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General Hospital Goes Live Today and Monday! Cast Members Getting Ready & Others Rooting Them On!

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It all comes down to this! Today, General Hospital goes live for the first of its two day special event!

Fans on the east coast will see the episode performed live and then a second live performance will follow that. However, fans on the west coast will not get it live.

Anticipation and excitement is high from the cast members who are participating in the first GH live show, and are at the ABC studio in Los Angeles getting ready, while others who are not part of the episode are cheering them on from at home or the sidelines!

Kirsten Storms (Maxie) gave the audience the command via Twitter this morning that if someone makes a blunder to: “You take a shot (or eat an Oreo) when someone messes up a line.  #GHLIVE

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Ryan Paevey (Nathan) tweeted to his castmates: “All the best to my #GH family today on their live episodes…you guys got this.”

Michelle Stafford (Nina) posted a photo and related: “Waitin to get made up! #GHLive today is the day!!! ”

Frank Valentini (EP of GH) posted: “Live. Live live. @GeneralHospital #GHLive

Are you ready for GH Live? Remember use the hashtag #GHLive on social media and show GH some love today. Remember, you can also view behind the scenes action on the new Twitter app, Periscope if you have an Iphone or IOS device!

So, how do you think GH Live will be?  Do you think everyone will be on their A-game?  Share your thoughts below!

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Risa
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Risa

All the actors on GH are professionals and I think they will do a spot on fantastic job!

Jane
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Jane

I couldn’t have said it better, can not wait for Mondays show.
I see no one complained about the news interruption, that was my one complaint
and they knew it could wait.

Johnny
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Johnny

Frank Valentini you saved GH, from being cancelled. I love Gh, great soap and great actors. Frank Valentini is one fine sexy man. He is tall and one hot man lol.

Omar
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Omar

Yes he did, and it sure help that characters from OLTL where written on the show after the show was cancelled and that brought many fans to tune in to GH, including myself with the baby switch story and Baby Hope and Cole’s death.

Carol
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Carol

Everyone was not on their A-game. There was definitely some overacting and some who needed direction from the director of the show. Not the best but not the worse live show I have seen.

Nick D.
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Nick D.

I thought most of the actors were very good. Many of them (Maurice Benard, Kelly Monaco, Billy Miller, Roger Howarth, etc.) gave basically flawless performances exactly if it had been on tape. Certain others were slightly awkward here or there, but basically on point.

The only glaring problem for me was Grayson McCouch – his performance stood out to me as not up to snuff with the rest of the ensemble.

Alicat
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Alicat

Kelly flubbed her words in one scene, and there were definitely some extended awkward silent pauses that should have been thought out (speak slower, add lines, etc.) but overall pretty good.

Jane
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Jane

So disagree with you.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Elaborate. If you mean Alicat, I thought she hit the nail on the head. Everything happened the way she wrote it. And, I agree with her.

Annaluvsduke
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Annaluvsduke

Cant stand franco and nina. they arent really connected to any other story. its almost like they are on a different soap. pointless filler moments with them.

Omar
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Omar

I have to agree with you..Their “story” is so boring and pointless..I used to love Roger and Michelle, but in this show due to poor writing for them, they annoy the hell out of me..I never care for a recast of Franco, that is the worst move the current regime as done..Roger deserves better..As for Nina Clay, she was fun when she was crazy and dangerous, now its just boring..Make her psycho crazy like Heather Webber, let Michelle run with this role.

Shay
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Shay

This is true…particularly with that over-the-top meringue of a wedding gown! What the?????

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Shay, girl. Lol. Isn’t a meringue wedding dress poofy with layers of frills and lace? I must admit your description is very funny, though. At first, I thought the same thing as you…”What the??????”. But, then, as I already said, I really think it was a spoof…meant as a caricature, which GH is wont to do more oft than not. I just wish we could be treated with some of Dr. O’s spoofish self. I would love to see her parading around with a real meringue wedding dress, waiting for Faison. Well, perhaps in the form of a dream?… Read more »

Annaluvsduke
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Annaluvsduke

I want to burn my wedding gown. It looked just like the one she wore! Where in hell is Monica, Mac, and Felicia? These three icons should be honored in a live show! What a disgrace!

Shay
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Shay

@CeeCee….Well, yes, technically, it was “half-meringue” with the way the ruffles and frothy flourishes stuck out from the back and train, but having said that, it definitely was TOO MUCH for Nina! With her tall, lanky frame, she should have had something lean, lacy and slinky….what they are currently showing on the bridal runways! Plus, I thought the whole look was a bit too “young” for her, too. (Uh oh, did I just set off the self-appointed “age discrimination” officer again??? LOL….) At any rate, this whole scenario stuck out like a sore thumb from the rest of the so-so… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Annaluvsduke…No, no, not at all!!!! It was a perfectly lovely wedding gown, just all wrong for Nina, not to mention the circumstances! That particular style was far too fussy and festooned for MS….she looks best in simple, sleek silhouettes! And I agree with your notions about the vets….Luke, Tracy, Monica—even Alice—-should have been included. I care not for the mouthy Hayden or the insipid Sappy…..having to put up with her simpering, sobby stuff totally ruined the scene with Anna. Could the Divine Devane not have been paired with a real pro????? Sigh…..

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Shay. You know what? As much as I love Michelle, I am starting to see Nina, just a bit, mind you, with your eyes. What the hey???? So bizarre….it looked like a skit right out of someone’s deranged mind…..is Nina dreaming, Franco or Rick? If not, then Rick must be in dire circumstances. She’s doing it for spite or to prove a point to Franco…..why is Rick doing it? Will being married to her give him the right to retrieve the money that is temporarily frozen?…..very unsettling scene. Woe is me ! LOL.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

‘Morning, Shay…. ….late start this morning. Late night, as well. We were in the city at THE RED NOSE DAY Telethon (Rockefeller Center). ……shout to everyone…give a couple!!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ….not a stab in the dark, at all, Shay, with your assumption of Mad-Maddie. As I have already suggested, money is involved, somehow. Whether it be with Maddie or just his own devilish brainstorm, Rick certainly has that avaricious streak ( or two, lol) to take advantage of people’s weaknesses. When Nina’s patrimony is back in her possession, we’re talking about more that a substantial sum or pittance. Billions, maybe? The… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi, Annaluvsduke…..Awwww. I hope you will change your mind. You just ‘gotta’ wait for it. Lol.

Alicat
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Alicat

AGREED !! Franco and Nina can’t be cra-cra ALL the time, they have a good storyline together. You never know WHAT you’re gonna get with those two !!

Annaluvsduke
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Annaluvsduke

Wait for what? There is nothing to wait for. i tried to like them. they are like a bad joke someone told me. unfunny and dont make sense. Nothing against you. You like them and so do others. im fine with that. They will never be my cup of tea!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Shay….
Everything you wrote is true.LOL. just because I love Michelle does not mean I like everything Nina does or wears. I am sure the dress was chosen for her. I don’t know, but, I am still of the persuasion that the entire scene was meant to be ridiculous…I said earlier that it is an exaggeration of what and who Nina and Franco are as characters…..and, our perception of them…off kilter.
I wish I could talk to you privately, sweetie. But, yeah…do not rattle the cage….Lol.

Shay
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Shay

My dear CeeCee….Do you know what I most appreciate about our “correspondence?” (Hint: No, not our mutually-wicked sense of humor, although I adore that, too!….) It’s that we share such an honesty and conviviality when it comes to our differing views, be they on “Nina” and MS, or any other subject—no remarks, no matter how candid, or even opposing… ever come between us ….we don’t allow them to get in the way of a fine friendship! (Personally, I cannot for the life of me comprehend being so invested in any fictional character or the person who portrays them that a… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Yes, CeeCee, today’s episode was certainly underwhelming in many different aspects, not the least being the Nina-Franco-Ric nuptial triangle! It was just surreal….and totally went down a dud. I could conjure up no sensible reason for this odd trio, but you may have a point about that sneaky snake of a shyster Lansing being Nina’s legal means to reclaiming her fortune….not to mention that the showrunners had to find some plausible explanation for keeping that creep on the canvas…I know I’m ready to see the back of him! Other than that, I’ve got nothing….I found the whole scenario to be… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Know what, CeeCee? This is just a stab in the dark, but I’m thinking that Ric may be in cahoots with Madeline. She’ll never stop trying to get back the fortune she considers to be her due and what finer way than to employ that oily eel of an attorney—now better known as her son-in-law—Ric? That would make this impromptu marriage have some semblance of logic, because you already know that Lansing certainly didn’t wed Nina out of the goodness of his heart! Hmmm…..

vinman
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vinman

Loved the “credits” girl @the end.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Perhaps you know this, vin man…but that was the actress that played Sonny’s deceased wife, Lilly. He suffers guilt regarding her because she was blown up in a car bomb meant for him.

That was years ago…fun touch to ” bring her back” to roll the credits…

vinman
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vinman

Thanks Rebecca…knew that,but comment got cut off….after my reply!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

oh! ya, didn’t want to assume but figured I’d fill you in just in case. you’re welcome!

aria
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aria

okay, just saw the live show, and i honestly thought it was going to be bad mainly because it started out with michele stafford and it was bad, it took a few scenes with the other actors on the show and then it was game on, everyone brought their A game, but Michelle Stafford acted even to out of balance for Nina, again i love the actress,but Franco and Nina were two characters whose “story” seem so out of place in todays episode especially considering every other character on today had to do with Jake/Duke story. So glad Anna shot… Read more »

Jane
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Jane

Are you an acting teacher???? A columnist? The show was great.
Nina is a bit off balanced and feeling her way to a new life. Michelle got it right.

Aria
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Aria

I think Michelle Stanford rocks, I’m happy shes at GH but on the live show I just felt she was off even for the character, that’s all especially when comparing her performance to everyone else, maybe on Mondays show she’ll be more on point but for she was off..

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Aria…I took the entire scene between Franco and Nina as a spoof. So strategically-out-of-place-…… It was meant to be that way. It is a morbid sense of humor, yes…but I get it. They are presumably and undeniably the crazies in the show….therefore, we were presented with an out-of-touch-, out-of-place interaction between the off-the-wall protagonists. Great stuff…kudos to the writer who thought of it. It might even be labeled as comic relief. But, for those of you who are not fans of these characters, I can understand how irritating it may be. I will grant you that. By the same token,… Read more »

Aria
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Aria

I love those two cray cray characters myself wish they would be more integrated with other characters, love the Ava / Nina rivalry especially, those two know how to raffle the other. B

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@ Aria.
I love Nina and Roger also, Aria. But, by the same token, I understand why the character turns some people off. She came on too strong from the onset. Perhaps if I weren’t already a fan from her years on Y&R, I would feel the same way. I am just waiting for the writers to give both her and Roger, a significant and intelligently written storyline.

Shay
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Shay

And a very late good evening to you, CeeCee!!!! Sorry it took so long for me to respond….busy week! Hope you enjoyed your night at Rockefeller Center! I read a bit about this year’s Red Nose event in NY, although I have to say it really didn’t seem to make the impact that it normally does in the UK…over there it is beyond HUGE! I have yet to see a complete list of the acts, but thus far, the only person who stood out for me was Benedict Cumberbatch….he is an absolutely amazing actor and his background is so very… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Shay. Hello, there! The British Red Nose Day is certainly grand and spectacular, no doubt. But, Shay, we are newbies….and, the intent is THE CHILDREN and the CAUSE. I really could care less who sang or what clothing was worn, albeit, I agree that Paltrow is the same in person, as she appears on our screen….a Prima Donna. She is far from being First Lady (woman). She is a product of New York’s upper crust….I could name a few more with no real genealogy of which to speak, but I won’t. You have heard of the nouveaux riches, I am… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Shay.
How remiss of moi, Shay. I reciprocate your wishes of a great holiday-weekend. Sometimes we forget about the meaning of MEMORIAL DAY
I suppose the soaps will be pre-empted? See what I mean? Just kidding.
Oh, yeah…..I would enjoy more interaction between MadMaddie and Liesl. What a pair!! …same DNA, but, boy, they are miles apart in character….or so it appears…..later, Girl…..

Shay
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Shay

Oh, CeeCee….Needless to say, I’ve no doubt that you and yours would never behave in the often atrocious manner of the “noveaux riches!” Your words alone bespeak of that well-born sensibility better known as “noblesse oblige”…..it’s highly apparent that you possess such a huge, generous heart— particularly where children are concerned—hence, you are the epitome of the concept! Quite frankly, I’ve never understood the newly-affluent’s frequent tendencies for louche, low-brow antics…one would think they’d simply display some gratitude for their great fortune in life, instead of being boorish and overbearing. (As I was always instructed, good manners and morals are… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I didn’t see Billy at the end…just Maurice with Lilly!

Tima
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Tima

I liked the episode and like many others felt Nina and Franco’s section was out of place given the focus of everything. The actors did a great job even though I felt there were some awkward moments everyone held up really well. I get the feeling they really wanted Roger to be in these episodes because he was part of OLTL’s live shows, but his monologue while waiting on Nina was odd and a clear ruse to buy her time to change. It felt like he was talking to dead air and I wouldn’t be surprised if most of that… Read more »

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

I like it for the most pa–especially Liz, Nik & Hayden. Even liked Sonny–and I”m not a big fan.

Thought Sam overacted–and wins the prize as hypocrite of the month (maybe year). I did like the way Jake exploded in rage–very emotional.

I’m not convinced Anna pulled the trigger.

Alicat
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Alicat

Well Carlos was shot in the chest and there was blood, so I’m pretty convinced Anna pulled the trigger. Unless somebody else snuck up behind her, like Commish or Jordan. But doubtful. This will be why Anna leaves, she has to go away and “assess her life” and how she could have done that. ??

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Wow, Alicat. I did not even pause to think that someone else might have shot Carlos. Good theory. We shall see.
It could even have been Julian himself to stop Carlos from talking.

Jane
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Jane

Excellent job, One Life To Live did it before being cancelled and they were excellent too.
Very cool seeing Sonny and Jake Doe briefly towards the end. It was weird seeing
that lady flip the huge cards.

Aria
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Aria

That was lily, son us wife who got killed in a bomb explosion meant for sonny.

Shay
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Shay

Now I know why so many were deliriously happy when she was supposedly “blown up!” Can you say annoying? That was like an ending to a tacky telenovela… LOL! Personally, I would have preferred Anthony Zaccara doing the honors….especially with his “Venus” in the frame.

Aria
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Aria

Sonnys first wife who blew up in a car explosion!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yeah, especially that big, toothy smile pasted on her face. What was that? She looked like she didn’t know left from right….very pretty, though.

Aria
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Aria

Here’s my rating the performances Finola Hughes – A- only criticism (maybe I’m comparing Anna to all those kick ass prime time girls but why does Anna an experience ex wsb operative hold a gun like a rookie??? It really annoys me she always looks afraid holding a gun,.. Rebecca buding A- does she have theatre experience? She looked the most comfortable performing live. Teressa Castillo – A.- didn’t seem nervous and cried on cue and seem natural. Maurice Benard. A – as usual over the top but like I said as usual. Rebecca Herbst A – slightly animated /… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Well, Aria. I give you an A+… I agree with your rating and grading.

Aria
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Aria

Ohhh, thanks CeeCee!

Breaking News

NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

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The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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