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General Hospital Cast Members & Valentini and Carlivati To Ring In 50th Milestone At NYSE!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

The celebration begins quite early tomorrow when we ring in General Hospital’s 50th anniversary in a unique way! Monday morning several GH cast members, along with executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati, will visit The New York Stock Exchange and ring The Opening Bell at promptly 9:30AM EST!

Joining in the festivities and the honor will be: Finola Hughes (Anna), Jason Thompson (Patrick), Kelly Monaco (Sam), Tony Geary (Luke), Genie Francis (Laura) and Kin Shriner (Scott).  You can watch the Livestream of The Opening Bell ceremonies by clicking here!

Honoring its 50 years on the air,  General Hospital is the longest running American soap opera currently in production, plus the longest running scripted drama on television currently in production.  The show has aired well over 12,000 episodes and has was won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series a record eleven times!

What do you think about GH being given the honor to ring the bell at The New York Stock Exchange in honor of their milestone?  Let us know!

 

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Aria
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Aria

How awesome, let the party begin!

jim
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jim

Im already celebrating!!!

jim
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jim

Wow, thats gotta be a first! ABC should go totally out of busines if theyd cancel GH anytime soon and all other networks, cable ect. would be even bigger fools not to pick the show up unless the ratings drop drastically and the show is not repairable. And if the show does get canned eventually, id like to see these two men do a primetime updated version of Peyton Place or create a show of their own. Congratulations to all!!!

jim
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jim

Will June Lochart make an appearance for the shows 50th or was her char. killed off?
I know shes in her 80s now. What about Roseanne Barr in a return cameo as Jennifer Smith? Helene could use her appearance to torture Luke, and some soap viewers? lol. And bring back Holly!

TRW
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TRW

Killed. Sally struthers was the last Jennifer…

Joanne
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Joanne

Will we be able to see it? I think it’s awesome……….

heidi
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heidi

That’s great!!!! Way to GH!!! The more great publicity the better!!! Love it!

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

For the NYSE to take note-this is huge-they don’t exactly hand invites out…

Denise Pomeroy
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Denise Pomeroy

I agree. Last year when the Girl Scouts of America celebrated the 100th birthday they got to observe it at the NYSE too. The public likes to make soaps, especially daytime ones, seem small. This proves how huge an impact GH has had on our culture.

Jim
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Jim

Well it sounded like a great day until you mentioned Ron was going to be there. Great producer and actors. Mediocre head writer. Hardly the type of person I’d want front and center to show up for anything besides the opening of a letter.

gslam
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gslam

Wow. You can thank that “mediocre” writer for saving your beloved GH from cancellation. #truthhurts

TRW
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TRW

GH would be cancelled without Ron.

jim
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jim

Thanks for reply…i forgot about Sally Struthers…b4 you get confused im the jim who asked about Jen Smith,not the jim you replied to where you say gh would be cancelled without Ron. I coulnt reply where you responded so i did it here. There asre 2 jims…im the one is glad Ron is at GH.

Patricia
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Patricia

So sick of people saying RC is a bad or “mediocre” writer. I’d like to know whom among them writes for anything but Twitter, FB or comments sections. RC and FV along with terrific actors saved GH and have brought it back from near death. 50th annniversary extravaganza, NYSE, Paley Center, 20/20 spot and just plain great soapy-soap episodes show how talented Ron and Frank are. Poo on all the rest of you who are compelled to criticize

susan M.
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susan M.

I will be watching tommorrow morning!

David J.
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David J.

Technically, the longest running scripted drama on television is Coronation Street.

Lynn T
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Lynn T

They are talkinga about American shows. And who watched Coronation Street anyway?

Samantha L
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Samantha L

I watch Coronation Street! I have for years and now it is on Hulu.com.

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

That is so cool! Love all the accolades that GH is rightfully receiving! So , soaps are becoming obsolete, eh , ABC/D? You’re looking pretty foolish now, especially with all of the joyous support of AMC’s and OLTL’s return!

su0000
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su0000

This is an awesome event.. so proud of the ALL the GH staff to bring it all the way to the bell ringing at the NYSE !!

FV is great producer and gets his soap noticed at ever opportunity to do so..
FV knows how to sell his goods / get his goods to the public 🙂

Margot
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Margot

It’s simply fantastic.

Denise Pomeroy
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Denise Pomeroy

I think it is awesome that GH gets to celebrate this important milestone
with the world by ringing in the opening bell at the NYSE. I didn’t think the
anniversary would be so closely followed until lately when I have been reading more plans to honor and celebrate my favorite soap. Keep up the great work.

tarlyfan
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tarlyfan

wow. congrats to GH crew and cast members. Sonny and Carly should have been there too, IMO.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

seems very odd, but ok, I am going to watch!

Charles E.
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Charles E.

OK, I’ve just seen the live broadcast, but who was that kid with the GH gang- Finola’s son? Also, it was strange to see Tony Geary in glasses AND a tie! I couldn’t help but notice that Genie Francis was next to Kin Shriner on the left, and Tony was all the way on the right-hmmmmm……

Christy
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Christy

That’s fun! so I take it they had to go to NY to do so…. now if OLTL were still in NY they could have rung in their 44th!

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GH’s Michael Easton and Finola Hughes Deliver the ‘Power Performances of the Week’

It was an emotional week of episodes on General Hospital as the double-wedding of Finn (Michael Easton) and Anna (Finola Hughes), and Peter (Wes Ramsey) and Maxie (Kirsten Storms) took a double nose-dive.

Each installment left us wondering if either couple would actually get hitched, but when Finn and Anna were the first to combust and not Peter and Maxie, it set the stage for two beloved soap veterans to once again, remind us all, why they are always at the top of the game when required to play high drama that tugs at the heartstrings.

In story, Finn is gut-punched, (and no one can play that better than Michael Easton), when Anna reveals that she knew that Peter was not her biological son and had done all the horrific deeds he has been hiding, in an effort to stop Maxie from marrying Peter.  When Finn realizes Anna confided in Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and they were working together to bring Peter down it was too much for him to take.

Finn walks out on their wedding.  Alone and with tears welling up in his eyes, Finn feels his chance at love is dashed again.  Add to the fact, he has DNA results to prove if he is Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father and not his brother, or not, and the guy has been through the wringer of late.

As for Anna, she has literally imploded her own life, while trying to save others, after realizing the error of her ways; constantly putting her faith in Peter.  When she comes to visit Finn, she knows no matter what she says to Finn it looks bad.  She sees how she has hurt him, and hopes they can still repair their now fractured relationship, but she has to stop Peter and help her God-daughter, Maxie from making the biggest mistake of her life, so she leaves him to go back to the scene of the double-wedding.

Later in the week, Anna shares a heartfelt scene with her ex Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers), whom she knows she can have an honest conversation knowing her life of espionage and their shared history.  Meanwhile, Jackie (Kim Delaney) and Finn’s pull is there as well, as it appears Jackie’s attraction to Finn still remains all these years later when he visits her shortly after being blindsided by Anna at the nuptials.

Throughout the week, Easton and Hughes played all the nuances of their character’s emotional life, as the audience witnessed which just might be the end of the line for Finn and Anna.

For all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV names Michael and Finola’s work, The Power Performances of the Week.

So, let us know, what did you think of what happened to Finn and Anna? The double-wedding fiasco? Did you enjoy Michael and Finola’s scenes? Comment below.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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WATCH: Maurice Benard & Friends In ‘The Birthday Bash’ – The Movie

Now here’s a way to celebrate your birthday! Having lots of fun with your friends filming a project and making your directorial debut! That’s just what two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) has done.

On his “State of Mind” You Tube Channel, Benard dropped the birthday video which includes many of his friends and family members.

Benard shared: “You’ve probably heard me say that this year I wanted to do something for the fans on my birthday. Well now the time has come to reveal my special project. It was fun to see a lot of my friends acting outside of the box and I want to thank each of them for being so willing to join me in this adventure no questions asked.”

Look for: Maurice Benard, Carlos Avila, Victoria Gotti, Ian Buchanan, Réal Andrews, Steve Burton, Majid Raees, Dominic Zamprogna, Kin Shriner, Joshua Benard, Paula Benard, Jeff Kober, Bryan Craig, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Jim Warren and Buddy the Goat to all make appearances.

Watch Maurice Benard & Friends in “The Birthday Bash” below.  Then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section.

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