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General Hospital And Shriners Hospital For Children Set To Deliver Touching Story Arc!

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Once again, ABC’s Genera Hospital has partnered with Shriners Hospitals For Children for a story arc over a series episodes that will shed light and bring awareness to the wonderful work they do.

Shriners Hospital For Children provides extraordinary care for children in the areas of Orthopaedics, Burn Care, Spinal Cord Injury, and Cleft Lip and Palate regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

In the past few years, GH has incorporated Shriner’s into their storylines.  In 2015, it was Spencer Cassadine, who was dealing with the aftermath and burns he suffered after the fire at Wyndemere, and last year in 2016, it was Elizabeth’s son, Jake, who Monica advised needed to receive care after he was hit by a car.

Now in 2017, GH is tackling scoliosis, when Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) is concerned about a friend of hers who is in the facility suffering from this spinal condition.  Charlotte’s father, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), suffered the same fate until he was given corrective surgery and treatment. Will he be the person to help Charlotte’s friend through this difficult time?  Stay tuned.  The episodes begin airing tomorrow on the September 19th episode.

In another interesting element, Shriner’s has developed the SpineScreen app that is available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play that helps parents check their children’s spines for signs of scoliosis simply by moving their phone along the child’s back. The app is free to download.  This story was first posted by ABC Soaps In Depth.

So, do you like how GH has continued its relationship with Shriners Hospital For Children and created storylines to bring awareness of the work they do?  As the story plays out in the next few days, let us know what you thought of it in the comment section below.

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Jimh

yes…if they can get the message out there Bravo to GH…

Celia

@Shay.
Hi, Shay,
I think, as usual, the introduction of scoliosis, was an attempt in making Valentin human….with a heart.
the “guys at the helm” are really going out of their way to exalt Valentin to a higher level ( almost God-like) to his daughter and especially the viewer. ( the same could be applied to Sonny—except, it “ain’t” working for moi.
Yes, they could have utilized one of the others kids…maybe one of Ms Lizzie’s boys?
No matter, Shaybelle; the point is, Valentin is now a hero in the eyes of the hospital, the afflicted little girl, and family.
Unfortunately, as much as I like Valentin, one cannot “unknow” what one knows….well, unless this is not the true Valentin. There certainly could be a story in the making here, if and only if, there is a direct connection between himself and MrMask.
If SB is, indeed, Nikolas, then, as I said, they are working in tandem towards something the writers may know, or are yet to have a plan in place. Too many times, TPTB have introduced a story that took so many twists and turns: the who, what, where and why were lost in “transit”.

Margie-Rose

They brought our Spencer there for treatment. Storyline gave us insight of they AMAZING loving care at Shriners.

Amy

Is Emma back for this, too?

George

Brooklyn Rae Silzer’s sister Londyn is guest starring as Charlotte’s friend so I guess Brooklyn was on set visiting

Shay

Which begs the question why—despite the noble storyline—-was it necessary to create yet another character in order to tell this story??? (Or a similar one?) Port Charles is already crawling with kiddos that we care for because of their familiar familial links….it would have been much more appropriate, efficient and heart-rending to concoct a curable condition for one of them which required treatment at Shriners’. It’s this sort of thing that just ruins the flow of the show…always introducing short-term newbies when the reliable current characters would more than suffice…

Junie

I am very pleased to see this association continue. It is stories likes these that raise awareness & inform people.

JK

WONDERFUL!

Jovin

While the intent is good here, it just doesn’t work. This is a show that continually glorifies all kinds of violence, including the mob and various other criminals. It almost reeks of bad taste to continually feature children in peril as well. These arcs feel inserted and forced. If Claire Labine were writing and it was 1994-1996, these episodes could have been seamlessly woven right into the fabric of the storytelling! With the BJMaxie story, Emily’s introduction, or the Lulu illness that brought Nikolas on. At one time, soaps did a credible job at social issues, but those days are gone. The writing lacks the heart and the humanity that used to permeate these shows. Using daytime soaps to advertise a Children’s Hospital is just weird and wrong. Like I said, the intent is not a bad one, and if it helps someone, then it is a good thing. And it should be a natural fit for a show called General Hospital, and it’s sad that it does feel forced and unnatural. But in 1996, 21 years ago, this show changed into the Sonny Mob show, and has unrepentantly stayed that course even in the face of massive viewer discontent, fallen ratings, and fierce online hatred for the mob domination. One of two things has to happen. Sonny has to die, and gH has to move on, or else the show needs to be cancelled. No show can just keep retelling the same repelling mob stories. I fear if GH is cancelled, the final episode will be ALL about Sonny, and the final shot would be a framed photograph of Sonny, when it should be a stroll through the hospital with the Webbers, Harry’s, Quartermaines etc. Dang, I miss the REAL GH!!

Timmm

Quit watching the show. Just please make a donation to the Shriners!

Jovin

Tim for your information, my cousin received wonderful financial assistance from the Shriners related hospitals. She was a 23 year old scholarship hockey student at Yale, and she came from small town Canada. Her story inspired people all across North America to donate cord blood to help others with her form of leukaemia. I know of the work they do and appreciate it! I was saying that the merging of a show that glorifies violence does not mix well with a real life Childrens hospital! And why tell me to quit watching the show? Enough people have quit that’s why the ratings are low. If I stopped watching every show that went through rough times I couldn’t watch anything at all! I am a diehard soap fan and as all lifelong fans, we long for the days when soaps were good, and well written, and even relevant! I continue to watch because I am a fan of the genre. There is enough to like to keep people watching. I have been very impressed with the writing on GH in the past several months. It’s sophisticated, and its layered, and characters, episodes, and stories intersect in unusual and surprising ways. The main problem is that many of the main characters are just unlikeable hypocritical criminals or sociopaths it is hard to invest in emotionally.

JMER

I agree! 1996 was a huge turning point but there was a lesser one before that that led up to ’96’s changes and made them possible.

nancy dillingham

YES!

Timmm

Great to hear the Shriners were a part of your life in some way.

I only suggested you quit watching it since you seemed so put off.

Remember this, even though the show has so much sex and violence, its just a show we choose to watch. The mob was around before Sonny. You need drama in a show for it to work. I would love for GH to focus more on the hospital. But, through Sonny and Julian’s mishaps comes lots of trips to the ER and THEN we get to see our beloved nurses and doctors. Its the way it is.

And remember this, GH does glorify violence and then feature the Shriners BUT look at what Hollywood did last week with their hurricane telethon, they raised millions of dollars but they have ALL acted in films with sex and violence!

I hope I made this clear to you and I hope GH gets better for you. My biggest problem with GH is the lightweight characters, bad writing and no Quartermaine reboot! But like you, a long time fan, I will stick with it and hope for the best.

Jovin

I understand. But I am also very sick ьof people saying “the mob was there way before Sonny”! True….but they were the bad guys. They were the villains. They were not written and presented as heroes. They were criminals that the good guys could bring down..and that’s why we rooted for then. They we re not made the centrepiece of the show! They were antagonists to the heroes. We looked forward to their comeuppance! Sonny has not paid for a crime in over 20 years.

Timmm

As much as GH does wrong, God bless this effort by them and God bless the Shriners!

elm1951

i agree with you – gh is a fictional drama that is only for entertainment and i definitley applaud them for their support of such an awesome organization…………….

Carol

I don’t mind the Shriners s/l if it does some good. The thing that gets on my nerves is the constant repeating during each show about Shriners. One announcement at the beginning or end of the episode each day would be sufficient.

Rodd

I think it’s a lovely and important organization to shine the spotlight on.

Jamesj75

It’s just too bad Kin Shriner isn’t involved…

elm1951

why?? is kin shriner involved with the shriners in real life???

Jamesj75

Hey there, elm1951! No, I was just making a joke about Kin’s surname. I should have added a smiley face… 🙂

Michael

Why do they have to say the name of the hospital every five seconds?

Steve

A very worthy cause! It just seems awkward when they have the characters speak the full name “Shriner’s Hospitals for Children”. I know that’s for promotion, but I assume most people refer to it as just Shriner’s.

In the past, Rebecca Herbst and Tyler Christopher did public service announcements for the hospital. Nothing this year from James Patrick Stewart.

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GH’s Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey Talk Their Love Connection & The Demands Of Daytime

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After presenting for the first time together, at the 45th Annual Daytime Emmys since they’ve been a couple, Laura Wright (Carly) and Wes Ramsey (Peter aka Henrik) of General Hospital have certainly been in the throes of a romantic, fun, and cherished relationship. The two former stars of Guiding Light reconnected last year at Emmy time. Now, sharing their over one year anniversary, Michael Fairman TV caught up with Laura and Wes to get some insight into what makes their relationship work amidst the hustle and bustle, and pace of both being on a network television daytime drama series, and with the pressures of Hollywood where often relationships between two actors seem to start hot and heavy but then fizzle out.

If you caught this week’s GH, you witnessed that the town of Port Charles has found out that Peter is the notorious Cesar Faison’s son, and the ramifications that will be felt for weeks and months and potentially years to come. Meanwhile, Carly is in all sorts of trouble, thanks to naughty Nelle (Chloe Lanier). Nelle is making Carly look awfully unstable and what happens next could change Carly’s life forever.

So, what do these two lovebirds have to say about their relationship and their passion for working on the soaps? Check out what they had to share below. 

Wes, you had met Laura originally years ago on Guiding Light.

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Wes: Yes, 15 years ago in New York.

And what did you think of her then?

Wes: Well, I was smitten, but I had to keep it to myself.

You had to keep it under wraps, huh?

Wes: Yep!

Laura: I was married then.

Wes: She was pregnant with her second child.

Laura: And he’s a good Kentucky boy.

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Wes: Uh-huh! But we would run lines in the green room and I would try very hard to make sure she didn’t catch me staring at her… too often. But we laughed, and had great conversation.

Laura: I would always say, “Wes, will you run lines with me?,” because I would want to run my lines.

Wes: We never had story together, but she always knew I was game to hang out with her for a moment.

It’s good when you’re in a relationship with someone and you can laugh with them. You seem to be able to do that a lot!

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Laura: Oh, gosh. I think that’s all we do.

Wes: Yes, yes, yes, yes…

Laura: Like, we belly laugh. It gets to the point where people would think we were ridiculous. We’ll say things and just think it’s the funniest thing ever and people would be like, “You guys have a problem …” and we’re like, “Yeah.” (Laughs)

Laura, and then he comes back into your life years later…

Wes: That’s right, it was Emmy weekend 2017.

Laura: I totally was not expecting it at all. Even when I gave him my number I walked away going “huh…”

You mean you thought he wouldn’t call?

Laura: No, I didn’t feel that… because he hit on me hard. He’ll tell you that.

Wes: I still am hitting on her.

Laura: I remember I walked away quick after he got my number. I was like, “Oh, my God … I gotta go.”

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Wes: There was an assertiveness on my part that was for sure 15 years in the making. I did not expect to run into her. I also did not expect for her to tell me that she was recently single. In that split second, it was one of those, “stop the presses!” moments. Like, you need to give me your number, I’m taking you to dinner.

Laura: I go, “Oh, be quiet! Are you like, 32, because I can’t do that.” (Laughs)

Wes: And I said, “Far from it.”

Laura: He’s like, “I’m getting ready to be 40.” And I’m like, “I can do that!”

Then, on top of all of this, Wes, you land a primo role on General Hospital. That of Henrik aka Peter, Cesar Faison’s son.

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Wes: Yes, a dream come true.

Laura: I’m going to jump in and say it’s a role that he worked all on his own for. He had to screen test against 8 plus guys, 3 different auditions, 2 different days.

Wes: That’s true.

Laura: I can’t say strong enough that the best actor got the role. Meaning, Wesley is so talented and has the ability to give this character the depth, and emotion, and layers that it needs to tell the story that needs to be told. I just think he’s incredible.

So, did you know from the get-go who you were going to be playing?

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Wes: I did not.

Laura: I did! (Laughs)

Wes: I’m thrilled that the writers have been giving me such incredible material to dive into.   Each month that goes by, it becomes more and more complex, and more and more layered and intense. I love the depth… I love the conflicts… I love the humanity… I love the desperation… I love the psychology behind it. It’s a very interesting story and a great journey to tell.

Laura: I was getting ready to say, where you mentally have to go to be the son of Faison and Anna Devane (Finola Hughes)! To blend that together is amazing. It’s incredible to watch.

You used to run lines together on Guiding Light. Do you run lines together now on GH? It’s like a full circle moment.

Laura: We do, and we carpool.

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Wes: Something we were trying to manifest together. We thought it would be a lot of fun to work together one day.

Laura: The last week we worked, we didn’t. He worked all afternoon. I worked all morning. I was like, “Are they doing this on purpose?” I was so mad! I was like, “Why are you in the afternoon everyday?” (Laughs)

Wes: She lost her chauffeur. (Laughs)

Laura: I did! He always drives us to work. I also love when we both have afternoon calls, because we love having mornings together. So, I didn’t get my morning, nor did I have my chauffeur!

So, two actors can have a good relationship? You see so many Hollywood relationships with actors and they go bust. But that’s not always the case …

Wes: Oh, my God, yes.

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Laura: I’m going to say this; I think I can see it being more difficult for daytime

actors, because the work we do is so intense. I know the weeks he’s getting ready to go into, and I’m getting ready to go into. Where we go emotionally and psychologically to tell these stories, on the level that we tell them, as quick as we tell them, you kind of have to become really in a headspace. The fact that we can …

Wes: … the long hours …

Laura: Yes, and exhaustion! You really have to go, “Wow! It’s not about me right now. It’s about us individually as actors.” Thank God, we know the workload. I know what he’s getting ready to go through.

Wes: I have always had so much respect for Laura’s work. On Guiding Light, I’ve always been in awe of what she’s capable of doing. So, the level of respect is obviously there. But also, the understanding whatever it is that you need from a personal assistant in one moment… or a life partner in another moment … or a best friend in moment … or whatever it is in order to get through the day-to-day and the week-to-week, so we can do what we love to do. We know we’re very lucky to have the opportunity to do what we love.

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Laura was such a great co-host on my Soap Nation Live! Daytime Emmy Nomination Specials, in particular when she talks about acting. It’s so rewarding to hear the other actors who are guests on the show listening to what Laura has to say about her craft and respecting the hell out of her.

Wes: Without a doubt. You can’t watch her work and not be in awe. It speaks for itself.

Laura: I just love the journey of going to the places that we go; to bleed for it.

Wes: Leave it all out on the floor.

Laura: I know that process. So, when I see another actor that’s bleeding, I just bow to them, because I know what it takes to go there. I know the work that Wesley does. When I see that he’s spent at the end of the day, I’m like, “Babe, I so get it.” So, I can see where it could be really difficult for people that haven’t been there, because it’s a lot of work and you’re spent. It’s hard! For us, that works.

What do you think of Laura and Wes’ love connection? What do you think of the latest developments for GH’s Carly and Henrik? Comment below.

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GH Nurses’ Ball 2018 Conclusion: Anna Learns Henrik Is Her Son, Maxie Has Her Son, Ava Wows, Mike & Sonny Duet!

In the most moving and exciting episode of this 2018 GH Nurses’ Ball, all roads lead to the truth about Henrik and how he is really living his life as none other than Peter August (Wes Ramsey).  First, Robert (Tristan Rogers) who has punched out by Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) on stage drags him outside of the ballroom for his part in the cover[up.  Robert is worried about Anna’s (Finola Hughes) safety. Nina (Michelle Stafford) confronts her husband about how long he’s known who Henrik is.  She later figures out why he has been trying to whisk her and Charlotte out of the country.

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Onstage Mike (Max Gail) takes a mic, and makes a moment of saying he has Alzheimer’s and then launches into the song he remembers,“The Summer Wind.” As he sings, he imagines being accompanied by a big band as he proceeds to deliver a showstopper.  Suddenly, in reality, Mike is lost and disoriented … scared he stares around at the audience.  Sonny (Maurice Benard) gets up to the stage to help his dad by cluing him into the lyrics.  Sonny sings with Mike and gets him through the song.  They receive a standing ovation.

Ava (Maura West) who is preparing to perform her number comes across a moment between Kiki (Hayley Erin) and Griffin (Matt Cohen) backstage where they are in a hug.  Little does Ms. Jerome know that Griffin was consoling Kiki after her lewd run-in with Dr. Bensch (James DePaiva).   Then it is Maura West, who truly brings down the house for this year’s ball with her Ava’s rendition of “You Don’t Own Me.”  That tune was certainly a nod to all those that Ava feels have wronged her.  Yup! Sonny, Griffin and Kiki we think are some on her list!   Dressed in a white pant suit and accompanied by a bevy of male dancers, West knocked the interpretation of the song out of the park, to make it work for her character and the Nurses’ Ball.

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Elsewhere, Maxie (Kristen Storms) has gone into labor, and Peter is right there safely delivering her baby boy. Maxie is taken by paramedics to the hospital, while Peter calls Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) at Maxie’s urging to let him know what happened.  Spinelli has just found out, through Sam (Kelly Monaco) and Jason (Steve Burton) that Peter is Henrick!

Anna is walking into a trap on the pier as she waits for Henrick. When he appears, he has no idea that Anna is his mother, and thinks it’s all been a set-up.  He points a gun to eliminate her once and for all, but Anna says she has something to tell him.

The Nurses’ Ball concludes with a touching finale of “Champion” featuring: Epiphany (Sonya Eddy), Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Amy (Risa Dorken) and the other nurses.

So, what did you think of the final episode of the GH Nurses’ Ball 2018?  What did you think of the musical performances? Do you think Maxie’s baby will be OK? Will Anna be able to tell Henrik that she is his mom? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Ryan Paevey Sends Out Touching Tweet On The Birth Of His TV Son On General Hospital!

On yesterday’s GH, viewers saw the tender moment when Maxie (Kirsten Storms) delivered her baby, who is the bio-son of her late husband, Nathan West.

When Maxie finds out she had a boy to carry on the legacy of her beloved husband, she is overcome.

Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan), who left the series earlier this year, took to Twitter upon seeing the episode and the image of the little baby that is his on-screen offspring.

He expressed: “Welcome to the world, little one …. it’s a scary place sometimes, and i so wish i could have been there to show you all the good stuff. Your mother loves you,and will take care of you and teach you …. watch out for her her for me will ya?”

Aaawww.  So many GH fans have been touched by the gesture, and how nice it is that it makes the whole journey and end of Nathan’s West story heartbreaking and bittersweet.

Were you touched by Ryan’s tweet?  Missing him on GH? Comment below

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