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General Hospital To Rebroadcast 2014 and 2015 Nurses’ Ball Episodes

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Look for ABC’s General Hospital’s two run two-weeks worth of classic Nurses’ Ball episodes beginning May 25th through June 12th.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic TV production shutdowns, GH will have gone through all new episodes that had been previously been airing on Monday through Thursdays as of May 21st.

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The Nurses’ Ball episodes will be from the 2014 and 2015, and here’s a look at what to expect in week number one below.

Monday, May 25: This Year’s Nurses Balls kicks off with an unexpected interruption during the opening number and includes a surprise proposal! Musical performances include the original number “Welcome to the Nurses Ball” performed by Epiphany Johnson, Elizabeth Webber, Sabrina Santiago and Felix Dubois; and a special performance of “Willkommen” from Cabaret by Dr. Liesel Obrecht. (Original air date: May 18, 2014)

Tuesday, May 26: Luke and Tracy take the next step in their relationship. Spencer convinces Nikolas they have to attend the Ball. Musical performances include “Raise Your Glass” by Pink, performed by Kiki Jerome and Friends: Elizabeth Webber, Lucas Jones, TJ Ashford and Felix Dubois; “You Took the Words Right Out of my Mouth” by Meat Loaf, performed by Eddie Maine; “I Am What I Am” by Jerry Herman, performed by Luke Spencer, a striptease to AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” performed by Magic Milo & the Magic Wands: Nathan West, Lucas Jones, Felix DuBois, Michael Corinthos and TJ Ashford. (Original air date: May 9, 2014)

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Wednesday, May 27: Spencer begs for another chance with Emma. Britt tells Nikolas she still loves him. Scott tells Lucy she made a mistake picking Kevin. Musical performances include: “Brokenhearted” by Karmin, performed by Brad Cooper; “I Love It” by Icona Pop , performed by The Haunted Starlets: Sam Morgan, Maxie Jones, Molly Lansing, Lulu Spencer-Falconeri and Kiki Jerome; and the original song performance “Criminal Love” by Eddie Gomez, among others. (Original air date: May 12, 2014)

Thursday, May 28: Brad proposes to Lucas. The truth about Ric and Hayden’s connection is revealed. Musical performances include the original number “Welcome to the Nurses Ball” performed by Epiphany Johnson, Elizabeth Webber, Sabrina Santiago and Felix Dubois, “99 Red Balloons” by Nena, performed Dr. Liesel Obrecht and “Marry You” by Bruno Mars performed by Brad Cooper. (Original air date: May 1, 2015)

Friday, May 29: Duke takes a hit out on Jordan. Spencer gets a surprise visit from a loved one. Elizabeth pleads with Nikolas to keep the truth about Jason between them. Musical performances include “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen, performed by Eddie Maine; “It Might Be You” by Stephen Bishop, performed by  Damien Spinelli and the original song “You’re Not Alone” performed by Epiphany Johnson and Sabrina Santiago. (Original air date: May 5, 2015)

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So, excited to watch these episodes again? Share your thoughts on GH’s latest rebroadcasts via the comment section below.

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Antonio
Antonio

The nurses ball was started in 1994 by the great Claire Labine. Is this really the best they could do? 2014 & 2015? Moronic!

DMRR
DMRR

Agreed!

Patrick
Patrick

LOL… right ? ALL soaps saw an uptick.. in ratings bonanza… and they go with this? b rated stuff. plus overkill on Sonny.. w/ all Carly ?

plain out dud

Patrick
Patrick

I do have my own wish list… like @Dan post… for whatever reason.. @ABC chooses not to retell past serial. I never watched General Hospital.. when the most talked about story BJ Heart

that would be FANtastic

Su000
Su000

I can see the ratings falling
and
the disgruntled fans who watch online,
that will not see those episodes
uummm maybe a million people..
all the online watchers can not see any
of the Friday episodes either.

Jimh
Jimh

i wish instead they aired the first nurses ball…

Sassy Duck
Sassy Duck

I’m with you, Jimh. The earliest Nurses’s Balls were the best! The last several years, boring. I want to see the Nurse’s Ball episode with Monica, Alan and Kevin as babies, singing in high chairs, (don’t remember which year that was), but, it was a memorable scene. If 2014 and 2015 are all they show, I can see fans not tuning in. I miss the good ole days of great GH storylines. It’s gotten a little better, more recently, but still not up to par.

Also, is anyone else getting tired of these recent flashbacks about Michael, Chase, Willow, Sasha and Wiley? It’s not as if they happened months or year’s ago, but the events happened in the past few weeks. I think we have longer memories than that. It doesn’t really add anything to the storyline, and actually chops up the new episodes by interrupting them.

Oh well. It will interesting to see if any of our soaps return as we once knew them. This may be a death knell for those still hanging on. I hope that the fans push for them to return.

Jimh
Jimh

im glad Days has episodes until October…

DMRR
DMRR

Yup, or done real classic episodes.

Steve
Steve

Through June 12 indicates 3 weeks of all Nurses Ball episodes.

Would Frank dare show episodes before he became EP? So far all the Friday repeats have been shows he’s overseen. The ABC/People special on soaps would be a great impetus to rerun a week of preparation for Luke & Laura’s wedding.

At the end of the last “fresh” episode on May 21, it would be interesting to have some sort of visual effect of Port Charles shutting down with a “To Be Continued…” graphic. Not sure if a show named after a medical institution can entirely ignore a worldwide pandemic when it returns to production.

When production resumes, depending on the length of the hiatus, serious consideration should be given to immediately wrapping up some ancillary storylines and kick off new ones.

Sassy Duck
Sassy Duck

I agree with you, Steve, about Frank showing anything before his time with GH. Don’t think it will happen. Newer fans would really enjoy the earlier Nurse’s Ball episodes in the 90s. They were definitely worth watching.

And, also agree about wrapping up the storylines and then showing brand new episodes.

Hope springs eternal!

Sassy Duck
Sassy Duck

Apologies if my reply was confusing. I’m talking about the flashbacks during the new Monday-Thursday episodes, NOT the Friday repeats.

Violet Lemm 2.
Violet Lemm 2.

They could always do a Jump as Days did, with the time away dealing with the pandemic, resulting in any lost lives of anyone they’d like to get rid of. What a good excuse to clean and weed out. some of the characters not wanted or needed anymore. I can think of a few, but Iam sure they are on contract, and wouldn’t be agreeable to just being dumped.

Jimh
Jimh

will everyone return and look the same if and when the show restarts filming…hope nina finds out Nelle is her daughter before shows run out…Micheal having to marry willow is a lame plot device…you dont have to marry someone to win a custody battle…and it could easily be proven Willow and Micheal werent a couple…stupid silly plotting…why not just hire he as a Nanny…No..now Willow will show her true colors…doing it for herself just to be near the baby-lame!!!

DMRR
DMRR

Peter to be murdered? No explanation needed. Never to be spoken about again?

Dan
Dan

Michael,

Could you perhaps explain or shed some light on why GH and ABC won’t air any past episodes from before 2014?

I read on another site, and I don’t know how true this is, that it has to do with the fees they would have to pay to air those old episodes, royalties to the actors that appeared on those shows, royalties for the music rights, that sort of thing, which would make it cost prohibitive to air. Again, not sure if there is any truth to that. Or is it possible that Frank Valentini is making the choice not to air any shows from before he was the executive producer? I would be very interested to learn more.

GH has such a rich and glorious history from the past 57 years, it would seem a shame to limit themselves to only the past 5 years. I think there would be a lot of viewer interest in them airing some of the many classic episodes from the 80s, 90s and early 2000’s. I know in speaking to family and friends of mine that watch GH and have for many years, that they would be interested in seeing that. Seems like a missed opportunity by ABC.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I don’t have any direct knowledge but it might be something as simple as the archiving wasn’t very well done back in the day. Maybe Frank chooses shows from his tenure because he archived them a certain way and knows how to find them. Right now, if people aren’t working, maybe there’s no one available to search through the older episodes. Just some ideas! Stay safe, everybody.

Steve
Steve

Interesting idea, but all episodes since the show went to one-hour in 1978 are saved. And key storylines (I.e. L&L’s wedding, BJ’s death) can easily be traced to air dates.

Much to ABC’s credit, nearly every episode is still available on YouTube.

As for paying royalties… Recently, they re-aired the 3-Carly/AJ’s death episode. The large amount of non-contract performers in that episode would hardly be different than some pre-2012.

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

I think Satan (below) might have it right… they can’t accommodate the advertisements they are contractually obligated to provide if the shows were longer then. And they certainly aren’t going to pay someone to go and try to edit them down. It has to be easier to stick with shows at the current length.

Satan
Satan

Well, aside from my previous comments about Valentini’s ego not allowing anything to be seen from before 2012, there’s also something else that happened to the show once he and his pal Ron took over.

The show got shorter. Visibly so. There was about 38 minutes of actual episode per hour prior to February 2012. It’s now down to barely 35 minutes…. and given the artificial editing that has taken place during the pandemic to stretch out the number of episodes in the can, even half of that is flashbacks. Some of them from the same damned episode!!

And even those 38 minute shows from the previous decade were shorter than the 80s & 90s. Before YouTube started getting hyper-fascist about yanking all the old GH episodes off the net, you could find old shows that went 42 minutes or longer. And yeah, that’s without commercials. Or excessive flashbacks. Not to mention Frodd, Ava, or Nelle!

There’s no reason why ABC couldn’t put up some old episodes on their website and/or Hulu, at least. They already have done limited runs of old episodes, such as the “JaSam” series a little while back. Or a similar Sonny & Carly package. Hell, I’d love to see them go full retro and put up some of the “big summer adventure” storylines from the 80s.

aria
aria

Dan, your so on it, I to think its odd that GH which has a super rich history is limiting itself by only showing repeats of shows from FV time there. Is the royalties for those shows that much? ABC owns its soaps/ or GH, unlike CBS or NBC, and on top of that their own by Disney, how cheap is Disney if they are putting restrictions on what is allowed to air? I just think its a shame that again GH has limit itself to just 2012 to present time. So yeah, Michael, can you investigate for us?

Harry
Harry

Yes, it’s odd. Both Robert and Anna are waxing poetic about Holly so you expect a flashback from those days.

Steve
Steve

ABC would have to pay Emma Samms whenever they show any flashbacks of Holly.

Because Robert doesn’t have a set of his own, there’s not a logical place for a still photo (which costs zero) to appear. Anna wouldn’t have one, and Felicia wouldn’t keep one at The Floating Rib.

Davy
Davy

I was thinking the same thing! They couldn’t even show a photo of Holly? More recent viewers haven’t a clue who she is. How are they supposed to care?

Davy
Davy

Well I have been so bored with gh lately….the flashbacks are endless and serve no purpose other than to stretch the show out till the 21st. I won’t be wasting my time watching repeat nurses ball episodes. They were barely watchable the first time.

Jenn
Jenn

I wish GH would show the Nurse’s Balls in order from the beginning. Why the 2014 & 15? Let’s see Robin Scorpio and Jason Morgan. Let’s see Alan Q and original Emily sing.

Harry
Harry

To those who were rejoicing over the orange one’s victory back in 2016? I do not want to be the one who told you so, but damn it, I told you so. We could not have asked for a worst president to “lead” us through this pandemic. I knew he would be an unmitigated disaster but never in my wildest nightmares did I imagine he would be this horrific.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

And let the backlash (and accolades) begin…

Harry, of course, you are absolutely correct. Yet there have been countless instances since that victory (and even during the preceding campaign; e.g., “grab ’em by the p…y”; mocking a disabled reporter, etc.) that would constitute “I told you so” moments. Every time he opens his mouth (or tweets), he makes matters worse. No empathy. No concern for the dead and ill. No plan. No regard for science or scientists. No consistency. No class. No intellect. No competency. No attention to detail. No moral compass whatsoever. Only a laser focus on getting reelected and spreading conspiracy theories. Any CEO, school principal, or other business leader would have been fired long ago.

The sins of this poor excuse for a human being (even while in office) are too voluminous to list. The lies while in office are also numerous, but fact-checkers are tallying them (18,000+ as of this writing).

And yet, there are those (here and elsewhere, and his sycophants in the House, Senate, and his administration) who, to this day, will support him. If you can support such a lying, corrupt, racist, sexist, vulgar, xenophobic, mean-spirited, inept bully, you need to look yourself in the mirror.

sandi
sandi

Well said guys! He is the devil incarnate….

Patrick
Patrick

there has been LOSS… when you are not grown in our livelihood’. what triggers. you apparently were not raised

who’s embroiled in stock market exchange ( leveraging your pocket ) ethically, one may get spanked ? Barr will undue damage… ???? get it ! all this spam, to discourse behind the scenes GOP “rape” what other word takes our voice

5-6 months will change our world. November 3rd, 2020. after his first command.. we don’t know ??? he and we will have seen our last. minimally taking back the senate to watch him walk in our shoes unabetted by ? why not?

Violet Lemm 2.
Violet Lemm 2.

Harry,et al,
I have never felt so alone, untaken care of by a president who is supposed to lead and protect us, not one that I feel we need protection from
My one little consolation is that he is having that long swab stuck up his nose every day, if he indeed is truthful about his daily testing.
Maybe it will pull that little pea brain out one of those times.

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As part of its encore presentations, General Hospital is entering into its second week of Nurses’ Ball episodes.

Since the show is currently not in production and ran out of original episodes, viewers are getting to see all the glitz, the performances and the drama that makes the annual ball (which usually airs in May) so fun to watch.

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Look for memorable moments this week from James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin) when he performed Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” and Josh Swickard’s (Chase) rendition of Portugal the Man’s hit, “Feel It Still” among others.

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