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Disney TV’s Dana Walden Gives Praise to ‘General Hospital’ For Being Their First Show Back In Production Amid COVID-19

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In a fireside chat over the weekend, Chairman of Entertainment at Walt Disney Television, Dana Walden, virtually addressed those from the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business Conference.  The top executive was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the organization.

During her discussion, Walden talked on how Covid-19 has impacted the television business and Walt Disney’s television operations. She made special note of ABC’s General Hospital, and The Bachelor and The Bachelorette franchises for paving the way, getting up and running first during the pandemic, and putting in place safety protocols.

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Dana shared:  “I’m deeply indebted to the team at General Hospital. They put their show back into production very early after the start of quarantine,  We got to learn so much about what the best practices were, how many times a week we needed to test, how many people could be together in the same room as we were producing, what the distance that we had to keep people away from each other, again, to keep our teams and our employees safe. We learned so much.”

She called “GH” a real trailblazer along with “The Bachelor” franchise for kick-starting production amid all the issues with the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition, Walden added she was proud that on these productions, its Covid transmission rate was under 1%, particularly given the recent spike of cases in Los Angeles over the last several months.

So, congrats to General Hospital for getting it right, and being a show that the entire ABC Network could look up to during these unprecedented times.

What did you think of the comments made by Disney TV Chief, Dana Walden on GH? Comment below.

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Since Dana seems to be in favor of GH, I have a suggestion for her… Since ImOrangement 2.5 is probably going to last a few weeks, rather than pre-empting GH entirely, why don’t you put up the episodes on ABC.com every day at 8:00 PM EST – and WITHOUT requiring a stupid cable monopoly subscription to watch. Because that’s no help at all for those who watch over the air… or for folks like me whose cable companies (HellCable) aren’t in your database. February’s supposed to be a “sweeps” month, and it ain’t going to be that, if the episodes… Read more »

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Nice words for GH but it is time for ABC and Disney to prove that confidence with a 2-3 year renewal. The ratings are improving and the writing/actors are getting nominations and awards. Also give GH a better lead-in than low rated GMA3. One Life to Live should have been brought back after being cancelled with over 3 million viewers.

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There’s no renewal involved with GH. Unlike the other 3 soaps, GH is owned and produced by the network. The other shows have Sony & Corday (DAYS) as part of the ownership/production process. The other shows have contracts with the networks that air them.

And, unlike most prime time shows, it’s the actual network (ABC) and not a production division that oversees GH. Therefore, there’s no contract to sign or renew.

Think of GH to be similar a news program, both in constant production, with no predefined season.

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And stop getting rid of main characters and bringing on all these out of work soap stars to loose Julian to get jackie and Gregory chase? No bad move

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GH is a wonderful show & I truly applaud how they’ve handled their COV-ID protocols. Not only on a production side, but with writing as well. Unlike shows like Days, they manage to avoid character isolation with stories and romance is alive with couples like Nikolas and Ava. Good story telling, acting and chemistry show that you don’t need sex to sell. The praise given is very well deserved!

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Cameron Mathison Shares He Will Make Summer Debut On GH and Says: “Incredibly Grateful to Frank Valentini and the Writers at GH for Including Me on Such an Iconic Show”

Longtime All My Children favorite and current co-host of Hallmark’s Home & Family, Cameron Mathison, took to his Instagram account on Friday to share his enthusiasm and excitement for what’s to come this summer when he joins ABC’s General Hospital.

No word yet as to what role Mathison will play – and whether it will indeed be Pine Valley’s Ryan Lavery, a new character, or a recast character from the past such as how Kim Delaney took over the role of Jackie Templeton, who has not been seen on the canvas for decades since Demi Moore made that role soap-famous.

In his post today, Cameron expressed thanks to GH EP Frank Valentini and the writing team,  noting: “Almost 10 years after All My Children went off the air I am so excited to be joining General Hospital this summer! I was a member of the abc family for over 15 years and soon I’ll be back: Incredibly grateful to Frank Valentini and the writers at GH for including me on such an iconic show I feel like a kid on Christmas, as I’ll also continue making Hallmark movies and continue to be part of that family as well😀🙏🏼 So so excited… thank you!!!! (More details to come😉)”

So, who do you think Cameron will play once he hits Port Charles?  Let us know and make sure to take our poll below on how you want Mathison to be integrated into the story as Ryan, a new character or a recast character blast from the past? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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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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