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133 October 26th, 2015 Genie Francis and Finola Hughes Extend Their Contracts With General Hospital!

Two powerhouse talents synomymous with General Hospital are staying put in Port Charles for some time to come, according to the series executive producer, Frank Valentini.

In a post at ABC.com on Monday, both Genie Francis (Laura) and Finola Hughes (Anna) will continue to call ABC’s General Hospital home, with both actresses extending their time on the daytime drama.

Frank Valentini who made the announcement in a statement related on keeping these two Daytime Emmy winners on the canvas: “We are thrilled that Genie and Finola will continue to make General Hospital their home for years to come. These enormously talented actresses have created timeless characters that resonate with our fans.”

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Currently on-screen, Anna is having a very difficult time emotionally with getting over the murder of her beloved Duke (Ian Buchanan), and her shooting in cold blood of his killer, Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise).  That one act is causing havoc for the rest of Port Charles and most of all, Anna!  And as for Laura, she knows the secret that could blow sky high Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) and Elizabeth’s (Rebecca Herbst) plans to keep “Jake” in the dark from knowing his true identify.  Will she keep quiet even at the wedding of Liz and Jake?  What story might Laura find herself in next?  Who might she have a romantic love life with?

So, excited to hear more Finola and more Genie on GH?  What storyline do you hope these fan favorites get a chance to act and tell on the ABC soap? Let us know in the comment section below!

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  1. Ed Ramirez says:

    Truly good news!!

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  2. Tristan says:

    My two all-time favorite GH actresses. So, for this wavering GH fan, best news in years!!!!! TPTB are sending a good signal to long-time viewers of coming priorities, re: cast and story, and I am thrilled. That this was a major press release from the show is a signal that GH considers this not only important news, but important intel for disaffected fans who are looking for real commitments to be made by this team to the show’s history and to its historic icons. That GH has made this news, IS news for those of us hoping to see the show recapture its heart and soul. How better than with these two actresses?

    And finally, after so many indignities heaped upon Laura Spencer and her portrayer over the years, presumably to appease her now-retired co-star: GH JUSTICE FOR GENIE!!!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, justice and vindication for Genie! NOW, writers, give her a story worthy of her acting ability–put some spice and vinegar into her role–that’s the original Laura! And PLEASE write her a passionate love story–with James Read (who, I understand, has left Days and the character of Clyde). He and Genie could start fireworks aplenty–both appear to be such nice, hard-working actors who take their craft seriously–and they worked together on North and South. I’ll come back to GH just to watch Genie! And James!
    And great that Finola will continue on GH. NOW, writers, get her out of that Carlos mess and put her back in as Commissioner–and bring Tristan Rogers back to rekindle another passionate love story. I’ll come back to GH for that one also! I’m waiting . . . .
    Both actresses can provide the moral center of GH and boost GH’s reputation with women and long time women viewers.

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    Les replied

    Nancy, I am with you on this!

    James R. Poissant replied

    What could really play well is a story involving Genie, Finola, and James—all 3 powerful actors sharing scenes together—now that would make for some very good TV.

    CeeCee replied

    Magic words you speak, Tristan. In my opinion, both Genie and Finola are goddesses. Seeing them, watching them act, taking them in every day (I hope) will be a treat, indeed.

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  3. Mika says:

    These two actresses make the show for me! So excited. Thank goodness Tony Geary left. We can fnally have our Laura back. He basically kept her off contract all these years.

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    Harry replied

    Hmm, Mika you may be on to something. The timing is suspect now that you mention it.
    This is fabulous news. I only watch GH when I know either one of them are going to be on it. Now they need to sign on Jon Lindstrom and Tristan Rogers

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    Elizabeth replied

    Yet, the ungracious and egotistical Tony Geary is gone. Forever hopefully. Now maybe Genie and the writers can help to undo all the damage Tony insisted on for the show. Starting with getting Ethan’s paternity right.

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    Timmm replied

    The ratings are gone to!

    Timmm replied

    I disagree. Tony retiring freed up money to spend.

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  4. PeaceandBlessings says:

    2 class acts, seemingly different acting styles, both total pros, they bring dignity, variety, stability and deserve the best.

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  5. Ces says:

    The news will be even greater if Genie gets an actual storyline of her own. I dont want her to just be involved in Laura’s kids problems. A new love interest if her own would be great.

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  6. jeremy says:

    Awesome :)

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  7. Susan says:

    happy to hear this i like them both…..

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  8. MBmomof3 says:

    YEAH!!! Best news for GH fans in a long time. Smart move. These two are why I tune in.

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  9. su0000 says:

    I thought Genie was a GH vet.. She really isn’t..

    Eugenie Ann “Genie” Francis Frakes (born May 26, 1962)
    General Hospital 1976
    Luke and Laura wed on November 17, 1981, Francis left the show in 1982 to try her hand at prime-time television. /6 yrs.

    Days of Our Lives as Diana Colville from 1987 to 1989 / 2 yrs.

    All My Children as Ceara Connor Hunter from 1990 to 1992. / 2 yrs
    (Loving 91)

    She returned to General Hospital in 1993 – 1994, when Francis became pregnant the pregnancy was written into the show and she took six weeks off for maternity leave. However in early 1997, when she was pregnant again, she took a much longer absence from the show, staying away for nearly a year and a half.
    Francis abruptly left General Hospital in 2002 due to contract issues.

    returned for GH’s 25th for only one month/ 30 days

    Again; August 2008 to November 12 /3 months

    2011 to 2012 Y&R Genevieve / 1 yr

    2013 with GH for only 5 months.

    now 2015..

    Genie has not even been with GH through her whole GH time for 10 yrs. LOL
    Didn’t know Genie had not been with GH for even 10 yr/not a vet…

    If the above is wrong it is google not me .. lol :)

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    me3 replied

    The only thing haters know how to do is hate. Troll on.

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    Justin replied

    As usual Su000 you’ve missed the point that Genie didn’t stay away from GH on her own……the previous idiots in charge didn’t recognize how valuable she is. Your hatred for Genie puts you in the minority here.

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    Harry replied

    Suoo, I don’t know what kind of odd point you are trying to make, but yes, Genie Frances IS indeed a vet. Moreover, she is part of soap opera history as both she and Tony were on the cover of Time Magazine. This occurred when she was only 19 years old.
    Hell, when Luke and Laura got a divorce it was announced in Parade magazine.
    Your personal issues with Laura is really really odd.

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    Elizabeth replied

    So…. Genie was basically at GH on and off from 1976 through 2015 and you don’t consider her a vet? Well, whatever argument you think works. The rest of the world considers her a vet. Finola was on and off through the years too – why not make that same argument against her?

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    john replied

    she also was on six weeks n 1983 and 4 weeks in 1984. Laura is a legacy role & Genie is a vet. Lets not get that twisted

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Genie Francis is a vet–bet on it!

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    dylan replied

    How do you even suggest that Laura is not a vet? She has been on and off the show for coming up on 40 years!! She is an Emmy winner and remains one half of the duo who gave soaps their highest ratings ever! Just because YOU dont like her, that really doeant entitle you to take away her importance or her contribution to the show and the soap genre. Even When Genie was off the show she was never far from other characters’ or viewers’ hearts. I dont get your hate on for this actress or the character. You also hate Sharon. Is it a blonde envy thing? A talent envy thing? An Emmy envy thing?

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    KansasGuest replied

    IMO a “veteran actor” is someone who is associated with same iconic character on a soap for a long period of time, even if they come & go. Robin McCullough, Constance Towers, Tristan Rogers, Wally Kurth, Genie Francis, Tony Geary (who was off GH for 7 years), Nancy Lee Grahn, Maurice Bernard – these are all vets. Rogers, Francis, Grahn & Kurth also worked on other soaps & created unique characters there. Just because you didn’t know of their other work doesn’t nullify what they did or contributed to GH.

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    Aria replied

    Su0000 isn’t even a long time GH viewer so who is she to say whose a vet?

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    Harry replied

    Aria is right.

    Aria replied

    francis_genie
    Laura Spencer
    Actor History
    Stacey Baldwin
    1974 to 1976
    Genie Francis
    December 28, 1976 to January 15, 1982; November 14, 1983 to December 27, 1983; November 9, 1984 to December 11, 1984; October 29, 1993 to September 6, 2002; October 26, 2006 to November 22, 2006; August 26, 2008 to November 12, 2008; February 11, 2013 to August 28, 2013

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  10. Mysty says:

    The best news, what would make it even greater if that brought back Tristan Rogers…Robert is good friends with Anna and Laura he could play off both of his old friends….

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    Gentry Ashmore replied

    Agreed. Robert had great chemistry with Laura when he first came to GH and has always had great chemistry with Anna. What a love triangle.

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  11. Tim says:

    Maybe the two characters could strike up a friendship,or go into some type of business together.

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  12. Mike says:

    How exciting. For the first time since, what? 1979, 1980? Laura is a character all her own on GH – it isn’t Luke and Laura – it’s just Laura.

    I’ve thought or years that Laura was (should be) the heart of GH, a character who should have major stories but even if she didn’t, would be involved with multiple stories on the show and would be the backbone of the show. Here’s hoping the writers truly have something decent for her to do.

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    Iakovos replied

    Mike, you speak truth. GH needs a strong family center. Let Laura lead it as Audrey did.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes!

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  13. Ashley C says:

    Wonderful news! I hope to see Anna front and center in great story! A love interest for Anna would be great too.

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  14. Les says:

    Congratulations to both actresses and to GH for having the good sense to keep them around. Now the challenge will be to give them the storylines their talent deserves and fans expect…

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  15. randy says:

    well, well..well general hospital your finally getting it,,it only took a decade,,,now make a brilliant decision and bring back denise alexander,,,denise and genie have such a strong conection it over flows onto the screen,,,it allways seems to make the character of laura richer and emotional,,id love to see a laura and sonny romance…. or lets explore wat laura has ben up to these past few years when away from port charles….congrats general hospital on giving genie and finola the respect they deserve,,,and thank god tony geary is off my screen,,luke the puke,,,

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    Sus replied

    Oh my god NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO… NO Sonny and Laura! ICK I can’t stand him … he has already had a million loves of his life. We are not adding a Laura notch to his belt!!! But YEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS on the Denise Alexander inclusion. Love her… and Leslie and Laura were my original L&L.. the reason I started to watch GH!

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    Lellingw replied

    I expect Denise Alexander to be around periodically. Would love to see dead old Rick too.

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    Harry replied

    Timm, While I most emphatically do NOT want Sonny and Laura paired up, she is not too old for him.
    Maurice and Genie are the same age–they’re both in their early fifties.
    No one says Nancy Lee Grahn is too old for William deVry and she is ten years older than he is.

    Timmm replied

    Denise Alexander would add nothing to the show.

    Laura is too old for Sonny!

    If Tony Geary walked into the same room as you, you wouldnt call him that name. Its immature and disrespectful!

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    Tristan replied

    Um, Timmm, Genie Francis and Mo are the same age! And it is Mo who has said he would like this pairing.

    randy replied

    thats so disrespectfull to denise lady,,,but then u r entitled to your own opinion ,,just like i am so back off

    BeBoppaLula-Vet from the Get replied

    Laura too old for Sonny? Genie is only a year older than Maurice and looks younger than him- ( Don’t forget that Genie was only sixteen years old when she first started on G.H.) Laura Wright is only seven years Maurice’s junior.
    I hope your comment relates to the character of Sonny and that you think he likes women who are much younger than himself as have seen him rock the cradle a few times in the past.
    Personally I think Maurice looks quite a bit older than 52 , definitely older looking than Genie,and would probably look much better if he’d stop dying his hair that jet black ink color.

    Without a doubt, I could never and would not ever want Sonny and Laura be a couple.

    Aria replied

    Genie is 52 and so is Maurice.

    Timmm replied

    Easy randy, its a site where we post opinions. We disagree. Dont take it personal.

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  16. aria says:

    Finally some awesome news, although i’m hearing bad news is coming down the pipeline regarding another actor. Lets hope they have lots of airtime though, and storyline, it would be great to see these two great actress team up in a storyline of some kind. I would love to see a story about friendship, it would be so great to see Laura, tracy, anna, and alexis end up in a bar together one night and just have some awesome girls night out, of course they be all drunk and the next day they could all go back to not liking each other, theres so many ways the show could go, i’m just soooo tired of the same old ways of storytelling. Tired of the Sonny show, Jason/jake storyline is so boring and the fact that they have jake starting to act like his old self and it only being a matter of time before he’s back to being sonny bitch, carly bff and sams love puppy, its enough to want me to throw up. So heres hoping that we see something fresh and different . So for now i’ll rejoice in the great news that Finola and Genie will be on GH for a little longer. and Yes, its very interesting that after all these years Genie is finally getting a long term contract. Who knew Anthony Geary was so lets say not very “nice” . things make sense now that Mr. Geary is gone. hmmmm.

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    Tristan replied

    I love your “girls night out” idea, especially because all of them have history with Luke. That would be a FUN conversation!!!

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    Rose replied

    Love to be there as well. Sounds like great fun. What’s said a the bar , stays at the bar, though.

    Timmm replied

    Tristan, I do know the history of the show. This isnt the 1970′s! I didnt want a L&L reunion and I dont want her and Scottie to reunite, I want her with someone else entirely different. I dont want her on the show folding Liz’s cloths and babysitting for the next two years! And by the way, I have a lot of respect for su0000 but dont link her and I together. We have our OWN opinions. She can speak for herself. I will speak for myself. Listen up, I love Genie Francis! Did you hear me? I hope she gets a good story and an Emmy to go with it! Okay?

    nancy dillingham replied

    yes, hmmm!

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    Lellingw replied

    I’m not sure about the bar scene, The Floating Rib looks like The Bucket of Blood now. How about a dance club this show needs some upbeat music, dancing and some fun. It’s missing so much fun! And so many scenes are of two or three people talking and creating stupid problems. Get these characters to work, volunteer down at the homeless shelter, go to a really nice restaurant or to the Indian buffet. Did anyone meet the Nigerian family down the street, the mother is a new surgeon at General Hospital. Anna and Emma went to the local museum for the day. Just throwing out examples to put some life in this show.

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    Rose replied

    Lellingw…great observations. Plus, haven’t heard much more about the walk-in clinic Michael, “when he was a Q with morals and scruples,” was going to build on the old Fluke/Luke homestead of evil. There could be some interesting stories that come out of there besides just the bandages and operations at GH.

    Timmm replied

    SNOOOOOOZE!

  17. Rose says:

    Not so much interested in new love interests for Laura and Anna for the time being. Especially since there isn’t anyone around “worthy” of them. But I think it could be fun to see a storyline written with Laura and Anna pairing up for something intriguing, and not so dark and serious. They could really complement each other.

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  18. Heath says:

    Great news! I hope Gennie gets a great story and Tony Geary stays retired!

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    Gentry Ashmore replied

    Yes. It’s been lovely without Luke and all the darkness. I was the biggest Luke fan but the last few years of his self centered dark personality, I have had enough. It’s like the window has been opened and we are breathing fresh air again. Same can be said for Jason’s character. Billy Miller is fantastic and having Laura back, the sun is shining again. We all love Laura Spencer. Please keep her forever.

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    Lellingw replied

    My gut feeling is that Tony is coming back for a 6 week run during sweeps. We’ll see

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    Timmm replied

    No way, too early!

    Shay replied

    Not if there’s a “Soap God” watching over Port Charles! We have yet to recover from Luke’s appalling, protracted and ultimately unsatisfying farewell…although it would be refreshing for the contents of his letter to Laura to at last be revealed! I’m guessing it’s probably nothing more than an unsentimental message along the line of: “By the way, you’d better keep an eye on our Little Jake, because something about that kid just ain’t right…he’s spooky!” (Spoken in true, unvarnished Spencer style…..) Of course, I would love to be proved wrong and have a beautifully fitting recognition and tribute finally be paid to this most legendary of soap supercouples!

  19. Dan says:

    Wonderful news! Love Finola and Genie, two of my all-time favorites. I’m glad Frank was smart this time and got Genie under contract, to avoid what happened with Tristan Rogers and Wally Kurth, where they left in mid storyline, after Y&R and Days signed them because they weren’t under contract.

    I also love Tony Geary, so I’m not gonna bash him. I never will. But that said, with him gone, I do look forward to seeing what they come up with for a post-Luke version of Laura, as far as maybe a new man in her life. And I mean new, not a rehash like her getting back with Scotty Baldwin for the 80th time, lol. Been there, done that.

    As far as Finola, well as “over it” as I am with the storyline of characters coming back from the dead, there is one that I would be perfectly happy with, and that’s righting the horrendous wrong of a beloved legacy character like Duke Lavery being killed off, and bring back Ian Buchanan.

    That was terrible and should have never happened. The fans obviously hated it too, since that was around the time the ratings really started to nosedive. I don’t care what story they have to cook up to get it done, but seriously, bring back Duke already, so Anna can be happy.

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    Janet replied

    I don’t think the character duke is going to come to GH anytime soon the actor wanted to leave on his own, I know us fans miss him but he as moved on I just want Anna to have someone so she can have a little fun I thought it could have been Sloane but he turn out to be a dog!! But other than that so happy GH Anna for a long while because her that’s why I tune in

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    Timmm replied

    Your a classy guy not to bash Tony. I hope I’m wrong but I dont see Laura interesting at all without Luke? No, I’m not saying they should have been reunited either. Luke carried himself on the show for years by himself. I just cannot imagine what Laura could do and it be interesting?

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    Tristan replied

    Clearly you weren’t watching the show BEFORE Luke arrived. Genie was the star and her romance with Scotty was daytime’s first major teen story. She was the focus and the future. The thing with Luke was serendipity, as he was scheduled to be short-term character. If he hadn’t clicked with Genie, he would have been gone. You and Suooo are so negative about Genie Francis and it can only be because you don’t know her history with the show. It is up to the writers to give Laura an interesting story. And you keep saying Laura and Anna would never be friends. Really? Do you have a hotline to the writers’ room at GH? At the very least they can discuss their, um, relations with Luke!

  20. louisa says:

    Great news! Genie and Finola are about the only thing that will keep me watching GH. I hope they get strong, memorable stories. Right now the show is hard to get through. So much low energy from Sonny and Sam. They both drag the show down. Keep these ladies far away from those two.

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    Lellingw replied

    Maybe Hayden will drop a gargoyle on them

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  21. Fanny says:

    Excellent way to go!!!!!!!

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  22. Anthony says:

    Finally – great news about two history-rich characters, played by two excellent, multifaceted actresses, I actually care about. Now if only TPTB would get rid of anything Corinthos, GH could get back to the good-old-days!

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  23. Cindy Allen says:

    This is awesome news!!

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  24. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Now if they would show Monica more especially with the Jake/Jason reveal coming up…drop several needless characters so the show can bring on Leslie/Monica for additional episodes! Also, is it true that Roger H./Franco is the star leaving a soap…liked him as Todd but not as Franco!

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    su0000 replied

    No, JT/Patrick is leaving..
    It’s sad he is joining Y&R ..

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    Timmm replied

    Could JT be the new Adam?

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Yep, i found that out…probably leaves with Robin!!!

    CeeCee replied

    Really? JT is going to Y&R, Su?
    Who could he possibly be playing?
    Timmm suggests new Adam? Why? Is Justin leaving?
    Well, I did say that Gabe Bingham is probably not dead. So, Jason T could be him. And, to add a twist and sick irony to the plot; he has had facial plastic surgery to hide his identity. Why not? Everyone does it. Soon enough, they will all wear each other’s faces.

    nancy dillingham replied

    Glad to see Leslie Charleston (Monica) and Jane Eliot (Tracy) sparring today! Reminiscent of the good old days, right?

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    MBmomof3 replied

    I know. A Monica sighting. Finally. Loved her scenes with her family. More Monica please.

    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Yes, finally…they were fun to watch!!!

    lellingw replied

    Leslie Charleston always comes on like she’s never been out of character. I don’t know how she does it. Jane looked like she’d been out of character so long she had trouble keeping up but she was dying too. No more Saint Tracy? Tracy is no saint, don’t make her out to be.

    Harry replied

    Timm, there are rumors out there circulating that JT (Patrick) will be the new Adam.
    I think that would be a mistake. I think it could have worked the first time they needed to recast Michael Muhney but a second recast? He would be great as Victor Newman’s son but I really hope they do not recast him as Adam.

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  25. peg says:

    I wish they would bring David Hayward into General Hospital. He was married to Anna on All My Children and General Hospital can always use a good Doctor.

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    elm51 replied

    david irizarry (david hayward) is on contract with dool – i think he will start airing in jan

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  26. Joel says:

    This is the best news ever! These two actresses are a primary reason I continue to tune in to GH. Another actress I hope gets brought back to the forefront is Lynn Herring (Lucy). There’s so much story potential with her, having two daughters still out there, as well as Scott and Kevin still around. Remember Lucy and Laura planning to open a spa together in 2013? What happened to that?

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  27. Justin says:

    That’s good news and I’m tempted to tune back in. Please give Genie her own story!

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    nancy dillingham replied

    I WILL tune in to watch Genie! And, of course, Anna. Both in passionate love stories!

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  28. me3 says:

    Best news in FOREVER. Anna and Laura should be friends just like Robert and Luke were in the beginning. Challenging, supportive and cool as hell. They have to put them in each other’s world. We need to see more genuine friendship on this show and they should start with these two.

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    Timmm replied

    Anna and Laura have ZERO in common!

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    Tristan replied

    They were both Luke’s lovers.

    lellingw replied

    I don’t see you as knowing anything about General Hospital in the heydays.

    Timmm replied

    One thing, they both slept with Luke!

    CeeCee replied

    Now, Timmm. I disagree. They are both grandmothers. You’d be surprised how much grandmothers love talking about their grandkids with each other. And, they are both women….lots to cultivate there. Women love to talk, period. Bye, luv-ya.

    Harry replied

    Not only that Cee Cee, Laura and Anna have a past replete with adventure and danger and both women understand the disparity which exists between domesticity and adventure. Laura eventually chose the former and Anna chose the latter after both women bore children.
    Moreover, both women love Robert Scorpio. Laura and Robert always had a close friendship–he adored her. When he first arrived in Port Charles, erupting out of the fog on the docks while wearing his London Fog raincoat, he had a bit of crush on young Laura, whom he met before he met Luke. Robert and Anna are kindred spirits and not only love each other, they respect each other.
    I would say Anna and Laura have more in common than meets the eye. Yes, they could indeed be friends.
    I also think Laura and Tracy could be business associates.

    Elizabeth replied

    Wrong. They have both spent significant time fighting the mob on behalf of their men. They both have shot and killed mobsters. They both have been taken away from their families due to unfortunate life circumstances. They both have had their firstborn child kidnapped and held by Helena Cassadine for more than a year.

    I think there is plenty that could draw Laura and Anna together for a great story arc.

    Elizabeth replied

    Actually I have to correct myself in so much as Lucky wasn’t Laura’s firstborn.

  29. Dan S says:

    Best news ever! Both need and deserve great stories. Any scene they are in is worth watching, but imagine what could happen if the show actually wrote for these characters. And these two actors have rarely been on the show at the same time. GH would be wise to invest in these characters properly!

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  30. Anne says:

    Encouraging! To echo other comments, can Laura fall in love and do more than be the voice of reason in her children’s lives? Not that we don’t love her in this role, but there could be much more. And Anna, get her out of the muck. I think we will learn that her bullet wasn’t the only one in Carrrrlos, and of course Carrlos is definitely the father of Sabrina’s bambino.

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  31. Mister Media says:

    This is great news. Frank Valentini’s comment that the actresses would be on the show for “years to come” gave me pause…will the show itself be around for “years to come”? Are there not any new, talented writers who want to work in daytime? Why this constant merry-go-round of shuffling fired writers from one show to the next? The daytime genre needs a creative overhaul for the 21st century in terms of writing, design and editing. It remains stagnant in form and content. I don’t want to reinvent the wheel – I love soaps. However, the never-ending recycling of story lines and tired, outlandish plots is exhausting. Long live GH!

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  32. Timmm says:

    Good. Liz will have someone around to fold her cloths!

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  33. Adam says:

    Thankfully with Tony Geary gone Genie Francis is able to be on the show full time, on contract now. Great news!

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  34. Ricardo says:

    Wonderful news, General Hospital is here to stay. Genie Francis is a terrific actress. Laura Spencer needs a new man in her life. Finola Hughes is a terrific actress too. Bring back Duke Lavery, no one stays dead on the soaps.

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  35. su0000 says:

    I do not get the crazy stuff over Genie/Laura.
    She isn’t even a vet.
    I am not impressed with her. She isn’t all that much. actually.

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    Harry replied

    suooo seems to think that if she repeats a falsehood over and over it will become the truth.
    Genie is a soap opera vet–she grew up on screen. Your obsessional disdain for Genie and her character is way out of bounds.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    What in the world do you have against Genie Francis???????
    She is professional, very nice, a team player–and BELOVED by all of her fans–including this one–me.

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    Harry replied

    and it’s okay if she doesn’t like Laura or the actress who plays her.
    Timm doesn’t seem to like her much either but states it as his opinion, not as a fact.
    But for Su00 to continue to redundantly mutter that Genie Francis is no a soap opera vet or a legacy character is just some CRAZY ASS SHIT!
    Excuse the cursing and the yelling, but this insanity gets on my last nerve.
    I guess that makes me crazy for reacting to it.

    Tristan replied

    Suooo, please stop the non-stop bashing of soap legend and vet Genie Francis. It is extremely inappropriate of you to keep being so publicly disrespectful to this actress. You really need to put a lid on this. We get it, you don’t like her. Case closed. Please, no more personal attacks on this woman.

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    Elizabeth replied

    I don’t consider it bashing to say Genie Francis isn’t a soap vet. Stupid, yes. Bashing, no. It’s too lame a comment to be considered bashing.

    Aria replied

    Su0000 is an RC fan! Nough said!!!

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  36. Sus says:

    Excited is BEYOND an understatement. I am so psyched that General Hospital has finally decided to invest in the characters that ARE GH. That we know, care about, can relate too, and want to see and be with on a daily basis. Both Finola and Genie are phenomenally talented actresses. I just don’t want Laura and Anna relegated to the background. These need to be the characters driving stories in Port Charles. These actresses need to be challenged. That’s what I want to see. Their characters are the real deal for us. Not like so many of the joker comic book characters GH has invested in over the last few years…. okay maybe decade. I would be so happy for so many of the one note Port Charles residents to move somewhere else…. and have Laura and Anna take over the town. Two of the best characters General Hospital ever created. They are so due their day!! (And THAT is must see TV!)

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, let Laura and Anna “take over the town.’! Huzza!

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  37. Alan says:

    Congrats to two of the show’s greatest actresses. Unfortunately I fear get the only way they are going to get any airtime is if they take jobs as housekeepers at Casa de Corinthos since the entire show seems to have returned to revolving around Sonny…

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    Timmm replied

    Sonny is the man on GH. Just like Victor on Y&R. I know some fans dont like it but it is what it is.

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    Tristan replied

    And whenever he is front and center, ratings go down. Hmmmm.

  38. PGP says:

    Great news, love them both….Anna is my favorite

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  39. Jamesj75 says:

    This is wonderful news!

    And, despite what one naysayer might indicate, Genie Francis truly is a GH “vet.” The time she spent on the show in her initial run was mesmerizing and groundbreaking and was enjoyed by a record number of viewers. Those numbers will not be seen again for a daytime soap. She was half of an enormously popular “supercouple,” a formula that several soaps later tried to duplicate, with varying success but never at the same level.

    You think GH’s Sonny would ever merit a cover of a national news magazine? I think not…

    Genie Francis is pure soap royalty. She is a beloved, EMMY-winning actress. She deserves a long-term contract and her own storyline. And she deserves respect and legitimacy.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes, just what I said! BELOVED VET!

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    Jamesj75 replied

    Nancy, we’re definitely on the same page! Thanks!

    CeeCee replied

    James75, my friend. Where have you been?! As usual, we agree. We love Laura and have a distaste for Mr. Everything Sonny. But, I need to rein in my feelings about him. He makes me cringe. There is no redeeming quality I can find. I wear blinders as far as Sonny is concerned. Is that fair? Probably not, but my antipathy is so strong; I can’t help myself. However, Timmm is right. He is an integral part of the fiber that makes GH now…..has been for years. So, having Genie on the stage is a breath of salubrious, fresh air. She is the perfect foil for all that’s rotten in Denmark. Later, luv-ya.

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    Jamesj75 replied

    Hi CeeCee! Thanks for your reply!

    Friend, we couldn’t agree more about Laura and Sonny: two completely separate cases in the realm of GH.

    With regard to Sonny: You and I are completely sympatico: terms such as “cringe” and “no redeeming quality” are what I use as well. I suppose Timmm is being generous. And I am not quite as polite and diplomatic (on this topic) as you are, but I believe that the “fiber” can be changed at any time, despite the tunnelvision focus on the Sonny character for more than 2 decades now, through several regimes. I would argue that the Sonny character is a cancer on the daytime drama GH. Sometimes cancers can linger quite some time before diagnosis and treatment. Sometimes a person with cancer may look and feel healthy, but the underlying disease is there. But, in the end, the plan is to eradicate cancer and achieve overall optimal health.

    The news about Genie Francis is certainly appealing and just; however, I can’t bring myself to tune in with any regularity because I will be subjected to the onslaught of Sonny and his world. And I just can’t stand that.

    Incidentally, I recently replied to one of your posts and gave you kudos for your class and the way you conduct yourself here. Maybe it didn’t make the cut… In any case, those words are sincere and valid. Please take care, Friend! :)

    CeeCee replied

    @James75.
    You are amazing, James. I love your writing….succinct and to the point.
    You are right, the fiber of GH, any soap actually, can be changed at any time. I did say once on this board that GH moved well and smoothly before Sonny and it would again without him. My problem is not only the infestation of all that is rotten in this world that Sonny brings, but also the fact that, personally, I do not think that Maurice is a good actor. But, someone or other will jump down my throat, at this point…yes?
    Oh, yes, I did get your very sweet and complimentary comment, James. And, I did answer you, thanking you. Apparently, it was not posted.
    So, I shall thank you again, my friend. Enjoy your day.

    Jamesj75 replied

    Hi CeeCee:

    First to Sonny: your points are well taken, and I agree. I also agree with you about Benard’s acting…

    Thanks for your kind words; I am most appreciative! And you are most welcome for mine of you! Clearly, I missed your other reply. I think that what happens is that: (1) I don’t check in at the site everyday (or even regularly), so it’s easy for me to miss something; and (2) for whatever reason, many replies don’t have a “Reply” button. Basically, I don’t usually notice a response to my comment unless I get an e-mail alert. So I should do a better job of checking in at the site.

    Please take care, Friend, and thanks again! Best to you and your husband! :)

  40. Cricket Gindt says:

    WOOO HOOO, I am so very Happy that Genie Frances and Finola Hughs has sighned contracts.. I love them and especially Genie Frances.. I have ALWAYS been a big fan of Genie Frances.. I love Anthony Geary.. They were my very favorite. But Genie and Finola should become friends and hook up to have them do adventure things to sole things , like Genie helping Finola find ourt about Carlos.. put Laura to work with Anna.. Laura help Anna find all the answers about Carlos.. Team them up together..They are both Adventures people//Love these 2 ladies..

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    Timmm replied

    Laura is not a detective or agent. She went on the run with Luke but knows nothing about police work. Thats the problem with Laura, you have her now but what do you do with her? They will not team up.

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    Tristan replied

    Timmm, you are such a naysayer. GH’s major problem is losing female viewers in the coveted demographics, which it must recover to survive. Virtually every female responding to this news is ECSTATIC, except SuOOOO. The news is major for female viewers who love these two actresses. GH is making smart decisions to survive. You don’t have to like it or get it, but in the long run I think these kinds of moves will help the show, esp. in those demographics. And for these same demos, the returns of Kim Mc and Tristan Rogers is icing on the cake. The new regime is listening to the disaffected fans and making smart choices that we appreciate, and will WIN US BACK! If the goal is GH’s survival, let’s applaud those moves that will best help it survive!

    CeeCee replied

    You’re right, Timmm. These women do not have the same background. However, you must take in consideration that Anna has not been herself since she shot Carlos (which is becoming more and more evident he is not dead). Laura could be her confidante. They could just ‘fall’ into each other and exchange their travels and travails….you know; their woes and tribulations….get it all out, per se. It’s good for the soul. Just like chicken soup, yes?
    Well, Genie’s face brings joy and peace to my day. Even her soft tone of speaking is endearing. She just has that effect on me….it’s quite strange, and rare. Lol. She’s a TV character, right?

  41. Caffey says:

    Glad Genie is staying. Now all I need is for Emma Samms to return. I enjoyed Genie and Emma so much, and they love acting together. I hope Genie gets a dynamite story!

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    Timmm replied

    What in the world would Holly do without Robert, Luke or Ethan?

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    Tristan replied

    In other words, without a man, a female character has no value? Geez. And, Robert is coming back in December.

    Harry replied

    Robert Scorpio is coming back, Timm! The announcement just came in.

    CeeCee replied

    @Tristan.
    Hi, Tristan. I completely look at Timmm’s comment from a different perspective. I may be wrong, but I think he means that without the aforementioned men, Holly has no ties to the show. We are all very well aware, including Timmm, that women have burned their bras back in the sixties, yes? I believe she has no family in PC, no? So, what would be the point? But, now that we know Robert is returning, for however long, it may make sense for Holly to return, as well.
    I got you, Timmm.

    nancy dillingham replied

    yES, DYNAMITE STORY!

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    Tristan replied

    To Cee Cee. Your reading of his Timm’s comment is indeed plausible. Thanks for providing a counterpoint!!!!!

  42. Layla Kalich says:

    So we have two older vets who have been given long term contracts without enough older male vets to go around. Hence the reason that we need to cast a few older actors to support these vets. Plus we need to come up some fresh storylines, or else it will just seem as boring as it has lately.

    It seems that Anna’s storyline is only very interesting when Robin happens to come to town. Unfortunately that only happens once a year. If Patrick is not recast then who knows if it will even happen then. Yes if Robert Scorpio were to come back to town then they could kick ass as spies or whatever once again. I just don’t feel the love chemistry between the two of them anymore. I don’t think Anna will ever stop bringing up Duke anytime soon. At the same time we literally saw him die in her arms so we know he isn’t coming back. Sloane lastly played by Robb Derringer would have been a great storyline. Even if they wanted Anna to move on to be with someone else, he played the jilted lover really well.

    Gene Francis is another fan favorite that has managed to stay relevant due to the Luke and Laura storyline that has been on decades. I really hope they find a love interest or something for her, otherwise she is going to boring, Or simply just meddling in everyone’s lives. Maybe Liz will need to cling to her when her world implodes.

    I honestly hope the new writers raise their game a bit more. Right now the only storyline that is watchable is Julian and baby Leo. I know they just recently started airing the new material but it is still so easy to guess where these storylines are going.

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  43. Rodd says:

    WHAT A TREAT FOR THE FANS! Both actresses are power-house performers with a long history with GH. Couldn’t be happier to hear this news and can’t wait for story to take advantage of their abilities.

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  44. Darnell says:

    Now that we got that all taken cared of. Can we get some real Genie time. GH need to explore her illness. Remember when they found Leslie catatonic in the rocking chair at that abandoned house?? It was a drug that create her into that zombie. It should be the same thing with Laura. Helena Cassidine, come forward and confess that you orchestrated it all. With help from Scotty because he wanted her. Now with Helena alive, she should make Laura almost go crazy by increasing the drug level in her system. This could also bring Luke back for a visit. We need a murder mystery and the corpse should be none other than Ms. Cassadine by the hands of Laura or her mother. Laura will go to court thinking she’s protecting her mother but the real killer will be her son Nicholas. He will confess when Laura get her sentencing. Come on GH, make it happen!!!!

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