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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. 

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. 

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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mas

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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TONIGHT: Kelly Kruger and Ryan Paevey In Hallmark Channel’s ‘From Friend to Fiancé’

When Ted gets engaged to the high school mean girl and asks Jess, his childhood best friend, to plan their wedding, things get complicated. Her true feelings for Ted keep getting in the way … and that’s the set-up for tonight’s premiere of From Friend to Fiancé  which stars Jocelyn Hudon along with daytime drama favorites: Kelly Kruger (Mackenzie, Y&R) and Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan, General Hospital).

From Friend to Fiancé bows tonight on the Hallmark Channel beginning at 9PM ET and 8PM CT.  In the story, Paevey plays the man at the epicenter of all the attention, Ted, while Kruger takes on the role of Kimberly Kentwood.

This movie is part of Hallmark’s ‘Countdown to Summer’ promotion of stories that always centers around love and romance and how people come together, or break apart, and them come back together again.

The cable network sent this tweet out in anticipation of tonight’s premiere: “The wait is almost over! What will Jess do when she finds out her best friend Ted is marrying her sworn high school rival Kimberly ?”

Meanwhile, Kelly Kruger announced that she will be live-tweeting with fans at 9PM during the debut of the movie.

So, looking forward to seeing Ryan and Kelly together on-screen? Comment below.

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GH Poll: What Was Your Favorite Musical Performance At The Nurses’ Ball?

This week saw the conclusion of the four-part GH Nurses’ Ball 2019. Throughout the episodes, several of the cast members of the ABC daytime drama series took to the stage to perform musical numbers through the lens of their characters.

Now it’s time for you to weigh-in and let us know what was your favorite musical performance? Is it sultry Ava’s (Maura West), “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, Cameron Webber’s (Wiliam Lipton) original song, “North Star”, the GH Nurses rendition of “Best of My Love”, Josslyn Jacks’ (Eden McCoy) emotional “A List Of Things To Do”, Chase’s (Josh Swickard) rousing “Something Just Like This”, Liesl Obrecht and her buddy, Franco’s take on “Guilty”, Ned (Wally Kurth) and Olivia Falconeri’s (Lisa LoCicero) “Get Closer”, or Valentin Cassadine’s (James Patrick Stuart) version of “Nothing Without You”?

Cast your vote below in our poll, but before you do, you may want to check the performances again at the bottom of the post before you make your selection.

Then let us know in the comment section your thoughts on the best performance.

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GH Nurses’ Ball 2019 Part Four: Joss Sings For Oscar, Valentin Takes The Stage, Kevin In Dire ‘Straits’, Ava Waits For Ryan

The conclusion of the GH Nurses’ Ball 2019 episodes brought with it emotional moments and performances from the stage, and major drama with yet to come ramifications for several people of Port Charles.

After Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) knocked out Kevin and switched places with him, yet again, the serial killer is on the loose at the ball. Later, when Scott (Kin Shriner) is backstage and is upset about Ava’s (Maura West) relationship with Kevin, Scott comes face-to-face with “Kevin” and having enough, tries to grab Scott’s hand to stop him from leaving. But, lo and behold, off comes his prosthetic hand.  Next, Ryan clubs Scott over the head, who now is the only person that saw Ryan at the ball.

Elsewhere, Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) confronts Willow (Katelyn MacMullan), after overhearing her conversation with Diane that she has a child, and he asks here if she was pregnant when she left “Dawn of Day”.  She claims she miscarried their child, but he refuses to believe a word out of her mouth and becomes irate.

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Michael (Chad Duell) saves Willow and warns Shiloh to stay away from her and his family. An out-of-sorts Shiloh heads back to his table where Sam (Kelly Monaco), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen) are.  Shiloh informs Sam that he just found out someone had his baby and deceived him.  Lucas and Brad are both alarmed.

The first musical performance of the episode was Ned (Wally Kurth) and Olivia’s (Lisa LoCicero) rendition of Seals & Crofts classic, “Get Closer”.  Wally Kurth and Lisa LoCicero remain one of the endearing duos on the show.

Meanwhile, the question. and of course. the big musical finale hinged on Josslyn Jacks (Eden McCoy), and if she would perform the song she wrote with Oscar (Garren Stitt) at his request and in his honor.  In the best scene of all the ball episodes this year, Sonny (Maurice Benard) finds a conflicted Joss outside the ballroom.  She says she thought she was stronger and could do this, but she isn’t.  An emotional Sonny shares with her how Oscar will always be with her, and be OK with whatever choice she makes. Sonny relates it back to Stone and his relationship with him while the young man was living and while he has been deceased.  Maurice Benard and Eden McCoy delivered in this tender scene.

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In the next musical number, Valentin Cassasdine (James Patrick Stuart) attempts to calm down a drunken Nina (Michelle Stafford), who is all out of sorts due to her hatred of Willow.(and perhaps her lust for Jax?), by taking to the stage to perform his number.  This time, Stuart plays the piano and sings “Nothing without You” by Vienna Tang.  And once again, Valentin wowed the audience, and James sang beautifully, as he has each year at the ball.

Still undecided if she can perform, Josslyn worries she’s letting everyone down. Jax (Ingo Rademacher) comes to see her and reassures her, saying she doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone, she just needs to follow her heart.

Finally, Josslyn makes the decision to perform, and that she does in the emotional high point of the episode.  As she performs this song about the list of things she and Oscar were planning to do together before the young man died, and how she will carry it with her, she sees Oscar in the back of the ballroom in his tux singing with her and rooting her on.  Kudos to Eden McCoy for being the heartbeat of this year’s ball, along with Lynn Herring, who the ‘ball’ would not be the ball without Lucy Coe,

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As the Nurses’ Ball winds down, Shiloh is becoming unglued, and as Sam tries to calm him down, he tells her she needs to finish her initiation tonight.  He says he needs her to be in the ‘trust’ and he needs her strength.  Oh-oh!  Will Sam go through with this to trap the guy, or are we going to witness a major backfire?

A massive light bulb has gone off in Lucas’ head and he tells Brad he believes Willow and Shiloh are Wylie’s birth parents. Brad doesn’t know what to say, and we all know why!

As Lucy is instructing the clean up crew to take everything down on the stage, the curtains open and Kevin is suspended in midair hoisted up, knocked out, and trapped in a straight-jacket!  Everyone is horrified.  Cut to Ava who is at her safe house preparing to kill Ryan all by herself.  She gets everything in place, while she sips on some booze and waits for Ryan to arrive, and sure enough, we come to the cliffhanger.   Ryan sees Ava from outside the widow.  What will happen next?

So, what did you think of the final installment of this year’s Nurses Ball? What did you think of the performances from Joss, Valentin, and Ned and Olivia? Will Ava kill Ryan, or will someone else do it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first,check out Josslyn’s AKA Eden McCoy’s performance below.

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