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General Hospital Scores One-Two Ratings Punch! Britt Baby Complications Most Watched Episode In 5 Months! Baby Connie Name Reveal 2nd Most Watched Episode in Over Two Years in Key Demo!

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Last week was a great week for General Hospital, and so too were the stories and episodes!  Two of which we had reported on in our Soap Buzz and just as much as we loved them, so did the audience!

According to ABC, for the ratings week of September 9-13th, the Tuesday September 10th telecast of GH featuring complications with Britt’s  (Kelly Thiebaud) baby and a newly-freed Franco (Roger Howarth) proclaiming his feelings for Carly (Laura Wright), ranked as the series’ most-watched telecast in nearly 5 months in Total Viewers (3.00 million), while Wednesday’s episode Sept 11th), revealing Baby Connie as the name that Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) and Lulu (Emme Rylan) chose for their new little bundle of joy, was GHs  =2nd-most-watched telecast in over 2 years in Women 25-54 (1.03 million) – since 4/10/13 and 8/15/11, respectively.

Both these episodes illustrated that good umbrella story and pushing the story forward brings in the viewers, plus seeing characters the audience wants to see front and center also helps along with stellar performances

So what do you think of GH strong showing and numbers? Were you watching last week all the baby drama for Britt, Dante and Lulu, Spinelli and Maxie? And Franco professing his feelings to Carly?  Let us know!

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Tea
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Tea

I was watching both days to see @MauriceBenardMB & Sonny’s breakdown story. That’s the problem with naming certain things and leaving out other.

Shay
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Shay

Well then you had a treat today….Sonny doing the manic was just about the most entertaining I have ever seen him….not generally a fan of MB’s acting style, but he was laugh out loud funny at that party. They should give him more scenes of such levity….it definitely broke that decades old mold that he’s been trapped in..and it was a wonderful and welcome change of pace!!!!! (I especially enjoyed Carly and the “Bensonhurst Babe’s” reaction to his mirth and merriment!!!!)

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

While I am enjoying the story of Brit’s baby very much and was interested in the name of Lante’s baby, I remain repulsed by the Franco story and especially with the farce of the infatuation between him and Carly. Clearly the story is hated by many fans, even though many apparently are fine with it. I would be surprised if it is bringing new viewers to GH but I’m sure RC/FV will try to spin it that way. For me I can’t watch RH’s scenes as Franco, even though I respected and liked him as Todd. At this point I… Read more »

Larry Smooth
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Larry Smooth

I’m watching for Maxie and Spinelli, and I want them to claim BABY GEORGIE ASAP!!!

Debbie Hamilton
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Debbie Hamilton

Same here. I want Maxie and Spinelli together and the baby with name changed to Georgie.
xxxxx

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

Robins return, and the reveal of baby Bens true parentage will cause ratings to go even higher…wait and see…i bet if ratings were calculated by all age groups and both sexes the ratings would be even higher. Meanwhile im still hoping Robin will be an imposter who takes baby Ben and disappears with him after its revealed Ben is Patricks and Robins child(or is he) I still believe my favorite Dr.O has plans for the child and is the person who sent a fake Robin to PC to get her hands on the baby…it probably wont happend but i think… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

You may not be tooooo far off the mark, jimh….at least in reference to our adored “Dr. O.!!!!” Enough said….

Joshua
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Joshua

The toddler playing the baby is Asian which makes sense since Brad — Asian — is the father. Doubt Patrick has any Asian in his lineage.

Shay
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Shay

I didn’t notice any Asian features during “Baby Ben’s” closeup…and he obviously doesn’t have a dark, funky hairdo, either!!!! Definitely not like Brad…..

janet
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janet

You are giving tiic of this show right now TOO TOO TOO much credit. They will never think of anything so devious and actually intriguing ,unless they copy it from you.
I have shut the Sonny’s off his meds show, and watched the Britt part on here. It was good. Sorry when Sonny eats the show as he is prone to do, I just don’t’ bother to watch. I still think the baby is Patrick’s or he would have insisted on a dna test.

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

I wish they would use some fans story ideas…not just mine but others ive read that sound even better…Sonny can be a bit too much at times(however i wish certain members of my own family would act more like him when they are off or even when they are on their meds, and unfortunately unlike the tv show i cant shut them out…lol) Also, i feel there is more twists to come in Britts baby storyline. Thanks 4 the reply Janet!!!

moshane58
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moshane58

I really love GH.Hate they killed off Kelly Sullivan but the show is still great and now the return of Robin.Just gets better.

Cathy
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Cathy

Let’s not forget the announcement of Robin returning brought back viewers also. Since many are trying to catch up on GH for Robin’s return.

gemma
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gemma

Not really.

Charles
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Charles

The storylines are silly, and clearly the writers don’t know what to do with the major characters.Initially I disliked, Sony, but even mobsters deserve some normalized family life.Bringing back Michaels birth dad, was done to prop up the Quartermaine family tree and give them and the show a sense of history,but E.J.Monica’s son or the character ‘s acting is flat, and boring at best.Ava, and Franco, I still call him Todd Manning, is the most ludicrous stretch of anyone’s imagination?This is the worst travesty of the entire show.James Franco was the only Franco!!!!!Quit this nonsense of a story, and Laura… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

I have been intrigued with new Franco..
RH is owning his character of Franco and I am waiting for RH to really show off his Franco in a story involving him!! awesome!!

GH has been outstanding in many ways!!!

GH has risen from the ashes!!!! It is reborn and rockin !!

gemma
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gemma

I love RH, he’s hilarious, really don’t care if he is Todd, Franco…don’t care, love him.

Patrick
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Patrick

any hot-blooded person(s)… be it man or woman… in his presence… tantalize… the prospects are there… he quips he reals he “owns” Yikes! anyway… on to Carly… “?” big question “!” big WTH… heck is going on? her character… is being so…. how shall we say this…. written poorly…. she’s “fighting” with Felix – he’s her boyfriend. she’s acting childish with Ava… over the big party for Kiki/Morgan. she storms off… AGAIN from Franco’s room… that she’s done w/him I mean… mother of the year… will stand and fight for… it’s been months… and she’s still doing the same…. things…… Read more »

Julie
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Julie

I’m watching for Spixie. I honestly believe Britt is being over hyped and given to much credit by the soaps media and ABC. I honestly believe most fans don’t give a damn about Britt and wants the truth to come out that its not her baby and then she can leave GH for good. I can’t wait for baby Georgie to be claimed by her real parents Maxie and Spinelli, and she can get away from those imposters!

Patrick
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Patrick

yesterdays’ epi… when Britt, Nicholas, and Benjamin left the hospital… I’ve never seen Britt look more radiant… ratings be damned.. who are the Nielsons! ? this is one time I’m with them… hooray for Britt and Maxie…. IMO – DAYS should be #2…. GH #1. CBS, sad to report… is doldrums… a shell of itself. I must add… Michael Muhney, Adam… is saving Y&R… sadly.. waiting for Sharon to be righted.. ala writing.. seems too far away… dag! did you see Maxie yesterday… in that black dress… looking so HOT! this girl… has elevated herself.. to woman. and it shows…… Read more »

linda
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linda

who cares general hospital will still be cancelled next year. meridith viera talk show will replace general hospital next year. general hospital needs to go away now. lets see more talk shows and reality shows. i work for abc. hows that for you.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Well… this is sad to say but there is a part of me that would rather the show be cancelled than to have to suck it up with so much of the new approach by TPTB

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

Sorry you dont like GH but no one is forcing you to watch a show you dont like…

George
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George

Somehow I doubt you work for abc. You’re just stirring up nonsense. You know your comments will get negative attention. Three words for you Get a life!:)

peter
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peter

i agree with you linda. general hospital needs to be cancelled. i would rather watch a game show talk show or reality. gh is so so boring. abc wants out of the soap business.

ally
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ally

george you are a rude man. linda me everyone can voice their own opinions on here. if you don’t like peoples opinions, do not come on this site and harass people.

su0000
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su0000

That is nonsense ..

boes
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boes

Well you certainly sound like you have the intelligence level to not only work for ABC but be a top executive.

kevin
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kevin

LOL 🙂

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

And since you work for abc…you claim…there is a great possibilty you could be replaced too…lol

boes
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boes

To each his own. I haven’t watched in weeks.

For me the show is unwatchable. The Franco mess is awful, and although I love Roger Howarth on OLTL I hate him on GH.
I’ll tune in when Robin returns for those scenes only and then back out again.

k/kay
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k/kay

I also quit watching months ago hit and miss here and there. Tell me this the recast Morgan has he ever had a scene with Molly? I thought they were close growing up or was I wrong?

Barb Harnedy
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Barb Harnedy

I’m really enjoying almost every aspect of GH right now! Sad to lose Kelly Sullivan, but impressed how her murder has impacted so many different story lines! Anxious to find out the true parentage of both babies! And if you think you already know…I promise they are wayyy ahead of us! It will be something we didn’t see coming!! Look forward to more Dante & family scenes soon!!

heidi
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heidi

I am very happy for everyone at GH!!! They are on fire right now and I love it!!! it is the best show, cast, writers and crew!!!

I Love GH
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I Love GH

I agree!

Nancy
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Nancy

Bradford Anderson and Kirsten Storms have been killing it with their amazing acting during this Spixie baby story. I’m watching for Maxie, Spinellli, and baby Georgie! Britt, Dante, and Lulu do nothing for me and been blah during the last couple of months. I’m also enjoying Emma, Patrick, Anna, Felicia, and Mac.

heidi
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heidi

Agree completely!!!

Phil
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Phil

Then there is this week! I am actually enjoying Days of our Lives more than General Hospital this week.

Johnny
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Johnny

With the exception of the gays and yet anoher DiMera victory (seriously Stefano…retire) I am loving Days too. Kristen, Marlena, and Nicole could have a spinoff! Their bitchy battles are must see. I also want another drug laced, looped out book club gathering. That was choice!

Tabitha Rollins
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Tabitha Rollins

Wow talk about Spixie being ignored in this article until the last sentence! I was not watching GH to see Lante give Spixie’s baby a fake name! I was watching in hoping that both Maxie and Spinelli smarten up and get “THEIR BABY” away from Dante and Lulu, and raise their baby together as a family!

heidi
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heidi

Agree!!!

aria
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aria

i love GH , its rocking and so is everyone, i’ love the 3 ex oltl in their new roles and can’t wait for Robin to come home and for Anna to become more front and center, the only thing GH is failing missererably at is how they are treating Genie Francis. its sad that Y&R she devil boss fired her, but then for GH to hire her and treat her like an extra is even worse, shame on you FV and RC, this is really insulting.

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

They should show more Laura…bringing back Scotty and Leslie seems totally pointless…Leslie never showed up at the hospital to visit Lulu and the baby!!!

DEE
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DEE

IAM LOVING IT, NOW BRITS BABY REALLY LULU AND CRAZY STAVOS! I BET

DEE
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DEE

OH FOR GOT TO SAY THANK YOU FRANK AND RON.

Johnny
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Johnny

t I have alternately praised and been confounded by RC’s writing, but this fall he is not even trying. He just dusted off last year’s scripts and changed names to protect the guilty. Where do I begin. Okay…former villain comes to town with a different face to claim mob territory and torment Duke and Anna (2012 Faison, 2013 Julian). Part of the plot involves marrying mob child to one of Sonny’s offspring (2012 Trey/Kristina, 2013 Kiki/Morgan). There is a shooting death of someone Sonny loves (2012 Jason, 2013 Connie). A mob thug gets shot and kicked off the pier (2012… Read more »

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

Im enjoying gh but what youve said is so true…

Shay
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Shay

EXCELLENT observations, Johnny…particularly the ones pertaining to Alexis!!!! Her motor mouth revelations (confessions?) to an (almost) perfect stranger were beyond embarrassing! (Cringe de la cringe!!!!!)

Patrick
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Patrick

you just created a new saying… LOL

love it.

cringe de la cringe

Shay
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Shay

So glad you enjoyed it, Patrick, but I cannot take credit for what is not mine….you must thank “Cressida Bonas,” Prince Harry’s latest squeeze….apparently she coined the phrase to describe the greatest height of embarrassment and humiliation, and I loved it so much when I read it that I made a point to save it for those especially applicable occasions….I thought the one with Alexis was befitting of the term!!! (Love it, use it, never lose it…..LOL!)

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Yup. In a nutshell, how many ways can we say LAZY WRITING….

Johnny
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Johnny

YUP. People bashed Guza and Phelps for these types of violent, misogynistic, mob related stories for a decade. And Cartini is doing NOTHING differently. They are even retelling their own recent stories. If anything they are worse because the old regime made no pretense about having or wanting the veterans around. The show HAS many vets hat we rarely see but are clamoring for. Everyone on the canvas is now just an extension of the mob. Why did ABC even fire Phelps and Cuss only to hire another duo who plans to take the show in the exact same direction?

Robbyrob
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Robbyrob

This is in reply to Johnny… In my humble opinion, a big NOPE! Big difference here. Phelps/Guza used their mob to only play 3 characters, Jason/Carly/Sonny. No one else existed…oh that’s right, they existed long enough to get killed off (Alan, Zander, Tony, Justus, Emily, Georgie, Rick, Logan (Scotty’s son no less!) and did I mention Jake? I pretty much gave up on GH that whole decade Phelps was in charge. Her only saving grace was the wonderful love story of Robin and Patrick. Frank and Ron have done wonderful things for GH. Sure, growing pains abound and not everything… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Alexis.

high strung.
high spirited.
high dolt.

she’s the personification of frigid angst.

she couldn’t keep a man to save her life…. so she boldly quotes high virtue and moral.

her legalese keeps her busy to ignore “her”

LOL.

don’t get me wrong… I love her daughters.

it’s just that.. I laughed when… Derik was talking with Anna/Duke… and there was saint supreme justice Alexis looking down from the 2nd floor at the hospital…

ie: just like she ranted and raved to Shawn about his misdeeds… left him flatulence

lol… for all it’s worth… Alexis

put out

mark
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mark

I want maxie and spinelli to claim that baby of theirs!

meredith viera is not going to replace GH she is yesterdays mashed potatoes!

Caitie
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Caitie

I’m pleased that GH is experiencing a solid uptick in the ratings and I will agree that the combined baby stories have created some good interest – although I very much question that the naming of baby Connie was as much of a key part of this interest as the press comments would indicate. Yes, on the Sept 11 episode, the reveal of her name gave us a heart-warming and heart-breaking scene with MB and the baby at the very end. But that was the very end of the episode, and it was all that came before which created and… Read more »

missellie
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missellie

I completely agree. This is off topic but would add that for me, as a long term viewer, I turned off most of GH this past Summer. I couldn’t stomach the constant propping of the Franco and Kiki characters. I have come back to viewing recently and have been impressed with a lot of actors, especially KS and BA as Maxie and Spin.

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Loving Ava Jerome!!!
She, along with Brit are the best additions to Gh since Brenda Barret was added

Judy
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Judy

I’m enjoying Maxie and Spinelli. I love that Spixie is getting more airtime as of late, and I hope it continues. I can’t wait for Maxie and Spinelli to drop the bomb on Dante and Lulu that the baby is theirs and they want their baby. I’m also enjoying Sonny and his meltdown.

janet
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janet

I like Maxie but she needs to take her daughter because the kid should not be related to the drunk driver who killed his grandson, and didn’t care, AND the mobster who kills everyone ,and causes his kids untold pain and horror. This baby should not have that horror of a name and Dante the dirty cop for a father. Maxie needs to step up and realize this. Britt also gave her kid the grandmother from hell. Dr.O. These babies will grow up with the same things against it. I don’t care what the ratings say. this show is going… Read more »

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I think Maxie should have her baby and be with Spinelli !

Levi
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Levi

I never miss an episode, been watching since the 70’s. This year has seen the best stories since the 80’s.

Buddy Lee
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Buddy Lee

I am LOVING everything about “GH” right now, from Sonny’s bipolar storyline, to the Michael/Morgan/Kiki trio, Franco and Carly, Dante/Lulu-Maxie/Spinelli-Britt/Brad/Patrick-etc. Baby drama, Silas and Sam, Alexis and Julian Jerome storylines, and just anxious for Luke, Laura, and Robin to all return and all that entails!!! “GH” is great and that is the reason for the ratings!!!

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ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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Emme Rylan On Her Final GH Scenes: “Laying There Emotionless While My Amazing Costars Cried Over My Comatose Body Was One of the Hardest Acting Challenges EVER!”

If you watched Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, you witnessed an emotional and heartbreaking episode where friends, family, and loved ones had to say their goodbyes to Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan) before she is transferred to a long-term care facility to be looked after following her brain injuries and surgery which left her in a coma.

This was to mark the last scenes of Emme Rylan who has exited the series after being let-go.  In story, viewers watched as Nikolas (Marcus Coloma), Maxie (Kirsten Storms), Dante (Dominic Zamprogna), Tracy (Jane Elliot) and a grief-stricken Laura (Genie Francis) sat by Lulu’s hospital bedside telling her they will be waiting for her to wake up, as the agonize over the gravity of the situation.

On Wednesday, Rylan took to social media to tell her fans how difficult it was for her to tape those scenes, when she expressed: “Laying there emotionless while my amazing costars cried over my comatose body was one of the hardest acting challenges EVER! They don’t exactly have you practice that in acting school (Thank u to everyone that noticed).”

In response former GH star Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) who also went through a similar on-screen situation when his character was killed-off tweeted back to Em: “I 100% agree and understand, haha.”

The episode gave  Genie Francis a fantastic palette to play and reminded everyone why she is one of the greatest icons of the genre.

So, what did you think of Emme’s statement on trying to get through those difficult scenes as played by her co-stars?  Share your thoughts below.

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Daytime Emmys To Remain Virtual For Upcoming 2021 Ceremony

With an uncertain situation of when live events can get back to normal, or as they have been in the past prior to the coronavirus pandemic, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced today that it plans on keeping next year’s Daytime Emmys award show virtual, to allow for the 2022 awards cycle to stay on track.

In fact, all of NATAS’s award ceremonies including: the News and Documentary Emmys, Technology & Engineering Emmys and the Sports Emmys will also remain virtual next year.

The Daytime Emmys became the first major award show to air a virtual presentation that others followed back in late June of this year and aired on CBS.

In a statement, NATAS chairman and CEO Adam Sharp expressed on the organization’s decision:“The current timetables articulated by manufacturers project mass availability of vaccinations for the entire U.S. population by mid-summer 2021, potentially permitting a return to more traditional in-person ceremonies later in the fall. However, we have determined that delaying our 2021 events to possibly allow for a compressed calendar of in-person Emmy ceremonies late in the year would result in unacceptable delays to our awards cycle for 2022. Instead, we have decided to remain “virtual” in the format of our ceremonies for 2021 while relying on a substantially pre-COVID awards calendar. In so doing, we believe we will be best-positioned to return to a full, on-time, traditional schedule of in-person ceremonies in 2022.

The dates currently under consideration for the 48th annual Daytime Emmys which would be via two or three nights of presentations are: a combination of dates from Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 17 and/or Sunday, July 18.

For those entering the competition, the entry deadline is February, 17, 2021 with  the nominations not to come till May or June.

So, what do you think about the Daytime Emmys going virtual again for 2021? Comment below.

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