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News for the week of 12-Aug-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

It must’ve been a refreshing bit of departure for soap actor Michael Easton (Silas; ex-John/Caleb) to enjoy fame as a Comic-Con artist. At the recent one in San Diego, Easton met fans who had no idea he regularly appeared on daytime television. It’s a whole new world, he told Examiner Phyllis Thomas for her August 1st interview. The not knowing becomes an opportunity for Easton to do a whole cross-promotional discovery. “Some people don’t know you do the soap opera; some soap fans didn’t know you do this and they get turned onto it. It’s a nice cross-over. I think the fans are equally…they have a great energy and they’re very passionate.”

Losing his OLTL character of Det. John McBain proved daunting. Easton’s still trying to sort through the discrepancy between that character and quickly putting on a new one in Dr. Silas Clay. While Easton would love a resurrection of sorts for OLTL—he so misses everything about his previous soap—right now he’s doing the best he can to build a new character out of scraps using his handy acting tool of a prop as inspiration. “I basically created a story for the guy in my head and that’s what I... Harkening back on that, I usually try to take an object and always have that. A personal object I wear or have it with me and that reminds me to be that character. So that’s what I’m going with right now. I’m sure Ron’s got a great story. I don’t know if it’s the story I’m going with. (Laughs)” Whatever the story, Easton hoped fans would stay on board for the ride, through the ups and downs, trial and error.

The GH Fan Club Weekend earlier this month turned out to be a special reunion of old faves. The show’s PTB invited former GH actors to join in on the fun—from way back to 1979. There were familiar, more recent returns, including Rick Hearst (ex-Ric), Cynthia Preston (ex-Faith), and Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily). But there were also a few true blasts from the past, like Hugo Napier (ex-Larry Ashton), Rick Moses (ex-Hutch), Gerald Hopkins (the original A.J.), even a bunch of PCers. A lot of the returns tie into the GH returns on-screen — last week revealed John Reilly (Sean) and Emma Samms (Holly) showing up — and gave the fans quite a thrill. SoapTown USA’s intrepid staff escorted stars to and from their events, then gave recaps. Jason Thompson (Patrick), who did an event with Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), wished his and Kimberly McCullough’s (ex-Robin) characters had better closure, saying that the fans deserved as much… and that it’d be nice if soon Patrick could take his ring off and move forward. Kelly Monaco (Sam) admitted to fans at her event that she wished Jon Lindstrom (Kevin) had turned out to be her on-screen dad. She also let slip that she kissed a PC co-star for real back in the day. The weekend was a publicist’s dream, with lots of joking, shop talk, and mutual admiration societies by the cast and their fans.

Gossip for the week of 12-Aug-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

Kimberly McCullough (Robin) is on her way back to wrap up story and provide closure for Patrick.

Maurice Benard’s (Sonny) patience was finally rewarded, as the mob scene picks up with the Jerome mob wannabe reveal. Unfortunately, so far, this resurgence seems to be at A.J.’s expense. (Sound familiar?) A.J. is a compelling, potentially romantic lead who’s finally perked up GH after decades in a coma and given Elizabeth her life and strength back. To watch him get so unreasonably angry that he’d put his hands on a woman (Connie) to choke her to death is a step back, and possibly the death knell of this show. A.J.’s never been a villain, for those watching closely. He’s the best kind of anti-hero, one who truly rose up from the ranks of misunderstood scapegoat. This storyline turn—leading up to a murder mystery—is a huge miss. Who’s responsible for destroying one character to resurrect another? Whoever it is, it’s at the cost of the good of the show and good storytelling. Guza’s probably having a field day…

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