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General Hospital Tapes 15,000th Episode; Featuring Genie Francis with Almost Every Single Cast Member Appearing in It

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On Thursday, ABC’s General Hospital reached yet another milestone in its illustrious history. The daytime drama taped its 15,000 episode.

During the tape day, the cast, crew and creatives posed for a photo on set to mark the occasion with cake.

GH’s 15,000 episode will air next month on June 17th.

ABC 7’s entertainment guru, George Pennacchio was on set with a first-hand report, interviewing the likes of Genie Francis (Laura), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and the show’s executive producer, Frank Valentini.

From the sounds of it, the 15K episode will center around the character of Laura, and according to Valentini, “It will be happy, it will be sad, it will be dark, it will be scary, it will be fun, it will be thrilling and it will be exciting, but most importantly it will have almost every single cast member in it.”

Check out the segment and on set report from Pennacchio below.

Now, let us know if you are excited to see the 15K episode of GH via the comment below and congratulate the long-running soap for another historic milestone.

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Michael
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Michael

Fantastic. Look forward to watching it.

anne
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anne

Will Anthony Geary show up?

Satan
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Satan

It would be great if he did, but I wouldn’t bet your soul on it.

Now on the other horn, her kids really should be there.

rose
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rose

I’d way rather see her hubby, Jonathan Frakes, of StarTrek beam down to surprise her.

Satan
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Satan

He might be busy working. Word here in Hell is that the third & final season of “Star Trek:Picard” is actually going to look more like the 8th season of Star Trek TNG with Riker & the rest of the Enterprise crew on board. Not sure if they’re done filming that or not.

rose
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rose

Satan…I’m loving the Picard series. It was fun seeing Riker on it with other Star Trek people…like Seven Of Nine. And Q. Sorry his name has been confiscated by some in-namable group. The recast of the Borg Queen was okay Fairly complicated so will have to watch several times I think. Sorry, I could go on and on.

hollyoaksboi
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hollyoaksboi

That’s a fun idea, Rose! And yes, I don’t need to see Luke again.

Timmm
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Timmm

Genie has to be over the top that she is relevant again and that GH is paying homage to her incredible character. June 17th is marked on my calendar!

hollyoaksboi
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hollyoaksboi

Chuckling at the mental slip… I think you mean Genie would be “over the moon.” There is plenty of “over the top” nonsense on GH, but thankfully Genie is usually well clear of it! I’m also looking forward to June 17. And Nancy Lee Grahn is in the photo, so she must be recovered from her surgery, or at least recovered enough to return to work. So good news for her.

Timmm
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Timmm

100 percent “Over the Moon!” Thank you. “Over the Top” would be the whole Esme story! I do like her with Ryan and I’m sure they will wreak havoc soon! “Over the Hill” would be that who Curtis story and his dad, the worst actor I’ve ever seen on GH! Move on!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Wow! An episode not centered on the Corinthos Crime Clan? Great! I love that Genie is back in a major way. Every time she enters a scene, I find myself smiling and happy. Just like Chase & Brooklyn, Britt, Spinelli, and Diane. Not so much with Michael and Willow, whom he predictably has drained all happiness and empathy from. He’s turned her into a cranky shrew, similar to his mother. I imagine Willow will soon start wearing the clumpy shoes, too.

Boop
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Boop

I agree about Carly , Michael and Willow! I’m not a fan of theirs! I totally , agree about the Corinthos Crime Family!!

Dan
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Dan

It’s wonderful that they’re devoting an episode to the legend and icon Genie Francis to celebrate 15,000 episodes, which is an incredible milestone for GH. I look forward to seeing it. But it’s a shame that they have to advertise a special show for Genie to be featured. She should be featured on a regular basis, not a background player for the Spencer/Esme/Nikolas/Ava circus. GH has so many legendary beloved characters that don’t get nearly enough screen time, and instead of writing for those characters, all they keep doing is adding more and more new characters that will inevitably be… Read more »

Boop
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Boop

I maintain my request that General Hospital writers strengthen the characters in the show so that they will confront Carly and stop her in her tracks : Ava and Nina , especially. Nina has been written a tad stronger ; however , Ava is weak. Give these characters more backbone! Plus, if Sonny had grabbed my child as he did Nicholas , that dude wouldn’t have an arm!! Also , why wasn’t Nicholas allowed to protect himself? Let’s do real writing on this show!!!!

Kelly Elliott
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Kelly Elliott

Wish Steve Burton was on this. Jason is missed.

Jacqueline
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Jacqueline

No Roger Howarth in pic.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

He wasn’t on set that day.

Carol Garbrough
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Carol Garbrough

I’m so glad to see Laura getting more screen time. I’m really ready for Esme and Ryan’s storyline to by done, it’s dragging on too long. As for Roger Howarth, he’s had way too many characters on one show, and I’m over that too. I love the actor, just not so many characters on the same show. GH is my favorite soap, I’ve been watching for over 40 years,and I think it’s time they bring back some main characters. Get rid of the boring story lines. Stop making Michael, the nice one, so hateful and bitter. Bring Sonny back to… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Carol Garbrough
Thanks for agreeing with my comment about the slap. Spencer is so jealous of Ava he can’t see straight, even his mouthing off to Brett was uncalled for. Another one I’d like to slap is Michael whose turned into a real jerk. He’s done some things that his family didn’t like or approve of, i.e his association with Nelle and they didn’t disown HIM!

Thule
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Thule

Genie is GH not Maurice, Cynthia or the SMike stuff.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Yes, Thule, I agree. Enough of Sonny, Mike, Smike, and that silly Cheshire Cat grin he’s been using lately which is supposed to be charming. Clueless is more like it! Genie is such a class act and always a joy to watch.

rose
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rose

There wasn’t a storyline today to put my comment on, but since it includes Genie, and even Frank plays a part, I’ll put it here. Today I was so upset to see Ava with her gun at the shooting range as the opener, Why does she need to carry a handgun? This followed by Laura who also came to practice her “marksmanship” with her gun. Why? Especially Laura as the mayor and a role model. B&B has Sheila with her large handgun in her purse with possible intent to kill. Anna had her gun when after Peter August, but at… Read more »

Satan
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Satan

Yeah… it is odd that the gun range is now the “random meeting place” where characters run into each other. Before that it was the bar where you get drunk and throw hatchets at the wall, which could be equally unsafe. They also did a couple scenes with the rooms where you smash the unholy shit out of various objects with sledgehammers.

All of the above seem like odd choices for sets where mortals just have random conversations. But it’s June now, so maybe now they’ll all be hanging around the Metro Court pool instead of using various weapons?

rose
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rose

Satan…More of the gun stuff today with Anna and Valentin. Soooo disappointed in the writers. Again, with all of the reasons any type guns as props shouldn’t be part of GH or any soap IMO. Or as anything in real life except military and law enforcement. And with Esme and Nick finally doing the predicable I’m going to take an indefinite time out on GH. If not forever. I haven’t liked any of the stories in a long time anyway. Except Nixon Falls. I’m I may be in the minority here.

rose
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rose

Satan…P.S….I’ve been following Amber and Johnny Depp trial. Heard the verdict today about the time Nina lost out to Willow/Michael on GH. Now Amber lost to Depp. But interesting entertainment for real life, courtroom drama.

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