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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  1. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    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.

  2. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    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.

  3. Avatar of Daniel St. John
    Daniel St. John

    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.

  4. Avatar of TomZulawski
    TomZulawski

    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.

  5. Avatar of Patchworks
    Patchworks

    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.

  6. Avatar of Yoryla
    Yoryla

    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!!!

  7. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    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. :)

  8. Avatar of BoricuaAngel
    BoricuaAngel

    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! :-)

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

  9. Avatar of DisillusionedGHfan
    DisillusionedGHfan

    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!

  10. Avatar of liason4real
    liason4real

    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.

  11. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    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.

  12. Avatar of TomZulawski
    TomZulawski

    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.

  13. Avatar of al0792
    al0792

    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.:)

  14. Avatar of logan_echolls
    logan_echolls

    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.

  15. Avatar of TomZulawski
    TomZulawski

    [quote=al0792]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.:)[/quote]

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

  16. Avatar of svexsal
    svexsal

    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.

  17. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    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.

  18. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    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.

  19. Avatar of nysam
    nysam

    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.

  20. Avatar of liason4real
    liason4real

    @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.

  21. Avatar of soapjunkie88
    soapjunkie88

    [quote=liason4real]Is Valentine Victor’s son?[/quote]

    According to Helena, Valentin was another bastard child of Mikkos. She told Luke that Valentin never got anything from the Cassadine name and that he’s out for blood because he felt betrayed by Mikkos’ children and grand-children.

    And I have to agree. As much as I like Helena, it was getting ridiculous seeing her running around town and making threats and stuff. It was time to put her to rest. Victor could be a great replacement as the new patriarch of this family that is fighting Nikolas for his children to be the heirs to the Cassadine fortune.

  22. Avatar of logan_echolls
    logan_echolls

    Stavros should at least have about 12 bastard kids out there! That family is from royalty, it’s not believable that Nikolas is the only one alive when just 30 years ago there was a bunch of them.

    They ruined RH. He should have been a Cassadine but then I wouldn’t want him with Carly. Carly tends to ruin the men she’s with and I couldn’t take Carly ruining a Cassadine.

  23. Avatar of liason4real
    liason4real

    LMAO. Yes, those Cassadine’s are a sick bunch, so I agree there should be all kinds of illegitmate or inbred children within the family.

    Yes, Carly ruins every man, so maybe it’s a good thing she’s paired up with FrancoTodd! :party:

  24. Avatar of Nk3play2
    Nk3play2

    Valentin being Helena’s illegitimate son with Victor would be extremely cool…. If they weren’t going with Nikolas and Britt as a couple, I’d swear Britt could be Thaao Penghlis/Victor Cassadine’s long lost child because she looks JUST LIKE HIM!!!

    Victor, I’m pretty sure had children; too bad Torsten Kaye just went to B&B because he could’ve definitely played a long lost son of Victor’s; Also, Peter Reckell (ex-Bo, Days) is still unemployed, so him as Victor’s child would work.

    I agree, they definitely should’ve brought Roger Howarth in as Alexander Castle/Cassadine, Tony and Alex’s long lost son, like they originally planned. Howarth kind of favors the actor that played Tony Cassadine as well.

  25. Avatar of TomZulawski
    TomZulawski

    [quote=TV Gord]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.[/quote]

    I believe it was Soapzone that stated Genie Francis left GH due to an illness in her family. Check out last weeks News and scoops

  26. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    From Soapzone: “Genie Francis (Laura) may have had to cut short her GH tenure last summer, because of a relative’s ill health.” (sic…don’t know why that comma is there…)

    “May have” are the operative words. She also may have been abducted by aliens. There’s no attribution to it. It’s literally gossip. It may or may not be true. With all due respect, it shouldn’t be passed along as though it’s a fact.

  27. Avatar of DisillusionedGHfan
    DisillusionedGHfan

    Thanks for helping me re-align the Cassadine brothers everyone! It’s easy to confuse them when you have to tap 30 year old memories!

    I have to agree with people who say RH should have been brought back as a Cassadine, RH is very good at being bad, while making you like him doing it. Thats a trade mark of the Cassadines. We love to hate Stavros and I personally don’t care how many times they kill and revive the guy, RKK does brooding/angry/crazy very well! He was great the 5 minutes we saw him during the anniv. episodes and I’ve been disappointed we couldn’t have more. However, I get what TPTB are doing ight now w/ GH and lovin’ it!

    Whatever reason Genie came and went to quickly, we may never know, other than her contract timeline. I wasn’t exactly thrilled with her return this time and it appears, neither was she. She seemed out of sorts when she returned, but I had attributed it to her acting choice because of scripting content, but it turned out there was nothing there in that respect. The Scotty-Luke thing [marrying Baldwin] and her bouncing around between them was uninspiring, hopefully that will be corrected with her next stint. She may not even come back if they don’t try to evolve Laura like she has asked and frankly, I wouldn’t blame her.

  28. Avatar of ANGELWENDY15
    ANGELWENDY15

    I think Thaao will be a great addition to the show. The Cassadine family has always been a major part of the show. Now that Faison is gone, they need a new villian and concentrating on the Cassadines makes sense. Still hoping Stephan Nichols returns with Genie Francis.Also,this will give give Nicolas more story, also involving Luke, I’m sure.

  29. Avatar of TomZulawski
    TomZulawski

    [quote=TV Gord]From Soapzone: “Genie Francis (Laura) may have had to cut short her GH tenure last summer, because of a relative’s ill health.” (sic…don’t know why that comma is there…)

    “May have” are the operative words. She also may have been abducted by aliens. There’s no attribution to it. It’s literally gossip. It may or may not be true. With all due respect, it shouldn’t be passed along as though it’s a fact.[/quote]
    I didn’t really give the blurb from Soapzone that much energy. With them signing Thao to return as Victor Cassadine and all the recent comments in various soap scoops sites it seemed like they may have made something work out with Tony and Genie ( may have being the operative word). For me, its just somewhat exciting to see this character from the past coming back, and the chatter about a big Cassadine/Spencer storyline coming in the future. Gh is a fun escape from my crazy work life, and I personally would love to see a well written story with Luke and Laura.

  30. Avatar of TomZulawski
    TomZulawski

    [quote=TV Gord]From Soapzone: “Genie Francis (Laura) may have had to cut short her GH tenure last summer, because of a relative’s ill health.” (sic…don’t know why that comma is there…)

    “May have” are the operative words. She also may have been abducted by aliens. There’s no attribution to it. It’s literally gossip. It may or may not be true. With all due respect, it shouldn’t be passed along as though it’s a fact.[/quote]
    I didn’t really give the blurb from Soapzone that much energy. With them signing Thao to return as Victor Cassadine and all the recent comments in various soap scoops sites it seemed like they may have made something work out with Tony and Genie ( may have being the operative word). For me, its just somewhat exciting to see this character from the past coming back, and the chatter about a big Cassadine/Spencer storyline coming in the future. Gh is a fun escape from my crazy work life, and I personally would love to see a well written story with Luke and Laura.

  31. Avatar of Patchworks
    Patchworks

    [quote=logan_echolls]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.[/quote]

    This is a great idea! I would love to see a viable second generation of the Cassadines. Some villainous, self-interested Cassadines. I would also like to see Stavros come back because he’s just awesome.

  32. Avatar of jeremy in chicago
    jeremy in chicago

    Also I agree with the previous comments regarding Howarth. Watching him on GH now is really uncomfortable. It’s bad. They definitely should have brought him back as a Cassadine, though my preference would be for him to get off the show.

  33. Avatar of THEBEST
    THEBEST

    Wouldn’t mind Sabrina being Victor’s daughter. We know nothing about her father and being Juan’s adoptive cousin isn’t enough to tie her to the show for me.

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