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In addition to the casting calls for Luke's childhood family, as mentioned in this previous Rumorville item, it appears GH plans to bring on the adult Patricia as well. GH is for a well-established "name" actress in her early 60's to play a juicy part in a short arc. The character is a blue collar survivor who's lived a rough life but whose resolute spirit has carried her through.
There is a casting call for a twenty-something African-American actress for a contract role that is slated to begin taping in late February.
Lastly, GH is casting twin boys 2 to 3 years old (another Danny?).
Are You A GH Fan in the Northeast?
Check out the video below for the GH Fantasy Weekend 2, taking place on April 11 and 12th (be sure to watch to the very end to catch all of the bloopers) . Ten of your favorite General Hospital stars are coming to NY and NJ for one of the biggest events in the Northeast! For more info go 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.
Kristen Alderson Video:
Why I decided to leave General Hospital
Kristen Alderson is leaving General Hospital
Alderson (Kiki Jerome) will be wrapping up her run on GH soon, according to SOD. Chad Duell (Michael) confirmed via twitter that the decision was hers.
Role of Agent Sloane Recast
The part of Kyle Sloane has been recast with soap veteran Grayson McCouch. Fans may recall him as As the World Turns' Dusty Donovan and Another World's Dr. Morgan Winthrop. More recently, he appeared in Fox’s Gotham (as Thomas Wayne).
Robb Derringer, who finished taping in December, will still air as Sloane for several more weeks.
According to SOD, McCouch will appear on your GH screen beginning in early February.
UPDATED: GH NOW!'s first three episodes debut on Monday, January 12th, followed by another three on Monday, February 2nd. It can be found on ABC.com and WATCH ABC, which is accessible from ABC.com or via the WATCH ABC app, which is free on select Android and iOS devices via Google Play and the App Store.
Coming in January! GH NOW!
Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis) asks your favorite soap stars all the hard-hitting questions you have always wanted to ask. Featuring a panel of celebrity GH fans, soap studs, fun games and an overdose of side-splitting sketch comedy! The new web series will be available to watch at ABC.com
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)
UPDATE ON GH TIME CHANGE!!!
GH is returning to the 3pm EST/2pm PST timeslot on Monday, September 8, in the following eight markets: San Antonio, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston and Raleigh-Durham.
Don't forget to update your DVRs!
General Hospital Moving To Different Time
ABC confirms will GH will be moving time slots in several markets back to 3pm ET/2pm PT, where it aired for 25 years before being moved up an hour in 2012. An announcement is expected soon with the date of transition and areas affected.
Bob Hastings, who played the Port Charles' Police Chief, Burt Ramsey, on General Hospital, has passed.
Old timers will remember their complete shock when it was revealed that the well respected Chief Ramsey turned out to be "Mr. Big". Bob Hastings may be gone, but never forgotten.
GH has a casting call out for an African American male, late 30's/early 40's.
Just a few highlights: Tony Geary recently underwent two back surgeries and due to the need to recover, plus vacation, he won't return to Port Charles until October. However, he pre-taped several scenes, so we will continue to see Fluke on our screens here and there, where he is communicating long distance via Skype or phone calls.
Geary is absolutely thrilled to have the Fluke storyline. He was getting bored and had asked to take his out from his contract, but changed his mind and then went to head writer Ron Carlivati. Geary asked for a pro-active, as opposed to a reactive story. "To be able to take something this far and this dark has been a real joy after 36 years. Of course, we had to do it with a different character, since Luke is not a sociopath."
Geary talks about what he has done, in terms of preparation, to make Fluke comes across so differently than Luke.
Geary discusses the recent scenes of Fluke and Luke together at Miscavige.
Frank Valentini, executive producer, has allowed him to ad-lib, basically telling GH's directors to trust Tony Geary.
This is an excellent and lengthy read, so be sure to follow the link to savor this interview in full! CLICK HERE.
Blast From the Past
1993: Below, Tony Geary discusses his feelings about the other character he played on GH,
Bill Eckert. The beginning of the video shows fan reactions to the character (Luke's look alike cousin), while the rest includes clips from Geary's scenes and the interview. It is well worth watching the entire video.
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.
Sean Blakemore talks about what is coming up for his character.
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?
Interview with Frank Valentini and Maurice Benard
as GH Celebrates its 13,000th Episode
On Heather and Scott as Franco's parents:
That idea was kind of floating from the first minute we ever put Roger Howarth [Franco] and Robin Mattson [Heather] together. As actors, they have such great chemistry and, as we know, their characters were tied to each other from the beginning, what with Heather being present at Franco's birth. Changing his parentage really solved a problem for us. We brought Roger back onto the show and he had great ties to GH history — Alan Quartermaine is Franco's father, Susan Moore is his mother and Jason Morgan is his twin brother — but they're all dead! So, after the dust settled, Franco had no real ties. We needed a richer, deeper well to draw from. This will tie Franco to two great legacy characters still with us today and now Scott's the D.A. with a son who's a reformed serial killer. It means Steven Lars is Franco's brother, so who knows what we're going to do with that some day? This also helps explain Heather's obsession with Franco. She's not just a psychopath. This takes her to another level. We found a moment in GH history where she and Scott could have conceived this child, so it all adds up. [Laughs] If you want it to, that is, and you're not one of those people who's looking to poke a hole in this. Because you know they're out there!
On keeping some surprises close to the vest:
ABC has been very cooperative with me and [executive producer] Frank Valentini in terms of keeping secrets, though there are times when they say, "We'd really like to get some buzz going about so-and-so's return." But, as a fan, I like to be surprised. I love having my jaw drop open at the end of an episode. That's the way soap-watching was when I was growing up. There was no going on the Internet to find out who's coming back to the show, or who's hiding behind that Halloween mask. It's always a letdown when weeks before a big reveal everyone is trading the information on social media or you're reading about it in a magazine. I'm not going to make it easy for anyone to find out what's coming up.
On fans being upset when their faves don't get much airtime:
It's really a constraint when you have a big contract cast and they all have their guarantees that need to be met. You end up putting people on screen just because they're getting paid, not because they have something important to do. And the result is audience boredom. Not only does this new way work better with our tighter budget, it makes for a better show when you have the freedom to rest a character.
What's the point of seeing your favorites if they're not doing something crucial and interesting? Why not let someone else have the spotlight? Now we have a bunch of folks who are not on contract and they can pop in and out when we need them. It has allowed us to broaden our canvas of characters and pull from so many different eras of the show. But, yeah, it is no-win. People will complain because Anna doesn't have much to do. I'll say, 'Hang on, she's got a big story coming." But, then it's never like "Great! Thanks!" It's, "Well, then, what about Liz?" [Laughs] You can't win!
I never watch a show just for a character or a couple. I watch it for the story, but I understand that's just my way of appreciating a show. There are people who are watching just for Liz. Sadly, you're putting yourself in a difficult situation if you're watching GH that way because you'll end up disappointed. Liz becomes very important as the Sabrina-Patrick wedding draws closer, and she'll figure in the A.J. trial, which will start soon. I'm sorry people are disappointed when their favorite is not in story. You can't please everybody.
I had to write her character off the show because it's my job, not because I wanted to. I don't make the contracts. I sit in New York and write the show. As I understand it, Genie came back to us on a short-term contract, which is what both she and ABC wanted. I was given her dates and worked with them the best I could. Genie had made another obligation before she returned to us, one that meant there were several weeks during the summer where she wasn't available to us. It made the most sense to have Laura's marriage to Scotty blow up and write her out where we did. We gave her this appointment and sent her back to Paris but we weren't saying that's the last you'll ever see of Laura. I love having Genie. I wanted Laura back on GH from the minute I came onto this show. I'm always open to having her back. Contrary to rumor, I assure you nobody got fired. Nobody got thrown under the bus.
We started that big murder story but didn't know at the time that everything would work out with Kimberly McCullough and that we'd get Robin back. As soon as that happened, we knew we had to put A.J. on hold because Robin's return to Port Charles would be big and impact nearly every character. We looked at A.J. and realized that his story could rest as he awaited trial. And, for the record, Sean Kanan was in more episodes over his guarantee than any other person on the show, including Maurice Benard [Sonny], so he didn't lose money. Even resting him for all those weeks, he never fell under his guarantee.
When I need to be unrealistic and make a trial happen instantly, I'm going to write it that way! But, yeah, in the real world A.J. would be behind bars for a long time but there was only so much drama to be had from having characters wonder "How is A.J. doing today?" and sending them off to see him in jail.
Even the network said, "OK, can this be it for the masks?" when Duke had his confrontation with "Anna," but I gotta say they let me run with it and I have to respect that. No, we can't do it very often. In fact, we thought we were done with the masks with Faison but then it worked so beautifully to do it on the flip side with Obrecht. To me it was 100 percent worth it to see Finola Hughes playing Obrecht pretending to be Anna. But it was always meant to be a short thing. It's not like Obrecht will be running around taking over Anna's life for weeks and weeks. For now, that's it. The masks have served their purpose.
And I see the value in hiding! There are times when I'm, like, "What am I doing? Do not hit Send!" [Note: This interview took place before Carlivati's Twitter war with John Stamos this past weekend!]
People have different ideas of what constitutes criticism and, to me, "This show sucks" is not criticism. I will listen and respond very thoughtfully to someone who says, "I had a problem with this because of such and such..." That doesn't mean I'll change my plans, but that's completely valid. But, yeah, call me sensitive when someone says, "You're the worst writer and human being on the planet!" There are some very angry, very hateful people out there and who needs that in your life? I would never talk about people the way some of them talk about me. But the fun part of Twitter is really fun. It's a great way to interact with the fans, promote what we're doing, and really show my excitement about this show.
The danger is that you're very accessible and people want answers to everything under the sun, and when I don't give them what they want they end up frustrated. Or they make up rumors and want me to refute them. I'm not going to do that. But I love checking out the Tweets while the show is airing and seeing how the audience is responding. "Oh, my God! Nikolas just found Robin!" There are also times when I feel the need to take a step back. But, for the most part, it's an overwhelmingly positive experience. [Laughs] As long as you know how to work the Block button!
It's always a wake up call for me when I encounter fans in other arenas, people who aren't on social media. I will often get a very different point of view about how the public is responding from the one I might get on Twitter, where there's a real pile-on mentality. I'll meet someone on the street or I'll talk to the girl who works behind the counter at my gym and they'll say, "Oh, I love that character!" — the same one everyone on Twitter seems to hate!
When I first came on GH, people were in an uproar because Liz was comforting Patrick after Robin's death. I was getting an outpouring of hatred on Twitter for letting the character move in on this guy, when she was merely comforting a friend. It was absolutely insane! They were, like, "That hussy! She's trying to steal a man whose wife just died!" I have to say it made me gun-shy after that to put Liz and Patrick in a scene together.
On the issue of Prospect Park/turning Todd, Starr and John into Franco, Kiki and Silas:
I have certain regrets because I had great things planned for those One Life to Live characters, things I'll never be able to make happen now. But so many good things were born out of this situation, like our entire Jerome story. We wouldn't have Julian or Ava, or all the complications resulting from their arrival in Port Charles. I don't know that we'd be introducing Sam's father or that Heather would be so prominent again. So, for all of that, I'm definitely grateful. God closes a door and opens a window — and we climbed right through it. Of course, we had no choice.
It was hard, job-wise, to write out three major characters all at once and then write in three new ones. Emotionally, it was really hard because I love those OLTL characters and I love that show, you know? And to suddenly find myself in this very, very awkward position that made it seem like I was on the opposite side of a show I love so much, well...I hated it. It's not a place I ever wanted to be.
For the full interview see TVGuide.
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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