HomeTagsComings & GoingsGH Recasts Kate Howard With Kelly Sullivan Luke Kerr July 21, 2011 60 Comments It looks as if a new face will be filling the role of a familiar character on General Hospital. According to Soaps in Depth, Kelly Sullivan has signed with GH to portray Crimson Editor-in-Chief and former Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) lover Kate Howard. GH introduced the character, portrayed by Megan Ward, in 2007. Unlike many of the various Brendabots GH had tried pairing Sonny with before Kate arrived in Port Charles, the Sonny and Kate pairing hit a chord with fans. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen much of Kate since GH put Ward on recurring in 2009. Reportedly, Sullivan’s Kate Howard will debut in early fall. 60 Responses appleridge July 21, 2011 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2660424/ Kelly is 8.5 years younger than Megan Ward. What the Hell GH? Log in to Reply glam_queen July 21, 2011 Was Megan busy or something? Not sure how I feel about this… Log in to Reply angrierblackerman July 22, 2011 Kelly is beautiful, but I wonder what happened with Megan. I guess we will never know now. But this casting has me scared now. I was thinking that Tamara Braun was going to be cast as Kate. According to rumors, she is still set to join GH. I am afraid that the show will fire Laura Wright, and De-Cast Carly back to Tamara Braun. Ravenbeauty said that a huge recast was coming that would have people rioting. I hope Frons and JFP don’t act a fool and fire Laura Wright. Log in to Reply glam_queen July 22, 2011 Angrierblackerman – I was thinking the same thing about TB&LW thing. I pray they dont get rid of Laura. Log in to Reply liason4real July 22, 2011 I wonder what happened with Megan since I really enjoyed SKate. Log in to Reply Forever21 July 22, 2011 She looks like a healthy Rachel Zoe. Didn’t Laura re-sign recently? Log in to Reply Dinah July 22, 2011 Fuc* You Gh Log in to Reply arielade July 22, 2011 But I LOVED Megan Ward!! What the hell???!!! Had anyone asked her what happened?? And does anyone know who wrote GH today? BrenDUH and Sonny scenes were so well written for a shocking change.. Log in to Reply appleridge July 22, 2011 Kelly looks like Abby Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 July 22, 2011 Dinah, I am sorry! I can tell from your avatar picture how deeply connected you are to the character. This is very sad. Megan Ward was PERFECTLY cast as Kate Howard and played her to absolute perfection. If she’s leaving of her own accord, I can accept that, but I sincerely hope this is not her getting the Drew Garrett treatment! P.S- I hope this chick can act. That’s all I’m saying. I am sick of of soaps taking away fabulous and giving me mediocre or crappy in its place. Yes, OLTL, I am talking about you………Jack Manning, anyone? :Sp Log in to Reply MeghannOC July 22, 2011 Seriously, does Megan Ward not want to come back? I guess I couldn’t blame her after the way she was shoved aside when Lisa LoCicero was brought on as Olivia. I never saw the point in GH putting her on the back burner. Log in to Reply soapbaby July 22, 2011 I’m not mad at it. I always thought Kate was a viable character but the show never seemed to develop the character. For me, the best thing about Megan Ward was the haircut. Sorry, she didn’t seem to fit for me. However, casting Tamara Braun as Kate Howard could’ve been a coup. I would have loved to see TB and LW go head-to-head. GH betta not trade in my Laura Wright! Log in to Reply MeghannOC July 22, 2011 Sorry double post! Log in to Reply emsnana July 22, 2011 She is beautiful Log in to Reply SwanQueen59 July 22, 2011 I was just thinking about this very thing earlier and here it pops up. I was gearing myself up to give Tamara Braun a good look in the role of Kate and now this… :~ Alstonboy and Dinah-you are both absolutely correct about Megan Ward. She was perfectly cast… I’m concerned about this one… Swan! 0:) Log in to Reply BFluellen1 July 22, 2011 *Sigh* I don’t know why they recast the role when Megan Ward seems willing to come back. And if they were gonna recast the role, the ONLY person I would’ve like to have played Kate besides MW was Tamara Braun for the fact that she has phenomenal chemistry with Maurice Benard. But congrats to the actress. I hope she brings it b/c I actually like Kate Howard. Log in to Reply Y2Jin99 July 22, 2011 Maybe Laura wants to leave? If that happens thats the only reason I could think of considering she just won an Emmy. Tamara might just have a new role. We shall see. I am still way behind in January 2010 so will take me forever to see Tamara. lol Thank God for YT Log in to Reply ladyofthelake July 22, 2011 She kinda looks like Carly. Forget the Brendabots being paired with Sonny, now it’s the Carlybots being paired wiht Sonny. They will most likely try the Kate and Sonny relationship again. She doesn’t look old enough to have grown up with Sonny or her cousin Olivia. Log in to Reply Not the New Prez of ABC Daytime July 22, 2011 Well, this sucks. I wasn’t watching GH when SKate was going on, but I really liked Megan Ward, and this gal (though lovely) looks too young to be Kate. I agree with the thought that there is probably something going on behind the scenes, because this doesn’t really make a lot of sense. Log in to Reply jlafferty23 July 22, 2011 She does look too young. But first of all, Megan Ward DIDN’T WANT TO COME BACK!! So you can’t blame GH for recasting the character. And please don’t tell me Megan Ward IS Kate, sorry but anybody this business can be recasted with the exception of a few actors. Tony Geary IS Luke Maurice Benard IS Sonny Genie Francis IS Laura Susan Lucci IS Erica Eric Braeden IS Victor Log in to Reply tealita July 22, 2011 Beautiful girl. I just hope she has at least some of the panache the MW has. At any rate, I’m glad the character is back on the canvas. I miss all the goings on at Crimson, and Maxie needs something to do, already. I’m still curious about Tams. LW is great as Carly, but I miss the softer side of TB. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon July 22, 2011 The way people keep speculating about Laura Wright and her future with the show, it’s kinda like they want her to leave. We all know that nobody is viewed as indispensable at ABC, but I get the feeling that she’ll be on for the duration of GH. What people should be worried about is these upcoming online versions of AMC and OLTL. I’m sincerely happy for the fans who are consoled by these two shows continuing in a different format, but IMO their success would mean the end of GH on TV as well. Log in to Reply jphelps July 22, 2011 LMAO yeah lets cast TB in another role shes not suited for just because people like her. Didnt we already see that disaster on Days. No way could she play high classed fashionatta. I for one am glad this show doesn’t have 2 Carly’s on it AS for rumors TB is joining they are rumors never based on fact probably because GH allegedly approached her before but that was likely to replace LW who has no romantic chem with MB. With Kate and Sonny likely hooking up with her, no need to a recast Carly anymore. And by the way as we have seen with VM, lightening rarely strikes twice anyway. As for the recast it was unnecessary. Megan was perfectly fabulous and fit the role of Kate to a tee.I hope this chick doesnt come on with the typical long “soap hair” look and does something upscale and stylish like MW did. MW did educated, classy, bi*chy ice colded “Miranda Priestly” perfectly. Log in to Reply angrierblackerman July 22, 2011 [quote=Y2Jin99]Maybe Laura wants to leave? If that happens thats the only reason I could think of considering she just won an Emmy. Tamara might just have a new role. We shall see. I am still way behind in January 2010 so will take me forever to see Tamara. lol Thank God for YT[/quote]Well here’s the thing about Laura Wright. In Bob Guza’s mob violence obsessed world of GH, Laura Wright’s loud-screeching, hair whipping, feisty, Hell on wheels Carly fits as an ex mob wife and hell raiser. In Garin Wolf’s supposed return to classic non-mob GH, Tamara Braun’s more softened Carly would fit better. Wolf wants to return to a softer side of GH, and hence that loud Carly may not fit. Not that Laura Wright can’t tone it down, but I feel like they want to pair Sonny and Carly again. LW’s Carly is taller and too strong for Maurice Bernard’s Sonny. TB was a bit more soft and damsel-like. Not to mention shorter and makes MB look more manly. That’s the only reason I can think of. Log in to Reply tealita July 22, 2011 dbl post. sorry, it’s a glitch. Log in to Reply giogio July 22, 2011 She is very pretty. Who is she? Does anyone know? Log in to Reply NAN July 22, 2011 I’m sorry, but I find this ridiculous. KH is supposed to be a 45 year old or so Italian woman from BH. Don’t think this person as beautiful as she is fits the bill AT ALL!! Log in to Reply GHFan777 July 22, 2011 I agree…she is very beautiful…but WAY younger than MB. No way you could ever see them as contemporary in age. MB was born in 62…and Kelly Sullivan’s bio says she was born in 78. Sixteen years is a pretty big discrepacy to pull off as being close in age. Anyway I hope you are right Jlaff, in that Megan didn’t want to come back..That would be a real shame to all the Skate fans out there to have her dissed like that, if not true. MW was very well liked. It will be interesting to see about TB…I myself would love a Carly recast…as I loved TB in the role…and suffer through LW and all her yapping. Log in to Reply The_Moustache July 22, 2011 she looks like Lisa. Log in to Reply miztee246 July 22, 2011 ABM–your speculation may be on track, but I think it would be a mistake to re-de-cast (whatever) at this point. Just do not ever bring back Jennifer Bransford — major fail. No offense to TB, but Laura Wright allowed them to transition Carly to a respectable hotelier and (in some ways) Jax’s equal. Until LW came on board, Carly was written as low-rent and frankly, I could not see Sarah Brown or Tamara Braun making the character transition in a believable way. LW has done that. As far as yesterday’s episode — I loved the way Carly used her master key to Brenda’s suite after the twit would not open the door. One of the few scenes with Brenduh that I did not FF through. I know a lot of folks hate the Jason/Carly/Sonny triumvirate, but this was one time I was glad that Sonny outfoxed Jax. Jax had become the consummate jackass, bribing the mediator and all. Jax proved that he would stoop to the lowest level, but he failed to remember that Sonny has a different set of tricks. Brenda did not blink when she heard that Jax had bribed the mediator, but is so holier-than-thou with Sonny. When it comes to casting, I guess TPTB still have not learned — if ain’t broke… Log in to Reply tealita July 22, 2011 I always feel that I have to be ever-so-careful about how I mention my preference for TB as Carly. LW is a fabulous, powerful actress; power meaning powerful performances–and occasionally over-powerful. What I really want to say is that LW’s Carly is frequently overbearing. Oh my Gosh, did I just say that? *runs for cover* Log in to Reply GHFan777 July 22, 2011 I agree with you Tealita. LW’s Carly is extremely annoying…overbearing…etc…there are no nuances to her portrayal of this character. In your face…confrontational…I prefer TB any day of the week as Carly. Log in to Reply tealita July 22, 2011 dbl post. sorry again. Log in to Reply GHfan-4now July 22, 2011 I don’t usually mind recasts if the person can make me believe they’re the character they’re playing. But IDK if MW was fired or left on her own because it’s not been said, which is kind of strange. That said, if she left on her own, I couldn’t blame her. I mean, look at the shyte they wrote for her??? Once SJB returned to be with Sonny and after Kate was shot, I knew it was over and she was left to the wolves, and we knew they weren’t writing for her and Coleman. Anyway, IMO, this woman looks like a Carly, lol. I said on twitter, she favors LW, but hell, take your pick, all the Carly’s were blonde at one point. Hell, she even looks like Abby! So they go from the BrendaBots to the CarlyBots for everyone. Log in to Reply KeriChandler26 July 22, 2011 Ugh, why is Sonny getting a romance? It’s the last thing he needs. This woman is beautiful but I still want Megan Ward in the role. Log in to Reply LizzieVee July 22, 2011 I loved Megan as Kate. Loved that they were exploring Sonny’s history. too bad Guza messed it up. Not sure, but maybe they hired this lady because she’s cheaper because she’s a newbie? Megan would have cost more? Just a thought. Log in to Reply keanna July 22, 2011 She’s pretty I’ll say that, let’s hope she can act. As for the TB rumors, I don’t know, Brian Frons flove Laura Wright, so the only thing I can think of if she leaves on her own. Log in to Reply JasamForever July 22, 2011 Wow. I did not see this coming. There were multiple sources that were pretty certain Tamera Braun was in the role as Kate. This makes me a bit nervous. Why get an unknown to play Kate, if you are uncertain of the chemistry between Sonny and newKate, especially when we know TB and MB have chemistry? This really worries me that MB is in fact leaving the show soon. I don’t even want to think of the other scenario that has already been mentioned. Log in to Reply angrierblackerman July 22, 2011 [quote=miztee246]ABM–your speculation may be on track, but I think it would be a mistake to re-de-cast (whatever) at this point. Just do not ever bring back Jennifer Bransford — major fail.[/quote]Okay, flame me, but I liked Jennifer Bransford as “Psycho Carly”, she played a good psycho, but I don’t think she would be good for a 3 dimensional character. And understand I don’t want LW fired, but look at who we are dealing with here, ABC-DISNEY! I’m just thinking of the worst case scenario when it comes to ABCD. Nothing it does makes any sense, and it seems to go out of its way to piss people off. Next we will be seeing the following promos: “Nothing’s stronger than family,Rebecca Budig is Bobbie Spencer! When Luke spins out of control, can his sister save him? Bobbie’s BACK!” “Cameron Mathison as Nikolas Cassadine, Summer is about to sizzle!” Log in to Reply alstonboy4315 July 22, 2011 Angrierblackerman– You betta leave my Rebecca Budig alone….. Log in to Reply curacaoman July 22, 2011 Maybe TB will play Emily Q! ;-)) Log in to Reply LizzieVee July 22, 2011 I’ll put this out there too my fav Carly was TB. And, after she left, I did like Jennifer. I thought she was finally coming into her own with the character until she was fired for LW. And, MB said how he fought for her with the higher ups. So, he must have liked her too. LW is a fine actress, but I have to agree with those who said it, she can be over bearing in her performance. Just like Sarah, who made me really not like Carly from the beginning. I thought that Laura was closest to Sarah’s portrayal of Carly. Log in to Reply JasamForever July 22, 2011 Wait a minute, you are referring to Jennifer Bransford who played Carly in 2005? I personally thought she was horrible. I know there were several comments implying that it was a she/he. I will leave that alone, because it does not matter either way. I also remember Kemo stating that the infamous bar scene between her character, and Carly, she actually hit her with the pool stick, instead of play acting. I think Kemo said she had a bruise afterward, and was suprised that she really hit her. Log in to Reply JasamForever July 22, 2011 @angrierblackerman- She definitely played “Psycho Carly” well. Log in to Reply angrierblackerman July 22, 2011 [quote=alstonboy4315]Angrierblackerman– You betta leave my Rebecca Budig alone….. ;)[/quote]No diss to your baby or Cameron Mathison Alston, this is more an exaggeration about boneheaded or spiteful moves made by the House of Mouse! You know how those classy folks at ABCD do. Log in to Reply jmnfnt. July 22, 2011 This young woman coming to play KH is way too pretty and young to fit into the developed KH character. While KH had created an act of wealth & class and eventually created her life to be what she had created (what?!)Anyway she had come up through the ranks and had developed a veneer tough enough to put SC in his place. Just by virtue of her looks this new KH will not fit recent history. She will be Maxie’s boss and they will look the same age. It feels like a bad move,based on my opinion,nothing substantive.Ha. I just hope they are not opening GH acting school again.A few years ago there were several new actors/esses who couldn’t act their way out of a wet ,paper bag on GH.Poor SB & MB had to guide them in every scene they were in tog. It was painful to watch.I remember in one scene SB had to put his hand on the actors shoulder and turn the actor into the lighting set-up for scene continuity.Yikes. Besides ,KH has such an identifiable manner and way of speaking. And what about Dante’s Ma.She’ll look old enough to be this young woman’s Ma too. Save us. Log in to Reply sassysdreams July 22, 2011 [quote=Luke Kerr]Reportedly, Sullivan’s Kate Ward will debut in early fall.[/quote] MB tweeted several weeks ago that he was already working with her and to please give her a chance, that she’s very good. So if she’s already taping with him it sounds like she’ll be on alot sooner than early fall. As for MW, I don’t get it unless she doesn’t want to come back. Kate and Sonny are supposed to be the same age. They went to school together in Bensonhurst and Olivia is supposed to be two years younger than them. And both women are supposed to be Italian. This woman does not look Italian nor like she’s in her early 40′s! :~ Log in to Reply Soap_Stud July 22, 2011 Give the new actress a chance. For every Jennifer Bransford, there are two Laura Wrights in daytime. There have been more successful recasts than not, IMO. I have high hopes for the new actress and wish Megan Ward the very best. Log in to Reply sassysdreams July 22, 2011 [quote=miztee246]No offense to TB, but Laura Wright allowed them to transition Carly to a respectable hotelier and (in some ways) Jax’s equal. Until LW came on board, Carly was written as low-rent and frankly, I could not see Sarah Brown or Tamara Braun making the character transition in a believable way. LW has done that.[/quote] I totally agree!!! [quote=miztee246]As far as yesterday’s episode — I loved the way Carly used her master key to Brenda’s suite after the twit would not open the door. One of the few scenes with Brenduh that I did not FF through. I know a lot of folks hate the Jason/Carly/Sonny triumvirate, but this was one time I was glad that Sonny outfoxed Jax. Jax had become the consummate jackass, bribing the mediator and all. Jax proved that he would stoop to the lowest level, but he failed to remember that Sonny has a different set of tricks. Brenda did not blink when she heard that Jax had bribed the mediator, but is so holier-than-thou with Sonny.[/quote] Well said and I agree with you!!! Log in to Reply soapbaby July 22, 2011 [quote=jmnfnt.]And what about Dante’s Ma.She’ll look old enough to be this young woman’s Ma too. Save us.[/quote] Um, Lisa CiCero already looks WAY too young to be playing Dante’s mother! Log in to Reply THEBEST July 22, 2011 I get a Tamara Braun vibe about her. I think she will do fine. I was pissed about the Kate recasting, too but Megan may not have wanted to come back. I am scared for Laura Wright, though. As much as I love TB, I do not want my girl, LW, to be put out to pasture just so we can get a CarSon redo… Log in to Reply emsnana July 22, 2011 IMO I don’t think they should bring back Tb. I didnt want them to bring back VMG. I think they should have recast Brenda lomg ago if they wanted her. I think once an actor leaves they should stay gone . IMO no one is irreplacable. So I will give this new one a chance. Log in to Reply maxsmom July 23, 2011 I am not the best judge since I almost never like recasts but this is a case of miscasting even if she had originated the role. She is a year older than DZ and based on her picture she actually looks younger than he. Lisa LoCiciero/Olivia is less than 10 years older than DZ but since Guza went overboard making Olivia 15 when she gave birth, it’s easy enough to buy her as a great looking 45. I have an aunt who people routinely guess to be 20 years younger than her current age, that said this is ridic. I feel like Rachel McAdams is the 30 something “Meryl Streep” and I think she’s great but Rachel could be taking this role and I would feel the same way I feel about Kelly Sullivan, a 32 year old is too young to play MB’s comtemporary. Log in to Reply GHvetfan July 23, 2011 maxsmom – I love Rachel McAdams. I am going to give this actress a chance. I liked Kate Howard. She grew on me. I think I would like to see Tamara back as Carly just to see if she could make me like Carly again. Log in to Reply maxsmom July 23, 2011 Hey Vet, I think RMc is versatile in her look and as an actor but I am not admitting to having seen any of her movies a couple dozen times and certainly not the Notebook. I am admitting to Tamara Braun being my least favorite of the 3 Carlies who played the role longterm, SJB is one of my favorites period and LW is the exception to my recast rule but TB I just didn’t like. Log in to Reply GHvetfan July 23, 2011 AH maxsmom – Here I thought we were soulmates in our GH love. I have never actually seen The Notebook. I am not usually atracted to sappy love stories. I did really enjoy Mean Girls, Wedding Crashers, and The Family Stone. I will even forgive her for Morning Glory because of my Han Solo love. Tamara Braun is my fave Carly. I have nothing against Laura Wright. I liked her on Guiding Light. I just do not like Carly anymore. The writers have not done LW any favors. I would like to see if TB could give Carly a fresh approach. I would like to see if she could soften her. Sometimes with a recast or a repeat cast the character changes a bit. I really want to like Carly but she is horrible now. I just hate her. Log in to Reply maxsmom July 23, 2011 Vet, I promise that the Notebook somehow overcomes most of it’s sappiness, I say most because I wish only the original love story was told in only one time period but the Ryan Gosling/Rachel connection was so strong and I like both Gena Rowlands and James Garner so I forgive the excesses, and ask that you give it a chance. I liked all of the above except Morning Glory which hasnt yet premiered on cable, my cable bargain is that I can afford it if its the only way I see movies. I agree that Carly could climb a mountain barefoot to rescue an orphan and I still wouldnt like her right now but I dont think an actor change would affect my feelings for the character. My memory is about as leakproof as a colander but TB seemed like a mean woman compared to SJB’s wounded girl. Bobbie was my favorite character, she had been through so much but it seemed to pale in comparison to hurricane Carly yet SJB played hurt as well as hurtful, TB not so much for me. Log in to Reply tealita July 24, 2011 TAMARA BRAUN NOT coming to GH. Confirmed by JFP as per GHH Shirley. Bummer… Log in to Reply GHvetfan July 24, 2011 Maxsmom – I promise to give The Notebook a try. I don’t believe I have actually ever watched a Ryan Gosling film. Ryan Gosling is actually local right now. He is filming a movie with Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes downstate in Schenectady NY. My son and my nephew spotted them out and about when they traveled down for business. My daughter was quite jealous. She was thinking of speeding through the town because word is out that Cooper is doing ride alongs with the police. As for Carly – I wouldn’t wish unemployment on Laura Wright but I am looking for any reason to watch GH and enjoy it again. I have reached a point where I want to shoot the TV when the unholy mob is featured and that is just way too much and there are far too many weapons to choose from in this house. Log in to Reply Soap Bubbles October 14, 2011 If anyone from GH is monitoring this please take note: Keep Laura Wright. I know that amongst my friends, she was hard to get used to but we all like her and she should stay. As for Kelly Sullivan replacing Megan…… please… Megan was perfect as Kate because she had “THE LOOK” whereas Kelly does not. She doesn’t carry herself as a Fashion Diva. Her dark roots and that hairstyle aren’t polished enough for her to pull this character off. She also appears to be more of a Walmart shopper (nothing wrong with that), however, this character should be more of a Lord & Taylor, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, shopper. She also looks older. GH casting people should seriously rethink this. Kelly would have been better as one of the nurses that passes by in the background. I’ve been watching GH since I was a kid… OMG 43 years… some transitions have been easy but this one just won’t cut it. Sorry to her fans…. 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