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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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GH’s Ingo Rademacher Shares Insight With His Son On Parenting & Anger On Maurice Benard’s “State of Mind”

Maurice Benard has brought his State of Mind  to You Tube, and his guest for this week is none other than Sonny Corinthos’ longtime nemesis Jasper Jacks, Ingo Rademacher.

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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Gregory Harrison Is The New Gregory Chase On General Hospital

General Hospital just got hotter as it beef’s up its storyline featuring Kim Delaney as Jackie Templeton.  Now comes word that TV veteran, Gregory Harrison has come to the ABC daytime drama series as the recast Gregory Chase.

The character of Gregory Chase was previously played by DAYS James Read, who plays the treacherous Clyde Weston now and then on the NBC soap.

With Harrison taking on the role of Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father, that makes things a little juicier in the romantic department.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news, Harrison begins taping today Wednesday at the ABC studios for General Hospital and fans can look forward to his debut on-screen in a few weeks.

As to the storyline: “Fireworks could be on the horizon for Harrison’s character.”

TV fans remember Gregory from the hit series Trapper John M.D., then later on Falcon Crest, Judging Amy, One Tree Hill and more.  He also has frequently appeared in Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies most recently.

So, what do you think about the Gregory Chase recast with Gregory Harrison? Intrigued? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Mike’s Funeral Brings The Alzheimer’s Storyline Full Circle to Its Heart-Tugging Conclusion

When a soap opera allows a full episode to stay in the story they are telling, it can often make for a riveting hour of television.  This was the case and then some on Thursday’s emotional ending to General Hospital’s Alzheimer’s storyline; when the character of Mike Corbin (Max Gail) was given a proper send-off – a funeral – and being eulogized by those who loved and cared for him.

When GH is at its best through the years has been when it tackles social issues of our time, and this story will stand among the iconic soap’s best.  The backdrop of the story was that of father and son, grappling with and coming to terms with the past, finding love, forgiveness and redemption against this most horrific of diseases that has afflicted so many.

In the episode, Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly (Laura Wright) go to church and prepare themselves for the emotional day as mourners come through and share their grief and condolensces and love for Mike.  Those included: Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth – back for this one), Stella (Vernee Watson), Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and a touching moment between Diane (Carolyn Hennesy) and Carly where the legal eagle says to Carly that if she ever needs to drink and vent let her know.

 

As the funeral begins, one by one Mike’s family and friends say beautiful words of what he meant to them,. Michael reflects about how his grandfather loved to party and how he’d like them all to raise a glass for him. . Olivia, speaks on behalf of Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), and how close Mike and Dante were.  Ava (Maura West) talks about the love and kindness and joy he brought to little Avery.

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When Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) got up to speak, things became even more heartbreaking when she flashes back to a scene where she was having a terrible time and Mike was there for – always a great listener- but he tells he eventually, he will not remember her.

GH did a outstanding job of selecting scenes throughout the eulogies that punctuated who Mike was … and how he tied in to all of the characters lives.  Jason (Steve Burton) shared how he knew it wasn’t easy for Mike to come back and try to make amends with Sonny, but that no matter what, Mike kept trying to get through to Sonny to make things right between them.

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Stella’s moment was also heartbreaking recalling the man who became her friend.  Carly, who was the glue that held Sonny and the family together during Mike’s illness, shared her doubt if the family could handle Mike, and what was to come, but how Sonny helped his father find inner-peace..

When Sonny gets up to talk he reveals he had a lot of anger towards his father, and how the illness made him truly see the man his dad was inside.  Sonny tells his dad he is proud of him and how grateful he was that he came back into his life.   Next, Josslyn (Eden McCoy) sings as the mourners reflect back on Mike in a touching series of juxtaposed clips against the characters in the moment at the funeral.

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After the service had concluded Sonny and Carly talk how Morgan and Mike are together now, but Sonny asks for some time alone in the church. It is then Mike appears and tells his son it’s time he forgave himself, since Sonny forgave Mike.  He tells Sonny that he has made him very proud.  As he gets up to leave he kisses Sonny on the forehead and goes towards the light and to heaven.  Just after that, Dante appears at the front of the church, shocking Sonny in a beautiful analogy that now this father and son must deal with what’s ahead in their relationship, just as Sonny and Mike had done.

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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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