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General Hospital Celebrates its 58th Anniversary Today

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When you think of the legacy juggernaut that is ABC’s General Hospital, take a moment to reflect on all the wonderful characters and stories through the years, and the doctors, nurses, mobsters, and residents past and present of Port Charles, that you followed along the way day in and day out.

April 1st, 1963 marks the 58th anniversary of the daytime drama series; while another very famous soap series also premiered that day, The Doctors.

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From the Hardys and the Brewers, to the Quartermaines and the Cassasdines, to the Spencers, Webbers and Corinthos clan, the series has had something for everybody during its now close to six decade run.

GH was created by the husband and wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley and has has 9 executive producers over its history, with its current EP being Frank Valentini who took over the show back in 2012.

On social media today, Valentini tweeted: “Happy Anniversary GH! 58 years young! Thank you ABC and all of the fans over the years -much love and appreciation.”

Throughout its history, the show has delivered heartbreaking social issues and medical dramas, unforgettable performances, romance, intrigue, high -adventure, and more.

The official GH twitter account shared on this milestone: “Not a joke, just a fact – #GH turns 58 today and we wouldn’t be here with you. On behalf of the entire cast and crew of #GeneralHospital, thank you for your support. Happy Anniversary!”

Check out the first episode of GH below.

Now, share your congratulations and well-wishes to the GH cast – past and present, the crew, and creatives for 58 years of storytelling and performances via the comment section.

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Llanviewer717
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My, oh my. That takes me back. I was watching when that first episode originally aired and was instantly hooked on General Hospital. I fell in love with Dr. Hardy and with Nurse Jessie and was terribly worried about poor Angie. Of course, I was only 11 at the time. Emily McLaughlin and John Beradino has a tremendous impact on my life.

Very Happy 58th anniversary General Hospital. Long may you reign!!!!!!!!!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Happy 58th Anniversary, General Hospital!

Satan
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Satan

Haven’t heard whether or not there were plans for a “special anniversary episode” this year, but given the number of preempted episodes so far in 2021, if there is one, we probably won’t see it until the middle of the month at the earliest.

TVJeff
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TVJeff

I know they’re behind because of pre-emptions, but I hope there’s a special episode coming up for the anniversary

Satan
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Satan

Yeah, and they’ll probably preempt that one too. Just like the idiotic preemption today. Yeah, one guy went crazy and crashed his car into a fence. Sad for him, sadder for the cop he killed in the process, but certainly nothing that couldn’t have waited another 15 minutes for ABC to report on it. If they can’t do that (even though they have a literal 24 hour live news channel now, so why interrupt at all) then they should open up streaming access to the episodes at 8 PM Eastern time, the same day, and NOT require you to be… Read more »

Anne
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Anne

Satan – what happened in Washington is real life. Here and now in reality. A man lost his life! Children lost their father! A darn sight more important than the fictional world of GH. Laura, Sonny, Carly and the rest will still be seen most days.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

They still have years to go to tie and beat Guiding Light!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Light years in fact! 🙂

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

General Hospital already has a longer TV run than Guiding Light.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Never thought I’d see the day when I would come to this site and find a picture of Emily McLaughlin and John Beradino! What a pleasant surprise! Just a suggestion: for the next story on a GH anniversary, why not include a picture of Rachel Ames, the longest running actress (or actor) in the show’s history…

I will just tactfully add that my favorite time period of GH was the late 60s/early 70s. I really miss THOSE characters and will always remember them!

Eden
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Eden

@Jamesj75…That was always my favourite period of the programme as well. Me gran and I used to watch together. To this day, I can still see Audrey pulling a gun from the back of her toilet which had been used to murder her son’s (Stevie at the time) baby sitter! I was fascinated by that! Also, poor Jessie with a geode in her hand sprawled out on the floor in shock after finding Phil Brewer murdered by Augusta McLeod! Her young niece and nephew staying with her as well. The nephew being portrayed by a very young Luke Skywalker! Those,… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hello Eden! Thanks so much for your response! So glad I noticed it… I had forgotten about how Audrey initially called her son Stevie and then, later, Tommy. I almost forgot about that “very young Luke Skywalker” character! The murder of Phil Brewer was a great mystery with a variety of suspects, including my all-time favorite, Diana Taylor (as played by Valerie Starrett), and her husband Dr. Peter Taylor (Craig Huebing). I thoroughly enjoyed their love story more than any other storyline. Other characters from that period I enjoyed were Steve Hardy, Jessie Brewer, Audrey Hobart/Hardy, Jane and Howie Dawson,… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Oops. I forgot Lesley and Cameron…

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Daytime Stars Attend the ‘Hollywood Christmas Parade’ 2021 (PHOTOS)

Sunday night after a year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hollywood Christmas Parade returned for its 89th edition to mark the tinseltown start to the holiday season.

Several stars of your favorite soaps were participating and riding down in cars on the parade route in front of the crowd on Hollywood Boulevard.

General Hospital’s Laura Wright (Carly) and Wes Ramsey (Peter), Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) appeared along with former cast member, Ian Buchanan (Ex-Duke).

The Bold and the Beautiful was represented by Kimberlin Brown (Sheila), Sean Kanan (Deacon), and former B&B star, Andrea Evans (Ex-Tawny).  Days of our Lives was represented by Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Judi Evans (Bonnie) on the parade route.  The Young and the Restless’ Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) and Kate Linder (Esther) also attended, as did Patrika Darbo (Ex-Days, Ex- B&B).

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The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood served as grand marshal of the parade, and her co-host from the daytime talk show, Jerry O’Connell, also made an appearance.

The parade will be broadcast as a two-hour special on The CW December 17th at 8 p.m. EST.

Check out some photos from the Hollywood Christmas Parade 2021 below.

Then, let us know, who were you most happy to see getting the chance to hang out with Santa? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Y&R's Michelle Stafford along with her children, Natalia and Jameson!
Real life love-birds, GH's Wes Ramsey and Laura Wright.
Dressed in the holiday spirit ... Y&R's Kate Linder.
GH's Tristan Rogers strikes a pose with Santa!
B&B's Sean Kanan along with wife, Michele Kanan, and their oh-so-adorable dog!
Santa had no idea he is standing next to thee Sheila Carter! B&B's Kimberlin Brown with the man of the hour.
The Talk's Jerry O'Connell and Sheryl Underwood.
DAYS Judi Evans and Deidre Hall with their very special guest, Santa!
GH's Carolyn Hennesy has a new friend!
Soap favorites: Patrika Darbo (Days, B&B) and Ian Buchanan (GH, B&B, AMC).
Driving down the parade route, DAYS and Fifth Dimension favorites, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
DAYS Deidre Hall and Judi Evans snapping some pics on their parade route.
B&B's Kimberlin Brown accompanied by former B&B star, Andrea Evans and her daughter, Kai, riding down Hollywood Blvd.
The GH car with Ian Buchanan, Laura Wright and Wes Ramsey heads down Hollywood Blvd too!
Y&R's Michelle Stafford along with her children, Natalia and Jameson!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What Will Happen When Port Charles Finds Out What Happened to Jason? (PROMO)

This week on ABC’s General Hospital look for the news of Jason (Steve Burton) being buried under the rubble in the cave explosion on Cassadine Island to have a ripple effect for his family and loved ones.

In the latest promo, Drew (Cameron Mathison) looks to deliver that news to Sam (Kelly Monaco) and her new beau, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna).  Then, Anna (Finola Hughes) delivers Jason’s fate to Sonny (Maurice Benard) as food goes a-flying! Finally, Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) has the task to report to Carly (Laura Wright) what happened to Carly’s bestie and almost husband!

How will Carly get through losing Jason and as she gets closer to the truth that Nina (Cynthia Watros) and Sonny had a romantic past and lingering feelings for each other, while the two were in Nixon Falls?  Will it all be too much for her to bear?

What will happen with Sam, now that Jason is gone, Drew is back ,and she is a new relationship with Dante?

Then, who will become Sonny’s hitman with no Jason around?  These are major questions left to be answered with the departure of the character of Jason from the GH canvas.

So, let us know what you think the fallout will be when Jason’s loved ones learn what happened to him? Do you think GH plans to recast the role, given that the pandemic is not going away anytime soon? Let us now via the comment section, but first check out ‘said’ ABC promo below.

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Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson Share Disagreement with Each Other Over Vaccine Mandate; Will Continue ‘Stone Cold and the Jackal’ Shows In 2022

On the latest episode of their That’s Awesome podcast with Steve and Bradford, released over the Thanksgiving holiday, General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Steve Burton (Ex-Jason Morgan) took some moments to address how Steve’s decision to not adhere to the ABC and GH Covid-19 vaccine mandate (which caused the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star to be let go from the show) would affect their live shows, podcasts, content moving forward, as well as if it has caused a riff in their friendship.

When addressing listeners of the podcast, Anderson shared the the two would continue on with their projects, but that he disagreed with Burton’s decision to not follow the GH vaccine mandate.

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Bradford expressed: “If you know us, and know are brand, if you will, it’s built on friendships, and like all friends, we have disagreements.  I disagree with Steve’s decision and he knows that. But over are years of friendships, we have had plenty of discussions about this and other topics, and sometimes we agree and sometimes we don’t, but at the end of the day we are still friends.”

Steve added: “We usually don’t get into decisive things on the show.  Look, I have a right to believe in what I want, and you have a right to believe in what you want, and that’s what makes this country great and we have never been about division.”  In addition, Steve was clear that he has not agreed to any interviews at this time on the subject of his exit, and that he is already moving on, sharing: “I am just grateful for my time at General Hospital and the people and the friendships I have made there, especially with the fans.  I have had an incredible life. Listen, I’m OK. I’m at peace. I ‘m moving forward and I am excited about it.  Like I said in my video, when one door closes, multiple doors open, and that’s what happened already.  I’ve gotten a lot of requests for interviews that I don’t want to do, because I don’t want division … that’s the bottom line.”

Look for Anderson and Burton to hit the road in 2022 and continue with their successful Stone Cold and the Jackal live comedy show and appearances.

What did you think about how Steve and Bradford addressed their disagreement on the vaccine mandate within the podcast? Will you be seeing Steve and Bradford live if they come to your town in 2022? Comment below.

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