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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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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

So what do you think of the casting of Maurice as John Gotti? Intrigued to see the Lifetime Movie when it debuts? Comment below

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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ABC Names William Burton As The New Head Of Daytime

Over the years there have been several changes to ABC Daytime, and now comes word over the last 24 hours that William Burton has been promoted to Senior VP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC.  Burton starts in his new role immediately.

Deadline first reported the executive level move by the network.  Burton had previously been overseeing the business operations of ABC Daytime since earlier this year as SVP Daytime following the departure of former Daytime head Rebecca Campbell.

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Those duties have now been formalized in Burton’s expansive new role,  In terms of General Hospital, the creative aspects from the network are still being handled by ABC head of current programming, Vicki Dummer.  Burton has been behind the business operations of ABC Daytime including the daytime drama.

In addition, Burton will oversee the creation and production of syndicated programming across ABC platforms including the upcoming daytime talk show from Tamron Hall that is in development for a potential debut in the fall of 2019.

So, share your thoughts on Burton being named the new head of Daytime for ABC via the comment section below.

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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