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General Hospital to Participate in Monday's "Day Of Giving" Hurricane Sandy Relief & Rebuilding Efforts!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Yesterday, The Disney/ABC Television Group announced that General Hospital, ABC Family, SOAPnet, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and The Disney Stores are joining the previously announced “Day of Giving” this coming Monday, November 5th!

In fact, several General Hospital stars have recorded PSA’s that will appear through Monday’s episode of GH, and throughout the ABC network programming block that day. “Day of Giving” is a fundraising efforts to help those impacted by  Hurricane Sandy and the Super Storm that caused havoc throughout the eastern seaboard and states, and affected so many lives.

Here is the official original press release for “Day of Giving” prior to GH being announced as part of the fundraising and awareness efforts:  “Following the announcement by Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company of a $2 Million donation for Hurricane Sandy relief and rebuilding efforts, the Disney/ABC Television Group  announced that it will designate Monday, November 5, 2012 as a “Day of Giving” across network and syndicated programming spanning News, Daytime, Primetime and Late Night, encouraging the tens of millions of viewers engaged throughout the day to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”

“In commenting on the wide-reaching response to the devastating storm, Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC Television Group, said, “The effects of Hurricane Sandy have impacted millions of people across the entire North East, including many of our co-workers, friends and families. This unprecedented devastation demanded an unprecedented response, so our team came up with the ‘Day of Giving.’ This coordinated effort between network and syndicated programming spanning News, Daytime, Primetime and Late Night will reach tens of millions of viewers with a specific call to action…to do what Americans do best, and pull together in support of those who are suffering. I’m incredibly proud of the team and all of our programs for this amazing response.”

“Good Morning America will start the “Day of Giving” by dedicating the entire 8:00 a.m. hour to raising money for Sandy Relief efforts. ABC News anchors, reporters and employees will band together to encourage people to donate to the American Red Cross.   The torch will pass to  LIVE with Kelly and Michael, where the show will integrate “Day of Giving” messaging into their highly anticipated Halloween episode (which was moved due to the impact of the storm). The ladies of  The View will discuss the “Day of Giving” and encourage their audience to donate to the American Red Cross relief efforts, and The Chew will do the same.  Katie, which designated the entire hour on Wednesday, October 31 to Hurricane Sandy, will take up the mantle of the “Day of Giving” and engage her viewers in these relief efforts as well.”

“The ABC Owned Stations and local ABC affiliates will integrate “Day of Giving” messaging into their local news throughout the day, calling on their local communities to help those impacted by the storm.  World News with Diane Sawyer will participate with messaging around “Day of Giving” and the continuing impact of the storm.  Dancing With The Stars is planning to personalize sections of the live show Monday night with “Day of Giving” messaging.”

“Nightline will devote time to the “Day of Giving” and the impact of Hurricane Sandy, and Jimmy Kimmel Live, which has been airing from Brooklyn all this week and encouraging viewers to give to the Red Cross to help rebuild that impacted areas, will end the “Day of Giving” on Monday with special messaging and calls to action for his viewers.  ESPN will be running public service announcements to engage their viewers in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts throughout its programming, including coverage of The New York City Marathon and Monday Night Football.”

So soapers, what do you think of the concept of “Day of Giving”?  Will you take part? Happy that GH was asked to participate?   Let us know!

 

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Beti
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Beti

Way to go ABC and GH. May they all be blessed

Vickie
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Vickie

Still not watching ABC/D——except for GH.

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

same here,….its gonna take allot to get me back……..i do watch gh religously………….i love the doctors and dr oz but refuse to watch anything but gh on abc daytime.

SUSAN
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SUSAN

agree 100 % will not watch anything on abc but GH only!!!

Jane
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Jane

ABCD actually had a good idea for a change. I’m sure many of their former employees are hurting right now.

Susan
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Susan

Since I am an evacuee, I am thrilled! Still waiting for power and heat in most of Hoboken, NJ. Thank you for all you are doing for us!!

Elhu
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Elhu

Susan, wishing you and yours, and all of those affected in any way by this devastating storm a quick recovery. I think it is a wonderful idea and I commend ABC Television and Disney for coming up with it, and I am very happy that GH was asked to participate. I hope it is a huge success and brings in lots of money for those in need. Anything that involves people helping people is always a positive move.

ethel
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ethel

susan my prayers & thoughts are with you guys………..♥

SUSAN
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SUSAN

so true ethel my prayers are with susan and all the others affected by sandy and have donated to red cross and hope others will as well

Robert in Jersey City.
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Robert in Jersey City.

I’m in Jersey City. I can not believe what Hoboken’s going through. Some here are still in the dark and it’s getting cold. Hang tough.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

I’m in NJ too! Power & heat finally came back on! Hope everyone else has theirs back on soon too!

Richard
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Richard

Thanks ABC for reaching out to the folks in my old home town area.

Robynne
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Robynne

I think it is the only thing in the last two years that ABC/D has done that I approve of wholeheartedly! But I too, am only watching GH.

SUSAN
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SUSAN

robynne i also watch only GH and you are right ABC should do something to help of course they deserve to lose viewers after the loss of amc and oltl

Ron
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Ron

Already donated. Great GH is helping out.

susan M.
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susan M.

My brother & sister-in-law live in Point Pleasant N.J. The boardwalk is gone & no more sand dunes..Electric is still out..No damage to their house they don’t live close to the beach…It’s a mess….GH right on!!!

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

Well at least Frank Valentini is using his time at GH to do some good. It would be great if he also had a vision for the show besides just bringing back former cast members and re-writing character history.

SUSAN
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SUSAN

yes frank valentini needs to use his time for good and he needs to changehis vision for GH cause the last couple of wks has not been great you cannot bring back former cast members as you said and think the viewers will tune in, do not like AJ story line and duke lavery is creepy and he needs to go today if not sooner. bring back steve burton any way u can get him and trying to replace him with AJ is not working, never will in fact if it was not for maurice benard and tony geary i… Read more »

TnT 2.0 Forever
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TnT 2.0 Forever

I agree, Susan.

Robert in Jersey City.
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Robert in Jersey City.

so many people need help. I’m heartbroken by the devastation in my city, Staten Island and Breezy Point. I’m telling you I’m walking around in some sort of shock.

thanks, GH…I been watching since 1978. thanks.

mary
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mary

Nice Gh.But Disney 2 million.You just paid 4 billion for Lucas film.Thats a shameful amount Disney.

Brian
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Brian

and they claim it was costing too much to produce “One Life To Live” !!!

SUSAN
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SUSAN

yes agree

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GH’s Parry Shen Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

How many of us have lost, or had to say goodbye to our best friend? Somehow fate or illness intervenes and cuts short someone you share so many memories with.

On last Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) family and friends gathered for her memorial at the GH chapel.  However, viewers knew of the special connection between Britt and her bestie, Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).

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Devastated at losing Britt, upset that she never told him she about her diagnosis with Huntington’s Disease, and mourning her death, Brad comes to her former office, where Britt was the Co-Chief of Staff at the hospital. After exchanging heartfelt moments with Britt’s mother, the grieving Liesl (Kathleen Gati), and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Brad (with a paper bag in hand) spends some time alone in Britt’s former office, which has now been cleaned out.

Next, Brad takes out a carton of ice cream (for those who know the back-story, Britt and Brad would sit together each with ice cream and watch the red carpet at the Nurses’ Ball on TV and hoot and howl at the residents of Port Charles), and thus begins a very emotional and five-hankie moment, where Brad recalls all the key moments in their friendship.

Parry Shen was so touching in this scene, that if you have been a fans of Britt and Brad’s friendship, we are sure you shed some tears.

Later, during the memorial, Brad is pained listening to the others eulogize Britt, and when it is his turn to speak, he does his best to get through it and pay homage to his best friend.

We will miss the Brad and Britt friendship as will many GH viewers for it was one-of-a-kind on the soaps – two originally, not so nice people, doing bad things and finding common ground with each other, and eventually turning their lives around and being there to support each other.

For all of these scenes mentioned above, Michael Fairman TV names Parry Shen’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.  You can check out a clip featuring Shen below.

Now, let us know, what did you think of Parry’s Performance during Britt’s memorial episode? Comment below.

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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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