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Lynda Hirsch on Soaps -- Gossip
Here is an update on "All My Children's" move from to New York to Los Angeles. By next year, the move will be complete. Actors have until Labor Day to decide if they plan to make the move. Michael E. Knight (Tad) is the latest to agree to head west. There is no cabal of actors threatening to stop the move. The actors who are still in the not-sure mode (Susan Lucci, David Canary, Thorsten Kaye and others) have a big choice to make. Anyone who has ever moved cross-town knows what a pain it can be. Imagine moving cross-country. This column will keep you posted on who is making the move and who will stay put. Those who move will be given some monetary help with expenses.
Speaking of staying put, Kelly Monaco is not exiting the role of Sam on "General Hospital." The actress is pleased to announce she has decided to stay. "GH" viewers who wanted Sam and Jason (Steve Burton) to reunite are getting their wish. The scenes that have aired on the show this week accent the chemistry this duo has. Monaco and Burton would have chemistry with a sack of salt. When two powerhouse actors come together, it is exciting to watch. In the past two weeks, "GH" seems to have gotten back on track.
I am not keen on Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Robin (Kimberly McCullough) as doctors/murder solvers. Again, a testament to the portrayers — they are making it work. It helps that Patrick is skeptical. Those viewers who know the Robin character know she is hard to say no to. That girl does not give up easily.
Next to Sam and Jason, the best couple on the air this week was Molly (Haley Alexis Pullos) and Nikolas (Tyler Christopher).
I have said this for years: "GH" is like a relative. You love it to death. It vexes you. You swear you will never pay any attention to it. Then it does something that makes you remember why you loved it in the first place. If anyone has turned the show off in the past few months, please go back to see it literally getting back to basics.
This week "GH" has been like a family reunion. The show has Mike, Diane, Monica and Edward in action. Sonny was his old irritating self by going mucho macho on Jax. Spinelli (Brad Anderson) was endearing not irritating. Mac (John J. York) was great in his blustery, protective-father mode.
The only not-so-sure note is Rebecca (Natalia Livingston). The scenes in which the character whines because she had to go to junior college to get her job as an X-ray tech did not play well. Most people have to study and work hard to get a job. How is anyone going to feel sorry for her because she had to pay for schooling? Yes, some do have tuition paid for. More often, loans are taken out and summer jobs are taken. I did it. Most of my friends did.
Next week brings the return of Luke (Tony Geary) and Helena Cassadine (Connie Towers). The return will give a plausible explanation for Luke's absence. With Nikolas going to the dark Cassadine side, you can bet Helena will hold the door open for him.
To cast or not to cast is a question at "Young and Restless." No, not a character. Christian Jules Leblanc (Michael) broke his wrist. Producers are wondering if they should hide it or show the cast and write it into the story line.
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