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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
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
jim

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

Aria
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
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
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
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
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
Michael

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

MK
MK

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

Linda
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
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.
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
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 Years they earned it.

Lynn A
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
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
Lainey

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

susan M.
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 Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford Deliver The Power Performance of The Week!

A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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On Thursday’s episode, Nina is trying to talk down Liesl from torching the place, but Liesl is becoming more unhinged and more grief-stricken.  She says to Nina, “I lost my son.  I gave Nathan up to protect him.  I spent my life not even daring to gaze in his direction for fear that Cesar would take him.  I never wanted my son to be like him, and now my beautiful boy is buried in the ground, while the other son is still breathing!  So, I must finish this my way, Nina  …  with or without you!”

Pleading, an emotional Nina responds: “Aunt Liesl, you are not the only one who lost time with Nathan.  I did, too.  I missed him growing up.  I missed his childhood, and seeing the incredible man he turned into.  I feel his absence and I feel the loss every second of every day.  I hate Faison, and I will for the rest of my life, and I hate Anna (Finola Hughes) just like you did, but that does not justify what I have done… being an accomplice in this crazy revenge.  None of that is going to bring my brother back.”   Nina goes on to say:  “I knew J would not want his mother grieving alone. This isn’t grief anymore … this is madness.”

Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

Earlier in the week, we saw how Kathleen Gati navigated the comedic yet dramatic moments as she had to knock Franco (Roger Howarth) out, while she was trying to get back to Spoon Island, as he realized Obrecht was the guilty party who took Peter.

Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

So, even through some of the absurdity of the circumstances, and as they were portraying two women trying to figure their way out of the mess they created,  Gati and Stafford never faltered as they committed to the material, and delivered this week’s Power Performance of the Week.

Share your thoughts on the performances of Kathleen and Michelle and what stood out to you via the comment section below.

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GH’s Billy Miller Lands Role In Apple’s Upcoming Thriller Series, ARE YOU SLEEPING

Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Does GH’s Margaux Have A Connection To Someone In Port Charles? If So, Who?

This week, General Hospital viewers saw that the ABC daytime drama series is teasing a potential pairing of Drew (Billy Miller) and the new district attorney in town, Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), after the two characters run into each other at a concession stand at the cancelled baseball game.

As fans of the soap genre know, Miller and Hendrickson also played former love interests on The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott and Chloe Mitchell.

During Hendrickson’s first #AskGH live Twitter Q&A when asked: “Is your character connected to someone on the show?”  Elizabeth responded: “As of now Margaux is new to town … but you never know, there may be some connection that has not be revealed yet :)”

That tweet has left fans speculating if perhaps Margaux, has an ex in Port Charles, is tied to a major family in someway, or perhaps has some legal trouble past?

Recently on GH. when Chase (Josh Swickard) arrived on the scene as the new cop (following Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) untimely death), it was later revealed that he was actually the half-brother to Finn (Michael Easton).  And as we know in the soaps, connections are usually the key to more long term success in a role, rather than being just a standalone character, but there have been exceptions.

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So, who would you like to see Margaux have a connection to on GH?  What do you think will happen with her character? Comment below.

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