Thaao Penghlis RETURNS as General Hospital's Victor Cassadine!






General Hospital is really utilizing their way back machine! According to Soap Opera Digest, Thaao Penghlis is reprising the role of Victor Cassadine.
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he last time viewers saw Mikkos' little brother was in 1981, after Luke (Anthony Geary) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) sent him to jail for his part of the Ice Princess caper. Look for the Days of Our Lives favorite to begin airing Jan. 30.

 


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Ugh!!

Can the team please create some new bad guys and stop recycling the old ones? Concentrate on making Ava a baddy! Same for Britt.

Thao looks like an emaciated sun baked Liberace.

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No no no--I want him to come back to Days as Tony DiMera

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Awesome news! Excited to see what the Cassadines are up to this time around.

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Great! I wish it would have been Stefan Cassadine, but Victor is fine. The Cassadines need more screen time.

BUT, Cartini seriously needs to stop to bring people back that supposedly died. I know that means nothing when it comes to the Cassadines ... but we had so many returns from the dead in the last 2 yrs. I'm getting kinda sick of it.

Why not finally tell the story of Valentin Cassadine that the previous regime so cruel abandoned in favor of James Franco? Valentin, as far as we know, is alive and well ... Nikolas' uncle and could be a real threat.

But anyway. I applaud them for getting these people back and playing this show's history. But GH has to think about the show overall. And it's not good to have a "return from the dead"-story every other two months.

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Actually, it was ALWAYS assumed that Victor died, but his actual death in prison was NEVER confirmed.

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I guess a new (old) supervillain is needed since all the other ones like Faison, Jerry and Helena have been taken out of action.
I wonder if part of his time back in Port Charles will include trying to woo Tracy since that would put him in direct conflict with Luke.

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Maybe he is back to usher Robert out of P.C.

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This is a major step in the right direction. Victor Cassadine was never dead so this isn't a return from the dead storyline. It is incredible news that GH is digging into its history and using some of the best characters with the richest history to propel these new story lines. Hopefully they can right some wrongs created with the history during the dreadful JPF/Guza years. There is supposed to be a major Cassadine storyline utilizing Tony Geary and Genie Francis which I am sure will be amazing. Looking forward to whats in store for us viewers.

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This would be interesting if Tristan Rogers wasn't leaving for Y&R. Without him, who cares.

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I think Robert will be gone before he ever gets there. But this was probably the story that Robert was supposed to be a part of for sweeps.

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I am looking forward to his return. I always enjoyed his "Tony/Andre" on DAYS. I never saw Penghlis portray Victor on GH, but will be fascinated to see how he plays on the current canvas.

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WONDERFUL!!! Ah, he is such a great actor, and an amazing villain! Great to see him again on GH.

And if this has anything to do with Laura, all the better!!!

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Genie Francis won't return for the foreseeable future. Her short-term contract with ABC expired in the summer. Don't think she'll be back so soon.
I too think it has to do with Robert and the storyline that RC originally planed for him and now had to rewrite.

I didn't know that his death was only assumed. I saw only parts of the original Cassadine storyline on YouTube. I'm very happy that this isn't another "back from the dead"-story then. Smile

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This is AWESOME NEWS!!!! It's the Cassadine's, Luke/Laura, that had me running home after school to watch. It looks like to me GH is rotating their villains, which keeps things exciting and fresh. It's no different that what movie franchises do ... different (but familiar) villains for each movie. I also read on another soap blog that Stephan is coming back to; but his character, along with Lucas has been pushed-back to Feb. 2014.
Exciting news GH! Smile

**Please forgive my typos in this midst of the exciting news, lol. **

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Wasn't Victor Cassadine and Alex Quartermaine together when last we saw him? I confuse some of the Cassadine siblings, but if so, would that mean Alex Q would be on her way back? Or, was she frozen in the end? I can't recall. Then again, she might have been with Tony Cassadine?

I like anything Cassadine, so him, Stefan or even Stavros [frozen or otherwise] would be fine by me! I feel like all these villains are coming back, in what appears to be wrap up stories for them! Well, sans Jerry, he still appears to be alive! As much as I hate to say it, Helena needed to be retired, you can only revive an older villain so many times before the cast catches up to them in age. [Like Geary and Towers, she's been looking to young for him in the more recent years!]

A Cassadine story w/o Laura in the mix would seem a tad empty, but then, GH seems to know how to work the right stories these days with the right people, so who knows!

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Great news. RoHo should have come back as the son of Victor and Alexandra which would have made him a Cassadine/Quartermaine, so he could go after the fortunes of both families. Todd 2.0 is a waste of film and I say that as a previous Todd fan.

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According to another site, Alex was with Tony and not Victor, so ignore my previous comments about Alex/Victor.

Where is Dr. Jeff Webber on this list of return characters?

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The Cassadine brothers introduced in 1981 were Mikkos, Tony & Victor. Tony and Alexandra Quartermaine were a couple and were frozen to death by the ice princess. Mikkos also died in the freezing chamber.

Victor was a minor character as far as the Cassadines are concerned. He was dating glamorous actress Tiffany Hill and that is how Robert met his first love interest on the show. They fell for each other on Cassadine Island as Scorpio won Tiffany's affections away from Victor. Victor then went to prison and I believe it was referenced through the years that Victor died in prison.

Seeing that Thao is 70 I'm not sure how viable of villain he will be. Hopefully he has younger children to cause trouble.

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Maybe Valentin is Victor's son? I would not mind seeing a few hunky men between the ages of 25 - 35 heating up the screen!

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Genie Francis cut her contract short due to an illness in her family. The Cassadine story was pushed back until Tony Gearys vacation schedule was reined in and Genie's family issue was resolved. Apparently both Tony and Genie must have resolved their contracts because a massive story arc was scheduled for Luke, Laura, and the Cassadines that was to take a major part of this coming year. According to Ron, this is the story he has been dying to tell but needed to wait until all the stars alined to make it happen. He stated recently that Genie Francis and the character of Laura was one of his priorities once he got to GH, he just hasn't had the opportunity to write it until Genie was fully available.

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I hope this means we might get to see more Ilene Kristen as Delia Ryan.

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TomZulawksi.. Where did you read this? I tried to find it but I was not able to find any stories staying this.. Not that I don't believe you just couldn't find it.Smile

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I love this!

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The only reason to bring back this character is to establish his children. I have never believed that Nikolas the was last Cassadine heir and that he has all the money. Victor was Mikkos brother and some of that money should be his. I want to see him fight for what's his or see his kids fight Nikolas for the Cassadine empire.

Having watched the old storyline, it won't be the same without Robert or Laura and her huge gun around.

It would be SO FREAKIN COOL if he has a son who seduces Liz and Liz falls for him. I would LOVE for that to happen. This character will NOT work unless he is used to bring on a new generation of Cassadines otherwise Stefan is really the only Cassadine we need back. He was perfection until he was a martyr for NEM.

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al0792 wrote:
TomZulawksi.. Where did you read this? I tried to find it but I was not able to find any stories staying this.. Not that I don't believe you just couldn't find it.Smile

Check out an article Ron did that was run in general hospital happenings.

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Thaao being 70 is irrelevant.
Joseph Mascolo is 84 and he's been more than terrifying for the past 14 years on Days of Our Lives.
Please. He can pull this off.

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Penghlis isn't even 70. He's turning 68 on Sunday. Eric Braeden can pull off a scary Victor Newman, Joe Mascolo is still very dangerous as Stefano DiMera. There is no reason for Penghlis not to be able to portray a powerful villain.

RC did an interview with TV Guide where he addressed the Genie Francis issue. And even thought there was a Cassadine storyline in place, we don't know if that's the one. There is no news that Francis is returning to GH. She's not under contract anymore. So a new deal would have to be made.
Maybe her return will be announced eventually but as of now, there is nothing but speculation that this story could lead to a Laura return.

About a new generation of Cassadines. There were rumors some time ago that Stefan's never-seen-before daughter would arrive in Port Charles. That's the last I heard.

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There's nothing about an illness in Genie's family in that GH Happenings article (which is just a rehash of the TV Guide interview). It mentions her having a short-term contact, but that's it.

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Joe Mascolo is as scary as Ursula the Sea Witch in the LITTLE MERMAID. Thao makes Constance Towers look like Lou Ferrigno. It was ridiculous that this frail elderly woman was running around as a threat.

I'm all for Cassadines, but let's have Victor's children or grandchildren. Or let's play the villains that were just brought on in the past 6 months like Julian and Ava. Or Franco who just gutted his mother like she was a fish.

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@logan_echolls, I, too, think it's silly that Nicholas has all of the Cassadine fortune! Stavros seemed rather randy to me, so I find it hard to believe this man did NOT have at least a couple of male heirs that were born before or after Nicholas, and then you factor in Victor or even Tony's unknown children. Is Valentine Victor's son? RoHo could have come on as a Cassadine which would have relieved the icky factor when it comes to Todd 2.0 and Carly.