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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!!!!!!!!!!!

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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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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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