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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Kim Drugs Drew, Hayden Returns, Liesl Overboard As Secrets Mount

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In a Monday’s installment of ABC’s General Hospital, the series left viewers with three major cliffhangers and the week has just started.  All of the action and the drama centered around the long-awaited wedding reception of Franco (Roger Howarth) and Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).

As everyone gathered at the ‘Haunted Star’ for the celebration, many of the guests are on edge, and one is schnockered.  When Kim (Tamara Braun) arrives with Julian (William deVry), Drew is speaking to Terry (Cassandra James).  With a moment alone, Drew asks Julian how Kim is doing.  He tells Drew to take a closer look, meaning she is not doing well at all since Oscar’s death.  Later, when a conversation ensues between Kim and Drew, he reassures her that even though Oscar is gone, they will always be family. Kim wonders if that means it’s still possible for them to have another child together.  Drew tells her he cannot do that right now.  That sets the stage for the shocker of the episode that has had fans tweeting since it aired.

When the fuses apparently blow and the lights go out on the ‘Haunted Star”, Kim and Drew go to locate it, and once at the fuse box, Kim stabs Drew with a syringe.  Then, Kim knows exactly how to turn the fuse box back on, and we see Drew blindsided by Kim’s action.  Has GH made Kim unhinged?  Does this mean that she is going to rape Drew?

Elsewhere, Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) is drunk.  She has many secrets that could ruin several lives of the citizens of Port Charles at the reception. She tells Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) that Brad (Parry Shen) and Lucas’ (Ryan Carnes) relationship is going to hit the skids.  Brad overhears this!  Add to that, Liesl gets Nina (Cynthia Watros) to introduce her to Jax  (Ingo Rademacher) and starts asking him if he’s heard from his brother, Jerry. She informs Jax that they go way back to the Helena Cassadine days.  Franco (Roger Howarth) comes to get a drunken Liesl and she breaks down in front of him about how lonely she is and all the secrets she knows about Wiley, Brad, Lucas, and Wiley’s real father.  We see someone else eavesdropping on their conversation.   As the episode comes to it’s conclusion, Liesl is pushed overboard.  But who did it? Brad, Valentin, someone else?

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Throughout the episode, guest star, Veronica Cartwright plays psychic, Sibley Gamble, who is hired by Ava (Maura West) to reconnect her to her late daughter, Kiki.  But in the process, Sibley drops bombshells at those at the Metro Court … and at the wedding reception.  She tells Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) she has a cryptic message from Madeline Reeves revolving around tweezers. She tells Franco he won’t be feeling himself soon and she warns Finn (Michael Easton) that he’ll still have more women in his life than he can handle.  And ,,, wouldn’t you know? Who should arrive at the reception … Hayden Barnes (Rebecca Budig)!

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As for the backdrop – the wedding reception – Liz and Franco had their romantic dip, Liz’s sons: Cameron (William Lipton), Jake (Hudson West), and Aiden (Jason David) performed an adorable song for their mom and step-dad, and Terry caught the bouquet! Will they give the good doctor a love interest?  If so, who might it be?

So, what did you think about Kim drugging Drew? Who pushed Liesl overboard? What trouble will Hayden cause?  Share your theories via the comment section below.

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Rodd
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This episode set up a lot of possibilities. I hope the writers are on top of their game and follow through with great stories out of this.

Harry
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Harry

This story was dead upon arrival.

DMRR
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DMRR

AGREED. Boring summer in Port Charles.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I’ll go along for the ride with anything they want to do with the characters that were involved in this episode but the one thing I won’t take lightly is if Liesl drowns. No way in Hell do you let Kathleen Gati go. That woman is a goddess!!!

Rodd
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Rodd

Totally agree with not letting Ms. Gati go. Glad she didn’t drown.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I love K.G as much as anyone, but it is so ironic that so many love this really bad, but enjoyable person, Dr.O, that has committed so many horrible crimes against the people of P.C, with nary a blink of an eye, is really never held accountable, for very long anyway, and continues to reep mischief and mayhem, to say the least This thing with Nelle, being Wylie’s mother, and Michael being kept from his child, is nothing but pure evilness, and what is Liesl getting out of it? Franco is hated by so many viewers, and is no way… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Well, Violet, we at MFTV have long debated this very topic before, and it always ends up in the same way. Those of us who adore Kathleen Gati’s very “dark lady,” Liesl, simply point out that for decades we have had Sonny and his criminal minions running about Port Charles pretty much unscathed, Nutty Nina pulling plenty of scary-crazy stunts and getting off scot-free from all of them by playing the “LooneyCard” and there’s also that evil vixen Ava perpetrating any and every misdeed imaginable and wriggling out of justice’s clutches time and time again, so why should Obrecht be… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Shay
Gotcha! I do love K.G, I would just love to see her in a good light, once in a while, as Liesel.

Shay
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Shay

Me, too, Violet! We have already seen those rare glimpses into Liesl’s psyche where it is painfully obvious that this is a woman who loves deeply and passionately…be it for her once-beloved Faison or her kinder…she is simply one of those unfortunate people who have a really strange (albeit comical) way of showing it! I would be thrilled if GH were to explore Obrecht’s “softer side” whilst highlighting Kathleen Gati’s incredible voice and talent for performing In any and all venues. If she can’t have her own nightclub in which to do so, perhaps she could launch GH’s music therapy… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Hello, Violet! Unless I’ve missed your postings on non-GH threads, I haven’t seen you around MFTV for awhile! It’s just not the same without your hilarious commentary…hope all is well!

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

I really messed up. Don’t know what I did but think my smart granddaughter found a work around! Thanks for missing me!

Shay
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Shay

Just glad to know that both the “original” Violet and “Violet Lemm2” are doing well and have returned!!! You have such a huge presence here that your sudden and prolonged absence was impossible to miss! As for our pesky computers and all that can and does go wrong? Can’t live with ‘em, but boy, we also cannot live without them! Welcome back, Violet….looking forward to more of your canny and comical commentary! Later….

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Shay Thank you dear lady for the kind words. My granddaughter, busy as she is was able to solve my dilemma. She said, ” grandma, what did you do, offend someone, or say something WEIRD?” She knows me well. As for this Franco thing, I know many do not like him, but guess I am one of the few that do. I have never been able to hold over the terrible feelings for him, when played by James Franco, although I have enjoyed that actor in other roles. To me Liz and Franco are like the Beauty and the Beast.… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Oh, I’m hanging in there, too, Violet! Thanks for asking! I’m looking to survive the last vestiges of summer and fast forward to fall here in the East!!! (August always drags on and and on for me…reaching September gives me a huge surge of energy…so much seasonal fun ahead!) By the way, your granddaughter sounds like a real gem….so glad she sorted you out!! (But, excuse me…YOU, say something WEIRD? Well, I never….Lol.) And speaking of weird, I’m one of those for whom James Franco’s freaky character became a total turn-off…after the so-called filmed “rape scene” with Sam, I just… Read more »

Violet Lemm2
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Violet Lemm2

Hi Shay
Thanks for your quick reply. I’ve really missed “talking” to you and others.
I must say, after growing up in Conn. I do miss the snow, especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas time. It took me a long time, after moving to Ca. to get used to 70 degree at the holidays.( can’t find the little degree mark on my keyboard.)
Am sorry to lose Billy Miller, and am wondering if there will be a replacement.

Shay
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Shay

You’re most welcome, Violet, although I’m sorry to say that this response was not quite so rapid! As I’m still dealing with high heat and humidity here, the thought of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and yes, SNOW! is a tantalizing one! I can just imagine how strange it is to celebrate those holidays in non-stop sunshine and temperate conditions…In years when we even fail to have the frosty stuff, it’s so disappointing…and difficult to get into the proper atmospheric mood without a fresh snowfall and pronounced chill in the air. In terms of Billy Miller, I cannot fathom why a replacement would… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Liesl just cracks me the hell up. Damn, she’s funny.

Shay
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Shay

Kathleen Gati is a natural comedienne who spins Liesl’s paltry storyline straw into golden hilarity. No matter how daft the situation, Dr. O. always delivers the laughs…she needs to be placed front and center to tie up so many of the loose ends that GH has left dangling over these past few years. Obrecht is definitely the lady with the answers to the questions we’ve been asking, as she obviously knows where all the skeletons of Port Charles’ past are buried! How delicious and malicious it would be if she were to open her personal “Pandora’s Box” to unleash untold… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

This is twisted, dark and sick. Sexual assault is sexual assault no matter what the gender and no matter what the circumstance. I don’t find this to be remotely entertaining. Billy Miller and Tamra Braun deserve better and so do their characters.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Hi Harry
I for one am so sick of Kim. She’s getting on my last nerve, and I’m so glad she didn’t have her way with Drew, which could have been a treat if he’d been a willing participant. Oh sorry, but If she could put on some weight, she would be an asset to any football team, with those shoulders!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I don’t see this as “sexual assault”, Harry, not in the “usual” sense. Kim is not a sexual predator, a rapist nor was she even realizing in the moment that she was about to commit “sexual assault.” Rather it’s the story of a woman so drowning in her grief that she’s lost herself and her ability to use reason over her emotions. She did the same thing when she was willing to take Oscar against his will out of the country for treatment. She was desperate then to save him and she’s desperate now to hold on to him in… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Rebecca, I respectfully disagree. You don’t need to explain to me about how Kim is in a state of abject grief and despair–that’s quite obvious. But she lured Drew to the breakers of the Haunted Star and stabbed him with a syringe full of tranquilizers. Then she drags his drugged induced slumbering body to a room in which she plans on having her way with him. Had Julian not interrupted, she would have succeeded in raping Drew. Imagine, just for one minute, if it were Drew doing this to Kim. Kim is in desperate need of inpatient care and I… Read more »

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Harry; I didn’t say it wasn’t sexual assault and leave it at that, but rather, I clarified it with sexual assault “not in the usual sense.” And by that I mean, this was not an intent to sexually assault him for sexual/pleasurable reasons and this was not an act of violence as rape is. And, though you do say you know she’s in grief, which I think is a given to anyone watching, you tend to overlook the human, emotional side of things and just go to the “crime.” Drew and Kim shared a child together. They lost that child.… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Amen, Harry! You are exactly right…as is your apt description of “twisted, dark and sick!” You especially nailed it when you noted “sexual assault is sexual assault no what the gender and no matter what the circumstance!” Me thinks that if the roles were reversed and we had a male perpetrating the same stunt as Kim, we would be treated to a much different tune than one of praise for this deplorable storyline…in fact, there would be the typical femme response raising Cain over it!

Harry
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Harry

Thank you, Shay. That’s it exactly.

rebecca1
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Seems like some who think Kim’s act of grief, desperation in a time of complete loss of self was “sexual assault”, yet in reality voted for a man who admitted to sexual assault “because he can” and they “let him do whatever he wants”…Go figure….

Shay
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Shay

You’re welcome, Harry! Even though I adore “dark comedy,” I find nothing amusing or entertaining about drugging an unsuspecting person in order to have one’s way with them….not only is that completely immoral, but it’s also totally illegal. And being overcome with grief is hardly an acceptable defense for such egregious behavior. Many people suffer unimaginable losses each and every day in this world, but I dare say, most don’t resort to rape as a means to alleviate their pain!!!

rebecca1
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Hahaha…I love how the voter/fan of the sexual molester in the White House is still trying to proclaim her “distaste”… how utterly her delicate sensibilities were offended… by the depiction of a fictional mother, who, while in the throes of grieving her child, is driven to an act of desperation….which was not meant as “dark comedy” nor was she trying to “alleviate her pain with rape”… but rather serious drama about a broken woman and the lengths she would go to to attempt to recreate a piece of the child she lost. THAT is offensive to this poster…but grabbing a… Read more »

DMRR
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DMRR

Free us of Kim “Zero!” I’ve never been a Rebecca Budig fan. I find Hayden annoying. I love “Dr. O!”

Shay
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Shay

Yes, Yes, and YES, DMRR! I cannot stand either “Dr. Zero” or Hayden…Both are surplus to requirement on GH and I would have been perfectly content if the latter never returned to Port Charles! However, Dr. O’s another matter entirely! This character deserves a major storyline and the sooner, the better! Liesl ties in with so many of the legacy characters we have known and loved through the years, so she’s a total natural to be featured in a much larger capacity than she has been since her family was torn asunder. Bring back Britt, recognize Sasha as either another… Read more »

DMRR
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DMRR

AGREED! I’m hoping that Dante shot Peter! Haha! #wish

Satan
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Satan

He did. Unfortunately his aim was off and Whiny Heiny survived.

On the bright side, at least that keeps him out of Hell for a while.

Nancy
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Nancy

Either figure out something to do with Britt, or write her off. She’s dead weight right now. Figure out a plot twist for her ASAP.

Shay
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Shay

@Nancy…I agree that Britt—and Dr. O—-should have a substantial storyline…especially one which highlights both their quirky personas and immense talents for offbeat and outre’ situations. To have two such gifted actresses as Kelly Thiebauld and Kathleen Gati given GH backbencher status is a true travesty. Obviously, were there the will, then there would be a way, since we never seem to face a shortage of far-fetched machinations to shoehorn Ava and Nina into every and any story that really has nothing to do with them….the Kevin/Ryan highjinks being the latest example.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I don’t know who looked more suspicious, Valentin or Brad, and they both went missing for a while, before Liesel went O.B. I loved her natural curly hair, after getting dunked.
I thought Billy Miller was great. I never saw anyone look so surprised , with the what the f***? look, when he woke up in that bed.
I was surprised at Heyden’s greeting for Jax, as was everyone else.
I don’t think anyone was more surprised than Terry, catching the bouquet.
All in all, made for a good wedding reception, and surprise, no one was murdered!

DMRR
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DMRR

Did Bobbie disappear around the time Liesl was thrown overboard? I haven’t been watching much. Does Bobbie know about Liesl’s involvement in the baby drama?

Satan
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Satan

If Dr. Ooblech had actually drowned, then the question of who threw her overboard might have been interesting. Since she survived…. well, who cares, really?? As far as Kim’s rapey ambitions go…… well, I’m a Devil, not a doctor, but I would guess that a heavy dose of depressant drugs, like whatever she shot up Drew with, would significantly slow down the circulatory system, which would NOT be a beneficial thing for (ahem) certain parts of the male anatomy. Julian broke into the room before she could actually attempt intercourse, so technically we will never know, but it really seems… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Satin
I agree to what you’re saying, and she was so overwhelmed with her grief, she didn’t realize her mistake, or thought she was Wonder Woman, thinking she could get results, with a little coaxing.

Kay
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Kay

Poor Billy Miller he thought going to GH would solve his problems I can’t understand why he has not walked ever since Burton came back he took over the stupid black shirt no expression role so sad and KM is asleep she is so bored .

Kay
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Kay

Billy always wanted to do prime time so I say just go for it the ratings on all four soaps are at a all time low GH is really not offering him anything I know he is a better actor then he has shown lately.

Shay
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Shay

@Kay…Billy was fabulous as the villainous Charlie/aka, John DeLario, in the little-watched 2011 Sarah Michelle Gellar CW tv series “Ringer!” Back then, I didn’t recognize him from the soapworld, having not seen either AMC/Y&R in years, but he totally impressed me with his dark and devious characterization, which was worlds away from his positive, sunny “Cousin Billy” image for which he became renowned. In fact, when Miller arrived on the GH scene, it took me awhile to realize that he was the same guy who had superbly played such a nasty scoundrel! Why Billy has not made a gigantic leap… Read more »

Kay
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Kay

Just fed up nobody gives 200 percent like Becky yet the but jobs attack her she is raising three kids etc but let’s kerp piling it on

Kay
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Kay

Shay he needs to move on

Shay
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Shay

This is true, Kay! And if Billy chooses to do so, I wish him the best of luck! He’s too good for GH…as is Becky Herbst! The ridiculous storylines she’s been handed over these past few years have been utterly preposterous! Whilst I did think Miller’s “Jake/Jason” had wonderful chemistry with “Liz” and that their romance should have been played out more extensively, but good God, putting her with Franco just makes me want to hurl…I’ll never be able to unsee all the freaky-deaky evil his character perpetrated throughout the years, and now we’re supposed to “ooh” and “ahh” over… Read more »

Nancy
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Nancy

Billy Miller needs to get on a prime time show. Good actor who’s completely wasted on GH.

Harry
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Harry

Kay, I agree with you yet again. It’s a wonder Drew still likes women. Let’s see, since he’s arrived in Port Charles he has had: 1. Hayden pretend that she was his wife. 2. Lizzy, pretend that she doesn’t know that he’s really Jason. 3. Sam pretend that she doesn’t really know that he’s not Jason and then dumps him when the truth becomes glaringly self-evident. 4. Margaux pretend to like him only to use him as ammunition and then hides his memory flash drive from him in order to black mail him and finally, 5. Kim drugs him and… Read more »

rose
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rose

Harry…If Liz can finally land “the love of her life” with Franco after all of her dalliances, there is hope for Drew. But right now it’s slim pickings for him in Port Charles from what I can see. Especially Kim.

Kay
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Kay

Ok I have had enough Liz did not know for how long before he was Jason she fell in love with Jake ! Please give that actress a break she gets the bullshit always comes her way just like case on y&r their are a few of us who are fed up! Becky carry’s everybody just like case anytime you want to throw shit their way call them up while every actor cry’s and carry’s on oh poor me there take your crap and still carry on ! Nobody in daytime has chemistry like Becky and Sharon they turn crap… Read more »

Kay
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Kay

Goodness FV writing team you want to bring your ratings up let’s feature the Scorpio’s !! Watching today with Tristan Rogers what is the matter with you people! Case closed

Kay
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Kay

This man is in his 60 and their is not one actor in the canvas who has his appeal not one

Shay
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Shay

Amen, Kay! The ever-dashing Robert Scorpio and his sparkling baby blues can set hearts aflutter in a way that no so-called current GH beefcake can do! #SilverFoxScorpio

aria
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aria

the Kim drugging drew thing had me worried they were going to make Kim a crazy character/rapist, thank goodness that was quickly defuse, and yes Kim is having a break down and you can feel her pain, hopefully she’s now back on track and will get help. loved Haydens return, the best part was her kissing Jax, I didn’t see that one coming at all, it was a great surprise. wow she has chemistry w/ everyone. I loved the whole episode. the webber boys were awesome, liz looked beautiful.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Ok, this is very important. Please will someone tell me what the hell is in that big dish on the Corinthos kitchen counter? To me it looks like big hairy avocados or big mounds of turf grass. Nevertheless, it’s driving me nuts! Thanks

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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

Photos: ABC, CBS, NBC, JPI

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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