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General Hospital – The Real Soap Dish "20/20" Special Details Announced! Airs April 6th!

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General Hospital will be featured in its very own special edition of ABC’s 20/20 on Saturday night April 6th in honor of the series golden anniversary!  Previously, we learned that Kelly Monaco (Sam) was delighted to be a part of the special when she was interviewed, but today in an official press release from ABC, more details have emerged including that Katie Couric will be the anchor for the hour that looks into the legacy that is GH, with several interviews with series stars and more!

Official press release:  “For 50 years, General Hospital has entertained and amazed its viewers with unforgettable romance, action and cutting-edge story lines.  To celebrate the pop icon’s golden anniversary, Katie Couric and “20/20” travel to the fictional town of Port Charles to experience first-hand the passion, intrigue and adventure that has made the daytime soap opera the longest running scripted drama currently on television.  The hour special will feature interviews with fan favorites including Tony Geary, Genie Francis, Maurice Benard, Jack Wagner, Rick Springfield, many other cast members, and Executive Producer Frank Valentini.  20/20 goes behind-the-scenes and offers a visitor’s guide to Port Charles and its residents, and show how love in the afternoon has changed dramatically.

The special will also look at how General Hospital has been the launching pad for many actors including Demi Moore, John Stamos, Kristin Davis and Richard Simmons, as well as for chart-topping music hits; and how it has led the way in cultural stories like HIV, teen sex, working moms, birth control and breast cancer.

Anchored by Katie Couric, General Hospital – The Real Soap Dish,” A Special Edition of 20/20, airs Saturday, April 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. ”

So soapers, what do you think of the 20/20 special honoring General Hospital? Excited?  About time?  An honor?  Weigh-in!

 

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Annette P
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Annette P

Thanks so much for the heads up setting the DVR right now so I don’t forget.I’m sure the show will be Amazing!

jim
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jim

And i dont care what anyone says, we have FV and RC to thank for all this!!!

Aria
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Aria

Totally agree, no e of this would of happened under jfp and guza, there’s just no way I can picture it so thanks fv an RC

Aria
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Aria

Totally agreeing that FV & RC made all this possible because surely under JFP & GUZA all this that is taking place would of been non existent!

Rose
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Rose

I’m excited to see soaps getting press. I think they are a hidden gem some people don’t admit to watching. Maybe some prime time hope will get more viewers. In the age of DVR you don’t have to be at home during the day to be a soap fan.

kellie
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kellie

can not wait General Hospital is the best it has been in a very long time that is because of FV and RC. my question was it only 1 hour should be 2 hours

Jules
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Jules

Is this a sign of ABC showing their love for GH???

But wait…..

20/20 special…..on a SATURDAY???? No one will be home to watch. Ratings are generally paltry on a Saturday night, and no one even ever really counts them except for SNL.

Thanks, ABC?!

Michael
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Michael

You can always DVR the program if you are not home.

MK
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MK

If I recall, The twist of Fate special in special in Dec 1996 was on a Saturday.

Linda
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Linda

GH is my all time favorite soap. So despite of my boycott I will support GH by watching the tribute. I just wish Ms. Couric wasn’t doing the show. ABC, especially Sweeney, has to know GH fans resent still resent her for demanding and getting GH’s 3p time slot.

Judith
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Judith

I’m for anything that promotes the soaps. I’m delighted ABC is dedicating an hour of 20/20 to GH. It is well deserved. Katie’s on contract to ABC so I’m sure she has commitments to the network she has to fulfill.
I don’t care who’s hosting, I will be in front of my tv on Saturday night April 6th. Can’t wait!

susan M.
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susan M.

Not a fan of Katie Couric! But I will watch it or record it. Probably record it my husband would never watch this. He’s not a soap oprea watcher.

Marisa
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Marisa

I am very happy GH will have a 20/20 special. They deserve it. Why are they having Katie Couric Host???? Until she realized she needed GH for her show to surrive, she was ready to send GH up the river with the rest of the soaps!!! Maybe Katie and ABC finally understand they need GH is their line up. Lets face it all of the replacement shows stink including katie’s snore fest. I would rather watch a slice of wonder bread on the screen than her show!!!! When are they going to realize the soaps deserve RESPECT and after 50… Read more »

Lynn A
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Lynn A

I will watch it, but find it very insulting that Katie Couric is the host. I don’t care if she has a contract and obligations with ABC, someone should’ve known better than to let her be the host! She’s the reason they had to move the time slot that they had for almost 50 years!!

janet
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janet

Well one god thing about the time slot , GH I don’t have to leave in the middle to start dinner.
I have watched a few Katie’s shows ,only when she has someone on, I want to see. Not often, I JUST WONDER IF SHE KNOWS NOW, Soap fans have loooong memories. At least I do. ‘

I will set the dvr for the show, Looking forward to all the parts except for the reasons I hated it The mob with the unholy three.

Lainey
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Lainey

Seeing all these favorite actors from the past and how great they are makes me wish they could stay around.

susan M.
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susan M.

Not to crazy about Katie Couric anchoring this Gh special. I will record this on my dvd player/recorder………

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Nancy Lee Grahn Debuted 25 Years Ago Today as General Hospital’s Alexis Davis

Back on September 26th, 1996, (25 years ago today!) the new character of Alexis Davis made her debut on ABC’s General Hospital, and brought to the iconic soap opera, the talents of Nancy Lee Grahn.

Grahn, had already made a name for herself with her captivating portrayal of lawyer Julia Wainwright Capwell on Santa Barbara for which she won a Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy in 1989, in a tie with AMC’s Debbi Morgan.

Back in April, General Hospital, marked this milestone with a special episode for Grahn, that could be remembered come next year’s Emmys.

Alexis, or shall we call her “Natasha”, was introduced on GH as the daughter of Mikkos Cassadine and his mistress, whose throat was slit by Helena Cassadine, which has played into Alexis’ story for many years to come.  At the time of her entrance to the show, Wendy Riche was GH’s executive producer.

Through the years, viewers have witnessed Grahn’s portrayal of: a tough legal eagle, an honest depiction of a woman battling the bottle, failed romances, while all the time being a loving and faithful mother to her three daughters, Sam, Molly, and Kristina.

Nancy won her second Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy, this time for her role as Alexis in 2012, and has been a multi-nominee in the Lead Actress category for her performances on the ABC daytime drama series.

Kate Grahn, Nancy’s daughter took to social media within the last few hours since we posted this story to share a video on how thankful she and her mom are to GH fans and Nancy’s time on the show which afforded her the ability to have and raise Kate.  Check that out below.

Here’s to Nancy for giving us 25 years of her on-screen work as Alexis!

Congratulate Nancy and tell us your favorite Alexis Davis moments via the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Comes Home as Jason and Carly Begin Their Wedding Night

Monday’s episode of General Hospital continued to set the stage for major payoffs in the long and winding road tale of everyone in Port Charles believing Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) is dead.

Only now, with his memory in tact, Sonny is very much alive, no longer living as “Mike” in Nixon Falls. and back in the town which he ruled as the mob kingpin.  Problem is: his wife, Carly (Laura Wright) just got married to his best friend, Jason (Steve Burton) and they are about to have their first night together as newlyweds.  And without all the subplot and subtext, Sonny has no idea that they were first brought together to be a united front to save Sonny’s territory from the ‘Five Families’.  Only now, the two have admitted they truly are in-love with each other.

In story, after the bomb that went off was proven to kill mobsters Buscema and Novak, and not its intended target – the newlyweds – thanks to a double-cross from Ms. Wu – Jason, Carly, and Ms. Wu discuss Cyrus Renault’s (Jeff Kober) involvement and that Wu is happy for Jason and Carly.

 

At the wedding reception, Michael (Chad Duell) gives a touching speech about his mom and Jason and gives the official toast.  Later, Jason and Carly head out after Carly throws the bouquet which Willow (Katelyn MacMullen) catches.

Meanwhile, back in Nixon Falls, Sonny gets out of dodge and away from Nina (Cynthia Watros), thanks to Jax’s (Ingo Rademacher) plane, while Nina gets a visit from Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) and Anna (Finola Hughes), where she admits that Peter (Wes Ramsey) was in Nixon Falls, and caused the fire, and is going to go after Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and the baby.  She does not tell them what she did keeping Sonny away from his family for 9 months.

Anna and Peter split up to find Peter, and Peter’s exit ride hasn’t show up yet to get him out of Nixon Falls, so Anna catches him, gun drawn.

Later at the Corinthos home, Jason and Carly are alone together in the bedroom with wedding night jitters, but Jason says there is no rush as the two kiss, just as Sonny arrives home, smiles, looks around, sees photos of himself with Carly and the family, and heads upstairs!

Will Sonny find the two in each others arms and not tell then he is alive?  Will something call him away? Will Jason and Carly have sex? When will Nina get payback for all that she has done to Carly and Sonny?  Will Peter get away from Anna? Let us know your theories in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Tells Nina He Knows Exactly Who He Is; Jason & Carly’s Wedding Comes to an Explosive Conclusion

Is it game over for Nina Reeves (Cynthia Watros), or does she have another trick up her sleeve to keep Sonny (Maurice Benard) to herself, now that he remembers who is he?

On Friday’s dramatic episode of General Hospital, “Mike” looks to be gone and Sonny has come back in full force complete with a super hero moment escaping from being trapped underneath the beam that had fallen on top of him inside the burning Tan-O.  Sonny makes his escape after inhaling so many fumes, that he needs medical attention and is rushed to the hospital with Nina going along with him.

Inside the hospital, once given the all clear, Phyllis (Joyce Guy) tells Nina, “Mike” is asking for her, while Jax (Ingo Rademacher) pleads to let the doctors handle this situation.  But, Nina heads inside the room to see Sonny.  Then came the dramatic moment that many GH fans were waiting for.  As Nina calls him “Mike, he rips off his oxygen mask in anger and says that his name is Sonny and he remembers everything!  Nina does a pivot, knowing she is caught, and says the name may have have been a fake one, but they cannot deny the way they feel about each other.  She tells him that she honestly loves him and Sonny defiantly tells her NOT to say that.  Meanwhile Jax confirms to Phyllis that Nina always knew that “Mike” was Sonny and hid it from her and Sonny for months!

Back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly’s (Laura Wright) wedding comes to a conclusion! No one interrupts the wedding and the two look lovingly at each other to start their new life together as husband and wife.

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After the ceremony, mobsters Ms. Wu, Vincent, and Charles have a moment where she says “be wary of tomorrow”.  Jason and Carly have a moment alone where Jason looks truly in love with Carly now and all of those feelings he had buried for years have now come back to the surface. How will this all play out when Sonny comes back into everyone’s lives, alive and well?

After the reception had ended, Jason and Carly get in their limo to drive away as newlyweds.  She asks Jason what Ms. Wu whispered in his ear at the reception, he says she confirmed something he already knew.  Meanwhile, Vincent and Charles get in their limo.  Charles shares the world is about to be a better place without Carly and Jason in it.

Next, Carly tells the driver to start the car, and we see a bomb device under a car and the chapel blown up as the show comes to its conclusion.

Our bet is that the Novak/Buscema car was blown to bits, not Jarly’s limo thanks to a Wu double-cross, but we shall see next week! Great performances from Maurice Benard, Cynthia Watros, Laura Wright, and Steve Burton throughout this one.

So, what did you think of the moment Sonny told Nina he remembered who he is? What did you think of Jason and Carly’s nuptials? What do you think will happen next? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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