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ABC Developing Real Life Version of "General Hospital"!

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Now where is this going to ultimately land … that is the question? The New York Post is reporting that a real life version of the soap opera, General Hospital is being filmed at a Los Angeles Hospital with real life doctors and nurses!

Apparently, the show has been quietly taping recently at the famed UCLA Medical Center, a spokesman for ABC confirmed.  The show is in its “earliest, pilot stages,” said the official and is intended “either for syndication or maybe cable.”

According to sources, the projected series in develop will follow the private as well as working lives of white coats at the hospital.  The NY Post went on to say: “ABC has been experimenting a lot with daytime TV in the past few years — trying to see if new kinds of shows can replace the age-old menu of talk, soaps and game shows.   It succeeded with The Chew, but failed with The Revolution.”

“The idea of shaping the reality format for daytime TV has been kicked around by TV producers for a while now — though it’s rarely been tried.  NBC re-cut existing episodes of the “Real Housewives” franchise for an afternoon soap two years ago — but couldn’t make it work.  More importantly, if ABC were to syndicate the as-yet-untitled hospital show, it would have to make room somewhere in its daytime schedule.   The only syndicated show it currently airs is Katie Couric’s new talk show — which ABC also owns.”

OK soapers, what do you think of this – a reality GH?   We would rather see the actors, who play the doctors and nurses, on the soap real lives in a reality format as an adjunct piece to GH than this!  How about you?  Let us know!

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Joan faist
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Joan faist

We get enought reality in our own lives thank you. What we want is scripted dramas with actors so we can escape from real life for a little while. LEAVE GH JUST THE WAY IT IS.

MaxDaddy
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MaxDaddy

All I can say is good grief to this idea. Only a network that specializes in shallow programming (besides the real GH we know and love) would come up with this wizard of an idea. I wouldn’t want to know how much they pay the genius that came up with this one. I do not watch reality TV. It is not representative of my reality. And it is hopefully not representative of the realities others strive for in life!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I totally agree with Joan…..

Allie
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Allie

Is this ABC’s way of cancelling “General Hospital”?

Christine
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Christine

I think it is. They keep proving over and over again that they do not give a rat’s ass about what the fans want. We have had NO guarantees of General Hospital going past their anniversary in 2013.

If they cancel General Hospital I will NEVER, I repeat, NEVER watch anything on ABC again.

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

LMAO! First they want to cancel GH, now they want to do a reality show like GH-give me a break. It’s not going to work, Michael you said they succeeded with The Chew…..it sucks. It’s only on because they don’t have anything else to put in its place. They cancel OLTL and they just keep going down, down, down! Only GH is now on and many of us OLTL & AMC fans are still boycotting stupid ABC. I only want GH with the actors/actress and bring OLTL characters into the show and make it 2 hrs. Don’t watch anything else.

Sue
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Sue

I will not watch anything on ABC except GH idiots

Christine
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Christine

I am so tired of so-called “reality” television. That’s all I can say really.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

So am I !!!!!!!!!!!

Sound
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Sound

Why in the name of all that is holy would anyone want to see more reality television?

gloria
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gloria

AGREE 100%. BRING BACK OUR SOAPS!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I wouldn’t…I don’t like this idea at all!!!!

Jeannette Doswell
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Jeannette Doswell

Really??? We’ve seen plenty of reality TV with such shows as the 1971 show, The American Family, The Real World, Cops, Changing Rooms, etc. This will not be any different.

ABC is just trying to frame Reality GH as a daytime soap to sell it to the soap fans. I don’t think it will work.

vik
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vik

‘REALITY’ NOT! Every one knows those shows are still produced, edited, and cut , just to make certain things ‘look’ a certain way. OMG Stop screwing around with DAYTIME, ABC cus you do not know what your doing. Never should have canceled your AMC and OLTL {in my opinion one of the BEST SOAPS EVER, AND I WAS A CBS GAL! } and put on stuff like the chew. The one minute of that I watch at the end, because Ive turned over for GH . . you can tell even the hosts of the show seem uncomfortable ON THE… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

AGREE with every word you said, vik.

Lynn DeRosa
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Lynn DeRosa

Oh hell no!!! If ABC wants to alienate millions of GH fans, this would be the way to do it. We have have about all we can take and this would be the last straw!!

Laurie
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Laurie

Can’t even believe someone thought this was even a good idea….

Mary SF
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Mary SF

It seems to me they are thinking with their wallets and not their heads, otherwise how do you explain them disregarding the audience they have for a proven product, to replace it with a different product that may or may not appeal to anyone? It made no sense to me back in 99 when NBC cancelled Another World to try out a different soap Passions- but at least it was a soap. This makes even less sense. They say now that they would put this reality show on cable or syndication but I think they are testing the waters for… Read more »

vik
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vik

WELL SAID!

jon
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jon

No way! Not interested in watching it.

margie
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margie

LOVE my GH as a story! Oh No Please not reality!

Jacquie
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Jacquie

If you’re home laid up or.sick the last thing I want to watch is other people sick or injured. If I want to watch reality the t.v. will be shut off and I’ll do bills.

Enrique Buenrostro
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Enrique Buenrostro

ABC, seriously you do this “reality show” with the #GH name instead of bringing back #AMC and #OLTL? What the hell!?!?

heidi
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heidi

Not interested… love my GH!

Lynn
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Lynn

Really ABC? I don’t think they have learned their lesson yet, they think the soap fans are going to watch that? What part of we want our soaps do they not get? The daytime viewers are smart and are not going to fall for that especially if it replaces our last soap! I am a nurse and I do not want to sit home on my off shifts and watch what I live at work on a daily bases only made to be UNreality on my tv screen! I hate reality tv and watch other things in the evening on… Read more »

Brenda
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Brenda

No more reality shows ABC. That’s not what people want to watch. GH has been coming up in the ratings, let it keep going.

JLH
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JLH

Reality is shoved up our *#%! 24/7. The last thing I’m interested in is yet another “reality” series. Other than GH, I don’t tune in to ABC programming any longer anyway.

Sandy
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Sandy

I guess this is the ‘writing on the wall.” I watch GH and Days. During any given week, these shows are interrupted by not only national news, but local news….weather…car accidents, anything and everything. The shows are left with maybe 10 minutes, airtime. Enough of this…and I see fans walking away. Back in the day, the shows were only interrupted for really important news. Not anymore. The soaps are considered the lowest in the TV genre. It is a shame. I love my shows.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I know, is totally unfair considering some of the BIGGEST stars in Hollywood had their start on daytime drama. I really would like some of the night time shows try to do what daytime does, produce a quality show 5 days a week for almost the entire year, and do that for 25 plus years. You would think they would show the genre a bit of respect, but somehow daytime drama can’t lose that stereotype that it is an inferior product watched only by bored housewives who have nothing better to do. This was never the truth, but it is… Read more »

JLH
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JLH

GH being pre-empted locally is a frequent problem that my home city has too. Some really important episodes in recent months weren’t aired by the ABC affiliate–and within the last 6-9 months, there was even one week where only Monday’s and Tuesday’s episodes were aired. Luckily, I have SoapNet and a DVR that automatically records its GH repeats, but a LOT of viewers don’t have that option. Every pre-emption increases the chances someone’s going to just stop watching, either because it breaks their “habit” of tuning in or they’re just so frustrated they stop bothering.

Linda
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Linda

Seeing that I only watch ABC for GH not interested. God help ABC if they cancel GH for more reality crap!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

I believe this is what ABC intended to replace GH with
after their 50th anniversary in April. This reality show will be cheaper to do, and they mistakenly think fans will watch cause it has a medical theme like GH. I have never believed that ABC has done anything for GH other than lip service while they make their replacement show plans. I wont believe anything else till I see GH with a new extended contract.

vik
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vik

Thats it, after thier failed attempt at that show they put on after the chew..I cant even still remember the name! ha…theyve been trying to think of another way to take off GH with yet another ‘talk,reality’ show . Like you say, cheaper to do..who cares about what the people watching want? Theyre getting out of the soap biz and couldnt care less about us.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Oh please tell me this is a joke. You have to be kidding. ABC would make a big mistake by getting rid of GH. The show is on fire now, and if they cut it, they’ll lose many viewers. The Revolution failed, and this will too. Too many reality shows, too little soaps. ABC cancelled another good show, Last Resort. I will not be watching that channel anymore.

Jan
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Jan

This is a waste, bring back AMC & OLTL.

lisa
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lisa

Are you kidding me ?
NO,NO,NO !!!
The LAST THING I would want to see is a real life medical drama , set in real time , depicting not only the working lives ,but personal lives of doctors as well ?
ENOUGH really !!
I don’t watch REALITY TV as is….. GH is good enough for me !!!

Vickie
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Vickie

ABC/D still thinks that they can dictate what viewers should be watching. No more reality shows, no more cooking shows, no more talk shows, and no more “fix us up” shows. Cable has become my daytime venue and will continue to be what I watch until they (ABC/D) provide the kind of programming that the viewers want.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I am so sick of these reality shows. There’s too many alrady!! They are coming out the wazoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like GH just the way it is………… Don’t want anymore CRAPPY REALITY SHOWS.. This would really alienate a lot of us soap fans..This is the most crappy idea I ever heard of !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t want this to happen . ABC is out of their mind..I miss OLTL & AMC.BECAUSE of these reality/talk /info our beloved soaps were cancelled. So say definitely NO on this reality crap idea !!! NO WAY !!!!!!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

This idea really pisses me off!!! Leave well enough alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kim delmotte
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kim delmotte

IF THIS REALLY HAPPENS I WILL NEVER WATCH ABC AGAIN

susan Cee
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susan Cee

Me TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rodd
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Rodd

They can take their reality show and stick it where the sun don’t shine.

susan Cee
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susan Cee

DITTO!!!!!!!!!!

dug
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dug

GH is doing very well at 2pm… ABC clearly doesn’t go by (or care about) ratings one bit if they’re really thinking of replacing GH with this…

Maggie
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Maggie

Another Grey’s Anatomy, House, or any other medical show??? We don’t know these so-called doctors and nurses, so as far as we’re concerned, it’s another drama. Now, let me get this straight, UCLA is allowing a reality show to be taped at their facility? Fairly irresponsible I would say.
For my money, I don’t think it would work. In any case, ABC better leave GH right where it is. The new writers have done a great job, and the ratings are great. Don’t be poking around for something to replace it.

Maggie
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Maggie

Oh, and just 2 more cents…I do not like the Katie show at all…I’d be game for them trying it in place of her.

John
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John

i agree with everybody here we dont want reality tv show not ever as our beloved show and name under GH i mean we got enough reality with our own family to watch MTV BS and now ABC BS Show i mean ABC did we not make it clear with you show name the revolution aka now the deadolution soon to be katie aka dead o couric we dont want talk show want show like AMC GH As it is and OLTL not show with girl and guy on tv partying and dranking like on MTV i mean MTV stand… Read more »

MattsPlace
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MattsPlace

OMG! Please DON’T be a BIGOT!!! Defend your soap but please STOP disparaging others. It’s a reality show about set in a hospital not about gays/lesbians, teens, etc. You’re totally OT. BTW BIGOTS SUCK!!! I agree GH should NOT be canceled for a crappy reality show, but posts like yours do nothing to help the cause.

k/kay
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k/kay

Matt I guess you read code because to be quite honest I could not figure out what the heck John was saying. lol

MattsPlace
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MattsPlace

K/Kay

It wasn’t easy! I like to think most soap viewers are the kind of people I’d like to have for neighbors. Sadly my neighbors don’t watch soaps, but they do spend a LOT of time watching their neighbors. ‘Nuff said! LOL

John
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John

abc we us soap fans let the chew slide with you getting few gh people going there but u take gh off and replace it as a reality gh show u watch what happen to you network then and your show katie and the chew watch what happen when the real GH goes bye abc u be beggin us to come back but we wont come back and we be waiting intill your network crash then when that happen abc we be there to pick the peace then we will take over and then get what we want our shows… Read more »

MattsPlace
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MattsPlace

You mentioned bullying in your previous post. The best way to STOP bulling is to teach your kids to respect others and not be a bigot. Bullies aren’t born, they’re usually “raised” by parents/guardians who allow it or “mirror” it in their own behaviors. Bigotry is a form of bullying: Bigots think no one else has the “right” to exist but God (if you are a believer) made us ALL. Reality shows may not have to exist. Period. But people have to live in the real world — and not everyone is just like YOU. Respect yourself and others despite… Read more »

rose
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rose

Who wants reality hospital? As grateful as we are to all of our great hospital care, we can’t wait to get out of them. Right now General Hospital story lines are great, but after the 50th…I just don’t trust ABC. And like most of you commenting, except for GH, I have also boycotted ABC for OLTL and AMC cancellations.

tina coryell
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tina coryell

we don’t need a nother reality show !!!!!!!!! what we want is AMC and OLTL back on abc!! why don’t they listen to us ? i guess we do not count they do not care about us if they did they would listen to all of us!!! i say BOYCOTT ABC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alley
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Alley

I won’t be watching this. I’m sick of reality TV.

susan M.
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susan M.

ABC/D are out of their MINDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MattsPlace
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MattsPlace

I won’t watch this. Real hospitals make me sick! LOL Seriously, my eyes will be elsewhere because I don’t find people being sick entertaining. My enjoyment just does not work that way. Right now I am watching less network TV than ever, but I do watch a few select programs and my soaps. I DVR a lot and watch online as well. GH shouldn’t have to die for this reality hospital mess.

Brad
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Brad

The best way to stop this right now since it’s in it’s “Earliest pilot stages” is to flood ABC with E-Mails, Phone Calls, Letters and whatever else you can do to tell them you want them to keep GH on the air. Tweet abc, post on their facebook and do whatever you have to do. I just got done sending ABC an email telling them that we do not want GH to be cancelled. I said viewers haven’t enjoyed GH this much since the 1980s and we all want GH not another reality show. I also informed them GH is… Read more »

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

Does anybody at ABC/D EVER listen to what their daytime viewers are saying? I guess not, since they cancelled AMC and OLTL anyway. GH is the only reason many viewers even turn that channel on anymore, and now there’s this pathetic reality show that might replace it. No freaking way is this a good idea. Just when I thought that ABC/D couldn’t be more insulting to its audience than it already has been………

susan M.
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susan M.

This idea is an insult to the loyal soap viewers ABC/D had for over 40 years and more…
This is really a STUPID IDEA!!!!!!!!!!!! ABC/D gets their ideas out of a cracker Jacks Box..
I really think they do. I can’t stand all these reality/info/talk/cooking shows…We have so many of these kind of shows on already…We don’t want anymore! Especially on daytime programming…We want our escape in the afternoon. We want our stories! this is ENTERTAINMENT!!!!!! The suspense, love.heart-warming stories . We want to laugh, cry with our beloved GH actors & actresses…Again that’s a VERY STUPID IDEA…
Pure crapola!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ella
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Ella

It won’t work. There is a reason we watch the soap genre … to escape from over everyday lives. Reality TV isn’t the same. We as viewers are inundated with so much reality TV that it is too much. ABC needs to realize that viewers tune into GH because it is fictional, we have history with the show and with the characters and that we want to escape from reality for am hour a day. If I want reality medical dramas, I’ll tune into TLC. When I want to watch cooking shows, I tune into ‘the food network. I tune… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

ABC/D had loyal soap viewers for over 40 years or more…Soap fans kept ABC/D goin
all those years.. Soap fans kept ABC/D popular T V. station..Leave our GH alone & we like it just the way it is……Change isn’t alway’s the solution ! Keep on what has kept the
viewers interested all these years OUR STORIES!!! The soap fans kept ABC/D going & on top all these years! This idea makes no sense to me! Give me a break!!!!!

TS1
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TS1

ABC is dead to me except for GH. Since Kelly and Michael are on CBS where I live I watch that. But my tv and DVD recorder are off the rest of the day. The way ABC is going during the daytime TPTB will be on the unemployment line like so many other people. People are sick of reality shows, they are scripted anyway. Daytime tv was a way to escape from every day life and enjoy watching a fantasy one. If ABC goes with this “new GH” say bye to the viewers because we’ll be watching other networks.

Christy
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Christy

for what purpose? for a daytime show or a night time show? If for daytime, what show is this replacing? If for night time, sounds like the hospital show w/Dr. Oz’s hospital, which seems fine the way it is now. this could never replace General Hospital, so I can’t think where it would go in a lineup… altho my station has several locally produced shows it plays daily, including the 1-2pm timeslot that nothing but OLTL was successful in. (GH is still on at 2pm here) That show is a worthless hour of 4 people discussing and watching you tube… Read more »

mary
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mary

As long as these dumb shows are either or cable or on syndication, I don’t care. As long as I can watch GH, I am Ok I would like to watch GH at 3pm

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Rademacher decided to appear on State of Mind along with his son, Peanut, to talk about the incidents of parenting and anger when raising his children, and the effects discipline can have on the kids.

There are some very emotional moments within the segment, as Peanut opens up about his feelings when his dad was upset with him and how he dealt with  it

Ingo also shares how over the past few years his relationship with his son has approved, while Maurice offers key moments from his past with his father and his own son.

Per Maurice on the concept behind the show and his ongoing website: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

Watch Ingo, Maurice and Peanut below and then let us know what you thought about this heartfelt conversation via the comment section below.

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This episode featured beautiful work by Maurice Benard, and Max Gail and everyone in the supporting cast who had their moments.  It was an ensemble piece but led by Benard and Gail, who should both be receiving Emmys in 2021 for their work..

What did you think of Mike’s funeral episode? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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