The Year in Review (SID 12/20/05)- Most Welcome Return:
After years of having fans clamor for her return, Kimberly
McCullough finally brought back Robin to Port Charels. Probably
the only person on Earth not happy to see her was Jason's
current love, Sam!
Questions and Answers from
Cupids & Vixens (SID 12/20/05)
What do you need for
Christmas? "A day off. I'd like some time to spend
with my dogs."
What should your character get
for Christmas? "Robin wants Jason to be okay. She wants him
to be cured."
What should you character's New
Year's resolution be? "Robin's resolution is to
have some fun. An hour out of each day, she needs to do
something that she enjoys. Robin used to dance. She should go
back to dance class or do yoga. She needs to do something where
she's out of her head."
General Hospital: The Next
Generation: ...As for the Scorpios, I doubt we'll ever
see a return to Port Charles by Robert and Anna (Tristan Rogers
and the divine Finola Hughes), but their grown daughter Robin
has come home just in time to save former love Jason, who has a
deadly brain disorder and has lost his memory. Again. I've never
been a big fan of Kimberly McCullough (Robin); she's a bit too
bland for my tastes. But many fans have a deep attachment to her
and it was smart of the show to bring her back. Robin's uncle,
Mac, is the PC police commish, and his daughters, Maxie and
Georgie, gets loads of screen time and stories of consequence.
took me months to warm up to Sam, but her pairing with Jason is
hugely successful. I don't want Robin to come between them- she
and Jason are as exciting as warm milk and vanilla wafers.
all bitch a lot about how GH ain't what it used to be. But,
really, when you think about it, what is? (excepts from Mimi
Torchin's latest SOW article, 12/13/05)
Soap Opera Digest celebrates
its 30th anniversary and reflects on some of its favorite covers
and stories. The top cover counts- Kristina Wagner (26), Anthony
Geary (24), Genie Francis (20), and Finola Hughes (17). Tom
Stacey, West Coast Feature Writer recalls his most memorable
soap-star moment: "One of my favorite memories was at
our GH cover shoot for the 4/28/98 issue, which featured Steve
Burton (Jason), Kimberly McCullough (Robin), Brad Maule (Tony)
and Sarah Brown (ex-Carly). The shoot took place on April Fools'
Day. A casual conversation between myself, the GH publicist and
ABC's head of daytime publicity spread through the room like
wildfire, and the next thing I knew, I was on the phone to New
York with Jody Reines, telling her there was 'a problem' at the
shoot. She was panic-stricken as she heard Maule shout, 'If I'm
not at the center of this picture, I'm outta here!' Jody gasped
when I relayed that Burton had tossed a chair across the room.
Brown bellowed, 'I've never worked with such prima donnas in my
entire life!' McCullough was laughing too hard to say anything.
Just as Jody entered cardiac arrest, I pulled the phone away
from my ear and the entire room erupted with a deafening 'April
Fools'!' The laughter still echoes through the halls at Prospect
Studios, where GH tapes. And I'm sorry, Jody, but I still
chuckle every time I tell that story. Thanks for being such a
Jason Pops the Question
Jason gets his memory back this week on GH, and decides to marry
Sam- pronto! "Jason wants to give Sam her heart's desire,
even if they just get married in the hospital," explains
associate head writer Elizabeth Korte.
"But Jason's test results come back and they're not as
encouraging as Robin might have hoped. The medicine helped
restore Jason's memory, but did not deal with the underlying
problem. Robin says Jason needs to stay in the hospital so they
can monitor him."
wary. "Sam is worried that Robin may be exaggerating the
risks to Jason; that Robin's very strong feelings for Jason
might be clouding her professional judgement," adds Korte.
"Tension between Robin and Sam arises from that."
admits that she is still in love with Jason, but promises not to
interfere in his relationship with Sam. Her concern is for
Jason- who then suffers from another seizure.
"Robin is determined not to give up," declares Korte.
"But, Jason refuses to consider surgery. Instead, Jason
decides to return to Hawaii with Sam, where he can live out the
rest of his life with the woman he loves, much to Robin's
just as worried about Jason as Robin is. "Sonny tells Robin
to do whatever it takes to find a doctor who can perform surgery
on Jason, and he'll make sure Jason is there to have it,"
previews Korte. "Then, Sonny heads to Hawaii to plead with
interim, Robin tracks down the one surgeon who could save Jason:
Dr. Noah Drake. Only he's not the devoted doctor longtime GH
"Robin finds Noah in a bar," reveal Rick
Springfield (Noah). "Things haven't gone well for him.
His hair is a mess. He's got a couple of days' growth on his
face. He's wearing funky clothes."
Nevertheless, Robin begs Noah for help. "Robin is desperate
to fix Jason," says Springfield. "There's anger
and pleading on both sides. He's pleading for peace, and angry
at her for bugging him. She can't believe that he's the guy
she's been looking for. She heard he was this great
surgeon." Noah announces that those days are over,
but Robin isn't about to give up on him- or Jason. (SOW 12/6/05)
Jason & Robin Together
Again! Too bad she almost kills him... Robin and Jason
forces this week on GH, but her experimental drug treatment goes
horribly awry- leaving Jason on the brink of death.
order to convince Jason to agree to the treatment, Robin had to
downplay its level of intensity," explains Kimberly
McCullough (Robin). "Robin knew Jason was going to go
through a period where he would have intense nightmares, where
he might thrash around. But she didn't tell Jason that, because
then he might not have agreed to do it. Robin didn't lie.
She just withheld some things."
Jason starts having these nightmares, Robin 'fesses up to Sam
about the reality of the treatment. (Mind you, he also has some
very pleasant dreams- of kissing Robin.) Realizing it's causing
Jason too much pain, Sam begs a reluctant Robin to stop Jason's
every turn, Robin is saying is saying, 'If this doesn't
work, Jason is going to die,'" defends McCullough. But Sam
forces Robin to stop treatment anyway. "Robin doesn't agree
with her decision, but she does what she asks. Robin takes Jason
off the drugs even though she doesn't want to."
when Jason awakens, he decides to allow Robin to try one last
experimental procedure on him. "It's the same drug,"
notes McCullough. "Jason wants to continue it. So Robin
administers it without Sam's consent."
later, Jason's heart stops beating. "Tony and Monica rush
in and give him CPR," shudders McCullough. "They
Jason's condition remains critical. "He's still in peril
and could die at any moment," says McCullough. Which puts
Robin in a quandary. "Everyone is telling her that the best
thing to do is to take Jason off the drug regiment, but Robin
knows it can work. It can save him and help him get his memory
he gets his memories of Robin back, that could be the kiss of
death for Sam. (SOW 11/29/05)
Who Will Jason Choose? To
save his life, GH's Jason may have no other choice than to trust
Robin. But will allowing her to treat his health crisis
inadvertently give her access to his heart? The way that Robin
originally left Jason was, as Kimberly McCullough (Robin) puts
it, "pretty tense." Although initially his memories of
her were of her betrayal, there are plenty of loving moments
there for the recalling. Will long-gone feelings be rekindled?
"I'm sure she still cares deeply about Jason," she
adds, hinting that there may be some one-sided feelings brewing.
"I think it would be great from an audience standpoint
because there's always something that could happen
there," adds Steve Burton (Jason). "From a character
aspect, it couldn't happen fast. It would have to be something
really bad that would happen between Sam and Jason, which I
don't see happening right now. But there's always that
threat." (SID 11/22/05)
And Death? As Alexis goes into labor with Ric by her side,
Emily and Robin conclude that the baby will have to be born via
C-section. Grabbing Jason's handy-dandy butterfly knife, Robin
proves just how much she learned in medical school. But once the
newborn has been placed into Ric's arms, Robin warns that Alexis
may not survive the trauma. (excerpt from SID 11/22/05)
Jason's Final Rescue? With
danger all around, Jason ventures into the tunnels to play hero
by rescuing a loved one. As he, Robin and Sam attempt to escape
the underground inferno, one of the ladies takes a near fatal
plunge. Jason once agan saves the day, but his attempt to lead
them all to safety is derailed by a massive headache which sends
him plunging over the edge of a cliff! Unable to revive her
ailing lover, Sam dashes off for help. While she's gone, Jason
finds himself in deep water (and nearly drowning) but is rescued
by Carly. Locating Soony and Reese, Sam brings them back to
Jason's side. The still-groggy hero insists that he saw Carly,
who's missing from Rose Lawn. (excerpt from SID 11/22/05)
GH Jason Saves Sonny's Life-
But Who Will Save His? ... Robin is a doctor in Paris whose
specialty is something very similar to Jason's problem,"
teases Guza about Jason's lost love. "This is not a
coincidence. Robin actually took up this neurological study
because of what happened to Jason all those years ago. But we
don't know her feelings for Jason now. Are her feelings for him
just a memory? What will happen when she and Jason are in the
same room? How strong is Sam and Jason's love?"
"Sam is extremely worried about Jason," elaborates
Pratt. "Admist all the danger, she is looking for
alternative treatments for him, and that's going to lead her to
Robin." (SOD 10/25/05)
Factor: One would think that since Kimberly McCullough
literally grew up on-camera playing Robin from 1985-1996 (and
again in 1997-98, 2000 and 2004), she'd be used to being
recognized in public. But in her case, it comes with a catch.
"I don't know why this happens, but I always get recognized
when I look like crap," she laughs. "If I'm coming
back from dance class or the gym, or I just wake up in the
morning, I'll throw some sweats on and I'll go get coffee, and
those are always the times when people recognize me. When
I look cute? Nobody says anything. I'm like, 'Did I look awful
on the show or something? Or was it because I was always
crying?' It's so weird." (SOD 10/25/05)
in the Middle. Will Robin's Return derail Jason's relationship
with sam? Just because GH's Jason can't remember the past
doesn't mean it can't pull him back in as this week, he makes a
decision regarding his role in Sonny's organization. But as Sam
stands by her man, his ex-lover, Robin, may be the only one who
can keep him alive!...
Catching Up with Robin. Meanwhile, in Paris, Robin Scorpio seems
at a crossroads as well, as she considers her rather lonely
existence and the life she left behind years earlier.
"She's one of those people that buries herself in her
work," sets up Kimberly McCullough (Robin). "She
doesn't have much of a social life. She's a very serious doctor,
but she misses her family and friends desperately."
After receiving a phone call from Mac wishing her a happy
birthday, Robin gets into a heated argument with a hot-blooded
surgeon who ignores her suggestion and, as a result, loses a
patient (and not in the "Where did he go?" sense.) The
surgeon, Henri, apologizes and asks Robin out on a date, leading
her to fill him in on the fats of her life. "She tells
Henri, 'You should know that this is the situation,'" says
the actress of the moment that her character reveals that she is
HIV-positive. "She is both realistic and practical."
Is Jason Dying?... At GH, Tony does an exam and reveals that
Jason needs either new medication or a very risky operation. As
luck would have it, the French have a new treatment which just
might prove beneficial to the patient. And it just so happens
that the person they should contact for help is none other than
Jason's ex, Robin! Will she be the one to save the life of her
greatest love? And how will that impact Jason's future with Sam?
(excerpts from SID 10/25/05)
On Wednesday, October 12, Kimberly McCullough makes her way back
onto the GH canvas. How did ABC convince the actress to make a
long-term return to the soap after seven years?
The In Depth story: Over the summer, GH co-head writers Charles
Pratt Jr. and Robert Guza Jr. approached ABC Daytime president
Brian Scott Frons and shared their vision of how Robin could
return to Port Charles. "They came to me, and they had this
great, emotional thought of how Robin would return," says
Frons. But the story Guza and Pratt wanted to tell required a
three-year commitment from McCullough, a feat the scribes knew
might prove to be difficult to accomplish since her prior
combacks were always short ones (since the actress wanted to
focus on primetime television and films.)
Frons recounts that the writers met with McCullough and
explained that they needed a long-term commitment. "She was
willing to do that, which is what I think the fans would really
want," shares the exec. "It would be a shame for her
to come back and spend only six months on the show. It's a
long-term contract that she's made with the show, and we are
thrilled to have her. It's going to be great for her, for the
story and for GH."
Adding that he has high hopes that Robin's return will bring
higher ratings to GH, Frons points out, "She will be
connected to Jason and Sam, who are so incredibly hot at the
moment." But loyal Jason and Sam fans shouldn't immediatly
assume that Robin's return will be a spoiler for the happy pair.
"Jason's brain injury is what brings her back," Frons
explains. "Robin's been living an isolated life in Paris
because of the emotional scars she has from Stone's death and
the loss of Jason. To me, the return of Robin to Port Charles is
so much a return of Robin to life. That's why I think it's such
a great story."
What about Robin's Parents? As soon as word broke out that
Kimberly McCullough would be coming "home" to GH, fans
immediately wondered if her character's parents, Anna and
Robert- played by Finola Hughes and Tristan Rogers- would be
returning as well. "I would love to work with Finola
and Tristan again," says McCullough. However, according to
ABC Daytime president Brian Scott Frons, the actress's wish will
go unfulfilled... at least for now. "I can't tell you
whether it's going to happen," the executive claims.
"But it would certainly be an interesting historical
connection for Anna and Robin to reconnect." (SID 10/25/05)
Daily Dose” launches October 12, the first-ever blog for
a soap character- Website Solidifies Network’s Position in the
Media Forefront. Commemorating the return of the beloved
“General Hospital” character Robin Scorpio, a blog entitled
“Robin’s Daily Dose” – the first-ever for a character on
a daytime drama – will launch on the website at
www.robinscorpio.com, it was announced today by Brian Frons,
president, ABC Daytime. Immediately available on a daily basis
after the show’s network broadcast, viewers will be able to
read Robin’s first entry– as she celebrates her 28th
birthday alone and missing her family and friends– on
Wednesday, October 12, the same day the character returns to the
doctor living in Paris, Robin– played by two-time Emmy Award
winner Kimberly McCullough – makes a return visit to Port
Charles, for she is urgently needed back home… but disaster
strikes and changes destiny. Like the 1995 best-selling novel
“Robin’s Diary,” which chronicled the character and her
feelings for her first true love, Stone Cates - who eventually
died of AIDS- the blog will give browsers a unique and
entertaining look (not found anywhere else and separate from the
show’s storyline) at the character’s innermost thoughts and
feelings in a format that contemporary audiences can access
every day on the internet. The site was developed by abc.com in
conjunction with ABC Daytime. (ABC Medianet)
Get Personal with Robin:
Robin Scorpio is back on GH and now you can get the inside
track on her character by reading her daily online blog,
"Robin's Daily Dose" at robinscorpio.com. Through her
daily postings, you'll come to learn what Robin is really
feeling as she returns to her old life in PC and meets up with
her former love, Jason. When Jason is hit with another headache,
Tony confirms that he's getting worse, but that a possible
treatment is being researched by Robin Scorpio in France. (ABC Hotsheet, 10/05)
Robin Returns to Port Charles to
Help Jason: Robin spends a lonely birthday in Paris not
knowing that she may be the one person who's able to heal Jason,
her former love. (ABC Hotsheet, 10/05)
Doctor Is In! It's Robin to the rescue this fall on
GH, when the young doctor returns to Port Charles to save the
ailing Jason. "I don't know how much I can say,"
demurs the actress, "but Sam is the one who actually goes
to Robin and asks her to come back."
tracks down Robin at a medical convention in New York in
late October and begs her to help Jason. Of course, Robin
feels compelled to come to the aid of her ex, particularly
since she's so close to home. When fans first see Robin on
Oct. 12, however, she's gainfully employed in Frace.
"Viewers don't see me until the last scene,"
reveals McCullough, noting that that her first scenes are in
a Paris hospital. "Everything is shot from behind. You
hear people speaking French to each other. Some nurses say,
'Good morning, doctor,' but they don't show my face."
Robin returns to her apartment, where she awaits a phone
call from her Uncle Mac. "He calls to say Happy
Birthday," outlines McCullough. "Then he gets
beeped and has to go. That makes Robin sad, because she
doesn't get to talk to him that long. Robin is upset. She's
alone on her birthday."
won't be alone for long, thanks to Jason. The actress' first
day back wasn't a rousing cast reunion. "The scene with
Mac was a one-way with myself," she sighs. She did get
to mingle with some old friends backstage, though. "I
saw Steve Burton (Jason), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and
Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), and I met Rick Hearst (Ric). Steve
was really excited. That was cool. It was funny. He came
into the hair and makeup room and there was blood all ovre
his leg. I was like, 'What happened to you?' He said, 'Oh I
get shot every day on the show.'"
Below is an excerpt from Maurice's
recent interview by Carolyn Hinsey, SOW 11/11/05:
Soap Opera Weekly: Are you
going to have scenes with Kimberly McCullough when she comes
Maurice Bernard: I'm sure. And
I can't wait because she's a doll.
Soap Opera Weekly:
She's coming back to fix Jason. She's working on some cure for
mental illness which will help him get his memory back, although
I don't know which memory he is going to get back- the memory of
him being a Quartermaine in the reindeer sweater, or the memory
of being Sonny's bitch. I only say that because you say
Maurice Bernard: That's
cool. Steve is the one who made it up.
Robin Flies Home! Much
to fans' delight, Kimberly McCullough is returning to her
Emmy-winning role of Robin Scorpio on GH. Will the return of
Jason's first post-brain damage love be the worst news possible
Depth Story: "I don't know," laughs
McCullough, who was recently made aware of a group of
hardcore Jason/Robin fans who have wanted them back together
again after their six-year separation. "I hear that
they're very excited about Sam and Jason, too.
[Co-headwriter] Bob Guza told me that they were the most
famous couple in daytime right now." Jason and Sam
aside, McCullough is thrilled about being back under
contract (for an undisclosed period of time) at GH. "I
am filled with eager anticipation to return to the role of
Robin Scorpio. It is so flattering to know that, after all
these years, GH fans are still excited about Robin coming
back to Port Charles. I can't wait to be back with my family
storyline details are sketchy, one thing is certain- Robin's
return was designed to create a little havoc in Jason and
Sam's relationship. Robin, who has been living in Paris,
gets a call saying she is needed urgently back in Port
Charles. Once home again, she immediately crosses paths with
her former love, Jason.
wasn't so much the storyline itself that excited McCullough
enough to bring her back to the show she started on when she
was 7- it was returning to her "home" and the idea
of working side by side with Steve Burton (Jason) and
Maurice Bernard (Sonny) again. "They said that they'll
have me working with those guys... and that was enough for
me," McCullough smiles. "They did say I was coming
back as a doctor, though. That's exciting for me because
most of the roles I play, I'm, like, 18," adds the
27-year-old with a laugh. "I just don't know if I'll be
able to keep my nose ring as a doctor!" The actress
will first air on Wednesday, October 12. (SID 9/27/05)
Home to General Hospital (by Daniel R. Coleridge, TV
Guide Online, 10/05): After
nearly eight years away from Port Charles, Kimberly
McCullough, now 27, returns to General Hospital as Robin
Scorpio on Oct. 12. Long ago, Robin flew off to
after her romance with Jason (Steve Burton) went bust.
McCullough went on to prime-time success with roles on
Once and Again, Joan of Arcadia and The Shield. Although
she's occasionally revisited GH over the years (and even
reunited with TV-mom Finola Hughes on All My Children in
2001), the soap vet was never expected to make a permanent
comeback. So why would she sign a long-term pact with GH
now? Here McCullough tells all to TVGuide.com.
Welcome back! But why are you back? Most soap actors who
successfully jump to prime time just stay there, or try to
become movie stars.
Kimberly McCullough: I have a very good answer to
that. Even if I were to get a regular role on a nighttime
series, I don't think I would be happy because I don't want
to be an actress for the rest of my life. I want to be a
director. When I worked on Joan of Arcadia with my good
friend Amber Tamblyn (ex-Emily, GH), I saw that she worked
16 hours a day, every day. I want to have a life! The soap
is a perfect job because I can work with people I love, but
I don't work all day, every day, and I'll still have freedom
to pursue my other dream.
You've been back on the GH set for just a few days, right?
McCullough: Yeah. It's interesting, because we've
only shot episodes where I'm in Paris. In my first episode I
speak only French. Then I'm alone and on the phone [with
characters in Port Charles] all the time. So I'm basically
acting with myself. I don't feel like I'm back in the swing
of things yet because I have not acted with anybody I know.
I've always wondered: Is anyone really there when a soap
character talks on the phone?
Who's Robin supposed to be talking to?
McCullough: Well, the stage manager is on the other
end, but he reads the lines really fast and blandly.
McCullough: Dr. Tony Jones (Brad Maule) calls and
says Jason has the same [brain-damage] condition he had
before. Tony knows I've been working on experimental drugs
and asks if I can help.
So what kind of "experimental drugs" has Robin
been messing with while she's been away? Cocaine? Ecstasy?
McCullough: [Laughs] I wish!
I certainly don't condone drug use, but Robin does need to
loosen up. She's so straitlaced.
McCullough: No kidding! Why am I such a downer? We did one
scene where I'm in the hospital and I'm telling the French
nurses to be quiet because they're having a good time. It's
like I don't want to have fun and I don't want anyone else
to be having fun either.
It's funny that Robin's an M.D. now. At least she didn't
become a doctor overnight, like other soap characters do.
This is realism on a soap!
McCullough: Mmm... a little bit. Eight years is
actually sufficient for her to have attended medical school.
So will Robin come between Jason and Sam (Kelly Monaco)?
McCullough: All I know is Jason doesn't remember
Robin. An ex-boyfriend not knowing who you are is pretty
Of course. A girl likes to feel she's memorable.
McCullough: I remember I was out at a club with a
friend and we saw this guy. She was like, "Oh, my god,
I know I hooked up with him but I cannot remember his name
for the life of me!" That's so bad. At least Jason has
brain damage as an excuse.
Scandalous! So which of your costars have you caught up
McCullough: Steve [Burton] came in the hair and
makeup room with blood all over his leg. It was really
funny. I asked, "What happened to you?" He's like,
"I don't know, I get shot every day on this show."
And I've always kept in touch with Maurice Benard (Sonny)
over the years.
Speaking of special friends, those nosy soap fans - like
me - want to know if you're single or attached these days.
McCullough: [Laughs] I have no love life whatsoever.
That's my comment! I'm definitely not gonna date a soap
actor. That's my rule. If you date an actor on the same
show, disaster strikes.
Oh, we're definitely gonna have to take this conversation
Fly Away Home- GH's Robin
returns, but what does that mean for Jason and Sam?
It's news that many GH viewers have been waiting to hear for
years: Fan fave Kimberly McCullough, who joined the show in 1985
at age 7 and literally grew up before the audience's eyes, comes
home to Port Charles on October 12.
"We've wanted to bring Kimberly back for a long
time," reveals Head Writer Robert Guza, Jr. "And
her schedule finally allowed it to be possible." While
the scribe is mum on the exact length of her stay, he will
say, "Kimberly is not going anywhere. This is no
short-term gig. She's back on the show for a good, long
what, exactly? "We came up with a very interesting
story which will involve a career for Robin," Guza
continues. "There is a situation currently on air on
the show that is going to lead to the direct reason why
Robin returns, and needless to say, it will have an impact
and repercussions on Sam and Jason. Let's just say Sam is
going to need Robin, and even though she needs Robin, she's
got to wonder about the advisability of putting one of the
loves of Jason's life back in his orbit."
"This is huge!" notes Sam's portrayer, Kelly Monaco.
"At the moment, Jason has amnesia, so I'm sure this is
going to shake things up tons. But that's the fun of soaps.
We'll all be on the roller coaster together and see what
change of life not only leaves him vulnerable, but could be
dangerous for those around him, as well. "We
particularly love, in the rollout of all of this, that it
gives us a chance to really examine what makes Jason who he
is," notes Guza. "What makes somebody turn into a
character like Jason was? What happens when a hit man
renounces violence? What happens to the people in his life?
HIs family? His loved ones who count on him to protect them?
And he's suddenly saying, 'I don't want to kill people. It's
not right. I'm not going to kill in cold blood. I
warns Guza, just because Jason has seemingly renounced his
life of violence doesn't necessarily mean there's a reunion
with Robin in the making. "The fact is, Robin's going
to come back in a crisis and for a crisis," teases the
scribe. "And you must remember, Robin is the one who
blew the secret that AJ was Michael's father, and that
caused a major rift with many of the people she loved,
primarily Jason and Sonny. When Jason and Robin connected at
Lila's memorial [last year], they skirted the business
between them, so don't think that's over and make the
assumption that Jason is going to go flying back into
Robin's arms because, in fact, he and Sam have become a very
tight couple. They're deeply in love."
that love survive? Many fans are asking that question,
concerned that Robin's return signals the departure of
Monaco from GH. Not so, say both the exec and the actress.
"This is not going to be a way to cover because Kelly's
going off to do whatever she's going to do," assures
Guza. "That is not the case. She's around for the long
term and we have major story plans for Jason and Sam."
Monaco echoes the sentiment, adding that Sam may fear Robin's
return, but she's thrilled to be working with McCullough.
"When I first heard about it, I thought it was
fantastic," Monaco enthuses. "The more the merrier.
She's a fantastic actress. She has an amazing history here and
if we can bring some of that back, where there's longevity in a
story and a character, I think it's wonderful."
Robin's return may not be the only one we'll see in coming
months. When asked if Robin's estranged parents, Anna and
Robert, could show up, Guza smiles and teases, "We're
very big on family on General Hospital." (by Tom Stacy,
Rockin' Robin Why Kimberly
McCullough is making a return trip to GH. (by Stephanie Sloan, SOD 9/20/05)
Soap Opera Digest: How
did your return come about?
Kimberly McCullough: Jill
[Farren Phelps, executive producer] actually gave me a call and
asked if I could come in for a meeting. So I went in and it was
Jill, myself and [Head Writers] Bob Guza and Chuck Pratt. They
wer just asking me a bunch of questions, like would I be
interested in coming back and for how long. Shortly after that,
I got an offer from [ABC Daytime President] Brian Frons.
Soap Opera Digest:
Had you thought about coming back prior to Jill calling you?
It's always sort of been in the back of my mind, but I didn't
seek it out, I didn't call them. They just kind of came at the
right time. I had recently moved to the beach, so I was really
busy over the last six months. I was sitting on the beach,
[thinking about how] I haven't really worked hard since I've
been on GH, and I remember sitting there and saying, "I
need to work hard. What am I going to do with myself?" Then
I got the call like two days later. It was perfect timing. I
think I needed to go out and kind of see that I could play other
characters. I just needed to grow up and not be so in the public
eye and not be so recognizable and find out who I was. I grew up
on General Hospital and never really had time to myself, so I've
kind of done that now.
Soap Opera Digest:
Are you aware of how much fan support there has been over the
years for your return?
I don't really involve myself in that because I've never been
one to really like the attention. It's very flattering and I
acknowledge it and I appreciate it, though. I was on since I was
a little kid. I think a lot of people kind of adopted me as
Soap Opera Digest:
Did you keep in touch with your co-stars?
I talked to Tyler [Christopher, Nikolas] yesterday and Steve
[Burton, Jason] and Maurice [Bernard, Sonny]- those are really
the people I've kept in touch with. I'm excited to work with
Soap Opera Digest:
Are you looking forward to working with Kelly Monaco [Sam]?
Yes, she's really, really good. The only thing I worry about is
that everyone always says how much we look alike. I'm worried
about people getting us confused. My hair is lamost exactly the
same as hers.
Soap Opera Digest:
Have you kept up with the show?
Oh, yes. I TiVo it every day. That and Oprah.
Soap Opera Digest:
What will your first day back be like?
Probably pretty surreal. I keep having this image of standing on
the dock and having somebody hand me my purse- because that's
the last thing they give you before you start a scene- and just
tripping out, like I can't believe I'm here right now. I don't
think it's going to be totally strange because over the years,
I've always gone in and said hello and it's pretty much the same
people as far as the crew.
Soap Opera Digest:
Are you worried at all about the memorization?
A little. I have no memory, anyway, because growing up I would
learn my lines and then have to throw them away, so I have the
worst short-term memory. I haven't had to memorize lines like
that in eight years.
Soap Opera Digest:
What are you most looking forward to about returning?
Here's all that you need
to know to get caught up on Jason and Robin's romance.
contracted HIV from first love Stone, who later died of
AIDS; Jason lost his virginity to girlfriend Keesha.
Jason suffered brain damage after a drunk-driving
accident with AJ behind the wheel. When he regained
consciousness, Jason turned his back on the
Quartermaines, joined Sonny's mob and fell for Robin.
Unable to accept Jason's mob lifestyle, Robin moved to
Paris to study at the Sorbonne.
1998: Robin returned and moved in with
Jason. After Carly left town, the pair raised Michael
together. Determined to make the most of their second
chance, Jason quit the mob.
The reconciliation was short-lived. Jason rejoined
Sonny's gang, but before she went back to Paris, Robin
admitted to AJ that he, not Jason, was Michael's
2000: Robin came home to attend the
visited again to pay her respects at Lila's memorial
service, where she and Jason shared a warm moment.
Robin Returns to GH:
Did TVGuide.com call it or what? ABC is now officially
confirming that Daytime Emmy winner Kimberly McCullough will
return to General Hospital as Robin Scorpio. She first airs in
the Oct. 12 episode, when Robin is summoned home from Paris for
an emergency. Naturally she'll reconnect with old flame Jason
(Steve Burton). "I am filled with eager anticipation to
return to the role of Robin Scorpio," McCullough said in a
statement. "It is so flattering to know that, after all
these years, GH fans are still excited about Robin coming back
to Port Charles. I can't wait to be back with my family
McCullough's daytime return comes as a surprise, albeit a
pleasant one, considering her prime-time success. Since
leaving GH, she's booked memorable gigs on series including Joan
of Arcadia, The Shield, CSI and ER. So is this merely a brief
courtesy comeback, like others she's done before?
"Kimberly is coming back full-throttle with a
contract," her rep insists to TVGuide.com. "She is not
recurring." Adds ABC Daytime president Brian Frons:
"Robin Scorpio is a character that the fans have never
forgotten and has ties to so many of the current stories that
are playing [on GH]. I am delighted that Kimberly will be
reprising this role, and we can all look forward to an
emotionally compelling story that will draw Robin back into the
fold." (TV Guide Online, 8/31/05)
Returns! So Long, Sam? ABC's surprise announcement on
Aug. 26 that Kimberly McCullough is reprising the role of Robin
Scorpio on GH has sparked rumors that Kelly Monaco (Sam) is on her
been widely reported that Desperate Housewives creator Marc
Cherry wants Monaco for a role on the hit drama next season.
(Incidentally, GH co-head writer Charles Pratt Jr. is also
consulting producer of DH.) What gives? Despite McCullough's
return, Monaco is staying put- for now.
"Absolutely," confirms Monaco. "The beauty of
soaps is that you're allowed [to do other projects]. I am very
loyal to General Hospital and ABC. They're my first priority,
and that's that. I committed to something and that's all that
needs to be said, because that is who I am.
Monaco would love to do DH one day. While she "cannot
comment" on the rumor that she's in talks with the show,
she will say this: "I've seen the show and it's brillant.
It would be something that I would absolutely be interested
in." Does she want to work with the hot plumber? "I
don't want to work with the guys," she retorts. "I
work with guys all day long. I want to work with the chicks. The
chicks run that show."
McCullough's return, ABC president Brian Frons said in a
statement, "Robin Scorpio is a character that fans have
never forgotten... We look forward to an emotionally compelling
story that will draw Robin back into the fold."
McCullough, who first airs Oct. 12 added, "It is so
flattering to know that after all these years, GH fans are still
excited about Robin coming back to Port Charles."
McCullough has won two Emmys in the role. Robin said goodbye to
Jason and left for Paris in 1999 to finish college and attend
medical school, after revealing the truth of Michael's parentage
to AJ. She return to PC for the Nurses' Ball in 2000, crossed
over to All My Children in 2001 to be reunited with her presumed
dead mother, Anna, and briefly returned to GH in 2004 for Lila's
funeral. Welcome back! (SOW
Kimberly McCullough Returns to
GH: Fan favorite Kimberly McCullough returns to Port
Charles, beginning pn October 12. The actress literally grew up
in the role of Robin Scorpio, which she began in 1985 at age 7
and played until 1966, returning again from 1997-99 (she also
made brief appearances in 2000 and 2004). McCullough even took
the character to AMC in 2001 to facilitate the Pine Valley
arrival of Finola Hughes as Robin's mother, Anna.
"Robin Scorpio is a character that the fans have never
forgotten and has ties to so many of the current stories that
are playing," said Brian Frons, president of ABC Daytime,
in a statement. "I am delighted that Kimberly will be
reprising this role, and we can all look forward to an
emotionally compelling story that will draw Robin back into the
Robin to be involved with true love Jason, whose participation
in the mob led to their 1999 breakup. Robin, who is still living
in Paris, receives word that she is needed at home and
immediately crosses paths with her old flame.
am filled with eager anticipation to return to the role of Robin
Scorpio," noted McCullough, also in a statement. "It
is so flattering to know that after all these years, GH fans are
still excited about Robin coming back to Port Charles. I can't
wait to be back with my family again."
McCullough has won two Emmys, in 1989 and 1996, and two Soap
Opera Digest Awards, in 1986 and 1993, for her work. (SOD
Returns: Kimberly McCullough is coming home to GENERAL
HOSPITAL! After seven years away from the soap she joined as
a young girl, McCullough is reprising her role, and will
first air on Wednesday, October 7. "I am filled with
eager anticipation to return to the role of Robin
Scorpio," says the actress in a statement. "It is
so flattering to know that, after all these years, GH fans
are still excited about Robin coming back to Port Charles. I
can’t wait to see my family again." (SID 8/26/05)
Robin Flying Home:
Chat rooms have been abuzz with word that fan-fave Kimberly
McCullough is returning to General Hospital as Robin Scorpio. A
source close to the actress confirms to TVGuide.com that the
Daytime Emmy winner's comeback will be announced this Friday on
SoapNet Reveals ABC Soap Secrets, which will air in The View's
time slot on ABC. Since the sudser is taking Sonny's protégé
Jason (Steve Burton) in a kinder, gentler direction- and Robin nixed
him for being a big, bad Mafia enforcer- this would be a
fortuitous time for the young ex-lovers to reconnect. By the way,
the Soap Secrets special is also said to contain news of an
important GH character's recast. A show rep would not comment on
any of this juicy dish. (TV Guide Online, 8/24/05)
Kimberly McCullough Returns as
Robin Scorpio on ABC Daytime's GH: Emmy Award-winning
actress Kimberly McCullough returns as "General
Hospital's" Robin Scorpio, the role she originated as a seven
year old child, it was announced today by Brian Frons, president,
ABC Daytime. Her first airdate will be Wednesday, October 12.
"Robin Scorpio is a character that
the fans have never forgotten and has ties to so many of the
current stories that are playing. I am delighted that Kimberly
will be reprising this role, and we can all look forward to an
emotionally compelling story that will draw Robin back into the
fold," said Mr. Frons in making the announcement.
Ms. McCullough added: "I am filled
with eager anticipation to return to the role of Robin Scorpio. It
is so flattering to know that, after all these years, GH fans are
still excited about Robin coming back to Port Charles. I can't
wait to be back with my family again."
In the upcoming storyline, Robin - who is
still living in Paris - gets information that she is urgently
needed back home. Upon her arrival, she immediately finds herself
crossing paths with former flame Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) and
others from her past.
Robin's emergence into a smart, beautiful
young woman was witnessed by long-time viewers of "General
Hospital" when she was diagnosed as HIV-positive prior to the
AIDS-related death of her true love, Stone Cates. Ms. McCullough
won two Emmy Awards for her performance as Robin Scorpio.
Her first professional work came at the
age of seven months, when she did a diaper commercial with Juliet
Mills. She then danced on television in "Fame,"
"Solid Gold" and "The People's Choice Awards."
On film, she danced in the movie "Electric Boogaloo: Breakin'
2," and also appeared in "Bugsy" as the daughter of
Warren Beatty, and as Kevin Kline's daughter in "Consenting
Adults." In addition she appeared on stage in the Los Angeles
production of "Les MisC)rables" as Little Cosette. (ABC
Press Release, 8/05)
L.A. girl McCullough plays a Big
Apple native in the film Greener Mountains. "It is
about a young man who inherits this resort in the
mountains," previews McCullough (ex-Robin). "It's
all about whether or not he wants it."
McCullough plays Alice, the young man's love interest.
"The girl that comes from New York City and makes him
think about other places." Once again, "I'm the
quintessential girlfriend," she jokes "And I'm
also working on [directing] my own short film. I'm almost
finished with that, so that takes up most of my time,"
McCullough explains. (SOD Online, 2005)
Lila - and Anna Lee: "I said, 'Absolutely,' I
didn't even have to think about it," shared McCullough
between takes. "It's my way of honoring Anna Lee
and her contribution to the show. She was such a
sweetheart. She never forgot a birthday of mine.
She always had a gift for me. She was so caring."
McCullough enthused that it was "great to see people.
The person I had most of my scenes with was Maurice Bernard
(Sonny), and I keep in touch with him. It's great fun
to be able to work with a friend. And I have a scene
with Steve Burton," noted McCullough, adding that fans
can look forward to things getting resolved between Robin
and Jason "to a point. Both of them apologize in
their own way." (Excerpt from SOW, 7/20/04)
"I watched Lila's
funeral on GH three times- once when it aired and then twice more on
SoapNet. It was awesome. Scenes between Robin and Sonny, Robin and
Jason, Lucy, Kevin, Bobbie, Tony, Felicia and Mac were great payoffs
for long-time fans. The eulogies were funny and touching and
consistent with the characters. Even the music was spot-on."
(Carolyn Hinsey, SOD 8/17/04)
Visits Answer Some Questions- And Raise New Ones!
SID takes a look at who's back for GH's tribute to the
late Anna Lee (Lila) and why, as well as who isn't and
When GH remembers Lee in episodes that begin airing
Thursday, July 15, at least some of the returning faces
not only will mourn the Quartermaine matriarch, but also
address plot points left dangling since their absence.
Kimberly McCullough, as Mac's niece, Robin, is one of
six GH alumni making an appearance. "I adore Anna
Lee," the actress tells In Depth. "She never
forgot my birthday; every year, I would get a
gift." Accordingly, McCullough was pleased to be
included in the on-air tribute, taped on June 24.
"I thought I was just going to be in the crowd,
which would have been totally fine with me. But I have
my own scenes with Maurice [Bernard, Sonny] and a scene
where [ex-lovers] Jason and Robin resolve some stuff.
"They must have wanted to tie up a loose end or two
while they had me!" Robin even explains Brenda's
absence, since gal pal Vanessa Marcil couldn't attend
the taping. A source over at NBC tells In Depth that
while Las Vegas executive producer Gary Scott Thompson
may not have a problem with his star doing GH, other
network honchos likely forbade it. "Having her on
another network's soap is going to raise [ABC's]
ratings," points out the spy. (excerpt from SID
a badass, and you can quote me on that!" laughed
Kimberly McCullough in reference to Tamblyn's impassioned
political readings. "What she's doing on every level is
so commendable and inspiring. Besides the fact that she had
major guts to get up there in front of all these people and
read something that is so personal to her."
in Arcadia: A
pair of General Hospital grads dish about old days.
I'm no fool. When CBS invited me to the set of "Joan of
Arcadia" to interview Amber Tamblyn and Kimberly
McCullough, I hightailed it over there. After all, these two
were '90s icons on "General Hospital" and played
the kind of complex, achingly real kids that are rarely seen
on soaps today. Tamblyn was a brilliant but drug-plagued
Emily; McCullough was the innocent Robin, who fell for a
street tough and contracted HIV.
Now, of course, Tamblyn is chatting
it up with God. McCullough showed up in Arcadia late last
season as Beth, the ex-girlfriend of Joan's disabled
brother, Kevin [Jason Ritter]. But series creator Barbara
Hall says McCullough's guest stint "left much
unfinished business," so she will return October 29 for
the first of several episodes.
"I love that we're together
again," says Tamblyn, 21, who considers McCullough, 26,
to be her guru. "When I started on GH, Kimmie said
'Don't take the easy route by going to school on set. You
have to do it the hard way and go to public school.' I
followed her example, and it kept me from becoming a freak.
McCullough won two Emmys on GH,
while Tamblyn - despite seven years of sensational work -
failed to land even one nomination. And it still burns her
butt. "I don't know why awards carry such stealth, but
they do," she says. "It was really frustrating not
to be recognized. It was horrible. Then, the first year out
of the gate with Joan, I get nominated. Life is utterly
But those daytime trophies ain't
what they're cracked up to be. "My Emmys held me
back," says McCullough, who exited GH in 2000 [site
note: it was 1999] hoping to segue into comedy.
"Casting people heard about my awards and said 'She
can't be funny. I don't want to see her.'" So she went
edgy, playing a vampirish Goth girl on "CSI", a
car thief on "The Shield" and an outer space
hooker on "Firefly". Last year she finally landed
a recurring gig on a sitcom - alas it was CBS's ill fated
"The Stones". But the stigma was broken.
"Now," McCullough says, "my agents don't even
mention my Emmys."
Both women rave about GH when it
was run by executive producer Wendy Riche. "She is my
Goddess in life," Tamblyn says. [Riche was ousted in
2000, and Tamblyn quit in 2001.] McCullough recently
returned to the soap for a funeral, but neither star has
much good to say about the current state of GH. "It all
went to hell," states Tamblyn, "But that's another
story for another time." TV
(Michael Logan, TV Guide, October 10-17, 2004)
Newswire... McCullough Returns!: Stephen Nathan, executive
producer for Joan of Arcadia tells In Depth that Kimberly McCullough
will reprise her role as Kevin's ex-girlfriend, Beth, during the CBS
drama's second season. "Kevin and Beth will reestablish
ties," he tells us. McCullough, thus far slated for at least
two episodes, first airs in late October/early November. (SID
McCullough: She's "Flattered," But... Although
it's been years since Kimberly McCullough graced the GH screen as Robin Scorpio- she last appeared in
1998- mail continues to flood the SOW offices
asking about her possible return to the show.
"It's crazy!" exclaims
McCullough, "I have a Website and I get emails from
fans writing me about all these petitions to get me to come
back. It's flattering. I grew up on [on GH], so [I
guess] there's a different type of attachment than to adult
being on the show for a long time. [Viewers] feel
protective of my character and want to know that she's okay.
Especially because Robin is HIV positive.
That said, fans shouldn't get their
hopes up about McCullough resurfacing - she has too many
irons in the fire. " I started making my short
film," she enthuses, "It's almost finished.
I also just did an independent film called Inn Trouble
and I'm pretty sure I'm going back to Joan of Arcadia
next season." (SOW 7/20/04)
Visits Answer Some Questions - And Raises New Ones! When
GH remembers Lee in episodes that begin airing Thursday July
15th, at least some of the returning faces not only will
mourn the Quartermaine matriarch, but also address plot
points left dangling since their absence.
Kimberly McCullough, as Mac's
niece, Robin is one of six GH alumni making an appearance.
"I adore Anna Lee," the actress tells In Depth.
"She never forgot my birthday; every year, I would get
a gift." Accordingly, McCullough was pleased to be
included in the on-air tribute, taped on June 24. "I
thought I was just going to be in the crowd, which would
have been totally fine with me. But I have my own scenes
with Maurice (Benard, Sonny) and a scene where (ex-lovers)
Jason and Robin resolve some stuff.
"They must have wanted to tie
up a loose end or two while they had me!" Robin even
explains Brenda's absence, since gal pal Vanessa Marcil
couldn't attend the taping. (SID 7/20/04)
Robin & Jason: Reunited! Robin returns home from
Paris this week from Paris this week on GH to pay her
respects to Lila. But it's her reunion with Jason -
they last saw each other in 1998 - that viewers have been
waiting for. "Things are resolved to a
point." teases Kimberly McCullough, Robin.
"Both of them kind of apologize to each other in their
own way, it's good."
She also shares scenes with Maurice
Benard (Sonny). "I keep in touch with him, so
it's great to be able to work with a friend," she
shares. When Robin sees Sonny, she passes along good
wishes from Brenda. "Brenda couldn't come back
for the funeral," the actress explains. "She
wants Sonny to know that she's happy and that she wants
Sonny to be happy, as well."
For McCullough, slipping back into
character is easy. "Everybody keeps asking me, 'Does it
feel weird to be back?' And it doesn't at all,"
she reveals. "It feels normal. I have come
back over the years to say hi to everybody, so it's not like
I haven't seen them in six years." This return,
however, has been the most meaningful. "There are
two feelings [that I have]," explains McCullough.
"No. 1, it's sad. l It's a sad occasion to come back,
but it's my way to honor Anna Lee and her contribution to
the show. When I was asked to come back, I said
absolutely. I didn't have to think about it. The
other thing, though, is that it's great to see people
And the actress knows that its'
also great to be seen by her numerous fans. "It's
very flattering," she smiles of the many requests to
have Robin return to GH. "I think that because I
grew up on the show and was a kid, there's a different kind
of attachment to Robin. I think people feel kind of
protective of my character. They want to know that
she's okay - especially since she left HIV-positive."
Although she won't rule out another
GH appearance, for now, the actress will be (most likely)
making a return to Joan of Arcadia, this fall and has just
wrapped the indie film, Inn Trouble. (SOD 7/20/04)
Anna: Memories and tears filled the General Hospital studio on
June 24, as cast members past and present gathered for the show's
tribute to the late Anna Lee (Lila), airing July 15 and 16.
"It's a sad occasion to come back to, but at the same time,
it's my way of honoring Anna and all her contributions to the
show," shared Kimberly McCullough, who returned as Robin
Scorpio. The young actress revealed how Lee took her matriarch role
truly to heart. "She never forgot a birthday of mine, and she
always had a gift for me. She was so caring, wanting to know what's
going on in my life." (excerpt from TV
Guide Online, 7/2/04)
It's a GH reunion on Friday, May 7, when Kimberly
McCullough (ex-Robin) guest-stars on CBS' JOAN OF
ARCADIA, the hit drama starring her pal Amber Tamblyn
(ex-Emily). "After I got to the set and signed
in," McCullough tells Soaps In Depth,
"Amber came running over and was like, 'Kimmy! What
are you doing here?' I said, 'I'm auditioning for your
As revealed in In Depth's
exclusive story on this reunion, McCullough had Tamblyn
agree not to call in any favors; instead, the two-time
Emmy winner simply gave the best audition she could.
Afterward, "Amber told the producers, 'You know, my
friend Kimmy just read for you,' and they were like, 'Oh
yeah? Well, we decided to give her the part.'"
Adds Tamblyn, "We actually
only have one scene together, but it was a total trip.
Kimmy is a phenomenal actress, and it was cool to
introduce her to my friends on the show, and have her be a
part of my life."
Tamblyn's was not the only
familiar face McCullough saw. "It's the same crew as
ONCE & AGAIN," she notes, referring to a previous
primetime gig. "They were all like, 'Ooh, are you on
Could McCullough visit ARCADIA
again, perhaps next season, in a recurring capacity?
"They haven't told me anything. I'll leave it at
that. But it was so cool to work with Amber. I still feel
a bit like her big sister, and am so proud of her!"
(SID Online, 5/04) More episode information on
Kimberly's character can be found here.
Pals Reunite on Primetime! Amber Tamblyn (ex-Emily) and
Kimberly McCullough share their joy about working together
on CBS' Joan of Arcadia. "How cool is that?!"
Tamblyn raves when SID asks her about McCullough
guest-starring on her hit drama. "Kim and I have stayed
really close over the years, so when she called to say, 'I'm
auditioning for your show today,' I was like, 'Oh my
God!'" (no pun intended.)
McCullough's road to Arcadia wasn't a leisurely one; late
notification of the audition left her with just one hour to
ready herself, learn her lines and get to the show's set!
"I was driving like 75 mph, trying to learn nine pages
on my way there," McCullough laughs. "It always
happens that way! But I guess I do better when I don't
What's more, McCullough (and Tamblyn, at her former GH
castmate's urging) didn't play the "friend" card
before she read for the producers. "Jim Hayman, our
executive producer, told me that she didn't tell him until
afterward," share Tamblyn. "I thought that was
cool of her." Adds McCullough, "I told Amber, 'No,
don't say anything to them. Just let me go in there and get
the job.' I didn't wan't her to be like, 'Cast her! Cast
her!' And it all worked out."
In an upcoming sweeps episode, McCullugh plays the
ex-girlfriend of Joan's older brother, Kevin, with whom he
had a heated argument just prior to getting into the car
crash that left him paralyzed. The dramatic material suited
the Emmy winner just fine. "They weren't sure if they
wanted to cast me in this role or as one of Joan's
friends," says McCullough. "But I'm too old to
play high school and this was a juicier role."
Next up for the actresses: forming a production company!
"There is definately something in the works," says
Tamblyn. But, McCullough notes, "I have to find a way
to afford Amber!" (SID 4.27/04)
McCullough talks about her new show and teaches host Ty
Treadway to hip hop dance. She also has a new
interview with Soap Digest Online- Kim
McCullough Casts First Stones- Kimberly McCullough rocks
her image to play a science geek on CBS' new comedy The
Stones, which rolls onto the schedule March 17.
The Stones follows Barbara and Stan Stone- played by
Judith Light (ex-Karen, OLTL) and Robert Klein- who announce
they are divorcing after 25 years. Their children, Winston
and Karly, try to keep the couple, still friendly, together.
"I'm nerdy, I wear glasses. I always come up with these
total white-trash stories about my background," says
McCullough, who plays Winston's girlfriend Audtra. "I
look cute and innocent. I'm the 'straight man.' The guy who
plays Winston, Jay Baruchel, is the crazy, over-the-top
Audra was conceived as a guest-star part, but the character
worked so well she was upped to recurring, so McCullough
appears in six of the nine episodes shot. "I like
playing character roles," she insists. "People can
relate to [Audra] because she is sweet and she does mean
well." McCullough says she will play funny and
romantic. "It's basically the love story between
Winston and Audra and how they get together," explains
McCullough. "There is all sorts of wacky stuff in
between because it's a sitcom and they're both pretty
The Stones airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. EST on CBS. (SOW
McCullough Gets Behind The Shield- Kimberly McCullough
is revved up at the idea of playing a bad girl on the March
9 third-season premier of The Shield.
"Her name is Deena and she is a car thief,"
McCullough explains. "She looks like me: 'apple pie,'
very innocent. She thinks she knows how to manipulate men.
She plays on the fact that she is cute." But the fresh
faced cutie runs with a bad crowd. "She steals a
vehicle that happens to be linked to a couple of killers,
and gets arrested. In order to get off, she gives them
information about the killers. They give her immunity- and
she ends up stealing another car!"
McCullough enjoyed making her third appearance on the
gritty, cutting-edge drama. "For me, it is sort of a
personal triumph to play the opposite, because I don't get
that many opportunities," she enthuses. "It was
kind of surprising for them to have me back. It was a good
surprise." The Shield airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
EST on Fox. (SOW 3/9/04)
McCullough Addresses Hoax- A press release announcing
the return of Kimberly McCullough to GH is making the rounds
on the Internet. There's one problem, though: It's a bizarre
hoax. Kimberly Mccullough is not returning to GH.
In the faux release, ABC president Brian Frons is quoted as
saying: "I'm thrilled to welcome Kimberly back to
General Hospital. Throughout Robin's HIV storyline, she
proved herself to be a remarkably talented actress. Robin is
a very important part of the show's history." Co-head
writer Chuck Pratt Jr. was quoted as saying: "Fans can
look forward to an emotional reunion between Robin and her
gravely injured uncle, Mac (John J. York), as well as
ex-lover Jason (Steve Burton). Along the way, viewers will
also learn of her own hardship which Robin recently had to
But wait, there's more! Mccullough is quoted as saying:
"After being away from daytime for six years, I
realized how much I miss my friends at General Hospital. I
can't wait to being working."
"It's an unfortunate hoax," responded a
spokesperson for the network of the babricated release and
quotes. Right before going to press, Weekly spoke with
McCullough, who didn't know about the ruse. "No, I'm
sure my mother will call me tomorrow and tell me," she
laughed, adding that no one from GH has approached her about
reprising the role of Robin. "I don't know where these
rumors come from." McCullough is very busy with her
recurring role ont he new CBS sitecome The Stones- starring
Judith Light (ex-Karen, OLTL), which is set to debut March
17. (SOW 3/2/04)
McCullough Addresses GH Hoax- "I had no idea about
it," reports Kimberly McCullough of the fake press
release that was circulated on the Internet announcing that
she was returning to GH. "I found out from the Web
master of one of my fan sites when she asked me if it was
true. I was stunned."
The faux release, complete with phone quotes from GH
executives and the actress herself, created a frenzy among
McCullough's fans. ABC, which was bombarded by inquries,
quickly denied releasing the memo. "I think the fans
are trying to appeal to me because they think that ABC has
been asking me to return for so long, and that I'm being
stubborn by saying, 'No,' which is not the case at
all," theorizes the actress.
According to McCullough, GH has not asked her to return
since she left the show for good in 1999. "I haven't
been asked back, but I think they know what I wouldn't be
able to commit to the period of time that they'd need,"
explains the actress, whose CBS sitcom The Stones (which
stars Judith Light, ex-Karen, OLTL) premiers on March 17.
"It's hard on a soap opera to bring anyone back for a
short amount of time because it takes so long for a story to
However, McCullough would definately think about reprising
her role in a recurring capacity. "Because things are
going well for me in other areas, I just can't commit to a
three-year deal. If it were something different, like a few
episodes, of course I'd consider it." (SOD 3/9/04)
GH Vet Bumped (Again)-
Fans awaiting a regular fix of GH grad Kimberly McCullough will need to be a bit
more patient. But there is good news, too!
Since her GH exit, McCullough's fans have a) tapped their feet as her TV movie,
Dying to Dance, sat on a self for more than a year, b) seen any hope of her
reprising Once & Again's Jennifer dashed by that drama's cancellation, and
c) come thisclose to catching her guest-star gig on Firefly, a FOX sci-fi series
axed just before her episode aired. Now, The Stones, a sitcom about two grown
kids living with divorced parents (played by Judith Light [ex-Karen, OLTL] and
Robert Klein)- and featuring McCullough in a recurring role- has seen its
premiere bumped from fall to midseason. The schedule switch, explains a CBS
representative, "is designed to give The Stones, a smart, funny series that
we are very excited about, the best opportunity to succeed."
Here's the good news: Fox is planning to release the entire first season of
Firefly- including McCullough's episode- on DVD in December. Creator Joss Whedon
(Buffy the Vampire Slayer) may provide commentary. (SID 8/5/03)
Kimberly McCullough Join Y&R? Sources say Kimberly McCullough may
return to daytime this summer - but not to AMC or GH as Robin Scorpio. Rumor has
it The Young and the Restless may be interested in casting the popular star to
take over the role of Katherine's granddaughter, Mackenzie.
It would be a good news/bad news situation for
McCullough fans, who have lobbied hard to get her back on AMC, where her mother,
Anna, just lost a baby, or GH, where her former beau Jason is courting Sonny's
Kelly Kruger will vacate the role of Mac on July 1,
after Bill reveals to his new bride that they are cousins. At press time,
sources say there is no rush to bring back the character, so McCullough- if she
signs- might not be seen till summer's end or early fall anyway.
McCullough wouldn't be the first ABC start that CBS Daytime-
which is now headed by ABC grad, Barbara Bloom- has snatched up this year.
ATWT recently hired Roger Howarth (ex-Todd Manning, One Life to Live) and Real
Andrews (ex-Marcus Taggert, GH) as Paul Ryan and Walker Daniels respectively.
The Bold and the Beautiful signed Jack Wagner (Nick; ex-Frisco Jones, GH).
Y&R cast Keith Hamilton Cobb (ex-Noah Keefer, AMC) as Damon Porter; and now
Sydney Penny (ex-Julia Keefer, AMC) is joining Bold and the Beautiful (see Stop
the Presses on page 5).
McCullough played Robin on GH from 1985-96 and
1997-98 and won Two Daytime Emmy's- Outstanding Juvenile female in 1989 and
Outstanding Younger Actress in 1996. She appeared on AMC in 2001
when Robin told Anna she's HIV positive. A Y&R spokesperson says, "We
don't comment on casting rumors." McCullough rep says, "No
comment." (SOW 7/1/03)
GH Return? Kimberly
McCullough's surprise appearance at GH's recent fan-club gathering fueled
speculation that the popular actress might be returning to GH or AMC (where
Robin's mom, Anna, appears). Not true, states McCullough.
I am just trying to concentrate on getting other jobs and trying to get my
directing career going," she says. "That the most important thing. I
can't deny that I love film- it's definately my favorite thing."
But never say
never. "I'm focusing on other things, but I love the character of
Robin," she stresses.
The actress was
thrilled to reprise her role on AMC, when Robin revealed to Anna that she's
HIV-positive. "It was good to be in New York again," the former NYU
film student says. "And it was cool to see Finola (Hughes, Anna) and her
baby. I'm so happy that she is a mom. She was always so good with me and always
asked my mom questions about being a mum."
If AMC offered
her a return engagement, "I would consider it," McCullough says.
"You never know what happens. You can't say definately yes or no." She
also wouldn't rule out returning to Once and Again as Eli's ex-girlfriend
Jennifer. "They kept writing me in when I thought I was no longer on the
show. I was only supposed to do three episodes, and ended up doing 10."
Robin! After Transforming
GH's Robin from a spunky kid into a young woman living with HIV, Kimberly
McCullough exited her long-running role in early 1999. "The reason I left
is the reason why I'm staying gone," the two-time Emmy winner said at the
time. "I want to direct films." The actress' fascination with
movie-making dates back years. "When I started working [on GH], they'd be
trying to get me for rehearsal, and I was behind the camera, learning how it
works," she recalled. "It seems that if I want to direct films, that's
where I need to be acting. That's where I need to be making my connections. It
wouldn't really be smart of me to stay on a soap." Since McCullough
recently revisited her old character, on AMC this time, might she reconsider a
full-time return? No. However, she clarifies, "I would go back for a little
while. I kind of have to keep myself available as much as I can [for nonsoap
work], but over the summer that would have been perfect [for another comeback].
The summer's always dead for actors." (SID 8/21/01)
Dearly Departed- Where are They Now? Kimberly McCullough
-Why did you leave
GH? "I left because I needed and wanted to do other characters. I couldn't
successfully audition and work on other things while I was working full-time on
GH. I had done it for so long, it was just time to move on."
-What have you done
since you left daytime? "[I did] a TV movie called Dying to Dance.
As far as I know, it's supposed to air on NBC in November. Rick
Springfield [ex-Noah, GH) plays my dad. I did a couple of pilots that
didn't get picked up, but then I did one that did- [ABC's] Once and
Again. I've done four episodes so far, and I absolutely love doing it.
I've never loved anything more in my life."
-Would you want to
return to GH, even temporarily? "No. It's something I've done and I
dont' belive in moving backward in your life. You should always move
forward. I did my best while I was on it and I hope it does well."
-Do people still
recognize you as Robin? "Yeah, they do, surprisingly enough. I
would think they wouldn't because I look so different now. My hair has
grown out a lot and it's like, a different color every week. Actually,
last night, someone recognized me from Once and Again. I thought it was
-Do you keep in touch
with anyone from GH? "I keep in touch with Tyler [Christopher,
ex-Nikolas], Sarah [Brown, Carly]... and Maurice [Bernard, Sonny] the
most. I talk to Maurice all the time. I love him; he's my
-Do you still watch Gh?
"Yeah, I do. I went by a couple of weeks ago to visit. I wanted to
see everyone- not just the actors, but the crew, too. They were like my
family." (SOD 10/26/99)