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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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Cameron Mathison Shares He Will Make Summer Debut On GH and Says: “Incredibly Grateful to Frank Valentini and the Writers at GH for Including Me on Such an Iconic Show”

Longtime All My Children favorite and current co-host of Hallmark’s Home & Family, Cameron Mathison, took to his Instagram account on Friday to share his enthusiasm and excitement for what’s to come this summer when he joins ABC’s General Hospital.

No word yet as to what role Mathison will play – and whether it will indeed be Pine Valley’s Ryan Lavery, a new character, or a recast character from the past such as how Kim Delaney took over the role of Jackie Templeton, who has not been seen on the canvas for decades since Demi Moore made that role soap-famous.

In his post today, Cameron expressed thanks to GH EP Frank Valentini and the writing team,  noting: “Almost 10 years after All My Children went off the air I am so excited to be joining General Hospital this summer! I was a member of the abc family for over 15 years and soon I’ll be back: Incredibly grateful to Frank Valentini and the writers at GH for including me on such an iconic show I feel like a kid on Christmas, as I’ll also continue making Hallmark movies and continue to be part of that family as well😀🙏🏼 So so excited… thank you!!!! (More details to come😉)”

So, who do you think Cameron will play once he hits Port Charles?  Let us know and make sure to take our poll below on how you want Mathison to be integrated into the story as Ryan, a new character or a recast character blast from the past? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly passed away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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