Clearing Up General Hospital Casting RUMORS: No Plans For Kin Shriner; Jack Wagner Turned 'Em Down and Heather Webber Shows Up March 30!
Look at all these rumors,
Surrounding me every day,
I just need some time,
Some time to get away...
'Rumors" — Timex Social Cluib
While overactive imaginations, fan fic and message boards have always gone hand-in-hand, I don't think I've ever seen the amount of soap rumors being bandied about online as I have since the news that Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati were taking over at General Hospital was announced. Which, I guess, is a good things, since it means folks are at least talking about the show!
"They're going to merge GH and One Life to Live into one supersoap!"
"All the Quartermaines are coming back! Ned! AJ! Emily! Justus! Jimmy Lee Holt! Even Alan and Annabelle the Dog!"
"Viki Lord from Llanview is gonna buy Crimson!"
"Scotty, Lucy, Sean and Tiffany — all CONFIRMED!"
It's enough to make a blogger take to drinking. Okay, too late. So anyhoo, let's clear up some of the rumors out there, shall we?
First off, Jack Wagner was offered a deal to return as Frisco, but he turned the soap down flat, says sources. Could this be revisited after Wagner finishes Dancing With The Stars? Possibly, but don't look for a romantic, onscreen Frisco and Felicia reunion anytime soon.
"Come on, the actors are divorced," says a mole. "That would be too weird and no one wants to put them through that!"
As for Wagner's ex-wife Kristina Wagner—who is returning in April—that Facebook post from "her" a few months back, announcing the return of both Wagners, was false. In fact, industry pals of Wagner tweeted the same day that the FB account was a fake! The reality is, Wagner's deal was made only days before Carolyn Hinsey broke the story on Twitter, says my sources.
"No one had even contacted Kristina or Jack at the time those rumors first started," says an insider. "It happened literally overnight."
Now for Kin Shriner, shortly after Nancy Lee Grahn posted on Facebook, intimating he was reprising the role of Scotty Baldwin, I started sniffing around and everyone I talked to said it was "the first they'd heard of it." Today, I got my latest copies of Soap Opera Digest and Soaps In Depth, where a spokesperson for the soap said basically the same thing to both mags — it ain't happening! At least, there are no plans to bring Scotty back right now.
The latest online scuttlebutt has been that Lucas Stansbury Jones, Carly's (Laura Wright) gay younger brother, was coming back, with an underwear model in the role!
"Where are people getting this stuff?" asked a perplexed insider. "No, that absolutely is not happening!"
So what's up with all the crazy rumors?
"I believe what's happening is people are taking a wish list of the people fans would most want to see return, and are basically saying it's happening," says one mole. "Sometimes they guess right, and other times it's dead wrong."
One return that definitely is happening is that of one of my all-time fave soapers, Robin Mattson, as Heather Webber!
"Robin has been taping for awhile now, and she's knocking her scenes out of the park!" says one source.
Look for Steven Lars Webber's (Scott Reeves) Mama Craziest (and Jason Morgan's cousin!) to pop up in Port Charles on March 30, according to Digest.
Photo of Jack and Kristina Wagner courtesty of ABC