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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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GH’s Chad Duell and Y&R’s Courtney Hope Tie the Knot in Steampunk Style Wedding in Front of Castmates and Loved Ones

Overnight, images began to circulate, as well as plenty of congratulations abound, for General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael) and The Young and the Restless’ Courtney Hope (Sally) as the two officially became husband and wife on Saturday night.

As we previously reported, the couple were set for their nuptials this weekend, and from what has been posted, Chad and Courtney had a steampunk-themed and styled wedding, and both wore red.

Many of their castmates and colleagues were in attendance including: General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny,), Laura Wright (Carly), Wes Ramsey (Peter), Eden McCoy (Josslyn), Katelyn MacMullen (Willow), and series executive producer, Frank Valentini, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke), Annika Noelle (Hope), Patrika Darbo (Ex-Shirley) and Katrina Bowden (Flo), and The Young and the Restless’ Tracey Bregman (Lauren), Hunter King (Ex-Summer), and more.

The outdoor evening nuptials held in Malibu, California were shares on Courtney Hope’s Instagram story, and Laura Wright also posted several photos of the attendees on her IG.

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Pictured with Eden McCoy and Wes Ramsey, Wright enthused on the big night for her TV son, Chad Duell: “Tonight was an amazing night #TilDeath #GHBaby #Dope #Daytimefamily #steampunk”

In addition, Katherine Kelly Lang posted the first dance of newlyweds, Chad and Courtney, on her IG. 

Now, share your congratulations to Chad and Courtney via the comment section below.

 

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Stars React to Alec Baldwin Fatally Shooting Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins & Injuring Director, Joel Souza, In Prop Gun Mishap On Set of ‘Rust’

UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Courtney Hope Gets Marriage Advice From Her Y&R Co-Stars Ahead of Her Wedding to GH’s Chad Duell

This weekend, The Young and the Restless Courtney Hope (Sally), is set to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, General Hospital’s Chad Duell (Michael).  The nuptials are to take place this Saturday, October 23rd according to the wedding planner Zola.

Ahead of the popular soap duo’s vows, Courtney asked some of her Y&R co-stars advice, but as their characters in a very cute Instagram video on The Young and the Restless IG account with the accompanying text: “Marriage advice you don’t normally hear… as told by the #YR stars 😉 A special thank you to our real-life bride-to-be @TheCourtneyHope for asking! 😂”

Participating are: Peter Bergman (Jack), Amelia Heinle (Victoria), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Mishael Morgan (Amanda), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

In terms of advice, Amelie Heinle told Hope, “As Victoria Newman, I would say that you need to marry a man that is not going to be around for very long, and especially if he has a lot of money.”

Christel Khalil offered up some Lily marital suggestions: “Don’t let your husband let you think that he’s dead and that you’ve slept with a ghost!”

As for Courtney and Chad, the couple had been dating for five years, and this past Valentine’s Day, they became engaged.

Please share your well-wishes to Courtney and Chad as they embark on their life together via the comment section below, and let us know what you think of the marital advice given to Hope from the citizens of Genoa City.  

You can check out the video below, and then take a look back at our interview with the duo on the red carpet back at the 46th annual Daytime Emmys Awards.

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