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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’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of John Gotti In Upcoming Lifetime Movie

Who better to use their mobster experience playing the iconic role of Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, and put it to good use, when taking on the role of a real-life mobster than Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard?

As revealed over the past weekend, Maurice Benard is hard at work filming a Lifetime Movie based on the life of Victoria Gotti called “The Victoria Gotti Story”.

Sharing the news via his social media, Benard expressed: “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

Recently, John Travolta played the notorious New York mobster in the movie Gotti released earlier this year.

The infamous Gotti, had a wife and a daughter both named Victoria.  So as to which point of view the film is focusing on is yet to be released.

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General Hospital’s Max Gail Opens Up On Portraying Mike’s Battle With Alzheimer’s & Making A Difference In People’s Lives

“What happens the day I wake up, and you guys are the strangers,” says Mike to his son, Sonny and his wife Carly (Laura Wright). “I left you before to my everlasting regret, but it’s going to happen. I’d do anything if I didn’t have to do it again, but it’s going to happen – one way or the other.  At least this way I could leave some good feelings, instead of disappearing before your eyes.”  Those words were said during a gut-wrenching scene on Friday’s episode of General Hospital, as Mike tries to come to terms with his deteriorating mental state in his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the hard realization that he may be better off in a care facility, instead of at his son’s home.  These scenes, as all the scenes in this storyline, have been exquisitely played by Max Gail (Mike) and Maurice Benard (Sonny).

When Max Gail arrived on the GH canvas as the recast Mike Corbin in a role made soap-famous by Ron Hale, viewers did not know what to initially expect.  What they did know was that Max is an accomplished actor with a body of work from primetime dramas and comedies, film, and the stage, and that if he is coming to GH, he must be coming on board for something major.  Before GH, suffice to say, Gail is most remembered for his role as “Wojo” on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller that aired from 1975-1982.

In story on GH, Mike, who abandoned Sonny as a child, once again re-enters his son’s life, but soon we learn that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and that the soap is tackling a story that is an important medical, social, and familial issue of our time.

Gail has been a revelation in this role.  A clear frontrunner for an Emmy, playing the facets, the levels, the characteristics, and the heartbreak of a person who is slowly losing everything they know near and dear to them, as in the end they are ultimately stripped of their dignity from this most horrific of diseases.

On a personal note, and as part of this conversation with Max, it was important for him and for me to share, that I lost my mother at the end of April of this year to Alzheimer’s.  So his work hits close to home, this story hits close to home, as it has also resonated for many viewers who have shared their stories on social media and when Max makes personal appearances.

Here now is this very special interview for Michael Fairman TV with an actor whom we can all agree is touching all of our lives.

You’re portraying a person suffering from Alzheimer’s and play the progression of the disease.  Do you feel pressure as an actor to get it right for those who have loved ones, or person’s afflicted with it?

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MAX:  It’s more like an urge, or a calling to find some kind of truth in it that I can connect with.  One of the things I’m inclined towards showing is someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia often just drifts off somewhere else.  “Where am I going?”  This has happened to me many times in life.  For instance, when I was a youngster, I can remember getting in my car, and I’d driven a long way from some party or something like that, and I’d been drinking, and I didn’t remember it.  I knew I’d gotten home somehow.  So, it’s not out of my realm.  I’ve learned that there are no set behaviors really… other than that it usually ends up being really difficult for caretakers, and seemingly really painful for many, if not most people suffering with Alzheimer’s, and losing connection and losing the ability to just function.  We are kind of on the cusp of that in story at GH.  I think it was originally proposed that I would play the part for just a few months, and to give me an out if it wasn’t working.  Maybe, there was a placeholder idea to ship Mike off to a home or something, but the storyline has touched so many people that it has been continuing.

The story has been so effective.  You’ve done such an amazing job, and the fans love Mike and what you’re doing with the character, and they’re on board on this journey.  It’ll be interesting to see how far they will take this with Mike.  Will we actually see him not being able to communicate anymore?  How far will the writers go to show the horrific aspects of Alzheimer’s? 

MAX:  I’m not sure.  You know, I’ve had times where I’ve got the scene, I get the writers, and I get the heart of it.  Other times, I find where that transition is from where Mike is lucid and clear, and other times what that state of mind is and that switch is, and what that is in behaviors and energy level.  I think there’s an ongoing downturn for Mike, and for me as an actor finding something in the moment and finding how it works with things that he does remember.  They’re trying to find a place for Mike within all of the interwoven drama of General Hospital.  I, frankly, had no idea how complex the range of storylines was.  Mike doesn’t really have control over his story.  I don’t want that as an actor.  Mike has some intentions that are really important to him.  I’m trying to find that balance where there are times when he has a pathetic, very sad remorse about what he has missed.  I think that underlies his feelings for his son, who he never could quite reach, because of his own failings as a father.  Sonny’s formative experiences growing up were then with his abusive stepdad.  Finding all of that is really important to do in a way that doesn’t make Mike just this sweet older man with Alzheimer’s.   It’s a wonderful challenge to be presented with.

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You brought up that Mike is seemingly very sweet in his demeanor now.  My mother, who I shared with you died a few months ago from Alzheimer’s was a strong-willed, feisty woman.  As the disease took hold of her, she became very sweet.   She became almost childlike.  The fire had gone out of her eyes.  You knew she didn’t know who you were, and so, all of that, as you know is so tough to witness as her son.  In terms of Mike and his ultimate care, everyone says they love him and want what is best for him, but that he needs to be taken care of because he gets confused, doesn’t know where he is sometimes. etc.  Sonny has been grappling with putting him in a care facility to be looked after, or to keep him with the Corinthos family under their roof.  However, Mike has come to a realization that he may need to be in facility all on his own, and doesn’t want to burden his son by living with him anymore.  That was a poignant moment, and another one of the best scenes has been when Mike couldn’t remember that Sonny was his own son. 

MAX:  Right and he doesn’t know if he’s around friends or around enemies.  This can be true of Alzheimer’s patients.

I had that happen with my mother when she came out to Los Angeles to see me for the last time.  She was out of her element, she was confused, and she broke down and cried in the hotel room.  She asked my father, “Why did you bring me here?” and he told her, “We came to see our son.”  It was heartbreaking.   Later, she had a moment of clarity and realized more of what was going on.  I think it’s those in-and -out moments that you portray so well on-screen.  I feel that they are very realistic to what I, and others, have experienced.

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MAX:  I appreciate that and sharing that with me, because you never know as an actor.  That place of “Where am I?  What is this?” makes me think of that “Summer Wind” moment from the Nurses’ Ball when it wasn’t just, “I’m embarrassed.  I don’t remember the words.”  It was, “I don’t know where the f**k I am.  I thought there was a band there, but there’s not.”  So, in a way, I just had to be there on this big soundstage and just feel this big space around me.  I could barely see that there were people out there.  It’s kind of a terrifying thing to a lot of people, but I think Mike has something in him that makes him want to be okay with all of this.  He doesn’t have to freak out and get accusatory.

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What has it been like working with Maurice Benard as your on-screen son?  Do you watch back your scenes together and ever go, “Oh, that was great!?”

MAX:  Yes, there have been a lot of those!  There are some scenes that are so emotionally focused, and we get a lot of delight in each other.  He has been playing this character in this situation for so long, so it’s just kind of in him.  Maurice has presence.  I think when I went in to read for the part of Mike, I had gone through pilot season and had gone in for some interesting pilots.  I didn’t feel like I was really connecting in the readings, because most things are by tape these days, anyway.  When this part came up, a soap hadn’t really been on my radar.  I knew I’d be going in to read with the actor, so I said, “Okay,” and I looked at the material, and then I checked out Maurice on IMDB.  One of the things that got my interest was that he has been diagnosed and takes medication to deal with bipolar disorder, and that’s become a part of his life, and it’s become part of his character.  I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.  This is a survivor, and he’s risen to something that takes a certain kind of balance and courage.”  I watched some clips, and when I went in for the reading of this kind of an amalgamation scene of what the story elements were going to be, I felt like we connected before we’d even started the dialogue.

Well, Maurice certainly loves working with you! He has been very supportive and vocal about that.

MAX:  It’s mutual.  We can take really little simple moments, and we can find something deeper in it, and it doesn’t have to be an, ‘I’m going to start crying now’ moment.  Although, I would love for Mike to have a moment of self-observation where he goes, “Gee.  I cry a lot more than I used to.”  I think there are people who are like that, and it’s okay for certain people to cry, and for other people it is not.

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There was a part of my mom that knew something was wrong.  She’d go, “Why am I crying?  I don’t know why I’m crying.”  She got confused as to why she was feeling that.  She couldn’t connect it all, and at times she kept saying, “I don’t understand.  I don’t understand.”  Those were the things she would try to express.

MAX:  I have a feeling that Mike has those moments too, but he finds a way for it to be okay.  There may be a point where someone with Alzheimer’s can’t pull it off anymore, but how we find those and those specifics, I don’t know.

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Working on a classic sitcom such as Barney Miller is vastly different than working on a daytime soap opera.  While now being at GH, have you found any commonality within the experience?

MAX:  If I can take a moment and reflect on Barney Miller, because it was a great experience and one that I found was not so easy to find again over the years.  One of the things that really resonates is that when we started shooting the studio audience laughed too easily.  We would end up retaking the scenes.  Sometimes, we didn’t have the end of the show written, because they tended to let certain things start to show up in the earlier parts of the script.  Danny Arnold who was the writer, creator and producer of Barney Miller would always take over the way Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) does in a way … looking to be respectful of the director, but still seeing things on his own.  Frank has a really wonderful eye.  He’s much more connected into the overall storylines, the motivations that went into the writing, and what he sees in the moment.  I always welcome him on the set because the directors, who have a range of talents and sensibilities, are tasked with coming up with a whole lot of shots to cover, a whole lot of tricky angles, and all of that.

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Vernee Watson has been amazing as Stella, who is also Mike’s social worker.  Does Mike have romantic feelings toward Stella?

MAX:  Vernee is wonderful.  I didn’t know Vernee had been on the show when I came on board.  She won an Emmy, and I’m not surprised.   She is so present and so specific, and she’s very bright and gets what all of these elements are, and so, I think they have a connection.  For whatever ways Mike has lived in his like, there isn’t some strange, exotic draw that she is black, and Mike is white.  I like that because both my first and late wife, and my second wife, with whom I’ve had children (and we’ve been separated for awhile, but have a great relationship) are African-American.  So, in my world that is not a big deal.   I think there’s an affinity there between Mike and Stella.  You know, he’s alive.  He’s old, but he’s not dead.  There’s an ease with women he likes.  I think there are a whole lot of reasons for them to not get involved.  One is just professional, and she’s a social worker.  We just shot something where I say something to somebody else about, “back when I still had all my marbles,” you know, he’s in another stage of life, which many people go into gracefully, while many don’t.

 

What do you think about how Mike knows about who was buried at Charlie’s Pub?  He was trying to keep the truth about Charlie Delaney from coming out, which turned into a gas leak that blew up the bar!  This storyline ties in to Sonny’s mobster dealings as well.

MAX:  Well, this is where they put this effort in the storytelling to connect Mike in some way and be intertwined with Sonny.  Of course, it reveals certain things about Mike that he’s never revealed to anybody before.  So, that’s kind of cool.  I think when he knows what and how much sometimes is not clear.  That’s why I started talking about Barney Miller because the other thing was a lot of times when we go together for the table reads, they didn’t have the end of the story.  They had a first draft, maybe. Dan would talk about it, and they’d say, “Next week, the main story is going to be this man in his fifties who is coming to terms with the fact that he is gay,” or whatever those underlying themes may be with the different characters reactions.  So, we knew elements going into it and that sometimes I  didn’t know what the writers are really intending.  In terms of Mike, he’s kind of back and forth in certain moments.  I have to resist the idea that they trap me by just being careless.  I’ve learned that just trying to fix the script often gets you into a place where you “rehearse yourself out of it,” as they say.

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You appeared on the morning show Good Day LA  a few months back with Laura Wright (Carly), and Maria Shriver, who has founded the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.  What was that like meeting Maria, and helping get the word out about the effects of this disease and the work Maria is doing?

MAX:  It was great to do.  Maria had sent out a tweet that is was wonderful what was going on, on General Hospital.  On Good Day LA, she talked about her work, particularly focusing on the fact that more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than men.  So, then Laura and I sat down and did an interview alongside Maria.  We actually had a nice conversation before.  They did a web interview also as a follow-up.  That was very cool, because Maria is very smart, and I’d never met her, but it was great to see what she was doing.  Whatever we are dealing with in the show is sort of my opportunity in the real world to bring awareness and shed light on the subject.  I’d love to see an ongoing conversation online amongst people who can share their stories with each other.  That’s a lot of what they’re doing.  They’re raising money for research, but people need to be able to talk to each other when you’re a caregiver.  Coming out of the early sixties and early seventies when I was playing a cop on TV, I never was a fanatic activist.  I certainly got the behavior of the Chicago police at a certain time in terms of the energy and conflicts of the time.  There was something to think about, but at the same time, I had opportunities to kind of share that all cops aren’t bad, just look at the show, Barney Miller.

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You were my favorite character on Barney Miller as Detective Wojciehowicz!  I think for many who watched the show you were, too!

MAX:  I think “Wojo” ended up being the heart of the show.

Max, you’re helping people through your beautiful performances including me.  Congratulations on that.   I’ll continue have to have a box of Kleenex handy as I watch how it all unfolds for Mike.

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MAX:  Well, I really appreciate your questions.  I’m just planting that seed.  That is really what I would like to do after talking to you and so many people.  That’s something I’d like to put out there.   We each have our own domains and responsibilities and all of it overlaps, and you can kind of get in touch with that; if you just go around the circle and share it, and then go around again.  I’m looking to help people out there in the world who are watching and are looking to share in the conversation.

So, what did you think about the heartbreaking scenes on Friday’s episode of GH between Mike and Sonny?  What have you thought of Max Gail’s performance throughout his GH run?  Have you experienced the loss, or are watching someone you love, or care about slip away from Alzheimer’s?  Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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ABC Names William Burton As The New Head Of Daytime

Over the years there have been several changes to ABC Daytime, and now comes word over the last 24 hours that William Burton has been promoted to Senior VP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC.  Burton starts in his new role immediately.

Deadline first reported the executive level move by the network.  Burton had previously been overseeing the business operations of ABC Daytime since earlier this year as SVP Daytime following the departure of former Daytime head Rebecca Campbell.

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Those duties have now been formalized in Burton’s expansive new role,  In terms of General Hospital, the creative aspects from the network are still being handled by ABC head of current programming, Vicki Dummer.  Burton has been behind the business operations of ABC Daytime including the daytime drama.

In addition, Burton will oversee the creation and production of syndicated programming across ABC platforms including the upcoming daytime talk show from Tamron Hall that is in development for a potential debut in the fall of 2019.

So, share your thoughts on Burton being named the new head of Daytime for ABC via the comment section below.

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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