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General Hospital Featured On HLN's Showbiz Tonight on How It's Getting a Facelift! – Watch the Sneak Peek!

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General Hospital will be featured tonight on a special segment of HLN’s, Showbiz Tonight airing at 11PMEST/PST.  After nearly five decades on daytime TV, GH  is making some changes to stay relevant and Showbiz Tonight goes behind the scenes of the lone ABC soap to learn the secret to its longevity.

The series executive producer, Frank Valentini, opens up about drawing in modern viewers, while cast-members thank the show’s loyal fan base and talk about the demands of working in daytime including: Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Kristen Alderson (Starr)

You can watch a sneak peek of the entire segment from HLN.com after the jump, and then let us know if what Valentini, Hughes, Grahn and Alderson are saying is translating to the screen for you.  Is GH feeling more modern?  Do you like the changes that have been made?  Let us know!

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Sean
Sean

YES!!!!!! I LOVE GH! ITS THE BEST SHOW EVER…

Sally
Sally

GH is better than it’s been in quite a long time. I am a fan of 34 yrs. The good stories are back and the characters seem more excited. And exciting. I think all the actors have stepped up their game to save our soap, I am very pleased. I’m glad Frank V is here also.

Sean
Sean

I AGREE!!! Thanks Sally..for being a SMART GH Fan!

James
James

As a fan of General Hospital for the past 23 years I don’t think anything revolutionary is taking place. GH had a distinct personality of it’s own and it’s transforming into OLTL. This is NOT a bash of OLTL at all and I give Frank Valentini credit for coming in with a passion to make things work. Personally I always felt OLTL was more campy, cliche, and over the top soapy. I’m seeing that a bit in GH now and that’s not the GH I’ve known for almost the entire 23 years I’ve been watching. My point is shows have personalities. GH and OLTL were like night and day. I feel like GH is under hypnosis and just acting differently! I’m still entertained. I just prefer Riche/Labine and Guza on his good days to this regime. Never a fan of JFP, she was always as good as her head writer and not hands on enough creatively.

Misty
Misty

Agreed!!!

Misty
Misty

Thank you for stating exactly what I was thinking. I had been a GH fan most of my entire 49 years until Guza turned it dark and the new regime made it OLTL. So sad. Relevant? Let’s keep it simple and just make it good again!

Kyla
Kyla

I agree 100% I also have been watching about 20 yrs, I miss how it was my teenage daughter and her friends dont watch anymore and that is the age they want to hook , i feel like its oltl now , and i feel oltl got cancelled for a reason it shows through now, i liked GH for so many years because it wasnt soapy and it was fast paced, now it is slow and very soapy plus i hate the character assasinations , Johnny , Jason to name a few i actually call the comment line often you should too, one thing about the ne Producer is he cares what the fans wants, he means well

brenda
brenda

Totally agree. GH isn’t the same show. I don’t think the new writers are doing anything that great and the ratings aren’t up much either.

sharon
sharon

Modern? No, it’s just plain terrible. If anything, I wish GH would be more like it was in the 1980s and early 1990s. It had heart. It had balance. It was about love and romance. Family and friendships. You can do a modern twist on these themes. If you have a talented writer and commitment from ABC that is…GH has neither.

What do I see instead? I see a poor man’s Sopranos — still – in spite of the bad ratings. And, I see a show with a confused identity (too many OLTL characters on the show…and this is spoken by a OLTL fan…and the wrong ones…the only one worth watching is John McBain and his character is being dragged through the mud! He needs Natalie and Liam with him!).

Soaps used to be character-driven drama. Now it’s plot for plot sake and the characters are secondary or tertiary. I miss the days when I would run home to watch my shows and get lost in the drama for hours. I don’t see that on my TV screen any more and it makes me so sad.

GH does not have an issue of being dated. It has an issue of lack of creativity. Lack of heart. Lack of quality character-driven storytelling and so much more. Not being modern is the least of its problems.

James
James

Couldn’t have said it better! It had heart, exactly.

Lisa28
Lisa28

Sharon, you are absolutely right on al counts and if we speak for more fans, which i know to be the case, then why are we not heard? I just don’t get it.

Hope
Hope

Yes….well said.

kay/kay
kay/kay

All I know is that was the quickest pregnancy for a woman Sam I have seen in a long time no way was she ready to have the baby is that why we brought Tea over. I could have done without that storyline! RC& FV swear this DID storyline was in the works but it seems like the same pattern as Jessica/Nikki. And Patrick should not be backburnered just because Robin died get him involved with Liz then when Robin does come back you have him in love with two women. The character of Ewen is nice looking not feeling the spark with Liz. I liked OLTL too but how do you move those characters to PC without telling their backstory and a lot of GH fans are not familar at all with OLTL if they did not watch. A double edge sword I guess!

MK
MK

it has turned into OLTL and GH combined, which I have no problem with. But it still needs is Heart that is Bringing back as many Q’s starting with Alan. Bobbie is needed. Audrey needs to be there to celebrate 50 yrs to remind people of the legacy of Steve Hardy. Robert and Laura need to leave Y and R and come back with Scotty. Bring Back Lesley and put her in a story with Monica competing for Rick or Jeff. Add Heather too. Pair Edward with Audrey or Helena. Hire more Doctors than mobsters.

Bring back Lucas and give him a love story.

susan M.
susan M.

I AGREE WITH YOU 100%…………We do need a love story or two…………..What about Jeff Weber??????????Audrey’s sister Luiclle………If she is still around.. Like the changes they have made on GH..The oltl writers are WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work..Again, would like to see more romance stories on Gh & suspense…

eve henley
eve henley

what is really going on,Ijust dont understand why would u alou two crazy poeple to mess the show up todd and heather what! please. I dont like lulu chacrecter nor johnnyslet alone curly shes pthic.why did you put starr on the show,I didnt like her acting onoltl,it just a mess

curacaoman
curacaoman

Sharon, you are nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for this comment. Very well put!

janet
janet

Exactly. I know I shut the sopranhos light off for years, Jon jacksons lucky brought mme back.They ruined his character again. Now I stayed to see Fionala and Roberts return,they ruined Robert. I am staying to see if it has changed. I do not like the mob stories.
I don’t mind the OLTL actors McBain has given us something to watcxh.
Ift the show goes back to all things Sonny,jason and Carley I am gone. These three have eatyen the show.
I love to watch Love IN the Afternoon.

David
David

It is not plain terrible. It has gotten better. I don’t think the writers can just throw out “the Soprano” aspect; I do like the modifications of the Sonny, Jason, etc’s characters — their actions now have direct consequences, and more characters have a storyline. The acting has gotten better. I enjoy the Sam and MCBane pairing and hopefully, lligtening will strike again as with Luke and Laura. Who did not love Luke and Laura.

But if I recall back in the day, GH was about to get cancelled until JFP started writng. Let’s watch and hope for the best. I was actually surprised with the baby switch storyline. I don’t run home anymore after school but it’s getting better.

Ray
Ray

Anthony Geary, Finola Hughes, Jane Elliott, these are talented actors who I’m in awe of and for me it’s just a joy to watch them excel at their craft. They all amaze me every day. GH has been incredible since Valentini took over!

pink
pink

GH has gotten worse and is worse now then it has ever been.I HATED OLTL and do not want to see those dumb characters on GH.They need to go back to the way it was BEFORE the OLTL crew came in and brought down the quality of the show.It use to stand out in daytime because of the acting and the MOB S/L. Now they have all these BAD actors from OLTL and s/l they copied from OLTL and it is now just another cheesey stupid soap.

ricardo
ricardo

general hospital needs to fire some actors. get rid of sonny ewen and jason. they need to clean house before general hospital is cancelled. bring back alan emily aj and vanessa marcil. people do come back from the dead. i am so sick of the sonny show. maurice benard is a good actor, but the mob story has ruined general hospital to shreds. we need more love and romance in the afternoon. get rid of the stupid mob story. if i want to see gangsters kill each other. i will watch the sapranos or the godfather. the producers of general hospital are not listening to us fans. bring back jackie zeman as bobbie spencer. she is a wonderful actress. starr manning needs to go as well. she is very annoying. i loved her on one life to live. but she does not belong on general hospital. i would rather have bobbie spencer. i want general hospital to stay on the air. but the producers need to make more changes . if they don’t. gerneral hospital will be cancelled.

David Larsson
David Larsson

It feels like a modern day “The Sopranos”, if that’s what they mean. GH and American soaps in general, aren’t modern. They use the same old ridiculous plots all the time. The writers write what they like, not what the audience wants to see. They hardly connect with the audience any more. It’s all just one big mess at the moment.

Also, why did they pick Kristen Alderson for this segment? Was Leslie Charleson, Jane Elliot, John Ingle, etc. not available?

SZima
SZima

I agree with the Kristen Alderson statement…WTF?? She’s just joined the show; what can she possibly say to shed any light on anything?

Starr is just an annoying character that has no business on this show…at all! Of course now it looks like she’s going to be a featured player in the Haunted Star(r) story line. KILL ME NOW!

susan M.
susan M.

Sorry, I li.ke Starr ..I just don’t find her annoying character not in the least..I am happy to see her on GH…….Give the girl a chance……….I find Kristina annoying & a brat …………………………………

Rodd
Rodd

I heard terrible things about GH before Frank and Ron took over. That’s when I started watching and I’m enjoying it. So glad.

ricardo
ricardo

i forgot to mention big rumour franco is alive. he will be back on general hospital very soon. my prediction liz’s son jake is alive. franco has jake.

barbara t
barbara t

PLEASE, tell me, you are kidding? The last person I want to see in Port Charles is that Franco guy. No more Franco, I am so glad that Jason killed him as far As I am concerned he helped to kill general hospital not save it. Lets hope it is a rumor.

Christine
Christine

Yuck. That would mean that Franco has Robin, Hope, and other “supposedly dead” people too. I am with barbara t, I like James Franco, but please, no more of his Franco character. Let him stay dead. If he wants to do flashbacks, fine.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree……Didn’t like Franco at all….Stay away Franco!!!!!!!

Dan
Dan

Wow, so much negativity on here. It’s almost like some of you are watching another show.

This is the way I feel. GH was pretty terrible not too long ago, and I had lost interest to the point that I was close to not watching anymore after 17 years. Jill Farren Phelps, Bob Guza, and later Garin Wolf, pretty much ruined the show, in my opinion.

But I love it since Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati took over. I don’t think they’ve turned it into OLTL at all. I think the OLTL characters that they’ve brought in have fit in very nicely with the GH characters. They’ve made some formerly boring GH characters exciting again. They brought back fan favorites like Finola Hughes, Robin Mattson, and Kristina Wagner.

Is everything they’ve been doing working perfectly? No. I can’t stand the new Kristina, and the reality TV show storyline. But I just know I look forward to watching the show every day again, and it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that. It used to be a chore to watch, but now it’s fun again.

barbara t
barbara t

Dan , you are so right, I pretty much said the same thing, Please Read my post below, I enjoyed reading yours it’s nice to see I have friends here that agree with my love for one life to live and how their characters are not taking over general hospital they are blending in with our favorites from Port charles, stories can only get better. I love general hospital again. I have a few things I am not happy with, Jasons behavior to Poor Sam and newkristina when she is on I feel like someone is taking their nails and moving them across a blackboard, If we were happy with ever story things would get boring and I wouldn’t be able to come here and complain. I say thank you Ron and FRank, thank you for making general hospital watchable again for me I don’t take any afternoon naps any more while gh is on, that says a lot. This fan is Loving general hospital and I am happy.

Elhu
Elhu

Dan, I too enjoy the work of Frank and Ron since they took the helm at GH, and I also think the OLTL crossovers are blending in quite well, not too overstated, and it definitely works for me, and I also enjoy the return of Finola Hughes, Kristina Wagner and while Robin Mattson’s Healther makes me furious, that is simply proof of the pudding, that she is playing her part to a tee. I also am not a fan at all of the new Kristina “reality show” storyline, it is my guess that this might be one of the plots to draw in the “modern viewers” (possibly meaning the younger viewers), but imo, that is not working at all. I am not too thrilled with the new Kristina, but it is never easy to jump into a pre-existing, beloved character, especially with a “not so terrific” storyline, so I am certainly willing to give her a chance, and I think she will also work in the long run. I was also happy to see your positive post, as well as the other uplifting thoughts of others, as some of the negative comments seemed to have more than meets the eye to them, so you have to take them with a grain of salt. I have been a devout ABC Soap Fan (AMC, OLTL and GH) for over 35 years, and was sad (and am still sad) to see both AMC and OLTL go, but I am very happy to see GH making huge strides in the right direction – thanks Frank and Ron. I do hope that we see a quick end to the Sam/Tea Baby switch, and that JaSam can finally have a happy ending with THEIR son. I also want the reality show storyline to go away. Do not get me wrong, I watch several reality shows on TV, but this one infused into GH is not happening for me, that is only my opinion though. Much good luck to GH for a long and happy future on ABC and happy viewing Dan and everyone!!!!

Kyla
Kyla

Thats you, Dan I think you are obviously in the minority , go on message boards, twitter , fb everyone is angry it seems , i think GH brought in a different kind of Fan base then the other soaps that are gone for instance i knew alot of men and teens who watched it, they dont now though

Michael
Michael

Here’s what I’d like to know: When is Y&R gonna get a facelift huh?! Start with firing its gawd-awful Executive Producer/Head Writer Maria “Hackarena” Bell, and her two co-chokers, Scott Hamner and Hogan “Tub of Lard” Sheffer! Pare that cast down considerably, give the sets a new makeover and start paying its veterans what they’re really worth instead of bringing in some D-List actors who we don’t care about and start airing the brand new opening sequence already! It’s been long enough!

ethel
ethel

i am laughing hysterically while reading your post but you know what – it is so on point!

Christine
Christine

Other than the fact that it probably belongs in a Y&R thread, :-), we probably will not see any real changes to Y&R until (sadly) it is in hot water like GH has been. It will depend on whether Sony and CBS want to continue. If CBS doesn’t and Sony does, then you might see some real changes because you better believe Sony will do whatever they can to keep their show.

I never thought in a million years that Sony would have pulled off the deal they got for DAMAGES with Directv, but they did.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I’m really enjoying GH now and am glad to see them get some mainstream media attention.

D
D

People can say what they want but if Valenti would not have taken over GH would have been cancelled. So although the OLTL stuff may be weird it was ultimately the fans from OLTL and GH that came over to give it the numbers and viewers to stay on the air.

Kyla
Kyla

why was oltl cancelled then if he is so great?

barbara t
barbara t

Because abc want’s OUT of the soap business. And I agree with d about valenti, Yes he is that great. If it wasn’t for the one life to live fans boycotting that awful show that replaced our soap general hospital would be gone, when katie takes over the general hospital spot in september, it still may be gone.

susan M.
susan M.

Be positive GH will STAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

curacaoman
curacaoman

Never knew rethreading (lousy) old stories was a way to draw in new viewers. Another deluded IIC

curacaoman
curacaoman

I’ll give Valentini this: the show’s production values are awesome. Now he just needs a creative writer. Maybe he could hire one of Univision’s or TeleMundo’s?

Robbyrob
Robbyrob

Wow..how quickly the fans turn! Just having Guza & JFP out on their tush still makes me giddy with excitement. Sure, the new GH isn’t perfect but it’s still on the air and we should be grateful. If GH gets canceled, I so don’t want to hear the mega whining from the same fans that are whining now in this column. Some of you are very nasty . Let’s face it, the glory days of GH…and all soaps in general are kaput. I blame execs like Frons hiring inept creative people to purposely kiill their shows. If you think GH is horrible now, then please do us all a favor and tune out. Use that negativity on something else…I can’tt or won’t be beaten down by your hate any longer. Even if GH was perfect, it wouldn’t guarantee a long life either. Frank & Ron have done a great job in bringing back former faves and giving momentum to the storytelling. They were left with dust and had to make it work…quickly. I’m just happy it’s still on the air.

barbara t
barbara t

Robbyrob, I agree.

Christine
Christine

Robbyrob, you make some excellent points, but they are probably falling on deaf ears … for some.

Unfortunately, I learned when I was 16 and started my first after school job that those who have been around with old regimes (read: the older people I worked with at the time) with always yearn for their so-called glory days. It doesn’t matter what you give them in the present, they will always like their former management, etc. I am actually starting to think that the majority of people actually feel better if they can sit around and complain.

Then you have those just tuning in who LOVE what is on their screens as is. One’s man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

While I may not be exactly “enamored” with “everything” that is playing out on GH these days, there is a helluva lot that I am enamored with. I left a few years ago because they mismanaged Sarah Brown’s return as Claudia. Then I tried again with Vanessa Marcil, but that was wasted. I didn’t stick around past her reunion with Sonny because it was just too boring to me. I think James Franco, a talented movie and television actor, was positioned to prominently and for too long on GH. It grew tiresome. I liked Megan Ward as Kate, but I have to admit that giving Kelly Sullivan a real MEATY story like DID (however campy it may be) has actually given her something to do and makes her someone I look forward to watching.

And then there are the returns of Finola Hughes, Kristina Wagner, and last, but certainly NOT least, Robin Mattson as Heather. They messed up Tristan Rogers return, but I am not too broken hearted because his chemistry with Jess Walton on Y&R is off the charts and, I believe he will be back to GH at some point and they will fix it.

I do believe that they are phasing out of the mob focus, if ever so slowly. I mean unless you do a DALLAS with Bobby in the shower or have some tornado blow in and sweep up all the mobsters, it isn’t going to happen over night. Mobsters or not, I still think the players involved deserve a spot on the screen.

Now they just need to bring Robin back and have her reunite with her husband and daughter. I think that would make a lot of people happy.

Lisa
Lisa

The show is getting fun to watch again, with classic soap opera story lines and plots. Using the much loved characters from the 80’s and from other shows and mixing them with the current characters is going to open up a huge audience of loyal viewers, both old and new. Clearly the new people in charge understand this.

barbara t
barbara t

I have watched general hospital for 49 years hopefully we will make it to the 50th anniversary. The abc soaps were always my favorite ryans hope, loving, port charles, all my children, one life to live, general hospital. Loosing all of these wonderful shows was for me devastating but the biggest loss for me and still is was one life to live the day that soap went off the air it broke my heart so having just a few of my characters on general hospital makes my day I like to know that landview is still there, and I can see Star, John, todd, Tea, and soon Blair go on to live in Port Charles. So this One life to live, general hospital fan is grateful there is room for these wonderful characters I grew to love on another soap, They are blending in beautifully with the characters I love in Port charles. I see no problems. General hospital is watchable again I can’t wait to tune in every day. Ron and Frank are doing everything they can to keep our soap running I wish I could visit both soaps but I can’t because abc doesn’t want them anymore, I just wish everyone who never watched one life to live to give us fans who did a little time to visit with our precious stars from landview they aren’t taking over, general hospital is general hospital not one life to live they are newbes with the same names they had from another soap so what, newbes come to soaps all the time. I think we should come to this understanding I don’t trust abc and we still could loose our last remaining soap, Lets watch it and be grateful we still have it for now and do everything we can to keep it.

brian
brian

Hi Barbara T. it’s your friend from Canada. I could not agree with you more. GH is very watchable.. and I love the blend of the OLTL cast into it. I wish that Vicki would make an appearence since GH is doing the DID story.. what better way to introduce her to GH. Viki did meet Luke in the “what if ” series so… let’s hope she shows up soon.

barbara t
barbara t

Hi Brian, I would also like to see Vicki move to port charles, Roxy to, I can name several more but that is when I get the I hate one life to live fans saying we are asking for more and more. But Vicki is a must I love her and I hope that she wins the emmy, I think it would be a good Idea to bring her on because of Kate/connies did .remember she wrote a book so our Victoria can come to the Port charles book store and sign autographs. Roxy can be her assistant then she can go to spencers dinner to run the place, There hasn’t been anyone running that place in a while they go there but who is cooking the chile and chowder and brewing the coffee? No one. She may be a good hairdresser but I can see her now asking for a side order of cheezy fries.

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with Viki & Roxy coming to Port Charles & a few others TOO..

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with barbara t……..Bring Viki & Roxy & some others..

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

well said, Barbara t

Tanya
Tanya

I LOVE GH! Let’s support it so it stays on another 50 years.

susan M.
susan M.

I AGREE WITH YOU TOTALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ChrisCat
ChrisCat

So glad to see an ABC soap get some Media love! Love what has been happening with the characters and stories on GH. While no show is perfect I think GH is the best soap on tv today. Though I will forever miss AMC and OLTL GH is helping fill the void. I enjoy the writing of RC he adds just the right amount of humor. Hey just in case MBMom reads this….hi. I saw where you are going to Loving Landview! So jealous! I will check back to see how it went. If you see Roxy tell her hey from a fan! LOL I will skim through the post on the other site just to read your posts and a couple others. But so tired of listening to someone tear down a show they don’t even watch based on spoilers and other peoples posts…..Take care!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

hi, I noticed that the Michael Easton won’t be at Loving Llanview now. Instead Tuc Watkins will be there. I love Tuc Watkins, but I wonder if that means something storywise? I’m still excited!

Debi
Debi

Confused. Why is hln promoting GH other than for the viewership on hln the night of the Emmys…still something seems off. jmo

barbara t
barbara t

I watch hln in the evening for the nancy grace show and Issues, With jane v michell. SInce it came out that they would be televising the emmys hln has been putting a lot of ads on all there shows, they are advertizing all over the place even on tnt last night during dallas, that surprised me.

Debi
Debi

Also action speaks louder than words. Lets see the change/transformation.
I haven’t seen it yet. GH is better, it has a long way to go still……..

aria
aria

I believe FV and RC are a better fit for GH then the previous regime, however, they need to upgrade their material, stop recycling oltl material and stop being over the top and campy, it doens’t work over long haul, just look at passion and oltl. I do love the crossover and all the fave that have return, that they’ve done right, still, as far as storyline go, everything still feels the same, which the show could do more hospital stuff, like grey’s anatomy, and less crazy characters, Heather, and Kate can be to much sometimes.

Christy
Christy

great video! Thanks Michael! I’ve noticed the quickened pace, cramming a lot more show (and commercials) into the same time slot. Have noticed the sets have been getting updated as well — yesterday when Michael and Star were on the docks, I noticed new paint and trim behind them, as well as the layered sounds of the dock – birds and boat motor type of sounds. Nice touch. Of course the hospital has been loooking better for a while now, but it seems we keep getting more touches that make it and the police station ‘more real’. Awards and certificates on the wall, office supplies on the desks, people walking thru the background — even that vending machine in the hospital. I wonder if any of these touches are actual working pieces. Heck if you have a vending machine for the cast & crew, might as well use it as a prop for the show!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

HLN is giving massive coverage to the upcoming daytime emmys on tv, online and social media. They seem genuinely excited about airing the show. Wish they had been airing it for the last few years. Props to HLN!

Michael
Michael

The biggest change with GH is that it is not all mob all the time. Sonny and Jason (and Matt) and others actions have consequences, including Johnny who, one would hope, would be torn apart by his actions (which doesn’t mean his character can’t survive–just that he remains a human being by having the capacity for guilt which sonny lost a long time ago).
Some of this is working–finola hughes, tracy, even alice–long, long term fans should be happy
Heather is over the top–but a true sociopath is certainly a soap tradition (and its less over the top than barrages of bullets)
They need to stop killing children–don’t get why anyone sees this as entertaining
but its on an upswing and I hope it gets to steak around–to be truthful, I tuned in to check out the OLTL characters–but stayed to see Luke redeemed and funny again, finola, and have been blown away by how good sam and johnny have been with their new stories

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Aiden Continues To Be A Target For Bullies; Oscar Receives His Death Sentence

On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, the long-running ABC daytime drama series, is certainly taking a look at some key issues of our time in regards to young children and teens.

When Liz leaves to meet with Willow, about Aiden, Franco and Aiden bake some cookies, where Franco is impressed and surprised to find out how excellent Aiden is in the kitchen and baking assorted kinds of cookies. When Franco asks why Aiden never told anyone that he liked baking so much, Aiden said he just didn’t want to be laughed at again.

At Charlie’s, Liz meets up with Willow. The teacher informs Liz that Aiden still prefers to avoid the other students and may not feel safe around them for a very long time.  Liz questions and ponders why Aiden has a target target on his back. Willow explains how kids can be cruel in an understatement, she adds that Aiden needs to find his true identity.

After Cam’s emotional day surrounding Joss and Oscar, he heads home.  Liz and Cam get their around the same time and are astounded by Aiden’s cookies! Franco tells Liz they just need to let Aiden be Aiden. Then when Cam and Aiden hang out on the couch, and after asking for the password to the iPad, Cameron opens it, and there is a heartbreaking message that reads, “Get Lost Gayden.”   Cam immediately closes it and hugs his little brother.

What happens when you are a teenager who should be living life and having fun with years to look forward to?  That is the other storyline, GH has been taking at look at.  Kim tells Terry that Oscar has questions now that the medical trial has failed, and he needs the truth, no matter how difficult it may be to hear.  On is way to meet with Terry and his mom, Oscar runs into Alexis and tells her he needs to finish his will.  Alexis is heartbroken to hear this news.

Once with Terry and Kim, Oscar asks a few questions about the what to expect as his condition worsens before his death, how to prepare for it, and how long he has to live. Terry explains n some cases headaches get worse, and that he may have difficulty with his balance. Then, Terry delivers the devastating news, he could live as long as 6-7 months … or as little as 6 more weeks.  Oscar is shaken.

Kim hands him a bucket list to-do book and calendar to go to set up all the things he wants to do before he dies.  He heads to meet Josslyn in the hospital chapel, where they pen in things in the book to do together.  Monica and Kim share a moment about losing their children, before they pass away.  Kim does not know what to do next.  She decides to head to the “Charlie’s” to see Julian; while Alexis has already told Julian to help Kim through this tough time, no matter his feelings towards her kissing Drew on New Year’s Eve.

Finally, Griffin removes Anna’s bandages and her eyesight has returned following her surgery.  Finn tells Anna the virus that caused the blindness has never been seen in North America.  Anna wonders if it was given to her while abroad?  Could this be something Cassandra did to her, or something, or someone else?

So, if GH does this story right about Aiden being bullied for his differences, it could definitely send a powerful message to many in the viewing audience and bring attention to young LGBTQ youth who are trying to be their authentic selves, if this is the story.   What do you think of Aiden’s plight now?  What did you think of how Oscar’s death sentence was handled?  Who or what caused Anna’s temporary blindness?  Share your thoughts on these storylines via the comment section below.

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Who Will Be Ryan’s Next Victim On General Hospital?

Here;s what we know .. on Monday’s episode of ABC;s General Hospital, Ryan added CarSon, Sonny and Carly, to his hit list of victims.  He wants them out of the the way so Ava can take Avery and leave Port Charles with him and never look back.

Meanwhile, Carly is definitely a threat to figuring out that Kevin is Ryan, given her unrelenting quest and her days at Ferncliff.

Elsewhere, Franco is up to trying to figure out why “Kevin” suddenly dumped him as a patient, and if anyone can come across the lock box in “Kevin’s” office and open it up, therein lies clue to the serial killer’s movesand victims.

But will Port Charles continue to think that “Kevin” is having some sort of breakdown over the anniversary of his twin brother, Ryan’s “death” and heinous killing spree years ago? Will anyone figure out the real Kevin is locked up in a straight-jacket at Ferncliff?

Check out this week’s promo for GH below, and then let us know; who you think will truly be Ryan’s next victim, or will he finally be caught?  And, what have you thought of the performances of Jon Lindstrom in this storyline? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Anna Goes Blind … What Is The Cause? Franco Is Kicked To The Curb As “Kevin’s” Patient

Viewers of ABC’s General Hospital were in for a twist on Friday’s episode, when Anna Devane suddenly and inexplicably goes blind!  It is a terrifying moment for Anna and throughout the first part of this new arc, played beautifully by Finola Hughes.

But what is the cause of her sudden blindness? After Anna is brought to ‘General Hospital’ by her son, Peter (Wes Ramsey), and Finn (Michael Easton) and Griffin (Matt Cohen) are there to try to calm her down and to try to figure out what is wrong with her, Griffin runs some tests.

Meanwhile, Griffin and Finn get into a tiff over Griffin’s lack of bedside manner and his losing his faith. Griffin says its all now about the data, as he is still reeling from Kiki’s murder.

Later, Griffin reveals to Finn and Anna that the tests show that she has experienced a vitreous hemorrhage.  However, he doesn’t know what caused this … or if her vision can be restored.

In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, GH co-head writer, Shelly Altman previews of this story for Anna, “What has happened to Anna will lead us to uncover a mystery that affects not only Anna, but several surprisingly unrelated people.”

Meanwhile, Peter meets up with Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) at Kelly’s and tells him what happened to Anna and that she suddenly went blind, but to stay away from his mother.. He also has a warning for Valentin, that whatever Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) has on him will come back to bite him sooner than later, and we all know that Valentin hired Sasha to pose as Nina’s (Michelle Stafford) long-lost daughter, and Obrecht knows it!

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And, Franco (Roger Howarth) just may trip upon the lock box in Kevin’s office, that holds the clues to everyone Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) has murdered!  How does that come about? After, Franco runs into a gun-toting Ava (Maura West) on the pier, “Kevin” shows up.  He tells Franco he can no longer be his doctor and he will refer him to someone else.  Franco does not want to end his therapy with Dr. Collins, but it’s of no use in changing “Kevin’s” mind.

When Franco makes his exit, Ryan tells Ava that they should leave Port Charles together and never look back.  Then, Franco breaks in to Kevin’s office at GH, and goes looking for his patient file and that is where we see the lock box.  Will Franco figure out what is going down?

So, what do you think is happening to Anna and why?  Is Franco now in dire straits if Ryan finds him rummaging through “Kevin’s” office?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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