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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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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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