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General Hospital To Air LIVE Episodes For Two Days In May!

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How do you follow up the 52nd anniversary episode of General Hospital?  By going live, of course!  In exciting news, the ABC episode is going old school when it airs two live episodes on May 15th and May 18th.  This harkens back not only to the days when soaps were live, but when One Life to Live had their live week several years ago, when anything can happen!

Executive producer Frank Valentini revealed to PEOPLE: “Taking such an iconic show as General Hospital live for two days is both exhilarating and risky. I am enormously proud of our cast, crew and staff for all their tireless dedication and hard work that will be leading up to this daytime television event. It’s live television and absolutely anything can happen, but that is what’s fun about this and we’re absolutely up to the challenge.”

Soaps in the old days were all live, until 1975 when every daytime drama began to tape the episodes and bank them ahead.  During the live GH episodes fan will be encouraged to join in on the GH live conversation by using #GHlive on Twitter.

What do you think about the news of GH Live? Who do you hope is in the episodes?

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Iakovos
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Iakovos

Very exciting stuff here. Good for GH and ABC. Very good for us in the audience.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im hoping Monica, Felicia, Mac, and a few other invisibles but i wont hold by breath——look forward to the two ‘live’ episodes after viewing so many ‘dead’ ones…lol

Charday
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Charday

Jeez, what ever happened to Monica Q? She’s been absent since Xmas and the Krampus episode. I just don’t get it.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Exactly!

elm51
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elm51

sounds exciting!

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

Two words – SOAP DISH!

Harry
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Harry

One word–Tootsie!

Michael
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Michael

Very exciting to see this happening! Should definitely be a lot of fun, especially if there are going to be unintended bloopers that happen!

Julie Haze
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Julie Haze

Nice to see GH’s efforts to show respect for the history of the show and soap industry. They obviously love their audience and viewers. Too bad the other shows seem to have contempt for their viewers.

Jenn
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Jenn

I wonder who will be in the live episodes. Probably Roger since he did it before on OLTL and he’s able to remember his lines and improvise. Laura always puts in a great performance and knows her lines. I don’t know if Ian will still be around then but he has a lot of theater experience.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

The majority of GH actors came from the stage. Jane Elliott & Zeman may have done GH live. I want to see Maura West, Michael Easton, Spinelli, & Billy Miller. I’m afraid for Ryan Paevey & Kelly Monaco.

Shay
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Shay

What about Michael and Sappy? My word, today’s scene with the two of them was absolutely excruciating! Watching paint dry would have been more entertaining! Whoever thought that putting these two clueless halfwits in a storyline together has mush for brains! Neither one is worth the time of day separately, but tolerating the both of them at once is beyond endurance…..all they did was trade perplexed looks whilst straining to spit out (remember?) their lines. Neither has the chops for live TV. (The Sapster doesn’t even have them for taped segments….) Ditto for that insufferable nuKiki and her moronic sidekick… Read more »

miriam reidy
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miriam reidy

I sincerely hope that Laura returns, Luke needs her and their love story is not over. Please!!!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think it would be GROSSLY unfair to the story of Tracy and Luke to pair Luke and Laura back again. They (Luke and Laura) have gone down in soap history..nothing can take away “their time.” But I think it’s been proven over and over again how very much Tracy and Luke love each other, how much of a stepmom Tracy’s been to Lulu and the bond they’ve formed…and the unbelievable lengths Tracy went to save her husband first from his polonium poisoning and currently from himself during this Fluke crisis. There would be no sense whatsoever for Luke to… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

So true Rebecca.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I think it would be grossly unfair to the story of Tracy and Luke to pair Luke and Laura back again. They (Luke and Laura) have gone down in soap history..nothing can take away “their time.” But I think it’s been proven over and over again how very much Tracy and Luke love each other, how much of a stepmom Tracy’s been to Lulu and the bond they’ve formed…and the unbelievable lengths Tracy went to save her husband first from his polonium poisoning and currently from himself during this Fluke crisis. Tracy’s love for Luke…and I believe Luke’s for Tracy,… Read more »

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Im the older generation and i did like Luke and Laura back in the day but ive moved on and rather see Luke and Tracy together…

davidevansmith
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davidevansmith

Rebecca, especially after this story arc, I agree with you, but at the same time, I do think Laura should be on the show, and somehow in Luke’s orbit and living a life in Port Charles. There are just some characters who only make sense to live “at home”, and it’s just glaring to me and doesn’t make sense for her character to live so far away from two of her three children, and to miss all the goings-on in their lives… for what? More treatment for a catatonia that she’s been free of for something like 6 or 7… Read more »

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I agree with you, too, davidevsnsmith. I think it would be great if she came back, but as we said, not to Luke. I’m not sure, though, where I see her fitting in at this point. I love the relationship between Tracy and Lulu, as well as Olivia and Lulu. I don’t see how they could explain her long absence…especially through so many crises. I would have liked her to have stayed with Scotty; he’s always loved her. That would have kept her in town, tie in to their history…and lol…put her in Franco’s orb, too. Who knows? Her maternal… Read more »

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

I too loved L&L. But, their love story is done. Thursday’s episode finally made a great case of why Tracy is good for Luke at this stage in his life. L&L will always have Beecher’s Corners, the Ice Princess island, & their two kids. But, other than their wedding, Port Charles was not a happy place for them. They were always better on the road.

Harry
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Harry

I don’t want a Luke and Laura reunion but since this whole Luke reveal is predicated on figuring out exactly who Luke Spencer is and what motivates him, I think Laura should come back because she is an integral part of who he is now. You cannot escape the past as it is enmeshed in the present. Laura is a very important part of his past. That said, I don’t want them dusting off Laura just to be Luke’s prop only to put her back on the shelf again. Genie Frances has been treated shabbily and while she is too… Read more »

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I would love to see Lucy running around (maybe in her underwear), on the live shows – would love to see the gang, too. Kevin, Scotty, Bobbie, Mac, Felicia. Some actors on the show like Lynn can definitely deliver a live presentation.

aria
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aria

Live From Los Angeles its General Hospital, with your guest….. Genie Francis,Jonathan Jackson, Stehen Nichols, Vanesa Marcill…….hey is this during the nurses ball? because then, musical guess should be..Rick Springfileld, Jack Wagner, Ricky Martin, and John Stamos……

Rose
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Rose

Sounds great!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

aria, if only you were at the helm!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…

jonboy
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jonboy

Oh boy, if Maurice Benard is going to try to act live I will have to watch this!

Josh
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Josh

Me too, since Maurice is one of the best actors in daytime. So it will be a pleasure to watch him, Tony Geary, and all the other excellent actors on GH do their work in a live setting.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

I’m not sure but I think jon boy was being sarcastic…

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

jonboy, I get you… And, of course, they’ll use their “marquee actor” for this experiment. In the minds of the GH powers that be, Benard is the franchise. Sadly, it’s been that way for close to 20 years. Surely, they know what a polarizing character Sonny is. And yet they stubbornly refuse to change course.

jonboy
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jonboy

Not sarcastic, Rebecca, realistic. Don’t be surprised if Benard passes on embarrassing himself on live TV.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…don’t get me wrong (or whatever), Brother…I absolutely agree with what you’re saying here. But, to me, it disturbingly goes deeper than that. My point: I think that Maurice Benard’s character of Sonny Corinthos is a FOUL AND EVEN MORE FRIGHTENING FRANCHISE!!!!! To me, THAT’S N-O-T ENTERTAINMENT!!!!! Nope. James…I (for one) look forward to the day when TPTB of GH FINALLY come to their senses and RETIRES ‘The Sonny Corinthos Franchise’…FOR GOOD!!!!!!!!!!

James…as always, PEACE to you, Brother!!!!!

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Jaybird369, thanks for the backup! I just hope to see it in my lifetime…

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…you’re welcome, bro!!!!! Something else: Dude…I will N-E-V-E-R get/understand the so-called appeal (or whatever) of GH’S Sonny…who is nothing but an arrogant, lying, selfish, smug and two-faced DIRTBAG/SCUMBAG!!!!! Bottom Line Here: I don’t find (and I will never find) Sonny’s so-called appeal to be romantic!!!!! Nope. To me, Sonny will ALWAYS BE BEYOND REPULSIVE!!!!!!! Beyond sad.

James…take care, Brother. Peace.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Jay, you’re so right. I mentioned that Sonny is a polarizing character, but why this character has fans at all is a huge mystery to me. Your description of his character is completely accurate. Since day 1, I have disliked the character, and I have resented his constant frontburner status, to the detriment of other beloved vets/characters.

The actor would probably not do well in a live setting.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…dude…the character of Sonny Corinthos L-I-V-E????? HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! James…forgive me, bro…but I just had to laugh. And, Uh-Oh…here I go again…HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Anyway, the last thing that I wanna watch is SONNY LIVE!!!!! No Thank You. Don’t care. Next…

James…take care, Brother. Peace.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…I forgot to tell you this earlier: Dude…your ‘marquee actor’ comment made me TOTALLY LMAO!!!!! A-n-d…I think that the description (or whatever) is totally accurate. Yep.

See ya’!!!!!

Harry
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Harry

Maurice live would be rather like Seinfeld’s Kramer.
“These….um…..(mumble, mumble, mumble) pretzels……uh, uh, uh, (mumble, mumble, mumble) are making me….ahhhhhhh! (grabbing head) THIRSTY!”

k/kay
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k/kay

People you do know that Maurice is bi-polar in real life the fact he has had a career in acting is wonderful you might just want to cut the guy just a little bit of slack! Plus you will look far and wide to find a nicer individual in Daytime!

k/kay
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k/kay

I may not be a fan of his character but he is probably one of the most sincere individuals you will ever meet. Be Kind ok!!!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

LOL to you all! hahhaha…;)

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Great, Harry! But you left off the ear touch.

jonboy
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jonboy

I get that he’s bipolar. Does that give him a free pass on acting? No. Half the times he struggles he even remember the names of the characters and then looks like he’s frustrated and pissed off at himself. He might be a great person; he’s not a great actor.

k/kay
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k/kay

@jonboy Never said he was a great actor but they are in short supply over there as far as I am concerned they have a lot of overacting. I figure he has a lot of company! I miss Stuart Damon/Alan and Monica what I would give to see a good old souse fight between those two!

Joe
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Joe

Hopefully Luke, Tracy, Bobby, Scotty, Anna, Sonny, Carly, And Lucy at the very least.

dmr
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dmr

Love all of them!

Tim
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Tim

Will the episodes be live for everyone,or just the markets that show GH at 3pm ET?

David
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David

The Eastern time zone some affiliates air it at 2pm and others at 3pm so I would imagine the live broadcast will be the ones air it at 2pm EST.

Timmm
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Timmm

Ryan Paevey is in BIG trouble!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

He’s in trouble when he acts in taped episodes so it shouldnt be much different…lol

Timmm
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Timmm

He’ll write his lines on his biceps!

Rose
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Rose

Hunted him up on google . Agreed big resemblance.

Rose
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Rose

Took more time to find John on youtube. Saw a short interview with him where he expressed wanting to be considered a good actor beyond his looks. Seemed a nice guy. But what a cautionary tale about how his life ended.

Rose
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Rose

I guess I’m one of the few who doesn’t mind Ryan. His style is suited to the low-key, hard working, loyal cop he plays. And he’s not too bad to look at either. Can’t all be method-type actors.

Timmm
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Timmm

I kid about him a lot but he is probably a good guy. The role was too big for him being green and all. He’ll be okay.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Oh, I agree, Rose! Love Ryan…think his natural delivery and his expressive (stunning) face, whether intentional or not, emanates sincerity.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

He reminds me of the late John Erik Hexum…slight resembalance, similiar voice and same acting style…i dont know if you recall that actor but he stared in Voyagers in the early 80s and on the short lived Cover Up with Jennifer O’neil—he accidentally killed himself with a stage prop gun i believe…google him and take a look at his pictures—i think he and Ryan do resemble each other!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

One of the ew? Oh, LOL, Rose….every female fan LOVES Ryan. What’s there not to love?……my Zorro!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

hey jimh! I never heard of John Erik Hexum…looked him up. Gorgeous guy…such a tragic accident…waste of a life. Shame… His mannerisms sort of remind me of Ryan, but I actually think he resembles a young John York. Mac was stunning in his “yute.” 😉

dmr
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dmr

I think there are worse actors/actresses than Ryan Peavey. I think he’s grown into his role; but, I understand where you are coming from.. I would have said the same about Kristen Alderson-ugh.

Aden
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Aden

Actually Kristen was just a young child 13 years ago when OLTL did their live shows and she was flawless in them. It is a shame that so many viewers can not separate bad writing and acting. Kiki was never a well thought out or planned character…but Kristen did her very best to give her some sort of a throughline. I am glad she left…and I am sure so is she. She is much better than the writing on GH allowed her to prove.

mgb357
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mgb357

cant wait- hope soemthing fun happens like in Tootsie!

Rose
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Rose

One of my favorite movies!

Belle
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Belle

que sera sera

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I dont think Doris Day is appearing…lol

dmr
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dmr

I think this will be very interesting and fun to watch! Quite the challenge and undertaking!

Melador
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Melador

Cartinni needs to stop doing the same stuff they did at OLTL and making it seem GH is so cutting edge. Multiple personalities Viki’s were way more entertaining than this and the history of Victor Lord and Dorian went on for centuries.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Well lets just hope Obama doesn’t hold a press conference those two days and preempt the whole damn thing–LOL

Timmm
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Timmm

The bastard was at it again! Save the damn bull for the evening news! We waited to damn long for Fluke to come to fruition!

Karen Murpy
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Karen Murpy

YEAH …AGREE TOTALLY… We wait months for the “truth” to finally be revealed and Obama ruins it all ! And the other networks (CBS, NBC, FOX and others DO NOT COVER Obama’s crap ! ) Air it on the evening news . And if one really wants to see Obama’s crap then turn to a CNN network. They cover that crap (Obama’s press conferences) !! Obama repeats everything he has said & tne “sums it all up” all over again about 3 more times. Then commentators like George Stephanopoulis rehashes Obama’s crap with 2 or 3 other commentators afterwards.

Harry
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Harry

Well, to be fair, it’s not the president’s fault that the networks choose to air all of his press conferences. We could hire Dr Evil to interrupt one of the president’s press conferences to announce one of his dastardly plans in order to get even.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

That would definitely be worth preempting GH…but only if Mini-me is there, too.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Karen, I’m guessing you’re a FOX NEWS viewer…

su0000
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su0000

I really like that GH is giving us different and exciting things, it keeps GH from gathering dust..
It will be fun to watch GH live!!
((ooowww I hope there will be bloopers lol)

LIGHTS CAMERAS ACTION !!!

Aden
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Aden

Great….even cheaper looking gunplay.

vinman
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vinman

They better bolt down all the sets and scenery from the “chewers” ;).

Mary Morton
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Mary Morton

This is ok but just wish they would let people know if Genie Francis is coming back or not and then I’ll
Will know to start watching it again or not.

Timmm
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Timmm

It will be the start of sweeps so look for a “Live” story arc. Maybe Tony Geary’s goodbye? I will say this though, they have to showcase their strong players in these live episodes so it will be Sonny, Jake, Carly, Hayden, Luke, Tracy, Ned, Franco, Nina, Sam, Ric, Anna and maybe this will be Duke’s death?

Karen Murpy
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Karen Murpy

YEAH, I will look forward to that VERY MUCH !! IF ONLY, we can keep President Obama from making his speeches. HE ALWAYS seems to interrupt G.H. (at 2 PM) to make all of his decisions, meetings and so forth !. He did that yesterday (Thursday) and it was at the high points of the show…like when Luke was talking about accidentally killing his mother & then killing his father and then Obama interrupts & just at the very end we see his sister, Patricia die! Her “daughter” Valerie discovers she’s not breathing Every time Obama has a news conference… Read more »

Fanny
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Fanny

Enjoyed your comments, really U had me cracking up. Because it’s all so TRUE!!!

Harry
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Harry

Karen, it’s a little known fact that our president is a OLTL fan. He is doing this on purpose!

Karen Murpy
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Karen Murpy

Oh. so that is his nasty little secret. (HA-HA) !! They took OLTL off so now he usurps G.H. at every single opportunity !! He used to speak while The View was on but The View, these days, needs to be interrupted…The View is not what it used to be !

Fanny
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Fanny

Exciting and New, what FUN can’t wait.

Don
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Don

I hope if actors make mistakes, producers will let them improvise. I think it will be a success, the actors will practice their lines and scene untill the big day so it won’t be a problem and back in the days the shows were not recorded, they were presented live and some show were taped in front of the audience.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

I don’t know…it’s interesting but it kinda breaks the fourth wall for me…

Satan
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Satan

How can a Devil say this politely………

For live shows to work, the story line had better be centered around GH vets who were there before February 2012. Because a lot of the folks hired since then really don’t measure up in terms of pure acting ability.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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General Hospital Alum Annie Wersching Dead at 45

In very sad news on Sunday, actress Annie Wersching, who starred in the series 24, Bosch and Timeless, and portrayed Amelia Joffe on General Hospital, passed away this morning from cancer.  Annie was only 45-years-0ld.

Deadline broke the news of Annie’s death.  In a statement, Wersching’s husband, actor Stephen Full, shared: “There is a cavernous hole in the soul of this family today. But she left us the tools to fill it. She found wonder in the simplest moment. She didn’t require music to dance. She taught us not to wait for adventure to find you. ‘Go find it. It’s everywhere.’ And find it we shall. As I drove our boys, the true loves of her life, down the winding driveway and street, she would yell BYE! until we were out of earshot and into the world. I can still hear it ringing. Bye my Buddie. ‘I love you little family…’ ”

Wersching’s first major role came as Amelia Joffe on General Hospital.  She played the role from May to September of 2007.  Amelia came to Port Charles to seek revenge on Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) and wound up lovers with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard).

Later, she went on to star as Renee Walker in Seasons 7 and 8 of 24.  She also appeared in The Vampire Diaries, Runaways, Extant, and The Rookie.  One of her last roles was in Star Trek: Picard which came two decades after she made her screen acting debut in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Annie is survived by her husband and children children Freddie, 12; Ozzie, and Archie, 4.

Share your condolences and remembrances for Annie in the comment section.  But first, check out some scenes from her time on General Hospital below.

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