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UPDATED: Lucas' Love Interest Revealed! Casting News!


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Lucas' Love Interest Revealed; Role Recast!

By: Cam Corder

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Actor and model Marco Dapper (Troy, Eating Out 2)has joined the cast in the contract role of "Dante Brennan ." Casting execs have spent months trying to find the right person for the role, and though Marco was the original frontrunner, the show wanted to be sure they chose the right person. The character of Dante will eventually become a love interest for Lucas. The writers are adamant on telling their story, but it won't be an easy road. Dante leads dual lives. The life his family expects him to lead, and the life that he's forced to hide. Also, unlike before, Lucas' love interest will exist beyond Lucas and his circle of friends & family. There will be a lot of interaction with other characters on the cast. Dapper will first air as "Dante" next Wednesday.

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UPDATE:

*ahem*

Earlier, we announced some casting news. Well....the powers that be had a closed door session and sources say one writer/producer was ready to walk after news broke of 2 recasts that she did not approve of. All writers on "Port Charles" have a creative control clause and she decided to exercise that clause. This incident has delayed production on "After Midnight" as well as Port Charles.

To clarify a few things...

1. Jackie Zeman has NOT been fired. Her current storyline will dictate a short-term exit (about 2 weeks) and during that time, her story will be driven by other characters.

2. After some thought, we have decided that Jeff Branson will NOT play Blake Barrington, instead, the role will be recast with Joshua Casaubon.

3. One of the main things TPTB fought about was the termination of Nolan North. Apparently it wasn't a good idea to attempt to fire another writers favorite actor while she was on vacation. They decided that Nolan will not be fired, as he is going to be a very big part of the "After Midnight" spinoff. Maybe one person has now learned not to screw around with a FOJ.

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Port Charles has come to terms with Justin Hartley (Blake Barrington) to release him from the show. The executive producer wanted Justin to sign a contract, but the actor wanted to keep his options open for primetime work. In a statement released earlier today, Ryan Chandler, head writer & executive producer for Port Charles said, "We appreciate all of the hard work that Justin put into working with us. It's a shame that we were unable to come to terms on a contract, but do not worry. We are keeping Justin in mind for a role on our primetime spinoff 'After Midnight.'"

Josh Casaubon (ex-Hugh, OLTL) has been tapped to play Blake. Casaubon is known for playing Hugh Hughes on OLTL. And yes....he meets the approval of TPTB. Casaubon began taping episodes 3 weeks ago and will begin airing as "Blake" next week. Expect the blossoming relationship between Blake & Elizabeth to continue.

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Michael Park (Jack, ATWT) has joined the cast as Assistant District Attorney Darin Palmer. Palmer is a rival of Ric's from law school. Palmer is brought in by Mayor Floyd to oversee the possible Corinthos/Alcazar case due to a conflict of interest with Ric and Alexis.

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Additional Tidbits:

Gina Tognoni will make her "in town" debut as Brenda Barrett on Friday, August 3. Tognoni first aired a few weeks ago when Robin had a conversation with Brenda.

Emily Quartermaine (played by Jennifer Ferrin) returns home to deal with a family emergency on Thursday, July 26.

Jackie Zeman (Bobbie) will be off screen in the near future dictated by her current storyline.

Ryan Carnes (Evan Koslosky) has been let go from the show. The new writing team dropped his original story and has no use for the character.

Stephanie Gatschet (Serena) and Scott Bailey (Hunter) have been demoted to recurring status. Changes in the writing team prompted a change in their story. The two are expected to stick around for the forseeable future, interacting with Lucy, Kevin and the younger set.

A new version of the opening will debut next Wednesday.

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Don't like the axing of Jackie Zeman(Bobbie). I think Nolan North is better suited to Stephen Webber than Michael Park, can't picture him as a doctor or as half brother to Elizabeth or on GH period. I also don't like Jeff Branson at all on AMC as Jonathan, so not thrilled with him as Blake Barrington either. Maybe you should bring back Carly Schroeder as Serena. Also hey Ry, how about upping Kiko Ellsworth(Stan) & Minae Noji(Kelly) to contract. Love 'em and I wish GH would up 'em to contract as well.

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Interesting casting choices! Michael Park is very interesting and very yummylious, as is Marco!

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Don't like the axing of Jackie Zeman(Bobbie). I think Nolan North is better suited to Stephen Webber than Michael Park, can't picture him as a doctor or as half brother to Elizabeth or on GH period. I also don't like Jeff Branson at all on AMC as Jonathan, so not thrilled with him as Blake Barrington either. Maybe you should bring back Carly Schroeder as Serena. Also hey Ry, how about upping Kiko Ellsworth(Stan) & Minae Noji(Kelly) to contract. Love 'em and I wish GH would up 'em to contract as well.

Thank you!!

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Don't like the axing of Jackie Zeman(Bobbie). I think Nolan North is better suited to Stephen Webber than Michael Park, can't picture him as a doctor or as half brother to Elizabeth or on GH period. I also don't like Jeff Branson at all on AMC as Jonathan, so not thrilled with him as Blake Barrington either. Maybe you should bring back Carly Schroeder as Serena. Also hey Ry, how about upping Kiko Ellsworth(Stan) & Minae Noji(Kelly) to contract. Love 'em and I wish GH would up 'em to contract as well.

Oh don't worry, Jackie Zeman hasn't been fired. I'm just letting people know that she'll be off-screen for a while due to her current storyline. It won't be long, but Luke & Noah will drive most of her story while she's away.

I got rid of Nolan because I wanted to: A) Age Steven, B) Give Steven a personality that is different than one we saw a few years ago and C) Because he's going to be involved with Skye.

Lol, if you don't like Jeff than who should I choose? I hate Jonathan on AMC, but I really liked Jeff when he first joined the show. Lol, I should know before I upload my new opening to YouTube.

Kiko is on contract (I just forgot to move his name up). He appears in the new opening. If you want Minae on contract, I can do that. We'll have to come up with a story for her.

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I like the casting of a rival for Ric...anything to keep his little butt on his toes, I'm all for...and Michael Park is definitely an interesting choice.

Also very interesting selection for Lucas' love interest...Never heard of the movie Eating Out 2..ummm, do I really want to know what that one is about...but if the character gives Lucas some loving cool.

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Look at the all the scandal in Port Charles! Let's keep it on the screen can we? LOL, just kidding!! Josh C. is good but I thought JB would have been fine as well and glad that you're keeping MP!

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Thanks Ryan, and (I bet) especially Jen. Glad that PC is now keeping Nolan North and Josh Casauban is a much better choice as Blake. Liked him on ONE LIFE. (Buh-bye Jeff Branson, stay on AMC, lol). Also Lucas is definitely gettin a hunky boyfriend. Hmmm, wonder who'll he'll be related to?! And I also think Michael Park as Ric's rival, and a Asst. D.A. is a much better role for him.

I think Minae Noji's Kelly, might be good with Blake, Stephen or AJ.

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You're in luck Mulder :) Jen has big plans for Steven & Kelly. Lol, and yes, most of the cast changes were because of the meeting I had with Jen.

I originally wanted to cast Josh Casaubon as Blake, but I didn't know if Jen would like him. Lol, apparently I didn't know she despised Jeff Branson.

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