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GH Nurses’ Ball 2017 Set To Begin On May 22nd!

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The singing, the dancing, the drama, the red carpet arrivals, all that GH fans have become accustomed to is back for the 13th time when General Hospital airs its Nurses’ Ball episodes.

Circle your calendars for May 22nd and make sure you RSVP to Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring)!

GH execurtive producer told Soap Opera Digest on the upcoming episodes: “This will be GH’s 13th Nurses’ Ball, and each year our wonderful viewers have come to expect plenty of music, dance, glamour and of course an abundance of drama. This year will be extra special, as we’ll have several tribute performances honoring the work of contemporary artists who have recently passed away, including David Bowie. There a lot of amazing performances and special appearances in the works. You won’t want to miss it!”

Watch the first promo featuring clip’s from last year’s ball announcing the May 22nd debut of the on-screen event.  Then let us know, who do you hope will be performing at the Nurses’ Ball? Comment below.

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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The nurses ball should had been a partially live two hour special where viewers could call in and make donations or bid on soap props like Tracys painting which could had raised a lot of money!!!

aria
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aria

hey thats a great idea, if they did that, they would prob get real advocates of hiv to appear on the show, like elton john and sharon stone auctioning items from the show.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

OR they could have surprised us all and aired the live Emmys in a VERY short form..Announce the winner..say thanks..NEXT! All the space for drama would be a number or two..done and done.

davlestev1
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davlestev1

And now a special episode of General Hospital..LIVE..IT’S THE DAYTME EMMYS..I WOULD HAVE BEEN FLOORED AND OVERJOYED.

Jenny
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Jenny

This was an event that had relevance at one time. It was an event that was brilliantly restored 5 years ago…..but the past three attempts have been carbon copies of the last! Naked men have no place at a fundraiset for AIDS. Shall we feature a bunch of cigarette smokers at a benefit for Lung Cancer????

Dan
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Dan

Jenny, I’m not sure how men dancing in their underwear, not naked, let’s not be over dramatic now, have the same correlation to AIDS that cigarette smokers do to lung cancer. Care to explain that one?

Charday
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Charday

Please, Nathan and Griffin dancin’ without their shirts (and pants, for that matter!)! 🙂

Jenny
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Jenny

This is an AIDS fundraiser. Not a Fun Raiser!!! Learn what this is about!!

Suz tm
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Suz tm

Agree! I can’t emagine any hospital fundraiser on the planet with male dancers/strippers. So lie class

Suz tm
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Suz tm

No need for the male dancers, really tacky with kids attending the ball. Enough already. Lucy can go too, a new host is needed

Shay
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Shay

Amen to everything you said!…Time to put a fork in that overdone flaky flibbertigibbet act otherwise known as Lucy Coe. It ceased to be funny and charming many moons ago….oh wait, it never was!

JMER
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JMER

Milo and his tacky dancers should have gone out the door with RC, as I assume it was his creation but perhaps it’s more the influence of FV.

Steve
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Steve

Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Wally Kurth (Ned) are highlights.

Unfortunately, after the ball, Epiphany and Felix will be returned to cold storage until next May.

curacaoman
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curacaoman

Will Lucas be taken out of cold storage for this year’s Ball?

Steve
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Steve

From what I’ve seen, Ryan Carnes (Lucas) doesn’t really seem to want to be on the show. If so, it’s a shame as he’s a legacy character who’s easy on the eyes.

Lots of story to tell for Lucas

Shay
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Shay

Yes, Yes, YES! to Kathleen Gati! Her Liesl O. could definitely do Bowie justice with her strangely offbeat, yet, absolutely phenomenal, talent!!!!!! As for Epiphany and Felix, the showrunners really missed the boat by “cold storing” both of these characters….they could have been the 21st century versions of GH’s Jessie Brewer and Amy Vining! (And it would have spared us all the insufferable Amy2, who looks to be headed toward “Fatal Attractioning” over Nathan.)

dmr
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dmr

Love both Kathleen and Wally, both are such talented individuals!
Amy2 IS insufferable! She’s Tuesday/Wednesday “filler.”

Jenny
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Jenny

Steve…. He is actually not a legacy character. Cheryl the hick and Julian Jerome are not legacy characters.

Steve
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Steve

Jenny,
Respectfully, would you say adopted characters are not considered legacy? Lucas was adopted and raised from a toddler by Bobbie Spencer and Tony Jones.

Using that theory, Scott Baldwin and Emily Quartermaine would not be considered legacy, yet Hayden Barnes would even though she never had any interaction with Jeff Webber.

Shay
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Shay

Not to make too fine a point of it, Steve, but Scotty would be a legacy character because of his late mother, Meg, not stepfather, Lee Baldwin! I looked it up and the character of Meg first appeared—with her little son in tow—on GH in 1965. Cannot get much more historical than that! As for Emily, she was never a real Q, or even related to anybody who came before her on GH, so no, she’s definitely not legacy! Now when it comes to Hayden, well, she’s just a horrible mistake of a GH character, period….and trying to reinvent her… Read more »

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fginaspy

I think the nurses’ ball advocates HIV/AIDS donation in alerting and reminding the viewers of this worthy cause. after all, the NB is not a telethon. Although, the idea of a live NB for the purpose of call in donations is an interesting idea.

When they do have the guys do their dancing storyline have redirected the children to other rooms or sets. Generally, if I remember, Emma or Jake usually does her numbers early and the guys do their later and near the end of the NB.

Timmm
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Timmm

ONE thing that would get GH major publicity for the NB is if they could snag Richard Simmons to do a cameo. He has been in the news a lot lately and for him to be on the show would hit every news show, website and newspaper.

dmr
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dmr

Wouldn’t that be great, and if they did a spoof of the early ’80’s workout classes with the girls in headbands and leg warmers and the guys in short shorts-so fun!

Shay
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Shay

That would be a more tasteful alternative to the same old “Chippendale-esque” segment that has become truly tiresome, dmr! .As far as Richard goes, I can only hope that if he were to make a return GH appearance, then it would be more in-step with his ’80’s persona, when he was sweet, sympathetic and caring as an exercise instructor who just wanted everyone to lead healthier and happier lives. That more recent monstrous creation that was popping out of closets and glitter-bombing people was simply a heinous headcase…and really not one bit funny!

Rodd
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Rodd

I look forward to seeing what happens this year. I do hope that all the nurses that we’ve hardly seen in recent months like Epiphany and Felix will have more to do than poor Milo did last year. And then there’s Lucas who’s been in surgery so much that we haven’t seen or heard of him in months. The Nurses’ Ball is a time to see the cast show off their talents and I’d rather see more of the “non-contract” players than guest stars. I definitely don’t need some “name” person coming in to entertain. I’m a soap fan who… Read more »

Shay
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Shay

A spot for Mr. Fairman’s impressive George Michael salute would certainly not go amiss!!!!

Carol
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Carol

I usually skip Nurses Ball — find it very boring and can’t stand Lucy.

Dan
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Dan

Love the Nurses Ball, it’s been a staple of the show for so many years. It’s always fun seeing the cast show off their talents in singing, dancing, and yes even taking off their clothes, lol. You will never get a complaint from me about the gorgeous men of GH doing their yearly, shall we be nice and call it, a dance routine. A shame that some people can’t take the stick out of their back and enjoy the show for the fun and entertainment it is. Maybe Leave it to Beaver reruns would be more appropriate for some. And… Read more »

Jerry
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Jerry

Amen! Think some have forget or just don’t get the whole point. I find that to be very sad.

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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