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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

Breaking News

Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Carly Admits To Sonny She Was Falling Back In Love with Jason

On Friday’s episode of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) finally had the “talk”.  You know, the one about what Sonny really walked in on the night he “returned from the dead” on Carly and Jason’s (Steve Burton) wedding night?  Yeah, that one.

Sonny has already had a conversation with Jason, where Jason admitted he was starting to fall again for Carly, even though they were originally getting married to show a united front for the five families.

Now coming to confront Carly, Sonny is at first greeted by her with “Mike’s” cowboy hat, where she says the man he was in Nixon Falls is a mystery to her. Sonny tells her he spoke with Jason and so Carly is compelled to admit that she and Jason would have slept together on their wedding night, if Sonny hadn’t shown up alive and in the bedroom!

Sonny’s clearly upset about his best friend and his wife getting so close and rekindling their old feelings. Carly tells Sonny that, at first, Jason and she were just going through with the wedding for show, but later, they decided to make it a real marriage, and were falling in love.

When Sonny poses the question to Carly, if she has any residual feelings for Jason, she says they have gone back to being best friends, and how much she loves Sonny.  Carly points out that Nina (Cynthia Watros) did this to them – she kept them apart for nine months – and so much has happened that it’s been difficult for them to be together as it was in the past because of it.

In the end, despite what Nina had perpetrated on them, Carly and Sonny come to an agreement that they need to rebuild their relationship.  But the cowboy hat looms as we fade to black.

Clearly, the Jason and Carly relationship and almost consummating it on their wedding night, is not sitting well with Sonny; plus Sonny seems to continue to not really tear into Nina for her deception as much as someone would if he didn’t also have feelings for her.

So, what do you hope happens next? Do you want Sonny and Carly to work things out? Do you hope Sonny sleeps with Nina? If he does, and Jason goes back to Britt (now that they are going on another adventure together to locate Liesl) is Carly ultimately the odd woman out?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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