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General Hospital to Air Encore Episodes On ‘Flashback Fridays’ To Help Stretch Out Originals During COVID-19 Shutdown

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With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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Caleb
Caleb

Great idea! They should air some classic AMC and OLTL eps too… would be a much bigger draw than a recent ep of GH, I think. Who wouldn’t want to see an hour of Erica staring down a bear or getting married? 🙂 Hope they run with this!

Jimh
Jimh

I wish

Giovanna Saponare
Giovanna Saponare

Classic GH episodes are the way to go. And AMC or OLTL would be fantastic also.

Jacque
Jacque

sounds like a great idea

Steve
Steve

Even with “flashback Friday” I doubt they have enough new episodes to get to May 21.

Under best estimates (unlikely) they could be back taping on May 4 with new episodes airing the following week.

Hopefully they’ll reach deep into the vault to show some classic 80s and 90s episodes.

DMRR
DMRR

Please air VINTAGE episodes, Luke & Laura, Sonny & Brenda, Frisco & Felicia, Stone, the Q’s. Do not replay the incessant drivel of Loud Mouth Laura Wright, her jobless, untalented boyfriend, or the Mob Squad.

rose
rose

DMRR…add on some Helena and the Cassadine clan, Anna & Robert, maybe even the Jax’s family with evil Jerry. Wonder if they still have Monica and Ned and earlyLucy.

DMRR
DMRR

& shouldn’t Kin Shriner do the intro for Gail’s episode?

bluerose55
bluerose55

Ditto on vintage episodes!

DMRR
DMRR

YES!!!

Satan
Satan

Here’s the two things they really need to do:

1) Stop interrupting the show for Orange Imbecile Infomercials, especially the ones with literal crackhead pillow salesman virtually doing for Trump what Monica did for Bill.

2) Take down the paywall on ABC.com & Hulu and allow same-day or at the very least, next-day streaming of the episodes. This is not the time for Di$ney greed. CBS should do the same… putting their network shows under the “CBS All Access” (paid only) banner online was a big mistake. NBC, to their credit, has Days episodes available later in the same day, which is the correct policy.

TVJeff
TVJeff

GH can be watched on ABC.com for free. It’s just a week behind. If you’re watching on ABC.com, it doesn’t matter if you’re a week behind, does it?

Satan
Satan

Well it does now… but maybe not so much if this drags out another month or so and they run out of new episodes.

Sunny
Sunny

I completely agree Satan!

Satan
Satan

One more request for the “flashback friday” episodes:

For the love of all that’s unholy, air some truly classic episodes.

In other words, stuff from BEFORE February 2012. .

Michael (not Fairman)
Michael (not Fairman)

Actually, stuff from BEFORE the mob took over and the show became Sonny Central (I’ll accept Labine-era Sonny material–though not all that happily–but nothing after that). That would qualify as “classic” in my book. Anything after that . . . not so much.

Su000
Su000

BORING!!
If they want to do retro
then do retro, not year old stuff..
Go into the GH graveyard and show
how the greats of old
made GH become a 5 century soap..
I want to see what I’ve never seen before..
I want an antique GH …

Eric
Eric

They should air episodes with Robin Mattson as Heather when they thought she killed Diana Taylor but it turned out that Heather’s mother did it. Heather tried to frame Anne for it. The whole thing about the Taylors having her and Jeff’s baby. Heather was so secretive and conniving. Loved that storyline.

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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