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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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How awesome, let the party begin!

Im already celebrating!!!

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!!!

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!

Killed. Sally struthers was the last Jennifer…

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

GH would be cancelled without Ron.

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.

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

I will be watching tommorrow morning!

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

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

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

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!

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 🙂

It’s simply fantastic.

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.

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

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

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……

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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Steve Burton Confirms ‘General Hospital’ Head Writer Switch Changed Jason’s Comeback Storyline

General Hospital viewers will see today, Monday, March 4th, the beginnings of the return storyline for Steve Burton and his character of Jason Morgan.

Just how did the recent head writing regime change at GH alter the plans for story for Jason’s comeback? As had been rumored, seems plenty. Back on January 22nd, it was revealed that Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor had been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte. At that time, Burton had already signed-on to return to the daytime drama for the first time since being let go towards the end of 2021.

Speaking with Soap Opera Digest, Steve confirmed that what we will see on-air is from the new head writers and that the direction of the story changed, “So apparently there was a whole different story planned and then the head writer switch happened and then they kind of rebooted (the story arc). I know Patrick (Mulcahey, one of the new head writers) a little bit, but I really know Elizabeth Korte (who was promoted to co-head writer).”

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Burton added, “There’s no one in the building that loves that show, knows the history of the character, and is invested in it 100 percent than Elizabeth. There has never been a more deserved promotion, ever. Once I know that she was (one of the head writers), I was like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be good! I cannot wait.’ And it has been exactly that. Everything has been amazing.”‘

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In addition, during an Instagram live on Monday with his podcast and comedy show partner, GH star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Burton also commented on the upcoming story arc which brings Jason back to Port Charles. Steve expressed, “The story is not going to disappoint. The scenes are super deep. Frank (Valentini, EP, GH)  and the new head writers took some time to really think this out.”

Burton, being a longtime veteran of the soaps, said Jason’s return is not just isolated to be about him. “Great story on daytime should involve a myriad of people across the board and where it effects everybody,” he shared. The popular fan favorite feels that this story delivers on all levels.

So, what do you think about the head writer change and how it prompted the plans for Jason’s return? Comment below.

 

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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THIS WEEK on GENERAL HOSPITAL: “He’s Back” as Jason Returns; Sonny Sets His Trap for the Shooter

Monday, March 4th is the highly-anticipated return of Steve Burton as Jason Morgan on ABC’s General Hospital. In the newly-released weekly promo for the series, in the final moments of it, you see a man with his hands-up about to turn around which looks like it will be revealed to be Sonny’s former hitman.

In the promo, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Anna (Finola Hughes), Spinell (Bradford Anderon) and others are intercut looking shocked at who they find on the pier with voice-overs of characters saying, “It can’t be”, “It’s him,” etc.

The story has been building as to who has been behind the shootings seemingly targeting Sonny (Maurice Benard), Selina (Lydia Look) and others related to the mob. When they locate Jason … is he the Jason we knew prior to the tunnel collapsing him towards the end of 2021, where he was believed to have perished? How is this all connected to the intel that Olivia Jerome was apparently killed in prison?

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Meanwhile, Carly (Laura Wright) and Drew’s (Cameron Mathison) relationship has shown its cracks. When Carly eventually sees Jason, will it eventually pit brother against brother for the love of Carly? And in this case, is Drew going to be portrayed as the bad guy due to his issues since his time at Pentonville which has shown he has become more obsessed with revenge on Nina (Cynthia Watros)?

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Here’s a look at the rest of this week’s the teasers for the action in Port Charles below.

MONDAY, MARCH 4

Jason returns to Port Charles.  Selina and Sonny’s negotiation is abruptly interrupted.  Laura confronts Cyrus. Brook Lynn confides in Tracy. Heather attempts an escape.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

Josslyn and Dex are in a frantic situation. Sonny hits a sore spot with John. Anna learns some tragic news. Marshall tells Curtis about his misdiagnosis. Laura acts fast in a crisis.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

Anna questions Josslyn and Dex. Olivia and Sonny reconnect. Alexis is apprehensive. Cody and Sasha each make a confession. Spinelli and Ava are in for a shock.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

Sonny and Ava share a loaded moment. Drew and Carly have their hands full. Maxie is stunned. Laura offers comfort. Brook Lynn opens up to Jordan.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2024

Carly is taken aback. Nina corners Ava. Sonny gets an update on John’s investigation. Michael tries to convince Dex to stay. Alexis vents to Diane.

Now, check out this week’s promo for GH below. Then let us know, what state of mind do you think Jason will be in when he has revealed himself?  Share your thoughts in the comment secti

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