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General Hospital Reveals Nathan’s Funeral Promo: How Do You Say Goodbye?

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In a heartbreaking and dramatic promo from ABC and General Hospital, the long-running soap is pushing tune-in to its must-see Friday episode.

In it, Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) funeral takes front and center stage.  Throughout the episode: Maxie (Kirsten Storms) must say goodbye to her husband, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) must say goodbye to his buddy, the PCPD must pay homage to one of their best cops, and a grieving sister and mother (Nina and Liesl, played by Michelle Stafford and Kathleen Gati, respectively) have to try and just get through the day.

One of the good guys has left the canvas in Port Charles.  Now it’s the audiences turn to also mourn the loss of Nathan in this emotional installment of GH.

Watch the outstanding promo after the jump!  Then, let us know if you will be checking out Friday’s GH in the comment section below.

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sharon
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sharon

HELL YES!!

sharon
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sharon

I ALWAYS wanted Ryan to have an entire episode for himself. NOT A FUNERAL, ESPECIALLY HIS!! TONS of emmy performances will come from this storyline, right Michael?

Satan
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Satan

No more “very special episodes” for any character who hasn’t been on this show at least 10 years.

Somebody started a rumor on another board that a “very special Frodd episode” is coming later this month.

If they do that, it’s time to pull the plug once and for all.

Celia
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Celia

Agreed, sharon…..everyone was golden, deserving an award! Incredible performances….left me crying, sobbing and weak at the knees.
I even felt sorry for Lulu. Poor thing….she will bear the weight of every cruel word ( which is very understandable for Maxie to take her grief out on Lulu) thrown at her…..I suspect Lulu will also feel the sting of Dante’s words and behavior.
Peter and Lulu seem to have struck up a close friendship….how close will they get? ….Lulu will most likely feel so alienated by her husband, she may fall right onto Peter’s bed.

tony
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tony

I get the funny feeling we saw this less than two years ago with Morgan’s death, and before that Robin’s death.

su0000
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su0000

0hh crap..
I really hate the crying jag funerals.
I am not a person that inflicts pain and sadness upon my self, I’m not a Soap Opera Masochist …

I will FF through the doom and gloom.
Who would watch something that makes them sad and cry, I don’t get it.

bwahaa the writers want viewers to feel the pain, how sick is that.

Well, hope the watchers enjoy the pain lol ..

(( Soap Opera Masochism, whudathunk ))

I’ll miss Nathan, he grew on me..
Nathan has always been horribly written.
Well, he’s out of his soap opera misery, now.. I wish Ryan good luck..

su0000
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su0000

0ooh and ! I do not know of anybody, in the entire world, that wants to go to a funeral. Nobody looks forward to going to a funeral. Funerals are heart-wrenching, they are soul painful. I don’t know of anyone that would say; ” hey! there’s a funeral at 2:30 pm lets all go, ok!” Beit a real funeral or a soap funeral there are tears and sadness. Even, watching a tv funeral is an emotional ride into sadness, and that folks isn’t cool. I will FF the funeral, I don’t need that in my life, and hopefully watch Valentin… Read more »

Jovin
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Jovin

Then why do you like watching ridiculous action sequences, violent murders, disgusting rapes, and other horrible awful stories that soaps present!? Well written and well acted funerals are a hallmark of good soap opera. As always, you have the soap genre confused with thrillers, horrors, and action movies. And again, you leave the room wondering why you watch soap operas.

su0000
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su0000

hi Jovin .. I like watching my 2 soaps.. As You, I do not like every single thing in them. I do not like watching funerals they are not enjoyable.. Crime plots do cause heart wretching crying jag of painful sadness. Soaps do not have ”violent murders” it is not allowed in the daytime, exaggeration is not cool. Action plots is a whole different planet from painful sadness and crying to feel funeral depression. I am not a Masochist- I do not inflict physical or emotional pain on myself- some find those things enjoyable as in watching funerals to feel… Read more »

fsog
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fsog

I agree with you Jovin,
Why would someone watch a show that they are so “constantly” critical of?
Give me a break.

su0000
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su0000

correction;
”I do not like watching funerals they are not enjoyable..”

the word ”not” was skipped ..

su0000
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su0000

hello fsog..I need to correct you, you are Wrong. I love my soaps.. GH– I love everything, Sonny, Julian, Finn, Griffin, Ava, Franco, Valentin, Nina, most all and their stories.. I really like my soap with the exception of Lulu. She must die! Y&R– I like everything that does not include Sharon. She must die.. I, as you and all soap fans, have our likes and dislikes and that has never meant we don’t love our soap. there are stories and plots I really need to FF, as fans do that. Soap fans also bitch and whine when their soap… Read more »

fsog
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fsog

Hello su0000,
I need to correct you. You are Wrong, “I never said you didn’t love your soaps”. I said you were constantly critical of them. There’s a big difference there.
Let’s play nice.

Celia
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Celia

I see your perspective, SuzieQ—–you are a soldier—you have seen atrocities….I get it, my friend. The wah, wah, wah turns you off! You love action. Yes? However, this is what a soap is all about….digging deep within the audience’s essence and touch its emotions. All of us have experienced what Kirsten, Liesl, Nina, Lulu, and Dant etc., have, in our lives….without ‘sappiness’, love, death, deception etc…..it would not be a soap….I like crying….it liberates me. A good cry is good for the mind, the body, and the soul. By the way, su? I tend to agree with you about Faison…..he… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Suoo, I am kind of with you on this one. I have been attending enough funerals in real life and really don’t want to see yet another one for a character I knew for about two minutes.
But why oh why do you hate Sharon? I love that she keeps rising above her circumstances and never gives up on herself.
Moreover, she’s such a good and supportive mom to her adult daughter Mariah. There’s something inherently touching to me about Sharon.

Celia
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Celia

PS.
Oh, my gosh….I just reread your comment, su…..you are a riot and a half….Lulu must die??
She does look in a daze most of the time…wide-eyed…but I felt so badly for her, by herself…like a little bird, asking for crumbs….
Is she pregnant again?

Lou piikes
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Lou piikes

Goodbye Nathan. Your time in Port Charles was to short.

Harry
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Harry

Though we had a minute, eternity was in it.”

Celia
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Celia

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
Norman Cousins.
Harry, anyone who has lost a MOST loved one can attest to the above quote.

Harry
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Harry

Well said, Celia.

Celia
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Celia

Thank you, sir.

Shay
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Shay

You really are quite the romantic, aren’t you, Harry??? Happy Valentine’s Day!

me
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me

I’m reminded of that old expression, “how can I miss you if you won’t go away?” JUST GET HIM OFF THE SHOW ALREADY. I feel the same way about Jack on This is Us…ENOUGH ALREADY.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

If you feel the same way about Jack on This Is Us then you’re probably not watching the show regularly. Jack IS This Is Us. Every character has been effected by Jack into adulthood. The entire series is an innovative display of storytelling from the past to the future and back again going through various decades of all the characters lives. There is no taking any of the characters out of this show because of the flashbacks which makes it so unique and allows the audience to continue on their journey with each character dead in the present or not.… Read more »

heidi
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heidi

Great promo! So sad! Kirsten is amazing with this story!

Laverne
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Laverne

Poor Maxie. Nathan will be missed on GH for sure. My husband is really upset that he was killed off.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Thanks for the heads up, I be sure to turn out– soap funerals lost all their appeal to me when the character who is supposed to be dead shows up alive in a couple of years or they are shown as ghosts or visions or whatnot–it seems they are written for the sole purpose of giving of giving the actors Emmy reels, as if crying is the only measure of good acting.

Satan
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Satan

Nothing against the actor or the Nathan character, but does anybody else find it troubling that a character who was around for only 2 or 3 years gets a full funeral episode, while several actual long time GH characters who have passed away over the years didn’t get any sort of a sendoff.

Harry
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Harry

You mean AJ? Yes, I find it troubling. No one ever even mentions AJ anymore. Not Ned, Monica, Jason or Drew. It’s like he never existed.

Satan
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Satan

I think AJ got a big funeral the previous time he died, at least. Don’t worry, he will probably escape from Hell again one of these days. He’s done it twice already!

Steve
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Steve

They mimicked the same final scene they gave Sean Kanan. After AJ’s final funeral, wrongfully dead Emily came to escort him up the stairs to heaven. Flash forward 4 years and wrongfully dead Georgie escorts Nathan to the great beyond.

Shay
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Shay

The only “wrongfully dead” character is AJ…..he was killed by the showrunners out of pure spite for his portrayer, Sean Kanan, plain and simple, and the show suffers for it to this day. On the other hand, I was personally pleased as punch to see Emily and Georgie go, as they both were those sort of one-dimensional, sappy sweet, goody-two-shoes characters that wear on me to no end….just as the likewise sainted Sabs also proved to be when she followed in their saccharin footsteps. Even talking about those three gives me a sugar rush…

Ann
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Ann

Yes – I will be tuning in

dmr
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dmr

Will Nathan’s funeral somehow revolve around Sonny with a mention of Morgan? All kidding aside, I will miss Nathan, and I think the actors involved in this story have done an amazing job at portraying the material.

Satan
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Satan

Sonny wasn’t even there. Which is ridiculous, because Dante was Nathan’s partner, and Sonny would want to be there for his son. Carly is Maxie’s cousin (more or less) but she wasn’t there either. Nor was Lucas, who grew up with Maxie.

But Frodd was there. Even though he had nothing whatsoever to do with either Nathan or Maxie. He had to be there. Why is that?

Celia
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Celia

What about Peter, Satan? I found it strange ….not Sonny, but yes to Peter? I understand he found out, belatedly, he and Nathan were half brothers, but no one knows except the audience.
Therefore, to me, his presence was sort of conspicuous…..how does one explain it? Curious to know.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

This looks like a genuine tear-jerker of an episode but maybe we can just revive Nathan. Like… maybe he has not really died… and he can come back after being frozen or after being the subject of mind games… or… wait! That would never work! Who would believe that?

Seriously, an episode as this IS where daytime drama succeeds, genuine emotion, the shock of life turning on a dime, tests of family and love and support.

Kathy
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Kathy

Yes I will be watching! Ryan aka Nathan did a great job portraying what a stand up guy should be, to his wife and friends and to his department and community. Yes we get caught up in the storylines but that just tells you the actors are doing their jobs the right way. I loved Nathan, I would rather watch him than some of the other people they give so much air time too. I wish Ryan all the best in his future endeavors and I will be looking forward to watching him on something else in the near future.

Carol
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Carol

Nathan deserves an on-screen funeral. I’m very sorry to see RP leave the show. He’s going to be missed. The PCPD needs to hire some more detectives (and I don’t mean Valerie who’s only a patrolwoman unless she got a promotion).

Timmm
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Timmm

Why couldnt have been Amy instead!

Jimh
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Jimh

YES!

Bostonnc
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Bostonnc

Wow — a beautiful and gut-wrenching promo. The performances have been outstanding, which comes back to the writing — the writers have done a great job with this story. Now if Frank would only bring Genie back my faith in my beloved soap would be restored.

Elite Advisors
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Elite Advisors

I agree with you. For the first time, maxie almost had a happy ending …they have all done a fabulous job with the storyline. I would like to see Maxie emerge strong and independent… no love story for a while and no spinelli…ugh.

As far as Genie Francis, I have no idea what is up with the way Frank is treating her… SHE IS GH and to not even discuss the contract change to her personally is disgraceful.

Linda
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Linda

I will watch and bet it will be sad

K/kay
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K/kay

Let him move on ok he will finally get a chance to be something besides FV fantasty

K/kay
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K/kay

Now he decides let’s throw a Alzheimer’s story in do not need it Maurice can’t do this ok let it go let him wear his silk suits read his cue cards kiss the ring just move on!

Steve
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Steve

The Alzheimer’s story lacks authenticity with a recently recasted character who has been mentioned less than 7 times in the same number of years.

K/kay
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K/kay

As for Genie how many times do you have to be kicked in the gut move on retire you are a important part of GH it is in the past good luck god bless! Be happy

Carrie
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Carrie

I think the irony (or further insult) is the Nutrisystem commercials (starring Genie) during GH episodes lately.

Shay
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Shay

Or it’s the company’s way…perhaps with Genie’s blessings…to remind GH what they’re missing! (And keep whatever viewers are left after this latest casting debaacle in a perpetual uproar over the lack of Laura in Port Charles!)

Lou piikes
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Lou piikes

I second that.

mary
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mary

Goodbye Nathan ((Ryan Paevey) you will be missed.

K/kay
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K/kay

All I know is all these women on these soaps wearing sleeveless dresses are going to die of frost bite ! What is with the wardrobe department? Maxie in the dead of winter has a sleeveless dress on please realize viewers are not dumb robots you keep insulting your audience you will end up a cooking or game or talk show replacing you and even if I do not watch them all the time I do not want that to happen.

Linda
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Linda

This was so sad, I liked Nathan and really dont think they should have let him go !

Suzie rm
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Suzie rm

He quit the show. His choice

J. Jahz Carey
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J. Jahz Carey

Omi my eyes are puffy, my heart is broken

Cheryl
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Cheryl

I cried my eyes out like I always do. I’ve watched GH since I was 13, when my mom felt I was finally old enough. I am 50 now and have grown up with these people. How could I not cry, they are like my family.

Debra m
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Debra m

What an awesome episode. Cried my eyes out. When GH is good, it is the best. What a nice surprise seeing Georgie. She should never have been killed off. Her and Alan was the last regimes biggest mistakes.
Every actor did a top notch performance especially Maxie. You could just feel her pain. Loved the end with Nathan and Georgie hand in hand and Spinelli singing “Danny Boy”. Reminded me of the great Ryan Hope soap. What made this so touching is Nathan was such a good guy. He will be missed but good things lie ahead I’m sure for Ryan.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

It still boggles the mind that they killed off half of the Q’s, a central family at GH. Killing Alan, Emily, AJ…why??? What a waste and completely without thought on the part of the writers.

Shay
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Shay

Whilst I didn’t mind Spinelli starting the strains of “Oh, Danny Boy,” it was an EPIC FAIL not to have Liesl pick up when he faltered! Her stepping in to finish the song would have provided the most poignant and suitable means for this character to bid a mournful farewell to her fallen son, especially when she was denied the opportunity to speak of him at the church service. (Now that would have been reminiscent of Maeve Ryan…) What is wrong with the showrunners? They consistently refuse the fabulously talented Kathleen Gati her chance to shine front and center in… Read more »

Harry
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Harry

Rebecca, I so agree with you about the Q’s. Why indeed? And Shay? Why Amy had to start caterwauling in the middle of Spinelli’s beautiful solo rendition of “Danny Boy” was indeed mind boggling. Let us hope this is her Swan Song, however an awkward one. Thank God she didn’t start belting out “I Will Survive.” PS> Am I the only one who thought Franco looked absurd sitting in the front row of Nathan’s funeral? Even Franco seemed to look like he felt stupid there and I fully expected to see Lizzy sporting a T shirt which said,”I’m With Stupid.”

Marcia
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Marcia

Does anyone know the name of the poem about the policeman that was read at the end of the show?

Celia
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Celia

Hi, Marcia,
I cannot be sure….I think the author is Kathy Farace. I am not one-hundred percent, since I did not DVR the episode…but, the poem did sound familiar.
There are, actually, quite a few poems dedicated to police officers.
Hope this helps.

Ruby
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Ruby

What was the name of the poem Dante read.???

Steve
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Steve

Extremely rare for an open casket funeral on daytime. Most actors don’t want to do it. And, that makes it rather unlikely for said character to return from the dead.

That of course doesn’t rule out ghostly visits (as Georgie was a pleasant surprise).

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

That open casket thing, I didn’t care for it, especially when most of the shows, will just have a giant portrait of the deceased. I felt the rest was done in good taste, and loved Spinelli and Amy singing Danny Boy, which has always been a real tear jerker for me. Nina was very good at what she had to say, and I think from things I’ve read about Ryan Peavey, those words and beliefs, came from him. He is very big on helping the homeless and less fortunate, and anyone needing help. He must be a very special man.

Carrie
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Carrie

I understand the character of Sonny not attending the funeral since he was handling matters of his father. Was there any explanation as to why Carly and Jason weren’t at funeral? Maxie put together Sonny and Carly’s wedding in 2015. Jason sat with Maxie at the hospital for a little while after Nathan was shot. I thought all of them were friends?

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

@suOOOO. I have to more than agree with you on Lulu. God, if they had to get rid of someone, why not her? She has got to be one of the most obnoxious people on all the soaps. I guess the writers recognize this, and use it to their advantage, and our disgust, otherwise they would not have had Maxie voice the same things, that so many of us have been feeling. Sharon, I have come to live with. She’s come a long way, and at least she means well, when getting into other people’s business, not being as pushy… Read more »

Trisha
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Trisha

I am in awe of the performance by the young lady who plays Maxie during this story line. The I understand the writers gave her the lines but her acting was amazing.

Lisa
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Lisa

What’s the song

General Hospital

Brad Schmidt Steps in Temporarily for Johnny Wactor on General Hospital

Temporary recasts have been a common occurrence on ABC’s General Hospital, of late, but they have kept the characters and actions going when the actors have to step out of their role for a short term due to a myriad of reasons.

Now comes word that actor Brad Schmidt temporarily is filling-in for Johnny Wactor in the role of Brando Corbin.

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Soap Opera Digest revealed the fill-in casting news in their latest issue on newsstands now.

No intel on what GH airdates Schmidt will be replacing Wactor in, but they should be coming up very shortly.

In his career, Schmidt actually appeared on As the World Turns and Guiding Light back in 2002, and has been seen in numerous primetime series including: Summerland, House of Lies and Yellowstone. 

Wactor started his run as Brando back in 2020 on GH.

Interestingly enough, Wactor’s on-screen lady love, Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) was recently replaced on-screen by her own sister, Helena Mattsson for a few episodes, and now it looks like the tables will be turned for Sofia acting with Wactor’s fill-in.

So, check out Brad on upcoming episodes of GH, and then let us know what you thought of him.  Comment below.

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Breaking News

NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

Photos: ABC, CBS, NBC, JPI

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital

General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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