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Though April 1 marks General Hospital's actual 50th anniversary, the show's executive producer, Frank Valentini, and head writer Ron Carlivati, have been honoring the show's rich history ever since taking over the ABC soap opera one year ago this week. Their efforts have paid off in spades — with a serious rise in ratings and multiple award nominations. With old favorites like Finola Hughes (Anna), Ian Buchanan (Duke), Tristan Rogers (Scorpio), Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Lynn Herring (Lucy) and Robin Mattson (Heather) already back on the canvas, and Genie Francis (Laura) and Jon Lindstrom (Kevin) soon making their way back to Port Charles, what else could possibly be left for fans to look forward to as the actual anniversary date approaches? Turns out plenty. Valentini opens up about all he's cooking up to celebrate GH's golden jubilee this spring...
He saved the Daytime Emmys when no one at ABC, CBS or NBC wanted to produce them anymore. Now Jim Romanovich, of Associated Television International, plans to work his magic on the hot internet sudser The Bay. Romanovich tells TV Guide Magazine that ATI has acquired the soap star-studded series — created by Gregori J. Martin — with plans to sell it as a half-hour cable or syndicated program to air in 2012.
It's always hot news when Tristan Rogers returns to daytime TV. One of the soap world's all-time greats — thanks to his many rowdy years as Robert Scorpio on General Hospital — Rogers will soon show up on The Young and the Restless. A show rep tells TV Guide Magazine he'll play "a mysterious and charming stranger named Colin who comes to Genoa City with a dark secret and a threatening agenda." Rogers, whose role at this point is considered recurring, will start shooting...
Tristan Rogers by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage.com
General Hospital icon Tristan Rogers absent from the show since 2006 will headline the second season of SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift as Robert Scorpio when the series returns next month. Dont expect his usual bad-boy superspy antics, however. Scorpio will arrive with "a major health issue thatll have him grappling with his mortality," says a rep for the GH spin-off.Robert's daughter, Robin (Kimberly McCullough), will be his physician. Sounds pretty damn dire, but Rogers is thrilled. "Thisll be a real departure wherever it's headed," he says. "Robert and Robin will finally get a chance to connect as adults. The last time he was in town he was too busy battling a killer virus, so he's never even dealt with her being HIV-positive." But hes got way more than that to deal with now: Robin is pregnant. Michael LoganRelated: Antonio Sabato, Jr. Working the GH Night Shift New Night Shift Promises Continuity with Original GH
Save these dates, General Hospital fans: Tristan Rogers resurfaces as Robert Scorpio this Thursday, April 13. Dynasty diva Emma Samms pops up again as his ex-squeeze Holly Sutton on May 1. And Finola Hughes returns as the elusive Anna Devane Scorpio on May 12.
By the way, GH is now officially confirming Finola's comeback, which TVGuide.com first reported last week — even if a certain other soapy site did post a "Finola Returns!" report right after mine went online, lamely trying to pass off my scoop as their own. But I digress....
GH says we should expect Anna to literally "drop in" while Luke and Robert are on the run from the law during another trip to the fictional Maarkam Islands.
"I am very excited to be reprising
Scoop! After months of speculation, TVGuide.com has confirmation from an extremely reliable source that Finola Hughes is returning to General Hospital for at least a week or two in May sweeps. See? I told you all not to give up.
Since Tristan Rogers
and Emma Samms
reprised their classic roles as Robert Scorpio and Holly Sutton Scorpio in February, GH
fans have been asking about Robert's other
wife, Anna Devane Scorpio. Nice to finally know that all Luke's old pals will be reuniting in May
! Since it's all being kept fairly hush hush, the ABC soap's rep had no comment.
Thanks to all the returning favorites from its '80s heyday, General Hospital enjoyed a sweet ratings boost during February sweeps. Naturally, the ABC sudser is hatching plans for fans to see much more of Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) and Emma Samms (Holly Sutton). As GH co-head writer Bob Guza recently told the New York Times: "I'm going to put Luke, Robert and Holly all in a sleeping bag on a mountain. One sleeping bag! Not coincidentally, [this will happen during] May sweeps."
Anthony Geary, General Hospital
It's easy to grouse about the annual Daytime Emmy nominations: "One Life to Live's Robin Strasser was robbed! Why is Passions treated like the stepchild of soaps? And who voted for that so-so star(let)?" But nobody could object to the outstanding-lead-actor nod for General Hospital's talented Anthony Geary. In this exclusive interview, TVGuide.com asks the most recognizable man in daytime TV about Emmy, the return of Holly and Robert Scorpio, and those endless Genie Francis rumors.
TVGuide.com: Congrats on your eighth Emmy nom! You've won four times. Are you still surprised at this point?
Anthony Geary: Thank you. I'm always surprised.
TVGuide.com: What did you submit for your prenomination reel?
Geary: I used the
Hungry for some happier General Hospital gossip? A very reliable rumor has it that Emma Samms is reprising her classic '80s role as Holly Scorpio. So Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) won't be coming back to Port Charles alone!
One caveat: Despite what you may've read elsewhere on the Internet, Samms won't stay in town for six weeks. A source tells TVGuide.com that her return is planned to be much
briefer, at least for now. Even shorter than Samms' stint in thigh-high hooker boots on the Melrose Place
spin-off, Models, Inc
.? (Side note: SoapNet totally
needs to acquire that sudser for reruns!)
General Hospital's Luke vanishes from Port Charles today to accommodate Anthony Geary's annual winter vacay. No worries, Luke will be back soon enough to reunite with GH vet Tristan Rogers aka Robert Scorpio.... Will Finola Hughes also return to GH as Robert's wife, Anna? Read what she says about it.... TVGuide.com has the exclusive scoop on when One Life to Live's Nora will awaken from her coma.... The Young and the Restless has cast a new actress to play Lily Winters.... Italian stallion Paolo Seganti hopes to return to As the World Turns as Lily