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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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GH’s Brook Kerr and Tabyana Ali Talk On: Trina’s Trial, Spencer and Rory, And Their On-Screen Mother/Daughter Relationship

Currently, General Hospital fans are awaiting the verdict in Trina’s trial and just what lengths her mother will go to in order to secure her freedom! With the story playing out on-air, Michael Farman chatted in a new virtual interview with the two women central to the story; Brook Kerr (Portia) and Tabyana Ali (Trina).

As viewers know, Trina was set-up by Esme Prince (Avery Pohl), to make it appear that she taped her best friends, Cameron (William Lipton) and Josslyn (Eden McCoy) having sex, and then posted the video from her phone, so it went viral.

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During the conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Tabyana and Brook weigh-in on what’s gone down at the trial including; how Spencer Cassadine came forward with an alibi for Trina, plus how Portia may put her medical career at risk if she brings Esme’s partner in crime, Oz, out of his coma to get the evidence they need to point the finger on Esme.

 

In addition, Tabyana and Brook share their thoughts on the men in Trina’s life: Spencer Cassadine (Nicholas Alexander Chavez) and Rory Cabrera (Michael Blake Kruse), and how the #Sprina has a life of its own on social media.

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Brook also shares dishes on Portia’s romantic relationship with Curtis (Donnell Turner), plus the recent noteworthy scenes between Portia and Stella (Vernee Watson), where GH shed light on a mother’s concern; that racial injustice could factor in to the jury’s decision in Trina’s case.

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Tabyana also discusses working alongside GH co-stars, Maura West (Ava) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), and what it was like taking over the role of Trina from popular fan favorite, Sydney Mikayla.

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Check out the full chat with Brook and Tabyana below.

Do you want Trina to end up with Spencer or Rory? Will the jury exonerate Trina? What was your favorite part of the conversation with Brook and Tabyana? Let us know in the comment section.

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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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