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William Moses and Denise Crosby Cast as GH’s Jeff and Carolyn Webber

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In major casting news, General Hospital has finally cast the role of Dr. Jeff Webber (previously played by Richard Dean Anderson from 1976-1981) and his wife, Carolyn Webber.

According to Soap Opera Digest, taking on the role of Jeff is none other than former Falcon Crest star, William Moses.  The actor also previously appeared on Melrose Place, the film Mystic Pizza and a guest star role on How to Get Away with Murder.  However, he is probably best known for his part as Cole Gioberti on the iconic primetime soap opera.

Playing the part of Elizabeth’s (Rebecca Herbst) mother, Carolyn, will be Denise Crosby.  The actress is best known for her role as Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the TV drama, Suits.

Ironically, Moses’ brother, Rick Moses was on General Hospital back in 1980, playing the hitman ‘Hutch’ in the Luke/Laura “Left-Handed Boy” story arc.

GH fans know that Jeff and Carolyn are the parents of Elizabeth and Sarah Webber, while Jeff is the father to Hayden Barnes and Steven Lars Webber.

Upon the release of the casting news, Crosby tweeted,Thrilled to be part of this epic show and reunite with old friends! @GenieFrancis @finolahughes and Billy Moses! @GeneralHospital”

No word yet on Moses’ and Crosby’s first airdates.

So, will we finally get to the bottom of Elizabeth’s past with her parents, Jeff and Carolyn? Share your thoughts on the casting news via the comment section below.

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Happy to see Denise coming to General Hospital. I don’t remember original Carolyn Webber, so I will get a fresh start of the character with Denise. Or for me Tasha Yar from StarTrek where she could be a bit of a thorn in the side of Jonathan Frakes, Genie Francis’s (Laura) husband. And I was also a big Suits fan. So,Yea! Someone I know and like.

Carolyn has never been seen before so Denise is the original Carolyn Webber

They never showed Carolyn.

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I love “Billy” Moses, so much over the years but can not place this Denise Crosby. I was a big fan of Suits, never missed an episode but..?, please refresh my memory, if that’s possible.

Denise Crosby – granddaughter of Bing & first year cast member of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She was Tasha Yar. Killed off at the end of the first season, but made a few appearances in later years via flashbacks & look alike characters.

I’ll be eternally damned if I can remember who she played on Suits though. And I thought I had seen every episode of that show….even that trainwreck of a final season after Meghan Markle ran off to get married to some red haired kid across the pond.

She played the bitch boss in the last season of Suits (I think it was the last season)

Violet…I loved Suits as well. Great team of actors. And of course Megan Markle ended up marrying Prince Harry. Saw some of the cast at the wedding. Denise’s character was Faye. She was sent into Suit’s firm by the New York Bar Association to clean up the fraud and crossing the legal line of some of the associates like Harvey and Mike Ross. Obviously they didn’t like her.

Violet…This might be a duplicate. Wasn’t sure the original went through. I really liked Suits as well. Great cast and stories. Including Meghan Markle who married Prince Harry. I saw some of the cast at the wedding.
Denise played another attorney sent into Suit’s firm by the New York Bar Association to clean up sometimes crossing the legal line and fraud which had happened there like Mike Ross and even Harvey. Obviously she wasn’t liked.

You “don’t remember” original Carolyn Webber because she never existed. Jeff married her offscreen, apparently right after leaving Port Charles (given the age of Elizabeth & her sister Sarah). Carolyn never even had a first name until about 3 months ago, when Jake causally mentioned he was chatting with her & Jeff on a library computer (so Liz wouldn’t find out about it)

Really do wish they could have brought Richard Dean Anderson back though. The character’s been AWOL for 40 years, so half the audience won’t know the difference, but us “old timers” will have a hard time getting used to a “new” Jeff.

I don’t mind that they’re recasting Jeff, Satan, because I have no idea if RDA is even interested in returning to soaps, but Billy Moses is not the first person who would have come to mind as a recast. I guess we’ll see how well he works out. As long as they don’t rewrite the character yet again (Jeff Webber? an affair? not the Jeff Webber I knew, but then I never knew his brother Rick was a sicko murderer, either), I guess it could work.

RDA hasn’t acted in at least a decade. He may be retired…

Correct, Richard Dean Anderson has said he is done with acting. There was no way GH could have gotten him back.

We never knew Carolyn Webber. I think she was only mentioned. Elizabeth and Sarah came to Port Charles as young adults to be with their grandparents. This is good news. I would like legacy characters to return in meaningful ways.

Great news.

I’ll file this in the be careful what you wish for category. Crosby is good casting. Since we’ve never seen Carolyn before, Teschner and crew had a wide assortment to select from for this character.

Acting wise, Moses is okay, but he’s 10 years too young for Jeff. Monica and Jeff were Mr & Mrs Intern back in the 70s. There’s other actors with soap backgrounds closer to 70 that could’ve easily been cast (Ted Shackelford, Mitch Pileggi, Jack Scalia). Moses is 7 years older than Scott Reeves (the last Steven Lars).

I didn’t think Frank would do it, but I’m getting a sinking feeling that Alley Mills might be playing a recast Monica (assuming Leslie Charleson can’t return).

I sincerely hope that’s not the case with Alley Mills taking over as a recast Monica. That would be an incredibly bad idea. Don’t know what’s going on with Leslie Charleson, haven’t seen or heard a word on why she hasn’t been on the show. But if she’s not coming back, then they should kill off the character, in my opinion. No other actress should play Monica. Period.

i agree lesley a legend legend

I do like Mills and am glad to see her get another gig, but unless Leslie Charleson is unable or unwilling to return, I say a big HELL NO! to any re-recast of Monica (and even if she’s unwilling or unable, it’s still a very questionable idea). That’s a step too far–way, WAY too far. (But the sketchiness about saying whom Mills will be playing does sort of suggest it’s a possibility, doesn’t it?)

I’m not positive but I do believe Monica as played by Leslie was a bit older than Jeff as played by Richard Monica was more Ricks age.i know when Leslie came on she was older than the original Monica that was paired with Jeff.Also I didn’t know Leslie was not still recurring on gh?

Ten years younger is nothing. He looks the part, especially since it’s clear Leslie Charleson isn’t filming anytime soon. I personally would be happy seeing Patty McCormack temporarily returning to the role again, or recasting Linda Purl into the role.

I saw comments like this on the Tucker McCall recast on Y&R as well. While I do hear you that age-wise both actors are younger than they should be, it’s almost customary to do that on soaps. Why? Because it makes sense from a business point-of-view. If you cast someone younger, they can play the part for many more years than someone who is 10+ years older than that.

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Jack Scalia ? Back in the day we would have said “Hubbba, Hubba, ding, ding, that man’s got everything!”

Thanks to all of you with great memories for letting me know Carolyn Webber never appeared on GH. That means Denise is coming to Port Charles to make the character her own. :))).

Thanks to all of you great GH historians setting the record straight about Carolyn never appearing. So this means Denise gets to make the role her own. :)))

I am thrilled that Jeff Webber will finally return. But I will also throw in a tangent that probably no one else cares about: I would also be happy with the return of Jeff and Rick’s sister, Terri Arnett. Terri, a bubbly person and supportive sister, was a singer who was in love with Dr. Marc Dante in an ill-fated love story (he was married to Mary-Ellen who had mental health issues). Terri on occasion performed, I think, at the Floating Rib, and her signature song was “What I Did for Love.” Alas, I just learned that the actress, Bobbi Jordan, passed away in 2012 at 75. I will fondly always remember the 70s on GH…

I loved GH in the 1970s even before it blew up with Luke and Laura. This high schooler raced home after school to catch the end. I had a bit of a crush on Mark Dante and Jeff Webber.

Iakovos, I am thrilled to read your reply! I was in the same boat as you, watching GH. I loved GH just as much before the Luke and Laura era began. For me, Diana and Peter Taylor were the best! And I had my fair share of crushes, too, along the lines of yours. 😉 I have seen your comments, but I don’t think we’ve chatted here until now. So nice to reminisce with you, Friend!

Yes, Terri was a great character. I remember her singing “If” by Bread in one of the episodes. I also remember when Marc Dante’s wife rigged her breaks before she drove down the bluff! LOL

Daniel, glad you also enjoyed Terri! I appreciate you providing more detail. I now vaguely remember her singing “If.” I think what’s most sad about her storyline is that, upon their departure, Terri and Marc were supposed to meet up at a predetermined point in the near future. But it never happened onscreen… Take care, Friend!

I never expected this to actually happen. And while I would have preferred Robert Newman as Jeff Webber, I do believe William Moses will fit well into the role built by Richard Dean Anderson; this also gives me hope, especially if Moses sticks around, that we may one-day get Rebecca Budig back as Hayden Barnes, and possibly even someone like Bethany Joy Lenz (ex-Michelle, Guiding Light; ex-Hayley, One Tree Hill) as a Sarah Webber recast. However, I am unfamiliar with the works of Denise Crosby & Moses, but I am wishing them the best of luck in their new gigs!

Crosby in the image above reminds me very much of Sherry Stringfield (ex-Blake, Guiding Light).

WOW! These are some big names! I hope they have great story line up for them and Becky.

The show has a really wonderfully talented cast. My wish is that the writing team writes to their strengths. With what GH is blessed with, the stars are the limits.

They look like her parents, can act and Liz has needed them in her life for so long now that it will play out really well since she will have built up a lot of animosity towards both of them for not being there for her and their grandchildren!

Jeff is also the father of Steven Lars with Heather

Okay I have a question here for any GH expert, where’s Audrey? I don’t remember saying the character pass away I’ve been watching GH since I was pre teen and I know actress Rachel Ames retired and Audrey was always mentioned but not seen and that she took care of the kids for Elizabeth, but that’s about it, then she wasn’t mention again and its been several years , Did I miss the character passing away? I would of thought a big special episode would of aired right? somebody update me please.

Audrey has been mentioned as “watching the kids” offscreen for some time now, though she hasn’t been seen in years. So she’s presumed to be still alive. I would imagine they wouldn’t kill off the character (even off screen) until Rachel Ames has actually passed away… assuming that happens before GH itself is cancelled.

Just one correction: General Hospital would not technically be cancelled. It would simply cease production, since Disney-ABC directly owns it, and not through another company.

I think the world of Audrey and her portrayer Rachel Ames. I realize that Ames retired, but it gives me comfort to know that her character is theoretically still living in Port Charles, a land she inhabited long before such name was given.

Love, love, love William–MYSTIC PIZZA–reruns of Perry Mason–Jane Doe etc.
Can’t wait.
Aside —to the writers: “Michael” said “…should have WENT through…” WOW!! I guess he’s never heard of past participle, or past perfect. The word is GONE, not WENT.

GH hits the casting jackpot! Loved William Moses on Falcon Crest with Jane Wyman and on the classic Mystic Pizza with Julia Roberts. And Denise Crosby will be a fine addition. GH has an excellent cast and the Casting Director Emmy goes to…..GH!

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GH’s Mark Teschner Tells Casting Stories of Johnny Wactor, Giovanni Mazza, Rebecca Herbst & Nicholas Chavez

This week during a very informative and insightful conversation, General Hospital’s 11-time Emmy-winning casting director and now a Daytime Emmy Silver Circle honoree, Mark Teschner spoke on finding the talent for specific roles on the ABC daytime drama series throughout his near three and half decades with the show.

During a livestream chat on the Michael Fairman Channel, Teschner recalled some of the behind the scenes casting stories that brought many beloved favorites to the GH family including the late Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando), the newly-arrived, Giovanni Mazza (Gio), longtime fan favorite, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), and rising star, Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer) to name but a few.

When speaking with sadness over the loss of Wactor, who was shot and killed back on May 25th, and what he brought to the character of Brando, Teschner recalled, “With Johnny, what you see is what you get. You see the most kind decent, standup guy, and that’s innately who he is. So, that quality comes through in his work and with the character.”

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Mark explained, “Brando was a raw kind of hothead, troubled kind of character, and Johnny was able to go there. He had a real intensity that he was able to bring to the role, but at the same time, the character of Brando had to have this depth and this giant heart that he doesn’t necessarily reveal when you first see him. Well, Johnny had the biggest heart of anyone you’ll ever meet. So that essence was already there, and then his acting and his skill played the character. Johnny brought so much of who he was to the character, and there was something so authentic about him.”

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Giovanni Mazza recently debuted on GH as “Gio”, so what was his road to landing in Port Charles? Teschner shared, “I was casting a recurring role for a 15-year-old on the show, but when I’m doing the audition, sometimes I’ll open it up because we try to cast true to age, really within a year or so.  If you think about it, all the kids in our show are the exact age of the characters that they’re playing. Because if you have somebody that’s older playing younger, it sticks out because they’re not going to blend age-wise. But I did read a number of actors that were older just because they looked interesting. Gio’s audition came in. I was viewing this through self tapes, and there was just something about him. It wasn’t just that he was a great-looking kid, it was just there’s something very soulful about him and something very compelling, and he draws you in. ”

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Mark continued, “So with the group of the 15-year-olds that I sent to Frank Valeintini (EP, GH), I said, ‘Hey, I’m including this kid, Giovanni Mazza. I’m well aware he’s too old, but I just want you to see him.’

After having him come into audition, two weeks later, Frank called Mark and told him they were putting Gio under contract. Teschner added, “So, that was an example where it was his first week in LA, it was his first and ever audition. So we got  before anybody else.  I think he’s really gonna develop into, you know, quite a young actor.”

Becky Herbst has been beloved as Elizabeth for decades, and Teschner recounted her audition process and how she came to the role of Elizabeth. “She (originally) auditioned for the role of Sarah Webber. But the role of Elizabeth was created for Becky. While the character of Sarah did not last long, here we are with Becky 30 years later.”

Teschner cited Becky’s casting as a great example. “I always tell actors when they come into audition, you lay it out, you put it all out there, you bring everything you have to that role. You may not get the role, but if you do good work, you get remembered. And it’s so true.”

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Nicholas Chavez popped in the role of Spencer Cassadine before exiting the series. Teschner tells how Chavez came onto the GH casting radar. “Nicholas sent his self tape in from Florida and the rest is history. He had a meteoric impact on the show.” Mark added, “You always have an expectation and the hope that they’re (the actor) going to nail it and run with it. But sure, there are actors, you think, ‘They’re gonna be awesome,’ and then all of a sudden it goes to another level. With Nicholas Chavez, we knew he’d be amazing, but you know, who knew? Well, we did.”

Watch the full conversation with Mark Teschner below where he talks about even more of the casting stories behind some of your GH favorites, then and now.

What you think of the Teschner’s eye for talent casting the characters of General Hospital? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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