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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!

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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… Read more »

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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.

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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!

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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… Read more »

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

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Rodd

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.… Read more »

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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.

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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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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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