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General Hospital Icons Anthony Geary and Genie Francis To Be Reunited During 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Telecast!

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The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will bring fans the long-awaited, much anticipated moment they’ve been asking for – the reunion of two iconic soap stars, Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, who played the on-screen romantic duo Luke and Laura on General Hospital for more than two decades. Mr. Geary and Ms. Francis will make a special appearance as presenters during the live awards broadcast airing on Pop this Sunday, April 26 at 8:00 at 8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT.

Hosted by Tyra Banks, the Daytime Emmy® Awards will include a star-studded line-up of presenters, including (listed alphabetically): Tom Bergeron, Eileen Davidson, Craig Ferguson, Kevin Frazier, Leeza Gibbons, Deidre Hall, Steve Harvey, Vicki Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Shemar Moore, Nancy O’Dell, Marie Osmond, Regis Philbin and Alex Trebek. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will honor television icon Betty White.

Cast members from the four daytime soaps-“The Young and The Restless,” “General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”-as well as daytime television series and talk shows “The Talk,” “Queens of Drama” and “The FAB Life” will be presenting.

The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards show on Pop will be executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions with Gary Tellalian and Mike Rothman also serving as executive producers.

What do you think about the news that Genie and Tony will be presenting and reuniting on stage during daytime’s biggest night of the year?  Let us know!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I guess ill say Genie Francis is the suprise person showing up on emmy night…i wanted to say Jack Wagner but something tells me its Genie…lol

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

Favorite was Luke and Laura and Sharon with Adam on my days of soaps 🙂

David
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David

Now if they would only bring her back to GH.

su0000
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su0000

I didn’t much care lol
Everybody as myself who did not watch GH during Luke and Laura, well why would we millions be excited over it.. (we wouldn’t) many never even heard of Luke and Laura, I heard about them from my neighbor ..
It is only the very old timers who would get all giggly over it .. lol
Hope y’all have a great nostalgia rush 🙂 enjoy!

Kim Huck
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Kim Huck

I love Sharon and Adam much more but Luke and Laura came to a very close romantic second. Both couples were very very similar and wonderfully romantic and adventurous. Miss you Shadam 🙂

Harry
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Harry

Gee thanks. SUooo.
I get the feeling you’re no spring chicken yourself so perhaps you ought to pause before throwing out the “old timer” remarks.
And finally, really–learn to speak for yourself. While you felt compelled to come in and here and say this news does not excite you, you do not get to speak for “millions” of people as you do above.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

You didnt have to be around in the early 1980s when GH was at its greatest to know about Luke and Laura…theyve been on and off this show for over 30 years…Laura made a brief return a couple of years ago…unless someone is new to GH after Laura’s last departure and born yesterday then they might not know of her…she is mention in the show…one can go on utube or google the character to know her…very few might not know Laura’s history but most should know who Laura is and connection to various characters…i have relatives who never watched GH… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

You and Harry are both right, of course, jimh. I knew who Luke and Laura were/are, albeit I only started watching a about a year or so ago. But, I don’t think that is was Su means….unless, I’m really not reading her correctly. I think she means that anyone forty and under would not feel the same vibe about any soap character from thirty years ago. If a fan did not live through all of Luke’s and Laura’s trials and tribulations, love and marriage etc., then there is no connection to their plight, happiness and life together. I can’t speak… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, Su. As famous/infamous this couple has been, …..that’s exactly what Luke and Laura are…..’has Belen’s’. However, I can appreciate how fans feel about this couple. Luke’s and Laura’s idyllic romance/love/life, will forever live in soapland and in the hearts of their fans. That’s how I feel about some characters from AMC and OLTL.
My grandmother’s favorite soap of all time was ANOTHER WORLD. She still laments over it…..LOL.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Correction ‘has beens’, not has Belen’s. Auto correction keeps changing it…lol.
PS. Su, a nostalgia rush is the best way of phrasing it. As young as we are, we get that feeling too…at least, I do….I’m sure you do too.
Sometimes when Gran talks about ANOTHER WORLD, SOMERSET, THE DOCTORS…so many other soaps of yore, I feel that I was there fifty years ago. ….that’s how good of a narrator she is. I get goose-bumps….LOL.

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Listen up this is a teaching moment we in this wonderful country with our freedoms to speak our mind or lack of it in some cases RESPECT the people who came before you and will lead on long after you are gone. These has Belen’s as you call them paved the way for these in a lot of cases hair models to have a job . Their is a old country song called Mama tell me about the good old days. My husband calls it a simpler time I think he is right if I told. Some of you younger… Read more »

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Has Beens got a little emotional there! Enjoy the emmys have a great evening!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I was there 50 years ago…lol…AW was one of my favorites too…especially in the 1970s when we had the Mathews family, the best love triangle ever: Steve, Alice, and villianous Rachel, meddlesome Aunt Liz, and daytimes best villian Iris Carrington who had an almost incestual love for her wealthy daddy, publisher Mac Cory who married the much younger Rachel whom Iris hated and believed only married Mac for his money…then there was the evil Cory caretaker Sven who murdered the gardner and later Rachels son Jaime and Iris’s son Dennis found the victims remains in a garbage bag…i could go… Read more »

The Substitute
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The Substitute

FYI: you want to see a brilliant performance watch Anne Heche/play opposite herself time and time again as the twins on Another World this was consant not a one time time thing with Geary. You newbies have no idea what true talent is.

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Constant ,

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I like su but she sounds a little insulting at times…we oldies dont get giggly just because certain characters return…its a little like going to a class reunion and seeing an old friend(ok, there might be a few giggles there)…everyone usually feels nostalgic no matter their age(if they have memories of their first day of school, that first kiss, a family moment ect. when you talk about these memories its being nostalgic just like when we talk about certain past soaps ect)–its not like Laura has been gone over 30 years…she’s been on and off the show many times…her last… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Forgot to add…ive watched soaps with unfamiliar characters have returned…i learned who the were and never really made a big deal about it…i read about them so i could be as familiar with the other fans who knew who or she was…it makes for better soap viewing!!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

im terrible at editing…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Thank you, Substitute. I am so happy for Maura’s win….and Tony; I knew they would get the Emmy….they deserved it. Now, your writing gave me goosebumps. I love hearing those kinds of stories…so innocent,…. such precious memories. I have my mother and both my grandmothers who are a font of information…I soak it all up. My Scottish, maternal grandmother is wont to tell me that every tiny line/wrinkle on her face has a story to tell. As far as ‘Belens’? That word just kept coming up each time I wrote ‘beens’. Unfortunately, Substitute, that’s what society labels the IT couples… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@jimh.
Of course, you want to see familiar characters make an appearance or return to your favorite soaps, jimh. I feel the same way. That’s why I was so happy when Roger H, Michael E, and Kristen A came to GH. I also thought Kassie DePaiva was going to join the cast. I was ecstatic.
I was glad Kassie is on DOOL , not the role of a ‘perfect’ character, but glad, nonetheless.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Best news I’ve heard! Come on back, Genie! We loyal fans are waiting for you.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

You could check it out on youtube and you would be amazed at how compelling they were. Nothing today on soaps compares, the writing, the romance, the drama, the fun. Too bad you don’t know any better than to refuse to see for yourself what all the hooplah is about.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

Darn it !!!! I can’t believe I guessed correctly.

Harry
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Harry

I can’t either, Lou.
I cannot believe Geary agreed to this as he usually hates revisiting the glory days of his supercouple past. Well, good on him!
I guess hell hath finally frozen over and I for one, am glad of it!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

But maybe thats not the real Tony Geary…lol

The Substitute
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The Substitute

And I for one could give a flying you know what that Geary agreed to! Please he is not God he is a soap actor that got lucky a one note actor compare him to Terry Lester, Michael Zaslow, Chris Bernau, grant Alexander,Douglas Watson. Gosh Almighty he Pales in comparison hype no substance.

Chaz
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Chaz

Since our cable company does not carry Pop will have to miss the broadcast…unless it is streaming….and I can’t find that info on their site.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Boring….. and predictable. This could’ve been called a million miles away, and has been done before on an EMMY telecast.

Rodd
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Rodd

I like these two, but unless they DO something with their appearance ~ more than have them walk toward each other and smile before cutting to a commercial break ~ it doesn’t do anything for me. If this is sign that they’re bringing Genie back to GH as Laura for a significant story than I’m all in. Am I wishing for too much here?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

I’m wishing too!

Ces
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Ces

I ageee!

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Zzzzzzzzzzzz……….

Paul
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Paul

PLEASE, let this announcement that Genie is returning. And let the writers come up with something good for her!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Nope, once again they used her to up the viewership, nothing more.

John
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John

I hope it is followed with the announcement that she is coming back and they give us fans the happy ending we all vested in for over 30 years !

Jenny Brooks
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Jenny Brooks

Sounds like an awesome show! Can’t wait! I hope it gets ratings that at least compete with whatever the big 3 networks have.

aria
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aria

well if abc and RC and FV don’t want Genie Francis, then i guess we will have to take seeing her on pop emmy awards. is it a tease only at the emmys” or will she be returning to GH?

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

This is really exciting for SO many fans of Genie and Tony. Laura has been so missed in the Fluke/Luke story line and she is crucial to Luke’s redemption. Hopefully ABC realizes it. SO EXCITED TO SEE THEM TOGETHER AGAIN!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Oh I couldn’t agree more. Laura IS Luke’s redemption.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hi Nancy. I realize Luke was a renegade and all things despicable at the time he raped Laura. I also know that she signified/symbolized everything he was not and couldn’t have. I also have knowledge via Shay and the Internet that Laura was not so Lily-white. That can be forgiven because she was so young and had not ‘come’ into herself….not he. I’m glad Tony won, but I still do not like Luke…. When you say that Laura will be Luke’s redemption, I am assuming that this couple has gone down this path before…perhaps, several times? So, do you think… Read more »

Rose
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Rose

I don’t get POP. Reading other comments regarding “day times biggest night of the year” I’m not the only one. Why are daytime awards treated like an orphan compared to all of the other, frequent, award shows that are show on network TV?

Anthony
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Anthony

It will be nice to see Genie Francis again, but does her appearance at the awards mean she’s also bringing Laura back to GH. Now that would be great news!

maddiehayes
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maddiehayes

I’d rather see Tony and Genie reunited on GH

su0000
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su0000

They will not look like the Luke and Laura that some remember.. Age at wedding Luke (35) Laura (19) /huge age difference! They wed on November 16, 1981 that is 34 years !!! since they were together.. Shortly after the wedding aired, Francis left the show.. (that is like half a lifetime ago!) Anyways,, google says; the Luke and Laura song is- “Think Of Laura” was their love theme song.. hope they play it for the LnL fans when they reunite during the emmy’s for their fans.. or= they could play; the song “Rise”, performed by trumpeter Herb Alpert during… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

See, you do know something about them…lol

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

And any of you youngen’s can just google like you did and know everything about GH like us oldies but goodies…lol

Jill
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Jill

Look who Googled a topic! Su00, you seemed bound and determined to be a wet blanket on this topic. Not only that, you seem to want to reiterate the obvious.
Folks here are not stupid so stop projecting. This is not about living in the past. it’s about paying homage to two soap vets who made soap opera history.
This subject clearly bores you and does not interest you so stop commenting on it.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Su, I don’t think anyone expects Luke and Laura to look as they did on their wedding day. Perhaps I did not make my point clear enough. These characters are part of their fan’s lives….said fans have aged, as we all have, along with Luke/Tony and Laura/Genie. Some grew up watching them….they are just excited to see them.
Have you ever walked down memory lane, su? I, for one, am very sentimental. Later.

The Substitute
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The Substitute

No you don’t not with RC writing it let it go Ms. Francis has she had her day in the sun some great stories time to move on.

Charday
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Charday

It’ll be great to see them together again. BTW, on Monday, The Talk will feature a daytime Emmy after-party with appearances by many winners.

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

I’m hoping this means they are bringing her back to the show. When they returned in 1993 this is how they made the announcement via presenting at emmys. If Laura didn’t make sense to bring back before she sure does now as both she and Luke have a lot to reflect on after these revelations. A triangle between Laura Luke and Tracy would be nice to see play out with Tracy left heartbroken in the end. Please God please

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Like I said before I would love to see Stuart Damon again one of the loveliest men on the planet and that show suffered when he was let go. Every show needs mentors to lean on veterans that hold a show together not everybody wants to watch Beverly Hills 90210.

Charday
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Charday

Yeah, that’d be great. And where has Monica been the last 5 months?!!?!?

janet
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janet

I might watch, Genie .Tony no thanks ,. He got his way dark and evil luke with Tracy on GH love Genie and maybe another soap will have room for her. I see most of the presenters will NOT be soap actors. Just like last year. Maybe I should just DVR it, so I can FF through most of it !

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Can Genie Francis PLEASE return to GH already?! Even if it’s just for a short time, because Laura HAS to be involved in the Luke/Fluke story. And for that matter, Lucky should be there too! They keep talking about Luke’s family being only Lulu, Tracy, and Bobbie, but Luke also has a son and his childrens’ mother out there who don’t seem to be even a thought. I hope Genie can return, maybe to usher Luke off for recovery?

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

She’ll probably come back as Flaura…a fake Laura who kidnaps Luke…lol

CeeCee
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CeeCee

HaHa, Jimh…now, that’s funny. …can you imagine?

Tim
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Tim

Yes to Genie returning to GH,No to Luke and Laura getting back together.

Dan
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Dan

How can watch the emmys? If my cable company does not carry POP how can I find it or do I have t wait til it’s on youtube?

Jake from NJ
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Jake from NJ

genie seemed like she was so not into be a presenter

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

Luke and Laura and part of one of the mode American myths. They are more important than Romeo and Juliette personally. I am 36 I’ve been watching the show my entire life. Luke and Laura shaped a lot of my views on love and what it can be and do. Beautifully tragic quality to this love story.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Hey, Allen.
With all due respect, I would think you are comparing hamburger with filet mignon. LOL.
You are comparing a Shakespearian classic; a masterpiece, ROMEO AND JULIET, to a soap opera and its romance couple? WOW!! I know you’re trying to make a point, so I get it.
When Harry, a master of English Lit., reads your post, I can bet he’ll jump three feet off his chair. LOL.

Allen saint james
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Allen saint james

Lucky for me Shakespeare has not had that kind of influence on my creative writing etc… But Luke and Laura oh man have they. 🙂

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