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ABC Entertainment President, Craig Erwich Offers Update on ‘Pine Valley’ and is Open to Additional ‘General Hospital’ Iterations

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During today’s ABC TCA virtual Winter Press Tour, Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment and Hulu originals, addressed entertainment reporters during a press conference on some potential developments and upcoming new shows, existing shows, and specials scheduled on the network

According to TV Line, Erwich shared he has no further updates at this time on the All My Children reboot “Pine Valley’ that has been in development for over a year from Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) and company.

However, the ABC boss did say that due to the recent success of Days of our Lives streaming limited-series and its holiday movie on Peacock, that he would be intrigued for ways to bolster the General Hospital franchise, adding that he is “always open to additional iterations or explorations” in regards to the network’s sole daytime drama.

So, what do you think is happening with “Pine Valley”? Would you like to see ABC and its streaming platform partners develop something original for General Hospital ala DAYS? Comment below.

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At this point, no news is probably good news on the Pine Valley front. It’s probably still percolating, going through concept and character adjustments.

Mark W. Noonan
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Mark W. Noonan

You’re right. I wonder if Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa will reprise their roles periodically. I know a lot of LGBTQ and they hope ABC and Pine Valley won’t shy away from adding Gay Characters. Not Sure if Bianca will return.

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The concept line of Pine Valley never made sense to me….The “feud” between the Kane and Santos families. Other than Erica stealing Maria’s baby and the fallout from that 25 years ago, there was never a feud. To try to change history, and use that as the framework for a “darker, edgier show” to create some epic, legendary feud sounds like a big rewrite and I’m not really interested in that. General Hospital has been a pioneer in different programming concepts and spin offs, both traditional network shows (Port Charles), and limited, non-narrative pieces (Night Shift). If this is the… Read more »

Jim.
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Jim.

Maybe the feud happened after All My Children went off the air! We’re to tune in to find out why.

Tony
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Tony

GH makes the point of going to Corinth (where Loving was set) and they do nothing. Not even a mention of the murders, the Alden mansion…. nothing… I have said for years that Faison (who cross-over on Loving) was hiding in the Alden mansion with Trisha hostage. I don’t get why they do nothing with all the history they have.

brian
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I hope ABC still considers some sort of One Life To Live v3 or limited series

Bill
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Bill

I always thought that a spin-off series about the WSB would be intriguing. Maybe Jack Wagner could pop up occasionally as Frisco (isn’t he in charge these days?) and Finola and Tristan could guest now and then, but you could focus on new agents, perhaps as a weekly serial action adventure.

Michael
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Michael

Now that would be great. Would love to see Jack W interact.

Aria
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Aria

Bill I like your idea, I’m all for more wsb agents in an out of PC. Dark edgy, and on HULU since Disney owns it .

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In other words forget it. GH Nightshift was a good iteration of the show and they flat out dropped it so he’s full of it. If he’s that interested Frank Valentini would be gone. Earwig (Erwich) is just talking to talk. End of.

The other lis
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The other lis

I think there is something to it. Streaming has changed the game. You need lots of content and soaps are cheaper to produce compared to a network show and you have a loyal fan base. In terms of scale you have a smaller audience but a more loyal one and to make money with streaming you need very loyal fans.

Mark W. Noonan
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Mark W. Noonan

Sure. I only watch the Days with Sonny and Will. And I pray that ABC picks up Pine Valley. I watched The Edge of Night before it cancelled, All My Children, One Life to Live, and General Hospital with my Mom. I even remember the Ice Princess Storyline in the early 1980’s.

The other lis
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Sorry about the Pine Valley reboot but thrilled he is looking at the Days limited streaming series and Christmas movies and would consider something involving GH down the line. ABC actually owns their soaps and can easily make it happen. Now if only CBS could negotiate something with Proctor and Gamble so we can see our old CBS soaps this would be heaven. It would be wonderful to see GL and As the World Turns soaps in a movie or limited series. The stars aren’t getting any younger and neither am I. It’s got to be cheaper than developing these… Read more »

Michael
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We need a scary soap like Dark Shadows. Can we do a reboot with Caleb the vampire on a new spinoff. That last scene on GH indicated he was not dead. ME could do both shows. I wish they would put Dark Shadows on daytime again and have Michael Easton as Barnabas Collins.

JOHN GAINOR
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JOHN GAINOR

It seems like the Actors involved in “PINE VALLEY” are all insisting that this show will happen, even though it doesn’t really sound like much is occurring at the moment. If they are going to do it, they really need to get a move on. Susan Lucci commented that the pandemic has slowed down progress and that’s probably true to some degree. Personally, I would like to see ALL MY CHILDREN re-launched closer to it’s original inception. However, I would happily watch the New PINE VALLEY with an open mind.

Johnny G
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Johnny G

It’s a bit strange that Kelly and Mark Consuelos haven’t said much about the New project since it was first announced two years ago. I don’t want to add a negative vibe to it, but I wish it sounded more encouraging than it seems to sound here. Understandably, the Pandemic has slowed down progress of New shows, but I wish there were a way to know for certain if this production is still happening….has it just been a very slow process – what’s the latest word?

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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General Hospital Alum Annie Wersching Dead at 45

In very sad news on Sunday, actress Annie Wersching, who starred in the series 24, Bosch and Timeless, and portrayed Amelia Joffe on General Hospital, passed away this morning from cancer.  Annie was only 45-years-0ld.

Deadline broke the news of Annie’s death.  In a statement, Wersching’s husband, actor Stephen Full, shared: “There is a cavernous hole in the soul of this family today. But she left us the tools to fill it. She found wonder in the simplest moment. She didn’t require music to dance. She taught us not to wait for adventure to find you. ‘Go find it. It’s everywhere.’ And find it we shall. As I drove our boys, the true loves of her life, down the winding driveway and street, she would yell BYE! until we were out of earshot and into the world. I can still hear it ringing. Bye my Buddie. ‘I love you little family…’ ”

Wersching’s first major role came as Amelia Joffe on General Hospital.  She played the role from May to September of 2007.  Amelia came to Port Charles to seek revenge on Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) and wound up lovers with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard).

Later, she went on to star as Renee Walker in Seasons 7 and 8 of 24.  She also appeared in The Vampire Diaries, Runaways, Extant, and The Rookie.  One of her last roles was in Star Trek: Picard which came two decades after she made her screen acting debut in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Annie is survived by her husband and children children Freddie, 12; Ozzie, and Archie, 4.

Share your condolences and remembrances for Annie in the comment section.  But first, check out some scenes from her time on General Hospital below.

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Kelly Thiebaud Opens Up on Her Exit from General Hospital, Taping Britt’s Tragic Death Scenes, and Parting Thoughts on Co-Stars

Just a few weeks ago on the January 4th episode of General Hospital, viewers were left devastated when Dr. Britt Westbourne succumbed to a fatal poisoning after a confrontation with ‘The Hook’.

While it was revealed that Daytime Emmy winner, Kelly Thiebaud, was exiting the ABC soap opera at the end of 2022, many thought the story would see Britt leaving Port Charles to deal with her declining health due to Huntington’s Disease in private, in order to keep the door open for a possible return down the line.  However, that was not meant to be.  When a report from Deadline surfaced back in August of 2022, it indicated that Kelly was returning to her primetime role on ABC’s Station 19, which caused some confusion and rumors of just what would Thiebaud’s ultimate status be with the daytime drama series.

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Now, in a very special exit interview for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Kelly chats with Michael Fairman and clarifies what led to her decision to leave her role as Dr. Britt Westbourne.

Talking with Fairman direct from London, Kelly, who won a Daytime Emmy in 2022 for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, reveals how it came to pass that GH would kill-off the character of Britt by becoming another victim of ‘The Hook’, and more.

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During the conversation, Thiebaud shares her thoughts on working with her former GH co-stars including: Steve Burton (ex-Jason), Parry Shen (Brad), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Kathleen Gati (Liesl), Cassandra James (Terry), Roger Howarth (Austin) and Josh Kelly (Cody), as well as some of her favorite memories throughout her run on the series which began in 2012.

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Kelly took the character from being the manipulative ‘Britch’ as an interloper in the romance of Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo), all the way to becoming a well-loved character to root for.

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While, GH viewers witnessed Britt’s shocking death scenes, Kelly weighs-in on taping those moments, as well as Britt’s emotional goodbye birthday party, and having the opportunity to portray a character who was trying to navigate her life, while suffering from the effects of Huntington’s Disease.

In addition, Thiebaud gives a very special ‘thank you’ and shout out to the fans for their enduring support as she looks forward to new roles and new adventures ahead.

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Check out our heartfelt farewell interview with Kelly below, and for upcoming celebrity features, interviews, event coverage, music videos, and more, make sure to ‘subscribe‘ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

So, what did you think about Kelly’s decision to depart GH? Will you miss her as Britt? Share your thoughts on our conversation in the comment section below.

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