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ABC's 20/20 Special: General Hospital – The Real Soap Dish Photos Released!

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The celebration is on soap fans!  We are merely days away from the soap milestone of 2013 when General Hospital celebrates an astounding 50 years on daytime television! Surviving all the twists and turns in front of the camera, and all the backstage shifts and shake-ups through the decades, behind the camera,  20/20 will air a full hour dedicated to the soap.

Anchored by talk show host, Katie Couric, she visits the set of the ABC soap, dons a stethoscope and a lab coat, and sits down with Maurice Benard, Sean Kanan, Frank Valentini, and many others including:  Tony Geary, Genie Francis, Maurice Benard, Jack Wagner, and Rick Springfield!

ABC 20/20 released some first look photos for the television event which happens a week from this Saturday on April 6th at 9PMEST and we posted just a few!

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More about the episode from the official press release:  “To celebrate the pop icon’s golden anniversary, Katie Couric and 20/20 travel to the fictional town of Port Charles to experience first-hand the passion, intrigue and adventure that has made the daytime soap opera the longest running scripted drama currently on television. . 20/20goes  behind-the-scenes and offers a visitor’s guide to Port Charles and its residents, and show how love in the afternoon has changed dramatically.

So what interview of Couric’s during the GH 20/20  special are you looking forward to seeing the most?  Let us know!

 

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Aria
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Aria

I can’t wait!

jim
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jim

All of the interviews of course…

susan M.
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susan M.

It airs on ABC right??????????/

PAUL W.
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PAUL W.

Of course it airs on ABC, where else did you think it would be?????

susan M.
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susan M.

Just making sure that’s all !!!!!!!!!!

susan M.
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susan M.

Saw Dante on the lifetime channel today on Free movies on demand. He only had a very
small part and it was called : A Valentine Carol (2007)…

jim
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jim

Im certain he doesnt like to think any of his parts are small! lol

Christy
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Christy

I saw him a few years back on Stargate SG1 and ever since I always see him in that outfit and makeup! ha!

Mark
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Mark

Why only an hour (44 minutes after commercials)? This show should be TWO hours.

Janice
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Janice

I’m just sorry they decided to use Katie to do the interview. Not a fan. But I’ll watch ’cause I’m loyal to GH

MK
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MK

leave it to katie, to take credit for saving gh from cancellation. she told abc to cancel revolution and move gh before her. poetice justce?

charlotte
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charlotte

i hear that Thao Penghis will be returning after 30 years to reprise his role as Victor Cassadine. its great to see the WSB to be mentioned again. hopefuly Tristan Rogers returns again.

Jake R.
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Jake R.

Hi Charlotte-where did you hear/read that about Thaao Penghlis? I scour all these soap blogs and haven’t seen that tidbit. I contacted the head writer Ron Carlivati via Facebook (he never replied lol) a YEAR ago telling him they should bring Victor Cassadine back. Everyone thinks the three original Cassadine brothers are dead but only Tony and Mikkos were frozen to death;Victor was arrested by the WSB and sent to prison. And I agree, it IS nice hearing them mention the WSB again. For awhile there was always references to “agency work” and “spy stuff” but no one ever said… Read more »

charlotte
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charlotte

it was something i found on google. i’ll look for it later. Victor was presumed dead in prison. i always had a theary that he stroked a deal with the WSB to go work for them under cover and only robert scorpio knew about it. which could start something between Robert and Luke. Victor could be looking to take hellana down. that would be fun to see sister and brother in law at each other. he might be the only one able to stop hellana once and for all. who knows. we’ll see i will get that google page to… Read more »

Jake R.
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Jake R.

Hi Charlotte-Interesting theory you have about the WSB. I don’t recall anyone on the show ever mentioning Victor having died in prison though. I was watching the SoapNet Marathon all weekend and during Luke & Laura’s wedding episode, Elizabeth Taylor (the original Helena Cassadine) had a butler-type who was making calls to and taking calls from “Mr. Victor.” I guess he had access to a telephone in prison back before cell phones lol! I just think it would be really cool to bring Thaoo Penghlis back, even though not many of us will even remember/know who he was/is!

Nancy
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Nancy

I am happy about the 20/20 episode but Katie makes me gag!! Thay should have gotten Ellen to do it!

10261991des
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10261991des

Can’t wait! Jt DVR’d it lol!

Melissa
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Melissa

I’m so looking forward to it.I have been
Watching GH since I was 10yrs old and
Luke and Laura were on the run.
GH while just a show has been a huge
part of my life through good times
and bad.So upset when ABC cancelled
OLTL & AMC.If Gh ever goes I will
Never watch abc again.
Wish Katie wasn’t doing it but I
Wouldn’t miss it for anything.
Bravo for the new writers for bringing
back Laura.Such an important part of
GH history.Also, happy to see so many
familiar faces.Steve Burton picked a bad
Time to leave!!

ricardo
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ricardo

katie couric needs to go away. i do not trust abc. they should pick up general hospital for at least 3 years. abc gives general hospital 1 year renewals. i have a bad feeling abc will cancel general hospital next year. i hope that i am wrong. katie couric is so annoying and boring.

Sharon B.
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Sharon B.

I really like GH having Anna, Laura, Scotty, & Bobbie back. Hope they bring back Robert and Holly also. Happy 50 Year Anniversary to GH. I watched it with my Grandma when I was 3 years old. That makes me a very long time viewer.

Mysty
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Mysty

Yea, this is all nice but where is Tristan Rogers? He was lead on GH for years, I would have thought they would have included him in the 50th festivities since he was just there a few months back. His being excluded from this 50th is just wrong and they know it.

Ann
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Ann

Why is Katie on GH ? It’s not about Katie

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly passed away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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