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General Hospital Scores 2nd Most-Watched-Week in Over 2 Years in Key Demo!

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The Young and the Restless is not the only show to have an extremely strong ratings week ending October 20th! According to ABC, General Hospital delivered its 2nd-most-watched week in well over 2 years in the key Women 25-54 demo!  And the show continued to be strong for the 9th straight week in Women 18-34 and in the number one spot in that demo!  Looks like Robin’s (Kimberly McCullough) return to the canvas, and all the events surrounding it are clearly paying off for GH!

Here is the official summary of the numbers from Nielsen via ABC, “General Hospital climbed to an over 2-year high in Women 18-49 (745,000/1.2 rating) and delivered its 2nd-most-watched week in well over 2 years in Women 25-54 (960,000/1.6 rating) – since weeks of 9/26/11 and 8/15/11, respectively – ranking a solid #2 in the demos and was the #1 program for the 9th straight week in Women 18-34 (254,000/0.8 rating).   Furthermore, it climbed to a six-month high in Total Viewers (2.821 million) – since week of 4/8/13.  General Hospital  improved over year ago levels by 11% in Women 18-49 (745,000 vs. 672,000) and by 17% in Women 25-54 (960,000 vs. 819,000).”

So it looks to be a very good time for soaps as we head into the crucial and all important November Sweeps period!   What do you think of General Hospital’s performance over the last week?  Do you think with the big ratings period behind us, GH will score in the top spot of all the key female demos? And what about the men? What show are you watching?  Let us know!

 

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Jake NJ
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Jake NJ

The show has been “must see TV”. I love the stories…all the former cast and stories being blended into the new. Btw I thought the Heather, Lucy and Scotty scenes were so funny…the three of them have such comedic timing…give us more Ron and Frank.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I enjoyed that scene too, and hope the 3 work together again in the future…i wonder if Heather got her disguise from the same disguise shop where Dr.O gets hers…

Shay
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Shay

What I want to know is where Dr. O. obtained that oh-so fab and fashionable black croc tote she used to stash her disguise and weapons of mass comas….wonder if it could have come from that same high-end handbag shop in Switzerland that left “The Oprah” in such a snit????? As Britt pointed out, the stylish scientista does have money!!! LOL…..

Jane
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Jane

I hope Valentini is cluing into the meaning behind this……fans love theScorpios!

jake r
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jake r

Hear hear! The Scorpios-Robert and Robin, Mac, and Anna Devane (Scorpio) are all on fire! And the evil comedy pair of Cesar Faison and Liesl Obrecht are the best super villain duo ever on daytime TV, even better than Mitch Laurence and Allison Perkins.

Mika
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Mika

I have to admit that I love most of GH these days, but the when the focus is on the Jeromes, Morgan and Kiki and Michael, Franco and Carly, I will fast forward or in the case this week skip those days.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Agree totally on the Franco and Carly piece, and Michael and Kiki are beyond boring now that they’re in happily ever after. However, Morgan and the Jeromes were fabulous today! As were Robin and Faison, Britt and Nik, Robert and Anna.

The show is getting better and better.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Although I wish they would resolve their contract issues with Genie and Tony, if only to give us a decent resolution to LnL. Even to be done with it after that.

su0000
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su0000

You are FF past some very exciting good stuff …

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I agree with su0000 100%…

heidi
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heidi

Well deserved!!! Still think it should be numder one!!! Love GH!!! Love the great legacy characters getting more play!! It truly is must see most of the time!!! Thanks GH!!!

Johnny
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Johnny

Which legacy characters are getting more play exactly?

janet
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janet

Welcome to the Scorpios. Goes to show you. Give the fans who they want, and your ratings will go up. I am not happy about more mobs, but I just DVR and can FF the ones I don’t like. The week -one day I watched real time .If I never see Scummy, Carley, Franco, Luke the new mobs I am fine.I know we have to wait for sweeps ,so the conclusion of Robins abduction will be she sees all and cannot tell she4 is alive. get on with it. Oh yes also here the he !! is AJ ?

Joshua
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Joshua

Jill Farren Phelps, if you can take a break from killing “Young and the Restless,” please tune into “General Hospital” and take notes.

This is how you do daytime drama … and don’t alienate long-time viewers.

mary
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mary

No. I want JPP to stay at Y&TR. Gh is great these days w/o you. Steve Burton can also stay at Y&R too. We are better at GH w/o you.
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jake r
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jake r

I agree! I don’t understand all the people clamoring for Jason to come back. I never got the love for that character. He was always so rude to Alan and Monica, who wasn’t even his birth mother but raised him and took care of him. And why is it every time he was in the hospital for some brain-related issue or another, he was allowed to wear his black t-shirt instead of a hospital gown?

Johnny
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Johnny

Josh….are you actually suggesting that JFP look around and take note of her mistakes????? She is in this business since the 70’s….if she was going to learn from past mistakes….don’t you think she would have done that already?

Patty
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Patty

I don’t care for Michael and Kiki. Trying to justify that Morgan did wrong for keeping her real identity from them makes them the victim is stupid. He only did that because his brother was after his girlfriend and couldn’t be trusted. Trying to make stupid out of the viewers in order to put them together is insulting. Although this is not real life, these things in real life happen and no one would say it’s ok for a brother to go after a brothers girlfriend or wife and them play them as the victims is not realistic. My friends… Read more »

Mrs Brown
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Mrs Brown

2 good actors wasted…

Margaret Johansen
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Margaret Johansen

The show has been incredible! I’m excited to watch it EVERYDAY!! I feel like it’s been November sweeps for the last 2 weeks and it’s still October!!

mary
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mary

Totally must see TV. Better than anything on nighttime tv. I still hope Spixie get their baby back. Gp GH

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I hope Maxie & Spinelli get their baby back.. I can’t stand LuLu these days. Saying it’s her baby, her daughter , and isn’t giving her up. She has a sad awakening coming. LuLu is oppessed …Don’t care for her much lately…

mary
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mary

I call Lulu, Shrewlu, because she has become such a bitch, a shrew. I always love to see Jerry Jaks, robert, and Faison. I hope Ron writes it that spixie get
Their baby. I also hope that the Britch baby is 1/2 hers and 1/2 Dante. Now that would be interesting. Love GH these days.

Shay
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Shay

@mary… I love the “ShrewLu” label, too, as do so many others….it deliciously defines the role: girl has gone from 0 to 100 as lame, but basically likeable, to absolutely beyond insufferable….cannot imagine how she’ll ever be able to get back into the good graces of the viewers when this babymamadrama finally ends. JMB definitely could have pulled off the range of emotions and their nuances that Lulu has experienced over these past many months, but sadly, ER as NuLuLu never achieved those necessary shades of gray. Thus, I see this character/actress continuing to struggle with finding her place and… Read more »

Merry M.
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Merry M.

Can’t wait to see more of Anna and Duke, with some excitement and reminiscing about the past. Their love is the very best!!!!!

Mrs Brown
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Mrs Brown

Use the Duke character better.

jake r
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jake r

GH is GREAT right now! Has been since Robert woke up from his coma and Robin became a contract player again.

I love the days of the week where we have Robert, Anna, Robin, Cesar, Lisl Obrecht, Jerry Jacks, and Luke. And even the Jerome stuff has grown on me a bit.

Mrs Brown
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Mrs Brown

Some of these actors play the best crazy I have ever seen!

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

On the coming attractions for Gh’s Monday episode you see ROXY! I wonder what will be going on with that. Roxy is a BLAST!

mary
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mary

Is she going to be Roxy from OLTL or Delia from Ryan’s Hope. Either way, Irene Kristen is great.

Mrs Brown
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Mrs Brown

YAY!

Jill
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Jill

Yes, it is totally about the Scorpio/Devane shows, the fans want them! Having Dr. O has given some comic relief. I also do not care about Micheal/Kiki/Morgan.

I would rather see Molly, the long lost Kristina, and wrap up the AJ story.

GH is the best and always has been!

Gina S
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Gina S

Olbrecht & Faison are awesome lately…keep them going (not to jail) I have watched GH since the beginnings with my Nana, it is great……Can’t wait for Patrick & Robin to reunite…his connection with Sabrina sucks. Hope Robert sticks around Lulu has turned into a whiny shrew with no fashion sense….hoping though that Britt’s baby is hers & Dante’s since Britt has already said Ben isn’t hers …..keep up the good work xoxo

Shay
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Shay

Yes, Dr. O. must be kept on the canvas at all costs….even if they have to dip into the Anthony Geary slush fund to do so…..sorry Luke, you have been uproariously upstaged and her name is Liesl Obrecht!!!! It is high time for this Valkyrie-loving vixen to assume Helena C’s mantle as GH’s resident “Madame Kryptonite,” the irrepressible and impossible to vanquish villainess of venom. As the glittering Germanic glory, Gati is wickedly worthy, the height of wight!!!!

MarLo
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MarLo

LOVE LOVE LOVE GH!!! Been watching for 30 years
And I won’t stop no matter what! But I must say I
Am THRILLED to have Robert back and to see Robert
and Anna back in action! It’s just killing me that they just
missed Robin! Waiting for robin to reunite with Patrick
and Emma!!!!!!! At first I wasn’t sure about Morgan
but his acting is def growing on me! Very real! Keep
up the good work GH!!!!!!! Now if Steve Burton would return all
will be right in Port Charles! 😉

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

I am a man and have watch GH since it began………..love what I see a mix of excellent actors and a good storyline dictate a excellent return for Kimberly/Robin. To bad the writing was not as good for Genie Francis’s return…………good storytelling for good actors mean a ratings hike and talking for more people to watch………..also advertisement as Brenda received in 2010 can do it too…….keep up the good work GH and please try to do it for all cast……….Love Robin and her return…..

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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.

Photo: JPI

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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