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General Hospital And Shriners Hospital For Children Set To Deliver Touching Story Arc!


Once again, ABC’s Genera Hospital has partnered with Shriners Hospitals For Children for a story arc over a series episodes that will shed light and bring awareness to the wonderful work they do.

Shriners Hospital For Children provides extraordinary care for children in the areas of Orthopaedics, Burn Care, Spinal Cord Injury, and Cleft Lip and Palate regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

In the past few years, GH has incorporated Shriner’s into their storylines.  In 2015, it was Spencer Cassadine, who was dealing with the aftermath and burns he suffered after the fire at Wyndemere, and last year in 2016, it was Elizabeth’s son, Jake, who Monica advised needed to receive care after he was hit by a car.

Now in 2017, GH is tackling scoliosis, when Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) is concerned about a friend of hers who is in the facility suffering from this spinal condition.  Charlotte’s father, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), suffered the same fate until he was given corrective surgery and treatment. Will he be the person to help Charlotte’s friend through this difficult time?  Stay tuned.  The episodes begin airing tomorrow on the September 19th episode.

In another interesting element, Shriner’s has developed the SpineScreen app that is available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play that helps parents check their children’s spines for signs of scoliosis simply by moving their phone along the child’s back. The app is free to download.  This story was first posted by ABC Soaps In Depth.

So, do you like how GH has continued its relationship with Shriners Hospital For Children and created storylines to bring awareness of the work they do?  As the story plays out in the next few days, let us know what you thought of it in the comment section below.

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yes…if they can get the message out there Bravo to GH…

Hi, Shay,
I think, as usual, the introduction of scoliosis, was an attempt in making Valentin human….with a heart.
the “guys at the helm” are really going out of their way to exalt Valentin to a higher level ( almost God-like) to his daughter and especially the viewer. ( the same could be applied to Sonny—except, it “ain’t” working for moi.
Yes, they could have utilized one of the others kids…maybe one of Ms Lizzie’s boys?
No matter, Shaybelle; the point is, Valentin is now a hero in the eyes of the hospital, the afflicted little girl, and family.
Unfortunately, as much as I like Valentin, one cannot “unknow” what one knows….well, unless this is not the true Valentin. There certainly could be a story in the making here, if and only if, there is a direct connection between himself and MrMask.
If SB is, indeed, Nikolas, then, as I said, they are working in tandem towards something the writers may know, or are yet to have a plan in place. Too many times, TPTB have introduced a story that took so many twists and turns: the who, what, where and why were lost in “transit”.

They brought our Spencer there for treatment. Storyline gave us insight of they AMAZING loving care at Shriners.

Is Emma back for this, too?

Brooklyn Rae Silzer’s sister Londyn is guest starring as Charlotte’s friend so I guess Brooklyn was on set visiting

Which begs the question why—despite the noble storyline—-was it necessary to create yet another character in order to tell this story??? (Or a similar one?) Port Charles is already crawling with kiddos that we care for because of their familiar familial links….it would have been much more appropriate, efficient and heart-rending to concoct a curable condition for one of them which required treatment at Shriners’. It’s this sort of thing that just ruins the flow of the show…always introducing short-term newbies when the reliable current characters would more than suffice…

I am very pleased to see this association continue. It is stories likes these that raise awareness & inform people.


While the intent is good here, it just doesn’t work. This is a show that continually glorifies all kinds of violence, including the mob and various other criminals. It almost reeks of bad taste to continually feature children in peril as well. These arcs feel inserted and forced. If Claire Labine were writing and it was 1994-1996, these episodes could have been seamlessly woven right into the fabric of the storytelling! With the BJMaxie story, Emily’s introduction, or the Lulu illness that brought Nikolas on. At one time, soaps did a credible job at social issues, but those days are gone. The writing lacks the heart and the humanity that used to permeate these shows. Using daytime soaps to advertise a Children’s Hospital is just weird and wrong. Like I said, the intent is not a bad one, and if it helps someone, then it is a good thing. And it should be a natural fit for a show called General Hospital, and it’s sad that it does feel forced and unnatural. But in 1996, 21 years ago, this show changed into the Sonny Mob show, and has unrepentantly stayed that course even in the face of massive viewer discontent, fallen ratings, and fierce online hatred for the mob domination. One of two things has to happen. Sonny has to die, and gH has to move on, or else the show needs to be cancelled. No show can just keep retelling the same repelling mob stories. I fear if GH is cancelled, the final episode will be ALL about Sonny, and the final shot would be a framed photograph of Sonny, when it should be a stroll through the hospital with the Webbers, Harry’s, Quartermaines etc. Dang, I miss the REAL GH!!

Quit watching the show. Just please make a donation to the Shriners!

Tim for your information, my cousin received wonderful financial assistance from the Shriners related hospitals. She was a 23 year old scholarship hockey student at Yale, and she came from small town Canada. Her story inspired people all across North America to donate cord blood to help others with her form of leukaemia. I know of the work they do and appreciate it! I was saying that the merging of a show that glorifies violence does not mix well with a real life Childrens hospital! And why tell me to quit watching the show? Enough people have quit that’s why the ratings are low. If I stopped watching every show that went through rough times I couldn’t watch anything at all! I am a diehard soap fan and as all lifelong fans, we long for the days when soaps were good, and well written, and even relevant! I continue to watch because I am a fan of the genre. There is enough to like to keep people watching. I have been very impressed with the writing on GH in the past several months. It’s sophisticated, and its layered, and characters, episodes, and stories intersect in unusual and surprising ways. The main problem is that many of the main characters are just unlikeable hypocritical criminals or sociopaths it is hard to invest in emotionally.

I agree! 1996 was a huge turning point but there was a lesser one before that that led up to ’96’s changes and made them possible.


Great to hear the Shriners were a part of your life in some way.

I only suggested you quit watching it since you seemed so put off.

Remember this, even though the show has so much sex and violence, its just a show we choose to watch. The mob was around before Sonny. You need drama in a show for it to work. I would love for GH to focus more on the hospital. But, through Sonny and Julian’s mishaps comes lots of trips to the ER and THEN we get to see our beloved nurses and doctors. Its the way it is.

And remember this, GH does glorify violence and then feature the Shriners BUT look at what Hollywood did last week with their hurricane telethon, they raised millions of dollars but they have ALL acted in films with sex and violence!

I hope I made this clear to you and I hope GH gets better for you. My biggest problem with GH is the lightweight characters, bad writing and no Quartermaine reboot! But like you, a long time fan, I will stick with it and hope for the best.

I understand. But I am also very sick ьof people saying “the mob was there way before Sonny”! True….but they were the bad guys. They were the villains. They were not written and presented as heroes. They were criminals that the good guys could bring down..and that’s why we rooted for then. They we re not made the centrepiece of the show! They were antagonists to the heroes. We looked forward to their comeuppance! Sonny has not paid for a crime in over 20 years.

As much as GH does wrong, God bless this effort by them and God bless the Shriners!

i agree with you – gh is a fictional drama that is only for entertainment and i definitley applaud them for their support of such an awesome organization…………….

I don’t mind the Shriners s/l if it does some good. The thing that gets on my nerves is the constant repeating during each show about Shriners. One announcement at the beginning or end of the episode each day would be sufficient.

I think it’s a lovely and important organization to shine the spotlight on.

It’s just too bad Kin Shriner isn’t involved…

why?? is kin shriner involved with the shriners in real life???

Hey there, elm1951! No, I was just making a joke about Kin’s surname. I should have added a smiley face… 🙂

Why do they have to say the name of the hospital every five seconds?

A very worthy cause! It just seems awkward when they have the characters speak the full name “Shriner’s Hospitals for Children”. I know that’s for promotion, but I assume most people refer to it as just Shriner’s.

In the past, Rebecca Herbst and Tyler Christopher did public service announcements for the hospital. Nothing this year from James Patrick Stewart.

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On recent episodes of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) came to John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) rescue as he was beaten down in an assault. Carly put on her “nurses cap,” sort of speak, and got John to his hotel room and watched over to him, to make sure he didn’t lose consciousness.

GH fans also got their first glimpse of what may be a new romance for Carly, if she and John continue to bond.  If John and Carly were to have a relationship, it would certainly have a ripple effect with Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Adam J. Harrington shared his view on the scenes and what might be next between the two. Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Harrington shared, “I thought it was written in a way where there’s an understanding and a respect between them both. I don’t think there was any moment where she was not aware that he’s an FBI agent, and there was no moment that he wasn’t aware of her history and relationship to other people in the town. I really liked it. I was really looking forward to shooting it with Laura and we had a really nice time shooting it.”

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When Carly and John part ways, it seems there were some romantic sparks, as Harrington puts it, “Isn’t that interesting that sometimes with people, the one moment they actually show how they feel is when they know there’s an escape hatch. They know they’re about to walk away. So, it’s almost safe in that moment to do it. I thought that was really special about how (the writers) handled John and Carly. Even the music in that scene was beautifully done.”

Where is this all heading? Conflict! Internally and professionally, and as Adam explains, “Who Carly was to John on paper as just a tool to be used as bait is starting to get very complicated.”

What would you think of a John and Carly pairing? Would you prefer him with Anna, or neither of them? Let us know via the comment section and take our poll below.

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As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

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According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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