Viewers of ABC’s General Hospital learned during Friday’s cliffhanger that it looks like Madeline Reeves (Donna Mills), Nina’s (Michelle Stafford) greedy and evil mother was the guilty party who murdered Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton)! At the end of the episode, the audience began to see a flashback of Madeline visiting Silas on the day he was murdered. And, it was confirmed today on Monday’s episode that she stabbed the guy!
On-Air On-Soaps caught up with the ever-popular Donna Mills late last week at the Television Academy cocktail reception honoring the daytime community at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The former star of the classic soap Knots Landing, where she is beloved for her portrayal of the manipulative Abby Cunningham, guest star on General Hospital, where she won a Daytime Emmy this year for her work, and the woman who stirs the pot on Pop TV’s docu-drama, Queens of Drama has a lot happening in her busy career of late.
Donna shared her thoughts on: the departure of Michael Easton, the Silas Clay murder mystery storyline, the head writing change at GH, being part of a series like Queens of Drama for the first time in her iconic career, what happened to Hunter Tylo during the show’s first season, and more!
Looks like Madeline has been revealed as the murderer of Dr. Silas Clay!
DONNA: Moi? What? (Laughs)
Did you have plenty of warning that this was going to be a murder mystery storyline? Did you know Michael Easton was exiting GH?
DONNA: I did not know what it was going to be. General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini sort of kept it a mystery for awhile. They did film different characters stabbing Silas, and when I came in to that I didn’t know Michael Easton was leaving the show. I had no idea, and so I said, “Michael, you must be going off to do a big movie or something, right?” Michael answered back, “No.” So, I hope Michael gets a big movie. He is a lovely guy.
With the new writers coming into the show, even if Madeline is given prison time, we don’t know what that means long term for you or your character, I would assume?
DONNA: I don’t know. I have no idea. I usually do a story arc then I will be off for a month or two and come back.
How do you feel about the head writing change which saw Ron Carlivati exiting the series, and now Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante taking over the reins? Ron brought you on to GH.
DONNA: Ron Carlivati was a big fan of mine, and I really liked him a lot! He is a really nice guy. But, I think the storylines got a little unreal. I think there was too much of that going on. So, I think it’s probably a good thing to bring it down to a little more reality again.
Queens of Drama is prepping its second season. It has been reported that the producers have been looking at some actresses, who have appeared on the soaps as possible new cast members. Have you had some input into the casting choices?
DONNA: They are going to cast one more, and they are going to cast a few guest stars that are going to come in and out. I did make a few casting suggestions and they did listen to what I had to say. (Laughs)
The final moments of season one when you walked out of the network pitch meeting after the other gals blindsided you, after you blindsided them, provided much drama. There was also the over-the-top red dress moment where you show up at the photo shoot when all the other gals agreed to wear black. It seems that Queens of Drama really played up the camp and an amped-up version of Donna Mills. Did you enjoy your first experience doing a docu-drama?
DONNA: I had a great time doing that show. I played it for the humor a lot of the times. The red dress incident I thought was so funny. It’s real life but on steroids. You gotta pump it up or it’s not going to be interesting. So, we pumped it up and it was funny. I have to say all the girls really liked each other.
What about Hunter Tylo (Taylor, B&B)? It seems like she had gone into hiding after the shocker of the QOD season, when all of a sudden during filming of the teaser for the pilot you were producing, she took a spill right in front of the camera, and unfortunately injured herself.
DONNA: Well, Hunter disappeared. We all wanted to know how she was, and if we could come over and see how she was doing. And just what you saw on the screen is what happened. It wasn’t like she tripped. She just fell over and all of us were like, “What was that?” It was a very bizarre incident. I just hope Hunter is O.K.
UPDATED: So, what do you think of Madeline being confirmed the killer of Silas on GH? Good move for story? Would you like to see Donna continue as Madeline Reeves on the ABC daytime drama series when the new writer’s material begins to air? What did you think of Donna in season one of Queens of Drama? What did you think of the incident involving Hunter Tylo? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. But first, watch Madeline’s murderess confession from Monday’s episode below.