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William deVry On His Status With GH: "I Just Can't Comment Now. Thanks For The Love. Always The Love."

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General Hospital fans, and those of Julexis, have certainly let their voices be heard via the outpouring of support for one of their favorite gents on the soaps, William deVry (Julian).

Since word got out that contract negotiations had reached an impasse, between Will and the ABC daytime drama series during GH’s summer hiatus, fans have asked the actor directly via social media if he is staying with the show, or if had been rumored is true that he actually finished taping his last episode before the summer production break.

deVry today answered to inquiring minds on Twitter: “Guy’s. I just can’t comment now. Thanks for the love. Always the love. I heard #Julexis was on the other day?”

So, are you hoping Will is staying put in Port Charles? Do you think Julian is being written-off the canvas? Share your thoughts and hopes in the comment section below.

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Rebecca1
Rebecca1

uh-oh…that doesn’t sound good. if he “heard” that Julexis was on the other day that means he’s not following the story…has tuned out.

He might be under orders via his contract to not announce his departure; otherwise fans may lose interest in even watching the last few weeks of his taping knowing the outcome.

Still, until we get the definitive word, I’m holding out hope. By a thread..but holding.

Gary
Gary

Are you still holding on? Have you been able to help at all with negotiations? Do you speak with the bigwigs and offer any assistance or story or budget ideas? I am sure you could be of service and put in charge of something or someone. Be with Alexis or even maybe be Alexis as an understudy and try on the clothes and if anything were to happen- oopsie- you would be Alexis for real and everything would be awesome.

Kevin
Kevin

Make me cry laughing. All about Eve. Or Steve- we don’t really know. Makes you wonder. Why there is not a mental health line number attached to every page on here.

Samantha Whyte
Samantha Whyte

STAY!!! Ugh I need him to stay!

Lucille Ramella
Lucille Ramella

All us Julexis fans would agree Samantha!!!

Vicki
Vicki

Amen. This couple is watchable and the 2 actors are amazing, If he leaves what does that mean for NLG. Scenery chewing and kid care? ABC is being ridiculous You sign SB to a deal show ED some money. Cut the lesser cast no one is watching.

Shay
Shay

@Vicki…If “he” leaves, I should expect we’ll see more typically shambolic conduct from Alexis….she’ll head back down to the wine cellar, then hit the streets of Port Charles in search of yet another criminal reprobate to warm her bed and, at least temporarily, feed her insatiable carnal appetite. In other words, just another day in the life of Alexis Davis!!!

Patrick
Patrick

What can one say , Alexis

I look at her “make-up”

Her shade going Cleopatra and wince laugh out loud.

Seriously – this tightly wound up; virtue, RUN

She doesn’t deserve Julian

LOL

“…Reprobate to warm her bed”

wOW she’s a lucky character

She needs to start losing her cookies

Rissa
Rissa

I hope Wil stays on GH. Julian is the only new character, and Julian & Alexis, the only new couple, I’ve loved on GH in YEARS. I don’t understand why GH would toss aside a good thing when they have it. I hope GH does the right thing and renews Wil’s contract.

Lucille Ramella
Lucille Ramella

Well said Rissa!!!

Kevin C
Kevin C

I would love for William to be hired for Y&R, he would be a excellent love interest for Ashley/Eileen Davidson…I really like William and he and Eileen would be a HOT/SMOLDERING couple on Y&R.

jeanine girard
jeanine girard

OMG! I was just going to post this same idea, Kevin!! Can they finally get a great match (and keep him) for Ashley?!!?
Lots of characters/actors I would gladly trade out to have Greg R back and WDV brought on board!

Kevin C
Kevin C

Great minds think alike Jeanine, lol…Have a great week.

dmr
dmr

YES, as long as the character was not a jerk, and was a romantic lead for Ashley. A character and a couple that viewers could really root for..

Kevin C
Kevin C

Totally agree dmr.

Timmm
Timmm

Kevin, brilliant idea! Ashley needs a real man and Victor needs a new nemesis!

Kevin C
Kevin C

Thank you Timmm…Y&R really could use William DeVry and YES regarding Victor needs a new nemesis.

Celia
Celia

What a phenomenal idea, Kevin. Both gorgeous; both charismatic….perfect. They really would make the “it” couple soar. The soap needs to regain one of “those”.

Kevin C
Kevin C

Thank you Celia…I appreciate the comment…I so wish Y&R could snag William…

Patrick
Patrick

After all the shenanigan pull. Pull stake and see him roar. He’s phenomenal. With Ashley. No other turn would pull. These two reach

Shay
Shay

This is true….these two soap vets would make an absolutely dynamic couple and I’m surmising that their Y&R storyline would feature more than just repeatedly rolling around on the floor and rutting???? Well, well, wouldn’t that would make a refreshing departure for Mr. DeVry….

Celia
Celia

You’re welcome, Kevin.
As much as I bristle at Julian……the character is all-kinds of a bad boy, it would be a real shame to lose such a versitile actor. I just object to a Julian-Alexis resurrection. I think they are explosive as a couple; and, not in a good way.
Besides, I really feel TPTB have turned William into a one-dimensional wuss, whose only objective seems to be Alexis. Not that I’d like to see him go back to his life of crime, but he needs to man-up and stop drooling every time he sees Alexis.
He is the full package, and so is Ashley. I would have never thought of it, but your brainstorming makes so much sense.
I can, actually, picture these two electrifying their scenes and the viewer, as I type…LOL.

Celia
Celia

Oops; I meant turned Julian into a wuss, not William. LOL.

Kevin C
Kevin C

Celia, I for so agree…I think they would be the hottest couple that Y&R has seen in years…

Maureen
Maureen

Julexis. Julexis Army. I am not a fan of these combination names or spending hours on drives or petitions or calls to demand what I want on a tv show. But to each his own. It all comes down to money, and he wants more and is being coy to keep up the fan pressure on ABC. Good luck with that- it worked so well for AMC and OLTL. At least he did not get fired, like several other actors that I enjoy on GH and I know others do as well. And they keep adding to the mix with characters and stories that are not interesting to me. I am sick of the endless Morgan stories and drama and always Sonny and Carly -together-apart-sex with others-together forever til next month then reunited.

Shay
Shay

@Maureen….True supercouples are a thing of the past, and whatever passes for them today is a pale imitation of the real thing…too instant, superficial and often, ridiculous! How anyone can get so invested in them is beyond me…especially, when as you say, soaps now all come down to business these days…the almighty dollar is king, and fanbases, no matter how passionate and incitable, really don’t mean that much in the scheme of things anymore. When you consider that fact, it hardly seems worth getting in a almighty lather over whom is bedding what character, because in the end, we already know that there will be no such concept as “happily ever after” employed since these pairings are more transient than ever in modern soapdom…okay, except for Sonny and Carly, although their ongoing (and ongoing….) saga’s particular form of “soulmatery” certainly would not make for most people’s definition of a “storybook romance!” LOL…..

dmr
dmr

Maureen and Shay, you both are absolutely right!
Maureen, I am sick and tired of “The Moron Hour.” I have said it before, and I will say it again, the kid was a petulant, spoiled brat, and I never liked him and do not miss him! I am also sick and tired of Carly and Sonny. Both actors and characters have grown tiresome.
Shay, there are no more super couples to root for, no more storybook romances, and no more cliff-hanger Fridays! Honestly, I just put the show on when I am bored, and have it on in the background. I follow what is going on, on here.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Shay,
I echo dmr….I cannot watch the Sonny and Carly show, albeit I did like the tete-a-tete between Carly and Joss. I loved it, actually. I would love to see more of that. They do seem to have a good, relatable relationship, aside from mother-daughter little spats, so typically “the teen years”.

I find myself in a quandary when it comes to Sonny and Carly as the forever-couple ( or IT couple ) of GH.
Didn’t Sonny have multiple “loves of my life”?
I guess you had to be there, as it were. And, I wasn’t. Nonetheless, I tthought Brenda fit that bill more so than Carly? At least, that is what I took from researching GH history. Also, wasn’t Sam another ‘love’?
Such sweet irony, though, Shay. A twisty twist…..The writers are finally doing their homework with what is ailing Sam ( if what was whispered in my ear is right, lol). I am waiting to let it play out in case I stick my foot in it.
I do think that Nikolas took Spencer, but I just had a light go off in my head after just having watched today’s episode.
What if Sam took Spencer, so to lure Sonny to that location, and voila’, she shoots Sonny?!
Not a good “what if”? LOL.

dmr
dmr

What a shame. Mr. deVry is one of most talented actors that General Hospital has on the canvas right now, and they are not able to come to terms. In my opinion, and I have said this many times before, TPTB need to completely clean house of recurring characters. Also, stop introducing the viewers to new characters that do not have any ties to Port Charles. There is no reason to bring back Steve Burton. “Jasam” is lackluster enough, without adding to their plot. Big money is being spent on Steve Burton, and given the drivel viewers have been fed over the past few years, I can’t imagine it will be worth the cost of the actors we will be losing.

Steve
Steve

If they completely clean house of recurring characters, that means no Ned, Bobbie, Monica and Scott to just name a few.

The future is likely the opposite — fewer contract and more recurring. Easier on the budget and for creative options for the writers. Fulfilling the episode guarantees of some of the contract players results in some stories dragging out longer than need be.

dmr
dmr

I wasn’t referring to the legacy, veteran recurring actors, that you listed above. I was referring to Amy, Aunt Stella, etc. (and a few of the contract actors..)

Shay
Shay

@dmr…In other words, all the “filler characters” who could leave and we wouldn’t really notice…or care!

Steve
Steve

The show seems to be at a shifting point with deVry, Budig, Jean P and apparently others departing. It’s time to mix things up.

Why is there not a third option? deVry could go recurring. Heck, some recurring characters (i.e. Valentin and Charlotte) are seen more than contract players. Honestly, after the contract debacles with Tyler, Becky and Roger, the show looks to be saving face when they really want him out.

Maureen
Maureen

I wonder if Jean P decided to resign when she was told how she was going to have to steer the ship. She was a champion of Rebecca and told her what a pleasure it was to write for her. Rebecca was fired with years left on her contract to free up cash for the return of Steve B. Hayden’s demise will concur with Kathleen Gati’s exit and she was recurring and very talented and someone I tuned into GH to watch. Interesting as well that all these big changes are going down as Ron’s work debuts on Days- heaven forbid they overtake GH’s #3 spot in ratings. Seems like they want to remove every character or trace of Ron from GH -I enjoyed his writing very much. Devry is certainly a leading man and has been with the show now for several years. So I can see him wanting a raise and to be in line with some of the other leads on the show when it comes to pay. It is time to mic things up, but so far, this is not a tasty recipe – nor one I feel will be successful. I can not think of one story that has had a satisfying payoff for investing hours watching. Amy, Nelle. Aunt Stella -could all be wiped out by another serial killer-and let’s make it another like the last- totally implausible and devoid of any invested interest.

Steve
Steve

Maureen,
You hit the nail right on the head. DeVry has the presence and acting abilities of a leading man, but the character of Julian is supposed to be on the supporting level. This, the pay difference. Howarth had a similar quandary as he’s a leading actor with a supporting level character.

Tyler Christopher’s Emmy win as Lead Actor was well deserved, but is probably what destined his ultimate contract demise.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Maureen, you are so right! Lord knows how much sinister budget busting has been happening because Steve Burton deigns to return. And we need to ditch these awful characters like Amy, Nelle, Jordan, Aunt Stella, Charlotte, heck, I don’t wanna see Joss or her boyfriend either. Billy Miller, William DeVry, Roger Howarth, Maurice Benard, Michael Easton, Ryan Paevy, Matt Cohen…how many leading men do we Need? Just give them something interesting to do!

Vicki
Vicki

Steve and Maureen you are both exactly right. Cut these lower rung players. My bet is BM will be gone a few months after SB arriving, GH better get its ducks in a row or ABC will can it too

Trish
Trish

Maureen, you are right on point! Keep Will and Rebecca and Kathleen and get rid of the nonsense characters who take up screen time and are a waste of time. Burton has no place at GH, he’ll only leave again and all that money goes into his pocket. For him to temporarily grace us with his presence, all these great actors lose their jobs. Not fair, not good for GH. This show is skating on thin ice at ABC, these decisions are going to push it into the path of the underwater drowning of AMC and OLTL and another Chew will come bobbling up to the surface! Then they’ll have no one to blame but themselves!

kmayne
kmayne

I would rather have Julian stay in Port Charles that Valentine.

Celia
Celia

It’s hard to say whether Will will stay or not. However, I am liking this new sheepish persona he is trying to affect……Hmmmm. This is one mobster whom I want to be redeemed. But, keep him away from Alexis.
She reverts to her adolescent years when he ‘smudges’ her line of vision.

Shay
Shay

“Adolescent ” is putting it both mildly and kindly, CeeCeeGirl!!!! The hormonal surge Julian inspires in Alexis leads to temporary brain-freeze….no sense or willpower to resist whatsoever!!! Then again, without him, she’s reduced to a cranky, jumped-up femme looking to sublimate her unfulfilled passion by going all legal whoop@$$ on Valentin with her patented in-your-face condescension!!! Some choice, eh?

Celia
Celia

LOL, Shay,
Only on soaps could this ‘law suit’ have any legs. As a “one-two-punch” kind of advocate Alexis is, why take this case? Blame the writers.
I suppose the writers had to recharge her batteries ….she has to start somewhere. Let’s hope Alexis uses her revived energy in court and not on Julian.
Today’s scene with him was over-the-top- theatrical, but I did enjoy watching Nancy. She is a really good actress….cannot deny that. And, she looked great.

Patrick
Patrick

You said it I was trying to explain to @rebecca1.

“…With her patented in your face condescension ”

Truly. Really bad writing to save face. Shelley and frank

The Cleopatra look throws everything out

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee….Now that it shan’t be long before “The Juice is On The Loose,” I sure hope OJ doesn’t come to Port Charles as he renews his quest of “looking for the real killers!” His highly-checkered past would be like carnal catnip to the concupiscent Alexis….right within her usual bailiwick!

Celia
Celia

Ah-ha-ha…. belly laughs….out the door, but, I just found out that my mother, who was still in law school at the time, recorded the OJ trial….every day.
I will definitely find the time to watch—maybe it will cure my insomnia. LOL.
If OJ comes to PC, he will blame Sonny and the Jeromes to exculpate himself and clear his honorable name. Ha!!

Shay
Shay

Oh, CeeCee, I was not that engaged in the revolting daily travesty of the trial that became a soap opera unto itself, but suffice to say, it was a true miscarriage of justice, and in some ways, the system and this country have never recovered from its sordid taint! Kind of reminds me of the Port Charles method of excusing any and all activities perpetrated by its criminal elite….

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

If WDV didn’t renew his contract maybe TPTB will recast the role of Julian.

Timmm
Timmm

That would be fine.

Aria
Aria

Enough already, let him go, bye, let’s get other stories going, Julian n Alexis are boring, Alexis is more interesting by herself.

Lin Herz
Lin Herz

I agree. She’s a smart woman and stupid when it comes to men. I’d like to see her with an interesting, but decent man.

Shay
Shay

@Lin Herz…Those sort of men don’t appeal to Alexis…only the bad boys, and preferably ones with mob connections!

Lin Herz
Lin Herz

I agree with you, Shay. I think it’s awful. Bad example for young women and I can’t stand this bad boy and mob stuff in relation to Alexis. Maybe some women find it interesting, I can’t stand it.

Iakovos
Iakovos

Love having Mr. deVry on the screen. Just not overly thrilled with the GH character and story mix of the last 15 years. The connections of newer characters seem forced and there is an almost heavy history of sadness and silliness suspending belief in the proceedings more than it has to be.

Vicki
Vicki

I quite agree. I enjoy Julian more than Sonny acting and stories

Celia
Celia

Yes. I agree, Vicki.

Patrick
Patrick

Bingo bang dead on

Sonny has to go

Haley
Haley

Re-sign William Devry with GH. He is my favorite actor and “Julexis” is needed. Theyre very loved despite being so controversial

Lucille Ramella
Lucille Ramella

So true Haley!!! Julexis is amazing!!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

agree!

Jimmy
Jimmy

I love William DeVry, and even though Julian has been a despicable character in the past, he’s making a genuine effort to turn his life around and make amends with the people he hurt. I really hope they find a way to come to an agreement so the same thing that happened last year with Tyler Christopher doesn’t happen again. With so many non-essential, empty shell character running around Port Charles right now, the show needs to keep as many good ones as it can. That’s why I’m not too upset with Rebecca Budig’s exit. She’s a great actress who was saddled with a boring and useless character who doesn’t add anything to the canvas. The same can be said about Franco, Nina, Finn and Andre to name only a few.

It just goes to show that GH is wildly inconsistent right now. Aside from the lack of core characters and ridiculous amount of newbies dominating story, this can be evidenced by Thursday and Fridays shows. The tribute to Lee Baldwin/Peter Hansen was very well done and incredibly moving, but those scenes were immediately followed up with this painful Ask Man Landers garbage. Another example are the beautiful scenes between Maura West and Nicolas Betchel being followed by Carly and Bobbie, two grown women, scheming and sneering behind Nelle’s back (which is ludicrous considering they have both done WAY worse than Nelle has). The tone of this show is very wobbly, and sometimes it’s difficult to watch.

Lucille Ramella
Lucille Ramella

Yes I agree, keep the amazing actors that make the soap so wonderful and get rid of all of the newbies that do nothing for the show!!! Why would the writers even think of not keeping William when they know Julexis has so many devoted fans it’s so obvious!!! They are the Golden couple of GH!!! Wake up writers and do the right thing!!!

Patrick
Patrick

I am OVER must please Alexis and #1 dullard Sam

f* them. Julian is more than them. Move him on the canvas. Whenever any one is in the Corinthos orbit. Sink and swim. Carly and sonny over yet.

Absolute

Soaphound
Soaphound

I hope Julian stays because I like the actor, but the character seems to take one step forward and two back. That bores me. However, William DeVry is a terrific actor and is one of the very few men on GH that fill the “fantasy” gap. He’s sexy without even trying. But I don’t see how many directions Julian can go after that “knife at Alexis’ throat” scene. One has to draw the line somewhere. Doesn’t one?

Patrick
Patrick

“He’s sexy without Even trying”

AMEN

Gwen
Gwen

I have the answer. Just like Pam and Bobby on Dallas- Alexis needs to wake up and realize it was all a dream- and that gives carte blanche to erase all that needs to be erased for all parties concerned in the show- and yes, Julian emerges from the shower naked, for all to enjoy. Now-they could even make the dream cover years of bad behavior and erase Ava’s crimes and her burns and bring back AJ Quartermaine as well. This seems the most fair and equitable and best decision and I ask any of you with those Hollywood connections to immediately present this to the powers that be for urgent consideration.

Steve
Steve

The bad dream idea would definitely shake things up in the cast:
AJ, Morgan, Duke, Nikolas, Sabrina, Silas, Rafe, Carlos and Connie would still be alive. Jason would still be dead (or missing and never got Billy Miller’s face). Finn, Hayden, Curtis (among others) would not be in Port Charles, while Luke and Tracy would.

Gosh, I had to keep adding characters to those who died since Connie.

Taylor
Taylor

I love Julian and WDV! I hope TPTB grow a brain and
resign him!!

Lucille Ramella
Lucille Ramella

Me too Taylor!!! They would be foolish to let a wonderful actor go especially with the dedication of all of us Julexis fans!!!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I never thought that Tyler Christopher would be off the show the way he was but it happened so it goes to show that the same thing could happen to William DeVry.

Mister Media
Mister Media

I like him and I hope he stays, but his character is mired in convoluted backstory, as are several other characters on the show. GH has a propensity to take heavy hitter actors and then write their characters into a corner. This is currently also happening to Ava and Valentin. In order to justify the characters’ continued presence the writers are constantly revising their history in clumsy and inconsistent ways. I realized today that I am getting exhausted trying to keep track of the story arcs and plot lines because the writers are not careful and consistent with their follow through. It shouldn’t be hard work to be entertained. It’s the writers’ obligation to present the story arcs in a clear and consistent way. Soap operas cannot be written and re-written on the fly because loyal viewers are too committed and savvy about story and characters. When story lines and characters are dropped for weeks and months at a time it plays havoc with the storytelling and makes it a chore for viewers rather than the pleasure it should be. Also, having silly plots like the one involving the chimera which have no real payoff or lasting effect on the canvas are a waste of time. Long live GH!

Maureen
Maureen

I think it was Michael Fairman who interviewed Jean and Shelley and they were discussing the serial killer story and how they had not decided yet who the killer was-well into the story. When I read that I could not believe it-but as I watched it was totally believable that they just pinned the tail and Paul and then anything else they slapped on Heather. The hospital security cameras come and go- not able to spot the serial killer, yet Olivia Jerome able to place cams everywhere within the hospital.
I totally agree with your points. Remember the old days- the stories were often riveting and certainly there were pay-offs and made sense. You could be a villain, but there would always be a substantial price to pay for one’s crimes. When an actor was needed-yet unavailable-someone else played the part- for a day or week or whatever was needed -in order for the story to be told -for the viewers-the ones presently left scratching their heads and wondering what, and why they continue to tune in- if they do.

Reed
Reed

Could not have said it better, very thoughtful and well-reasoned! As a GH viewer since the 80’s, we’ve pretty much seen it all…and then seen it again, and again, and so on, but that’s the nature of the medium–lots of stories told, as we approach our 55th year on air. In similarly contemplating the state of the show, I took a different approach and checked in on abc.go.com and disneyabcpress.com, as well as the ABC Daytime Wiki page to get a sense of the organization as a whole and how it’s managing its asset, this venerable show, and I just don’t see the energy being devoted to it. From outdated cast lists to generally underwhelming content on their own sites, it just appears lazy and perfunctory. Who knows, maybe the die was cast a long time ago and Disney just allows the show to exist as a concession to the faithful viewers but with limited resources–both monetarily and creatively? From an entertainment company with the depth of creative talent like a Disney, I would find that difficult to believe, but I’m also not seeing a clear champion of the show or getting a sense that it matters to Disney to further this television legacy. TPTB seem content with the merry-go-round of EPs, writers, and actors from this predetermined talent pool, as if these are the only people qualified to do daytime drama. Where is the desire, creativity and mandate to make America—I mean GH—great again? Disney, manage your damn franchise! Don’t allow something unique and venerable to wither and die—throw some fresh resources at it and hold people accountable to grow your business. You’re an entertainment and media company, figure it out!
That said, I very much appreciate the efforts of the village it takes to put my show on daily. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon this site that I began viewing with a more critical eye—there’s such passion here. While the sky is not falling and our show is not in shambles, fans are understandably concerned about the state of our daytime shows and the perceived death watch the medium is on, should TPTB fail to adapt and reinvigorate the genre for today’s viewer. Do better!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Great post!

Max Daddee
Max Daddee

Would hate to see William leave the show. Can’t imagine anyone could replace him. And I have no idea on why GH would fund pay for actors in roles such as screwball Amy. Let her go and contribute the money towards retaining good actors that play essential characters.

Lucille Ramella
Lucille Ramella

Max you are spot on!!! So true who cares about these newer actors I sure don’t!!!

Shay
Shay

“Screwball Amy!” That’s a good one, MaxDaddee! And spot on, too!

janet
janet

Guess they need the extra money to pay stone cold dead man walking. I’m off the see the gym./ Thanks Frank. I am getting in shape thanks to the sonny, carley ,now Burton show. I look at the tv, shut it off and go. Makes it so much easier to just do it. Don’t miss the show at all. Do you really think anyone wants to watch the two most evil characters browbeat a character in a hospital bed, Again ?

Brenda
Brenda

William has to stay he’s a great actor oh yeah and a hottie I love him just give him what he deserves .. he’ll make it worth your while … love My Julian ❤❤❤

Lucille Ramella
Lucille Ramella

Please William you need to sign a new contract for the long haul, us Julexis fans are waiting patiently and we want our Golden couple to reunite soon!!! Without Julexis the soap would be very boring!!!

su0000
su0000

RC, no doubt has his eye on the Excellent talent that’s either fired or leaving GH..
Ron will take them i’m, happly.

Steve
Steve

Ron is the head writer at Days. Ken C is the executive producer who makes hiring decisions.

Sam
Sam

WDV better stay!!!! Julexis is why I watch the show

Sandie
Sandie

Omg YES!! He has to stay!!

Dan
Dan

I’m fine with him leaving, if he is indeed leaving. Good actor, good character, but I think they did pretty much all they can do with Julian. You might say they wrote him into a corner, with all the things he’s done that we’re now apparently supposed to forget.

The idea that Alexis would even entertain the idea of getting back together with a man that tried to kill her is so ridiculous. The whole “Julexis” thing and the fact that they would even try to continue it is a joke. It makes me sick to see them together. Not to mention Julian ordering the death of Duke Lavery, which he never properly paid for. Those are two things I can’t get past as a viewer when it comes to Julian.

It’s not the kind of character you can rehabilitate and make the fans like, even though it seems like that’s what they were trying to do. At least that’s the way I see it. Maybe some fans do like Julian. I just know I never could. I don’t see him being an integral part of the show. I see him as a character that they got a lot out of, but its run its course, and outlived its usefulness, so it would be best for the show and for William deVry to move on, in my opinion.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

“Wrote him into a corner,” like they tend to do ALL characters. And, they take them down the road to “evildom” then try to “redeem” them. Can’t have it both ways!

Timmm
Timmm

I like Wil and wish him well. Not a fan of his portrayal or his love with Alexis. Send him to jail and either bring him back someday or recast him. He does have a lot of connections to current characters. Yeah, maybe a recast if they cannot agree on a new contract.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Agreed, “not a fan.”

jaybird369
jaybird369

OH, GIMME A BREAK ALREADY!!!!! Those IDIOTIC POWERS-THAT-BE at GH only care about THEMSELVES!!!!! Truly lame.

k/kay
k/kay

I love the comments but yet you have no problem with MB and his disrespect his killings staying on as a leading man !!!! I hope Devry tells them to shove it come on over to Y&R as a love interest for Ashley enough with kissing the ring of mr cue card MB! Go devry ! Trust me they are losing viewers every day I would love to be a fly on the wall on Grahns take

Celia
Celia

“Cue card MB!” . Hilarious, Kay. Different.

Shay
Shay

Where have you been k/kay? Most of us have been filling these GH threads with constant criticisms of the show’s gross idolization of those hypocrites otherwise known as Sonny and Carly…most of us are sick to death of them!!!!

jaybird369
jaybird369

PREACH ON, k/kay!!!!! HELL TO THE YEAH!!!!!

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Loved the scenes today with Alexis and Julian and the way they’re playing it…that he loved her all along and never had any intention of killing her…that he staged it because he knew Olivia would kill Alexis and his family if she didn’t buy that he was following orders…It was exactly the “excuse” I’d hoped the writers would give to get this couple back on track. I so hope that negotiations can be ironed out. As I said above…I think it looks doubtful but I hope I’m wrong. Today’s scenes between Alexis and Julian were so good. They’re STILL so good together! (And, yet, if they’re not meant to re-couple…Julian’s still a keeper.

Barb
Barb

Was Olivia peeking around the corner while he pressed that knife into her throat? Give me a break-his abuse and attempted murder of his wife is now just a boo-boo?
Or maybe she misunderstood because she was drunk? Alexis wasted no time in bedding Elizabeth’s rapist-whom she knew for all of what- the time it took to suck down five or six drinks? A washed-up, disbarred drunk tramp and a murderer-perhaps they do deserve each other. Misogynistic unrealistic and disgusting.

Celia
Celia

Thak you, Barb.
I have said the same thing. Julian could have done ‘something’ to battle his sister. Lame excuse
by the writers, who, wait til the last minute to conjure something up.
Nonetheless, be that as it may, it would be foolhardy to put these two together again, if William remains.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

The writers gave a rationale of which I’m willing to suspend my disbelief…in anticipation of viewers having the same reaction as you. And, when all is said and done, the audience will be divided. Which may, in fact, be a moot point if they don’t renew his contract.

But…Alexis specifically brought up the points you just did…”did Olivia have a camera in the house? why didn’t you give me a head’s up?”

Julian’s answer…Because if he warned Alexis..if she knew the plan, Olivia could probably see through it. If she didn’t “buy” that Alexis was afraid for her life…if it didn’t “look” like he was going to kill her…Olivia would have retaliated and finished the job herself and possibly gone after Danny, Leo, etc. She already proved she could get to Leo.

As soon as Julian was hospitalized and after he was jailed, it was obvious he still loved and was worried about Alexis. She’s all he talked about, had “visions” of…told people he’d get her back. So, even looking back, it makes sense that he never would have gone through with it and had to literally traumatize her to keep her and his kids safe.

It works for me. That’s what I thought anyway. I thought at some point, before Sonny stepped in, he’d whisper to her..maybe drag her away or simulate killing her to make it “real” until he could deal with Olivia.

No; that reasoning won’t work for everyone. As I said, it does for me and I’m sure many others.

Again, if DeVry doesn’t renew it makes no difference. If he stays…I’m in.

As for Alexis, she had a one-night stand. It happens. Really. But she had no idea who he was. Do you REALLY think she knew he was a rapist?

“A washed-up, disbarred drunk TRAMP?” Ya. We definitely don’t have the same sensibilities or perception of character…literally and figuratively.

Gwen
Gwen

The part of Barb is now being played by Phoebe Tyler! Drunk, disbarred Tramp! Strumpet! Harlot! Or Enid Nelson – just kidding, Barb. xox

rose
rose

Rebecca…I liked the Alexis and Julian scenes as well. It looks like the writers are trying to find a way to redeem Julian. But “Hey” it’s a soap. They do suspending belief and reinventing history all of the time. Waiting to see how they do the same for Ava.

I’m thinking Nik is behind Spencer’s disappearance. This helps keep the Cassadine story going. Yea!

I replied to you and others on the longer Y&R ratings story.

Sorry to end on a bad note…a “hunter” has killed Cecil the lion’s son. Apparently he roamed outside the protected reserve. I can’t think of a bad enough word for hunters and guns period.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hi, Rose.

Yes; I just read that about Cecil’s son. I expected to see first sons dumb and dumber standing proudly over their latest kill. I was reading the comments section of a non-soap site and one person asked the others if they know where she can find a suckling pig “uncooked” because she was having a party/roast. Then, another posted a pic of a pig complete with eyes wide open and an apple n his mouth…his four “legs” splayed outward as he was held between the bottom and top part of the racks on the grill. It was so beyond sickening; my heart just broke. Same thing; came across some cows minding their own business, just roaming the grass and I thought…”they have no idea they’re being fed just to be killed.”

More thoughts on the subject but…you know how I feel.

Ya! Like I said I’m loving Julian and Alexis. And, LOL, I actually think they’re more “believable” as a couple than before! Lemme ‘splain. Before, they were in the throes of passion and we saw a lot of that. Which was normal and long overdue (for a middle-aged couple) to finally be seen “doin’ what comes natural” on the show. But we were just getting to their emotional bond when they had him do a 180. Now I just feel their bond…the tension…the conflict within Alexis because she still loves him so much and wants so desperately to believe he’s telling the truth…and the way she lets him in against the “world” opinion (LOL…both on the show and by some “here”) makes me love her/him more. They just play so well off each other. Of course if I, too, didn’t believe him I’d not be buying it/liking them…but I do. As we both said, “it’s a soap.” Michael’s back with Sonny (I’ll FOREVER hate that. It goes even before Sonny murdered AJ…they both tortured him for years. So, to me, there’s no way of getting ’round that one.)

Anyway, my soapy friend, I do hope you’ve checked out “Younger.” My goodness…I can only imagine the “talk” about that show if was discussed here. Forty-year old woman lying her way into a job by saying she’s 20-somethnig…and the friendships, boyfriend that follows! I can’t say enough great things about this show. Charming, witty, sexy, romantic, cool, NY, creative, ALL GOOD! (On TV Land.)

Let me know if you get a chance to check it out! 🙂

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

oh; one more thing…regarding Spencer/Nicolas. At first I thought he was taken by Nicolas or by order of Nic, too. But…whoever took him really threw him down the stairs so I think that theory doesn’t wash. He’s a kid; so…if they took him they wouldn’t harm him and they wouldn’t be keeping him scared, alone, feeling imprisoned. LOL…ummmm..”it’s a soap” you never know. But I’m thinking Valentin. Or…da da da daaaaaaa…Helena??? (Oh, I know…she’s dead. Or is she?????)

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

LOL! Wait! It wouldn’t be Helena either for the same reason I didn’t feel it would be Nicolas. Back to Valentin…

Patrick
Patrick

Suspending belief is a whole other arena TPTB want

I bit when both Alexis and Julian teared up. Worked

I want William DeVry

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I’m agreeing with you. “Thinking Nikolas is behind the kidnapping.” Keeping him out of harm’s way.

Rebecca1
Rebecca1

Hey Nancy! As I mentioned to Rose…on the one hand I could see it’s Nicolas…but it seems strange if that’s the case they’d throw Spencer down the stairs and leave him alone for what seems like hours…then they took a pic of him and sent it to Sonny? Not adding up. (I do think Nic’s alilve, though.)

Gwen
Gwen

In the olden days, and please, correct me if I am wrong- it was black and white-good or bad and there was a degree so to speak- Erica Kane- she lied, cheated, drug-addict-oh-killed-but there was a plausible defense although she also went to prison-well it seemed to me you could be bad- very bad -and for a good long time-but there would always be justice and you knew your favorite villain would sooner or later be killed or jailed or both. They might return- but after a good absence-as themselves- or another character or twin. Now, on GH-it does not work like that and I love Ava- and I forgive her all and want to keep seeing her- as I am sure goes for Julian, Sonny etc- Franco. Each of us wants our favorites to be ok and we want the others to suffer and be gone. By the way- what about Julian killing Carlos- I remember he went to prison for 5 minutes but-and Sonny as well and then pardoned- And was it Carlos that killed Jason who turned out not to have dies but I remember him stabbed or hurt and tossed into the water. I really did have a clear point in mind at the start of this.
I do not like the writing when things don’t make sense at all or history rewritten unless it makes sense. I am willing to suspend disbelief but not willing to be considered brain-dead. I wish we could vote fairly for who comes, goes and stays as I would accept my losses graciously. I have reached no return with Sonny and Carly and their dominance of the entire show-in my opinion and I know there are many that adore them. He inherited top dog spot from Luke and I cared for him not, either. I don’t want a king on any show-I want to see everyone get a chance front and center. Bringing Steve back at a huge price that entailed firing others to free up the funds- I guess they feel this will pay off in ratings but I fear it may not. I like Devry- he is extremely handsome and sexy- and he deserves to be in the top rung or whatever it is with salary -I think- but I think negotiations are, indeed over. There is only so much money available and looks like they have spent it elsewhere. He and Alexis seem to have a huge and angry fanbase as well. I thought Valentin would be gone for good-and he too is very talented and handsome and enjoyed his singing- so he is back as well. So yes, I am just as confused and bewildered as this post clearly indicates.

Steve
Steve

It was Faison, wearing his Duke mask, who shoved Jason in the water.

Celia
Celia

Hi, Gwen,
I have said the same thing….so many times and for sooo long, in so many ways.
I can only take so much inexplicable nonsense. We are not idiots. Some reality is good for the soul, now and again.
You said it best. “…….but not willing to be considered brain-dead.”

Barb
Barb

I regret my comments. I had forgotten you are the resident GH expert and on retainer to defend Alexis and Julian 24/7. As is your right. I do appreciate that you did not call into play my comprehension skills or low IQ and very diplomatic in your response. Thank you and my apologies for the disparaging comments regarding Alexis and Julian.

Patrick
Patrick

William DeVry as Julian… is thee hottest most sexual being WITH acting skill

add in Valentin… Kevin … heck big Mac … will always love Scotty… Dante, Ned, Curtis, Nathan (YES) , Lucas , Brad, Dillon, Griffin.

these men charged the audience on so many levels.

why is it , that GH continues to focus : Sonny / Michael / Finn / Franco / Jason

because they are stale
because they do not resonate

they are … boring FIRE them… Shelley and Frank are equally dull

I hope William DeVry is rehired. bring back Robin Christopher as Skye Quartermaine
as his new leading lady.

another man who generates HEAT… is Rick Hearst…. Ric Lansing “OOH LA LA”

Linda
Linda

who will be the big bad gangster if he leaves since Sonny is “quitting” the business?

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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.

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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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