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General Hospital-related news from 2003
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Rachel Ames
January 2003
Original cast member Ames released by GH
Original cast member Rachel Ames (Audrey Hardy) has been let go from General Hospital.
Amber Tamblyn
January 2003
Guza: Recasting Emily will prove tough For GH
Ending the "is she coming back?" speculation, General Hospital co-head writer Robert Guza, Jr. had announced that the show does plan to bring Emily Quartermaine back to the canvas. And yes, the role will be recast.
Greg Vaughan
January 2003
"Sexiest" ousted Y&R star is GH's new Lucky
It's a casting decision that seems to have been made faster than you can say "General Hospital." Greg Vaughan (ex-Diego Guittierez, The Young and the Restless), recently released from The Young and the Restless, has been named General Hospital's new Lucky Spencer.
Vanessa Marcil
January 2003
Marcil out over contract dispute
Vanessa Marcil (Brenda Barrett) will once again be leaving General Hospital. According to published reports, Marcil and executives at ABC were unable to come to terms on a new contract. Marcil returned to the fictional town of Port Charles last year after a four-year absence.
Réal Andrews
February 2003
Andrews to leave role as Taggert
After six years with General Hospital, Réal Andrews (Marcus Taggert) has opted not to renew his contract with the show.
Jack Wagner
February 2003
Wagner joins cast of B&B
Veteran actor Jack Wagner has been signed to a contract with The Bold and the Beautiful. For much of the 80s and 90s, Wagner appeared on ABC's General Hospital as Frisco Jones.
John J. York
March 2003
GH vet York back on contract
In an usual move, a General Hospital performer that had been taken off contract has been bumped back up from recurring status. Long-time GH veteran John J. York (Mac Scorpio) has been given another long-term contract with the show.
Kristina Wagner
March 2003
Wagner out as GH's Felicia
After nearly twenty years as General Hospital's Felicia, Kristina Wagner has decided to call it quits. The actress has already made her final General Hospital appearance.
Tyler Christopher
March 2003
Scott out, Christopher back as Nikolas
Contract talks between Coltin Scott (Nikolas Cassadine) and General Hospital have broken off and Scott will leave the show when his contract expires this summer.
Kristina Wagner
April 2003
Rumors have Kristina Wagner joining B&B
As previously reported by Soap Central, the Internet is awash in rumors that Kristina Wagner (ex-Felicia Jones, General Hospital) might be joining the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful.
Stephen Nichols
April 2003
Nichols returning to General Hospital
After over a year break from General Hospital, Stephen Nichols will return to the GH canvas this spring, thereby squashing rumors of his impending addition to the ATWT cast.
Real Andrew
May 2003
ATWT snares GH's Andrews
As The World Turns has successfully lured away another departing ABC soap opera star. The latest addition to the Emmy Award winning show's cache is General Hospital's Réal Andrews (Marcus Taggert).
Kristina Wagner
May 2003
Is GH mulling a Felicia recast?
There are online murmurings that General Hospital may be recasting the role of Felicia Jones in the near future.
Finola Hughes
July 2003
AMC confirms Hughes will exit, but is she headed back to GH?
It would appear at least on the surface that the rumors of Finola Hughes' (Anna Devane) impending exit from All My Children were right. A spokesperson for All My Children has confirmed that the actress will be leaving the show when her contract expires later this year.
Coltin Scott
August 2003
Former GH star to replace Vilasuso as Tony
A spokesperson for Guiding Light has now confirmed that Jordi Vilasuso (Tony Santos) will leave the show when his contract expires this summer. The role of Tony Santos will be recast with Coltin Scott.
Finola Hughes
August 2003
Will Hughes return to GH?
Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) will exit from All My Children this fall. Online fans are now wondering if the actress will make a return to General Hospital.
Kelly Monaco
August 2003
Monaco stays in PC and joins GH cast
ABC has now confirmed that Kelly Monaco (Livvie Locke, Port Charles) will be joining the cast of General Hospital. The actress has been touted as a possible recast for ATWT's Nikki Munson.
Jacob Young
September 2003
GH Emmy winner is AMC's new Adam Chandler Jr.
Daytime Emmy winner Jacob Young (ex-Lucky Spencer, General Hospital; ex-Rick Forrester, B&B) has signed on to play the role of All My Children's Adam Chandler, Jr.
Robin Mattson
September 2003
Sheila's back at B&B -- with a cohort!
Kimberlin Brown (Sheila Carter) is returning to The Bold and the Beautiful - and she's bringing along some company in the form of veteran daytime star Robin Mattson (ex-Janet Green, All My Children; ex-Heather Webber, General Hospital).
Jane Elliot
September 2003
Elliot signs deal to bring Tracy back to Port Charles
Fan-favorite Jane Elliot (Tracy Quartermaine) is headed back to Port Charles - and this time it's for more than just a few appearances. ABC has now confirmed that the Emmy-winning actress has been signed to a long-term contract with General Hospital.
Jacob Young
October 2003
Young's JR set to kick off major AMC story
After several months away from Pine Valley, Adam Chandler Jr. (played by ex-Lucky, Jacob Young) has returned home -- with a new look and a new attitude. But why did AMC head writer Megan McTavish opt to bring the character back to the canvas now? The scribe says that JR's return return is set to touch off a wave of new story.
Anna Lee
November 2003
GH dismisses Pearson, Miller and bumps Lee
General Hospital is pruning its cast of three of its female cast members. As previously reported, long-time veteran Anna Lee (Lila Quartermaine) has been bumped from contract status to recurring. Two other actresses - Andrea Pearson (Gia Campbell) and J. Robin Miller (Lydia Karenin) - have been let go entirely.
Anna Lee
November 2003
GH's Anna Lee taken off contract
Long-time General Hospital veteran, Anna Lee (Lila Quartertmaine) has been taken off contract. While being taken off contract usually equates to real-world terms of being fired, a spokesperson for ABC states that the actress will still be seen on a recurring basis.
Anna Lee
November 2003
GH's Anna Lee taken off contract
As reported last month by Soap Central, Anna Lee (Lila Quartermaine) has been let go from General Hospital. Lee has played Lila, the matriarch of the venerable Quartermaine family, for the past 25 years. Lee's contract with General Hospital expires this month.
Chad Brannon
December 2003
Brannon one of four GH dismissals
Fan favorite Chad Brannon (Zander Smith) will exit the show when his contract expires early next year.
Lane Davies
December 2003
Lane Davies out as four male GH stars are fired
General Hospital newcomer Lane Davies (Cameron Lewis) will exit General Hospital sometime in early 2004.
John Ingle
December 2003
John Ingle one of four GH dismissals
Though a network spokesperson has declined to comment, Soap Opera Central has confirmed that John Ingle (Edward Quartermaine) has been fired.
Kin Shriner
December 2003
Long-time vet Shriner one of four GH dismissals
Long-time veteran General Hospital performer Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) has been let go.
Linda Dano
December 2003
Dano's run as ABC's Rae about to end
The days of Linda Dano's (Gretel Rae Cummings) ABC soap hopping are just about at an end. The veteran soap opera actress will exit One Life to Live in early 2004.

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