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59 March 18th, 2014 Welcome Zachary Garred To General Hospital!

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Over the past few weeks in the rumor mill has been that Australian-born actor Zachary Garred has joined the cast of General Hospital as a personal guru and free spirit said to be a sidekick to Maxie named Levi, when Kirsten Storms (Maxie) returns on-air which will be soon.  The fan favorite actress is now back from her maternity leave and filming brand new episodes of the ABC soap.

Today, Kirsten confirmed via social media with a tweet that Zachary is indeed now part of the GH family: “Tweeters! Follow our new #GH homie @ZJGarred ! (He’s pretty funny)”

After Storms tweeted her welcome, GH fans from all over also took to Twitter to welcome Zachary to which he responded to many tweets! Very cool, indeed! Garret later tweeted that his first airdate will be on April 3rd.

Some of the talented Mr. Garred’s credits include: Foreign Exchange, Out of the Blue and the Aussie soaps, Home and Away and All Saints! 

Are you looking forward to seeing how Zachary Garred is paired in scenes with Kirsten Storms?  Let us know your thoughts!

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  1. su0000 says:

    whoopee !! Zachary Garred !!!
    He is great!!
    He most likely will be a lighter character??
    He has natural humor ..
    Looking forward to this!!

    I like new character mixed in with the old, it creates more stories and nothing get stale..
    The GH stars hold the show and all revolves around them and to throw something new in the mix is always good and Zachary Garred is a good addition!! :)
    ((I can see him and Kirsten Storms as working very well together)

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    Marjorie Manford replied

    GH doesn’t mix new and old characters like that wish they did . On GH the new people take over with a couple of few exceptions. yet another new addition Ron has a way of making new characters so annoying and stupid that i give up on them pretty quickly. His very cute hope he can act Frank like to hire hottie’s who can’t act .Wish this new character was a q.

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    harry replied

    If they can’t get NP back as Ethan, why couldn’t this guy be recast as Ethan? There’s so many new characters now that I need a cheat sheet just to watch.

  2. boes says:

    Oh great. Just what Maxie needs – a new sidekick. Why do I think I’ll be missing Spinelli real soon?

    TPTB could have really pushed the envelope and given Maxie something she’s never had before – a brain.

    But seriously????? ANOTHER NEWBIE??? Unless the show is expanding to two hours we don’t need another vehicle for Ron C. to amuse himself with his own cleverness.

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    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Maybe they are going for that mega soap Prospect Park claimed in that lawsuit…to give Maxi a brain TPTB need one first…

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    Reagan replied

    Why didn’t they make him the new Ethan and at least have the Spencer connection…

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I agree Reagan…he might have made an interesting Ethan and at least be a character we are familiar with…

    Johnny replied

    Raegan…..that was my FIRST thought when I heard Australian and saw this dude’s picture. However….this regime needs Ethan OFF the canvas so they have built in excuses to write veterans off in disappointing ways. We dont want Tristan Rogers anymore?….lets write him off by saying Ethan is in trouble. Tony Geary needs ANOTHER vacation? Lets ship him off to help Ethan. With the way Cartini disrespects the vets on this show, the character of Ethan is more valuable to them offscreen. On an unrelated note….has anyone else picked up the fact that TJ’s mom is calling him Tommy?? As in Hardy?? And something that makes me laugh….Sean is a freakin’ murderer!!!!!!!! What could Jordan have done that is worse than that??????????? What stupid writing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have had a week now of Sonny ranting that he is a better father than AJ, and Sean claiming TJ is better off with him. The fact that the writers can write such completely delusional sociopaths, yet not even realize they are writing them that way (they are still presented as good guys) is a very scary comment on their mental faculties.

  3. Jules says:

    Time and again I think GH couldn’t possibly stuff in another character to their hideously bloated cast – and not just any new characters, newbies – and time and again I am proven wrong.

    How foolish can management get?

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    Kevin replied

    There is room for a new character every week at “GH.” :)

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    Ces replied

    I wish they’d send Michael & Kiki packing. The two most annoying characters on this show!!

    Johnny replied

    Michael is only annoying when he calls the murdering thug who kidnapped him as a child “dad”. When he is around his REAL family, the Quartermaines, he is eminently likeable.

    GH50 replied

    So glad this guy is coming on and TIIC couldn’t bring themselves to write for AJ and the QUARTERMAINE family! Who wants to see that? Two years after this regime has taken over, GH is a sorry mess. What a disaster. ABC must be so thrilled with all the negativity out there from the fans. Actors leaving. The head writer acting out on twitter and ratings trending down.

    This new guy, Donna Mills…that’s GH. This will solve all their problems. And BTW, great introduction with Donna Mills. On for two days, has two boring conversations with two boring characters and now she’s been off for days. Great entrance. Great pacing and continuity. So funny how these guys come in with some bells and whistles and we read about how great they are. I have watched soaps for 35 years. GH, DOOL, Another World, Ryan’s Hope…I have never seen a show so lacking in quality on almost every level. Writing, Pacing, Storylines, Drama, emotional connections. Still has some fine acting, but some duds as well. More than I’ve ever seen on GH though. But hey, Zachary Garred, welcome to the show…

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    David replied

    All ABC looks at our th enumbers, they could care less what people are saying on the internet. The GH numbers continue to be up from one year ago thats what ABC looks at. They could care less about a person going online every day talking negative about the show. When people stop watching and the numbers drop to levels from 2 and years ago then ABC won’t be happy. But if the numbers continue to be up from the previous year and in many case up from the previous 2 years, then ABC is happy.

    Johnny replied

    Love love love your post. Cartini is running this show into the ground. They couldnt be doing any better a job of it even if they were hires to tank it!!

    harry replied

    Well said GH50–pretty soon you’re going to have to change your handle from GH50 to GH86!
    And what’s Robocop’s story? I don’t even know who he is and who he’s connected to. His chest is a better actor than he is.

    GH50 replied

    No David, ABC expects continued growth. If the ratings stay where they are, hovering around 3 million and actually below lately, they’re not happy. If they go down at all, and that’s the trend, they’re not happy. Just being up from 2 years ago or a year ago isn’t enough. Not when CBS soaps are drowning it in the ratings.

    Shay replied

    Is that a rhetorical question, Jules????? Because it would appear that “Cartini” have no limits in the “foolishness” department! To continue trashing, then disposing of one popular legacy character after another, i.e., Frisco, Laura, Robin, Scorpio, and now AJ, is just beyond stupid….they have alienated the most enduring and loyal viewer base that the show has with all of their ill-contrived and undignified departures, and their latest may just be one too many. Sat back and relaxed during the past few days with the SK debacle to see how it all went down, and it would seem not well at any of the most popular soap websites. Ron completely confirmed that he is an immature, thin-skinned individual who cannot withstand any criticism whatsoever and if there were any doubt before now, then his tacky, classless comments regarding SK proved it. If he thinks parading yet another bunch of his unimaginative, boring newbies on our screens is going to make us forget about his deplorable behavior and the vets that he sacrificed for his latest placeholders, he has another thing coming.

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  4. Charday says:

    Love his hair-do!

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  5. David J. says:

    We can’t write for AJ but we can write for this hippie? Why does Ron still have a job?

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  6. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    GH has had a couple of good moments the last few weeks and im enjoying the Silas mystery but the show is going overboard with the almost constant additions while some characters they already have are sorely under used with barely any airtime…no wonder Tristian R. and Sean K. jumped ship…newbies are fine and refreshen the show…even the vets were newbies one time but this shows bloated cast and loss of vets will eventually cost the show viewers sooner or later…ive seen this happen on several daytime soaps…long running serials like Another World, The Doctors, and Love Of Life were barely recognizable when they ended their runs…too many changes killed them! Frank and Ron have great ideas but execute them poorly…they need to slow down the almost weekly additions and start concentrate more on character driven storylines with the characters they have and balancing the cast…add newbies slowly, more character connection and make them backburner instead of putting them too quickly front and center!!!

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    Mary SF replied

    Great ideas that never get finished —like what happened to the Spa Lucy was opening? Where is Mylo? What happened to Max– last I saw him he was shot, it was critical and everyone was standing vigil at his bedside— is he still there? did he recover? And where is Felix’s sister? They hired this new girl to play her and now she is gone? Does Lulu even own her bar on that boat anymore? And did the cops ever find that poor guy Heather killed who was there to checkout the noise in the tunnels? And now they are creating another character, they better put a string around RC’s finger to remind him he is there otherwise he might go off to mediate in a bedroom and never been seen again.

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    4everDAYS replied

    Is it too much for GH to ask their fans to keep a diary or score card? Maybe taking notes would be good. Somebody should tell the writers that most viewers refuse to use shorthand. OH, I know, they should have writers to rewrite what is written!!!

    4everDAYS replied

    The guy that Heather killed could have been stashed away in an undiscovered bedroom in Sabrina’s magic apartment!!! LOL

    4everDAYS replied

    Maybe what’s happening is something like The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The newbies are taking place of the loved ones!

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I know…those disappeared characters and Lucys spa should be explained…ive seen this happen on other serials in the past but it happens on GH way too often…i was a fan of Ron C., especially after his final year of writing OLTL but he is starting to loose me as a fan and will if he doesnt get his act together!!!

    smoochie replied

    Great notes .and observations.

  7. Mary SF says:

    Are they all going to live in Maxi’s apartment with Nathan? If so won’t it be crowded? Or will it be like Sabrina’s magic apartment that always has bedrooms enough for everyone who needs one, Britt, Felix, Sabrina, Carlos, Felix’s sister– does she still exist or was she written off the show? Does RC even know? LOL

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    4everDAYS replied

    LOL, your funny!

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    4everDAYS replied

    Correction: you’re funny!

    missellie replied

    MarySF — you are too funny but sadly, you speak the truth! At least in the old days, the Brownstone had rooms for everyone and stories had a natural flow. I have only watched a few episodes in the past six weeks and none of them are good. I miss my old GH….it is not recognizable anymore.

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    smoochie replied

    LOL on your comments, you nailed it. It’s also sad because the show is going from the ridiculous to the sublime. If I were just tuning in as new viewer I probably would not watch GH for very long. As a viewer of 40 years it is so frustrating and hurtful to watch my show become practically unrecognizable except for some tidbits thrown in occasionally to reveal some past history I had cautious high hopes in the beginning of the Cartini take over because of the rapid reveals and interesting story lines which were character and not plot driven. Sadly that didn’t last very long.

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  8. Johnny says:

    The scenes between Nothin’ West and his mommy were painful enough to watch. WHY…seriously…would this show grab a high voltage performer like Donna Mills…. and link her in story to two of he dullest, most monotone actors in daytime who have no historical connection to the show and limited viewer involvement at best????? Something has gone majorly askew with Cartini’s vision for this show.

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    Reagan replied

    Well said!

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    Tim replied

    I agree, detective West must have his lines written on his Abs! He is the worst!

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    David replied

    Because the idea of a veteran like Donna Mills is to have her work with actors/actresses who need someone to work with.

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  9. Lawrence says:

    Is it too much for him to already write for the characters on canvas?

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    4everDAYS replied

    DAYS does not have that problem. DAYS has a relatively small cast with characters whom each have several things going on at the same time. DAYS is a well oiled machine!!!

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    missellie replied

    That is what I like about DOOL…I can turn the show on and expect to find my favorites most days. I do not tire of any of the characters. Most of the characters have stories and do not disappear for weeks at a time.

    Mary SF replied

    Well DAYS has a built in mechanism to deal with it– as soon as the cast gets pass a certain number an alarm bell goes off in the HW office; he will immediately write a serial killer storyline where unlucky cast members are killed off. But if there is a rush he will write an explosion into the story he is working on to take out the largest number of surplus cast members as possible. It is a very efficient system, other soaps should try it.

    jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Days does have some GH type flaws too…Bo is off to do some secretive work and cant have contact with his family which is similiar to Robin on GH but GHs is a tad more lame and Justin is off too, and there is no story for long standing characters such as Roman, Kayla, and Abe but im hopeful for an Abe and Maxine pairing…Days is still superior than the other 3 soaps because it has better use of most of its cast!!!

  10. Michael says:

    Why not utilize John J York more now that Maxie is back instead of adding more characters? Just saying.

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  11. ~TJ~ says:

    I will reserve judgement for now~ but thinking he is a Spin recast basically. I agree with several of the comments here. Way too many s/ls have not had closer. So many actors on the canvas. S/ls dragging out forever till one just doesn’t care anymore.
    Who care about Nina~ not invested in her at all yet lots of air time devoted to her.
    Ava’s airtime is front burner and she is not a vet. While I am at it~ why can’t they at least have Robin ‘call home’?

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  12. Tim says:

    Yet another character on a bloated soap where we dont get ENOUGH of the people we really want to see! What is this, Maxi’s new Spinelli with long hair? Dumb!

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  13. Jeff says:

    IMO, the writers et al are doing a great job with GH! It is miles above the Y&R and B&B as far as storytelling, acting and excitement. I’d hate to be Ron Carlivati; you people are never happy LOL

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    Johnny replied

    Seriously??? I would love to be Ron Carlivati!! I could sit it my nice New York apartment, get drunk, write ANYTHING I want with full network support, earn an awesome paycheque, get drunk, pose in my living room while shouting “I’m the king of the world”, and send hostile text messages to anyone who dares to disagree with anything I say, write, or do. That would be the life!!!

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    andrew hass replied

    Under the previous regime i think the network had too much influence on what happened on GH.So maybe they have learned their lesson in that they should step back and let the people who know how to run a soap do it.Plus i’m sure if RC did everything 100% right with GH people would still find reasons to hate him.Plus Frank Valentini is the executive producer and he may have more control then Ron does.People can blame Ron all they want but i don’t think he’s 100% to blame.Plus under FV and RC GH has had the best numbers ratings wise that they have had in years.

    harry replied

    Jeff, at one point you have to take not of the majority rule. Some of the people here who are expressing their unhappiness with the storylines have a history of being GH”s biggest cheerleaders. But you’re right about one thing–I am an ingrate. I mean, I should thank Ron for curing me of this life long addiction.

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    Jimmy replied

    Y&R is getting ridiculous and has been boring for a long time now, JFP and the writers clearly don’t know what they’re doing, losing Michelle Stafford, Billy Miller, Michael Muhney and now Elizabeth Hendrickson, all in a period of 8 months – horrible.

    GH is starting to become a bit ridiculous too, though. The cast is already bloated as it is, and the writing (especially the Heather madness) is a little weak at times. But, the excitement is definitely there, where it isn’t with Y&R and B&B. So far I’m loving Donna Mills, just not her son, Nathan. Whoever found Ryan Paevey and thought he was suitable for the role was completely wrong, he sucks!

    As a whole, I think GH is great, but certain parts can use a bit of work. @Andrew Hass is right though, RC is not 100% to blame – Frank Valentini is the executive producer and whoever is in charge of finding actors for roles is partly at blame too.

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  14. Anne says:

    GH is still the best soap in writing and sophistication, but I agree with all that the cast is bloated and the storylines fractured. We need resolution and fulfillment, and we need the wonderful vets we all love to be on camera more. A lot of the storylines now, including Silas’s coma wife, are contrived even for soaps. Maybe Nina and EJ will end up in the same facility.

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  15. andrew hass says:

    Reprterdly yhis character will only be on GH for a 2 month storyline arc .Plus i think the show will be pairing Maxie and Nathan up.So Levi’s story might be trying to help Maxie fix her life and help her get the baby back because the judge said Maxie was barred from seeing her baby for 6 months and that ends in mid May.

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  16. Jimmy says:

    In my opinion, there are a lot of major casting changes that GH needs to make…

    Once the big reveal with Britt’s baby being Dante and Lulu’s happens, she won’t be needed anymore. Taylor is not needed (is she still even in town?). Heather has REALLY overstayed her welcome. I don’t like Sabrina so I’d like to see her go as well. I can’t stand Nathan, so I hope he’s gone as soon as this Nina Clay thing is resolved. Rafe is becoming really annoying so I’m starting to like him less and less. And I’m also not a fan of Bryan Craig as Morgan.

    Until Vinessa Antoine’s arrived as Jordan, I didn’t like Shawn very much either. But, he’s starting to grow on me more now that he has his own, good story.

    Overall, I like GH and most of its cast, but it could really do without some of these characters taking up screen time and minimizing the vets. It’s really a shame Sean Kanan is leaving when TPTB could have given him a good story, but instead, Ron chooses to write outlandish plots like the never ending Heather Webber and Franco saga.

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    smoochie replied

    Jimmy , you hit on all the characters/actors I wouldn’t miss for a second though you failed to mention the new actress Vinessa A. I don’t think much of her acting and her looks (everyone posted about how beautiful she is ) remind me of a less pretty version of Robin Givens who I could never stand. I also cant stomach Maura West , who primarily acts with her eyes ( if she would make a real facial expression her face might crack from way too much botox) and her wannabe Marilyn Monroe walk and body language is laughable- Then there’s Maurice B (who I love) but who needs to do something different re his predictable bad acting habits. He must have a terrible allergy because he is always scratching, pulling or grazing his face, while making the same facial gestures all the time. (please stop trying to emulate Marlon’s technique in the Godfather. he only grazed his face once) and he makes references to making food a la Italiano as though he were Italian, but he speaks his in his native Spanish because he is. No one we’ve ever been introduced in his mob is Italian. The name Michael Sonny Corinthos sounds more Greek, and Mike his dad is Irish. I also cant stand what they are trying to pull off with new Luke the Lech- I hope this is not another grotty masque story. And give Lulu her baby back already so we can get Nikolas with someone he is taller than, and has chemistry with (Elizabeth). How can anyone who’s been watching for as long as I have digest Liz allowing Rick to breathe the same air as hers and most importantly let her children be around him. If GH is going to have another Aussie actor (which I generally always like) please bring back Nathan P. I loved him. I am venting because if I don’t I’ll stop watching after almost 40 years. I want the real GH back.

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  17. smoochie says:

    The new actor Zachary looks to me like a combo of Nathan P and newbie Ron P . I wrote a glowing comment when Ron first came on GH (mostly about his appearance ) but quickly amended it because he really lacks acting skills. I happen to like Aussie actors, and would much rather have Nathan P come back (unless he doesn’t want to lol, which I cant say I blame him)

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  18. smoochie says:

    One would think that the soap PTB read our comments and took seriously this platform MF (who is the ultimate Soaps fan) has created for us. Judging by what’s happening to GH it’s just wishful thinking on my part.

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  19. elle says:

    Would love to see Ethan come back. Sadly, I don’t think this man will play that character. Oh well at least he is attractive. He might look even better without all that hair..

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  20. Christie says:

    I do not care for his character at all, I don’t see a need for his character to hang around for long unless that change him a bit. I also agree with the comment Mack made o him on the show. Get a hair cut

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  21. ellen says:

    man, no offense, but zachary is sooo stiff as an actor, hope the role fits him better soon, because they look awkward together

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  22. Sandy Messer says:

    I cannot stand Levi Dunkelman or whatever his name is. Send his ass packing SOON!!!!!!

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