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GH Fan Club Weekend Main Event 2012 – Photo Gallery!

Photo Credit: MF Soaps Inc.

Photo Credit: MF Soaps Inc.

Fans of General Hospital from all over the globe gathered together for the one thing that unites them as one, their passion and love for their favorite cast on daytime television!  And whether they were there fearing this could be their last opportunity to get hugs, kisses, and a John Hancock from their favorite actors (who play the mobsters, doctor, nurses and fashionistas in Port Charles), or, if they were on hand to show their support and celebrate as the show begins to move into its 50th anniversary next year and its new time slot in September, there were plenty of smiles, laughs, and tears of joy on this day.

GH Fan Club President, Debbie Morris and her team, work tirelessly to put the weekend event together year after year, so that everyone has a good time and gets to meet their favorites up close and personal.  And while many events surround the weekend with many of the cast having their own more intimate get-togethers with their legions of fans, there is still nothing like the Main Event on Saturday afternoon when most of the entire cast gives back to the fans who have helped the show stay on the air for 49 years.

This year and for the first time, General Hospital’s newest executive producer, Frank Valentini made a surprise and welcomed appearance and joined his cast on stage for the always entertaining Q&A session, which this year was emceed fabulously by the talented Bradford Anderson (Spinelli).

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Before the Main Event, On-Air On-Soaps was in the Green Room welcoming the stars, getting some interviews, and snapping some candid shots, which you will see along with photos from the arrivals outside of the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, which again played host to the annual event.   All in all, we were so impressed by the friendships the fans have formed with each other though their mutual love of GH, and the respect shown to them by the cast.

After the jump, check out the 2012 images featuring: Jason Thompson, Dominic Zamprogna, Julie Berman, Kelly Sullivan, Steve Burton, Michael Easton, Maurice Benard,  Chad Duell, Erik Valdez, Haley Pullos, Laura Wright, Jen Lilley, Brandon Barash, Robin Mattson, Rebecca Herbst and many others.  Of note:  Kelly Monaco and Roger Howarth were no-shows at the Main Saturday event, thus why there are no images of them included here.

Now take a look at our gallery below with our very special captions. Then let us know your impressions of GHFCW 2012 if you were in attendance, and if not, what images you enjoyed the most!

*To view the GHFCW 2012 Photo Gallery click on the NEXT GROUP button located next to the + symbol to see more images, or you can just let it play as a slideshow.

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins/MF SOAPS Inc

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Jewell
Jewell

Glad everyone had a good time. I have some friends that attended that I met through AMC events. It sure makes me miss the All My Children events, what is great about them you do make life long friends, never in a million years would I have thought I would meet the cast of All My Children the soap that I grew up with. I want to thank Bobbie Eakes for letting me know about my first soap opera event. Rock The Soap Cruise, All the actors are just wonderful and so happy they still they put on events so we can still see them. I hope General Hospital has another one next year to celebrate 50 years!!

Theresa
Theresa

Awesome! thx for sharing 4 those of us who can’t attend these gatherings!

Dawn D
Dawn D

Michael thank you so much for sharing the wonderful pic’s. These actors look so much better when they don’t have all makeup on and dressed casual. I have been a fan of soaps since the later 1960’s when I was in highschool. ABC line up was what I started with then watched Y&R when it started and many other soaps long gone. So thank you for all your work with the soap community!!

Karen
Karen

Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful pics. Brandon looked so good. I just think he is the best. Michael looked great too. I just love Michael Easton. He is so cool.

kay/kay
kay/kay

Ok I am confused is K Storms coming back as Maxie, I guess I missed something??

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Yes, Kirsten is finally well enough to return, so Jen Lilley will no longer be needed to fill in. Apparently she has already taped her last show and posted a thank you and goodbye video on youtube and her FB page…

kay/kay
kay/kay

Thanks I realized after I posted that the rumors were true and then I saw the Jen Lilley stuff.

susan M.
susan M.

Seem to miss these events..They are always too far for me to go or I find out when it is too late..I wish they would come to FL……………The northern part of fl.. I would really like to see the cast & talk to them face to face on GH…..But I never seem to get the chance..Like I said it’s far for me to travel by myself. Plus I would need my husband to drive me ..Forget about flying…My husband isn’t a soap fan & wouldn’t want to drive too far and me too……………Come to daytona fl. or St. Augustine,Jacksonville,Palm Coast , all these would be good for me……………Not that far to travel..Give these Fl. locations a chance….Come to the SUNSHINE STATE!!!!!!!!!! Again come to the NORTHERN PART OF FL…………………………………………………………………………………………..

susan M.
susan M.

Like Michael Easton’s smile..A little smirk of a smile…He should smile more often..He looks so serious at times……………………SMILE MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Still wearing a black shirt but he has BLUE JEANS ON……I would like if he would get away from the color black!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cat
Cat

Thanks for sharing! Those of us who can’t attend live vicariously though others! Awesome!

Maria
Maria

Thanks for sharing the pics. Damn, Michael Easton looked GORGEOUS! He had the loudest applause too, and the longest line. I’m so proud to hear that he was accepted so enthusiastically by the GH fans. I love his character John McBain and hope he stays on for as long as GH does. I wish he had showed up at Kelly Monaco’s event, it would have been a treat. 😀

barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1
barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1

I love Heather(Robin Mattson)–hope she stays long term on the show !

barbara t. Loves one life to live
barbara t. Loves one life to live

Really, I love Heather to , And I also hope that she stays long term.

*Christine*
*Christine*

Maurice in his Guns ‘n Roses t-shirt … priceless! 🙂

terri
terri

Met ME at Lovng LLandview event and he is a very sweet man to o! Oh how I miss him with MA.

ghfan4evr
ghfan4evr

Thank you so much for sharing this years FCW pics with us. I hope and pray we have a 2013 GH FCW next summer. I hated not being there this year and I can assure you that I am already starting my vacation fund for next year.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Thanks for sharing! Love to see these, since I can’t usually make it to the actual events. 🙂

Kathy Eselhorst
Kathy Eselhorst

Is there anyway I can purchase a copy of the picture of Michael Easton, it is fabulous!

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LISTEN TO THE REPLAY: Soap Nation Live! with Jon Lindstrom, Beth Maitland, Freddie Smith, Linda Dano & Maura West

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Listen to “Soap Nation Live November 2018 Episode” on Spreaker.

If you missed Thursday’s night’s Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, you can hear the replay of the broadcast right here in the audio player above.

The November episode of the monthly podcast featured special guests: Soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia, AW, Gretel, (OLTL, GH, Port Charles, AMC), and Cynthia, ATWT), General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless’ Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and listeners were in for a surprise when GH’s Maura West (Ava Jerome) called-in as well during the show.

During this fun night of chat, Linda Dano kicked-off the show as she and Michael reminisced about the night she won the Daytime Emmy in 1993 for her role as Felicia Gallant on Another World.  Then, the duo talked about: her soap career as Gretel “Rae” Cummings on the ABC Daytime line-up, her incomparable fashion sense, and how fans can see her first acting project in 12 years when The Chronicle Mysteries debuts with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in March of 2019 on the Hallmark Channel.

Next, General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom discussed taking on and revisiting playing the dual roles of Kevin Collins, and his serial killer twin brother, Ryan Chamberlain.  In addition, Jon talked about his leading ladies, Genie Francis and the #KevLaur hash tag, and Ryan’s interest in Ava Jerome.  Then, after answering some questions from listeners, Maura West surprised her scene partner and called-in to chat with him.

Beth Maitland came on to Soap Nation Live! next, and she discussed finally having the opportunity after 36 years to explore Traci’s relationship with her siblings, Jack and Ashley, that came about in Eileen Davidson’s exit storyline.  The Daytime Emmy-winning actress also revealed her favorite Y&R storyline over the years. Maitland has received critical-acclaim for her recent work on the CBS Daytime drama series.

The final guest of the night was Freddie Smith.  The popular DAYS star talked on the latest developments of Sonny and Will, where now the two can be together since Paul and Will broke up, but will their happiness last long?  Freddie gives the listeners a preview of what’s to come.  Then, a listener calls in revealing how through watching Days of our Lives and the Sonny and Will story and romance, how it helped him come out and to have a family.

Last, during our Game Show segment, a lucky caller eventually wins the Sonny Kiriakis-centric trivia game and will receive a Days of our Lives swag/goodie bag and an autographed personalized photo of Freddie Smith.

To hear archived and past episodes of Soap Nation Live, you can go to the official show page on Spreaker.com here.

Now, listen to the broadcast with Linda, Jon, Beth, Freddie and Maura, and then let us know via the comment section below what was your favorite moment in the broadcast.

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Soaps Lift Boycott Threat Of Daytime Emmys

In a key move to allow those performers in front of the camera and behind the scenes crew and creatives to be acknowledged for their accomplishments this calendar year, the four daytime dramas collectively have decided to lift their threatened boycott and participate in the upcoming 46th annual Daytime Emmy competition.

This comes after the four network soaps (Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless) banded together after being unsatisfied with snafu’s coming out of the 45th annual Daytime Emmy Awards earlier this year in April, and a list of grievances and concerns they asked to be addressed by the organization that administers the Emmy contest.

Then, following an internal investigation by NATAS by the law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington, DC, the results which were released on November 8th, and being in receipt of their findings, the soaps decided to move forward while still having concerns they want addressed.

In a statement from the group, a spokesperson related to Deadline, who broke the story late Friday: “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached.  However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”

On Saturday, someone close to the situation said to Michael Fairman TV: “Our participation doesn’t mean we accept their proposal moving forward, we still have major issues that we will be discussing with the Chair and President (of NATAS), but as a collective whole, we don’t want to penalize our actors for NATAS’ mis-management.”

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy submissions began earlier this week on November 12th, with the Daytime Emmys slated to be handed out in early May of 2019.

So, are you glad that the network soaps have lifted their threatened boycott so that your favorite performers, whose performances you have loved over the last 11 months can be acknowledged for their talents and hard work? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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General Hospital Heading To Elvis Presley’s Graceland For Fan Celebration Weekend

Big news for GH fans! For the first time ever, Elvis Presley’s Graceland will host a special “General Hospital”- themed fan celebration. The event kicks off Friday, January. 18, and will include numerous exclusive events held in various locations throughout the Graceland Campus; including: Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex, and the AAA-rated Four Diamond luxury resort, The Guest House at Graceland.

Beginning today, Friday November 16th fans can log on to Graceland.com/GeneralHospital and purchase tickets several GH-themed parties, such as “The Live Nurses Ball” and the “Metro Court Hotel Lounge Party, ” as well as catch screenings of classic episodes, blooper reels and never-before-seen content.

Additionally, several stars of the series will appear including: Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos Jr.), Steve Burton (Jason Morgan), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan Ashford), Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), Wes Ramsey (Peter August), James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine), Josh Swickard (Detective Harrison Chase), Donnell Turner (Curtis Ashford), Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos) and executive producer Frank Valentini.  The cast and EP will share their favorite memories from the show, answer questions from the audience, and participate in autograph signings and exclusive photo opportunities.

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Valentini said in a statement on the event: “I’m excited to meet with the fans and have them spend the weekend with the extremely talented cast of ‘General Hospital.’ It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in a historic location.:

Various levels of packages are available for immediate purchase. For more information and details, please visit Graceland.com/GeneralHospital.

In addition to all the GH-themed events, attendees will have the opportunity to tour Graceland. Fans will be invited to visit the iconic mansion that Elvis called home; Elvis Presley’s Memphis – a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex filled with museum exhibits, shops and restaurants; and Elvis’ custom jets. Guests in attendance will also have the option to purchase exclusive General Hospital merchandise only available to attendees.

So will you be heading to Graceland in January to see the stars of GH and participate in this one-of-a-kind fan experience? Comment below. But first check out this just released promo for the event!

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