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William deVry Opens Up About His GH Exit and Julian’s Days Being Numbered

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Former General Hospital star, William deVry (Julian), granted his first post-exit conversation to fellow Canadian Nelson Branco for the Toronto Sun, where he also shared he is relocating to Vancouver from Los Angeles,

In it, deVry reveals he saw the writing on the wall with troubled Julian Jerome back in September of 2019, that left him feeling his time with the show may be running out.

Will expressed: “I didn’t really see a big investment in the character. I loved my pairing with Tamara Braun (ex-Kim), but she was sort of brought on for Billy Miller (ex-Drew) so they never invested long term in the Julian/Kim story. It was just something to do short term. Then, they paired me with Kelly Thiebeau (Brit), but that never went anywhere because Kelly wasn’t available at the time. I was hoping Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and Julian could rekindle something, but that never happened, either. Nancy and I were open to a reunion, but that never happened despite the fans pleading for it. At that point, I just felt I should prepare myself for not being re-signed. I had always told Frank to not string me along once they knew I’d be gone. And to his credit, he let me know. It is possible that it wasn’t so much ‘me’ per se. It could have been COVID-19 expense related. Or it could have been story related. They just needed to tell another story and I was the conduit to that story. I’ll never really know.”

deVry also weighed-in on the timing of the decision to kill Julian during Covid-19, and how long it went on for, citing: “On a practical level, I knew it wasn’t good timing. I felt it would have been better to extend me into July or August. Not only for safety reasons on my end due to COVID, but for the fans. They are really struggling right now. [Characters] are dying and the fans have no control over that. And I think they felt betrayed. They feel GH could have done something about this.  But also, on a personal level, when I allow myself to feel emotion, I think it stinks that after being part of this ‘family’ for 7 years they would “do this to you” in the middle of a pandemic. But I prefer to think of all of this with my rational brain. And for me, it’s a bit of a shoulder shrug of “it is what it is.”’

So, what do you think of what Will shared on what led to Julian’s demise and how it played out? Comment below.

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As a longtime GH fan, I felt that the character of Julian Jerome was underused the past couple of years. He was a good pairing with Alexis. They were sexy and hot as a couple and did bring out the worst in each other! The scenes with Ava Jerome were always good ones and the two actors seemed to have chemistry. They were believable as siblings. I wish Will DeVry all the best in this next phase of his career.

Enough about Julian and WdV. Actors come and go. He quasi-left at the end of his previous contract. I mean he was on the show 7 years. He had a good run, but he is by no means a huge loss. I know others feel different, but I’m happy he’s gone. I hope some more go soon.

Then why watch the dang show?!?

I’d rather watch Julian than Sonny!

So they killed of Julian during COVID. Big deal! He sounds like he’s whining instead of being a big boy about it. Characters get killed off all the time and the soaps aren’t really addressing COVID. They story made sense. Frankly, Julian was extra with such a big cast and great stories going on for other characters. I will say that I thought he really delivered in his final days. I like the actor but wasn’t a big fan of the character for a long time. Best Wishes to him in his next project.

He’s not whining, he’s being truthful. Fans were promised much more with Julexis. Instead we got Julian acting completely out of character to hold up Sonny and Saint Jason.

I don’t understand why GH ever kills characters off. What is the point when we know/hope they might come back in 1 or 5 years?
With specific regards to the character of Julian, I thought he was one of the best actors on GH. I loved the push/pull relationship with Alexis. Julian was complex. deFry had the depth necessary to portray this character’s various levels and he always appeared to give 110%. There are so many other actors I would have cut b4 him. (Some left around the same time he did) Maybe he was difficult to work with and there are things I don’t know that went into this de decision, but based strictly on performanceI think he was incredibly talented

It’s too bad they let another good one go. I used to like Sonny,Jason,Carly storyline way back in the day but for some reason the show is all revolved around them. So boring. Used to watch for years. Should have kept Will and had Julian and Alexis get back together. This show is going downhill and has been. Roger and Jon need more air time as well. Enough of the Cyrus, Jordan crap too. Too bad for Will. He was a great actor and was screwed by GH. He obviously has a lot of fans and will do well in the future.

It stinks, I really enjoyed Julian’s character! The only good thing about his exit is he will be in Canada . All the best, you were robbed.

By Old Hollywood standards if a character killed someone the murderer had to die. Furthermore, the character of Julian was sleazy, self serving, greedy and dangerous all of which can be attributed to William DeVry’s great acting. Yes, I yelled at my television ” Julian what are you doing!!!!” I am quite sure he will get other roles. Although he said he would never return to General Hospital maybe he will be invited back to play Julian’s secret kinder but sinister cousin/twin who is really Julian out for revenge. Anything can happen in Soap Operaland!

He’s certainly brave (or maybe foolish, take your pick), agreeing to an interview with Nelson Branco.

All I have to say is, we are soap fans. We know how this works, so the actors should as well. I’m sorry he’s gone, but we’ll forget about him in a month or so, and fall in love with another. If I see him again, sure I’ll be glad, but I don’t let this worry me too much. I’ve watched for 50 yrs, nothing is going to change that, even if they killed off Sonny. That would literally make me cry, lol, but so be it!

If they killed off Sonny it would make me cry…with joy.

Big mistake letting him go. I don’t watch anymore.

Big bad mistake! That’s at least two fans they lost.

I will miss him.

I’m one of those fans who felt totally betrayed. I loved Wil and I loved Julexis so much so that I quit watching GH as soon as I knew he was going to die. It was a big slap in the face for the fans. I refused to watch it and I haven’t watched since. Why watch when you can’t trust what the show builds up to. Wil was a top 5 favorite actor and Julexis a leading fan favorite. The powers that be chose to burn them down!

p.s. I want to thank Mr. Fairman for his loyalty to Wil, Nancy and Julexis. They will never find as good a match for Alexis!

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More of the Story on ‘General Hospital’ Star Josh Kelly’s Latest Film Role in ‘The Workout’

We had previously shared that General Hospital’s Josh Kelly was taking three weeks away from his role of Cody Bell to a shoot a role in an upcoming movie entitled The Workout.

Josh originally revealed his role in the film during an episode of GH castmates, Steve Burton (Jason) and Bradford Anderson’s (Spinelli) podcast.

Now Deadline has filled in some of the blanks, and shared some intriguing intel on the premise of the film and its back-story.  The film stars Kelly along with Peter Jae, and UFC Fighter, Ashlee Evans-Smith. Other cast members include The Bay’s Kristos Andrews.

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In The Workout, two army rangers set out to create a workout video, but their plans are abruptly halted when a mob hit interrupts their filming. Tragically, one of the rangers loses his wife in the attack, sending him on a relentless mission to take down the mob and anyone who stands in his way.

The film from James Cullen Bressack, almost did not get financed.  Apparently, ten days before his birthday, Bressack made a post on Instagram about the feature and production, casting, and financing came from the post … illustrating the power of social media. After the post gained traction, a producer provided financing and actors expressed interest in joining the project, leading to a quick production.

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In a statement, Bressack shared, “As artists a painter paints, a musician makes music, a writer writes, but as filmmakers we have to ask permission to create. It’s time to change that narrative. This film spawned from a necessity to create. We create. We tell stories. We play pretend. I’m excited to take this journey. This is the truest form of collaboration and a community of friends coming together to make something fun. While our industry has had a rough time recently with strikes and a possible strike looming in the future, it’s nice to remind ourselves why we got into film to begin with. To have fun telling stories.”

No word yet on when The Workout will be released.

So, looking forward to seeing this collaborative effort featuring GH’s Josh Kelly? Comment below.

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51st Annual Daytime Emmy Nominations Set to Be Announced

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences revealed on Wednesday via X, that this year’s 51st annual Daytime Emmy Nominations are set to be announced in full on Friday, April 19th at 12 pm ET/9 am PT.

However, four of the top award category nominations will be revealed on Thursday, April 18th across four entertainment news programs to kick things off.

Those include this Thursday episodes of Access Hollywood, E! News, Entertainment Tonight and Extra. Over the past few years, NATAS has often let the syndicated entertainment news program handle the duties of revealing the top actor and actress in a daytime drama series, but we shall see which categories the shows unveil this year.

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As previously announced, the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented in ceremonies on Friday night, June 7th on CBS (8 – 10 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

The awards will be back at The Bonaventure hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where (the delayed due to the actors and writers strike) 50th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were held back in December of 2023.

Look for the full nominations to be posted right here at Michael Fairman TV and you can follow along on Friday on the Daytime Emmys social platforms as well.

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The Daytime Emmy Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in television programming and crafts since 1974, honoring work in a variety of categories, including daytime dramas, talk shows, instructional programming, hosting, culinary, and legal/courtroom programs. In 2021, NATAS and the Television Academy jointly announced plans to realign the Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards to be organized by content genre, as opposed to program airtime.

The 51st Daytime Emmy Nominations will honor the work and achievement from the calendar year of 2023.

So, who would you like to see in the running for gold when the Daytime Emmy nominations in the key acting and show categories are revealed? Share your thoughts below.

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General Hospital’s Adam J. Harrington Weighs-in On John and Carly, and How it’s ‘Starting to Get Very Complicated”

On recent episodes of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) came to John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) rescue as he was beaten down in an assault. Carly put on her “nurses cap,” sort of speak, and got John to his hotel room and watched over to him, to make sure he didn’t lose consciousness.

GH fans also got their first glimpse of what may be a new romance for Carly, if she and John continue to bond.  If John and Carly were to have a relationship, it would certainly have a ripple effect with Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Adam J. Harrington shared his view on the scenes and what might be next between the two. Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Harrington shared, “I thought it was written in a way where there’s an understanding and a respect between them both. I don’t think there was any moment where she was not aware that he’s an FBI agent, and there was no moment that he wasn’t aware of her history and relationship to other people in the town. I really liked it. I was really looking forward to shooting it with Laura and we had a really nice time shooting it.”

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When Carly and John part ways, it seems there were some romantic sparks, as Harrington puts it, “Isn’t that interesting that sometimes with people, the one moment they actually show how they feel is when they know there’s an escape hatch. They know they’re about to walk away. So, it’s almost safe in that moment to do it. I thought that was really special about how (the writers) handled John and Carly. Even the music in that scene was beautifully done.”

Where is this all heading? Conflict! Internally and professionally, and as Adam explains, “Who Carly was to John on paper as just a tool to be used as bait is starting to get very complicated.”

What would you think of a John and Carly pairing? Would you prefer him with Anna, or neither of them? Let us know via the comment section and take our poll below.

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