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Finola Hughes Has Extended Her Time Away From General Hospital!

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Anna Devane will be off the Port Charles canvas for a bit longer than expected!  New today out of ABC Soaps In Depth has that Finola Hughes is taking some additional time off from her enduring role on General Hospital.

Finola last aired at the beginning of July and took a summer vacation from the soap. But word is from GH that Hughes has extended her time away, and actually will not return till later this fall.

In story, Anna was finally able to get some sort of closure after trying to get Julian (William deVry) to confess for his crimes.  Julian had murdered Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise) and was responsible for the death of the love of Anna’s life, Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan).   What will happen when Anna sees Carlos’ twin, Joe?

When Anna returns to Port Charles it will be intriguing to see just what crimes, suspects, and evil-doers are inhabiting the town, so we can get Anna on the case once again.

What do you think about Finola’s extended leave from GH? Comment below!

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su0000
su0000

0ooh geez. hope she’s not messing with a facelift.. lol
I really have not noticed that she has left.
Anyways- it will be good to see her again when she gets back.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I know right. Some celebrities don’t know when to stop and they wind up looking like a mannequin.

Charday
Charday

I hadn’t even noticed, either. Too bad Sonny doesn’t take an extended leave (like ten years or so).

Shay
Shay

And take Carly with him!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Don’t tell me there is yet ANOTHER contract dispute! GIVE HER THE MONEY–LOL!

Timmm
Timmm

She is already signed long term.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Timmm, wish “signed long term” really meant something. You and I know that any actor can be let go by the suits–even with a longterm contract, so called.

Phil
Phil

I really haven’t watched, but would totally notice her not being on the show! She is my favorite.

curacaoman
curacaoman

It seems people just want to be away from GH. At least this way they can’t make Anna do things OOC

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Too long to have a great actress off the canvas…hope she has a better storyline when she returns…maybe Carlos lookalike Joe will be attracted to Anna-that would be something!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

and what if they did do the twin switch and he really is Carlos and only Anna suspects this?…will that psychiatrist guy-Andre?-think Anna is off her rocker-lol

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Oh—PU-L-L-EEEZ! Let Carlos go–they took him too far. Let the new character remain “new.”

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Good point, Jimh. That’s something TPTB would pull.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Jimh, from your words to the writer’s keyboards. Anna deserves so much better than what she’s been getting. A pairing of Finola and Jeffrey VP would be TOO great for words. But I’m gonna hope anyway.

su0000
su0000

Hi Nancy..
It’s not about Carlos or now Dr. Joe..
It is about the great extraordinary acting abilities of Jeffrey Vincent Parise that bring any character he plays to vivid life ..
I am looking forward to JVP’s Dr. Joe because Jeffrey will give it his best!
And— he doesn’t need a woman to hold him down!

((he is very good!)

RVenter
RVenter

It would be great if Anna is off finding out that Duke had actually staged his death (again) to save her. I love Anna and Duke. I won’t watch unless they bring Duke back. Such chemistry!!!!

SZima
SZima

As long as she IS coming back, then good for her.
I always wonder, though, why an actor takes an “extended time away.” Hope it’s not like Tyler’s time away.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, like I said earlier! Seems suspicious, indeed!

Patrick
Patrick

now that Nick Stabile has ended his run

GH / ABC whats the long and short of Tyler Christopher

I would like to know when he will be returning

Sheri
Sheri

Tyler said today that he will start taping in August and will be onscreen in Sept. He announced that at the GH weekend.

Duke of Jersey City
Duke of Jersey City

this Duke will be waiting… Anna… my dear…

aria
aria

this sucks, i miss seeing her on the air!

Soaphound
Soaphound

I know, aria, me too. I find myself smiling like a fool whenever I see Anna scheduled. We need her back.

Tony
Tony

I want her in a Charmed Reunion!

robbie
robbie

I’d stay away too, and await new writers

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

Please bring her back via a classic wsb tale. Why waste her rich double agent history by having her work as some thinly drawn special investigator.

Rose
Rose

All the more reason to get Robert Scorpio back to GH.

Allen saint james
Allen saint james

Genie Francis should be given front burner icon status in story while Finola is away.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yes–please!

Rose
Rose

So far she’s no disappointing GH fans, and giving us her A game.

rebecca1
rebecca1

She had a lot of air time in the last few months. Perhaps she just wants a vacation, or perhaps she’s directing in or working/acting on another project. Off to England to see family? Whatever the reason…good for her! Looking forward to her return whenever that may be.

Timmm
Timmm

I bet Tristan wraps up that god awful character over at Y&R soon and Anna brings Robert back with her in the Fall.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

What a treat that would be!

Timmm
Timmm

He has not done ONE thing on Y&R that is memorable!

Rose
Rose

Love to see him back at GH, and especially with Anna.

Omar
Omar

She is one of the few actors that always brings her A game even with poor writing, love her!!

GH is getting better lately but still kind of predictable..I am seeing Elizabeth and Hayden becoming sisters..Seems Jeff Webber had fling with Hayden’s mom and Hayden was their baby and Heather has been blackmailing her for years or there was a baby switch and Liz is actually not a Webber..Hayden is!! Predictable and not original..I hope I am wrong and that the writers surprise the heck out of me!!

Hopefully when Finola comes back, she will get a great storyline..No more tears, just a more kick butt and take no prisoner Anna with some new romance..Enough of the Duke funeral!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Always “brings her game,” yes, even with meager material.

DropOut
DropOut

Anna needed the time off tbh. She was beginning to kiss Sonny’s behind.

When she comes back I hope she builds a friendship with Laura. It’s stupid that they aren’t friends!!!

Love Finola and looking forward to her return in due time.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Wouldn’t she and Genie be a power team?

Rodd
Rodd

I wonder if these times away from the show that many of the actors have been reported as having this year are due to financial more than personal concerns? FH is a huge asset to GH, a wonderful actress! She brings class and dignity to everything she does, so, of course, I’m anxious to see her back in PC.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Bring her back–like yesterday–:)

Betty
Betty

I’m hoping her leave has been extended so that she will finally be on Dancing with the Stars! She is an accomplished dancer and the timeline for her return seems to fit.

Shay
Shay

@Betty….Whilst I agree Finola would be an absolutely phenomenal addition to DWTS, it would seem that she would possess a beyond unfair competitive advantage over the other contestants. Not only does she have extensive dance experience, but she was a professional on both stage and screen for years, as her appearance in “Staying Alive” attests! I recently re-viewed that film and was amazed by Finola’s acting and dance performances (circa 1985) all over again!!! Let’s just say that unlike her many contemporaries on GH, the soap didn’t make her because she already was totally impressive in her own right, but her Anna Devane definitely made the soap….and still does!!!

JMER
JMER

I look forward to seeing her in the Fall. If I have my way, with good writing and a Duke return just around the corner. I doubt I’ll be watching much of GH while she’s gone but I do like some of the things the new writers are doing this year with the focus on the hospital and on vets like Anna, Laura and Tracy.

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episodes On ‘Flashback Fridays’ To Help Stretch Out Originals During COVID-19 Shutdown

With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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The Triumphant Return of Kelly Thiebaud As GH’s Dr. Britt Westbourne

When a shocked Nurse Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel) exclaimed “Dear lord, the Britch is back,” after seeing none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne with her lab coat hovering around the nurses station at “General Hospital”, you knew things were about to go down on the ABC daytime drama series.

Over the past few weeks, Kelly Thiebaud has been in action on-screen on General Hospital as the the trouble-making, complicated, Britt.   Since returning to the canvas, viewers learned that: Britt has been paroled from her previous crimes, seems to say she believes and actually likes her half-brother, Peter August (Wes Ramsey), has confronted her mutter in jail (Liesl Obrecht played by Kathleen Gati), whom Peter framed, and showed up at Brad’s (Parry Shen) hearing to be there for her bestie, who has been in hot water for the baby switch of Wiley.

But, there have been a lot more intriguing things than even that! Britt is now hitting the sheets with none-other than Julian (William deVry), and also let him know in no uncertain terms she knows his part in the whole Brad cover-up.   But what is her true motive?  We also learned in a run-in at GH, that Neil (Joe Flanigan) and Britt know each other from somewhere.  He is trying to put his finger on just where, but does Britt know? Probably!

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However, the best  and most entertaining moment on soaps last week was when Britt arrived in her lab coat to GH and revealed to both Felix and Liz (Rebecca Herbst) that she had worked hard enough to be able to get her medical license restored … and that Monica (Leslie Charleson) brought her on with a provisional acceptance as a temporary replacement for Dr. Kim Nero as an OBGYN for the hospital. Felix says give it two weeks and she will do something to mess things up.

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Just then, in our favorite scene of the week, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West) happen by, and when Britt, who is Nik’s ex, sees him she saunters over to him and slaps him hard across the face and spits out, “That’s for Spencer.”  She goes on to berate him for how he hurt his son; by letting him believe that his father was dead for three years!  Britt tells Nikolas it would serve him right if Spencer knew spoke to him again.

Next, Elizabeth chimes in and tells Britt to stop acting all high and mighty.  Britt fires back that she is not surprised that Liz, another one of Nik’s ex’s, would defend him.  Britt says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Scene after scene, Kelly Thiebaud has lit up the screen and put the “feisty” back onto the ABC soap opera.  As an actress, Kelly can go from the heavy drama, to the comedic, to the sexy, all with ease.

In the March 30th issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud said of her return:  “Frank Valentini reached out to me the beginning of the year and mentioned that the writers wanted to bring me back for a bit.  I said,’Of course, I will,  I would love nothing more than that!”‘ I just really connect with Britt and have a blast playing her.”

So let us know, have you been enjoying the return of Kelly as Dr. Britt Westbourne, thus far? What do you think Britt is up to? Comment below.

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