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ABC Renews General Hospital For 2014-2015 Season!

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While historically ABC does not officially renew its soap with an announcement, according to Deadline.com, General Hospital has gotten pick-up for the 2014-2015 season.

This comes as no surprise, with the daytime drama completing its 50th anniversary season and great ratings to support its efforts, where almost a few years ago there was talk the show could be cancelled.  With GH being renewed, and the official announcements by NBC and CBS that Days of our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all will continue, that means that all network soaps are intact, which is a wonderful sign for the genre, coming off years of seeing one soap after the other being cancelled.

Deadline also noted:  “All four soaps are in positive territory year-to-year. Leader The Young & The Restless (5.2 million viewers season to date, 1.5 in Women 18-49) is up 9% in total viewers and 7% in the female demo as it marks its 25th season as the most watched daytime drama. The Bold & The Beautiful (3.9 million, 1.1) is up 14% in viewers and even in W19-49. General Hospital (3.3 million, 1.4) is up 8% and 17%, respectively, as it closes in on Y&R in the demo, and Days Of Our Lives (2.4, 1.1) is up 10% in both categories. Days  is delivering its best season in W18-49 in 3 years and biggest season in total viewers in 4 years. General Hospital is pacing for its best season in 7 years in total viewers and is on track to post  a 3-year high in W18-49. During the most recent week of available data, the Jan. 7 episode of GH ranked as the series’ most-watched telecast in over 6 years.”

So excited to know more General Hospital is on the way?    What do you think about all four soaps getting support from their respective networks and all getting renewal pick-ups?  Let us know!

 

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Sharonda
Sharonda

Loved the turn around for GH and DAYS, I would love to see a more culturally diverse cast on both shows. Bring back Lexi on Days, and Tom Hardy III on GH . I would love for BB to rid itself of the incest, and Y&R to move faster in it’s storylines and improve the acting on both Y&R and BB-Kudos to Thorsten and Heather for their efforts, but sadly they are the only ones on that show who are acting. Y&R-I’m no longer watching that mess so I look forward to the rating slipping after Michael Muhney’s last air date. Y&R is the most boring soap there is -and killing off children so soon after losing our Duchess is in poor taste and the acting of the majority aside from Michael Muhney is horrendous-Nikki, Avery, Dylan, Nick, Summer, Christine-the most useless character, Noah, Cane,Victor, Lily to name a few. Y&R should have never got rid of Stephen as Tucker.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

And some said it would be cancelled this year…glad they were wrong!!! lol

janet
janet

Who cares ? Too much mobs and molls for me. ? Now even the hospital will be run by the evil kidnapper SDR O. She tortured Robin etc etc,etc sorry everyday it gets worse. I don’t want to see it cancelled even if I stop watching. I don’t want to see actors etc lose their jobs I just want to see some creative writing something I haven’t already watched on this soap before. a show with the characters I like given some on screen time and actors who can actually act. I have to put on the CC lots of time because the mumbling is horrific. The whining that is suppose to be crying and the insulting to the intelligence of the viewers about exactly what is going on.

Elhu
Elhu

Great news!!! While I am an ABC soap fan and love GH (and still miss AMC and OLTL), I am very happy that all of the remaining soaps have all been renewed. Our beloved genre is not going down, soap fans (for the most part) are a very loyal breed!!! Keep watching the soaps you love!!!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Happy news! ABC would have been fools to cancel GH. What? ABC fools? Stupid cancellations? Nah, never….They got it right this time! Thank you ABC/D.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

BIG CONGRATS to all involved in the show and the fans. Vive le GH!

Rodd
Rodd

GH is a joy to watch! I love the characters/actors, storylines, writing , just everything about it. I hope it continually renews!!! Wouldn’t it be something to see it celebrate it’s 75th anniversary? I’d be cheering from my wheelchair or walker by then. :0)

JR
JR

Now if only ABC would bring back OLTL!

jp
jp

Totally agree. I would even take having OLTL and AMC share an hour time slot.

Jack Evans
Jack Evans

If the Execs at ABC would only wise up they would bring back ALL MY CHILDREN and/or One Life to Live as a lead-in to Gen Hospital – contingent of course on if they get the rights back. Sorry to say though it seems unlikely it will happen, then again – who knows.

Janet
Janet

I don’t think it’s going to happen either. ABC wants nothing to do with AMC and OLTL. The only reason ABC wants the soaps back is to break all ties with Prospect Park. Nothing more. It certainly isn’t to put them back on the air.

The only hope for AMC and OLTL to return again is through Prospect Park. But that seems so unlikely to happen that Michael may as well put back the RIP sign next to their names.

Monica
Monica

Love GH… so happy
All actors doing wonderful jobs
Even the ones we hate…they are good

Mary SF
Mary SF

Well this is good news bad news for me. It is good news that the show has been renewed, as well as the other remaining three. But it means the death of character driven stories. All the shows on the air are slowly but surely changing the type of stories they used to tell, to ones that do not happen to people in real life.
It is fun to watch, the camp, the way out there stories of evil villains trying to take over the world, or drugging priests to make a sex tape or dead coming back to life, over and over. Yet, at the end of day, I miss a good tearjerker story, or an old fashion epic romance, or the triumph of the human spirit over obstacles– the guts and glory of real drama, peppered with wit and humor. And sadly, as good as soaps are today, they pale in comparison to what they used to be, and if these wacky stories are the wave of the future, then I will enjoy them, but I will missed what genre used to be.

Johnny
Johnny

Couldnt agree more. At least DAYS still takes time to play moments of real human emotion. Moments that are not there to advance the plot, but are just real, and there to show us who the characters are. Sadly, on GH, there is no more real human emotion. Every sentence…every word that is uttered is a device used to jump from plot point to plot point. It becomes really distracting…instead of the desired effect of reeling the viewer in. GH is completely plot driven…bending and changing characters at will to fit into whatever the story du jour is. And how frickin gross was the Lucas and Brad scene????

Charday
Charday

Awesome, best show on television!

susie
susie

silly question, but the 2014-2015 season…when exactly does a season begin and end these days?

ricardo
ricardo

Finally great news, gh got renewed. but only 1 year? It should have got renewed, for 2 or 3 years. But I’m still happy, that gh is still on air for now.

MITCHELL BOURQUE
MITCHELL BOURQUE

I AM WITH YOU I AM A BIG GH FAN:)

Kimberly. Gubitosa
Kimberly. Gubitosa

General hospital should come 2015 chad duell should get at lease 6 years and Kiki should come back too I am a huge fan of chad duell I saw him on disney channel life on deck and wizards
Of waverly place

Kimberly. Gubitosa
Kimberly. Gubitosa

New cast for general hospital 2014 — 2015. Franco. Carly. Michael. Molly. Morgan Olivia Shawn Alexis Dante. Lulu. Luke Tracy. Mac. Anna. Silas Sam. Patrick. Robin Carlos. Sabrina duke britt Loucas. Bobbie Jason Elizabeth TJ Kiki Race. Taylor

MITCHELL BOURQUE
MITCHELL BOURQUE

COME ON ONLY 1 YEAR??? REALLY? iTS MY FAVORITE SHOW! RENEW IT FOR EVER PLEASE:( I WILL DIE IF EVER CANCEL IT. I WATCH IT EVERY DAY SINCE 2009. I GET HOME FROM MY WORK AT 3. I HAVE A DVR SO I CAN TAPE IT I LOVE IT MORE THAN I YOU KNOW 🙂

MITCHELL BOURQUE

MITCHELL BOURQUE
MITCHELL BOURQUE

wrongs again suckers general hospital Will go on for ever!!!!!!!:)

K G
K G

For 2014 and 2015, spinili Maxie back together and sonny and Carly back together

K G
K G

New people I want back on general hospital Julian. Alexis Silas. Sam Ric elizabeth Jason. Carly. Nikolas britt Morgan Kiki Patrick Molly

K G
K G

If Kristen alderson leaves I will miss her way lot Kristen sister can step into general hospital Kelley missal can be Kiki Jerome because Kristen. And Kelley are sisters with same last name Kristen Starr manning Kelley. Danielle manning

K G
K G

Maxie break up with Nathan so you can go back too spinili please I can’t see you in jail again

K G
K G

Michael quartermaine I can’t not believe you how could you hurt your own father like that really wanted both of you too stay on but no you broke both of you together now I can’t watch chad duell and Maurice benard anymore

kg
kg

i don’t want too get that mean about it but i really care about dante and lulu i just want lulu and dante really back together again it really hurts me that much

kg
kg

i would love too go on general hospital and be dante and lulu body guard

kg
kg

the way to fix the whole lulu and valerie has too move in with dante so valerie and lulu doesn’t get so hurt

kg
kg

i think its best if valerie and lulu doesn’t have dante at all there both spencers they can really hurt each either and thats really bad for general hospital

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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Kimberly McCullough Directs Episode Of ‘The Conners’; Shares Pics From Show Night

As fans of director and actress Kimberly McCullough know, earlier this week she announced that she would be directing an episode of the the re=branded and renamed ‘Rosanne-less’ series, The Conners.  She originally shared the news of getting the nod to direct the hit comedy sitcom with a photo of the famous Conner kitchen with the words “Yup”.

However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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