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GH Nurses' Ball 2017 Part One: The Opening Number, Sonny Inches Closer To The Truth, The Wizard Of Awesome's Deadly Weapon!

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The highly-anticipated GH Nurses’ Ball 2017 kicked-off on Tuesday’s episode of the Daytime Emmy-Award winning Outstanding Drama Series.  The ball which first debuted back in 1994 is a staple of the soap opera.

On opening night of the ball, Nina (Michelle Stafford) is back anchoring the red carpet arrivals along with Extra’s Mario Lopez.   Viewers see how the arrivals of certain Port Charles finest emotionally torments Nina, including: Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez), Lulu (Emme Rylan), Anna (Finola Hughes) and Ava (Maura West).

While the glitz and glamour is happening at the ball, Sonny (Maurice Benard) is at home with the bottle of Morgan’s supposed lithium pills pondering what happened to his son before his death. Michael (Chad Duell) stops by and delivers Morgan’s journal per Sonny’s request from Carly (Laura Wright).  Sonny refuses at that point to go the ball.  When he looks in the journal we seen an entry from Morgan that he is taking 600mg of his pills. That prompts Sonny to call Andre (Anthony Montgomery).  Andre says he noticed that too as far as the dosage, but he confirmed that the pharmacy dispensed it properly.

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The good doc shows up at Sonny’s, where they come to the conclusion that if Morgan took half of his recommended dosage at 300mg, would it spiral him out of control?  Andre says no it wouldn’t.  Sonny notices residue at the bottom of the pill bottle and tastes it and then both Andre and Sonny come to the conclusion that something is amiss.

Andre rushes off to have it tested.   Sonny then watches the arrivals of the red carpet on TV, and sees Ava there, who he finds out gave a huge donation to the ball in Morgan’s name. Sonny is livid, and later at the end of the episode shows up in this tux to the ball, much to the surprise of Carly.

When it’s time for the opening number, our emcee, Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring) sets up that the ball would not be possible without the wonderful nurses of GH.  And in a twist on their opening, a music video begins on the screen in front of the attendees featuring singing, and dancing on the hospital floor with Epiphany (Sonya Eddy), Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel), Bobbie (Jackie Zeman), Amy (Risa Dorken) and more.  As the song continues with dancers, we later reveal the nurses live on stage at the ball and coming through the crowd to join Epiphany on stage.  The tune this year was the annual closer, “You’re Not Alone”.  Only this time GH tweaked to be a rousing dance number!

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Elsewhere, while Jason (Billy Miller) is having trouble shaking his nightmares of Helena Cassadine and his family, he needs to get a drink where he stumbles upon the chimera necklace that Anna had in her purse, which is now dropped on the floor outside the ballroom.

Backstage, Jake (Hudson West) who is preparing to take the stage with his magician act, now has two assistants for the routine – Emma(Brooklyn Rae Silzer) and Charlotte.  As “The Wizard of Awesome” prepares for his act, Jake shows the young girls the tube with the chimera emblem on it that he says will be the finale of his magic trick.

So, what did you think of part one of the Nurses’ Ball 2017? What was your favorite part? Comment below!

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Suz tm
Suz tm

Enough already with Sonny and the meds! The shows focus on him makes me want to tune out! Where are Laura, Kevin, Monica, Finn, Hayden???? I know we will have performances by some of the other missing characters, but really?
The focus of the show needs to change.

dmr
dmr

I was wondering where Laura and Kevin were, too. Laura was probably relegated to babysitting Aidan, or something. Also, Monica, where is she?

rebecca1
rebecca1

Laura’s there with Lulu…she’s been there the whole time….Kevin? I have no idea why they paired this couple up if they weren’t going to show them. Pointless. I love Kevin and I think they’re great together but either Jon Lindstrom doesn’t want the gig or the powers that be are too cheap to pay him. If it’s the latter they need to cough it up and bring him back full time.

Suz tm
Suz tm

They do need to cough up the money for Jon Lindstrom. He has been on only once the last few months, just to sit and listen to Lulu babble. Can’t be satisfying as an actor to come in for that. . That’s a big problem with the show, no consistency with storyline . Characters off screen for weeks at a time. I was really enjoying Kevin and Laura, started watching again and now nothing for months. Why would they pair Genie with Jon if he is not available? I am baffled.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Genie Francis made a Christmas cd with her brothers. She has a lovely voice. Why didn’t she walk the red carpet and perform?
What a “dead” Nurses’ Ball–where’s the excitement or even the momentum, pray tell?!&^%$#

davlestev1
davlestev1

Remember when Sadie Grey sang at llanview’s funerals on OLTL OMG #PRECIOUSLORD.

Shay
Shay

@Nancy…Per your Met Gala comment: Certainly for some, the point was to be comically bizarre, and I suppose that Caroline of Kennedy’s particular lampshade-inspired party frock could have been intended as a salute to this year’s event honoree, Rei Kawakubo/CommesDesGarcons, but judging by most of the other attendees, the standard garb was still pretty much a tossup between traditionally gorgeous designs or as much revealed skin and as little actual fabric coverage as possible…I mean, really, the back-in-the-day hookers in Times Square donned more than a lot of these chickadees! Upon further research, I did discover a definite few other notables who trended toward the more outre’, as well….think Katy Perry, Rihanna, Madonna, you know, the usual examples known for flaunting bad taste!—Yet none seemed quite as overwhelmingly-offbeat and surprisingly strange in their choice of couture as the normally impeccably-attired Kennedy! Hers apparently took the cake above all other fashion oddities of the evening. However, I’ll still give her this…I did love the shoes!!!

Jenny
Jenny

I like new black female nurse!! I hope she becomes recurring and gets a story!

Steve
Steve

Deanna does seem very likable.

If they want to tie her to the canvas, make her the daughter of Bryan & Claudia Phillips (Scotty & Laura’s pals from the early 80s)

Shay
Shay

@Steve….Not a bad thought, but I think she should have been Epiphany’s lil’ sis!!!! It seems a shame that this longstanding GH character has never had any family other than her son, Stan…especially when they bring on black characters right and left that have no historical connection to the GH canvas! However, speaking of Claudia, it would be oh-so-nice to see her return to Port Charles…Laura and she were such good friends back in the day! Time for a “catch-up!”

Steve
Steve

@Shay… I agree Epiphany should have more family. As Milo has apparently joined Alice and Rosalie in the characters dropped without notice department, Phip can use a connection. Might be too late to connect her to Deanna though.

I’ve read a few spoilers that they’re bringing on a son or daughter for Curtis that he never knew about. Not sure of the age group. Josslyn could use an age appropriate friend.

Shay
Shay

@Steve….I’ve never understood the showrunners’ dismissive attitude toward Epiphany….this character is so substantial and full of potential, well-connected with fans and an established favorite, not to mention, a superb candidate as both one of GH’s moral centers and a matriarch of her own extended family….it makes absolutely no sense that her lack of presence has become backburnered to the point of virtual non-existence, except when it’s time to bring her back to sing!!! In the past five years, we have repeatedly seen new minority players brought onto the GH canvas, and why they have never been given status as part of Nurse Johnson’s familial orbit is just beyond me….starting with Shawn, Felix, and then so many others, these characters had the potential to be brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc. to Epiphany with a mere stroke of a pen…It strikes me as simply plain lazy and lacking in foresight to have ignored this obvious angle, although it just further illustrates this show’s highly annoying tendency of bringing on at a breakneck pace one meaningless new character after another with no real historical ties to Port Charles’ past. Of course, given this has become the standard GH practice for an age now, I suppose Epiphany’s “role” would have no reason to be the exception to that “rule!”

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

Me too!

Steve
Steve

While I was never a fan of the character, it will be interesting to see if Sabrina is mentioned at all. Both Felix and Michael had opportunities to bring her name up, but so far nothing.

With the moving of the traditional closing song to the opening, something tells me this year’s ball will end rather abruptly.

Poor Emme Rylan, I know they’re hiding her pregnancy, but that gown!?!?

Harry
Harry

GASP! Bite your tongue! Don’t even utter the S word in public, don’t even think it or she might come back!
I had to laugh when they rolled Lulu in. Weebles Wobble but they don’t fall down.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Yeah, you said it, Harry! Looked a bit like that “cloud” thing that Rhianna wore a year or so ago, didn’t it? 🙂

Shay
Shay

I share your deep sense of horror, Harry! My most present fear is that we are going to have some sort of sappy salutapalooza to Sabs since the NB was once her raison d’etre—well that, and being Port Charles’ #1 majorly annoying and useless character for what seemed an absolute age—be it in the form of a montage of her “greatest hits,” a holographic appearance or even a ghostly visit from the great beyond. Needless to say, I hope that I am wrong, wrong, wrong!!!!

dmr
dmr

That gown is fashion road kill! There is no hiding her pregnancy, or at least, they have done a terrible job at hiding it. You can clearly see that she is very pregnant.

Steve
Steve

Kudos to Emme Rylan actually. She tweeted a picture of her backstage with Kelly Monaco hiding under the dress. Now there’s a great sense of humor!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I’m still waiting for it to begin, Steve! We have an expression here in the South–“slow as molasses” that fits the bill.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Is not slow as molasses they’re just embarrassing the entire canvas trotting long missed characters out because they refuse to pay their salaries and don’t know how to write for more than ten characters month to month. Our soaps are just that over melodramatic drama that’s only missing the Power Rangers to swoop in and save the city.

Shay
Shay

At least it wasn’t nearly as bad as Caroline of Kennedy’s recent Met Gala sartorial sin…Her best-described-as-bizarre couturial concoction made her appear as if she were trapped inside a Chinese lantern comprised of three different kimonos she undoubtedly brought back from her stint as US ambassador to Japan…..and that she were about to launch straight up into the sky at any given moment a sudden gust of wind should materialize! This particularly epic fashion fail was so egregious it had to be seen to be believed! Really, Lulu’s moored-Hindenburg-inspired ballgown may have been a designer disaster of “magnificent proportion”—just like the dress itself—but it had nothing on the former first daughter’s unmitigated mess that must have had the always-elegant Jackie O. spinning in her grave!! (In fact, it’s rather reminiscent of that Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade balloon-styled skirt Tracy Q wore awhile back…remember the “sensation” that one created here as we similarly commented???)

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

But wasn’t the choice of dress SUPPOSED to be bizarre –according to the “artsy” theme as discussed by the director of the gala?! In that case “Lulu (and Caroline K.) fit right in 🙂

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Glad to see the Ball is off to a good start. Loved hearing “You’re Not Alone” for the opener.

dmr
dmr

I have always loved the Nurse’s Ball, since the 90’s, when TPTB spared absolutely no expense whatsoever and EVERYONE in Port Charles was invited. I am happy to see that the show continues to bring the Nurse’s Ball to us, even if it is on a lower scale. What makes me laugh, is that Emma is able to solve the Ana/Alex mystery in about a nanosecond and the “Dimpled Don” thinks to taste the pill residue in Morgan’s pill bottle and basically pieces together Ava’s involvement. Yet, the keystone cops, AKA, the PCPD, have stared at the empty pill bottle (found at the floating rib) for who knows how long and hasn’t solved a crime without a civilian’s (or mobster’s) help in decades.
Anyhoo, I digress, “Cheers” to the Ball! Although, was Mario Lopez and awkward Nina really needed on the red carpet?

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

You said it–“awkward.”

Shay
Shay

To answer your last question, dmr? A big, fat NO!!!! The only red carpet commentary I care to hear is from Brad and Britt….those two “arbiters of style” and their catty pronouncements were utterly hilarious…JACKPOT!!!! (#BringBackBritt!!!)

davlestev1
davlestev1

SHAY..why is there a red carpet? Never understood it. Even Port Chuck denizens have to know the only reputable or close to family are the Quartermained. Why on earth would ANYONE tune into a mob funded gala?? DROP the carpet shag!!

dmr
dmr

I like Brad best when he is paired with Britt as BFFs. They would have made a great red carpet team, very Joan Rivers-esque.

Shay
Shay

Excellent point, davlestev1!!!! In its current form, the red carpet coverage is nothing more than an obvious, umpteenth attempt to make it look like Nina has an actual function in Port Charles! (Didn’t work…never has, never will….) However, since there are next to nil bona fide dignitaries left in town to “arrive,” it does rather beggar belief that this waste of time and money has been allocated toward this hollow custom in what has become a virtual non-event financed by the worst of the worst. The entire concept has become truly mock worthy….hence my request for Britt and Brad!!!….At least they do the sort of entertaining, sarcastic shtick the late, great Joan Rivers used to so successfully direct at all those self-important celebs parading about on display at assorted award shows.

Kevin
Kevin

I laughed when Sonny deduced that the powder in the medicine bottle didn’t taste like lithium – like he knows the taste because must chew his lithium pills when he takes them every day, LOL 😉

Shay
Shay

“Tastes Like Lithium”…..Is that anything resembling “Smells Like Teen Spirit?”

davlestev1
davlestev1

You know what makes these shows so unreal..the fact that day in and day out IT’S NOT ABOUT DOCTORS AND NURSES!!

Celia
Celia

As far as Lopez, it’s anybody’s guess, dmr. But, I think Nina was chosen to partner Mario because her separation from Valentin was not yet made public; therefore, it was the best ‘out’, if you will; the perfect excuse for Valentin and Charlotte to enter unaccompanied by Nina.
BTW–MICHELLE killed that delicious, purple number.
Lulu reminded me of Ursula on ice ( from The Little Mermaid) in a salmon-colored concoction with no beginning and no end, just gliding along without any semblance of having feet under that parachute.
Horror of horrors!!!
Poor Emme. I bet she was so uncomfortable wearing that thing. Yet, she is sooo pretty!!!! She does actyally, glow.

Celia
Celia

And, I enjoyed Ned and Olivia to no end. I was wowed!!……really taken aback by Lisa….she’s not only beautiful, but what a performer!! I know Wally is an excellent singer, but Lisa was a welcomeed surprise.
Loved those white skinnies and black top…just my size and style, LOL. Great ensemble.
Plus, her gown was perfection….less is more!! Good show.
I, also, thoroughly enjoyed Dillon’s and Kiki’s musical skit…..Sooo cute and talented.

Celia
Celia

Welcomed

Timmm
Timmm

Its too early to tell BUT, so far, so bad! I couldnt stand Morgan when he was on and ALL I hear about every show is MORGAN! Its the Nurses Ball and the main story is Morgan, Sonny, Carly and Ava! What about AIDS? The opening number was cool but the scrubs were ugly! AND, no Brad or Lucas? ABC never listens to what the fans want with this Ball but its better than nothing. Oh, and something else than can ignore, the red carpet, it is horrible! Just have a body cam focus on each guest as they enter the ballroom. How about some dialogue? Richard Simmons would have been a major plug for GH since he has been in the news lately. Mario Lopez, not so much.

Shay
Shay

Or better yet, how about Billy Bush, Timmmbo??? I hear he’s looking for work…probably could have been gotten on the cheap! LOL.

Timmm
Timmm

Shay, I feel so sorry for Billy Bush! What did he really do? Yes, he is or was part of the liberal media BUT he was a young kid trying to make a name for himself! He was in the presence of The Donald, a imposing celebrity billionaire! Billy giggled at Donald’s crude comments like a school boy who heard his gym teacher use vulgar language. Remember Pat O’Brian? He said much worse and had a substance problem and was given other chances. What about the women who co-hosts 20/20? She has struggled with alcohol and is back at her job. My point is BB didnt say or condone what Donald said, he only laughed at it. IF it would happen today Bush would have handled it better. Donald should back BB and Hollywood should look in their own freakin closets before they black ball Billy for one more day!

dmr
dmr

Agreed. Stone and Robin flashbacks always welcome. Why not focus just on the Ball and the fight against AIDS. I would have much preferred that, over this crap TPTB call drama. I am SO sick and tired of the “Morgan Hour.” I could not stand the actor or the character when he was on-air, now, I have to sit thru and hour and deal with the petulant narcissist off-air.

Harry
Harry

I do agree with you about Billy Bush. Frankly, the man was just doing his job. As Forrest Gump said,”That’s all I have to say about that.”

su0000
su0000

0oooh gawd!!!
The opening number was so lame that is was cringeworthy..
It was a High School song and dance performance.
ahaa I felt like was viewing it from the gym.

I know the actors are not professional song and dance peoples but still the performance/direction was totally lame.

I hope they/producers will pick up their game and at the least put some effort into the ball.

Lulu’s dress ahha haa!
It looked like a decorated Hindenberg !

Anyways, the dance number will be remembered. Perhaps they’re saving the best for last.

Phideaux Xavier
Phideaux Xavier

“…the performance/direction was totally lame.”

Oooh, cold! 😉

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

Girl, why don’t you just delete this wonderful program from your DVR? Your posts are consistently negative and critical. Why waste your time watching a show that you hold in such low regard?

su0000
su0000

hi JasonLovesGH ..

DVR lol if I miss whatever I watch online..
and-
I love the show/GH it is the writers I have problems with, they stink and the world should know of the suckyness bad writing.
and-
the opening number was lame..eeeewwwww! lol

side; have you ever watched the worst movie ever produced – Plan 9 From from Outer Space’ ??
I have watched it 9 or more times, now you know why I still watch GH 🙂

Patrick
Patrick

Mario’ – make’up – woah he looks like he has lipstick and eye liner

what are we channeling here? too much information

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oh my god… no they didn’t

Lulu has gone Momma Smurph. roaring LOL. no matter how I try to get in to her. something always crashes. argh! that Christmas wrap . hose her down.

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the most cringeworthy – I want this over in the worst way.

any thing Jason and Sam do; with Jake and Franco. BLECH !

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two loud ROAR – for

Lucas and Kevin . if FAN POSTS are more about these two and not even the NB itself. fans dream the BEST. ahem… dreamboat action

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speaking of which. I stand by my post. “I make time for Nathan” unless.. I missed him… he seems more relaxed. another prod to production… bring back Ellie Trout. for … story for Ryan Paevey Nathan. that’s when he really sparked

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the cutest yet

LOL… it’s only the best watching Emma and Charlotte together… imagine them as teens and women… be it allies or adversaries

Jocelyn. she’s on so rare .. she looks great

the REAL FH’ Anna. just top of the line dazzle. Paul would have complete her. ?

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I don’t know what F/J/S are thinking… mixing in the most bland boring and blatant story of all time. this needs to be so OVER them. Carly and Sonny . this is the nurses ball… the three dullard are so in to themselves that they truly think the audience is just as caught up ? argh! it’s just not that catching

Patrick
Patrick

on the 5/19 ep: it was thee treat and feast

Maura West

of ole

bringing down the unheralded queen… Carly

tour de force

it just made Carly one note that much more realized.. how she stomps about town doing the same act. just no longer exciting, is she?

i’m not looking forward to what I saw… the preview.. that Ava has Sonny and Carly in a showdown? and it may be to the detriment of Ava character. which will only raise that much more the distaste ire rankle and blech ! done in by F/J/S

another thing while i’m at it… this Lucy holding Ava ransom… COME ON Scotty. MOVE on and help your BFF. all this dumbed down , at the expense of Ava?

Patrick
Patrick

have to put out their.

it’s the most fun when – ANY – character meets Carly eye to eye

drum roll… womanhood… spot on

Martine and Ava stood up. isn’t it that much more

dag! after Carly walked in on Sonny and Martine. Sonny looked sucker punched and immediately started drawing blanks…. that’s all the proof you need.. how oft he kowtows to Carly. just doesn’t mix, any more.. if ever

dmr
dmr

Lulu was fashion road kill! LOL!

rebecca1
rebecca1

I think Mario Lopez is a nice touch of realism to the “red carpet.” The gowns are gorgeous!!! My favorite is the black and white that Liz is wearing, next Nina’s. Some of these gowns are so stunning they’re nicer than what “celebs” wear at real events.

However…Lulu? Oh my gawd!!!! If you added wheels to her feet she looked like the carriage from Cinderella! Surely there must have been some beautiful, flowing gown that could mask her pregnancy that didn’t make her look like she should be bounced into a basket. Cute, though, that Charlotte’s dress color matched hers…

As far as the “Ball”, they’re incorporating too much story and not enough singing/dancing. I loved seeing Valerie. She’s gorgeous…she can sing, dance, “strike a pose”…don’t know why they don’t have more of a role for her. And…WHO’S HER FATHER???!!!

And the obvious absence of Monica, Finn, Hayden, Alexis, Molly…Why have Felicia? She hasn’t uttered a word? Do they pay her less to just sit there? Why isn’t Robin there…she flew in but then doesn’t attend?

Was impressed as always at the talent the cast has…all can sing/dance. Emma was adorable as usual.

I’m still looking forward to next weeks talent and the unveiling of the chimera. I think it’ll pay off. Ummm…I hope.

ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET
ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET

I really loved your take in most of your commentary, especially what you said about poor Lulu’s pumpkin carriage lookin emsemble- I couldn’t have described it better especially when you said “if you added wheels to her feet” ha ha ha. I’m sure hope it wasn’t Ems choice of dress.
Since I’ve been watching this soap from it’s start, I haven’t been impressed with the Nurse’s Ball for quite some time. But I did love Valentin’s, Ned and Olivia’s performance. The rest has been underwhelming as has been the talent. I can’t stand the new Amy (actress). The writers should never try to replace the character that Shel Keppler created

rebecca1
rebecca1

Thank you, ABC SOAPS VET FROM THE GET (whew! that’s a mouthful! 🙂 )

I agree with you somewhat on Amy. The problem is they introduce characters and then drop them so if their intro is poor or undeveloped…or in this case an attempt to recreate the “vibe” of the original Amy it understandably falls flat.

Someone else suggested they should have made Amy the daughter of Amy Vining. A niece, perhaps? Then it might have endeared us to her. Objectively, she’s cute, bubbly and as I’ve mentioned somewhere else on this thread, I do think she’s talented. Very well suited to the stage…musical theatre.

We have two choices as viewers…take the little tidbits of these sometime characters as cute little snippets with no real importance to the stories…or hope they get developed to enrich the canvas.

Harry
Harry

Rebecca, I cannot find your post in which you offer a contrary opinion to my own as far as The Nurse’s Ball cover of the Leonard Cohen song is concerned. Where did it go? Well, I appear to be lost yet again as I have a lousy sense of direction. Yes, I am that person who gets lost leaving the doctor’s office while looking for the exit which leads to the waiting room (there’s an existential metaphor in there somewhere).
In any case, your rebuttal was so well written it made me change my mind about GH’s use of “Hallelujah”. Yes, I was wrrrr……I was wrrrrrrrrrrrrr….okay, I was wrong! This is the mark of a good persuasive essay; you state your thesis point, you back it up with quotes and evidence and then you echo your thesis with your conclusion. Well played.
“Hallelujah” is an incredibly well written song and it speaks volumes that it’s been covered by so many different artists who all inject their own perspective and emotional tone into their rendition. Some artists hit it while others fail miserably. Looking at you, Justin Timberlake and Celene Dion).
I must admit that I am a tad overly protective of Leonard Cohen.
Also, and I think you know this, I utilize hyperbole for comedic effect. While I detest Nina as much as I detest liver and onions, I do acknowledge that I over state it when I call her a “heinous creature”. Some folks have a palate which appreciates liver and onions and Nina while others do not. It’s simply a matter of taste.
That said, it’s refreshing to debate with you because you manage to be civil and respectful while disagreeing with the other person.
Civil discourse is something sadly lacking in our country right now and believe me, I know I am part of the problem. I am trying to remedy this.
One of the reasons I avoided this forum is I find it hard to stifle the compulsion to blurt out my opinion about the current state of affairs. To say I am alarmed and worried would be the understatement of the year.
Folks come in here for the same reason they watch soaps–for escapism.
So, I need to respect that and if I can’t, I need to stay the heck out of this forum.
Hope all is well with you and like the high schoolers write in their yearbooks, “HAGS!” (Have a nice summer).

Harry
Harry

What is WRONG with my brain lately? Time to double up on the Ginko Biloba
That’s have a GREAT summer, not have a nice summer.
See what happens when I try and sound all young and cool? I always end up tripping on my shoelaces.
In any case, have a GREAT summer, everybody.

Alan
Alan

My favorite part was that thing they had Lulu wear to hide the actress’ pregnancy. It was right out of SOAPDISH…

Shay
Shay

Yes, Alan….if the wardrobe people were aiming for the comical touch, then they succeeded magnificently. But honestly, the only two real fashion knockouts were Finola and Becky’s characters…looking as sleek and sensational as ever! By the way, would it have been too much to ask that some of the men bother to shave before this “big event?” (Rhetorical question….) Apparently, the answer is yes, but their casual hirsute looks really didn’t mix well with this formal black tie occasion!

Alan
Alan

I would add Michelle Stafford to the best dressed list. Everything from her hair to her dress was perfect.

Celia
Celia

As much as I admire and love Finola, Shay, I thought her gown was ill-fitting. Did you not notice how it did not sit well on her rear? Bad couture. It was too big for her. Beautiful gown—definitely her style; but, not ‘adhering’ to her body.
What can I say about Rebecca/Elizabeth? In my opinion, she is the most naturally beautiful woman on the soaps.
Her gown was exquisite in its simplicity….a perfect fit. She looked ethereal….and, wore that creation well.

Shay
Shay

@CeeCee…My impression of Anna’s gown was only from a quick glimpse…I didn’t take a long gander at the fit, just the style itself….same goes for Liz! Theirs were the only two fashion selections I found to be remotely attractive, but of course, that probably had to do with the actresses as much as the dresses themselves! Honestly, I fast-forwarded through as much of this event as possible, because I was bored silly, extremely disappointed with the acts and thought most of the apparel resembled cheap promwear.

Celia
Celia

You’re right, Shay….it was hard to get a good glimse. The dress was gorgeous…the top part fit to perfection. It was the part around her derriere that was a little baggy–should have been more form-fitting.
But, who cares, right. She’s beautiful, nonetheless.
I know you are not fond of Nina, but Michelle’s dress was like a second skin ( only purple, lol)….she shone in it..
Her body was made for that style…loved it.
But, Liz certainly stole the ‘fashion show’.
Let’s not forget the men…Curtis!! Oh, my, Curtis!!!! Straight out of an Italian ‘Uomo’ magazine.
And, Nathan and Griffin: what can I say?

Shay
Shay

Yes, CeeCeeGirl, Liz “stole the fashion show!” She was utterly flawless, although I think I still preferred her Audrey Hepburn-esque pink princess gown of last year…or was it the year before??? For me, the past few NB events have been such a mish-mosh of nothingness, I am having trouble recalling. But the lovely Becky Herbst can quite literally carry off anything, probably even a burlap sack! LOL…At any rate, Finola also shares that quality, by and large…it is a shame that her dress was not altered to hug her enviably-slim silhouette, but perhaps it was on loan and could not be touched. All in all, I think the most elegant female “in attendance” was the Ice Queen herself…as impeccable as ever was our beloved Helena–and her portrayer, Miss Constance Towers—More please, more!!!

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

I have to say, Shay, that I really liked Olivia’s dress–and it fit her well, also.
And how about that attire when she performed with “Ned”? Didn’t she do justice (more than) to those white pants?? 🙂

Shay
Shay

@Nancy…Yes! Lisa LoCicero looked wonderful, then again, she usually does in any outfit “Olivia” wears! She’s always had a great figure…both before and after her recent pregnancy, and those white skinnies she donned were utter perfection…I think they were actually the star of the NB!

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

I thought the opening number was magnificent! It was fun, fresh and the remixed version of the song was fabulous. I’ve watched it at least 10 times. Hooray!

Sidebar: the 2 dudes dancing on the station behind Epiphany in the picture featured above are some serious eye candy, particularly the one on the right. He makes my knees quiver. If this dude can act, Mr Valentini please put him on contract and pair him with Lucas (where is he, by the way?). Talk about some sizzle! 🙂 (I’m over Brad.)

Patrick
Patrick

I hope you are posting about the bearded guy… in the opening number. that caught mine

Steve
Steve

I concur about the background dancers. Hot!
Sad thing is they’ve had more screen time than Ryan Carnes has for the past few months.

Jay Trotter
Jay Trotter

I liked the fact they mixed things up with the opening nurses performance.

ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET
ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET

I’ve been totally underwhelmed by the Nurses Ball in past years since taken over by new regimes. Aside from the fact that they are over-produced, there is very little talent to speak of, and no real, raw energy.
I will say that the exception and greatly appreciated difference this year, was Valentin;s piano playing and beautiful rendition of a difficult to vocalize Billy Joel song, the blending of Ned and Olivia great singing and dancing act and being pleasantly surprised by Joss’s lovely voice and performance.
The rest was ho-hum. I will always love anything Emma does.

ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET
ABC SOAPS VET FROM GET

I forgot to mention that I love most of the gowns and costumes worn for this year’s ball, and Elizabeth’s was especially stunning. They could have done better for Lulu.

Krista Ramirez
Krista Ramirez

They need to show Monica. Let her have a life, including a sex life .

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GH Releases ‘The Sonny & Carly Collection’ Featuring 20 Pivotal Episodes With Three Carlys

The torrid love story between Sonny Corinthos and Carly has been going strong for over two decades.  Now the ABC app and ABC.com are offering up a collection of memorable episodes and pivotal moments between the duo.

However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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Kimberly McCullough Directs Episode Of ‘The Conners’; Shares Pics From Show Night

As fans of director and actress Kimberly McCullough know, earlier this week she announced that she would be directing an episode of the the re=branded and renamed ‘Rosanne-less’ series, The Conners.  She originally shared the news of getting the nod to direct the hit comedy sitcom with a photo of the famous Conner kitchen with the words “Yup”.

However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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NATAS President, Adam Sharp Talks On Daytime Emmy Review Findings & Plans For Change To Competition Process

In the aftermath of the letter that was sent to NATAS from daytime drama executives and producers demanding immediate change to the Daytime Emmys contest procedures, guidelines, or they would boycott participating in the upcoming 46th Annual competition, earlier today NATAS and its new president, Adam Sharp, released the findings of an independent investigation into the allegations levied against the academy and its annual competition.

After the full findings came to light , seemed to address most of the concerns raised by the four network soaps, Michael Fairman TV spoke with Adam Sharp to dive into what the reports means for change and evolution of the Daytime Emmys, and if it can resolve the issues so that General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Days of our Lives will come to the table and participate in the only kudofest honoring excellence in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes for daytime programming,

Here’s what Adam had to say about the key points addressed in our conversation below.

Transparency was a key issue noted by the soap producers in their concerns levied against NATAS.   One of the points centered around if NATAS had prior knowledge of the winners before the opening of the envelopes at the ceremony and the integrity of the contest.  What can you detail what the investigation found?

ADAM:  On the matter of whether anyone had prior knowledge to the winners, the reports clearly state that there is no evidence to support that. To the concern raised on the arm’s length distance necessary between us and the accountants we use to tally the votes, again there is no evidence to suggest that there was anything short of what you would expect of the standards of the competition. What it did find was that there were processes that either by virtue of generosity and us trying to be helpful when they asked, or by a lack of documentation to make people aware of policies and procedures, that created the appearance of unfairness, or unbalance in the process that may have been completely unintentional.  For example, the report noted that we did not have a published procedure for appealing decisions or filing any concerns or complains.  Some of this started because of one entrant in a digital category that raised concerns, and it was certainly elevated when the four soaps sent their letter, but without a published procedure, you’re really putting the onus on the entrants to know who to call and how to bring their concern.  So, that creates a system where there’s an imbalance because someone who doesn’t know who to call, doesn’t get the same hearing.  Likewise, if someone has made a mistake or technical error in their entry, and they happen to have entered the process early, and we catch it, we, in the past, have gone back to people and said, “Hey, I don’t think you intended to do this.  Would you like to resubmit?”  But if someone is entering at 11:59:59 on deadline night, they won’t necessarily have that.  Again, completely unintentional, but it could be argued that it created an imbalance or bias in the process, and the report made that clear.  For those types of things, we are going to crack down and be more consistent about our policies.  I told Brent and David that it’s going to mean saying no a lot more often in terms of giving waivers and extensions, and the types of things that we have done in the past to help people along. It is going to mean being more transparent and public about what our policies and procedures are so that every entrant has the equal set of knowledge to work from.

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Does this mean a demotion for David Michaels, Senior VP Daytime Emmy Awards?

ADAM:  Absolutely not.  That’s something that I want to put a very strong pin in right here.  David led the 2018 Daytime Emmys to record participation and a growing audience.  This new resourcing of the team allows him to be more singularly focused on doubling down on that success for 2019.  The Daytime Emmys are the only entertainment award show to have posted year-over-year audience growth from 2017 to 2018, and more than 30% increase in the number of entries.  The report rightly noticed that we did not do enough administratively to scale to that growth and to bring the resources to manage that added audience, and that added interest from competitors.  So, now we are going to make sure that David and Brent Stanton (Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards) each have the support and focus they need to be successful.

When the letter from various soap producers pointed out a “conflict of interest” for having the executive producer of the Daytime Emmys ceremony also be the awards administrator, many were wondering how that would shake out, or how NATAS planned to deal with this complaint.

ADAM:  Obviously, “conflict of interest” is a legal term of course, but I think that what the reports found was that it was not a conflict of interest.  It was a conflict of time, and many of the more specific errors that were raised in the report, as I said to David, occurred in the 25th hour of the day.  So, that is where it was really a resourcing problem, and a lack of procedure and policy problem.  The lack of resourcing created the environment for something to go wrong, and the lack of policy and procedure created an ad hoc nature for how we address those problems and made that ad hoc response open to questions because there was no prior documentation that this was how these things should be handled.  So, hopefully we have addressed each of these areas going into 2019, and that gives us a chance at a fresh start with the community.

 

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In response to the internal investigation findings, you mentioned you would bring additional resources to the Daytime Emmys, additional help in the operations, and you would add a “second pair of eyes”.  Would you potentially let people know who is in those positions that would be working with David Michaels and Brent Stanton?

ADAM:  Yes, so we are absolutely at a minimum committed to adding one full time position, and a handful of part time positions for that initial vetting process of the competition; that review of entries to make sure they meet the technical requirements, rules, and guidelines of their categories.  Now, in the past, there would be one individual, one set of eyes conducting that review, but now, we are modifying our policies such that before any adverse decision is made, such as disqualifying an entry, a second pair of eyes review it and give their independent assessment of the technical criteria and qualifications of the entry, so that there can be more confidence that multiple perspectives were employed before making any decision that could have an adverse effect on an entry.

Could a daytime drama actor participate and submit their work on n their own without the show being a part of it, if let’s say, the soaps won’t participate as a whole? And on that note, what would be the plans moving forward for the Daytime Emmys if the soaps decide not to participate in the competition?

ADAM:  If an actor or actress wishes to enter on their own with their soap still not participating: our rules permit anyone to enter independent of their program.  So, there is not a requirement that a show participate for an individual performer on that show to participate.  That said, they need to have the actual material to submit, and certainly a performer on that show is not necessarily the owner of that show and the owner of that content.  So, the question of whether they would have the necessary access to and rights to the video material to submit, that would be a question to the show producers as to what they would allow of that. In terms of the Daytime Emmy ceremonies moving forward without the soaps, the old saying goes, ‘the show must go on,’ and hopefully, it won’t come to that.  We have had constructive conversations with each of the broadcast soaps and believe our response and support goes a long way to addressing their concerns.  So, we are looking forward to having them.  Of course, they have a number of colleagues in digital drama, children’s programming, gameshows, and the rest of daytime television that we still expect to have a robust program at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmys in May of 2019.

You had mentioned that when you saw the results of the report that you felt it was very thorough, and you felt it pointed out things that needed to be fixed.

ADAM:  Yes, the report was exceedingly thorough and fair.  It delivered criticism where criticism was due, and there were a number of areas where we should have and must do better in the management of the Daytime Emmys and our other awards competitions.  I think the report certainly examined every issue that had been raised by members of the Daytime community and then some.  It allowed us to think about what actions we can take as a team to address each of those points.  I don’t think any awards show in our space has ever undertaken such an in-depth introspection of their procedures, yet alone made it public.  So, hopefully we are a trend-setter here.

The report indicates that NATAS will work more closely with the Television Academy (ATAS).  That seems to always be a point of contention.  How do you see yourself improving participation with them to engage that academy in more of the process?

ADAM:  So, the relationship between the two academies has strengthened incredibly in the past year, largely through the leadership of our respective chairman, Terry O’Reilly, the chairman of NATAS, who was elected earlier this summer and Hayma Washington at the Television Academy.  Obviously, they are going to have a new election soon as Hayma is retiring from the role.  So, we can continue that momentum into 2019.  What we note in our response to the report, was that one element of concern raised in the letter from the four soap producers was the mix of Television Academy members on our judging panels, and we want to be responsive to that.  We are prepared to make Television Academy membership a much higher priority in our consideration of judges for these panels, but obviously accessing that membership and engaging that membership requires a deeper partnership with the Television Academy, and we will see to that.

You are starting the call for entries on Monday, November 12th.  If the daytime dramas don’t participate within the timeframe you’ve given, do you see yourself adjusting the timeframe for the soaps if they were to say, “We want to work somethings out before we commit,” or are you just going to move forward if they are not participating in the deadlines you’ve set?

ADAM:  Our deadlines are going to be rather firm for all entrants.  We have a show date set for May and a process that moves backward from there in terms of the time that is needed.  Certainly, the fact that we have added additional review steps and procedures makes that timeline even more critical.  So, we are not going to be in a position to be extending extensions really to anyone.  In fact, the report specifically discourages granting extensions to anyone because that could create the appearance of unfairness that some types of entries get more time than other types of entries.  We welcome everyone, and if by the entry deadline there are particular genres, programs, or individuals that choose not to participate, we will miss them, hope they attend the show in May, and hope we can reengage them for 2020.

If the soaps did not participate in the 46th annual Daytime Emmys, but decided to come back later, it is my understanding that there would just be one drama category whereby web series and daytime soaps would be competing together in that.  Is that potentially what could happen?

ADAM:  I don’t want to go too many branches down off a tree of ‘what if’s,’ but our policies and guidelines do allow that if a category does not have a sufficient number of participants to be competitive, then that category can be eliminated or merged with another category or have its entries moved into another category for the competition.  So, we will look at all of the categories once we have the entries to see which ones remain viable and which ones do not.  Certainly, the fact that we do have digital drama categories gives us a place to contribute to have a drama competition regardless of what mix of entries we have.  I suspect that once you combine those, it becomes very difficult to uncombine them in the future, but obviously the call to entries is revisited every year, so, I can’t think of any long-term prognostications beyond 2019.

Since you are relatively new to your position with NATAS, you probably weren’t expecting that the producers that signed the letter demanding that change and issues be addressed in regard to the Daytime Emmys or they would boycott, would be something you would be dealing with off the bat.  How did you feel about it?

ADAM:  Well, I’m obviously rather new to the role.  My first day as interim president was the day after the Daytime Emmy show this year.  I was only named the permanent president last week.  It was certainly a trial by fire.  I would not say that I had enough history with the daytime drama community to have any expectation one way or another, and I think that is also true of our chairman, Terry O’Reilly, who came into office on July 1st.  That said, in a world of looking for silver linings, I think it gave us an opportunity for a blank slate and a fresh start.  By the community raising these concerns to our attention, and allowing us to conduct this deep review and make it public and be responsive to the issues they raised, it gives us a lot more opportunity to strengthen that relationship in 2019 than if a lot of these concerns had just continued to deteriorate and be whispered about at various cocktail parties, but never really spoken up and therefore, never really addressed.  So, while it was a painful process and there were parts of this report that were difficult to read, I think it gave us the opportunity to start from scratch and to put some of that history behind us.

So, do you think NATAS has addressed the concerns of the daytime dramas? What did you think of the points raised by Adam Sharp in this interview? Do you hope the Emmys will continue as usual with all four network soaps participating? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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