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ABC Introduces ‘General Hospital’ Spotlight Channel

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As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, ABC has unveiled the General Hospital Spotlight Channel where fans can relive some of the unforgettable moments and episodes of the iconic soap opera from the last several years.

The good news is that the new channel is a free, ad-supported television service (FAST) where you will get a continuous 24/7 live experience – meaning the episodes just keep a-coming!  You can check it out by visiting ABC.com/GH spotlight or using the ABC app.

Per example, and of this writing, the GH Spotlight Channel is currently playing an episode from April 11, 2018.  For its launch, the episodes appear to start with an episode from February 5, 2018 and run through April 27, 2018, with more to be added soon.

To usher in the Spotlight Channel launch, GH’s Laura Wright (Carly) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) lend their voices to the first promo for it.

Benard shares that GH fans can”relive your favorite storylines over and over beginning with Sonny and Mike’s (Max Gail) Alzheimer’s saga.”

The three-time Daytime Emmy winning star also notes, that fans can, “Watch anytime, anywhere with no sign-in needed.”

So, what do you think of the GH Spotlight FAST Channel? Will you be checking out the episodes? Let us know in the comment after you watch the promo below.

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Great idea, I’ve missed being able to watch old GH shows since SoapNet bit the dust. I’ve had to resort to whatever is on YouTube. The Alzheimer’s storyline is a fine place to start from more recent times. Hopefully they’ll delve into the vault and bring out some classic episodes from the 80s and 90s. I would be all over that.

Part of me wonders if this is ABC setting the stage for GH to eventually end up on this streaming platform, like Days went to Peacock, and like all the soaps will likely end up off of broadcast TV one of these days. It’s just the way the future of television appears to be headed.

GH already streams the current episodes on both abc.com & on Hulu later the same day. (Usually available by 8:00 Eastern/5:00 Pacific, though they seem to screw it up a few times a month)

Of course these are paid subscriptions, but apparently Peacock will soon be that as well, even for the Scumcast, Cox, and HellCable subscribers who have been getting the service “free” with their internet service for the last three years. And of course the CBS soaps are on Paramount +

In this Devil’s opinion, you shouldn’t have to pay to watch any stream of a program that airs on broadcast TV. Especially since all of these streaming services include ads in their programs, which means they are already making money from them without charging for subscriptions.

Fortunately, I usually stumble across the “Black Friday” deals for Hulu, which means I’m only paying $2/month. A lot less headaches that way, given the number of news “preemptions” on GH in recent years.

I’m very excited about this! Is there a schedule posted somewhere as to when they will switch up the story lines and episodes they are streaming?

I’m enjoying watching the episodes on Spotlight. How long will the series of episodes run and when will a new series of episodes be loaded for viewing?

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GH’s Dominic Zamprogna Opens Up on Concerns that Dante Was A-Goner: “There’s Any Number of Ways Comas Can Go”

When Detective Dante Falconeri was shot by a Pikeman henchman, and Jason (Steve Burton) was revealed alive and well, it put actor Dominic Zamprogna in a coma, and a bad one in soap terms, at that. For awhile there, it was touch and go for Dante.

The good news is Dante pulled through and is now back to his old self, and just in time for Dominic Zamprogna’s 15th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, which is June 22nd.

Dominic spoke to Soap Opera Digest on his milestone, and reflected back on the fan response from earlier this year when it may have appeared he was exiting the show for a second time.

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Zamprogna shared, “It’s nice to hear you say that people were worried about me – when I went into Frank’s (Valentini, EP, GH) office and he told me I was going into a coma, I started to worry about me (laughs)!”

From working on GH for a decade and a half now, Zamprogna has seen his fair share of comas, and in fact, his then on-screen wife, Lulu Spencer Falconeri was written off the show having never awakened from her coma.

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“There’s any number of ways comas can go,” said the popular GH star. “People joke, ‘Oh, you’ve got easy work.’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, as long as it’s an on-screen coma! I don’t want to be in an off-screen coma, because then I’m not on the show!” But honestly, that means the world because we all care what people think about us, you know? And if people are happy to have me around, it feels good, obviously. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”

So, are you glad that Dante is still alive and kicking? Did you think the show might write-off Dante after he was shot a few months back? Is it time, as Dominic head towards his 20th anniversary with the soap opera, for the powers-that-be to bring Lulu out of her coma? Should Dante and Sam (Kelly Monaco) eventually tie the knot? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mac Comes Home

You probably needed the hankies during today’s Wednesday, June 19th episode of General Hospital, for it marked the return of fan favorite John J. York to his role as Mac Scorpio.

This was to be York’s first episode back on-screen since he underwent treatment for two blood cancers and revealed his health diagnosis and battle publicly back in September of 2023.

The scenes involving Mac gave viewers all the feels, and it looked as if reality and the soap blurred, especially in York’s scenes with his on-screen children, Maxie (who Max raised) and grandchildren, Georgie, James, and Bailey Louise, and wife, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

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Since Mac was out of town supposedly down in South America helping a ‘friend’, some things have changed, including Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). having moved in with Maxie and the kids, to which Mac does not disapprove.

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In the meantime, Cody (Josh Kelly) is a man in conflict when he has second thoughts about not telling Mac he is his biological son.  When James shows up Maxie’s with Cody in tow, he lays his eyes upon the just-arrived-back-in-town Mac. The two share pleasant “hellos.” Later, back at the Quartermaine stables, Cody tells Tracy (Jane Elliot) the long and winding road story of not knowing who is father was for most of his life. Cody shares he finally found his father in Port Charles, but his father doesn’t know he has a son. Tracy thinks Cody now has a chance to re-set some things and should come clean.

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Meanwhile, Felicia keeps getting calls from Maxie while she is work at General Hospital and does not pick up. So, Felicia is unaware that her husband is back. Eventually, Felicia arrives at Maxie’s and is in for a big surprise when Mac appears and the two hug and share a kiss.

After the episode aired, and seeing the reaction from GH fans, John J. York took to his account on X. York expressed, “WOW!!! I’m just so humbled by your warm, kind and gracious words as Mac returned to PC! Your support has been monumental! I have a feeling, things are about to get interesting!”

So, what did you think about Mac’s homecoming on GH? Were you touched just seeing John J. York back in action on the ABC soap opera? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Jophielle Love Talks On Violet’s Emotional Scenes with Finn, the Loss of Gregory, and Taylor Swift

During General Hospital’s recent episodes surrounding the death of Gregory Chase (Gregory Harrison), who succumbed to complications from ALS, many in the cast delivered touching performances; including Jophielle Love (Violet).

In story, Violet learns of her grandfather’s passing when she comes home from school and her father, Finn (Michael Easton) sits her down to explain that Gregory passed away in the middle of the night. Violet’s reaction was one of devastation and tears.

Michael Fairman TV caught with Jophielle on the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Creative Arts and Lifestyle Emmy Award ceremonies, where she was a nominee for Best Original Song for the song she co-wrote, “Shine.” The track was first heard back on a December 2023 episode of the ABC daytime drama series and is currently available on Spotify and other music streaming platforms.

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When talking about the departure of Gregory Harrison, and Violet’s reaction to her grandpa’s passing, Love shared, “Well, I was very tired from the taping of the three-day wedding, so I already had the tears in me. I knew that I was always going to see him (Gregory Harrison) in real life, but I was also very, very sad he was leaving the show. He was such a delight to work with.”

When Violet saw how difficult it was for her on-screen dad, Finn, to cope with with the death of Gregory, Love shared, “It’s hard for Violet, but Michael and I, we still see each other and he’s always happy (in real life). But, those scenes were hard. I was comforting him.”

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Receiving her first Daytime Emmy nomination as songwriter was a thrill for Jophielle: “Well first of all, I was jumping up and down and Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) came and told me while I was on set. I was just so excited.”

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Since pop superstar, Taylor Swift, started at a very young age as a singer and a songwriter, does Love see herself as a mini-Taylor? Jophielle emphatically stated, “I’m a mini Me“.  As to what she thinks of the record-setting Swift’s music, and if she likes her work. Love shared, “Yeah, yeah … so, so…”

What did you think of Jophielle’s performance during the passing of Gregory? And her comments here on Gregory Harrison, Michael Easton and Taylor Swift? Comment below.

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