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General Hospital to Honor John Reilly with Upcoming Episode

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The impact that John Reilly (Sean Donely) had on the cast, producers and fans of General Hospital, will be recognized on-air with a future episode of the ABC daytime drama series; as this week the world of soaps is mourning this soap opera veteran who passed away at 84.

GH executive producer, Frank Valentini told Variety that Reilly “was a huge part of the  GH history and will be honored in an upcoming episode that the writers are working on now.”

Reilly began on GH back in June of 1984 and played Sean through February of 1995. He later made guest appearances through 2008 for the finale of GH: Night Shift and also appeared in 2013.

Due to COVID-19, GH has adjusted its production schedule slightly, but both the writers’ and production teams are still working weeks ahead of air and are currently preparing episodes from the end of the first quarter into the second quarter of 2021.

So, how would you like to see the death of Sean Donely play out on-air, now that we have lost beloved cast member, John Reilly?  Let us know via the comment section.

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Carrie
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Carrie

I’m glad gh is doing this.

rose
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rose

Not sad, but wonderful flashbacks with John as Sean from GH’s best days. Combine this with the excellent “standalone” storytelling we now know the writers are capable of, and it will be a wonderful tribute.

Steve
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End of first quarter puts us right at the 58th anniversary date of April 1 – a perfect day for a standalone episode honoring John/Sean.

Robert, Anna, Felicia (Sean’s “princess”)and Mac are musts. Kimberly McCullough has previously announced she would no longer be acting, but perhaps they can persuade her to come back for a quick visit. Monica, because of their history, would be an added plus.

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At this rate, they’ll probably end up showing the “April 1” episode some time in May.

No GH last Wednesday due to the MAGAtt terrorist attacks. No GH today due to ImOrangement 2.0. I’m guessing with Inauguration Day next Wednesday, that was probably a pre-planned pre-emption already. Assuming the terrorists don’t do anything else stupid, they might get back to a 5 day schedule on the week of 1/25.

Steve
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While the preemptions are annoying (and the reasons for them sad), they might actually be beneficial, production-wise, in the long run.

If all goes according to revised plans, the show is scheduled to return to production next week after taking about longer holiday break due to Covid concerns in LA. That will leave them about 2 weeks of episodes remaining in the can. Let’s hope they don’t have to resort to excessive recent flashbacks or “vintage Fridays” to extend the time period of material already shot.

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I want this played out but I want Jack Wagner and Sharon Wyatt back for this too.

Steve
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Steve

Sharon Wyatt, sadly, has been struggling with health concerns for some time and is no longer acting.

Frank and Jack are not on the best of terms since Frisco’s short return during the 50th anniversary celebration. Jack has said nice things about John Reilly online, so we can keep hoping.

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My memory is really fuzzy on this, but I recall some years ago someone was on one of those mystery jaunts that took them all over the place and they ran into a lady who turned out to be Sean and Tiffany’s daughter. (I hope I have that right.) And I think I remember her saying the Sean was not in good health.

If that’s the case, I would just see him passing away peacefully from whatever was ailing him back then.

There’d still be room for characters on the show who knew him to remember in a tribute.

Steve
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Steve

Sean returned for one day back in 2013. Turned out he was the first one poisoned in a storyline that had Luke, who was also poisoned, on death’s door.

Sean and Tiffany’s daughter Anna (named after Devane when she was presumed dead in the 90s) was also shown at that time. As the storyline ended, Devane mentioned that Sean got the cure in time and was recovering.

Satan
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Satan

Well, let’s see what we have to work with as far as a Sean Donely tribute goes….. Robert & Anna are obviously involved. Can’t remember the last time we saw Felicia, but she definitely needs to be there. Still say Sean was her father, though they never actually came out and said so. If not, he was the closest thing to a father she ever had. Monica had a brief relationship with Sean and she’s still around. I think that’s pretty much everyone in the current cast who would have actually known him. Were Sean and Laura ever on the… Read more »

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I’m with you on the Sean and Laura connection. They might have shared a few scenes, but wouldn’t be called close.

Felicia hasn’t been on camera since they returned from the production shutdown. This, despite her daughter announcing her pregnancy, Maxie being held hostage by her best friend’s sister, Ryan being stabbed, and oh, her place of business blowing up! Not sure if this is Wagner’s decision or Frank’s.

Carrie
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Carrie

The answer concerning Sean and Laura is a little bit yes and no.

Sean, Robert,Frisco and the gang were present when Luke and Laura announced their first pregnancy just after the Mexico adventure in 1984 when Tony and Genie returned for a story arc.

Sean and Tiffany were still on the canvas when Genie returned in 1993. Laura and Tiffany resumed their friendship while trying to compartmentalize it. With Luke doing illegal things and Tiffany married to police commissioner, they had to tread lightly.

Anne
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Anne

I would like both Laura and Robert to each get a call from Tiffany.

Carrie
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Carrie

Anne, that would be so nice.

Christy
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Christy

You know when Sonny lived in Sean’s penthouse, I was always waiting for someone to find the hidden room in the wall …. It would be fun if something lead Robert & Anna there.

Satan
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Satan

It was Robert’s penthouse before it was Sean’s. Robert’s the one who built the secret room, so if it still exists, he would know where to look for it.

General Hospital

Denise Alexander Responds to Outpouring of Fan Support on Her Return to General Hospital

Longtime fans of General Hospital were over the moon when it was revealed that Denise Alexander was on her way back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise her role of Dr. Lesley Webber, mother of Laura, played by Genie Francis.

With Laura’s story with her new found half-brothers central to the current storyline, it’s a perfect time for Alexander to be back in Port Charles.

Tricia Sheldon, a fan of General Hospital who loves the vintage years of the show and more as she notes on her Twitter account, was able to reach Alexander, who is not on social media.  Sheldon showed her the outpouring of love the actress received, and the excitement on her on-screen imminent return.

In turn, Denise wrote a message to Sheldon to share publicly.  Part of which read   “Wow! I am breathless! What a wonderful surprise!  I am beyond grateful for all the kind and amazing and funny and sweet and caring and supportive and truly delicious messages. I have never felt so appreciated  and it brought tears and laughter reading each one.”

Alexander added, “I do not have a clue as to how to communicate on the Internet on Twitter.”  She then noted, “I would love to reach each and every person who wrote about that first day back. But I don’t even know what the rules are.  I’ve a vague sense that there is a limit to how long a message can be,but do not know how to reach anyone. Is there any way you could forward at least my thanks to everyone?”

Denise closed with,  “I love each and every message, and am full of gratitude.”

You can view the communication and Denise’s heartfelt message below.

Now let us know what you thought of Denise reaching out to all of the fans, and how grateful she is that viewers are excited to see her back on-screen via the comment section,

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Days Of Our Lives

Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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All My Children

‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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