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Frank Valentine teases Genie Francis' return, new love for Liz and the Nurses Ball

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Jan 18, 2013 8:35AM

With "General Hospital" heading into its 50th anniversary this April, the ABC soap has been scoring big with fans by bringing back familiar faces of yesteryear. Executive producer Frank Valentini teased more big things ahead when MSN TV caught up with him, including Genie Francis and Jon Lindstrom's returns, Nurses Ball drama and a new romance for Liz. Valentini also discussed the online reboot of his former show, "One Life to Live." 

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Before we get to the straight Q&A, recent rumors suggest John McBain (Michael Easton), Todd Manning (Roger Howarth) and Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson) will be called back to "One Life to Live" for the online reboot. Nothing has been confirmed, but when we spoke to Valentini on Jan. 10, he was feeling optimistic about keeping them in Port Charles.


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"I can't really talk about that, because there's a lot of legalese involved," Valentini hedged. "But everything's going to work out. The conversation is happening. I know it's all going to be great."


MSN TV: It's been a good time to be a soap fan. "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are coming back from the dead, "Days of Our Lives" has been renewed and Genie Francis (Laura) is back to work at "General Hospital." What made decision makers suddenly realize the value of soaps?

Valentine: It is a great time. A lot of people are paying attention to the good work that the existing soaps have done and said, "You know what? There's fans out there. Let's honor them." I don't think it's just happening by accident and luckily, we're riding a nice wave of ratings and good publicity and we're able to continue the upward surge so we can try new things and branch out a little more.


Is it bittersweet that "One Life to Live" is continuing without you back at the helm?

I'm not sure bittersweet's the right word. I'm excited for all my friends in New York and excited for new life to be breathed back in to those two shows. I talked to Agnes [Nixon, series creator] last week and she's excited that her babies have been brought back to life.


Over in Port Charles, you've brought old favorites like Finola Hughes, Robin Mattson, Ian Buchanan, Tristan Rogers and Lynn Herring back into the fold. Kin Shriner returns to "General Hospital" Feb. 19 and your most recent coo is, of course, Genie Francis, returing Feb. 11. What can we expect from Laura's return?

You can expect a lot of surprises and a lot of fun. I met with Genie. She looks gorgeous. She's excited to be back. Everyone on the show is ready to embrace her back into the family. We've got a great story. She's going to be back with a nice big secret.


Is this a long-term arc or a 50th anniversary special visit?


Just wait and see. If I tell you how long it's going to be, it's just going to spoil it, in either direction. [Editor note: Valentini has since confirmed this is a full term casting hire, not a guest gig.]


Jon Lindstrom's Kevin is also heading back to town Wednesday, Jan. 30. What can we expect there?

Yes, Jon Lindstrom is taping today. I'm excited to work with him. I've always thought he was a great actor. We have some fun stuff with him and Lucy that the audience is going to be excited about.


On the other side of this, how do you feel about Steve Burton joining the cast of "The Young & the Restless"?

I wish him all the best.


February is coming fast: What can we expect during sweeps?

We'll be teeing up to the Nurses Ball, which will start at the end of March into the anniversary, which is April 1. Slightly in contrast to what's happened in the past, where it was sort of a one-off event, the Nurses Ball will be weaved into story. Big things will happen at the Nurses Ball and it will go for more than one day.


So February will be about planning the big event?


Yes, and the planning is exciting: How are they going to pull it off? The money just got pulled. Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) and Patrick (Jason Thompson) are working together, and what's going to happen with that? A lot of good questions will be answered.


Speaking of Sabrina, she's a character that has been somewhat polarizing, as you're probably aware.

No. I thought everybody liked her!


Some fans feel she has a storyline that should rightfully be Liz's. Robin was Liz's best friend, but Sabrina's the one saving the Nurses Ball and getting involved with Patrick.

But that's just wrong, because Liz and Patrick are like brother and sister. It would be creepy if they were together. And Liz has a new love interest on the horizon.



You've got to wait and see. It's someone who's on the canvas right now.


Are his initials A.J.?



Fans love Liz and are concerned about her storyline.

I love Liz. I love Becky [Herbst]. She's fantastic. But something needs to be built. That character's been bounced around. She's got three different children from three different men. If she's going to say, "I love you" to somebody, it's got to be real and it's got to mean something. She's not going to jump right into it. That's not who she is. Everyone's forgotten a little bit what makes Liz the character we most identify with and most want to be. Becky's got the acting chops to pull it off and make you go through every step of the relationship with her.

With all this in the cards, can fans still expect more juicy casting returns?


Bunches! I can't [say who, yet]. I'm not being coy. We just don't have the legal documents signed. But it's the 50th anniversary! How often do you turn 50? 

"General Hospital" airs weekdays on ABC.


Plus, watch a DVD extra clip, 'Bound by blood'

By MSN TV Partner Tue 10:58 AM
"Supernatural" returns this to The CW in October for its 10th season. If you need a fix now, "Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season" arrives in stores and online today.

Even better, MSN TV is giving away the DVD to this fan favorite. Here's how to enter:
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Complete these steps by midnight PT Sept. 15, 2014. We will select up to five winners at random by noon PT Sept. 16, 2014.

But wait, there's more! Watch this DVD extra clip, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look into the life-or-death decisions Dean has to make about his brother:
"Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season" is available in stores and online.
Season 10 of "Supernatural" returns to the CW on Oct. 7.

Other giveaway details:
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Will the E.R. doc win it all?

By MSN TV Partner Sep 5, 2014 12:59PM
Wannabe ninjas have been waiting for this moment all summer. The "American Ninja Warrior" finals, held in Las Vegas, will wrap up what's been a season of incredible feats and firsts.

Fan favorite Noah Kaufman is among the finalists. His appearance on the show last year was, as he says "from the couch" or without much training. For this season he got a little (or maybe a lot) more serious, and it shows in his performance.

Watch this exclusive clip of Noah's finals start here:

"American Ninja Warrior" airs Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
An encore presentation airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Esquire Network.


By MSN TV Partner Sep 3, 2014 10:30AM
Iin tonight's episode of "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" you'll see the story of of how Josh Flagg ended up in a golden wheelchair. Will this stop him from closing a big deal?

Meanwhile Josh Altman is getting caught up in wedding planning, but without Heather!? We've got this hilarious exclusive clip for you here:

"Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.


Wait, Donald's a nervous sailor? But that outfit...

By MSN TV Partner Aug 7, 2014 4:44PM
In homage to the classic Mickey Mouse cartoons, Disney Channel has been showing "Mickey Mouse" shorts, featuring Mickey and his BFFs, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Hilarious situations that are fun for kids and grown-ups alike.

In this new short premiering tomorrow, Donald reveals he doesn’t know how to sail - his outfit is purely due to the fact that Daisy loves a, um, man in uniform.

MSN TV has this exclusive image from the short. You can also view a clip here:

The Mickey Mouse short "Donald the Sailor" airs at 8:55 p.m. ET/PT on Friday August 8 on Disney Channel.

Geek alert: 'Mythbusters' hosts lend their voices in this special episode

By MSN TV Partner Jul 24, 2014 2:24PM
Loads of fans are getting their geek on at Comic-Con this weekend. For the rest of us, there is the upcoming "Star Wars" themed "Phineas & Ferb" special episode. The animated stepbrothers and their friends will find themselves in a parallel universe, during "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope". Expect encounters with the major players, including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2.

MSN TV has this exclusive image of "Mythbusters" hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman as members of the Empire:

Creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh expressed their excitement about adding Savage and Hyneman to the cast: "We’ve been wanting to do something with them for ages, because they are the living adult versions of Phineas and Ferb in the real world. We ran into them at Comic-Con last year and knew that they worked on the original 'Star Wars', so when this opportunity came up we asked if they could come voice a few characters for us. It was really cool for us; we're hoping it was cool for them."

It's definitely cool for us!

"Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" premieres July 26 at 9PM ET/PT on Disney Channel.

The animated host reveals her thoughts on new twists for Season 16

By MSN TV Partner Jun 24, 2014 9:07AM
Last week CBS announced some new twists in the upcoming season of "Big Brother" and also introduced the new cast. Just in time for the two-night premiere, MSN TV has exclusive photos of host Julie Chen hamming it up for the cameras. Chen also shared a little bit more insight into what to expect this season.

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Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn which of the new twists will have the most impact on Houseguest survival week after week:
Julie Chen: "I think "Battle of the Block" will have the most impact on a Houseguest's ability to survive.  First, those competing in it will literally be fighting for their lives in the game.  Second, it will get one of the HOHs (Head of Households) into BIG trouble.  Let’s just say that if I were HOH, I would nominate two weak players."

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Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS
On the rooms and design of this season's tree house theme:
"My favorite room in the urban tree house this year is the honeycomb room.  It's cozy and secluded.  A perfect spot to 'buzz' with your alliance members about your team's strategy.  The room has a door you can close for piracy from others.  This is key to have in the house if you want to scheme!"

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Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn her most memorable "Big Brother" interview:
"One of my memorable Big Brother interviews was last year with Aaryn.   I had to check my feelings and ego at the door and set aside any personal bad feelings I had for her ugly comments.  I had to do my job and be fair and straight despite how personally offended I was.  It wasn't easy, but it was memorable." 

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS

"Big Brother" premieres June 25 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.

(Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS) 

Wayne Brady's improv skills nab a nomination for best original song, a first for the show

By MSN TV Partner Jun 18, 2014 11:06AM
The Daytime Emmy Awards are around the corner, and CBS' "Let's Make a Deal" has three nominations. In addition to Best Game Show, host Wayne Brady is nominated twice. No surprise that Brady picked up his fifth nomination for Best Game Show Host, but thanks to those stellar improv skills Brady also finds himself in the Best Original Song category. With the help of keyboardist Cat Gray, watch Brady create this impromptu tune for adoring fan and contestant Daphne:
Over the years, Brady has collected a number of Emmy nominations, and won twice for Best Talk Show Host (for "The Wayne Brady Show"). He also won a Primetime Emmy for his work on "Whose Line Is It Anyway."

The current version of "Let's Make A Deal" has been nominated for Best Game Show twice. This is the first time the show's been nominated in the Best Song category.

"Let's Make A Deal" airs weekdays on CBS. The 41st Daytime Emmys Awards will be live streamed at 8PM ET on June 22 at


No sparkles here. "This is absolute, pure horror."

By MSN TV Partner Jun 17, 2014 1:10PM
Earlier this month we shared the trailer for FX's "The Strain", the vampire thriller from director Guillermo del Toro. Today, courtesy of Xbox Video and FX, we are showcasing two behind-the-scenes clips.

Learn more about the story of this modernized vampire world and hear from the cast and crew, including Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, David Bradley and Sean Astin, as well as director del Toro and executive producer Carlton Cuse ("Lost").

The Season Pass for "The Strain" is now available on Xbox Video.

"The Strain" premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.