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69 January 24th, 2014 Rick Hearst Returns to General Hospital as Ric Lansing!

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Another casting great blast from the past from General Hospital!  None other than very popular actor, and three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Rick Hearst is back filming at the ABC soap opera reprising his role as Ric Lansing, the brother of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard)!

According to Soap Opera Digest, Rick will first air on the upcoming February 24th episode! And when fans last saw Ric Lansing in 2009, he was headed out to Los Angeles, but left with these parting words:  “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be back.”

Hearst is also very familiar to soap audiences for his portrayal of Alan-Michael Spaulding on Guiding Light, Whip Jones on The Bold and the Beautiful, and Matt Clark on The Young and the Restless!

So what brings Ric back to Port Charles?  Does he become involved in the Jerome vs. Corinthos mob war? What do you think about the news that Rick Hearst is returning to GH?  Let us know!

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  1. MBmomof3 says:

    WOW! February sweeps should be amazing! Can’t wait.

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    GH50 replied

    And this is the issue. Ron and Frank know that Franco, Silas, Kiki, Sabrina etc, do not drive ratings, yet these characters and their story lines dominate. They then bring in some vets to get people to tune in, and as you so astutely point out, during sweeps.

    Actors and characters who generate ratings should be on contract and have main story lines. Doesn’t it stand to reason that ratings would be consistently higher? I think it’s pretty obvious what the pattern is here.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    You have a valid point GH50.

    ashenroth replied

    I want rick back…hope he’s returning and that wasn’t just a tease…he’s one of my fav vets on the show great actor always has real chemistry on the show I want him back!!! But….I also want my boy steve Burton back to I’m so mad about that I could scream…want Robin back as well…I agree with previous posts concerning vets and newbies we need the vets with bigger story lines for sure…

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  2. Carole says:

    I’ve been waiting for this! If only Faih Rosco wasn’t dead!

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    Cindy replied

    That has never stopped GH. How fun that would be.

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    Carole replied

    I was teasinng Cynthia a while back that you never know! LOL!

    SZima replied

    Dead is NEVER dead!

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  3. Edward says:

    awesome… i said it two weeks ago with Molly…that he was needed…now could be interested if he sides with Julian….

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  4. GH50 says:

    Rick is a great actor and the character of Ric Lansing has been missed. But I fear this is just more bait before the switch. Just more of the Ron/Frank shell game. The Newbies consistently dominate the show but then you get a vet returning to make sure people tune in. They’ll probably give in and meet Genie Francis’s demands and bring her back in the next few months as well, but not give Laura the proper story and respect she deserves.

    They know the show can’t survive on the likes of Howarth, Castillo, Easton, Alderson etc, but instead of trimming their stories or cutting them entirely, they pull casting stunts with vets to get people to tune in, then when fans are just about disgusted and ready to tune out, they wave a treat in front of our faces so we come back.

    I wish Ron and Frank would abandon their personal agenda and stop manipulating and then disappointing the fans. Why not just write and produce GH? Have the Vets and legacy characters have main story lines and include some newbies. I’m sure that formula would work and I bet ratings would be more consistent and higher.

    And speaking of ratings, yes they were up during the polar vortex, the following week, Jan 13-17, ratings are down double digits. People tuned in and saw an entire week of Franco, Silas etc and didn’t rush to come back. Ratings will be up again this week Jan 20-24, but again, blizzard and freezing temps.

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    mfarris70 replied

    Every writer and producer has “an agenda,” or as I think of it, a vision for the show. Just because you don’t like what you see doesn’t mean there’s some evil plot happening behind the scenes at GH.

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    Cindy Allen replied

    I think we are all upbeat and hope full about Genie Francis coming back I would hope with the Victor story that she would be back soon. All of her fans miss her a lot.

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Not the same without Genie Francis–she adds class to GH. And, boy, is it ever in need of class, right now!

  5. Sam says:

    Yesss! Finally! He’s the one I’ve been waiting for, cannot wait to see him!

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    Li replied

    Me too! I’ve been waiting on his return. I hope it’ll be a good storyline!

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  6. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    See…old favorites return, so just because Kim M. is leaving at the moment to do her thang, she can always come back again if she wants to and has the time…so whether you like them or not…much of Gh’s renewed success is because of Frank and Ron. Now i agree the show has some problems but if it werent for the current regime i sincerly doubt we’d be commenting on the show right now…it wouldve been gone two years ago!

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  7. Jay says:

    I have been waiting for this for at least a year. So excited he’s coming back!!

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  8. rebecca1 says:

    Always liked him. Hope it’s not just a short visit…lots of drams there…his history with Sam, Molly’s dad…Sonny’s brother…Alexis’ ex…will he be on the Corinthos side or lash out at his brother. Maybe a tryst with Ava? Hmmmm……

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    SZima replied

    A tryst with Ava…not THAT would be interesting! She IS kinda like Faith Rosco!

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    rebecca1 replied

    haha! I had forgotten about Faith Rosco!

  9. Rosanna says:

    FABULOUS!!!!! his storyline did not end the way it was intended and lets hope his return has him on Sonny`s side!!!

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  10. Cookie says:

    Omggggg !!!!!!! Liz and Ric!!!!’

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  11. ethel says:

    it’s about time!!

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  12. Sarah says:

    Love that he is coming back on GH!!! Can’t wait for all the drama!!! Alexis with all her baby daddies in town!!!

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  13. untilwemeetagain says:

    This is great news (even though I still want Spin back and won’t give up on it). I adored LiRic until the writers trashed them, so I’d love to see that rebuilt again. Plus, I think he’s a great actor and another one that can do anything. I just hope RC writes for him because RC is a lot of flash but not a lot of substance so far. I need something else to keep me tuned in on a regular basis.

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  14. vikkye says:

    i cant wait!!!! i love ric!!! welcome back!!!

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  15. su0000 says:

    I can only hope that Ric Lansing,/Sonny’s brother will be in Sonny’s 2 man mob to make Sony’s mob a 3 man mob!!
    hahah haa ‘mob’ my hind end lol ..

    It is two old gangsta’s trying to get even with each other from the past, long gone mob…

    But!! their family situations are awesome!!
    Love the “Jerome family they are so messed up lol..
    Love the Corinthos family and all their problems..

    It really is about the 2 families trying to take the other down, no actual mob involved..

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    Johnny replied

    I dont know why you keep saying there is no mob involved. Lol. Mob…mafia…organized crime…career criminals…murderers…whatever name you use it still means the same thing. Thats what they are….mobsters…and thats what they do….crime.

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  16. Bold says:

    He is an awesome actor!!! Loved him as Matt Clark in y r. GH is taking all the best ones!! GH rocks!!

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  17. Charday says:

    Oh, god, all we need is more of Sonny’s cronies. Blech.

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    Johnny replied

    Amen.

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  18. Rod says:

    YAY!!! YAY!!! YAY!!!!!
    This is sooooooo AWESOME!!!!

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  19. Tom says:

    So glad he’s back in Soap Land. His role as Alan-Michael is one of my earliest soap memories.

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  20. clh says:

    Yes!! Love this guy and love the character. Can you say Ric/Alexis/Julian triangle?!

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  21. Suzanne says:

    Love that he is coming back. Looking forward to seeing Molly & RIc’s reunion. Heck looking forward to Sonny & Ric, Liz & Ric, Alexis & Ric too!

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  22. Elhu says:

    Great news, love Rick Hearst and his GH character Ric Lansing.

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  23. Sly says:

    Love him. I can’t wait to see him.

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  24. lll says:

    I know I’m in the minority but I like the Jerome/Corinthos Mob war. I’ve been saying that Sonny needs someone to lean on that isn’t Sean, Duke or Olivia but family. I wanted Ric Lansing to come back from the start and I’m so glad he’s coming back. I know they have too many people on the show but he is welcome. Hope he stays long term (and get rid of Nathan).

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    su0000 replied

    You are not in the ”minority”
    There are millions who like the mob stuff, it is just that they are all happy about those stories and are not on the boars complaining and bitching about it, ‘cus we are a happy mob lovers, no complaints..
    We are legion!! We are are many!! We are the silent happy fans!!

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  25. aria says:

    does this mean Liz will bet a story or airtime then hey welcome back, but we’ll see!

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  26. Sam says:

    Now if only they could get Tamara Braun back as the REAL Carly and have Laura Wright’s character as a fake, that would be marvelous.

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  27. Allen Saint James says:

    He was overused in the past. His rivalry with Sonny went stale years ago . Hopefully. A new angle and a short stay

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  28. toscanti says:

    Ric with Ava Jerome would really rock the house! Just sayin! For everyone complaining about Frank and Ron, Would you rather have that soap killing dictator Jill farren Phelps back? I will gladly let you take her as she is killing my favorite soap Y&R.

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  29. Shay says:

    So “Ms. 3X3′s” trio of babydaddies will finally be complete, present and accounted for on the GH canvas….nice one, just what Port Charles needs: another creepy freak blast from the past…as if Scotty and his gross, sleazy, disgusting love scenes with Lucy aren’t stomach-churning enough…now we’ll have another twisted legacy predator to lurk in Port Charles! And yet, Noah Drake can’t return with all the upheaval in his son’s life? The Frisco-dissing continues so as to further tarnish his character’s reputation, making a return highly unlikely and the nearest Blackie will seemingly ever reach to making a reappearance in his hometown will be on those adorable yogurt spots that run between the show’s scenes.

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  30. liz says:

    Why are they bringing him back? To wreck his character just like they did to all the vets. Glad I stopped watching this show so I don’t have to watch them destroy more of the vets but sad I waited two years to years to stop. I have watch GH for 38 years but it should of been 36 years with all the crap they have written.

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    Rusty replied

    What do you mean, “wreck his character?” His character was a spineless POS to begin with! We are talking about the guy who chained a pregnant woman to a wall and kept her hidden while he was married to Liz! This is the man who tried to take Molly away from her mother who was fighting cancer! Who threatened to send Alexis to jail for smoking pot to relieve her pain if she didn’t give up custody of Molly. And this is the same man who is weak and impotent standing in the shadow of his half brother Sonny. I hate that he’s coming back. It just may be what keeps me from watching altogether. I would rather watch Robin and her self-righteous, judgmental, bossy attitude every day than see Rick come back. And make no mistake, he is NO vet. Please don’t ever put him the same category as Luke, Laura, Monica, and Tracy. THEY are vets.

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    Shay replied

    Thank you, Rusty! I can totally understand people enjoying Hearst as an actor based upon his previous soap characters, but I’ll never get how one can derive pleasure from his portrayal of Ric. That is one very sick, slimy dude and I was thrilled when he left Port Charles the last time around…..the whole Sonny, Trevor, Ric storyline was disgusting, as was the Sam-Ric romp. I realize at the time KM’s role was that of a bad girl who detested her birth mother and was seeking revenge, but since then she has evolved into a much better person and a mother herself, so I hardly look forward to her being reminded of her darker days. Unnecessary, just plain unnecessary….

  31. Michael S says:

    Outstanding news! GH just keeps getting better and better!

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  32. mfarris70 says:

    I have some well-intentioned advice to the GH fans who don’t like show right now. Write a letter explaining what you don’t like about the show and why. Send it to Frank Valentini and all of the executives at ABC. This would be a rational way to share your opinion with people who have the ability to change the show. Posting theories about how Valentini and Ron Carlivati are purposely shutting out veterans, have “an agenda” or are secretly working to get the show canceled and other wild conspiracy theories are not helping your cause or the actors you care so much about– and I know you do. These posts just make you seem loony and therefore not listened to.

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  33. k/kay says:

    I really think RH is a great talent but somehow they will screw this up unless it is a pet of RC or a newbie he just can’t write for them. Have not been impressed by one past actor he has brought back. Anna/FH started out fine now she is presented as a keystone cop.

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  34. Dan says:

    Excellent news! Great actor, great character. GH continues to be on fire!

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  35. Linda says:

    Glad Ric Lansing is back! We know Molly will be happy but what about Alexis and Liz?

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  36. bearzy says:

    OMG!! He is such a great actor.. Thank You, my prayers have been answered.. :0

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  37. andrea says:

    why is everyone complaining about GH?? Yes its been slow lately but there is always the calm before the storm!! Don’t worry it will be must see TV soon enough!!!!!!

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  38. Jeff says:

    Sarah Brown and Laura Wright have been the best Carlies, not Tamara Braun.

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  39. Rodd says:

    Rick is brilliant! Am SO looking forward to seeing him on screen.

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  40. heidi says:

    Glad to see Rick coming back!!!

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  41. Tim says:

    I think Rick should be the Jerome family attorney.

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  42. Aria says:

    Uncle rick will hook up with Ava n poor little Morgan will not like that yet another family member has stolen another gf..

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  43. Tim says:

    How about Rick some how being the one that rescues Carly?

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  44. GHFan060 says:

    Yeah Dante needs to meet his uncle..hmm how will that work out I wonder.

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  45. Rose says:

    Ohhhh I missed this notice. awesome!

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  46. rachie says:

    It would be nice if he came back with family loyalty. Hes a great actor and nice on the eyes let him be arrogant in a good way. Please no more sleezy schemes like before

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  47. Robert says:

    Ric is back because he is funding Baird Enterprises which funds Julian Jerome. Ric has always wanted to get revenge on Sonny and this is his revenge. He will reconnect with Molly. If Nicolas does not go back to Elizabeth, Ric will. This should set up an interesting dynamic and then there wil be play between Alexis and Ric. Ava will likely make a play but that will interfere with her plan to off her brother. No funding no family. Molly will have her father back. How will that play into the mix. Welcome back Ric. You always prove to be amazing.

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  48. rg says:

    Super excited!

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  49. gerri says:

    thrilled he’s back !!!!!

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  50. Ingrid says:

    Ric is so great on gh! Super excited to see where the relationship goes with Elizabeth this time. Hope Ric turns things around with everyone and can be portrayed as a good guy on the show and stick around for a very long time! Rick Hearst is so talented and attractive- he truly adds a lot to the show! He’s a Keeper!

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  51. P marquise says:

    Richard Hearst done an outstanding job on his return to gh.

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  52. alisha says:

    Please put ric back on general hospital please and just go ahead and take luke off the show please for Elizabeth can be happy again and put nickols back with Elizabeth and get rid of Brett. For once kill her off and put Patrick with Elizabeth.

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