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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: GH Rebroadcasts ‘Sonny with 3 Carlys’ 51st Anniversary Episode

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Dealing with the production shutdown due to the coroinavirus pandemic, GH is spreading out their remaining new and original episodes by airing past broadcasts every Friday.

On tap today, on May 1st, is a very special one that brought together Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) and three of the women the played the role of Carly Corinthos.

Appearing in the episode are: the original Carly played by three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Sarah Brown, who played the role from 1996-2001, Tamara Braun (also a Daytime Emmy winner for her role as Ava on DAYS, but also nominated for her work as Carly)  who took on the role from 2001-2005 and the current Carly, Daytime Emmy winner, Laura Wright who stepped into the role in 2005.  Jennifer Bransford, who played the role for a short run is not part of the episode.

The action in this episode centers around Sonny reflecting on his tumultuous past with Carly.  It first aired on April 1, 2014 as part of the series 51st anniversary episode.

The episode was written by former head writer Ron Carlivati, who is now over at DAYS.  Another of the most memorable moments from the episode happens at the very beginning; when it starts in black and white as GH doctors and nurses past and presents names are paged to honor the legacy of the series and their characters, and the fans of the enduring ABC daytime drama.

It’s not to be missed!  Make sure to tune-in and let us know if you enjoyed the episode via the comment section below.

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GH has become more than annoying!
every (recent) episode are bursting with flashbacks..

Near a third of the episodes are flashbacks..
After a scene, there is a flashback.
An episode is over a 1/3 flashbacks.
It’s insulting; like we are too stupid to
remember what happened during the past week.

We’re not the stupid ones the writers are too
brain dead to write a full episode to they have
been using filler folder of flashbacks.

Now we get 22 mins of an episode
with 13 mins of the week or day before flashbacks.
it seems.
what is up with all the flashbacks..
STOP THE FLASHBACKS!
Tuesdays show is 15 minutes of Mondays show
Wednesdays show is 15 minutes of Tuesday’s show etc.

we can remember what happened a week ago.

((If you haven’t noticed I’m really peeeved over
the overkill of flashbacks from yesterday or a week back!)

And– the soaps will not be back until
September or October 🙁

appearantly you complain a lot but you don’t read, the flashbacks were inserted after GH had to close down production due to the corona virus (maybe you haven’t heard of that either) that way they could extend the episodes that are currently airing, I too was annoy till I realize its brilliant on GH/ABC part not only does it stretch the episodes but it helps new viewers tuning in follow better. now if you want tune in to DOOL and stop your GH whining. If you don’t like the current GH because RC no longer writes it (thank God) or because of the good old days or whatever then don’t watch it for crying aloud, watching GH is not mandatory people.

hi aria 🙂
Seems you are complaining and whining more about my complaining 😉 than I with flashbacks..
I’m well aware of the soaps being down and
do not believe writers and editors/staff, spent time and effort to insert flashbacks to extend it’s time lol
personally- they did the nasty flashback deed
just to peeeeve me off..
and-
yes! watching GH is ”mandatory”!
we all need to feed our addiction 🙂
(( stay safe during this maddening covid19 time..

// thinking soaps won’t be back til Oct, or latter.:(

In a few weeks there will be no new episodes due to the pandemic we are all facing right now!I for one am extremely grateful the show opted to go back and stretch out episodes with flashbacks so we can enjoy GH longer!That is the reason we are seeing more flashbacks because they added in them so as to create 1 episode into 2 giving us longer to enjoy the original shows!Im sure you will be complaining when there is none left of the new shows also!!!!

I think it is very ingenious and thoughtful of them to do this for the fans. It won’t be long before we don’t have any new shows.

Carlypalooza was a good episode. Wish they would go for a TRUE classic episode (i.e. anything before February 2012) but since Valentini seems to be limiting this to only episodes he was involved in, this would be one of the better ones.

Though I wish they would have shown the episode where AJ actually got shot, because it reveals the truth that Ava was a lot more to blame for AJ’s death than Sonny was.

Yeah, Sonny was holding the gun. But it was Ava’s gun and she already pulled the trigger. The round got stuck in the chamber apparently.. Hell how do we know Sonny even actually pulled the trigger?

Let alone the actual circumstances that Sonny walked in on and found AJ trying to strangle Ava (she deserved it for killing ConKate and letting him take the blame for it, of course).

Or the fact that AJ actually was recovering from the not so lethal gun shot wound in the hospital, but then suddenly had a cardiac arrest and died. I still say Ava messed around with his IV drip (air bubbles…. some other drug in the mix… etc.)

Guess we’ll never know unless they re-write history as they do a lot.

duly noted : “nothing ‘general’ about it ” April 25, 2020 New York Times Best Seller #13 (new on the list)

the following week… May 2, 2020 NOWHERE to be seen !!!!!

he’s so dour… too amiable on the humble… just a boring pair

Sonny and Carly

Enjoyed seeing S.Kanan. and others again. Sonny was one good looking dude, those dimples are to die for. I was not watching at the time of Sarah Brown’s Carly, but just love her.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Confronts Ava for Sabotaging Her Relationship With Sonny and Signs the Divorce Papers

Looks like Nina (Cynthia Watros) and Ava (Maura West) are back to be each other’s sworn enemy number one. By the end of the Monday, April 22nd episode of General Hospital, the women know where they stand with each other after Nina goes in on Ava accusing her of wanting Sonny (Maurice Benard) all to herself, while her marriage has been on the rocks.

In story, at Nina’s office, Ava shows up to see Nina and says she is sorry about what happened with Sonny and that he reacted the way he did, acknowledging that is was over the top, even for Sonny. Ava says she’ll smooth things over, but Nina says she now understands how manipulative and transparent Ava really is.

Given their horrible history, Nina goes in on Ava and how she should never have trusted her. Nina wants to know how long has Ava had this agenda dating all the way back to telling Nina to turn Carly (Laura Wright) and Drew (Cameron Mathison) into the SEC. Ava says she never told her do to that, but Nina wants to know how long Ava has been playing her for a fool.

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Ava says she moved in with Sonny to keep Avery safe and she wants to be on good terms with Avery’s father, Sonny. Nina thinks she likes being in Sonny’s inner circle. Ava tells Nina if she goes to him about her advising Nina to call the SEC on Carly and Drew, it won’t work.  Sonny still considers Nina a traitor and he will think she’s lying because she’s so desperate to win him back. Ava says if Nina would stop blaming everyone else that maybe Sonny would respect her.  Nina says “like he does you?” Ava says Sonny not only respects her, but he also counts on her.

From there, Ava launches into why she and Sonny understand each other, after all, Sonny is a powerful, turbulent, and sometimes violent man. She goes so far to say if Nina wanted someone to just sit by the fire with and play with their grandchildren, she’s got the wrong guy.  Ava then talks about Mike from Nixon Falls (Sonny with amnesia) and how Sonny hid the darkest parts of himself from Nina back then, whereas with Ava they are the same similar creatures, so he doesn’t have to hide anything.

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Nina wants to know just what Ava wants with Sonny? What is her end game? Ava responds that they understand each other, in ways she can’t with Sonny. Nina tells Ava she can go ahead and have it all and signs Sonny’s divorce papers. Ava walks out with the documents, while Nina in tears at her desk, takes off her wedding rings and has her assistant come in so she can messenger the rings back to Sonny’s address.

The episode and these scenes featured great performances by Cynthia Watros and Maura West. You can check some of the scenes below.

Now, let us know, what is Ava’s next move? Is she going to become Mrs. Sonny Corinthos? Do you like Ava and Nina as enemies? Comment below.

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Ellen Travolta Makes Another Return to General Hospital

If General Hospital’s Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) nuptials are on, you didn’t think Grandma Gloria Cerullo would miss out on the festivities, now did you?

Casting news from Soap Opera Digest reveals that Ellen Travolta is back taping scenes that will air the week of May 13th on the ABC daytime drama series.  When viewers learned that Carmine Cerullo, was also on his way back to Port Charles, now in the face and body of actor George Russo, it only made sense that Grandma Gloria would join Grandpa Cerullo. Look for them both mid-May.

As most people know, Ellen is the older sister to John Travolta. She first make appearances as Gloria back on GH in the mid-90s. Most recently, she returned to the Quartermaine mansion to meet up with daughter, Lois (Rena Sofer) and granddaughter Brook Lynn for Thanksgiving in Port Charles in 2023.  Michael Fairman TV interviewed Rena Sofer and Amanda Setton late last year where they shared what it had been liking working with Ellen, who remains very close to Sofer in real-life.

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Amanda shared: “We fell in love immediately. What’s crazy is my maternal grandmother was Grandma Gloria. I had her till I was 30 and we were so close. She was really like a second mom to me. So, when I got this script and I’m reading “Grandma Gloria”, it was so bizarre. And then in meeting Ellen, she looks like my grandma – same haircut, same high cheekbones. It really did feel like I had a few days with my grandma. It was very, very special for me. Ellen is sweet, prepared, professional, talented and funny to boot. So, it was one of the best weeks I’ve had at work. I hope she comes back. My fingers are crossed.”

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Now, we can’t imagine Brook Lynn and Chase’s wedding day to be smooth sailing, in fact, expect just the opposite, but could it be Grandma Gloria who is ultimately the hero or the calming voice of reason for any pre-wedding jitters? Stay tuned.

So, glad to know that Ellen Travolta will be back for Brook Lynn and Chase’s big day? Comment below.

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The Young and the Restless and General Hospital Actress and Writer, Meg Bennett, Passes Away at 75

Meg Bennett, who had played Julia Newman and later became a writer for the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless has died at the age of 75.  The news comes from her family who shared that she lost her battle to cancer back on April 11th.

Daytime fans remember fondly, Meg’s portrayal of Victor’s (Eric Braeden)first wife. Bennett joined the show in 1980, after her first soap stint for two years in the role of Liza Walton on Search for Tomorrow.

Impressed by her story notes, the late Bill Bell, then head writer of Y&R, had Meg doing double duty acting and writing on the show from 1983-1987. When he decided to write off the character of Julia, he also wanted Meg to stick around as a writer.  Not only did this begin a whole other daytime career for Bennett, but she was not done playing Julia either. Throughout the decades, Julia would still come back to Genoa City for a visit. Most recently, Y&R fans saw Julia in 2018, and again in 2020.

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Bennett also appeared on Santa Barbara and was a writer on that show as well from 1991-1993. She played the role of Megan Richardson. It was next that Meg had her longest writing stint coming to ABC’s General Hospital. Meg wrote for GH from 1993-2011.

In 1995, Bennett won her first Daytime Emmy for writing and her personal life changed after falling in love with nine-time Daytime Emmy winner, former GH head writer, Bob Guza Jr. In addition, GH also utilized Bennett for her acting skill when she was cast as the villainess Allegra Montenegro.  Meg and Bog Guza were officially married in 2004 and purchased a home once owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck.

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Additionally, Meg wrote for The Bold and the Beautiful 1987-1989 and later served as a executive story consultant to Brad Bell from 2002-2004.  She also wrote for Sunset Beach, Generations and GH: Night Shift throughout her writing career. She went on to win five WGA Awards for GH and Santa Barbara.

Meg is survived by her husband of 19 years, Robert Guza Jr., two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Meg Bennett via the comment section below.

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