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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 aren’t available to be seen, right?

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.

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.

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

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!

General Hospital has always been a wonderful show and I have watched for 56 years. The worst thing for GH was the satanistic Disney now being the owners. Terrible writers now along with evil owners!

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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General Hospital Daytime Emmy-Winning Directing Team Remembers Johnny Wactor: “He Came to Set Every Day with a Smile of Gratitude and a Love-Filled Hug for Everybody”

It has been a rough year and a half for the General Hospital family losing so many beloved cast members and producer, Nneka Garland.  Now, the Daytime Emmy-winning directing team has spoken out about the emotional toll it has taken on everyone associated with the show, and most recently, with the heartbreaking murder of Johnny Wactor (Ex-Brando Corbin).

The actor was shot back in the wee hours of the morning on May 25th by a masked gunman who was part of three car thieves trying to steal the catalytic converter from Wactor’s vehicle. Johnny came upon the scene after he finished his bartending shift in downtown Los Angeles and was walking a co-worker to their cars.

Last Friday at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, GH was named Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series. Following their on-stage victory, the group stopped by to chat with Michael Fairman TV on the Winners Walk.

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Directors Robert Markham, Tina Keller, Allison Reames and the rest of the award-wining directing team, shared in the joy of their victory, but it was not lost on them the seriousness of the moment as well.

Tina Keller expressed, “It’s been a rough year, and it’s been really rough for General Hospital recently with Johnny.” Keller, along with Robert Markham recalled what it was like working with Wactor.

“He came to set every day with a smile of gratitude and a love-filled hug for everybody,” shared Keller. “I’ve never worked with anyone who was so much light-filled and happy to be where he was. Just so much gratitude and joy and it’s a tremendous loss for his friends, his family, and anyone who loved him.” An emotional Robert Markham confirmed what Keller shared,  “Yeah, absolutely. He was a gentleman. He really was, and we’re going to miss him.”

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GH paid tribute to Wactor in the final moments of the Tuesday, June 11th episode with a title card in remembrance of the slain actor. A march in Los Angeles is scheduled for this morning, Wednesday, June 12th, to City Hall for a call for change to clean up the streets of LA from crime, to help find Wactor’s killer.

The directing team took home the gold in the Directing for a Daytime Drama Series category, in part, due to the episode they submitted surrounding the memorial of Epiphany Johnson played by the late Sonya Eddy, who passed away back in December of 2022. The second episode they submitted was when Anna’s (Finola Hughes) house was set on fire.

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Keller spoke to directing the memorial episode that was so heartfelt and raw as performed by the cast that knew and loved Sonya Eddy. “You know, it was a beautiful day to be able to pay tribute to Sonya and it was a rollercoaster all day,” shared Tina.

“We had our cast giving tributes to her and they all did such a beautiful job. It was well-written and a rough day emotionally, but it was an honor to be able to play a tribute to somebody who’s been such an important role in General Hospital throughout the history of the show,” Keller concluded.

You can check out the entire conversation with the Daytime Emmy-winning Directing team from General Hospital below. Make sure to visit the Michael Fairman Channel for full coverage of the red carpet and Winners Walk with interviews from daytime’s biggest night.

Now, let us know, what you thought of the winning GH Emmy episode submissions and the heartfelt words from the directors on the death of Johnny Wactor and the loss of Sonya Eddy via the comment section.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting death of Johnny Wactor is urged to contact LAPD Detectives Gonzales or Martinez at Central Bureau Homicide at (213) 996-4142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to lacrimestoppers.org.

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