Where else but on General Hospital can a game show host turn out to be an ex-Madam’ turned Cosmetic mogul? Of course, we took some license with that, but this Friday marks the return of Who Wants To Be A Millonaire’s, Meredith Viera to GH ten years after her last visit.
Viera’s guest stint is part of planned crossover that GH fans will have to wait till this coming April – when Jason Thompson, Finola Hughes, Ian Buchanan and head writer, Ron Carlivati appear on an episode of the hit syndicated game show just in time for GH’s upcoming 50th Anniversary!
In the meantime, Viera returns to Port Charles this week as ex-call girl Madam Bree Flanders who seems to have moved up in the world aligning herself with the returning Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring)! In an exclusive interview with TV Guide, Viera fills on in on her return and more! Here are a few fun excerpts below!
Viera on what’s become of her GH alter-ego Bree: “Well, she’s no longer providing comfort to men! Lynn Herring returns to the show as Lucy Coe and it turns out Bree is her senior VP of marketing at CoeCoe Cosmetics. Sabrina and Felix are desperately trying to get a meeting with Lucy but first they have to go through me. [Laughs] But, really, not much has changed for Bree. Prostitution. Makeup. Hey, it’s all sales.”
Viera on the upcoming reveal that Bree used to work for Renee Divine (Patricia Elliot) when she was a Madam in Vegas utilizing some crossover tidbit from OLTL: “Really? Yeah, before Bree became a madam in her own right she used to work for a madam named Renee at a whorehouse in Reno, Nevada, but nobody told me Renee was a character the audience would know! That’s so cool! They probably didn’t want to load me down with too much information. They were probably thinking, “Let’s hope the poor thing can get through this!” These soaps move so fast, you know. So much faster than 10 years ago!”
Viera on the GH peeps who fans will see in the crossover – as they play “Millionaire” come April!: “Yes, we have Finola Hughes (Anna), Jason Thompson (Patrick), Ian Buchanan (Duke) and (head writer) Ron Carlivati coming on Millionaire. It’ll air around GH‘s 50th anniversary in April. Such terrific people! I’ve had some wonderful opportunities thanks to these crazy jobs of mine, particularly Millionaire and The View and Today. I played a party planner on All My Children and someone threw a pot at me. I even got to dance with the Rockettes on opening night of their Christmas show at Radio City, which I took very seriously. That’s sacred stuff and they normally don’t allow it. Of course, I stood out like a sore thumb because they’re all ridiculously tall compared to me.”
So what do you think of the idea of Meredith’s Bree working with Herring’s Lucy Coe? And, what do you think of the powerhouse GH foursome that was chosen to play “Millionaire”? Good team? Let us know!