Will it finally happen this time? General Hospital heroine Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) — whose past wedding days have all been disasters — is scheduled to marry crime lord Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) on February 18. Right now things don't look so good for the duo. Sonny is being haunted by prophetic dreams that something will go heinously wrong at the ceremony. His venomous ex-wife Carly (Laura Wright) plans to ruin the big day by revealing that Brenda has a secret past — and a child — with Sonny's son Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). And supervillain The Balkan (Daniel Benzali) also intends to be a party pooper — he's all set to kidnap the bride. Despite all this, head writer Bob Guza assures us that vows will be exchanged...
Some of you saw it coming. A lot of you didn't. Whatever the case, last Friday's General Hospital cliffhanger couldn't have been more delicious! Theo Hoffman, the cranky hypochondriac who is suing the hospital for malpractice, was revealed to be the Balkan! This international crime lord — played by the terrific Daniel Benzali of Murder One fame — seems to be seeking revenge on supermodel Brenda Barrett for the death of his son and now he's secretly wormed his way onto her legal team. It's fabulously creepy! TV Guide Magazine had an exclusive chat with Benzali, who gave us a tantalizing hint of doom to come.
The much-acclaimed actor Daniel Benzali (Jericho, Murder One, NYPD Blue) is heading to General Hospital to play the role of patient Theo Hoffman.
First seen December 6, the character will be admitted to the hospital and develop a friendship with troubled heroine Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough). But an ABC rep tells us "there is more to Theo than meets the eye."
In recent months...
A few guest-casting quickies: Jason Lewis (currently appearing on Brothers & Sisters) drops by ABC's Six Degrees on March 30, playing a guy Bridget Moynahan's Whitney beds on the rebound. Then on April 6, Ray Wise (Twin Peaks) plays Whit's real-estate-developer dad. Dave Foley plays a guy with a crush on Old Christine on April 9. Daniel Benzali ("the bald guy from Murder One," as SNL once put it) visits CBS' Jericho on April 11.
Question: Could you enlighten me on a series called Murder One? It has just started on Showtime in the Middle East and I was wondering if it is an ongoing series or a one-time miniseries. The first episode was very entertaining and I just want to know what to expect. Thanks.
Answer: Well, I'll give you enough to whet your appetite, Nasreen, but don't expect me to hand you the ending so you can lord it over your pals or anything.
Murder One was a noble experiment that failed to pick up an audience. When it debuted on ABC in September 1995, the idea was that it would follow one case over the course of the entire season. As you'll no doubt see by the time you read this, attorney Theodore Hoffman (Daniel Benzali) and his team of defense lawyers (Michael Hayden, J.C. MacKenzie, Mary McCormack and Grace Phillips) spent that first se