Bob Hastings, who enjoyed a long career in film and television, passed away on Monday, June 30. He would best be known to daytime audiences from his stint as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Burt Ramsey in the 80s, and as the older brother to AS THE WORLD TURNS' Don Hastings (Bob). Our condolences to his family and friends.
When a Mob godfather and a known serial killer face-off over a woman, you know it's going to get ugly. But when Carly is that coveted woman, you can bet that those idle threats being bandied about won't stay idle for very long!
Much to Sonny's disapproval, Carly had it bad for Franco. She did, however, assure her ex that her current beau could never disrupt their friendship and that she would always be there for Sonny whenever he needed her. That warm-fuzzy sentiment evoked a warm-fuzzy hug, which, of course, Franco appeared just in time to see. He wrinkled his brow, scowled and told Sonny, "I know your secret, too, so maybe I'm somebody you shouldn't mess with!"
Franco's "me cavemen, Carly my woman" tone left her speechless, a feat that doesn't happen all that often! Sonny pretty much told Franco what he could do with his threat, as if pushing him would make him back off. Never! Instead, Franco beelined it to the one person who'd have a teensy problem with the news that Sonny killed A.J. That's right. Hello, Michael!
Sam and Patrick found black paint on a twisted piece of guard railing at the sight of the car accident, scraped it off and brought it to the nearest garage. The mechanic remembered a black sports car coming in the day of the crash but was uncomfortable with giving them the name of the vehicle's owner. It wasn't until Patrick pled with the man, telling him that his premature son died because of the crash that the mechanic relented. He pulled the data up on the computer and walked away so Sam could take a peak at it. When she saw the name the car was registered to, her mouth dropped open and the only words that escaped were, "Oh... my... God."
Michael's ELQ project to turn the old, rundown waterfront buildings into high-end apartments, boutiques and cafes enraged Levi. "We need to fight for the little guy that can't fight for himself! We need to put a stop to this project!" he told Maxie, who was on the fence about his mission. Shortly thereafter, Levi and Maxie showed up at the brownstone and Levi announced to Morgan and Kiki, "We read about your so-called revitalization project in the paper, and we're here to shut it down!"
Monday, Franco is poised to tell Michael the truth about A.J.'s murder, Sam and Patrick discover who owned the car involved in the accident, and Ava enlists Delia in her crazy scheme! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!
If you want a quick glimpse at GENERAL HOSPITAL history, keep your eyes peeled today when Sam and Patrick meet up with a mechanic who has some vital info for the duo. Duncan Hursley, the grandson of GH creators, Frank and Doris Hursley, will be playing the role!
"With the 50th anniversary, I felt a lot of pride in, 'Wow. My [grandparents] created this iconic soap opera,'" Hursley says. "So I reached out to [executive producer] Frank Valentini. He had me come to the studio and said I needed to come back again and he'd get me on the show. I'm a product specialist for Mazda and because of my automotive background, they wanted me to play this mechanic. I had a blast!"
Hursley grew up watching GH, although, at the time, he had no idea of his family connection. "Before I had a consciousness of who my grandfather was, I would come home from kindergarten early and my mom's mom would fix me tea and a sandwich and I'd sit on the floor in the den in front of the TV. My grandmother got very concerned that my mother was going to be so upset because she was discovering that I was starting to follow all of the connections on the soap opera. She was watching GH."
Fast forward to 1990, when he was given a small role with less than five lines of dialogue in a scene with Decker and Dawn. "I didn't realize until I got to the set that they were taping the 7,000th episode," Hursley remembers. "They had a big cake, and the whole cast and crew was assembled. The producer at the time was Joe Hardy. He called me up to do a toast and cut the cake with Emily McLaughlin (ex-Jessie) and John Beradino (ex-Steve). It was so surreal."
Returning to GH after all these years touches Hursley deeply. "When I was at the studio that day," he says wistfully, "I saw my father and grandfather doing a jig."
Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) would like to kick off the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend with you at her special event to be held Thursday, July 31, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the King's Head Pub & Restaurant in Studio City!
You can purchase tickets at this link, and admission includes dinner and soft drinks (alcohol will be available at a cash bar). It also includes hours of fun with Grahn, with a Q&A session, personal time, autographs, pictures, raffles, silent auctions and much, much more!
Is Kimberly McCullough bringing Robin back to GENERAL HOSPITAL? The fan favorite tweeted a photo last night of a stack of script pages with the note, "A day in the life of a soap actor. Say 'soap-y' I dare you. #notthewholescript #onlymyscenes."
While McCullough didn't specifically say that the script was for GH, the show's executive producer, Frank Valentini, has confirmed to Soaps In Depth that Robin will indeed be back in Port Charles this summer!
Will Patrick and Robin kiss and make up... or actually bring their marriage to an end? Be sure to pick up the next ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale July 7, for more!
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS was the big winner at last night's Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, but the on-line reboot of ONE LIFE TO LIVE pulled off a victory for Outstanding Directing! And VENICE THE SERIES, from OLTL alums Crystal Chappell (Maggie) and Hillary B. Smith (OLTL) won the first-ever Emmy for New Approaches - Drama! Make the jump for a full list of winners, including the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were handed out on Friday, June 20!
Did your favorites take home the gold? Sound off in the comments!
That Eat/Pray/Love voyage of self-discovery GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maxie went on obviously didn't include a single seminar called "How To Spot A Manipulator In The Crowd." Levi pulled the wool right down over her eyes to get Nathan in trouble with the court, and she was none the wiser. "How did Judge Walters even find out you lied to him?" she asked Nathan. Well, DUH! Levi's the only other person living in the apartment, Maxie! Was that a blonde moment or what?
Anyway, after reviewing the documents and considering Maxie's heartfelt plea to be a part of her daughter's life, the judge came back and said that her character had not fundamentally improved, therefore, he was returning to his original ruling of not allowing her to see baby Georgie. "She's not ready to be a mother," he said coldly, adding that they'd revisit the matter again in six months.
"I lost Georgie again," Maxie moaned. Levi said the first thing that came to his mind, which was, of course, something stupid: "You need to center yourself and breathe. Breathe." Maxie pulled away and shouted, "I don't want to breathe! I want to scream!" and she ran out. Levi was going to follow her, but Nathan stopped him. "Not so fast, Dunkleman," Nathan McMuscles said. "You're the one responsible for what happened here today."
Sam confessed to Molly that she was kind of ashamed to admit that she was suspicious of Nina. "It was almost like she was too understanding," Sam was embarrassed to note. She didn't want to sound like a monster. Criticizing a wheelchair-bound woman who just woke from a 20-year-coma can leave one with that impression, but Sam's intuition was right on the mark.
At that very moment, Nina was skillfully planting the seed in Silas' head that maybe the fact that Sam was still wearing her wedding ring was a sign that she wasn't over her dead husband. After Nina gave him her blessing to enjoy an evening on the town with his girlfriend, the sadness in Nina's eyes turned to outright evil! She raised herself out of her wheelchair and kicked it across the room! She flashed back to a few months earlier, sneaking into Silas' pitch-black apartment and smashing it to smithereens!
Jordan, meanwhile, demanded to talk to Julian's boss, like, now! "Give me the goods on our boss and we'll protect each other," she said convincingly. Julian was just about to do that when they were interrupted by a rather shady dude named Mickey Diamond, who said, "Our boss sent me." His job was to "make sure the business was running smoothly." And then he sent Julian out of town for a few days. At least he didn't give him a one-way ticket to the Pine Barrens!
Monday, Carly confronts Ava about moving in with Sonny, Maxie turns to her BFF for comfort, Nathan call Levi on his lies and Nina's plotting continues! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!
The Port Charles mob war got a new player this week! That's Nick Chinlund who debuted on GENERAL HOSPITAL Friday, June 20, as Mickey Diamond. While this is the actor's daytime debut, he has a long list of credits on his resume, including playing Victor on 666 PARK AVENUE and lending his raspy, menacing voice to several characters on the animated superhero series YOUNG JUSTICE.
Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!
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Fans have lots of questions now that it's been announced that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are going to be broadcast not on a network or cable outlet, but rather streamed via the Internet at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST on Sunday, June 22. Soaps In Depth spoke to David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards for The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, about what viewers can expect on the big day!
Soaps In Depth: Will the format be different? Will the show have a time limit?
David Michaels: As I understand it, the plan is for the show to go straight through there will be no commercial breaks. We're treating it like a live show. It'll run for two hours.
In Depth: There tend to be fewer rules on the Internet about what people can do. Might we see more of a party atmosphere for this show?
Michaels: I'm not sure. It's the same setting room and people, the same party. I don't know if people will feel that they can take advantage of the "no-holds-barred" rules of the Internet or not.
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