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Saying Good bye:
Dr. Patrick Drake
Previously hinted in Rumorville and further below (see the Kimberly McCullough item), rumors of this exit are now confirmed.
Jason Thompson has decided to leave GH after a decade on the show. You can read his statement about it HERE.
No word as of yet on his final airdate.
Brandon Barash returns to GH as Johnny Zacchara, in early December. Executive Producer, Frank Valentini, “Hold on tight GH fans because things are going to get absolutely crazy good in Port Charles in the coming months. We are so happy to have Brandon back and with Johnny Z’s unexpected arrival in Port Charles that can only spell one thing: t-r-o-u-b-l-e.”
GH wants a "well known actress for this important role". The recurring character calls for a "strong, dynamic", mid 50 to 60 year old African-American woman, and would begin taping the end of November.
Real life couple, Chad Duell (Michael) and Kristen Alderson (ex-Kiki, GH) and have broken up. According to Alderson, they remain friends.
Tristan Rogers GH Bound!
Update: Rogers' representative states that, "Tristan is only visiting Port Charles for a very short time" and will continue in his role on Y&R as Colin. According to a tweet from Rogers, GH fans can expect some "fun stuff".
Rogers returns to his role as Robert Scorpio this December. Executive Producer Frank Valentini, "Scorpio is such a beloved legacy character who evokes a sense of nostalgia and I know the fans have been patiently waiting for Tristan’s return. I share their sentiments and enthusiasm and that of our entire GH team in welcoming him home. It’s been a fantastic week of casting announcements for GH, but it’s not over yet."
Frank Valentini, GH's Executive Producer has announced that Kimberly McCullough will return to reprise her role as Robin Scorpio in November, per ABC. She has already begun taping. No word as of yet on her exact air date or for how long, but do not expect it to be lengthy.
Previously, in GHH's Rumorville, we mentioned that Jason Thompson (Patrick) may have decided not to renew his contract, and that if he does exit, his character will do so in order to be with Robin. (There has been some indications that she could be suffering from PSTD.). The previous item also indicated that Emma will remain with Anna. Time will tell how much of that holds up.
Regardless, this could be the reason for Robin's return. And/Or...could there be other people, motives involved?
GH is looking for a, "bonafide leading man, caucasion, 32-37 years old, who is very sexy, dynamic and charismatic." They have widened their search and are now considering, "authentic British & Australian actors" for the role. (source: SOD)
There is a New Therapist in Town!
Anthony Montgomery shows up the first week of November in the role of Dr Andre Maddox.
These Ladies Are Staying Put!
Both Genie Francis (Laura) and Finola Hughes (Anna) have signed new, long term contracts. "We are thrilled that Genie and Finola will continue to make General Hospital their home for years to come," said executive producer Frank Valentini. "These enormously talented actresses have created timeless characters that resonate with our fans."
GH Stars in New Web Series!
Did you know that Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Kathleen Gati (Dr. Obrecht) are appearing in a new Web Series, called Winterthorne?
Watch the Trailer HERE.
Check out the first episode HERE.
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Lexi Ainsworth is returning to GH to reprise her role as the original Kristina who we all know and love, the daughter of Alexis with Sonny. A thrilled Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) tweeted, "My baby's coming home! Mama's happy!" No word as of yet on her first air date.
Our previous Rumorville item has been confirmed. Michael Easton, who plays Dr. Silas Clay, is leaving General Hospital.
It looks like his exit will leave a murder mystery in its wake. The suspects are quickly being built up on screen. Easton completed his taping several weeks ago.
as GH Head Writer
Daytime veterans Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante have been named co-headwriters, effective August 10. Vicki Dummer, executive vice president current series programming, stated, "We are pleased to welcome back two esteemed writers to our GH family. Shelly and Jean's combined talents and experiences promise to continue the show's legacy of compelling storytelling that will resonate with our impassioned viewers. We're delighted with what they have in store for the show as they continue honoring the rich, diverse environs of Port Charles."
"I don’t mind telling you that, for our last episodes [Luke and Lucky] together, Jonathan [Jackson] and I sat in my dressing room for two nights in a row, well into the night, and we deconstructed the scenes we’d been given, and it was an incredibly creative, collaborative experience. Without changing the writer’s intention, we tried to bring to the fore what the audience knows about Luke and Lucky’s relationship, because it just wasn’t on the page. I feel our work it resulted in some of the best moments Jonathan and I have shared on screen. And that’s saying a lot, because we’ve had many. The boy is extraordinary and a true artist. He lives like an artist. He can’t get enough of this world. He is so curious and alive. A real Renaissance man and I so admire him. For that selfish reason, I am glad we ended the way we did."
"To be told to weep on a certain line is absurd. I don’t know when the hell I’m going to weep, if I weep at all, until I’m actually playing the scene. You don’t plan that s—t out! In all modesty, Jane Elliot [Tracy] and I have 90 years of professional acting experience between us and for us to be handed a scene where we are told how to read every line is insulting."
The above are just small teasers from his lengthy interview. It is recommended that you read it in full. You can do that at here at:
GH is said to be casting a contract role for an African-American male in his mid-30's, “very handsome, dynamic, and charismatic.”
According to SOD, GH has sent out a casting call for a "complex late teens Caucasian female who is beautiful and dynamic to start shooting a new contract role in two months."
It wasn’t his plan to cry, but General Hospital star Anthony Geary couldn’t hold back the tears when current and former cast members like Kin Shriner, Finola Hughes, Kristina Wagner, Leslie Charleson, Lynn Herring, and, of course, Genie Francis showed up to bid him farewell on his final day at the ABC soap.
Read the exclusive exit interview and see the video from Entertainment Weekly: HERE
You can read the full interview HERE
Lisa LoCicero Gives Birth To A Baby Girl!
It's a shock. Then again, it's not. Eight-time Emmy winner Anthony Geary—the most revered and trophied actor in daytime drama—has decided to leave ABC's General Hospital at the end of his current contract.
Tony Geary To Exit GH This Summer (boo!)
Geary will continue shooting at the hit soap until late June and remain on air for a month or so after that. Then he's off to his second home in Amsterdam where, for the last few years, he has been spending more and more time. A rep for ABC Daytime says, "The door at GH will always be open to Tony and we hope that he will make a return visit at some point, even if just for a few weeks." What's behind this major life decision? And what will become of the iconic, yet horribly screwed-up, Luke Spencer?
Read the story, and an interview with the man himself , via TV Insider: HERE
Geary: I think that we can, without hesitation, refer to him as a serial killer now, and I am delighted. Most of the time when Luke has killed over the years, he really felt he was removing people from the earth who deserved to be removed, though it wasn't his place to make those decisions. That was always a stretch for me—just a wonderful conceit I played along with—but now it makes total sense. Luke became like his drunk, abusive father only worse—a marauding dark angel going around spreading as much chaos and misery as he possibly could. It certainly helps clarify Luke's drunken rape of Laura. That was a moment of his father coming through...
You and I have talked so many times over the years about Luke being gray—never black and white. But now it turns out his whole life is black and white. The women in distress you save and protect, the men who abuse them you eliminate. But what happens when the protector becomes the abuser? Keeping this horrible secret about his parents might have manifested itself in some other destructive way—cancer or a heart attack—but as it happened it was Luke's head that exploded. I'm really happy with the story and so hoping that I did it justice on the acting side. And I'm so honored they chose this way to celebrate the anniversary and take us back to the origins of the show.
I think Jason Thompson did a terrific job as Steve and got the essence of Beradino beautifully. It was the subtlest sort of impression. I don't know how Jason did it, but I was most impressed. ...Joey Luthman, the actor who played young Luke was incredible! Amazing control. Amazing professionalism. He's 18 and looks 15. I don't know how someone so young can give such a great performance. I told him, "When I was your age, I couldn't find my way out of the house."
It was a schizophrenic experience. The hardest part, oddly enough, was playing Luke, because he had to be a passive observer of the truth. It was great fun to play the father that Luke has talked about so disparagingly for 37 years.
Wasn't it originally the plan that Fluke would turn out to be Bill Eckert?
Yes. That was the case when I was first told the story by Ron [Carlivati] and [executive producer] Frank Valentini on the phone. They didn't quite know how it was going to work out. At first, I was definitely playing two different people, and the assumption was that Fluke was Bill Eckert. But I think when the fans started to guess that outcome—Ron monitors all of the comments so closely—they decided there was a better way to go.
So back to Fluke almost being Bill Eckert…
Well, I was away from the show for several months, after my back surgery, and I assumed that when I got back we'd pick up with the Bill Eckert [reveal], especially after they dug up his grave and it was empty. But, by then, they had decided on a different plan. When I was called to Frank's office, he told me that this other personality had been Luke all the time, and I cheered! Not only did I love the idea but it meant that people like Tracy weren't being stupid... She [Jane Elliot] managed to keep her character smart through the dumbest of actions but, thanks to this reveal, Fluke being Luke totally justifies Tracy's behavior. It really fixes a lot of things in retrospect. I've been racking my brain and can't think of a single thing that this doesn't explain.
In another couple of episodes, we find out why Luke went after Sonny Corinthos, for starters, and a lot of other truths will come spilling out now that Luke's mind has cracked open. I'll have my work cut out for me to balance all these balls in the air when I come back from this break. In the meantime, we will leave Luke going off to some kind of sanitarium for some kind of treatment.
Read the TV Insider interview in full HERE.
TV Insider shared this must-read interview with Jane Elliot (Tracy), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Finola Hughes (Anna), Maura West (Ava), and Michelle Stafford (Nina). Some excerpts follow below:
Not that long ago, women in their forties and beyond were rarely, barely seen on the show. What changed?
Hughes: We now have an evolved executive producer, Frank Valentini. I started out my soap career on GH, then left for several years, and when I wanted to return, they didn’t want me. I couldn’t get my ass back on the show until Frank took over.
Grahn: For years, Jane and I were the only older women on contract, and they weren’t working us. It’s a fact that the previous regime at ABC Daytime [headed by Brian Frons, who exited in 2012] was repelled by age, and there was a very strict policy that only the young GH characters should be focused on, that only the young actors should be used for publicity. And the ratings went down.
Stafford: I hate that women should have to talk about age. To me, it’s a non-issue.
But it is an issue. Rare is the actress who can stay busy into her forties, fifties, and beyond—daytime, primetime, anytime—which makes what’s happening at GH something close to a miracle.
Grahn: Things didn’t change on our show until Vicki Dummer took over [at ABC Daytime]. She and Frank and our head writer, Ron Carlivati, are age-blind. And now the ratings are up.
Hughes: They find older, powerful women sexy instead of something to fear. When women are in charge at the network, it doesn’t become a question.
Elliot: I’m not so sure about that. Over the years, we’ve had several women running ABC Daytime and executive producing GH, and they were quite male-centric. They were very busy sucking up to the guys on the show and would dismiss the rest of us.
West: Now we have Nancy playing a high-powered lawyer and Finola is the Port Charles police chief.
Hughes: Uh, excuse me…that’s police commissioner. [Note: This interview took place before Anna was ousted from the PCPD.]
West: And I’m a frickin’ mobster!
Stafford: We all play cool dames who have to fight for their lives in some way. Our female audience doesn’t want to see women being victims. They don’t want to watch women fall apart. You can only feed people that crap for so long. It’s such a tough world right now. We want to watch survivors.
What about the cosmetic demands of soap divadom? Do you feel pressured to stay looking fantastic, especially in this unforgiving era of HD?
Hughes: That's why we have Ryan Paevey [Nathan] always getting naked—to take the heat off us.
Grahn: When I’m doing a bedroom scene, I’m constantly going, “Don’t shoot my fat arms! Get that camera away from my ass!” I hate the fact that we focus so much on looks, yet I’m the first one to get a spray tan. But this obsession is all over primetime, too. Even the f---ing girl zombies on The Walking Dead are 36-24-36.
Elliot: There are actors on our show—beautiful young women—who have already started with the plastic surgery. They’re trying to hold on to what they had. I don’t know that the audience is expecting that of us. We expect it of ourselves. We’re the ones looking in the mirror going, “Oh, my God, I can’t stand my neck! Oh, my God, my eyes!”
Stafford: Nobody notices the good work. They only notice the bad work. Jeez, if this was an interview with a bunch of men, would the subject of plastic surgery even be brought up?
West: Yeah, would you be discussing penile implants?
Hughes: Would five French women be sitting around talking about this? Hell, no.
OK, then let’s talk about another harsh reality—social media. Four out of five of you really work it, while Jane would rather lie down on the 405 Freeway than put out a tweet.
OK, then let’s talk about another harsh reality—social media. Four out of five of you really work it, while Jane would rather lie down on the 405 Freeway than put out a tweet.
Elliot: I think it’s narcissistic and voyeuristic.
Hughes: It doesn’t have to be. It can be an important marketing tool. It’s great for publicizing GH.
Stafford: It’s mandatory in today’s world.
Elliot: But it takes hold of you. I watch people on our show who get lost in it. They have to check in with Twitter all day long to see what’s being said about them. It takes them out of the moment of truly living life. Instead, they’re living their lives in a cell phone.
Grahn: It has its advantages, but sometimes you say things you shouldn’t. I’ve learned the hard way. When you have martinis, you should not tweet.
West: I’m with Jane. I was spending too much time on Twitter, so I have pulled way back. Now when I go home, I shut off the phone. I want to live my life as it’s happening, with the people I love. I have five children who need my attention.
Grahn: It’s so bad at my house that my daughter will tweet from the other room to say, “Mommy, I’m so hungry! Can you feed me?”
Hughes: I love the “block” button. Love, love, love it. Nancy’s Twitter fans went after me when Anna went after Alexis. I was like, “Seriously, people?”
West: There should be cast solidarity when it comes to blocking people. If some fan calls you an “ugly, fat f---” and all of us got together as a team and blocked them, this would stop.
Stafford: We do have the power to stop meanness from occurring. I have been attacked for being an “old cow” by fans who prefer a certain actor, and that actor had the power to say, “Stop it” but chose not to and that only inflamed it. Some actors are literally like, “If people say Michelle Stafford overacts, that’ll mean the fans will love me more!” What kind of thinking is that? For you to feel good, someone else has to fail?
Read the rest of this interview HERE.
According to a statement from ABC, Hayley will first air as Kiki in late February.
Nathan Parson's (ex-Ethan Lovett) Stars in a New Pilot
Below is a trailer from it. The entire pilot is available to view HERE for free. It is one of many vying for a slot as one of Amazon's next original series. You can watch the show at that link and then take the survey to help get it produced.
GH has issued a new casting call for a male, contract role, with shooting expected to start in February. He is described as "Caucasian, late 20s. Handsome, dynamic, sexy. A charming bad boy who gets in and out of trouble."
He’s assigned to shepherd new employee Iris West (Candice Patton), but their relationship becomes complicated when Bridge begins to investigate Barry’s mentor, Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh).
GH's Exec Producer, Frank Valentini shares, "We are thrilled for Roger and this opportunity. Fans can rest assure he is not off the show, as the timing for this role worked out so that he can shoot during our current GH hiatus."
Michelle Stafford Video Interview: Everything You Wanted To Know About Nina Clay & Then Some (with Michael Fairman)
Part 1 and 2, in order, below.
(Personal opinion...Part 2 was more interesting than Part 1)
GH has a casting call out for an African American male, late 30's/early 40's.
Watch the trailer of Maurice Benard's new movie, The Ghost and The Whale.
It's been 21 years since Knots Landing went off the air but it's still paying off for Donna Mills. The actress, who played cul-de-sac baddie Abby Ewing on the long-running primetime soap, has joined ABC's General Hospital as yet another ritzy firestarter, Madeline Reeves. Mills hit the air March 14 for a story arc scheduled to run about two months.
"But, as far as we're concerned, she can stay as long as she wants," says GH head writer Ron Carlivati. "Knots is my favorite TV show ever and, growing up, I was obsessed with Donna. Still am! When I was envisioning Madeline — a glamorous, high-powered bitch on wheels — it suddenly came to me: 'Oh, my God, she's Abby Ewing!'"
The job brings Mills full circle. "I started out in daytime soaps, doing The Secret Storm and Love is a Many Splendored Thing in New York back in the '60s — and, boy, have things changed!" the actress says. "Soaps always moved fast, but not like this. We used to have a full, calm day to prepare for each episode and get it on its feet. GH is like a runaway train! They do nine episodes a week! On Knots we shot, oh, maybe 10 pages a day at most — and that was a really heavy day for us. On GH, they're shooting 150 a day, every day. To tell you the truth, I'm kind of in shock."
Carlivati says he's already planned a second arc involving Mills' character "but we're waiting to see how she feels about staying with us until we commit to it. The story possibilities seem endless." And how.
Madeline is the mom of much-discussed but never-seen coma victim Nina Clay, which means she's doing battle with Nina's husband, Silas, who stands to inherit Nina's many millions. Madeline believes Silas administered the drugs that put Nina into that coma 20 years ago, and so does Madeline's son, Port Charles cop Nathan West.
"There are so many great twists and turns to this story," says Mills. "As I read the scripts, I keep going, 'Really? Really?' Madeline believes Silas married Nina for her money and family name. He didn't want a wife, he wanted a scholarship fund."
Though Madeline may be low on dough, she still has her rich-lady problems. Mills "She's very happy that Nathan has chosen to avenge his sister and that he's trying to pin it on Silas, but she doesn't like that he became a cop in order to do it. Madeline considers police work a very lowly, undignified profession. It's so beneath her stature! She's very complicated. Very screwed up. And I can't wait to unravel the mystery as to why her husband left her without a cent."
Then again, is Dad really dead? After all, this is GH where fatalities are rarely a permanent thing. "You never know what might happen," teases Carlivati with a laugh. "Madeline's husband might come walking through the door one day, played by William Devane! Who doesn't want to see Abby and Greg back together again?"
Read the rest at TV Guide
Prospect Park Network, which relaunched the TV soap operas One Life to Live and All My Children online in 2013, owes $1.7 million to ABC, according to the company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing on Monday.
The company is in the midst of a lawsuit alleging a "mega soap" fraud on the part of ABC. Prospect Park claims that after licensing the soaps from the network, ABC had second thoughts and attempted to sabotage the relaunch by borrowing characters to kill them off and inducing actors to sign secret, exclusive, multiyear contracts.
To read more, go to Hollywood Reporter.
In other news, Anne Sweeney ,Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, will be stepping down at the end of her current contract in January 2015 to pursue a career as a TV director. Read more about that at Deadline.
Emme Rylan and Kathleen Gati discuss their experiences on being a part of GH.
Tyler Christopher & Becky Herbst Talk ‘General Hospital’: Is There Hope For Nikolas and Liz Getting Together?
Q: If the time comes, you'd want Luke to exit in a shocking way?
The film, which made waves at Sundance this past January, tells the story of the “father and son” duo that terrorized several states in 2002.
Tequan says, "This film is mainly about what got two killers motivated to kill. Better yet, what got two regular people motivated to kill. Basically, it tells all the events leading up to what motivated them to kill, not really the relationship between the two. I mean, the relationship is shown and how they met.
Read his full interview, which includes discussion about his future with GH, HERE.
"M" is for Maura...and Mobster!
The role was original written for just five episodes. Basically, she was there to drop off Kiki [Kristen Alderson] and then leave town. By the time I left my meeting with Frank, it was up to seven episodes, with the possibility of it becoming recurring. Then I was offered a contract before I even started my first day."
Read TV Guide's full interview with West in HERE.
This is just a very tiny excerpt of this not-to-be-missed interview. For the full article go to TVGuide.
Maurice Bernard has been working on a new film, "The Ghost and The Whale", and has
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