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General Hospital to Celebrate 60th Anniversary with the Nurses’ Ball, Stage Dedication, and Jane Elliot to Return

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Just how will GH celebrate the big 6-0? Well, news today out of the TCA reveals that the ABC daytime drama series plans to celebrate its 60th anniversary on April 1, 2023 a few ways.

First, the network will present the cast and crew with a stage dedication on the Prospect Studios lot, permanently commemorating the show’s legacy and serving as a reminder of the history that has been made in that very spot.

Meanwhile, on the air look for the return of the Nurses’ Ball, which has not been part of the storylines since 2020.  The episodes will kick-off during the anniversary week of April 3rd.

The festivities will then continue as icons of Port Charles unite to stop a legendary threat from the past.

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In addition, look for Jane Elliot to reprise her role as the legendary Tracy Quartermaine in April.  However, according to additional information from Soap Opera Digest, they are hearing Jane’s stay will this time out be more long-term.

Last year, GH won five Daytime Emmy Awards including for Outstanding Drama Series, marking the show’s 15th win –  the record for most wins in the category – a fete and testament to the impact and resonance that the series has had with viewers to this day.

So, what do you think of GH’s plans to celebrate its 60th anniversary? Comment below.  But first check out the just released promo from ABC marking the big mi

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So far, everything being presented to us is outstanding! And Soap Opera Digest is claiming Jane Elliot’s return is a “long term stay,” which is very exciting!!! I also think the stage dedication is perfect! So far, everything for the 60th anniversary is amazing! And with new sets debuting (as of today), it is clear there is still love being put into this soap, unlike another one about to celebrate their 50th anniversary!

So glad that Jane’s going to stay for a while. Here’s hoping that Leslie is able to bring Monica back to the house that Alan gave her.

Speaking of which, while I’m glad they’re spending money and updating some sets, I hope the new Q room we saw today does not replace the den set. That room dates back to around 1990 and has so many memories of Anna Lee, John Ingle and Stuart Damon. The den set also has the patio where Jason drove his motorcycle into the room.

Frank and team have done a good job of adding rooms to some of the larger homes. We have kitchens for the Qs and Corinthos. Those sets also aid in saving production dollars as they are smaller and less complicated to assemble than the living rooms.

Next up – Windermere needs a significant makeover – keep it gothic but make it look more elegant.

I have a sneaking suspicion Leslie Charleson is not coming back as Monica. I’d be surprised if she did.

As for Wyndemere. My hopes is for a remodel not unlike what the Capwell Mansion became when it got remodeled. I know it’s unlikely to happen, but it would serve the overall vibe of the set. They’ve been teasing a remodel since Ava moved on, and the continued mention of renovations to the north tower (albeit a coverup for Esme), it gives me hope it’ll happen this year.

I have loved General Hospital for years. There are characters we love and characters we love to Hate(Nina’s character that is so upsetting to watch i just cant like her at all)
This show has taken us through some difficult topics and educated people… on illnesses and with respect for the character’s back stories id watch for 60 more!

As GH celebrates 60 years on the air, it’s 30 years for me as a fan this year. And I’m so excited to see everything they have in store over the coming months!!

For any show to be on the air for 60 years is an incredible milestone. I’m glad it’s being treated as the major deal it is. People can say what they want about Frank Valentini, he certainly has his pros and cons as executive producer like everyone that came before him. But one thing about his tenure at GH, they’ve usually done these anniversary and milestone shows very well and done a nice job honoring the rich history of the show.

It’s a wonderful treat anytime the incomparable Jane Elliot returns as Tracy Quartermaine, not to mention the other blasts from the past that they apparently have up their sleeve.

I’m also thrilled that Sonya Eddy is getting a special episode. She deserves nothing less.

I hope we see Leslie Charleston as Monica when Jane Elliott returns. I love Tracey as she is a great conflict character.

I was a huge ANOTHER WORLD fan so I never watched GH growing up. When AW was cancelled, I started watching ONE LIFE TO LIVE (as well as GUIDING LIGHT and AS THE WORLD TURNS), And then came the demise of one P&G show after the other and GENERAL HOSPITAL came on right after OLTL, so I started watching that. I’ve grown to love this show that, as a teen, I never wanted to watch because it was on at the same time as my other shows and it was all the rage ~ a trend that I always bucked. I was missing out. I love the actors/actresses on this show. I think the writers and EP and other creatives behind the scenes also do a wonderful job. It aint easy.

Congratulations on 60 years strong! Here’s to another 60 years, GH!

Rodd…Thanks for your memories. They are certainly a special genre of their own with their own brand of story telling, writing, pace and memorable actors. Here’s hoping soaps still have a future.

Congrats to GH for 60 years! ABC Daytime appears to be supporting the soap with investments in casting and sets. May reach my fav GL which had 72 years. And looking forward to Jane Elliott’s return! She has had a great career at GL and at GH.

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(WATCH) 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Winners Interviews

Last Friday night at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, many of the daytime drama series and performer winners took to the ‘Winners Walk’ to share their reactions on taking home the gold in their respective categories.

Speaking with Michael Fairman TV were: Outstanding Lead Actress winner, Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, The Young and the Restless), Outstanding Lead Actor, Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, The Bold and the Beautiful) along with friend and former B&B co-star, Alley Mills (ex-Pam, now Heather, GH), and his daughter McKenna, who attended the ceremonies with her dad.

In addition, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Daytime Drama Series, Robert Gossett (Marshall, General Hospital) stopped by to celebrate his win, as did Outstanding Supporting Actress, Courtney Hope (Sally, The Young and the Restless).

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General Hospital won both Outstanding Directing Team in a Daytime Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Drama Series, and both former co-head writers, Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten, spoke to us following their victories, as did the Directing team led by Robert Markham, Tina Keller and Allison Reames.

The Young and the Restless icon star, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) along with her husband, The Bold and the Beautiful’s producer Edward J. Scott were the recipients of the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award honors, and spoke on what it was like to take the stage and deliver their acceptance speeches after the moving tribute from many of their colleagues.

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Make sure to check out our red carpet interviews from soap’s biggest night and all the winners conversations via You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel.

Now, watch our 2024 Daytime Emmy winners interviews below.  Then, let us know who you were most happy to see taking home an Emmy for their work via the comment section.

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Bryan Craig Teases ‘Who Could It Be’ in Response to General Hospital’s Returning Mystery Man

Since General Hospital’s executive producer, Frank Valentini dropped a major bombshell of what’s to come on the long-running daytime drama at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, the guessing games have begun of just what former GH actor is returning to the cast this summer.

Speaking with ABC’s On The Red Carpet, as previously reported, Valentini shared, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.”

That has led to major online speculation that it could be anyone from: Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), Greg Vaughn (ex-Lucky), Ted King (ex-Lorenzo Alcazar), Nicholas Chavez (ex-Spencer), and Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan) among others, that might be the gentlemen being referenced.

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On Wednesday, responding to a post on the subject from Soap Opera Digest, Bryan Craig commented, “Who could it be ….”  Now, clearly he can just be having some fun with the situation to throw fans off-track, or he might be giving us a tease of what’s to come.

Before exiting GH, the actor won two Daytime Emmys for his performances as Morgan Corinthos in 2016 and 2017.  Craig appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared most recently in Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel, plus several independent films.

The character of Morgan was killed-off the show when Olivia Jerome set a bomb that exploded in the car that Morgan got into, but was meant to kill Olivia’s brother Julian Jerome. Morgan’s death caused a huge split in the relationship of Carly and Sonny.

So, do you think Bryan Craig is just having fun with the audience, or do you think it’s possible he is the big return Frank Valentini is talking about? Comment below.

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General Hospital Daytime Emmy-Winning Directing Team Remembers Johnny Wactor: “He Came to Set Every Day with a Smile of Gratitude and a Love-Filled Hug for Everybody”

It has been a rough year and a half for the General Hospital family losing so many beloved cast members and producer, Nneka Garland.  Now, the Daytime Emmy-winning directing team has spoken out about the emotional toll it has taken on everyone associated with the show, and most recently, with the heartbreaking murder of Johnny Wactor (Ex-Brando Corbin).

The actor was shot back in the wee hours of the morning on May 25th by a masked gunman who was part of three car thieves trying to steal the catalytic converter from Wactor’s vehicle. Johnny came upon the scene after he finished his bartending shift in downtown Los Angeles and was walking a co-worker to their cars.

Last Friday at the 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, GH was named Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series. Following their on-stage victory, the group stopped by to chat with Michael Fairman TV on the Winners Walk.

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Directors Robert Markham, Tina Keller, Allison Reames and the rest of the award-wining directing team, shared in the joy of their victory, but it was not lost on them the seriousness of the moment as well.

Tina Keller expressed, “It’s been a rough year, and it’s been really rough for General Hospital recently with Johnny.” Keller, along with Robert Markham recalled what it was like working with Wactor.

“He came to set every day with a smile of gratitude and a love-filled hug for everybody,” shared Keller. “I’ve never worked with anyone who was so much light-filled and happy to be where he was. Just so much gratitude and joy and it’s a tremendous loss for his friends, his family, and anyone who loved him.” An emotional Robert Markham confirmed what Keller shared,  “Yeah, absolutely. He was a gentleman. He really was, and we’re going to miss him.”

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GH paid tribute to Wactor in the final moments of the Tuesday, June 11th episode with a title card in remembrance of the slain actor. A march in Los Angeles is scheduled for this morning, Wednesday, June 12th, to City Hall for a call for change to clean up the streets of LA from crime, to help find Wactor’s killer.

The directing team took home the gold in the Directing for a Daytime Drama Series category, in part, due to the episode they submitted surrounding the memorial of Epiphany Johnson played by the late Sonya Eddy, who passed away back in December of 2022. The second episode they submitted was when Anna’s (Finola Hughes) house was set on fire.

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Keller spoke to directing the memorial episode that was so heartfelt and raw as performed by the cast that knew and loved Sonya Eddy. “You know, it was a beautiful day to be able to pay tribute to Sonya and it was a rollercoaster all day,” shared Tina.

“We had our cast giving tributes to her and they all did such a beautiful job. It was well-written and a rough day emotionally, but it was an honor to be able to play a tribute to somebody who’s been such an important role in General Hospital throughout the history of the show,” Keller concluded.

You can check out the entire conversation with the Daytime Emmy-winning Directing team from General Hospital below. Make sure to visit the Michael Fairman Channel for full coverage of the red carpet and Winners Walk with interviews from daytime’s biggest night.

Now, let us know, what you thought of the winning GH Emmy episode submissions and the heartfelt words from the directors on the death of Johnny Wactor and the loss of Sonya Eddy via the comment section.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting death of Johnny Wactor is urged to contact LAPD Detectives Gonzales or Martinez at Central Bureau Homicide at (213) 996-4142. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to (877) LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go to lacrimestoppers.org.

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