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"All About Brenda" ABC Daytime, SOAPnet, and GH rev up for Vanessa Marcil's return!

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In celebration of Vanessa Marcil’s return to General Hospital as Brenda Barrett on Wednesday, August 11, special Brenda programming takes over on ABC Daytime and SOAPnet the week of August 9.  General Hospital will own the ABC Daytime drama block from 1:00-3:00 PM, ET on Tuesday, August 10, with classic episodes featuring the men in Brenda’s life (Sonny, Jax and Jason). Additional programming and digital events include special retrospectives, a SOAPnet marathon of classic Brenda episodes, hosted wraps, a countdown of the 25 key Brenda moments, timelines, photo galleries and trivia quizzes. 

When we last saw Brenda, Jax had left her at the altar and, as a result, she left town. Now Brenda’s return to Port Charles comes at a time when the three most important men in her life – Sonny, Jax and Jason – are all in crisis. Brenda’s in trouble herself – when is she not? – possessing an explosive secret. She has no idea of the havoc this indiscretion will wreak or that she’ll send the lives of loved ones hurtling into chaos.

 The Brenda Barrett ABC Daytime and SOAPnet programming event includes: 

July 17: SOAPnet’s 25-day countdown to the return of Brenda Barrett begins: Each day leading up to her arrival, a key Brenda moment will be revealed:  Every day, starting on Saturday, July 17 and leading up to her return on August 11, fans will see key Brenda moments on SOAPnet. Some of the moments will include Sonny learning Brenda is wearing a wire; Sonny and Brenda’s famous kiss on the beach; and Sonny leaving Brenda in the rain. The complete list of 25 Brenda video moments will be available on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com starting August 10. 

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August 6 & 9: Original “General Hospital” episodes feature Sonny remembering special moments with Brenda Barrett:  3:00 PM ET ABC / 10:00 PM ET SN: Facing estrangement from all his major relationships, especially from his children, Sonny finds himself reminiscing about Brenda and longing for a past, simpler life that allowed him to love as completely as he did once with her. On Friday, August 6, we leave Sonny on the docks thinking about Brenda — and he flashes back to the time he helped her lug a heavy suitcase.  Mistaking Claire Walsh for Brenda on August 9, Sonny tries to distract himself from his memories of her by pursuing Claire. However Sonny still cannot get her out of his mind – and he remembers the first time he told Brenda he loved her.  

August 10: “General Hospital” takeover event with all three hours of the ABC Daytime drama block dedicated to “Brenda Barrett’s Men: A Special ‘General Hospital’ Marathon,” hosted by Vanessa Marcil on ABC and SOAPnet: 

1:00 PM ET ABC / 8:00 PM ET SN – “General Hospital” Episode #8602 (OAD November 5, 1996) — As Brenda prepares to marry Jax at the Quartermaine mansion, Sonny interrupts with Miranda, who’s still married to Jax. 

2:00 PM ET ABC / 9:00 PM ET SN – “General Hospital” Episode #8831 (OAD September 24, 1997) — After being left at the altar by Sonny, Brenda reminisces about the key moments of their relationship. 

3:00 PM ET ABC / 10:00 PM ET SN – “General Hospital” Episode #10138 (OAD October 29, 2002) — Brenda and Jason’s Las Vegas wedding. 

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August 11: Brenda Barrett Returns to “General Hospital”:  3:00 PM ET ABC/ 10:00 PM ET: Brenda appears on the “General Hospital” landscape as the face of fashion house Cartullo, only to be attacked by a dangerous stalker. 

August 15: SOAPnet marathon: “The Best of Brenda and Sonny,” with special appearances by Vanessa Marcil and Maurice Benard:  

3:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #8105 (OAD December 2, 1994) – In Puerto Rico, Sonny and Brenda escape on a boat and end up washed ashore on a beach, where their relief turns to passion. The two then hurry back to Miguel’s (Ricky Martin) concert to warn him that he and Lois are in danger. 

4:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #8688 (OAD March 7, 1997) — Trapped in a cave and thinking they’re going to die, Sonny and Brenda admit their feelings for each other and make love as Jax and Jason search for them.

 5:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #8829 (OAD September 22, 1997) — Brenda is stunned at her wedding when Sonny leaves her waiting alone at the altar. 

6:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #9002 (OAD May 26, 1998) — Brenda pays a surprise visit to Sonny and finally gets him to admit why he didn’t show up for their wedding. 

The complete list of the key 25 Brenda video moments will be available starting August 10. Fans can log onto www.abc.com/generalhospital and www.soapnet.com for more info.

So, now are you ready for the fantastic Vanessa to turn up the heat some more on GH? We are!

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Brenda, Claudia what’s the diff? They tried this when they brought back Sarah Brown, see how good that worked? Not Good… This is another atempt at the inept writing leader Mr Guza and his even worse writing staff, ever since the unpairing of Kate & Sonny, Jason 7 Elizabeth the GH ratings have “SUNK”, yet TPTB continue to go on with very bad & stupid s/l’s. The Brenda retuen does not excite me it proves that GH has really sunk, I will bet this will not work, this is going to futhur ruin the daytime drama, I fear the in the next year another soap will be cancelled and then another until the only one’s with a solid following Y & R & B&B will be left. Gh has wasted time and talent on an inane s/l Franco (who cares), Michael in prison (bad move) and the shove him down your throat “Disco Dante”, they refuse to believe History the most important word in soapdom, I really believe that Mr Frons & Mr Guza don’t care about this genre, because if they did they would “admit how wrong they have been”, most people I have talked to don’t even remember Brenda, and the one’s that do could care less. I wish Megan Ward & Laura Wright would be offered roles on Y&R or B&B, Sarah Brown knew when to go, these two are much to good for the crap they have been handed to do.

Mesia
Mesia

i think the reason why the Sarah Brown stuff didnt work is cuz anyone that watching GH for more then 5yrs was like they brought back Carly to play someone else then they tried to connect her to everyone in a s/l. with Vanessa she is reprising HER role.. they dont have to make a s/l for her to make connection to the cast Brenda has connection to everyone on the canvas save the newbies(Olivia, Kate,Johnny, Dante, Ronnie) an that will work in their favor. however i do agree the Franco/Michael s/l was is just stupid

Lynn
Lynn

Sometimes I hate leaving comments or even visiting message boards b/c posters can be so unbelievably immature, ridiculous and rude. Just so much negativity! So let me say this. I’ve watched GH since 1992 so I’m excited that GH is attracting both legendary soap stars such as VMG as well as movie stars like James Franco. I want the soap opera genre to succeed and I don’t think by calling the show that I like “crap” is going to exactly help anything. What’s the point in watching if you hate it so much? Sounds like sadomasochism to me.

I guess there is this new generation of viewers that are raised with this “armchair commentator” mentality. If they hate something then EVERYBODY should know about it and agree with them. It’s the whole “I hate a right to express my opinion” syndrome.

So, WELCOME HOME BRENDA BARRETT! Not only am I excited to see this extraordinary character back on my screen but I’m thrilled to see what her affect will have on the entire GH canvas! I’ve re-started the soap tradition in my house and turned my 15-year old niece (and all her little friends) into a GH viewers and they’re now watching the S&B story on youtube.

GAIL
GAIL

What makes you think that the whole world should revolve around Brenda. You took All My Children off on Tuesday for that. AMC is the only soap that I watch. Why should GH take top preference over the rest. Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!

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As part of its encore presentations, General Hospital is entering into its second week of Nurses’ Ball episodes.

Since the show is currently not in production and ran out of original episodes, viewers are getting to see all the glitz, the performances and the drama that makes the annual ball (which usually airs in May) so fun to watch.

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Look for memorable moments this week from James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin) when he performed Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” and Josh Swickard’s (Chase) rendition of Portugal the Man’s hit, “Feel It Still” among others.

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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