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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

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On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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It’s pitiful..
America, the leader of the world now known as disgraced among world leaders
it’s people living a death sentence to live their lives..
It did not have to be this way, shameful.
And- there is no leader helping us to survive.
This did not have to happen, it did not.
I fought a war that this would not happen, a bruised democracy..

Our soaps, hopefully, are not doomed..
nothing will be the same for years to come.
I hope all will be well and none of the soap crews/actors will become infected.

Su000…Very well said! Sometimes I feel like we are characters in a Lego world, and everyday someone pulls yet another foundation piece out. Hope we don’t have the same fate as Humpty Dumpty.
Keep safe and stay well.

Solution move to canada

Wow, I never thought I would I would say this to you SuOOO, but I totally concur with you. We could never have asked for a WORST president to lead us through this pandemic–a president who blames others for his mistakes and proclaims,”I take NO responsibility at all!!” Then he goes and hides in his bunker when the going gets tough. What a sniveling coward.

The soap world will be fine. And America will too. America has mostly disgraced itself by the manner in which we handle conflict. The soaps handle conflict better than we have lately. This pandemic and the acts of violent protest have actually bruised our democracy. And so I assume you believe that the Democratic nominee for President would do a better job of handling a pandemic even though no one could have planned for such tragedy? First, you have to get your nominee out of the basement! Let’s pray for a vaccine and move forward. Go Daytime and God Bless America.

I’m sure that will be delayed again.

I hope they delay it until there’s no more threat of covet 19 we’ve had GH on for so long keep playing reruns reruns reruns just don’t take it all the way back to the beginning start back at the 1980s and just start playing them all the way up until they restart that’ll keep us all entertained

I’m disappointed that we haven’t seen any episodes that had the famous “ambulance driving into the hospital” opening. god, I loved how the show opened like that every day.

I keep saying take us back to a classic storyline and show it in its entirety – how hard would tat be???

AGREED! The mish-mash of reruns is disjointed and boring. Would be MUCH better to run a storyline through entirely.

I agree!

Agree

Would love to see the Ice Princess escapade from the 80s with Luke, Laura, Robert, et al, and the Frisco and Felicia escapades. From 1979 through the late 80s-90s were the best episodes of GH, in my honest opinion. They could always put OLTL episodes on too…now THAT would be the BEST IDEA yet!!! I so miss “my show”.

Agreed

Absolutely glad!! The health of GH cast and crew’s lives, and their families, ate priority! Yes, i miss new episodes but w/b heartbroken if any of them became ill.

Jeanne…I totally agree with you.

Hope this means they can find some more actual classic episodes to put on the air for a couple weeks, and save the recent reruns until production actually resumes.

This week was going pretty well until Teddy Balkan showed up on Thursday. That clusterfuck of a storyline proved to be Bob Guza’s downfall. Even so, it was still better than anything that came after February 2012… which is why I skipped today’s rerun (2016) entirely.

Agree with you that The Balkan storyline was a total dumpster fire, but I thought Daniel Benzali played a great villain. He was good on NYPD Blue and Murder One too. That’s the one positive I would say about the whole thing. He played the evil calculating psychopath role well, in my opinion.

They could have gotten so much more out of the character with a better story written by a more capable writer. The father of Brenda’s Russian husband that we never saw on screen looking to avenge his death. And oh look, it’s Adrienne Barbeau. We were supposed to care why exactly, lol? Bob Guza’s final tenure as headwriter from 2008-11 was such a mess.

As nice as it would be to have new episodes, it’s better to have out actors and actresses safe and well then to start and stop over and over again! Please take care ur self before you take care of the show!

I don’t see what good 1 week will do. If the cases are rising, they aren’t going to drop in 1 week. They need to wait a few more months and see what is going to happen with this virus. Although I miss GH, their health and safety is more important.

I don’t think one more week will be enough. I pray, but think not 🙁

Great decision. Better safe than sorry.

GH
I need you back in my life ! Finding a safe way to film gives me great joy !

It’s worth the wait if they are all safe.

Hope GH returns to work soon. It can be done safely (daily temperature checks, periodic testing, letting anyone stay home if they don’t feel safe, required stay-home for anyone feeling sick, etc.). I miss new episodes of GH more than I ever thought possible. The recent reruns with Brandon Barish reminded me how much I miss him. Also, on the reruns, I noticed the cast weight gains compared to ten years ago–namely Maxie and Sonny.

Kirsten Storms has medical issues………

I am sure you, an adult, do not judge an actor’s ability by how much the individual weighs. Tell me you have progressed past that outdated idea.

Although I miss GH and the actors and actresses, it may be a bit healthier for my guys and girls to wait a bit longer

Whoop-dee-do.

I enjoy viewing the old episodes and get nostalgic for days gone by, but I will be glad when the recent story line continues, making things feel almost back to normal. GH’s precious cast and crew need to stay safe and well for us to really enjoy watching again.
PLEASE be sure to consider the health and safety of the staff and crew first and foremost.

Latest word here in Hell is that they’re sticking with the “recent reruns” plan for now, just backdating it an additional week, so that today will be airing the April 27 rerun instead of the May 6 rerun as previously announced. They apparently still seem to think they can go back into production in time to have new episodes ready when this batch of reruns run out.

I’ll be skipping them though…. don’t really need to watch all this dragonshit with Nelle & Cyrus the Virus again. Somebody wake a Devil up when the new episodes come back.

“they apparently still seem to think they can go back into production in time to have new episodes ready when this batch of reruns run out.”

They are living in a dream world. (said in the voice of Jennifer Coolidge during the first episode of JOEY… yes I watched and still remember #sad)

I have no idea why they aren’t showing reruns from the 80s and 90s–no one wants to watch reruns of the recent Carly and Sonny show–I mean, no one.

Why don’t they just do ‘radio’ shows? the performers can record from home and someone in the studio can edit it together. Put it on the ABC site, Hulu, Disney+ and post pics of the characters and bios of the character as reference. People listen to podcasts all the time. it wouldn’t be the same as seeing the show, but it would keep everyone working while the pandemic continues.

I’ll see that idea and raise you…..

How about animation? All the audio can be recorded from individual homes and then play the action out on screen in cartoon form.

This is how they managed to air the season finale of “The Blacklist” on NBC, which was only about 1/3 finished filming when production was shut down. They filled in the holes by switching from the live action shots they had in the can, to “graphic novel” style animation.

And if Valentini is worried about the budget, he can hire the South Park guys to do the animating. They seem to crank their episodes out pretty fast. Who knows, they might even throw in some “Oh My God! They Killed Whiney Heiny! You Bastards!!!” jokes.

OMG (sorry, Satan, it just slipped out), “whiney heiny”.. .- hilarious!! I cannot stand that character. I love the idea but that kind of animation takes awhile, no? On the other hand, something is better than nothing. And with animation, they can keep on pretending that men’s hair isn’t grey under all that gel and color.

I think this covid-19 is going to go on for a very long time these poor actors hope they’re getting some kind of pay can’t live without it

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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David Gail, Former ‘Port Charles’ Star, Cause of Death Determined; Mother Speaks Out on Dangers of Pharmaceutical Addiction and Fentanyl Epidemic

David Gail, who played Dr. Joe Scanlon on Port Charles (1999-2000), and who also appeared on Beverly Hills 90210, cause of death has been revealed. The actor passed away on January 16th at the age of 58.

According to the toxicology report, Gail died of anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, which is a brain injury caused by a a lack of blood flow, following resuscitation from cardio pulmonary arrest due to the drug intoxication. The report also revealed that drug intoxication with amphetamines, cocaine, ethanol and fentanyl, were also involved.

Gail’s mother, Mary Painter, spoke to Deadline on the findings and opened up to what led to David’s ultimate passing. Gail was found unresponsive by emergency personnel who attempted to save his life. Eventually, he was put on life support where he remained for several days till his death.

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In her statement, Painter shared, “It breaks my heart to learn that my son died this way. David became reliant on medicine many years ago, after multiple surgeries on his hands and wrists. He lived in enough pain to prevent him from working for almost a decade, with relief only achieved through full disability, physical therapy and pain medicine.”

She then added, “He struggled to stop taking pharmaceuticals and did before turning toward a more Eastern pain management including acupuncture and natural medicines. I can only assume that his former opioid dependence played a part in self-medicating from uncontrolled sources.”

David’s mother expressed a very important social message for our time about addiction that she hopes other parents remain aware of: “David’s death shines a light on the countless innocent victims of pharmaceutical addiction and the fentanyl epidemic that has taken so many of our sons and daughters. Please keep David and others battling pain or dependence, in your thoughts and prayers.”

Gail’s other TV credits included parts on: Savannah, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote, Doogie Howser, M.D., and Perfect Opposites.

What do you think about the poignant statement offered up by the late David Gail’s mother, Mary Painter? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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Days of our Lives and General Hospital Receive 2024 WGA Award Nominations For a Daytime Drama

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday, February 21st, for the 2024 Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards in the categories of motion pictures, television & new media.

This year, the WGA Award ceremonies will be held after the Academy Awards. The Oscars are set for March 10th, while the Writer’s Guild presentation will be on April 14th.

In the field of writing for a ‘Daytime Drama’, two soap operas are once again vying fo the prize … Days of our Lives and General Hospital.  Last year, the award went to Ron Carlivati (head writer, DAYS) and his writing team as they were the only nominee in the category. Overall, DAYS has won the award now three years in a row.

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The nominated writing team members for 2024 are as below:

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer Ron Carlivati Creative Consultant Ryan Quan WritersSonja Alar, Jazmen Darnell Brown, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Cheryl Davis, Kirk Doering, Christopher Dunn, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Henry Newman, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock; Peacock

General Hospital, Head Writers Dan O’Connor, Chris Van Etten Writers Ashley Cook, Emily Culliton, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, Stacey Pulwer, Dave Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

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As previously reported, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor are no longer the head writers at General Hospital having been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and longtime GH writing team member, Elizabeth Korte.  In addition, both Van Etten and O’Connor worked under Ron Carlivati when they were all part of the One Life to Live writing team.

According to a DAYS spokesperson, the nominated episodes this year for Days of our Lives are #14663, #14678 & #14679, which revolve around Victor’s death/funeral, and part of Dick Van Dyke’s storyline as Timothy Robicheaux. We will update this story on what General Hospital chose for the writing competition as soon as it becomes available.

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No official word yet on if The Bold and the Beautiful or The Young and the Restless submitted for competition, or decided to sit this one out. The previous two years, it was only DAYS and GH in the running for the award as well.

The complete list of WGA nominations appears here.

So, what do you think about Days of our Lives and General Hospital scoring WGA Award nominations for a Daytime Drama Series? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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