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General Hospital Celebrates Its 52nd Anniversary Today!

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ABC’s General Hospital is celebrating its 52nd anniversary! The show which debuted on April 1, 1963 just received 28 Daytime Emmy nominations yesterday leading the pack of any other series on daytime television.

The doctors, nurses, mobsters, and characters that have inhabited Port Charles over the decades have kept many long time fans coming back for more drama each day, while garnering new fans along the way.

To mark the anniversary today, the long running series has a very special episode on tap where we turn back the clock to 1963 and watch the original GH character of Dr. Steve Hardy, Nurse Jessie Brewer, and Intern Phil Brewer as played by today’s current cast members of Daytime Emmy nominee Jason Thompson (Patrick), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) and Ryan Carnes (Lucas).  Their scenes will be seen in black and white.   And today is the day fans have been promised the reveal of what caused Luke’s (Anthony Geary) mind to splinter so badly, and the harrowing secret that somewhere resides in the Spencer’s old home.

Share your congrats to GH today  in the comments section below for their 52-year run continuing to make it the longest running soap on television in the comment section below!

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carol
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carol

I would have preferred to see clips of the original cast members (if available) rather than current actors.

Patricio
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Patricio

I agree Carol. I’ve been watching since the late 60s and remember Jessie and Steve and Audrey so well being the heart and soul of General Hospital.

With that said – bravo for the bow to these great characters.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

GHs best episode in a long time, and su i didnt even turn off my tv set and read a book…lol…guess the bomb just blew up the basement—rest of the house looks ok—Tims skeleton shouldve craweled up the basement stairs and terrorized them all and then shouts at the audience ‘April Fool’…young Luke and young Patricia were a lot better acting then the regular cast members—young Patricia shouldve played Kiki…lol…Luke accidentally killed mommy like someone predicted—i did say Tims body was buried in the basement but i thought Aunt Ruby was goin to be the one to do—maybe theyll keep… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I liked the flashbacks…wish they could have stayed in the past being it was GHs best written episode in a long time—RH looked a lot like Jessie Brewers—i miss nurses in white—many looked hot in those uniforms—today i couldnt tell a nurse from an avon lady—lol—all the actors were at their best—this is the episode they should summit for an emmy next year!!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

jimh, you’re absolutely correct. I am often critical of GH for a variety of reasons. But I read about this special anniversary episode and was blown away! You and so many other posters here have echoed these same sentiments. This, indeed, was a great day in GH history.

Patricio
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Patricio

Well written James. So much of GH has become HO-hum. Not there two episodes! A gift to us fans!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks, Patricio! You’re so right. Take care.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Just finish watching the show– thought the way they chose to reveal everything, the tie in with the first show and the use of black and white, was all well done. One of the better anniversary shows I’ve seen on soaps. Now all they have to do tie up all the loose ends on the Fluke story and I’ll be happy.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

The writing and acting was superb. They deserve Emmy’s for their work. Heck, an Oscar wouldn’t hurt either.

jeremy
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jeremy

Happy 52nd GH, my all time favorite Soap Opera 🙂 again, Congrats to all Cast and Crew.

Christie
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Christie

Congrats to GH on 52 years, and hopefully many more to come! It’s truly an amazing run. And to think that a few years ago, many people (rightfully so) had doubts that it would survive. It’s fun to take a look back at what else aired on TV in 1963, both in daytime and primetime, in the days long before cable. Times sure have changed, but GH has always been a constant in being there to keep up with the times.

madluv4u
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madluv4u

The episode was excellent!!! Paid tribute to the past and the founding cast. Hopefully it will wrap up the Luke sl finally.

PGP
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PGP

Not sure who the girl was playing young Patricia, but they should have her come back and play Kiki. She is way better than the girl playing her now.

Jason Loves GH
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Jason Loves GH

Amen. I agree 100%!

Timmm
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Timmm

I agree, for these flashback scenes they really found some talented actors.

Linda
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Linda

Today’s GH was AWESOME! Congratulations Gh for 52 wonderful years. Congratulations to Frank and Ron for telling us Spencer story in such a intense, moving way. Congratulations to the entire ensemble for making us feel we are part of the story lines. The only negative remark goes to ABC7NY for interrupting the last minute today for non-breaking news. That showed nothing but disrespect for GH, it’s 52nd anniversary and the devoted fans.

Robert
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Robert

Congratulations on being on for generations, to enjoy a show that means so much to so many for decades. SPOILER ALERT DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE EPISODE. I am curious that Laura Wright played her own character’s grandmother. Are they saying Carlyle looked like Lena, if that is the case why haven’t it been mentioned before. I know ifSommer a relative who is a dead ringer(no pun intended) I would mention it to that relative. In my family , my maternal grandmother and her younger sister looked so much a like, even as a kid I… Read more »

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

THAT was amazing. I was so over the Luke story, but it had me transfixed. Loved the way they paid homage to original GH in an organic way that made sense. And I was so moved by it all–by the amazing performances–especially of the young actors who played Patricia and Luke–by Laura Wright inhabiting a role that is the polar opposite of Carly–I cried at the end.

Well done all around.

Patricio
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Patricio

Right on Lucy! This show has so much potential!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

For me, on a whole…I wasn’t all that impressed with this special episode.

And, it would be cool if GH borrowed Guy Wilson (from DAYS) to portray young-Luke once again.

BillyMillerIsJason
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BillyMillerIsJason

Phenomenal show today. I know this this was centered around Luke and Geary did a awesome job, but my god, Laura Wright’s portrayal of Lena Spencer was outstanding. There was no traces of Carly anywhere. She was the best thing about this episode to me. Now, the actors who played young Luke and Patricia, I want them on contract right now. Summer is coming up. I say we soras all the babies, (Joss, Cameron, Spencer, Emma) As for the big reveal, I knew where the writers were going. It was predictable, but I didn’t care. What a fabulous episode. Adding… Read more »

Patricio
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Patricio

I’m with you guy! I too was hoping Laura would not be overlooked. These family storylines go so deep . I can’t take these gangster stories. They are ALL. Dead ends.

Fanny
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Fanny

Complete unravelment as Luke faces his past sins with his sisters by his side.
Did not see that ONE coming!!! And then to have him take on the personality of Bill
the man who long ago protected him,only to reveal the truth to him as he lay dying.
Telling him to forgive himself for what happened to his mother, NO wonder Luke lost
it.

Colleen
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Colleen

This is why I watch GH. This reminds me of the good old days. Frank and Ron have done a fabulous job since taking over from Jill years ago. The campy stuff is fine from time to time, but it’s wonderful to see actual dramatic storylines from time to time. I can’t say enough of how well Jane, Jackie, Dee, Emme, Dominic, the younger versions of Luke, Bobbie and Pat, Laura and especially Tony have done. An A++++ episode!

k/kay
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k/kay

Very well done episode today ! Kudos !

Dan
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Dan

Just watched it on my dvr and it was a really great episode. Very well done. Great tribute to the past. The acting was very good by all. And the young Spencer actors did a great job. Really enjoyed it! And I actually cared about Luke again!

fginaspy
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fginaspy

Bravo! A wonderful episode.

William Hall
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William Hall

Wow. Today was powerful. Brought back some not so great personal memories / feelings. Emmys for TG, LW and whoever played young Luke.

Timmm
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Timmm

If they got 28 nominations this year they should get 128 for next year for this RETRO GH! EVERYONE involved should be applauded. My God, where to start? The casting of the Spencer kids were phenomenal! They mixed history, black and white and the current story masterfully. Tony Geary as Tim Spencer was off the charts. To see Luke watching [Remembering] what had happened as this talented cast plays out the Spencer history is unlike anything I have EVER seen on TV, day or night. Watching Tony as Tim really makes you wonder why the hell hasnt this guy done… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

This was a very good episode! It was well acted, well written, and FINALLY revealed the truth about what caused Luke’s split. We finally got the answer, and it’s a lot more grim than I initially thought. My theory was that Tim was sexually abusing Patricia and Bobbie and Luke killed him to protect his sisters. But I feel like the way things actually happened has a much larger affect on Luke, having killed both his parents in one night. I’m happy we finally got some closure with this story. One thing though, for anyone who watched GH back when… Read more »

Max Daddee
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Max Daddee

Happy 52nd GH! Nice acting by Jason, Rebecca and Ryan in playing the roles of some of the original GH cornerstones. Good reenactment of what happened with Luke and family when he was a child. But, with as long as this was drawn out, I was expecting a more complex situation behind it all. Not to understate the impact killing both of one’s parents can have on someone, but somehow the multiple personality we’ve been seeing with Fluke as one who is so violent, just doesn’t seem to fit well with what really happened.

rachie
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rachie

It was a good show except the writers screwed up so bad. Did anyone remember that the house was blown up a few weeks ago with Dante and Det. West barely making it out. Apparently the writers didn’t because there was the whole clan there and the furniture was even unaffected by the explosion Hmm real dumb. Should have been standing by the charred remains of the house.

GH52-ME46
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GH52-ME46

In a word – it was simply A M A Z I N G !!!

Aria
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Aria

Loving GH, happy anniversary! Looking forward to many more years.

Laurie
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Laurie

1st thing I noticed was Elizabeth Korte wrote the episode solo! Squeal! She’s usually the breakdown writer, but I so loved her scripts from 90’s & 2000’s! She’s done it all. I was instantly felt my 90’s GH feels-noticed the depth immediately! I was dropping tears at 10 mins in. To see this episode was going to exceed my greatest expectations was overwhelming paired w/GH’s 28 Emmy noms. This is when I realized how much the GH hate & bashing it receives does wear me out. I’m no poet like the other posters. Just loved how they tied the mom’s… Read more »

Sly
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Sly

EXCELLENT…
Congratulations to everyone on and off screen.
You all did an excellent job.
I sincerely enjoyed it.

Rodd
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Rodd

It was a fantastic and powerful show. I really enjoyed the black and white stuff. Great job by all involved.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

I watched GH’s debut on April 1, 1963 and was a regular viewer until 2005. I decided to watch this episode because of the salute to the past. Jason Thompson nailed Dr. Hardy. And, Elizabeth Herbst nailed the beloved Jessie Brewer. Both performances brought tears to my eye. How I loved those wonderful characters. Hats off to Laura Wright. She gave a very moving performance as the abused wife. As always, superb work by Anthony Geary.

mgb357
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mgb357

That show was fantastic – except that my Comcast had a blank screen for the first 28 minutes. So I missed alot – please show it again – as a flashback, or something so we can experience the whole show.

Vi
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Vi

Loved this episode and how they used a statement from 20 years that Bill made to Luke and brought it back almost like it was a set up for this, way back then. I wish when the writers touch on something from past they would run with it, think out of the box, like last year and Aztec Treasure I think they blew what could have been an exciting story line by having pieces of the treasure resurface, I loved those can’t wait to get home to see what happens stories. Happy 52nd GH!

su0000
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su0000

I was blown away!!!
I have never seen anything as GH’s 52nd show on any other soap..
GH is indeed phenomenal..
The writers, actors crew do bring us their best..
I LOVED IT !!!

……….. watched it twice !! .. it deserved a second viewing..

Patricio
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Patricio

Hand over next years EMMYs now.
What a joy to see drama and strohrytelling in a way ONLY long term soaps can do.

GH would return to its heyday ibis they could drop the mob and focus on family. They added years to OLTL VALENT-tini and their team can do it!

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GH’s Rebecca Herbst Thanks Fans for the Birthday Love

She is not often on social media, but when she does show up, it delights so many of her enduring fans. General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), who yesterday celebrated her birthday on May 12th, took to Twitter to share warm ‘thank you’s’ to a few fan factions who sent her some lovely gifts in honor and support of their favorite soap star.

Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Touches on Racial Profiling, Social Injustice and Bias In Key Scenes with Portia and Jordan

This week ABC’s General Hospital took the opportunity to write in to their scripts and story, the issue that has been so prevalent in our country now and for decades that of racial profiling, injustice, bias, gender equality and more rolled into scenes featuring: Brook Kerr (Portia), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan), Sydney Mikala (Trina) and William Lipton (Cameron).

When Portia comes to the boxing gym for a workout and comes upon Jordan hitting the boxing bag hard over the the incident with Cameron in the hospital garage, it spurs a greater conversation.

Jordan tells Portia about the situation that arose with Cameron and a gun, and Portia says she heard about it.  Jordan knows if Cameron’s skin was a different color, she may not have been able to de-escalate the situation and talk her officers down, if she had not arrived on the scene in the nick of time.

This launches the two women into an important conversation on racial profiling, social injustice, white privilege and gender bias that they have found themselves dealing with in their professions (Portia is a doctor and Jordan the police commissioner) and their children’s lives.

Later in another scene, Trina reminds Cameron how they, along with Joss (Eden McCoy) were pulled over by a cop last summer when they were driving around the backroads.  She goes on to say when Cameron questioned why they were being stopped, it scared her.  She feels if Joss and Cam were not there, she would have likely been pulled out of the car and pinned to the ground by the cop.  Trina notes she put aside her fear and never said anything to them, because they would never understand.  Trina tells Cam he needs to realize how lucky he was the other night when nothing happened to him after his run in with police.

You can watch the conversation below in scenes with Briana Nicole Henry and Brooke Kerr.

Then let us know, did you like how GH wove this social message into the story?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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