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General Hospital Celebrates Its 52nd Anniversary Today!

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Courtesy/ABC

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 Kristina Wagner On Felicia’s Concern Over Maxie’s Emotional State

While Maxie (Kirsten Storms) knows exactly where baby Louise is, not many other people know, especially her mother, Felicia (Kristina Wagner).

Now, with Kristina Wagner back on-contract at General Hospital, it opens up more angles to play in the ongoing saga of “What happened to Maxie and Peter’s (Wes Ramsey) Baby?”

GH viewers know that Louise is “Bailey” and being taken of by Brook Lynn Quartermaine (Amanda Setton).  However, according to the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, look for Felicia to be very worried over Maxie’s attitude toward finding her baby.

Wagner shared to SOD on Felicia: “She is absolutely concerned about Maxie. Why is she behaving this way? Is she traumatized to a point where she is not frantically looking for her baby?”

The actress goes on to say about her alter-ego: “Felicia thinks ‘What is wrong with you?  Your baby’s missing. Why are you not (falling apart)?’ And Maxie says, ‘I have to stay calm for my other children.’  She has a way of justifying it, but Felicia is questioning Maxie’s behavior.”

Look for Felicia to be more determined than ever to help find Maxie’s baby, which we know could spell trouble for everyone!

So, do you hope Felicia learns the truth about Louise, and helps Maxie with her cover-up? Or do you hope Felicia helps get the little one back in Maxie’s arms sooner than later? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless Receive WGA Award Nominations

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the WGA Awards in the fields of television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing.

In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit themselves for competition this year.  So, it was not a matter of the series not receiving enough votes to be in contention.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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During today’s ABC TCA virtual Winter Press Tour, Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment and Hulu originals, addressed entertainment reporters during a press conference on some potential developments and upcoming new shows, existing shows, and specials scheduled on the network

According to TV Line, Erwich shared he has no further updates at this time on the All My Children reboot “Pine Valley’ that has been in development for over a year from Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) and company.

However, the ABC boss did say that due to the recent success of Days of our Lives streaming limited-series and its holiday movie on Peacock, that he would be intrigued for ways to bolster the General Hospital franchise, adding that he is “always open to additional iterations or explorations” in regards to the network’s sole daytime drama.

So, what do you think is happening with “Pine Valley”? Would you like to see ABC and its streaming platform partners develop something original for General Hospital ala DAYS? Comment below.

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