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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
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Sean

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

Sally
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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
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Sean

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

James
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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… Read more »

Misty
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Misty

Agreed!!!

Misty
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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
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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… Read more »

brenda
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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
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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… Read more »

James
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James

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

Lisa28
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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
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Hope

Yes….well said.

kay/kay
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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… Read more »

MK
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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… Read more »

susan M.
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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
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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
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curacaoman

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

janet
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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
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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.… Read more »

Ray
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

David Larsson
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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susan M.

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

Dan
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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… Read more »

barbara t
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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… Read more »

Elhu
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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… Read more »

Kyla
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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
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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
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ethel

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

Christine
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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
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MBmomof3

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

D
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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
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Kyla

why was oltl cancelled then if he is so great?

barbara t
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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.
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susan M.

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

curacaoman
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curacaoman

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

curacaoman
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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
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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… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

Robbyrob, I agree.

Christine
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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… Read more »

Lisa
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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
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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… Read more »

brian
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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
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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… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

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

susan M.
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susan M.

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

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

well said, Barbara t

Tanya
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Tanya

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

susan M.
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susan M.

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

ChrisCat
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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… Read more »

MBmomof3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

MBmomof3
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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
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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… Read more »

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ABC Previews General Hospital’s Halloween Episode

Fight Night will definitely have an impact on the lives of the citizens of Port Charles, on the upcoming Thursday, October 29th episode of the ABC daytime drama series.

Announced by ABC today, along with primetime’s Dancing with the Stars, The Conners, Supermarket Sweep, and America’s Funniest Home Videos, GH is having some ghoulish goings-on for the trick or treat holiday.

According to the GH preview: “As an impending storm approaches Port Charles, Trina and Joss decide to meet up with Cameron and Dev at Charlies before heading off to a Halloween party for the night. Unbeknownst to them, Julian notices the kids are being watched a little too closely by a masked individual. Uneasy and unable to shake the feeling that something is off, Julian confronts the man. Meanwhile, Carly is stunned when Cyrus brings a familiar acquaintance to dinner at the Metro Court. And elsewhere, Finn and Anna’s plans to take Violet trick-or-treating are hampered when Finn is called back to GH, leaving Anna alone, unaware that a particularly evil threat awaits her.”

So, excited to see what goes down on Halloween on GH? Comment below.

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GH’s Ingo Rademacher Shares Insight With His Son On Parenting & Anger On Maurice Benard’s “State of Mind”

Maurice Benard has brought his State of Mind  to You Tube, and his guest for this week is none other than Sonny Corinthos’ longtime nemesis Jasper Jacks, Ingo Rademacher.

Rademacher decided to appear on State of Mind along with his son, Peanut, to talk about the incidents of parenting and anger when raising his children, and the effects discipline can have on the kids.

There are some very emotional moments within the segment, as Peanut opens up about his feelings when his dad was upset with him and how he dealt with  it

Ingo also shares how over the past few years his relationship with his son has approved, while Maurice offers key moments from his past with his father and his own son.

Per Maurice on the concept behind the show and his ongoing website: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

Watch Ingo, Maurice and Peanut below and then let us know what you thought about this heartfelt conversation via the comment section below.

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Gregory Harrison Is The New Gregory Chase On General Hospital

General Hospital just got hotter as it beef’s up its storyline featuring Kim Delaney as Jackie Templeton.  Now comes word that TV veteran, Gregory Harrison has come to the ABC daytime drama series as the recast Gregory Chase.

The character of Gregory Chase was previously played by DAYS James Read, who plays the treacherous Clyde Weston now and then on the NBC soap.

With Harrison taking on the role of Finn (Michael Easton) and Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father, that makes things a little juicier in the romantic department.

According to EW.com who broke the casting news, Harrison begins taping today Wednesday at the ABC studios for General Hospital and fans can look forward to his debut on-screen in a few weeks.

As to the storyline: “Fireworks could be on the horizon for Harrison’s character.”

TV fans remember Gregory from the hit series Trapper John M.D., then later on Falcon Crest, Judging Amy, One Tree Hill and more.  He also has frequently appeared in Lifetime and Hallmark Channel movies most recently.

So, what do you think about the Gregory Chase recast with Gregory Harrison? Intrigued? Comment below.

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