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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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I’m glad gh is doing this.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 show at the same time? Having a senior Devil moment, and can’t actually remember…..

By all rights, Frisco should be there, though I’m guessing the odds of a blizzard in Hell are slightly better than this actually happening. Same with Luke, though he was there for Sean’s last appearance on Night Shift.

Slightly better odds of Robin making an appearance. Supposedly she wasn’t going to do any more of those, but might make an exception for this?

In any case, I truly hope they don’t botch it like they did when Gail died, and do some really dumb episode featuring mostly characters from the Valentini regime who never even met the woman.

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.

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.

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

Anne, that would be so nice.

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.

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.

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Eva LaRue Makes Her ‘General Hospital’ Debut: What Were Your First Impressions of Natalia Rogers-Ramirez?

On the Monday, February 26th episode of General Hospital, former All My Children favorite, Eva LaRue (ex-Maria Santos), made her first appearance in her new recurring role of Blaze’s (Jacqueline Grace Lopez) mother, Natalia Rogers-Ramirez.

In key scenes, as Kristina (Kate Mansi) and Blaze are happy after spending the night together, Kristina is in for a shock when she is still in bed and the door opens and Blaze’s mother, Natalia strolls in seemingly oblivious to walked she just walked in.

Natalia announces, “Alison, Mommy’s here!” Then, Natalia looks over and sees Kristina in bed and both women are a bit startled. Kristina introduces herself to “Mrs. Rogers-Ramirez.” However, Natalia corrects her and says it’s “Miss.”

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Next, Blaze walks into the room still in her robe. She is very shocked that her mother arrived in Port Charles much earlier than expected. Natalia wants an explanation of just what she walked in on. It is then, Kristina concocts a story and explains they had a girls’ night, and it got late so Alison let her crash.

Natalia seems to buy into Kristina’s lies. Blaze starts to argue with her mother over the non-vegan sandals her mother brought her from Puerto Rico and her grandmother’s pudding, which she has told her in the past she dislikes. Kristina pipes in that the reason Alison doesn’t like it, is because of the texture and the same goes for avocado and flan. Natalia says she thinks she knows her own daughter.

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Then, Blaze gets more upset and asks Kristina to stay and be by her side. Blaze announces that she and Kristina are more than just friends. We already know that Natalia is from a very conservative background, so we anticipate on tomorrow’s episode of GH, she won’t approve finding out her daughter is gay. Stay-tuned.

So, were you happy to see Eva LaRue back on daytime and now on General Hospital? What were you first impressions of her new character Natalia Rogers-Ramirez? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first, check out the scenes from her arrival below,

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General Hospital’s William Lipton to Star in Music Drama Series ‘The Runarounds’ From ‘Outer Banks’ Creators

This sounds like a perfect starring vehicle for the multi-talented William Lipton (Cameron Webber), who recently made a brief return to General Hospital for his best friend, Spencer Cassadine’s (the exited Nicholas Chavez) gravesite memorial service.

Now comes word that Lipton is set to star in a new series in the works entitled The Runarounds. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because The Runarounds is the name of the band seen in season three of Netflix’s popular series, Outer Banks. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has given the green light to an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for The Runarounds which premise features the story of a post-high school band as they try to make it big.

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The fictional drama is inspired by the real life band of the same name and will star its group’s members: William Lipton, Axel Ellis, Jeremy Yun, Zendé Murdock and Jesse Golliher.

The Runarounds will be set and film in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Outer Banks was also shot. Skydance Television is the studio behind the series. Outer Banks creators Josh Pate, Joshua Pate, and Shannon Burke will bring this project to life.

Lipton took to his Instagram on Monday, once the news of the series was revealed, expressing, “Where are we going, fellas? To the top, Johnny!” Immediately GH co-stars past and present shared their congratulations to William including: Sydney Mikayla (ex-Trina Robinson) and Enzo De Angelis, who plays Lipton’s brother, Aiden on GH.

 

In a statement, Vernon Sanders, head of television at Amazon MGM Studios, expressed: “When we first met with Jonas and Skydance about The Runarounds, it was immediately clear that they brought us a special show featuring an incredibly talented cast and real-life band. We are very much looking forward to sharing the exhilarating journey of The Runarounds with our global Prime Video customers.”

The Runarounds were actually formed as a band back in 2021, when Jonas Pate issued a casting call looking for a group to appear on Outer Banks. The group first performed together when they played for Pate ahead of appearing in season three after being selected from a more than 5,000 musicians who responded to the call.

No word yet on when The Runarounds will be released.

So, excited for this opportunity for William Lipton to star in this music drama? Hope he returns to GH down the line? Comment below.

 

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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