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



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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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!

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

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

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!

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.

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

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?!

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!!

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.

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

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

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General Hospital Pays Tribute to Tyler Christopher at End of Episode, ABC Exec Nathan Varni Shares: “You’ll Always Be In Our Hearts”

If you caught the end of the Monday, November 27th Thanksgiving episode of General Hospital, the ABC daytime drama ended the show with a special dedication to Tyler Christopher (ex-Nikolas Cassadine), who passed away on October 31st at the age of 50.

With a very touching title card, and a photo of Tyler from his younger days as the dark prince of the Cassadine clan, it read, “In Loving Memory of Tyler Christopher.”

On Tuesday, November 28th, ABC Current Series executive, Nathan Varni, who oversees Grey’s Anatomy, The Conners, Station 19 and General Hospital for the network, shared on X some additional thoughts on Tyler’s contributions to the GH family.

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Varni expressed: “This lovely tribute card was shown at the end of yesterday’s episode of GH In loving memory of Tyler Christopher. Thanks for bringing Nikolas Cassadine to life on our screens, you’ll always be in our hearts. RIP.”

Tyler played the role of GH’s Nikolas from 1996–1999, 2003–2011, and lastly from 2013–2016. He also took on the role of Connor Bishop from 2004–2005. The late actor took home the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2016 for his work as Nikolas.

Share your thoughts on GH honoring Tyler at the end of their Thanksgiving episode via the comment section below.

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GH’s Scarlett Fernandez on Charlotte’s Mindset: “She Completely Believes That Anna is Out to Get Her”

Once returning to General Hospital, Scarlett Fernandez (Charlotte) has been involved in a juicy storyline, where an impressionable young Charlotte Cassadine has been persuaded almost brain-washed, if you will, via a letter from Victor Cassadine from the grave.

In it, he implores Charlotte to keep Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) away from her father, Valentin (James Patrick Stuart). So, taking that to heart, Charlotte burned Anna’s house down and much more.  When she gets shot by Anna after intruding into the super spy’s apartment, the stakes get even higher.

Valenin had figured out that Charlotte was stalking Anna and trying to do her harm, but did not inform Anna. That has caused a major rift in their relationship.  Meanwhile, Laura (Genie Francis) and Valentin confronted Charlotte after she returned home from the hospital.

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In her latest interview with Soap Opera Digest, Fernandez shared on getting to play this kind of story: “It’s definitely an honor because when I was little, I was getting storylines, but this is just crazy! I kind of feel like I’m treated like an adult on the show now, almost, and it’s just been great. I’ve been given great stuff and the fact that Frank (Valentini, EP, GH) and all of his co-workers have trusted me has just been an amazing feeling.”

With everyone confronting Charlotte on her dirty deeds against Anna, and her denying it, Fernandez weighs-in on just where Charlotte is at this point in her mind: “I think that she definitely realizes that the people around her don’t believe her and don’t trust her and I think that really frustrates her because she completely believes that Anna is out to get her. So that (the adults in her life don’t believe her) is hard for her.”

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There is also burgeoning chemistry between Jake (Hudson West) and Charlotte! So what does Fernandez think of that? Is she using him, or could be the beginning of young love? She expressed: “I think it’s definitely a little bit of both. I think that maybe she and Jake are partners-in-crime, but I also think that Jake has or will have a good influence on her. She just really needs someone to be there for her and for her to be able to confide in and I think that he has been that.”

So, have you been enjoying Scarlett’s performances as a troubled Charlotte? Would you like to see Jake and Charlotte have a ‘date’? Do you think Charlotte needs deprogramming to help her out of the grip that Victor has on her; as she believes Anna is the cause of all the trouble that will come her father’s way, if she doesn’t find a way to get rid of her? Weigh-in via the comment section below.

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Soap Stars and Notables Participate in the 91st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (Photos)

Sunday night in tinseltown, it was time for the 91st anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which has become an annual tradition featuring soap stars and other celebrities from primetime, movies, music, and sports as thy drive down famed Hollywood Boulevard amongst floats and musical performances.

While many attended the live event, viewers around the country will be able to see the taped version of the parade on Friday, December 15th when it has its first airing on The CW in a two-hour special starting at 8 pm ET/PT.

Taking part in the festivities were: General Hospital’s Tajh Bellow (TJ), The Bold and the Beautiful’s Kimberlin Brown (Sheila), Ashley Jones (Bridget), Denise Richards (ex-Shauna), and Naomi Matsuda (Li), Days of our Lives stars, then and now, including: Deidre Hall (Marlena), A Martinez (ex-Eduardo), Stephen Nichols (Steve), Brant Daughtery (ex-Brian), and Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa), The Young and the Restless’ Kate Linder (Esther) and former star Tatyana Ali (ex-Roxanne), The Bay’s Kristos Andrews (Peter/Adam) and Maxwell Caufield (Sir Thomas Kenway), plus As the World Turns Ming Na Wen (ex-Lien) and more.

In addition, iconic dancer/singer and choreographer, Paula Abdul was the recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year, while Dean Cain, Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Montel Williams along with guest host, Elizabeth Stanton, called the Sunday-after-Thanksgiving tradition from different locations around the parade route.

Now below, check out some of the snaps from the 91st annual Hollywood Christmas Parade featuring some of your soap favorites.

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Wow! Marlena and Sheila together for the first time! Imagine if Marlena as the MarDevil met up with Sheila Carter and caused all sorts of havoc from Salem to Los Angeles? Crossover? Here’s Deidre Hall and Kimberlin Brown getting into the holiday spirit.

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Reunited and it feels so good? Remember when Daytime Emmy-winner, A Martinez came to Salem to play Eduardo Hernandez, father to Gabi, Rafe and Dario? Now, A can be seen in The Bay. Meanwhile, Stephen Nichols continues to keep on keepin’ on as Salem’s “Patchman”.

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GH’s Tajh Bellow with his lady love actress Lauren Speights.

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Giving us some Christmas wrapping vibes, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Naomi Matsuda (Li).

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Always ready for the holidays is former Days of our Lives star, Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa).

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Former ‘Bold and Beautiful’ star, Denise Richards (ex- Shauna) dressed in the holiday spirit.

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There is no doubt! Our pick for ‘Best Dressed’ has to go to General Hospital’s Josh Kelly (Cody). I mean, how can you top that for being in the ‘Christmas Spirit’?

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Humanitarian of the Year recipient, Paula Abdul.

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Former As the World Turns Star Ming-Na Wen (ex-Lien Hughes) ready for the holiday season.

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Brant Daughtery brought along his young son, and wife Kimberly, who is expecting their second child.

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Maxwell Caufield who will soon appear in the latest season of The Bay, looking ‘Christmas’ dapper.

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Ready for winter, and dressed in holiday white, Y&R’s Kate Linder.

So, who’s holiday outfit from their appearance in the Hollywood Christmas Parade, did you think was the best? Let us know via the comment section.

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