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146 October 24th, 2012 Melissa Archer Shares Her Thoughts On Not Being Asked To Join The Cast Of GH Thus Far!

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One of the biggest questions raised all the time by One Life to Live and General Hospital fans is, where is Natalie?  After all, John (Michael Easton) and Natalie, and their son Liam, had just gotten together on OLTL when the series went off the air.  Next, John came over to Port Charles to work on some cases and originally to get revenge on Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard).   While all of that was going down, John became close and attracted to Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco), and from there the story continued.  Now with Natalie and John on the outs, and Jason presumed “dead”, that could pave the way for a John/Sam pairing, that could then spark a fiery red head to come to town, if the powers-that-be decide to finally bring fan favorite, Melissa Archer (Natalie) to General Hospital!

Melissa Archer spoke to Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now about life post-Llanview, and how she initially felt not being chosen to head over to General Hospital with her long-time co-star Michael Easton, and if she would still consider coming on to the now lone ABC soap, should they come a-calling.  Here are some excerpts!

Archer had this to say on why she has not been approached to join Easton and some of her former cast mates now at General Hospital citing: “I thought it was neat and made a lot of sense for the specific characters they chose to take over there to drive story.  I’m not one to get offended easily over storylines and jobs; it’s about the overall good of the project.  Whatever they’re doing now seems to be working and that’s awesome because that’s what the genre needs.  They’re not going to bring me on just to say, “Hey, we brought Natalie on!”  It wouldn’t make any sense.  They have to take care of other things first.  They have to utilize what they have.  Michael and Kelly Monaco had amazing chemistry on Port Charles, so why not try to utilize that and go with that?  If you had it once, you’re gonna have it again.”

As far as if GH should come calling to bring Natalie finally to the canvas, Archer is cautiously optimistic stating: “And you never know what the future brings.  It could be a year from now and you’ll find out Natalie coming in to shake things up.   I love Frank Valentini (EP, General Hospital) and all the actors there, so I am  always welcome to talking about things. I have faith in the people running the show that they know what they’re doing. I’m not one to close the door on anything.”

So soapers, are you upset over not seeing John, Natalie, and Liam, all together in Port Charles? Do you think its better to construct the story of John and Sam sans Natalie?  Or, would you like to see John and Sam get together and have Natalie come in later as a romantic spoiler?  Weigh-in!

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  1. MK says:

    Didn’t FV say that they couldn’t bring Nat until the rights came back to ABC and was one of the actors/characters that were part of the deal.

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    Christine replied

    That’s one thing I heard too, MK. :-)

    The other had something to do with her father managing her; the other was that she no longer wanted to do daytime.

    I find the question/answer portion severely vague to get any real answer, but it is what it is.

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    OLTLfan replied

    Yes, I read in another article that her Prospect Park contract wouldn’t allow her to come on GH. Makes you wonder if they’re always telling the truth….

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    MK replied

    Weird that she never had a Propect Park contract and Most of the actors who went to GH (ME,KD) did.

    mary replied

    understanding PP has the rights to the characters until January.Which I believe is a bunch of crap cooked up between PP and ABC.How can you afford the rights and not afford to have the soaps.But it has been explained that if to much of OLTL live storyline would entitled pp the rights longer because they have showed enough of OLTL storylines to make it as if they are showing it.Sounds stupid but that is what has been said the Frank knows how far he can push the OLTL storylines before PP is credited.Another ploy to me to keep soaps away by ABC.Still and aways believe pp who are X ecec from Disney is just a way to put sopa fans off the track hpoing we would forgive and forget ABC cancelled the soaps.I’m going to continue boycotting ABC exccept GH until these lost soaps are back somewhere on Tv for all to veiw.

    Chris replied

    I think everyone now knows the ABC/Prospect Park fiasco was a total scam on the fans, advertisers, and Disney shareholders for which they should be investigated. As a long time OLTL fan, either bring OLTL back or let it die with dignity. IMO GH has become a long cruel joke. The OLTL characters are not the same and there are way too many. Nat was a week character played by an actress who had very little training. She was annoying and shrill. Please don’t make what is already a bad show (GH) worse.

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    Paula McCormick replied

    I have been watching OLTL sence the 80s , I think Milissa Archer is a wonderful
    Actress. I personally kept thinking she would come to GH, and hope she does. I think there is some real good material with her character. I was very dispointed
    that she wasn’t moved over!!? I personally do not think these Canceled Soaps will
    “NOT” do well if you do not bring them back to ABC, CBS, or any major network.
    GH is my other favorit and have watched the program for years.

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  2. aria says:

    it would be great to have her on.

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  3. su0000 says:

    I hope to high heaven that Natalie never joins GH, she is awful and the character should not be in PC in Johns life.. Enough from OLTL and Natalie is not needed.
    John has a good life now and has become an awesome character without Nat ,the best he has ever been, actually..
    John is is great/awesome/alluring without our Nat in his life!!!

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    mony replied

    I couldnt agree with you more! Gh does not need Natalie, I couldnt stand her on OLTL, so I would not be able to tolerate her here either. John is fine without her

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  4. SHERI says:

    i am upset at not seeing natalie and liam in port charles with john. if you bring a character over that is married or involved with someone else it doesnt make sense not to bring over his family. I am just as angry if not more that Todd manning he has been brought over ONLY with Starr! that makes no sense as he has two other children jack and danielle BUT THE MOST GLARING OMISSION IN THAT CASE IS BLAIR. KASSIE Depaiva should be brought over just as Natalie should. I dont expect children to be cast first but at least Natalie and Blair should be in port charles full time. Having blair come and go is not good enough and not seeing natalie at all is horrible.

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    Salesrep55 replied

    Sorry but enough is enough .We have full cast of g.h characters/actors that have sworn contracts. Why did you see the need for more invaders?>jeez the budget isn’t enough to hold the cast now so somebody get fired? or back burned into oblivion for more invaders? This is G.H. folks not hat damned defunct One life to live.If you want One life to resurface then write that G.H. gets cancelled and bring back One life to Kill. Burt just remember Fric and Frac murdered One life to live. It was there fault that show was canceled . The lousy rating ans the lousy characters. Some of you berate G.H. characters? wow what a nerve .G.H. has been on longer than One life has had many more awards in the last 10 years than One life ever had. I watched One life from day 1 to its funeral .I blame these 2 fric and frac for their death. Don’t blame G.H. because we survived and now you want to totally destroy a 50 year old show? Wow I call that insensitive and rude. If the shoe was on the other foot how would you like it and feel ,if all of a sudden our writers, production staff and actors invaded your show by the hordes ?or if our characters came to bring on their stories which you fans knew nothing about or didn’t care? well that is what is happening to G.H. .And with Frac promoting in interview after interview that he’s foaming at the mouth to bring more and more lifers over doesn’t that spell One life to re surges again and death to G.H. ? you can’t have 2 casts the budgets won’t allow it so G.H. actors are fired stories that have no sense or history to out “soap” are destroyed and its one life history and asinine stories being told. Steve Burton saw the handwriting on the wall and as rumored so has Jason Thompson,Laura Wright Bransford Anderson,Maurice Bernard.They are seeing the total destruction of this show and the history. Look how fric and frac destroyed 2 vets stories Robert and Robin and how he brought that awful actress Kelly to take over another “Tess” D.I.D baby switching etc has nothing to do with our theme . and now that stupid stories Of Jerry Jax’s and Joe Jr and now the way they kicked a loved Character in the teeth or the death of a beloved actor and character? please This is utter crap and you Fans of One life know it. But you could give a rats pootie long as you get what you want One Life to Kill at the expense of G.H. fans .
    Well I hope your proud of yourselves . ? . I ‘m writing ,emailing A.B.C.D. to cancel my show before these 2 blow it up entirely .

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    SHERI replied

    RAMBLE on all you want about livers ruining gh etc blah blah blah in the meantime have you HEARD OR SEEN the ratings this week. for the FIRST TIME IN AT LEAST A YEAR GH HAS ITS BEST RATINGS EVER!. One life to live was higher rated then gh throughout 2011 but lets face it abc wants out of the soap business for cheaper to produce reality programs. what ron and frank are trying to do and obviously have been successfull in doing is making gh an ENSEMBLE cast with rotating stories and actors. I DONT SEE HOW gh is being destroyed if the ratings are the highest in years seems to me the addition of oltl cast members(lets face it their were only 3 with tea and blair recurring)has given gh a much needed BOOST. The only one destroying gh was GUZA who made gh a boring impossible to watch show that was ONLY ABOUT THE MOB. Steve Burton didnt “see the handwriting on the wall” It was HIS CHOICE to move his family to tennessee he said himself he had been thinking of the move for years. GH actors were not fired they have brought on anna, duke lavery aj quartermaine and next month we will see skye chandler, robert scorpio, ned ashton, lucy coe, scott baldwin(rumored). i dont see how this is totally destroying anything if all these people are returning. Also coming back is Alan Quartermaine. So the addition of oltl and these cast members are what is making gh such a ratings bonanza that and the hard work of the cast crew and production staff. Personally if maurice bernard(whom i love) or laura wright want to leave i wont be crazy enough to blame anyone. It is usually called ACTORS CHOICE if they want to leave a show. Kimberly mccoulough who plays robin WANTED to leave because she is a director and has tons of other projects on her plate she is DOING GH a favor by continuing on gh till she and patrick(jason thompson wants to move on also)can have their happy ending and be off canvas. Kelly sulliven ROCKS as connie/kate and that is saying something considering i have been watching the great ericka slezak play DID storylines since 1992. Keep rambling and keep complaining while the rest of us enjoy GHOLTL. I AM proud of myself for supporting gholtl and the cast and people who work so hard to produce this show daily

    dg replied

    Thank u so much salesrep! I’m glad I’m not the only onebwho doesnt bow to Cartini’s altar. They turned one life into a cartoon and they’re doing the same to Gh. No more one life characters. I’d also love to see Cartini fired from Gh.

  5. Guest says:

    I find the lack of Natalie within the story YET using her to make John appear sympathetic, a little half-a**ed and I borderline hated ‘Jolie’.

    If she’s good enough to mention and try to drag her name through the mud, she’s good enough to be on the show. The age bracket in which she is in is lacking on GH. They could have made space for her. They certainly did with the rest of the characters they brought from OLTL to GH.

    Except, she’s not there. So, she’s used as this subplot to build up John and Sam and I simply do not buy it. If John was so concerned about being a father to Liam, he would have. Instead, he’s off being some friend to Sam and saving her day. While Natalie is supposedly off doing whatever it was the writers felt like writing that day to justify John’s actions. I’m sorry but it doesn’t. He chose to chase Sam. He chose to ignore the fact that he had a son with Natalie and he missed the majority of his life and should have been trying to get to know him better. If he was doing that instead of going after someone who was married and obviously emotionally unstable to handle the situation that they had the potential to be involved in, I do not feel sorry for him nor think Natalie is the devil for taking their son elsewhere. Even now, he’s not making an effort to see Liam or making sure he’s not cut out of his life.

    Also, Melissa, you are wrong. This is General Hospital; not Port Charles. The fact that this industry STILL thinks they can cross actor/actresses pairings on another show from their original is astonishing. Do they not get that the audience hasn’t brought one pairing done in this manner? Why is that? Because they try to force the issue; which is exactly what they tried to do with John and Sam. It’s the exact reason why they haven’t truly been brought among fans because no one wants to see Caleb and Olivia. We want to see how John McBain and Sam Morgan (nee. McCall) stack up. Write the story that fits the current characters; not the story that they have with their ‘chemistry’ and previous working experience with one another. As far for them stacking up as John and Sam, they do not stack up as characters to make me want to root for them and their romantic relationship. I have never seen a pairing who has chemistry but doesn’t have chemistry at the same time and yet the writers are insisting on forcing the issue. I honestly like the friendship between John and Sam; when they aren’t forcing them to be romantic and something they don’t need.

    To end this long ended response, it’s nice to know that Melissa isn’t ruling an appearance on GH completely out but if you do not want to come on just to have Natalie on, I honestly do not want to see Natalie thrust into a situation where she’s coming in to be a romantic spoiler like she’s some other woman that he doesn’t have some long and complicated history when she’s not.

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    Kim replied

    Hey Sherri,
    How did you get my email that wasn’t supposed to be shown shame on this site . Wow so much for privacy.
    Let me tell you lady have you watched as long as I over 46 years.? I can say and write an email my OPINIONS and this show has stunk and Yes I think Steve DID see the hand writing onthe wall contrary to your opinions nobody will know .After 22 Year he’s gets the shitty ass send off like it is and for the ratings ? this last week you can thank the JAson Fans who turned in.I don’t care that you hated Guza lady he had award winning shows something these soap Murderers haven’t Thwy murdered One life and now heres the 2nd chance to kill another show and re doOne life to Kill not my title that Goes to Acto Ingo Rademacher.He has made a Mockery of G.H. he has made this Konnie shit and it is shit a laughing stock and an damn insult to G.H. fans . This actress who plays is well not the least be talented and as her rendition of te reshas Tess and the baby switching story it was a flop on Life and its a flop here .With fric and frac inserting McDracula the Mclame no wonder Jason character was edged out. John Ingle a beloved Actor and character is being pushed in the harbor along with JAson for Jerry Ver Dorn to come over and Play Clint what more Insults to this cast. Frac has stated the soap can’t handle 2 casts so who hgets booted whrn Melissa shows up and you know as well I do shes coming Duke will be out and Trey will soon be history bringing back A,J.we saw his dead and this is just stupid he was an inconceivable character wh shot his father in the back and let hm die. This isn’t G.H. This is One life . And Reun Ron and frac want to finish their stories on our soap and . yes its possibly rumored other actors are going and they stated they might cause they don’t see the direction that fric the freak is taking G.H. But your innumerable love for these 2 is well open to interpretation. I don’t agree many life long fans of G.H. don’t agree and some were Lifer fans . So while riding high the momentum now the ratings will fll once again the long drawn out redo of One lifer stories will once again run its course. But after 46 years I will still campaign A.B.C.D. to cancel G.H. and let us have our swan song So the damn defunct and murdered One Life and be reborn. And Please don’t email me again .

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  6. jo says:

    I think we need us some Natalie and John.. and Jason needs proper mourning… if later their attraction becomes stronger, they can do the soap opera switcheroo, Not like they can’t have a story line with both!

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  7. rose says:

    I’d like to see Natalie get back into John’s life. She’s had enough time to cool down. Keeping him from Liam was pretty hard nosed, even for her. Like she never made any mistakes of her own?

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  8. Liz says:

    I really can’t watch GH now. Just makes me angry. I will tune back in the day Melissa Archer joins the cast.

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    Sam replied

    Then you mean OLTL.

    I wish all of you with your wishlists of OLTL characters for GH would just stop. It is getting out of control. The focus should be on GH and GH history and characters not OLTL. Please just be thankful for what you have which is a lot more than any other canceled soap got.

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    Liz replied

    What I like and am thankful for is my business. It’s a TV show. I’ll watch when I find it entertaining.

    Blake replied

    I agree with you Liz, I would probably watch GH if Natalie joined also.

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    Mendi replied

    On no, please, no Natalie. Todd being on GH is the only good thing that’s come out of OLTL joining GH. John is OK – and the chemistry between Michael and Kelly is writer’s GOLD. Surely they will drag their story out as long as possible. John fits in with the darker themed story lines of GH that OLTL just did not have except for Todd’s. back in the day! Kassie doesn’t bother me but she was truly out of her league in scenes when Todd first showed up in Port Charles. The actors around her made me embarrassed for her to tell you the truth, and needless to say, she wasn’t offered a contract. As for Natalie showing up to throw a monkey wrench into John and Sam… LOL! You must not know Sam! That would be ALMOST as ridiculous as OLTL’s “City of Eterna” year which was an embarrassment to soaps on every channel. The writers would have to re-write Sam and no one is going to do that for Melissa Archer.

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  9. ashlee says:

    I think its perhaps for the best that Natalie does not come over. Ron and Frank, for all their supposed OLTL love, have shown a shocking disregard for that show and its characters. Their first move was to violently kill off Cole and Hope, two characters who had already been presumed dead. Next they brought John over with no mention of the love of his life. Then they broight Todd and Blair, only to further destroy them. Then they brought Tea on only to kill her baby too. I never saw this kind of disturbing misogynistic writing at OLTL. they are just continuing the path of destruction that Guza and Phelps became known for.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    Good point. But Natalie would certainly bring the drama that cyborgSam is missing. Sorry to her fans, and I vote for her DWTS, but she is dullsville. Sam and Jason made a great couple because they both display no passion.

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    terri replied

    I completely agree the character of Natalie would at least give me the satisfaction of having someone yelling at John for the disloyal ass and awful father he has been.

  10. miketom765 says:

    I think they should bring natalie on when john and sam start getting close again. I am dying to see Sam open the door see natalie and she just bitch slap Sam. I would love seeing those scenes play out. Natalie would make a good match for Johnny if he isn’t killed off by then. I think should could also be a great friend for Dante.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    All great ideas!

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  11. Sherry says:

    If MA came on GH as Natalie I would watch without a second thought because she would definitely shake things up. The show has become boring and John’s story is one big mess of badly stitched together plot points, that consists of script that would never be part of John’s vocabulary and where they can’t decide whether he’s a cheater or a dummie but three things he’s not anymore is likeable, rootable or a hero. His scenes now stink of badly recycled Jolie moments, like we wouldn’t know . At least write an original story because John and Sam suck at Jolie part 2. Nat had spunk, beauty and she was an original, a character of her nature is sorely lacking on that show. IMO,this means to me that there was no reason for OLTL fans to have tuned into GH in the first place in hopes of seeing their beloved characters go on. All FV and RC have done is slap loyal fans of GH and a cancelled OLTL in the face. They’ve run Jason off and refuse to bring Nat on all for two aging vampires from a previously low rated, cancelled soap, who’ve lost whatever appeal they once had. John and Natalie ended happily on OLTL, if they wantted to have Kemo and ME then he should have come over as another character because now I wouldn’t watch him if you paid me, he’s ffwd material now. Without Natalie and Liam John is now just a loser, a deadbeat and a coward, not to mention boring. I have no interest in a character like that.. The show took our timeslot, our characters and destroyed them especially John McBain and our happy endings. It’s definitely time to stop watching, they’ve proven they don’t care about us as their new viewers. Until MA as Natalie is bought on to kick John’s behind and show PC what Bam really is I think I will take a leave because as in the arrogant words of RC ,’This show is obviously not for me”.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    Well said. I find John VERY boring on GH and even more boring with Sam. Total FF. Not to mention they made Natalie’s character totally OOC, which P.O. me even more!

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    Nana replied

    John boring with sam . She is not for John.

    Nunna replied

    IA. I don’t know this John McBain. He is boring and there is nothing rootworthy about him or him and Sam as a couple. MA would be the only reason for me to watch GH. Like you said they have destroyed everything about OL and I have no desire to watch GH. MA would be the only reason to make me watch that boring, depressing show.

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    Mendi replied

    The show did not take OLTL’s time slot – The Revolution took it and it’s been cancelled too. GH was pushed back to the 2pm Eastern time slot so that Katie Couric can have the 3pm slot. OLTL was cancelled., GH was not and you can’t expect GH producers to cater to OLTL fans any more than they already have. GH got the best characters from OLTL and will make them even better. No one ran Jason off, Steve Burton chose to leave the show for family reasons and the character is too good to recast.

    One a different note, Natalie and Sam would make for a great argument, Sam would still come out on top. Natalie’s character just isn’t in sync with the atmosphere of GH. Starr’s character is STARTING to learn.. Todd was awesome from day one and the only saving grace of this merging.

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    gigi replied

    What some people on this site fail to understand is that some of us who were OLTL fans are also fans of GH. I have been watching AMC, OLTL and GH for over 20 years. So seeing some of the characters from OLTL on GH is a bonus for me because I grew up with most of these characters. John and Nat was the it couple on OLTL. Imagine if Jason left GH and the character get hoked up with Tea on OLTL. No one want to see their favorite couple pair up with someone else. I’m all for Nat to come on GH. John’s character is being destroyed, he would never have turn his back on his family.

  12. sandra says:

    I don’t ever want to see Sam with McBain. Bring on MA now.

    JaSam cannot be matched and there is no point trying to do this with McBain of all people who RC.FV gave most of Jason’s story to hen he came on canvass, such a waste and because of that I can’t root for McBam. Ugh!

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  13. Mary H says:

    Natalie needs to come to GH…I love her and John together. John doesn’t belong with Sam. Maybe as friends but nothing more. John and Natalie struggled for many years to find there way to one another. Bring her to General Hospital!

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  14. MBmomof3 says:

    You bet I’m upset! I have supported ABC soaps since Kindergarten. Over 40 years. In all those years, storylines, characters, Natalie was one of my TOP faves! To me it makes perfect sense to bring her on. Sorry to GH ONLY fans, but she would be the perfect fit, especially with Steve Burton’s Jason currently out of the picture. I hope for his fan’s sake he returns down the road. Not trying to offend anyone, but I find John & Sam pairing a snooze fest and they need spitfire Natalie to liven up the storyline. JMO. Still think Melissa Archer is awesome and hope GH makes room for her as Natalie or whoever. Lovely, talented & classy. C’mon Cartini, bring it on!

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    MBmomof3 replied

    I should add I’m currently watching “classic OLTL” on SOAPNet and wouldn’t be wasting my before work “me time” if I didn’t enjoy it. And, oh yeah, Natalie is heavily featured on this epi and doesn’t need McBain to make her interesting and watchable!

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    Winona replied

    In my opinion, Natalie was much more engaging when she was with Cristian.

    Michael Easton as John McBain on OLTL = boring. He was so soft spoken. Now Nathanial Marsten (too bad for the law troubles) was the kind of actor that got your attention when he was on as does Roger Howarth.

    When Easton was with Kelly Monaco on Port Charles as Caleb Morley, he commanded the screen. They were so HOT together it was insane. They are HOT as Sam and John. If you can’t see it, just go back to the July 4th episodes – the way he grabbed her after they stood up on the docks. They just have something together that cannot be denied.

  15. Suzie says:

    It:s one thing to bring a OLTL character over to GH for a potential paring with an established GH character, such as Michael/Starr, Carly/Todd, or Sam/John. It’s a whole different thing to expect
    GH fans to be excepting of established OLTL couples stealing air-time from beloved GH characters who have been back-burned to accommodate the squishing of FV’s prefered soap opera. Personally, I was campaigning to get Roger Howarth as Todd in ANY convoluted soapy way possible. I kind of saw a bit of a fit with John McBain with the PCPD,although FV has certainly pushed my buttons on that front with his ” John Mcbain comes to the Port Charles” by inserting him in a s/l.early on that sacrificed great story potential JUST to establish him as Sam’s new savior in a story that Sam had no logical business being involved in either. And GH needed a young female to pair with Michael as portrayed by the hugely talented Chad Duell, so Starr gained tolerance soon after arriving. IF FV makes the mistake of bringing Natalie into the PC ” love arena”, this > 40 year GH fan’s tolerance level could very well implode.

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  16. Brenda Shott says:

    I do not want John and Sam together, it’s John and Nat all the way!!!

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  17. Brian says:

    Very glad to hear that she is open to anything, and to letting GH run its course. That is a sign of true class.

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  18. Lynn says:

    OMG! Do not even get me started on this subject! Sam and John are a contrived bunch of crap! You have two long term couples with huge fan bases that have been mutalated for them that is alot of biter fans….alot of Jolie fans have tuned out especially after they had John Cheating on Natalie its like one episode he is calling her “I love you” the next he is Kissing Sam “with no regrets” then goes home to “his family” then the Letter from Natalie WTH? Natalie would never keep Liam from John nor would she find someone else and the last one on Monday “Money and john’s job” really she gave her trust fund away years ago she didnt care about money and she always worked with John on his job!! Then there is Jason/sam they had the baby they waited years for and TPTB brought John in and Had him Deliver the baby and Had Sam “have feelings for him” with absolutely no real story for them I mean all John/Sam talked about was their significant others! Then the episode that made them look like rebounds OMG! The only way the story COULD have worked was to bring Natalie on first then have her presumed dead or something that is the only way John could have moved on with out looking like a total sleeze and male slut or deadbeat dad……….I am joining the Jolie and Jasam fans in tuning out if they do John/Sam I can’t watch them I already don’t give their episodes ratings I cant stomach them I have to FF…watching them makes me feel like i’ve lost TWO soaps instead of just OLTL…all I wanted was for John/nat to have their HEA when the show was canceled and RC/FV have ruined that……biter is a understatment! Chem alone does not make a couple all the history of john/natalie and Sam/Jason does

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    MBmomof3 replied

    agreed! and I find John and Sam boring as he!! I don’t know who thinks that pairing has chemistry, but whoever it is failed Chem 101.

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  19. CTwildheart says:

    Since Jason is gone (for now) I wouldn’t mind seeing John and Sam become romantically involved – if only for Natalie to come back and throw a wrench in their plans.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    That does sound like fun!

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  20. Becky says:

    I think John on GH is just stupid and contrived. He’s like floating around between nowhere. He belongs in Llanview with Natalie and Liam and I hope he either goes back there or they come to him.

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  21. SZima says:

    What Ms. Archer conveniently didn’t mention is that she has been under contract to Prospect Park and UNABLE to go to GH. At this point, I really don’t want to see her in Port Charles. John and Sam have so much chemistry together…much more than I ever saw between John and Natalie…so I’m really hoping that McBam–Jam–McSam (whatever squish name they use) is the way the show is going.

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    Christine replied

    You hit the nail on the head, SZima.

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    Ces replied

    Agreed. I think we have enough OLTL actors on the show anyway. Would love for Jane Elliot and Leslie Charleson to have a storyline of their own and Nancy Lee Grahn could use one too! I like John & Sam 2gether!!

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    Christine replied

    So let’s play Devil’s Advocate here. You get your precious Natalie (I was a fan of OLTL too so I can put it this way), but then you need Liam. Well you can’t just stop there. You will want Jessica (and her boyfriend and children) because she is Natalie’s sister; then Viki because she is their mother; oh then you need Clint because he is her father. Let’s not stop with Kevin and Joey (and Kelly) – they are her brothers. Then you will want Roxie because she raised Natalie. Oh, but don’t forget Rex and Gigi and their son. Well if you get Roxie you will have to have Niles.

    Then the really greedy of you will want Bo and Nora because Bo is Clint’s brother. Oh we can’t leave Nora without her family so we will need Matthew and his child and his girlfriend. Why not throw in RJ and Rachel and everyone else that has ever been on the show and connected to the Gannons like Lindsay?!

    For those of you SCREAMING for Blair. You won’t stop there. You will want that brat son of her’s, Jack, and then Sam. You are still clamoring for Victor and then Tea and Danni. Why don’t we bring back Marty Saybrooke and Patrick Thornhart while we are at it?

    This is just silly. The point is the majority of you OLTL worshipers will NEVER be happy until GH is destroyed and has become OLTL in Port Charles. It is not fair to the show that is GENERAL HOSPITAL. A show RICH with iconic characters like Luke & Laura, Holly & Robert, Robin & Patrick, Anna & Duke; not to mention their own kooky characters like Spinelli and Alice. Their own antics of the Quartermaines having pizza for Thanksgiving.

    I get the points that the GH faithful are making. On the one hand, adding OLTL characters brought viewers to GH, but on the other hand, it is driving away faithful GH fans. It can’t be both ways. I think just enough has been added for both parties to let a little of Llanview live on while those residents are living in Port Charles.

    Please, for the love of Pete, please stop asking for more! I watched OLTL too. I also watch GH and many other shows that were canceled. Stop acting like spoiled brats and just be happy with what you have which is a lot more than the other canceled soaps received.

    Michael (not Fairman) replied

    It would really surprise me if any of the contracts that people had with Prospect Park are still in force at this late date. I’m trying to imagine some kind of legally enforceable clause in the contract that says in essence “we’re not paying you but you can’t work elsewhere, either.” (For a short period perhaps, but not for this long.) I suppose it’s possible that ABC has agreed, formally or informally, with Prospect Park not to use the actors, however. Clearly she’s legally able to pursue work, because she just had a movie; whatever arrangement there is must only cover other soaps, or other ABC soaps.

    Didn’t Roger Howarth and Michael Easton sign on with Prospect Park as well?

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    R Sinclair replied

    The Prospect Park situation has nothing to do with the actors. The actors are free to work wherever they want. Allegedly, Prospect Park bought/leased the rights to the characters, such as Natalie, Bo, Nora, etc. So, allegedly, ABC is unable to use those characters until Prospect Park’s rights to them expire. So, if FVRC were really hot to have Melissa Archer on the show, they could bring her on as a brand new character Gertrude Finklemeyer. They just couldn’t name her character Natalie Buchanan and use her backstory.

  22. Rodd says:

    I know I don’t have enough history with either OLTL or GH to completely understand the character dynamics, but at the end of OLTL, it seemed that “Natalie” and “John” would be happy for a long time to come. That’s why the kiss between “John” and “Sam” seemed so forced and now this “stay away from me and Liam, you terrible man” sotry line seems contrived as well. I can’t help but wonder if it isn’t “Clint” pulling one of his schemes and acting as “Natalie”. That would make more sense to me.

    As for the talented Melissa coming over to GH, I think it would make for some powerful scenes betwen her, Michael and Kelly; just later on. The canvas is so full right now.

    I’m not a fan of the wedding spoilers ~ scorned lovers, returned from the dead spouses, etc. ~ so I hope they play this out in some other fashion down the road.

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  23. Jules says:

    I haven’t been a fan of MA’s (just never cared one way or another), though I have heard glowing things about her through her castmates at OLTL.

    This response however has made me a fan of her’s personally.

    I can just imagine at least a dozen soap “divas” being insulted and disparage their former boss over a choice like this. They would see themselves as so invaluable, how dare any show not kiss their feet to come back on!?!?

    But not MA. A classy, appreciative, hopeful response with no hint of spite whatsoever. Truly commendable.

    As for my hopes for her to return to GH, still couldn’t care less. Not watching the show either way.

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    Blake replied

    I thought the same thing Jules! It’s so wonderful and fresh to see someone who says it’s best for the process and not some bitter words about not being hired on like her co-workers were. This will take her very far in life, being this positive and upbeat. I’ve heard the great things her former co-workers have said about her also. A class act!

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    Nunna replied

    That’s exactly what she is. A class act. And I wouldn’t waste my time on GH without her.

  24. MiCHELE says:

    BRING NAT………….

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  25. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    I personally don’t see how she’d fit into Port Charles. I think it’s best she stay away from the show.

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  26. NatFan says:

    I could do without John and Sam, but these months have taught that without a doubt Natalie deserves better than John.

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  27. sheila nies says:

    I loved One Life to Live i miss everyone from there my #1 soap . I wish they would bring Natalie and Liam so John could see them they were so close for so long its weird how they broke up over a nasty jerk like Todd . I always wanted them to get back together they were such a cute couple . I miss Natalie and i miss her sister Jessica it would be nice if they would add David Gregory and his brothers too. There are not that many families on Gh they need new blood to keep it exciting since they lost their Best man Jason i always liked him . I think hes awesome too. I was lucky i knew that Oltl was going to be off so i taped about 6 months of it on dvd.:-)

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  28. Johanna says:

    I was never a caleb and livvie fan so McBam would actually succeed in getting me to tune out. John belongs with Nat what they r writing is out of char. for both John & Nat. I know I’m not the only fan that feels this way! U can’t always catch the magic in a bottle twice John & Sam r different characters so destroying existing characters just to try to capture lightening in a bottle again will have the oppoaite effect. like is said it will turn me off!

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  29. tsuds says:

    She is a class act and very smart to answer those questons in a smart political way.

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  30. cathy trinque says:

    When the contracts are released by Prospect Park I am hoping that we will see Natalie. I really think the contract is the holdup and MA is playing the part!

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  31. calie says:

    I would love MA to come to GH as Natalie but I agree is not time. Although interaction with Sam has diluted my love for John McBain. I wonder if TPTB are aware that we do not swallow every pairing they shove down our throats. It also took away from the credibility of the JASAM happy ending they rushed through. Damage is usually done to the woman characters on GH and this time is no different = Sam looks less like a woman who is madly in love with Jason and more like a woman who does not have the courage to be alone.

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  32. Frank says:

    Melissa Archer as Natalie would add a lot to Port Charles. She’s Starr’s aunt, Todd’s niece, Clint’s daughter, the mother of John’s son, a forensic expert and a fiery redhead. She’s also Allison Perkin’s arch-enemy, and Allison was seen holding Todd’s twin brother Victor in One Life to Live’s last scene. My guess is that Allison kidnapped Natalie and is holding her with Victor. “No cops!,” she said to Clint who went on to bamboozle McBain in an attempt to ensure her safety. We’ll see. Whatever happens, FV and RC will make sure it’s a great ride.

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  33. Anthony R says:

    All this Prospect Park bs doesn’t make sense. First of all, Michael
    Easton agreed to join the online version pending AFTRA approval, so did Florencia and they both have been on GH; Easton even has a contract. So how can PP be holding up anything? And how can people like Melissa be under contract to somethng that doesn’t even exist? Is she being paid while being held hostage by PP? I doubt it. And what about Erica Slezak – she was the first to sign on to PP. Is she prevented from doing anything? No matter how you look at it, this whole PP excuse doesn’t make sense. If ABC wanted more OLTL stars on GH those stars would be on GH. And I’ve also heard that ABC will bring back OLTL after the rights are relinquished by PP. Not buying any of it.

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    Nunna replied

    I’ve thought the same thing. It doesn’t make any sense at all especially since they have brought on Tea and Blair.

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  34. sharon says:

    I for one don’t see any chemistry between John and Sam. Not only is there no chemistry, the characters being romantically involved is a joke. They make no sense! Never did and never will!

    I think Frank and Ron are fools for not bringing Melissa onto the show, in spite of the PP contract issues. They paid extra to bring Tea and Blair. They could have done it for Natalie especially since John and Natalie are so hugely popular as a soap couple. Frankly, they could have saved money by not bringing Starr over, who I never had any use for.

    Moving forward, I hope they bring Natalie over ASAP when her PP contract is no longer an excuse – Michael and Melissa have serious chemistry and it’s time that Natalie join John with Liam. The damage that Ron is doing to John’s character could be irreparable if Natalie doesn’t come soon and John doesn’t start acting like the real John- someone who loves Natalie and Liam passionately and won’t give them up this easily.

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    maddiehayes replied

    I agree with all those who love John&Natalie and are INCENSED at the way their beautiful love story, their beautiful family, has been TRASHED on GH, all to create an “instant connection” between John&Sam, how contrived and insulting! John LOVES Natalie, he always has, and the way he’s been acting around Sam makes NO SENSE AT ALL! Stop it, GH, just STOP IT! Reunite John and Natalie.

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  35. Karen Severino says:

    Although I feel that bringing Melissa Archer over to GH would be fantastic, I have to admit that the John and Sam pairing brings alot of heat! Like Melissa said, the two were great together on Port Charles, so why not use that chemistry again. However, I have a feeling that somewhere down the road, Melissa will be asked to stir things up on GH once John and Sam become an official couple…you just know that is where the storyline is going!

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  36. Debbie Hamilton says:

    NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely no John and Sam! Natalie belongs with John forever!! Just like Sam and Jason and Vicki and Clint and Bo and Nora!!! There are some people that totally belong togerther!!!, You start adding new puzzle pieces to the picture and its going to die out and not have the appeal that it always had.
    Natalie should of been added as cast mate to GH along with her and Johns son that was the logical thing to do. To up and cut it off was like mixing oil and water. Sam belongs with Jason period and John belongs with Natalie. Thats simply good karma!!
    I’m for bringing Vicki, Clint, the Butler, Bo and Nora, and all the OLTL actors on board and spread them out to where each one has a few lines a day. That way we would have our fill of everything wonderful, our soaps; maybe a sprinkling of AMC. What do you all think of that? :)

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    Winona replied

    “I’m for bringing Vicki, Clint, the Butler, Bo and Nora, and all the OLTL actors on board and spread them out to where each one has a few lines a day. That way we would have our fill of everything wonderful, our soaps; maybe a sprinkling of AMC. What do you all think of that? “:)

    I think you are out of your mind.

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    Debbie Hamilton replied

    GH was dead in the water till the new writers got on board. Thats a fact Winona!!

    Winona replied

    That wasn’t your argument, Debbie Hamilton. You mentioned NOTHING about the writers, just your silly ideas of bringing more OLTL characters to GH, not to mention adding AMC ones too.

    So why stop there. LOVING/THE CITY was also on ABC. Why don’t we bring back all of the surviving characters too? Or how about RYAN’S HOPE? Or how about THE EDGE OF NIGHT? That was on ABC as well. I am sure THOSE fans want their show back.

  37. Lynn says:

    Oh and to add to my earlier post if they wanted to pair John and Sam they should have brought ME as a different character then waited till Sam Jason had their Baby etc. What made them think it would work to try to destroy two long term couples families for one forced contrived couple that’s actors used to be different character 10 long years ago that a lot o new fans no nothing about would work? Idiotic!

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  38. Maria says:

    I am really enjoying the chemistry between Michael Easton and Kelly Monaco. This is coming from someone who never watched Port Charles. As a GH fan I wanted to dislike McBain because I was a longtime Sonny and Jason fan. His character was going up against them so I naturally was on their side. After seeing how wonderfully John interacted with Sam, how he helped her through the consequences of her supposed “rape” by Franco, how he quietly supported her and made her smile, I couldn’t help but warm up to the possibility of a John/Sam romance as well as begin to like the character of John McBain.

    While I understand that John and Natalie have a long history and a family, John & Sam are what I look forward to seeing most on GH. I do not really mind the messy way in which their romance began because it’s a soap and messy beginnings to great stories are a part of the genre. I was also never a Jason and Sam fan so I didn’t resent John coming between them. Jason and Sam had been on the show as an on/off couple for 9 years. I welcomed the change and found watching John and Sam quite refreshing. I still do.

    As for Melissa Archer’s comments, I think she is a classy woman and it’s nice to see her not being resentful about her OLTL pairing coming to an end (for now, at least). I think she knows that this is a soap and the same pairings cannot stay together forever. Change is a part of the soap genre and I’m glad to see that she understands this. I wish more of her fans did.

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    Tsuds replied

    love their chemistry also

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  39. teena barg says:

    They should bether as a family…….

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  40. Vicki says:

    I LOVE Melissa Archer, and love Natalie. I have always had an affection for Natalie ever since she came on to OLTL in 2001. She was a dynamo then, and she will be on GH as well. I really feel John is nothing without Natalie, and Natalie’s fire and energy is exactly what Port Charles needs. So bring her on already, and adorable Liam too! I can’t stand that I’m not able to watch him grow bigger and hear him do baby talk!

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  41. Annoyed OLTL fan says:

    I am hoping Natalie will come back and make John someone tolerable. I can’t even look at his face presently.

    As of now, his character has abandoned fatherhood for months because he needed justice for his sister. He spent most of that time, helping Sam instead of seeking justice. Finds out that Joe Jr killed her, and then nothing. Joe Jr practically ran around Port Charles having sexy time with Tracy, kidnapping the children and bank rolling Trey’s projects/marriage. He was even an acquaintance of Jerry Jax.

    Add that john cheats on Natalie, goes home to her and makes no mention of it. Todd tells Natalie, and he goes to attack Todd for his role in ending his relationship? Did Todd hold a gun to his head and make him a cheater?

    Then he was going to “fight for his Family” which involved staying far from llanview in Port Charles, hiring the mother of the woman he cheated with, ranting that Natalie has no right to take his son which he ignored for months, pity seeking and of course, spending time with the woman he cheated with. Yes, This is EXACTLY how one goes about building a family.

    And since I have no interest in Sam, John the scumbag with Sam is the worse part of GH for me. I not so secretly wish Duke would have killed John instead or has him somewhere being electrocuted with Robin.

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  42. dani says:

    GH fans complain about OL characters coming to their show. Well you got our EP ,our writers our directors our time slot and our HEA…it is just right that our characters should continue to come over and Natalie should be next. This Natalie MA fan though would love for her to mix it up with a GH guy..she doesn’t have to be with John just interact with him because of Liam. She could hook up with any GH guy and make it work. Put her with Sonny for a while cuz what he has going on now….well …enough said. Seriously though she sounds like such a nice person and is oh so professional..love her.

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  43. su0000 says:

    OLTL is over and the stories and couples need to RIP with OLTL..
    GH is not and should not carry on stories from a a long dead soap into its’ realm..
    The crossovers now have new lives in Port Charles and are not carrying their OL baggage with them into their futures on GH.
    There should never be a Natalie and John in GH, Port Charles is a new start for the crossovers.
    I understand how much the OL fans miss their soap but expecting RC and FV to continue on OL in GH is crazy..

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    Lynn replied

    except they arent resting in Peace! That is the problem…they are talked about, pictures shown, and not just Natalies either….And if RC/FV wanted brand new starts he should have brought the actors over with new characters i would have followed them and been better ingaged in new pairings…but you CAN NOT have John so in love with natalie and happy to be with her a single tear rolls down his face…then six weeks later going to GH hanging around Sam etc…..makes no since… they should have left John/Natalies HEA alone and brought ME as a new character or brought both and had Natalie presumed dead with the rest of them then it would have made since for John to move on but to have him all of sudden wanting to be with someone else is just ridiculous he loved her even when he wasnt with her all the time he was on OLTL 9yrs doesnt make since to those of us that watched both soaps

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    Michael (not Fairman) replied

    GH should do whatever makes the most sense in terms of telling stories that will bring in viewers. Given that at the time of OLTL’s cancellation, its ratings were considerably better than GH’s, ABC would be fools not to take advantage of whatever can be salvaged from OLTL. The key issue is balance, and I have to say I think they’ve done a good job with that so far. I do think they need to be careful about any further additions, but I think adding Blair and Natalie would both make sense and could be done in an integrated way.

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  44. emtk says:

    GH needs Natalie! I think it’s ridiculous that Natalie hasn’t been on yet! The chemistry between John and Natalie is amazing, much better than between John and Sam. But, now that something has started with Sam, Natalie showing up to Port Charles would be electric!! John’s character really needs Natalie to be fully developed. Please bring her on soon.

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  45. Gina says:

    I love MA & loved her as Natalie. However, it’s getting really old when “Natalie” is continually being used as a “plot point” for John on GH. If Valentini/Carlivati want their dream of “Calivia – Part II”, they should have had John come on as already being single, with a custody agreement already agreed on ( then when ME took time off, it could be explained he was spending time with Liam) OR they should have brought him on as a new character. Plus, they should realize that neither John nor Sam are anything like their PC characters – but instead character assasination has taken place (imo) with everyone involved simply because Valentini/Carlivati are living in the past & want to recreate the past. Regarding MA – yes, I would watch if she came on GH BUT if all her story would be was a “spoiler” for the great “McBam” romance – then no thanks (and I hope that’s what she says IF offered).

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  46. Betty Seip says:

    I think John and Natalie belong together. I have always thought that. They just click together. Maybe if Natalie shows up at GH, Sam could pair up with AJ when he returns. Of course, I really am going to miss Jason. In my opinion, he was the best of GH.

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  47. Brenda says:

    I love Natalie and hope she comes to GH. Not into Sam and John. Sam doesn’t even believe Jason is dead yet and then she needs time to grieve for her husband and get to know Danny. Not a good time for a Sam/John hookup if you ask me.

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  48. Tsuds says:

    Wow. So many haters against us who have liked the OLTL actors. You all should be more appreciative ! They have saved general hospital from cancellation along with Frank. Like it or not…. The more OLTL actors, the stronger GH will be. Bring more back! Lets get rid of Maxiie, Kristina, Molly, Alexis, Dante, Felicia, Mac, and Elizabeth. Keep Milo only if he is shirtless. This would allow for more OLTL actors to come to Port Charles!

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    Winona replied

    Oh why stop there, Tsuds?

    While we are at it, why don’t we get rid of Anna, Patrick, Spinelli, Lulu, Luke, Sonny, Carly, Michael, Emma, Michael, AJ, Monica, Tracy, Kate/Connie, Johnny, Shawn, Sam, Danny, Cameron, Aidan, Olivia, Steve, Anna, Trey, Alice, Epiphany.

    Whose left? Oh yeah, OLTL characters. Happy?

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    Tsuds replied

    Now now nowww., GH is only around due to oLTL actors. We will keep half of the GH actors that are interesting and bring back the good OLTL actors. This way…… Finally a soap will be able to beat out CBS young and restless. Finally! It is a brilliant idea. Some casualties, but abc wins in the end….

    After many years abc morning show has finally beat out the today show in the morning ….. It is almost 2013 …time for abc to make some right changes. Am I wrong? Everyone weigh in….and vote…. You will be surprised Winona!!!!!!!!

    Brian replied

    only if they brought Vicki, Clint, Bo , Nora, Jessica, Desting, David, Dorian, Kelly, Blair, Danni, Sam, all over too.

    Then we’d be happy !

    I’m joking… but it seems not what, no one is happy with the ABC lone soap, no matter how hard it tries to please everyone. ABC should just turn back time, then OLTL would still be on the air and GH would not… OLTL had higher ratings.

    DidjaNoit replied

    @Winona….Thank you! Yes, some will only be happy when GH is gone and OLTL is back.

    Christine replied

    Tsuds, I can’t figure out if you are pulling our legs or dead serious.

    Mendi replied

    For those who are mourning OLTL, youtube has a fine selection of clips available for your viewing pleasure. But just FYI – if there were more actors from OLTL worthy of GH producer’s consideration, they would have gotten contracts.

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    cynthia replied

    here;sa better idea. u can stop watching GH and just stick to OLTL reruns.

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  49. MBmomof3 says:

    Hope TPTB read this blog. THE FANS WANT MELISSA ARCHER’S NATALIE ASAP! Make it so.

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    su0000 replied

    The majority do not want MA /Natalie in GH.
    It is the OL fans that want her in GH and still not all of them, many who did watch OL did like the couple of John and Nat especially they did not like Nat..
    yah have to let OL go.. it done over, don’t bring the bodies to GH ..

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  50. Deb says:

    Down the line, Nat does need to come to GH or get rid of John. ‘If’ he has to be paired with someone, Elizabeth makes more sense. Sam needs to be ALONE for a decent mourning period as does Patrick. He is dating TOO soon imo!

    GH Fans, if it had been cancelled INSTEAD of OLTL, I’m quite sure you wouldn’t have minded GH characters showing up in Lanview….so please stop whining.

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    su0000 replied

    You are expecting FV and RC to carry OLTL on in GH, they can not do that.
    They have tried to let the OL fans down gently but it has to stop, RC can not be catering to fans of a dead soap..
    It is time to move on and GH is not a shelter for homeless OL characters. :)

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    Tsuds replied

    Only reason why GH ratings are up is because of the OLTL actors. Time to appreciate the OLTL actors for saving GH!

    su0000 replied

    GH is up due to great writing and riveting stories and the bringing back of the GH vets..
    Bringing back the GH vets was a great boost to GH, not 3 from OL..
    The long time favorites from/of GH coming back is what has rejuvenated GH ..

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    cynthia replied

    didn’t u know ? 1 month in soap time is actually 2 years. mourning period complete

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  51. ShannonB says:

    Now that some time has passed, I would expect Natalie’s character to wake up 1 day in Llanview and tell Liam, “c’mon, we’re going to get your dad back!” I am a huge fan of both GH & OLTL and think she would be a great addition to life in PC!

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  52. terri says:

    Please bring on Natalie she adds the spark to any scene she is in you either love her or hate her but she is never boring!!!

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    cynthia replied

    TRUTH!!!

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  53. su0000 says:

    Natalie and John were not all that big of deal in OLTL–
    They were nowhere near being a super couple, and never will be..
    Nat and John belonged in OLTL not in GH ..

    The OL fans want GH to carry OL into GH to make them all happy and whatever-else..
    They just can not realize that there is no OLTL nor should it be carried on in to GH..
    John and Nat were a couple in OL and John now still talks of her but mostly its over his son..
    RC is doing his best to polity and gently ween off the OL people from OL and into GH ..

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    Tsuds replied

    I agree

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  54. DidjaNoit says:

    And here we have the proof some of the OLTL fans couldn’t care less about General Hospital or it’s fans. It’s all about what they can get back from a cancelled show and to hell with GH. Yet you expect, no, DEMAND, that the GH fans support the show, which is really just a way to have a vehicle to watch OLTL. Not only have the fans who keep demanding more OLTL characters on GH been the cause of rising resentment, but those of you who can’t be satisfied have actually caused a growing number of calls to ABC for GH to be cancelled. Happy yet??

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    Troy Turner replied

    This bunch of crocodile tears comes from the biggest GH hater on the planet-hello pot, meet kettle. Melissa’s handling of this (for whatever reason) is pitch perfect. I suspect that she WILL eventually show up as Nat in PC-everybody just needs to be patient.

    BTW, your claim about the “increased phone calls” is absolute BS. I just took a look at the ratings for GH-still on the rise-2.78 million viewers. All the Cartini bashers need to be quiet.

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    Trisha replied

    I totally agree and RC and FV think that we GH fans do not see what they have done. They’ve used GH as a vehicle to keep OLTL going. They’ve changed the tone, the music, the stories, the kind of characters and the ‘drama’ of GH into the kind that made up OLTL. They’ve taken GH lead actors and demoted them to supporting while moving whomever they liked up to lead and adding their own OLTL characters WITH their stories in tact , destroyed much GH character histories and made characters do whatever, even if it was totally not something they’d do, just to push a story.

    Now Steve B, is gone. MB may be next and who after that and does anyone there care? NO, because they’ll just bring on more OLTL characters and then soon, it WILL be OLTL.

    Instead of worrying so much about OLTL , which is GONE, they should have been worrying about doing GH justice by keeping their stories and their characters in tact, according to GH history. What a slap in the face of GH fans and the show and some think this is ok ? Shame!

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    su0000 replied

    Never forget how many of GH vets the all time favorites that FV and RC have brought back into GH.. And more coming back..
    RC is 100% focusing on GH and it’s fans by the bringing back of many of the vets !!
    And RC is giving up-front stories to GH favs that have been backed burned for years that are now in great stories..
    So- the bringing back of popular vets/fan favs, and giving the seldom used backed-burned GH as Tracy and Monica even Luke, the greats, into good stories speaks for its-self..

    cynthia replied

    when OLTL members came to GH i felt it was completely ridiculous. i only started watching GH again when i became curious of jason and sam having a baby.

    cynthia replied

    in more than 20 yrs i’ve never watched any soaps not from ABC. no more ABC soaps…..SCARY

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  55. dani says:

    I would think every time John coos over baby Danny it will make Jolie and Jasam fans want to hurl . Nothing worse then an absentee father (trying to be nice here) making a fuss over someone else’s kid. This story has made John look bad and they are throwing Natalie under the bus and MA isn’t even getting a paycheck. Time for Natalie to come to GH and take matters into her own hands. And Liam too…

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    su0000 replied

    John is not the John of OLTL he is now John of GH, a different life, a different time for the McBain character..
    Looking at him and expecting him to the same John of OL is futile ..
    Natalie is not with GH and is not being thrown under a bus, she died with OL..
    McBain has been Nat free for near a year now, there is no John and Natalie, just rare mentions of her..

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  56. Patrick says:

    maybe…. down the road….. when… McBain and Sam and daniel edward are established… and to bring in Natalie… in the future… would really resonate with fans…

    immediate triangle action….

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  57. Angel says:

    I love John & Sam and hope they go there with him, making them a couple. I would much prefer that they get settled in a relationship though, before any outside influences and triangles- but it’s a soap, so I know that’s probably unrealistic. lol

    I think John & Sam have more chemistry than I’ve seen in a soap couple in a long time- on GH and OLTL. The chemistry they had in their Port Charles days is still there, still hot and sizzling, and it would be a shame not to utilize it! They are the main reason I watch GH right now…when they are not together in scenes, I don’t have as much interest as I do when they are spotlighted.

    They are one of the best things to happen to this show! <3

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  58. Nana says:

    Time to nattalie come

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  59. Andrew says:

    As a long time fan of both shows, I like the new GH with characters from OLTL. While it’s a nice fantasy to believe that GH as it stood prior to 2012 could last without the infusion of OLTL characters and thus, fans, it’s just that, a fantasy. For better or worse, the choice to integrate was a good creative decision for the genre, the network and fans. True, I haven’t always liked some of what they’ve done with the characters (Cole & Hope and having John fall for Sam) but the new environment has given new dimensions to Todd and it’s great to see John play hardball with characters that have too often gotten a free ride just because they’re the shows ‘leads’.

    And frankly, if bringing on OLTL characters means less airtime for the mobhogs, please bring on MORE.

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    Anthony R replied

    Andrew I agree with you. Anything that lessens the airtime for the mob is great with me. It is insulting how all the GH mob-related characters have always been written with a sense of entitlement. Sonny and Jason have always been written as if they have a right to kill the other bad guys -somehow their actions are always “justified’ – bs. And I think that’s what made me dislike those characters over these past years. Bring on more and more OLTL characters! Maybe ultimately ABC will just split the hour-long GH in two and reinstitute OLTL as a 30-minute soap.

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  60. Lisa says:

    As on OLTL fan, I cannot get into GH. I do not care for Starr and Blair. It seems ridiculous that John would stay in another city while his son and girlfriend are in Llanview. I do not see any chemistry between John and Sam. I guess a lot of posters like them together as they were apparently paired together as vampires on Gh in the past (only in soap land!). The character of John has changed so much that I cannot imagine that a lot of OLTL fans would tune in to see him. I would start watching GH again if Natalie came on. I watched a few weeks ago when Tea was on. She is such a better actress than most of the GH cast. Of course, I would like to see Viki, Clint, Jessica, and David, etc. come also. I also cannot believe that GH has no diversity in its cast. The only other character I liked was Heather, but I guess she is gone for now. As another poster stated, I am still upset that GH took OLTL’s time slot, producer, writer, and director. It was almost as if ABC realized too late that OLTL should not have been cancelled. Oh well, Melissa Archer seems to be a well-spoken and generally nice person. I wish her success.

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    cynthia replied

    all those oltl cast members gh would be too much. it would be better if they admit their mistake and just bring oltl back. honestly i could live fine without all my children though.

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  61. Gentry Ashmore says:

    Bring on Natalie and watch the ratings soar. When she first arrived in Llanview in 2001, I hated her but very quickly (due to fantastic acting and story lines), Natalie has become one of my all time favorite characters after watch Soaps for 40 years.

    As to the GH fans who say we don’t need OLTL, GH wouldn’t have survived this year without OLTL’s executive producer, head writer and actors. They brought GH back to life and I am a GH fan but gave up on it 8 years ago because the storylines were so bad.

    As for John and Natalie, watch 9 years of you tube videos and see for yourself how fantastic this couple is. John comes alive only for Natalie. Shame on Ron and Frank for messing with this couple. They have ratings gold with them and they threw it away. With everything that’s happening in the world and in peoples’ lives, it might be nice to keep watching a couple who truly love each other and are there for each other instead of all the cheating and betrayal.

    Women loved watching John McBain because he was loyal and loved Natalie and stuck by her no matter what. I can’t even watch his character anymore. This isn’t John McBain but merely a shell of who he was.

    It’s back to romance novels for me where there is a happily ever after. Too bad that never happens with a soap couple. Ron and Frank should try it sometime. It might be very refreshing and ratings gold.

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    Emily replied

    I 100% agree:) I watch John & Nat on youtube all the time.

    Now John is meandering on GH, says a few lines, no impact, etc.. leaves scene. He had a life w/Nat and Liam, now not much in PC. Has a concocted “connection” w/Sam and “FBI days w/Anna”. Pretty much foes or indiff w/everyone else. He’s playing detective & not officially one in PC. The storyline is missing alot of beats (not even going to bring up the “dead sister”, oops:) Nat & Liam would change all that, a shot in the arm.

    I too took to romance novels over the summer, then my kids went back to school…Now turning to Derek and Meredith of “Grey’s” as a hot couple on tv. I’m hoping the writers turn up the heat more:) Need my tv couple fix.

    Bring on Nat!!!:)

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    maddiehayes replied

    Amen! Give me a “one-woman-man” EVERY time over a fickle, “love the one you’re with” bed-hopper.
    We love a couple because they are ROMANTIC and, even though they may be torn apart, what they really want is EACH OTHER. Who wants to watch a man with no heart and soul, who disregards his family so he can go chase the latest floozy he has a “connection” with?! Not me! I want to see a LOVE story!

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    Gentry Ashmore replied

    Ditto! It doesn’t get better than John and Natalie when they are a team and romantically together. You don’t want to even watch anyone else. There are so many amazing adventures they could have on GH solving crimes together and being put in danger.

    Melissa Archer is so talented and can hold her own against anyone. GH should welcome her with open arms. She would only make the show better and improve ratings.

    Nice to know that other folks want to see a “one-woman man” over a man without heart and soul. Frank and Ron, bring back the real John McBain and reunite him with Natalie.

    He never really worked with Blair and Marty. Sam’s a poor substitute. No fire and no chemistry.

  62. Robert says:

    Team Natalie all the way. Bring Melissa Archer on board now!!!

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  63. Jenn says:

    I think it’s really sad how the producer of OLTL would totally disregard one of the reasons why fans kept watching that show & that was John & Natalie, for the storyline of Sam & John because of a Port Charles storyline! let’s face it, it’s not like that show was even around 1/2 as long as either GH or OLTL so to try to recreate whatever pairing went on in that show to totally disreard characterrs that a) had way more chemistry & b) had way more fans rooting for them, just totally turns me off from watching GH!!!!! After everything John & Natalue went through to get back together after Marty, Brody & finding out Liam was actually John’s, to now say Natalie has found someone to explain why John is staying in Port Charles & why Natalie & Liam aren’t joining him just totally disregards the fans that kept the show going & to me is total crap! I have been watching both GH & OLTL for almost 30 years but after saying Natalie met someone else just insults my intelligence! I have no interest in watching GH anymore! People are really sick of “The Mob” & instead of building the show around…..oh I don’t know maybe the hospital since that’s what the show is named for, it’s just always about the mob. I was so excited when they brought over members of the cast of OLTL & actually wanted to watch the GH again for that exact reason but to have John having feelings for Sam & killing off the fan favorite, Jason, instead of trying to recast him just reinforces my decision that I have no desire to watch this show anymore! Great job Valentini maybe you can get this show canceled as well!

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    christy replied

    I understand what you are saying and why you feel the way that you do but Ron Valentini is just trying to deal with the hand that he was dealt after OLTL was cancelled and then the Prospect Park thing fell through.

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    cynthia replied

    you make a lot ofgood points but p.s. it was jason’s decision to leave the show. i bet they intend to write the storyline so he can come back if he chooses.

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  64. Jen says:

    I loved this interview! I thought Melissa Archer seems very classy and professional. I like that she has positive things to say about the John and Sam pairing and that she seems very support of her former cast mates and creative team. She is open to bringing Natalie to GH if it makes sense but isn’t taking things personally. I know that a lot of her fans would love her on GH and I like that she is being professional and open minded and not getting her fans riled up in and attempt to get work. Someone needs to send this interview to Kassie Depaive so she knows how it’s suppose to be done!

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    christy replied

    I’ve never seen Kassie Depaive get upset for not getting asked to come to General Hospital. Do you know something that I don’t? Kassie has always carried herself in a very professional manner and to say anything otherwise is disrespect for the actress.

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  65. joanna says:

    i want john/sam relationship, these 2 are dynamic together. they have such great chemistry. gh will be making a mistake if they don’t utilize them. regarding natalie, i have no need to see her on gh. i don’t have any interest in a love triangle with john/sam/nat had enough with jason/sam//liz. i never saw chemistry with john and nat like he has with sam.

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  66. cynthia says:

    i would luv to see her. even without a mcbain connection. she was my favorite character of ALL soaps. but, would like to see her and carly as bffs. THAT would make for plenty of good story lines.

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  67. Moviegal says:

    I don’t want her anywhere near GH – they have a very strong cast and a casting director with a strong eye for talent. They have McBam fans chomping at the bit waiting for the respectful period of mourning SB’s leaving the show to be over – and for both of these characters, who have amazing chemistry, to be able to move forward. I think that FV/RC have been very respectful to the JaSam fan base, which is as it should be, and then it’s time to move on…and there’s absolutely no need for Nat to come to Port Charles – there’s a couple of more OLTL characters that deserve to be here much more than Natalie.

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  68. susan M. says:

    I like Melissa Archer & would like to see her on Gh !!!! After all her & John went threw. And finally back together on last show of OLTL…She should at least make an appearance on GH….And Viki should pay a visit to Todd & Starr… Alway’s liked John with Natalie…And they have a child too….This makes the connection even stronger…

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  69. JAISAM/MCBAMFANS says:

    LETS GIVE JOHN AND SAM A TRY!!! FIRST

    ALSO I WOULD LIKE LIAM AND DANIEL TO BE BEST BUDS!!!!

    I KNOW THE PURIST WILL BE MAD

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  70. OLTL Kenny says:

    Come on Frank And Ron reunite Natalie and Liam with John. It’s not fair, and bring nat’s mom Vickie and sis Jessica with Natalie when she visits John.

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  71. D Medina says:

    I would love to see Melssa Archer on General Hospital. She is a wonderful actress and would add spark and beauty to the story.

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  72. Laurie Kern says:

    Now that Jason is believed to be dead. Sam and John are growing closer. I keep waiting to hear music to my ears. They are bringing in one great red head to stir it up. I hope some day soon they bring Mellisa Archer to the GH.

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  73. Diana says:

    I would love to see Natalie and Liam come to GH and reconcile with John. I would like a new actor to come and win Sam’s heart. I think the actor who played Brody on OLTL would be perfect for Sam.

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  74. Diana says:

    I agree with Jenn above. They should have recast Jason and reunite him with his real son, not let him be dead. There are several muscular actors out there that would be perfect for Sam”

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  75. karen says:

    I want to see Natalie and Liam go to Geeral Hospial. But I would really like one Life to Live TO COME BACK ON.

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  76. Dee says:

    I would love to see natalie come in later on in the show, I think the thing with natalie and john getting together when OLTO was going off the air sucks, i would love to see their love blossom later on, on GH.

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