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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Scott Recalls His Father's Disappointment After He Learns Lee Has Died

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Isn’t it nice when one of the soap veterans, who we have grown up with over the years gets to have a moment in the sun, and make us all remember why we have continually loved watching them in the first place?  That was the case on today’s General Hospital with Kin Shriner as Scott Baldwin.

Kin, who was joined in key scenes with another iconic GH cast member, Lynn Herring (Lucy) began to tell the promised homage to Peter Hansen and his beloved character of Lee Baldwin.

Hansen’s passing made GH decide to honor him via the news on-screen that Lee has died in Florida, while Serena (Scott and Lucy’s daughter) was visiting Lee, and his wife, Gail.  In story, Lucy had to get Scott to stop yapping for several minutes until she delivers the sad news that Scott’s father suddenly died.  Not knowing how to react, Scott is shocked, and self-loathing since he has always felt that he was a major disappointment to his father.

There was even a nod to Lee’s alcoholism in the script which won Hansen the Outstanding Supporting Actor trophy for at the 1979 Daytime Emmys.   On Thursday’s GH, Scott pours himself a stiff drink to try to cope and process the news of his father’s death, begging Lucy to leave him alone, but she won’t.  Lucy wants Scott to know that Lee loved the birth of their daughter, Serena (Carly Shroeder), and while there were times he may have disappointed his dad, Lee still loved him.

Viewers are then treated to a flashback of a young Shriner and Hansen in a scene discussing their messed-up father/son relationship.  At the end of the episode there is a knock on Scotty’s door, and it turns out to be a grief-stricken Serena, who has come back to Port Charles to be with her parents following the death of her grandfather.  Before we fade to black, Scott sees Serena and we will have to wait for Friday for the continuation of the story of Lee Baldwin’s death and how it impacts his family and friends.

So, what did you think of the performances today of Kin Shriner and Lynn Herring? Comment below!

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Alan
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Alan

C’mon, GH! Couldn’t you give viewers a CarSon break for a couple of days and just focus on Scotty dealing with the loss of his father while showing some flashbacks of classic GH moments?

(And kudos to Laura Wright for keeping a straight face while delivering the line “I’m not okay with some boy peer pressuring my daughter into drinking — especially since she only has one kidney!”)

Shay
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Shay

Amen, Alan! That absolutely awful Thursday/Friday mishmash of mostly unappealing characters and storylines really robbed the rightful spotlight that belonged to the late Peter Hansen and his magnificent Lee Baldwin! To label that paltry tribute he was afforded as an utter disappointment would be a true understatement! However, having said that, the all-too-brief flashback of this highly-respected and deeply-beloved character was simply and supremely sublime….just in those few all-too-fleeting moments, what we witnessed was more substance, maturity, moral authority and gravitas than what’s currently present in all of the so-called Port Charles’ adults combined! (Not to mention a truly fine… Read more »

Maureen
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Maureen

Poking my big nose in here-is it safe yet?- Especially after the ads and tweets and Facebook advertising Lee’s emotional farewell- it was pathetic. How I had hoped not to see Sonny’s face at all during Friday’s episode. Yeah, dream on. I have to say that Bold and Beautiful has really become my favorite soap, and once again, Friday was a delight. Then to GH, which was most certainly not. I don’t honestly see things getting any better and I know this may invoke wrath, but perhaps I am hoping that Days, which I do not watch, will rise up… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Agreed, Alan. As much as I adore Kin Shriner as Scotty Baldwin, I thought the episode was such a letdown. ONE flashback, that’s it. Long time veteran viewers (been watching since ’84) love vintage flashbacks, why not cater to us for once, and not the Dimpled Don?!?!

Maureen
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Maureen

I feel the same- especially since ABC made a big deal of promoting the tribute. I guess taking one second to flash his photo at the very end was a big deal to them. I am really not liking GH at all right now.

Michael
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Michael

It was nice for GH to at least mention Lee existed … but I felt this was really kind of lame. Even if they didn’t want to go full throttle and do a memorial service (which I thought would have been nice and could of set up some good scenes … Franco meeting Serena, Bobbie and Scotty, Monica and Gail, adding Lee’s pic to the GH wall of deceased members (Lee did have prior legal work involving hospital and was the town’s mayor), maybe a Audrey cameo. Even without that … more flashbacks and fleshing out for newer viewers who… Read more »

Maureen
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Maureen

Yes, agree totally.

su0000
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su0000

ok- I looked him up, viewed a couple of vids.. that was long ago. Lee and Gail were last seen in 2004 at the funeral of Lila Quartermaine. wow 2004 is 13-14 years ago.. I hadn’t yet watch a soap I was very busy in Iraq being introduced to the Iraqis military/insurgents . It was 2004 ((abusing Iraqi prisoners came to USA public attention, I recall as time reference)) that I was discharged/came home.. And still didn’t watch a soap until 2009ish.. I missed the good ol’ days way I’m hearing it. I’m blank of all past soaps decades,. So,… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Well, you couldn’t see anything from the so-called,.much-touted “tribute” ! What a ripoff. The best thing, of course, was Genie Francis’ depiction of Laura’s heartfelt sorrow. Very true to the original storyline. Kudos, Genie!

su0000
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su0000

hi nancy ..
I felt nothing, I was bored and would FF and stop and listen 5 seconds and FF again..
there was nothing much to it, quite empty actually ..

Anyways, I wasn’t familiar with Lee, way before my time.

Shay
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Shay

@Nancy…Other than that single superb flashback and Laura’s beautifully-done, teary-eyed tribute to Lee, the rest of the “presentation” was extremely superficial and lacking in substance….Both Peter Hansen and his revered character deserved far better, and it’s a real shame that more befitting material was not provided for this sad, final send-off of a legacy player that is still so dearly recalled by many. Had Monica and Laura been involved in this effort in place of the ever-cloying Lucy and the unnecessary Serena (who monopolized the scenes with their overabundance of contrived dialogue which failed to truly acknowledge the impact of… Read more »

Suzie rm
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Suzie rm

So agree. So not a fan of Lucy. Her scenes with Scott and then Serena fell flat in my opinion. They should have used flash backs instead of talking about the fishing and sunset. The only part I felt was genuine was when Laura came in and spoke to Scott. Those scenes seemed so natural.

Maureen
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Maureen

And that wa all of what, five seconds? It is so strange to me that even though she is on contract, she is so totally marginalized and used as mom and granny and I like Kevin, but their romance so far quite a snooze fest and neither is given anything interesting nor the two together.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Su how long did you serve?

su0000
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su0000

hi Mark,
in- week of my 19th birthday out in 4

Andrea Shaffer
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Andrea Shaffer

I thought that they both did a very convincing job with this sad, sad news. I especially liked when Lynn Herring spoke of how in spite of how Scotty felt about how he was a disappointment to his father, Lee loved him enough to forgive him.

Steve
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Steve

I will wait till Friday’s episode to fully evaluate, but so far Shriner is at his finest.

It’s great to have Serena back (even temporarily). After the disappointing lack of even a mention of Brook Lynn at Ned’s wedding, Serena’s return is a welcome sight for long-time viewers.

Steve
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Steve

Now that’s it over, would have I liked more, of course. But, I am glad that for two episodes they talked fondly of a well-loved character. More flashbacks would have been nice, but they would have to pay the other performers in those scenes. Maybe they’ll mention Monica flying down to see Gail. Hopefully Bobbie will say something to Scott the next time JZ and KS work on the same day. The scenes with Ava and Spencer were so unexpected and so powerful. NB was toned down and MW does so much with only one portion of her face. Perhaps… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Poweful, indeed, Steve. So glad you brought the moving scene between Spencer and Ava to the fore….truly affected the heart and our sympathy, regardless of Ava’s less than stellar persona. Justice for Nikolas may be what is sought, but, Steve; Nikolas’ personality ‘change’ had reached a dark place before he disappeared from PC. I have been ruminating; well, mulling, actually, about this behavior since he had Hayden shot. Yes, Nik was a cherished ‘son’ of PC, but, I had not yet developed that special allegiance for him. The recent storyline involving him and Valentin leaves a lot to be desired.… Read more »

Carrie
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Carrie

I know, right? I enjoyed the one small flashback in Thursday’s episode. Foolishly, I assumed there would be more flashback’s in Friday’s episode. I’m disappointed. Lee Baldwin was a wonderful attorney and mayor when Scott was young. I was surprised most of the talk was about him being a fisherman. Lee was quite a force to be reckoned with, rubbing shoulders with Edward Quartermaine and the like. I don’t know. I was happy they gave Lee “something” but still disappointed. I’m glad Laura had a scene and I got a little teary eyed when she became teary eyed. Memories.

Shay
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Shay

@Steve…So out of all my heartfelt musings and respectful sentiments expressed about the characters of Lee and Gail and their established explained relationships with the legacy characters I felt that should justifiably have been the ones to break the news of his father’s death to him, your biggest takeaway from all of that was that I indeed do not “love Lucy?” Yes, it’s true, Steve! I don’t! However, I do harbor the greatest of affections and memories for the character/actor who was supposed to be the sole focus of this “tribute,” and I simply don’t think that the scenario provided… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Yeah, where WAS Brook Lynn?

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Awkward, implausible intro–Gail would surely have been the one to call Scotty first about his father’s death. Anyone who watched GH when the story of Lee, Gail, Scotty, etc., was prominent story arc would know that. If GH wanted to do a proper tribute to the actor, they should have made it “real.” Too bad!

Shay
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Shay

Exactly, Nancy…Or as I suggested on the previous Peter Hansen thread, a combination of Monica and Laura would have been a far more appropriate and befitting choice to break this sad news to Scotty. Really anybody other than Lucy the Perpetual Floozy would have worked for me, though…..I really cannot stand that tacky character.

su0000
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su0000

It was by Lucy because of their daughter..
and Lee was Lucy’s father in law.
so, it was the way to go, family.

And their daughter did not want to tell Scotty by call so sent her mother to break the news to her father and be there, that is appropriate..

they kept it family…

Ethel
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Ethel

Gail might have been too distraught but Monica could had visited Scotty…nice to see a visit from Serena tho

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Shaybelle,
I was wondering if Serena is the original actress who played her?
Also, if Scotty’s father and step-mother live in Florida, why is everyone in PC? Is the body being flown to PC for the funeral service?
I may be outnumbered but, I like Lucy; and, I think the scene between her and Scotty was great…..they seem to bounce well, off each other. I had no idea they were once married!!!!
Small world?? LOL.

Thad Bosley
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Thad Bosley

Lucy was precisely the right person to engage with Scott over the death of Lee Baldwin. You obviously have no sense or knowledge of the inter-relationships between these characters, Shay. The Lucy/Scott scenes were among the best I have seen on GH in months. I tip my cap to these stalwart vets!

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Oh, I so agree with you, Thad Bosley. Lucy…as “out there” and all-over-the-place as she can be, has a heart of gold. And she and Scotty have quite the history. (Which is why I was really disappointed that she turned against him and told Dante he helped Ava cover up the med switch. I was surprised at that since she knew the charges could be serious.But I digress…). She’s supportive and compassionate and it made sense that he be told in person and not over the phone. And given their history,and Sabrina, Lucy would be the from that “era” who… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

@Thad Bosley…I couldn’t disagree with you more!!! Although I can understand your point of view, I have to say that you may also be missing out on (or perhaps just forgetting….) some important GH background history, as well! When Dr. Gail Adamson first came to Port Charles, Monica and she were extremely close, practically like mother and daughter, since they had a previous foster/mentor relationship, and Laura, as Scotty’s ex-wife twice over, was there with him in the beginning when all the heavy drama with Lee was really prevalent on the show. There was much interaction amongst these characters during… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

You GO, Shay!!!! Your words just jump out, babes. Everything I know of GH history and its cast, I leaned from you. Not only are you learned of what made GH splendid back in the day; but, you are learned, period. I suppose that’s why we nerds gravitate towards each other. Yeah!!!! I’m a nerd, always was, always will be….and, proud of it. How typical for “some” to jump and agree to criticism, or anything resembling negativity, eh, Shay? I call it a cacophony of nothingness….but it is said ‘just because’. Also, in no way am I a ‘greedy’ fan… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

Shay, We get it — you don’t like Lucy. However, she has considerable history with Scott, and gave birth to and raised Serena. The way Scott found out made sense, and many fans have hoped for Serena to return. I didn’t watch “Port Charles”, but did some research and found that little Serena did have a relationship with Lee. As I’ve mentioned, more flashbacks were definitely needed and we need to see Bobbie and Monica acknowledge Lee’s passing. Despite Peter Hansen’s tenure with the show, GH didn’t have to write the character’s passing into story. I’m grateful they acknowledged the… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Thank you for your kind words, CeeCee! However, in no way do I claim to be an historical authority on the subject of Port Charles and its storied cast of characters. There’s quite a handful of familiar MF posters who do a far better job of enlightening us in reference to past soapy details with their own vivid accounts! (Particularly when you consider that much of GH came long before my time as a regular viewer and there were definitely various periods throughout the subsequent years when I refrained from daily consumption of GH episodes….usually due to life demands or… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

No need to thank me, Shay, but you’re welcome. I have all sorts of admiration and respect for you.
Your knowledge and your patience with me bespeaks your upbringing. Period. Ciao.

Shay
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Shay

And you are most welcome, as well, CeeCeeGirl! It’s never anything less than an absolute pleasure to trade thoughts, facts and laughs with you! I’ve learned just as much from your endless font of information as vice-versa…Oh, and on behalf of my parents, your kind comments were greatly appreciated! We send similar regards to you and yours!

John
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John

Bravo to Kin and Lynn and to Frank Valentini for giving Kin his moment – I’d like to see more of the vets in front burner storylines! It was also great having Bobbie and Felicia on today as well ! Great Episode except for that Manlanders mess!

Kevin O.
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Kevin O.

This episode made me DVR and watch it, after not watching “GH” for two weeks. More, please.

louise wisinski
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louise wisinski

Teared up just reading this. Oh how I loved their relationship. RIP Peter Hansen; you were always a favorite.

brian
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brian

So good ! This is what soaps are all about !

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

This is the type of episode GH would air frequently that had me running home from school every day to watch because VCRs were an expensive item to have back then. I really loved the scenes i saw on this episode.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Hi James R. Poissant!

I replied to your comment but for some reason it landed all the way down the page! 😉

downtownla
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downtownla

Haven’t seen today’s episode, but saw yesterdays (Thursday). Nice to see Scotty given some meat to play. I agree, these are the stories that would bring me back. (Have not watched in 2-3 years.) It would also have been nice to see Gail call him since Gail was always supportive of him back in the day. Anyway, looking forward to seeing Friday’s episode. It will be my first back-to-back episodes in a very long time. More Scotty, Laura, Felicia and Lucy please.

Morgan
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Morgan

I thought it was beyond disappointing. If they hadn’t built it up as a “tribute” it would have been fine. I love Scott; I’m always glad to see Lucy and Laura coming over was a nice touch. It seems that quite a few of the vets are being thrown into the mix these days which is great. But…not one flashback? Just Scotty, Lucy and Sabrina having a few reminiscent moments? I knew they wouldn’t devote an episode to “Lee” but this just fell beyond short. It was nice though to honor Peter Hansen at the end. I do resent though… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

Agreed, a total disappointment. Long time viewers love vintage flashbacks, and we were short changed, BIG time.

Dan
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Dan

It was wonderful to see a glimpse of the old Scotty for a change, instead of the cartoon villain he’s become, cooking up schemes with Ava. Lee Baldwin was mostly before my time as a viewer, but I always respect GH history, and he was certainly an iconic character. It was a classy tribute for him, and kudos to Frank and company for honoring the past, particularly for a character that hasn’t been on the show in many years, but that longtime viewers remember fondly. I thought the episodes were very well done. Good performances from Kin Shriner and Lynn… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Did you James R Poissant? I’m being serious. I feel like I missed something. I thought, after the all the “hoopla” that there’d be so much more. Just some chat about the past…and fishing. LOL. Always love Scotty and Lucy and it was a nice gesture for GH to pay their respect. Just so many memories/flashback/montage they could have done. Another ploy which raised viewer’s expectations. There wasn’t one flashback except for Thursday…letdown. With that said, wonderful actor…may he RIP….

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I was going by what I saw on the Thursday episode since I haven’t seen Friday’s yet but the reminiscing and the flashback were tops with me. I was loving Kin Shriner chew scenery as Scotty and I remember the flashback quite well. I remember Kin was leaving the show and he and Lee had words one last time when Scotty walked away pissed and told Lee that “This town and everybody in it deserve each other”. I never forgot those words and that scene is still stuck in my head to this day. So, yes, I would have to… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

ah…k. Curious to see what you think after you see the episode. Thanks for your reply…glad you found my comment!

Sandy J.
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Sandy J.

I, too, was very disappointed that there weren’t more (than one) flashbacks featuring Peter Hansen, Susan Brown, Kin and Lynn. Long-time fans, as well as the actors, deserved better. I wish we could have seen Susan Brown’s Gail in Friday’s episode, along with her best friend, Monica. That would have completed the scenes beautifully. I was just glad that it was Kin Shriner’s turn to do some over-the-top acting rather than put it all onto Lynn Herring. I’ve always loved her as Lucy, but the scripts and directors seem to want her to over-act and be hard to take, as… Read more »

fginaspy
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fginaspy

ITA the buildup as a tribute led to disappointment for me as well. The writing was quite lacking. Did anyone else notice on Thursday’s episode Scotty said he last talked to his Dad “last week.” Then on Friday’s show he said he hadn’t talked to his Dad “in weeks. ” As per the only flashback it was a great one. Thanks GH for that much. I was expecting more of Laura, but the writers didn’t give GF much, but she can do a lot with very little. Such true talent. Also, it would’ve been nice to see Bobbie and Monica… Read more »

dmr
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dmr

I was really happy to see that TPTB were planning on acknowledging Mr. Hansen and the character of Lee Baldwin. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed in the episode. There was one flashback, and the episode of course featured the Dimpled Don and his gang. To sum it up, TPTB could have done a MUCH better job, filling the episode with a lot more vintage flashbacks.

Ann
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Ann

The tribute to Lee Baldwin lacked significantly because they did NOT show enough flashbacks of him. They literally only showed ONE scene with him and Scottie. I was very dissapointed.

Reed
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Reed

I’ll reserve my disappointment for December (still watching March episodes), and from the sounds of it, I get to be disappointed with Tracy’s send-off as well—something to look forward to! Judging from a couple of threads on the topic, TPTB bungled the Peter Hansen tribute which is a shame. Acknowledging the passing of an Emmy winning actor that gave the show so many great years was a no-brainer and there is no better forum than this medium in which to do so. By virtue of the need to tell stories each day, we have the luxury of being able to… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

Honestly, Reed? I think the tributes that assorted fans paid to Mr. Hansen and his character of Lee Baldwin right here on these threads did a far better and more respectful job of saluting this much beloved actor than did GH itself. Upon repeated occasions, many posters took the time to convey their admiration for this man and share their own thoughts about what the role he played for decades meant to them. I can only hope that Mr. Hansen’s loved ones were aware of and comforted by these sincere expressions of affection and sorrow over his passing which truly… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

I learned from this website about Peter Hansen’s passing and about the planned “tribute” episode. So I returned as a viewer (by DVR) for this one episode because I wanted to see a fitting sendoff to one of my favorite GH characters. This so-called “tribute” episode was, frankly, insulting! Insulting to Peter Hansen, insulting to the character of Lee Baldwin, insulting to long-term viewers, insulting to GH history, and insulting to the soap genre as a whole! The episode didn’t even rise to the level of “half-ass.” 1. While avoiding my natural inclination to go on another lengthy, pointed rant… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Oh, yeah, and thanks, GH, for throwing us a bone with the picture of Peter Hansen at the end of the episode.

Michael
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Michael

I usually think Kin is very overrated, but he was very good in this brief tribute.

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NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

Photos: ABC, CBS, NBC, JPI

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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