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General Hospital Stars Tweet and Share Their Sentiments on Series Renewal and Greenlight!

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

We could not be more happier for all of our friends and colleagues over at General Hospital!  They fought the fight, and this time ABC made the right decision by keeping their now only soap opera on the air, for what we understand, up to this point, as a definite one-year renewal.   We will of course keep you updated as more information comes to light, officially from ABC.

In the excited of yesterday and today, many of the Port Charles stars took to Twitter, or spoke with ABC Soaps In Depth and we share a few with you now! Frank Valentini, GH’s EP, “Congratulations to the GH family and all of our tremendous fans!” Steve Burton,  “I can’t tell you how excited I am for our GH family and our fans.  “Congrats!! No flatline for this Hospital. Much luv.”  Maurice Benard,  “I am so damn proud to be on General Hospital. Frank has worked his ass off to make this happen. And if he can do this in three months, imagine where we’ll be a year from now! I’m thrilled for the cast, crew, directors, producers, writers, everyone in production — and grateful for the hard work they’ve all done to make General Hospital successful.” 

Photo Credit: Steven Bergman

Carolyn Hennesy  “I am so thrilled by the GH renewal! Hoorah for the fans…YOU did it!” Nancy Lee Grahn, “One year renewal! Thank you ABC, GH fans, Frank Valentini, Ron Carlivati, What a difference! Upward!”  Kimberly McCullough,  “Thanks ABC. Now GH can reach 50 years!!”

We congratulate Frank and Ron on amazing first few months …  and to the fans of GH, you got your wish! Now, keep tuning in and keeping the daytime soaps alive!

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Rob
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Rob

Awesome. Hopefully this will lead to future renewals.

rose
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rose

I guess I’m a bit of a cynic…I’m very happy about the 1 year renewal. On the other hand, I don’t trust ABC. They could go a long way to changing that if they use the Good Morning America summer thing to reboot OLTL or AMC to start again in the fall.

barbara t
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barbara t

I dont trust them at all ,they should have renewed for 3 years ,1 year is nothing.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I think they should have renewed GH for 5 years at least…I agree 1 year is nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim
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Jim

Clearly, soap fan anger is hurting abc where they notice it the most, in their wallet. IMO This is another in a long line of ploys to get the fans off their back. (What ever happened to Prospect Park?) In a year they think things will quiet down so they can axe GH too. It also gives abc time to develop yet another POC show. BUT it proves that the fans are making a difference so we should be more vocal than ever because we will never forget what abc did or give up. Why not pull TR right now… Read more »

aria
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aria

i’m in heaven, so happy for GH, lets pray it stays on for many more years, and that it starts going up in the ratings.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I agree with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leigh
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Leigh

While I’m happy that GH is going to see its 50th year on the air, are we going to be treated to retreads of Sonny stories, or are the writers going to bring something fresh and exciting? Ron C only brought his A-game to OLTL when he knew it was going off network TV. Before that, OLTL had become a caricature of itself.

metejt
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metejt

It’s about time ABC/D does something right by it’s viewers. Now, they need to support General Hospital, advertise it during primetime shows and leave it the heck alone. I’m thrilled beyond measure that at least ONE show that I’ve grown to love is going to continue but based on ABC’s past behavior I feel the threat still looms until someone wakes up and realizes how valuable these shows are and is willing to take them on. ABC is not to be trusted with anything we love.

Judy
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Judy

I agree. Don’t trust ABC one bit. For all we know they could be working on alternative programming that won’t be ready for on air for another year. Hence the decision to renew GH for 1 year. I’m sending out a request to all soap fans. Please support GH, Y&R, B&B and Days. They are the last of a dying genre.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Does this mean The Revolution could be cancelled????????? What about Katie Couric timeslot?????????????????

barbara t
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barbara t

I dont trust abc/disney either I think they are pulling another pp and trying to shut us up,they should have renewed for 3 to 5 years,so I will continue to boycott no abc for me I only watch general hospital.they will never get me to tune into any of there programming until the soap problem is fixed.that means amc oltl and gh are put back where they belong or give agnus nixon the rights back and let her shop; around for a new home for them before its to late.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

The Revolution didn’t last even 6 months,,,That’s no surprise to me…I knew it wouldn’t last…And it just pisses me off that they had to cancel OLTL for that crappy show……….OLTL shouldn’t have been cancelled in the first place..Oh well…

gloria
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gloria

6 months! Hell, it didn’t last 3. Total travesty that our beloved wonderful OLTL was thrown away for this garbage. Sick over it.

barbara t
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barbara t

This is sad we lost one life to live for this garbage and there still going to replace the revolution with another dopy show ,abc/disney renewed gh for 1 year ,THEY ARE TRYING TO SHUT US UP,If they really cared they would have faith in general hospital and renew it 3 to 5 years.the boycott continues.

Robert
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Robert

Now make it permanent so that we don’t have to repeat this nonsense next year.

ELISA
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ELISA

i agree, keep this permanent!!

kim
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kim

Finally some good news… miss Amc and Oltl but i will enjoy GH as long as it airs.

MEG
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MEG

YAY !!!!!

Sheryl
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Sheryl

Thank you Michael for the update, I am so happy that GH is being renewed hopefully it will be much longer.and we will see more actors coming over from OLTL or AMC.

Nancy M
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Nancy M

It is so nice to be thanked by my favorite actors, crew and writers and the exec producer Frank. Thank all of you so much for creating a show that excites me everyday.

Cindy
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Cindy

Ron and Frank have made GH watchable and I have been thoroughly enjoying it each and every day. Huge kudos to them. However, this reprieve is more relative to the Revolution sucking and being cancelled. It is imperative that fans continue to fight to save our soaps. ABCD wants out of the soap business. That has not changed.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP FIGHTING FOR OUR SOAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MJ
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MJ

This is the first smart decision ABC daytime has made in a long time. Watch GH and support it!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Yes I will support it……………I even put my other T V. on in the other room to boost the ratings…Silly…But every little bit helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Judy
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Judy

I do the SAME thing! Thought it was just me. Great minds think alike!

Yoyo
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Yoyo

Finally! I have to admit I was not sure ABC/D would be smart enough to follow the fans. As much flack as former OLTL cast mates and crew (FV/RC) have received from GH fans, the new GH team should be congratulated since they pulled a miracle in 3 months!!! If the OLTL Fans weren’t so dead set on NOT tuning into Revulsion while supporting GH (which stopped GH’s bleeding!!!), this could have been another story. Maybe if we had started this with the cancelation with AMC we would have saved OLTL. Have to admit with the changes, GH is actually… Read more »

Susan M.
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Susan M.

Yes our stories matter…………….They keep me interested & want to watch Mon.-Fri.

RobertC
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RobertC

I like to know if this is only a temporary repreive for just one year or will GH be on for a few more years or decades.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I don’t think that has been decied yet……….Only think for now it’s only one year.for now…………………….Hoping for more………….

Philip
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Philip

Since FV and RC took over, GH is watchable and entertaining on a daily basis. Hopefully the ratings will increase enough to make ABC executives seriously consider rebooting OLTL which all of us Llanview fans miss very much. Everyone involved with the current GH deserve our heartiest congratulations!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I don’t think they would consider rebooting OLTL………..That would be great…….But I don’t think so……..

Maryanne Daly
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Maryanne Daly

I cannot express how happy I am that GH is here to stay! The soap is better than ever and adding characters from my other favorite soap OLTL is just making it the best it ever has been! Awesome!!!!

Jeff
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Jeff

Great News!!!! I for one don’t want anymore OLTL or AMC characters to come on board. There are plenty of GH characters that could come back, like Nicholas, Laura and Lucky(played by Greg Vaughan) JJ is a fantastic actor but I don’t buy him as a cop; he was too child like to be believeable.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I like seeing OLTL characters on GH because I miss OLTL so much..It was my all time favorite soap..And GH was my second favorite soap…….

Mary H
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Mary H

Awesome news for GH!!! Love that the storylines are getting better love the OLTL crossovers. But I still want my OLTL back!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I want OLTL back TOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gloria
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gloria

ME TOO! Every single day I miss my favorite show. My days are not the same without it.

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

I almost tears from my eyes that made me very happy to keep GH on forever.. TY,God!!!!

Emily
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Emily

Yay, “The Revolution” got the heave ho!!!! I hope the OLTL actors feel a bit vindicated. I mean OLTL (43yrs) vs The Rev (3mths). Let’s see the ppl want to see more talk shows or SOAPS? Looks like SOAPS to me!!! There’s more than enough of the “talking” format–GMA 7 to 9 a.m., Live w/Kelly, Rachel Ray, and THe View. I’m not watching any talk shows from 1 to 3:00 p.m. THat’s sacred soap watching ground for me. Just watching GH, not falling for any ABC tricks!!! Let’s see GH take it for 50+ yrs:)

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I watch DVD movies at 1 to 3:00………………..Or do my house chores or read to fill in the time……..

Emily
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Emily

I watch some old OLTL scenes on youtube and then pick up my kids. I really miss OLTL and LOVE soaps to escape the stresses of life from. I thought they’d be here forever or longer than now. I know GH didn’t get a permanent reprieve but still think it’s great that the soap fans make a difference. Well, soaps are my preference and don’t want to watch anything else during that time of the day. Sticking to my guns!!! I know I cleaned my fridge last week ( to pass the time), that’s how much I don’t want to… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

My poor Grandma and mom wonder around the house looking for things to do and don’t even turn the TV on till dinner and start with GH now because they hate everything else on daytime. I buy reruns of OLTL and GH and watch those.

Jan
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Jan

Im happy for them after all alderson has a 3 year contract.

Jan
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Jan

REVOLUTION CANCELLED YAY!

Judy
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Judy

DITTO!!!!!

GariAne
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GariAne

I am thrilled that GH has been renewed. ABC/Disney is finally listening to it’s viewers. Now we need to get OLTL and AMC back on the air. I’m a OLTL fan of 42 years. And I miss it. Still not watching anything on ABC/Disney but GH. Will not accept OLTL substitutes!

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I’m OLTL fan also.. I use to watch Dark Shadows years ago.. Then in 1968 it was cancelled and replaced with OLTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was angry D. Shadows was cancelled…………..But my mom & I started to watch OLTL & the rest is history…I continued watching the soaps..Got hooked them watching them with my mom…Gh was in B& W & only a half hour…Shortly after changed to one hour…Loved the Woleks , Joe Riley,etc…GH at that time was Dr. Hardy , Jesse,Audry, Lucille, Baldwins…Those were the days..Till this day still enjoy watching my stories & I never get tired of watching them….When… Read more »

david
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david

Both Dark Shadows and OLTL were on together when OLTL was only 30 minutes. Dark Shadows wasn’t canceled in 1971 because of OLTL. OLTL did not expand to more than 30 minutes until 1976. See Wikipedia.

Chantal
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Chantal

My question is did GH make it another year because of Ron and Frank’s efforts or simply because The Revolution failed???

RobertC
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RobertC

Chantal i think GH got another chance was because the Revolution failed.

ethel
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ethel

contracts mean nothing in the soap world these days………………smh

ethel
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ethel

this is in response to jan’s comment………….

JLH
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JLH

If ABC really wants some attention (and ratings), they would work OLTL and AMC back into their daytime schedule at least as 1/2 hour shows. IMO they couldn’t buy the publicity that would generate.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I don’t know about that one………..About getting AMC & OLTL back on the air!!!!!!!! I don’t thing abc/d will bring them back.. I would faint if they did………but I don’t think so….Hurray for GH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need it to be on 5 yrs. at least… One year is not much that goes quick..

Allison
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Allison

BE positive Leigh !!! The storylines and writing are better, the actors are amazing and the show is on fire, better than ever!! Let’s keep up the hard work for the soap genre, and keep them ALL going. GH is AWESOME!!

carol
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carol

The storylines are good if you like the SAME OLD REPEATS all the time MOB MOB MOB. Too bad Frank/Ron don’t write for other GH cast instead of bringing the failed OLTL cast over. OLTL ended now let us have our GH. Where has Patrick been?? what about Anna helping her sil/grand daughter lossing wife/mother. NO of course, not we have to promote more OLTL cast and more MOB stuff. I am happy for the cast & crew the show is not ending, BUT we need some stories of GH People and not the MOB. ratings will continue to fall… Read more »

Tisha
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Tisha

I must say that I was happy when I GH got renewed; but after finding out that Franco is Sam’s baby, I have decided to stop watching.

I wish you guys all the best; but I am too disappointed to watch. I really thought my couple would have gotten a happy ending………I thought they deserved it.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Luke Spencer’s Family and Friends Gather To Say Goodbye On General Hospital

On this Friday’s, January 21st episode of ABC’s General Hospital, look for Port Charles to bid farewell to the iconic character of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

In story, after his sudden passing, Luke’s loved ones gather – along with some surprise guests – to memorialize him at the Haunted Star, where things don’t go entirely as planned.  As the town says goodbye to Luke, an exciting new mystery unfolds.  Meanwhile, life continues to unravel for the rest of Port Charles as a beloved couple comes to a fork in the road of their relationship.

ABC released this new photo of those gathered to pay their respects to Luke including cast members: Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Finola Hughes (Anna), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Genie Francis (Laura) and Jane Elliot (Tracy).

 

Looking forward to this emotional episode of General Hospital? Share your thoughts on what you think will happen via the comment section below.

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