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General Hospital Releases 55th Anniversary Promo: What Was Your Favorite Moment?

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55 years, over 14,000 episodes, thousands of stories, unbelievable moments, unforgettable characters, over five decades … and we’re just getting started!

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That’s the message General Hospital and ABC are sending to their enduring and beloved fans, as the show gets set to celebrate its 55th anniversary on April 1st.

In this just released super-sized promo: memorable moments, blasts from the past, and many of the current cast members stories are featured.

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From Luke and Laura’s wedding, Helena’s curse via Elizabeth Taylor, the BJ/Maxie heart transplant story ,to current times where Sam and Drew after much peril celebrate the birth of their baby girl, Scout.

In addition, Anna is given bad new from Griffin, Alexis admits she is alcoholic, Jason return’s, Nelle schemes, and Ava faces the consequences of her action which ultimately backfires in a ball of flames, are all the order of the day.

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GH remains the longest running daytime drama series still on the air.  An amazing accomplishment given that only four beloved soaps remain.

Watch the special GH 55th Anniversary promo after the jump.

The extended video promo features some exciting and moving clips.

Let us know what were your favorites via the comment section below!

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JMER
JMER

Gloria Monty would not have approved of this 55th year promo. That’s for sure.

su0000
su0000

To be great;
Drew will file for full custody of Scout..(If a divorce)
–not wanting his daughter in danger– living with a Mob Enforcer Hitman, a Killer for the Mob.
He would want his daughter safe.. so yah, he’d get full custody of Scout.

MB
MB

No, Gloria Monty would not approve; neither would Wendy Rich or just about anyone else unless they are a fan of Frank’s GH or utter destruction of it.This promo for the anniversary of a show with a rich half century history is a lol riot.

Frank has had GH teetering on the edge of a cliff for years. He’s finally driven off enough Vets that there aren’t many left to bring back when his pets tank the show, like they are in the process of doing now. He may have finally reached the point where the show finally goes over that cliff.

dmr
dmr

Oh, how I loved the Wendy Riche and Claire Labine era.

Joanne Cecere
Joanne Cecere

I love it! I have watched since day one as a teen coming home from school…doing my homework, raising kids and grandkids…daughters watching…it’s amazing!

brian
brian

My favorite moment ? EVER SINGLE ONE ! That’s why I keep watching !

Reed
Reed

Nice promo but what else do they have planned to celebrate this accomplishment and reaffirm their commitment to the show? If the laziness at http://abc.go.com/ is any indication, not much. GH turning 55 garners nary a mention on their own site. Then click on “view all shows” and the photo of GH features two former stars, Genie Francis and Ryan Paevey and omits the prodigal son, Burton. And the synopsis on this page: “General Hospital, which celebrated its golden anniversary on April 1, 2013, continues its tradition of passion…” and then on to the “about” section where it further hails the venerable show, crowing about how it will soon air episode 13,000 IN 2014, as penned by the writing team of Altman and Passanante, huh? Of the 13 paragraphs highlighting the wonderful history and accomplishments of the show, in embarrassing fashion, three are devoted to Frank as we learn more than we would ever want to—I’m not sure if I’m viewing a press release or his Facebook page! My goodness, so out of touch. Enough about that, how about we “meet the cast?” Ok, a photo of Maurice, Laura Wright, an incongruous plug for American Idol (probably inserted in place of Genie’s photo), then there’s Ryan, Tyler Christopher, Teresa Castillo (Sabrina), Jane Elliot, Robert Palmer Watkins—oh, they’re still with the show? Billy Miller still listed as playing Jason Morgan…and no Burton, and a bunch of others are nowhere to be found. Can’t be, right? Let’s hit the handy magnifying glass and search for “Steve Burton.” And the result? “Did you mean Steve Barton?” and one video clip. You can’t make this stuff up! Can we not devote even the slightest energy into promoting the show? Can an intern, or anybody take a few moments and punch this thing up? So embarrassing, and it’s that lack of effort and attention to detail that tells me that this show succeeds in spite of itself because it certainly doesn’t appear to be receiving any great support from the mother ship. 55 years you say, oh, that’s nice!

Timmm
Timmm

I loved it when Grant Putnam locked Anna in a cage and they eventually ended up outside on location at a ski resort fighting to destroy each other. Oh the days of “On Location” shoots.

Also, it was so great when Bert turned on Robert. [Mr. B]

gloria
gloria

Oh, that was such a shocker! I never saw it coming! ha. (Bert & Robert)

Grant Putnam
Grant Putnam

Yes, that was loads of fun. Miss that dog.

Donnie Synder
Donnie Synder

Scout and Drew! Sam and Drew marriage!The birth of Scout!

su0000
su0000

To simply put it-
General Hospital used to be like a Metallica concert.
Now it’s like a John Denver concert .

nuff said- I’ll it stand as that..

Jimh
Jimh

Hey..dont insult John Denver-lol

su0000
su0000

Jimh, never ! lol
hey—–
I want a rerun of
The 52nd anniversary episoide.
Awesome were the flashback scenes with several of its current cast playing yesterday’s important characters, the original doctors, that was really great..
The current cast played the original GH doctors, with the flashbacks of all them.

There was No– shootouts, sex scenes, romantic triangles, catfights none of that in 52nd….
The black & white; the set from the 60’s, the wardrobe of the 60’s , it was the original 60’s set- It felt like you were truly watching a classic episode that had aired in 5 decades past.

That scene (52nd aberversity, had meaning.
from beginning to end of Luke trying to piece together the details of April 1, 1963, the day GH aired its very first episode <— and the day Luke lost his mother.
That was truly a beginning of the 52 years..
I liked Patty and everything was intense and went full-circle. Total clouser beginning to end.
It showed what made Luke Luke.

0ooh gawd!! when Tony/Luke collapsed and burst into tears surrounded by the ones he loves and he realized he killed them and his saying —
“I killed her! I didn’t mean to…she was only trying to help, and I killed her! I killed momma!!! I killed momma and daddy!!!! I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry!”
WOW! that was a moment a real WOW moment.
And! Geary consistently displayed a talent unmatched in today’s soaps. He jumps from one character to the next with ease!

Ron Carlivati and his team of writers , well nothing, absolutely nothing will ever top the 52nd Anniversary!
Nope, no other Anniversary will ever top the 52nd ..

Jimh
Jimh

I agree su…i would love them do another flashback like that too!!!!

JK
JK

I AM SURE YOU NEVER HAD THE JOY AND PRIVILEGE OF SEEING A JOHN DENVER CONCERT……IF YOU HAD, YOU WOULD NOT HAVE MADE ANOTHER STUPID REMARK!!!!!

Harry
Harry

JK, you fill up my senses, come fill me again….
But I can’t wait, because I’m leaving on a jet plane.

Debra m
Debra m

John Denver was an amazing singer and songwriter. So under-rated as a performer. He wrote from the heart, much like Justin Hayward, another favorite of mine.

Patrick
Patrick

Laughing my arse off. I wanted to say the same thing… what??? I like John Denver

GO WITH : Air Supply – the stench alone… whew

I’m all out of love I’m so lost without you…. blah blech bombs away

Harry
Harry

But damn, who doesn’t love ABBA?

Celia
Celia

I have no favorite moments, Patrick…except when Ryan Peavey joined the GH cast. Miss him.
You guys are so lucky to have watched the soaps for so long. I envy you.
So, this is what I say…. I like John Denver’s music…..it’s ok, I guess. How can one not like that voice? But, not for me…..can’t beat my Freddie Mercury or Paul Rodgers…..and so many more of that genre.
Did you know that Paul Rodgers was lead singer of FREE ( …All Right Now, Baby, It’s All Right Now) before BAD COMPANY? Do you care? LOL.
Then, there’s the incomparable George Kyriacos Panayiotou.

Shay
Shay

@Harry…..Waterloo! Waterloo, Baby….Waterloo!

Everett
Everett

Now that’s a promo!

AJ
AJ

Yay Laura! Oh wait, that was from 1981…

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

I have so many favorite moments that i can’t name just one but if i had to pinpoint one certain one, it would be the story where Holly’s family was bilking the citizen of Port Charles out of 2 million dollars. Luke and Robert had alot of action scenes back in those days.

Rhonda
Rhonda

Too many scenes from the present!!!

Patrick
Patrick

I agree… they spent so much time on Drew and Sam… with the birth of Scout.

that is not end result. AND it was a hoot hoot laugh out loud un momento as God himself dropped in to the metro court. Steve Burtons EYES people. LOOK

Satan
Satan

This promo is a JOKE. You have about 5 seconds of classic GH, and then the rest is this sub-par dragonshit which has existed since February 2012.

The fact that Frodd or Ava appear at all in a promo for the 55th anniversary is sickening. The fact that they are still cashing in on Genie Francis after treating her so poorly, even more so.

Steve
Steve

Since I gave my top 10 GH moments on the 14,000th episode page, in honor of the 55th anniversary, I’ll post a series of Top 5 related topics. Trying to stay positive, let’s start off with…

Top 5 Recasts

1. Leslie Charleson as Monica. Already a soap veteran, her portrayal added dimension to what (in the early days) could easily have been a one-note character. 40 years later, although her screen time is diminished, she delivers a one-liner with the best of them. Thank God Alan gave her that house!

2. Robin Mattson as Heather. So much happened to Heather before Mattson became the third actress to play the part, but she has a way to make the craziest plot points work. BLTs for everyone!

3. Constance Towers as Helena. She made a character created by Elizabeth Taylor her own! Equal parts evil and elegant.

4. Wally Kurth as Ned. Kurt McKinney was fine as a young adult Ned, but Wally successfully balanced a mature Ned with a rebellious Eddie Maine eventually becoming the moral compass of the Q family. So what if he played Jane Elliot’s love interest on DAYS then her son on GH.

5. Kirsten Storms as Maxie. It was hard at first, since Robyn Richards played Maxie since she got BJ’s heart. Producers replaced Richards once, but brought her back when the original recast didn’t fly. 13 years later, Storms continues to give nuances to what could’ve been a simplistic character.

Honorable Mentions:

Tamara Braun as Carly. Sarah Brown was fantastic in the role, but Braun should get credit for stepping in and bringing the character to another level. No comments necessary on the short-lived Carly #3.

John Ingle as Edward. David Lewis wonderfully played Edward as a stern businessman. Ingle added a lovable curmudgeon quality. No comments necessary on the somewhat short-lived Edward #3.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Steve, great commentary as usual!

“No comments necessary on the somewhat short-lived Edward #3.” And yet I feel compelled to go there! I had actually forgotten about Jed Allan’s short-lived tenure as Edward until you brought it up. But I remember thinking at the time that he was too young for the part (I believe Allan was 69 when he joined GH). I fondly remember him as a leading man in the 1970s and 1980s, particularly on DOOL. And so time marches on…

Steve
Steve

Thanks James

Jed Allan is a fine actor (and great host of Celebrity Bowling!). However, he was totally wrong for Edward. In a rare admission of error, Jill Phelps eventually realized this and put Ingle back on contract after his DAYS stint.

Sandra Ferguson’s brief tenure as Felicia and the guy who took over as Larry Ashton last year were other head scratchers.

Shay
Shay

@Steve……Your description of Constance Towers’ Helena as “equal parts evil and elegant” was sheer perfection! The mere mention of this iconic character reinforces my great hope that we shall once again be treated to both aspects of her larger-than-life personality, as I still refuse to believe that the Cassadine “Ice Queen” has truly departed this earthly plane.

Joey
Joey

I wish they would bring back the 90s opening sequence. Faces of the Heart truly epitomized love in the afternoon!

dan
dan

Agreed. That was when GH had heart!

dmr
dmr

I loved “Faces of the Heart” opening sequence.

Carrie
Carrie

When Laura returns to Luke after having been held captive by the Cassadines and presumed dead. THAT was Luke’s best exit story. Gloria Monty did them both justice during that story arc.

My other favorite times were when Laura and Luke were broken up yet found themselves living in the same run-down apartment building, and both working for ELQ.

Lisa
Lisa

This promo hardly represents the history of the show or some of it’s best moments…

Jimh
Jimh

Everything from the late 70s until 1985!!!!

carrie
carrie

indeed!

Patrick
Patrick

“to family” – Sonny / Carly / Jason OPEN CLIP MONTAGE w/champagne

the joke is on us

as the clip ends… Laura Wright and Steve Burton hug it out CLOSE

how boring… everything in between is what made the show.

dmr
dmr

Can’t stand to watch this trio; although, I like Jason-solo, without the mob clan, and without “Mumbles” (Sam). I would like to see Jason not written as the mob lapdog and not saddled down with “Monotone Sam” and kids.

su0000
su0000

If it were not for the Luke and Laura wedding, during an era, when there was stay at home housewives to watch live tv, they would simply be just another super couple of the soaps..
My neighbor granny soap guru had told me there was AMC wedding that had Y&R Jack and a diabetic girl, that their wedding was like a Fairytale with horse pulled carriage etc and it was reported that it had more viewers than Luke and Laura but it was reported after the fact of the Luke and Laura ”hoopla” that CBS published and hyped and kept it going for get viewers, after the wedding bragging of the millions of viewers and ABC just moved on from their huge wedding, not mentioning its’ turn out etc…

As for GH, ALL the mob stuff was Awesome!!
so my favorite was mob and Crime Families and my #1, the Cassadine Family !!!

Steve
Steve

Sounds like another dig at Genie Francis from Su. For clarification:
It wasn’t just housewives who watched Luke and Laura’s wedding. College students scheduled their classes (or cut) around their favorite shows. GH also had the benefit of a 3:00 show in those days, after the school day ended. As cable was in its infancy, there were fewer choices to watch.

The wedding of Cliff and Nina on All My Children was magical. Quality-wise, it beat Luke and Laura, but nothing touched the GH wedding ratings.

dmr
dmr

su0000, I think you are referring to AMC’s Cliff and Nina-a gorgeous couple and wedding!

Celia
Celia

Yeah, dmr….I still hear about thst wedding from Gran. Then, what happened? Cliff turned into Jack!! Mamma mia.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…”Cliff” will never be “Jack” for me…even though he “plays him on tv.” (Ask your Gran about that reference to Peter Bergman’s famous commercial from the ‘80’s…)

Carrie
Carrie

We can all set a stopwatch to Su’s harpings of that damn wedding as if that’s ALL that time period was about. LOL

The housewives comment. Hilarious. Then I guess all the young students, male and female, rushing home every day to watch the show were really just housewives and stay at home moms in disguise.

Yes, we all know you seem to enjoy knocking those days and you seem to think it had no validity since it occurred before your time. And we all know you seem to believe the viewers back then must have been simple minded.

I’m sorry you are so misinformed by your “neighbor grannie soap guru” (as you put it) and that your mind is made up.
…No matter how many times fans tell you there were years of action-packed, suspenseful, controversial LnL viewership before that damn wedding day.

For someone who claims to love the mafia ties and the Cassadines, do you actually think those stories began in the 90’s?

Mafia and Cassadines entered the scene during the early LnL storylines you love to dismiss. And those storylines far outweighed any hype that silly wedding ever produced. The wedding consisted of 2 episodes. LnL was years. Mafia entered late 70’s. Cassadines entered early 80’s. Both were centered around LnL and it was endless suspense and cliffhangers for years.

The wedding is the last thing many LnL fans think of, but it was “reason enough” if fans wanted it to be. The LnL characters went through hell and back to make it to that day, carrying the long time fans with them.

That wedding wasn’t all peaches and cream either. It was hardly a snooze fest. It, in and of itself, was a white knuckler with Scottie showing up disrupting the whole thing.

GH, thanks to LnL, was not a boring show viewed by bored housewives. GH, thanks to Gloria Monty, changed the landscape and the genre.

I understand long time fans have challenged you to watch their story from the very beginning on the internet. An informed critique is the only critique. For example, a lot of people hate LnL because of the rape story. At least they watched the stories and they decided for themselves.

And even for people who dislike Laura and/or Genie, those early days are still fantastic viewing for long-time Luke fans and for watching his character evolve. It was a wonderful time of character development for all of the actors, writers and producers. …Rallying together to save this show from cancellation.

JMER
JMER

Carrie, There is also the POV that the L&L rape story brought a discussion of rape to the forefront at a time when it needed to be addressed. No one else was doing it. And the way it was handled made it cutting edge rather than a support of the patriarchy. When I found that out, I watched it too, even though L&L came slightly before I began watching in 82. I’ve watched enough to know that this fresh POV is valid and the story is loved because fans still buy into it which says a lot. The stories of today will not be remembered 40 years from now.

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Your “grannie friend” is wrong, su, at least on the ratings aspect. Cliff and Nina’s wedding (on ABC–All My Children–not CBS) was definitely magical and got big ratings, but the ratings still weren’t even close to what Luke and Laura’s wedding drew. And ABC hyped both weddings, just as it did its entire line-up back then (given that General Hospital, All My Children, and One Life to Live were 1-2-3 in the ratings for much of the early 80s); Cliff and Nina were all over the soap mags (which there were dozens of, back then–dozens), and there was tons of publicity. But as I said, the ratings, although excellent, didn’t compare. Genie Francis, after all, had been on the cover of TVGuide (and I think she and Tony Geary were again, when the wedding took place, but I might be misremembering that part), and Elizabeth Taylor was the guest star. Daytime hadn’t seen ratings like that, ever, and didn’t again, ever.

So yes, there have been other “supercouples” (in quotes because I really detest that word) through the years (including several before LnL), on ABC soaps and other soaps, and it’s entirely possible that some of them were equally popular as LnL or even more so. But nobody has drawn the ratings they did. That’s simply a fact.

I wasn’t a LnL fan, really (I had been a Scotty and Laura fan, and I really hated the idea that a woman would fall in love with her rapist, no matter how much Gloria Monty tried to recast it later as a “seduction”–please, Glo, I saw the episodes, I saw the fear and the anguish–although I came around, more or less, years later when GH revisited the rape and at least attempted to explain how Laura could have forgiven Luke and loved him despite what he did to her), and I didn’t like most of the sci-fi and action-adventure stuff GH did during that time period (I preferred the more solidly reality-based late 70s with Rick-Lesley-Monica and Laura-Scotty-Bobbie), but I can’t argue with the huge (hyuuuuuuuuuuuge!) ratings the show got during the time.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I don’t know where CBS fit into your comment, Su. Both shows were on ABC. Luke and Laura’s wedding DID have the most viewers. From what I read Nina and Cliff (All My Children) had the MOST MARRIAGES TO EACH OTHER. Four. But Luke and Laura hold the record…

Your attempt to change soap history or scoff at it is like a Beyonce fan scoffing at The Beatles or The Stones. They’re all relevant to the fans of their generation and when there’s talent as in the aforementioned groups, the appreciation goes beyond the admiration of their contemporaries. We can belittle I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke show. How about The Three Stooges. Silent films? Every era had its day. If millions of people tuned in, I would assume they did something right. Kinda makes sense, yes? Belittling the past or trying to minimize it is condescending. And pointless. Why do it? Why challenge it? It happened.

Celia
Celia

Suuuu….I have been watching soaps since I was 3….housewives? Didn’t your mom or grandmother watch? I loved AMC, ANOTHER WORLD…. all of them.
I even watched in my College dorm….not just for housewives.
I wish I had been born at that time just for the soaps.

Garrett Godwin
Garrett Godwin

Only one thing I love about GH: Liason (Jason & Elizabeth), the greatest story of friendship, love and romance that has yet to be told still! Everything about Liason that includes saving each other from death and themselves, playing pool, motorcycle rides; the summers of 2002, 2006 and 2007, and early 2008 (their first kiss, Vista Point, their Night of Passion, their son Jake, saying ‘I love you’ for the first time, their secret romance and the safehouse, their song ‘Ours to Keep’, etc.)! Liason deserves both a second chance and a second coming! WE WANT LIASON BACK ON GH!!! WE WANT LIASON BACK ON GH!!!

Patrick
Patrick

B – E – A – U – T – F – U – L

if this show wants any credibility… especially for the rerun of Jason and Sam.

BOY was I pissed yesterday… as Sam is berating Liz about where Drew and Franco are ? God this trio has spiraled. I am so happy about it. because of Frank Valentini agenda and his hiring practice.

Roaring laugh out loud… as Sam storms off to look for : Drew … and Franco?
she yells out : ” I work alone ” what a joke ! any way… Liz … follows.. knowing she overheard Sam telling Jason… she’s in love with him.

@K/Kay… thank you for readily pointing out. Liz and Jake Doe … not even knowing each other…. THESE TWO FELL IN LOVE. another couple who were left by the wayside…. along with Valentin and Nina.

this is what Frank Valentini Jean Shelley and Chris are doing….

forefronting : their pets agenda … Sam / Carly ; Jason and Sam ; Michael and Nelle. whomever Finn is attached.. and whomever Franco is attached….

WOAH : this has to stop.

@GARRETT : I LOVE LIZ and the Jason of ole. ^^^^ excellent write-up.

if GH has any credible story … they’d better mine yours.

dmr
dmr

I laughed when Sam jumped onto Harvey’s hotel balcony with her stupid black boots. God, how I wished she accidently tumbled over the balcony into oncoming traffic! I can’t stand her-“Mumbles!”

Patrick
Patrick

PS: Tamara Braun as Kim…. WOW – DANG IT – I am in love with her… she can go anywhere on the canvas…. just like Britta , no? so much chemistry.

anyway… like I read in SOD … they commented that Liz didn’t seem to have any friends… and it was SOD who suggested Kim.

YES YES YES… it’s working

LOVED how Kim brought Liz a cup of coffee… and they talked .. bonded… the start of BFF @General Hospital. as there should be… two of the HOTTEST , truly , thee leading ladies of this show

Satan
Satan

It’s never going to happen. Liz could probably get Drew though. Certainly would be an upgrade from Frodd.

Thad Bosley
Thad Bosley

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Never has more truth been packed into one statement!!!! The promo dept oughta be ashamed of themselves for creating such an awful representation of 55 years of GH. Shame. Shame.

JMER
JMER

There are some much better quality content viewer-made versions floating around Twitter.

robbie
robbie

Will never forget Tracy withholding Edward’s meds as he faked a heart attack! Great performances

carrie
carrie

Jane Elliot should have been in that montage promo quite a bit.

Shay
Shay

The only person Dr. Bensch looks like to me is “Morning Schmo!”

gloria
gloria

Oh, yes Tracy & Edward scenes were awesome. And the Alan/Monica/Rick/Lesley stuff was great-Alan trying to kill Monica! And the birthmark on AJ-finding out he was Alan’s not Rick’s.

carrie
carrie

So ironic though how Steve Burton at current age looks like Rick Webber (actor chris robinson) during that time. It’s eerie how much they resemble.
And does anyone else think Dr. Bensch kinda sorta looks like a cleaned up version of Luke? Their bone structures and profiles remind me of each other.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Don’t see either of your comparisons, carrie. Steve Burton has always reminded me of Paul Newman when he was young (though Paul Newman was sorta in a class of his own…his blue eyes defined blue eyes! Yet; there’s something about Steve that reminds me of him. And poor Max DePaiva (Dr. Bensch). Did you see him years ago as Max Holden on OLTL? He was quite good-looking, charming and the ladies man! I guess it’s a tribute to his acting because he beyond creeps me out in this part. Didn’t take to the character from the beginning. As soon as he arrived he was too stern and seems to be taking tacky lessons from Howard Stern! 🙂

Speaking of Howard Stern…never had any desire to see his film way back when, Private Parts, but for some reason I did. And…it was hilarious!

carole
carole

I have not seen any of the moments that will be aired on the 55, but I hope that it does have the FIRST episode. How about Steve and Jesse and Lucille? Seventh floor nursing station! Lee? SO MANY I HAVE FORGOTTEN THEIR NAMES BUT I CAN SEE THEIR FACES!
One thing I loved recently (sometime in the last year) when Monica came home from playing cards and said oh… *whats her name, * whats her name and *whatsher name were all there and we played and blah blah, but we KNEW ALL OF THOSE WOMEN! It was a great flash from the past! we need more of those! Love the early memories, we see these stories every day, and need some more from the PAST 55. I have been watching since day 1, with my mother then after school. And it continued, remember instead of DVR’ing, we “taped” the show? I do miss the characters of the olden days but especially Edward and Tracy, Robert, Frisco…and of course – Lila!
sorry I ran on and on and did not remember some names. I am old! get over it!

gloria
gloria

When Luke & Laura got married we didn’t even have a way to tape the show-at least I didn’t. I was working in an office part-time as teenager & I would call home & my little sister would turn the tv up loud & lay the phone next to it so I could hear GH! I would pretend to be on hold at work, ha, ha.

carole
carole

You are right! I got out of school at 2:30, time to get home for our GH! Then my mom went to work as a nurse but got home right around 3, and I was there. My mom has been gone since 1997, so this is one of my favorite memories of us.

dmr
dmr

I loved the “clink/boom” montage from the 90’s with Sonny and Lily and Brenda and Jax. Oh, how I loved that era! I also loved the adventure of the 80’s with Frisco and Felicia (my first, favorite super couple). I remember crying when BJ died, and then when Stone died. So many stories were told with ‘heart and soul’ back then. Of course, I loved and miss the Q’s.

carole
carole

Where are you guys seeing these montages? I have not seen anything! Does it not start until next Monday?

Patrick
Patrick

AND

WE’RE

JUST

GETTING

STARTED

as – his – piercing blue eyes don that mask… shiver me timbers

brian
brian

Would be mice to see some clips of Aunt Ruby and Nurse Ann Logan.

rebecca1
rebecca1

That promo was a compilation of recent GH history. It did nothing to celebrate or honor its beginnings, its soul, its roots. It’s comparable to a family tree dating back ten years.

Great music though! Packed quite the punch! hahahah…true.

Steve
Steve

Top 5 GH Weddings:
1. Luke & Laura — just for how it impacted the cultural zeitgeist. Throw in Elizabeth Taylor and the surprise return of Scotty catching the bouquet.

2. Alan & Lucy — the scene of her walking down the stairs in the right red dress.

3. Robert & Anna — the outdoor shoot in the “Quartermaine Garden”

4. Sean & Tiffany — could anyone not laugh at Elsie Mae Crumholtz

5. Frisco & Felicia — the cop marrying the Aztec princess

A shout out to the “almost was”:
Patrick & Sabrina — does it get more soapy to have the dead wife show up. Emma saying “Mommy”

Franco & Carly — his takedown of Carly and Sonny exposed them for all to see

Spinelli & Maxie — Mac fainting with relief

carrie
carrie

Gawd I loved the Elsie Mae Crumholtz moment. 🙂

Shay
Shay

Sab’s “wedding interruptus” was one of GH’s greatest visual moments ever….seeing her jilted, whimpering and collapsed at the altar in a mound of crumpled taffeta was simply awesome!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

This so-called promo tells you all you need to know about the mindset of the GH brass: Sonny, Carly, Jason ad nauseam… But you already knew that, now, didn’t you?!?!

And, yeah, we got the double entendre of Sonny’s mention of “family.”

Look! They threw a bone to Monica!

As usual, for any retrospective, they trot out a black-and-white scene from the first episode and then fastforward to the Luke and Laura wedding of 1981, as though nothing in the 1960s and 1970s mattered…

Look! They threw a bone to the BJ heart-transplant story!

For 2.5+ decades, the focus has been on Sonny and the mob… Yaaaawwwwnnn… So the brief moment of hospital life, personified in the early clip by Steve, Jessie, and Audrey, was forever forgotten and forever altered by the interminable mob storylines.

Look! They ran out of bones to throw!

I like Nelle telling off Carly (“What goes around comes around, Bitch!”) and Ava yelling “No more!” to Sonny and Carly, as she starts a fire. Trust me, that’s how more than half the audience feels…

And with regard to my Friend su0000’s neighbor granny soap guru, I think I dated her: when I was young and trying to pass for straight… 🙂

rebecca1
rebecca1

Haven’t “seen” you in a while, Jamesj! But this post was worth waiting for! LOL!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thank you, rebecca1! You’re a day brightener!

jaybird369
jaybird369

James…as usual…RIGHT ON, BROTHER!!!!! Now…here are my 2 cents…

1. That SCUMBAG Sonny even bringing up the word ‘family’…what a joke?!?!?
2. Next time, Nelle should PUNCH Carly!!!!! POW!!!!!
3. Oh, how I miss Tony Jones…A LOT!!!!!
4. I wish that Monica was onscreen…A LOT MORE!!!!!
5. Oh…and BTW, your last paragraph (and your smiley face) made me LOL!!!!! Forgive me, Brother…but I had to laugh. Again…lol.

Have a good one, Brother. Later.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thank you, jaybird369! We’re sympatico, for sure. Glad you liked my last paragraph… 🙂

Team Tony
Team Tony

I agree with you jaybird, and I miss Tony Jones too. It’s nice when people remember him.

Steve
Steve

James
Unfortunately, most of the episodes from the 60s and 70s no longer exist. As was common at the time, they reused the same tapes. An outlier or two pop up on YouTube once in a while, but unless there’s a hidden vault somewhere, we’ll miss out on those early moments.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

You know, Steve, I had heard that before, too, and it’s such a shame. It’s almost hard to believe. I guess we just have to rely on our memory…

Debra m
Debra m

Anything with Luke and Laura, from their on the run story, dancing at Wyndams department store, their wedding, the reuniting at the mayor’s mansion, the triple L diner scenes, to the ups and downs in their marriage. No other ciuple like them with that type of chemistry. But, loved Scorpio and Holly slowly falling in love, sexy couple, the early Brenda and Sonny falling in love, and all of Alan and Monica, him stalking her and Rick, the explosion, Monica’s breast cancer story, Alan’s drug addiction. GH’s biggest mistake will always be killing off Alan.

carole
carole

ditto Alan should still be here!

carrie
carrie

They could have shown some Quartermaine bickering in that promo. They could have shown some Quartermaine pizza thanksgiving scenes….something…..anything.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Alan and AJ; what were they thinking killing off the Qs!!!!???

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Should Drew Get The Flash Drive Back, But Lose The Last Five Years Of His Life In Doing So?

On Friday’s episode of ABC’s General Hospital, Drew (Billy Miller) is faced with a dilemma that could change the course of his life forever.  It all comes down to DA Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), and her vendetta against Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), and how she is leveraging her possession of the flash drive that holds all of Drew’s memories and the key to his past.

In a confrontation at the Metro Court, Drew comes over to talk to Margaux, where he says he is not sure why he hasn’t taken it upon himself to turn her into the cops.  She adamantly points out that she is an attorney, and that he has no evidence that could be used against her in a court of law.  While she goes on about making Sonny pay for what he did to her father, she tries to get Drew to come along with her in her vendetta.  Drew refuses, not because of Sonny or Jason (Steve Burton), but he does not want to do this to Sam (Kelly Monaco) and have Danny be without his father.

Drew then stands up to her and tells he he knows she has been manipulating him for months. Even knowing she has the key to his life with the flashdrive that hold all of his missing years, Drew tells Margaux that she can hold this over his head, but even if he had the flashdrive there is a chance that the procedure to restore his memories could go wrong, and the sad fact that in doing the procedure, he will definitely lose the last five years of his life and all of those memories with Sam and more.  He says to Margaux that those memories mean everything to him.

A confident and irritated Marqaux tells him she is sure he will want the flash drive one day and that he knows her terms if she was to give it to him – helping her bring down Sonny and Jason for the murder of her father.   Drew is left with a difficult decision, while Margaux gets into an elevator and begins to cry over wanting to avenge her father’s death.  But little does she know, that evidence could prove that he was not the man she thinks he was.

So this begs the question to GH fans: Would you like to see Drew retrieve all of his memories as Andrew Cain, at the cost of losing the last five year of his life since being in Port Charles …  or should Drew leave his mind and memories alone and just go forward keeping the last five years in tact, and foregoing what other important history in his life that he may need to know now, or in the future? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: Y&R’s Joshua Morrow, DWTS: Juniors & GH’s Hudson West & B&B’s Joe Lando

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live! October 2018” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday night’s broadcast of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman you can now listen to the replay right here in audio player above!

This episode was given to the gents in soaps as Michael welcomed his very special guests: The Young and the Restless Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman), Dancing with the Stars: Juniors and General Hospital’s Hudson West (Jake), and The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman favorite, Joe Lando (Judge Craig McMullen).

During this fun night of chat, Joshua weighed-in on the Shick wedding that went bust, when Sharon told Nick at the altar that she knows he had sex with Phyllis.  Morrow, who will celebrate his 25th year as Nick Newman in early 2019 chimed in what the future for the stat-crossed couple may hold, and how he has enjoyed showing Nick’s dark side of late, plus he revealed one scene he felt uncomfortable with that he would not play, the ladies over the years in Nick’s life, and when asked by a listener of his memories of the late, great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor), Joshua shared some fun and poignant remembrances. He also addressed the status of Doug Davidson at the CBS daytime drama, and hopes that the writers will find a way to utilize the Y&R vet in the future.

Next, Hudson West’s joined the podcast where he gave listeners the inside scoop on what it has been like to be one of the 12 celebrity kids competing in the first-ever Dancing with the Stars: Juniors, which debuts Sunday at 8PMEST in a two-hour season premiere on ABC.  Hudson talked on how he has been learning the dance moves with his young pro dance partner and Dancing with the Stars pro mentor, how he deals with nerves before performing his dance routines and more.  General Hospital fans who know of Hudson’s Daytime Emmy-nominated performance of Jake Webber, Elizabeth and Jason’s son, got some interesting tidbits when he talked about working with Rebecca Herbst, Steve Burton and more, and how much he loves being on the show.

The final guest of the night was Joe Lando.  Prior to bringing Joe on the air, Michael played a classic clip from Megan’s death on One Life to Live from the 90’s, where Joe as Jake Harrison performed one of the saddest and most memorable scenes in soaps with his then acting partner, Jessica Tuck.  Joe then revealed when he was on Soap Nation Live that it has been over 20 years since he had heard the scene, and was still moved by it.  Lando who is now appearing as Judge McMullen on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful teased there could be a love interest around the corner for the judge, as well as some retribution for his ruling in the custody case of Will Spencer, because of a favor called in by Ridge.  Lando also talks about his time on the hit primetime series, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman as Byron Sully, and shared more about his time on One Life to Live working with the likes of: Erika Slezak, Bob Woods, and Tuck.

Last, during out Game Show segment, a lucky caller won two VIP tickets to the Star Struck Fan Event Fall Festival in Alexandria, Virginia featuring members of the cast of Days of our Lives, as well as a Y&R goodie bag; which includes a personalizes autographed picture of Joshua Morrow, after answering correctly some Nick Newman trivia!

For archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Joshua, Hudson, and Joe above, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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General Hospital Honored With Sentinel Award For Alzheimer’s Storyline

This week, ABC’s General Hospital was one of the recipients and honorees at the 2018 Sentinel Awards.

The awards honor storylines that inform, educate, and motivate audiences to make choices for healthier and safer lives.

Now in their 19th year, the 2018 Sentinel Awards were presented by Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), a program of The Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

The 12 outstanding Sentinel Awards honorees for 2018 spotlighted topics that included: nuclear safety, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, autism, sexual assault, mental health and disabilities.

One of those programs to receive the award was ABC’s General Hospital for “Sonny’s Dad storyline” which as viewers know shed a light on the progression of Alzheimer’s disease for those afflicted and their loved ones.   The story is beautifully played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).  Accepting  the award on behalf of the series was EP, Frank Valentini.

Other series, notably Empire was recognized for their abortion storyline, and Grey’s Anatomy for their Hemorrhage cart storyline representing Maternal health were two other popular shows that also received recognition for their work. among others.

So, proud of GH for receiving this honor for the work they are doing in telling the emotional tale of Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s and how it affects Sonny and his family? Comment below.

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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