Interview with the cast of “Queens”

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TCA panel for Queens on ABC

Interview with actors Eve, Brandy, Naturi Naughton, Nadine Velazquez, Taylor Sele, Pepi Sonuga, and executive producers of “Queens” on ABC by Suzanne 8/26/21

ABC ENTERTAINMENT / DISNEY TELEVISION STUDIOS

SUMMER 2021 TCA VIRTUAL PRESS TOUR

Queens

Eve, Cast
Naturi Naughton, Cast
Nadine Velazquez, Cast
Brandy, Cast
Taylor Sele, Cast
Pepi Sonuga, Cast
Zahir McGhee, Executive Producer
Sabrina Wind, Executive Producer
Tim Story, Executive Producer
Swizz Beatz, Executive Music Producer

Virtual via Zoom
August 26, 2021

This was a fun chat with the cast and producers of the show. I asked Brandy (Norwood) and Eve (Jihan Jeffers) about the differences they’re feeling between doing their comedies long ago and this show now. Brandy starred in “Moesha” in the 90’s and Eve starred in “Eve” 2003-2009. They had great answers to my question. I had said “a long time ago” and then stopped myself because I didn’t want to sound like I was calling them old! I said, “And I don’t want to make it sound that long…” and Eve said, kindly, “It was a long time ago. A long time ago.”

Brandy spoke about the differences between doing that sitcom, where they would rehearse all week and then shoot before a live audience. This show is shot like a movie. She admitted, “It’s a little bit more challenging, but I love the challenge. So, I absolutely love the way that we shoot and how we have to learn things quick. And it just keeps you on your toes.”

Eve answered that she was very young, “the youngest person on the cast. So I was running from clubs to table reads, which is — I never recommend that at all.” She beamed that it’s nice to be back working as a woman and to be “working with an ensemble again that I actually feel really close to.” She was close to the people on “Eve” as well, and she enjoys that. She loves being able to create a new character that has some parallels to her own life. She said, “Definitely, I’m finding some, like, new things and being able to do — and to be like a rapper, a different rapper, an alter ego, to a certain extent. So I mean, it’s — there’s a lot. There’s a lot. And I would have to say, as much as I loved my show then, I’m able to enjoy it even more now, with maturity.”

Brandy chimed in again to say that the fact that this new show has music is a bonus for her.

Normally, I refer to all interviewees by their last names, as a sign of respect and professionalism, but since these actresses/singers go by their first names, it seems kind of silly to do that in this particular interview, so I’m not going to do that.

Other questions were asked by journalists at this TCA panel. One asked them whether the show will be playing up the rivalry between the characters or whether it will be more about their friendship. He/she observed that from what he/she had seen already, “it seems like you’re laying the groundwork here for more sisterhood.” Brandy and Eve agreed with that last statement. Nadine also agreed that they’re showing more of the friendships between the women. “I think our show is about sisterhood and family. And you fight with your family, and these are people that have been brought back together after a long period of time. And we have fights, but we want to see people supporting one another and coming back together. There’s always going to be arguments. There’s always going to be a hierarchy that exists, and shifting. But we do want to be on the friendship more so than a rivalry or bickering or backstabbing.”

A reporter asked Swizz Beatz how he chose his name (he was formerly “Kasseem Dean”) and how he found his voice and style as producer. Swizz Beatz replied that he got the name growing up in the Bronx. The name started out as “K-Swiss” because he wore Kicks sneakers, and then he became “DJ K-Swizz,” which evolved into “Swizz Beatz.” He answered the second part of the question that he just found his voice by doing the music. He asserted, “I just wanted to be disruptive, and I just wanted to make people happy.”

A member of the press noticed that the premiere had some connections to their real-life pasts and wondered if that was something that would continue throughout. Eve said that they want to be very authentic, especially about the times they lived through. There will be “moments” from them. “When people listen to the music, when they see our outfits, they see our hair, everything, we want them to be transported back to that moment. So it’s all about the authenticity.” Brandy agreed with that.

He/she also asked whether Eve will be coming out with a new album (besides the music from the series). Eve pointed out that Swizz would be the one to determine that, and Brandy would be involved as well.

Sabrina Wind suggested that the music from the show will be great, and she can’t wait for us to hear it. Eve jumped in on that to agree that the music is “incredible.” She liked doing the music for the series because it was a way to dip back into music “without having the actual pressure of an album.”

This was the next question for the cast, which was a good one: “Do you find doing rap more like singing or more like acting, or is it its own performance style completely? Or is it a blend of the two?”

Naturi Naughton answered first that she thinks rap has it’s own style but is a lot harder work than just singing. She’s a singer but felt that doing the dancing, performing, etc. was exhausting, and that she wasn’t in shape enough for it. She added, “I’m having so much fun. I never knew I could really rhyme, and I actually feel like I’m — I’m feeling myself a little bit.”

Brandy replied that she always loved rap and has “been a hip-hop head from since the ’90s.” She loves to rap as well as sing, but she says the rapping they do on the show “is really, really difficult. It’s so fun and so challenging, and I absolutely love it.”

Nadine Velazques said honestly that she’s never rapped before, but she’s loving it now. She’s been finding new rap music, listening to it and studying rappers to hear things that she’s never heard before. She concludedthat  it definitely used her acting ability because she’s never done it before.

Pepi Sonuga said thoughtfully that acting like her character, Muffin is all about acting. She tries to break the script down into different acting techniques. Then, when it comes to the rap, it’s different. “When I’m breaking down a rap, I get to colors and animals. I might say ‘This chunk reminds me of rapping like a fox, and then a bunny.’ Or like, ‘This is green,’ you know. So it’s really cool. I break down the raps just how I would break down a script. Because she’s so out there, I get to use all these techniques I’ve learned but never got to use before.”

They were asked more about the raps – some of them are more like soliloquies with a beat behind them, rather than a conventional song.

Eve agreed, saying, “I think what we want to convey is that, you know, we want to bring the artistry back to hip-hop. We want to bring back those amazing stories. We want to bring back the lyricism, which is what I’ve always been attracted to as an MC. And really rap means rhythm and poetry. You know what I mean? So we want to — you know, we want to give emotion and really show how skillful hip-hop really can be, used to be, is, depending on who the artist is.”

Zajor McGhee put in his own two cents that they always want the music tied to the story. When people have asked him before about the show, he explains that they’re not just a show with music, but more of a musical show. They use the music to help us learn about the characters and what’s going on. “And those are little tidbits that I think make the music not only amazing, with the job Swizz had done, and the amazing job these women do performing it, but we are always pushing our story forward if you were paying attention to the lyrics. And then on top of that, you can just dance. When I get to practice to Swizz, I just dance in my house.” Swizz Beatz thanked him for that.

A journalist reminded Brandy that she and her husband interviewed her (Brandy) quite a few times in the past (early in her career), and she was very ambitious back then during those interviews. Brandy had said that she wanted to do it all. She wanted her own show, to sing in records, concerts and movies, and to produce. She said, “You wanted to be a queen back then.” Brandy was surprised to hear from her. She said that Brandy had “ticked off a lot of those boxes” and asked, “What boxes are left, and what gave you that ambition to be Queen Brandy way back at the start?”

Brandy suggested that the passion is something you’re born with. She said you go after the things you dream about. She’s always wanted to sing and inspire people. She felt it was her purpose, so she pursued it. She tied the question into “Queens,” saying that it’s a blessing because she gets to do all of the things she loves in one show, “with amazing people. And I’m just so excited. I can’t even believe this is happening or that it’s even real. So I’m just in the moment, excited.”

Brandy was asked about her future and long-term goals. She would like to do this for as long as she can and to do more film and more music. “I love music, until the day I die. So it’s more to do.”

About the show, the cast was asked where the names came from and whether it would really be possible for a group like this to “reboot” and try to make it in the music business again. Nadine quipped, “Not without a Valeria.” Naturia thinks it might be easier to reboot because they “have things like Verses, for example. We should revive the music and give even a new generation an opportunity. So thanks, Swizz, for doing things like that. Even things like social media. We are able to bring old school to the new school. So if a group like New Edition or a group like Nasty B’s wants to revive themselves — I actually think it’s very possible and attainable if they want to. That’s actually what our show explores. Do you really want this life again? That’s the question.”

Saladin pointed out that Backstreet Boys did a reunion tour as well as New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men… “We’re seeing it happen a lot in the world. So I think people are passionate for the good times that they had back in the day, and what those memories are.”

Zahir couldn’t give specific reasons how he came up with the characters’ names. He said, “one by one, when I was thinking about the show, the names sort of came to me first. And I would pitch them to, like, my reps as they’d come up with a new name. But how they came about, I really don’t have any idea.” Then the cast members joked around for a minute about the names.

A reported noted that the group of artists is unusual “you have …former solo artists and girl group singers, rappers, and singers.” She asked how they got them together and whether it was a big adjustment for Nadine (who never rapped or sang before).

Nadine admitted, in a very sweet speech, that she was intimidated by the idea, but she “was ready to face the things that I’ve been keeping from the world. So, you know, I am musical in my soul. I am a poet in my soul. I am a dancer. And she’s in there. And this job is making her come out. And I’ve been hiding her forever. I’m going to cry. And like — the support of Eve, and the way that Tim Story supports, and Brandy supports, they gave me life to just, like, every scene bring her out more and more. And I’ve had a really traumatic experience in the entertainment business, because I was so afraid to show so much. But I get to be that here. And so, like, kind of like the character; it’s like a second chance, and it’s like an opportunity to become something, to redefine myself, just like these characters are.”

No one answered the reporter’s first question after that, unfortunately. That happens sometimes in these panels.

A reporter reminded Nadine that when he/she interviewed her a few years ago, she said that she doesn’t do singing and dancing. He/she asked how she was handling choreography for the show. Nadine replied that she feels like she has two left feet, but she’s getting it. She’s had tremendous growth since the pilot and feels a lot more comfortable and free with her dancing.

Taylor was asked if he’s playing “a composite of producers and managers that we’ve heard about from the past.” Taylor answered in a sort of roundabout way. “I think I’m playing a full and complex human being who is on a quest for self—discovery and searching for meaning. And I think producers in the past have been on that journey themselves. They’re human beings. So I’m trying my best not to be a caricature, but behind the scenes, when they get to see this character, he’s confronting himself in many ways. And that’s where his growth will come from. And hopefully people can relate to that.”

Brandy and Eve were asked this question, “each of you are adapting sort of different aspects of your styles in these characters. How did that combination work?”

Eve said that when they all first got together, they just instantly clicked. The others agreed. She did specify that they all were used to working different ways, so they had to make adjustments. She was used to doing dance rehearsals a certain way, for instance. She admitted that she got frustrated because she was having trouble with the steps. She added, “But it just was like Nadine said, it’s the support of each other that has helped all of us be able to gel together. And the respect for one another. And the understanding that we all do work in different ways. And we’re still learning and gelling. It’s honestly been incredible, really.”

Brandy added her own feelings, that she wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else because it’s “magical” with this group. Naturi added, “I always wanted sisters growing up, and now I feel like I’ve got them.” Brandy said, “And you’ve got them, girl.” It was a very sweet, genuine moment.

Zahir was asked who inspired him for the character Li’l Muffin. He said that he was “just inspired by the freedom and the character of all of the rappers that are out today, whether that’s Nicki or, you know, Cardi, Megan. You know, Rico Nasty, right? Like, they’re just out there. And part of it is an image thing, but also there’s a level of self—expression with these young artists today that didn’t exist. Megan, in one of the songs, is rapping about Sasuke. And I looked it up, and it’s an anime character, or whatever. And I’m like, ‘Wow, hip-hop has changed.’ But that’s cool, you know.” He went on to say that Li’l Muffin is a combination of all of these artists. He was impressed with the way Pepi came in and just nailed the character and then brought it to another level.

Swizz Beatz was asked how he keeps the lyrics of the music “fresh and entertaining and on trend.”

Swizz said that he grew up doing this type of thing in the 90’s and liked reliving his youth. He said, “doing it in 2021, it just feels good. It feels natural. And being that it’s a show, I get to have extra fun, you know. I don’t have to be so serious with the music. You know, we can have fun and put risky things in there and, you know, make the characters come out even more. So it’s been a fun journey.”

A journalist asked Brandy about going from “Disney Princess” to “ABC Queen” – what will her fans from “Cinderella” think about this new show?

Brandy thinks they’ll enjoy it because it’s versatile and very different. She’s definitely not a princess on this show.

The others commented that Brandy is very different on “Queens.” Nadine said, “She’s very powerful on the show, very. Very badass and raw and beautiful.”

Taylor chimed in to say that, “Zahir has been able to capture with his writing, the evolution of human beings, with the spirit and people fighting for what they want and fighting themselves. Just watching these women work every day, just not only as artists but as performers, has been inspiring to learn something from them every day. So I think that’s what fans will really grasp and feel when you watch this.”

Another reporter asks what makes this show different from shows like “Star” and “Girls5eva.” I would have asked this question, too, so I’m glad someone did. Zahir answered that he thinks there is room for all of their shows, although he’s not a regular viewer of the other shows. He wasn’t able to compare them very well. As he said earlier, this is more of a musical and character drama about the women and their lives, “and second chances.” He thinks those other shows “were potentially a little more focused on the music business.” Actually, I would say it’s a lot like a combination of both shows.

He also pointed out that many of the people in their cast were around in the music business back in the 90s, so that gives their show, “a certain level of authenticity.” He also doesn’t think most networks have a show with “five women of color and a man of color front and center.” He said, “we have the opportunity to tell the breadth of stories about the experience of women of color and Black women in this country that isn’t the pressure of Eve having to be the one Black character to say the thing that matters, right? Like we are varied; we’re great. We are beautiful. And I think that the time was yesterday for this show, and the time is today, and the time is tomorrow for this show.”

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QUEENS (Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) Series Premieres Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021

Starring Eve, Naturi Naughton, Nadine Velazquez and Brandy, “Queens” follows four women in their 40s who reunite for a chance to recapture their fame and regain the swagger they had in the ‘90s when they were legends in the hip-hop world.

“Queens” stars Eve as Brianna aka Professor Sex, Naturi Naughton as Jill aka Da Thrill, Nadine Velazquez as Valeria aka Butter Pecan, Taylor Sele as Eric Jones, Pepi Sonuga as Lil Muffin and Brandy as Naomi aka Xplicit Lyrics.

“Queens” is produced by ABC Signature, a part of Disney Television Studios. The pilot episode was written by Zahir McGhee and directed by Tim Story. Zahir McGhee, Sabrina Wind and Tim Story are executive producers. Swizz Beatz is executive music producer. The series will be filmed in Atlanta.

BIOS

Eve, star of "Queens" on ABCEve is a GRAMMY®, Daytime Emmy®, BET and MTV Video Music Award winning artist. Previously, she served as the host of CBS’ “The Talk” and appeared in the Netflix show “Feel Good.”
Eve is best known for her multimillion-selling records “Who’s That Girl,” “Gangsta Lovin’” and “Let Me Blow Your Mind” featuring Gwen Stefani, which won the inaugural GRAMMY Award for Best Rap/Song Collaboration in 2002. She has released four multimillion-selling albums and 32 singles, and she has collaborated with some of the biggest artists in the world throughout her career – Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Jill Scott, DMX, Swizz Beatz, Juicy J, The Roots and Missy Elliot. Currently back in the studio after seven years, she is working with some of the biggest producers and writers from around the world – Dallas Austin, Jin Jin, Jessie Ware and Toddla T.
In July 2019, Eve released her first single in six years, “Reload,” to a huge wave of applause with plays across BBC 1Xtra from Mistajam and BBC Radio 1 from Annie Mac and Clara Amfo. She embarked on her biggest UK dates ever last year playing over 10 UK arenas with Kiss FM. 2021 looks to be the year Eve debuts her new live shows at UK and U.S. festivals, marking her debut at any festival in the world.
In October 2020, Eve announced joining the BBC and BBC Sounds exclusively for her debut podcast “Constantly Evolving,” where she speaks to cultural figures from all backgrounds talking about life, how they got through their struggles in both personal and business life, and how they are still “Constantly Evolving.”

Brandy, star of "Queens" on ABCBorn to a musical family, Brandy, the Mississippi-born daughter of Willie and Sonja Norwood, became one of the most successful multimedia stars of the ’90s thanks to her constant presence on both the pop and R&B charts, her popular hit sitcom “Moesha” and the classic made-for-TV movie phenomenon “Cinderella” (starring Whitney Houston), which attracted more than 60 million viewers and broke new ground with its multicultural cast.
Since emerging with her 3x-platinum self-titled debut album in 1994 (released when Brandy was only 15 years old), this trailblazing pioneer has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide (including the 5x-platinum-selling “Never Say Never”) and is ranked one of the bestselling female artists in American music history by the RIAA, having sold over 11 million albums in the United States. During her reign, she recorded five albums: “Never Say Never” (1998), “Full Moon” (2002), “Afrodisiac” (2004), “Human” (2008) and “Two Eleven” (2012).
Brandy has also earned scores of awards, including a GRAMMY®, an AMA, two Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three Billboard Awards, four MTV Awards, six Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and three BMI Awards. While maintaining a recording career, she also gained fame for starring in several film and TV projects including the popular UPN sitcom “Moesha” (1996-2001), a 1997 version of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” a supporting role in the 1998 horror sequel “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer,” BET’s series “The Game” and as a judge on the No. 1-rated talent competition “America’s Got Talent.” All of this success landed Brandy features in Billboard, Uptown Magazine, Essence Magazine, NY Daily News, Rolling Stone, The Today Show, PlayBill, and more. Additionally, she has also been a spokesmodel for Cover Girl, DKNY and Ultima/Kaneka brand by Brandy.
Taking things to the next level in spring 2015, she made her Broadway debut in the Tony® Award-winning, record-breaking musical smash “Chicago” as Roxie Hart. “Chicago” is the No. 1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history and Brandy is now a part of that history.
At the top of 2016, Brandy released “Beggin & Pleadin,” a bluesy trap-soul melody that was greeted with much admiration. Her first studio album in eight years, “b7,” was released on July 31, 2020, to critical and fan acclaim, and debuted at No. 1 on the Independent and Current R&B Charts. Recently, Brandy teamed up with singer Monica in a Verzuz celebration. The celebration of R&B and the culture garnered 6 million views and 5 billion impressions on the virtual platform, making it the most-viewed Verzuz battle to date.

Naturi Naughton, one of the stars of "Queens" on ABCSinger, songwriter and actress Naturi Naughton is known most recently for her globally recognized role as Tasha St. Patrick in the six seasons of Starz Network’s No. 1 hit series “Power,” created by powerhouse producer/writer Courtney Kemp and executive produced by 50 Cent. Having wrapped the sixth and final season of “Power,” Naughton’s character has been extended into the “Power” franchise spinoff, “Power Book II: Ghost,” which debuted on Sept. 6, 2020, and has already been renewed for a second season in which she will continue her role as Tasha St. Patrick. Naughton is the two-time recipient of the 2017 and 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on “Power.”
She has also been honored at the 2019 Triumph Awards, as well as been recognized by the Women in Entertainment Executive Network (WEEN), Black Women in Film Summit and the National Urban League of New York for outstanding works in TV and film.
Naughton’s critically acclaimed work as an actress includes her compelling performance as Lil Kim in Fox Searchlight’s hit film “Notorious,” as well as her role as Denise Dupree in MGM’s remake of the classic film “Fame.” In August 2020, Naughton starred as Sarah Green in the film “Emperor,” based on an escaped slave who travels north and has chance encounters with Frederick Douglass and John Brown. She has also starred in various other projects including Warner Bros.’ “Lottery Ticket,” opposite Loretta Devine, Ice Cube, Mike Epps and Bow Wow. On the small screen, Naughton is known for her memorable guest performances on “Mad Men” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and her roles on “The Playboy Club” and “The Client List.” She also appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award®-winning musical “Hairspray” for three years.
Before her transition into film and television, Naughton was a member of the platinum-selling pop trio 3LW. She was greatly inspired Nadine Velazquez, one of the stars of "Queens" on ABCby Whitney Houston as a child and knew by the age of 5 that she wanted to be a singer and an actress. In 2021, Naughton will begin releasing fresh music as a solo artist and is excited to dive back into the craft that launched her ever-blossoming career.
She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York and is the mother of 3-year-old daughter Zuri.

Nadine Velazquez is an American actress and writer. In addition to her work on “Queens,” she wrote and will star/produce her series “La’Tina” at Showtime with Will Smith and Frankie Shaw. She previously starred in HISTORY’s series “Six” with Walton Goggins and starred opposite Kevin Hart in “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” Other features include Paramount’s “Flight” opposite Denzel Washington, Summit Entertainment’s “Snitch” opposite Dwayne Johnson, and 20th Century Fox’s “The Bounce Back” opposite Shemar Moore and Bill Belamy. Velazquez also starred in NBC’s “Love Is a Four Letter Word,” the FX beloved series “The League,” and as recurring characters in CW’s “Hart of Dixie” and TNT’s “Major Crimes.” She is also known for her lead role as Catalina in NBC’s Golden Globe-winning series “My Name Is Earl.”

Taylor Sele, one of the stars of "Queens" on ABCBorn in Monrovia, Liberia, Taylor Sele immigrated to Queens, New York, at an early age and has always been drawn to performance and entertainment. First finding a love of sport, his athleticism landed him a football scholarship at Boston College followed by the opportunity to play professionally in the NFL.
As an actor, Sele is compelled by the nuanced choices characters make and the inherent drama of that decision-making process. A grounded yet versatile talent, he has starred opposite Claire Danes in “Homeland” (Showtime) and Forest Whitaker in “Godfather of Harlem” (Epix). Sele is honored to star alongside the four female forces of “Queens.”
His additional credits include “The Deuce” (HBO), Ava Duvernay’s “When They See Us” (Netflix), “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix), “P Valley” (Starz), “Blue Bloods” (CBS) and “FBI” (CBS).

Pepi Sonuga, one of the stars of "Queens" on ABCPepi Sonuga is one to watch on both the big and small screen.  Sonuga also stars in the Hulu limited series “Pam & Tommy” opposite Lily James, Sebastian Stan and Seth Rogen.
On film, Sonuga appeared in A24’s neo-noir crime drama thriller “Under the Silver Lake” opposite Andrew Garfield, Jimmi Simpson, Riley Keough and Topher Grace. Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, the film premiered at Cannes in 2018. She also starred in the Netflix feature “Thriller” opposite Mykelti Willamson and RZA.
Sonuga got her first start in 2013 in the drama “The Life of a King.” The film is based on the true story of Eugene Brown, played by Cuba Gooding Jr., an ex-convict who starts the Big Chair Chess Club for inner-city youths in Washington, D.C. Other film credits include the SyFy feature “Leprechaun Returns.” On television, Sonuga plays a young Angela Bassett on Fox’s “9-1-1” and the lead in an installment of Hulu’s “Into the Dark” anthology series. She previously starred in Freeform’s drama series “Famous in Love” for two seasons and Starz’s comedy horror series “Ash vs Evil Dead,” created by Sam Raimi.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Sonuga currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Queens: SERIES PREMIERE – 1999 (10/19)

“1999” – Starring Eve, Naturi Naughton, Nadine Velazquez and Brandy, “Queens” follows a fractured girl group living in the shadows of their once prominent hip-hop dynasty. After their popularity skyrocketed with the success of their chart-topping single, “Nasty Girl,” they were once regarded as one of the greatest girl groups of their generation. Despite critical and commercial success, the group was plagued by internal conflict and jealousy. Estranged and out of touch, the four women, now in their 40s reunite for a chance to recapture their fame and regain the swagger they had in the ‘90s when they were legends in the hip-hop world. The series premiere of “Queens” airs TUESDAY, OCT. 19 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, DLS) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.

“1999” was written by Zahir McGhee and directed by Tim Story.   Repeats 10/24.

Queens: Heart of Queens (10/26)

“Heart of Queens” – While Brianna deals with the shattering truths of her marriage, Jill risks losing the safe community she has built for herself when she decides it is time to stop living a lie and comes clean about who she really is. Meanwhile, after a fateful meeting with Cam’ron, Naomi struggles with finally putting herself first on an all-new “Queens,” TUESDAY, OCT. 26 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-14, DLS) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.

Guest starring is Cam’ron as himself.

“Heart of Queens” was written by Zahir McGhee and directed by Tim Story.

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Ava: Paul, I appreciate the protection. You know I do. But could you please maybe be just a little less obtrusive, like maybe 10 feet back, perhaps?

Paul: Sure, Mrs. Cassadine.

Ava: Jerome, okay? Ms. Jerome.

Paul: Jerome.

Ava: Trina.

Trina: Hey. How are you doing? [ Chuckles ] Thanks for meeting me.

Ava: Oh, no, it’s my absolute pleasure. Tell me, what’s going on in your life? How’s the new guy? Any developments?


Spencer: Looking for a chair? I saved one for you.

Britt: That line doesn’t work when I can sit anywhere.

Spencer: Come on. You know you want to sit next to me.

Britt: Spencer? [ Gasps ] Oh!


Shawn: First dinner as a free man. My compliments to the chef and the lady who made it happen.

Jordan: Oh, the chef and I thank you. Watching you eat that meal was truly a sight to behold.

Shawn: Why? Because I barely stopped to breathe?

[ Both laugh ]

Shawn: I’m glad you convinced TJ and molly to continue their romantic evening instead of hanging out with us.

Jordan: It took some doing, but did you see the smile on TJ’s face when he saw you walk in here?

Shawn: Well, he’ll get sick of me soon enough, since I’ll be staying with them at Alexis’ house.

Jordan: I don’t know, they both keep pretty busy schedules. I doubt you’ll see them much.

Shawn: Still, I want to get up from out of there, find my own place, get a job, and get on with what I need to do.

Jordan: That being…?

Shawn: Jordan, you know what I’m talking about. I intend to find out who really shot Hayden.


Terry:  Finally.

Portia: I’m so sorry. It’s just all this paperwork.

Terry:  It never ends, does it?

Portia: [ Sighs ]

Terry:  I just have to change, but I’m so excited that you’re coming out for a drink tonight.

Portia: Me too. You know, I’m actually looking forward to a relaxing, uncomplicated evening. So, where do you want to go? Do you want to go to the Port Charles Grill or Metro Court?

Terry:  Oh, no. The only place to be is opening night at The Savoy.


Curtis: Wow. How we doing?

N’neka: The Savoy signature cocktail is a definite hit.

Curtis: Well, hiring a mixologist was one of my smarter moves.

Brando: Curtis Ashford.

Curtis: Uh, Brando.

Brando: Yeah. Nice to meet you. I’ve heard nothing but good things about you.

Curtis: Well, thank you. And enjoy your time at The Savoy.

Brando: I will, man. And congratulations. This place is great.

Curtis: Thank you. I now leave you in the capable hands of my bartender, N’neka.

Brando: Hey.

N’neka: Hey. Try our signature Savoy?

Brando: Actually, house craft beer will be fine. And start a tab. This could be a long night.

Spinelli: Oh, I second that. Um, another vodka orange soda, barkeep. [ Clears throat ] Mr. Corbin. Have you too come to drown your sorrows?

Brando: Something like that.

Spinelli: Ah. Allow me to speculate. An affair of the heart.


[ Indistinct conversations ]

Michael: Oh, oh, hey! Sorry! Sasha, I’m so sorry. One second. Uh…

Sasha: Thank you.

Michael: Oh, hey. “Infant nutrition,” “what to eat while you’re breastfeeding”? I’m sensing a doctor’s appointment.

Sasha: Close — nutrition class. Got to start this little person off right. What about you? Board meeting?

Michael: Close — visiting my grandmother. Well, you know, you got things figured out since our last conversation.

Sasha: I’m trying. I intend to give my baby everything he or she needs.

Michael: You know, you don’t have to do it all on your own. I’m sure Brando would want to be there.

Sasha: I’m sure he would. I’m just not so sure I want him to be.


Chase: Hey.

Willow: Hey.

Chase: Are you finished with class?

Willow: Yes. How about you? You almost ready to go?

Chase: Almost there.

physical therapist: You put in some good work today. Soon you’ll be over there walking.

Chase: Well, why wait? Let’s do this.


Jordan: I know how important clearing your name is to you. I’m just concerned about how you intend to do it.

Shawn: Carefully. Look, Jordan, I pled guilty even though I knew I was innocent because I knew I had things to atone for. But attempting to kill Hayden Barnes was not one of them. And taking responsibility for something I did not do, I inadvertently covered up a would-be murderer, someone who really wanted Hayden dead — and damn near succeeded. That person should be brought to justice.

Jordan: I know. But because you confessed and pled guilty, the D.A. suspended the investigation into Hayden’s shooting. Five years is long enough for a case to go cold. I mean, there is still a chance that the perp that made the attempt could be found.

Nikolas: I apologize for interrupting, but I need to know, has the PCPD made any progress per the search for Ava’s stalker?


Portia: You know, I’ve been looking forward to the Metro Court zucchini sticks all day.

Terry: I love them, too. Let’s go there for dinner after. The Savoy is drinks only.

Portia: We can get dinner and drinks there. You know, one-stop shopping.

Terry: It’s The Savoy’s opening night. I want to be where the action is.

Portia: Yeah, but that’s just it. It’s gonna be all crowded and noisy.

Terry: Who doesn’t love crowded and noisy?

Portia: Let’s just go another night. After all the hype and everything has gone down.

Terry: Okay, spill.

Portia: What?

Terry: What’s the real reason you don’t want to go?


Britt: When did you get back? Wait, is this why you ghosted me months ago? You were planning a surprise?

Spencer: I didn’t ghost you. I was busy with graduation. And then I took some time afterwards touring Europe.

Britt: Britt: Wow. Listen to you sounding all continental.

Spencer: Mm-hmm.

Britt: Let’s sit. I want to hear all about the crazy things you did to celebrate graduation.


Ava: Oh, no, don’t tell me that — what’s his name again?

Trina: Uh…

Ava: Victor.  Please don’t tell me this Victor turned out to be some kind of creep.

Trina: Undecided.

Ava: What did he do?

Trina: He’s charming and fun, but he’s also totally unreliable. Plus, there’s some weirdness between him and his family, and I’m not sure what to do about it.


Chase: [ Grunts ]

Willow: There you go.

physical therapist: Now, I’m gonna let go of you. Let’s see if you can stand on your own.

Chase: Okay.

Willow: Chase!


Britt: Does Nikolas realize you’re home? Or does he think you’re still wandering around Europe?

Spencer: Father knows. I surprised him at Wyndemere.

Britt: So, things are better between you?

Spencer: Eh, define “better.”

Britt: Look, you had every right to be angry with him.

Spencer: But I should be over it by now?

Britt: He let you believe he was dead for three years. You thought you were an orphan. Those aren’t things anyone just gets over. And if you said you did, I’d be worried about you.

Spencer: Then you don’t have to worry.

Britt: But getting through anger is a process, Spencer. It is possible to come out the other side if you keep moving forward.

Spencer: Do you speak from experience?

Britt: Yeah. I mean, I’m not always successful at letting go of my anger, but I understand it’s necessary and it’s a goal I’m working toward.

Spencer: And you think that I should do the same?

Britt: I think…if you don’t rebuild the relationship with your father, it will hurt him, no question. But it will also hurt you.

Spencer: I’m here, aren’t I? Supporting Father in his time of need.

Britt: Are you referring to the divorce from Ava? Because Nikolas has definitely been on edge, making wild accusations. Did he tell you about the stalker?


Nikolas: This has been going on for a month now. The threats are escalating. Ava’s gallery was trashed. The stalker was able to leave a toy in Avery’s room. It is unacceptable that there’s been —

Stella: Shawn Butler?

Jordan: Stella, whatever you have to say, just —

Shawn: I’m okay, Jordan. Yes, ma’am, I’m Shawn Butler. And you’re Ms. Henry, Thomas’ aunt. I can’t tell you how sorry —

Stella: I’m not interested in your contrition. But I do have a few things to say to the man who killed my nephew.


Brando: Put it on my tab. It’s the least I can do after you helped rescue my mom and me from Renault.

Spinelli: Well, it was a — thanks — it was my honor. [ Exhales sharply ] Gratified that someone appreciated my efforts.

Brando: You were taken hostage. I mean, Renault was gonna trade you for my mother. I’m thankful that we got out okay.

Spinelli: Sorry. Physical safety is cause for relief. But, unfortunately, my — my heart became collateral damage. See, my partner, Ellie, became increasingly alarmed by my association with the Corinthos organization and the ensuing threat of — of danger and violence. And she wanted me to get out. And when I balked, she walked.

Brando: She left you?

Spinelli: Ellie realized that if she wanted to make a change, to build a new life, maybe have a future with someone else, that she had to start now. So she did. [ Chuckles ] She’s gone.

Brando: Sorry. That’s rough. Were you together long?

Spinelli: Nine years. We were — we were — we were raising my daughter together, mostly in Oregon. We were a happy family unit. But when we relocated to Queens Point, I became more involved with my friends and their business. And, at one point, Ellie said, “can you be a friend and not participate in the ancillary activities?” But it’s just not possible. With my area of expertise, my area of expertise is so invaluable to my friends, but not only that, I… I savor the challenge. I like doing what I do and knowing that I’m good at it. Alas, it has cost me a relationship that I greatly treasured.


Michael: Did something happen between you and Brando?

Sasha: Brando is a great guy. I like him on almost every level.

Michael: Almost.

Sasha: I think we want different things for our lives.

Michael: Okay. I’m not sure I follow exactly, but sometimes guys take a beat to process and fully embrace what parenthood might mean for their lives, so that might be it.

Sasha: That is not it. Brando definitely wants to be involved. I’m the one who’s not sure how that’s gonna look.

Michael: Noted. Alright. I’m gonna take my two cents and just be on my way, then.

Sasha: No, you don’t have to leave. All I’m saying is that I am ready to do it alone if I have to. Be a single mom.

Michael: At the — at the risk of wading back into deep water — here, have a seat. Look, being a parent isn’t always a picnic, let alone being a single parent. And I have all the confidence that you’ll manage. But I just — I want you to go into it with your eyes wide open. Okay? Also, I’m available for any, you know, new-parent freakouts you may have. I’m pretty sure I invented some of them, so I’m at your service.

Sasha: [ Laughs ]

Michael: Also, just so you know, I — I still consider you a good friend.

Sasha: Thanks, Michael. Same goes for me. I am just as invested in your happiness as you are in mine. That includes talking about someone you can’t talk to anyone else about. Willow. If you ever need a sympathetic shoulder with no judgment, I’m here for you.


Chase: I want something more effective than hydration and stretches.

Willow: Hey, the fact that you’re here and working toward recovery at all, it’s a blessing, right? It’s just going to take some time.

Chase: This isn’t what you signed up for.

Willow: I seem to remember a clause about sickness and in health.

Chase: Well, I don’t think that vow can apply when I can’t be your husband. Not really.

Willow: That is not true.

Chase: Willow, you know what I mean. We can’t even share the same bed. I don’t want to wake you up when my legs are cramping. I know you need your rest because you’ve got school and you’ve got Wiley.

Willow: And I’ve got you. Listen to me. I don’t care about sleeping in separate beds.

Chase: But I do. This — this is not who I am. Okay? I am sick of our relationship revolving around my health. I just — I want to be your husband, not your patient. God, I want your love, not your pity.

Willow: I do love you, Chase.

Chase: Then let me do what I have to do.

Willow: Chase, I understand your frustration.

Chase: How can you? All I want is to live a normal life with the person that I love, and that seems impossible right now. [ Scoffs ] I’m — I’m sorry, Willow. I shouldn’t be railing at you. This is exactly what I didn’t want to happen. I don’t want to take my frustrations out on my wife.

physical therapist: Ready for some stretching?

Chase: Yeah. Hey, I’ll call you when I’m done, okay?


Portia: So they decided to get a divorce, and I don’t even know if it’s gone through or anything, I have no idea, but it’s just too soon to be getting involved with anyone.

Terry: Says who?

Portia: Everyone. Conventional wisdom, common sense.

Terry: Oh, and you want to live your life by conventional rules?

Portia: Terry, nobody wants to be on the other end of a rebound relationship.

Terry: Right. Better to nip it in the bud, especially when there’s chemistry.

Portia: I mean, when things were good between us, they were really good. And, yes, that old chemistry is still there.

Terry: Sounds dreadful.

[ Both chuckle ]

Portia: Okay, okay, fine. Yes, yes. I’m still attracted to the man, yes. If anything, even more so. I mean, Curtis back in the day, I mean, it was clear that he was just piecing his life back together. But Curtis now, I mean, he’s grounded and stable.

Terry: And still sexy.

Portia: I certainly think so.

Terry: Yeah.

Portia: And he’s definitely interested.

Terry: Uh-huh.

Portia: And he told me where I could find him tonight.

Terry: So, what happens if you don’t go?

Portia: I don’t know. My fear is that I will lose him in my life as a friend.

Terry: You make it sound like you’re gonna lose him no matter what. Stop me if I’m being intrusive, but I think you want a chance with the man, so what’s holding you back?


Shawn: Would you like to talk privately, Ms. Henry?

Stella: I suppose that would be best.

Shawn: I’ll be back.

Nikolas: That is tense.

Jordan: And none of your business.

Nikolas: The investigation into my stalker is definitely my business. Did the bootprint that your team found at the scene lead to anything?

Jordan: Yes, we’re making progress.

Nikolas: Can you be more specific? I need details.

Jordan: Why? So you can set another trap? Take matters into your own hands? I’m afraid not. That’s all you’re getting.

Nikolas: But I have a right to know.

Jordan: You do not have a right to interfere with an ongoing police investigation. Stay out of it, Nikolas. Leave it to the police. End of discussion.


Spencer: I’ve heard all about Ava’s trials and tribulations. I just wish I could have been there to see her face when she saw that roach.

Britt: You should have seen my face when Nikolas accused me of being the stalker.

Spencer: You have to admit, though, some of the stunts are clever enough to be yours.

Britt: They’re not stunts, Spencer. They’re malicious acts designed to cause fear. And they worked. Ava is terrified.

Spencer: Well, it’s over. Now that Father and Ava are divorcing, the gifts have stopped, right?

Britt: Again, not really gifts.

Spencer: You know what I mean.

Britt: [ Laughs ]

Spencer: You’ve always understood me.

Britt: Likewise. Oh! It’s so good to see you. Can you hang for a bit?

Spencer: Yeah, for a bit. I’ve been here practically all day.

Britt: Okay. Well, I’m gonna get a drink. Do you want one?

Spencer: Gin and tonic.

Britt: Ha! One iced tea, coming up.

Spencer: In Europe, the drinking age is 18.

Britt: This ain’t Europe.

[ Cellphone rings ]

Spencer: Father?

Nikolas: I’m heading home. I’ll give you a ride if you want. Still at the pool?

Spencer: Yes. I just need to change. Why don’t you come have a drink at the pool while you wait for me?


Sasha: Chase, I heard you were here. How’s it going?

Chase: It’s going.

Sasha: You know, physical therapy takes time.

Chase: That’s what they tell me.

Sasha: I would say my experience is with a different type of rehab, but if you ever want to talk…

Chase: Thanks, but I’m all talked out. If anything, I wish Willow would talk more.

Sasha: About what?

Chase: What’s going on with her. I wish she would say more than the obligatory “keep it up” and “don’t lose hope.”

Sasha: I’m sure she means every word.

Chase: Yeah, but I feel like there’s something that she’s not telling me. Has Willow said anything to you?


Michael: Willow. Hey. What’s wrong?

Willow: [ Sighs ] It’s nothing.

Michael: It’s definitely not nothing.

Willow: [ Sighs ] Chase is in physical therapy. He’s working hard, but he’s frustrated with his progress and… he’s lashing out.

Michael: At you?


Stella: Thomas was my nephew. I lived with my sister the whole time he and Curtis were growing up. I helped raise him. We were very close.

Shawn: He always spoke very highly of you.

Stella: I don’t need you to tell me about Thomas. I knew him down to the soles of his feet.

Shawn: With all due respect, ma’am, what do you need from me? You want to unload on me? Fine. I’ll stand right here and take your verbal lashing. I owe you that at least. I know what I took from you.

Stella: [ Scoffs ] Please. You can’t possibly understand what you took from me. What my family lost. Thomas was a good man and a good father. He should have lived to see his son grow up and become a doctor. What? You gonna tell me you’re TJ’s father now? Because a father is more than DNA.

Shawn: Look, you’ll get no argument from me. TJ accepts that, and so do I. Thomas was TJ’s father, but so am I.


Britt: So, besides the legal drinking age… [ Laughs ] Did you miss France? Did you leave someone special behind?

Spencer: France will always be there. What about you? Have you found someone who even slightly deserves you?

Britt: [ Chuckles ] You know, not many people would consider me a catch.

Spencer: Au contraire. If you haven’t found someone worthy of you, then you’re not looking in the right places.  Father! Hey. Look who’s here.

Nikolas: Hello, Britt.

Britt: Nikolas.


Portia: I was married when I first met Curtis, and I didn’t tell him. Marcus and I were on the outs, and I had no business starting anything with anyone. [ Sighs ] And when I finally did tell Curtis, he just walked away. I’m sure he was just hurt and felt betrayed.

Terry: So what are you saying? You really think Curtis is out for revenge?

Portia: No. God, no, of course not. No, I’m just, um… I don’t know. I guess I’m just a little scared. You know, what if I open myself up to him and then he has a change of heart and he walks away again, you know? [ Clears throat ] I haven’t really let myself be vulnerable since.

Terry: Since Curtis.

Portia: I mean, I’ve dated and stuff, but… you know. [ Stammers ] I just had other priorities, you know? I got to make sure that Trina’s okay and my career. Right?

Terry: Fair enough. Fair enough. That was then and this is now. Trina’s on her way to college, and your career is well-established. Sounds like it’s been a long time since you’ve let yourself be happy with a man. And things with Curtis sound promising. But what do I know? I’m just an oncologist, not a psychologist.

[ Both chuckle ]

Terry: Tell you what. I’m going. I’ll meet you at The Savoy in a few or at the Metro Court for dinner later. Your choice.


Curtis: Alright, you having a good evening? My bartender, N’neka, taking care of you?

Brando: Yes, she is. Everything’s great. House beer — first rate.

Curtis: Glad to hear it.

Brando: Can I ask you something?

Curtis: Uh, yeah, sure.

Brando: Have you ever had a woman give you an ultimatum? Said, “do this or you can’t be in my life”?

Curtis: Okay, it sounds like your lady, and she must have a good reason.

Brando: Eh… Sasha thinks that… she doesn’t like certain aspects of my life. She thinks they’re dangerous.

Curtis: Sasha. Oh, okay. Well, it sounds like she’s concerned that something might happen to you. Does she do this all the time? You know, ultimatums, giving orders?

Brando: No, no, no. She’s great. I mean, we respect each other.

Curtis: So are you sure it was an ultimatum or was she just being honest with you about what she can and cannot live with?

Brando: Yeah. Yeah, okay. I hadn’t thought of it that way.

Curtis: And to answer your first question, I don’t recall a woman ever doing that to me, but I’m sure I’ve done it. Sometimes you’ve got to say what you want, even if it means you might lose what you have.


Sasha: Willow is a pretty honest person. What do you think she’s holding back?

Chase: When Willow and I got married, we thought I only had a few hours to live. And now she’s stuck with an invalid husband.

Sasha: You’re recovering, Chase. And I say this with love, but you are an idiot if you think that Willow is anything but profoundly grateful that you survived.

Chase: Yes, Willow is grateful and so am I. I know I’m lucky to be alive, but… I know Willow. And there’s something behind her eyes, something she’s holding back.


Michael: Chase is going through hell right now, but that does not give him the right to take his pain out on you.

Willow: No, Chase is mostly taking his anger and frustration out on himself. I just feel so inadequate. All I can seem to offer are platitudes. “Be patient. You’ll get there.”

Michael: Willow, Chase is strong. He will come back from this. And you’re gonna be a big reason why he will.

Willow: I pray you’re right. I’m being selfish. Chase is the one struggling to get his life back, and I’m sitting here feeling sorry for myself.

Michael: Hey. You have to stop beating yourself up. You are doing an incredible job supporting Chase.

Willow: No chance you’re biased? No, not at all. And I’m the one who truly knows what this is costing you.


Stella: You compare yourself to the man who was there for TJ until he died?

Shawn: No, you are. I know Thomas loved TJ, but I love him, too. I couldn’t be his father because up until recently, I didn’t know I was his father.

Stella: And until recently, you were behind bars. Where you should have been a lot sooner for killing my nephew.

Shawn: Thomas was my best friend.

Stella: [ Scoffs ]

Shawn: But he snapped. He threatened to kill me. I shot on self-defense. I’ll carry the pain and weight of that for the rest of my life.

Stella: Oh, sure, sure. He was your best friend. But that didn’t stop you from sleeping with his wife. He snapped because of your betrayal.

Jordan: It wasn’t all on Shawn, Stella. We both know that.

Stella: [ Sighs ] Jordan, you and I have made our peace, but don’t expect me to offer it to the man who ended my nephew’s life. He’s lucky to be out of prison. If it were up to me, he’d rot there.

Jordan: You’re not being fair, Stella.

Shawn: Just…let Ms. Henry say her piece.

Stella: I have nothing more to say to you. Just please stay out of my way.

Shawn: I’ll do my best, ma’am. Jordan, thanks for dinner. Good night.

Jordan: Are you all right?

Stella: [ Exhales deeply ]

Jordan: You look shaky.

Stella: It’s been a long time coming. But I confronted him. I did it. And I stand by everything I said.

Jordan: Did it make you feel any better?


Ava: So, what did Victor do that has you on the fence?

Trina: Basically, he lied to me.

Ava: I don’t like the sound of that.

Trina: Well, it was more of a lie of omission, which is still technically a lie, but it didn’t directly affect me. So I guess I shouldn’t care.  It’s still bothersome. I don’t know. Maybe I’m overthinking it.

Ava: And maybe you’re making excuses for him, giving him a little wiggle room. Sounds to me like you like this guy.

Trina: Yeah. He’s interesting. Not like a lot of the guys around here.

Ava: Oh. So are you gonna go out with him?

Trina: Oh, we’re not dating. We’re just hanging out as friends.

Ava: Oh. Oh. Friends.


Nikolas: I thought you were gonna change.

Spencer: I was, and then Britt and I got to talking. I’ll go right now. I, um… my clothes should be back from housekeeping. Please, Father, help yourself to my iced tea.

Britt: Uh, Spencer. [ Sighs ]

Nikolas: I’m sorry, Britt, for accusing you of being the stalker. I was at the end of my rope.

Britt: I was sorry to hear that you and Ava are getting a divorce.

Nikolas: It’s not over yet. I’m surprised that Spencer is trying to matchmake. He and I have been cool toward each other since he’s been home.

Britt: But he is home in your hour of need. That’s something.

Nikolas: It is. I’m so glad to have him back. I mean, at least one thing is going right in my life.


Brando: Thank you for your advice.

Curtis: Look, man, you know what, sometimes I just like to hear myself talk.

Brando: Yeah, well, you said exactly what I needed to hear. Did I tell you I’m gonna be a father?

Curtis: Ohh. [ Laughs ] Well, now I understand the ultimatum, huh?

Brando: Yeah, yeah. I’ve been an idiot. I mean, there’s no choice to be made. How can I walk away from someone as wonderful as Sasha?

Curtis: Well, congratulations. I’m really happy for you.

Brando: Thank you.

Curtis: Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no. Keep that away, all right? This one’s on me. Consider it an early baby shower present. And good luck to you, brother.

Brando: Thank you.


Sasha: I think that you are holding Willow to a higher standard than your own.

Chase: What?

Sasha: Do you share all your doubts and moments of weakness with Willow? You might think that Willow is perfect, but she’s not. She’s human, Chase, and she’s scared and worried and just trying to figure things out as she goes.

Chase: I get it. I do. But she doesn’t have to hold it all in.

Sasha: Like you do? Loving someone doesn’t mean that you have to share every single thought with the other person, especially when you’re trying to protect the other person. And you’re both doing that.

Chase: And I’m not protecting her by snapping at her, which is exactly what I did today.

Sasha: I think that Willow understands how frustrating this is for you, and I know that she’s committed to helping you through your recovery. You don’t need to doubt her.


Michael: You’ve put your entire life on hold to literally help Chase get back on his feet. And I see you burning the candle at both ends while still managing to keep a smile on your face. I just — [ Sighs ] I don’t know, I wish there was something that I could do to help.

Willow: Michael, I know I’m — I’m putting more than my life on hold. I’m putting us on hold. Our family, our future. And that’s not fair, either. How long can I ask you to keep waiting for me?


Ava: It sounds to me like you’re willing to overlook Victor’s lie of omission.

Trina: I want to.

Ava: Well… then do it. Take a chance.

Trina: You still believe that? Even after the way things ended with you and Nikolas?

Ava: Yes. I believe in living life, you know? Not just watching from the sidelines. Get out there and enjoy yourself.

Trina: Yes, ma’am.

Ava: And be careful. And if this Victor crosses the line, he’s gonna have to answer to me.

Trina: Get in line behind my dad.

Ava: [ Laughs ] Yeah, right. And your mom. You have quite a lineup of protectors. Really, overall, Trina, trust your instincts. This Victor, he sounds — sounds like he might be a bad boy. They are exciting. But they can be trouble, too.


Spencer: Where’s Father?

Britt: He had to make a call. Not cool, Spencer.

Spencer: Huh?

Britt: “Huh?” Nikolas and I are over. He loves Ava. And I don’t have time for distractions.

Spencer: Things change. It’s only a matter of time before Father puts Ava and his farce of a marriage behind him.


Shawn: I heard you were still in the game. How about we work together?


Stella: I admit, lashing out to that man didn’t — didn’t ease the pain of losing Thomas, but I needed to do it. [ Scoffs ] You know I speak my mind.

Jordan: All too well.

Stella: Go on. Say it.

Jordan: Stella, what were you thinking? Telling Portia to back off Curtis?

Stella: I was thinking you and Curtis need more time to work out your differences and remember how much you love each other. Jordan, I gave you the opportunity to fight for your man. Why didn’t you take it?


Michael: Hey, you never have to ask. I’ll wait forever if I have to. But you’re my future, Willow. So take that worry off your plate, okay? I’m not going anywhere. As much as I want to hold you and make love to you, I’ll go on being your friend and co-parent as long as it takes.

Willow: Michael, I love you. So much my heart hurts. I want you, too. And I’m so sorry. I wish things were different.

Michael: I understand your commitment to staying with Chase. So we wait. As long as Chase needs you.

Chase: [ Grunting ] Come on. You can do this. Do it for Willow. There we go. All right.


On the next “General Hospital” —

Brando (to Sasha): Sometimes you have to make choices. I’ve made mine.

Finn (to Elizabeth):  Monsters never really die. They haunt you forever.

Brook Lynn (to Valentin): And you’re sure that’s all you are? A team?

Sam (to Olivia): Dante told you about that?

Anna (to Dante): We need to keep that information confidential.

Stella (to Jordan): Do you want this marriage to be over?

Curtis (to Portia): Your timing couldn’t have been any better.

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This fall, Disney+ has plans to remedy its greatest weakness: the lack of binge-worthy live action series that audiences over age 12 will enjoy.

To be sure, the family-friendly streaming service has several series that work well in small doses: “Rogue Trip”, “Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian”, “Brain Games”, “Encore”, “Cosmos”, “Shop Class”, and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” come to mind. Disney+ also has dozens of bingeable animated shows, and laugh-track Disney Channel entries amuse some pre-teens.

However, competitors Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, and Peacock all have 20 to 40 or more must-see TV series that aren’t cartoons. Later this fall, Disney+ will add National Geographic’s big-budget limited series “The Right Stuff,” along with ABC’s “Dinosaurs,” (4 seasons) and, hopefully, a new Marvel Studios series or two. However, one of the problems one can face is not being able to watch Disney Plus from outside the U.S. because it is only available in specific countries.  For that, one would need a VPN for Disney Plus.

For now, here’s our list of 7 quality live action series with wide appeal…

1 The Mandalorian (Season 2 Coming in October)

This $100 million Western-style space opera has maintained Disney+ trends since its production, from director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and executive producer Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Set after the collapse of the Monarchy and before the advent of the First World, The Mandalorian follows the tribulations of a solitary gunfighter in the far reaches of the cosmos who becomes The Child’s guardian (known to fans as “Baby Yoda”) far from the nascent Republic’s jurisdiction.

  1. Agent Carter (2 Seasons)

Peace has dealt a significant blow to Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) when she finds herself oppressed as the men return home from fighting abroad throughout World War II. Working for the clandestine S.S.R. (Strategic Scientific Reserve), a forerunner of S.H.I.E.L.D., Peggy needs to balance administrative duties and go on classified missions for Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). In the aftermath of losing the love of her life, Captain America AKA Steve Rogers, she navigates life as a female secret agent. This series also shines a light on the conclusion of the film Avengers: Endgame, which is linked closely to the Captain America films.

  1. Once Upon A Time (7 Seasons)

“Once Upon a Time” shows a reality where the stories of fairy tales and every-day real life clash. In her life as a bail bondswoman, Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) is doing well when Henry (Jared S. Gilmore) unexpectedly turns up — the boy she gave up a decade ago. He claims she is the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), who spirited her away before a spell could be cast by the Wicked Queen (Lana Parrilla), freezing the realm of fairytales in time and taking them to today’s Storybrooke, Maine. Something about the story intrigues Emma, so she humors the boy and decides to take him back to his family in Maine. Captain Hook, Belle, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, and many more reimagined Disney characters appear in the show’s 7 seasons.  All 7 seasons arrive on September 18 for U.S. Disney+ subscribers.

  1. The Imagineering Story (Limited Series)

This 6-part series of documentaries explores Walt Disney Imagineering’s history, present, and future with the noted filmmaker Leslie Iwerks. Thanks to the Disney ties of her family — her grandfather was an early Disney animator and her father was a former Imagineer— Iwerks offers viewers an all-access pass to how Disney’s groundbreaking theme park attractions are made… including a few errors and low points that have taken place over the decades.

  1. Boy Meets World (7 Seasons)

“Boy Meets World” elevates the classic sitcom format of producers Michael Jacobs and April Kelly with writing and performances that deepen as the program progresses. It chronicles the ups and downs of Cory Matthews (Ben Savage), his best friend Shawn (Rider Strong), girlfriend Topanga (Danielle Fishel), brother Eric (Will Friedle), and the lessons they learn from their coach, George Feeney (William Daniels), one of the few ABC series on Disney+. In later seasons, the characters face more serious problems as they try to balance college with relationship troubles and serious issues like divorce and grief. For 3 seasons of Girl Meets World, also on Disney+, Disney Channel carried back some of the characters.

  1. Prop Culture (1 Season)

Prop Society goes behind the scenes of favorite films such as Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and The Narnia Chronicles: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in eight half-hour episodes. Host and prop curator Dan Lanigan recovers lost movie items, tours private collections and helps return parts to their former glory from the Walt Disney Archives. Lanigan has indicated plans for a second season, but Disney+ hasn’t revealed it yet. “To get a second season, you have to watch the first season! ” Lanigan said in March.

  1. Hostile Planet (Limited Series)

This six-part documentary series draws attention to the most remarkable stories of animals who have responded to the most inhuman genetic curveballs, which seem almost mystical. With Planet Earth and other high-end nature shows, and an immersive look at the wilds of nature, the cinematography and pace of this show is on par.

We spoke with many entertainment editors and critics, and they all mentioned the above listed series or shows as best. In fact, the editor from StreamingRant told us, “Hostile Planet is my personal favorite, and I consider it the best Nat Geo show on Disney+.”

These seven shows on Disney+ are worth watching, but you can only watch them from certain regions, due to geo-restrictions. However, VPNs can give you a way around those. VPNs are one way to bypass geo-restrictions and to watch some amazing content, great stories and perfect plots from some super amazing content creators and filmmakers. Please be careful, though, because some VPN use can get you into trouble.

Proofread and Edited by Suzanne

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