie, but I don’t think Maxie is ready to be in a relationship.  She has tons of story with Lulu (Emme Rylan), and as well with her parents, and there will be lots of other fun things going on with her, but I don’t see a romance right now being front and center in her life.

Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth (Krstina) is coming back to GH.  Fans had been calling for her return.  Why the decision now to bring her on to the canvas?

FRANK:  We love Lexi!  Her parents are two of the most important people on the show, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  It just seemed like a no-brainer, and she was available. We have a really fun story for her, as well.

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So, there is no Parker (Ashley Jones) in Kristina’s life, right now?

FRANK:  We will see as we go along, and we will uncover the truth about that relationship, as well. 

You brought one of the finest actresses in Tamara Braun back to GH.   Do you plan on utilizing her more … and will Kim be driving story?

FRANK:  Kim is going to have a very big story this fall.

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What can you share on the future of Julian (William deVry) and Alexis?

FRANK:  They will be part of the Kim story as well, and their own story.  Alexis is going to be involved in different stories that will culminate in a story of her own, as well

Patricia Bethune was great as Nurse Mary Pat as Carly’s nemesis at Ferncliff.   She is an amazing character actress.  Did you plan on keeping her around as long as you have?

FRANK:  She is just a great actress and we really lucked out.  She played the balance of very deadly serious and dangerous, and also with a sardonic and sarcastic sort of comedic bent to it.

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Let’s talk Liz (Rebecca Herbst) and Franco (Roger Howarth).  Is there a wedding? And if so, will it go off without a hitch?

FRANK:   There is a wedding coming in the fall.  And how could a wedding between Liz and Franco be anything but explosive and hilarious?  How funny was Roger Howarth in the remote scenes where they save Carly at Ferncliff, and he is sitting in the car and he says, “You knocked over my art supplies.”  I mean, that is pretty great stuff. 

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You recently had OLTL fan favorite Patrick J. Gibbons (Ex-Sam Manning) on GH, in role of Wyatt … the scout who tripped upon Peter being held hostage in the cabin.   How was it working with him again after your time together in Llanview?

FRANK:  Patrick and his family are very good friends of mine, who I have always had a connection with. When the writers came up with the part of Wyatt, I thought Patrick would be perfect for it.  He was wonderful.   Patrick has the right amount of innocence. He has grown so much as an actor, and he is still only 11.  I thought he was phenomenal. He played the wonder and the dedication to the scouts and trying to figure it out in fear of Obrecht (Kathleen Gati).   I thought he did such a nice job,   He is a lovely kid.  I was so happy to reconnect with him.

You have recast Vinessa Antoine’s role of Jordan Ashford with Briana Nicole Henry. Vinessa has gone on to be the series lead in the upcoming Canadian TV drama, Diggstown.  Isn’t it always hard to recast a role?

FRANK:  It’s always hard to recast and we never take it lightly.  We always want to make sure we bring in somebody good.  Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan are in a position in their story where it’s important to keep them on the canvas, and write –off the character of Jordan for a frivolous reason. We would not want to do that to the audience.

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The Alzheimer’s storyline is one of the important social and medical issues of our time to shed a light on.  Through Max Gail’s (Mike) performances, it has resonated so much to the audience.  Do you plan on continuing taking the viewers through the most difficult and tragic moments in the journey of someone who cannot escape this illness, and the toll it takes on its loved ones?

FRANK:  I think that Max Gail, like Vernee Watson (Stella), took us by surprise at how amazing they are. The Alzheimer’s story is very near and dear to all of our hearts.  We want to tell it in a way that is very realistic, but to also emphasis the hope and the family connection, and the love that is that family. Sometimes in the face of tragedy, it brings out the best in human beings.  There is something very uplifting about that, even though we are telling a very sad story.  Mike realizes that this family loves him, even though he has made mistakes. There is a tremendous amount of forgiveness and a tremendous amount of empathy and sympathy, and reconciliation in moving forward.  I think the relationship between Max and Sonny is played beautifully by Max and Maurice Benard.

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What is ahead for Ava Jerome (Maura West), now that the secret is out that the man she thought she could trust and who loved her, Griffin Munro (Matt Cohen) slept with her daughter, Kiki (Hayley Erin)?

FRANK:  Ava explodes over the next couple of weeks and has a major, major story. Maura West has never been better!

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What is ahead now for Carly?  She holds the clue that there has been a switcheroo at Ferncliff involving her “therapist” Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom).  Will she be the one to figure it out? 

FRANK:  Carly will definitely be dealing with the repercussions from Ferncliff, and also some family situations, and also something big coming up with Sonny. She will also be helping Michael through his difficult time, because she is a good mother.

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So, what story are you looking forward to seeing play out?  Are you excited for the return of Genie Francis? What did you think about the EP’s thoughts on the departures, the returns, and the plans for the characters in Port Charles this fall? Comment below.

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