General Hospital Stars Kick Off Fan Club Weekend With Reception (PHOTOS)

Current and former General Hospital stars Kirsten Storms and Brandon Barash were among GH fan favorites who mixed with fans, took pictures and signed autographs at the General Hospital Fan Club Kick Off Reception on July 25. See more photos from the event after the jump and keep checking back over the weekend as we publish more photos from various events!

Johnson Inks New Deal at Days; Duhon, Prescott and Bruce Tested for Philip!

It appears Soap Opera Mafia Don/Days of Our Lives executive producer Ken Corday had three name actors lined up to replace Jay Kenneth Johnson as Philip Kiriakis had Corday's strong arm tactics to scare the actor not worked. Reliable sources reveal Dylan Bruce (ex-Chris, ATWT), Jon Prescott (ex-Mike, ATWT) and Josh Duhon (ex-Logan, GH) all tested for the role of Philip Kiriakis. However, Johnson did indeed sign a new contract.

"They had to have already had these actors lined up," says the source. "No work is done in Hollywood on the weekend, so the Days execs must have already had them ready just in case."

Wishful Casting: Josh Duhon as Days’ Philip, Jay Kenneth Johnson as GH’s Lucas

As sad as I am to hear about the reported contract woes of Jay Kenneth Johnson —of course Days would go after its popular stars who play core character first, instead of getting rid of wastes of airtime like Molly Burnett, or actors with no ties to the canvas like Shawn Christian—you know me, the soap must go on!

If the brass at Days doesn't come to their senses and manage to make a deal to keep Johnson, I think former General Hospital baddie Josh Duhon (ex-Logan) would make a kick ass Philip Kiriakis. Duhon was instantly popular on General Hospital before being sacrificed at the altar of Johnny and Lulu's budding romance. I bet Duhon would crackle with electricity opposite Nadia Bjorlin's Chloe and provide a strong foe for Nu-Brady.

Guza’s Still Talking!

Bob Guza is still talking and I once again ask, should we listen?  The General Hospital head writer gave a few comments to Soap Opera Digest about two lovely ladies that all General Hospital fans love. 

Once again, the Vanessa Marcil (Brenda Barrett) RUMORS are teased by Guza.  He says Vanessa "wants to make it happen."  The head scribe also talks Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) promising that there is more to come from the super spy.  Here's hoping that it's true, as most fans agree her "big summer storyline" needed a microscope for better viewing. 

What else is Guza talking about?  Apparently he tells the mag why Logan Hayes (played by Josh Duhon) had to die.  Look for Bob Guza's comments in the September 11, 2008 issue.

General Hospital Spoilers & Scoops!

Here's the Scoop! 08.05.08

Team Spixie!  The Jackal P.I. and his trusty sidekick Maximista go to work digging up information on Karpov. 

More Q's?  I'm hearing more Quartermaine action and they're fighting!

Scotty tries to see Laura... but is denied access to his one time love. How much do you want to bet that he just misses Lulu?

Will Claudia and Nikolas team up to find their on the run siblings? Remember there are still RUMORS that these two lock lips, again.

Could GH’s ex-Logan be Cane’s new little bro on Y&R?

Soap Opera Digest
is reporting a casting call has gone out for "Will" on The Young and the Restless. Speculation is the role will prove a recast for Billy Abbott, the role made famous by David Tom then played by some other guys who I can't remember at the moment.

Apparently recently-ousted General Hospital hunk Josh Duhon is the front runner for the role. While I would love to see a legacy character like Billy (son of the late John and Jill Abbott, half brother of Jack and Cane, uncle of Colleen, grandson of Kay)  back in Genoa City, I am having trouble seeing rough-around-the-edges Duhon as a Walnut Academy graduate/trust fund kid (Even if the casting call says "Will" doesn't like to make a big deal about being loaded). But wouldn't Duhon make an awesome recast for farm boy-turned Wall Street schemer Adam Newman?