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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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The post by Hayley said: “I had to pop in and wish my husband a happy day of birth… I fuckin love you man @adamfergus ♥️ And many thanks to the incomparable @sheenfalls for our honeymoon.”

In addition, Erin shared several other pics – one of which was Adam’s with his wedding band on.  =Fergus expressed to his bride: “You’re simply the best.”

None other than the actress Erin replaced on GH, Kristen Alderson, also commented on the wedding news sharing: “Husband!?! Yay!!! Congratulations!!!!❤️❤️❤️You two are beyond amazing together, so happy for you!”

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Led by storyline standouts: Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Max Gail (Mike), who once again acted their hearts out in their final scenes together, the entire ensemble of actors who were part of this storyline each had their moments and each delivered which made Mike’s passing all the more poignant.

In a first since we started giving out our weekly kudos several years ago, Michael Fairman TV is giving our Power Performance of the Week to the cast of GH who participated in last week’s scenes for their riveting work.

From Laura Wright’s beautiful goodbye scene as Carly with Mike, where she dreams of him telling her she is a ‘daughter to him”, to Steve Burton’s all-knowing Jason, who tells Mike he will take care of Sonny and not to worry, to Michael (Chad Duell) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) picturing how key moments of their life would look with Mike being witness to it, and the advice he would give his grandchildren, to Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finding out that Mike is dying while being so far away from his family – each of these beats brought even more heart-tugging moments to the ending of Mike’s journey.

Even the actors who played a part in Mike’s care were touching as Vernee Watson’s Stella prepares Sonny on how to help Mike pass before saying her final goodbye to her friend.  Then there was Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), who helped Carly and Sonny through Mike’s last moments at Turning Woods, who was also trying to keep it together through his sadness. Brando (Johnny Wactor) showed up at Turning Woods too, trying to make peace with the death he saw in the war in Afghanistan and now losing Mike.

Of course, there was the surprise moment where Mike is met by his late daughter Courtney and escorted to heaven that both Alicia Leigh Willis and Max Gail played so beautifully without saying hardly a word.

But in the end, it was Maurice Benard who showed us the devastation and acceptance of a son having to let his father go, while trying to make peace with their troubled past that was acting at its best, and perhaps some of the finest in his storied daytime career  – and there was Max Gail – the centerpiece of the storyline – who’s emotional heart was seen in all the scenes last week with the actors as the characters visualized moments with Mike.  Throughout the entire story, Gail played the tragedy of a human being trapped within this horrific disease with brilliance.  He will be missed.

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Viewers saw a hand of someone that is behind the kidnapping, and that Emma Samms made a return to GH in her signature role of Holly Sutton.

Samms, debuted on GH back in 1982, and has come and gone, and come back again to the ABC daytime drama series.  She last appeared back on it in 2015.

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Once the secret was out on her appearance at the end of Friday’s episode,  Samms shared on Twitter: “She’s alive…!”

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